Showing posts with label Don Nicola Bux. Show all posts
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Friday, January 26, 2024

Don Nichola Bux Says Pornmonger Fernández Should Resign --- "He has discredited himself"

 Don Nicola Bux: Religious Prefect Fernández has discredited himself and should resign.

Vaticanist Edward Pentin yesterday published an interview with noted liturgist Don Nicola Bux about the controversial document Fiducia supplicansIn it, the long-time confidant of Pope Benedict XVI. and advisor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that the Declaration of the Dicastery for the Faith “is not part of the authentic Magisterium” and that its author, Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, should resign. If Fiducia supplicansas he is convinced, is not part of the authentic Magisterium, then the declaration is not binding.

Don Bux spoke to Pentin about how the document was received in Italy, what he thinks of Fernández's January 4 clarification, and what all this could mean for the future of the Church and the upcoming conclave. The well-known theologian found clear words.

Because of their “proximity to the Apostolic See,” Italy’s bishops behave like “stupid dogs” who fear “reprisals.” Their attempts to justify would be viewed by believers as well as non-practitioners “as an insult to their intelligence.”

There are the faithful who know the teachings of the Church and therefore raise the first dubium ( doubts) presented : Is it possible that the Church today teaches doctrines that contradict those , which 

She previously taught on questions of faith and morals, be it through the Pope ex cathedra, be it through the definitions of an ecumenical council, be it through the general ordinary Magisterium of the bishops scattered all over the world (cf. Lumen Gentium 25)?

“Certainly the declaration Fiducia supplicans does not belong to the authentic magisterium and is therefore not binding, because what is asserted in it is not contained in the written or transmitted Word of God, which the Church, the Pope or the college of bishops either definitively, that is, through solemn judgment, or proposes to believe as divinely revealed with the ordinary and general Magisterium. It cannot be followed even with the religious consent of the will and mind.”

 The problem, says Don Bux, is that “the majority of the baptized are ignorant because for decades social issues have been preferred to catechesis.” This has consequences: “For irregular heterosexual and homosexual couples, the following now applies: love is love.”

But those “who use logic” are of course of a different opinion and oppose this postulate. This is the second dubium of the five cardinals from summer 2022: Is it possible for a priest to bless marriages between homosexual people under certain circumstances and thereby suggest that homosexual behavior as such does not violate the law of God and man's path to God? This doubt is linked to another: does the teaching held by the general Magisterium remain valid that every sexual act outside of marriage, and in particular homosexual acts, constitute an objectively serious sin against the law of God, regardless of the circumstances in which they take place, and regardless of the intention with which they are carried out?

The declaration of Faith Prefect Fernández on January 4 “is therefore a classic attempt to paper over the cracks”.

Benedict said Don Bux, “in his remarks of April 11, 2019," described the origin of the debacle of Catholic morality and thus of the division among Catholics, "because the cohabitation of both a heterosexual and a homosexual couple is no longer considered sinful”

“The division or schism that was previously hidden has now come to the surface. Whether it will be formally declared at a future Church event, such as a synod or conclave, remains to be seen. The next pope will certainly have to do the math and decide whether he wants to deepen the division or resolve it by calling a council. Whoever will be the candidate for the papacy will have to be asked in the meetings before the conclave to answer the accumulated Dubia.”

The resistance to Fiducia supplicans appears primarily in Africa and Eastern Europe and not in the West because “in the Western Hemisphere after the Second Vatican Council, relativistic ideology” penetrated moral teaching and destroyed natural law.

"A Jewish friend who heard about Fiducia supplicans said to me, 'Does the Pope not know the Bible?' Not to mention the mockery of Muslims and the alienation of the Orthodox, who have now declared unity with the Catholics impossible. Fiducia supplicans and the subsequent statements are the result of the ignorance of Prefect Fernández.” 

