Consapevoli del Male
Apostolic Letter of the Holy Roman Pontiff on the failure of the Church
Aware of the evil that has been perpetrated over much of the last century by many who were pleased to call themselves Catholic, including even certain of Our predecessors, We address the peoples of the world with a heavy heart; laden with regret and sincere contrition.
2. Throughout that period of time, men of the Church, whether by ignorance or guile, chose to actively pursue a mission rather unlike that which was given to her by the Lord who said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” [i]
3. In previous centuries, Our predecessors of blessed memory, most notably Pope St. Pius X, dealt most wisely with such men; firmly correcting their errors whilest ruling the Household of God with condemnations when necessary, exhortations in all seasons and above all with the solicitous love of a true father, setting clear boundaries beyond which no man dare step lest he depart from the one true faith established by Our Blessed Lord.
4. In spite of all diligence, certain of the modernists [ii] persisted in plotting ways to justify circumventing the demands inherent to the mission of the Holy Catholic Church, which is nothing less than the “Kingdom of Christ on earth, destined to be spread among all men and all nations.” [iii] Their machinations were by necessity carried out in secret, careful to remain hidden in the shadows; for to do so in the plain light of day was to admit before God and man, thanks to the clarity of teaching provided by the Roman Pontiffs of that age, his manifest unworthiness of the very name, “Catholic.”
5. Beginning in earnest during the preparatory years leading up to Vatican Council II, the modernist supplanters were encouraged to emerge from their lairs to promote false doctrines, the same previously condemned, not unto rebuke, but unto the warm embrace of likeminded prelates even to the highest places.
6. While it is Our intention to address in the course of Our pontificate the entirety of the conciliar text with the piercing precision rightly expected of the Successors of St. Peter for the welfare of the entire family of God, at present We will limit Ourselves to speaking of those most bitter fruits of the Council known as “ecumenism” and “religious freedom.”
7. At the urging of sinful men whose insatiable appetites for novelty and human acclaim know of no discernable bounds, the Council Fathers collectively called for a cease fire whereby the Church Militant, in her members, would lay down “the weapons of our warfare, mighty to God, unto the pulling down of fortifications, destroying counsels, and every height that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God: and bringing into captivity every understanding unto the obedience of Christ.” (cf 2 Cor. 10)
8. In the decades that followed, men of the Church, from the lowest places even to the Office of Peter, were content to behave, in both word and deed, as if “every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true.” [iv]
9. In departing from the true faith in presuming to imagine that God grants to man the right to reject His saving truth, wayward churchmen found it expedient to address the heretics and schismatics as if each presently and collectively enjoys membership in communities, too numerous to number, used by Our Lord “as means of salvation,” [v] when in truth His Mystical Body, the Holy Catholic Church, is the solitary community of salvation established by the Savior.
10. If this were not offense enough against both God and man, even those who have yet to pass through the waters of Baptism were treated by these same churchmen as if saved.
The Jewish People, for instance, the same Peoples from whom Our Blessed Lord came and wept at their recalcitrance, were suddenly looked upon, not as a People who have need to “repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins” (cf Acts 2:38) but as those who could at once scoff at the Cross, and yet somehow in this same Cross be “reconciled as one in Christ” with the children of the Church. [vi]
11. Also were the Muslims looked upon and treated as a people who already “adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all-powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth,” [vii] even as they dwell in the darkness and error of a false religion that rejects Christ and thereby He who sent Him. (Luke 10:16)
12. Many more examples could be cited wherein our churchmen neglected to “baptize the nations, teaching them all that Our Blessed Lord commanded” (cf Mt. 28:18-20) as was their duty to do, but at this let Us express Our heartfelt sorrow for having failed not only the Lord who paid so great a price for our Redemption, but the entire human race, the object of His saving work.
13. We shudder to realize how the whole of humankind suffered unnecessarily in the previous century from a deprivation of both spiritual and temporal goods; liberty, order and peace.
