Papal Preacher Cantalamessa: A preacher of heresies ~ “…never allow a moral issue like that of sexuality to divide us…”

Papal Preacher Cantalamessa: A preacher of heresies ~ “…never allow a moral issue like that of sexuality to divide us…”

[Hat-tip to VoxCantoris: “Raniero Cantalamessa; are you a sodomite or just a homosexualist?”]

Posted by Barona at on Wednesday, 25 November 2015

“Against the Roman Church, you warned, lying teachers are rising, introducing ruinous sects, and drawing upon themselves speedy doom. Their tongues are fire, a restless evil, full of deadly poison”. – Pope Leo X, Exsurge Domine

It is hard to know where to begin. When the Papal Preacher is preaching heresy, glorifying protestantism, claiming that a “moral issue like that of sexuality” should never divide us”, that the “Christian world” is “preparing to celebrate” the Reformation… truly we have encountered a priest who is worse than these poor separated brethren.

The separated brethren at least have an excuse: a protestant upbringing etc. What excuse does Cantalamessa have? Did he not have Catholic parents, attend a Catholic school, go to a Catholic seminary? What has caused this man to fall into religious indifferentism? I ask all readers of this blog to carefully read and study Cantalmessa’s speech. Can you imagine Sts. Louis de Montfort or Maximilian Kolbe preaching the same?

This is not the first time that the Papal Preacher has indulged in tickling the ears of the Faithful with foreign ideas. Vox Cantoris exposed his errors back in 2013.

In addressing adherents to the Church of England, Cantalamessa, glossed over what Pope Leo XIII spoke of as a “grievous wound” in Amantissima Voluntatis, and lied to the separated Anglicans about being a “via media” between the “churches”. Is Cantalamessa not even aware that the Second Vatican Council explicitly addressed these separated brethren as members of ecclesial bodies? Only the schismatic Orthodox may be referred to as a “church”; for though in schism, the eastern brethren posses a valid episcopate, priesthood and sacramental economy. The ecclesial bodies of the West, following the sad days of the 16th century, no longer possess valid Orders, do not have a priesthood.

Now, let us proceed to the outrages, the abominable heresies uttered by this liar and preacher of the doctrine of devils, this Papal Preacher, Fr. Cantalmessa:

“The Christian world is preparing to celebrate the fifth centenary of the Protestant Reformation. It is vital for the whole Church that this opportunity is not wasted by people remaining prisoners of the past, trying to establish each other’s rights and wrongs”.

Are we really preparing to celebrate schism and heresy, Fr. Cantalmessa? Do you really wish Christ to celebrate Belial? We really intend to celebrate error? You must be mad. But you are consistent. Yes, you are going to “celebrate” for truth and error is “wasted”, and we should not concern ourselves with “rights and wrongs” – after all, they don’t really matter. Do they, Fr. Cantalamessa?

“The situation has dramatically changed since then”.

Yes, Fr. Cantalamessa here I can agree with you. The situation is changed: for the worse. Our poor separated brethren now preach in favour of the sin of sodom, contraception and other sins…. What have you to say on this point? Ah, I believe you do have something to tell us!:

“We should never allow a moral issue like that of sexuality divide us more than love for Jesus Christ unites us”.

Fr. Cantalmessa how can we love Jesus Christ if we reject His doctrine? You are preaching a false “love” of the world. You are preaching lies and falsehood. You are preaching that truth does not matter, as long as we have this mushy, sentimental “love” in our hearts. You are a heretic, a liar and a malefactor!

But, I see that you wish to now interject St. Paul; the great Apostle who denounced sexual sins and warned that the practioners of same will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Have you read the Book of Romans dear Fr. Cantalamessa?

“We need to go back to the time of the Apostles: they faced a pre-Christian world, and we are facing a largely post-Christian world. When Paul wants to summarise the essence of the Christian message in one sentence, he does not say, “I proclaim this or that doctrine to you.” He says, “We preach Christ crucified” (1 Cor 1:23), and “We preach . . . Jesus Christ as Lord” (2 Cor 4:5). This is the real “articulus stantis et cadentis Ecclesiae”, the article by which the Church stands or falls”.

Fr. Cantalamesa you are a liar! St. Paul did preach doctrine: preaching Christ Crucified is doctrine! You are a Judas priest!

“This does not mean ignoring the great theological and spiritual enrichment that came from the Reformation or desiring to go back to the time before it. It means instead allowing all of Christianity to benefit from its achievements…”

Blasphemy! Christ’s Church is to “benefit” from heresy and error? Dear readers, notice how Cantalamessa expresses a further hatred for the doctrinal clarity that was professed by churchmen of long ago.

