Pope Francis Must Resign

Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them.

 

I’ve added an update at the end of the article. Please note the significance: Abp. Vigano issued this Testimony on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

When I arose this morning at 3 a.m., a reader had texted me the link to the testimony of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò,  the former apostolic nuncio to the United States which has been made public thanks to Lifesite News and writer Diane Mantagna’s translation. Please refer to the Lifesite News article for the complete story. That link is HERE.

Archbishop Viganò stated that “The main reason why I am revealing this news now is because of the tragic situation of the Church, which can be repaired only by the full truth, just as she has been gravely injured by the abuses and coverups. I do this to stop the suffering of the victims and to prevent new victims, and to protect the Church: only the truth can make her free.” Viganò said the second reason he chose to write his testimony is “to discharge my conscience before God of my responsibilities as bishop of the universal Church. I am an old man and I want to present myself to God with clean conscience.”

I have taken the liberty of emphasizing pertinent sections as it is lengthy.

TESTIMONY

by
His Excellency Carlo Maria Viganò Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana Apostolic Nuncio

In this tragic moment for the Church in various parts of the world — the United States, Chile, Honduras, Australia, etc. — bishops have a very grave responsibility. I am thinking in particular of the United States of America, where I was sent as Apostolic Nuncio by Pope Benedict XVI on October 19, 2011, the memorial feast of the First North American Martyrs. The Bishops of the United States are called, and I with them, to follow the example of these first martyrs who brought the Gospel to the lands of America, to be credible witnesses of the immeasurable love of Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Bishops and priests, abusing their authority, have committed horrendous crimes to the detriment of their faithful, minors, innocent victims, and young men eager to offer their lives to the Church, or by their silence have not prevented that such crimes continue to be perpetrated.

To restore the beauty of holiness to the face of the Bride of Christ, which is terribly disfigured by so many abominable crimes, and if we truly want to free the Church from the fetid swamp into which she has fallen, we must have the courage to tear down the culture of secrecy and publicly confess the truths we have kept hidden. We must tear down the conspiracy of silence with which bishops and priests have protected themselves at the expense of their faithful, a conspiracy of silence that in the eyes of the world risks making the Church look like a sect, a conspiracy of silence not so dissimilar from the one that prevails in the mafia. “Whatever you have said in the dark … shall be proclaimed from the housetops” (Lk. 12:3).
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Lamentation

 

Poor Cardinal DiNardo! He seems at such a loss for words that he has been forced to rely on the usual Risk Management-speak of the corporate or political operative doing damage control. In order to help him discover the Catholic response to the ongoing crisis and scandal of the institutionalized sodomy in the Bergoglian church, we offer the following.

Lamentation

A new penitential psalm for the Episcopacy of the United States of America.

O all ye faithful! Weep over us, miserable souls given over to the dregs of impurity; we are to be lamented with a whole fountain of tears.

We mourn the noble souls, made in the image and likeness of God and united with the most precious blood of Christ, more glorious than many episcopal mansions and vast tax-free properties. Therefore we lament the fall of our “Excellent” and “Eminent” souls and the destruction of so many immortal souls of our trusting flock.

May our eyes fail from weeping, may they pour out abundant streams of tears, and may they water sad and mournful expressions with continuous crying. May our eyes spring forth tears with the prophet day and night, and may they not cease because the Church, the beautiful Bride of Christ has been crushed with the worst of blows, the holy Church has been cruelly injured with the dart of impurity by the enemy of the human race, and she is now seen lying rigid and swollen in the sulfurous embers of Gomorrah, pestilently corrupted by the poison of unnatural lust.

O Lord, have mercy on us! For we have become a lethal wound festering in the body of the church!

The iniquity of the hierarchy of the Church is made greater than the sin of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment. Indeed, the evil of our consecrated souls surpasses the sin of the Sodomites, because it has spurned the sacred priesthood to which it is solemnly consecrated and is thereby vehemently reprimanded by its own knowledge of the divine law and its indifference to the profusion of graces offered by our loving and merciful Savior.

Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we are weak: heal us, O Lord, for our souls are troubled exceedingly: but Thou, O Lord, how long?

Consider our wretchedness, how much the darkness oppresses our souls. Take note how densely the fog of blindness envelops us. We have become the prey of demons, the plunder of the cruel, the booty of the impious. For we have turned a blind eye to the sins of our priests which we were obliged to correct and our silence has granted them permission to sin against innocent children entrusted to them.

Our sores are become putrified and corrupted, because of our foolishness and iniquities.

Our vice has been the death of bodies, the destruction of souls; it has polluted the flesh, extinguished the light of the intellect, and has expelled the Holy Ghost from the temple of the hearts of our victims, and has sought to remove the truth completely from the minds it has deceived.

We are become miserable, and bowed down even to the end: We walk in  sorrows all the day long. For our loins are filled with illusions; and there is no health in our flesh.

The plague of our iniquities has removed the foundation of faith, enervated the strength of hope, broken the tie of charity, and it has destroyed justice, undermined fortitude, banished temperance, and introduced every barbarity of vice.

We are ready for scourges: and our sorrows are continually before us. Therefore we will declare our iniquity: and will think on our sins.

We have fallen into this abyss of most extreme perdition, we deserve to be exiled from the heavenly homeland, separated from the body of Christ, confounded by the authority of the whole Church, condemned by the judgment of all of the holy Fathers, despised among men on earth, and rejected from the fellowship of heavenly citizenry.

Forsake us not, O Lord our God: do not Thou depart from us. Attend unto our help, O Lord, the God of our salvation. Turn away Thy face from our sins, and blot out all our iniquities.

Deeply aware of our unhappy state, we now come before Thee, Lord to implore Thy pardon. O Sweet Savior, look not on our sins but see our great need of Thy mercy! We trust in Thy mercy, O Lord, let us not be confounded forever!

By the help of Thy grace, we promise to repent of our past ingratitude every day and firmly resolve never to offend Thee again, and to avoid the occasions of sin. Through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary we will from henceforth make reparation for our sins, and the sins of the Church, and unfailingly beg the conversion of all poor sinners that the reign of Thy Sacred Heart through the Immaculate Heart of Mary be established throughout the Church and the world. Amen.

 

The above Lamentation was composed from excerpts from sacred scripture and from “The Book of Gomorrah” and other Catholic sources, notably, St. Peter Damian’s  “The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Damian’s Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption (Kindle Locations 2117-2121). Ite ad Thomam Books and Media. Kindle Edition. (LINK)

If you liked this post, here are a few others in much the same vein:

Convergence

A Brief Review

Lethal Wounds Festering

The Figure of a Woman, anticipating 2017

Thank you for reading, and thank you for sharing our posts with others, it really does make a difference!

Please, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!

. 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.

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies.

Shoring up the ruins, once more

NOTE: There is an addition at the bottom of the post regarding the Pope’s masterstroke of PR in the Chilean sex abuse scandal.

I’ve been corrected on my post “Shoring up the ruins?” by readers who have pointed out that the Pope’s “Testament” appeared to be an attempt to keep Bishops who commit irregularities from personally profitting from their abuses. In response, I reaffirm that the Vatican has set aside an office at the Vatican Bank for this project, and a possible interpretation is that the Vatican anticipates some danger to the Church’s financial and real property assets, not only in Chile but in various countries throughout the world, notably America. I have been told that there is a distinct possibility that Germany’s government may end its largesse to the Church as may the United States. Perhaps this is false information. But perhaps it is not.  Let us then, watch and pray.

In a recent post we quoted from Sandro Magister

As an addendum to these statements of Pope Francis on the ultimate intentions of himself and of other pastors of the Church, it must also be pointed out that the secretariat of state recently distributed to all the cardinals, to the apostolic nuncio, and to curia officials five pages of “Guidelines for the drafting of a testament,” dated February 18, 2018.

