More calls for “resistance”…
First Burke, then Lenga, now Schneider:
The Schism Begins
Things are getting wild, folks. While a formal, full-blown schism may still be a couple of years away, we believe that recent events indicate we are seeing an intra-Novus-Ordo schism in its infancy.
In October 2014, just before the dramatic “Synod on the Family” began, we explained at length what we saw as the foundation for believing that there is a major rift coming between Bergoglio-Modernists on the one hand and Ratzinger/Wojtyla-Modernists on the other:
Just in the past week, three further developments have taken place, involving two Novus Ordo bishops and one cardinal, that underscore the reality of the rift that is beginning to take shape: On February 8, a French television program aired an interview with “Cardinal” Raymond Burke, widely seen as Francis’ highest-ranking and most outspoken antagonist, in which the layman-dressed-as-cardinal made clear that he would “resist” any attempts by Francis to permit those living in public sin to receive the Novus Ordo sacraments.
Less than two days later, the semi-traditionalist Rorate Caeli blog published an exclusive English translation of a public letter penned by the retired “Archbishop” of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, Jan Pawel Lenga, on January 1 of this year, in which he bluntly criticizes the obvious Modernism issuing forth from the current Vatican administration, slams the appointment of bad bishops, bemoans the worldliness of the clergy and the pandering to the media, warns against subverting the doctrine of Christ, and mentions Freemasonic infiltration. He even hints at the invalidity of Benedict XVI’s resignation by pointing out it may have been obtained by coercion: “It is difficult to believe that Pope Benedict XVI freely renounced his ministry as successor of Peter” (source).
But not enough. On February 11, “Bp.” Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary in the “Archdiocese” of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan, went one step further, calling for the creation of “groups of true Catholics” to resist heresy, impiety, and any further anti-Christian societal changes. In an exclusive for the semi-traditionalist One Peter Five blog, Mr. Schneider counseled:
We must create groups of true Catholics, scholars, families, and clergy who will spread courageously the full Catholic truth, especially on the Church’s teachings on the family, on nature, and the commandments of God.
We should also create a movement of Catholic families, of “domestic churches”, to witness, defend and spread the integral faith and the teaching on family, marriage, and the order of nature.
We must, at this dangerous time, be courageous in illuminating the truly Gnostic and revolutionary character of the “Kasper agenda,” demonstrating the continuity of the Divine doctrine on marriage and its practice throughout the two thousand years of the history of our Church….
To address the errors currently being spread, true Catholic husbands, families and single persons must write to the pope, to the their bishops, and to the competent dicasteries of the Roman Curia, notifying them of heretical, semi-heretical, or Gnostic pronouncements of ecclesiastical persons or events with such an agenda which are being promoted though [sic] ecclesiastical persons or groups.
(Athanasius Schneider, quoted in “Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Battling the New Gnosticism”, One Peter Five, Feb. 11, 2015; underlining added.)
It is as amusing as it is telling that the Novus Ordo Sect is in such bad shape now that an American blogger has to reach out to an auxiliary bishop in Kazakhstan (!) to get halfway decent direction on what people trying to be Catholics are to do as Francis fiddles while his Modernist church burns. Assuming for the sake of argument for a minute that Schneider were actually a bishop of the Catholic Church and Francis a true Pope, one can say that indeed this auxiliary has just given more useful and spiritually sound advice in a few paragraphs than his blathering Pope has in two years, who drowns the world in sterile platitudes and endless verbal trash full of taunting epithets, totally devoid of any genuine Catholic spirituality or doctrine, to the applause of the world.
Although it is true that Mr. Schneider isn’t calling for a schism or any sort of opposition to “Pope” Francis, nevertheless what he proposes here will, in our opinion, buttress, expand, and accelerate the already-existing rift between Bergoglio’s supporters and his opponents. One Roman blogger, in fact, understands Schneider’s comments as expressing the need to “begin immediately the work of resisting the false church which is arising” (source). Of course, the false (Novus Ordo) church truly arose as far back as in 1958 after the conclave that supposedly elected Angelo Roncalli as “Pope” John XXIII, but it is still significant that even Novus Ordos are beginning to see a “false church” arising, even if they’re still confused about the nature, presence, and extent of it.
Upon some reflection, one may legitimately conclude that “Bishop” Schneider’s very idea of having to establish “groups of true Catholics” suggests that there are plenty of people in the Novus Ordo Church that the Kazakh auxiliary would agree are not in fact true Catholics, and we know that those are going to be, and have been, Francis’ loudest defenders. Besides, though Schneider is telling people to “write to the pope” and the hierarchs of the official Novus Ordo apparatus to make known any Modernist, Gnostic or other errors they see being spread by other “Catholics”, this cannot really be taken as much more than mere lipservice to the powers that be, since Schneider knows — or ought to know — that it is those very people that are the biggest problem, themselves purveyors and disseminators of the most noxious and dangerous heresies and other errors, exercising incredibly powerful influence over souls.
As an example, what Schneider oddly fails to mention, and what runs directly contrary to his advice, is the fact that what he rightly denounces as Kasper’s “Gnostic and revolutionary” agenda is being spread with Francis’ knowledge and approval — so to now act as though the solution were to “write to the Pope” is a glaring absurdity of colossal proportions. “Write to the Pope” hasn’t worked since the 1970s, and it’s not going to work this time around either, partly because the “Pope” isn’t in fact the Pope, but that’s another matter. Schneider’s advice, though no doubt well-intentioned, is silly because obviously Francis isn’t the solution but part of the problem.
But more than wrongheaded, Schneider’s idea is dangerous because it reinforces in people’s minds the idea that Jorge Bergoglio is the Vicar of Christ, the Pope of the Catholic Church — a mistaken belief which is ultimately at the source of the current madness, and it would be absurd to attempt to fight madness with more madness. We will never defeat this monstrous apostate church until we finally start exposing these charlatans for what they are: heretics and apostates, non-Catholics, people who hold no valid office in the Catholic Church and have no power whatsoever over Catholics, neither to teach them, nor to direct them, nor to judge them, nor to inform their consciences.
Any proposed “solution” to the Modernist hierarchy that bases itself on the idea that these apostates are the valid hierarchs of the Catholic Church, is doomed to failure from the outset. This is why no amount of “resisting” has worked out — it is flawed in principle. Any apparent “successes” — such as some have imagined were being achieved during the “pontificate” of Benedict XVI — are necessarily and by their nature merely incidental and temporary, and even then they are not really genuine (for example, see this article on the great damage that the widely-hailed motu proprio Summorum Pontificum has done).
The new year is only roughly six weeks old, and already we’ve had three major developments with regard to the growing intra-Novus-Ordo resistance against Francis. You can be certain that in the months ahead of the second Synod, scheduled for October of this year, this schism-in-infancy is going to mature and get a lot more pronounced, as both sides prepare for a showdown over “Communion” for the so-called “divorced-and-remarried”. Those in favor of such an instrinsically evil practice know that they will have one shot at this, and probably only one, this very October and under Francis. They will therefore pull out all the tricks they possibly can as they prepare for a “now or never”-inspired intra-Modernist mini armageddon, in which “moderate” Modernists battle “extreme” Modernists.
It’s going to be quite a spectacle, folks.