A reminder of how a papal visit might have played out a hundred or more years ago…

“[S]ince We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty, Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the Truth, … We direct Our first thoughts to those most unfortunate of all nations who have never received the light of the Gospel, or who, after having possessed it, have lost it through neglect or the vicissitudes of time: Hence do they ignore God, and live in the depths of error. Now, as all salvation comes from Jesus Christ–for there is no other Name under Heaven given to men whereby we must be saved–Our ardent desire is that the most Holy Name of Jesus should rapidly pervade and fill every land.

“And here, indeed, is a duty which the Church, faithful to the Divine Mission entrusted to her, has never neglected. What has been the object of her labors for more than nineteen centuries? Is there any other work she has undertaken with greater zeal and constancy than that of bringing the nations of the earth to the Truth and Principles of Christianity?

— Pope Leo XIII, Praeclara Gratulationis Publicae (1894)

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7 Responses to A reminder of how a papal visit might have played out a hundred or more years ago…

  1. Great get, brother.

    But the modern Popes will have none of that for the world will have none of that and so the modern Popes have conformed their own selves to the world because they seek the acceptance of the world and they know that acceptance hinges on their not doing their duty for it they did do their duty and preached Christ and Conversion, at least 50% of the world would hate their ever-lasting guts and they would not be invited to America, The United Nations, Mosques, or Synagogues and as far as the Pope having Rabbi Skorka for sleep-overs at Domus Sancta Marthae, that would be over the second the Pope preached Christ in a Synagogue.

    You know, when one reads the Great Commentary of Cornelius a Lapide, he can not help but wonder at just what cost the modern Popes have sold out Jesus and His One True Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church;

    1 Cor 9
    Ver. 16.—Woe is unto me if I preach not the gospel. It appears from this that strict injunctions were given to the Apostles (S. Matt. xxviii. 19) to preach the Gospel and teach all nations, insomuch that, if they had neglected to do so, they would have sinned mortally. For on those that neglect this their duty he pronounces the woe of the wrath of God and of hell. By the same injunctions all pastors, Bishops, and Archbishops are now bound. Cf. chap. i. 17.

    We must be the fools for believing that Tradition means something.

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  3. Tony Jokin says:

    Good to see you back!🙂

  4. Elliot, why would you want to relate to a society of 100 years ago when it is NOT 100 years ago. Our world of 2015 is vastly different from the world of 1915. The idea of same sex marriage, legalized abortion, lewd images spread dozens of feet high on billboard overlooking our cities, free condoms distributed by government entities, sex graphically portrayed in mainstream movies, people (even children) viewing hardcore pornography on their cell phones, etc. etc. etc. could not have even been imagined 100 years ago. Back in the early 20th Century, people still had concepts of right and wrong and of sin. We are now living in a world in which the average person doesn’t even recognize that sin exists. Everything and anything goes. The Church cannot relate to the world of the 21st Century in the same way it did in the early 20th century.

    When Our Lord appeared to St. Faustina 80 years ago, He told her to give the world a message of His Mercy, That is the message that we are receiving from Pope Francis, and that is the message that is resonating with people everywhere. That is our only hope of reaching those who have become spiritually deaf.

    There is a reason why you and people who think like you are not chosen to fill the Seat of Peter.

  5. There is a reason why you and people who think like you are not chosen to fill the Seat of Peter.

    Just because he was not a conspirator in the Saint Gallen gang is no reason to undervalue Elliot.

    Mercy severed from Truth is a half-assed Christianity and the world you describe requires the hard truths but Our Pope and Our Cross knows his agenda will not be possible if he does his duty and teaches the Faith once delivered for if he taught the entirety of Truth, as is his duty, he would be hated by at least 50% of the world – just like Jesus is.

    The Truth divides.

  6. Proph says:

    @brooklyncatholic, if people don’t believe in sin (and they don’t), then “mercy” will not be an intelligible concept to them, either. Mercy means refraining from that to which you have a right: in the case of God, he has the right to punish us for our sins. If people don’t believe in sin, they will hear “mercy” and think…. well, exactly what they think when Francis is giving them: license.

  7. drprice2 says:

    “We are now living in a world in which the average person doesn’t even recognize that sin exists.”

    Agreed. Which makes preaching of mercy a bit of a nonstarter. Mercy…for what?

    The only thing that seems to be resonating is the idea that the Church is finally “getting it” and becoming as enlightened as your average college millenial, and sharing the same prejudices against judgment and the like.

    In short, modern man wants to feel better about himself and what he’s doing. So far, so good.

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