Christopher Ferrara writes:
"In a newly published interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais (the newspaper’s English translation is here), Pope Francis was repeatedly invited by the interviewer’s leading questions to comment negatively on the election of Donald Trump. The first attempt was phrased thus: "Donald Trump has just become the president of the US, and the whole world is tense because of it. What do you think about that?"
Oh come on! Could you be any more blatant? In response, Francis at first professed a wait-and-see attitude: “I think that we must wait and see. I don’t like to get ahead of myself nor judge people prematurely. We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion.”
The second attempt to get Francis to bash Trump hit pay dirt, however:
El Pais: “Both in Europe and in America, the repercussions of the crisis that never ends, the growing inequalities, the absence of strong leadership are giving way to political groups that reflect on the citizens’ malaise. Some of them — the so-called anti-system or populists — capitalize on the fears in face of an uncertain future in order to form a message full of xenophobia and hatred towards the foreigner. Trump’s case is the most noteworthy, but there are others such as Austria or Switzerland. Are you worried about this phenomenon?”
This time Francis probably gave the interviewer even more than he was asking for by literally comparing the election of Trump to the rise of Adolf Hitler:
Pope Francis: “…. When I started to hear about populism in Europe I didn’t know what to make of it, I got lost, until I realized that it had different meanings. Crises provoke fear, alarm. In my opinion, the most obvious example of European populism is Germany in 1933. After [Paul von] Hindenburg, after the crisis of 1930, Germany is broken, it needs to get up, to find its identity, a leader, someone capable of restoring its character, and there is a young man named Adolf Hitler who says: ‘I can, I can.’
“And all Germans vote for Hitler. Hitler didn’t steal the power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people. That is the risk. In times of crisis, we lack judgment, and that is a constant reference for me. Let’s look for a savior who gives us back our identity and let’s defend ourselves with walls, barbed-wire, whatever, from other peoples that may rob us of our identity.
“…. But the case of Germany in 1933 is typical, a people that was immersed in a crisis, that looked for its identity until this charismatic leader came and promised to give their identity back, and he gave them a distorted identity, and we all know what happened….”
Here the Roman Pontiff not only calumniates a newly elected President, blithely suggesting that his administration could lead to the same outcome as Hitler’s Third Reich, but also all the Americans who voted for him, implicitly belittling them as frightened, simple-minded people susceptible to the blandishments of a false political savior who will only destroy them for their foolishness.
Worse, Francis generally denounces the rising populist movements, essentially calling them Hitlerian in spirit, thereby demonizing common people who seek to preserve their national identity from a veritable Muslim invasion, detach their nations from corrupt political establishments, and liberate themselves from the tentacles of the New World Order that the current Vatican apparatus seems intent on helping to build.
The likening of Trump to Hitler is just too much to bear. Even Antonio Socci, writing from Italy, protests that it is “an outrageous allusion, made publicly, that is inconceivable on the lips of the head of the Church who is also a head of state.” Socci also rightly notes that it is “absurd to say that Hitler was elected democratically” by “all of Germany” — an egregious historical blunder, and not the first that this Pope has made in his reckless public remarks. Hitler lost the Presidential election of 1932, receiving only a plurality of the votes, but was appointed Chancellor of Germany by Hindenburg and then consolidated his dictatorial power by force after Hindenburg’s death.
This latest Bergoglian scandal raises some troubling questions about a Pope who fawns over Fidel Castro, a mass-murdering dictator who persecuted Catholics for more than half a century before his death, yet denigrates a duly elected American President who has already taken actions that advance the pro-life cause in America, is poised to change the balance on the United States Supreme Court in favor of life in the womb, and has moved quickly to begin withdrawing the U.S. from globalist entanglements in trade and other areas.
How is it that the public comments of this Pope on political affairs always mesh perfectly with the aims of the globalist Left, such that, as Antonio Socci has observed, with the unexpected defeat of Hillary Clinton and the rise of populist movements in both America and Europe, Francis “now remains the only point of reference for the international Left, deprived of a leader”?
Why does Francis have such friendly relations with communist and socialist dictators, but such an adversarial relationship with political conservatives such as Trump in America and Macri in Argentina?
Why does the same Pope who declined to speak in opposition to the legalization of “homosexual unions” in Italy, because “the Pope does not place himself into the concrete politics of a country,” think nothing of likening a duly elected President to Adolf Hitler?*
What about the connections, including monetary connections — revealed in large measure by Wikileaks — between the Vatican and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the one hand, and, on the other, George Soros, the UN, the international “climate change” propaganda movement and the Clintons, as summarized here and here?
