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1. a state or spell of low spirits <her slumping posture betrayed a growing despondence>
2. utter loss of hope <the ability to endure defeat without despondence has allowed him to weather the ups and downs of an acting career>
Before we get started, I would just like to inform our new readers, since we have experienced a mini-boom of readership of late, as to one of the main reasons that I decided to launch this humble effort. A major motivating factor was a sense of despondence that I felt reading comment boxes across the wider Catholic blogo-sphere. I noticed this same sense of despondency not only in the Traditional circles, but likewise in the Novus Ordo 1960’s hippie church circles. However, when looking at the landscape, especially post Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, the situation is actually quite positive. True, the Novus Ordo church is decomposing. Good riddance to bad rubbish I say. However, on the Traditionalist side, we are experiencing quite an extraordinary rebirth, a rebirth that is gaining momentum even in a very hostile environment that is the Francis pontificate. And just to make you, dear reader aware of this situation, I have provided a definition of despondance above. I have also providing two links for your information. One is to a post on the Camden N.J. Catholic Star Herald website which explains quite neatly the association between despondency one of the Seven Deadly Sins, namely Sloth. (see here) The second post and associated link that I am providing is to one that I wrote explaining how this Restoration began, a Restoration that can only be described as the work of the Holy Spirit protecting His “indefectible” Church and allowing the Faithful to rebuild it from the ashes. The associated link is to the largest global mass directory informing the Faithful where they can find an Immemorial Mass of All Ages being offered. (see here and here) Please read through this material, and tuck it away in the back of your mind. And if possible, get involved in this epic endeavor of “restoring all things in Christ”. (see here)
Over the course of the last few weeks, this blog has tried to identify the essential elements with respect to the TRUE AGENDA of Francis and his backers. We have also identified the STRATEGY that Francis has put in place for advancing this TRUE AGENDA through the upcoming Synod of Bishop that will begin in 255 days.
Today, we will begin discussing the FORCES that will be taking part in this epic battle at the upcoming Synod. Please keep in mind, that this Synod will be like no other in the history of the Catholic Church. The reason that it will be like no other is the for the first time in Church history, we have a Roman Pontiff that has instructed his bishops to DISREGARD THE DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, in order to satisfy some undertakings that this pontiff has made to a SPECIAL INTEREST group. The proof of this reality is contained in the Lineamenta, or the guideline document that was sent out to the Bishops’ Conferences on the 9th of December 2014, and reads as follows: (emphasis added)
The proposed questions which follow and the reference numbers to the paragraphs in the Relatio Synodi are intended to assist the bishops’ conferences in their reflection and to avoid, in their responses, a formulation of pastoral care based simply on an application of doctrine, which would not respect the conclusions of the Extraordinary Synodal Assembly and would lead their reflection far from the path already indicated.
It is an issue of DOCTRINE that this war is being fought over!
The Field of Battle
Today we will undertake to identify and review the opposing forces and the individual players. We will break down the sides into two camps:
TEAM CATHOLIC: will designate the organizations and individuals who are resisting the CHANGE OF DOCTRINE BY STEALTH, i.e. the TRUE AGENDA of Francis and the Manipulators.
TEAM FRANCIS: (Not to be confused with “Team Bergoglio” of Ivereigh allegations fame.) will designate the individuals and organizations that ARE ATTEMPTING TO CHANGE THE DOCTRINE BY STEALTH, i.e. the TRUE AGENDA of Francis and his operational elements, i.e. the Manipulators
From the evidence assembled to date, the armies of the battle formation TEAM CATHOLIC are comprised of the following:
Roman Curia: We know that over 90% of the Roman Curia is against either FRANCIS or his TRUE AGENDA. We have confirmation of this from sources associated with the Novus Ordo camp that is supporting Francis. (see here)
Bishops’ Conferences: So far, we have observed that the CATHOLIC forces are comprised of the following bishops’ conferences: United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, Eastern Europe and Africa.
Individual Prelates: We know that the high level prelates who are in the CATHOLIC forces are Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Pell, Cardinal Muller, Cardinal Oullet, Cardinal De Paolis, Cardinal Scola (see here), Cardinal Piacenza, Cardinal Brandmuller, Cardinal Meisner, Cardinal Napier, Cardinal Bagnasco, Cardinal Caffarra, Cardinal Robles Ortega, Cardinal Erdo, Cardinal Sarah.
From the evidence assembled to date, the armies of the battle formation TEAM FRANCIS are comprised of the following:
Bishops’ Conferences: The Bishops’ Conferences supporting the forces of FRANCIS are the Germans. However, there are problems within the German camp. (see here) It would be more appropriate to say that it is the leadership of the German Bishop’s Conference that is the main driver behind the TRUE AGENDA of Francis .The other potential Bishops’ Conferences that could be supporting but have not been identified by this blog are the Austrians, Belgians.
Individual Prelates: We know that the high level prelates who are in the FRANCIS camp are Cardinal Kasper (“Team Bergoglio” – see here), Cardinal Lehmann (“Team Bergoglio”- see here), Cardinal Danneels (“Team Bergoglio”- see here), Cardinal Schonborn (“Team Bergoglio”- see here), Cardinal “Bling” Marx (see here and here and here), Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor (“Team Bergoglio” – see here), Cardinal Tagle (see here), Cardinal Poletto (see here), Cardinals Ravasi (see here), Cardinal Wuerl (see here).
Over the course of the next 255 days, this blog will be reassessing the above battle formations, their supporting forces and their leadership to try and present an accurate picture of the state of the battlefield. When new groupings or individual prelates join the battle lines, we will be updating the above. Consider the above an informal Table of Organization and Equipment (TOE) of both sides. When new information arises, we will provide the links to that information next to the organization or individual to which it pertains.
Update: 22 January 2015 07:34 a.m.
I have put up a page titled: Synod of Bishops 2015: Table of Organization and Equipment (TO&E) where I will be tracking the movements of formations and personnel.