Instead of teaching the orthodox Catholic faith from the Chair of Peter to save souls, Francis preaches to the world on saving Mother Earth and this Planet from Humans, which has become, not any traditional Encyclical of Holy Mother Church but Francis’ Jesuitical, Teilhardian, political manifesto.
Any legitimate pope would never undertake such a depravity but would teach forthrightly, clearly, solely on repentance for sin and saving souls; not the earth from humans. Moreover, such unorthodox, and unCatholic behavior on the part of a pope, a first, demonstrates loudly and clearly that Francis lacks a contrite and humble heart, a veritable ‘sine qua non’ in any pope through the centuries but, above all, by St. Peter himself.
To not have a humble and contrite heart for sin is the way of the world, of its leaders, lost souls aplenty and the devil himself who cannot abide sorrow for one’s sins, yet alone contriteness of heart in a pope. Consequently, St. Peter, before his own conversion from the fearsome sin of apostasy and denial of Christ at His Crucifixion could not be abided by Our Divine Lord till Peter repented for this travesty, not just in the confines of his heart, but publicly to Our Lord and not once, but three times to achieve total forgiveness.
“Sin of Apostasy”
Since this sin of apostasy was so public by Peter: “I do not know the Man,” Christ therefore demanded an equally public repentance and even three times: “Do you love Me, Peter?” Then Our Lord said forthrightly each time: “Feed My Sheep!” And then hereafter Peter made feeding the lambs and sheep the most important aspect of his time as Prince of the Apostles till his martyred death for his faith and the salvation of souls and their repentance.
But, one wonders, why did Peter commit this horrible sin of apostasy, deny Christ and all He stood for, taught, and preached? Why? Because of human respect! However, nothing by far is more important to Christ than the purity of our souls from sin before Our Lord, each and every one of us, and long before our titles of pope, cardinal, bishop, priest or world leader, politician, house wife, working father or all the other titles of self- respect!
In fact, Roman Catholic theology that fails to teach repentance for one’s sins or how to achieve it, neither fulfills the definition of Catholic orthodoxy or teaches, in any way, the Roman Catholic faith; and this is the whole egregious failure which explains Francis’ papacy and its obsession with his political-enviro fiasco and his so-called signal synod on allowing grievous sinners or adulterers to receive the most Holy Eucharist without confessional repentance or modifying the mandatory ecclesial process of marital nullity, if he approves of it.
“The Sin of Sodomy”
Similarly, any effort to give a blessing to homosexual couples at this upcoming synod of Francis by implying sin does not exit in this most disordered perversity becomes one of the worst attacks of heresy, apostasy , and schism on the true faith by; a pope, a king,a priest, or people since the Reformation. This includes even trying to justify the voluntary orientation to this depravity as though it were somehow less culpable when it, in effect, is living wholly in the occasion of sin, a mortal sin per se under these circumstances.
Furthermore, all participants and sychophant lukewarm Catholics, be they clerics or not, who underwrite this most formidable attack on orthodoxy and Catholic teaching--by a pope himself--are just as guilty and pernicious for supporting homosexual unions and attacking the Lord as the crowd of high priests and Jews who clamored for Christ’s Crucifixion with such bold effrontery of screaming: “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”
This bold or naked apostasy or denial of Christ of the time of the first Christians is no different than today’s more modern, yet more subtle version, of denying Christ; for both forms involve walking coldly away from Christ and all that He taught and stood for and represented: the classic example of St. Peter’s three denials or Pope Francis denying persistently the indissolubility of marriage as a ‘sine qua non’ prerequisite for valid reception of the most Holy Eucharist which is a possible consideration at Francis’ upcoming synod on marriage and homosexual unions and the family.
“The Most Holy Eucharist”
Thus, the mere consideration or possibility of an apostate Catholic, divorced and remarried outside the Catholic Church, who walks away from the Church and its orthodox Roman Catholic teachings on marriage ought to be courted back again to the Church by using the most Holy Eucharist as the bargaining tool would never have been even countenanced by a pre-Vatican II pope like Pius XII. How base! How heretic and how apostate such an action by a pope of the Catholic Church can be and, moreover, altogether scandalous!
To not be totally supportive as pope of the Magisterium of the centuries that “de fide” declared by the Council of Trent that all mortal sin or any sin for that matter can only be removed, plus that of adultery, by a priest in the Sacrament of Confession in the Catholic Church is “anathema”. Or to hold as Pope Francis appears to encourage with his synod on the family that the annulment process is superfluous and need not be utilized to correct the grievous marital violation of an invalid marriage is a heretical misstep of the worst dimensions.
