Coming Soon! The “Eleven Cardinals Book”!

The Italian site La Nuova Bussola has learned that, in advance of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, yet another “Cardinals Book” is being released.

This time, however, its the “Eleven Cardinals Book™”!

This is sure to strike terror in the hearts of the Kasperites!

Eleven Cardinals, as the headline runs, are trying to stop the “Protestantization of the Church”.

In a way this is, but it also isn’t, a sequel to the Five Cardinals Book™, Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church

The names of the Cardinals involved:

  • Carlo Caffarra, Arcivescovo di Bologna;
  • Baselios Cleemis, Arcivescovo maggiore della Chiesa cattolica siro-malankarese e Presidente della Conferenza episcopale dell’India;
  • Paul Josef Cordes, Presidente emerito del Consiglio pontificio «Cor Unum»;
  • Dominik Duka, O.P., Arcivescovo di Praga, Primate di Boemia;
  • Willem Jacobus Eijk,  Arcivescovo di Utrecht;
  • Joachim Meisner, Arcivescovo emerito di Colonia;
  • John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Arcivescovo di Abuja (Nigeria);
  • Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, Arcivescovo emerito di Madrid;
  • Camillo Ruini, Vicario generale emerito di Sua Santità per la Diocesi di Roma;
  • Robert Sarah, Prefetto della Congregazione per il culto divino e la disciplina dei sacramenti;
  • Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino, Arcivescovo di Caracas, Santiago de Venezuela

The editor is the German professor of Canon Law Winfried Aymans, at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

It seems that Cardinals and only Cardinals are the writers.  I am pleased to see Card. Sarah in the list, as well as Caffarra.

It doesn’t say anything concrete about the publisher.  It doesn’t mention the title.  It doesn’t say anything about the languages, though given that this is in an Italian site we can assume Italian is – at least – one of the languages.

The Five Cardinals Book (which everyone ought to have, especially every priest and bishop) came out simultaneously in five languages.  HERE

Also, in the same Bussola piece there is a hint that another book is coming with contributions of 11 bishops and cardinals… all Africans!

You can guess what side of the marriage and the sodomy issues they will be on!

UPDATE 23 August:

My post was picked up in French HERE

Here is an Italian piece by Andrea Gagliarducci HERE

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  1. CradleRevert says:

    If they plan to deliver these to all of the Synod participants in advance, I hope they do so in person this time.

  2. JesusFreak84 says:

    If it’s for the Synod, I’d think English is a given, but if not, I can almost guarantee that unofficial translations will still circulate…

  3. Mandy P. says:

    This is very encouraging! I love my copy of the Five Cardinals book, and am excited to see that more are getting in in the act. It’s very nice to know that even though we feel surrounded by the heterodox, we still have quite a few good apples in the bunch. In essence: we’re not alone!

  4. The Masked Chicken says:

    “Eleven Cardinals, as the headline runs, are trying to stop the ‘Protestantization of the Church’.”

    So, it appears that the cat is out of the bag (who put him in the bag, to begin with, and what significance does that have, eh). I walk around with chronic low-grade anger over the Protestantization of the Church, which did not start in the 2000’s and has done so much to muddy the waters for the poor, innocent pew-sitters. One has to wonder if that anger is just, but when I see how much needless (needless!) harm has been done to ordinary folks by the lack of consistency among some members of the Hierarchy over brain-dead issues – no, even zombies could see the truth, then I think that at least some of that anger is justified. I know that we are supposed to be full of joy, but even St. Paul was want to say, in the same passage where he identified the Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5):

    “You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?
    This persuasion is not from him who calls you.
    A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
    I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view than mine; and he who is troubling you will bear his judgment, whoever he is.
    But if I, brethren, still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? In that case the stumbling block of the cross has been removed.
    I wish those who unsettle you would mutilate themselves!”

    Strong words.

    I hope the 11 Cardinals book comes out soon. What I really want to hear is some reason to think that the proponents of altering (distorting) the understanding of marriage so much as to allow Communion for the remarried have any idea of in what authentic joy consists. There is natural joy and supernatural joy, but the both have similar definition: resting in the good, through the act of love. How can they propose the natural joy of being with someone you love, when that natural joy is destroying the higher joy of being in right relationship with God? How can they do that? Their sights are so worldly.

    Joy is the defining fruit of a proper loving relationship with the Beloved. The Protestants have this all screwed up and confused with some sort of chronic emotional state, akin to happiness. You see this in some Charismatics, who think that they, by the prayer to be Baptized in the Holy Spirit, suddenly have a new relationship with the Creator, simply because they feel like a bride on her wedding day, regardless of the fact that no mortal sin they might have had at the time has been, objectively, removed. It is the simplest, direct, refutation that anything akin to supernatural joy is being imparted to the soul by this prayer. A good confession is much, much more powerful is restoring an authentic sense of joy than any imposition of hands trying to baptize in a Spirit so holy that it cannot act in a soul in mortal sin. Still, they try and claim joy in the doing – all because they don’t really know what true supernatural joy really is.

