Catholic Monitor

Friday, June 17, 2016

If Pope Francis was President Reagan would the Media be Reporting Signs of Dementia?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Amoris Laetitia was Copy and Paste of Anti- Pope John Paul II Decade Old Tract that may Counter Defined Catholic Doctrine

On May 25, the Catholic Herald said new "revelations suggest that some of Amoris’s most contentious paragraphs – relating to “situations of sin” and “mitigating factors” – had their origin in Archbishop Fernández’s articles, which gave a critique of John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor."

The Pope’s intimate friend and ghostwriter Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernandez it is evident did "cut and paste" from his ten year old anti-John Paul II tracts which made up some of the most controversial parts of the papal document according to a May 25 article of The Spectator.

Francis' friend, The Spectator said, is seen as "a joke figure" in terms of his reputation as a theologian who wrote a silly book called “Heal me with your mouth. The art of kissing.”

All these revelations came from Vatican expert Sandro Magister's blog. Magister said Pope John Paul II condemned the situational ethics of "theologians" like Fernandez in his important and magisterial encyclical ‘Veritatis Splendor.’ [ http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1351303?eng=y&refresh_ce ]

The Vatican expert in the article showed how intimate a friend then Archbishop Bergoglio and the future pope was to his protege:

"Partly on account of those two articles, the congregation for Catholic education blocked the candidacy of Fernández as rector of the Universidad Católica Argentina, only to have to give in later, in 2009, to then-archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who fought tooth and nail to clear the way for the promotion of his protege."

The Catholic Herald quoted a passage from Fernandez's situational ethics articles which were "consciously echoed" in Amoris Laetitia’s paragraph 301:

“A subject may know full well the rule, yet have great difficulty in understanding ‘its inherent values’, or be in a concrete situation which does not allow him or her to act differently and decide otherwise without further sin.”

This passage according to the Catholic Herald may be directly counter to defined Catholic doctrine:

"This paragraph of the exhortation has been criticised by theologians including E Christian Brugger, who argued that it apparently goes against Church teaching: 'This seems to contradict the defined doctrine in Trent on Justification, canon 18: 'If any one says the commandments of God are impossible to keep, even by a person who is justified and constituted in grace: let him be anathema.'”

It is a very big and scary thing if the following is true:

Moral Theologian Dr. E Christian Brugger, on April 22, wrote Amoris Leatitia in 301 is "inconsistent with the teaching of Trent on grace."

Brugger then writes that it appears that Canon 18 of Trent, which is infallible doctrine, gives an anathema to Pope Francis' 301 teaching on grace.

A published writer friend of mine who has studied Thomas Aquinas told me:

"A.L. has in fact done something much more serious: It denied the entire concept of what it means to possess Catholic charity, sanctifying grace, and justification. If this isn't seen and loudly and forcefully condemned, all the rest will follow, just as it did in Lurtherism and all of Protestantism."

To put it mildly, if the above is true then A.L. 301 is the greatest material error ever written by a Pope or in this case a pope's ghostwriter.

The material error of Pope John XII of the Middle Ages will be considered a minor footnote next to Pope Francis' 301 if Dr Brugger and my friend are right.

     



Sunday, May 22, 2016

Does Fatima Controversy Disclose Francis' Vatican Press Office is Less Trusted than the Old USSR Pravda?

Why is Francis' Vatican Press Office less trusted than Pravda by many middle of the road faithful orthodox Catholics?

Why the panic-attack denial from the Vatican Press Office just because the Fatima message supposedly said the apostasy in the Church will start at the very top?

These comments comes from Fr. Z's blog which bends over backwards to be fair to Pope Francis, but does call a spade a spade.

These commenters are generally intelligent and well read Catholics. They are not radical traditionalist. Fr. Z is very heavy handed in deleting Rad Trads as they are called.

You'll find the same type of  comments by many middle of the road faithful orthodox Catholics on The Catholic Thing (TCT). One of the revealing comments on faithful Catholics distrust of the present man in St. Peter's office on TCT was something like don't worry, pray and don't listen to Pope Francis.

