Anyone who denies or rejects the authority of the Pope over the Catholic Church or who claims the Catholic Church to be in Doctrinal error is in effect calling Our Lord Jesus Christ a LIAR! This is the Grave Sin of Formal Schism and results in latae sententiae EXCOMMUNICATION of the offender regardless of what moral conviction of conscience led him to that belief. If we are Catholic then we SUPPORT POPE FRANCIS and trust him to lead our Church as the Vicar of Christ appointed by Jesus Himself!
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ABSOLUTELY NOT !
When Jesus Ascended to Heaven from the Mount of Olives, He left our Catholic Church in the capable hands of his Apostles and their successor Bishops and Popes. The authority was given to them to INTERPRET Church Doctrines NOT to Change the Basic Ground Rules of our Faith!
Some have suggested that the recent and upcoming Synods will have the effect of altering some of the basic tenets of our Faith such as the Indissoluble Nature of Sacramental Marriage or acceptance of clearly sinful behaviors such as Disordered Homosexual Relationships!
The fact is that to even SUGGEST such things would be effectively calling Jesus Christ A LIAR!
Jesus told Peter that he was the ROCK upon which the Catholic Church would secure its solid foundation and that indeed the Gates of Hell Would NEVER Prevail against the Church. What Jesus was promising to all future generations was the INDEFECTIBILITY of our Faith until the end of time. The Faith and the basic Doctrines are not open to debate or change – Doctrine DEFINES our Catholic Church and differentiates it from all other sects. This is our Faith and we are PROUD to profess it in Christ Jesus. Jesus made the rules – not any Synod or Progressive Bishops – and those basic Dogmatic Principles of the Catholic Faith BY DEFINITION can NEVER CHANGE!
So what can a Synod or a Church Council actually DO with regards to Church practices? What CAN they CHANGE?
Well, on the issue of Sacramental Marriage, a change could be made to streamline the annulment process if a Marriage was deemed NOT VALID Sacramentally from the beginning. This does NOT mean the willy nilly granting of annulments so that Catholics can divorce and re-marry AT WILL! Nor does it mean they could receive the Holy Eucharist or ANY Sacrament of the Church while living in a state of Mortal Sinfulness! The Church could just administratively make the process more clearly defined and maybe do a better job of catechesis and letting divorced Catholics know that they are still welcome at Mass even following a divorce. Even those living in a sinful state are welcome to attend Mass and in fact they SHOULD still do so even if they are not Sacramentally eligible. Jesus always has the power to work things out for these people, but one should NEVER close the door to Jesus’ intervention in their lives – even if we see an earthly situation as seemingly hopeless. Never stop praying…
And we as a Church must also show the same welcoming attitude toward those who subscribe to a same-sex attraction. Is it not just as sinful for two heterosexual people – a MAN and a WOMAN to co-habitate or to engage in disordered relations outside of Sacramental Marriage? That sin is just as GRAVE as to practice homosexual sodomy. But to have a TEMPTATION without actually engaging in a sinful action or without placing oneself in the OCCASION OF SIN – that is in fact no sin at all and such people are not restricted from Sacramental reception.
So what are we saying here…
All are WELCOME… All are WELCOME… All are WELCOME in this place…
ALL are welcome at Mass and in our Catholic Family…
ALL are welcome to accept Jesus’ grace of FORGIVENESS and MERCY…
“Go Now and Sin No More…”
There will always be those seeking to justify their sinfulness rather than trying to correct their behaviors. Such people are the first to accuse the Church of RIGIDITY or lack of compassion for their ‘NEEDS’. The Church will not and indeed CANNOT change to accommodate such individuals but we should always let them know that when they are ready – Jesus is always there in that tiny little room in the rear of the Church. And his forgiveness is always there for them to humbly accept. But the Church and its Doctrines are going nowhere and they are unchangeable. There are always those who will choose to LEAVE THE CHURCH but the Catholic Church is Indefectible in its Faith and Morals and shall NEVER ABANDON US.
I will repost here an interview conducted by Raymond Arroyo on EWTN as a wrap-up of the recent Synod on the Family…
Our Catholic Church will NEVER Change her basic Dogmas in an effort to accommodate sin. Jesus entrusted the Church and her leadership to the watchful guidance of the Holy Spirit and we must always trust in the governance of our Shepherds. We can always have confidence in the spiritual integrity of our Faith.
