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Dec 22 16 6:09 PM
Dec 22 16 6:15 PM
Benedictine monk and blogger Father Hugh Somerville-Knapman said that in accusing the four cardinals and others of dissent, Ivereigh reveals a disturbing ignorance of authentic teaching on the Church and the papacy.
Those who are seeking clarity from the pope are hardly questioning his legitimacy or authority as pope. In reality, they are asking him to exercise it, fully and properly. Dissent, in an ecclesial rather than a political view, is to reject or disagree with the teaching of the Church. The four cardinals, and the other pastors and theologians now speaking out in agreement with them, are dissenting from no teaching of the Church but are asking the pope to confirm it.
Ivereigh repeatedly referenced the Holy Spirit in his article so as to reinforce the premise that Amoris Laetitia is the product of the Spirit and that the documents critics were obstructing the Holy Spirit’s work, a common tactic used in answer to the question of whether Amoris Laetitia bears doctrinal or Magisterial authority.
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Jan 1 17 11:54 AM
The choice of this strange and unpleasant path has driven the Holy
Father into a corner. By verbally abusing those who have opposed him,
and permitting his aides and friends to conduct similar abuse, he has
escalated the gravity of the crisis, removed any middle-ground
possibilities, and sharpened the conflict over the theological question.
Further obscure hints in the last few weeks have indicated that Pope
Francis has considered the possibility of stepping down, in order to
escape the self-imposed trap; no official statement has come forth. It
seems, therefore, that the confrontation in January has been made
inevitable. It is a sad situation. May God help all parties in the
dispute, and bring good out of the result.
Jan 13 17 9:38 AM
a nutshell, then, according to the Jesuit Opinion, the Pope separates
from the Church by the Church’s declaration of the crime, and according
to the Dominican Opinion, the Church separates from the Pope by the
Church’s command to the faithful to avoid him as a vitandus, after the declaration of the crime. But these differences regard questions of speculative theology; both opinions require the Church to judge and declare
the Pope guilty of the crime of heresy before Christ would remove him
from office. And, as a practical matter, it seems clear that the Church
could accomplish everything at once, that is, a council could issue a
single document that:
1) declares that the Pope is guilty of the crime of heresy; 2) commands the Church that he must be avoided (vitandus);
and, 3) declares the See to be vacant, and publicly excommunicates the
1) declares that the Pope is guilty of the crime of heresy;
2) commands the Church that he must be avoided (vitandus);
3) declares the See to be vacant, and publicly excommunicates the
Of course, the exact procedure would be determined by the
authorities of the Church, who will no doubt draw upon the wisdom of
some of her greatest theologians.What
this means is that we have a way to go before Francis can be considered
a public heretic who has lost his office. How long? As long as it takes
for the Church to issue the two warnings and then convoke a council to
declare his crime and command the faithful to avoid him if he refuses
correction. We obviously pray that Pope Francis either renounces his
heresies or resigns his office before it goes that far. However, as we
now enter the centenary of the Fatima apparitions with Our Lady’s
commands still unheeded, it is likely that the greatest confusion,
division and suffering of the post-Vatican II Church, is still to come.
Jan 16 17 8:06 AM
Jan 30 17 7:56 AM
In short the Pope cannot teach something new. He can certainly
express old truths in new ways, but if he introduces actual novelties,
he is abusing his authority. And if his new teachings conflict with
the established doctrines of the Church, he is undermining his own
Jan 31 17 8:50 AM
Despite the helpful advice contained in the other parts of Amoris Laetitia,
the promulgation of chapter of 8 will undo all its good. AL8 may
require Catholic clergy to begin to use situation ethics that prohibits
the antidotes to selfish and grandiose thinking in marriage and in the
Church. Catholic clergy in some dioceses are now expected to stand down,
and accept with approval, in the name of accompaniment, the rejection
of the Church’s teaching on sexual morality and the sacraments of
marriage, the Eucharist and Reconciliation.
Many theologians and philosophers have written of the grave dangers of chapter eight of Amoris Laetitae
to the 2,000 years old teachings of Jesus Christ and Church. In
particular, it affects the sacraments of marriage, the Eucharist and
reconciliation. It confuses and misleads Catholic families and youth
and those living in divorced, same sex and cohabiting unions.
From a psychological perspective, the gravest threat in Amoris Laetitiae
to marriage, Catholic family life and children and the Sacraments and
Catholic morality lies in the fact that this chapter supports and
advocates the narcissistic thinking and selfishness that is the
foundation of situational ethics. This thinking has severely harmed
Catholic marriages, youth and families over the past 50 years, as well
as the Episcopacy and priesthood. It would now appear to be emboldened
by certain passages in Amoris Laetitia.
