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Ut Unum Sint: A virtual hair shirt

23. July, 2014Blog Post51 comments

Aggiornamento subitoThinking of wearing a hair shirt or engaging in some other form of mortification? Try this:

First, read Satis Cognitum of Pope Leo XIII followed by a reading of Mortalium Animos of Pope Pius XI. Take a moment to let these clear and precise presentations on the immutable faith of the Holy Catholic Church sink in…

Then, read Ut Unum Sint of John Paul II.


There can be no doubt whatsoever that both Popes Leo XIII and Pius XI (and a list of other popes too long to recite here) would have condemned the writing of John Paul II as incompatible with the doctrine of Holy Church.

The bottom line – a place the weak, the invincibly deceived and the diabolically disoriented dare not go – is that either John Paul II or his predecessors did not hold the Catholic faith. There is no via media here.

Ut Unum Sint, as is typical of modernist screed, is very lengthy. It is, after all, an exercise in novelty, which naturally requires copious explanation in order to convince the reader (and perhaps even the writer) of its Catholicity.

Be forewarned, it’s a very painful experience, but for those willing to suffer through it, I have reproduced here just a relatively small portion of Ut Unum Sint along with commentary that draws from the authentic faith.

Feeling brave? Jump in and offer it up.

Ut unum sint! The call for Christian unity made by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council with such impassioned commitment is finding an ever greater echo in the hearts of believers, especially as the Year 2000 approaches, a year which Christians will celebrate as a sacred Jubilee, the commemoration of the Incarnation of the Son of God, who became man in order to save humanity.

The courageous witness of so many martyrs of our century, including members of Churches and Ecclesial Communities not in full communion with the Catholic Church, gives new vigour to the Council’s call and reminds us of our duty to listen to and put into practice its exhortation.  

That a martyr for the faith can come from among those who reject Holy Mother Church, and in so doing reject Christ her Head, is preposterous.

These brothers and sisters of ours, united in the selfless offering of their lives for the Kingdom of God, are the most powerful proof that every factor of division can be transcended and overcome in the total gift of self for the sake of the Gospel.

Another false premise: That one can offer their lives for the Kingdom of God and yet do so from outside of His Kingdom, the Holy Catholic Church.

Believers in Christ, united in following in the footsteps of the martyrs, cannot remain divided. If they wish truly and effectively to oppose the world’s tendency to reduce to powerlessness the Mystery of Redemption, they must profess together the same truth about the Cross.1 The Cross! An anti-Christian outlook seeks to minimize the Cross, to empty it of its meaning, and to deny that in it man has the source of his new life. It claims that the Cross is unable to provide either vision or hope. Man, it says, is nothing but an earthly being, who must live as if God did not exist.

In order to profess “the same Cross,” clearly one must also profess the one faith; i.e., the Holy Catholic faith.

Nevertheless, besides the doctrinal differences needing to be resolved, Christians cannot underestimate the burden of long-standing misgivings inherited from the past, and of mutual misunderstandings and prejudices. Complacency, indifference and insufficient knowledge of one another often make this situation worse. Consequently, the commitment to ecumenism must be based upon the conversion of hearts and upon prayer, which will also lead to the necessary purification of past memories.

Hurt feelings due to the events of previous centuries is not the issue; rather, it is the refusal of the heretic to embrace the doctrine of the faith; doctrine that is well known to all, without confusion, who wish to know it.

What is needed is a calm, clear-sighted and truthful vision of things, a vision enlivened by divine mercy and capable of freeing people’s minds and of inspiring in everyone a renewed willingness, precisely with a view to proclaiming the Gospel to the men and women of every people and nation.

A “renewed willingness” to what? Apart from a willingness on the part of heretics to embrace in faith the fullness of Catholic doctrine, unity simply is not possible for such a person.

At the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church committed herself irrevocably to following the path of the ecumenical venture, thus heeding the Spirit of the Lord, who teaches people to interpret carefully the “signs of the times.”

What is the “ecumenical venture”? We are about to find out…

I myself intend to promote every suitable initiative aimed at making the witness of the entire Catholic community understood in its full purity and consistency, especially considering the engagement which awaits the Church at the threshold of the new Millennium. That will be an exceptional occasion, in view of which she asks the Lord to increase the unity of all Christians until they reach full communion.3 The present Encyclical Letter is meant as a contribution to this most noble goal. Essentially pastoral in character, it seeks to encourage the efforts of all who work for the cause of unity.

OK, so you’re the pope. Will you tell “all Christians” how to “reach full unity” like your predecessors?

The unity of all divided humanity is the will of God. For this reason he sent his Son, so that by dying and rising for us he might bestow on us the Spirit of love. On the eve of his sacrifice on the Cross, Jesus himself prayed to the Father for his disciples and for all those who believe in him, that they might be one, a living communion. This is the basis not only of the duty, but also of the responsibility before God and his plan, which falls to those who through Baptism become members of the Body of Christ, a Body in which the fullness of reconciliation and communion must be made present.

