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Raising concerns about Pope Francis is hard, but essential | The John-Henry Westen Show Ep. 1

Hello, and welcome to The John Henry
Westen Show. This will be a weekly show to run every Tuesday, in which I will
offer commentary on the most important news developments in the Church and
culture. We are beginning with a series laying out the hard evidence for our
concerns with Pope Francis. The show is available on The John Henry Westen Show YouTube channel and on my LifeSite blog. We’ve created a special email list for
the show, so that we can notify you every week when we post a new episode. Please sign up now by clicking the link below and you can also subscribe to the
YouTube channel and you’ll be notified by YouTube when there’s any new content. May God bless you. Hi, I’m John Henry Westen co-founder and
editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews. For the past six years, LifeSite has been
experiencing many difficulties in our reporting on what’s going on in Rome for
some twenty two years now we’ve reported on the Vatican, and especially the
statements of the Pope’s focusing mostly on life and family. With John Paul II and
Pope Benedict, it was relatively easy since they would say so many pro-life
and pro-family things, it was a joy to report. It was a real encouragement too,
for pro-life leaders around the world. To hear the words of popes who, it seemed,
really had your back even when sometimes your local bishops did not. But things
changed with the election of Pope Francis. After a year of trying to
explain away his confusing statements and sometimes statements that went
directly against his two predecessors… we knew at LifeSite, we had to just report
straight what was happening and let people know what was going on. Faithful
Catholics need to understand the severity of the situation so that they
can pray, like never before, for the crisis in the Church. Pray and fast and
take action. When we started to do this however, we noticed that some of our most loyal followers, in fact some of our own friends and family, started to question
what we were doing. As if, after so many years of faithful truthful reporting, we
were starting to make things up or even create things out of thin air. I have to
tell you how distressing it was, and still is. I’ve often wished that, with
some of my friends and family, I could sit down with them and show them the
evidence firsthand. And that was actually the genesis of the video series that I’m
about to launch tomorrow. The evidence for our concerns with Pope Francis
speaks for itself. Most of his controversial statements are made in
front of cameras and so we’ve pulled the footage and translated it and pulled the
Vatican’s own transcripts of them so we can definitively show what has happened.
It is totally understandable that the faithful want to show allegiance to the
Pope. And in this day and age of fake news in the mainstream media, mistrusting a news agency… well, that’s nothing new either, but we pray that the evidence speaks for itself. Catholics believe that the Pope
is infallible but not with everything he says or does only in specific cases
where he is explicitly defining doctrine pertaining to the faith and morals and
with regard to confronting the Pope. Even publicly we have the example of that
right from the beginning of the church the first Pope, St. Peter. Remember the
account from Galatians 2 and St. Paul confronted Pope St. Peter over Peter’s
refusal to eat with uncircumcised Gentiles and he would only eat with
Jewish Christians. St. Paul recounts that he opposed Pope St. Peter to his face
because he was in the wrong and St. Paul also noted that he did so publicly. The
Church’s greatest doctor of the faith has also commented on the need to carry
on with this tradition of correcting the Pope when needed. St. Thomas Aquinas said and I quote “if the faith were endangered a subject ought to rebuke his prelate
even publicly hence Paul who was Peters subject rebuked him in public on the
account of the imminent danger of scandal concerning the faith as the
gloss of St. Augustine says I’m Galatians 2:11, Peter gave an example to
his superiors that if at any time they should happen to stray from the straight
path they should not disdain to be reproved by their subjects.” Another important point to be made is that which was given
to me by a good and holy bishop his Excellency Athanasius Schneider of
Astana in Kazakhstan He teaches that the true friends the
Pope are those Cardinals, Bishops, and laymen who expressed their public
concern about these very important issues about the state of confusion in
the Church. Bishop Schneider said that those who
perform agile ation of the Pope and deny the evidence that ambiguity in the
Pope’s teaching is causing confusion are not helping the Pope nor themselves when they will face their final judgment Bishop Schneider quoted Melchior Kano, a famous Dominican bishop and theologian of the council of Trent, he said and I
quote, “Peter has no need of our lies, he has no need
of our adulation. Those who close their eyes to the facts and indiscriminately
defend every decision of the Supreme Pontiff are those who contribute most to
undermining the authority of the Holy See. They destroy its foundations, instead
of strengthening them.” End quote. For us at LifeSiteNews, we come at this
from a perspective we’ve taken on as a motto: Caritas in Veritate, a love in
truth. We recognize that sometimes it’s difficult to speak the truth but out of
love and sincere wish for the good of others we must speak the truth even when it’s unpopular. So too with Pope Francis. We love him and pray for him on a daily
basis, both individually and as a staff on our morning prayer call. And we can’t
do as some have suggested and just keep our heads down and wait it out because
souls are at stake, and even more personally our own children are being
confused.The truth of Christ means everything to us. He is the only way to
eternal life and outside of Him there is only eternal hell. And that’s why we do
what we do at LifeSiteNews, there is no hatred or animosity here towards the
Pope. There is a loving concern and willingness to confront even the Pope
when it comes to errors threatening the faith. We try our best to do so with
respect and charity, but also with clarity. For LifeSiteNews, I’m John
Henry Westen, and may God bless you.

