Heretic Pope Francis: Vatican’s Embrace of Lutheran Quincentennial Celebration
Heretic Pope Francis: Vatican’s Embrace of Lutheran Quincentennial Celebration
By Joseph Andrew Settanni
“And in this masquerade of mirth and
Mistook the bliss of heav’n for
bacchanals above.” – John Dryden, The Hind and the Panther [denunciation of Martin Luther]
Next year, one of the boldest and incredible acts of both personal and institutional insanity and perfidy will surely occur. It will have morally and spiritually catastrophic consequences of the surely greatest magnitude, though filled with so-called “good intentions,” as is the infamous proverbial road paved to Hell. It will be a bad cause, though proclaimed for pleasant reasons. Yet, true infamy is to be involved.
Pope Francis, the Holy Father, and many other so morally deranged Roman Catholic prelates will then, joyously and enthusiastically, co-celebrate the horrid birth of the Protestant Revolution; this will be in the supremely amazing form of recognizing Martin Luther as a great Christian champion of faith and religious devotion, though any sought after Christian unity should never be founded upon any such lies.
Why is this manifestly insane or, at the least, morally and spiritually crazy to any rational intelligence worthy of the name? Why is this not a sincerely valid step toward true Christian brotherhood and, instead, an evil chance to dance with the Devil himself?
Let this event or, rather, series of interrelated events, be put here into a sharp perspective, for needed emphasis to properly give it the right and requisite impact, as to its definitely implicit and rather quite explicit enormousness. It will be done with fallible human reason and disregarding divine cognizance. What might be, perhaps, thought equivalent as to be a startling enough kind of analogy?
Being Blunt and Honest about Heresy
It would be fairly comparable to the chief rabbis of the world deciding to proclaim that the election of Adolph Hitler, as Germany’s leader in 1932, was to be interpreted as a truly most positive event for the actual advancement of humanity. Nothing less, at a minimum, would be then necessarily meant.
Or, it would be, supposedly, as if an internationally prestigious conference of historians made the public pronouncement that Cesare Borgia was, indeed, the most exemplary, enlightened statesman that the world had ever known, who needed to be, thus, appropriately emulated by all politicians in the world. The resulting gigantic uproar and expected tremendous commotion, by all decent human beings aware of the obvious evil concerned, made against either the chief rabbis or the historians would be logically and morally expected, as the night follows the day. There should be no need to further explain why.
With either situation and without any rational question whatsoever, there would be, at the very least, the great suspicion that gross insanity had so malevolently gripped the fetid minds of any who had, in fact, seriously and thoughtfully proposed such quite absolutely aberrant and terribly evil nonsense to the very nth degree imaginable.
It would be the perpetration of satanic nonsense and prevarication beyond all right moral and mental reason, done in a distinctly anti-Christian manner. And, this is just what the Holy Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church is, in fact, going to do next year. In quite obvious contrast, Pope Leo X, in his Exurge Domine, had, openly and most definitively, called Luther “a true heretic.”1
Francis, the pop-culture celebrated Vicar of Christ on earth, is, therefore, knowingly readying the very fiendish proclamation of a certainly irredeemable and despicable moral and spiritual obscenity, which cries unto high Heaven and low Hell for both outright redress and unqualified condemnation; the ever honored and sacred blood of all the Catholic martyrs denounces, vehemently and unequivocally, such a true evil. The resulting Protestant Revolt had shockingly and sadly ripped apart Christendom forever and terrifyingly caused centuries of many wars, bloody tumults, and ugly divisions as direct and horrid consequences thereof.
Fortunately, even many Protestants and non-Christians will, in fact, easily recognize the absurdity and gross abnormality, obvious contradiction and blatant stupidity, definitely and inherently involved. On the other hand, any Roman Catholics, whether laity, religious or prelates, who agree to or participate in such matters are manifestly complicit with the evil then obviously involved.
