Homosexual “Couple” Ordained in Spain
Last Rites for the Suicides in Canada
by Christopher A. Ferrara
December 15, 2016
As Francis continues his seemingly endless rant against “rigorism,” “legalism” and supposed latter-day Pharisees in the Church — i.e., the faithful who oppose his campaign to admit public adulterers to Holy Communion — the dissolvent ecclesial trends of the last fifty years are accelerating geometrically. It is as if the miscreants who now abound in the ecclesial commonwealth know that the “reign of mercy” is the perfect cover for unbridled malefactions, the very thing they have been waiting for.
Hence in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Archbishop Julián Barrio has — despite the obvious impediment to validity — purported to confer Holy Orders on two practicing homosexuals in an open public relationship with each other. The incredible obscenity of this spectacle is made infinitely worse, if that were possible, by its performance in the Cathedral of Santiago, the resting place of Saint James the Apostle and the destination of the world-renowned 500-mile pilgrimage route, the Camino of St. James.
As Pewsitter.com notes with appropriate outrage, St. James “was the first Apostle to die for the faith, a man who refused to give up orthodoxy even to death.” Today, however, such a fierce attachment to orthodoxy is condemned as “rigorism” by the Pope and his cadre of sycophantic invokers of “the Spirit” — that strange entity he and they seem averse to calling the Holy Spirit, for reasons that should be obvious. As papal mouthpiece Greg Burke puts it: “The pope is clear enough that a Synod has spoken, the Spirit has spoken.”
Apparently, the Vatican apparatus under Francis expects the faithful to accept with complete tranquility the suggestion that the Holy Catholic Church has morphed into some kind of gnostic sect governed by the last augury of “the Spirit.” We are supposed to believe that this “Spirit,” speaking through Francis and his rigged Synod, has announced that public adulterers can now receive Holy Communion in “certain” cases, contrary to the teaching of Benedict XVI, John Paul II and all their predecessors, who taught as one that it is “intrinsically impossible” for one living in adultery to partake of the Blessed Sacrament.
Meanwhile, in Canada, the bishops of Atlantic Canada, citing Amoris Laetitia, have just decided that “the Spirit” authorizes administering the Last Rites to people who are in the process of putting themselves to death with poison and other techniques of euthanasia. These insane bishops rely on the utterly destructive moral novelties of “discernment of particular situations” and “accompaniment” introduced by Francis in Amoris — as if the commandment “thou shalt not kill” varies according to the circumstances of the suicide!
Whether or not absolution is granted in “particular cases” under these guidelines for “accompaniment” of people committing suicide, the mere presence of a priest to comfort, console, “accompany,” anoint and provide the Viaticum to people who are deliberately killing themselves is in itself a grotesque sacrilege and a diabolical mockery of the priesthood and the very concept of mortal sin. As John Zmirak writes of this development:
“Their document (pdf) reads like some nasty parody of post-liberal Christianity. In fact, it channels the speech of the villain John Wither in C.S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength: a blizzard of cloying words and vaguely benevolent sentiments, within which hides a death sentence. In this case, the likely death of a soul — lulled by a pastor’s presence with a bible and a cross, as he blows through the Ten Commandments, and goes straight to the ‘fearful judgment seat of Christ.’”
We owe this execrable document to Francis and his relentless assault on moral “rigorism,” culminating in Amoris Laetitia. If the reader thinks that assessment is unwarranted, consider this scathing comment by R. R. Reno, writing at First Things, one of the growing number of “mainstream” Catholic sources that have had quite enough of this disastrous pontificate:
The [bishops’] document praises the power of Holy Communion “to assist a person in growing in their union with Christ,” and especially Viaticum or final communion, which “has a power of particular significance and importance as the seed of eternal life and the power of resurrection.” Again, the logic of “accompaniment” and the spirit of non-judgmentalism clear the way for the priest to provide final communion that helps “prepare” a Catholic for suicide. The same, of course, goes for funeral rites. Suicide is not an impediment.
In order to make sure they’re read rightly, the bishops sum up their sacramental theology: “To one and all we wish to say that the pastoral care of souls cannot be reduced to norms for the reception of the sacraments or the celebration of funeral rites.” Which is to say, Catholic moral teaching supplies guidelines, not rules.
This way of thinking is encouraged by Pope Francis’s habitual antinomianism, which treats canon law, sacramental norms, and theological principles as impediments to God’s love. Francis says many things, of course, but bishops are getting the message. The “gospel” is mercy without judgment, grace without truth, and church without form.
Francis’s signature phrases and the emphases of his pontificate prepare the way for the grotesque possibility, realized in this document, that bishops of the Church and servants of Christ will become cheerful, “pastoral” chaplains of the culture of death.
How long oh Lord, how long, before You bring an end to the insanity now gripping the Church You founded and purchased with Your Precious Blood? The end of this unparalleled crisis is coming as surely as the sun rises in the east. But how terrible will be the judgment of the Lord of History against those who have defiled the Bride of Christ and abandoned the sheep in the name of a false “mercy” that is really a terrifying form of spiritual cruelty.