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Monday, February 11, 2019

Topsy and Tuptim Discuss Cardinal Mueller's Manifesto and Sign the Petition

Sign the petition supporting the manifesto!
Topsy and Tuptim meet at Topsy's favorite brewery for a discussion of Cardinal Mueller's Manifesto. Topsy gets two Tipsy Squirrels and some sliders and leads Tuptim to a table.

Tuptim: (Making a face) You know I don't like beer. I'm a red wine girl.

Topsy: Oh c'mon, Tuptim, be a sport. They don't serve wine here and micro brews are fun. Give it a try. It's great with their beef sliders. (Tuptim shrugs.) Did you bring a copy of Cardinal Mueller's Manifesto?

Tuptim: (As they sit down...) Sure did! Highlighted and underlined.

Topsy: Me too. (They both take out the document.) Well, let's get right to it. I have to pick up the grandkids in an hour for a sleepover. What was your impression on first reading it?

Tuptim: It's down to earth common sense, short and sweet. Not like those encyclopedic documents of confusion signed by Pope Francis! He begins by acknowledging the confusion in the Church and the failure to pass on the "basic teachings of the Faith." Then he moves right to the central teaching of the Trinity and the God-Man, Jesus Christ. (She points to a passage.) I love what he says here. (Points to a highlighted passage and reads:
We are to resist the relapse into ancient heresies with clear resolve, which saw in Jesus Christ only a good person, brother and friend, prophet and moralist. He is first and foremost the Word that was with God and is God, the Son of the Father, Who assumed our human nature to redeem us and Who will come to judge the living and the dead. Him alone, we worship in unity with the Father and the Holy Spirit as the Only and True God (CCC 691).


Topsy: No confusion there! And it's sure no coincidence that this was released only a few days after Pope Francis let loose another zinger signing a doc that says the diversity of religions is "willed by God." Do you suppose that includes Wicca? Hey, the pope carried a stang for a crozier at the World Youth Synod.

Tuptim: (with a wry expression) Well...Who am I to judge? But hey, why not? The military chaplaincy recognizes Wicca. It's in their manual! The pope's perverse...uh...I mean diverse. Anyway, back to the document. The cardinal was very clear about the fact that we worship Jesus Christ and Him alone. God certainly does not WILL false religions although He allows them. For the pope to sign a document saying, "The pluralism and the diversity of religions...are willed by God in His wisdom" is confusing at best. How many Catholics will think it doesn't matter what religion you practice? This pope advances syncretism all the time.

Topsy: Define that for me again?

Tuptim: It means to combine the various beliefs of different religions. So hey, mix Islam and Judaism and Catholicism and all the Protestant sects and call it what -- vegetable soup? Frankly, I don't get this pope. Does he even believe in the Catholic faith? Does he really believe this section in the Manifesto calling the Church the "universal sacrament of salvation in Jesus Christ?" Does he believe that "Christ Himself has entrusted the fullness of grace and truth to the Catholic Church" and that "He Himself is present in the sacraments?"

Tuptim: (shaking her head) Good questions. And the cardinal goes on to emphasize the authority of the Church and the magisterium which the pope seems to abandon in favor of winging it with papal plane pronouncements.

Topsy: (rolling her eyes) That's a groaner!

Pope Francis winging it! More confusion from the papal plane.
Tuptim: (laughing) I couldn't help myself. But isn't it refreshing how clear Cardinal Mueller is? He makes it very clear that Christ's authority includes all the Church's teachings, divinely revealed. (looks for passage in the document) Here it is: Christ's authority "extends to all the elements of doctrine, 'including the moral teaching, without which the saving truths of the faith cannot be preserved, explained, and observed.'” (CCC 2035). That's pretty darn clear. Teach and defend the doctrine on moral issues like divorce and remarriage, contraception, abortion. That's sure not what we get from Rome these days. We're more likely to get a sermon on turning our thermostats down or taking cold showers to save electricity.

Topsy: I know what you mean. I feel like we're back in the '60s when everybody was just told by dissenting bishops and priests to "follow your own conscience" no matter how uninformed and lax their consciences were. It's like this pope has made cafeteria Catholicism the new normal.

