Saturday, December 31, 2016

I will show you how our Lord is offended in this church


26 JULY, 2013 to Valentina, Sydney

In the morning the angel appeared to me and said to me, "I will show you how our Lord is offended in this church (Parramatta). You see on Sundays during Mass when the church is almost full and even through the weekwhen it is time to receive our Lord in Holy Communion. 

Most of the people receive Him so superficially without 
confession or repentance in their hearts, and they still come to receive Him." 
The Angel said to me, "Come with me and I will show you how people receive Jesus in Holy Communion."
We then went into the ChapelThe walls of the Chapel were completely covered from floor to ceiling in credit cardsI could not see the windows as they were also covered  in credit cards. The Angel said to me, "These credit cards represent how people receive HolCommunion.The cards were all different colours.
In mmind I was thinking what is thisis it going to be a shopI know the cards represent the buying of goods instantland without much thoughtThis is how many people receive our Lord Jesus in Holy Communion.
The Angel showed me how God is sacrileged not only in this church but many churches. People go to Holy Communion out of habitWhen they see others gothey follow one another without examining their consciences. 
The Angel then said to me standing in front of the Tabernacle, "Throw yourself on your knees and beg God for mercy for all the sacrileges committed against Jesus during Holy Communionfor all the Pains that He bears. So severelHe is saddened by this."
The Angel said, "You must tell Priests that they should speak about this to people during the Homily."

For the explanation of the credit cards is, we purchase goods on credit knowing full well we have to eventually pay for our goods as it is with Holy Communion we receive, but one day we will have to make an account of that sacrilege and have to pay our debt (offence ) to God.



8TH FEBRUARY, 2013 to Valentina, Sydney

Sunday Mass. After receiving Holy Communion our Lord Jesus spoke, "My Child, I want to tell you how much I am offended by the sacrilege during reception of Holy Communion. It tears My Heart into piecesPeople receive Me with no remorse for the sin in their hearts. It is becoming a habit everywhere. They just follow each other in a queue, standing and stretching out their hands to receive My Body like a biscuitNo reverence whatsoever!” 

"My child, please console Me. Offer your suffering with love. I will accept it and I will know we are one in thisI want you to tell My Priests to explain more to people how sacred is MBody. A lot of people don't know everything. They must be instructed to honour Me with great respect.

"My childrenI died for you on the cross and I suffered. You cannot imagine how much I suffered in order to give you life.

Our Lord was so sorrowful with tears on His Holy Face showing me how casual people are during Holy Communion. 

Lord have mercy on us. 


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Great graces given for reading the Bible


“I say now, My children, that you must understand there are great graces given for reading the Bible, even a short time of fifteen minutes; you will be graced by indulgences. Have you forgotten, My children, in the modernization of My Son's Church, have you forgotten the meaning of indulgences? They are applicable to the time you may have to put in purgatory, My children." - Our Lady of the Roses, July 25, 1985

"The road to the Kingdom of God is found in the reading of the Scriptures. Man does not know God. He no longer looks for Him in the revelations of the Holy Bible. 
     "The soul in exile can only be nourished by the word of God, through Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. The Holy Bible is your family heirloom." Our Lady in locution, April 7, 1970
 


"I ask that all who hear My voice will take their Bibles, and if they do not have one, search, but find the right Bible, those printed not after 1965, My children." Jesus, October 5, 1985
"You must all obtain a copy of the Book of life and love, the Bible. Do not accept the new mods. Try to find in your bookstores the old Bibles, My children, for many are being changed to suit the carnal nature of man. I repeat, sin has become a way of life." - Our Lady of the Roses, October 6, 1992  

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Kentucky Gov. Bevin Declares 2017 as 'Year of the Bible'...





Kentucky.com reported on December 21, 2016:
By Jack Brammer
The “Year of the Bible” will apparently last 24 months in Kentucky.
Gov. Matt Bevin has declared 2017 the “Year of the Bible” in Kentucky even though he proclaimed 2016 the “Year of the Bible” last December.
Both proclamations pleased Pastor Mark Harrell of Victory Christian Fellowship church in Somerset, who said Wednesday that Bevin’s actions are in support of a statewide Bible reading marathon.
The “Kentucky 120 United Bible Reading Marathon” is a statewide event to get people in all 120 Kentucky counties to read aloud the entire Bible in the first three or so days of the new year.
Harrell founded the effort with aid from a group of clergy known as the Kentucky Prayer Focus.
“We had the Bible-reading marathon last January and the governor and his family participated,” Harrell said. “He wanted it again. We are fortunate to have such a governor.”
Harrell said he and Democratic state Rep. Tom Riner of Louisville, who also is a Baptist minister, asked Bevin to sign the proclamation for 2017 and “he graciously accepted as he did last year.”

