As reported on January 20th by Rorate Caeli, The Bergoglian Persecution Begins.
Surely, the persecution began quite some time ago (just ask Cardinal Raymond Burke whose marginalization began shortly after making disparaging comments about Evangelii Gaudium in late 2013), but what the Rorate report does suggest is that the persecution has perhaps entered a new phase.
At issue is the case of Fr. Luis Carlos Uribe Medina of the Diocese of Pereira, Columbia, who has been officially “suspended from the exercise of the priestly ministry” for the high crime of expressing “publicly and privately his rejection of the doctrinal and pastoral teachings of the Holy Father Francis, mainly regarding Marriage and the Eucharist.”
According to the articles set forth in the Decree issued by his ordinary, Bishop Rigoberto Bermudez, Fr. Medina “is prohibited from diffusing his ideas contrary to the Catholic faith and the ecclesiastical discipline.”
The Decree cautions the faithful, not just of the diocese, but “of the Catholic Church not to follow the teachings of the aforementioned priest as long as he does not accept the doctrine and teachings of the Vicar of Christ.”
So there you have it; the so-called “Catholic faith and ecclesiastical discipline” is no longer that which is founded upon Sacred Scripture, sacred Tradition, and the bi-millennial practice of the Church; it is heretofore synonymous with “the doctrine and teachings” of Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
The bluntness of this proclamation is a shock to the Catholic system, to be sure, but let’s be clear:
The actually coup took place more than 50 years ago when the Faith that comes to us from the Apostles was largely supplanted by a body teaching firmly grounded in nothing more stable than the whims of worldly men at Vatican Council II.
Pope John Paul the Great Ecumenist perhaps put the situation into perspective best when he wrote in his inaugural encyclical:
Entrusting myself fully to the Spirit of truth, I am entering into the rich inheritance of the recent pontificates. This inheritance has struck deep roots in the awareness of the Church in an utterly new way, quite unknown previously, thanks to the Second Vatican Council. (cf Redemptor Hominis 3)
While much is written these days about the stark contrast between Amoris Laetitia and Familiaris Consortio, the “deep roots” that supplied sustenance to the pontificate of John Paul II are precisely the same that feed the Bergoglian enterprise; each drawing upon the conciliar well-spring of doctrinal evolution (modernism) in service to the ever-changing circumstances and demands of modern men (humanism).
It has been said in this space numerous times before but bears repeating:
Unless and until the errors of the Council are plainly condemned (something that will not happen until the requests of Our Lady of Fatima are met, thus inviting an outpouring of Divine grace), the crisis at hand is certain to continue.
So too will the persecution of faithful priests who, like Fr. Medina, dare to speak out against the Bergoglian agenda; likely with increasing intensity.
As this happens, the schism already present in the Church will slowly but surely come into ever-sharper focus.
Painful though it most certainly will be, I welcome any process whereby the battle lines are more clearly drawn between the followers of Christ and the followers of Francis.
That said, I would much prefer to see the situation brought to a head quickly by a solemn anathematization of Jorge Mario Bergoglio; an action long since overdue.