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“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned!”

“We should be introducing — we were thinking — in the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against ecology, ecological sin against the common home, because it is our duty.” So said Pope Francis in an off-the-cuff remark to a gathering of prosecutors and criminologists in Rome on November 15th.

According to the much-respected (among Modernists, anyway) America Magazine:

Today’s throwaway culture, as well as other “psycho-social phenomenon” pose threats to the common good while insidiously promoting a “culture of hate,” he said. These threats, he added, often take the form of “symbols and actions that are typical of Nazism.”…

Chief among those crimes, he added, are acts that “can be considered as ‘ecocide’: the massive contamination of air, land and water resources, the large-scale destruction of flora and fauna, and any action capable of producing an ecological disaster or destroying an ecosystem.”

Pope Francis also called on the international community to recognize ecocide as a “fifth category of crime against peace.”

How about you, friend?  Are you a wretched sinner, guilty of transgressions against our common home?  Repent now, or you will face Mother Earth on the terrible Day of EcoJudgement.

The Pontifex Maximus is dead serious about these crimes against Holy Mother Earth.  Methinks Hank Igitur and Mr. Dogma are in BIG TROUBLE…

https://catholiccyber-militia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Environmental-Sinners.mov

Or…follow the link to see Hank’s environmental crimes on YouTube here:

 


Further Reading:

Pope Francis condemns ecological sins and Nazi-inspired rhetoric, Religion News Service

Pope Francis: Catechism will be updated to define ecological sins, America Magazine

Holy Souls Starter Kit

People surrounded by flames being aided by angels as two ranks of people look on.

During the month of November, let’s remember to pray for our dead.  “Holy Souls” is the term for those Christians who have died but are not yet in the full presence of God.  Due to sins and imperfections in life, they are undergoing a process of spiritual purification (a purgation).  Purgatory has often been compared to the process of refining precious metals.  Gold or silver are melted in a furnace, and impurities are burned away.  What’s left is a pure precious metal.

Praying for the Holy Souls to aid them in their time of suffering is a time-honored tradition in our Church (and indeed, before our Church!  In the Old Testament Book of Maccabees, we see prayers being offered for the dead there as well).

An alert reader (thanks, Scott!) has provided the Catholic Cyber-Militia with an excellent set of prayers for just this purpose!  We offer this list for your consideration.  If you see any prayers which touch your heart in a particular way, please take advantage of them.  In addition to benefiting the Holy Souls in Purgatory, it’ll doubtless do your soul some good as well!

Let’s all get started!



The De Profundis

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice. Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities: Lord, who shall abide it. For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness: and because of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord. My soul hath waited on His word: my soul hath hoped in the Lord. From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord. For with the Lord there is mercy: and with Him plenteous redemption. And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

( Indulgence of 100 Days)

A Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory

O most gentle Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on the souls of Thy departed servants. Be not severe in Thy judgments, but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames. And do Thou, O Merciful Savior, send Thy holy angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light, and peace. Amen.

Prayer for the Dead

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant unto the souls of Thy departed servants full remission of all their sins, that through the help of our pious supplications they may obtain that pardon they have always desired, Thou who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

  1. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
  2. May they rest in peace. Amen.R. And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Prayer for our Dear Departed

O Good Jesus, Whose loving Heart was ever troubled by the sorrows of others, look with pity on the souls of our dear ones in Purgatory. O Thou who didst “love Thine own,” hear our cry for mercy, and grant that those whom Thou hast called from our homes and hearts may soon enjoy everlasting rest in the home of Thy love in Heaven. Amen.

  1. Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord.R. And let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.

Prayer for Deceased Parents

O God, who hast commanded us to honor our father and our mother, in Thy mercy have pity on the souls of my father and mother, and forgive them their trespasses, and make me to see them again in the joy of everlasting brightness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

— The Roman Missal

Prayer to Jesus and Mary

O most loving Jesus, I humbly beseech Thee that Thou wouldst Thyself offer to Thine eternal Father, on behalf of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, Thy Most Precious Blood, which poured forth from the Sacred Wounds of Thine adorable Body, together with Thine agony and death. And do thou likewise, O sorrowful Virgin Mary, present unto the Heavenly Father, together with the dolorous passion of thy dear Son, Thine own sighs and tears, and all the sorrows thou didst suffer in His suffering, in order that, through the merits of the same, refreshment may be granted to the souls now suffering in the fiery torments of Purgatory, so that, being delivered from that painful prison, they may be clothed with glory in Heaven, there to sing the mercies of God for ever and ever. Amen.

