PopeWatch: 11 Cardinals



Father Z brings us some interesting news:


The Italian site La Nuova Bussola has learned that, in advance of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, yet another “Cardinals Book” is being released.

This time, however, its the “Eleven Cardinals Book™”!

This is sure to strike terror in the hearts of the Kasperites!

Eleven Cardinals, as the headline runs, are trying to stop the “Protestantization of the Church”.

In a way this is, but it also isn’t, a sequel to the Five Cardinals Book™, Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church

The names of the Cardinals involved:

  • Carlo Caffarra, Arcivescovo di Bologna;
  • Baselios Cleemis, Arcivescovo maggiore della Chiesa cattolica siro-malankarese e Presidente della Conferenza episcopale dell’India;
  • Paul Josef Cordes, Presidente emerito del Consiglio pontificio «Cor Unum»;
  • Dominik Duka, O.P., Arcivescovo di Praga, Primate di Boemia;
  • Willem Jacobus Eijk,  Arcivescovo di Utrecht;
  • Joachim Meisner, Arcivescovo emerito di Colonia;
  • John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Arcivescovo di Abuja (Nigeria);
  • Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, Arcivescovo emerito di Madrid;
  • Camillo Ruini, Vicario generale emerito di Sua Santità per la Diocesi di Roma;
  • Robert Sarah, Prefetto della Congregazione per il culto divino e la disciplina dei sacramenti;
  • Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino, Arcivescovo di Caracas, Santiago de Venezuela

The editor is the German professor of Canon Law Winfried Aymans, at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

It seems that Cardinals and only Cardinals are the writers.  I am pleased to see Card. Sarah in the list, as well as Caffarra.

It doesn’t say anything concrete about the publisher.  It doesn’t mention the title.  It doesn’t say anything about the languages, though given that this is in an Italian site we can assume Italian is – at least – one of the languages.

The Five Cardinals Book (which everyone ought to have, especially every priest and bishop) came out simultaneously in five languages.  HERE

Also, in the same Bussola piece there is a hint that another book is coming with contributions of 11 bishops and cardinals… all Africans!

You can guess what side of the marriage and the sodomy issues they will be on!

Go here to read the comments. For those opposed to the plans of the powers that be at the Vatican it is easy to feel that you are alone.  You are not.



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  1. “I’m waiting for the USCCB to put out their instructive book with a forward by Cardinal Dolan.”

    I’m, waiting for pigs to fly.

  2. On Facebook the other day one of my Protestant Evangelical friends and his friends were commenting on how evil and demonic the Catholic Church is, citing the specific goddess Gaia Marxist ideology that comes forth from this Pope. No matter how well Papal infallibility and non-impeccability can be explained, no matter how much history of the early Church Fathers can be cited, no matter what other Popes have said and done, the only thing these Protestant Evangelicals see is this Pope and his sickening, disgusting liberalism which they rightly loathe. During Benedict XVI’s reign, few if any of my Protestant Evvangelical friends criticized the Catholic Church because they saw orthodoxy from the Pope. But today they see liberal progressive Peronist crap and they know it’s crap. So while these 11 Cardinals may have an impact, while they may be able to stem the tide of heterodoxy, the damage that Pope Francis has done cannot be repealed, and the longer he stays in office, the worse it will get. Yet perhaps even worse yet would be a retirement wherein he would NOT be silent (unlike Benedict XVI).
    I never felt so frustrated trying to defend the Church while realizing that I shared the disgust that these Protestant Evangelicals have for the idiotic things that Peronist Pontiff issues forth.

  3. @PaulWPrimavera.

    In the book of Malachi 1. Chpt.2:7; For the lips of the priest are to keep knowledge, and instruction is to be sought from his mouth, because he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. 8 But you have turned aside from the way, and have caused many to falter by your instruction: you have made void the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of hosts. 9 I,therefore, have made you contemptible and base before all the people, since you do not keep my ways, but show partiality in your decisions.”

    In prayerful attitude, my hope is for clarity in the Pope’s actions and a unity in his office that is bound in God. If it isn’t, it will be better for him to vacate the Chair of Peter now, rather than “cause many to falter.”
    Pray for him Paul.

    Interesting that St.John Eudes feast day is today. At Mass this morning Father mentioned that one of the writing’s of St. John’s speaks of the increase of poor unholy priests as a chastisement upon a disobedient people.

  4. Paul, I know of lots of Protestants who criticized us for the papacy and such. I can recall one of Benedict’s first statements to the effect that vacationers needed prayers for safe travel. How mundane, especially after the magisterial JPII. Francis is giving them more ammo, but the ammo box was and is always open.

  5. ” So, it appears that the cat is out of the bag (who put him in the bag, to begin with, and what significance does that have, eh). I walk around with chronic low-grade anger over the Protestantization of the Church, which did not start in the 2000’s and has done so much to muddy the waters for the poor, innocent pew-sitters. One has to wonder if that anger is just, but when I see how much needless (needless!) harm has been done to ordinary folks by the lack of consistency among some members of the Hierarchy over brain-dead issues – no, even zombies could see the truth, then I think that at least some of that anger is justified. ”
    This copied/pasted from an original post commenter.
    ‘Chronic low-grade’ condition over the Church, plus civilization and governing powers is apt; and is harmful to attaining concentrated worship or good rest, so general health. Last week my mother’s MO Synod pastor visited and, protecting my mother from concerns, remarked lightly about the news of the current rampant loss of integrity. As I was returning for farewell, he offered an invitation to join one of his study groups and the opportunity to reacquaint with old friends from the congregation … like Donald McClarey encourages in ending this post.
    May these Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, and Lay defending the Holy Church experience support.

  6. “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”
    —St. Augustine.

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