Tuptim: You know, this entire document sounds like a critique of Pope Francis' innovations. And it's so solidly based on the catechism. It emphasizes the duty of the Magisterium to uphold the faith and that the Church isn't a man-made institution and her teachings aren't up for a vote or to be lined up with the spirit of the world. (sighing) Teaching doctrine...that sure isn't happening in a lot of places today!

Topsy: You can say that again. Cardinal Mueller has written a document that's short and sweet and includes a call to arms to both the clergy and the laity. He defends the sacraments especially the Eucharist and makes it clear that those in irregular unions and Protestants may not receive Holy Communion.

Tuptim: One of my favorite things about the document is that the cardinal wasn't afraid to call a sin a sin. People need to be warned for the sake of their salvation. He wrote:
he who dies in mortal sin without repentance will be forever separated from God (CCC 1033).
How awful would that be! He's blowing the warning trumpet. Then he says:
This leads to practical consequences in the lives of Christians, which are often ignored today (cf 2270-2283; 2350-2381). The moral law is not a burden, but part of that liberating truth (cf Jn 8:32) through which the Christian walks on the path of salvation and which may not be relativized.
Topsy: Relativism...there it is again. God's laws aren't curses. C.S. Lewis talks about how they're like manuals that tell us how to operate a machine. If you put olive oil in the gas tank, you'll gum up the works pretty quick. But we live in a culture where truth has been pitched out the window in favor of a so-called "pastoral" approach that "accompanies" people on the wide and comfortable path that leads straight to hell!



Tuptim: We really need to pray and fast for all our religious leaders like Cardinal Mueller who are trying to get things back on track.  (Trying her beer) You know this Tipsy Squirrel isn't so bad. Let's make a toast to the cardinal and to all those who take seriously the last section of the document -- the call to arms to both the clergy and the laity. I'm going to copy this Bible passage and post it on the mirror in my bathroom and read it every morning when I brush my teeth:
Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry. Be sober.” (2 Tim 4:1-5).
Topsy: Great idea. And let's have a session with our teenagers to discuss the document. They are the Catholic warriors of the future. (showing Tuptim her phone) And look what I pulled up on my phone, a petition to support the manifesto. I'm signing it. People like Cardinal Muller need to get the word that we support their promotion of the truth. It's too rare in our culture today. Omigosh, look at the time. Gotta go get my babies. See you later!
 