Absolve, O Lord, the souls of all the faithful departed from every bond of sin, that by Thy gracious assistance they may deserve to escape the judgment of vengeance and enjoy the blessedness of everlasting light. Amen.

  1. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
  2. From the gates of Hell,R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
  3. May they rest in peace.R. Amen.
  4. O Lord, hear my prayer.R. And let my cry come to unto Thee.

Let us pray

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant unto the souls of Thy servants and handmaids the remission of all their sins, that through our devout supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired, Thou Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

Eternal rest, etc.

Prayer for the Poor Souls

My Jesus, by the sorrows Thou didst suffer in Thine agony in the Garden, in Thy scourging and crowning with thorns, on the way to Calvary, and in Thy crucifixion and death, have mercy on the souls in Purgatory, and especially those that are most forsaken; do Thou deliver them from the dire torments they endure; call them and admit them to Thy most sweet embrace in Paradise. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

  1. Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
  2. May the divine assistance remain always with us.R. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Prayer for the Poor Souls form the Canon of the Mass

Remember, O Lord, Thy servants and handmaids, N. and N., who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith and rest in the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and to all who rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of comfort, light, and peace. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer to God the Father

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ in satisfaction for my sins, in supplication for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and for the needs of the Holy Church. Amen.

Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great

O Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Soul in Purgatory and for sinners everywhere – for sinners in the Universal Church, for those in my own home and for those within my family. Amen.

 Prayer for the Holy Souls by Pope Pius IX

I adore You, oh Glorious Cross, Which was adorned with the Heart and the Body of my Savior, Jesus Christ, stained and covered with Blood. I adore You, oh Holy Cross out of love for Him, who is my Savior and my God.

(Pope Pius IX declared that reciting this prayer 5 times on Friday, will free 5 souls in purgatory, and 33 souls by reciting this prayer on Good Friday: This prayer should be recited before a crucifix with contrite heart and praying a few moments for the Poor Soul in Purgatory)

Novena for the Poor Souls in Purgatory

(Prayers from the Raccolta, 594-595)

Prayer to be said every day of the Novena

  1. O Lord, hear my prayer;R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant unto the souls of Thy servants and handmaids the remission of all their sins, that through our devout supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired, Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen. Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,

  1. R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
  2. May the divine assistance remain always with us.R. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Sunday

O Lord God Almighty, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in the Garden, deliver the souls in Purgatory, and especially that one which is the most forsaken of all, and bring it into Thy glory, where it may praise and bless Thee forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

  1. Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
  2. May the divine assistance remain always with us.R. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Monday

O Lord God Almighty, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in His cruel scourging, deliver the souls in Purgatory, and among them all, especially that soul which is nearest to its entrance into Thy glory, that it may soon begin to praise Thee and bless Thee forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

  1. Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
  2. May the divine assistance remain always with us.R. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Tuesday

O Lord God Almighty, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood of Thy divine Son Jesus that was shed in His bitter crowning with thorns, deliver the souls in Purgatory, and among them all, particularly that soul which is in the greatest need of our prayers, in order that it may not long be delayed in praising Thee in Thy glory and blessing Thee forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

  1. Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
  2. May the divine assistance remain always with us.R. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Wednesday

O Lord God Almighty, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood of Thy divine Son Jesus that was shed in the streets of Jerusalem, whilst He carried on His sacred shoulders the heavy burden of the Cross, deliver the souls in Purgatory, and especially that one which is richest in merits in Thy sight, so that, having attained the high place in glory to which it is destined, it may praise Thee triumphantly and bless Thee forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

  1. Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
  2. May the divine assistance remain always with us.R. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 Thursday

O Lord God Almighty, I beseech Thee by the Precious Body and Blood of Thy divine Son Jesus, which He Himself, on the night before His Passion, gave as meat and drink to His beloved Apostles and bequeathed to His holy Church to be the perpetual Sacrifice and life-giving nourishment of His faithful people, deliver the souls in Purgatory, but most of all, that soul which was most devoted to this Mystery of infinite love, in order that it may praise Thee therefore, together with Thy divine Son and the Holy ghost in thy glory forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

  1. Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
  2. May the divine assistance remain always with us.R. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Friday

O Lord God Almighty, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood which Jesus Thy divine Son did shed this day upon the tree of the Cross, especially from His sacred hands and feet, deliver the souls in Purgatory, and particularly that soul for whom I am most bound to pray, in order that I may not be the cause which hinders Thee from admitting it quickly to the possession of Thy glory, where it may praise Thee and bless Thee forevermore. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

