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The Pontifical Academy for Life Currently Has No Members

As we had reported at the end of last year, Pope Francis terminated the membership of all the then-current members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, and there were around seventy of them at that time. A well-informed source told us recently:

At the end of 2016, the Pontifical Academy for Life was closed and all its members dismissed. The Academy will be reconstituted in 2017 with new statutes, and the Academy will then be repopulated. The process for naming new members of the Academy is not yet known.

When one looks at the official website of the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL) – as I just did on 8 February 2017 – the following facts can be seen.  After opening up the entry “members,” we see that there are no names at all listed. When looking at the entry “former members,” one may see some 172 names listed, among them being those recently dismissed members of the PAL, seventy in total. Moreover, it is stated under their names that their former appointments ended on 31 December 2016.

In light of these facts, let us briefly consider which names are – or should be – of special interest here. The following persons – who are listed as having been dismissed on 31 December 2016 from the PAL – have one thing in common. That is to say, they all have, in one way or another, expressed objections to the papal agenda for the liberalization of the Church’s moral teaching on marriage, as it was discussed during the two Synods of Bishops on Marriage and the Family, and as it was finally presented in Amoris Laetitia:

  • Cardinal Carlo Caffarra. He co-authored the Five Cardinals Book and signed the dubia sent to Pope Francis;
  • Cardinal Willem Eijk. He signed the 13 Cardinals Letter and co-authored the Eleven Cardinals Book;
  • Cardinal Elio Sgreccia. He wrote a preface to a book written by Cardinal Ennio Antonelli defending the traditional Catholic teaching on marriage;
  • Professor Josef Seifert. He wrote a detailed critique of Amoris Laetitia and asked for its clarification;
  • Professor Robert Spaemann. He gave several interviews strongly opposing parts of Amoris Laetitia and supporting the Four Cardinals’ dubia.
  • Professor Wolfgang Waldstein. He signed the Declaration of Fidelity with regard to the Catholic teaching on marriage.

Another important member of the Pontifical Academy for Life was Dr. John Haas, President of the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) in Philadelphia. He was a governing member of the PAL and is now no longer even listed as a former member of that Academy. The NCBC, under Dr. Haas’ leadership, had issued, in February of 2016, a statement regarding the Zika virus which refutes the proposed and spreading idea of licitly using  artificial contraceptives in this context of a disease, or even to kill a baby in the womb with the help of an abortion. The NCBC statement was issued four days after Pope Francis himself had openly proposed considering the use of such contraceptives as a measure of prevention, blocking conception, in view of the seemingly spreading Zika virus. Though the NCBC document itself does not explicitly mention the pope by name, it was a clear response to the pope’s own statement on the matter.

What still remains of the PAL and its own set of team members is its President, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, and his own team.

Moreover, Paglia himself had only been named as the President of the PAL in August of 2016. He is a known “Kasperite” prelate and quite openly supports the pope’s liberalizing agenda with regard to Catholic morality. As we wrote in August of 2016:

With this decision [to appoint Paglia as head of the PAL], Pope Francis makes another move in order to strengthen the progressive direction of his papal teaching concerning moral matters. Paglia is known to be a strong supporter of the “opening” of the Catholic Church’s moral teaching with regard to marriage and the family. Paglia himself had published between the two Family Synods a book promoting the idea to give out Holy Communion to the “remarried” divorcees. He is also on record for repeatedly promoting the homosexual cause, for example by praising the U.S. TV show “Modern Family.” Paglia was also responsible for inviting homosexual couples to last year’s World Meeting of Families.

Thus Paglia himself has already given us a general idea as to the likely future work of the PAL. What will probably become even clearer in the near future is what Pope Francis himself more specifically plans to do with this organization. Even though the PAL just received – in November of 2016 – its own  new statutes, which have now removed the [Dr. Jerome] Lejeune Oath — a set of principles that are even stricter than the traditional Hippocratic Oath — it is not yet so clear what its relationship will be with the new Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life. Nonetheless, what we can now reasonably expect – also in light of recent papal dealings with critics – is that most of the seven former members of the PAL, as they are listed and presented above, will no longer be invited back.

Post Scriptum: It seems that, as of today, the website of the Papal Academy for Life is not available. For the sake of documentation, we post here the three crucial cached versions of the same links as quoted above:

The current members of the PAL:

The former members of the PAL:

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia and his team:

Update, 10 February: It seems that the PAL website is working again. However, we leave the links here for future references.

129 thoughts on “The Pontifical Academy for Life Currently Has No Members”

  1. is a very useful service for archiving websites, especially those likely to be taken down for any reason. Unfortunately, it cannot be used in this case as the PAL website isn’t live anymore.