This then directly relates, if unrepented, to the actual damnation of their souls for eternity, not just what might be a mild social or religious reprimand, if ever possibly given. To actively and knowingly embrace great evil is a mortal sin truly worthy of damnation to the Infernal Region eternally. The real permanent and significant disputes set forever between Lutheranism and Catholicism, to say the least, are not simple or dismissible mere quibbles having no great consequences for tremendous spiritual, meaning eternal, welfare as to the highly important salvation of souls.
It is not a supposed matter of “childish semantics,” as seen centuries later, which are no longer held to be significantly relevant to all religious life and truth today. Luther, let it be appropriately recalled here for rightly stressing requisite truth and justice, really and firmly hated Catholicism; he had spat upon the Body and Blood of Christ, regardless of any modernist or existentialist tergiversation to the contrary. How can he, therefore, be properly and enthusiastically admired for that? Would it not be terribly infamous to do so?
As of this writing, nonetheless, the majority of the Church hierarchy is expected to either go along with or, at a bare minimum, to simply conform to the demonic desires of wicked Pope Francis to, thus, co-celebrate such a noted moral and spiritual horror. Calls for much new thinking, new attitudes, matured judgments, humane reevaluations, Christian inclusiveness and abundant charity, etc. have and will pour forth with no real moral justice in support.
The Protestant Revolution, as with all such great ideological upheavals done in the evil spirit of modernity, nonetheless, had cost millions of lives as to martyrdoms and mortal persecutions, besides the many tens of millions of souls so necessarily damned to Hell because of the many serious and permanent errors of Protestantism itself.
This should and, moreover, ought never to be mindlessly or, perhaps, flippantly forgotten. The so-called Wars of Religion of the 16th and 17th centuries, though not really about religion but conveniently used as a mere pretext, did occur and millions died. For Christianity is meant to signify a singularity of truth, not an assumed diversity, so that all may finally be one in Christ, one Shepherd, one flock; this notion is, for instance, excellently illustrated in the traditional American political slogan: E pluribus unum (One out of many) and not the opposite, as is, necessarily, so true with the overtly inherent nature of Protestantism.
Although, e g., the descendants of (most of) those butchered by the French Revolution of 1789 would not normally gather for a great celebration of such an event centering around the figure of Maximilien Robespierre, however, Pope Francis, essentially speaking, proposes doing the exact equivalent without any hesitation whatsoever. What can explain this excessively massive and masochistic self-contempt, self-loathing, self-hate, and self-abasement on, it should be properly added, such an unprecedented scale of surely unholy endeavor?
Nominalism, as in philosophy and theology, rots away the human brain’s ability to think logically and rationally; this is because moral subjectivity eventually replaces all moral objectivity until cognizance itself goes from mere stupidity to the embrace of nihilism that leads, ultimately, to insanity as the final destination for human depravity.
One must know that heterodoxy and Catholicism are, by definition, natural enemies, not friends of any kind, for the alleged “Reformation” had so split apart Christendom forever yielding an endless multiplicity of religions, sects and cults (all heresies) so productive of distinctly centrifugal, anthropocentric enmities and ill feelings, not centripetal, Christocentric Christian unity.
In opposition, Pope Francis, the Bishop of Rome, wishes to foist upon unsuspecting Christian people the ever false “two-truths theory;” one truth for Lutherans and another for Catholics, as if both represent the same truth, as to proper belief in Jesus Christ and His Church, which is one and the same truth, not two. There is only the orthodoxy, the rightness, of Roman Catholicism qua true belief toward which, logically, all of Christianity is to concentrate in a, thus, necessarily Christocentric manner, not otherwise.
There is no one truth at Rome and another, say, at Athens; there is not one Christ at Catholic churches and another at Lutheran churches. Why is this ever truthfully and fully so? Orthodox faith knows and proclaims, unendingly, the true unadulterated unity of one faith to be found only in the one true, Holy, Apostolic, Catholic Church, meaning the one founded by Jesus Christ, not Martin Luther.