  1. Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
  2. May the divine assistance remain always with us.R. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Saturday

O Lord God Almighty, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood which gushed forth from the sacred side of Thy divine Son Jesus in the presence of and to the great sorrow of His most holy Mother, deliver the souls in Purgatory, and among them all, especially that soul which has been most devout to this noble Lady, that it may come quickly into Thy glory, there to praise Thee in her, and her in Thee, through all the ages. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

  1. Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
  2. May the divine assistance remain always with us.R. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

A Short and Efficacious Prayer for the Faithful Departed

O Most compassionate Jesus, have mercy on the souls detained in Purgatory, for whose redemption Thou didst take upon Thyself our nature and endure a bitter death. Mercifully hear their sighs, look with pity upon the tears which they now shed before Thee, and by virtue of Thy Passion, release them from the pains due to their sins. O most merciful Jesus, let Thy Precious Blood reach down into Purgatory and refresh and revive the captive souls who suffer there. Stretch out to them Thy strong right hand, and bring them forth into the place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.

Prayer to the Poor Souls in Purgatory

O holy souls in Purgatory, thou art the certain heirs of Heaven. Thou art most dear to Jesus, as the trophies of His Precious Blood, and to Mary, Mother of Mercy. Obtain for me, through thy intercession, the grace to lead a holy life, to die a happy death, and to attain to the blessedness of eternity in Heaven.

Dear suffering souls, who long to be delivered in order to praise and glorify God in Heaven, by thy unfailing pity, help me in the needs which distress me at this time, particularly (here mention your request), so that I may obtain relief and assistance from God.

In gratitude for thy intercession, I offer to God on thy behalf the satisfactory merits of my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day (week, month, or whatever space of time you wish to designate.) Amen.

Litany for the Poor Souls in Purgatory

O Jesus, Thou suffered and died that all mankind might be saved and brought to eternal happiness. Hear our pleas for further mercy on the souls of:

My dear parents and grandparents, My Jesus Mercy

My brothers and sisters and other near relatives, My Jesus Mercy

My godparents and sponsors of Confirmation, My Jesus Mercy

My spiritual and temporal benefactors, etc.

My friends and neighbors,

All for whom love or duty bids me pray,

Those who have suffered disadvantage or harm through me,

Those whose release is near at hand,

Those who desire most to be united to Thee,

Those who endure the greatest sufferings,

Those whose release is most remote,

Those who are least remembered

Those who are most deserving on account of their services to the Church,

The rich, who are now the most destitute,

The mighty, who are now powerless,

The once spiritually blind, who now see their folly

The frivolous, who spent their time in idleness,

The poor who did not seek the treasures of heaven,

The tepid who devoted little time to prayer,

The indolent who neglected to perform good works,

Those of little faith, who neglected the frequent reception of the Sacraments,

The habitual sinners, who owe their salvation to a miracle of grace,

Parents who failed to watch over their children,

Superiors who were not solicitous for the salvation of those entrusted to them,

Those who strove for worldly riches and pleasures,

The worldly minded, who failed to use their wealth and talent for the service of God,

Those who witnessed the death of others, but would not think of their own,

Those who did not provide for the life hereafter,

Those whose sentence is severe because of the great things entrusted to them,

The popes, kings, and rulers,

The bishops and their counselors,

My teachers and spiritual advisors,

The priests and religious of the Catholics Church,

The defenders of the Holy Faith,

Those who died on the battlefield,

Those who fought for their country,

Those who were buried in the sea,

Those who died of apoplexy,

Those who died of heart attacks,

Those who suffered and died of cancer,

Those who died suddenly in accidents,

Those who died without the last rites of the Church,

Those who shall die within the next twenty-four hours,

My own poor soul when I shall have to appear before Thy judgment seat,

PRAYER

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them: For evermore with Thy Saints, because Thou art gracious.

P. The Lord be with you.

S. And with thy spirit.

May the prayer of Thy suppliant people, we beseech Thee, O Lord, benefit the souls of Thy departed servants and handmaids: that Thou mayest both deliver them from all their sins, and make them to be partakers of Thy redemption. Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine on them. Amen.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Litany for the Faithful Departed

  1. Lord, have mercy on us.R. Lord, have mercy on us.
  2. Christ, have mercy on us.R. Christ, have mercy on us.
  3. Lord, have mercy on us.R. Lord, have mercy on us.
  4. Christ, hear us.R. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed

God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed

Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed

Holy Mary, Pray for the souls of the faithful departed

Holy Mother of God, Pray for the souls of the faithful departedHoly Virgin of virgins, Pray for the souls of the faithful departed

St. Michael, Pray for the souls of the faithful departed

All ye angels and archangels, etc.

