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The Withdrawal of the Church by Fr. Castellani
« on: January 17, 2020, 04:12:57 PM »
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  • I've translated this text from Spanish (my native language) without using Google so please forgive any misspellings, grammatical errors,etc. The style one uses to write a text in Spanish is not the same as in English. So if you find phrases that don't make sense or seem odd please let me know so I correct these. Also I'd like to know what you think about its content.

    The folowing text is a chapter of Father Castellani’s book “Cristo y los Fariseos” (Christ and the Pharisees) which in turn is an extract of his novel “Los Papeles de Benjamín Benavídez” (Benjamin Benavidez’s Papers). The story takes place in Post World War II Italy. An Argentine journalist (the person who tells the story) meets by chance Benjamin Benavidez, who is a Spanish Catholic Sephardi Jew imprisoned in a camp. In his youth Benjamin was studying to become a priest when his father told him that he was a Jew. Because of a rule that prohibited Jews to the third generation to become priests in his Order he is expelled and he has to earn his life working in different jobs and travelling to different countries. The war surprises him in Germany and after the Allied victory he ends up stuck in Italy under American occupation because he had lost his papers (documents). Benjamin is somehow obsessed with the Apocalypse and through the story he gives his exegesis of it in many meetings/interviews with the journalist.

    Characters:
    Jerónimo Delrey: An Argentine journalist.
    Benjamín Benavidez, aka Benya, aka the Jew, aka the rabbi, aka the old man.
    Mungué aka the Teologian: An Argentine priest studying Sacred Scripture in Rome.
    Priscila Aguirre aka the Lady, the Argentine ambassador’s wife
    Friar Fulgencio aka linen flower aka Little flower : a lazy monk, not very bright.
     
    The Withdrawal of the Church

    Do you think that before the end a great apostasy will come? [-asked Benya]

    That is of faith – intervened Mungué- Saint Paul says it and even Our Lord himself affirmed it “When I return ¿Do you think i will find faith on earth?”

    Do you think that a general apostasy would be posible if the Church were in force, full of purity,  of justice, of charity and light? That’s impossible. The Great Apostasy makes the great persecution conceivable, but the great apostasy isn’t conceivable without a contamination.

    There has always been contamination – said the lady – and there will always be, acording to the parable of the cockle: “until the time of the harvest”

    Precisely – said the old man – and approaching (towards) the time of the  harvest is when the cockle and the wheat are more alike.

    Beware! –said Mungué- the Church will always be distinct from the sects. By her four notes: One, Holy ,Catholic and Apostolic.

    Not even the lighthouses are well seen in a foggy weather – the rabbi sibbilingly said

    That’s protestant heresy! – Fulgencio accused – The error of the Invisible Church.

    The old man stared at him for a moment and continued.

    When Christ returns the condition of the world will be analogous to that which it had when He left it. In order to see the future, from that mound in Jerusalem from which The King of the Prophets, could see  the Temple and, alas, the Calvary, he only had to consider His own present situation, weight it, and extend it in all directions.

    So Phariseeism is going to rule in the Church as ruled before in the Synagogue? – I said alarmed. Christ’s promise of perennial assistance to His Church and her guidance by the Paraclite…this seems to destroy it from its roots.

    And it destroys it – said the Monk

    Why? –said the rabbi- The same or similar promises were made to the Synagogue by the prophets and at the moment that those promises were about to fail, God sent His Son to keep them. He who said “the Scribes and the Pharisees sat in Moses’ Cathedra; then do everything they say to you, but not according to their Works(deeds).” Since the doctrine was never lacking; but the examples were.

    But that is extremely dangerous to preach- said Mungue- because the people will lose confidence in the hierarchy.

    I don’t preach it; i’m only afraid of it. – meekly said the Jew.

    But the thing is that you shouldn’t say it, nor think of it, nor even dream about it-said Fulgencio

    Not in my name – he said – But; to dream about it? Who can put doors to dreaming? This was already dreamed by John in the Apocalypse.

    Where? – defied Mungué.

