Did Francis's "Greatest Theologian for today" not believe in the Resurrection & the Eucharist & "try to undermine the Christian faith by denying in subtle, learned language, the historical reality of Christ’s bodily rising from the grave"?
“Jesus is risen!” [https://afkimel.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/gospel-the-paschal-hope/]
“If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins,” wrote the Apostle Paul to the Saints at Corinth (1 Corinthians 15:17). If Jesus was not resurrected, then what is Christianity? Is it the meager attempt of God-fearing charlatans to rationalize away the greatest of miracles, leaving men nothing but a hopeless empty tomb?" - J. Peter Hansen [https://rsc.byu.edu/go-ye-all-world/paul-apostle-champion-doctrine-resurrection]
"For de Lubac the... Eucharist is not a sign of the presence of Christ's body, it is Christ's body... And yet Certeau... makes the Eucharist (as later the church and body of mystical text he treats) into substitutes, acts of bereavement, signs of absence." - Michel de Certeau scholar Graham Ward ("Michel de Certeau - in the Plural, " Page 511)
"Johannes Hoff’s essay 'Mysticism, Ecclesiology and the Body of Christ' explores Certeau’s relationship with his mentor Henri de Lubac SJ, and unpacks his '(mis)reading' of de Lubac’s Corpus mysticum. The essay creatively unearths what Hoff considers to be at the heart of disagreement between Certeau and his mentor: for de Lubac, the body of Christ, though absent, is mystically present in the church. Certeau’s symbol of Christianity was the empty tomb—the true body of Christ has vanished." - Brenna Moore (Spiritual Spaces: History and Mysticism in Michel de Certeau, edited by Inigo Bocken In: Journal of Jesuit Studies, https://brill.com/view/journals/jjs/2/4/article-p738_27.xml?language=en]
"First then, the Resurrection as a historical reality... I know of no learned critic of Christianity, I know of none, who does not try to undermine the Christian faith by denying in subtle, learned language, the historical reality of Christ’s bodily rising from the grave...
The heart, as we may call it, of the historical evidence for Christ’s real resurrection is the facts of recorded history.... if the person does not want to accept those as facts, then there are no valid grounds, I mean it, there are no valid grounds for accepting anything as authentically historical in anything which we call history...
The second great truth of our faith, which is of the essence of our faith in the Resurrection is the Holy Eucharist. In one sentence, the Risen Christ is on earth in the Blessed Sacrament." - Theologian Fr.John A. Hardon, who wrote over forty books on religion and theology [http://www.therealpresence.org/archives/Spiritual_Exercises/Spiritual_Exercises_001.htm]
What are Francis's "greatest [modern] theologian['s]” central religious ideas?
The Michel de Certeau scholar Johannes Hoff wrote:
"According to this [Certeau] new approach to the Biblical narrative, the focal event of Christianity is not the incarnation, the crucifixion, or the resurrection of Christ, but the empty tomb. The Christian form of life is no longer associated with a place, a body, or an institution, but with a quest for a missing body: the missing body of the people of Israel, and mutatis mutandis the missing body of Jesus."
(Article by Johannes Hoff, "Mysticism, Ecclesiology And The Body Christ: Certeau's (Mis-) Reading of Corpus Mystium and the Legacy of Henri de Lubac" Page 87, Titus Brandsma Institute Studies In Spirituality, Supplement 24, "Spiritual Spaces: History and Mysticism in Michel De Certeau,"https://www.academia.edu/10013742/Mysticism_Ecclesiology_and_the_Body_of_Christ_Certeau_s_Mis_Reading_of_Corpus_Mysticum_and_the_Legacy_of_Henri_de_Lubac)
The nihilist theologian believed that the central truths of Christianity are about "absence" and not about the presence of Christ. Certeau scholar Graham Ward wrote:
"For de Lubac the... Eucharist is not a sign of the presence of Christ's body, it is Christ's body... And yet Certeau... makes the Eucharist (as later the church and body of mystical text he treats) into substitutes, acts of bereavement, signs of absence." ("Michel de Certeau - in the Plural, " Page 511)
In other words, Francis's greatest modern theologian appears to believe that the Eucharist is not the body of Christ present, he doesn't even seem to believe it is a sign of the presence of Christ's body like some Protestants, but a sign of "absence."
