The Blog Resumes
By The Hermits, Feb 21 2020 05:06PM
At last the daylight is long enough up here on Westray for me to open up the blog again.
This year we haven’t had enough very high winds (unlike England!) or sun to run the electricity transformer to use the desktop computer which is needed to edit the website. It has been a long blustery and very wet and dark winter. Right now the sun is out, but I know the wet and windy weather is returning on Thursday, still, weather is not the most important thing in the world, it will not lead anyone to heaven.
Firstly, many thanks to all the people from every corner of Christianity who sent us messages after our excommunication. I hope we have got back to all of you. If we have missed you please forgive us. Some of you also know by now that Fr. Stephen suffered a small stroke on the 15th January. I am sure that the stresses of being interviewed via the telephone by various news outlets contributed to the stroke, but also they run in his family. He has made a very good recovery with just a feeling of weakness in his right leg remaining, and maybe an increased feeling of exhaustion. But it has been a good warning from God to him, and meant that he is now on medication to stop it happening again.
I will, over the next few days, put our post-excommunication statement and our response to the open letter of Br. Alexis onto the site. I will place them together with our Declaration. Until now Deacon Nick Donnelly has hosted them for us on his blog ‘Protect the Pope’. Those two documents help to fully explain our position and why we had to do what we did.
Now, back to the great confuser.
A warning, don’t be too happy that Francis did not mention getting rid of priestly celibacy in his exhortation. Because, in a sneaky way he did!
You must look at the second to fouth paragraphs of his introduction and consider why he wrote what he wrote:
“2. During the Synod, I listened to the presentations and read with interest the reports of the discussion groups. In this Exhortation, I wish to offer my own response to this process of dialogue and discernment. I will not go into all of the issues treated at length in the final document. Nor do I claim to replace that text or to duplicate it. I wish merely to propose a brief framework for reflection that can apply concretely to the life of the Amazon region a synthesis of some of the larger concerns that I have expressed in earlier documents, and that can help guide us to a harmonious, creative and fruitful reception of the entire synodal process.
3. At the same time, I would like to officially present the Final Document, which sets forth the conclusions of the Synod, which profited from the participation of many people who know better than myself or the Roman Curia the problems and issues of the Amazon region, since they live there, they experience its suffering and they love it passionately. I have preferred not to cite the Final Document in this Exhortation, because I would encourage everyone to read it in full.
4. May God grant that the entire Church be enriched and challenged by the work of the synodal assembly. May the pastors, consecrated men and women and lay faithful of the Amazon region strive to apply it, and may it inspire in some way every person of good will.”
To join up the sections I have underlined:
“I will not go into all of the issues treated at length in the final document. Nor do I claim to replace that text or to duplicate it. I wish merely to propose a brief framework for reflection…. that can help guide us to a harmonious, creative and fruitful reception of the entire synodal process… I have preferred not to cite the Final Document in this Exhortation, because I would encourage everyone to read it in full. May God grant that the entire Church be enriched and challenged by the work of the synodal assembly. May the pastors, consecrated men and women and lay faithful of the Amazon region strive to apply it, and may it inspire in some way every person of good will.”
Francis is therefore exhorting everyone in the Roman Catholic Church to strive to implement everything mentioned in the final document of the synod, plus what he mentions in his Apostolic Exhortation.
If you don’t believe me, then read what the Vatican News itself published:
Vatican News, by Alessandro Gisotti, 12th February 2020
“(Pope Francis) does not intend to substitute or duplicate the Final Document which he invites us to read “in full”. Pope Francis prays that the entire Church might allow itself to be “enriched and challenged” by it and that the Church in the Amazon might strive “to apply it”.”
So the modernists and the feminists didn’t need to be shocked or dismayed by the Exhortation. Their time will come (unless the Church is overturned and purified first). Pope Benedict’s book might have caused a short delay, but not for ever.
However, why have I not heard cry of horror from the good traditional Catholics over what is in the exhortation?
Is everybody blind; certainly I think that is what Pope Francis was hoping for when he used the diverting tactic of not mentioning married priests. But what is more important, celibacy or obeying the First Commandment? The whole Exhortation is leading to syncretism between the One True God and false deities. Remember what happened at the final Mass. The sacrificial gift to the Demon Pachamama was placed on the High Altar. A Demon’s sacrifice sharing the same Altar as Christ Himself, the One True Sacrifice. Is that what you want duplicated in your own Parish Church? Is that what you want duplicated in an Amazonian Catholic Church? I know you do not! Then do not be happy that the exhortation does not mention married clergy, who are already in the Roman Catholic Church, either as converted clergy, the Ordinariate clergy, or the Eastern Catholic clergy, but cry out with grief that paganism is being accepted further into what should be the Body of Christ.
The Abomination of Desolation is entering the Roman Church if indeed it hasn’t already happened.
We have been criticised that we said that the Barque was sinking, even though Pope Benedict is on record as having said that the Barque had capsized. But cannot God, who made everything that has been made, who raised the dead to life, and has Redeemed the world, raise the Barque, purify it, restore it and transfigure it so that at last it is what it should always have been: the Spotless Bride of Christ?