The duty is to persist in the unity that already exists in the Catholic Church. JPII writes as if it is a human goal to somehow manufacture unity when in fact it is a attribute of the Church divinely endowed.

Taking part in this movement, which is called ecumenical, are those who invoke the Triune God and confess Jesus as Lord and Saviour. They join in not merely as individuals but also as members of the corporate groups in which they have heard the Gospel, and which each regards as his Church and, indeed, God’s. And yet almost everyone, though in different ways, longs that there may be one visible Church of God, a Church truly universal and sent forth to the whole world that the world may be converted to the Gospel and so be saved, to the glory of God”.6

That there may be one visible Church of God? Hello? There is. It’s the Catholic Church.

Unitatis Redintegratio states “they long for the one visible Church of God…” which can be read to say that it does presently exist and those outside long for it without knowing what it is.

JPII, however, writes here as if this one visible Church is as yet unrealized.

This statement of the Decree Unitatis Redintegratio is to be read in the context of the complete teaching of the Second Vatican Council. The Council expresses the Church’s decision to take up the ecumenical task of working for Christian unity and to propose it with conviction and vigour: “This sacred Synod exhorts all the Catholic faithful to recognize the signs of the times and to participate actively in the work of ecumenism.”

As JPII made clear in his inaugural encyclical, Remptor Hominis, the “deep roots” of the faith as far as he is concerned go all the way back to the Second Vatican Council. How about reading everything in context with the whole of tradition? That is the Catholic approach, and yet, for JPII, there is a new self-awareness in the Church; an awareness quite unknown previous to the Council. (ibid.)

Jesus himself, at the hour of his Passion, prayed “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). This unity, which the Lord has bestowed on his Church and in which he wishes to embrace all people, is not something added on, but stands at the very heart of Christ’s mission. Nor is it some secondary attribute of the community of his disciples. Rather, it belongs to the very essence of this community. God wills the Church, because he wills unity, and unity is an expression of the whole depth of his agape.

Ambiguous though it is, this approaches the faith of the Church; namely, the dogma that says that the Catholic Church possesses unity as a fundamental characteristic. Why this should now lead to 20,000+ more words on the topic, none of which will urge those outside of the Church to enter, is a sure sign that we are about to be treated to the convoluted innovations of a dyed in the wool modernist.

In effect, this unity bestowed by the Holy Spirit does not merely consist in the gathering of people as a collection of individuals. It is a unity constituted by the bonds of the profession of faith, the sacraments and hierarchical communion.10

True; unity is not a numeric concept. Therefore, one who desires unity must profess with the Catholic Church the one faith, partake of the same sacraments, under the authority of the visible head of the Church, the pope. This is the immutable teaching found in Satis Cognitum and Mortalium Animos, and yet this pope (a saint as we are told) treats this teaching as if it is passé.

The faithful are one because, in the Spirit, they are in communion with the Son and, in him, share in his communion with the Father: “Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 Jn 1:3).

The communion spoken of here exists in the Catholic Church alone; in such way that to break bonds with the Catholic Church is to break bonds with the Body of Christ and likewise the Father and the Spirit as they are inseparable.

In the words of Pope Leo XIII:

The Church of Christ, therefore, is one and the same for ever; those who leave it depart from the will and command of Christ, the Lord – leaving the path of salvation they enter on that of perdition. “Whosoever is separated from the Church is united to an adulteress. He has cut himself off from the promises of the Church, and he who leaves the Church of Christ cannot arrive at the rewards of Christ….He who observes not this unity observes not the law of God, holds not the faith of the Father and the Son, clings not to life and salvation. (Satis Cognitum 5)

For the Catholic Church, then, the communion of Christians is none other than the manifestation in them of the grace by which God makes them sharers in his own communion, which is his eternal life. Christ’s words “that they may be one” are thus his prayer to the Father that the Father’s plan may be fully accomplished, in such a way that everyone may clearly see “what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things” (Eph 3:9). To believe in Christ means to desire unity; to desire unity means to desire the Church; to desire the Church means to desire the communion of grace which corresponds to the Father’s plan from all eternity. Such is the meaning of Christ’s prayer: “Ut unum sint”.

It sounds as if JPII imagines that “communion” (common union) is something other than persisting in unity with the Catholic Church. Indeed his, and every pontificate since, has preached in such way.

In the present situation of the lack of unity among Christians and of the confident quest for full communion, the Catholic faithful are conscious of being deeply challenged by the Lord of the Church. The Second Vatican Council strengthened their commitment with a clear ecclesiological vision, open to all the ecclesial values present among other Christians. The Catholic faithful face the ecumenical question in a spirit of faith.

Read with the eyes of faith as developed in the pre-conciliar magisterium, this treatment is nonsensical. What is the challenge to the Catholic faithful as it pertains to unity? It is twofold: 1) To persist in the unity that exists in the Catholic Church alone, and 2) To invite those outside to enter.

What precisely are “ecclesial values” among the heretics?  Presumably he is referring to those gifts properly belonging to the Catholic Church. (Scripture, baptism.)

