It’s official – the Vatican has released its latest ecumen-maniacal nonsense.
The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity has fielded a handbook, three years in the making, entitled: The Bishop and Christian Unity: An Ecumenical Vademecum.
It is madness, so we won’t dig in much here. Read the English original at your peril.
But thankfully, the Vatican is at least becoming more forthright: it no longer hesitates to point out its own break with tradition, as it openly prescribes acts regarded by our forebears as intrinsically evil – as in, gravely sinful in themselves. As in, inadmissible.
No obfuscation, just brazen novelty. From n. 17 of the document, our emphasis:
Catholics not only can, but indeed must, seek out opportunities to pray with other Christians. Certain forms of prayer are particularly appropriate… [T]he ancient Christian practice of praying the psalms and scriptural canticles together (the Prayer of the Church) is a tradition [!] that continues to be common throughout many Christian communities and therefore lends itself to be prayed ecumenically. In promoting joint prayer Catholics should be sensitive to the fact that some Christian communities do not practise joint prayer with other Christians, as was once the case for the Catholic Church. (n. 17)
Since they use the nigh-incredible example of praying the Divine Office with non-Catholics, let’s revisit that particular moral act in past Church teaching and legislation. Just a quick fly-over, mind you…
- “No one shall pray in common with heretics and schismatics” –Synod of Laodicea, 363
- “No one must either pray or sing psalms with heretics” –Council of Carthage, 397
- “Let a bishop, presbyter, or deacon, who has prayed with heretics be excommunicated” –Apostolic Canons, c. 450
- “If anyone refuses to avoid heretics after they have been pointed out by the Church, let them also be excommunicated” –Council of Lateran IV, 1215
- “Heretics and those stained with some taint of heresy… are to be totally excluded from the company of Christ’s faithful” –Council of Lateran V, 1512
- “It is illicit to invite heretics into choir during sacred services, to sing alternately with them, to give them peace, sacred ashes, candles and blessed palms, and other such tokens of external worship” –Cong. of the Holy Office, 1859
- “It is not licit for Catholics to attend or take part in an active way in non-catholic ceremonies” –Canon Law, 1917
- “In all these meetings and conferences, any communication whatsoever in worship must be avoided” –Cong. of the Holy Office, 1949
With those few in mind (and many more here), reread the Vademecum quote above. What else is there to say?
“Yes, we once thought that was evil. But not anymore. Now, it’s a moral imperative.”
Saints preserve us.
The document goes on to make a recommendation that is truly decolorativa candoris ecclesiæ and injurious in particular to the memory of the English martyrs – not to mention insulting to all their descendants in the Faith:
Where appropriate, Catholic and other Christian ministers may be invited to share the ministry of preaching in each other’s non-Eucharistic services (n. 20)
Countless Catholics in the UK once purchased crowns of glory by refusing simply to listen to Anglican sermons; now, those very murderers and their descendants in heresy are hailed as “ministers” with some share in the “ministry of preaching” – a ministry that, in truth, can only be conferred by the Successors of the Apostles. Piarum aurium offensiva. Despicable.
The Vademecum also reduces the grave sin of communicatio in sacris (again) to the act of mutual participation in sacraments (true or false), particularly that of “communion.” And once again, ignoring two thousand years of traditional doctrine and morals, the practice is approved – nay, recommended. One finds a sentence that can hardly be believed:
Communicatio in sacris is therefore permitted for the care of souls within certain circumstances, and when this is the case it is to be recognised as both desirable and commendable. (n. 36)
It’s laughable to read that alongside a proscription in the old Canon Law, scrubbed in 1983:
One who engages in communicatio in sacris… is suspected of heresy. (Can. 2316)
(Now, what to do with all those traditional catechisms that flatly condemn the new Vademecum as contrary to eternal and divine law… Rather bothersome, those old tomes!)
The Vademecum further maintains that only faith and some “proper disposition” (n. 36) are sufficient for non-Catholics to receive the Holy Eucharist, in defiance of the teaching of the Council of Trent…
“If anyone saith that faith alone is a sufficient preparation for receiving the Sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist; let him be anathema. … But if anyone shall presume to teach, preach, or obstinately to assert, or even in public disputation to defend the contrary, he shall be thereupon excommunicated.” (Sess. 30)
…and rehashes the damnable notion that other religions are “means of salvation” (n. 2), basing itself on (surprise) the documents of Vatican II.
It goes so far as to employ terms like “interconfessional” and even “interchurch” (as though there was more than one) with a straight face! Don’t forget the new language tactic.
The possibility of scandal is actually raised (somewhat surprisingly) with regard to various wicked practices: shared worship with non-Catholics, intercommunion with heretics and schismatics, the sacrilegious lending out of consecrated spaces for rites of false worship, etc. However, such concerns are more or less dismissed with a polite wave of – you guessed it – the discernment and accompaniment wand.
Calling all “good bishops” out there…
…How long will you let this go on?