Sunday April 30

The sovereign pontiff celebrated mass in Kossuth Lajos Square, in the center of Budapest, in front of 50,000 people. Metropolitan Hilarion attended. In his homily centered on the meaning of welcome, the Holy Father appealed to the metaphor of the open door, which allows us to enter Jesus’ “enclosure” and to leave it to spread the good news. and help Hungary grow in brotherhood.

“In the beginning, there is the call of God, his desire to join us, his concern for each one of us, the abundance of his mercy which wants to save us from sin and death, to give us abundant life and endless joy,” the pope said. “Even today, in all situations of life, in what we carry in our hearts, in our wanderings, in our fears, in the feeling of defeat that sometimes assails us, in the prison of sadness that threatens to lock us in, He calls us,” he insisted.

Regarding the presence of the ecumenical delegates, God “has gathered us here so that, although different from one another and belonging to different communities, the greatness of his love unites us all in the same embrace”, he said. He specifies. Referring to the internal relations in the Catholic Church and those with the different confessions, Francis invited us to “cultivate relations of brotherhood and collaboration, without dividing ourselves, without considering our community as a reserved environment, without allowing ourselves to be taken to defend each one his space, but by opening ourselves to mutual love”.

The pope denounced “the closed doors of our indifference to those who are suffering and poor, the closed doors to those who are foreign, different, migrants, poor”. He thus asked everyone to be “open and inclusive towards each other, to help Hungary grow in brotherhood, the path of peace”.

Finally, the sovereign pontiff spoke to the academic and cultural world at the Faculty of Informatics and Bionic Sciences of the Catholic University Péter Pázmány. He invited us to reflect on the causes and consequences of the ecological crisis, “with nature which only reacts to the instrumental use we have made of it”. François denounced the lack of limits allowed by an evolution of society which highlights “the individual centered on his needs, eager to enrich himself and to seize reality”.

And to quote The master of the earth, by Robert Benson, published in 1910. This Anglican pastor turned Catholic describes “a future dominated by technology” and in which “everything is standardized in the name of progress”. This narrative, describes the pope, stages “a new ‘humanitarianism’ that cancels differences, reducing the lives of peoples to zero and abolishing religions”.

In this world described by Benson, “it seems obvious that it is necessary to discard the sick and apply euthanasia, to abolish national languages ​​and cultures in order to achieve a universal peace which is transformed, in reality, into a persecution based on imposition of consent”. The news shows that this “gloomy analysis” had a “prophetic” dimension, he underlined.

Pope Francis explained that scholars must carry out their research in this way, recognizing their own limitations and curbing their “presumption of self-sufficiency”. While “technocratic thought pursues a progress that admits of no limits, the real man is also made of fragility; and it is often there that he understands that he is dependent on God and connected to others and to creation”.

Evoking “the transition from communism to consumerism”, he warned his listeners against the impasses of the transition “from a restricted freedom to an unrestricted freedom”. Only Jesus “liberates man from his addictions and closures”, he insisted, inviting the university to become “a laboratory of hope”.

The sovereign pontiff then joined the international airport of Budapest, to return to Rome.

New condemnation of “backwardness” by the pope, wrongly invoking Saint Vincent of Lérins

May 9, La Civilta Cattolica published the interview granted by Pope Francis to the Hungarian Jesuits during his trip. One of the questions asked concerned the Second Vatican Council; he specified that “the Council is still being applied. It takes a century for a Council to be assimilated, they say. And I know that the resistance to his decrees is terrible. »

He continued: “There is incredible support for the restorationismwhat I call “indietrismo” (backwardness), as the Epistle to the Hebrews says (10:39): “But we are not of those who back down.” » – It should be noted that this text of Saint Paul is quoted very inappropriately, because it mentions those who apostatize, to retreat – or to withdraw – meaning “to abandon the faith”.

“The flow of history and grace goes from the roots upwards, like the sap of a tree bearing fruit. But without this flow, we remain a mummy. Rolling back does not preserve life, ever. We must change, as Saint Vincent of Lérins wrote in his Communitorium noting that even the dogma of the Christian religion progresses, consolidates over the years, develops over time, deepens with age.

“But this is a bottom-up change. The danger today isindietrismo, the reaction against modernity. It is a nostalgic disease. This is why I have decided that the authorization to celebrate according to the 1962 Roman Missal is now mandatory for all newly consecrated priests.

“After all the necessary consultations, I made this decision because I saw that the good pastoral measures put in place by John Paul II and Benedict XVI were used in an ideological way, to go back. It was necessary to end this indietrismo, which was not in the pastoral vision of my predecessors. »

In response to Pope Francis’ arguments, the site FSSPX.News of May 10 is a timely reminder of what the Communitorium of Saint Vincent of Lérins, written in 434:

“II. 5. In the Catholic Church, care must be taken to adhere to what has been believed everywhere, and always, and by all; for that is what is truly and properly Catholic. (…) 6. It will be so, if we follow universality, antiquity, general consent.

“We will follow universality, if we confess as uniquely true the faith that the whole Church confesses (…); antiquity, if we do not deviate at any point from the sentiments shared by our holy ancestors and by our fathers; consent finally, if, in this very antiquity, we adopt the definitions and the doctrines of all, or of almost all the bishops and the doctors.

“III. 1. What will the Catholic Christian do if some fragment of the Church comes to be detached from the communion of the universal faith? What other course should be taken, if not to prefer the health of the whole body to the gangrenous limb? 2. And if some new contagion strives to poison, not only a small part of the Church, but the whole Church at the same time? – In this case too, his great concern will be to attach himself to antiquity, which, obviously, can no longer be seduced by a false novelty, whatever it may be. »

With such clear words, Saint Vincent of Lérins should be, for Pope Francis, a backward declared!