A growing number of priests and theologians who warn the Pope by his false friends, even running all the risks involved, come Padre Thomas G. Weinandy 3 November 201712 December 2017 isoladipatmos GROWING NUMBER OF PRIESTS AND THEOLOGIANS PUTTING IN GUARD THE POPE FROM HIS FRIENDS FALSE, ALSO RUNNING ALL RISKS OF THE CASE, LIKE FATHER THOMAS G. WEINANDY . "Holiness […] The Holy Spirit is given to the Church, and in particular her, to defeat the error, not to favor him. In addition to, where there is only truth can there be true love, because the truth is the light that makes us free men and women from the blindness of sin, a darkness that kills the life of the soul " . . Author John Cavalcoli, o.p. . . PDF format Print article . . I smite the right and blame me; but the sinner's oil does not anoint my head. Will 140,6 . . the American theologian Father Thomas G. Weinandy, Order of Friars Minor Capuchin They sent from Washington a letter of Father Thomas G. Weinandy, Priest and Capuchin Friar. This fellow priest and fellow theologian is a member of the International Theological Commission 2014. The text of his letter is reported in the Italian translation by the Vatican correspondent Sandro Magister, to which we refer [see text of the letter WHO]. . No comment on this letter calm and moderate in critical, as such, worthy of a true man of God; because its clearly speaks for itself, without the need for interpretative notes. Instead I take note that overseas, a priest and theologian, expresses arguments that Father Ariel S. Levi Gualdo writes and over many years, for example indicating [it has also recently done with me, see WHO], that today, the big problem, It is constituted by the episcopate ". That's why these words directed to the reigning pontiff from this our American brother I played immediately familiar, In fact, he writes Father Thomas G. Weinandy: . «[…] Catholics can only be baffled by his appointments of certain bishops, men seem not only open to those who have a vision opposed to the Christian faith, but also they support them and defend ". . An expression that is found in many writings of Father Ariel [cf. our articles WHO, WHO, WHO, WHO, etc. ..]. . And what about this quote from Father Thomas G. Weinandy: . «[…] his pontificate has given to those who support theological and pastoral points of view ruinous license and the security to come out into the light and produce their previously hidden darkness ". . It seems to read the article in which Father Ariel explains that the reigning Pope, as the "Pied Piper of Hamelin", It has great merit: "Having done all mice come out until just before hidden ' [cf. WHO]. . If someone had given me this kind of sentences and asked to identify the author, surely I would have said that it was phrases extrapolated from the writings of Father Ariel. . In the text of Father Thomas G. Weinandy crop up various arguments which I expressed in several of my articles, for example where writes: . "The Holy Spirit is given to the Church, and in particular her, to defeat the error, not to favor him. In addition to, where there is only truth can there be true love, because the truth is the light that makes us free men and women from the blindness of sin, a darkness that kills the life of the soul ". . And yet He continues writing: . "But she noted that the majority of bishops from around the world are all too silent? Because that's how it is?». . The similarities between us and this brother priest overseas, I am so many is such that I feel almost compelled, on behalf of myself and the Father Ariel, to inform our many readers who follow us from various parts of the world - many of whom were quick to tell us if we were in contact with this cappuccino theologian -, we have never had contact with the author of this letter, and that all this is the result of pure chance due to a somewhat similar way to analyze some serious intra-ecclesial problems [see our articles WHO, WHO, WHO]. . The text of Father Thomas G. Weinandy speaks for itself. What I can do is to offer our readers a reflection on the enemies of the Supreme Pontiff, the worst of which are not those who criticize him, often so hard too, with styles and subjects sometimes fair or sometimes totally wrong; the worst are those who praise him and trying to use it to impose their personal dictatorship inside the Church. . What is the enmity . To address this issue it is necessary to premise some remarks on the enmity in general. Enemy is one that, disagree with another, he loves evil. There is just and unjust enmity enmity. The first is being enemies of an evil person. However, the evil that you want, It is not hatred, but a just penalty. The second, It is to be the enemy of a good person. In this case, the enemy, It is a hater. . Enmity is just or unjust based on the reason that the cause. As for the reason, therefore,, enmity can be motivated or unmotivated. It is motivated, if it is based on a good reason, ie a finding of the real evil of the other. You then have enmity or right justified. It is unreasonable, if it is based on