All ye orders of blessed spirits,

St. John the Baptist,St. Joseph,

All ye holy patriarchs and prophets,St. Peter,St. Paul,

St. John,

All ye holy apostles and evangelists,

St. Stephen,

St. Lawrence,

All ye holy martyrs,

St. Gregory,

St. Ambrose,

St. Augustine,

St. Jerome,

All ye holy bishops and confessors,

All ye holy doctors,

All ye holy priests and Levites,

All ye holy monks and hermits,

St, Mary Magdalen,

St. Catherine,

St. Barbara,

All ye holy virgins and widows,

All ye saints of God,

Be merciful, Spare them, O Lord
Be merciful, Graciously hear us, O Lord
From all evil, O Lord deliver them.

From Thy wrath, O Lord deliver them.From the rigor of Thy justice, O Lord deliver them.

From the power of the devil, O Lord deliver them.From the the gnawing worm of conscience, O Lord deliver them.

From long-enduring sorrow, etc.

From eternal flames,From intolerable cold,

From horrible darkness,

From dreadful weeping and wailing,Through Thine admirable conception,

Through Thy holy nativity,

Through Thy most sweet name,

Through Thy baptism and holy fasting,

Through Thy most profound humiliations,

Through Thy prompt obedience,

Through Thy infinite love,

Through Thy sorrow and anguish,

Through Thy bloody sweat,

Through Thy bonds,

Through Thy scourging,

Through Thy crowning with thorns,

Through Thy carrying of the cross,

Through Thy most cruel death,

Through Thy five most holy wounds,

Through Thy most bitter cross and passion,

Through Thy holy Resurrection,

Through Thine admirable Ascension,

Through the coming of the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete,

In the day of judgment,

We sinners, We beseech Thee, hear us Thou Who forgavest Magdalen, and didst hearken to the prayer of the thief, We beseech Thee, hear us Thou Who savest freely Thine elect, We beseech Thee, hear us

Thou Who hast the keys of death and hell, We beseech Thee, hear us

That Thou wouldst be pleased to deliver the souls of our parents, relations, friends, and benefactors, from the pains of hell, We beseech Thee, hear us

That Thou wouldst be pleased to have mercy on those of whom no special remembrance is made on earth, We beseech Thee, hear us

That Thou wouldst be pleased to grant them all the pardon and remission of their sins, We beseech Thee, hear us

That Thou wouldst be pleased to fulfill all their desires, We beseech Thee, hear us

That Thou wouldst be pleased to  receive them into the company of the blessed, We beseech Thee, hear us

King of awful majesty, We beseech Thee, hear us

Son of God, We beseech Thee, hear us

  1. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,R. grant unto them eternal rest.
  2. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,R. grant unto them eternal rest.
  3. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,R. grant unto them rest everlasting.
  4. Christ, hear us.R. Christ, graciously hear us.
  5. Lord, have mercy.R. Christ, have mercy.
  6. From the gate of hell,R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
  7. O Lord, hear my prayer.R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us Pray:

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant unto the souls of Thy servants departed the remission of all their sins; that, by pious supplications, they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired. Grant this, O God,

Who livest and reignest for ever and ever, Amen.

O Eternal God, Who, besides the general precept of charity, hast commanded a particular respect for parents, kindred, and benefactors; grant, we beseech Thee, that, as they were the instruments by which Thy providence bestowed on us our birth, education and innumerable other blessings, so our prayers may be the means to obtain for them a speedy release from their excessive sufferings, and free admittance to Thine infinite joys. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen

  1. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.R. And let the perpetual light shine upon them.V. May they rest in peace.R. Amen. 1

1 Indulgence of 300 days for the recital of these four ejaculations, only applicable to the souls in Purgatory.

The Heroic Act for the Poor Souls in Purgatory

A decree of the Sacred Congregation of Indulgences dated December 18, 1885, and confirmed the following day by Leo XIII, says:

The Heroic Act of Charity in favor of the souls detained in purgatory consists in this, that a member of the Church militant (Christifidelis), either using a set formula or simply by an act of his will, offers to God for the souls in purgatory all the satisfactory works which he will perform during his lifetime, and also all the suffrages which may accrue to him after his death. Many Christians devoted to the Blessed Vrgin Mary, acting on the advice of the Theatine Regular Cleric Father Gaspar Olider, of blessed memory, make it a practice to deposit the said merits and suffrages as it were into the hands of the Blessed Virgin that she may distribute these favors to the souls in purgatory according to her own merciful pleasure. Olider lived at the beginning of the eighteenth century.