What then is the “ecumenical question”? There is none other than this: When will the heretics and schismatics return to Rome. That’s it.

The Council states that the Church of Christ “subsists in the Catholic Church …

By God’s grace, however, neither what belongs to the structure of the Church of Christ nor that communion which still exists with the other Churches and Ecclesial Communities has been destroyed.

There is a fundamental and widespread error here: In truth, as it concerns the schismatics and the heretics, no communion (common union) still exists with the Church of Christ.

This is why it is so important to the ecumenical newchurch to put forth the innovation that says that the Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church. It opens the door to the falsehood that this “Church of Christ” is also present in some sense in the communities of the schismatics and heretics such that they still enjoy some ill-defined “communion” with this Church of Christ.

They do not.

And yet those informed by the teaching of the popes over the centuries before Vatican II know that the Church of Christ is the Catholic Church; therefore, those who separate from her have not communion with the Church of Christ.

Indeed, the elements of sanctification and truth present in the other Christian Communities, in a degree which varies from one to the other, constitute the objective basis of the communion, albeit imperfect, which exists between them and the Catholic Church.


To the extent that these elements are found in other Christian Communities, the one Church of Christ is effectively present in them.

Rephrasing what JPII puts forth here according to the faith so clearly taught before Vatican II makes clear the unsustainability of this wholesale innovation:

“To the extent that these elements are found in other Christian Communities, the Catholic Church is effectively present in them.”

Who could ever accept the ludicrous notion that the Catholic Church – the Body of Christ, this perfect society and solitary way of salvation – is “effectively present” in the communities of the heretics and schismatics?

Not one, single, solitary, well-formed Catholic cold ever embrace such a novelty as this. And yet, this is what we are being sold.

It is a dogma of the Catholic faith that those who separate themselves from the Catholic Church do not, and cannot possibly, somehow take “parts” of the Church with them; the Church is one and indivisible.

It is one thing to make note of the “elements of sanctification and truth” found in such communities (e.g., Scripture, baptism, marriage); the same properly belonging to the Catholic Church and present in the heretical communities, not by legitimate right, but only by the misappropriation of said elements by those who dared to coopt them.

It is quite another to say that the Catholic Church is “effectively present” in them; a heresy to be certain.

At this, we have tortured ourselves enough for one day.

God help us.

Who does Bono think he is, the pope?

21. July, 2014Blog Post30 comments


The diabolical disorientation of which Our Lady warned runs so deep that when it comes to Pope Francis people simply see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear; putting gestures in his public record and words in his mouth as happens to suit their fancy.

Consider, for example, the story widely reported last month about the pope stopping his motorcade while en route to Calabria (where he would excommunicate, or not, the Mafia) so he could greet a young disabled woman whose family was on the roadside with signs that read, “Please Pope stop here to see an angel who has been waiting for you,” and “Please come and bless little Roberta.”

L’Osservatore Romano ran a piece referenced on the Vatican News website which said:

“Pope Francis got out of the car and entered the garden, he bent over Roberta, caressing her with tenderness. He blessed her and her loved ones. Then he climbed into the car and continued his journey.”

Catholic News Agency reported on the event likewise, saying, “When the Pope saw their signs, he asked for his car to stop, and immediately went to greet and bless the people.”

The CNA story even included a video that I watched for the first time just today. Take a look.

What did you see?

I saw what looked like a famous person going out of his way to make a memorable moment for some adoring fans and not much else. A gesture of kindness, maybe, but I can’t say that I saw any “blessing.” Can you?

Substitute Bono, or Mick Jagger, or Dino Spumoni for the pope in this video and no one would be moved to say, “Who the hell does that man think he is blessing the people like that, the pope!”

I suppose one could conduct a frame-by-frame analysis (in fact, Catholic Answers may have already done so) to see if it is possible to detect the pope’s thumb tracing a small cross on the young woman’s forehead, but if it’s necessary to treat this video like the Zapruder film just to find evidence of a blessing, well, then, I think we have our answer.

And what are we to think of a pope who doesn’t bless God’s people?

Perhaps the pope was concerned that some of the people on that Southern Italian roadside were not Catholic and was politely “respecting the conscience of each” in withholding his blessing from them. Who knows?

In any event, let’s not kid one another, “Peter” didn’t bless those people that day; rather, Jorge simply said hello.

In spite of lasting but a minute, the incident in question is emblematic of this entire pontificate, such as it has been thus far: It’s not about Jorge taking on the Petrine Office; it’s about Peter giving way to Jorge.

That’s why the 53,000 word Evangelii Gaudium, wherein Pope Francis set forth the guiding principles that will inform his pontificate, reads so much like a personal diary.

The family of that young disabled woman was thrilled to encounter the pope, and I can’t blame them. It’s a moment they will never forget; one that may even lead to a more fervent faith among themselves and their extended family and friends.

Even so, one is hard pressed not to realize that what those people really wanted, and indeed truly deserved, was not delivered that day.

Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?

