Calling for Inter-Communion with Heretics? The Scandal of Francis

The final report from Lund, the Pope’s visit to the Lutherans in Sweden.

If this latest ecumenical venture doesn’t horrify Catholics, than those Catholics have lost all sense of the true faith.  This scandal cannot be met with silence on the part of anyone who would call himself Catholic.

The report about Pope Francis and the general-secretary of the world’s Lutheran churches agreeing “to work together for a shared Eucharist”.

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The Crusader’s Mass, Carmel of Traverse City

On Saturday, October 22, I had the privilege of interviewing Fr. John Mary, O. Carm., founder of the Carmelite Hermitage of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Earlier that morning he had celebrated a high Mass of the ancient Carmelite rite, in the chapel of the Infant of Prague Monastery,  Traverse City, Michigan.

Carmelite of the Ancient Observance, Fr. John Mary

During the interview, Father explained to me that after the Holy Land had been conquered from the Muslims in 1099, the crusader priests celebrated a form of Mass which had developed into a fusion of mostly the Roman rite – about 70% – with the rest taken from the Gallican rite.  This form came to be known as the rite of the Holy Sepulchre since it was celebrated in the church over which Emperor Constantine had enshrined the burial site of our Lord, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built in 326.

In the late 12th century, there was then living in Mt. Carmel in Palestine, a group of hermits who had placed themselves under the guidance of the crusader, St. Brocard.  Between the years 1206-1214, Brocard asked St. Albert of Jerusalem to draw up for them a rule of religious life.  This rule is the Carmelite Rule.  Since it was the custom for newly formed religious Orders to use the rite of Mass celebrated in the Cathedral of the diocese in which they existed, the Carmelites adopted the rite celebrated in the Patriarchal church of Jerusalem, the rite of the Holy Sepulchre.

The rite of the Holy Sepulchre was the Mass celebrated by threcrusader-prieste Orders: the Knights Hospitaller, the Knights Templar, and the Carmelite hermits.  With their suppression, this venerable and ancient rite of Mass was lost to the Knights Templar and eventually to the Knights Hospitaller which gradually became a lay association.  Only the Carmelites have the grace of holding on to this treasured rite most commonly now known as the Carmelite rite.

The Prioress of the monastery explained to me that it fell to the “calced” Carmelites – more properly called Carmelites of the Ancient Observance, to retain this most venerable of rites.  After the Council of Trent, the discalced Carmelites opted for the Westerm Roman rite as codified by the Council, much to the displeasure of St. John of the Cross who had voted against it.

This rite of the Holy Sepulchre was celebrated for the very first time in the Traverse City Carmel by Father John Mary, O.Carm. on October 22.  On the 24rd, he celebrated a low Mass.  Father made use of the motu propio Summorum Pontificum, issued by Pope Benedict in 2007, to teach himself the rite and to begin celebrating it.  He said that with this rite he felt his soul to be “more spiritual fed” than with the New Mass.  

Father John Mary has been a priest for 33 years, and is the founder of the Carmelite Hermitage of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.  The community has two priests, one deacon, and five Brothers.  Their life consists of the spiritual labor of 6-7 hours of prayer with 2 hours of mental prayer, plus manual labor which includes maintaining a garden.  Each has his own cell conducive to living the hermitical life.  The community is constructing a chapel which Father assured me will be most beautiful.  The project is in the hands of the well-known architect, Duncan Stroik who has a reputation for the design of beauty and tradition as the standard for architecture worthy of God.  The new chapel will most certainly be the perfect setting for offering the ancient rite of Carmel by future spiritual warrior priests, burning with holy zeal for the restoration of all things in Christ! Father said that it will be the younger generation that will “lift up the Church!”

This is a rendition of their future chapel:

Interior Perspective

Should you feel inspired to help the work of these Carmelites, your donation would be most appreciated! Here is a link to their donations page> Carmelite Hermits.  

Carmelite Hermitage
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8249 de Montreville Trail
Lake Elmo, MN 55042-9545

As the Carmelites say, “God reward your charity! 

It was an inestimable grace to have been able to assist at the very first two Masses celebrated in the rite of the Holy Sepulchre at the Infant of Prague Monastery.  At the beginning of the High Mass, I almost expected to hear the manly baritone chant  of crusader monks, but instead we heard the angelic voices of the Sisters! Praise be Jesus Christ!  It was beautiful!

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“The Eighteen Religions of Mother Teresa”

Above is the title of the article on Mother Teresa as found in the publication of the late Abbe de Nantes, CRC He Is Risen!, No 15, November 2003.  The following is taken from  pgs. 2, 3 of that newsletter:

“An account of it [interreligious celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the Missionaries of Charity foundation, 1975] was written by a nun but was only intended for her sisters, the Missionaries of Charity throughout the world.  The review Missi, nevertheless, published excerpts illustrated by photos…

“It all got off to a start on the morning of 28th September in the Armenian church.  Then after a visit to the Protestants of Calcutta, the Methodist, ‘Mother hurried off to the Jain Digambara Temple with a group of nuns.  When they entered, seven drums,two cymbals and three pairs of Jerry Jerries welcomed them.  It was in a large square room; rugs were spread out on the floor.  We were then led to the four digambaras (Jain monks).  These monks belong to the strictest sect of Jains and are contemplatives who observe five vows: non-violence, respect of property, fidelity, celibacy, and poverty, including clothing, and are completely naked…..The four of them were seated to the left of the altar, while to the right were the female Jain religious, dressed white saris….’

