“Catholic Church, Where Are You Going?” A Conference. That It Not Lose Its Way

“Catholic Church, Where Are You Going?” A Conference. That It Not Lose Its Way

 

Sandro Magister – 3/20/18

It is confirmed. Next April 7, the Saturday of Easter Week, a very special conference will be held in Rome. The intention of which will be to show the Catholic Church the way to go, after the uncertain journey of the first five years of the pontificate of Pope Francis.

The reckoning of this five-year period, in fact, is rather critical, to judge from the title of the conference:

“Catholic Church, where are you going?”

And even more so if one looks at the subtitle: “Only a blind man can deny that in the Church there is great confusion.” This is taken from a statement of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra (1938-2017), not forgotten as an endorser, together with other cardinals, of those “dubia” submitted in 2016 to Pope Francis for the purpose of bringing clarity on the most controversial points of his magisterium, but which he has left without a response.

In a Church seen as being set adrift, the key question that the conference will confront will be precisely that of redefining the leadership roles of the “people of God,” the characteristics and limitations of the authority of the pope and the bishops, the forms of consultation of the faithful in matters of doctrine.

These are questions that were thoroughly explored, in his time, by a great cardinal who is often cited both by progressives and by conservatives in support of their respective theses, Blessed John Henry Newman.

And there will be other cardinals and bishops who will once again confront these questions, at the conference on April 7. Their names have not been released yet, but they are expected to include the signers of the “dubia,” and others who share their outlook.

In any case, there has already been confirmation of the contributions – with “ad hoc” video messages – of two very representative cardinals: the Chinese Joseph Zen Zekiun, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, and the Nigerian Francis Arinze, former archbishop of Onitsha and then prefect of the congregation for divine worship, the same one that is headed today by Cardinal Robert Sarah.

There will also be a posthumous projection of a video interview with Cardinal Caffarra, on the controversial encyclical of Paul VI “Humanae Vitae.”

But there will also be presentations by lay scholars. Professor Valerio Gigliotti, a professor of history and of medieval and modern law at the university of Turin, will bring into focus the exercise of the “plenitudo potestatis” of the pope in the history of the Church. While Professor Renzo Puccetti, a physician and professor of bioethics at the John Paul II PontificalTheological Institute, will analyze the evolution of the bioethics taught at that institute, from its first phase with Caffarra as president to its current phase, under the aegis of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.

The final and culminating moment of the conference will be in any case the reading of a “declaratio,” a concise profession of faith on the points of doctrine and morality that are most controversial today.

Unlike the “dubia,” the declaration will not bear any specific signature, but the participants at the conference will propose it for the whole Church and for the world, as the voice of “baptized and confirmed members of the People of God.”

Of course, this “decleratio” will be the polar opposite of that “Kölner Erklärung” – the declaration signed in Cologne in 1989 by German theologians now in the good graces of Francis – which concerning the principles later reaffirmed by John Paul II in the encyclical “Veritatis Splendor” of 1993 “attacked in a virulent manner the magisterial authority of the pope especially on questions of moral theology,” as Benedict XVI wrote in the letter to Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò that caused such an uproar last week.

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5 comments on ““Catholic Church, Where Are You Going?” A Conference. That It Not Lose Its Way

