History will not soon forget the stand which two latter day Maccabees took in defense of Holy Mother Church! Hank Igitur speculates on how history will remember the commando raid which shook the pagans of the Amazon Synod to their core…
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Imagine yourself as a child, and the following happens to you:
One day, a good friend of your father informs you that your father said he no longer loves your mother and wants a divorce. The friend then goes on to recount some of the things your father said about your mother to back up his claim.
You, of course are horrified at what you’ve heard, because this has turned your world upside down. These allegations by your father’s friend have shattered your sense of safety, and calls into question everything you believed about your parents. You refuse to believe it’s true. How could it be?! Surely your father’s friend is wrong!
Desperate for the truth, you want to hear reassurances from your father that this man is a liar and that your father and mother are still very much in love with each other. You want him to assure you that there is no threat of divorce looming, and that your family will remain loving and intact. You want to hear your father say that the man who told you those lies is no longer his friend.
But…you never receive those assurances from your Father.
Once your father learns of his friend’s conversation with you, he never actually says anything to you directly about this. Instead, he has one of his co-workers write you a little note saying that what your father’s friend told you wasn’t entirely accurate, that their conversation didn’t exactly go down that way, that the friend had a bit of a faulty memory.
Are you happy now? Everything A-OK and back to normal? Are you just as confident in your family’s well-being now as you were before that horrible man ever spoke to you in the first place? Are you assured that nothing is wrong?
Perhaps you are so desperate for things to remain stable in your family that you grasp at this terse explanation offered you by your father’s co-worker then shove the incident out of your memory, vowing to never even think of it again.
The actions of the father in our hypothetical story are deserving of severe criticism. What kind of father would fail to reassure his confused and hurting children after being assailed by such an incident?
Now, consider what our father in the Faith, Pope Francis, did to his spiritual children on October 9th, 2019:
A prominent Italian journalist who frequently interviews the pope for the Italian Journal La Republica said that Francis doesn’t believe that Jesus was God. In the article, Eugenio Scalfari says of Pope Francis “Those who, as it has happened many times with me, have had the luck of meeting him and speaking to him with the greatest cultural intimacy, know that pope Francis conceives Christ as Jesus of Nazareth, man, not God incarnate. Once incarnate, Jesus ceases to be a God and becomes a man until his death on the cross.” Scalfari went on to say, “When I had the chance of discussing these words, pope Francis told me: ‘They are proven proof that Jesus of Nazareth, once having become a man, was, though a man of exceptional virtues, not at all a God.'”
Any Catholic who denies that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully Man is engaging in the heresy of Arianism.
How did the pope respond to this alarming news splashed across the headlines? Faithful Catholics are (or should be) aghast at such an allegation. Christ’s Vicar saying that Christ wasn’t God while He was on earth? It’s disturbing that any priest should even hint at such a thing, but the Holy Father himself?!
And how did the Pope respond to this firestorm?
In the hours after the story broke, the press office for the Holy See attempted some damage control. It released a statement clarifying that Scalfari’s text is not an accurate representation of the pontiff’s words:
As has been affirmed on other occasions, the words that Dr. Eugenio Scalfari attributes between quotes to the Holy Father during his colloquies held with him cannot be considered as a faithful account of what was effectively said, but represent rather a personal and liberal [loose] interpretation of that which he heard, as appears entirely evident from what was written today concerning the divinity of Jesus Christ.
In other words, “What your father’s friend said isn’t exactly your father said about your mother.”
Pretty darn reassuring, huh?
If we can think of the Pope as our spiritual father on earth, we also think of the Church as our Mother. What Scalfari alleges calls into question the very foundation of our Faith. To say that Christ is not divine is to call Mother Church a liar.
Given the gravity of what has been alleged, do you not think it prudent—if not mandatory—that the Holy Father address this directly? Should he not immediately and without equivocation or the slightest hint of nuance declare that he believes that Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, is both fully God and fully Man, and that he remained fully God from the moment of He took on human flesh in Mary’s womb?
Why wouldn’t he say that? Why wouldn’t he make a positive affirmation of Faith rather than have some mealy-mouthed spokesman say, “Ummm, that’s not exactly the precise words the Holy Father said in his conversations with Scalfari…”
Given that this broke during the first week of the Amazon Synod, replete with its parading of pagan idols into our holy churches, the Pope’s actions this past week are disturbing indeed.