    In four places: The Church of Laodicea, the Second Beast, the measurement of the Temple and the Great Whore(Harlot)

    Moonshine! –said Fulgencio – “Clara non sunt explicanda cum oscuris”. Those places are obscure, Christ’ s promise is clear.

    The Jew let his arms fall in discouragement(dismay) and with a tired air he began to turn the pages of his Bible.
    What the hell is phariseism properly? – I said.

    Well don’t you know it? – said the Jew tired – It’s in the Gospels

    It’s in the Elenchus contra Pharisees, Matthew, chapter 23 – said the theologian

    It’s in the whole Gospel – roared the old man – Christ did nothing else but to fight against phariseism. “Non sum missus nisi ad oves quae perierunt domus Israel”. I was sent to the sheeps of Israel that perished.

    What an exaggeration! – said the linen flower – What about the miracles? What about the doctrine? Those are the main things in Christ’s life!

    What was Christ’s personal undertaking as a man, his feat and his work, that which unifies all his action? What was the heart of Christ, if He was a man of heart? [It was] not certainly a soft sweetness, a melancholic sentimentalism, squishy and weeping towards men, and even towards animals, as today is portrayed even in the statues of our temples d’apres Renan, d’apres Tolstoy –said the old man- That was not Christ’s personality, it was not his heart

    We’re devouts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – said the monk

    What was then His personality? - said Mungué the theologian

    The fight against phariseism, that “sin against the Holy Spirit” that prevented His mesianic manifestation and terribly hurted his love for men and for the poor and for the weak… without taking into account his love for the Father – and for the Truth. That’s the key of His character, perhaps the main one, the one that comprehends all the traits of his splendid human personality – declared Benya. I know what phariseism is, although I don’t know how to define it – he added. I have experimented it in my flesh.

    Moonshine! Phariseism is over.

    Never –cried Benya-   Nor will it end. What else can result in the Great Tribulation, the worst trial, but the Great Sin, the peccatum “ad mortem”, that which in effect derived in the Death and Resurrection of Him who is Life.

    “If you’re really the Son of God, step down from the cross and we’ll believe in You” – I said with a slight trembling.

    In effect that’s the essence of phariseism – Benya turned to me with an approving smile – Cruelty, religious pride y resistance to the faith. But Christ could answer them from the cross: “Believe in Me and I will step down the cross”. In effect, when the Jews believe in Him, and the Gentiles have fallen into the sin of death, Christ will step down from His long cross, which is the whole history of the Church.

    I’m not interested in this conversation

    Phariseism is like… The Pharisees are like professional religious, like experts in religion – I said- recalling a phrase of Gustave Thibon.

    That’s only the first grade of phariseism – reflected the old man- Let’s see if we can describe it by its grades.

    The first one: Religion becomes merely an exterior thing.

    The second one: Religion becomes a profession, métier, gagne pan.

    The third one: Religion becomes an instrument for profit, for honors, power or money.

    That’s like an schlerotization of what is religious, a hardening or progresive decay! – jumped the theologian

    And then a falsification, hypocrisy, hardening to the cruelty – I said

    In the Gospels Jesus Christ condemned the Pharisees – insisted friar Little Flower – and that is enough.

    The Jew had become absorbed. Then he carried on with a hollow and hoarse voice.

    I’m trembling of saying what I barely  dare to think… My heart trembles as a leaf in a tree when I think in the mistery of phariseism. I can’t be outraged as the Divine Teacher was; I, miserable worm, I’m affraid of it- and in fact he shuddered abruptly and two tears peeked out his eyes.

    The other grades – he carried on – are already diabolical

    The heart of the Pharisee turns into cork, then into stone, then it empties itself by the inside, then the demon occupies it. “And the demon entered into him” said John speaking of Judas.

    The fourth: Religion becomes passively hard, insensitive, disembodied

    The fifth one: Religion becomes hypocrisy: the “Holy” hypocrite begins to despise and abhor those who have the true religión

    The Sixth one:The heart turned into a stone becomes cruel, actively hard.

