Cardinals Opposing Cardinals, Bishops against Bishops, Popes against Popes
by Christopher A. Ferrara
December 2, 2016
“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres… churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.”
Thus warned Our Lady of Akita in 1973, no doubt echoing Her warning in the integral Third Secret of Fatima, Her own explanation of which has been suppressed in favor of the absurd “interpretation” of Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the scandal-ridden friend and protector of the ecclesiastical criminal Marcial Maciel Degollado.
And now the prophecy comes to pass: In the wake of Amoris Laetitia, bishops in Buenos Aires, Germany, Italy and elsewhere will now admit divorced and “remarried” Catholics to Holy Communion following a period of “discernment,” while the bishops of Poland, parts of Canada and certain American dioceses, among other places, maintain the bimillennial discipline of the Church as other bishops in Canada and America abandon it. What is mortally sinful sacrilege in some dioceses will now be proclaimed an act of “mercy” in others. One need only take a short drive in the car to get the result one prefers. Forum shopping has come to the Catholic Church.
As the chaos spreads, four cardinals have publicly presented dubia which question the Pope on whether, in promulgating Amoris Laetitia, he means to overthrow the teaching of the Church on the indissolubility of marriage and the existence of exceptionless moral absolutes. Cardinal Pell supports them in an interview in which he asks: “How can you disagree with a question?” Bishop Athanasius Schneider likewise supports the four cardinals, as does a Polish bishop, reflecting the view of the Polish hierarchy:
“The four Cardinals did well in asking for clarification about Amoris Laetitia. It is evidently necessary to answer them…. They did well and have exercised correctly what Canon Law provides for. I think it is not just a right, but moreover a duty.”
Opposing the four cardinals, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, one of the freshly minted reliably Bergoglian progressives emerging from the latest consistory, declared to the press that the cardinals’ dubia are “troublesome” and that “The Holy Father is capturing the work of two synods, so if four cardinals say that two synods were wrong, or that somehow the Holy Father didn’t reflect what was said in those synods, I think that should be questioned.”
Cardinal Schönborn, to whom Francis has referred those seeking the definitive “interpretation” of Amoris, went so far as to assert that the letter of the four cardinals is “an attack on the pope” and that they “have to obey the pope” by accepting Amoris without question. That is, Schönborn demands that the four cardinals “obey” the admission of public adulterers to Holy Communion.
The ultra-progressive Cardinal Cupich, another Bergoglian red hat, huffed that “if you begin to question the legitimacy or what is being said in such a document [Amoris], do you throw into question then all the other documents that have been issued before by the other popes? So I think it’s not for the pope to respond to that, it’s a moment for anyone who has doubts to examine how they got to that position because it is a magisterial document of the Catholic Church.”
Cupich failed to mention that Amoris itself appears to question the teaching of “all the other documents that have been issued before by the other popes,” summarized in the document issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under John Paul II, which said this about admitting public adulterers in so-called second marriages to Holy Communion: “In other words, if the prior marriage of two divorced and remarried members of the faithful was valid, under no circumstances can their new union be considered lawful and therefore reception of the sacraments is intrinsically impossible. The conscience of the individual is bound to this norm without exception.”
So not only do we see cardinals opposing cardinals and bishops opposing bishops, but also a Pope opposing his own predecessors. At Fatima, Akita and other places, the Blessed Virgin warned us that this time was coming. But the warnings were not heeded. They were even despised by the “enlightened” ones who dismissed them all as “private revelations.”
“Despise not prophecies. But prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:20-21). The leadership of the Church has despised the prophecies of the Mother of God; it has failed to hold fast to that which is good. And now the Church “is full of those who accept compromises” as we reap the whirlwind from which it seems only divine intervention of the most dramatic kind can deliver us.