Evangelii Gaudium #247: “We hold the Jewish people in special regard because their covenant with God has never been revoked.”

This is explicit heresy. A heresy that was also privately taught by then Cardinal Ratzinger/Benedict XVI (see his books and Dominus Iesus) and first privately taught by John Paul II in the mid 1980’s. And it is due to this heresy that their dealing with the Jews, which are numerous and sinful, that have caused scandal to us all. But Pope Francis has put us in a bind! Now it is in an official papal document and it is explicit heresy. It puts into question his Pontificate. I must now ask myself, though I have no answer yet, is Pope Francis really the Pope? Is he now an Anti-Pope?

Now the confusion, I think, lies in the word “revoked.” The first meaning that pops into my head is “withdrawn" or "to take back." For example, if you are caught driving drunk you will have your license "revoked." But any dictionary will also say it means "to make void,” “to reverse," "to annul," or to "to officially cancel the power or effect." Obviously, God can never take back or withdraw His promises. But His promises can be rejected, as they were and are still. Making null and void the Old Covenant is exactly what Christ explicitly stated several times and at the Last Supper and explicitly did at His Passion. And, before I show you a short list of quotes to prove Francis wrong I am happy to say that even the Robber Council of Vatican II says: "His inexpressible mercy concluded the Ancient Covenant."  

On Facebook I have already been accused of reading too much into it or simply not being charitable when I say that Pope Francis echoes Vatican II and his Conciliar predecessors. Recall what then Cardinal Ratzinger taught in Dominus Iesus:

God’s grace, which is the grace of Jesus Christ according to our faith, is available to all. Therefore, the Church believes that Judaism, i.e. the faithful response of the Jewish people to God’s irrevocable covenant, is salvific for them, because God is faithful to his promises.

There is that word: “irrevocable." I truly believe that he believes this to be fact. He believes, as did JPII and so does Francis, that the Jews of today, who obstinately reject Christ and violently combat against His Divine Catholic Church (see the ADL, UCLA, SPLC, B’nai B’rith, Freemasonry and Communism) can be saved outside the Catholic Church. Some of the below quotes will prove, infallibly, otherwise.  

Judaism, in any of its forms, is not salvific today. If you believe that then you are a heretic and excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

Now this document from the CDF was released in 2000. In August 2002, the USCCB held a inter-faith conference with the perfidious Jews and that resulted in the document called “Reflections on Covenant and Mission.” In its preface it stated the following:

A deepening Catholic appreciation of the eternal covenant between God and his Jewish people, together with a recognition of a divinely given mission to Jews to witness to God’s faithful love, lead to the conclusion that campaigns that target Jews for conversion to Christianity are no longer theologically acceptable in the Catholic Church.

This is false and a sinful command. According to this I cannot create the “Confraternity for the conversion of the Jews.” What an admirable apostolate! But the American heirarchy and the Vatican would never approve of it. And it speaks falsely of the Old Covenant as “eternal” and that they too, along side of us, have a unique mission to witness to God’s faithful love, which “must not be curtailed by seeking the conversion of the Jewish people to Christianity." (Reflections) You may try to read it differently and accuse me of a false interpretation but the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults once stated (for it was later retracted by the USCCB after Robert Sungenis wrote a 12 page letter to the USCCB) “the covenant that God made with the Jewish people through Moses remains eternally valid for them" HERESY.

The Reflection document was later clarified but not enough to rectify the false teachings and implications. In fact, it did nothing but keep its heresy. They never once repudiated its sinful command nor has the Vatican, under Benedict or Francis, repudiated it. I assume then that they support it and I can tell that they do by their words and deeds.

This is only a tiny fraction of the dots one can connect to see the larger picture here. The Conciliar Church teaches heresy and Francis himself has placed that same heresy explicitly in a papal document. This causes me to question if the seat is empty or not.

Below I offer you some quotes from Councils and saints to PROVE to all you all that the Jews must be converted TODAY. Make every effort to convert every last one of them so that they many not fall into Hell.   

