... Our task as pastors is to protect the Lord’s flock from mercenaries and rapacious wolves: not to retreat as soon as we are attacked, abandoning it or allowing it to be looked after by others. Being successors of the apostles implies a personal responsibility, from which no one can ever exempt us, for that would constitute a betrayal of Christ’s example. [https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/archbishop-vigano-canceled-bishops-must-give-their-lives-for-the-persecuted-catholic-faithful/?utm_source=featured_news&utm_campaign=usa]
1. "In many ways the political philosophy of Martin Luther (1483-1546)
must be regarded as an amazing paradox. Luther started with a plea for reform in the concept of the church and ended with a reform in the concept of the state. He started with a plea for individual liberty and for freedom of conscience; yet his doctrines led directly to a belief in the divine right of kings and to the belief that monarchs [the secular states] have a right to dictate religious dogmas to the private individual. He started as an internationalist with a message to the peoples of all nations: he ended by formulating the doctrine of all-powerful national states in perpetual antagonism to one another. He started with the doctrine of the basic equality of all men, and ended with the doctrine that all men should be
subject to the iron will of their secular [state] lord." [From Luther to Hitler, William McGovern, Page 31: https://archive.org/stream/in.ernet.dli.2015.237119/2015.237119.From-Luther_djvu.txt]
2. "I thought I was pretty jaded on the Pope Francis question. But what I learned this morning actually shook me, sent a cold chill down my spine of the kind I’ve only felt before confronting the demons outside abortion clinics.
Pope Francis’ apostolic nuncio to the United States, Cardinal Christophe Pierre, told Bishop Joseph Strickland three years ago that “there is no deposit of faith.” … [A]ccording to Bishop Strickland, Pierre made the “shocking” claim at a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
[Strickland friend and confidante Terry Barber said] “Bishop Strickland communicated to me that … Pierre confronted [him] and said, ‘Look, the Holy Father is watching you. You need to stop talking about the deposit of faith. There is no deposit of faith.’
Just to avoid confusion, Pierre did not say the following:
I tell you, Winston, that reality is not external. Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes: only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal. Whatever the Party holds to be the truth, is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party.
That was a quote from Orwell’s 1984.
Cardinal Pierre isn’t a fictional inquisitor from a political dystopia, but the highest Vatican official in the United States, the pope’s personal representative. It’s his job to pick U.S. bishops. He’s like the papal ambassador to the U.S. When he speaks for the Vatican, no one can overrule him short of the pope himself." - John Zmirak is a senior editor at The Stream [https://stream.org/top-us-vatican-official-claims-pope-may-make-the-faith-up-as-he-goes/]
Note: This important piece is by a Catholic Monitor (CM) contributor with editorial input from the CM publisher.
Pray an Our Father now for reparation for the sins committed because of Francis’s Amoris Laetitia.