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A Man of His Word? But His Word Is the Problem!
One Peter Five ^ | June 8, 2018 | Matt Gaspers

Posted on 06/08/2018 4:56:34 PM PDT by ebb tide

“A dictatorship requires three things: a man, an idea, and a following ready to live for the man and the idea, and if necessary to die for them. If the man is lacking, it is hopeless; if the idea is lacking, it is impossible; if the following is missing, the dictatorship is only a bad joke.”

Thus said Joseph Goebbels, the “Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda” for Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. To his list of three requirements for a dictatorship, I would add an obvious fourth (given his office, I’m surprised Goebbels didn’t mention it): propaganda. In order for a man and his ideas to amass a following – especially if said man or his ideas are bad – it is necessary to propagate a favorable narrative, one that typically appeals first to the emotions rather than the intellect and omits inconvenient truths.


I decided to go see Pope Francis: A Man of His Word on opening weekend (it premiered on May 18 across North America) – for investigative journalism purposes only – and if I was forced to use a single word to describe it, I would have to go with propaganda. From start to finish, it is obvious that the film’s purpose is to (1) propagate a favorable narrative that (2) appeals to the emotions rather than the intellect and (3) omits inconvenient truths.

As I opted not to try to take notes in the dark theater, I will do my best to recall the film’s particulars from memory. (Surely, Pope Francis and his dear atheist friend, Eugenio Scalfari, would approve.)

False Comparison

For starters, one of the film’s central themes is the inaccurate comparison between St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis. The former is falsely portrayed as “an apostle of Vatican II’s new brand of dialogue and ecumenism” (to quote John Vennari), while the latter is shown to be a veritable “reincarnation” of the pretend St. Francis.

Toward the end of the film, for example, footage from the 2016 World Day of Prayer for Peace ceremony in Assisi is shown (a syncretic gathering modeled on Pope John Paul II’s scandalous 1986 meeting), followed by the narrator saying something like, “Here in Assisi, the legacy of St. Francis lives on.” This is absolute nonsense, seeing as the real St. Francis was a staunch Catholic who called all men – even the Islamic sultan of Egypt – to convert to the One True Faith for salvation.

Globetrotting: For Christ or the New World Order?

The film’s documentary “plot” focuses on the Argentine pope’s travels around the world, not to preach the Gospel and convert souls as St. Peter did (e.g., “Do penance, and be baptized” – Acts 2:38), but to promote “progressive” causes such as environmentalism, climate change, the rights of workers and migrants, ending poverty, interreligious dialogue, fraternal harmony among all peoples, etc. (For anyone interested, Sister Rose Pacatte describes in greater detail these themes in her glowing review of the film, written, predictably, for the National Catholic Reporter.)

“For the first time in history,” says the narrator in the film’s trailer, “the Pope opens his doors to address the questions and issues we face together[.] … In a divided world, one leader has a mission to bring us together.” Together in Christ and His One True Church? Or together in some sort of Masonic brotherhood of man apart from Christ? Since Francis emphasizes in the film, yet again, his strong abhorrence of “proselytism” (i.e., trying to convert souls to the True Faith), let the reader decide what sort of “unity” the current Roman pontiff is pursuing. For myself, one thing that comes to mind is the following words of Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, archbishop of Utrecht (Netherlands), at the end of his recent commentary on the German bishops’ “intercommunion” proposal (the admittance of Protestant spouses to Holy Communion in “some cases”):

Observing that the bishops and, above all, the Successor of Peter fail to maintain and transmit faithfully and in unity the deposit of faith contained in Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, I cannot help but think of Article 675 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

‘The Church’s ultimate trial

‘Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth.’

Inconvenient Truths

As for the numerous inconvenient truths about Francis and his pontificate – for example, “the propagation of heresies effected by the apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia and by other words, deeds and omissions of” his (Correctio filialis) – they are completely absent from this film, which is essentially an exercise in shameless self-promotion.

For the sake of combating the propaganda, let us recall just a small sampling of his most scandalous “words, deeds, and omissions” that continue to wreak havoc:

These examples are truly just the tip of the iceberg, but I believe that the point is sufficiently made. (For those interested in more, see “The A – Z list of concerns with Pope Francis” at LifeSiteNews.)

“Don’t Trust Him an Inch”

To conclude this brief critique, I can do no better than to quote what Henry Sire, author of The Dictator Pope, told me about the film toward the end of our recent interview:

If you look at the trailer for this film, it begins: ‘No matter what divides us, his words unite us.’ This, about the most divisive pope the Church has seen for centuries. It is typical of the whole tenor of liberal propaganda, which depends on standing the truth on its head. … [I]f there were a film-maker prepared to do his homework, a good subject for a film would be Bergoglio’s career in Argentina in the forty years prior to his papal election. It could be titled: ‘Jorge Bergoglio: Don’t Trust Him An Inch.’

Well said, Mr. Sire.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Catholic Family News. It is edited and published here with the author’s approval.

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholicleader; francischurch; godsrepresentative; headofcatholics; narcissist; phony; propaganda

1 posted on 06/08/2018 4:56:35 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

I think that describes this Pope to a tee.

2 posted on 06/08/2018 5:37:48 PM PDT by Robert DeLong
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To: Robert DeLong

Agree. I don’t even think he is a valid pope. Pope John Paul II stayed pope when totally disabled, he didn’t think it was God’s will for him to step down. I don’t believe for a minute that Benedict stepped down because of his health - and note he seems just fine years later. This pope is more interested in politics than God. I’m not sure he really believes in God.

3 posted on 06/08/2018 7:49:15 PM PDT by DaleGrrl
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To: DaleGrrl

Valid or not he is the Pope, however, Obama was President too. Neither one should have ever made it to their positions. Obama was bad for the country, and this Pope is bad for Christianity, let alone the Catholic church.

4 posted on 06/08/2018 8:51:38 PM PDT by Robert DeLong
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To: Robert DeLong
Valid or not he is the Pope, however, Obama was President too.

If Bergoglio's not valid, he cannot be the pope.

5 posted on 06/08/2018 9:02:57 PM PDT by ebb tide (We have a rogue curia in Rome.)
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To: ebb tide

Well it depends on what qualifies as Pope. The process they set up to elevate one to the Pope designation, was carried out. How honestly is certainly open for debate. Not being Catholic I can’t really speak to that, but like I said he is not only bad for the Catholic church, but for Christianity as a whole. So in essence I agree with you, just as I’m sure you agree with my take on Obama. So let us not go off into the weeds, based solely on semantics. 8>)

6 posted on 06/08/2018 9:18:16 PM PDT by Robert DeLong
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To: DaleGrrl

Who are you to judge Benedict? In 5 years, many folks have come up with crazy conspiracy notions, personal attacks, wild guesses, all incorrect. They are too narrow and petty in their analyses to get the big picture. You would sink to your knees in shame if you understood the sacrifice of Benedict.

7 posted on 06/08/2018 10:57:45 PM PDT by Marchmain (never forget)
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To: ebb tide
I think his Pope is a disaster, both for the Catholic Church and for Christianity in its struggle with Islam. However, as a Catholic, I'm obliged to pray for him. As has been said, "God writes straight with crooked lines."
8 posted on 06/09/2018 8:46:25 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney
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