“On 1 October, the ceremony took place among another group  of Jains; on 2 October in the Church of God where[were]..celebrated the merits of Mother Teresa….

“On 3 October, they went to the ‘Hindus to attend the solemn prayer of Brahmo…’at the Hindu temple…everyone touched Mother’s feet and led her into the shrine.  All those present invoked the one hundred names of God with great devotion….’

” ‘That same evening at 4:30 we [the single quotations are the written record of one of the Sisters of Charity reporting] were with the Parsis praising the Lord for His goodness.’

The Abbe de Nantes explains who the Parsis are: ” The Parsis are Persians who refused to convert to Islam and kept the Zoroastrian religion.”  They are Manichaeans.

“On the morning of 5October, ‘the Mass of thanksgiving was celebrated in our cathedral…..Then Mother and the nuns went to another thanksgiving service organised by a third group of Jains.’ “

“Then they went to the Sikhs…” (a religion with elements of Hinduism and Muslimism)

“On 6 October, the thanksgiving service was held at Maghen David synagogue.”


Mother Teresa undoubtedly had a kind heart, but I cannot and will not be recognizing her as the “real thing” – an authentic, Catholic saint worthy of emulation.  I certainly don’t believe her inter-religious activities were pleasing to God. Would He want to hold her up to His Church as a role model? I don’t think so!

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Ex-Priest, Curtis Wehmeyer, Archbishop Neinstedt, Complicit in Crime

This video was uploaded  not too long ago (July 20).  It is the latest from the attorney representing the victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

“A trove of documents released …by prosecutors as part of a legal settlement with the Twin Cities archdiocese shows a pattern of alleged sexual harassment and retribution by Nienstedt”, another news source has said.

The attorneys now have 100’s of 1,000’s of documents which expose the corruption which leads to the top. This attorney calls upon Pope Francis to act willingly, or he will be shamed into doing so with the release of more evidence.

Enough is enough!  If our hierarchy refuses to start a serious cleansing, then God will have to do it!

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Libellus Hand-Delivered to Cardinal Parolin

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As a result of the Veri Catholici conference of June 25, in Rome, a Libellus of the errors contained in the papal Exhortation Amoris laetitia. was drawn up; a filial appeal to the pope was subsequently made requesting that he read the libellus, and withdraw the document.  As the organizers of the conference promised, the pertinent papers have been hand-delivered to Cardinal Parolin. 

Something concrete was actually accomplished instead of just complaining.  May God prosper the work of this conference.  It was done for His greater glory, even though our petition may fall on deaf ears. 

Link to the Libellus:

Logo Associationis


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Veri Catholici: Libellus of Condemned Errors regarding ‘Amoris Laetitia’

This past June 25, a conference of Veri Catholici (consisting of lay faithful) took place in Italy to denounce the errors in the papal Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.   Among those participating with a presentation submitted through e-mail, was an admin of this blog. The result has been the compilation of the Libellus of Condemned Errors regarding ‘Amoris Laetitia’ which is to be   hand-delivered to the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin,  tomorrow, June 28, 2016.

Presented here is the paper submitted by Kankakee TLM:

This will be a short commentary on three of the opening paragraphs of the 264-page Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.  I will leave it to others to delve into a more critical analysis of its dangers to the faith, including in its appropriated and heretical key elements from the works of Fr. Victor Manuel Fernandez, one of Francis’ top theological advisors.

(paragraph 2)  “The complexity of the issues that arose revealed the need for continued open discussion of a number of doctrinal, moral, spiritual, and pastoral questions.  The thinking of pastors and theologians, if faithful to the Church, honest, realistic and creative, will help us to achieve greater clarity.”

 Well, the verbose document employs novel terminology, so that in the end, its proposal to “achieve greater clarity” fails miserably.  The verbosity (52,500 words) and the usage of new terms are implemented in an attempt to present as true teaching, dangerous theological poisons which obfuscate and undermine infallible teaching of the Magisterium on the subject of Catholic marriage and the family.  This is not the kind of document that will be helpful to souls when the highest good is at stake, i.e., the salvation of their souls from the danger of eternal damnation!

 The Church already possesses a clear, authoritative answer to the problem of the world’s and Satan’s attacks on God’s design for the family.  Holy MatrimonyThe Church on earth would consist of a multitude of couples honoring their vows of holy Matrimony, if only the Catholics of our day would imitate the zeal of the early Church which had but one heart and one soul.  The early Christians regulated their lives by the simplest maxims of the Gospel, first and foremost, complying with our Lord’s mandate to his disciples.  “If you love me, you will keep my Commandments.”  Our hierarchy must adhere to Christ’s commands, preaching the Word of God and standing with diligence “in season, out of season, to reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine”,  2 Timothy 4:2.

