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This blog will be our Witness for the Faith. We see a need for good, traditional, Catholic fellowship. Witness will strive to be imbued with charity. Love of neighbor - and yes, love of enemy. We should be a "witness" for our Faith.

Since faith is one, it must be professed in all its purity and integrity. Precisely because all the articles of faith are interconnected, to deny one of them, even of those that seem least important, is tantamount to distorting the whole" Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis/Pope Benedict XVI

Saturday, December 20, 2014

James Martin S.J., and Thomas Rosica CSB: do they not know that Martin Luther advocated adultery?

Recently, Frs. James Martin S.J., and Thomas Rosica, CSB., respectively tweeted and re-tweeted a disgusting painting placing the heresiarch, Martin Luther amongst Catholic saints. Prior to indulging in this scandal they should have done a little bit of homework into what Martin Luther stood for. Amongst other things, Luther advocated dispensing with the authority of the Church over declaring a marriage null, and placed this decision into the hands of the individual person. Hence, Luther advocated adultery. 

From on "The Estate of Marriage":

What I said was this: if a woman who is fit for marriage has a husband who is not, and she is unable openly to take unto herself another and unwilling, too, to do anything dishonorable since the pope in such a case demands without cause abundant testimony and evidence, she should say to her husband, “Look, my dear husband, you are unable to fulfil your conjugal duty toward me; you have cheated me out of my maidenhood and even imperilled my honor and my soul's salvation; in the sight of God there is no real marriage between us. Grant me the privilege of contracting a secret marriage with your brother or closest relative, and you retain the title of husband so that your property will not fall to strangers. Consent to being betrayed voluntarily by me, as you have betrayed me without my consent” [...].

Pope John Paul II: the limits of Papal power over marriage is a "doctrine to be held definitively"

"There frequently lies a corruption of the idea and the experience of freedom, conceived not as a capacity for realizing the truth of God's plan for marriage and the family"
Pope John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio

St. Pope John Paul II 
In an address in 2000, to the Roman Rota, Pope John Paul II outlined the limitations of papal power over ratified and consummated marriage. The Pope is always limited to to being at the service of  the teachings of Christ. 

The recent attempts at the Synod to fudge around indissolubility, by adhering to it in theory, but differing in pastoral praxis, is in deed a Christological heresy - as pointed out by Gerhard Cardinal Muller. 

Do not be fooled by churchmen who claim that the marvelous Familiaris consortio, composed by our sainted Pope needs "updating", as it is "old". The truth about marriage does not change. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. "God never changes" (St. Theresa of Avila). 

6. Today's meeting with you, members of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, is an appropriate setting for also speaking to the whole Church about the limits of the Roman Pontiff's power over ratified and consummated marriage, which "cannot be dissolved by any human power or for any reason other than death" (CIC, can. 1141; CCEO, can. 853). By its very nature this formulation of canon law is not only disciplinary or prudential, but corresponds to a doctrinal truth that the Church has always held.

Nevertheless, there is an increasingly widespread idea that the Roman Pontiff's power, being the vicarious exercise of Christ's divine power, is not one of those human powers referred to in the canons cited above, and thus it could be extended in some cases also to the dissolution of ratified and consummated marriages. In view of the doubts and anxieties this idea could cause, it is necessary to reaffirm that a ratified and consummated sacramental marriage can never be dissolved, not even by the power of the Roman Pontiff. The opposite assertion would imply the thesis that there is no absolutely indissoluble marriage, which would be contrary to what the Church has taught and still teaches about the indissolubility of the marital bond.