  2. The Pontifical Academy for Life no longer has any website. The Pontifical Academy for Life no longer has any existence.

    If the website remains down long, then it would further evidence that the Academy has simply been completely destroyed, which I think is likely. Another victim of Francis, the entire Pontifical Academy for Life will be flushed down the memory hole.

      • You’ll laugh at me for this, but even now at this late hour I seem to have a habit of trying to make sense of Pope Francis as though he was, so to speak, meaning to do good for the Church even when he’s obviously wrong. What throws me the most is when he does things like this that are clearly done out of spite, intended to destroy and tear down. His malice still shocks me, after everything that’s happened. I’m still behind the curve with this pope. Ridiculous, huh?

        I mean, here he is tearing down the Pontifical Academy for Life at the same time that he is giving a platform to pro-death Paul Ehrlich. I can’t get over my shock. I can’t believe it.

        • No, you’re not “behind the curve.” There is no pleasure, there is no delight, in exposing and examining the very real situation with the current occupant of the Chair of St. Peter. Giving the Pope the benefit of doubt is Catholic. I haven’t conducted any surveys, but I can assure you that you are far, far from alone. It is only with now almost four years of these perplexing and, frankly, disappointing moves that for many faithful Catholics the awful reality is becoming sharply focused.

          • Yea, it took me a while to come to the reality also. I had hardly followed Vatican news until less than a year ago, until AL, then I started taking notice. Now, with what I have learned since October, I can no longer trust him, nor defend anything he says or does.

        • Matthew 7:15-23:

          “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

          “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

        • Margaret, I think we all struggle with the line between speaking the truth and being charitable and non-judging of intention.

          That’s the hardest thing for me. Our Lord Himself told us to love our enemies and to do good to those who hate us. He also warned us not to judge our brothers lest we be judged as harshly. So what to do? Walk that line. Expose the truth. Allow Him to judge intention, and in our words be kind.

          Every time I see Francis being slammed, personally, as evil, I cringe at what Our Lord might say. I’m not speaking to you personally, Margaret, but just using your comment to comment myself. I feel anger and even hatred for all that Francis represents but I struggle not to hate him personally – what a chastisement and an agony that we have to love this man, to want his good, to want him to be converted, the while having to listen to him say and do such evil things. Our Lady of Fatima please help us love our enemies for Jesus sake.

          • Yes, I TRULY want the current prelate, who appears to be sitting in the Chair of Peter, to be converted.

            That being said, I, too, am challenged to pray for good for this man, although I do keep trying.

            And I’ve changed my prayers to praying for the Holy Father, assuming Our Lady and Her Son know who it is, because I certainly do not.

          • I dreaded having been given the recent penance in Confession to pray and Our Father for the intentions of the Holy Father. I did my penance, of course, but what are his intentions? God help us!

          • I have had the same trouble that you have. My answer to this dilemma is to pray, not for his intentions, but for his GOOD intentions. We can rest assured we won’t be supporting any bad intentions with that word “good” placed before the word “intentions.” I hope this helps.

          • Thank you for your kind words. You ably expressed how many people feel (including yours truly).

            I have a Francophile co-worker who adores PF and thinks that conservatives are driving everyone out of the church (never mind that the exact opposite is true.).

            I’m not trying to brag but it seems like I’m the only orthodox Catholic at work. We have an amalgamation of people of various religions and no religion at all. I had one Catholic co-worker who died a little over 3 years ago. She and I were soulmates. Since she died, I have been in a certain sense spiritually alone at work. I pray that she’s in purgatory. She died without the sacraments from stage 4 lung cancer. The only consolation I have is that she was devoted to the Blessed Virgin and prayed her rosary every day.

            We need to support and pray for each other as well as the Church and the world.

    • Dear Matt,
      It is as if the Pontifical Academy for Life is now dead, which indeed is the signature of this Roman Pontificate, the murderous destruction of truth, in its human praxis. Simply a corpse remains, the PAL, as the reminder to what has been and as a harbinger to precisely that which is as yet to come. In caritas.

  3. Everything good and holy is being attacked. We must do what we can to persevere in faithfulness through this time of great trial.

    • Good early evening Mxpctlk,

      What you intone indeed opens the intellective operation into the philosophical query of the Vicar of Christ, resting in the Chair of Saint Peter, as a non-Catholic in praxis and at once baptized, at least one must assume. Ordained in the dark and daunting year of 1969, I believe after the “change” in the Sacramental language and rubric of the Church. Who then is this man, Jorge Mario Bergoglio??? What then is this Novus Ordo church??? Whose gospel does this man preach??? And for whom does Jorge Mario Bergoglio do all this??? In caritas.

