Written by Christopher A. Ferrara
For the past five years the Pope of “the peripheries” has ignored the peripheries (especially the prelates of Africa) while allying himself with the government-subsidized corrupt German hierarchy in an insane drive to convert the Catholic Church into a kind of Protestant denomination.
Now seven German bishops, five from Bavaria, are attempting to resist the Bergoglian juggernaut by appealing to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith against the decision of the German bishops’ conference, led by Cardinals Marx and Kasper, to extend the already-implemented admission of Holy Communion to public adulterers in “second marriages” to Protestants who are married to Catholics in “certain cases,” presumably including those in “second marriages” with Catholics who are civilly divorced and “remarried.”
Bergoglio is the author of this catastrophe. His subversive notion of “discernment,” introduced via Amoris Laetitia, which enshrines the neo-Modernist moral nonsense of Cardinal Kasper, opens the way to “discerning” innumerable “exceptions” to the application of exceptionless moral norms. As the arch-Modernist subversive Cardinal Marx puts it: “We are talking about decisions in individual cases that require a careful spiritual discernment.” In other words, some people are to be deemed exempt from obedience to the moral law, which ultimately means all people, the end of morality in practice, and the reduction of the Ten Commandments to The Ten Ideals.
Now, on the heels of Bergoglio’s reported denial of the existence of hell and the eternal torments of the damned—an opinion he has not in the least rejected or retracted a week after its publication by Scalfari, leaving Greg Burke to issue a slithery non-denial—even Cardinal Burke is admitting that the situation this maniacal Pope has provoked is nothing short of apocalyptic.
During a recent interview (translation by Diane Montagna), the Cardinal finally presents the matter squarely as what it always was: the imperative of direct opposition to a Pope who is spreading heresy throughout the Church. Quoth the Cardinal in pertinent part (paragraph breaks added):
“What happened with the last interview given to Eugenio Scalfari during Holy Week and published on Holy Thursday went beyond what is tolerable.”
“This playing around with faith and doctrine, at the highest level of the Church, rightly leaves pastors and faithful scandalized.”
“The confusion and division in the Church on the most fundamental and important issues — marriage and the family, the Sacraments and the right disposition to receive them, intrinsically evil acts, eternal life and the Last Things — are becoming increasingly widespread. And the Pope not only refuses to clarify things by proclaiming the constant doctrine and sound discipline of the Church… but he is also increasing the confusion.”
“Many people who were baptized in a Protestant ecclesial communion, but then entered into the full communion of the Catholic Church because their original ecclesial communities abandoned the Apostolic Faith… perceive that the Catholic Church is going down the same road of abandoning the faith.”
“This whole situation leads me to reflect more and more on the message of Our Lady of Fatima who warns us about the evil — even more serious than the very grave evils suffered because of the spread of atheistic communism — which is apostasy from the faith within the Church. Number 675 of theCatechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that ‘before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers’ and that ‘the persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the ‘mystery of iniquity’ in the form of a religious deception [impostura religiosa or religious imposture, meaning the conduct of an imposter] offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth.’”
“In such a situation the bishops and cardinals have the duty to proclaim true doctrine. At the same time, they must lead the faithful to make reparation for the offenses against Christ and the wounds inflicted on His Mystical Body, the Church, when faith and discipline are not rightly safeguarded and promoted by pastors.”
“The great canonist of the thirteenth century, Henry of Segusio, also known as Hostiensis, facing the difficult question of how to correct a Roman Pontiff who acts in a way contrary to his office, states that the College of Cardinals constitutes ade facto check against papal error.”
“It is the essential service of the Pope to safeguard and promote the deposit of faith, true doctrine and sound discipline consistent with the truths believed.”
In the interview with Eugenio Scalfari quoted above, the Pope is referred to as “revolutionary.” But the Petrine Office has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with revolution. On the contrary, it exists exclusively for the preservation and propagation of the immutable Catholic faith, which leads souls to conversion of heart and leads all humanity to the unity founded on the order inscribed by God in His creation and especially in the heart of man, the only earthly creature made in the image of God.”
The Pope, through the divine will, enjoys all the power necessary to safeguard and promote the true faith, true divine worship, and the sound discipline required…. This power belongs not to his person but to his office as Successor of St. Peter. In the past, for the most part, the popes did not make public their personal acts or their opinions precisely so as not to risk the faithful being confused about what the successor of St. Peter does and thinks.”
“At present there is a risky and even harmful confusion between the person of the Pope and his office, that results in the obscuring of the Petrine Office and in a worldly and political idea of the service of the Roman Pontiff in the Church.”