7. This doctrine that the Roman Pontiff's power does not extend to ratified and consummated marriages has been taught many times by my Predecessors (cf., for example, Pius IX, Let. Verbis exprimere, 15 August 1859:  Insegnamenti Pontifici, Ed. Paoline, Rome 1957, vol. I, n. 103; Leo XIII, Encyc. Let. Arcanum, 10 February 1880:  ASS 12 [1879-1880], 400; Pius XI, Encyc. Let. Casti connubii, 31 December 1930:  AAS 22 [552]; Pius XII, Address to Newlyweds, 22 April 1942:  Discorsi e Radiomessaggi di S.S. Pio XII, Ed. Vaticana, vol. IV, 47). I would like to quote in particular a statement of Pius XII:  "A ratified and consummated marriage is by divine law indissoluble, since it cannot be dissolved by any human authority (can. 1118); while other marriages, although intrinsically indissoluble, still do not have an absolute extrinsic indissolubility, but, under certain necessary conditions, can (it is a question, as everyone knows, of relatively rare cases) be dissolved not only by virtue of the Pauline privilege, but also by the Roman Pontiff in virtue of his ministerial power" (Address to the Roman Rota, 3 October 1941:  AAS 33 [1941], pp. 424-425). With these words Pius XII gave an explicit interpretation of canon 1118, corresponding to the present canon 1141 of the Code of Canon Law, and to canon 853 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, in the sense that the expression "human power" also includes the Pope's ministerial or vicarious power, and he presented this doctrine as being peacefully held by all experts in the matter. In this context it would also be appropriate to quote the Catechism of the Catholic Church, with the great doctrinal authority conferred on it by the involvement of the whole Episcopate in its drafting and by my special approval. We read there:  "Thus the marriage bond has been established by God himself in such a way that a marriage concluded and consummated between baptized persons can never be dissolved. This bond, which results from the free human act of the spouses and their consummation of the marriage, is a reality, henceforth irrevocable, and gives rise to a covenant guaranteed by God's fidelity. The Church does not have the power to contravene this disposition of divine wisdom" (n. 1640).

8. The Roman Pontiff in fact has the "sacra potestas" to teach the truth of the Gospel, administer the sacraments and pastorally govern the Church in the name and with the authority of Christ, but this power does not include per se any power over the divine law, natural or positive. Neither Scripture nor Tradition recognizes any faculty of the Roman Pontiff for dissolving a ratified and consummated marriage; on the contrary, the Church's constant practice shows the certain knowledge of Tradition that such a power does not exist. The forceful expressions of the Roman Pontiffs are only the faithful echo and authentic interpretation of the Church's permanent conviction.

It seems quite clear then that the non-extension of the Roman Pontiff's power to ratified and consummated sacramental marriages is taught by the Church's Magisterium as a doctrine to be held definitively, even if it has not been solemnly declared by a defining act. This doctrine, in fact, has been explicitly proposed by the Roman Pontiffs in categorical terms, in a constant way and over a sufficiently long period of time. It was made their own and taught by all the Bishops in communion with the See of Peter, with the knowledge that it must always be held and accepted by the faithful.

In this sense it was reaffirmed by the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Besides, it is a doctrine confirmed by the Church's centuries-old practice, maintained with full fidelity and heroism, sometimes even in the face of severe pressures from the mighty of this world.

The attitude of the Popes is highly significant; even at the time of a clearer affirmation of the Petrine primacy, they show a constant awareness that their Magisterium is at the total service of the Word of God (cf. Dogm. Const. Dei Verbum, n. 10) and, in this spirit, they do not place themselves above the Lord's gift, but endeavour only to preserve and administer the good entrusted to the Church.

Christmas with the Anglican Ordinariate in Toronto!

Vox Cantoris carries the latest news about the wonderful opportunities for Catholics to attend Christmas Liturgical services at a number of Ordinariate parishes in the Toronto and southern Ontario region. Please support these good Catholic people! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Why Pope Francis can never surrender to the Adulterists and Homosexualists without contradicting himself

According to Professor Fr. Tadesuz Guz, KUL., the false teachings on marriage (and homosexuality) by a number of bishops at the recent Synod of the Family, was and is based upon a complete misunderstanding of God as ens realissimum. German Idealism, Schelling, Hegel etc. is a perversion of the Catholic and realistic understanding of God as unchangeable. According to Fr. Guz, it is this philosophical idealism that is  infecting the minds of a number of churchmen, and unhinging them from Catholic reality. 

The following three paragraphs confirm the "Guzian" thesis a priori. Pope Francis implicitly outlines in these paragraphs why it is impossible for the Catholic Church to accept the false theories of the Adulterist and Homosexualist parties. These three passages are, unwittingly, a mighty condemnation of the various manipulators who would claim to detach pastoral praxis from doctrine. 

From Evangelii Gaudium:  

231. There also exists a constant tension between ideas and realities. Realities simply are, whereas ideas are worked out. There has to be continuous dialogue between the two, lest ideas become detached from realities. It is dangerous to dwell in the realm of words alone, of images and rhetoric. So a third principle comes into play: realities are greater than ideas. This calls for rejecting the various means of masking reality: angelic forms of purity, dictatorships of relativism, empty rhetoric, objectives more ideal than real, brands of ahistorical fundamentalism, ethical systems bereft of kindness, intellectual discourse bereft of wisdom.

