Countering Francis’ Heresy against the Most Holy Trinity
On October 9 of this year, the incredible headline made the rounds: “Pope Says ‘God Does Not Exist’!” (See our blog post discussing this here.)
No, it wasn’t satire published by The Onion. It wasn’t a misquote. It wasn’t even taken out of context. It was simply what Francis had said — the only falsehood in the headline being that Francis isn’t actually the Pope, though over 1 billion “Catholics” believe him to be.
So, are we saying that Francis was teaching atheism by saying, “God does not exist”? Oh no — his trashing of Catholic dogma is a lot more clever than that. Because even though he said that God doesn’t exist, he did affirm the existence of the Three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
While Novus Ordo pundits immediately accused critics of “taking the Pope out of context”, affirming the existence of the Three Persons while denying the existence of God doesn’t do anything to save the baby. For one thing, it either denies that the Three Persons are divine, or that they are one. It does not suffice, you see, to merely affirm that there are Three Divine Persons — you must also affirm that they are one in substance, and that this One God is a pure Spirit.
In the Roman rite of Holy Mass, the Church uses on most Sundays of the year the following preface to the canon, which is as breathtaking in its eloquence as it is precise in its statement of doctrine:
It is truly meet and just, right for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored….
(Preface of the Most Holy Trinity)
Catholic belief in the dogma of the Most Holy Trinity is beautifully expressed in this prayer.
In the October 2014 edition of his monthly newsletter, Bp. Donald Sanborn, rector of Most Holy Trinity (!) Seminary in Brooksville, Florida, offers a scathing rebuttal to the twaddle taught by Francis regarding the august and inexhaustible mystery of Three Persons in One God. Click below to download it:
His Excellency firmly and competently exposes the blasphemous Bergoglian error for the outrageous heresy that it is:
[Francis] is denying the unity of substance in God. When he says, “God does not exist,” but “the three persons exist,” the only possible way in which to take it is that there is no single divine substance which each of the Persons has equally. If these three Persons exist by a single act of existence, or in other words, as one God, then one must assert the existence of one divine substance. If, however, this one divine substance does not exist, as he says, then we must conclude that each Person of the Trinity has His own act of existence, and each one is different from the other according to substance, and not merely according to relation.
The inevitable conclusion from what Bergoglio says is that there are three gods. There is no other possible conclusion than that there are three gods. If each of the divine Persons has an act of existence separate and distinct from the other Persons, then there are three separate substances or three gods. If there is not one divine substance which they all have, then there are three divine substances, or three gods. In such a case none would be God, since God, by His very nature, is one. Bergoglio is giving us polytheism, pure and simple.
The Athanasian Creed is explicit in condemning the idea of three gods: “And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.”
Bergoglio, to make matters worse, flippantly, stupidly, and blasphemously refers to the sacrosanct divine essence as “God spray.” “This God spray does not exist!” The angels of God tremble before the ineffable majesty of the divine substance, the One God. Bergoglio calls the divine substance “God spray.”
(Excerpt from the October 2014 MHT Seminary Newsletter, linked above, p. 3)
At this stage in the game, the heresies of “Pope” Francis are so outrageous and so glaring that in the meantime, the anti-sedevacantists seem to have changed their tune from the usual, “But this isn’t heresy!” to, “Of course Popes can be heretics, and we’ve had a number of them in the past.”
While we prepare several articles/blog posts that deal with the matter of the alleged “heretical Popes” of the past, such as Liberius, Honorius I, and John XXII, let us just use some common sense in the meantime: If a “heretical Pope” was an established and commonly-accepted historical fact of the past, why were great theologians such as St. Robert Bellarmine still discussing amongst themselves whether such a thing was even possible, as late as the seventeenth century? Besides, the only book we know of that casually asserts that “many Roman pontiffs were heretics” is Paul Viollet’s Papal Infallibility and the Syllabus (1904), and it was formally condemned by the Holy See and put on the Index of Forbidden Books under Pope St. Pius X, approximately forty years after the dogmatic teachings and definitions on the papacy by the First Vatican Council (1869-1870).
A man who does not profess the Faith of the Catholic Church cannot be the head of that Church, because one of the infallible marks of the Church is her unity in Faith and governance:
Agreement and union of minds is the necessary foundation of this perfect concord amongst men, from which concurrence of wills and similarity of action are the natural results. Wherefore, in His divine wisdom, He ordained in His Church Unity of Faith; a virtue which is the first of those bonds which unite man to God, and whence we receive the name of the faithful – “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Eph. iv., 5). That is, as there is one Lord and one baptism, so should all Christians, without exception, have but one faith.
(Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Satis Cognitum , n. 6)
Jorge Bergoglio, it is abundantly clear, does not profess but denies this Faith (see links below for more evidence). He is not a member of the Body of Christ. He is not a Catholic. He is not the Pope.