“…not imposing uniformity but aiming at what pope Francis calls ‘reconciled diversities’.”

Very interesting my dear Fr. Cantalamessa! Brilliantly put, “reconciled diversities”. Are we now going to have “Catholic Modernism” or “Modernist Catholicism”? You tell us, dear Father. So, dear readers, the Papal Preacher is telling us: error and truth, lies and falsehood, Catholic doctrine and Modernist heresy – all reconciled in the counterchurch of the Antichrist and the False Prophet.

“The Anglican Church has a special role in all of this. It has often defined itself as a “via media” (a Middle Way) between Roman Catholicism and Reformed Christianity. From being a “via media” in a static sense, it must now become more and more a via media in a dynamic sense, exercising an active function as a bridge between the Churches”.

No, Fr. Cantalamessa, the Church of England is not a “church”; is is a broken cistern from which the waters of life have long since vanished!

Dear friends, cardinals and bishops should be storming the Pope’s Office to demand the removal of this heretic, this Judas priest, this evil malefactor and deceiver!

But they won’t. In fact, Cardinals and bishops will be all coming out and proclaiming how lovely this heresy laden speech is. In doing so, they will be only confirming their own heresy.

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4 comments on “Papal Preacher Cantalamessa: A preacher of heresies ~ “…never allow a moral issue like that of sexuality to divide us…”

  1. [To add insult to injury:]

    The Church of Rome betrays traditional Anglicans: Vatican Radio gleefully announces that “Anglican Leaders welcome Papal Preacher’s Sermon”

    Posted by Barona at on Thursday, 26 November 2015

    As I wrote yesterday, watch for an explosion of adulation of Papal Preacher Cantalamessa, following his heretical outburst at Westminster Cathedral. Vatican Radio has been quick to trumpet Cantalamessa’s sermon as a huge success and very popular. But of course! Since most people – including Catholics – no longer believe in truth, it is natural that a sermon extolling religious indifference will be received rapturously.


    Far right, sporting a crew cut, standing next to the arch-modernist and heretic, Fr. Cantalamessa is Libby Lane, purportedly a “bishopess”

    Scandalously, this abominable and heretical speech also is also a stab in the back to traditional minded Anglcians who are trying to be good Christians. How do they feel, that Rome has thrown in with the Sodomites, the bishopesses and the worst ravages of heresy? What does it tell us that Rome has more in common with apostates, than with the Traditional Anglican Communion?

  2. I wish this rant had made reference to Vatican II. Many people objecting to Synod language (Cantalamessa is using it here, obscurespeak) are not aware it’s the same language and the same error entirely. This mad ecumenism is found right there in the constitutions of the Council, it is promulgated many Sundays in the ‘readings’ and it is read by all prelates in their revised divine office (which most trads have never seen and I have heard some praise as the least harmful of the revisions, which is drastically untrue). I am thinking of one very young very active pro-life African woman on twitter who supports the Council and the new mass enthusiastically without realizing that Vatican II is the source of this poison, the source of our infection, the continuing assault on our people. We traditionalists do not make the connection often enough, not even here on Angelqueen. Vatican II must be rejected. It can’t be skipped or forgotten.

  3. Jan B. says:

    This mad ecumenism is … is promulgated many Sundays in the ‘readings’ [at Mass.]

    Also at “interfaith services” in place of Mass:


    The service, led by pastors, liberal rabbis and community activists, included Islamic call to prayer [and jihad]


    by Joseph Pelletier • November 25, 2015

    SCRANTON, Pa. ( – The mother church of the diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania hosted a Thanksgiving interfaith service in lieu of its regular noon Mass.

    The service, which took place in the sanctuary of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton, featured representatives of several local churches and synagogues and was broadcast by Catholic Television (CTV), a local TV station. CTV regularly airs the daily Mass at the cathedral; on Monday, however, the noon Mass was canceled and replaced with the 30-minute service.

    The service began with the sounding of the Shofar, an instrument generally made of a ram’s horn and used for Jewish religious purposes; this was done by Rabbi Marjorie Berman of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote and her husband Rabbi Daniel Swartz, head of the Temple Hesed in Scranton. Rabbi Swartz has controversially stated his ardent support for same-sex “marriage.”

    Afterward, a center-aisle procession of the various representatives, including St. Peter’s pastor, Msgr. Dale Rupert, ended at the altar, where each of them took a seat.

