Modernists and the Synod: Attacking Tradition and Ecclesiastical Authority
This post is part five in a series of posts on the Synod of the Family and Modernism. Read part four here.
As we are in the final week of the Synod on the Family, we look at the last excerpt from Pope St. Pius X’s encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis (on Modernism).
Q. Contrast the conduct of the Modernists toward the Catholic champion with the methods displayed toward their own partisans?
A. While in flagrant contrast with this policy toward Catholics, they load with constant praise the writers who range themselves on their side, hailing their works, exuding novelty in every page, with choruses of applause.
If you have read me regularly leading up to and throughout the Synod on the Family, then you likely know where I will be going with this section. As we know, Walter Cardinal Kasper has been in favor of allowing the divorced, remarried, and actively homosexual to receive Holy Communion for quite some time. This is not new. This has been known for several decades. He is a Modernist through and through and has quite a bit of support from a number of the Cardinals.
What was even more surprising was the support he received from Pope Francis. Pope Francis stated specifically that the theology Cardinal Kasper proposed was “serene” and “an example of doing theology from one’s knees”. The theology that Cardinal Kasper proposed has already been condemned by Our Lord Jesus Christ. This can not be changed or negotiated. Those who are living in mortal sin, regardless of the sin, can not receive The Holy Eucharist. They must repent and remove themselves from the situation that puts them in their state of mortal sin. Until they amend their lives, they can not receive.
Q. How do the Modernists gage the learning of an author?
A. For them the scholarship of a writer is in direct proportion to the recklessness of his attacks on antiquity, and of his efforts to undermine Tradition and the ecclesiastical magisterium.
Q. When a Modernist falls under the condemnations of the Church, are his fellows bold enough to support him?
A. When one of their number falls under the condemnations of the Church the rest of them, to the horror of good Catholics, gather round him, heap public praise upon him, venerate him almost as a martyr to truth.
Continuing from above, we see that Pope Francis has indeed praised Cardinal Kasper for his outright attacks on Catholic teaching. What makes it even worse is the other attacks Pope Francis himself has made upon the Holy Catholic Church. This past weekend, Pope Francis called for the decentralization of the Church and allowing local bishops’ conferences the freedom to determine how they will handle the “solutions” for administering the Holy Eucharist to divorced, remarried, and actively homosexuals.
Considering Catholic teaching is crystal clear, I will spell it out for those who don’t understand. You can’t receive the Eucharist if you are in mortal sin. Doing so will compound even more mortal sin on your soul and will lead you to Hell if you die. If a Bishop or priest gives you permission to receive with mortal sin on your soul, he is damning his soul and yours. No priest or bishop has the ability to the authority to change a mortal sin.
By Pope Francis’ actions, we can see that he is no champion of the Catholic faith. Continue to fast and pray. Psalm 108:8.