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Is Pope Francis a heretic?


APRIL 28/JULY 14, 2017

 

Is Pope Francis a heretic?

The general consensus is that he is. Some Catholic writers were being very careful in choosing their words. He is, after all, the Pope! Who wants to be the first to say that he is one? (Some sites allowed their readers to use the “heretic” word in the comment boxes.) But, with the progress of Pope Francis’ pontificate, many began to use the heresy
word. And it follows that a Pope who condones or promotes heresy is a heretic.

 



 


 

It is widely agreed that the Catholic Church in the Pontificate of Pope Francis is in schism:

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH UNDER POPE FRANCIS IN SCHISM

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/THE_CATHOLIC_CHURCH_UNDER_POPE_FRANCIS_IS_IN_SCHISM.doc

This is largely the fallout of the controversial 2015 Synod on the Family:

THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY-BETWEEN HERESY AND SCHISM 01
11 SEPTEMBER 2015

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/THE_SYNOD_ON_THE_FAMILY-BETWEEN_HERESY_AND_SCHISM_01.doc

THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY-BETWEEN HERESY AND SCHISM 02
21 SEPTEMBER 2015

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/THE_SYNOD_ON_THE_FAMILY-BETWEEN_HERESY_AND_SCHISM_02.doc

THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY-BETWEEN HERESY AND SCHISM 03
16 OCTOBER 2015

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/THE_SYNOD_ON_THE_FAMILY-BETWEEN_HERESY_AND_SCHISM_03.doc

It openly escalated to charges of heresy with the release of the March 19, 2016 Document Amoris Laetitia:

POPE FRANCIS APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION AMORIS LAETITIA ACCUSED OF HERESY BY 45 THEOLOGIANS

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/POPE_FRANCIS_APOSTOLIC_EXHORTATION_AMORIS_LAETITIA_ACCUSED_OF_HERESY_BY_45_THEOLOGIANS.doc

 

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

CCC #2089: “Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith;
schism is the refusal of submission to the Roman Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him
.”

 

 

Canon 751: “Heresy is the obstinate denial or obstinate doubt after the reception of baptism of some truth which is to be believed by divine and Catholic faith; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith;
schism is the refusal of submission to the Supreme Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him.” 
Canon 1364 §1: “
an apostate from the faith,
a heretic, or

a schismatic incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.
” 

 



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The phrase “latae sententiae” means a judgment or sentence which is ‘wide’ (latae) or widely applied; it refers to a type of excommunication which is automatic.

Such a sentence of excommunication is incurred “by the very commission of the offense,” (CCC 2272) and does not require the future particular judgment of a case by competent authority. 
Apostasy, heresy, and schism are all offences which incur a sentence of excommunication automatically.

Source: http://www.catholicplanet.com/articles/article78.htm

Heresy is the denial of Truth.

WHAT IS SCHISM?

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/WHAT_IS_SCHISM.doc

 

My presentation is a collation of orthodox, traditionalist and conservative criticism of the Pope. The reader will observe from studying it that these opponents of heterodoxy, progressivism, liberalism and modernism have often just stopped short of labeling the Pope a heretic. They on the other hand have had no hesitation in calling some of his closest aides heretics (e.g. page 20). However, a few Catholics who left comments on blogs and news stories declared the Pope to be one. Some writers even said that posterity, maybe even one of his successors, will be obliged to declare Pope Francis a heretic in order to begin to repair the almost irreparable damage that he has inflicted on the Holy Apostolic Catholic Church.

I have omitted articles from the sedevacantist sites (mundabor, novusordowatch, traditionalcatholicpriest, mostholyfamilymonastery, etc.) that call Pope Francis a false prophet, the anti-Pope and the anti-Christ.

