White Martyrdom: What is it and WHY is it? another I AM a Catholic shared Lesson by Patrick Miron

“White Martyrdom “….. WHAT and WHY is it?

Another I AM a Catholic shared Lesson

By Patrick Miron

Not widely known, is the fact that in the 20th Century the RCC has seen more true Martyrs than in the previous 19 centuries of our existence. So what I am about to share might seem to some. A bit inconsequential?

A former mentor of mine; Father John A. Hardon S.J. [died in December of 2000], is quoted as teaching:

Unless we recover the zeal and the spirit of the first century Christians [who were /are the first Catholics], _____ unless we are willing to do what they did and to pay the price that they paid [giving their very lives in the most brutal fashions: the Lions dens, the “rack”, boiled alive in oil, and even crucifixions]. The future of our country, the days of America are numbered.” And all we have to do is COMMIT to doing and knowing God’s Perfect Will for each of us.

Were Father alive in our present times and circumstances, he might amend his prophesy to include “white” Martyrdom. …… WHY?

Not being able to judge the interest level of what is currently taking place in our RCC, I will reference a number of articles that give a fuller “picture” of the current situation, with site access information and only brief comments.

I was inspired to write and share this information because of its historical significance.  ….. Not only is there a battle currently ranging within the RCC; it has ascended to an outright public war, which has now soared into a public war for souls. This war has escalated to the point that factual [by definition] heretics are using this  “H” term for Traditional, humble, adjudicated and justified teachers of our Catholic Faith who insist that what God, the bible and Sacred Tradition proclaim cannot be changed by popular opinions, under the guise of it actually being “GOD’S Merciful Will.”

Moral truth can never be subjective, and is far more than an optional selective to be peddled because it’s easier, and it’s what “the people want,” and are clamoring for.

Mercy, even well intended mercy, can never hold sway over-Objective Moral truths. [Romans 13:1-2]. To paraphrase my much respected Archbishop Fulton Sheen:  “A lie remains a lie, no matter how many accept it, and the truth, remains the truth no matter how many reject it.”

But before I address as briefly as I am able this current unfolding danger which all Christians, and certainly, all Catholics, NEED to be aware of; allow me to first address the title issues of what is “white martyrdom” and why does it exist in a highly signifient manner today?

“White Martyrdom” refers to Souls that freely give their “all”, in a literal, but unbloody manner to Christ, through service through His Church. These souls are commonly belittled, chastised, ridiculed, mocked, derided, and even at times demoted.  Their names are dragged through the mud or worse.  ….. That such could and is happening in a religion founded on LOVE is in itself inexpressingly sad. [Romans 5: 7-10] …. That it originates at the highest levels of our Church governance is shocking and scandalous, but needs to be exposed for what it is.  WRONG! Objective Moral teachings are being challenged & proposed through the lens of Progressive -liberalism as an acceptable subjective  [personal] option, stamped with duplicitous and secretive approval [in  the foot notes , but NOT the teaching document] at the highest levels of Church governance. And those brave enough [or in a position not to be threatened with removal from their present post] are being brashly, brutally and very publically persecuted.

“The animosity toward the four Cardinals coming from the Pope and his closest collaborators was expected. That is why the letter to the Pope containing the “dubia” [Latin for “DOUBTS] was signed by three retired Cardinals and Cardinal Raymond Burke, who has already been removed from his Vatican post. “For good reason,” Vatican sources told LifeSiteNews, others who supported the letter could not sign on for fear of losing their positions.” END QUOTE


Much more on this soon.

So now unto the Why? The absolute need for “White Martyrs.”

This is far less complex. White Martyrdom exist because EVIL exist and must be confronted. To do otherwise is not a legitimate option. It is a frightful attempt to escape the evitable consequences of our own making; or our unwillingness to be put at self-risk; or to confront something at some cost to ourselves that we are unwilling to pay. While each of us has a moral responsibility to preserve OUR Faith; it is those willing to become true Martyrs for THEE-Faith, that have sustained it and permitted continue over the ages. Once again nothing short of a willingness to give their all, is called for to insure Christ promise that the GATES [plural] of Hell shall not prevail. [Mt. 15:18], and once again God has raised up men to answer this call.

While they have yet to suffer Blood-martyrdom, they a\re in the throes of “White Martyrdom”; which is every-bit a similar sacrifice.

Thank God, that some are brave enough, BOLD enough, and willing to pay what- ever the price may be, to do Good, to confront evil, to do what is morally correct. To do what God would have each of us do.

Now, here as brief as I can make  it is what is taking place [shockingly in a very public forum], as historical Vatican protocol and policies long in place have been  utilized and seemingly, in specifics, denied.