Moreover, we know how St. Peter went out and wept bitterly after his most grievous sin of apostasy, in denying Christ and everything Our Lord stood for and taught with this gross denial of his. In short, Peter had a very sensitive conscience that smarted at his own sin, unlike Francis, on the other hand, who exhibits virtually no sense of having a contrite and humble heart for he almost never talks about “sin” in the traditional sense of the Church’s teachings throughout the centuries of right and wrong, but sin, to Francis, refers thus far in his papacy to everything in the liberal creed: pollution of the earth, climate change, ownership of guns, gun manufacturers, oil, redistribution of wealth through the tax system, the evil rich etc.
“Contriteness of Heart”
The Traditions of the Church, demanding contriteness of heart and Confession for forgiveness of sin at the Council of Trent have always been sufficient for anyone confessing the sin of adultery and always will be. No new variations on the Deposit of Faith and the Upper Room where Christ, Our Lord, breathed on the gathered apostles with these words: “Whose sins you forgive, will be forgiven; and whose sins you retain, they shall be retained,’” will ever be necessary for those sinners, repentant of adultery or any other sin, for that matter. This is a heinous attack on Tradition by Francis and the Vatican II crowd of cardinals and bishops who already have reeked enough havoc on holy Mother Church with the Great Apostasy of the last fifty years with millions and millions of fallen away Catholics, worldwide!
Yet St. Peter succumbed to the absolute necessity of a public confession for his sin of apostasy and denying Christ three times during Our Lord’s Passion and Death. And St. Peter did this with the most sincere contriteness, which He showed ever after as Prince of the Apostles.
Not so is such contriteness to be found with Pope Francis as pope who denies Christ both by failure to teach the Deposit of Faith of the centuries and to defend these truths and teachings when under attack by cardinals, i.e. Kasper of Germany, et al. and bishops throughout the world, and the forces of the giant secular media worldwide. Especially is this true of the disordered perversion of the sin of sodomy, within and without the Catholic Church today.
Nor does Francis, unlike Peter and all previous popes, have a contrite and repentant heart, for he has no sense of sin in his own failures of apostasy as pope, for if he did he would recognize how all of us are sinners and need to repent, always and constantly, whether inside the church or on the outside and how he is , above all, the first of all of us sinners together. Francis believes as so many false believers today that a lie can be the truth and vice versa. That somehow by rationalization that sodomy or divorce and remarriage are not really that terrible!
Nor can we forget that St. Peter was so repentently sorrowful because of this contriteness and sorrow for his sins, in fact, he became the most ardent evangelist on behalf of repenting for one’s sins, trying to avoid them always in his famous expression:
“For the devil as a roaring lion goes about seeking whom he may devour, resist him strong in the faith.”
This is not any new evangelization of Vatican II, incidentally, but simply the mighty tradition of the Deposit of the Faith, viz. “to do good and avoid evil.”
“Raymond Cardinal Burke”
Moreover, if the upcoming synod in any way should allow a blessing even on sodomized couples, rest assured cardinals like Raymond Cardinal Burke “will resist” as he has promised in spite of the difficulty. There are definitely more who fight the Catholic
“The Heresy of the Silent Assertion Lie”
Let us take a firm look at how serious the sin of apostasy of the Christian faith really and truly is. Consider but how serious the sin to dis-obey even one part of the law, for example the Church’s 2000 year condemnation of the abomination of sodomy, for to violate with even part of this law, you reject the entire law according to St. Paul. Please let us consider the delightful diversion of the Great Humorist Mark Twain who amply commented in one of his essays about the Big Lie in a society or even church! For example, when the leaders and pope don’t outwardly condemn heresy but allow heresy in reverse by promoting it i.e. the perversion of sodomy or the allowance of divorce, remarriage, and receiving Holy Communion inside the Church. This they do by never attacking forthrightly either sodomy
Therefore. far worse than the apostasy of the Supreme Court is by far the enormous apostasy of sodomy by the American people who are largely Christian, to underwrite their personal permission for this travesty and yet who say nothing and do nothing in response! And far worse than these horrible sins of the American people are those apostate cardinals, bishops, and priests of the Catholic Church in the clergy-- and there many-- who likewise say nothing along with the Church’s lukewarm Catholics who in what is truly a “silent apostasy” which was a sinful evil even as identified by Pope John Paul II.
