Archive for February, 2018

by Novus Ordo Watch

Ex Ore Modernistarum…

Francis: “Paul VI will become a Saint this year – Benedict and I are on the Waiting List”

Modernists say the darndest things, and when the Modernist in question is Jorge Bergoglio, anything is possible. Bergoglio, also known by his stage name “Pope Francis”, is infamous for speaking off the cuff, and it is then that he is at his most candid.

This past Thursday, Feb. 15, chatting with a group of “priests” from the diocese of Rome, Francis confirmed recent rumors that “Pope” Paul VI (1963-78) would be declared a “saint” before the end of the year. Vatican journalist Ed Pentin reports:

At the end of a closed-door question and answer session with priests of Rome on Thursday, the Pope said it will be a “holy year” for Paul VI. “There are two Bishops of Rome who have recently become saints: John XXIII and John Paul II,” the Pope said. “Paul VI will become one this year. Benedict and I are on the waiting list. Pray for us.”

(Edward Pentin, “Pope Francis: Blessed Paul VI to Be Canonized This Year”National Catholic Register, Feb. 17, 2018)

This report is confirmed by Vatican Media.

Francis’ candid remark is a telling testimony to what an obvious farce the whole “sainthood” thing is in the Novus Ordo Sect: The Modernists want you to believe that every “Pope” since Vatican II is a saint! This idea is so absurd that even the openly liberal Commonweal just published an article in which author Mollie Wilson O’Reilly pleads, “Just stop making every pope a saint”!

On Nov. 12, 2017, we had made the following observation/prediction:

The only reason why Benedict XVI (2005-2013) has not yet had his canonization proceedings opened is the fact that he is still alive, and not even the Novus Ordo Sect is going to declare to be saints people who are still alive — at least not yet. And of course we all know that as soon as Francis is called to judgment, half the globe will demand his instant canonization.

(“The Immense ‘Holiness’ of the Novus Ordo ‘Popes’”Novus Ordo Wire, Nov. 12, 2017)

Francis’ comment about Benedict XVI and himself being on the “waiting list” confirms just how spot-on our assessment was. The message from the Vatican is clear: If you want a sure-fire way of becoming a “saint”, become “Pope”!

After Paul VI, the only deceased Novus Ordo Antipope left to be declared a fake saint is Albino Luciani, John Paul I. But, not to worry — Francis recently declared him “venerable”, and if he hurries up, maybe he can squeeze him in together with Paul VI later this year. What does it matter at this point?

Meanwhile, The Remnant is hard at work again to find some way out of this pesky conundrum of obvious non-saint “saints”. And while they will no doubt be willing to consider just about anytheory that gets them to their desired conclusion, you can bet your bottom dollar that there is one position they will absolutely refuse to concede as even a possibility: the position that the man doing all these fake canonizations can only do so because he isn’t actually the Pope but only an impostor devoid of the protection of the Holy Ghost. That is the one position The Remnant will not countenance, as they have amply demonstrated in the past.

In the Catholic Church, the canonization of saints is one area in which the Roman Pontiff exercises the gift of infallibility. Of course, this applies only to true Popes and not to fake ones. For this reason, whenever Francis or some other papal pretender “canonizes” someone who definitely couldn’t have been a saint, it is conclusive proof that he does not enjoy the protection of the Holy Ghost, which in turn means he cannot be a true Pope.

This was particularly evident in the case of Karol Wojtyla, John Paul II, who was declared a “saint” by the same Francis in 2014. It will be helpful to review some of the posts we published on this back then:

By “canonizing” Paul VI, Francis will demonstrate once more, with infallible certitude, that he is not the head of the Roman Catholic Church. For this reason alone, true Catholics should look forward to the day Francis once again proves himself to be a charlatan!

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by Novus Ordo Watch

The Novus Ordo Sect’s Archlayman of Chicago, “Cardinal” Blase Cupich, delivered a landmark speech on Francis’ exhortation Amoris Laetitia this past February 9 at the so-called Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry of St. Edmund’s College at the University of Cambridge, England. Entitled “Pope Francis’ Revolution of Mercy: Amoris Laetitia as a New Paradigm of Catholicity”, Cupich’s lecture was riddled with errors and even contained heresy and blasphemy.