Cornelius says:

I don’t understand all the focus on the Fatima message. Yes, purportedly the BVM said the apostasy in the Church will start at the very top. But that’s obvious isn’t it? It happening before our eyes. AL seeks to justify/rationalize a permanent state of adultery – if this isn’t the most flagrant rejection of divine truth then I don’t know what is.


johnthemad says:

I have no idea whether the entire message of Our Lady at Fatima has been published or not. Nor am I one to spend much time fretting over it. Working in government for many years I can say, however, that the statement of the Vatican Press Office reads like political spin, intended to convey a certain message without explicitly stating the facts by selectively telling the truth.
The Vatican has a major problem on its hands as many of the faithful do not trust statements emerging from that source. The lack of trust appears to be well earned in this pontificate. It is a self-inflicted wound.
 
DJAR says:
padredana says: I hope those who were spreading the lies which lead the Pope Emeritus to clarify things will make public retractions.
Father Dollinger has now publicly reiterated that Cardinal Ratzinger did indeed tell him what he initially claimed he said.
 
  1. Benedict Joseph says:
There are other matters for which we hunger to hear Pope Benedict insights. While not wishing to diminish the gravity of the Third Secret of Fatima – the message of Our Lady of Fatima is something I treasure — there are still other serious issues for which we would most grateful to hear Pope Benedict’s comments and clarifications. Surely this is in the awareness of Benedict and his circle, and in the awareness of the inhabitants of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Just what prioritizes this blip on the screen of contemporary Catholic discussion?
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  2. BarefootPilgrim says:
    Is that what BXVI really said, or is it what the Holy See Press Office says he said?

  1. Tricia says:
    I think it’s impossible to know what Pope Benedict did or did not say because it gets filtered through the Press Office, and we all know there are wolves in the Vatican.

  1. BarefootPilgrim says:
    B16 asked us to pray for him (2005), that he wouldn’t flee for fear of the wolves. They seem to have multiplied since then.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Are Pope Francis' Teachings Not Based on Catholic Doctrine Founded on Divine Revelation?

Vatican expert Sandro Magister, on his Chiesa website May 19, allowed Fr. Giovanni Scalese, former professor of philosophy and rector at the Collegio alla Querce in Florence to explain Pope Francis thinking in the article "The four postulates of Pope Francis."

Magister's overviews of it says:

"Scalese observes among other things that by virtue of these historicist, Hegelian-tinged postulates, Pope Francis continuously argues against the abstractness of “doctrine,” contrasting it with a “reality” to which one must adapt.

As if forgetting that reality, if it is not illuminated, guided, ordered by a doctrine, 'risks turning into chaos.'”

The article by former professor of philosophy says the postulates of Pope Francis’ thought are:

"- time is greater than space;
- unity prevails over conflict
- realities are more important than ideas
- the whole is greater than the part.

"In 'Evangelii Gaudium' 221, Francis calls them “principles.” Personally I maintain instead that they can be considered 'postulates,' a term that in the Zingarelli dictionary of the Italian language designates a 'proposition devoid of evidence and not demonstrated but all the same admitted as true in that it is necessary for founding a procedure or demonstration.'”

The problem with Francis' thinking is that he allows his own abstract personal ideas to be his dogmas while over and over again arguing against the abstractness of “dogmas” and "dogmatic morals" which he contrasts with what he calls “reality”

According to Scalese, Francis thinking is not based on "Catholic doctrine founded on divine revelation", but his own abstract personal ideas that appear to be founded on "Hegelian-tinged postulates."

As G K Chesterton said those who claim not to have dogmas are ignorant of their own dogmas. He said all humans have dogmas. Only turnips don't have dogmas.

It appears Francis' "Hegelian-tinged postulates" are his dogmas and how he bases seeing "reality."

We need to pray, if this is true, that the Pope will start seeing reality with Catholic doctrine founded on divine revelation.

