Robert Morrison | Remnant Columnist
As we end the liturgical year, and begin another Advent with Francis still occupying the papacy, we cannot escape the reality that the Church’s crisis has grown significantly worse over the past year. All but the most obstinate self-deceivers recognize that Rome has not only lost the Faith but has also become the loudest voice against the true Faith. It appears that we now hear Satan’s unfiltered voice through these false shepherds.
In his 2018 article in The Remnant, Can the Church Defend Herself Against Bergoglio?, Christoper Ferrara presented the case for bishops to call an imperfect council to remove Bergoglio:
In his Athanasius and the Church of Our Time, Bishop Rudolf Graber quoted a 1968 article in the Paris journal of the Freemasonic Grand Orient de France, “L’Humanisme,” describing the changes which would eventually take place in the Catholic Church:
“Among the pillars which collapse most easily we note the Magisterium; the infallibility, which was held to be firmly established by the First Vatican Council and which has just had to face being stormed by married people on the occasion of the publication of the encyclical Humanae vitae; the Real Eucharistic Presence, which the Church was able to impose on the medieval masses and which will disappear with the increasing inter-communion and inter-celebration of Catholic priests and Protestant pastors; . . . the differentiation between the direction-giving Church and the black-clad (lower) clergy, whereas from now on the directions will proceed from the base of the pyramid upwards as in any democracy. . .”
The Atlantic’s October 31, 2022 article advocating for forgiving each other about “Covid-related mistakes,” Let’s Declare a Pandemic Amnesty, has understandably garnered considerable pushback from those who actually recall what transpired during what Biden called the “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
In his October 25, 2022 speech as part of the three-day prayer for peace at the Colosseum, Francis paid homage to the inter-religious dialogue championed by each of his recent predecessors:
“I thank each of you who are taking part in this meeting of prayer for peace. In a special way, I thank the Christian leaders and those of other religions, who have joined us in the same spirit of fraternity that inspired the first historic convocation willed by Saint John Paul II in Assisi, thirty-six years ago.”
In his October 19, 2022 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Daniel Henninger predicted a red wave victory for the Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections. Indeed, if we simply consider the most pressing election issues Henninger described, we might expect all informed voters to vote for Republicans:
As Cardinal Gerhard Müller indicated in his recent interview, it has now become obvious to all rational and informed observers that the man known as Pope Francis is attempting to transform the Catholic Church into something that fundamentally opposes what it has always been. It is equally obvious that as part of that process he has increased his attacks on Traditional Catholics, who adhere to what the Catholic Church has always taught and practiced. While it is evident that certain powerful interests fully support Francis’s hostile takeover of a two-thousand-year-old religion with over one billion adherents, we must pause to consider the impact on those who suffer from his actions.
In a recent interview with Michael Matt, Bishop Athanasius Schneider responded to the question of whether Pope John XXII had lost the papacy when he fell into heresy in the early 1300s by teaching that the souls of the just did not enjoy the Beatific Vision until after the general judgment. In his response, Bishop Schneider argued that John XXII did not lose his office because the Church had not yet defined the associated dogma, so the pope had not fallen into “formal heresy.” By implication, John XXII might have lost the papacy if he had fallen into formal heresy.
In their October 6, 2022 interview, Raymond Arroyo and Cardinal Gerhard Müller provided a striking assessment of Francis and the state of the Catholic Church:
Arroyo: “I have to say, I am, I am shaken when I hear you say, and you were just at a consistory, which we'll talk about in a moment, that you believe the synodal process is . . . shaping up into a hostile takeover of the Church, of an attempt to destroy the Church. Is that what you see here?”
Müller: “If they succeed, it will be the end of the Catholic Church. And we must resist it like the old heretics of the Arianism. When Arius thought, according to his ideas, what can God do and what can God not do? And it is irrationalism: human, the intellect to decide what is true and what is wrong.”
“And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to His purpose, are called to be saints.” (Romans 8:28)
During his interview of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano at the 2022 Catholic Identity Conference, Michael Matt asked about Francis’s statements that Traditional Catholics “reject Vatican II”: “shouldn’t all Catholics ‘reject the Council’ as it was presented to the world, according to Benedict, by the media?” Archbishop Vigano’s reply would presumably distress Francis and his collaborators:
“In this Bergoglio is perfectly right: Catholics who want to remain faithful to Tradition reject Vatican II precisely because it is alien and opposed to Tradition, which is the norm of Faith.”