Yesterday, after Holy Mass up in Graham County, still attempting to recover from the epic “Day Off” at U.T. Med. Center in Knoxville, more doctor’s orders came my way: “Go ahead, Father, it does a soul good to get out on the water. Duc in altum!” That’s all the encouragement I needed. This is a yearly event with a number of pontooners in the parish. I’m thinking this is good with Jesus, as he spoke about it:
“No one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for My sake and for the gospel will fail to receive a hundredfold in the present age—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and fields, along with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.” (Mark 10:29-30)
The dam in the slideshow above is about 100 years old, with sirens to the sides that are at the ready for when the dam fails. Myths include divers of the TVA inspecting the cavernous hole at the bottom, only to vow never to go down again, having seen the massive carp lurking there, “able to swallow a car”.
I look forward to seeing the Osprey nest every year. This year there were two. I grew up with Ospreys. Here’s a picture someone took who knows where:
In Minnesota, water everywhere, just glancing out a window one is likely to see an osprey sitting in a branch of a dead tree high above whatever body of water. As a kid growing up in Minnesota, frequently spotting an osprey, scanning their usual perches, I’d watch for a moment and, sure enough, he would drop down, grabbing a fish, circle back up to his perch, and start eating.
Some ospreys are also good at long range infiltration, getting the job done, and exfiltration:
That’s not an out-of-place video in this post, as the pontooners are as Military as you can get. And pretty much everyone in Graham County is a veteran. And… and… afterward we attended a get-together of the “town”, a cook-out, put on by the locals with all the law enforcement and fire department and EMS invited. Most of them are, of course, ex-military as well. They, of course, had to advertise their arrival to this entire region of the state, with sound travelling far and wide across the waters, with all sirens blaring.
If you take a look at that top picture again, that far, far mountain… on the far side of that 4 miles down the other side lies Andrews where the “main” church of the parish is situated.
Back to Jesus’ instruction, you know, that bit about “with persecutions”… The 100 times crowd in this parish is fully aware of that, all good with that. However much of a paradise that is here, our eyes are pealed on the heavens, eternal life, into which Jesus ascended to our dear Heavenly Father. Our Father…
Non solum propter tres canonizationes ad hoc Consistorium vos convocavi, sed etiam ut vobis decisionem magni momenti pro Ecclesiae vita communicem. Conscientia mea iterum atque iterum coram Deo explorata ad cognitionem certam perveni vires meas ingravescente aetate non iam aptas esse ad munus Petrinum aeque administrandum.
Bene conscius sum hoc munus secundum suam essentiam spiritualem non solum agendo et loquendo exsequi debere, sed non minus patiendo et orando. Attamen in mundo nostri temporis rapidis mutationibus subiecto et quaestionibus magni ponderis pro vita fidei perturbato ad navem Sancti Petri gubernandam et ad annuntiandum Evangelium etiam vigor quidam corporis et animae necessarius est, qui ultimis mensibus in me modo tali minuitur, ut incapacitatem meam ad ministerium mihi commissum bene administrandum agnoscere debeam. Quapropter bene conscius ponderis huius actus plena libertate declaro me ministerio Episcopi Romae, Successoris Sancti Petri, mihi per manus Cardinalium die 19 aprilis MMV commisso renuntiare ita ut a die 28 februarii MMXIII, hora 20, sedes Romae, sedes Sancti Petri vacet et Conclave ad eligendum novum Summum Pontificem ab his quibus competit convocandum esse.
Fratres carissimi, ex toto corde gratias ago vobis pro omni amore et labore, quo mecum pondus ministerii mei portastis et veniam peto pro omnibus defectibus meis. Nunc autem Sanctam Dei Ecclesiam curae Summi eius Pastoris, Domini nostri Iesu Christi confidimus sanctamque eius Matrem Mariam imploramus, ut patribus Cardinalibus in eligendo novo Summo Pontifice materna sua bonitate assistat. Quod ad me attinet etiam in futuro vita orationi dedicata Sanctae Ecclesiae Dei toto ex corde servire velim.
