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Video: New Interview With Bishop Schneider

Our friends at The Remnant posted a video over the weekend offering 20 minutes of an interview Editor Michael Matt did with Bishop Athanasius Schneider before the recent Catholic Identity Conference. Although the full video is only available to those who have purchased an on-demand pass to the talks of the CIC, what is laid out here is nevertheless worth your time.

The bishop is unflinching in his opposition to communion for the divorced and remarried. He is as clear in his conviction that the pope has limits to his authority as he is in our duty to pray for him. He affirms that the acts of correction that have been published by cardinals, bishops, clergy and laymen are true acts of charity to the pope, and that those providing these corrections are the pope’s only true friends. He also admits that from the time of the Second Vatican Council, there was an attempted rupture with tradition, creating the impression that there was a new Church — “and this is contrary to the spirit of the apostles, and of Christ, and of the entire tradition. The Church is always the same. We cannot say “Now we start a new type of the Church.”

In another segment, dealing specifically with the problems presented by Pope Francis, Bishop Schneider says:

“[T]he pope cannot impose [on] us a wrong doctrine in his quality as…when he would speak ex cathedra — this is impossible, so, this is a dogma of faith, and…God will not permit this — otherwise, the gates of hell would prevail [against] the Church. But Our Lord said to Peter, ‘The Gates of hell will not prevail this rock’…I mean, the Holy See of Peter. Ultimately not. And so we have to believe in this, even when temporarily we are living in a darkness, and when temporarily the pope is not confirming us in the constant and unchanging truth of the Church, we have nevertheless to pray for him, and say, ‘I know…in Whom I believe. I know. I know the Catholic Faith.’ We have to be very sure and firm in our convictions.”

To hear a bishop speak so directly — but with authentic faith — on these matters is something you don’t want to miss.


112 thoughts on “Video: New Interview With Bishop Schneider”

  1. Thank you Bishop Scheider for serving the Church with Fidelity and Compassion !

    We often forget to say Thank you to those who have done well. So thank you ! Gratitude is important.

      • It’s almost Thanksgiving Time in the US, and so… .here are some bright spots to be thankful for.

        The 35 and Under Crop of Priests are Vibrant, Passionate about their Faith, and Orthodox. Diverse as well. In many parts of the US, Vocations are Growing, Parishes are popping up, and packed.

        We have to remember the Basics. Which is Jesus. Who came to this Earth to save us from Sin so that we might have Eternal Life. He comes to us through his Word and HIs Body.

        • There isn’t a seminary in this country — with the exception of the SSPX’s St. Thomas Aquinas — that teaches Catholic orthodoxy (yes, I’m including the FSSP seminary; they got rid of Fr. Chad Ripperger from the faculty years ago because he was too traditional in his philosophical and theological positions).How would these young priests be orthodox? Well intentioned, maybe; passionate, probably. The problem is that they think they possess the ancient Faith; they do not. That will be an increasing problem going forward.

  2. Very well said…..

    (14:45 thru 15:50)

    Michael Matt: “What do we do? As heads of families trying to keep the Faith? What do we do?”

    Bishop Schneider: “Yes, we have to stick on the Truth which we know. We have to keep the Truth, which we know and this is written in the Catechism. And this is unchangeable.

    “So, where to be? I think we have to change in some way our view of the ministry of the Pope. The Pope is not the Church, and the Faith is not the private property of the Pope. He’s only Administrator. The Faith belongs to the entire Church.

    “The Pope cannot say, ‘No, I will change this. I will make this..’ No! He is an Administrator. He is the First Servant. And this belongs to all the Chuch. …/… The Church is ultimately not in the hands of the Pope.”


    • I agree, but that still doesn’t stop our churches from being taken over by left wing Anti Catholic Bishops, Priests and Catechists, what are we supposed to do about them? They have our churches, they have hijacked our parishes, which we and our families have paid for? Are we supposed to just let them have it? Meanwhile we have no financial means to fight the evil in the world as our Catholic funding is being given to organizations to fight Catholic ideals. That’s the question that these Bidhops are not answering because they won’t just admit we have Anti Catholics in positions of power.

      • Paul, what are we supposed to do? Live our lives as holy people who draw others to us. The clap-trap pseudo religion found in many parishes is old and stale now. People are looking for TRUE conversion. They’re tired of the sappy, “God LUVS you no matter what you do” homilies.

        God calls each one of us to be holy, as He is holy. Does everything you do or say reflect honor and glorify God? Lead them, Paul. Live your life so that others are drawn to your peaceful and holy demeanor. No rancor about what “they” are doing wrong — just exude holiness and they will follow you.

  3. The problem is that there is a lack of supernatural faith with those who have and are pushing for these new changes disguised in ambiguity.

    • I believe that the Lord is calling ALL of us to Supernatural Faith. We must trust that He is Sovereign and has a PLAN!

      Thank goodness He’s God….and I’m NOT!

  4. It’s fitting that this lone voice of sanity would be Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, a wilderness of a country in central Asia which is over 90% Muslim and where Catholics make up a minuscule fraction of the population. This place is irrelevant to the thinking of Francis and his wingmen, situated as it is at the ends of the earth and in purely human terms, it is a complete backwater. Talk about “going to the peripheries”! This is one “periphery” which does not concern El Lider Maximo.

    The leaders of the great metropolitan Sees in the US, on the other hand, are too busy groveling before the zeitgeist and busily trying to ensure that the Church is subsumed into the decaying culture which surrounds them. Their words are largely worthless. God always chooses those who, by worldly standards, are inconsequential.