What are we, his children in faith, to make of this?
All the idol worship and pagan rituals taking place on the sacred grounds of the Vatican as part of that Amazin’ Amazon Synod are all abominations, of course. That much simply goes without saying.
Here, however, is a question which we at Catholic Cyber-Militia have not yet heard:
Why are these pagans so sleazy and low-rent?
I mean, if this is your big chance to do that “abomination of desolation”** thing in St. Peter’s Basilica, shouldn’t you be swinging for the fences? Instead, all we get is a blanket with some cheezy talismans, a couple of carved idols, and a bunch of aging white hippies shuffling alongside some indigenous types in what can only be described as pathetic and amateurish skits. We expect more from our pagans, as Hank Igitur explains…
** “When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand.” Matthew 24:15, Douay-Rheims Bible
Hey there, friends! I know you’re just counting the days until the infamous Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon kicks off in October. (If you’re not excited, then you simply haven’t been paying attention.)
This will be a game-changer for the Church. If you’re a “Modern Catholic” type, this will be the big break you’ve been waiting for: by approving lady deacons, married clergy, “eco theology,” and generally tapping into native pagan wisdom, we will accomplish many wonderful things:
- We’ll save the environment, and Mother Gaia will surely thank us for that.
- We’ll end the oppression of women because lady deacons will open the door for lady priestesses.
- Having elder married shamans saying Mass will allow them to impart ancient lost earth-wisdom on us. The Church has been off-track from the beginning, don’t you know, and a little mysterious Amazon spirit-healing is just what the (witch)doctor ordered!
Why, I can feel the Earth’s temperature starting to come down to pre-industrial levels just at the very thought of all the great things that will happen.
If, on the other hand, you’re one of those sad and schismatic rigid and hateful traditionalists, you are probably viewing the upcoming synod with trepidation. Do please be ashamed of yourselves for that. (And if you happen to be an American, then double shame on you! The Holy Father does, however consider your criticism a badge of honor.) But at least there are people pretty high up in the Vatican who are not afraid of schism; they’ve told us so.
Here’s a name you should know when it comes to the Amazin’ Amazon Synod: Leonardo Boff. An eco-theologian, Boff, likes to boast that Pope Francis used his material for Laudato Si. We suspect that Boff might have had a hand in the Amazon Synod’s working paper as well.
Now that we’ve gotten the preliminaries out of the way, we can move on to the good stuff:
Crisis Magazine has come up with a dandy list of Five ways YOU can prepare yourself for
the Amazon Synod. Do please consider going over to their website and read the article in its entirety. For those of you not really ready for another click of the mouse, however, here is part of the article for your consideration:
- Think of yourself as Earth. Love yourself as Earth.
Want to be able to say, with the indigenous peoples quoted in the synod’s Instrumentum Laboris, “We are water, air, earth, and life of the environment”? Just stop thinking of the Earth as an object—and start loving yourself as Earth.
“Love leads us to identify ever more with the Earth,” explains Boff. “We must think ourselves as Earth, feel ourselves as Earth, love ourselves as Earth. Earth is the great living subject feeling, loving, thinking and through us knowing that it thinks, loves, and feels.”
“Then we can be mountain, sea, air, road, tree, animal,” promises Boff.**
2. Learn about the “new world order” and the new “universal religion.”
To ensure the salvation of the planet, Boff proposes a bold “new world order” in which Earth is “Gaia” and all beings in nature—mountains, plants, the atmosphere—are citizens of a “sociocosmic democracy.” He suggests a “central government” to “manage matters having to do with all of humankind”—and a “universal religion” to attend it.
“The new paradigm that is coming to birth—that of connectedness—will be the basis of a universal religion that will only be truly universal if it seeks convergences in religious diversity,” explains Boff. He says the universal religion’s convergent “supreme value” will be the preservation of planet Earth.
Have you noticed how many times Laudato Si and the Amazon synod’s Instrumentum Laboris denounce forms of “anthropocentrism,” call for a “new paradigm,” and say “everything is connected”? These themes come straight from Boff—and they’re instigators of that “spiritual revolution.”
So could the ecological principles in Laudato Si and the Amazon synod be paving the way for a “surrender sooner or later” on the prohibition against contraception?
