Father Weinandy: Parrhesia = The Sack

“Uh? There’s a letter in my grass!”

The strange story of Father Weinandy could be material for another post. However, what counts here is the letter he wrote to Pope Francis.   

This is, very obviously, a through-and-through Vatican II guy, then otherwise he would not work in any capacity for the US Bishops’ Conference. However, this guy is also a Catholic. 

His letter (reported entirely in the link, together with the strange story) does nothing else than state the obvious. However, in this disgraceful start of the XXI century a priest who states the obvious is a menace to his own bishops and Pope.  

Father Weinandy does not mince words. I will make just a couple of examples with my explanation of what they mean in plain English and below the diplomatic varnish: 

To teach with such a seemingly intentional lack of clarity inevitably risks sinning against the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth.  The Holy Spirit is given to the Church, and particularly to yourself, to dispel error, not to foster it.  

Tranlsation: you are being not only heretical, but blasphemous. You spit Christ in the face like the Roma soldiers did, and offend the Holy Trinity.  

Yet you seem to censor and even mock those who interpret Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia in accord with Church tradition as Pharisaic stone-throwers who embody a merciless rigorism.   This kind of calumny is alien to the nature of the Petrine ministry.  Some of your advisors regrettably seem to engage in similar actions.  Such behavior gives the impression that your views cannot survive theological scrutiny, and so must be sustained by ad hominem arguments.

Translation: You are exactly the same Christ-hating Pharisee you accuse others to be. You send out your hounds to intimidate those who criticise you. You have no standing, this emperor has no clothes; th eonly strategy that remains open to you is open intimidation and swift reprisal. 

Those who devalue the doctrines of the Church separate themselves from Jesus, the author of truth.  What they then possess, and can only possess, is an ideology – one that conforms to the world of sin and death. 

Translation: You are the enemy of truth, the enemy of the Church, and the enemy of Jesus. 

Father Weinandy was made to resign from his position at the USCCB in record time after the letter (sent on 31 July) was made public, thus making the case for much of what he writes in the letter himself. No doubt, other sanctions will follow. 

Little by little; one V II theologian at a time; slowly, timidly, something is happening. The constant opposition of real Catholics – whom father Weinandy also mentions – to the present state of things forces the least corrupt of this corrupt system of power to slowly grow a pair and take a stand.  We must “keep up the good pressuring” and keep demanding that our supposed shepherd start doing their job already, beginning with cardinal Burke and the other kitten of the litter.  

Little by little; one V II theologian at a time, slowly and timidly, something big could, one day and with God’s grace, be in the making. 






Posted on November 2, 2017, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I have read this “incident” as a positive development likewise.

  2. Most encouraging. I am glad he was fired. Now he can hopefully continue his mission from God. You, Mundabor, persue this mission of disseminating the truth about Pope Francis and Catholic doctrine in an exemplary way. We should all imitate you in whatever way we can.

  3. The Church is being re-born. That was the Revelation Sign 9-23-2017

    • It’s always wonderful to hear of someone who can tell us what the signs of the Revelations were.
      Have you considered converting to Catholicism?

  4. Oh please Lord, let it happen. I still feel we the laity are not doing enough, but I haven’t the imagination to know what we could do.

    I do find it pretty astounding that Fr. Weinandy was sacked so quickly. I don’t think the USCCB wants to do anything more than it wants to send the message, and we get it, they are powerful and completely intolerant of anyone who dissents from FrancisChurch, and if you have concerns about heresy or other matters, that’s your problem. Not only are they deaf to your concerns, you will be soundly punished. There is not even a pretense that this is not the case. At least pretend for our sake.
    They are not only unfaithful to God, they are not even likeable. You can’t run a church this way.
    These men are pulling down the edifice they want to be seen by PF as protecting. By their words and actions, they are bringing about the means of their own clerical destruction. There is no way this can go on. I suppose we should be grateful they are not subtle.

    • What you can do is simple: keep professing your true Catholic faith no matter what the circumstances in the church. With prudence, profit from every sound occasion to promote authentic Catholicism. Pray that this mess may end soon, if this is God’s will. Live and die in the faith of our fathers.

  5. He had to know what was coming. Good for him that he faced the situation with apparent full knowledge, and was immediately punished for it. Late to the game, perhaps, but at least he showed up. I hope it will inspire others to follow suit. it is inspirational.

  6. Here is how Francis and the USCCB are practising the “dialogue”, the mind openness towards their contradictors according to the “spirit of the council: They slam the door after firing them;
    Pr Seifert of the catholic university of Grenada underwent the same mishap recently.
    The people who are commenting on the trad catholic blogs should be well inspired to mind before writing: The Holy Inquisition Court is upon to be reinstated.

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