Another abomination of desolation…
Profanation in Rome: Anglican Liturgy celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica
Today is the fourth anniversary of Jorge Bergoglio’s election as head of the apostate Vatican II Sect. What’s a fitting way to mark that special day? How about an Anglican liturgy inside St. Peter’s Basilica at the altar of the Chair of St. Peter?
That’s exactly what happened today.
Curiously, the event was not advertised very much; but on Feb. 7, readers of this blog were informed of the upcoming sacrilege:
It remains to be seen if there will be a decent amount of news coverage or if the Vatican and other Novus Ordo news outlets will try to keep reporting on this to a bare minimum. At this point, certainly, coverage of the abomination is rather sparse, but there are two news links we do have:
- FIRST TIME EVER: Anglican Evensong sung in St. Peter’s Basilica (Diane Montagna)
- First Anglican Evensong celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica (Vatican Radio)
The blasphemous spectacle took place today at 3:00 pm local time at the Vatican. The Anglican liturgy that was celebrated was not a “Mass” but what is known as “Choral Evensong”, which is basically the Anglican equivalent to Catholic Solemn Vespers. The liturgical rite was according to the 1662 Anglican Book of Common Prayer (see press release, footnote 3). Apparently the only way nowadays to get the Vatican to permit a liturgy from before 1962 is if you promise to use a non-Catholic one.
Who was in attendance? According to the report by Diane Montagna linked above, Anglican Archlayman David Moxon, director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, presided. The music was sung by the Choir of Merton College, Oxford. On the “Catholic” side, there was “Archbishop” Arthur Roche, Vatican Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, once appointed to this position by Benedict XVI. He gave a sermon. As for “Pope” Francis, no, he did not attend. But keep in mind that this doesn’t mean he doesn’t approve of the sacrilege. Although the official approval was given by “Cardinal” Angelo Comastri, who is “Archpriest” of St. Peter’s Basilica, this profanation could never have taken place without approval from the very top. And of course we all know what Francis thinks about joint worship with heretics and profaning the sacred.
There is also a very brief video available, albeit only of the procession at the conclusion of the service:
Aside from the fact that Anglican clergy do not possess valid ordinations, as Pope Leo XIII once defined infallibly and “Pope” Francis happily ignores — that is, they are all laymen or, as the case tends to be in our times, laywomen — the fact that joint worship with Protestants should take place at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, of all places, is a testimony to how rotten the Modernist Vatican II Sect really is. It is also another reason to believe that we are seeing in our times “the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (Mt 24:15).
The true Catholic position on Anglicanism and ecumenism has been pointed out on this web site many times, but it bears repeating:
- Pope Pius IX, Holy Office Letter to English Bishops on Christian Unity (1864)
- Pope Pius IX, Holy Office Instruction to Anglican Puseyites on True Religious Unity (1865)
- Pope Pius IX, Apostolic Letter Iam Vos Omnes (1868)
- Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Satis Cognitum (1896)
- Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Mortalium Animos (1928)
- Pope Pius XII, Canonical Warning Cum Compertum on Attending Ecumenical Gatherings (1948)
- Pope Pius XII, Instruction De Motione Oecumenica on the Ecumenical Movement (1949)
Today’s sacrilegious and blasphemous occurrence of an Anglican liturgy at St. Peter’s Basilica ties in neatly with recent news from Rome, according to which the Vatican is reportedly working on an ecumenical “Mass” that would be used by “Catholics”, Anglicans, and other Protestants. It also gives some promising potential to “Cardinal” Coccopalmerio’s suggestion that we need to move beyond looking at sacraments so rigidly as only either valid or invalid.
Clearly, it is fitting that this blasphemous event should have occurred on the anniversary of the election of “Pope” Francis. It is also fitting that this should have taken place in front of the altar of the Chair of St. Peter, where the empty chair (sedes vacans) glaringly stared everyone in the face:
Some will say that this isn’t really a news story, since St. Peter’s Basilica has long been used for heretical worship insofar as the Vatican II Sect celebrates its own abominable worship service (the “Mass” of Paul VI) there. However, what happened today is different still: This time around, an openly non-Catholic religion, officially acknowledged as such by the Vatican II Church, has now been permitted to offer a liturgical prayer service inside St. Peter’s Basilica. It is unprecedented!