It is from this place of heartfelt contrition that We hereby declare Our intention to engage with renewed vigor the mission of the Holy Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation, once more to boldly proclaim Christ crucified, died and risen, and repeating after Our predecessor of blessed memory Pope Pius XI:
“When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony.” [viii]
Given 13 May 2050 – The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
[i] Matthew 28:18-20
[ii] Cf Pascendi Dominici Gregis
[iii] Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas – 12
[iv] Condemned by Pope Pius IX, Syllabus Errorum – 15
[v] Second Vatican Council, Unitatis Redintegratio – 4
[vi] Second Vatican Council, Nostra Aetate – 4
[vii] Second Vatican Council, Nostra Aetate – 3
[viii] Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas – 19
Dear Louie, God Bless You.
And while you’re about answering a century of prayers, making all our dreams come true:
…may this magnificent statement of truth (in 2050), be a delightful treasure to a world filled with passionate Catholics, living peacefully among the aging veterans of “the time of great distress”, along with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren- to whom it is the most inspiring story in their Church history lessons; as they all prepare to celebrate the upcoming 36th anniversary of the 2014 Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, by the faithful Holy Father in union with all the Bishops of the World.
(why not dream big ?) 🙂
While we’re at it, let’s imagine where this could go…
Therefore, We solemnly declare and define:
If anyone shall deny that the Church of Jesus Christ is the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, that perfect society of believers united in the faith as defined by her infallible magisterium and in the communion of her sacraments under the authority of the Vicar of Christ, the Pope, let him be anathema.
If anyone shall deny the unity of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church by proposing that the Church of Christ encompasses those who are disunited, either in faith or in communion, let him be anathema.
If anyone shall deny that there is no salvation outside the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, let him be anathema.
If anyone shall deny that those who are outside the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church must repent of their sins and seek full communion with her in order to be redeemed, let him be anathema.
If anyone shall be so bold as to propose that the Holy Spirit, the very Soul of the Church, gives not merely actual grace but also sanctifying grace to those who are outside the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, let him be anathema.
(Yes, I’ve installed myself as a member of the ‘Blogisterium’. Go nuts with it, liberals.)
Dear blogger-pope Matthew,
You could shorten that to a single pledge repeating what Pius X said:
“I accept with sincere belief the doctrine of faith as handed down to us from the Apostles by the orthodox Fathers, always in the same sense and with the same interpretation.” 🙂
Could we change the date to 2017—-one hundredth anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima????
Let him be anathema…..
Is no curse, or condemnation in the usual sense…
Is it not simply…The Church has revealed the truth…you choose to reject it willingly…and so the Church “gives up on you”, as you embrace your own folly
Perhaps , in contrast,God does not give up on any soul?????
When asked for his reaction to the new Apostolic Letter, a parishioner leaving mass at the cathedral laughed and said, “So let me get this straight, this new Pope thinks St. Pius X was right but St. John Paul the 2nd was wrong. Eh, I won’t pay him any attention. After all, if St. Pope Francis could be declared wrong now, maybe this new guy will be declared wrong by a future Pope. I’ll just follow my conscience for now. Thanks.”
Dear Ever mindful,
The phrase “anathema sit” (let him be anathema) is a formal pronouncement of condemnation, generally issued in the dogmatic canons of an ecumenical council. It is the traditional way the Church identifies heresy and, thus, protects the Catholic faith. I didn’t use the phrase lightly.
Contrary to what some prelates will tell you, however, God most certainly does “give up” on souls. They are called “the eternally damned” and sent to hell to suffer for all eternity for having died in a state of mortal sin. God shows infinite mercy to those who repent of their sins while on earth; but die in a state of unrepentant mortal sin, and He will cast your soul into a lake of fire faster than you can say “But Pope Francis said…!” This is not my opinion. This is the teaching of the infallible Magisterium of the Church.
One’s conscience must be informed by the objective truth in Faith and morals -unchangeable in time or space.
