French preview of interview with Card-designate Farrell about ‘Amoris Laetitia’

At the French site Le Croix we find an article with quotes from the head of the newly created Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, Cardinal-designate Farrell.  He defends Amoris laetitia rather energetically, saying – with no hint of doubt – that the Holy Spirit speaks in the controversial document.

The French piece seems to be coordinated with another bastion of fidelity to all papal magisterial teaching…

« Honnêtement, je ne vois pas en quoi et pourquoi quelques évêques semblent penser qu’ils ont à interpréter ce document », affirme, dans une interview au National Catholic Reporter à paraître jeudi 17 novembre, celui à qui le pape François a confié la pastorale familiale.

Please remind me… do you remember Fishwrap being a staunch defender of the magisterium of St. John Paul?   

The Fishwrap’s interview will be published tomorrow in English.

More appetizers from the French…

« Je pense que le document Amoris laetitia est fidèle à la doctrine et à l’enseignement l’Église », estime-t-il en réponse aux quatre cardinaux qui y voient une rupture avec l’enseignement de Jean-Paul II. « Il s’appuie sur la doctrine de Familiaris consortio de Jean-Paul II, ajoute-t-il. Je le crois passionnément. »

« C’est le Saint-Esprit qui nous parle, martèle-t-il. Pensons-nous que le Saint-Esprit n’était pas là au premier synode?? Pensons-nous qu’il n’était pas là au second synode?? Croyons-nous qu’il n’a pas inspiré notre Saint-Père François en écrivant ce document?? »

Rhetorical questions?
Anyway… the coordination of messages through certain publications seems to be well underway.

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Acton Institute’s Fr. Sirico comments on Pope Francis’ remarks on money

Did you see the comments which Our Holy Father made about money, capitalism, etc?

Fr. Robert Sirico of ACTON INSTITUTE is well situated to add some comments of his own about money, capitalism, etc., to build on what the Holy Father said.

This originally appeared in the Italian publication Il Foglio.  The translation was sent to me by the kind folks at ACTON INSTITUTE (with some little adjustments):

The Pope and the Condemnation of Money. Father Robert Sirico shares his thoughts.

Rome. “It certainly would be absurd to criminalize money if one’s sincere concern is the well-being of the poor. Lamenting the struggle of the poor is not the end goal of moral compassion. Ameliorating their concern is. And at least at the material level, this requires the production of wealth,” said Father Robert Sirico, president of the American think tank, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, which aims to promote a free, virtuous and humane society.

Fr. Sirico shared his thoughts with ll Foglio following the Pope’s long speech delivered last Saturday before an audience of charismatic lay movements leaders who had come to the Vatican for their third world gathering. During the audience, Pope Francis accused money as being “an idol that rules instead of serves, which tyrannizes and terrorizes humanity.”

It is money, continued the Holy Father, “that rules with the whip of fear, inequality, economic, social, cultural and military violence. [It] generates ever more violence in a seemingly unending downward spiral. There is a basic [form of] terrorism stemming from the global control of money on earth and which threatens all of humanity.”

And “all tyranny is a terroristic,” the pope added.

“When this terror, sown in the peripheries by way of massacres, looting, oppression and injustice, erupts in [urban] centers with different forms of violence — hateful and cowardly – citizens, while still clinging to some rights, are tempted by the false security of physical or social walls.”

“Of course”, observes Sirico, “wealth can be abused, both in its production and in its use. Of that there is no doubt. But so can many other gifts entrusted to human being.”

“I think of sexuality in this regard, yet when directed toward God, sexuality becomes a Sacrament. So too wealth can have a moral origin and a moral finality. I would trust that the Holy Father doesn’t disagree with any of this, for to criminalize such a process would abandon the economically vulnerable.”

Bergoglio’s attack on the capitalist system itself was harsh. Yet, terms of what is meant by the “capitalist system”, Fr. Sirico said, ”I would ask for clarification.”

“I find [clarity] in the encyclical Centesimus Annus, specifically number 42, where St. John Paul says that if by capitalism is meant ’the free economy’, rooted in a moral and religious foundation and situated in a juridical context, then this is commendable.”

The problem, if anything, is to reconcile the idea of a free economy with the Church’s social doctrine.

The president of the Acton Institute thinks that this is a difficult undertaking because “there is a general confusion as to what it means, especially if one is only familiar, not with free economic actors, but with business people who exclude people from the circle of economic exchange and place money, rather than human being, at the center of their concern.”

[NB especially from here to the end…] “This is ‘the economy that kills’, not competitive markets,” said Sirico.

“When people do not understand economics and markets, it is easy to ascertain that successful economic actors become wealthy at the expense of others. This is known in economic as the ‘zero sum fallacy.’”

