“Pilgrimages bring us closer to our faith and thus bring us true peace. Not going on pilgrimages means losing contact with our salvation.” Cardinal Raymond L. Burke shared his thoughts and some personal reflections on the importance of pilgrimages which became a significant part of the Catholic tradition in the 4th century, when Christians traveled to different places that were part of Jesus’ life or the tombs of martyrs and saints.
Posted at Rorate Caeli, Roberto de Mattei rightly and with appropriate indignation demands from the man called Francis a public profession of faith.
We have reached the point of having to ask the Pope for a public profession of the Catholic Faith. May he do it clearly with no duplicity.
We need to know with absolute certainty whether the Pope believes or not that Jesus Christ is True God and True Man.
But of course, the Vatican heresy machine will continue to foul the waters of faith until the very serious and unexplained doubts about the validity of Pope Benedict’s putative abdication are investigated and publicly resolved by Churchmen of credibility, few though the number may be.
Is Benedict still pope– that is the primary question that must be answered. Once done, we will know precisely how to deal with the monster squatting on the throne of Peter.
I hold His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke in the highest esteem. I am blessed to have known him, even in the small acquaintance we have had personally. I have been blessed to be His Eminence’s subject in St. Louis for many years. As a lawyer, I respect his excellent legal mind. As a Catholic, I respect his love of truth, of the faith, and of souls. He is no coward; I have witnessed this man stand up for the faith, the truth, the Church, many, many times at cost to himself. He does not curry the favor of the world.
So I do not join in the criticisms of His Eminence as somehow too afraid to act boldly against the outrages of our current pontifical mess. I understand the frustrations of some who have done so, but my knowledge of Cardinal Burke informs my opinion and prevents me from joining them. He obviously has his own chosen tactics to counter the heresies and odiousness of the putative Francis pontificate. I am frustrated, too. But I would never accuse the Cardinal of failing to do what is required through fear. He is acting differently than I might, based on what I think I know; but it never escapes me that he has information I cannot have that might make this all clear, and would certainly explain his own actions well enough.
So, while I still beg the Cardinal, beg him, to weigh in with a systematic analysis of whether or not the putative abdication of Pope Benedict XVI was canonically valid, I think I owe it to Cardinal Burke to publish, in full, His and Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s letter regarding their position vis-a-vis Bergolio, published today. It merits reading, and God bless anyone, and particularly these prelates, who do anything to stand for the faith today.
And finally, it bears repeating that despite my serious and persistent doubts about the identity of the currently reigning, one-and-only pope, I willingly submit to him, whomever he may prove to be, in all things necessary to salvation. I hope to publish one day a statement from these bishops and others, seriously addressing the abdication issue (and no, I don’t think Cardinal Burke’s brief asides on the matter constitute this). Time is running out.
A clarification about the meaning of fidelity to the Supreme Pontiff
No honest person can anymore deny the almost general doctrinal confusion which is reigning in the life of the Church in our days. This is particularly due to ambiguities regarding the indissolubility of marriage, which is being relativized through the practice of the admittance of persons cohabitating in irregular unions to Holy Communion, due to the increasing approval of homosexual acts, which are intrinsically contrary to nature and contrary to the revealed will of God, due to errors regarding the uniqueness of the Our Lord Jesus Christ and His redemptive work, which is being relativized through erroneous affirmations on the diversity of religions, and especially due to the recognition of diverse forms of paganism and their ritual practices through the Instrumentum Laboris for the coming Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon.
In view of this reality, our conscience does not allow us to be silent. We, as brothers in the College of Bishops, speak with respect and love, so that the Holy Father may unequivocally reject the evident doctrinal errors of the Instrumentum Laboris for the coming Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon and not consent to the practical abolition of priestly celibacy in the Latin Church through the approval of the ordination of so-called “viri probati”.
With our intervention, we, as shepherds of the flock, express our great love for souls, for the person of Pope Francis himself and for the divine gift of the Petrine Office. If we would not do this, we would commit a great sin of omission and of selfishness. For if we were silent, we would have a quieter life, and perhaps we would even receive honors and acknowledgments. However, if we would be silent, we would violate our conscience. In this context we think of the well-known words of the future Saint Cardinal John Henry Newman (who will be canonized on October 13, 2019): “I shall drink — to the Pope, if you please, — still, to Conscience first, and to the Pope afterwards” (A Letter Addressed to the Duke of Norfolk on Occasion of Mr. Gladstone’s Recent Expostulation). We think of these memorable and germane words of Melchior Cano, one of the most learned bishops during the Council of Trent: “Peter does not need our adulation. Those who blindly and indiscriminately defend every decision of the Supreme Pontiff are those who most undermine the authority of the Holy See: they destroy, instead of strengthening its foundations”.
