Conservative Catholics rage over pope Francis’s “Paradigm Shift”

Pope Francis’s Paradigm Shift: Continuity or Rupture in the Mission of the Church: An Assessment of His Pontificate’s First Five Years
By Jose Antonio Ureta
The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, 2018, 207 pages

For several months after Jorge “Francis” Bergoglio was elected pope in 2013, Catholics were pleased that their new “pontiff” seemed to be a personable fellow who was taking a decidedly pastoral approach in comparison to his austere predecessor, Benedict XVI. But Francis’ impromptu airplane press conferences along with other statements soon had conservative Catholics on high alert. By 2016, with his Amoris Laetitia encyclical in which Francis guilefully lifted the ban on communion for remarried divorcees, it was clear to all conservative Catholics that Francis was working to “reform” the church according to a liberal, progressive agenda.

Conservative misgivings about Francis began as published articles of concern here and there and eventually grew to strong protest. In 2018, a spate of books were penned by conservative Catholic authors protesting Francis’ heterodoxy (see here), and we can add to the growing collection with this latest contribution, “Pope Francis’s Paradigm Shift.”

Author, Jose Ureta, a conservative layman, does an excellent job of summarizing the heterodoxy of the first five years of the pope’s tenure including chapters devoted to Francis’ promotion of the following:

  • Neo-Marxism
  • Green Agenda
  • Accord with Islam while minimizing Islamic anti-(c)histian persecution
  • Religious indifferentism and relevatism
  • Subjective morality without absolute imperatives
  • Lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees
  • Adapting to revolutionary and anti-(c)hristian modernity

Francis’ determined crusade to increasingly align the church with liberal, progressive ideologies has thrown the church into a tizzy. Doctrines and traditions previously held as unchangeable are being altered. Conservative prelates are being “retired” or reassigned to inconsequential, honorary posts. Francis’ heterodoxy is forcing Catholic conservatives to reexamine and redefine their cherished claims regarding the infallibility of popes and the alleged inability of a pope to lead the church into doctrinal error.

In the book’s conclusion, Ureta advises his Catholic readers to ignore the pope and remain faithful to traditional Catholic teaching, using the analogy of a wife of an abusive husband, who remains married, but separates from him for her safety. Folks, this is an extraordinary development, with Catholics being advised to ignore their pope. The ramifications are tremendous and foundation-shattering.

This short but extremely well-referenced book is an excellent resource for evangelical Vatican-watchers who desire to understand the growing crisis within Catholicism regarding the Francis papacy.

To my Catholic friends, this current crisis reveals that your church’s many claims about the papacy are without foundation. Many of your church’s other teachings are also man-made traditions without Biblical support. Come out of Roman Catholicism and turn to Jesus Christ, the unchanging Rock.

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50 thoughts on “Conservative Catholics rage over pope Francis’s “Paradigm Shift”

  1. They need to stop relying on man and his system!

    Isaiah 41:13 – For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

    God will help thee-not this man… 😢

    Dear Heavenly Father-
    May more and more follow the leading and conviction of Your Holy Spirit and come out of “her”!
    We ask this in Your one and Only Begotten Son’s Mighty and Precious Name-Jesus ❤️ Amen and amen!

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      1. Hallelujah! The other problem is becoming when one comes out many evangelicals are embracing Catholicism! That really surprised me when I tried looking for a church building to attend and this seemed to be the norm!! 😢
        But you and I know GOD’S GOT THIS!!

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      2. Yes, the evangelical church’s compromise with ecumenism definitely complicates the issue. Disaffected Catholics who are contemplating coming out of their church no longer see the demarcations between Biblical Christianity and Catholicism that were so clearly understood and communicated only a generation ago. Yes, we mustn’t fret because God is sovereign over all of this, we just need to keep doing our job as unworthy servants (and joint heirs in Christ!)

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  2. What do you think to Catholic Church (and none Catholics) saying God is a trinitarian God when the bible clearly shows that Jesus is God’s Son and not actually God Himself (many obvious quotes, I won’t list them all). I read this triune God doctrine came about 200 years after the NT was written and was agreed by the early Catholic Church. Anything coming out of that regime is more than dubious. Anything that is that complex and inexplicable comes from satan to confuse Christians since “God is not the author of confusion”. You may disagree, that is ok. I want to follow God not man made doctrines and no where do I see God is”three people”, usually woolly quotes are used to “prove” this.