    The Seventh one: The false believer persecutes the true believers to death, with blind fury, with relentless fanaticism… and he doesn’t calm down even before (in front of) the cross nor after the cross…  “This impostor said that he would resurrect in the third day; so O Great Procurator of Judea… [Send] Guards to the sepulcre”.

    Well, that happened once and it won’t happen again – said Fulgencio - . Hypocrisy doesn’t thrive in the Church of Christ nowadays. There exist God’s Grace!

    [I hope] God wills it – said Benya – But this isn’t common hypocrisy, it’s diabolical, deep, almost unconscious.”Corruptio optimi pessima”, it’s the corruption of the best, of religiosity, a thing that has no cure, as the salt that loses it saltiness. The shallow hypocrisy portraited by Molière, for example, is almost harmless. Tartuffe is a vulgar stupid. The other kind is deadly. Whenever a branch of Phariseism has arisen(sprout) in the Church, God cured it, but someone had to paid for it with his blood, from Christ to Joan of Arc, and even to our days. The trial of Bartolome Carranza! And the case of Jacinto Verdaguer. I’m not saying that this two were without faults and defects, they had both of them and even in great quantities, as Savonarola; but they gave their lives in a deep sense because of Phariseism. A tragic fight between the living morals and the dead morals is set, between the real mystic and “the mystic turned into politics”, that the German Hebrew Max Scheler studied pretty well in a quite good monograph… the title of which I’ve forgotten…Right! The Tragic Conflict in Morals. Precisely Max Scheler studies it in the case of Christ. The living morals triumphs -  until now and always; but the one who carries it as a life and a passion perishes.

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    Re: The Withdrawal of the Church by Fr. Castellani
    « Reply #1 on: January 17, 2020, 05:05:25 PM »
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  • "Interesting" that you should happen to post this, just at this particular moment, as no fewer than 30 minutes ago, I was reading this:



    Letter of Resignation of Fr. Gabriel Grosso: https://www.cathinfo.com/sspx-resistance-news/collection-of-sspx-resistance-writings/15/


    Dear Fr. Bouchacourt,

    I am writing to tell you that for some time I have been praying to know what God Our Lord is asking of me. I assure you that I have experienced painful hours because of my disagreement with the authorities of the SSPX. But since I am not a member [with power of decision] and my opinion does not count on these matters, I have decided to inform you of my determination to leave the SSPX.



    Fr. Grosso expresses his sadness and regret
    I am explaining to you some of the reasons for my decision because you deserve to know them for the charity and understanding that you have shown me since my arrival at the SSPX.

    The question is rooted in my different understanding of the facts and correlating them to eschatology. I am not just talking about the Apocalypse, because the issue goes beyond this text since it also refers to the eschatological words of Our Lord and passages from the writings of St. Peter, St. John, St. Paul and the Prophet Daniel.

    Since I was in the seminary, I have been reading Fr. Leonardo Castellani and I believe in Bible prophecies, so these ideas concerning the time in which we live are not new to me. I consider that given the current state of affairs, to preach to the faithful that we should reconquer [in the merge with Rome] something that is heading toward death means to not understand our situation.

    I believe - and for this reason I decided to act accordingly - that the fight has reached the point spoken of by the Angel to the Church of Sardis: “Be watchful and strengthen the things that remain, which are ready to die. For I find not thy works full before my God” (Apoc 3:2).

    Therefore, in my view, to approach modernist Rome is futile, and worse, it is harmful, because until now Rome has shown that it will devour all the traditionalist groups and reduce them to the synthesis that it believes is the Church, that is to say, Vatican II. And, of course, Benedict XVI is the chief mentor of this Church.

    Now it seems that you and Bishop Bernard Fellay have faith in him and believe that he will save the Church: “We can indeed hope that God will reward the undeniable valor that Benedict XVI has shown by conceding the two prerequisites that the SSPX solicited, and that He will give him the strength and lights necessary to carry out such a restoration, which seems impossible from the human point of view (your editorial in Iesus Christi n. 121).

    The contrast is striking when one considers the Apocalypse "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke like a dragon," … “And it deceiveth those who dwell on earth.”