Yet far and away leading the sin of apostasy and denial of Christ in the world today is the diabolical sin of apostasy on the part of the papacy itself wherein this evil of perverted and disordered sodomy and remarriage with adultery and receiving Holy Communion is not condemned vigorously by Francis in what has become a total and complete abomination of this diabolical evil in the Church and the world because of the pope’s “silent apostasy” which is endemic. Nor does any pope have a choice about whether or not to preach and vigorously teach the entire Deposit of Faith, for Our Lord commanded Peter and all his apostles to “Baptize everyone, teaching them everything I have commanded you.” Thus the apostasy hidden in such statements as “Whom I to judge?” when he is discoursing about homosexuality. Such folly! For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections.
Now, let us give an example from Mark Twain the great Humorist writer who demonstrated this in his essay on the “silent assertion lie” : “How I First Lie!” We quote:
“Are countries working that kind of lie, day in and day out, in thousands and thousands of varieties, without ever resting? Yes, we know that to be true. The universal conspiracy of the silent-assertion lie is hard at work always and everywhere, and always in the interest of a stupidity or a sham, never in the interest of a thing fine or respectable. Is it the most timid and shabby of all lies? It seems to have the look of it. For ages and ages it has mutely labored in the interest of despotisms and aristocracies and chattel slaveries, and military slaveries, and religious slaveries, and has kept them alive until the “silent-assertion lie” retires from business--the silent assertion that nothing is going on which fair and intelligent men are aware of and are engaged by their duty to try to stop.”
“What I am arriving at is this: When whole races and peoples conspire to propagate gigantic mute lies in the interest of tyrannies and shams, why should we care anything about the trifling lies told by individuals? Why should we try to make it appear that abstention from lying is a virtue: Why should we want to beguile ourselves in that way? Why should we without shame help the nation lie, and then be ashamed to do a little lying on our own account? Why shouldn’t we be honest and honorable, and lie every time we get a chance? That is to say , why shouldn’t we be consistent , and either lie all the time or not at all. Why should we help the nation like the whole day long and then object to telling one little individual private lie in our own interest to go to bed on? Just for the refreshment of it, I mean, and to take the rancid taste out of our mouth.
“The Demise of The Church & Tradition”
Thus , the Traditions of the faith, its teachings, the old Mass--so replete with contriteness for sin before God--, a necessity of salvation in the Catholic Church through its traditional sacraments and the Tridentine Mass and its most Holy Eucharist, are utterly ignored, marginalized, or omitted altogether by Francis in his papal teaching and practice and are , moreover , likewise forgotten in this way. Tradition is dead to Francis and today’s Vatican II corrupted church is the disaster wherein your average Catholic today does not anymore even know he has to do his “Easter Duty”. Why does the apostasy go on, and on, and on, and on, with Pope Francis never denying “the silent assertion lie” of never denying that it’s ever right to condemn sodomy if it’s always ok to commit this sin, or never forbid the Eucharist when you are married again, if it’s always ok to receive Holy Communion in a second marriage and adulterous state inside the Church. If it’s ok to abort children, then never condemn its opposite. Or it it’s ok to violate your Easter Duty as a Catholic, never condemn its opposite. And on, and on, and on, with Pope Francis and his Silent Apostasy and Lies!!!! Incidentally, this was the accepted papacy of all the Consiliar popes who backpedaled doctrine to one degree or another! Seldom teaching it wrong to commit any moral evils, and so its opposite, committing the sin is just fine. The great “silent apostasy”.
“The Illegitimate, Unorthodox Pope”
This is the work of an illegitimate, unholy, unorthodox pope who worries more about saving Mother Earth and the environment in his Teilhardian jesuitical monograph on the Environment than saying one single word in defense of Tradition, the Tridentine Mass, and Repentance of Sin and , finally, the necessity of having a sense of sin about his own papal person with contriteness of heart always before him in terms of what he teaches, preaches, and advocates in the corrupted modern media.
A pope without contriteness and serious sorrow for his own sins will never speak of how others should also repent of their sins too, in and outside the church, in order to save their souls! It is well for us to remember here St. Peter, who was, indeed, full of humility and contriteness for his own failings throughout his sojourn with Christ and , indeed, repentant to Our Lord personally, for Peter was often corrected by Our Lord for his multiple infidelities, large and small.