 Our Holy doctrine has been likened to a net, which though composed of many meshes is knit of one string.  If one of the threads is cut, the entire net will be useless for its purpose of catching fish.  A strong pull against a broken mesh will rip out more, and the entire catch could be lost.  Likewise one, small cut, i.e., a compromise, in the doctrinal teaching of Marriage, will inevitably tear into the entire fabric of Divine Revelation delivered once and for always.  The foundation of Christendom is the family composed of one man and one woman, united in the bonds of Holy Matrimony until death and open to new life.  Destroy the family, whose model is the home of Nazareth, and everything that is godly, collapses.  We are already well on the way, and the Exhortation would give the collapse its more rapid acceleration should it be implemented according to the mind of Francis.

 We know that when our Lord told Peter to cast out his net into the right side of the boat, Peter obeyed, and “although there were so many [fish], the net was not broken”,  John 21:11.  This is a lesson to the Church that in obeying Our Lord, He will make it possible to keep the “hard sayings” without a “tear” in doctrine, all the while reaping a large catch of souls for heaven!

 ( paragraph 3)  “Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it.  This will always be the case as the Spirit guides us towards the entire truth (cf.Jn 16:13).

The entirety of revealed Truth ended with the death of the last Apostle.  The idea that the Holy Spirit is still trying to impart “new” revelations which contradict previous truths is a heretical notion already condemned, for as Vatican 1 taught, “[T]he doctrine of faith which God revealed has not been handed down as a philosophic invention to the human mind to be perfected” and, “God cannot deny Himself, nor ever contradict truth with truth.  But, a vain appearance of such a contradiction arises chiefly from this, that either the dogmas of faith have not been understood and interpreted according to the mind of the Church, or deceitful opinions are considered as the determinations of reason.  Therefore, “every assertion contrary to the truth illuminated by faith, we define to be altogether false”.  – Vatican Council 1 (See also, Lateran Council V, session 8.)

The theologian Anton Günther, who scorned Scholastic theology, (1783-1863) taught “that the meaning to be attached to revealed doctrines is undergoing constant change as human knowledge grows and man’s mind develops; so that the dogmatic formulæ which are now true will gradually cease to be so. His writings were put on the Index in 1857, and his erroneous propositions definitively condemned in the decrees of the Vatican Council I”.  New Advent, Catholic Encyclopedia

 After the formal condemnation of Günther’s heretical theology, most of his followers went on to join the movement of the Old Catholic sect.  Those who embrace the erosion of doctrine, a tear in the fabric of the Church’s perennial net of doctrine, will find themselves outside the church just like the followers of Günther and all those who prefer their own thinking to immutable truth.

(Par. 3  ) “Each country or region, moreover, can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs.  For “cultures are in fact quite diverse and every general principle…needs to be inculturated, if it is to be respected and applied”.

 Adultery is a moral evil in itself, and even diverse circumstances or different cultures, cannot make an intrinsic evil, a good.  Adultery is the appropriation to oneself of somebody else’s spouse, and under no circumstance has the Church ever given Her blessing to this moral evil.  We recall that St. John the Baptist reproved Herod for putting away his wife and taking his brother’s, and subsequently, being beheaded; this for defending Christ’s teaching against adultery.  It is insidious to even hint that God could change His mind to “better suit” the Herod’s and Herodias’s of this world!

(Par. 6)  “I will then examine the actual situation of families, in order to keep firmly grounded in reality….. “Finally, I will offer an invitation to mercy and the pastoral discernment of those situations that fall short of what the Lord demands of us..”

The true Church in her dogma is always the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow, never yielding to the fluctuating tempests of the world, in season and out of season, and His Word is for always:  “Marriage honorable in all, and the bed undefiled.  For fornicators and adulterers, God will judge”, Hebrews 13:4;  and “Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God?  Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,  1 Corinthians 6:9.

 The crisis in the family in this age of apostasy is evinced in the proliferation of the dysfunctional family.  The sad part of this reality is that it need not have happened in the proportions we are seeing.  People have lost the sense of sin.  They no longer have the Scriptures and Holy Tradition preached to them as it should be.  They walk in darkness and consequently fall into sin.  God, from all eternity had planned the remedy for the weakness of his creatures, and He still supplies the particular graces and necessary assistance for the fulfillment of His will in marriage.  In the lawful and proper celebration of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, and through a devout life, the couple is enabled to faithfully support, in Charity, all the crosses and sorrows incident to that state in life.  God never commands the impossible!

That the Exhortation lauds mixed marriages by speaking of their “intrinsic value” and “the contribution they can make to the ecumenical movement” (par. 247) is nonsense and is also dangerous to the Catholic spouse and to the souls of any children.  To those now suffering the consequences of a mixed marriage, and perhaps who are alienated from the Catholic Church and her sacraments, true hope must be offered to them.  The first remedy of infallible assistance that I would suggest is the praying of the daily rosary.  Regardless of the most difficult circumstances, our Blessed Mother will begin to open doors, once a penitent has started praying the rosary.  Our Lady has promised that there is no problem whatsoever that cannot be fixed, with her Psalter of the153 beads!

The dysfunctional family is a plague.  It is not the norm; it is at odds with the Gospel; it is not good for society; it is not something a Pope must even consider accommodating into the life of the Church.  Instead, the Church must lead the good fight against this plague which brings so much misery and sorrow into the home.  The remedy is already known.  It just has to be dusted off and put to use:  1.)  The clear, honest, and simple teaching of the Gospel;  2.)  Devotion to our Lady and her Rosary;3.)  The Church’s past encyclicals such as Casti Connubii – which, incidentally , consists of thirty-three thousand, nine hundred ninety-three FEWER words than AL, and yet is rich in doctrine and pastoral guidance.

