It’s Time for Francis to Resign the Papacy

It’s been a while since I published anything on this blog. I’ve been planning to return for a while, but have been very busy. There have been many things that I wanted to say about the current papacy in month gone by. Now I definitely have something to say:

FRANCIS MUST RESIGN THE PAPACY

There are many reasons for this, including Francis’ constant attempts to dismantle Catholic doctrine and the question of the validity of his election. However, there is now a stronger reason.

For those who have been living under a rock for the last couple of days, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò (former US apostolic nuncio from 2011-2016) published an 11-page letter in which he accused Francis of knowing of McCarrick’s predatory nature and failing to punish him. In fact, Viganò states that Pope Benedict had punished McCarrick for his crimes, but Francis lifted the restrictions. Because one must look “merciful”!

Francis has refused to answer questions about Viganò’s accusations.

Archbishop Viganò

Who is Viganò’?

OnePeterFive reported that a priest from Detroit named Fr. Carlos Martins did some research on Archbishop Viganò. Here is what he found:

I just spent the last two hours on the phone with a friend in the Vatican Curia. He said that the news of Archbishop Viganò has hit the Curia like an atomic bomb. Two things are universally noted regarding Viganò: 1) He is highly respected as a professional, and 2) His Curial positions gave him clear access to the damning information he reported. In other words, he is not a hack, and he is not relying on rumor. This makes his report absolutely worthy of belief.

Viganò always had a reputation for being a combatant of internal Vatican corruption. In fact, during the Vatican leaks scandal, whistle-blowing reports that he authored were among the main documents that were leaked. This was an attempt by the persons he outed to pre-empt the report’s impact and suck the energy out of the attempt to investigate their claims. Naturally, the subsequent energy went into investigating the Vatileaks situation in general, and Viganò was exiled as Nuncio to the United States for being a trouble maker who produced “erroneous assessments” (words from a joint statement issued by Cardinal-President Emeritus Giovanni Lajolo, President Giuseppe Bertello, Secretary-General Giuseppe Sciacca and former Vice Secretary-General Giorgio Corbellini on behalf of the Governatorate of the Vatican). To put this kind of demotion in perspective, as Delegate for Pontifical Representations—a position from which he was THEN PROMOTED to Secretary General of the Governatorate— Viganò was in charge of all the Apostolic Nunciatures in the world. Thus, when garbage was reported to the Holy See on a bishop or Cardinal—like it was with McCarrick of Washington, DC—Viganò was the first to know about it, because his desk is where the information landed. For him to be demoted as the Nuncio to the USA, from having been promoted to as the Vatican’s number 3 administrator behind the pope, was severe, to say the least. In other words, Viganò is not a hack, but a highly respected individual who had been regularly promoted for doing his job well.

In the words of the Curial official I spoke with this afternoon, what Viganò has reported “makes the Borgia popes look like saints.” The feeling in the Curia right now is that the response of Viganò’s enemies will to try to discredit him personally, both because of the impeccability of Viganò’s character and the impossibility of his having interpreted the facts incorrectly. Their only hope will be to try to take energy away from the perversion and corruption that he uncovered. They will likely state that he is a bitter man who is seeking personal aggrandizement after having been exiled from Rome. When this occurs, don’t buy into it. Viganò is retired. He has nothing personally to gain from this.

Of course, the majority of professional “catholic” news sites are attacking Viganò, calling his revelations an attempted coup against Francis. They have also leveled accusations of past wrongdoing at him, as well. Archbishop Viganò has released documents to clear his name.

Interestingly, a number of high-ranking church leaders are clearly worried about Viganò’s accusations and have given him their support. These include:

  • Cardinal Raymond Burke
  • Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona
  • Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin
  • Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit, Michigan
  • Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas
  • Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan

Conclusion

Essentially, Francis covered up for a sexual predator. He allowed a wolf to walk among his flock and attack the vulnerable sheep. This is unforgivable. Especially for someone who constantly talks about zero tolerance for sex abuse. In fact, Francis has said several times that those in authority who have covered for sex abusers, should be removed from authority. I bet he never thought those words would come around to bite him.