Consider the time Christ authoritatively told him: “Get behind Me, Satan!” for not supporting His Master and Lord in His Passion and Death. Peter, therefore, knew of his own failings often before the Lord Almighty and had much to be contrite about, often.
Let us consider how, once again, Peter, after fishing one whole night with the other apostles, told Our Lord that he had caught no fish. Nevertheless, Our Lord said to the Prince of the apostles: “Go back out and throw your nets down on the right side of the boat.” This Peter did immediately with the most incredible and miraculous results of filling up his nets so full, it required two boats to hold them all. With this as Peter was coming ashore, he uttered from the bottom of his heart: “Depart from Me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” Clearly, no other apostle showed the sorrow for his sins like St. Peter!
“The Heresy of Francis?”
Thus, it becomes manifestly clear that any pope, whatever his popularity, is absolutely useless to Our Divine Lord and further to be driven from His Almighty Presence, who is not always contrite of heart and sorrowful for his sins; especially, and most particularly here with Pope Francis, whose denials of Christ and His Teachings and Doctrines are manifestly evident in failing to teach the Perennial Magisterium of the Centuries vigorously and its sacred Deposit of the Faith or defending and articulating these holy truths constantly to the Church and the world by teaching and professing sin.
This is Francis: an apparent heretic and apostate and according to St. Vincent Lerrins: “A manifest heretic immediately ceases to be pope and at the same time ceases to be a Christian or a member of the Church.”
As we enter these Remnant Times of the Church as St. Paul prophetically predicted that these eschatological times would be those in which only a “remnant survived in grace.” The critical danger of these end times in which so many, many souls would be lost become crucial for souls and something much greater than more opinions of Catholics in the pews concerning Francis but definitive action by the upper hierarchy of the Church in order to stem the flood of lost souls is what is needed desperately! The time of opinions is long overdue about this frenzied Bishop of Rome who does not even wish to be called “Pope.” Just observe the loss of souls of uninformed Catholics in the pews from Vat II and all the false teachings of the Consiliar Popes, and particularly this one! Observe how the Catholic Church is, indeed, in ruins!
Fr. John Hardon, S.J.
Above all, let us consider Fr. John Hardon’s words, one of the greatest teachers of the Catholic faith and who wrote over 55 books and whose cause is already up for Sanctity. He said so prophetically of these evil times in which we live: “Ordinary Catholics will not survive these times, only extraordinary, holy, and heroic Catholics will survive them.”
Gerhard Cardinal Muller
We have, indeed, heroic hierarchy and holy men such as Gerhard Cardinal Muller of the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in the Church, along with all his associates, who has loudly taught recently that “Any breach between doctrine and practice is exemplary of heresy of one form or the other.” This brave and orthodox leader in the Church will save the day for Christ’s Mystical Body from this unorthodox, unholy, illegitimate pope in centuries by making the necessary declaration of his heresy if and when necessary! Nevertheless, this investigation must begin as soon as possible, even before the synod where every attempt to dethrone the “indissolubility of sacred Marriage” will be attempted. We cannot afford any more “silent apostasy”! God have mercy!!!
- Hughes Dunphy
to be continued......
Part I: The Underground Church
Orthodoxy in the papacy means teaching, defending, articulating, and expressing the deposit of the faith and its perennial magisterium of the centuries as promulgated by the Church, by the popes, and Councils for 2000 years. This is holy Tradition. To teach forthrightly the doctrines of the faith, to articulate and clarify these doctrines on a regular basis or to promulgate and defend these teachings of the Deposit of the Faith and its perennial Magisterium of the centuries is foreign to the public image and behavior of Pope Francis thus far.
No Pope except Francis has ever held up for reexamination or allowed to be questioned the doctrines of the indissolubility of holy marriage and homosexuality from the perennial Magisterium as though they were no longer relevant: namely, to attempt to dissolve the indissolubility of marriage and the Church’s condemnation of homosexuality as any kind of legitimate or acceptable lifestyle. No pope has ever done this but Francis and he has just accomplished this at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Rome along with the cardinals and bishops of the Catholic Church.
To advocate that divorced and remarried X Catholics can receive Holy Communion or that there is anything blessed about homosexual unions but a depraved and disordered state contradicts the teaching of 2000 years of Catholic Tradition. This is Francis; this is the synod of Bishops and Cardinals of the Catholic Church today. To reexamine the Church’s truths, to criticize them, to belittle them, or consider altering , changing, or making any exceptions to them is the work of dissent, schism, and heresy.
