It has been brought to our attention that a petition asking His Eminence Bishop Bernard Fellay to rebuke the errors of Pope Francis is now circulating online.
The letter, found here, is extremely well written. Not a hint of anger or pride can be found in it. We feel it is entirely reasonable to support this petition and that you should do the same by adding your name to it and by sharing it as far and wide as possible:
As you are no doubt well aware, Pope Francis has already met with Lutheran leaders in Sweden to begin the bi-millennial commemoration of the Protestant Revolt. In addition, he had a statue of Martin Luther erected in the Vatican and continues to offer public prayers in common with Lutherans and countless other heretical sects. It has been confirmed today by the Philatelic and Numismatic Office of the Vatican that a stamp commemorating Martin Luther is also to be issued.
The supreme law of the Church is the salvation of souls, and these public scandals by Pope Francis are of incredible danger to the souls of many. As such, it is my belief that we cannot sufficiently denounce these grievous scandals. Inspired by St. Paul’s epistle to the Galatians (2:11) in which St. Paul (a bishop) publicly denounced St. Peter (the Pope) because “he was to be blamed,” I humbly request that you would, in like manner, publicly denounce His Holiness for these grave scandals of communicatio in sacris and for praising an arch-heretic (two scandals of much greater import and danger than the local scandal which St. Peter gave to St. Barnabas and the others at Antioch).
This centenary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Fatima gives faithful Catholics reason to tremble in holy fear at the very real possibility of impending, unprecedented tribulation. Indeed, one may have the sense that – at this juncture – only Almighty God’s divine justice can reverse the damage which has been done over the last half century. And yet, we know that while “we in spirit, by faith, wait for the hope of justice (Gal 5:5),” we cannot stand by in idle silence while Rome and the rest of the world spiritually perish. Indeed, we can consider the following quotes as prudential beacons:
- “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” – Dante
- “Sufficiently weighty are the words of our predecessor Felix III in this regard. ‘An error which is not resisted is approved; a truth which is not defended is suppressed…. He who does not oppose an evident crime is open to the suspicion of secret complicity.’” – Pope Leo XIII, Inimica Vis, 1892, #7
- “He that sees another in error, and endeavors not to correct it, testifies himself to be in error.” – Pope St. Leo the Great
- “It must be observed, however, that if the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly.”—Summa Theologiae, II-II, Q. 33, Art 4, reply to objection 2
- “Them that sin reprove before all: that the rest also may have fear.” – 1 Timothy 5:20
- “They [priests] shall not keep silence like dumb dogs that cannot bark, but incessantly cry and lift up their voice, preaching and causing to be preached the word of God and the truth of the Catholic faith against the damnable articles and heretics aforesaid.” (Leo X, Decet Romanum Pontificem, 1521, #5)
- “Now all the theologians worthy of this name teach that if the pope by his acts destroys the Church, we cannot obey him and he must be respectfully, but publicly rebuked.” – Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre
These exhortations are undoubtedly a warning to all Catholics that we, inflamed by the blood of martyrs, need to call upon the sacramental grace of Confirmation, to rise up, refuse to be silent, to denounce error and defend the truth.
Your Excellency, I am no St. Catherine of Sienna. I have no opportunity for an audience with His Holiness. You, however, do have that opportunity. Will you publicly denounce these crimes, on behalf of all faithful Catholics around the world? Will you give us a voice? We are and will continue to support you with our prayers and sacrifices.
A signed letter, disseminated as publicly as possible and signed by you and the other Bishops of the Society would be of great value. A trip to Rome to publicly resist Pope Francis “to the face” would inflame and/or reignite the zeal of faithful Catholics around the world. “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (Gal 1:10)
I truly believe that you have before you the occasion to secure a place of glorious, heroic notoriety in the Book of Life if you seize this opportunity to defend the rights of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost three in one.
May the Holy Ghost, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of Sts. Peter and Paul, of all the angels and saints, give you the courage, wisdom and prudence to do what is needed. Please be assured of my prayers.
[Add your name to this petition by clicking here]