Blessed Mother Mary

 

Lady, full and overflowing with grace, all creation receives new life from your abundance. Virgin, blessed above all creatures, through your blessing all creation is blessed, not only creation from its Creator, but the Creator himself has been blessed by creation.
  To Mary God gave his only-begotten Son, whom he loved as himself. Through Mary God made himself a Son, not different but the same, by nature Son of God and Son of Mary. The whole universe was created by God, and God was born of Mary. God created all things, and Mary gave birth to God. The God who made all things gave himself form through Mary, and thus he made his own creation. He who could create all things from nothing would not remake his ruined creation without Mary.
  God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Saviour of the world. Without God’s Son, nothing could exist; without Mary’s Son, nothing could be redeemed.
  Truly the Lord is with you, to whom the Lord granted that all nature should owe as much to you as to himself.

Thought for the day…

 

I too have worn the Scapular of Carmel over my heart for a long time! Out of my love for our common heavenly Mother, whose protection I constantly experience, I hope that this Marian year will help all the men and women religious of Carmel and the devout faithful who venerate her with filial affection to grow in her love and to radiate to the world the presence of this Woman of silence and prayer, invoked as Mother of Mercy, Mother of Hope and Grace.

—St. Pope John Paul II

from Message to the Carmelite Order

Mark Mallett

 

JESUS IS COMING!

 

I want to say it as clear and loud and boldly as I possibly can: Jesus is coming! Did you think that Pope John Paul II was just being poetic when he said:

Dear young people, it is up to you to be the watchmen of the morning who announce the coming of the sun who is the Risen Christ! —ST. JOHN PAUL II, Message of the Holy Father to the Youth of the World, XVII World Youth Day, n. 3; (cf. Is 21:11-12)

Would you say that, if this is true, it constitutes a stupendous task for these watchmen?

I did not hesitate to ask them to make a radical choice of faith and life and present them with a stupendous task: to become “morning watchmen” at the dawn of the new millennium. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Novo Millennio Inuente, n.9

I have, as best I can, made radical choices of faith and life in order to answer this call, made to me as well, as I stood in the driving rain at that World Youth Day in 2003 in the presence of that great Saint. Was not the rain and stormy clouds that gloomy day symbolic of the cry of the great Marian saint, Louis de Montfort, who would likewise influence the course of John Paul II’s life and pontificate whose motto was Totus Tuus “totally yours” (as in totally Mary’s in order to be totally Christ’s)?

Your divine commandments are broken, your Gospel is thrown aside, torrents of iniquity flood the whole earth carrying away even your servants… Will everything come to the same end as Sodom and Gomorrah? Will you never break your silence? Will you tolerate all this for ever? Is it not true that your will must be done on earth as it is in heaven? Is it not true that your kingdom must come? Did you not give to some souls, dear to you, a vision of the future renewal of the Church? —St. Louis de Montfort, Prayer for Missionaries, n. 5; www.ewtn.com

For nearly fifteen years, I have dedicated myself to these writings here, building upon the foundation of the Scriptures, Early Church Fathers, Popes, mystics and seers, and then the works of theologians like Rev. Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, the late Fr. George Kosicki, Benedict XVI, John Paul II, and others. The foundation is strong; the message nearly indisputable, especially as it is confirmed by the “signs of the times” that themselves act, daily, as heralds that Jesus Christ is coming.

For years, I trembled in my boots, wondering if I was somehow misleading my readers, afraid of presumption, terrified of tumbling over the treacherous cliffs of prophecy. But as time went on, supported by my spiritual director (who appointed one of the most brilliant and prophetic minds in the Church to oversee my writings for a time, Michael D. O’Brien), I began to realize that there is no need to speculate, to draw rash conclusions. God has been speaking through the centuries steadily and clearly through the Magisterium and Our Lady, preparing the Church for the great hour of her own “passion, death, and resurrection” that would see the return of Jesus. But not in the flesh! No! Jesus already came in the flesh. He is returning, rather, to establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. As my dear friend Daniel O’Connor says so beautifully, “Two thousand years later, the greatest prayer will not go unanswered!”