Riner wrote the proclamation, Harrell said.
The governor’s proclamation, which he signed Dec. 19, says 2017 “marks the second year Kentucky has led the nation in celebrating the Bible’s significant impact on Kentucky and American institutions and culture by leaders in each county taking shifts to read through the entire Bible in Kentucky’s Bible Reading Marathon beginning Jan. 1, 2017.”

It also contains quotes from Presidents Lincoln, Truman and Reagan and first U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay on the Bible’s influence on America.
“We’re trying to get all people in one accord in God’s Word,” said Harrell.
He said readers in the marathon will include government officials, students and jail inmates, among others.
“At midnight Jan. 1, someone in a county will read from the Bible for 15 minutes and then someone else and then someone else and so on until the entire Bible is read aloud,” Harrell said. “It will take about 3 1/2 days to do this.”

So far, people in 72 Kentucky counties have indicated they will participate, said Harrell. “Last January, we had 90 counties but more time to prepare for it.”

Harrell said he initially was not planning to hold the marathon in back-to-back years, but Bevin requested it again.
Frank Lovell Jr., a board member of Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers, said he is “disappointed but not surprised” by Bevin’s actions.
“He can believe whatever he wants to but I just don’t think an agent of the government should be signing such a proclamation,” said Lovell.
Anyone interested in participating, Harrell said, can call his church at 606-677-1100 to get more information.

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Try “The Yearly Examen”: A spiritual exercise for a better 2017




As the New Year approaches many of us will look forward with hope, convincing ourselves that “next year will be better.” The past year may not have gone exactly as we had wanted and our original “New Year’s Resolutions” may have only endured to the middle of January. Whatever may be the case, we look forward to the future and have a glimmer of hope that our current situation will improve.

While looking forward to what “could be” can keep our spirits up for the moment, a much deeper exercise that provides more nourishment to the soul consists of reviewing the entire year and being thankful for the many blessings (and crosses) that God has given us.
This process allows a person to understand where they are and where God’s actions may be leading them. In other words, it is only in looking back that one can move forward.

One way to reflect on the past year is to make a “Yearly Examen.” This practice is simply an extension of the “Daily Examen” that is a central part of Ignatian Spirituality. The Daily Examen is practice where an individual stops two times during the day (at midday and at the close of the day) to examine God’s activity and to recognize any faults or sins committed.


St. Ignatius divided the Daily Examen into five parts and is often described in this way:
  1. Place yourself in God’s presence. Give thanks for God’s great love for you.
  2. Pray for the grace to understand how God is acting in your life.
  3. Review your day — recall specific moments and your feelings at the time.
  4. Reflect on what you did, said, or thought in those instances. Were you drawing closer to God, or further away?
  5. Look toward tomorrow — think of how you might collaborate more effectively with God’s plan. Be specific, and conclude with the “Our Father.”
This is a beautiful exercise to practice daily and helps you understand how God is working in your life, while also being honest with your own mistakes and failures. It is also a positive way of recognizing your faults while being aware of the love and mercy of God.
Besides making a Daily Examen, one can also look bigger and make a “Yearly Examen” that looks at the major events of the past year, looking forward to what you need to change in the New Year.
Here is how it might look:

  1. After placing yourself in God’s presence, first give thanks to God for all the many blessings received during the past year. Pass through each month, remembering the blessings that occurred.
  2. Pray for the grace to understand God’s divine providence.
  3. Next, review each month again and take notice of any feelings or movements that occur in your heart while doing this activity. Whatever you may feel (whether it was a good feeling or bad feeling), ask God to help you understand why an event happened.
  4. Fourth, ask pardon for any sins you committed, trusting fully in God’s mercy.
  5. Last of all look forward to the New Year think of ways that you can collaborate more with God’s loving plan for your life.
If we want to progress in 2017 in any way, we must not forget the past, but learn from it and accept everything that happened in light of God’s divine providence. By doing this, we can better move forward and do so in a spirit of collaboration, realizing that God is the one who is in control. In the end, if we are to remember one thing let us recall the words God said to the prophet Jeremiah:
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
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Philip Kosloski