Dear Ever Mindful,
Yes, it may be that a long long time ago in a galaxy far far away, anathema wasn’t such a bad thing to be, but when you get to the time of Deuteronomy, it was equated to dung, (Chapter 7; Neither shalt thou bring any thing of the idol into thy house, lest thou become an anathema, like it. Thou shalt detest it as dung, and shalt utterly abhor it as uncleanness and filth, because it is an anathema). Moving up so that we don’t err for not knowing scripture, it seems that Jesus had a bit more strict ideas than the WWJD crowd such as: if you just don’t bring enough oil you get locked out, and if you break just ONE of “these least” commandments you’ll be least in the Kingdom of Heaven. a
To all the souls that advised me to “stop feeding the troll” – he’s back, and I’m going to heed your advice.
New blog readers, please see Gangenelli’s posting history here to ascertain his credibility.
…cont.: So, WWJD to one whom the Church would declare anathema? It’s not that GOD gives up, it’s that the one walked away from Holy Mother Church. Is that a risk worth taking?
P.S. (I don’t know how this got entered before I was ready…fat fingers?)
ear Ever mindful,
Here are a few distinctions for you from the Catholic Encyclopedia http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01455e.htm (full article if you’re interested)
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 7:26: …. Thou shalt detest it as dung, and shalt utterly abhor it as uncleanness and filth, because it is an anathema.”
In the New Testament anathema no longer entails death, but the loss of goods or exclusion from the society of the faithful.
But he who is separated from God is united to the devil, which explains why St. Paul, instead of anathematizing, sometimes delivers a person over to Satan (1 Timothy 1:20; 1 Corinthians 5:5).
To demonstrate how severe it is: the formula of anathema which ends with these words: “Wherefore in the name of God the All-powerful, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, of the Blessed Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and of all the saints, in virtue of the power which has been given us of binding and loosing in Heaven and on earth, we deprive N– himself and all his accomplices and all his abettors of the Communion of the Body and Blood of Our Lord, we separate him from the society of all Christians, we exclude him from the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church in Heaven and on earth, we declare him excommunicated and anathematized and we judge him condemned to eternal fire with Satan and his angels and all the reprobate, so long as he will not burst the fetters of the demon, do penance and satisfy the Church; we deliver him to Satan to mortify his body, that his soul may be saved on the day of judgment.” Whereupon all the assistants respond: “Fiat, fiat, fiat.”
p.s. “whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” covers the idea you had that God wouldn’t do that. He does, out of love–for the same reason the Church does it -love..
The seriousness of damnation causes us in true Charity to abhor sin, and love our neighbor enough to exhort him with passion based on knowledge of the truth. That’s why it’s wrong to exhort Catholics to the soft sell, when they are on fire to save souls. (there is an obnoxious, self-righteousness- way that is wrong, but that is different from loving exhortation.) This is what drove the martyrs and missionaries, and why Jesus said the “world” would hate us.
Just assume this Pope in 2050 was simply personalizing all that was officially promulgated by the Dogmatic Ecumenical Council (Vatican III) that closed in 2049. 🙂 (It’s Louie’s dream, so he can presuppose that)
Dear A Catholic Thinker,
Re Ganganelli or anyone else who makes “provocative statements”. If he’s not filling the blog with long strings of nonsense, wouldn’t it be better to leave it to Louie to revoke his privileges if he considers that necessary, rather than to encourage everyone to ignore him as a “troll”?
Then we are freer to respond to him without upsetting someone like you or whomever else is urging that position, and free to give him the benefit of the doubt, by assuming he is sincere. Besides the kindness that is to him, there is also he benefit derived by anyone else who would read a good reply, and there is good that comes from being challenged by a “devil’s advocate”–which is why the Church used to have one when determining Sainthood. ( they got rid of that, and look what happened) 🙂
Dear Catholic Thinker. I was the one that said “stop feeding the trolls”. And at this point I have come to the conclusion that Mr. G. is a paid agent. He is much too sophisticated and too persistent to be a common variety troll.
For example Israel has an army of paid trolls.
