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).

FSSP Ordinations - 8am Pacific Time Friday May 26th

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A few good men... and some 833,497 documented like-minded supporters.

Top (L-R): Cardinals Meisner, Caffarra, Burke & Brandmüller
Bottom: Abp. Schneider, Bp. Wątroba, Abp. Chaput,
Card. Cordes & Bp. Wróbel

In case you missed it,...

A few good men... and hundreds of thousands of faithful Catholics... are fighting the good fight to defend the Lord's teaching... on Holy Communion and Matrimony, and the sanctity of life... thereby preserving the hope promised to all of God's children.
Cardinal Burke: “Reconciliation in the sacrament of Penance which would open the way to the Eucharist, can only be granted to those who, repenting of having broken the sign of the Covenant and of fidelity to Christ, are sincerely ready to undertake a way of life that is no longer in contradiction to the indissolubility of marriage.
“This means, in practice, that when, for serious reasons, such as for example the children’s upbringing, a man and a woman cannot satisfy the obligation to separate, they ‘take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples.’”
Cardinal Burke, a canon lawyer and former head of the Vatican’s supreme court, told Arroyo: “Exactly what Pope St John Paul II (taught) is what the Church has always taught and practised, and my concern is that Amoris Laetitia seems in some way to permit an interpretation which leads to a practice which contradicts the constant practice of the Church. And that simply is a source of the gravest concern for me.
“In my judgment, what needs to happen is that the faithful know that whatever is written in Amoris Laetitia cannot change what St John Paul II set forth in Familaris Consortio, because what was set forth is the constant teaching and practice of the Church, and therefore it is magisterial.”Catholic Herald
The Lord, working through twelve apostles (thirteen including St Paul), converted an evil empire. The Four Cardinals have an excellent supporting cast who have affirmed in no uncertain terms the Faith of the Apostles.

What we have here is a failure to... repent!

Certain noisy members of the Roman Circus† would have us believe that Christ's teaching is passé, too difficult to live and therefore people should be excused from trying to keep the Faith. The Circus has forgotten that God makes His grace available to all to enable us to keep His commandments and to grow in holiness. God has not abandoned us to some fiction or unattainable ideal. God is merciful and provides His children with every good gift. As Saint Paul reminds us:
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured as a libation upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.—Philippians 2:12-18
The Four Cardinals understand that we need God's grace so we can work out our salvation with fear and trembling, in awe of God our Creator and trusting in Him for our salvation. The Four Cardinals have expressed the concerns of many of us, if not most of us, who want a clear trumpet of truth to which we can invite others to listen to and respond. We cannot do that if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound (1 Corinthians 14:8).

Why is it that Pope Francis and the supporters of Amoris Laetitia cannot find it within themselves to repent of their obstruction to a few simple questions? Their resistance sends yet another mixed message that the teaching of Amoris Laetitia cannot stand up to scrutiny. Surely, if the teaching be true, further examination will only strengthen its usefulness for conversion and evangelization.
Merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee to grant Thy children the grace of repentant hearts, that we may be disposed to Thy saving Truth and thereby serve Thy will for the sake of the salvation of our brothers and sisters. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.
Clear Voices from the True North

Let us not forget our faithful Canadian bishops (of Alberta and the Northwest Territories) who issued their own excellent defence of the Faith in a document that extends the mercy of God while preserving the Truth.
Resource Oriented [Amoris Lætitia Library]
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Roman Circus

The name given to those whose behaviour—words and actions—tends to neglect the magisteria of previous popes.

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