Francis The Flexible
Thomas A. Droleskey
As has been noted consistently on this site since the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, as the newest universal public face of apostasy, the sixth conciliar "Petrine Minister" has engaged in an obsessive effort to whack away any remaining traditional "weeds" that are yet to be found in the barren pastures of conciliarism.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis has referred to traditionally-minded Catholics as "hard-headed" or "stubborn. He has called traditionally-minded Catholics Pharisees and Pelagians. He has also referred to traditionally-minded Catholics as rigid, something that he did in a particularly vicious manner in his daily screed at the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, June 27, 2013, the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help within the Octave of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist:
There are people who "masquerade as Christians," and sin by being excessively superficial or overly rigid, forgetting that a true Christian is a person of joy who rests their faith on the rock of Christ. Some think they can be Christian without Christ; others think being Christian means being in a perpetual state mourning. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass on Thursday.
Rigid and sad. Or happy but with no idea of Christian joy. These are two - in a sense opposite - "houses", in which two categories of believers live and which are both seriously flawed: they are grounded in a Christianity made of words and fail to rely on the "rock" of the Word of Christ. Pope Francis identified both groups in his comments on the Gospel of the day, the famous passage from Matthew of the houses built on sand and rock.
"In the history of the Church there have been two classes of Christians: Christians of words - those" Lord, Lord, Lord "- and Christians of action, in truth. There has always been the temptation to live our Christianity not on the rock that is Christ. The only one who gives us the freedom to say 'Father' to God is Christ, our rock. He is the only one who sustains us in difficult times, no? As Jesus said: the rain falls, rivers overflow, winds blow, but the rock is safe, words, the words take flight, they are not needed. But this is the temptation of these Christians of words, of a Christianity without Jesus, a Christianity without Christ. And this has happened and is happening today in the Church: being Christians without Christ. "
Pope Francis went on to analyze these "Christians of words," revealing their specific characteristics. There is a first type – which he defined as "gnostic -"who instead of loving the rock, loves beautiful words "and therefore lives floating on the surface of the Christian life. And then there's the other, who Pope Francis called "pelagian", who leads a staid and starched lifestyle. Christians, the Pope ironically added, who “stare at their feet":
"And this temptation exists today. Superficial Christians who believe, yes, God, yes Christ, but not ‘everywhere’: Jesus Christ is not the one who gives them their foundation. They are the modern gnostics. The temptation of gnosticism. A 'liquid' Christianity. On the other hand, there are those who believe that the Christian life should be taken so seriously that they end up confusing solidity, firmness, with rigidity. They are rigid! This think that being Christian means being in perpetual mourning. "
Pope Francis continued that the fact is that there “are so many” of these Christians. But, he argued, "they are not Christians, they disguise themselves as Christians." "They do not know – he added - what the Lord is, they do not know what the rock is, do not have the freedom of Christians. To put it simply ‘they have no joy ": (Francis the Flexible at Daily Liturgical Abomination and Ding Dong School: Resting our faith on the rock of Christ.)
Jorge Mario Bergoglio fashions himself as being in neither one of the self-made, self-serving "extremes." The man of "humility" and "service to the poor" is trying to sell himself as one who has the "true" spirit of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, one that is "flexible" enough to provide the "freedom" to "move" with joy as the "spirit" guides Christians where he will.
After all, why should we be in any kind of mourning for our own sins and those of a world gone mad as a result of its immersion in an ocean of sin and a cascade of ever-mutating errors?
Why should we seek to do reparation by bowing our heads as we pray before Our Divine King in His Real Presence by praying our Rosaries of reparation as requested by Our Lady in the Cova da Iria near Fatima, Portugal?
Why should we be theological and liturgical "bitter clingers," so to speak, as we reject the apostasies, heresies, blasphemies and sacrileges of conciliarism?
Yes, according to Francis the Flexible, Catholics must have no kind of "nostalgia" for the past:
This Sunday's Gospel (Lk 9:51-62) shows a very important step in the life of Christ: the moment in which, as St Luke writes, "[Jesus] steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem. (9:51 )” Jerusalem is the final destination, where Jesus, in his last Passover, must die and rise again, and so to fulfill His mission of salvation.
From that time, forth, after the steadfast decision, Jesus aims straight for the finish line, and even to the people he meets and who ask to [be allowed to] follow Him, He says clearly what are the conditions: not having a permanent abode; knowing how to detach oneself from familiar affections; not succumbing to nostalgia for the past.
Jesus also said to his disciples, charged with preceding Him on the way to Jerusalem to announce His coming, not to impose anything: if they do not find willing welcome, they are [simply] to proceed further, to move on. Jesus never imposes. Jesus is humble. Jesus extends invitations: “If you want, come.” The humility of Jesus is like this: He always invites us. He does not impose.
