"Woe to you rich for you have already received your consolation". Italy holds the European record of the plague of social envy


It's not the first time, in ten years of pontificate, that we start from man to arrive by reflection at Jesus Christ or that we start from Jesus Christ to put not even man at the center, but a figure of a privileged man: the poor. This style was used by Bishop Tonino Bello, of which the imprudent Bishops of Puglia opened the diocesan phase of the beatification process, arrived today at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

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Over the past years I have had several times, while everyone was silent, to point out that certain calls of the Supreme Pontiff Francis on the poor bordered in part on obsessive neurosis and in part on the meandering ideology. Today this fact is publicly complained of by the same people who yesterday told me "be careful", or "you are not opportune and prudent", or worse that they scolded me: “How dare you criticize the Holy Father?». I point out that these seconds then suddenly woke up years later, on the threshold of seventy, when they had to come to terms with the reality that the coveted episcopal nomination had not come and would never come. Like this, by magic spell, they discovered that even a Supreme Pontiff can be the object of criticism and that in this sense, the history of the Church, even the recent one, teaches us how, sometimes even harsh and severe, many predecessors of the August Pontiff have been criticized more inside than outside the Church. Expenses, like myself, he has always been a student of the dogmatic councils of the Church and knows something about them.

The 23 June 2023 the Holy Father received in audience a large group of artists to whom he recalled:

«I would like to ask you not to forget the poor, who are Christ's favorites, in all the ways in which one is poor today. Even the poor need art and beauty. Some experience very harsh forms of deprivation of life; because of this, they need it more. They usually have no voice to make themselves heard. You can interpret their silent cry" [full speech, WHO].

This exhortation it is clear in its construction and structure: the central element is the “ideological poor”, while the accessory that serves to enhance the dreamlike and surreal figure is Jesus Christ. So the poor are at the center, sideways to follow Jesus Christ who prefers the poor elect to a privileged category compared to all the other children of God.

Among those artists present, most were people who consider abortion a great social achievement and an intangible right, euthanasia is a gesture of great humanity towards a terminally ill person, which claim the "right" to marry between same-sex couples and the consequent "right" of the adoption of children by same-sex couples and the use of surrogacy, or so-called surrogate uterus. Most of them are subjects who jump from one cohabitation to another, or that after collecting two divorces they finally decided to live together avoiding further problems of legal separations, then going around the televisions to boast the wonder of theirs “extended families” … Well, I'm not saying that they should be given a lesson in Catholic morality, it would have been inappropriate and extremely counterproductive, But, it cost so much to tell them: "Dear artists, do not forget Jesus Christ, that is the beginning, the Centre and the ultimate goal of our entire humanism, as art itself reminds us in its highest and most noble expressions». Maybe it cost a lot, also because several of these artists, who also live in the ostentation of unbridled luxury, they sure walked out happy saying: "Finally, a Pope who speaks of the poor!». It is in fact known and known that the Church, of the poor, he only started dealing with it ten years ago, certainly not since the first apostolic age. Therefore, all of our institutions, foundations and works of the great men and women saints of charity who have assisted poor families for centuries, children, orphans, disabled, lonely and abandoned old people, they are just optical illusions. In truth, inside the Cottolengo in Turin, there is a beauty farm run by nuns, a five-star spa, not a care center for people with severe physical and mental disabilities. Our Caritas, for those who don't know, are born after February of 2013, because they didn't exist before. In truth, the very word Caritas was invented under this pontificate. If the Blessed Apostle Paul had known it at the time, who knows how many beautiful reflections he would have written on it, perhaps he would even say that of all the virtues, the most important, it was just charity [The Cor 13, 13]. But unfortunately, at the time, the concept of charity was unknown and the Blessed Apostle Paul missed that beautiful opportunity.

It's not the first time, in ten years of pontificate, that we start from man to arrive by reflection at Jesus Christ or that we start from Jesus Christ to put not even man at the center, but a figure of a privileged man: the poor. This style used by the Bishop Tonino Bello, of which the imprudent Bishops of Puglia they opened the diocesan phase of the beatification process, arrived today at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

A dutiful aside to correct the obvious ignorance that even winds its way through certain ecclesial and ecclesiastical circles: the ongoing one of Tonino Bello is not a cause for canonization, as indicated by the official website of the Diocese of Molfetta but a cause for beatification. In fact, by canonization we mean the opening of a process to achieve the canonization of a blessed, that is, to proclaim a saint a blessed. And with this everything is soon said about the times that are running and that unfortunately we have to suffer and live [cf.. WHO].

