Newman Expert Fr. Hunwicke: "PF [Francis] Repudiates the Petrine Ministry... It is also Blasphemous. PF is Not Jesus"
In 2016, Cardinal John Henry Newman expert Fr. John Hunwicke said:
"I suggest that Jorge Bergoglio's formal refusal to respond to the Five Dubia constituted a formal entry into a period of Temporary Suspense of the function of his Petrine Magisterium." (Liturgical Notes, "Suspense of the Magisterium," November 25, 2016)
This week, the Newman expert said "Again, PF [Francis] repudiates the Petrine Ministry":
"My" conception of the Petrine Ministry is what was defined by Vatican I in 1870. I believe, ex animo, that the Holy Spirit was not promised to the Successors of S Peter so that, by His revelation, they should propagate new doctrines, but so that, with His help, they should devoutly hand on the Tradition, the Deposit of the Faith, which they have received through the Apostles.
I condemn what Vatican I condemned both because Vatican I gives me the authentic Teaching of the Catholic Church which demands my unconditional adherence and because (happily for me) it coheres with my own understanding of the Catholic Faith.
Pastor Aeternus of Vatican I got things right. When I teach the same, I am getting things right. When PF teaches the opposite, he is getting things wrong.
says he going to tell us all about S Paul's Letter to the Galatians.
But you don't need to wait for him to do this. Even in this pontificate,
you are allowed to read the Epistles of S Paul for yourself. And here
is the programmatic statement which launches this magnificent Epistle on
"If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received [par' ho parelabete], let him be accursed [anathema esto]."
S Paul says in Galatians precisely what Vatican I taught. "What you received" Rules OK. If anyone teaches the opposite, Anathema...
PF's approach is the same now as it was in his 2017 homily at the Easter Vigil, which I analysed in Defending the Faith Against Present Heresies (pp 207ff). PF claims that those who disagree with his own new dogmas are in a situation analogous to that of those who disagreed with the Lord ... or (in this recent address) disagreed with S Paul.
But this is not only arrogant almost beyond belief. It is also blasphemous. PF is not Jesus. There is to be no Third Age with new teaching. Moses' version of the Law was "fulfilled" by that of Jesus, but PF is not a Third Lawgiver sent to supersede Jesus. [https://liturgicalnotes.blogspot.com/2021/06/again-pf-repudiates-petrine-ministry.html]
How does this apply to us in our current crisis?
In the Hunwicke's "Temporary Suspense" post, a well-known blog commenter Fr. VF, who I know knows canon law very well, gave us a battle tactic in the Liturgical Notes comment section:
"Since 2004, the American bishops have repeatedly approved a document, 'Catholics in Political Life,' which declares that a bishop may 'legitimately' give Communion to pro-abortion politicians."
"I.e., the bishops have nullified canon 915. Canon 915 exists precisely because the thing it prohibits is grave matter."
"I.e., the bishops have voted themselves permission to commit mortal sin!"
"Surely, the teaching function of such bishops is "'in suspense'!"
Canon 915 says:
Catholics who "obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to Holy Communion."
What does this mean to the laity and ordinary good faithful priests and bishops?
Laity must first pray for God's grace as well as wisdom and then they can demand that priests and bishops who still have the Catholic faith refuse to give Communion to heterodox bishops and cardinals.
I am sure the greatest Catholic hero of orthodoxy St. Athanasius never gave Communion to Arian bishops.
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."
- "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.
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