Confusion has ever run rampant in the post-conciliar Church, but the past two months have arguably been especially noteworthy in this regard.
On April 8th, Amoris Laetitia was published; a document wherein it would appear that the pope had declared that fornication and adutlery are not necessarily mortal sins, and what’s more, Almighty God Himself occasionally asks us to persist in committing them!
The point apparently being, to open the door to Holy Communion for the civilly divorced and remarried, cohabitators, and perhaps even those who persist in homo-deviant acts.
If this wasn’t bad enough, on May 20th, Archbishop Gänswein confirmed what a number of reliable observers had long suspected:
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was carried out with the intention of “expanding” the Petrine Office; “transforming” it in such way that he and his successor would each have a share – one as “an active member,” the other as a “contemplative.”
“Therefore,” Gänswein said, “from 11 February 2013, the papal ministry is not the same as before.”
Talk about confusion!
Is adultery a mortal sin, or not? Can unrepentent public sinners approach Holy Communion, or not? Was Benedict’s resignation valid, or not? Is the blasphemous Argentinian heretic the pope, or not?
With so many pressing questions hanging in the air, it was only a matter of time before a statement would be forthcoming from Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which according to its official profile “is to promote and safeguard the doctrine on the faith and morals throughout the Catholic world: for this reason everything which in any way touches such matter falls within its competence.”
In a recently published interview with the German publication Herder Korrespondenz, Müller removed all doubt; not as to the aforementioned list of pressing questions, but as it concerns the degree to which he can be taken seriously.
The answer? Not in the least.
Rather than lifting a finger in defense of the faith in the face of so much confusion, Müller decided to speak out on the Society of St. Pius X and what he believes to be the condition for its formal canonical recognition; something that has been rumored to possibly take place some time in the near future.
As reported by the tireless Edward Pentin of National Catholic Reporter:
Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said he expects the Society of St. Pius X, which has always opposed the Second Vatican Council’s declarations on religious freedom and ecumenism, to “unreservedly recognize” freedom of religion as a human right, and an obligation to ecumenism.
According to Pentin, Müller said that one cannot discount the Council as “only pastoral chatter” just because it adopted no binding dogmas.
“Religious freedom as a fundamental human right and freedom to protect religion regarding the supernatural revelation in Jesus Christ are recognized by every Catholic without reservation”, he said in reference to the relevant Council declarations.
As an example, Müller pointed to Christ’s Resurrection, which he took care to note had never been proclaimed ex cathedra [infallible] dogma, and yet it “belongs in the center of the creed, it is the foundation.”
I’m not making this up. The head of the CDF actually implied that our obligations with respect to Catholic dogma concerning the Resurrection is comparable to the way in which one should approach the Council’s wholesale novelties.
“Key statements, even if they are not proclaimed ex cathedra,” Müller continued, “are, for us Catholics, still essential.”
As such, he insisted, it is “not acceptable to take one and reject the other.”
In so stating his case, Müller not only made it clear that he is in no way to be taken seriously, he revealed his Catholic IQ; placing himself squarely in the category of functional idiot.
So-called “traditionalists” (aka Catholics) of reasonable intelligence, by contrast, realize that ex cathedra proclamations do not comprise even a majority of the dogmas of the Faith.
As it concerns the Resurrection of Our Lord and its place in the “center of the Creed,” we are well aware of the fact that it comes directly from sacred Scripture!
We are also mindful of the role played by the First Council of Nicea and the First Council of Constantinople in defining the present formula.
Which brings me to Müller’s laughable suggestion that recognition of the Second Vatican Council is “not an unreasonably high hurdle” to overcome with respect to the regularization of the SSPX.
Presumably, by “recognition” he means to say that the Council represents “an integral part of the tradition of the Church;” the prerequisite established by Benedict the Abdicator.
Remember, this Müller is the same German clown that just a few moments earlier said that it’s not acceptable to take one “key statement” of faith and reject others – as if the text of Vatican II doesn’t do exactly that on any number of points; most notably as it concerns the very matters he chose to highlight, religious freedom and ecumenism.
Oh well… None of this news, really.
