With all this heresy coming fast and furious, we have to wonder what our Pontiff’s endgame is. Read on for some possibilities…
Michael Matt at the Remnant has written an excellent, heart-felt analysis: “The Synod on the Family” and the Fate of the Church. Matt included a lengthy quote from the Vatican about Pope Francis’ homily for October 15 in which the Pontiff spoke on that old Lutheran favorite, Romans Chapter 3, Verses 27-30 (NB: Verse 31, which says that the law of works is not overthrown by faith, but upheld by it, was omitted [by Francis] ).
Then Matt remarked,
In this homily Francis reveals a new theology, one in which “the key of knowledge” is his theory of mercy, a theory which does not seek repentance and penance from sinners. …
Moreover, in this new theology, all are saved regardless of their observation or refusal to observe the Commandments. Thieves, adulterers, murderers, those who pray to false gods— the number of the “saved” knows no limits. Strikingly, all are saved, except those who disagree with this new theology, such as those who point to Jesus’s depictions of Hell in the Bible, and the explicit words of Saint Paul himself on reception of the Eucharist. In this theology Jesus and the Saints themselves are among the few in Hell. How incredible.
At this point, and in retrospect, we must now look back and ask ourselves in all seriousness, “What has happened to the Church?” “What is the ‘Synod on the Family’ really about?” “Can the laity really tolerate this new Franciscan theology, which will most certainly eventually bring homosexual ‘married’ and/or homosexual sexually active priests to the Church?” Add to that list unapologetic adulterers, murderers, thieves and even those who pray to false gods. What a free-for-all religion that would be! One thing is for certain, and that is if this theology of “salvation for all” is allowed to enter the Catholic Church, the laity will flow out from it like blood and water from Christ’s side. …
The only people who can determine what can be done at this point are the Pope and the bishops, and it does not look as if they agree with each other. …
Matt concludes that the faithful may need to turn to the SSPX for spiritual nourishment,
“especially now that their sacraments have been recognized as valid and licit for the Year of Mercy. Moreover, maybe it has come to pass that even after the Year of Mercy ‘irregular canonical status’ is preferable to open heresy.”
In an earlier post, A Bishop at the Top of the World, Mr. Matt reported on a visit he had recently with Bishop Fellay, Superior General of the SSPX. Matt described Bishop Fellay as,
“a man at a crossroads who is wrestling not with his conscience, but with the stark reality of his situation and the plight of Holy Mother Church. What does God want him to do?” …
“Is now the right time for some sort of official reunification of the SSPX with the Vatican? God help us, I can’t understand how it could be. Francis and modernist friends seem to risk destroying the entire human element of Christ’s Church with their infernal policies. …
“Is the situation in the Church any better today than it was in 1988? If it is, then Lefebvre himself would counsel Fellay to go to Rome. But if it is not, then how can Bishop Fellay go to Rome without indicting the Archbishop? This is the dilemma that must keep Bishop Fellay awake at night,”
Comment: When I read the above article, I could not help thinking, “Why on earth is Bishop Fellay in any turmoil? What could be pushing him to consider reuniting (or regularizing or whatever it is the Vatican calls it now) with this FrancisChurch which is apparently determined to pull the pillars of faith down so it can build a Universal Church of Man with the rubble. Why now?
As I turned the problem over, and discussed the matter with my own little “Kitchen Cabinet” of advisors, only one possibility emerged. Now, I’d like to know what you think.
Remember when Pope Francis announced his “Year of Mercy” in September, he said that he intended it to be for every believer, “a true moment of encounter with the mercy of God,” Pope Francis then announced he was allowing the “faithful who for various reasons choose to attend [SSPX] churches” to receive the sacrament of penance from SSPX priests.
“This Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one,” he said. “From various quarters, several brother bishops have told me of their (the SSPX) good faith and sacramental practice, combined, however, with an uneasy situation from the pastoral standpoint. I trust that in the near future solutions may be found to recover full communion with the priests and superiors of the fraternity.”
It’s just a little nagging thought, but what if the “God of Surprises” decides to extend to the SSPX full recognition to administer all the sacraments? Would it not be completely in character for this Most Merciful Pope® to simply wave his magic wand and make all that bothersome “irregular canonical status disappear? Think of the possibilities for offending Cardinal Muller, the entire Curia, Ecclesia Dei, why, the possibilities are endless. And he gets to proclaim in his endearingly humble way that he is able to do this because as he reminds us, he is ” – by the will of Christ Himself – the “supreme Pastor and Teacher of all the faithful”. And that he enjoys, “supreme, full, immediate, and universal ordinary power in the Church”.
Also, consider that by reaching out and enfolding the Society in a great big merciful bear hug, (you know, the suffocating kind), our beloved Pontiff will be effectively preventing an escape route for priests and laity who do not accept the new merciful theology of Francis. Thus, leaving those who choose to be faithful to Christ no alternative; Bergoglio’s new church or flee to the desert as foretold in the Apocalypse.
And if the Society refuses to take the bait, what then will be their status? What does a “loyal son of the Church” do when the Vicar of Christ on earth summons them to obedience?
What happened to the Franciscans of the Immaculate, who had taken an extra vow to be loyal to the Pope?
If they dare to refuse the command of this “supreme Pastor”, what then?
Seems like a win-win for the humble guy …
Just a thought …
Thank you for reading. You may be interested in another post, “Yes, Children, the SSPX is Catholic.”
Immaculate Heart of Mary, crush the head of satan and restore the faith!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come!
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!
Remember, pray the Rosary for our priests, our Bishops and the Pope.
~ evensong for love of the Immaculata.