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Cardinal Danneels Admits To Being Part of “Mafia” Opposing Pope Benedict

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Pope Francis has boarded his plane in Philadelphia and is en route to the Vatican, though he is likely back home by the time you read this. I wanted to bring up a story that came out on Thursday. With all of the Papal news that came out during Pope Francis’ trip to the United States, I wanted to make sure we start the week out with this story, as it is of utmost importance, especially with the Synod of the Family only a week away. Edward Pentin writes over at the National Catholic Register:

Further serious concerns are being raised about Cardinal Godfried Danneels, one of the papal delegates chosen to attend the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family, after the archbishop emeritus of Brussels confessed this week to being part of a radical “mafia” reformist group opposed to Benedict XVI.

 

It was also revealed this week that he once wrote a letter to the Belgium government favoring same-sex “marriage” legislation because it ended discrimination against LGBT groups.

 

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The Vatican listed him second in importance out of 45 delegates personally chosen by Pope Francis to participate in the upcoming meeting. He also took part in last year’s Extraordinary Synod as a papal delegate.

 

At the launch of the book in Brussels this week, the cardinal said he was part of a secret club of cardinals opposed to Pope Benedict XVI.

 

He called it a “mafia” club that bore the name of St. Gallen. The group wanted a drastic reform of the Church, to make it “much more modern”, and for Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to head it. The group, which also comprised Cardinal Walter Kasper and the late Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, has been documented in Austen Ivereigh’s biography of Pope Francis, The Great Reformer.

Even more shocking is this news is coming from the authorized biography about Godfried Cardinal Danneels. Moreso, Cardinal Danneels admits on video that he was a part of a mafia to oust Pope Benedict.

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This appears to conflict with what Pope St. John Paul II wrote in Universi Dominici Gregis:

79. Confirming the prescriptions of my Predecessors, I likewise forbid anyone, even if he is a Cardinal, during the Pope’s lifetime and without having consulted him, to make plans concerning the election of his successor, or to promise votes, or to make decisions in this regard in private gatherings.

 

80. In the same way, I wish to confirm the provisions made by my Predecessors for the purpose of excluding any external interference in the election of the Supreme Pontiff. Therefore, in virtue of holy obedience and under pain of excommunication latae sententiae, I again forbid each and every Cardinal elector, present and future, as also the Secretary of the College of Cardinals and all other persons taking part in the preparation and carrying out of everything necessary for the election, to accept under any pretext whatsoever, from any civil authority whatsoever, the task of proposing the veto or the so-called exclusiva, even under the guise of a simple desire, or to reveal such either to the entire electoral body assembled together or to individual electors, in writing or by word of mouth, either directly and personally or indirectly and through others, both before the election begins and for its duration. I intend this prohibition to include all possible forms of interference, opposition and suggestion whereby secular authorities of whatever order and degree, or any individual or group, might attempt to exercise influence on the election of the Pope.

 

81. The Cardinal electors shall further abstain from any form of pact, agreement, promise or other commitment of any kind which could oblige them to give or deny their vote to a person or persons. If this were in fact done, even under oath, I decree that such a commitment shall be null and void and that no one shall be bound to observe it; and I hereby impose the penalty of excommunication latae sententiae upon those who violate this prohibition. It is not my intention however to forbid, during the period in which the See is vacant, the exchange of views concerning the election.

 

82. I likewise forbid the Cardinals before the election to enter into any stipulations, committing themselves of common accord to a certain course of action should one of them be elevated to the Pontificate. These promises too, should any in fact be made, even under oath, I also declare null and void.

 

83. With the same insistence shown by my Predecessors, I earnestly exhort the Cardinal electors not to allow themselves to be guided, in choosing the Pope, by friendship or aversion, or to be influenced by favour or personal relationships towards anyone, or to be constrained by the interference of persons in authority or by pressure groups, by the suggestions of the mass media, or by force, fear or the pursuit of popularity. Rather, having before their eyes solely the glory of God and the good of the Church, and having prayed for divine assistance, they shall give their vote to the person, even outside the College of Cardinals, who in their judgment is most suited to govern the universal Church in a fruitful and beneficial way.