The first guideline is to draw up the testament “with the Vatican notary,” or to write it in pen from start to finish, sign and date each page, and keep it in a sealed envelope not at home but “in a secure place, for example at the Institute for Works of Religion, which has an office set up for this purpose.”

In the second place, “with the exception of rights that the law reserves for legitimate heirs,” it is suggested that a “universal beneficiary” be identified in an ecclesiastical organization recognized as “exempt from inheritance taxes,” with the caution of “indicating the non-lucrative purposes for which the assets are transferred to that specific organization.”

For example, “if the beneficiary is the Holy Father, the purpose will be: ‘for His works of charity, or for Peter’s Pence,’” while “if the beneficiary is a religious Congregation, the purpose will be ‘for the charitable works of the Institute.’”

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Shoring up the ruins?

Is the Vatican moving to protect church properties in other countries from confiscation in legal judgements?   The Pope has issued Guidelines  to the Cardinals, through the Secretariat of State, setting up an office at the Vatican Bank for the purpose of the transfer of assets.  Although the pope assures that his intentions are for a spiritual testament, I cannot help but wonder why a spiritual testament like St. Paul’s, as he claims, would require a document notarized by the Vatican and handled by the Vatican Bank. 

Pope Francis appears to be attempting to shore up the ruins of his disastrous papacy with his recent meeting with the Chilean Bishops. Ever the master of PR, he charged them with “an absolute lack of respect for canonical procedure and, even more, reprehensible practices which must be avoided in the future.” This despite the fact that he recently presided over a celebration of the Neocatechumenal Way at which Archbishop Anthony Apuron was among the honored guests, seated with other Bishops and dignitaries, despite having been convicted of several charges pertaining to sexual abuse of minors and ordered to resign as Bishop.

The list of the Bergoglian  priests, Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals who have been associated with homosexuality or clerical sex abuse is so extensive that we cannot cover it here, but for some time now we have suggested that all this rot reminds us of St. Hildegard von Bingen’s prophecy in The Figure of a Woman:

And behold! That monstrous head moved from its place with such a great shock that the figure of the woman (The Church, Bride of Christ) was shaken through all her limbs. And a great mass of excrement adhered to the head; and it raised itself up upon a mountain and tried to ascend the height of Heaven. And behold, there came suddenly a thunderbolt, which struck that head with such great force that it fell from the mountain and yielded up its spirit in death. And a reeking cloud enveloped the whole mountain, which wrapped the head in such filth that the people who stood by were thrown into the greatest terror. And that cloud remained around the mountain for a while longer.

The people who stood there, perceiving this, were shaken with great fear, and said to one another: “Alas, alas! What is this? What do you think this was? Alas, wretches that we are! Who will help us, and who will deliver us? For we know not how we were deceived. O Almighty God, have mercy on us! Let us return; let us hasten to the covenant of Christ’s Gospel; for ah, ah, ah! We have been bitterly deceived!“ And lo, the feet of the figure of the woman glowed white, shining with a splendor greater than the sun’s.

There is another development in this disgusting scandal. Sandro Magister, in his post today (LINK) reports on recent activities of the Humble Pope, who now appears to be signalling a retreat. But what I found most interesting is the following:
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July 10, 2017

Homosexual Clerics and the Hatred for Life

I apologise for the past few articles regarding the corruption in the Vatican. It is unpleasant to talk about but

“There is a need for respect and reverence for people who are homosexual.” – Cardinal de Kesel

needs to be placed in perspective. The corruption pouring forth now from the Bergoglian Vatican has actually been a growing undercurrent for well over 100 years. It was given fresh impetus with Vatican II and  now, as Our Lord and His most Blessed Mother are driven out by the pride, presumption and lust of the current occupants, the Vatican’s thin veneer should burst to reveal the tawdry squalor within.