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. —from the Pater Noster (Matt 6:10)

It’s funny how we pray this every day and yet do not really consider what we are praying! The coming of the Kingdom of Christ is equivalent to His will being done “on earth as it is in heaven.” What does this mean? It means that Jesus has come, not only to save us, but to sanctify us by reestablishing in man what was lost in the Garden of Eden: the union of Adam’s will with the Divine Will. By this, I do not mean a mere perfect conformation of one’s will to God’s. Rather, it is the fusion of God’s will in our own so that there is only a single will remaining. In this way, the Bride of Christ will be divinized fully into Christ’s likeness such that she will truly become Immaculate…

…that He might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:27)

For the wedding day of the Lamb has come, his bride has made herself ready. She was allowed to wear a bright, clean linen garment. (Rev 19:7-8)

And this grace, brothers and sisters, has never been given to the Church until now. It is a Gift that God has reserved for the last times:

God himself had provided to bring about that “new and divine” holiness with which the Holy Spirit wishes to enrich Christians at the dawn of the third millennium, in order to “make Christ the heart of the world.” —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Address to the Rogationist Fathers, n. 6, www.vatican.va

It will be the reign of Christ with His saints that is spoken of in Revelation 20—a spiritual resurrection of what was lost in Eden.

They came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were over. This is the first resurrection. (Rev 20:4-5)

This reign is nothing other than the New Pentecost prophesied by the popes, that “new springtime” and “Triumph of the Immaculate Heart” because…

Holy Mary… you became the image of the Church to come… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Spe Salvi, n.50

At last, Our Lady will see within her own children a perfect and immaculate reflection of herself as they take up her own Fiat in order to live in the Divine Will as she did. This is why it is called the “Triumph of her Immaculate Heart” because the Kingdom of the Divine Will that reigned in her own soul will now reign in the Church as the climax of salvation history. Thus, said Benedict, praying for this Triumph…

…is equivalent in meaning to our praying for the coming of God’s Kingdom. —Light of the World, p. 166, A Conversation With Peter Seewald

And the Kingdom of Christ is found on earth in His Church, which is His mystical Body.

The Church “is the Reign of Christ already present in mystery…” At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 763

It is in these “end times” in which we are living that Our Lady and the Popes have announced the coming of the Risen Sun, Jesus Christ, to bring a new dawn in the world—the Day of the Lord, which is the fullness of the Kingdom of the Divine Will. It is a coming in order to restore in the Bride of Christ what the new Adam, Jesus, is in Himself:

For the mysteries of Jesus are not yet completely perfected and fulfilled. They are complete, indeed, in the person of Jesus, but not in us, who are his members, nor in the Church, which is his mystical body. —St. John Eudes, treatise “On the Kingdom of Jesus”, Liturgy of the Hours, Vol IV, p 559

Thus, the coming we speak of here is not that return of Jesus in glory at the very end of the world, but the Church’s “Easter Sunday” after the “Good Friday” that she is now passing through.

Whereas people had previously spoken only of a twofold coming of Christ—once in Bethlehem and again at the end of time—Saint Bernard of Clairvaux spoke of an adventus medius, an intermediate coming, thanks to which he periodically renews His intervention in history. I believe that Bernard’s distinction strikes just the right note… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Light of the World, p.182-183, A Conversation With Peter Seewald

It is the fulfillment of the “Our Father” not only within the Church but to the ends of the earth as Our Lord Himself said would happen:

This gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

The Catholic Church, which is the kingdom of Christ on earth, [is] destined to be spread among all men and all nations… —POPE PIUS XI, Quas Primas, Encyclical, n. 12, Dec. 11th, 1925; cf. Matt 24:14

In my series on The New Paganism and the epilogue The Popes and the New World OrderI detailed how the Kingdom of the Anti-will is now climaxing in our times. It is a kingdom that, at its very core, is a rebellion against God’s will. But now, in the remaining days of Advent, I want to turn toward the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will that will overthrow Satan’s long night over mankind. This is the “new dawn” prophesied by Pius XII, Benedict the XVI and John Paul II.