The Church’s social doctrine, Sirico observes, does not teach us this. Nonetheless, according to Sirico, the sad fact is that sometimes “people love their own political positions so much that they advocate policies that will produce more poverty.

The risk is to look at the problem in the wrong way, he said, from an erroneous perspective, as one might conclude, for example, that fundamentalism is a consequence of the idolatry of money.

“If you begin with the definition that all global markets by their very nature ‘exclude people’, then of course, this is unethical and to be rightly condemned, as is any form of the worship of money, which is what the idolatry of money means,” he said.

“There is, however, two other forms of what might rightly be called economic fundamentalism: This is, on the one hand, when one demonizes the rich simply because they are economically successful, or when one canonizes the poor simply because they are not economically successful. The former is known as the ‘Prosperity Gospel’ and the latter is known as ‘Liberation Theology.’

“I prefer,” admits Sirico, “the insight of St. Teresa of Calcutta, who said: ‘We do not take it upon ourselves to have the right to condemn the rich. We do not believe in class struggle or class warfare…We believe rather in class encounter where the rich save the poor and the poor save the rich.’”

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When was the last time you heard those words?

A correspondent sent the following, which I offer for your consideration:

Our Lord speaking to St. Faustina in the Diary of Divine Mercy:

“He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice. (Diary 1146).”

Have you passed through a Holy Door where you are?

The Jubilee Year of Mercy will close 20 November 2016 with (according to the Novus Ordo Calendar) the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – in the traditional calendar the 24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost.

The clock keeps ticking.

We are going to get God’s Justice whether we want it or not.

His Mercy, however, is ready for the asking!

But we have to seek it.

There is nothing that any little mortal can do that is so bad that God cannot forgive it, provided that she is sorry for her sins and wants to amend her life.   The sinner, in the Sacrament of Penance, is cleansed of all sin.  It is taken away.  It is no more.  It is not merely covered over or ignored.  It is gone.  He is washed clean in the Blood of the Lamb.  Though his sins were as red as scarlet, they are made clean.  His slate is cleansed.   He or she will retain the memory of the sins, but not the guilt before the throne of the Just Judge, the King of Fearful Majesty.

When was the last time you heard those words?

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

Misereatur tui omnipotens Deus, et dimissis peccatis tuis, perducat te ad vitam æternam. Amen.

Indulgentiam, absolutionem, et remissionem peccatorum tuorum tribuat tibi omnipotens et misericors Dominus. Amen.

Dominus noster Jesus Christus te absolvat: et ego auctoritate ipsìus te absolvo ab omni vinculo excommunicationis, (suspensionis), et interdicti, in quantum possum, et tu indiges. Deinde ego te absolvo a peccatis tuis, in nomine Patris, et Filii, + et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi, merita beatæ Mariæ Virginis, et omnium Sanctorum, quidquid boni feceris, et mali sustinueris, sint tibi in remissionem peccatorum, augmentum gratiæ, et præmium vitæ æternæ. Amen.


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ACTION ITEM: TLM training for priests

action-item-buttonSometimes when I respond to people who ask how they, too, can have the Traditional Roman Rite where they live, I say: GET TO WORK and make it happen!  Persuade, cajole, bribe priests.   Beg, borrow, buy vestments.  Unlock, lock, police and square away everything.

Recently when I was in Toronto to give a talk, a young fellow approached me and asked for my help.  His group is attempting to crowd fund for their TLM group in the Archdiocese of Kingston (that’s a Canadian place in Canadia).

Their immediate objective it to raise money so that they can send priests to Chicago and the Canons of St. John Cantius for TLM training.   At present a priest is driving a very long distance from another diocese.  Not good.


Since they are trying to do exactly what I suggest, I thought I would give them a shout out.


Please lend a hand?

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INTERVIEW with Card. Burke about their Five Dubia about problems in Amoris Laetitia

In the wake of the Five Dubia about Amoris laetitia submitted by the Four Cardinals, one of The Four has been again interviewed.  His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke was interviewed about the Five Dubia by the National Catholic Register‘s Edward Pentin, probably the best English language vaticanista in Rome these days.

His Eminence touches on many helpful points in explaining what The Four did and why they did it.  He also responds to some theoretical questions about the role of the Pope and what happens if there is error.

You should read the whole thing, but here is a taste of the core section of the interview:


Without the clarification you are seeking, are you saying, therefore, that this and other teaching in Amoris Laetitia go against the law of non-contradiction (which states that something cannot be both true and untrue at the same time when dealing with the same context)? 