The teaching is pastoral, “but if the pastor does not know it, he cannot do pastoral work”:

“The drama of the Church today is the separation of pastoral care from doctrine, that is, the separation from the love of truth. And that will cost us dearly, as John Paul II predicted. Pope Francis should abolish the fiducia supplicans and replace the prefect with a man of “certain, sound and pure doctrine,” in the words of the apostle to Titus.

The current situation will therefore have a significant impact on the coming conclave. According to Don Bux, the next pope will have to ask himself the question:

“What is the mission of the church: to adapt to the world or to save it?”

The unity of the Catholic Church is endangered by Fiducia supplicans , said the renowned Liturgist, “because in practice it accepts opposing views among churches scattered all over the world on such an essential moral truth. An example: the new bishop of Foggia said his church would be the 'Church of Francis who blesses all'. But isn’t the Church the Church of Jesus Christ?”

“Fernández has discredited himself by publishing a document that is the opposite of that of his predecessor, Cardinal Ladaria, in 2021. Is this a 'further development' or rather a doctrinal heterogeneity? The Dicastery and the Holy See have exposed themselves. Someone has already renamed the Dicastery 'for the destruction of the faith'. The suspicion of ignorance and bad faith will weigh on Fernandez in every document he signs. He should resign.”


Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image : MiL

Trans: Tancred


Monday, November 18, 2019

"Not Just Saint Peter's Basilica, But the Entire Vatican Should be Exorcised"

Pachamama in St. Peter's Basilica
Theologian and pastor Don Alfredo Morselli speaks with the usual openness about idolatry in the Vatican and encourages an exorcism to purify the Vatican. Il Fatto Quotidiano interviewed him.
Q: Share the appeal of Catholics who complain idolatrous acts during the Amazon Synod. Do you consider them as such?
Don Morselli: I do not know what to call cultic acts of worshiping realities that are not God.
FQ: Some deny it, eg. Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, emeritus bishop of San Cristobal de las Casas in Mexico.
Don Morselli: I know: He said that "they are not goddesses; there has been no idolatrous worship. They are symbols of Amazonian realities and experiences that have not only cultural but also religious motives, but not worship, because this is due only to God." It reminds me of a certain priest who was invited to dinner on Friday. When he was served meat so as not to embarrass his hosts, he blessed the meal with the words, "I baptise you cod." That's exactly what happened now. They baptized the idols "cod".
QQ: Why is it idolatry?
Don Morselli: St. Thomas Aquinas defines as worship a cult, in which one uses one's body to worship God, and since we are of two intellectual and sensitive natures, we must offer God a double worship: the spiritual, the spiritual, the spiritual the whole devotion of the soul; and the physical, which consists in the external humiliation of the body (S. Th. II-IIae q. 84 a., 2 co.). In the Vatican Gardens, they have their faces on the ground and the rump in the air: this was clearly an "external humiliation of the body" (and the humiliation of the spectators' eyes), that was an act of worship. In St. Peter's Basilica, she was carried around in procession with songs and prayers ...
Q: Can you not, like Bishop Esquivel, see it as a "symbol of experience" and not as an idol?
Don Morselli: To be an idolater one does not have to consider an idol that one worships to be an idol. It is enough to worship something that is not God. Jesus commanded the devil: "You will worship the Lord your God and serve him alone" (Mt 4:10, Lk 4: 8). The Pachamama, call her "goddess," call her "experience," call her "worth," but it is not "He alone." You do not throw yourself in front of it!
Q: Don Bux said that St. Peter's Basilica should be exorcised. What do you think about it?
Don Morselli: How could I contradict such an outstanding scholar? Moreover, the Scriptures say, "The gods of the nations are demons" (Ps 95: 5). And: "They sacrificed to spirits who are not deities, and gods whom they did not know before, newcomers who had come recently, and whose fathers were not afraid" (Deut 32:17). In any case, when we look at the various scandals, it does not just take an exorcism: it would be wise to bless the rainwater when it rains in Rome. This is faster and it will exorcise the whole Vatican and not only St. Peter's. I speak - so it is clear - of the human misery of some churchmen and not of the Holy Church. And I believe that Church history is always, as John Paul II said, "Church history is a history of holiness".
Q: Could not the Pachamama rituals be seen as an act of inculturation of the faith?
Don Morselli: Cardinal Biffi said culture comes from cultivating and cultivating is a thing that is good and fitting to do. It is not all civilization that produces a people's culture, but only when a people cultivates itself according to the truth. Only God "has done well" (Mk 7:37), but man, through original sin and consent to the devilish temptations, can produce sinful acts that can be reflected in the general practices of a people. And that is not civilization: idolatry and pantheism can not be considered as such.
Q: Do you expect to be accused once more of being an enemy of the Pope?
Don Morselli: I have inherited the spirit of Dubia from Cardinal Caffarra: you can ask the pope questions, but you do not set him down and do not fight him. Just as in politics, when one no longer had any arguments, those "fascists" who were not communists were called "enemies of the pope". But I am a friend of the Pope, of all Popes, Peter to Francis, unlike those who in the past had opposed John Paul II and Benedict XVI. had rebelled and now raise Francis on the shield. One can not cast out the Pope with the Pope and read the ordinary teaching in a spirit of break. However, the doctrine of faith is to be assumed in its unquestioning totality.
Translation: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: MiL
Trans: Tancred

