Daily Archives: April 12, 2016
… An Apostolic Exhortation which bears the title “The joy of love,” but that makes us cry. This exhortation is a summary of the two synods on marriage. It is very long and contains many things that are right, that they are beautiful, and after building a beautiful building, a beautiful boat, the Supreme Pontiff has made a hole in the keel of the boat, along the waterline. You all know what is happening. Needless to say, the hole was made by taking all possible precautions, thus it is needless to say that the hole is small: the boat sinks! Our Lord himself said that even an iota, not a single iota will be taken away by the law of God. When God speaks, his words do not admit exceptions, when God commands, he is of infinite wisdom that has provided for all possible cases. There is no exception to the law of God. And now, suddenly, it is claimed that this law of marriage, which keeps saying that “marriage is indissoluble” (the repeats this sentence, it must be said), then it says you can, despite everything, have exceptions in the sense that these so-called divorced and remarried in this state of mortal sin may be in a state of grace, and therefore could receive communion. It is very serious! Very serious! I think they do not sufficiently measure the seriousness of what has been said. Needless to say, are small exceptions put there in the corner; that’s how it went to Communion in the hand and as I explained with the little hole in the vessel is appropriate, the boat sinks! “(1)
Courtesy of The Eponymous Flower
Cardinal Burke has given an interview to the NCR about Amoris Laetitia, and he was worse than lame.
Faced with a poisoned cake and asked about it, the Cardinal chooses to simply ignore the poison. Rather, he promotes the eating of the cake as if there was no poison in it.
The fact is: the poison is there, and the Cardinal has no business whatever simply ignoring it. As a Bishop and Cardinal, it is exactly his duty to warn the faithful about the poison, and to condemn the one who baked the poisoned cake.
Burke becomes even worse than that, when he implies that not the heresies in the text, but the strong reactions of the Catholic laity confuse the faithful. No, Your Grace, it is not the lay bloggers who confuse the faithful; it is the like of you who do it, indicating that open heresy can be simply ignored when it is leading people to hell every day. This behaviour would be unacceptable in any bishop, and it is utterly unworthy of a Prince of the Church.
Almost as lame is the other astonishing statement, that an apostolic exhortation has no juridical value. This is neither here nor there. Amoris Laetitia is an official papal statement packed with heresy and blasphemy, which cannot be simply ignored merely because the heresies and blasphemies therein contained have no official canonical value.
Of course there is some value in the Cardinal's words, as he points out that truth can't be changed anyway. But this is simply besides the point. The Catholic world was not waiting for the Cardinal to tell us whether truth can change. It was waiting for him to do his job as Bishop and Cardinal and condemn heresy!
Besides, the Cardinal can simply not pretend not to know that the subversion of Catholic doctrine evidently planned by the Pope and his minions does not go – nor could it ever do – through official, legally sanctioned, proclamation of heresy, but through the allowing of an heretical praxis vigorously, brutally defended and openly promoted by the very words of a Pope.
Shame on you, Cardinal Burke! Millions of devout Catholics stun in disbelief at the extent of the blasphemous and heretical effrontery, and all you can do is to invite them to look the other way!
Heresy cannot simply be swept under the carpet. It is happening now, even as the life of the Church is being split in two in the very basics of Catholic thinking.
To pretend that this can be countered simply by inviting the faithful to be faithful is not good enough.
The Cardinal was called to roar, and he has meowed. No doubt, many others will do like him. On his head be it.
I keep hoping and praying that, among our bishops and Cardinal, some men will still be found.
For the moment, I have heard only of a pussycat.
Prepare to hear many more like him.
The text (as always, all emphases mine):
305. For this reason, a pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws to those living in “irregular” situations, as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives. This would bespeak the closed heart of one used to hiding behind the Church’s teachings, “sitting on the chair of Moses and judging at times with superiority and superficiality difficult cases and wounded families”. Along these same lines, the International Theological Commission has noted that “natural law could not be presented as an already established set of rules that impose themselves a priori on the moral subject; rather, it is a source of objective inspiration for the deeply personal process of making decisions”. Because of forms of conditioning and mitigating factors, it is possible that in an objective situation of sin – which may not be subjectively culpable, or fully such – a person can be living in God’s grace, can love and can also grow in the life of grace and charity, while receiving the Church’s help to this end.