Is the first time - or at least I have no historical memory in this sense - that a process of beatification is opened for a Bishop who in the course of his entire life has shown a disturbing ignorance in matters of doctrine, advocate and promoter of an embarrassing but above all non-Catholic Christology, to follow with a Mariology sometimes bordering on completely involuntary blasphemy. Tonino Bello, in fact heterodox, he was the forerunner of the social bishops with the wooden cross around his neck and the carpentry crozier in his hand produced in the workshop of Mastro Geppetto, after this famous carpenter from Collodi's famous novella had built not a single Pinocchio, but many little episcopal pinocchios made in series.

Some reply: «But Tonino Bello was good!». I do not doubt it. Or that maybe, Arius and Pelagius, they were bad? There are reports to that effect? St. Augustine, who at Pelagius opposed him severely [cf.. WHO], questioned his heretical thinking, he didn't say it was bad.

The Fourth Lateran Council the 1215 who condemned the millenarian heresy of Gioacchino da Fiore - with all due respect to those who today want to attribute those thoughts to others and not to him - did not claim that the Florentine was bad, quite the opposite! While on the one hand this Council condemned the errors of his thinking, at the same time, the fathers, they reaffirmed his undoubted virtues and his holiness of life. To be good, or be sensitive to the poor, it does not mean being men of solid and orthodox doctrine, least of all be saints. A good subject is not as such automatically in line with the doctrine, the thought and perennial magisterium of the Church. Tonino Bello's is a thought that abounds in numerous and gross heresies, His writings and public speeches prove it. However, it may be that the Bishops of Puglia have identified a patronage that until now had remained uncovered. In fact, there is even the patronage of repentant prostitutes, of which she is the patron saint Margherita of Cortona, however, there was still no Patron Saint of heretics. It may be that the Bishops of Puglia have thought of promoting their countryman Tonino Bello in this sense, from which then comes to life that insidious thought that many of us call theologians toninobellismo.

In the Sermon on the Mount, also known as the Beatitudes, Jesus Christ says: « But woe to you, rich, because you have already received your consolation" [LC 6,17-20.26].

It is perhaps a primordial manifesto of the future class struggle? No, in truth it is primarily a translation error, of those that abound above all in the versions of the Italian Episcopal Conference, as our author Monaco Eremita recently pointed out in one of his articles [see WHO]. This opening «But woe to you, rich», in our spoken lexicon it sounds like a threat. Indeed, in the Italian vocabulary, the word "woe" is indicated as a threatening exclamation. The literature confirms this, just think of the figure of Charon, the boatman who leads the damned to the place of eternal perdition, than in Dante's work, in Canto III of the Inferno, there:

«And behold, an old man is coming towards us by ship, white for ancient hair, shouting: “Woe to you, they make anime! Never hope to see the sky: i’ I come to take you to the other side in eternal darkness, in heat and in frost. What if you’ there, living soul, departed from these who are dead”».

In its etymological meaning and according to the best literature, the word "trouble" constitutes a serious and very specific threat.

Forget the irony: I who at the time did not do the Blessed seminar ― because as an adult consecrated priest forty years old I had another kind of adequate training ― I studied Greek and I know it, unlike those who escaped from the moderns holy seminars in which instead of Greek English is studied and instead of Latin the sociologisms transmitted by the various educators who offer the disciples the tender thoughts written on the Baci Perugina maps, instead of the solid bread of the great Holy Fathers and Doctors of the Church. In the Greek text of this Lucan Gospel the expression is used Oὐαι (yeah), which is by no means a menacing curse, but an expression equivalent to alas, or to use an archaism of', all to tenderly express a sense of regret. Expression in which wealth is used as a paradigm to express something else: selfishness, the lack of altruism and generosity, attachment to material things, that I'm not just the money, because attachment to certain lifestyles or thoughts can be far more harmful than the morbid relationship with material wealth. So praise follows "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" [LC 6,17-20.26]. Praise certainly not referring to the fact that being poor is a note of merit to the point of deserving eternal salvation for this. By poor in spirit are meant those, whether rich or poor in money, who have won the freedom of God's children through that truth which, once known, will set us free [cf.. GV 8,28].