The Heroic Act is often called a vow, yet it partakes more of the nature of an offering made to God and to Mary, and it is also, unlike a vow, revocable at will. This point has been decided by the S.C. Indulg., Feb. 20, 1907, in answer to a question from Chicoutimi in Canada. A special vow “never to revoke the Act” would probably be binding, because its subject matter is an act of the personal will of which man can freely dispose, whereas he has not the disposal of his satisfactory works in favor of the departed; that depends on God; for man it is only a matter of pious desire, and only in this sense a votum. It always remains doubtful to what extent God accepts the oblation, and it is certain that the holy souls altogether lack the power of accepting it. The practice of the Heroic Act is based on the communion of saints, in virtue of which the good deeds of one member of Christ’s body benefit all other members. Its meritoriousness results from the more intense charity (love of God and His suffering friends) which inspires it, and on which the intrinsic perfection of all our good deeds depends. Its heroicity arises from the willingness it involves to take upon one’s self the dreadful pains of purgatory for the love of one’s neighbor, although there remains the reasonable hope that God in His goodness, and the sainted souls in their gratitude, will not allow the punishment to be exacted to the full.

The Heroic Act has been enriched with numerous indulgences by Benedict XIII (1728), Pius VI (1788), and Pius IX (1852). Priests who make it receive the personal privilege of gaining a plenary indulgence for a soul of their choice each time they say Mass. Laymen gain a similar indulgence each time they receive Holy Communion, also each Monday they hear Mass for the departed; in both cases the usual conditions are required.

Words to a formal Act of Heroic Charity are as follows:

O Holy and Adorable Trinity, desiring to aid in the relief and release of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, through my devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, I cede and renounce, on behalf of these souls, all the satisfactory part of my works, and all the suffrages which may be given to me after my death. In their entirety, I offer them to Mary, the Most Holy Mother of God, that she may use them, according to her good pleasure, for those souls of the faithful departed whom she desires to alleviate their suffering. O my God, deign to accept and bless my offering which I make to Thee through the most august Queen of Heaven and Earth. Amen.

What if your father did this to you?

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?

Well..?

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.

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Pope Francis and Eugenio Scalfari: What is going on here?

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?

Why are the Vatican pagans so sleazy?

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

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?

5 Wacky Ways to Prepare for the Amazin’ Amazon Synod!

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

Pot and Spoon Guy

You don’t have to be technically crazy to think the Amazon Synod is a good idea…but it certainly helps.

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:

  1. 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.

Leonardo Boff

Professor Boff assures us that after the Pan-Amazon Synod, we’ll be free to “be mountain, sea, air, road, tree, animal.” Say! Isn’t that comforting?

“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.

  1. 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.”

Angry Gaia

It just won’t do to tick off Mother Gaia! Better just do what the Amazon Synod (and the UN) tells you!

“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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.”

Raccoon

This is me, the Catholic Cyber Militiaman, one week after the Amazon Synod, if Prof. Boff’s theological expectations are met. All in all, it’s not a bad look for me. I can work with this…


** 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

https://www.crisismagazine.com/2019/five-ways-to-prepare-for-the-amazon-synod

It’s definitely worth a read.

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

Discernment, Incarnation, and Inculturation…and Jungle Theology??

Part three of Gerhard Cardinal Müller’s On the Concept of Revelation as presented in the Instrumentum Laboris (IL) for the Amazon Synod

  1. The Difference between Incarnation of the Word and Inculturation itself as a Way of Evangelization

The “Theologia indigena and the eco-theology” (IL 98) is a brainchild of social romantics. Theology is the understanding (intellectus fidei) of God’s Revelation in His Word in the Faith-Profession of the Church, and not the continuously new mixture of world feelings and world views or religious-moral constellations of the cosmic feeling of all-in-one, the mixing of the feeling of one’s own self with the world (hen kai pan). Our natural world is the creation of a Personal God. Faith in the Christian sense is thus recognition of God in His Eternal Word which became Flesh; it is illumination in the Holy Spirit, so that we recognize God in Christ.  With the Faith, the supernatural virtues of hope and charity are communicated to us.  That is how we understand ourselves as children of God, who, through Christ, say to God in the Holy Spirit Abba, Father (Rom 8:15). We put our whole trust in Him, and He makes us His sons, who are free of the fear of the elementary forces of the world and of the demonic appearances, gods and spirits, which maliciously await us in the unpredictability of the material forces of the world.

