In an October 28th letter addressed to Members of the Society, Fr. Davide Pagliarani, Superior General of the SSPX, addressed the events in Rome of the past several weeks.
Using what some observers are calling “tough talk” and “strong language,” Fr. Pagliarani wrote, “The recent Synod on the Amazon was witness to terrible scenes…”
Among those scenes, he listed the following:
– The abomination of idolatrous rites within the sanctuary of God
– The final document attacked the holiness of the Catholic priesthood
– The push for both the abolition of ecclesiastical celibacy and the establishment of a female deaconate
He went on decry the “pagan elements [that] are increasingly integrated into divine worship,” making the same point that was made in this space yesterday:
The liturgy that followed the Second Vatican Council is perfectly suited to this.
Though Fr. Pagliarani refrained from invoking the “H” word, he actually went a step further still, identifying the abovementioned activities as “putrid fruits” brought about by “the seeds of apostasy … at work in the Council.”
Tough talk and strong language?
Perhaps, but let’s be honest, cutting-edge spiritual insight it is not; rather, these observations were obvious to most “Members of the Society” already. Much less does the letter represent genuine leadership in what most certainly amounts to wartime.
What stands out the most in Fr. Pagliarani’s letter is what it does not say.
Nowhere does he dare utter the name of he who is chiefly responsible for ushering in these grave offenses against Jesus Christ – Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who also happens to be posing as the Supreme Pontiff.
I suppose it makes sense that Fr. Pagliarani would refrain from mentioning “Francis” (as he is known), for to do so would only serve to highlight an even greater lacuna in his letter; namely, his failure to draw the only logical conclusion that a person of Catholic faith can draw about such a man.
While early on in the “so-called pontificate of Francis” (to quote Fr. Gruner yet again) blindness and ignorance were perhaps viable excuses for failing to call a spade a spade, we have arrived at a point where it is intellectually and spiritually dishonest for any Catholic worthy of the name – most especially a cleric – to deny that Jorge Bergoglio has, of his own doing, severed himself from the Mystical Body of Christ.
Seriously, folks, are there any who sincerely believe that Jorge Mario Bergoglio is “enriched by Christ above all other pastors with the supernatural gifts of knowledge, understanding and wisdom, so that he may loyally preserve the treasury of faith, defend it vigorously, and explain it and confirm it with reverence and devotion?” (cf Mystici Coporis 50)
Are there any who would sooner die a martyr’s death than to deny that the scoundrel known as “Pope Francis” is “the permanent principle and visible foundation of unity for both the whole multitude of believers and those in episcopal office?” (see Vatican Council I, First Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of Christ)
Are any even moderately well-formed Catholics willing to express “unity with Francis in communion and in profession of the same faith,” even now, after more than six years of witnessing, in both his words and his deeds, that his is not the Holy Catholic faith? (ibid.)
Fr. Pagliarani’s letter went on to call for reparations for the “attacks on the holiness of Holy Mother the Church.” Indeed, this is laudable and necessary.
It is, however, but a half-step. It is very much like a shepherd who is all for dressing the wounds of the sheep, but who has not the spine to stand up to their attacker, and so he timidly consents to the wolf’s continued presence in the fold where he is left free to devour the innocent however he wishes.
The bottom line is simple:
Idolatry, pagan worship, attacks against the priesthood, apostasy, etc., these are antithetical to membership in the Holy Catholic Church; much more so are they utterly incompatible with the Office of Peter.
Forget being the Roman Pontiff! Jorge Bergoglio does not qualify as even the lowest member of the Catholic Church, not according to my own definition, but according to the bimillennial teaching of the sacred magisterium as repeated by Pope Pius XII, who stated:
Actually only those are to be included as members of the Church who have been baptized and profess the true faith … The cooperation of all its members must also be externally manifest through their profession of the same faith and their sharing the same sacred rites, through participation in the same Sacrifice, and the practical observance of the same laws. (cf Mystici Corporis)
Pope Pius XII also reiterated the faith of the Church when he stated that “heresy and apostasy of their own nature sever a man from the Body of the Church.” (ibid.)
Fr. Pagliarani’s letter makes it plain that he recognizes Bergoglio’s apostasy. Surely, he also knows very well what the Church teaches about the consequences of such things.
So, until such time as he is willing to openly declare – for the sake of the innocent, out of reverence for Christ – that Jorge Mario Bergoglio has severed himself from the Body of the Church, all of the “tough talk” and “strong language” in the world will not make of him a true shepherd and defender of Catholic tradition.