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Amoris Laetitia

All of the posts under the "Amoris Laetitia" category.

Filial Corrections and the Refusal of Clarity

After a much-needed hiatus, the lack of writing in my life has left me feeling guilty. It’s not that I don’t have anything to write about, rather, there is almost too much to write about and not enough time to even make a dent into it. Between my interests of highlighting what is occurring in the world of Church politics as well as combating the errors both minor and major that are promulgated by clergy within the Church, there is just too much to write about and not enough time.

That said, I don’t think I can sit by much longer. With the 100-year anniversary of Fatima looming ever closer, the Pope receiving a Filial correction which hasn’t occurred since the papacy of Pope John XXII, and the rise of heretical Jesuit priests (the Jesuits need to be suppressed), idly sitting by is no longer an option.

While I obviously can’t comment on all things, nor can I write every single article that needs to be written in the blink of an eye, I can at least make a small dent. In the grand scheme of things, I can write the amount that I am supposed to write, and that is all that I can do.

For those who are unaware, a document has been made public over the weekend, signed by 62 Catholics consisting of both theologians and clergy, offering a correction to Pope Francis’ document Amoris Laetitia. I’ve seen some Catholics dismiss this simply because one of the signatories is Bishop Fellay of the SSPX and using this document to further the fallacious arguments that the SSPX is in schism.

The SSPX is not in schism; they are in a canonical irregular status with valid sacraments of baptism, confession, and Mass. If they were truly in schism, none of their sacraments would be valid. They have only proclaimed Catholicism as it has always been preached. Meanwhile, you have uber-liberal and heretical priests like Fr. James Martin, S.J. who receives promotions within the hierarchy.

Going back to the discussion at hand, I don’t think that much will happen from Rome with regards to this correction. Pope Francis received this correction six weeks ago and had yet to respond to it, much like many of the other corrections which have crossed his desk. The only reason this document has been made public is due to Pope Francis’ refusal to respond to it in private, again, much like the other correction and Dubia he has already received.

The Pope will continue, much as he has during the entirety of his pontificate, lambasting those who adhere to Catholicism and promoting the heretics and schismatics who refuse to leave our Church. Pope Francis will eventually cause a schism within the Church, though he will be leading the wrong side. Many will continue to follow him because he will refuse to step down and by all outward appearances, the schismatics will appear to be the Catholics, and the Catholics will seem to be schismatics.

If the Pope promotes heresy, is formally condemned, and refuses to recant his heresy then he will cease to be the Pope and thus not worthy to be followed, even if by all outward appearances he is considered the Pope by many, which he will.

We haven’t seen heresy infect the Church this bad since Arianism, in which many within the Church followed that awful heresy. Thankfully, there were some who had the gall to stand against this heresy and continue to preach the faith, including St. Nicholas and St. Athanasius. Let us pray to these wonderful saints and ask them to assist us during this time. Remember to stay close to the sacraments and to always live according to the eternal Truth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jeff September 26, 2017 1 Comment Permalink

Heretical Garbage; For Research Purposes Only

Some time ago, I came across an image of a rubber stamp that said “Heretical Garbage; For Research Purposes Only.” You can use this stamp to mark any books you have that are heretical with it, that way you can have these books safely on your shelf without any worry.

I tried looking on the internet for this stamp but couldn’t really find one, at least nothing affordable. So I decided to make a version that is affordable and allows you to pick whichever size you want.

Over at the Traditional Roman Catholic Thoughts Zazzle Store, you can find this rubber stamp is six different sizes and styles. You can also click on the below image if you’d like to go directly to the page and view it.

heretical garbage

This stamp would make an excellent gift for yourself or a friend who has a lot of books they don’t want to get rid of necessarily. It would be great to use for Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia or those Matthew Kelly books, specifically Rediscover Jesus.

Jeff January 12, 2017 2 Comments Permalink

How Accurate Was I In 2016?

With 2016 behind us, it is time for me to look at how well my predictions were for the last year.

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1. Pope Francis will announce his abdication from the throne of St. Peter to be effective in 2017.

