VIDEO: Father Minutella and Pope Francis

JESUS CHRIST “Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Be glad in that day and rejoice; for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For according to these things did their fathers to the prophets. – Gospel According to Saint Luke 6

Father Minutella is an Italian Catholic Priest from Sicily who has become nationally known for his open righteous criticism of Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, and the False Church of modernism. Because of his outspoken defense of the Catholic faith, Father Minutella was officially removed from his parish and forbidden to celebrate Mass, administer the Sacraments, and preach. He was ordered to remain silent for a period of nine months. He obeyed. Father Minutella has been, and continues to be, unjustly and viciously attacked by the Italian media, including a mean-spirited exposé program called The Hyenas, a satirical TV show based on Argentinian telecast Caiga Quien Caiga and well known for its underhanded and devious journalistic practices. After the Curia informed him that he would receive a “double excommunication” if he did not make public acts of fidelity to Pope Francis on social networks, Father Minutella recorded the above video as a response.

FATHER MINUTELLA:

May Jesus Christ Be praised and let’s keep walking with Maria.
Here I am again dear friends I would like to start this video with a Hail Mary with you together. Let’s pray to the Blessed Virgin:
Hail Mary, full of grace, The Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou amongst women and blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb, Jesus.Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Here we are again dear friends after nine months of obedient silence, just like an entire nine-month mother gestation, despite the imposing mud machine that, without measure, has tried to put me on my knees and to make me collapse, until almost my physical suppression.  The Hyenas of various savannas, with their shameful incursions – the more shameful the more welcomed they were, as it seems – in allegiance to some occult forces that sent them not only downstairs from where I live, but right behind my home’s back door during those nine months of silence, have failed in demotivating and defeating this poor priest with the crown in his hand, despite all their maneuvers.

On the contrary, a simple priest without any means and without the mundane power, is human. I neither have any allegiances that protect me, nor any occult strong powers – how many there are nowadays – to keep me safe. I, weak and unarmed, proceed with only the strength of the faith and in full hope in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  Sometimes I myself wonder how this very well organized apparatus that persecutes me can be afraid of a small priest like me. Then, the words of Montfort in regards to those who are consecrated to Mary, come to mind, and that’s when I understand; and tonight I confirm to all of you that my strength, my support, my refuge, is Mary. She holds me like a mother hen holds her chicks, under her motherly wings. She who Montfort defines as the “philosopher’s stone” with whom her discoverer falls in love and from whom he obtains all graces.  Truly, when one discovers in his own life – especially priestly life – this deep relationship with Our Lady, with Mary, everything changes. Everything changes.

Since when, on last June 26th (2017), my Bishop Corrado Lorefice removed me from my role of parish priest with immediate execution  – I didn’t even have the chance to say good bye to my parishioners and substantially was suspended “a divinis” even though they continued to say “this is not a suspension”, “this is not a suspension”, when in fact, it substantially is; since when, last March, I was obliged to remain silent on all social networks; since, last March I have not spoken; since when, for having spoken the truth on the false Church, I have known moral persecution and have been practically reduced to being in exile. But I had predicted all of this, if you remember, because I knew I was speaking the truth.

If I was that poor crazy person that some television broadcasts tried to portray me as  – they even called me “the showman of the sacred”, a definition that even many Churchmen have welcomed – they would have left me in peace, after all.  Instead, they run after me. They run after me, but they don’t know that in my eyes, on my lips and in my heart I have nothing but Mary. It is her who whispers to me to go ahead. She grabs me and tells me, “Go on! Go on!”. And She now tells me in my heart to raise my voice in defense of the healthy Catholic faith which today is being jeopardized like never before.  The Virgin Mary has been, and still is, my strength; and it is thanks to Her, if you really want to know, if I have been able to stand for all these months.

And now I am even more motivated to continue to move forward. Therefore I tell myself that these strange hierarchies of the so-called “church of mercy” – which hits those who do not conform to these criteria, the “church of mercy” which runs to all the Italian ports to welcome the poor immigrants but then brings to the guillotine those who don’t adhere to its single line of thought of dictatorial nature –  these people are not afraid of me who can easily be eliminated – I have no bodyguards and no defense – but they are afraid of Her.  They failed to predict a reaction.