    Thus I believe that the road taken by the SSPX is drawing it toward its ruin, and this is corroborated by others who have already denounced it (see the resignation of Fr. Juan Carlos Ceriani).



    Faith in Ratzinger and a belief he will save the Church
    In the Book of Daniel and the Apocalypse, we are warned that our enemies will have divine permission “to make war on the saints and to overcome them” (Apoc 13:7) and nothing, at least nothing visibly organized, will remain that the enemies will not have infiltrated and destroyed. All that will remain will be some irrelevant dispersed faithful. This will not happen, however, without the infidelity of the leaders of the group, because we know that God never abandons man unless man abandons Him first. We have the example of the present day Vatican, completely dominated by its enemies because their members have abandoned Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    These considerations – and many others – have distanced me from the SSPX, because [according to you] to preach such words to the faithful would frighten them. I believe, on the contrary, that it is our duty to tell the “the faithful to flee Jerusalem (Rome) before its horrible destruction,” which is the position the SSPX has taken since 2000, as I was told. “When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by the prophet Daniel in the holy place: let he who reads, hears, and then they that are in Judea, let them flee to the mountains (Mt 24: 15-16).

    And we must not approach the Rome anathematized by God: “But should we, or an Angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have proclaimed to you, let him be accursed.” (Gal 1: 8-0)

    Dear Father, since my intention is not to discuss interpretation of texts, I have decided after much prayer and consultation with prudent persons, to take my leave without making any scandal or saying anything to the faithful. I will go and live with my parents in San Francisco (Córdoba Province, Argentina), and there, with the help of God and some persons I know who think as I do on such matters, I intend to persevere in the priesthood.

    God bless you and thank you very much for everything.

    In Domino,

    Fr. Gabriel Grosso.

    P S. - I was thinking of what we were talking about yesterday and I believe that it is my duty to be faithful to what Our Lord Jesus Christ asks of me.
    Romans 5:20 "But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more."

    -I retract any and all statements I have made that are incongruent with the True Faith, and apologize for ever having made them-


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    Re: The Withdrawal of the Church by Fr. Castellani
    « Reply #2 on: January 17, 2020, 05:14:53 PM »
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  • I've translated this text from Spanish (my native language) without using Google so please forgive any misspellings, grammatical errors,etc. The style one uses to write a text in Spanish is not the same as in English. So if you find phrases that don't make sense or seem odd please let me know so I correct these. Also I'd like to know what you think about its content.

    The folowing text is a chapter of Father Castellani’s book “Cristo y los Fariseos” (Christ and the Pharisees) which in turn is an extract of his novel “Los Papeles de Benjamín Benavídez” (Benjamin Benavidez’s Papers). The story takes place in Post World War II Italy. An Argentine journalist (the person who tells the story) meets by chance Benjamin Benavidez, who is a Spanish Catholic Sephardi Jew imprisoned in a camp. In his youth Benjamin was studying to become a priest when his father told him that he was a Jew. Because of a rule that prohibited Jews to the third generation to become priests in his Order he is expelled and he has to earn his life working in different jobs and travelling to different countries. The war surprises him in Germany and after the Allied victory he ends up stuck in Italy under American occupation because he had lost his papers (documents). Benjamin is somehow obsessed with the Apocalypse and through the story he gives his exegesis of it in many meetings/interviews with the journalist.

    Characters:
    Jerónimo Delrey: An Argentine journalist.
    Benjamín Benavidez, aka Benya, aka the Jew, aka the rabbi, aka the old man.
    Mungué aka the Teologian: An Argentine priest studying Sacred Scripture in Rome.
    Priscila Aguirre aka the Lady, the Argentine ambassador’s wife
    Friar Fulgencio aka linen flower aka Little flower : a lazy monk, not very bright.
     
    The Withdrawal of the Church

    Do you think that before the end a great apostasy will come? [-asked Benya]

    That is of faith – intervened Mungué- Saint Paul says it and even Our Lord himself affirmed it “When I return ¿Do you think i will find faith on earth?”