Tony Palmer

21. July, 2014Blog Post42 comments


Bishop-Tony-PalmerAs some of you may have already learned, there are reports that Tony Palmer, the man Pope Francis called his “brother bishop,” died in a motorcycle accident over the weekend.

May Our Blessed Lord have mercy on his soul.

While none of us can say with absolute certainty whether or not Pope Francis had privately encouraged his personal friend of many years to renounce his heresy and to enter the one true Church, what we do know would suggest that this is highly unlikely.

Allowing for the remote possibility that he did, it would seem that upon death Mr. Palmer was filled with either one of two convictions:

- I should have listened to Pope Francis and entered the Holy Catholic Church, my Mother and Teacher to whom the sacraments have been entrusted.


- I never should have listened to Pope Francis.

In any case, a man has died outside of the one true Church; without ever having had the benefit of confession and the infinite grace of the Most Holy Eucharist, and that my friends is a tragedy.

There are millions upon millions of people, also outside the Church, who have never had a private conversation with the pope. Tell me, is there anything in the Holy Father’s public discourse that might cause them to contemplate the necessity of entering the Holy Catholic Church? Anything?

The sudden death of Tony Palmer lends perspective to just how much is at stake when it comes to the deeply troubling words and deeds of the current pope. Countless souls are at stake, and yet there are those in the Catholic media who refuse to raise their voice beyond a veritable shoulder shrug.

If indeed the Holy Father’s private conversations with Tony Palmer mirrored his public discourse as it relates to the need of conversion, how terrible it must be for the pope to contemplate the disservice he did to his friend and “brother bishop” now that he has passed.

On the other hand, one wonders if this pope’s manner of thinking is so entirely disconnected from the mind of the Church that he is even capable of such regret.

BIG ANOUNCEMENT: Pope’s mother is expecting!

18. July, 2014Blog Post115 comments

It's a girlYes, you read that right; the Holy Father’s mother is expecting, and it’s a girl! And if that’s not un-freakin-believable enough; it’s a bishop too!

I know, it sounds like I’ve lost my ever lovin’ mind and indeed someone has, but don’t blame me; I’m just one of the sheep blissfully following the path chosen by his chief shepherd.

You see, back in February, Pope Francis made a humble little video greeting for attendees of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries Conference (KCMC), a gathering of evangelical heretics from all over the world.

The video was made at the suggestion of Tony Palmer, the founder of the Ark Community, which describes itself as an “an internet-based, Inter-denominational Christian Convergent Community, drawing our spirituality from the ‘Early Church.’”

Ark is a member of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches which “attempts to maintain and practice the faith as given by the Apostles through the mother Church of the worldwide Anglican family – the Church of England.” (We’ll revisit this “mother Church” thing in a moment.)

In his greeting to the KCMC, in addition to asking the heretics for their blessing, Pope Francis called Tony Palmer, who was recording the video at the Vatican with his iPhone, “my brother bishop.”

Last week, Tony’s “mother Church,” the Church of England, voted in favor of so-called “female bishops.”

“Women will be bishops like all other bishops with no distinction at all,” said Justin Welby, the leader of the Church of England.

OK, so you do the math; it’s not terribly complicated:

Given that Tony Palmer is the Holy Father’s “brother bishop,” when the Church of England gives Tony a “sister bishop,” Pope Francis will get one too!

Isn’t that awesome?

Pope Francis has made it exceedingly clear, as the papal defenders of all things ludicrous love to remind us, that he is “a son of the Church.”

This is good to know, but it raises some obvious questions in light of the present discussion:

Who precisely does Jorge Bergoglio understand to be his mother Church? Does he imagine her to be the same one claimed by his “brother bishop,” Tony?

This post is the height of ridiculous. I know it, and that’s the point:

Ridiculous is exactly where one ends up by following the uncontested words of the current pope to their logical conclusion.

And that, my friends, is a very serious problem.

The bottom line is this: Pope Francis and his stunning lack of concern for safeguarding the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine as summed up in Fr. Lombardi’s explanation of a “new genre of papal speech not concerned with precision,” is poison in the Church.

Some may wish to ignore the many scandalous things Pope Francis says and does on a near weekly basis; others may prefer to twist themselves into pretzels trying to explain them, but until his unspeakably irresponsible behavior is met head-on and publicly condemned, it will come back to haunt us again and again.

In truth, it isn’t primarily up to me, or Michael Matt or Chris Ferrara or John Vennari or anyone else in the media to set the record straight. Oh, everyone who claims to be Catholic has a solemn duty to do so, don’t get me wrong, but ultimately it is up to the bishops and the cardinals of Holy Church to speak up in defense of the truth for the good of souls.

Shhhhh… Do you hear that?

It’s dead silence.

And so we wait and pray and fast some more. In the meantime, let’s ask a few more questions.

What exactly is the difference between Tony Palmer, Justin Welby and Bishop Betty Boop?

o brotherThe answer: Nothing. They’re all heretics in Halloween costumes who need to renounce their errors and return to the one true Church of Christ, the Catholic Church. Tony is no more a bishop than Justin who is no more a bishop than Betty.