The former professor of philosophy ends his article with the following conclusions:

"'Another observation that could be made at the end of this reflection is that the presentation of these four postulates demonstrates that, in human action, it is inevitable to allow oneself to be led by some principles that are abstract by their nature. It is therefore useless to polemicize about the abstractness of 'doctrine,' opposing to it a “reality” to which one should simply adapt. Reality, if it is not illuminated, guided, ordered by some principles, risks turning into chaos.

"The problem is: which principles? It is genuinely not clear why the four postulates that we have considered should be able to legitimately orient the development of social coexistence and the construction of a people, while the same legitimacy may not be extended to other principles, which are continually confronted with their abstractness and their at least potentially ideological character.

"That Christian doctrine runs the risk of becoming ideology cannot be denied. But the same risk is run by any other principle, including the four postulates of 'Evangelii Gaudium'; with the difference that these are the result of human reflection, while Catholic doctrine is founded on divine revelation.

"May that not happen today which happened to Marx, who, while he taxed with ideology the thinkers who had preceded him, did not realize that he was elaborating one of the most ruinous ideologies of history."

 Click to view Fr. Giovanni Scalese's"The four postulates of Pope Francis" article:

 http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1351301?eng=y

Will a Council Anathema Pope Francis as Pope Honorius I was by the Third Council of Constantinople in 680?

Amoris Laetitia in it's ambiguity parallels that of Pope Honorius I's document which was not issued in a manner of a dogmatic (ex cathedra) teaching.

As Pope Francis did with ambiguity on Kasper's errors, Honorius allowed the Monothelitism heresy to confuse and spread by not clearly teaching Christ had both a divine will and a human will. The heretics taught Jesus has only one will, the divine will.

Kasper's heresy teaches that those in adulterous second marriages who are committing mortal sin can commit the sacrilege of receiving Holy Communion.

Honorius was anathematized by name along with the Monothelites by the Third Council of Constantinople in 680:

"And with these we define that there shall be expelled from the holy Church of God and anathematized Honorius who was some time Pope of Old Rome, because of what we found written by him to [Patriarch] Sergius, that in all respects he followed his view and confirmed his impious doctrines." .... "To Theodore of Pharan, the heretic, anathema! To Sergius, the heretic, anathema! To Cyrus, the heretic, anathema! To Honorius, the heretic, anathema! To Pyrrhus, the heretic, anathema!"

The condemnation was confirmed by Pope Leo II .

The New Catholic Encyclopedia says:

"It is in this sense of guilty negligence that the papacy ratified the condemnation of Honorius."

Will Francis like Honorius be condemned not for teaching a heresy ex cathedra, but for permitting error alongside orthodox teachings.

Will Francis be anathematized by name along with the Kasperites by the First Fatima Council of  2017?

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    Friday, May 13, 2016

    What Can We do to Stop Crisis Created by Amoris Laetitia?


    We now know that Emeritus Pope Benedict's intimate friend Cardinal Muller's attempt to take control of the narrative of Amoris Laetitia, which is that it and the Pope can't change the Divine Law on divorced and remarried receiving Holy Communion, appears to be failing.

    Unfortunately, he was and is being blacked out by the Vatican according to Vatican expert Sandro Magister.

    The strategy of the Vatican news and worldwide news apparatus is to ignore him and other faithful Catholic leaders like Bishop Schneider and Robert Speamann.

    On the positive side, we mustn't forget that even Francis' intimate associate Archbishop Fernandez admitted that the majority of the cardinals, who are figuratively in hiding, don't like what the Pope is doing and probably wouldn't reelect him.

    But, they appear to be afraid of being Burked to Catholic Siberia.

    They are in hiding like the Apostles were after Jesus' resurrection and ascension into heaven.

    What can we do?

    Remember, the Apostles after they prayed nine days with Mary, Mother of the Church, got the actual graces to face death fearlessly. 

    I'm going to begin a simple novena to Mary under her title of Our Lady of Fatima starting today.

    This novena is prayed to call on her spouse the Holy Spirit to send actual graces to all faithful bishops and Catholics to pray and then to be fearless in whichever way God calls them to act in the crisis caused by Amoris Laetitia.

