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Antonio Socci: There has been a coup in the Church

Let us rebel against “the dictatorship of relativism” which is destroying Catholicism and our civilization.
Antonio Socci
April 10, 2016
In “La Repubblica” yesterday, the Catholic ideologue of progressivism , Albert Melloni,  informs us that Bergoglio’s Exhortation (re-named by some “Familiaris divorzio” ) is “a praise to erotic joy”.  With this, he makes it seem like a playful treatise on pornography to be published in Dagospia* with the title: “Coito ergo sum”. 
Isn’t the idea of ‘red-light’ Vatican pathetic?  To be sure, the Bergoglian “modernism” of today brings to mind the image of an eighty year-old woman running around in a mini-skirt and stiletto heels, exposing her bosom to all and sundry. Also on social issuesBergoglio rehabilitates the fossilized  slogans of those abominable “red-light” 1960s, now at the age of catheters and Alzheimer’sThen the Bergoglian pages on Eros which are a clumsy amateurish copying (with errors) of the theological  and pastoral masterpiece by John Paul II, who, in his catecheses on Genesis and the body, linked together splendidly the “Eros” and “Agape” in Christian marriage.
To Genesis and the Song of Songs, Wojtyla added his past human experience as a poet- miner-theologian and in his youth took part in the resistance against Nazism and Communism reading St. John of the Cross and Monfort.
Someone paraphrasing Melloni, says that the Bergoglian Exhortation is, in reality, “a praise to heretic joy”  (not erotic). And that is the rub.

For years now the Church has defended Herself from the assault of the “dictatorship of relativism”Shedefended Herself at the Consistory in 2014 and the two Synods, even putting Bergoglio in the minority, yetthe Argentinean Pope has imposed his “revolution”, unilaterally, on the Church anyway. (So much for synodality!)  
Now it is the Bishops’ newspaper itself, “Avvenire” that has rapidly thrown Benedict XVI and John Paul II out the window, informing us that there really is a revolution going on in the Church.
The official body of the CEI, launched the Exhortation in this way: “About ten days ago when Cardinal Kasper announced the publication of the Post-Synod Exhortation on the family, he spoke ‘of the most important document in the history of the Church in the last thousand years’, not a few looked on this with that false indulgence reserved for somewhat exaggerated declarations […]. Now that Amoris laetitia, is herefor all to see, it would seem really difficult to contradict the German Cardinal.  Francis’ text has the savor of a solid, revolutionary text”. 

So Bergoglio is “revolutionizing i.e. turning the Church upside down, as Ross Douhat in the New York times wrote last November, when he indicated the existence of a “plot to change Catholicism”adding that “now the principal plotter is the Pope himself”.  

It is now official. Today, after the publication of this revolutionary text, is the “day after” for the Church. What was considered impossible has happened. The Apostolic Exhortation is an open act challenging two thousand years of Catholic teaching. And in Catholic circles people are shocked andstruck dumb in bewilderment.   Even if abroad Catholic voices are beginning to make sounds of protest, which will rise even more, especially in the United States (but also in Poland, Africa, Mexico and elsewhere).

Yesterday, on a Canadian site, there was a decidedly strong headline, which nonetheless helps us understand just how much indignation is smoldering under the ashes: “Who will denounce Amoris laetitia as heretical? Who will call out Jorge Bergoglio for his crime? Will  history now call this the Bergoglian Heresy?”
Naturally – in all of this – Communion to the divorced and remarried is only a pretext, it is a question that interests no-one, not even the divorced: the “revolutionaries” have simply used “irregular couples” as an impetus to demolish the foundations of two thousand years of Catholicism.
And now there is a panorama of ruins set before the eyes of priests who are still Catholic, since  like skittles toppling  after the indissolubility of marriage, everything will come toppling down: confession, the commandments, the natural law.  Most of all, the constant teaching of the Church emerges destroyed. 
We need to remember the many who have experienced family break-ups or difficult situations and – for the love of Christ – have stayed faithful to the commandments and precepts of the Church. 
One of these people said to me: “Amoris laetitia is terrible for me as it tells us: you have been fools to trust Jesus Christ and the Church by putting up with these trials. You have stupidly thrown away your lives, when you could have enjoyed yourselves and now you would even have the Pope’s approval.” And of a Vatican that praises “erotic joys” as Melloni says. 

For Catholics though, it is evident that these would be (false) heretical joys since it was Jesus Himself Who commanded: “what God has brought together let no man put asunder” (Matt. 19,6). His words “will never pass away”.  The teaching of the Church is founded precisely on His Word and the Laws of God. It can never be refuted or changed by any pope. 


In the end thoughwe cannot be too surprised at what’s happening. Over the past three years we have seen all sorts of things.
First, the great Pope Benedict, in his inaugural address (at Mass), implores “pray for me that I don’t flee for fear of the wolves.” 
Then his mysterious and unmotivated “renunciation” after which he wanted us to know that “my decision to renounce active exercise of my ministry does not change this” remaining in fact, Pope Emeritus; afterwardsthe election of Francis (despite the Jesuit vow that should have forbidden it); then, the two popes (never seen in two thousand years).  
And finally, the South American, multicolored performances of the “who am I to judge” to the God who “isn’t Catholic”; from the crucifix on the hammer and sickle to the tribute paid to Fidel Castro; from the letter to the Chinese tyrants to the praise of the immigrant “invasion”; from the slap given to Trump to the silence on the Cirinnà law; from the coldness to Family Day to the monkeys on St. Peter’s; from Communion to the divorced and remarried to the Eucharist reduced to an opinion practically equivalent to the Lutheran one; from the Jubilee without indulgences and Purgatory to the encyclical on “recycling trash”;from the fraternal meetings with Scalfari to the cold and obstinate silence on Asia Bibi.
All of it strange, surreal, disquieting and painful for Catholics, who, in the meantime are being persecuted and massacred all over the world. 
And a new “papolatry”  from the clerical world has been added to the strangeness of the hosanna from the secular media (always enemies of the Church).
Yesterday in “Avvenire” – the CEI’s newspaper – the article on the Exhortation began like this: “The family starts over again with Francis”Verbatim. The family, however, was instituted by the Creator and made a sacrament by Jesus Christ.  Is Bergoglio now perhaps in the place of God? 
Once more yesterday’s “Avvenire” informed us that according to the Exhortation, “the indissolubility” of marriage is not the reality, but reference to an ideal, “a point of arrival”. Until now the Church had taught that it is the point of departure, established by Jesus Christ in the Gospel.   Is it possible that bishops and cardinals have all been struck dumb by this revolution? Is it possible that nobody feels they must answer to God and give light to the Christian populace, who are confused and dazed? 

Is it possible that no one  has the dignity to state what they think i.e. that the Exhortation is dreadful and devastating for the Church? “In this case, silence is tantamount to connivance” said Pope Celestine. 
I still hope that the Pope will change his mind, that he acknowledges how this type of “modernization” has already destroyed the European Protestant communities and in progressive Catholic Churches (in Europe and Latin America) it has had devastating effects.  
The Pope however, must be helped with our sincerity, with the freedom of open criticism. The future of the Church (and not only) is at stake
In any case, being Catholic today will be – to paraphrase Melloni – a “heroic joy”.

[Translation: Contributor Francesca Romana]