Francis Places Entire Vatican Apparatus
on Marriage and Family Under Two
Prelates Subversive of Both
by Christopher A. Ferrara
August 18, 2016
Today (August 17) the Vatican announced that by motu proprio (his own initiative), Francis has formally erected the new “super-dicastery” of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the Family and Life (PCLFL), effective September 1. The new dicastery will absorb (and thus abolish) the Pontifical Councils for the Family and the Laity and will also overlap the function of the still-existing Pontifical Academy for Life, one of whose members, the German philosopher Josef Siefert, published a devastating critique of the disastrous Amoris Laetitia, calling upon Francis to correct its errors against the Faith.
Francis has appointed as head of the PCLFL none other than Bishop Kevin Joseph Farrel of Texas, a “pro-gay” prelate widely denounced for installing as pastor of a Texas parish a homosexual priest who participated in an explicitly “gay” website for homosexual clergy and religious. (The priest was removed only after public outcry over the appointment.)
Farrel clearly accepts as a given that there will be homosexual priests in pastoral ministry. Citing remarks by Francis concerning “respect” for “homosexual persons,” Farrel declared here that “The Church still has the expectation that priests must commit to a life of celibate chastity whether they are homosexual or heterosexual.” Still? The expectation? Whether they are homosexual or heterosexual?
So much for the constant teaching and practice of the Church, affirmed by Benedict XVI, that men who consider themselves “gay” cannot be admitted to seminaries as their intrinsically disordered condition renders them unfit for the priesthood, which is configured to the person of Christ, the male par excellence.
As for the still-existing Pontifical Academy for Life, this has been turned over to the “pro-gay” Archbishop Vincenzio Paglia, who replaces Spanish bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula as President. Paglia will also take over the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, replacing the Vicar General of Rome Cardinal Agostino Vallini as grand chancellor. Vallini denounced the distribution of condoms in Italian public schools as “an initiative [that] can only be combated by the Church of Rome and the Christian families seriously affected by the education of their children.”
Paglia has infamously praised the “gay” propaganda TV series “Modern Family” and it was he who “was also responsible for inviting homosexual couples to last year’s World Meeting of Families.” In defense of the invitation Paglia huffed: “We are following Instrumentum Laboris on the Synod to the letter. Everyone can come, nobody is excluded.”
Not surprisingly, Paglia also supports Francis’ pet cause of finding a way to admit public adulterers in “second marriages” to Holy Communion, having published between sessions of the laughably misnamed “Synod on the Family” a book promoting the overthrow of the Church’s contrary teaching and discipline in defense of the indissolubility of marriage, affirmed under John Paul II, especially in Familiaris consortio. Indeed, as Edward Pentin reported, members of the John Paul II Institute, known for their defense of his teaching in this regard, were systematically excluded from any participation in the Synod’s two sessions.
With the creation of the new “super-dicastery” and these two appointments, Francis has effectively placed the entire Vatican apparatus concerning marriage and family under the control of two prelates who are manifestly subversive of both.
With each passing day, Francis confirms all the more the dire warning of Sister Lucia at Fatima that “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family… [A]nyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.” But who would have thought that opposition would be aided and abetted by the very one who occupies the Seat of Peter?