    • We do not have a pope, we have an impostor on the Chair of Peter. How I wish Benedict would speak up!

      Yes, the Church has had corrupt popes in the past, but none like Bergoglio and the St. Gallen Mafia who worked behind the scenes plotting the election.

      Folks, you can’t make this stuff up.

        • Brian, all I ask is that folks look at the public corroborated evidence from folks like Cardinal Danneels, and his supporters in the St. Gallen Mafia. That is all. Nothing more. If Cardinal Burke and his fellow prelates do nothing more than make a public, formal correction or Francis, what good is that? What good is that to so many faithful Catholics who, like me and my family, are nearly driven underground by this pope? WHAT do you propose? How much longer will the People of God have to wait? Just a few thoughts. As you can see from my avatar, I am a military man- a career one at that. I am also a survivor having been sexually molested by priests growing up, and then, tossed out of the seminary a mere six months prior to ordination to transitional deacon. Given all I went through, I should have left the Catholic Church decades ago. But for the grace of God Almighty, I am still here fighting, and still FULLY in communion with the Roman Catholic Church. How about let us support and pray for one another rather than throw ultimatums and warnings around. I am usually a patient man, but, when pushed to my limit, I am like any other man. We need solutions from our cardinals, and I do not care if that ultimately leads to schism. That is because the only folks who will go into schism will be the Modernists and their supporters. NOT me. I respect your guidelines and will refrain from such remarks in the future. However, all I ask for is that those who care for the Church- laity or clergy- to stand up for Christ and the Church as He founded it and passed on to His Apostles and their (faithful) successors. Nothing more, nothing less. Anything else is from the Evil One- not the Holy Spirit. God Bless.

          • How much longer will the People of God have to wait?

            Ultimately, this is the problem with people who feel the way you do. You’re not patient with the inscrutable will of God. He has established this Church and placed us under its authority. The authority that belongs to the successors of the apostles — and of St. Peter himself — is real, and has absolutely nothing to do with the worthiness of the office holder.

            For heaven’s sake, even Pontius Pilate, unjust and feckless governor that he was, had his authority affirmed by Christ. “Thou shouldst not have any power against me, unless it were given thee from above.” Jn. 19:11 And of course, Our Lord knew that Pilate was about to use that authority to condemn Him to a cruel death.

            Believe me when I say I get the urge to want to DO something. Can you imagine how often I wish I could do more than report on and analyze what is happening? And even so, at least I have some role to play on the public stage. I can only imagine how frustrating it must be for the pewsitter to be stuck watching this go down and not even feel like they have a voice.

            But we’ve got to stop arrogating to ourselves — and yes, I really think that’s the best word — the authority to make our own decisions about the state of affairs with whether or not the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church is who the Church says he is. You’re arm’s length from Protestantism at that point.

            Trust this Church Jesus created and guaranteed. Trust that He has a plan, whether or not you can conceive of what it may entail. Hold your fire until the King Himself gives the order. Nothing about any of what is transpiring at this moment stops you from receiving the sacraments and practicing the devotions and learning about and living your faith. In fact, we’re far more free to do so at the present moment than were many of the saints throughout history.

            The early Christian martyrs sung God’s praises from the floor of the Coliseum as the lions approached. Why do we deserve a quicker fix than they?