    • I have long marvelled at the crass stumping for the “peripheries” done by PF. Indeed, he blatantly plays to the wealthiest and most worldly-influential of “Catholic” leaders, all the while pretending to be the champion of the poor and the marginalized.

      There couldn’t be a farther-removed and marginalized leader of the Church today than Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

      We on the actual periphery appreciate him and his love for our Lord and Savior and his honest, direct speech muchly!

  5. Bishop Schneider is great. However, he is no match for the devil. Lucifer no longer slinks around at midnight. He is walking with a “suit and tie” in the broad light of noon. Here is what Bishop Schneider is coping with: “dissolution of the Catholic Church”, “dissolution of organized religion”, and a “new spiritual belief system based on world unity”. Sure and begorah, I am a fan of St. Patrick. He is dead as Bishop Schneider will soon be. For some inexplicable reason, God has abandoned his people much like the Israelites had to wander in the desert for forty years.

    • God didn’t abandon the Israelites for 40 years. They were too stubborn and pigheaded to see their own pride so God made them wander until each person in that generation died off before their progeny saw the Promised Land.

      Seems like we’re going through the same kind of cleansing now. Stubborn and pigheaded.

      God DOES NOT abandon His people. You are just seeing Him through the wrong lens, JBQ21.

      • That is your take. I say that God abandoned them temporarily. “Stubborn and pigheaded” is in the eye of the beholder”. What matters is God’s interpretation. This was before the redemption and the appearance of Christ.—Satan is more than a match for Schneider. It is Schneider’s humility which overcome the devil. Satan fears no man nor woman for that matter. That is why he rebelled against God in the first place. He resented Christ being made man which is an inferior species.

        • I repeat….God DID not abandon His people and He HAS not abandoned His people today.

          Please read the book of Exodus again. You’ll find that God was gracious and merciful to His people, leading them out of slavery in Egypt. But, He is a jealous God. Read it again, JBQ21. It is one of the most pivotal stories in the Bible — and one we should all know well and take to heart.

          • No. He did not. That is what we are telling you. That interpretation is wrong. He did not abandon the Israelites and He has not abandoned us. I echo the previous commenter: read Exodus again. God guides the Israelites every step of the way, even as they refuse Him and forget Him and continue to return to idolatry. He never abandons them.

          • Sorry, good buddy. He abandoned them. That is why they wandered in the desert for 40 years.—According to the writings of Malachi Martin, Christ has abandoned the modern Catholic Church. He is allowing them to be taken into chains and sold as slaves just like the Israelites. From every indication, it will be Islam which brings modern Christianity to its knees for preaching immorality as virtue. There is every indication to believe that Francis will “pay the price” as evidently predicted in the Third Secret of Fatima.

          • ◄ Psalm 94 ►
            Douay-Rheims Bible
            The Lord Will Not Forget His People

            1The Lord is the God to whom revenge belongeth: the God of revenge hath acted freely.

            2Lift up thyself, thou that judgest the earth: render a reward to the proud.

            3How long shall sinners, O Lord: how long shall sinners glory?

            4Shall they utter, and speak iniquity: shall all speak who work injustice?

            5Thy people, O Lord, they have brought low: and they have afflicted thy inheritance.

            6They have slain the widow and the stranger: and they have murdered the fatherless.

            7And they have said: The Lord shall not see: neither shall the God of Jacob understand.

            8Understand, ye senseless among the people: and, you fools, be wise at last.

            9He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? or he that formed the eye, doth he not consider?

            10He that chastiseth nations, shall he not rebuke: he that teacheth man knowledge?

            11The Lord knoweth the thoughts of men, that they are vain.

            12Blessed is the man whom thou shalt instruct, O Lord: and shalt teach him out of thy law.

            13That thou mayst give him rest from the evil days: till a pit be dug for the wicked.

            14For the Lord will not cast off his people: neither will he forsake his own inheritance.

            15Until justice be turned into judgment: and they that are near it are all the upright in hear16Who shall rise up for me against the evildoers? or who shall stand with me against the workers of iniquity?

            17Unless the Lord had been my helper, my soul had almost dwelt in hell.

            18If I said: My foot is moved: thy mercy, O Lord, assisted me.

            19According to the multitude of my sorrows in my heart, thy comforts have given joy to my so20Doth the seat of iniquity stick to thee, who framest labour in commandment?

            21They will hunt after the soul of the just, and will condemn innocent blood.

            22But the Lord is my refuge: and my God the help of my hope.

            23And he will render them their iniquity: and in their malice he will destroy them: the Lord our God will destroy them.

            Douay-Rheims Bible

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          • What JBQ21 observes is on the surface a sound description of what he/she sees. I think there are many who see the same thing. It is hard not to. The Church doesn’t just “have a bad Pope”. It’s worse than that. Local, and now increasingly the centralized bureaucracy of the institutional Church in many places now fronts and advances evil through the encouragement of diabolical associations and organizations {UN departments, policy, ecumenical activity, etc}. You know the drill. Evil is everywhere and denial or embarrassment of the perennial Magesterium is pervasive among Catholics.

            All of this is grim, to be sure, and certainly reflects the “religious deception” we read about in CCC 675.

            All of this could be said to have occurred before during the time of Christ.

            But a paradox remains;

            Read Romans 11 for a template of what we face today with the Catholic Church.

            Where JB goes wrong is that GOD has not “abandoned” His people. His PEOPLE have largely abandoned HIM. The very real consequences for that abandonment are not indicative of God’s abandonment of US, they are an indication of the full reality of what personal choice of a multitude can do.

