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OK, They Used the “H-Word.” Now What?

Red letters on black background which say "A Question of Heresy." Below that, yellow letters saying "Pray for Holy Mother Church"

They dropped the “H-Word” a few days ago.  It’s effect has been more like an H-bomb.

A group of prominent theologians and scholars (some of them priests) have issued a letter to all the bishops of the world outlining the case that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has committed multiple acts of formal heresy.

This is a big deal.  A terrifying deal.

Accusing Christ’s Vicar on Earth of heresy is one of those things that once said, is extremely difficult to retract.  The people who have done this have effectively ended their careers.  Think of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence:  in so doing, they all but put a British noose around their own necks.  Their signatures sealed their own death warrants.

No, I am not comparing this letter to the Declaration of Independence, nor am I comparing these theologians and scholars with the Founding Fathers of the American republic, so stop what you’re thinking.  What I am saying however, is that the signers of this twenty page letter have taken a step of the utmost gravity, which will have far-reaching consequences for them…and for us.

Back during the Cold War, a group of concerned scientists came up with something that became known as (among other things) the “Doomsday Clock.”  Whenever some incident between the Americans and Soviets served to increase tensions, the minute hand on clock (which was initially set sometime after 11:30 PM-ish) moved another minute closer to midnight, the idea being that once the clock reached midnight, WWIII would start and with it, of course, nuclear Armageddon.

If there is a “Schism Clock” counting down the minutes until a major disaster strikes the Roman Catholic Church, this letter surely must have moved the minute hand a notch or two.

The letter does not read like some sort of tinfoil hat manifesto; far from it.  The people who assembled it cited a series of specific incidents, documented them thoroughly, and provided excerpts from Church Councils, Holy Scripture, and other sources to demonstrate that each incident cited violated one or more critical aspects of Catholic Church teaching/dogma.

Can this document, in and of itself, convict a Roman Pontiff of heresy?  I’m not so sure.  It’s pretty much a given that the pope, being Christ’s Vicar and direct representative on Earth, is subject to the judgement of no man…only Almighty God Himself can sit in judgement of his actions.

And yet, these incidents–most of which I remember having been thoroughly amazed at when they transpired–do seem to directly contradict established Church teaching…or at least muddy them to the point where we laity are thoroughly confused.  A group of Cardinals asked Pope Francis to provide clarification (the famous Dubia of Cardinal Burke, et. al.) on some of the most troubling portions of his document Amoris Laetitia, but rather than providing the asked -for clarity, Francis made a point of completely ignoring them.  That tactic might have been considered a brilliant maneuver in the game of Vatican politics, but it didn’t do much to calm the brewing storm in the Church.  And that storm is reaching typhoon-intensity.

Correspondent Hank Igitur, the “Traditional Roamin’ Catholic,” shares his concerns in the following video, along with a set of recommended resources for those hoping to better understand the crisis which is upon us.

 

Pope Begs Sudanese for Peace

Pope Francis kisses the feet of a Sudanese peace delegate as a crowd looks on.

Every once in a while, we get a reminder of the tremendous potential of our current pontiff, Pope Francis.  CCM has been pretty forthright in its criticism of this man, but this video is quite touching and beautiful.  It depicts the Pope humbling himself before South Sudanese delegates at a peace conference.  He painfully drops to his knees, kisses their feet, while exhorting them to end the bloodshed which has plagued South Sudan for far too many years.

Despite what we may think of this man, let this video serve as a reminder of the power of his office.  Pope Francis still has the potential for being one of the truly great popes of these, the last days.  Shame on us if we fail to lift him up to our Lord and our Lady in daily prayer, despite how annoyed (furious, even) with each new troubling/outrageous development in this most troubling of pontificates.

Let us all renew our efforts in lifting up this man in earnest prayer before the Throne of Almighty God.  Let us pray for God to mold Pope Francis into the man God truly wants him to be!  Let us beg God for a transformation of the heart of Jorge Bergoglio, that he may repent of those acts displeasing to God and that he return to the true and authentic teachings of Holy Mother Church, those teachings passed down to us from the Apostles.  Let us pray that Pope Francis, along with the cadre of heterodox bishops and priests which surround him, abandon those false doctrines which have so beguiled them.  May they all be converted once more by the Holy Spirit, and lead our battered and wounded Church Militant back into the fray, once more fighting together under the banner of Christ the King.

Regardless of what you think of Pope Francis or the merits of his pontificate, he deserves our prayers.

Note:  The video used in this post originally appeared on the Rome Reports YouTube channel on 11 April 2019.

Did Pope Francis Wreck the Mass? No!