Ex Aedibus Vaticanis, die 10 mensis februarii MMXIII
BENEDICTUS PP. XVI
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.
Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.
From the Vatican, 10 February 2013
BENEDICTUS PP XVI
PART I – The renouncement of Benedict XVI is valid
You have heard that it was said that the vocabulary and syntax of this renouncement are ambiguous with “Bishop of Rome” and “Successor of Peter” being placed in some sort of unknown apposition even while the word “ministry” is not at all the required technical vocabulary that must be used in order for such a renouncement to be valid. Except, consider this question:
Does the word “ministry” refer to only one or to all three aspects of the Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter as (1) prophet, (2) priest, and (3) king, thus regarding (1) the truth of doctrine and morality, (2) the sacrifice of the One High Priest, Jesus Christ, (3) the fatherly governance of the family of faith on earth.
Text without context is pretext, right? The context is that at the stated time, the fact of “the See of Rome,” and the fact of “the See of Saint Peter,” which are inclusive of all three, will be vacated by the person who up to that time was the “Bishop of Rome” and “Successor of Peter.” This covers for the lack of technical vocabulary; the weirdness of the apposition is inescapably rectified by the parallel.
So, the renouncement is valid, and there began to be a sede vacante in 2013, but is there still a sede vacante today? What about Francis?
PART II – Is the election of Francis valid?
The discussion of Cardinals before a Conclave is very important. It is to consist of Cardinals sharing with each other what they themselves believe any future Pope is to believe, what any future Pope’s priorities should be in this time in which we live.
They are not to promise anything like “If I were Pope I would…”
Likewise, they are absolutely to avoid anything like “I’ll vote for you if only you promise to…”
The latter two are electioneering. There are number of questions:
If Jorge Bergoglio participated in electioneering, does that invalidate the Conclave? Even if he did this with only one Cardinal, word spreads, and you have to take that one incident as if it were done with all electors. It doesn’t matter if he initiated that conversation or it was initiated by even just one of the Cardinals. Does what Jorge Bergoglio did invalidate his election?
Do his repeated statements that he has fulfilled in his time in Rome what the Cardinals asked of him before the Conclave rise to the level of electioneering? And was anything asked of him, or were they just expressing opinions generally, and he’s anachronistically just reporting that which he now thinks has fallen to him?
Even if he says “Cardinals” in the plural, is that just one or two, or really very many? Does the invalidity of an election depend on just one or two compromised Cardinals? Do we really know the numbers? I wasn’t there. Will we ever know? Can we ever know?
It seems to me that a commission of Cardinals convened for the purpose of answering such questions may be a good idea. Is that likely? Who would make up that Commission these days? Can they put the electors of time under oath? How many have died or are utterly incapacitated since then? This is not easy.
Whose name do I recite in the Roman Canon or in any Eucharistic Prayer, or in any intercessions for the Pope?
Benedict’s renunciation was valid. Francis’ election hasn’t been proven to be invalid.
It is what it is.
Correct me if you can. I am most open to correction.
The other day was the epic “Day Off”. There were actually a lot of people to the right and left of me logistically up in the waiting room of General Surgery of the University of Tennessee Medical Center Teaching Hospital, but all to the right with me in perspective. This time I was there not to give Last Rites, but with myself as the patient for various pre-op conversations.
There were forms to fill out with the usual questions about past operations, present complaints, family medical history, etc. One of them was on race, which is actually medical, as this can bring in factors of sickle cell anemia which will have sufferers much more frequently of one race than another.
But another question was on ethnicity, so I asked the other patients out loud what that was about. I’m so bad and evil. The whole room unanimously erupted in complaints about that question on the form, wondering what was meant. I mean, I get that too, like Kosher food in post-op recovery or some such. But no one was thinking about that, and pointed me to the next questions about transgender, etc. They were apoplectic, wondering what such wokista rubbish could be about. But, I get that too. If you want to take care of, say, an inguinal hernia going the wrong way south, a specifically male difficulty, and the patient insists he is not male, well, Houston, we have a problem. “Puff the magic drag-on,” and all that.