[1] Pope Francis ordered two Synods on the matter of “marriage and the family.”

[2] Earlier this year [2016] the summation and results of this endeavor was released in the Papal document entitles: “ Amoris Laetitia” …. https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20160319_amoris-laetitia.htm     …… Go to chapter 8; footnote #’351

In certain cases, this can include the help of the sacraments. Hence, “I want to remind priests that the confessional must not be a torture chamber, but rather an encounter with the Lord’s mercy” (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium [24 November 2013], 44: AAS 105 [2013], 1038). I would also point out that the Eucharist “is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak” (ibid., 47: 1039). [This is footnote 351.]”

The Controversy at the Heart of Amoris Laetitia

 By Dr. Jeff Miru


“Admission to Communion is specified only in this note. But the note serves to clarify that, at least in some cases, Pope Francis foresees admission to Communion to be possible (as it would be if the decision were based only on the question of whether the sin is mortal or venial). In passing, let me also mention that Cardinal Schönburg’s insistence that the Holy Father is referring only to Confession in this note is not tenable given the specific mention of the Eucharist.

Here we are, then, in this spacious and even strikingly beautiful document, right back to the Church’s sore spot: Communion for those who are divorced and remarried without benefit of annulment. This is certainly at least a small part of the Pope’s pastoral approach, as highlighted in this footnote, which specifies it as possible.

This, of course, brings us to the second of the “two things” I mentioned which raise questions. We must now recover that final clause in the last sentence of the very long passage above. Under the conditions he has outlined (which are excellent conditions), Pope Francis concludes: “there can be no risk that a specific discernment may lead people to think that the Church maintains a double standard.” But every Catholic in the entire world, on either side of this question, knows that this statement is extraordinarily wide of the mark. For even if every priest fulfilled the Pope’s high expectations in this process of accompaniment and discernment (and experience suggests the opposite), it is in fact impossible to prevent people from thinking the Church maintains a double standard, when the normal rules are in fact suspended, at least in some cases and perhaps more often than not.

It is inescapable that the Church’s ministry in this matter will be, at best, uneven. There will be scandal, not just in the minds of some, but in actual fact.” END QUOTES


An article worth reading

Another important bit of information:


Amoris Laetitia, chapter 8 – Accompanying, discerning and integrating weakness

 So here then is a clarification of this now infamous FOOTNOTE #351, which supposes some right, some authority to change what God Himself teaches in the bible ————– , and what has for 2,000 + years been our Sacred Tradition and Teachings on the Sacrament of Marriage,  and what constitutes a mortal sin. Both of which are called into question [now changeable?????] at the option of the Christian-divorced & remarried and their Confessor-priest. As some sort of valid option, based on their personal feelings on the issues.

The long held position on Marriage and Divorce-remarried has always been considered a Mortal sin by the Catholic Magisterium.

1John.5 Verses 16 to 17
[16] If any one sees his brother committing what is not a mortal sin, he will ask, and God will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin which is mortal; I do not say that one is to pray for that. [17] All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not mortal”

So the reality of Mortal sin is solidly biblical. Christian marriage; then divorce and then a remarriage is an intrinsic evil {everyone ought to know this], hence one is such a state of life is denied due to being objectively in Mortal sin, from the Sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist. Confession, because true forgiveness requires TRUE repentance, which in these cases mean a separation, OR choosing to live as “brother and sister” without the sexual benefits of a valid sacramental-marriage. …. The Eucharist, because one MUST be in the “state of God’s grace” [without any unconfessed or unforgiven mortal sins].

I will add here that similar to Saint JP II’s Infallible teaching on a male only priesthood being IMPOSSIBLE to change ………


….. as it is a Sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ therefore ONLY Jesus Christ; NOT the Pope, not the Magisterium is able to change it; so too the nature of sin, and the obligations, consequences and conditions of a Sacramental marriage are also IMPOSSIBLE to change on the whims; even  if grounded on the “good intentions,” of very misguided mortal men.

John.20 Verses 19 to 23

[19] On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” [20] When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. [21] Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” [22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. [23] If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

 Jesus’ teaching on Marriage:

Matt.5 Verses 31 to 32

[31] “It was also said, `Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ [32] But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”    ….. Jesus teaches that adultery is a MORTAL sin.

