Unchanged Faith

We exist because our Faith comes from God who doesn't change. This deposit of faith is fixed and contained in the Holy Bible primarily, expressed in the Councils of the Church and lived through the ancient liturgies. No human being has the authority to teach a Gospel other than what the apostles were given and gave to the Church. This Faith we hold to until our last breath. No man, or a devil disguised as an angel can turn us away from He Who is the Only source of goodness and Salvation, Jesus Christ. Only the professed believer alone will be saved. (Acts 2:21) All others, no matter how well meaning, will be separated and cast into the fire.
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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Closed Forever

The Society of the St John of the Cross reflected a period of many of our lives.

There may be (or may not be) spiritual consequences for discontinuing but we're willing to live with the uncertainty.

If you wish to read about our history, you are free to study us at the Internet Archive.

There are many opinions and positions expressed during this period to which we no longer hold, and if any offense has been given we heartily apologise, particularly in relation to the GLBT community, for we are now fully aware that Christ indeed does refer to gay people and does so entirely without judgment but in fact an overtly implied acceptance i.e., "Eunuch's Born" (Mat 19:2), (The Eunuch whether born as a homosexual or made by an act of mutilation was a bona fide and accepted rank with social status in Roman Society.)

Addendum 14 Sep 2014:
(I've restored the tabs above at the request of a dear friend who continues to share our Carmelite spirituality and refers to aspects from time to time GB+)
Friday, 20 September 2013

The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity: What's Important

"And Jesus answering spake unto the Lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath-day?" S. Luke 14. 1 

This week we've seen Pope Francis' several interviews, where the effect is to water down the Gospel to a shadow of the real Good News, whose result can be that good Christian men and women accept a reduced social version, exchanging the bread of eternal life for the bread that sustains one only in the here and now. The sleight-of-hand is achieved by condemning faithful Christians who strive daily to warn against the eternal consequences of the moral evils of today's society.

We pray that the Bishop of Rome consider the dangers of his remarks. 

A writer for the mainstream UK newspaper the Guardian interprets this as a watershed in Traditionalists vs Modernists:

"The defeat of the church's conservatives is utterly comprehensive in this interview. All of their favourite causes are taken up and rejected – 'It is not necessary to talk about … abortion, gay marriage and [contraception] all the time' says the pope. So much for the 'culture of death' that Pope John Paul II thought he saw in those things: 'The church's pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.'" The Guardian Blog

The Modernist idea idea is that if we jettison "sin" from the evangelical effort, people will come to Christ.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Please Holy Father do not Mock Traditional Catholics: Pelagianists ie Heretics

St Dominic is NOT a Pelagian Heretic

We offer our prayers for the Holy See and hope that Pope Francis regards Traditional Catholics with paternal care and equally embraces us as fully Catholic. We pray as well that the Holy Father teach by word and example that only through explicit Faith in Christ may one attain to salvation, for all other roads lead to perdition.

It is our warmest and most quiet hope that the Holy Father takes up the Holy Scripture and teaches it whole, entire and with the clarity of a "yea or nay." For we perceive dangers in how the world may twist Christ's words to suit their hearing rather than what is being said for the good of souls.

On June 6 2013, former Cardinal Bergoglio and current Bishop of Rome warned that of the dangers facing the Roman Catholic Church today "One is the Pelagian current that there is in the Church at this moment. There are some restorationist groups. I know some, it fell upon me to receive them in Buenos Aires. And one feels as if one goes back 60 years! Before the Council... One feels in 1940... An anecdote, just to illustrate this, it is not to laugh at it, I took it with respect, but it concerns me; when I was elected, I received a letter from one of these groups, and they said: "Your Holiness, we offer you this spiritual treasure: 3,525 rosaries." Why don't they say, 'we pray for you, we ask...', but this thing of counting..." Rorate Caeli

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Was Pope Francis Multifaith before his election? Christians would owe no Spiritual Obedience

Dear Faithful to Christ,

God says to us "You shall have no other Gods before me." And to a Christian that means the Trinity and thus His Son, the only possible Saviour.