Taking all of this in, and taking Cardinal Danneels for his own word, it makes one wonder if the abdication of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is indeed valid or not. Also interesting is Cardinal Danneels has been placed in a high post at the Synod of the Family. Not only is he for gay marriage and adultery, but he was partially responsible for the abdication of Pope Benedict.

We are left with a few questions. If this Cardinal is against the family, then why is he given the number two spot on the Synod? If he indeed was a part of ousting Pope Benedict and violated Universi Dominici Gregis in order to elect Pope Francis, why would he admit all of this now, just one and a half weeks (at the time of the announcement) from the Synod of the Family? If Pope Benedict was indeed forced to resign, then is he still our Pope?

This bombshell is a lot to process and it is scary to think of the ramifications for it’s implications. I await to hear more about this story as it develops, and will report more when I have more information. I am aware that a statement came out shortly after the breaking of this story saying that it was in error, but the fact still remains that there is video evidence of Cardinal Danneels admitting to it all. And that is where we need to find out more information.

Jeff September 28, 2015 3 Comments Permalink

Legitimate Criticism of the Pope

With Pope Francis’ trip to Cuba and the United States, it has come to my attention that Pope worship, or Papolatry, is at a record high. Many of these Catholics who are guilty of Papolatry are responding rather negatively about those who are criticizing Pope Francis’ actions, in regards to his public speeches, as well as his general conduct. A year ago I wrote in some length about how the Pope is not infallible when it comes to anything he does off-the-cuff or outside of the realm of teaching faith and morals as long as it is done with respect to the office of the Papacy and charitably. You can read that here.

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This week I have been bombarded with accusations saying that I am not a good Catholic due my criticisms and disagreements with Pope Francis. One accusation that was thrown my way was that I was “being an unfaithful son of the Church”. It struck me as odd that criticizing the Pope’s words, especially when he is speaking of his own personal opinions (read: not official Catholic teaching) is considered being an unfaithful son. Even more ironic is that more often than not, you can find Pope Francis’ speeches actually conflict with Catholic thinking regardless if his predecessors Popes John Paul II or Benedict XVI performed the same actions or speeches.

I, as a faithful son of the Church, am to reject heresy, no matter who utters it. I imagine these papolaters would have been the first in line to criticize St. Paul when he criticized Pope St. Peter, St. Catherine of Siena when she criticized Pope Gregory XI or St. Athanasius when he fought tooth and nail against Arianism, even being excommunicated for doing so.

While I’m not a saint, to say that no-one can criticize the Pope is an error that is proven wrong by the aforementioned saints. They saw heresy and fought it. This pontificate is riddled with error and Modernism. To argue otherwise demonstrates a lack of knowledge of Catholic teaching and a lack of understanding of Dogma and Doctrine.

We have a Pope who claims to defend the Family, yet is inviting mostly the enemies of the Family and the Church to the Synod. He proudly announces how “serene” Cardinal Kasper’s theology is and how it’s an example of doing “theology on one’s knees”.

We are in odd times, and to falsely proclaim that we can’t point this out is willful ignorance and promotion of error. These individuals may call me a poor son of the Church, but I won’t ever stop pointing out the errors of this pontificate. I will not tolerate error.

Continue to fight against error. We have 2,000 years of Church teaching to stem from, not the last 50 years or even worse, the last two and a half. Jesus Christ is unchanging. If you encounter a teaching that is contrary to what Jesus has given, then you can be assured that it is incorrect, no matter who says it, including the Pope.

Jeff September 27, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

Modernists and the Synod: Attacks Against Tradition

This post is part three in a series of posts on the Synod of the Family and Modernism. Read part two here.

