Of note is Sandro Magister’s article today, “The Pope Has Spoken. But the Doubts Have Not Disappeared, Nor Has Cardinal Caffarra“, wherein he discusses the ongoing muddle Pope Francis has made with Amoris Laetitia and its sequelae. But the best part is the last, regarding Cardinal Caffara. His depiction of the good cardinal, and especially the quote he gives us from the Cardinal’s recently released book of sermons. With thanks to Magister, we offer these excerpts but refer you to his article for the full story.
Cardinal Caffara identifies five snares which threaten the Church today. The first snare is the Church becoming enslaved to the spirit of the time, falling prey to relativism. The second snare is that of interpreting all reality and even history itself based solely upon human history, and ignoring the true basis, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. As an example he states:
“The ennoblement of homosexuality, which we are witnessing in the West, must not be interpreted and judged by taking the mainstream of our societies as the criterion; or the moral value of respect that is due to every person, which is “metabasis eis allo genos,” changing the subject. The criterion is the “Sacra Doctrina” on sexuality, marriage, sexual dimorphism. Reading the signs of the times is a theistical and theological act.
The third snare is the primacy of praxis. The foundation of the salvation of man is man’s faith, not his action. What must concern the Church is not “in primis” cooperation with the world in grand operational processes, to reach shared objectives. The tireless concern of the Church is that the world may believe in Him whom the Father has sent to save the world. The primacy of praxis leads to what one great thinker of the past century called the dislocation of the Divine Persons: the second Person is not the Word, but the Holy Spirit.
The fourth snare, closely connected to the previous one, is the reduction of the Christian proposal to moral exhortation. It is the Pelagian snare, which Augustine called the horrible poison of Christianity. This reduction has the effect of making the Christian proposal very tedious and repetitive. It is only God who in his action is always unpredictable. And in fact at the center of Christianity stands not the activity of man, but the Action of God.
The fifth snare is silence on the judgment of God, through a preaching of the divine mercy made in such a way that it is at risk of removing from the conscience of the man who listens the truth that God judges man.”
And so we see that Cardinal Caffara speaks to us today, even as Pope Bergoglio’s wrecking ball continues to swing defying God’s justice in the name of a false mercy, with a grim determination to irrevocably corrupt the truths and practices of the faith. We believe that these truths come from God Who can neither deceive nor be deceived as we are taught in our catechism. As Napoleon died, he testified that he was defeated because he attacked the Pope and he who does so must be defeated. And yet we have seen the destruction wrought by the occupiers of the Vatican, the victors of the Revolution of Vatican II, carry the destruction of the Church and the papacy to hitherto unimagined levels. Only one conclusion is possible and that is that such a monumental affront to God will bring an even more severe correction. No “Filial correction” can match the Divine Justice which has been so offended.
Our Lady of the Rosary admonished at Fatima 100 years ago, “Do not offend the Lord our God any more, for He is already too much offended!” Sister Lucia spoke of this sad warning to Father Goncalves later, “What a pity nobody has meditated on these words and grasped their whole significance.”
Before His Passion and Death, Our Lord warned of the impending justice of His Father against unfaithful Jerusalem and His remarks went unheeded at the time. In God’s due time it came to pass. What do you think we will see come to fruition from this reign of Pope Bergoglio?
Please pray the Rosary – so much depends on it!
by peregrine for love of the Immaculata. Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!