 

Conservatives thought that Pope Francis was a “heretic” almost from the onset of his Pontificate (the terms ‘heresy‘ and ‘heretic‘ which now crop up incessantly were never used by them during the earlier pontificates to define any pronouncement from Rome or against any of the Cardinals and Bishops of the Church):

Pope’s crackdown on order alarms traditionalists

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2013/12/15/popes-crackdown-on-order-alarms-traditionalists/

By Nicole Winfield, Vatican City, December 15, 2013

[…]

 

2 out of 5 readers’ comments

1. Jorge the Heretic strikes again! Anti-pope in action!

2. Pope Francis is a “modernist”*, and he CLEARLY is ANTI-CATHOLIC. Tell me, are we going to go by the edicts of a tyrannical dictatorial anti-Catholic regime that has been taken over during VATICAN II by Archbishop Bugnini & his band of MASONS & PROTESTANTS who aided and abetted the changing of the liturgy, or are we going to SIDE WITH the 2,000 years of unchanged liturgy of the Catholic Church which prior Popes wrote time after time that to change the liturgy would be committing “suicide” in the Church.

*MODERNISM is a heresy that was condemned by Pope St. Pius X in 3 Documents in 1907, 1910. See p. 74

 

Almost every major pronouncement of Pope Francis evoked the cry “heresy”! But we will deal with only a few in this file — his push for “decentralization” of authority, the Synod on the Family, and his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, in particular (though we could include all his motu proprios and encyclicals).

 

Eminent prelates like Cardinal Arinze, [pages 44 and 48 of QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 26-THE DECENTRALIZATION OF DOCTRINAL AUTHORITY
(SYNODALITY AND COLLEGIALITY)
http://ephesians-511.net/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_26-THE_DECENTRALIZATION_OF_DOCTRINAL_AUTHORITY.doc], have condemned Pope Francis’ call for a “healthy” decentralization or “devolving authority to local dioceses”.

 

 



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Traditionalists and conservatives have compared it with “the old heresies of
Gallicanism and Ecclesiastical Nationalism” [
http://www.robertodemattei.it/en/2015/10/22/the-synod-the-decentralization-of-the-church-offends-the-faith-and-common-sense/]. To cite from the above source, “The primacy of jurisdiction of the Supreme Pontiff, in whom resides the supreme authority of the Church, over all Pastors, over all the faithful, independent of any other power, is, in fact a dogma of faith, promulgated by the First Vatican Council. This principle guarantees the unity of the Church: unity in government, unity in faith and unity in the sacraments. Decentralization is a loss of unity which lead inevitably to schism. Schism is, in fact, the rupture which inexorably occurs when a central point of reference is missing, a unitary criteria, on the doctrinal level as well as those of discipline and pastoral care. The particular Churches, divided on praxis, but also on doctrine which praxis comes from, are destined inescapably to be in conflict and produce fractures, schism and heresies.

 

Leading Pro-Life Priest Laments “The Francis Effect

http://www.onepeterfive.com/leading-pro-life-priest-laments-the-francis-effect/

By Steve SkojecMay 14, 2015

[…]

 

2 out of 92 readers’ comments

1. Fr. Clovis–a saint for our times! Great article Steve. This is the most uplifting article I have read in months or is it years. Fr. Clovis leaves little doubt that Pope Francis is doing much more harm than good. His very popularity condemns him. May God bless Fr. Clovis and help Pope Francis to see the error of his ways. 2.
Pope condemn heresies? No, more like initiate them. It appears the only ideas our dear Pope considers corrupt are those beliefs held by orthodox Catholics.

 

 

PopeWatch: Francis Effect

http://the-american-catholic.com/2015/05/18/popewatch-francis-effect-4/

By Donald R. McClarey, May 18, 2015 

[…]

 

1 out of 13 readers’ comments

The pope continues to appoint and applaud heretics and unsavory people. I cannot trust him to uphold the faith or do the right thing.