What items like this underestimated them an obvious incomplete theological as Tonino Bello, it is undoubtedly a serious matter, because a bishop is high priest and teacher. But, if these items, ignores them and underestimates the teacher and supreme guardian of the doctrine of the Catholic faith, it is disturbing to say the least. This is why we are in disarray in the way we are now sadly and tragically reduced.

Let's move on to the second and last part of this speech. For some weeks now, the television networks and newspapers have been talking about the large flow of tourists to Italy, emphasizing the fact that hotels and i resort that offer extra luxury services are all full, to such an extent that it is not possible to find a place. The Rai and Mediaset television editorial offices have unleashed their journalists to film and broadcast interviews made to the directors of these structures who, when asked to them, replied that the costs of certain suites ranged from five, may be, up to the beauty of 15.000 Euro per day. A few minutes later reports were broadcast to various families of the proletarian people explaining how they could not take their holidays, given the increase in prices, or that they could have done them in a climate of tight economy by basing them on the most careful savings.

The worst thing you can do on a journalistic and media level it is to foment the instinct of social envy, which in Italy does not need to be fomented, because if it were a sport, we Italians will hold the absolute primacy at the European level.

Although not an economist and less than ever inclined to be a know-it-all who launches himself into professions that are not mine that pertain, applying the basic logic of common sense, I regret the presence of such biased services that instigate de facto social class hatred. If in fact in our country, centers that offer such extra-luxury services, they have no vacancies and are booked throughout the summer, above all, this should rejoice precisely the children of the proletarian people. Simple reason: how much work staff is needed to offer hotel services at similar stratospheric costs? For each suite we need four permanent waiters who continuously cover a service of two by two 18 hours, not to mention the relative staff necessary to offer as many similar services for breakfast, for second breakfasts and dinners, for pool services and all the others comfort offered. Therefore, i priest, mothers, the children and grandchildren of the proletarian people should be the first to rejoice, because all this is called: jobs. Unless you prefer parasitic citizenship income to the workplace, what for some years went not to the needy not able to work or out of work, who had such a sacred right to it and who must be helped and supported, but to the smart ones, the highest percentage of which were found to be present, whore, in the city of Naples, the bad racist anti-southernists didn't say it, but the data of the various state agencies. Because this is what extra-luxury tourism produces: jobs. Or someone thinks that the cheap pension of Rimini for the cheap holidays of the proletarian people, at the cost of 70 euro per day room and breakfast, can produce as many jobs, in addition to the turnover that this type of clientele can create around these structures for the benefit of restaurants, luxury shops or jewelers where there is not even a brooch below the minimum cost of 10.000 Euro?

I remember a few decades ago, when I was a kid, the protests of certain activists of the proletarian population to the cry "the beaches and cliffs belong to everyone" and that "everyone has the right to sea and sun". The class struggle in question was linked to the fact that in the exclusive and expensive area of ​​Monte Argentario, in the lower Tuscan Maremma, the owners of the villas on the cliffs had prevented access to the sea to the proletarian population. Various associations, all and strictly of a specific colour, they began to file complaints, until the magistrates, maybe the same color, they ordered the opening of the gates and fences of certain properties, or in any case the creation of passageways so that the proletarian people could exercise their right to the sea and the sun.