All of which brings me to ask why so many Catholics are treating the Church of England’s decision to play make-believe-bishop with women like it’s such a big deal?

The big deal here is the way our pope treats heretics. Who cares if they decide to “ordain” puppies?

Welby blesses francisLast question: Will Pope Francis one day bow his head before Bishop Boop to receive her blessing?


And the land shall be left desolate

17. July, 2014Blog Post37 comments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn Isaiah 6, the prophet says:

In the year that king Ozias died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and elevated: and his train filled the temple … And I said: Woe is me, because I have held my peace; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people that hath unclean lips, and I have seen with my eyes the King the Lord of hosts.  And one of the seraphims flew to me, and in his hand was a live coal, which he had taken with the tongs off the altar. And he touched my mouth, and said: Behold this hath touched thy lips, and thy iniquities shall be taken away, and thy sin shall be cleansed.

At the outset of his prophetic ministry, Isaiah saw God seated upon a throne wearing a royal garment. Clearly, his vision was of none other than God made man; i.e., he saw the Risen Lord, Christ the King.

Furthermore, in seeing an altar, the place of sacrifice, he witnessed the Heavenly liturgy.

Isaiah was familiar with the Temple sacrifice in Jerusalem, a sacrifice that had to be repeated over and over again with each passing year. He knew, in other words, that the sacrifice offered on Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement, the most solemn of holy days for the People Israel – had no ability to atone for the sins of man in any lasting sense; it could not truly cleanse.

As Isaiah wrote, the people were about to be exiled in Babylon rendering them unable to offer even this imperfect sacrifice, and yet Isaiah saw in his vision that a greater Sacrifice was coming; one so worthy that it takes place even in Heaven, and this Sacrifice is capable of taking away man’s iniquity.

Having witnessed the Risen Lord, the King of kings, God in the flesh, Isaiah knew of what he spoke when he would later say, “A virgin shall conceive and bear a son” (Isa 7:14).

He had seen the One of whom he wrote, “And they shall call him mighty king, wonder counselor, God with us” (Isa 9:6).

And he knew of Whom he wrote when he foretold of the Suffering Servant, the blameless One by whose stripes we are healed  (Isa 53).

Indeed, St. John the Evangelist, whose Gospel is replete with affirmations of the divinity of Christ, confirms that Isaiah “saw His glory and spoke of Him” (cf John 12:41).

Continuing in Isaiah 6:

And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: Whom shall I send? and who shall go for us? And I said: Lo, here am I, send me. And he said: Go, and thou shalt say to this people: Hearing, hear, and understand not: and see the vision, and know it not. Blind the heart of this people, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes: lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted and I heal them.  And I said: How long, O Lord? And he said: Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land shall be left desolate.

Know that God did not arbitrarily seal the ears and shut the eyes of His people; rather, it was the wickedness of the people themselves that had rendered them unable to hear and to see. This condition was of their own making, and so it was according to the demands of perfect justice.

In surveying the landscape in the Church in our day, we see much the same thing as nary a day goes by without one of our bishops, often even the Bishop of Rome, giving us very good reason to wonder if any of them have ears to hear or eyes to see the glory of Christ the King.

And we too might well ask as Isaiah did ask, How long, O Lord?

The answer, one shudders to admit, is ever the same:

Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land shall be left desolate.

This is a hard truth to accept, and yet we can be certain that the demands of justice are such that humanity will likely be brought to its collective knees before understanding returns to the hearts of God’s people, that they may be converted and healed.

Do I mean to suggest that the deaf and the blind of our day are in a bed of their own, personal making?

Not necessarily; for we know that the Lord Our God is a mighty and jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Him. (cf Ex 20:5)

The Fathers of Vatican Council II, in conducting the affairs of that poisonous pastoral exercise that took place roughly three generations ago, treated Christ the King as a persona non grata; ignoring His Sovereign rights and speaking as though His truth is but one more opinion among many. The popes and the bishops in union with them have carried on similar fashion ever since.

As I wrote in the previous post, at the heart of the crisis in the Church today is the virtual dethronement of Jesus Christ and the near singular focus of our churchmen – most especially the pope – on the supposed glory of humankind.

No one knows precisely how or when the Lord will redress this terrible offense against Him, but one thing seems entirely certain, the status quo is unlikely to hold for much longer.

He is the King of the Universe!

15. July, 2014Blog Post74 comments

jesus-christ-king-0205Imagine, if you will, an international group of economic experts and other leaders assembled at the Vatican for a conference.  The Holy Father, recognizing the importance of the topic, makes a personal appearance to address those in attendance, saying:

Anthropological reductionism causes man to lose his humanity; to become a tool of the system – a social system, an economic system – where imbalances are dominant.

When a man loses his humanity he becomes as a “piece of scrap” that one may discard when no longer useful. Why? Because Our Lord Jesus Christ is not the center. And when Christ is not in the center, there is another thing in the middle and man is at the service of this other thing. The idea then is to rescue man, in the sense of returning Our Lord Jesus Christ to the center: to the center of society, the center of thoughts, the focus of reflection. Place Christ once more at the center!