 

 

Confidential Meeting Seeks to Sway Synod to Accept Same-Sex Unions 

https://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/confidential-meeting-seeks-to-sway-synod-to-accept-same-sex-unions/

Around 50 participants, including bishops, theologians and media representatives, took part in the gathering, held at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

By Edward Pentin,
The Register‘s Rome correspondent,
May 26, 2015

[…]

 

1 of 274 readers’ comments

I have read some say that these Cardinals and Bishops who are promoting the destruction of the family are heretics.
At first I thought that this was too harsh a term. Now I think it is true.

Take for example, Cardinal Kasper. He is around 84 years old, he witnessed the time leading up to Adolf Hitler, he saw how the propaganda was used to move the German people to be more accepting and even support the persecution and murder of millions of Jews, he saw through the use of the media, the conversion of the German people to a people willing to participate in the imprisonment and killing of Catholic priest, polish, gypsies, and many other groups. In 1930 they would have never dreamed of doing what they themselves were involved in just 10 years later.

If only the Catholic Church in Germany would have stood up against Hitler early on, publicly told people that supporting Adolf Hitler was wrong and that they should fight against him, I am sure that he would never have been able to do what he did. Yes, Catholics were a minority in Germany at the time but they had tremendous influence.

I can’t believe the Cardinal Kasper can’t see that by supporting the anti-family agenda of the left, he is in fact supporting ever more dramatic anti-God change and ultimately, in fact, bringing about the persecution of the Catholic Church by the people and governments of the world.

Never has evil been defeated by sitting backing and not saying anything. The only chance Catholics have is to stand up and fight this diabolical agenda. Of course, prayer is the most important, prayer for strength and bravery during the coming persecution, prayer for strength and bravery to stand up for what is right, both among our peers and against those that support the diabolical agenda. We must stand up for God, or he will not stand up for us in the final judgement. He died for us, are we not willing to at least face the wrath of our peers. As he said, I came not to bring peace, but a sword.

 

 

Mixing up the sciences of Heaven and Earth 

http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/mixing-up-the-sciences-of-heaven-and-earth

By Fr. George W. Rutler, June 18, 2015

[…]

 

1 out of 516 readers’ comments

The encyclical is filled with 2nd grade logic – (paraphrase) “I observe chaos, humans inhabit the world, therefore the cause is climate change.”

I nearly wept in complete sadness, amazement, and frustration when I read the pope’s apparent condemnation of … air conditioning … of all things, he could condemn, he condemns … air conditioning.

The official English draft implies that the solution to the “filth” of the earth is preventing humans from inhabiting the earth. It is almost as if he simply took Humanae Vitae and replaced contraception with humans and sexual chaos with global warming.

Lastly, it is implied that St. Francis’ theology was correct. Isn’t that a major stretch? St. Thomas Aquinas was wrong on some major doctrinal matters (Immaculate Conception). Couldn’t St. Francis have been heretical by even suggesting that non-human beings are even close to equal to human beings?

Laudato Si’ seems to be based on and filled with so many heresies it would take thousands of pages to explain all of them.

 

 

 



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Pope Francis on Communist Crucifix: “It wasn’t an Offense”

http://www.onepeterfive.com/pope-francis-on-communist-crucifix-it-wasnt-an-offense/

By Steve Skojec, July 13, 2015

[…]

 

4 of 193 readers’ comments

1. Are we really going to keep pretending Jorge Bergoglio is any kind of good Catholic? Compare this to his reaction when he got a Rosary Bouquet. He also degraded the Catholicization of South America – Something every South American owes their entire present civilization to at this point. This man if not a heretic in the least is a malcontent.

2.
Steve Skojec: First and only warning: you want to speculate, I’ll give you some latitude if you want to try to make your case, but start declaring things like “Francis is the False Prophet” and you’re way out of your depth.

Only a pope has the right to judge a prior pope, and a council to decide that a sitting pope has committed manifest heresy.