I will let Michael Voris sum up what that means.

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Merry Christmas and New eBook

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I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This year I didn’t have much of an opportunity to write about the current turmoil in the Church and the World. Hopefully, the coming year will give me more time to write.

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As a Christmas present, check out my recently published short story, Letters Home. This short story is set in the midst of World War II and tells the story of a soldier in Europe and his mother at home in the States. It is 100% FREE. Enjoy and please rate.

Again, Merry Christmas.

 

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Dumb Catholics Will Throw the Election to Pro-Abortion Hillary

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Catholics are one of the largest voting blocks in the US. A large portion of that block has been responsible for a string of anti-life candidates being elected to the Presidency of the US. It looks like the dummies will do it again this year.

Here are some replies to common complaints against Trump.

Note: This post will cover both conservative and liberal Catholics. Yes, I know many will say that liberals can’t be Catholics, but they like to pretend.

Dumb Conservative Catholics

He used to be pro-abort

I’m sure that quite a few conservatives will point out that in the past Trump has always supported liberal ideas, like abortion. However, during the course of this election, he has become very conservative. They will say that this disqualifies him because changed his position to get elected.

A person has the right to change his mind and in Trump’s case, he has changed for the better. He isn’t the first person to change his politics. Ronald Reagan also changed his political leanings.

Trump has made it clear repeatedly that he will support limits on abortion. He has also repeatedly called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood. He recently pledged that he would remain pro-life and “protect the rights of Catholics to live their faith”. He is also the first presidential candidate to sign an anti-porn pledge. To prove his commitment to his pro-life agenda, Trump picked the most pro-life VP candidate in recent history. Not only that, but he has appointed a number of pro-life people to his campaign.

Someone asked Cardinal Burke for advice on the coming election. He said:

“I think that what we have to do in this time is to look at both candidates to see if one of them will not, at least in some way, advance the common good, both with respect to the good of human life, the good of the family, the freedom of conscience, the care of the poor, and to look at that very carefully.”

On the other side of the coin, you have Clinton and Kaine who are both very committed to supporting abortion and expanding it. For Catholics, the choice is clear: a vote for Trump-Pence is a vote for life.

We’re Not Voting For a Pope

One of the most common complaints I’ve heard from conservatives is that Trump is vulgar and unpolished. They point to comments he made about women years ago. They also point to the new claims by women that Trump assaulted them.

Hey, folks. We’re not electing a pope. We’re not election a saint. We are voting for the President of the United States. We are looking for a leader. Trump is a businessman who has built multiple properties in multiple countries. I don’t think any of our current politicians could say the same. In fact, while Trump got his money by working for it, many politicians get kickbacks and take advantage of insider knowledge to make their fortune.

The majority of these supposed events with Trump took place decades ago. The liberal media has had to dig dead into Trump’s past to find and dirty laundry. (Let’s not forget that there are quite a few indications that some of these allegations are made up or fabricated.) On the other hand, Clinton has so many skeletons in her closet that the door won’t even shut. Consider the deaths in Benghazi, the Arab Spring that she created, the death of Gaddafi which resulted in much bloodshed, the millions of children who died because of her support for abortion, and the list goes on. Trump has apologized for the mistakes he did make, Clinton has not.

For those of you still say you don’t like Trump, I’d like to point you to a Protestant pastor named Bishop Aubrey Shines.

“When I look at the Republicans who’ve abandoned Trump, I think to myself, ‘who’s your second choice?’ And if they really adhere to the Christian values of forgiveness — and Trump has apologized and has said ‘I was wrong‘ — then why not forgive, instead of showing so much disdain for him?

Remember what Our Lord said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Not Voting Is Not an Option

I’ve heard many people say that since they don’t like either one of the candidates, they won’t vote. They seem to think that be doing so, they will be sending a message. Really? Who’s going to know you withheld your vote?

Besides, if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain about the results of the election. More importantly, not voting will ensure that pro-abort Hillary will get elected. The blood of the children who could have been saved from abortion will be on your hands.

