Incredible – Sandro Magister reveals: A Banana-Republic Gestapo for Francis: Either Defend Amoris Laetitia, or You’re In Trouble

From Rorate Caeli:

You will not believe the ridiculousness of it all, but Bergoglioland has finally reached full Banana Republic status. Pope Francis has under him now a Secret “Police”, the Osservatorio per l’Attuazione della Riforma della Chiesa di Papa Francesco (OARCPF – Observatory for the Implementation of the Church Reform of Pope Francis) sending our e-mail letters of official tone to professors in Roman institutions demanding them to teach Amoris Laetitia according to the mind of the Pope (that is, Holy Communion to public adulterers and fornicators) — or (the threat is obviously implied) to face expulsion.

Sandro Magister reveals it today in his personal blog, and calls it a “Sodalitium Franciscanum“, in reference to the “Sodalitium Pianum” (SP) St. Pius X supposedly established as an underground network to find Modernists infiltrated in the Church. The main difference, of course, is that the supposed “SP” tried to do a good thing (that is, avoid the spread of errors and novelties that attempted against the Faith and Morals the Church has always professed), while the Pope’s new Banana-Gestapo (like the actual Gestapo or the KGB) tries to do a bad thing: expel from Catholic institutions those who simply want to teach Catholic Faith and Morals as the Church has always taught them — and warns all that they are being monitored secretly in their classrooms in order to toe the new pro-adultery and pro-cohabitation line.

Magister transcribes the letter received by faculty in the Pontifical Institute John Paul II for Studies on Marriage and the Family (linked to the Lateran University). The threats contained in it are not hollow, because Francis himself intervened earlier this year to completely subject the board of the Institute to HIS new view of marriage (as opposed to Jesus Christ’s and John Paul II’s), putting strong henchmen in their place. Men who would not mind following orders, even if absurd.

E-mail below:

Subject: Monitoring of studies and teaching in the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family

 Dear Mr/Ms Professor

Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family

Pontifical Lateran University

Vatican City

As has already happened and is happening for other pastoral, academic, and cultural Catholic institutions, our Observatory for the Implementation of the Church Reform of Pope Francis (OARCPF) – an initiative of a group of Catholuc lay people in support of the pontificate of Pope Francis – has begun in the current academic year the monitoring of the contents of publications of faculty and the teachings imparted [in class] in the

Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family  in order to make clear the adaptations or eventual disagreements regarding the address made by Pope Francis on the occasion of the opening of the new academic year of your Institute (Sala Clementina, October 28, 2016), in which you were called “to support the necessary opening of the intelligence of the faith in the service of the pastoral solicitude of the Successor of Peter.”

In particular, the contents of published works and the imparted classes will be taken into consideration in reference to what is expressed in the apostolic Exhortation “Amoris laetitia”, according to the image “of the Church that is, not of a Church thought in one’s own image and likeness,” orienting research and teaching not anymore towards “a too abstract theological ideal of matrimony, almost artificially built, far from the concrete situation and from the effective possibilities of families as they are” (Pope Francis, mentioned address, October 28, 2016).

To this end, we will make use of the analytical and critical reading of the studies published by the faculty, of the theses of graduation and doctorate approved by the Institute, of the syllabus of classes of of their bibliographies, as well as interviews of students made after classes, in the square in front of the Lateran University.

Certain that we are doing a useful task to improve the service that you perform with dedication to the Church and to the Holy Father, we keep you up to date on the results of our observational study.

Observatory for the Implementation of the Church Reform of Pope Francis (OARCPF) – Section for Rome

Of course, it may be something limited to the Lateran University — but if one professor is affected in the content of the classes out of fear of spreading the truth, the Bergoglian forces will have already triumphed.

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26 Responses to Incredible – Sandro Magister reveals: A Banana-Republic Gestapo for Francis: Either Defend Amoris Laetitia, or You’re In Trouble

  1. JabbaPapa says:

    Another day, another “exciting” story in support of Pope-bashing.

    an initiative of a group of Catholic lay people in support of the pontificate of Pope Francis

    So NOT “the Pope’s Gestapo” then, but rather a self-appointed lobby group of (presimably) ageing hippy generation “liberal”-“progressive” busybodies of the ACTA variety.

    PS These Rorate extremists refer to “threats” contained in the letter. Where exactly are they ? I cannot discover any, hard as I try to see them.

