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To His Eminence,
25 March 2020, Annunciation of the Lord

Your Eminence

Due to the current uncertainty of public life due to the Corona virus, I wish to inform you by this e-mail about my ‘Open Letter to the Cardinals’ and its Appendix, I have sent you by post on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord (25 March 2020). You can a copy of this this letter attached. It concerns the nature of your duty as Cardinal to protect and defend the Mystical Body of Christ i.e the Church, its structure, its Doctrine, its Divine Adoration, its Sacred Life and the principles of Pastoral Care. A duty that is independent of your age or status within the Church. The ‘Open Letter to the Cardinals’ with its Appendix is also available on the internet, including the option for “google”-translations: HERE

I hope you can agree with the contents of the open letter and its appendix.

In addition I kindly request you to consider the consequences of the topics I have listed below. The intention here is to place these topics in a broader spiritual and theological context:

Why did the Holy Spirit inspire Saint Pope Paul VI to block these topics specifically during the Council and to subsequently publish the “Credo of the People of God”?

To this end, I would like to draw your attention to the "thread" of my analysis summarized in the Appendix to the open letter. That is; that the constant arguments by the modernist/liberal wing for substantially changing the Church, which continue even today with the ‘Amazon Synod’ and the ‘German Synodal Path’, are more or less precisely those same topics that were blocked twice by Saint Pope Paul VI. Firstly, during the Second Vatican Council and secondly, shortly thereafter during the Dutch Pastoral Council.

The topics blocked by Pope Saint Paul VI during the Councilare as follows:

    1. Regarding the structure of the Church: by issuing Nota Explicativa Praevia against the introduction of a false collegiality;
    2. Regarding Sacred Doctrine: by obliging the Council Committee to replace the draft text that was forcefully designed by His Eminence Augustin Cardinal Bea S.J. and the theologian Father Karl Rahner S.J. and which implicitly denied the Tradition as one of the two sources of Revelation, with a text that explicitly spoke of the two sources (Scripture and Tradition);
    3. Regarding the Church’s Ecclesiastical Life: by rejecting the topic of compulsory celibacy of priests from the Council and reserving this matter himself ("My Journal of the Council" by Yves Congar page 808). Consequently in 1967 he published the Encyclical Sacerdotalis Caelibatus on this subject;
    4. Regarding the principle of Pastoral Care and the procreation of Human life: by rejecting the topic of contraception/sexuality from the Council and reserving this matter which resulted in the publication of his 1968 Encyclical Humanae Vitae;
    And after the Council regarding the interpretation of the Council’s documents and the fullness of Doctrine: on request of the first Bishops Conference in 1967, Pope Paul VI addressed in June 30, 1968, the “Credo of the People of God” [Motu Proprio Solemni hac Liturgia].

Furthermore, when Saint Pope John XXIII spoke about the “prophets of doom” in his Opening Address to the Council, it is entirely illogical that he would have implied these prophets to be the Conservative Council Fathers as the modernist and liberal wing want us to believe. On the contrary, these prophets are precisely the modernist and liberal wing who are continuously arguing in this manner and lying about their true intentions. From before the Council to the present time they still accuse the Mystical Body of Christ i.e. the Church by so-called “doom scenarios” that its outmoded and inadequate “model” (its structure, Doctrine, Church’s Life, Divine Adoration of God and principles of Pastoral Care) is the source of all evil (doom) in society and that the Church has to change/reform.

Your Eminence, I also wrote His Holiness Pope Francis expressing my deepest gratitude and very sincere thanks for his public act of Begging for Mercy and Benediction of the world with the Holy Sacrament. However only begging for Mercy, seems to be insufficient here. With regard to today’s general spirit in the Church that is so badly influenced by the ambiguous and rebellious spirit of the “prophets of doom”.

Therefore, I humbly request your support in my request to His Holiness to consider the supernatural consequences of today’s sufferings in the world. The stakes are too high for simply ignoring this fact. It can therefore only be solved by supernatural means, in a manner, which expresses unity between three critical public acts of the Church, namely:

    • Begging for Mercy,
    • Declaration of the (renewed) “Credo of the People of God” as Manifesto of Faith, and
    • Doing Penance.

Additionally, with regard to your responsibility towards the faithful dependent on you as their Prince of the Church, I humbly request that you also will publicly carry out these three critical acts of the Church and that you urge your brother Bishops to do so also.

With heartfelt gratitude for your kind and generous consideration, we humbly beg your sincere prayers for the Holy Father. We offer you the assurance of our filial support and prayers and we humbly ask for the grace of your blessing.

Faithfully in Christo,

Jack P. Oostveen


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