- See more at: http://aleteia.org/2016/12/27/try-the-the-yearly-examen-a-spiritual-exercise-for-a-better-2017/#sthash.ZRyK4i2A.dpuf

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Keep the Faith, Despite the Madness: Suggested New Year’s Resolution

Written by Hilary Whitenull

Suggested New Year’s Resolution: Keep the Faith, Despite the Madness
Two years ago, using the term “schism” in reference to the antics of the Vatican would have got you automatically labeled a sedevacantist or schismatic. Now it is used commonly by nearly everyone, including highly placed prelates in Rome. This is not because the Church is falling apart. It is not because Catholics are losing their Faith. It is because they are finding it. Because the realities have at last begun to overcome the false propaganda of the last five decades.
As the mayhem and destruction of the Bergoglian Wrecking Ball continues, and continues to escalate almost daily, we are seeing more and more examinations of canon law and theology around the question, “Is it possible for a reigning pope to be a schismatic?” Now, I’m not a canonist or a theological scholar. I’m really just someone who knows how to ask people questions. So I don’t pretend to have the answers to that question and all the other related questions that grow logically from it. 
But I am a baptized and confirmed Catholic, and I know what the Faith is and what it isn’t. And I know what the Three Laws of Rational Thought are; I know that a proposition and its opposite can’t both be true; I know that there can be no third “middle” thing between a proposal and its opposite; and I know that a thing is the same as itself and different from another thing, that A = A and not Non-A. 
Together, these things make it easy to understand that when Our Lord says anyone who tries to divorce and marry again is an adulterer, and when the Church teaches based on this that such people cannot receive Holy Communion, anyone who says that they can is wrong. Whether he is honestly mistaken or actually a nefarious evildoer bent on destroying the very fabric of reality is of no concern to me. He’s wrong either way, and we cannot follow him, whether he is a priest, a bishop, a cardinal, a pope or an angel from highest Heaven. Yes and no cannot both be the same. Reality is the way it is. A = A. 
So, I’m afraid I become somewhat impatient with people who are panicking. What is there to panic about? We know the Faith. We know what reality is. We know that God does not abandon those who remain faithful to Him, though all the world are against them. None of that matters. 
Equally, it doesn’t matter what it will look like. What will it look like, this schism that Bergoglio and his friends are currently helping to bring to final fruition – the same that has been bubbling away for 50 years? What will the world say when a tiny group of recalcitrant “ultraconservatives” call a press conference to declare that Jorge Bergoglio has lost the charism of the papacy and that anyone who follows him is no longer in union with the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church? It will look very much like what it does now. 
The Bergoglian sect, as we must then call it, will continue to dress and look to the world like Catholic churchmen. They will continue to occupy all or nearly all of the properties, from the Vatican to the local parish. All the world and its institutions; the media, academia, international finance and law, organisations like the EU and the UN, all the nations that currently have diplomatic relations with the Holy See, will call the Bergoglian sect the Catholic Church. 
None of that matters at all. A shell of a Church that looks Catholic on the outside but preaches a creed opposed to Christ cannot be the Catholic Church. The Real is what it is; A = A. A thing is the same as itself and not the same as some other thing. Two opposed things cannot both be true. Yes cannot be the same as no. 
Many, many Catholics who will refuse to jure, who will not pinch even a single grain to a false god, will have to find other places to go to Mass. They will have to find other convents and monasteries to live in, or will have to leave religious life altogether. Those who are unwilling to give up religious life will have to carry on without habits in rented houses. Seminarians will have to find other living and study arrangements. Many priests will have to find ways to make a living while carrying on their priestly duties. 
These will be difficult things to do, they will be real privations and losses, no mistake. But for these losses we have already been promised eternal glory. And for every person in these kinds of difficulties, there is an opportunity for grace for someone else. The more difficulties we all face, the more we can step in and help each other in real and concrete ways. And the more we will be drawn together in authentic Christian solidarity.