How to summarize the most salient point in Cupich’s talk? Once we remove from it the veil of academic-sounding jargon and the pretense of Catholic theology, we see that what the Modernist Cupich is essentially arguing is that with Amoris Laetitia the Catholic Church has entered a paradigm shift in which situation ethics replaces traditional Catholic morality. This is justified, according to the pretend-cardinal, on the grounds that God supposedly speaks through the concrete and complex situations of families today, in whom and to whom He manifests that it is His will that they no longer adhere to inflexible moral rules. Instead, using their consciences each family now gets to “discern” nothing less than what the “voice of God” has to say to its very own particular situation. (Just what happens when one partner or spouse discerns in his “voice of God”-equipped conscience the opposite of the other, Mr. Cupich does not address. Bummer!) In other words: The problem of people living in sin is solved simply by declaring that sin is no longer sin, or, in any case, that people can now remain in sin if they have “discerned” that this is God’s will for them.

No, this is no exaggeration or misrepresentation. This is the blasphemous and heretical claptrap “Cardinal” Cupich presented as Catholic theology this past Friday. The only thing we can agree with him on is that his position is compatible with and faithful to Amoris Laetitia.

The full text of the heretical lecture has been made available at Vatican Insider:

The Von Hugel Institute has released the video of the full lecture with questions and answers at the end:

Instead of providing a written commentary on Cupich’s dangerous poppycock, we have produced a short podcast that exposes and dismantles some of the most egregious errors found in the speech. You can listen below, free of charge:

The Church has condemned situation ethics before and exposed and refuted its alluring sophistry. The following magisterial documents are particularly helpful in this regard:

Cupich’s lecture has also been covered by other web sites, of course, and there have been some developments since. Here is a selection of relevant links:

By the way: “Cardinal” Cupich has announced that there will be three so-called New Momentum Conferences on Amoris Laetitia for American “bishops”, apparently to ensure that this false new morality is spread far and wide in the United States. These conferences will be held at such well-known bastions of Catholic orthodoxy as Boston College, the University of Notre Dame, and Santa Clara University, according to a report from Catholic News Agency.

This is not surprising because although his name may lead one to suspect otherwise, Cupich really isn’t stupid. He knows that with Amoris Laetitia as a “magisterial” document and the “Pope” backing it up, the False Novus Ordo Gospel has momentum like never before. Unfortunately, this is the kind of momentum that will only lead him and countless others into the deepest pits of hell — where people will experience the ultimate complex and concrete situation.

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A Good Question of Heresy | Reality and Legality

February 19th, 2018 by Vigilo

by Bishop Sanborn

Recently in Church History class we were discussing the heretic Nestorius, the Archbishop of Constantinople who, in 428, pronounced his heresy that Mary was not the Mother of God because the two natures in Christ, divine and human, were only connected in an accidental manner.

Already in 428, the clergy of Constantinople broke communion with him, that is, they did not recognize him as a Catholic archbishop. Similarly, as the people were seeking the traditional preaching of the Faith, they publicly cried out: “An Emperor we have, but no bishop.” It was not until 431, however, at the Council of Ephesus, that he was officially condemned. At that council, up until the moment of his condemnation, he was addressed as “Your Reverence” and given other formalities of honor. (Yet they did not permit him to sit among the bishops, but in a special place as an accused culprit).

So a seminarian asks the question: If Bergoglio is not yet officially condemned, then why do we not give him the title of “Your Holiness?” There are essentially three answers to this question: (1) people would vomit on calling him “Your Holiness;” (2) one must always distinguish between the world of reality and the world of legality; (3) the normal processes of accusation and condemnation are not available to us. I will not address the first reason, since it is obvious to all. I will proceed to the second.

Reality and Legality

The real world is the world of concrete facts, which are made known to us through our senses. So, for example, in these horrific school shootings, there are multiple witnesses who see someone shooting other people. There is absolutely no doubt who is the perpetrator of the crime. Yet, in the world of legality, he is innocent of the crime until proven guilty of it in a court of law.

It is clear, then, that what is true in the world of reality may not be true in the world of legality. A completely innocent person in the world of reality may be condemned as a criminal in the world of legality. ¹  And vice versa.

Law is the order of reason. It is not the order of concrete fact. The world of law normally lags behind the world of fact. It takes time to establish a fact legally. So even though everyone knows that someone is in fact a murderer, his status of murderer does not become a legal fact until it has been established by competent authority.

This distinction does not stop us, however, from treating the perpetrator as guilty or suspect before his condemnation. For this reason, people who commit crimes are imprisoned while they await trial. Likewise the clergy of Constantinople broke communion with Nestorius long before his condemnation. There are other examples of this in the history of the Church.

