Re: THE NEW POST-CONCILIAR OR MONTINIAN CHURCH, by THE REVEREND JOAQUIN SAENZ Y ARRIAGA, PH.D.
Publié : jeu. 14 mai 2020 19:50
In order to understand the extreme positions already taken by Colombia's
priests, we may refer to an extremely disconcerting fact that has no precedent in
the history of Catholicism. The second general conference of the Latin
American bishops, held in Medellin, Colombia, and solemnly inaugurated by
the Pope at the Cathedral of Bogota on the eve of the Congress, was the
culmination of the program and the evident and concrete goal of these religious
events, i.e., to bring about an actual revolution in Latin America, without
violence or bloodshed, if possible.
In the religious field, one of the revolutionary aspects of this program, and
certainly not the least important, was our prelates' overflowing, inconceivable,
surrendering ecumenism at the Eucharistic Congress and the subsequent
Medellin LAMEC conference.
By means of a moving message, five non-Catholic "observers" (today's
name for wolves in sheep's clothing) asked permission from the august assembly
to receive Holy Communion along with the bishops. The names of these
soliciting observers were: David B. Reed, Anglican Bishop of Bogota; Prof.
Manfred K. Bahmann, a Lutheran from Buenos Aires; Br. Roberto Giscard, of
the Taize community; the Reverend Dana Green; and Dr. Kurtis F. Naylor.
Their apparently humble and moving supplication reads as follows: "The
conference being almost at an end, may we request the exceptional privilege of
communing, at least once, along with all our Christian brothers gathering
As grounds on which the "separated people" based their request, they
cited the Ecumenic Directory, No. 55, which states that the Church may allow a
separated brother to receive the Sacraments if there are sufficient reasons. It
also defines some cases of urgent need, and goes on to say that "we are being
pressed by the most urgent conceivable reason, that of charity. Hence, moved
by loyalty, we are discretely and confidentially addressing this Conference to
the presidency itself, asking it to take into account that the unity of faith about
the sacraments on which the Directory bases its doctrinal denial, is not lacking
on our part. We confess that the Eucharist is that certain and efficacious sign of
the personal presence of Christ, the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ,
the sacrament of His real presence."
In answer to this petition, Rafael Moya Garcia, right-hand man of Fr.
Enrique Maza, S.J., a prominent Mexican progressivist, commented that "the
presidency of the second Latin American Episcopal Conference could not and
did not want to reject this petition which undoubtedly opens new and promising
avenues toward the unity of all Christians."
To me, this incomprehensible fact is an appropriate consummation of the
second "Bogotazo" trying to revolutionize all Latin American structures.
Although they invoke fraternal charity to justify this fact, I cannot restrain my
just indignation, as a Catholic and as a priest, when faced with this outrageous
and sacrilegious political gesture by the Latin American prelates who, like new
Judases, betrayed their Master. This fact is not at all justified by the presence of
His Eminence Antonio Cardinal Samoré.
It is no longer time to be cautious. We may no longer be quiet in the face
of this dreadful abomination. We must clarify the above-mentioned fact
urgently, and then analyze it in order to draw logical and evident conclusions
To be continued...