The two-truths theory is, therefore, both clearly such theological and religious nonsense, a nominalist-inspired absurdity set from beginning to end, completely unworthy of any serious consideration or honorable respect. It is, thus, always righteously condemnable and sincerely reprehensible without question, as St. Thomas Aquinas, the Common Doctor of the Church, the Angelic Doctor, and others had properly agreed and taught.2
And, make no mistake whatsoever, the Roman Catholic Church’s future public celebration and positive commemoration of Luther, an excommunicated viper, and Lutheranism is, in fact, an integrally vile depravity, set on a very decidedly gargantuan scale. It is easily as if the ecclesiastical establishment were to make cannibalism into the 8th sacrament of the Church, almost nothing less would, in truth, be fairly equivalent.
This now future profanation and bastardization, unorthodoxy and illegitimatization, of sound Catholic thinking, which would have been reviled as untenable by the Church Fathers, Doctors, and Scholastics, ought not to be permitted or sanctioned by anyone, only just properly condemned. Neither Scripture, Tradition, nor the Magisterium, when properly understood, would ever condone such blatant nonsense.
Sacrilege and blasphemy will be then, also, greatly involved as many uninhibited heretical notions and ideas, immorally heterodox opinions and thoughts, are to get favorably overviewed and commented on by the Pope and his followers; this is certainly regarding this so insane travesty, concerning a disgusting and vile mockery of truth and justice to be demonically accomplished in the false names of Christian charity and brotherhood that will promote, as a result, sinfulness. Why so? What are the errant thoughts to be, if not always spoken openly, then at least projected so suggestively for a most terrible consideration?
All the Catholic martyrs in, say, England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland were, in effect, just morons who so needlessly, uselessly, died because they refused to be better, enlightened Christians, and so had, stubbornly and stupidly, remained orthodox Catholics instead. They, however, knew that the so-called Reformation was just the glorified foundation of ignominious heresy, and the Reformers were enemies of true faith in Christ as to orthodox qua Catholic beliefs.
But, what are ordinary or typical Catholics now to think because of the Servant of the Servants of Christ’s endorsement and approbation of Lutheranism and, by logical extension, Protestantism in general?
All those who had meaninglessly died for the Holy Faith, starting, e. g., in at least the 16th century and onward for several more, had then needlessly sacrificed their lives, or those others who had endured many vile persecutions for the true faith, were, thus, misled by mere orthodox nonsense and priestly balderdash, just some pre-Conciliar claptrap and baloney. No doubt Luther is laughing in Hell, as a dedicated heresiarch (basking in the horror of the Second Vatican Council) and having the last laugh on these contemporary degenerate and immoral Catholics, as is Pope Francis himself one of them.
In strident opposition, the venerated blood of the martyrs, most honorably and righteously, cries out loudly and vehemently against this absolutely and unmitigatedly abhorrent injustice, blasphemy, and sacrilege unendingly; this heretical nonsense will be, however, not merely or simply condoned positively but approved of joyously by the so vilely wicked Holy Pontiff. To this, what can one reasonably say?
In only England alone, starting with St. Thomas More and St. John Bishop Fisher, in 1535, to Edward Turner in 1681, meaning for almost 150 years of persecution, there were thus over 500 “unreasonable” Catholics, i. e., obstinate pre-Vatican II types, who had then paid the ultimate price (or folly) for resisting Protestantism. Of course, the official Church listing is simply incapable of really including the countless numbers of other English men and women who are now the unknown saints in Heaven, residing there among the blessed eternally. This is even though they were not “enlightened” Christians of a modernist persuasion, of course. But, returning again and more to the point concerning Luther.
How can we honor such an evil man, who in his Trish Reden, (Weimer Edition, Volume 2), had there so impiously and blasphemously written: “Christ committed adultery first of all with the women at the well about whom St. John tells us. Was not everybody about Him saying: ‘Whatever has He been doing with her?’ Secondly, with Mary Magdalen, and thirdly with the women taken in adultery whom He dismissed so lightly. Thus even, Christ who was so righteous, must have been guilty of fornication before He died.”
Of course, in addition, the many contemptible slanders and despicable aspersions, cast by Protestants, against the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, should not need to be explicitly recounted here.
