March 12, 2006
vol. 17, no. 58
Of Bright Clouds and Modernist Fogs |
The Dark Cloud that has hung over the Vatican for the past 48 years has done much to obscure the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church, clouding the minds and hearts of souls from realizing the simplicity and bright clarity of Catholic Truth. It is highly, highly doubtful that the Heavenly Father is pleased with the past five men who have occupied the Chair of Peter.
"No heretic can be pope; Benedict XVI is a heretic; therefore, Benedict XVI cannot be pope.
It's as simple, and logical, as that. In short, to say that Benedict XVI is a heretic, which Droleskey clearly does in his article, is to say that he is not the pope. Yet he, like his fellow contributors to Traditionalist publications like Catholic Family News and The Remnant, continues to call him 'the Holy Father,' and to acknowledge the validity of his papacy, thus defying all logic. Perhaps, to that extent at least, despite their good work, their heads are in a fog too, or is there such a thing as a 'brain cloud' after all?"
Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Second Sunday of Lent, he documents the obvious heresy of Benedict XVI whose history of heresy dates back over 40 years. Father makes the comparison today of the beautiful, majestic cloud created by the heavenly Father in today's Gospel of the Transfiguration to the murky, thick and blurred fog that shrouds the truth from so many including those who point out the very heresies of the conciliar 'popes' and 'cardinals' and 'bishops' but somehow there remains a fog which obscures the undeniable truths of Pope Paul IV's official statement of Holy Mother Church as to how every loyal Catholic must consider the authority of those in heresy or those who have deviated from the Faith. Father shows how Benedict continues to indict himself with his constant heresy of modernism, humanism, relativism and ecumenism, not to mention universal salvation and still stubbornly a portion of the traditional community, which Father calls neo-traditionalists, have persisted in still recognizing such a heretic as a valid successor of Peter. If so, then Christ, St. Peter, Leo the Great, Gregory the Great, Boniface VIII, the Council of Florence, Paul IV, the Council of Trent, St. Pius V, Pius IX, Leo XIII, St. Pius X, Pius XI, and Pius XII were wrong. Which do you accept? That is Father's point in his poignant sermon that, like the Transfiguration, should be a revelation to all. [bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]
Peter speaks to the Lord, Whom he sees engaged in conversation with Moses and Elias on the Mount of the Transfiguration, "Lord, it is good for us to be here," offering to set up three tents for our Lord and His celestial guests. This, "not knowing what he said," adds St. Luke (Luke 9:33). No wonder, since God the Father spoke from a bright cloud that overshadowed them, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear Him" (Matthew 17:1-9).
Clouds can be beautiful to behold as they float high in the sky above us, but fog can be confusing and dangerous. A reputed successor of St. Peter, Benedict XVI, has recently published his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, which has been welcomed by many, but has also been described as "a masterpiece of Modernist obfuscation and fog" (Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D., Teaching Us to Love Modernism and Modernity, Catholic Family News, March, 2006). Modernism, which seeks to adapt the unchanging doctrine of the Church to the ever-changing spirit of the times, is called "the synthesis of all heresies" by Pope St. Pius X, who says of the Modernists:
"Although they express their astonishment that We should number them among the enemies of the Church, no one will be reasonably surprised that We should do so, if, leaving out of account the internal disposition of the soul, of which God alone is the Judge, he considers their tenets, their manner of speech and their action. Nor indeed would he be wrong in regarding them as the most pernicious of all the adversaries of the Church. For, as We have said, they put into operation their designs for her undoing, not from without but from within" (Pascendi Dominici Gregis, On Modernism, September 8, 1907).
"As the synthesis of all heresies, Modernism masks itself very cleverly in order to beguile and to confuse the average Catholic into believing that truly revolutionary novelties are completely in accord with the Deposit of Faith. It is no exaggeration to state that Modernism is the most pernicious of all heresies as it is sometimes very difficult to cut through the morass of Catholic-sounding verbiage, replete with Scriptural quotations, in order to discover the insidious influence of erroneous and/or heretical notions…
"A Catholic must not delude himself into thinking that these so-called 'New Theologians,' who were really repackaged and re-labeled Modernists, do not exercise the preponderance of influence on the direction of the Church in the postconciliar era. Practically every aspect of the Faith is being redefined at present in light of the belief that there is nothing immutable in the nature of God's truths, no dogmatic declaration of the Church that is not capable of being revisited and hence 'updated,' no aspect of the Church's pastoral praxis which can be left untouched in order to continue a revolution that has devastated souls and given great offense to God Himself in the manner of the worship that is due Him in the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass."
Speaking of the New Theologians, the Modernists who have influenced the mind of Benedict XVI, and whose influence can be detected in the new encyclical, Droleskey states:
"[I]t is to the late Hans Urs von Balthasar that goes the distinction of Modernist-in-Chief, if you will. Von Balthasar… promoted the fundamental heresy of Universal Salvation, the belief that all people, baptized and unbaptized, go to Heaven (John Paul II's favorite theme - my comment). As a result of his study of the new encyclical he concludes, "There is no doubt, therefore, that Deus Caritas Est and its discussion of God's love is the product of the heretical views of Hans Urs von Balthasar that God's love for man is such that no man will be damned for all eternity."
Benedict, who long before his election as "pope" was Josef Ratzinger, one of the "New Theologians" (i.e., a "re-packaged Modernist"), is clearly a heretic. Benedict believes heresy, writes heresy, teaches heresy, leads bishops, priests and the Catholic faithful all over the world into heresy. What then must we conclude? The conclusion is inescapable, and we say this reluctantly, and sadly: There is no way that he can be the Vicar of Christ, the Sovereign Pontiff, the successor of St. Peter.
According to the decree of Pope Paul IV:
"[I]f at any time it will be found that some bishop… conducting himself as an archbishop or patriarch… or… cardinal… or even a Roman Pontiff, before his promotion or assumption as cardinal or as Roman Pontiff, had deviated from the Catholic Faith or fallen into some heresy,… that promotion or assumption concerning him, even if made in concord and from the unanimous assent of all the cardinals, is null, void and worthless; [regardless of] the reception of consecration,… the ensuing possession of the office and administration,… the enthronement or homage of the Roman Pontiff, or the obedience given to him by all…" (Pope Paul IV, Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio, 15 March, 1559).
No heretic can be pope; Benedict XVI is a heretic; therefore, Benedict XVI cannot be pope.
It's as simple, and logical, as that. In short, to say that Benedict XVI is a heretic, which Droleskey clearly does in his article, is to say that he is not the pope. Yet he, like his fellow contributors to Traditionalist publications like Catholic Family News and The Remnant, continues to call him "the Holy Father," and to acknowledge the validity of his papacy, thus defying all logic. Perhaps, to that extent at least, despite their good work, their heads are in a fog too, or is there such a thing as a "brain cloud" after all?
Many of us believe that the true papal succession continued after the 1958 conclave, at which we believe Angelo Roncalli usurped the papal throne as John XXIII, but we don't know if it continues to this day. It is in God's hands now. Our present task is to watch and to pray. May our Father in Heaven overshadow us and speak to us from the bright cloud, as He spoke to Peter, James and John: "'This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear Him.' And on hearing it the disciples fell on their faces and were exceedingly afraid. And Jesus came near and touched them, and said to them, 'Arise, and do not be afraid.' But lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, but Jesus only" (Matthew 17:5-8).
Father Louis J. Campbell