Because of the depraved deed of trying to receive the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ in a state of serious sin, while being immediately ready to betray Christ to his scornful band of followers and non-believers, Our Lord not only anathematized Judas Priest severely, but also, excommunicated him from his most Holy Presence! This was the very first anathema and excommunication of the Catholic Church. And this was done by Our Lord Jesus Christ! This will be the similar fate of the bishops, the cardinals, and Pope Francis if they should dare to violate the indissolubility of the Sacrament of Marriage by allowing reception of the Eucharist to divorced and remarried “Catholics”, or by allowing homosexuals to receive the Holy Eucharist by blessing their sinful and depraved unions.
Why is this true? Simply because they will with such an abomination literally excommunicate themselves from the Catholic Faith for violating the perennial magisterium of the centuries and go directly and immediately and completely into total schism with the holy Roman Catholic Faith of 2000 years for denying its perennial magisterium and its doctrinal teachings on marriage and its indissolubility and the sinful depravity of homosexuality.
The Church will, therefore, go underground with such a depravity and leave all of its members in schism who stay and remain attached to this heretical folly. And let us not be so naïve to think with such a pontiff as Francis and bishops and cardinals of the ilk we have today that such a reality will not occur. In fact, such a schism with the legitimate Catholic Church going underground is very likely with Francis and his ilk of Cardinals, like Kasper, and bishops like Bishop Semeraro of Albano, Italy who recently attacked orthodoxy and Tradition with a furious blow by saying any Catholic who attends a St. Pius X Catholic Church is in danger of excommunication if he should receive the sacraments or Communion or attend Mass with a SSPX Church.
What scandalous barbarity to make such an attack upon traditional Catholicism again and how heretical such a deed is in light of the fact that Pope Benedict XVI granted a full lifting of the excommunication on the SSPX. This is just the kind of heinously sinful behavior that will help send the true Catholic Church totally underground.
Prelates who embrace Francis and his anti-traditional and heretical stand will be in schism too, especially after Francis’ own attack on the the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate who had the beloved charism of the traditional Mass of the ages or the Extraordinary Form and lived it with faith and love till Francis condemned and disallowed any further its usage for no apparent reason other than his own seeming hostility to Tradition. That Bishop Semeraro’s diocese has the audacity to forbid the celebration of the Tridentine Mass of the ages in the diocese--anywhere, ought to make him repentant for failing Pope Benedict XVI’s “Summorum Pontificum” which promulgated that the Extraordinary Form of the Mass be most generously applied. Since he disobeys the perennial Magisterium of simply the pontiff preceding Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Semeraro ought to be formally disciplined by Francis if not rebuked for such a condemination of traditional Catholics who wish to attend the “old Mass” at an SSPX Church in his diocese . How picayune and base!
Let the Catholic Church under Francis continue to deviate from its 2000 year Tradition on Marriage and Homosexuality under his encouragement, and continue to embrace homosexuality, and the ruin will inevitably come. Let us examine why:
1) A very practical reason is that homosexuality mired in the priesthood and episcopate for the last 40 years has brought rack and ruin with the closing of church after Catholic Church to pay back the legal bills of pedophilia lawsuits for the outrageous crime and heinous sin of homosexuality on little boys in the various dioceses around the world. This has broken financially diocese after diocese with the selling off of church property to pay for these horrendous clerical lawsuits.
2) For a spiritual reason, such depravity in the papacy and hierarchy of the Catholic Church will Inevitably bring about its demise and ruin. The perfidy of Judas Priest and today’s Pope Francis along with the bishops and cardinals of the Catholic Church at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family are most, most similar! Therefore, the pontiff Francis and the Cardinals and Bishops will simply be devoted servants of Jesus Christ on the Catholic stage of the Church’s history or infamous reprobates who “vote” to deny the Master as Judas Priest did in a grievous sin against the holy Catholic Faith.
