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Robert Morrison | Remnant Columnist

One of the aspects of Vatican II that its liberal defenders seem to ignore these days is the Council’s defense of freedom of conscience, especially in religious matters, as set forth in the Declaration on Religious Freedom, Dignitatis Humanae:

“On his part, man perceives and acknowledges the imperatives of the divine law through the mediation of conscience. In all his activity a man is bound to follow his conscience in order that he may come to God, the end and purpose of life. It follows that he is not to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his conscience. Nor, on the other hand, is he to be restrained from acting in accordance with his conscience, especially in matters religious. The reason is that the exercise of religion, of its very nature, consists before all else in those internal, voluntary and free acts whereby man sets the course of his life directly toward God.”

In his The Liturgical Year, Dom Guéranger described the great transformation that took place on the first Pentecost:

“These hundred and twenty disciples need but to speak of the Son of God, made Man, and our Redeemer; of the Holy Ghost, who renews our souls; of the heavenly Father, who loves and adopts us as His children: their word will find thousands to believe and welcome it. Those that receive it shall be called the Catholic Church, that is, universal, existing in all places and times. Jesus had said: ‘Go, teach all nations!’ The Holy Ghost brings from heaven both the tongue that is to teach, and the fire (the love of God and of mankind), which is to give warmth and efficacy to the teaching.” (Volume 9, p. 281)

On May 2, 2024, Rorate Caeli published a “Call for the Resignation of Pope Francis,” setting forth numerous crimes and heresies committed by Francis. Originally signed by seventeen reputable Catholics, the lengthy “Major Statement” concluded with the following:

“For you know, venerable brothers, that these bitter enemies of the Christian name, are carried wretchedly along by some blind momentum of their mad impiety; they go so far in their rash imagining as to teach without blushing, openly and publicly, daring and unheard-of doctrines, thereby uttering blasphemies against God. They teach that the most holy mysteries of our religion are fictions of human invention, and that the teaching of the Catholic Church is opposed to the good and the prerogatives of human society.” (Blessed Pope Pius IX, Qui Pluribus)

As profitable and enlightening as it is to reflect on how Mirari Vos condemns the specific novelties of Vatican II, though, we might draw greatest value from the encyclical if we can truly appreciate what it said about the permissibility of novelties in general.

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Go, get thee down: thy people, which thou hast brought out of the land of Egypt, hath sinned. They have quickly strayed from the way which thou didst shew them: and they have made to themselves a molten calf, and have adored it, and sacrificing victims to it, have said: These are thy gods, O Israel, that have brought thee out of the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 32-7-8)

What is invincible ignorance? Also called inculpable or guiltless ignorance, this is a state that cannot be overcome by ordinary means, such as study or inquiry.” (Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Credo: Compendium of the Catholic Faith)

“You are America, and my entire Administration and I have your back. NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2024, as Transgender Day of Visibility.” (President Joe Biden’s Proclamation for Easter 2024)

Satan has rarely, if ever, had as much power as he does now, and he directs a considerable portion of his efforts to attack Catholics who earnestly seek to do God’s will. This fact alone should alert us to the likelihood that the Traditional Catholic priests we admire so much for their sacrifices are often tempted beyond our imagination to fall. This obviously does not excuse priests who commit scandals, but it should inspire all of us to pray and sacrifice for our priests, as they do for us.

This document is quite possibly the most wicked statement possible on human dignity.

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