Correcting the Record on Jorge’s “Confession”

As it turns out, the original version of this commentary was premised on the mistaken presumption that the videotape of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s “confession” in the Basilica of Saint Peter on Friday, March 28, 2014, showed him in the “reconciliation space” for a total of thirty-two seconds. I was notified late last evening by the webmaster of the Call Me Jorge website notified that the videotape had been edited by a total of two minutes, thirty-one seconds. Bergoglio was in the “reconciliation space” for three minutes, three seconds, not thirty-two seconds as was shown in what turned out to be an edited video that was found on the Catholic News Service website.

This is my mistake for which I apologize as the record is corrected. The length of the bogus confession, made by one layman to another, was not at the heart of the matter. What remains valid, of course, is the ostentatious display of “humility” by which the false “pontiff” permitted himself to be videotaped while going to Confession. Indeed, no one would have known of the length of his “confession” unless Bergoglio had permitted it to be videotaped in the first place.

This correction having been noted, however, the fact remains that, as noted at Francis Flaunts His “Confession” at the Novus Ordo Watch Wire blog, no true pope or any of the false claimants to the Throne of Saint Peter in the past fifty-five years, five months has ever been photographed or filmed while availing himself of the Sacred Tribunal of Penance.

Additionally, Bergoglio, whose defenders are claiming that he was “leading by example,” went to his fellow non-priest in the face-to-face style that was introduced in what purports to be the “Roman Rite” of the counterfeit church of conciliarism in 1975. This is certainly “leading by example” as he could have gone into the confessional area for penitents on either side of the priest, who does sit with his face open to those passing by. Bergoglio chose to go face to face. This is a legitimate option in his false church, and he availed himself of it.

As one who has been in the Basilica of Saint Peter scores of times during six visits to Rome (1984, 1987, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2005), I checked the video to see whether the traditional confessional areas for penitents still existed in the confessional where Jorge Mario Bergoglio had gone. They do. Bergoglio wanted to see and to be seen.

If Jorge Mario Bergoglio truly wants to “lead by example,” he would repent publicly of his sins against the Holy Faith and retire to a traditional monastery to live a life of isolation as he makes reparation for offending God and leading so many souls astray with his egregious falsehoods that have tickled the itching ears of those wanting to believe in his Modernist fables.

Here’s a good way for Mr. Bergoglio to “lead by example.” He could say, “I am a wretched sinner for having blasphemed the Mother of God. I am not a true and legitimate Vicar of Christ.”

Also remaining valid from the article article, premised as it was upon what turned out to be an erroneous acceptance of the edited videotape as representing the actual length of the confession, is the fact that Jorge Mario Bergoglio believes that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ always forgives the sins of a penitent, something that he noted at the Ding Dong School of Apostasy at the Casa Santa Marta hours before his “penance service” at the Basilica of Saint Peter on Friday, March 28, 2014, the Feast of Saint John of Capistrano and the Commemoration of Friday in the Third Week of Lent:

“May this word help us to think of our Father, who waits for us always and who always forgives us and celebrates our return.” (God always forgives, celebrates every person’s return to him.)

This is not so.

Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ did happen to say the following words to the Apostles as He instituted the Sacred Tribunal of Penance on Easter Sunday:

[21] He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. [22] When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. [23]Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. (John 20: 21-23.)

The Apostles were given the power to forgive and to retain sins by Our Lord Himself, meaning that a true priest, acting in persona Christi in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance, must judge whether a penitent is sincerely contrite for his sins and has demonstrated a firm purpose of amendment. Additionally, it should be noted that even a true priest’s absolution is worthless if a penitent conceals a Mortal Sin and/or is not truly sorry for his sins and/or has no purpose of amendment. (See Saint Alphonsus de Liguori’s Sermon for the Third Sunday of Lent, On Concealing Sins in the Confessional, which is also in audio form: On Concealing Sins in the Confessional. I am listening to it at present as these words are typed.)

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, however, does not believe that a confessor serves as neither as a judge or a friend, only as a “pastor”:

A confessor must neither be a judge or a friend, but a pastor who goes out to find the lost sheep. He must work hard on their humanity, “never to be an obstacle but always to favour drawing near to mercy and forgiveness.” And he “must guard against two extremes: rigourism and laxism. “In particular, “it’s good that in every parish, the faithful know when they can find priests” available to hear Confessions.” This was Francis’ advice to participantsof an annual “Course on the Internal Forum” – which deals with the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the ministry of Confessors – offered by the Apostolic Penitentiary. (A confessor is neither a judge nor a friend but a pastor.)