          • Steve, thank you for your thoughtful comments and encouragement. I really do appreciate it. My issue (and it is probably many other Catholics as well) is that most everything since Vatican II has completely upended nearly two thousand years of Sacred Tradition regarding catechesis and the Divine Liturgy in the Roman (Latin) Rite of the Church. IF Vatican II was merely a pastoral Council which defined no new dogma or doctrine, then, exactly what did it do and what fruits has it produced? The answer is quite obvious. That said, I am not one bit opposed to the SSPX making tremendous gains and, if need be, consecrating more bishops to ensure their apostolic survival. One drop of poison- ONE DROP- is enough to contaminate the whole Faith. Prior to Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Mass, the Roman rite of the Catholic Church had ONE liturgy (actually two if one adds the Ambrosian liturgical rite- celebrated by Pope Paul VI in Milan, Italy- which is now completely abrogated). What has happened since is history. I am a Novus Ordo baby (born in 1966). However, I have long since abandoned the Novus Ordo as it is celebrated in nearly every parish in the U.S. It is nearly impossible to find a single parish that still uses the Baltimore Catechism, and a pastor who celebrates the TLM or the NO ad orientum. I am grateful to have such a pastor at this moment. But that may not last for long if he transferred or prohibited from continuing doing as he is by whoever our next bishop is (Bishop Burbidge is your bishop in Arlington as the Diocese of Raleigh, NC, awaits the appointment of a new bishop). I fear that the new bishop (whom Francis will name) will end up yet another modernist, progressive just like Francis’ other picks. Then, where will my family and I go? The only option is an SSPX chapel about thirty miles away. After that??? Many Catholic friends of mine across the U.S. remain in the same if not worse condition than me. They have nowhere to go except clown Masses with banjos and guitars with heretical priests giving like homilies every Sunday that remain Protestant more than Catholic.
            I am done with my rant;-) Please forgive me for my carrying on. I just do not know what else to do. I am doing everything in my married state of life possible to endure this crisis and emergency within the Catholic Church. My wife is a full-time stay at home mother and she homeschools our son. We use only the Baltimore Catechism to educate our son in the Faith. We pray the Rosary almost everyday as a family. We faithfully attend the TLM when possible and the NO in our current parish where our pastor offers it ONLY ad orientum. We live almost forty miles from the parish and cannot afford more involvement outside of Sunday Mass. Two other Catholic parishes in the city in which we live have only NO Masses with so many abuses that I wonder how many of those parishioners really still believe in the Real Presence. Steve, the state of the Church is dire. And our ecclesiastical leadership (including the pope) seem to not care one damn bit (except for a small handful of them), and continue to spew heresy after heresy. What can the Faithful do, I ask. No, I YELL from the mountaintop!
            I am finished for now. Please let us keep one another in our prayers. It seems that is nearly all we have left on this side of Heaven and Hell.

          • Keep doing what you’re doing, Al. It’s all you can. I’ve been attending the TLM for 13 years, and at 27 miles, this is the closest I’ve ever lived to a traditional parish/chapel worth calling that.

            All I’m saying is that we’re being asked to hold the line under less than ideal conditions. So let’s hold the line. I don’t like everything about what we’re faced with, but I can keep doing what I’m doing pretty much indefinitely if that’s what it takes. I’m hoping for relief sooner rather than later, but we’ll see.

          • Steve, as a side note, I noticed that you graduated from Christodom College. Did you ever have a chance to meet a very close dear friend of mine (now deceased, and a major financial benefactor), Mr. David P. Walkey? He passed away several years ago. He often attended alumni functions.

          • Your measured and sensible comments here and on other topics are thought-provoking and valued. Thank you for what you do here.

            Perhaps the balance between acceptance and speaking out against perceived wrongs is another of my failings, but if that’s the case in my life, then the pendulum has simply swung the other way and I’ll ask God’s forgiveness.

            As regards Francis, the issues raised by AI The Silent Crusader remain and are disturbing. Most distressing to me is the reported collusion between “mafia” cardinals prior to his being named Pope.

            If one is elected to an office wrongly, how can one be called legitimate? That’s a rhetorical question and the other things pointed out — along with some of the interviews I’ve read — are equally distressing. So now we have new direction that flies in the face of 2,000 year’s of doctrine — and two Popes.

            Do we accept and blindly “follow orders” discarding 2,000 years of teachings to follow the piper — or do we use our eyes, ears and brains and speak out? I don’t know for certain and I’m not asking for direction – but It’s confounding. I think we speak out, question and adhere to our true faith as best we can. Fortunately, I’m not far from an SSPX parish but so many are unaware of what’s occurred and contentedly sitting through Novus Ordo masses thinking all is well. This is surely a time for much prayer.

          • I am in lock-step with you and can’t have expressed the concerns you’ve raised any better than you so articulately have. Thank you.

          • Dear Al,

            I think most of us are getting battle fatigue from fighting against modernism, liberalism etc. I wish it would be over too but God will end it. As Steve said: Hold your fire until the King Himself gives the order. He’s in charge, Al, not us.

            Also, many of the laity and faithful clergy HAVE been standing up for Christ and the Church – some for decades, some fresh out of the academy of hard knocks and many in between (like yours truly). The laity are in the trenches with few generals on the battlefield of spiritual warfare. God in His mercy has given us a few who are finally entering the fray, but they need to get their spiritual armor on before engaging the Enemy (cf. Ephesians 6: 10-17).

            Re your family situation:

            A gentleman I once knew was acquainted with a family who had a NO RC parish 5 minutes away from their house but traveled over 60 miles to attend a SSPX chapel. They did what was necessary, and I’m sure you are too.

            Your suffering, my suffering, all our sufferings united with the Passion and Death of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ have infinite value.

