Matt C. Abbott
July 13, 2017
Worst pope ever?
By Matt C. Abbott

The following is a powerful commentary from Father Brian W. Harrison, O.S., M.A., S.T.D., which speaks for itself:
    The question raised in the title line above is, I am afraid, no longer just a way to let off rhetorical steam. The present Holy Father is not of course a libertine or a worldly and irreligious seeker of power and wealth, as were a few notoriously immoral medieval and Renaissance popes (e.g., John XII, Alexander VI or Julius II).

    On the contrary, Francis is a man whom no one has accused of failing to live up to his Jesuit's vow of chastity; and his modest personal lifestyle and concern for the poor are not only well-known to all, but remind us that these virtues are central to Christ's Gospel.

    However, the Church's greatest and most essential treasure – to be guarded and preserved at all costs – is the revealed deposit of saving truth: Christ's doctrine, transmitted through Scripture, Tradition and Magisterium, and given its primary living expression in the Sacred Liturgy.

    The aforesaid 'bad popes,' in spite of grave scandals in their personal lives, rarely if ever made public statements that contradicted or undermined Catholic orthodoxy. But Pope Francis has not only done that innumerable times in a seeming effort to accommodate Christian doctrine to the worldly 'wisdom' of current secular Úlites; he is – still worse! – harshly punishing those offering orthodox resistance and filling the Church's key leadership positions with like-minded prelates who will, he hopes, entrench his revolution permanently.

    Since this project is provoking a terrible and unprecedented crisis throughout the Catholic Church, and is set to do her far greater long-term damage than an immoral private papal lifestyle, the question must be raised in deadly seriousness as to whether he is the worst pope in history. Not the worst man to attain the papacy; the worst pope – qua pope. The pope whose governance of the universal Church is the most harmful on record.

    This pungent LifeSiteNews 'A-to-Z' list of the boldest Bergoglian bombshells, all backed up with hyperlinks to documentary sources – click here to read it – strikes me as an excellent resource to pass on to friends and family whose views have been formed by glowing mainstream media presentations of Francis as a smiling, humble, open-minded pontiff, and who therefore can't imagine why any Catholic should be troubled by his leadership.

    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He's been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.


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