Cardinal Dolan on Apostolic Exhortation: “Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit the Church is trying to be faithful”

Cardinal Dolan on Apostolic Exhortation: “Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit the Church is trying to be faithful”

[His Immensity supremely pontificates on His Humbleness’ forthcoming bloviations]

Written by Christopher A. Ferrara
4/4/16
www.remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/2409-cardinal-dolan-on-apostolic-exhortation-the-holy-spirit-is-sincerely-trying-to-be-faithful

The “Joy of Love” is about to explode upon the Catholic world, no doubt overthrowing the teaching of both John Paul II and Benedict XVI, in line with all of Tradition, on the impossibility of Holy Communion for those living in a state of continual adultery. The overthrow will be veiled in ambiguous references to the “internal forum,” “integration,” and a “path or journey” culminating in admission to Holy Communion according to the “competence” of the local ordinary or the “episcopal conferences” Paul VI invented to begin the process of fragmenting the universal discipline of the Church Universal in the context of the “liturgical reform.”

In short, if what seems likely comes to pass, practice will hollow out the dogma on the indissolubility of marriage, making a mockery of the very words of Our Lord Himself, which “The Joy of Love” will of course affirm resoundingly with paragraph after paragraph of empty praise.

The neo-Catholic establishment will immediately capitulate to the latest novelty, as it has done with all the others in the post-conciliar regime of novelty, and will then reliably denounce traditionalist opposition to the change, which will mirror the decomposition of the mainline Protestant churches.

Leading the way to another ruinous compromise of the Church’s integrity will be neo-Catholic prelates like Cardinal Timothy (“bravo” for homosexuals) Dolan. Dolan will tell us this is nothing to get excited about. In fact, he is telling us that already, even before he has seen the document.

In an interview with John Allen published today, he assured the dumbed-down Catholic masses that “there have always been different ways of seeing things … you look at the Orthodox way, you look at different theories within the Catholic family. There have always been various ways of interpreting things, alright?”

Invoking the always reliable “Holy Spirit” as the unimpeachable source of the latest catastrophic blunder, Dolan assures us that “the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit is sincerely trying to be faithful to the timeless teaching of Jesus, and yet apply that in a very merciful, understanding, gracious way.” So let us wish the Church the best of luck on Friday, shall we?

Then again, when asked pointedly about whether there will be “a cautious opening to Communion for the divorced and remarried,” Dolan replied:

I haven’t spent much time on that. For one, I don’t think that’s going to happen. For two, this in many ways already has happened.

Of course, there’s a conservative approach to the internal forum solution that the most conservative canonists and theologians have defended forever. I think the fear among many of us, however, is that if anything, things have become a little bit too lax.

If the pope now says, ‘Let’s go back to that traditional openness of the Church, that some things can be settled on the level of conscience’, that’s nothing new. It goes back to the arguments of Alphonsus de Liguori, and everybody else. If he says, ‘Let’s add to that in a very reasoned, prayerful, reflective way,’ that, to me, would hardly be revolutionary.

A difficult passage indeed. Let me unpack it for the reader: Dolan doesn’t think it will happen, but it has already happened. It could happen as a conservative approach to the “internal forum,” yet the conservative approach has become a little too liberal. But if Francis returns to the conservative approach, when Holy Communion for adulterers wasn’t allowed, and adds to the conservative approach to allow it, that would not be revolutionary, because what won’t happen is already happening according to the conservative approach, so what’s so revolutionary about that?

I offer Cardinal Dolan as Exhibit A for the complicity of the neo-Catholic establishment in the gravest crisis the Church has ever faced.

As for us traditionalists, we can only do what we have always done in the face of the post-conciliar madness: resist and hold fast to what has been handed down. As [former Anglican and now Catholic] Father John Hunwicke has written concerning the probable debacle on Friday:

So might the Holy Father try to cut the Gordian Knot about Holy Communion for remarried divorcees by kicking the ball into the long grass of Episcopal Conferences?…

We, in the Church of England, saw what happened when ‘Provincial Autonomy’ was allowed to ride rough-shod over Doctrine, Tradition, Bible … and even the Dominical Imperative of Unity. It is a thoroughly nasty and miserable experience.

Any attempt to introduce anything remotely like it, or anything that could act as a first step towards anything remotely like it, into the Catholic Church, should be resisted by any and every means of Resistance that orthodox Catholics have or can devise.

As a former Anglican, I warn you: decades of internal warfare within the Church on this subject are exactly what the Church Militant can do without. For most of my priestly ministry in the Church of England, this question hung like a dark shadow over my head. Any attempt by anybody [emphasis in original] to inflict a similar wound upon the Catholic Church merits, as Cardinal Burke has intimated, Resistance in whatever forms may be necessary, and with as much vigour as God’s Grace gives us….

It raises the ultimate question of whether Christ is King, or whether each nation bows down before the idol of its own national Zeitgeist.

Those are the words of a true son of the Church Militant.