Obviously, this didn’t happen, although interestingly enough, Cardinal Burke, along with several other Cardinals issued Pope Francis a Dubia, which the Pope has yet to respond. So, while the Pope himself did not move in any direction to leave his office, it seems like some in the Church might be moving in that direction.

2. Pope Francis will release his Apostolic Exhortation in January. This Exhortation, which will be written based on the findings of the two Synod of the Family, will have wording that will make it allowable for those who are divorced, remarried, or engaging in homosexual behavior, to receive Holy Communion, based on their “conscience.”

Pope Francis released Amoris Laetitia in April, so wrong on the release date. The exhortation used the findings of the two Synods on the Family and did indeed have wording that allows for the divorced, remarried, or those engaging in homosexual behavior to receive Holy Communion. Argentinian bishops have “interpreted” the writings in this way, and Pope Francis has stated that there is “no other interpretation.” This exhortation prompted the Dubia from Cardinal Burke.

3. The new Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis will be in the mold of former Archbishop Harry Flynn.

Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Bernard Hebda to replace Archbishop John Neinstedt. So far, it would appear that he is not in the mold of Archbishop Flynn, but neither is he in the mold of Archbishop Neinstedt. He seems to be somewhere in the middle from what I have been able to gather thus far. It will be interesting to see his episcopate unfolds in the coming years.

4. The new Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis will be against tradition and will work to undermine the progress of the FSSP, the TLM community, and the progress the seminary has made.

Completely and utterly wrong, thankfully. When I predicted this, I thought we would get a bishop similar to that of now Cardinal Cupich of Chicago, who is a sworn enemy of tradition and the extraordinary form. Thankfully, we dodged a bullet.

5. Hilary Clinton will be elected president of the United States.

Thank God I was wrong on this one. I honestly thought Hillary would win a year ago. Though, once Donald Trump won the nomination and the scandals began to break from the Clinton camp, I changed my mind and thought she would lose. I completely forgot about this prediction.

6. I will blog more than The Old Evangelization.

TRCT – 36
TOE – 5

Overall score: 1.5/6

Jeff January 5, 2017 Leave A Comment Permalink

Pope Francis Could Learn Some Social Media Skills From Donald Trump

“Pope Francis just doesn’t understand the media.”

“Pope Francis’ handlers are sheltering him; he doesn’t realize the media is tampering his message.”

“The media is translating Pope Francis incorrectly, and he doesn’t know this.”

Donald Trump Twitter

These excuses have riddled the papacy of Pope Francis for almost four years now, and I don’t think they can be applicable any longer, mostly because Pope Francis has a way to issue clarifications which he chooses not to use. One of these tools is Twitter.

Pope Francis has 10.1 million followers on his English Twitter account alone. Most of his tweets are, to be honest, pretty sappy. While they do have an element of truth to them, they contain mostly buzzwords that are popular in the Church today; mercy, encounter, dialogue, witness, and all that jazz.

pope francis computer

Pope Francis is also known to read the La Repubblica on a daily basis. He has said that it is his favorite paper. La Repubblica is a very liberal publication, comparable to the New York Times.

To say that he does not know what the media is saying seems illogical to me, simply because he is reading what the media says about him daily. If there were inaccuracies, he could easily recant them by having the Vatican Press Office issue a statement affirming what he meant. He also could use that Twitter account to set the record straight.

We can compare him to President-elect Donald Trump. Before the weekend, many news outlets were reporting that Trump was planning to work on his show “The Apprentice” during his spare time.

However, Trump took to his Twitter page to immediately condemn the reporting and state that he is not working on “The Apprentice” squashing any rumors to the contrary.

This is quite the move on Trump’s part, having a direct line of communication with the American people and setting the record straight when the media won’t. Additionally, he has also been using Twitter to inform the American people on when he will announce his cabinet. For four years, Francis has seldom issued any retractions or corrections by himself or through his press office.

Logically we are left with only a couple of options as to why we see this behavior from Pope Francis.

One, he is truly being held captive. I find this difficult to believe, considering he is the Pope and he could easily issue corrections through Twitter, the Press Office, his audiences, his homilies, etc.

