Sunday, August 25, 2013

"Pope Francis and Tradition"

Interesting set of eight (8) observations and prognostications by John Vennari (August 8, 2013) in light of the Vatican's recent move on the Franciscans of the Immaculate that encroaches on their right to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass.

Here is #6:
It is always perilous to hazard a prediction, but I will advance the following: Granted, I do not think Pope Francis will take an active interest in suppressing the Old Mass. However, if he is asked to make a decision between a traditional group and a progressivist bishop, or progressivist cause, I think he will favor the progressivists every time. This was certainly the case during Vatican II and afterwards. When faced with a decision, Pope Paul VI usually favored the progressives over the conservatives. This is what I think we will see under Pope Francis; and it is in this manner that Tradition will be disfavored under this pontificate (along with Pope Francis’ “positive” actions to advance the new orientation). Read more >>




It is certainly no small irony that someone so strongly associated with the Charismatic movement as your colleague Ralph Martin sounds the alarm about the collapse of the faith, the ineffectiveness of the "new" evangelization due to confusion over the 4 Last Things (all the while brandishing Thomas Aquinas to great effect), while our new Pope proceeds as if Pope Paul VI has just died and the new springtime is just around the corner.

I would also add that not only are Thomistic explanations required, but some serious interior oblation, prayer and fasting by us traddies to see us through these stormy waters.

St Gertrude the Great, pray for us.