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Destroying the Papacy in Order to Save Bergoglio

from In Veritate

[Taken from the September issue of the MHT Seminary Newsletter]

In a recent speech, reported by the website wherepeteris, Cardinal Burke proposed yet another episode of his curious manner of dealing with the heresies of Bergoglio.

He spoke about the change of the catechism, made by Bergoglio, which condemns the use of capital punishment. The Cardinal called this change the “personal opinion” of Francis. Although Francis called the use of the death penalty inadmissible, Cardinal Burke dismissed this term which Francis used as “a relative term” which has no doctrinal import. The Cardinal declared that the exclusion of the death penalty by Francis has no basis in doctrine, and concluded: “This is an opinion of Pope Francis as a man.” He continued: “Once in a while, a pope would express his personal opinion about something and generally caused a lot of confusion and turmoil. And so, but Pope Francis does this a lot, but you can’t – this, this kind of argumentation that’s given in this text – it simply won’t do it.”

These and similar statements of Cardinal Burke and other Novus Ordo conservative prelates have the single effect of degrading the papacy and the magisterium in an effort to preserve Bergoglio as a supposed pope.

Bergoglio’s insertion of the condemnation of capital punishment into the catechism is an act of authentic magisterium, assuming that he is the pope for a moment, and requires our religious assent. It is absurd, not to mention disrespectful, to characterize such an act on the part of the pope as “his opinion as a man.” This description of it would be true if Francis merely had written a book and expressed his ideas about it. To include it in the catechism, however, lifts it to the level of magisterium.

If we are free to reject the catechism of “Pope” Francis as merely his opinion, then we are also free to reject the catechism of Saint Pius V, namely the Catechism of the Council of Trent. We could also pooh-pooh the catechism of Saint Pius X.

Cardinal Burke is institutionalizing the very serious error of “recognize and resist,” the flagship doctrine of the Society of Saint Pius X. At bottom, this error does not differ from Protestantism, for it appeals to an authority — Tradition — over and above that of the pope. It differs from Protestantism only inasmuch as they appeal to Sacred Scripture over and above the pope. But just as the Church is the supreme interpreter of Sacred Scripture, so it is the supreme interpreter of Tradition. There would be no Tradition to appeal to if the Church, through its magisterium, had not proposed to us what the handed down word of God is.

Of course Cardinal Burke is right in his assessment of Bergoglio’s error. The teaching of the Church concerning the lawfulness of the death penalty falls under its universal ordinary magisterium, for it is attested to in Sacred Scripture, and it has been everywhere taught by the hierarchy.

In his attempt to “save” the Catholic doctrine concerning the death penalty, the Cardinal is undermining the very foundation of all dogma, by destroying the teaching authority of the pope.

In his efforts, therefore, to save Bergoglio’s papacy, Cardinal Burke destroys the papacy itself.

The unfathomable mystery. What is most mysterious about these attempts to save Bergoglio is: “Why do they want to save Bergoglio?” What purpose does it serve for the Catholic Church to retain this man in his supposed office as pope?

The magisterium, Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and Catholic theology attest to the principle that there is an intimate, indeed inseparable, connection between

the Catholic Faith and the office of the papacy. No one could possibly err in saying that a man who had deviated from the Catholic Faith — and worse, who taught heresy — could not be the pope. Cardinal Burke himself made this point clear in an interview about two years ago. It is an ironclad Catholic principle.

Furthermore, the Church’s indefectibility is a dogma of faith, which requires that the Church remain the same throughout all of its existence until the end of time. If the Church were to change its dogmas or moral teaching, it would not remain the same, and would therefore be defective. So if a pope attempts to change Catholic dogma or moral teaching, the dogma of indefectibility demands that the Church reject him as pope.

Why do not these Novus Ordo conservatives invoke these certain principles against Bergoglio? Why preserve him? Why descend into a form of Protestantism in order to keep this man, supposedly, in the chair of Peter?

By analogy, if a toilet is clogged, it does not help in any way to merely announce that it is clogged, and should not be used. Instead one has recourse to a plunger in order to remove the problematic excrement.

Time for Diwali: Vatican promotes Idolatry in Message to Hindus

from Novus Ordo Watch

Enough digital ink has been spilled on the Pachamama worship in and around the Vatican — it’s time we looked at what other idolatries the inglorious pack of Roman apostates likes to promote. Such as Hinduism, for example.

Frequent visitors to this blog will remember the following story we published this past summer:

Now the Vatican has doubled down. In its newly-released message to Hindus for the feast of Diwali (aka Deepavali), which is celebrated from Oct. 27-31 this year, the Modernists in Rome express their best wishes for a happy and fruitful celebration:

Dear Hindu Friends,

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue sends you cordial greetings and sincere good wishes as you celebrate Deepavali on 27 October this year. May this festival of lights illumine your hearts and homes and bring to your families and communities joy and happiness, peace and prosperity. At the same time, may it strengthen your spirit of fraternity with one another.

Alongside the experience of unprecedented advancement in many fields, we live at a time when, on the one hand, efforts are being made towards interreligious and intercultural dialogue, cooperation and fraternal solidarity. On the other hand, there is apathy, indifference and even hatred among some religious people towards others. This is often caused by a failure to recognize the ‘other’ as a brother or sister. Such an attitude can arise from misguided, ungenerous or unsympathetic sentiments, which upset and unsettle the very fabric of harmonious coexistence in society. It is with concern about this situation that we deem it fitting and beneficial to share with you some thoughts on the need for every individual, particularly Christians and Hindus, to be builders of fraternity and peaceful coexistence wherever they are.

Religion fundamentally inspires us “to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved” (Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, co-signed by Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Abu Dhabi on 4 February 2019). It teaches us, moreover, to respect the inviolable dignity and the inalienable rights of others without any unwarranted bias towards their creed or culture. Only when adherents of religions demand of themselves a life consistent with their religious ethic will they be seen to fulfill their role as builders of peace and as witnesses to our shared humanity. For this reason, religions are to sustain the efforts their adherents make in leading an authentic life so as to “bring forth the fruits of peace and brotherhood, for it is in the nature of religion to foster… an increasingly fraternal relationship among people” (Pope John Paul II, Message for the World Day of Peace, 1992). As such, living in a spirit of fraternity and fellowship through constant dialogue should be a natural corollary of being a religious person, Hindu or Christian.

Though negative news dominates the headlines, this should not dampen our resolve to sow seeds of fraternity, for there is a hidden sea of goodness that is growing and leads us to hope in the possibility of building, together with the followers of other religions and all men and women of goodwill, a world of solidarity and peace. The conviction that building a world of fraternity is possible is reason enough for us to engage all the more in efforts towards building the edifice of fraternity and peaceful coexistence, keeping “the good of everyone at heart” (Pope Francis, Message for the Opening of the Annual Interreligious Prayer Meeting for Peace, “Bridges of Peace”, Bologna, 14 October 2018).

It is a happy coincidence that the beginning of this month marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, “an outstanding and courageous witness to truth, love and nonviolence” (Pope John Paul II, Prayer for Peace at the Conclusion of the Visit to Raj Ghat, Delhi, 1 February 1986) and a valiant protagonist of human fraternity and peaceful coexistence. We would do well to draw inspiration from his example in living peaceful coexistence.

As believers grounded in our own religious convictions and with shared concern for the welfare of the human family, may we join hands with those of different religious traditions and all people of goodwill, and strive to do all we can – with a sense of shared responsibility – to build a more fraternal and peaceful society!

