Imagine what John Huss himself would have felt back then, if, as he stood at the stake seconds before he died an agonising death, he could have seen the future and said to himself, “Six centuries from now, my cruel death will be seen as a mere dispute between brethren, and will be “revisited” and re-evaluated in the light of the context of those future times.” Would this have comforted him at all? Would he have sighed with contentment, and rejoiced to know that although he was about to die in flames for biblical truths that were fundamentally at odds with the teachings of Rome, the day would eventually come when those very truths for which he laid down his life so bravely would mean so little to those claiming to be his followers, that they would visit the pope in his palace and listen with reverence to his words about the need to reach “agreements and convergences” in the light of “the new context”? I believe I can say with absolute certainty that Huss would have derived no comfort at all from this knowledge, and would have been horrified at such a betrayal.
The “new context”, of course, to which Francis was referring, is the ecumenical movement of modern times, as Rome gathers into her “loving” embrace all the various Protestant groups. The Whore has a “new look” these days, for sure: she smiles at the “heretics”, and welcomes them. But no smile on her face can hide the blood dripping from her mouth.
Francis Says Huss “Died Tragically”
“Six centuries have passed,” Francis then said, “since the day that the renowned preacher and Rector of the University of Prague, Jan Hus, died tragically.”
Died tragically? Is that all it was, Francis? John Huss was burned alive! He was burned alive because your predecessor in the Papal office wanted him burned alive! He was burned alive because the vile religion of which you are the current head declared that “heretics” should be burned alive! It was a tragedy of your religion’s doing, Francis! Just like the cruel martyrdoms of so many millions of others.
“Already in 1999,” Francis went on, “Saint John Paul II, intervening in an International Symposium dedicated to this memorable figure, expressed his ‘profound regret for the cruel death inflicted [on him],’ and he numbered him among the Reformers of the Church.”
Ah, here we go again. Rome has a man put to death for his beliefs; centuries go by, and then – all of a sudden in this ecumenical age – a pope of Rome says he “regrets” what happened to him! At least John Paul II called Huss’ death “cruel”. That is better, just slightly, than that he “died tragically”. But did he really regret it? Not at all. If Rome could get away with putting “heretics” to death today as she did in the past, she would do so in an instant. What Rome regrets is that now, in this ecumenical age, such murders as that of John Huss are an embarrassment to Rome. They are obstacles to her modern method of destroying Protestants, which is by ecumenism. The tactics have changed, but the heart of the Whore never changes.
As for numbering Huss among the Reformers of the Roman Catholic “Church”, this is simply dishonest. Yes, Huss erred in thinking – as so many others have done – that the false “Church” of Rome could be reformed. But the Papacy rejected all of Huss’ teachings, and burned him for them; how then could he be a “Reformer of the Church”? The Roman Catholic religion remains utterly unreformed, and in truth it cannot be reformed – for a false religion cannot be “reformed” into a true one. It had no intention of reforming 600 years ago, and it has no intention of doing so now.
Francis Claims Huss Now “A Reason for Dialogue”
“In the light of this approach, the study must continue on the person and activity of Jan Hus, who for a long time was the subject of contention among Christians, while today he has become a reason for dialogue,” said Francis.
Actually, Huss was never the subject of contention among Christians; he was only a “contentious” figure to Roman Catholics, who hated him, branded him a heretic, burned him alive, burned his books, and have continued to hate him till now. Christians have studied the person and activity of Huss for centuries, and rejoice that he stood against various errors of Rome, even unto death. As for him being today “a reason for dialogue”, there was no “dialogue” when Rome’s blind servants declared him a heretic and burned him to death. When he attempted to explain his beliefs they shouted him down, and refused to permit him the opportunity; so much for dialogue. But now – in this ecumenical age, when Rome wants to win Protestants by smiles, her pope speaks of Huss as “a reason for dialogue”.
“This research, carried out without conditioning of an ideological type, will be an important service to the historical truth, to all Christians and to the whole society,” said Francis.
In other words, research into Huss must not follow the Protestant “conditioning” of the past. But no Vatican spin whatsoever can alter the plain historical facts: Huss was condemned by a Roman Catholic council, which declared him a heretic, and then murdered him. Those are the facts. “Research” could be done for a thousand years, but the facts will not go away. Only “revisionist” historians would even attempt to re-package what Rome did to Huss, and such revisionism would not be “the historical truth”.