First, the good news: the Catholic Church has a new pope. Now the better news: Pope Francis is a strong conservative who has expressed strong opinions about what constitutes adherence to Catholic doctrine.
The elevation of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new Pope, who is now known as Pope Francis (not Francis I because there has never been another Pope Francis) is a clear signal that the Roman Catholic Church has taken a decided turn to the right. Pope Francis will redefine the roll of priests to one that is more inclusive of evangelizing in an increasingly secular world and much more.
While Pope Francis is the first Jesuit Pope and first non-European Pope in more than a thousand years, the importance of his elevation is that he is exactly the right man to step forward and protect orthodox Catholic doctrines. The doctrine of marriage as a sacred union between a man and a woman, the doctrine of only male priests, and the doctrine of life’s beginning at conception will be fiercely protected by Francis. He has told us this in his pronouncements and writings throughout his priesthood.
Francis has also written about the necessary requirements to receive Holy Communion. This is where things get difficult for the C.I.N.O.s (Catholics In Name Only) who flourish in American politics. Francis has opined that public support for abortion and gay marriage represent impediments to the individual seeking to receive Holy Communion. He has said “we should commit ourselves to ‘Eucharistic coherence’, that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive Holy Communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.”
Words like this should cause the Obama Administration to take note, but they haven’t. Barack Obama is sending Joe Biden, a man the secular world refers to as a “devout Catholic”, to Francis’ installation next week. Biden has been barred from receiving Communion by several Catholics dioceses, including Delaware (where he is from) and Scranton (where he grew up.)
The stage is already set for a confrontation with America’s CINO politicians. It will come sooner than most of them believe. When Obamacare’s “contraception/abortion” mandate comes into effect in August, things will heat up for them.
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