There are several interesting things happening at the Vatican. The most significant thing is that Pope Francis continues to “sideline” people who disagree with his liberal “reinterpretation” of Christian dogma. Cardinal Burke, one of the more famous orthodox Catholic, has been sidelined from even his minor role as the patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta. The Pope has put into his place a pro-open borders zealot.
As we discussed in the post Heretical popes & Limitation of Catholic Authority, the Pope has written what most of us “lay, people, ” understand as official heresy in his teaching Amoris Laetitia. He has said we don’t need to get married to have sex and have sanctifying grace. We can just shack up, or divorce or wives and move on to the next and still receive all the sacraments. This is, of course, is exactly opposite of what our Lord Christ said in the Holy Bible. I mean most of us fall due to our human nature, that is why we must repent. I am not one to throw rocks. But for the Pope to claim sin as a virtue, that is remarkable.
Cardinal Coccopalmerio who has the official Vatican position of President of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legal Texts scheduled a conference today to speak about Amoris Laetitia. Everyone in the world interrupted this as an official response to the Four Cardinal letter. Thus I was waiting for that conference. Cardinal Coccopalmerio has already written a book where he spells out his interpretation of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, which Pope Francis has not corrected. In this Amoris Laetitia book Cardinal Coccopalmerio President of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legal Texts says;
“The divorced and remarried, de facto couples, those cohabiting, are certainly not models of unions in sync with Catholic Doctrine, but the Church cannot look the other way. Therefore, the sacraments of Reconciliation and of Communion must be given even to those so-called wounded families and to, however, many who, despite living in situations, not in line with traditional matrimonial canons, express the sincere desire to approach the sacraments after an appropriate period of discernment… Yes, therefore, to admission to the sacraments for those who, despite living in irregular situations, sincerely ask for admission into the fullness of ecclesial life, it is a gesture of openness and profound mercy on the part of Mother Church, who does not leave behind any of her children, aware that absolute perfection is a precious gift, but one which cannot be reached by everyone.” [Bold is mine]
Notice the “must.” Thus I expected Cardinal Coccopalmerio to reaffirm the apparent heresy that Pope Francis wrote. For some reason, Cardinal Coccopalmerio canceled today’s press conference at the last moment, but he promises he will have one shortly.
One reason that Cardinal Coccopalmerio planned to speak today is because he Grand Inquisitor, Cardinal Gerhard Müller who is solely appointed by the Pope and can be fired at any time by the Pope, and is a fairly liberal Catholic himself a few days ago came out with a statement. He said simply “For Catholic doctrine, it is impossible for mortal sin to coexist with sanctifying grace.” That is all he said. For anyone who knows the Christian faith, this is obvious. Cardinal Gerhard Müller also said in his up coming book The Hope of the Family, “The total indissolubility of a valid marriage is not a mere doctrine, it is a divine and definitive dogma of the Church…”
For a liberal, progressive Cardinal who is no friend of traditional Catholics to speak in any way that can be interpreted as not in sync with the Pope is pretty big news. The Pope is now in the process of “sidelining” the Grand Inquisitor himself. Notice the Inquisition was established for the specific purpose of the suppression of heresy. There are rumors that the Grand Inquisitor will resign. No matter, watch over the next 12 months and the Grand Inquisitor Cardinal Gerhard Müller will be gone.
There are some who are afraid that Pope Francis will clarify his teaching and officially promulgate what we understand as heresy. I do not. If the Catholic Church is to break again like it did with the Orthodox split, let it be. Let the Jesuits and other modernists who have taken over the Vatican do what they will, I do not fear. The only thing that remains is if Cardinal Burke or any other Cardinal has the courage to officially formally correct the Pope.
If any Cardinal officially and publicly provides a “formal correction” to Pope Francis, it will be the end of their careers which are basically over anyway. However, this will mean that the proper authority, the Cardinals who are the principle advisors of the Holy Father even a few of them have officially accused the Pope of heresy. The question is if there are any living Catholic Cardinal who still believes in the Christian faith that Jesus taught. If they do, what comes next is completely unknown, but I say, have faith and let’s get to it.