Pope Francis Just Appointed a Universalist to Key Doctrinal Position
This is not good. It's no secret that we here at Living Gospel Daily are no fans of this False Prophet Pope. He's bad news, and we stand by that opinion. Eventually all will be revealed,
This is not good.
It’s no secret that we here at Living Gospel Daily are no fans of this False Prophet Pope. He’s bad news, and we stand by that opinion. Eventually all will be revealed, even to those who blindly follow and adore him now.
Here’s the latest blow landed to the Catholic Church by the sitting Pope: he just appointed a Universalist as the new head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – the Catholic body entrusted with defending Catholic doctrine and teaching.
For those not in the know, a “universalist” is a person who believes everyone is going to heaven. There is no standard. There is no need for a savior. There is no specific redemption by Jesus Christ. No, just a warm and fuzzy “we all go to heaven.”
It’s a great message, except for the fact that it’s heretical and false. But now a person with those beliefs is the head of Catholic Doctrine. What does that tell you? Folks, we have an Anti-Christ spirit in the Vatican, if not the False Prophet Himself!
Here are more details from a great article at Mahounds Paradise:
To put things in simple common sense terms, everyone knows that the Catholic Church and the wider traditional Christian Church has always taught that there is a heaven and there is a hell. Ignoring the theological glosses – limbo and purgatory – Christian and Catholic teaching has been clear that upon death, some men will go to heaven, where they will dwell with God forever, and some men will go to hell, where they will dwell with Satan and the other damned, forever. This teaching is firmly based on the words of our Lord in the Bible. Open it up to any place where hell is mentioned, and you will find Jesus stating it, always in strong terms.
Even at the time of the Christian Fathers, there were those who rejected this teaching. They came to be called universalists, or those who believe that salvation is universal – all men will go to heaven. Universalism was always considered a heresy in the Christian Church, and “officially” so in the Catholic Church. This has, of course, not prevented offshoot universalist Christian sects from forming – the Unitarian Universalists being the most aptly named modern example.
The twentieth and twenty-first century has seen a growth in universalist sentiment within the Catholic Church. But, since it’s the Catholic Church, which contains a recognized body of Doctrine, an official catechism of teachings and all the rest, the tendency has always been couched in language that stops short of fully and explicitly endorsing universalist claims. So to use the claims of one of contemporary universalism’s most well-known spokesmen, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles, riffing of the arguments of a few heterodox twentieth century Catholic theologians, while there might be a hell, that doesn’t mean that anyone is actually in it. Or to use his own well-known formulation, we have good reason to hope that everyone will be saved.
From the point of view of logic, he may be right. But also from the point of view of logic, if he is right, then either the Gospels inaccurately recorded the words of our Lord, or our Lord is a liar.
Today, Pope Francis appointed a new head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – the Catholic body entrusted with defending Catholic doctrine and teaching – replacing Cardinal Gerhard Müller, who had become a sort of enemy in his attempts to defend (albeit, often tepidly) Catholic doctrine from Begoglio’s predations.
The new head of the CDF is a jesuit Archbishop by the name of Luis Ladaria Ferrer.
Ladaria is a universalist.
I’m not going to go into a long analytical discussion of Ladaria’s publicly expressed position, but it basically tracks Barron’s more well-known claims – there is a hell, but it’s possible, probable, or we have good reason to hope that no one actually goes there.
Ladaria’s views were laid out in the appropriately titled, Jesus Christ: Salvation of All. Here are some relevant excerpts. These are not cherry-picked, but among other things, include passages that Ladaria himself chose to read out in public, now available (of course) on YouTube:
The saving influence of Jesus and his Spirit know no bounds: Christ’s mediation is universal. Salvation in Christ is possible for all humanity, and on the horizon of theological reflection. The hope may arise that this salvation will indeed reach everyone. Salvation itself would become denaturalized if its absolute certainty would be affirmed and if we lost sight of the possibility of damnation [p. 12].
[T]his universality includes more than it excludes, among other reasons because the unique mediation of Jesus cannot be separated from God’s will of universal salvation (1Tim 2:3–5) [p. 96].
We are all called to place ourselves within the body of the [Catholic] Church, which will not reach its fullness until the whole human race and the entire universe has been completely renewed. Christian faith begins with the premise of the unity of humanity as a whole because of its origins in Adam, and above all, because of its destiny in Christ. It is inconceivable that salvation, as it is presented in the New Testament, is only for Christians and not for those who do not know Christ [p. 117].
We may also add the early Christian conviction that hell is something neither wanted nor created by God. Maintaining the possibility [my emphasis] of eternal damnation is the only guarantee of the truth and reality of the salvation offered to us, which is nothing less than God’s love [pp. 130-131].
Jesus includes everyone and excludes no one, and all of us have received his fullness (cfr. John 1:16). The universality of salvation and unity of Christ’s mediation mutually affirm each other [p. 144].
Yet by dying, he gave us life, that is the life of his resurrection. Even those who do not know him are called to this divine vocation, that is, to the perfect sonship in and through Christ. Christians and non-Christians reach this goal by virtue of the gift of the Spirit that associates us with the unique paschal ministry of Christ even if it is through diverse paths known only to God [p. 148-149].
Again, obviously, Ladaria always stops short of saying, “I’m a heretical universalist. Everyone is going to heaven.” But the meaning is clear. And of course, Ladaria would never claim that he is a heretic or even heterodox to in the least. Rather, he is simply more deeply describing the evolving understanding of doctrine.
Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name be the glory
Because of Your love and your faithfulness!