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      1. I will check it out. Thanks. I have not heard of Oneness Pentecostalism. All I know is that we have one God. I believe in the Holy Trinity of course but we have one God we worship.

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      2. Sorry, I jumped the gun and made a wrong assumption. The deity of Jesus is one of the cornerstones of Biblical Christianity. Many/most of the cults deny the deity of Jesus. I would encourage you to read a book on the deity of Jesus from a solid Bible teacher such as the one below:

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      3. What can this book tell me that the bible cannot though? Also I have prayed on this rather than blindly following manmade doctrines like I did for years in the new age. God knows I am so watchful of deceit now given my background. He has helped me so much. As he says, trust no man but God alone.

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      4. In his series that I provided a link to, Wally gives a very Biblical and reasonable defense of the doctrine of the deity of Christ. The cults deceive many by teaching against Jesus’s divinity.

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      5. I have read such quotes yet for me they show no proof at all. May all of us pray on teachings to ensure they are true. Not just blindly follow in case other brethren see us as heretics! Mainstream Christianity leaves a lot to be desired. The fact that most have just celebrated Christmas says a lot. May we just keep biblical and in constant prayer.

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      6. I have read theories on why Jesus is believed to be God but they are just that – theories. If Jesus was God why did he not say so clearly? If God was Jesus why did He not clearly say so?
        Jesus said only God is good when he was referred to as “good teacher”.

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      7. True, MacArthur is just a man but he’s been faithfully preaching God’s Word for fifty years. Although I don’t agree with every word that has ever come from his mouth, accusing him of being a “false teacher” is rather harsh. I would say that few others have been a witness for Christ and defended Christian orthodoxy the way MacArthur has. I’m curious where you get such strong views as to proclaim JMac a false teacher? I guess you are taking the word of those who “many times exposed” him over JMac’s faithful 50 year witness? So you’re giving credence to the “exposers”? Why do you trust some rogue, slanderous opinions on the internet when you’re so cautious about not being deceived?

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      8. I need to look into him further but I have seen JA speak and I do not feel good about the clips I saw. Billy Graham was a long term preacher also yet a 33 degree freemason. Length of service means nothing.

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      9. I agree that length of service counts for nothing, but comparing Graham’s compromise with error to JMac’s faithful witness is a straw man.

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    1. Hi Lana if I may interject since you and I have spoken on this. Have you taken the time to actually read my series? If so feel free to rebut any points i have pulled straight from the Bible. With much love i have to say that a constant refrain that this is a doctrine of man is not actually a rebuttal based on Biblical exegesis.

      Just your attempt to rebut it by saying Jesus was merely the Son of God is in error. At the time He claimed that, to lay claim to being a son was in fact to claim equality with your Father. The Jews clearly understood that claim. In fact, they wanted to stone Jesus for claiming to be equal with God. The Bible says that, not me. Read the series, Lana. Then if you have a rebuttal bring it. Nothing in it is my own thoughts but simply what is clearly taught. I suspect you will find no rebuttals.

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      1. Thanks Wally. I have read my bible and cannot see a trinitarian God as such despite going looking. God has given me knowledge since i asked … why do I not see what so many others say is true? He knows I want never again to be deceived after my years of occult. I have prayed on this and had two clear visions whilst awake. I follow only His word and teaching. Jesus is not a mere man obviously! I love Him as my Saviour. He taught us to pray to God the Father not to Himself.

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      2. I totally get that Lana and have much respect for it. Read my series. If have erred then the Holy Spirit will protect you. You do your self no service by being unwilling to read the studies of others. Just continue to be discerning. Be blessed dear Sister

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      3. Will do when I am home at pc. I am so open to being proven wrong but I have to be able to explain it to a non believer also when asked. So many Christians say three in one God concept is very difficult to understand, we cannot grasp it, it is beyond us, just accept it etc. No. We come to God as little children, nothing must confuse us.