Those who find themselves in complicated situations to which sin has led them – and honestly, that is the only reason for the existence of the dysfunctional family sin; they should remember that God is able to bring good from evil if one is truly repentant.  That means leaving behind a life of sin and willingly endeavoring to satisfy God’s justice by bearing patiently the consequences of past sinful deeds.  God does not countenance, encourage, or regard with indulgence any sin from His creatures whom He redeemed at the cost of blood.  Reparation for every sin must be made even when the sin is already forgiven.  The yoke of His justice, however, is light and sweet, with the reparation He asks, always being something which in its accomplishment will bring the greatest advantage to the soul.

I can think of no better way to conclude than to echo the recent call of Bishop Athanasius Schneider that “all Catholics, beginning from the bishops…to the simplest faithful, who still take seriously their baptismal vows, should with one voice…make a profession of fidelity, enunciating concretely and clearly all those Catholic truths, which are in some expressions of AL undermined or ambiguously disfigured.”  Bishop Schneider also said “…there should be made to my opinion, by competent scholars of dogmatic and moral theology, also a solid analysis of all ambiguous and objectively erroneous expressions in AL.”

Being one of those simple faithful who take seriously my baptismal vows, I am participating in this conference, not as a competent authority on dogma and moral theology, but as a laywoman who feels duty-bound to make an outcry of protest against the travesty of divine truth found in AL.  Moreover, I do publicly appeal to competent authority, to manfully defend the correct, orthodox dogma of faith as it pertains to marriage and the family, and to denounce the errors found in the Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

Viva Cristo Rey!  Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!


“We the members of Veri Catholici wish to express our loyalty to the faith which we have received from the lips of Christ through the preaching of the Apostles, as handed down in the Catholic Church and fortified by the infallible Magisterium of the Church…..”  (Follow the link for the Veri Catholici blog with the complete Libellus, as it is to be delivered to Cardinal Pietro Parolin.)


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Planning the Burial;The Elderly Pontiff, Fatima

What is happening in the Vatican  would make for the most intriguing  of mysteries – dead body and all!  (Well, someone has the tomb already prepared!)  Not only the body, but most importantly, the 3rd secret of Fatima must be buried once and for all.   Perhaps “they” are afraid Benedict might reveal too much.  Maybe I speculate, but consider that the Vatican was more than quick to quell the Fr. Dollinger declaration about the Fatima 3rd secret having to do with a “bad council” and a “bad Mass”.

Here is the report about the “elderly pontiff”; link to the source is provided at the end:

Rumors about Benedict XVI

Vatican, May 24, 2016

Given the current situation of turmoil in the Vatican, it is not unusual that all kinds of rumors are circulating about Benedict XVI.

What is happening with the elderly pontiff at this moment? On May 16 a Tweet was divulged through a false Twitter account attributed to Cardinal Pietro Parolin, claiming that he had just died. The news was promptly denied and the false account deleted. It is not the first time that this has happened, for the same news had already been spread on January 29, through a false account of Cardinal Bertone, while on March 31 the news was repeated through another false account accredited to Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, a week after Lombardi had explained the existence of a new tomb in the Vatican grottos: “It is the tomb of the next deceased Pope.”


From our contacts, we have been receiving the strangest rumors …which we dare not publish yet, for at first glance they appear to be fiction…fiction that will perhaps be surpassed by reality.

In any event, the age of the Pope emeritus and recent photos really tend to raise speculation. But there are even stranger facts. Why bring up the topic of the apparitions of Fatima now? Wasn’t this a closed case? We are surprised by this declaration from the Vatican:

Communiqué on articles regarding the “Third Secret of Fatima”

Several articles have appeared recently, including declarations attributed to Professor Ingo Dollinger according to which Cardinal Ratzinger, after the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima (which took place in June 2000), had confided to him that the publication was not complete.

In this regard, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI declares “never to have spoken with Professor Dollinger about Fatima”, clearly affirming that the remarks attributed to Professor Dollinger on the matter “are pure inventions, absolutely untrue”, and he confirms decisively that “the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima is complete”.

What kind of authority does this Professor Dollinger have to deserve such a refutation? Why does the communiqué speak of declarations attributed to him in the first phrase, but then afterward points out that Benedict XVI had never spoken with him about the topic, to once again speak of attributed phrases? So, were the declarations real with a false content, or did they never existed in the first place? Doesn’t it give the impression of communiqué hastily written, for some unknown reason?

But the most peculiar aspect of the case, is that this is the first time Benedict XVI makes an official declaration through the Vatican Press Office, ever since his renunciation — never before had he broken his silence through an official means. And it was done in a very strange way, through a communiqué in which only some of his supposed words are put in quotation marks. If the topic of Fatima is so important to the Vatican…wouldn’t a video of the declarations from Benedict XVI himself have been more appropriate? Doesn’t this have a certain air of excusatio non petita? Will we soon have another surprise regarding Benedict XVI, who has not been seen in public for some time?

