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The progressive Church Empire is striking Back? February 19, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Papa, persecution, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.

Events over the past week have raised in my mind the specter that the progressive elements which dominate the levers of power in the Church may be signalling they have had enough pestering “input” from troublesome laity and even their own brother bishops, and are not going to let some piddling concerns over attacking perennial Dogmas or the causing of immense confusion and scandal derail their plans.

I know I’m late to the game (I have a life at times, too) on some of these matters, but to me it was interesting that both Cardinal Wuerl’s blatant attack on Cardinal Burke (and Archbishop Lenga?), as well as the incredible threat of lawsuit by the really scurrilous Fr. Thomas Rosica (the very epitome of post-conciliar clericalists) against a Catholic blogger came out in such close proximity to each other.  Probably coincidence, but knowing how well organized the modernist-leftist cabal in the Church is, I don’t think we can discount the possibility of a correlation.

For the few who don’t know, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, a long time dissenter from Church Doctrine in matters like the distribution of the Blessed Sacrament to pro-abort politicians, even going so far as to disobey and misconstrue Pope Saint John Paul II’s order on the matter, wrote a blog post in which he excoriated those bishops he views as dissenting from the “new order” ushered in that fateful conclave of March 2013:

As I was watching the Holy Father on TV, my inbox was filling with a number of email including an interview and an article by brother bishops who are less than enthusiastic about Pope Francis.  Those emails reminded me of a much, much earlier time in my life when I first experienced dissent from the teaching and practice of a pope.

That’s truly rich, coming from Cardinal Wuerl, as John Henry Weston at LifeSiteNews notes:

Cardinal Wuerl is here on new ground. For years he was, by his own definition, the “dissenter” under Popes John Paul II and Pope Benedict.  The issue also revolved around Holy Communion. However, rather than giving Communion to divorced and remarried, the previous popes were asking that Communion be denied to pro-abortion Catholic politicians.

In 2004, Pope John Paul II had the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith intervene in the US Bishops deliberation over the question of Communion for pro-abortion politicians. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later to become Pope Benedict XVI, wrote in his letter titled “Worthiness to receive Holy Communion,” that a Catholic politician who would vote for “permissive abortion and euthanasia laws” after being duly instructed and warned, “must” be denied Communion…….

…….Archbishop Wuerl repeatedly refused to comply with that directive. In fact, he was open in his dissent.  Asked by various media since the mid-1990s, he said it was not his pastoral style, and also claimed that denying Communion is tantamount to wielding the sacrament as a weapon.

But for the Washington archbishop it wasn’t only a matter of words – he backed up his rhetoric against the pope’s wishes with action. In March 2012, he stripped a priest of his faculties to publicly celebrate Mass for refusing Communion to a woman who was known to have been living in a homosexual relationship. [I’m sure readers recall this event.  So Cardial Wuerl has taken concrete action to impose his will, so contrary to canon law, in this matter.]

…….In 2012, when asked about refusing notorious pro-abortion politician Nancy Pelosi Communion, Wuerl opined, “I stand with the great majority of American bishops and bishops around the world in saying this canon was never intended to be used this way.” [And once again we see the American bishops, along with most around the world, twisting Canon Law, Tradition, and Sacred Scripture to their own end. Canon 915 didn’t just fall from the sky, an odd-duck Doctrine that has no visible support. It comes straight from Scripture.  But perhaps Cardinal Wuerl has forgotten this bit of Scripture, since it was carefully excised from the Novus Ordo readings (all of them).  I refer to 1 Corinthians XI:27-29, wherein St. Paul makes clear that those who receive the Blessed Sacrament unworthily eat and drink condemnation on themselves, committing the gravest of sacrileges.]

At that time the head of the Catholic Church’s highest court dealing with canon law was none other than Cardinal Raymond Burke. Burke told LifeSiteNews unequivocally at the time: “The Church’s law is very clear.”

“The person who persists publicly in grave sin is to be denied Holy Communion, and it [canon law] doesn’t say that the bishop shall decide this. It’s an absolute.”

So perhaps Cardinal Wuerl is savouring a little revenge with his dissenter remark. But, the hypocrisy is so very blatant. [If you think our prelates are above things like petty revenge, you’re wrong]

Speaking of petty revenge, Vatican spokesthug Fr. Thomas Rosica has threated a lawsuit against the owner of the good blog Vox Cantoris, one David Domet.  The lawsuit demands Mr. Domet remove about 10 posts mentioning Fr. Rosica, all of which, mind you, contain nothing but Rosica’s own public statements and some brief commentary on them. Domet is a Canadian, and I know free speech law there is not nearly so open and liberal (or sacrosanct, if you will) as it is in the United States, but I would say that, in the US, this would be nothing more than a nuisance lawsuit and a form of harassment that would have little chance of a finding in Rosica’s favor. But that’s not the point, the point is to bully and threaten a Catholic lay person who has pointed out numerous problematic statements by Rosica over the past 2 years into silence.  Most laypeople do not have the resources to retain attorneys and pay hundreds of dollars an hour to respond to a lawsuit.  Rosica, by contrast, apparently does. I have to wonder if this funding comes from his own pocket, or if he is able to use Church money  – our money – to fund it.  Even a threatening letter like that probably cost $4-800.