Of course, because, for instance, if you take the marriage issue, the Church teaches that marriage is indissoluble, in accord with the word of Christ, “He who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery.” Therefore, if you are divorced, you may not enter a marital relationship with another person unless the indissoluble bond to which you are bound is declared to be null, to be nonexistent. But if we say, well, in certain cases, a person living in an irregular marriage union can receive holy Communion, then one of two things has to be the case: Either marriage really is not indissoluble — as for instance, in the kind of “enlightenment theory” of Cardinal [Walter] Kasper, who holds that marriage is an ideal to which we cannot realistically hold people. In such a case, we have lost the sense of the grace of the sacrament, which enables the married to live the truth of their marriage covenant — or holy Communion is not communion with the Body and Blood of Christ. Of course, neither of those two is possible. They contradict the constant teachings of the Church from the beginning and, therefore, cannot be true.

Some will see this initiative through a political lens and criticize it as a “conservative vs. liberal” move, something you and the other signatories reject. What is your response to such an accusation?

Our response is simply this: We are not taking some kind of position within the Church, like a political decision, for instance. The Pharisees accused Jesus of coming down on one side of a debate between the experts in Jewish Law, but Jesus did not do that at all. He appealed to the order that God placed in nature from the moment of creation. He said Moses let you divorce because of your hardness of heart, but it was not this way from the beginning. So we are simply setting forth what the Church has always taught and practiced in asking these five questions that address the Church’s constant teaching and practice. The answers to these questions provide an essential interpretative tool for Amoris Laetitia. They have to be set forth publicly because so many people are saying: “We’re confused, and we don’t understand why the cardinals or someone in authority doesn’t speak up and help us.”

It’s a pastoral duty?

That’s right, and I can assure you that I know all of the cardinals involved, and this has been something we’ve undertaken with the greatest sense of our responsibility as bishops and cardinals. But it has also been undertaken with the greatest respect for the Petrine Office, because if the Petrine Office does not uphold these fundamental principles of doctrine and discipline, then, practically speaking, division has entered into the Church, which is contrary to our very nature.


Towards the end, the Cardinal responds to questions about what might have to happen in the Church should it be determined that the Holy Father has taught error, which he won’t then correct on his own.   Mind you, these points were raised by the interviewer.  Card. Burke responded, as a good and diligent teacher would about a theoretical situation.   However, I foresee that some will claim that Card. Burke was himself calling for what he described to the interviewer.  That is not the case, but they will try to smear Card. Burke.   But what else is new?  When it comes to Burke Derangement Syndrome, reason and fairness take flight through the windows.

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NOW AVAILABLE! Safe-Space Liturgy Of Post-Election Consolation

clinton supporters 01The other day we watched the libs meltdown. Being all discombobulated, some of the tender things weren’t able to cope with daily tasks.  They needed “safe spaces” in which they would receive hugs and reassurances and teddy bears.

“What a great moment for liturgical rite!”, quoth I.  “We need to accompany these people, in mercy and because, well, we don’t hate Vatican II!”

So, putting my head together with a couple priests, one for ideas and one for text, this is what we have so far.  Please note the Latin neologism:

The Proposed liturgy

The faithful, and others, come together in the gathering space, lit by soft lights powered by renewable resources. Any offensive imagery should be removed. Okay, let’s face it, the walls should be bare, but unobtrusive lest those offended by bare walls get stressed out. 

Okay, maybe we should do this in a park somewhere. But not a park named after a civil war general, or slave owner, or heteronormative cisgender patriarchial oppressor.

Okay, we’re gathering in Judy’s apartment complex community room.

Softly lit soy candles are held aloft in the cardinal directions by the Sisters Servant of Jesus the Revolutionary, newly back from their bus tour. Ursapupifers hand out stuffed bears (made by undocumented immigrants being paid a just wage under old-growth redwoods and using all natural fabrics). The gathered community can begin softly signing any hymn from the Cure’s 1989 album “Disintegration.”

Leader of Prayer: I apologize for being the leader, and acknowledge the leadership in all of you.

Community: We affirm your discomfort at leadership, and beg the pardon of all those offended by hierarchy.

Leader of Prayer pinning a safety pin on his/her sweater vest: I proclaim this to be a safe space and invite you all to safety and trust. They all ensafetypin themselves.

Commissioned Agitator: O God, or whoever, or whatever: deign in your mercy to hear the cries of your people – wounded, hurt, destroyed, demolish, brought down low, despair, crying, angered, irritated, annoyed, vexed, bothered, mildly displeased, anguished, oppressed, confused, down trodden, misgendered, mispronounced, miffed, freaking out – hear our cries and our unreasonable demands. Make it stop. May the shade-grown vanilla soy latte of your countenance pour forth and scald the mean people that have done this to us, while bringing us half-caffeinated and gluten-free enjoyment.

