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Biorseth, Friday, May
All this time after the five "Dubia" questions were given to Pope Francis, and a full year after they were published to the public, the Catholic Church still stands in a morally confused state, still awaiting the Pope's response and the restoration of Moral Clarity that can only be provided by a Pope.
Providing Moral Clarity for the whole Church is an essential, if not the essential duty and responsibility of a Pope.
The five questions are quite easy for any Catholic to answer. But the correct answers, according to unchanging Catholic Doctrine, are not found in the English translation of Amoris Laetitia. At least in the English translation, all of these five topics seem to oppose long existing doctrine.
That's the problem.
The only language I am capable of abusing and misusing is English, and I am certainly no master of that one language. However, in my poor scholarly way, I have answered all five questions, back in the Dubiosity page, as Yes; No; No; No; and No. In accordance with the English translation of Amoris Laetitia. Very easy; nothing to it but to do it.
If I can do it, then ...
The most obvious and simple conclusion that may be drawn from Francis' failure to respond by this late date is that he refuses to respond; he will not respond, and he will not restore Catholic Moral Clarity to his own words which were published to the whole Catholic world.
Indicating that he intends something other than Moral Clarity.
Battle lines are being drawn inside the Roman Catholic Church over this.
The "Francis Faction" condemns those who still teach and protect all the original doctrines as fanatics about doctrinal clarity. In Francis' Homily at Casa Santa Marta on Friday, May 19, 2017 he indicated that it is the Church's responsibility to provide moral clarity, seemingly and perhaps unwittingly condemning himself. And he further indicated that the "fanatics" were turning doctrine into ideology. Or interpreting it as if it were ideology. Or something. The gist of it seemed to be that, as condemned ideologues rather than as simple defenders of doctrine, they were failing in fidelity to the Magisterium; to Peter, the Bishops and the Holy Spirit.
I'm confused. Personally, I would be honored to be called a fanatical defender of Catholic Doctrine. It that's an ideology, it's a pretty good one.
But it gets worse; the anti-doctrine faction, or the anti-Moral Clarity faction (you be the judge) is now pushing for a commission to develop a new Catholic Mass in which Catholics and Protestants may participate together. In Exiling Traditionalists we find this new attack, even as the Catholic world remains in moral confusion regarding the teaching of Amoris Laetitia.
It just gets worse and worse.
The five Dubia question can be summarized into one simple, direct question, as follows:
Very simple; nothing to it. Every Catholic, from the lowest layman to the Roman Pontiff, should be able to answer that very simple Catholic question with one word and without the slightest hesitation.
So what's the real problem here?
A mere 12 years after the Luther posted his 95 Theses, which was the recognized birth of the Protestant Reformations (plural purposely used) the various Reformers met at a castle in Germany to try to resolve their doctrinal differences and speak with one voice, representing the new "Reformed" Church they had created.
And they failed. Miserably.
They had not only abandoned the Magisterial authority of the Church Christ founded, but they had condemned it, and they stood opposed to it. They therefore had no basis for maintaining doctrinal clarity. Each "Reformer" was his own Pope; each Protestant "Interpreter" of Scripture was his own "Denomination".
At this historic meeting, which was supposed to be ecumenical and unifying, the various Reformers very nearly came to blows. Violence was only narrowly avoided. This was the setting of the debate between Zwingli and Luther regarding the True Presence, in which Luther famously pounded his fist on the table, and drew a picture of the Sacred Host, and shouted the quote, "THIS IS MY BODY!"
To no avail. They left the meeting in a worse and more antagonistic relationship than before. And Protestantism continues to split and multiply denominations to this day. Because they have no central authority, and thus they have no clarity.
Is that what the Francis faction is really after today, in the current Catholic Church? An end to doctrinal clarity, and the development of independent dioceses with differing doctrinal teachings, as in Protestantism, so that the laity may choose the Diocese most convenient to their personal chosen "lifestyles"?
Denominationalism within Catholicism?
This cannot stand.
I don't know what we laymen can do about it other than pray for a Catholic Swamp Draining.
We don't normally think of our Church as a political organization, per se, but, human beings being the flawed creatures that they are, it is reasonable to assume that the hierarchy is and always was "political" and made up of differing ideological political factions. That the politics are ecclesial rather than civil does not change the fact that they are politics.
As we have shown in other pages, Pope Francis himself has delved into civil politics, revealing that he favors the Marxist over the American view of government.
That is, he favors a dependent population in need of being taken care of by a large and all-powerful government, over a self-reliant population almost totally independent of a much smaller and less authoritarian government. And, he favors Globalism over Nations. He has made this quite clear.
We might wish that he was equally as clear on Church Doctrine.
Pray for a Catholic Champion to arise from all of this, or for a turning.
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While Popes enjoy the charism of Infallibility when teaching on faith and morals, as established in the unchanging Deposit of Faith, they remain human, and imperfect, as was Peter and the original Apostles. Popes can err when not teaching on faith and morals, and whenever speaking on matters outside the Deposit of Faith. Two of these areas, particularly troubling in these days, involve Papal favor shown to areas of Godless Marxist ideology, and to the belligerent, invasive, domineering and menacing false religion of Islam.
Who will drain the Catholic Swamp, and how, exactly? Trump is draining the Washington Swamp; what about the Catholic Swamp? Our last perfectly capable Pope abdicated for apparent political reasons, certainly not health. Was he Swamped?
Will Pope Francis become a Self Deposing Pope? "The pope himself, if notoriously guilty of heresy, would cease to be pope because he would cease to be a member of the Church."--Catholic Encyclopedia
Red Pope Francis and the KGB's Liberation Theology. The Russian KGB developed "Liberation Theology" as another path to Global Revolution. Pope Francis may be a victim of it, or, he may be a perpetrator of it.
