So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Monday, August 17, 2015

Peter and Kasper sitting in a tree?

The restoration of the Liturgy, the defence of the Faith from relativists,... these two trajectories given momentum by Papa Benedict XVI gave many faithful Catholics hope that many in the Church were finally recovering from a long foray into foolishness. Under the umbrella of a hermeneutic of continuity, Papa Benedict and those bishops he appointed who stood/stand for Tradition have managed to stem the slide into a tragic association or identification with the world that has/had the Church smelling not of the sheep-sinners but of the goats who couldn't care less about God and Church. Those same faithful bishops will be called upon again to defend the Church from those of their peers who stand on the wrong side of the debate. That debate between the orthodox and the heterodox is an unfair fight. The Holy Spirit has already chosen His team of orthodox bishops, and that team cannot include Cardinal Kasper and his heterodox co-conspirators. The Holy Spirit always gets His way. Always!

If Louis Verrecchio's assessment is correct, that is, the current Bishop of Rome is teaching (not ex cathedra, mind you) the seductive words of Satan (click HERE for video), noting a recent Wednesday Audience at St. Peter's in Rome, then we need now as much as we have needed at other times when the Church has faced serious threats from within the Church Pope Benedict's sure doctrine to floss our brains of the Kasperian plaque of heresy building up in the arteries of Holy Mother Church.

God purifies His Church. No pope can escape the light of Truth trained upon his words and actions. Some have said that Pope Francis is the unwitting ally of Cardinal Kasper and his ilk who would, if they could, introduce the acceptance of adulterous relationships. Others have said that the thrust for change comes from Francis himself. The question to be asked in either case is 'Why would Francis permit the current trajectory?' Whatever the reason or reasons may be, the outcome will be faithful to Christ.

Recall that Blessed Pope Paul VI went against the majority of his committee that recommended a change in practice with regards to artificial contraception. Paul VI was and is still seen by many as a timid pontiff. He was handed a brutally confused situation made confused by errant bishops co-opted by worldly pressures. Nevertheless, Blessed Paul VI upheld the Church's constant teaching and issued the prophetic document Humanæ Vitæ. Score one (among many) for the Holy Spirit!
During that time there was much lobbying, even among Churchmen, to accept artificial means of contraception. Cardinal Leo Suenens asked on Oct. 29, 1964 for an opening to artificial birth control, and his opinion was backed by many participants of the Second Vatican Council.
In April 1967, a document favorable toward the birth control pill was published simultaneously in the French newspaper “Le Monde,” the English magazine “The Tablet,” and the American magazine “National Catholic Reporter.”
The leaked report stressed that 70 members of the Pontifical Commission were favorable to the pill; but the document was in fact “just one of the 12 reports presented to the Holy Father,” Bernardo Colombo, a professor of demographics and a member of the commission, revealed in an article he wrote in Teologia, the journal of the theological faculty of Milan and Northern Italy.
The same report which had been leaked to the media was sent to Bl. Paul VI, and it was divided into two parts: the opinion of the majority, supporting artificial contraception, and the minority report, arguing for the maintenance of traditional Catholic teaching.
Fr. di Felice told CNA that “Paul VI took these two documents, one from the majority and the other from the minority. He brought them to his private chapel, and spent the entire night in prayer asking what he should do for the good of souls.”
“Then, in the first light of dawn, a strong decision came to him like an illumination, as if the Holy Spirit was comforting him, and he said, ‘This is what I should choose!’”—CNA
Blessed Paul VI chose rightly. He could do no less. The Holy Spirit guides and protects Holy Mother Church!

The attempted introduction into the Church of the acceptance of adulterous relationships by masquerading heresy as mercy is certainly something the Father of Lies might be proud of. Francis' personal occasionally goofy writings and teachings aside, we can hope in the confidence of Christ's promise to Saint Peter that no pope can teach (ex cathedra, i.e., with the full force of the Petrine Office) heresy. When the time comes, in the wake of the forthcoming Synod for example, the Holy Spirit will surprise those who imagine the Church will change her teaching on marriage and divorce.

The Holy Spirit is likely using Francis' excellent ability to shift the narrative to mercy to achieve an optimal moment for change. The Holy Spirit is known for His 11th hour rescues of the Church. That is to say, the Holy Spirit rescues us from the negative consequences of our own actions when, tactically speaking, the time for change is optimal. The Holy Spirit is constantly rescuing us from ourselves. Perhaps we might consider giving the Holy Spirit some relief by asking for God's grace to better cooperate with His will.

Francis, according to some reports, does not do doctrine. The head of the Dominican Theologian of the Pontifical Household, Fr. Wojciech Giertych, O.P. must be spinning significantly faster after said Wednesday Audience. With the able eyes and ears of Fr. Giertych surveilling the Roman campus, we can be sure the Holy Spirit has a capable foot soldier on the ground keeping Francis from wandering into the enemy's theological camp.

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