All this makes us think. It tells us, for example, the importance, even for Jesus, of conscience: listening in his heart to the Father's voice, and following it. Jesus, in his earthly life, was not, so to speak, “remote-controlled”: He was the Word made flesh, the Son of God made man, and at one point he made a firm decision to go up to Jerusalem for the last time - a decision taken in His conscience, but not on His own: with the Father, in full union with Him! He decided in obedience to the Father, in profound intimate attunement to the Father’s will. For this reason, then, was the decision was steadfast: because it was taken together with the Father. In the Father, then, Jesus found the strength and the light for His journey. Jesus was free. His decision was a free one. Jesus wants us Christians to be free as he is: with that liberty, which comes from this dialogue with the Father, this dialogue with God. Jesus wants neither selfish Christians, who follow their egos and do not speak with God, nor weak Christians, without will: “remote-controlled” Christians, incapable of creativity, who seek ever to connect with the will of another, and are not free. Jesus wants us free, and this freedom – where is it found? It is to be found in the inner dialogue with God in conscience. If a Christian does not know how to talk with God, does not know how to listen to God, in his own conscience, then he is not free – he is not free. (Francis the Flexible: Sunday Angelus Disinformation Program.)
There is a definite and quite specific purpose for Francis the Flexible's relentless campaign of demagoguery against those who have a "nostalgia" for the past.
As has been demonstrated by his refusal to live in the Apostolic Palace and to ask for "blessings" from members of the laity, including children, and his rejection of what he believes to have been the "Renaissance prince" trappings of our true popes, Francis the Flexible is preparing to jettison the doctrine of Papal Primacy, at least in a de facto manner, in order to bring the heresy of "episcopal collegiality" to its ultimate conclusion while at the same time seeking to accommodate the schismatic and heretical Orthodox, who have long desired the conciliar "popes" to proclaim the office of the papacy to be nothing other than that of a "first among equals."
Francis the Flexible gave us a road map in this regard when he met with a delegation from the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople on Friday, June 28, 2013, the Feast of Saint Irenaeus and the Commemoration of the Vigil of Saints Peter and Paul within the Octave of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist:
I am particularly pleased to greet you with a warm welcome to the Church of Rome, which is celebrating its patron saints Peter and Paul. Your presence in this circumstance is a sign of the deep bond that unites the Church of Constantinople and the Church of Rome in faith, hope and love. The beautiful custom, which began in 1969, of exchanging delegations between our Churches for their patronal feast days, is for me a source of great joy: fraternal encounter is an essential part of the journey towards unity. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Your Holiness Bartholomew I and the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, who wanted to once again send a high level delegation. I remember with fraternal affection the gesture of exquisite attention shown to me by Your Holiness Bartholomew, when you honored me with your presence at the celebration of the beginning of my ministry as Bishop of Rome. I am also very grateful to Your Eminence, for your participation in this event and I am happy to see you again on this occasion.
The search for unity among Christians is an urgency which, today more than ever, we cannot ignore. In our world, hungry and thirsty for truth, love, hope, peace and unity, it is important for our own witness, to be finally able to announce with one voice the good news of the Gospel and to celebrate the Divine Mysteries of the new life in Christ! We know very well that unity is primarily a gift from God for which we must pray without ceasing, but we all have the task of preparing the conditions, of cultivating the soil of the heart, so that this extraordinary grace can be received.
A fundamental contribution to the search for full communion between Catholics and Orthodox is offered by the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue, co-chaired by Your Eminence, Metropolitan Ioannis, and by my venerable brother Cardinal Kurt Koch. I sincerely thank you for your valuable and tireless commitment. This Commission has already produced many common texts and is now studying the delicate issue of theological and ecclesiological relationship between primacy and synodality in the life of the Church. It is significant that today we are able to reflect together, in truth and love, on these issues, starting with what we have in common, but without hiding that which still separates us. This is not merely a theoretical exercise, but one of getting to know each other's traditions in order to understand, and sometimes also to learn from them. I refer for example to the reflection of the Catholic Church on the meaning of episcopal collegiality, and the tradition of synodality, so typical of the Orthodox Churches. I am confident that the effort of shared reflection, so complex and laborious, will bear fruit in due time. I am comforted to know that Catholics and Orthodox share the same conception of dialogue that does not seek a theological minimalism on which to reach a compromise, but rather is based on the deepening of the one truth that Christ has given to His Church, which we never cease to understand better as we are moved by the Holy Spirit. For this, we should not be afraid of encounter and of true dialogue. It does not take us away from the truth, but rather, through an exchange of gifts, it leads us, under the guidance of the Spirit of truth, to the whole truth (cf. Jn 16:13). (Francis the Flexible to Orthodox delegation from Ecumenical Patriarchate.)
