The Patriarch of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate excommunicates Pope Francis?

There is a video at a Traditionalist blog claiming that Pope Francis has been excommunicated by “Elijah, Patriarch of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate”. Who is this man?

According to Wikipedia, he is the first leader, elected in 2011, of: “The Ukrainian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church (UOGCC)” which is “an Eastern Catholic christian religious movement established in 2009 and based in Pidhirtsi in Ukraine.” The Church has 7 founding Bishops. They previously claimed to excommunicate Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, essentially because they see good in other religions.

They claim to excommunicate Pope Francis for these reasons, quote:

1) denied the universally valid moral norms in the exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
2) did not distance himself from heresies of syncretism with paganism which place the redemptive death of Christ on the same level as the sacrifice to pagan gods, de facto demons. He thus destroys true mission.
3) promotes a so-called dynamic approach to the deposit of faith, whereby he makes heresies equal with the apostles’ doctrine.
4) neither identified nor condemned Vatican II heresies promoting syncretism with paganism and declaring Allah to be the same God as Yahweh (LG 16, Nostra Aetate declaration).
5) participates in crimes against humanity of the New World Order (NWO).
6) works towards dechristianization of Europe by intensively promoting Islamization.
7) is silent on the stealing of children by the juvenile justice system.
8) approves and promotes homosexualism and other gender deviations, which is contrary to the teaching of the Scriptures and Tradition.

Many Roman Catholics have been talking about this “excommunication” and praising it. What!! Why???

First, I don’t need to defend the Second Vatican Council. It is a Council approved by Popes John 23, Paul 6, John Paul 1 and 2, Benedict 16, and Pope Francis. It is a Council accepted by the body of Bishops worldwide. The prevenient grace of God keeps the Church indefectible, therefore, no Council so accepted could be false or heretical.

And the same is true for each valid Pope. God does not permit the body of Bishops to accept any antipope or false claimant to the papacy. The acceptance of Pope Francis by the body of Bishops is sufficient to confirm that his election is valid. The prevenient grace of God acts prior to, and apart from, any decision of free will, whether by the holiest Saints or the worst sinners.

It is arrogance, not faithfulness, for individual Catholics to judge each Pope, and reject those whose words and deeds do not match their own understanding. Do you not realize that we are all fallen sinners, whose reason errs and whose faith stumbles? It should not be necessary to present an argument, every time a valid Roman Pontiff speaks or acts. Where is your faith?

A brief comment on each accusation follows, for the sake of the weak in faith.

1) denied the universally valid moral norms in the exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

The Roman Pontiff imitated Christ by reaching out to the men and women today “caught in the act of adultery”, and attempting to bring them back to Christ, through Confession and Communion. It is within the authority of the Church to permit Communion to sinners who have been baptized and who may well be in the state of grace despite objective mortal sin.

If you disagree, why do you go to Communion yourselves? These public outbursts by many different conservative Catholics against the Pope are objective mortal sins, and some even qualify as formal public schism. If anyone guilty of objective mortal sin cannot receive Communion, then the vast majority of Catholics cannot receive.

The next conservative Pope will refuse Communion to anyone guilty of any objective mortal sin, thus causing most Catholics to fall away, and thus proving the mercy and providential wisdom of the decision of Pope Francis. In any case, Peter holds the keys, and no member of the Church beneath the Pope has the authority to contradict his decisions. If he opens, no one can close. If he closes, no one can open. What he binds is bound even in Heaven. What he looses is loosed even in Heaven.

2) did not distance himself from heresies of syncretism with paganism which place the redemptive death of Christ on the same level as the sacrifice to pagan gods, de facto demons. He thus destroys true mission.

This false accusation is based on the same supposed error by Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI of teaching that other religions contain some good. The Jewish faith, the Muslim faith, and the Protestant Churches do not worship “de facto demons”. What the recent Popes have done is just like what Jesus did, in visiting a town of Samaria. The Samaritans were Jews who departed from the Jewish faith to form an altered version of Judaism. This is analogous to the Protestants forming an alternate version of Christianity. God gives grace to fallen sinners, including those whose choice of religion is less than perfect.

