Background support for the Five Dubia

Edward Pentin, probably the best English language journalist working around the Vatican these days, posted at the National Catholic Register a piece about support for the Four Cardinals and the Five Dubia.

Yes, he writes about Card. Müller’s TV interview which has caused so much discussion.

However, the most interesting he said was:

A significant number of episcopal conferences around the world have expressed their concerns to the Pope, the Register has learned, and like the four cardinals, have received no response. Also before the document was published, 30 cardinals, having seen an advance draft of the apostolic exhortation, wrote to the Pope expressing their reservations, especially on the issue of communion for remarried divorcees, warning that the document would weaken the three essential sacraments of the Church: the Eucharist, marriage, and confession. The Pope never responded to that letter either, a Vatican source told the Register.

I’ve heard the same.

Start making voluntary mortifications.

Ask your Guardian Angel to work with the Holy Father’s Guardian Angels.

Pray a lot.


Make sure your house is in order.

As I wrote in the subject… background support for the Five Dubia.

YOUR background support.

Rather than gripe, whine or complain.

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  1. John Grammaticus says:

    A shameless rip-off of Mrrs Perry and Croft, and their little ditty from their show Dad’s Army , obviously this is a little jest and in no way is intended incite violence against the person of the Holy Father.

    Who do you think you are kidding Papa Francis, if you think we’re on the run,
    Burke is the man who will stop your little games, Burke is the man who will make you think again,
    so who do you think you are kidding papa Francis ,if you think marriage is done.

    Cdl Meisner goes off to Berlin on the 8:21, but he’s back in Rome each evening and he’s ready with his gun (figuratively of course), So watch out, Papa Francis You have met your match in us.
    If you think you can crush us. We’re afraid you’ve missed the bus.

    so who do you think you are kidding papa Francis ,if you think marriage is done.

  2. rtjl says:

    Silverstream Priory has a litany of intercession for the Pope that can be used.

  3. chantgirl says:

    I am astounded at how quickly things are devolving. At first, after the dubia were made public, I felt it imperative to offer sacrifices for the Pope. Now, it seems my prayers might be better spent on the faithful priests and laity who appear to be in the gun-sights.

    If things keep going at this rate, I can’t imagine what the situation in the Church will look like in a year.

  4. Ann Malley says:

    Pray to be sure, for intercession, but also give eternal thanks to God Almighty for His faithfulness to His Spouse. He is the One who will defend us in this ongoing battle. He is the One who is allowing this stripping off of masks etc and making use of His instruments where and how He wills.

    CCC 675

    Much like Our Lord’s having prepared the Apostles for what He would endure in Jerusalem, we too have been forewarned so as to remain peaceful and filled with the necessary strength to be persecuted and even, in a manner of speaking, put to death by those who we would otherwise look to for guidance.

    “Make sure your house is in order,” is sage advice for EVERY season. (We are caught most unaware when all is seemingly well.)

    What an undeserved honor to be brought to trial by the High Priest and be treated even as Our Lord was.

    “When Jesus had said this, one of the officers standing nearby slapped Him in the face and said, “Is this how” You answer the high priest? 23Jesus replied, “If I said something wrong, testify to what was wrong. But if I spoke correctly, why did you strike Me?”…

    Perhaps, like Peter, we should look to this high honor of the imitation of Christ and acknowledge that we do not deserve it.

  5. MrsMacD says:

    If God is with us what does it matter who is against us? If God loves us, what does it matter if all the world hates us? I said this litany you posted rtjl, lovely. We do need to encourage each other to pray and do penance and frequent the sacraments. The best way to change the world is to make myself a saint, or er to let God fashion me into a saint, since I am too weak and even my own flesh rebels against me. St. Joseph, terror of demons, pray for us St. Joseph protector of Holy Church, pray for us!!!

  6. Fr_Sotelo says:

    Confession and penance are excellent ideas. Someone famous once said that a revolutionary starts with wanting others to change, but a Christian wants to reform himself first.

  7. Benedict Joseph says:

    Every once and awhile the sun shines down on this foxhole I inhabit and it makes me laugh.
    I’m trying to phrase a note to my Guardian Angel to pass on to Pope Francis’ — but nothing polite comes to mind.
    I feel like the Geico Gecko with a flat tire.

  8. rodin says:

    After the election of Pope Francis I received the following prayer from the Franciscan Monastery in Washington DC. I have been saying every day. Maybe I should say it twice a day?

    O God, who in your providential design
    Willed that your Church be built
    Upon blessed Peter,
    Whom you set over the other Apostles,
    Look with favor, we pray, on Francis our Pope
    And grant that he, whom you have made
    Peter’s successor,
    May be for your people a visible source and
    Foundation of unity in faith and of communion.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    Who lives and reigns with you
    In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    One God, forever and ever. Amen

    Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
    1400 Quincy Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20017

  9. Filipino Catholic says:

    @John Grammaticus, and now a parody of Farmer Refuted from the musical Hamilton:

    Heed not the clerics who
    Scream “(sexual) revolution”–
    They have not your interest at heart.
    Chaos, dissension are not a solution;
    Don’t let them lead you astray.
    This pontiff does not speak for me;
    He’s playing a dangerous game.
    I pray the Lord shows him His mercy–
    For shame… for shame!

    There was going to be a second part but that would have entailed some less charitable words.

  10. JARay says:

    I would like to thank John Grammaticus for his adaptation of the little ditty which used to accompany the show “Dad’s Army”. I realise that most of the posters here will hardly know what that is all about, but for me, living through the whole of WWII in England and whose father actually served in the “Home Guard” which was affectionately known as “Dad’s Army”, that show was paricularly poignant and also the source of many skits about the things that Dad’s Army actually got up to! God alone knows how things would have turned out had the German army actually made a landing on the shores of England and come face to face with Dad’s Army! The show was a spoof and also very funny.

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