In recent times, there has been created an atmosphere of an almost total infallibilization of the statements of the Roman Pontiff, that is to say, of every word of the Pope, of every pronouncement, and of merely pastoral documents of the Holy See. There is, in practice, no more the observance of the traditional rule of distinguishing the different levels of the pronouncements of the Pope and of his offices with their theological notes and with the corresponding obligation of adherence on the part of the faithful.
In spite of the fact that dialogue and theological debates were encouraged and promoted in the life of the Church during the past decades after the Second Vatican Council, in our days, there seems to be no more possibility of an honest intellectual and theological debate and of the expression of doubts regarding affirmations and practices which seriously obfuscate and harm the integrity of the Deposit of the Faith and of the Apostolic Tradition. Such a situation leads to the disregard for reason and, therefore, for the truth.
Those who criticize our expressions of concern employ substantially only sentimental arguments or arguments from power. They seemingly do not want to engage in a serious theological discussion of the subject. In this respect, it seems that oftentimes reason is simply ignored and reasoning suppressed.
A sincere and respectful expression of concern regarding matters of great theological and pastoral importance in the life of the Church today, addressed also to the Supreme Pontiff, is immediately squelched and cast in a negative light with defamatory reproaches of “sowing doubts”, of being “against the Pope”, or even of being “schismatic”.
The Word of God teaches us, through the Apostles, to be certain, firm, and uncompromising regarding the universal and unchanging truths of our Faith and to keep and protect the Faith in the face of errors, as St. Peter, the first Pope, wrote: “Take heed, lest being led aside by the error of the iniquitous, you fall from your own steadfastness” (2 Pt. 3:17). St. Paul also wrote: “We may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Eph. 4:14-15).
One must keep in mind the fact that the Apostle Paul publicly reproached the first Pope at Antioch in a matter of a lesser gravity, compared to the errors which in our days are spread in the life of the Church. St. Paul publicly admonished the first Pope because of his hypocritical behavior and of the consequent danger of questioning the truth that says that the prescriptions of the Mosaic law are no longer binding for Christians. How would the Apostle Paul react today, if he would read the sentence of the Abu Dhabi document which says that God wants in his wisdom equally the diversity of sexes, nations and religions (among which there are religions which practice idolatry and blaspheme Jesus Christ)! Such an affirmation effects, indeed, a relativization of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and of his redemptive work! What would St. Paul, St. Athanasius and the other great figures of Christianity say, when reading such a phrase and the errors expressed in the Instrumentum Laboris for the coming Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon? It is impossible to think that these figures would remain silent, or would let themselves be intimidated with reproaches and accusations of speaking “against the Pope”.
When Pope Honorius I in the seventh century showed an ambiguous and dangerous attitude regarding the spread of the heresy of monothelitism, which denied that Christ had a human will, St. Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem, sent a bishop from Palestine to Rome, asking him to speak, pray and not remain silent until the Pope condemned heresy. If St. Sophronius lived today, he certainly would be accused of speaking “against the Pope”.
The affirmation on the diversity of religions in the Abu Dhabi document and especially the errors in the Instrumentum Laboris for the coming Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon contribute to a betrayal of the incomparable uniqueness of the Person of Jesus Christ and of the integrity of the Catholic Faith. And this occurs before the eyes of the whole Church and of the world. A similar situation existed in the fourth century, when with the silence of almost the entire episcopate, the consubstantiality of the Son of God was betrayed in favor of ambiguous doctrinal affirmations of semi-Arianism, a betrayal in which even Pope Liberius participated for a short time. St. Athanasius never tired of publicly denouncing such ambiguity. Pope Liberius excommunicated him in the year 357 “pro bono pacis”, i.e. “for the sake of peace”, to have peace with Emperor Constantius and the semi-Arian bishops of the East. St. Hilary of Poitiers reported this fact and rebuked Pope Liberius for his ambiguous attitude. It is significant that Pope Liberius, unlike all his predecessors, was the first pope whose name was not included in the Roman Martyrology.