    The first speaker, Rev. Calvin Rich of the United Methodist Church, read from the program, asking the audience to “give thanks in [their] hearts as [they] gather to pray” and “share in the summons to worship.” He then proceeded to lead the congregation in reciting an English version of the Adhan, the Islamic call to worship:

    God is great. I bear witness that there is no God except the one God. I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God. Hurry to the prayer. Hurry to success, God is great. There is no God except the one God.

    The original Muslim reads:

    Allāhu akbar. Ash-hadu an-lā ilāha illā allāh. Ash-hadu anna Muhammadan-Rasul ullāh. Hayya’alas-ṣalāh.
    Hayya ʿalal-falāḥ. As-salatu Khayrun Minan-nawm. Allāhu akbar. Lā ilāha illā-Allāh.

    Following the invocation of Allah, Sr. Ann Walsh, I.H.M., executive director of the Friends of the Poor in Scranton, began the “invitation to prayer,” which included repetition of the first line of Psalm 133: “How good and pleasant a thing it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

    Msgr. Dale Rupert, pastor of St. Peter’s Cathedral
    The choir then chanted the Gospel acclamation, with community activist Charlotte Ledbetter approaching the pulpit, behind which the tabernacle can clearly be seen. Ledbetter said, “Matthew’s 12:18–21” before proceeding to read the Gospel.

    Following the illicit reading, Rabbi Moshe Saks of Scranton’s Temple Israel, who had earlier read a passage from Leviticus in both Hebrew and English, spoke on justice and the need to respect others, saying that Thanksgiving is “the one holiday that all of us no matter what our religion can share equally. We worship God together.”

    He then said, “What we need in the world, by all religious leaders, is the notion of religious pluralism — that we should not be saying that my way is the only way, that only I have the direct path to God,” cautioning the audience to ignore the “fundamentalists among us.”

    Toward the end of his talk, when discussing the Syrian refugee crisis, the rabbi claimed he was “ashamed at the House of Representatives who passed that bill last week,” referring to the legislation approved last Thursday that would suspend the program allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the United States until more stringent security measures were put in place.

    “By posturing about fear,” he continued, “by posturing about how they want security, they ignore the very foundations upon which this country was built.”

    This “flies in the very face of this notion of justice,” he continued, urging the audience to “not give in to fear or paranoia.”

    During the offering collection the choir, Our Lady of Peace School Choir, sang “For the Beauty of the Earth,” an 1864 hymn written by devout Tractarian Folliott Sandford Pierpoint.

    The intercessions were led by Linda Robeson of the Family to Family Program and Chaplain Kathleen Kaskel of the Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. Some of the intercessions included giving thanks “[f]or the expanding grandeur of creation, worlds known and unknown, galaxies beyond galaxies, filling us with awe, and challenging our imaginations” and “[f]or this fragile planet earth, its time and tides, its sunsets and season,” as well as the “human community, our common past and future hope, our oneness transcending all separation, our capacity to work for peace and justice in the midst of hostility and oppression.”

    The service was concluded with a prayer led by Rev. Howard Woodruff of Elm Park United Methodist Church in Scranton.

    The audience for the service was sparse, with one Catholic priest noticeably present in the pews, along with several pastors from unidentifiable Christian denominations.

  4. [A conservative Anglican comments on Fr. Cantalamessa’s mess (or Fra Raniero’s rant)]

    The Preacher to the Pope, The Church of England and the Discernment of Spirits

    By Gavin Ashenden
    Special to
    November 26, 2015

    It was an adventurous invitation.

    Fr Raniero Cantalamessa is a Franciscan Capuchin who was appointed as preacher to the Pope by John Paul II in 1980.

    He preached a sermon on prophesy to the Church of England’s General Synod in November 2015. The service took place in Westminster Abbey. What lies before this new General Synod? Commentators have already been commenting that having ‘sorted out’ the issue of women bishops, the next five years will involve sorting out the Church of England’s accommodation to gay marriage.

    So we can assume there was nothing accidental in his choice as preacher and nothing accidental in the message he delivered.

    He preached about the prophetic witness of Haggai who called for the rebuilding of God’s house, invoking the presence of the Spirit of God.

    He offered an imaginative update on the dispute about salvation by faith or works. He suggested that our secular society is busy trying to save itself by relying on technology, ingenuity and self-justification. It is up to the Church to witness that we need a redeemer. So far so good.

    But then he slipped in the mandate that he was no doubt invited for. There can be no coincidence that given the inexorable progressive and secularised agenda of the C of E, he was invited to offer some encouragement, as if from Rome. He is after all, a preacher to the Pope.

    When talking about the need for Christian unity, and noting that our neighbours know next to nothing about Jesus, he said, “How can we be unconcerned, and each remain ‘in the comfort of our own panelled houses’? We should never allow a moral issue like that of sexuality to divide us more than love for Jesus Christ unites us.”

