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Oct082014

Just a few words about the Synod

I wrote the following to a friend of my mother's who had expressed some reservations about Pope Francis' recent actions:

Your sensus catholicus is telling you exactly what it should regarding Pope Francis' actions: he is a destroyer of the Faith.  He is a modernist in the truest sense of the word, for whom absolute truth either does not exist or is not relevant.  Of course, he sometimes says things that sound quite orthodox, as modernists do - that great encyclical on the subject (Pascendi) informs us of that. 

The pontiff referred to Cardinal Kasper's proposal to allow unrepentant adulterers to Holy Communion - something that is as direct a violation of immutable doctrine imaginable - as "beautiful and serene theology".  These men intend not to change doctrine - which they cannot do - but to cast it aside, ignore it, in favor of "pastoral solutions".

In reality, however, there is no such thing as a "pastoral" solution that contradicts or ignores doctrine, since a true pastor loves both truth, which is doctrine, and the souls he's been given charge of, and knows that he is better off being "thrown into the sea with a large millstone around his neck" than leading them into sin.  

Leading souls by the hand into sin is exactly, of course, what is being done here.  And the Apostle tells that he who receives the Eucharist unworthily - in grave sin, as the Church teaches - "eats and drinks judgement upon himself" (and, further, that this is the reason that some of the Corinthians he was writing to had died).  The Body of Christ invigorates body & soul for those who approach Him appropriately, but casts judgement upon one who dares to partake sacrilegiously. 

[Of course, Francis may not believe that the Eucharist is the Body of Christ to begin with.  According to a first-hand report, he said to the woman living in adultery whom he had just told to receive Holy Communion in contradiction to her priest's command that "a little bread and wine does no harm".  Poor Fr. Lombardi, Director of the Vatican Press Office, has declined to issue any denial of this statement, which would seem to make this pope a "serious" material heretic.] 

These churchmen are preaching the false compassion of the devil, not true charity, which is always concerned first and foremost with the salvation of souls.  They pander to the world with this false compassion, ignoring the Church's teachings that to admonish the sinner is a work of mercy and that one participates in another's sin via silence - much less active encouragement. 

Pope Francis has very little interest in wielding the authority of the Vicar of Christ, preferring instead to whittle away at the "pillar and foundation of the Truth" in a myriad of ways.  But, again, there is nothing to fear (though much to lament) for the faithful Catholic solid in his faith: Truth does not change, and no one, least of all the supreme pontiff, can bind anyone to hold any error or to lawfully command one to perform any immoral act (such as forcing a priest to give the Body of Christ to a soul who is living in unrepentant, public mortal sin). 

Every theologian who has ever pontificated on the subject agrees that popes can err (could there be any question there?) and that they must be resisted when they do, publicly, for the good of the Church.  The charism of infallibility, of course, must be invoked to be operative, and can apply only to formal statements of faith & morals intended to bind the entire universal Church.  

The post-conciliar pontiffs, with Francis being seemingly the post-conciliar pontiff par excellence, have no desire to bind the faithful to anything, nor are their novelties matter of doctrine precisely stated, nor do they have the power to coerce the Holy Ghost to endorse such un-Catholic novelties as false ecumenism, non-existent religious liberty, or the undermining of infallible moral teaching via praxis that flatly ignores it.

Of course, I cast no judgement on Francis' soul: I am entirely capable of knowing to what, if any, extent the man is culpable, which is why holistic judgement is forbidden - de internis ecclesia non judica.

We today are living through the greatest crisis in the history of the Church, that foretold by Our Lady of Fatima with startling accuracy - apparent even if the lament of the future Pope Pius XII is the only evidence considered.  In 1937 Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli stated

"I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in her liturgy, her theology and her soul.  I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the Church, reject her ornaments and make her feel remorse for her historical past.

Indeed has the faith been "altered" in liturgy, theology, and soul, more radically than ever in the Church's history.

Our Lady ordered the Secret containing these warnings opened "by 1960".  1960 came and went, as John XXIII declared the Secret not of interest to his papacy, then opened Vatican Council II, the only "pastoral" ecumenical council in the history of the Church: the only council to proclaim no dogma and issue no anathemas.  (According to the promulgating pontiff himself, this council binds the faithful to no new teaching whatsoever.)

So, that, in a nutshell, is what is going on. :)

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