A quick Refutation of Austen Ivereigh’s outrageous Tweet defending Francis
It does not happen too often that we publish an entire blog post criticizing a single tweet, but this is one of those times.
Austen Ivereigh is a British writer who has been one of Francis’ admirers and cheerleaders from the very beginning. In 2014, he published a comprehensive biography of the man otherwise known as Jorge Bergoglio entitled, The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope.
In late 2016, Ivereigh attempted to vindicate Francis’ apostatic execration Amoris Laetitia by looking at “concrete cases.” We say attempted, because a few days later we thoroughly mopped the floor with him.
The left-leaning Ivereigh routinely defends Francis from his conservative critics, and so it is not surprising that with regard to that Apr. 30 Open Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Churchaccusing Francis of heresy, Ivereigh should once again come to the defense of his man.
He did so on May 1 by sending the following tweet (keep in mind that the Open Letter was signed by 19 scholars and published by Life Site):
In case the picture will not display for some readers, the text of the tweet says the following:
A group of 19 concerned Scribes have written to the Sanhedrin urging them to act to condemn a Galilee preacher who has stopped the stoning of an adulterer, lunched with tax collectors and welcomed sinners. LifeSite News has published their letter.
(sent from Twitter account @austeni on May 1, 2019, 1:29 pm ET)
The actual tweet can be accessed here.
No doubt Ivereigh thinks himself awfully clever in tweeting this, and indeed drawing parallels between Francis and our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ is attempted time and again by Bergoglio’s cheerleaders. It is the great injustice and staggering blasphemy inherent in such comparisons that compel us to issue this blog post, in order to set the record straight, vindicate our Blessed Lord, condemn Antipope Francis, and refute Austen Ivereigh.
We therefore issue the following correction of the offensive Ivereigh tweet, revising the text to make it align with reality. In order to do this effectively, we’re going to pretend, for the sake of argument, that the Novus Ordo bishops are legitime Catholic bishops and that all of the 19 signatories are are genuine Catholics (which no doubt they, despite their adherence to the Vatican II Sect, at least all mean to be):
REVISED TWEET (corrections by Novus Ordo Watch)
A group of 19 concerned
Scribesbaptized disciples of Jesus Christhave written to the SanhedrinApostles urging them to act to condemn a Galilee preacherthe Christ-betraying Judas Iscariotwho has stopped the stoning of an adulterertold an adulteress that God wants her to keep committing adultery, lunched with tax collectorsPharisees who reject the Master and told them not to worry about it because they’re the Chosen People and welcomed sinnersthe baby-killing Herod to chat about sustainable agriculture, calling him one Galilee’s “forgotten greats”. LifeSite News has published their letter.
There, that fixes it. But now that the tweet has been revised in accordance with reality, of course it just doesn’t quite read the same anymore, does it?
Since some of our readers may not be all that familiar with Francis’ shenanigans, they might be shocked at this correction and will want to see some justification for it, so here we go:
- the authors of the Open Letter all profess adherence to Jesus Christ, therefore they cannot be compared to the “scribes” of the Gospel, who did not believe in but opposed Christ
- the addressees of the Open Letter are the world’s Novus Ordo bishops, thus, from the perspective of the authors and of Dr. Ivereigh, they are the Catholic bishops of the world and, as such, are successors of the Apostles; therefore they cannot be compared to the Sanhedrin in the Gospel analogy but must be the Apostles
- judging by his teachings and his actions, Francis resembles Judas rather than our Blessed Lord, and hence it is right to call him “Christ-betraying Judas Iscariot” rather than “Galilee preacher”; this is underscored further by Francis’ outspoken sympathy for Judas
- Francis does not teach the doctrine of Christ, according to which any properly contrite adulterer can receive the pardon of his sins; rather, Bergoglio teaches the doctrine of the Pharisees (!), according to which divorce and “remarriage” are permissible (see Mt 19:7-8); and thus he blasphemously teaches in Amoris Laetitia that at times God may actually desire for an adulterous couple to persist in their adultery: “[Conscience] can also recognize with sincerity and honesty what for now is the most generous response which can be given to God, and come to see with a certain moral security that it is what God himself is asking amid the concrete complexity of one’s limits, while yet not fully the objective ideal” (Amoris Laetitia, n. 303)
- Francis has lunched with the real descendants of the Pharisees of old — Jewish rabbis — in the Vatican, serving them a kosher meal and legitimizing their false religion, and he continually says that the apostate Jews are the “Chosen People” in our day, in defiance of Catholic dogma
- The “baby-killing Herod” (cf. Mt 2:16) Francis has welcomed on more than one occasionand called him a “forgotten great” is Emma Bonino, a fierce defender of abortion rights and a former abortionist herself on whose personal initiative Italy ended up legalizing abortion
- The reference to chatting with Herod about “sustainable agriculture” is a reference to Francis’ chat with Bonino about migrants, a topic just as irrelevant and inexcusable as sustainable agriculture would have been at the time of the Gospel in the face of infanticide (and it’s a topic near and dear to Francis’ heart anyway)
Thus far our revision of Ivereigh’s tweet and the justification for it. Dr. Ivereigh, please correct your tweet accordingly.