When the devil gets furious, he knows his time is short, according to the book of Revelation. So when FOX comes unglued and starts screaming that the Pope is a “false prophet” I scent the stink of fear in the powers and principalities behind Movement Conservatism, and that makes me want to whistle a happy tune, because it means Francis visit has achieved a great deal by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The powers and principalities behind Movement Conservatism have really made super clear the intense malice they have for Peter and the full-orbed teaching of the Church this week. My prayer is that faithful Catholics will not be snookered by the false magisterium of FOX and Co. and will remain with the Church.
And I think the pope’s beautiful witness to Jesus Christ and the splendor of the Catholic tradition will not only help us do that, it will win (indeed, is winning) hearts and minds from many non-Catholics. Now it will be *our* job to be credible witnesses as well. We can do that with the help of the Spirit as he has. But it will mean learning to think with the Church first and not with the *true* false prophets of the unholy trinity of Mammon, Mars, and Venus that drive Americans like a herd of slaves.
Here are our marching orders as the Church:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Lk 4:18–19).
There is nothing to stop us because Jesus is our captain and is doing all the heavy lifting.
It’s a great time to be alive!