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Christopher A. Ferrara

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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.”

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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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Remnant readers may know that I wear another hat besides that of Remnant columnist.  Back in 1991, at the suggestion of a close friend and confidant, I founded the American Catholic Lawyers Association, leaving behind the private practice of law and devoting my legal career to the defense of the rights of Catholics in the law courts and in the court of public opinion.

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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.”

 

Pope Francis’s Ghostwriter Also Wrote: “Heal Me With Your Mouth. The Art of Kissing”

Victor Manuel Fernández, known as “Tucho” to his fans, is very tight with Francis, his fellow Argentinian. So tight that within three months of his election Francis made Tucho a bishop and then, a month later (June 2013), appointed him titular Archbishop of the titular See of Tiburnia, named after a defunct ancient Roman city in what is now the Austrian state of Carinthia.

Tucho is thus literally the archbishop of nowhere. But the impressive title credentialed him to serve as the go-to guy for the heavy lifting of drafting three meandering, book length excurses presenting Francis’s painfully passé seventies-era, liberal Jesuit “vision” of the Church and the world. Evangelii Gaudium, Laudato Si and Amoris Laetita (AL) all exhibit the Touch of Tucho.

For more than three years now, Francis has been torturing Catholic ears and disturbing Catholic minds with an endless series of heterodox sermons and twisted “meditations” on Scripture, most of them delivered in the chapel of his digs in the five-star hotel at Casa Santa Marta. The daily spectacle has become almost comical:

In the fourth year of his pontificate, Francis continues to deliver regular payloads of explosive off-the-cuff remarks that delight the media and shock the Catholic faithful. It would be easy at this point simply to ignore these spectacles, but then one would be ignoring a key element of the manner in which Francis is attempting to realize his “vision” of the Church. As Francis himself has insisted, his “magisterium” includes an endless stream of informal speech in various venues: “I’m constantly making statements, giving homilies. That’s magisterium. That’s what I think, not what the media say that I think. Check it out; it’s very clear.”

schneiderBishop Schneider at last year's Chartres Pilgrimage,
with foreign chapter leaders (including Michael Matt and John Rao)


Your Excellency:


To your everlasting credit, but to the Church’s everlasting shame, you alone among the entire Catholic episcopacy have protested publicly and forthrightly against the many statements in Amoris Laetitia (AL), particularly in Chapter 8, which appear to derogate from the negative precepts of the natural law, including those against divorce, adultery and fornication. By the divine will, these precepts, as Your Excellency writes, “are universally valid… oblige each and every individual, always and in every circumstance” and “forbid a given action semper et pro semper, without exception” because they concern “kinds of behaviour which can never, in any situation, be a proper response.”

 

forteJorge & Bruno

Archbishop Bruno Forte, Pope Bergoglio’s handpicked Special Secretary for both sessions of the Phony Synod, is a supremely arrogant man. For only supreme arrogance could explain his reported insertion into the midterm report of Phony Synod 2014 (with Francis’s full approval) those infamous statements about “valuing” the “homosexual orientation” and recognizing that “homosexual unions” can provide “precious support in the life of the partners” as they habitually engage in sodomy.

French Translation by SJJ

Note de l'éditeur
: Ceci est la version WEB RÉVISÉE ET AUGMENTÉE de l'article de M. Ferrara du même nom qui apparaît dans la version imprimée courante du The Remnant. Nous avons décidé de l'afficher ici dans son intégralité en raison de la gravité de son sujet et parce qu'il pourrait bien être notre réquisitoire le plus définitif de François et de son ordre du jour pour changer l'Église de façon permanente. C'est avec tristesse que nous publions cette critique dévastatrice de la «Joie de l'amour». En fait, nous considérons ceci comme rien de moins que le devoir déchirante des fils fidèles de l'Eglise, qui ne voient pas d'autre choix que de résister. S'il-vous-plaît, priez pour le Pape François et pour notre bien-aimée Église catholique manifestement assiégée. MJM

Aucune difficulté ne peut survenir qui justifierait la mise de côté de la loi de Dieu, qui interdit tous les actes intrinsèquement mauvais. Il n'y a aucune circonstance possible dans laquelle le mari et la femme ne pourraient pas, fortifiés par la grâce de Dieu, remplir fidèlement leurs devoirs et préserver de toute souillure leur chasteté dans le mariage. Pie XI, Casti Connubii

Introduction: L'inquiétude se répand

Comme le cardinal Burke a observé dans un article paru dans le National Catholic Register, suite à une lecture attentive, AMORIS LAETITIA se révèle être un document «personnel, c'est-à-dire non-magistériel, une réflexion personnelle du pape» qui «ne se confond pas avec la foi qui doit obéissance aux déclarations du Magistère.». Ceci est vrai, mais peut-être pas pour les raisons décrites par le cardinal, comme je le montrerai à l'issue de cet essai.

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