This is nothing other than another of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s false dichotomies and a misrepresentation of the Sacred Tribunal of Penance at the same time.

This is a false dichotomy as there is no conflict between being a pastor of souls who must, quite indeed, avoid rigorism and laxism, and being a confessor who judges the state of the souls of penitents as there is no other way for him to determine the penance to be assigned to a penitent–or whether to deny him absolution–unless he cooperates with the grace of state he has on his immortal soul as a priest to judge the integrity and sincerity of his confession as best as he is able.

This is also a distortion as the Catholic Church refers to the exercise of the Sacrament of Penance as taking place within the Sacred Tribunal of Penance, that is, the confessional. A tribunal is a court. Judges preside over courts. The presiding Judge in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance is Christ the King, Who acts through the ministrations of a true priest, to whom has been given the power to absolve and to retain sins. And to do this, course, the priest must judge.

The last authentic edition of the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum (The Raccolta or A Manual of Indulgences) was issued by Nicholas Cardinal Canali, the Major Penitentiary of the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary on January 30, 1950, with the approval of Pope Pius XII. It was published in English by Benziger Brothers, Inc., in 1957 and republished by Loreto Press in 2010. Contained within its pages is an indulgenced prayer to be said by priests prior to hearing confession. The horrible “judge” word is contained in its text:

Give me, O Lord, the wisdom that sitteth by Thy throne, that I may be enabled to judge Thy people with justice, and Thy poor and humble ones with true judgment. Grant me so to handle the keys of the kingdom of heaven, that I may open it to one who ought to be shut out, nor shut out any to whom I ought to open. Let my intention be pure, my zeal sincere, my charity long-suffering, and my labor fruitful. Let me not look down upon the poor man, nor flatter the rich man. Give me sweetness that I may draw sinners unto Thee; give me prudence in asking questions; give me skill in instruction. Bestow upon me, I beseech Thee, zeal in withdrawing sinners from evil courses, diligence in establishing them in goodness, and earnestness in moving them to a better life: maturity in my answers, rightness in my counsels, light in obscure mattes, insight in intricate cases, and victory over all difficulties; let me not be involved in useless talk, nor corrupted by shameful avowals; may I save others, without myself becoming a castaway. Amen. (As found in The Raccolta, English edition, edited and translated by the Rev. Joseph P. Christopher, Ph.D.,, the Right Rev. Charles E. Spence, M.A., and the Rt. Rev. John F. Rowan, D.D. Published by Benziger Brothers, Inc., in 1957, and republished by Loreto Press, 2010. Pp. 601-602.)

Yes, Jorge, a priest is supposed to serve as a judge as he acts in the person of the Divine Judge, Christ the King.

Jorge Mario (“Who am I to judge?”) Bergoglio is a blaspheming heretic.

Sunday was Laetare Sunday.

The Introit for Sunday’s Mass spoke to us that we will soon realize our joy as Easter Sunday is but three weeks away:

Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and come together, all you who love her: rejoice with joy, you who have been in sorrow: that you may exult, and be filled from the breasts of your consolation.
Ps 121:1

I rejoiced because they said to me, We will go up to the house of the Lord.

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and come together, all you who love her: rejoice with joy, you who have been in sorrow: that you may exult, and be filled from the breasts of your consolation.

There are, of course, three weeks left for us before we can rejoice on Easter Sunday, meaning that we have three more weeks of prayer, fasting, penance, mortification, extra spiritual reading and meditating upon the Way of the Cross. We must beg Our Lady, especially through her Most Holy Rosary, to make use of this time well so that our rejoicing in three weeks, if God grants us the time to live until then, that is, will come after six weeks of withdrawing from the world (yes, even the bread and circuses represented by March Madness, about which I, for one, have never cared one little bit, and Spring Training or the start of the regular baseball season, about which I used to care very, very much) and of developing better habits of prayer and of using our time, especially by spiritual reading that might be able to last for the rest of our lives.

This time of apostasy, betrayal, sacrilege and heresy will come to an end in God’s good time. The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be accomplished. It is thus our task now to bear the crosses of the present moment as we suffer whatever we must from our relatives and friends and former associates for embracing the truth about the state of the Church Militant in this time of apostasy and betrayal with joy and gratitude. Earthly suffering, including that being imposed by the likes of Jorge Mario Bergoglio and his band of conciliar revolutionaries, lasts but a time. Eternity is forever. We must suffer well now as the consecrated slaves of Christ the King through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary to be able to rejoice forever in Heaven in the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity.

Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.