Wishing all of you a joyful celebration of Deepavali!

(“Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Greets Hindu Feast of Diwali”Zenit, Oct. 21, 2019; underlining added.)

There is much that could be said about this message, but we’ll focus only on one element: the expressed wish that the observance of this idolatrous feast would “illumine your hearts and homes and bring to your families and communities joy and happiness, peace and prosperity” and “strengthen your spirit of fraternity with one another.”

Notice that the Vatican is not saying anything about the conversion of the Hindus — which would be seeking their true happiness — nor are they merely wishing them well in some vague way, or wishing good things to them without reference to their idolatry. Rather, the Novus Ordo authorities are wishing that Hindus would receive the benefits enumerated precisely as the fruit of their observance of this pagan feast! It is precisely through this “festival of lights” that these blessings are to be received. That is the outrage; that is the apostasy!

That “Pope” Francis himself agrees wholeheartedly with that approach goes without saying, of course.

This year’s Vatican message to Hindus is entitled “Believers: Builders of Fraternity and Peaceful Coexistence”. To refer to Hindus as “believers” is apostasy already, since Hindus are unbelievers (infidels), that is, they do not have Faith — the virtue of Faith being the firm adherence of the mind, aided by grace, to what God has revealed because He, who cannot lie or be mistaken, has revealed it. Hindus have fallen for the lies of the devil and are therefore un-believers.

Wikipedia explains what Hindu gods are worshipped on Diwali: On the eve of the feast, “families offer prayers (puja) to Lakshmi and Ganesha, and lay offerings of puffed rice, candy toys, rice cakes and batashas (hollow sugar cakes)”. Ganesha is the Hindu god of beginnings, science, and wisdom; and Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity, according to their respective Wikipedia entries.

According to the Novus Ordo news org Zenit, Diwali is “based on ancient mythology, [and] it represents the victory of truth over lies, of light over darkness, of life over death, and of good over evil. The actual celebration lasts three days, marking the beginning of a new year, family reconciliation, especially between brothers and sisters, and worship of God [sic].”

Worship of God! No! The idols Ganesh and Lakshmi are not God, they are demons! “For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils…” (Ps 95:5). This is how low the Vatican II Sect has fallen! If there is one religion in the world that can be said to be truly and properly engaging in polytheistic idolatry, it’s Hinduism.

Polytheism is the belief that there are many gods, and idolatry, we recall, is a sin against the pre-Vatican II First Commandment: “I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me. Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them: I am the Lord thy God, mighty, jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me” (Ex 20:2-5).

Unlike what “Pope” Francis would have the world believe, commandments are not mere suggestions. They are commandments, and if we break them without repenting of our sins before we die, we will be damned: “Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 7:21; cf. Jn 14:15,21,24). This concept is not hard to grasp.

Ladies and gentlemen, they are clearly moving towards an “all religions worship the same God” doctrine. This idea, of course, is a necessary prelude to having peace between religions, which will presumably be the “peaceful” message of the Antichrist when he appears. Peace in the world cannot be had without peace between religions, said none other than hell’s apostle, Hans Kung. This peace will be a false peace, of course, because it will not be the peace only Christ can give — the kind that is “not as the world giveth” (Jn 14:27). It will be a “peace” based on lies, blasphemy, and apostasy. It will be premised on the outrageous lie that Christ is equal to the devil, that the Creator is equal to the creature, that good is equal to evil, that truth is falsehood, that wrong is equal to right (cf. 2 Cor 6:14-17).

The end result will be a one-world religion based on “unity in diversity”, where each religion retains certain outer trappings (“legitimate traditions”) but all share the same Masonic, Antichrist creed: peace, harmony, solidarity, human dignity, diversity, fraternity, dialogue, and helping the needy. Frankly, we’re almost there already, especially since Francis signed the Abu Dhabi declaration this past February, which states that God wills the diversity of religions just as He wills male and female. The premises are there — now someone just needs to draw the conclusion.

None of this wickedness would have been possible without Vatican II, the Second Vatican Council. Ever since that abominable assembly, the “Catholic Church” has been engaging in so-called “interreligious dialogue with non-Christian religions.” This always involves the Roman Modernists sending greetings to their dialogue partners, congratulating them for whatever feasts they happen to be celebrating; it also includes occasional visits to the houses of idolatrous or false worship, and sometimes it even includes celebrating the anti-Catholic feasts on Vatican property and joining in the festivities.

Long-time readers of this blog may recall that in January of 2014, Benedict XVI’s and Francis’ interreligious frontman “Cardinal” Jean-Louis Tauran happily visited a Hindu temple in London, where he paid homage to its false deities. On July 5, 2018, Tauran was summoned before the Judgment Seat of God to render an account of his works, and he received his just reward.

The current president of the so-called Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Interreligious Dialogue is 67-year-old “Cardinal” Miguel Ayuso Guixot. The fact that the man is a “missionary” shows how the concept of mission has been utterly subverted in the Vatican II religion. And no wonder.

The wicked Vatican II robber council taught that “in Hinduism, men contemplate the divine mystery and express it through an inexhaustible abundance of myths and through searching philosophical inquiry” (Decree Nostra Aetate, n. 2). It outrageously proclaimed, furthermore, that the “Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in [other] religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men” (ibid.).

How stark is the contrast of this to the truly missionary, true Catholic position, expressed in the beautiful Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, composed by Pope Pius XI, in which Catholics pray to Jesus Christ: “Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God” (underlining added).

That is a truly Catholic prayer: It is not afraid to call idolatry by its name and to condemn it as spiritual darkness, for that it truly is; at the same time, it seeks not the destruction but the conversion and eternal happiness of those who are unhappily caught up in the service of idols. It thus reflects the Church’s divine mission to convert the nations to Jesus Christ and His Mystical Body, the Church (see Mk 16:15-16; 1 Cor 12:27; cf. 1 Tim 2:4).

To sum up: The true Catholic Church rejects Hinduism as being “the darkness of idolatry”, whereas the Vatican II Sect rejoices in Hinduism as representing “the victory … of light over darkness.” Yet our Blessed Lord said: “I am come a light into the world; that whosoever believeth in me, may not remain in darkness” (Jn 14:56). Indeed, Jesus Christ alone is “the light [that] shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (Jn 1:5). He is “the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world” (Jn 1:9).

He who does not have Christ, necessarily has darkness. That goes for Hindus as much as it goes for the apostates in Vatican City.

No Fossil Record

from In Veritate

[Taken from the September issue of the MHT Seminary Newsletter]

Recently a noted computer scientist at Yale University, by the name of David Gelernter, came out against Darwinism. He said that the fossil evidence just was not there to support it.

He explains that according to Darwin’s theory, the fossil evidence had to show fossils of very simple beings which eventually evolved into higher beings.

Darwin himself expressed concern about the absence of these fossils, but was sure that in the course of time (now about 150 years) the fossils which prove the theory would be found.

They have not been found.

This absence of evidence urged the professor to give more consideration to creation and to intelligent design. He calls intelligent design an “absolutely serious argument,” and cautions his peers not to dismiss it.

While I am not at all schooled in geology or archaeology, I am not in any way surprised to hear this secular scientist pronounce this judgement on Darwin.

Before even searching for fossils, however, it is clear that evolutionism is false. The reason is that it is based on the principle that something comes from nothing, or put another way, that something comes into being without a sufficient cause. Even common sense tells us that you can’t give what you haven’t got. Evolution sees lower forms of life evolving into higher forms of life, owing to various cosmic forces acting on the lower forms of life. So a fish, by undergoing mutations from cosmic rays or lightning, eventually develops legs and lungs. After billions of years, you get a frog.