Since Holy Mother Church has been occupied, because we are speaking of a true invasion, for the plot of the destruction of the Catholic spirit of old, the plan has been carefully studied in all its details. The plan has been carefully studied in all its details, dear friends. Unfortunately for them, who consider Her to only be the ‘Mary of the Gospels’ of a few spoken words, they did not deal with Her for their blame. With Her! With Our Lady!  They have not understood that the Blessed Virgin will save the Church! She will save the Catholic Church which does not belong to this person or that person, but which is the sole property of Jesus Christ! No ideology can stand up against the exclusive ownership of this Bride that belongs to Jesus Christ! And Our Mother will save the Church! She will save the Church with the methods given through the Magnificat. “He hath put down the mighty from their seats”! This is the true answer I give this evening, and it is the evangelical answer: “He hath put down the mighty from their seat and hath exalted the humble and meek!”
May the Blessed Virgin save the Church from this heretical deception, from this blind extravagance that re-evaluates Martin Luther to the point of considering him a holy reformer!

Dear friends, there are those who, like Bishop Galantino, state that the Lutheran reformation was an action of the Holy Spirit! And we still remain silent!  There are those who are revisiting the Holy Mass in preparation to an ever-increasing liturgical ecumenism! There are those who shake hands with the world and persecute the prophets! Those who speak of mercy and kill whoever does not share their way of thinking! And then a continuous waltz of doctrinal and pastoral extravagances.  And in front of the solemn oath of the Blessed Virgin in Fatima, “At the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph”, how many of us have remained – despite everything – Roman Apostolic Catholics? Let us all stand up now because Our Lady is coming to review Her troops.

Resistance, dearest friends. This is the decisive key-word: resistance until the end and in front of a deceit that because of its well-camouflaged clothes of a false mercy, carries an apocalyptic taste.  This is not the battle between the progressives who are in the government, and the ones who are suspended and/or excommunicated because they are faithful to the Magisterium of always. No. This is the battle between the Woman dressed in the sun and the infernal dragon that has launched its most subtle attack on the Church.  Truly, the Blessed Virgin, as we can read in the treaty of the true devotion to Mary, loves, sustains, guides and protects those who are consecrated to Her. After all, whoever consecrates him/herself to Our Mother shall never fall in the traps of Satan and of heresy, as Montfort said.

Tonight I – who, for the first time, am talking again and you’ll understand why – feel the need to tell you all that I feel the very strong motherly and loving presence of Our Lady. And I repeat with the great Saint John Paul II, “Totus Tuus”.  Furthermore, since an enamored person is always in need to personalize love, here I am, calling on you, my sweet Mother and Queen, Mary Most Holy. I am here to give you my life, and to give to your Immaculate Heart my inexplicably hurt and unjustly scorned priesthood. Famulus tuus sum Maria, Mater mea. Famulus tuus sum Maria, Regina mea. Famulus tuus sum Maria, Domina mea. I declare myself to be your servant, Mary, Mother of mine. Mary, My Queen. Mary, My Queen, the demons tremble and the heresies run away in front of your Motherly Empire.  With you, my Mother, let us now free the Church from her hidden enemies and let us give her back to her Lord in all her beauty and glory.  This is not a utopia because she, the Church, was paid for by the precious suffering of my marginalization, by the ruining of my own reputation and by my total derision.  At your sign, O Supreme Lady, we will be ready.  Through the weapon of the Rosary, let us free the Holy Church from this poisonous situation and this devious heresy.  This is not an attack on Don Minutella, my dearest friends. This is an attack on the entire Church.

With that said, today, on the eve of Saint Leo the Great, the first Pontiff who took the name of Leo (Lion) and who truly roared against the heresies, I must bring this to your attention, enemies of the Church.

Following the recourse I presented to the congregation for the Clergy in the Vatican, after having sent a letter to my Bishop on September 21 in which I professed again every single truth of the Catholic faith, including the reverence of the intellect and of the will to the Roman Pontiff, the prefect of given congregation has notified me that the recourse was going to be suspended until December 8.  In the meantime, I would have had to make a public commendation of fidelity to Pope Francis on public networks.  I asked myself the reason why for such an uncustomary request. In any case, having expressed my reverence of the intellect and of the will to the Roman Pontiff in the previous letter, I did not follow the request which was expressed as a suggestion. This is also because Cardinal Stella is prefect but not my spiritual father.  Where does such an unusual request come from, I asked myself – a request never seen before.

A person is ready to obey except those things that go against the soul. No one is above the Gospel.  In any case, today, November 9, I’ve been convened, called in person, in the curia by my Bishop who, after long months of ignoring me while I was being devoured from the “Hyenas TV program” and publicly humiliated without having received not even one phone call from any among the exponents of the “church of mercy”, finally my Bishop has reached out. He summoned me and he read a letter in which it is written that if I fail to do an act of public fidelity to Pope Francis, I will be excommunicated with two solemn excommunications. What? What did I say? Yes, you heard that, dear friends! I will be excommunicated with two excommunications. Away from the fact that when I heard this, I almost smiled as I thought that, in the meantime, this Church is lifting the excommunication from Luther. Therefore, I can be hopeful.

Furthermore, I had to remind my Bishop that in the letter I had sent to him and to the congregation, I had reiterated my respect towards the Roman Pontiff. At this point, I would like to understand! If I send a letter to my Bishop and I declare to the Archbishop of Palermo, without making any names, the Bishop calls me to tell me “this letter is not valid”.
“Why isn’t it valid?” I asked.
“It’s not valid because you have to specify the name of Corrado Lorefice”.
“Why do I have to specify Corrado Lorefice?”, I wondered.
“Because if you do not specify his name, I excommunicate you!”.

Do you understand, dear friends?  This is either schizophrenia, or a true blackmail. Nothing less than a blackmail, dear friend!

I would like to say that there has been a unilateral persistence on having me make a public act on all social networks in which I would have had to declare my fidelity to pope Francis.

Here I ask myself again, and I ask to all of you, isn’t the Roman Pontiff who Pope Francis is, or is the Roman Pontiff nominally a different role from the one of Pope Francis?  I ask this because if these two were the same person, then how can there be two excommunications? This means that, behind such issue, something else is going on.  But these people must be very careful because what is at stake is the good of the Church.  If the distinction between Pope Francis and the Roman Pontiff is only nominal, then I reconfirm I have made my declaration in writing. I even have inserted a longer version of it within my letter. Therefore, they did not want to listen to me. There are those who wish to add fuel to its fire.  What happens then to my nine months of obedience? Therefore, I want to tell to those of you who are listening, as well as to all those who are waiting for my answer, that I refuse to make such hypocritical public act which would not be of obedience but rather of supine subjugation (supine subordination) which, as Saint Thomas Aquinas teaches, since the virtue of obedience is subjected to the regime of the virtue of justice, if justice is missing as a cardinal virtue that regulates the virtue of obedience, it is no longer a virtue but a vice as well as a pure subjugation.  As a priest and as a baptized person, deeply in love with Christ and of His Church, which is currently going through Calvary, I declare the following:

It is now I who humbly ask that the Roman Pontiff may clarify what he truly thinks in regards to the communion to the divorced and remarried because he’s creating a climate of confusion of which he is the primary responsible, especially in regards to the salvation of souls! What is at stake here is the salvation of souls!
Therefore this is the time in which the true Catholics who do not want to camouflage themselves behind this or that smokescreen, must come out! Now is the time as predicted in the Third Secret of Fatima!  I must remind with strength to the eminent Cardinals, to their excellencies and to all the brother priests who are well aware that we are going through a time of confusion, of loss, and of test  inside the Church!  If we remain silent, we will take an immense number of souls into Hell! And even for us there will be eternal damnation!  We must ask for clarity for the good of the souls! For the good of the sheep given onto us.  If these new “openings” were to really be God’s Will, then at least may there be respect towards the many within the Church who walk at a slower pace because of a need for more clarity.  If we then look not at the acts of oppression, I have remained silent for months and from tomorrow I will be excommunicated twice, which I still fail to understand; maybe it means that even if I am born once again, there is no hope for me.

Now I will say two final things.  First, that we must obey God rather than men and this is the Word of God!  We must first obey God before we obey men!
The condemnations made towards me have no validity. They are instead badges of honor as I have already said other times.  This false Church, at this time, with all her insolence, is governing with such overpowering acts in order to instill fear in others and has made me out to be an example so that before there are some good priests who want to come out and speak, they may think twice, given how they reduced Don Minutella.  The Apocalypse tells us “to come out! Come out of Babylon”. That they may decide for themselves. We follow the healthy Magisterium of the Church.

Badge of honor! Just like Saint Athanasius, I am not afraid of these condemnations. The Lord Reveals to me, in my heart, that these are unfounded condemnations.
Do you realize? Because of the fact that I did not do an act of public fidelity to Pope Francis on social networks when such was just a request, which I am absolutely free not to obey, I received two excommunications. This has never happened in the entire history of the Church! This smells like a regime and not like the Catholic Church! And if I speak in this way it is right because I do love the Church! I am sorry for all those who, inside the Church, know what’s going on and yet, are still using an excessively diplomatic language, which, in a way, is probably further damaging since ‘those on the other side’ have no problem being extremely clear.

I beg that the part of the Church that screams for its discomfort will be cared for. I say this to the Roman Pontiff as well as to myself, the very last among the parish priests: if we don’t listen, God will intervene in ways we cannot even fathom.

In conclusion, may the Blessed Virgin impede this double excommunication in the face of something that is unbelievable to say the very least. As I said, I pronounced myself on my reverence of the intellect and of the will to the Roman Pontiff. I need to underline that such action will provoke an injustice that’s not only unproportionate but also formally unfair.  In the letter of September 21 sent to the Bishop and to the congregation of the Clergy, I re-expressed full consent of the Roman Pontiff’s intellect and on the will.  I think I have clarified all things. And in this very moment, I think of my family members who know very well, especially my parents, how I would celebrate the Mass by the age of two while my twin brother would be the altar boy. In front of this dramatic time for the entire Church in which a poor servant who refuses to passively watch the Church being transformed into something of the world, I appeal to the hearts; I appeal to the consciences. As Saint Augustine would say, “Ecclesia Virgo, Virgo Infide Meretrix In Eresia”.

This is a dramatic time for the entire Church.

Maybe what is being perceived is that this side of it (me) suffers more. No. That is not true. Even on the other side of the Tiber and all the way inside the Vatican rooms, an atmosphere of fear, of terror, of anguish and of intimidation governs the hearts and the minds of priests.
Why? Why have we arrived to this point? Until when, o Lord? Your vineyard goes to ruins as the boar of the woods destroys it and feeds off of it.Come, o Lord. Come to save Your Church.
I believe I clarified every point. And as I can see, there will be the unavoidable double excommunication; but the Heavens will intervene in the way God Sees fit because ‘the devil makes the pots but not the lids’. And because what can be considered a condemnation, could, unfortunately for them, sound like a badge of honor.

Let’s keep walking with Mary.

A Prayer for Don Minutella

O JESUS, our Great High Priest,
Hear my humble prayers on behalf of Your priest, Father Minutella.
Give him a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of his priestly life.
In his loneliness, comfort him. In his sorrows, strengthen him. In his frustrations, point out to him that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show him that he is needed by the Church, he is needed by souls, he is needed for the work of redemption.
O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your son who is close to you because of his priestly ordination, and because of the power which he has received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs him so much.
Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength, and especially help him to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen.

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De Mattei: Pope Francis and his “Lutheran turning point”

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
November 8, 2017


On October 31st 2016, Pope Francis inaugurated the year of Luther by meeting with representatives of Lutheranism from all over the world in the Swedish Cathedral of Lund. Since then, meetings and “ecumenical” celebrations ad abundantiam have followed one after the other in the Catholic Church.

