Category Archives: That Amazin’ Amazon Synod!

Did the Modernists just get a nasty surprise?

8 APRIL UPDATE – It would appear that the answer posed in this article’s title may well be “no.”  We’re hearing now that Pope Francis** is setting in motion yet another “commission” to study the question of female deacons.  The good news from the Vatican just never ends, does it?  Who knows where this will go, but in the meantime it seems purposely designed to keep the “churn” and general rate of chaos high among the Faithful.  The Trads are getting their chains yanked, regular Novie Catholics are getting their chains yanked, and maybe even the Modernists are getting their chain yanked.  What is the purpose of all this?  Seems like classic Peronista tactics, which I guess shouldn’t be surprising this many years into this pontificate.  

We simply must keep praying for our Church, for our Pope (whether or not he considers himself the Vicar of Christ) and that Our Lady will soon clean house in this troubled, chaotic and pretty messed up human component of the Body of Christ.

Oremus!


** Formerly known by the very accurate title “Vicar of Christ.”  You may have heard that this august title has fallen out of favor with the former Cdl. Bergolio.  The term has been relegated to a historical footnote in the current edition of the Vatican Yearbook.

Original (prematurely optimistic) article:

Today–12 February 2020–is the day the much anticipated/dreaded Papal document on the Amazon Synod came out.  We were all bracing for the worst sort of news when it came to married priests and lady jungle deaconesses, but instead the document says something rather different.

Here is the text of tweet made by EWTN’s Raymond  Arroyo:

The Pope’s final Amazon document is a shock and a wakeup call to progressives who have sought “revolutionary” change in the Church. Pope Francis has reaffirmed the tradition of ordaining celibate men, and ruled out ordaining women. Expect a ferocious response.

Does that mean we’re out of the woods?  Probably not.  As many online commentators–each with much deeper thought processes and way larger numbers of followers–have been warning, the whole idea of adding married priests and/or female deacons into the post-Vatican II Church was never the objective.  Rather, the goal was to move the Catholic Church in ever closer alignment with the secularist goals of the UN and the likes of Jeffery Sachs, George Soros, and of course little Greta.  The climate and environment are the real threats to mankind, and globalism is the only solution.  The salvation of our souls and the methodologies used to obtain said salvation is a back-burner issue.  And I’m afraid that while the current (and let us not forget temporary) leadership in Rome works ever harder to make the Church the UN’s favorite NGO, the issues of married priests, lady deacons, and eventually full-on priestesses is far from settled.

Still, isn’t it delightful to think how disappointed all the Modernists are at this moment? All of the coquettish hinting that the door was open for massive new changes and innovations to the priesthood.  Oh, how they must have been anticipating it!

This pope is a master of weaponized ambiguity, and no mistake.  Most of that ambiguity has worked to the advantage of the Modernists (think Amoris Laetitia).  Each odd little statement he makes at an audience or airplane presser is like a little hand grenade of weaponized ambiguity tossed into the foxholes of Faithful Catholics with devastating effect.  You “progressive” theologians, priests, bishops and laity have loved lobbing those grenades at us.  But every now and again, one of those ambiguous hand grenades might just blow up in your own face.

 

 

 

Wishing You a Pachamama Christmas

Pachamama Christmas

Not every outfit calling themselves “Catholic” is worthy of our attention.

That goes for fly-by-night charities, certainly, but it also large chunks of religious orders whose names you probably recognize.

It’s a sad state of affairs that we have to view solicitations for our cash from organizations with perhaps hundreds of years of goodness behind their names, but such is the state of our Church in the midst of this crisis.

Here is one very disturbing example:

In case the words in this image are blurry, here is the text of the Christmas greetings which the Franciscans International are offering you in their hideous little e-card:

In the context of the nativity, Luke tells us about the meeting between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth. The two women, both expecting a child, meet each other with attentiveness and sensitivity. At the opening of the Synod, Pope Francis asked us to approach the peoples of Pachamama Christmasthe Amazon on our ‘tiptoes’.

