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“Against Recent Sacrileges”: 100 Novus Ordo Clerics & Scholars protest Francis’ Pachamama Idolatry

“An international group of 100 priests and lay scholars published a statement today to protest the pagan worship of Pachamama that took place last month during the Amazon Synod in Rome with Pope Francis’ active participation and apparent support”, Maike Hickson reports for Life Site in a report released today, Nov. 12.

The statement, dated Nov. 9, 2019, is posted at a web site put up specifically for this cause, where other clergy and scholars can request their own names to be appended to the document to express their support. The web site’s name is Contra Recentia Sacrilegia (“Against recent Sacrileges”), and the full statement reads as follows (all formatting and links in original):

Protest against Pope Francis’s sacrilegious acts

We the undersigned Catholic clergy and lay scholars protest against and condemn the sacrilegious and superstitious acts committed by Pope Francis, the Successor of Peter, in connection with the recent Amazon Synod held in Rome.
These sacrilegious acts are the following:

  • On October 4, Pope Francis attended an act of idolatrous worship of the pagan goddess Pachamama.
  • He allowed this worship to take place in the Vatican Gardens, thus desecrating the vicinity of the graves of the martyrs and of the church of the Apostle Peter.
  • He participated in this act of idolatrous worship by blessing a wooden image of Pachamama.
  • On October 7, the idol of Pachamama was placed in front of the main altar at St. Peter’s and then carried in procession to the Synod Hall. Pope Francis said prayers in a ceremony involving this image and then joined in this procession.
  • When wooden images of this pagan deity were removed from the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, where they had been sacrilegiously placed, and thrown into the Tiber by Catholics outraged by this profanation of the church, Pope Francis, on October 25, apologized for their removal and another wooden image of Pachamama was returned to the church.  Thus, a new profanation was initiated.
  • On October 27, in the closing Mass for the synod, he accepted a bowl used in the idolatrous worship of Pachamama and placed it on the altar.

Pope Francis himself confirmed that these wooden images were pagan idols. In his apology for the removal of these idols from a Catholic church, he specifically called them Pachamama,  a name for a false goddess of mother earth according to pagan religious belief in South America.

Different features of these proceedings have been condemned as idolatrous or sacrilegious by Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Bishop José Luis Azcona Hermoso, Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer, and Bishop Marian Eleganti.  Lastly, Card. Raymond Burke has given the same assessment of this cult in an interview.

This participation in idolatry was anticipated by the statement entitled “Document on Human Fraternity”, signed by Pope Francis and Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Mosque, on February 4, 2019.  This statement asserted that:

“The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives.”
Pope Francis’s involvement in idolatrous ceremonies is an indication that he meant this statement in a heterodox sense, which allows pagan worship of idols to be considered a good positively willed by God.

Moreover, despite privately advising Bishop Athanasius Schneider that “You [the Bishop] can say that the phrase in question on the diversity of religions means the permissive will of God…” , Francis has never corrected the Abu Dhabi statement accordingly.  In his subsequent audience address of April 3, 2019 Francis, answering the question “Why does God permit that there are so many religions?”, referred in passing to the “permissive will of God” as explained by Scholastic theology, but gave the concept a positive meaning, declaring that “God wanted to permit this” because while “there are so many religions” they “always look to heaven, they look to God (emphasis added).”  There is not the slightest suggestion that God permits the existence of false religions in the same way He permits the existence of evil generally.  Rather, the clear implication is that God permits the existence of “so many religions” because they are good in that they “always look to heaven, they look to God.”

Worse, Pope Francis has since confirmed the uncorrected Abu Dhabi statement by establishing an “interfaith committee”,  which later received the official name of “Higher Committee,”  located in the United Arab Emirates, to promote the “goals” of the document; and promoting a directive issued by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue addressed to the heads of all the Roman Catholic institutes of higher studies, and indirectly to Catholic university professors, asking that they give the “widest possible dissemination to the document”, including its uncorrected assertion that God wills the “diversity of religions” just as He wills the diversity of color, sex, race and language.

The rendering of worship to anyone or anything other than the one true God, the Blessed Trinity, is a violation of the First Commandment. Absolutely all participation in any form of the veneration of idols is condemned by this Commandment and is an objectively grave sin, independently of the subjective culpability, that only God can judge.

St. Paul taught the early Church that the sacrifice offered to pagan idols was not offered to God but rather to the demons when he said in his First Letter to the Corinthians:

What then? Do I say, that what is offered in sacrifice to idols, is any thing? Or, that the idol is any thing? But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with demons. You cannot drink the chalice of the Lord, and the chalice of demons: you cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and of the table of demons.
(1 Cor. 10:19-21)

By these actions Pope Francis has incurred the reproach uttered by the Second Council of Nicaea:

Many pastors have destroyed my vine, they have defiled my portion. For they followed unholy men and trusting to their own frenzies they calumniated the holy Church, which Christ our God has espoused to himself, and they failed to distinguish the holy from the profane, asserting that the icons of our Lord and of his saints were no different from the wooden images of satanic idols.

With immense sorrow and deep love for the Chair of Peter, we beg Almighty God to spare the guilty members of His Church on earth the punishment that they deserve for these terrible sins.

We respectfully ask Pope Francis to repent publicly and unambiguously of these objectively grave sins and of all the public offences that he has committed against God and the true religion, and to make reparation for these offences.

We respectfully ask all the bishops of the Catholic Church to offer fraternal correction to Pope Francis for these scandals, and to warn their flocks that according to the divinely revealed teaching of the Catholic faith, they will risk eternal damnation if they follow his example of offending against the First Commandment.