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2 comments on “Cardinal Dolan on Apostolic Exhortation: “Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit the Church is trying to be faithful”

  1. [More by Chris Ferrara on the same with some repetition from the above]

    A Looming Disaster and What To Do about It

    by Christopher A. Ferrara
    April 4, 2016
    www.fatimaperspectives.com/fe/perspective847.asp

    This Friday, April 8, 2016, will mark a turning point in the history of the Church and thus the world. A “Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation” running an incredible 200 pages in length will be released at a Vatican press conference, and there is little doubt that the resulting shockwave will shake the Church to its very foundations. The signs are all ominous, beginning with the rather effete title: Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), which smacks more of Oprah Winfrey than the solemn Magisterium.

    Then there is the emailed notification by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, which after the Phony Synod should be renamed the Pontifical Council for Undermining the Family. Paglia is the same prelate who openly advocates the admission of public adulterers in “second marriages” to Holy Communion. His email instructs every bishop in the world to hold a press conference simultaneously with the one in the Vatican to “prepare the faithful” for what is in the document. An obvious stratagem for swiftly imposing everywhere, and stifling any opposition to, whatever “revolutionary reforms” the document contains.

    Then there are the presenters of the “Joy of Love”: First, the thuggish Cardinal (“the book thief”) Baldisseri, whose heavy-handed manipulation of Synod 2014 in favor of the Kasperite faction, meaning the Francis faction, prompted a floor revolt ignited by Cardinal Pell. Second, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, another open advocate of Holy Communion for adulterers who was also behind the move to recognize “positive elements” in “homosexual unions.” Also on deck will be a pair of lay academics who addressed the Phony Synod: the husband and wife team of Francesco Miano (a moral philosopher whose doctorates, I am reliably informed, were in situation ethics and existentialism), and Giuseppina De Simone (a thoroughly modern theologian). Here is a photo of the happy couple, taken outside the Phony Synod hall, which does not exactly inspire confidence in their firm adherence to Catholic orthodoxy and orthopraxis:

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    In short, not a single defender of the Church’s traditional teaching and intrinsically related discipline on the indissolubility of marriage — affirmed by both John Paul II and Benedict XVI — will be involved in the presentation of “The Joy of Love.” Conspicuously absent will be Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which reportedly presented some 40 pages of suggested revisions of a draft of the document, clearly indicating that it must be a disaster of epic proportions. Müller’s presence might spoil all the joy that is about to cascade over the Church in a flood of “mercy” so cruelly denied to the divorced and “remarried” by Francis’ hard-hearted predecessors over the past 2,000 years.

    Finally, Francis himself tipped his hand during the in-flight press interview on the return from Mexico, when he said that “being integrated into the church does not mean ‘taking Communion’,” by which he meant not immediately but rather after following “the path to integration” as part of “a journey, it is a path.” That was all but a dead giveaway that the “Joy of Love” will include a way for the divorced and “remarried” to retain the “joy” of their adulterous sexual relationships while eventually being admitted to Holy Communion —but only after a perfunctory song and dance to create the false appearance of propriety for what will really be sacrilege on a massive scale.

    We know full well, then, what is coming. And we also know how it will be done: an opening to Holy Communion for people living in adultery by way of decisions to be left to the individual bishops’ conferences or individual bishops, acting in the so-called “internal forum” mentioned in the final report of Phony Synod 2015. That is, the sin of sacrilegious Communion will be authorized for those who, in “the internal forum,” do not “feel” they are living in adultery and need to be persuaded eventually — meaning never — that they are.

    But what can we do about it? Besides our prayers, above all the Rosary, only one course is open to us: we must oppose in every way possible this incredible and terrifying attempt to destroy the very catholicity — the universality — of the Catholic Church. We must do precisely as suggested by Fr. John Hunwicke, a former Anglican priest who is now a priest of the Catholic Church. He writes:

    We, in the Church of England, saw what happened when “Provincial Autonomy” was allowed to ride roughshod over Doctrine, Tradition, Bible … and even the Dominical Imperative of Unity. It is a thoroughly nasty and miserable experience. Any attempt to introduce anything remotely like it, or anything that could act as a first step towards anything remotely like it, into the Catholic Church, should be resisted by any and every means of Resistance that orthodox Catholics have or can devise.

    As a former Anglican, I warn you: decades of internal warfare within the Church on this subject are exactly what the Church Militant can do without. For most of my priestly ministry in the Church of England, this question hung like a dark shadow over my head. Any attempt by anybody [original emphasis] to inflict a similar wound upon the Catholic Church merits, as Cardinal Burke has intimated, Resistance in whatever forms may be necessary, and with as much vigour as God’s Grace gives us.

    That is the response of a true member of the Church Militant to the unprecedented situation that confronts us at this moment in Church history. On the other hand, we have the smug, self-satisfied conformism of the neo-Catholic establishment, whose symbiotic relation to a degenerating ecclesial status quo can only be expected to continue in this case.

    May God, through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima, protect Holy Church from the designs of a wayward Pope and the subversives with whom he has surrounded himself in what is undoubtedly a scenario foretold in the Third Secret.

    And may this column, somehow, be proven entirely wrong.

  2. **applause**

    Man, I wish my CFN subscription would kick in finally. It’s been over a month.

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