All the usual ultra-traditionalist critics of Pope Francis and of Vatican II are jumping like a pack of hungry wolves over an article published yesterday on the BUZZFEED.com blog which allegedly quotes Cardinal Raymond Burke as saying that Pope Francis has done “harm to the Church” and implying that his ‘ouster’ from his position as the chief of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura was a punishment for his strong defense of Church Doctrines. They imply that Pope Francis and the Synod on the Family are on the verge of making liberal CHANGES to the basic Doctrines of our Catholic Faith!
Here is what the article stated regarding the interview Friday of Cardinal Burke by Buzzfeed News…
A top cardinal told BuzzFeed News on Friday that the worldwide meeting of church leaders coming to a close in Rome seemed to have been designed to “weaken the church’s teaching and practice” with the apparent blessing of Pope Francis…
If Pope Francis had selected certain cardinals to steer the meeting to advance his personal views on matters like divorce and the treatment of LGBT people, Burke said, he would not be observing his mandate as the leader of the Catholic Church.
“According to my understanding of the church’s teaching and discipline, no, it wouldn’t be correct,” Burke said, saying the pope had “done a lot of harm” by not stating “openly what his position is.” Burke said the Pope had given the impression that he endorses some of the most controversial parts of the Relatio, especially on questions of divorce, because of a German cardinal who gave an important speech suggesting a path to allowing people who had divorced and remarried to receive communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper, to open the synod’s discussion.
PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE PLACEMENT OF QUOTATION MARKS IN THE ABOVE EXCERPT!!!
MISQUOTE ! …
Buzzfeed quotes Cardinal Burke as saying that the Synod on the family was designed ahead of time with the ‘apparent blessings of Pope Francis’ to QUOTING CARDINAL BURKE…
“weaken the church’s teaching and practice”
This was what Cardinal Burke ACTUALLY STATED in the interview…
EXACT QUOTE FROM TRANSCRIPT IN PROPER CONTEXT…
BFN: I know you don’t have a lot of time, so why don’t we just dive in. I’ve seen your comments suggesting that [the Extraordinary Synod on the Family] was being manipulated. Can you say a little bit more about that, and who is doing the manipulating?
CB: Since the presentation of Cardinal Kasper in February to the extraordinary consistory of cardinals, there’s been a consistent repetition of [Kasper’s] position that is trying to weaken the church’s teaching and practice with regard to the indissolubility of marriage. This has just been consistent, casting the synod — which was to be on the family, directed in a positive way on family life — suggesting that the main purpose of the synod would be to permit those who are in irregular unions to receive the sacraments of penance and holy communion, which is not possible. If someone is bound to a prior marriage which has not been declared null, and is living as husband or wife with someone else. That’s a public state of sin and therefore the person cannot receive holy communion or go to the sacrament of penance until the matter is resolved.
Cardinal Burke from this statement seems to be referring to a presentation made by his colleague Cardinal Kasper in February to the Extraordinary Consistory of Cardinals. He is clearly NOT referring to any sort of plot by Pope Francis to alter Church Doctrine and in fact Cardinal Burke goes on in the interview to DEFEND Pope Francis…
CB: The pope has never said openly what his position is on the matter…
Burke went on…
…”and people CONJECTURE that because” Pope Francis PERMITTED Cardinal Kasper to speak to the cardinals and to publish his presentation, that somehow that must mean that Pope Francis HIMSELF was behind the alleged plot to alter Church Teachings!
Burke did suggest that Our Holy Father should CLARIFY his position on the matter but he did NOT accuse Pope Francis of “harming the Church” by attempting to CHANGE ANY Doctrine or Dogma of our Catholic Faith. In fact, Cardinal Burke stated clearly that this “wouldn’t be correct” according to “the Church’s teaching and discipline” and it would not be proper for the Pope to ever do such a thing…
The One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church is INDEFECTIBLE and Church Doctrines were set down in stone by Jesus and cannot be changed by any Pope or by any Church Synod! Those who wish to promote sinful actions like homosexuality or abortion would love to JUSTIFY their illicit behaviors by making it appear that the Catholic Church is caving in to their position. They would love to say that the definition of sin has somehow CHANGED or indeed that sin does not even EXIST at all anymore! But this will NEVER HAPPEN and the Catholic Church cannot and will not EVER alter her basic Doctrines!
Because the Catholic Church is Indefectible and will prevail until the end of time under the wise leadership and guidance of the successors of the Apostles, our Bishops and Pope, who themselves are under the wise direction and spiritual protection of the Holy Spirit!
The gates of hell shall NEVER prevail against our One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church!
And as for the reported decision by Pope Francis to make a personnel change concerning Cardinal Burke, it is not fair to state that Burke is being …
DEMOTED “from the church’s chief guardian of canon law to a minor post as patron to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.”
or to say that there is…
“Internal discontent… inside church leadership” concerning the Doctrines of our Faith.