Because Nestorius was not yet condemned, the Council of Ephesus, acting in the name of the pope and carrying out his orders concerning the heretic, had to follow the norms of legality, since it was a court of law regarding Nestorius. For this reason, they addressed him with titles of respect, even though everyone knew that he was as guilty as sin.

Why this distinction between reality and legality? Because it prevents the Church — and any society — from becoming a mob. We Americans who are familiar with Westerns remember stories in which the townspeople would not want to wait for the judge to come, but wanted to “string up,” that is, execute by hanging, someone whom they thought to be guilty. In the South of the United States, it was not uncommon that “lynch mobs,” would hang from a tree a black man who was accused of some serious crime. This they did without any trial. It was clearly wrong.

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Special considerations today. In normal times, if an elected pope should even hold heresy in a private way, but not teaching it to the Church, he would immediately be cited by the Cardinals, who would give him a chance to recant, or have the Roman See declared vacant. This swift move on the part of the Church took place in the case of John XXII, who privately held something heretical. He recanted.

What is the difference today? The first difference is that the Vatican II “popes” are not merely heretics personally, that is, holding heretical doctrines as private teachers, but they are teaching these heretical doctrines to the whole Church, and imposing them as binding. They are also imposing evil disciplines and a false liturgy, both inspired by the heresy of ecumenism, which in the words of Pope Pius XI is tantamount to “denying the religion revealed by God.” (Mortalium Animos)

This distinction is important, since it is impossible that the Catholic Church teach heresy to the whole Church. Consequently, it is clear that it is impossible that a “pope” teaching heresy be in fact pope, and this even before any declaration. Such activity does not even fall under Canon Law. We are completely in the world of reality, since there is no legal norm regarding a pope teaching heresy.

The second difference in our time is that there is no one to carry out the processes of accusation and condemnation. The entire Novus Ordo hierarchy is infected with modernism and ecumenism. Hence there is no one to accuse, no one to condemn. They are all followers of the heresiarch.

By analogy, imagine an atomic blast in a large city, where the entire police force is wiped out. There is no one to summon while marauders, rapists, and looters approach your home to rape and pillage. Shall we say, “Well, since they are not condemned as criminals, we shall treat them as innocent until proven guilty,” or “Since we are not the police, we can do nothing to protect ourselves?” Would not responsible and law-abiding citizens band together in order to keep peace and order? The same is true in our ecclesiastical situation.

The third difference is that the case of a heretical pope is different from that of a heretical bishop. A pope is the living rule of faith for the entire Church, and is infallible in his magisterium (whether solemn or ordinary universal), and is infallible in promulgating universal laws, liturgy, and disciplines. None of these things is true of a bishop of a diocese. I remember as a child that people would often say, “You can’t be more Catholic than the Pope.” Very true. He is the living rule of faith, just as a yardstick is the rule of what is one yard.

Hence Canon Law provides for the prosecution of heretical bishops, but is silent about heretical popes, and silent about the unthinkable idea that a pope would promulgate heresy and evil laws, liturgy and disciplines. It cannot even foresee an entire hierarchy poisoned by heresy. Yet this is the reality before us, as mysterious as it is horrifying.

Consequently, there is no law governing our problem. It is impossible, therefore, to act legally, since there is no law.

All of the arguments which have been made concerning heretical popes — on both sides of the issue — have been based on Canon Law’s approach to heretics other than the pope, i.e., either laypeople, priests, or bishops. They are merely analogical arguments. Furthermore, they concern the personal heresy of a pope, and not someone who is teaching and imposing heresy. This is an entirely different crime. The law is silent about it.

¹ Now with DNA testing, not a few people have been exonerated of crimes for which they were condemned by juries in courts of law, and for which they spent decades in prison.

by Novus Ordo Watch

Part of that “Great Renewal” of Vatican II…

Blasphemy In Your Face:
The Seminary Chapel in Graz, Austria

As the years progress, the apostasy perpetrated by the Novus Ordo Sect gets more and more audacious. Especially in Europe, open blasphemy in church architecture and “art” is not uncommon. We have shown many examples on this web site (for example, recall this beauty here or that outrage there), but a new one has just come to our attention that we do not wish to withhold from our readers. It is the interior of the seminary chapel in the diocese of Graz-Seckau, Austria:

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What we see here is the typical Novus Ordo “sanctuary” with which soon-to-be “Saint” Paul VI graced the world, clearly modeled after the layout of a Masonic lodge. The altar table is more or less ready for the Novus Ordo meal, with the presider’s chair in the middle. The hideous black tower in the back to the left is the “tabernacle”. Also notice the flowers, no doubt to make it all look pretty.