Rome has long been Satan’s playground, and only a fool ever imagined that Cardinal Müller may have somehow been spared the diabolical disorientation that has infected the overwhelming majority of those in the sacred hierarchy.
Inevitably, the resisters, bless their tenacious but misguided little hearts, took Müller’s statements as vindication for the calumnious Bishop Williamson and his relentless attacks on Bishop Fellay’s reputation and character.
I would refer such persons to Bishop Fellay’s most recent interview wherein he stated unequivocally:
For me it [canonical regularization] is a given, a right to have it, but we’re not going to compromise, to hurt the faith, the discipline of the Church, to get that. We consider it as an injustice not to give it to us, and so we claim our point of view. That’s all. And so if we are put in a choice, let’s say, of between keeping the faith or making a compromise, it’s clear what we’re going to do. We’re not going to compromise.
Get that? No compromises.
At this, I can well anticipate the question being asked:
Given that the validity of Francis’ entire (alleged) pontificate hangs on the validity of Benedict’s intention to “transform” and “expand” the Petrine ministry, what should we make of the Society’s regularization if the Argentinian heretic acts to make it happen?
It’s a good question; one that to my mind is fairly simply answered.
Canonical regularization for the Society is a matter of justice; it is, as Bishop Fellay said, “a right to have it.”
The key is understanding precisely what canonical regularization is, and what it is not.
First, let’s be clear that it is best considered the formal recognition of the Society’s relationship with the Church; an objective reality that remains unchanged whether Francis, Müller, or any other functional idiot affirms it or not.
Let’s also be very clear that canonical regularization in this case would not represent some sort of alliance between the SSPX and the modernists that Our Lord allows to govern His Church, as if it suggests in any way that the former accepts the errors of the latter.
Bottom line: If the disoriented men in Rome formally recognize the SSPX as being entirely Catholic, along with the canonical regularization that should follow, they are simply acknowledging a truth and correcting a grave injustice; nothing more, nothing less.
To read anything more into it is to reveal the woeful state of one’s own Catholic IQ.
So please, don’t be a Müller.
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Bishop Tissier de Mallerais, SSPX:
“At the French Seminary in Rome, Fr. Marc Voegtli, following the teaching of Fr. Deschamps, taught the young Marcel Lefebvre the liberal, Freemasonic agenda in three points:
1. The banishment of Christ the King from government by the secularization of the State;
2. eliminating the Mass which would result from the persecution of the Church by legal means, and ultimately the secularization of the Church itself, the supreme plot of initiated Masons; in order
3. finally to suppress the grace of Jesus Christ High Priest in souls—the very secularization of Catholic souls. All of this happened after the Second Vatican Council…
What Archbishop Lefebvre did is reverse this satanic program in order to come up with the Catholic program, which is that of the Society of St. Pius X, also in three points:
1. Restore to the faithful the Mass—the true Mass, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass—which is the source and expression of the reign of Jesus Christ.
2. By the grace of the Mass, form an elite of faithful Catholics living in the state of grace; and
3. through the work of this elite in public institutions—not just in ecclesiastical organizations, but also in openly Catholic civil organizations—re-crown our Lord Jesus Christ in society: “Omnia instaurare in Christo—Establish all things in Christ,” according to the motto of St. Pius X.
This is the program Archbishop Lefebvre tried to explain to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Benedict XVI, in a meeting they had in Rome on July 14, 1987:
‘Eminence… you are working to dechristianize society and the Church, and we are working to Christianize them. For us, our Lord Jesus Christ is everything, He is our life. The Church is our Lord Jesus Christ; the priest is another Christ; the Mass is the triumph of Jesus Christ on the cross; in our seminaries everything tends towards the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ. But You! You are doing the opposite: you have just wanted to prove to me that our Lord Jesus Christ cannot, and must not, reign over society.
For us, our Lord Jesus Christ is everything!’ “
Archbishop Lefebvre, May 30, 1988, to the superiors of the Society:
“Thus, a moral problem is posed for all of us.
Must we run the risk of contacts with this modernist atmosphere in the hope of converting some souls, and with the hope of fortifying ourselves beforehand with the grace of God and the virtue of prudence, and thus remain legally united to Rome according to the letter, as we are in reality and in spirit?
