When I read this, it took my breath away.
In a sort of repetition of the Miracle of Lanciano (if you are Italian, you have probably heard of it; if you aren’t, I don’t know) a host was proven to have transformed in distressed cardiac heart tissue. The stunning conclusion of the research ordered by the ecclesiastical authorities read thus:
In the histopathological image, the fragments of tissue have been found containing the fragmented parts of the cross striated muscle. (…) The whole (…) is most similar to the heart muscle with alterations that often appear during the agony. The genetic researches indicate the human origin of the tissue.
As father Z very rightly points out, Not just normal heart tissue, but distressed heart tissue.
Feel free to take some breath before going on.
This is, literally, huge. Not only the miracle in itself is another stunning demonstration to us, of little faith, that Christ is always with us; but the distressed heart tissue adds another layer of breathtaking beauty.
The miracle happened on Christmas Day in 2013, the year that will remain in infamy forever. The official announcement of the miracle happened in 2016, another year that will remain in infamy forever.
The Country blessed with such an astonishing, fully undeserved demonstration of Our Lord’s undying love for us is Poland, a Country that so much suffered for the Faith, and so much gave to it.
A country, too, whose Bishops staged a unanimous insurgency against the Relatio post disceptationem in 2014, very fittingly stating that it was not only a betrayal of the Church, but an offence to JP II.
These very Bishops appear, at least to my knowledge, to remain stubbornly silent after the Pope himself released an official papal document spitting not only in the face of JP II but also, and very evidently, spitting in the face of Christ: openly, insistently, shamelessly.
Pearls to the Bishops.
May they find the courage to speak up, or repent of their cowardice, or pay forever the price of their own arrogance.
Francis now adds mockery to the heresy and blasphemy already abundantly exhibited in the Apostolic Excrementation.
Asked about the mess he created, he simply dismissed it out of hand with the usual “there are more important things” kind of waffle, and stated he does not even remember the Footnote.
Not only is the man pulling our leg with astonishing arrogance, he is also stating he does not care a straw for the concerns of faithful Catholics!
Perhaps could he make the effort to, actually, pretend to read the darn thing? Not at all! Announce a note of the Vatican with a clarification or, rather, a substitution? God forbid!
No. The man just mockingly dismisses the suffering of millions of Catholics, ignoring them with unspeakable arrogance, as heresy now advances with his clear complicity.
We are living unbelievable times. And they get more absurd every month.
Catholicism is logical. It is a coherent set of rules which fit into each other. They fit so, that if you try to manipulate one of the rules you soon discover this has a domino effect and other rules are affected, creating greater and greater damage.
The Church has always maintained that one who lives in public sin cannot be admitted to the sacrament of confession. The reason is obvious: the Sacrament is not an automatic dispenser of absolution; on the contrary, repentance and firm purpose of amendment are required.
The Church rules are logical. They are merciful, but not dumb. They aren't made for Jesuits, but for Catholics. It being utterly ridiculous that a public sinner may obtain an absolution presupposing a firm purpose of amendment that goes on for exactly the five seconds necessary to get out of the confessional, and then simply goes home to keep living in public sin the Church has always states that, as they say in Italy, here nobody is stupid: first you put an end to the public scandal, then and only then you approach the confessional to obtain absolution for your still not absolved sins of adultery and public scandal.
Nor can any sensible Catholic think even for one second that a person dead to grace (this is what being in mortal sin is) would need, or have any right to ask, that he be absolved from other mortal sins even as he chooses to remains in mortal sin anyway.
It's not a point system. It's not that a major sinner may think he can “improve his mortal sin score” by getting rid of some as he keeps accepting others. To be in mortal sin is to be dead to grace. Dead is dead, and there is no state of being “less dead” because some of the sins are – in hypothesis – absolved. Therefore, there is not only no need at all to have the public adulterer “confess other sins”, but this would be even counterproductive as there is no way this sinner would not go out of the confessional thinking either “absolved is absolved; therefore, I am now in the state of grace” or “I have my mortal sin counts down to one; hey, it could be much worse”. Then the question would pose itself how can a person dead to grace, and who chooses to remain dead to grace, obtain the grace of sincere repentance. Similarly the other question would pose itself on how the priest could, in hypothesis, absolve such a sinner. “Ego the absolvo”, but no communion? What absolution it is, one that leaves the penitent in mortal sin? How can a priest absolve anyone of any sin, who chooses to remain dead to grace?
A person in mortal sin is separated from Christ. The Chuch has always – charitably, and therefore firmly – maintained that such a person has no business trying to go around the point, and must be reminded at all times that when one is in mortal sin there is no fluffing around, and there only one thing to do: put an end to the state of mortal sin. Every other solution would not help the sinner to abandon his sinfulness in the least; on the contrary, it would reinforce him in his deluded idea that he is “almost all right”.
