Pope Francis: Enemy of the Papacy…

Pope Francis: Enemy of the Papacy…

Pope Francis: Enemy of the Papacy...

When he read Pope Francis’s latest assault on the papacy, Petrus submitted the following commentary for discussion. As Editor, speaking on behalf of the Catholic Truth team, I agree with his every word. Do you?

In his first Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis continues his attack on the papacy. This attack began minutes after his election, when he rejected the ermine lined red cape and stole worn by his predecessors. Minutes after the election result was declared in the Sistine Chapel, the Master of Ceremonies offered to the new Pope these garments. “No thank you, Monsignore,” Pope Francis is reported to have replied. “You put it on instead. Carnival time is over!” Along with his continued use of “Bishop of Rome”, Pope Francis very quickly signalled his intent to demean the papacy.

His latest attack takes place just sixteen paragraphs into his latest document. ” Nor do I believe that the papal magisterium should be expected to offer a definitive or complete word on every question which affects the Church and the world. It is not advisable for the Pope to take the place of local Bishops in the discernment of every issue which arises in their territory. In this sense, I am conscious of the need to promote a sound “decentralization”. What exactly does the Pope mean by this? Clearly, he subscribes to the Anglican model of “First Among Equals”.

The Pope goes on to say ” I too must think about a conversion of the papacy. It is my duty, as the Bishop of Rome, to be open to suggestions which can help make the exercise of my ministry more faithful to the meaning which Jesus Christ wished to give it and to the present needs of evangelization.” So, last week we had a questionnaire asking us what we think of contraception, abortion, divorce and homosexuality, and now the Pope himself is asking for suggestions on the papacy? He goes on to say ” a juridical status of episcopal conferences which would see them as subjects of specific attributions, including genuine doctrinal authority, has not yet been sufficiently elaborated.” For me, this is a no brainer. If Jorge Mario Bergoglio disliked the papacy so much, he should never have accepted it. For a man who never tires of telling us how humble he is, it is rather arrogant to say the least for him to try so blatantly to change the papacy to suit himself.

“It is not the task of the Pope to offer a detailed and complete analysis of contemporary reality”. claims Pope Francis. Well, this is the task of the Pope. This is what Pope St. Pius X did when he issued his Encyclical Letter “Pascendi”. It is What Pope Leo XIII did when he issued Rerum Novarum. This “humble” Pope cannot distinguish between true and false humility. His dislike of the papacy, issued under the guise of humility, is, in actual fact, pride. He himself cannot separate the man from the office. When the Pope teaches and commands, he does this because of the office he holds, not because of the man he is. When he wears traditional papal dress, he does this to glorify the office of the Pope, not the man. Pope Francis should never have accepted the papacy.

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Comments (80)

  • Leo

    Undoubtedly the Conciliar novelty of Collegiality has been a major factor in the five decades of doctrinal and liturgical anarchy, as well as the de facto schism that has been on display for five decades, all of which has led to an unprecedented and unquantifiable apostasy and endangerment of souls.

    The issue of Collegiality was involved in one of the most infamous examples of the Modernist tactic of ambiguity, during the drafting of the Council’s document, Lumen Gentium. The target was the Church’s hierarchical structure and the primacy of the papacy.

    Decentralisation was and is at the heart of the agenda of both the ecumaniacs and revolutionaries. Their influence has been very obvious during this papacy. The recent scandalous questionnaire circulated throughout the Church referred repeatedly to “local churches.” Hardly an accident.

    “The concrete realization of the collegial spirit”, Pope Francis states in His Apostolic Exhortation, “has not been fully realized” (32). A “sound decentralization” is necessary (16). It looks like the ambiguity has been pushed aside.

    Well here are some unambiguous, Magisterial, in every sense of the word, restatements of the Church’s constant teaching of the primacy of the papacy.

    “Moreover, it is heretical to propose that the Roman Pontiff is the ministerial head [of the Church], if this is explained to mean that the Roman Pontiff received, not from Christ in the person of St. Peter, but from the Church, the power of his office by which, as the successor of Peter, the true Vicar of Christ, and the head of the entire Church, he has power over the universal Church.” – Pius VI, Constitution Auctorem Fidei, 1794

    “it is an article of faith that the Roman Pontiff, successor of Blessed Peter the prince of Apostles, not only has a primacy and honour, but also of authority and jurisdiction over the universal Church, and that, consequently, the bishops, too, are under his authority. That is why, as St. Leo goes on to say, it is necessary for the whole Church throughout the entire world, to be united to the Holy See of Peter, that is to say, to the Roman Church, and to have recourse to it as to the centre of Catholic unity and ecclesiastical communion…” – Pope Gregory XVI, Commissum Divinitus #10

    “If anyone thus speaks, that the Roman Pontiff has only the office of inspection or direction, but not the full and supreme power of jurisdiction over the universal Church, not only in things which pertain to faith and morals, but also in those which pertain to the discipline and government of the Church spread over the whole world; or, that he possesses only the more important parts, but not the whole plenitude of this supreme power…let him be anathema.”- Vatican Council 1, Session 4, Chapter, 3, Canon 9, July 18, 1870.

