The latest from Katherine Bennett, too controversial for the Catholic Herald!
The world is full of so many disadvantaged people living on the margins – high profile politicians, former US Presidents, billionaire globalists and their nepo babies, Hollywood stars and celebrity LGBT activists – all of whom are welcomed into the big tent by Pope Francis while Cardinal Zen shivers in the car park with the Latin Mass-goers.
The latest marginalised face to receive a golden ticket to PopeWorld™ was rich, celebrity loudmouth Whoopi Goldberg who has waited years to thank Pope Francis for his message of inclusivity towards people who had never been excluded in the first place. What Ms Goldberg, a pro-abortion activist, is really thankful for is that there is now a Pope whose ambiguity allows people to indulge the perennial temptation to push God aside and place their own will at the centre.
“At the heart of all temptations,” Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his series of books entitled “Jesus of Nazareth”, “is the act of pushing God aside because we perceive him as secondary, if not superfluous and annoying in comparison with all the apparently far more urgent matters that fill our lives.
“Constructing a world by our own lights without reference to God, building on our own foundation, refusing to acknowledge the reality of anything beyond the political and the material while setting God aside as an illusion; that is the temptation that threatens us in many varied forms.
“Moral posturing is part and parcel of temptation. It does not invite us directly to do evil, no, that would be far too blatant. It pretends to show us a better way where we finally abandon our illusions and throw ourselves into the work of making the world a better place.”
This elevating of social justice above worship and holiness destabilises the right order and leads to the kind of incoherence we are witnessing in both the world and the Church today. It is something Cardinal Ratzinger foresaw in his far-sighted address to European bishops in 1989.
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