While this might sound plausible to certain people, it is as absurd as a frog turning into a prince. The long passage of time is meaningless, since, whether a change should happen instantaneously or over time, it still requires a sufficient cause. In other words, you cannot “upgrade” in nature except by being caused by something which has that higher nature. Water, for example, cannot heat itself, but must be upgraded to hot water or steam by something which possesses heat.

So a fish cannot become a frog, or a frog a prince, except by receiving the upgrade by something which is capable of raising the nature of the thing to a higher level of being. This means that the upgrading cause must have control over the total being of the upgraded thing, in this case the frog. But the only Being which has such control is Being Itself, namely God. God received His being from no one nor any thing. He is the Uncaused Cause. He is existence itself, and has existed necessarily from all eternity.

If you have received being from something else, however, you could not possibly have the power over the total being of another thing. You may generate a being like unto yourself, but you cannot generate a higher being.
Anyone who still has his marbles knows that a prince is a higher creature than a frog. A prince has more being, greater perfection, than a frog. The jump between frog and prince could never be done except by the Author of being Himself. The same must be said about going from fish to amphibian.

Another intrinsic problem with evolutionism is that it must explain how everything came to exist in the first place. Evolutionists posit two possibilities: either that matter is eternal or that everything “poofed” into existence all at once, with no cause (Big Bang Theory).

An eternal being must be something which exists by its very nature, namely something which is existence itself, and thus could never lose being. We call this a necessary being, that is, something which must exist. Nor can it have received being from anything else. Because, furthermore, it is pure being, it is being without any limitations. From this we must conclude that it is all-perfect being and infinite being.

In summary, a being which is by its very nature eternal must be also necessary (it can never lose existence), infinite (no limitations), and all-perfect (containing everything that we consider to be good in creatures, and to an infinite degree).

Matter cannot be eternal for the very reason that it cannot be a necessary being. Matter is one of the elements of change. Matter can become anything: fire, water, gold, silver, in short, whatever you want to make it. Matter, therefore, is in need of some other element to make it this thing or that thing, e.g., gold or silver. It is therefore an imperfect being, always waiting to be formed into something. An example would be a lump of clay waiting to be made into a statue.

Obviously, then, matter cannot be the all-perfect, necessary and infinite Being which is required of something which is by its very nature eternal.

The other theory, namely that everything “poofed” into existence with no cause, is so crazy that anyone with a brain would find it totally absurd.

But evolution demands one or the other of these false theories. Otherwise it collapses.

Yet another problem of evolution is that it assigns chance as the cause of nature. Let me explain. Everything which exists has a certain nature, that is, an element in it which causes it to be what it is, and to act in a perfectly consistent manner. If this element were not there, the matter could not be this thing instead of that thing, and would not have a consistent manner of acting. For example, there is something in gold which makes gold to be gold, and something in silver which makes silver to be silver. Otherwise they would not be distinguished from each other, nor would they have distinct characteristics, nor would they act in a consistent manner.

So, for example, gold has always been gold, and has always acted in exactly the same manner, always with the same density, always with the same properties. The same is true for any element or compound you mention, for example, water. This stability and constancy requires a cause, since chance, by its very nature, is neither stable nor constant. In other words, you can’t give what you haven’t got. Chance cannot provide stability or constancy. If someone were to win the lottery every day, he would be considered a crook. Why? Because everyone knows that chance is something that comes and goes.

Thus chance cannot be the author of stable natures with constancy in their behavior. Evolutionists point to the billions of years of chance in order to explain the existence of the marvels of nature, such as the human body, but even if we admit the absurd notion that planet earth and its order proceed from a series of “winning tickets” of billions of years of lottery drawings, nothing on planet earth could remain the same from minute to minute or second to second, since there would be a constant flux.

Evolution was concocted by atheists in the nineteenth century who needed to destroy the Creator. The most fundamental religious truth is that of creation. It is the basis of all religion, since it is the basis of the relationship of creature to Creator, which includes adoration, submission to the Creator’s laws, external signs of dependence upon the Creator, reverence, and many other aspects of religion.

Evolution also destroys the notion of original sin, and thereby ultimately destroys the notion redemption from sin, and the need of a Savior of the human race.

It reduces mankind to being merely morality-free, advanced ape-like hominids, who may act as they please, just as the animals do.

What this system does not explain is how these sophisticated animals, advanced though they be, can understand immaterial things, such as beauty, art, proportion, justice, even the notion of immateriality itself. Nor does it explain why human beings crave immaterial things far more than material things: love, honor, respect, trust, justice, punishment of criminality, politics.

For example, if President Trump should win a second term in 2020, there will be a notable number of suicides among liberals, but the monkeys in the zoo will go on eating their bananas, as if just another day. Presidential authority is a thing which can only be known by reason, but can have a profound effect on your happiness or sadness.

One of the greatest boons to mankind would be the collapse of the evolution myth. Let us hope that the voice of science will call for its downfall.

Mother Earth, Father Satan

from Introibo Ad Altare Dei

What do you think is the most important issue endangering the world? From a Traditionalist Catholic perspective, you could expect to hear issues like: the rise of militant Mohammedanism, the proliferation of false sects and beliefs [especially the Vatican II sect], the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion, advancing atheistic/secular ideologies which want believers marginalized/persecuted, and sexual perversion being accepted in society which will erode and destroy what’s left of traditional God-fearing families. I can only imagine what Pope St. Pius X would say today. I’m sure he would not only agree with the issues just cited, but have many more to condemn. Of paramount importance for a Traditionalist, are those things which imperil the eternal salvation of souls. As Our Lord Jesus Christ stated, “For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?” (St. Matthew 16:26).

The leader of the Vatican II sect, Jorge Bergoglio (“Pope” Francis), sees things very differently. He’s coming out with a book to be entitled Our Mother Earth. According to Zenit news service, the book will be published this coming October 24th and “With a Prologue written by the [Schismatic] Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, the work is a compilation of the addresses, messages and homilies in which Pope Francis refers to the defense of the environment and appeals for the promotion of a worthy life for all peoples.” The news agency also published an excerpt from Bergoglio’s book:
I sincerely hope for growth in awareness and true repentance on the part of us all, men and women of the 21st century, believers or not, and on the part of our societies, for allowing ourselves to be carried away by logics that divide, create hunger, isolate and condemn. It would be good to ask the poor and the excluded for forgiveness. Then we could repent sincerely, including for the harm done to the earth, the sea, the air, the animals . . .

What’s really important for His Wickedness is not the faith (“believers or not”), but to ask forgiveness of poor people (a “societal sin”) and “the excluded” (adulterers who don’t get “communion”; transgender perverts, etc) so we can “repent” for using Styrofoam cups. Bergoglio is not concerned with the salvation of souls because, like Freemasons, he’s an adherent of Naturalism, “the philosophical belief that everything arises from natural properties and causes, and supernatural or spiritual explanations are excluded or discounted.” A serious evil Naturalism engenders is Indifferentism. This is the heretical idea that one religion is as good as another (positive indifference) or the idea that one religion is just as bad as another (negative indifference). He adopts the pagan idea of deifying humans and nature with false and exaggerated claims of “human dignity” and “human rights.” There was even a pagan ritual held at the Amazon Synod. For the best and most accurate analysis of that event, See

In this post, I will expose the dangers of false environmentalism, the pagan connection, and the evil forces that promote it.