The Foreign Ministry unveiled a new plan this week: Paying talkbackers to post pro-Israel responses on websites worldwide. A total of NIS 600,000 (roughly $150,000) will be earmarked to the establishment of an “Internet warfare” squad.
The Foreign Ministry intends to hire young people who speak at least one language and who study communication, political science, or law – or alternately, Israelis with military experience gained at units dealing with information analysis.
Oh come now. A paid agent? Talk about a backhanded compliment!
If we’re just too uninformed because of being relatively new here, why don’t you email Louie with your concerns and any evidence, and let him decide what to do about it?
Another suggestion, (on the lighter side)—If he’s THAT good, then how about if we hire him to convince Michael Voris to stop blaming the Bishops–like he did again in today’s Vortex did– for allowing “Protestantized Catholicism to be taught by their priests and catechists, when they’re all just being “good” Catholics and speaking highly of the Pope and what he’s been saying and doing for the last 17 months, and urging everyone to imitate him?.
Maybe then MV will to stop shouting things like “DON’T BLAME THE POPE”! like he did tonight, and see that he’s supposed to be telling people to just BE with others and WALK with them, instead of proselytizing. And to believe that the Holy Spirit CAUSED this diversity of beliefs and is CAUSING this new UNITY without any of that nasty old diabolical division that comes from talking about our DIFFERENCES.. Whadaya think? 🙂
p.s to MMC and other fellow Voris lovers, don’t think we’ve stopped praying. We are at it daily. It just hasn’t had the desired affect yet.
This may be a bit off topic re- your reason for posting that, but we just happened to come across the other side of that story yesterday, when looking into the reason for the amazing shift in public opinion against the Israeli position in the ongoing conflict with Gaza–especially considering they are being fired upon constantly and just responding while Hamas uses their people as shields and makes armories out of schools and safe zones.
Among other things, it talks about the massive Saudi infiltration of universities and how it works on several levels. 1-By creating new Middle East Studies Centers and endowed chairs on campuses across the nation, the Saudis are able to influence the curriculum taught to the next generation of American.
Another article told of how they do re-enactments of Palestinians running from bombs, etc, as part of Campus international education projects. etc high-level one-sided propaganda stuff. So maybe the Israeli project you’re speaking of is just to counter that.
Good point Ganganelli, some future council or Pope will have to deal with these fake saints. My guess is that the all the conciliar popes, along with their encyclicals and actions, will all be formally condemned . It will be a massive undertaking not ever seen in the whole history of The Church.
I pray for that day to arrive !! When the Novus Ordo religion, with its Protestant tables , and ugly churches are all smashed to pieces and sent back to hell from whence it came .
Such a declaration would be proof that wisdom has returned to her house, and corruption has thrown into the night of its own making.
I love anathemas. Somebody’s got to say it. If our leaders in Rome refuse it, the laity should. God bless, Matthew.
Rome, dateline 2050 — Habemus Papam!
In France it will be quicker 🙂 2038!
This from Centurio. Link here: http://centurioweblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/traditional-priests-in-france-until-2050.html.
“First I obtained the latest values for ordinations, which is 96 and the total number of priests in France, which is 14000, from the website of the French Bishops conference (1). I also got the information from a different source (2) that the average age of the current 14000 priests is 75.”
Got that. The average age of the 14,000 priests in France is 75.
And for those who really like statistics, I bring you this….
Breakdown of the SSPX.
And looks like another couple hundred in the pipeline:
Archbishop Lefebvre, ora pro nobis.
PS Santo Subito
Yes in deed, the Council of Econe will have it’s work cut out.
And the majority of those future delegates are being properly formed as we speak. 😉
If something has NEVER taken place in the entire 2000 year history of the Church, it’s a pretty good bet that it will never happen in the future.
If it comes to that, their feast days will simply be removed from the liturgical calendar, quietly yet effectively relegating them to obscurity.
How about if the Knights of Columbus created a VII Hall of Fame/Shame for housing these folks.