This is nothing new, ladies and gentlemen.
Indeed, the document to which Francis the Flexible made reference three days ago when address the delegation of Greek Orthodox heretics and schismatics was none other than the Ravenna Document, which was issued on October 13, 2007. Although The Ravenna Document was one of those "unofficial" documents that anti-sedevacantists in the "resist while recognize" movement assured their readers could not be used to prove that the conciliar officials had defected from the Catholic Faith, it was praised immediately upon its issuance by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, whose Principles of Catholic Theology in 1982 contained a prescription concerning the "future" of the "Petrine Ministry" that was almost identical to that included in The Ravenna Document twenty-five years later:
After all, Cardinal Humbert of Silva Candida, in
the same bull in which he excommunicated the Patriarch Michael
Cerularius and thus inaugurated the schism between East and West,
designated the Emperor and the people of Constantinople as "very
Christian and orthodox", although their concept of the Roman primary was
certainly far less different from that of Cerularius than from that,
let us say, of the First Vatican Council. In other words, Rome
must not require more from the East with respect to the doctrine of
primacy than had been formulated and was lived in the first millennium. (Joseph Ratzinger, Principles of Catholic Theology, pp. 198-199)
It remains for the question of the role of the
bishop of Rome in the communion of all the Churches to be studied in
greater depth. What is the specific function of the bishop of the “first
see” in an ecclesiology of koinonia and in view of what we have said on
conciliarity and authority in the present text? How should the
teaching of the first and second Vatican councils on the universal
primacy be understood and lived in the light of the ecclesial practice
of the first millennium? These are crucial questions for our dialogue and for our hopes of restoring full communion between us.
We, the members of the Joint International
Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic
Church and the Orthodox Church, are convinced that the above statement
on ecclesial communion, conciliarity and authority represents positive
and significant progress in our dialogue, and that it provides a firm
basis for future discussion of the question of primacy at the universal level in the Church. We
are conscious that many difficult questions remain to be clarified, but
we hope that, sustained by the prayer of Jesus “That they may all be
one … so that the world may believe” (Jn 17, 21), and in
obedience to the Holy Spirit, we can build upon the agreement already
reached. Reaffirming and confessing “one Lord, one faith, one baptism”
(Eph 4, 5), we give glory to God the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy
Spirit, who has gathered us together. (The Ravenna Document)
Future discussion of "primacy at the universal level
in the Church? Difficult questions remain to be clarified? God the Holy
Ghost needs to help reach "an agreement" on Papal Primacy? Apostasy.
Pope Leo XIII dealt with these false assertions in Praeclara Gratulationis Publicae, June 20, 1894:
First of all, then, We cast an affectionate look
upon the East, from whence in the beginning came forth the salvation of
the world. Yes, and the yearning desire of Our heart bids us conceive
and hope that the day is not far distant when the Eastern Churches, so
illustrious in their ancient faith and glorious past, will return to the
fold they have abandoned. We hope it all the more, that the distance
separating them from Us is not so great: nay, with some few exceptions,
we agree so entirely on other heads that, in defense of the Catholic
Faith, we often have recourse to reasons and testimony borrowed from the
teaching, the Rites, and Customs of the East.
The Principal subject of contention is the Primacy of the Roman Pontiff. But
let them look back to the early years of their existence, let them
consider the sentiments entertained by their forefathers, and examine
what the oldest Traditions testify, and it will, indeed, become evident
to them that Christ's Divine Utterance, Thou art Peter, and upon this
rock I will build My Church, has undoubtedly been realized in the Roman
Pontiffs. Many of these latter in the first gates of the Church were
chosen from the East, and foremost among them Anacletus, Evaristus,
Anicetus, Eleutherius, Zosimus, and Agatho; and of these a great number,
after Governing the Church in Wisdom and Sanctity, Consecrated their
Ministry with the shedding of their blood. The time, the reasons, the
promoters of the unfortunate division, are well known. Before the day
when man separated what God had joined together, the name of the
Apostolic See was held in Reverence by all the nations of the Christian
world: and the East, like the West, agreed without hesitation in its
obedience to the Pontiff of Rome, as the Legitimate Successor of St.
Peter, and, therefore, the Vicar of Christ here on earth.
