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How to Buy a Cardinal’s Hat: Farrell Comes Out Hard for Amoris Laetitia October 17, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, attachments, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.

Wellity wellity wellity………the things we learn my little droogies.  I had sometimes scratched my rassoodok, wondering if perhaps I weren’t a bit too hard on our former Bishop Kevin Farrell.  Now, the evidence against him was really overwhelming, but I think most every Catholic who has a sense of fealty towards his ecclesiastical superiors does have an occasional doubt or two when he finds himself cross-ways with the man appointed to serve as his spiritual shepherd.

And Farrell had done some good.  The Fraternity parish, increase in vocations, end of the horrific run of scandals, getting the diocese’s funding situation in order, approving some orthodox lay people here and there for fairly influential assignments.  He could have been worse.  As I believe I fairly conclusively demonstrated late last week, Farrell started off his tenure probably a shade or two right of center but after March 2013 veered quite perceptibly leftwards.  What was his true inclination, if he even has one, other than parroting the opinions of the men he felt the need to please?

Well, if his first interview is any indication, I was not unfair at all in my appraisal of Farrell, and may well have even been more generous with him than I should have.  Amazingly, the Cardinal-Elect Prefect of Francis’ very powerful and influential new dicastery for the family gave his first major English-language interview to the National Heretic Reporter, and immediately launched forth on a very radical, and very combative, assessment of Amoris Laetitia, it’s doctrinal standing, and its role in the remaking of the Church.

I quote extensively from LifeSiteNews below, as there is quite a bit to unpack.  My emphasis and comments:

In a lengthy new interview, Bishop and soon-to-be cardinal Kevin Farrell said whether those in unions the Church labels adulterous may receive Communion is a “process of discernment and of conscience.” He says Amoris Laetitia “is the teaching of the Church,” comes from the Holy Spirit, and will be the “guiding document” of the new Vatican dicastery Pope Francis appointed him to head.

In August, Pope Francis named Farrell, the former bishop of Dallas, to lead the newly-formed Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life. The Pontifical Council for the Laity and to the Pontifical Council for the Family will be folded into this new dicastery. On Sunday, Pope Francis announced that Farrell had been named a cardinal along with two other U.S. bishops: Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich and Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin (not to be confused with Rhode Island’s strongly pro-life Bishop Thomas Tobin).

The appointment of these three bishops as cardinals is a “seismic shift” in the American Catholic Church, according to Vatican expert John Allen Jr.,  because Farrell, Cupich, and Tobin belong “to the centrist, non-cultural warrior wing of the country’s hierarchy.” [We can see how far left Allen is, by his incredible definition of “centrist.”  By his standards, Chairman Mao was just a shade left of center]

Speaking to the National Catholic Reporter, long condemned for its open opposition to Church teaching, Farrell said, “I think that the document Amoris Laetitia is faithful to the doctrine and to the teaching of the church. It is carrying on the doctrine of Familiaris Consortio of John Paul II. I believe that passionately. Basically this is the Holy Spirit speaking to us.” [Regarding “carrying on the doctrine of Familiaris Consortio, such a comment is beneath contempt.  It is positively Orwellian in its inversion of the truth.  And apparently, Farrell assesses something as being from the Holy Ghost or not according to how well it aligns with his own ideological views]

………“I firmly believe [Amoris Laetitia] is the teaching of the church,” said Farrell. “This is a pastoral document telling us how we should proceed. I believe we should take it as it is.”

Farrell said he wasn’t necessarily saying the divorced and remarried should receive Communion.

“That’s a process of discernment and of conscience,” and a “journey,” he said. “The priest, the pastor needs to accompany people in difficult situations.” [This is EXACTLY the language the revolutionaries in the Church a generation ago used to obtain a practical apostasy on the subject of contraception and, to a lesser degree, abortion.  Charles Curran and his ilk used intentionally deceptive phrases, claiming contraceptive use could/would only be rightly used by solidly Catholic married couples after a process of discernment, guided by a priest, and only for very serious reasons.  Yeah, that lasted about 5 minutes.  Then it was all contraception, all the time, and, in fact, if you don’t contracept, you’re a bad Catholic, because look at how you are assaulting poor defenseless mother nature]

Farrell told the National Catholic Reporter the divorced and remarried should be included “in all the ministries of the church.”

In honesty, I am not surprised by this in the slightest.  This is precisely the kind of opinion I would expect both of a man so rapidly promoted by Francis, and given so important a new position.  I’m also completely unsurprised at what heterodoxy Farrell is all too happy to support, given the right reward.

What this does make clear is that this is both the required position Francis is demanding of ambitious men in the Church, and the vehicle by which a new stage of the social revolution is to be conducted.  I deliberately mentioned contraception above, because this reception of the Blessed Sacrament by manifest adulterers is an even more egregious affront to the Sovereign Lord.  These guys have no new tools, no new methods, just the same old lies they’ve trotted out for the last 50 years.  What they do have, however, is power, and the will to use it in unjust, even cruel manner.  Just as the FFIs and FSIs about that.