The public sinner must be excluded from communion. He must actually also be excluded from social life, and treated like a pariah in his own environment. He is a public sinner: not only bent for hell himself, but uncaring of the fact his scandal helps Satan to get other souls, too.
There is no way of making a tip-tap dance around this. Public sinner, in mortal sin, dead to grace, and bent for hell. The enforcement of such basic concepts, both on a sacramental and social level, provides the best chance for the sinner to see the error of his way and repent. Every false “acceptance” (and much more so: tampering with the sacraments in any way, shape or form) makes the work of the devil.
Mortal sin and public scandal? No confession unit the scandal has ceased. This is how the Church has always dealt with the matter when Truth came before niceness.
Francis is on a roll – and, we can safely add, completely in the thrall of Satan – after the Apostolic Excrementation. Only three days after the release of this infamous document, which will go in history as the most atrocious papal document ever, the man doubles down. From a homily held at the Casa Santa Marta on the 11 April (emphases mine):
“It hurts when I read that small passage from the Gospel of Matthew, when Judas, who has repented, goes to the priests and says: ‘I have sinned’ and wants to give … and gives them the coins. ‘Who cares! – they say to him: it’s none of our business!’ They closed their hearts before this poor, repentant man, who did not know what to do. And he went and hanged himself. And what did they do when Judas hanged himself? They spoke amongst themselves and said: ‘Is he a poor man? No! These coins are the price of blood, they must not enter the temple… and they referred to this rule and to that… The doctors of the letter. “
I do not know you, but I am slowly thinking this man is not far away from singing the praise of “poor Satan”.
Francis is “hurt” at the way the “poor, repentant” Judas is treated. There is in him not the slightest hint of condemnation of Judas for his own suicide. The blame for that is entirely thrown on the Pharisees.
Now let us reason a bit:
Have you ever detected any “hurt” for Judas in Matthew’s Gospel? Matthew suffers for Christ, not for Judas. The episode is clearly meant to expose Judas’ total, complete, and utter disgrace. If you really hurt for Christ, you don’t really hurt for Judas. Yes, every soul who damns himself is an infinite loss. But God has seen this soul worthy of eternal condemnation and suffering, and that’s that.
Moreover, Judas freely hangs himself. The parallel with St Peter is striking. Both – in vary different ways – betray our Lord, but Peter repents and asks for forgiveness (true repentance), Judas doesn’t (false repentance, which is only a self-flattering emoting of the ego; just what Francis does when he “hurts” for him), and goes on to commit pretty much the worse crime imaginable after Deicide: Suicide. Only an enemy of Christianity like Francis can choose to ignore this fundamental difference in a bout of effeminate sentimentalism about the “poor, repentant man”.
Furthermore: Christianity has, traditionally, not shown any sympathy for Judas. Judas is the willing instrument both of the Deicide and of his own damnation. Francis reads a Gospel that has been read these 2,000 years. He has a different reading than the 2,000 years of Christianity before him. What does this tell you of him, I will leave to yourself.
Lastly, a striking contrast between Francis and Christ.
You can find many indications in the Gospels that Judas – pretty freaking obviously – damned himself by hanging himself from that tree. But none of them is as evident, as definitive, and as clear-cut as the words of our Lord:
“The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born”.
This is from the very Gospel of Matthew the Evil Clown has mentioned. It is a quoted direct statement of Christ, which means: it is a dogmatic statement.
“It had been good for that man if he had not been born”. There is no other possible way to read this, not on this planet and not on any alternative one, other than as a very clear statement that Judas is destined for eternal damnation. To believe otherwise is to believe that Our Lord changed His mind and did not let us know; or that He was just kidding; or that we should not take seriously everything Our Lord said.
It is astonishing that a Pope should “hurt” for a Deicide Reprobate. It is beyond contempt that he would not only completely ignore Our Lord’s words, but also attempt to appear more merciful than Him. This blasphemous arrogance is simply sympathy for the Devil and his minions. Francis is an enemy of Christ. He will do what he can to let you side with the one who betrayed Him.
For 2,000 years, Judas has been the epitome of everything. Francis “hurts” for him.
This man should be exorcised.
The second part of the reflections originated by the truly beautiful article appeared on the “Remnant” is to do with the way a sound Catholic reacts to the danger represented by a heretical Pope: by destroying his reputation. This cannot, realistically, be done with polite remarks. Too much is the clout of the white cassock for that, however unworthily worn. Besides, I have never noticed the need to treat evil, mortal enemies with white gloves.
No. A sound Catholic will know that this papacy must be crushed; and he will realise that this can only happen with brutal criticism, and utter mockery.
This is what was always done in the past, and it was done because it works. Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Charlie Chaplin were recruited in the service of opposing Nazism. They certainly damaged Nazism, in the eyes of millions, more than any comprehensive, well-structured criticism oozing polite, erudite expressions that you can bother to imagine. If you want to destroy your enemy, it is not enough to politely criticise him: you must expose his evil with great forcefulness even as you ridicule him.