Global Warming or Hot Air? One of the most fraudulent ideas perpetrated by political agendas in the name of “science” is “global warming” or “climate change.” I remember as a 12 year old in 1977, the fear-mongers were warning of a “second ice age.” It was even the topic of a Time magazine cover story. Why do I call global warming fraudulent? There are several reasons:
First, the models used to predict Earth’s future under global warming are unreliable. While it is true that the sun, clouds, gases, glaciers and oceans are responsible for weather, so, too, are other factors, including some we don’t currently understand. If we can’t accurately predict the weather a week from now, how can we predict the global climate in 100 years?
Second, The annual temperature between 1998 and 2007 actually decreased, despite the 4 percent increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere during that same period. 
Third, although weather data, like temperature, have been actively collected since 1850, it wasn’t until the relatively recent access to detailed weather satellite photography that scientists were able to see changes in the Greenland ice shelf that global warming believers say is in such danger. So how do we know exactly how long the ice has been receding? 
Fourth, around the 9th to 14th centuries, regions around the world experienced an increase in temperatures, similar to what we see today. Following this period, the Earth experienced a Little Ice Age where global temperatures cooled. It is conceivable that the Earth is currently experiencing something similar. (See; for points one to four, culled from many sources, most especially See Dr. Robert Balling, The Heated Debate, [1992]). 
There have been past “chicken-little-the sky-is-falling” impeding ecological disasters predicted before:

  • By 1989, “contamination of the planet” will destroy the Earth
  • There will be an ice age by the year 2000, as reported in the Boston Globe
  • In the 1970s, “Ozone Depletion” would wreak havoc by the 1990s, now hardly discussed, See

Now, global warming is the latest “Eco-pocalypse” with a purpose; to bring all people into a worship of nature and a One World Religion.

“Eco-Theology”Carl Sagan (d. 1996), the famous astronomer, was also a pantheist; as his son Dorian said, “My father believed in the God of Spinoza and Einstein, God not behind nature but as nature, equivalent to it.” It was Sagan who helped to popularize nature worship. In his book, Cosmos (1980, pg. 243), he quipped, “If we must worship a power greater than ourselves, does it not make sense to revere the Sun and stars?” No, it doesn’t. We worship not some impersonal “power” but the personal, omnipotent, omniscient, omni-benevolent Creator of the stars and all things. 
 In his book, Earth in the Balance, former Vice-President Al Gore suggests that we return to the worship of nature and upholds various nature worshiping sects and Native American religions as a model:“This pan-religious perspective may prove especially important where our global civilization’s responsibility for the earth is concerned…Native American religions, for instance, offer a rich tapestry of ideas about our relationship to the earth…All things are connected like the blood that unites us all.” (Al Gore, Earth in the Balance – Ecology and the Human Spirit, 1992, p. 258-259).

Gore goes on to declare that we need to find a new nature-based religion and quotes New Age, censured theologian, Teilhard de Chardin, in support of the “new faith” of the future:

“This point was made by the Catholic (sic) theologian, Teilhard de Chardin, when he said, ‘The fate of mankind, as well as of religion, depends upon the emergence of a new faith in the future.’ Armed with such a faith, we might find it possible to re-sanctify the earth.” (Ibid, p. 263). Teilhard was born in south central France on May 1, 1881 and was censured by the Church in 1936. He died in 1955, still censured, but not excommunicated. His secret disciples, who praised him openly after Vatican II, included Karol Wojtyla (JPII) and Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI). His writings were considered so dangerous, even Roncalli (John XXIII) refused to allow any of his works to be used in the seminaries as late as 1962. Teilhard bragged about high ranking Modernists who were using their influence to prevent his excommunication, even though he could neither teach or write, and all his works were declared to contain errors.

Here are some interesting ideas of Teilhard that his proponents, like Al Gore, would like us to ignore:

“Rome does not want me to return to my professorship. They do not seem to have taken a dislike to me, far from it; but they want to save Religion…..I would take enormous delight in breaking all ties” (the reference here is to breaking all ties to traditional Catholic belief, and the Church as a whole – from letter written Feb. 14 1927)

“I do not think God should be worshiped” – from a conference given in 1947

“What increasingly dominates my interest is the effort to establish within myself, and to diffuse around me, a new religion (let’s call it an improved Christianity if you like) whose personal God is no longer the great neolithic landowner of times gone by, but the Soul of the world……”(Letter to Leontine Zanta, Jan 26, 1936; Emphasis mine)

“Christ saves. But must we not hasten to add that Christ, too, is saved by evolution?” (Le Christique, 1955;Emphasis mine)

“Our century is probably more religious than any other. How could it fail to be, with such problems to be solved? The only trouble is that it has not yet found a God it can adore.” (The Phenomenon of Man; Emphasis mine).

“No humane hopes for an organized society must cause us to forget that the human stratum may not be homogeneous. If it were not, it would be necessary to find for the Chinese, as for the Negroes, their special function, which may not (by biological impossibility) be that of the whites.” (April 6, 1927 letter–pure racism).

Carl Sagan was a major proponent of Teilhardian ideas. Before his death in 1996, he quoted one religious leader quite favorably, “St.” John Paul the Great Apostate, a Teilhardian disciple. He quotes Wojtyla:  “Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish….Such bridging ministries must be nurtured and encouraged. Nowhere is this more clear than in the current environmental crisis…. It has the potential to unify and renew religious life. ” (See Parade, March 1, 1992; Emphasis in original).

False ecological cataclysms have been manufactured to scare people into submitting to more government regulation in their lives, and worst of all, to adopt the false and pagan idea of nature worship and pantheism to unite the planet. The stage was set for Bergoglio to enter next.
“Eco-menism”At the end of his encyclical Laudato Si (“On Care of Our Common Home”) 2015, Bergoglio sets forth two prayers:At the conclusion of this lengthy reflection which has been both joyful and troubling, I propose that we offer two prayers. The first we can share with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator, while in the other we Christians ask for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel of Jesus. (Emphasis mine). This shows his desire to have all religions, all beliefs, all opinions unite and mobilize against the “ecological threat” and engage in ecumenical prayer. 
Bergoglio has  done away with the First Commandment, the worship due to the true God. It started with Paul VI’s heretical ecclesiology, embodied in Vatican II. It continued with “Saint” John Paul the Great Apostate and his ecumenical abomination at Assisi, visiting Lutheran churches, praying in synagogues, and kissing the Koran. It progressed with “retired pope” Ratzinger’s statement that the papacy (which he never held anyway) was the greatest hindrance to “ecumenical progress.” It goes even further with Francis wanting all false sects to unite as one ecumenical denomination behind a one-world police state enforcing global ecological sanctions. Remember: Saving the environment, not your soul, is what really matters.Laudato Si also tells us “our common home” is the Earth. Catholicism, on the other hand, teaches that our true home is Heaven, and while we must be good stewards of this planet, we must strive to get to humankind’s ultimate purpose–the Beatific Vision.The only way to do this is by being good members of the One True Church, and making as many converts as possible so they can hopefully join us there. Not so, saith “Pope” Francis. In paragraph #175, the false pope also tells us: The twenty-first century, while maintaining systems of governance inherited from the past, is witnessing a weakening of the power of nation states, chiefly because the economic and financial sectors, being transnational, tends to prevail over the political. Given this situation, it is essential to devise stronger and more efficiently organized international institutions, with functionaries who are appointed fairly by agreement among national governments, and empowered to impose sanctions. In other words, a One World Environmental “Police Force” putting us another step closer to a One World Government, with a One World Religion dedicated to recycling cans and praying to “Mother Earth.” 
ConclusionAnother false ecological doomsday is predicted, and being used to foster more governmental regulation of our lives. Simultaneously, the forces of evil are using it to further advance ecumenism and jettison Christ from society, replacing Him and His One True Church with a pagan One World Religion dedicated to “saving the planet,” while its members lose their souls. Don’t let Bergoglio and his false Vatican II sect lead you down that garden path; for those who worship “Mother Earth” would do well to remember the words of Christ, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you will do.” (St. John 8:44)

Francis publishes Book on “Our Mother Earth”

from Novus Ordo Watch

While there is a perpetual debate raging on the precise identity of the bizarre carved image that was worshipped in the Vatican Gardens under Francis’ nose on Oct. 4 and keeps appearing at outrageous events (caution!) connected with the Amazon Synod in Rome, the Vatican has announced the release of a new book by their Dear Leader, the Jesuit apostate Jorge Bergoglio, also known by his stage name, “Pope Francis.”