    Some within the Church are peddling junk joy. Oh, yes, let’s make that an official term – junk joy. If the highest good of (all of) the Cardinals of the Church is not the highest good of the soul, then joy can be said to be partially eclipsed within the Church. Where joy is lacking, passions rule. According to the longshoreman-philosopher, Eric Hoffer (in the book, The Passionate State of Mind), passion of this sort is a substitute for what you can’t have. The pro-Communion-to-the-remarried Cardinals are peddling junk joy as a substitute for the tranquility that comes from the right order of God – something, properly, called peace, within which joy abounds.

    We need to get rid of this McDonald’s fast-food marriage (oh, heck, let’s just call it a McMarriage) ideology and get back to a wholesome diet of truth, long-suffering (now, there’s a fruit of the Holy Spirit these McCardinals seem to have forgotten must exist in any marriage), and commitment – or else I demand that they stand up and explain why Jesus doesn’t seek a remarriage, given the difficulty in living with his first spouse!

    Well, I wish I could say that that felt good, but the truth is that as much as I complain to my Divine Spouse (about all sundry things), I have no room to talk, myself, but I am glad that he is God, because, who else could put up with me? Still, one wonders if some of the Council Fathers aren’t turning in their graves because of the unintended consequences of the false ecumenism, they, themselves feared.

    You know, there is only one letter difference between grace and grave and, sometimes, I think some cardinals have looked up the wrong page in the Celestial Dictionary.

    For more about joy:

    The Chicken

    P. S. Sorry for being a little snarky in the above. It has been a weird day. I must remember due reverence for authority, so, calling some Cardinals, McCardinals is not a good thing to do and I repent of it. Still, they are selling junk, so how should I more politely describe things?

  5. donato2 says:

    Has Pope Francis announced his choices for the Synod yet? I had read rumors that his slate is going to be packed solidly to the left — Archbishop Cupich, Cardinal Danneels, and others of like mind.

    A crisis is coming. It is going to be painful.

  6. tzard says:

    This seems to confirm that the original 5 cardinals book had some impact. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  7. ChrisRawlings says:

    That is awesome.

  8. jacobi says:

    It’s good to see the counter -attack is building up. Better late than never. And the Dutch and German involvement, not to mention Africa!

  9. Incaelo says:

    Good to see the bishop (now archbishop and cardinal) who received me into the Church offers a visible contribution to the Synod discussions. He’s been rather tight-lipped about it all. And Cardinal Meisner! One of the German bishops who gets it (happily, there are several more).

  10. comedyeye says:

    I have sent the link to this post to two bishops in my state.

  11. The Cobbler says:

    Well, Chicken, I don’t know about McDonalds analogies, but I have filed Junk Joy in my lexicon somewhere near Cheap Grace. That should come in handy someday.

  12. Matt R says:

    Chicken, to be honest, Cardinal Kasper and his ilk are basically Lutherans.

  13. Michael_Thoma says:

    While I am encouraged to see His Eminent Beatitude the Syro-Malankara Catholicos, Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis (Cardinal [Thottungal]) listed, one wonders about certain.. ‘protestantized latinisms’ introduced East that was unheard and unseen less than 50years ago, such as: “Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion”, Charismaticism, lack of so-called Permanent Deacons, no ordination of married men to clergy, lack of Traditional clerical headgear, tolerance of delayed Communion (and sometime Chrismation) for infants, toleration of truncated Liturgical services, etc.

  14. TWF says:

    It was my understanding that the Syro-Malankara, the Church Sui Iuris over which His Eminent Beatitude presides, was the most authentically Syriac of the Oriental Catholic Churches? I know the Maronites, Syro-Malabar, and likely the Syrian Catholic Churches are plagued by various “Novus Ordo inspired neo-Latinizations” (as someone else once put it), but are you saying this is also a widespread issue among the Syro-Malankara? I was led to believe that the liturgy of the Syro-Malankara was essentially the pure, traditional West Syriac Rite.

  15. Michael_Thoma says:


    Not wanting to derail this good book thread much further, but yes the Malankara Syriacs are currently the most authentic in Liturgy, however it is a constant battle to keep it that way, also Liturgy is only the core of authenticity the Cycle of Prayers (Ramsho, Sapro, etc) and Sacred Tradition is a larger circle. The current code of particular laws needs heavy revision to keep the Church Oriental in praxis.

    Remember, the Malankara Syriacs are not only trying to fight protestantism and secularism, there’s also charismaticism, Latinism, Malabarism (imitating novus-ordo-inspired-malabars), and even the pull of our people toward the two Orthodox Malankara Syriac Churches and the Marthoma (Anglican Communion) community. This is while being the smallest autonomous (suit iuris) Church in India. Although there are strong individuals and Traditional minded folks, there are many that dab in some or all of these other ponds when it suits the flavor of the day.

    There is no community of priests that has maintained the ‘phiro’ for example, although there are images of it just 60 years ago being worn. The same is true for certain other changes made to be ‘really Catholic’ like introducing EMHCs and skipping the Daily Office to say the Rosary, or some Lenten prayers to do Stations of the Cross. This varies by parish and priest, but tolerated abuse is far and wide. And it is much more damaging to a small sui iuris Church that has too wide a distance among Traditionalists to do anything practical about it.

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