Ridicule works. Father Celatus does this very well, too, coining the beautiful expression Pope on a rope. Again, do not think that this is casual, or the fruit of momentary anger. Righteous anger is supposed to do more than expressing our displeasure. Righteous anger is supposed to cause damage. The heretic is supposed to have the mark of ridicule stamped upon him, for him to carry it to the grave and be remembered by it.
Pope on a rope. Boy, this is beautiful.
Pope on a rope. Evil Clown. Pope Dope. These things work. They work, in fact, infinitely better than many an effeminate blog post expressing “surprise” at the “strange” expressions of the oh so holy father; for whom, however, we must at all times all have the strongest affection blablabla.
I must come back here to a point made in the other post: the way you express yourself without says a lot about your priorities within. Father Celatus coins this wonderful “Pope on a rope” expression because to him Christ comes before the modern religion of “politeness”. His priorities have become language, his language has given witness about his priorities.
We must look at ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves where our priorities lie: the approval of very tepid but very polite Catholics, or the approval of Christ who, if you haven't noticed, often expressed himself in absolutely brutal terms; if you have forgotten it – probably because your NO priest never mentions the fact – I suggest you give the Gospels a good read again. I say Christ comes first, politeness is way back, Francis is not even on the radar screen.
Brutal language impresses itself in the mind of the listener far more effectively than veiled allusions. Ridicule is an extremely powerful instrument to fight evil.
An evil Pope – any evil Pope; Francis may be only the first of a long series – has deserved all the brutal language, and all the ridicule, we are able to throw at him.
The recently posted article of Father Celatus on the “Remnant” is the occasion for a couple of reflections I would like to share with you.
The first thing you notice is the language chosen by this faithful man. Do not think for a moment every word was not carefully weighted.
Whilst we generally owe a filial respect to the Pope, it stands to reason that this applies insofar as the Pope respects Christ and His Church. However, it should come perfectly natural to every faithful Catholic to verbally attack a Pope who attacks Christ. It should be part and parcel of his sentire cum ecclesia that he insults a Pope who insults Her. Why? Because if you don't, it means that to you the defence of the Pope comes before the defence of Christ, so that the latter has limits imposed to it by something that is infinitely inferior, namely: the dignity of a heretical Pope.
Father Celatus insults the Pope; but is a single one of these insults not more than abundantly deserved? Obviously, they are all more than deserved.
Is, then, Father Celatus moved by a personal animosity against the Pope? Of course not. His problem is not with Francis' qua Jorge Bergoglio. His problem is with Francis qua blasphemous and heretical Pope, a wolf instead of a shepherd.
Is, finally, Father Celatus insulting the Papacy itself? You know the answer. It is clear that this good priest has a high respect for the sacredness of the office. It is, therefore, perfectly natural that the abuse of it should enrage him even more.
There will be, no doubt, many who read the good father and think his words wildly inappropriate and uncalled for. I wonder how healthy their faith is.
A strong, deep faith naturally leads one to keenly perceive any offence made to God. An offence made to God is then seen, and rightly so, as infinitely grave, because infinite is the Goodness of the One who is offended. It follows from this that no attack to the Pope can be seen as too harsh, when the One Whom the Pope has attacked is so infinitely bigger than the Pope himself. The only boundary to this must, surely, only consist in what the Church commands under pain of mortal sin: the physical inviolability of the Pope himself, obviously as long as he is Pope. I have no doubt the Evil Clown would, once deprived of his office, not only deserve to be kicked in the ass all the way to Termini station, but also burned at the stake after that; then as our Christian forefathers very well knew, the supreme offence should be met with the supreme punishment.
Alas, we live in times of little faith. If faith is weak, substitute values easily overcome it. Life is deified, and no one can conceive capital punishment, much less the burning at the stake of a heretic. Niceness is deified, and any expression of sharp, harsh criticism is condemned for the mere fact of being unkind. The office of the Pope is deified, and Papolatry becomes widespread. The person of Francis is deified, and he can never be called a lewd minion of Satan, no matter how open his siding with the devil is.
If you have faith, your language will end up reflecting it; because if you have faith you will see Francis' open attacks to truth as direct insults to Christ, slaps to His Holy Face, a new Scourging going on by the hand of the very Pope.
How anyone can have any respect whatsoever for this evil clown is beyond me; or better said, it can only be understood with a faith weak enough that the scale of the offence to Christ is very dimly perceived, so that inferior goods – “niceness”, “polite discourse”, “the respect due to the Holy Father” – appear to him to have precedence.
If someone slapped your mother on the street, you would not engage the aggressor in polite conversation. You would – literally – beat the shit out of him.
