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"As Jesus, I will use the stick against pedophile priests...and even bishops and cardinals...and others, more numerous keep silent....I find this situation intolerable"
I am a loyal son of the Church... today, we forget everything, even the Magisterium of the Church" Pope Francis
Monday, October 20, 2014
Archbishop Durocher: "we have done for family life what the Second Vatican Council did for liturgy and ecumenism"
The above quote contained within the title is from Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher. It comes from his assessment of the final relatio from the Synod. I still come away after reading his review not knowing where he stands on Holy Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried (those living in adultery); nor do I know where he stands on homosexuality. He seems to tell us that there is more to discuss... he does not tell us how he votes.
But the archbishop is onto something here when he compares the Synod to the work of the Council and post-conciliar period on liturgy and ecumenism. Where I differ is my assessment of the results. The Second Vatican Council opened the door to so muddy the waters, to so confuse the issues on ecumenism, that most Catholics no longer know what to think. How many are aware that the Catholic Church is the one, true Church of Christ, outside of which there is no salvation? Ten percent, five percent....And of those who know, how many believe? Again, ten percent.... and so on.
And what of the liturgy? Is it not true that the way we pray is the way we believe? Most people's belief is utter confusion, brought on by a liturgical mess. Was it not Pope Benedict and others who have consistently said over the years that the liturgical crisis has led to a crisis of Faith. We should be scared to death that a leading Archbishop in Canada does not see this.
And we should be deeply disturbed that the two non-issues that the secular media obsesses with is "not dead", but will continue on it all its noxious ambiguity for another year. No doubt, as in previous crises a polyvalent solution will be sought between orthodoxy and heterodoxy. And all will be happy. Well, no. This will only explode in another crisis a few years down the road. The Catholic Church cannot remain healthy in ambiguity, She cannot tolerate a virus, a cancer...
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Beatus Paulus VI, ora pro nobis
On this day which is chosen to close the Year of Faith, on this feast of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul, we have wished to offer to the living God the homage of a profession of faith. And as once at Caesarea Philippi the apostle Peter spoke on behalf of the twelve to make a true confession, beyond human opinions, of Christ as Son of the living God, so today his humble successor, pastor of the Universal Church, raises his voice to give, on behalf of all the People of God, a firm witness to the divine Truth entrusted to the Church to be announced to all nations.
We have wished our profession of faith to be to a high degree complete and explicit, in order that it may respond in a fitting way to the need of light felt by so many faithful souls, and by all those in the world, to whatever spiritual family they belong, who are in search of the Truth.
To the glory of God most holy and of our Lord Jesus Christ, trusting in the aid of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the holy apostles Peter and Paul, for the profit and edification of the Church, in the name of all the pastors and all the faithful, we now pronounce this profession of faith, in full spiritual communion with you all, beloved brothers and sons...
The full Credo may be read and meditated upon here
Saturday, October 18, 2014
With chaos, division, disorder roaring through the Church - the Pope remains silent. The beatification of Paul VI is not enough: we need a Credo, we need a declaration of Faith, we need bread, not stones: we need a Father. And we need action: against the manipulators of the Synod: Baldisseri, Forte, Lombardi and his lackeys. We need action against the filth....
Now this from the gently "conservative" Catholic Herald:
The presentation earlier this week of the so-called “mid-term report” of the extraordinary synod of bishops on the family (the Latin headline of which, relatio post disceptationem, may seem to the unenlightened to give it an authority it doesn’t in fact possess) aroused a predictable level of interest in both the Catholic and the non-Catholic media.
Their general assumption has been (and the report’s half dozen authors clearly intended that the assumption should be) that what it conveys is that the Catholic Church is gearing up, not for any change in pastoral strategy, but for fundamental changes in the Church‘s teachings (hitherto immutable) on important questions to do with marriage and with sexual morality....
Friday, October 17, 2014
The Scriptures provide support in plenty for such a reply : “ Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church. And the gates of hell shall not prevail against her. “ (Mt 16.18) “ He that heareth you heareth Me : and he that despiseth you despiseth Me ; and he that despiseth Me despiseth Him that sent Me. “ (Lk 10.16) “ Whatsoever you shall bind upon earth shall be bound also in heaven ; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth shall be loosed also in heaven. “ (Mt 18.18) How often are such quotations used against us by our bishops in their efforts to banish all opposition into the outer darkness !