Luther was a truly perverse, neo-Manichean purveyor of a terribly corrupted Augustinianism, deformed Christology, debased doxology, mangled dogmatics, and weird soteriology that, when all combined, had quite fundamentally befouled and corrupted, polluted and tarnished, Christian theology, religion, and apologetics for all future ages to come. This is the historical personage, who is to be publicly honored by the Holy Pontiff himself, and who sinfully helped to wreck Christendom, the Kingdom of Christ, due to his willfully inordinate and imperious pride.
For as St. Thomas More rightly noted, in his Apology strongly written against heretics, that, “The Church was gathered and the faith was believed before ever any part of the New Testament was put in writing. And which writing was or is the true Scripture, neither Luther nor Tyndale knoweth but by the credence that they give to the Church.” So, what does this then tell any fair and intelligent mind, meaning as to the falsely alleged merits of Luther and his necessarily always corrupt and religiously bankrupt theology?
He was, no doubt, a true and notably contemptible, unrepentant and defiant, heresiarch of the worst kind spewing forth his pseudo-theological filth, lies, wrath, and bile upon often unsuspecting people seeking Christian truth, all in vain; for this was, disgustingly, done at the degenerate and compromised hands of Luther, a bold nominalist in religion and theology, with his evil Augsburg Confession attached.
It can only be rationally considered that, in the second decade of the 21st century, the top leadership of the Roman Catholic Church has, therefore, gone stark raving mad. Sanity alone would prevent the evil acknowledgement of this 16th century German “Reformer” as being ever a supposed champion of true Christianity, instead of an authentic supporter of solid moral darkness disdainful of truth.
Lutheranism is ever the ongoing defense of blasphemy and sacrilege, as part of the heinous Protestant Revolt, against faith and reason, contrary to justice and truth; it was a fundamental feature of the sorry past death knell of Christendom, the once highest, universalized political expression of a broadly based Catholic koinos kosmos posited against the idios kosmos of selfishness, materiality, and covetousness of nominalist modernity and a supposed, allied enlightenment.
Heresy, truly beloved by Satan, is to be always knowingly reprobated unequivocally, not condoned or praised as “enlightened” nor obnoxiously commemorated under the disagreeably specious, fallacious, nonsense of being a supposed sign of Christian brotherhood or fraternity. For the obviously good sake of correctly defending Catholicism, all such ethical, moral, and spiritual error, consequently conducive of fostering mortal sin must, therefore, be forever rigorously condemned and without any hesitation or question.
What Saints and Scholars Have Said
In the 2nd century, St. Ignatius of Antioch, in his Letter to the Trallians, said, “I exhort you, then, to leave alone the foreign fodder of heresy and keep entirely to Christian food.” He righteously continued, “For heretics mingle poison with Jesus Christ, as men might administer a deadly drug in sweet wine.” In the 3rd century, St. Cyprian, in his On the Unity of the Catholic Church, stated, “Who has not the Church for mother can no longer have God for father.” And, no one should doubt the ever greater meaning of what he, for the obvious sake of proper Catholicism, had directed important attention toward.
In De Fide et Symbolo, St. Augustine has there written, “Hence neither do heretics belong to the Catholic Church, for it loves God …” Those who truly adore the Lord will loyally, with fidelity, stay with Mater Ecclesia and not seek separate or competing churches, as with, of course, centuries later, Lutheranism.
He interestingly continues as a good way of yielding spiritual enlightenment, in his Contra Cresconium, that, “ … whereas heresy is a schism grown old.” The holy Pope St. Gelasius I, writing in the 5th century, admonishingly said, “The toleration of heretics is more injurious than the devastation of the provinces by the barbarians.” Two centuries later, St. Isidore, in his Etymologies, well noted that, “We have the apostles of God as authorities …” but the heretics, by definition, do not as to their permanent lack of the whole fullness of truth, of Catholic truth.
St. Thomas Aquinas, writing in the magisterial Summa Theologica, noted correctly, and with authority, when he had there stated, “Heresy is of its very nature opposed to faith …” This is to be noted as a most critical understanding, within substantive theology as it correctly informs religion, that, in turn, then illuminates significantly the horrendously great errors of Luther and his Lutheranism. There is to be truly Catholic (read: universal) faith in God, not heterodox beliefs in the many and various peculiarities of heretical Lutheranism, Calvinism, Anglicanism, Presbyterianism, etc.
The Catechism of the Council of Trent, also, authoritatively states of what a heretic uncharitably does, “in defiance of the authority of the Church he maintains impious opinions with unyielding pertinacity.” This supremely and immoral unyielding pertinacity is, in fact, the very definition of the prideful and arrogant Luther, for he knew that even the Devil is good at quoting Scripture. Among the greatest poets of England, John Dryden, putting it poetically in The Hind and the Panther, a Catholic apologetic work, both mockingly and knowingly wrote: “Have not all heretics the same pretense, to plead the Scriptures in their own defense?”
In his notable Oxford University Sermons, Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman intelligently wrote of the permanently distorted and contemptible thinking and writing of heretics: “Deduct its remnants of Catholic theology, and what remains? Polemics, explanations, protests.” Whether considering any of Lutheranism or whatever heresy, drain it of its remaining substantive Catholic substance and nothing of important value can there spiritually or religiously endure as to the theological solidity of universal truth.
Thus, as with a certainly fraudulent “hope” of the ever optimistic and relativistic ecumenists, supposedly “uniting” Lutheranism to Catholicism actually adds nothing, which obvious fact they are just too blind to see. For instance, the Scholastics, of course, would also have taught this same manifest lesson of plain fact, though Scholasticism, sadly, has been basically lost to the vast majority of contemporary Catholics.
Moreover, many saints and scholars, as members of the same Church of Rome, the Church of St. Peter as the Vicar of Christ, have fundamentally said the same things for many centuries, as is so easily noted in this present article. Therefore, one must conclude that Pope Francis, no real theologian he, is just both categorically and absolutely wrong; based firmly upon Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium, meaning always that, thus, the most indicatively true and magnificent sensus fidei Catholicus is, quite manifestly and without any question, eternally right. Heresy, in short, is then forever wrong.
Back in the 20th century, Hilaire Belloc, in The Great Heresies, noted that, “It is of the essence of heresy that it leaves standing a great part of the structure it attacks.” Thus, the seductive appeal of supposedly finding a common ground with heretics, as with the errant Lutherans, becomes impossible because, in fact, they do lack the requisite commonality of Catholic truth and, therefore, are not grounded in the love of faithful orthodoxy, of true Christocentric fidelity and devotion.
This, in turn, relates to the correct love of God, since Jesus Christ founded the Roman Catholic Church made forever Roman by it, in fact, being the true See of St. Peter, the first Vicar of the Good Shepard. The Lord’s people are actually all just meant to be Catholics, not followers of Lutheranism, Calvinism, Mormonism, Methodism, Unitarianism, Pentecostalism, Adventism, Restorationism, Nontrinitarianism, Southcottism, Universalism, Swedenborgianism, etc. and etc. None of them, therefore, are really united spiritually, religiously, and theologically with Christ and His Church, as ought to be rather obvious.
But, merely citing saints and other against heresy is not entirely enough. The Pope and his subtle and loyal minions are going to be as elusive as clever foxes who will, whenever needed, shift the ground, yes, even that common ground with Lutheran Christians, in sly terms of the dialectical usage of semantical language. The Hegelian Dialectic is to come into play.
Look for the supposedly so clever thesis, antithesis, and synthesis approach toward an evolving or plastic conception of “truth” both existentially and phenomenologically considered. Few will notice the “shell game” to be conducted, unfortunately, because of not being that highly educated sufficient to deal with the complexities of the most elaborate, fancy, semantical legerdemain to be so willfully conducted.3
But, now, the Church, 500 years later, is supposed to be reduced to this contemptible condition of mindlessly praising a filthy-mouthed, filthy-minded, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic bigot; he was the one who most virulently, in mainly unspeakably coarse language so unworthy of any repetition, both notoriously and repeatedly, infamously and vengefully, called the Holy Roman Catholic Church the “Whore of Babylon” and the Pope “the Antichrist.”
