It was Our Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, who bestowed upon Simon Peter the grace to continue His teachings to the people of the world: to go and teach all nations -after He had returned to heaven, to His Almighty Father. Yet, two thousand years later we have Simon Peter’s, successor, Francis who has elevated himself so high in the worldly realm that, he forgets his place.
Francis, indeed by the Cardinal’s who put him in the office that he holds, is the successor of Peter, although some may challenge that position historically. But what is important, above all things, is the institution of the priestly ministry instituted by Jesus, which in his own life saw Francis follow the sacerdotal path via the Jesuits. That is why it is all the more bemusing to me that for the successor of Peter, the rock, the leader of the church, instituted by Jesus – why did Francis make absolutely no reference to Jesus at the US Congress or the United Nations.
These two speeches being televised, one in English, the other in his native Hispanic tongue, were broadcast around the world to millions. It may well have sparked the interest of billions of people worldwide to see what he had to say. Francis, had found a Willy Wonka ticket – “cos he’s got a Golden Rule”- as he said “do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.”
In the name of my Lord and my Redeemer, what on earth prevented him[Francis] from saying, for example,
and as Jesus taught us “Do for others what you want them to do for you: this is the meaning of the Law of Moses and of the teachings of the prophets.” [Matthew 7:12]
No Francis didn’t choose to do this and not for the first time does he try to reinterpret the language of the bible, or the gospel, rather than just quote it verbatim. Why reinvent the gospel? It has served us all well for so long. As a priest who should celebrate mass daily, he should be the friend of Jesus, Francis doesn’t act like such a friend- he can’t even mention His name when he is on the World stage. Francis also stopped short on his quote- in the next verse in Matthew which would have been very relevant- (included for interest),
“Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it.” [Matthew 7:13]
Francis referenced Jesus at no point at the US Congress or at the United Nations. As the leader of the Roman Catholic church founded by Jesus, he would have been expected to have at least mentioned His name. The fact that he did not leaves me with the fundamental ideology that Jesus Christ is still my Lord and Saviour. He died on the cross for all of our sins. No matter how many speeches Francis may make, Jesus Christ still is the Son of God, is True God and True Man. The duality of the content of Francis speeches is explosive. If he has a belief in Jesus Christ, it would naturally flow from him – it doesn’t.
Let’s look at how Francis ended his US Congress speech:
In these remarks I have sought to present some of the richness of your cultural heritage, of the spirit of the American people. It is my desire that this spirit continue to develop and grow, so that as many young people as possible can inherit and dwell in a land which has inspired so many people to dream. God bless America!
The land of liberty is exactly that, liberal. The last thing Americans need is an ego massage, amidst a history lesson. In fact, a lecture on sexual morality wouldn’t have gone a miss. Life as a Christian isn’t about dreaming. It’s about faith, hope and charity to your neighbour. I am perturbed with the dualism of the sentence “It is my desire that this spirit continue to develop and grow.” This has other undertones. May I be so bold as to say, America needs to get on her knees and pray to God, before God should bless her. Remembering, God’s blessing is not a given.
And the conclusion to his United Nations speech:
Upon all of you, and the peoples you represent, I invoke the blessing of the Most High, and all peace and prosperity. Thank you.
Once again, I am perturbed by the dualism of this phrase- I invoke the blessing of the Most High. He does not mention God, nor Jesus – so what is this, the most high who? – an invocation?
This whole observation of this “leader” of the Catholic Church is deeply disturbing. When Jesus chose the twelve apostles – they were picked for a reason. Judas had a role to play. But he had a lesson to teach us as well, as did the other apostles. The apostle I would like to single out is, Thomas. He was a doubter, but Jesus knew that. For me he says, that’s okay, because that is a safeguard. As you know as James says,
Do not be deceived, my dear friends! [James 1:16]
In conclusion, and unlike Francis, I’d just like to end with another quote from Matthew in which Jesus our Messiah taught us how to pray:
Therefore, this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come. May your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. And never bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ Because if you forgive people their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive people their offenses, your Father will not forgive your offenses.”