In a formal address delivered during his recent visit to Colombia, Pope Francis implored his brother Jesuits to defend his embattled exhortation on marriage, which remains haunted by its obscurities and fervent vagueness. In his short discourse, the pope also enlisted Thomas Aquinas in this enterprise by insisting upon the Thomistic properties of Amoris Laetitia.
The Pope and directly those that write his papers and speeches for him clearly aren’t theologians of a high caliber. Consider Fr Martin for example, the communication propagandist of the Vatican specifically picked by the Pope. There is no way to justify with Church teaching anything he is spewing yet he is constantly going around the country giving speeches. Consider this, why is he allowed to go on a continual book tour when we have a priest shortage in America?
As the article demonstrates it’s easy to refute the statement that AL is Thomistic. A simple key is how Thomas addressed positive moral rules and negative ones. The theologians behind the Pope’s works show they aren’t so much trying to properly defend their reforms as to use slippery logic on an audience they know doesn’t know better. Like giving candy to a baby. The baby will always desire candy.
The time that the laity can stupidly sit back and accept everything the Vatican says is gone because the wolves are in the sheep pen. We must return to the old rules of authenticity. If we don’t know it’s origin and we can’t see it was passed down from the apostolic Church we reject it. Only those first church’s who received the Gospel from the first apostles where listed to at the beginning. Return to the documents of the Church. Read the Church father’s, JPII, and Benedict. Test everything and only keep what passes mustard. The rest is liberal propaganda. The longer we go down this road the longer the journey back.
Source: The Morality of Amoris Laetitia Is Not Thomistic – Crisis Magazine
A modification in response to pastoral failure within the Latin rite would be a brand-new step.
As mentioned in the article, the great need for evangelization, the lack of priests, and the initial cultural character of the Amazon are nothing new. Africa, at a time not to long ago in regards to Church history was in the same situation yet now it’s Catholic population and vocations are outgrowing neighboring once primarily Catholic nations.
These excusses can’t be used to justify ordaining married men in the Amazon as priests without ignoring the past or without declaring failure of the call to a new evangelization by Vatican II. The old models of missionary work must be applied and other countries should be leaned upon to send priests. Let’s start acting like we have missionary work to do rather than satisfying our own local desires. All we do is navel gaze. What a clear sign of the vices of gluttony, hubris, and sloth by the laity and Church. Are our prelates Machiavellian again?
Its interesting that the Church doesn’t seem to be interested in doing the long hard work of evangelization any longer. They simply want immediate solutions. These are normally short sighted, insufficient for the long term, and prefer the acceptance of the cultural norms over the integration of Catholic teachings.
Think about England, Europe, and the Americas if we followed the current Church praxis under Pope Francis hundreds of years ago. The Church would never had grown. We need heroic priests willing to give their lives to spread the faith. We need a Church that really believes in the great commission rather than being accepted by the culture.
Source: Married Priests and Missionary Failure
Cardinal Burke, “The Church must proclaim Christ’s truth; it must not deny it.”
More wise words from Cardinal Burke. He is absolutely correct that the interpretations of AL that contradict Church teaching actually are an attack of the Sacraments. We can’t change one thing without changing the other. It’s an attempt to say the sacraments are just a sign of community rather than what they really are which is our unity with Christ. Once baptized we are always a member of his body. Sacraments assist in our journey of holiness and aren’t just outside signs of community.
Consider Adam and Eve in light of the distorted personal conscience interpretation of AL. Following AL Eve never sinned She did what she could at that time in the face of temptation. Then there really is no sin and no fall and no need of Christ. Now you can see the evil in this interpretation. It is another version of the serpents lie in the Garden.
In the end AL agrees with the twisted lie in the Garden and makes God a sadist for killing his son for no reason. There is only sin if we feel there is sin. The exact argument Satan uses for his own actions. You won’t die. You’ll become just like me.
Source: Cardinal Burke on the Rule of Faith – The Catholic Thing
In wishing to honor two recently deceased cardinals, the American cardinal makes a final plea to the Holy Father for clarity, saying the “grave” situation is “continually worsening” and that it is “urgent” the Pope “confirm his brothers in the faith.”
Consider Cardinal Burke’s filial plea to the Holy Father in light of this Scripture.
Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asks for a fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. Matt 7:9-11
Is the Holy Father giving his Cardinal a stone or bread?
Source: Cardinal Burke Addresses the ‘Dubia’ One Year After Their Publication
California Gov. Jerry Brown—a one-time Jesuit seminarian from a one-party state—said the dangers posed by climate change required a radical “transformation” in the world’s response.
Climate change, as an academic topic, has many scientists on both sides of the fence arguing for multiple reasons not the least being a lack of understanding of our macro climate changes over centuries. Also there is often a confusion or combination of this topic with arguments for the redistribution of wealth between nations which includes other subjects like population control. We are seeing this confusion in the meetings setup by the Vatican.
The governor’s comments clearly display the mindset and extent that today’s radical activist will go to get their way. To be frank, which state pacifies their citizens with the most handouts, uses the most water, and demands the most electricity…..California. Watch what curriculum your local Catholic school pushes over the next few years. A program of brainwashing may be coming.
Source: California Gov. to Vatican: ‘Brain Washing’ Needed to Tackle Climate Change
Jesus warned the scribes and the Pharisees about thinking themselves wiser than their forefathers. They weren’t. Neither are we.
To be ignorant of Scripture is to be ignorant of Christ. To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant. To be ignorant of history is to repeat it.
Screaming and radical college protesters are a clear indication of the lack of true knowledge and education of those preparing to lead this country. It is a warning for our foreseeable future.
