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March 2020 Contents

Francis’ Nightmares for the Church: Analysis of New Apostolic Exhortation (Brian M. McCall)

Francis had some dreams, but they are really nightmares for the Church. These are not the dreams of the Patriarch Joseph, nor those of St. Joseph or St. John Bosco. They clearly do not come from the same source as the visions granted to these holy men.

On Feb. 12, 2020, the Vatican released the dreaded Apostolic Exhortation Querida Amazonia (QA), relating to the Synod on the Amazon that was held in Rome in October 2019. Dated February 2, the document is a bizarre relation of Francis’ “dreams” for the Amazon and the whole Church. This “I have a dream” exhortation epitomizes the depths to which the office of the Vicar of Christ has fallen since the Second Vatican Council. The pre-Conciliar popes taught the revealed truth handed down from the Apostles. Francis, in perfect continuity with Vatican II, shares his personal nightmarish visions of a Church that has shed the face of Christ her head for a Church with an Amazonian face.

Epitomizing this turning from God toward creatures, rather than filling his document with quotations from the Word of God – as one would expect from the Vicar of Christ – the document is filled with quotations from poetry. Now, there is nothing wrong with poetry.  Good poetry can help us appreciate truth and beauty. Yet, when teaching we would expect the Vicar of Christ to rely heavily on God’s Word rather than sprinkling a few snippets of Scripture in a document filled with quotations of secular poetry. If Francis wanted to use literary genres, the Scriptures themselves are filled with sacred poetry in the Psalms. Yet, this sacred poetry does not align with Francis’ nightmare to remake the Church into the image of a pantheist, pagan, modern liberal institution. Click here to continue reading

The Crowning Gift of Children: Keeping the Primary End of Marriage Primary (Amanda Evinger)

Eleven years ago, my husband gave me a wedding ring with one big diamond and ten little ones on it. “The ten diamonds,” he told me in all seriousness, “are for the ten children I hope we will have.” As he looked at me – charming, bright-blue eyed and innocent as can be – I was sold on baby-making for good! So far, we have been abundantly blessed to bring at least eight or nine babies into existence. Five of them are healthy children that are with us today, and the rest have gone to be in the arms of Our Heavenly Father forever. As a young engaged woman, I never imagined that some of the stones on my ring would represent children who have passed away long before us.

As with many mothers who are fully open to life, my child-bearing years have opened my heart to soaring joys, as well as profound sorrows. After enduring a traumatic, late-term miscarriage in 2012, I prayed to become pregnant with twins. Amazingly, I did become pregnant with identical twin girls shortly after my miscarriage. I was elated. My mother has a very beautiful friendship with her identical twin sister, and it had been a dream of mine for a long time to have identical twin girls. I carried them to 40 weeks and, after a 30-hour long agony of a labor, delivered them by C-section. When they came out, we saw that they were severely conjoined and unable to survive. My husband quickly baptized them, and they died soon after.

After losing our twins, I began to comprehend the innate dignity of every human life, and the reality that it is ultimately God Who decides who lives and who dies. I began to see how much of an awe-inspiring miracle a healthy baby really is – with their perfectly-formed little hands, their soft little fingernails, their first smile in response to yours, their heavenly scent, and their trusting eyes. When you hold them, a captivating love sweeps over you; and if you just allow yourself to let go for a moment, you can become lost in the love of the Creator Who fashioned them. Isn’t this what the miraculous power of God is all about – helping us realize His love?

Like most parents, we have been through an awful lot to bring our children into this world. My pregnancies are grueling and money is always tight. The trauma from the twins weighs on us, and my pregnancies have never been the same since. Yet, something powerful compels us – more accurately, Someone infinitely merciful and omniscient compels us – to move forward and continue to make our family grow, despite the obstacles. The grace to “increase and multiply” (Gen. 1:28) is always there for the asking. To continue reading, subscribe to the Catholic Family News E-Edition

*Popes Speak* Excerpts from Leo XIII’s Quamquam Pluries on Devotion to Saint Joseph

Editor’s Note: This month, amidst the austerities of Lent, Holy Mother Church bids us to rejoice in celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph (March 19) – he who is the Splendor of Patriarchs, Spouse of the Mother of God, and Foster-father of the Son of God, to name but a few of his glorious titles.

