Incompetent To Teach Squat About The Catholic Faith
Thomas A. Droleskey
As noted two days ago in part one of this three-part overview of the "two-headed pope monster's" Lumen Fidei, July 5, 2013, one can get bogged down in the tortuous language used by the conciliar revolutionaries to obfuscate Catholic doctrine as they use one Modernist device after another to make it appear as though they concept of Faith is the same as that taught by the Catholic Church when it is not.
Indeed, Pope Pius X explained to us in Pascendi Dominci Gregis, September 8, 1907, that that Modernists are masters at masking their true intentions behind a plethora of language that appears to alternate between something recognizably Catholic and that which is a deviation from the true Faith. Holy Mother Church's last Supreme Pontiff to be raised to her altars explained that Modernists use a "thousand noxious devices" to "lead the unwary into error."
One of the chief devices used by Modernists is that of the Kantian doctrine of "immanentism," which is really little else than simple positivism, that is, the assertion that something is so because has been asserted as true or, to be bit more precise about the false teaching of Immanuel Kant, that it has the capacity of being true.
This device is very evident in the following passage of Lumen Fidei:
faith is a way, it also has
to do with the lives of
those men and women who,
though not believers,
nonetheless desire to
believe and continue to
seek. To the extent that
they are sincerely open to
love and set out with
whatever light they can
find, they are already, even
without knowing it, on the
path leading to faith. They
strive to act as if God
existed, at times because
they realize how important
he is for finding a sure
compass for our life in
common or because they
experience a desire for
light amid darkness, but
also because in perceiving
life’s grandeur and beauty
they intuit that the
presence of God would make
it all the more beautiful. Saint Irenaeus of Lyons
tells how Abraham, before
hearing God’s voice, had
already sought him "in the
ardent desire of his heart"
and "went throughout the
whole world, asking himself
where God was to be found",
until "God had pity on him
who, all alone, had sought
him in silence". Anyone who sets off on the
path of doing good to others
is already drawing near to
God, is already sustained by
his help, for it is
characteristic of the divine
light to brighten our eyes
whenever we walk towards the
fullness of love. (Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis, Lumen Fidei, July 5, 2013.)
Saint Irenaeus does not look favorably upon how he is being brought forth as a yet another in the long line of witnesses used by the conciliar revolutionaries to distort their teaching so as to make them, in effect, perjured witnesses in behalf of conciliarism.
For the truth of the matter is that the passage from Lumen Fidei cited just above is a perfect example of the immanence used by Modernists that was condemned by Pope Saint Pius X in Pascendi Dominci Gregis:
37. But it is not solely by objective arguments that the non-believer may be
disposed to faith. There are also those that are subjective, and for this
purpose the modernist apologists return to the doctrine of immanence. They
endeavor, in fact, to persuade their non-believer that down in the very depths
of his nature and his life lie hidden the need and the desire for some religion,
and this not a religion of any kind, but the specific religion known as
Catholicism, which, they say, is absolutely postulated by the perfect
development of life. And here again We have grave reason to complain that there
are Catholics who, while rejecting immanence as a doctrine, employ it as a
method of apologetics, and who do this so imprudently that they seem to admit,
not merely a capacity and a suitability for the supernatural, such as has at all
times been emphasized, within due limits, by Catholic apologists, but that there
is in human nature a true and rigorous need for the supernatural order. Truth to
tell, it is only the moderate Modernists who make this appeal to an exigency for
the Catholic religion. As for the others, who might he called integralists, they
would show to the non-believer, as hidden in his being, the very germ which
Christ Himself had in His consciousness, and which He transmitted to mankind.
Such, Venerable Brethren, is a summary description of the apologetic method of
the Modernists, in perfect harmony with their doctrines -- methods and doctrines
replete with errors, made not for edification but for destruction, not for the
making of Catholics but for the seduction of those who are Catholics into
heresy; and tending to the utter subversion of all religion. (Pope Saint Pius X, Pascendi Dominci Gregis, September 8, 1907.)
Thus stands condemned one of the principle cornerstones of the conciliar revolutionaries to justify their kind words and messages of "feast day" greetings to non-Catholics as "believers" even though they do not believe that all that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ taught in the Sacred Deposit of Faith as He has entrusted It to the eternal safekeeping and infallible explication of His Catholic Church and/or reject His Sacred Divinity or even the existence of God altogether.