“If we accept as a fact that human presence and activity is harmful to the environment and puts the very survival of the planet at risk…we must sooner or later accept emergency measures to stop human activity, such as contraception,” says one critic of Laudato Si and the Amazon synod.
Boff, for his part, is fiercely critical of the “arrogant” anthropocentrism embodied in Gen. 1:28: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.”
“These texts present a clear call to limitless demographic growth and unrestricted dominium terrae,” he warns.
- Acknowledge that our species is the “true Satan of the Earth.”
“Our species is a threat to all other species; it is terribly aggressive and is proving to be a geocide, an ecocide, and a true Satan of the Earth,” warns Boff.
The eco-theologian chillingly predicts that “as a result of excess chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) and other polluting ingredients, the Earth-superorganism may be about to devise new adaptations, which will not necessarily be easy on the human species.”
“Gaia may eliminate [our species], very painfully, in order to allow the overall balance to remain and so that other species might live and continue the cosmic thrust of evolution,” says Boff. He wonders whether, after millions of years, new complex beings—“new ‘humans’” with a true devotion to Gaia—may replace our “arrogant” species.
- Recognize “the secret truth of religious polytheism” and the “permanent value” in animism.
What will the new universal religion look like? According to Boff, we need to recover “the aspect of truth in paganism, with its rich pantheon of divinities inhabiting all the spaces in nature.”
“To cure humankind of its polytheism, early Christianity subjected the faithful to a violent and harsh medication. With the existence of the gods denied, many doors of the soul were closed,” Boff laments.
Boff says we also need to recognize the “permanent value” in animism.
“We moderns are also animists to the extent that we…feel part of a living whole in which we are enveloped,” he explains. “Everything sends us a message; everything speaks or can speak: trees, colors, wind, animals, roads, persons, and household things.”
“Shamanism arises out of this interpretation of reality,” the eco-theologian continues. Shamans use “gestures, dances, and rites” to put “energies at the disposal of human beings as they seek balance with nature and with themselves.”
“All must awaken within themselves this shamanistic dimension,” Boff says.
Fortunately for Boff, the Instrumentum Laboris valorizes pagan rituals (n. 87), “dialogue with the spirits” (n. 75), connection with “the various spiritual forces” (n. 13), and indigenous “beliefs and rites regarding the actions of spirits, of the many-named divinity acting with and in the territory” (n. 25). The native peoples idolized by the Instrumentum Laboris “have been liberated from monotheism and have restored animism and polytheism,” as de Mattei puts it.
“Not even witchcraft is sidelined” in the Instrumentum Laboris, others note.
- Embrace ecofeminism and fight patriarchy.
It goes without saying that the new paradigm will deploy ecofeminism against all patriarchal oppression. Boff says ecofeminism’s merit lies in its development of a “new pattern for relating to nature”—“against rationalism, authoritarianism, compartmentalization, and the will to power, which are historic expressions of androcentrism and patriarchalism.”
“[In scripture] even God is presented as Father and absolute Lord. Female, especially maternal, characteristics of pre-neolithic deities, which tend to be matriarchal, are delegitimized,” laments Boff, who promotes female pronouns for God and women’s ordination in The Maternal Face of God and Ecclesiogenesis.
Hence the Amazon synod’s praise for “faith in the God Father-Mother Creator” (n. 121) and its agenda to approve a female diaconate.
Hence Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s description of a coming “‘Amazonian-Catholic’ sect” which “practices the adoration of nature and which will have a female priesthood.”
** If it’s all the same to you, Professor Boff, I’d prefer to remain a human created in the image of God. If, however, becoming an animal or road or whatever is mandatory after
the Amazon Synod, then please put me down for “raccoon.” At least that way I’d still have use of my hands, and the mask will conceal my identity.
You can find the entire article here: Five Ways to Prepare for the Amazon Synod
It’s definitely worth a read.
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.”
Cdl. 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.
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:
The upcoming Amazon Synod is going to be a big deal. That’s not just some hokey blogger going by the odd moniker “CCM” jabbering (though he is, most admittedly, prone to jabber). According to Katholische.de, the official website of the German Catholic Bishops, Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck, the ordinary of Germany’s Essen diocese, told reporters that the October Synod in Rome will lead to a “break” in the Church and that “nothing will be the same as it was.” Not all Germans are in agreement as to the benefits to be realized from the synod. As you might expect Gerhard Cardinal Mueller has a considerably different opinion.