The title of the book is: Our Mother Earth: A Christian Approach to the Environmental Challenge (original: Nostra Madre Terra: Una Lettura Cristiana della Sfide dell’Ambiente). The publisher is the Vatican publishing house Libreria Editrice Vaticana. The release date is Oct. 24, 2019, three days before the close of the scandalous synod. The book includes a prologue written by the Eastern Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I.

Our latest podcast has a segment on this new publication:

According to Vaticanist Giuseppe NardiOur Mother Earth consists of 30 short meditations on the encyclical Laudato Si’, Francis’ environmentalist manifesto published in 2015. The Novus Ordo news agency Zenit says “the work is a compilation of the addresses, messages and homilies in which Pope Francis refers to the defense of the environment and appeals for the promotion of a worthy life for all peoples.” The article continues:

Among all the included documents, is an unpublished text of the Holy Father, in which he requests that we ask forgiveness for all the harm caused to our planet.

…the Holy Father says that without people’s true repentance about their lifestyle, the fight for the protection of the environment will be futile. “I sincerely hope for growth in awareness and true repentance on the part of us all, men and women of the 21st century, believers or not, and on the part of our societies, for allowing ourselves to be carried away by logics that divide, create hunger, isolate and condemn. It would be good to ask the poor [and] the excluded for forgiveness. Then we could repent sincerely, including for the harm done to the earth, the sea, the air, the animals . . . “

The Pontiff also points out the need to ask for forgiveness and to grant pardon, “actions that are only possible in the Holy Spirit, because He is the architect of communion, which opens the closures of individuals. And much love is needed to put aside one’s pride, to realize that one was mistaken and to have the hope that new paths are really possible.”

Repentance, indicates the Bishop of Rome, “is a grace to be humbly implored from the Lord Jesus Christ, so that our generation will be remembered in history not for its errors, but for [its] humility and wisdom to have been able to change direction.”

The Pope also points out that at present there is the awareness that phenomena, such as contamination, climate change, desertification, environmental migration, unsustainable consumption of the planet’s resources, acidification of the oceans and the decrease in biodiversity, “are inseparable aspects of social inequity.” …

(Larissa I. Lopez, “‘Our Mother Earth’: Pope Francis’ New Book”Zenit, Oct. 18, 2019; underlining added.)

Instead of calling the world to conversion to Jesus Christ and His holy Catholic Church — which is what a true Pope would do — Francis proselytizes everyone regarding the environment and all sorts of causes that may have merit in themselves but that have nothing to do with saving souls. In fact, one can say that Francis busies himself with just about anything that is not part of his job description — assuming he were what he claims to be.

Bergoglio uses religious terms such as “repentance” and “forgiveness” for non-religious matters. Here we are not talking about specific individuals who have to truly repent and ask God for forgiveness for poisoning a river, for example, or for destroying farmers’ livestock. That would indeed be a matter for the confessional — which would require conversion to Jesus Christ and His religion first, by the way — but this is not what Francis is talking about. He is talking about unspecified people collectively — all “men and women of the 21st century” except for “the poor and the excluded” — that are supposedly guilty of “logics that divide, create hunger, isolate and condemn” — whatever that is supposed to mean.

True, he does mention our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but only as a prop or gimmick to get his point heard. He is clearly not addressing a believing or unbelieving people to ask them to convert to a life of holiness, enabled by sanctifying grace in Faith, hope, and charity. Rather, his message is one of environmentalism, for “believers or not”. His concern is an earthly one, not a supernatural one; sanctifying grace is not part of it at all. We are witnessing the next step in the Bergoglian “gospel of man.”

It is a new eco-religion that is being set up in Vatican City before our very eyes, under the pretext of caring for God’s creation (look, God is mentioned!). “Ecological sins” are replacing true sins against Faith and morals, which, at least since Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, are no longer of any significance since God Himself, according to the blasphemous document, may desire us to commit them (see n. 303). In this new eco-religion, proselytism is suddenly allowed, probably obligatory. Dissent from this new creed is not only not “necessary” but greatly frowned upon.

For those wishing they could return to the “good old days” of John Paul II so as to escape all this neo-paganism, let’s remember that he laid the groundwork for all this garbage:

The following words of the Apostle and Evangelist St. John seem applicable here:

And every spirit that dissolveth Jesus, is not of God: and this is Antichrist, of whom you have heard that he cometh, and he is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome him. Because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore of the world they speak, and the world heareth them.

(1 John 4:3-5)

Rejoice, everyone, for we are witnessing the fulfillment of Catholic prophecy, confirming us in “the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).

One of those prophecies is this one: “But the day of the Lord shall come as a thief, in which the heavens shall pass away with great violence, and the elements shall be melted with heat, and the earth and the works which are in it, shall be burnt up” (2 Pet 3:10).

That’s bad news for Francis’ mother.

First Review of the Vatican II Sect’s “Amazon Synod”

from Novus Ordo Watch

The long-awaited and much-touted Pan-Amazon Synod in the Vatican is in full swing, and the first week has seen fireworks. Whether it be an idolatrous ceremony held in the Vatican Gardens, prelates bewailing “ecological sins”, churches being profaned with paganism and indecency, Francis preparing his sheeple for a deluge of “newness”, a nun at the Vatican press conference saying she “hears confessions” in the Amazon region, or the general relator attacking priestly celibacy in his opening address — you name it, the first synod week had it on sale!

In fact, one can probably say that things have been worse than most people expected, and expectations were not high. Even an indigenous protest at St. Peter’s Basilica right after the opening “Mass” was part of the synodal experience, at least until Vatican police took care of the problem. That there are heretical “German fingerprints on this synod” need hardly be mentioned. But either way, before you read on, make sure you fasten your seatbelts: It’s going to be a wild ride!

Spiritual Crime Scene in the Vatican Gardens

The inofficial kickoff for the synod was the gathering in the Vatican Gardens on Oct. 4, an event which was marketed as a dedication of the synod to St. Francis of Assisi. Jorge Bergoglio (“Pope” Francis) himself presided over the celebration and stood by watching when his quasi-prophets from the Amazon began dancing around idols they had placed on the ground and prostrated themselves before them, as we reported in a separate post.

The casual mention of “Mother Earth” — otherwise known as “Gaia” or “Pachamama” — at a subsequent Vatican press conference fit right in with that, and when the professional Bergoglio admirer Austen Ivereigh tried to get “Bishop” David Martínez de Aguirre Guinea to tell the world that the image of a naked fertility goddess apparently worshipped in the Vatican Gardens was really an Amazonian version of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the latter declined to do so. Instead, he answered that there was no need to give it any particular interpretation and that it “probably represented ‘Mother Earth, fertility, woman, life.’” Oops!