Community: Amen (and Awomen, and Anon-binarygendered).

Reader: A reading from the Apocalypse according to van Jones

clinton supporters 02“I’m so mad. I think this should give us a lot of empathy for the kids in Syria and other wartorn countries who want to get away from crazy and to come here. The fact that someone said mean things was able to become president traumatized a whole generation of children. No building got blown up next to them. They didn’t see their dad get torn apart in a car bomb. Just one mean person saying mean things, being put in a position of power, traumatized half a generation of kids.”

Community: Yes, we are terrified. You shall know us by the browning of our pants on that sad day. Ooooo, people who disagree with us are scary.

A moment of silence as teddy bears are hugged. Appropriate touches may be given, after proof of signed consent is provided.

Commissioned Agitator: Will the genderless professor of multicultural, multiethnic, multilateral, multisexed, multidimensional transnuminous studies come forward for the inexhaustible litany of pronouns.

The community sits. This is gonna take…  awhile.

Leader of Prayer: Let us now share in the community cake, which was baked by a conservative Christian baker (the crowd shudders and moans in unison) who made this celebratory cake in protest under fear of being shut down and sued (crowd lets out a muffled, hooray!).

Commissioned Agitator: Father… Mister… Othered Roy Bourgeois will now unfurl an inexplicable banner demonstrating the offense we feel at how other people having been poopy-heads. Will the assigned assistant unfurlers come forward.

They unfurl. Then refurl. 

Leader of Prayer: Please stand for our litany of grievances. Your response is, “I just can’t even.”

L: Dude, we so thought we had this election in the bag.
C: I just can’t even.

L: I mean, he’s gonna be the President. That’s so freaking bizarre.
C: I just can’t even.

L: I hear he’s already opening concentration camps for minorities and that he bathes daily in the blood of bludgeoned baby seals.
C: I just can’t even.

L: We might have to get jobs!
C: I just can’t even.

L: Dude, I can’t afford to pay for my girlfriend’s birth control, let along her girlfriend’s gender reassignment surgery!
C: I just can’t even.

L: I know that pot’s been legalized just about everywhere, but is there really enough weed to get us through the next four years?
C: I just can’t even.

L: And what if he’s elected and is president for eight years?

Commissioned Agitator: Let the biodegradable tissues be handed out.

Leader of Prayer: Please turn and affirm one another in our okayness. You may exit through the back doors, or the windows, or into the next dimension through a time-space portal. Or stay here. I really have no power to force you to do anything.

Commissioned Agitator: Let the community gather again tomorrow night for more prayer and healing, except those who have jobs.

Community: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. See you tomorrow!


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Interesting meetings: Pope with Curial heads, USCCB’s election of officers

The Bolletino today shows that His Holiness had a meeting with the heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia this morning.

That’s interesting.

Does this mean anything?

It is particularly interesting in that it happened directly on the heels of the public release of the dubia from The Four Cardinals.  Of course, this could have simply been a routine, scheduled meeting.   It probably was.   But the timing is interesting.

Meanwhile, north of the Alps, in that bastion of ecclesiastical revolt Germany, now-retired Card. Lehman (a discipline of Jesuit Karl Rahner) said this as reported by LifeSite’s Jan Bentz:

November 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Liberal-minded Cardinal Karl Lehmann is urging his fellow German bishops to change Church discipline quickly while Francis is still Pope.

In an interview with German website, he pressed the bishops to use the “freedom that has been granted by the Pope.”

“Francis wants us to explore new paths. Sometimes you don’t have to wait until the large tanker begins to move,” he added, alluding to the alleged slowness of the Curia in making changes, an attack often uttered by German liberal churchmen.


Also, I saw (I’m not watching a stream) that, in these USA, His Eminence Card. DiNardo was chosen by his brother bishops to be the next President of the USCCB and Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles was chosen to be the VP.  DiNardo was the next in line, of course. So, Gomez is now the next in line… if the line holds.

Also, I learned that Archbishop Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services was chosen to be the head of the Justice and Peace Committee, and Bishop McElroy of San Diego was not.

That’s interesting.

Does this mean anything?

It looks as if there was no sweeping change in the USCCB in a kind of “Francis Effect”.  The majority of the US bishops opted for pretty much the same course that they have been on for a while without any sudden changes of vector.  This is also interesting in light of a talk that the new Nuncio to these USA gave at Jesuit-run Georgetown as the bishops were to meet.  A Jesuit (what else) wrote at Fishwrap:

In response to the election of Donald Trump, the pope’s representative in the United States believes that the church needs “to assume a prophetic role.” Speaking at a luncheon at Georgetown University discussing nuclear disarmament, Archbishop Christophe Pierre acknowledged that “the pope is more prophetic than the Catholic bishops here today.”