To be clear, though: Although this may have been a first for the Basilica of St. Peter, allowing heretics and schismatics to use Catholic sacred buildings is actually permitted in the Novus Ordo Sect. The door for it was opened by the Second Vatican Council, and it was formally enshrined in official church law by “Saint” John Paul II in his 1993 mammoth document, Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism. See for yourself:
Catholic churches are consecrated or blessed buildings which have an important theological and liturgical significance for the Catholic community. They are therefore generally [!] reserved for Catholic worship. However, if priests, ministers or communities not in full communion with the Catholic Church do not have a place or the liturgical objects necessary for celebrating worthily their religious ceremonies, the diocesan Bishop may allow them the use of a church or a Catholic building and also lend them what may be necessary for their services. Under similar circumstances, permission may be given to them for interment or for the celebration of services at Catholic cemeteries.
(John Paul II, Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms of Ecumenism, March 25, 1993, n. 137)
Now, some may say that this explicitly states that Protestants must be lacking a place for their worship, as a condition for them being permitted to use a Catholic church. This is indeed true, but irrelevant, for two reasons: (1) It does not say that that this is the only scenario under which a Protestant service may be conducted in a Catholic church; (2) Even if it did say so, since the principle that Protestants are allowed to conduct their heretical services in Catholic churches under certain circumstances is admitted, the door has been opened to this sacrilege, and now it is merely a question of extending the circumstances under which it may happen. In other words, John Paul II put a wedge in the door, and now it is just a matter of opening it further and further since it is no longer closed. On what grounds could anyone argue that it is licit to allow Protestants to use a Catholic church for their worship if they have no other place, but not if some “spiritual advantage”, such as “furthering the cause of Christian unity”, suggests it (to use typical Vatican II speak)?
As a side note, we must mention that there is no such thing as Protestants “celebrating worthily their religious ceremonies”, since their religious ceremonies are per se odious to God. Objectively speaking, no heretical worship as such can possibly be “worthy” in God’s sight, so John Paul II’s phraseology right there implies the heresy of indifferentism. All heretical worship is false worship and is a sin against the First Commandment:
False worship is opposed to the truth of religion (e.g., Old Testament rites which signify that Christ is still to come), or of rites (e.g., Mass by a layman, Mass according to a form disapproved by the Church), or of facts (e.g., fictitious revelations, ecstasies, mysticism, miracles, relies), or of morals (e.g., human sacrifice, praises of God to the accompaniment of lascivious words or music, etc.).
(Rev. John McHugh & Charles Callan, Moral Theology, Vol. II, n. 2274)
Since heretical worship is always at the very least “opposed to the truth of religion”, it constitutes false worship.
That’s how a Catholic looks at these things, but Catholicism has not been permitted in the Vatican for many decades now. Permitting a heretical liturgy to be celebrated inside St. Peter’s Basilica is even worse than what Francis permitted back in December 2015, when the facade of this venerable church was turned into a projector screen for the environmentalist climate-change religion. Remember?
Images and sounds of all sorts of creeping, howling, and grunting animals were displayed on the facade of the biggest Catholic church building on earth, which, we might remind everyone, was once consecrated for the purpose of offering a perfect worship to the Most Holy Trinity:
That this abomination took place on December 8, 2015 — the feast of the Immaculate Conception — added an additional insult to the already-grave injury.
We know what Holy Scripture says about the house of God, it sacredness, and those who defile it:
How terrible is this place! this is no other but the house of God, and the gate of heaven. (Gen 28:17)
Lift up thy hands against their pride unto the end; see what things the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary. … They have set fire to thy sanctuary: they have defiled the dwelling place of thy name on the earth. (Ps 73:3,7)
And he saith to them: It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves. (Mt 21:13)
Be not deceived, God is not mocked. (Gal 6:7)
A terrible day it will be when God’s judgment will punish the Novus Ordo Sect for all its blasphemies, sacrileges, heresies, and abominations.