232. Ideas – conceptual elaborations – are at the service of communication, understanding, and praxis. Ideas disconnected from realities give rise to ineffectual forms of idealism and nominalism, capable at most of classifying and defining, but certainly not calling to action. What calls us to action are realities illuminated by reason. Formal nominalism has to give way to harmonious objectivity. Otherwise, the truth is manipulated, cosmetics take the place of real care for our bodies.[185] We have politicians – and even religious leaders – who wonder why people do not understand and follow them, since their proposals are so clear and logical. Perhaps it is because they are stuck in the realm of pure ideas and end up reducing politics or faith to rhetoric. Others have left simplicity behind and have imported a rationality foreign to most people.

233. Realities are greater than ideas. This principle has to do with incarnation of the word and its being put into practice: “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is from God” (1 Jn 4:2). The principle of reality, of a word already made flesh and constantly striving to take flesh anew, is essential to evangelization. It helps us to see that the Church’s history is a history of salvation, to be mindful of those saints who inculturated the Gospel in the life of our peoples and to reap the fruits of the Church’s rich bimillennial tradition, without pretending to come up with a system of thought detached from this treasury, as if we wanted to reinvent the Gospel. At the same time, this principle impels us to put the word into practice, to perform works of justice and charity which make that word fruitful. Not to put the word into practice, not to make it reality, is to build on sand, to remain in the realm of pure ideas and to end up in a lifeless and unfruitful self-centredness and gnosticism.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Greetings from Msgr. Vincent Foy

December 2014

Dear Friends,

This year I am grateful to have celebrated my 75th Ordination Anniversary and my 99th birthday. Many thanks to all who made my 75th a memorable occasion. I was very happy to have Cardinal Collins, so many clergy, friends and family in attendance.

Besides correspondence, an address for my 75th Ordination Anniversary and a few letters to the editor, this year I have not been able to do much writing. However, I am happy to now have much material uploaded onto my website: “The Selected Writings of Msgr. Vincent Foy” www.msgrfoy.com.
As the years pass, I am told that I say, “I think I am dying”, with increasing vigor. Although we don’t know if I will make it to my 100th birthday, I am in my 100th year and we have much planned and ready for my funeral. I keep saying, ‘Just don’t bury me alive.”

I am currently reviewing the book, Remaining in the Truth of Christ – Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church, featuring his Eminence Raymond Burke.
God has allowed me the great gift of continuing to celebrate daily Mass. I pray for you and God’s blessings upon you.

Remaining in the truth of Christ,

Msgr. Vincent Foy

LCWR dissident nuns continue unashamedly their revolt against Christ and His Church

Now that the Roman authorities have washed their hands of one investigation into the American "nuns", what of the remaining investigation of the dissident and feminist LCWR nuns organization by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith? Are these faithful, humble "nuns"? Let these photos of the "nuns" and their supporters answer the question. 

Needless to say, these poor, pathetic "nuns" are also organizing a petition - as if the Church and Her truths are based on opinion... 

BREAKING NEWS: Church of England appoints first "bishopess", completing the apostasy

Pope Benedict celebrating Mass. Westminster Cathedral
Photo: Eddie Mulholland
Unrepentant sin only hardens the sinner. Heresy builds upon heresy. So it is with the apostate Church of England. This false sect, founded on the lustful desires of a debauched Monarch, this day, has irrevocably tottered into complete and final apostasy. Though retaining the sacrament of baptism and matrimony (though this sacrament is now under diabolical attack by homosexualists, including the  "Right Rev Bishopess" Linda Nicholls of Toronto who advocates for one of the four sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance), the Church of England is devoid of Grace, and is, in the words of Archbishop Sheehan "a broken cistern from which the waters of life have long since vanished". 

And so, today, this tragic sect, has dared to try to "appoint" a woman as a "bishopess". 

Please pray for those still within the Church of England that they reject this evil and come back home to Rome, Mother and Mistress of all churches. Back over 100 years ago, the venerable Leo XIII addressed Anglicans, imploring them to deepen themselves in history and to return to unity. In our day, Pope Benedict XVI gave a great gift to the Church: Anglicanorum coetibus. This gesture was the greatest ecumenical act since the sad days of the so-called "Reformation". 

