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the smoke Francis blows is no joke!
When a bad pope sits on Peter's throne, faithful Catholics can't trust him. When he speaks with the mind of the Church, one can assent to his pronouncements. But, when, as this pope often does, the smoke of Satan pours out of his mouth like the smoke from a villain's cigarette, the faithful have a duty not only to ignore him, but shout a resounding NO!
St. Thomas Aquinas said it well, “There being an imminent danger for the Faith, Prelates must be questioned, even publicly, by their subjects." Amen to that!
So where DO we go to have our faith nourished?
The answer there is simple as well. We must go to those we know to be trustworthy: the Fathers of the Church, good popes who defended the faith with courage, and the writings of the saints, theologians and teachers whose voices uphold the perennial teachings of Holy Mother Church.
One of those voices belongs to Pope Emeritus Benedict, and First Things author, Elizabeth Mitchell, says that Benedict, a reliable voice for the Church, did, in fact, answer the Dubia!
Thank you, Pope Emeritus Benedict. We recognize in you, the constant teaching of Holy Mother Church. May God continue to bless you as you present clear teaching we can trust!
|The Dubia Cardinals were ignored by Pope Francis, but Benedict's response is clear as a bell!|
Perhaps it was because Notre-Dame de Paris was burning. Perhaps it was because the best place to hide something from view is in plain sight. Or perhaps it was because we look for power in wind, earthquake, and fire, but miss the “still small voice” of God when He passes by. (1 Kgs 19:11-13)
Whatever the reason, the world watched, read, and missed the answers to the dubia proposed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in his April essay, “The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse.”
In offering a three-part response to the crisis in the Church, he indirectly answers the five dubia that Cardinals Brandmüller, Caffarra, Meisner, and Burke presented years ago to Pope Francis. The pope emeritus fulfilled a duty that Pope Francis has not, namely, to maintain the bishops and all the faithful in the unity of the Church’s constant teaching on faith and morals.
What did the pope emeritus say? He gives the Church and the world an unequivocal No, Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes. Five questions, five answers:
Those Catholics who love the truth will have no trouble finding it if they cling to the perennial teachings of the Church throughout the ages. Truth doesn't change no matter how many men like Pope Francis, Cardinal Marx, Blase Cupich, James Martin and others of their ilk try to make the case for modernism!
Let us all frequently pray to the Holy Spirit begging: "Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth."