Francis who art in Rome
motto of Saint Michael the Archangel
is rhetorical: “Quis ut Deus? Who is like
That is to say no one who is of a sound mind
would dare to say “Me! I am like God ... indeed,
even greater than God!”
Such a state of affairs appears to have come
to this with Francis: “Maius ego sum Deus:
I am greater than God! God legislates.
But I, Frances, amend, abrogate, invalidate, or abolish
what God legislates —
as I see fit.”
Is it madness?
Perhaps; or something darker in the making that has become
a problem, the magnitude of which the Church and Her popes
have not encountered in 2000 years.
specifically his tampering with Sacred Scripture
today, yet again.
Now Francis has called for a revision
of the Lord’s Prayer in the way of amending the sixth
lead us not into temptation”.
Jesus Christ Himself taught us to pray this way apparently
means nothing to Francis. He has a better idea,
a better way to end the Our Father than Christ gave
us when He said
therefore shall you pray: Our Father ...”
(Saint Matthew 6.9)
Christ as a "Secondary" Source
in the papacy of Francis, Christ is now a secondary source.
Do you doubt it?
“Every one that
putteth away his wife, and marrieth another,
committeth adultery: and he that marrieth her
that is put away from her husband, committeth
(Saint Matthew 16.18)
“in certain circumstances,
a person who is divorced and remarried and
is living in an active sexual partnership
might not be responsible or culpable for
the mortal sin
of adultery particularly
when a person judges that he would fall into
a subsequent fault by damaging the children
of the new union.”
finally declared this to be his “authentic
magisterium” through his scandalous and deeply
divisive Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Latetia.
That is to say, adultery — in certain circumstances —
is now permissible in the Catholic Church —
no matter what Christ taught!
has determined it to be so.
than his Lord?”
Did not Christ say
servant is not greater than his Lord; neither is the apostle
greater than He that sent him.”?
(Saint John 13.16) How then can any man abolish the teaching
of Christ? Is the servant greater than his Lord? Will man
strike out what God Himself engraved in stone on Mount Sinai
and what proceeded from the mouth of His Only Begotten Son?
Who, we ask, would possibly have the temerity, the audacity,
to do this? In the 2000 year history of Holy Mother Church,
only one pope — Francis — and under the specious presumption
of permitting sin — that is to say, an evil — to achieve
a counterfeit good.
not the Church teach, has She not always taught, that”
“One may never do evil
that good may come of it”? (Romans 3.8) —
how then are we to reconcile what Christ and Saint Paul
taught ... with the rhapsodic teachings of Francis —
that contradict them? Saint
and the apostles answering, said [to the authorities who
threatened them]: We ought to obey God, rather than men.”
The Nine Commandments ...
for the Moment
If Francis is right
about adultery, then God is wrong and we must strike
out the 7th Commandment against adultery. We are now
left with Nine Commandments ... until Francis attenuates
the next ... and again demands that we accept, with
religious submission of mind and will, his authority
it concerns homosexuality, adultery and “re-marriage”, the
Holy Eucharist and its worthy reception, and now the 2000
year old Lord’s Prayer, Francis has a new solution
to a problem that does not exist — a redaction which
is not consonant with either Sacred Scripture or Sacred
Tradition — and now ... even with the words Christ
uttered Himself. Will he revise all of Sacred Scripture
to “correctly” accord with the corrupt and “progressive”
Modernist agenda that he unabashedly pursues? Who — we
ask — can correct God Himself? Indeed,
he that contends with the Almighty instruct Him?”
(Job 40.2) It is, quite suddenly, a real question
... and one that frighteningly verges on diabolical pride.
Pray the Our Father —
the Pater Noster — in Latin:
“Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos
a malo. Amen.”,
instead of proliferating “Our Francis who art in
Rome” into the nearly 7000 living languages of Babel
where the Novus Ordo Mass is celebrated before
an ever diminishing congregation.
And do not commit adultery — no matter
what Francis or any other disaffected Catholic ecclesiastic
tells you. It is nothing less than sophistry. It
may be okay with him, but it is against
the Seventh Commandment given by God Himself.
Let us say, rather, with Saint Peter:
ought to obey God, rather than men.”
us be perfectly clear on this — not we ourselves — but
the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches the following:
“The task of giving an authentic
interpretation of the Word of God, whether in
its written form or in the form of Tradition,
has been entrusted to the living teaching office
of the Church alone. Its authority in this matter
is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ. This
means that the task of interpretation has been
entrusted to the bishops in communion with the
successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome.”
Magisterium is not superior to the Word of God,
but is its servant. It teaches only what
has been handed on to it. At the
divine command and with the help of the Holy
Spirit, it listens to this devotedly, guards
it with dedication and expounds it faithfully.
that it proposes for belief as being divinely
revealed is drawn from this single deposit of
faith.” (CCC 85-86)
It is unimaginable that we find ourselves uttering this
... of the man called the Pope of the Catholic Church.
In giving Saint
Peter the keys to loose and to bind (Saint Matthew 16.19),
Christ did not give him — or his successors — the authority
to abolish what He Himself taught.
Indeed, Christ was insistent:
“Going therefore, teach ye all nations
... to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded
you ” (Saint Matthew 28.19-20).
What are we
to make of all this ... for it is extremely portentous of
the future of the Church and its faithfulness to Christ?
If adultery “under certain circumstances” is now permissible
— while remaining against the express will and commandment
of Almighty God — what Commandment will be abolished
next? Will fornication and every sexual activity — indeed
will violating the rest of the Divine Commandments
become licit “under certain circumstances” also? This is
a travesty. Man cannot abolish the Laws of God. — It is
not a Pharisaical “rigidity” as Francis cleverly
charges those who disagree with him — it is faithfulness,
faithfulness to God and to Holy Mother Church.
Christendom will crumble — but the sacred Church of the
Ages, the Faith of our Fathers, our holy Mother the Church
lives still, and will never be overcome. Christ promised
this. The authentic Catholic Church will be smaller and
holier because it will cleave to Her Spouse Jesus Christ
in enclaves, however small, throughout the world where the
Mass is still celebrated in solemnity, dignity, and beauty
— as it was before Vatican II, and where the true teachings
of the Church still prevail over the ways of the world —
and always will.
us to pray for our persecutors. Let us, then, pray for Francis.
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