What is this blasphemy? What are these words overlooked by the so-called traditional Catholics of the "Ecclesia Dei" variety who revel in papolatry even while doing nothing to take a stand for the Immaculate Bride of Christ the Church? The following words of the Holy Father in his address to the infidels and heretics is enough to cause the angels to weep:
"As a Christian I want to say at this point: yes, it is true, in the course of history, force has also been used in the name of the Christian faith. We acknowledge it with great shame. But it is utterly clear that this was an abuse of the Christian faith, one that evidently contradicts its true nature. The God in whom we Christians believe is the Creator and Father of all, and from him all people are brothers and sisters and form one single family. For us the Cross of Christ is the sign of the God who put "suffering-with" (compassion) and "loving-with" in place of force..."
Behold the other blasphemy hidden in the honeyed words of a false piety. The Pope again offers an apology for the actions of the Church's past. But what are these actions, and from what understanding do they flow? Supposedly, the Christian abhors "force". Use of force is an "abuse of the Christian faith". Now only that, but it "contradicts its true nature". Now who are those who have misunderstood the nature of the Christian faith? Why nearly everyone before the "New Pentecost" of Vatican II, of course. The Pope alone understands Christianity, so unlike his obscurantist predecessors who called for crusades, established the Inquisition, punished evildoers! Poor, poor saints and popes of the past who have not reveled in blasphemy and heresy! I fear that the loving gaze of Jesus, so extolled by this pope, is liable to send him to join those so well described by Dante in the Inferno, for there is no love of truth without hatred of error. Let us pray he repents of his deeds before it is too late.
Let us remind ourselves of Blessed Urban II calling the First Crusade, of the Ecumenical Councils extolling Christians to fight the infidel, of Pope Saint Pius V calling Christendom to fight the Turk and joining this war to a rosary crusade to insure the defeat of the infidel at Lepanto! And what of Saint Bernard, the force behind the Second Crusade, of Saint Peter Martyr, Inquisitor for Lombardy, martyred by the heretics even as he sought to destroy the monster of Catharism? The entire history of the Church resounds with the voices of popes and saints calling Christendom to fight the enemies of Christ with prayer, but also with sword. We see Saint John Capistrano, humble Franciscan friar, leading the Christian forces against the Turks in the 15th Century; we see the Capuchin, Marco D'Aviano rousing the Austrians to fight the Turk in the 16th Century; we see the Catholic kings of Spain fighting the Moors and delivering Granada back to the Faith, while at the same time God granting them the fruits of a "new world". That is Catholicism, not the love-in at Assisi which is little less than the opening to Antichrist.