Haydock’s Catholic Bible commentary on verse #32

“Ver. 32. Excepting the cause of fornication. A divorce or separation as to bed and board, may be permitted for some weighty causes in Christian marriages; but even then, he that marrieth her that is dismissed, commits adultery. As to this, there is no exception. The bond of marriage is perpetual; and what God hath joined, no power on earth can separate. See again Matthew xix. 9. (Witham) — The knot of marriage is so sacred a tie, that the separation of the parties cannot loosen it, it being not lawful for either of the parties to marry again upon a divorce. (St. Augustine, de bon. conjug. chap. vii.) (Bristow)”

 Solidified by 2,000 years of history and practice; Catholics and Christian’s who choose for whatever reason to divorce their spouse from a Sacramental marriage, simultaneously choose for themselves the single life. Until their spouse dies. Remarriage is not an option without great penalties. The Church does OFFER a process of a possible [by no means automatic] annulment proceeding that if granted, enables remarriage.

So what’s the state of the battle today?

Many Cardinals, Bishops and Priest have requested a clarification of footnote #351.

The two opposing positions are:

[1] That “AL” NOW permits the Divorced & remarried access to both Confession {and one assumes here absolution while STILL living in Mortal sin; based on that persons personal understanding that what they have done is [subjectively], NOT a Mortal SIN BECAUSE they chose to think it so. “Truth” can only be Objective; never subjective.

…… And access to the Eucharist as they are no-longer in a state of GOD’S grace due to Moral sin and hence ineligible for this angst Sacrament, based on a priest agreeing with them constructed on what heretofore were invalid conditions.

[2] The opposition view, held by the Catholic Magisterium for 2,000 years is that such is an impossibility

Based on Biblical evidence, Sacred Tradition, Canon Law, and the Teachings in a precise and specific manner of prior Popes; and Magisterium approved and unchangeable DOCTRINES of the RCC, which are unchangeable/ PERIOD!

Such positions are being viewed as “rigidity”, “legalism,” and even “nit-picking”; and certainly, unmerciful and lacking charity. All the while Ignoring that GOD”S Mercy cannot override God’s necessary Justice.

Truth cannot be changed on the whims of lust and desire.

From our Catholic CATECHISM

1631 This is the reason why the Church normally requires that the faithful contract marriage according to the ecclesiastical form. Several reasons converge to explain this requirement:

– Sacramental marriage is a liturgical act. It is therefore appropriate that it should be celebrated in the public liturgy of the Church;

– Marriage introduces one into an ecclesial order, and creates rights and duties in the Church between the spouses and towards their children;

– Since marriage is a state of life in the Church, certainty about it is necessary (hence the obligation to have witnesses);

– The public character of the consent protects the “I do” once given and helps the spouses remain faithful to it

 2390 In a so-called free union, a man and a woman refuse to give juridical and public form to a liaison involving sexual intimacy.

The expression “free union” is fallacious: what can “union” mean when the partners make no commitment to one another, each exhibiting a lack of trust in the other, in himself, or in the future?

The expression covers a number of different situations: concubinage, rejection of marriage as such, or inability to make long-term commitments. All these situations offend against the dignity of marriage; they destroy the very idea of the family; they weaken the sense of fidelity. They are contrary to the moral law. The sexual act must take place exclusively within marriage. Outside of marriage it always constitutes a grave sin and excludes one from sacramental communion

And from the Code of Canon Law



Art. 1.


Can.  1141 A marriage that is ratum et consummatum can be dissolved by no human power and by no cause, except death END QUOTES

So this sets up the current enbattlement of differing views.

Based on creating worldwide mass confusion [and thus interjecting personal choice as being presumably granted], intimated by the duplicitous manner this “New [impossible though it is] Way” was introduced via a footnote, is being hailed in some places as a “NEW Teaching.”  ….. Yet it was never expressed in the body of the text, [not that such would have changed its authority], within the lengthy document itself. We see here a fully planned ambiguity to give the author an avenue of deniability, which interestingly Francis choose not to avail himself of, and simultaneously “giving” proponents of this advocacy issue, some grounds on which to base their rejection of 2,000 year old Doctrinal, unchangeable though they are, defined truths.

Cardinal Kasper: Can the ‘remarried’ now receive communion? ‘Yes. Period.’ https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-kasper-amoris-laetitia-changes-everything-on-communion-for-remarri

 Does Pope Francis support the Kasper proposal? [YES!]


 So what we have here are not merely opposing personal views; rather we are witnessing an attempt by our Pope and his carefully chosen cohorts to rewrite 2,000 years of Divinely Inspired Biblical teaching on both the very nature of sin [mortal sin and its subjective culpability], and Sacramental marriage as it has always been understood, defined, and declared as a Doctrine of the RCC.

Recently a group of four Cardinals, for the most-part untouchables by the Powers that Be [a real threat for a great many others of like mind; but fearing severe-reprisals based on our Popes past history of same], who in conscience could not tolerate the intentional ambiguity of the document on marriage; following long historical practice, initiated the following action:

[1] They issued a five point questions [dubia] based on the bible, Sacred Tradition, The Magisterium, & Canon Law. This was done is September of 2016.

This action was done in full accord with in place procedures and processes.

[2]The pope declined to respond; refused to clarify his intent.

[3] After a reasonable time [mid -November] with no reply, the four Cardinals, attempting to fulfill their obligatory roles as both papal advisors, and as Shepherds of Souls ,choose to take the matter public as it affects literally the salvation of many souls worldwide,  For them this was a GRAVE moral responsibility.

[4] The new “prochoice-[remarriage & OK communion]” advocates of which there are many, including a number of whom were just last week promoted to Cardinals have taken to slander, name calling, and other derogatory and unbecoming [in charity] remarks made  very publicly; making even more serious and grievous their actions by being within the ranks of the Episcopate.

Here’s a summary of today’s four “White Martyrs” each uniquely qualified by virtue of education, experience and background, to take this action on OUR behalf.

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, 87 years old, continues to be one of the leading voices critical of proposals stemming from the Vatican’s Synod on the Family that critics say risk subverting Catholic teaching on the sacraments and morality.

He was one of five cardinals who contributed to the 2014 book Remaining in the Truth of Christ, which criticized Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal to open up Communion to civilly divorced and remarried Catholics.

The president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences gave an interview in 2014 where he stated that pastoral work can in “no circumstances … be in contradiction with doctrine.” He also stated during this time that a valid marriage between a baptized man and a woman that has been consummated “is indissoluble: Only death can part them.”

In a 2015 interview, Brandmüller criticized what he called a “perverse lust for self-destruction” that he saw in the liberal agenda among Germany’s bishops, stating that the self-destruction comes about “by undermining the procreation of life in different ways and in putting into question the natural sexual identity of man and woman.” The Cardinal openly stated that same year that those who advocate for changing Catholic teaching on marriage are ‘heretics,’ even if they are bishops.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, has been an outspoken champion of the Church’s pro-life and pro-family teachings, especially as articulated by Popes Benedict and John Paul II.

Burke was demoted by Pope Francis in 2014 from being the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court, due to what critics said was his uncompromising defense of Church’s teaching on life and family issues.

 In his commitment to defending the sacraments while holding fast to the Church’s teaching against abortion, the Cardinal has frequently insisted that persistently pro-abortion Catholic politicians be denied Holy Communion, as stated by Canon law.

He has called fighting the all-pervasive ‘contraceptive mentality’ “essential” for restoring the culture of life, has defended parents as the primary educators of their children, and has strongly defended marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman.

Burke has urged Catholics on numerous occasions in the past two years to brace for martyrdom in the face of growing opposition to the Church’s clear teachings on marriage and the family.

 Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, 78 years old, who was tasked by Saint Pope John Paul II more than three decades ago with founding an institute to study marriage and the family, has been a respected leader in reinvigorating the life and family movement within the Church.

In 2008, Caffarra gave an interview in which he spoke about a letter he had received from the last Fatima seer, Sister Lucia dos Santos, concerning the final battle between God and Satan. When the Cardinal wrote to Sister Lucia 36 years ago asking for her prayers as he began the process of founding the institute, he never expected a reply. Instead, the seer responded with a message of profound significance.

States Caffarra: “In [her letter] we find written: ‘The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid,’ she added, ‘because anyone who operates for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.’ And then she concluded: ‘However, Our Lady has already crushed its head.’”

The Archbishop Emeritus of Bologna has called the Pope’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia ‘objectively unclear,’ noting how fellow bishops have conflicting interpretations of what it means

Cardinal Joachim Meisner, former Archbishop of Cologne, has never minced words when it comes to preaching the Gospel truth about life and family issues.

In 2005, before Cologne hosted World Youth Day that same year, Meisner compared abortion to the Nazi holocaust in his sermon for the January 6 commemoration of the Epiphany. He stated that “first there was Herod, who ordered the children of Bethlehem to be killed, then there was Hitler and Stalin among others, and today unborn children are being killed in their millions.” END QUOTES


[ 1 ]    http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-francis-be-true-witnesses-not-pure-legalists

[ 2 ] https://cruxnow.com/church/2016/04/11/pope-francis-again-blasts-moral-legalism-by-religious-leaders/

[ 3 ] http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kathyschiffer/2014/06/pope-francis-rigid-traditionalists-and-cafeteria-catholics-arent-really-catholics/

 These men of God, only trying to fulfill their grave-obligations both to our Pope as Advisors, and for us a Good Shepherds have been singled  out as some sort of subverting clique for attempting to uphold God, His bible, and His Inspired long define Doctrines..