But what in the world is the grotesque thing at the center in the back? Why, the Crucified Christ, of course! Can’t you tell?!

According to the seminary’s web site, this blasphemous piece of junk is entitled Braunkreuz, “Brown Cross”, and was made by Arnulf Rainer. Commentary would be unnecessary — everyone gets the point, no matter what the “official explanation” behind it may be.

By the way, a 360-degree panorama view of the “chapel” is available here, and more photos of this travesty of a chapel can be found here.

So this is what the future “priests” of the Graz-Seckau diocese look at every day; it is part of what nourishes them spiritually. Is it any wonder that the Novus Ordo Sect produces nothing but theological garbage?

The absurdity of it all becomes even more visible when a traditional Catholic practice, such as Eucharistic Adoration, is then interwoven into the Novus Ordo liturgical-architectural fabric. The result looks like this:

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All this blasphemy and sacrilege we see in the modern church is nothing but the artistic expression of the Vatican II religion. If art is the mirror of the soul, you can see that the souls who come up with this or approve of it are sick unto death. This stuff is straight from hell, there is simply no other way to put it.

The diocesan “bishop” who is ultimately responsible for this blasphemy and sacilege was appointed to the job by none other than “Pope” Francis, that connoisseur of the true, the good, and the beautiful. His name is Mr. Wilhelm Krautwaschl, and he is pictured below:

Wilhelm Krautwaschl has been playing “Catholic bishop of Graz-Seckau” since 2015

Could all the Novus Ordo blasphemy, sacrilege, and apostasy be any more in-your-face? Do not think for a minute that this is a one-off, a singular vivid example that we are unfairly choosing to focus on. A user at Gloria TV has just uploaded a video compilation of sundry seminary chapels throughout Germany, showing candidly the horror of the devastated, once-Catholic vineyard.

All you who are still unhappily stuck in the Vatican II Sect because you mistakenly think it’s the Catholic Church: They’re laughing at you! They openly preach a false gospel, destroy your faith and morals, pretend to administer sacraments, deprive you of countless graces, ransack your churches, and defile your Catholic art. Some of them even rape your kids and steal your money. Because they can.

It is time to recognize the signs of the times (cf. Mt 16:2-3): The Catholic Church is back in the catacombs, as it were, while a false schismatic sect is masquerading as the Church of Christ. This false church was prophesied by St. Paul as the “operation of error” (2 Thess 2:10) which God would send to punish the world because it did not love the truth He has so generously revealed and spread (see v. 11). Just as our Lord promised there would eventually come a False Messiah whom the masses would accept (cf. Jn 5:43), so there is now a false church to receive and prepare the way for this Antichrist and his false prophets.

The abomination of desolation was set up in the holy place in the Old Testament (see 1 Mach 1:57; cf. Dan 9:27), and now it has also been fulfilled in the New Covenant: “When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand” (Mt 24:15).

The signs are there, the prophecies are clear. All we need to do now is understand.

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by Novus Ordo Watch

Accompanying sinners straight to hell…

Archdiocese of Turin Organizes Lenten Retreat
to Teach “Fidelity” to Sodomite Couples

“Fr.” Gianluca Carrega

[UPDATE 06-FEB-2018 15:59 UTC: Diocese issues official statement, says retreat is in line withAmoris Laetitia but will be suspended for the time being]

Just as “Cardinal” Reinhard Marx of Munich, Germany, has gone on record advocating for a “blessing” ceremony for homosexual couples on a case-by-case basis, to be determined by the “priest or pastoral worker”, news is reaching us that the Novus Ordo Archdiocese of Turin, Italy, is organizing a Lenten retreat to teach “fidelity” to homosexual couples!

The French semi-trad news site Medias-Presse.info has the story:

Below you will find an English translation of the most relevant part of the article:

Archdiocese of Turin Organizes Retreat to Teach Fidelity to Homosexual Couples

“Gays also deserve fidelity,” claims the Archdiocese of Turin! The recognition of homosexual couples as a family unit worthy of respect is advancing quickly in the Conciliar Church.