Thank you. Thank you for the help you give with your work, with your reflection to restore this unbalanced situation and to restore Christ, bring him back to the center of reflection and the center of life. He is the King of the universe! And this is not theology, not philosophy – it is human reality. With this reality we will move forward. Thank you, thank you very much. Thank you!

Just such a conference actually did take place at the Vatican on July 12, 2014, and the Holy Roman Pontiff did in fact address the assembly to set the tone for their discussion saying much the same thing, but with one major difference:

Pope Francis never pointed to Our Lord Jesus Christ and the place of primacy He must occupy in the affairs of men. Not even once! Rather, he pointed, as readers of this space may very well have expected, to man himself, the new god of the new church-of-man.

Following is a transcript of what Pope Francis really said. [Note: The text of this address is available in its fullness on the Holy See's website here. As of this writing, it is available only in Italian. A report from Zenit is also available. Thank you to Mark J. for pointing this out to me.]

When a man loses his humanity he becomes as a “piece of scrap” that one may discard when no longer useful. Why? Because the man is not the center. And when the man is not in the center, there is another thing in the middle and the man is at the service of this other thing. The idea then is to rescue man, in the sense of returning him to the center: to the center of society, the center of thoughts, the focus of reflection. Place man once more at the center.

Thank you. Thank you for the help you give with your work, with your reflection to restore this unbalanced situation and to restore man, bring him back to the center of reflection and the center of life. He is the king of the universe! And this is not theology, not philosophy – it is human reality. With this reality we will move forward. Thank you, thank you very much. Thank you!

I have written often of the church-of-man that emerged after Vatican II, with the conciliar text serving as the manifesto for the anthropocentric religion that supplanted the true Faith following the Council.

One may wonder how the vast majority of bishops at Vatican II, many of whom certainly had good intentions (e.g., men like Cardinal Ottoviani and Archbishop Lefebvre,) could ever place their vote in favor of such texts?

The answer is large part is that they were true sons of the Church whose esteem for the Petrine Office was such that they never imagined in a million years that any pope would ever allow this pastoral exercise to be leveraged in such way as to overshadow everything that preceded it. Much less did they ever imagine that the pope himself would ever willingly serve as an active agent in the conciliar takeover, dethroning Christ the King and replacing the adoration that is due to Him with a religion consumed with rendering false worship to an idol called “man.”

With this in mind, we must remember that the text of the Council, for all of its deficiencies, is not leading the Church in our day, the sacred hierarchy is. That is to say, the Church is being led by the person of the pope and the bishops in union with him.

Back in October, I wrote that all indications are that Pope Francis and the cardinals who elected him are quite convinced that the humanist takeover has finally reached critical mass, wherein both clergy and laity who prefer “the church of man” over the Church of Christ are now so comfortably in the majority that the time to set forth the humanist agenda without apology has arrived.

Can there be any doubt whatsoever that this is precisely where we find ourselves today?

Look, I’m as disturbed as anyone by the recent comments alleged to have been uttered by the pope about his disinterest in converting heretics and his thoughts on celibacy, but let’s not be distracted. At the heart of the crisis in the Church today is the virtual dethronement of Jesus Christ and the near singular focus of our churchmen – most especially the pope – on the supposed glory of humankind.

If for no other reason – and to be very frank, I can think of no other reason, not even one – we can be grateful for the pontificate of Pope Francis due to his willingness to make the choice that lies before us so crystal clear.

Yes, the days of pretense are indeed over, the picture is coming into increasingly stark focus, and for this we can be thankful. Make no mistake, however, this is a sword that cuts in two directions.

For each and every one of us, and most especially for those of you who have the blessed yet heavy burden of exercising the care of souls as members of the sacred hierarchy, the time of choosing is at hand:

Will you stand up in defense of the Sovereign Rights of Christ the King and the Holy Catholic faith, or will you remain silent as souls are endangered by a pope who repeatedly relegates Our Blessed Lord and the authentic Faith to a place of virtual obscurity?

Fr. Lombardi confirms pope’s comments to Evangelicals

14. July, 2014Blog Post79 comments

Fr. LombardiAccording to Brian Stiller, Global Ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance, Pope Francis told him directly:

“I’m not interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism. I want people to find Jesus in their own community.  There are so many doctrines we will never agree on. Let’s not spend our time on those. Rather, let’s be about showing the love of Jesus.”

Fr. Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, has confirmed the veracity of Stiller’s report, by his deafening silence.

He also managed to confirm the twisted priorities of the current regime.

Consider the swiftness with which Fr. Lombardi went about clarifying (if you can call it that) the latest Eugenio Scalfari interview of Pope Francis. The topics that demanded such an immediate response concerned the number of pedophiles in the clergy and the Bishop of Rome’s attitude toward celibacy.

OK, I agree, these are pretty important matters for Catholics the world over, but I ask you:

What is more important than the mission that Jesus gave to His Church; a mission that absolutely concerns an interest in converting heretics to the Catholic faith?

