Cardinal Donald Wuerl:
Slick-Talking Salesman for the Bergoglian Debacle
by Christopher A. Ferrara
March 8, 2017
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, another immaculately groomed, silver-tongued defender of the decrepit post-Vatican II ecclesial status quo, has weighed in on the supposed wonders of the Bergoglian pontificate. And where else would this sales pitch appear but in America magazine, that organ of Bergoglianism published by the ultra-Modernist remnant of what was once the great Jesuit order.
It was, after all, in America that Pope Bergoglio first announced to the Anglophone Catholic world the beginning of his — there is no other word for it — rampage with such astonishingly arrogant declarations as these:
“The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules.”
“There are ecclesiastical rules and precepts that were once effective, but now they have lost value or meaning [!]. The view of the church’s teaching as a monolith to defend without nuance or different understandings is wrong.”
But now, as opposition to Pope Bergoglio’s recklessness is rising everywhere among orthodox Catholics, both clergy and laity, Wuerl informs the readers of America that Bergoglio’s “great contribution to date has been the reconnecting of the church with the energy of the Second Vatican Council, the energy coming out of that council.” And what is this “energy” of which Wuerl speaks? It is, says he, “the excitement of aggiornamento — renewal.”
Yes, it’s “renewal” time again! And this after some fifty years of “renewal” that Pope Benedict XVI, speaking to the clergy of Rome two weeks before his mysterious semi-abdication from the papacy became effective, described as “so many disasters, so many problems, so much suffering: seminaries closed, convents closed, banal liturgy …”
Not according to Wuerl, however. He is delighted that “The synodality that Paul VI initiated has flowered under Francis. Those two synods on the family were unlike any of the other synods prior to them because they actually invited the bishops into the process in a transparent, open way.”
The reader may pause here for a moment of contemptuous laughter. For as anyone who followed the Phony Synod would know, that entire sham was stage-managed from start to finish by the Bergoglian apparatus to reach the predetermined result: Amoris Laetitia (AL) and the overthrow of the teaching of John Paul II on the impossibility of Holy Communion for public adulterers in “second marriages” who decline to cease their adulterous relations.
Wuerl was a key player in pulling off this con based on the sophistical argument that AL changes nothing of doctrine but merely “places a greater emphasis on the role of the individual conscience in appropriating those moral norms in the person’s actual circumstances.”
Translation: Catholics no longer have to follow the “unchanged” doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage and the related Eucharistic discipline upheld by John Paul and Benedict if they really feel that the “norm” — otherwise known as the natural law — does not apply to them in their “actual circumstances.” This is simply the error of situation ethics, rejected by all of Catholic Tradition yet now condoned by AL.
But nothing has changed, you see!
According to Wuerl, AL “told us that we have to get back, as the council said, to a moral theology that rests on scripture and Jesus’ command to love, and to the virtues that are the signs of a moral life, not the rigid following of the letter of the law.”
In other words, before Pope Bergoglio’s election — that is, during the reigns of John Paul II, Benedict XVI and every one of their predecessors — the Church failed to follow “Jesus’ command to love” but rather mercilessly demanded a “rigid following of the letter of the law” regarding the Holy Eucharist and the indissolubility of marriage.
What this very telling interview shows is that smooth-talking obscurantists like Wuerl have little regard for the “sheep” they are constantly oozing about. For if they really cared about their “sheep” they would not abuse them with demagogic insults of the Church nor abandon them to a grave moral error they now pretend is sound pastoral practice introduced by the “merciful” Pope Bergoglio to remedy the Church’s past “rigidity.”
Asked about the widespread opposition to the Bergoglian novelties, Wuerl confirmed his own contempt for the orthodox faithful: “Moreover, I think, there are just some people who can’t bring themselves to move beyond where they are. These look at things through one lens only. But this pontificate and ‘Amoris Laetitia’ are multifaceted, and if you can only see them through one lens, you’re never going to be able to appreciate this.”
By “one lens” Wuerl means the constant teaching of the Holy Catholic Church before the unexpected arrival of Pope Bergoglio in the wake of Benedict’s mysterious resignation. By “multi-faceted” Wuerl means the abandonment of that teaching in favor of the unheard-of novelties of Amoris Laetitia.
Wuerl, in short, is a leading representative of the apostasy that “begins at the top.” May Our Lady of Fatima soon deliver the Holy Catholic Church from the clutches of such as he.