Cardinal Mueller’s analysis (from a Catholic News Agency article dated 16 July 2019) is divided into three parts, which we’ll promulgate over the next couple of weeks. The full text of Cdl. Mueller’s remarks can be found here: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/full-text-of-cardinal-muellers-analysis-on-the-working-document-of-the-amazon-synod-78441
Part One: Methodology and Ambivalence
On the Concept of Revelation as presented in the Instrumentum Laboris for the Amazon Synod
Cardinal Gerhard Mueller
- On the method of the Instrumentum Laboris (IL)
Nobody would question the goodwill of all those involved in the preparation and implementation of the synod for the Church in the Amazon, nor their intention of doing everything possible to promote the Catholic Faith among the inhabitants of this vast region and its fascinating landscape.
The Amazon region is to serve for the Church and for the world “as a pars pro toto, as a paradigm, as a hope for the whole world.” (IL 37) The very wording of these terms of reference suggest the notion of an “integral” development of all of humankind at home on the one Earth, for which the Church now declares herself responsible. This notion appears again and again in the text of the Instrumentum Laboris (IL). The document is divided into three parts: 1) The Voice of the Amazon; 2) Integral Ecology: The Cry of the Earth and of the Poor; 3) A Prophetic Church in the Amazon: Challenges and Hope. These three parts are put forward following a pattern also applied in Liberation theology: Seeing the situation – judging in light of the Gospels – acting to achieve better living conditions.
- Ambivalently defined terms and goals
As is so often the case when texts are produced as a team effort, by groups of people with a similar mindset contributing, there are many tiresome redundancies. If one were strictly to take out all the repetitions, the text could easily be cut down to half the length or less.
The main problem however is not quantitative, is not the excessive length. Rather, it is the fact that the key terms are not clearly defined and then excessively deployed: what is meant by a synodal path, by integral development, what is meant by a Samaritan, missionary, synodal, open Church? By a Church reaching out, the Church of the Poor, the Church of the Amazon, and other such terms? Is this Church something different from the People of God, or is she to be understood merely as the hierarchy of Pope and Bishops, or is she a part of it, or does she stand on the opposite side of the people? Is the term People of God to be understood sociologically or theologically? Or is she not, rather, the community of faithful, who, together with their shepherds, are on the pilgrimage unto eternal life? Is it the bishops who should hear the cry of the people, or is it God Who, just as He once did it with Moses during Israel’s slavery in Egypt, now tells the successors of the Apostles to lead the faithful out of sin and apart from the godlessness of secularist naturalism and immanentism unto his salvation in God’s Word and in the Sacraments of the Church?
The traditional Latin Mass is really something special!
We “Traddies” know that. We love our Mass in the Extraordinary Form, and we are pretty sure that–aside perhaps from Susan from the Parish Council or other folk of a hopelessly Modernist mindset–any Catholic would see the special value the Latin Mass has…if they only would experience it first-hand a few times.
And many “regular” Catholics are investigating the Latin Mass first-hand! That’s great news. At my parish, we have first-time visitors joining us each and every week. This trend has picked up speed after the ignominious “Summer of Shame” broke last year, and as we slouch towards the imminent train wreck -called the “Amazon Synod” more and more Catholics will come to see the Traditional Latin Mass as an island of beauty and sanity in a world growing more dysfunctional by the minute.
When first-time visitors come to your traditional parish, how do you greet them? Most of the time, visitors are made to feel welcome. But there are other times…
Hank Igitur takes these “toxic Traddies” lurking in our midst to task in his latest video:
In an earlier video, CCM contributor Hank Igitur offered a startlingly effective solution to the priest shortage in the Amazon Basin. If the hierarchy adopted his revolutionary idea,** there might not even be a need to have the Amazon Synod in the first place!
Well, as you might imagine, there has been considerable feedback on this radical idea. In this latest video, Hank recaps some of the more interesting comments he’s received!
**The radical idea: send missionaries. I know! Crazy, right?
The committee of clerics and bureaucrats planning innovative solutions for the Amazon Synod might have overlooked one very obvious solution.
To see just what we’re talking about, check out this 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.