For example, on refugees, he said, “we have not done much, to be honest with you, on the issue of refugees in the United States.  And we could do much more.”

“We [the Vatican] can send some ideas, and these ideas have to be thought about in the bishops’ conference,” he said. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops “is the place to express the vision of the Catholic bishops.”

These are all mere tessera in a larger mosaic. There really aren’t enough to get a good picture, and the picture itself is a moving picture, even a “talkie”… a really ‘talkie”.

It’s all interesting.

The moderation queue is ON.

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ASK FATHER: Will SSPX priests be able to absolve validly after the Year of Mercy closes?

Artgate_Fondazione_Cariplo_-_Molteni_Giuseppe,_La_confessione 945From a reader…


I’ve been searching through the Internet, and since I’ve found absolutely nothing regarding this matter, I’ve thought I might as well just send this question to you so that you can be the first (hopefully) to write about it. The Year of Mercy is about to end, what happens to SSPX’s faculties for confession after this Sunday? Any updates or comments about it? This is very important to me, as their confessions have benefited me greatly in the last year, and the SSPX chapels here in Malaysia are the only place in my ENTIRE COUNTRY (9 dioceses large) that the Sacraments in the traditional rite are offered.

Good question.  I have a couple feelers out about this matter and I am waiting for responses.

First, keep in mind that – as it appears, at least – the Pope, in his letter to Archbp. Fisichella for the beginning of the Year of Mercy, did NOT say that the priests of the SSPX would have the faculty to absolve.  He said that the faithful could go to the SSPX priests for confession! He didn’t explicitly say that the SSPX priests will have faculties to hear their confessions.  It seems like a nit-picky detail but – it isn’t.  Not if people want clarity. When it comes to validity of absolution, it seems to me that people would like clarity.  Clear laws govern these matters so that people can have peace of mind.

In any event, it can be argued, and has been argued, that, if the faithful can have their sins validly absolved by an SSPX priest, then – somehow or other, who knows how – the Holy Father in effect granted the faculty to absolve.  But that’s not how the Holy Father framed it.

That applied to the Year of Mercy, which is about to end.

So, it must be asked – QUAERITUR: 

What about after the Year of Mercy?

I’ve heard a rumor that the Holy Father wanted to or was going to extend beyond the Year of Mercy what he vaguely – but I guess effectively – granted the faithful during the Year of Mercy.

I have no idea how we will know about that.  Clear cut, juridically limpid, documents aren’t exactly forthcoming these days.

Since the Year of Mercy ends in a matter of a few days, we had better keep hitting the refresh key on whatever sites we follow.

My hope is that the Holy Father will, in clear and unambiguous terms, grant a faculty to the priests of the SSPX to receive sacramental confessions and to absolve validly even when there isn’t danger of death.   My hope also is that the SSPX priests and the Holy See will work out something soon so that all of these questions about confession (and about marriages) are resolved once and for all.

Many people have benefited from being able to go to confession to SSPX priests during the Year of Mercy. It was a good sign from the Holy Father that he did this, however oddly.  However, unless we hear something from the Holy Father (or from a competent authority such as the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei) about this quite soon, it seems that, once the Year is over, the faithful will no longer be able to go to SSPX priests for valid absolution.

As things stand now, the Latin Church has a Code of Canon Law, in which matters such as faculties to receive confessions and to absolve validly are spelled out.    The Holy Father is, of course, the Lawgiver in the Church.  If we wishes, he can change the law so that matters of faculties are as vague as how he imparted the benefit in question at the beginning of the Year of Mercy. However, until he does change the law, we the faithful have to expect that, for the sake of order and peace of mind, clear statements will be forthcoming.  I pray that they will.


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Obama reads a “mean tweet” from Trump. Who’s laughing now?

This is from October, but I am just seeing it now.  I thought I’d share.

Arrogance incarnate?

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INTERVIEW with Card. Burke about their plea to Pope Francis “Seeking Clarity”

Yesterday we all read about the Bombshell.  HERE  Four Cardinals presented formal “Yes/No” questions (dubia) to Pope Francis and to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about confusing points which were stirred up by the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia.  The dubia were originally submitted privately.  When, after a congruent time of waiting, the dubia received no response, The Four went public with the dubia, including some explanatory paragraphs.  This they did in the spirit of Matthew 18:16-17 (“If your brother will not listen to you, take with you two or three witnesses. If then he will not listen even to them, tell it to the assembly.”)

Today I see at LifeSite an interview with one of The Four Cardinals, His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke.  Card. Burke explains what The Four did and why they did it.  He explains their motivations and their attitudes.

