AND THE THIRD ANGEL FOLLOWED THEM, SAYING WITH A LOUD VOICE, IF ANY MAN WORSHIP THE BEAST AND HIS IMAGE, AND RECEIVE HIS MARK IN HIS FOREHEAD, OR IN HIS HAND.
*** REVELATION 14:9
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Only a Jesuit could do such a thing
October 31, 2017, is the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of All Saints church, and other churches in Wittenberg, Germany on this date in 1517, as a protest of the Roman Catholic practice of selling indulgences.
This is considered as the start of the Protestant Reformation, and is commemorated as Reformation Day.
In 2016, on Reformation Day, Francis I, the Bishop of Rome, met with leaders of the Lutheran World Federation in Lund, Sweden to commemorate 2017 to eliminate division and fragmentation among their respective churches. Well, the 500th Anniversary is here, and the divisions seem to have been overcome since the pledge for unification was made in 2016.
The Roman Catholic church celebrated an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy from December 8, 2015, through November 20, 2016, as declared by the papal Bull, Misericordiae Vultus.
Note that the Pontiff of Rome met with the Lutheran World Federation in Sweden on October 31, 2016, almost 3 weeks before the end of the Roman Catholic Jubilee of Mercy (Year).
Definition of Jesuit
1:a member of the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in 1534 and devoted to missionary and educational work
2:one given to intrigue or equivocation
Martin Luther's 95 Theses were primarily an objection and a refutation of the Roman Catholic practice of forgiving 'sins' for money.
During the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy of the Catholic Church, sins were forgiven as an act of compassion by priests around the world.
What is so ironic about the Roman Pontiff celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, is that Martin Luther, the Reformer was opposed to the practice of selling of indulgences. Though the Holy See may not have sold Indulgences during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy; they offered Indulgences as an act of charity. Either way, they were pardoning sins, which only God can do. So, the Roman Pontiff has taken part in something that I believe Martin Luther would not have approved. In fact, Luther was a Protestant, and believed in Sola Scriptura, and not the dogmas of the Roman Catholic church, which he had left following his conversion.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Bishop of Rome, or as he named himself Francis I, is a Jesuit after all. And only a Jesuit would participate in an Event commemorating a Protest against the church he himself represents as its figurehead, no less. You see, duality is one of a Jesuit's favorite techniques.