An Open Letter to all the Faithful, from a Catholic of the Diocese of Rome

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

As a consecrated person of private vows. holding my legal residence in the Diocese of Rome, Italy, I wish to publicly declare my adhesion to the perennial Faith of Christ on all questions, and in particular, on the legitimacy of the imposition of Capital Punishment in due circumstances by justly constituted temporal authorities, holding full jurisdiction.

This Faith is what God has revealed in Genesis 9:6, when He warned the wicked that they would be slain in body for the sin of murder.

This authority is given by God, as Jesus Christ Himself taught during His Passion, in John 19:11, when He confirmed publicly that Pontius Pilate had authority to impose capital punishment.  This is the express teaching of the Apostle Saint Paul in Romans 13:4, where he declares that Almighty God has given the temporal authority the power to wield the sword, that is, impose the ultimate punishment of death, upon malefactors.

This has ever been the Faith of the Fathers of the Church.  The Popes too, like Innocent III in his profession of faith for Waldensian heretics to be received back into the Church, required them to confess that capital punishment can be justly imposed without mortal sin. This Faith was practiced boldly by saints such as Saint Pius V, O.P., who ordered 5000 brigands to be put to death.

Saint Alphonsus dei Liguori, Doctor of the Church on all questions of moral authority, and approved as such by the Holy Office under Bl. Pius IX, also teaches this.  This is the same teaching of the Catechism of the Council of Trent and of the new Catechism published by John Paul II in its form prior during his reign.

Let us not imagine that this is not a DE FIDE DOGMA OF THE FAITH, that must be held by all the faithful forever.

Let us not imagine that the phrase “is inadmissable” according to the “light of the Gospel” means anything else but “immoral” and “illicit” and “unjust”.

Do not be fooled by a heretic who claims his teaching, which contradicts God, is the teaching of the Church or faithful to the Gospel.

And remember precisely, that Vatican I gave the Pope no authority to teach novel doctrines nor to contradict the Faith, in fact, it expressly said he had no such authority.

With all true Catholics at Rome, I hold the proposed alteration of the Catechism to be a public act of pertinacious heresy against the Catholic Faith.  I recognize that all who posit such acts ipso facto without any needed sentence lose all office and authority in the Church. I also recognize that the Cardinals and Bishops should publicly denounce this heresy and alteration.  I expect them to do so.

I warn them, however, if they remain silent, that they must be presumed to adhere to this heresy, and lose all office in the Church.

The Pope needs to repent, be corrected and publicly recant. If he does not, no Catholic should regard him any longer as the Vicar of Christ or Bishop of Rome.

 

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9 comments on “An Open Letter to all the Faithful, from a Catholic of the Diocese of Rome

  1. Michael Dowd says:

    I agree completely with your position.

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  4. Aqua says:

    A Catholic.

    An actual Catholic!

    We are not alone! Thank God!

  5. Bergoglio is not Catholic Pope is the same manifest and pertinacious heretic who had deviated from the Catholic faith in Argentina. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWClMZi1rIA
    He is a promoter of sodomy, a mason and a communist. What more evidence do people need to wake up?

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  7. While I share a concern, office is not lost that way. It must also be judged to be lost (even a mere priest who leaves the faith and joins another faith entirely does not lose his office as pastor of such and such parish until it is adjudicated.

    I recommend reading Suarez and Bellarmine as a bit of an antidote, but also (importantly) the Fourth Council of Constantinople:

    “Consequently this holy and universal synod justly and fittingly declares and lays down that no lay person or monk or cleric should separate himself from communion with his own patriarch before a careful enquiry and judgment in synod, even if he alleges that he knows of some crime perpetrated by his patriarch, and he must not refuse to include his patriarch’s name during the divine mysteries or offices.”

    This is important stuff. What the Pope has done is wrong, and I agree that the text is heretical. But in justice, there is more to it than that. If a Pope (not even saying this Pope, but a Pope) persisted in heresy the common opinion is that the Church could separate Herself (or more accurately, judge that he had separated himself…) but unless or until that happens formally, everyone is still bound to regard the seat as filled and to pray for the occupant, as Constantinople declares.

  8. The Editor says:

    Your argument seems to be that taken from Siscoe and Salza’s book, True or False Pope? where it is presented as an exhortation to Sedevacantists. If you in fact read the text of the 4th Council of Constantinople you will find that that canon was directed to Photians, not Catholics. Also you will find that the Council professes to retain untouched the Apostolic Canons. One of which is repeated in the current code of Canon Law 194, § 1 n 2, which deposes from office ipso facto all those who are heretics. While it is true that the Sacred Hierarchy or Roman Church must declare the loss of office of a Pope before the election of another, since the Church is a public society, those who recognize the Pope to have fallen into heresy which is pertinacious, have the right and duty to regard him as such and petition Bishops and the Church of Rome to declare it.

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