The Synod of the Family inches ever closer. We must remember to spend our time in prayer and fasting for this event. We are in the fourth greatest crisis of the Church, according to Bishop Athanasius Schneider. Bishops, Cardinals, and even the Pope are speaking openly about the need for Church teaching to change. Many in attendance at the Synod are in favor of allowing the divorced, remarried, and openly homosexual to receive the Holy Eucharist, without amending their lives. This is scandalous to hear from those who have been ordained to safeguard Christ’s teachings with their very lives.

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Pope St. Pius X authored the encyclical Pascendi Domini Grecis, or “On Modernism”. He examines how the enemies of the Church are working to corrupt her teachings. Without further ado, we continue:

Q. In their war against scholastic philosophy, how do the Modernists deal with the second obstacle, as they call Tradition?

A. They exercise all their ingenuity in diminishing the force and falsifying the character of Tradition, so as to rob it of all its weight.

We see in regards to the Synod of the Family how the Modernist and heretical bishops are trying to frame the perspective of traditional marriage, as unloving, unkind, or even bigoted towards those who have divorced, remarried or actively engage in homosexual activity. They frame the narrative in such a way that Tradition becomes a negative ideal. Tradition becomes an ideal worse than any other sin, and those who cling to it are enemies. Words are said such as “God is a God of surprises”, to imply that even God doesn’t cling to Tradition.

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The Church which Jesus Christ instituted and gave the authority to establish Tradition is no longer in charge of determining what is and isn’t Tradition and that the Holy Spirit is moving hearts and minds. Of course, this is nonsensical as Jesus Christ, Who is the same yesterday as He is today and as He is tomorrow, would not change His mind. The Holy Spirit, Who is One with God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son, would not change His mind.

Tradition is an element of Catholicism that is of supreme importance because Tradition helps us to see that the Holy Catholic Church is indeed the One Church in which Jesus Christ established. With the Church’s unchanging stance on many issues over the course of 2,000 years, it shows that God is indeed with this Church, as the average Protestant church changes its mind depending on who its pastor is.

Tradition is important to our Catholic faith, as we will see declared in both the Council of Nicea and the Council of Constantinople below.

Q. In speaking of Tradition, what law of the second Council of Nicea should true Catholics have in mind?

A. But for Catholics the second Council of Nicea will always have the force of law, where it condemns those who dare, after the impious fashions of heretics, to deride the ecclesiastical traditions, to invent novelties of some kind … or endeavor by malice or craft to overthrow any one of the legitimate traditions of the Catholic Church.

Q. Give the law of the fourth Council of Constantinople on Tradition?

A. Catholics will hold for law, also, the profession of the fourth Council of Constantinople: We, therefore, profess to conserve and guard the rules bequeathed to the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church by the Holy and most illustrious Apostles, by the orthodox Councils, both general and local, and by every one of those divine interpreters, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church.

The bishops and cardinals who are in favor of changing doctrine in order to allow the divorced, remarried, and actively homosexual to receive Holy Communion without repentance, penance, and amending their lives have been condemned by the Church through both of these councils, which are still in full effect today. Tradition is not the enemy, but novelty is, as novelty by its nature deviates from Tradition. In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul warns us of those who try to deviate from the tradition which is handed down from us:

Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark them who make dissensions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them. For they that are such, serve not Christ our Lord, but their own belly; and by pleasing speeches and good words, seduce the hearts of the innocent. For your obedience is published in every place. I rejoice therefore in you. But I would have you to be wise in good, and simple in evil. Romans 16:17-19 DR

Only the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church and Our Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, are worthy to be followed. Anything that deviates from these teachings is not of God, but of His adversary, the Devil.

Read part four here.

Jeff September 25, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

Modernists and the Synod: Intellectual Causes

This post is part two in a series of posts on the Synod of the Family and Modernism. Read part one here.