And when Our Lord is slapped in the face, will you limit yourself to polite disagreement?
With great surprise I read around that some bloggers are afraid that the SSPX may deliver themselves to their executioner in order to… Well I don't even know: to be allowed by Francis to listen to confessions, which they do anyway and ever did anyway?
Do not be afraid and sleep soundly. I know we live in times of widespread betrayal and mass flight of supposed faithful pastors, but it is utterly unrealistic to think that this would apply to the SSPX, too.
Let us see why.
1. These are people ready to be excommunicated the day of their consecration. Everyone of them. They don't look to me like the ones eager to get the approval of a lewd heretic. They look to me, actually, like pretty tough guys.
2. Fellay told some years ago (when there was the provisional agreement with Ecclesia Dei, reneged by Benedict at the eleventh hour) that any deal with the Vatican would have to be approved by the majority of the SSPX priests. Therefore, even if you do not trust Fellay (very wrongly, I add) you can sleep soundly.
3. The SSPX has enough financial support to finance a massive growth, and their seminaries attract enough candidates to fuel this growth. The Society goes on like clockwork. If they were in dire financial straits one might understand a degree of fear; but they are in rude health both spiritually and financially.
4. Every SSPX priest has certainly been told, and has present at all times, the duplicitous attempts to neutralised them perpetrated by JP II and Benedict. That they would trust, of all people, Francis is simply beyond belief. Within the SSPX there is a culture of deep mistrust in the Vatican hierarchy. You can't undo such a situation so easily if you are a saintly Pope who is a friend of truth and tradition, much less if you are a dirty old man with a satanical attraction for Judas' character.
5. The treatment or the FFI must have opened the eyes even of those, say, three Pollyannas within the SSPX ready to trust Francis. But three seems a big number to me.
6. Two words: Amoris Laetitia.
No. The SSPX simply delivering themselves to a V II pope's mercy is just not going to happen.
What can happen, however, is that the Vatican surrenders unconditionally to their requests, creating a situation of de facto “pacific convivence”. We are pretty much there, in fact, when you think that Francis has just decided – as largely expected – to extend sine die the faculties of the SSPX to listen to confessions. This certainly authorises to think that the SSPX will keep doing their thing and the Vatican will simply look the other way, with nothing more than a mild meow of disagreement for their refusal of V II.
Stay calm and trust the Society.
They aren't the guys to be conned by a simpleton like Francis, or by any V II pope come to that.
God bless this faithful priest, “Father Celatus” (“celatus” in Latin means “hidden”).
He has a beautiful comment on AL (and Francis in general) here at the Remnant.
More on this as time allows.
Please read this short article, and let it sink in.
With Paragraphs 291 to 295 we are in the part of the Apostolic Excrementation where Francis looks at those shacking up and those in not sacramental marriage (which is shacking up, too; only of a more institutionalised sort) from a Presbyterian/Anglican perspective and, like them, tries to be hip, cool, and “relevant”.
Several justifications are made for public sinners, and there is no evidence of Francis feeling that they are, in fact, living in mortal sin and endangering their salvation. On the contrary, the man approves of “commitment” and blabla, again looking at the “relationship” from a purely secular perspective. The paragraphs from 293 on (“gradualness” in pastoral care) are all inspired by the same sentiment: these good men and women are not in danger of hell. Perish the thought! Look at our committed those public sinners are! Who are we to judge?
This is, of course, heretical mentality through and through. Denial of Christ and his laws. Willful, insisted, burying of Christian morality under a wave of easy, fully secular emotionalism. The language matches the mentality: nothing is condemned, and every mortal sin is an “imperfection” of people who really, really care, but just don’t know it or, you know, can’t spend the money for a church marriage because the great party with 200 people invited comes before the sacrament. Already the fact that “irregular” is always written in inverted commas speaks volumes about the man’s forma mentis.
You can read the paragraphs (if you really want to; not something I am advocating) and immediately become aware of the diffused, ever-present faithlessness that transpires from it. JP II is also abundantly misquoted, abusing him for the edification of a system of systematic avoidance of every sanction, and of every censure, which is the exact contrary of the stated intention of the man (see Familiaris Consortio, par. 84).