“Any act of a Pope that undermines the salvific mission of Christ in the Church, whether it be a heretical act or a sinful act in itself, is simply void from the point of view of the Petrine Office. Therefore, even if it clearly causes very serious damage to souls, it does not command the obedience of pastors and faithful.
“We must always distinguish the body of the man who is the Roman Pontiff from the body of the Roman Pontiff, that is, from the man who exercises the office of St. Peter in the Church. Not to make this distinction means papolatry and ends up in the loss of faith in the Divinely Founded and Sustained Petrine Office.”
“A Catholic must always respect, in an absolute way, the Petrine Office as an essential part of the institution of the Church by Christ…. This respect also includes the duty to express the judgment of a rightly formed conscience to the Pope, when he deviates or seems to deviate from true doctrine and sound discipline, or to abandon the responsibilities inherent in his office.”
“If the Pope does not fulfill his office for the good of all souls, it is not only possible but also necessary to criticize the Pope.”
“Some have criticized those who have publicly expressed criticism of the Pope, saying it is a manifestation of rebellion or disobedience, but to ask — with due respect for his office — for the correction of confusion or error is not an act of disobedience, but an act of obedience to Christ and thus to His Vicar on earth.”
Note well the statement that “the College of Cardinals constitutes ade factocheck against papal error.” Is this an indication of impending action by certain members of the College in the form of a demand that Bergoglio retract and make amends for his heterodox pronouncements and machinations prejudicial to integrity of the Faith?
As Antonio Socci reported days ago, “an important cardinal (not Italian) contacted some of his colleagues and then, also in their name, indicated to Bergoglio what that interview [with Scalfari regarding hell] could signify (to profess heretical theses is one of the four causes of cessation of the papal office).”
Was Burke that non-Italian cardinal? Perhaps in a few days, during the summit meeting in Rome being covered by Edward Pentin, we will know the answer. And perhaps, given the attendance of Burke and two other Cardinals at that meeting, we will see at last, from at least some members of the College of Cardinals, a formal correction of the most wayward Pope in Church history.
This much is certain: humanly speaking, there is no way to halt the madness of Bergoglianism besides overt opposition by members of the upper hierarchy. Failing that, the end of this madness will be imposed from on high under the most dramatic circumstances for the Church and the world.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Published in Fetzen Fliegen
If anyone wants another “smoking gun” after Hellgate, consider PF’s sermon at the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Martha on 5th November 2015. Does this smell like Universal Salvation All Round, with little room for Hell? I suspect you can claim that the Pope misquoted himself, or didn’t say what he meant, or didn’t mean what he said, or he is very old and can’t remember what he allegedly said.
“Therefore, the Pope re-emphasized, it is “Christ who unites, who makes unity; Christ who, by his sacrifice on Calvary, made it so that all people are included in salvation”.”
“This, the Pope added, “is the dialectic between exclusion and inclusion: God has included everyone in salvation, everyone!”. And “this is the beginning: we, with our weaknesses and our sins, with our envy and jealousy, always have this attitude of excluding which, as I said before, can end in war”.”
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Mark Midas • a day ago
“The madness of Bergoglianism” serves Satan’s desire for the ruin of souls, lost to Hell. Imagine someone considering suicide, perhaps due to a difficult illness or relationship, or a woman who is considering an abortion. Now they hear “the madness of Bergoglianism” telling them there is no Hell; do what you like!
“The madness of Bergoglianism” must be stopped. Even as he became Pope Phrancis the Phony, I asked myself: how could a man who is praised by Hollywood, abortion providers and pedophiliac homosexuals and who associates with George Soros (the militant atheist and anti-Christ of our times – if not the one prophesied in Scriptures), have ever been allowed near the seat of St. Peter?
The rest of the clergy is sleeping, maybe just as soundly as when Jesus found his apostles sleeping in the garden.
Good line, Chris:
“the reduction of the Ten Commandments to The Ten Ideals.”
Reminds me of Malcolm Muggeridge’s alleged quote of an Anglican Bishop decades ago on the Ten Commandments. “They are like an examination paper….eight only to be attempted”. We can see how that has worked out for the dying Anglican church.
In what’s left of the Catholic Church, The Ten Commandments will not even have the status of Ten Ideals or Ten Suggestions. Why should anyone pay any attention to any organisation which can discard its core beliefs like a pair of old socks?
Thank you, Cardinal Burke, for all you do to uphold and witness to the Catholic Faith during these dark days of Francis’s Reign of Terror
Remember, all of these Cardinals are products of VII, still think JPII is a “saint.” They are all soft; that is why they have done, and will continue to do (drum roll)…nothing!
TF • 2 days ago
I love Cardinal Burke and for that reason I don’t care for anything he says anymore unless it’s to the effect of, “Bergoglio, repent!”
