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Beware the Bergoglian “Working Group”!

by Christopher A. Ferrara
June 30, 2017

Writing for Corrispondenza Romanza (translation mine), Roberto de Mattei reports the latest twist in the affair of the "secret commission" to "reinterpret" Humanae Vitae. "In the Vatican," he writes, "this rumor is circulating. A collaborator [of Pope Bergoglio] asked him if it is true that there exists a commission to 'reinterpret' Humanae Vitae, and he is said to have responded: 'It's not a commission, it's a working group.'"

"This does not involve merely linguistic artifice to hide the truth," de Mattei continues, "but word games that reveal how the cult of contradiction is the essence of this pontificate." De Mattei cites the comment by Mons. Gilfredo Marengo, coordinator of the Humanae Vitae "working group," that one must avoid "the polemical game of Pill yes, Pill no, like that today of communion to the divorced yes, communion to the divorced no." In other words, according to Marengo, who reflects "the essence of this pontificate," the correct approach to these moral issues is both Yes and No, meaning doubletalk. Meaning, in turn, ultimately Yes to both Communion for the divorced and "remarried" and the use of contraception.

De Mattei also reveals the existence of another secretive "working group" that has prepared another "working paper." This one is from the Congregation for the Clergy on the subject of the routine concelebration of Masses introduced after Vatican II as one element of the ruinous "liturgical renewal." The document, a copy of which de Mattei has obtained, evidences that "Francis wishes to impose, in fact, if not in principle, Eucharistic concelebration in the Roman colleges and seminaries." Thus, the document declares that "the communitarian celebration must always be preferred to the individual" as part of the "intense, permanent integral formation" of priests in Rome as the heart of the Church.

The "working paper" is rife with suggestions that, despite Canon 902 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, which provides that while priests can concelebrate Mass there "remain[s] intact however, the liberty of individuals to celebrate it in an individual manner," priests should "prefer" and should "ordinarily" concelebrate Mass rather than offering Mass individually in the traditional manner. This will supposedly produce a "deepening of spiritual life" and sense of "community."

In essence, Pope Bergoglio calls for the abolition of individually celebrated Masses in the Roman colleges and seminaries. The consequences are obvious: First, the growing attraction of priests in formation to the traditional Latin Mass will be stifled in Rome. Second, concelebration of Masses means many fewer Masses will be offered, whereas, as de Mattei observes, the traditional Catholic teaching is that "the multiplication of Masses renders greater glory to God and is an immense benefit for souls. 'If every Mass has in itself an infinite value' — writes Father Joseph de Sainte Marie — the dispositions of men to receive its fruits are imperfect and, in this sense, limited. Hence the importance of the number of celebrations of Mass in order to multiply the fruits of salvation.'"

But what Pope Bergoglio wishes to see in the Roman seminaries and colleges — imposed by subalterns in the usual stealthy manner, while he remains silent — would deliberately diminish the fruits of salvation in favor of a shallow conception of "community" among the priesthood, and of the Mass as a mere "assembly" of the "community."

As de Mattei concludes, "The diminution of Masses and the loss of the correct conception of the Mass are among the principal causes of the religious crisis of our time. Now the Congregation for the Clergy, by the will of Pope Bergoglio, brings its own contribution to this dismantling of the Catholic faith."

In this, the fifth year of the Bergoglian tumult, we can only implore Heaven for deliverance from a pontificate the likes of which the Church has never seen.