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I hope all my loyal readers had an enjoyable weekend.
In today’s post we transition from the political area of human activity to the ecclesiastical realm that is likewise undergoing a NORMALIZATION PROCESS™. Several important pieces of information have presented themselves that need to be brought to your attention, since I consider them of quite significant importance.
These developments pertain not so much to the dialogue between the SSPX and Modernist Rome but rather the general state of affairs in the NEO-MODERNIST ecclesiastical experiment, otherwise known as the post-conciliar church.
To understand the below information, context is naturally key. To provide context, I would like to draw your attention of an article that appeared in the Catholic Herald titled: Liberal Catholicism’s unexpected crisis (see here) And what is the cause of this “unexpected crisis”? Here is the relevant passage: (emphasis added)
Vito Mancuso, a former priest and protégé of the liberal Italian lion Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, shares their fears. “Two diametrically opposed forces are intensifying within the Catholic Church,” he warns us in a recent interview in La Repubblica. Opposed to the innovators like himself are those who “want to return to the ‘sound tradition,’ something especially prevalent among young priests”.
“Young priests” being the operative phrase here.
Therefore, this NORMALIZATION PROCESS™ needs to be thwarted by the “innovators”. And it is just this “reaction” of the innovators that your humble blogger has picked up coming across his radar screen over the last few weeks. So in order to place the strategy and tactics of the innovators into proper context, a chronology is in order. (emphasis added)
January 7, 2016 (SSPX US Website)
The natural place to start is with Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta’s sermon in Versailles, on January 17, 2016. In that sermon, Bishop de Galarreta made the following statement: (see here)
I foresee, I think that the pope will lean towards a one-sided recognition of the Society, and that by acts rather than by a legal or canonical approach.”
And it is this phrase that let out the proverbial “VII dogs”…
April 7, 2016 (La Croix)
For those following the “rapprochement” between Modernist Rome and the SSPX, you will recall the quite revolutionary comments made by the good Archbishop Pozzo which we explained in our post titled CDF – SSPX Dialogue: A BREAKTHROUGH? (see here) Here is the pertinent passage:
“Vatican II documents (should) be welcomed according to the required degree of adherence.” The acceptance of the texts on relations with other religions [Nostra Aetate] does not constitute a prerequisite for juridical recognition of the Lefebvrist society and certain questions will be able to remain “objects of discussion and clarification,”
”“In what concerns the Second Vatican Council, the course taken in the meetings of the last years has led to an important clarification: the Second Vatican Council can be sufficiently understood only within the context of the entire Tradition of the Church and its constant magisterium,” Archbishop Pozzo specified.
Talk about backing the big brown motorhome out of the VII garage…
May 24, 2016 (NC Register)
After this information appeared, the immediate superior of the named Archbishop, Cardinal Gerhard Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith put out a statement that contradicted the Archbishops’ in the German publication Herder Korrespondenz, . (see here) Here is that passage:
Cardinal Müller said he expects a recognition of all the Council declarations that deal with these issues, according to the interview, reported on the Austrian Catholic website, Kathpress, May 24.
All means ALL!
So naturally, one would suspect that the “VII toothpaste was successfully pushed back into the tube” and the issue and collateral discussion had been shut down.
But in the mean time, Francis was not taking any chances.
May 20, 2016 publication date (Decision on 4th of April) (CNS News)
Diocesan bishops must consult with the Vatican before establishing a diocesan religious order, Pope Francis ruled. (see here)
June 4, 2016, (Life Site News)
In a moto proprio, or letter issued of the pope’s own initiative and signed by him, titled Come una madre amorevole (“As a loving mother”), Pope Francis established a new procedure for handling cases of diocesan bishops who are negligent in their “exercise of office,” particularly in relation to the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. (see here)
Commenting on the above, we can read the following :
“As encouraging as it is to see the Holy Father taking the issue of clerical sexual abuse seriously, there are several causes for concern regarding his recent motu proprio,” Michael Hichborn, the president of the Lepanto Institute, told LifeSiteNews. “What is deeply concerning about this motu proprio is how it can be wielded as a political weapon against faithful bishops and priests.
June 30, 2016 ( NC Register)
The Vatican today published Pope Francis’ new apostolic constitution on women’s contemplative life, Vultum Dei quaerere (Seeking the Face of God).
The Holy Father ends the document by establishing a new set of rules for contemplative women, many of which emphasize the importance of God being at the center of monastic life. (see here)
The new rules have been extensively commented over at the Remnant. Here is Hilary White’s comment: (see here)
The pope has issued “new guidelines” for contemplative nuns, and it has set off every one of my alarms, long, loud and terrifying as an air raid siren. It is possibly one of the most sinister things I’ve seen coming from Bergoglio thus far, but I think few people will understand how serious it is or could be.
July 1, 2016 (NC Register)
Into this raging storm, Archbishop Pozzo had granted another interview, to Vatican Radio this time, where he addressed the recent statements by Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior of the Society of St. Pius X. The issue was the SSPX statement declaring that canonical recognition is not a priority for the Society. Here is what Archbishop Pozzo had to say: (see here)
Archbishop Pozzo: The Commission “Ecclesia Dei” does not consider it to be a step back from dialogue. (…) Thus dialogue and debate on such concrete issues will continue.