[to be continued]
One does not even know where to begin. Almost every word here is a slap in the face of Christ.
it is enough simply to apply moral laws to those living in “irregular” situations, as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives, etc.
Unspeakable arrogance. Blasphemy. Our Lord did exactly what Francis condemns. Francis clearly implies the following:
that Our Lord simply did not do enough by applying the moral law to the adulterous woman;
that he threw stones at her;
that he had a closed heart of one used to hide behind’s His Church’s teachings;
that he was “sitting on the chair of Moses” judging with superiority (how could anyone think he is morally superior to an adulteress?) and superficiality the “difficult case” of the woman;
Then Francis hides behind the finger of an International Commission or other, which insults Our Lord in the following ways:
Our Lord should not have presented the moral law as something that applies to the woman a priori;
rather, the adulteress should have used the moral law merely as a source of objective inspiration;
this objective inspiration should have helped her in her deeply personal process of making decision.
Mind: this process is deeply personal. Our Lord can not simply sit there “on the chair of Moses” and tell the woman “go, and sin no more”? How superior, how superficial is that? Is it not throwing stones at the poor, wounded adulteress?
You would think this is enough for a heretical paragraph. You would think this is enough blasphemy. It isn’t.
It is possible that in an objective situation of sin – which may not be subjectively culpable, or fully such – a person can be living in God’s grace,
No. It is not possible. The objective situation of sin (living more uxorio) creates an objective scandal. This scandal is, therefore, objectively a mortal sin. The mortal sin ipso facto excludes from communion. No one gives a Francis whether the woman thinks the Blessed Virgin appeared to her and ordered her to keep living in sin. The situation is objectively scandalous, the sanction is objective impossibility to receive.
This is so much so, that the adulterer is not even allowed to go to confession. This is beautifully coherent with the premise. As long as an objective situation of mortal sin persists, it is unthinkable that anyone may think he can walk to the confessional, repent on the moment and go back to his objective situation of sin immediately thereafter; a situation of sin that was never even interrupted. It is absurd. It is the very negation of what the Sacrament of Confession is there for. Therefore, coherently the Church has prescribed, and still prescribes, that a public adulterer living in scandal cannot receive until the situation of objective scandal ceases.
A person in objective mortal sin is a person objectively dead to grace. There is no grace in him. This is why it is called mortal sin: because it is mortal. The only thing that can restore grace is repentance and contrition in the proper way (perfect or imperfect according to the situation). But until that happens, there is no grace in a person in mortal sin.
What this evil clown is trying to smuggle to you as Christianity is this: that even in the most evident situations of objective mortal sin, a mortal sin may not exist. The public sphere of the behaviour is completely neglected, washed away as a mere accident. A public situation of adultery is downgraded to a merely “irregular” situation, which might or might not be a mortal sin. Worse still, the assessment of whether this “irregular” situation is or is not, in the concrete case, a mortal sin, is not something that, say, a priest (which would be blasphemy enough) decides. No. This is a situation about which the deeply personal process of making decisions of the adulterer should decide.
The adulterer becomes his own Christ, who changes Christ’s rules. The new rules decides that he is his own priest, who can assess the matter individually instead of according to objective situations. This new lay priest can then, indeed, decide that his own mortal sin isn’t such.
The public sinner has become judge and jury. Christ has no place in this process. No one else has. It would be “throwing stones at people’s lives”.
Paragraph 305 goes on with more rubbish, and with the notorious Footnote 351. This paragraph is so full of… Francis that I must break it in at least two parts. God pleasing, the rest of the paragraph will be commented tomorrow. For the moment, I offer this reflection:
When Francis opens his mouth, Satan speaks.
Keep this in mind, and it will do you a lot of good in your path towards salvation.