a false reason, ie an evil untrue, but suppository or apparent, so that the enemy is not moved by Justice, ma Hate. Hence enmity unjust. . Be advised that the reason of enmity can put into play or just human reasons or reasons concerning faith. In the first case, It is enemies or love or hatred of reason to reason. In the second, or for the sake of faith and hatred for the faith. It is right to be the enemy of love or reason or faith, in the name of justice or in the name of charity. Instead, it is unjust and sinful the enmity or hatred of reason or justice or faith or charity. . The concept of friendship and enmity plays a key role in the ethics biblical. In the Old Testament the right is the '' friend of God '. The devil is the "Satan", which means the enemy, the opponent. The prospect of salvation and holiness that Christ offers us, He has become his "friends" [GV 15,15]. And St. Thomas Aquinas, based precisely on this passage of John, He interprets the essence of love between God and man in the friendship category, which implies the idea of communion between the two lovers [QUESTION, II-II, q.23, a.1]. . The whole dynamic of the Christian life It is therefore resolved in an alternative between being friends or enemies of Christ: "He who is not with me, It is against me ' [Mt 12,30]. From here it is, He is the Vicar of Christ, Pope, being with the Pope or against the Pope is not indifferent to the salvation. Of course this is not dell'essergli friend or foe for human reasons, but in relation to Christ. . A third consideration: enmity can be only apparent, but can hide a real friendship. It is precisely because we want good friend, that can happen that are opposed to berate or, in order to correct it, perhaps giving the impression to be his enemies. If in fact the friend, pride, It is attached to the defect that we rebuke, He will take it wrong and think that we are enemies, and sometimes, unfortunately, also tend to behave accordingly, ie to treat us as enemies. . So similarly friendship may be false, ie it can hide a real enmity. The false friend is a simulator that flatters the faults of the other as if they were virtues, obviously not because he wants him, but for dishonest purposes, as for example to obtain favors, to corrupt or dishonest use that person or to other reasons. It may happen, however, that another like to be loved in this way false dishonest for similar reasons, so that arises between them a dishonest bond on both sides. . How to adjust when it comes to judging a Pontiff? . Padre Thomas G. Weinandy He gave it balanced concrete example, on how to behave when it comes to judging a Pontiff. Indeed, In the case of the Roman Pontiff, we must add some distinctions. What it means to be a friend or enemy of the Roman Pontiff? That the Roman Pontiff is indeed a very special case. Certain, nothing prevents him from cultivating virtuous or less virtuous friends in the human sense, and nothing can prevent him to be loved or opposed to merely human reasons, perhaps not always honest. You can have friends, which they are actually enemies; and may have friends who seem to enemies. He himself can work hard and make mistakes in discernment. Here certainly it does not have the charism of Peter. . The Roman Pontiff can be warned, recommended, warned by real friends, but, if he does not understand their intent, can bother him. Even him, on this floor, may not be correct and prudent in friendship and be inadvertent victim or consent of questionable friendships to say false and harmful. And so it may deserve reprimands and warnings. We must in fact bear in mind that every Pope is simultaneously and inseparably the Roman Pontiff, and the legitimate Pontiff is this Roman Pontiff. You have to distinguish that the Pope as Pope, infallible master of gospel truth and the Pope as a man, sinner or saint, fallibile, redeemed by Christ, with strengths and psychological defects, intellectuals, moral and cultural. . But the true and holy friendship with the Pontiff, saving friendship, It can not be that supernatural, charity, Faith Based, that is by Catholics. And he himself, as Successor of the Prince of Apostles, It can not help but feel privileged friendship with the Catholic faithful, although to them it is not forbidden in the correct moral conduct. False instead is the friendship of those who would like to correct in doctrine. . So he is bound to love more Catholics who are in full communion with him, especially if virtuous, rather than those who are not in full communion with the Church, as for example the Protestants, Modernists, Lefebvre, or even it is out, such as Jews and Muslims, or that he is against, as the Freemasons or communists. Instead, unfortunately here we can be seen in the Roman Pontiff of partiality. It shows indiscreet excessive praise and familiarity with who should be more cautious and keep away, making him more and more big fuss, and at the same time he does not hesitate to skimp coldness, hardness or discourtesy with certain Catholic, Also high ranking, maybe conservatives, but all in all Orthodox