Why does Francis partner with JEFFREY SACHS?

Michael (“#UniteTheClans”) Matt of The Remnant has a video with some really good information, which you should all know about.  All of you.  All of you should know this.

First, some of you will be tempted to focus on Michael’s comments about Francis and “two Popes” in Rome. Rabbit hole for the purpose of this post.  Next, some will be distracted by Matt’s comments about the Novus Ordo voice some priests have. Another rabbit hole for this post, although amusing. I have written against “the priest voice” on this blog.  Next, some of you will be tempted to jump on the US political angle, and remarks about Pres. Trump’s impeachment.  Another rabbit hole, perhaps not for another post, but – yes – for this post.

What I really want you to understand is the incredible anti-American attitude held by those who surround Francis.

Francis surrounds himself with men like Jesuit Antonio Spadaro (who co-authored the most blinkered jeremiads against Americans I’ve read) but also with anti-American, American Jeffrey Sachs, who is 200% and more into population control through climate change hysteria.

Climate change hysteria is a ruse to gain power over you.   Sachs wants people dead, through abortion and abortifacients.

Sachs is now a constant feature in conferences held at the Vatican.

What’s with that?

This is something that Michael Matt’s video exposes well: Sachs involvement. 

There in the video a point at which Sachs blames the problems of the world on these USA.  Sitting next to Sachs is Bp. Sorondo – the guy Diane Montagna interviewed for LifeSite the other day.  Sorondo is the one who said that China is, better than anyone else, manifesting Catholic social teaching.  China.   Watch Sorondo.  When Sachs trashes these USA, the epicene Sorondo giggles and then ever so delicately applauds.  It is creepy.  He knows he’s being recorded.  Tune in at about 14:30.

I should underscore this.  Matt says he wants a Pope who prepares people for their judgment before God, the Four Last Things rather than focusing on getting straws out of the ocean and climate change.  Climate change and straws in the ocean are not the purview of Popes.  Popes need to work on the spiritual state of the Church, not carbon offsets.

Another good point.  As the masthead of The Wanderer has reminded for decades, quoting Pius XI, you cannot be, at the same time, both a Socialist and a good Catholic.

Why would Francis partner with JEFFREY SACHS?

I’ll turn on the moderation queue for the post, to keep the knucklehead stuff out of the combox.   Thoughtful comments are welcome.  Put it this way: they had better be insightful or really funny.

Here’s the video.

BTW… Fishwrap makes an argument in favor of Socialist Bernie Sanders.

Here’s a photo of Sanders at a Vatican conference in 2016.  Isn’t that Jeffrey Sachs next to him?

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  1. bobbird says:

    Withal, who would deny the evidence any longer of what Taylor Marshal and decades ago author Taylor Caldwell or the Birch Society’s Robert Welch have been trying to make us see: “Yes, Virginia, there IS a conspiracy of wealthy bankers, investors and industrialists to control the world.”

    “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

  2. acardnal says:

    Not only is Senator Bernie Sanders an admitted Democratic Socialist but he is a DEADLY pro-abort politician!

  3. Sachs also favors huge handouts from our government to kleptocratic regimes in sub-Saharan Africa–financed by tax increases on Americans.

  4. PostCatholic says:

    I suppose I’m confused by that because I’ve always understood that Boston’s archbishop, Seán Cardinal O’Malley, is a close friend and inner-circle advisor.

  5. teomatteo says:

    I’m pretty simple. I’m pretty baffled. I will take a stab: Why partner with Sachs? Because that is what Alinsky would want him to do?

  6. Bob says:

    There was a time not so long ago where evil did it’s thing behind closed doors or in the shadows of the Vatican. Now such things are no longer hidden but done in plain view for all to see. Those in charge of keeping our Faith free from heresy or error no longer flinch when the likes of Spadaro, Sachs or Sorondo espouse views that are contrary to faith and when people like Sachs are invited to speak in Vatican conferences.