            II Chronicles 7:14 reminds even us that salvation is always available. And it still is. Even for the Catholic Church!

            So by faith we look to God for salvation.

            NOT ONE of those greats of the Bible listed in Hebrews 11 saw the fulfillment of God’s plan or the full holiness of His people. Yet they remained in faith.

            So we wait in FAITH and remain steadfast in obedience. Not relying on the actions and lives and testimony of others for our grounding in faith. We must refuse the temptation of saying: “The Pope doesn’t care about morality and doctrine, so why should I?”. No, WE must rely on the grace of God in spite of this desert we wander in, feeding off that daily manna, the Bread of Life, our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, doing what we can by the strength of that manna to remain firm, full in the knowledge God will return and we will be ready, wicks trimmed, still, little as we may be able, bringing light to a very dark world.

            And better still, all the while, being THANKFUL for all He has done for us.

            “And let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful.
            Colossians 3:15 DRA”

          • God abandoned His people in the desert for 40 years. He has abandoned His people today. He has withdrawn support for a corrupt Church. There will be an intervention according to the Third Secret. It will be something like Islam invading Rome and the killing of the pope.—The released version even says that a “bishop in white” will be murdered with “guns and arrows”. The arrows could be missiles and John Paul II did not die. There are “hills” which are likely the seven hills of Rome.

          • You can repeat an error innumerable times without making it right.

            God CHASTISED His people in the wilderness.

            Had He ABANDONED them they would have ceased to exist.

            That they did exist {and still do} disproves your assertion completely.

            Here God speaks to His people…those of faith;

            “8 And the Lord who is your leader, he himself will be with thee: he will not leave thee, nor forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8

            And there always have been those of faith…sometimes very few; Noah, Joshua, Caleb, the Maccabees, the Apostles, and US who believe.

            So speak of your “Abandoning God” for yourself.

          • God abandoned his people the Israelites and allowed them to be sold into slavery.. The same is happening in this country. Nothing more than barbarians have taken over the radical left and wish to destroy Christianity. God is allowing this to happen and instead of “fighting back” as John Paul II did, the terrified Catholic hierarchy is engaging in the same types of debauchery as those who are attacking them.

          • God does not abandon His People. To say that to is declare that God is Evil and does not Keep His promises. God does abandon those who abandon Him, even when they claim to be His people, but only after a great period of patience. And even then, He always calls the remant back to Himself.

            2 Timothy 2:10-15:”Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with its eternal glory. The saying is sure:

            If we have died with him, we shall also live with him;
            if we endure, we shall also reign with him;
            if we deny him, he also will deny us;
            if we are faithless, he remains faithful—

            for he cannot deny himself.

          • Also Hebrews 6:

            [17] Wherein God, meaning more abundantly to shew to the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed an oath: [18] That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have the strongest comfort, who have fled for refuge to hold fast the hope set before us.

          • There is no doubt that God has abandoned His people. That is why he is allowing the Church to die with a false pope as its leader.

          • There is a difference between an abandonment and a chastisement. Despite multiple references to scripture and the teachings of the Church, JBQ21 will not admit to this distinction. The use here of the word “abandoned” is grotesque and contrary to the Church.

            Perhaps he or she fails to recognize this distinction. This would show an alarming, possibly inexcusable ignorance.

            Either way, in holding obstinately to this position, he or she contradicts the very words of Christ:

            “…and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”

          • If you read Malachi Martin who read the Third Secret in the original Portuguese, he says the same thing. God has allowed the devil to infiltrate the Church. Now, you read the reason why. We don’t know.

          • Declaring Francis to be a false pope is a violation of the comment policy here; please delete your comment, and be advised that posting additional comments like this will get you banned.

          • “The truth, you can’t handle the truth”, Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men”. Just what would you call a pontiff who preaches heresy in “Amoris Laetitia”? This espouses the acceptance of “adultery, fornication, and sodomy”. Everything that I espouse in writing is “lifted from the writings of Malachi Martin” who died in 1999, was a former Jesuit who read the Third Secret in the original Portuguese, and predicted a future “false Jesuit pope”. — The Third Secret evidently prophesies an apostate pope. I say that we have him. There is also a prediction that a “bishop in white” will be murdered. It was not John Paul and recent videos may point to Francis.—The espousal of Liberation Theology and an obvious alliance with the radical Democrats and international Communism should be enough to espouse his removal. His surrounding with openly gay advisers should be enough to accuse him of sin. His friendly attitude toward abortionists should make one pause.—-Thank you for the opportunity to “sharpen my pen” on this site. Actually no young guy living in an ivory tower will intimidate me. Have a good day and your site is nothing more than a “paper tiger” and obviously infiltrated by progressives who spoil everything they touch.—I attended the farewell Mass in August of 2008 at the St. Louis Cathedral. As his group came marching in, I was privy to a supernatural event in support of him. Subsequently, I was able to receive emails from the chancery stating that he was removed by the Vatican and progressives which had put pressure on Benedict.—-Therefore, why would I let some “stuffed shirt” keep me from my “appointed rounds”. Good bye and best wishes.

          • If He abandoned them, they would not have had the Ark of the Covenant or the Tabernacle with the Holy of Holies wherein the glory of God shone forth. Sorry, but they were not abandoned. God never abandons his people.

          • Show me one Saint who has ever claimed that God abandoned His people. It is the opposite. And God always leaves a Faithful remnant who do not abandon Him and He Himself always comes to their rescue: even when they have been crucified.