    Do you think that a general apostasy would be posible if the Church were in force, full of purity,  of justice, of charity and light? That’s impossible. The Great Apostasy makes the great persecution conceivable, but the great apostasy isn’t conceivable without a contamination.

    There has always been contamination – said the lady – and there will always be, acording to the parable of the cockle: “until the time of the harvest”

    Precisely – said the old man – and approaching (towards) the time of the  harvest is when the cockle and the wheat are more alike.

    Beware! –said Mungué- the Church will always be distinct from the sects. By her four notes: One, Holy ,Catholic and Apostolic.

    Not even the lighthouses are well seen in a foggy weather – the rabbi sibbilingly said

    That’s protestant heresy! – Fulgencio accused – The error of the Invisible Church.

    The old man stared at him for a moment and continued.

    When Christ returns the condition of the world will be analogous to that which it had when He left it. In order to see the future, from that mound in Jerusalem from which The King of the Prophets, could see  the Temple and, alas, the Calvary, he only had to consider His own present situation, weight it, and extend it in all directions.

    So Phariseeism is going to rule in the Church as ruled before in the Synagogue? – I said alarmed. Christ’s promise of perennial assistance to His Church and her guidance by the Paraclite…this seems to destroy it from its roots.

    And it destroys it – said the Monk

    Why? –said the rabbi- The same or similar promises were made to the Synagogue by the prophets and at the moment that those promises were about to fail, God sent His Son to keep them. He who said “the Scribes and the Pharisees sat in Moses’ Cathedra; then do everything they say to you, but not according to their Works(deeds).” Since the doctrine was never lacking; but the examples were.

    But that is extremely dangerous to preach- said Mungue- because the people will lose confidence in the hierarchy.

    I don’t preach it; i’m only afraid of it. – meekly said the Jew.

    But the thing is that you shouldn’t say it, nor think of it, nor even dream about it-said Fulgencio

    Not in my name – he said – But; to dream about it? Who can put doors to dreaming? This was already dreamed by John in the Apocalypse.

    Where? – defied Mungué.

    In four places: The Church of Laodicea, the Second Beast, the measurement of the Temple and the Great Whore(Harlot)

    Moonshine! –said Fulgencio – “Clara non sunt explicanda cum oscuris”. Those places are obscure, Christ’ s promise is clear.

    The Jew let his arms fall in discouragement(dismay) and with a tired air he began to turn the pages of his Bible.
    What the hell is phariseism properly? – I said.

    Well don’t you know it? – said the Jew tired – It’s in the Gospels

    It’s in the Elenchus contra Pharisees, Matthew, chapter 23 – said the theologian

    It’s in the whole Gospel – roared the old man – Christ did nothing else but to fight against phariseism. “Non sum missus nisi ad oves quae perierunt domus Israel”. I was sent to the sheeps of Israel that perished.

    What an exaggeration! – said the linen flower – What about the miracles? What about the doctrine? Those are the main things in Christ’s life!

    What was Christ’s personal undertaking as a man, his feat and his work, that which unifies all his action? What was the heart of Christ, if He was a man of heart? [It was] not certainly a soft sweetness, a melancholic sentimentalism, squishy and weeping towards men, and even towards animals, as today is portrayed even in the statues of our temples d’apres Renan, d’apres Tolstoy –said the old man- That was not Christ’s personality, it was not his heart

    We’re devouts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – said the monk

    What was then His personality? - said Mungué the theologian

    The fight against phariseism, that “sin against the Holy Spirit” that prevented His mesianic manifestation and terribly hurted his love for men and for the poor and for the weak… without taking into account his love for the Father – and for the Truth. That’s the key of His character, perhaps the main one, the one that comprehends all the traits of his splendid human personality – declared Benya. I know what phariseism is, although I don’t know how to define it – he added. I have experimented it in my flesh.

    Moonshine! Phariseism is over.

    Never –cried Benya-   Nor will it end. What else can result in the Great Tribulation, the worst trial, but the Great Sin, the peccatum “ad mortem”, that which in effect derived in the Death and Resurrection of Him who is Life.

