JOY has been a major motif of the phony post-Vatican II Church since the 1960s and you’ll come across some nauseating version of this happy-clappy love fest in almost every Catholic church today. It is no surprise then that Jorge Bergoglio’s first official writing as pretender to the papacy is an apostolic exhortation titled Evangelii Gaudium, or The Joy of the Gospel. Here we have the Pope of the Balloon Church, the Prince of Hot Air, exhorting Catholics to be ever more joyful and to abandon true Catholicism.
Balloon Theology requires a great deal of rhetorical helium, and that’s largely what this apostolic exhortation is. But it is also a serious revolutionary document, masking hostility toward Catholic tradition behind a posture of openness. With statements such as ”authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence,” Francis burnishes his credentials as a revolutionary. He proposes a “revolution of tenderness” — a brilliant and ominous expression if ever there was one, something that is sure to strike terror in the heart of the jihadist. Even deeply-rooted aspects of Catholicism must be changed in this “revolution of tenderness.” Evangelii Gaudium calls for re-evaluation of “certain customs not directly connected to the heart of the Gospel, even some of which have deep historical roots.”
Many Catholic commentators are no doubt saying that this exhortation is “oh, so different” from the Francis of the infamous interviews. Don’t believe it. All the elements of Balloon Theology and Catholic apostasy present in those interviews are here. They are just not as readily accessible in this 48,000-word document.