    I ask everyone who reads this to pray one Hail Mary for nine days for these intentions.

    Pope Francis' Vatican Blacks Out Cardinal Müller's Orthodox Narrative of Amoris Laetitia


          
    At the Chiesa website on May 11, Vatican expert Sandro Magister showed that  Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller, former bishop of Regensburg, editor of Joseph Ratzinger’s opera omnia, and since 2012 prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith was blacked out by Pope Francis' Vatican news establishment:

    "But the crucial element of the entire talk is its doctrinal and theological architecture. The cardinal says:

    '"The basic principle is that no one can truly desire a sacrament, that of the Eucharist, without also desiring to live in accord with the other sacraments, including that of marriage. [. . .] Changing the discipline on this concrete point, admitting a contradiction between the Eucharist and marriage, would necessarily mean changing the profession of faith of the Church, which teaches and realizes the harmony among all the sacraments, just as she has received it from Jesus. On this faith in indissoluble marriage, not as distant ideal but as concrete reality, the blood of martyrs has been shed.'

    "It is striking that Cardinal Müller should have given a talk of such significance not in Rome but in Spain, and without getting any publicity in particular. 'L'Osservatore Romano' ignored it completely.

    "Because in practical terms its impact is minimal. Just as the role of prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith has now become marginal and irrelevant.

    "With Francis, in fact, the form of the papal magisterium has changed.

    "The perfectly clear “Humanae Vitae” of Paul VI was capsized by the haziness of dissenting bishops and cardinals.

    "While instead 'Amoris Laetitia' is victorious precisely thanks to its calculated vagueness. Because what has gotten through to all levels of the Church as also to public opinion is not what is written there in clear letters, but only what is left for intuition."
     
     
     

    Pope's Close Advisor Says Francis Probably Wouldn't be Reelected

    On May 11, Maike Hickson at the onepeterfive website said on May 10, 2015, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera had published an interview with one of Pope Francis closest advisors Archbishop Victor Fernández.
    "In spite of his denial of a larger opposition against some of Pope Francis’ attempts to change the Church, Archbishop Fernández admits that, today, probably a Conclave would not re-elect Pope Francis. He said, when asked about a possible re-election: 'I don’t know, possibly not. But it happened.'  "Here we have it. The majority – and the majority of the public media! – are behind the pope. 'His opponents are weaker than what you think.' This is exactly what we are witnessing right now. Almost nobody reports on Cardinal Müller’s resistance."  
     
    Muller resistance was to take away the narrative of Amoris Laetitia from the German bishops and Francis' Kasperite associates in his statement that was blacked out.
     
    He clearly put everyone on notice, including the Pope and those close to Francis.They are misreading what Amoris Laetitia did and can do if they say it allows Holy Communion to the divorced and remarried. Muller said:
     
    "The Church has no power to change Divine Law. Not even a pope or council can change that."
     
    Put even more simply:
     
    Muller said no.
     
    Pope Francis you cannot allow Holy Communion to the divorced and remarried.Even you and a council together cannot change Divine Law and so even you and a council together cannot allow Holy Communion to the divorced and remarried.
     
    Pope Francis is a politician.
     
    He appears to fear schism so as Fr Z and Forte say he uses ambiguity. He fears Benedict coming out directly against Amoris Laetitia.
     
    Muller and Spaemann are Benedict's intimate friends.Is Benedict behind the chess moves of his friends?
     
    Francis, the politician, has to suppose it is likely.
     
    In chess and politics when in doubt do nothing and wait to see what develops.
     
    Pray for Muller, Benedict and all those heroes behind the scenes who are fighting by prayer and/or action for Divine Law and the Catholic Church which is Jesus' beloved bride.

     
     
     

    Sunday, May 08, 2016

    Is Pope Francis Backing the Kasperites?



    Both Fr Z and Pope Francis' chosen Special Secretary for the synods on marriage and family Archbishop Bruno Forte think that the Pope is backing the Kasperites.

