The  juxtaposition of the date on which the Jesuit priest Edmund Campion became a martyr for the Faith in England and the Jesuit Pope Francis in effect became the “Pope of Adultery”

[The  juxtaposition of the date on which the Jesuit priest Edmund Campion became a martyr for the Faith in England and the Jesuit Pope Francis in effect became the “Pope of Adultery”]

Michael Hichborn

From  Your Catholic Week in Review Posted on December 2, 2017

Pope Francis had the morally bankrupt guidelines on Amoris Laetitia of the Argentinian bishops published as a part of the “authentic magisterium.”  This move, in effect, attempts to give magisterial weight to institutionalized sacrilege.  As Cardinal Burke so aptly opined this week, perhaps we could consider that we are in the end times.

It’s probably no coincidence that this institutionalized sacrilege is being promulgated just after we celebrated the martyrdom of St. Edmund Campion, who denied himself the Eucharist for 12 years before he reconciled himself to the Catholic Faith.  When he did so, Campion returned to England to convert the people from an Anglicanism that — ironically enough — would have welcomed wholesale Pope Francis’ reforms regarding the nullification of marriage by a bishop.

Campion’s response upon the notification of his death sentence (and the death sentence of his fellow Jesuits) was simple and direct:

In condemning us, you condemn all your own ancestors, all our ancient bishops and kings, all that was once the glory of England — the island of saints, and the most devoted child of the See of Peter.

The point here isn’t to draw one’s attention to Campion’s martyrdom in the face of struggle, but why Campion chose to expose himself to martyrdom.  So sacred was the Eucharist, so precious was the institution of the Church that preserved it, and so important it was for priests to exhort the people to the Eucharist’s Real Presence that Campion was willing to die to give it to others — provided the Eucharist was given in a spirit of truth.

Echoes of Cardinal Raymond Burke’s dubia, no doubt.

 

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