          • Paul and JBQ21, I won’t be able to say this well, and hopefully Fr. RP or someone else will be able to expound this further: But Jesus’ quoting Psalm 21 (22) on the Cross is NOT interpreted, according to Church tradition, as God literally abandoning Jesus. In fact, while He was in His greatest distress, He was still infinitely joyful in the deepest part of His soul, enjoying the Beatific Vision. Shoot, I have heard that tradition says He continued reciting the whole Psalm, and look how that Psalm ends – jubilantly and victoriously. Jesus’ distress and suffering on the Cross only reflects the weakness of human nature, and perhaps a way of putting it would be that His reciting that verse was some sort of spontaneous expression of the grief and suffering He experienced, especially in His human nature.

            In any case, Paul, the souls in Hell are not part of the people of God. Of course He “abandons” those who have chosen to be cast into eternal fire. As for people still in their earthly life who are obstinately unfaithful to God, I suppose it could be said that in a certain sense God “abandons” them to the consequences of their own choices – but still, never, EVER does God leave a soul still in this life without the opportunity and/or ability to repent and go back to Him.

          • Psst….Paul? Keep this between you and me….don’t share it with anyone else.

            That site? The “” site? It’s not Catholic. As a matter of fact, on their own website they say: “The Bible Study site is a wholly independent outreach that is not owned, operated, sponsored, aligned with or controlled in any way whatsoever by any church, group or religious denomination. The site and its volunteers are not Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Seventh-Day Adventists, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, and so on. We are simply non-aligned Christians doing our best to understand the Bible and serve the great God who made all things.” Check it out:

            You might want to use Catholic sources when you’re arguing with Catholics on a Catholic website about how Catholics interpret the Bible.

            Just sayin’.

          • Thanks GrannyA, notes will use the Douay Rheims website for future Biblical quotes. But having said that you will find that Jesus still said this, very mysterious, I wonder why he said it.

          • Yes, Paul, it is very mysterious and has been debated for centuries.

            As I understand it, Jesus was quoting the first line of Psalm 22. Back in Jesus’ day, Jews memorized Scripture because most could not read. So, just as someone today could say “Mary had a little lamb…” you could recite the rest of the poem.

            By reciting “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” all those within hearing distance would have known Jesus was reciting the 22nd Psalm and would have reflected on it. I am not going to type the whole Psalm, but here are the first five verses:

            “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
            Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.
            O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
            And by night, but I have no rest.
            Yet You are holy,
            O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
            In You our fathers trusted;
            They trusted and you delivered them.
            To You they cried out and were delivered;
            In You they trusted and were not disappointed.”

            The Psalm goes on to sing praises to God, which the hearers of this Psalm, in that day, would have understood.

            By the way, I don’t use the Douay Rheims Bible. My brain can’t process all those “thy” and “thous.” There are many good Catholic Bibles out there. But, for reference material, you can’t beat the Catechism or even the libraries of EWTN or other good Catholic resources.

          • May I ask Which Catechism do you use? I bought the JP2 Catechism but I don’t understand why it states (section 819) that Gods uses other “Christian “ religions and churches as a means to salvation when in the past it stated there is no salvation outside the Roman Catholic Church . And it states many elements of Truth are found outside the Catholic Church, If that is the case then why do we need to be Catholics?

          • I use the same Catechism as you do: The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Edition. And, to address your question about #819 (and those preceding it), the best answer I can give is that the Deposit of Faith was given to The Church, which became known as Catholicism. After the great DeFormation, to the extent to which other Christian faiths acknowledge and adhere to that Deposit of Faith, they share in Sanctifying Grace.

            Think of it this way: The ENTIRE Deposit of Faith, which is held in the CC, consists of a large pitcher of blood — Christ’s Blood. You have a table wherein sits that pitcher, surrounded by crystal glasses. Each of those glasses holds SOME of Christ’s Blood, but also have impurities in them which water down that Blood. Some are almost full of His Blood while others barely have any Blood in them at all. To the extent that those glasses (other Christian churches) contain and teach the Truth found in Christ’s Blood, they have Sanctifying Grace in them.

            That is why it is said that the “fullness” of Truth is only found in the Catholic Church.

            Paul, I am no theologian. There are no initials behind my name. I just know that God sees our hearts. He knows our faults and the extent to which we strive to please Him with every ounce of our being.

            I firmly believe — with all my heart — that you can find many staunch, orthodox Catholics who dot every i and cross every t when it comes to rubrics, but who perform out of a hardened heart which feels that their adherence to the rules will be their entrance ticket to heaven. They become haughty and proud of their ability to spout Latin or sing polyphony. They get great satisfaction out of critiquing others.

            And then there are those who don’t know a word of Latin or who don’t even belong to the Catholic Church who have a deep and abiding love for God that transcends their very being and governs their every word. They strive to live holy lives not because they are afraid of hell, but because they fully understand that to sin is to hurt God, which devastates their soul.

            Which person is more pleasing to God and has a better chance of attaining heaven? The answer to that is another great reason why I’m so happy that God is God and I’m NOT! I trust Him to be the Just Judge, as I know I’m too feeble-minded to figure it out.

