Christopher A. Ferrara
“Let us make no mistake: Satan is right now shaking the Church to her very foundations over this divorce issue…”
Father Brian Harrison, O.S.
Part II, Continued from Yesterday
(Read Part I)
A Warning Come True
Immediately after Cardinal Jose Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope, the Rorate Caeli blog site presented a dire report by an Argentinian journalist, who wrote that as Archbishop of Buenos Aires the Cardinal was a “sworn enemy of the traditional Mass,” that he was “[f]was “loose in doctrine and liturgy,” and that “he has not fought against abortion and only very weakly against
Honesty compels one to admit that every element of this grim assessment has been borne out by the brutal dismantling of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate on the Pope’s direct order, and by his astonishing plenitude of disturbing statements and actions during the scant year he has been in office. These include the phrase that will be emblematic of his entire pontificate, which is now appearing on "Who am I to judge?" tee shirts marketed to gay-rights activists and assorted other radical liberals in order to taunt the Church.
Alarming Adulation by a Hostile World
In the case of Pope Francis the fallibility of Popes in matters not involving doctrinal definitions is remarkably evident. It does no good to deny this when the entire world is heaping praise upon him for his unheard-of pastoral novelties (e.g. the jailhouse foot-washing ceremony, including a Muslim woman), his numerous statements suggesting a revolutionary relaxation of Church discipline in the name of a false “mercy,” and his repeated public insults of traditional Catholics and the traditional liturgy, which he has cavalierly belittled as “just a kind of fashion” to which certain members of the faithful are “addicted.” As if to reward his behavior, Francis has been lauded as “Person of the Year” by the world’s most prominent left-liberal news magazine (Time), the world’s leading “gay” magazine (The Advocate), the world’s leading “rock culture” magazine (Rolling Stone) and the world’s leading “rock culture” video outlet (MTV). Even the trashy libertine quarterly GQ Magazine joined the adulation by naming Francis “Best Dressed Man of the Year,” using the occasion to mock the overdressed Pope Benedict. All of these tributes, and innumerable others of like kind, have been bestowed explicitly at the expense of Francis’s predecessor and the Church’s teaching on faith and morals. Any Catholic who still retains the sensus catholicus must view with alarm this unprecedented torrent of praise from the realm of Belial. Something is seriously amiss.
The Complete Series: All four parts of Christopher Ferrara's weeklong series, "The Francis Effect", appear in the following post. Those who commented on other sections of this aricle are encouraged to respost their comments on this final version of the article. This article will also appear in its entirety in the next print edition of The Remnant. MJM
The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres... churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.
Our Lady of Akita, October 13, 1973
On March 9, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, America’s foremost Catholic prelate, appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and commented as follows on the “coming out” of a “gay” college football star:
“No sense of judgment…. Bravo.” That is how a Prince of Church in the Year of Our Lord 2014 reacts to a celebrity’s announcement that he engages in unspeakable acts—“men with men, working that which is filthy (Romans 1:26)”—acts that cry out to heaven for vengeance, as Churchmen used to teach before the “opening to the world” at Vatican II. Here we see the vast ripple effect of the “who am I to judge?” mantra that Pope Francis launched into the collective consciousness of humanity by going out of his way to speak to reporters about homosexuals in the hierarchy at “a surprise news conference” they had not even requested. The “Francis effect” is disarming prelates and priests alike. It threatens to disarm us as well, unless we take a stand against what is happening.
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.