Support for such a thesis can be produced also at doctrinal level. There are plenty of ecclesiastical documents which show that loyalty and obedience to the Holy See have always been considered necessary for eternal salvation, and that the anathema resting on those who have separated themselves from it has remained through the ages.
The importance of this video are the words of H.E. Cardinal Napier of South Africa. (see. 3:00 onwards)...
The full commentary of Cardinal Napier may be listened to here.
Analysis of the Synod by Sandro Magister - the question remains: what would the Pope have done if Baldisseri had strong-armed the bishops into heresy?
The True Story of This Synod. Director, Performers, Assistants
New paradigms of divorce and homosexuality are now at home in the highest levels of the Church. Nothing has been decided, but Pope Francis is patient. An American historian confutes the ideas of “La Civiltà Cattolica”
by Sandro Magister
by Sandro Magister
ROME, October 17, 2014 - “The spirit of the Council is blowing again,” Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle has said, a rising star of the worldwide episcopate as well as being a historian of Vatican II. And it is true. At the synod that is about to conclude there are many elements in common with what happened at that great event.
The most visible similarity is the distance between the real synod and the virtual synod driven by the media.
But there is an even more substantial resemblance. Both at Vatican Council II and at this synod the changes of paradigm are the product of careful coordination. A protagonist of Vatican II like Fr. Giuseppe Dossetti - the consummate strategist of the four cardinal moderators who were at the controls of the conciliar machine - asserted this with pride. He said that he had “transformed the fate of the Council” thanks to his capacity to pilot the assembly, which he had learned in his previous political experience as the leader of the foremost Italian party.
The same thing has happened at this synod. Both the openness to communion for the civilly divorced and remarried - and therefore the admission of remarriage on the part of the Church - and the startling change of paradigm on the issue of homosexuality that found its way into the “Relatio post disceptationem” would not have been possible without a series of skillfully calculated steps on the part of those who had and have control of the procedures.
In order to understand this, it is enough to review the stages that led to this result, even if the provisory finale of the synod - as will be seen - has not met the expectations of its directors.
The complete article may be read here.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Let's get one thing out of the way first; shunning has been practiced in the Catholic Church in the past. There were formerly two degrees of excommunication, vitandi and tolerati. This is not reflected in current canon law. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia...
A formally published or nominative excommunication occurs when the sentence has been brought to the knowledge of the public by a notification from the judge, indicating by name the person thus punished. No special method is required for this publication; according to the Council of Constance (1414-18), it suffices that "the sentence have been published or made known by the judge in a special and express manner". Persons thus excommunicated are to be shunned (vitandi), i.e. the faithful must have no intercourse with them either in regard to sacred things or (to a certain extent) profane matters, as we shall see farther on. All other excommunicated persons, even though known, are tolerati, i.e. the law no longer obliges the faithful to abstain from intercourse with them, even in religious matters.
St. Paul also mentions shunning in his letter to the Corinthians and it is worthwhile to consider his remarks. Notice the distinction St. Paul makes between outsiders and the brethren. He does not expect the Corinthians to avoid contact with sinners but he is very strict on how they are to behave towards one who has been welcomed as a brother then fallen into grave sin.
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with immoral men; not at all meaning the immoral of this world, or the greedy and robbers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any one who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 1Cor5:9-12
His concern is not that the Corinthians will somehow be tainted by exposure to the sinful practices of the world around them. One could hardly have been in a more corrupt city in all the empire. No, he is primarily concerned with those who had been welcomed as brothers, received into the community of believers and then behaved in a way that brought scandal upon the community.
When we speak of welcoming homosexuals into our churches we need to ask who exactly we are talking about. Clearly, if the Church is to be a refuge for sinners then any sinner needs to be welcomed with open arms. The notion that one needs to be pure to enter is nonsense. Those who are searching, confused, questioning, wounded all ought to find a welcome in our midst. Repentance ought to be the result of fellowship with us, not a precondition for it.
There are, however, people and organizations whose avowed purpose is to change Catholic doctrine from within. Organizations which represent themselves as Catholic but which approve of sin should be viewed with suspicion. Nowhere is this contrast more apparent than in the Courage Apostolate which supports Catholic teaching and Dignity which seeks to subvert it.