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Fr. Marc Vernoy: An Open Letter To My Brother Priests

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On the Feast of Saint John the Baptist, August 29th, 2018, Fr. Marc Vernoy, Prior of St. Thomas More Church in Sanford, Florida wrote a letter to his brother priests in Florida. This letter is wide ranging in scope, and deals with the current crisis in the Catholic Church, and what priests can do to fight back against the overwhelming wave of corruption that is consuming God's Holy Church.

Father's suggested remedies (attending the Mass, praying our daily Rosary, adoration and contemplation, and sincere prayers to the Mother of God) are all things we can also do as lay Catholics to beg God for an end to the crisis, and a restoration of our Holy Mother Church. 

Please share this video (especially to priests who aren't in a Traditional order), and subscribe to the YouTube channel. This will be a great help to continue building this new apostolate.


Dear Brother Priest,

Greetings in the united Hearts of Jesus and Mary. My name is Marc Vernoy, I was ordained a Catholic priest for the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X on June 29, 1995. After having been sent to Asia, Europe and Africa. I was assigned in Sanford, Florida, eight years ago to establish our Priory.

We are “a priestly society of common life without vows, after the example of the Societies of Foreign Missions.”[1] Our “purpose is the priesthood and all that pertains to it and nothing but what concerns it; i.e., the priesthood as Our Lord Jesus Christ willed it when He said, “Do this for a commemoration of me.”[2]

Before founding our Society, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre led the largest Catholic missionary congregation, the Holy Ghost Fathers and was the Apostolic Delegate for West Africa. His experience showed him the necessity of a real common life to preserve and strengthen our priestly life against the challenges and dangers of modern life in this world.

As our Lord suffered His terrible Passion, so His Mystical Body, holy Mother the Church is atrociously suffering today through so many victims, children and young adults and in her immaculate and divine dignity. Some of her beloved sons, consecrated in the Priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ, have appallingly betrayed her and have sorely defiled their persons with horrible crimes. Their unnatural depravation is so evil that Holy Scripture[3] places it among the four sins that cry to heaven for vengeance. In their sacrilegious abuses, they crucify the whole Church, they desecrate their holy Unction and even give up their fatherhood and their human dignity, as there is no dignity anymore when you depart so sinfully from God, our Creator and Redeemer.

As poor sinners, we all know that human nature is weak and wounded, always ready to fall into sin. Thus, our Lord Jesus Christ is alerting us, “watch ye, and pray that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak”[4]. He constantly admonishes us against the perils of the world, whose Prince is Satan[5], and has no positive or “optimistic attitude” towards them. “The world does hate me, because I denounce it for its evil doings.”[6] “If you belonged to the world, the world would know you for its own and love you; it is because you do not belong to the world, because I have singled you out from the midst of the world, that the world hates you.”[7] “Have you never been told that the world’s friendship means enmity with God, and the man who would have the world for his friend makes himself God’s enemy?”[8]

However, after the Second Vatican Council and through the liturgical reform as well, these evangelical exhortations have been silenced in the Church. In the General Audience of July 3, 1974, Pope Paul VI explained this change as follows: “We have certainly heard of the severity of the saints for the evils of the world. Many are still familiar with the books of asceticism, which have a generally negative judgment on earthly corruption. But it is also certain that we live in a different spiritual climate, being invited, especially by the recent council, to take an optimistic look at the modern world, its values, its conquests.”[9] He then continues his speech praising modern materialism, comfort and technology and gave this advice: “We must maintain a line of demarcation between Christian life and secular life. Between the spiritual and the temporal there cannot exist this communion - or rather this confusion - of interests and ways of life that the old unitary conception of Christianity made easier and more habitual.”[10]

We Catholics, faithful to the Word of our Lord and to the holy Tradition of His Church have always been aware of the distinction between the spiritual and the temporal worlds, but not a separation, “a line of demarcation”, as we believe in the social Kingship of the Son of God. We are for a communion coming from subsidiarity, but certainly not for any confusion. We want divine Love to be known in this world, to spread and to be loved.

