Not every outfit calling themselves “Catholic” is worthy of our attention.
That goes for fly-by-night charities, certainly, but it also large chunks of religious orders whose names you probably recognize.
It’s a sad state of affairs that we have to view solicitations for our cash from organizations with perhaps hundreds of years of goodness behind their names, but such is the state of our Church in the midst of this crisis.
Here is one very disturbing example:
In case the words in this image are blurry, here is the text of the Christmas greetings which the Franciscans International are offering you in their hideous little e-card:
In the context of the nativity, Luke tells us about the meeting between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth. The two women, both expecting a child, meet each other with attentiveness and sensitivity. At the opening of the Synod, Pope Francis asked us to approach the peoples of the Amazon on our ‘tiptoes’.
In this picture you see Mary, who we honor as the ‘new Eve’ or Mother of Life, together with Pachamama, who some indigenous peoples honor as the ‘earth mother’. Francis of Assisi too describes the earth as our mother in the Canticle.
Celebrating Christmas, I wish that we may approach God and each other on our ‘tiptoes’ so that we experience in these meetings the ‘real living’.
On behalf of Franciscans International,
Markus Heinze, OFM
Are all Franciscans bad? Have they all openly embraced paganism and apostacy as this particular whack-job branch of the order has? No, of course not!
But…just because they wear the Franciscan habit doesn’t mean that they are faithful sons of the saint from Assissi. Just remember those scenes from the Amazon Synod where, back in October, we were treated to the sight of a Franciscan in full habit prostrating himself on the ground before an image of this pagan idol which has apparently captured the hearts and mind of our senior Church leadership.
As you write out your checks for various charities during this holy season of Advent, be careful. Be discerning.
And…if by some odd circumstance, you’ve written a Christmas check to the Franciscans International…for goodness’ sake, stop payment on it!