Our public statement corresponds with the following words of Our Holy Father Pope Francis: “One general and basic condition is this: speaking honestly. Let no one say: ‘I cannot say this, they will think this or this of me…’. It is necessary to say with parrhesia all that one feels. … A Cardinal wrote to me, saying: what a shame that several Cardinals did not have the courage to say certain things out of respect for the Pope, perhaps believing that the Pope might think something else. This is not good, this is not synodality, because it is necessary to say all that, in the Lord, one feels the need to say: without polite deference, without hesitation.” (Greeting to the Synod Fathers during the First General Congregation of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 6, 2014).
We affirm in the presence of God who will judge us: we are true friends of Pope Francis. We have a supernatural esteem of his person and of the supreme pastoral office of the Successor of Peter. We pray very much for Pope Francis and encourage the faithful to do the same. With the grace of God, we are ready to give our lives for the truth of the Catholic faith about the Primacy of Saint Peter and his successors, should persecutors of the Church ask us to deny this truth. We look to the great examples of fidelity to the Catholic truth of Petrine Primacy, such as it St. John Fisher, a bishop and cardinal of the Church, and St. Thomas More, a layman, and many other Saints and Confessors, and we invoke their intercession.
The more lay faithful, priests and bishops hold to and defend the integrity of the deposit of faith, the more they, in fact, support the Pope in his Petrine ministry. For the Pope is the first in the Church to whom applies this admonition of the Holy Scripture: “Hold the form of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you” (2 Tim. 1:13-14).
Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
Bishop Athanasius Schneider
September 24, 2019
Feast of Our Lady of Ransom
Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider call for prayer and fasting to prevent six “serious” theological errors and heresies contained in the Amazon synod working document from being approved.
Prayer is powerful, more powerful than most understand.
Can we not turn this power to something way more important? What’s that, you ask?
Well, there are two men wearing white, styled as pope.
There can only be one pope.
One we know was canonically elected; he’s still alive. He still wears papal attire, without seriously explaining why that is. Still wears a ring, which the new guy has been photographed kissing. Still calls himself pope, allows others to do so as well. He lives in the Vatican. Imparts his papal blessing. Has been quoted saying he has retained some portion of the Petrine ministry, remaining in the “enclosure of Peter”.
The other was elected after the first one supposedly abdicated after considerable outside pressure. You’ve never read this blog if you haven’t heard that there are serious concerns about whether this putative abdication was effective. The new one goes about promoting heresies, claiming to alter constant Church teaching and mollycoddling sodomites, perverts, criminals, apostates, and heretics. Also likes to condemn Catholics who still believe in the Church’s doctrines and who love the Rosary and the ancient Mass.
Now we have the latest outrage (about which we can muster so little outrage): a synodal working document that contains six “serious” theological errors and heresies, according to faithful prelates. And there is no one who does not believe that Francis is capable, if not eager, of approving them.
So, the question where it all starts and ends remains: which of these two men is actually the pope?
To state it another way, in the end who really cares if an antipope approves of heresy?
So, I ask: can we pray and fast to end the confusion and learn just whether the man called Francis is or is not an antipope?
Do we care?
‘Let’s not wait for the theologians,’ says Pope Francis about sharing the Eucharist
How long before somebody does something?
Today’s Catholic internet news is this post from the blogger at That the Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill. Read it. I have canvassed this subject before. Others have parsed the law governing the abdication, conclave, and pontificate at issue. But I defy you to read this good, thorough, heartfelt plea from a faithful Catholic and tell me why the question of whether Benedict is or is not still pope is off limits.
I have no authority to say so if he is. But everything in me screams that we are in totally horrible, unprecedented waters. As the post states, if Francis is who they claim him to be, Christ’s promises have to be interpreted in a radically different way than we all grew up understanding them. Undoubtedly, those who adhere to the Francis is of course the pope position would retort exactly that. But it doesn’t FEEL right. It has NEVER felt right.
Yes, From where I sit I cannot decide whether Francis is pope. But the question is legitimate, and those charged with the care of souls have a DUTY to investigate, and to report to the faithful in a transparent way.
Read the whole thing. An extended quote:
The concerns the letter writers express about Pope Francis build a compelling case that Pope Francis is a heretic and wilfully so. I would add nothing nor take away from anything they have said about the man who daily, with more and more urgency, makes a mockery of all that Holy Mother Church holds as sacred, venerable and holy.