Burke describes the difficulties roused up by Amoria laetitia like…

knots that cannot be easily untied and are causing great confusion. Sharing the Pope’s devotion to Our Lady, Untier of Knots, we are asking him to clarify these ambiguous statements and, with the help of God, to untie some of the knotty statements of the document for the good of souls.

In the interview Card. Burke provides a bit of a time-line of what lead up to the crafting of the dubia and their submission.  In this way he provides some context.   He also puts to rest direct questions from the interviewer about their motives, whether or not they are being defiant towards the Roman Pontiff.   He also explains and doubles down on his view that Amoris laetitia isn’t a Magisterial document:

My position is that Amoris Laetitia is not Magisterial because it contains serious ambiguities that confuse people and can lead them into error and grave sin. A document with these defects cannot be part of the Church’s perennial teaching. Because that is the case, the Church needs absolute clarity regarding what Pope Francis is teaching and encouraging.

It is important to understand that The Four are seeking clarity from Pope Francis not only about the thorny issue of whether or not the divorced and civilly remarried can be admitted to Holy Communion.  What is at stake are far deeper, more fundamental moral and doctrinal positions which had been explained carefully in the Magisterium of St John Paul II, especially in Familiaris consortio but also in Veritatis splendor.  Burke says in the interview:

I would also like to point out that only the first of our questions to the Holy Father focuses on Holy Matrimony and the Holy Eucharist. Questions two, three, and four are about fundamental issues regarding the moral life: whether intrinsically evil acts exist, whether a person who habitually commits grave evil is in a state of “grave sin”, and whether a grave sin can ever become a good choice because of circumstances or intentions.

If the answer to that question is No, there are consequences for how we are to read the rest of Amoris laetitia.  If Yes…

Also, Card. Burke delves a bit into what is truly “pastoral” (a word tossed about often and casually these days).   As you might imagine, Card. Burke does not omit connecting what is truly “pastoral” to “truth spoken with charity”.

Take a little time with your morning coffee and toast to read the interview.  It isn’t overly long.  It will dispel in advance the Smear Machine’s approach from lib catholics who will attack The Four and try to discredit them.  The last thing that lib catholics want is clarity (or charity).   For lib catholics, ambiguity and fog is advantageous: all the better to continue in immoral behavior and in doctrinal error.


ANOTHER interview at National Catholic Register:

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Famous Roman Bernini landmark vandalized

Some complete…. jerk… busted one of the tusks off the delightful Bernini elephant in Rome near the Pantheon, in front of S. M. sopra Minerva.  HERE

In the Rome of Our pontificate, this person would have things broken off of him during prime time!

I can’t tell you – with the vocabulary I would choose off the blog – of what I think of vandals like this.

The Deep Cinders of Hell my not be deep enough.   At least during Our pontificate they wouldn’t be.

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You are now guilty of homophobia until you prove your innocence.

I saw this story a few days ago at Pewsitter, but I am just now getting to it.  I was reminded to return to it by the comment made by one of my correspondents:

Spain has lost it’s mind.

Frankly, I was deeply worried that, had the recent election gone the other way, this was coming to the shores of these USA… sooner, rather than later.

Spain…actually, Catalonia…

Spain: Government Encourages Citizens To Inform On Neighbors, Family Members That Violate LGBT Privileges Law

CATALONIA, Spain – The Catalonian government, ruled by the pro-independence coalition Junts pel Si, has run advertisements on TV3, a major network, to encourage citizens to anonymously inform on one another when they violate an LGBT privileges law enacted in 2014.

The law, approved by then-president Artur Mas in 2014, is called the ‘Law to Eradicate Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.’ The law is peculiar with respect to the body of Western legal tradition in that it reverses the burden of proof: It is the defendant (in this case, anonymously betrayed via telephone) who must prove his innocence. The accused is considered guilty until innocence is demonstrated.

Article 30 of the law reads as follows: ‘Reversing the burden of proof: in accordance with the provisions of the procedural and laws governing administrative procedures, when the plaintiff or a person alleges discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression and provides legitimate grounds for suspicion, it is therefore for the defendant, or the one to whom the discriminatory situation is imputed, to provide an objective and reasonable justification, sufficiently proven, of the measures taken and their proportionality.’ The Catalan law of LGBT privileges (model for other similar laws in Spain) can be read here in Spanish.


Did you get that?

You can accuse someone of being a “homophobe” and that person is, therefore, a “homophobe” unless she can prove that she isn’t.


And it’s coming.

Imagine children, indoctrinated in schools, reporting on their parents and neighbors.

Imagine something like the Cultural Revolution, but based on sodomy instead of the Party.

