How do we walk out on this terrible movie! LOL.
I stopped paying for the sh*t show when the drunk of a priest told my young children Confession was not necessary about 15 years ago, but check out what was printed on collection envelopes for the Third Sunday of Easter:
Have a look at the quote on our offertory envelopes for the Third Sunday of Lent: “Everyone has his own idea of good and evil, and must choose to follow the good and fight the evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”
They are picking up the pace of grand larceny.
Some good reminders on this blog post from the saints:
Now when [the Pope] is explicitly a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church must either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See.”
St. Francis de Sales, “The Catholic Controversy”
“…a pope who is a manifest heretic by that fact ceases to be pope and head, just as he by that fact ceases to be a Christian and a member of the body of the Church; wherefore he can be judged and punished by the Church. This is the judgment of all the early fathers, who teach that manifest heretics immediately lose all jurisdiction.”
St. Robert Bellarmine, “On the Roman Pontiff”
“If God permitted a pope to be notoriously heretical and contumacious, he would then cease to be pope, and the Apostolic Chair would be vacant.”
St. Alphonsus de Liguori, “The Truths of the Faith”
I know, I know. Our beloved Fr. Z is taking the position that the pope has not changed Church teaching and consequently we are all overreacting to the pope's written instructions to our family to contradict Church teaching and practice adultery and receive Christ's Blood in a state of perpetual mortal sin.
Let's just put our imaginations to use with this peculiar suggestion.
Let's imagine Pope Francis decided to add a chapter about celibacy of priests, perhaps suggesting celibacy is a serious misuse of conciliar teaching as it endangers a vocation and causes priests to make a booty calls at highway rest stops - and in a footnote suggests a subscription to Tinder and a room be set aside in rectories for an afternoon delight
Do you think for five minutes Fr. Z would be telling people to smoke the Church-teaching-hasn't-changed crackpipe?
What's that you say?
You think this is far-fetched?
I don't think Fr. Z has come to grips with what this does to PEOPLE. The people we love and care about.
It hasn't hit Fr. Z. where it hurts. He would have a whole new perspective if the pope's theological errors were put into a context that would affect his immediate family.
Let's think about the theological error:
Speaking of divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, Francis writes: “In such situations, many people, knowing and accepting the possibility of living ‘as brothers and sisters’ which the Church offers them, point out that if certain expressions of intimacy [i.e., sexual intercourse] are lacking ‘it often happens that faithfulness is endangered and the good of the children suffers’ ( Gaudium et spes, 51).” AL fn. 329. I fear this is a serious misuse of a conciliar teaching.
I am honestly stunned by the spiritual bankruptcy of this suggestion.
What's next? Fasting makes people fat?
The prohibitions in the Commandments cause people to sin so that must mean the Commandments are against 'conciliar' teaching?
The Holy Father doesn't seem to get the spiritual intimacy and power of fasting and how voluntary fasting from sex in irregular situations, single people and most especially priests is kryptonite against the devil. He seems completely clueless about one the most lethal weapons against the devil in our arsenal.
In this paragraph, Pope Francis suggests the root causes of adultery can be found a couple who have been converted and enlightened and refraining from mortal sin on their journey to making their situation regular and tells these couples the Commandments are a misuse of Church teaching and to go ahead and commit adultery with each other. As if that makes it better.
You want to talk about a burden being foisted upon a marriage?
The pope has written a thesis that mandates the commission of sin based upon the relationship identity of a person struggling with lust and tempting a practicing Catholic to commit adultery.
What about women abstaining from adultery before marriage?
Don't they cause cheating and destruction?
This pope has started a list of who should commit adultery in accordance with 'conciliar' Church teaching. Just my luck I'm not on it. It's a cruel world!
This is a good time to re-post Fr. McCloskey's article on the rhetoric of the antichrist. He posted it last year on facebook with a link that said 'Are you ready?'
I don't think Pope Francis was ready. It's a crying shame because it is going to get ugly. I was hoping this spiritual confrontation would be foisted upon another generation. Getting ready for it is a lot of spiritual work and I really wasn't up for rallying for it.
But the publication of this turd has reminded me that I am much more than willing to rise to the challenge. Worthy is the Lamb.
Excellent and timely advice from our friend "Ever Mindful":
You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.
We were born to live in this hour in Christendom. Let's roll!