            May Our Lady of Sorrows console you. Keep the Faith!

            In Christ the King,


            P.S. Steve has some really good advice in his post. I’m going to paste it into my 1P5 file. I needed his advice too.

          • Margaret, thank you so very much for your prayers and encouragement. Perhaps, someday, my wife and I might get to meet you! Again, thank you for you everything in these comboxes! Prayers for you and your family:-)

          • You’re welcome. I’ll pray for you at Liturgy tomorrow. And I thank you for your prayers for me and my family. ?

            If you’re ever in SE PA, post me and maybe we can get together. I’m outside of Philadelphia PA. There’s a Best Western off PA turnpike exit 31. I’m nearby.

          • Thanks for the response, and believe me, I understand your frustration. Forgive me if I was a bit curt, but “Francis is not the pope” comments have been cropping up everywhere. I understand the sentiment, but agree with Steve, whatever evidence may lay before us, we’ve got to wait for the Church’s judgment on this.

            Thank you for your service and perseverance in the faith, and be assured of my prayers. We will weather this storm. If Christ is for us, who can be against us? It would appear many, but in the end, not for long.

          • “‘Francis is not the pope’ comments have been cropping up everywhere. I understand the sentiment, but agree with Steve, whatever evidence may lay before us, we’ve got to wait for the Church’s judgment on this.” Point of clarification: do you suggest that the validity of Francis’ occupancy of the Chair of Peter MAY be in question? I would assume that the fact that he was presented to the world as pope by the dean of the College of Cardinals would settle the matter. You say we must wait for the Church’s judgment. When and in what manner do you suggest this judgment will be rendered? How are we the faithful to recognize this judgment?

          • I do not question Francis’ validity, but I do understand the concerns of those who do. With that said, in the face of the unanswered dubia, Francis runs the risk of falling into material or even formal heresy, which would then raise the possibility of his removal. You can read all about the what, where, when, how, who, and why’s of the matter in this very thoughtful and thorough article:


          • Thank you for that very informative and thoughtful article. Clearly the time has come for renewed scholarly study of the points raised by this very article. I am prompted to wonder also whether Cardinal Burke’s anticipated “act of correction” might be intended as an opening shot in what may become an effort to convene such a general council.

      • It sure would appear that this would be the case. I do recall St Francis of AssisI having a prophecy about what he called, I think, an anti-pope, who would NOT be canonically elected. Rosaries all around!

      • Putting one’s head in the sand only facilitates the lie, and climbing into the boxcar because someone told you to believe it’s heading to Disney World, despite the obvious – is a poor choice. Your forum, your rules. No more to say here.

    • It would appear so. Wonder what his connection, if any, is to the Freemasons, which I hear thrive in Argentina and even put out a congratulator newspaper ad on his election to the Chair of Peter.

  4. Oh, what a tangled web we weave
    When first we practise to deceive!
    Francis is caught up in the unholy web of his own creation.

  5. As time goes on, I begin to think that there is no way that people who haven’t realized by now that there is something wrong will ever realize it. Ultramontanism and false “never criticize a priest” piety is so ingrained in them that they are unable to see what is painfully obvious. Still, people do continue to wake up. Sometimes it’s slow, almost to a standstill, but eventually people who are willing to think seem to come to realize that something is wrong. Maybe Francis is just what the Church needs to clean out the ultramontanist heresy.

  6. Ancient Rome employed a practice known as damnatio memoriae whereby a concerted effort was made to erase from history any reference to those who had brought dishonour on the state. Modern Rome appears to be trying to go not just one but two better, by not only using a similar tactic against people whose conduct was blameless but additionally taking steps to expunge all mention of a complete Pontifical Academy. The regime currently occupying the Vatican makes those ancient Romans look like bumbling amateurs.

  7. Of course, “the latest” from Rome leaves even these machinations way behind. Civilta Cattolica, the Jesuit publication that expresses often the pope’s own thinking, published an article the other day putting in question John Paul’s (and tradition’s) absolute rejection of priestesses in the Catholic Church. News reports made much of Francis’ own recent seeming reaffirmation of that orthodox position. But then today Francis praised Civilta Cattolica for “thinking outside the box,” so to speak, the editors’ bravery and all that, don’t you know. I’m sure it was all just coincidental.

    I think we are all too familiar with this old tune and its accompanying dance, surely a paso doble. What never ceases to amaze me is how closely ecclesiastical liberals follow the tried and true tactics of their secular homologues. To offer just one example, Hillary R Clinton was resolutely opposed to sodomic pretend marriage….before she was for it in the recently concluded presidential campaign.

