New year picks up where old year left off…
Five Novus Ordo Bishops yap at Francis
over Amoris Laetitia
[UPDATE 06-JAN-2018: Retired “Bishop” Andreas Laun of Austria signs Kazakh Profession]
[UPDATE 05-JAN-2018: Retired “Cardinal” Janis Pujats adds his signature to Kazakh Profession]
It is now 2018, and the international soap opera known as Amoris Laetitia enters into its third season. On April 8 of this year, it will have been 2 years since “Pope” Francis released this heretical, blasphemous, and truly infernal document, and there is not a single “bishop” in the Novus Ordo Sect who will stand up and denounce its author as a manifest anti-pope.
The latest episode in this never-ending story comes from the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, where on Dec. 31, 2017, “Archbishops” Tomash Peta and Jan Pawel Lenga and “Bishop” Athansius Schneider released a document they labeled “Profession of the Immutable Truths about Sacramental Marriage”. The 2,381-word statement was first published in English on Jan. 2, 2018, and can be found here:
The statement — let’s call it the “Kazakh Profession” — essentially amounts to a clear refutation of the main sophistical arguments put forward in Amoris Laetitia and in various essays and books published in support of it. While a number of the sources the three Kazakh “bishops” use to refute the Bergoglian errors are genuinely Catholic, the majority of them are magisterial texts of the pre-Francis Novus Ordo magisterium.
After laying out the truth about Holy Matrimony, adultery, and the reception of the sacraments, the Kazakh Profession culminates in the following affirmation:
It is not licit (non licet) to justify, approve, or legitimize either directly or indirectly divorce and a non-conjugal stable sexual relationship through the sacramental discipline of the admission of so-called “divorced and remarried” to Holy Communion, in this case a discipline alien to the entire Tradition of the Catholic and Apostolic faith.
Since the release of this statement, the usual hullabaloo has kicked in. The semi-trad web site One Peter Five described it as a “bang” with which the new year was supposedly starting off; various Novus Ordo news sites (such as Life Site and Crux) reported on it; and Francis admirer Stephen Walford immediately rushed to his man’s defense.
But not everyone sees the Kazakh Profession as particularly significant. Resignationist Louie Verrecchio, for example, criticized the statement as nothing more than a toothless tiger that is afraid to even identify by name the heretic-in-chief who has created the entire problem in the first place:
As just a casual reading of their text reveals, the authors of the “Profession” are so Hell bent and determined to avoid mentioning by name, much less blaming, the heretic-in-chief who created this mess that it’s embarrassing.
Forget the headlines and the news reports – the hero-bishops don’t utter even a peep about “the Pope’s reading” or “the Pope’s interpretation” of Amoris Laetitia.
Even if they did, the very suggestion that Francis is misreading or misinterpreting the text of his own personal Love Letter to Lucifer is patently absurd.
…[A] singular mention of “the supreme authority” is as close as the bishops dare come to identifying the actual perpetrator of this unprecedented attack against the Catholic faith.
(Louie Verrecchio, “The ‘Profession’ of the Kazakhstani Bishops”, AKA Catholic, Jan. 3, 2018; italics given.)
Shortly after the Kazakh Profession was released, two more high-profile Novus Ordo clerics came out in support of it: The Vatican’s former Nuncio to the United States, “Archbishop” Carlo Maria Viganò, and “Archbishop” Luigi Negri, formerly the head of the Modernist Archdiocese of Ferrara-Comacchio, Italy. Both of them are retired.
Of course it wasn’t going to take long before someone would publish an interview with one of the three Kazakh “bishops”, and on Jan. 4, Rorate Caeli did exactly that:
- “Bp.” Athanasius Schneider on “Profession of the Immutable Truths”, Communion for “Divorced and Remarried” (Rorate Caeli)
In this lackluster exchange, Schneider disappoints all who were hoping for some eventual “deposition” of Francis at the hands of “Cardinal” Burke, “Bishop” Schneider, or some other group of Novus Ordo clerics who are popularly perceived as conservative or even traditional simply because they oppose adultery and use more incense than the rest. No, Schneider’s solution is that “[o]ne has to continue to profess the immutable faith and pray still more for the Pope and, then, only God can intervene and He will do this unquestionably.” That’s very reassuring, and the last 59 years have shown how successful that strategy is. It is also a testimony to how much the Kazakh Novus Ordo bishop believes in the Papacy as being the rock against which the gates of hell will not prevail (cf. Mt 16:18).
At the same time, of course, Schneider is stuck between a rock and a hard place — because if Francis really is Pope, as he believes, then he is entirely correct in saying that no one can judge or remove him:
As long as Francis is accepted as Pope, he will win. That much is guaranteed. With Peta, Lenga, Schneider, Vigano, and Negri, you may have five Novus Ordo bishops now directly opposing Francis’ “mercy” agenda for adulterers, but since they work in communion with and under him, recognizing him as the Vicar of Christ, they will ultimately lose.
What will be the upshot of all this? In the long run, probably nothing. For the next few weeks, you will find journalists and commentators running around like chickens with their heads cut off, but after the initial excitement subsides, nothing will come of it, except perhaps Francis announcing some personnel changes in Central Asia.
So, expect lots of discussion about this in the Novus Ordo and semi-trad blogosphere; expect a few EWTN broadcasts with Raymond Arroyo on the “fallout” from the Kazakh Profession; expect more interviews with “Cardinals” Raymond Burke, Gerhard Ludwig Muller, and Walter Brandmuller; expect rumors about Francis losing his temper at the Casa Santa Marta, and so on. But while everyone will be busy excitedly looking for and talking about all these developments, the apostasy in Rome will quietly continue unabated as before. That’s how it’s been in the past, and there is no reason it should be any different this time around.
Just remember that when the Filial Correction was released on Sep. 24 of last year, all hell broke loose for a short while, but ultimately — and quite predictably — it accomplished absolutely nothing, other than giving journalists and bloggers a lot of work and a lot of web site hits:
Since Apr. 8, 2016, we’ve been chronicling the neverending chaos generated by Amoris Laetitia in a special “chaos watch” page, which links to the most important stories and developments on the topic and is thus continually updated:
Please, let’s not make 2018 yet another year of headlines along the lines of, “VIPs ask Pope to clarify Teaching on Communion for Divorced-and-Remarried”, “Cardinal Burke gives Interview, hints Fraternal Correction could come later this year”, or, “Did the Pope just answer the Dubia?”.
From this day forward, expect no prominent coverage on this web site of any of such stories until something significant actually takes place.
The controversy over Francis’ Amoris Laetitia demonstrates beyond any shadow of a doubt that it is not possible to accept Francis as a valid Pope and still be a Catholic. Yesterday’s dissenters have become today’s “papal” cheerleaders, and yesterday’s “papal” cheerleaders have become today’s dissenters. All of this is possible only because a public heretic is being accepted as a true Pope. It is not a popular observation, to be sure, but that is ultimately the root cause of it all.
Accepting a man as Pope has consequences, and when that man is a public heretic, the consequences are disastrous. People must finally realize that, no matter how much they may “resist” Francis, if they recognize him as a true Pope, they are just as much part of the problem as those who accept his teachings. As we said in a blog post 19 months ago, do not complain about the “Undertaker Pope” if at the same time you’re busy leading people to the graveyard in the first place.
Recognition of Francis as Pope is the linchpin that holds the whole madhouse together. Only once it is removed will the whole thing finally collapse.
By the way, where were all these supposed conservative and traditionalist defenders of the Faith when “Saint” John Paul II allowed Holy Communion to be given to Protestants?