I thought we had hit rock bottom in 2018, but boy, was I wrong. 2019 has been one whopper of a year when it comes to inexplicable and hurtful actions by our Holy Father, Pope Francis.
With a sad smile to my sedevacantist friends, yes I still do call him my Holy Father. Abusive as my spiritual father may be, I still need to pray for him. It’s difficult to simply pray for “the intentions of the Holy Father,” because I frankly mistrust his intentions. What I do pray for is his conversion. For his return to orthodoxy. For God to mold him into the man He truly intends for him to be.
And, in the meantime, I will–to whatever extent I am able, pathetic though it might be–resist the Holy Father when he’s wrong.
It’s difficult for me to put into words the pain and sense of betrayal I feel when I consider how Pope Francis has led our Catholic Church. Perhaps you feel the same way. May I recommend the Open Letter to Pope Francis penned by Michael Matt of The Remnant newspaper.
You can read the letter at the link above, or you can hear it in this moving video:
Frustrated by the ambiguous pronouncements coming from Rome? Worried that this never-ending parade of synods has the potential to play havoc with the true teachings of the Church? Concerned that Pope Francis might be saying some stuff which simply doesn’t square with two thousand years of consistent Church teaching?
Yeah, us too. Hank Igitur’s been reading a new book by Dr. Taylor Marshall which does a pretty decent job of putting this whole situation into a long-term historical perspective. He offers a strategy for prayerfully (and charitably) dealing with this crisis. Hank’s 100% onboard with this approach and he’s willing to explain it to you in (possibly tedious) detail!
Links Mentioned in this Video:
Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Catholic Church From Within by Dr. Taylor Marshall is available at Amazon.com or through Sophia Institute Press. The book makes a pretty darn solid case that our present crisis doesn’t have its beginning with the election of Pope Francis, the suppression of the Latin Mass in the late ’60’s/early ’70’s, or even the Vatican II! The crisis began well over a century earlier. Fascinating stuff!
The document Hank mentions which can help you cut through some of the confusion when it comes to getting the real deal on Church doctrine is this: “Declaration of the Truths Relating to Some of the Most Common Errors in the Life of the Church of Our Time.” It’s only eight pages but it gives you an easy to read no-nonsense summary of authentic Church teaching, clearing up some points that might have become, umm, well–a tad murky let’s just say–over the past few years.
Read New ‘Declaration of Truths’ Affirms Key Church Teachings in the National Catholic Register.