PopeWatch: The Peron Rule

When it comes to Pope Francis, always look at his actions and forget about his words which mean nothing.  Steve Skojec at OnePeterFive explains for us the Peron Rule:


Bishop Schneider tries to get at the fact that context makes clear that he couldn’t have meant permissive will when referring to diversity of religions when he obviously meant positive will when referring to diversity of races and sexes.

So Francis busts out The Perón Rule and tells Bishop Schneider what he wants to hear: “Yeah, sure, sure, kid, that’s what I meant. You go ahead and tell people I meant permissive will. That’s the ticket!”

For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Perón Rule, here it is, in the form of an anecdote taken from The Dictator Pope:

The story is told that Perón, in his days of glory, once proposed to induct a nephew in the mysteries of politics. He first brought the young man with him when he received a deputation of communists; after hearing their views, he told them, “You’re quite right.” The next day he received a deputation of fascists and replied again to their arguments, “You’re quite right.” Then he asked his nephew what he thought and the young man said, “You’ve spoken with two groups with diametrically opposite opinions and you told them both that you agreed with them. This is completely unacceptable.” Perón replied, “You’re quite right too.” An anecdote like this is an illustration of why no-one can be expected to assess Pope Francis unless he understands the tradition of Argentinian politics, a phenomenon outside the rest of the world’s experience; the Church has been taken by surprise by Francis because it has not had the key to him: he is Juan Perón in ecclesiastical translation. Those who seek to interpret him otherwise are missing the only relevant criterion.

I applaud Bishop Schneider, again, for having the courage to ask the pope for a clarification right to his face.

But to then turn around and pretend this answer suffices somehow? No, I’m sorry, it’s not good enough. We all know what he meant. Bishop Schneider clearly saw through the lie. But now, in the hopes of reconciling the irreconcilable, we get to play make-believe as if this isn’t just blatant self-contradiction.

I have no patience left for this game.

Neither does PopeWatch.  Go here to read the rest.

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  1. My diocese’s newspaper editorial is often filled with “as pope Frances says” or “pope Francis said”. I ignore it. I’m able to better keep Faith that way. When the editorial speaks of Christ, I listen.

  2. The Pope had to mean God actively willed the diversity of religions even though he now says it was God’s permissive will because if he had really meant the permissive will of God in this statement the Imam or Grand Poobah of Islam would not have signed such a statement. The Church has always taught that the Catholic Faith was the only True faith in totality and it’s mission is to convert the world. That would have left Islam as a false religion unless, surprise! the Pope says God willed Islam and other religions as equal to Christianity.

  3. This is where Infallibility is your friend. If the only way to interpret Pope Francis’s remarks, consistent with 2000 years of of doctrine and dogma, is that he meant God’s permissive will, then that’s what Pope Francis meant. Regardless of what Jorge Bergolio and company meant when they drafted the statement.

  4. The pope is proving to be a very fuzzy thinker..
    There simply cannot be a “third” Abrahamic Religion…
    For Islam to be True, BOTH Christianity and Judaism need to be False and that simply cannot be the case.
    God could not have willed a false religion, HE obviously did permit it.

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