The Synod of the Family inches ever closer. We must remember to spend our time in prayer and fasting for this event. We are in the fourth greatest crisis of the Church, according to Bishop Athanasius Schneider. Bishops, Cardinals, and even the Pope are speaking openly about the need for Church teaching to change. Many in attendance at the Synod are in favor of allowing the divorced, remarried, and openly homosexual to receive the Holy Eucharist, without amending their lives. This is scandalous to hear from those who have been ordained to safeguard Christ’s teachings with their very lives.

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Pope St. Pius X authored the encyclical Pascendi Domini Grecis, or “On Modernism”. He examines how the enemies of the Church are working to corrupt her teachings. Without further ado, we continue:

Q. Surely you do not stigmatize Modernists, those men who pose as Doctors of the Church, as ignorant men?

A. Yes, these very Modernists who pose as Doctors of the Church, who puff out their cheeks when they speak of modern philosophy, and show such contempt for scholasticism, have embraced the one with all its false glamor because their ignorance of the other has left them without the means of being able to recognize confusion of thought, and to refute sophistry.

We see the majority of bishops and Cardinals at the Synod of the Family ready to change Church teaching. They puff out their cheeks with statements like “families have changed in the modern world”, or even:

“As these situations especially affect children, we are aware of a greater urgency to foster a true welcome for these families in our communities. For how can we encourage these parents to raise their children in the Christian life, to give them an example of Christian faith, if we keep them at arm’s length? I am especially grateful to the many pastors, guided by my Predecessors, who have worked diligently to let these families know they are still a part of the Church.” -Pope Francis, 5 August Wednesday Audience

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This attitude about how the world is different and thus we need “new avenues of creativity when it comes to families” is rooted in modern philosophy. It is not logical, nor is it Catholic to change Church teaching in order to be more inclusive for those who refuse to repent and amend their lives. Part of following Christ is indeed to take up your cross and follow Him (c.f. Matthew 16:24, Luke 9:23), but also to repent of our sins and to turn to God, for indeed the end is near (c.f. Matthew 4:17). To change Church doctrine to allow the unrepentant to receive the Holy Eucharist in a state of mortal sin is damaging to the soul of the sinner as warned by St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:27-29:

Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.

Scholasticism, as defined by the Concise Catholic Dictionary of 1943 is “the thought of Christian philosophers and theologians originating in the ninth century. It developed a characteristic method of investigation and exposition of thought applied to both philosophy and theology, and showed the relationship of philosophy and theology. It reached its height in the thirteenth century, and its greatest propounder was St. Thomas Aquinas. Scholastic theology unfolds and vindicates the conclusions deduced from dogmas by theologians.”

Pope Leo XIII, in his encyclical Aeterni Patris, urged for the return of scholastic thinking:

15. “And, indeed, the knowledge and use of so salutary a science, which flows from the fertilizing founts of the sacred writings, the sovereign Pontiffs, the holy Fathers and the councils, must always be of the greatest assistance to the Church, whether with the view of really and soundly understanding and interpreting the Scriptures, or more safely and to better purpose reading and explaining the Fathers, or for exposing and refuting the various errors and heresies; and in these late days, when those dangerous times described by the Apostle are already upon us, when the blasphemers, the proud, and the seducers go from bad to worse, erring themselves and causing others to err, there is surely a very great need of confirming the dogmas of Catholic faith and confuting heresies.”

Scholasticism allows for understanding and properly interpreting scripture, understanding the fathers and councils of the Church, and to combat heresy and error. We see that scholasticism’s greatest strength is combating error as the enemies of the Church are always trying to introduce their errors into her thinking, much like we are witnessing today.

The aforementioned attitudes of modern philosophy are in conflict with scholasticism as modern philosophy is rooted in error. However, these bishops enjoy the glamour of modern philosophy, as the world is enchanted by it. The world promises riches and praise when adoption of its policies is adopted. Due to their ignorance of scholasticism, they fail to realize the errors and heresies of modern philosophy. Thus, they are unable to realize their error and instead proclaim these errors as truth. Continue to fast and pray, as we are indeed in dark times. Dare we hope that Pope Francis will uphold Church teaching?

