Saturday, April 27, 2013


A pope doesn't have to wear one of these to actually wear one of these, his words and actions indicate what he is wearing! The pope teaches with authority and not like the scribes!


Here are the "money quotes":

To the LCWR: ..."Then highlighted the teaching of the Second Vatican Council regarding the important mission of Religious to promote a vision of ecclesial communion founded on faith in Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church as faithfully taught through the ages under the guidance of the Magisterium (Cf. Lumen gentium, nn. 43-47). He also emphasized that a Conference of Major Superiors, such as the LCWR, exists in order to promote common efforts among its member Institutes as well as cooperation with the local Conference of Bishops and with individual Bishops. For this reason, such Conferences are constituted by and remain under the direction of the Holy See (Cf. Code of Canon Law, cann. 708-709)."

To clergy and laity: "The reform that’s needed is “neither to clericalize nor ask to be clericalized. The layperson is a layperson. He has to live as a layperson… to be a leaven of the love of God in society itself…. [He] is to create and sow hope, to proclaim the faith, not from a pulpit but from his everyday life. And like all of us, the layperson is called to carry his daily cross—the cross of the layperson, not of the priest.”

To Scripture scholars of the Pontifical Biblical Commission: "We must place ourselves in the current of the great Tradition that, under the assistance of the Holy Spirit and the guidance of the Magisterium, has recognized the canonical writings as Word addressed by God to his people and has never ceased to meditate on them and discover in them inexhaustible riches. The Second Vatican Council confirmed this with great clarity in the Dogmatic Constitution Dei Verbum: “For all of what has been said about the way of interpreting Scripture is subject finally to the judgment of the Church, which carries out the divine commission and ministry of guarding and interpreting the word of God.” (n. 12).

As the aforementioned Constitution reminds us, there is an indissoluble unity between Sacred Scripture and Tradition, because both come from the same source: “There exists a close connection and communication between Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture. For both of them, flowing from the same divine wellspring, in a certain way merge into a unity and tend toward the same end. For Sacred Scripture is the word of God inasmuch as it is consigned to writing under the inspiration of the divine Spirit, while sacred tradition takes the word of God entrusted by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, and hands it on to their successors in its full purity, so that led by the light of the Spirit of truth, they may in proclaiming it preserve this word of God faithfully, explain it, and make it more widely known. Consequently it is not from Sacred Scripture alone that the Church draws her certainty about everything which has been revealed. Therefore both sacred tradition and Sacred Scripture are to be accepted and venerated with the same sense of loyalty and reverence.” (Ibid., 9).

To the cardinals and laity: "Anyone who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil."

"It is not possible to find Jesus outside the church."

"The disciples do not make the Church – they are the messengers sent by Jesus. And Christ was sent by the Father: “The Church begins there,” he said, “in the heart of the Father, who had this idea ."

"The Catholic Church is hierarchical and Catholic, so be it!"

"The Pope commented on the number of mothers present at the Mass. “How would you feel,” he asked, “if someone said: she’s a domestic administrator? 'No, I am the mother!' And the Church is Mother. And we are in the middle of a love story that continues thanks to the power of the Holy Spirit. All of us together are a family in the Church, who is our Mother."

"And these, on the road of duty, load everything on the shoulders of the faithful. The ideologues falsify the gospel. Every ideological interpretation, wherever it comes from – from [whatever side] – is a falsification of the Gospel. And these ideologues – as we have seen in the history of the Church – end up being intellectuals without talent, ethicists without goodness – and let us not so much as mention beauty, of which they understand nothing."

If Pope Benedict had said any of these things, there would have been hell to pay. BUT POPE FRANCIS SAID ALL THESE THINGS! ALL OF THEM! DOES ANY OF THAT SOUND LIKE POST-cATHOLIC DRIVEL OF THE LEFT? I SAY NO!


Kitchener Waterloo Traditional Catholic said...

Dear Father,

It has been such a joy to see a pope labelled as "Left" when a cardinal preach sound doctrine. I also believe those attached to the Usus Antiquior who championed Pope Benedict need to follow Pope Francis with the same vigor.

Humbly I submit, it's time to stop using terms like "Left, Right" or "liberal, conservative" to identify Catholics. These terms are better used in politics. They associate the faithful with polemics.

It's more accurate to use terms that actually describe who these people are. If you dispute doctrine you are a dissident, heretic, or even defacto protestant.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

I tend to agree with you. I'm reluctant to use the term "heretic" unless a hierarch applies that term to them, but dissident is certainly a very accurate terms. I use post-Catholic also to describe some of these so-called Catholics. But I think that the terms "faithful Catholic" or "dissident Catholic" would be better, because not all traditional or conservative Catholics are faithful, some of them quite dissident, such as the SSPX.

WSquared said...

"If Pope Benedict had said any of these things, there would have been hell to pay."

...and it wouldn't matter if he said it in his characteristically meek, gentle, and sweet way, either.

No, if Pope Benedict had said of those things, we'd hear (HT: Fr. Z) one "spittle-flecked nutty" after another about how "Ratzi the Nazi"-- that awful German "Panzerpapst"-- was "cracking down" on folks again.

Gene said...

Gee, thanks, WSquared,,,"Ratzi the Nazi," "Panzerpapst"
Now, I have to clean the coffee off my computer screen...

Marco said...

It was easy for lefties (sorry, Kitchener) to bash PBXVI because he wore expensive vestments while he said these things. But now that they've tried to appropriate PF, drooling while gloating that the Church has finally returned to its proper roots, they've got no idea what to do when the main simultaneously eschews the trappings of a royal papacy and preaches actual, you know, Catholic doctrine. We haven't heard from our friends over at Pray Tell for a while; I wonder why?