Due to his profound humility and noble silence in the Gospels, St. Joseph is often overlooked. In reality, though, he is second only to his Immaculate Spouse in the Communion of Saints. He was appointed by God the Father as Head of the Holy Family on earth, and his dignity as such remains the same in Heaven.

Therefore, let us increase our devotion to St. Joseph – the Pillar and Mainstay of families, Terror of demons, and Protector of Holy Church – and ask him to obtain from God the graces we need to persevere in “contend[ing] earnestly for the faith delivered once for all to the saints” (Jude 3). May he also hasten the restoration of Holy Mother Church to her rightful condition by his powerful intercession. St. Joseph, pray for us! Click here to read Leo XIII’s Quamquam Pluries

Fallout from the Amazon Synod, Part III: Sexual-Vocational Confusion (Peter Kwasniewski, Ph.D.)

The Modernists behind the Amazon Synod did not limit themselves to bowing before idols and warping the notion of inculturation. As happens again and again in Church history, apostasy from the Catholic Faith is accompanied by a rejection of clerical celibacy, sexual discipline, and a correct understanding of the ecclesial roles of men and women.

It is important to understand that this attack has nothing to do with a shortage of clergy. There has always been a shortage of clergy in missionary territories, but no one prior to our decadent age has ever thought that abolishing celibacy was the right solution. Rather, the Church has obeyed Christ by redoubling her prayers to the Lord of the harvest, asking Him to send more workers into the vineyard (cf. Matt. 9:36-38), and by purifying herself of corruption so that she may be found worthy of having her prayers answered.

We also know, as Bishop Athanasius Schneider says in his outstanding book Christus Vincit, that there have been heroic Christians in all ages who have persevered in spite of sacramental deprivation, because they had been taught the Faith and they remained true to it. He cites especially the example of Japanese Catholics who held on to the orthodox Faith for more than 200 years without clergy or recourse to any sacraments besides Baptism. When French missionaries reestablished contact with these Christians, they “were amazed to find that they knew the Apostles’ Creed and many prayers, including the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the [other prayers of the] Rosary, in both Japanese and Latin.” Frankly, this is a better track record than the local churches in almost any country after the Second Vatican Council.

In order to understand the attack against mandatory celibacy, we must look deeper than the excuses of its proponents. To continue reading, subscribe to the Catholic Family News E-Edition

Fasting is a Virtue and Necessary for Holiness (Timothy Flanders)

Among the many things from our fathers which are necessary for the restoration of Tradition, there are few things which are more neglected yet also more necessary than bodily fasting. Even among faithful Catholics who strive with zeal for the restoration of the Holy Mass and the reverence due to the Real Presence, the most basic fasting that our fathers practiced even in 1950 is rarely understood or practiced. Moreover, the modern world’s captivity to its appetites of food and sensible pleasure invade Catholic families through the ubiquitous domination of the social media slave master. Therefore, we intend in this article to provide readers with the necessary antidote both to rampant doctrinal errors in the spiritual life as well as the necessary practical wisdom from our forefathers in regaining this virtue of fasting.

The True State of Man

As we know from our catechism, every one born of a woman – save Our Lord and Our Lady – is stained with Original Sin. Holy Baptism cleanses the guilt of Original Sin and infuses the new life of grace, but the effects of Original Sin remain in us, inclining us to the sin of our first parents. Thus, every baptized person must cooperate with the grace of God and make a conscious and courageous effort to overcome these effects and merit, by God’s grace, the everlasting reward promised to those united to Christ’s Passion.

The principal effects of Original Sin include a darkened intellect, a weakened will, and a general inclination to evil. This inclination is a result of our sensible appetites controlling our intellect and reason, instead of the other way around. In other words, our reason is a slave to our sensible appetites, and thus we act like animals who have no reason. A properly ordered soul uses the intellect and will to govern the sensible appetites so that they are properly ordered according to right reason.

What are these sensible appetites? They include the irascible and the concupiscible appetites. These appetites desire the natural goods that God created for the use of human nature and the fulfillment of His precepts. The concupiscible appetite desires all immediate, sensible pleasures but is ordered toward two natural goods in particular: food and the conjugal act (procreation). These things are good in themselves, but because of Original Sin they have become an occasion for our ruin if abused.