Letting people vent their frustrations about the wokista anti-culture was part of my entertainment for the “Day Off”. That was great — but even better, being a devotee of Saint George the Dragon Slayer — was slaying The Dragon, twice, on the way from my parish in WNC to Knoxville TN, and then again on the way back.
The picture above was taken just feet before The Dragon begins on the northwest side. 318 curves in 11 miles. Being in a peaceful mood, I didn’t make the tires sing with “drifting” melodies on all 318 curves as I’ve done before (I think I missed out on just one). This time only one “drifting” sing-song of squealing tires was to be heard. But it was all most enjoyable.
Then, arriving home, a pair of dragons, this time from CATI armor, one being a “swim” cut for the front and the traditional SAPI cut for the back:
Thin. Fairly lightweight for what they do. Concealable. These work with a carrier I already have for any law enforcement chaplaincy work.
For those offended by the snake headed logo for the CATI body armor, know this:
The Lord Jesus described the irony of the perfect justice by which He redeems and and saves us, that is, by coming to us in the very image of the one who put us all to death in original sin, the first Adam, deceived by Satan, the ancient serpent, the great dragon, so that having taken on the punishment we deserve for sin, He would have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us, His wounds from Satan making His mercy credible, majestic.
“No one has ever gone into heaven except the One who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him.” For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (Jn 3:13-16).
So, a Jewish mother with her seven sons were being forced to eat pork by the pagan demon worshipers. The demon worshipers had some pans fired up, and were frying up pigs for the occasion. Swine were thought to be possessed by demons. Eating pork was tantamount to asking demons to possess oneself. Remember the exorcism of the naked man possessed by demons who were then cast into the swine?
The Jewish mother and her seven sons wouldn’t go along with such worship of demon spirits by eating the pork. So the skin of their heads with their hair was ripped off, their feet and hands cut off, and now they themselves were fried in those large pans on top of the fire of the torturers.
Jesus would declare all foods clean as He was personally to pay the price in His own justice for the mercy of exorcising us from the demons. Jesus faced all of hell broken out on Calvary.
So, now we hunt, say, wild boar and have plenty of bacon to enjoy.
But the great witness of the mother and her seven sons remains incriminating all those who worship demons. We are never, ever to compromise even under severe coercion, even in the face of torture and death. We are not even to cave into the pressure of the brow-beating and bullying of enforced political correctness from “friends,” even if those friends are (Cardinal) (Arch)Bishops, including the Bishop of Rome:
“Worship the bloodthirsty demon idol Pachamama mother-earth, that abomination of desolation caused to be established on the Holy of Holies where it must not be by divine mandate!”
“Call on the western grandmother demon and the circle of spirits for purification and protection, you know, apart from anything whatsoever to do with Jesus! Put your hands on your heart!”
Instead, we are always to witness to the Divine Messiah, our Savior, the very Son of the Living God. We are not to cast Jesus aside so as to worship demons.
I’m hoping those at this address in Rome below will always serve the Son of the Living God.
I apologize that while recalling the mother of these seven brothers as she witnessed them being tortured to death, I got terribly choked up. If all of a sudden the homily stops dead, repeatedly, while you’re listening, it’s not over yet. That’s just me about to leave the sanctuary to break down in tears. It was all I could do just to stand there feeling very self-conscious. I was thinking of Mary standing under the Cross of her dear Son whilst He was being tortured to death. I’m told that this is all weakness on my part. I’m to be ashamed of it. But it is what it is. That’s where I’m at. Another weak priest. Who would’ve thought?
Sacred Tradition, the provision of living faith by the Holy Spirit to each soul in a univocal manner in Old and New Testament times is always fully consonant with the content of Old and New Testaments. The authentic, dogmatic interventions of the Sacred Magisterium of the Church, cum Petro et sub Petro, are also precisely consistent with the ever constant provision of the faith and the morality which shines forth from that faith.