"In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me.” - 1st Corinthians 11:25

"For this is the chalice of My blood, of the new and eternal testament: the mystery of faith: which shall be shed for you and for many unto the remission of sins.” - Consecration of Chalice Prayer (TLM)

“..for the perfidious Jews: that Our Lord and God may lift the covering off their hearts, so that they may acknowledge Jesus Christ Our Lord.” - Traditional Good Friday Prayer for the Jews

It [The Holy Roman Church] firmly believes, professes and teaches that the legal prescriptions of the old Testament or the Mosaic law, which are divided into ceremonies, holy sacrifices and sacraments, because they were instituted to signify something in the future, although they were adequate for the divine cult of that age, once our lord Jesus Christ who was signified by them had come, came to an end and the sacraments of the new Testament had their beginning.” - Council of Florence

The Most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews, heretics, and schismatic  can ever be partakers of eternal life, but that they are to go into the eternal fire ‘which was prepared for the devil and his angels,’ (Mt. 25:41) unless before death they are joined with Her…” - Council of Florence [there are only 3 ways, 4 if you are one of the Jews converted at the End of Time, to be joined with the Church: 1) Baptism of Water 2) Baptism of Desire 3) Baptism of Blood. Invincible Ignorance is not a means of Salvation but those in it can get to Heaven.]

Doesn’t the Church every day triumph more fully over the Jews in convicting or converting them than if once and for all she destroyed them with the edge of the sword: Surely it is not in vain that the Church has established the universal prayer which is offered up for the faithless Jews from the rising of the sun to its setting, that the Lord God may remove the veil from their hearts, that they may be rescued from their darkness into the light of truth. For unless it hoped that those who do not believe would believe, it would obviously be futile and empty to pray for them.” - St. Bernard of Clairvaux (quoted in A Quo Primum)

"By the death of our Redeemer, the New Testament took the place of the Old Law which had been abolished; then the Law of Christ together with its mysteries, enactments, institutions, and sacred rites was ratified for the whole world in the blood of Jesus Christ. For, while our Divine Savior was preaching in a restricted area - He was not sent but to the sheep that were lost of the House of Israel - the Law and the Gospel were together in force; but on the gibbet of His death Jesus made void the Law with its decrees fastened the handwriting of the Old Testament to the Cross, establishing the New Testament in His blood shed for the whole human race. “To such an extent, then,” says St. Leo the Great, speaking of the Cross of our Lord, “was there effected a transfer from the Law to the Gospel,from the Synagogue to the Church, from the many sacrifices to one Victim, that, as Our Lord expired, that mystical veil which shut off the innermost part of the temple and its sacred secret was rent violently from top to bottom.” Pope Pius XII, in the encyclical Mystici corporis (1943)

"The Jews knew that Christ was the son of David. And even now they hope for His Coming. It is hidden from them that He has come, but it is hidden because they willed it so. For, not acknowledging Him on the cross, the knowledge of Him reigning in glory should not be theirs … Why are the Jews hoping for what has already come, and not fearful for what is to come? For Our Lord Jesus Christ … referred Himself as “the Stone” (Matthew xxi.44), that whoever stumbles upon it shall be bruised; but upon whom it shall fall, it will grind to powder … Lying on the ground, it shakes whoever falls over it; coming from on high, it crushes the proud. The Jews have already been shaken by their previous stumble. What awaits them is to be crushed by His Coming." ~ St. Augustine

But at any rate the Jews say that they, too, adore God. God forbid that I say that. No Jew adores God! Who says so? The Son of God says so. For He said, ‘If you were to know My Father, you would also know Me. But you neither know Me nor do you know My Father.' Could I produce a witness more trustworthy than the Son of God?” - St. John Chrysostom

The faithlessness of the Synagogue is an insult to the Savior. Therefore, He chose the barque of Peter and deserted the boat of Moses; that is, He rejected the faithless Synagogue and adopted the believing Church … Of these two ships, one is left at the shore, idle and empty; the other, loaded filled, is launched into the deep. For the Synagogue is left idle on the beach. Because of its own fault, it has lost Christ along with the warnings of the prophets. But the freighted Church is taken out into the deep, because it received the Lord together with the teaching of the Apostles. The Synagogue, I say, remains on the land, held fast as it were to earthly things. The Church is called forth to the deep, as though to search into the profound mysteries of Heaven.” ~ St. Ambrose

Go, so that cured by Christian faith, you may not die in Jewish unfaith, but may live forever with Jesus Christ Our Lord. ~ St. Peter Chrysologus

