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St. Catherine's Advice to Cdl. Burke: Do God's Will & Don't Fear Schism

Sigrid Undset's biography "Catherine of Sienna," Undset reports that when the Pope asked her if it was God's will that he return to Rome:

"Catherine replied: 'Who knows God's will so well as your Holiness, for have you not bound yourself by a vow---' Greatly shaken, Gregory stared at the young woman. He had made a vow that he would return to to Rome if he were chosen to be Pope--- it was while he was still cardinal. But he had not told a living soul. From that moment he knew he would leave Avignon." (Page 210)

Undset's biography shows the saint knew that her getting the Pope to leave Avignon would bring about a schism:

"Catherine replied... 'When the Pope really begins to reform the morals of the clergy they will rebel and split the Church.' No, there would be no new heresy, there would be schism. And she said to Raimondo and his friends that they would live to see this horror." (Page 194-195) 


"Catherine had foreseen the schism. When she received the news of it, she must have known that her longing to throw herself into the tumult of battle would soon be fulfilled... she had still much to do here on earth. Because she knew the time was approaching when she should depart from this life."

In 2016, Cardinal Raymond Burke in an interview gave a timeline on issuing the "formal correction" to Francis:

"In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews, Cardinal Raymond Burke has given an indication of the possible timeline of a “formal correction” of Pope Francis should the Pope not respond to the five dubia seeking clarity on Amoris Laetitia, presented to the Pope by four Cardinals, including Cardinal Burke."

“'The dubia have to have a response because they have to do with the very foundations of the moral life and of the Church’s constant teaching with regard to good and evil, with regard to various sacred realities like marriage and Holy Communion and so forth,' Burke said during a telephone interview."

“'Now of course we are in the last days, days of strong grace, before the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord, and then we have the Octave of the Solemnity and the celebrations at the beginning of the New Year - the whole mystery of Our Lord’s Birth and His Epiphany - so it would probably take place sometime after that.'”

"The cardinal, who is the patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta, said the format of the correction would be 'very simple.'”

“'It would be direct, even as the dubia are, only in this case there would no longer be raising questions, but confronting the confusing statements in Amoris Laetitia with what has been the Church’s constant teaching and practice, and thereby correcting Amoris Laetitia,' he said."
(LifeSiteNews, "Exclusive: Cardinal Burke suggests timeline for 'formal correction' of Pope Francis," December 19, 2016) [https://www-lifesitenews-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.lifesitenews.com/mobile/news/exclusive-cardinal-burke-suggests-timeline-for-formal-correction-of-pope-fr?amp_js_v=a2&_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQCKAE%3D#aoh=15691891668402&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&_tf=From%20%251%24s&share=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lifesitenews.com%2Fnews%2Fexclusive-cardinal-burke-suggests-timeline-for-formal-correction-of-pope-fr]

All faithful Catholics must pray that Cardinal Burke keeps his word and issue the first correction and possibly the second formal correction.

On January 4, 2017, LifeSiteNews reported that Cardinal Brandmuller told the Vatican Insider:

"'I believe that Cardinal Burke is convinced that a formal correction must in the first instance be made in camera caritatis,' meaning in private said Brandmuller."
(LifeSiteNews, "Cardinal Brandmuller gives details about possible ' fraternal correction' of Pope," January, 4 2017)

If the Dubia Cardinals have already issued the first correction and were to issue a second correction then Pope Francis is close to becoming "canonically guilty of heresy" and may be close to being removed from the "office" of the papacy unless he recants or rejects the "heresies he has announced" according to theologian John R. T. Lamont.

Lamont in Rorate Caeli wrote the "formal correction" by Cardinal Burke would lead to schism "probably leav[ing] the Church with Francis as an [heretical] anti-Pope contesting the authority of the new Pope":

The "formal correction that Cardinal Burke envisages would be such an act. If such a warning were repeated twice and Pope Francis refused to heed both of these warnings, he would become canonically guilty of heresy..."

"... It is to be hoped that the correction of Pope Francis does not have to proceed this far, and that he will either reject the heresies he has announced or resign his office. Removing him from office would require the election of a new Pope, and would probably leave the Church with Francis as an anti-Pope contesting the authority of the new Pope."
(Rorate Caeli, "Considerations on the dubia of the four Cardinals," December 5, 2016) [[http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/12/article-considerations-on-dubia-of-four.html?m=1]

Doctor of the Church St. Catherine of Sienna was in the same situation that Cardinal Raymond Burke is in now.

Catherine knew what Cardinal Burke knows which is that if God's will is done, in terms of speaking the truth and reforming the Church, there will be a schism.

It appears that the reason he hasn't kept his word and issued the correction is that he fears that if he does God's will in terms of speaking the truth and reforming the Church there will be a schism.

The Cardinal needs to take the advice of St. Catherine who is not only one of the greatest saints in history, but a Doctor of the Church.

Do God's will no matter the consequences. Do God's will even if it brings about a schism.

She knew that if she did God's will and got the French Pope Gregory XI to leave the French court of Avignon and return to Rome that there would be a schism.