Feb 18 17 6:48 AM
It also follows weeks of turmoil within the highest levels
of the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta and the Vatican,
before Cardinal Burke being effectively sidelined as the cardinal
patron of the order by Pope Francis.
The pope’s appointment of a special delegate to the Knights of Malta is seen as rejoinder to the dubia submitted
by Cardinal Burke and three other cardinals last November seeking
clarification on the pope’s Amoris Laetitia document.
Amoris Laetitia has created widespread confusion
on whether the Church has abandoned its teaching on marriage and opened
the door to those living in non-marital unions to receive Communion. The
pope has remained silent on the issue.
Feb 27 17 7:51 AM
The very image of Modernist suavity, the newly elected,
smooth-talking and impeccably groomed head of the Jesuit order, Arturo
Sosa Abascal, has just proclaimed the end of Catholic doctrine. No one
should be surprised to learn that, as Sandro Magister reports, Abascal is very close to Jose Mario Bergoglio.
This closeness to Pope Bergoglio would explain Abascal’s prominent
role in promoting the Bergoglian novelty of discernment, launched into
the Church via Amoris Laetitia (AL) as the vehicle for circumventing the Sixth Commandment.
In its traditional sense, discernment is the spiritual practice of
mental prayer and contemplation by which one seeks to determine God’s
will regarding a particular morally correct decision or path in life.
In AL, however, discernment is the proposed ruse by which an
individual living in adultery can deceive himself that God wills that
he/she continue in an immoral sexual relationship — thus opening a path
for unrepentant public sinners to receive Holy Communion. The priest is
to aid in discerning whether continued adultery and sacrilege are
acceptable to God for now.
Mar 6 17 7:51 AM
He cited Pope Francis' loose polices on
sexual morality, communion for remarried Catholics, and forging friendly
relations with other religions that have caused concern not only for
traditionalists but for progressives as well. The cardinals are worried
that the church could be shattered as an institution, the report said.
Mar 6 17 9:15 AM
Mar 20 17 6:20 AM
Canon lawyers, theologians, and scholars will be meeting in Paris in two weeks to discuss a topic that has never been the focus of a Catholic conference before: How to depose a heretical pope.
Titled Deposing the Pope: Theological Premises, Canonical Models, Constitutional Challenge, the conference seeks to explore the mechanisms that are built into the Catholic Church for dealing with a pope who openly teaches falsehood and even heresy.
Speaking at the conference are Professors Nicolas Warembourg and Cyrille Dounot, two of the 45 Catholic academics who last June submitted an appeal to the Dean of the College of Cardinals in Rome requesting a repudiation of erroneous propositions they found in Pope Francis’ exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
Francis’ ambiguous speeches and especially his papal writings have turned cardinal against cardinal, bishop against bishop, and lay-faithful against lay-faithful. Doctrinal confusion has resulted in pastoral guidelines being issued based on his writings that allow Holy Communion to be given to those living in adultery.
Mar 28 17 6:43 AM
For months the Vatican has been sending Catholics a steady stream of indications that Pope Francis agrees with the modernists’ view allowing Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.
We had his signature on a letter supporting the Buenos Aires bishops’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. We had testimony to the Pope’s view by Germany’s Cardinal Marx, one of the Pope’s Council of 9 Cardinals. We had the Maltese bishops say so. We had the chief interpreter of legislative texts at the Vatican say so. And we’ve seen numerous articles published in the Vatican newspaper advocating this break with Tradition.
I spoke to a few priests from Buenos Aires who worked with Cardinal Bergoglio in different capacities and from them learned that confusion is emblematic of his ministry. One anecdote in particular was very instructive. I was told that people from opposite camps would both come out of meetings with Cardinal Bergoglio believing he supported their position. He’s with us but can’t say so publicly, they would relate, as would those who met with him from the opposing camp.
Apr 9 17 7:34 AM
Apr 9 17 7:49 AM
May 3 17 6:44 AM
Pope Francis has given his approval to guidelines of the bishops of Buenos Aires, which allow Communion for the divorced and remarried. He also thanked the bishops of Malta,
according to a Maltese news outlet, for their guidelines that allow
people living in objectively sinful situations to receive Communion if
they feel "at peace with God."
Pierantoni called the current crisis in the Church "unprecedented"
and "apocalyptic." He said that never before has "doctrinal confusion
been published in a pontifical document." While Pope Francis hasn't
openly made explicit heretical statements, he said, his words and
actions, however, "go in that direction."
The Professor emphasized the importance of not only speaking the truth, but of correcting errors.
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