    “If you’re really the Son of God, step down from the cross and we’ll believe in You” – I said with a slight trembling.

    In effect that’s the essence of phariseism – Benya turned to me with an approving smile – Cruelty, religious pride y resistance to the faith. But Christ could answer them from the cross: “Believe in Me and I will step down the cross”. In effect, when the Jews believe in Him, and the Gentiles have fallen into the sin of death, Christ will step down from His long cross, which is the whole history of the Church.

    I’m not interested in this conversation

    Phariseism is like… The Pharisees are like professional religious, like experts in religion – I said- recalling a phrase of Gustave Thibon.

    That’s only the first grade of phariseism – reflected the old man- Let’s see if we can describe it by its grades.

    The first one: Religion becomes merely an exterior thing.

    The second one: Religion becomes a profession, métier, gagne pan.

    The third one: Religion becomes an instrument for profit, for honors, power or money.

    That’s like an schlerotization of what is religious, a hardening or progresive decay! – jumped the theologian

    And then a falsification, hypocrisy, hardening to the cruelty – I said

    In the Gospels Jesus Christ condemned the Pharisees – insisted friar Little Flower – and that is enough.

    The Jew had become absorbed. Then he carried on with a hollow and hoarse voice.

    I’m trembling of saying what I barely  dare to think… My heart trembles as a leaf in a tree when I think in the mistery of phariseism. I can’t be outraged as the Divine Teacher was; I, miserable worm, I’m affraid of it- and in fact he shuddered abruptly and two tears peeked out his eyes.

    The other grades – he carried on – are already diabolical

    The heart of the Pharisee turns into cork, then into stone, then it empties itself by the inside, then the demon occupies it. “And the demon entered into him” said John speaking of Judas.

    The fourth: Religion becomes passively hard, insensitive, disembodied

    The fifth one: Religion becomes hypocrisy: the “Holy” hypocrite begins to despise and abhor those who have the true religión

    The Sixth one:The heart turned into a stone becomes cruel, actively hard.

    The Seventh one: The false believer persecutes the true believers to death, with blind fury, with relentless fanaticism… and he doesn’t calm down even before (in front of) the cross nor after the cross…  “This impostor said that he would resurrect in the third day; so O Great Procurator of Judea… [Send] Guards to the sepulcre”.

    Well, that happened once and it won’t happen again – said Fulgencio - . Hypocrisy doesn’t thrive in the Church of Christ nowadays. There exist God’s Grace!

    [I hope] God wills it – said Benya – But this isn’t common hypocrisy, it’s diabolical, deep, almost unconscious.”Corruptio optimi pessima”, it’s the corruption of the best, of religiosity, a thing that has no cure, as the salt that loses it saltiness. The shallow hypocrisy portraited by Molière, for example, is almost harmless. Tartuffe is a vulgar stupid. The other kind is deadly. Whenever a branch of Phariseism has arisen(sprout) in the Church, God cured it, but someone had to paid for it with his blood, from Christ to Joan of Arc, and even to our days. The trial of Bartolome Carranza! And the case of Jacinto Verdaguer. I’m not saying that this two were without faults and defects, they had both of them and even in great quantities, as Savonarola; but they gave their lives in a deep sense because of Phariseism. A tragic fight between the living morals and the dead morals is set, between the real mystic and “the mystic turned into politics”, that the German Hebrew Max Scheler studied pretty well in a quite good monograph… the title of which I’ve forgotten…Right! The Tragic Conflict in Morals. Precisely Max Scheler studies it in the case of Christ. The living morals triumphs -  until now and always; but the one who carries it as a life and a passion perishes.

    I could meditate and "prophecy" for the rest of my life, just reflecting on this single statement:

    "When Christ returns the condition of the world will be analogous to that which it had when He left it. In order to see the future, from that mound in Jerusalem from which The King of the Prophets, could see  the Temple and, alas, the Calvary, he only had to consider His own present situation, weight it, and extend it in all directions."
    Romans 5:20 "But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more."