These words of Paul VI along with many others regarding a new “spiritual” attitude towards the “world” are very disturbing and confusing, as they frankly depart from divine doctrine and from the constant teaching and practice of the Catholic Church. The absence of God the Father in any society is at the root of all evils we may witness today. How could Paul VI open the gates of the Church to the fetid and evil spirit of the world, promoting a liberal and godless attitude with the world? This invitation has unfortunately been observed in what was called the aggiornamento of our Church. The holy Father, instead promoting the salvific influence of the Church in our world and caring for the spiritual good of his flock, exposed both to the sinful contamination of the world for their own ruin. At the first rank of this contamination have been the consecrated persons. 120,000 priests left the priesthood for the world and its corruption and many who stayed in their position have greatly suffered. Also, the changes in the liturgy contributed to a confusion regarding the identity of the Priest and even to a desecration of Priesthood. Every day of our life we need to be reminded about our sacred identity and divine vocation.

Paul VI concluded the Second Vatican Council with these words: “Indeed, an immense love for men profoundly permeated it. Human needs examined and considered in detail... have absorbed the attention of our Synod. You worshipers of humanity (cultores humanitatis) who renounce transcendental truths ought to pay tribute to the Council for at least this and acknowledge our new Humanism. For we also, and we more than anyone, are worshipers of man.”[11]

This new horizontal attitude, worldly and man-centered, forgetting the primal and preliminary vertical attitude towards God Almighty altered completely the meaning of Christian life and had enormous effects on Catholic doctrine and liturgy.

Nevertheless, the Apostle admonished the Romans regarding this very attitude leading to all perversions and abuses. “For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man... Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness, to dishonor their own bodies among themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, that prompts them to disgraceful acts. They are versed in every kind of injustice, knavery, impurity, avarice, and ill-will; spiteful, murderous, contentious, deceitful, depraved, backbiters, slanderers, God’s enemies; insolent, haughty, vainglorious; inventive in wickedness, disobedient to their parents; without prudence, without honor, without love, without loyalty, without pity. Yet, with the just decree of God before their minds, they never grasped the truth that those who so live are deserving of death; not only those who commit such acts, but they also that consent to them that do them.”[12]

Let us keep in mind that Saint Paul is not targeting only abusers, but also those who cover for and promote this kind of behavior. As a consequence, it is quite clear that this new “optimistic look at the modern world” deprives the flock from any spiritual protection and abandon them to pride, idolatry, adultery, egotism, narcissism, “selfism”, blindness, contraception and abortion, addiction, practical atheism, abuse of power, irresponsibility, revolutionary feminism, social chaos, homosexuality and many other evils that we do better not to name.

In a society as large as the Church, there is a force of inertia that can still give the illusion of its strength, and cohesion for a certain time after a serious and disabling event. The Church is partially unplugged for half a century, as God did not fully abandon her. Confused and without a clear supernatural goal, her human side simply continued to roll thanks to the strength it had accumulated until those years and thanks to an intense and overwhelming emphasis on administration. Many societies deprived of fatherhood, a loving authority that gives a vision, have forgotten the “why” of their lives to focus on the “how” of their organization.

Today, we are witnessing the result of a disconnection with God the Father, the batteries are very low and the spectacle of the fall in shameful convulsions is lamentable. While Pope Paul VI approved and promoted the disconnection, some Roman Pontiffs tried to fix things, especially the moral life with cosmetic measures, which are worthless, as the only effective medicine, which is in the truth of our Faith in the Word of God and in His mystical Body. Very few in the Catholic Church are those who really believe in this article of Faith that She in union with Her Head Who is Christ, is the only One Who provides the necessary means of salvation to human beings[13].

The true Church and chaste celibacy cannot be the cause of today’s scandals. The crime comes from a carelessness for spiritual good, from an invasive anti-Catholic subculture and from the absence of true Shepherds and Fathers. The new collegial way of governing the Church deprived the Fathers of their full authority, responsibility and accountability and finally of their paternal heart.

The Second Vatican Council and its consequences were supposed to revivify the Church with a reformation, but it obviously favored a dreadful deformation. Never has a true Catholic reformation ever been liberal and confusing in its teaching, lax and permissive in its practice, as it clearly was in the last Council.

