The Bishops of Bavaria Stand Up
to the "Mercy" Juggernaut
While Cardinal Burke, Alluding to Fatima,
Calls for Opposition by the Entire Hierarchy.
by Christopher A. Ferrara
April 6, 2018
The Face of Ecclesial Dissolution
Pope Francis is supposed to be the Pope who goes out to “the peripheries” of the Church in obedience to the inspiration of “the Spirit,” but during the first five years of his pontificate his program has been precisely that of a corrupt German hierarchy sustained by compulsory individual tax contributions without which German Catholics are denied the Sacraments — simony at its very worst. The centerpiece of that program is Holy Communion for public adulterers in “second marriages” according to the “theology” of Cardinals Kasper and Marx, and now Holy Communion for Protestants who are married to Catholics. Right behind that abomination, which is already being implemented in many places, the corrupt German hierarchs are now promoting Holy Communion for Protestants, presumably including those in “second marriages” with civilly divorced Catholics.
But the German bishops of Bavaria, where the Catholic spirit is still palpable as I learned during my own visit there (despite the presence of Cardinal Marx), have had enough of this diabolical attempt to transform the Catholic Church into a Protestant sect. In response to a vote of the German bishops’ conference to permit intercommunion with Protestants in “certain cases,” seven bishops, five from Bavaria, have issued a letter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith protesting the invalidity and illegality of the move, noting that bishops conferences have no authority to deviate from Catholic doctrine, and requesting a definitive response from the CDF, which reportedly is being prepared. The seven prelates are: Cardinal Rainer Woelki (Köln), Archbishop Ludwig Schick (Bamberg), Bishop Konrad Zdarsa (Augsburg), Bishop Gregor Maria Hanke (Eichstätt), Bishop Wolfgang Ipolt (Görlitz), Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer (Regensburg), as well as Bishop Stefan Oster (Passau).
It is, of course, Francis who has provided the opening to this disaster by means of a single ambiguous novelty which he alone has introduced into the Church via Amoris Laetitia: “discernment,” which is merely a cloak for the invention of spurious “exceptions” to the application of moral norms to which no exception is possible. As the arch-Modernist subversive Cardinal Marx puts it: “We are talking about decisions in individual cases that require a careful spiritual discernment.” In other words, some people are not bound by moral norms that bind others. We must “discern” who is exempt from the moral law. This means nothing less than the end of all morality and its replacement by a collection of suggested guidelines for human conduct. The Ten Commandments become The Ten Ideals.
Now even Cardinal Burke is admitting that the situation this Pope has provoked is truly of apocalyptic proportions. Speaking in light of the Message of Fatima, and hinting at the long-overdue formal opposition of cardinals to the Bergoglian Debacle, he stated as follows during a recent interview (translation mine):
“What you depict is truly an apocalyptic situation…
“This situation leads me to reflect more and more on the message of our Lady of Fatima who warns us of evil — even more serious than the ills suffered due to the spread of atheistic communism — which is apostasy from the faith in the Church. Paragraph 675 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that before the time of the coming of Christ, ‘the Church must go through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers,’ and that ‘[t]he persecution that accompanies [the Church’s] pilgrimage on Earth will unveil the ‘mystery of iniquity’ in the form of a religious imposture [i.e., the conduct of a religious impostor] offering men an apparent solution to their problems, at the price of apostasy from the truth.’
“In such a situation the bishops and cardinals have the duty to announce the true doctrine. At the same time, they must lead the faithful to make reparation for offenses against Christ and wounds inflicted on His Mystical Body. The great canonist of the 13th century, Henry of Segusio, also known as Hostiensis, confronting the difficult question of how to correct a Roman Pontiff who would act in a way contrary to his office, affirms that the College of Cardinals constitutes a de facto control against papal error.”
With each passing day the sense grows of a looming catastrophe that will set things right by an exercise of God’s holy wrath. Given the perversity of so many churchmen in this ill-starred, absolutely unparalleled epoch of Church history, which some still dare to call a “renewal,” what other remedy is possible?
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.