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      4. Lana all I can say to that is any God I could totally comprehend would not be much of a God. Fact is, we won’t understand all of Him in this life and i would maintain we won’t in Heaven either. Seeking to understand Him Is What builds our Relationship

        As far as explaining difficult theological concepts to non believers? Don’t let them suck you unto that. What they need to understand to be saved is so simple a child can get it. God has in fact made that clear and simple. If the non believers are sucking you into explaining every theological topic them they are purposely distracting you because they don’t want to hear the message of sin, repentance and surrender. Stay on message and don’t let them do that.

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      5. I am not saying we need to fully comprehend God as we never will but this three persons idea of a God does not help newcomers. Anyway get back to you later.

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      6. Hi Wally
        Thank you for your series. It would be interesting for you perhaps to look into the paganism of trinities – they just loved their triad gods. This idea bled over into the Council of Nicaea when Constantine (not even a Christian) was trying to bring his empire into line and there was division of this matter. Christians were slaughtering each other afterwards when they did not adhere to the set “God is three persons” doctrine!
        What about such clear cut references that Jesus and God are not the same being…
        1 Timothy 2:5 “there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”
        John 12:49. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
        Luke 18:19 Why do you call me good? There is no-one good, only God.
        So many other examples plus Jesus teaches people to pray to God (not himself).
        Jesus asks if God could take off the horror about to come upon Him. He was understandably scared stiff. He sweated blood.
        Jesus does not criticise worship of Him perhaps since He knows it is God who dwells within Him, that people are overcome in the presence of God’s miracles and Jesus is the one stood before them who has just carried such greatness out by the hand of the Father.
        God works through Jesus in all things.
        Jesus did not follow His own will, He surrendered to His father in all things, as example to us all.
        I don’t disbelieve the idea that Jesus is not God because I cannot get my brain around such a mystery. This being the case I would surely be an atheist. I do not see it in the bible that Jesus is actually God. If someone read the bible without any added influence I doubt they would come away thinking “God is three people” or “Jesus and God are actually the same person”. Time and again Jesus refers to Himself as the Son of God. If fathers and sons were seen as absolutely equal in those times then why do we hear of father’s having favourite sons?
        When people worship both God and Jesus how does this work? Set days for each? Intermitently in the same prayer? How confusing when Jesus clearly showed us how to pray – to the Father. And in the name of Jesus.
        I do not worry that people will think badly of me not believing in man made doctrine. God knows my heart and leads me always. I have been told off very clearly on other wrongdoings, I have heard His voice.
        God calls us to trust Him alone, no man. I have prayed on the matter of trinity early on in my walk as I was wondering how could I possibly have gotten something so wrong if others are saying this? I prayed over If I am wrong, show me Lord. He knows I only want truth after years and years of deceit. God has shown me truth. It is hard to explain visions and knowings from the Lord but I experienced them twice so far on this subject. Jesus is the Son of God, not actually God. I was certainly open to be being corrected by God. Absolutely. I would recommend anyone pray directly to God for clarity on scripture where required, not just assume or accept because many say so. Peter and Paul did not say God was three people. Confusion and division are of Satan, the Catholic church started the trinity doctrine – enough said… anyone with a heart for God knows who is controlling vatican city.
        Much more to say but I will leave it here!

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      7. Dunno what to tell you Lana. What you have said about Constantine is historically demonstrably false. He did not impose that on the church to appease pagans. You have offered nothing to back that other than your own assertion that it is so. You have offered nothing in rebuttal to my post other than your own assertions and repetition of the same proof texts.

        Lana despite your claim that you have come to this on your own I fear somebody is teaching you falsely. I teach you truth as clearly destroyed in God’s Word.

        What we have here Lana is you doing the same thing you say you fear. Because you don’t understand it you reject it

        I love you much but this is something you have to resolve. You may read why in the conclusion of my series

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      8. You have not commented on the quotes I offered? You fear someone is teaching me? Well God teaches me. I put God first. Not that I do not listen to men but I put God first.

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      9. Lana, I didn’t comment on the quotes, because there is not need. But, to illustrate I will. Your question about the favorite son issue for example. Lana, what I wrote about the son(the firstborn son, in fact,) assuming HIs father’s position is true, Culturally, and hisorically what I stated is fact. The Pharisees wanted to kill Jesus because THEY understood the reference. Your statememt not only did not rebut what I said, but your statement was actually culturally and historically incorrect. There was no to address it. But, I have.

