The “Commemoration” of the “Reformation”: Lies, Nonsense, and the Surrender of the Catholic Church
by Christopher A. Ferrara
January 28, 2016
For nearly 50 years the novelty of “ecumenism” has reduced the Catholic Church to a “dialogue partner” with assorted heretics in the mainstream Protestant denominations, foremost among them the Anglicans and the Lutherans. The Protestant parties to “ecumenical dialogue” not only have no intention of abandoning their innumerable errors against the true religion, which is found uncorrupted only in the Catholic Church, but on the contrary have added many new errors to their repertoire. Yet Catholic churchmen, including the conciliar Popes, blindly proclaim a “growing unity” that is in reality an ever-widening, unbridgeable chasm.
It is not too much to say that “ecumenism” is a symptom of ecclesial insanity afflicting the human element of the Church, which Sister Lucy aptly termed “diabolical disorientation” among the upper hierarchy. And now Pope Francis, following the line established by his post-Vatican II predecessors, is taking the insanity to a new level by appearing at “a joint ecumenical commemoration of the start of the Reformation…” The event will include “a common worship based on the recently published Catholic-Lutheran ‘Common Prayer’ liturgical guide.” This “common worship,” to be conducted by Francis and two Lutheran laymen dressed up as bishops, will take place in a cathedral in Lund, Sweden which the Lutherans stole from the Catholic Church in the 16th century.
Of course, this is utter and complete madness. It makes a mockery of the Church’s infallible condemnation of Luther’s heresies in Pope Leo X’s Bull Exsurge Domine (1520) and by the Council of Trent (1545-1563). It betrays the memory of countless Catholic martyrs who gave their lives to oppose the floodtide of error that Luther unleashed, which destroyed the unity of Christendom and with it both public and private morality throughout the once Catholic west. It involves communicatio in sacris [common worship] with non-Catholics, strictly forbidden by the 1917 Code of Canon Law (Canon 1258), which deemed such conduct grounds for being “suspect of heresy” (Canon 2316) — although the 1983 Code abolishes these traditional precepts. And, finally, it validates today’s Protestant sects in all their moral and doctrinal corruption, which is but the inevitable result of Luther’s own principle of “private judgment” in matters of faith and morals.
The beginning of the “Reformation,” which is actually the Deformation, should be a day of mourning in the Catholic Church, not the occasion for a papal trip to Sweden to celebrate the disaster in “common worship” with fake bishops who condone divorce, contraception, abortion, sodomy, “gay marriage,” and the “ordination” of women and sodomites, including sodomites who purport to be “married.”
All of this is perfectly obvious, and others have already remarked about it at length in the blogosphere and elsewhere. Here I would provide only the following comments on the “Common Prayer” that will be the basis for the upcoming travesty in Sweden, where moral degeneracy always has a head start:
“For over 50 years Lutherans and Catholics have been on a journey from conflict to communion.”
Delusional rubbish. The Lutherans with whom Francis is endlessly “dialoguing” are so far removed from communion with the Catholic Church and authentic Christianity that even Luther would demand that they be burned at the stake.
“With joy, we have come to recognize that what unites us is far greater than what divides us. On this journey, mutual understanding and trust have grown.”
Surely this is a joke. It implies that the infallible Magisterium anathematized errors that really never existed, that the Catholic martyrs who opposed those errors died for nothing, and that the past 500 years have been one big misunderstanding over what Luther was trying to say.
“The church is the body of Christ. As there is only one Christ, so also he has only one body…. Catholics and Lutherans are bound to one another in the body of Christ as members of it…”
A blatant lie that deliberately ignores the infallible teaching of the Church that non-Catholics cannot be members of the Mystical Body of Christ because, despite their baptism, they do not profess the Catholic Faith or recognize the authority of the Pope and the bishops in union with him. As Pius XII declared in Mystici Corporis, echoing every Pope and Council before Him: “Actually only those are to be included as members of the Church who have been baptized and profess the true faith, and who have not been so unfortunate as to separate themselves from the unity of the Body, or been excluded by legitimate authority for grave faults committed…. And therefore, if a man refuse to hear the Church, let him be considered — so the Lord commands — as a heathen and a publican. It follows that those who are divided in faith or government cannot be living in the unity of such a Body, nor can they be living the life of its one Divine Spirit.”
“O Holy Spirit: help us to rejoice in the gifts that have come to the Church through the Reformation… Catholics and Lutherans… rejoice in the truly Christian gifts that they both have received and rediscovered in various ways through the renewal and impulses of the Reformation…. Thanks be to you O God for the many guiding theological and spiritual insights that we have all received through the Reformation…. Thanks be to you for the good transformations and reforms that were set in motion by the Reformation or by struggling with its challenges. Thanks be to you for the proclamation of the gospel that occurred during the Reformation and that since then has strengthened countless people to live lives of faith in Jesus Christ.
If Francis consents to participate in a ceremony in which God is thanked for, and the participants rejoice over, a “Reformation” that destroyed Catholic unity, Christendom and the morality of an entire civilization, as any fool can see today, every Catholic worthy of the name will have a duty to protest this public betrayal of the Church by the very Vicar of Christ.
The deluded leaders of the Catholic Church, including the Pope himself, are now quickly setting the stage for the final act of the drama that must be the subject of the Third Secret of Fatima. If we are not witnessing an apostasy that “begins at the top,” then words have lost their meaning.
May Our Lady of Fatima rescue us from the incredible catastrophe now unfolding so rapidly before our eyes.