Thus stands condemned the very cornerstone of Lumen Fidei and everything it embodies: the new ecclesiology, false ecumenism, "inter-religious "dialogue" and "prayer services," "religious liberty" and the late Father Karl Rahner's "Anonymous Christian."
Yes, you see, the devil lacks creativity. He is simply repackaging the same old Modernist methodologies in the person of the "friendly," "ever-humble," "simple" and "devout Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis.
This is how the conciliar revolutionaries can give "joint blessings" with the "clergy" of other false religions and how they can say that adherents of false religions have a "right from God" to "religious liberty" and to propagate their false doctrines publicly.
This is how the conciliar revolutionaries can make it appear that "inter-religious dialogue" is an "exchange" between "believers" in a "common" possession of "truth."
None of those, of course, has squat to do with the Catholic Faith, which is why the conciliar revolutionaries are completely incompetent to teach squat about It.
Pope Saint Pius X explained also that those who teach that dogmatic truth has such a variety of aspects that it can understood differently at different times given the vagaries of history made of the Catholic Faith nothing other than a jumble of contradiction:
We, Venerable Brethren, for whom there is but one and only one truth, and who
hold that the Sacred Books, "written under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost,
have God for their author'' declare that this is equivalent to attributing
to God Himself the lie of utility or officious lie, and We say with St.
Augustine: "In an authority so high, admit but one officious lie, and there will
not remain a single passage of those apparently difficult to practice or to
believe, which on the same most pernicious rule may not be explained as a lie
uttered by the author willfully and to serve a purpose." And thus it will
come about, the holy Doctor continues, that "everybody will believe and refuse
to believe what he likes or dislikes in them," namely, the Scriptures. But the
Modernists pursue their way eagerly. They grant also that certain arguments
adduced in the Sacred Books in proof of a given doctrine, like those, for
example, which are based on the prophecies, have no rational foundation to rest
on. But they defend even these as artifices of preaching, which are justified by
life. More than that. They are ready to admit, nay, to proclaim that Christ
Himself manifestly erred in determining the time when the coming of the Kingdom
of God was to take place; and they tell us that we must not be surprised at this
since even He Himself was subject to the laws of life! After this what is to
become of the dogmas of the Church? The dogmas bristle with flagrant
contradictions, but what does it matter since, apart from the fact that vital
logic accepts them, they are not repugnant to symbolical truth. Are we not
dealing with the infinite, and has not the infinite an infinite variety of
aspects? In short, to maintain and defend these theories they do not hesitate to
declare that the noblest homage that can be paid to the Infinite is to make it
the object of contradictory statements! But when they justify even
contradictions, what is it that they will refuse to justify? (Pope Saint Pius X, Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 9, 1907.)
What has the first set of "two hands" responsible for the initial drafting of the "four hands" project that is Lumen Fidei taught his entire life concerning truth having an "infinite variety of aspects"? Well, just review part one in case you have a short memory or just having a forgetful moment or two.
Yes, the conciliar revolutionaries are simply incapable of defining Faith as found in the Roman Catechism:
Though the word has a variety of meanings in the Sacred
Scriptures, we here speak only of that faith by which we yield
our entire assent to whatever has been divinely revealed. (On Faith &
As will be demonstrated in part three of this commentary, Lumen Fidei is replete with the subjectivism that is one of the Modernists' chief calling cards. The definition found above, which was used by Pope Leo XIII in Satis Cognitum, June 29, 1896, is nowhere to be found in the text of the "four-headed pope monster's" encyclical letter.
Indeed, Apostolic or Sacred Tradition is placed in the reference of a merely "foundational memory" within the text of Lumen Fidei, thus making it possible for there to be the triumph of a meandering "living tradition" or "hermeneutic of continuity" to reduce the whole subject of Faith to the level of subjectivism while making it appear as though unbelievers really, really do have some kind of faith that is pleasing to God if they "do good" (see Francis Do-Right).
Yesterday, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, was a Ferial Day on the calendar
of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. It was, however, the day in
England and Wales where the martyrdom of Saints Thomas More and John
Fisher were commemorated by those Catholics who are not part of the
counterfeit church of conciliarism, few in number though they may be.