    Take note of Sandro Magister’s FAR less extravagant original analysis – http://magister.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it/2016/11/15/sodalitium-franciscanum-un-covo-di-spie-a-cattivo-servizio-del-papa/ — and particularly his PS where he clarifies that this “Observatory” is an organisation of ex-students having NO official positions nor standing neither with the Institute nor at the Holy See, and of the fact that the Institute itself has reacted extremely negatively against this unwanted attempt at outside ideological interference with its work.

  2. JabbaPapa says:

    It’s probably well worth re-reading this – https://catholicismpure.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/ideology-is-the-enemy-of-true-faith/ – to help form one’s opinion of this so-called “Observatory”.

  3. mmvc says:

    Another day, another “exciting” story in support of Pope-bashing.

    More of the same old gibberish from you, Jabba.

    Did you not read Father Hunwicke’s words at the end of the Cardinal Burke interview post?
    Let me remind you:

    It must be a matter of grief that other Cardinals and locorum Ordinarii have felt unable to join this initiative because they still have diocesan or curial responsibilities. I have heard from several sources about the atmosphere of fear that exists in Rome and elsewhere. It reminds me of the cruel attempts at intimidation which followed the publication of the Letter of the 45, of which I felt honoured to have been invited to be a signatory.

    Apparently, it is now to be the particular ministry and calling of the elderly or the retired or the sacked, because they have nothing to fear being sacked from, to speak with Parrhesia.

    Reliance upon fear is not Christ’s way to govern His Church.

    If this pontificate was not already in crisis, it most certainly is now.

    I have heard/read about the ‘atmosphere of fear’ under this pontificate from various other sources too. And no, those sources are not hysterical, paranoid pope-haters or bashers. They do however suggest that ‘something is rotten in the state of Denmark’.

  4. kathleen says:

    Whether it is truly “the Pope’s Gestapo” rooting out conservatives and those faithful to the Magisterium, or no more than “a self-appointed lobby group of… liberal, progressive busybodies, etc.”, who are against orthodoxy in the Catholic Church, it is evident that a battle is on, and Pope Francis is the figurehead for the heterodox crowd! (It is unclear how aware Pope Francis is himself of the ‘battle’ raging around him in the Church, but he undoubtedly appears to favour the heterodox over the orthodox Catholics!)

    LifeSiteNews reports:

    Liberal-minded Cardinal Karl Lehmann is urging his fellow German bishops to change Church discipline quickly while Francis is still Pope…

    While four Cardinals – among them two Germans – urged the Pope to provide clarification on specific formally formulated “doubts” from Amoris Laetitia and its implementation, Lehmann pushes in the other direction.

    The German cardinal has a long history of promoting a very liberal and borderline heterodox line in the Church in Germany. As reported, he was a supporter of the “Sankt Gallen Group,” which was in 2005 responsible for promoting Cardinal Bergoglio for election to the papacy against Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. (my emphasis)

    Just an example of what we are up against!

  5. JabbaPapa says:

    it is evident that a battle is on, and Pope Francis is the figurehead for the heterodox crowd

    That is indeed abundantly clear.

    he undoubtedly appears to favour the heterodox over the orthodox Catholics

    … but this is OTOH quite doubtful.

  6. kathleen says:

    [Pope Francis] undoubtedly appears to favour the heterodox over the orthodox Catholics

    but this is OTOH quite doubtful.

    On the contrary, we (laity, and the orthodox clergy in particular) have been bullied, scorned, insulted and marginalised since the start of this pontificate. The libs and progressives, meanwhile, have been flattered, embraced, lauded and promoted!

    Let’s be honest for once and call a spade, a spade.

  7. JabbaPapa says:

    Just for starters, the “self-absorbed promethean neopelagian” remark was directed at the Modernist, Relativist “liberal”-“progressives”.

    I do of course recognise the limits to what I might achieve by putting up resistance against the sheer volume of anti-Francis propaganda that’s being produced by various agitators …

    Hopefully the four Cardinals and their more discrete supporters will have happier results.

  8. mmvc says:

    I do of course recognise the limits to what I might achieve by putting up resistance against the sheer volume of anti-Francis propaganda that’s being produced by various agitators …

    Not quite sure to whom you are referring, but if you think that the many traditional Catholics who are DEFENDING THE TRUTH against endless papal obfuscations, ambiguities and blunders, are nothing other than pernicious and pestilent promoters of anti-Francis propaganda, then you are indeed fighting a losing battle here. Kathleen has repeatedly pointed this out to you.

    Your energies might be better employed resisting the ‘Modernist, Relativist “liberal”-“progressives”’ you refer to in your comment.

    Hopefully the four Cardinals and their more discrete supporters will have happier results.