We know that a fish rots from the head, but we also know that the good outcome always comes from Peter and we must pray for the Pope. “Thou art Peter, and it is upon this rock that I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it; and I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven; and whatever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven; and whatever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”[14]

However, in his Letter to the People of God[15], Pope Francis unfortunately avoids the deep causes of so many heartbreaking scandals. Three key words are missing: “homosexual”, “bishop” and “sacrilege”. We do not hear Peter warning us and taking any concrete measure against the liberal and homosexual subculture, corrupting from the highest prelates to the simple assistant priest. We know for years that many in the hierarchy are covering up for and even promoting this evil subculture, liberal in its theory and confusing and perverting in its latest practical consequences. We unfortunately know today that Peter is apparently tainted with this subcultural influence[16]. In the Letter to the People of God Pope Francis gives no concrete direction. Being accountable and responsible for whatever happens under their authority to the flock, Pope Francis is not asking his brother bishops to investigate, to inquire, to thoroughly and canonically visit their diocese. Where is the sense of Fatherhood? Though, “no man can serve two masters![17] and we expect our Holy Father to set a clear example, as the Vicar of our Lord and to act as a true Father in order to confirm His Brothers under the authority our only Master, Christ our Lord.

Background checks are a cosmetic measure. We need the help of God the Father, we need to beg the Holy Ghost for the grace to keep the Faith, the grace to persevere in His Charity and Love, the grace to be led by His Hope and to live in His Peace. This requires remaining in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. The very minimum we must do is to pray faithfully our Breviary, our Rosary, to reserve a quiet time of contemplation, another to savor Holy Scripture, to entertain a deep love for the sacrament of Penance and its frequent use and finally a supreme devotion for the holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the summit of our lives and reminds us who we are. We must also ask for prayers. Traditionally, first Thursdays are dedicated to pray for priests, at masses, adoration, holy hour, etc. Our brother priests need our presence and comfort to avoid the curse of loneliness that affects many, which is a deadly danger and for some a foretaste of Hell. “Woe to him that is alone, for when he falls, he has none to lift him up.”[18]

We, first sons of our Immaculate Blessed Lady, need to ask her intercession to live a holy and chaste life. It is a gift that we must daily beg through prayer, fasting, corporal penance and ascetic life. “They that are Christ’s have crucified their flesh with the vices and concupiscences.”[19] Our Lord warns us, “unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish”[20]. The first move of a worldly life is to abandon the ascetic life and the splendid and radiating virtue of chastity. The gift of this delicate virtue is a fruit of our constant understanding, renewal and love of our consecration.

We have been set apart and we shall not take back what we have sacrificed and given to God Almighty. The holy sacrifice of the Mass is at the core of our fidelity and a necessity to continue to grow in the dedication of our own “fiat”. “Neglect not the grace that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with imposition of the hands of the priesthood. Meditate upon these things, be wholly in these things: that thy profiting may be manifest to all. Take heed to thyself and to doctrine: be earnest in them. For in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee.”[21] Our identity is a divine gift and we must have a vivid sense of it to live it wholly.

We, priests of our Lord Jesus Christ are expected to preach fully, courageously and without any ambiguity the mysteries of God and all the means He gives us to live these mysteries.

The doctrine regarding sin and the last ends are extremely efficient. “Sin is the one and only evil in the world. We mortals are accustomed to regard the sufferings and contradictions of this life as evils, whereas they are graces in reality; since, far from separating us from God, they bring us nearer to Him. Through sin man becomes worthless in God’s sight; through sin, he, who is made of nothing, returns to his original nothingness. St. John Chrysostom says: ‘Many consider eternal damnation to be the greatest of all evils; but for my part, I always assert that to offend Jesus Christ is a far greater evil’. Sin is a greater evil than the annihilation of the world, nay, of a million worlds, with their countless inhabitants. Sin is the only real disgrace.”[22]

We, priests and sinners, united with the Passion and Crucifixion of our Redeemer, alter Christus, must fulfil our duty of reparation and expiation for the sin of the world, the sin of our fallen brothers and set a good example for this purpose. In these troubled and confused times, we have the great duty to remind ourselves and the faithful about the evil of the practice of homosexuality and seriously fight against its unnatural contamination.

We pray to Mary Immaculate, who prophesized this crisis at Akita, Fatima, La Salette, Quito, etc. We pray to her for the Church and for you my dear brother priest, who are expected, after our necessary and certainly sorrowful purification, to be a key instrument in the absolutely needed conversion and reformation to return to the Love of Christ.


Sources:

[1] F.S.S.P.X Statutes (I:1) “approved by a decree of the Bishop of Fribourg, November 1, 1970, and praised in a letter from the Sacred Congregation of the Clergy, dated February 18, 1971”.

[2] Idem (II:1)

[3] Gn 18:20-21

[4] Mk 14:38

[5] Jn 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; Ap 12:9; etc.