  1. [Another conference: More hot air but no real action?]
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    High hopes for April conference in Rome
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    Louie – March 22, 2018
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    In January, Edward Pentin of National Catholic Register reported that plans were underway for a “major international conference to examine ways to resolve the current crisis of division in the Church,” with additional focus on “papal infallibility.”
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    Ever since, it seems, hope and expectations have been running high about the mysterious event, and in some surprising quarters.
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    Pentin recently provided some additional details, writing:
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    The April 7 meeting will be on the theme: “Catholic Church: Where Are You Heading?” Its subtitle, “Only a blind man can deny that there is great confusion in the Church,” is taken from comments Cardinal Caffarra made in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Foglio in January 2017.
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    Yes, and only a neo-conservative fool expects this conference to be anything other than an ineffectual dog-n-pony show; yet one more gathering of handwringing clerical eunuchs who haven’t the guts to actually defend their flock from the Bergoglian wolf; much less identify the blasphemous heretic by name.
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    In fact, a better subtitle would be: Hell in a handbasket
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    And this in spite of having its very own Patron Saint, whom Michael Matt at the Remnant identified as “a powerful heavenly ally in Cardinal Caffarra.”
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    Don’t laugh. I think he’s serious.
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    Mr. Matt went on to say:
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    Perhaps His Eminence—one of the original “dubia cardinals”—is still working in Rome even now, trying to save the Church from the Modernists who have her by the throat. Let us pray that whatever it is, this conference will be imbued with the spirit of Carlo Cardinal Caffarra.
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    And here you thought the conciliarists in the church-of-man were the only ones engaging in fake canonizations!
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    On a more serious note – pray for Cardinal Caffarra, a neo-conservative at heart who, in spite of showing signs of genuine holiness, was a man-of-the-council who did precious little to actually oppose the modernists when he was alive.
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    In any case, when the conference was first announced back in January, our take was a little different than that of America’s oldest traditional Catholic newspaper. (Perhaps it is time for some new blood. More on that soon, I promise. Stay tuned.)
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    When the big conference was first announced, it seemed clear enough to me even then that the organizers of the event, in spite of any good intentions, are among the most gravely disoriented of all.
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    If there was ever even a shred of doubt on this point, Pentin’s latest report removes it.
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    The organizers say the afternoon conference will explore the limits of papal authority as well as seek ways to overcome the division in the Church, exacerbated by what many see as pastoral and doctrinal confusion on key moral issues largely emanating from differing interpretations of Chapter VIII of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.
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    Ah, yes… it’s all about those rascally differing interpretations; i.e., we must come to agreement on what it really means to say that God asks us to persist in mortal sin, that Christian marriage is just an ideal, and that the Divine Law is much too difficult for some of us to keep amid the concrete circumstances of our daily lives.
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    And how might that agreement be achieved?
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    Pentin further reported:
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    Also discussed will be the leadership roles of the “People of God,” and how the faithful should be consulted on matters of doctrine.
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    We’ll take a straw poll!
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    Pentin closed his report with the following hopeful news:
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    The conference will end with a declaration —a profession of faith on points of doctrine and morality that are most controversial today. It will be proposed for the whole Church and be issued as coming from the voice of “baptized and confirmed members of the People of God.”
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    So there you have it, folks:
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    The Catholic Church is daily being led further and further away from Christ by a raging heretic posing as the Roman Pontiff, and rather than simply relying upon such things as the infallible decrees of the Council of Trent that plainly anathematize the man, a bunch of conservatives, imbued with the spirit of Cardinal Caffarra, are going to “propose to the whole Church” a declaration in the name of the peanut gallery.
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    Saint Carlo of Bologna, pray for us!

  2. One itty bitty problemo is Louie’s site is now littered with comments by BLEEPS!
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    His choice of term describing Bergoglio might or might not mean he’s become one, as well, I fear. He and I happily and mirthfully kept in touch frequently a few years back but I sense his stance has now, at the least, brought him to the cusp of helping lead that disorder. I hope that is actually not so.

  3. Concur that Bleepdom is not where we should be headed, but have to admire Louie’s no-nonsense approach.
    I mean, St. Carlo Caffarra…seriously?
    The most you can say is that he was a good man, and a little less weak than others.
    I am violently opposed to pick-and-choose canonizations on the side of the kooks in the hierarchy.
    I’m even more opposed to stupid, presumptuous laymen doing the same cursed thing.
    We should hold ALL “canonizations” done under the rules of the Modernist JP II as INVALID until proven otherwise by a procedure that respects all the necessary safeguards.
    We should simply ignore the presumptions of laymen in this regard.
    I know people who pray, publicly, to “Saint” Archbishop Lefebvre. If there is anyone in modern times who deserves canonization, he is the man.
    But I absolutely refuse to participate in that end run around the authority of the Church. There was a time when saints were “made” by popular acclamation, but that time is long gone, and the riddance is good.
    Those who truly deserve canonization WILL get all the honor due them in the end…and it doesn’t need to be given them here on earth anyway.
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    As to the declaration, the conference has nothing to decide on infallibility. It should just state the already decided *dogma* of Vatican I on papal infallibility, according to the proper interpretation already given by reliable theologians, then state how Francis’ heresies are heresies, that they do not participate whatsoever in the charism of infallibility, that they must be completely resisted, that we have an obligation under pain of mortal sin to resist them, and finally, that if Francis does not retract ALL these heresies within a month, faithful Catholics must treat him as unworthy of obedience, and must repeatedly demand his resignation, and will ignore his rule until he does retract or does resign.
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    It’s not that complicated.
    As a good priest I know used to say: “Just be Catholic!”

  4. You’ll note that I referred to the combox jockies and did not consign Louie hisself to the infernal regions of BLEEP!-Dom,
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    Louie is a fantastic guy. One of my dear friends sees him for brewskis now and again and says the same.
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    IF there is any objective reality to the theory that Jorge IS, in fact, an Antipope, then Louie’s not infrequent “on the cusp” terminology is actually ahead of the rest of the ink stained wretches monitoring this disastrous “papacy”. Again, IF there is an objective reality involved. But we ain’t there… yet.

  5. PS: I concur 110% on politicized sham canonizations.

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