The Incarnation is a unique event in history which God has freely determined in His universal will of salvation. It is not an inculturation, and the inculturation of the Church is not an incarnation (IL 7;19;29;108). It was not Irenaeus of Lyon, in his 5th book of Adversus haereses (IL 113), but Gregory of Nazianzus who formulated the principle: “quod non est assumptum non est sanatum – that, which has not been assumed, is not redeemed either.” (Ep. 101, 32) What is meant here was the completeness of human nature against Apollinaris of Laodicea (315-390) who thought that the Logos in the Incarnation only assumed a nature, without a human soul. That is why the following sentence is completely abstruse “Cultural diversity calls for a more robust incarnation in order to embrace different ways of life and cultures.” (IL 113)

The Incarnation is not the principle of secondary cultural adaptation, but concretely and primarily also the principle of salvation in the “Church as Sacrament of salvation of the world in Christ” (Lumen Gentium 1:48), in the Church’s Profession of Faith, in her Seven Sacraments, and in the episcopacy with the Pope at the head, in Apostolic succession.

Secondary rites from the traditions of the peoples can help to ingrain in culture the Sacraments, which are the means of salvation instituted by Christ. They may, however, not become independent, so that, for example suddenly marriage customs become more important than saying “I do” to the very Sacrament of Matrimony itself. The sacramental signs, as they have been instituted by Christ and the Apostles (word and material symbol), cannot be changed at any price. Baptism cannot be validly administered in any other way than in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and with natural water, and in the Eucharist, one may not replace with local food the bread made of wheat and the wine from the vine. That would not be inculturation, but an inadmissible interference with the will of Jesus as founder of the Church, and also would constitute a destruction of the unity of the Church at her sacramental center.

When inculturation here is referring to the secondary external celebration of divine worship and not to the Sacraments – which is ex opere operato, through the living Presence of Christ, the founder and true giver of Grace in these sacramental signs – then the following sentence is scandalous, or is at least thoughtless: “Without this inculturation the liturgy can be reduced to a ‘museum piece’ or ‘property of a select few.’” (IL 124)

God is not simply omnipresent and equally present in all religions, as if the Incarnation were merely a stereotypically Mediterranean phenomenon. In point of fact, God as Creator of the world is present as a whole and in each individual human heart (Acts 17:27seq) – even if the eyes of man are often blinded by sin, and his ears are deaf to God’s Love. But He comes by way of His Self-Revelation in the history of His chosen people Israel, and He comes very close to us ourselves in His Incarnate Word and in the Spirit which has been poured into our hearts. This self-communication of God as a Grace and life of each man is spread in the world by way of the Church’s proclamation of her life and her cult – that is to say, by way of the mission for this world according to the universal mandate of Christ.

But He already works with His helping and prevenient Grace also in the hearts of those men who do not yet know Him expressly and by name, so that, when they hear about Him in the Apostolic proclamation, they can identify Him as the Lord Jesus, in the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:3).

  1. The Criterion of Discernment: the Historical Self-Communication of God in Jesus Christ

What is missing in the IL is a clear witness to the self-communication of God in the verbum incarnatum, to the sacramentality of the Church, to the Sacraments as objective means of Grace instead of mere self-referential symbols, to the supernatural character of Grace, for which reason the integrity of man does not just consist in communion with biological nature, but in the Divine Sonship and in the grace-filled communion with the Holy Trinity and for which reasons eternal life is the reward for the conversion to God, the reconciliation with Him, and not only with the environment and our common world.

One cannot reduce the notion of integral development to merely mean the provision of material resources. For man receives his new integrity only by way of perfection in Grace. We receive it presently in Baptism, whereby we become a new creature and children of God, and one day in the Beatific Vision in the community of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit and in communion with His saints. (1 John 1:3; 3:1 seq).