Otis Rodgers



  1. B shuler Posted on March 26, 2019 at 2:31 am

    🙏🏻Praying for you, God bless!🕊

  2. sealthrob Posted on March 26, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you so very much for these videos. Will be watching and sharing. Praying for you, for the Pope and the Church. God bless you and your work!

  3. Catholics for America Posted on March 26, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you for doing this.

  4. Maca Maca Posted on March 26, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Sorry, but I most definitely don`t love Rope Francis. I don`t even like him.

  5. Sleeping Lioness Posted on March 27, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Catholics need and deserve to hear the truth.  God bless you John-Henry Westen.  Your journey is not an easy one and you bring to our attention many things that I am sure you wish you did not have to report.  We are with you and appreciate what you are doing.

  6. Vladimir Mladenov Posted on March 28, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Admirations! I’m one of the many Protestant followers of your mission and keeping the Pope in check is so Godly and timely! Keep up the good work! God bless!

  7. Flavia Beriault Posted on April 4, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Thank you for this new video series, John-Henry! I fully agree with what you are doing. Please continue speaking the Truth! Paul and I really enjoy this new video series. We truly believe that you love the Seat of Saint Peter and want the world to know this as well through your work. May God bless you always!

  8. Angel Love Posted on April 14, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    God bless you 🙏🏻

  9. Kevin Leclerc Posted on May 12, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Here is Wisdom !!!!!!

    Bergoglio's Book – " Amoris Laetitia " footnote 351 invalidates the Holy Eucharist !!!!! It is The Opposite of Blessed Immaculate Mary's Number.Basically, This Footnote Gives The Holy Eucharist to Anyone In ' MORTAL SIN ', Which Christ Said " NEVER TO DO "…. Give NOT My Body to the Dogs !!!!!! The Number of MODERN MAN = 36, The Number Divisible by 6 …….. Bergoglio is NOT THE POPE !!!!!!

  10. Esteban Martinez Posted on May 15, 2019 at 9:46 am

    criticizing out of love? it is obvious you do not love him

  11. Marian News Posted on May 29, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Even if people don't take time to comment often, please know that these episodes (and all your work) is GREATLY appreciated! I have been adding each episode to my channel to try to drive my viewers to your site https://www.youtube.com/c/MarianNews "Sister Anne" at https://houseofmaryomd.org.

  12. gmrfrlife gmrfrlife Posted on June 4, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    What I wonder is why anyone should consider you an authority about anything. You are not a priest or a religious of any sort. The Pope is both a religious and head of state.

  13. John jon Posted on June 24, 2019 at 4:26 am

    If that's all true, why don't you make an appointment to personally see the pope and personally express your concerns in detail? If it's that big a deal surely a more personally active approach is needed as opposed to just putting things out on the internet. Have you sought an actual personal audience, not the kind with 2000 people, but one on one with a good interpreter present?  It seems that should be your goal.  After all. St. Paul did not phone it in did he. So, go to Rome and deal with it.  Really, if it is THAT important, see the man, don't take no for an answer, see the man, camp out if necessary, let the Swiss Guard arrest you for tenting on the property, just do it.   It's not enough to sign petitions, or send a bunch of questions, go see the guy, insist on seeing him, be that kind of nuisance as needed until you get the audience.  Put your money where your mouth is, as it were.  That's what I think. Go chain yourself to the door of the Basilica, or whatever.  Get the audience, don't take no for an answer.  Really, if it is that big a deal, get the audience, make it happen, don't take no for an answer. just don't accept it, keep at it, don't stop, get the audience. You can put stuff out on the internet for a thousand years, you can do petitions all that is fine AND not working is it? You can send letters asking questions, even as a cardinal – how's that going?  Right?  No, you have to get the personal audience, there is no other way to resist him to his face except personally and with good clear questions and a good interpreter and a recorder. Just do it.

  14. Mike Almeida Posted on June 24, 2019 at 10:30 am

    This campaign is pure politics from an ultra conservative wing of the church that aims to wrestle back control, even at the expense of flagrant disobedience to the Pope. Truly saddening state of affairs.

  15. spider ok Posted on July 12, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Spot the liberal demoncrats

  16. Lavrov Yaboy Posted on August 28, 2019 at 7:34 am

    God bless all at Lifesite news for standing up for the TRUTH of Jesus Christ and babies in the womb…..be prepared for attacks from those who wrap themselves in the demonic rainbow mindset ….unfortunately mostly al la carte so called Catholics…..VIVA CHRISTO REY….💪👍