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A Leaven In The World… Remain In Truth While Synod Babbles

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By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK

This week I offer some key points from Raymond Cardinal Burke’s October 3 speech at “The Synodal Babel” international conference in Rome, courtesy of journalist Edward Pentin. Make use of these as a constant reference in the face of any Synod propaganda issuing this Fall from Rome which denies Revelation and the Deposit of Faith.
“The whole synod process is presented as a work of the Holy Spirit who will guide all the members of the synod, but there is not a single word about the obedience due to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit that are always consistent with the truth of the perennial doctrine and the goodness of the perennial discipline that He has inspired throughout the centuries.”
“The moment these concepts [such as mercy or ‘synodality’] become central and are not clearly defined, the door is open to anyone who wants to interpret them in a way that breaks with the Church’s constant teaching on these issues. Indeed, Church history teaches us that the resolution of the worst crises, such as the Arian crisis, always begins with great precision in the vocabulary and concepts used.”
“Our Lord Jesus Christ who alone is our Savior is not at the root and center of synodality. The divine nature of the Church in its foundation and in its organic and enduring life is neglected and, in truth, forgotten.”
“…The way the current synod is organized has nothing to do with Eastern synods…There is confusion around the term synodality, which people artificially try to link to an Eastern practice, but which in reality has all the characteristics of a recent invention, especially with regard to the laity.”
“The Church has never taught that the Roman Pontiff has a special gift to constitute his own doctrine. The Holy Father is the first teacher of the Deposit of Faith which is in itself always alive and dynamic.”
“One must reflect on the gravity of the ecclesial situation when the prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith accuses of heresy and schism those who ask the Holy Father to exercise the Petrine Office to safeguard and promote the Depositum Fidei.”
“Although the current confusion is particularly great, even historically significant not to say unprecedented, we cannot believe that the situation is irreversible. As I have just mentioned, the gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church. The Lord has promised to remain with us in the Church ‘to the close of the age.’ He does not lie. He is always faithful to His promises.”
Bishop Athanasius Schneider, in his talk delivered to the Catholic Identity Conference in Pittsburgh this year, referred to a general atmosphere of “intimidation” in the Church, in connection with the Synod and the public gestures of the Pope. Francis recently received Whoopi Goldberg, a vocal enemy of the Catholic Church and the Faith, and an outspoken advocate of legal child murder by abortion, in audience at Rome. She lauded him for his “support,” as she imagines it, for sodomy.
Any support that Pope Francis offers to sin remains his personal error and does not reflect upon or change the papacy which was founded and exists purely for confirming the faith in the Church and the world. Pope Francis is alone responsible for his words and deeds.
Bishop Schneider said, “Those with administrative power are triumphing right now. They have the buildings — we have the faith.”
The remnant of those who remain in the faith of all times and of the Catechism may become a remnant but they are the Church on Earth in continuity with Christ and the apostles.
He spoke about a “new political order” and the fact that the Holy See became a kind of chaplaincy for the UN and world political elites. At this point the Pope is well known for supporting “global programs; immigration politics destroying European Christian identity, de facto supporting LBGTQ by appointing bishops who further the agenda and Fr. James Martin propaganda. The Holy See is tolerating blessings of same-sex couples in Berlin, Munich, and other places. He does nothing which amounts to de facto support.”
Bishop Schneider said it is a “most grievous violation of justice and charity to deny truth to LGBTQ identifying individuals, exposing their souls to damnation for all eternity.” A “filial and fraternal correction done with the right intention and proper mode is a public witness of faith and act of charity” for these and any persons caught up in sin.
Bishop Schneider has on a few occasions himself made fraternal corrections of the Pope. For example, he opposed the Abu Dhabi agreement which erroneously stated that God wills all religions. He spoke personally to the Pope who then agreed that God “permitted” such, though not directly willing it. But, despite this, the document was left as is.
“Do not abandon Mother Church in her Golgotha hours,” the bishop urged. Do acts of “reparation and penance.” He counseled that we “protest’ the denial of the faith by its official representatives in Rome, but “do not leave the Church.”
He referred to St. Elizabeth Hesselblad, who said, “If the Pope and all priests abandon God it will not shake my faith.” He said to avoid the extreme of the sedevacantists. In the face of repeated and increasing scandals that are traced back to the actions and words of Pope Francis, we must “take a supernatural view, not using extreme statements as protests.” He said to remember that “the Pope is not identical with the Church. The Church is greater than the Pope.”
We are strong as we remain in “the Faith is of all the saints, all Popes, all time. A single Pope is short, not long” in the perspective of the Church throughout time and all over the globe.
“The Church is not in our hands,” he said, but “in the hands of Our Lord Jesus Christ, though the Church is, at the same time, “in unprecedented crisis.”
“We must be like our Lady under the Cross,” he said, “we must ask for strong faith like hers.” He urged that we “offer suffering as a small offering for the purification of the Church. Let no one take away your joy in the Catholic Faith.”
According to Catholic World Report, José Miguel Gomez Rodríguez, the archbishop of Manizales in Colombia, has added his voice to that of bishops who, like Schneider and Cardinal Burke, oppose the fantasy that a Synod can change faith and morals.
“Before the synod, a few days before, they published the Pope’s answers to some questions or doubts that some cardinals had raised and there are also these questions, in such a way that what the Pope wants is for us to handle with great respect and great delicacy the questions that people have in their hearts and that we answer them with so much respect that no one is offended, that everyone has clear in their minds the why of things,” Gómez explained.
The Colombian prelate emphasized that “the synod cannot remove pages from the Bible, the synod does not have that kind of authority, nor does the Pope remotely want that.” When asked in an interview with ACI/Prensa whether the Church can bless so-called same sex relationships, the prelate responded, “No, but the Church already knows that answer.”
A legitimate question: When will bishops and the Pope start speaking and acting like the Church already knows the answers?
Thank you for reading and praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever.

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