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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.”

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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.

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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

Amoris Laetitia, Heresy, and All Sorts of Juicy Error

I take a couple of weeks off from blogging, and it seems that all Hell has broken lose.

Now, I took a break because priorities in life had shifted a bit. We welcomed the birth of my daughter just a couple of weeks ago, so I have been busy. She was baptized a couple of days after her birth in the Traditional Rite.

It surprises me how much I have forgotten in just the short year and a half since my son was born. The immense innocence that they possess, not knowing anything really, completely dependent upon their mother and father for all of their needs. My son is already doing a lot on his own and beginning to get himself into trouble, though I admit he is unaware of it.

Having taken this time off from blogging has allowed me to think more of the direction I want to take this blog, and no, I won’t be blogging less, though who knows. Late last summer I was committed to publishing three articles a week, and for a while, I was able to do that. After some time, I got worn out, mostly because I always waited until the last minute and felt that I had to have something.

In my mind, the quality of my posts began to diminish some. They were rushed, they were sloppy, and a lot of times they weren’t properly thought out. That’s not to say all of them were that way, and maybe I’m too hard on myself.

I plan on continuing my writing and analysis on issues that are affecting the Church, including articles on combatting various heresies of our day, differing devotions and how they can help you live a holier life, and other articles meant to proclaim the goodness of Catholicism. I will continue to focus on the antics of Pope Francis, as every single day he does something contrary to Catholic teaching. And since the media stays focused on him, his antics are affecting billions of people. Many will argue to the contrary, but there are already many converts we have lost because they don’t see the need of being Catholic. We observe this with a lot of liberals who claim to “love Pope Francis” but wouldn’t dare become Catholic.

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Image courtesy of L’Osservatore Romano

In the last week alone, we’ve witnessed a disastrous Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, or a letter, which is composed of nearly 60,000 words. I don’t know about you, but if someone wrote me a 230 some odd page letter, I probably wouldn’t read it. This massive document opens up the door for the divorced, remarried, and homosexual to receive the Holy Eucharist. This is blasphemous.

Many Catholic pundits are arguing that Amoris Laetitia doesn’t open up the door in the slightest, which is why bishops such as Archbishop Cupich and the German Cardinals are praising it for being groundbreaking. Either these prelates had a massive conversion, or the document is error-ridden. I’ll place my bets on the latter.

Pope Francis has also sympathized with Judas, claimed that “persecution is the daily bread of the Church“, and scolded those who adhere to tradition, labeling them as Pharisees, because that horse hasn’t been beaten to death enough.

And just today, on his papal presser aboard the “Papal Interviews on a Papal Plane Aren’t Magisterial” plane, Pope Francis admits that the document opens up the door. Then proceeded to say that it isn’t a big deal. Because spending more than two years, two Synods, and writing a 60,000-word letter isn’t a “big deal.”

Pope Francis Papal Presser-AP

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He also accepted 12 Muslim migrants who will be staying at the Vatican. Apparently there were four Christians who were “late with their paperwork”. Right. He accepted the Muslims because they are “children of God,” which any Catholic with a 3rd-grade catechesis knows is heretical because only those who are baptized are Children of God, c.f. Galatians 3:26.

We are living in unprecedented times, times in which we have an openly heretical Pope and not a single priest, bishop, or cardinal who is willing to do a damn thing about it. No, not even Cardinal Burke is going to do anything about it, as he has already given suppressing fire for Amoris Laetitia. I do hope I’m wrong, but he won’t save us.

During this time, we need to stay close to the confessional. We need to be in the state of grace. In the last week, many earthquakes have been reported around the globe, much more than normal. God is not happy with what is going on with His Church.

Continue to pray for the Pope, the Church, your family, and friends. Live a good, holy life, pleasing to the Lord. If you have not done so, I encourage you to consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary, using St. Louis de Montfort’s method (not Fr. Gaitley’s watered down, wishy-washy method in which he barely discusses what it means to be consecrated).

Most importantly, learn the faith and defend it with your very life. It is getting rough out there, and there’s a good chance your home parish won’t even have your back when push comes to shove.

Jeff April 16, 2016 2 Comments Permalink

Cardinal Burke: Nancy Pelosi Should Be Denied Communion

It finally happened! Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura which is the highest judicial authority in the Catholic Church (aside from the Pope himself, of course), said that Nancy Pelosi, a firm advocate of abortion and homosexual marriage should be denied communion from here on out.

Let's Do All The Cardinals a Favor

Cardinal Burke says:

 Certainly this is a case when Canon 915 must be applied. This is a person who obstinately, after repeated admonitions, persists in a grave sin — cooperating with the crime of procured abortion — and still professes to be a devout Catholic. This is a prime example of what Blessed John Paul II referred to as the situation of Catholics who have divorced their faith from their public life and therefore are not serving their brothers and sisters in the way that they must — in safeguarding and promoting the life of the innocent and defenseless unborn, in safeguarding and promoting the integrity of marriage and the family.

What Congresswoman Pelosi is speaking of is not particular confessional beliefs or practices of the Catholic Church. It belongs to the natural moral law which is written on every human heart and which the Catholic Church obviously also teaches: that natural moral law which is so wonderfully illumined for us by Our Lord Jesus Christ by His saving teaching, but most of all by His Passion and death.

To say that these are simply questions of Catholic Faith which have no part in politics is just false and wrong. I fear for Congresswoman Pelosi if she does not come to understand how gravely in error she is. I invite her to reflect upon the example of St. Thomas More who acted rightly in a similar situation even at the cost of his life.

I find this to be great news as we have these rules in the Church for a reason, as it causes confusion amongst the faithful, and even causes confusion to those outside of the Church. Hopefully, Nancy Pelosi publicly repents and converts.

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Some thoughts I have though are, how come it took so long? Pope Francis made announcements yesterday about reform within the Curia. Thus far, Cardinal Burke has not been renewed his position. This isn’t to say that he won’t, but one has to wonder if Cardinal Burke may know something that we don’t, and is using the power that he currently has in order to cause some healing within the Church.

I’m still happy that Cardinal Burke did this, as it demonstrates the seriousness to profess being a part of the Catholic Church, yet, divorce yourself from her teachings and to publicly announce disagreement.

Maybe we will see more of this with other pro-abortion politicians.

Jeff September 25, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

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