As upsetting as the Capozzi sex-capades are, even more disappointing is the indifference of so many Catholics to this and the many other scandals under Pope Francis.  The healthy Catholic response to the homosexual orgy and drug smuggling that fueled it, should be righteous indignation. But many Catholics today have become so indoctrinated to be “tolerant” of grave sin that they no longer object to the openly homosexual clergy and do not even become concerned when Pope Francis clears out the pro-life members of the Pontifical Academy for Life and appoints people like the Anglican Nigel Biggar who supports abortion and Katarina le Blanc who  ghoulishly uses the stem cells from aborted babies in her research, thus supporting trafficking in murdered preborn infants.

In the midst of this most recent outbreak of scandal, I returned to a book I treasure, written almost one thousand years ago by a great saint in the Church. Although even the Catholic Encyclopedia tries to cast aspersions on his work, St. Peter Damian’s inspired genius is as appropriate for today as it was those many centuries ago, and today we have the excellent translation (here) by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman as well.  St. Peter Damian’s “Liber Gomorrhianus” or “Book of Gomorrah” is far and away the most impassioned denunciation of sexual perversion ever penned by a Catholic saint.

St. Peter Damian wrote in the eleventh century, a time in which as Hoffman notes,  “The popes had politicized the papacy by appropriating its spiritual functions for secular ends.” Incredible isn’t it to see how history just keeps repeating itself and I guess it will do so until we finally grasp its lessons!

St. Peter Damian knew that it was necessary to define the problem in clear, unambiguous terms, avoiding all polite euphemisms.  His writings show that  he was aware that some could construe them as a source of scandal to the vulnerable. He also knew that his words and actions would arouse undying enmity from the vicious men who engage in these behaviors. But he so loved Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Church, the most pure Bride of Christ, that he fearlessly denounced “the cancer of sodomy” and urged the Pope for a reform to purify the Church.

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Francis and the Future of the Church

Thanks to Rorate for posting the latest from Dr. Roberto de Mattei regarding Pope Francis and the future of the Church.

Heading Towards the 2015 Synod

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
October 22, 2014

«Das Drama geht weiter!» (The show will go on) said Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich, Bavaria in an interview to “La Repubblica” of October 20th 2014. The show is the Bishops’ Synod that witnessed an unexpected turn of events take place in the Hall. The Relatio post disceptationem presented on the 13th October, despite the rehashing it underwent, didn’t obtain the expected majority of two-thirds on two crucial points: the admittance of the divorced and remarried to Communion and the opening up to homosexual couples, attesting 104 in favour, 74 not in favour on the first point and 118 for, 62 against, on the second. In spite of the evident débâcle, Cardinal Marx, one of the most passionate exponents on the progressive wing, said he was satisfied, since revolutionary processes are done in successive stages. On some themes, he explained, “we took two steps forwards and then one backwards”. The retreat, nonetheless, was forced by a much wider resistance from the Synod Fathers than what had been envisaged. In order to understand the significance of the event, we may recall, that at the Second Vatican Council, regardless of the bitter debate in the Hall, the most contested documents, like Dignitatis Humanae and Nostra Aetate, were approved by 2,308 votes against 70 in the first, and 2,221 against 88 in the second. If then it was a majority consensus, today the split is evident.

The Church today is a battlefield, as it has been many times since Nicaea to Vatican II, where there have always been clashes, not between conservatives and progressives, but between Catholics who don’t want to touch an iota of the Divine deposit and those who want to introduce novelties to this deposit. Pope Francis’ sentence “God is not afraid of novelty” should be understood in a different sense than what the Pontiff intended: it may simply mean that God is not afraid of the “innovators”; he destroys their works and assigns the task of defeating them to the defenders of the unchangeable Magisterium of the Church.

In the field of faith and morality, every exception introduces a rule and every new rule opens the door to a normative system that overturns the old one. Novelty has a revolutionary importance which should be caught at the embryonic stage. In an interview to “Catholic News Service” Cardinal George Pell, defined the request for Communion to the divorced and remarried as a Trojan Horse which opens the way for the recognition of homosexual unions. The number of divorced and remarried who ask to receive Communion is, in reality, irrelevant. What is at stake is something else: it is the acceptance of homosexuality on the part of the Church – considered not as sin or disordered tendency, but as a positive “tension” towards the good, worthy of pastoral care and juridical protection.