3) promotes a so-called dynamic approach to the deposit of faith, whereby he makes heresies equal with the apostles’ doctrine.

Not true. A dynamic approach merely seeks further understanding in the deposit of faith, just as the Church does in every generation. Heresies are not thereby made equal to doctrine.

4) neither identified nor condemned Vatican II heresies promoting syncretism with paganism and declaring Allah to be the same God as Yahweh (LG 16, Nostra Aetate declaration).

See my comments above. Second Vatican Council is not a teacher of heresies, and seeing good in other religions does not make those religions equal to Catholicism.

5) participates in crimes against humanity of the New World Order (NWO).

I have no idea what this accusation even means.

6) works towards dechristianization of Europe by intensively promoting Islamization.

This claim is absurd. He is the head of the Roman Catholic Church. He does not intensively promote Islam. Again, he simply sees good in other faiths, just as other Popes have done.

7) is silent on the stealing of children by the juvenile justice system.

So mere silence, on a problem in secular society, is heresy? Ridiculous. There are many serious problems within sinful secular society. It is not the primary duty of the Pope to delve into them and correct them.

8) approves and promotes homosexualism and other gender deviations, which is contrary to the teaching of the Scriptures and Tradition.

Pope Francis has spoken out against transgenderism and in favor of marriage and the family. His mercy toward the divorced and remarried does not imply a degradation of true marriage, nor support for various sins and failings.

The faith of conservatives is being tested by God. For conservatives have long claimed to be the most faithful Christians. And most are failing the test. You should not even need an explanation. Faithful Catholics should be able to support each Pope, even if they do not understand or do not agree with his words and deeds. It should be enough that he is a valid Pope accepted by the body of Bishops, chosen by divine Providence.

The behavior of judging everything a leader does, and subjecting all that he says to close scrutiny, and to rejection whenever his deeds or words disagree with one’s own point of view, is not the behavior of Christians, but of sinful secular society. That is the source of this rebellion against Pope Francis. It is a case of conservative Catholics imitating the example from secular culture, not the example of Christ and the Apostles.

[John]
{6:61} Therefore, many of his disciples, upon hearing this, said: “This saying is difficult,” and, “Who is able to listen to it?”
{6:62} But Jesus, knowing within himself that his disciples were murmuring about this, said to them: “Does this offend you?
{6:63} Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending to where he was before?
{6:64} It is the Spirit who gives life. The flesh does not offer anything of benefit. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
{6:65} But there are some among you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who were unbelieving and which one would betray him.
{6:66} And so he said, “For this reason, I said to you that no one is able to come to me, unless it has been given to him by my Father.”
{6:67} After this, many of his disciples went back, and they no longer walked with him.
{6:68} Therefore, Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
{6:69} Then Simon Peter answered him: “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.
{6:70} And we have believed, and we recognize that you are the Christ, the Son of God.”

by
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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2 Responses to The Patriarch of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate excommunicates Pope Francis?

  1. WhoAmIToJudge says:

    Dear Ron,
    You have rocks in your head. If the bishops couldn’t accept an antipope then why have we had antipopes historically? Or is all history after Vatican II to be written off? Also did you know there was a time when 99% of the Church was heretical? Ever read about St. Athanasius in Lives of The Saints?

    Please remove the rocks from your head and pray to Christ for some clarity, vigilance and contrition.

    • Ron Conte says:

      I don’t think 99% of the Church was heretical. That would be contrary to the indefectibility of the Church. Antipopes are false claimants to the papacy. I’m only saying that an antipope can’t ever be accepted by the body of Bishops and by the Church as a whole. Re: Athanasius, Arianism was widespread, but not 99% of the faithful and not most bishops. Please refrain from personal attacks when discussing your theological point of view.

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