It is not supernatural faith, eternal truth, which is changed or bettered, but rather our meager understanding of the same truth. But we can never move from, say, (1) Thou shalt not murder the innocent to (2) Who gives a damn, go ahead and murder the innocent, you know, because we think we’re clever and sophisticated and above all “nice.”
Dear Pope Francis, you use the analogy of a tree, but this can refer exclusively, in an absolute manner, only to our philosophical appreciation of the Natural Law, to our theological appreciation of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the authentic, dogmatic intervention of the Sacred Magisterium of the Church. You equation of Divine Revelation and human theologizing was the violence by which Martin Luther assailed and persecuted the Lord’s Little Flock. The Council of Trent rejected that Tradition was the work of human hands, saying only quasi per manus, almost as if by hand. Instead the Fathers of that Great Council pointed to the Holy Spirit. Is that bad and evil, Pope Francis. Are we to say that the Holy Spirit is to be damned in favor of the “spirit” of the [Second Vatican] Council?
The Lord Jesus, the Word Incarnate, is ever ancient, ever new. There is no development in His Divinity. He’s the One, the only One, not you. The Lord’s Little Flock has no need of self-absorbed, Promethean, neo-Pelagian destroyers who promote idol worship and the destruction of the image of God, destroying man-woman-marriage-family, and then destroying the marriage feast of the Lamb, the Last Supper and Calvary, rejecting the Law of Prayer, which is that very Sacrifice of the Mass.
The tree I embrace is the unbending, rigid Cross of Calvary. Any religion which rejects the Cross as the one and only Tree of Life is no religion at all. I belong to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I am a priest forever. You can excommunicate me on this earth. You can dismiss me from the clerical state. I would hate both of those actions of yours. I would never do those things willingly. But you cannot excommunicate me from heaven. You cannot take away my Baptism, my Confirmation, my Holy Orders.
You can keep your damn Green New Deal, Pope Francis.
I’ll stay with the entirely dead Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception, the same yesterday, today and forever, the Almighty.
HERE’S THE DEAL: Pope Francis, you are always speaking of doing things differently, that making things different is where we all need to be, but goodness and kindness and justice and mercy based on justice and Truth are always the same. You are caught up in a maelstrom of Hegelian-Rahnerianism. Pope Francis, how about instead confirming the brethren in the faith. How about the real unity of the Blood of Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception. Why do you persecute Jesus’ Little Flock?
Is she Mary of Magdala from whom Jesus cast seven demons?
Is she all of us, you know, as “The Penitent”
My homilies are always me just thinking out loud. That’s a sin of complacency and pride. I try to console myself that in preaching I’m trying to impart, not so much correct academics (that would be appropriate and I desire to do that), but more the greatness of the forgiveness of sin, of my sin and yours, and the humble thanksgiving, in joy, which goes along with that, whatever the Gospel happens to be, and having that lead us into the Most Holy Sacrifice.
I rejoice that, because of the mandate from Jesus to us priests to preach, we who are necessarily inept in so many ways, it is the Holy Spirit who is going to get across the message He wants for this soul and that. Unless the priest seriously gets in the way, this is also true of any brief word of encouragement that the priest has for a penitent in the confessional. That shouldn’t make the priest complacent, but it is a consolation.
You know what’s in someone’s heart and soul when they think out loud. There’s a specific grace that “accompanies” one who is mandated to preach, a grace to purify heart and soul and mind and lips, that same grace available to Isaiah when he was called by God Most High to preach. Don’t get me wrong. That grace also acts as an incrimination if it is not taken up.
I fail in that I don’t much study what I should, and if I ever did study, that’s likely decades ago and my memory is not what it once was. Forgive me. I don’t want to be complacent. My academics may be wrong on this point or that – and I know plenty of priests who get highly emotional about this topic of the identity of Mary of Magdala and who don’t hesitate to smack me down on one side or the other. Be that as it is, my response is said with utter simplicity, pointing to the one thing necessary:
We are all called to be “The Penitent.” We will all of us together look upon Him who we have all pierced through.