3. I want to offer freedom for discussion, but we don’t play this game here.

I’m not sure you are correct Mr. Skojec, regarding ‘only a pope has the right to judge a prior pope, and a council to decide that a sitting pope has committed manifest heresy‘. I think there are Biblical passages which are in opposition to that conclusion and there are saints (Bellarmine for one) who’ve written in opposition as well. (See “De Controversiis On the Roman Pontiff” St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J. Translated from the Latin by Ryan Grant, pages 304-310.)
Nevertheless, none of this precludes a lay person from her/her PRIVATE opinion as to the orthodoxy of a current claimant to the throne of Peter. 
And regarding the throne, if I recall correctly, Francis and at least 3 of his predecessors were never enthroned, they were ‘installed’, similar to how priest/presbyters have been ‘installed as presiding over the assembly of the people” since A.D. 1968 – not as receiving Holy Orders to offer the holy sacrifice of the Mass. 
For that reason alone, I think, we may question the validity of the sacraments offered by any man, priest, bishop or pope, who took vows after 1968 in the institutional Latin church. To my mind, Francis is the first layman to occupy the office. 
Leaving that aside, I think anyone who knows the basics of the Catholic Faith is capable of understanding when an action and/or statement is heretical. I also think anyone who knows the basics of the Catholic Faith is protected by the truth and shouldn’t have to wait (for decades or centuries) for a proclamation from a council to discern heresy from orthodoxy AND to be able to state that in no uncertain terms. 
It is a fine (and intentional) mess–as Francis has so often asked the youth to ‘make a mess’. In this, he leads by example.

4. The concern with these outright heretical speeches and acceptance of Marxism does start to raise questions about the validity of Francis as Pope.

 

 

The Rigging of a Vatican Synod?

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/4131/the_rigging_of_a_vatican_synod.aspx
EXTRACT

By Edward Pentin, September 2, 2015

We wonder how certain bishops could recommend allowing the divorced and remarried to participate in Holy Communion but it isn’t surprising if you understand what occurred within the Church at the Second Vatican Council.

It is a fact that the heretical theology and philosophies of those such as Mario Martini, Bruno Forte, Karl Rahner, Hans Kung, Henri de Lubac, Jacques Maritain, and particularly, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (who had no less than 14 known interdicts, prohibitions and outright condemnations against him from competent Church authorities including Pope Pius XII) were not only influential in the Council [Vatican II], but some were actually adopted-religious liberty, ecumenism, the mission of the Church, and collegiality for example.

In fact, we learned that the “modern” theologians, philosopher’s, psychologists and psychiatrists had much more to teach us about our religion than St. Thomas Aquinas, previous popes, previous Ecumenical Councils, Saints, and Doctors and Fathers of the Church. The Church, in order to reach out to the modern world, relied on these moderns for direction and assistance in the new “pastoral” and “ecumenical” objectives in which Vatican II operated.

 

 

 

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a believer in evolution and denied the Dogma of Original Sin. He believed in an evolutionary Christ, a “cosmic” Christ, and in an evolution of man’s conscience where, truth at one time in history was true then but could not be true in another time. All people and all of creation are “moving forward” and once everyone realizes they have God within him, the ‘omega point” is reached. The fullness of truth.

This is how the contradictions seen in the documents of Vatican II are validated. For example, the Catholic Church understood that She alone was the one, true Church instituted by Christ but as man’s conscience evolved, he came to understand that all religions have some truths and so, all faiths are actually part of the redemptive value of Christ’s suffering and death and thus, all are actually the Church of Christ.

Pope Francis, in his encyclical “Laudato Si” even referenced Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
and incorporated his heretical dogma of evolution in this paragraph: 83.

