Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Peter, do you love me?

Peter, do you love me?
 -- from The Gospel according to St. John 21:15-17
As Catholics, we answer to only one authority and that is Jesus Christ. The pope is called to be the vicar of Christ on earth. One he ceases to perform that function he is still the pope, but he loses his authority over the Catholic faithful.

These are terrible times. I see how faithful and orthodox Catholics like Michael Voris and Father Frank Pavone are struggling to defend this pope. We should not be put into this torturous situation.

This is a cross that the whole Catholic Church must bear. We must carry this man on our backs with our prayers.

I do not hold out much hope and I shudder to think of what is yet to come. At some point all orthodox Catholics will have to raise their voices in opposition to this pope if he continues along his current path, which despite all of our prayers I fear he will.

Michael Voris did an excellent job today of gently criticizing the pope's interview, while still maintaining his loyalty to the Chair of Peter. God bless him for that.

This is a no win situation for him and all Catholics -- especially those who think they have something to gain. They don't realize that they have everything to lose in the eyes of God. They risk losing their souls by being "led into temptation".
"God forbid that the voice of Peter ever be silent in that See, where, living and presiding perpetually, he presents the truth of the faith to those in search of it. A lengthier forbearance in such matters is not safe, because it is almost just as much of a crime to close one’s eyes in such cases, as it is to preach such offenses to religion. Therefore, such a wound must be cut away, a wound by which not one member is hurt, but the entire body of the church is damaged. And with the aid of divine piety, We must take care that, with the dissensions removed, the Catholic faith be preserved inviolate, and that those whose faith has been proved may be fortified by our authority once those who defend perverse teachings have been recalled from error."
God forbid! These are the words of Pope Pius VI were written in 1786 in response to the heretical teachings of some Italian bishops. (From the Papal Bull "Auctorem Fidei". english latin)

Who are you to judge? Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam meam et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus eam. [Thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Mt 16:18]

Peter, do you love me? 

Feed my sheep.

In this beautiful gregorian chant one can hear Peter pleading and begging with Christ in a proto-operatic style, "Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee." One can feel him falling to his knees and the tears streaming down his face.

St. Peter, ora pro nobis.

God have mercy on our souls.

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