Friday, December 28, 2018

Pope Denies Immaculate Conception

(Rome) The bishop of Porto, Manuel Linda, has denied the virginity of Mary just before Christmas. But even Pope Francis, who appointed him to this office in March, seems to have his difficulties with the Most Blessed Virgin and Mother of God. In his less-publicized address on December 21 at the Christmas reception for the Holy See and Vatican City staff, the Catholic leader spoke about Mary and Joseph.

Pope Francis de facto denied on this occasion the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, proclaimed in 1854. Mary is revered by the Church as comceived without sin. She was born without the stain of original sin, and remained without sin for the rest of her life. In the Eastern Church, she is addressed with the title of Panagia.

In contrast, Pope Francis said in his speech:

"So who is happy in the crib? The Blessed Mother and St. Joseph are full of joy: they look at the Infant Jesus and are happy because, after a thousand worries, they have received this gift of God with much faith and love. They are 'overflowing' with holiness and therefore with joy. You will say to me, "Of course! It is the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph! 'Yes, but we should not think that it was easy for them: One is not born holy, but they will become it, and so will you.”

"Perhaps the Pope does not know the dogmas of his own Church?" Asks today the Roman website Chiesa e post concilio (Church and the post-counciloar period).

The Bishop of Porto corrected himself two days after his denial of virginity. From Pope Francis six days after that, nothing is known. The Vatican officially published its confusing statement on its website in Italian and English.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred


Anonymous said...

I need a cigarette, but gave them up in '94.

This from Tradition in Action on the question of latae sentenciae:

Canon 751 defines these three crimes: “Heresy is the obstinate denial or obstinate doubt after Baptism of a truth which must be believed by divine and Catholic faith.

For the rest of it,

Anonymous said...

Of course it will be ignored and he'll go about the business of wrecking the Church....just like what happened after all the rest of Pope Francis heresies and errors.

Damian Malliapalli

Justina said...

One of Bergoglio's first tatgets was the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. This is not only deliberate; it is diabolical.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes you take it too far Eponymous Flower. Pope Francis has been talking about the Immaculate Conception for years.

Blue Collar Catholic said...

I'm not sure what your issue is with the Holy Father. He is correct. Nobody is born holy. Being born without sin is very different that being holy. Holiness requires an act of the will. Mary complied with God's will and this is what makes her holy, not the fact that she was born without sin. What makes Our Blessed Mother Blessed and such an incredible witness to the faith is the fact she chose not to sin while being surrounded by sin. Being conceived with out original sin did not make her holy, choosing not to sin is what made her holy.

Tancred said...

Stick to digging ditches.

Blue Collar Catholic said...

Your condensation is not necessary. Please explain. As I understand it, Mary had free will. Yes, she is full of Grace but, that is not enough. Mary is not an object but, fully human. She is subject to the same temptations and weakness as all other humans. To be holy she must have acted using her free will. Surely you are not suggesting that God allows all to have a free will but, Mary? Please, enlighten those of us that you seem to think are living in the darkness.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Mary did not have the same "weakness" that "all other humans" do. That's what being free of Original Sin means. Her appetites never once prompted her to sin; neither did her will. She could and was tempted from external causes, however.