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August 7, 2008

For a Change, Truth from the Conciliar Vatican

by Thomas A. Droleskey


(Layman) Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez, S.V.D.

Titular See: (Laicized)


Date Age Event Title
30 May 1949 59.17 59.2 Born
15 Aug 1977 28.2 Ordained Priest Priest of Society of the Divine Word
5 Mar 1994 44.8 Appointed Bishop of San Pedro, Paraguay
17 Apr 1994 44.9 Ordained Bishop Bishop of San Pedro, Paraguay
11 Jan 2005 55.6 Resigned Bishop of San Pedro, Paraguay
Jul 2008 59.1 Laicized


Well, what do you know? For a change, truth from the conciliar Vatican. A conciliar "bishop" is referred to as what he is, a layman!

Yes, the indented material above, taken from the Catholic-Hierarchy: Its Bishops and Dioceses, Current and Past website entry for Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez, a former "priest" of the Society of the Divine Word (Divine Word Missionaries) and the former conciliar "bishop" of the Diocese of San Pedro in Paraguay, speaks the truth. Fernando Armindo Lugo Mendez, to be sworn in as President of Paraguay on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Friday, August 15, 2008, is a layman. Then again, Fernando Armindo Lugo Mendez has been a layman his entire life. He was never "ordained" to the Catholic priesthood, nor was he consecrated a "bishop" of the Catholic Church. Although it took me a long, long time to accept the truth of the matter, it is nevertheless a fact that most of men posing as "priests" and "bishops" in the counterfeit church of conciliarism are laymen without the Sacrament of Holy Orders marked indelibly on their immortal souls. (See Father Anthony Cekada's New Bishops, Empty Tabernacle and his Still Null and Still Void and his June 27, 2008, Quidlibet entry for the "short form" explanation of the case that he made in Absolutely Null and Utterly Void for the invalidity of the 1968 conciliar rite of episcopal "consecration.")

Oh, yes, there are older priests who were ordained properly. There are even over one hundred older Roman Rite bishops, many of whom are over ninety years in age, who are true Successors of the Apostles. There are also valid bishops in the Eastern Rites, although these bishops have been compromised by their association with the counterfeit church of conciliarism and with their embrace of many conciliar errors (see Not Such a Triumph After All). Fernando Armindo Lugo Mendez, however, was never a true priest, and he was never a true bishop. He is, however, to be the true President of Paraguay in but eight days, a man who is committed to his Marxist principles in the name of "liberation theology:"

Asunción, Jul 30, 2008 / 01:52 pm (CNA).- The Holy See has confirmed through the Apostolic Nunciature in Paraguay the loss of the clerical state of former bishop and President-elect Fernando Lugo.

In a statement released today and signed by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Giovanni Batista Re, the decree granting a dispensation from the clerical state for Lugo was made public.  “His Excellency the Most Reverend Fernando Armindo Lugo Mendez, S.V.D., Bishop emeritus of San Pedro, requested dispensation from the clerical sate on December 18, 2006, in order to run in the elections for President of the Republic of Paraguay,” the decree states.

“The Holy See, after attempting to dissuade Bishop Fernando Lugo from running as a candidate for President of the Republic (cf. CIC can. 285&2), suspended him from the exercise of the priestly ministry,” the decree explains.

“The recent situation that has been created by the election of Bishop Fernando Lugo as President of the Republic of Paraguay,” the decree says, “requires that, for the good of the country and in order to clearly distinguish between the office of President of the Republic and the exercise of the episcopal ministry, the petition he presented requesting the loss of the clerical state be considered again.”

The decree goes on to affirm that, “in fact, his acceptance of the office of President of the Republic of Paraguay is not compatible with the obligations of the episcopal ministry and the clerical state.”

“Therefore, having carefully examined all the circumstances, His Holiness Benedict XVI has granted him the loss of the clerical state, with the consequent loss of the rights inherent therein, dispensing him as well from his religious vows made in the Society of the Divine Word, from clerical celibacy (cf. CIC can. 291) and from the other obligations that the clerical state entails (cf. CIC can. 292)."

Lastly, the decree underscores, “The Supreme Pontiff exhorts Mr. Fernando Armindo Lugo Mendez to be faithful to the Catholic faith in which he was baptized and to lead a life consistent with the Gospel.”

The Nunciature in Paraguay added that the Church’s action in the case of Lugo “is due exclusively to canonical and pastoral reasons,” and that “the Church, without abdicating her prophetic role, will continue in her relations with civil authorities as spelled out in the Constitution ‘Gaudium et Spes’ of Vatican II, according to which ‘the political community and the Church are independent and autonomous of each other in their own fields.  Nevertheless, both, although under different titles, are at the service of the personal and social vocation of all people’.” Holy See confirms 'loss of clerical state' for former bishop Fernando Lugo 


Want to get dispensed from your vows to the conciliar priesthood in the counterfeit church of conciliarism? Just run for elected office, preferably a presidential office, although a seat in the Canadian parliament will also do. (See A Positivist's Work is Never Done.) In most, although not all instance, especially under Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, the conciliar Vatican will let you violate its own 1983 Code of Canon Law to run for elected office no matter how many egregious evils, including those that cry out to Heaven for vengeance, that you support as matters to be protected by civil law and promoted in every aspect of popular culture.

Paraguay's President-elect Fernando Armindo Lugo Mendez has already named two pro-abort feminists to serve in his cabinet:

ASUNCION, Paraguay, July 9, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Suspended bishop and president-elect of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, has selected two pro-abortion ministers for his future cabinet, sparking protests from pro-life organizations.

The two nominees, Gloria Rubin and Lilian Soto , have been named to lead the Ministry of Women and the Ministry of Public Function respectively.  According to Paraguayan pro-life organizations, the two have made repeated statements affirming their support for decriminalizing abortion.

The Federation of Associations for Life and Family, together with numerous other groups, denounced the nominations in an open letter to Lugo.

"The selection of the ministers for the Ministry of Women and the Ministry of Public Function surprises and concerns us," wrote the Federation.  "They have publicly and openly announced, at national and international events, their opposition to the protection of human life from its conception, promoting the modification of national legislation in favor of the decriminalization of abortion."

The letter also states that "protection of human life from conception to natural death" is an "inviolable principle, which serves as the foundation and sustenance of every democracy" as is the "protection of marriage and family understood as an agreement between a man and a woman, open to children" and the "freedom of education, highlighting the parents as the primary educators of their children and respecting parental rights."

The letter was co-signed by a panoply of different organizations, including the Association of Evangelical Pastors of Paraguay, the Thomas More Institute, the Consortium of Catholic Physicians, the John Paul II Youth Movement, the Legion of Mary, the National Coordination of Lay Movements, the Promotion of Female Artisans and Workers, and others.

Fernando Lugo is the former Bishop of San Pedro, Paraguay, who resigned from his position several years ago when he began to involve himself in politics, in disobedience to the laws of the Catholic Church.  He was later suspended from his functions as a bishop, although he has not yet been reduced to the lay state by Church authorities, who have the option to do so.

Lugo will assume the presidency of Paraguay on August 15th. (Suspended Bishop and President-Elect of Paraguay Selects Two Pro-Aborts)


Lots of luck to the pro-life organizations in Paraguay if they hope that the conciliar officials who refused to excommunicate Lugo for his violation of their false church's Code of Canon Law will actually speak out against the appointment of these two pro-aborts to positions dealing with "women's health" in his soon-to-be inaugurated cabinet. They might as well try getting a "reverent" offering of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service. Oh, never mind, of course. Such well-meaning people have tried for years (and are continuing to try) to make that which is an abomination of its nature into something pleasing to God, a philosophical impossibility.

Seriously, the conciliarists are not going to stop an out-and-out Marxist from governing Paraguay as he pleases. After all, the "people" have spoken. No truly concerned Catholic in Paraguay yet attached to the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism is going to hear any conciliar official remind the people of Paraguay that no one can be a Catholic and socialist at the same time. Pope Pius XI's statement of fact in this regard, contained in Quadragesimo Anno, May 15, 1931, means nothing to those steeped in the spirit of Pacem in Terris and Gaudium et Spes and Dignitatis Humanae and Populorum Progressio. Pope Pius XI's statement about the absolute compatibility between Catholicism and socialism is good for us, however, to keep in mind as statement of eternal truth that can never be "eclipsed" by statements issued by antipopes and their factotums:

If Socialism, like all errors, contains some truth (which, moreover, the Supreme Pontiffs have never denied), it is based nevertheless on a theory of human society peculiar to itself and irreconcilable with true Christianity. Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist.


Seen any statements like this emanating from the counterfeit church of conciliarism lately? Perpetual layman Fernando Armindo Lugo Mendez is a socialist. He cannot be a good Catholic. That's very clear, right? No, not to the conciliarists who are being told by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, that great "restorer of tradition" who is engaged in a "quiet revolution," to remain "faithful" to the teachings of a man who was favorably impressed with the socialist Saul Alinsky, Giovanni Montini/Paul VI. Socialism is just one of those ideas that people are "free" to hold in "good conscience" while remaining a member in good standing of the counterfeit church of conciliarism.

Perpetual layman Fernando Armindo Lugo Mendez will have civil powers autonomous from those of the conciliar church. While conciliar officials will on occasion attempt to discharge their "prophetic roles" to speak out on various issues in accordance with Gaudium et Spes, their little peeps and bleats will mean nothing to Fernando Lugo. Nothing at all. He knows that the conciliar "bishops" are nothing more than toothless paper tigers who have no authority to contravene anything he does in the name of "the people." Live by the "democratic spirit" and you will die as that naturalist "spirit" is used to promote more and more statism under cover of law in the name of the "the people" and their "rights."

Neither perpetual layman Fernando Armindo Lugo Mendez or his brother perpetual laymen in the conciliar hierarchy believe that the purpose of civil government is to foster those conditions in civil society wherein citizens can better sanctify and thus save their souls as members of the Catholic Church. While it is undoubtedly true that perpetual layman Fernando Armindo Lugo Mendez and his perpetual lay colleagues in the conciliar "episcopate" of which he was an active member for a long time share a good deal of socialist beliefs in common, they are also bound together by an abject rejection of Pope Saint Pius X's clear and concise summary of the irreformable, immutable teaching of the Catholic Church concerning the nature of her relations with the civil state-and the latter's responsibility to help man attain his Last End:

That the State must be separated from the Church is a thesis absolutely false, a most pernicious error. Based, as it is, on the principle that the State must not recognize any religious cult, it is in the first place guilty of a great injustice to God; for the Creator of man is also the Founder of human societies, and preserves their existence as He preserves our own. We owe Him, therefore, not only a private cult, but a public and social worship to honor Him. Besides, this thesis is an obvious negation of the supernatural order. It limits the action of the State to the pursuit of public prosperity during this life only, which is but the proximate object of political societies; and it occupies itself in no fashion (on the plea that this is foreign to it) with their ultimate object which is man's eternal happiness after this short life shall have run its course. But as the present order of things is temporary and subordinated to the conquest of man's supreme and absolute welfare, it follows that the civil power must not only place no obstacle in the way of this conquest, but must aid us in effecting it. The same thesis also upsets the order providentially established by God in the world, which demands a harmonious agreement between the two societies. Both of them, the civil and the religious society, although each exercises in its own sphere its authority over them. It follows necessarily that there are many things belonging to them in common in which both societies must have relations with one another. Remove the agreement between Church and State, and the result will be that from these common matters will spring the seeds of disputes which will become acute on both sides; it will become more difficult to see where the truth lies, and great confusion is certain to arise. Finally, this thesis inflicts great injury on society itself, for it cannot either prosper or last long when due place is not left for religion, which is the supreme rule and the sovereign mistress in all questions touching the rights and the duties of men. Hence the Roman Pontiffs have never ceased, as circumstances required, to refute and condemn the doctrine of the separation of Church and State. Our illustrious predecessor, Leo XIII, especially, has frequently and magnificently expounded Catholic teaching on the relations which should subsist between the two societies. "Between them," he says, "there must necessarily be a suitable union, which may not improperly be compared with that existing between body and soul.-"Quaedam intercedat necesse est ordinata colligatio (inter illas) quae quidem conjunctioni non immerito comparatur, per quam anima et corpus in homine copulantur." He proceeds: "Human societies cannot, without becoming criminal, act as if God did not exist or refuse to concern themselves with religion, as though it were something foreign to them, or of no purpose to them.... As for the Church, which has God Himself for its author, to exclude her from the active life of the nation, from the laws, the education of the young, the family, is to commit a great and pernicious error. -- "Civitates non possunt, citra scellus, gerere se tamquam si Deus omnino non esset, aut curam religionis velut alienam nihilque profuturam abjicere.... Ecclesiam vero, quam Deus ipse constituit, ab actione vitae excludere, a legibus, ab institutione adolescentium, a societate domestica, magnus et perniciousus est error."


No one in his right mind can assert with a straight face that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI or any of the perpetual laymen who serve as his Roman Rite "bishops" believe in a word of this. And those, especially in the "progressive" or "libertarian" camps, who would like to assert that no one is required to believe this, that Pope Saint Pius X's words were true in general in 1906 but have become "obsolete" in the "particulars which they contain," ought to consider The Binding Nature of Catholic Social Teaching. Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ must reign as the King of every nation. Anyone who denies this is an apostate.

Rosaries, my friends. Rosaries. We must pray more Rosaries in reparation for our sins and those of the whole world, recognizing that we are far, far from blameless for the state of the Church Militant on earth at this time of apostasy and betrayal. Our Rosaries, offered to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, will do more good for helping souls to see the truth of our ecclesiastical situation than any of our words, no matter how many "proofs" we offer in support of the falsity of the conciliar church and in support of the fact that its officials have defected from the Faith by means of having violated the Divine Positive Law. Rosaries, Rosaries, Rosaries.

While we can provide people with the evidence and the "proofs," we must recognize as well that convincing others about the true state of the Church is a matter of the working of the graces won for us by the shedding of every single drop of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of All Graces. How did it take for this slacker to "get it"? We have to concentrate on the sanctification of our own souls first and foremost. It would do us no good at all to have all of the "proofs" about our situation and then wind up losing our immortal souls because we have failed to pray for our fellow Catholics, most of whom have been blinded and fooled by master confidence-men ("con men") committed to a true revolution against the Faith as they tear down the "bastions" that Joseph Ratzinger himself wrote in Principles of Catholic Theology was a long overdue task.

As we cling to true bishops and true priests in the Catholic catacombs who make no concessions to conciliarism or its false shepherds, may we consider it our privilege to plant a few seeds for the Resurrection of the Mystical Body of Christ on earth by bearing the crosses of the present moment with patience and with perfect equanimity, seeking only the greater honor and glory of God and the eternal good of the souls of others as we render unto the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary all of our poor efforts to restore the Social Reign of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen as the fruit of the Triumph of that same Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!


Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saint Cajetan, pray for us.

Saint Donatus, pray for us.

See also: A Litany of Saints


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