To counteract that, Francis’ loyal subjects at Where Peter Is were busy scraping the bottom of the barrel to make the scandalous Oct. 4 event in the Vatican Gardens into a Catholic celebration of the Mother of God, on the grounds that the woman who subsequently handed the carved image over to Francis reportedly said, “[This is] Our Lady of the Amazon.” They furthermore found one “missionary priest for indigenous peoples in Peru” who identifies it as “an image of a [sic] Blessed Mother, who is pregnant. She is the Virgin, and we have called her Our Lady of the Amazon.” But then he elaborates most interestingly: “She represents the Amazon, because what is the Amazon? The Amazon is a woman, she is female, she has a female face. Why? Because the earth is a mother, the earth gives life. So that is the Amazon.” In other words: Mother Mary = Mother Earth = Gaia? Is that where they’re going with this?

It should be pretty clear that merely calling an idol “the pregnant Virgin” or even “Our Lady” does not make it into the Blessed Mother — just as worshipping the moon under the title “queen of heaven” (cf. Jer 7:18) doesn’t make one a Marian devotee — especially when the thing looks more like the Whore of Babylon (cf. Apoc 17:1-5) than the Mother Most Pure. While it is standard Novus Ordo apologist practice to find all kinds of excuses for the “papal” status quo, it is actually not the job of the common lay folk to look for ways to make what to all appearances is abominable idolatrous creature worship into a perfectly Catholic ceremony. Rather, it would be incumbent upon the Vatican to ensure that no scandalous activities take place there, and that anything exotic or unusual that is nevertheless perfectly fine is properly explained beforehand to ensure that no wrong appearances are given and that no one is presented with an unnecessary occasion of sin.

Thus, even if we assume for the sake of argument that what transpired in the Vatican Gardens on Oct. 4 was an entirely Catholic ritual — and it wasn’t! –, nevertheless it clearly had the appearance of being pagan earth worship, on account of which countless people have been scandalized. Scandal is defined in Catholic moral theology as “any conduct that has at least the appearance of evil and that offers to a neighbor an occasion of spiritual ruin” (Rev. John A. McHugh and Rev. Charles J. Callan, Moral Theology, n. 1447; underlining added). So, let’s keep in mind that the burden of proof, or the blame, is not to be shifted onto those “hermeneuts of suspicion” — really, why would anyone have cause to be suspicious about what goes on in the Vatican in 2019 AD?! — but rather is to be found with those Vatican authorities who authorized this wickedness, above all, the Jesuit apostate Bergoglio.

Profanation of Churches

Alas, the abomination was not confined to the Vatican Gardens. That awful naked pregnant Amazonian statue made its way also into the synod audience hall and St. Peter’s Basilica itself — in a canoe, of course! As far as who or what the carved image actually represents, one will probably get as many answers as the number of people one asks. What is definitely going on there is syncretism — the mixing of Catholic elements with pagan earth worship. Even the Novus Ordo grandson of a former shaman was scandalized.

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A report by the so-called Catholic News Agency states:

The Amazon spirituality meeting Oct. 9 included singing and testimonies gathered around various objects from Amazon communities, including a wooden canoe, displayed at the foot of the sanctuary of the church, and a controversial wooden figure of a pregnant woman, which has been described as both a Marian image and as a traditional indigenous religious symbol of the goddess Pachamama, or Mother Earth.

The meeting included a moment where a woman sitting in the canoe was lifted up by participants, and concluded with the praying of the Our Father and Hail Mary.

In addition to posters displaying images of missionaries who have worked, and in some cases died in the Amazon, a poster was displayed in the Church of a woman holding a baby while breastfeeding a small animal.

(“Amazon spirituality events organized by network of Latin American and European groups”Catholic World Report, Oct. 10, 2019)

Yes, you read correctly! The poster displayed a woman breastfeeding an animal! The vile image, obviously containing nudity, was marketed under the theme of “Everything is connected” (“Todo está conectado”), a quote from Francis’ eco-encyclical Laudato Si’ (n. 117)!

An Oct. 11 Life Site report offers additional details, in case your stomach can still take more. And just as we were preparing this post for publication, Life Site‘s editor John-Henry Westen released a brand new video with yet more details about this obscenity:

Interestingly enough, Westen mentions that the Vatican press office has still not responded to their request for information about what that indigenous ceremony in the Vatican Gardens was all about, and specifically what that hideous carved image represents.

If you can’t take it anymore at this point and simply need some comedic relief, a traditionalist member of the Vatican II religion who humorously calls himself Hank Igitur produced a hilarious clip on this madness:

But back to the actual synod.

The “Spirit” bloweth inside the Synod Hall

Francis himself had already prepared his sheeple at the opening “Mass” for the synod on Sunday:

Prudence is not indecision; it is not a defensive attitude. It is the virtue of the pastor who, in order to serve with wisdom, is able to discern, to be receptive to the newness of the Spirit. Rekindling our gift in the fire of the Spirit is the opposite of letting things take their course without doing anything. Fidelity to the newness of the Spirit is a grace that we must ask for in prayer. May the Spirit, who makes all things new, give us his own daring prudence; may he inspire our Synod to renew the paths of the Church in Amazonia, so that the fire of mission will continue to burn.

(“Pope Francis Opens Synod of Bishops for Amazon with Mass in Vatican Basilica”Zenit, Oct. 6, 2019; italics given; underlining added.)

The next day, at the synod’s first blather session, he expressed his displeasure at having heard someone complain of an indigenous man bringing up the gifts (i.e. bread and wine) during the prior day’s liturgy in St. Peter’s while wearing a feathered Indian headdress. “Tell me”, the pseudo-pontiff asked his underlings gathered in the synod hall, “what difference is there between wearing feathers on his head and the three-cornered hat used by some officials in Vatican Departments [i.e. the biretta]?”

There we see the profound spiritual wisdom of Jorge Bergoglio on full display: It’s all the same. All head coverings are the same; all traditions are the same; all times and places are the same; all religions are the same. Hey, everything’s connected, right? So beware: The next time Francis creates bogus cardinals, he may just put Indian feathers on their heads instead of a red hat. At this point, he might as well.

“Cardinal” Claudio Hummes, relator general of the synod, gave the first address after Francis delivered his remarks, and he got right down to business, checking off all of the magic buzzwords in his opening paragraph:

From the very beginning of his papal ministry, Pope Francis has emphasized the Church’s need to move forward. The Church cannot remain inactive within her own closed circle, focused on herself, surrounded by protective walls and even less can she look nostalgically to the past. The Church needs to throw open her doors, knock down the walls surrounding her and build bridges, going out into the world and setting out on the path of history….

(“Introductory Report on Amazon Synod by General Relator, Cardinal Hummes (Full Text)”Zenit, Oct. 7, 2019)

Where have we heard this before? At Vatican II, of course! John XXIII threw open the windows to the world, and a few years later Paul VI feigned surprise that somehow the “smoke of Satan” had entered the church.

Hummes also immediately touched upon that thorn in the flesh that has been piercing the Modernists from time immemorial: priestly celibacy. We may surmise that the approach he took did not catch anyone by surprise:

It will be necessary to define new paths for the future. During the consultation stages, indigenous communities, faced with the urgent need experienced by most of the Catholic communities in Amazonia, requested that the path be opened for the ordination of married men resident in their communities, albeit confirming the great importance of the charisma of celibacy in the Church. At the same time, faced with a great number of women who nowadays lead communities in Amazonia, there is a request that this service be acknowledged and there be an attempt to consolidate it with a suitable ministry for them.