So clearly was the transition then made from the Synagogue to the Church that, when the Lord gave up His soul, the veil of the Temple was rent in two. ~ Pope St. Leo the Great

Therefore, the Jewish system is destroyed, for it was only a shadow; but that of the Church is firmly established, for it is built on the Rock, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. ~ St. Athanasius

 Since His spouse, the Synagogue, refused to receive Him, Christ answered: “This is a harlot!” And He gave her a bill of divorce, as we read in Isaias (50:1): “Thus says the Lord: Behold, you are sold for your iniquities; and for your evil deeds have I put your mother away. Because I came and there was not a man; I called and there was no one who would hear.” And so the Jews, the sons of the harlot, were repudiated. ~ St. Vincent Ferrer

We are told by the Apostle that when the time is ripe all Israel shall be saved. But those who die beforehand will remain in death. ~ St. Bernard of Clairvaux

“You [Bl. Pope Eugene III] also have obligations toward unbelievers, whether Jew, Greek, or Gentile” - St. Bernard of Clairvaux

I knew in my faith that the Jews were accursed and condemned without end, except those who were converted. ~ Bl. Juliana of Norwich

"Turn Thine eyes of mercy towards the children of that race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may It now descend upon them, a laver of redemption and of life.” -Consecration of Human Race to Christ the King.

"Take heed to yourselves and be not like some piling up sins and saying that the covenant is theirs as well as ours. It is ours, but they lost it completely just after Moses received it - Epistle of Barnabas 4:6-7 [not a completely orthodox letter but equally telling]

I offer you links to various articles on this same topic

CFN: Common Mission and “Significant Silence”

More from Benedict on the Jews

TIA: Is the Catholic Church becoming a Branch of the Synagogue?

TIA: The Deicide and the Council

TIA: Benedict’s New Book Contradicts Church Teaching on Jews

Robert Sungenis and the Jews

After a short period of feigned investigation into the new contraception benefit regulations offered by the Obama administration, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has determined that they don’t accept Obama’s “birth control compromise” and will continue to demand a right to deny contraception benefits, even contraception benefits that they are not actually paying for. Last week, the administration clarified how it intends to let religiously affiliated organizations avoid paying directly for the benefits—the insurance companies will have to reach out directly to employees, without going through the employer—but since the clarification continues to allow women to use benefits they’ve earned, the bishops are not having it. For those who believe the bishops are arguing in good faith, their latest reaction might be a surprise. But if you assume that anti-choicers are endlessly interested in separating as many women as possible from contraception, the bishops’ behavior makes perfect sense.
We wish to clarify what this debate is—and is not—about. This is not about access to contraception, which is ubiquitous and inexpensive, even when it is not provided by the Church’s hand and with the Church’s funds. This is not about the religious freedom of Catholics only, but also of those who recognize that their cherished beliefs may be next on the block. This is not about the Bishops’ somehow “banning contraception,” when the U.S. Supreme Court took that issue off the table two generations ago. Indeed, this is not about the Church wanting to force anybody to do anything; it is instead about the federal government forcing the Church—consisting of its faithful and all but a few of its institutions—to act against Church teachings. This is not a matter of opposition to universal health care, which has been a concern of the Bishops’ Conference since 1919, virtually at its founding. This is not a fight we want or asked for, but one forced upon us by government on its own timing. Finally, this is not a Republican or Democratic, a conservative or liberal issue; it is an American issue.
—  USCCB Administrative Committee

Our Conference is focused on several current and fundamental problems, some involving opposition to intrinsic evils and others raising serious moral questions:

• Continuing destruction of unborn children through abortion and other threats to the lives and dignity of others who are vulnerable, sick, or unwanted;

• Renewed efforts to force Catholic ministries—in health care, education, and social services—to violate their consciences or stop serving those in need;

• Intensifying efforts to redefine marriage and enact measures which undermine marriage as the permanent, faithful, and fruitful union of one man and one woman and a fundamental moral and social institution essential to the common good;

• An economic crisis which has devastated lives and livelihoods, increasing national and global unemployment, poverty, and hunger; increasing deficits and debt and the duty to respond in ways which protect those who are poor and vulnerable as well as future generations;

• The failure to repair a broken immigration system with comprehensive measures that promote true respect for law, protect the human rights and dignity of immigrants and refugees, recognize their contributions to our nation, keep families together, and advance the common good;

• Wars, terror, and violence which raise serious moral questions on the use of force and its human and moral costs in a dangerous world, particularly the absence of justice, security, and peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East.