  8. The Pontifical Academy for Life then is dead at the hands of the supposed Vicar of Life Himself.

    We live in strange times. Evil times.

  9. This has been foretold in the Prophecies (yes, including Fatima) and the Vatican got rid of the real Lucia and kept the fake imposter Lucia to make fake comments up until her death. Satan now runs the Church and has for a long while. Did you hear about the scandal in the Catholic Church in Australia with priests and brothers sexually amusing minors and massive coverups to protect the Church’s reputation? Very few have respect for the institution but that should not alter our love for and faith in God. Our Lady told us that would have to pray together eventually in the safety of our homes as we would be seen as outcasts in our own Church. Guess what? We’re there!

    • I have heard the story of the fake Lucia. where do you get this information? All I heard was that the letters she wrote ceased to be in her handwriting and were typewritten and she didn’t use (or did) use letterhead stationery. I saw 2 pictures of them but I couldn’t say they looked that different.

      • There is very detailed information that can be read on the internet and in books comparing various photos of both women and comparing examples in differences in behaviour between the two women. I am in no doubt that the Lucia who passed away recently is not the Lucia who saw Our Lady. The lies that have been told about the third secret of Fatima by the imposter have been the Vatican’s attempt to hide the real truth of the secret which apparently predicts something much more devastating for our world. Do your research. You will be shocked at what you uncover.

        • As much as the facial evidence does lead to the two Lucys theory, I cannot accept that she was killed shortly after the 1957 interview, as some have claimed. I can believe that she was silenced and that a doppelganger was used for public appearances. At least I believe that she was alive in 1977 when she had an impromptu meeting with Cardinal Luciani and told him that he would become pope but have a short reign. This is all contained on the Abbe de Nantes site: This is in French but if you go to the English language section you can find the link to the story.
          He was certainly a changed man after that meeting.

    • I have no theory about Sr. Lucia. But I do not believe the Dorothean and the Carmelite sister are the same person.

      • No. Our Lady instructed Sr. Lucy to leave the Dorothean order and enter the Carmelites. This does not mean that the Dorotheans are/were bad, just that Our Lady had other plans for Lucy. The more difficult path, the path of suffering, and the ‘real’ Carmelites have that in spades.

  10. They eyes of the faithful are on you, Dubia Cardinals. I will lose all faith in you if you do not publically issue the Formal Correction soon. Unless you act, the holy Catholic Church of Christ will be destroyed, insofar as that is possible.

  11. The revolution is moving along at a stunning pace. Such bizarre daily occurrences–a love video to the Super Bowl, calling abortion an “interruption of pregnancy” (that seems straight from the pit of Hell), hosting crackpot “scientists” with nefarious agendas at the Vatican, and so much more. It’s like being unable to avert your eyes from a terrible collision on the Interstate.

    Angels and Saints, pray for us, the Church Militant that we will remain strong.

    • The rotten fruit is about to burst open. It will not be pretty, but afterwards there will be a cleansing. This is God’s way of renewing the earth.

      • Yes, God knows the longings of our hearts–that the Church remain that shining beacon of all Truth that will lead His children home.

    • Remember that Bergoglio summarized the abortion issue as a matter of how to treat “the human EMBRYO.” Couldn’t even say “fetus.” (I think this was in the carbon dioxide encyclical.)

  12. Again we see the contraception/abortion mentality in the intimate embrace of adultery and sodomy. It is clear that the enemies of human beings (abortion and euthanasia) are bedfellows with the enemy of being human (Sexual Transhumanism).

    It is a waste of time trying to separate these or consider them as discreet issues. They are not. Therefore, any legislation that aims at being truly pro-life must also, necessarily, be pro-family and pro-human. Sexual Transhumanist laws must be repealed, homosexualism relisted in the catalog of psychological disorders, and abortion and euthanasia re-establish as acts of murder.

    • As these things you describe are directly from Satan, who is the prince of this world, only Our Lady can crush his head, and convert those who are blinded by his evil light.

  13. This reminds me of the famous Monty Python “Cheese Shop” sketch about a cheese shop which apparently has no cheese.

    Life imitating art.

    • As well, The Parrot sketch. The parrot was indeed dead, but the shop owner did his utmost to deny this obvious fact. We cannot deny that the Church has embraced the world. Once we admit this everything falls into place.

  14. So if us peasants in the Church see what is going on, surely to God the clerics who have a ring side seat can see much more clearly. Why in Heavens name are they all so quiet. Are there no men left?

