“Declaration of the Truths
relating to some of the most Common Errors
in the Life of the Church of our Time”
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke
Cardinal Janis Pujats
Archbishop Tomash Peta
Jan Pawel Lenga
“The world’s friendship
means enmity with God, and the man who would have the world for
his friend makes himself God’s enemy.”
(Saint James 4.4) In
many ways it appears to be making every effort to be effectively
indistinguishable from the world in the way of teaching and
morals — the very mandates
with which she was entrusted with the Keys of Saint Peter. She wishes
to be acceptable to world at the cost of becoming
unacceptable to God.
To say that confusion,
doubt, misunderstanding, disorientation, uncertainty, and a loss
of faith has characterized the Catholic Church for the past 60 years
— and has become pandemic under the corrupt papacy of Francis
— is an understatement. In every practical sense it has ceased
to be what it had been, and since 1964 has been trying to define
what it is apart from what it was and wished no longer
to be because it was an impediment to rapprochement with the world.
As a consequence, the Church became increasingly intimate with the
world, ignoring the admonition of Saint James:
What Cardinal Burke, and Bishops
Schneider, Pujats, and Peta have done is nothing short re-vitalizing
genuine Catholic Faith, teachings,
and morals in the absence of sound teaching and example in a misguided,
corrupt, and in many ways malevolent pontiff who has left the sheep
scattered and frightened — and who himself seeks to
throw open the gates to the sheepfold.
But where the wolves abound, a handful
of faithful Shepherds remain — undaunted by enemies
within and without; and they are many and powerful. But God is Power
Absolute — and He Himself upholds the good shepherds.
These few brave men — only four —
among the 5000 bishops worldwide
are very reminiscent of Gideon and the Midianites (read the Book
of Judges chapters 6-8). So few can do so much!
sums it up succinctly:
There is a Hell and those who go there
suffer for eternity
Church teaching can never contradict what
was previous Church teaching
Muslims do not offer to God the same
supernatural worship as do Christians
Ecumenism intends that non-Catholics enter
the Catholic Church
God does not will the diversity of religions
No one has a natural right to choose the moral
evil of sin
Anyone in a state of grace has the God-given
strength to live a moral life
Intrinsically evil actions such as abortion
or euthanasia are wrong in all circumstances
Sexual acts are only moral within a valid
marriage and when open to life
Christ is truly, really and substantially
present in the Eucharist
Prior to receiving Holy Communion all mortal
sins must be confessed in number and kind
Holy Communion can't be given to those living
in a public state of objectively grave sin
Holy Communion can't be given to those who
reject the Catholic faith
Only men can be ordained priests
many Catholics — or those who deem themselves Catholics —
what these cardinals and archbishops are stating — has been held
by the Catholic Church for over 2000 years!
It is not even old:
It is a commentary unto itself that it must
be re-stated for many Catholics today, as though it were
shocking and new.
Much of the credit for this appalling state of affairs
goes to Francis who has defiled the Seat of Peter; and virtually
all of it to the heretical Second Vatican Council
(really, how tiresome novelty becomes after 60 years!). Only one
(perhaps more) truth should be added to these, for it is in dire
need of repeating:
The Mass is a Sacrifice! It
is not a luncheon or good fellowship. It is a
The Third Rail
Most Catholics do not understand, or fail to grasp
the fact that the Mass is “the Most Holy SACRIFICE of
They had never been taught this absolutely central mystery,
this most vital tenet of Catholicism — apart from which Catholicism
is incomprehensible. Why? It is a fair question. The answer
is as simple as the question is fair: No one told them. Not
their CCD teachers, nor did they learn it from their glossy, expensive,
and utterly useless CCD books, and most sadly, not even from their
priests. It is the Third Rail of Ecumenism: touch it and
you perish. It is too Catholic, too un-ecumenical, too redolent
of the Catholic Church of two millennia — and to hold that this
is true, of course, means that your Protestant, Jewish, or
Muslim neighbor is wrong in disagreeing with this Catholic
dogma. “Disagreement” is expunged from the Ecumenical Lexicon,
for disagreement foments rational discussion, and is understood
as (inexplicably) engendering “hostility”. In fact, the word “wrong”
has no place in the Ecumenical Lexicon either. We are all right
even when our propositions are contradictory. This is called Ecumenism.
It is also known as illogical, or the Hegelian Wonderland
where all utterly intractable contradictions are “reconciled”.
Francis and Friends
— "at Table"
Why, we ask, (apart from reference to the curious
absence of the definite article concerning
table) is the sacrificial nature of the Mass either unrecognized
or so widely misunderstood? We have already provided two reasons
(Francis and Friends — and Vatican II) but the third is less obvious
because we have been exposed to the banality of it for over half
a century: The presence of “a table” and the absence
of “an altar.” You have your luncheon at a table. You sacrifice
at an altar. What could be clearer?
Protestants have “tables” and “communal meals” — Catholics witness
and participate in the most sublime sacrifice in history
— every Sunday and at every Mass! The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ
on the Cross re-presented as though Calvary were right there
before them — which it is!
Subjecting Christ on the Cross
to Laughter (again)
That, too, is why some “liturgical novelties” are
so offensive — even blasphemous: one does not:
strum a guitar
bang on a drum
play a flute
break the “monotony of sacred silence” with
incessant piano strains more appropriate to a lounge.
“sing” miserable pop music
perform “liturgical dances”
show off ones instrumental skills or (presumed)
Think of it: when
we commit any of these obscenities,
we subject Christ on the Cross to them:
our laughter, our absurd skits, and —
and of all things blasphemous — our APPLAUSE ... we
vigorously clap our hands as Christ suffers and dies on the Cross!
In an adaptation of one of the protestant
Plantation Hymns” — popular in today's
Catholic Church, “Were
you there when they Crucified my Lord?”,
we must ask — and you must seriously answer this:
you there” ... would you do these
things? Laugh? Applaud? Make jokes. Emphasize your vocal
mastery? Bang on your drum? Play a piano? Rehearse with a flute?
Discuss mundane things with the person next to you?
Well? Would you ...?
This is Calvary, people! Not the Hard
Rock Café! You would do well to recognize your venue.
Back to Basics
In other words back to what was, is, and ever will
be genuinely Catholic for all time.
We do not have the time to enumerate all that is
uniquely and distinguishably Catholic that has been jettisoned since
Vatican II in an effort to make the Catholic Church a member in
good standing with the 349 members of the Protestant World
Council of Churches. It would be too long and too depressing.
We have lost so, so much of what is Catholic
— at Mass, in our lives, in our devotions, in the way of continuity
with the thousands of Saints and Martyrs who preceded 1964 and the
Second Vatican Council.
Under Francis, it appears that all things are negotiable,
all things are on the table — nothing is certain, even
most cherished beliefs”
that, Cardinal Cupich (close advisor
to Francis) tells us we must be prepared to abandon.
Perhaps to Francis ... and Cupich ... and so
many, many other weak-kneed, invertebrate, cardinals,
bishops, priests, “theologians”
But not to these four men (vir) who appear to be the only
4 pillars preventing the collapse of Catholicism altogether as a
distinguishable religion among many that have made their peace (and
place) with the world at the cost of Communion with Christ
through the Communion of Saints and their rejection of
perpetual and indefeasible doctrines and dogmas of Holy Mother the
Catholic Church for 2000 years:
Not Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, not Bishop Athanasius
Schneider, nor Cardinal Janis Pujats, or Archbishop Tomash Peta.
And definitely not me!
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
July 3, 2019