False Church to excommunicate False Priest
Italian Novus Ordo Priest critical of Francis to be slapped with harshest possible Penalty
[POST UPDATED 17-NOV-2017: Replaced original Italian video with English version just released]
His name is Alessandro Minutella. He is a 44-year-old Novus Ordo priest in Italy and has publicly criticized the man he belives to be the Pope of the Catholic Church, Jorge Bergoglio (“Pope Francis”) — basically for being too “progressive”. He went so far as to call Francis a “false prophet” at the top of the “mystical body of the antichrist”.
In late March of this year, Minutella had made an open appeal to Francis from the pulpit (video here) regarding the confusion caused by Amoris Laetitia. When “Don” Minutella called for a conference of “Catholic resistance”, his “Archbishop”, Mr. Corrado Lorefice, stepped in and removed him from his post as pastor of St. John Bosco church in Palermo, Sicily. The pseudo-bishop also forbade him from speaking against the “Catholic” hierarchy in any way, and threatened him with suspension. Minutella obeyed, called off the conference, and remained mostly silent. Although he was not suspended, he was still removed as pastor, which did not take place until June, however. By that time, the Vatican was aware of the situation.
To make a long story short: Yesterday, Nov. 9, it was revealed on the Facebook page of Minutella’s Radio Domina Nostra (“Our Lady’s Radio”) that the Vatican had released a decree ordering him to make a public profession of loyalty to Francis within 48 hours, else he would be excommunicated (the text of the decree was reportedly read to him by “Abp.” Lorefice). The text of the Facebook post reads verbatim:
Within 48 hours don minutella will have to express himself, at the request of the holy see, public to papa bergoglio.
Otherwise he will be excommunicated by the congregation for the faith and the congregation of the clergy…
What will our don do now? He’ll be on the air at 22 on the radio.
Minutella then released a 21-minute video statement in Italian regarding his impending “excommunication”, for he has no intention of complying with the Vatican order. He entitled his video is Il Coraggio della Verità (“The Courage of Truth”). An English version of it can be watched here:
The reason Minutella gives for rebuffing the Vatican’s order is bizarre: It is not the case that he refuses loyalty to Francis, he says, but that such a declaration should not be necessary since he had already declared his loyalty to the Roman Pontiff and the Magisterium back on Sep. 21, without, however, specifically identifying Francis as the currently-reigning Roman Pontiff. It’s nice to know that there are still some ambiguities the Vatican is not willing to tolerate!
Although we do not have a full transcript of the video available, we can provide the following highlights in a loose English translation (via German):
I will not commit this hypocritical act [of making a profession of loyalty], for this would not be a profession but an unacceptable subjugation. This has the flavor of a regime, not of the Catholic Church… I am not afraid of any such baseless condemnations. From tomorrow on, I will be excommunicated…
These strange hierarchs of the so-called Church of Mercy, which opposes anyone who does not adjust to its criteria, this Church of Mercy, which runs out into all the harbors of Italy to welcome poor migrants and yet condemns anyone to the guillotine who will not subject himself to its uniform and almost dictatorial way of thinking; they are not afraid of me, for I have no bodyguards and am easy to eliminate; they are afraid of her, of [the Blessed Virgin] Mary. …Holy Mother Church is under siege — for a siege is truly what this is — with the goal of destroying the healthy, two-thousand-year-old spirit of the Church. …Let us liberate the Church by means of the Holy Rosary.
As this story is just breaking, there is only one other news report available in English that we are aware of, but we share with you some more links to several Italian and German reports as well:
- Church of Mercy excommunicates its Critics (Gloria TV)
- Excomulgaron a Don Alessandro Minutella (Miles Christi)
- Palermo, don Minutella verso la scomunica dalla Chiesa (Giornale di Sicilia)
- Don Minutella, Oggi Doppia Scomunica. Il Prete Contesta L’atto: “Questo Sa Di Regime, Non Di Chiesa Cattolica” (Marco Tosatti)
- Il parroco di Romagnolo fuori dalla Chiesa: scomunicato don Minutella (Palermo Today)
- Scomunicato don Alessandro Minutella, il prete si è ribellato al Papa (La Repubblica)
- Don Minutella sta per essere scomunicato. E i Cattolici da che parte intendono stare? (Samuel Colombo)
- Priester wird wegen Kritik an Papst Franziskus „exkommuniziert“ (Giuseppe Nardi)
So Minutella has gone on the record accusing Bergoglio’s club of being a false church. In this assessment he is entirely correct, of course. Unfortunately, he does not seem to understand that by recognizing Francis as a true Pope, he himself is part of this false church, and it did not just come into being on Mar. 13, 2013 but has existed, at least in an inchoate manner, since Antipope John XXIII usurped the Chair of St. Peter on Oct. 28, 1958. In addition, Minutella — regardless of his intentions, which may be very noble indeed — is himself a false priest, since his orders were conferred in the invalid 1968 ordination rite of Antipope Paul VI.
We recall here that another outspoken critic of “Pope” Francis was recently “excommunicated” by the Novus Ordo pseudo-authority: the Colombian Prof. José Galat. In contradistinction to Minutella, however, Galat takes the position that Francis is not a valid Pope (he believes Benedict XVI is), so it makes sense that Galat would pay no attention to any bogus “excommunication” by members of Francis’ false hierarchy.
Minutella’s position, however, makes no sense whatsoever. If Francis is the Pope of the Catholic Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ, then he cannot also be the head of the mystical body of the antichrist. This much should stand to reason. If Bergoglio is Pope, then it is Minutella’s duty to submit to him and not to argue about whether or not he should have to give more than one declaration of submission.
It is a grave error, condemned by the Church, to think that an excommunication by the true Catholic authority is not to be feared so long as it is unjust (in which case it is void). On Sep. 8, 1713, Pope Clement XI issued the Apostolic Constitution Unigenitus, in which he condemned the errors of Pascal Quesnel, among which are the following:
CONDEMNED: The fear of an unjust excommunication should never hinder us from fulfilling our duty; never are we separated from the Church, even when by the wickedness of men we seem to be expelled from it, aslong as we are attached to God, to Jesus Christ, and to the Church herself by charity.
CONDEMNED: To suffer in peace an excommunication and an unjust anathema rather than betray truth, is to imitate St. Paul; far be it from rebelling against authority or of destroying unity.
(Pope Clement XI, Apostolic Constitution Unigenitus, nn. 91-92; Denz. 1441-1442)
Whether or not Minutella recognizes Francis and his hierarchy as legitimate, therefore, makes all the difference in the world to the moral permissibility of his actions.
It will be interesting to see what happens next. Will they really go through with their threat of excommunication? Probably so. But what is certain already is that the apostate Vatican II Church is thoroughly hypocritical. On the one hand, they are mercilessly persecuting a simple “priest” for being publicly critical of Francis. On the other hand, they are in the process of rehabilitating the arch-heretic Martin Luther, whom they now hail as a “witness of the Gospel” and of whom they assert that the Holy Bible was the “source and destination of his doctrine”, i.e. of his heresies! A few days ago, they even issued a postage stamp in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which brought unspeakable evil upon Christendom, both in the short and in the long run. The stamp blasphemously depicted Luther and his sudent Philipp Melancthon at the foot of the Cross on Mount Calvary!
If he waits long enough, will “Fr.” Minutella also get his own postage stamp?
Either way, the whole charade of the Vatican II Church is finally falling apart, and we must once again ask when it all will really hit the fan: How Long Until Schism?