    Out in the open and no protestations to be heard from our shepherds. To me it means that our bishops no longer care, or are afraid to speak up and defend the faith. It also means that the dark side now comfortable enough and have confidence that there will be no opposition to their agenda will raise it’s ugly head against them. Satan is free. His existence is no longer recognized. He works in the open.

  7. excalibur says:

    Think about a vision.

    “… ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’.”

    I belive that this is Benedict and Francis.

  8. Benedict Joseph says:

    Mr. Matt’s presentation referenced here is nothing less than outstanding. MUST viewing for all the conscientious faithful.

  9. roma247 says:

    Doesn’t Sachs sound like one of the members of the coven that met on Riverside Drive in Windswept House?
    When you listen to what he is saying in that light, it is so eerie it makes your hair stand on end…

  10. Semper Gumby says:

    “Multilateralism is under threat because of the United States” and its “thuggery.”

    That is quite a display of unmitigated gall by two silly leftists at a Vatican event. Consider, Sorondo, the unilateral attacks by Francis and his subordinates on the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Magesterium. Consider, Sachs, the unilateralism of abortion.

    This “workshop” appears to be a tired replay of Soviet agit-prop. Anti-Americanism often animates this pontificate more than the Gospel.

    This pontificate will benefit by recalling the gratitude displayed by Pius XII to American soldiers for the liberation of Rome in June 1944. And to Gen. Mark Clark:

    “A few days after the liberation of Rome, Lieutenant General Mark Clark, Commander of the U.S. Fifth Army, paid his respects to the Pope: “I am afraid you have been disturbed by the noise of my tanks. I am sorry.” Pius XII smiled and replied: “General, any time you come to liberate Rome, you can make just as much noise as you like.”

    God bless the United States of America and Servant of God Fr. Vincent Capodanno.

  11. Luminis says:

    Fr Z. Thank you for sharing this. I feel like we are living in the Fr Elijah books!

  12. jaykay says:

    Bob: according to St. Maximilian Kolbe, the Freemasons held a huge public demonstration in Rome in 1917, right up to the Vatican, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Grand Orient Freemasonry, or whatever they call it, with banners depicting satan trampling St. Michael, and celebrating their poster-boy, G. Bruno. I’ve never been able to find any pictures of that but… he was certainly there at the time, and I believe him. They were viciously ignorant enough to have done it. Their lineal descendents are with us – and then some. At least in 1917 they would have been decently dressed. And have had some acquaintance with soap.

  13. adriennep says:

    With Chaput now gone, we have one less voice of the handful of Cardinals willing to speak out for Catholics in America. Where are the others defending us from the One World tyrants? Why doesn’t the USCCB speak out? Must we rely on Donald Trump to defend us? Looks like we will have to work on getting a Republican majority in Congress this fall just to be safe from Sachs in the Vatican.

  14. Irish Timothy says:

    How can anyone think this is anything other than control by the Freemasons? MM gives us an excellent video here. I think his best point is around so called ‘climate chnage’: if the end is coming in a few years (…….like these clowns know that!!!), then prepare your soul for the next world. Bravo MM and well said !!!!

  15. mo7 says:

    Is it ok to pray that we be delivered from the reign of this Holy Father, that Our Father in heaven calls him home? In my rosary, I pray for the salvation of his soul. The damage thus far is so bad and has only gotten worse with the passage of time.

  16. ChrisP says:

    The answer is simple: money. Frank knows the pews are drying up of cash. Jeff has tons of sweet moolah. And it doesn’t hurt that Mr Sachs says some pretty amazing stuff too eh?

    Weaponised ambiguity. Money men love it.

  17. Spinmamma says:

    That video is one of the more frightening films I have recently watched. Now subscribed to that channel May our God continue to expose those euthanizing our Holy Mother Church as they become more and more brazen.