A priest is blessed if he does what he has to do, called by our Lord Jesus to preach about His preaching, to instruct about His instruction, to exhort about His exhortation, to provide His goodness, His kindness, His truth. Likewise, a priest is cursed if does his own thing.
Yet, it seems like a blasphemy to teach about the Lord’s Prayer since Jesus already taught us how to pray. There is no bettering, one-upping the Lord.
But this speaks to just how weak we all are and to why our Lord called men to be priests even though Jesus is the One, the only One, the One High Priest.
Meanwhile, all the time: through, with and in Jesus, by the Holy Spirit: “Abba, Father.”
I finally got around to looking at my diocesan emails on 26 July 2022. One came in on 22 July 2022 from a criminal defense attorney of many decades, who reprimands me without ever having spoken to me that I recall about two topics:
This is not a prosecutor. This person is simply emphasizing being an attorney of many decades. I don’t know why. And for who knows what reason, this attorney simultaneously copied this first instance communication to me also to some others:
to my Bishop
to my Metropolitan Archbishop
to this attorney’s own Pastor (a Jesuit) whom I can’t recall ever speaking with seriously about anything ever, and that parish is in a city hundreds of miles away
to a journalist employed by a news organization enjoying global reach, since, it is said, that journalist expressed an interest in writing about the “story.”
This was done in the form of a non-witnessed non-affidavit rife with insults against my Bishop, and with no due process afforded to me whatsoever. As a courtesy to recipients of that email I suggest that there might be more to the story, and another side of the story. Who would’ve thought? I suggest that the veracity of the reprimand from this attorney is proportional to how much due process I was afforded by this attorney, who in so many words speaks of a lifelong commitment to making sure that those innocent until proven guilty had full access to due process rights. The irony is rather incisive: I was afforded no due process whatsoever by this same attorney.
This is all too sad.
Thomas More: “You threaten like a dockside bully.”
Thomas Cromwell: “How should I threaten?”
Thomas More: “Like a Minister of State, with justice.”
Thomas Cromwell: “Oh, justice is what you’re threatened with.”
GREAT PragerU street interview. Full interview, really entertaining, not much longer,HERE.
But you have heard that it was said by the USCCB, “Thou shall not criticize one political party more than another on any topic.” But here’s the deal. That interview about racism above can happen with abortion in precisely the same way, even as the main feature of that video above, as the Democrat crowd maniacally push for abortion on the level of genocide targeting the black population. Get that? But the USCCB isn’t going to reprimand Wilton Gregory for giving Holy Communion to Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden.
I’m going to criticize the Democrat party as the Democrat party. They voted God out of anything to do with anything. They are diametrically opposed to the free exercise of religion. They are shriekingly diametrically opposed to anything pro-life and are absolutely pro-death from conception to death. There are even a lot idiot RINOs, of course. But there’s no comparison between the two parties whatsoever.
I gotta wonder how underlings at the USCCB would want to smack down any priest for putting up that video above and still claim that they are the heroes of anti-racism. Pfft.
But the mid-terms are coming up, so we priests have to tread lightly, right? Wrong. The day a Bishops Conference tells me that it is “pastorally insensitive” for a priest to emphasize doctrine and morality in evangelizing is the day many priests become “pastorally insensitive.” They will say that we priests are just to avoid politics, but since 99.9% of politics involves doctrine and morality, the USCCB would be saying that priests are to avoid doctrine and morality in their evangelization.
There are some who would say that I’m being “political” in publishing such a post, but about 99.99% of all legislation concerns morality. Pope Paul VI said that because we also have to follow the Natural Law in order to be saved, you know, things like “Don’t murder the innocent,” therefore the Church also has the right to teach about the right way to follow the Natural Law, such as, “Don’t murder the innocent,” even if “Don’t murder the innocent” is also enshrined or smacked down by whatever politicized legislators. Who cares about the powers of this world; we need to get souls to heaven.
But there are (Cardinal) (Arch)Bishops who say that any mention of morality that overlaps into political platforms is off limits, and these (Cardinal) (Arch)Bishops immediately slit the throats of priests who say things like “Don’t murder the innocent,” and they condemn these priests for being “political.”