Or must we, before all else, preserve the traditional family to maintain its cohesion and vigor in the Faith and in grace, considering that the purely formal tie with modernist Rome cannot be as important as the protection of this family, representing those who remain faithful to the Catholic Church?
What do God and the Holy Trinity, and Our Lady of Fatima ask of us in response to this question?
It is clear that four bishops will fortify us better than just one. The decision must be taken within 48 hours.
Reflect. Pray. Please give me your opinion, even in writing if you wish, and it will be my duty, with the help of the Holy Ghost, and Our Lady the Queen, to make a decision.”
Some religions say it is OK to lie, cheat, steal and murder to advance their “faith”
Some religions say its OK to worship flowers, the sun, and rocks.
Some religions say its OK to boink a nine year old girl.
Some religions say its OK to crucify young boys.
Some religions say its OK to torture an infidel.
Some religions say its OK worship multiple “gods”
Some religions say its OK to have sex with anyone you desire.
Some religions say its OK to stone adulterers to death.
Some religions say its OK to throw homosexuals off a building.
Some religions say its OK to set a 12 year old girl on fire if her parents can’t afford to pay extortion money.
Some religions say its OK to smoke dope.
Some religions say its OK to slice off the heads of Jews.
According to Mr Muller everyone who holds to these precepts are well within their “human rights” to do so.
I say, there is no human right to freedom of religion when that religion is false.
So Mr Muller, do you believe these religions are as equally true as the Catholic faith founded by God in the flesh of Jesus Christ? If so,then you must at least tacitly support the above named practices no?
It seems to me, (and I do not have a degree in philosophy or theology , thank God,) that Catholicism and all the other mentioned “religions” cannot both be true. And, if you believe Catholicism is true, how can you then lend support the above named practices? especially when I really do not see Jesus as approving the above practices anywhere in Scripture.
I am seeing a conflict here buddy, because you say you are Catholic, but you seem to support the right of anybody to do anything in the name of “freedom of religion”
Actually, your belief in “freedom of religion” sounds exactly like Satanism to me… do whatever youwant whenever you want with no restrictions…but again I’m just an ignorant lay Catholic person…not a prince of the Catholic Church.
Michael F Poulin
Amen to that! Evil has no rights. Rights come from duties and one only has a duty to follow the True Religion not false ones. The State also has the duty to protect and promote the True Religion.
Flashback. Cardinal Müller on the Dogma of Our Lady’s Perpetual Virginity:
“This dependence, this obedience of the mind, this obedience of the will, this submission of our hearts, this docility of our intelligence in receiving the truth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, what a beautiful thing.
My dear friends, this is what the faithful here present and all those whom they represent all over the world they have come here from all over the world, representing many others this is what they expect from you, that you bring to them the truths of Tradition, this dependence upon God.
This is what Christendom is. Christendom is a regime of dependence upon the Reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our King, and we wish Him to be our King; and we submit ourselves to our King, through our good Mother in heaven who gives us the example of a perfect dependence upon Jesus.
And you have been taught also to put yourselves on your guard against what undermines and reduces to naught this spirit of dependence. Now you know it well, you have sufficiently studied, read and listened, and you know that the spirit of independence has always existed in many since original sin. It was the spirit of independence that pushed our first parents to sin, and the spirit of independence has remained all through the centuries. The Good Lord has punished it, pursued it, and has put under His dependence a special people in order to teach dependence on God and keep this dependence on God in the world.”
I give you the defender of Catholicism, “Cardinal” Mueller: http://api.ning.com/files/n6JmThHrscYsskBRXNdzNt6YlP62QFC4b2frj627vOVMLT96TYQGXj2W3lvrC4WFoEU7zCgTwlxGABIlacnYnlV3XPi4enP0/477_Muller.jpg?width=500
If a picture is worth a thousand words, why am I speechless???
“At this, I can well anticipate the question being asked:
Given that the validity of Francis’ entire (alleged) pontificate hangs on the validity of Benedict’s intention to “transform” and “expand” the Petrine ministry, what should we make of the Society’s regularization if the Argentinian heretic acts to make it happen?”
Not a good question but an excellent question.
