According to Life Site News, several signatories among a group of forty-five theologians and clergymen who issued a letter in July 2016 asking Francis to issue a clarification of Amoris Laetita are now paying a price.
LifeSiteNews has gathered information – confirmed by several of the signatories, including the spokesperson, Dr. Joseph Shaw – that one signatory, who is well known internationally, has lost his position as a director of academic affairs at a Pontifical university.
Another was threatened by his bishop that his academic sabbatical would be canceled, but he found another bishop willing to allow him to begin the process of incardination in his diocese.
Yet another has been forbidden to speak publicly about Amoris Laetitia, and another has been told to rescind his signature.
The text of the letter was overly respectful; the signatories stressing “we do not deny or question the personal faith of Pope Francis,” even going so far as to make note of “valuable elements” in Amoris Laetitia that “make an important contribution to the defense and preaching of the faith.”
The answer was given in the form of Francis’ praise for the Buenos Aires bishops’ directive allowing for the divorced and civilly “remarried” to be admitted to Communion.
“There are no other interpretations,” His Humbleness said.
It has long been clear that Francis is, objectively speaking, a blasphemous heretic.
Now that he has been challenged to uphold the Catholic faith and has refused, has he not judged himself to be such formally?
This, in my view, is an eminently fair and important question.
If one should answer, no, he has not, then one must wonder what more he has to do than publicly invite Eucharistic sacrilege?
Does he need to abrogate the very idea of mortal sin, or strip from sacramental confession the required firm purpose of amendment?
Oh, yeah, he did that too.
In any case, one must admit that Francis is inching ever closer to formal heresy, if, in fact, he is not already there.
This, however, is not all that has been made clear in the past six months.
Given that a simple request for the pope to teach the Catholic faith, without any accusation whatsoever, is enough to invite persecution from within the Church itself, it is obvious that we are living in a unique age of bloodless martyrdom.
Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you. (Mt 5:11-12)
It has ever been the case that Christians are reviled, but until the dawn of the post-conciliar age, it almost always came from those outside the Church. Today, standing up for the sake of Christ assures one of being persecuted by churchmen even to the highest places in Rome.
This makes our day a uniquely blessed one.
The battle lines could hardly be clearer. That the time is at hand to stand up and be counted for Christ and the good of souls is perfectly obvious.
And let’s be honest, the cost for defending the truth, for most of us, really isn’t all that great.
I mean, losing a job is no picnic, as I know firsthand, but we’re not talking about being skinned alive or being fed to the lions.
So, do you wish to receive a great reward in heaven?
If you happen to be one of the 45 signatories to the aforementioned letter – or perhaps a priest, a bishop, or a cardinal, or even just a layman with a public voice who likewise knows very well what the Church teaches for our salvation – you know what must be done.
First, dispense with the niceties and get down to the business of speaking the truth plainly:
Amoris Laetitia does NOT make “an important contribution to the defense and preaching of the faith;” it is laden with poison, like so much leaven, and must be condemned outright in its entirety as a danger to souls.
As for its author, Jorge Mario Bergoglio – the man is a pertinacious purveyor of blasphemy, heresy and sacrilege. His is a path that leads to eternal death, and he must be called to account and soon.
Secondly, bear well in mind that this blessed age in which we live represents something of a two-edged sword.
No one is promised tomorrow. The time to speak out is now lest this opportunity to take hold of the greatest of all rewards be squandered and thus, God help us, be transformed into the exact opposite.
They are lucky they live in a post-enlightenment world. Otherwise, they might have met the same fate as one Girolamo Savonarola.
Louie, your Billy Joelesque Song, “Heresy” is so appropriate right now.
His Humble Hereticness is way out of Control.
1 “I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. 3 And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me.
2 Peter 2 :1-3 False Prophets and Their Punishment
1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive opinions. They will even deny the Master who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Even so, many will follow their licentious ways, and because of these teachers[a] the way of truth will be maligned. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation, pronounced against them long ago, has not been idle, and their destruction is not asleep
I have just written yet, another letter to Fr. Bergoglio [as he likes to call himself] asking him to step down as Pope. One can only hope.
Bergoglio has all along thrown massive, massive hints that it is Lutheranism that he admires, and Catholicism that he desipses.
