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Tuesday 10 November 2015

Pope Francis stumbles in more ways than one

Reuters is reporting that the Bishop of Rome stumbled yesterday at Mass at the Lateran Basilica on his way up to the altar for the celebration of the Feast of its dedication. This is the second time in three days, the first being Saturday at St. Peter's Basilica. He is aging, stressed no doubt, and may have a brain tumour. We have sympathy for him as a man.

But let me be perfectly clear; he has stumbled in more ways than this.

If there had been any doubt that his appointment of Jozef de Kesel as Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels is a disaster for the faith, erase it from your Catholic mind. The man is a heretic and advocate of sacrilege.

If an archbishop-elect thinks the word "mercy" is  "somewhat condescending", what must he think of words such as "sin", "damnation", "hell", and "orthodoxy"? We don't know for certain, but perhaps that is just as well, if only for the sake of keeping one's stomach comments in place. The prelate in question is Jozef De Kesel of Mechelen-Brussels, interviewed by Kerknet and translated into English by Mark de Vries of "In Caelo et in Terra", who covers Catholic news in the Netherlands. The fuller quote: You did not take part in the Synod on the family, but will probably get to work with its proposals. What will stay with you from this Synod? “The Synod may not have brought the concrete results that were hoped for, such as allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion. But it is unbelievable how much it was a sign of a Church that has changed. The mentality is really not the same anymore. I may be a careful person, but I do not think we should be marking time. Mercy is an important word for me, but in one way or another it is still somewhat condescending. I like to take words like respect and esteem for man as my starting point. And that may be a value that we, as Christians, share with prevailing culture.” 
You can read his full report together with his erudite commentary and the link to the full interview and its official English translation.

De Kesel needs to be concerned more with esteem for Christ, than "esteem for man." He needs to have some concern for his own soul as well. 

Sandro Magister also reports of a little Jesuitical infighting. It seems there are a few Catholic Jesuits left in the world. Anthony Spadaro, S.J., of the #SpadaroBlockParty which is not quite as busy as the #RosicaBlockParty which actually trended on Twitter a few weeks back, is not one of them. He is the cause of this little storm. The reader may recall our work of this past Saturday on Spadaro based upon Magister's previous letter. The conclusion can only be that Spadaro is, in fact, speaking for the Bishop of Rome and that can be confirmed by the challenge thrown at him by his brother Jesuit at Boston College, of all places. 
Particularly striking was the peremptoriness with which Fr. Spadaro drew from the “Relatio finalis” of the synod - a text in effect open to multiple interpretations - a one-way orientation: in favor of communion for the divorced and remarried. The following commentary, however, shows how the director of “La Civiltà Cattolica” and confidant of Francis cannot disguise the fact that his conclusions contradict “the teaching of the Church” that the “Relatio sinodi” itself insists must be respected. In particular, he shows how one cannot shield oneself behind a few lines of John Paul II’s “Familiaris consortio” to draw conclusions opposed to those that are written there. The author of the commentary is a priest of the diocese of New York, Robert P. Imbelli, professor emeritus of theology at Boston College and an authoritative contributor to “L'Osservatore Romano,” in addition to “America” and “Commonweal.” An author of works of Christology and of Trinitarian and liturgical theology, his latest book is entitled: "Rekindling the Christic Imagination: Theological Meditations for the New Evangelisation". 
It's only Tuesday and it's been quite a good start to the week revealing to all, the heresiarchs and homosexualists amongst us in the Church. We've had an abomination, blasphemy and sacrilege in New York City at Our Saviour Church with the Hindu ritual, the same Archdiocese's Cardinal Dolan dancing it up withthe Rockette's (hey, their women, let's cut him some slack), the dear in the headlights Diarmuid Martin in Dublin telling all that the Church "must change" and the little episode yesterday in Buffalo promoting the sodomite agenda which the pastor deny but photos betray.

But it does not stop there. Earlier today in Florence, the Bishop of Rome spoke at the Fifth National Ecclesial Convention Annual saying once again resurrecting his lectures that those who follow the law are Pelagians. Edward Pentin has the story at National Catholic Register. So there we have it. Follow the two thousand year old Law of the Church, obey and preach the Ten Commandments and the words of Jesus, "If you love me, keep my commandments" and you're a Pharisee. Disagree with Francis of Rome, you're a Pelagian. You think that you're "superior" and you're not following the "breath of the spirit." I urge you to read The Radical Catholic's post on this speech drawing the parallels between Jorge Bergoglio and Martin Luther regarding their views on the Catholic Church and the heresy of Pelagianism.  Here is a quote courtesy of Southern Orders where you can also more: 

“We are not living in an era of change but a change of era. ... Before the problems of the church it is not useful to search for solutions in conservatism or fundamentalism, in the restoration of obsolete conduct and forms that no longer have the capacity of being significant culturally. ... Christian doctrine is not a closed system incapable of generating questions, doubts, interrogatives — but is alive, knows being unsettled, enlivened, ... It has a face that is not rigid, it has a body that moves and grows, it has a soft flesh: it is called Jesus Christ.”