Dear S. Armaticus,
This is very good news. I’d be interested in seeing the combined number of traditional vocations from the SSPX, FSSP, ICKSP and others with their growth rates projected over time, too. By 2050, it looks like tradition will have the absolute majority among priests in several key places. But I think it will take at least an additional generation – ca. 20-30 years – before we start to see traditional bishops and cardinals in sizable numbers. Or am I missing something?
Dear Mathew and Indignus famulus
Thank you for your correction and links to definitions of anathema
I took comfort from the footnote that a repentant sinner was welcomed back
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.”
Dear Ever mindful,
You’re most welcome. Ecumenical councils pronounce canons – with their attached anathemas – precisely so that sinners can come to recognize their error, repent, and be reconciled with the Church and her head, Our Lord. That’s her whole mission, and everything she does is properly ordered to that end.
I don’t think doing it quietly is an option. The traitors along with their actions need to be publicly condemned . The integrity of The Church depends on it.
There are a ton of ” Nevers” that we have had to deal with in the last 50 years, i
There is no way, in my opinion that the Vatican II Church can go back to pre-vatican II liturgy or doctrine.
99% of its members, especially clergy, are de facto apostates and very happy about the growing modernisation.
Let’s think about for a second what could even the utmost traditional man do if elected as the next Pontiff.
Excommunicate the whole of the Church? Just defrocking ACTIVELY gay priests would mean a shortage of ministers in most dioceses.
I think you should be realists and admit that the game is over and we’ve lost.
Let’s meet back up in 2050, and then see where we’re at. 😉
Dear Ever mindful,
It’s sadly normal these days for Catholics not to understand the depth of the love that lies beneath all the disciplines of the Church, all God’s commands.. The Heart of Our Lord and Our Blessed Lady have been wounded and crying out for these truths to be correctly taught and understood, for over 50 years now, because so many souls are being lost. The pernicious errors that have infested so many of the minds of her consecrated ones, are one big part of why Our Lady-at both Akita and Fatima, asked us all to pray-especially the daily rosary, and make personal sacrifices, and the First Saturday devotions..
When parents see their children and extended family and friends all losing their souls, because the clergy misleads them and neglects them, they become incapable of joining in the superficial “just be happy, don’t worry” attitudes that modernists most often adopt. They are about as effective as a clown performing at a deathbed scene. Wanting everyone to feel something the circumstances do not permit, and shouldn’t, until a better time..
God has promised to give us that time, some day. So there is that hope you spoke of, for all souls. God Bless.
If it were just a human game, perhaps. But this is Christ’s Church and He has told us how it will end.
C’mon Bert, what’s five loaves and two fish with so many? How can the game be over before we’ve finished running the race? Also, “99%”, really?! And there’s no “going back” to doctrine. The doctrine is Truth, today, yesterday and for all time. The liturgy can change or stay the same, but the unending Sacrifice is what is there for all time. The words of Consecration remain, regardless of the language. Jesus will remain with us forever.
The Israelites in exile would have sounded just like you if anyone suggesting King Cyrus would end their time in exile suddenly, and send them back to Jerusalem loaded with riches and precious wood and everything necessary to rebuild their temple. But God had other plans, and ..”the King of the Persians had his spirit stirred up by the mouth of the prophet Jeremias and out of it came the proclamation, out of gratitude to God, to do all that and more.
Ezra 1: And all they that were round about, helped their hands with vessels of silver, and gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with furniture, besides what they had offered on their own accord.  And king Cyrus brought forth the vessels of the temple of the Lord, which Nabuchodonosor had taken from Jerusalem, and had put n the temple of his god, ..and numbered them to Sassabasar the prince of Juda.  And this is the number of them: thirty bowls of gold, a thousand bowls of silver, nine and twenty knives, thirty cups of gold,  Silver cups of a second sort, four hundred and ten: other vessels a thousand.  All the vessels of gold and silver, five thousand four hundred: all these Sassabasar brought with them that came up from the captivity of Babylon to Jerusalem. ____
For nothing is impossible for God.
I am always on the lookout for statistics, and will post whatever I run across.