    This is a beautiful phrase, but a misuse of the concepts it contains. How should we be united? It is exactly the love of Jesus that ought to make us love what he taught and stand in mutual obedience to him together.

    Jesus was very clear about ‘moral issues like sexuality’. There was to be no sex outside marriage and a man and woman were to leave their parents, cleave together and become one flesh. The love of Jesus unites us in obedience. It does not provide a mandate for uniting us to that which stands against Jesus and against obedience to the templates of creation and co-creation that Father has laid down for us.

    Inconsistently Fr Raniero he invites us back to the apostles. “We need to go back to the time of the Apostles: they faced a pre-Christian world, and we are facing a largely post-Christian world.” But if we accept his invitation to go back to the Apostles we find nothing of the veneer of pseudo-unity that sidesteps sexual morality that he called for earlier.

    Instead we find St Paul teaching “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

    It is St Paul who makes this metaphysical link between idolatry and disordered sexual desire in Romans 1.24.ff. There he warns us that there is a direct correlation between the idolatry practised by a society and the fracturing of God’s intended patterns of desire and behaviour.

    So let’s indeed stick with the Apostles. The first Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15 placed moral issues of sexuality at the heart of the identity of the Church. Peter, the first Pope says, “19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, 20 but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.”

    Fr. Raniero demoted the issues of sexual morality, suggesting they would not get in the way of the unity of the Church. No doubt those who invited Fr Raniero, hoped that his progressive affirmation of the abandonment of faithfulness to Scripture and tradition might give the impression he was speaking on the current Pope’s behalf. But he wasn’t. In fact he was speaking against the Pope.

    The media doesn’t yet know what to make of Pope Francis. It’s own very limited grasp of narrative requires people to occupy one stereotypical end of the spectrum of public opinion or another. Faced with the dilemma of what policy to adopt in baptising the children of prostitutes, as Jorje Bergoglio, Francis urged priests to offer baptism to these children in Buenos Aires. He insisted the irregularity of their conception must not stand between them and the love of God or the Church. He was deeply sensitive pastorally to those people who struggled with disordered and destructive sexualities. When he famously answered questions on the plane journeying to Rio de Janeiro for an hour in 2013, he was asked about a gay lobby in the Vatican. He replied; “When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem … they’re our brothers.”

    No one quotes the preamble “if they accept the Lord and have goodwill” and his words “who am I to judge them” are spun in different contexts.

    His attitude to the wounded, confused and hurt has always been one of the most powerful aspects of his pastoral ministry. But his nuanced theological position has always set out to avoid being polarised, and captured or rejected by different wings.

    Caught up between Peronists and anti-Peronists on one hand, or Marxist Liberation Theologians and reactionary conservatism on the other, he has always pursued the priorities that a certain mystical intimacy with Holy Trinity has fuelled. But when it comes to being faithful to Scripture and Tradition, he is unmovable.

    When gay marriage arrived on the political horizon in Argentina, Austin Ivereigh, in his biography of Francis, describes how he to some nuns he asked to pray:

    “The cardinal told the Carmelites what he discerned at stake in the same-sex marriage legislation: a serious threat to the family that would lead to children being deprived of a father and a mother. It was “a frontal attack on God’s law”: not simply a political battle but “a bid by the father of lies seeking to confuse and deceive the children of God.” He went on to ask for the nuns’ prayers for the assistance of the Holy Spirit “to protect us from the spell of so much sophistry of those who favour this law, which has confused and deceived even those of goodwill.” He had spotted the serpent’s tail, with all its usual tell-tale signs: hysteria, division, confusion, envy. This was “God’s war,” as he put it later in his letter.”

    So the reality of the Pope’s position on gay marriage is that it is a frontal assault by the ‘father of lies’. This provides a very different prospect for Christian unity than the one that Fr Raniero put before the General Synod of the Church of England. Not only is Raniero mistaken theologically and spiritually, but he seriously misrepresents the position of the Pope and therefore, of the Roman Catholic Church.

    Many faithful Anglicans share Pope Francis’ spiritual alertness to the discernment of spirits that lie behind the struggle of sexuality that has been launched in our culture.

    Of course, if you don’t believe in the struggle that St Paul described in Ephesian 6; if you don’t believe Jesus when he finds himself confronting Satan as ‘Prince of this world’ then you may be more comfortable accommodating the diluting and confusing of sexual category and identity that has been promoted by secularism, and now liberal revisionist Anglicans.