    Yes, we all hope and pray that their heroic efforts will bring about the necessary clarity traditional Catholics long for.

  9. kathleen says:

    I do of course recognise the limits to what I might achieve by putting up resistance against the sheer volume of anti-Francis propaganda that’s being produced by various agitators …

    Don’t be ridiculous, Jabba! Playing the victim card is childish!

    And inferring that we are “agitators” out to spread “anti-Francis propaganda” is not only deeply offensive, it is also an outright lie. We are defending our Holy Catholic Church against the liberal Modernist agitators who are trying to bring Her down, as mmvc has also just stated. You appear to be totally blind to this fact, and instead of joining your fellow Catholics in the ‘good fight’ for Truth, you attack and try to trip us up at every turn.
    Why are you doing this to us? On Father Z’s blog your replies to orthodox Catholics to such questions there are much more measured and unaggressive.

    The ones who are “putting up resistance” against a Pope, who (so far, at least) refuses to proclaim the Truths of our Catholic Faith, are the faithful members of the Church. That very reality, that PF may not believe in the teachings of the Church he has been elected to lead, is a very terrifying prospect.

    All we are doing, in our own small way, is trying to understand the background of why he, the Vicar of Christ, could take such a outrageous stand against the Faith. And this does not consist of “pope-bashing”, but an honest look at the mind of Francis revealed in his very own words and actions.

  10. JabbaPapa says:

    Don’t be ridiculous, Jabba! Playing the victim card is childish!

    And so I can add “childish” to the growing list of epithets that have been applied to me over the course of the past couple of months … Maybe I should keep a list ? Gotta catch ’em all, eh ?

    I have NOT “played the victim card”.

    And inferring that we are “agitators” out to spread “anti-Francis propaganda” is not only deeply offensive

    I think you mean “implying”, and one more time, I am doing nothing of the sort, and whilst I am being delivered with personal attacks on an increasingly frequent basis, I have myself limited my own personal attacks to an objectively accurate characterisation of jh’s attitude towards me as being “snide”, which it clearly is.

    I do not shy from confronting those who I think to be in the wrong, although I do in the interests of civility in this blog refrain from responding as I would elsewhere to jh’s trolling ; and this means that I simply would NOT try to couch any attacks against contributors in here in the hypocritical manner that you appear to be accusing me of.

    Again, to accuse the more extremist “traddy” political agitators outside this blog of this or that does NOT constitute attacking anyone in here.

    We are defending our Holy Catholic Church against the liberal Modernist agitators who are trying to bring Her down, as mmvc has also just stated. You appear to be totally blind to this fact

    How exactly do my frequent and overtly negative comments against the “liberal”-“progressive” Modernist wreckers constitute “blindness” ?

    Why are you doing this to us? On Father Z’s blog your replies to orthodox Catholics to such questions there are much more measured and unaggressive.

    1) Father Z moderates his blog with a rare degree of sensitivity

    2) Father Z is blessed with the Grace of the Sacrament of Holy Orders that he has been blessed to receive to an unusual degree of fullness for a simple Priest, and he clearly also has been gifted with a Charism of Evangelisation as such

    3) You should not confuse Traditionalism for the Orthodoxy of the Faith

    4) And especially I am deeply concerned that you and mmvc in particular may be letting yourselves be seduced by the propaganda of extremists, factionalists, sectarians, and schismatics who are far in their thoughts from the Kingdom of God, but instead are blinded by political desires, rigid ideology, reactionary egotism, and profound theological incompetence.

    a Pope, who (so far, at least) refuses to proclaim the Truths of our Catholic Faith

    This is a ridiculous claim.

  11. JabbaPapa says:

    endless papal obfuscations, ambiguities and blunders

    These are not, indeed, sensible models for Christian thought.

  12. Mike Ryan says:

    I googled this organisation. The only things that came up pertained to this particular story. It seems strange that there is no other mention if this outfit has indeed been “happening for other pastoral, academic, and cultural Catholic institutions.” How come no one in any of these other institutions has reported getting emails from OARCPF? It all sounds a bit suspicious to me. A bit like an April Fool Day’s joke. As Magister has said; ” its authors, a handful of former university students.” Not exactly high level stuff. Even the name of the outfit has the indications of a student-level offering.

  13. JabbaPapa says:

    As Magister has said; ” its authors, a handful of former university students.”

    Quite.