With the evidence presented in the video prepared by the clergy of Most Holy Family Monastery, there appears to be doubt as to the possible nature of Pope Francis' beliefs, that he may in fact hold views very different from those of a St Paul,  a St Thomas Aquinas or a St. Pius X.

The charges in the video are serious and we pray that the Holy Father clarifies his positions early in his papacy. We suggest that with such material available on the internet silence may be interpreted as acceptance and may do more harm to the evangelical effort. With humble prayers we hope that the Pope takes up the cause of clarity.

If elements of the video were factually correct, then as a major Christian leader in the world, the man desperately needs to recant or at minimum clarify his statements and syncretistic actions. This is why we call on the power of prayer in Christ.

And no the Gates of Hell have in no way prevailed, for there are now traditional masses being said daily worldwide in spite of the decades of persecutions! Praise God!

In fact the ancient Christian faith transmitted through Peter and his successors has in all likelihood been strengthened by the many trials these past 50 years. Where vocations dwindle in the Novus Ordo, traditional vocations are witnessing a springtime. Alleluia, praise God's might and wisdom to build His kingdom on earth through great trials!

And perhaps at no time in history have so many Catholics been so well educated about the faith. What great use has God planned for the persevering faithful? Wonderful, amazing times.

Of Pope Francis, although it appears he spiritually co-opts the term and teaches a false Gospel of salvation, we admit the evidence above may be a fabrication and offer our spiritual goods to free the Holy See from the false gospels of Modernism and Liberalism. We also pray that the media present the Catholic Church's communications accurately and without distortion.

That said, it should be noted that a multifaith Gospel results only in damnation if followed. No you cannot be of any other faith than Christ alone and expect to be a friend of God. (And by God we mean the one God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost)

For eternity as a non-believer God will cast you out with the fallen angels and the millions of damned who cry to heaven for eternity in the fire.

"This being so, it is clear that the Apostolic See cannot on any terms take part in their assemblies, nor is it anyway lawful for Catholics either to support or to work for such enterprises; for if they do so they will be giving countenance to a false Christianity." (Pius XI Mortalium animos - emphasis mine)

Holy Father the following we humbly ask you to clairify, for instance:

  • Francis, On Heaven and Earth, p. 37: “There also exists the ministerial intercession of a rabbi or a priest who prays or asks for the health of another and it is granted.  What gives credibility to a person who is healing according to the law of God is simplicity, humility and the absence of a spectacle.”

  • Francis, Address, May 18, 2013: “… promote religious freedom for everyone, everyone!  Every man and every woman must be free in his or her profession of religion, whatever it may be.” L’ Osservatore Romano, May 22, 2013, p. 11.

  • In On Heaven and Earth, pp. 12-13 Francis says he respects atheists and doesn’t try to convert them: “I do not approach the relationship in order to proselytize, or convert the atheist; I respect him… nor would I say that his life is condemned, because I am convinced that I do not have the right to make a judgment about the honesty of that person… every man is the image of God, whether he is a believer or not.  For that reason alone everyone has a series of virtues, qualities, and a greatness of his own.”

  • Francis, Conversations, p. 220: “For me, hope is in the human person… I believe in man.  I’m not saying man is good or bad, just that I believe in man.”

  • Francis, Conversations, pp. 120-121: “I often say that the only glory we have, as Saint Paul says, is that of being sinners.” Saint Paul doesn’t say this.  This is outrageous.  Francis then goes on to say on the next page: “That’s why, for me, sin is not a stain I need to clean.”

To be Christian is to believe in Christ alone, not in a multireligious universe where God in any way favours those who reject His only-begotten Son. The only adopted sons and daughters of God are believers in his Son. All others are under God's enduring wrath. This is Bible doctrine 101.