Fr. Gianluca Carrega, in charge of pastoral work to homosexuals in the Archdiocese of Turin, wants to offer “lessons in fidelity” to sodomites because they, too, “deserve” it. He explains that his initiative, under the charge of the archdiocese’s Archbishop Cesare Nosigilia [appointed by Benedict XVI –N.O.W.], comes from his personal experience: last year he was invited to only one marriage that would be characterized as “traditional,” that of a hetero couple, and to three “civil unions” of homosexual couples.

“They were beautiful, a celebration each time. This law [permitting same-sex civil unions in Italy] has born numerous fruits—I have seen them and I recognize them.”

But the law on civil unions had a lacuna, so to speak, a compromise, according to Fr. Carrega: this law, at the end of the day, did not stipulate, among the rights and duties of the couple, the obligation to fidelity. Thus, the Archdiocese of Turin is dedicating a Lenten retreat on this theme for homosexual couples titled “Worthy of Fidelity.”

It will be held this February 24-25 in a convent of religious sisters, the Daughters of Wisdom, and is intended for both individuals and couples. As to the question of whether there will be double bedrooms, Fr. Gianluca Carrega remains unclear, explains Vatican Insider: “We have not yet asked ourselves the question. Since it is a monastery, we will try to give each person an individual cell.”

The goal of this retreat intended for self-proclaimed homosexuals is to give added attention to their spiritual, and more broadly, social and life conditions.

“The law cannot provide for the obligation to fidelity”, the diocesan representative explains, “but in reflecting on the affectivity of gays, we can say that each one deserves a sole and exclusive love. The law can decide what the minimum requirements are, but we, we want to speak about the quality of the relationship.”

In the course of the retreat, Jesuit priest Fr. Pino Piva will discuss “the value of fidelity and love in the light of the biblical message.”

“Regarding this theme,” Fr. Gianluca Carrega continues, “we must remain beside the couples more than direct them. Besides, [to do differently] would not be honest for someone, like me, who is hetero and single.”

Fr. Carrega does not hesitate to speak of “misinterpretations” in the Church’s traditional teaching regarding homosexuality, so powerful does his official “pastoral mission” make him. According to him, the fact that a homosexual person who has occasional relationships can, after confession, receive communion whereas a person in a stable homosexual union would be excluded from it is an error:

“We thus risk doing much harm, encouraging among the faithful clandestinity and the taking away of the sense of responsibility.”

“A believing couple that contracts a civil union will have to bring their religious faith into the cohabitation.” The Church must then “have a reflection on the value of homosexual affectivity.” Because, “as the Bishop of Nanterre, Gérard Daucourt, states, certain homosexuals who decide to live as couples find in this a greater serenity and seek to be faithful. And we, we must value what is beautiful in their life.”

(Francesca de Villasmundo, “Le diocèse de Turin organise une retraite pour apprendre la fidélité aux couples homosexuels”Medias-Presse.info, Feb. 4, 2018; our translation.)

This is so incredibly immoral and absurd, it defies belief! They are openly speaking of genuine “love” between homos, when in fact it is an “abomination” (Lev 18:22), an intrinsically disordered lustdeserving of eternal punishment: “And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error” (Rom 1:27). Such people “defile themselves with mankind” (1 Tim 1:10). So much for the “value of homosexual affectivity”. There is nothing “beautiful” about this.

As Turin’s homo-helper-in-chief, “Fr.” Carrega is actively lobbying sodomites to be “faithful” to one particular partner and to live in a “stable union” with him, rather than having “occasional relationships”. By doing this, he is actually driving the unnatural sinner to become ever more attachedto his sin, because it is easier to give up a vice when there is little to no emotional or social attachment involved. A “stable union”, on the other hand, will make it even more difficult for sodomites to repent and amend their lives.

But Carrega is not alone in this. Back in 2014, the notorious “Archbishop” of Vienna, Christoph Schonborn, had already expressed his support for the idea of “lifelong fidelity and mutual caring” between perverts:

Francis himself, the head of the apostate Vatican establishment, cannot possibly disagree. It is he himself who introduced the notion of “fidelity” among habitual fornicators not only as a virtue but as turning the unlawful union ipso facto into a real marriage: “I’ve seen a lot of fidelity in these cohabitations, and I am sure that this is a real marriage, they have the grace of a real marriage because of their fidelity…” the Jesuit antipope stated in a candid moment on June 16, 2016.