Vatican War: Are we witnessing a Papal Melt Down? Pope Francis and the "Spirit Of Vatican II" Cardinals now openly attacking Orthodox Cardinals in the now open-to-public-view Vatican War.
On the Question of Papal Deposability. Asking whether Bishops may actually Depose a Pope for Heresy. Is there even such a thing as Papal Deposability?
Dubiosity (my word) in Francis' Papacy: The Five Dubia. Pope Francis feeds Papal Dubiosity through indecisiveness, vague language and official pronouncements left open to wildly varying interpretation.
Pope Francis and the deepening and worsening Catholic Civil War. Letter asking Pope Francis to step down: Can we really do that? Has it been done before? And is Pope Francis even Catholic?
There is No Hell, because Pope Francis said so. Right? "No one can be condemned for ever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel!" --Pope Francis
Popephobia: A Catholic Mental Disorder. (I think I have it.) Popephobia is related to American Obamaphobia, and German Merkelphobia. They are all closely related social disorders. (Could they be a Social WMD?)
The Blind Guides leading Western Civilization toward the pit of Human Barbarity. "Establishment" Party Members and "Establishment" USCCB Bishops are not all Evil Traitors; most of them are Deceived Blind Guides.
Unreason in the Church: Who Is Evangelizing Who? On Unreasoned Gathering with Sinners: Who is Converting Who? Is the Church committing "Merciful" Suicide?
Loosey-Goosey Theology, Wishy-Washy Leadership, and Anything Goes Culture. Pope Francis' Exhortation, Obamunist Cultural Diversity, LGBTQP+ "Sophisticated" Social Engineering, and "Whatever" Global Culture.
Why Did Vatican II Ignore Communism? The veil of mystery over the Council’s omitting any reference to Communism has gradually been lifted
I must oppose the pope on globalism, but not on faith and morals. Recent comments of the pope on globalism, calling for a world political authority, is absolutely the last thing the world needs.
The Smoke of Satan is in the Church in America; has it reached the Vatican too? The Smoke of Satan conceals the true object of the Progressive Agenda.
On the "inevitability" of a Perfect Global Government in a "New World Order". Is this "New World Order" idea divinely inspired, or is it the ongoing work of Satan?
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, and Evangelizing for World Communism. Evangelii Gaudium started out on Catholic Evangelism, but ended up Evangelizing World Communism.
The Treacherous Global Delusions of Marxism-Leninism. Is Pope Francis a duped "Useful Idiot" of Marxism, is he Delusional, or is he actually In On It?
Musings on the deep treachery of the most trusted among us. Deep Treachery: Were they all deceiving us from the beginning, or did they somehow "turn" after being raised to positions of trust?
Crony-Catholicism? Really? The USCCB is advancing Obamunism? Say it ain't so, Joe! It's bad enough that we now have so many Marxified Bishops, but now they actually act against the faith?
Cliff Kincaid interviewed Vic on TV about Pope Francis and his Marxism. Addressing Marxist and Islamic ideology creeping into Catholicism.
If Francis is a Communist Pope, how does that affect Catholic Faith and Morals? Exploring the links between Comrade Obama (peace be upon him), Pope Francis and Communist Cuba.
Roman Catholic Marxism? Excuse me? Who is evangelizing whom? Roman Catholic Marxism explores the Politics of Private property v. Collective property (i.e., Marxist Redistributionism.)
On the Vague Anti Authoritarianism of Pope Francis And the Relationship between Vague Anti Authoritarianism in High Places and Moral Depravity in Culture
Do we have an anti-American Pope? A Pro-Obama, Anti-Capitalist, Redistributionist, Utopian, Pro-Illegal Alien, quite consistently Anti-American, Pope Francis?
Delusional Pope Francis, molding world culture into one undefinable hodgepodge. Does the Pope want International Communism, or just a border-less, all inclusive, nonsensical, global non-culture?
The Religion Politics Nexus: If the Religion is not true, Politics become evil. For Martin Luther, Politics drove Religion. For Pope Francis, Religion drives Politics. Or does it?
Pope Francis just said WHAT? Excuse me? Can anyone out there help me reconcile what Pope Francis just said with Catholic Revealed Truth?
Marxists running the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Social Science? Died in the wool Marxists in the Vatican's P.A.S.S. No wonder Pope Francis favors the Socializing Frauds of "Sustainable Development", "Climate Change", etc.
Disorder and Confusion from the White House. And from the Vatican, too? The growing disorder in Obama's America, and in Pope Francis' Catholic Church.
Pope Francis receives an Open Letter calling for his Papal Resignation. "Year of Mercy" begins with an Open Letter: An Urgent Appeal to Pope Francis to Either Change Course or Renounce the Petrine Office.
Globalist Pope Francis' Marxist Program to End All Sovereign Nations. Our Globalist Pope leads the attack on all National Sovereignty to bring an end to all national borders in favor of Total Global Disorder, ostensibly for the good of the Planet and the Poor.
Looking more closely at Pope Francis' chosen Papal Pals. If a critter walks like a duck, talks like a duck and is constantly seen in the company of other ducks, the logical conclusion is that he most probably is a duck.
Globalist Stupidassism in the Vatican. Globalist Fraud after Hoax after Scam, all promoted in the Pontifical Academy of Science and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences "Workshop on Biological Extinction."
On the new (to me) heresy of Popalitry. False belief that a Pope can do no wrong leads to Pope Worship.
Do we have a Diabolically Controlled Pope? Every time he opens his mouth, he makes himself a fool.
The Dubia Aftermath shows that Pope Francis still doesn't get it. Non-response to the Dubia means a Warning; non-response to that means a second Warning, and finally, a non-Pope Council to depose the Pope.
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"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
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