The reason the perfidy of Pope Francis and today’s bishops and cardinals are most similar and concerning identical realities is because of the parallel violation of the most holy Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. If one only consult Sacred Scripture, it is extremely obvious to see how history today repeats itself with the Apostles gathered around Christ in close communion with one another as Christ offers Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins in the holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
In the October Synod of Rome in 2014 and this coming year 2015, all the Bishops and Cardinals will be likewise gathered around Christ’s representative here on earth, the Vicar of Christ Francis , the pope. If they should vote to destroy the faith and perennial magisterium of the Council of Trent on the indissolubility of Holy Matrimony by allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the Holy Eucharist or give permission to some form of blessing on homosexual unions or permission to receive the Holy Eucharist for homosexuals in this disordered and grievously sinful state, they become Judas Priests in every understanding of Judas’ immoral and deplorable sin. “Woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man, it were better if he had not been born.” (Matt: 26: 24)
It appears that this heinous sin and sacrilege and blasphemy against the Sacred Body of Christ fulfills perfectly Pope Francis’ desires , the allowing of the eating and drinking of Christ’s Body and Blood by those totally unworthy, the divorced and remarried and homosexuals and causes the bishops and cardinals and priests and the whole Church to participate in this blasphemy of giving the Holy Eucharist to the unworthy to their own condemnation as St. Paul declares. “Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily, will be guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord. ”
The Church will go underground—which it already is according to Fr. Malachi Martin. He was asked once by one of his admirers in the 1990’s if it was already underground, to which Fr. Malachi Martin responded: “If you want it, you’ll find it.”
This will not occur, however, if the prelates at the Synod on the Family , next October 2015, like Raymond Cardinal Burke, continue to speak up authoritatively on the Church’s behalf on this most delicate matter of faith and morals, a position that formerly was the same position of every pope but which this Pope Francis seems to have deliberately and recklessly abandoned –namely the Traditional Magisterium of 2000 years. Why? For Francis wants to modernize the Church, contrary to Pius X’s admonitions, much like the wolves that Our Lord warned of , who would come” in sheep’s clothing to attack , destroy, and kill but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
Clearly, Francis lacks the papal gravitas of his predecessors as he does not forthrightly teach, preach, promulgate and defend the deposit of the faith as the 265 popes of the last 2000 years have done, but seems to have retreated from this most noble and authoritative position as Christ’s Vicar, only to be a mere player on the stage of history and not a believable orthodox pontiff or pope. As a matter of fact, he has turned over the Church to this liberal band of wolves in sheep’s clothing , the hierarchical sycophants who have reeked havoc on the faith and morals since Vatican II .
Undoubtedly , the Church’s most serious dilemma is Pope Francis whose problem, front and center , is orthodoxy. Let us remember that a holy pope is an orthodox pope, and an orthodox pope is a legitimate pope, and a legitimate pope does the will of Christ , the eternal High Priest, Who gave Himself up for the sins of the world on the Cross.
Let us examine further why this pope is possibly an Apostate Pope or an illegitimate and heretical pope who should abdicate the Throne of Peter if so.
Part II: The Heretical Apostate Pope?
Raymond Cardinal Burke, as the once recent head of the Apostolic Signatura—the highest court of the Catholic Church, has come out and recently said that the “Church today is like a rudderless ship, steering in no particular direction.” This is an abomination of the teaching authority of the Church for 2000 years that a notable prelate such as Cardinal Burke, has to take issue with the pope himself for no other reason than the Church is not being led forthrightly, and strongly directed by a legitimately orthodox pope. For who else would be responsible for this dilemma of the Church not being led properly than Pope Francis.
One of Francis’ grievous faults is this failure to lead; and to teach authoritatively and positively Church doctrine, thus making him a false Christ or false Prophet. How do we know? Well, the Bible tells us that the Master came into this world in the capacity of a Savior and this is abundantly clear from His own words. On every occasion Jesus appeared before the people in the capacity of a divine teacher. Consider Pope Pius XII authored over 40 positive encyclicals on Church doctrine. However, Frances, apparently, does not take his role of teacher and Vicar of Christ seriously, for he makes wild and ambiguous statements to the press like: “who am I to judge, Evolution is now ok as the Big Bang theory is ok.” While Our Lord recognized the old teachers of Israel, He invariably added His own interpretation of their words, and where necessary, added His full and total statement of the complete truth. Had Christ not taught “as one having authority,” and had He not backed up His teachings by miracles, the Jewish leaders might not have contemplated His death.