Catherine knew that as long as Gregory stayed in France that there would be no "reform" of "the morals of the clergy" and that the corrupt inner circle of the papacy would get more corrupt leading to the loss of more souls.

In Nobel Prize winner Sigrid Undset's biography "Catherine of Sienna," Undset reports that when the Pope asked her if it was God's will that he return to Rome:

"Catherine replied: 'Who knows God's will so well as your Holiness, for have you not bound yourself by a vow---' Greatly shaken, Gregory stared at the young woman. He had made a vow that he would return to to Rome if he were chosen to be Pope--- it was while he was still cardinal. But he had not told a living soul. From that moment he knew he would leave Avignon." (Page 210)

Undset's biography shows the saint knew that her getting the Pope to leave Avignon would bring about a schism:

"Catherine replied... 'When the Pope really begins to reform the morals of the clergy they will rebel and split the Church.' No, there would be no new heresy, there would be schism. And she said to Raimondo and his friends that they would live to see this horror." (Page 194-195)

"Catherine had foreseen the schism. When she received the news of it, she must have known that her longing to throw herself into the tumult of battle would soon be fulfilled... she had still much to do here on earth. Because she knew the time was approaching when she should depart from this life." (Page 259)

St. Catherine reveal to Cardinal Burke that he will soon be departing from this life to meet the Living God. He must do God's will and not fear a schism.

He must remember that he may be contradicting God's will for him in not issuing the correction.

He must remember that it is his sacred duty as a cardinal to defend the glory of God, His Church and the very words taught by the Son of God Jesus Christ because:

Francis claims it is "authentic Magisterium" to contradict the very words of the Son of God and the infallible Revelation He gave to His Church.

Francis claims it is "authentic Magisterium" to contradict Jesus Christ who is God, the Bible, all popes, all Tradition by admitting to Holy Communion those committing the sexual act of adultery in violation of the Sixth Commandment which Pope John Paul II taught was "intrinsically impossible."
(Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, "Concerning Some Objections to the Teachings on the Reception of Holy Communion by Divorce and Remarried Members of the Faithful," Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, www.vatican.va)

Moreover, might a historical Great Schism cardinal's lying to St. Vincent shed light on why Cardinal Burke refuses to act?

Latin language expert Br. Alexis Bugnolo gives a brief summary of why Saint Vincent Ferrer was wrong on who was the real pope during the Great Western Schism. It appears that this history may shed light on our present crisis:

"Despite all the graces and gifts which Saint Vincent had, and despite the great wisdom and learning he possessed from years of studying — for example he memorized the entire Latin version of the Bible and spoke 5 languages: Greek, Latin, Hebrew, French and Langue d’óc  — CHRIST WITHHELD from the Saint graces to see who was and who was not the true pope. Our Lord did this, in my opinion, to give us as lesson for our own time."

"The Saint was a close friend to Cardinal Pedro de Luna, who was a supporter of the Antipope.  The Schism began in 1378, when the previous pope, having been persuaded by Saint Catherine of Sienna to return to Rome, died. And the new Pope Urban VI was elected at Rome. The French Cardinals did not accept the election and immediately elected Clement VII. Cardinal Pedro knew his election was uncanonical, but concealed the facts from Saint Vincent for 38 years! In 1394, Cardinal Pedro was elected to succeed the antipope, and took the name Benedict XIII."

"Saint Vincent was so deceived by Cardinal Pedro that he preached to convince the people of the Kingdom of Aragon to give allegiance to the Antipope of Avignon and to break from Rome! So troublesome was this schism to the soul of Saint Vincent that he said to others that it frequently made him ill."

"The Great Western Schism had begun on a dispute where the wrong side was making claims on the basis of their allegations of being forced to vote. This kind of claim was really impossible to prove, it rested solely on the testimony of the alleged victims. No one disputed that the antipope was elected second. No one disputed the laws which govern the election."

"But though he was a convinced supporter of the antipope of Avignon, Saint Vincent, nevertheless, loved the Church more than his personal friend, the Cardinal, and thus he urged Councils to end the Schism. And here is where his virtue is a lesson for us."

"Because in Council of Perpignan, in the Kingdom of Aragon, in January 6, 1416, when the evidence was presented to Saint Vincent by the King of Aragon that Benedict XIII’s claim was not well founded, Benedict’s supporters could give no response and defend his claim against the charges. Saint Vincent had come to the Council a supporter of Benedict. He even preached in his defense. But when no evidence could be brought to defend the claim of the man whom he thought was the pope, St. Vincent immediately switched allegiance, for he recognized, being a master of Logic — a text book on which he had written — that when one side refuses to answer or has no argument, it means that they have no valid claim at all for their position." 

"... Saint Vincent for all his supernatural gifts, erred for many years, because he put his trust in his favorite Cardinal, who was lying to him. And he never bothered to examine the case calmly according to the principles of the law. — He was not a canon lawyer, and so that failing is understandable in a man who was so humble as to never think evil of others. But it nevertheless was such a grave error in law, that God Himself did not give him the grace to see it by supernatural means. The truth came to him by the testimony of fellow men."