Wonder if Benedict sent out his aide WITH THE INTENT to question the Argentinian’s bona fides? After all, the Gallen mafia did “make the boss do it”.
Wouldn’t put it past them.
Here’s some words…how about that lady directly behind them, submitting to that forced smile? How she and so many of us are made to feel guilty if we are not P.C. It’s that same dumbfounded look I have upon my face when, for example, I pull up to McDonald’s drive through or something and am greeted by a kid with a bullring in his nose. I must not react, but keep my composure as if ALL is well. OF COURSE all is well in our church! That’s what that picture is saying. Maybe next time he can place some pencils or something into his nostrils and really fit in with the world. Upside down and backwards as the devil. Just keep smiling…Just keep smiling. This is so uncomfortable. My face hurts.
Bishop Tissier de Mallerais:
“…The only question is to know what testimony we ought to give today in the church. In front of the church. Publicly in the church. What testimony we ought to give to the church. As true Catholics! As a light on the candlestick and not under the bushel of the Second Vatican Council. What is our duty? It is to bear witness! To bear witness for the Tradition of the Church! It is very simple. As true Catholic faithful. As saintly Christians who strive through their saintliness, first of all, let us continue praying our daily Rosary! The great means given by Our Lady to save our souls and the Church. Now, let us pray our daily Rosary, let us practice the 5 First Saturdays in spirit of expiation of the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Let us continue our devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Secondly, let us persevere. Keep on, in the true Catholic Faith, in the true catechisms, in the true Catholic Mass, in the true teaching of the Church, in the true Catholic schools. And thirdly, let us persevere, let us keep on striving towards saintliness. Our Lord Jesus Christ said, in the Gospel, “he who shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved!” I would say, he who shall persevere in the Faith til the end of the crisis in the Church, he will save his soul and the Church! Thanks to the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
That is true. The Church in its apostate state is full of wicked deceit – and the truth speaker is hated and feared.
This sermon makes your point, Cortez:
We must never “stop clapping” for the sunshine of Vatican 2.
The sunshine of Vatican 2:
Cortez–you are so right. We are living in what used to be called “a freak show” and many are so desentitized that just “go along to get along.” Of course, those you look weird do it to be noticed, but if you make a comment, you’d better be ready for reprisals. What hurts most is the Modern “church” which has brought this weirdness to a point of acceptance and, worst of all, sometimes praise. It’s sick!
Article of interest for all of us:
Maybe they are starting to feel a little uncomfortable??
Dear my2cents, thanks for the link. I just read the comment of Fr Rosica
Fr. Rosica said about traditional Catholic bloggers-
“Often times the obsessed, scrupulous, self-appointed, nostalgia-hankering virtual guardians of faith or of liturgical practices are very disturbed, broken and angry individuals, who never found a platform or pulpit in real life and so resort to the Internet and become trolling pontiffs and holy executioners!..in reality they are deeply troubled, sad and angry people.”
Here is my answer to you Fr Rosica:
Obsessed: Obsession is OK when it comes to eternal life, there is nothing wrong with having your final goal in mind at all times.
Scrupulous: Well none of my traditional Catholic friends are scrupulous, I suspect most are not, and some who appear to be are not intense to their faith to a fault, but only driven by their respect for the faith and the martyrs who died for it over the centuries. To do what is right by them in worship and practice is to honor our dead. I am a traditionalist aka Catholic, yet usually I am a bit lazy in prayer and practice. I have only just recently memorized the St Michael prayer, the Angelus, the Hail Holy Queen, and I just keep confusing the Nicene and Apostles’ creeds. Ihave not memorized the mysteries of the Rosary either, I need a cheat sheet. But I am not so scrupulous that it keeps me up at night, God knows my heart. Besides, when I borrow something, I want to return it to the original owner as clean as when I got it. If you can do that for a rental car, certainly you can do it for the faith that God gave you.
Self-appointed. Well people like Patrick Madrid, Scott Hahn, Fr XYZ and all the rest do not have permission from their bishops to publish their work, but they go ahead and do it anyway. At least the traditional Catholics are the only ones defending the faith as it has been passed down for centuries with vigor and zeal against the inversion of Vatican II, they are filling the gap left by the lazy and world-infected humanist centered clergy. And besides, it is every Catholic’s duty to defend the faith of the Ages, so we are not self-appointed, we are already tasked with that authority.