In this picture you see Mary, who we honor as the ‘new Eve’ or Mother of Life, together with Pachamama, who some indigenous peoples honor as the ‘earth mother’. Francis of Assisi too describes the earth as our mother in the Canticle.

Celebrating Christmas, I wish that we may approach God and each other on our ‘tiptoes’ so that we experience in these meetings the ‘real living’.

On behalf of Franciscans International,

Markus Heinze, OFM
Executive Director

 

 

Are all Franciscans bad?  Have they all openly embraced paganism and apostacy as this particular whack-job branch of the order has?  No, of course not!

But…just because they wear the Franciscan habit doesn’t mean that they are faithful sons of the saint from Assissi.  Just remember those scenes from the Amazon Synod where, back in October, we were treated to the sight of a Franciscan in full habit prostrating himself on the ground before an image of this pagan idol which has apparently captured the hearts and mind of our senior Church leadership.

As you write out your checks for various charities during this holy season of Advent, be careful.  Be discerning.

And…if by some odd circumstance, you’ve written a Christmas check to the Franciscans International…for goodness’ sake, stop payment on it!  

Devotional Catholicism is no longer enough. Just ask Mr. Dogma.

The Amazon Synod is proof positive that your Catholic faith is under attack.  During the course of this meeting of selected Church leadership–augmented by a powerful assortment of non-Catholic secularists, Marxists, globalists, and a couple of shamans thrown in for good measure–we treated to spectacle after spectacle.  Pagan dances around carved wooden images of an Earth goddess, canoe parades of that same goddess inside our most revered churches, nonsensical lay “Amazon workshops” taking place inside St. Maria in Transpontina, the participants arrayed in a circle with their backs to the Tabernacle, Franciscans in full habit bowing down before above-mentioned idols…the list seems nearly endless.

If the Synod were only about cheezy displays of low-rent paganism, it would be abomination enough.  But the real damage which the Amazon Synod is poised to inflict upon us all isn’t limited to just that.  Now that the participants have overwhelmingly passed proposals for married priests and female deacons, they will skulk off to dark corners and prepare a document for Pope Francis to sign which will–as some Modernist German prelate boasted–change the Church for ever.

How will you endure in the face of the growing crisis? Get yourself some dogma! Hank Igitur and Mr. Dogma himself have some recommendations for you…

 

What the..? Can ANYONE explain this to me with a positive spin?!

Can ANYONE explain this to me?  On the eve of the Amazon Synod, this happens…
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Pope Francis received James Martin, S.J., in a 30-minute private audience in the papal library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace this morning, Sept. 30, in what is seen here as a highly significant public statement of support and encouragement for this U.S. Jesuit.

Father Martin is well known as a public speaker, author and for his pastoral
ministry to L.G.B.T. people.

Full Article can be found in the magazine America published by (of course) the Jesuits. Seriously, readers: somebody explain to me how this is a good thing for our Catholic Faith?

An Urgent Request for Prayer & Fasting

Hopefully, the readers at CatholicCyber-Militia.com (all two dozen of you!) have been paying attention to the fact that this October there is going to be another synod going on.   This time it’s the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon. (That’s the full title; normally it’s just shortened to the “Amazon Synod.”)

And, if you’ve been paying attention, you know that some of the proposals being put forth in the working document (Instrumentum Laboris) of the synod are quite controversial.  Some have called them dangerous…or worse.

The concern for the impact which the Amazon Synod might have on our Church is significant enough that two leading prelates have issued an urgent prayer request.  Raymond Cardinal Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider have requested a “Crusade of Prayer and Fasting to Implore God that Error and Heresy do not pervert the coming Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon.”

plug-into-the-power-of-prayer-and-fastingCdl. Burke and Bp. Schneider lay down a detailed description of the prayer and fasting request, the reason for making the request, and provide an extensive summary of the grave concerns they have about the material in the working document.

An excerpt:

Various prelates and lay commentators, as well as lay institutions, have warned that the authors of the Instrumentum Laboris, issued by the secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, to serve as the basis for discussion in the coming Special Assembly for the Pan-Amazon, have inserted serious theological errors and heresies into the document.  