Although men of different temperaments and backgrounds, the former
Chancellor of the Realm, Sir Thomas More, the Bishop of Rochester, John
Fisher, both were united in their opposition to the Protestant
Revolution that has found such favor with and whose very founding will celebrated in but four short years by the Modernists of the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
Saint Thomas More contributed much to King Henry
VIII's book refuting the errors of the heretic and arch-revolutionary
Martin Luther. Saint Thomas More knew that the Catholic Church, she who
is the infallible and spotless Mystical Bride of Our Blessed Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ, had nothing to "learn" from Martin Luther or any
of his heresies. He also knew that Catholicism was the one and only
foundation of personal and social and economic order, each of which
would be disrupted and thrown into chaos by Martin Luther's diabolical
revolution against the Divine Plan that God Himself had instituted to
effect man's return to through the Catholic Church. Saint Thomas More
refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of King Henry VIII's bigamous and
adulterous "marriage" with his paramour, Anne Boleyn, and paid with is
life for refusing on July 6, 1535, for refusing to do so.
Saint John Fisher, although he was in favor of some
disciplinary reforms in the Church, was also a stalwart defender of the
Catholic Faith against the errors of Protestantism, preaching forcefully
against the insidious drunk and womanizer named Martin Luther. He was
the only one of the approximately one hundred Catholic bishops of
England to have retained the Faith by not swearing the oath that King
Henry VIII required him to take to swear that Princess Elizabeth,
Henry's daughter by Anne Boleyn, was the true heir to the English throne
and that Henry was indeed the supreme head of the Church in England
("as far as the law of Christ allowed"). This earned him the crown of
martyrdom on June 22, 1535.
Yes, only one bishop and a small percentage of
Catholics remained faithful to the Faith of their fathers, of a land
that had been Catholic for nearly a thousand years.
Does this sound even
a little bit familiar?
Catholics abandoning the Faith?
Succumbing to a
"new and improved" liturgy in the vernacular?
Who permitted that
"new and improved" liturgy of the Anglicans that so many English
Catholics resisted to the point of their very deaths, a "new and
improved" liturgy, that was deemed heretical by Pope Saint Pius V in Regnans in Excelsis,
March 5, 1570?
None other than Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict
XVI, whose false ecumenism, shared perfectly by Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis, teaches that old decrees and
pronouncements become "obsolete" with the passage of time.
The lesson for Holy Mass on the Feast of Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More explain that these great martyrs followed the example of Eleazar, who could have dissembled and pretended to eat pork to save his own life, in refusing to "go along" with the rest of England for the "sake of fellowship":
Eleazar one of the chief of the scribes, a man advanced in years, and
of a comely countenance, was pressed to open his mouth to eat swine' s
flesh.  But he, choosing rather a most glorious death than a hateful life, went forward voluntarily to the torment.  And considering in what manner he was come to it, patiently bearing, he
determined not to do any unlawful things for the love of life.
 But they that stood by, being moved with wicked pity, for the old friendship they had with the man, taking him aside, desired
that flesh might be brought, which it was lawful for him to eat, that
he might make as if he had eaten, as the king had commanded of the flesh
of the sacrifice:  That by so doing he might be delivered from death: and for the sake of
their old friendship with the man they did him this courtesy.  But he began to consider the dignity of his age, and his ancient years,
and the inbred honour of his grey head, and his good life and
conversation from a child: and he answered without delay, according to
the ordinances of the holy law made by God, saying, that he would rather
be sent into the other world.  For
it doth not become our age, said he, to dissemble: whereby many young
persons might think that Eleazar, at the age of fourscore and ten years,
was gone over to the life of the heathens:  And so they, through my dissimulation, and for a little time of a
corruptible life, should be deceived, and hereby I should bring a stain
and a curse upon my old age.
 For though, for the present time, I should be delivered from the
punishments of men, yet should I not escape the hand of the Almighty
neither alive nor dead.  Wherefore by departing manfully out of this life, I shall shew myself worthy of my old age:  And I shall leave an example of fortitude to young men, if with a ready
mind and constancy I suffer an honourable death, for the most venerable
and most holy laws. And having spoken thus, he was forthwith carried to
execution.  And they that led him, and had been a little before more mild, were
changed to wrath for the words he had spoken, which they thought were
uttered out of arrogancy.  But when he was now ready to die with the stripes, he groaned, and
said: O Lord, who hast the holy knowledge, thou knowest manifestly that
whereas I might be delivered from death, I suffer grievous pains in
body: but in soul am well content to suffer these things because I fear
 Thus did this man die, leaving not only to young men, but also to the
whole nation, the memory of his death for an example of virtue and
fortitude. (2 Mac ch a bees 17-31.)