How can any solemnly valid and real “common Christian ground” be genuinely found with the memory of such a surely brutishly degenerate scoundrel who had openly despised Catholicism, apostolicity, most sacraments, transubstantiation, the Sacred Mass, and, moreover, Holy Mother Church? What excessive force of evil has both unfortunately and sadly come upon the Catholic ecclesiastical establishment and, in particular, the Vicar of Christ?
Breaking Luther’s own sacred vows and those of an ex-nun, they then fornicated together (since not validly married in the eyes of the Church), in their foul family nest, meaning in repulsive and deliberate defiance of holy orders. Cannot even a blind man by now, therefore, see what is terribly wrong and, moreover, unutterably perverse, unimaginatively disgusting, in ever honoring greatly (or at all!) such a vilely fiendish and surely contemptible degenerate swine? What could the Holy Father be thinking?
Given such a historical background, Catholics are now, however, to be senselessly urged to reconsider and reappraise this contemptuous monster who, by his evil and pernicious heresies, helped definitely lead hundreds of millions of souls to Hell, over the centuries, for all of eternity
Instead, let all good Catholics and morally decent people everywhere strongly denounce the Pope and those of the hierarchy or priesthood who will immorally follow him, in this example, which must, thus, inevitably lead yet many more millions of souls to the Infernal Regions without question. Some “Great Lion of the Church” must urgently arise and strongly come forth, therefore, to boldly challenge this evil forthrightly with true courage and conviction to defend and exalt both Holy Mother Church and the Holy Faith against such a horrible and malicious scourge.
The duplicitously heretic Pope must, thus, be both so righteously and courageously denounced, most effectively and adamantly, to the entire world resoundingly, as a genuinely blessed clarion call for all Catholic truth and justice, now and forever. Mater dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus.
Athanasius contra mundum!
1. There have and will be substantial abuses and acts of wrongdoing in the Church, meaning as to the people, sinners all, who struggle in this fallen world; the abuses and problems existed, on and off, for many centuries long before Luther decided to become a heretic. Genuine reformers, over the different eras of the Church, had stayed within the ecclesial establishment and hashed out the messes bravely and valiantly; prideful Luther, however, thought he had a better idea: Replace the corrupt organization with a supposedly reformed church, meaning to his liking. That was not at all needed. And, more than that, Lutheranism, moreover, was not really needed either.
The Catholic Counter-Reformation or Catholic Reformation certainly answered him with the significant Council of Trent that encouraged many disciplinary measures, righted some real wrongs, and, moreover, created a quite considerable catechism that is still of rather highly substantial use today, if it were only followed as it ought to be, of course. The Protestant Revolution, which was, indeed, a true revolution, created no universal panacea as was supposedly expected by the so-called Reformers and, moreover, ended up exacerbating greatly many theological and religious problems; this was by making, through an evolving and fracturing Protestantism, each man as, in effect, his own pope! The obviously nominalist spirit of Sola Scriptura allows, e. g., tens of millions of people to freely interpret or, as they may also so wish, simply or broadly reinterpret Holy Writ, as much as they may dang well please.
Protestantism, by its inherently fracturing nature, has created a multiplicity of church establishments each claiming its divine authority unlimited that, however, still humanly allows for a large diversity of potentially corrupt churches having their very own abuses. Foolish Luther, cutting himself off forever from the accumulated and vast wisdom of Holy Mother Church, absurdly sought to slay the proverbial hydra, but each head cut off the hydra produces yet many more to further try cutting off in perpetuity.
The pridefully claimed effort to somehow halt, enormously mitigate, or, perhaps, destroy many abuses in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church has, instead, multiplied them unendingly. He became a victim of Murphy’s Law on a truly grand scale, as with, e. g., the Peasants Revolt that he had so explicitly told the princes to suppress as violently, meaning as ruthlessly, as possible. Of course, it will be claimed, as to this entire above described mess and tragedy, that he, at least, had very good intentions.