  18. MrsAnchor says:

    This year is Crucial that All Faithful Catholics put more efforts in Lent and throughout the Year to mortifying, prayer and fasting. Reason; There is another Scandal about to break in the Church. Catholics will have another round to getting their bearings straightened for the onslaught against them. Trump is doing us a very big service to stave off/mitigate certain storms, but we’re going to still take on casualties from this. Just keep in mind he Really Is on Our side. Thats why the hate.

    It was no happenstance thing Sebastian Gorka and Newt Gingrich were in Italy during Autumn 2019 at the Papal Offices. Remember the Police raid? Theres been a trail and the hounds are sniffing it out, “all roads lead to Rome” is no joke
    Please use every displeasure and sacrifice for the Greater Glory of God…
    2020 is big

  19. SKAY says:

    Thank you for this post Father Z. It is no coincidence that atheist, globalist George Soros ( backer of the US Democrat Party ) is shown in the picture with Jeffery Sachs. The two of them found the religious leader they were looking for to help them with their goal to destroy this country–and Christianity. Bp. Sorondo’s reaction to Sach’s anti US comments on the video proved that and it was sickening to watch. It is now out of the closet.
    I am praying for the Church and the good priests, Bishops and Cardinals that are still out there.

  20. tzabiega says:

    Sachs is infamous in Poland because he was the main advisor to the first post-communist Polish government in 1989. What he did is help the former Communists who had infiltrated the Polish Solidarity Movement (Poles would call them guys who have a Solidarity ID in one pocket and a Communist Party ID in the other pocket) to not only hold power, but to enrich themselves through short-sighted policies that were meant to enrich the Communist oligarchs who saw the writing on the wall and quickly transitioned to being whole-hearted capitalists overnight. What happened was not a real market economy, but selling any Polish state owned company that was profitable for chump change (officially, since much more money was paid out under the table), while keeping all the debt producing companies in government hands. This almost bankrupted the country, but made all of Sachs’ Polish friends, like Finance Minister Balcerowicz who brought him to Poland, multi-millionaires. For example, the most profitable company was the Wedel Chocolate Company which thanks to Sachs’ ideas was sold to Pepsi in such fashion that Pepsi actually had enough of a tax break that it made a profit on the acquisition. When the Wedel family, whose company had been confiscated by the Communists in 1945, came calling, the Polish government, not Pepsi, had to reimburse them. That Pope Francis would support a corrupt cheat like Jeffrey Sachs whose advice impoverished many people in Eastern Europe is beyond any level of understanding. That is actually typical of socialists and communists in places like China, Latin America, or Western Europe: they call for all sorts of policies to supposedly help the poor, yet they and their children end up being owners and CEO’s of large corporations and banks, while real entrepreneurs cannot advance because of purposefully ridiculous bureaucratic barriers. Sort of like many bishops and Cardinals in the Vatican for whom Pope Francis has the highest level of respect, who somehow don’t have a problem putting in money donated for the poor by Catholics from around the world into the high-end British real estate market.

  21. JamesA says:

    Personally I think O’Malley serves the purpose of a “beard”, or a useful idiot.
    He’s reasonably orthodox but nature did not endow him with a backbone.
    The fact that he attended Ted Kennedy’s funeral Mass is really all you need know about him.

  22. DisturbedMary says:

    That’s some look on Sorondo’s face. Where’s Father Gabriele Amorth when you need him?

  23. Semper Gumby says:

    “What I really want you to understand is the incredible anti-American attitude held by those who surround Francis.” – Fr. Z

    “The power of the intelligentsia is demonstrated not only by their ability to create a general climate of opinion that strikes fear into those who oppose their agenda but also by their ability to create a climate of opinion which richly rewards those political leaders whose decisions are consonant with the vision of the intelligentsia.” – Thomas Sowell

    Faithful Catholics, the Pro-Life Movement, the U.S. Constitution, and the current U.S. President are formidable obstacles to the goals and opinions of Sachs, Sorondo, and the combined Leftist-Pachamama intellegentsia.