There are many clergy, some truly ordained and some not, in the counterfeit church of conciliarism who do the opposite of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More by keeping their mouths shut about the defections from the Holy Faith by the conciliar revolutionaries in order to keep themselves warm and fed with lots of diocesan insurance benefits and pension plans.
It cannot be that way with any of us.
Although none of us is one whit better than those Catholics who have not as of yet come to accept the true state of Holy Mother Church in this time of apostasy and betrayal, we must nevertheless pray to Our Lady for perseverance in these troubling times so that we will always have the fortitude of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More and of the Martyrs of Gorkum, who were also commemorated in various places yesterday, put to death as they were on various dates from June 26, 1572, to July 6, 1572, by the horrific breed of people known as Calvinists in The Netherlands (see The Martyrs of Gorkum)
Saint John Fisher left us a sterling example of how to act in these times as he uttered the following words shortly before his execution on June 22, 1535:
Christian people, I am come hither to die for the faith
of Christ's Catholic Church, and I thank God hitherto my courage hath
served me well thereto, so that yet hitherto I have not feared death;
wherefore I desire you help me and assist me with your prayers, that at
the very point and instant of my death's stroke, and in the very moment
of my death, I then faint not in any point of the Catholic Faith for
fear; and I pray God save the king and the realm, and hold His holy hand
over it, and send the king a good counsel. (The Martyrdom of St. John Fisher.)
Why do we fear the death of human respect from others as a result of our refusing to consider Lumen Fidei anything other than a work of darkness?
The Feast of Our Lady of
Mount Carmel occurs seven days from now. It would be good to continue to
pray this Novena for the needs of Holy Mother Church and for the
conversion of our country and the world to the Social Reign of Christ
the King that was overthrown by the Protestant Revolt and the rise of
O, beautiful Flower of Carmel, most
fruitful vine, Splendor of Heaven, holy and singular, Who brought forth
the Son of God, still ever remaining a Pure Virgin, assist me in this
O, Star of the Sea, help and protect me. Show me that Thou art my Mother.
O, Mary, conceived without sin, Pray for us who have recourse to Thee.
Mother and Ornament of Carmel, pray for us. Virgin, Flower of Carmel, pray for us.
Patroness of all who wear the Scapular, pray for us.
Hope of all who die wearing the Scapular, pray for us.
St. Joseph, Friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.
St. Joseph, Chaste Spouse of Mary, pray for us.
St. Joseph, our Patron, pray for us.
O, Sweet Heart of Mary, be our Salvation.
This is the situation that God has known from all
eternity would befall us in our own lives at this time of salvation
history. The graces won for us on the wood of the Holy Cross and that
flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady are
sufficient for us to prosper under the crosses, whether personal or
social or ecclesiastical, that we are asked to bear now. Let us lift
high the Cross in our lives, thankful for each and every cross that is
sent our way, understanding that the all merciful Redeemer Who shed His
Most Precious Blood to redeem us wants us to plant a few seeds for the
restoration of His Social Reign on earth as the fruit of the Triumph of
His Most Blessed Mother's Immaculate Heart. We must enfold ourselves in
the tender mercies of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the
Immaculate Heart of Mary with perfect confidence.
Let us remember these words of Our Lady, who
hates all heresies, to Saint Dominic de Guzman, the founder of the Order
of Preachers to which Bishop McKenna has belonged for fifty-eight
years, fifty-one of them as a priest:
"One day, through the Rosary and Scapular I will save the world."
As I am wont to say some who write me about the latest outrage in the
counterfeit church of conciliarism or the latest attack on the Faith
from the lords of Modernity, do not get lost in the "trees." The devil
is having his time in the world now. He loses. He always does. In the
end, of course, the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph and the
madness of the present time will pass. We must simply try to keep Our
Lord company in prayer before His Real Presence in the Most Blessed
Sacrament, if this is possible to do in your part of the world, and to
pray as many Rosaries each day as our state-in-life permits.
What are waiting for?
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex
Our Lady of Peace, pray for us.
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.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
The Seven Holy Brothers, Januarius, Felix, Philip, Silanus, Alexander, Vitalis and Martial, pray for us.
Saints Rufina and Secunda, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints