Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Catholic historian explains the disturbing history behind Pope Francis' 'novel' rhetoric | News | LifeSite  

LAKE GARDA, Italy, July 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Papal homilies about the "God of surprises," discourses on the "ideologues of doctrine," and the upcoming youth synod's stress on the need to listen to "the voices" inside and outside the Church in order discern the Spirit, may seem new to many Catholics. 


But for one noted historian, this language isn't new at all but is steeped in a "fascist spirit" that emerged in Catholic circles during the interwar period of the 1920s-30s, was carried forth by controversial figures like Teilhard de Chardin, and is now being unleashed.


According to Dr. John Rao, this spirit is irreconcilable with Catholic tradition, involves "a dismantling of definitive faith," and refuses to allow anyone "to investigate history and investigate ideas." Ironically, he says, it also uses "dictatorial force" to muzzle those who question it, casting its opponents as "enemies of the Spirit" and "fascists."