Source: The Denzinger-Bergoglio


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Justice and Mercy – inseparable

Someone, not too long ago, commented on FB, that the faithful had a right to the Sacraments.  Of course this is not true, but it is understandable that the faithful almost unconsciously have imbibed this heretical notion floating around since after Vatican II.

Recall that it was in the opening speech of VII that Pope John XXII stated that “Nowadays, however, the Spouse of Christ prefers to make use of the medicine of mercy”.  Mercy – one hears so much about Mercy, that the grievousness of sin and the punishments due to it, have been largely forgotten.  It is almost as if God owes his creatures  the eternal paradise!

Citing Session 14, Chap. 2, of the Council of Trent, the Church teaches that if the faithful should have the misfortune of losing sanctifying grace through the committing of mortal sin, “we can by no means acquire the same newness and integrity by the sacrament of penance, without great weeping and labors upon our part, the divine justice so requiring it.”

The Manual of the Holy Catholic Church (1906) teaches us the correct and infallible doctrine – for then, for now, and for all future posterity:

“[C}onsidering the dreadful evil of sin, when committed after Baptism, a sinner, by committing it, forfeits all title to mercy, and God could, without the least injustice, condemn him to the eternal punishment his sins deserve, treating him with the same rigor of justice with which he treated the fallen angels…

“He is still willing, through the merits of Christ, to receive us into mercy, but it is upon condition that we endeavor to satisfy his justice also….he positively requires that justice and mercy should go together, and be no more separated.

“[H]e absolutely demands that, by penitential works, we punish ourselves for our shocking ingratitude, and satisfy the divine justice for the abuse of his mercy.  So that the effect of mercy here is not to free us entirely from the punishment, as in baptism, but to change the eternal punishment which we deserve, and which we cannot undergo but  to our utter destruction, into a temporal punishment which we can perform, and the performance of which is attended with the greatest advantages to the soul.”

Lest all of this seem frightening,  recall that our Lady of Fatima said that the penance God exacts of us, is faithful compliance with our daily duty.  This of course, entails doing it while in a state of grace after having confessed mortal sins, and avoiding the occasions of sin which led one to forsake God’s love in the first place.

Tissot, repentance Mary Magdalen“I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men.”

– Our Lady of Fatima

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Being Against the Pope, and All That Nonsense

Rorate Caeli has graciously given permission for Catholic outlets to disseminate the following recent and very important interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider:

“Quod semper, quod ubique, quod ab omnibus”, i.e. “What has been always, everywhere and from all” believed and practiced.

Rorate Caeli: In the recent Synod, we will not know the legal impact it will have on the Church for some time, as it’s up to Pope Francis to move next. Regardless of the eventual outcome, for all intent and purposes, is there already a schism in the Church? And, if so, what does it mean practically speaking? How will it manifest itself for typical Catholics in the pews?

H.E. Schneider: Schism means according to the definition of the Code of Canon Law, can. 751: The refusal of submission to the Supreme Pontiff or of communion with those members of the Church who are submitted to the Supreme Pontiff. One has to distinguish the defect in belief or heresy from schism. The defect in belief or heresy is indeed a greater sin than schism, as Saint Thomas Aquinas said: “Unbelief is a sin committed against God Himself, according as He is Himself the First Truth, on which faith is founded; whereas schism is opposed to ecclesiastical unity, which is a lesser good than God Himself. Wherefore the sin of unbelief is generically more grievous than the sin of schism” (II-II, q. 39, a. 2 c).

The very crisis of the Church in our days consists in the ever growing phenomenon that those who don’t fully believe and profess the integrity of the Catholic faith frequently occupy strategic positions in the life of the Church, such as professors of theology, educators in seminaries, religious superiors, parish priests and even bishops and cardinals. And these people with their defective faith profess themselves as being submitted to the Pope.

The height of confusion and absurdity manifests itself when such semi-heretical clerics accuse those who defend the purity and integrity of the Catholic faith as being against the Pope – as being according to their opinion in some way schismatics. For simple Catholics in the pews, such a situation of confusion is a real challenge of their faith, in the indestructibility of the Church. They have to keep strong the integrity of their faith according to the immutable Catholic truths, which were handed over by our fore-fathers, and which we find in in the Traditional catechisms and in the works of the Fathers and of the Doctors of the Church.

Rorate Caeli: Speaking of typical Catholics, what will the typical parish priest face now that he didn’t face before the Synod began? What pressures, such as the washing of women’s feet on Maundy Thursday after the example of Francis, will burden the parish priest even more than he is burdened today?

H.E. Schneider: A typical Catholic parish priest should know well the perennial sense of the Catholic faith, the perennial sense as well of the laws of the Catholic liturgy and, knowing this, he should have an interior sureness and firmness. He should always remember the Catholic principle of discernment: “Quod semper, quod ubique, quod ab omnibus”, i.e. “What has been always, everywhere and from all” believed and practiced.

The categories “always, everywhere, all” are not to be understood in an arithmetical, but in a moral sense. A concrete criterion for discernment is this: “Does this change in a doctrinal affirmation, in a pastoral or in a liturgical practice constitute a rupture with the centuries-old, or even with the millennial past? And does this innovation really make the faith shine clearer and brighter? Does this liturgical innovation bring to us closer the sanctity of God, or manifest deeper and more beautiful the Divine mysteries? Does this disciplinary innovation really increase a greater zeal for the holiness of life?”