[6] Jn 7:7

[7] Jn 15:19

[8] Js 4:4

[9] https://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/it/audiences/1974/documents/hf_p-vi_aud_19740703.html

[10] Idem

[11] Paul VI, Homily of the closing Mass of the Second Vatican Council on December 7, 1965, from the original Latin version: http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/la/speeches/1965/documents/hf_p-vi_spe_19651207_epilogo-concilio.html

[12] Rm 1:22-32

[13] Salus extra ecclesiam non est, St Cyprian Ep 4:4; Ep 73:21,2. Extraordinary Magisterium: Innocent III, 4th Lateran Council. Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam. Eugene IV, Cantate Domino. All Popes taught this dogma, especially from Leo XII to Pius XII.

[14] Mt 16:18-19

[15] http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/letters/2018/documents/papa-francesco_20180820_lettera-popolo-didio.html

[16] https://s3.amazonaws.com/lifesite/TESTIMONYXCMVX-XENGLISH-CORRECTED-FINAL_VERSION_-_G-2.pdf : TESTIMONY by His Excellency Carlo Maria Viganò Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana Apostolic Nuncio.

[17] Mt 6:24

[18] Eccles 4:10

[19] Gal 5:24-25

[20] Lk 13:3

[21] 1Tim 4:14-16

[22] The Catechism explained, Spirago, III Sin 2:3

*VIDEO* John Vennari: Pope Francis - Modernism With a Smile

Vox Catholica

This conference is one of the last major conferences before John Vennari (RIP) lost his battle with Cancer and passed away.

In this talk, John dissects Jorge Bergolio (now Pope Francis) and his  background in the 60's and 70's as a Jesuit seminarian, and helps explain how the current pope views The Church and ecclesiology.

John traces the errors of Vatican II back through time to subjectivist philosophers such as René Descartes and Immanuel Kant, and their adoption into the modernist church by people like Maurice Blondell, Henri de Lubac, Yves Congar, Hans Kung, Josef Ratzinger and others.

This is a fantastic overview of the current crisis that has absolutely decimated the Catholic Church.

*Video* Econe: The Priests For Tomorrow

Vox Catholica

In the wake of the devastation of the Second Vatican Council, one bishop, Archbishop Marcel LeFebvre, stood up against these changes and held fast to the Catholic Faith of all time. In 1970, Archbishop LeFebvre founded the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) as a religious order, operating within the Catholic Church, with provisional approbation from +François Charrière, Bishop of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg.

The provisional status of the SSPX was rescinded by Bishop Charrière's successor, Bishop Pierre Mamie, and Archbishop LeFebvre was unable to appeal this un-just decision.

Although some say that the SSPX is in an "irregular" canonical position, it is evident that the Society is Catholic, teaches the true doctrine of the Catholic Church, and celebrates the Mass of All time as approved by the Church.

More details on the Society can be found at www.SSPX.org Now, more than ever, it is more and more evident that Archbishop LeFebvre was right, and that the church (or at least her leaders) has gone astray.

Pope Francis has recently denied the existence of Hell, and been presented with "Dubia" about his apostolic exhortation "Amoris Laetitia," and hundreds of other theologians have signed a "Correction Filialis" which accuses the Pope of allowing the propogation of heresy.

People like Jesuit priest Father James Martin run around the church actively normalizing the "LGBT Community," and encouraging the destruction of the family, and the USCCB has been caught funding Pro-LGBT and Pro-Abortion left-wing activist groups. We need faithful groups like the SSPX now, more than ever during this crisis in the world and in the Church.

German Bishops: Actively Encouraging Sin

James Austin

It is believed that, at the Council of Nicaea, St. Athanasius said “The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of bishops” regarding the Arian heresy. One can only sit back and wonder what this great saint would say to the current hierarchy of our days. With everything from cocaine-fueled homosexual parties in the Vatican, to the encouragement of sacrilegious Communions for the divorced and remarried, those living in sinful cohabitation, and homosexuals. It is not just St. Athanasius who is rolling over in his grave.

Mid-January 2018 has seen an increased push towards encouraging these sacrilegious practices, especially in Germany; but before we start to dig into these news items, let’s first lay some foundations for any of our readers who, perhaps, have not been following these controversies.

Saint Thomas Aquinas says in the Summa Theologica, II, II, q. 33, a. 4, “It must be observed, however, that if the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly.”

