Refuting Mike Gendron's "Do Pope Francis's Remarks Have Prophetic Implications?"

Now let's take his remarks apart so that everyone who sees this post will have some idea of how to counter his anti-Catholic propaganda.
Do Pope Francis's Remarks Have Prophetic Implications?

                         Written by Mike Gendron on 20 September 2013.

                                                              As Christ is calling His people out of the world with the truth of His Word, Satan is holding people captive with his lies. While Christ is preparing His bride for the wedding feast of the Lamb, Satan is using his harlot to gather all unbelievers together to worship the AntiChrist.

This is nothing more than vitriolic a-C polemics without any semblance of Biblical basis. We could use this same kind of specious allegation against Gendron and pretty much anyone anywhere else were we willing to stoop this low. 

In a wide-ranging interview published Thursday from Jesuit journals, Pope Francis said the church is not to "interfere spiritually" in the lives of gays and lesbians. This comment comes after the explosive comments he made in July about not judging homosexuals. His motivation for such statements is not known, but he appears to be overly tolerant as he suppresses the truth of God's Word. Christians know the only hope for any unredeemed sinner, including homosexuals, is to be lovingly confronted with God's Word and then called to repentance and faith in the Gospel. For the pope to say the church is not to interfere spiritually in the lives of sinners is the same strategy of Satan. It is his goal to keep people from hearing the Word of Christ because he knows the truth with set them free from the power of sin and religious deception (Rom. 10:17; John 8:31).

This of course flies completely in the face of the very words of Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ when he tells us in Matthew 7:1-2 & Luke 6:37 which is precisely the message that His Holiness is putting forth to the Church.

Now let's look at His Holiness' exact words and see if he's saying what Gendron alleges.
We need to proclaim the Gospel on every street corner,” the pope says, “preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing, even with our preaching, every kind of disease and wound. In Buenos Aires I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are ‘socially wounded’ because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this. During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro I said that if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge. By saying this, I said what the catechism says. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.

“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being. In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy. When that happens, the Holy Spirit inspires the priest to say the right thing.

Obviously Gendron is lying to intentionally mislead his readers as to what Pope Francis said and means. In fact, Gendron nowhere offers a link to the actual interview so that his readers might see for themselves. I feel that this qualifies and specious deception on Gendron's part.

By the way, this was the same reason the Catholic Church put the Bible on the list of forbidden books at the Council of Trent.

This is a straight up lie because no such thing was done by the council of Trent and the Catholic Church has always sought to make the Bible more available to people and protect it from corruption. It's easy to find what the council actually did say about the Bible. DECREE CONCERNING THE EDITION, AND THE USE, OF THE SACRED BOOKS 

When asked if he approves of homosexuality, he replied, "Tell me, when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?' This pope continues to show his ignorance of God's word. All sinners, including homosexuals are condemned by God until they repent and believe His Gospel. Only then is there legal status before the holy judge changed from condemnation to justification.

We've already seen the context of what His Holiness said and meant, and all I can see here is that Gendron makes the same Pharisaical allegation against Pope Francis that we saw in last Sunday's Gospel reading which is as true today of Pope Francis, as it was of Our Blessed Lord Jesus. “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

The pope said, "The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent...We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards." Tragically, the false and fatal gospel of the Roman Catholic religion has no power to overcome the flagrant immorality of the unregenerate Catholic clergy and their followers. Quite frankly, I am surprised the Catholic church has not yet fallen like a house of cards. Catholics should be leaving their religion in droves as they witness the growing corruption and scandals of pedophile priests preying on young boys.

 Okay, again here we have more specious vitriolic polemics. It also flies completely in the face of the factual evidence of the literal host of heroically virtuous lives of saints beginning in the early church through this very day, and implies that all Catholic clergy are involved in abuses and sins, while giving n-C clergy a free pass which they obviously do not deserve. (sex abuse protestant - Google Search)

As for the remarks about the Catholic gospel being false and fatal, I have answered this allegation before in my blog article Who REALLY Preaches "A Different Gospel"?

To bad for you Mr. Gendron but perhaps the problem is that what you so often condemn, and what has survived and thrived for 2,000 years and the reason for that is the same as the reason that the Jews of Christ's time couldn't stop us as Gamaliel said in
Acts 5:39. "but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!" 

Sadly, many Catholics ignore it all because of their fierce loyalty to what they believe is the "one true church" that will get them to heaven after they are purified in purgatory. This is a great time to evangelize Catholics since they don't know who or what to believe. We must point them to Christ and His Word for truth!

This is just pep talk propaganda to encourage Gendron's misguided and misinformed followers (and I guess it helps him keep his cash flow up, since without pushing his anti-Catholic propaganda he'd have to settle for doing what all Christians are called to do, which is proclaiming the Gospel.

The fact is that more and more faithful Catholics are learning more about our most holy faith and getting the facts for themselves (even as we have been doing right here in this discussion) and thanks be to God for sites like Catholic Answers and their forums and all those faithful Catholics who constantly learn and grow in our Christian faith.

As you have all seen in my response, Gendron lies and misleads his followers about what the Church teaches and about Pope Francis is actually saying, (why else would he not offer citations of source for the things he alleges Pope Francis said and what Trent declared so that people can see it all for themselves?)
Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum    

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