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Monday 30 November 2015

Pope Francis words to Lutheran woman taken to task by two Prelates

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Robert Cardinal Sarah
A few weeks ago, we had the situation of the Bishop of Rome speaking at a worship centre of the followers of the heretic Martin Luther. At that time, he answered the question of a woman who was not Catholic and opined on her sorrow for not being able to receive Holy Communion together with her Catholic husband. 

Rather than the earthly head of the Catholic Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ encouraging her to become Catholic he told her instead to follow her conscience on the matter of receiving Holy Communion. He admitted that he did not have the authority to tell her to "go" and he joked about how he should say nothing more. It was a sarcastic and dismissive remark to Catholics whom he labels "self-absorbed promethean neo-pelagians" who like to "sit in the chair of Moses to judge."

Diane Montagna writes today at Aleteia with comments from  about the matter. When Francis returns from the environmental polluting and financially burdensome rock-star tour for poor African countries will he discipline these two prelates who have the faith and courage to speak with truth and clarity?

Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, and Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan provide the truth and clarity so lacking from the Bishop of Rome and the minions who surround him.

“Intercommunion is not permitted between Catholics and non-Catholics. You must confess the Catholic Faith. A non-Catholic cannot receive Communion. That is very, very clear. It’s not a matter of following your conscience.” Cardinal Sarah
“We read in the Second Vatican Council document that real ecumenism is not irenicism, but sincere dialogue in which we hide nothing of our identity.” He added that any gesture which is “not clear, not sincere, and ambiguous will never help true ecumenism” on “every level.” ... He said “pastors and shepherds” have to be “very careful” in their pronouncements not to “create ambiguity and confusion among the people,” leading them to believe that “Catholic and Protestant doctrine are basically the same, with only minor differences.” Bishop Schneider

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Bishop Athanasius Schneider
More Cardinals and Bishops must cease their silence. If the Bishop of Rome is attempting to change doctrine through pastoral practice affecting the Holy Eucharist he must be stopped. That  begins with his brother bishops sending a clear warning to him as to what is at stake should he succumb to the pressure of the evil men around him.


Dorota said...

"Should he succumb to the pressure of the evil men around him" - this sentence is a perfect example of what has happened to us, of what we have allowed. We Christians are supposed to be clear-minded, filled with the wisdom and truth and the Holy Ghost.
No one can make anyone do anything against their will, but for a few exceptions. Someone scared may be forced to say or do things under threat of torture or death, removal from a job, harm to family members.

Yet it is obvious this person is a pope, a celebrity, and a supposed spiritual leader, a shepherd of more than a billion people, on whose shoulders rests so much responsibility, he, were he not a coward, would never risk saying or doing anything he did not mean. He is not a coward, and he does and says exactly what he wants - and it is often dishonest, for he adjusts his words to the audience. Most (except for faithful Catholics, of course), get from him what they want to hear.

He personally arranged for many events whose sole purpose is the unification of all religions, for the sake of peace and justice, because "God is not Catholic". This is truly wicked. God is not Catholic, it is true. But for a Catholic (any Catholic) to use this very questionable reasoning, in order to deny the Catholic faith, is evil.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

I recall when I was sent weeping back from the altar rail while in the process of converting.