Christopher A. Ferrara
Font of Error Update # 1
It seems that not a week goes by without some twisting of Sacred Scripture by a Pope who, as the past three-and-a-half years have demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt, has the singular distinction among all his predecessors of being nothing short of a font of error. This unparalleled development has prompted the emergence of a group of diocesan priests who have compiled a vast assortment of Francis’s errors under the title Denzinger-Bergoglio, declaring as their motivation “We all have responsibility for the Church of the Lord.”
More than three years into this bizarre pontificate, one thing has become clear to the informed objective observer: “Father Bergoglio,” as he is wont to call himself when undermining Catholic doctrine by telephone, is abusing the papal office like no other Pope before him in an attempt to pass off his own ideas as binding on the Church.
On and on he goes, telling us whatever he thinks as if he actually expects any believing Catholic to accept his notions as authentic Church teaching, including these:
More than three years into the Bergoglian pontificate there is no mistaking its principal line of development, which is Francis’s grand obsession: the admission of unrepentant public adulterers in “second marriages” to Holy Communion, the “Kasper proposal” he has been promoting almost from the moment of his election. To that end, Francis has relentlessly put in place a kind of moral mafia to carry out his design. Let us meet some of its soldiers.
First, meet Archbishop Vincenzo (“the Enforcer”) Paglia, head of the (now) ludicrously misnamed Pontifical Council “for the Family”:
Bishop Zubic prays at Franklin Graham's 2014 praise festival in Pittsburgh
In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis famously, or rather infamously, accused tradition-minded Catholics of exhibiting the “self-absorbed promethean neopelagianism of those who ultimately trust only in their own powers and feel superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style from the past.”
By now we should be used to the Bergoglian tendency to do pretty much everything he condemns in others—above all, issuing judgments about the supposed sins and inadequacies of people he dislikes, especially observant Catholics.
But the Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei quaerere (VDQ), on “women’s contemplative life,” represents a surprising new extreme of this duplicity. The same Pope who condemns “exclusion” as Pharisaical and lauds “inclusion” as Christian, who professes to reject “the path of exclusion of persons from our community” and to champion “the path of inclusion,” has just mandated in VDQ: (1) the exclusion of foreign nationals as recruits for the cloistered convents that are the monasteries for women; and (2) the exclusion of the elderly from determinations of conventual autonomy—autonomy VDQ itself destroys by requiring that all monasteries join federations whose juridical framework (including a president and council) will inevitably dominate or entirely subsume them.
I cannot add to Hilary White’s comprehensive analysis of this immensely destructive blockbuster, the latest stage in the Bergoglian campaign to convert the entire Church into the equivalent of a banana republic wherein tradition-minded Catholics live in fear of the Pope and his Modernist cronies. Here I will focus on VDQ’s astonishingly blatant call for the exclusion of women from contemplative life based on their national origin or age.
As Circus Bergoglio continues its mockery of the Magisterium concerning marriage, procreation and sexual morality in general, one’s sense of impotent outrage before this spectacle impels one to mock the mockery. May the reader, then, kindly indulge these aptly comparative photos of two clowns from outer space: the one a character from MGM’s cult horror film about alien invaders, the other a cardinal from the outer space of Modernism, Christoph Schönborn, whom Pope Bergoglio has doubly mistaken for “a great theologian” and a former “Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.”
Uber-Modernists, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri and
Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, Love the Joy of Love
Archbishop Chaput has just come out with pastoral guidelines for the implementation of Amoris Laetitia (AL) in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The guidelines unswervingly maintain the Church’s bimillenial discipline precluding the admission to Confession and Holy Communion of public adulterers who divorce and civilly “remarry” and decline to cease their adulterous sexual relations:
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Yet again Francis has told us what he thinks, yet again the Church is rocked by scandal, and yet again the Vatican has had to issue a “clarification” in an effort to calm the storm. As the whole world knows by now, during rambling remarks at a “pastoral conference” for priests of the Diocese of Rome at Saint John Lateran on June 16, Francis declared that “the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null” because the spouses “don’t know what they say” when they say “Yes, for life.”
But Francis is also “sure” that couples in the countryside of northeast Argentina who cohabit out of the husband’s superstitious fear of marriage vows, avoiding Catholic nuptials until they are grandparents, have “a true marriage, they have the grace of marriage, precisely because of the fidelity they have.”