Pope Francis, The Sole Mission of the Ministers of the Church is What?

Continuing his “catechesis” of the Church as a M.A.S.H. unit or an extension of UNICEF, our Pope Francis continues to ignore the big why for the existence of the Church, the big reason why any person would believe they need to be in the Church, to hold the Faith, to practice the Faith, to receive the sacraments, and to die hopefully in a state of grace that would allow them to get to Heaven, to be before the face of God in eternal happiness and joy.  That is still the point, isn’t it?

Well, for real Catholics, yes.  For those who don’t really believe all that stuff beyond giving lip service to it as an abstract screed of paper ideas, or who don’t believe that any soul goes to hell, the real mission of the ministers of the Church is only one.

I sometimes describe the Church as a field hospital,” Francis reaffirmed, saying, “There are many wounded, how many wounded! How many people who need their wounds to be healed!”

To heal and care for its people, the Pope said, is the mission of the Church. This requires, he said, “healing the wounded hearts, opening doors, freeing [people], and saying that God is good, forgives all, is our Father, is tender, and is always waiting for us … “  [And the reason WHY is WHAT?]

Reflecting on today’s Gospel, in which Jesus sends his disciples out to the villages to preach, heal the sick and drive out “unclean spirits,” the Pope stressed the disciples needed a certain attitude. The Gospel, Jesus said, must be proclaimed in poverty, and must be done for no reason other to bring the good news of liberty to the oppressed.  [And the reason WHY this is good news is WHAT?]

Although the Apostles preached with no food, sack, or money in their belts, the Pope stressed that the purity and simplicity of how they wished to help others made them happy and satisfied.  [And the reason WHY they wanted to help others is WHAT?  And where does he get that they were happy and satisfied in their “purity and simplicity”?  I don’t recall reading in the Gospels that they were happy and satisfied trying to help others, nor that they were pure and simple, but to the contrary.  I recall they were disappointed that their “help” was refused, they were angry and wanted to call in a missile strike, they were confused, they were sad, they were afraid, particularly when Jesus was taken to be crucified and they scattered, and they weren’t happy until Jesus was resurrected, and even then they were more perplexed and astonished.  Even after that, they were huddled together in hiding afraid of the Jews when Jesus appeared to them.  So, Pope Francis makes it up as he goes along.  He makes it sound like hippy Jesus was leading the commune during the summer of love.]

Francis added that Christ’s ministers must always remember, however, that they are simple “servants of the Kingdom.”  [The Kingdom of Whom?]

These proclaiming ‘servants,’ he stressed, must have alleviating the miseries of the poor as their sole aim and must never forget their service is not done through human hands, but through the Holy Spirit.  [The “proclaiming servants” he never says what they are to be proclaiming.  WHAT would they proclaim and WHY?  More importantly, he defines the SOLE AIM as what?  That’s right, you read it correctly.  Alleviating the miseries of the poor is the sole aim of the Church’s ministers.]

If the ministers are supposed to be poor and simple, then why doesn’t he walk around in a hairshirt and barefoot?  What about his cardinals?  If this is more than pablum, where’s the humble example?  Wouldn’t that be fitting for the pope who doesn’t want to live in the Vatican papal apartments, who gets driven around in his Focus, and talks this blather?

I don’t understand why he insists that everyone is always miserable and downtrodden and bleeding from immense chest wounds all the time.  Sure, we are sometimes wounded, some with no more than a scratch, some with major life-threatening wounds.  Sometimes, we are also filled with joy and exuberance and zeal, knowing we are in a state of grace, or at peace because of the practice of our Faith or intensely beautiful prayer.  Even when we suffer from trials, we are not always the walking wounded or prostrate on a stretcher.  Sometimes, we are just happy, knowing that we are children of God striving to do His will, or being in the company of others who do so as well.  It happens all the time.

And I do not understand how he could say that the sole aim of the ministers of the Church is to alleviate the miseries of the poor without giving each of them a big bag of money to hand out.  His statement would only make sense if he spoke of the goal being to get souls to Heaven, speaking of the hope given by the Resurrection, and alluding to sin being the “miseries” to be alleviated, and the “poor” being the faithful practicing the Faith and persevering.  But he doesn’t speak of the Church in those terms.  He doesn’t explain the good news as Jesus dying for our sins, the Resurrection being our hope, or Heaven being opened to us through the practice of the Faith.

He just doesn’t.  Why are the most important things that, when said would explain the point of it all, left unsaid?

Here is Saint Peter explaining the point, and telling us that knowing and understanding the important things we can give a reason for our hope to anyone who asks.  Listening to Pope Francis, who could do that?

Let him decline from evil, and do good: let him seek after peace and pursue it:  Because the eyes of the Lord are upon the just, and his ears unto their prayers: but the countenance of the Lord upon them that do evil things.   And who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good?  But if also you suffer any thing for justice’ sake, blessed are ye. And be not afraid of their fear, and be not troubled.  But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you.

There is a point after all.  If the Pope and all ordained spoke like this instead of hiding it and obscuring it, the pews might be full again because there would be a point in being there and holding the Faith.

Posted in Faith, Life, Pope Francis the Muddle-Headed?, The Bible
3 comments on “Pope Francis, The Sole Mission of the Ministers of the Church is What?
  1. ubipetrusest says:

    Thanks for a great post on the Bishop of Rome, or the Great Social Worker. Francis’s focus on material things become understandable when he is seen as the accusing and whining Marxist he is. Polish ex-Communist Leszek Kowlakowski formulated three “double standards” of Marxist propaganda, and here is a short summary by David Horowitz:

    The first [is] the invocation of moral standards in judging capitalist regimes, while historical criteria [are] used to evaluate their socialist counterparts. As a result, capitalist injustice [is] invariably condemned . . . under an absolute standard, whereas socialist injustice [is] accommodated in accord with the relative judgments of a historical perspective.

    Second, capitalist and socialist regimes [are] always assessed under different assumptions about their futures. Capitalist regimes [are] judged under the assumption that they could not meaningfully improve, while socialist regimes [are] judged on the opposite assumption that they would.

    Finally, in left-wing arguments the negative aspects of existing socialism [are] always attributed to capitalist influences (survival of the elements of the old society, impact of anti-Communist “encirclement,” tyranny of the world market, etc.). The reverse possibility [is] never considered. . . . Leftist Cold War histories refuse to concede that the anti-Communist policies of the western powers were a reasonable response to the threat they faced; instead, the threat itself is viewed as a fantasy of anti-Communist paranoia. Soviet militarism and imperialism, including the occupation of Eastern Europe, is dismissed as merely reactive, defensive responses to western containment. . . . In sum, negative developments in the the Soviet bloc are the consequences of counterrevolutionary encirclement; positive developments come from within. (“The Politics of Bad Faith,” 1998, pp. 86-87)


    • steveesq says:

      It’s become apparent that he is drinking at the well of Marxism, which means he must also agree with Marx that religion is the opiate of the masses, which fits with the constant miserable pain he assumes everyone is in all the time, and he’s the chief dispenser. The first pharmacist pope? The Dope Pope? I can’t say that, yet. However, let’s recall that he’s declared Romero a martyr, the liberation theology proponent, setting him up to be declared a saint. Back in 1989 at Columbia University I was studying political science. As I spent the day in class in a course called “Communist Political Systems of East Central Europe” I went home in the evening and watched the people rising up and shaking off those systems. My professor and others in the department had no explanation. Perhaps the Horowitz quote you gave explains why. One thing I did learn was how communists/socialists spoke and I’m afraid I’m hearing it from the Vatican today.


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