And, accordingly, if we refer to the beginning of the dissension, we
shall see that Photius himself was careful to send his advocates to
Rome on the matters that concerned him; and Pope Nicholas I sent his
Legates to Constantinople from the Eternal City, without the slightest
opposition, "in order to examine the case of Ignatius the Patriarch with
all diligence, and to bring back to the Apostolic See a full and
accurate report"; so that the history of the whole negotiation is a
manifest Confirmation of the Primacy of the Roman See with which the
dissension then began. Finally, in two great Councils, the second of
Lyons and that of Florence, Latins and Greeks, as is notorious, easily
agreed, and all unanimously proclaimed as Dogma the Supreme Power of the
We have recalled those things intentionally, for
they constitute an invitation to peace and reconciliation; and with all
the more reason that in Our own days it would seem as if there were a
more conciliatory spirit towards Catholics on the part of the Eastern
Churches, and even some degree of kindly feeling. To mention an
instance, those sentiments were lately made manifest when some of Our
faithful travelled to the East on a Holy Enterprise, and received so
many proofs of courtesy and good-will.
Therefore, Our mouth is open to you, to you all of
Greek or other Oriental Rites who are separated from the Catholic
Church, We earnestly desire that each and every one of you should
meditate upon the words, so full of gravity and love, addressed by
Bessarion to your forefathers: "What answer shall we give to God when He
comes to ask why we have separated from our Brethren: to Him Who, to
unite us and bring us into One Fold, came down from Heaven, was
Incarnate, and was Crucified? What will our defense be in the eyes of
posterity? Oh, my Venerable Fathers, we must not suffer this to be, we
must not entertain this thought, we must not thus so ill provide for
ourselves and for our Brethren."
Weigh carefully in your minds and before God the nature of Our
request. It is not for any human motive, but impelled by Divine Charity
and a desire for the salvation of all, that We advise the
reconciliation and union with the Church of Rome; and We mean a perfect
and complete union, such as could not subsist in any way if nothing else
was brought about but a certain kind of agreement in the Tenets of
Belief and an intercourse of Fraternal love. The True Union between
Christians is that which Jesus Christ, the Author of the Church,
instituted and desired, and which consists in a Unity of Faith and Unity
Nor is there any reason for you to fear on that account that We
or any of Our Successors will ever diminish your rights, the privileges
of your Patriarchs, or the established Ritual of any one of your
Churches. It has been and always will be the intent and Tradition of
the Apostolic See, to make a large allowance, in all that is right and
good, for the primitive Traditions and special customs of every nation.
On the contrary, if you re-establish Union with Us, you will see how,
by God's bounty, the glory and dignity of your Churches will be
remarkably increased. (Pope Leo XIII, Praeclara Gratulationis Publicae, June 20, 1884.)
Effecting a "union" with the Orthodox by means of surrendering the doctrine of Papal Primacy to one of "episcopal synodality" was mentioned by Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II in Ut Unum Sint, May 25, 1995, a work of heresy that was and remains the very antithesis of both Praeclara Gratulationis Publicae and Pope Pius XI's Mortalium Animos, January 6, 1928:
Whatever relates to the unity of all Christian
communities clearly forms part of the concerns of the primacy. As Bishop
of Rome I am fully aware, as I have reaffirmed in the present
Encyclical Letter, that Christ ardently desires the full and visible
communion of all those Communities in which, by virtue of God's
faithfulness, his Spirit dwells. I am convinced that I have a particular
responsibility in this regard, above all in acknowledging the
ecumenical aspirations of the majority of the Christian Communities and
in heeding the request made of me to find a way of exercising the
primacy which, while in no way renouncing what is essential to its
mission, is nonetheless open to a new situation. For a whole millennium
Christians were united in "a brotherly fraternal communion of faith and
sacramental life ... If disagreements in belief and discipline arose
among them, the Roman See acted by common consent as moderator".
In this way the primacy exercised its
office of unity. When addressing the Ecumenical Patriarch His Holiness
Dimitrios I, I acknowledged my awareness that "for a great variety of
reasons, and against the will of all concerned, what should have been a
service sometimes manifested itself in a very different light. But ...
it is out of a desire to obey the will of Christ truly that I recognize
that as Bishop of Rome I am called to exercise that ministry ... I
insistently pray the Holy Spirit to shine his light upon us,
enlightening all the Pastors and theologians of our Churches, that we
may seek—together, of course—the forms in which this ministry may
accomplish a service of love recognized by all concerned".
This is an immense task, which we cannot
refuse and which I cannot carry out by myself. Could not the real but
imperfect communion existing between us persuade Church leaders and
their theologians to engage with me in a patient and fraternal dialogue
on this subject, a dialogue in which, leaving useless controversies
behind, we could listen to one another, keeping before us only the will
of Christ for his Church and allowing ourselves to be deeply moved by
his plea "that they may all be one ... so that the world may believe
that you have sent me" (Jn 17:21)? (Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, Ut Unum Sint, May 25, 1995.)
Leaving aside all of the references to "imperfect
communion" that have been discussed on this site before and was assessed
years ago by Bishop Donald Sanborn in Communion: Ratzingers's Ecumenical One-World Church,
none can see a close connection between Wojtyla/John Paul II's
revisionist history about how the papacy functioned in the First
Millennium and that of the then prefect of the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith, "Cardinal" Ratzinger.
