“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
Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga
Bishop Athanasius Schneider
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:
friendship means enmity with God, and the man who would have the
world for his friend makes himself God’s enemy.”
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.
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!
Holy Communion can't be given to those who
reject the Catholic faith
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
men can be ordained priests
Unfortunately, for 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’s ancient!
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
It is a SACRIFICE!
The Third Rail
Most Catholics do
not understand, or fail to grasp the fact that the Mass is “the
Most Holy SACRIFICE of the Mass”.
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”.
Friends — "at Table"
Why, we ask, (apart
from reference to the curious absence of the definite article concerning
the 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:
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
— popular in today's Catholic
you there when they Crucified my Lord?”,
we must ask — and you must seriously answer this:
... 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
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,
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
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We are not asserting
that Francis is not the pope elected by the 120 cardinal
electors on 13 March 2013. Whether he was legitimately elected,
or elected through collusion by a group of disaffected prelates
who secretly met in St. Gallen, Switzerland to overthrow pope
Benedict and have
Bergolglio, now Pope Francis) installed — much as
Cardinal Godfried Danneels proudly proclaimed — is something
we are likely never to know. We must choose the most charitable
interpretation and presume, despite the bluster of Danneels, that
Francis is, in fact, legitimately the Pope — I refrain, however,
from calling him
It is certainly at
least by God's permissive will that he reigns as pontiff.
In other words, God permits it for reasons we cannot
determine — but permitting it is not to actively will
it. He may have permitted the evil collusion of men to
their own evil ends — for a good far beyond our comprehension.
This is not actively willing the evil they perpetrate, anymore
than allowing oneself to be struck is wishing oneself
to be struck. We may permit the present and temporary evil in order
to obtain a good that far exceeds the temporary evil (read Christ's
Sermon on the Mount: St. Matthew chapters 5-7)
It nevertheless remains
that, as more than one writer has observed,
deserve this pope”;
our perverse, willful, utterly secular and evil generation warrants
such a man, bred in this evil generation and nurtured on its permissiveness
and perversity. He is the man for our times, and God, it
appears to me, has justly afflicted him upon us, for his agenda
increasingly seems to be that of the world — not God's.
“Nescitis quia amicitia
huius mundi inimica est Dei?”
— Do you not know that the friendship of the this world is
the enemy of God? (Saint James 4.4)