Canon 212 § 3 of the Code of Canon Law states: “According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which [the faithful] possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals."

And finally, canon 1752 states that “the salvation of souls … must always be the supreme law of the Church.”

With these texts in mind, and with a heavy heart, I must report yet again on this deep crisis in the Church. I’m sure for some of my online readers that it must seem as though I take delight in calling out the hierarchy of the Church, but in truth it is one of the most burdensome and difficult things to do. We shouldn’t have to live this way day-to-day, and I encourage you to spend as much time in prayer for these poor “shepherds” of Christ’s flock as it takes you to read this article.

The first item of news comes to us from Gloria.TV where it is reported that Archbishop Jorge Ortiga of Braga, Portugal has published a set of sacrilegious guidelines, following the lead of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia in the worse way possible. These new guidelines state that divorcees living in a “second liaison” may undergo a six-month-long program that will consist of a type of “catechism” as well as meetings afterward. From what I gather, it is like a hybrid of RCIA classes mixed with Alcoholics Anonymous.

According to Gloria.TV, Archbishop Braga allows these people to receive Holy Communion in direct contradiction to Christ’s own words: “But I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife… maketh her to commit adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.”

The second condition set forth by Archbishop Braga is that the adulterous couple must have been ongoing for five years, which this poor bishop seems to believe shows some sort of “stability” to these liaisons. It wasn’t too long ago that such bigamists would have been considered by the Church to be “hardened sinners.”

These guidelines of Archbishop Braga seem to fall completely into conformity with Chapter VIII of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, which has caused not only the presentation of the “Dubia” by Cardinals Burke, Caffarra, Brandmüller, and Meisner (which still remain un-answered) but also the presentation of a “Correctio Filialis” which has now been signed by 250 bishops, theologians and various priests who rightly see the Pope’s actions as gravely problematic and severely damaging to the faith and the souls of Catholics everywhere.

In a world where love and marriage have been de-valued by an omnipresent acceptance of divorce and remarriage in protestant sects as well as the secular world, and further cheapened by popular culture, television, Hollywood, and a near ubiquity of pornography, it is truly sad to see God’s Holy Church going along with these social trends, instead of bravely taking a stand and fighting for the Truth of our faith to the death.

These grave errors all stem from a reversal of the purpose and nature of Matrimony. The 1917 Code of Canon Law states in canon 856: “The primary object of marriage is the procreation and education of offspring; the secondary purpose is mutual assistance and the remedy of concupiscence.”

The new Code of Canon Law of 1983 (after Vatican II) states in canon 1055 §1: “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring…”

To make this point absolutely crystal clear, Catholic doctrine states that the primaryfunction of marriage is the procreation and education of children, and secondarily for the mutual help and love of the spouses. What the new Code of Canon Law does is raise the secondary objective of matrimony to the level of the primary, or at least makes these two objectives of equal import. This, of course, can be interpreted to mean that if marriage is about love, and mutual help, with children as only an afterthought, why are we so sure that homosexuals cannot “celebrate” this sacrament? If the education of children is not the primary objective, then there should be no problem with allowing married couples to shatter their relationship, leaving the children to grow up in a broken home, without any true and moral demonstration of what marriage is supposed to look like.

This, of course, is exactly where the German bishops are picking up. In recent news, Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabrück has made more than just comments about homosexual unions.

“I'm concerned with fundamental questions of how we deal with each other; although 'marriage for all' differs clearly from the Church's concept of marriage, it's now a political reality… We have to ask ourselves how we're encountering those who form such relationships and are also involved in the Church, how we're accompanying them pastorally and liturgically."

This comment from Bishop Bode comes after the first gay weddings were conducted in German churches, following a vote by the German parliament allowing full blown same-sex “marriage.”

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Despite the fact that canons 1055-1057 of the new Code of Canon Law state clearly that the matter needed for this sacrament are both a man and a woman, this German bishop is asking questions like “Shouldn't we be fairer, given that there is much that's positive, good and right in this? Should we not, for example, consider a blessing -- something not to be confused with a wedding ceremony?”

According to the National Catholic Reporter, Bishop Bode has called on the Vatican to form a commission to explore these possibilities, as well as the possibility of ordaining women deacons to supplement for the decline in vocations being experienced not only in the German church, but in the Church all over the world since Vatican II. Bishop Bode said, “This commission is very much exploring tradition, but I think we shouldn't just start there…”

According to OnePeterFive Bishop Bode went on in his January 10th interview: “We have to reflect upon the question as to how to assess, in a differentiated manner, a relationship between two homosexual persons. […] Is there not so much positive and good and right so that we have to be more just?”