Rather than proposing an obscure approach comprised of vague religiosity and a futile attempt to turn Christianity into a science of salvation by sacralizing the cosmos, nature’s biodiversity and ecology, one must turn to the very center and origin of our Faith: “In His goodness and wisdom God chose to reveal Himself and to make known to us the hidden purpose of His will by which through Christ, the Word made flesh, man might in the Holy Spirit have access to the Father and come to share in the divine nature.” (Dei Verbum 2)

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You can read Cdl. Müller’s remarks as reported by the Catholic News Agency in their entirety here:   https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/full-text-of-cardinal-muellers-analysis-on-the-working-document-of-the-amazon-synod-78441 

“Cosmovisions?” Was ist das??

History teaches us how destructive a rampaging column of German tanks can be.  We’re also learning how dangerously destructive a rampaging gruppe of heterodox German cardinals can be as they prepare a blitzkrieg against the Faith at the upcoming Synod on the Amazon.  (Just ask Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen.  He boasted to reporters that the October Amazon Synod in Rome will lead to a “break” in the Church and that “nothing will be the same as it was.”)  

Thanks be to God that we have men like Gerhart Cardinal Müller.**  He stands for the Faith, and against his fellow Rhinelanders when it comes to some of the more nonsensical provisions in the Instrumentum Laboris ( IL, or “working document”) they’ve prepared in advance of the Synod.  

Here is Part Two of a three part breakdown of Cdl. Müller’s remarks as reported by Catholic News Agency in July.

Part Two: Inverted Hermeneutics and “Cosmovisions”

Part two of Gerhard Cardinal Müller’s On the Concept of Revelation as presented in the Instrumentum Laboris for the Amazon Synod

  1. Upside-down Hermeneutics

Has the Church of Christ been put by her Founder, as though she was some kind of putty, into the hands of bishops and popes, so they may now – illuminated by the Holy Spirit – rebuild her, into an updated instrument with secular goals, too?

The structure of the text presents a radical U-turn from the hermeneutics of Catholic theology. The relationship between Holy Scripture and Apostolic Tradition on the one hand, and the Church’s Magisterium on the other, has been classically determined in such a way that Revelation is fully contained in Holy Scripture and Tradition, while it is the task of the Magisterium – united with the sense of the Faith of the whole People of God – to make authentic and infallible interpretations. Thus, Holy Scripture and Tradition are constitutive principles of knowledge for the Catholic Profession of Faith and its theological-academic reflection. The Magisterium, on the other hand, is merely active in an interpretative and regulative manner (Dei Verbum 8-10; 24).

In the case of the IL, however, the very opposite is the case. The whole line of thought revolves, in self-referential and circular ways, around the latest documents of Pope Francis’ Magisterium, furnished with a few references to John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Only little is quoted of Holy Scripture, and the Church Fathers barely at all, and then only in an illustrative manner, for the sake of supporting pre-formed convictions. Perhaps one wishes thereby to show a special loyalty to the Pope, or one thus believes oneself to be able to avoid the challenges of theological work when one constantly refers back to his well-known and often repeated keywords, which the authors call – in a pretty sloppy manner – “his mantra” (IL 25). This flattery is then being carried to its extreme when the authors also add – after declaring that “the active subjects of inculturation are the indigenous peoples themselves” (IL 122) – the following odd expression: “As Pope Francis has affirmed, ‘Grace supposes culture.’” As if he himself had discovered this axiom – which is of course a fundamental axiom of the Catholic Church herself.  In the original, it is Grace which presupposes Nature, just as Faith presupposes Reason (see Thomas Aquinas, S. th. I q.1 a.8).

Next to the confusing of the roles of Magisterium on the one side and of Holy Scripture on the other, the IL even goes so far as to claim that there are new sources of Revelation. IL 19 states: “Furthermore, we can say that the Amazon – or another indigenous or communal territory – is not only an ubi or a where (a geographical space), but also a quid or a what, a place of meaning for faith or the experience of God in history. Thus, territory is a theological place where faith is lived, and also a particular source of God’s revelation: epiphanic places where the reserve of life and wisdom for the planet is manifest, a life and wisdom that speaks of God.” If here a certain territory is being declared to be a “particular source of God’s Revelation,” then one has to state that this is a false teaching, inasmuch as for 2,000 years, the Catholic Church has infallibly taught that Holy Scripture and Apostolic Tradition are the only sources of Revelation and that no further Revelation can be added in the course of history. As Dei Verbum states, “we now await no further new public revelation” (4). Holy Scripture and Tradition are the only sources of Revelation, as Dei Verbum (7) explains: “This sacred tradition, therefore, and Sacred Scripture of both the Old and New Testaments are like a mirror in which the pilgrim Church on earth looks at God, from whom she has received everything, until she is brought finally to see Him as He is, face to face.” “Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture form one sacred deposit of the word of God, committed to the Church.” (Dei Verbum 10).

