Abu Dhabi heresy published in ‘Acts of the Apostolic See’…
Game Over: Blasphemous and Heretical Declaration on Human Fraternity becomes official “Papal” Act
Jorge Bergoglio and Ahmed Al-Tayyeb sign the Document on Human Fraternity on Feb. 4, 2019
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It was three years ago today, on Feb. 4, 2019, that the Argentinian apostate Jorge Bergoglio (“Pope Francis”) joined the Egyptian Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayyeb, in signing a common declaration entitled A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together. This took place as part of an interreligious meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (video here).
In the midst of this document is found the following blasphemous statement:
Freedom is a right of every person: each individual enjoys the freedom of belief, thought, expression and action. The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, 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.
(Antipope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyib, “A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”, Vatican.va, Feb. 4, 2019; underlining added.)
To claim that God wills there to be a diversity (variety) of religions in the same way He wills there to be a variety of races, colors, and sexes — meaning He positively desires them and does not merely tolerate their existence — is not simply heresy, it is complete and utter apostasy. By signing this declaration, Francis openly proclaimed that he had abandoned the Roman Catholic religion and even any semblance of Christianity. (Not that that would have been the first time for him necessarily, but it definitely was such an instance.)
The heretical sentence in question is a complete denial of the Roman Catholic religion, which it ruins in its very foundations. If this blasphemous assertion about God willing other religions were true, then Catholicism would be false, Jesus Christ a liar, and religious practice would be a gigantic waste of time. By signing this document as part of a heavily-publicized interreligious conference, Bergoglio committed a public act of apostasy before the world.
Writing in 1943, Pope Pius XII was very clear that public apostasy is inherently incompatible with Church membership (something Francis explicitly denied just two days ago):
Nor must one imagine that the Body of the Church, just because it bears the name of Christ, is made up during the days of its earthly pilgrimage only of members conspicuous for their holiness, or that it consists only of those whom God has predestined to eternal happiness. It is owing to the Savior’s infinite mercy that place is allowed in His Mystical Body here below for those whom, of old, He did not exclude from the banquet [cf. Mt 9:11; Mk 2:16; Lk 15:2]. For not every sin, however grave it may be, is such as of its own nature to sever a man from the Body of the Church, as does schism or heresy or apostasy. Men may lose charity and divine grace through sin, thus becoming incapable of supernatural merit, and yet not be deprived of all life if they hold fast to faith and Christian hope, and if, illumined from above, they are spurred on by the interior promptings of the Holy Spirit to salutary fear and are moved to prayer and penance for their sins.
(Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Mystici Corporis, n. 23; underlining added.)
We covered the fallout of Francis’ Abu Dhabi heresy at length in the past, as well as his own damage control efforts and the various attempts by others to spin his clear denial of the Faith into something resembling orthodoxy:
- Apostasy in Abu Dhabi: Francis says God wills Diversity of Religions
- Ark of Apostasy: Why Francis’ Interreligious Fraternity Document does Not Admit of an Orthodox Interpretation
- Francis in Morocco: “Being a Christian is not about Adhering to a Doctrine”
- Francis lies to “Bp.” Schneider, tells him he meant God wills Diversity of Religions merely Permissively
- Naturalism at Full Blast: Francis on the Existence of All Religions
- One Year Later: The Apostate Abu Dhabi Declaration on Human Fraternity
In this post, we will not focus on refuting once more Francis’ abominable Abu Dhabi heresy, however. Instead, we wish to make the public aware that this heresy — in fact, the entire Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together — has now been published in the Vatican’s official and authoritative compendium of papal acts, the so-called Acta Apostolicae Sedis (“Acts of the Apostolic See”), typically abbreviated Acta or AAS.
The proper reference to where exactly the text is found in the Acta is the following:
Acta Apostolicae Sedis CXI, n. 3 (March 2019), pp. 349-356
The heresy itself appears on p. 353, in Italian: “Il pluralismo e le diversità di religione, di colore, di sesso, di razza e di lingua sono una sapiente volontà divina, con la quale Dio ha creato gli esseri umani.”