    Pope Leo XIII had something to say about the errors of Leftist-Pachamama “new opinions” in Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae:

    “The underlying principle of these new opinions is that, in order to more easily attract those who differ from her, the Church should shape her teachings more in accord with the spirit of the age and relax some of her ancient severity and make some concessions to new opinions. Many think that these concessions should be made not only in regard to ways of living, but even in regard to doctrines which belong to the deposit of the faith. They contend that it would be opportune, in order to gain those who differ from us, to omit certain points of her teaching which are of lesser importance, and to tone down the meaning which the Church has always attached to them. It does not need many words to prove the falsity of these ideas if the nature and origin of the doctrine which the Church proposes are recalled to mind.”

    Pope Leo XIII quotes Vatican I:

    “For the doctrine of faith which God has revealed has not been proposed, like a philosophical invention to be perfected by human ingenuity, but has been delivered as a divine deposit to the Spouse of Christ to be faithfully kept and infallibly declared. Hence that meaning of the sacred dogmas is perpetually to be retained which our Holy Mother, the Church, has once declared, nor is that meaning ever to be departed from under the pretense or pretext of a deeper comprehension of them.”

    The so-called “Americanist heresy” is actually quite prevalent amongst anti-Americans.

    During Feb. 2017 in Modesto, California, delegations from thirteen countries met at the First U.S. Regional Meeting of Popular Movements. Also attending were two dozen U.S. Catholic bishops, Card. Turkson, the CCHD, and the Vatican department for the Promotion of Integral Human Development.

    This Meeting resulted in the “Message from Modesto,” an anti-Christian and anti-American manifesto influenced by Karl Marx and Saul Alinsky far more than Scripture. Alinsky, of course, dedicated his book “Rules for Radicals” to Lucifer.

    Fr. Richard John Neuhaus could have been describing the relentlessly aggressive Leftist-Pachamama intelligentsia when he wrote: “In the absence of Truth, power is the only game in town.”

    However, Fr. Neuhaus again:

    “We shall not weary, we shall not rest, as we stand guard at the entrance gates and the exit gates of life, and at every step along the way of life, bearing witness in word and deed to the dignity of the human person- of every human person.” Amen.

  24. Charivari Rob says:

    Indeed, JamesA:
    Going to a funeral and praying for the soul of the departed and the consolation of the bereaved.
    What more do you need to know?
    Seriously, now. I have plenty of general & personal experience of Cardinal O’Malley, some agree/approve and some disagree/disapprove and I am very well aware that there is room for a great range of legitimate opinions about him.
    The “beard” and “useful idiot” comments, however, are snide, uncharitable, and unhelpful canards.

  25. MI1 says:

    Why is Sachs a constant feature at the Vatican? Follow the money: Sachs is closely tied to Gates and Soros. He is also the likely ghostwriter of Laudato Si (which is no more Catholic for having Francis’ signature on it than if it had Sachs’ signature). Many leaders keep their ghostwriters in close proximity.

  26. JustaSinner says:

    Marxists just want to wave their freak flag high, high. Wave on, wave on.
    Tip o the hat to Jimi.

  27. PostCatholic says:

    I have had my own encounters with Bishop Seán (as he was then known) to know he’s no idiot, is possessed of a strong metaphorical spine, and while he may sport a beard it n isn’t one others can hide behind.

    I also new the late Senator Kennedy. One may have legitimate disagreements of policy issues with him. And I understand the reflexive disgust pro-lifers feel for one of those. But I will say that he was an exceedingly generous, kind man and quite sincere in his devotion to your church. No person is simply the worst thing she or he has ever done. Find some room in your soul to forgive him.

  28. Semper Gumby says:

    Pope Leo XIII in “Longinqua,” an 1895 letter to U.S. bishops, had a pro-American attitude. It is in stark contrast to the anti-American and, at times, pro-pagan and pro-dictatorship attitude of the current pontificate.

    Pope Leo XIII:

    “We highly esteem and love exceedingly the young and vigorous American nation, in which We plainly discern latent forces for the advancement alike of civilization and of Christianity.