In an interview conducted by katholisch.de, Professor Benedikt Kranemann, a liturgy scholar at the Catholic Theology department at the University of Erfurt, and adviser to the German Bishops’ Conference, said: “There has not yet been a real theological discussion in the Catholic Church about in what ritual form such a salvific promise [sic] from God – because that is what a blessing stands for – could be expressed for these [homosexual] couples.”

Clearly the days of recognizing sodomy as a sin crying to Heaven for vengeance are gone. In fact, it’s difficult to find any Novus Ordo priest that will recognize the basic and immutable Church teaching that homosexual acts are intrinsically evil; even according to the new Catechism numbers 2357-2359. Furthermore, the Church only teaches and shows us ways of life that are good for all, for the salvation of all, and if everyone became homosexual, humanity would cease to exist, since homosexuals cannot procreate.

Professor Kranemann continued:

“I consider it to be theologically problematic if one denies such a blessing to people who consider it to be necessary for them. People also have the right that the grace of God should be extended to them…”

The only thing theologically problematic is people mis-representing, mis-interpreting and twisting the Holy Religion of God towards their own sick and disordered ends.

But such is life in the modernist church, where everyone is their own pope, declaring what is good and right for themselves, according to their feelings. Remember, this all stems from an erroneous understating of truth. Saint Thomas Aquinas teaches us that truth is the adequation of the intellect to objective reality; whereas Maurice Blondel, one of the primary modernist theologians, said that truth is the adequation of the mind to life. This, of course, is a totally subjectivist view of truth stemming from vital imminence: the idea that God lies within us, and that we must reflect in our own hearts to discern what God wants us to do, instead of adapting our behaviors and actions to a morality that exists outside of ourselves.

Finally, according to reports from the National Catholic Register, there is a “major conference” being planned in Rome, due to take place in April, to discuss all of these errors and more. The conference was the last wish of Cardinal Caffara (one of the prelates who presented Pope Francis with the Dubia on Amoris Laetitia).

According to the Register:

“…the conference is expected to explore the limits of papal infallibility as well as seek ways to overcome the division in the Church, exacerbated by what many see as pastoral and doctrinal confusion on key moral issues.”

Considering that as yet, the Dubia and the Correctio Filialis have gone without comment from the Pope, I wouldn’t hold my breath that we will see Francis affirming Catholic doctrine at all, but nevertheless we must pray, and make it known that no matter what, we will not defect from the faith of our fathers. Whether it be the soft persecution of liberalism, or the inevitable persecution of blood, we will take our stand with Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church, ‘til death do us part.

Obscene Vatican Nativity Lauded By LGBT Activists - Too Racy For Facebook

James Austin

Pope Francis has recently said that the media has been "looking for things that are old news, and have already been dealt with, and bringing them to light today." He said this kind of sensationalized, defamatory and unbalanced journalism is a "grave sin that hurts the heart of the journalist and hurts others."

While I agree that calumny and defamation are evil and sinful, there is certainly a great advantage, in my opinion, for people with the attention span of a gnat to be able to re-visit old stories that re-frame how we view new stories.

So, in the light of the Pope's recent interview, and in Christmas charity, I won't be bringing up things like when Pope Francis said "There is no Catholic God", or when he said Mary thought about yelling at an angel at the foot of the cross "Liar! I was deceived." Or that time he got a Crucifix fashioned as a Communist hammer and sickle. Or his dereliction of duty in the face of Dubia about the reception of the sacraments by the divorced and "remarried." And I definitely don't want to mention the unprecedented filial correction on the propagation of heresy.

No, I don't want to talk about any of that "old" stuff. Let's talk about something new!

Let's talk about the Vatican's new, improved, dynamic and innovative Nativity...

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Maybe it's just me, but this nativity resembles Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride more than the central moment in history where God became man.

The "theme" for this year's nativity is the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy. The Pope explained:

“This year’s Nativity scene, executed in the typical style of Neapolitan art, is inspired by the works of mercy. They remind us that the Lord has told us: ‘Whatever you wish men to do to you, you also do to them’ (Mt 7.12). The crib is the suggestive place where we contemplate Jesus Who, taking upon Himself the miseries of man, invites us to do likewise, through acts of mercy.”