The big heretical bomb, however, comes in paragraph 297, where Francis starts by fluffing about in that usual Fag Dalai Lama-way of his, but then piddles outside of the potty-chair in the most tragic of ways, leaving a stinking pool of heresy and blasphemy he insists all the world sees and celebrates:
297. It is a matter of reaching out to everyone, of needing to help each person find his or her proper way of participating in the ecclesial community and thus to experience being touched by an “unmerited, unconditional and gratuitous” mercy. No one can be condemned for ever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel! Here I am not speaking only of the divorced and remarried, but of everyone, in whatever situation they find themselves. Naturally, if someone flaunts an objective sin as if it were part of the Christian ideal, or wants to impose something other than what the Church teaches, he or she can in no way presume to teach or preach to others; this is a case of something which separates from the community (cf. Mt 18:17). Such a person needs to listen once more to the Gospel message and its call to conversion. Yet even for that person there can be some way of taking part in the life of community, whether in social service, prayer meetings or another way that his or her own initiative, together with the discernment of the parish priest, may suggest. As for the way of dealing with different “irregular” situations, the Synod Fathers reached a general consensus, which I support: “In considering a pastoral approach towards people who have contracted a civil marriage, who are divorced and remarried, or simply living together, the Church has the responsibility of helping them understand the divine pedagogy of grace in their lives and offering them assistance so they can reach the fullness of God’s plan for them”, something which is always possible by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Satan is speaking to us very clearly here. Francis, his Number One minion on earth, is expressing to us the following concept:
No one can ever go to hell. Hell is contrary to the logic of the Gospel. And in case you think this only applies to adulterers, well no, hell does not apply to anyone. Christianity is contrary to the logic of the Gospel, you see.
When has a Pope in the history of Christianity spoken a blasphemy the like of this one!? When has a Pope dared to insult Christ in such a way!?
Any Bishop and Cardinal who does not openly condemn this blasphemous attack to Christ’s Infinite Goodness and Justice is a very obvious, very public accessory, through silence, of this heresy and blasphemy, and if you are a Christian you can have no doubt he will rot in hell unless he repents. Yes, this applies to Burke, Mueller, Brandmueller, Schneider, & Co.
After this absolute peak of satanical blasphemy, Francis goes on explaining to us how to deal with those who not only live in sin, but even think they are right, Christ is wrong, and say so very publicly around them.
How to deal with them? Simple, says the Evil Clown. Allow them to become part of the community. Make them pray together with the others. Make them do some “good deed”. Confuse the faithful even more by having in their midst open enemies of the Church. Destroy in the faithful any sense of sin by showing them how “good” a person dead to grace is, because he is involved in “social work”. Obliterate any consciousness in them that if one dies in mortal sin, no kind of “good work” will ever save them from hell. Allow the bad apple to corrupt the good ones every day of their lives! No one must remain out. No matter how much they are in open enmity with Christ, there will always be some way of inflicting them on the faithful Catholic, that they may be corrupted buy the faithless, the adulterers, the dissenters of all kind!
When Francis opens his mouth, Satan speaks.
There is only way to understand Francis:
Reading Francis through Satan
We live in depressing times. But this does not mean that we have any business being demoralised.
Christ has already won. That stupid, vulgar, ignorant, boorish, lewd clown sitting on the chair of Peter has already lost. You are not only on the right side of history but, more importantly, on the right side of truth.
Obviously, the situation is not exactly exhilarating. But again, it's a matter of perspective. If you think how massively the deception is being promoted, how many – culpably, in various degrees – fall for it, and that you are standing firm in the faith, you should actually feel rather proud (in the good sense) of yourself. You should feel quietly but solidly confident that you are, sinner as we all are, headed in the right direction.
No, I am not demoralised, and neither should you. The stink of heresy – and sycophancy – does make me want to vomit; but this is rather natural given the circumstances. Also, I cannot deny that – however much I try to think of the providential aspect of all this – the astonishing events unfolding in my lifetime make me suffer, and painfully long for the same environment my parents and grandparents grew in. Alas, it's not going to happen. Our generation has been given Francis. Not that haven't deserved him.
Every mother, every soldier will tell you that suffering for someone or something we love has a sweet side to it. Suffering for our betrayed faith also has a redeeming quality, and will encourage us to react by being stronger in our resolve to pray, and do penance, more.
There is truly no reason to be demoralised, and I invite all my readers to not give in, not in the least, to any thought of defeat or surrender. Victory is already won. Our duty consists merely in this: that we are required to fight for this already won battle for the rest of our lives. If the tomb meets us as faithful warriors, what does it matter how long or painful the battle was?
I have no illusions that the rest of our lives will bring more suffering, probably – and particularly for those looking to many decades in front of them – of a much more evident and brutal kind than today's. I see all the signs.
When even open heresy is met by most with nothing more than “puzzlement”, when it is not even openly ignored, you can be pretty sure of this: more and more blatant heresy, more heretical and perverted priests and bishops, more horrid Cardinals and, in the end, more Evil Clowns as Popes. This is what our polite disagreement will bring us, and this is what we have – collectively – fully deserved.
It is only when the Catholic world, or at least a substantial part of it, rises and cries “enough!”, and threatens the Pope with deposition, that things will at least start to change. Up to that point, the “I can't understand the Pope” (thought they do full well) crowd will continue to be the useful idiots of the heretics, and will continue to be led by the nose like the dumb oxes they are.
We know that. We can see decades of suffering coming. But we must not be demoralised.