    • Good question!! Men run to the battle…the sound of the guns. Even Cardinal Burke needs, in my opinion, to drop the normal studied, overly peaceful, ecclesiastical demeanor and start acting from their gut, their core, where God’s righteous anger lives!

  15. There is provision in canon law for a pope to abdicate in such circumstances that he is not just physically, but mentally incapacitated to such a degree that he can no longer govern the Church. This provision does not allow for an abdication under duress. Pope Benedict XVI resigned under duress. This calls into question the legitimacy of the Bergoglio pontificate.

    It calls to mind the deathbed prophecy of St. Francis of Assisi; “….. there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal will abound.; the charity of many will grow cold., and the malice of the wicked will increase ….. .there will be very few Christians who will obey the TRUE Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity. At the time of this tribulation, a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death. …… Some preachers will keep silent about the truth; others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days, Jesus Christ will send them, not a true Pastor, but a destroyer.”

    If this was something that someone had recently dredged up, claiming that it came from some long-forgotten archive or other obscure or questionable source, it would hold little or no water. But this prophecy was contained in a book; “Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis of Assisi” published by Washbourne, London; 1882, and written, I believe, by Franciscan priest.

    This is merely my own personal perspective, but while, since the early days of the Bergoglio pontificate, I have resisted the temptation to identify ‘pope’ Francis with “the Destroyer” ….. I simply could not bring myself to do it ….. I now feel that there is no alternative.

    • I sympathize with the idea that Francis is not a true pope. However, I don’t see enough evidence to support it. Sure, there’s a suspicion that Benedict was under duress and thus his abdication was invalid. But we don’t know it or have really any evidence besides what has come after. I’ve seen this prophecy come up a few times over the past couple of years and in the last month or so quite a lot. There is some serious question, though, as to whether it truly is attributable to St. Francis. That said, it sure does seem to speak of times we are going through.

      I’d like to go over some of the reasons for why the idea of Francis being an anti-pope doesn’t really matter at this point in history, and what some solid facts are to refute the idea, but Steve has already done this a few months ago in this article:

      With all the talk going around, I’ve felt like a reread of this might be a good idea for some of the longer readers here, and a first time for new readers as well.

      That said, if Francis really IS an anti-pope, well, that’s makes cleanup afterwards a whole lot easier.

      • Jafin, I take your point, and I sympathise with it to a great extent. We are not privy to the reasons why Benedict XVI abdicated; we were not present when he made that decision and he certainly has not made his reasons public. So, our understanding of it is necessarily subjective, though I do also believe that this does not invalidate it. But of course, we are not dealing with the world of politics where everything is transmitted and suitably spun by a compliant and utterly corrupt media. Having said that, the official media outlets of the Catholic Church have taken on the appearance of a ‘spin machine’ since the Bergoglio ascendancy.

        • They were a spin machine even under BXVI and JP2. Sure, there wasn’t as much manifestly awful coming out then, but there was still some spin. We’re in a unique situation these days… unlike anything before it and, hopefully and God-willing, never again.

      • There is NO DOUBT in my mind as a faithful, properly catechized Catholic, with a well formed conscience according to constant Church Teaching that Francis is a manifest, material, heretical, Modernist. To many like me, he lost the papacy months ago- IF he was ever really VALIDLY elected by the St. Gallen Mafia inside the College of Cardinals in the first place.
        If Francis will not resign immediately, the Four Cardinals and their cardinal supporters MUST immediately make the necessary public declarations warning Francis that he must either fully recant all his oral and written heresies, or face the consequences of having deposed himself from the papacy.
        Enough of this charlatan.

        • Said literally word for word by thousands of sedevacantists about Pope Saint John XXIII or Pope Blessed Paul VI. Why should anyone take your word over theirs?

          • Missing my point. You sound exactly like my mother-in-law did when she declared that JPII was a MANIFEST heretic. What makes you right and my mother-in-law wrong?

    • That “deathbed prophecy” attributed to St. Francis is widespread (just like the “prayer of St. Francis”), but is not genuine.

      • By whose authority do you declare it so decisively to be false? Please, for all our sakes, give us the benefit of your wisdom.

          • Stewart, here is a syllogism for you:

            1. No reasonable person asks for proof of a negative.
            2. Stewart has asked me to prove a negative.
            3. (I leave it to you to complete, as an exercise)

          • I realise that this is probably a futile exercise, but you stated categorically that the prophecy attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, contained in a book published 135 years ago, is not genuine. I, quite reasonably, asked you on what authority you you based this categorical assertion, and you demand that it is for others to prove you wrong. Without offering anything at all to substantiate your case. OK; Ah hear yiew talkin’ Remus-Baby

          • Sorry, your transparent attempt at inversion is a failure. It is not reasonable of you to ask someone to prove a negative. It’s clear you’re wholly unable to substantiate your fake quote, or you’d have done it by now.