What I'm missing is why there needs to be a theme in the first place? Why can't we just celebrate the birth of Our Lord? Why does everything have to be changed?

These are all rhetorical questions, of course, because we should already know the answers. "They" (whoever "they" are) will not stop until everything of the Catholic religion is completely destroyed. Traditions must be uprooted, continual distractions must be put in place, and there can be absolutely nothing left that even barely resembles the "old religion" for fear that the faithful might rise up against the rising tide of sin, degeneracy, globalism, and slavery engulfing the world. The "New World Order" types fear a strong Catholicism, because strong Catholics would never allow "them" to destroy our countries, our cultures, and our souls. Ultimately, this is why all the natural defense systems of the Church were done away with at Vatican II, and the people were sedated by the opiate-like "smoke of satan."

The Nativity, designed by Antonio Cantone who has been designing Nativities for the church for a few years, was intended to be controversial. Cantone said:

“It is not a campy nativity; it is particular and makes you think... It leaves no one indifferent; there are provocations.”

One group that did not remain indifferent on this nativity is the popular social media site Facebook, who disallowed advertising of a post containing a photograph of the scene. The Facebook page "Veritas Vincit International" posted the photo, as a means of critisicing it, only to have their ad rejected. The justification for this censorship? “Your ad can’t include images that are sexually suggestive or provocative.” 

I'm not sure if it's more sad or funny that the website which has been a platform for ISIS recruitmentlive streamed suicide videospedophilia, and all manner of smutty/pornographic posts, has finally found some twisted sense of morality in censoring this photograph. Frankly, I'm not so sure the nudity really was the problem for Facebook; maybe they were just upset that "Veritas Vincit International" was critical of this "artistic" decision of Francis - the radical left's dearly beloved Pope.

What's more, the controversial Nativity scene was donated by Abbey of Montevergine, which LifeSite News has recently exposed as a center of Homosexualist Activism.

According to LifeSite:

[...]The Abbey of Montevergine, which donated the innovative ‘Nativity of Mercy,’ houses the Marian image that has been adopted as patroness by LGBT activists in Italy. The abbey shrine is the annual destination of a sort of sacred and profane “ancestral gay pride” pilgrimage which, according to one LGBT activist, in recent years has gained the “active, political participation of the LGBT community.”
An official of the Vatican’s Governorate has told LifeSiteNews that the abbey of Montevergine initially proposed the original idea for the ‘Nativity of Mercy.’ The Vatican discussed and developed a more detailed design with the abbey, then submitted final plans to the Secretary of State and Pope Francis for approval, which was duly granted.

In an interview with LifeSite, Antonello Sannini, president of homosexual activist group Arcigay Naples said:

“The presence of the Vatican Nativity Scene for us is a reason to be even happier this year [...] For the homosexual and transsexual community in Naples, it is an important symbol of inclusion and integration.”

The Vatican has thus far declined comment on this radical nativity, but Italian Church historian Roberto de Mattei has not remained silent:

[...] de Mattei of the Lepanto Foundation sees this as the latest attempt to “paganize Italy and Europe” through indirect means, in what he calls “soft neo-paganization.”
This involves choosing places of Christian worship “to return them to their pagan origins,” De Mattei explained, sending Christianity back into the age of catacombs where it was persecuted by the pagans. The LGBT movement is not only political or cultural but a “religious movement” with pagan characteristics, he added. “This should not surprise us, because sex was also at the center of many pagan cults,” De Mattei said. “This therefore portends a new neo-pagan persecution of those who remain faithful to Catholicism.”
De Mattei noted that next year marks 50 years since the cultural, or sexual, revolution of 1968, and he believes it is now being “transformed into a religious revolution” where sex is still at the center, but being “transformed into a divinity intended to replace Christianity.”  

Pope Francis Releases Statement On Amoris Laetitia- Affirms "Primacy of Conscience"

James Austin

Here we go again.

Earlier today, Pope Francis (who stands accused of allowing heresy to spread within the Church) released a video statement to a meeting organized by the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) on Amoris Laetitia. Yahoo! News said in an article today, that Pope Francis "reaffirmed the 'primacy' of using one's conscience to navigate tough moral questions."

According to Yahoo, "Francis reaffirmed the centrality of 'The Joy of Love' [Amoris Laetitia] as the Church's guide to Catholic couples today trying to navigate the ups and downs of complicated family situations."

