Wednesday, February 10, 2016

“Traditionalist” Roman Catholics anticipate the death of “Pope Francis” with trepidation

“It’s no good being pope. They’re planning
already for my death!”
In looking to the next conclave, the “Traditionalist” Roman Catholics over at Rorate Caeli – these are not those who have split off (they are neither “sedevacantists” or SSPX – they still believe Bergoglio is a real pope) – are really anticipating that Bergoglio is merely “antiChrist lite” and there is a really bad pope waiting in the wings. His great sin will be to “make Eucharist by freeing oneself from the rituals” – which is code for something like “encouraging a free-for-all in worship far worse than the ‘folk masses’ of the 1970’s”. That move will be attended by other major compromises to “the faith”.

Watch Out - Great Editorial Manoeuvres Signal Cardinal Tagle
Today, when, in the ecclesisastical milieux opposed to the Bergoglian establishment, the "candidacy" of Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, is mentioned, the subject is barely worthy of attention. And yet, the great editorial manoeuvres have started with him!

Vaticanist Cindy Wooden, who directs Catholic News Service, has published his biography, Luis Antonio Tagle: Leading by Listening (Liturgical Press, 2015). Qualified as a "Cardinal of the Poor", a man who listens, a man of dialogue, he is presented as being at the edge of the new evangelization. The book is being translated in several languages, including in French. In Italy, always on the same theme of "the man of evangelization" and "the poor", yet another book on Cardinal Tagle is to appear, "Dio non dimentica i poveri. La mia vita, la mia lotta, le mie speranze" (God does not forget the poor: My life, my struggle, my hope) [Editrice Missionaria Italiana].

Tagle, an intelligent man, with no exceptional personality, young (not yet 59), staunchly liberal, is the ideal character to solidify the hopes of all those who do not wish that the pontificate of Pope Francis be a simple parenthesis. In a previous article of February 9, 2015, we wrote here that this son of the Manila upper class had obtained his university degrees in the United States (on the theme of Episcopal Collegiality), and had taken part in the works of the team that had supervised the monumental History of Vatican II, edited by the ultra-progressive School of Bologna (Giuseppe Alberigo and Alberto Melloni). He had as his mentor Father Catalino Arevalo, Filipino Jesuit, who was acknowledged by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences as the "Father of Asian Theology", a local version of Liberation Theology. Fr. Catalino Arevalois a disciple of Jürgen Moltmann and of his "trinitarian theology", that considers the Trinity as an "event", fabricated, to say it in a simple way, by the event of the Cross, where God made Jesus his "Son" and obtained his "identity" as "Father". It was Moltmann's disciple that Benedict XVI, always particularly sensitive to academic relationships, made Archbishop of Manila in 2011 and Cardinal in 2012.

An enthusiastic elector of Pope Francis in 2013, he met him again at the time of his apostolic voyage to the Philippines in January 2015. Francis placed him in front of him, to the point that numerous journalists started treating him as the "heir". One of his most powerful supporters, the Honduran cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, coordinator of the Council of 9 Cardinals charged by the Pope of proposing ideas for the famous reform of the Curia had him elected president of Caritas Internationalis on May 14 2015, with a majority of 91 over 133 representatives, as a defender of the marginalized.

The liturgical ideas of Cardinal Tagle? They are well expressed by his predecessor, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, Emeritus of Manila, who, during a mass presided by Cardinal Tagle last January 26, at the 51st Internationzal Eucharistic Congress, which took place in Cebu, Philippines, encouraged to "make Eucharist by freeing oneself from the rituals".

A Co-President of the two last Assemblies of the Synod of Bishops, in 2014 and 2015, he had made himself known, at a press conference in the Holy Office Press Office, by these words: "In this Synod, the Spirit of Vatican II has made itself manifest in the Fathers." In her book, Cindy Wooden presents the Cardinal of Manila as a man of the future, one of the great future pastors of the Church. What Saint Charles Borromeo was for the Council of Trent, Luis Antonio Tagle would be for the Vatican II: the example of a new way of governing in the Church. It is, anyway, the image that is being desperately "put on sale"...


  1. While this is not completely related, a few weeks ago (Jan 26) I was watching Jeopardy with my kids, so I wasn't completely paying attention to it, when I heard them announce one of the contestants, Gerry Matatics. That name rung a bell for me and then it hit me that I've listened to James White debate a man by the same name before, but I never saw the man because I only listened to the debate from an audio file that I downloaded from White's website. So I looked it up and sure enough this was the same Matatics that White had debated.

    I had heard that Matatics was now a sedevacantist, but it was interesting browsing his blog and reading about all of the "confusing" things going on in the world. Things including the 1000s of denominations in Protestantism (bogus), post-Vatican II Catholicism, and the "anti-pope Francis".

    It's interesting to me to see an opinion like that because he accuses Protestants of relying on their own interpretation of Scripture, yet Matatics is not in line with any major form of Catholicism.

    1. Thanks Zipper!

      I tend to disregard guys like Matatics simply because they contradict themselves in precisely the way you described. For folks like these Rorate folks, however, they really are having fits with "Pope Francis"; they already think he's done damage that will last for centuries, and the prospect of having a couple more like-minded popes is really unnerving for them.

    2. Whatever would we do without the papacy?

      Maybe this will help Roman Catholics with good intentions see the problem of the papacy.

    3. Some of the Reformed guys call refer to "Pope Francis" as "the gift that keeps on giving". That's because many of them left Protestant denominations which were becoming too liberal. For example, R.R. Reno, editor of "First Things", used to be Anglican, and he left Anglicanism for RCism because of liberalism in that denomination. But now, if they get a couple of liberal popes, the same thing will happen.

      This was presaged by David Wells, in "Revolution in Rome", when he said that “present-day Catholicism, on its progressive side, is teaching many of the ideas which the liberal Protestants espoused in the last century.”

      This has now gone all the way to the top. And another "progressive" pope or two, and Rome will "officially" be indistinguishable from those liberal Protestant denominations -- likely in doctrine and all.