“The ultimate destiny of the universe is in the fullness of God, which has already been attained by the risen Christ, the measure of the maturity of all things. Here we can add yet another argument for rejecting every tyrannical and irresponsible domination of human beings over other creatures. The ultimate purpose of other creatures is not to be found in us. Rather, all creatures are MOVING FORWARD WITH US AND THROUGH US TOWARDS A COMMON POINT OF ARRIVAL, WHICH IS GOD…”

This statement is a perfect example of how Modernists are able to deceive. They combine both the truth and a Modernist dogma in the same sentence. This method is evident in all of their writings.

The “cosmic Christ” of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin is what the German bishops are pursuing. Modern man does not accept the “past” moral teaching that one should be left out of the partaking of Communion because modern man’s morality has “evolved”. And so, the teaching of the Church must adopt the evolved, and more enlightened of course, understanding of man.

A more thorough expose of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin can be found at:http://www.catholicapologetics.info/modernproblems/vatican2/teilhard.pdf (The Teilhardian Church, by F. Albers, Ph. B.)

 

2 out of 126 readers’ comments

1. Thank you, Mr. Pentin, and those who cooperated with you – I am sure at no small professional risk to any of you – and for keeping us informed. As we stand before the firing squad of heresy I prefer to look them in the eye with a knowing smile.

2.
Your comment is informative and in many ways correct. However, there is a certain “fire” in those seeking alternative modes of operation which preclude a simple “fear of the state” motivation for their accommodation to immorality and
heresy. They have seen fit to leave two generations without Roman Catholic catechesis, they align themselves with every
left wing political movement they can, and they worship at the altar of the soft sciences of sociology and psychology. Remember – this posture was deliberately adopted during and after the Second Vatican Council with the cooperation of John XXIII and Paul VI. For whatever reasons John Paul and Benedict did not expose these movements and their
constituents for what they are – they were wrong not to do that (fear of scandal/saving ecclesiastical face) thus we
have what we endure today. In recent months I have been enormously informed by the works of Roberto de Mattei, Romano Amerio and H.J.A. Sire. Scholarly, illuminating examinations of the Church in its current dilemma and how we got there.

These men only reveal what all of us knew while it was happening over the past fifty years. You read them and just keep shaking your head “yes… I’m not crazy.” Must reading for Catholics not afraid to lift the curtain and face
the beast that is among us.

 

 

Taking Offense at Pope Francis… Just the Beginning

http://twoheartspress.com/blog/taking-offense-at-pope-francis-just-the-beginning/

By Dr. Kelly Bowring, September 2, 2015

[…]

Blessed Are Those Who Take Offense at Pope Francis

It’s not a question as to whether Pope Francis is just a liberal pope, a misunderstood pope, a Jesuit pope, a pastoral pope, or even possibly a heretical pope and an anti-pope.

What we do now know is that, as prophecy rightly warned, Pope Francis has begun to wage a campaign against the traditional Church. He is engaging in subtly and even cunningly moving the Church from a concern for revelation, conversion and salvation to one that focuses almost exclusively on humanism, socialism and the environment. The reality of sin and Hell are by effect being undermined. Compassion for the sinner is being emphasized, without equal emphasis on repentance. The problem is that this leads to people choosing hell who refuse to turn their backs on mortal sin. Pope Francis is leading the Church into the greatest crisis in her history, as prophecy said he would and as many commentators are now admitting he is doing.

Does not the Holy Spirit speak through the prophets, and thus should we not listen to solid divine prophecy, especially as it begins to prove true over time?

 

 

 

Prophecy is clear about what is unfolding and coming, and looking at what is going on in the world and in the Church today confirms the writing is on the wall. Prophecy tells us that the Church is about to be torn asunder and split into two camps, and this by her own ministers, where the visible Church will become the false counterfeit Church and the true Church will have to go underground. It won’t be long now before the divide within the Church becomes formalized and truly colossal. It seems more and more apparent that plans are already underway to form a new church in league with the world; one that by effect becomes more and more opposed to Christ and His Law of truth.

