“And it comes to my mind to say something
that may be foolish, or perhaps a heresy,
I don’t know.”
We remember “who am I to judge?” and “don’t be like rabbits” (when it comes to having children). But based on his latest statement, it seems to me that “Pope Francis” is saying these kinds of things in a calculated way, to heighten the impact.
Look at what he said last week to “a group focused on unity” (source):
Dear brothers and sisters, division is a wound in the body of the Church of Christ. And we do not want this wound to remain open. Division is the work of the Father of Lies, the Father of Discord, who does everything possible to keep us divided.
Together today, I here in Rome and you over there, we will ask our Father to send the Spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and to give us the grace to be one, “so that the world may believe”. I feel like saying something that may sound controversial, or even heretical, perhaps.
Whoops! A pope uttering a heretical utterance? Is he baiting us?
But there is someone who “knows” that, despite our differences, we are one. It is he who is persecuting us. It is he who is persecuting Christians today, he who is anointing us with (the blood of) martyrdom. He knows that Christians are disciples of Christ: that they are one, that they are brothers! He doesn’t care if they are Evangelicals, or Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics or Apostolic…he doesn’t care!
The one who “knows” and “doesn’t care” is the Devil. To my knowledge, no Roman Catholic doctrine is based on what the Devil thinks. So a pope can say pretty much anything about “what the Devil thinks” and he would know that it’s not “heresy”.
This raises the question, why would “Pope Francis” bring up the tantalizing possibility that “what I’m going to say may be heresy”?
The possibility that “Pope Francis” wouldn’t know whether or not seems beyond the realm of possibility. According to one “traditionalist” website, it is a pope’s duty “to be informed on these matters”.
So he didn’t not know this. That leaves the other possibility as a live one: he said this intentionally, merely to be provocative.
To these traditionalists, he is “Antipope Francis”.
Bergoglio’s gig this time: intentional deception.