"It is...Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as 'profane novelties of words,' out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: 'This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved' (Athanasian Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,' only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself." -- Pope Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 24 (1914)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Calls For The Pope's Resignation

Sadly, it's come to this: calls for the pope's resignation. St. Peter, pray for us.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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An Urgent Appeal to Pope Francis to Either Change Course or Renounce the Petrine Office 
December 8, 2015
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Your Holiness:
Pope Celestine V (r. 1294), recognizing his incapacity for the office to which he had so unexpectedly been elected as the hermit Peter of Morrone, and seeing the grave harm his bad governance had caused, resigned the papacy after a reign of only five months. He was canonized in 1313 by Pope Clement V. Pope Boniface VIII, removing any doubt about the validity of such an extraordinary papal act,
confirmed in perpetuity (ad perpetuam rei memoriam) that “the Roman Pontiff may freely resign.”A growing number of Catholics, including cardinals and bishops, are coming to recognize that your pontificate, also the result of an unexpected election, is likewise causing grave harm to the Church. It has become impossible to deny that you lack either the capacity or the will to do what your predecessor rightlyobserved a pope must do: “constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to God’s Word, in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it downand every form of opportunism.”

Quite the contrary, as shown in the annexed libellus, you have given many indications of an alarming hostility to the Church’s traditional teaching, discipline and customs, and the faithful who try to defend them, while being preoccupied with social and political questions beyond the competence of the Roman Pontiff. Consequently, the Church’s enemies continually delight in your pontificate, exalting you above all your predecessors. This appalling situation has no parallel in Church history.

It's best to read the article in its entirety at the source. 

According to one papal adviser, Archbishop Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization, the author of the article above and the publisher could face excommunication for criticizing the pope. 
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This drew a quick response from a prominent canon lawyer, Dr. Ed Peters.

Today, on the Feast Of The Annunciation, St. Peter's will be used as a projection screen by leftwing environmental activists, with the pope's blessing. 

Fr Zuhlsdorf has this to say (and more) about the slide show: "The Vatican basilica is a consecrated building. This is a non-sacred use – in fact it is an irreverent use – of a consecrated building."

If Pope Francis has accomplished anything he's shone a light on the principle of papal infallibility. The pope is only infallible when teaching on matters of faith. He can proclaim the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series this year, doesn't mean it's going to happen. No pope has ever been perfect. They all sin, some more than others. Thus it's not impossible for Pope Francis to have committed the sin of sacrilege today. It's also not impossible for a pope to condemn himself to eternal fire. 

Now some will applaud Pope Francis for being all hip and down with the people. They will use this display to justify their secular performances in Catholic churches. I bet there are parishes scrambling to put on slide show presentations against their church exteriors too. Unfortunately, they would be in just as much error as the pontiff. 

Other than expose the limitations of papal infallibility, what has this pope done so far? He's written two encyclicals, neither seems destined for the "Classic" designation. In one he instructed us to turn off our air conditioners. Recently he called our Christmas decorations (nativity scenes, trees, etc) charades. The corrupt curia remains in tact, his Jesuit order is still a mess, Mass attendance still hovers around 20% and the Confessionals are still mostly empty. Perhaps his worse blunder was the infamous "Who am I to judge" comment that was taken out of context and spun by the media and entertainment industry as a papal blessing on sodomy. 

Then there is the synod on the family. We're still waiting for the final document, the post-synod exhortation. Rumours abound it was actually written before the second session even began. What could this synod achieve anyway? No one can change doctrine. No pope can rule against doctrine. So how could the Cardinal Kasper & Marx proposition of giving Holy Communion to those in perpetual state of sin ever work?

My prediction is the synod will soon be forgotten. It will have been much ado about nothing. It will be Pope Francis' way of saying to the German bishops, "Hey, I tried. Now keep the money flowing, ok?"

Assuming Francis isn't the last pope, the next one will have a big mess to clean up indeed. So here's another prediction: at the next conclave the cardinals will be more careful in who they vote for. They will be looking for someone who teaches clearly, orthodox, and won't be an easy target by the usual suspects who will want to criticize any return to tradition in the Vatican. 
Cardinal Sarah. Guinean Cardinal Prelate Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

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