Don Nichola Bux: "Perform an Exorcism on Saint Peter's Basilica"

St. Peter's Basilica is to be exorcised to cleanse him of the demons. This is the advice of the well-known liturgist Don Nicola Bux for the Santa Marta after the PachamamagateThe counselor and personal friend of Benedict XVI. explains why this is necessary. Bruno Volpe from La Fede Quotidiana spoke with him.
Q: Monsignor Bux, in some pictures you can see the controversial Pachamama not only in the Roman church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, but also in Saint Peter. What do you think?
Don Nicola Bux: "The true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for that is how the Father wants to be worshiped "(Jn 4:23).
"In the Spirit" means that worship is not limited to a sacred place, like the Temple of Jerusalem for the Jews. "In truth" means that it is not contaminated by idolatry or syncretism, something created by our hands. The church is not just a gathering place, but the dwelling place of God among the people. That is why it is called the "house of God." It is the "heaven that descends to earth," the presence of the Lord coming to save. The annual consecration day of a church commemorates this. That is the Catholic identity: if it is lost, everything is destined for collapse.
A sacrilege was committed, that is, a holy place was desecrated or unworthily treated. Sacrilege is a grave sin, says the Catechism of the Catholic Church, especially when it is directed against the Eucharist (CCC, 2120), which is present, preserved and worshiped in the churches. The sacred space helps man not to forget God: If the church, as it has been for several decades, becomes a multipurpose hall for concerts, conferences, and other human protagonism, where does man go to seek God?
The Communists have transformed the churches into ballrooms, gymnasiums, factories, etc., so that the human soul stops in its search for man and stops searching for God. If it is the clergy themselves who put an idol on the throne in caricature of the true God and the work of Satan, then, as the Scriptures teach, the Lord will surely leave the temple, and a cleansing will be necessary to bring Him back.
The temple is a symbol of our soul: if we defile it with demonic acts, the Holy Spirit gives it up. Let us not forget what the apostle writes in admirable words:
"He who spoils the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy and you are" (1 Cor 3:17).
Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Order of the Sacraments, could perform an exorcism in St. Peter's Basilica, thus purifying the basilica.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: MiL
Trans: Tancred

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Don Nicola Bux: "Pope Francis has an aversion to the Church"

Don Nicola Bux: "the pope can not spread his private ideas instead of the eternally valid Catholic truth." Pope Francis at the General Audience of 2 January 2019.