Here is what Cardinal Burke himself had to say in the Buzzfeed interview concerning his new assignment…
CB: “In the church as priests, we always have to be ready to accept whatever assignment we’re given. And so I trust that by accepting this assignment, I trust that God will bless me, and that’s what’s in the end most important. And even though I would have liked to have continued to work in the Apostolic Signatura, I’ll give myself to whatever is the new work that I’m assigned to.”
This is an acknowledgement of OBEDIENCE to the Authority and Office of the Holy Father Pope Francis and it is the attitude that we all should take as Catholics, even if we may not always like the decisions of our Church leaders. But our Pope and Bishops speak for God and for His Church and we as Faithful Catholics are duty bound to follow our shepherds whom Jesus appointed as our spiritual guides.
1 John 4:6
“We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us. He that is not of God, heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”
This is the original Bussfeed article posted on Friday October 17, 2014… http://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/conservative-cardinal-who-clashed-with-pope-francis-confirms#2lncbcf
This is the full transcript of the Interview of Cardinal Burke by Buzzfeed News… http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/interview-with-cardinal-raymond-burke-the-full-transcript#2lncbcf
Have you been reading all the articles lately in so-called ‘Respected Catholic Media Publications’ which tell us that the current Synod on the Family and our Holy Father Pope Francis are about to REVISE Catholic Doctrine in order to condone things like…
CO-HABITATION AMONG NON-MARRIED COUPLES !
ALLOWING DIVORCED CATHOLICS WHO HAVE REMARRIED TO RECEIVE THE HOLY EUCHARIST !
OPENLY HOMOSEXUAL CLERGY !
These are some of the recent headlines from just the past week…
‘The Remnant’ accuses Pope Francis of “astonishing insults and denigration of… apostolic and ecclesiastical tradition.”
The same article has this description of the ongoing Synod on the Family…
“Let us call this Synod what it is: a secretive, manipulated, progressive-dominated cabal, led by septuagenarian and octogenarian diehards of the conciliar “renewal,” who are rushing to finish their “work”—so rudely interrupted by Pope Benedict—lest death release the Church from their clutches before they are quite done.”
John Henry Westen – Editor of Lifesite News –
used his article to twist the comments of Pope Francis in an effort to DENIGRATE our Holy Pontiff and portray him as hostile to the Traditions of our Catholic Faith.
Even a renegade Catholic theologian named Kelly Bowring is getting into the act of ridiculing Our Holy Father in the form of a rudely inappropriate and disrespectful ‘OPEN LETTER’ in which he insinuates that Pope Francis may have intentions to alter Catholic Doctrines through ‘new pastoral concessions’.
Dr. Kelly Bowring in the recent past has published a book… “The Great Battle Has Begun” which contained an
OPEN ENDORSEMENT !!!
Mary McGovern Carberry a.k.a. MDM, runs a cyber-cult that is drawing hundreds of thousands of Catholics astray from their Faith!
Bowring in his You Tube video questions whether Pope Francis is “the false prophet among us” and makes accusations against the Holy Father of apostasy and schism, and raises the possibility of an ‘invalid papacy’!
Dr. Bowring claims that he is merely ‘Raising Questions’ regarding Pope Francis and whether he could in fact be the ‘false prophet’ of Revelation in league with the antichrist. What Bowring is actually doing is expressing his obstinate doubt and lack of Holy Faith in the Authority of the Papacy in governance over the Church. He is doubting the intrinsic AUTHORITY, INFALLIBILITY, and INDEFECTIBILITY of the Catholic Church. To express that sort of doubt is nothing short of HERESY and SCHISM, which are the most serious of mortal sins against the Holy Spirit.
“HERESY is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same”
“SCHISM is the refusal of submission to the Roman Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him.”
As Catholics we trust through Faith that the Holy Spirit will protect the Church and our Pope from Doctrinal Error. This promise was given to us by Jesus Himself. So to say that the Pope could ever alter the Doctrines of the Church or err in that regard is to accuse Jesus of being a liar!
“And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and thegates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
SO WHAT IS GOING ON WITH ALL THESE ARTICLES AND COMMENTARIES AGAINST THE POPE AND OPPOSING THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY?
Is there indeed a HUGE CONSPIRACY against Pope Francis in an effort to incite schism among the Faithful and to discredit the Pope?
The Ruler has discovered some very questionable and dubious connections between some of these journalistic and theological detractors against our Catholic Faith!
