Christopher A. Ferrara
With everything else in the Church having been “reformed” or given a new meaning—not officially, of course!—over the past fifty years, it was only a matter of time before the concept of “miracle” would undergo an adaptation to post-conciliar requirements.
The problem was how to canonize Paul VI without a single clear-cut miracle to his credit, like one of the many indubitable miracles seen in the case of Saint Pius X, the last Pope to be canonized. For example, the instantaneous curing of a nun of bone cancer after a relic of Pius X was pinned to her clothing.
But the Vatican was up to the challenge: on February 24 we read the news that the “consulting theologians of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Pope Paul VI, moving him closer to sainthood.”
Today (February 17) the world press reported that Pope Francis has obtained an Argentinian passport and identity card under his former name, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, and that he “would like to keep traveling around the world with the Argentinian passport.” That is, although he already holds a Vatican passport as Pope Francis, head of the Vatican city state and Vicar of Christ, he would like to continue to be known, and treated by immigration authorities, as simply Jorge Bergoglio, citizen of Argentina. In yet another display of an endlessly praised humility that is becoming a titanic spectacle, Pope Francis—or should I say Jorge Bergoglio—insisted on personally paying the processing fees to the Argentinian government. In the “Church of the poor” there is no money to waste on fees for the Pope’s alter ego passport and ID card, but $28 million was readily available for a massive three-hour rock concert cum Novus Ordo Mass on the beach in Rio.
Is Vatican II too Catholic for Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga? If not, why did he misquote Lumen Gentium to fit the modernist narrative?
As we approach the first anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy, we are hearing almost daily the ominous vroom-vroom of an engine of novelty warming up for the final lap to the finish line of the Second Vatican Disaster. One breathless report last week sums up the world’s ecstasy over this pontificate and its blatant catering to the mass media:
Rumours of revolution are swirling through the streets of Rome and the frescoed halls of Vatican City. Doctrinal conservatism is out —compassion is in.
Ten months into his papacy, Pope Francis is setting in motion what looks like seismic change in the Catholic Church, although the outcome of this revolution is difficult to predict….
Francis, it seems, has a three-pronged strategy: He's leveraging his public media appeal to realign the overall “message” of the church; he’s dismantling a dysfunctional Curia; and he’s rebuilding a new kind of Church.
What follows is my translation of the rather sensational article by Messrs. Gnocchi and Palmari, a pair of Italian Catholic intellectuals, in which the authors leveled profound and quite scathing public criticisms of the current pontificate under a title that could not be more provocative. After the article was published in the Italian daily Il Foglio on October 9, however, Pope Francis personally telephoned Palmaro to assure him “that he had understood that those criticisms had been made with love, and how important it had been for him to receive them.”
Let that be a lesson to the neo-Catholic proponents of abject silence and submission in the face of every papal word or deed—including those who run Radio Maria, which dismissed both authors from their positions as Catholic commentators immediately after the article appeared. Silence in the face of public scandal, even if it be the scandal of a Pope, has never been the Catholic way, as anyone with even a passing familiarity with the turbulent epochs of Church history would know.
(El neo-católico fanatismo y fraudes similares)
Tras la abdicación de Benedicto XVI, el Centro Cultural Lepanto lanza la cruzada “Un Millón de Rosarios Diarios”
“Hoy, 11 de febrero, el día en que conmemoramos la aparición de la Inmaculada Concepción en la gruta de Lourdes, y tras la renuncia de Su Santidad Benedicto XVI, estoy pidiendo su participación en una Cruzada del Rosario, cuyo objetivo es la recitación diaria de un millón de Santos Rosarios desde ahora hasta el final del cónclave, para el mayor bien de la Santa Iglesia y para adelantar el triunfo del Inmaculado Corazón en el mundo.”
Así empieza la declaración de Fabio Bernabei, presidente del Centro Cultural Lepanto, que lanza esta importante iniciativa en un momento especialmente delicado para la Iglesia Católica. Por descontado, la iniciativa casa con el mensaje que Nuestra Señora dio a Santa Bernadette Soubirous en Lourdes, el 11 de febrero de 1858. Con el Rosario es posible burlar todos los obstáculos que Satanás coloca delante de la Iglesia de Cristo y en el camino hacía la santidad.
“Conocemos el poder y la efectividad que el Santo Rosario tiene sobre el corazón de Dios y de Su Hijo”, escribió Sor Lucía de Fátima. “Por eso Nuestra Señora misma en sus apariciones participa en la recitación del Rosario, como en la gruta de Lourdes con Santa Bernadette, y en Fátima con Francisco, Jacinta y yo. Cuando el Rosario se desliza por vuestras manos los ángeles y los santos se unen a vosotros. Hoy, más que nunca, el mundo necesita vuestro rosario.”
Hoy la lucha entre los partidarios del terror y el desorden, y los defensores de la Paz de Cristo y el Orden de Cristo “se ha desplazado de la sociedad temporal a la espiritual y se identifica con la Santa Iglesia”, comentó Plinio Correa de Oliveira en “Revolución y Contra-Revolución”.
Pero los fieles, argumenta Bernabei, no deben temer porque, tal y como lo confirma Santa Teresa del Niño Jesús, “por muy serios sean los pecados de los hombres, mientras recéis el Rosario, Dios no abandonará el mundo, porque [el Rosario] tiene poder sobre Su Corazón.”
Por tanto les rogamos, concluye el presidente Bernabei, participen en la Cruzada de un millón de Rosariosy difúndanla, procurando rezar una o más décadas del Rosario, dondequiera que estén; en una iglesia, en el trabajo, en casa e ¡INCLUSO POR LA CALLE!
Centro cultural lepanto
"And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen." - The Second Person of the Holy Trinity
Since the close of the Second Vatican Council the Catholic Church has experienced the greatest crisis of faith and discipline in her history, caused by the spread of what Msgr. Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, has described as “a para-Conciliar ideology … that substantially proposes once more the idea of Modernism.” By Modernism is meant the “synthesis of all heresies,” as Saint Pius X called it, a system of errors that greatest of Popes fought mightily to suppress because it undermines every aspect of doctrine and praxis it infects, proceeding by artful ambiguity in theology, demands for the “reform” and “updating” of the Church, and the “simplification” of her divine worship.
“I have the humility and ambition to want to do something.”
Over the past several weeks we have watched, stunned, as Pope Francis conducts little short of a public jeremiad against Catholics he deems insufficiently in tune with Vatican II’s “dynamic of reading the Gospel, actualizing its message for today”—whatever that means—which he insists is “absolutely irreversible” even as the destruction from the failed conciliar aggiornamento continues to mount.
The Consequences of an Off-the-Cuff Papacy
Let me say it at the very outset: no Pope should make it a habit to offer his spontaneous reflections to the world. This is so because the world is not the Church’s friend but rather her perennial adversary. And by “the world” I mean, of course, the powers and principalities that dominate the human scene when the grace of God is rejected. This is why Paul VI lamented, as the Second Vatican Council’s vaunted “opening to the world” had already begun to cause endless calamity, that “the opening to the world became a veritable invasion of the Church by worldly thinking. We have perhaps been too weak and imprudent.” (Speech of November 23, 1973). Indeed, the very mission of Our Saviour was, as He Himself declared (John 16:33), to “overcome the world,” not to be “open” to it.
If anything characterizes this newspaper, it is the Editor’s willingness to buck the tide of public opinion, even Catholic opinion, even traditionalist Catholic opinion.