Christopher Ferrara Issues the Call

H/T to Canon 212, Mr. Ferrara calls for a synod of deposition:

In any case, this much is certain: barring Bergoglio’s conversion and reversal of course, the Church cannot abide this pontificate any longer. One way or another, the Church will have to repel an attacker at her very summit. Either the human element of the Church will act according to the means which seem possible, however extraordinary, or Heaven itself will intervene in a manner that might well involve a divine chastisement due to the negligence of time-serving pastors who left their sheep completely undefended against the wolves who preyed upon them, including the wolf the cardinals improvidently elected Pope.

“Mercy will fast run its course, and God’s judgement will come down upon us.”

From an open letter to bishops at Lifesite News:

Bishops of the Catholic Church, awake and do your duty. For Christ is coming to you on his great white horse with his vast army of white-robed heavenly warriors. If you really wish to be his warriors, his latter-day apostles, then he will come as your generous and magnanimous King. But if you are false shepherds, he will come with his destroying sword and he will pass judgement on you. Surely you do not want this, surely more than anything else you want to be his true knights, his faithful vassals.

We have now entered the time of Judgement. There is little time. We cannot avoid catastrophe, any more than the people Jerusalem could avoid the destruction of their city at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar. For our salvation, we must be punished. Can you not see that the earth itself is revolting at man’s wickedness, and will soon rise up in judgement against the utterly immense and terrible evil that is saturating the earth?  God will intervene, for he will not allow his little ones to be lost.  Come to your senses, and lead your flocks in the ways of gentleness, goodness and peace, and then you will truly be great warriors of Christ. Heed my words, heed them before it is too late.

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart Of Mary

By Pope Pius XII

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, in this tragic hour of the world’s history, we entrust and consecrate ourselves to thine Immaculate Heart, our only refuge, our hope, our salvation.

Have pity on this world, torn by the most terrible conflicts, burning with the fires of hate, victim of its own sins.

May thy Heart be moved at the sight of so much ruin, pain and sorrow.

We consecrate to thy maternal heart our persons, our families, our country (name), the whole of humanity.

Protect and save us!

O Heart of Mary, source of true love, fill our selfish hearts with Divine charity and with that true brotherly love without which there can never be peace.

Grant that men and nations may understand and fulfill the precept of thy Divine Son, “Love one another”, in order that true peace may be firmly established in the Justice and Truth of Christ.

“Who brought us to this breaking point? None other than Jorge Bergoglio, Pope Francis.”

I have a post category I call “Rad Trads and Neo-Caths, Living Together”, which I now use infrequently.  It is my own inside joke, based on the Bill Murray Ghostbusters rant about “dogs and cats, living together, MASS HYSTERIA!”  It was used for posts that highlighted the great divide between the small number of Catholic traditionalists with the great, gooey middle of the Catholic “conservatives”.  Two groups, both wanting to be Catholic, that ought to have a lot in common, yet always seemed at odds.  “Rad-Trads” doubting the Catholicity of their brethren, who in turn doubted their brethren’s sanity.  It just seemed that there was so much prestige, money, book sales, speechifying, and op-ed’ing involved in being the respectable “middle”.

Well, as many of us have been predicting for some time, as a logical consequence of conservatives being forced to defend the increasingly indefensible, it is now obvious that the “conservative” Catholic party is dwindling at an alarming rate. Soon, only [pick your fave, I’ll say] George Weigel will be photographed on an iceflow holding his latest book about John Paul the Great surrounded by rising seas.  This will be used by him, Al Gore-like, to lament the past glory of the neo-Catholic, post-Vatican II illusion.

The quote above in my post’s title offers a bit more hope.  Jason Kippen in The Christian Review notes the way in which Pope Bergoglio is actually unifying what Catholics there are left, as he seeks to drive more and more Catholics from the Church.  It is obvious that a choice must be made.

For every fraud like Mark Shea, who will say any fatuity for the promise of a buck, there are conservatives coming around to the timeless praxis and doctrines of the faith.  God be praised.  After all that is the journey many of us have taken.  And maybe that post category will be more true, and more common.

In the Interest of Justice…

As readers no doubt know, I have been somewhat dismayed by the “current situation in Rome” since the lamentable evening that Bergoglio stalked out on the balcony of St. Peter’s. Since I have often speculated that something may be fishy about the identity of the pope, I submit for your consideration (without endorsing or rejecting them) these two well-written articles on the subject, by Steven O’Reilly, here and here.

God save the Church.

Because He Said So

Sister Lucia’s question to Jesus on “why” consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

About the other questions, if it will be convenient to insist in order to obtain the consecration of Russia? … Intimately I have spoken to Our Lord about the subject and not too long ago I asked Him why He would not convert Russia without the Holy Father making that consecration.

Our Lord’s reply to Sister Lucia:

Because I want My whole Church to acknowledge that consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary so that it may extend its cult later on and put the devotion to the Immaculate Heart beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart.

A Pope for the Godless

Hilary White at The Remnant:

It is also the reason Bergoglio himself has been so warmly received by the godless among the laity, both in and out of the Church. It is not merely that he tells them that God approves their debauchery, their contraception, their divorces, their cohabitation, even their attempts to “change gender,” but that he fundamentally shares their godless assumptions about the nature of reality. There is in him no indication at all that he believes in the Living God. His ideas are founded upon godless principles indistinguishable from those of the godless non-Catholics of the modern godless world. From the beginning he has made it clear that he is their pope, not ours.

So once again, the words and actions of the Bergoglians have helped us to understand something important. The divide in the Church is not between “conservatives” and “liberals” but between believers and godless materialists. Those lining up cleanly on either side of the Vigano event are those who have chosen between these two sides.

This is the nature of the divide in the Church that Traditionalists have been aware of for some decades and have been trying to tell the “conservatives.” This is the divide that just this week is finally being frankly described as a “civil war.” This is the true nature of the de facto schism that “good” bishops have largely tried to hide, paper over or ignore for 50 years.

15 years ago, in many conversations with my colleagues in the pro-life movement and at LifeSite, we discussed how the “sides are lining up.” It was one of the most obvious working principles of what we did. Grasping the existence of this de facto schism in the Church was what made it possible to make sense of all the phenomena we were observing and reporting on. Without this key, the apparently contradictory behaviour of bishops and popes only generates confusion. But we have never found Bergoglio confusing. Indeed, he has been refreshingly forthright. The confusion only comes when one pays attention to what he says alone, instead of watching what he does. The man uses words the way a squid uses ink.

It’s going to take a long time for the putrescence that has been building up and poisoning the Body of Christ all these decades to finish draining. We’ve got years to go yet, but at least now we have finally started. I pray with all my might that the action of Vigano, the findings of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, and the disgust, rage and horror being expressed by the laity towards the bishops who sat quietly and allowed it all to fester, is just the beginning. McCarrick and his enablers was only one very large, stinking, suppurating abscess that has been lanced and is draining, but there are many, many more to go.