These things have all happened before. Many times and not that long ago. I know a man who was ordained in a Soviet state who did all his studies for the priesthood while operating a crane in a wire factory, hiding his books under his jacket. We know that Japanese believers held on to the Faith through centuries without any clergy whatever – they had the Rosary and remembered Our Lady. They had catechesis that was passed on orally. And they remembered their martyrs. We know there are Chinese martyrs, both white and red, doing these things right now. 
The Faith cannot die, because the God who died has risen from the dead, has conquered death forever. The Church cannot be killed. The people currently trying to kill it don’t believe this, but that doesn’t matter either. 
People have asked me how it can possibly make sense that a pope can “go into schism” or be “fomenting schism” or even be a formal heretic. And I agree, it seems outrageous, almost impossible. For many the thought has been almost logically excluded by the false syllogism of papal positivism: “The faith comes from the pope, and whatever the pope says is the faith, therefore…” But it is false. 
I maintain that this pontificate of destruction is not destroying the Catholic Church. Of course it isn’t. But it is destroying these false conceptions, these false syllogisms, that have grown up since the First Vatican Council and were corroding everyone’s faith. Papal positivism is a kind of theological illness in the modern Church, sadly fomented by the popes themselves since the catastrophe of the Second Vatican Council. (...). And for many, faced with blatantly heretical and often evil bishops, the pope became the first and last guarantor of the Faith. It is easy to see how this problem grew. But here it stops. And for the good of souls. 
People are lamenting all over, “Bergoglio is destroying the Church!” But this indicates little more than the lamenter’s lack of faith. No, he isn’t. But he is doing a fine job of bringing down the false thing, that anti-Church that has all but subsumed the Church of Christ. And that is a fine thing to watch. 
He and all his friends have chosen to sit on a rotting branch, a branch that has been dead for 50 years and was ready to fall off anyway. They are energetically sawing away at it, and it will come down soon, to be sure. Meantime, the Faith is still the Faith. The Real is still the Real. Yes does not mean the same thing as no. A = A.
St. Athanasius put it better than I ever could:
“May God console you! … What saddens you … is the fact that others have occupied the churches by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact that they have the premises – but you have the Apostolic Faith. They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the true Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: what is more important, the place or the Faith? The true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in the struggle – the one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith? True, the premises are good when the Apostolic Faith is preached there; they are holy if everything takes place there in a holy way … 
“You are the ones who are happy; you who remain within the Church by your Faith, who hold firmly to the foundations of the Faith which has come down to you from Apostolic Tradition. And if an execrable jealousy has tried to shake it on a number of occasions, it has not succeeded. They are the ones who have broken away from it in the present crisis. No one, ever, will prevail against your Faith, beloved Brothers. And we believe that God will give us our churches back some day. 
“Thus, the more violently they try to occupy the places of worship, the more they separate themselves from the Church. They claim that they represent the Church; but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray. Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ.”
So it only remains to ask, what must we do? And the Church has the same answer for us that she has always given: instruct the ignorant; counsel the doubtful; admonish sinners; bear wrongs patiently; forgive offenses; console the afflicted; pray for the living and the dead.
Is it as simple as that? Keep doing the thing we’ve always known we should? 
Yes. It’s as simple as that. If you aren’t doing them now, start. If you are, do them a bit more. And help someone else to start doing them or to do them a bit more. Help someone you know to stop lamenting and give up papal positivism. Honestly, there has never been a more useful pontificate for finding teaching opportunities. People are upset; and we have the solution. 
And there has never been a time in human history when the information we need has been more accessible. We all carry a device around with us that gives us access to all the teaching of the Church, the Fathers, Doctors, saints and popes. All of the Summa is in your pocket right now. 
But most of all, remember to thank God for the Faith He has given you, and sustained in you. It could easily have been different.


Strike Three: Tulsa Diocese Reverses THIRD Traditional Work of retired Bishop Slattery

Posted by Joseph Ostermeir Friday, December 30, 2016 

Folks, you can’t make this stuff up. I would much rather be blogging about Christmas meals and winter outings, but if there was any benefit of the doubt still maintained (by a few) about the new direction of the Tulsa diocese, under the new Francis/Cupich-appointed Episcopate, common sense would now conclude otherwise. I’d think. 
Looking for a verifiable microcosm of the Francis revolution at the level of the Local Church? Look no further than here in the Oklahoma, USA.
Strike One: Doloran Fathers Latin Mass exorcist society ended in diocese 
Strike Two: Mother Miriam’s Daughters of Mary (also devoted to Latin Mass) ended in diocese 
Strike Three: Cathedral Traditional Ad Orientem Mass/Vespers Ended 
Here’s the scoop. Recently retired Bishop Slattery restored a practice in his cathedral, for several years, of offering the main Sunday Mass “ad orientem,” facing East towards the altar, with parts of the Mass sung in Latin, with sacred music commonly in Gregorian chant and Sacred Polyphony.
It was effectively a kind of “Latin Mass,” if you will, offered according to the missal of Paul VI, in an attempt to use it in accord with the bimillenial tradition of the Roman rite, not to mention the document on the liturgy of the Second Vatican Council. 
Many families of the cathedral came together for several years to form a sort of community in the parish around the bishop’s 10 am traditional liturgy. An Okie Traditionalist correspondent reports that the church was commonly packed for this Mass, men often wearing suits and ties, women often wearing the chapel veil and modest dress. The atmosphere was palpably solemn and reverent.
On the subject of Mass Ad Orientem, +Slattery wrote (emphasis mine)
Unfortunately this change [ed. Mass facing the people] had a number of unforeseen and largely negative effects. First of all, it was a serious rupture with the Church’s ancient tradition. Secondly, it can give the appearance that the priest and the people were engaged in a conversation about God, rather than the worship of God. Thirdly, it places an inordinate importance on the personality of the celebrant by placing him on a kind of liturgical stage….Even before his election as the successor to St. Peter, Pope Benedict has been urging us to draw upon the ancient liturgical practice of the Church to recover a more authentic Catholic worship. For that reason, I have restored the venerable ad orientem position when I celebrate Mass at the Cathedral. (New Liturgical Movement blog)
Likewise Bishop Slattery restored the practice of Sunday Vespers at the cathedral.
Both practices were established in the cathedral for several years.
Yet, as reported by Laramie Hirsch the other day, shortly after the new Bishop Konderla was ordained last summer and became the new bishop, these two traditional customs were ended.
Bishop Konderla on Mass “Ad Orientem”
In the comment box over at Hirsch’s blog, a local Catholic disclosed Bishop Konderla’s publicly stated policy regarding priests of his diocese facing ad orientem (emphasis mine):
Bishop Konderla was asked when he spoke at “Wednesday’s at the Cathedral” if he would follow Bishop Slattery’s lead on ad orientem and he said no, but there are places you can go in the diocese if that is your preference, particulary the TLM. Also said he prefers uniformity in the diocese in that the priest should face the people.
Parishioners attached to this now discontinued “Latin Mass” within the cathedral parish would be forced by these changes to leave the parish if they wanted more authentic liturgy in accord with our Catholic tradition.
So there you have it Tulsa trads, under the new Tulsa Diocese, at the church that represents the diocese itself, 2 traditional restorations were suppressed, and a THIRD “Latin Mass” devoted community was effectively ended.
Time for an Exorcism:
Before the Doloran Fathers leave town, if they haven’t already, I hope they can find a hill overlooking the city and perform an exorcism. There’s actually a really good elevated spot a block west of the downtown OSU campus, with a panoramic view of downtown and the cathedral.

School takes Christian kids to pray at mosque


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Children instructed to put 'elbows on the ground'
Published: 2 days ago
A stunning video has been discovered showing mostly Christian children in the Netherlands being taken to a local mosque and taught to participate in Islamic prayer.
The London Express reported infuriated parents are demanding the school change the curriculum

The paper said the mosque is the Ghulzar e Madino in Zwolle, where radical preachers from Pakistan visited.
The preachers include M Anas Noorani Siddiqui, “who promoted the death penalty for those who insult the Prophet Muhammad and once said the ‘non-Islamic Dutch behave like dogs and b******,'” the Express said.
In the video, with boys and girls separated, the Christians are told to put their elbows “on the ground.”

The video, apparently some months old, came to the attention of the parents when a Dutch lawmaker, Harm Beertema, 64, saw it and demanded that schools stop sponsoring “politically correct activities.”

“Refuse to allow your child to participate in such ‘away-with-our-culture’ excursions. You are deciding, not the school,” he told parents.
The parents object to school minimums that call for children to “learn the main points about the religions which play a big role in the multicultural Dutch society.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/12/school-takes-christian-kids-to-pray-at-mosque/#mXygZ9SvbMFBau5m.99


Is Pope Francis aware of the gravity of the dubia situation?



By Andrew Parrish
Pewsitter.com
ROME (katolisches.info) – The painful tension of doubt grows stronger with each day that Pope Francis refuses to answer the questions posed by the “Four Cardinals” regarding His Holiness’ statement on marriage, Amoris Laetitia. The doubt itself has metastasized dramatically since the “dubia” letter’s release two months ago. As Church hierarchy continues to publicly declare allegiance with one or the other side, giving strength to the impression of a fractured Church, the unnecessary viciousness of Papal confidants’ rebukes to the Four, strange rumors of a Pope “boiling with rage,” a “police-state Vatican atmosphere,” and Francis apparently declaring he will “go down in history as the divider of the Church,” have all led to rapidly increasing fear and concern in this bizarre and twisting story. Most puzzling of all, to those desperately trying to preserve the benefit of the doubt, is the Pope’s continued silence. It is thus worth asking, with Katolisches.info’s Giuseppe Nardi, whether Pope Francis really understands the gravity of the situation.

Undeterred by what appear to be punitive measures from the Vatican, Cardinal Burke has pressed forward with his public presentation of the case against the Pope. He has stated that he is acting only for the benefit of the Church, and indeed, the good of the Holy Father himself. To protect the Church and the Holy Father from the dangers of doctrinal error, now evident in (for example) the San Diego interpretation of AL, Burke and his colleagues will publish a formal act of correction of the Pope, as early as January 6, 2017, the feast of the Epiphany. Such a formal act will declare definitively that, if the Pope were to hold a heretical theological position on Eucharistic reception, he would be wrong to do so and that such can never be the teaching of the Church. Burke has recently reemphasized that the statement is not declaring the Pope to be a heretic, nor does Burke himself claim to believe that the Pope is a heretic.

Faced with this situation, the Vatican’s decidedly odd reaction has been sporadic sniping from “close confidants” of the Pope, through interviews, press conferences, and of all things, Twitter. With the exception of Greek Bishop Papamanolis‘ letter, which blasted the four Cardinals as “heretics”, the approach has been to ignore or downplay the severity of the dubia itself, the gravity of the theological problem, and the looming threat of correction.

Now, however, as Nardi notes, someone in the Papal circle is finally taking notice. Andrea Tornielli has written a piece for Vatican Insider in which he directly addresses Cd. Brandmüller’s “camera caritatis” remarks of this week. The article fails to maintain the official tone of dismissal, demonstrating the Vatican's full knowledge of the crisis. Nardi points out that the attack is twofold: first, Tornielli attempts to drive a wedge between Burke and the other cardinals, and second, he attempts to downplay the “punishment” itself. Neither attempt is sustained by the facts, of which both sides are now fully aware.

Tornielli claims that Brandmüller’s “private, fraternal correction” remarks somehow undermine Burke’s statements. But, Brandmüller notes, Burke has not contradicted this idea. Even if Burke "expressed his own opinion in complete independence," Brandmüller’s statements are as firm and uncompromising as Burke’s – indeed, more so. It was Cardinal Brandmüller who said seven days ago that “anyone who considers continued adultery and reception of Communion to be compatible is a heretic and pursues schism.” Stronger words could not be uttered. The wedge attack thus breaks apart – the four Cardinals stand together in their grasp of the problem's gravity.

Tornielli does not make much of an effort to pursue the other prong of his argument. By describing Cardinal Burke’s remarks on the correction as an “ultimatum,” he implicitly acknowledges the gravity of the ongoing impasse. According to what we now know of current Papal politics, this means that the Pope does as well. Tornielli attempts to argue that there is no justification by precedent for an act of fraternal correction; in the very statement he is critiquing, Cd. Burke mentions several, including arguably the primary example, Paul’s public correction of Peter in the Acts of the Apostles. Thus the second half of the argument falls flat as well.

The weakness, indirectness, and irrelevance of the Vatican’s responses to the dubia statement have proven to all but the most charitable that Pope Francis knows what he is trying to do with Amoris Laetitia. Now, the Vatican’s response to the impending formal act of correction indicates that the Pope is fully aware of the blow to his plans that such an act would represent. Above all, his alleged statement that ‘he may divide the Church’ would demonstrate his awareness. In the absence of a positive statement from the Holy Father, divination of the true state of affairs in Rome can only proceed by such negative deductions. 
The choice of this strange and unpleasant path has driven the Holy Father into a corner. By verbally abusing those who have opposed him, and permitting his aides and friends to conduct similar abuse, he has escalated the gravity of the crisis, removed any ‘middle-ground’ possibilities, and sharpened the conflict over the theological question. Further obscure hints in the last few weeks have indicated that Pope Francis has considered the possibility of stepping down, in order to escape the self-imposed trap; no official statement has come forth. It seems, therefore, that the confrontation in January has been made inevitable. It is a sad situation. May God help all parties in the dispute, and bring good out of the result.

Giuseppe Nardi’s original article (in German) can be read here.