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With Friends Like These Holy Father?

by Dr Pravin Thevathasan

The excellent Dan Hitchens has written a piece in the Catholic Herald entitled "Bishops and women priest campaigners sign letter supporting Pope Francis".(20 October, 2017) Apparently 150 Catholics have launched a statement in support of Pope Francis. I would willingly sign because I believe that when Pope Francis reiterates the constant teachings of the Church on matters of faith and morals, I am called to respectfully obey. Unfortunately, the letter appears to be nothing more than a propaganda stunt for dissenting Catholics. I love these letters since they let us know who these dissenters are. Many of them have already signed the Wijngaards statement dissenting from Church teachings on contraception: Thomas O'Loughlin, Hermann Haring and Norbert Matte, for example.

One signatory has been excommunicated for co-hosting priestless "Masses". Gerard Hughes S.J believes the embryo to be no more than a potential person. Fr Carl Klusmann supports women's ordination. So do Christian Weisner and Bishop Fritz Lobinger. Even the famous philosopher Charles Taylor has criticized the Church for its "rigid moralism" when it comes to teachings on contraception.

Bishop Kevin Dowling is so extreme that his own bishops conference has distanced itself from him for his support of women's ordination. According to Lifesitenews (June14, 2013) he has joined with pro-planned parenthood groups.

Eva Maria Faber was a member of the notorious "shadow synod" that campaigned to overhaul the teachings of the Church on the indissolubility of marriage. Fr Anthony Egan, yet another Jesuit, has a piece in the Southern Cross entitled "The reaffirmation of the conscience" which fails to note that conscience must be formed in accordance with the magisterium of the Church.

What of the more "moderate" signatories? Karen Kilby writes: "A whole new way of talking about authority and its use has been introduced..."
(Commonweal, November 5, 2015)

Celia Deane-Drummond has written in praise of arch-heretic Teilhard de Chardin. The list goes on and on.

But these "friends" are not as dangerous as the unholy trinity of Fr Antonio Spadaro, Archbishop"Tusho" Fernandez and, perhaps most dangerous of all, Archbishop Marcello Sorondo. Spadaro famously said that in theology two and two need not make four and that justifies dissent. Fernandez is the author of a book of erotic poems entitled "Heal me with your mouth: the art of kissing" where women are called "bitches". He also ghost wrote sections of Amoris Laetitia. Sorondo keeps inviting the likes of Paul Ehrlich to the Vatican.
With friends like these, Holy Father?

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