So, we then have more priests who are forbidden to feed the flock, no longer being able to provide the Sacraments. We start to end up only with priests in parishes who are sycophants to political correctness. But of what use is a priest who is diametrically opposed to all that is Catholic.
“But Father George! Father George! We have a prudent priest! You sure could learn something from him, Father George! Like how prudent he is! Our priest will be here to provide us the Sacraments because he will never say anything Catholic lest he gets in trouble! It’s true Father George! No doctrine! no morality! No reverent liturgy! But we still have a priest!“
No you don’t. Jesus said: “He who is not with us is against us.”
These (Cardinal) (Arch)Bishops, and then those who follow them, little by little, incrementally, rationalizing, sociopaths all, will have to answer to Jesus at the last judgement, and Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. He is the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Prince of the Most Profound Peace.
But the anti-Catholic (Cardinal) (Arch)Bishops and their henchmen should know that Jesus is the Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception. These guys offend her, in front of her Son.
“Who gives a damn about abortion, and that Jesus was in the womb of His Mother for nine months as a little baby? Who cares that healthy live babies were purpose murdered for their living organs so as to research, develop and test fake “vaccines”?
Jesus will also and especially be offended that His dear mother is offended. To offend Jesus in this way is mockery of God. God will not be mocked. How can they not see this?
Asking those in-the-know about the threat from China, Iran, Russia, North Korea… what you’ll hear is that we have weapons to neutralize those guys – we had better stay ahead, but they’re not an absolute threat – and that the much more impossible threat is coming from the Cartels continuing to establish themselves in America. After having defunded the police, and what with mayors of towns continuing to cripple their departments, the last resort is the National Guard.
Biden’s plan is to decimate the National Guard by trying to force abortion-compromised and entirely unneeded and harmful fake “vaccines” on those who don’t want them, don’t need them, and have objections to them.
The answer by lots of our guys and gals is not to comply with such erosion of our God-given Natural Law, rights with consequent duties that are also manifested in the U.S. Constitution. But such as Biden couldn’t care less about any of this.
Meanwhile, if anything happens like this, and it does, a lot (though not with words, just extremely strong inspirations), I always blame my guardian angel. I think it’s our guardian angels who do everything to set up such encounters. With a zillion “coincidences,” and timing to the second a hundred times in a row for things to get done for the Lord Jesus, I cannot but thank my guardian angel and end up repeating to our Lord, “But I only did what I had to do, you know, because my guardian angel made me do your will.”
Here’s the deal: when it comes to paying attention to and obeying guardian angels, we had better follow their lead, or else. If they need to get something done, they’ll do whatever it takes.
Sprucing up the shrine in honor of our Lady of Guadalupe continues.
Meanwhile, back at the driveway garden…
There are boulders heading up the driveway garden which need to be cemented together for safety’s sake, and to provide a proper platform. I’d like to move the statue of the Immaculate Conception from the front steps to there, providing greater visibility.
I wonder if there are year-round flowering bushes (not too large, say, a few feet tall) which could be planted as a backdrop. Any ideas?
It just strikes me that if there is such enthusiasm in this dark world to honor Jesus’ good mom, what will it be like in heaven to, say, plot with Jesus an occasion to honor His good mom.
Per tutelare la libertà del popolo di Dio e l’esercizio del ministero episcopale, pare necessario precisare che il “Cammino sinodale” in Germania non ha facoltà di obbligare i Vescovi ed i fedeli ad assumere nuovi modi di governo e nuove impostazioni di dottrina e di morale. Non sarebbe lecito avviare nelle diocesi, prima di un’intesa concordata a livello di Chiesa universale, nuove strutture ufficiali o dottrine, che rappresenterebbero una ferita alla comunione ecclesiale e una minaccia all’unità della Chiesa. Come ricordava il Santo Padre nella lettera al popolo di Dio che è in cammino in Germania: «La Chiesa universale vive in e delle Chiese particolari, così come le Chiese particolari vivono e fioriscono in e dalla Chiesa universale, e se si ritrovano separate dall’intero corpo ecclesiale, si debilitano, marciscono e muoiono. Da qui il bisogno di mantenere sempre viva ed effettiva la comunione con tutto il corpo della Chiesa». Pertanto si auspica che le proposte del Cammino delle Chiese particolari in Germania confluiscano nel percorso sinodale che sta percorrendo la Chiesa universale, per un reciproco arricchimento e una testimonianza di quella unità con la quale il corpo della Chiesa manifesta la sua fedeltà a Cristo Signore. //  FRANCESCO, Lettera al popolo di Dio che è in cammino in Germania, 9.