(Rome) The well-known liturgist Don Nicola Bux is contradicting statements made by Pope Francis at the General Audience on 2 January. In an interview with the daily Quotidiano di Foggia,  the theologian esteemed by Benedict XVI said: "The Pope can not spread his private ideas instead of the eternally valid Catholic truth. The Gospel is not revolutionary".
Don Nicola Bux was one of the advisers who were especially appreciated by Pope Benedict XVI. This is especially true for the liturgical area. Don Bux supported the liturgical renewal, which the German Pope wanted to promote through the recovery of the sacred and the promotion of the traditional Rite.
Under Pope Francis, this changed. Like all the other consultors for the liturgical celebrations of the Pope, Don Bux was no longer confirmed in office. In an interview that Bruno Volpe conducted with him, he commented on Pope Francis' controversial statement on January 4, who two days earlier had stated during the first General Audience of 2019 that the Gospel was "revolutionary."
What was evidently meant to be a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution was supposed to be taken seriously as a statement from the ruling Pope's mouth, however. The statement of the theologian and liturgical expert Don Nicola Bux took it seriously and contradicted it energetically. Here is the full interview:
QF: Don Nicola, is the gospel, as claimed by the pope, revolutionary?
Don Nicola Bux: No. This is a thesis that came into fashion in the 1970s after the publication of a few books, permitting the ideas of '68 and Marxism to shine through. It was intended to make the figure of Jesus more attractive, but has no theological foundation.
QF: Why?
Don Nicola Bux: The Gospel tells us that Jesus did not come to abolish the law, but to complete it. A revolution, on the other hand, spares neither the past nor the present. Jesus is one of them, as St. Paul says so beautifully. He unites everything in himself. It is true that it is written in the Secret Revelation that He makes everything new, but this verse is to be read in the sense that He brings everything to perfection.
QF: Better atheists than Christians who hate?
Don Nicola Bux: I think that the problem is that the Pope deviates from the text prepared for him and directs his eyes to the audience. My impression is that certain statements come from a certain complacency, but above all from his aversion to the Church. Pope Francis prefers, instead of a people in the true sense of the word, a vision of the Church as a blurred, undefined people. He does not realize that he is sliding into a contradictory and Peronist perspective, a form of schizophrenia that even clashes with the idea of ​​mercy so much hailed.
QF: Why?
Don Nicola Bux: When I say that someone who hates, that is objectively in a state of sin, does well to stay away from the Church, but at the same time asks divorced men who are remarried by marriage, who are objectively also sinners, in to come to the Church and give them Communion, which is impossible, I find myself this is a contradiction. Both are in a state of sin. But why be strict with those who hate, but merciful with the remarried divorced? Let us return to Peronism. At present, paradoxically, one wants to let in those who are outside but wants to push out those who are inside. Certain statements are dangerous when they fall on weak or less conscious circles, and have devastating consequences. We risk emptying the churches even more.
Q: That means?
Don Nicola Bux: It's a matter of principle. Can the Pope spread his private opinions instead of the everlasting Catholic truth? No. He is not a private doctor, and it is inconceivable to change her at will or to provide versions of her that contradict the Catholic doctrine and beliefs that are not even found in a museum. And there's something else to say about that, too.
QQ: What do you mean?
Don Nicola Bux: If the museums were useless, nobody would visit them. Do you not agree? The Pastors of the Church must always express their faithfulness to the sound and everlasting doctrine and truth without any contamination, and have to preserve it carefully.

Introduction / Translation: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Quotidiano di Foggia / (Screenshots) 
Trans: Tancred

Friday, November 25, 2016

Don Nicola Bux Contradicts Pope Francis in the Liturgy Question: "The Traditional Mass is No Exception"