These are the results: within a season many cliffs became a destination for large groups of noisy people who then left garbage and bottles of soft drinks among the rocks, screaming and listening to portable stereos blaring at full volume. A considerable damage to the environment and to that delicate ecosystem, which is one of the most beautiful and uncontaminated in Italy. The dirty rich people thus began to desert the area and go to Sardinia or to the Côte d'Azur. Neither the magistrates were affected by this, whose salary was guaranteed, nor the children of the working people, also with the guaranteed factory salary including thirteenth and fourteenth salaries, but the restaurateurs, the owners of the bathing establishments, the shopkeepers and the various merchants of the area. And if the managers of all these businesses could not have a certain round of work, at the same time they could not hire staff and create and give jobs, because none of them cashed in on the children of the proletarian people, who limited themselves to looking at the windows of certain shops or reading the menus of restaurants where a dinner for four people would cost half the monthly salary of a worker who is the son of the proletarian people. Ideology prevailed at the time, the proletarian people had the right to sun and sea in coastal areas that cannot and must not be stormed by the great masses, except ruin them. The consequence was that the economic damage was enormous. And so, in areas where the old Communist Party won elections with majorities greater than 60%, course was soon reversed. The cliffs were closed again and the mandatory steps eliminated. A quel point, the dirty rich people who produced work and wealth returned, while the proletarian people, to which no one has ever denied sea and sun, it was diverted to locations and beaches suitable for welcoming the great mass of people.

Today, in the areas of nearby Capalbio, all the richest hippies of the Left Democrats go on holiday, all spoiled and degenerate grandchildren of the old and glorious Communist Party. And them too, Poors, including migrants landed clandestinely on Lampedusa, they don't want them in the balls - to use courtly Frenchism - not even at a distance from the fences of their villas.

Poor does not equal good, there are poor people who are endowed with an out of the ordinary wickedness, which to watch out for, keep your distance and keep them away. How there are rich people who in absolute confidentiality do good to numerous families and entire charitable institutions that operate at the service of the various social hardships. Man is not good or bad on the basis of class or class to which he belongs, but according to one's own nature and human sensitivity.

Our country should focus on luxury tourism, because both the Italian cities of art and some of our coastal areas, they are very fragile and delicate environments and territories to conserve and maintain. And they cannot be stormed by masses of often barbaric hordes nor destroyed in the name of ideology, with peasant tourists who damage the monuments of Rome or who bathe in the monumental fountains.

Every now and then someone clamors that the Italian Church put up entrance tickets to visit several historic cathedrals and monumental churches. Well they did, long before we should have done it. In fact, there are numerous places of worship that are monuments of extraordinary beauty and equally extraordinary delicacy. Imposing a ticket, preferably also expensive, will avoid that in cities like Siena, Pisa, Venice … certain places are overrun by people who enter just to get there, not infrequently also to cause you serious and irreparable damage, as can be confirmed by the various Superintendencies of the fine arts which ran for cover several times with long, delicate and expensive restoration of artwork damaged by idiots who had climbed somewhere to get themselves, eg, witty photographs, to be sent to as many idiot friends scattered around the world.

Pure and simple economics of common sense, applied to a country like ours, where artistic and environmental riches abound that require extreme care and are as beautiful as they are fragile, as well as easy to damage by modern barbarian hordes. Italy is a delicate and fragile jewel that is not and will never be made for mass tourism, pace of ideologies on the proletarian people.

the Island of Patmos, 29 June 2023



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2 replies
  1. Zamax
    Zamax says:

    On the evangelical sense of the word “rich”, if the readers did not trust too much the interpretation of the Father Ariel (which, moreover, has a long and well-established tradition in the Catholic Church), could find comfort in the words written about sixteen centuries ago by St. Augustine (that he was a good guy, almost like Father Ariel):
    "What do you mean the Lord with the words: "It is easier for a camel through the eye of a needle instead of a rich man to enter the kingdom of God"? In this step called rich who is greedy of temporal goods, and it goes superb. Contrary to these rich are the poor in spirit, It belongs the kingdom of heaven. Which in this category of wealthy, frowned upon by the Lord, belong all greedy for mundane things, although they are free, It becomes evident from what is said after the hearers: "Who then can be saved?"It is certain that the poor quantity is incomparably higher, so we need to understand that the number of this sort are calculated such that even those, despite not having riches, are all taken by the desire to have them. " (S. Augustine, Issues on the Gospels, book II, 47).

    • father ariel
      father ariel says:

      Dear Zamax,

      thank you for the summer laugh you gave me with your elegant humor.
      Truly I am the donkey (noble animal) which the Bishop of Hippo rode.
      I knew the Augustinian quotation, but when I wrote the article it escaped me, all the more so many thanks!

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