Manifesto of Faith

“Let not your heart be troubled!” (John 14:1)
In the face of growing confusion about the doctrine of the Faith, many bishops, priests, religious and lay people of the Catholic Church have requested that I make a public testimony about the truth of revelation. It is the shepherds' very own task to guide those entrusted to them on the path of salvation. This can only succeed if they know this way and follow it themselves. The words of the Apostle here apply: “For above all I have delivered unto you what I have received” (1 Cor. 15:3). Today, many Christians are no longer even aware of the basic teachings of the Faith, so there is a growing danger of missing the path to eternal life. However, it remains the very purpose of the Church to lead humanity to Jesus Christ, the light of the peoples (see LG 1). In this situation, the question of orientation arises. According to John Paul II, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is a “safe standard for the doctrine of the faith” (Fidei Depositum IV). It was written with the aim of strengthening the Faith of the brothers and sisters whose belief has been massively questioned by the “dictatorship of relativism.”[1]
1. The one and triune God revealed in Jesus Christ
The epitome of the Faith of all Christians is found in the confession of the Most Holy Trinity. We have become disciples of Jesus, children and friends of God by being baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The distinction of the three persons in the divine unity (CCC 254) marks a fundamental difference in the belief in God and the image of man from that of other religions. Religions disagree precisely over this belief in Jesus the Christ. He is true God and true Man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. The Word made flesh, the Son of God, is the only Savior of the world (CCC 679) and the only Mediator between God and men (CCC 846). Therefore, the first letter of John refers to one who denies His divinity as an antichrist (1 John 2:22), since Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is from eternity one in being with God, His Father (CCC 663). We are to resist the relapse into ancient heresies with clear resolve, which saw in Jesus Christ only a good person, brother and friend, prophet and moralist. He is first and foremost the Word that was with God and is God, the Son of the Father, Who assumed our human nature to redeem us and Who will come to judge the living and the dead. Him alone, we worship in unity with the Father and the Holy Spirit as the Only and True God (CCC 691).
2. The Church
Jesus Christ founded the Church as a visible sign and tool of salvation realized in the Catholic Church (816). He gave His Church, which “emerged from the side of the Christ who died on the Cross” (766), a sacramental constitution that will remain until the Kingdom is fully achieved (CCC 765). Christ, the Head, and the faithful as members of the body, are a mystical person (CCC 795), which is why the Church is sacred, for the one Mediator has designed and sustained its visible structure (CCC 771). Through it the redemptive work of Christ becomes present in time and space via the celebration of the Holy Sacraments, especially in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, the Holy Mass (CCC 1330). The Church conveys with the authority of Christ the divine revelation, which extends to all the elements of doctrine, “including the moral teaching, without which the saving truths of the faith cannot be preserved, explained, and observed” (CCC 2035).
3. Sacramental Order
The Church is the universal sacrament of salvation in Jesus Christ (CCC 776). She does not reflect herself, but the light of Christ, which shines on her face. But this happens only when the truth revealed in Jesus Christ becomes the point of reference, rather than the views of a majority or the spirit of the times; for Christ Himself has entrusted the fullness of grace and truth to the Catholic Church (CCC 819), and He Himself is present in the sacraments of the Church.
The Church is not a man-made association whose structure its members voted into being at their will. It is of divine origin. "Christ himself is the author of ministry in the Church. He set her up, gave her authority and mission, orientation and goal (CCC 874). The admonition of the Apostle is still valid today, that cursed is anyone who proclaims another gospel, “even if we ourselves were to give it or an angel from heaven” (Gal 1:8). The mediation of faith is inextricably bound up with the human credibility of its messengers, who in some cases have abandoned the people entrusted to them, unsettling them and severely damaging their faith. Here the Word of Scripture describes those who do not listen to the truth and who follow their own wishes, who flatter their ears because they cannot endure sound doctrine (cf. 2 Tim 4:3-4).
The task of the Magisterium of the Church is to “preserve God’s people from deviations and defections” in order to “guarantee them the objective possibility of professing the true faith without error” (890). This is especially true with regard to all seven sacraments. The Holy Eucharist is “source and summit of the Christian life” (CCC 1324). The Eucharistic Sacrifice, in which Christ includes us in His Sacrifice of the Cross, is aimed at the most intimate union with Him (CCC 1382). Therefore, the Holy Scripture admonishes with regard to the reception of the Holy Communion: “Whoever eats unworthily of the bread and drinks from the Lord's cup makes himself guilty of profaning the body and of the blood of the Lord” (1 Cor 11:27). “Anyone conscious of a grave sin must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion” (CCC 1385). From the internal logic of the sacrament, it is understood that divorced and civilly remarried persons, whose sacramental marriage exists before God, as well as those Christians who are not in full communion with the Catholic Faith and the Church, just as all those who are not disposed to receive the Holy Eucharist fruitfully (CCC 1457), because it does not bring them to salvation. To point this out corresponds to the spiritual works of mercy.