Three priests at altar performing New Mass. One has clown makeup.

The problems which plague the Catholic Church predate the rise of Bergoglio to the Chair of Peter by a generation at least.  Is the Latin Mass under threat?  Yes.  Is the Novus Ordo Mass beset with flaws and subject to all manner of abuse?  Yes.

Is it the fault of Pope Francis?  Nope.

Check out this very informative video by Michael J. Matt.  He lays out the problem very well…

Here’s the Gameplan for the February Bishops Meeting…

Chalkboard depicting a complex football play.

The Vatican is developed the bad habit of pre-engineering the outcomes of its synods.  There are never any surprises; the outcomes are pre-determined to a degree that would warm the hearts of any Soviet Party Congress.

It’s not really being called a synod now.  It’s billed as a meeting of the heads of the various bishops’ conferences…sort of a closed door meeting of all the power broker-type bishops.  Who knows?  We’re not sure it even matters who the cooks are; the results are going to be cooked.  That’s how they roll in this pontificate.

Based on statements from the Vatican and its most prominent cheerleaders, we can pretty much guess just what that outcome will be.  You can bet that they’re already rehearsing their end zone liturgical dance routines to celebrate the outcome.

But…just to be sure, we nabbed a copy of the Vatican playbook.  Watch the video…

What’s That Stang Thang?

Cartoon depiction of Vatican

Yeah, today’s Halloween.  It’s a special time of the year (except for the raccoons who come to visit me throughout the year; they show up each night expecting treats, and they’re always wearing masks, so every night of the year is Halloween for them, I guess…)

And apparently, even the folks in the Vatican are into dress-up this October.  During the Youth Synod, Pope Francis was seen walking around looking like he was preparing to play Quidditch.  His staff (called a Papal ferula) looked nothing like a traditional bishop’s crozier, and certainly nothing like the trademark Crucifix which adorned the top of St. John Paul II’s ferula.

Observers can be forgiven if they sensed some sort of Wiccan flavor to the staff he was carrying.  It looked far more like a stang of the type favored by those practiced in the dark arts than it resembled anything Christian.  “Not so!” we were assured by Vatican staff (the administrative sort of staff as opposed to the ceremonial walking stick sort of staff).  The new, avantgarde and oh-so-fashionable staff was a gift from “the youth.”  If you look closely (really, really closely) you can almost–if you squint just right–see what might look like a Y-shaped Crucifix.

Taking a shot or two of the local chianti might aid the identification process.

Not only are we laity having trouble with the funny-looking staff, the Papal staff is having trouble with the staff as well…

 

Francis, Chairman Mao, and King Henry VIII

It’s hard to keep up with all the moves being made during this pontificate.  Many of the pronouncements coming from the Vatican seem to be intentionally ambiguous, allowing for the faithful to fib to themselves that nothing’s changed, and allowing the less heterodox among us to exploit the carefully constructed loopholes in documents like Amoris Laetitia.  No doubt the end product of this month’s synod will produce whoppers of equal magnitude.

Then, of course, there are the outright moves of betrayal, such as the stunning agreement with the Red Chinese which effectively throws the Underground Church in China under the bus.

Even though many faithful Catholics are confused, perplexed, disturbed, and perhaps even outraged by the Pontiff’s moves, there are those whom we suspect would be quite pleased…

“I’m Viganò!”

Hand forming the "V for victory" sign. Next to it are the words "V is for Vigano"

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The hunt is on for the “renegade” Archbishop!  In the wake of his bombshell eleven page letter which named quite a few names, more than a few high-ranking prelates are ticked off.  According to some press reports, the Vatican is actively seeking the whereabouts of Abp. Viganò, and has dispatched agents to locate him.  Fearing for his life, Abp. Viganò has  gone into hiding.  From an undisclosed location, Viganò has written two additional letters.

Pray for Viganò’s safety during this time of crisis.  Pray that his allegations be investigated fully, and pray to Our Lady that our beloved Church will emerge from this present tribulation stronger and holier!

Liturgical Gimmickry

Balloon masses.

Clown masses.

Hootenanny/Rock Band/Jazz Band masses.

Liturgical dancing.

Not exactly the same image as the description of King David dancing before the Ark of the Covenant, is it?

And, unfortunately, guess who was presiding at the Mass?

Hey!  Liturgical “Innovators!”  Know what might be fun?  How ’bout doing a Mass where it is a supernatural event wherein God Himself is made present (Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity) among us?  And everyone actually behaves as if that’s really happening?  Wouldn’t that be a novelty?  Whadd’ya think?

Tango Mass2

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