Cardinals Marx and Schönborn have been very clear regarding this and the assistant secretary of the Synod, Monsignor Bruno Forte, student of the Tubingen heretical school, carried out their wishes, revealing himself as the author of the most indecent passages in the first Relatio. The great majority of the Synod Fathers rejected the scandalous paragraphs, but what doctrine does not admit is admitted in praxis, waiting for sanction at the next Synod. For many lay, priests and bishops, homosexuality may be practiced, even if not accepted by law, because it does not signify grave sin. This is linked to the question of extra-marital cohabitation. If sexuality outside of marriage is not a grave sin, but a positive value provided that it is expressed in a stable and sincere way, it deserves a blessing from the priest and legalization by the State. If it is a value, it is also a right, and if sexuality exists as a right, the step from cohabitation of the divorced to homosexual marriage is inevitable.

The doctrinal Magisterium of the Church, which has never varied in the span of two thousand years, teaches that the practice of homosexuality is to be considered a vice against nature, which causes not only the eternal damnation of individuals, but the moral ruin of society as well. Saint Augustine in “The Confessions” sums up the thought of the Fathers: “Sins against nature, therefore, like the sin of Sodom, are abominable and deserve punishment whenever and wherever they are committed. If all nations committed them, all alike would be held guilty of the same charge in God’s law”. (The Confessions, c. III, p. 8).

Over the centuries the Pastors of the Church have gathered and passed on this perennial teaching. So Christian morality has, without reserve, always condemned homosexuality and established that this vice cannot expect at all to be legalized by juridical order, nor promoted by political power. When the European Parliament voted its first resolution in favour of pseudo-homosexual–marriage in 1994, in his address of February 20th John Paul II reiterated that: “the juridical approval of homosexual practice is not morally admissible […]With this resolution the European Parliament was asked to legitimize a moral disorder. Parliament wrongfully conferred an institutional value to deviant behavior which is not in conformity with the plan of God. […] Forgetting the words of Christ – ‘The truth shall set you free’ (John, 8,32) – they have attempted to suggest to the inhabitants of our continent, that moral evil, deviation and a type of slavery are a way to freedom, falsifying the essence of the family itself.”

A crack in this doctrinal edifice opened on the 28th July 2013, when, on his return flight from Brazil, Pope Francis pronounced the explosive words: “Who am I to judge!” and from then on they were destined to justify any transgression. Judgment, with its resulting definition of truths and condemnation of errors, is the jurisdiction par excellence of the Vicar of Christ, supreme guardian and judge [in matters] of faith and morality. Citing Francis’ words, some bishops and cardinals, inside and outside the Synod Hall, asked for the recognition of the positive aspects of unnatural unions.

However, if one of the gravest of sins ceases to be such, the concept of sin itself fails and the Lutheran idea of mercy which had been anathematized by the Council of Trent reappears. In the Justification Canons promulgated on January 13th 1547, we find: “If any one saith, that justifying faith is nothing else but confidence in the divine mercy (Canon 12); “that Christ Jesus was given of God to men, as a redeemer in whom to trust, and not also as a legislator whom to obey” (Canon 21); “that there is no mortal sin but that of infidelity” (Canon27); “let him be anathema”.

We are dealing here with theological themes that have social repercussions which even lay people have the right and duty to face, as it is not only the Synod of 2015 that approaches, but also the year 2017, the fifth centenary of Luther’s Revolution and the first centenary of the Fatima Apparitions.

What is now underway is not the playful show that Cardinal Marx implied, but an arduous battle which involves both Heaven and earth. The last acts will be dramatic, but the epilogue will certainly be triumphant, according to the Divine promise confirmed by Our Lady at the Cova da Iria in 1917.

May the Immaculate, deign to bestow continuous purity of thought and action to all those in the heat of the battle and who defend the integrity of the Catholic Faith with courage.