            Show me an attribution closer to 900 years old, as opposed to your risible 135 years. Till then stop wasting my time.

          • So, I am “wasting your time”. Did I somehow compel you to embark upon this puerile enterprise? I merely referenced a quote that is attributed to St, Francis of Assisi. I never attempted to establish its authenticity. You responded by declaring it to be false. Not of uncertain authenticity, but “not genuine”. I asked you, quite reasonably, to explain how you know this, with such apparently unshakable certainty. You come back at me, stating that “the burden of proof rests with me.” Prove what? I never asserted anything about that alleged prophecy; I merely referenced it. You, on the other hand, made a dogmatic assertion regarding its veracity.

            And I am wasting your time? You obviously have a great deal of time to devote to playing stupid games.

          • I am asserting that your quote cannot be located in any pre-modern source. If you think you can prove me wrong, knock yourself out.

  16. February 1, 2017 ( – In another in a long stream of apparent attacks on his critics, Pope Francis gave a homily last week accusing Christians who avoid taking risks out of concern for the Ten Commandments as suffering from “cowardliness,” warning that such people become “paralyzed” and unable to “go forward.”

    “‘Not taking risks, please, no… prudence…Obeying all the commandments, all of them…,’” the pope said, characterizing the thinking of such Christians. “Yes, it’s true, but this paralyzes you too, it makes you forget so many graces received, it takes away memory, it takes away hope, because it doesn’t allow you to go forward.”

    Such people become “confined souls” who suffer from the sin of “cowardice,” the pope added. “And the presen[ce] of a Christian, of such a Christian, is like when one goes along the street and an unexpected rain comes, and the garment is not so good and the fabric shrinks…Confined souls…This is cowardliness: this is the sin against memory, courage, patience, and hope.”

    • You can’t even make up this stuff. We now can’t go forward by following the Ten Commandments. WTheck does he mean by ‘go forward’? This is obscure and meaningless language and anyone who is half smart should see this. Heck, I want to get to Heaven thanks. He is trying to destroy the basic beliefs – the foundations – of our faith in Christ our Saviour. Fake Francis is on a mission to destroy the Catholic Church. This is clear as crystal.

      • Good morning Teresa,

        This “go forward” language is deeply diabolical. It is a perennial weapon of those who hate Christ Jesus our Lord and God. That language, go forward, speaks to the present as being miserable and despicable and suggests that all one has to do is advance out of the chains of the present moment, that which is the ONLY moment in time that Almighty God gives us to glorify Him in all that we say and do, and one will find “happiness”. That same language, “go forward”, also suggests that any suffering of the human person is simply intolerable as we can only suffer in the here and now, this moment, so “go forward” and leave all your suffering behind. While at once, “go forward”, is a clarion call for unmitigated violence and its attendant suffering, as it suggests that man has all the answers to rectify that which ails him. This completely destroys the Reality of grace. It suggests that we are simply trapped in the “here and now” and if we can only see through the fog of the present moment and hope in this world and its “evolutionary” future, we will all be just fine. This lie of “go forward” is steeped in the belief that man indeed does “evolve” and all we have to do is believe in what the Luciferian Gnostics tell us to do and we will all be well. This language has powered every revolution, from the Fall of Lucifer, to the American and the Bolshevik, etc., as it is based in the ideology of “non-Servium”, rooted in pride.

        The man who claims the Chair of Saint Peter, as the Vicar of Christ in this world, is indeed a revolutionary, as all of his language is supported by this philosophy, which is perfectly contrary to the teachings of the authentic Magisterium. I pray this helps. In caritas.

    • He is REALLY on the move, isn’t he??? The man goes for the jugular, attacking the character of the faithful who desire to follow Christ and His Divine Laws.

    • What is really sad is that what Francis says mostly makes no sense at all. Why do we keep trying to pick apart this blather when there is nothing to find? Sin against memory? What the hell does that mean? A raincoat that does not keep out the rain because it’s not a good raincoat and it shrinks? This is confining a soul? Is that because the raincoat is smaller and the wearer is now confined? This just crap!

      • Absolutely right Barbara. But is it just the incoherent blather or the ramblings of a seriously deranged man?

      • Absolutely agree Barbara. There are many of his sermons that I have read that just don’t even make sense, let alone contain the Word of God. His metaphors are plain stupid and have no point. I too, was trying make sense of the raincoat one, but I threw in the towel on that!

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