In this coming election and beyond, we urge leaders and all Catholics to share the message of faithful citizenship and to use this document in forming their own consciences, so we can act together to promote and protect human life and dignity, marriage and family, justice and peace in service to the common good. This kind of political responsibility is a requirement of our faith and our duty as citizens.

—  United States Bishops
I do not believe that Pope John Paul II was endorsing or validating Castro’s rule when he visited Cuba and met with the dictator, although he was recognizing him. Nor, do I think the Catholic Church in Cuba is validating or sanctioning his rule when they work with the Cuban regime to alleviate poverty. This way of thinking, that any form of recognition means we are complicit in actions that the Church does not approve only makes sense if one has adopted a thoroughly defensive posture.

Michael Sean Winters - USCCB Response: Worse Than Expected

This is a great column. I highly suggest a read.

Following enactment of ACA, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has not joined in efforts to repeal the law in its entirety, and we do not do so today. The decision of the Supreme Court neither diminishes the moral imperative to ensure decent health care for all, nor eliminates the need to correct the fundamental flaws described above.We therefore continue to urge Congress to pass, and the Administration to sign, legislation to fix those flaws.
Why the USCCB's "Religious Freedom" Argument Is a Lie

Written by Bridgette Dunlap for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

The recent Huffington Post article by Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops tells us quite a bit about the veracity of the USCCB’s claims that religious freedom is under attack in the United States.

Sister Walsh portrays Catholic institutions as just wanting to be able to give away services as acts of charity without government interference. But the truth is Catholic institutions (or those who claim to speak for them) are demanding they be able to participate in the market without having to adhere to the same standards as anyone else selling products or services, and to do it with government funding to boot.  

The idea that some religious organizations should not have to meet the general standard has been widely accepted, but Sister Walsh finds the resulting exemption to the contraceptive coverage mandate, “miserly.” As the USCCB has told us repeatedly, the issue isn’t contraception, but religious freedom. The problem, they claim, is just that too few Catholic-affiliated institutions are exempt from the HHS regulation.

As Bishop William Lori, of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty put it to Congress:

This is not a matter of whether contraception may be prohibited by the government.  This is not even a matter of whether contraception may be supported by the government. Instead, it is a matter of whether religious people and institutions may be forced by the government to provide coverage for contraception or sterilization, even if that violates their religious beliefs.

Now, there is a first-grader in plaid somewhere inside of me who hesitates to say this, but:  this is a big lie. I know this is a lie because I read the USCCB’s Statement on Religious Freedom.

Read the rest here.

Through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops we have testified before the U.S. Congress for change in our immigration laws and for legislation that respects family unity and provides an orderly and reasonable process for unauthorized persons to attain citizenship. The new law should include a program for worker visas that respects the immigrants’ human rights, provides for their basic needs and ensures that they enter our country and work in a safe and orderly manner. We will also continue to advocate on behalf of global economic justice, so that our brothers and sisters can find employment opportunities in their countries of origin that offer a living wage, and allow them to live with dignity. Immigrants are a revitalizing force for our country. The lack of a just, humane and effective reform of immigration laws negatively affects the common good of the entire United States.
—  The Hispanic/Latino Bishops of the United States
USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate

October 12, 2012

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows:

Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees:

"With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact."

This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain “religious employers.” That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to “Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,” or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.

HHS has proposed an additional “accommodation” for religious organizations like these, which HHS itself describes as “non-exempt.” That proposal does not even potentially relieve these organizations from the obligation “to pay for contraception” and “to be a vehicle to get contraception.” They will have to serve as a vehicle, because they will still be forced to provide their employees with health coverage, and that coverage will still have to include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients. They will have to pay for these things, because the premiums that the organizations (and their employees) are required to pay will still be applied, along with other funds, to cover the cost of these drugs and surgeries.

USCCB continues to urge HHS, in the strongest possible terms, actually to eliminate the various infringements on religious freedom imposed by the mandate.

For more details, please see USCCB’s regulatory comments filed on May 15 regarding the proposed “accommodation”: www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/rulemaking/upload/comments-on-advance-notice-of-proposed-rulemaking-on-preventive-services-12-05-15.pdf