Besides these striking statements and references, the organization Rete Ecclesiale Panamazzonica (REPAM) – which has been tasked with the preparation of the IL and which was founded for that very reason in 2014 – as well as their authors of the so-called Theologia india [Indian Theology] mostly quote themselves.

It is a closed group of absolutely like-minded people, as can easily be gleaned from the list of participants at pre-synodal meetings in Washington and Rome, and it includes a disproportionately large number of mostly German-speaking Europeans.

This group is immune to serious objections, because such objections could only be based on monolithic doctrinalism and dogmatism, or ritualism (IL 38; 110; 138), as well as on clericalism incapable of dialogue (IL 110), and on the rigid way of thinking of the pharisees and on the pride of reason of the scribes. To argue with such people would just be a loss of time and a wasted effort.

Not all of them have direct experience with South America, and are only invited because they toe the official line and determine the agenda at the synodal process of the German bishops’ conference and the Central Committee of German Catholics currently underway (i.e. abolishing celibacy, [ordaining] women to the priesthood and promoting them to key positions of power so as to tackle clericalism and fundamentalism, conforming Catholic sexual morality to gender ideology and an appreciation for homosexual practices) that is simultaneously taking place.

I myself have been active in the pastoral and theological field in Peru and other countries for 15 consecutive years, always for two to three months on end. It was mainly in South American parishes and seminaries, and thus I do not now judge with a purely Eurocentric perspective, as some would like to tell me in a reproachful manner.

Every Catholic will agree with one important intention of the IL, namely that the peoples of the Amazon may not remain the object of colonialism and neo-colonialism, the object of forces solely dedicated to profit and power at the expense of the happiness and dignity of other people. It is clear in Church, society, and state that the people who are living there – especially our Catholic brothers and sisters – are equal and free agents in their lives and work, their Faith and their morality, and this in our common responsibility before God. But how can this be achieved?

  1. The Point of Departure is God’s Revelation in Christ Jesus

Without doubt, the proclamation of the Gospel is a dialogue which corresponds to the Word (=Logos) of God addressed to us – as well as our response to it by the free gift of obedience to the Faith (cf. Dei Verbum 5). Because this mission comes from Christ the God-Man and because He passed His Mission on from the Father onto His Apostles, the seeming tensions between a dogmatic approach “from above” versus a pedagogical-pastoral approach “from below” are rendered pointless, unless one were to reject the “divine-human-principle of pastoral ministry” (Franz Xaver Arnold).

However it is man to whom Jesus addresses the universal missionary mandate (Matthew 28:19), “the universal and sole mediator of salvation between God and all mankind” (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Tim 2:4 seq.), and man can reflect, by way of reason, upon the meaning of life, from birth to death, a life shaken by the existential crises of human existence, and he sets in life and death his hope in God, the origin and goal of all being.

A cosmovision with its myths and the ritual magic of Mother “Nature,” or its sacrifices to “gods” and spirits which scare the wits out of us, or lure us on with false promises, cannot be an adequate approach for the coming of the Triune God in His Word and His Holy Spirit. Much less can the approach be a scientific-positivistic worldview of a liberal bourgeoisie which accepts from Christianity only a comfortable remnant of moral values and civil-religious rituals.

In all seriousness, in the formation of future pastors and theologians, shall the knowledge of classical and modern philosophy, of the Church Fathers, of modern theology, of the Councils now be replaced with the Amazonian cosmovision and the wisdom of the ancestors with their myths and rituals?

Should the expression “cosmovision” merely mean that all created things are interdependent, it would be a mere commonplace. Due to the substantial unity of body and soul, man stands at the intersection of the fabric of spirit and matter. But the contemplation of the cosmos is only the occasion for the glorification of God and His wonderful work in nature and history. The cosmos, however, is not to be adored like God, but only the Creator Himself. We do not fall on our knees before the enormous power of nature and before “all kingdoms of the world and their splendor” (Matthew 4:8), but only before God, “for it is written, the Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and Him only shalt thou serve.” (Matthew 4:10) It is thus that Jesus rejected the diabolical seducer in the desert.

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The full text of Cdl. Müller’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 

**Editor’s Note:  You’ll see the good Cardinal’s name spelled both as “Mueller” and “Müller.”  In this article, we’ve gone with the umlauts.  You just can’t get enough umlauts when you’re talking about Germans, ist das nicht wahr?  🙂  

 

 

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