There’s nothing like using an old Vatican II strategy: Get your foot in the door with a revolutionary premise (ordaining married men), then immediately slam the brakes by emphasizing the importance of tradition (“the great importance of the charisma of celibacy”). This way the groundwork for revolution is laid but tempered with a big “however” that is subsequently dispensed with. (Vatican II did this, among other things, with the use of Latin in the Roman liturgy, and we know how that ended.) Now of course we all know that if a married clergy is good enough for Amazonia, then it’s good enough wherever else there is an “urgent need” for priests. After all, when the “Spirit” speaketh, who shall contradict it?!

As for that “suitable ministry” for Amazonian women, even if Club Francis eventually decides against women priests or deacons, there’s no reason why the Bergoglian god of surprises might not reveal some other calling for them, especially considering the “rich tradition” surrounding Gaia, Pachamama, or Mother Earth — entities that are distinctly female.

Towards the end of his report, Hummes even managed to provide the initial premises from which later a kind of pantheism — the idea that everything is God — will be able to be drawn:

Integral ecology teaches us that everything is connected, human beings and nature. All living beings on the planet are children of the earth….

The Son of God too became a man and his human body comes from the earth. In this body, Jesus died for us on the Cross to overcome evil and death, he rose again among the dead and now sits to the right of God the Father in eternal and immortal glory. The Apostle Paul writes, “For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him (…) whether those on earth or those in heaven.” (Col. 1,19-20). In Laudato si’ we read that, “This leads us to direct our gaze to the end of time, when the Son will deliver all things to the Father, so that “God may be everything to everyone” (1 Cor.15:28). Thus, “the creatures of this world no longer appear to us under merely natural guise because the risen One is mysteriously holding them to himself and directing them towards fullness as their end” (LS, 100). It is thus that God has definitively connected Himself to His entire creation. This mystery is accomplished in the sacrament of the Eucharist.

(underlining added)

It won’t take long before someone in the Vatican II Sect will conclude that by worshipping the earth, we are really worshipping God, since, you know, “everything is connected”. And then it simply won’t matter anymore whether we are adoring God the Father or Mother Earth, Jesus Christ or Pachamama, the Holy Ghost or the spirits of the forest, the Holy Eucharist or mere bread. Problem solved! Anything else would mean falling into a ridig black-and-white/either-or mentality that is obviously not open to the “newness of the Spirit”!

Nun says she hears Confessions

A curious incident occurred during the very first day’s press conference. A Novus Ordo nun, Sr. Alba Teresa Cediel Castillo, was part of the Vatican panel, and when she was asked about the work women religious do in the Amazon, she happily shared her experience — including this detail:

Sometimes we also had to listen to confessions. Of course we cannot give absolution but at the bottom of our hearts we place ourselves in a position of listening with humbleness, thinking about the person who comes to us for a word of comfort, somebody who perhaps [is] before death, and so the presence of women in Amazonia is very great and very fertile….


What made this more explosive still is that she preceded these remarks by referring to herself as a “woman priest” or “priestess” — and this also confused the translator somewhat because she garbled the sentence a bit, and Sr. Alba’s rapid flow of words didn’t help things.

What the Novus Ordo sister actually said, in Spanish, was this: “Qué hacemos? Por lo que puede ser también una mujer desde el bautismo, como mujeres sacerdotes, como reinas, y como prophetas.” In English: “What do we do? Well, what a woman can also do on account of baptism, as priestesses, as queens, and as prophetesses.” The curious mention of “priestesses, queens, and prophetesses” is a reference to the Novus Ordo teaching that all the baptized are incorporated into Christ’s triple office of Priest, Prophet, and King (see Catechism of the Catholic Churchn. 1241; cf. n. 436). If all the baptized are priests, prophets, and kings in that sense, then it follows that baptized females are priestesses, prophetesses, and queens, right? Perhaps this is the opening that will be used to try to get women ordained in the Vatican II Sect. Considering the context of the synod, the remarks by “Bp.” Adriano Ciocca Vasino, and the “hearing of confessions” the same sister also mentioned, it certainly cannot be ruled out.

But the story doesn’t end there. The Vatican apparently thought Sr. Alba’s words were explosive enough to step in: Although Vatican Media had already put up the full video and audio of the press conference with simultaneous translation on its English language YouTube channel, the video was suddenly removed, without explanation (it is still available, without the translation, on the international Vatican Media channel). Thankfully, we had saved an audio version of the entire press conference in English and thus still have the full clip — the relevant Q&A excerpt can be accessed here.

That same day, the Vatican’s in-house journalist, Andrea Tornielli, put up an article on the English edition of Vatican News regarding the incident, entitled: “Amazonia: the women religious who ‘hear confessions’”. He gives the following rendition of what Sr. Alba said:

We are present everywhere and we do what a woman can do by virtue of her Baptism: we accompany the indigenous people, and when priests cannot be present, we perform baptisms. If someone wants to get married, we are present and we witnesses to the love of the couple. We have often had to listen to confessions, but we have not given absolution. In the depth of our hearts, though, we have said that with the humility with which this man or woman approached us because of illness, or because they were close to death – we believe God the Father intervenes there.

One thing is notably absent: Tornielli chose to omit Sr. Alba’s words about being priestesses, queens, and prophetesses in virtue of baptism — without even so much as indicating the omission through an ellipsis, as is standard professional practice.

After this wild first day of the synod, we produced a 17-minute podcast with commentary on what had transpired. We have embedded it here:

But wait, there’s more!

On Wednesday of the first week of the synod there was proposed an “Amazonian rite of Mass” — as though the liturgical freak shows of the annual diocesan Religious Education Congress in Los Angeles weren’t exotic enough yet. What such an “Amazonian rite” might look like, we can only imagine after seeing the atrocities shown above. Trying to prepare the way to a married priesthood, Austrian “Bp.” Erwin Krautler, a retired “missionary” in Brazil, claimed that the indigenous inhabitants of Amazonia just “do not understand celibacy” — no doubt a most difficult concept to explain in between teaching catechism lessons on the Holy Trinity, the Incarnation of God the Son, and Transubstantiation.

At the press briefing of Oct. 12, the sixth day of the synod, a journalist seriously asked why it would be important to evangelize the Amazon region when the indigenous there already have a religion. That such a question would be raised by anyone attending a Vatican press conference shows what the last six decades of “interreligious dialogue” and “mission” have accomplished. Roughly 100 years earlier, the great Pope St. Pius X, in a beautiful encyclical letter on the indigenous of South America, spoke of his desire “to deliver the Indians, where their need is greatest, from the slavery of Satan…” (Encyclical Lacrimabili Statu, n. 6). How’s that for an answer!

By the way: Amazonians who disagree with Francis’ leftist agenda, do not have much of a voice at the synod, unsurprisingly. “A Synod exists to listen constantly to the Holy Spirit”, Vatican News proclaims, but, as Robert Royal so aptly put it: “The ‘listening Church’ that we have heard so much about in recent years seems very much to listen with the left ear, not the right.” Touché!

