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Chris Jackson | Remnant Columnist

This is not the title of a satire. Instead, it succinctly describes the absurd state of the Church of Vatican II. In yet another hypocritical and unjust move, Cardinal João Braz de Aviz of the Congregation of Religious put the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate under Apostolic Visitation (investigation) as of May 19, 2014.  According to the Pray4TheFriars blogsite:

The general house located near Frattocchie (Rome area) is now ‘chaired’ by Sr. Fernanda Barbiero – Institute of Teaching Sisters of St. Dorothea. I don’t have exact infos on her stances, but at a first glance and for what I read from her, she seems moderately progressive-leaning. Whilst Sr. Fernanda has just a visiting tenure, it seems she’s been provided with vast power to rule the Order.

The Sisters’ crime? According to Fr. Fidenzio Volpi, who is currently busy destroying the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, the Sisters are guilty of a “distorted mentality.”

This week CBS Los Angeles reported the story "Group called 'Roman Catholic Womenpriests' Say They Are Defying The Church to Answer a Call From God." It included the following video:

As usual, the report is filled with misinformation. For starters, John Paul II did not decide a mere twenty years ago that there can never be womenpriests in the Catholic Church. That decision was made by Christ 2,000 years ago when he chose his apostles, twelve men, to be his first priests and bishops. Since the priest acts in the very person of Christ at the altar, and Christ was a man, it is impossible for a woman to be a priest.

The hits keep coming fast and furious this week. On May 7, Commonweal Magazine published an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper entitled, “Merciful God, Merciful Church.” The introduction to the article starts as follows:

During his first Angelus address, Pope Francis recommended a work of theology that “has done me so much good” because it “says that mercy changes everything; it changes the world by making it less cold and more fair.” That book is Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life by Cardinal Walter Kasper…

The article goes downhill from there. Nevertheless, since Cardinal Kasper is highly thought of by Pope Francis, what he thinks is unfortunately relevant. I will thus attempt to pick out some of the Cardinal’s interview “gems” and give some commentary.

Right out of the gate, the Cardinal gives an interesting commentary on Exodus:

Kasper: God’s relation to Moses in the Burning Bush is not “I am,” but “I am with you. I am for you. I am going with you.”

Hmm. Let me check that…

Exodus 3:14:God said to Moses: I AM WHO AM. He said: Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel: HE WHO IS, hath sent me to you.

Interesting…. Anyway, Kasper continues…

Pius VToday is the Traditional Feast day of St. Pius V, the pope who, in 1570, gave us the bull Quo Primum. Quo Primum established the Traditional Latin Mass as the Mass of the Roman Rite and gave all priests a right to say this Mass with no need for perission from any bishop.

In addition Quo Primum fixed the Traditional Latin Mass in perpetuity forbidding any substantive change to it. The Neo-Catholics, sadly, have attempted to minimize the importance of Quo Primum by a few stock arguments. One of those arguments begins by saying that St. Pius V cannot bind future popes in matters of Church discipline.

This much is true. Where the Neo-Catholics err, however, is believing that the Traditional Mass is a mere matter of Church discipline. By this logic the Mass becomes the personal plaything of the pope, subject to the whims of whatever pontiff happens to be in office. To take this logic to its extreme, a Neo-Catholic would be forced to admit that tomorrow Pope Francis could eliminate all Eastern Rite liturgies, replace them with Novus Ordo folk Masses and be completely within his rights to do so. If this logic sounds strange to you, it should.

In the below video Canon Gregory Hesse, (Canon lawyer, Doctor of Thomistic Theology and former Secretary to Cardinal Stickler), explains why the popular Neo-Catholic talking point on Quo Primum is wrong. St. Pius V, pray for us!

Today is the Traditional Feast Day of St. Athanasius, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church. Although he lived nearly 1700 years ago, St. Athanasius’ example is very relevant for Catholics in our day. St. Athanasius lived in a time of severe crisis for the Church; a time when the vast majority of Churchmen and faithful followed the novel teaching of Arius, against the teaching of Tradition.

It was a time where bishops and priests “in full Communion” with the Catholic Church, not suspended or censured in any way, ran Catholic dioceses and parishes. They taught and preached Arianism from their sees and their pulpits. Catholics faithful to Tradition, led by St. Athanasius, were repeatedly banished and exiled from the “official” churches by these men and rebuked as disobedient schismatics.

As we celebrate the Traditional Feast of St. Catherine of Siena today, we remember how a great Saint and Doctor of the Church dealt with grievous papal failings in her own day. Her response stands as a forceful indictment of the many Neo-Catholic apologists who chastise Traditionalists for speaking out against any and all actions of the Pope.

For the Neo-Catholic, the only acceptable reaction is to stand by in absolute and abject silence. This was not, however, the view of St. Catherine. Her letter to Pope Gregory XI (below) stands as a testimony to the moral obligation of all Catholics to correct and admonish their erring pastors. Even, if necessary, the pope himself.

To do so is an act of charity not only for the sake of the pope, but for the sake of the entire Church. This has never been truer than in our time today. Sadly, we can all see that this letter to Pope Gregory XI in the 1370’s could be written to our own Holy Father today, practically word for word.

St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church, Pray for Us!

Canonizations 

This, no doubt, will be a very tough weekend for many Traditional Catholics to have to endure. The party atmosphere alone will be enough to make us wince. But on top of this, we will have to watch and/or encounter thousands of faithful who will be blissfully unaware that they are witnessing one of the most grievous prudential errors in the history of the Church. Instead they will be laughing, singing, shouting, and cavorting, much like the atmosphere at a World Youth Day.

Even though the promoter of John Paul II’s cause himself said the late pontiff was not being canonized for his pontificate, we will no doubt, have to hear George Weigel and others disregard this unprecedented qualification and praise John Paul II’s pontificate anyway.