Our generation has been given the opportunity to do battle for Christ like few others.
Let us feel energised by it. Let us resolve to be faithful soldiers to the end.
This is the war the Lord in His goodness allotted to us. Abandoned by our Bishops and Cardinals, insulted and openly attacked b our very Pope, we can still hear the trumpet calling us to war.
I hear the trumpet loud and clear. Everyone who isn't deaf must at this point react to it. And the trumpet is calling my name, and your name too…
I have only one answer:
The text of the rest of paragraph 305. Emphases, as always, mine.
Discernment must help to find possible ways of responding to God and growing in the midst of limits. By thinking that everything is black and white, we sometimes close off the way of grace and of growth, and discourage paths of sanctification which give glory to God. Let us remember that “a small step, in the midst of great human limitations, can be more pleasing to God than a life which appears outwardly in order, but moves through the day without confronting great difficulties”. The practical pastoral care of ministers and of communities must not fail to embrace this reality.
This explosive paragraph, that will be condemned by orthodox Catholics as long as this world exists, ends with the usual mixture of platitudes, exaggerations, and implicit attacks to good Catholics.
Even a superficial reading of the Gospel teaches a child that the Gospel isn’t very nuanced. Dozens, hundreds of quotes can be brought as support to this claim, so I won’t insult your intelligence with quotes. If the Gospel is one thing, it is black and white in its uncompromising call to choose between sin and virtue, heaven and hell, this world or the next, Christ or Satan.
However, Francis here also uses his usual method of kindergarten exaggeration, which is very fitting to his kindergarten – if satanical – brain. No, whilst we all must live the fundamental dichotomy between black and white, not everything is black and white. It is Francis who says so i order to let you appear a life in the light of the Gospel as an impossible feat. Which, by the way, is a leimotiv of this entire Apostolic Excrementation.
Francis lets this follow with another of his favourite acts: the attack to faithful Catholics. It is true that the second phrase evidenced in bold could be read in an orthodox way. It is also true that, say, the Hail Mary painfully, perhaps even tentatively said by an atheist as if in the birth pains of a nascent conversion is far more pleasing to Mary than the Hail Mary recited by a devout Catholic, of whom she is sure. However, in Francis the subtext is always the same and is always extremely clear: “You, devout Catholic who live ordered lives and follow the rules: who are you to judge?” Read this in FrancisMode and you will see just this: Francis sees the public sinner who makes some little effort, however insignificant, as just as worthy of receiving communion as the Pharisees who are guilty of having renounced to exactly those sins who now make the sinner, in the eyes of Francis, oh so virtuous.
One wonders whether Jesus, confronted with the adulterous woman, told her: “go, and try to make some small step. This would be far more pleasing to me than the life of someone solidly anchored in the truth”. Francis’ gospel was evidently printed by Satan.
The paragraph concludes with the usual invitation to unhinge Catholic truth by substituting it for a heathenish praxis that is its exact negation. Negation of truth in practice is ipso facto negation of truth. Francis is either too stupid to see this or, far more probably, too evil to care.
Let us continue with our reading (painful as reading this rubbish is) of paragraph 306:
306. In every situation, when dealing with those who have difficulties in living God’s law to the full, the invitation to pursue the via caritatis must be clearly heard. Fraternal charity is the first law of Christians (cf. Jn 15:12; Gal 5:14). Let us not forget the reassuring words of Scripture: “Maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Pet 4:8); “Atone for your sins with righteousness, and your iniquities with mercy to the oppressed, so that your prosperity may be prolonged” (Dan 4:24); “As water extinguishes a blazing fire, so almsgiving atones for sins” (Sir 3:30). This is also what Saint Augustine teaches: “Just as, at the threat of a fire, we would run for water to extinguish it… so too, if the flame of sin rises from our chaff and we are troubled, if the chance to perform a work of mercy is offered us, let us rejoice in it, as if it were a fountain offered us to extinguish the blaze”.
The devil can quote from Scripture. Twenty Jesuits, gathered by Francis around a heretical table, can, with much effort, do that too. This is, again, unhinged Chritianity, and a new religion of utter stupidity.
You see this first in the choice of words: an adulterer living in mortal sin receives a massive upgrade to “person dealing with difficulties in living God’s law to the full”, as if his sins consisted in, saying, being too near to the cookie jar. He who thinks in this way has renounced Christianity.
That Francis even dares to quote Saint Augustine is truly hilarious. Saint Augustine lived, at some point, more uxorio with his concubine, and there is not one single word of him that authorises one to think the great Saint saw this as mere “difficulty in living God’s law”.
Furthermore, St Augustine attributes his conversion largely to the reading of the following Bible verse:
Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying, but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof
“Make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof”, not “make full provision for the flesh to fulfill the lust thereof, and know that every little step will be greatly praised”.