Don Nicola Bux
(Rome) Cardinal Raymond Burke, the eminent religious lawyer, does not hesitate tocontradict the assertion of Pope Francis, that the traditional Roman rite was "only an exception for nostalgics".  Also one of the most famous liturgists, Don Nicola Bux, raises his contradiction.
Since 10 November, the new Pope's book (Nei tuoi occhi è la mia parola) "My Word is in Your Eyes" in bookstores. In this interview book with the Pope's confidant, Father Antonio Spadaro SJ, Pope Francis addresses the Latin Mass:
"The Latin Mass? Only one exception. Pope Benedict has made a proper and generous gesture to accommodate a certain mentality of some groups and persons who are nostalgic and have distanced themselves. But it is an exception. "
This was contradicted yesterday by Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the most renowned canon lawyers, referring to the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontifikum of Benedict XVI.
The Pope is also contradicted by one of the most famous liturgists, Don Nicola Bux. The interview was conducted by the Internet newspaper La Fede Quotidiana :
FQ: Don Nicola, is the traditional Roman rite an exception?
Nicola Bux: That's  not what  the Motu Proprio by Pope Benedict XVI says. Rather, one reads explicitly that the two rites have the same dignity. This is what the Pope writes, not me. Therefore, we can not say with the document at hand, that it is an exception, unless one wants to come to a conclusion which is directed against the pope's document.
FQ: Whence this "exception"?
Nicola Bux: I do not know. We are probably in the area of ​​interpretations, which, however, are not confirmed in the document of Pope Benedict XVI.
FQ: of the traditional Roman Rite: Many young people approach it recently with interest. Why?
Nicola Bux: I can confirm that there is a renewed interest, especially among young people. I am of the opinion that this has to do with the fact that there is a need for mysticism, a quality which the traditional rite preserves and encourages. Of course it can be said that this rite has no monopoly on mysticism, and it is also possible to celebrate  the traditional rite sloppily.
FQ:  Preaching: Can we say that it is a "political" statement, as Francis has asserted it?
Nicola Bux: This definition seems ambiguous and requires clarification. When it comes to reading the day-to-day readings of current affairs from the concrete life, it is legitimate to speak of politics. I would like to say: When one is immersed in the life of our time. The sermon, however, must not enter a directly into political life in the sense of party politics. Not that.
FQ: As a theologian: Are there divine penalties  around the polemics surrounding Father Cavalcoli? 
Nicola Bux: In the Scriptures, the Old and the New Testament, we find different moments in which there is an open question regarding  God's punishment. In the Gospel, for example, there is the episode of the Tower of Siloah and the massacres directed by Pilate. It can be concluded, "If you are not converted, you will perish in the same way." A natural catastrophe or violence by humans is not necessarily to be seen as a punishment for sin, because they involve innocent people, but as a reminder to do penance. Jesus has said it: the Father rains upon the good and bad. The point is that many think that God -- if He exists -- has nothing to do with their lives, though they promptly complain when a catastrophe befalls them, and ask where God was.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
picture: FQ (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Don Nicola Bux: "The Church isn't Separated Between Traditionalists and Progressives, But..."

The Church is not split between traditionalists and progressives, but between Catholics and modernists.

Nicola Bux, a renowned liturgist of the Catholic Church, Consultor of the Congregation for Doctrine and the Faith and the Congregation of Saints. Under Pope Benedict XVI., he was also Consultor of the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Pope. Pope Francis has replaced all Consultors of this office.

Image: Messa tridentina Perugia Trans: Tancred
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Don Nicola Bux on Amoris Laetitia: "The Eucharist is Not a Sacrament for the Sinner"

"The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the sinner but the sacrament of reconciled sinners. Just as it is the source and principle of mercy. I hope I have been clear!
Nicola Bux, August 13, 2016 at a youth meeting in Schio. The theologian spoke on the theme "The sacraments are not a joke." The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the divorced and remarried, but for reconciled sinners. The liturgist Nicola Bux is one of the most reputable practitioners of the liturgical science and is one of the leading supporters of Benedict XVI's intended liturgical renewal. He is a lecturer at the Theological Faculty of Puglia and the local Institute of Religious Sciences, consultor of the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints  and spiritual assistant of the St. Josef Brotherhood of Bari. Under Pope Benedict XVI. he was also a consultant of the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Pope .
Image: Santa Maria dell'elemosina (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred
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Monday, January 4, 2016

"The Confessor is Not a Notary" -- Misunderstandings about the Holy Year of Mercy