    “Not long ago, when your whole nation, as was fitting, celebrated, with grateful recollection and every manifestation of
    joy, the completion of the fourth century since the discovery of America, We, too, commemorated together with you that
    most auspicious event, sharing in your rejoicings with equal good-will. Nor were We on that occasion content with
    offering prayers at a distance for your welfare and greatness. It was Our wish to be in some manner present with you in
    your festivities. Hence We cheerfully sent one who should represent Our person. Not without good reason did We take
    part in your celebration. For when America was, as yet, but a new-born babe, uttering in its cradle its first feeble cries, the
    Church took it to her bosom and motherly embrace. Columbus, as We have elsewhere expressly shown, sought, as the
    primary fruit of his voyages and labors, to open a pathway for the Christian faith into new lands and new seas. Keeping
    this thought constantly in view, his first solicitude, wherever he disembarked, was to plant upon the shore the sacred
    emblem of the cross.”

    “Another consideration claims our earnest attention. All intelligent men are agreed, and We Ourselves have with
    pleasure intimated it above, that America seems destined for greater things. Now, it is Our wish that the Catholic Church
    should not only share in, but help to bring about, this prospective greatness. We deem it right and proper that she should,
    by availing herself of the opportunities daily presented to her, keep equal step with the Republic in the march of
    improvement, at the same time striving to the utmost, by her virtue and her institutions, to aid in the rapid growth of the

    Well said.

    There is, unfortunately, a weak spot in Leo XIII’s letter in paragraph 6. The “separation of Church and State” is not in the Constitution but in an 1802 letter by Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists of Connecticut.

    The First Amendment and the Free Exercise and Establishment clauses are in the U.S. Constitution for an important reason: to affirm that religion is crucial to the flourishing of the Republic while also hindering a repeat of the Thirty Years War.

    That said, well done by Leo XIII.

    Attorney General William Barr last October at Notre Dame:

    “The imperative of protecting religious freedom was not just a nod in the direction of piety. It reflects the Framers’ belief that religion was indispensable to sustaining our free system of government.”

    “By and large, the Founding generation’s view of human nature was drawn from the classical Christian tradition.

    “These practical statesmen understood that individuals, while having the potential for great good, also had the capacity for great evil.”


  29. samwise says:

    The Mn Catholic conference, an excellent resource, has a much healthier take on ecology than what Mr Matt presents. https://www.mncatholic.org/ourcommonhome/. Mr Matt’s inductive logic is off base, i.e. Catholics concerned for ecology = masons. Francis = heretic & not legitimate pope. All of these conclusions, as Mr Matt admits in his analogy between impeachment & seeking to depose Francis, are unsuccessful & nearly indefensible. Rather, the best defense is a good offense as MN Catholic conference models against pornography, abortion, throwaway culture, etc. Maybe Mr Matt could consider efforts at recycling some of the newspapers he produces…

  30. Semper Gumby says:

    PostCatholic: Take a closer look at Ted Kennedy before praising him so highly- his actions as an abortionist, at Chappaquiddick, and his scandalous affairs are important to a proper understanding of his legacy. Furthermore, historian Paul Kengor, in his book The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism published a KGB document detailing Ted Kennedy’s liaison with the Soviets to thwart the re-election of Reagan in 1984.

    samwise: Please review the Laudato Si and Amazon Synod IL posts and comments on our host’s blog for a more informed perspective on the many problems with “Laudato Si.”

  31. samwise says:

    @SemperGumby: Subsidiarity my friend. Fr Z wisely recommends local groups to discuss Catholic doctrine, Tradition, etc. & our local MN Catholic Conference has published an orthodox response to Laudato Si here: https://www.mncatholic.org/ourcommonhome/ a close friend wrote the document and its local influence is a lot weightier than Mr Matt’s “secret u#unitetheclans” events with Vigano that don’t even inform Fr Z of the location or time!

  32. Semper Gumby says:

    samwise: Thank you, but I stand by my comment.

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