Enjoy your newchurch.  For me, I think the SSPX would be insane to accept the carrot of “regularization” at this time.  I also find it absolutely ludicrous that the SSPX can be held out to be irregular, while creatures like Farrell get to walk around pretending  to be the image of Catholic orthodoxy.  That is too great an affront to logic and decency for me to bear.




1. tg - October 17, 2016

I’m so sick of all of them. Notice he said the church – nothing about what Jesus said. When the intentions are said at Mass – praying for Pope Francis and his mission, I don’t repeat “hear our prayer.” I don’t want him to succeed so I’m not going to pray for it. I’ve never done that before.

Peter - October 18, 2016

Just add in your own mind, “to the extent it is consistent with your will”, and you’re golden.

2. Magdalene - October 17, 2016

And all this supposed ‘accompanying’ of people in sinful situations….what is that about? Doesn’t anyone have the love and courage necessary to speak the truth to them and that their souls are in danger?

3. Baseballmom - October 17, 2016

Yep, saw that article a few days back. Those courageous bishops who speak the Truth to their flock may not get Red Hats, but they stand a much greater chance at attaining Eternal Life…. quite a bit better than the hat.

Tantumblogo - October 17, 2016

I originally had a line in the post saying that obtaining a red hat costs nothing, in terms of money; the price is one’s soul, in the present environment. But I thought it came across as a bit too condescending and obvious, so I took it out.

Baseballmom - October 18, 2016

Actually that is spot on…. getting soft in your old age TB? 😉

4. Camper - October 17, 2016

They’re heretics, TB! It’s formal! When only a handful of SSPX and sedevacantist bishops are orthodox, one doesn’t need a majority of bishops for it to be formal heresy. St. Athanasius shows the way.

5. SoccerMom - October 17, 2016

In support of the argument that those who publicly profess heresy have no authority to excommunicate Catholics (such as Abp. Lefebvre):

Pope Celestine I:

“The Authority of our See has sanctioned, that the bishop, cleric or Christian by simple profession who had been deposed or excommunicated by Nestorius or his followers, after the latter began to preach heresy, shall not be considered deposed or excommunicated. For he who had defected from the faith with such preaching, cannot depose or remove anyone whatsoever.”

Tantumblogo - October 17, 2016

You be careful around Baseballmom. j/k

Yeah. I distanced myself from SSPX a while back – not directly, but inadvertently – and I’m making amends. But seriously, it is beyond my ability to stretch credulity to believe the SSPX are really “bad” and “dangerous” while Farrell is not only a Catholic in good standing, but a great leader of souls in the Church!

SoccerMom - October 18, 2016

Oh baseballmom, I hope you will forgive me my past failings. I will never vote for another Clinton again. But I do hope you understand if I continue to let my kids play soccer. It is good exercise and it is easier to make ball contact with a soccer ball than a baseball (we need all the help we can get).

I agree about the SSPX. They are one of the only voices “sounding the alarm” and warning their faithful of the dangers to their soul in both modern culture and coming from the ranks of the conciliar church. They work tirelessly for the salvation of souls, willing even to bear false accusations of schism and extremism from every corner of the earth. At the same time, those filling the ranks within the Vatican have been almost universally negligent of their duties, tossing the sheep to the wolves. In reality, they are the inwardly ravening wolves our Lord warned us against.

At our SSPX parish, the priest (you know, the “bad” guy) has recently given adult catechisms on topics such as the errors of Luther, marriage and Amoris Laetitia, etc. Trying to prevent the perversity of Rome’s errors from luring his sheep away from our Lord. Thank God for such generous priests.

Baseballmom - October 18, 2016

Ego te absolvo SoccerMom…. what else can I do? I just got a photo of one of my adorable granddaughters wearing her “Little Kickers” uniform…. her father (my son) knows better – but her mama (my wonderful DIL) said it would be “good for her”…. and yes, actually, the most difficult thing to do in sports is hit a 95mph fastball…. some of my boys can do that 😀. One got a nice college baseball scholarship because he could 😉

6. David - October 18, 2016

Catholic World Report had a good article about Archbishop Sample (Archdiocese of Portland) speaking about conscience in Ameristar Laetitia. Like a few other good bishops and good priests, Sample has some concerns too.

Years ago, Fr. Package did an entire series on Threshold of Hope on Familiaris Consortio. I watched quite a few of those.

David - October 18, 2016

I’m getting used to a smart phone. That should say “Fr. Mitch Pacwa” on Threshold of Hope, and “Amoris Latetia”.

Tantumblogo - October 18, 2016

I thought Ameristar Laetitia was kind of apropos, since the American divorce rate and Amchurch’s policy of being an annulment mill are probably significant factors in Franky’s push.

Baseballmom - October 19, 2016

LOL – I received an Apple 7plus iPhone as a gift about a week ago…. I can so relate… smart phone… dumb user… 😀

TF - October 19, 2016

I’m all for jokes but I don’t think we should joke in this way anymore. You’re the intelligent one. The other thing is just a shiny piece of plastic and silicon trash that millions of people are addicted to. It can’t even be considered smart-alec, much less smart.

Written on my iPhone
Just kidding.

Baseballmom - October 20, 2016


Tantumblogo - October 20, 2016

Good one!

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