Antipope Francis: "Thank God, I Have No Church!"
Brother Michael Dimond
Francis’ interview with “Il Messaggero”. The interview was published on June 29, 2014:
Question for Francis: “Why have you, from the very beginning, chosen to stress your role as the Bishop of Rome?”
Francis: “Francis’ first service is this: to be the Bishop of Rome.”
Question for Francis: “Where is Bergoglio’s Church headed?”
Francis: “Thank God, I have no Church; I follow Christ.”
The interviewer asks Francis about where his “Church” is headed. Antipope Francis, a person many consider to be the head of the Catholic Church, responds by saying: “Thank God, I have no Church.” This is an incredible heresy. It’s a public statement that he is not a member of the Catholic Church, and that he is not the pope. Catholics profess belief in the Catholic Church in the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene-Constantinople Creed, and many dogmatic councils.
Francis’ June 16, 2014 address to “the diocese of Rome”:
“… the Church must do something, must change, must convert in order to become mother. She must be fruitful!… This is not a question of seeking to proselytize, no, no! To go ring the bell: ‘Would you like to come to this association called the Catholic Church?…’… The Church – Benedict XVI told us – does not grow through proselytism…”
Francis says the Church “must change” and “must convert”. This is heretical. Francis once again condemns proselytism – that is, attempting to convert non-Catholics to the Catholic faith. He has done this many times. To say that he has the Catholic faith, in the face of such a fact, is to blaspheme. Francis quotes the apostate Antipope Benedict XVI to support his rejection of converting non-Catholics.
Francis’ June 16, 2014 address to “His Grace” Justin Welby, the “Archbishop” of Canterbury:
“‘Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!’ (Ps 133:1) Once again we meet, Your Grace, as co-workers in the Lord’s vineyard and fellow pilgrims on the path to his Kingdom. I welcome you and the distinguished members of your delegation… We must walk together. Your Grace, I thank you once more for your visit. I ask the Lord to shower his blessings on your ministry and to sustain you and your loved ones in joy and peace. Amen.”
Francis says that he is in “unity” with the non-Catholic leader, Justin Welby. He clearly teaches that Welby is in the Church when he says that he is a “co-worker in the Lord’s vineyard”! That is completely heretical. Francis also clearly indicates that the heretic Welby is on the road to the Kingdom of Heaven, rather than to Hell. Welby, by the way, in addition to being a complete heretic and schismatic, accepts homosexuality. Welby has spoken out strongly against “homophobia”. Welby also said: “You see gay relationships that are just stunning in the quality of the relationship”. Francis (as usual) calls the non-Catholic leader Welby “Your Grace”. Antipope Francis ends by asking “the Lord to shower his blessings on your ministry”. Welby’s “ministry” is wicked, false, schismatic, and heretical. It leads souls to eternal damnation.
On July 26, 2014, Francis answered questions from “priests” from “the Diocese of Caserta”. Francis recounts a story a “priest” told him about a woman who left “Catholicism” and joined a Protestant sect. The “priest” told Francis that the woman (now a Protestant) kept a statue of The Blessed Virgin. The Protestant woman said that she now keeps the statue in the closet, for fear that her Protestant “pastor” might find it. Francis said the “priest” told him that the woman has not returned to “the Catholic Church”, and that “she continues to go to Protestant” services. Francis then says:
“And he did not go beyond that, and he did not urge her to return to the Catholic Church. It is that prudent closeness, which knows just how far one can reach… Proselytism is a trap… And Pope Benedict has a beautiful expression. He said it in Aparecida but I believe he repeated it elsewhere: ‘The Church grows not by proselytism, but by attraction.’”
Francis once again confirms what he has said many times before: do “not urge” non-Catholics “to return to the Catholic Church”. This is word for word the opposite of Catholic teaching.
Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos (# 10), Jan. 6, 1928: “… the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it…”
When teaching that horrible heresy, Francis once again quotes the apostate Antipope Benedict XVI (who likewise condemned proselytism).
Francis’ July 28, 2014 address during his visit to the “pastor” and community of the “Pentecostal Church of Reconciliation” in Caserta, Italy:
“Good morning, Brothers and Sisters,
My brother, Pastor Giovanni, began speaking about the center of our life: to be in the presence of Jesus… From the first moment of Christianity, there has been this temptation in the Christian community. ‘I am this; ‘I am that’, ‘No! I am the Church, you are the sect’… And thus who acquires us is he, the father of division. Not the Lord Jesus, who prayed for unity (Jn 17), he prayed! What does the Holy Spirit make? I said he makes something else, which one might think of as division, but it isn’t. The Holy Spirit creates ‘diversity’ in the Church. The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter 12. He creates diversity! It’s true this diversity is so rich, so beautiful. But then, the same Holy Spirit creates unity, and this way the Church is one in diversity. And, to use a beautiful word of an Evangelist whom I love very much, a diversity ‘reconciled’ by the Holy Spirit. He does both these things: he creates the diversity of charismata and then makes harmony of the charismata… This is unity in diversity. It is on this path that we Christians do what we call by the theological name of ecumenism… Some may be shocked: ‘But the Pope went to the Evangelists!’ He went to visit his brothers! Yes! Because – and what I speak is the truth – they first came to visit me in Buenos Aires. And there is a witness here: Jorge Himitian can tell the story of when they came, they made the approach… And thus this friendship began, this closeness between the pastors of Buenos Aires, and here today. I thank you. I ask you to pray for me, I need it… that at least I won’t be so bad. Thank you!”