Nostalgia-hankering: This insult implies that there was something wrong with the faith before the 1960’s and Vatican II. When I look at the historical faith before the 1960’s I see a strong, vigourous, manly and evangelizing faith, a light to the world – something I do not see now. I like rockabilly music from the 1950’s too, so is enjoyment of the past really so bad?? It is a common error of people living today to think that they are smarter than those of the past. The people of the past cannot defend themselves against the slanderers of the present, so we have to defend them. And something like using the Latin langauge is actually a means of uniting various people, not dividing. You Vatican II priests are OK with a Spanish Mass or a Vietnamese Mass, or a Polish Mass, but Latin? I had one priest in Spencer Massachusetts turn and scream at my wife and her friend “over my dead body!” at the mere mention of a Latin Mass – he reminded me of Marvin the Martian – very angry indeed!!
Virtual guardians of the faith and liturgical practices: Do a Google image search for “clown Mass” and try not to puke. OK Fr Rosica, listen closely – The only reason us lay traditional Catholics are doing what we do is because the bishops are by and large failures at performing their basic duties.
Very disturbed, broken and angry individuals: If evil does not disturb you, you are spiritually dead already. I count myself proud to be among the broken, because that is where Jesus Christ is – always has been by my side. And anger is justified when it is in defense the faith. Jesus cleansed the Temple because he was defending His Father’s house, which He said was “ a house of Prayer.” The clowns of Vatican II have turned what is left of our Churches into Chucky Cheeses. I am very disturbed Mr Rosica that my Baptismal church has been converted in a mosque (Saint Matthews Church, Indian Orchard Massachusetts) , and my wife’s childhood church has been bull-dozed down by a diocese still in the grips of a homosexual child predator clergy. I have every right to be angry, and I will use anything I can find to whip the desacrators out of our Temples.
Who never found a platform or pulpit in real life..resort to the Internet to become trolling pontiffs…: Wow, that’s quite the phrase. I imagine you Mr Rosica are so good at psychoanalysis that you can diagnose people remotely from a few sentences on the Internet. I have had several platforms in life, such as teaching Catechism and Bible courses, yet I always tried to inspire others to search on their own, and be curious, in order to share my joy of discovery of the Catholic faith, not for self-promotion. Everyone uses the Internet to communicate, just as St Paul used the pagan Roman road system to spread the faith… so what? The “trolling pontiff” remark is surprising, because what I read from most traditional Catholics blogs are that they are providing exact quotes of past Popes and comparing what was definitively taught in the past to what is being put forward to today’s Popes. The Internet has allowed us to expose the foolishness of the Vatican II schemers by allowing us to quickly search what the Church has taught always and everywhere. There is nothing wrong with pointing out inconsistencies and deviation from the Faith of the past. Again, it is the duty of the clergy to do same, and yet it is so obvious that they have not only failed at preserving the Faith, but have actually attempted to change and destroy it, and make up new shit along the way. So it is my right as a Catholic to correct the errors of a brother whomever it might be…Popes included. Of course, whenever the agenda of the Modernists gets challenged, they growl like dogs.
Deeply troubled, sad and angry people: You don’t get out much do you Fr Rosica? All the traditional Catholics that I know are some of the most pleasant, likeable, warm, friendly, honest, loving people I have ever met; and wildly funny too, priests included. You mistake our gravitas when practicing our faith as some type of imperiousness and joyless smugness, really its just a serious desire to please the Father. Our sadness comes from standing at the foot of the cross, like Our Mother Mary watching her innocent Son get murdered…that is our sadness when we see our beloved Church being murdered by Modernist heretics.
Michael F Poulin
Likes Surf Rock’n’Roll and peanut butter and jelly on a bagel.
“I shall make mine the famous motto: ‘I shall endure.'”
Dear Mr. Poulin,
Wonderful comments! Here is my little adage, albeit a bit simplistic, but worth remembering: “All heresy begins below the belt.”
Our Lady keep you.
Muller is “Pope” Francis’ court jester. Francis keeps him around because he’s amused by his quasi-orthodox antics.