November 9th, 2019

In Festo dedicationis Basilicae Lateranensis
“Terribilis est locus iste: hic domus Dei est et porta cæli; et vocabitur aula Dei

In addition to its release in English, the statement is also available in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Polish, and German, at the same web site.

The complete list of signatories to the statement can be found here. Many of the usual suspects are among the undersigned. Names such as Roberto de Mattei, Gerard van den Aardweg, Rev. Linus Clovis, Rev. Nick Donnelly, Christopher Ferrara, Rev. Brian Harrison, Rev. John Hunwicke, Peter Kwasniewski, John Lamont, Brian McCall, Stephane Mercier, Enrico Maria Radaelli, John Rist, John Salza, Robert Siscoe, Josef Seifert, Jeanne Smits, Henry Sire, Jose Ureta, and John Henry Westen will be familiar to many. Meanwhile, “Abp.” Carlo Maria “Peek-a-boo” Vigano has asked for his name to be added to the statement.

Regarding the Pachamama idolatry and the Abu Dhabi document and its consequences, the following posts provide important information:

So, let’s assess this latest development. What do we have there? We have yet another instance of a number of high-profile Novus Ordos release a statement condemning Francis and/or something Francis has done, apparently in the forlorn hope of this having any impact whatsoever, other than giving journalists and bloggers something to write about and giving other Novus Ordos the (incorrect) impression that “something is happening.”

This has been tried one too many times, each time with absolutely no success. Before today, the most recent attempt had been earlier this year, when a group of prominent Novus Ordos accused Francis of pertinacious heresy and in an open letter asked the world’s Modernist “bishops” to essentially give him an ultimatum and then declare him deposed if he does not recant:

At this point, it’s easy to lose track of all the different initiatives with which those trying to be Roman Catholics while accepting a public apostate as Pope are desperately trying to, well, do something — something other than rejecting the obvious impostor’s claim to being the Vicar of Christ, that is.

It’s interesting that in the penultimate paragraph of the Protest against Pope Francis’s sacrilegious acts, the undersigned “respectfully ask Pope Francis to repent publicly and unambiguously of these objectively grave sins and of all the public offences that he has committed against God and the true religion, and to make reparation for these offences.” One would think that after everything that has transpired since March 13, 2013, they would at least ask Francis a little bit disrespectfully!

If they think that blasphemy, apostasy, and now idolatry are still not sufficient to tell someone off in no uncertain terms — especially if he pretends to be the Vicar of Christ — they are, humanly speaking, beyond hope. So if Francis burns down St. Peter’s Basilica tomorrow and builds a Voodoo temple on top of its ruins, will we see another few dozen people sign some petition “asking the Pope respectfully to repent”?

So, what will come of this latest endeavor? The same as always: exactly nothing. Francis and his henchmen will ignore it, and that will be the end of it. And each time they do something like this, the oomph is lessened. It’s the same for the “Abp.” Vigano circus: At first his salvos against Francis were impactful, and his going into hiding was a dramatic development underscoring the seriousness of it all. But at this point — well over a year after he released his first testimony, followed by numerous other testimonies and occasional commentary on Vatican developments from his hiding place — the whole thing has become dull and, frankly, annoying. The momentum has simply worn off.

People need to understand that the only thing that will be effective in neutralizing the apostate Jorge Bergoglio is proclaiming from the rooftops that he is not the Roman Pontiff, not the Vicar of Christ, not the Pope! That, and that alone, is what the man truly fears, for it is people acknowledging him to be the head of the Catholic Church that gives him all his de facto power. Take that away from him, and there’s nothing left but a little old apostate Jesuit from Buenos Aires.

Think about what this would change: If the Swiss Guard and the Vatican police were to realize, based on the genuine evidence, that Bergoglio is not the rightful Roman Pontiff but merely an imposter, the situation in Vatican City would change dramatically overnight. In fact, Francis would pee in his pants faster than he can say “existential peripheries”, for the police and other guards are required to be loyal to the Pope as such and not to the person of Jorge Bergoglio per se. All their service to him is only rendered under the supposition that he is actually the Pope. But if he isn’t, then he isn’t the head of Vatican City State either but a dangerous intruder….

If one considers the disaster that was the Amazon Synod in light of the fact that roughly 200 individuals had prayed a quasi-exorcism in Rome on its eve, one can see how successful these campaigns, however well-intentioned they may be, really are. And what is the reason they are never successful? Because they have as their goal an absurdity: They are trying with their prayers, protests, and resistance to force a blatant apostate to keep the Catholic Church from defecting, or rather, to “un-defect” it and then turn it into the indefectible Church once again.

In an address given on Feb. 20, 1949, Pope Pius XII noted: “The Pope has the divine promises; even in his human weaknesses, he is invincible and unshakable; he is the messenger of truth and justice, the principle of the unity of the Church; his voice denounces errors, idolatries, superstitions; he condemns iniquities; he makes charity and virtue loved” (Address Ancora Una Volta). This isn’t an apt description of Francis because he is not the Pope.

All noble intentions and presumed personal piety of the signatories aside, what they are doing is theological suicide. If their endeavor could be successful, it would actually have disproven the Catholic religion. The only possible answer is: Francis is not a valid Roman Pontiff. That answer may not be the most convenient for the signatories and their co-religionists, but the truth does not care about convenience.

In any case, an eternity in hell will be a lot less convenient still.

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