Third Party

There are those who plan to vote in the election, but like the above group don’t like either candidate. There are a number of “catholic” bloggers calling on people to vote for a third-party or write-in candidates. Third party candidates have never been successful. Voting third-party is the same thing as not voting.

Here are some facts on third-party voting. The third-party candidate to receive the most votes in the US was Teddy Roosevelt in 1912. In that election, Teddy won 27% of the votes through his Bull-Moose party. The most recent third-party presidential candidate to receive a large number of votes was Ross Perot in 1992. In that year, Perot only received 18.9% of the vote.

In short, the US has a two-party system and third parties have never had a real impact on politics.

Dumb Liberal Catholics

I have heard one major complaint from liberals in the Church every election cycle: “There’s too much focus on abortion. The economy and taking care of the poor are important too.” My reply: “Ahh, yes, the seamless garment crap.”

The Seamless Garment was idea introduced by the late Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago. Bernardin’s idea was that “abortion, capital punishment, militarism, euthanasia, social injustice and economic injustice” were all of equal importance.

This is contrary to the teachings of St. John Paul II, who said that life issues were of paramount importance. Recently, Cardinal Gomez of LA reiterated that abortion and euthenasia stand out as the most important issues. Pope Benedict also noted that abortion and euthanasia are not negotiable.

When asked about his “obsession with abortion”, St. John Paul II said:

“I must repeat that I categorically reject every accusation or suspicion concerning the Pope’s alleged “obsession” with this issue. We are dealing with a problem of tremendous importance, in which all of us must show the utmost responsibility and vigilance. We cannot afford forms of permissiveness that would lead directly to the trampling of human rights, and also to the complete destruction of values which are fundamental not only for the lives of individuals and families but for society itself.”

Final Thoughts

This election goes beyond what we think of Trump. We are fighting for the future of the US. We are fighting for the future of the Church.

I would like to close with a final quote from St. John Paul II from the 1976 Eucharistic Congress when he was a cardinal.

“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously.”

Truer words were never said.

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Merry Christmas 2015

Merry ChristmasI would like to wish all the readers of RealRomanCatholic a Merry Christmas and a Holy and Happy New Year.

As a Christmas present, I have dropped the price of Church Triumphant to 99cents. Start the New Year reading about the saints so that you too can become a saint.

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Pope Francis Was Responsible for Letting the Heretics Loose at the Synod

If the poor slobs only knew.

If the poor slobs only knew.

This is part three of a series of three articles this week where I comment on the 2015 Synod on the Family in Rome. Hold onto your seats.

Before I start, I would like to apologize for the fact that this final post on the 2015 Synod on the Family has taken over a month to publish. Every time I went to write this article, something came up. But I’m here now to finish what I started. Now that is out-of-the-way, we can begin


I know there will be quite a few cries of “papal infallibility” from the audience because of the title of this post. As a Catholic, I am very aware of the doctrine of papal infallibility. However, papal infallibility only applies when the pope speaks from the Chair of Peter on a topic of Faith or Morals. The last time this happened was when Pope Pius XII declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854. It has not happened since.

Everything that took place during the 2015 Synod on the Family (as well as the 2014 synod) can be laid at the feet of Pope Francis. As pope, Francis is the leader of all synods that are called during his papacy. He is the president of the synod. He invites the participants. He determines the agenda. At the end of the synod, he ratifies the final documents. The synod is his creation.

Francis could have created the illusion that this year’s synod was going to be more conservative (or at least more moderate) after last years pro-homosexual union love fest. However, he appointed the same liberals to lead this year’s synod.

Now some will argue that Pope Francis was not aware of the liberal and sometimes heretical leanings of those he invited to the synod. I doubt that very much. Before he was elected pope, Francis was a cardinal for 14 years. You can’t be in the hierarchy of the largest church in the world for that long without getting to know the other players, at least by reputation. Besides he saw what they came up with last year.

An example of the heterodox clerics that Francis included in the synod is Cardinal Deneels of Belgium, who I mentioned in a previous post. Deneels is the retired head of the Catholic Church in Belgium. During his time as primate, Deneels pushed for the government legalization of abortion and same-sex marriage. Deneels also covered up for a fellow bishop who was a pedophile. Deneels went to the bishop’s victim (also the bishop’s nephew) and told him to keep quiet because the bishop was going to retire soon.