And so we see that in the Vatican II Church, the mortal sin of fornication becomes a grace-filled sacrament as long as one engages in it again and again with the same person. But then eventually someone figures out that if one mortal sin can be looked upon as holy, then there is really no reason why another mortal sin couldn’t get the same distinction. Hence we now need blessings and retreats to promote and sanction what a short time ago had to be mentioned in confession as a mortal sin under pain of eternal damnation. If only the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah had known that! The world could have been spared a lot of carbon emissions from the fire and brimstone that rained down upon the cities due to a lack of retreat centers and ritual blessings (cf. Gen 19:24).

Clearly, in the Novus Ordo Sect, doctrine develops faster than you can say “time is greater than space.”

What is happening here is clear: Homosexuality is being introduced as a completely normal, sane, and healthy way of life that is perhaps a bit different from but certainly not unequal to Holy Matrimony. This is being done through the back door, so to speak, utilizing the concept of “accompaniment” slyly introduced by Francis in Amoris Laetitia in 2016. This way, the Novus Ordo Modernists can officially maintain that no doctrine is being changed while still achieving the same result that an open doctrinal change would have in the minds of the people. And thus they are gradually turning a sin crying to Heaven for vengeance into a virtuous lifestyle that merits diocesan retreats to help it grow and is deserving of an ecclesiastical rite of blessing — at least on a case-by-case basis, according to “Cardinal” Marx.

Believe it or not, all of this goes back to Vatican II. Just as the council discovered “elements” of “sanctification and truth” in other religions (see Lumen Gentium, n. 8; Nostra Aetate, n. 2), so the pseudo-Magisterium of “Pope” Francis now finds “elements of goodness” in unlawful relationships, whether these be fornication, adultery, or sodomy. In short: There’s a little bit of virtue in every vice!

It was at the infamous “Synod on the Family” in 2014 that it was first suggested that the principle underlying the “ecclesial elements” theory be applied to moral theology, so that “the Church [now] turns respectfully to those who participate in her life in an incomplete and imperfect way, appreciating the positive values they contain rather than their limitations and shortcomings” (Relatio Post Disceptationem, in “Family synod: full text of the mid-term report”Catholic Herald, Oct. 13, 2014). How this application to morality actually helps refute the whole concept to begin with, is explained in the following post:

Once the “elements” principle is admitted, why stop at ecclesiology and moral theology? Perhaps we can apply the concept also to mathematics so that what is a wrong answer would then become partially correct. Thus a student who puts 42 as the answer for 22 + 34 would get more points than a student who puts 18. After all, is 42 not closer to 56 than 18 is? This is what Francis doctrine looks like when it’s applied to mathematics. Instead of maintaining an “all or nothing logic”, we give credit even for trying!

And yet, would anyone wish to enter a building that was designed by an architect who used that kind of “mathematics”? Why, then, would anyone want to face the Divine Judge at the Last Judgment with that kind of “morality”? “Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour” (Mt 25:13).

The truth is that the whole “elements” approach to morality is flawed in principle. This is because in order for something to be truly good, it must be good in every respect, whereas in order for something to be bad, it suffices that it be bad in any respect. Fr. Francis Connell explains:

To be truly good, an action must be good in object, circumstances, and end. The theological axiom expressing this is Bonum ex integra causa, malum ex quocumque defectu (“Good is from the entire cause, evil is from any defect”). The reason is that moral goodness consists in conformity to a certain measure or norm, and conformity demands that a thing meet the standards of the norm in all respects. E.g., a beam to be used in constructing a house is no good for the purpose if even one measurement is defective, even though the other measurements are correct. So, too, all the factors of a human act must be good if the act is to be accounted as morally good. This is the reason why a good end does not justify a bad means.

(Rev. Francis J. Connell, Outlines of Moral Theology, 2nd ed. [Milwaukee, WI: Bruce Publishing, 1958], p. 21; some italics added.)

This is Catholic teaching on morality.

As far as fidelity goes, neither fornicators nor sodomites can possibly practice it because fidelity (“faithfulness”) refers to the marriage vow — you know, that little bit of text you said on your wedding day when you promised fidelity to your spouse “until death do us part”. What makes fornicators into fornicators is the fact that they engage in the marital act precisely without making that vow of fidelity first; and in the case of sodomites, of course, such a vow is rendered impossible per se as they are not capable of procreating even in principle, yet procreation is the primary end of marriage.

