This week, Rome has hit the Catholic world like a ton of bricks and made us all feel betrayed by what Father Lombardi and Pope Francis said about Cardinal Sarah requesting that all Catholic Churches return to celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to being Ad Orientem on the First Sunday of Advent. On Monday, Father Lombardi and Pope Francis both announced that they would not allow Churches to follow up with what Cardinal Sarah suggested and in England, Cardinal Nichols basically mocked Cardinal Sarah for even suggesting something like having the Priest and the people face God and Jesus altogether. This is wrong. For a Cardinal, to mock another Cardinal is wrong, but when a Cardinal of an Archdiocese mocks a superior Cardinal like Cardinal Sarah, who holds the highest possible Vatican post is just wrong and Cardinal Nichols should have been repremanded by Pope Francis. However, Pope Francis sent out his brilliant (I use that term loosely because I am not a fan of Lombardi nor consider him to be a brilliant spokesman like Jaquin Navarro-Valles during the Papacy of Pope Saint John Paul II) to do some damage control about Cardinal Sarah and to say that the Pope does not favor Ad Orientem Masses. Excuse me, Father Lombardi, but didn’t Pope Francis just celebrate the Novus Ordo being Ad Orientem for the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord in January of this past year? You and your little press secretaries either need to shape up or ship out and stop throwing great Cardinals under the bus like Cardinal Sarah! Francis, even in an article published by the Catholic Herald stated that he wanted to have the Mass be celebrated in a way that was what Vatican II wanted in the first place. I guess Our Lady of La Salette was right when she said that Rome would lose the seat of faith and would be home of the AntiChrist. Our Lady of La Salette told Max and Melanie, “Rome will lose the Faith and become the seat of the Antichrist.” She also continued, “”The earth will be struck with plagues of all kinds; there will be wars up to the last war, which will then be waged by the ten kings of the Antichrist, kings who will all have a common design and will be the sole rulers of the world. Before this happens, there will be a sort of false peace in the world; people will think only of amusing themselves; the wicked will indulge in all kinds of sin; but the children of Holy Church, children of the true faith, my true imitators, will grow in the love of God and in the virtues dearest to me. Happy the humble souls lead by the Holy Ghost! I shall battle along with them until they reach the fullness of maturity.” If this does not scare you, my fellow Catholics, then I do not know what will. Blessed Pope Paul VI famously stated that the smoke of Satan has entered the Roman Catholic Church. It would seem that Rome is in desperiate need right now of a shepherd that will hold true to Catholic traditions and teachings. Even before La Salette, the Cardinals and Bishops, during the Council of Trent passed a decree that should a Pope, Bishop or Priest remove or change anything from Scriptures of from the Holy Mass, they are automatically declared excommunicated and Anathema Sit! The Pope, especially cannot change or remove anything from the Holy Mass and Scripture! Everything that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is based off on is in the Bible! Once you remove something from the Mass that is in the Bible, then the whole entire Mass is rendered useless and the Sacraments have less meaning. We are facing a crsis right now in Rome with several mixed messages from the Pope to the press secretaries to the Cardinals with each telling various stories of what is really happening. As faithful Catholics, we are bound to hold true to Sacred Scripture and the Dogmatic teachings that every council has said about the Holy Mass. We must not only remember this, but we must know that we, as faithful people and members of Christ’s mystical body here on earth, must pray for Pope Francis, Cardinal Sarah, Cardinal Nichols, and Father Lombardi. Pray three Our Fathers, three Hail Mary’s and three Glory Be’s for them! They must be kept in our prayers to keep the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and help us learn more about our faith! Our Lady of La Salette, pray for us!
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