Jesus, nevertheless, demanded as a sign of discipleship under Himself an absolute faith in His doctrine and unconditional acceptance of His every word. So, Jesus foretold, the false christs who will appear at the end of the world will reveal certain truths to men, but false truths. For the human mind is made for truth, and cannot be satisfied adequately without it. Therefore, the false teachers are most clever to know that, if they do not possess some shreds of truth, they can never gain a following of believers. But the so-called truths they preach will be of their own choice. For example, Pope Frances recently prattled that the “Church should not be afraid to go out on the peripheries.” But what does this ambiguous statement mean but anything you want it to. So Cardinal Burke corrected the pope---God bless Him---“saying the Church cannot ever go anywhere in effect without its teachings.” Christ’s teachings were never vagaries like this Francis version but exact moral teaching about everyday life. It is believed by most of today’s contemporary religious leaders that it makes very little difference what a man believes, so long as he lead a decent life. For do not all roads lead to heaven? This is one of the most dangerous doctrines imaginable, for it is in flat contradiction with the teaching of Jesus. Sadly, this current Holy Father Francis falls right into this immoral mold. How? When he teaches about homosexuals to the Press and the Church and the World such wrongheaded statements that “he cannot judge homosexuals because if they are nice and kind people, who am I to judge?” This is altogether not Catholic! And by innuendo heretical !
To realize the severe dangers of this kind of false liberalism---or religious indifferentism , which is heretical ,--especially when It comes from a pope ---it is only necessary to recall how our Divine Savior insisted always that the keeping of the Word of God had to match hand and hand with the hearing of it. “Not everyone that saith ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but whosoever heareth the Word of God and keepeth it, he shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Who are the False Prophets of Today?
Our Savior tells us that not only will false christs appear, but also false prophets before the end of the world, “who shall show great signs and wonders insomuch as even to deceive the elect.” Clearly, the false prophets of whom Jesus speaks would have us look for salvation aside from Christ and His Church: such as the vehemently unorthodox teachings on Marriage, the Eucharist, Homosexuality and what is family at the most recent synod by the new breed of bishops and this pope Francis .
As we see these days, the false prophets of whom Jesus speaks would have us look for salvation aside from Christ and His Church and its perennial Magisterium of 2000 years or its Tradition. Jesus was the King of Prophets, and , therefore, foretold what would befall His Church until the end of time. We need look for no other promises regarding His Church. He has told us all we need to know in this present time through the Deposit of Faith and, for that matter, all times. Nevertheless, the false prophets, not satisfied with the words of Our Savior regarding His Church, would direct us to some other place for the helps we need to reach our eternal destiny. They tell us that, with the spread of education, it is not necessary to accept without question everything that the Catholic Church teaches. Some of these points of doctrine and some of these injunctions of the moral law were highly valuable and civilizing in ages past but not an enlightened age as our own. But no man of science or learning would dream of accepting these doctrines today. This would be intellectual suicide!
Against these false prophets and various other prophets Our Savior warns us to beware in the Holy Scriptures. Since He Is Infinite Wisdom itself, He knew what man would need to attain his full spiritual stature. He knew full well just what was in the heart and soul of man, and what would cure it of its faults and sins. Our Divine Lord Jesus Christ did not come to establish a school of science or public opinion, but a religion filled with precisely those doctrines and moral precepts without which man could not save his immortal soul.
To these teachings of Jesus in His Church essentially nothing new can be added. Whatever strikes us as being new or radically opposite the teachings of the Good Master are not to be found legitimate . All we can hope to do with our science today and education is to find new methods of approach to the teaching of Jesus, and new ways of explaining it more clearly to the people. Anyone, be it pope, bishops, priests or people who essays to substitute anything in the place of the teaching of Christ in the Tradition or the holy Deposit of Faith, is trifling with the Will of God, as this was made known to us authentically in the perennial magisterium of the ages. It is the boast and glory of the holy Catholic Church that, throughout the ages, she has never tolerated any tampering with the teachings of Jesus. Despite what her enemies may say about the Church from within or without , she is not only not behind the times, but so far ahead of them that all heretics and schismatics, with all their intellectual alertness, will never succeed in catching up with her—even if the heretics be pope, bishop, priest or king.
Why will they never succeed? Because though it is a Catholic shame that so few Confessors and Apostles are ready to stand up today to face off against the abominable error that reigns, in particular at the Synods on the Family and Marriage and the Eucharist; nevertheless, Our Father in Heaven will always supply adequate voice to defend the Church till the end of time, even if it be only the saintly words of one courageous prelate named Raymond Cardinal Burke. Why is this? Because……
“The darkness of sin and the night of heathenism shall vanish before the Light of the Word and the Spirit of Grace, and the Heart of Jesus shall live in the hearts of men,” even if it is only a few!
To be continued: J. Hughes Dunphy