At the same time, of course we must give credit where it’s due: At least there were clear calls to conversion at the synod. Granted, the context was ecological conversion, but at least in that one regard conversion isn’t optional and proselytism is still permitted — so much so that “the Church must speak with a prophetic voice in order for the issue of integral ecology to enter the agenda of international bodies”, a decisive affirmation the likes of which one will search for in vain with regard to the Social Kingship of Christ, about which Pope Pius XI proclaimed less than a century earlier: “While nations insult the beloved name of our Redeemer by suppressing all mention of it in their conferences and parliaments, we must all the more loudly proclaim his kingly dignity and power, all the more universally affirm his rights” (Encyclical Quas Primas, n. 25).

Besides conversion, confession of sins too was a hot topic during the synod’s first week — confession of ecological sins, that is, and to priests rather than female religious:

A desire was also expressed for an “ecological conversion” that would allow people see the gravity of sins against the environment as sins against God, against our neighbour, and against future generations. This would imply a need to produce and spread more widely a theological literature that would include “ecological sins” alongside traditional sins.

(“Amazon Synod Day 2: The Church confesses ‘ecological sins’”Vatican News, Oct. 8, 2019)

Perhaps the only way to prevent the mass production of pertinent “theological literature” would be to remind people that printed paper requires the use of trees, which are a precious ecological resource that surely we cannot afford to waste. “Everything is connected”, we have learned, and who’d want to mess with that cycle?

The “Resistance” speaks — sort of

With all this madness going on in the Eternal City, Novus Ordo conservatives were disappointed to find that their “only friend in the Vatican”, “Cardinal” Robert Sarah, had preemptively shot down any suggestion that he might be a voice of opposition to the Jesuit apostate from Buenos Aires. In an interview published in the Italian press on Oct. 7, Sarah declared:

The truth is that the Church is represented on earth by the vicar of Christ, that is by the pope. And whoever is against the pope is, ipso facto, outside the Church…. Those who place me in opposition to the Holy Father cannot present a single word of mine, a single phrase or a single attitude of mine to support their absurd – and I would say, diabolical – affirmations…. I would add that every pope is right for his time. Providence looks after us very well, you know.

(“Cardinal” Robert Sarah, quoted in Cindy Wooden, “Cardinal Sarah: To oppose the pope is to be outside the Church”Crux, Oct. 9, 2019.)

As Scripture says: “Put not your trust in princes” (Ps 145:2). According to Catholic doctrine, the only one you can always count on to be your safe teacher on matters of Faith and morals is the Pope, a truth which clearly disqualifies Bergoglio from the start.

Naturally, the unemployed Vatican “Cardinal” Gerhard Ludwig Muller once again positioned himself as a conservative voice highly critical of the synod, pretending not to be a Modernist himself. At least he had a most apt and memorable line in his interview with Il Foglio: “…the mission of Peter and of his successors consists in uniting all believers in faith in Christ, who did not recommend involvement with the waters of the Jordan or the vegetation of Galilee.”

Right now Rome is an infernal mess. Not that that would be news, but it’s never been worse than now. When Francis’ bosom buddy Eugenio Scalfari wrote in one of Italy’s most widely-read newspapers that “Pope” Bergoglio had told him he doesn’t believe that Jesus Christ is God, the Vatican press office was merely able to produce two carefully-worded non-denials. At this point, it’s par for the course.

With all of these developments, what has been the reaction of the Novus Ordo conservatives and recognize-and-resist traditionalists?

In a video message blasting the synod, a confused John-Henry Westen declared within the same 60 seconds that “what is plainly obvious is that what is being set up is a false church…” and yet that “we won’t leave the church — this is the one true Church, and there is no other.” Got it.

Over at Crisis, which should consider renaming itself into Catastrophe at this point, writer Julia Meloni says that with the Amazon Synod, a Pandora’s box has been opened. Another scathing summary of the “hot mess” that is the apostate synod in Rome was posted by Mark Lambert.

Meanwhile, The Remnant offered its usual Catholicism-free do-it-yourself traditionalism. Reporting straight from Rome, Michael Matt chronicled in several videos (see here and here and here and here, for example) the apostasy unfolding in the Eternal City. Still believing, however, that the people responsible for this wickedness are the legitimate Roman Catholic hierarchs, he effectively turned himself into an apostle for a defected Church, which is heresy. Verbally blaming it on some unspecified “human element” doesn’t get him off the hook, however, since if the official teachings, laws, and sacramental rites of the Church are the human element, then there is nothing left to constitute the divine.

As Pope Leo XIII taught very clearly and beautifully:

In the Catholic Church Christianity is incarnate. It identifies itself with that perfect, spiritual, and, in its own order, sovereign society, which is the mystical body of Jesus Christ and which has for its visible head the Roman Pontiff, successor of the Prince of the Apostles. It is the continuation of the mission of the Saviour, the daughter and the heiress of His redemption. It has preached the Gospel, and has defended it at the price of its blood, and strong in the Divine assistance, and of that immortality which have been promised it, it makes no terms with error, but remains faithful to the commands which it has received to carry the doctrine of Jesus Christ to the uttermost limits of the world and to the end of time and to protect it in its inviolable integrity.

(Pope Leo XIII, Apostolic Letter Annum Ingressi)

On the eve of the synod, Remnant contributor and blatant public heretic Hilary White had claimed that the people she recognizes as the highest ecclesiastical authorities have no power to inflict canonical penalties on the laity: “No one here can be placed under any canonical sanctions”, she remarked, contrasting the laity with the clergy who might be punished by their superiors.

But is that so? Even a cursory look at canon law refutes that notion: “The law gives … a list of the principal penalties common to clergy and laity, which ecclesiastical superiors can inflict upon any member of the Church according to his guilt”, canon law professor Fr. H. A. Ayrinhac writes in his formidable work Penal Legislation in the New Code of Canon Law ([New York, NY: Benziger Brothers, 1920], n. 158; p. 154; underlining added).

This should not be surprising. After all, laymen are part of the Church as much as any other member, hence they are not immune from judgments and penalties for grave wrongs committed. The Pope and the bishops are the shepherds, and the faithful are the sheep ruled by them. In 1870 the First Vatican Council clearly defined the Pope’s jurisdiction as being not only over the clergy but also the laity, both collectively and individually:

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; or that this power of his is not ordinary and immediate, or over the churches altogether and individually, and over the pastors and the faithful altogether and individually: let him be anathema.

(First Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution Pastor Aeternus, Chapter 3; Denz. 1831; underlining added.)

That probably won’t impress Miss White very much, however, considering that she is on record publicly doubting (=denying) Vatican I, which is heresy. To a Catholic, on the other hand, the issue is clear. It’s really tragic but at times it seems that the only non-negotiable qualification one must have to be allowed to write for The Remnant is not being a sedevacantist.

Apocalypse Now

Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like the Vatican II Sect is nearing its well-deserved end. The Novus Ordo Modernists have discovered the “noble savage” in the Amazon and are preparing to synthesize his idolatrous indigenous nature religion with the Vatican II religion. Which, frankly, isn’t all that difficult, considering what the apostate council declared:

…[O]ther religions found everywhere try to counter the restlessness of the human heart, each in its own manner, by proposing “ways,” comprising teachings, rules of life, and sacred rites. The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men.

(Vatican II, Declaration Nostra Aetate, n. 2)

Ah yes, everything is connected. There we go again.

What is happening now in Rome clearly has apocalyptic contours and is perhaps ushering in the worst but final stage of the apostasy. At the synod, though, they won’t care. They “have eyes and see not”, “noses and smell not” (Ps 113:13,14). They are too busy walking together, probably even moving forward.

And move forward they will — straight into the abyss.

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