PF’s encyclicals and apostolic exhortations – Part 2 – Evangelii Gaudium


PF’s encyclicals and exhortations :

  1. Lumen Fideii, 29th June 2013 first encyclical
  2. Evangelii Gaudium 24 Nov. 2013
  3. Laudato Si, 24th May, 2015
  4. Amoris Laetitia, 2016
  5. Magnum Principium Sept. 2017
  6. Exultate Gaudium April 2018

Part 2 – Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel)

Released in 2013

Evangelii Gaudium is an apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis on “the church’s primary mission of evangelization in the modern world.” (Wikipedia,. Originally published: 24 November 2013)

Evangelii Gaudium,( ‘Joy of the Gospel’ ) was addressed to “the bishops, the clergy, consecrated persons and the lay faithful” on the proclamation of the Gospel in the world today.

It touches on many of the central issues of his pontificate, from the obligations Christians have to the poor to a call for an “ecclesiastical renewal which cannot be deferred.” (

From the Book of Truth:

“The importance of following My path to My Father will not be mentioned, nor will the importance of the Holy Sacraments be discussed. Instead, you will be told of the importance of looking after the needs and welfare of others, which will be used as a substitute for adoring Me. I Am the Church. My Body is My Church, but in time, I will be brushed completely to one side. Your heads will be filled with untruths” .( 18 April 2014)

“When did you, who call yourselves servants of God, decide to replace the True Word of God with your own flawed interpretation of it? When did you decide to replace Christianity with humanism, where no mention is made of Me? Don’t you know that nothing comes from that which does not come from God? How little you have learned and how foolish you are if you believe that your so-called good works – in concentrating on material welfare – can ever replace the Truth.”  (10 Dec 2013

A syllabus of errors

[a] Paragraph 161: concerning love of neighbour as the greatest commandment
“… the first and the greatest of the commandments
this is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”
This is incorrect! This directly contradicts the Bible, the words of Jesus Himself:

See Matthew 22: 36-40:

“Teacher which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and the first commandment. 39 The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

So what happened to loving God with all your heart, souls and mind?
Why only the reference to “love one another” ?
Having the latter and omitting the former is exactly what the one world religion will provide:
• A false religion created by man, for man, all about man:
humanism, social justice, tolerance, false mercy, false ecumenism,
all inclusive, harmony, no sin, no divine justice, everyone goes to heaven,
priority of happiness in this world, all religions to be good,
worship of creation not the creator,
• salvation is brought about by good works, salvation through natural religion.

From the Book of Truth:

“They will use the message of humanism, love of one another, in terms of your ability to look after the poor, uneducated and needy, as a substitute for the Truth you were given in the Gospels.” (9 Nov 2013)

[b] Paragraph 247: concerning the status of the first covenant
“We hold the Jewish people in special regard because their covenant with God has never been revoked”
  This is a grave error!

Matthew 21: 43   – Jesus’ own words:
“Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.”

  •  Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis Christi (#’s 29-30), June 29, 1943:

“and first of all, by the death of our Redeemer, the new testament took the place of the old law which had been abolished… On the gibbet of his death Jesus made void the law with its decrees [Eph. 2:15]…
establishing the new testament in his blood shed for the whole human race. “

  • ‘To such an extent, then,’ says St. Leo the Great, speaking of the Cross of Our Lord,

“The renting in two, of the veil covering the Holy of Holies in the Temple of Jerusalem
at the point of the death of Christ
indicated the end of the old covenant.”

See also many references in St Paul’s letters, St Peter’s vision in Acts 10.

Also, from
This doctrine has been also repeatedly taught by the Popes through the ages, to wit,
that the Old Covenant, i.e., The Covenant of Moses, has been revoked and replaced by the New Covenant.

No 247 directly explicitly and uneqivocally denies this defined article of Catholic Faith, and therefore is undoubtedly a serious error.

[c] Paragraphs 252-253: concerning Islam and violence:
“Authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”

Reality does not confirm this statement. See more on this at:
Also note that:
 Islam denies that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and denies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.The Koran says he is just a prophet.
Islam has no concept or relationship of God as the father of mankind, nor a concept or recognition of the Trinity, nor a concept of the Holy Spirit.

6) Fr Gobbi’s locution #407 from Our Lady, June 1989
“…In this period of history [the 7th century], the antichrist is manifested through
the phenomenon of Islam, which directly denies the mystery of the divine Trinity
and the Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. …”

Also note some saints’ comments on Islam:
St. Peter Mavimenus (d. 8th century), martyr from Gaza.

  • St. John Damascene (d. 749), Syrian Arab Catholic monk and scholar.
  • Sts. Habenitus, Jeremiah, Peter, Sabinian, Walabonsus, and Wistremundus (d. 851), Martyrs of Cordoba, Spain.
    Sts. Aurelius, Felix, George, Liliosa, and Natalia (d. 852), martyrs of Cordoba, Spain.
    St. Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274), Theologian and Doctor of the Church.
  • St. Alfonsus Liguori (d. 1787). Quoted from his book, The History of Heresies and their Refutation:
    “The Mahometan paradise, however, is only fit for beasts; for filthy sensual pleasure is all the believer has to expect there.”

Also see points about Evangelii Gaudium in our post on 12 March 2017 at:

Part 3: Laudato Si  will be posted tomorrow

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