and lovers of the Vicar of Christ on earth, just because they allow him some observation or open to question. . How well is false friendship for the Pope of those Catholics who turn away from sound doctrine, of which the Roman Pontiff is the supreme guardian. He, part of their, It is sadly neglected in this supreme and his office seems too benevolent or condescending toward them, who are skilled simulators, so much so that at the modernists have made the reputation of "friends of the Pope", while the "enemies" would be those that call in its duty as guardian of sound doctrine. And what, unfortunately, He does not intervene to rectify, both remain insensitive to the pleas, It is allowing this slander has credit, and it is indeed dealing harshly those who rightly and respectfully scolded him, It is almost the enemy, when in fact it is true subject and devoted, who wants nothing more that the Roman Pontiff face the Roman Pontiff. . False friends and apparent enemies . It is true that there are false friends that look like the Pharisees, Catholics who recognize the Petrine office, unlike the "friends" modernists, pretending to accept, but in reality they deny, because they are crypto-Lutherans. This last, so-called "friends" or would-be, dogmatized fact certain words and incautious and questionable actions of the reigning Pontiff as if they were divine interventions and conversely easily deny the dogmas of the Catholic faith as they were antiquated myths or distort modernist sense the doctrines of Vatican II. They question the dogmatic teaching of the Pope and take his mistakes and his indiscretions at face value, prophecies as high and indisputable and non-negotiable values, so, touched the heart, judge with contempt "the Pope's enemies" those who discover their altars, and they just in the Church as legitimate dissent. . But one has to recognize the nefarious action of these Catholics pharisaical that, in the name of a false notion of Tradition and considering "modernist" the doctrines of the Council, unfortunately they are animated to the Supreme Pontiff by a sharp-eyed zeal and bitter, inquisitorial and wiseacre, lack of understanding and love and always playing in bad everything he does, always launched in the search for her every misstep real or perceived, and ever attentive to his virtues and good qualities. They capture but some of his moral defects, but then they pass the limit of accusing heresy, something gravely slanderous and unacceptable for a Catholic and leave rather Luther, although it is true that the reigning Pope occasionally writes or blurts out a few sentences, which it could be interpreted in that sense, but that it is clarified with a suitable exegesis. But fault of the reigning Pontiff - which admittedly with regret -, It is imprudence and almost duplicity in expressing, no correct or refute the misinterpretations. . These troublemakers Catholic and reactionary, in order to have a loophole to reject as incorrect the ordinary Magisterium of the Supreme Pontiff, They claim that papal infallibility is limited to the solemn definitions of new dogmas, which it happens very rarely. Whereby, to pay homage to the homilies that the reigning Pope is at the Domus Sanctae Martha, and hold them impossible to falsify, one would say that they wish to set as a condition that every time he pronounces the state that fact defined truth of faith. . As I love the Successor of Peter? First of always telling the truth, species that uncomfortable . What does it say then love the Successor of Peter? As we may be his friends? We answer that it is necessary to love the Roman Pontiff as Roman Pontiff, then of a friendship supernatural, founded on the knowledge that he is the Vicar of Christ, without excluding the possibility of feeding for him even one human sympathy or otherwise without excluding the lawfulness that there is humanly sympathetic [cf reference to an old article of the Father Ariel WHO]. The first friendship is the duty of charity, faith-based office Petrine; the second, if there is, It is good, nor it depends on us to get it, although it is not lust after evil; but it is not essential for salvation, as instead it is the first. It is clear, however, that if we are enemies of the Roman Pontiff as Roman Pontiff, as did Luther, We risk Hell; but we risk even if we are personal enemies, ie as a simple man or brother. . How and in what sense the Holy Father we can be friends? What kind of friendship we can receive from him or give him? Certainly, Friendship is always a disinterested benevolence of predilection or preference towards those with whom we feel particularly close spontaneously and, similar or related; It is a closer link, deeper and more rewarding than it is the common and universal love of neighbor, compulsory for all. Instead being a friend is not a duty that we have towards all, but only with those with whom we have an affinity, as Goethe said, in order to a more perfect life. Next to me is still next door without the chose; Instead friendships me choose. Can I be forced to meet that figure