    But for those who pray, for those who like Ignatius and Pope Francis do what Christians have always been urged to do, ‘discern the spirits’ then it is clear that those who are at the helm of the Church of England seem to be in danger of doing the work of the father of lies for him. And that is a most serious matter.

    The current assisted conversations, backed so heavily by Lambeth, are a political ploy to marginalise the orthodox and present a final result to the Church that says “look we consulted and listened…we confronted bigotry and phobia with our stories of longing for homosexual identity and intimacy and the open minded, the compassionate have come round to our point of view.”

    The Archbishop has stood up in the House of Lords and commended the gay lifestyle to the peers of the realm. It’s true, the pressure to do so is immense. As Francis warned, we can expect for some of the children of God to have become confused; but we might have expected a deeper capacity for spiritual discernment and leadership from our Archbishops. We must continue to pray with Francis and those he looks to in prayer, that people are protected “from the spell of so much sophistry of those who favour this law, which has confused and deceived even those of goodwill.” We must hope that bland and blind goodwill does not deafen the ears of the Archbishops and bishops, priests and laity of the Church of England to the Holy Spirit in the next quinqennium.

    Sadly, the signs are not good. They have in the ordination of women, already swallowed the bait of soft Marxist egalitarianism. Once you decide to re-order the mystical body of Christ on the lines of Marxist secular priorities, making ‘equality’ your highest priority, you enter a different spiritual dynamic. Those who carry Scripture in the heads hesitate over the theological antecedents of equality.

    It might have pleased Marx, but it worried Isaiah.

    In Isaiah 14.14 ‘equality’ is what Lucifer aspires to when he sets out to “make myself like the Most High”. Equality is what Jesus rejects when in Philippians 2.6 we find “Who being in the nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing.” But the Church of England has swallowed equality and is reordering not only the framework of the apostolic Church in its image, but is moving inexorably (in the steps of The Episcopal Church) to remodel sexual morality as well.

    Fr Raniero ended his sermon by stirringly calling on the Church of England to take courage:

    “Take courage, Your Majesty, Sovereign of this nation, courage, Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, courage Sentamu, Archbishop of York, courage, you bishops, clergy and laity of the Church of England! To work, ….my Spirit is present among you. Do not be afraid!” (Hg 2, 4-5).”

    Really? But may we ask ‘what is this spirit that has come on the Church of England’? Because at first sight the signs are not good.

    It is a spirit that denies Scripture. It is a spirit that breaks the unity of the body of Christ, and has driven an irreparable wedge between the Church of England and the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. It is a spirit that is very much ‘a spirit of the age.’ It is a spirit that is being used to persecute the Church wherever it stands up against the normalisation of homosexual relations. It is a spirit that demands the Bible be taken out of the public space. It is a spirit that results in the imprisonment of those Christians who quote the Bible in the public space.

    St John (4.1-6) warns ‘Test the spirits’. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

    It is a false spirit.

    We might respond, “Fr Raniero, go back to Rome, and instead of preaching to the Pope, consult him. He will send you back with a different message for the Church of England, with the invitation to conform the patterns of the Church not to Marx but to Jesus and His Apostles; not to the spirit of the age, that of the father of lies, but to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.”

    No doubt those who order the affairs of the General Synod and who invited Fr Raniero are very pleased with his message. It was perhaps intended to reassure the General Synod that accommodating gay marriage will carry us closer to the Roman Catholic Church. But Fr. Raniero may not have discerned the truth, and he certainly misrepresented the Pope.

    If he was wrong, the Church of England, built upon the sand of the spirit of the Age instead of the rock which is Christ and obedience to him, risks being washed away by the coming flood. It has little more than seven years of solvency and stability left to it. Demographics as well as disobedience will undermine its survival. This dissolution will be accelerated and exacerbated by those who are determined to be obedient to the Holy Spirit. Many will reconsider their allegiance to this altered church. Some will become Roman Catholic. Some will become Orthodox. Some will seek the shelter of a different more faithful Anglican jurisdiction. Time will tell, and perhaps sooner than we expect.

    “Beloved let us test the spirits.”

    The Rev. Canon Dr. Gavin Ashenden is Vicar of St Martin de Gouray in Jersey, the Channel Islands (just off the French Normandy coast). Trained at Oak Hill Theological College he became Senior Lecturer in the Psychology of Religion at Sussex University. He is a Chaplain to the Queen and Canon Theologian at Chichester Cathedral. As a broadcaster he has hosted a BBC Religion and Ethics show for 4 years (2008-2012) which had 100,000 listeners across the South East of England, and presented the BBC podcast on Religion and Ethics. He is the author of a number of books and essays on the Oxford Inklings.

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