A year exactly from that date, the “”Lutheran turning point “was sealed by a symbolic act the gravity of which very few have noticed. The Vatican Post Office issued a stamp which celebrates the birth of Protestantism on October 31st 1517, the date Luther hung his 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral.”V Centenary of the Protestant Reformationcan be read at the top of the stamp, presented on October 31st of this year by the Vatican Philatelic Office. The official communiqué describes the stamp: It depicts Jesus Crucified in the foreground on a gold, timeless background showing Wittenberg city. In an attitude of penance, on their knees respectively on the left and the right of the the Cross, Martin Luther holds a Bible, source and point of his doctrine, while Philip Melanchthon, theologian and a friend of Martin Luther’s, one of the most important protagonists of the Reformation, holds in his hand the Augsburg Confession,Confessio Augustuana, the first official exposition of the principles of Protestantism drawn up by him.”

The substitution of Our Lady and St. John at the foot of the Cross with the  two heresiarchs, Luther and Melanchthon is a blasphemous offense that no Catholic cardinal or bishop has, to date, openly condemned. The significance of this image is explained by the joint declaration of the World Lutheran Federation and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, published the same day as the stamp. The note refers to the positive outcome of the dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans, endorsing the “new understanding of those XVI century events which lead to our separation” and affirms how both sides are “very grateful for the theological and spiritual gifts received through the Reformation“.

As if that weren’t enough, around the same time, La Civiltà Cattolica, the Pope’s “unofficial” voice, celebrated Luther  with  an article by Father Giancarlo Pani (Martin Luther, Five Hundred Years Later, inLa Civiltà Cattolica , of October 21st – November 4th 2017, pp. 119-130)

Father Pani is the same priest who said in 2014 that the Fathers of the Council of Trent had admitted the possibility of divorce and remarriage in the case of adultery, according to the custom established in the schismatic Greek Church. Now he is sustaining that Martin Luther was in no way a heretic, but an authentic “reformer”. In fact, ” the theses of Wittenberg are not a challenge, nor a rebellion against authority, but the proposal to renew the proclamation of the Gospel, in the sincere desire for a “reform” in the Church”. (p.128). Despite the claim ” by the Church of Rome and Luther of incarnating the truth in toto and being dispensers of it ” ” the role Luther had as a witness to the faith cannot be denied: He is “the reformer”;  he was able to initiate a process of “reform”  where the results of it have also benefited the Catholic Church.”

If this is the case then he has been unjustly persecuted and defamed by the Catholic Church for 500 years. The time has come to rehabilitate him.  And in order to rehabilitate him we cannot limit ourselves to presenting only his prophetic side, but must make the Church accept and put into practice his demands of reform. And the Post-Synod Exhortation Amoris Laetitia represents a decisive stage on this path. They are not wrong then the authors of the Correctio filialis (to Pope Francis) when they underlined “the affinity between Luther’s ideas on the law, justification and matrimony and those taught  or favored by Pope Francis in Amoris laetitia and elsewhere.

At this point it should be remembered that Pope Francis, like Father Pani, belongs to the Company of Jesus, whose Founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, was the champion of the Faith that Divine Providence raised up in the XVI century against Lutheranism. In Germany, apostles like St. Peter Canisio and Blessed Peter Fabro, fought every inch of the way against the heretics and on the terrain of anti-Protestant controversy no-one can surpass St. Robert Bellarmino.

La Civiltà Cattolica was founded in 1850, with the support of Pius IX, and had a role of doctrinal defense against the errors of the time for a very long time. From its very first edition, on April 6th 1850, it dedicated an extensive anonymous essay (by Father Matteo Liberatore) on The Political Rationalism of the Italian Revolution, in which he saw Protestantism as the cause of all modern errors. These theses were developed, among others, by two famous Jesuit theologians: Fathers Giovanni Perrone (Protestantism and the Rule of the Faith, La Civiltà Cattolica, Rome 1853, 2 voll.), and Hartmann Grisar (Luther, Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau, 1911/1912, 3 voll.).

But the commemoration of the Lutheran revolt made by the Jesuit journal in October 1917, the fourth centenary marking the 95 theses in Wittenberg, takes on a special meaning.(Luther and Lutheranism, inLa Civiltà Cattolica, IV (1917), pp. 207-233; 421-430). The theologian of La Civiltà Cattolica explained that “The essence of the Lutheran spirit, or rather Lutheranism, is rebellion in all of its extension and in all the force of its word. Rebellion, therefore, which is personified in Luther, was varied and profound, complex and very vast; which apparently appeared but was in fact violent, angry, trivial, obscene and diabolic; deep down it was studied, and directed according to the circumstances, focused on opportunistic ends and interests, intended and wanted withmeasured, resolute determination.” (pp.208-309).