next, but no one can force me to have that particular friend. As though there are obligations towards others, so there are obligations to his friend and sometimes more stringent. . In this sense it is normal that the Pope has his friends, while for us it is not excluded the possibility of becoming friends of the Supreme Pontiff. A similar be done to enemies: Pathological would think one was the enemy of all or feel like all his enemies. Every normal person has his friends, although few. And the Supreme Pontiff, obviously, It is among them. So if we talk about friends of the Supreme Pontiff, we mean first of all the limited circle of people, which, from a human or spiritual point of view, By chance occurrence;, They are found to be cherished by him, or feel particularly in tune with him. In this there is nothing wrong. . What is the difference between being an enemy of the Supreme Pontiff and the avversarlo rightly and legitimately? Not any opposition or criticism or disobedience to the Holy Father is with this same lack of respect to his august person of man and the Vicar of Christ, but it may be necessary reminder of the shortcomings or human faults or failures of the Vicar of Christ. Luther's mistake was not so much to reproach the Roman Pontiff his pomp, his attachment to power and riches, and economic exploitation of the German people under the pretext of religion, but it was to pretend to correct it on the level of doctrine and morality. A Pope who does not accept submissions or appeals or petitions or not admit any protest or complaint or being criticized, where it is criticized by real friends and wise and trusted advisors, lack of humility and be a tyrant, which is very unfortunate, as well as give her and the Church, which severely avvilirebbe the dignity and the moral prestige of the Servant of the servants of God. . Legitimate complaints . Hate is a bad adviser. Criticism livorose, but they hit the mark, They are ineffective or get a counterproductive effect and make the author go in the wrong. Corrections are always made with love, but it does not rule out the severity and combativeness, because sometimes they can achieve what meekness can not reach. He who speaks in a low voice is not heard by the deaf: you have to lift up the voice. Jesus took a whip to drive out the merchants from the temple, because there was no other means. . St. Caterina da Siena, in writing to the Supreme Pontiff, He intimidates him with the memory of his tremendous responsibilities. St. Francis de Sales said that you catch more flies with a spoonful of honey than with a barrel of vinegar. It's true. But first of all it depends on whether, and also from what we want to achieve, because it tastes much better after having the salad sprinkled with a few drops of fine balsamic vinegar of Modena, than after having poured over the Sicilian honey Sortino, which it is also a high quality honey. But legitimate complaints can be made just because you love the Pope and wants his high office is done well, while his false friends, that actually are dangerous enemies, They stracceranno his clothes against the "enemies of the Pope", because they see danger in the episcopal chair obtained with so much effort by many incensations to rahneriani and favoritism granted to them by a naive and maneuverable Pope. . Here then it is not a presumptuous claim to teach the Vicar of Christ to lead the Church, but simply to remind him what he himself tells us in his office of leadership in the Church, always with the reserve of wanting to always be confidently subdued, although its directives seem to us at times unjust. . Certain, Modesty is necessary in these oppositions, because, if it is true that he can make a mistake, even more so we can make mistakes; and this modesty has demonstrated the whole Father Thomas G. Weinandy through his amiable and balanced letter. Of course there can be some exceptional circumstances where, for serious and obvious facts, we are right against the Pope. So it takes a lot of courage and prophetic parresia, ready to suffer persecution. These circumstances, But - mind they -must not refer to his teaching office, but its moral and pastoral conduct or the government of the Church. Because in the first case, the Pope is infallible, while in the second, can fall is wrong in serious sin. In the first case, the Pope can not be corrected, because it is only he who can correct us. In the second case, we can correct us, but even more so is he who corrects us. . Varazze, 2 November 2017 . . . DEAR READERS, IN THIS PAGE YOU CAN FIND THE BOOK OF MASS AND ITS CALENDAR-AGENDA [WHO] . . «You will know the truth and the truth will set you free» [GV 8,32], but bring, spread and defend the truth not only of risks but also the costs. Help us supporting this Island with your offers through the secure Paypal system: or you can use the bank account: They were IT 08 (J) 02008 32974 001436620930 in this case, send us an email warning, because the bank It does not provide your email and we could not send you a thanksgiving [ email@example.com ] . . . . .