And, no doubt whatsoever, progressive Pope Francis and his many sycophantic cohorts will also publicly allege and proudly proclaim that they too have, in fact, the very best of intentions, as do all Liberals and Leftists, of course! It is no real wonder of any kind, therefore, that a monumental disaster of absolutely huge proportions can here, most easily, be confidently predicted and without fear of any contradiction. https://callthepatriot.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/pope-francis-as-progenitor-of-the-second-protestant-revolution/
2. The two-truths theory, ancient provoker of and convenient rationalizer for numerous heresies, has, indeed, quite a history connected to it. For instance, the Fifth Lateran Council, in 1513, condemned as heretical the theory of the two truths. Thomas Aquinas, in his Summa Theologica, thoroughly vetoed Neoplatonism and, more to the point, asserted that there can be no conflict in truth between reason and faith.
However, there is also something intimately related to this matter that concerned the Angelic Doctor’s studies when he encountered Averroism and its troublesome thinking, which also went well, basically, with the cited Neoplatonism that was, by him, so philosophically and theologically precluded.
The Church, therefore, completely rejected Averroism; this concerns a school of medieval philosophy that was based on the translated usage of the works of the 12th-century Andalusian Islamic philosopher Ibn Rushd called, in the West, Averroes; he was then so regarded as an important Muslim commentator on Aristotle, meaning, specifically, with the 13th-century development of Scholasticism.
3. The dialectic covers, as was noted, the asserted thesis, antithesis, and (assumed or stated) synthesis approach toward the nominalist resolution of what is to be attained or posited as to a position thought of as a noetical instructive progression of advanced cognition, both theoretical and empirical in context and content.
An example can here be given. The preconciliar Church is the thesis, the postconciliar Church is then the antithesis, and going from the mere “Letter of Vatican II” to the ever greater “Spirit of Vatican II” creates the desired synthesis, in the minds of the modernists or postmodernist, within and without the Church. Prominent heretics, such as Hans Küng, Edward Schillebeeckx, Leonardo Boff, Karl Rahner, etc., have actively sought, moreover, to push forward the unfortunate Spirit of Vatican II (VC II) as is, in fact, their fellow traveler Francis.
Therefore, the documents of VC II were so “skillfully” composed such that both orthodox and heterodox interpretations have, in fact, been made of them, the latter position, of course, with the obvious intent of spreading the often exalted, by Liberals and Leftists, Spirit of VC II.
Perhaps, someday, in the very far distant future, the much needed heuristic concept of metatheoretical theoretics can be yet creatively combined intelligently with the proper and classical understanding of Scholasticism; this would be to so better substantively refute and confound the many accumulated errors and heresies wrongly spawned by these terrible philosophical and theological thrusts of modernity and, furthermore, postmodernity attacking the Church.
Until then, the Catholic community must, sadly, bear it and suffer it for the greater Glory of God.
[ Of course, it should go without saying that all Catholics and even non-Catholics are supposed to pray for the soul of the Pope; Catholics themselves are morally and spiritually obliged to do so. This is in the hope that he may advance in all priestly virtues and all holiness toward his salvation, and no matter how (very?) unlikely it may or may not be. Prayers for the souls of deceased popes such as, e. g., the greatly notorious and degenerate Borgia pope, Alexander VI, and for the vainglorious Pope Julius II may also be said.
Admittedly, the author of this article, having no social or ecclesiastical standing as to any status, is just disproportionate to the task of daring to criticize the Pope; it is as if a very tiny flea were to, thus, admonish a gigantic elephant (before being stepped on). ]
Catechism of Trent – Compiled by St. Charles Borromeo.
Msg. Patrick F. O’ Hare, The Facts about Luther.
Pope Leo X, Exurge Domine
St. Thomas More, Apology
______________ , Response to Luther, in The Essential Works of Thomas More.
Thomas P. Neill, Makers of the Modern Mind
Robert Sungenis, Not By Scripture Alone.
Peter F. Wiener, Martin Luther: Hitler’s Spiritual Ancestor.
References [These following are but a very “few” citations; there were simply too many to list.]