I am astonished at the continued comments on the blogosphere, according to which this heretical text is either orthodox, or “ambiguous”. It is neither.
It is an open, sustained invitation not only to heretical praxis, but to heretical thinking.
You may refuse any form of heretical praxis. But if you see the preceding statement otherwise, I must question how heretical your thinking has become.
Remember the beautiful reaction of the Bishops at the 2014 Synod? That was the day the pussycat roared.
The indignation was strong, and justified. It was, in fact, obligatory, as many bishops started on that day and in the following ones that they would betray their flock if they just let the abominations of the relatio post disceptationem without denouncing the error.
Do you get that? The bishops felt that they had the duty to denounce error, lest their silence confuses the faithful.
Eighteenth months have passed, and in between another Synod in which, again, thirteen Cardinals had the guts to warn Francis about the consequences of allowing heresy to be proclaimed. It worked again, and whilst the wording of the second relation was weak, it certainly did not contain heresy.
It is, therefore, simply unconscionable that only eighteen (and respectively six) months after these two events a papal document should be released which has every bit of the devastating heresy and blasphemy of the relatio post disceptationem, and the following should happen:
– Most bishops just shut up
– Some talk, and ask us to look the other way, as
– They accuse the faithful and rightly scandalised Catholics of being the ones who confuse the faithful.
It is a u-turn that exposes the weakness and hypocrisy of the same people who, only months ago, were proposing themselves as the guardian of orthodoxy, which btw is pretty much their job description.
Go to aka Catholic and read (twice, actually) the wonderful further analysis (there was a first blog post yesterday) of Louie Verrecchio about Cardinal Burke's (and the others') betrayal of their flock. The analysis is so well-structured and so cogent that I do not need to add anything to it. However, let me add some observations of my own about these days:
1) I must, with sadness, realise that 50 years of V II and three years of Francis have desensitised even faithful Catholics so much, that they consider heresy coming from a Pope something that can be simply swept under the carpet; or which in any way, shape or form can be considered the ground for tactical manoeuvres and “cunning plans”. Ladies and gentlemen, this rubbish is what gave us 50 years of Catholic decline – and, in time, Francis – in the first place. Let us continue this way and our measured reactions to blatant heresy and blasphemy will bring more heresy, more blasphemy, an entirely perverted college of Cardinals, and almost unlimited disgrace for who knows how long.
2) We must recover the very concept of sin. Every sin is an offence to God. Heresy is one of the gravest offences imaginable. Heresy officially proclaimed from a Pope is a disgrace that was, until three years ago, even beyond imaginable. And what should the reaction of our shepherds be? Measured response and polite remarks that this is not – if it is not, and it's a huge '”if” anyway – an instrument of the Ordinary Magisterium?
Who cares a straw how this document ranks! Wake up! The Pope is proclaiming heresy and blasphemy from an official document! What's wrong with you?
Every sin is an offence to God.
Heresy proclaimed from a papal document is like a repeated scourging and spitting of Our Lord' face.
I feel as if Christ were scourged again, none of the apostles were around, and some praised the “intelligent” and “prudent” work of those apostles trying to divert the attention from the scourging, and asking the faithful to focus on the beautiful parables of Jesus instead. Madness. Insanity.
We are living moments of untold gravity. Moment that have only a handful – if any – of precedents in the history of the Church.
If you think that this is the time to play for time and play tactical games, simply ignoring the reality of heresy and blasphemy, in black on white, for all the world to see, V II has damaged you far more than you think.
When was an age in Christianity when an attack of such a scale would have met with such effeminacy? Where was a time in Christianity when heresy was countered by the Bishops with the invitation to ignore it and focus on the rules instead? What the heck is that? Christ is being spit in the face, and the bishops should ask the faithful to… look elsewhere? Christ is being spit in the face, and those who decry it should be the one who give scandal? Insane. Diabolical.
Cardinal Burke has betrayed his flock, big time. So have – or will – all those Bishops and Cardinals who will avoid to denounce heresy. Heresy must be denounced and condemned, not ignored.
There is simply no possible universe in which a Pope can speak heresy and a Bishop or Cardinal is authorised to shut up about it!
This is on Burke's head. How he can sleep, he only knows. This was supposed to be one of our best Cardinals, and he reminds me of a Tory party functionary. This is a man who wears the red reminding him of the blood of the martyrs.
For shame. For shame. For shame.
I have, yesterday, commented on the phrase:
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. [Footnote 351 here]
This astonishingly heretical, official papal statement has clearly opened the door for the reception of the Sacraments, because it simply states that even when the objective situation of (mortal) sin is there, this sin could not be mortal. And if the sin is not mortal, grace is not dead in the sinner. And if grace is not dead in the sinner, the sinner should be allowed to go to confession and receive Holy Communion.