The increasingly alarming trajectory of this pontificate has prompted me to lend my name to an open letter to President Trump. The letter, which appears here, requests that Trump open an investigation into the extent to which the United States government, the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton, and George Soros and other globalist plutocrats have succeeded in co-opting the leadership of the Catholic Church to bring about what the Wikileaks disclosures of Clinton’s and the DNC’s emails have revealed: a revolutionary “Catholic spring” that would align the Church with the international Left in a manner not seen before.
Our letter does not request an investigation of the Church, but rather of the extent to which government and globalist entities have targeted the Church in recent years. We ask the following questions:
To what end was the National Security Agency monitoring the conclave that elected Pope Francis?
What other covert operations were carried out by US government operatives concerning the resignation of Pope Benedict or the conclave that elected Pope Francis?
Did US government operatives have contact with the “Cardinal Danneels Mafia”?
International monetary transactions with the Vatican were suspended during the last few days prior to the resignation of Pope Benedict. Were any U.S. Government agencies involved in this?
Why were international monetary transactions resumed on February 12, 2013, the day after Benedict XVI announced his resignation? Was this pure coincidence?
What actions, if any, were actually taken by John Podesta, Hillary Clinton, and others tied to the Obama administration, who were involved in the discussion proposing the fomenting of a “Catholic Spring”?
What roles were played by George Soros and other international financiers who may be currently residing in United States territory?
Whether or not the investigation we have requested is initiated, the open letter to President Trump may serve the useful purpose of a warning to his administration to be wary of undue influence on Catholic leadership by outside interests inimical to those of the administration, the millions of Americans who voted for an end to Leftist and globalist politics as usual in their country, and indeed the Church herself.
May Our Lady, Patroness of the Americas, protect both Church and State in America at this turning point in Western history.
* see here.
When he was installed as Pope on April 19, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI requested our prayers. "Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves. Let us pray for one another, that the Lord will carry us and that we will learn to carry one another."
On April 9, 1993, Our Lady told Father Gobbi that Jesus' passion "is being renewed by you, my beloved children. And so I have called you time and again to enter, by your consecration, into the Gethsemane of my Immaculate Heart. This is in order to form you for your priestly immolation and to give you the strength to go forward without fear to the Calvary of your martyrdom, close to me, the sorrowful Mother, who has begotten you beneath the Cross upon which my Son Jesus has been put to death. The time of your painful passion has now arrived. You too will be persecuted and stricken, rejected and condemned, imprisoned and killed. But do not let yourselves be seized with apprehension or fear. I am close to you, as I was beneath the Cross. I am at your side at the hour of the painful passion which is being renewed by you, my beloved ones, because today also it is beneath the cross that I am fulfilling my role as Mother of the new times, which are coming to birth from your painful suffering."
The Church is approaching Calvary. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that, "Before Christ's second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. This 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. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh." (CCC, 675).
We are now in the final hour before the bloody persecution. The Church finds herself surrounded by many enemies. Even now the Man of Sin readies himself to enter the world stage openly.
Pope St. Pius X, the Pope of the Eucharist, while giving an audience for the General Chapter of the Franciscan Order in 1909, fell into a mystical trance and prophesied:
"I have seen one of my successors, of the same name, who was fleeing over the dead bodies of his brethren. He will take refuge in some hiding place; but after a brief respite, he will die a cruel death. Respect for God has disappeared from human hearts. They wish to efface even God's memory. This perversity is nothing less than the beginning of the last days of the world."
While in a mystical trance, Pope St. Pius X observed a time when many people would desire to "efface even God's memory." An accurate description of our own time.
And who is this successor on the throne of Peter who will possess the same name as Pius X and who will have to flee Rome, eventually facing "a cruel death"? Only time will tell. But it should be noted that Pope St. Pius X was born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto on June 2, 1835. Pope Benedict XVI was born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on April 16, 1927. Giuseppe is Italian for Joseph.
Now is the time for the entire Church to prepare for persecution the likes of which the Church has never seen. In the words of Father Charles Arminjon: "..this persecution will be the most severe and violent of all because it will be inspired not by superstition or fanaticism, nor by a blind attachment to the worship of idols...It's purpose will not be to assuage pride, or to satisfy an unbridled lust for power...It will be a persecution inspired solely by hatred of God, in which God and His Christ will be directly challenged, and its sole objective will be the extermination of the divine kingdom, the complete annihilation of Christianity and of all positive religion." (The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life, pp. 63-64).