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Yesterday, Pope Francis tweeted that we must “learn from the meekness of plants” in dealing with the ecosystem and environment. To wit:
The plant paradigm takes a different approach to earth and environment. Plants cooperate with all the surroundings environment; even when they compete, they cooperate for the good of the ecosystem. Let’s learn from the meekness of plants! #EconomyOfFrancesco #TimeOfCreation
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 24, 2022
I am but a humble Catholic, one of those “rigid” and “inflexible” traditional Catholics who the Pope holds a special and specific ire for, yet I know these truths to be self-evident:
We are not plants. We are human beings made in the image and likeness of God. Plants do not have humanity or consciousness. They can be neither “meek” nor “cooperative” because they lack the ability to do so. And anyone who has spent even a few moments in a garden knows the weeds — if left unkempt and unmanaged — will choke out the good plants and take over. A friend has had to use a flamethrower to rid a yard of kudzu, which takes over all it can.
I should not have to explain these things to the Pope. He should know this.
Yet, he is a Jesuit, and they have gone completely off the rails the last fifty years or so. What the Pope is now professing is what I call moral therapeutic deism; that is — popular culture masquerading as theology in order to make one feel good. It is wholly devoid of Truth and wholly devoid of God. This one has a very thin, cheap Catholic veneer, but it is moral therapeutic deism nonetheless.
Circling back to that special ire the Pope (and some of his bishops) hold for traditionalist Catholics, today I had the pleasure of meeting new families in my parish. Families who make the 90-minute trek from the Chicagoland area, where Archbishop Blaise Cupich has stifled the Latin Mass, to my parish in Milwaukee where the Latin Mass and its community is thriving.
In a world where so much liturgical abuse and questionable theology is tolerated in the name of “diversity” and “cultural expression,” that the Latin Mass is being banned, restricted, and removed from Catholic public life sheds light on a Pope and a hierarchy who are incapable of seeing what their people want and — more importantly — what their people absolutely need.
This is a world where men can be women, women can be men, children can be “transgender.” Up is down, left is right, and right is wrong. People, struggling financially from the recession; struggling emotionally from the fallout of two-plus years of COVID restrictions; and struggling mentally from the endless onslaught of woke nonsense seeking to upend reality, are desperately in need of the Truth. In need of tradition. In need of community, consistency, continuity. They need something that not only inspires with Truth, beauty, and light, but something that is not of this world — something that stands in direct opposition to the many, many things that are going wrong.
The proof is in the pudding:
- 2% of TLM-attending Catholics approved of contraception vs. 89% of NOM Catholics.
- 1% of TLM Catholics approved of abortion compared to 51% of NOM attendees.
- 99% of TLM Catholics said they attend Mass weekly vs. 22% of NOM.
- 2% of TLM goers approved of “gay marriage” as opposed to 67% of NOM.
Also of note was the rate of giving among TLM Catholics, which was nearly six times the amount of giving (at 6% of income) as NOM parishioners (at 1.2%). TLM Catholics also had a fertility rate of 3.6 vs 2.3 for NOM — indicating “a nearly 60% larger family size.”
There is clearly something not right with the Novus Ordo Mass and the catechesis those Catholics are receiving. This is not to be said that the Novus Ordo Mass is always bad; but when 89% approve of contraception and 51% approve of abortion — both things forbidden by the teachings of the Catholic Church — alarm bells should go off. Yet it is the Latin Mass that is under attack and traditionalists who are maligned, while politicians like Joe Biden can say the Catholic Church supports abortion without repercussion.
Comparing people to plants, urging them to live in “cooperation” and “meekness” with the environmental agenda is part of that alarm bell. It flies in the face of Catholic teaching on the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the person. It embraces the anti-family, anti-child, anti-life environmentalist agenda. It may sound pretty and feel good, but it — at its core — is rotten and wrong. It is the moral therapeutic deism we should be preaching against, not embracing.Published in