The last 3 years shows us that as the power of Pope Francis rises, anyone who dares to challenge him is being ignored or removed, even in the highest places within the Church. The offenses we have received from him are already so many it’s hard to keep up. Thus, blessed is he who sees what is going on and thus rightly takes offense at him and courageously stands up for the true Faith in these times.

[…]

Today, the greatest heretics in the history of the Church have infiltrated to her highest levels. No one can deny this now. Sure, many will try to deny these prophecies which God revealed to the world and the corresponding unfolding of events, but they will do this at their own peril. Things are going as they are and rejecting or ignoring this reality will not stop it. Many others will listen and respond. It is to you I speak. Meanwhile, these heretics will continue unabated in weakening the Church. But, I intend to do what I can to stop them and I am trying to encourage you to do the same. And if you don’t actively discern and decide whose side you are on now, you will very soon wake up to find yourself on the wrong side by default as things unfold.

[…]

The Great and Final Battle Is Unfolding Now

We are now in the time of the great spiritual confusion that God has been warning us about, a time that will see the great and final storm of the Church and shipwreck of the faith. The devil is the source of great confusion, and he is causing many to become spiritually blind, distracted, and asleep. The imposter is being set up to deceive so many people, and because of their misguided loyalty, they will follow like lambs to their own slaughter. They do not see how the Trojan horse has already entered the city of God. More and more from within the enemy is being perceived as the friend, while the true Church of Christ is being declared to be the enemy. Liars at high levels in the Church are using twisted logic to replace the doctrines of the Faith with new heretical teachings, and no one is being given a forum to be heard against them and what they are doing.

[…]

See Pope Francis for what he is and judge his works in order to see if they bear fruit. We have had enough time now to see that the fruit that Reinhard MarxWalter Kasper and Cupich yield is rotten to the core.

Changes are being forced upon the faithful, and we are being made to swallow lies. These lies are coming from Satan and are dressed in sheep’s clothing. The truth is that they are designed to destroy the Church on earth, from within its very center. The proof is evident to those who want to see… that these changes being introduced contradict and oppose the true Word of God.

[…]

 

 

Prelates Speak Out About Synod!

From: tfp@tfp.org
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2015 12:30:43 -0400 Subject: Prelates Speak Out About Synod!

By John Horvat, September 11, 2015

[…]

Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga is bishop emeritus of Karaganda, Kazakhstan. He claims that in churches today “Christ is no longer proclaimed. They don’t speak any more like Christ — yes, yes, no, no.” There are many that cause “a silence to arise around sin, the tone is quieted down. Sin is what you want it to be.”

“If it [the Synod] accepts the statement of those who want to distribute Holy Communion to the divorcedit would be a heresy in the Church. And if it does not accept, there can be a schism in the Church. German, Belgian, and Dutch schism.”

 

 

Family leaders alarmed at Pope Francis’ personal invitees for Synod

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/family-leaders-alarmed-at-popes-personal-invitees-for-synod

By Pete Baklinski, September 15, 2015

[…]

That the Church is facing an unprecedented crisis is a theme beginning to be stressed by prelates recognized by many Catholic faithful for their strong commitment to upholding Catholic teaching.  

Last week Archbishop Lenga, the emeritus archbishop of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, told Polonia Christiana in an explosive video that also featured Cardinal Burke, that Pope Francis will reveal himself during the Synod.

“The Pope during the Synod will show whose side he is on,” he said. “If he accepts the statements of those who want to distribute Holy Communion to the divorced, there would be a heresy in the Church, and if he does not accept, there could be a schism in the Church.”

 

 

 

Cardinal Burke said in the same interview that “we’re in a time of crisis within the church,” suggesting that “we may have to give our all (including our very lives) to safeguard and promote the truth of the faith not only for ourselves and our own generation but also for those to come.”

Archbishop Lenga concluded: “Either we are on the side of Christ, or on the side of the devil. There is no third option. The common people are sometimes closer to Christ than priests.”

 

 

 



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