In our fallen state, the concupiscible appetite enslaves the intellect to its desires for food and the conjugal act, resulting in two overwhelming vices: gluttony and lust. Because these two goods – food and the conjugal act – are very strong natural inclinations due to their great good for human nature (as created by God and ordered by right reason), their associated vices are particularly dominating to fallen man. To continue reading, subscribe to the Catholic Family News E-Edition

*Lessons in Catholic Education* Rediscovering a Classic Work: What is Education? by Father Leen, Part I (Fr. David Sherry, SSPX)

Fr. Edward Leen, CSSp (1885-1944) was a very well-known author of spiritual books such as In the Likeness of Christ and the classic Why the Cross? In June 1942, after delivering a series of lectures on education at a Catholic teacher training college on the Falls Road in Belfast, Ireland, he felt strangely impelled to write what would turn out to be his final book, What is Education? which was first published in 1943. He died the following year.

Many were impressed when it first appeared. Cardinal Mooney of Detroit urged the teachers within his archdiocese to read it twice in the coming year. For its originality, position on girls’ athletics, teaching of the classics and other shibboleths, the book stirred controversy and its author opined that it “might be understood in twenty years’ time.” Prescient words, indeed. Twenty years later, the Second Vatican Council was in full swing and the terrible revolution in Catholic life which followed would reap its most deadly fruit within the three sanctuaries of education: the Church, the family, and the school. What is Education? sets forth and builds upon the ideal of Catholic education as clearly and simply set forth in Pius XI’s encyclical Divini Illius Magistri. Now, it is long out of print and is as rare as orthodoxy in the Vatican; thus, I propose over the course of several articles to explore the great themes of this seminal book. To continue reading, subscribe to the Catholic Family News E-Edition

Creation vs. Evolution: Revisiting the Origins Debate, Part I (Stefanie Nicholas)

Shortly before my conversion to the Catholic Faith, I remember having a brief conversation on social media with an evangelical Protestant friend of mine on the topic of origins. At the time, as a non-Christian, I not only disagreed strongly with his belief in a young earth, I thought he was an idiot because of it. The fact that he was a very intelligent and moral person did not lessen my disdain for his views; rather, I saw it as confirmation of the fact that even very clever people can fall victim to leaps of fancy!

I was not hostile to Christianity at the time. I thought that a belief in (and obedience to) God seemed to bring a lot of positive things to the lives of others and particularly to the social cohesion of nations. I thought the Bible was a “great book”, which, when viewed through a spiritual lens, contained great lessons for mankind.

I was okay with Christians. A small part of me, tucked away safely from my sinful life, felt a longing to follow Jesus. One thing, however, was certain: I would never be like those fundamentalist Protestants from Kentucky who believe in a 6,000-year-old earth that was created in six days.

As is the case for most Catholic converts, my newfound faith has come with a nice helping of crow, eaten often and in large portions.

Today, as a Catholic, I have begun to rethink many of the scientific dogmas I previously took for granted. More specifically, I have let go of my prideful arrogance in assuming that creationists have no worthwhile scientific or theological ideas to share. Though I do not purport to know exactly which theory of “creationism” is the correct one in terms of Biblical interpretation and the scientific evidence, I can no longer affirm theistic evolution in any of its common forms. Darwin’s theories, and even more so the neo-Darwinian theories promulgated by his intellectual offspring, do not seem to me to be scientifically compelling. Furthermore, these theories pose real theological problems for the Christian Faith, as well as serving to undermine trust in the Scriptures as divinely inspired and thus inerrant. To continue reading, subscribe to the Catholic Family News E-Edition

Can Catholics Cooperate with Alt-Right Pagans in Political Action? (Jesse Russell, Ph.D.)

On November 9, 2016, something happened that was not supposed to happen.

On that day, Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose husband had served for two terms as President of the United States during the twilight of the 20th century and who herself had nearly obtained the Democratic nomination in 2008 (she was appointed Secretary of State in the Obama Administration as a consolation), was supposed to win the U.S. presidential election.

But Hillary Clinton did not win the presidency.

Rather, Donald Trump, former real estate investor and reality TV star known for his bravado and often brash commentary, road on the tidal wave of populist and patriotic fervor emanating from a battered but not broken American people.

