Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Video: The Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Other Fundamental Issues in the Church: By Bishop Athanasius Schneider
Since he was in Mexico, the lecture given by Bishop Schneider is in Spanish, but after minute 42.3 there is a series of different and interesting questions made by the people which the Bishop answered in English.
During his stay in Mexico, Archbishop Athanasius Schneider gave the following lecture on the importance of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in these times of unequaled apostasy in the history of the Church. This devotion is a final and decisive remedy that the Blessed Virgin gave us to solve the current crisis of the Church and the world. At the end of his dissertation on this necessary devotion, he answered to various questions from the audience.
Among them he referred to the right provided by the Church to every Catholic to receive Communion on their knees, and pointed out that any priest who denies Holy communion to the kneeling faithful commits a grave abuse of arrogant clericalism and a sin of discrimination against the faithful who so request.
As for the request of the Blessed Virgin in Fatima for the Roman Pontiff to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart together with all the bishops of the world, he said that "it could be done again in a more solemn, more explicit and more perfect way." We remind our readers that Pius XII did not do it with all the bishops of the world, and John Paul II did not explicitly mention Russia (but only implicitly when consecrating the whole world) nor did all the bishops of the world participate.
About Amoris Laetitia, the Pastoral Exhortation of Pope Francis, which has been interpreted by the Argentine bishops as an authorization for divorced people living in a new union to receive Communion in spite of living in adultery (endorsed by Francis himself, which constitutes a scandal), Bishop Schneider amply referred to it; pointing out the different and contradictory interpretations made by several bishops and episcopates (some in favor of the doctrine taught by Christ and the Sacred Scripture and others in favor of sacrilegious permission). He explained in detail the true doctrine of the Church in this regard.
Regarding the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Luther's so-called "Reformation", and the description that the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity made about the heresiarch calling him a "witness of the gospel," he made an extensive dissertation to explain why "we would have to deny all our faith" if we say that he indeed was a witness of the gospel. He recalled that the pope is not infallible in his daily acts (Editor’s Note: Only in certain conditions the gift of papal infallibility applies) and that "there have been popes who have performed acts that were not the best thing for the Church". And he exhorted the people to pray for the present Pontiff, because God has granted and grants great graces through prayers, sacrifices, sufferings and the intercession of the little faithful of the Church.
He pointed out that after the Second Vatican Council a spring was waited, and in fact a painful autumn came. And that this is evident and one would have to be blind not to see it.
Finally, he expressed his desire and exhorted us to remain Catholics in the full and integral sense of the Catholic word.
The event ended with a consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which all our readers can make when listening to this video.
It is important to note that to give this lecture within the Temple, the Blessed Sacrament was reserved in the sacristy so that it would not be in the church's tabernacle during it.