This revisionist history and heretical view of Papal Primary was also reiterated by the "unofficial" Ravenna Document that was praised repeatedly by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and looked upon with favor by Francis the Flexible three days ago. Anyone who would stand in the way of the "search for unity," you see, is a rigid "Pharisee," one who was a "nostalgia for the past" that negates the "freedom" of "the spirit."
Yes, the conciliar "popes" have been
whittling away at the last great Catholic bastion that they have sought
to raze, a supposedly "triumphalistic" notion of Papal Primacy that does
not correspond to the conciliar "orientation" in the direction of
collegiality and service as opposed to monarchy and rule.
Pope Saint Pius X warned us about such men in Pascendi Dominci Gregis, September 8, 1907:
It remains for Us now to say a few words about the Modernist as reformer. From
all that has preceded, it is abundantly clear how great and how eager
is the passion of such men for innovation. In all Catholicism there is
absolutely nothing on which it does not fasten. They wish philosophy to
be reformed, especially in the ecclesiastical seminaries. They
wish the scholastic philosophy to be relegated to the history of
philosophy and to be classed among absolute systems, and the young men
to be taught modern philosophy which alone is true and suited to the
times in which we live. They desire the reform of theology:
rational theology is to have modern philosophy for its foundation, and
positive theology is to be founded on the history of dogma. As for
history, it must be written and taught only according to their methods
and modern principles. Dogmas and their evolution, they affirm, are to
be harmonized with science and history. In the Catechism no dogmas are
to be inserted except those that have been reformed and are within the
capacity of the people. Regarding worship, they say, the number of
external devotions is to be reduced, and steps must be taken to prevent
their further increase, though, indeed, some of the admirers of
symbolism are disposed to be more indulgent on this head. They cry out
that ecclesiastical government requires to be reformed in all its
branches, but especially in its disciplinary and dogmatic departments
They insist that both outwardly and inwardly it must be brought into
harmony with the modern conscience which now wholly tends towards
democracy; a share in ecclesiastical government should therefore be
given to the lower ranks of the clergy and even to the laity and
authority which is too much concentrated should be decentralized The
Roman Congregations and especially the index and the Holy Office, must
be likewise modified The ecclesiastical authority must alter its line of
conduct in the social and political world; while keeping outside
political organizations it must adapt itself to them in order to
penetrate them with its spirit. With regard to morals, they
adopt the principle of the Americanists, that the active virtues are
more important than the passive, and are to be more encouraged in
practice. They ask that the clergy should return to their
primitive humility and poverty, and that in their ideas and action they
should admit the principles of Modernism; and there are some who, gladly
listening to the teaching of their Protestant masters, would desire the
suppression of the celibacy of the clergy. What is there left in the
Church which is not to be reformed by them and according to their
principles? (Pope Saint Pius X, Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907, No. 38)
The eradication of the Catholic Faith has been "an immense task" for the
Jorge Mario Bergoglio is intent on completing that
task for as long he chooses to say in his "democratic" position in the
"Petrine Ministry" as he "presides in love" (a variation of Wojtyla/John
Paul II's and Ratzinger/Benedict's "civilization of love) over others.
It is to advance false ecumenism that the conciliar revolutions
conceived of, composed and then implemented the "simplicity" of
the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo liturgical service.
Bergoglio/Francis, the "simple" ostentatiously "humble" "Bishop of
Rome," is intent on finishing the job as he promotes heresy in simple
terms with simple gestures and a simplicity of ceremonies in order to
simply do away with any residue of Catholicism left in the conciliar
structures as though he was using a simple, cost-effective chemical
spray to remove the "mold" that could rot away at the complete victory
of the conciliar revolution.
Although some have written recently to condemn me in very strong terms for using mockery and satire to deal with Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis and his compatriots in the counterfeit church of concilairism, Pope Saint Pius X explained how to deal with Modernists when someone had written to him to complain of his own measures against them:
They want to be treated with oil, soap and caresses. But they should be beaten with fists. In a duel, you don’t count or measure the blows, you strike as you can. (See St Pius X: the son of a village postman who urged modernists to beaten with fists.)
No, this little-read and much criticized site is not for the faint of heart or for those who have permitted themselves to be influenced by the namby-pamby spirit of emotional sentimentalism that is part and parcel of the Judeo-Protestant-Masonic ethos that permeates every aspect of life in the United States of America. Enemies of the Faith must be mocked with as much scorn as possible. They can be given no respect. Sure, we pray for their conversion. However, we do not accord them any signs of respect whatsoever as they are deserving of none.
