Your Apostasy Will Take You to Hell, Fr. Kennedy

“Apostasy is the total repudiation of the christian faith.” (Code of Canon Law, Canon 751)

“[Father Peter Kennedy] said he had not believed in Jesus for some time, calling the son of God a ‘fable’ and a ‘metaphor’. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

The point has been made a few times on this site. The liberal interpretation of extra ecclesiam nulla salus has it that there is no salvation outside the Church for those who know the Catholic Church to be the true Church and willfully reject it, or for those who, having belonged to it, leave it. This is the liberal version, the watered down reading. While it is true as far as it goes, it allows its proponents to deny Church teaching by what it leaves out. But let’s forget that for now and stick with the true part.

You’ll never hear a liberal actually applying the true part in real life. For liberals, the theory is only good in what it denies, not in what it affirms.

Case in point: Father Peter Kennedy. He’s the Aussie Priest that got himself in trouble in 2009 for his bleeding-edge progressivism. Included in Fr. Kennedy’s rap sheet are the following:

He intentionally collapsed the important distinction between the priesthood of the faithful and the ministerial priesthood. In other words, he became a protestant. He also formally presided over services for actively homosexual couples. He abdicated his call to preach by turning the function over to not only people who were not ordained, but people who did not believe or profess what the Catholic Church teaches.

This misguided cleric questioned fundamental Catholic doctrine. He developed his own version of what passes for Liturgy in his former parish. He promoted explicitly errant doctrines which denied the Trinity, the Divinity of Christ and the Virgin Birth of Our Lord.

Now Father Kennedy has made it known that he does not believe in Jesus. I’m not a canonist (and I don’t even play one on TV), but denying the existence of the central figure of Christianity — the One it’s named after — would strike this old peripatetic as a “total repudiation of the christian faith.” The apostate makes it crystal clear that he does not believe in the Christian God at all anymore: “It’s true I’ve given up on that sort of a God, that sort of a ‘being’ that sits up there in heaven somewhere and intervenes in human affairs.”

Where are the warnings that Father Kennedy and his foolish followers are leaving the Church to their own peril? Who is willing to point out that, far more than being “disobedient,” or “wounding Church unity,” or “leaving full communion,” they’re damning themselves to hell by leaving the Catholic Church, the sole ark of salvation?

Anyone… anyone?

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  • John

    To the Philosopher:
    I suggest you channel your anger and disappointment constructively.

    Write a letter to Pope Benedict XVI. Yes indeed that is what you should do. He still has time to act before He goes to Assissi.

  • Donald E. Flood

    Sorry, John, I do not see any anger in the Philosopher’s post, just a statement of universal, objective reality. I think that his phrase of “the liberal interpretation of extra ecclesiam nulla salus” is far too generous. I would have preferred the “h-word” myself, but I am sure that the Philosopher did not want to come across as being “angry.”

  • John

    Anyone…anyone? sounded like a hint of anger to me. If it was not, big deal. Anger is quite proper to news of this sort. I was merely showing that the Pope intends to do far worse at Assisi even if he only honors what happened in 1986.

    It would be proper to pray for his death rather than suffer another scandal of the magnitude that his predecessor inflicted upon Holy Mother Church at Assisi. We cannot remain silent while any member of the church murders souls.

  • Lionel Andrades

    LG 14 indicates all need Catholic faith and the baptism of water for salvation the priest here is saying only those who know…

    Lumen Gentium 14 says all need to enter the Catholic Church to avoid Hell similar to St. Robert Bellarmine, Pope John Paul II (Dominus Iesus 20, CCC 845,846, Ecclesia di Eucaristia) and the Jesuit saints like St. Francis Xavier.

    Lumen Gentium 14, Ad Gentes 7 affirms the strict interpretation of the ex cathedra dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. LG 14 is not contradicted by Lumen Gentium 15 and 16 as some Catholics believe. We do not know any case in particular of implicit salvation (LG 15 and 16). It is known only to God and so does not contradict LG 14 which indicates that every one on earth needs Catholic Faith and the baptism of water for salvation. Every one needs to be a formal,explicit, visible member of the Catholic Church to avoid Hell.

    Since implicit salvation (good conscience, invincible ignorance, baptism of desire etc) is not the ordinary way of salvation, it is not in conflict with LG 14. Neither can we judge who consciously knows about Jesus and the Church as contrast to who is in invincible ignorance.

    LG 14 indicates all need Catholic faith and the baptism of water for salvation the priest here is saying only those who know…

    LG 14 is in accord with the teachings of St. Robert Bellarmine, the Church Councils, and popes and the other Jesuits saints like Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier, on the subject of the dogma outside the church there is no salvation.

    Here is Lumen Gentium 14.

    This Sacred Council wishes to turn its attention firstly to the Catholic faithful. Basing itself upon Sacred Scripture and Tradition, it teaches that the Church, now sojourning on earth as an exile, is necessary for salvation. Christ, present to us in His Body, which is the Church, is the one Mediator and the unique way of salvation. In explicit terms He Himself affirmed the necessity of faith and baptism and thereby affirmed also the necessity of the Church, for through baptism as through a door men enter the Church.-Lumen Gentium 14

    LG 14 says that the Church is needed for salvation. Salvation means to go to Heaven and to avoid Hell. The Church is needed to avoid Hell.
    Then Lumen Gentium 14 also says all need ‘faith and baptism’ to enter the Church ‘as through a door’. This is Jesus’ explicit teaching.

    We Catholics can only administer the baptism of water to adults with Catholic Faith. We cannot administer the baptism of desire or blood which is a grace from God. We also do not know anyone in particular who has been saved with the baptism of desire or blood or a good conscience in the general population today. If the Church declares someone a saint or martyr we accept it. However in general we do not know any person saved in this category. So there may not even be a single such case in the present times.

    However in principle we accept the possibility of implicit salvation i.e. those saved with the baptism of desire etc. De facto we know every one with no exception needs Catholic Faith and the baptism of water to avoid Hell (LG 14).

    LG 14 is affirming the traditional teaching that Catholic Faith and the baptism of water is the ordinary way of salvation for all people, in general, to avoid Hell.

  • Chris Campbell

    Lionel, would not quote Vatican II at all!!

    That said, wonder what Fr. Kennedy would do if the Church gave him the boot and took away his salary and his free meals/lodging? One can but wonder..

  • Chris Campbell

    John write a letter to Benedict?? um, many have “done that , been there” over the yrs, nothing comes out of the Vatican. During hte 80′s, my parents and many wrote letters, send tapes, video,etc….nothing…constructive that is not, a waste of time it is….

  • Texie

    The Devil has trapped another priest in his snare. So sad, so sad, they trade the truth for a lie.

  • Gregory

    He sounds like a good candidate for giving the “Catholic” view on TV.