Readers will recall that Jorge Bergoglio (stage name, Francis) was called on the carpet several weeks ago by the conciliar church Board of Directors (more commonly known as the Chief Rabbinate of Israel) for daring to strike a Catholic tone during his audience of 11 August wherein he stated:
The [Mosaic] Law, however, does not give life, it does not offer the fulfillment of the promise because it is not capable of being able to fulfill it … Those who seek life need to look to the promise and to its fulfillment in Christ.
In response to this violation of the concessionary terms set forth in the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate and further defined in related post-conciliar texts, the rabbis issued a citation in the form of a cease-and-desist letter addressed to Cardinal Kurt Koch, head of the Unholy See’s Commission for Obedience to the Jews.
The rabbis made it clear that they expect the Captains of Newchurch to strictly adhere to the conciliar agreement by firmly and publicly rejecting authentic Catholic doctrine concerning the Mosaic Law, which, according to their understanding, “had been fully repudiated by the Church.”
Specifically, the letter called for steps be taken so “that any derogatory conclusions drawn from this homily are clearly repudiated.”
In a letter dated 3 September and recently made public, Koch, writing on behalf of Bergoglio, who has served as the CEO of Conciliar Church, Inc. since March 2013, did as requested. He writes:
The abiding Christian conviction is that Jesus Christ is the new way of salvation. However, this does not mean that the Torah is diminished or no longer recognized as the “way of salvation for Jews.”
This, of course, is blatant heresy, and it is nothing new for these men and those who think like them. As the 2015 document, The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable, states:
From the Christian confession that there can be only one path to salvation, however, it does not in any way follow that the Jews are excluded from God’s salvation because they do not believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah of Israel and the Son of God.
You see, as far as Occupied Rome is concerned, there are at least two highways to Heaven, Jesus Christ being just one of them. Never mind that He said, “I am the way.” According to the Unholy See, that was just hyperbole, and the Jews can still get there via the Torah Turnpike, a toll road with no less than 613 collection points.
While Catholic reaction to Koch’s letter has largely been one of outrage, the rabbis are entirely correct; the idea that the Old Law has been abolished really “had been fully repudiated by the Church,” provided one understands that the “church” in question is not the Catholic Church but rather the conciliar church.
As for the one true Church of Christ, the Holy Roman Catholic Church, its doctrine concerning salvation vis-à-vis the Mosaic Law has not, and indeed cannot, change.
Let’s review, beginning with the Council of Trent.
First, a definition is in order: When speaking of a “way of salvation,” we are addressing questions of justification. How is fallen mankind justified? How are sinners made righteous, holy, and acceptable to God? How may we receive divine sonship and inherit eternal life?
On this note, the Council of Trent reminds us that baptism “is the sacrament of faith, without which no man was ever justified” (On Justification, Chapter VII).
Get that? Apart from baptism, no man can ever be justified. This, of course, is an eminently basic, fundamental Christian truth.
Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)
As we profess in the Creed, “I believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sin.” Though the sacrament of baptism also cleanses one of personal sin, the sin being addressed here is original sin and the resulting loss of sanctifying grace, which is restored in man only by way of baptism.
So, when Trent states that baptism “is the sacrament of faith,” it is speaking specifically of the theological virtue of faith that is imparted (along with hope and charity) in baptism. The council went on to teach that this “faith is the beginning of human salvation, the foundation, and the root of all Justification; without which it is impossible to please God, and to come unto the fellowship of His sons.”
Again, there is no equivocation, it is impossible…
Lest the true Catholic doctrine concerning the way of salvation for Jews remain unclear, the Fathers of Trent directly addressed the futility of the Mosaic Law, stating [with emphasis added]:
On the Inability of Nature and of the Law to justify man.
The holy Synod declares first, that, for the correct and sound understanding of the doctrine of Justification, it is necessary that each one recognize and confess, that, whereas all men had lost their innocence in the prevarication of Adam – having become unclean, and, as the apostle says, by nature children of wrath, as (this Synod) has set forth in the decree on original sin, they were so far the servants of sin, and under the power of the devil and of death, that not the Gentiles only by the force of nature, but not even the Jews by the very letter itself of the law of Moses, were able to be liberated, or to arise, therefrom; although free will, attenuated as it was in its powers, and bent down, was by no means extinguished in them. (ibid., Chapter I)
So, just how binding is this teaching?
In the preamble to its treatment of justification, the Fathers of Trent plainly state their intention to:
…expound to all the faithful of Christ the true and sound doctrine touching the said Justification; which the sun of justice, Christ Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, taught, which the apostles transmitted, and which the Catholic Church, the Holy Ghost reminding her thereof, has always retained; most strictly forbidding that any henceforth presume to believe, preach, or teach, otherwise than as by this present decree is defined and declared.
In other words, the council is declaring that the doctrine that follows (cited above) concerns divine revelation and must be definitively held; it is an infallible teaching that all are required to believe with divine and Catholic faith.
NB: The obligation to hold this doctrine, and the corresponding duty to refrain from anything contrary, extends to believing, preaching, and teaching, with the latter two being public acts. In other words, it is heresy to knowingly express a contrary doctrine in any of these ways. It’s not necessary, therefore, for a formal decree to be issued attempting to definitively bind Catholics to an opposing doctrine, it is enough for the error to be preached or taught.
With this in mind, the council declares [with emphasis added]:
If any one saith, that man may be justified before God by his own works, whether done through the teaching of human nature, or that of the law [of Moses], without the grace of God through Jesus Christ; let him be anathema. (ibid., Canon I)
Let him be anathema… This means, let all concerned understand well that this individual is severed from the body of the Church and is no longer a member thereof, i.e., such a one simply is not Catholic.
So, how should one expect a true pope, and indeed a true member of the Church of any rank, to believe, preach, or teach on the Mosaic Law?
Pope Pius XII provides a wonderful example in his Encyclical, Mystici Corporis:
And first of all, by the death of our Redeemer, the New Testament took the place of the Old Law which had been abolished … On the Cross then the Old Law died, soon to be buried and to be a bearer of death. (cf, Mystici Corporis, 29, 30)
The Holy Father does not mince words: Not only is the Old Law incapable of giving life, it is an instrument of death for those who foolishly attempt to abide in it as a means of justification.
More could be written to underscore the critically important lesson to be learned from the recent exchange between the modernists in the Vatican and Jewish leaders, but I trust it’s not necessary; the reality of the present situation couldn’t possibly be clearer:
Jorge Bergoglio, Kurt Koch, and those who believe, preach, or teach as they do – in this case, on the Law of Moses as a “way of salvation for Jews” – are anathema, that is to say, they are excluded from the society of the faithful, i.e., they are not members of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. And this, not by virtue of some formal ruling, but by virtue of the heresy itself. As Pope Pius XII stated:
For not every sin, however grave it may be, is such as of its own nature to sever a man from the Body of the Church, as does schism or heresy or apostasy. (Mystici Corporis 23)
Why any sincere Catholic would continue to insist on calling these men Catholic, even going so far as to refer to the miscreants mentioned by name above as “Vicar of Christ” and “Prince of the Church” respectively, is beyond my comprehension.