Lifesite: Last Sunday, Pope Francis once again called Chinese Catholics to be “good citizens.” On the feast of Our Lady of Sheshan, patroness of China, the Holy Father briefly talked about the Asian country following his weekly Regina Caeli prayer.
“We entrust to the guidance and protection of our Heavenly Mother the pastors and faithful of the Catholic Church in that great country,” Pope Francis said, “so that they may be strong in faith and firm in fraternal union, joyful witnesses and promoters of charity and fraternal hope, and good citizens.”
The pope did not mention the 2018 accord between the Vatican and China, the details of which are not public. Since the 1950s, the Vatican had supported the underground Church, which is still being persecuted by the Chinese government today. The Vatican-China deal seemingly legitimized the Communist-organized Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA), despite its allegiance to the pro-abortion, pro-contraception Chinese government over the Church. Read More …
Opinion: The “Holy Father” Pope Francis’ prayer to “our Holy Mother” (Mary) defines the underlying problem within the Catholic denomination. Apostasy.
The title Holy Father is reserved for Jesus Christ alone (Matthew 23:9):
“Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.”
The title Holy Mother came about because of the Catholic teaching that Mary is a co-redeemer with Jesus Christ and was conceived without sin (Immaculate Conception), despite Mary herself acknowledging her need for a Savior:
“And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior” Luke 1:47.
While the Catholic church claims its beginning with the Apostle Peter, many of its dogmas that must be believed under the threat of excommunication are relatively new, and came about from either papal infallibility or various Vatican councils.
1854 Immaculate Conception of Mary, proclaimed by Pope Pius IX.
1870 Infallibility of the Pope, proclaimed by Vatican Council.
1922 Virgin Mary proclaimed co-redeemer with Jesus by Pope Benedict XV.
1950 Assumption of Virgin Mary into heaven, proclaimed by Pope Pius XII.
It is a short jump from papal infallibility to authoritarian control over 1.2 billion faithful, and Pope Francis has shown a particular fondness for big government.
Headline, September 24, 2018