Death penalty as a last resort: The real Catholic teaching regarding ‘Predator Priests’

Maybe not just by pure coincidence, Pope St Pius V issued on this exact date 450 years ago his papal bulla (seal) appropriately entitled Horrendum illud scelus (That horrible crime).

To say that Horrendum illud scelus is not exactly politically correct is putting it mildly.

This particular bulla states clearly and without any ambiguity what a Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report termed present-day “predator priests”.

§ 1. Quite opportunely the Fifth Lateran Council [1512-1517] issued this decree: “Let any member of the clergy caught in that vice against nature, given that the wrath of God falls over the sons of perfidy, be removed from the clerical order or forced to do penance in a monastery” (chap. 4, X, V, 31).

§ 2. So that the contagion of such a grave offense may not advance with greater audacity by taking advantage of impunity, which is the greatest incitement to sin, and so as to more severely punish the clerics who are guilty of this nefarious crime and who are not frightened by the death of their souls, we determine that they should be handed over to the severity of the secular authority, which enforces civil law.

§ 3. Therefore, wishing to pursue with greater rigor than we have exerted since the beginning of our pontificate, we establish that any priest or member of the clergy, either secular or regular, who commits such an execrable crime, by force of the present law be deprived of every clerical privilege, of every post, dignity and ecclesiastical benefit, and having been degraded by an ecclesiastical judge, let him be immediately delivered to the secular authority to be put to death, as mandated by law as the fitting punishment for laymen who have sunk into this abyss.

S. Pius V, const. Horrendum, 30 Aug. 1568.

To boil it all down, here’s the thumbnail version;

    • Catholic prison. Keep in mind that “forced to do penance in a monastery” in the 16th century made today’s maximum security look like an outing at a day spa.
    • Still deviant? No prob… we’ll turn you over to the civil authorities.
    • Just because you were a priest, that doesn’t make you someone special. The truly unrepentant have a date with the gallows.

While some may say that the bulla put forth by the sainted Pope is no longer enforceable, they’re just, well… wrong.

As noted by the Canon Law Library of St. Paul University (of Ottawa, Canada), there is a hierarchy amongst any given Pope’s declarations;

  • Papal Bull
  • Apostolic Constitution (The most solemn form of legal document issued by the pope in his own name. Frequently issued as bulls, they deal primarily with serious doctrinal matters.)
  • Motu Proprio
  • Encyclical Letter
  • Apostolic Epistle
  • Apostolic Exhortation
  • Decretal Letter
  • Allocutiones / Addresses
  • Papal Rescript
  • Apostolic Brief

The only way to negate any given pope’s bulla would be if a subsequent pontiff should declare “Papal Bulla X” null and void.

To date, Horrendum illud scelus has yet to be rescinded by Francis or any other pontiff.



Flamboyant Chicago Cardinal on Sexual Abuse: Pope More Concerned with Global Warming and Migrants

Shockingly enough, Blase Cardinal Cupich, the Archbishop of the Chicago Archdiocese, stated in an interview with the NBC affiliate in Chicago WMAQ-TV that in regards to the bombshell allegation that complicity in the McCarrick sex abuse cover-up scandal goes all the way Pope Francis;

“The pope has a bigger agenda. He’s gotta get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the Church,” Cupich said.

As reported by Breitbart.com, “Cardinal Cupich commented on a recent 11-page statement by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former papal nuncio [ambassador] to the United States, that alleges a series of misdeeds by high-ranking Catholic prelates, including Pope Francis himself.”

Cupich is one of the many Francis-friendly clerics he’s elevated within the hierarchy of the American Church.

As Life Site News reported in 2016 when Cupich was promoted from the Archbishop of Spokane to Cardinal overseeing the Chicago Archdiocese;

Cupich, whom a reliable Vatican source warned LifeSite that the then Spokane bishop was potentially “the most dangerous”-to-the-faith bishop in the United States, has undergone a rapid increase in status and influence in the Church under Pope Francis.

As the bishop of Spokane, Washington, Cupich requested that priests and seminarians of his diocese not participate in 40 Days for Life prayer vigils outside abortion facilities.

In August 2015, in the wake of the Center for Medical Progress videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts trafficking scandal, Cupich wrote that unemployment and hunger are just as appalling as the killing of millions of children in the womb and the damages that many of their mothers have experienced.

Cupich has openly contradicted Catholic canon law on giving Holy Communion to those in a state of mortal sin.

Shortly after his appointment as Archbishop of Chicago, Cupich said that giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians can be a good thing. Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law instructs those “conscious of grave sin” on their soul to refrain from receiving Holy Communion.

Fr Miguel Pro during his execution by communist troops. Fr Pro’s final words; “iViva Cristo Rey!” Long live Christ the King.

At the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cupich laid out a pathway for same-sex couples and the divorced and remarried to receive Holy Communion in accordance with their consciences.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that proper consciences are formed according to the teachings of the Church.

As a Catholic, I simply can’t believe that any of the sainted martyrs who surrendered their lives fighting the communist dictatorship during the Cristero Rebellion of the 1920s died for a Church that valued climate change over bringing kiddie rapists to justice.

I’m equally sure that not a single one of the hundreds of English Martyrs of the 16th and 17th gave-up their lives for a Church that considered the act of sodomy to be some sort of protected class.

As St. Pio of Pietrelcina once stated to Fr Gabriele Amorth, “Satan will come to rule a False Church.”

I fear that time has come.



Hillary’s State Dept. accused of covering up pedophilia, sex abuse

1370998912_4539_hillary_clintonAs the bumper sticker says: “Ready for Hillary” – Her now headline grabbing email scandal laid dormant for two years. Only time will tell if this buried-at-the-time scandal will pick up traction with the public.

The right-of-center news portal Town Hall is citing on June 11, 2013, multiple news sources exposing that during her tenure as the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s time at the helm was marred by various sex scandals so vast, one was described as “endemic.”

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