          • Thanks for your answer, I am also no theologian , the Catholic Church used to teach that outside the Catholic Church there is NO salvation. This cannot change otherwise what the church has been teaching for centuries was a lie. But to add some other thoughts, some Christians believe Abortion is a gift from God, they believe Christ is not present in Holy Communion, if all these also get to heaven then what is the point of having any rules from the Catholic Church if they are not to be taken seriously by all People. I am concerned that most people think everyone goes to heaven, in the past the church did not teach that, Truth is not supposed to change

          • Not being a theologian, as I understand it, a Dogma can’t be changed. There are many things which the Church teaches which don’t fall into the “Dogma” category. I believe this is one of them.

            HOWEVER, when you realize that Jesus doesn’t contradict Himself, it’s easier to understand that His message is clear — what is in our hearts matters more than our theological home. Look at the case of the Centurion in Luke, Chapter 7, versus 1-10. The Centurion was not a Jew and yet, when Jesus healed his servant, Jesus said: “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” Or, look at the story of the woman who was hemorrhaging and touched Jesus’ cloak. Or the woman who had the audacity to challenge Jesus, saying that even dogs get scraps from the Master’s table. None of these people had the “right religion,” yet each of them were praised for their faith in Him. The NT is replete with similar scenarios which show the heart matters more to God than the head. Jesus was notorious for chastising the elite Church members for their sanctimonious behavior whilst harboring sin in their hearts.

            So, in context, it is easy for me to understand how the Church can teach that Sanctifying Grace — the Grace necessary for Salvation — is available outside of the Catholic Church. It is a Gift from God and…..(tongue planted firmly in cheek)….”Who are we to judge?”

            As a matter of fact, Paul, God has made it pretty clear to me that we are not to be so concerned with other people’s Salvation. We have enough work to do on our own behavior! (At least me, anyway!)

            God is so sweet to me that He plops different Bible verses in my head when I least expect it. Thank GOD for the internet as I used to pour over the Bible for days looking for a specific passage He’d laid on my heart. BUT…here’s a testimony to His cleverness — I’ve read many Books in the Bible I wouldn’t have read otherwise!! (Now I cheat and run to Google where I can usually find the Passage in seconds!!)

            He has made it clear that I am so very inferior in my ability to judge that I shouldn’t even try! (Isaiah 55:9) “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.” Okay….got it, God! I defer ALL things to You.

            For example, a few months ago I was questioning Him about the results of something, asking Him why it turned out the way it did — and NOT the way I expected. He quickly placed on my heart “Where were YOU when I created the Heavens?” I chuckled as I knew immediately that this was from the Book of Job — my favorite Book in the Bible. Gulp! Okay, God…You’re right. I’m not….again. I can’t tell you how many hundreds of times God has done things like this to me over the years.

            My point in saying all this is that God has a very playful and yet incredible way of dealing with us when we go to Him with our hearts. He’s not particularly impressed with our intellectual musings, but wants child-like Faith that HE has the answers and we don’t. He WILL teach us and He WILL transform us, if we let Him. That’s the key. Putting aside our pride and truly submitting to Him. He wants to meet us in the quiet of our hearts which, with discipline, can achieve a closeness that is unsurpassable to anything the earth offers us. He longs for this relationship with each one of us.

            That’s why I know that God isn’t impressed when we try to discern who is worthy of Salvation. It’s not our job. It’s His. It reminds me of the verse in Matthew 7 (verses 3 & 5): “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

            I have a lot of log-pulling to do before I can begin to concentrate on my neighbor’s speck.

          • Your comments make me wonder why God wanted his son to be crucified and die for our sins, and why he even bothered to make a Catholic Church , if any one will do. Don’t tell me you also feel the 10 commandments are only the ten suggestions and let me guess, no one goes to hell? So God is very playful is he? So while he is playing with you, millions of children are being aborted each year, but abortion is that wrong for someone like you, let’s not judge eh? Sorry but I think you are focus to much on the Modern idea that God is my buddy, and not enough on the actual Truth that God is Our Father our Lord and Master.

          • Paul, your response really saddens me because it shows that you’re not reading what I’m saying, but reading things INTO what I am saying.

            Every single sentence in your response is flat-out wrong about me and what I believe — never mind what I said, which I thought was pretty clear.

            I have no desire to give you my bona fides, but I am 100% Catholic thru and thru. I don’t know if you can go back and read my posts here on 1P5, but if you have seen what I’ve written, you’ll see that I am no friend of PF and every single post I’ve written lines up fully with what the Catholic Church teaches and has always taught.

            And just to clarify my statement about God being “playful,” DO NOT misinterpret what I was saying! God is not a toy or a puppet that can be played with. He is a jealous God who wants ALL of our heart, mind and soul to be focused on Him.

            When you live your life, to the best of your ability, in total surrender to Him and His Divine Will, there is a relationship which is built up which is profoundly personal and joy-filled. You are able to hear God even when there is a cacophony of noise around you and you delight in talking with God all day long.

            WHEN that happens, you will see that God enjoys sending sweet surprises your way….just to let you know that He is thinking about you. It’s an incredible way to live, Paul, and I have hundreds of examples of God being “playful” with me in that way.

            So….to wrap it up since this will be my last post on this subject because the previous posts I’ve made haven’t seemed to make my point clearly enough….

            God doesn’t want us to be focused on OTHER people’s salvation. He wants us to focus on our OWN salvation. Don’t spend so much time worrying about what other religions believe and whether they warrant heaven. That doesn’t impress God. He wants you to focus on your own sins and ways you can grow closer to Him before you die. That’s it.

          • I take back my promise not to post on this subject again, but today’s Gospel reading for Thanksgiving was just one more Bible verse which points out that Jesus was willing to save those who were not part of the “chosen” religion. Luke 17:11-19 talks about the ten lepers who were healed. Only one, the Samaritan, came back and fell at the feet of Jesus, thanking Him. Verse 19 says “Then He said to him, ‘Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.'”