According to Deneels’ autobiography, he and a group of liberal cardinals pressured Pope Benedict to retire. During the resulting conclave, the same group of cardinals campaigned and canvassed votes (which is against Canon Law) to get Francis elected. Again this is what Deneels said in his own book. These are the people who Francis invited to the Synod. It seems like more than a coincidence.

In the end, all we can do is pray that God will give us the strength and wisdom to overcome the advances of the Devil as he tries to destroy his ultimate enemy: the Catholic Church.


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What the Hell are the Bishops at the Synod Thinking?

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Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher “Isn’t this whole thing just too funny for words?”

This is part two of a series of three articles this week where I comment on the 2015 Synod on the Family in Rome. Hold onto your seats.

During the course of this Synod on the Family, a number of bishops and cardinals proposed ideas that either had nothing to do with the family or were heretical in nature. In this post, I’ll list a number of problematic clerics to help you understand the problems at the Synod.

To start us off, Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Quebec called for women deacons. What exactly does that have to do with the family? Absolutely nothing. The Archbishop claims that this will give women more opportunities in the Church. What he really means is that it would bring women priests one step closer to reality. I talked to a priest one time about the idea of women deacons and he said there was no problem with it because it wasn’t really an ordained position in the Church. Besides they did it in the Early Church. My answer would be “Jesus picked 12 men to be His Apostles. Because of that the Catholic Church has always had a male clergy. Even St. John Paul II said that man could not introduce women clergy because it was a law created by God and therefore, unchangeable by man.”

We can’t forget Cardinal Walter Kasper, who wants desperately to give Holy Communion to those in sin. Kasper has been campaigning for years to allow Holy Communion for the civilly divorced. Never mind the fact that Jesus said in the Gospel “What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” (St. Matthew 19:6, DRB) This may prohibit divorce, but to it seems that the Cardinal is more interested in allowing those in sin to approach the Altar of God than to follow Christ’s commands.

 Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India, caused quite a few people to raise their eyebrows when he granted an interview to New Ways Ministries. New Ways Ministries  was condemned by Cardinal Ratzinger as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Fain in 1999 for opposing the Catholic teaching on homosexuality. Cardinal Gracias told the gay-friendly group that the synod should have listened to same-sex couples because they so much to offer. This cleric seems to forget that when God created the original family, He created Adam and Even, not Adam and Larry. Same-sex couples are two people who have decided to give into temptation and live in sin. It almost seems like, in order to get ahead in the Church, you must oppose its doctrine.

Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton, England, has complained that the Synod has not addressed the plight of homosexuals. Um, Your Excellency, it’s called the Synod on the Family for a reason: you’re supposed to be discussing the plight of FAMILIES in the modern world. The Church counsels those with same-sex attractions to live chaste lives, so they can grow in holiness. There are a number of programs in the Church designed to help this with such attractions. What more do you want? The Church cannot approve that which God has declared sinful.

From our own country, we have Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago who pledged to give Holy Communion to gay couples. Again, these clerics seem to ignore the fact that gay couples are living in sin and therefore have no right to receive Holy Communion. To do so would be a grave sacrilege on both the part of the person going to Communion and the priest knowingly giving it to them.

Finally, I would like to mention Cardinal Deneels of Belgium. As far as I know, he has not proposed any goofy ideas, but this former primate of Belgium has no right to be at the Synod. He knew that a friend and fellow bishop was a pedophile and covered up for him. In 1990, he counseled the King of Belgium to approve abortion, even though the monarch had misgivings. He recently congratulated the government on approving same-sex “marriages”. During his reign, Sunday Mass attendance dropped to 11% and has not recovered. (In the US, it is about 25%.) Any one of these errors should have kept him from being invited to the Synod, but Pope Francis picked him anyway.

