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Date: Sun May 03 2020
From: Vic Biorseth
Due to the Commie-Virus phony emergency illegal shut-down of Churches and of all Christian public worship, we prayed the Mass today on-line at the 8:30 AM broadcast from Christ the King Church in Sarasota Florida. The homily was so good we thought it might be good to reproduce it here. The homilist was (we think) Fr. Stephen Dupre, FSSP, the Pastor.
The Homily (copied from the Bulletin) follows.
The Papacy (part II)
Last Sunday, we saw two significant events relating to the life of St. Peter. First, at Caesarea Philippi, shortly before His Passion, Jesus renamed Simon, “Peter,” which means “rock,” and promised to build His Church on this foundation: “I say to thee, thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build My Church. And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed in heaven.” (Mt 16:18-19; memorize it!) Second, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the Risen Lord tells Peter: “Feed my lambs.” “Feed my lambs.” “Feed my sheep.” (Jn 21:15- 17). In this way, before ascending into heaven, Jesus places the entire flock under the authority of Peter, & his successors, where “there shall be one fold and one shepherd.” (Jn 10:16)
Let us see again: “the gates of hell shall not prevail” & “the keys to of the kingdom of heaven.”
“The gates of hell shall not prevail” signifies the Church is indefectible. In his Modern Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon SJ neatly sums Pastor Aeternus, the First Dogmatic Constitution of the Church of Christ (Pope Pius IX, July 18, 1870 at Vatican Council I): “The Church's indefectibility, therefore, means that she now is and will always remain the institution of salvation in her teaching, her constitution, and her liturgy. It does not exclude modifications that do not affect her substance, nor does it exclude the decay of individual local churches or even whole dioceses.”
As God became Incarnate to save souls, so the Church must be visible to save souls; nor can the Church perish or be changed, in her 3 essential offices: teaching, governing & sanctifying.
Till the end of time, the Church will visibly: 1) teach, without error, faith, morals & disciplines necessary for salvation; 2) govern by deacons, priests & bishops, one of whom, the pope, will have supreme authority; 3) distribute supernatural grace, especially through her Sacraments.
“The keys to the kingdom of heaven” refer to authority in the Church held, in a supreme way, by Peter and his successors; nor is “whatsoever” in binding or loosing taken absolutely, which would be both ridiculous & unbiblical.
Recall, in another place, our Lord says, “Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in My Name, that I will do.” Now, to ask in this Name, is to ask for things of salvation. Just so, the “whatsoever” authority given to Peter is for the Church, not to change her, but to govern her; “the keys” are not meant for any door or any purpose. Imagine otherwise. Say a pope invoked the authority of “the keys” to decree that “monkeys fly” or “in 1492 Christopher Columbus did not sail the ocean blue.” Nothing would change. In the same way, should a pope decree marshmallows as new matter for Mass or milk for baptism, no Sacrament would happen.
The power of the keys have no power over nature, human history, or realities divinely ordained. Again, the pope cannot change the Commandments, the Creed, or the Sacraments.
Examples: To those advocating a women’s priesthood, recognizing the limits of his authority, pope St. John Paul II replied: “The Church has no authority to do this.” Again, at a Catechism Class where Sr. Holy Water, (an alias), kept telling the children that, one day, women would be priests, a man, at wits end, stood up & said: “Sister, ordaining a woman is like ordaining a fence post (he was a rancher), you can ordain & ordain & it just won’t take.” He was right; the Church has no authority to change the matter of any Sacrament.
In succinct fashion, The Haydock Bible Commentary says the authority “to bind” refer to: 1. refusing to absolve; 2. enjoining penance for sins forgiven; 3. excommunication, suspension or interdict; 4. making rules & laws for governing the Church; 5. determining what is of the faith by judgments & definitions of the Church. The authority “to loose” refers to: remitting the punishment owed to forgiven sins by way of indulgences.
What about “bad popes”? The Church has had bad popes as shepherds; but these show the Church is indefectible. How? While these lived immoral lives and/or held false opinions, they never changed Church belief or practice in things necessary for salvation. Again, bad popes prove that the Church is divinely protected; if not, she surely would have died long ago. More, if the Church were always ruled by holy, learned & talented men, the world would more credit her successes to human ability than divine aid. In fine, the Church’s durability is proved by her 2000 years of existence; but her indefectibility is more evident by her bad popes.
We end with four excerpted Canons from Pastor Aeternus:
“If anyone says that the blessed Apostle Peter was not established by the Lord Christ as the chief of all the apostles, and the visible head of the whole militant Church…, let him be anathema.” (DZ 1823)
“If anyone says that it is not from the institution of Christ the Lord Himself, or by divine right that the blessed Peter has perpetual successors in the primacy over the universal Church…, let him be anathema.” (DZ 1825)
“If anyone thus speaks, that the Roman Pontiff has… not the full and supreme power of jurisdiction over the universal Church, not only in things which would pertain to faith and morals, but also in those which pertain to the discipline and government of the Church spread over the whole world;... and over the pastors and the faithful altogether and individually: let him be anathema.” (DZ 1831)
“If anyone presumes to contradict this definition of Ours, which may God forbid: let him be anathema.” (DZ 1840)
Never be lukewarm.
Life itself demands passion.
He who is indifferent to God has already forfeited his soul.
He who is indifferent to politics has already forfeited his liberty.
In America, religion is not mere window dressing and citizenship is not a spectator sport.
Do not allow our common destiny as a whole people to just happen without your input.
Get in the fight! Engage the Enemy!
Seek the Truth; find the Way; live the Life; please God, and live forever.
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Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and
broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in
thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life:
and few there are that find it! Beware of false prophets, who come to you in
the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Jesus Christ; Matt 7:13-15
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"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
Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.—Winston Churchill
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.—Ayn Rand
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