Brian Stiller’s quote of Pope Francis has been lingering for five days now and it remains unaddressed.


The answer is simple: Pope Francis has no interest in converting Evangelicals, or anyone else for that matter, to Catholicism.

Fr. Longenecker strikes again

14. July, 2014Blog Post15 comments

longeneckerFr. Dwight Longenecker, posting on his“Standing on my Head” blog (appropriately named given the frequency with which pontifications seem to flow so freely from his other end), recently suggested that traditionalists (aka Catholics) are “getting old.”

Obviously, he’s never been to a “traditionalist” gathering to witness the overwhelming presence of young, often quite large, families.

“Not only are they dying out,” he wrote, “but their ideas are dying out.”

It isn’t immediately clear what “ideas” he has in mind, but presumably he is speaking of such notions as the Social Kingship of Christ as taught with such stunning clarity by Pope Pius XI in Quas Primas, the reality of Christian unity as taught by this same Roman Pontiff in Mortalium Animos, and last but not least, the Mass of all Ages, the devotees of which he has castigated as unstable for daring to drive considerable distances to assist at such a liturgy.

Fr. Longenecker went on to opine:

Fifty years after the revolution of the Second Vatican Council we are moving on from the tensions it created. Those tensions existed because Catholics kept comparing the pre-Vatican II church to the post-Vatican II church. The ones who did this most were the folks who went through the Vatican II revolution … Everything was viewed through that lens. 

Well, at least we agree on one thing; the Second Vatican Council was a revolution.

Where I and every other reasonably well-formed Catholic parts company with Fr. Longenecker is his preposterous assertion that those who cannot help but draw comparisons between Catholic life before Vatican II and the bitter realities of the present crisis are necessarily “the folks who went through the Vatican II revolution,” and they are the reason tensions exist over the Council.

Does Fr. Longenecker believe that to be Catholic, no matter one’s age or personal experience, is to view everything through the lens of all that preceded us?

Does he hold the firm conviction that ours is the Faith that comes to us from the Apostles; not just the faith of the most recent “pastoral exercise” or the currently reigning pope?

Does he fully embrace the reality that this faith is immutable; may never be believed to be different, and may never be understood in any other way?

Apparently not, which actually makes perfect sense if you stop to consider his background:

Brought up as an Evangelical. Dwight Longenecker graduated from fundamentalist Bob Jones University. While there he became an Anglican and after graduation went to Oxford to train as an Anglican priest. After serving for ten years as an Anglican priest he converted to the Catholic faith with his wife and family. Eventually he returned to the United States to be ordained as a Catholic priest under the special provision from Rome for married former Anglican clergy. ( bio)

Is it just me or does there seem to be something missing from this curriculum vitae; namely, any kind of training in Catholic theology and protestant deprogramming?

In any case, I suspect, and Fr. Longenecker himself may very well admit, there isn’t a snowball’s chance in Hell he would have swum the Tiber if awaiting him on the other shore was the “pre-Vatican II church” circa all the way back to 1958.

This raises yet another question: Did Fr. Longenecker convert to the Catholic faith whole and entire, or did he convert to some protestantized (read: distorted) conception of the same?

Clearly, it is the latter. Remember what he said:

Fifty years after the revolution of the Second Vatican Council we are moving on from the tensions it created.

You see, only the protestant mind can conceive of a “revolution” in the Church in such terms; as if the revolution isn’t a problem in and of itself, but only the tensions created by the recalcitrant few who just can’t seem to let go.

Indeed, it may well be that the vast majority of converts over the last fifty years, priest or otherwise, more properly converted to a protestantized conception of “Church” and not necessarily to the Faith in its fullness.

It’s not necessarily their fault.

Think about it: One who embraces with gusto every word that has come forth from the mouths of the last five popes would have at least one foot in Protestantism. Obviously, Fr. Longenecker does, and this even as he stands on his head.

Francis and the evangelicals

12. July, 2014Blog Post88 comments


On June 24th Pope Francis hosted a three hour luncheon with nine prominent evangelical Protestants. Recent reports claiming to offer shocking details about the private meeting are making their way around the web causing considerable angst among traditionalists (aka Catholics).

The Toronto based Catholic Register, for example, ran a story quoting the meeting’s chief organizer, Pope Francis’ so-called “brother bishop,” Tony Palmer, of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches.

According to the Register, Palmer said the delegation asked the pope “to offer us further insight into how we can make a common declaration — a public, visible joint declaration of our unity in the faith and unity in mission,” calling the effort “uncharted territory.”

He went on to say, “Pope Francis agrees with me when I say diversity is divine, but division is diabolic.”

Also quoted by the Register was Vatican spokesman Fr. Thomas Rosica who said:

“The Holy Father’s passion for authentic ecumenism flows from the heart of a seasoned pastor who has spent many years of priestly and episcopal ministry in building bridges, not walls. What he does now as Bishop of Rome is in continuity with his ministry in Argentina, and in perfect harmony with the message of the Second Vatican Council and the teaching of the Church.”