  14. mmvc says:

    Could this be a case of actions speaking louder than words?

    https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otn.cfm?id=1171

    Let’s pray, pray and pray some more that all will become clear very soon…

  15. johnhenrycn says:

    Sheer papalotry – not referring to any particular comments, nor to any particular posts (I don’t wish to hurt someone’s feelings) – but evidence of papalotry abounds around here these days. It’s a dead end. Thanks be to God for courageous leaders who resist that tendency and put the good of the Church before their own interests and advancement.

  16. kathleen says:

    Jabba @ 13:03

    Oh, my goodness, where to start?

    First of all, please don’t be so touchy! I have never had any intention of calling you names (and nor in fact have I ever done so). I said your attitude in “playing the victim card” (something you deny) was “childish”; i.e., a transitory adjective, not that you are childish. Besides, Jabba, you have used many such ways of berating me when you have disagreed with something I’ve said that I have let go by, realising that they were not meant as personal attacks.

    If it is true that you do not mean to imply* that we are “agitators out to spread anti-Francis propaganda”, how is it then that mmvc, JH, and everyone else apparently, get that impression practically every time you respond to us? Say who you mean then, instead of coming flying back at us with angry retorts, if your accusations are not directed at us personally.

    * yes, sorry, I meant to say “imply”, not “infer”

    Of course I do not think you are a “hypocrite”, quite the opposite, but you cannot deny that your tone is decidedly more measured in your comments over at Father Z’s blog than it is here. Yes, I know Fr Z is strict in his moderation – he would never allow through comments like Toad’s, for instance – but most of his commenters are likewise traditional Catholics, who share the same disillusionment with Pope Francis that mmvc and I do. Fr Z does not moderate their comments, so long as these are not ad hominem attacks at the Holy Father.
    Anyway, I agree with all the things you say about this amazing priest.

    I do not believe my beloved friend, mmvc (who I know personally) or I are being “seduced” by any of those extremist groups you mention. Our only desire, as I have repeatedly told you, is to do our little bit to spread the knowledge and love of our Glorious Faith to as many souls as possible. That does not mean hiding from reporting bad news of betrayals coming from within the Church either!

    Me: a Pope, who (so far, at least) refuses to proclaim the Truths of our Catholic Faith

    You: This is a ridiculous claim.

    Really? Well, AFAIK, Pope Francis has still not replied satisfactorily to the questions put to him in the dubia of the Four Cardinals. (That, of course, is what I was referring to here!)

  17. JabbaPapa says:

    Sheer papalotry

    bloody troll

  18. JabbaPapa says:

    he would never allow through comments like Toad’s, for instance

    OK, but then I know dear toad and his lovely wife and family and great big dogs personally …

    how is it then that mmvc, JH, and everyone else apparently, get that impression practically every time you respond to us

    Likely because of your clear tendency towards misinterpretations.

  19. johnhenrycn says:

    Darn! I didn’t want anyone to know who I was talking about. You’re just too intuitive, JP.

  20. johnhenrycn says:

    JP: You should [s]troll on over to Ann Barnhardt’s blog and quibble with her about the meaning of heresy and “anti-pope”. Actually, it seems to me that her analysis of PF’s reign makes almost as much sense as yours. Birds of a feather and tin foil hats should stick together.

  21. kathleen says:

    @ Jabba

    OK, but then I know dear toad and his lovely wife and family and great big dogs personally …

    That’s a fine example of a non sequitur ! But, OK then, perhaps you should introduce them to Father Z.🙂

    Likely because of your clear tendency towards misinterpretations.

    So it’s all our fault?

  22. JabbaPapa says:

    So it’s all our fault?

    … please …

  23. mmvc says:

    Sheer papalotry

    bloody troll

    You have your say here, Jabba… sometimes ad nauseam.
    Please respect other commenters’ rights to have theirs and quit resorting to insulting bad language.

    Kindly try to respect our blog and our commenters.

  24. johnhenrycn says:

    With deep regards to mmvc, and with kind respect to JP, I must accept as good as I give. I do not even take John Kehoe’s “dear enemy” salutations too seriously. We boys tend to be boisterous🙂
    ___
    I wonder if I should be writing MMVC? I know her blog name is lower case, but then, so is mine, and I’ve grown to prefer JH.

  25. mmvc says:

    We boys tend to be boisterous🙂

    Respectfully boisterous is fine.
    Foul language is not.

    Feel free to write my blog name anyway you like, JH. It’s just the initials of my name rather than the year of my birth. ;o)

  26. johnhenrycn says:

    MMVC = 2095

    Yes, I see that now🙂

    But I think MMVC has a better stage presence, and so I shall use it from now on.

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