    On May 3, the website Zonoalocale reported Forte quoting Francis saying:

    "If we speak explicitly about communion for the divorced and remarried you do not know the terrible mess we will make. So we won't speak plainly. In a way that the premises are there, then I will draw out the conclusions."(As reported on onepeterfive, translation from the Italian by Roberto Tommaso.)

    Fr Zuhlsdord on Apri 16 posted:

    "Pope Francis made it clear to everyone that he was backing the Kasper Proposal and Pope Francis knows how to use his absolute power!"

    In the "battle between the Kasperites and Catholics," Fr Z in the same post showed the ultimate battle:

    "The Trojan Horse " Forte "stealthily snuck into the Synod's Interim Report...of the 2014 Synod...was the moment when many of us knew that "homosexuality" was the bigger issue for the Kasperites."


    We must continue to pray for Muller, Spaemann, Benedict and everyone in this battle with the Kasperites.

    Is Francis' Greatest Fear that Benedict Move Against Amoris Laetitia?



    On May 6, the international Charlemagne Prize in Rome. The whole ceremony can be watched here. After the Rome Correspondent of the National Catholic Reporter, Joshua McElwee, tweeted out"that Pope Francis expresses a more open cordiality with Cardinal Kasper than with Cardinal Müller. Both of these cardinals sat in the first row close to the pope during the event."

    I'm glad to see Cardinal Muller sitting in the front row with Pope Francis.

    I think he got the message from Benedict's intimate friends Robert Spaemann and Muller that they were going to take control of the narrative of Amoris Laetitia not the German bishops.
    Francis is a politician.

    As Fr Z said he used ambiguity because he is afraid of schism, but wanted to see how far he can push the Kasperites agenda against the Catholics.

    We need to pray for Muller and Spaemann. They are in the eye of the storm or better still in a battle with the dragon.

    I suspect Benedict is behind the scenes on these chess moves.

    Francis' greatest fear is that Benedict directly moves against Amoris Laetitia.

    We need to pray for Benedict, too.

    Cardinal Müller States Pope Francis Can't and Didn't Change Divine Law on Divorced and Remarried Receiving Communion



    ChurchMilitant.com on May 5, 2016 reported "Cardinal Gerhard Müller is saying 'Amoris Laetitia' (AL) does not say divorced and remarried can receive Holy Communion."
    Muller Said:

    "Without going into details, it is enough to point out that this footnote refers to objective situations of sin in general, not to the specific case of civilly remarried divorcees. The situation of the latter has peculiar features which distinguishes it from other situations. The footnote does not apply to the previous discipline. The standard of "Familiaris Consortio" 84 and "Sacramentum Caritatis" 29 and their application in all cases is still valid."

    The Cardinal put those on notice, even some close to the Pope, that they are misreading what the document did and can do.

    The report said the Cardinal added:

     "At no point has Pope Francis called the arguments of his predecessors into question."
    Cardinal Müller reiterated the key point to the seminarians, "The Church has no power to change the Divine Law. Not even a pope or council can change that." He also lamented that it's a "misreading" of ALthat has resulted in such polemics.



                                     

     

    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    Pope Benedict's Top Inner Circle Philosopher States Francis' Amoris Laetitia Needs to be Corrected

     
    The foremost living Catholic philosopher Robert Spaemann, who belonged to Pope Benedict XVI's inner circle of thinkers, in an interview said: 

    Amoris Laetitia's paragraph 305, when read with its footnote 351, "directly contradicts paragraph 84 of John Paul II's letter Familiaris interview."

    On April 28, in this interview with the German Catholic News Agency, the philosopher stated:

    "Each individual cardinal,  as well as each bishop and each priest is called to preserve in his field of authority the Catholic Sacramental Order and to confess it publicly. If the Pope is not willing to make a correction, it is up to another pontificate to officially put things back into order. 

    The friend of Emeritus Pope Benedict  directly says Amoris Laetitia contradicts the continuous teachings of the Church. 

    Speamann, when asked if the Pope's document breaches the Church's traditional teachings, said:

    "It is clear to every thinking person, who knows the text that are important in this context, that there is a breach."

    Catholic author and former NewsMax journalist Fred Martinez said:

    "In this great crisis it is important that all Catholics pray and offers their Masses and ask Emeritus Pope Benedict, the cardinals and bishops to correct Pope Francis as the foremost living Catholic philosopher has asked."

    Pray for Bishops as Francis' Amoris Laetitia is Crucifying Jesus, the Truth, Again


    Jesus was sooooo tired of all this on the cross when He said: "My God, My God why have you forsaken me."

    As we hang on the cross with Jesus we can imitate Him in our deep worry for His Church and in all our sufferings.

    We trust the Father in the darkest darkness.

    Next, we join our suffering to Jesus crucified for all sinners especially ourselves.

    Finally, with our Savior who is Truth we speak the truth.

    Fr. John Hunwicke spoke it best:

    At the end of the Amoris laetitia press conference Cardinal Schoenborn was asked "whether there was anything in this new document which contradicted paragraph 84 of Familiares consortio. "
    Schoenborn" repudiated strongly" that there could be a contradiction and claimed Blessed Newman's doctrine development.

    According to Newman expert Hunwicke the Blessed's teaching is that "Catholic Doctrine had in the past developed while remaining true to type. "

    The Cardinal "by a neat conjuring trick, could present Change as Non-change...so if Amoris laetitia footnote 351 were to mean what many on both "sides" seem to assume, we would have now a truly lightning' development, ' all the way from X to Contra-X," said Fr. John.

    For me more worrisome than the denial of the law of contradiction or more simply the denial of plain truth, is the deafening silence of the successors of the Apostles.

    I pray that some bishops will join us simple laypeople and priests as we worry about contradictions from the teachings of Pope John Paul II.

    I pray they will they join us as we worry about euphemisms such as irregular for adultery and as we worry about methods such as repeating over and over again the word "mercy" while emptying it of it's Scriptural and theological meaning and worst of all of contradicting the plain words of our Lord Jesus' "warnings that divorce/ remarriage is adultery."

    I pray there are some bishops who will imitate St John the Apostle and will join us and Our Lady as we worry and are sorrowful as her Son, the Truth, is crucified, again.

    Please pray an Our Father, Hail Mary and St Michael the Archangel prayer for Pope Francis, for our beloved Church, for ourselves and that some bishops will imitate St John the Apostle.

    Vatican Experts Say Vatican Marginalizing Anti-Amoris Laetitia Prelates


    First they came for the Trade Unionist, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me- and there was no one to speak for me.(Niemoller)


    As Robert Royal said in the 2014 article "Pope Francis Needs New Friends":

    "He's clearly in a bubble" with Cardinals like the German Kasper who wants "God to repeal the Laws of Non-contradiction" and radicals like the Honduran Maraiaga who were leading Francis to "connect...global poverty-with a kind of conspiracy theory about arms sales and war is simply bizarre."

    The persons in the bubble around the Pope who wrote Amoris Laetitia either forgot to tell him about footnote 351 or maybe age has made him incapable of remembering even the most important parts of what others write for him that attempt to overturn the words of Jesus Christ and the infallible Church Doctrines because Francis said:

    "I don't remember the footnote." (Life Site News, April 18,2016)

    Whichever the case, as Dr. Spaemann said, the errors in Amoris Laetitia need to be corrected.

    Also, the bubble with the seeming nod of approval by Francis have begun what some call a method of operation that appears "quasi-revolutionary."

    Vatican experts Matteo Mattuzzi, Maike Hickson and Giuseppe Nardi say the bubble is marginalizing Orthodox prelates in what one calls "strategic moves.
    "
    They mention Cardinal Muller, Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur, Switerland and Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Perfect of the Congregation for Bishops as being minimized, overruled and ignored.

    Muller and Huonder as of April 21 are being publicly pressured and rebuked on the official German Bishops Conference website with explicit reference to Amoris Laetitia.

    We must give bishops and others Spaemann's interview.

    We must pray and offer our Masses that bishops and all the faithful Catholics especially those in the media and in positions of authority will have the actual graces to be courageous like Dr Speamann to correct Pope Francis.