Ahead of Meeting with Francis…
Protestant “Bishop” Tony Palmer
Killed in Motorcycle Accident
On July 20, 2014, at 4:30 pm ET, Protestant “Archbishop” Charles Hill posted a note on Facebook, announcing that Anglican-Evangelical “Bishop” Tony Palmer, whom “Pope” Francis was going to meet later this month in Caserta, Italy, had been killed in a tragic motorcycle accident. Hill’s post reads:
We are in prayer for the family of Bishop Tony Palmer who was in a motorcycle accident this morning in the U.K. after hours of surgery he went home to be with the Lord. He was a good friend and brother in the vineyard.
A day later, the news of Palmer’s death was officially confirmed by The Order of the Ark Community, of which Palmer was a co-founder. The message of condolence reads:
Dear Friends and Companions,
It is with deepest sadness that I inform you that +Tony Palmer went to be with Jesus yesterday evening. +Tony died from injuries sustained in a motorbike accident yesterday morning and although surgeons tried to save him for 10 hours, they were unable to do so. We humbly ask that +Tony’s family be given space to grieve at this incredibly difficult time but we encourage you to leave your condolences on this page for them the read as a source of encouragement and strength. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers.
Peace & Good +
[Message by James Green at The Ark Community, July 21, 2014]
The deceased is the same Tony Palmer to whom Francis sent a video message some time ago, referring to the Protestant layman as his “brother bishop.” It is the same Tony Palmer the “Pope” met just a month ago at the Vatican for a luncheon (see “The Evangelical Lunch”).
Meaning no disrespect to the deceased Palmer, we must point out that this is the umpteenth time that something tragic, something terrible, something frightening has happened in connection with something done, planned, or desired by “Pope” Francis, such as the terrible war, persecution, and bloodshed in Iraq after Francis offered interfaith prayers for “peace” in the Vatican together with Jews and Muslims (where the latter boldly prayed for “victory over the infidels”).
We should privately pray for the soul of Tony Palmer and keep in mind that Pope Pius IX condemned the following proposition: “Good hope at least is to be entertained of the eternal salvation of all those who are not at all in the true Church of Christ” (Pius IX, Syllabus of Errors , n. 17).
As the same Pope Pius taught in an Apostolic Letter on the convocation of the First Vatican Council:
Now, whoever will carefully examine and reflect upon the condition of the various religious societies, divided among themselves, and separated from the Catholic Church, which, from the days of our Lord Jesus Christ and his Apostles has never ceased to exercise, by its lawful pastors, and still continues to exercise, the divine power committed to it by this same Lord; cannot fail to satisfy himself that neither any one of these societies by itself, nor all of them together, can in any manner constitute and be that One Catholic Church which Christ our Lord built, and established, and willed should continue; and that they cannot in any way be said to be branches or parts of that Church, since they are visibly cut off from Catholic unity. For, whereas such societies are destitute of that living authority established by God, which especially teaches men what is of Faith, and what the rule of morals, and directs and guides them in all those things which pertain to eternal salvation, so they have continually varied in their doctrines, and this change and variation is ceaselessly going on among them. Every one must perfectly understand, and clearly and evidently see, that such a state of things is directly opposed to the nature of the Church instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ; for in that Church truth must always continue firm and ever inaccessible to all change, as a deposit given to that Church to be guarded in its integrity, for the guardianship of which the presence and aid of the Holy Ghost have been promised to the Church for ever.
(Pope Pius IX, Apostolic Letter Iam Vos Omnes )
How far this is from the heretical ecumenism and phony “search for unity” promoted by the Modernist Vatican II Sect of which Francis is the head. As blogger Louie Verrecchio rightly points out: “The sudden death of Tony Palmer lends perspective to just how much is at stake when it comes to the deeply troubling words and deeds of the current pope [sic]” (source). Such as, for example, Francis’ explicit admission, “I’m not interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism” (source).
Let us pray that somehow, by a miracle of divine grace, Mr. Palmer was able to convert to the True Faith before being called so suddenly to appear before his Judge, who desires “all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:4).
More on the Death of Tony Palmer:
- “Evangelical Pastor, Close Friend to Pope, Dies after Motorcycle Crash”
- “Bishop Palmer, pope’s Pentecostal friend, dies in motorcycle accident”
- “A tribute to Protestant Bishop Tony Palmer, friend of Francis and champion of Christian unity” (In this link, “Deacon” Keith Fournier denounces our post on Palmer’s death as “reprehensible” — yet we merely pointed out, quite truly, that almost everything Francis accomplishes, desires, or supports, somehow ends in or is followed by something evil — here is another example.)