Consistory: Don’t Be (Too) Afraid

Attila. Now giving an encore as Pope.

The new, reported yesterday, of a new Consistory for Mid-February has, no doubt, put more than one in panic mode. The longer Francis is in power, the more polluted the college of Cardinals will become. There is simply no chance that Francis may be content of making his own circus show, whilst leaving things more or less unchanged. This is the one who made Baldisseri Cardinal, and Cupich Archbishop (and, who knows, perhaps soon Cardinal, too…).

I do not know what will happen if Francis uses the Consistory to show how sngry he is, and to take a petty revenge on the Bishops who – indirectly, but clearly – booed him at the Synod. But from this little corner of Catholicism I suspect that if things become too colourful, the pressure to have Francis declared a heretic after death, Honorius-style, will grow, and at that point the question of the validity of Francis' appointments as Cardinal may well be posed.

This is, though, only a secondary consideration, and a not very probable one. More probable is, I think, one of the two:

1) The Lord, in His Goodness, frees us from Francis; either sending him six feet under, very probably to hell, or moving him to abdicate in some other way (heart attack, or the like).

2) The Lord works in the minds of the Cardinals in such a way that they prepare a “surprise” after Francis' demise, electing a much better candidate than it would otherwise be expected.

I am certainly not at ease with what is happening. It is clear to me that the longer this papacy, the more terrible and long lasting God's punishment will be. I dread to think what ten or fifteen years of Francis would make of the Bride of Christ. At the same time, I know that when the good Lord has decided that we have been punished long enough, or hard enough, He will put things right in the way He considers best, either with a slow recovery or with a spectacularly saintly man.

Don't be, therefore, too afraid. The amount of humiliation and disfiguration the Church will have to endure has been decreed already, and its end too. Our role is to participate in this plan so that, with God's Grace, we may merit salvation by being among those who have furthered His cause. Our role is, also, to endure whatever punishment God will send on us Christians and Catholics with Christian resignation, without rebelling and thinking that we know better, or this mess is too much for us, or the gates of hell must have prevailed.

Francis may think that he can reshape the Church; or he may, more modestly, think that he can give a lesson to the Bishops and assorted “Neo-Pelagians”. But always remember this: God can strike him down instantly, anytime. He could be dead as I write this, or as you read it. One little touch, and he's gone.

Terrible times might well be in store for us. Still, we won't be punished one bit harsher than we have deserved. Francis will not be sabotaging the Church one second longer than God allows him to.

I suggest you keep this in mind, and train yourselves to meditate on this often.

In the years to come, it might well become a necessary exercise.



Posted on December 12, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. A little off topic but…

    We will have an army by the time the next Secret Synod rolls around. 😉

  2. The enemies of the One True Holy Faith are looking forward to more heretical, apostate cardinals who work to attack the Deposit of Faith and the moral law, and lead people away from repentance and virtue and salvation to sin and rejection of God’s Commandments, and outside God’s grace.

  3. The time is past due for the good Cardinals, or bishops, to investigate the Pope for heresy, and declare him a heretic, and no longer pope. Well past due. It is a moral imperative. They cannot stand by while he continues to spread his evil, and turn people away from the Faith and into grave sin. Lord, help us! Blessed Michael, the Archangel defend us . . .

  4. Our dear Padre Pio wrote:
    “The Devil wanders around trying to find an open door. He did the same to Job, Paul, St. Anthony, St. Catherine of Siena and many other good souls whom I know, and some whom I don’t know. It even happened to my own soul, which is not worth much.

    Let us remember that if they are our enemies, they are also God’s enemies.
    Let Satan show himself to be what he is. Keep all the entrances to your heart well closed.
    Seek nothing except God and what leads you to Him.
    Satan will tire. And if he doesn’t, God will make him remove his siege.

    (1Peter 5:9-11) resist ye, strong in faith: the God of all grace, who hath called us into his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, will himself perfect you, and confirm you, and establish you. [11] To him be glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen

  5. Thank you for this healthy dose of Catholic reality…

  6. “I dread to think what ten or fifteen years of Francis would make of the Bride of Christ.”
    Take a look at the church in Argentina, espeacially in Buenos Aires, and you will have an idea…

  7. Dear Mundabor,
    We just read this excerpt from a Fulton J. Sheen’s Book written in the 1950’s and were blown-away by how closely his prophetic words fit everything the Church is going through right now, and by how many of your posts seem to reflect his thoughts exactly- you’d think he had a vision of TMAHICH. We remember your policy about keeping things short, so in case you’re interested, we posted it on Louie’s “Harvesting the Fruit” blog , and are leaving the link here:

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