            Was Jesus kidding? A Samaritan? That pagan-worshipping heathen?! How could Jesus tell this guy that he was “saved”?

            Because He’s God.

            As I said above and in numerous other places, God is interested in what’s inside our hearts. He ALONE gets to judge who gets into heaven; not us. Many a person who adheres to the “right” religion will see the fires of hell due to the state of their hearts. Mary gave that promise to the children of Fatima. And I trust Mary.

          • JB, there are many different translations of the Bible which have been approved by the Catholic Church. Check out the USCCB website for a list:

            I personally get quickly sidetracked and lose my concentration when I’m trying to read a translation which has a slew of “thous” and “shalls” in it.

          • I had 4 years of high school and 2 years of college Latin. It makes sense to me. Medicine and Law both have a heavy basis for Latin use. Surprisingly, it is the Church which is making a fool of itself by throwing out Latin. Even “Amoris Laetitia” needs to be analyzed in the original Latin and not by using questionable translations.

          • I’m betting that you grew up speaking Vietnamese. Latin is a “dead language” but great as a foundation for Romance languages such as Spanish, Italian, and French.

          • There is a Vietnamese Parish (Resurrection) here in St. Louis. The parish was close to being shut down. It was then given to the Vietnamese. It is in one of the most deadly areas of the City. They were given something no one else wanted.—There was a deadly incident where an older gentleman was walking home from the store with his wife. He was waylaid by a group of African-Americans and died protecting his wife. They knew that he had no money and killed him anyway. There was not a peep from the archdiocese. The idea was to not rile up the African-American barbarian community.—-I am a Vietnam era Navy veteran who served on the East Coast during the war. The ship on which I served had just returned from a tour in Vietnam. I had actually been selected to participate in a flight training program for service in Vietnam. This was rescinded over health issues.—The Vietnamese are known for their piety and fervor. I attended Mass and was shocked to see some six young nuns helping at the Mass. They are traditional and very much in danger of being compromised and infiltrated and subverted by the modern Church here in the Midwest.—I try to support the parish where I can.

          • In Missouri, In Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, There is a Congregation of Vietnamese Priests, they are a Religious Order who focus on serving Vietnamese Parishes in the US…. and in some cases, just normal American Parishes.

            They host this Gigantic Festival called Marian Days where over 200,000 Vietnamese Catholics come and honor Our Lady…. Masses and Prayers… Oh my gosh it is huge.

          • I attended a religious high school in Cape Girardeau and then two years of college at a seminary in Perryville. The new bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is Edward Rice from St. Louis. He is a good and dedicated bishop. Let’s hope and pray that he is one of those who can lead us out of this mess.

          • He appointed Edward Rice who was pastor of St. John the Baptist in South St. Louis before his selection as an auxiliary bishop.

          • When Moses came down with the Ten Commandments, his people had abandoned Him by building the golden calf to a false God. He then abandoned them and allowed them to wander in the desert for 40 years.—When Christ wad dying on the cross, he exclaimed loudly “my God, my God, why hast thou abandoned Me?”

        • Satan is no match for any Holy Man or Woman. You are wrong in that assertion. Every Holy Man and Woman has for their the Strength the Holy and Undivided Trinity as well as every Angel and Saint. Satan is scared to death of men like Bishop Schneider. You over estimate the enemy of salvation. He is more intelligent than everyman, but God’s holy servants do not rely on themselves nor their intellects, The Almighty Himself is their source of succor, strength and wisdom.

          • Satan is indeed more than a match for any holy man or woman. That is why they wear the breastplate of the Lord. Satan is scared to death (he does not die) of no man (or woman for that matter). He had enough nerve to take on God Himself for daring to give His only begotten Son to the world.—- Faith and fidelity yes. Scared, uh no.

          • Sorry, but you do not know of what you speak. You are ignorant of the truth and you give far to much credence to the power of the enemy of souls. The most feeble minded of the Saints crushed Satan and all of his vile minions and they continue to do so daily.

            Show me where this teaching of yours comes from. The Holy Catholic Church teaches everyone to recognize the power of Satan and that he is far more intelligent than they are, but she also commends everyone to the Power of God and tells them the Truth: That if they walk in the light and submit themselves to God accepting every thing that befalls them as coming from His Holy Hand that nothing can separate them from God.

            Romans 8:31-39: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who is against us? He that spared not even his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how hath he not also, with him, given us all things? Who shall accuse against the elect of God? God that justifieth.

            Who is he that shall condemn? Christ Jesus that died, yea that is risen also again; who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

            Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation? or distress? or famine? or nakedness? or danger? or persecution? or the sword?

            (As it is written: For thy sake we are put to death all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.)

            But in all these things we overcome, because of him that hath loved us.

            For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might,

            Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

          • So, what about that “Culture of Death” in the interpretation of John Paul II? So, now I guess that you are of the “mercy” crowd of our current occupant of the “high chair”. Evil is now labelled as good and the devil has taken control of the “Big House”.

          • I got news for you: He’s NO match for the Most Holy Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary (whose name makes him tremble), let alone Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who Is True God and True Man (and Whose Holy Name strikes terror into the evil one and his minions).

            If you think he’s a match for Them, then I strongly urge you to go to confession as soon as possible.