If you read again this phrase, you notice there is no strict need for an explicit permission to receive the sacraments. The door is already ajar, with a sign saying “your German foot here”.
But Francis isn’t happy with that. He wants more. He wants to explicitly, in writing, allow the possibility of both confession and communion, spitting in the face of Christ twice in the same paragraph. But he does not want to go too openly about it, because he still fears his bishops (unjustifiably so, would I say on the morning of the fifth day after publication). Therefore, he allows the administering of both sacraments in a footnote.
Let us see the text of this notorious Footnote 351. Emphases, as always, mine:
351 In certain cases, this can include the help of the sacraments. Hence, “I want to remind priests that the confessional must not be a torture chamber, but rather an encounter with the Lord’s mercy” (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium [24 November 2013], 44: AAS 105 , 1038). I would also point out that the Eucharist “is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak” (ibid., 47: 1039).
Note here: the sinner is – in Francis’ satanical worldview – not in mortal sin. Therefore there is, in principle, no reason why sacraments should not be administered. Still, our Jesuit prudently states that in certain cases they might be administered. This is made so that the sacrilege appears “pastoral”, rather than the unavoidable consequence of his satanical way of thinking. It also allows him to open the door only for those who want to open it: the African bishops will not consent to the opening of any door, but the Germans are there waiting to push the door wide open with the shoulder.
The “help” include sacraments. Notice the plural. They must, therefore, be at least two. Which ones are they? The following text leaves no doubt whatever as to which ones they are, because Francis “reminds” and “points out” to exactly them.
The first is the Sacrament of Confession. Francis here quotes himself with one of his extremely stupid kindergarten comparisons (“this is not that”, where “that” is something no one has ever said in the past, but which must make him feel smart). There can be no doubt (unless you are stupid, or retarded, or a Jesuit; no, actually if you are a Jesuit you have no doubt at all) that Francis is here authorising the admitting of public adulterers to confession, in an official papal document.
The second is the sacrament of communion. Another extremely stupid kindergarten comparison is served, because Francis loves to humbly quote from… himself. It’s there, black on white, spelling damnation for reprobates.
I have no words to express my outrage, and those I might have cannot be published.
Before anyone produces himself in an exercise of “extreme Jesuitism” and tells me that Francis does not explicitly say, verbatim, “public adulterers are therefore allowed, in certain circumstances, to be admitted to the sacraments of both confession and communion”, I must (after insulting their stupidity; which is, at this point, both salutary and obligatory) ask them how they would interpret the following statements:
A) Heinrich Himmler writes to his camp directors the following instruction: “Jews must be exterminated. In certain cases, this can include the help of mechanical devices and chemical means. I want to remind camp officers that Zyklon B is not rosewater. I would also point out that crematoria are not storage containers, but a powerful way of getting rid of unwanted waste”.
B) A Ku Klux Klan chief sends the following message to his group leaders: “Blacks are an inferior race and must be kept submissive. In certain cases, this can include physical punishment. I want to remind you that hanging from a tree tends to calm down unruly individuals. I also points out that lynching isn’t great fun for the individual affected, but a powerful way of punishing one in order to educate one hundred”.
I wonder who is the man so retarded, so unbelievably stupid or, far more probably, so twisted and in bad faith that he would like to make the case with you that Heinrich Himmler is not directing his subjects to the use of crematoria and Zyklon B, and the Ku Klux Klan leader is not directing his chiefs to the use of hanging and lynching.
Francis, you evil clown, I have bad news for you. You may think we are stupid, but we aren’t. You may think that you can hide behind your finger, but you are far too openly heretical for that. You may think that you will deceive your critics, but you will only deceive those firmly intentioned to be deceived, and willing to ignore reality at any cost. In the same way as anyone would call twisted and in bad faith those who would refuse to draw the only logical consequence from the statements A) and B) above.
Let me close these remarks with an obvious, but rarely heard, statement: a Pope making openly heretical statements in an official papal document is worse than any KKK chief, worse than Himmler, worse than Hitler, worse than Stalin. He is, without any doubt, Satan’s Numero Uno here on earth.
There is no comparison whatsoever, there is not even a comparison in kind, between the massive destruction of perishable mortal bodies and the worldwide attack on Truth, and on immortal souls of infinite value, perpetrated by the Truth’s first and foremost representative on Earth.
Francis is Number One enemy of humanity. Stalin does not even come close. Not only in this generation, but possibly of all times. I struggle to find in history a man so dangerous to so many not in their ultimately perishable bodies, but in their immortal souls. Mohammed might qualify; but you see, Mohammed was clearly recognisable as not a Christian. This one is an inside job.
It is as if Stalin, or Mohammed, or Satan himself had become Pope. None of the three would, upon being elected Pope, proceed to openly proclaim their false religion or wicked ideology. They would not be as stupid as that.
They would use footnotes instead.
… 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.