If you look at the prelates I listed here, you might think that the conservative bishops outnumber the far-out ones. That may not be true. The German bishops have pledged to support Kasper’s Communion for the divorced plan. There are other groups of prelates lining up behind different outrageous proposals. We must pray and pray hard for strength for those who have pledged to uphold tradition (such as the Latvian and Polish bishops) against those who would try to change doctrine. In the end, the latter will not succeed because God promised that Hell would not prevail. For now, we must do what we can to prevent souls from being lost to the Devil.

In my final post, I will take a look at the man who made this all possible, Pope Francis. Stay Tuned.


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I Wish the Catholic Media Would Tell the Truth

The Cave from Plato's Republic

Only the shadows are real. Ignore the people behind the wall

This is part one of a series of three articles this week where I comment on the 2015 Synod on the Family in Rome. Hold onto your seats.

When I look at how the mainstream Catholic news services report on this year’s Synod on the Family, I am immediately frustrated. Most major Catholic news sites (ETWN, National Catholic Register, Catholic Herald, Patheos, and others) put on a cheery face and ignore all the errors and craziness coming out of the Synod. You have archbishops proposing giving Holy Communion to people who openly live in sin or people who are non-Catholic, but are married to a Catholic spouse. You have cardinals who want to “widen” the definition marriage to allow all kinds of perverse relations to be considered the norm. This is what these “professional” Catholic newsmen (and women) should report on, but they don’t.

The problem goes further. If a Catholic has the audacity to report something that goes against the mainstream Catholic media, like the stories I mentioned above, the “professional” Catholics attack them. For example, one of my main sources for Catholic news is a site named PewSitter, basically the Drudge Report of Catholic news. PewSitter does not host articles but points to important articles on other sites. PewSitter has been attacked by “professional” Catholic commentators such as Mark Shea and Fr. Dwight Longnecker.

I used to respect Fr. Longnecker because he appeared to be Traditional in his views, but he recently attacked PewSitter by saying it must be a liberal joke site because no real Catholic could believe the headlines. In fact, my previous post “Catholics are Destroying Christianity” was written in response to an article he wrote.  (Interestingly, last year Fr. Longnecker wrote an article defending the Muslim religion by incorrectly stating that the Koran does not justify beheading. You can read more here.) Father Longnecker, St. Gregory the Great said, “It is better that scandals arise than the truth be suppressed.” The Church has always sought to tell and preach the truth, why are you afraid to do so?

Why do I call these people “professional” Catholics? Well, to be honest (which as Catholics, we are supposed to be) I picked it up from Michael Voris. The term “professional” Catholic refers to people who get paid to promote the Catholic establishment’s slogan “Everything is okay. Everything is alright.” These people receive large salaries to hide and obfuscate the truth, so you will not become alarmed by the destruction of the Church and civilization around you. One the other hand, independent Catholic, like myself, receive little to no financial support. In the years that I have run this blog, my donations totaled a whole 99 cents. For me and others this is not a money-making proposition, it is our feeble attempt to help wake up enough Catholics to get the Catholic Church back on the path to saving souls.

By now, you may be wondering “What does that picture at the top the article have to do with any of this?” Simple. It is a reference to the cave allegory in Plato’s Republic. For those of you who never heard of it or barely passed Philosophy in college (just like me), let me explain. In a cave, there are several people chained so they can only face the wall of the cave. Behind them, there is a light source and between them and the light source is a short wall. Behind the short wall, people pass by carrying different items. The people chained only see the blurry shadows of the items on the wall and think that is reality. When one of the prisoners gets loose, he goes outside and sees the true reality of the world. He returns to the cave and tries to convince the remaining prisoners that what they are seeing is not reality. They refuse to believe him, content with only the shadows of reality.

In this instance, the prisoners staring at the cave wall are the majority of Catholics. The people casting the shadows on the wall are the “professional” Catholics, who deal in fluff and half-truths. The prisoner who escaped to the outside and returned to tell his fellows the truth stands for all Catholics who cannot stand by meekly and see the Church they love ruined by clerics who are heretics.

We must pray for our fellow Catholics and spread the truth of what is happening around us before it is too late.

In my next article, I will ask the question “What the hell are the bishops thinking?”


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