[Translation: Contributor Francesca Romana]

After the Synod

"Supreme Pastor and Teacher of All the Faithful"
“Supreme Pastor and Teacher of All the Faithful”

Today began with a rosy red dawn and the sky, lightening into a bruised blue, hints at a coming storm. And so we begin Day 1 after the Synod on Marriage and the Family. With the benefit of hindsight, we see that Pope Francis did not call the Extraordinary Synod to seek guidance from Church Fathers to address the many problems confronting today’s families. By arbitrarily including rejected propositions into the Synod’s final report, he has indicated his disdain for the will of Church Fathers.

There is no doubt now that Francis was simply pushing through his predetermined agenda, the same as he has done previously in Argentina, the same as Cardinal Kasper has been promoting for years now; and actually it is nothing other than the logical result of the “Pastoral” Council of Vatican II.

The fruit of Vatican II has been an ongoing auto-demolition of the Faith and Pope Francis and his Synod on Marriage and the Family is the logical result of Vatican II. Who else but Pope Francis would think it a good idea to urge faithful Catholic families, struggling to abide by the rules of the faith, to welcome into their midst those who refuse to obey the teachings of the Church? What logic is there in instructing  Catholic families to welcome into their midst those who have rejected Catholic doctrine and have chosen to live lives contrary to Christ’s commands?

Is it just me or does it sound particularly jarring when Pope Francis’s handpicked prelate, Bruno Forte, suggests suavely that we all need to welcome and value the “gifts” of a group of people who demand to be recognized for their unique proclivity towards a particularly disgusting form of sex? This from a Church which has paid out nearly 2 billion in damages for what is perhaps the world’s most massive sex abuse scandal. What ever makes Pope Francis think that is a good idea?

We’ve heard that Francis does not attempt to sing or chant at his Masses because he is tone deaf. His decision to attempt to ram through an agenda that is ludicrously out of sync with Catholic teaching is astounding proof that he is tone deaf! If he ever took the time from his whole “humble and merciful” schtick, to have donuts and coffee after Mass with the faithful Catholics he so disdains. He would learn a lot about Catholic families, such as the main issue for parents today is how to protect their children from the anti-Christian environment of today’s adulterous, perverted “families”; families where God’s laws are disregarded, and religious liberty (indifference), reigns supreme. Families where children are taught by their parents’ example that the concepts of right and wrong depend utterly on the perceived needs of the moment.

The people that Francis wants Catholics to welcome into their midst are “families” who do not keep the laws of the Church; in fact, who share his view that we who keep the laws are “rigid, inflexible bigots”. While it is clear that these people are far more to his liking than we stodgy old practicing Catholics are, we are actually the ones who pay the bills, who have nothing better to do than attend Mass and offer our daily sacrifices with love to Our Lord, and pray our rosaries.

It is clear from Pope Francis’ closing remarks at the synod, that he is steeled in his determination to carry out his agenda. He reminded the Fathers that 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” as he gleefully reminds us.

So there you have it, no more pretense at humility or mercy, instead, the iron will of the former night-club bouncer, determined to remake the Holy, Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church into the “church” he achieved in Argentina. That church which we discussed in an earlier post, where his “curas villeros”, pastoral priests, minister to communities on society’s peripheries, where most couples, “80-85 percent, are not married but simply cohabit” and the priests “proudly state that they give everyone communion no matter what, ‘without raising barricades.’. ”

Francis has quite predictably scorned faithful Catholics who battle the world daily and struggle against all odds to raise good Catholic families. He has shown his determination to prevail against those who attempt to defend the Church’s perennial teachings. And he is, as he arrogantly reminds us, the Supreme Pastor. We have it clear now; Pope Francis will have it his way or the highway. Where that highway leads is up to us. He will find that more and more Catholics are going to be choosing to stand with Mary, our Blessed Mother at the foot of the Cross as Francis pits himself against Christ.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Sweet Heart of Mary, our Mother, restore the Faith!

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

~ evensong ~