        Lana, I won’t argue this with you. I do know what you believed when you were saved. Howerver, what you believe now is incorrect. God’s Word proves that. You actually are rejecting that clearly taught word in deference to your own personal revelations.

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      10. My understanding has not changed at all. I believed Jesus to be God’s Son as a child, and I do now. God has not shown me otherwise. You have no idea of my walk with God and nor me yours. No need to argue.
        I will blog on this in time, Tertulian etc. It is true that trinitarian gods come from pagan beliefs. Look into it.
        I don’t do paganism anymore but I can see many Christians do … like celebrating Christmas and justifying it with unbiblical nonsense. A whole other topic… lets hijack Tom’s page no more! God bless.

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      11. Sorry Lana i hit send too soon. Back when we met you were steeped in Mysticism. I am glad you are not now. Don’t exchange it for another form of it where your personal visions and revelation supplant God’s Word. This is what you have done hear.

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      12. No I have not. No need for concern. I have done and continue to do what Christ told us to do in order to be saved. I do not see many having an active personal relationship with God. Why are our churches not healing ppl in Jesus’s name like He told us? If so, droves would be flocking and being saved. I cannot tell you re many things in my experience as a Christian as so personal to others BUT all were Holy Spirit lead and ALL bringing people to salvation to God through Christ alone. What you need to understand is that ex new agers are already very aware of the supernatural realm unlike many Christians. When we learn truth we then only speak to God alone through Jesus. We are not getting God given revelations all over the place God like we were by demons in our past of course not. But – God knows we are open to Him alone now. I rebuke all demonic new age teachings in the name of Jesus of Nazareth my only saviour.
        So many in the church are not aware of spiritual warfare. They get embarrassed and uncomfortable. They scuttle off – yet they ask for my story. Why would I be so attacked when coming out new age to Christ if I was so under demonic influence. I rebuke Satan!

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  3. Reviews like this one is important; especially for those searching for reviews on books like these. I pray this guy go one step further in ignoring the pope: He ignore the Pope altogether and ignore the Pope and Romanism with their false gospel; that he come to a saving knowledge of JEsus Christ through the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone!

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    1. Thanks for the good comments! Yes, it’s impossible to separate Catholicism from its historic boasts about the papacy. Francis has put these conservatives in a real pickle with them having to resort to ignoring the pope and advising others to do so as well. The analogy used by the author of the pope as an abusive husband that faithful Catholics must avoid is quite revealing. Yes, I also pray that many Catholics begin to question their church in light of the pedophile priests and cover-up scandal and this situation with Francis, and turn to Jesus Christ and the Gospel of grace.

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      1. I don’t exactly follow you on this one – it’s 7:30 p.m. and that’s when old men like me get tired 🙂 – so I’m going to think out loud…

        The Catholics who are so agitated by Francis are, generally speaking, the ones who bemoan the liberalizing changes of Vatican II and would like to see the church return to militantism. They would have been enthusiastic supporters of the counter-Reformers had they lived in the 16th century. So it’s interesting to see the church entering into a crisis period that could potentially match the magnitude of the Reformation (in terms of the level of institutional instability and change), but in this case the “protesters” will be the most dyed-in-the-wool conservative Catholics.

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      2. I agree they would fit in with the counter-Reformers of the REformation era; still I think the parallel of the problem with Romanism and the need to be set apart form the pope in some way parallel those before the Reformation raising concerning about Romanism’s authority structure (Papal abuse, etc) that later became full blown Protestantism. I guess my main point is that I wish these guys today can see why departure from Romanism because its problem is needed today and was even more needed then. Wishing some would come to the true gospel as a result of it. But’s its 2 AM in the morning here lol

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      3. Okay, I follow your thought that the Reformers and today’s disaffected conservative Catholics were/are both concerned about papal authority. Get some sleep and hope the retreat goes well! 🙂

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      4. Let me say that I don’t think today’s disaffected Catholics are Protestants but I think their disillusionment parallel only the Protestant reformers beginning disillusionment. Obviously Catholics still need to be saved.

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      5. Gotcha. The operative word is disillusionment. The Reformers were disillusioned with the pope because he was too authoritarian. Today’s conservative Catholics are disillusioned with Francis because he’s not authoritarian enough (at least in regards to defending traditionalist Catholic doctrines).

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