For a complete repudiation of Jorge Bergoglio's statement today, given on All Saints Day visit:

There, did you drink it in? Do you have the Faith of Our Fathers or do you wish to sing a new church into being by these "modernist tyrants" where "even the documents of Vatican II and St. John Paul II are passé."

Do not be discouraged, all of this must come out. Do not let it get you down, Keep faith in Our Lord and His promise that the "gates of Hell will not prevail." Rejoice that we have this vehicle, the Internet - blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Email -- all these tools that our parents and grandparents did not have.

The Reuters story on the stumbling Bishop of Rome refers to the reputed tumour, perhaps, in its denial, the Vatican, “doth protest too much.” If the Pope has a brain tumour there is no way he should be making any decisions along the lines of what Spadaro, Kasper and De Kesel advocate. These men are heretics and malefactors. Does Francis really want to seek counsel from them? Will he soon make De Kesel, Cardinal and add to that the heresiarch and homosexualist Cupich for good measure? Now that Danneels is well over 80 and Cardinal George is dead, what is stopping him. Will he make the faithful Archbishops in Philadelphia and Montreal Cardinals, or will he bypass them because they stand for the faith?

He muses about a short papacy. May it be so. Not that I wish him any ill will, not at all. May he be inspired by to go for that slice of pizza and mate at a little cafe in Buenos Aires. He should consider it before December 8 and the gross insult to Our Blessed Mother with the motu proprio on Catholic Divorce. 

Benedict XVI has shown him the way. The door is open to him.


Ana Milan said...

Would Andrea Cagnini of Quotidiano Nazionale please come forward immediately with the written evidence he said he holds that PF does have a benign brain tumour? It is vital that this assertion be quickly verified one way or the other. Already I note that resignations are being requested so really he has nothing to lose at this stage.

Anonymous said...

(show him the door) if this wasn't about the only thing that matters in this world *the mystical body of Christ* i would be rolling on the floor with laughter over your comments. How very sad all this has been since early 2013.

Dorota said...

Thank you for the reminder - not to stay angry, and do something good.

Sandpiper said...

Keep fighting the good fight, Vox. The abominations are coming fast and furious, are they not? I have my own little family to protect from the nonsense they have heard preached from the sanctuary almost every Sunday. I have little refuge to orthodoxy in my diocese. My prayer is that my children be spared from spiritual corruption. We're now fighting the culture and evil churchmen. Lord, deliver us from this scourge.

Maudie N Mandeville said...

'Christian doctrine ... has a soft flesh'. I'm wondering if Jorge was a consummate reader of pornography in his earlier days, homosexual porn in particular. Recall an interview from 2012 while still Abp, "Journalists sometimes risk becoming ill from coprophilia and thus fomenting coprophagia..."

In taking him to task, Randy Engel noted, 'That a bishop should so glibly refer to such disgusting and perverted practices in a public interview clearly indicates to me that you are not unschooled in the ways and dangers of sexual perversion, and hence, have no real need for me to instruct you on the perversity of homosexual behaviors, nor on the grave necessity of combating the Homosexual Collective and other forces of organized perversion.'

Unknown said...

The archbishop elect is promoting atheism, pure and simple. Clearly the bishop-appointing process is defective and does not work.

Our Lady of Good Success-pray for us. said...

Bergoglio 'the blind' leads the blind (God only knows the truth of one's blindness). Benedict followed his fathers in the faith of VII New Order continuing the blindness. Bergoglio would have to look to a true pope and the true faith to to step through a door that did not belong to the 'house of fun' that is the counterfeit church. St Athanasius and his brethren never suffered such successful deceit as has been perpetrated over the last 50 years.

Anonymous said...

Quote:RT news Nov 10:" The pontiff said the Church “cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” while adding in an interview that the “Church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people. We must not reduce the bosom of the universal Church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.”

Did Francis just call the Holy Catholic Church Mediocre?

More:" “I prefer a Church that is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security,”.

Now it's unhealthy? Repent Francis.

Eirene said...

Dear Vox - The picture of the open grille door at the end of this article reminded me so much of the last verse of To Althea - From Prison by Richard Lovelace, which goes:-

Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for a hermitage.
If I have freedom in my love,
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone, that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty.

Formerly in the Church we had such freedom in our love - given to us by Our Loving Master, the Lord Jesus - "If you abide in My Word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the Truth shall make you free." (St. John 8 vss 31-32 - NKJV).We knew profoundly that through obedience and faith we could indeed soar with the angels. Then along came rebellion, relativism, modernism and sheer, sinful lunacy and the faithful have since been spun like a bee keeper spins honey after he has collected it from the hive.
But let those disobedient and prideful people beware. We have been earmarked by Almighty God as His Treasure and His People. His Wrath will surely fall on those who attempt to steal from Him what He has claimed through the Precious Blood of Jesus. And they will not stand.