          • Satan tempted Jesus the Christ. He has a lot of nerve. Of course, Mary stomped him with her heel. I know that story.— You have to understand just why Lucifer went “hell for leather” in the first place. He refused to accept Jesus as God. He was a lowly man.—-God brought the gift of eternal life to man. Man rejected Him. Man (and woman) were then redeemed through the crucifixion.— Man is weak because of his fallen nature. Satan takes advantage of those weaknesses such as pride. Mans needs leadership through such as Fulton J. Sheen and John Paul II. The current crop of “egg heads” whom we call bishops are now accepting of the “father of lies” instead of challenging him.–Man now has no fallen nature and is essentially good. Gay marriage is in the offing and abortion is seen by many as a good. It is now time for the Church to get off its duff and do some leading like Moses.

    • So, when the Israelites wandered in the Desert for Forty years, when did the Manna and the Water run out during their abandonment? When were they left without Holy council? When did the meeting tent not fill with the Holy Presence? When did Moses or Joshua leave them? Moses died according to the Lord’s decree (though some posit that he was translated to Heaven) but did not Joshua and Caleb remain? And did not God lead his Holy People through them into the Promised Land as he said? And also, did He not punish all those who disobeyed Him and did not repent as He said He would?

      If I believed as you, I would have left the priesthood long ago.

      • Amen, Father. I don’t think I could continue to be a Christ-believer if I thought that God was capricious. He is Faithful, even when we are not. There is so much evidence of this in Scripture. You laid out a beautiful rendition of God’s mercy there… could someone believe that God abandoned His people with so much evidence to the contrary?

        • Christ will never abandon his Church. I mean….. His Promise to Peter would be a Lie then. But he did say that the Church will face challenges and that we will have to face them.

      • You have a personal relationship with God which our current “sheep herder” has declared as anathema. You are of the Fulton J. Sheen generation. In the writings of Malachi Martin, it is discussed that God has abandoned His Church and that a remnant will be turned into an underground Church. This will be something like what has been built in China before being sold out by Francis the First in the name of political correctness.

  6. We have to be prepared for the craziest of the craziest scenarios:

    We know the premise 1 to be true, because it is dogmatic from “Chapter 4.6 -On the infallible teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff:

    Premise 1
    “For the Holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by his revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by his assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or deposit of faith transmitted by the apostles.”


    Premise 2 states that Pope Francis is declaring something “ex cathedra” which will be in opposition to previous dogmas.

    Then logical conclusion would be that he is not the pope, but “bispo vestido de branco” as it would be impossible as Bishop Schneider stated:

    “[T]he pope cannot impose [on] us a wrong doctrine in his quality as…when he would speak ex cathedra — this is impossible, so, this is a dogma of faith, and…God will not permit this !

  7. As all of you already know, every Bishop should speak thus. Especially the Bishop of Rome. For now, the See of Peter appears to be helmed by a madman who, for whatever reason (and many could be speculated and given) continues to steer the Bark of Peter into the shoals of modernist destruction.

    I would say this: If the Pope declared as infallible and binding on all the faithful anything contra the Deposit of Faith he would most probably not be struck dead, as some would like to believe. Rather, he would be seen to have lost the universal teaching office prior to the declaration (this would be based on His decision to declare something heretical as true doctrine and binding on all the faithful for salvation) . He would be a Public Formal Heretic and immediately deposed from office, and this would be declared to be so from the moment he held the firm intention to bind the Faithful to heresy and would subsequently have lost the office prior to the declaration. The Holy See would be Vacant and whatever faithful cardinals that remain would need to convene a council and elect a successor to the See of Peter. Those who joined themselves to the heretical pontiff and his heretical declaration would be in schism and in union with an anti-pope, should the heretical Pope refuse to admit his heresy and accept his loss of office.

    May the Lord deliver us from those who seek to subvert the Church from within. Amen.

    • Father, who would declare him to be a “Public, Formal and Obdurate Heretic”? Would it be “automatic” wherein there is no formal declaration? If so, I fear a very ugly scene. Indeed….very ugly.

      • In my pathetic opinion, it would be both and. He would automatically cease from office the moment he tried to bind upon the Faithful a Heresy as being De Fide and the faithful Cardinals who remain would also declare him to be a Formal Heretic.

        • Frank Walker of asks in the headline link to this 1P5 story: “What about a FrancisPope?” And you’ve just about summed it up already.

          The headline states, in full, “What about a FrancisPope? – In Remnant interview, Bp. Schneider reminds that it’s impossible for a Pope to impose a wrong doctrine ex cathedra.”

          Well, Frank, if Francis met all four conditions for an infallible pronouncement (and he’s yet to do that), then it would prove, once and for all, that he is not, in fact, a true Pope. I cannot yet embrace that position, yet every day proves to be a challenge against it.

    • And that is precisely why he won’t, he can do more damage by staying vague and letting the rogue Bishops implement the plan of destruction. If he formally declared heresy, it would be easy, we would have a schism and the church would split, two Popes, one the anti Pope, if only it was that easy. What we have is much worse, the enemy is not playing a clean game, he makes everything grey, it’s like playing chess on a grey chess board, his position is never clear , deliberately so.

      • Francis and his henchmen are well aware of all you have stated.

        Their aim is to split the Church!! And what better way, than to provoke and provoke and make it seem as though Burke and Schneider are the ones who cause disruption, are the ones who are unbending, rigid and lack compassion.
        Communistic thinking here at its best! These fiends of the Church, know full well, that most cardinals and bishops and priests and laity will not support Cardinal Burke’s formal correction, and hence, I think Francis will.
        demand from each bishop a sworn loyalty to “him”, King Francis, and will require their priests to do so, as well.
        WE see this happening from a poor priest in Italy as reported by the Remnant.

