04 December 2017
Teachers According to Their Lusts
It can't get much worse. Except, as my brother says, when it does. We are on such a devastating trajectory here, a trajectory any Catholic of good will can see, though the speed is a variable we can only guess. As Our Lady herself said, only she can save us.
The big news of the weekend was the publication in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, the official Vatican way of promulgating official papal acts, of the execrable Buenos Aires bishops' pastoral guidelines implementing the execrable Amoris Laetitia in such a way as to execrably grant unrepentant, public adulterers access to the Most Blessed Sacrament, as well as the execrable formerly "private" letter of Francis approving this plan, and stating, execrably, that there are "no other interpretations" of the matter.
Is this manifest, pertinacious heresy? It sure seems like heresy to claim that the Divine Law is incapable of being followed. It sure seems wrong for the Church to encourage mortal sin and sacrilege. It sure contradicts the words of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World, and also contradicts the Scriptures and the constant teaching of the Church. Pertinacious? I am not a canon lawyer, nor am I a theologian. Thus, whether it be heresy or no, it does not change the duty of a Catholic to adhere to Catholic doctrine. No one, not the pope, an angel, or the antichrist can change the truth into a lie. Our duties as Catholics-in-the-pews remain the same.
Thus, not being a theologian nor canonist I cannot address this question of whether this act is a triggering device that caused Bergoglio to depose himself from the See of Peter. But, just because I don't know doesn't mean that it is not A VERY GOOD AND RELEVANT QUESTION.
And that is not me sidestepping the issue. When and if some act of adherence to the execrable notion that mortal sinners must be allowed to commit sacrilege against Our Lord's Body and Blood with the sanction of the Church, then it will be time to for a nobody like me to make that call. Could that happen? You betcha. I pray I will stand with Christ and His Church then, as I pray for that grace now.
Thus, there are lots of good questions that the typical layman cannot yet answer. If Francis, assuming he validly assumed the office in the first place, has indeed deposed himself through attempting to promulgate heresy, that is a determination only the Church can make. Because only Christ has the power and authority to depose His Vicar. Only the Church can definitively announce such a deposition. Therefore, whether it occurred or not, until the Church acts (presumably through action by the Sacred College) Francis retains the juridical power of the office.
So, please, if any of the hierarchy of the Church still love Christ, will you do something now? Please?!
As usual, God has a way of reminding us Who is actually in charge. The Epistle and the Gospel from today:
Epistle, 2 Tim. 4:1-8
Beloved: I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus, Who will judge the living and the dead by His coming and by His kingdom, preach the word, be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, entreat, rebuke with all patience and teaching. For there will come a time when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but having itching ears, will heap up to themselves teachers according to their lusts, and they will turn away their hearing from the truth and turn aside rather to fables. But be watchful in all things, bear with tribulation patiently, work as a preacher of the Gospel, fulfill your ministry. As for me, I am already being poured out in sacrifice, and the time of my deliverance is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. For the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord, the just Judge, will give to me in that day; yet not to me only, but also to those who love His coming.
Gospel, Matt. 5:13-19
At that time Jesus said to His disciples: "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its strength, what shall it be salted with? It is no longer of any use but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a lamp and put it under the measure, but upon the lampstand, so as to give light to all in the house. Even so let your light shine before men, in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall be lost from the Law till all things have been accomplished. Therefore whoever does away with one of these least commandments, and so teaches men, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever carries them out and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."