You can see the cease and desist order, in all its fury, here ——>>>>> spec-2015-02-19

Since Fr. Rosica is official English language spokesman for the Vatican under Pope Francis (and given his modernist-progressive sensibilities, what a revealing choice that was), and works directly under the questionably competent Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, one must wonder just how high up approval for this action went.  Is it limited to Fr. Rosica alone? I doubt it.  Did his boss approve?  Quite likely.  What about his boss’s boss, Pope Francis?  I tend to doubt a Pope would bother with such a trifling matter, but then again, we have been told that this is the most detail-oriented, authoritarian pope in decades, so who knows?

One thing is certain, David Domet now faces a poisonous moral choice.  I pray he gets some pro bono legal assistance, and quick.

On the positive side, Fr. Rosica would not have taken this step if Mr. Domet were not scoring some pretty significant hits.  And I say that not just of Fr. Rosica, but of the entire agenda we see unfolding before us. There’s an old saying “if you’re receiving fire, it means you’re over the target.”  That is why I think this may be part of a broader campaign to vilify and fluster the growing opposition.

Saul Alinsky would be proud.


1. Joseph D'Hippolito - February 19, 2015

Catholicism, as an institution, will collapse under Pope Francis. When bishops become selective about Canon Law — and no Pope will bother enforcing it — what’s to stop them from being selective about doctrine?

This is nothing new and it certainly didn’t start under Francis. The president of the German bishops’ conference, Cardinal Zollich, went on German television during Benedict’s tenure as effectively denied the doctrine of propitiation — the idea that Christ bore divine punishment for human sin. Benedict, noted doctrinal disciplinarian, did nothing.

Francis’ papacy is bringing to light a lot of the darkness that most Catholics have denied exists.

A remnant of faithful Catholics will continue once the collapse takes place; Christ’s words prophesy that. But the collapse will take place. That’s why I included the phrase “as an institution” in italics.

If that collapse takes down the Patheos and Catholic Answers lackeys, then laisser les bons temps rouler!

Baseballmom - February 19, 2015

“laisser les bons temps rouler!” Have not heard that one since we left Lafayette LA some 30 years ago…. And yes, the institution may fail, but the Church will always remain… The gates of Hell will not prevail. 🙂

2. virtuouscitizenship - February 19, 2015

From Voice of the Faithful:
“Canon 212 states that the faithful are bound to follow what the sacred pastors (the bishops) declare as teachers of the faith. This statement is balanced off, however, by an annunciation of the right and obligation of all the faithful to provide intellectual input to the governance and indeed the very life of the Church.

‘ Can. 212 §3 They have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence and position, to manifest to the sacred Pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church. They have the right also to make their views known to others of Christ’s faithful, but in doing so they must always respect the integrity of faith and morals, show due reverence to the Pastors and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals.’

The source of this canon is Lumen Gentium n. 37. This canon reflects the fact that the institutional Church and its leadership recognize the fact that the Church is a community and that all faithful have a right to provide input into that is good for this community. The right to share information and opinions is extended between the faithful (lay and cleric) and the bishops as well as among the faithful themselves.

The code also gives the faithful the “right of assembly,” which means that they may found and run organizations for “charitable and religious” purposes.

Can. 215 Christ’s faithful may freely establish and direct associations which serve charitable or pious purposes or which foster the Christian vocation in the world, and they may hold meetings to pursue these purposes by common effort.”
Guy McClung, San Antonio

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4. TLM - February 20, 2015

Absolutely this seems to be a ‘campaign’ on the part of Rome to silence faithful Catholic Bloggers, and Prelates as well, in advance of the 2015 Sin-Od. I read just yesterday the title of an article in pewsitter (I have yet to read the article in full) that the NEW head of the FFI (Fr. Angelo Geiger) has accused Rorate Caeli of lies and misinformation on the way the FFI have been abused by the Vatican. (that’s the gist of it anyway) But before anyone jumps to conclusions, read the article ( I will as well:)

So…………….the wolves seem to be priming their teeth for the kill. We will beyond a doubt see more of this.

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