        The formal correction will bring great pain to many faithful! Perhaps CardinalBurke is trying to avoid, the unavoidable.
        I would imagine he worries very much about the good and faithful priest and the faithful laity who shall under go
        a great spiritual persecution. Yet, what are we to do? Be afraid of these possible consequences, and permit more and more abomination to continue in the Church? Sit and be still and not use the gifts of our faith and intellect, and bodies to defend her? It is like asking a drowning person, not to fight for that breadth of air!
        I humbly agree…..let us walk this Passion of the Church and be unafraid.
        For, if God is with us, who can be against us?
        Let us look to our Mother for that purity of faith, and simplicity of love for our Lord, in whom all things are possible with Him!

    • Key words “whatever faithful Cardinals are left”. For now it appears two. Will the day come when there are none? Maybe some are in hiding? Can you imagine a two Cardinal Conclave? As he continues to put his appointments in the episcopate, he will become more brazen with his heresy.

    • I understand what you are saying Fr. RP, but there is still something I just can’t reconcile in my head. It seems to me that this line of thinking goes too far in the opposite direction of papolatry towards the undermining of the authority of the Pope to the point of someone else always being the arbiter of the Truth of what the Pope says, even an ex cathedra pronouncement. Obviously an ex cathedra pronouncement has to be in line with the perennial magisterium of the Church, but it seems to me that if a true Pope is in office (and I’m not implying here that Pope Francis is not the true Pope) that it would be impossible for him to even make a false ex cathedra pronouncement. Wouldn’t this undermine the true nature of the Pope as being protected by the Holy Spirit as the universal teacher? My line of thinking tells me that if a Pope was able to decide to make a false ex cathedra pronouncement, he was never the Pope to begin with. Maybe I’m off in my thinking, I’m just trying to think this through logically. It’s all very confusing.

      • The real and substantial problem with the Pope being ‘protected’ from making any formal heretical statement is that this means that in some way the pope’s freewill has been limited in a way that is foreign to humanity. So, in some way he is either possessed by God (which is heresy) or he is limited in the excessive of his freewill in a way that know one else is, and not by the constraint of his office binding his conscience but by some interior spiritual force. I do not see how this reflects a Catholic Anthropology. This is why people have posited that the Pope would mysteriously die if he were determined to declare something binding on the Faithful that were indeed heretical, so his freewill remains free. Once again, I am not convinced that that is what would happen, though I submit that it is certainly possible. It seems far more obvious and true to me that the moment the Pope formalized his intention interiorly to bind the faithful to something truly heretical he would cease from office which would be manifested in his act of attempting to bind the faithful to heresy.
        Let us hope we don’t find out. This Pope has already, in my understanding, pushed the envelope of heresy way to far and is directly responsible for allowing and even promoting the growth within the Church.

  8. I do feel that the Interview could have made points more clear. If as Bishop Scheider said „The Church is always the same. We cannot say “Now we start a new type of the Church.”“ did the Vatican 2 council change the wording of „Jesus created the one true church which IS the Roman Catholic Church“ to Jesus created the one true church which SUBSISTS IN the Roman Catholic Church“. Don’t misunderstand me Bishop Schneider is a very good man to have around BUT he is not facing the reality that at the Vatican 2 council it appears what was exactly said is „ now we start a new type of church.“ Steve have you ever come across the Ottiviani intervention concerning the new Mass? Here is a link, the new Mass seemed to meet a lot of resistance which was just ignored by the Pope of V2.

    • Steve have you ever come across the Ottiviani intervention concerning the new Mass?

      I think it’s safe to say that Steve has come across the Ottaviani Intervention – given that OnePeterFive has run numerous pieces referencing it.

  9. It may be “impossible” for the Pope to impose a wrong doctrine ex cathedra, but I wouldn’t take the risk if Jorge Imbroglio happens to occupy the papal throne. Francis is a man who is likely to take such a risk and I wouldn’t wonder at all if on some rainy day in the future he would solemnly declare that civilly divorced and remarried are specifically “called” to receive holy communion, or that priestly celibacy “rightly interpreted” means living together in homosexual unions: “The point is really about being unmarried, you see!”

    At the same time I believe that should anything like this happen, Francis would cease to be Pope at the very moment of declaring such things.

      • Let me tell you.

        For Nashville, It is The Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Louisville. The Rev. Mark Spalding, 52 years old. Has a Canon Law Degree from Louvain Belgium.

        As for Jefferson City, Bishop Gaydos resigned Early today. And so one of the youngest Bishops has been appointed. Fr. Shawn McKnight from the Diocese of Wichita. 49 Years old. He has a Doctorate in Liturgy.

        • Neither name is familiar to me. What is your reading on them? Hoping you won’t tell me they are of “the Cupich persuasion.”

          • Both of them are Rising Stars in the American Church and they are Both Relatively Young so their Impact will be felt for a long time.

            Bishop Elect McKnight is nationally known for being the Secretary for Clergy in the USCCB from 2010 to 2015. He from what I can tell is well respected. The Diocese where he is from aka Wichita is led by a Good Bishop, Carl Kemme.

            As for Bishop Elect Spalding, He’s been consisted a Rising Star for Years now ever since he became Vicar General for Louisville. And he knows Spanish. His Boss, Archbishop Kurtz is known for being more in line with Cupich so…

            I don’t think we can know about their views until they are in the Job for a Few Months.

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