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March 12, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The prodigal son has returned home, but he’s unhappy with the shepherd in charge of the family flock.
“(Pope Francis) is personally responsible for enough wickedness in this Church that I quake for the future of the Magisterium if he if he's not replaced relatively soon,” Milo Yiannopoulos said in an interview with LifeSiteNews' John-Henry Westen first posted today.
The famous British author and journalist, baptized and raised as a Catholic, made headlines this week when he declared to LifeSiteNews that he is consecrating himself to St. Joseph and means to practice the Catholic faith with integrity. But Yiannopoulos has not returned to the Church with his eyes wide shut. He did, after all, publish in 2018 a book entitled Diabolical: How Pope Francis Has Betrayed Clerical Abuse Victims Like Me — and Why He Has to Go.
“I consider the cover-up, the systematic, purposeful, deliberate cover-up on an industrial scale, of abuses to be equal in magnitude and moral horror to the abuses themselves,” the author told LifeSite editor-in-chief John-Henry Westen.
“Pope Francis has now, as a matter of record, been responsible for some of these cover-ups.”
This is, Yiannopoulos declared, “a uniquely awful situation” in which “the heir to St. Peter lost his moral and spiritual authority.”
“By rehabilitating Theodore McCarrick,” the author continued.
“By perpetuating the cover-up and in lies about clerical abuse. In defending priests who describe victims as ‘hysterical’ and all the rest of it. The stuff he did as an archbishop: just unspeakable.”
Yiannopoulos said that he was “very uncomfortable” with the Argentinian pontiff’s Peronist, press-pleasing style and what it has done to the reputation of the Church. But it is the alleged complicity with abuse that the author finds “unforgiveable.”
Remarks attributed to Pope Francis (and, not denied by the Vatican) in support of homosexual civil unions have caused grave scandal to the faithful.
Please SIGN this urgent petition which asks Pope Francis to clarify and rectify these heterodox and scandalous remarks on homosexual civil unions, and which will be delivered both to the Vatican and to the Papal Nuncio of the United States (the Pope's official representative in the U.S.).
As the last guarantor of the Faith, the Pope should clarify and rectify these remarks, which go against the perennial teaching of the Church, even including the teaching of his living predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
"What we have to create is a law of civil coexistence [meaning civil union law, for homosexuals]...," Pope Francis is reported to have remarked, in what is arguably his clearest statement of public support for a practice morally prohibited by official Catholic Church teaching.
In fact, the Church has been crystal clear in Her opposition to homosexual unions.
Just in 2003, Pope Saint John Paul II approved a document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, titled 'Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons' and written by Cardinal Ratzinger (now, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI), which concludes with the following:
"The Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition of homosexual unions. The common good requires that laws recognize, promote and protect marriage as the basis of the family, the primary unit of society. Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behaviour, with the consequence of making it a model in present-day society, but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity. The Church cannot fail to defend these values, for the good of men and women and for the good of society itself."
It could not be more clear: the Church is calling people to repentance, not to be left to indulge in grave sin.
Since becoming public, several senior prelates as well as other notable Catholic figures have voiced their opposition to these remarks attributed to the Pontiff.
Cardinal Raymond Burke stated: "It is a source of deepest sadness and pressing pastoral concern that the private opinions reported with so much emphasis by the press and attributed to Pope Francis do not correspond to the constant teaching of the Church, as it is expressed in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition."
Cardinal Gerhard Müller commented: "Where there is tension between the plain and obvious Word of God and the infallible interpretation on the one hand, and private expressions of opinion even by the highest church authorities on the other, the principle always applies: in dubio pro DEO [When in doubt, be in favor of God]."
And, Catholic theologian and apologist Scott Hahn, without directly quoting Pope Francis, shared on Facebook the 'Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons,' published by the CDF in 1986, with the statement: "Holy Father, respectfully and humbly, I beg to differ... if that is indeed what you said. In any case, please clarify and rectify your statement, especially in view of the official teaching of our Lord through the magisterium of His Church."
But, the silence from the Vatican has been deafening, with no clarification forthcoming.