(Rome) A remarried divorcee went to confession before Christmas, but the confessor refused him absolution. The incident occurred in the southern Italian city of Bari in the cathedral which is dedicated to St. Nicholas of Myra. The daily La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno printed a letter on 30 December   from the man who described his "disappointment" and demanded the "mercy from Pope Francis" that had been denied him in the "Holy Year of Mercy". Because as the divorced and remarried insisted, "absolution is given to all who confess." A misunderstanding?
Such a requirement, which presupposes an automatism, was an "absurd claim" says the well-known theologian and liturgist, Msgr. Nicola Bux. "The priest is not a notary." On January 3, the same newspaper published an interview with Msgr. Bux,  who is a priest of the Archdiocese of Bari. The Consultor of Roman dicasteries is the author of numerous internationally acclaimed books. His most recent monograph is entitled: "How to go to the Holy Mass, without losing faith," which has been translated into five languages.
Nicola Bux: "The priest is at the same time judge and psychiatrist.  To "absolve", to "free" and means in concrete terms,  to break the penitent  from his binding to sin. The priest, and not the believer, is to evaluate whether the conditions are met to grant the absolution or not.
Repentance is not enough?
Nicola Bux: The true repentance requires a commitment of the believer to release the connection. In the Gospel Jesus Christ says: go and sin no more. He does not say: Go and continue what suits you.
The priest saw the conditions of which you speak were not met?
Nicola Bux: Obviously. No absolution can be expected when there is no firm intention not to sin again.
And  the Holy Year of Mercy is called into question.
Nicola Bux: These rules recently led to quite a misunderstanding. The rules have not changed, and the priests have to stick to the traditional teaching, all, as well as all judges must abide by the law in the same way without exception. Why do we expect that this concept of course applies to the court, but to be knocked down in the Church?
San Nicola, the Cathedral of Bari
San Nicola, the Cathedral of Bari
It is clear is which side Don Bux is on.
Nicola Bux: I am of course on the side of Jesus Christ. No one on this earth has the authority to change the rules of his Church. Therefore, the Synod has produced a final document that absolutely nothing changes in terms of the Eucharist and the divorced and remarried.
But many think that Pope Francis intends to change course.
Nicola Bux: Another big misunderstanding. Cardinal Müller, the prefect of the CDF, and thus the guardian of the Catholic faith has said it very clearly: "The doctrine of the Church is not a man-made theory. The Magisterium of the Pope and the bishops is not above the Word of God."
According to the letter from our reader, the priest considers him   an even bigger sinner because he went to Communion, although he is divorced and remarried.
Nicola Bux: And for that we should place the guilt to the priest? It is Jesus Christ who proclaimed the indissolubility of marriage in the Gospel. And St. Paul warns against  receiving the sacrament unworthily. How can one demand access to the Eucharist if he  has left the community and bond with  and formed a bond with another woman? That is a contradiction in terms. And even more contradictions become visible in the letter. 
What do you mean by that?
Nicola Bux: Above all, the starting point. The reader referred to himself on the one hand as a "devout Catholic," but at the same time as a divorced and remarried, who betrays the indissolubility of the marriage bond.  Then he speaks literally of a "whim" that had driven him after 12 years, once again in the confessional.  Catholics are obliged to report to confession at least once a year. So we have to do it with a typical example of a "homegrown Christianity."   If I define what is Catholic, and if so, Church and faith would suit my needs. A phenomenon against which Benedict XVI. had warned emphatically.
One last question: Is not the Holy Door of the Cathedral  a separate, special penitential?
Nicola Bux: This also needs clarity: Sin pulls like a crime, here  a better understanding helps to make a comparison with the criminal law, guilt and punishment. Confession brings the repentant sinner absolution from guilt, but not of the punishment that is to be served in the afterlife on a supernatural level. That is the moment when the Holy Year comes into play, which makes it possible as a special way  to wipe out the penalties, comparable to a complete or partial remission. The gates of mercy in the Church are and will always be open. But on the usual terms. And the priests know that they do not give in and not allow themselves to be intimidated by the prevailing opinions.
Introduction / translation: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Mil / Arcidiocesi di Bari (screenshots)
Trans: Tancred