Indeed, the "inflexible" and "rigid" Pope Saint Pius X, who stands yet as a Heavenly reproof to everything believed, taught and done by the lords of conciliarism, refused to engage in "diplomacy" with those who dared to put into question the primacy of the Catholic Church as the one and only teacher of mankind:
Ever conscious of the Church’s exclusive mission to the world, the Pope
refused to receive Theodore Roosevelt after the former American
president had lectured to a Methodist congregation in Rome. (See St Pius X: the son of a village postman who urged modernists to beaten with fists.)
This stands in quite some contrast to how blithe the conciliar revolutionaries have been and continue to be as they fraternize the merchants of Judeo-Protestant-Masonic statism and murder in the world. Pope Saint Pius X was a true pope. The conciliar "pontiffs"--er, "Petrine Ministers"--are enemies of God, the Holy Faith and the souls for whom Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood to redeem.
Let us call to mind once again a prayer Pope Saint Pius X composed to
warn us of those, such as Francis the Flexible, who dare to corrupt doctrine in the manner that the
conciliar revolutionaries have done and will continue to do:
O priests, that the doctrine of Christ, not your fault for losing the
face of integrity. Always purity and integrity of the doctrine ... Many
do not understand the zealous care and caution should be used to
preserve the purity of doctrine ... When
this doctrine can not be kept longer incorruptible and that the rule of
truth is no longer possible in this world, then the Son of God appear a
second time. But until that day we must keep intact
the sacred tank and repeat the statement of the glorious Saint Hilary:
'Better to die in this century than corrupt the chastity of the truth .'” (Pie X, Jérome Dal-Gal OM Conv. 1953, pp. 107-108).
To Our Lady's Sorrowful and
Immaculate Heart belongs the triumph that will vanquish the lords of
Modernity and Modernism once and for all, which is why we must seek to pray as many Rosaries each day as our state-in-life permits.
May our own efforts to make reparation for our
sins, many though they may be, to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through
the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary help to plant a few seeds so
that more and more Catholics, clergy and laity alike, yet attached to
the false structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism will
once and for all in order to receive true Sacraments from true bishops
and true priests who make absolutely no concessions to conciliarism, men
who are never afraid to speak the truth and act with complete integrity
in its behalf, knowing that no true pope can do, say or act as the
conciliar "pontiffs" and "bishops" have done, said and acted.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints
Various Ways in Which the Orthodox Defect From the Deposit of Faith Entrusted to the Catholic Church
1. Papal Primacy.
2. Papal Infallibility.
3. The doctrine of Original Sin as defined
dogmatically by the Catholic Church. The ambiguous doctrine of the
Orthodox was noted by Pope Pius VI in Auctorem Fidei, August 28, 1794, when discussing the Greek rejection of Limbo that is, of course, shared by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI:
Very few Greek Fathers dealt with the
destiny of infants who die without Baptism because there was no
controversy about this issue in the East. Furthermore, they had a
different view of the present condition of humanity. For the
Greek Fathers, as the consequence of Adam's sin, human beings inherited
corruption, possibility, and mortality, from which they could be
restored by a process of deification made possible through the
redemptive work of Christ. The idea of an inheritance of sin or guilt -
common in Western tradition - was foreign to this perspective, since in
their view sin could only be a free, personal act.
This is what the
Orthodox still believe, which makes them fit "partners" for "ecumenical
dialogue" with Ratzinger/Benedict, who has told us in his own murky way
that he is of one mind with them on the matter of Original Sin, which he
called in 1995 an "imprecise" term (!). Here is a statement on Original
Sin from the Orthodox Church in America:
With regard to original sin, the difference between Orthodox Christianity and the West may be outlined as follows:
In the Orthodox Faith, the term "original sin" refers to the
"first" sin of Adam and Eve. As a result of this sin, humanity bears
the "consequences" of sin, the chief of which is death. Here the word
"original" may be seen as synonymous with "first." Hence, the "original
sin" refers to the "first sin" in much the same way as "original chair"
refers to the "first chair."
In the West, humanity likewise bears the "consequences" of
the "original sin" of Adam and Eve. However, the West also understands
that humanity is likewise "guilty" of the sin of Adam and Eve. The term
"Original Sin" here refers to the condition into which humanity is born,
a condition in which guilt as well as consequence is involved.
In the Orthodox Christian understanding, while humanity does bear
the consequences of the original, or first, sin, humanity does not bear
the personal guilt associated with this sin. Adam and Eve are guilty of
their willful action; we bear the consequences, chief of which is death.
One might look at all of this in a completely different light.