Pope Benedict XVU predicted a smaller and more Orthodox and pious Church. It seems to be happening before our very eyes IF we are paying it attention?

[ 1 ] http://aleteia.org/2016/06/13/when-cardinal-joseph-ratzinger-predicted-the-future-of-the-church/

[2] http://wdtprs.com/blog/2012/03/the-church-will-become-small-and-will-have-to-start-afresh/

My dear friends, God just recently gave America a reprieve [a MORAL issue; not a political one]. Surely He COULD do the same for His Church. Pray and sacrifice very much!

 “The animosity toward the four Cardinals coming from the Pope and his closest collaborators was expected. That is why the letter to the Pope containing the “dubia” was signed by three retired Cardinals and Cardinal Raymond Burke, who has already been removed from his Vatican post. “For good reason,” Vatican sources told LifeSiteNews, others who supported the letter could not sign on for fear of losing their positions.

Belying the animosity directed at the four Cardinals asking the Pope for clarification on Amoris Laetitiatheir letter was the kindest and most humble expression of concern. “Compelled in conscience by our pastoral responsibility and desiring to implement ever more that synodality to which Your Holiness urges us, we, with profound respect, permit ourselves to ask you, Holy Father,” is how the Cardinals began their question. Addressing the Pope as the “Supreme Teacher of the Faith,” they asked him to “resolve the uncertainties and bring clarity, benevolently giving a response to the ‘dubia’ that we attach to the present letter.” END QUOTES

We are speaking here of what kind of future we are going to leave our kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Act NOW while time permits us too. AMEN! This is not a unique occurrence within our Chruch.

 “The following words of Saint Basil the Great, addressed to the Latin bishops, can be in some aspects applied to the situation of those who in our days ask for doctrinal clarity, including our four cardinals: “The one charge which is now sure to secure severe punishment is the careful keeping of the traditions of the Fathers. We are not being attacked for the sake of riches, or glory, or any temporal advantages. We stand in the arena to fight for our common heritage, for the treasure of the sound faith, derived from our Fathers. Grieve with us, all you who love the brethren, at the shutting of the mouths of our men of true religion, and at the opening of the bold and blasphemous lips of all that utter unrighteousness against God. The pillars and foundation of the truth are scattered abroad. We, whose insignificance has allowed of our being overlooked, are deprived of our right of free speech” (Ep. 243, 2.4).”

Within the past few day’s Cardinals Pell and Burke were removed from the Curia’s office of Divine Worship; completing the near-total purging of this important office, and we MIGHT expect that sooner than later, Cardinals Sarah [Prefect for the office of Divine Worship] and Muller [Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith] also may be removed from their offices of influence as the y are also visages [in power and authority] of Catholic Orthodoxy. The purge is ongoing; this is a fearful time for those humble, courageous and brave enough to boldly proclaim God’s Truths. Let us PRAY mightily for them, for our Church, for our faith and for our children. And YES, especially for our Pope and his cohorts who perpetuate these actions; this disinformation. ….. May GOD help them and us. Amen!

At this point it would seem THEY might be in more need of prayer than are we.

 “Blessed John Henry Newman commented on these unusual sad facts with the following wise and equilibrated affirmation:

While it is historically true, it is in no sense doctrinally false, that a pope, as a private doctor, and much more bishops, when not teaching formally, may err, as we find they did err in the fourth century. Pope Liberius might sign a Eusebian formula at Sirmium, and the mass of bishops at Ariminum or elsewhere, and yet they might, in spite of this error, be infallible in their ex cathedra decision”   

 “The following words inspired by the Holy Spirit retain their prophetic value especially in view of the spreading doctrinal and practical confusion regarding the sacrament of marriage in our day: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Tim. 4: 3-5)”

“May all, who in our days still take seriously their baptismal vows and their priestly and episcopal promises, receive the strength and the grace of God so that they may reiterate together with St. Hilary the words: “May I always be in exile, if only the truth begins to be preached again!” (De Syn., 78). This strength and grace we wish wholeheartedly to our four cardinals and as well as to those who criticize them”


My dear friends in Christ, WE are witness to the White Martyrdom of four heretofore highly respected Cardinals in our Universal worldwide Catholic Church…… oddly this respect only increases in and through the slanderous persecution they are in; and rightly so. Amen!

Catholics are to continue to honor the chair of Peter, to obey and respect our Pope when he teaches if full accord with defined Doctrine and Sacred Tradition.


Continued Blessings,


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