As concretely to the innovation of washing the feet of women during the Holy Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday: This Holy Mass celebrates the commemoration of the institution of the sacraments of the Eucharist and the Priesthood. Therefore, the foot washing of women along with the men not only distracts from the main focus on Eucharist and on Priesthood, but generates confusion regarding the historical symbolism of the “twelve” and of the apostles being of male sex. The universal tradition of the Church never allowed the foot washing during the Holy Mass, but instead outside of Mass, in a special ceremony.

By the way: the public washing and usually also kissing of the feet of women on the part of a man, in our case, of a priest or a bishop, is considered by every person of common sense in all cultures as being improper and even indecent. Thanks be to God no priest or bishop is obliged to wash publicly the feet of women on Holy Thursday, for there is no binding norm for it, and the foot washing itself is only facultative.


Rorate Caeli: A non-typical situation in the church is the Priestly Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). Why does Your Excellency think that so many Catholics are afraid of the SSPX or anxious about any association with it? From what Your Excellency has seen, what gifts do you think the SSPX can bring to the mainstream Church?

H.E. Schneider: When someone or something is unimportant and weak, nobody has fear of it. Those who have fear of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X ultimately have fear of the perennial Catholic truths and of its demands in the moral and the liturgical domain.

When the SSPX tries to believe, to worship and to live morally the way our fore-fathers and the best-known Saints did during a millennial period, then one has to consider the life and the work of these Catholic priests and faithful of the SSPX as a gift for the Church in our days – even as one of the several instruments which the Divine Providence uses to remedy the enormity of the current general crisis of the faith, of the morals and of the liturgy inside the Church.

In some sectors of the SSPX there are, however, as it is the case in every human society some eccentric personalities. They have a method and a mindset which lack justice and charity and consequently the true “sentire cum ecclesia,” and there is the danger of an ecclesial autocephaly and to be the last judicial instance in the Church. However, to my knowledge, the healthier part corresponds to the major part of the SSPX and I consider their General Superior, His Excellency Monsignor Bernard Fellay, as an exemplarily and true Catholic bishop. There is some hope for a canonical recognition of the SPPX.


Rorate Caeli: Back on the Synod, while focusing on tradition, does Your Excellency believe that the changes in the Roman liturgy post-Vatican II contributed to the current crisis in the Church, the crisis of marriage, the family and societal morality in general??

H.E. Schneider:  I wouldn’t affirm this in such a way. Indeed the very source of the current crisis in the Church, the crisis of marriage, of the family and of the morality in general is not the liturgical reform, but the defects in faith, the doctrinal relativism, from which flows the moral and liturgical relativism. For, if I believe in a defective manner, I will live a defective moral life and I will worship in a defective, indifferent manner. It is necessary first to restore the clearness and firmness of the doctrine of faith and of morals in all levels and, from there, start to improve the liturgy. The integrity and the beauty of the faith demands the integrity and the beauty of one’s moral life and this demands the integrity and the beauty of the public worship.

Rorate Caeli: Still on the Synod, it is clear to those with eyes to see that Pope Francis caused confusion instead of clarity in the Synod process, and encouraged a turn toward rupture by elevating the role of Cardinals Kaspar and Danneels, Archbishop Cupich, etc. What is the proper attitude a Catholic should have towards the pope in these troubled times? Are Catholics obliged to make their views known and “resist” as Cardinal Burke said in an interview last year with us, even when their views are critical of the pope?

H.E. Schneider: For several past generations until our days there reigns in the life of the Church a kind of “pope-centrism” or a kind of “papolatria” which is undoubtedly excessive compared with the moderate and supernatural vision of the person of the Pope and his due veneration in the past times. Such an excessive attitude towards the person of the Pope generates in the practice an excessive and wrong theological meaning regarding the dogma of the Papal infallibility.

If the Pope would tell the entire church to do something, which would directly damage an unchangeable Divine truth or a Divine commandment, every Catholic would have the right to correct him in a due respectful form, moved out of reverence and love for the sacred office, and person of the Pope. The Church is not the private property of the Pope. The Pope can’t say “I am the Church,” as it did the French king Louis XIV, who said: “L’État c’est moi.” The Pope is only the Vicar, not the successor of Christ.

The concerns about the purity of the faith is ultimately a matter of all members of the Church, which is one, and a unique living body. In the ancient times before entrusting to someone the office of a priest and of a bishop, the faithful were asked if they can guarantee that the candidate had the right faith, and a high moral conduct. The old Pontificale Romanum says: “The captain of a ship and its passengers alike have reason to feel safe or else in danger on a voyage, therefore they ought to be of one mind in their common interests.” It was the Second Vatican Council, which very much encouraged the lay faithful to contribute to the authentic good of the Church, in strengthening the faith.

I think in a time in which a great part of the holders of the office of the Magisterium are negligent in their sacred duty, the Holy Spirit calls today, namely the faithful, to step into the breach and defend courageously with an authentic “sentire cum ecclesia” the Catholic faith.


Rorate Caeli: Is the pope the measure of tradition, or is he measured by tradition? And should faithful Catholics pray for a traditional pope to arrive soon?

