March 22, 2023

In his video message of January 2016 and in earlier declarations, Francis maintains that all religions are valid to arrive at the same God. From this perspective the Catholic call to Baptism is not necessary nor is universal preaching to convert and believe in the Gospel.

The already secluded Benedict XVI endorses the opposite view. In the only document written during his retirement he states that relativistic ideas are lethal for the faith. Interreligious dialogue cannot substitute for the mission of evangelising and he endorses Christ’s command “Go out to the whole world and preach the Gospel making disciples and baptising everyone in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one goes to the Father except through me”.

The Irenicist heresy of Bergoglio is becoming more and more evident.

In his first video in which he asks for prayers for his intentions, Bergoglio affirms something which is perfectly obvious: “Many think differently and feel differently”. But he then makes an assertion which constitutes a fallacy: “they find God in a different way”. And he concludes by saying that “we are all sons of God”. This is a deceitful sophism, since the Jews and the Muslims do not accept that Christ is the Son of God made flesh for our redemption.

It’s the first time that a “Pope” has contradicted Scriptures and the magisterium. St. Paul does not doubt in affirming that “We were all children of the wrath, but God gave us life together with Christ, by the grace of baptism we are saved” (Eph. 2, 1-5).

The video finishes by saying that all religions are equal to each other as they all believe in love. This is another lie, since the Jews profess the idea of racial predestination and consider others as “pagans” worthy to be treated as animals, and only allow the sons of a Jewess, belonging to the lineage of Israel, into Judaism. And the Muslims do not practise the law of love but rather Sharia law, by which those who do not practise Islam must be treated as heretics and outlawed.

Pope Benedict XVI, in a discourse he wrote for the Urbaniana University, clearly explains that we are all God’s creatures, yes, but not all have been made “sons of God”, this is attained only by means of Baptism and adherence to the Gospel.

In matters of apologetics, Pope Benedict XVI has distanced himself from the ideas proclaimed by the Bishop of Rome, who wants to be called Father Bergoglio, who has declared that “all religions are equal”, or that “God is not catholic” or that “it’s the same if a child is educated by a Jew, a Muslim or a Christian”, or that “Good and evil are not defined by God but by man”, since “the only absolute is one’s own conscience”, as he has affirmed in his open letters to Scalfari and in different public interventions.

In his discourse for the Urbaniana University, Pope Benedict XVI refuted these theses of Francis, derived from a false interreligious dialogue, and he marked his doctrinal discrepancy regarding the same. On the contrary, Benedict XVI reaffirmed that Jesus Christ is the way to get to the Father; he reminded us that the Church- and it’s only God-is Catholic from the beginning, as it offers salvation to everyone; and that the Christian is commanded to proclaim faith in Christ to the ends of the earth.

The desire to equate and unite religions for the good of “common peace” is a heresy of the XVI century known as “Irenicism”. That ideology proposes a religiosity removed from the specific identity of each religion, a “unity” of beliefs so as to avoid “religious wars”.

The term comes from a proposal by Erasmus of wanting to reconcile Catholicism and Protestantism, but more recently it has served to promote the idea of achieving universal religious unification, supposedly in favour of peace and so overcome the differences that various religions provoke among themselves.

Irenicism is developed by pretence, by conceding what one has and not wishing to manifest that absolute truth and a true religion exist. The second Vatican Council condemned Irenicism in number 11 of the Decree Unitatis Redintegratio that “nothing is so removed from ecumenism as that false Irenicism which harms the purity of Catholic doctrine and darkens it’s genuine and certain sense”.

What Benedict XVI did with his discourse to the Urbaniana University, was to ratify the doctrine of the Council and distance himself from the irenicist heresy professed by Bergoglio.

Irenicism, caused Francis to fall into formal heresy before, in so far as we are dealing with a pontifical document. In number 247 of his exhortation Evangelii Gaudium he says: “A special regard is directed at the Jewish people whose covenant with God has never been revoked”. This text is directly opposed to the solemn dogmatic definition established by the Ecumenical Council of Florence, and ratified by Pope Eugene III, taught by the supreme magisterium of Benedict XIV and upheld by the Magisterium of the Church until our days. Yes, God did revoke the mosaic covenant with the Jews, for having killed the Messiah.

Jesus Christ Himself condemned the Jews for rejecting the Messiah that was sent to them: “The Kingdom of God will be taken from you and it will be given to a people who will bear fruit” (Mt. 21, 33-46). And when he celebrated the Passover with His disciples, before being murdered on the cross by the Jews, He said to His disciples: “This is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new covenant which shall be shed for many”. In other words, the covenant that the Father seals with the blood of His own Son is eternal, definitive and completely replaces the old covenant; the latter was surpassed, and was no longer in force or necessary, thanks to the death and resurrection of Christ.

Let us conclude this reflection with the passage of the Nativity. The angels proclaimed “Glory to God in the highest” to the shepherds (a call to conversion for the Jews). And the wise men from the East followed the star that brought them to adore the God made man (a call to conversion for the Muslims and gentiles). What part of proper evangelisation does Bergoglio not understand? It’s Just a question.

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José Alberto Villasana Munguía

José Alberto Villasana Munguía is a Writer and analyst of political, economic and religious international affairs.

He studied Theology in the Gregorian University in Rome, Philosophy in the Angelicum University in Rome, Classical Humanities in the Centre for Higher Studies in Salamanca, Spain and International Communications in the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), specialising in Eschatology since 1995.

He is Academic Adviser to the International Institute of Human Rights.

He is a director member of the Journalist’s Club of Mexico.

He is President of the pro life civil association “Life to be Born” (Vida para Nacer).

He has received the National Award for Journalism on three occasions in the categories of in-depth investigation.