We must, therefore, ask the Pope for clarification in this serious matter.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks Pope Francis to clarify and rectify remarks attributed to him in support of homosexual civil unions.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Cdl. Burke: Pope’s homosexual civil union remarks ‘contrary’ to Scripture, Tradition' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/cardinal-burke-on-popes-homosexual-civil-union-remarks-contrary-to-the-teaching-of-sacred-scripture-and-sacred-tradition
'Cardinal says Catholics ‘can and should’ disagree with Pope’s ‘opinion’ on gay civil unions' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/cdl.mueller-popes-words-on-gay-civil-unions-purely-private-expression-of-opinion-which-every-catholic-can-and-should-freely-contradict
'Archbishop Vigano, Bishops Tobin and Strickland respond to Pope’s approval of homosexual civil unions' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/archbishop-vigano-and-bishops-tobin-strickland-respond-to-popes-approval-of-homosexual-civil-unions
'Pope’s comments on gay civil unions cause shockwaves around the world' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/deepest-sadness-cardinal-burke-condemns-pope-franciss-remarks-supporting-civil-unions
Pope John Paul II was, Yiannopolous suggested, “naive” about clerical sexual abuse and (Pope) Benedict XVI cowardly, but there is “evil of a different order when we consider Pope Francis and the things we know he has done.”
The author is particularly incensed by Pope Francis’s friendship with the former Cardinal McCarrick, a serial sexual abuser, and the latter’s role in the private agreement between the former and China’s communist regime.
“(Francis) sent him to China to do a deal with a regime that operates concentration camps, (a deal) in which the Catholic Church basically endorsed a schismatic church and handed over the reins of picking bishops to this evil authoritarian regime in exchange, it now seems obvious, for money,” Yiannopoulos said.
“Who knows if the details will ever fully come out, and we should place plenty of caveats on what we're saying,” he conceded.
“But there's good reporting on this, and there's real reporting on this. And we know enough, even though we don't know everything, to know that there are such deep and horrifying problems with this pope.”
Earlier in the interview, Yiannopoulos had revealed that there is a religious movement among disaffected young conservative men in the USA, but, dissuaded by the decadence and corruption they see in the Catholic Church, they often take refuge in the Eastern Orthodox Church instead.
In his book, Yiannopoulos had concluded that faithful Catholics are in an “impossible situation”: they cannot hope for Francis to resign, for after two retirements in a row, the papacy would become “a political appointment” with political parties springing up among the cardinals, a “catastrophic” situation. Catholics also cannot wish for misfortune or death to befall the Vicar of Christ.
“But we're in an impossible situation where the only right answer seems to be to ride out the storm,” Yiannopoulos concluded.
“I hold this pope personally responsible for a lot of the worst things that have happened in the church politically, to do with abuse, and also China,” he continued.
“He is personally responsible for enough wickedness in this church that I quake for the future of the Magisterium if he if he's not replaced relatively soon.”
Pressed on the idea that Francis’ actions are “unforgiveable,” Yiannopoulos modified his condemnation of the pontiff, but only slightly.
“’Unlikely to be forgiven’ is perhaps more accurate, since I don't think that the man is capable of the kind of introspection, self-awareness and contrition that would be necessary for real forgiveness,” the author said.
“I don't think the man is prepared, or remotely willing, or motivated to admit what he's done wrong and attempt to make it right,” he added. “I think that (the pope) will continue to get away with whatever he can get away with for as long as he can get away with it until he is in a coffin.”
What makes Pope Francis “more endurable” to Yiannopoulos is his faith that the Church to which he has returned teaches true doctrine and, for all its lamentable appearance today, is the barque of Peter, the ship that will weather any storm.
“Things don't stop being true just because just because the Church is in a bad place is in a bad way,” he said.
“I mean, let's face it, the church has always been a bad way,” he added.
“This is the rickety ark on which we sit. And there are beautiful, brand-new, 300-foot, gleaming white yachts everywhere around us with pretty girls and hot tubs and champagne. And it would be easy for us to dive off and and go to one of them. But after the tempest, after the storm, after the hurricane, this rickety, stinking, hideous-looking ark is the only one that will still be afloat.”
Yiannopoulos reflected that the only reason the Church will endure is because she “envelops a truth that can never really be suffocated, a light that can't be extinguished.”
“And that's the only thing that keeps it afloat,” he concluded.
“And it doesn't really deserve to be afloat. But it is it is afloat because of the truth that it holds in trust. And that that, I guess, makes Pope Francis a lot more endurable.”