Francis’s Illicit War on the Latin Mass
Dr Kwasniewski argued in two previous comments that the Pope’s Motu Proprio, Traditionis Custodes, is so outside his competence as Pope that no Catholic is obliged to obey his directions.
In John-Henry Weston’s discussion with Chris Ferrara, Unpacking Pope Francis’ war on Latin Mass Catholics and why it matters for everyone else, well-known Catholic lawyer Ferrara goes into the nitty-gritty of Traditionis Custodes and the just-released answers to a series of concocted ‘dubias’ to show how absurd it all is. I am in full agreement with Ferrara’s analysis. It is precisely what I think of the Motu Proprio and it is the stance I have adopted towards it.
There are limits to obedience
A Catholic distinguishes himself by his adherence to the authority of the papacy. Our Lord Jesus promised the Church under the leadership of Peter would prevail. But that does not mean there is never a time when disobedience to the Pope is not only allowed but necessary. That time is when the pope is not obeying himself, meaning not obeying the doctrines and traditions that have been established under the papacy through the centuries – by popes who have guarded the teaching and the tradition. We are in such a time now. Dr Peter Kwasniewski discusses obedience below.
True Obedience vs. Revolution in the Church
PETER KWASNIEWSKI, Crisis Magazine, 23 December 2021
For Catholics seeking to act uprightly before God and men, it is no exaggeration to say that discerning the nature and limits of the virtue of obedience is becoming the most critical question of the day.
In the civil as well as ecclesiastical spheres, Catholics face mounting pressure to submit to rulings or commands that are increasingly at odds with the teaching of Scripture, Tradition, and even natural reason. In the Church, no better illustration of such a troubling diktat can be found than that of Pope Francis’ motu proprio Traditionis Custodes and the Congregation for Divine Worship’s Responsa Ad Dubia, restricting access to the traditional sacramental rites and intending their eventual elimination from the life of the Church.
What is a faithful Catholic to do?
I offer the following excerpt from my forthcoming book, True Obedience in the Church, as an analysis of this aspect of the revolution currently underway in the Church and as a summons to practical action for Catholic clergy and laity.
Cardinal Pell to Becciu: What was that $2M payment actually for?
By Christine Rousselle
Catholic News Agency, Dec 17, 2021
Cardinal George Pell says that he does not harbor any ill will toward the man whose sexual assault accusation sent the Australian prelate to prison for 13 months, but he still wants to know why the Vatican sent more than $2 million to Australia during his trial.
Pell, the former archbishop of Sydney and the prefect emeritus of the Secretariat for the Economy, was released from prison on April 7, 2020, after the Australian High Court unanimously found that the jury which convicted him on Dec. 11, 2018 should not have found him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Pell was initially found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys in 1996, a claim he had always denied. He was freed 13 months into a six-year sentence.
Since being freed, Pell has published his prison diaries in a series of volumes. His latest, “Prison Journal, Volume 3: The High Court Frees an Innocent Man,” was published by Ignatius Press on Nov. 2, 2021.
On 29 November, at the time of media responses to Gerard Henderson’s myth-slander-smashing book, Cardinal Pell, the Media Pile-on, and Collective Guilt, Louise Milligan, delusional and desperate, sent out this whimpering somewhat incoherent tweet.
‘Never, ever under-estimate the ability of the old boys network to be just that. Old. Boys. Desperately clinging on to what they think is, and want to be, power, but is really just a bit sad and desperate.’
It could only be in response to the praise for Henderson’s book that flails the media for its lies, bigotry, and incompetence, with a special focus on herself and David Marr. The tweet was a typical reaction from Milligan when faced with criticism about her shoddy, prejudiced journalistic efforts. Never ever does she attempt to defend her work against penetrating criticism.
In another context where she sickens with sanctimony and self-righteousness, she would be loud in her condemnation of sexism and prejudice against old people. Like Susan Mitchell in condemning Tony Abbott for being a man (Tony Abbott, A Man’s Man), Milligan sees nothing out of place in condemning her opponents for merely being male.
One cannot help wondering how she overcame her disgust and actually married a specimen of that revolting race and had a child with him. Indeed, one could wonder the same about most of her faithful female support. They cannot all be lesbians. They must have long-suffering, groaning husbands who feel helplessly trapped in a medieval sewer cistern.