|Go tell those American bishops to|
get behind my magisterium!
Vatican envoy tells U.S. bishops to get in line with Pope Francis in ‘bomb-drop’ address
Does Pope’s representative hope to silence US bishops’ questions?
Your Excellency, Faithful Catholics have had it with the Francis new Church agenda: with pagan idols and freak show Masses, with ambiguous and confusing statements that undercut doctrine, with mean-spirited criticism of the orthodox. We are putting on the armor of God and fighting for our Church!
Like the Arians and Pope Liberius, the heretics think they can overcome 2000 years of apostolic teaching. IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN ON OUR WATCH! It can NEVER happen because the Holy Spirit is on watch, but He pours His spirit out on those who put themselves under the Kingship of Jesus Christ. And that, Your Excellency, is where we are on the battlefield following His standard under the command of His 12-star general, our Blessed Mother!So -- what did Christophe Pierre say to the bishops?
The nuncio told them to get behind Francis and measure their "communion" with him by measuring "to what extent we and our local churches have received the Magisterium of Pope Francis."
Hmm...what does that mean? I never heard the term "magisterium" used like that.
Does the "magisterium" reside in Pope Francis all by himself? Can he make papal pronouncements (to journalists like the atheist Scalfari and on the papal airplane) and expect the faithful to just go along with it because he's the magisterium?
Doesn't sound right to me! Does it sound right to you?
|Is he the magisterium?|
|Or are THEY the magisterium in union with Peter?|
The Church's teaching authority, vested in the bishops, as successors of the Apostles, under the Roman Pontiff, as successor of St. Peter. Also vested in the Pope, as Vicar of Christ and visible head of the Catholic Church. (Etym. Latin magister, master.)For further elucidation, I pulled out Fr. John Hardon's Pocket Catholic Dictionary which separates Magisterium into the "Magisterium, Extraordinary" and "Magisterium, Ordinary." I'll give both definitions in full:
Magisterium, Extraordinary: The Church's teaching office exercised in a solemn way, as in formal declarations of the Pope or of ecumenical councils of bishops approved by the Pope. When the extraordinary magisterium takes the form of papal definitions or conciliar decisions binding on the consciences of all the faithful in matters of faith and morals, it is infallible.
Magisterium, Ordinary: The teaching office of the hierarchy under the Pope, exercised normally, that is, through the regular means of instructing the faithful. These means are all the usual channels of communication, whether written, spoken, or practical. When the ordinary magisterium is also universal, that is, collectively intended for all the faithful, it is also infallible.Neither of these definitions seems to offer a case where the pope, acting on his own, is "the magisterium." But that's what the nuncio seemed to imply. Francis is a papal dictator whose individual opinions, that often conflict with the "magisterial" teachings of the past, should be treated as infallible pronouncements. Not only that, but the bishops, and presumably the faithful, have a moral obligation to get in line behind Peter no matter what he says or does. Really? This brings to mind Jesus telling Peter, "Get behind me, Satan!" Where exactly is "Peter" at this point in the 21st century?
Let's consider ex cathedra statements affirmed by the extraordinary magisterium. Did past popes declare them without consultation with their brothers? No! For example, in May 1946 as Pope Pius XII considered declaring the doctrine of the Assumption of Mary, he sent out a questionnaire to ALL THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC WORLD! The text read:
Do you, Venerable Brethren, in view of the wisdom and prudence that is yours, judge that the bodily Assumption of the Blessed Virgin can be proposed and defined as a dogma of faith; and do you, along with your clergy and faithful desire it?The answers coming back were an almost unanimous and enthusiastic yes!
And so, on November 1, 1950 Pope Pius XII declared the solemn ex cathedra definition:
by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by Our Own authority, We pronounce, declare, and define as divinely revealed dogma: The Immaculate Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin after her life on earth, was assumed, body and soul to the glory of heaven.
|Pope Pius XII declares the doctrine of the assumption|
Pope Pius XII used the extraordinary magisterial power invested in him as the Holy Father to make the pronouncement as Peter, but he was no one-man wonder. He consulted his bishops and waited four years to get their responses and affirmation of his intended action.
Francis talks a lot about synodality, but the only synod fathers he appears to listen to are the men who populate his echo chamber. Pope Pius XII acted more like a synodal pope than Francis ever has.
I'm sure there were many happy clappy bishops (Cardinal Cupich et al) nodding their heads like bobble-head dolls as Pierre took those obstreperous and troglodyte American bishops who defend the faith to the woodshed. The faithful shepherds will no doubt get the cold shoulder from Francis when they go for their ad limina visits. But we laity will continue to pray for them and for Holy Mother Church and urge them to defend us from the wolves in roman collars. We promise they won't be alone. We have their backs! Many Catholic crusaders will be holding our ground wearing the full armor of God with truth as our belt and carrying the sword of the Spirit, the word of God. In the spirit of the Catholics of the Vendee we will put on the Sacred Heart of Jesus and fight the new spirit of the evil, dark "enlightenment."
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
Our Lady of Victory, pray for us!