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Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer in NYC

I received a note from a priest of the Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer which I share now with the readership:

Dear Father Zuhlsdorf,

I hope this message finds you well. I am FR. JORDAN-MARY, a priest of the Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer (FSVF). If you are not yet familiar with our community, we are a group of traditional Dominicans based in France, founded in 1979 and canonically erected as a society of pontifical right in 1988. If you’d like, there is more information available on our website at .

A group of our priests will be in New York City in order to introduce our community to the American public and to speak about the construction project which we have undertaken to complete our motherhouse in France, including the magnificent conventual church which is already underway.  [Isn’t it interesting that the (traditional) Carmelites in Wyoming and the (traditional) Benedictines in Missouri and the (traditional) Benedictine in Clear Creek) are all building?]

In conjunction with this project, we have produced a short video explaining the work we are doing and giving some information about our community. We are acquainted with your wonderful website, and we would be very grateful if in your charity you would be willing to share this video along with a brief text explaining these events to your readers.

With the assurance of our community’s prayers,



Our English website :
Share link for our promotion video :
Our English Facebook page :

What we are doing in New York:

From the 15th to 22nd of November 2016, the Founder of the Fraternity Saint-Vincent-Ferrier, father Louis-Marie de Blignières (Ph.D.), accompanied by two fathers of his Community, father Reginald-Marie Rivoire (J.C.D.) and Ambrose-Marie Pellaumail (Sc.D.), will be in New York.
Thursday 17th: Holy Innocents Church (128 W 37th St). 18:00 : Solemn Mass in the Dominican Rite, followed by a conference. Sunday 20th : Pequannock, New Jersey, Our Lady of Fatima Chapel (32, W. Franklin Ave.) Masses and Homily: 9:00 ; 11:00 (Solemn Mass followed by a refreshment in the parish and a conference ; 17:00.
Monday 21st : Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish, run by the Dominican Fathers, (869 Lexington Avenue). 19:00 : Solemn Mass in the Dominican Rite, followed by a conference.

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BOMBSHELL: The Four Cardinals Letter to Pope Francis – “Seeking Clarity”

UPDATE:  I’d be willing to bet that The Four are merely the tip of the spear.  I’d wager that they represent a large gang of quiet Cardinals who want answers, but because they are presently in curial or diocesan positions they are hesitant to raise their heads too high.

___ ORIGINAL published on: Nov 14, 2016 @ 01:39 ____

Four Cardinals (aka The Four) who presently do not have a curial or diocesan role wrote a letter to Pope Francis in September.   The letter also went to Card. Müller, who is Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Four asked five pointed questions in the classic form of “dubia… “doubts” … that needs only “Yes” or “No” answers.   They did not get a response.  Therefore, in the spirit of Matthew 18:16-17 (“If your brother will not listen to you, take with you two or three witnesses. If then he will not listen even to them, tell it to the assembly.”), they have gone public.

The questions are about the Pope’s Post-Synodal Exhortation Amoris laetitia!

Sandro Magister has it.  HERE

The basic structure of what you will read.

  • There is a forward, about the status quaestionis.
  • There is an introduction from the Cardinals about why they wrote the letter.
  • There are the questions themselves.
  • There are expansive paragraphs for each question.

It is thick reading, but rewarding.

The Letter from The Four was dated 19 September, which was some 10 days after Pope Francis sent a letter to Argentinian bishops giving his informal approval to a problematic document they wrote about how to implement Amoris laetitia.

The questions, or dubia, concern the concrete issue of sacraments (Penance and Eucharist) for the divorced divorced and civilly remarried who refuse continence as well as about absolute moral norms.

You should go to read the whole thing there…. but here is the introduction:

To His Holiness Pope Francis
and for the attention of His Eminence Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller

Most Holy Father,

Following the publication of your Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia”, theologians and scholars have proposed interpretations that are not only divergent, but also conflicting, above all in regard to Chapter VIII. Moreover, the media have emphasized this dispute, thereby provoking uncertainty, confusion, and disorientation among many of the faithful.

Because of this, we the undersigned, but also many Bishops and Priests, have received numerous requests from the faithful of various social strata on the correct interpretation to give to Chapter VIII of the Exhortation.

Now, compelled in conscience by our pastoral responsibility and desiring to implement ever more that synodality to which Your Holiness urges us, we, with profound respect, we permit ourselves to ask you, Holy Father, as Supreme Teacher of the Faith, called by the Risen One to confirm his brothers in the faith, to resolve the uncertainties and bring clarity, benevolently giving a response to the “Dubia” that we attach to the present letter.

May Your Holiness wish to bless us, as we promise constantly to remember you in prayer.

Card. Walter Brandmüller
Card. Raymond L. Burke
Card. Carlo Caffarra
Card. Joachim Meisner

Rome, September 19, 2016



3. The “Dubia”

1.    It is asked whether, following the affirmations of “Amoris Laetitia” (nn. 300-305), it has now become possible to grant absolution in the Sacrament of Penance and thus to admit to Holy Communion a person who, while bound by a valid marital bond, lives together with a different person “more uxorio” (in a marital way) without fulfilling the conditions provided for by “Familiaris Consortio” n. 84 and subsequently reaffirmed by “Reconciliatio et Paenitentia” n. 34 and “Sacramentum Caritatis” n. 29. Can the expression “in certain cases” found in note 351 (n. 305) of the exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” be applied to divorced persons who are in a new union and who continue to live “more uxorio”?

2.    After the publication of the Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (cf. n. 304), does one still need to regard as valid the teaching of St. John Paul II’s Encyclical “Veritatis Splendor” n. 79, based on Sacred Scripture and on the Tradition of the Church, on the existence of absolute moral norms that prohibit intrinsically evil acts and that are binding without exceptions?

3.    After “Amoris Laetitia” (n. 301) is it still possible to affirm that a person who habitually lives in contradiction to a commandment of God’s law, as for instance the one that prohibits adultery (cf. Mt 19:3-9), finds him or herself in an objective situation of grave habitual sin (cf. Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Declaration, June 24, 2000)?

4.    After the affirmations of “Amoris Laetitia” (n. 302) on “circumstances which mitigate moral responsibility,” does one still need to regard as valid the teaching of St. John Paul II’s Encyclical “Veritatis Splendor” n. 81, based on Sacred Scripture and on the Tradition of the Church, according to which “circumstances or intentions can never transform an act intrinsically evil by virtue of its object into an act ‘subjectively’ good or defensible as a choice”?

5.    After “Amoris Laetitia” (n. 303) does one still need to regard as valid the teaching of St. John Paul II’s encyclical “Veritatis Splendor” n. 56, based on Sacred Scripture and on the Tradition of the Church, that excludes a creative interpretation of the role of conscience and that emphasizes that conscience can never be authorized to legitimate exceptions to absolute moral norms that prohibit intrinsically evil acts by virtue of their object?

The letter of The Four is humble and respectful, but clear.   They clearly did not want to be adversarial in tone.  The Four merely want some clarity about “grave disorientation and great confusion” which has been provoked by now infamous elements of Amoris laetitia.

In particular, keep in mind that many people have wondered whether there is an ongoing effort to undermine the Magisterium of St. John Paul II.

You know what will happen next.

The Four will be pilloried by the liberal catholic smear machine, who will seek brow-furrowed quotes from their current darlings, their exemplars of pastoral sensitivity, their hopes for sweeping “change”.

The fact that The Four do not presently have curial or diocesan roles means that – short of having their red hats taken away – the Pope can’t remove them from offices that they don’t hold.

This, folks, is a big deal.


The Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter… which, frankly, has no credibility until they start being honest and stop using the word “Catholic” in their title) has twisted the move of The Four.  Get this spin from Fishwrap“:

Four semi-retired cardinals [Card. Burk, 67, is not “semi-retired] have publicly questioned Pope Francis’ most recent teachings on family life, issuing an open letter to the pontiff with five yes or no questions about how he understands church teaching following the publication of his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.  [It is not that they “publicly questioned” the Pope’s teachings.  They are asking questions so that they can have clarity about the Pope’s teachings.  There is a difference, at least in common English parlance.]

While the cardinals say they are writing the note in “an act of justice and charity” to allow the pope to “dispel all ambiguity” [There is no question that there is ambiguity in the Apostolic Exortation.  Reasonable people want ambiguity in important matters cleared up.] about his exhortation, they take a defiant tone [No. There is nothing defiant about the tone used by The Four.] and pit Francis’ document against others written by his predecessors John Paul II and Benedict XVI.  [No. The Four did not “pit” Francis against John Paul II.  FRANCIS pitted Francis against John Paul II… or so it seems.  So, The Four have asked, giving Francis the benefit of the doubt, how does what we read in AL harmonize with what we read in the Magisterium of John Paul II.  They want to know if there only seems to be a conflict or if there really is a conflict.  That’s a reasonable thing to ask, even for the sake of lifting any suspicion from Pope Francis himself!]

Publication of such an open challenge to a Catholic pontiff from some of his cardinals, who normally act as the pope’s staunchest defenders, is exceedingly rare.  [They asked questions.  They didn’t issue challenges.]


Remember what I wrote, above, about how the lib catholic smear machine would paint The Four?

Thus beginneth The Smearing of The Four.

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Was there a good point in the sermon you heard for you Mass of Sunday Obligation?

Let us know.


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