"In November, I asked Cardinal Burke through Canon Lenhart for an audience to discuss the Renunciation. In December, I returned and asked again and was promised one in January. January has come and is now ended. Still no audience or response to my Scholastic Question, containing 39 arguments which conclude that Pope Benedict XVI is the true Pope."
 
Pray that Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Brandmuller correct Francis as well as investigate the validity of Francis's conclave and Pope Benedict's resignation so more souls are not lost.

St. Catherine, we ask you to pray that Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Brandmuller do this.

Pray a Our Father now for this intention.

We ask you Mary, Mother of God, St. Joseph and St. Catherine to pray that the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ cover and flood the minds and hearts all the cardinals, bishops, clergy, religious and laity that they defend the glory of God and the truths of the Son of God Jesus Christ's Revelation.

Pray one Our Father and the following prayer now for this intention.

Constant Prayer of St. Catherine to the Precious Blood of Jesus:

Precious Blood, ocean of Divine Mercy: Flow upon us!

Precious Blood most pure offering: Procure us every grace!

Precious Blood, hope and refuge of sinners: Atone for us!

Precious Blood, delight of holy souls: Draw us! Amen.

-St. Catherine of Sienna-
 

Stop for a moment of silence, ask Jesus Christ what He want you to do next. Make this a practice. By doing this you are doing more good than reading anything here or anywhere else on the Internet

Francis Notes:

- Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales totally confirmed beyond any doubt the possibility of a heretical pope and what must be done by the Church in such a situation:

"[T]he Pope... WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See."
(The Catholic Controversy, by St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)


Saint Robert Bellarmine, also, said "the Pope heretic is not deposed ipso facto, but must be declared deposed by the Church."
[https://archive.org/stream/SilveiraImplicationsOfNewMissaeAndHereticPopes/Silveira%20Implications%20of%20New%20Missae%20and%20Heretic%20Popes_djvu.txt]

- "If Francis is a Heretic, What should Canonically happen to him?": http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2020/12/if-francis-is-heretic-what-should.html

- "Could Francis be a Antipope even though the Majority of Cardinals claim he is Pope?": http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2019/03/could-francis-be-antipope-even-though.html

 -  LifeSiteNews, "Confusion explodes as Pope Francis throws magisterial weight behind communion for adulterers," December 4, 2017:

The AAS guidelines explicitly allows "sexually active adulterous couples facing 'complex circumstances' to 'access the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.'"

-  On February 2018, in Rorate Caeli, Catholic theologian Dr. John Lamont:

"The AAS statement... establishes that Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia has affirmed propositions that are heretical in the strict sense."

- On December 2, 2017, Bishop Rene Gracida:

"Francis' heterodoxy is now official. He has published his letter to the Argentina bishops in Acta Apostlica Series making those letters magisterial documents."

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church by the bishops by the grace of God.

Election Notes:  

- Intel Cryptanalyst-Mathematician on Biden Steal: "212Million Registered Voters & 66.2% Voting,140.344 M Voted...Trump got 74 M, that leaves only 66.344 M for Biden" [http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2020/12/intel-cryptanalyst-mathematician-on.html?m=1]

- Will US be Venezuela?: Ex-CIA Official told Epoch Times "Chávez started to Focus on [Smartmatic] Voting Machines to Ensure Victory as early as 2003": http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2020/12/will-us-be-venezuela-ex-cia-official.html

- Tucker Carlson's Conservatism Inc. Biden Steal Betrayal is explained by “One of the Greatest Columns ever Written" according to Rush: http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/tucker-carlsons-conservatism-inc-biden.html?m=1
 
- A Hour which will Live in Infamy: 10:01pm November 3, 2020:
http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2021/01/a-hour-which-will-live-in-infamy-1001pm.html?m=1
 
What is needed right now to save America from those who would destroy our God given rights is to pray at home or in church and if called to even go to outdoor prayer rallies in every town and city across the United States for God to pour out His grace on our country to save us from those who would use a Reichstag Fire-like incident to destroy our civil liberties. [Is the DC Capitol Incident Comparable to the Nazi Reichstag Fire Incident where the German People Lost their Civil Liberties?: http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/is-dc-capital-incident-comparable-to.html?m=1 and Epoch Times Show Crossroads on Capitol Incident: "Anitfa 'Agent Provocateurs'":
http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/epoch-times-show-crossroads-on-capital.html?m=1

Pray an Our Father now for the grace to know God's Will and to do it.
 
Pray an Our Father now for America.
 
Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church as well as the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

 

Comments

Unknown said…
Amen!
Ora pro nobis s. Catharina!

Thank you Fred.
God bless you!

I am right now reading book about S. Catharina of Sienna, written by Johannes Jorgensen. I am reading a translation in Dutch written 1917.
What a wonderfully written book!
Whith a great number of her quotes and prayers!
What a great Saint of God she is!
I suggest wholeheartedly to everyone to read it.

Ivan
Fred Martinez said…
Ivan, Thanks and I'll look into that book.God bless you!

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