Update January 21, 2020: it seems there may be something to this … see the attached video in which Bergoglio condemns “barbaric resurgence of antisemitism,” and links it to the “rise of populism.” https://youtu.be/WtvE9lXZx54
Bergoglio has opened the Vatican archives for “scholars wishing to study documents related to the wartime pontificate of Pope Pius XII.” https://osvnews.com/2020/01/15/open-source-vatican-wartime-archives-ready-for-new-batch-of-scholars/. He agreed to do this last year presumably to help settle controversy of allegations about Pope Pius XII, and to “reveal the greatness of Pius XII.” https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2019-03/bishop-pagano-opening-vatican-archives-pope-pius-xii.html.
Though, considering how Bergoglio feels about everything Catholic that existed prior to Vatican II, perhaps especially actually Catholic popes, one wonders whether there is an ulterior motive. At this point in Bergoglio’s reign of terror, questioning his ulterior motives is not only reasonable, but probably prudent.
There has long been debate that Pope Pius XII didn’t do enough to help Jews during the holocaust of WWII. Positions on this debate range from Pius XII being secretly a hero to the Jews (https://zenit.org/articles/interview-thanks-to-pius-xii-almost-a-million-jews-saved-from-nazis-says-jewish-man-who-hated-pacelli-but-now-calls-him-a-hero/) to him being some sort of secret antisemitic Nazi. These detractors call him “Hitler’s Pope” (https://www.vanityfair.com/style/1999/10/pope-pius-xii-199910). The uninformed reader need only use the search terms “Pius XII,” “Jews,” and “WWII” to get a quick background of the debate.
The problem with what Bergoglio is doing is it is not going to do anything, other than allow ideological hacks to cherry-pick random documents to support their libelous positions. John Allen said it well last year:
Opening the archives will not – indeed, by definition, cannot – settle the historical controversy about Pius XII and his alleged silence during the Holocaust. That’s because the debate is counter-factual, pivoting not on what Pius did or didn’t do, but rather what he should have done.John L. Allen Jr.Mar 5, 2019 “Opening archives won’t settle debate over Pius XII and the Holocaust“
I’m no expert on the history of this stuff, so I’m not going to try to teach anybody what happened with Pius XII. But I am a sort of expert on people, and the spirit of the age. So let’s just say my “Spidey” senses are going off for two reasons. First, have you noticed the massive alarm recent bells ringing in the media about “antisemitism?” Everybody is an antisemite now for one reason or another. There are now laws on the books in the United States against criticizing Israel, which intentionally conflate Zionism with Judaism.
To compound matters, there have been a couple of hate crimes perpetrated by “Black Hebrew Israelites.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/12/12/jersey-city-shooting-who-black-hebrew-israelites/4408073002/. Of course, unless you specifically search for “Black Hebrew Israelites,” you’ll find that the pundits are accusing this rise of “antisemitism” on “white nationalists.” These hate crimes have been blown up by the media, while the millions of Christians being exterminated globally is ignored.
We (actual) Catholics are feeling the “antisemite push” in an even more sinister way. The Dogma that “There is no salvation outside the Church” can never change. Period. It’s the Great Commission of Matthew 28: 18-20: “Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”
In other words (generally speaking), it is unchangeable Church teaching that, absent certain very narrow exceptions, one must be baptized to get to heaven. Period. This was one of the primary motivations for millions of missionaries throughout history. After all, we want everyone to get to heaven. This is true even for the Jews.
But Bergoglio is trying to teach the world that baptism is no longer necessary with his new Abu Dahbi religion. The founding document for this new religion, which was written by Bergoglio states: “The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives.” https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-02/pope-francis-uae-declaration-with-al-azhar-grand-imam.html
This is heresy, of course. God wills that we do what he ordered us to do. He ordered us to baptize, and to teach all nations that Jesus Christ is “THE way, the truth, and the life,” and that “no one comes to the Father except through” Him. John 14:6. But this is offensive and antisemitic, according to people who hate Christianity, like Jorge Bergoglio.
So, I suspect that we traditional Catholics are about to be branded wholesale as “antisemites.” And I think we’re already getting some hints of that. See Mass Faggi’s quote below, and then search “Catholic” and “Antisemitism” on Twitter, and you’ll find more. Just wait until they start cherry-picking documents that support this lie from the archives. I hope I’m wrong. We’ll see.
The second thing my Spidey senses are picking up is the potential issue with the relationship between Cardinal Spellman and Pope Pius XII. As John Allen said in the link above: “Americans will be interested in whatever the archives may reveal about Pius’s relationship with the U.S. hierarchy of the day, perhaps especially his close ties with Cardinal Francis Spellman of New York. It would be fascinating, for instance, to know what Pius really thought when Spellman turned down the pontiff’s offer in 1944 to make him the first American Secretary of State – whether Pius regretted a missed opportunity, or, as he watched Spellman move in a progressively more hardline direction, felt he’d actually dodged a bullet.”
Dodged a bullet indeed. But, with the hatred Bergoglio has toward traditional Catholicism, I wouldn’t be surprised if some controversy arose from this issue. Again, I hope not. Let’s hope my Spidey senses are completely out of whack …
Happy Sunday. Let’s empty purgatory today, and offer all of our masses for the poor souls up there. We need all the help we can get.