Commentary on Pope Francis and the Amazon Synod

Fr. Richard Cortese, Director of the MMP-USA

by Fr. Richard Cortese, Director of the MMP-USA

November 1, 2019
Solemnity of All Saints

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the MMP,

Our Lady in Her messages to Fr. Gobbi repeatedly emphasizes that we must pray for and be faithful to the Holy Father, the Pope.  I would like to strongly give support to this.  We must, as She has told us, pray very much for him, love him and support him.

Many today it seems are saying, “I don’t understand the Pope.  I don’t know what he is doing.”   And, I agree, that sometimes it seems we don’t understand everything.  But, we must be faithful and pray, and not lose our peace of heart.  Remember that Our Lady has said in her last message given on December 31, 1997 (# 604) that “all has been revealed.”  It is important to be as simple children and to trust Our Lady.

Our Lord as the Good Shepherd, and Our Lady who tells us these are Her times, for sure know exactly what is happening.  Perhaps it is as if we are being tested.  The media is writing just about anything that pleases their whim.  There are those inside the Church, as Our Lady tells us, who are more willing to listen to the Evil One, than to God or the Church.  The result is polarization, confusion, high emotion, and the feeling that the Church is being torn apart.

In one of Her early messages, Our Lady tells us that the Church will maintain its traditional form. It will not be changed.  In Her messages,  she gives us hope in sharing from Her Immaculate Heart a very traditional set of Catholic teachings and values.  In one message, She asks us to read the “Creed of St. Pope Paul VI”  (cf. #292d; 340h).  It’s a lovely summary of all the teachings of our Catholic faith, written at a time when it seemed everything was falling apart and when dissent was seeking to enter everywhere into the life of the Church.  I remember those days. They were difficult, but Our Lady was with us!

In another of Her messages, She mentioned the Catechism of the Catholic Church (cf. #486p).  It is a magnificent summary of the teachings of the Church.  It embodies the teaching of the Vatican II Council, and the Sacred Tradition of the Church.

Our Lady’s love for the Pope in Her messages is unmistakably clear. Let’s follow Her example by loving, supporting and praying with Her for Pope Francis, not only in our Cenacles but also in all that we do.  Our Lady tells us that there will come a day when only a small remnant will be left to support the Pope, but that on this remnant the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart will occur.  Let us be very careful to not let so much false news, or half truths, or spectacularized reports sway us from the loving messages of Our Lady for the first of Her Sons, the Pope.

The fact of the matter is that the Amazon Synod is an advisory synod for the Pope.  Anything and everything that has been said or written in the synod has no validity until the Pope Himself writes his post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation.  This may take anywhere from a few months to a year.  It’s up to the Pope to write what he wishes to write.  At that time we will know what the Pope thinks and wishes to say to the Church. Everything else in effect until then could be considered as so much hot steam and verbiage.  Even the working document is not a definitive document.  It can change greatly as the Pope decides what to do and what to say in his final Apostolic Exhortation.

Please note the following excerpt taken from the Act of Consecration which Our Lady Herself gave to Fr. Gobbi.

“Above all, we wish to be united with the Holy Father and the hierarchy, firmly adhering to all their directives, so as thus to set up a barrier to the growing confrontation directed against the Magisterium, that threatens the very foundation of the Church.

Under your maternal protection, we want moreover to be apostles of this sorely needed unity of prayer and love for the Pope, on whom we invoke your special protection.”

Our Lady repeatedly tells us to be joyful, not to worry and to be at peace.  This too is my counsel.  Time and patience will reveal things to us, how her plan of peace and salvation for so many souls will pan out. I prefer to let Our Lady guide us in this, as we quietly pray and listen to Her, and not to those voices of anxiety, worry, dissent, disaster, or even prophecy.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  Let us encourage one another, seek to be patient and calm, and to love one another.  And to continue to spread the Cenacles, especially in families.  I’d like to encourage the Cenacles among the brother priests.  How powerful is a Cenacle? How powerful is the Immaculate Heart of Mary?  I’d say powerful enough to crush Satan’s head, and to help save a multitude of souls, and to help us support and pray for the Pope.  Our Lady has told us She is “suppliant omnipotence.” (cf. 275k)  Let us please put our emphasis on this!

References are to the messages in the book, “To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.”