You are not signed in as a Premium user; you are viewing the free version of this program. Premium users have access to full-length programs with limited commercials and receive a 10% discount in the store! Sign up for only one day for the low cost of $1.99. Click the button below.

Pope Francis Rigid?

A papal war on Catholics

March 16, 2023  0


Since the early days of his papacy, Pope Francis turned many heads across the globe with his infamous "Who am I to judge?" mentality, but the pontiff has had no problem singling out a specific group of Catholics.

In tonight's In-Depth Report, Church Militant's Aidan O'Connor takes a closer look at so-called rigid Catholics.

In 2013, the first year of Pope Francis' papacy, he released the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, speaking about the joy of being a missionary Church and the need for so-called ecclesial renewal.

In it, the pontiff harshly warns against parishes he claims have become a "useless structure out of touch with people."

Pope Francis urged the faithful to "abandon the complacent attitude that says, "We have always done it this way." He promoted an innovative approach, writing, "I invite everyone to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelization."

Then, the Holy Father harshly turned on a specific group of Catholics, accusing them of adopting "adulterated forms of Christianity."

The pope condemned "the self-absorbed promethean neopelagianism of those who ultimately trust only in their own powers and feel superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style from the past."

He calls this "spiritual worldliness" and claims it hides behind the appearance of piety and love for the Church while actually being an "ostentatious preoccupation for the liturgy, for doctrine and for the Church's prestige."

Over the course of his papacy, Francis has frequently used the term "rigid" to describe traditional priests and laity. Often, he has warned "rigidity" is a serious problem.

In 2018, one young Catholic wrote a personal letter to Pope Francis, pushing back on the pope's targeting of orthodox faithful.

The author wrote, "Tradition is for the young. Unfortunately, when many of us express our love for Tradition, we are insulted and unfairly labeled 'ultra-conservatives.' The young people who desire tradition are not 'rigid.'"

In 2019, D.C.-based Msgr. Charles Pope responded to the pontiff's attacks, dryly noting, "I'm not feeling the love here, I don't feel accompanied by you. I am wearied from being scorned and demonized by you."

Many Catholics see the 2021 motu proprio Traditionis Custodes as proof the Holy Father views so-called rigid Catholics as a threat to the Church.

While Pope Francis seeks to champion love, acceptance and accompaniment, Catholics can't help but notice his own harsh and seemingly prejudiced statements.

By commenting on you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our comment posting guidelines

Loading Comments


Never miss a Vortex!

Search The Site

Previous Episode
Total Liturgical Madness
Francis' unique relationship with traditional Catholics
March 15, 2023
Subscribe to the Vortex audio podcast

Latest Shows

The Vortex
Trans Assassins
The Left will murder without a second thought.
March 31, 2023
The Michael Voris Show
The Four Last Things: Death
Are you ready?
March 31, 2023
Membership Mondays
March 27, 2023
With Christine Niles.
March 28, 2023
Evening News
March 30, 2023
Hard-hitting news and analysis through an authentic Catholic lens.
March 30, 2023
Hard Line
Do You Hate Jews?
You'd better be evangelizing them.
March 26, 2023
March 31, 2023
Get briefed on today's top stories with Kim Tisor.
March 31, 2023
Forward Boldly
The Authentic Man
Fr. Donald Calloway on St. Joseph.
March 30, 2023
Red Top Report
Trump Arrested? | Enders Reacts
March 30, 2023
Strickland Speaks
March 28, 2023
The bishop of Tyler, TX talks to Terry Barber.
March 28, 2023
Mic’d Up
Rebuilding the Domestic Church
How to win the battle.
December 18, 2022