No Mercy For Critics of Pope Francis

No Mercy For Critics of Pope Francis

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I can tolerate heretics, adulterers, you name it, but I will not tolerate these intolerant traditionalists!

Archbishop Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, has stirred controversy by suggesting that some criticisms of Pope Francis might result in automatic excommunication.

Archbishop Fisichella made his remarks while explaining how Pope Francis’s new “Missionaries of Mercy” will operate. The 800 “missionaries” will have the power to absolve from penalties previously reserved to the Holy See.

In reference to Canon 1370, which imposes automatic excommunication for “physical violence” against the Roman Pontiff, Archbishop Fisichella said:

“I would say that we need to understand well ‘physical violence,’ because sometimes words, too, are rocks and stones, and therefore I believe some of these sins, too, are far more widespread than we might think.”

Archbishop Fisichella’s comments will be interpreted by many as an attempt to silence faithful Catholics who are deeply concerned by the direction currently being taken by those who hold offices at the highest levels of the Church. Serious concerns have been raised over the last two and half years concerning:

  • The alleged manipulation of the 2014 Extraordinary Synod and the 2015 Ordinary Synod 
  • The publication of a heterodox Relatio Synodi of the Extraordinary Synod
  • The publication of a heterodox Instrumentum Laboris for the Ordinary Synod
  • The publication of a heterodox Relazione Finale of the Ordinary Synod
  • The radical reforms to the canonical procedures governing declaration of nullity of marriage
  • The open collaboration between the Holy See and leading global advocates of population control
  • The confusing remarks made by the Holy Father about who is able to receive Holy Communion
  • The confusing remarks made by the Holy Father about the relationship between condoms and AIDS
  • The confusing remarks and actions of the Holy Father on the subject of homosexuality
  • The endorsement, by official bodies of the Holy See, of pro-abortion, pro-contraception UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • The endorsement of the environmental agenda in the encyclical letter Laudato Si, without sufficient recognition of the profound connection between environmentalism and the population control movement
  • The public association of Laudato Si with the most radical elements of the environmental/population control movement and dissent from the doctrine of Humanae Vitae
  • The appointment, promotion or elevation to ecclesiastical offices or to positions of influence, by the Holy Father, of many openly heterodox prelates including, but not limited to: Bishop Franz-Josef BodeArchbishop Blaise Cupich, Godfried Cardinal DanneelsJohn Cardinal DewWalter Cardinal Kasper, Bishop Heiner KochReinhard Cardinal MarxVincent Cardinal NicholsChristoph Cardinal Schönborn and Donald Cardinal Wuerl.Can. 211 All the Christian faithful have the duty and right to work so that the divine message of salvation more and more reaches all people in every age and in every land.§2. The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.Voice of the Family is confident that Catholics at every level of the Church will continue to fulfil their duty of defending the Catholic faith throughout the “Year of Mercy” and during the years ahead.
  • §3. According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.
  • Can. 212 §1. Conscious of their own responsibility, the Christian faithful are bound to follow with Christian obedience those things which the sacred pastors, inasmuch as they represent Christ, declare as teachers of the faith or establish as rulers of the Church.
  • In the face of these and other scandals Catholics have not only the right but also the duty to offer respectful, but forceful, criticism. This grave duty is outlined in Canons 211 and 212 of the Code of Canon Law:
  • Can. 211 All the Christian faithful have the duty and right to work so that the divine message of salvation more and more reaches all people in every age and in every land.
  • Can. 212 §1. Conscious of their own responsibility, the Christian faithful are bound to follow with Christian obedience those things which the sacred pastors, inasmuch as they represent Christ, declare as teachers of the faith or establish as rulers of the Church.
    • 2. The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.
    • 3. According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.

    Voice of the Family is confident that Catholics at every level of the Church will continue to fulfil their duty of defending the Catholic faith throughout the “Year of Mercy” and during the years ahead. Source

Comments invited – with caution!

 

Comments (102)

  • editor

    CMJ,

    I’ve had to skim the comments here and haven’t time to research your claims about Professor Tim Ball, but the fact is, there are plenty of scientists who do not subscribe to the global warming/climate change theories, and so Pope Francis is silly, to say the least, to follow the (apparent) crowd. Click here to read about the alleged consensus.

    And anyone else who goes with the flow on this, and anything else, is also silly. With bells on.

    I have to say CMJ, that I strongly (with more bells on) suspect that you are one of our erstwhile trolls come back to haunt us in another guise. Certain giveaways tend to, how shall I put it, giveaway that apparent fact. Most notably your refusal to acknowledge an argument that corrects you in some way and your persistent failure to provide evidence and links. I’m watching you, big time, and will not hesitate to put you into moderation if I find you taking up our time and energy for your own personal sport. Won’t happen. Trust me.

    December 19, 2015 at 12:05 am
  • Crying For Mercy and Justice

    I have checked his CV on his own website and it says he was a professor for 8 years. Wikipedia must be right on that one. Strange that!

    December 19, 2015 at 6:01 am
    • editor

      CMJ,

      Who knows, the 28 may have been a typo or a genuine mistake on someone’s part. I doubt if he types his own CVs and even when we type something ourselves, we can make a mistake. I don’t know. I really don’t care, but I doubt if anyone with his credentials, needs to falsify his CV.

      December 19, 2015 at 9:54 am
  • Theresa Rose

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI2X34v8QY0

    The above link is from the Remnant, a discussion between Michael Matt and Chris Ferrara. It is about the scandals emerging from Pope Francis and the Vatican. Think back to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and what was seen on the walls of St. Peter.

    December 19, 2015 at 8:59 pm

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