Might Certeau's influence on Francis be the reason he never kneels before the Eucharist, but kneels to wash the feet of those he like Certeau might consider oppressed?
Certeau's influence on Francis may be the reason he reportedly said:
"It is not excluded that I will enter history as the one who split the Catholic Church." (Der Spiegel magazine, December, 23, 2016)
Certeau scholar Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt wrote:
"Certeau... came increasingly to stress the clash of interpretation, the 'law of conflict,' that applies even to the church. Under the pressure of this clash, the ecclesial/eucharistic body is 'shattered.'" ("Michael de Certeau - in the Plural", Page 359)
Francis's greatest modern theologian doesn't appear to believe in the central truths of the Catholic Church.
Francis's most eminent modern Postmodernist theologian doesn't seem to even believe in objective truth. [https://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2023/04/does-franciss-theology-come-from.html]
Does Francis believe in the central doctrines of the Catholic Church or in objective truth?
The question needs to be asked:
If Francis is a disciple of Certeau and Postmodernism, then what ultimately do he and these thinkers believe in?
Philosopher Stephen Hicks said:
The "Left thinkers of the 1950s and 1960s... Confronted by the continued poverty and brutality of socialism, they could either go with the evidence and reject their most cherish ideals - or stick by their ideals and attack the whole idea that evidence and logic matter..."
"Postmodernism is born of the marriage of Left politics and skeptical epistemology..."
"Then, strikingly, postmodernism turns out not to be relativistic at all. Relativism becomes part of a rhetorical political strategy, some Machiavellian realpolitik employed to throw the opposition off track..."
"Here it is useful to recall Derrida: 'deconstruction never had any meaning... than as a radicalization... within the tradition of a certain Marxism, in a certain spirit of Marxism.'" ("Explaining Postmodernism," Page 90, 186)
For Postmodernists like Certeau, Derrida, Foucault and it appears Francis, if he is their disciple, falsehood or truth doesn't appear to matter.
The only thing that apparently matters is achieving power for their liberal ideology or group.
Instead of economic Marxism, the post-modernist in the 1970's focused on what Certeau and other post-modernists termed "oppression" of groups.
Power not truth for groups such as leftists, women, gays and trans.
Pray an Our Father now for reparation for the sins committed because of Francis's Amoris Laetitia.
Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church as well as the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Stop for a moment of silence, ask Jesus Christ what He wants you to do now and next. In this silence remember God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost - Three Divine Persons yet One God, has an ordered universe where you can know truth and falsehood as well as never forget that He wants you to have eternal happiness with Him as his son or daughter by grace. Make this a practice. By doing this you are doing more good than reading anything here or anywhere else on the Internet.
- Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales totally confirmed beyond any doubt the possibility of a heretical pope and what must be done by the Church in such a situation:
"[T]he Pope... WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See."
(The Catholic Controversy, by St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)
Saint Robert Bellarmine, also, said "the Pope heretic is not deposed ipso facto, but must be declared deposed by the Church."
- "If Francis is a Heretic, What should Canonically happen to him?": http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2020/12/if-francis-is-heretic-what-should.html
- "Could Francis be a Antipope even though the Majority of Cardinals claim he is Pope?": http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2019/03/could-francis-be-antipope-even-though.html
- If Francis betrays Benedict XVI & the"Roman Rite Communities" like he betrayed the Chinese Catholics we must respond like St. Athanasius, the Saintly English Bishop Robert Grosseteste & "Eminent Canonists and Theologians" by "Resist[ing]" him: https://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2021/12/if-francis-betrays-benedict-xvi.html
- LifeSiteNews, "Confusion explodes as Pope Francis throws magisterial weight behind communion for adulterers," December 4, 2017:
The AAS guidelines explicitly allows "sexually active adulterous couples facing 'complex circumstances' to 'access the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.'"
- On February 2018, in Rorate Caeli, Catholic theologian Dr. John Lamont:
"The AAS statement... establishes that Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia has affirmed propositions that are heretical in the strict sense."
- On December 2, 2017, Bishop Rene Gracida:
"Francis' heterodoxy is now official. He has published his letter to the Argentina bishops in Acta Apostlica Series making those letters magisterial documents."
Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church by the bishops by the grace of God.
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