The most disturbing report comes from luncheon participant Brian Stiller, Global Ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance, who alleged on the WEA blog that Pope Francis said:

“I’m not interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism. I want people to find Jesus in their own community.  There are so many doctrines we will never agree on. Let’s not spend our time on those. Rather, let’s be about showing the love of Jesus.”

It is clear to me from reading the reactions of many that it’s necessary for all concerned to take a step back to separate the facts from the allegations; what we know from mere speculation, what is likely from what is unlikely, etc. For instance:

- We DO NOT KNOW if the Holy Father is working on a joint declaration of unity with evangelical Protestants.

- We DO KNOW that Pope Francis believes that unity with heretics is possible apart from their conversion.

- We DO NOT KNOW if Fr. Rosica’s comments are as close to an official response as we can expect.

- We DO KNOW that in the matter of “authentic” ecumenism, “perfect harmony” does not exist between the teaching of the Church and the Second Vatican Council, much less the “Holy Father’s passion.”

- We DO NOT KNOW if the topic of religious diversity came up during the meeting in question.

- We DO KNOW that Pope Francis considers religious diversity a gift.

- We DO NOT KNOW if the quote attributed to Pope Francis by Brian Stiller is accurate.

- We DO KNOW that Pope Francis has little time for safeguarding the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine and even less interest in converting heretics.

At this, the point should be fairly obvious.

In the end, as troubling as these reports about the Holy Father’s meeting with the evangelical Protestants may be, they tell us nothing whatsoever about this pope, or about the terrible crisis in the Church of which he is an active agent, that hasn’t been known for quite some time.

Think about it:

It used to be borderline amusing to sarcastically say, “Newsflash: The pope is Catholic” whenever the media would report with feigned surprise some reaffirmation of Catholic teaching offered by the Roman Pontiff.

Today, it really is news when the present pope speaks well in defense of the true faith.

As for those occasions when the Bishop of Rome speaks and behaves like a modernist, or demonstrates an utter lack of concern for the mission of the Holy Catholic Church, or shows open disdain for her venerable traditions?

Well, that’s just Jorge being Jorge; the very same man elected by the College of Cardinals to put the brakes on whatever momentum toward tradition might dare to make its influence felt in the Church following the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI.

In conclusion:

- We DO NOT KNOW if there exists in the Church today even one Cardinal with the wherewithal to call on Pope Francis to refute the many occasions of scandal his words and deeds have invited by demanding that he make an unambiguous and public statement affirming his acceptance of the totality of the Holy Catholic faith.

- We DO KNOW that the time for such a Cardinal to stand up in defense of the Lord’s flock has long since arrived.

Catholic Identity Conference

11. July, 2014Blog Post19 comments

CIC 2013Bishop Athanasius Schneider said in a recent interview, “‘Now we are, I would say, in the fourth great crisis, in a tremendous confusion over doctrine and liturgy,” with the others being the Arian crisis, the 10th century string of immoral popes, and the years of papal exile in Avignon.

I think most readers of this space would agree with Bishop Schneider’s assessment; we are living in the midst of a great crisis in the Church, one that is often and rightly called a Catholic identity crisis.

How does a faithful Catholic respond to such a crisis? By taking steps to recapture their stolen identity.

Enter the Catholic Identity Conference 2014: The Old Evangelization: Restoring Liturgy, Mission and Catholic Tradition

I’m delighted to say that yours truly will be among the speakers at this year’s conference, and even more thrilled to say that I’ll be joined by an esteemed group of others including:

• Dr. John Rao
• Michael Matt of The Remnant
• John Vennari of Catholic Family News
• Christopher Ferrara
• James Vogel from Angelus Press
• Kenneth Wolfe of Rorate Caeli
• Michael Brendan Doughtery from The American Conservative

This is third annual Catholic Identity Conference (the image above taken at last year’s conference) and will be taking place at the Weirton Holiday Inn in Weirton, WV beginning Friday, September 12th at 6:30 pm with a celebration of the Traditional Mass, concluding on Sunday September 14th at noon.

Topics for this year’s conference include:

• “Giving the Devil His Due, the Problems with the Old Evangelization”,
• “Mass Hypocrisy: Redefining ‘Traditionalist’ in the Image and Likeness of the Neo-Catholic”
• “Modernism and the New Evangelization”,
• “The Mission of the Church vis-à-vis the Kingship of Christ as Illuminated by Pius XI in Quas Primas
• “Vatican II-ism: How an Ideology Has Eclipsed the Faith”
• “A Cause for Hope: the Experiment of Tradition Around the World”
• “Promoting the Old Evangelization While Using a New Computer”
• “Bad Liturgical Reform and the Good God’s Response—Biblical Reasons for Hope During Tribulation”.

(Any guesses as to which is the topic of my presentation?) Honestly, with the lineup of speakers at this event, I’m looking forward as much to listening and learning as I am to speaking.

Please, share this information with your contacts and if at all possible make plans to attend.

For more information or to register click here or call (304) 723-6343.