    -I retract any and all statements I have made that are incongruent with the True Faith, and apologize for ever having made them-

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    Re: The Withdrawal of the Church by Fr. Castellani
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  • Not the greatest resume, however (and this ought to suffice for questioning all his works):

    "Expulsion from the Society of Jesus
    The Jesuit Provincial summoned him in 1946 to abandon the Society of Jesus "voluntarily". Among other minor charges, Castellani was accused of "showing little obedience to censorship". He wrote ten letters to the professed Jesuits of the province: they were all intercepted and he was suspended indefinitely. Despite the risk of making his case worse, he is convinced that he must plead his case with the highest authorities and heads for Europe on board Naboland with a ticket offered by a Salesian priest.

    He arrived in Genoa on 1 January 1947. The Jesuit superiors refuse to receive him. He tries in vain to speak to Father John Baptist Janssens, the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus. The Archbishop of Genoa intercedes on his behalf, but without success. The newspaper El Pueblo de Buenos Aires publishes a telegram from Genoa saying that Father Castellani has just been reduced to the state of a layman, which is false. Janssens finally received it. The hearing lasted less than ten minutes: Janssens urged him to leave the Jesuit order without delay under conditions he reserves the right to determine later. Castellani refuses. In June he receives written orders to transfer any case that ceases to exist to Manresa, Spain, for a period of indefinite confinement. Shot down and ill, Castellani spends another three months in Genoa in a Franciscan convent at Monte Parloli before returning to Manresa. In Manresa, he is forbidden to use any means to exercise his profession as a teacher and journalist, and they make sure that he cannot find any outlets on his own. Broken, his health declines again and violent nervous disorders overwhelm him. He is then on the verge of madness, as he will say himself. The doctors fear for his life. His confessor and his relatives advise him to request his transfer to the secular clergy: which he does. On September 6, 1948, he received a negative response from Rome.

    In the middle of the second year, at the end of his strength, he decides to flee. His escape took place on July 18, 1949, with the support of three faithful friends. He arrived in Buenos Aires on July 22nd. On October 18, after Mass, he was given the decree of expulsion without trial of the Society of Jesus, signed by the Jesuit General and ratified by Pope Pius XII. He is suspended a divinis: the administration of the sacraments is withdrawn from him. He immediately appealed. He was never answered.

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    In 1962, the year of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, his Argentinean Perspectives appeared, followed the following year by The Apocalypse of Saint John, a great book of eschatological exegesis, with a new translation for which he relearned ancient Greek. Six lectures on biblical exegesis are published. Leonardo Castellani then publishes Leopoldo Lugones. Sentir l'Argentine (1964), a tribute to the great writer and a reflection on his posterity, on poetry and "Argentinianness". In the same year, John XXIII (XXIV), a fantasy, a novel-fable about the election of an Argentinean pope who reforms the Church from top to bottom, and Sonates tristes de Manresa, a collection of poems, are published. In 1965 he taught at Champagnat College in Buenos Aires. In 1966, he published Freud in Figures, which takes up again his various lectures on the inventor of psychoanalysis - whose foundations he criticizes with rigor and for which he proposes to substitute Aristotelian psychoanalysis10 (an edition, completed by many other courses, will be published in 1996, under the title of Freud). The new Apostolic Nuncio Lino Zanini unconditionally restored his priestly ministry to him. This was the beginning of the dictatorship of the Argentinean Revolution, which lasted until 1973."
    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_Castellani
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    Re: The Withdrawal of the Church by Fr. Castellani
    « Reply #4 on: January 17, 2020, 06:56:40 PM »
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  • Hello Sean. 

    What's your opinion about Fr. Castellani? Do you think he was an heretic? I can't tell if you are being ironic about the meditation of that phrase.

    His works are well spread among traditionalists and nationalists in Argentina. In my opinion he was one of the best "intelectual" priest we had in this country. 

    There are four books by him in which he talks about the Apocalypse. Two novels "Su Majestad Dulcinea" (His Majesty Dulcinea) and Benjamin Benavidez's Papers. One exegetical work called "St John's Apocalypse"(with Imprimatur) and "Will Christ ever come back?" The last one is the only fully translated into English.