The devil's greatest coup would be to diminish the necessity of the Son or to teach that sanctifying, saving grace is somehow available to persistent non-believers. The very evil of this idea tears the heart out of need to be "saved" from condemnation for our sin which continues without relent because of our fallen natures. Without Christ no good is even possible.

Quite simply, the Good News is that the kingdom is among us because we can now be reconciled to God through the sacrifice of His Son. The devil would have us believe the Gospel can be extended, that we can be good without belief in the Son, without repenting of our past disordered lives and lusts, without rejecting false idols and impostor gods. Bergoglio's continued synagogue worship and teachings on the matter deny the uniqueness and necessity of Christ's gospel. Full stop.

In this case the Emperor not only wears no Christian clothes but in fact didn't look out of place in the synagogue at Hanukkah last year when he lit the candles. That in no way means that people of various religions shouldn't have the choice to remain in error - Christ is not a gospel by force byt by willing rational faith. But it does mean that if one is a Muslim, by all means feel free to pray in a mosque but one ought not claim to be a Gospel-loyal Christian and pray the Friday salaat.

No the Gates protecting the Church are stronger than ever, for the devil has made it easy to see through the wolves' clothing of Bergoglio and his multi-religious cohorts.

So let us pray that deceived souls aren't led astray by incorrect, negative or slanted media and that the Bishop of Rome sees it the correct course to clear away any misunderstanding of what appear to be multireligious teachings and worship with leaders of other faiths as though the God of Islam or Hinduism is that same God of Christ, Father and Holy Ghost which a baptised and faithful Christian would say is not so in any way but offends the second commandment.

"You shall have no other Gods before me."

Forever with the exclusive Saviour of humanity,  Jesus Christ our only Lord we stand, God willing.

In Christ Alone

V. Rev. Gregory Bellarmine SSJC+
Superior General

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Canon 493: The SSJC's Suppression Reserved to the Holy See Alone - We Continue Uninterrupted

Dear Friends of the Society of St. John of the Cross,

As we were never a religious house but an Order we have had it brought to our attention that we're not classified as an "exempt institute" and are thus not in a state of suppression despite having voted in the past to do so.

After careful research we have accepted that we were in fact not able to suppress the SSJC. We lacked the legal capacity to dissolve the Order and so the Society remains spiritually active, even if its members were not as active for the past several months.

To explain, had we been simply a Religious House, the vote and decision by the Superior General would have sufficed to suppress our institute but because we are a Religious Order, the facility of suppression is entirely reserved to the Holy See.

The historical reason for codifying this law was to avoid the scandal of civil authorities suppressing religious institutes on a political whim. Even under Pope Leo XIII the facility was available to the local diocesan but later in the 1917 code after the Joseph II scandals of "purifying" the religious state, the faculty to dissolve and Order was raised to Rome exclusively.

"Quaelibet religio etiam iuris diocesani tantum, semel legitime condita, etiamsi unica domo constet, supprimi nequit nisi a Sancta Sede, cui etiam reservatur de bonis in casu statuere, semper tamen salva offerentium voluntante." Canon 493

As the brethren are also aware we were not canonically dispensed from our vows or the clerical state during our period of misunderstanding.

Thus, the options are to appeal to the current occupier of the See of Peter which would be tantamount to accepting a dogmatic opinion as if it were fact by erring and recognising the Novus Ordo hierarchy's liceity (and go against our constitution) or to adhere to the Rule and articles of our founding and so remain in the middle ground, which honours our unchanged, existing constitution and to leave the decision to a future time at which point the Holy See is clearly in possession of the full, unadulterated Traditional Catholic Faith which holds that Christ Alone is our Saviour, and shows this faith verbally and in its public actions.

We thus honour our promises, oaths and vows and look forward to resuming our services to the faithful now and for as long as God wills.

Yours in Christ Alone,

V. Rev. Fr. Gregory Bellarmine SSJC+
Superior General
The Society of St. John of the Cross

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