Although this edition of the Acta containing the apostate Document on Human Fraternity was published in 2019, it was not until the last few days that it appeared as a freely accessible document on the Vatican web site. A downloadable PDF version is available at this link (click image or click here):
In his 1958 book The Catholic Church in Action, author Michael Williams explains that the Acta Apostolicae Sedis is the “only official publication of the Holy See … in which all official acts and laws in whatever form are promulgated” (p. 155). The journal was instituted by Pope St. Pius X in 1908 with the Apostolic Constitution Promulgandi.
So, what significance does the inclusion of the Document on Human Fraternity in the AAS have? What does it mean?
At the very least, it means that Francis is officially acknowledging — for all those who may have doubted it — that the approval of the apostate declaration is an official “papal” act of his, not something merely said or done in his capacity as a private individual.
In other words, Francis committed a blatant act of apostasy as the supposed head of the Roman Catholic Church and Vicar of Christ on earth. That is impossible for a true Pope to do. Although it cannot be proved, according to St. Robert Bellarmine, that a Pope is incapable of defecting from the Faith in his capacity as a private individual, it is absolutely impossible for a true Pope to commit heresy or apostasy in the official exercise of the Papacy. Were it otherwise, the Catholic teaching on the Papacy would become meaningless and, worse yet, false and dangerous:
If the Pope should happen to fall into heresy, he is no longer a member of the Church, much less its head. It is understood that the Pope cannot be guilty of heresy when he speaks infallibly ex cathedra. The supposition is only possible should the Pope teach heretical doctrine in a private capacity.
(Rev. Matthew Ramstein, A Manual of Canon Law [Hoboken, NJ: Terminal Printing & Publishing Co., 1948], p. 193; underlining added.)
The Pope is the Teacher and Shepherd of the whole Church, thus, the whole Church is so bound to hear and follow him that if he would err, the whole Church would err. Now our adversaries respond that the Church ought to hear him so long as he teaches correctly, for God must be heard more than men. On the other hand, who will judge whether the Pope has taught rightly or not? For it is not for the sheep to judge whether the shepherd wanders off, not even and especially in those matters which are truly doubtful. Nor do Christian sheep have any greater judge or teacher to whom they might have recourse. As we showed above, from the whole Church one can appeal to the Pope yet, from him no one is able to appeal; therefore necessarily the whole Church will err if the Pontiff would err.
(St. Robert Bellarmine, On the Roman Pontiff, Book IV, Chapter 3; Grant translation, p. 160; underlining added.)
More on that issue can be found here:
Whether publication of the heretical and blasphemous Document on Human Fraternity in the Acta also makes it part of Francis’ official magisterium, is not clear. Novus Ordo educator Dr. Jeffrey Mirus asserts that inclusion of a text in the Acta alone does not make it magisterial. Although he does not actually prove his contention, we cannot refute it either.
In any case, whether it be magisterial or not, is not that important. The most important point is that Francis has publicly and officially — in his capacity as “Pope” — proclaimed a heresy so blatant that it destroys the foundations of the Roman Catholic religion and lays the groundwork for the Antichrist, because if God positively wills there to be a variety of religions, then this means that all religions are equal, and if all religions are equal, they can only be equally false, since they contradict one another. Thus people will come to accept the lie that no religion is actually true, and the Antichrist, once he arrives, will have no difficulty establishing his own religion, in which he himself is worshipped (cf. 2 Thess 2:3-4).
For Francis to proclaim in his official acts that a diversity of religions is (positively) willed by God, therefore, proves he cannot be a true Pope. Game over!
Now, some may think that Francis’ heresy in the Document on Human Fraternity is something he came up with on his own and will perhaps also die with him. But that is a great mistake. In fact, one can see the roots of this heresy, for example, in the teaching of “Pope” and now “Saint” John Paul II, who taught explicitly:
It must first be kept in mind that every quest of the human spirit for truth and goodness, and in the last analysis for God, is inspired by the Holy Spirit. The various religions arose precisely from this primordial human openness to God. At their origins we often find founders who, with the help of God’s Spirit, achieved a deeper religious experience. Handed on to others, this experience took form in the doctrines, rites and precepts of the various religions.
(Antipope John Paul II, General Audience, Vatican.va, Sep. 9, 1998)
This is blatant heretical blasphemy! It is Modernism!