H.E. Schneider: The Pope is surely not the measure of tradition, but on the contrary. We must always bear in mind the following dogmatic teaching of the First Vatican Council: The office of the successors of Peter does not consist in making known some new doctrine, but in guarding and faithfully expounding the deposit of faith transmitted by the apostles (cf. Constitutio dogmatica Pastor aeternus, cap. 4).

In fulfilling one of his most important tasks, the Pope has to strive so that “the whole flock of Christ might be kept away from the poisonous food of error” (First Vatican Council, ibd.).  The following expression which was in use since the first centuries of the Church, is one of the most striking definitions of the Papal office, and has to be in some sense a second nature of every Pope: “Faithfully adhering to the tradition received from the beginning of the Christian faith” (First Vatican Council, ibd.).

We must always pray that God provides His Church with traditional-minded Popes. However, we have to believe in these words: “It is not for you to have knowledge of the time and the order of events which the Father has kept in his control” (Acts 1: 7).

Rorate Caeli:  We know there are many bishops and cardinals – possibly the majority – who want to change the Church’s doctrinal language and long-standing discipline, under the excuses of “development of doctrine” and “pastoral compassion.” What is wrong with their argument?

H.E. Schneider: Expressions like “development of doctrine” and “pastoral compassion” are in fact usually a pretext to change the teaching of Christ, and against its perennial sense and integrity, as the Apostles had transmitted it to the whole Church, and it was faithfully preserved through the Fathers of the Church, the dogmatic teachings of the Ecumenical Councils and of the Popes.

Ultimately, those clerics want another Church, and even another religion: A naturalistic religion, which is adapted to the spirit of the time. Such clerics are really wolves in sheep’s clothing, often flirting with the world. Not courageous shepherds – but rather cowardly rabbits.    


Rorate Caeli: We hear a lot about the role of women in the Church today – the so-called “feminine genius.” Women obviously have played a critical role in the Church since the beginning, starting with the Blessed Virgin Mary. But liturgically, Christ made His position crystal clear, as have pre-Conciliar popes. Does Your Excellency believe that female involvement in the liturgy, whether it’s women taking part in the Novus Ordo Mass or girl altar boys, has played a positive or negative role in the Church the last four decades?

H.E. Schneider: There is no doubt about the fact that the female involvement in the liturgical services at the altar (reading the lecture, serving at the altar, distributing Holy Communion) represents a radical rupture with the entire and universal tradition of the Church.Therefore, such a practice is against the Apostolic tradition.

Such a practice gave to the liturgy of the Holy Mass a clear Protestant shape and a characteristic of an informal prayer meeting or of a catechetical event. This practice is surely contrary to the intentions of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council and there is not in the least an indication for it in the Constitution on Sacred Liturgy.

Rorate Caeli: Your Excellency is well known for celebrating the traditional Latin Mass in many places around the world. What does Your Excellency find to be the deepest lessons learned from saying the Latin Mass, as a priest and as a bishop, that other priests and bishops may hope to gain by saying the traditional Mass themselves?

H.E. Schneider: The deepest lessons I learned from celebrating the traditional form of the Mass is this: I am only a poor instrument of a supernatural and utmost sacred action, whose principal celebrant is Christ, the Eternal High Priest. I feel that during the celebration of the Mass I lost in some sense my individual freedom, for the words and the gesture are prescribed even in their smallest details, and I am not able to dispose of them. I feel most deeply in my heart that I am only a servant and a minister who yet with free will, with faith and love, fulfill not my will, but the will of Another.

The traditional and more than millennial-old rite of the Holy Mass, which not even the Council of Trent changed, because the Ordo Missae before and after that Council was almost identical, proclaims and powerfully evangelizes the Incarnation and the Epiphany of the ineffably saintly and immense God, who in the liturgy as “God with us,” as “Emmanuel,” becomes so little and so close to us. The traditional rite of the Mass is a highly artfully and, at the same time, a powerful proclamation of the Gospel, realizing the work of our salvation.

Rorate Caeli: If Pope Benedict is correct in saying that the Roman Rite currently (if strangely) exists in two forms rather than one, why has it not yet happened that all seminarians are required to study and learn the traditional Latin Mass, as part of their seminary training? How can a parish priest of the Roman Church not know both forms of the one rite of his Church? And how can so many Catholics still be denied the traditional Mass and sacraments if it is an equal form?

H.E. Schneider: According to the intention of Pope Benedict XVI, and the clear norms of the Instruction “Universae Ecclesiae,” all Catholic seminarians have to know the traditional form of the Mass and be able to celebrate it. The same document says that this form of Mass is a treasure for the entire Church – thus it is for all of the faithful.

Pope John Paul II made an urgent appeal to all bishops to accommodate generously the wish of the faithful regarding the celebration of the traditional form of the Mass. When clerics and bishops obstruct or restrict the celebration of the traditional Mass, they don’t obey what the Holy Spirit says to the Church, and they are acting in a very anti-pastoral way. They behave as the possessors of the treasure of the liturgy, which does not belong to them, for they are only administrators.

In denying the celebration of the traditional Mass or in obstructing and discriminating against it, they behave like an unfaithful and capricious administrator who – contrary to the instructions of the house-father – keeps the pantry under lock or like a wicked stepmother who gives the children a meager fare. Perhaps such clerics have fear of the great power of the truth irradiating from the celebration of the traditional Mass. One can compare the traditional Mass with a lion: Let him free, and he will defend himself.