Bergoglio:”When we go to confession, for example, it isn’t that we say our sin and God forgives us. No, not that! We look for Jesus Christ and say: ‘This is your sin, and I will sin again’. And Jesus likes that, because it was his mission: to become the sinner for us, to liberate us. “
Luther:“Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides… No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day.”
Our Pope is increasingly bizarre and incoherent. His ramblings on a transsexual he has encountered are frightening. Someone on another blog site speculates he is manic. Out of human compassion the bishops ought to get a restraining order.
Maybe we need to stop defending the illogical (that a true pope could lead millions to hell with his teachings) and start acknowledging the logical (though very troubling). No petition signed by a few hundred people, no matter how well known they are, is getting this maniac to change his mind. This guy (jorge) is ruled by people who have immense power and wealth (and who HATE God and His Church)….he isnt going anywhere until he “retires” or drops dead. And when that happens, just look at the “cardinals” who will be taking his place. Rome was lost a while ago and things will only be getting worse.
It’s true, I suffer a great deal–but do I suffer well? That is the question.
St. Therese of Lisieux: Her Last Conversations
Thank you Ever Mindful, for this very appropriate quote. I find it also helpful that St Therese – so I was told – wanted to live in our time. We are living through the passion of Christ’s Holy Catholic Church.
I predict that when this is all over catholics are going to correctly understand the dogma of papal infallibility and the limits of the ordinary and universal magisterium.
“…Rome is in darkness, because Rome at present can no longer hear the voice of truth -Rome no longer hears the voice of truth. Then what are we to do? What answer has there been to our appeals? For 20 years now I have been going to Rome. I have been writing, I have been speaking, I have been sending documents to say to them: -“Follow Tradition, come back to Tradition, otherwise the Church will be ruined. You, the appointed successors of those who built the Church, you must continue to build and not to demolish!” They are deaf, stone deaf to our appeals.
And the last document we have just received from them proves it amply. They are shutting themselves up in their errors, they are shutting themselves up in darkness, and they are quite simply going to lead souls into apostasy, the ruination of the divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the ruination of the Catholic and Christian Faith. Well, if that is what God asks of us, we shall not hesitate to provide ourselves with auxiliaries to continue the work of the Society, for we cannot believe that God wishes this work to be destroyed, to come to an end, to continue no further, for souls to be abandoned and for the Church by that very fact to have no more pastors…”
“…The situation is such, the work placed in our hands by the good Lord is such, that faced with this darkness in Rome, faced with the Roman authorities’ pertinacity in error, faced with this refusal to return to Truth or Tradition on the part of those who occupy the seats of authority in Rome, faced with all these things, it seems to us that the good Lord is asking for the Church to continue. This is why it is likely that before I give account of my life to the good Lord, I shall have to consecrate some bishops.
My dear friends, my dear brethren, let us pray. Let us pray with all our hearts, let us pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary! We shall go to Fatima on August 22nd to ask Our Lady of Fatima to help us. They would not reveal her Third Secret, they buried the message of the Virgin Mary. No doubt this message was meant to prevent what is happening today. Had her message been made known, most likely we would not be where we are today, the situation in Rome, would not be what it is today. The Pope refused to make public the Virgin Mary’s message: well, the punishments foretold by Mary are coming: the apostasy announced in Scripture is on its way; the coming of the Anti-Christ draws near, as is perfectly obvious. So, faced with this quite exceptional situation, we too must take exceptional means.
There you have it, my dear brethren, my dear friends, during this Mass we shall pray, especially to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, guardians of the Church: may they enlighten us! May they help us! May they obtain for us the Gift of Strength and the Gift of Wisdom to continue their work, to carry on the work of Peter and Paul and all their successors. Let us ask for this from the Blessed Virgin Mary above all, and let us consecrate our persons, our families, our cities to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary…”
I hope I am wrong, but I suspect that Bergoglio & Co. love these petitions and open letters because it proves they are doing their job well–the destruction of the Holy, Roman Catholic Church.
I’m sorry but when you get into bed with the Devil if you try to subvert him you will pay the price.
Why would Dr. Shaw, and the others, employees of the Modernist anti-Catholic church, expect to continue to be subsidized by it if they dared venture into defense of Catholicism?
I predict that this will be all over when Christ comes again. Until then, there will always be the battle between the principalities and powers and rulers of darkness and those who remain faithful to Christ. How many of true faith He finds was, of course, one of His most serious questions.
You had a long hideout, but didn’t abandon the sophism, eh?