Francis Has Systematically Dismantled John Paul II’s Legacy

If there was ever a pope whose legacy within the Church seemed irreversible, it was Pope St. John Paul II. At his funeral Mass on April 8, 2005, which set records for crowd size and number of heads of state in attendance, the crowds shouted, “Santo Subito!” (“Make him a Saint Immediately!”) After his death, a number of clergy and laymen proclaimed him “John Paul the Great.” He was duly beatified only six years after his death.

John Paul II ascended to the papacy at a time when great evil threatened to overtake both the world and the Church. His firm commitment to confronting Communism led directly to the downfall of the Soviet Union. His strong and unyielding reaffirmation of the Church’s the traditional moral teachings stabilized it doctrinally and planted the seeds of renewal during a time of confusion and crisis.

It turns out, however, that John Paul II secured the undoing of his own legacy within the Church on February 21, 2001. On that date, John Paul II elevated the controversial Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, to Cardinal. And as Pope Francis, Bergoglio would work to destroy John Paul II’s legacy as Pope. Indeed, Francis’s pontificate is almost a demonic inversion of John Paul II’s in key areas.

Start with Communism. There could be no more vivid contrast to John Paul II’s unwavering moral witness against Communism than Francis’s craven 2018 deal with the Chinese Communist Party, allowing the CCP to appoint bishops in consultation with the Vatican. John Paul II heroically rallied Poles against their Communist oppressors. But through his deal with the CCP, Francis allows the CCP to appoint bishops at will. The CCP no longer bothers consulting with the Vatican on appointments– and Francis blesses whomever the CCP picks. At the same time, the underground Church in China has been cast adrift.

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