    I would say this, I've read many of his books (not the novel John XXIII(XXIV). He constantly warns us against modernism, religious naturalism. He preaches against blind obedience, there are limits to it and apparently the Jesuits are very much into it. The next chapter of the book I translated contains four letters he wrote to His superiors and brothers. One is about Obedience, the second one about Chastity, a third one about Poverty and the last one on the Government, I will translate those when I have time. He is not an all a modernist. He responds well to many objections the modern world does to the Church. Also he probably irritated many of the hierarchy with his critics.

    The only time I read his opinion about CVII was before it occurred and was of hope in that perhaps it would lead to the conversion of Protestants.

    I don't know the details of his troubles with his superiors, but something that he wrote caused some political troubles aparently with the Federal Government and many times the hierarchy doesn't want that.    
     


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    Re: The Withdrawal of the Church by Fr. Castellani
    « Reply #5 on: January 17, 2020, 11:06:54 PM »
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  • Hello Sean.

    What's your opinion about Fr. Castellani? Do you think he was an heretic? I can't tell if you are being ironic about the meditation of that phrase.

    His works are well spread among traditionalists and nationalists in Argentina. In my opinion he was one of the best "intelectual" priest we had in this country.

    There are four books by him in which he talks about the Apocalypse. Two novels "Su Majestad Dulcinea" (His Majesty Dulcinea) and Benjamin Benavidez's Papers. One exegetical work called "St John's Apocalypse"(with Imprimatur) and "Will Christ ever come back?" The last one is the only fully translated into English.

    I would say this, I've read many of his books (not the novel John XXIII(XXIV). He constantly warns us against modernism, religious naturalism. He preaches against blind obedience, there are limits to it and apparently the Jesuits are very much into it. The next chapter of the book I translated contains four letters he wrote to His superiors and brothers. One is about Obedience, the second one about Chastity, a third one about Poverty and the last one on the Government, I will translate those when I have time. He is not an all a modernist. He responds well to many objections the modern world does to the Church. Also he probably irritated many of the hierarchy with his critics.

    The only time I read his opinion about CVII was before it occurred and was of hope in that perhaps it would lead to the conversion of Protestants.

    I don't know the details of his troubles with his superiors, but something that he wrote caused some political troubles aparently with the Federal Government and many times the hierarchy doesn't want that.    
     


    Hello Cruz-

    I really don't know enough about him to form a judgment, but although I was being sincere when I mentioned his eschatological sample was well worth meditating upon, there were also instinctual alarm bells going off in my mind as I read the passage you quoted/translated.

    It was almost as if he were comparing Catholicism to Judaism, and suggesting that just as the latter morphed into pharisaism, so too would the Catholic Church (and it would utterly fail, but yet somehow fail without incurring defectibility).

    Its not clear to me how both those things could come to pass, without implying the Catholic religion was false.

    True, we are in a state of worldwide apostasy today, and it does not injure indefectability, because as our Lord said, in the end times, the Church would be whittled down to a remnant.

    But still, the comparison to Jewish Pharisaism didn't sit well.

    I would have to spend some time and learn more about Castellani, and his ideas.

    It also does not bode well that he was expelled from the Jesuits, and that the expulsion was approved by Pius XII, and that he was elected to congress in Argentina tends to show a revolutionary and conflicted allegiance in his heart/mind regarding the true nature of a priestly vocation.

    And that he was mentioned by Fr. Grosso (SSPX priest who left and became sedevacantist) approvingly is another cause for reflection (i.e., Do Fr. Castellani's writings tend to cause one to despair regarding the divine nature of the Church and the Catholic religion?).

    I think my overall inclination is to set Fr. Castellani aside, unless Archbishop Lefebvre or other pre-conciliar sources of undoubted orthodoxy can be found to promote him.

    I sense (perhaps wrongly?) that there is something dangerous in him, like a Savonorola who, despite some good qualities, was truly on the wrong path.
    Romans 5:20 "But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more."

    -I retract any and all statements I have made that are incongruent with the True Faith, and apologize for ever having made them-


     

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