Luther, La Civiltà Cattolica continues, “initiated that contemptible parody, with which the rebel monk attributed to God, his ideas, blasphemies and the abominations of his perverted mind: he outraged the Pope in an unspeakable way in the name of Christ, he cursed Caesar in the name of Christ, he blasphemed against the Church, against bishops, against monks with absolute infernal impetuosity, in the name of Christ; he threw his religious habit onto the tree of Judas, in the name of Christ and in the name of Christ he was married sacrilegiously” (p.209). “With the very convenient pretext of following Scripture, as that which alone contains the word of God, he conducted a war on scholastic theology, tradition, canon law, all the institutions and precepts of the Church and councils: in place of these august and venerated things, he, Martin Luther, perjured monk and self-proclaimed doctor, put himself and his authority! Popes, doctors and Holy Fathers were no longer of any worth; the word of Marin Luther was worth more than all of them!  (p.212). The Lutheran theory of justification, in the end, “was born of Luther’s imagination, not by the Gospel or any other word of God revealed to the writers of the New Testament: for us, every Lutheran novelty finds its origins in the concupiscence he stimulated, and in his development of the falsification of Scripture or in formal lying” (p.214

Father Pani cannot deny that the opinion he gives of Luther is a 360 degree turnaround from the one his confreres gave in the same journal, a century ago.  In 1917,  he was censured as an apostate, a rebel, a blasphemer; today he is being praised as a reformer, a prophet, [even] holy. No Hegelian dialectic can harmonize yesterday’s judgment with today’s. Luther was either a heretic who denied some basic dogmas of Christianity, or he was a “witness to faith” who initiated  the Reformation of the Church, brought to completion by the Second Vatican Council and Pope Francis.

In short, every Catholic is called upon to choose whether to side with Pope Francis and the Jesuits of today, or be alongside the Jesuits of yesterday and the Popes of all time.

It is time for choices and to mediate precisely on St. Ignatius’ two standards (Spiritual Exercises, n. 137)* which will help us make them in these difficult times.

*Translator’s note: “It will be here how Christ calls and wants all under His standard; and Lucifer, on the contrary, under his.” (no. 137, Spiritual Exercises).

De Werkelijke Tegenwoordigheid van Jezus Christus in de H. Eucharistie

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De Werkelijke Tegenwoordigheid

Door John A. Hardon S.J.

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Toen Paus Paulus VI zijn nu historische Encycliek Mysterium Fidei publiceerde over de werkelijke tegenwoordigheid, herinnerde hij speciaal ons priesters eraan, dat er een geloofscrisis heerst betreffende de Eucharistie, dat de katholieken zich meer van dat feit bewust zouden moeten worden. Anders lopen zij het risico meegesleept te worden door de subtiele theologie en zal hun geloof in de Eucharistie verzwakt, zo niet, verwoest worden door de huidige aanvallen op dit kardinale mysterie van het Katholieke geloof.

Mijn bedoeling is om het volgende standpunt te verdedigen: dat de Heilige Eucharistie Jezus Christus is, die in het Heilig Sacrament is als Werkelijkheid én als Aanwezigheid. Hij is in de Eucharistie als Werkelijkheid, omdat de Eucharistie Jezus Christus is. Hij is in de Eucharistie als Aanwezigheid, omdat Hij ons door de Eucharistie aanraakt en wij in contact met Hem staan – afhankelijk van ons geloof…

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Peter Klos: ‘De Kerk op aarde maakt een ongekende diepe crisis door’

 

Afgelopen weekend vond er in Rome een conferentie plaats in het Angelicum (dat is de Universiteit van de Dominicanen) over Humanae Vitae, de encycliek van Paus Paulus VI over gezin en menselijke seksualiteit. Deze encycliek werd bij zijn verschijnen in 1968 al door velen, inclusief priesters en bisschoppen, niet aanvaard. Het afwijzen van kunstmatige geboortebeperking was met name een overtuiging die door velen niet meer acceptabel werd geacht. Toch bracht paus Paulus VI  niets anders onder woorden dan wat de Kerk altijd heeft geloofd. De conferentie in het Angelicum wil de waarheid van Humanae Vitae, en het onveranderlijke karakter van haar leer, bevestigen en verdiepen.