By the way: Back in 2015, “Cardinal” Marx had publicly declared that a blessing for homosexual couples is “not reconcilable with Catholic doctrine or tradition” (source). But that was then, and a lot of words have proceeded from the Bergoglian mouth since then. In 2016, Francis went ahead and fixed the problem: He published Amoris Laetitia, and now it is reconcilable with “Catholic” doctrine and tradition. This is Bergoglio’s “accompaniment” doctrine in action.

Amoris Laetitia is a Pandora’s box of moral arbitrariness; it is Francis’ gift that keeps on giving. And the way things look right now, it will continue to give for years to come.

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A Perfect Example of Naturalism from Bergoglio

February 9th, 2018 by Vigilo

by Novus Ordo Watch

The supernatural is overrated…

A Perfect Example of Naturalism: Francis reflects on Death without mentioning Judgment, Heaven, or Hell

The world was given a rather generous glimpse into the Naturalist mind of Jorge Bergoglio today as the man otherwise known as “Pope Francis” reflected on death during his daily homily.

As we have pointed out numerous times on this web site, Francis preaches what we call the “gospel of man”, a false gospel that focuses almost exclusively on the temporal, the mundane, the natural. His concern is always with this world: Whether it be helping the needy, eradicating poverty, improving education, combatting economic injustice, advocating for a “culture of encounter” or of “tenderness”, or improving working conditions for coal miners in Indonesia, the “Pope” is always there with his oh-so tender-hearted solicitude and unsolicited advice.

While all these goals may be quite noble in and of themselves (excepting the encounter/tenderness junk), eventually people will figure out that no one really needs a Pope or a Catholic Church if the ultimate goal is simply the combatting of social problems — especially not if the remedies offered are always of the natural, humanist, and therefore lowest-common-denominator kind, which could just as easily be provided by the United Nations, Kiwanis International, or the Red Cross.

In 2016 German journalist Alexander Kissler hit the proverbial nail on the head when he called Francis a “U.N. Secretary General with a pectoral cross” (source). This apt observation takes on greater weight still when we consider that even his pectoral cross leaves a lot to be desired, as it reminds one more of a bottle opener than of the Redemption wrought by our Lord Jesus Christ.

In the First Letter of St. John, Sacred Scripture speaks about people whose primary concern is the natural world instead of the salvation of their own and others’ souls: “They are of the world: therefore of the world they speak, and the world heareth them” (1 Jn 4:5). And of course St. Paul had reminded the Colossians: “Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth” (Col 3:2).

Let’s have a look now at Francis’ Feb. 1 homily, given at the Casa Santa Marta. Its subject was death, which marks the end of the temporal and the beginning of eternity. It is thus a perfect opportunity to speak about our supernatural vocation, the fact that God created us, ultimately, not to eat, drink, and help others on planet earth, but to see, know, and love Him as He really is, for all eternity in Heaven. This is called the “Beatific Vision” and is defined as:

The immediate knowledge of God which constitutes the primary felicity of Heaven. The souls of the blessed see God directly and face to face, unveiled, clearly, openly, as he is in himself; and in this vision they equally enjoy God. This vision is supernatural, not proper to our human nature, so that the intellect of the blessed is supernaturally enlightened by the lumen gloriae [light of glory]. The primary object of the Vision is God himself as he is, in all his perfections and in the three persons of the Trinity.

(Donald Attwater, ed., A Catholic Dictionary, 3rd ed. [New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1961], s.v. “Beatific Vision”; italics given.)

In the 14th century, Pope Benedict XII defined dogmatically:

Since the passion and death of the Lord Jesus Christ, these souls [in Heaven] have seen and see the divine essence with an intuitive vision and even face to face, without the mediation of any creature by way of object of vision; rather the divine essence immediately manifests itself to them, plainly, clearly and openly, and in this vision they enjoy the divine essence. Moreover, by this vision and enjoyment the souls of those who have already died are truly blessed and have eternal life and rest. Also the souls of those who will die in the future will see the same divine essence and will enjoy it before the general judgment.

Such a vision and enjoyment of the divine essence do away with the acts of faith and hope in these souls, inasmuch as faith and hope are properly theological virtues. And after such intuitive and face-to-face vision and enjoyment has or will have begun for these souls, the same vision and enjoyment has continued and will continue without any interruption and without end until the last Judgment and from then on forever.

(Pope Benedict XII, Apostolic Constitution Benedictus Deus; Denz. 530)

The Beatific Vision is the ultimate goal of human existence. To attain it is the reason why God created us. It is perfect happiness and perpetual bliss, infinitely and essentially superior to any created thing. In the Beatific Vision, all our desires will be perfectly satiated by God, in overabundance, “good measure and pressed down and shaken together and running over” (Lk 6:38). If we do not attain this Beatific Vision, we will have lost everything there is to lose and we will be an eternal failure in hell.