Two, he doesn’t think it’s as bad as it appears, which I also find to be highly unlikely, given that La Repubblica publishes articles on him on a daily basis that if erroneous, should be corrected immediately. I know if someone were publishing daily articles that represented me in a false light, I would issue some form of a statement offering a correction. Additionally, I wouldn’t continually do interviews with journalists who “don’t get my side of the story straight.” These interviews are sent to Pope Francis for approval before La Repubblica publishes them, and Pope Francis reads them when they are printed. These interviews are then posted on the Vatican website.

Three, what we are reading is the truth, and he is fine with that. This third option is likely the real reason why there has not been any clarification given by the Holy Father. What we are reading and seeing is what is happening, and is not the fault of the media, the translators, the Pope’s caretakers or anyone else but the Pope himself.

With the growing amount of criticism with regards to the heresies issued within Amoris Laetitia and Pope Francis ignoring the Dubia given by Cardinal Burke and three other Cardinals, it is becoming increasingly obvious that Pope Francis is content with the confusion being caused by his statements. His right-hand men have spent their time attacking these holy cardinals and question their faith, implying that they should be stripped of their hats (why these men have hats is beyond me).

In hindsight, when Pope Francis told those present at World Youth Day in Rio in 2013 to “make a mess,” he wasn’t speaking to the faithful, but rather, to the unfaithful. And that is precisely what Pope Francis has made in these four years, a mess.

Jeff December 12, 2016 1 Comment Permalink

Only The Last 50 Years of Catholicism Matters

For some time now, I have argued that the majority of Catholics view the Church as only being relevant since the Second Vatican Council. So much so, I wrote a parody article explaining how the Church was founded in 1963 when the Holy Spirit descended upon those present at Vatican 2.

We can see evidence of this when we analyze the footnotes of documents that mainstream Catholic authors, as well as the Vatican, has released over the last couple of decades. The number of citations we see to only post-conciliar popes and Vatican 2, in comparison with the number of citations before Vatican 2 demonstrates that many prelates are only looking for examples that go as far back as 1963. Yes, some of these citations do include references to Sacred Scripture, as well as to some saints such as St. Thomas Aquinas.

Lest we forget, St. Thomas Aquinas lived from 1225-1274 and is a Doctor of the Church. His masterpiece The Summa Theologica is considered to be the go-to book on all things theology and Catholic thought. St. Thomas Aquinas’ work has been so influential that his process for thinking out issues was named “Thomistic”, and many Popes declared that his work is the prime example of how Catholics should approach their education.

To better illustrate my point, Donald Cardinal Wuerl released a graphic the other day in which he discusses the number of citations Pope Francis uses in Amoris Laetitia that point back to the pontificates of previous popes.

Pontifical Continuity

Based on Cardinal Wuerl’s graphic, we see that there is a total of 107 citations. Of those 107 citations, only 14 or 13% of them are to St. Thomas Aquinas. 87% of the citations are from the last 50 years of a 2,000-year-old religion. If we are to believe Cardinal Wuerl, then 87% of Pope Francis’ citations are from the last 2.5% of Catholicism’s life-span. Surely there weren’t a few more points that couldn’t have been taken from the vast majority of our faith? You would be hard-pressed to find any document written in the last 50 years that would have even a 50:50 ratio of pre-Vatican 2 to post-Vatican 2 citations (excluding the documents of the Second Vatican Council, of course).

Even more alarming is how the majority of the quotes which are obtained from Pope St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio are taken severely out of context. The same can be said about the quotations taken from St. Thomas Aquinas. Both LMSChairman and the Remnant published articles detailing how Pope Francis misrepresented both of these saints in Amoris Laetitia.

When prelates use only a subset of the Magisterium of the Church while formulating documents, it certainly lends credit to the common misconception that the Church’s teachings were changed (Spoiler: some of them were) during the Second Vatican Council. For the Hermeneutic of Continuity to be true, you would expect that all of the unchanging teachings of the Church be used, not just those that further the agenda of the enemies who have put themselves into prominent positions.

Jeff May 1, 2016 2 Comments Permalink

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