Jeff September 23, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

Modernists and the Synod: Pride

With the Synod of the Family looming only two weeks away, it is crucial that we spend this time focusing all of our energy and prayers on this event. Never in the history of the Church have we been in such a crisis as we are today. Bishops, Cardinals, and even the Pope are speaking openly about the need for Church teaching to change. The majority of prelates in attendance at this Synod is in favor of allowing the divorced, remarried, and openly homosexual to receive the Holy Eucharist, without amending their lives. This is a truly wicked and evil perversion and scandalous to be hearing from those who have been ordained to safeguard Christ’s teachings with their very lives.

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After spending some time with the Catechism of Modernism, a catechism written using Pope St. Pius X’s encyclical Pascendi Domini Grecis,  few paragraphs stuck out to me as being related to what we are currently witnessing in the Church today, especially what will be present at the Synod of the Family. Over the course of the next two weeks leading up to the Synod, as well as the two weeks of the Synod, I would like to continually bring these nuggets of gold into focus, and apply them to the statements and actions we are witnessing coming out of Rome.

Q. Can you describe that pride which fills the Modernist?

A. It is pride which fills Modernists with that confidence in themselves and leads them to hold themselves up as the rule for all, pride which puffs them up with that vainglory which allows them to regard themselves as the sole possessors of knowledge, and makes them say, inflated with presumption, ‘We are not as the rest of men’, and which, to make them really not as other men, leads them to embrace all kinds of the most absurd novelties; it is pride which rouses in them the spirit of disobedience, and causes them to demand a compromise between authority and liberty; it is pride that makes of them the reformers of others, while they forget to reform themselves, and which begets their absolute want of respect for authority, not excepting the supreme authority.

At the Synod we see these prelates are confident in themselves and hold themselves up as the rule for all. Walter Cardinal Kasper, for example, has been touted by Pope Francis as having “serene theology” and has even been commented as having done “theology from one’s knees”. Pope Francis has made Cardinal Kasper one of his right-hand men at the Synod. Cardinal Kasper believes that the teaching on administering Holy Communion to adulterers regardless of sexual orientation should be changed. So confident is this Prince of the Church, that he has gone on record as saying that he “speaks for the Pope”.

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Cardinal Kasper lambasted the African bishops and Cardinals who have been defending the Church’s teaching by saying that they “should not tell us too much what we have to do”. Through this attitude, we see that the Cardinal has puffed himself up and regards himself and like-minded prelates as the sole possessors of knowledge. By his words, he views himself and his companions as not being like the rest of men, and through this erroneous thinking has allowed them to embrace all kinds of absurd novelties.

When those faithful bishops and Cardinals present at the Synod of the Family in 2014 cited Pope St. John Paul II’s teachings on the family, the response given was that the sainted Pope’s teachings were too traditional. At the conclusion of the Synod, Pope Francis stated that “God isn’t afraid of new things” implying that those in opposition to the proposals put forth by the Synod to allow adulterers to receive the Holy Eucharist are not following what God wants. Pope Francis also stated that we can’t be too strict, nor too lax, but we need to find a compromise. Here we see an example of finding a compromise between authority (God’s law) and liberty (give adulterers Our Lord’s Body and Blood).

Finally, in all of this pride, we see their refusal to conform themselves to the will of God, and to the teachings of Him and His Spotless Bride, the Church. They seek the authority and approval of man and society, all along, ignoring the approval of the One Who they swore to serve, God.

We must pray that God’s law be upheld at this Synod of the Family. Read that sentence again. We are at a point in the history of the Church, that we must pray that the Church upholds Her teachings. Let that sink in. We can no longer trust the majority of the prelates to uphold Church teaching.

God, have mercy on us!
Blessed Louis and Azelie Martin, pray for us!

To read the next post in this series, please click here.

Jeff September 21, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

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