There is, then, plenty to say and meditate on concerning death, which is the gateway to eternity, and the way of the Cross we must tread to attain, aided by divine grace, our final end. But how does “Pope” Francis reflect on death? What does Mr. Bergoglio have to say about it?

Both Vatican News and Zenit reported on the “papal” homily. The report published by Zenitsummarizes Francis’ message in its subtitle: “Death is a fact, death is an inheritance and death is a memory.” If you’re suspecting already that this isn’t going to be a Catholic reflection on death, you’re suspecting correctly.

Francis wasted no time reminding his hapless audience that “we are men and women on a journey in time” and that “we have to look forward”, lest we “go wandering in this selfish labyrinth of the moment”. He pointed out that everyone needs “to pray, and to ask for the grace of a sense of time” so that one is not “imprisoned” by the present moment because that would mean one is “closed in on oneself.”

Continuing with this profoundly insightful and spiritually unparalleled analysis, Francis emphasized that “death is a legacy”:

…not a material inheritance, but a legacy of memory.

And so we should ask ourselves:

“What would be my legacy if God were to call me today? What legacy would I leave as a testimony of my life?” It is a good question to ask ourselves. And thus we can prepare ourselves, because each one of us… none of us will remain “as a relic.” We must all go down this path.

(“Pope reflects on death at Mass at Casa Santa Marta”Vatican News, Feb. 1, 2018; italics given.)

The Modernist pretend-pope concluded his reflection on death by noting that the end of life is also an “anticipated memory”:

Finally, the Pope said, “death is a memory,” an “anticipated memory” to reflect upon:

When I die, what would I like to have done in this decision that I must make today, in my way of living today? It is an anticipated memory that illuminates the “moment” of today, illuminating with the fact of death the decisions that I must make every day.

Knowing that we are on a journey that leads to death, Pope Francis concluded, “will make us treat everyone well.”

And there we have it: A “papal” reflection on death that says nothing supernatural whatsoever. This goes with his repeated assertions that the Last Judgment is not to be feared, a truly diabolical piece of “advice”!

We see here once more that Francis is concerned only with this temporal life, not with eternity. Even death itself he does not use to talk about our supernatural destiny and the fact that we will be judged immediately after we have died, to go either to Heaven or to hell.

And so Francis has managed to talk about one of the so-called “Four Last Things” (Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell) without mentioning the other three. In his words there is no mention of soul, grace, original and mortal sin, judgment, purgatory, Heaven, hell, penance, conversion, faith, hope, or charity. Instead, he blathered on about a journey, a legacy, and something about memory. Perhaps these are his very own “Three Last Things”.

For those who might be wondering what a real Catholic sermon on death sounds like, we recommend the following:

The best way to see the apostate Vatican II religion for what it is, is to exclusively immerse oneself in the true Roman Catholic religion as the world knew it from 33 AD until 1958. Having fed your soul on the timeless truths of the real Catholic faith, you will be appalled and disgusted with the Novus Ordo counterfeit. Most importantly, though, you will no longer be deceived by it.

Bergoglio is a Naturalist through and through. This was also very evident in the embarrassing “Ten Tips for Happiness” he gave in 2014, in which God did not even make so much as a cameo appearance. For Bergoglio, the supernatural, if it is admitted at all, is almost always placed at the service of the natural or at least given secondary importance. God is there to solve our problems, to make us feel good, and to forgive our sins. Jesus Christ is important only insofar as we see Him in the beggar, the unemployed, and the elderly. Even a sermon on death itself this “Pope” keeps entirely horizontal: Reflecting on death “will make us treat everyone well.” But then, since virtually everyone goes to Heaven, what is there to talk about but helping our neighbor and taking care of the environment?

Francis continually tempts men to keep their eyes fixed on the temporal, thus leading them into a great danger warned against by Christ in the parable of the sower: “And others there are who are sown among thorns: these are they that hear the word, and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts after other things entering in choke the word, and it is made fruitless” (Mk 4:18-19).

“Pope” Francis is not a true shepherd but a hireling “and he hath no care for the sheep” (Jn 10:13). St. Paul had warned us of people like him: “For such false apostles are deceitful workmen, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ” (2 Cor 11:13).