    “But the power of the Roman Pontiff is supreme, universal, and definitely peculiar to in tself; but that of the bishops is circumscribed by definite limites, and definitely peculiar to themselves.” – Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum (# 15), 1896

    “As successor of Saint Peter, the Roman Pontiff has the primacy not merely of honour but of jurisdiction over the universal Church. Subject to an essential dependence on the Pope, the council has supreme power over the entire Church; but there is no appeal from the Pope to the council.” – Pope Benedict XV, Codex Iuris Canonici (1917), canon 228.

    That’s all very unambiguous, all right. Tradition and continuity can mean only one thing, and that is not decentralization.

    November 30, 2013 at 12:03 am
    • editor

      “The concrete realization of the collegial spirit”, Pope Francis states in His Apostolic Exhortation, “has not been fully realized” (32). A “sound decentralization” is necessary (16). It looks like the ambiguity has been pushed aside.”

      Precisely Leo. This has to be one of the most terrifying documents of all time.

      Don’t miss the post from Filii Ecclesia, 29 November, at 8.49pm. on Pope Francis’s “exhortation” about Judaism. Not for the faint-hearted.

      November 30, 2013 at 12:28 am
  • Leo

    Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation contains the following:

    “In some people we see an ostentatious preoccupation for the liturgy, for doctrine and for the Church’s prestige, but without any concern that the Gospel have a real impact on God’s faithful people and the con¬crete needs of the present time.” #95

    I know the qualification “some people” is there, but really, what is the point of this statement if it is not just another thinly veiled criticism of those who hold to the true Mass, those “restorationist”, “triumphalist” Catholics?

    Why should any Catholic think that there is a contradiction between sacrality, reverence, solemnity and dignity, in the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the proclamation of the Gospel?

    What are the “concrete needs of the present time” if not the glorification of God, propitiatory sacrifice (an absolutely huge need), and the sanctification of souls?

    I trust the Holy Father is not levelling any charges at two of his predecessors.

    Pope Pius XI, who stated that “it (the Mass) is the most important organ of the Ordinary and Universal Magisterium of the Church”, summed up very well what has always been the mind of the Church down through the ages when he,in his 1928 Apostolic Constitution, Divini Cultus wrote:

    “No wonder then, that the Roman Pontiffs have been so solicitous to safeguard and protect the liturgy. They have used the same care in making laws for the regulation of the liturgy, in preserving it from adulteration, as they have in giving accurate expression to the dogmas of the faith.”

    “There exists, therefore, a close relationship between dogma and the sacred liturgy, as also between the Christian cult and the sanctification of the people.This is why Pope Celestine I thought that the rule of faith is expressed in the ancient liturgical.”

    Three year earlier,in his lamentably forgotten and buried Encyclical, Quas Primas, the same Pontiff explained that:

    “people are instructed in the truths of the faith and brought to appreciate
    the inner joys of religion far more effectively by the…celebration of our sacred mysteries than by any pronouncement, however weighty, made by the teaching of the Church.”

    Pope Pius XII, in his Encyclical Mediator Dei(1947),declared:

    “In the liturgy we make explicit profession of our Catholic faith;…the whole liturgy contains the Catholic faith, inasmuch as it is a public profession of the faith of the Church…This is the origin of the well known and time-honored principle: ‘the norm of prayer establishes the norm of belief’.”

    Whatever the many dangers to souls in this time of unprecedented crisis, they certainly do not include “ostentatious preoccupation” with liturgy and doctrine.

    November 30, 2013 at 1:01 am
  • Leo

    Pope Francis tells is that “we cannot demand that peoples of every continent, in expressing their Christian faith, imitate modes of expression which European nations developed at a particular moment of their history” (118).

    The disciples of Bugnini, the Master of Liturgical Disaster, the innovators and showmen who I expect to regain their place of prominence, will be doing cartwheels down the corridors having read those words.

    The rest of us would do well to instead call to mind the words of Pope St. Pius X, in his encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis which condemns Modernism, and exposes what the modernists would attempt to do regarding worship in the Church. He prophetically stated that they would change the sacraments, particularly the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, to accommodate the manners and customs of peoples:

    “The chief stimulus of the evolution of worship consists in the need of accommodation to the manners and customs of peoples, as well as the need of availing itself of the value which certain acts have acquired by usage. Finally, evolution in the Church itself is fed by the need of adapting itself to historical conditions and of harmonizing itself with existing forms of society.” #26

    November 30, 2013 at 1:17 am
  • Leo

    Filii Ecclesia

    Thank you for that post. Sad to say, when it comes to Judaism and the necessity of conversion to the One, True Faith, Pope Francis appears to be taking the same line of departure as his two immediate predecessors.

