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Pope Francis and the State of the Union

by Christopher A. Ferrara
September 28, 2015

In the first papal address ever given to the United States Congress by a Pope, the Vicar of Christ never mentioned Christ, but rather only Moses as the one who “leads us directly to God and thus to the transcendent dignity of the human being.” Given an historic opportunity to preach Catholic truth to secular power, Francis held up as models for imitation not Christ, nor any of the saints of the Catholic Church, but rather Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, the controversial convert Dorothy Day (a socialist and early women’s rights activist) and Thomas Merton, the Modernist monk whose famous conversion story (Seven Storey Mountain) was followed by a life that ended in a dalliance with Buddhism and a horrible death by electrocution in a bathroom in Bangkok.

Francis did not see fit to mention even the popular Mother Teresa, who had the courage to tell the audience at the National Prayer Breakfast, including many members of Congress, things that Francis is clearly averse to saying to the powers that be:

every abortion is the denial of receiving Jesus, the neglect of receiving Jesus… And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?... Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love one another but to use any violence to get what they want.

As for abortion, Francis never mentioned it, much less condemned it in the manner of Mother Teresa, even though Congress is in the very midst of debating the defunding of Planned Parenthood on account of its butchery of the unborn and the sale of their body parts. Concerning the defense of life, Francis said only this: “The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development. This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty.” 

For Francis, the right to life requires the “global abolition” of the death penalty, as if convicted murderers on death row, who have forfeited their right to life as Pius XII taught, represent a “stage” in life’s development.  And what about the “global abolition” of abortion, which actually does destroy human life at its earliest stage?  Of this Francis said not one word before Congress.  Indeed, while he has incessantly demanded abolition of the death penalty, which the Church has always approved as appropriate to redress the gravest crimes, he has never called for the global abolition of abortion, which the Church has always condemned as the mass murder of innocents. The contrast could not be more revealing.

Aside from abolition of the death penalty, Francis called for dialogue of all sorts, action on the environment, a more equal “distribution” of wealth, an end to the arms trade, no more war and violence, peace, love, solidarity, and “the avoidance of simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil…” The net effect was that of a State of the Union address, eliciting applause and standing ovations from the Democrat and Republican sides of the chamber depending on which political sentiment was appealed to. All leapt to their feet, however, when Francis referred to America, the abortion capital of the world, where “gay marriage” has been imposed on all fifty states without a word of protest from Francis, as “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

In the aftermath of the Pope’s address, even the Jewish radio talk show host Michael Savage could see what is happening.  He described it (during his show on September 25) as “a seamless integration of Church and State.” By this he means the de facto absorption of the Church into the modern state system and the reduction of the role of the papacy to that of a kind of non-denominational chaplaincy to the New World Order.  Truly we are seeing fulfilled before our very eyes the process Bishop Rudolf Graber described in the 1970s: that of synarchy, the very fulfillment of Masonic designs according to which “Catholicism, like all religions, would consequently be absorbed into a universal syncretism.  Far from being suppressed, it would be integrated, a course which is already being steered in the principle of fellowship between clerics.” One need only watch the video of the Pope’s participation in the subsequent multi-faith prayer service at the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan to appreciate this awful reality. Only the Protestant minister in attendance mentioned Christ and the Gospel. Francis, on the other hand, the very Vicar of Christ, called for a moment of silence.

Only Our Lady of Fatima can obtain for us now the grace of deliverance of the Church and the world from what would humanly appear to be the cancellation of the divine commission to make disciples of all nations. And only the promises of Christ Himself, acting through His Mother as Mediatrix of all graces, can provide our certain assurance that this crisis too — as unprecedented as it is — shall pass. In the meantime, we must recognize the crisis for what it is and arm ourselves against it with the Rosary and the other helps the Church alone provides.