We invite Catholic clergy and laity to participate in a crusade of prayer and fasting to implore our Lord and Savior, through the intercession of His Virgin Mother, for the following intentions

  • That the theological errors and heresies inserted in the Instrumentum Laboris may not be approved during the synodal assembly; 
  • That particularly Pope Francis, in the exercise of the Petrine ministry, may confirm his brethren in the faith by an unambiguous rejection of the errors of the Instrumentum Laboris and that he may not consent to the abolition of priestly celibacy in the Latin Church by introducing the praxis of the ordination of married men, the so-called “viri probati”, to the Holy Priesthood. 

We propose a forty-day crusade of prayer and fasting to begin on September 17 and end on October 26, 2019, the day before the conclusion of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the PanAmazon. Anyone who first learns about the Crusade after the date of its beginning can naturally join the Crusade at any point.  

During the forty-day crusade of prayer and fasting, we propose to pray daily at least one decade of the Holy Rosary and to fast once a week for the above mentioned intentions. According to the tradition of the Church, fasting consists in eating only one full meal during the day, and additionally, one may eat up to two smaller meals. Fasting on bread and water is also recommended to those who are able to do so.  

It is our duty to make the faithful aware of some of the main errors that are being spread through the Instrumentum Laboris. By way of premise, it must be observed that the document is long and is marked by a language which is not clear in its meaning, especially in what regards the deposit of faith (depositum fidei). Among the principal errors, we especially note the following… 

The letter in its entirety can be found here:  Crusade of Prayer and Fasting to Implore God that Error and Heresy do not pervert the coming Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon or at the following link:

http://www.ncregister.com/images/uploads/BurkeSchneider.pdf

Cardinal Sarah on Priestly Celibacy

Since the issue of priestly celibacy is going to be one of the “hot button” topics addressed at the upcoming Synod on the Amazon, it might be informative to hear what a prominent African prelate has to say on the matter.

Robert Cardinal Sarah

What Cardinal Sarah has to say on the topic of priestly celibacy is certainly worth hearing…but will he be heard at the Amazon Synod?

Here are some excerpts from address given by Robert Cardinal Sarah at Église Saint  François-Xavier in Paris, May 25, 2019, just hours after he visited the Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris following the catastrophic fire which nearly destroyed it. The link to the entire article can be found at the bottom.

I often hear it said that priestly celibacy is only a question of historical discipline. I firmly believe that this is false. As we said above, celibacy reveals the very essence of Christian priesthood, namely the perfect configuration and total identification of the priest with Christ, High Priest of the New Covenant and of the good things to come (Heb 9:11). In this sense, the priest is not only an alter Christus, another Christ, he is truly ipse Christus, Christ himself. By the Eucharistic consecration, he is totally configured to Christ, he is so to speak “transubstantiated,” transformed, changed into Christ. And because Christ and the Apostles lived in perfect chastity and celibacy as a sign of their total and absolute gift to the Father, it is thus fundamental today as well to see celibacy as a vital necessity for the Church. To speak of it as a secondary reality is hurtful to all the priests of the world!

I am deeply persuaded that the relativization of the law of priestly celibacy will reduce the priesthood to a simple function. But priesthood is not a function but a state. To be a priest is not first and foremost to do something, but to be something. It is to be Christ; it is to be the extension of the presence of Christ among men. Christ is truly the Church’s spouse. He loved the Church and gave himself up for her “in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish” (Ep 5:25-27). The priest for his part gives himself as Christ was given for the whole Church. Celibacy manifests this gift, and is its concrete and vital sign. Celibacy is the seal of the Cross on our priestly life! It is the cry of the  priestly soul proclaiming its love for the Father and its total gift of self to the Church!

The desire to relativize celibacy leads to scorning this radical gift that so many faithful priests have lived since the day of their ordination. I want to shout with so many of my fellow priests my profound suffering in the face of this scorn for priestly celibacy! Of course, there can be weakness in this domain. But he who falls rises immediately and pursues his way following Christ with more fidelity and determination.

Read the entire article here–> https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2019/06/21/cardinal-sarah-we-must-rebuild-the-cathedral-we-do-not-need-to-invent-a-new-church/

 

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