The confession of sins in Holy Confession at least once a year is one of the Church’s commandments (CCC 2042). When the believers no longer confess their sins and no longer experience the absolution of their sins, salvation becomes impossible; after all, Jesus Christ became Man to redeem us from our sins. The power of forgiveness that the Risen Lord has given to the Apostles and their successors in the ministry of bishops and priests applies also for mortal and venial sins which we commit after Baptism. The current popular practice of confession makes it clear that the conscience of the faithful is not sufficiently formed. God's mercy is given to us, that we might fulfil His Commandments to become one with His Holy Will, and not so as to avoid the call to repentance (CCC 1458).
“The priest continues the work of redemption on earth” (CCC 1589). The ordination of the priest “gives him a sacred power” (CCC 1592), which is irreplaceable, because through it Jesus becomes sacramentally present in His saving action. Therefore, priests voluntarily opt for celibacy as "a sign of new life" (CCC 1579). It is about the self-giving in the service of Christ and His coming kingdom. With a view to receiving the ordination in the three stages of this ministry, the Church is “bound by the choice made by the Lord Himself. That is why it is not possible to ordain women”(CCC 1577). To imply that this impossibility is somehow a form of discrimination against women shows only the lack of understanding for this sacrament, which is not about earthly power but the representation of Christ, the Bridegroom of the Church.
4. Moral Law
Faith and life are inseparable, for Faith apart from works is dead (CCC 1815). The moral law is the work of divine wisdom and leads man to the promised blessedness (CCC 1950). Consequently, the "knowledge of the divine and natural law is necessary" to do good and reach this goal (CCC 1955). Accepting this truth is essential for all people of good will. For he who dies in mortal sin without repentance will be forever separated from God (CCC 1033). This leads to practical consequences in the lives of Christians, which are often ignored today (cf 2270-2283; 2350-2381). The moral law is not a burden, but part of that liberating truth (cf Jn 8:32) through which the Christian walks on the path of salvation and which may not be relativized.
5. Eternal Life
Many wonder today what purpose the Church still has in its existence, when even bishops prefer to be politicians rather than to proclaim the Gospel as teachers of the Faith. The role of the Church must not be watered down by trivialities, but its proper place must be addressed. Every human being has an immortal soul, which in death is separated from the body, hoping for the resurrection of the dead (CCC 366). Death makes man's decision for or against God definite. Everyone has to face the particular judgement immediately after death (CCC 1021). Either a purification is necessary, or man goes directly into heavenly bliss and is allowed to see God face to face. There is also the dreadful possibility that a person will remain opposed to God to the very end, and by definitely refusing His Love, "condemns himself immediately and forever" (CCC 1022). “God created us without us, but He did not want to save us without us” (CCC 1847). The eternity of the punishment of hell is a terrible reality, which - according to the testimony of Holy Scripture - attracts all who “die in the state of mortal sin” (CCC 1035). The Christian goes through the narrow gate, for “the gate is wide, and the way that leads to ruin is wide, and many are upon it” (Mt 7:13).
To keep silent about these and the other truths of the Faith and to teach people accordingly is the greatest deception against which the Catechism vigorously warns. It represents the last trial of the Church and leads man to a religious delusion, “the price of their apostasy” (CCC 675); it is the fraud of Antichrist. “He will deceive those who are lost by all means of injustice; for they have closed themselves to the love of the truth by which they should be saved” (2 Thess 2:10).
Call
As workers in the vineyard of the Lord, we all have a responsibility to recall these fundamental truths by clinging to what we ourselves have received. We want to give courage to go the way of Jesus Christ with determination, in order to obtain eternal life by following His commandments (CCC 2075).
Let us ask the Lord to let us know how great the gift of the Catholic Faith is, through which opens the door to eternal life. “For he that shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation: The Son of Man also will be ashamed of him, when He shall come in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38). Therefore, we are committed to strengthening the Faith by confessing the truth which is Jesus Christ Himself.
We too, and especially we bishops and priests, are addressed when Paul, the Apostle of Jesus Christ, gives this admonition to his companion and successor, Timothy: “I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the living and the dead, by His coming, and His kingdom: Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry. Be sober.” (2 Tim 4:1-5).
May Mary, the Mother of God, implore for us the grace to remain faithful without wavering to the confession of the truth about Jesus Christ.
United in faith and prayer
Gerhard Cardinal Müller
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith 2012-2017


[1] The numbers in the text refer to the Catechism of The Catholic Church.

2 comments:

Chriss Rainey said...

Beautiful, Mary Ann.

When I saw and read the manifesto I thought it was an answer to our prayers. Hierarchy speaking truth to deliberate error.

I hope it starts a tidal wave of enthusiasm for orthodoxy and a complete halt of the communist takeover of our Church.


Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Thanks Chriss!

One Mad Mom has a great post on Cardinal Kaper's infantile response to Cardinal. Muller's Manifesto.

https://onemadmomblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/red-hat-fight/

We truly are in the Akita moment with "Cardinal against Cardinal" and "Bishop against Bishop." Ted Flynn has a great article too.

ttps://www.sign.org/articles/cardinals-opposing-cardinals-bishops-bishops

Orthodox Catholics truly need to put on the armor of Christ and join the battle. We surely need to pray, fast, and fight for the faith. God bless Cardinal Muller.