Saturday, May 28, 2016

Anathema: Francis's Amoris Laetitia and Argentine Letter by Infallible Doctrine of Council of Trent

-Updated June 16, 2017-

Amoris Laetitia and Pope Francis's letter which approves the Argentine norms as the only interpretation of that papal document is teaching false doctrine and condemned by the Council of Trent.

Trent teaches defined infallible Catholic doctrine that can't be changed by papal prudential statement documents or letters.

This week it is reported that the papal letter is cited by Argentine Bishop Macin as the order of the Pope to give Communion to 30 it appears unrepentant adulterous couples since no mention was made of them living as bother and sister.

Francis's prudential teachings are directly counter to an encyclical of Pope John Paul II.

Also, according to leading Catholic theologians including Dr. E. Christian Brugger, the Council of Trent appears to give this teachings of Pope Francis, and his intimate friend who wrote important parts of the document, an anathema.

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 evidence shows that the Pope’s intimate friend and ghostwriter Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernandez did a "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.'”

First Things, in "Francis's Argentine Letter And The Proper Response " by Elliott Milco, says the exact same thing about Francis's letter which endorses the Argentine norms.

America's most influential journal of religion and public life, First Things' Deputy Editor Milco says:

"The Church teaches and has always taught, from St. Paul to the Council of Trent and beyond, that grace strengthens and liberates us from the bonds of sin, and that while we may never, in the present life, be perfectly free from the inclination to do wrong, it is possible through grace to keep the commandments. This doctrine was given force of law in Trent's decree on justification: 'If anyone says that the commandments of God are, even for one that is justified and constituted in grace, impossible to observe, let him be anathema.'The same decree explains that 'God does not command impossibilities, but by commanding admonishes you to do what you can and to pray for what you cannot, and aids you that you may be able.'"

"The real problem with the Argentine norms is their deviation from this larger and more fundamental principle: that grace truly sanctifies and liberates, and that baptized Christians are always free to fulfill the moral law, even when they fail to do so. Jesus Christ holds us to this standard in the Gospel. It is presumptuous of Francis—however benign his intentions—to decide that his version of 'mercy' trumps that given by God himself."

Brugger and Milco are not speaking about the Kasper proposal, but the Catholic doctrine of infused grace which was denied by Martin Luther and the other "reformers"

On that other issue, Fr. Raymond de Sousa's article "What Argentina's 'Amoris Laetitia' Guidelines Really Mean" in the National Catholic Register tries to make the case that the Kasper proposal in it's totality actually suffered a lose despite media hype claiming otherwise and despite Francis's efforts to implement the total proposal.

De Sousa tries to makes the case that the Argentine norms is not mistaken because it could be treated in pre-Amoris Laetitia "standard principles of moral theology and confessional practice, analogous to the the moral culpability of contraception when the spouses do not agree."

On this separate issue from the topic of grace, Brugger in the Catholic World Report with the article "The Catholic Conscience, the Argentine Bishops, and "Amoris Laetitia" destroys the De Sousa attempt to justify the Argentine norms by using Pope John Paul II's Veritatis Splendor that shows it creates a "destructive dichotomy, that which separates faith from morality."

He demonstrates that the only solution to the problematic Argentine norms is to form consciences not create loopholes so persons can sin in invincible ignorance.

Be that as it may, the point is that the Kasper proposal isn't the issue here, but Amoris Laetitia and the Argentine norms apparent denial of a defined doctrine of the Council of Trent on grace which the "reformers" denied.

The "reformers" idea of imputed grace saw man as "totally depraved" and corrupt who even after justification was not infused with grace and truly changed on the inside.

Luther's image of imputed grace was that of man as a pile of dung covered with snow.

Man isn't changed on the inside (he is still a pile of dung), but "justified" man is covered with grace (snow) while not being changed on the inside.

As Milco said Trent's doctrine on infused grace says "that graces truly sanctifies and liberates, and that baptized Christians are always free to fulfill the moral law, even when they fail to do so."

It is a very big and scary moment in Church history if the above and following is true:

Moral Theologian Dr. E. Christian Brugger, on April 22, wrote Amoris Leatitia (A.L.) 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's 301 teaching on grace.

Milco says that Francis is not just directly countering Trent's infallible doctrine, but Jesus Christ when he writes:

"It is presumptuous of Francis—however benign his intentions—to decide that his version of 'mercy' trumps that given by God himself."

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 and the letter which endorses the Argentine norms are the greatest material errors ever written by a Pope or in the case of Amoris Laetitia a Pope and his ghostwriter.

The material error of Pope John XII of the Middle Ages will be considered a minor footnote next to Pope Francis's 301 and letter which endorses the Argentine norms if America's most influential journal of religion and public life, First Things' Deputy Editor Milco, 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

    Are the Dubia Cardinals Sinning if they don't Correct Pope Francis?

    -Update August 15, 2017-

    Are the Dubia Cardinals sinning if they don't correct Pope Francis?

    St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologiae said:

    "If the faith were endangered a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly. Hence Paul, who was Peter's subject,  rebuked in public, on account of the imminent danger of scandal concerning faith." (Summa Theologiae II-IIae, 33,4,2)

    Ought means it is a moral obligation.

    Has Amoris Laetitia become a imminent danger of scandal concerning the faith?

    Cardinal Gerhard Muller's attempt to take control of the narrative of Amoris Laetitia without correcting Pope Francis has failed.

    Francis's firing of Muller is apparently saying he thinks he can change the Divine Law.

    Muller has said, over and over again, even a Pope could not change Divine Law by allowing those in adultery to receive Communion.

    The message of the firing appears to be:

    Those in adultery who are divorced and "remarried" can receive Holy Communion contrary to Divine Law.

    In 2016, one of the four Cardinals, Walter Brandmuller said:

    "Whoever thinks that persistent adultery and reception of Holy Communion are compatible is a heretic and promotes schism."

    Where are the Dubia Cardinals?

    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 Mother Mary 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 ask Our Lady to intercede with her spouse the Holy Spirit to send actual graces to the Dubia Cardinals to issue the correction to Pope Francis.

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

    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.