The Pope's address smacks of phenomenology, relativism, situational ethics and interior revelation, instead of the defined doctrines, dogmas and traditional practices of Holy Mother Church. In the 4th paragraph the Pope states "Let the Church in Italy help to assimilate and develop Amoris Laetitia’s content and style," giving a nod to Collegiality run rampant in the post-Vatican II Church. One would think that the Pope's teachings wouldn't need to be "assimilated" into the pastoral practice of the Church, but would blend seamlessly with the teaching and practice of the church passed down through the ages.

This document basically stands as an insult to faithful Catholics everywhere, and only continues to muddy the already murky waters for those unaware of the Modernist revolution within the Church. Instead of bringing the clarity and unity that the clergy and the faithful need so desperately in this time of crisis, this letter only further divides the Church.

You can read the full text in its entirety below. Translation courtesy of Radio Vatican.


Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

I cordially greet all of you who attend the third International Symposium on the Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, convened by the Office for Pastoral Care of the Family of the Italian Bishops’ Conference.

The theme you have proposed: The Gospel of Love between Conscience and Norm, is of great importance, and can illuminate the path that the Churches in Italy are taking, in order to respond to the desire for family that emerges in the soul of the young generations. Love between a man and a woman is obviously among the most generative human experiences; it is the leaven of a culture of  encounter, and introduces to the present world an injection of sociality. Indeed “the good of the family is decisive for the future of the world and of the Church. (Amoris laetitia, 31)” The family born of marriage creates fruitful bonds, which reveal themselves to be the most effective antidote against the individualism that currently runs rampant; however, along the journey of marital love and family life there are situations that require arduous choices, which must be made with rectitude. In the domestic reality, sometimes there are concrete knots to be addressed with prudent conscience on the part of each. It is important that spouses, parents, be not left alone, but accompanied in their commitment to applying the Gospel to the concreteness of life. On the other hand, we know well that “we are called to form consciences, not to pretend to substitute them. (Ibid., 37)”

The contemporary world risks confusing the primacy of conscience, which is always to be respected, with the exclusive autonomy of the individual with respect to the relations that he entertains in life.

As I said recently to the Pontifical Academy for Life, “There are those who even speak of ego-latry, that is, of a true worship of the ego, on whose altar is sacrificed everything, including the dearest affections. This perspective is not harmless: it molds a subject that looks constantly in the mirror, until it becomes incapable of turning its eyes to others and the world. The spread of this attitude has most serious consequences for all the affections and ties of life. (5 Oct., 2017)” This is a “pollution” that corrodes souls and confounds minds and hearts, producing false illusions.

Romano Guardini, in a text on the subject of conscience, indicates the way to the search for the true good. He writes: “From this imprisonment in myself I am free only if I find a point, which is not my ego: a height higher than myself; something solid and working in my interior – and behold! Here we are come to the core [...] that is, to religious reality. That good [...] is something alive. [...] It is the fullness of worth, which belongs to the selfsame living God. (La coscienza, Brescia 1933, 32-33)”

In the very depths of each one of us there is a place wherein the Mystery reveals itself, and illuminates the person, making the person the protagonist of his story. Conscience, as the II Vatican Council recalls, is this, “most secret core and sanctuary of a man. There he is alone with God, Whose voice echoes in his depths. (GS 16)” To the Christian falls the task of being vigilant, so that in this sort of tabernacle is no want of divine grace, which illuminates and strengthens married love and parental mission. Grace fills the amphorae of human hearts with an extraordinary capacity for gift, renewing for the families of today the miracle of the wedding feast at Cana.

Commenting on that Gospel episode, I have been able to say that, “By transforming into wine the water of the jars used ‘for the Jewish rites of purification’ (Jn 2:6), Jesus preforms an eloquent sign: he transforms the Law of Moses into the Gospel, bearer of joy. (Gen. Audience, June 8, 2016)” Jesus points in particular to the medicine of mercy, which cures the hardness of the heart, restoring the relationship between husband and wife, and between parents and children.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I wish all the best for your work in this Symposium. Let the Church in Italy help to assimilate and develop Amoris laetitia’s content and style; may she contribute to the formation of family group animators in parishes, associations, and movements; may she support the journey of so many families, helping them to live the joy of the Gospel, and to be active cells in the community. I bless you, and I ask you, please, to pray for me.