November 16, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – In a recent interview of Monsigor Nicola Bux conducted in Italian by Aldo Maria Valli-– and also reported on by Edward Pentin, the monsignor had some interesting things to say about the state of the Church. Per Pentin’s blog:
“In a forceful interview with Italian Vaticanist Aldo Maria Valli, Msgr. Nicola Bux has warned that the current pontificate is issuing statements that are generating “heresies, schisms, and controversies of various kinds” and that the Holy Father should issue a profession of faith to restore unity in the Church.”
Bux goes on to suggest the Pope make a profession of faith. Incredible…that we live in a time where it is seriously suggested–and needed–for a pope to make a profession of the orthodox faith. The reader should take a look at the interview, if you have not already, as it presents a sobering view of the situation today in the Catholic Church. But, his assessment, although already shared by many, serves as a stark confirmation from a priest with such a respected background under former popes. He said much that is worth reading, including:
“More useful” than a fraternal correction, he said, would be to examine the “juridical validity” of Pope Benedict’s XVI’s resignation and “whether it is full or partial.” Jesus, he said, did not give the keys of heaven to Peter and Andrew but “said it only to Peter.” Such an “in-depth study” of the resignation, he said, could help to “overcome problems that today seem insurmountable to us.” (Source: Edward Pentin)
While I agree with Bux on pretty much of everything he says, the comment above is the one exception. I do not see how questioning the validity of the Benedict XVI’s renunciation of the papacy could possibly be “more useful” than a “fraternal correction” of Pope Francis regarding his errors (see this blog’s recent rebuttal of a Francis apologist here, here and here)–although it does appear clear there will be no correction (see here).
Bux does not suggest nor does he hint he is in possession of any new facts in the interview which explains the ‘usefulness’ of an investigation into the “juridical validity” of Benedict’s resignation. Certainly not from what I have seen. He seems to be in the same boat as the rest of us, i.e., regarding what is known of Benedict’s resignation. What is known strongly suggests, to put it mildly, that the theory claiming “Benedict is still Pope” remains–as it always has been–untenable (see Benedict is NOT pope; Benedict is STILL not Pope; and Benedict is really, really still not pope! Really!).
All the above said, it remains quite remarkable that Bux even ventured to say what he did, as Christopher A. Ferrara in his Fatima Perspectives recently wrote: “I make no comment on Bux’s astonishing suggestion except to note that only in the midst of a pontificate such as this one — the likes of which the Church has never witnessed — could a cleric of such prominence feel compelled to publish such opinions.”
Whether by incompetence, gross negligence or by intent, this pontificate has been a catastrophic disaster for the Church. Nor, is there an end in sight. Bux’s comment above is a recent example of a notable cleric expressing significant doubts about Pope Francis in one way or the other. Another example of this, back in May 2018, is that of Cardinal Eijk who wrote a piece in the National Catholic Register on the controversy in Germany over communion for non-catholic spouses of Catholics. Commenting on the failure of Pope Francis to intervene on the side of orthodoxy in the matter with clarity, Cardinal Eijk opined and then quoted the Catholic Catechism (CCC 675):
“Observing that the bishops and, above all, the Successor of Peter fail to maintain and transmit faithfully and in unity the deposit of faith contained in Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, I cannot help but think of Article 675 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
“The Church’s ultimate trial
Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the ‘mystery of iniquity’ in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth.””
(Source: National Catholic Register. “Pope Francis Needed to Give Clarity on Intercommunion” by Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk)
Although Cardinal Eijk does not state the explicit proposition, one might not be faulted for at least inferring he intended to associate Pope Francis, personally, with the “religious deception.” That is just my take on what he said. Perhaps I am wrong. Either way, it makes one wonder about the level of perplexity and frustration experienced by those in the Church’s high places, and what senior prelates really think and say about Pope Francis in private amongst themselves. I imagine among them there are some who—fearful to declare so in public–mumble to themselves in the dark hours of the night: “Where’s the formal correction! Be quick about it, Burke! ”
While I knock the idea that Benedict is still pope as ridiculous–it is, I do not say that with any glee. I get the frustration that wants it to be true, but a poor theory is no substitute for a proper understanding of reality. That said, I do believe events surrounding the election of Cardinal Bergoglio should be investigated (NB: for one example, an answer to this). Certainly, there is a lot of smoke and stink around the whole St. Gallen Mafia conspiracy, and the conclave which elected Cardinal Bergoglio as pope (see Of McCarrick and Past and Future Conclaves). Observing the apparent close ties between the Democratic Party and this Vatican in the years following the conclave led the Remnant Newspaper to publish an open letter, which was signed by a number of Catholic notables, inclusive of Michael J. Matt, Christopher A. Ferrara and Elizabeth Yore. The letter addressed to the Trump administration [see A Vatican-Democratic Party Alliance (Catholics ask Trump Administration to Investigate)] asked a number of interesting questions, one of which was “What other covert operations were carried out by US government operatives concerning the resignation of Pope Benedict or the conclave that elected Pope Francis?”
What brings this all to mind is the news within the last couple months that former law enforcement and intelligence officers will create reports on all cardinals (see ‘Red Hat Report’: Should Laypeople Investigate Cardinals?”). According to the National Register article by Judy Roberts, this ‘Red Hat’ group has the following goal:
“Using the services of academic researchers, lawyers, editors and investigators who are former FBI and CIA agents, the group hopes to create dossiers on cardinals by examining their priorities and records of handling sexual-abuse incidents and financial and legal matters.”
More power to them. I just hope they add a section to each report with a theological profile of each cardinal’s orthodoxy. They don’t need to judge the cardinals; just a statement with citations of their theological and pastoral views on key issues, e.g., on communion for manifest adulterers and pro-abortion politicians, homosexuals in the priesthood, the traditional mass, etc. You get the idea.
This group intends to raise some significant funds for this effort, according to the article:
“The project’s $1-million fundraising goal, for instance, appears to have excited many commentators, he said, but he considers it a modest amount compared to the billions the Church has paid in sexual-abuse settlements worldwide. As for the group being backed by wealthy Catholics, he said that, so far, the typical donor has given a few hundred dollars, and no single donor has represented more than 5% of the funding.”
The Group even set up a GoFundMe site. The first report is supposed to come out next year on the North American cardinals, according to the Catholic Herald article, which reported the story in early October (see here).
I don’t know how their fundraising is going, but…I bet they’d get a tremendous boost if they announced the first of the “red hats” they are looking into is Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, his association with other St. Gallen mafia cardinals and bishops, and the 2013 conclave. Just a suggestion. If this group has former FBI, CIA and NSA firepower behind it…who knows…maybe they “know some guys who know some guys” who could provide the type of information to which Deep State “guys” have had access. Who knows…maybe “they know some guys” too.
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