THE CLIQUE OF SOCIAL MEDIA SCHISMATIC SWINGERS!
Whenever you see a questionable blog post or notice anyone on the internet who is critical of our Catholic Faith, the first thing to do is check out their Facebook friend list and ‘LIKES’. Often it is very telling as to their motives and world-view!
For instance… Here is what ‘The Ruler’ has discovered concerning the ‘CONNECTIONS’ of the editor of Lifesite News – a blog which is becoming notorious for its attacks against the Catholic Faith and our Holy Father!
Lifesite News Editor John-Henry Westen is friends on Facebook with an
and also with another anti-papist editor at
‘The Remnant’ – Michael Matt
who is also writing articles against the Synod and against the Pope!
Westen supports (likes on Facebook) the St. Therese Caregivers Mission which is a front for the MDM Cult!
You can see by their avatar that the so-called ‘MISSION’ devoted to St. Therese is actually promoting an openly SCHISMATIC CYBER-SECT CULT which is promoting hostility towards Pope Francis and Catholic Faith! But if you go to their website on the regular internet you will see that this group appears to be even more of a FRAUDULENT SCAM or certainly at least it is NOT a valid Catholic religious order!!!
The Title Header of the page seems innocent enough…
But scroll down the page a bit and you will notice the group is promoting Working from Home for extra income – still not anything too bad but look at the organization – or shall I say BUSINESS OPERATION – whom they are promoting…
SCREENSHOT from the site…
Now follow the link on that page which takes you to a business front that has been affiliated with the allegedly questionable MLM network marketing group Melaleuca!
And the Caregivers Mission has nothing to do with St. Therese either. Rather it is the personal web blog of a self-proclaimed ‘spiritual director and business consultant’. So it is an MLM business that is supporting the MDM CULT and the Editor of Life Site News ‘LIKES’ them on Facebook.
It should also be noted that the MDM Cult’s primary motive appears to be the sale of overpriced books and religious paraphernalia at the expense of the Pope and Catholic Doctrines!!!
And Michael Matt from ‘The Remnant’ is not exactly acting saintly either with his support on Facebook of SSPX schismatics and also of a group which OPPOSES the beatification of Pope Paul VI !
It is NO ACCIDENT that all these heretical cults and schismatic journalists and discredited theologians are working together to undermine our Catholic Church and Pope Francis!
They are, in fact, CREATING the very schism that they claim to be SOUNDING THE ALARM about in their yellow-journalistic anti-Catholic RAGS!!!
It is indeed NOT the Synod or Pope Francis who are attempting to cause a schism in the Church. It is the sedevacantist journalists and bloggers and renegade theologians like Kelly Bowring who are inciting division within the Church!
To deny the indefectibility of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and to incite distrust and OUTRIGHT HATRED towards Our Holy Father Pope Francis – the very one appointed by Jesus Himself to retain governance over our Faith – is nothing short of the MORTAL SIN OF HERESY!
Publications such as Life Site News and The Remnant have clearly crossed the line and should no longer be considered Faithful Catholic Publications, any more so than the anti-Catholic secular news outlets such as CNN or the Washington Post! The Ruler urges all Faithful Catholics to BOYCOTT all of these IMPIOUS DISSIDENT garbage wrappers and to instead listen to the voice of the WISE SHEPHERDS whom Jesus has appointed as leaders of the Catholic Church – our Holy Father Pope Francis and the Bishops of the Magisterium.
A PUBLIC SERVICE EDITORIAL COMMENTARY FROM
‘THE RULER’ …
Our Church isn’t going to change ANY of its teachings or Doctrines as a result of the Synod. All this ‘controversy’ being hyped by renegade theologians and the liberal anti-Catholic media elite is nothing but a sinister conspiracy to incite hatred against Pope Francis and to cause schism and division among the Catholic Faithful! This conspiracy is being orchestrated by heretic organizations such as SSPX, sedevacantists, and the Maria Divine Mercy Cult! Our Catholic Church is indefectible and our Pope and Bishops are guided by the Holy Spirit. The gates of hell shall NEVER prevail against our Catholic Church and God will always protect our Church from Doctrinal errors as Jesus promised when he appointed Peter and his successors as the Rock and Foundation upon which the Church is grounded. For anyone to say the the Pope will fall into error or that the basic doctrines of the Church could be changed, is guilty of nothing short of HERESY! It ain’t going to happen PERIOD!!!! So Kelly Bowring, Life Site News, CNN and all the other anti-Papist critics can just shut their yaps!
Here at ‘The Ruler’ WE LOVE YOU POPE FRANCIS O:)