“You are so blinded (…) that you do not notice what you are doing, and who you are, and to whom you do it. Indeed you make a prejudgment of that one, concerning which it is licit neither you nor anyone whatsoever of mortals to make a judgment, since the most Blessed and Apostolic Pontiff Sylvester decreed (…) with the universal Nicene Synod approving and subscribing, that the highest See is judged by no one.

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Because by making a prejudgment of the highest see, concerning which it is not licit for any man to make a judgment, you have received an anathema from all fathers of all the venerable Councils. By this you will be indissolubly bound, if your heart is impenitent in holding fast to so great a presumption, and you will be loosed by that one through his vicars, to whom individually Christ, the Son of the Living God said “Whatever you loose on earth will be loosed also in heaven.” If we apply ancient things to new things, that Prophet Balaam was in this way more cautious than you, he who revering God was not able to be persuaded by the promises and threats of the King of Moab to curse the sons of Israel, saying “How will I curse whom God has not cursed? Or how will I detest whom the Lord does not detest?””

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Pope St. Leo IX

Letter to Michael I Caerularius, 1054 AD

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  1. Avatar Marthe Lépine says:

    Perfect reply to that questionable letter I have been reading about those last few days. Too bad it has been given 965 years too early!

  2. Avatar Ashpenaz says:

    I think the trads have painted themselves into a corner:

    If there is an authority which has the power to declare the Pope a heretic, then there is an authority above the Pope. The Pope, therefore, is not the Rock on which Jesus founded His Church. The true Rock would be whatever authority is above the Pope.

    If any Pope can teach heresy even once, then anything any Pope teaches could be heresy. A Pope could use all the language of infallibility and be teaching a heresy. If Pope Francis is a heretic, then all Popes could be heretics, all the way back to Peter–there’s no way to know.

    The Reformers resolved this issue with Sola Scriptura, putting Scripture as authority above Pope and Councils. I’m not sure how the trads will resolve this.

    • Avatar M. says:

      The trads who wrote the letter did say in it, that any bishop who doesn’t obey them cannot be considered a faithful Catholic bishop. This means that they place their interpretation of scripture and tradition above the bishops, and apparently even the pope. So it looks they are going full on Protestant, not even schismatic. I think they are looking for some bishops who will join with their group, maybe they will form their own “true” church. It is strange cause one of the things that always set trads apart was their faithfulness to the magisterium. That was the tagline. Now, it seems it is faithfulness to Lifesite News, or some other flavour of Trad Catholic media. 🙁

      • Avatar Marthe Lépine says:

        I am not so sure about trads’ “faithfulness to the magisterium.” Some of them, by objecting for example to the development of teaching on the death penalty, or just war, among other matters, had already been picking and choosing what they wanted to accept from the magisterium and rejecting what they did not “approve” of…

      • Avatar M. says:

        It does make you wonder if this rebellious undercurrent has always been there, all along, and whether Pope Francis is “rooting it out” so to speak. So easy for it to remain hidden but festering and causing many problems. Sometimes it seems like people are being forced to show their cards, nowadays. I remember friends I trusted back in the 80’s questioning and having serious conversations about Pope John Paul II and using some of his mistakes to justify dissent against certain of his magisterial teachings. It was always in the Latin Mass crowd this happened. At the time as a kid, I just thought it was like a weird little anomaly, and I remember asking my mom about it, and her saying she didn’t understand why the pope spoke that way about some things, or why some people who were “orthodox” spoke so strongly against him. I remember confusion about this when I was a kid.

  3. Avatar Anne Lastman says:

    How perfect these words for this day. It is as if Pope St Leo IX had our moment in mind.
    We pray St Leo IX protect the holy father Pope Francis in this time of pain for him

  4. Avatar Joaquin Mejia says:

    I have never heard of this Pope before! I’m pretty sure that St. Leo IX and all the other saintly Popes are praying for Pope Francis in Heaven.

  5. Avatar jong says:

    St.Augustine in essence reminded all the Sola Scriptura and now to Sola Traditio which our separated Trads brothers projected to embraced and upheld…
    St.Augustine said,
    “If you only believe in the gospel/Tradition you like and rejected what you dont like, then it is not the gospel/Tradition you believe but yourself.”
    Trads rejected “Ubi Petrus,Ibi Ecclesia, Ibi Deus” and twisted it to embraced “recognized but resist attitude. And then,
    Unan Sanctam, also had been twisted by Trads by saying they only submit to the Chair of Peter and not to Peter..how ridiculous and laughable are their embraced confusions.
    My Jesus mercy.

  6. Avatar M. says:

    Jimmy Akin absolutely demolishes their argument. It is incredible that Mr. Akin is an autodidact. His precision and clarity in his responses to one of the signers of the recent letter, is impressive! Well worth the read if you need any of your questions answered: https://jimmyakin.com/2019/05/a-second-response-to-peter-kwasniewski.html Let’s pray for him now as some of the trads are already calling for his head on a platter.

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