    This is just one more manifestation of the Conciliar novelties, and contradictions with previous constant Church teaching. The first Pope proclaimed the need for conversion very clearly on the first Pentecost Sunday, and if anyone didn’t get the message then, Saint John and Saint Paul spelt it out in black and white.

    November 30, 2013 at 1:45 am
  • Leo

    “Evangelization also involves the path of dialogue,” Pope Francis writes, which opens the Church to collaboration with all political, social, religious and cultural spheres (238). Ecumenism is “an indispensable path to evangelization”. Mutual enrichment is important: “we can learn so much from one another!” For example “in the dialogue with our Orthodox brothers and sisters, we Catholics have the opportunity to learn more about the meaning of Episcopal collegiality and their experience of synodality” (246); “

    What about our Orthodox brothers and sisters learning about the dogma of “outside the Church there is no salvation”? What greater charity is there than bringing souls to the truth that is the key to eternal salvation? I’d like to be wrong, but I’m willing to wager a hefty amount that meaningful, unambiguous mention of this dogma does not appear amongst the 51,000 words of the Apostolic Exhortation.

    What are the odds of the following examples of Magisterial teaching being presented to the world in the near future? Are they for the moment to be nothing more than conversation stopping stumbling blocks on the “path of dialogue”, wherever that is planned to lead?

    The dogma of outside the Church there is no salvation has been constantly thought be a host of Fathers of the Church, Doctors, Saints and Popes. When exactly are we going to hear it again? Here are a few suggested teaching points for the “path of dialogue”:

    “With Faith urging us we are forced to believe and to hold the one, holy, Catholic Church and that, apostolic, and we firmly believe and simply confess this Church outside of which there is no salvation nor remission of sin…Furthermore, we declare, say, define, and proclaim to every human creature that they by absolute necessity for salvation are entirely subject to the Roman Pontiff.” – Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam, November 18, 1302

    “Therefore the Holy Roman Church condemns, reproves, anathematizes and declares to be outside the body of Christ, which is the Church, whoever holds opposing or contrary views.” – Pope Eugene IV, Councils of Florence, Session II, 1442

    “There is only one true and holy religion, founded and instituted by Christ, Our Lord, Mother and cultivator of virtue, destroyer of vice, liberator of souls, guide to true happiness; her name is Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman.” – Pope Pius IX, Allocution to The Consistory, July 18, 1861

    “Also perverse is that shocking theory that it makes no difference to which religion one belongs, a theory greatly at variance even with reason, By means of this theory, those crafty men remove all distinction between virtue and vice, truth and error, honourable and vile action. They pretend that men can gain eternal salvation by the practice of any religion, as is there could ever be any sharing between justice and iniquity, any collaboration between light and darkness, or any agreement between Christ and Belial.” – Pope Pius IX, Qui Pluribus #15

    “The Church of Christ, therefore, is one and the same for ever; those who leave it depart from the will and command of Christ the Lord, leaving the path of salvation they enter on that of perdition. Whosoever is separated from the Church is united to an adulteress, He has cut himself off from the promises of the Church, and he who leaves the Church of Christ cannot arrive at the rewards of Christ… He observes not this unity observes not the law of God, holds not the faith of the Father and the Son, clings not to life and salvation.” Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum #5

    “…if a man refuse to hear the Church, let him be considered – so the Lord commands- as a heathen and a publican (Mt. 18:17). It follows that those who are divided in faith or government cannot be living in the unity of such a Body, nor can they be living the life of its one Divine Spirit.” – Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Mystici Corporis p. 16

    The “true Church of Jesus Christ…is the One, Holy, Catholic Apostolic Roman Church.” – Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis

    “To be Christian one must be Roman; one must recognize the oneness of Christ’s Church, that is governed by one successor of the Prince of the Apostles, who is the Bishop of Rome, Christ’s Vicar on earth.” – Pope Pius XII, Allocution to the Irish pilgrims, October 8, 1957

    November 30, 2013 at 2:09 am
  • Christina

    Petrus, thank you for your outstanding header piece that I’ve only just seen, as I’ve been a-gallivanting around and so not able to look at the blog for some time. I have just put some thoughts on the Pope Francis thread that you might find interesting in the context of your own.

    I think that Pope Francis is dismantling the papacy precisely because he and his Jesuit order don’t want a papacy. In his election the Jesuits triumphed in the war against the Papacy described in detail by Malachi Martin in the book I refer to.

    December 6, 2013 at 12:02 am

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