That’s from the Dicastery for Communication which didn’t supply an English translation, because why would they? They issued it with nobody’s signature from no particular dicastery, nor the Secretariat of State. So, it carries the weight of the Dicastery for Sewer Works. It’s just verbal diarrhea.
Here’s my quicky translation:
In order to protect the freedom of the people of God and the exercise of the episcopal ministry, it seems necessary to specify that the “Synodal Path” in Germany has no power to oblige the Bishops and the faithful to adopt new ways of governing and new paradigms of doctrine and morality. It would not be lawful to initiate new official structures or doctrines in dioceses before an understanding is established at the level of the universal Church, which would represent a wound to ecclesial communion and a threat to the unity of the Church. As the Holy Father recalled in the letter to the people of God who are on their way in Germany: “The universal Church lives in and by way of particular Churches, just as the particular Churches live and flourish in and by way of the universal Church, and if they find themselves separated from the entire ecclesial body, they weaken, rot and die, hence the need to maintain always alive and effective communion with the entire body of the Church.” Therefore it is hoped that the proposals of the Way of the particular Churches in Germany will converge on the synodal path that the universal Church is taking, for reciprocal enrichment and a testimony to that unity with which the body of the Church manifests its faithfulness to Christ the Lord.
My comment: This is no reprimand of the German Path’s deviations from proper church governance and from doctrine and and from morality. Not at all. This is simply an encouragement to do those things in conjunction with centralized power in the person of the Pope if that’s what the Pope would like some time in future. That’s it. Clever. Evil.
“But Father George! Father George! How can you get that from that?! The Holy See would never support women’s ordination, same-sex marriage and all the other weakness, rotting and dying of the Church evident on the website of the Synod on Synodality at the Holy See… Ooops!”
I’m sick of blah-blah. Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word of our dear Heavenly Father is now Incarnate, and has laid down His life for us, Innocent for the guilty. I do not follow the blah-blah. I follow Jesus.
The gist of the conversation was that Jesus’ Little Flock is everywhere and the wolves in sheep’s clothing can’t do anything about it, it being that Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Jesus’ Little Flock know Jesus, listen to Jesus, follow Jesus. And Jesus’ Little Flock want priests to follow Jesus.
To my fellow priests, and there are many good priests:
Our vocation was not to accept any heretical teaching in any seminary but rather to follow Jesus who is living, unmanipulatable Truth.
Our vocation was not to collect money for any malicious financial prestidigitations of any bishops conference, stealing money from Jesus’ Little Flock and giving it to the abortion industry around the world, but rather to follow Jesus, who was Himself in the womb for nine months.
Our vocation – get this – was not to any bishop, so that the bishop becomes a god in his own right, creating his own truth and morality and liturgy, but rather to Jesus, so that although we will respect and obey whatever bishop, we also do this by was of Galatians 2:11, helping our bishops get to heaven by our own following of Jesus with no mediocrity, even if we’re punished right out of active ministry by those same bishops for whom we were providing the greatest respect and obedience by, as it were, laying down our lives for them, reprimanding them as they stand condemned for following not Jesus, but the world, the flesh and the devil. The greatest charity is to remain with Jesus, who is God, who is love.
I’ve always said that the one preoccupation of a priest is to get his own little hell out of the way of Jesus, the One Priest, doing this by following Jesus. Jesus is One Good Shepherd.