Pope St. Pius X, the mauler of the Modernists, described their poisonous doctrine as follows. See if you notice certain parallels with what was just quoted of John Paul II:
…[F]aith, which is the basis and foundation of all religion, must consist in a certain interior sense, originating in a need of the divine [according to the Modernists]. This need of the divine, which is experienced only in special and favorable circumstances, cannot of itself appertain to the domain of consciousness, but is first latent beneath consciousness, or, to borrow a term from modern philosophy, in the subconsciousness, where also its root lies hidden and undetected.
It may perhaps be asked how it is that this need of the divine which man experiences within himself resolves itself into religion? To this question the Modernist reply would be as follows: Science and history are confined within two boundaries, the one external, namely, the visible world, the other internal, which is consciousness. When one or other of these limits has been reached, there can be no further progress, for beyond is the unknowable. In presence of this unknowable, whether it is outside man and beyond the visible world of nature, or lies hidden within the subconsciousness, the need of the divine in a soul which is prone to religion excites — according to the principles of Fideism, without any previous advertence of the mind — a certain special sense, and this sense possesses, implied within itself both as its own object and as its intrinsic cause, the divine reality itself, and in a way unites man with God. It is this sense to which Modernists give the name of faith, and this is what they hold to be the beginning of religion.
…How far this position is removed from that of Catholic teaching! We have already seen how its fallacies have been condemned by the Vatican Council. Later on, we shall see how these errors, combined with those which we have already mentioned, open wide the way to Atheism. Here it is well to note at once that, given this doctrine of experience united with that of symbolism, every religion, even that of paganism, must be held to be true. What is to prevent such experiences from being found in any religion? In fact, that they are so is maintained by not a few. On what grounds can Modernists deny the truth of an experience affirmed by a follower of Islam? Will they claim a monopoly of true experiences for Catholics alone? Indeed, Modernists do not deny, but actually maintain, some confusedly, others frankly, that all religions are true. That they cannot feel otherwise is obvious. For on what ground, according to their theories, could falsity be predicated of any religion whatsoever? Certainly it would be either on account of the falsity of the religious sense or on account of the falsity of the formula pronounced by the mind. Now the religious sense, although it maybe more perfect or less perfect, is always one and the same; and the intellectual formula, in order to be true, has but to respond to the religious sense and to the believer, whatever be the intellectual capacity of the latter. In the conflict between different religions, the most that Modernists can maintain is that the Catholic has more truth because it is more vivid, and that it deserves with more reason the name of Christian because it corresponds more fully with the origins of Christianity. No one will find it unreasonable that these consequences flow from the premises. …
There is yet another element in this part of their teaching which is absolutely contrary to Catholic truth. For what is laid down as to experience is also applied with destructive effect to tradition, which has always been maintained by the Catholic Church. Tradition, as understood by the Modernists, is a communication with others of an original experience, through preaching by means of the intellectual formula. To this formula, in addition to its representative value they attribute a species of suggestive efficacy which acts firstly in the believer by stimulating the religious sense, should it happen to have grown sluggish, and by renewing the experience once acquired, and secondly, in those who do not yet believe by awakening in them for the first time the religious sense and producing the experience. In this way is religious experience spread abroad among the nations; and not merely among contemporaries by preaching, but among future generations both by books and by oral transmission from one to another. Sometimes this communication of religious experience takes root and thrives, at other times it withers at once and dies. For the Modernists, to live is a proof of truth, since for them life and truth are one and the same thing. Thus we are once more led to infer that all existing religions are equally true, for otherwise they would not survive.
(Pope Pius X, Encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis, nn. 7,14-15; underlining added.)
But just as Francis’ doctrine can be found, at least seminally, in John Paul, so John Paul’s doctrine can be found rooted in the apostate Second Vatican Council (1962-65).
Thus we can see that the apostasy began not with Bergoglio but with Vatican II, which laid the doctrinal groundwork for the Novus Ordo religion that in our day is taken for genuine Catholicism. The entire conciliar and post-conciliar magisterium is saturated with false theological ideas, and in our day we can see the ripe, or rather, rotten fruit of all this wickedness. Francis is merely putting the icing on the cake and making the defection from the Faith extremely visible.
Whoever cannot see it now, is blind.
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