Source: Jesus and Historical Revisionism – The Catholic Thing
All Christians have traditions and a religion (religious practices) they follow, even non-denominational groups like Vineyard and Crossroads. You can’t practice you’re faith in any way without them. What’s interesting is to consider the silly behaviors of others and their practices which they try to justify when attacking the Catholic Mass.
For example, try removing the coffee and WiFi from their Sunday experience and see how many feel they are missing something. They are missing their current and cultural religious traditions.
Hmm…coffee compared to the Eucharist. It seems their traditions are silly and unthoughtful. It’s the age of “me”.
Source: Protestant Traditions You Won’t Find in the Bible
Young women are rejecting the dissent perpetrated by women who use their status as religious to get attention for their attacks on settled Church teachings.
Think about it. Women and men who are looking into a vocation of religious life and that also understand they have a choice of which order they want to select are looking for orders that meet their desire to grow deeper spiritually and in union with the Church. It’s logical then that political and protesting orders would not be enticing but appear willfully double minded. Worldly, not spiritual.
It is good that everything has its time and comes to an end. All human things die. Our faithful traditional orders are counter cultural so they shine brightly to the young seeking faith.
Source: ‘Progressive’ Orders are Passing Away—the Future Belongs to the Faithful
Corrective restoration is often just under the surface during times of crisis in the Church as we can see during the 1500’s. Consider the effects of those traditional orders, theologians, and liturgists today even as they are being attacked by the Church itself as rigid? Consider that the Pope and other reform minded prelates don’t understand why our young are drawn to these orders and drawn to Tradition.
Will we look back and see in these efforts the corrective forces that will someday rollback, as Trent did, the crazy reforms of our current day?
Source: Catholic Reform Began Before Martin Luther
Through a more perfect communion with the Catholic Church, every Christian can fulfill Jesus’ prayer that all his followers “may be one.”
In this day where it seems the goal is to dumb down our faith so we can have limited unity it’s revealing to understand that many well respected Protestant theologians are saying the Catholic Church is really right. This can be shocking to realize when many of our own leaders are starting to say Luther was right. I think we’ve given up to soon. Given up when really we should be getting better at preaching the truth of the Catholic Church.
Source: 500 Years After Luther, a New Case for Catholicism
COMMENTARY: The dialogue that Pope Francis often calls for is not actually taking place within the Church.
Source: Culture of Rebuke Has Taken Hold in Church Discourse
‘This cheap and vulgar ritual humiliation exemplifies the extent to which Pope Francis is presiding over a bully-boy Church.’
If it looks and quacks like a duck it’s a duck. The Church is fearfully under the thumb of radical reformists.
What will you do when just years from now everyone can take the Eucharist even Protestants, women can be deacons, priests can be married (especially if you’re in Brazil), LGBT same-sex unions are approved, euthanasia and contraception are conditionally accepted, and the bishop conferences run their own show?
It sounds like the Church is becoming Anglican. Who are the Pharisees now?
Source: Priests and laity slam US bishops conference for sacking theologian critical of Pope
Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy resigned as a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Doctrine as a result of the critical letter to the Holy Father.
We see another theologian being silenced and one of a vary high caliber. Why would he resign if not because he was asked to or asked to retract his comments and wouldn’t?
How can the USCCB say its open to dialogue if we see people let go? I’ve been in the work place enough years to know he was asked to row in the required direction or leave.
Source: Following Publication of Letter to Pope, Theologian Resigns From USCCB Post
The progressive party in the Vatican has launched yet another attack on Cardinal Robert Sarah. This is nothing new nor unexpected. The Vatican, these days, seem hell bent to follow in the footstep of the Obama era. Think about it and you will see the same behaviors and attitudes. Likely because these men and women grew up with the same cultural influences. They are all examples of their times with little to point to as counter cultural examples even though Christ himself said he didn’t come to bring peace but division.
A Church in peace with with the culture is a Church in trouble. This is why Cardinal Sarah’s voice is so clear above the leftist noise of many prelates. He, like St John Paul II, is a peaceful and holy man desiring simply to help us grow in faith.
I would be thrilled to see him considered for the papacy. Let us pray the Vatican doesn’t break his spirit.
Source: The War Against Cardinal Sarah | Marco Tosatti
The Catholic laity must know something of the Reformation period and socioeconomic forces at work leading up to it and after to truly be able to understand what and why it happened. It is the same today as we see similar forces that may lead to similar outcomes.
For instance: one could compare the psychological and social impact of the Black Plague as it decimated a third of Europe to our own decimation of the human person by the redefinition of marriage, gender theology, LGBT, increasing divorce rates and abortion of millions of babies globally (all the culture of death); one could compare the spiritualization of the Scripture by Humanists prior to Luther to the same humanist effects by the Jesuits throughout our academic institutions; one could compare the economic pressures of the growing merchant class and princes trying to escape Emperor Charles to the current heads of corporations flexing their political muscles and trying to escape governmental regulations and national policies in pursuit of bigger global markets; and one could compare the decline of the faith in the authority of the Church and the corruption of the morals and doctrines of the Church, then, to similar examples in the Church today especially highlighted by the priest scandal. Then, the culture had Luther providing the religious spearhead of change and now we have Pope Francis. Then, a portion broke off and became heretical while today a portion may break off and maintain orthodoxy.
One way or another similar forces are gathering. Will we see if a Trent II 50 years from now will happen as it did then? Will the Church be forced to declare the “reforms” of this period of time anathema?
Source: The Politics of the Reformation: Movement Was as Much About Power as Religion