What I would say is that if it is the case that Pope Francis is a heretic, or can be spoken of as such, Holy Church somehow, sooner rather than later, needs to revisit the subject of why generations upon generations upon generations of Catholics have held this supreme moment of crisis to be an impossibility, because the Office is preserved by Christ Himself for the Salvation of souls and the preservation of the Most Holy Faith in the Church which He loves and for Whom He Himself gave Himself up to Death. This Church, the Catholic Church, the One True Church, His Bride it is which is imperilled by the man the Church and the World knows as Pope Francis. We must however know for certain whether ‘Pope Francis’ exists or whether we are confronting with his heresies ‘Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’. Yes, that is important.
God can allow a great delusion to be sent among the people of God from within the bosom of the Church. God permitted Martin Luther to do precisely this. Yes, in His “permissive will”, God can allow a great delusion which will lead souls to believe their own grievous errors. Catholics have not previously accepted that God would permit that this scandal would originate from His own Vicar. Saints and scholars have raised the possibility as one to be studied, but the belief that it could happen has never been either partially or universally accepted. Yes, there is your paradigm shift. That is the real reason you and I suffer so much. Every aspect of our Faith is under attack, including our belief that the Pope will not, by God’s Providence, lead the People of God along the broad road to perdition.
Therefore, if we are going to accuse the man who leads, not merely promotes, the destruction of Christian faith and morals, by subterfuge mainly, but sometimes in a brazen and naked manner, a man who does this in any possible way he can without giving away his evil plan entirely or unmasking himself completely, a man who instills within the Church, at all levels, unprecedented fear and who micromanages a tyranny of relativism from what we are led to believe is the very summit of the Church, if we are going to accuse that man of heresy, that man divinely appointed with supreme authority in the Holy Church of God, whom no man, no authority on Earth can judge, well, we had better be 100% certain, without a shadow of a doubt, that that man is the Pope.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Dom Gueranger in The Liturgical Year wrote this wonderfully applicable insight on the Gospel from this past Sunday, Good Shepherd Sunday. I don’t need to comment on it; just read it. Gospel first, then Gueranger:
St. John 10: 11-16
 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep.  But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and flieth: and the wolf catcheth, and scattereth the sheep:  And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me.  As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep.
 And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.
Divine Shepherd of our souls! how great is thy love for thy sheep! Thou givest even thy life to save them. The fury of wolves does not make thee flee from us: thou becomest their prey, that we may escape. Thou didst die in our stead, because thou wast our Shepherd. We are not surprised at thy requiring from Peter a greater love than thou didst require from his brother Apostles: thou didst will to make him their and our shepherd. Peter answered thee without hesitation, that he loved thee; and thou didst confer upon him thine own name, together with the reality of thine office, in order that he might supply thy place after thy departure from this world. Be thou blessed, O divine Shepherd! for thy having thus provided for the necessities of thy fold, which could not be one, were it to have many shepherds without one supreme shepherd.
In obedience to thy command, we bow down before Peter, with love and submission; we respectfully kiss his sacred feet; for it is by him that we are united to thee; it is by him that we are thy sheep. Preserve us, O Jesus, in the fold of Peter, which is thine. Keep far from us the hireling who usurps the place and rights of the shepherd. He has intruded himself, or been intruded by violence, into the fold, and would have us take him as the master; but he knows not the sheep, and the sheep do not know him. Led, not by zeal, but by avarice and ambition he flieth at the approach of danger. He that governs through worldly motives is not a man to lay down his life for others. The schismatic pastor loves himself; he does not love thy sheep; how could he give his life for them? Protect us, O Jesus, from this hireling! He would separate us from thee, by separating us from Peter, whom thou hast appointed thy Vicar; and we are determined to recognize no other. Anathema to him who would command as in thy name, and yet not be sent by Peter! Such a pastor could be but an impostor; he would not rest on the foundation; he would not have the keys of the kingdom of heaven; to follow him would be our ruin.
Grant, then, Good Shepherd, Jesus! that we may ever keep close to thee and to Peter; that as he rests upon thee, we may rest upon him; and thus we may defy every tempest, for thou, dear Lord, hast said: A wise man built his house upon a rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not; for it was founded on a ROCK.
Please. If you don’t do something, who will?
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.
His Eminence Cardinal Burke says it is licit to request any pastor, including the pope, to resign.
“The request for resignation is in any case licit; anyone can make it in the face of whatever pastor that errs greatly in the fulfillment of his office, but the facts need to be verified.”
Ok then: assuming you ever validly assumed the Petrine office, Abdicate. Now.
Resign. Now. Turn yourself in to the civil authorities.
That’s just a start, but a good one.