by Christopher A. Ferrara
June 9, 2017
In yet another of his curious pronouncements from the Vatican, Pope Bergoglio offered the following remarkable opinion at his General Audience this past Wednesday:
“We can be far, hostile; we can even say we are ‘without God.’ But Jesus Christ’s Gospel reveals to us that God cannot be without us: He will never be a God ‘without man’; it is He who cannot be without us, and this is a great mystery! God cannot be God without man: this is a great mystery! [Dio non può essere Dio senza l’uomo: grande mistero è questo!]”
In other words, according to Pope Bergoglio God needs man in order to complete His nature. Now, of course, any minimally catechized ten-year-old knows that God does not need anything whatsoever and that His creation of man was a gratuitous manifestation of His infinite love. Indeed, a being who needed anything would, by definition, not be God, the highest being and the ground of all other being, but some lesser being. For as even Plato recognized in the light of human reason alone, God must be “the sum of all perfections.”
It would be easy enough to dismiss Pope Bergoglio’s opinion as merely sloppy language resulting in nonsense. But it would appear that beneath the nonsense is something deeper and even more nonsensical, albeit more troubling for the Church: the “evolutionary theology” of Teilhard de Chardin in which Pope Bergoglio was steeped during his formation as a liberal Jesuit of the Sixties and Seventies, despite condemnation of Teilhard de Chardin’s heresies by the Holy Office under Pope John XXIII.
It was in fact Pope Bergoglio who, in his “green encyclical” Laudato si’, referred to the “contribution of Teilhard de Chardin” in a footnote to a passage wherein Pope Bergoglio declares: “The ultimate destiny of the universe is in the fullness of God, which has already been attained by the risen Christ, fulcrum of the universal maturation.” (The Vatican’s English translation is not faithful to the official Italian version, including the key Teilhardian phrase fulcro della maturazione universale [“fulcrum of the universal maturation”].)
That is, according to Pope Bergoglio, Christ attains the “fullness of God” through evolution because, through evolution, He has become a man risen from the dead and, as such, the “fulcrum of the universal maturation” who will lead all things to Teilhard’s imaginary Omega Point. Thus did Teilhard, a scientific as well as a theological fraud, implicated in the Piltdown Man hoax, have the audacity to assert in his The Heart of the Matter: “It is Christ, in very truth, who saves — but should we not immediately add that, at the same time, it is Christ who is saved by Evolution?”
LifeSiteNews, in an article by John-Henry Westen, has also taken note of Pope Bergoglio’s apparent attachment to Teilhardian “process theology,” which asserts that “God perfects himself by creation or grows with creation.” And while it is certainly true that given the Incarnation, God will henceforth never be without man, this is not the same as saying, as Bergoglio does, that God could not be God without man. As an orthodox theologian cited by LifeSite explains: “… God has absolutely no actual need of mankind, our relationship with God being entirely dependent on that gratuitous superabundance of the infinite Divine Love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
As Westen’s headline states: “We need another clarification.” None will be forthcoming if past Bergoglian practice is any indication. In any event, Catholics in a position to do so have a duty to present, yet again, the authentic teaching of the Church in order to counter the latest Bergoglian novelty. The acquiescence of silence is not an option.