And now, several generations after the disastrous “Springtime of Vatican II”, comes Luther’s own pope, the pope of surprises. Who will tell him that these surprises are stale?
Fr. Bouchacourt – SSPX District Superior of France – released the following statement regarding Monday’s ecumenical meeting in Sweden. (Link)
On October 31, 2016, Pope Francis signed a joint declaration with the president of the Lutheran World Federation, Munib Younan, in Sweden. This was to mark the beginning of what is planned to be a year-long “celebration” of Martin Luther’s break with Eternal Rome. This declaration, in part, stated:
Through dialogue and shared witness we are no longer strangers. Rather, we have learned that what unites us is greater than what divides us. While we are profoundly thankful for the spiritual and theological gifts received through the Reformation, we also confess and lament before Christ that Lutherans and Catholics have wounded the visible unity of the church. Theological differences were accompanied by prejudice and conflicts, and religion was instrumentalised for political ends.”
We have discussed the timeless teaching of Holy Mother Church regarding the Lutheran heresy recently, and will continue to provide more concrete and specific information on Martin Luther and his revolution in the coming weeks.
Communiqué from SSPX District Superior of France
Nov. 2, 2016
On reading the joint declaration which the Pope made with the representatives of the Lutheran church in Sweden on 31st October, on the occasion of the fifth centenary of Luther’s revolt against the Catholic Church, our sadness has reached new depths.
Faced with the genuine scandal represented by such a declaration in which historical errors, grave attacks on the preaching of the Catholic Faith and a false humanism, source of so many evils, follow one after the other, we cannot remain silent.
Under the fallacious pretext of love of neighbor and the desire for an artificial and illusory unity, the Catholic Faith is sacrificed on the altar of that ecumenism which puts the salvation of souls in peril. The most enormous errors and the Truth of Our Lord Jesus Christ are put on an equal footing.
How can we be “profoundly thankful for the spiritual and theological gifts received through the Reformation”, when Luther manifested a diabolical hatred towards the Sovereign Pontiff, a blasphemous scorn for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, as well as a refusal of the saving Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ? He also destroyed the doctrine on the Eucharist by refusing Transubstantiation, turned souls away from the Most Blessed Virgin Mary and denied the existence of Purgatory.
No, Protestantism brought nothing to Catholicism! It ruined the unity of Christendom, separated whole countries from the Catholic Church, plunged souls into error, putting their eternal salvation in peril. We Catholics want Protestants to return to the unique fold of Christ which is the Catholic Church and we pray for this intention.
In these days when we celebrate all the Saints, we call out to Saint Pius V, Saint Charles Borromeo, Saint Ignatius and Saint Peter Canisius who heroically fought the Protestant heresy and saved the Catholic Church.
We invite the faithful of the District of France to pray and do penance for the Sovereign Pontiff so that Our Lord, whose Vicar he is, may preserve him from error and keep him in the Truth of which he is the guardian.
I invite the priests of the District to celebrate a Mass of reparation and to organise a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament to ask pardon for these scandals and to beg Our Lord to calm the tempest which has been shaking the Church for more than half a century now.
Our Lady Help of Christians, save the Catholic Church and pray for us!
Father Christian Bouchacourt
District Superior of France for the Society of Saint Pius X
Dear Readers, we know where this is going and we know that Our Lord Jesus Christ will not permit the destruction of His beloved Church for which He continues to suffer so greatly. There is no greater love than the love He has shown us. Having died to save us, He will not suffer us to be lost. The only question is how shall this happen. He has told us not to fear those that can only take our lives but to fear the loss of our souls, and this is precisely what we must save – our souls and the souls entrusted to us.
We will be mistaken if we fail to thank Our Lord always for allowing us to witness these times. Already, we have missed Our Lord’s Passion, His Crucifixion. But, we are arrived just in time for the Passion of His beloved Bride, His Church. Many of us have been sleepwalking through our lives, unaware of the dramatic battle for the heart and soul of the Church which has been raging right beneath our noses for most – or all! – of our years. If we have nothing else to thank this Pope for, we may thank him for waking us up at last. Now we see what is happening, and we are not too late, no, we are just in time.
Our Lord told Sister Lucia that it is never too late to turn to Him, to seek His help with a humble and contrite heart. Infinitely gracious as He is, He condescends to us and asks if we will help Him. Can you imagine that?! Yes, let us take up His cross, our cross by His most loving mercy, and follow Him.
We cannot solve the immense problems facing the Church, we cannot even fathom them, but we can take up our rosaries, renew our trust in the merciful and wise Mother He has given us, and follow where our rosaries lead.
Updated entry: An excellent post on Eponymous Flower, which is appropos the Bergoglian Reformation is: “Oriented Liturgy: Benedict XVI Stands Behind Cardinal Sarah“. This article is very informative!
Thank you for reading!
† Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
† Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
† Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families!
† St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!
~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!