Imagine, if you will, that one of your close relatives was a mass
murderer. He committed many serious crimes for which he was found guilty
and perhaps even admitted his guilt publicly. You, as his or her son
or brother or cousin, may very well bear the consequences of his action
- people may shy away from you or say, "Watch out for him - he comes
from a family of mass murderers." Your name may be tainted, or you may
face some other forms of discrimination as a consequence of your
relative’s sin. You, however, are not personally guilty of his or her
There are some within Orthodoxy who approach a westernized view of
sin, primarily after the 17th and 18th centuries due to a variety of
westernizing influences particularly in Ukraine and Russia after the
time of Peter Mohyla. These influences have from time to time colored
explanations of the Orthodox Faith which are in many respects lacking.
(Orthodox Church in America, Questions and Answers on Original Sin)
This is not Catholic doctrine. This matter cannot be "bridged" by concerts of music composed by Russians.
4. The Filioque, that God the Holy Ghost proceeds from both the Father and the Son.
5. The doctrine of Purgatory as defined by the authority of the Catholic Church.
6. The doctrine of Our Lady's Immaculate Conception as defined by the authority of the Catholic Church.
7. The doctrine of Our Lady's Assumption body and soul into Heaven as defined by the authority of the Catholic Church.
8. The doctrine of the indissolubility of a
sacramentally valid, ratified and consummated marriage; the Orthodox
hold that a person can marry up to three times following two divorces.
Here is the Orthodox "consensus" (as there is no ultimate ecclesiastical
authority within Orthodoxy to decide doctrinal matters) on the issue:
Marriage is one of the sacraments of the Orthodox
Church. Orthodox Christians who marry must marry in the Church in order
to be in sacramental communion with the Church. According to the Church
canons, an Orthodox who marries outside the Church may not receive Holy
Communion and may not serve as a sponsor, i.e. a Godparent at a Baptism,
or as a sponsor at a Wedding. Certain marriages are prohibited by canon
law, such as a marriage between first and second cousins, or between a
Godparent and a Godchild. The first marriage of a man and a woman is
honored by the Church with a richly symbolic service that eloquently
speaks to everyone regarding the married state. The form of the service
calls upon God to unite the couple through the prayer of the priest or
The church will permit up to, but not more than,
three marriages for any Orthodox Christian. If both partners are
entering a second or third marriage, another form of the marriage
ceremony is conducted, much more subdued and penitential in character.
Marriages end either through the death of one of the partners or through
ecclesiastical recognition of divorce. The Church grants
"ecclesiastical divorces" on the basis of the exception given by Christ
to his general prohibition of the practice. The Church has frequently
deplored the rise of divorce and generally sees divorce as a tragic
failure. Yet, the Orthodox Church also recognizes that sometimes the
spiritual well-being of Christians caught in a broken and essentially
nonexistent marriage justifies a divorce, with the right of one or both
of the partners to remarry. Each parish priest is required to do all he
can to help couples resolve their differences. If they cannot, and they
obtain a civil divorce, they may apply for an ecclesiastical divorce in
some jurisdictions of the Orthodox Church. In others, the judgment is
left to the parish priest when and if a civilly divorced person seeks to
Those Orthodox jurisdictions which issue
ecclesiastical divorces require a thorough evaluation of the situation,
and the appearance of the civilly divorced couple before a local
ecclesiastical court, where another investigation is made. Only after an
ecclesiastical divorce is issued by the presiding bishop can they apply
for an ecclesiastical license to remarry.
Though the Church would prefer that all Orthodox
Christians would marry Orthodox Christians, it does not insist on it in
practice. Out of its concern for the spiritual welfare of members who
wish to marry a non-Orthodox Christian, the Church will conduct a "mixed
marriage." For this purpose, a "non-Orthodox Christian" is a member of
the Roman Catholic Church, or one of the many Protestant Churches which
believe in and baptize in the name of the Holy Trinity. This means that
such mixed marriages may be performed in the Orthodox Church. However,
the Orthodox Church does not perform marriages between Orthodox
Christians and persons belonging to other religions, such as Islam ,
Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, or any sectarian and cult group, such as
Christian Science, Mormonism, or the followers of Rev. Moon. (The Stand of the Orthodox Church on Controversial Issues.)
9. The absolute prohibition against the use of any
form of contraception whatsoever. This is from the website of the Greek
Orthodox Church in America:
General agreement exists among Orthodox writers on the following two points:
- since at least one of the purposes of marriage is the
birth of children, a couple acts immorally when it consistently uses
contraceptive methods to avoid the birth of any children, if there are
not extenuating circumstances;
- contraception is also immoral when used to encourage the practice of fornication and adultery.
Less agreement exists among Eastern
Orthodox authors on the issue of contraception within marriage for the
spacing of children or for the limitation of the number of children.
Some authors take a negative view and count any use of contraceptive
methods within or outside of marriage as immoral (Papacostas, pp. 13-18;
Gabriel Dionysiatou). These authors tend to emphasize as the primary
and almost exclusive purpose of marriage the birth of children and their
upbringing. They tend to consider any other exercise of the sexual
function as the submission of this holy act to unworthy purposes, i.e.,
pleasure-seeking, passion, and bodily gratification, which are held to
be inappropriate for the Christian growing in spiritual perfection.