We can do our part by vigorously supporting with prayers and money those Catholics who constitute the Ordinariate. In Toronto we have the wonderful parish of St. Thomas More. Please support these good people. 

The Holy See Press Office ~ a tool used by the "wolves" to undermine the Papacy and the Church

“Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.”
Pope Benedict XVI

The Crucifixion of St. Peter
I am not an admirer of the men who control the Holy See Press Office. Since the departure of Joaquin Navarro-Valls, and it falling under the control of Frederico Lombardi, S.J., the HSPO has become an ideological mouthpiece for a particular theological outlook. 

It was a tragedy that Lombardi remained in control over the HSPO during the reign of Pope Benedict; given the inclinations of Pope Francis to improvise and extemporize off-the-cuff statements, all the more reason for a well-seasoned, dedicated servant of the Pope (and not ideology) to ensure the truth is communicated quickly without ambiguity to - usually - a very hostile media. Fr. Lombardi has been assisted in much of the damage that he has, and is creating, by his English-language assistant, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB., (who is on record as claiming that Lombardi is his mentor and friend). 

Fr. Rosica has also not hidden his admiration and support of the gang of bishops whom Gerhard Cardinal Muller has identified as proposing a "Christological heresy" vis-a-vis uncoupling pastoral praxis from doctrine. It is also scandalous from a journalistic perspective: Rosica does not even pretend to be neutral with regards to the clash between the innovators and the upholders of Catholic doctrine (as if one can be neutral between truth and falsehood). It is also interesting that neither Lombardi or Rosica have ever been a parish priest. They are clerical careerists. It may be news to Fr. Rosica, but Raymond Cardinal Burke - whom his assistant rudely insulted on TVO's The Agenda - actually was a pastor of souls for many, many years. But more on the "theological" content of this shameful interview in the near future which contained gleeful support for the un-Catholic position on homosexuality as inserted behind the backs of the synod fathers (this, confirmed by many fathers, e.g. the Major Archbishop of Lvov, the Archbishop of Poznan etc.) by Anthony Sparado, S.J. 

An example of a particularly egregious and monstrous manipulation by the Holy See Press Office, was its silence on the Holy Father's address to the European bishops. Was it not less than a month ago, that the Pope spoke out about the grave spiritual and moral crisis engulfing Europe before the European bishops? And Frs. Lombardi and Rosica? Silence. Not a word. When the Holy Father spoke before the European Parliament; again, condemning abortion, euthanasia and so on..... what did we hear from these men? 

Earlier, after the Synod, what did we hear? Readers of Fr. Rosica's Twitter feed (and yes, I am still able to read it, even after being "excommunicated" from it, along with Vox Cantoris. Just as those who dared to add to the pompous and boastful Wikipedia entry on Rosica  about his laudatory interview with Gregory Baum were censored by a person/s who wished this interview hidden) will notice no mention of the concerns raised by such churchmen as: Cardinals Muller, De Paolis, Scola, Burke, Napier, Ouellet, Collins (of which a post will be published on this blog of His Eminence's support of Catholic doctrine); Archbishop Gadecki, and many, many others. 

The major interview by Polonia Christiana with Bishop Schneider - which this blog broke to the English-speaking world - was not mentioned by these manipulators in favour of the adulterist and homosexualist positions. Fr. Rosica was far more busy tweeting blasphemously that the Holy Family was "irregular". He has since been rebuked and corrected by our Holy Father. 

To date, the outstanding example of censorship and manipulation of information by agents of the Holy See Press Office is their silence on the interview given by Cardinal Muller with the Polish language, Nasz Dziennik, that I translated and published on this blog (attracting thousands of reads within a few days by information starved Catholics). It was never mentioned by Fr. Rosica; even though this same post was linked to and reviewed by not only Vatican Insider (which we know Fr. Rosica reads), but other Italian and German news agencies. Rosica's silence regarding the very, very grave and serious concerns raised by the Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith speaks volumes. That Cardinal Muller has, since that interview, on a number of occasions, spoken out against this ominous false praxis as a heresy. Again, the silence, the manipulation, the vile scheming by men in the HSPO tells us of their inclinations...