Again, laughable! Words from Cardinal Burke echo throughout the whole world And change the minds of millions about Francis. Words from Cardinal Burke terrify the Vatican, which is why Francis and Company have been trying to shut Burke down. Words from Cardinal Burke have already changed the course of this revolution and severely undermined the Vatican’s evil agenda. Please, God, give us more words from Cardinal Burke!
It’s implied that those words are followed shortly by declaring him a heretic that has ceased to be pope (if he ever was one to begin with).
Yeah, the Cardinal in question was Burke. The key phrase from the interview is….”beyond what is tolerable“.
That tells us that Burke is at the end of his rope. He can no longer put up with this circus. Since he can no longer tolerate Bergoglio’s shenanigans, he was moved to raise the issue of impeachment (or whatever the correct word is). That’s how I read between the lines here.
What i see between the lines is that a certain amount of ambiguity, implied heresy, and selling out to appease the world IS tolerable. Another 20 years and the tolerance boundaries will be moved that much farther. Today’s progressives = tomorrow’s conservatives.
He tolerates the intolerable
Until he makes good on not tolerating the intolerable, he tolerates it all.
And the take-away from that interview to me was that he thinks the lay folk should correct the Pope.
I seem to remember in my murky mind, that somebody made a promise to correct the Pope some time ago.
Can Burke even get in to see Bergoglio? Can he get an appointment if he promises not to mention the dubia?
C. Burke seems very much a lone voice and one lone voice cannot effect the changes that are so desperately needed. Where are those other men who wear red and purple and are supposed to be willing to shed their blood to uphold the truths of the faith?
Courage is even more rare among the clergy than heterosexuality….
Dostoyevsky put it very well in his great novel The Brothers Karamazov: If there is no immortality of the soul, then everything is permissible.
The criticisms that Pope Francis is destroying the basis of morality are not overblown. They are accurate and true.
Dostoyevsky was spot on target.
You might have Universal Salvation, as Archbishop Luis Ladaria, PF’s appointment to the CDF, is pushing in his book.
Or you might have a huge world-wide Church dedicated to Salvation. How can you have both? No wonder there are reports of furious cardinals. If they have no love or fear of God, they love their lifestyle and are afraid to lose it.
Problem lies with the Jesuits and Bergoglio himself. Hd of Jesuits order Ven. cleric,trying to explain away Jesus repeated CONDEMNATION Of divorce and remarriage. Bergoglio francis Putting Luther stamps and statues in the Vatrican…….. Plus apostate clergy and bishops like, Riosica ,Radcliffe ,Massingale & Martin amer. Mgz, German ,Austrian- schonborn, Belgium dekessel, Malta, sadly Bergoglio appointed usa bishops Tobin, cupich ,O’Connell, McElroy and McGrath etc. running loose without nary across word of reprimand from the Vatican itself.
Archbishop Lefebre, not Martin Luther, was right. Vatican II was the disaster that allowed Bergoglio to happen. Nor are any of the post-conciliar popes blameless. All opposed Tradition, even Benedict who weakly straddled the fence and ultimately chickened out. Time to get back to basics.
I have been praying daily, among other things, this man Frank will enter St.. Peter’s and proclaim that hell does not exist. We can then all proclaim in una voce He is no longer the pope.
The trouble with this 2018 interview with Scalfari is that Scalfari put PF’s words denying the existence of Hell inside quotation marks, which he did not do in his 2015 and 2017 reports.
Antonio Socci points this out:
That was enough to really focus attention and so far (1400 London Time 7th April 2018) there has been no denial from Rome. Sooner or later PF was going to paint himself into a heretical corner.
Exactly!! Just like this Argentinian ‘Nun’ that reported a conversation with the ‘Pope’ that artificial contraception is perfectly permissible in ‘certain circumstances’. “In order to avoid ABORTION”. Go to 1P5 and read the article. The nun said that he told her there were 3 methods he would condone: Condoms, a Diaphram or a TUBILIGATION. Oh right! Only to ‘poor indigent women’ that is! This fraudulent “Pope” is surely using people to get ‘the message’ out! We’ll see if he denies this, but please…….don’t hold your breath! He’s a ‘snake in the grass’.
Christopher A. Ferrara: President and lead counsel for the American Catholic Lawyers Inc., Mr. Ferrara has been at the forefront of the legal defense of pro-lifers for the better part of a quarter century. Having served with the legal team for high profile victims of the culture of death such as Terri Schiavo, he has long since distinguished him a premier civil rights Catholic lawyer. Mr. Ferrara has been a lead columnist for The Remnant since 2000 and has authored several books published by The Remnant Press, including the bestseller The Great Façade. Together with his children and wife, Wendy, he lives in Richmond, Virginia.
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