These teachers hold that the only alternative is sexual abstinence in
marriage, which, though difficult, is both desirable and possible
through the aid of the grace of God. It must be noted also that, for
these writers, abortion and contraception are closely tied together, and
often little or no distinction is made between the two. Further, it is
hard to discern in their writings any difference in judgment between
those who use contraceptive methods so as to have no children and those
who use them to space and limit the number of children.
Other Orthodox writers have challenged this
view by seriously questioning the Orthodoxy of the exclusive and
all-controlling role of the procreative purpose of marriage (Zaphiris;
Constantelos, 1975). Some note the inconsistency of the advocacy of
sexual continence in marriage with the scriptural teaching that one of
the purposes of marriage is to permit the ethical fulfillment of sexual
drives, so as to avoid fornication and adultery (1 Cor. 7:1-7). Most
authors, however, emphasize the sacramental nature of marriage and its
place within the framework of Christian anthropology, seeing the sexual
relationship of husband and wife as one aspect of the mutual growth of
the couple in love and unity. This approach readily adapts
itself to an ethical position that would not only permit but also enjoin
sexual relationships of husband and wife for their own sake as
expressions of mutual love. Such a view clearly would support the use of
contraceptive practices for the purpose of spacing and limiting
children so as to permit greater freedom of the couple in the expression
of their mutual love. (For the Health of Body and Soul: An Eastern Orthodox Introduction to Bioethics.)
These are not minor matters. And this all going to be "bridge" by means of appeals to the "heart"? Preposterous.
A mutual dislike of Scholasticism and a
desire to "re-read" the Church Fathers without the "filter" provided by
Saint Thomas Aquinas links Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's "New
Theology" and the ambiguous doctrinal views of the Orthodox. I explored
this in an article seventeen months ago now:
The following passages from Pope Pius XII's Humani Generis,
August 12, 1950, describe--and condemn--the entirety of the
intellectual work of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI. Joseph
Ratzinger/Benedict XVI is using his "vague notions" and outright
heresies to appeal for "unity" with the schismatic and heretical
Orthodox churches without forcing them to accept the dogmatic
pronouncements of the Second Millennium that were made without their
"participation" and that were "distorted" by Scholasticism as a result:
Hence to neglect, or to reject,
or to devalue so many and such great resources which have been
conceived, expressed and perfected so often by the age-old work of men
endowed with no common talent and holiness, working under the vigilant
supervision of the holy magisterium and with the light and leadership of
the Holy Ghost in order to state the truths of the faith ever more
accurately, to do this so that these things may be replaced by
conjectural notions and by some formless and unstable tenets of a new
philosophy, tenets which, like the flowers of the field, are in
existence today and die tomorrow; this is supreme imprudence and
something that would make dogma itself a reed shaken by the wind. The
contempt for terms and notions habitually used by scholastic theologians
leads of itself to the weakening of what they call speculative
theology, a discipline which these men consider devoid of true certitude
because it is based on theological reasoning.
Unfortunately these advocates of
novelty easily pass from despising scholastic theology to the neglect
of and even contempt for the Teaching Authority of the Church itself,
which gives such authoritative approval to scholastic theology.
This Teaching Authority is represented by them as a hindrance to
progress and an obstacle in the way of science. Some non Catholics
consider it as an unjust restraint preventing some more qualified
theologians from reforming their subject. And although this sacred
Office of Teacher in matters of faith and morals must be the proximate
and universal criterion of truth for all theologians, since to it has
been entrusted by Christ Our Lord the whole deposit of faith -- Sacred
Scripture and divine Tradition -- to be preserved, guarded and
interpreted, still the duty that is incumbent on the faithful to flee
also those errors which more or less approach heresy, and accordingly
"to keep also the constitutions and decrees by which such evil opinions
are proscribed and forbidden by the Holy See," is sometimes as little
known as if it did not exist. What is expounded in the
Encyclical Letters of the Roman Pontiffs concerning the nature and
constitution of the Church, is deliberately and habitually neglected by
some with the idea of giving force to a certain vague notion which they
profess to have found in the ancient Fathers, especially the Greeks. The
Popes, they assert, do not wish to pass judgment on what is a matter of
dispute among theologians, so recourse must be had to the early
sources, and the recent constitutions and decrees of the Teaching Church
must be explained from the writings of the ancients.
Such is not the foundation of any kind of true reconciliation between the Orthodox and the Catholic Church,
admitting that the counterfeit church of conciliarism can indeed "live"
with these differences in the name of a false notion of "unity" and