With respect to your question about how long until we see normal bishops and cardinals being appointed, I think this process will take place much sooner. Here is my take.
What is working in favor of “the process of normality” is two things: 1) mandatory retirement ages for bishops and 2) average age of present clergy. To be more specific, the population pool of “appointable” clerics who could be elevated to bishops is rapidly shrinking with each passing year. This is due to the exceptionally high average age of clergy in general. Furthermore, due to the mandatory retirement age, with each passing year, the number of eligible candidates from that age group that has “an attachment” to the protestantized new-church created by VII and are responsible for the destruction of the church, is rapidly decreasing. With respect to what I call the Indult clergy, (ordained between 1984-2007) we do not see the fanatical attachment to either the protestantized liturgy nor the VII magisterium. And when looking at the post Summorum Pontificum clergy, we see a very large interest in returning to Tradition and ditching the new-church altogether. These young clergy are however being reined in by the old liberal , or what the Europeans call the ’68-ers. And it is this age group of clergy through which the Holy Spirit will right the barque of St. Peter once they start getting their purple zucchetti.
I am praying for it nightly. 🙂
St. Michael Archangel, ora pro nobis,
Archbishop Lefebvre, ora pro nobis.
Seeing as I promised, more stats.
This time form RC. LInk here:http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/08/vatican-ii-at-50-graph-of-day.html
It’s only a matter of time, Bert.
And one more time, the SSPX graph that I posted in point 14. http://www.fsspx.org/en/la-fraternite-en-chiffres/?pid=44
Notice the difference in my two adjacent post? In the above graph, the line goes from left top to right bottom, where as in the attached graph, the line goes from left bottom to right top. Also notice the rate of increase in the SSPX ordinations leading up to the JPII Indult (1984). It suggests that it was not JP II’s charity, mercy and benevolence that was behind the change of heart. “Leading from behind”comes to mind.
I think that the above graphs represnting the SSPX are representative of the other “normal” Catholic clergy whether part of the Ecclesia Dei Community or outside such as the Franciscans of the Immaculate.
One can also infer from these graphs the reason why the 68-ers are so terrified of the FFI and why the brutal measures were used to repress Fr. Stefano Manelli and the leadership. These measures were enacted more for the “preventive” effect, i.e. to try and stem the rise of Tradition within the wider Church, than out of shear malice.
Now Bert, given the above, which side of history do you want to be on?
A red letter day for you. 🙂
This by way of Pew Sitter: “U.S. nuns face shrinking numbers and tensions with the Vatican”.
Link here: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/08/08/u-s-nuns-face-shrinking-numbers-and-tensions-with-the-vatican/
“In addition to Vatican scrutiny, nuns also face a big challenge in their dwindling ranks. The total number of nuns, also called religious sisters, in the United States has fallen from roughly 180,000 in 1965 to about 50,000 in 2014 – a 72% drop over those 50 years – according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. While the total number of priests (diocesan and religious) also has fallen over that period, it has done so at a much slower rate (from about 59,000 to 38,000, a 35% drop).
Globally, the number of nuns also is declining, but not nearly as fast as it is in the U.S. In 1970, U.S. nuns represented about 16% of the world’s religious sisters; now, American nuns are about 7% of the global total (just over 700,000), also according to CARA.”
Got that: “Globally, the number of nuns also is declining, but not nearly as fast as it is in the U.S.”
Let’s face it folks, these aren’t the nuns that taught us and our fathers.
Dear S. Armaticus,
Thanks for the additional info! I see a huge data dump on Rorate’s twitter feed, too. Interesting stuff. 🙂
Also, here are the figures for the FSSP up to 2013: http://www.fssp.org/en/chiffres.htm
(EDIT: Scratch that. I was actually looking at the PewResearch twitter feed, not Rorate’s. Still, quite interesting.)
Thanks for the FSSP figures.
Definitely NOT an “order whose mission is coming to an end”. Problem is that they still do not have a bishop. Dependent on the N.O church for their ordinations.