Rorate Caeli: There are many Russian Orthodox where Your Excellency lives. Has Alexander of Astana or anyone else in the Moscow Patriarchate asked Your Excellency about the recent Synod or about what is happening to the Church under Francis? Do they even care at this point?

H.E. Schneider: Those Orthodox Prelates, with whom I have contact, generally are not well informed about the internal current disputes in the Catholic Church, or at least they had never spoken with me about such issues. Even though they don’t recognize the jurisdictional primacy of the Pope, they nevertheless look on the Pope as the first hierarchical office in the Church, from a point of view of the order of protocol.

Rorate Caeli: We are just a year away from the 100th anniversary of Fatima. Russia was arguably not consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and certainly not converted. The Church, while ever spotless, is in complete disarray – maybe worse than during the Arian Heresy. Will things get even worse before they get better and how should truly faithful Catholics prepare for what is coming?

H.E. Schneider: We have to believe firmly: The Church is not ours, nor the Pope’s. The Church is Christ’s and He alone holds and leads her indefectibly even through the darkest periods of crisis, as our current situation indeed is.

This is a demonstration of the Divine character of the Church. The Church is essentially a mystery, a supernatural mystery, and we cannot approach her as we approach a political party or a pure human society. At the same time, the Church is human and on her human level she is nowadays enduring a sorrowful passion, participating in the Passion of Christ.

One can think that the Church in our days is being flagellated as our Lord, is being denuded as was Our Lord, on the tenth Cross station. The Church, our mother, is being bound in cords not only by the enemies of Christ but also by some of their collaborators in the rank of the clergy, even sometimes of the high clergy.

All good children of Mother Church as courageous soldiers we have to try to free this mother – with the spiritual weapons of defending and proclaiming the truth, promoting the traditional liturgy, Eucharistic adoration, the crusade of the Holy Rosary, the battle against the sin in one’s private life and striving for holiness.

We have to pray that the Pope may soon consecrate explicitly Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, then She will win, as the Church prayed since the old times: “Rejoice O Virgin Mary, for thou alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world” (Gaude, Maria Virgo, cunctas haereses sola interemisti in universo mundo).


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From the Heart of a Catholic Priest!

I happen to know that the comment which follows, expresses what is on the mind of other priests, who for various reasons prefer to remain anonymous:

“Ok. I want to get something off my chest: I am sick and tired of having would be defenders of the Faith tell me that I am disrespecting or denigrating the Papal Office (and therefore Jesus Christ, who instituted the Papal Office) because I happen to objectively criticize the current Pontiff’s teaching’s via the spoken word, the written word or his actions.

“I am not the one who has dared to contradict the Sacred Scriptures and the constant Tradition of the Church and the Church Father’s by exonerating Judas and holding him up as repentant, and then blame the unmerciful priests ‘who hold to the Law’ for Judas’ hanging if himself!

“I am not the one who has dared reduce Marriage to an ideal, and normalized adultery (and what have you) as the equivalent of marriage, even adulterous acts, nor have I dared to reduce the Church’s concrete and Objective teaching of the Commandments to the realm a subjective conscience’s acceptance of said Commandants!

“I am not the one who has said that the Absolution can be given to those who refuse to amend their lives and remain in their OBJECTIVE STATE OF SIN!

“I am not the one who has DARED to allow the Blessed Sacrament to be desecrated by unrepentant adulterers, fornicators, and sodomites!

“I am not the one who promotes Eugenics via the use of Contraceptives to prevent birth defects!

“I am not the one who has dared to call one of the foremost promoters of Abortion, Sodomy and Euthanasia in Italy and who is personally guilty of murdering over 10,000 babies in their mother’s womb, a forgotten Great of Italy!

“I am not the one who receives blasphemous Hammer and Sickle Crucifix’s and calls them beautiful!

“I am not the one who kisses the feat of the enemies of our Lord and His blessed Cross!

“There are plenty more examples to be given, but these suffice.

The one who has done these things is the one who has heaped disgrace upon the Papal Office!

“The one who has done these things is the one who has dared to disrespect the Sacred Dignity and Responsibility of the Papal Office!

“And all those who openly defend these things or stubbornly refuse to speak of them, especially when they KNOW the Truth, they are guilty of disrespecting and denigrating the Papal Office, the Church and Our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Ok. Thank you for allowing me to unburden myself. May God raise up true defenders of the Faith within the Hierarchy, who for the sake of Fraternal Charity, for the Sake of Salvation, including their own Salvation, who will confront this man, who will rebuke this man and who will withstand this man to his face. Amen. Maranatha! Lord Jesus! Maranatha!

“PS: For all of you parents out there, if your child desired a peanut, would you offer your child a peanut that was visibly tainted with fecal matter and tell them not to worry about the feces on the peanut because it’s still a peanut? Would you not warn your child not to eat that particular peanut because it’s tainted with feces? Of course you would. So, then, why would a good Catholic tell people to receive this document and trust it because it has good teaching in it, and simply ignore the outright crap within it? I’m tired of people telling me to enjoy crap covered peanuts, simply because it’s a peanut!”

The priest is a diocesan priest, who left his comment under this article.  God bless you, Father.   I promise to keep you in my prayers!

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