The coalition that brought Donald Trump to the White House, although resembling the Reagan and, to a certain degree, Nixon coalitions of earlier GOP victories, was a new and unusual creation. Along with working-class Americans, Evangelicals, fiscal conservatives, Southerners, and many conservative Catholics was a strange, loose federation known as the “Alt-Right.”

What is the “Alt-Right”?

Equipped with an arsenal of colorful (but often confusing) memes, intellectual and entertaining podcasts, and incisive and humorous social media posts, many Alt-Right figures, such as Richard Bertrand Spencer, Mike “Enoch” Peinovich, and Greg Johnson rapidly became some of the most influential figures in the effort to elect President Trump.

On the surface, these figures seemed to share common ground with many American conservatives—especially traditional Catholics. The Alt-Right appeared to be at least pro-natal and opposed to large-scale abortion. Moreover, many Alt-Right media accounts were decorated with images drawn from classical antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance, including specifically and readily identifiable Christian figures.

However, there was also something quite unsettling about the Alt-Right. While they decorated their social media profiles with pictures of Roman legions and Michelangelo’s sculptures, some of them employed images drawn from German National Socialism as well as various 19th, 20th, and 21st-century occultist figures like Julius Evola and even Aleister Crowley. The snipes at neocons and the left were humorous, but many on the Alt-Right would also descend into cruel mockery of the Holocaust and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In short, many within the ranks of the Alt-Right seemed to embody a worldview that was at odds with Christianity. To continue reading, subscribe to the Catholic Family News E-Edition

The Life of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, SSPX)

Editor’s Note: At Fatima, Our Lady warned that if her request to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart were not fulfilled, Russia would spread her errors throughout the world. As we know, her request was not and has not been fulfilled. It is no surprise, then, that Russia spread its errors throughout the Second Vatican Council.

In this excerpt, we read how this was done and how it affected several aspects of the final documents. We first see how the human element of the Church made a deal with the devil (Russian communists) to win the ecumenical prize of having heretical and schismatic Russian Orthodox bishops (and likely Soviet agents) attend the Council. The quid pro quo was that there would be no condemnation of Communism. Thus, the Church meeting in solemn ecumenical council said not one word about the menace confronting the 20th century: atheistic Communism. We see how the political machine thwarted the will of certain Council Fathers to condemn the red menace. The consequences are that Russia spread her errors in the Council.

One of the key errors of Communism is an attempt to destroy the family. Communism seeks to destroy the sanctity of the family and make its fruits, children, property of the State. To do so, it seeks to sever the natural connection between procreation and marriage. We learn this month how this error insinuated itself by blurring the clear hierarchy of the ends of marriage. We also see how Our Lady, who gave the Church God’s remedy for this modern crisis (i.e., the consecration of Russia), was also ignored and pushed to the side by the attempt to silence the Council about her prerogatives. Lastly, we see the attempts of Archbishop Lefebvre and the Coetus to ameliorate some of the harm done by these errors of Russia. – Brian M. McCall, Editor-in-Chief

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The Request for the Condemnation of Communism

We now come to one of the Coetus’s greatest initiatives, and one that earned the greatest sympathy and the most support. Already on December 3, 1963, on the eve of the closing of the second session, Archbishop de Proença Sigaud brought a petition to Cardinal Cicognani with the signatures of 213 Fathers from forty-six countries, asking that a special schema be prepared in which “Catholic social doctrine would be clearly expounded and the errors of Marxism, socialism, and Communism refuted.” This request echoed the anti-Communist battles of Bishops de Castro Mayer and Sigaud in Brazil, and reflected the constant concerns of Archbishop Lefebvre in Dakar and in Africa.

On February 3, 1964, Archbishop Sigaud personally gave Paul VI another petition signed by 510 prelates that begged the Holy Father to act together with the Council Fathers to consecrate Russia and the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary according to the request made by Our Lady to Sister Lucy, one of the seers of Fatima. Through this consecration, “Russia would be converted.” The Pope let this request gather dust before finally rejecting it in January 1965.

On October 21, 1964, discussion focused on the part of the schema on the Church in the World —Schema XIII—which dealt with atheism. The word “communism” was still carefully avoided. In the face of this constant silence, the Coetus went into action on September 29, 1965, at the beginning of the fourth session. A letter asking the Council to examine Communism and condemn it was signed by twenty-five bishops and distributed. It was written by Bishop Carli and handed around by Archbishop Sigaud and Archbishop Lefebvre who, not wishing to appear too prominent, had not signed it. It stated that the Council’s silence on Communism would be a disavowal of the recent Popes. To the letter was joined a petition asking for the condemnation of Communism, on which there were already 332 signatures. In the end the signatures totaled 454. Archbishop Lefebvre submitted the petition and the 332 original signatures in person at the Council Secretariat on November 9 when there was sufficient time for it to be considered. He was given a receipt acknowledging that the document had been received.

The result? On November 13 the new version of the schema made no reference to the wishes of the petition. Communism was still not named. Thus, Bishop Carli made a protest on the same day to the Council Presidency and lodged a complaint with the administrative tribunal. Moreover, he decided to make the request once more in the form of an amendment, and at the same time proposed a debate specifically on the topic. The Coetus’s helpers spent the evening of Saturday, November 13, and Sunday, November 14, chasing around Rome by car distributing the two documents to all the Fathers. Before November 16, another twenty-nine signatures were added, and on November 15, the vigorous protest of Archbishop Sigaud shook the Council. But it was all in vain.

Nevertheless, Cardinal Tisserant ordered an inquiry that revealed…that the petition had unfortunately been “lost” in a drawer. In fact Msgr. Achille Glorieux, secretary for the relevant commission, received the petition but had not passed it on to the commission. To continue reading, subscribe to the Catholic Family News E-Edition

Our Lady of Fatima, Mother and Teacher: Part II – The Angelic Prelude to Fatima’s Prophetic Mission (Marianna Bartold)

In this second installment of my newest Fatima series, I will first repeat that “we can recognize and utilize the truth that the whole of the Fatima apparitions, from the appearances of the Angel of Peace to the Virgin herself, constitute endless lessons of traditional Catholic catechesis…” Initially addressing in Part I the three angelic apparitions of 1916 to the three shepherd children, in this second section I will share generous excerpts of my book, Fatima: The Signs and Secrets (available on Amazon), which opened by examining the moral certainty of the Angel’s identity and what his appearance at Fatima means to the Church Militant.

We begin by recalling what was stated last month: “That which is simply called ‘the Fatima Message’ is given for the sake of all, because all of us must, in these increasingly dangerous hours, battle for our souls and for the souls of others. So terrible are the sins of these days, increasing as they are in both type and number, that we should gravely consider that it is entirely possible that ours is the age of the great apostasy. If this era is not that infallibly prophesied time, it is, then, likely its figure-type.”

With that somber thought in mind, the Fatima Angel’s name also provides greater insights into why on May 13, 2010 – the 93rd anniversary of the Virgin’s first apparition – Pope Benedict XVI publicly said, “We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic mission is complete” (emphasis added).

Roughly ten years earlier, in his role his Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had written something similar: “Fatima is undoubtedly the most prophetic of modern apparitions” (emphasis added). Before him, Pope John Paul II acknowledged that his own predecessors gave Our Lady of Fatima special recognition, because her messages were more prophetic than any previous Marian apparitions which were approved by the Church as worthy of belief.

Fatima: Prophecy and Mission

We might consider, then, why Pope Benedict XVI purposely chose to use the descriptive term “prophetic” in defining Fatima’s “mission.” Therefore, let us look to the meaning of these words as the Church provides them:

Prophecy: A definite prediction of a future event which depends on the free will of God or man, and therefore can be known only by divine revelation. Some prophecies are conditional…Others are unconditional; for example, Christ foretold His death and resurrection…Christ Himself often appealed to prophecies as proof of His divinity and divine mission.”

As for “mission,” the root meaning of this word is “sending.” As it is used in ecclesiastical and theological writing, a “mission” (a sending) is usually accomplished in at least one of three distinct ways. To continue reading, subscribe to the Catholic Family News E-Edition

*Roman Catechism Series* I Believe in Life Everlasting. Amen. (Matthew Plese)

A Future, Deathless Life

“But, as it is written: That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him. But to us God hath revealed them, by this Spirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:9-10).

Having arrived at the final article of the Creed, the Roman Catechism begins by asserting the importance of this article for all Christians and its worthwhile position as the final article of the Apostles’ Creed:

“The holy Apostles, our guides, thought fit to conclude the Creed, which is the summary of our faith, with the Article on eternal life: first, because after the resurrection of the body the only object of the Christian’s hope is the reward of everlasting life; and secondly, in order that perfect happiness, embracing as it does the fullness of all good, may be ever present to our minds and absorb all our thoughts and affections.”

As the Catechism makes plainly clear, “life everlasting” refers to a perpetuity of happiness in a future, deathless life to which the happy souls of the blessed in Heaven will possess for all eternity without fear of losing God’s grace ever again.

“The faithful, therefore, are to be informed that the words, life everlasting, signify not only continuance of existence, which even the demons and the wicked possess, but also that perpetuity of happiness which is to satisfy the desires of the blessed. In this sense they were understood by the lawyer mentioned in the Gospel when he asked the Lord our Savior: What shall I do to possess everlasting life? [Matt. 19:16; Mark 10:17; Luke 18:18] as if he had said, What shall I do in order to arrive at the enjoyment of perfect happiness? In this sense these words are understood in the Sacred Scriptures, as is clear from many passages.”

As a consoling Mother, the Church puts forth these same sentiments during the Preface of the Canon of the Mass for funeral and Requiem Masses by assuring us:

“It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to Thee, holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God, through Christ our Lord: in Whom the hope of a blessed resurrection hath beamed upon us: so that those who are saddened by the certainty of dying may be consoled by the promise of a future deathless life. For to Thy faithful people, Lord, life is changed, not taken away; and when the home of this earthly sojourn is dissolved, an eternal dwelling is made ready in Heaven.”

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The Bergoglian Synodal Church: The Apotheosis of Paul VI’s Bad Idea (Christopher A. Ferrara)

As Pope Bergoglio declared on the 50th anniversary of Paul VI’s invention of the permanent Roman Synod in 1965: “The journey of synodality is the journey that God wants from his Church in the third millennium. A synodal church is a listening church, aware that listening is more than hearing. It is a reciprocal listening in which each one has something to learn.”

How does Bergoglio know what “God wants from his [sic] Church” in the third millennium, as opposed to what He has wanted from the Church since He founded it: the salvation of souls? He doesn’t, of course. That’s just something Bergoglio likes to say whenever he is promoting his own ideas. In this case, promoting his own idea of Paul VI’s already very bad idea to the next and most disastrous level: the attempted creation of a “synodal Church” that would not be one, holy, Catholic and apostolic but rather divided, worldly, inter-religious, and socialistic. That is, a perfect complement to the apparatus of the New World Order, whose Rome will be a pluri-confessional religious theme park in Abu Dhabi, scheduled for completion in 2022.

As the corrupt German hierarchy rushes ahead with the “synodal path” initiative that Bergoglio has invited and has done absolutely nothing to control, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, one of the last remaining orthodox prelates in Germany, protests in vain that “many arguments put forward at the first synodal assembly are incompatible with the faith and teaching of the universal Church,” and that, “My great concern that, due to the way this event was conceived and constituted, a Protestant church parliament is being implemented here, so to speak, has proved to be justified.”

New Exhortation Stops Short of Promised Land – Or Does It?

Yet the clerical and lay participants in Germany’s “synodal path” were sorely disappointed that Bergoglio failed to give explicit authorization for married priests and lady “deacons” in his simply ridiculous post-Amazon Synod “apostolic exhortation” Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon) (QA). But QA does contain such things as quotations from laughable love poems to the Amazon jungle and the stern papal warning that “the good functioning of ecosystems also requires fungi, algae, worms, insects, reptiles and an innumerable variety of microorganisms” (QA, 49)­ – surely well within the prerogative of the Roman Pontiff speaking on faith and morals. There is also Bergoglio’s sage observation that the Amazon features a dazzling diversity of woodlands” which “serves as a great filter of carbon dioxide…” (QA, 48). Although it must be said that no carbon dioxide filter seems operative at the Vatican, from which vast billows of hot air are still being expelled into our fragile planet’s already dangerously overheated atmosphere, with global catastrophe possible at any moment, as Bergoglio has warned elsewhere in the exercise of his papal role as Hammer of Carbon Dioxide. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News E-Edition