Can there ever be a step back from dialogue… for Modernist Rome? (Rhetorical question)
July 5, 2016 (Catholic Herald)
And then, during a speech in London, Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Prefect of the CDW went off the VII reservation and “appealed” for priests to “celebrate” the Novus Ordo ad orientem. (see here)
Speaking at the Sacra Liturgia conference in London on Tuesday, the Guinean cardinal, who is Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, addressed priests who were present, saying: “It is very important that we return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction – eastwards or at least towards the apse – to the Lord who comes”.
Needless to say, the Modernist’s reaction was swift and brutal. Think George Armstrong Custer. Official clarification took less than one week to be issued by Fr. Lombardi and Card. Sarah was called onto the FrancisCarpet immediately upon his return to the Vatican. (see here)
July 28, 2016 (Eponymous Flower)
The earlier interview was followed up by this one that Archbishop Pozzo gave to the “Die Zeit” -“Christ und Welt” section where the following information can be found:
The statements of the Council on interreligious dialogue, ecumenism and religious freedom have, in the words of Archbishop, a lesser degree of binding.
“This is not about beliefs or definitive statements, but instructions or guidance for pastoral practice,” says Pozzo. The SSPX found these statements difficult; but these one can also discuss after a canonical recognition with the Society.
So what this means is that the main points of contention, i.e. collegiality, religious liberty, ecumenism and the social Kingship of Christ, as spelled out/implied/interpreted by Modernist Rome are open to discussion. Or as the Archbishop stated: A LESSER DEGREE OF BINDING.
Aside, notice the logical fallacy! The term “binding” is a “binary opposite” (see here), although we would not go as far as the structuralists with the definition. For example, “binding” is a term like “full”. There can’t be something that is “fuller” or less “full”. Something either is or is not “full”. Pregnant is another example.
Let’s move on.
Pozzo confirmed that the creation of a so-called Personal Prelatire had been promised after the model of Opus Dei. The Superior General Bernard Fellay has accepted this proposal, “even if in the coming months details need to be clarified.”
So the news here is that a personal prelature was offered. Bishop Felley agreed (only viable option for the SSPX to remain independent and outside of the jurisdiction of Modernist bishops – demonstrates how desperate Francis is for a deal) but “details need to be clarified”. This no doubt has to do with SSPX assets and contributions made pursuant to Canon 1271 of the Code of Canon Law. (see here)
Therefore what we have is a non-event, yet with a significant piece of information provided by Modernist Rome. The significance is that Francis is willing to give the SSPX everything they want, just to have them sign a piece of paper.
What is happening is that Francis is desperately seeking a SSPX reconciliation. On the other hand, Francis and his revolutionary soviet are hedging themselves. The moves outlined above, i.e. Moto Proprio Come una madre amorevole, Vatican approval for establishing new religious orders and the Moto Proprio Vultum Dei quaerere were no doubt all implemented to stop any religious order or community that would develop a “Lefebvrist drift” post recognition.
Furthermore, there is also an implicit threat. It would appear that Modernist Rome is also warning the SSPX that if they do not sign, the Modernists will play the anti-Semitism card against them. For the record, here is the proper context.
Supporting evidence is as follows:
The prayer for the conversion of the Jewish people in the traditional liturgy of Good Friday has been the object of criticism by representatives of the bishops’ conferences of Germany, and of England and Wales. Spokesmen for both these conferences have requested that this prayer be removed from the traditional liturgy and that it be replaced by the Prayer for the Jews contained in the Novus Ordo missal of 1970. This is a question of enormous importance, both in itself and for the further issues it raises. It accordingly demands a response.
So the Modernists are going after the Holy Week prayers, with their faulty interpretations, which are as correct as those of paragraph 299 of the GRIM (see here) in order to soften up the SSPX’s negotiating position.
Yet Bishop Fellay has already stated that the SSPX will not compromise. Here is the relevant passage: (see here)
“If we have to choose between faith and a compromise, the choice is already made – no compromise!”
Therefore, what is becoming quite clear for all observers of this situation is:
- the SSPX will not budge.
- Francis desperately needs a reconciliation.
- The reason Francis desperately needs reconciliation is in order to gain some sort of control over the SSPX and ring-fence the NORMALIZATION PROCESS™ inside the Ecclesia Dei Commission. Hence Diocesan bishops must consult with the Vatican before establishing a diocesan religious order, Pope Francis ruled.
- Francis needs to gain control over the SSPX so as to block off any escape route for the Catholics stuck in NUChurch. Hence clampdown on contemplative orders.
- Francis is planning a repression of the larger Western Church and understands that it will not go as easily as with the suppression of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. Hence Come una madre amorevole in case of rebellion.
- But most importantly, Francis needs to do something IMMEDIATELY since the Restoration is speading in the Catholic Church, especially in the wealthy Western countries.
- The neo-modernist’s who support Francis are freaking out since they see that with their demise, so will end their Novus Ordo NUChurch.
- This will end their IDEOLOGICAL life’s work and consign them to not only the trash-heap of history, but will earn them the hatred of future generations of the Faithful.
Therefore they are leaning on the hapless Francis.
And Francis has backed himself into a corner and has only one option left, and that is the “UNILATERAL RECOGNITION” of the SSPX.
But regardless of what Francis does, he has lost already.
Just like Our Lord promissed!