Tegelijkertijd werd op een andere universiteit in Rome – de Gregoriana, de universiteit van de Jezuïeten, waar ook paus Franciscus toe behoort – een serie lezingen gegeven die de encycliek Humanae Vitae in het licht van de exhortatie van paus Franciscus, Amoris Laetitia, een nieuwe betekenis wil geven. In feite komt het erop neer dat paus Franciscus ook hierin, zoals in de leer over het huwelijk, veranderingen wil brengen die een breuk betekenen met 2000 jaar katholieke Leer en Traditie.

In een notendop laten de twee universiteiten de crisis zien waar de Kerk in verkeert

Aan de ene kant is er de getalsmatig kleine groep die gelooft in de leer zoals die in de apostolische traditie is bewaard gebleven en altijd trouw is overgeleverd. Aan de andere kant is er de getalsmatig veel grotere groep mensen die – gesteund door paus Franciscus –  deze leer willen veranderen. Die dus een principieel andere Kerk willen. En deze verandering beperkt zich niet tot de seksuele moraal van de Kerk. Het heeft betrekking op de hele hiërarchische structuur en op alle dogma’s van de Kerk.

Deze crisis is door Maria voorzegd

In La Salette zei Maria al dat ‘op het einde’ priester zal opstaan tegen priester, bisschop tegen bisschop en kardinaal tegen kardinaal. Voor wie de ontwikkelingen in de Kerk volgt, kan deze profetie bijna dagelijks in vervulling zien gaan. En het is duidelijk dat de traditionele leer van de Kerk uiteindelijk zal triomferen. Dat zegt niet alleen de leer van de Kerk zelf, maar ook Jezus zegt dat in verschillende profetieën: “wee degenen die Mijn Tradities willen vernietigen.” Het zijn geen menselijke tradities, maar openbaringen van Gods bedoelingen in de kerkelijke Traditie.

De heiligheid van de Kerk (want Jezus volgen betekent een streven naar heiligheid) staat op het spel. De zuiverheid van de seksualiteit, de bedoelingen die God daaraan heeft gegeven, staat op het spel. Maar daarmee tegelijk de zuiverheid in zijn algemeenheid van het menselijk hart. En de eenheid van de Kerk staat op het spel. De eenheid van de leerlingen van Christus, waarvoor Jezus heeft gebeden: “Vader, mogen allen één zijn, opdat de wereld mag geloven dat Gij Mij gezonden hebt.” Wat op het spel staat, is dus heel veel, het is niets minder dan Gods Werk van Verlossing in de geschiedenis dat Jezus aan de Kerk heeft toevertrouwd.

Mensen kunnen deze crisis niet oplossen. Daarvoor is de kracht van het kwaad, de duivel, te sterk. Maar God zij dank verschijnt aan de Hemel een Vouw, bekleed met de zon, de maan onder haar voeten en op haar hoofd een kroon van twaalf sterren. Zij zal de kop van Satan verpletteren. Op het einde zal haar Onbevlekt Hart triomferen. We vieren nog steeds het 100 jarig jubileum van de verschijningen in Fatima, die werden bekrachtigd door het zonnewonder op 13 oktober 1917. Op 13 oktober 2017 wijdden de bisschoppen van Nigeria hun land toe aan het Onbevlekt Hart van Maria. Ten aanschouwen van duizenden gelovigen begon de zon na deze Toewijding te pulseren aan het zenit als een teken van de aanwezigheid van Maria. Het is een teken van hoop: Maria begeleidt de Kerk op haar pelgrimstocht en Zij zal triomferen en de Kerk één en heilig maken als nooit tevoren.

Uit; Koningin van de Vrede, Peter Klos, nr. 30, blz. 1-2.