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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

And so it begins.

Per the Pope's right-hand Jesuit and member of the inner circle

Father Antono Spadaro, the Italian Jesuit who was an influential figure in the meetings of the Synod on the Family, now writes that Pope Francis has removed all restrictions on the access of divorced and remarried Catholics to the sacraments.

Father Spadaro's controversial interpretation of Amoris Laetitia-- which appears to contradict the claims that the Pope made no major changes in Church teaching or discipline-- appears in Civilta Cattholica, the Jesuit journal that Father Spadaro edits. 

Civilta Cattholica is regarded as a semi-authoritative source because its contents are approved in advance by the Vatican Secretariat of State. Father Spadaro has worked closely with Pope Francis as adviser and translator, and reportedly helped to draft the apostolic exhortation.
In Asia's largest Catholic nation:
After collective discernment, your bishops will come up with more concrete guidelines on the implementation of the Apostolic Exhortation. But mercy cannot wait. Mercy should not wait. Even now, bishops and priests must open welcoming arms to those who have kept themselves out of the Church because of a sense of guilt and of shame. The laity must do no less. When our brothers and sisters who, because of broken relations, broken families and broken lives, stand timidly at the doors of our churches – and of our lives – unsure whether they are welcome or not, let us go out to meet them, as the Pope urges us to, and assure them that at the table of sinners at which the All-Holy Lord offers himself as food for the wretched, there is always room. O res mirabilis manducat Dominum pauper, servus et humilis…O wonderful reality that the poor, the slave and the lowly should partake of the Lord. This is a disposition of mercy, an openness of heart and of spirit that needs no law, awaits no guideline, nor bides on prompting. It can and should happen immediately.

Just in case you'd like to try to bullshit me and tell me that the Philippine Bishops aren't talking about the Eucharist...the Latin quote is from the Panis Angelicus of St. Thomas Aquinas himself. You know--the hymn the Angelic Doctor wrote for the Feast of Corpus Christi?

And right next door in Chicago:
Asked in what specific situations he would allow a divorced and remarried person to receive Communion, Cupich refused to rule anyone out.

“I wouldn’t exclude anyone,” he said. “I would like our pastors to have discussion in [sic] all of those folks who are in these kinds of situations. … I know in my experience as a pastor, if you’ve seen a marriage then you’ve seen one marriage. There is no instance that can be replicated. Every situation has its variables that are part of it.”
Now what? That's easy.

That which I was told in no uncertain terms was impossible must now be defended tooth and nail against faithless objectors. Papal Positivism requires no less.

We have always been at war with Eastasia.


  1. The left's Episcopalianization project for the Roman Catholic Church is a WHOLE lot farther along than I thought it was.

  2. It restarted in March 2013, and has been turning into an avalanche.

    They're just taking their cues from the top.

  3. I would recommend the Philippine bishops read St. Thomas' other work for Corpus Christi before they declare leading those living in sin to the altar rail to be 'merciful':

    "Sumunt boni, sumunt mali:
    sorte tamen inequaeli
    vitae vel interitus

    Mors est malis, vita bonis:
    vide paris sumptionis
    quam sit dispar exitus"

  4. In the novus ordo parish I attend when I'm too disorganized to get to the Byzantine-rite parish, they've simply stopped talking about Francis. One of the younger priests mentioned him in a sermon the other day, and that's the first I've heard in at least a year. I'm guessing about 1/3 of the parish clergy in this country are unhappy campers right now.

    I'd like to think we'll have a core of bishops who will resist the cabal in the Vatican to the face, but I'm not a fantasist.

    Vatican II was the occasion of tremendous damage to the Church in North America (and, one suspects, various other loci as well). This character won't be satisfied until most countries have levels of Mass attendance like that of France (and half of us are at SSPX services).

  5. "O Lord, my sins merit far greater chastisement than that which thou hast inflicted on me. We should even pray with St. Augustine, 'Burn, cut, spare not in this life, that thou mayest spare for eternity.' How frightful is the chastisement of the sinner of whom the Lord says: 'Let us have pity on the wicked, but he will not learn justice.' (Is. xxvi. 10.) Let us abstain from chastising the impious: as long as they remain in this life they will continue to live in sin, and shall thus be punished with eternal torments. On this passage St. Bernard says : 'Misericordiam hanc nolo, super omnem iram miseratio ista.' (Serin, xlii., in Cant.) Lord, I do not wish for such mercy, which is a chastisement that surpasses all chastisements."

    -St. Alphonsus Liguori (Sermons for all the Sundays in the Year, Sermon II)

  6. Oh sweet mother of...they're not even trying to PRETEND anymore.

  7. I am heartbroken. Traitors all.


  8. “I wouldn’t exclude anyone" How is this any difference than the U. S. Episcopal "Radical Inclusion"?

  9. What a lonely time this is in the visible Church--from Sybil Marshall