After purification through trial and suffering, the dawn of a new era is about to break. —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, General Audience, September 10, 2003

This is the “restoration of all things in Christ” that St. Pius X prophesied:

When it does arrive, it will turn out to be a solemn hour, one big with consequences not only for the restoration of the Kingdom of Christ, but for the pacification of… the world. —POPE PIUS XI, Ubi Arcani dei Consilioi “On the Peace of Christ in his Kingdom”, December 23, 1922

For,

Christ’s redemptive act did not of itself restore all things, it simply made the work of redemption possible, it began our redemption. Just as all men share in the disobedience of Adam, so all men must share in the obedience of Christ to the Father’s will. Redemption will be complete only when all men share his obedience. —Fr. Walter Ciszek, He Leadeth Me, pg. 116-117

This is the “period of peace”, the Era of Peace, the “Sabbath Rest” foretold by the Early Church Fathers and echoed by Our Lady in which the Bride of Christ will reach the pinnacle of her sanctity, united interiorly in the same kind of union as the saints in heaven, but without the beatific vision.

We do confess that a kingdom is promised to us upon the earth, although before heaven, only in another state of existence… —Tertullian (155–240 A.D.), Nicene Church Father; Adversus Marcion, Ante-Nicene Fathers, Henrickson Publishers, 1995, Vol. 3, pp. 342-343)

It is the Kingdom of the Divine Will, which will reign “on earth as it is in heaven” in such a way as to transform the remnant Church into a beautiful Bride and release creation from its agonizing groans as it eagerly awaits the “revelation of the children of God.” [1]

It is the Sanctity not yet know, and which I will make known, which will set in place the last ornament, the most beautiful and brilliant among all the other sanctities, and will be the crown and completion of all the other sanctities. —Jesus to Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, Manuscripts, Feb 8th, 1921; excerpt from The Splendor of Creation, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, p. 118

Jesus is Coming, He is coming! Don’t you think you should prepare? I will try, with Our Lady’s assistance, to help you in the days ahead to understand and prepare for this great Gift…

 

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THE POPES AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER – PART II

The primary cause of the sexual and cultural revolution is ideological. Our Lady of Fatima has said that Russia’s errors would spread all over the world. It was first done under a violent form, classical Marxism, by killing tens of millions. Now it’s being done mostly by cultural Marxism. There is continuity from Lenin’s sex revolution, through Gramsci and the Frankfurt school, to the current-day gay-rights and gender ideology. Classical Marxism pretended to redesign society through violent take-over of property. Now the revolution goes deeper; it pretends to redefine family, sex identity and human nature. This ideology calls itself progressive. But it is nothing else than
the ancient serpent’s offer, for man to take control, to replace God,
to arrange salvation here, in this world.

—Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea, speech at the Synod of the Family in Rome;
October 17th, 2015

THE Catechism of the Catholic Church warns that the “final trial” that would shake the faith of many believers would constitute, in part, the Marxist ideas of arranging “salvation here, in this world” through the secular State.

The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment… especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 675-676

This trial constitutes the Church’s own Passion “when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection.”[1] As the United Nations “sustainable development” goals take traction (many of them hiding these very Marxist ideas), and the Church increasingly appears to endorse them, it is not a lack of Romanita to wonder “what is going on?” The temptation though—and it is a dangerous one—is for Catholics to turn against the popes as if they are in fact allowing the gates of hell to prevail against the Church. Here’s another view.

Just as Jesus deliberately handed over His body to the authorities to be crucified, so too, the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, must be handed over to follow her Lord through her own passion, death and resurrection. Is it not true that on the eve of His Passion, Christ dined with Judas, even dipping bread in the same bowl? So too, our popes in this last hour have engaged men who do not have the Church’s best interests in mind. This is to say that the popes are not Judas; rather, it is those who “make a pretense of religion but deny its power,” [2] those who “dialogue” with the Church but who ignore her message; those whose lips impart a “kiss” but whose hearts hold a hammer and nails.

Yes, there are unfaithful priests, bishops, and even cardinals who fail to observe chastity. But also, and this is also very grave, they fail to hold fast to doctrinal truth! They disorient the Christian faithful by their confusing and ambiguous language. They adulterate and falsify the Word of God, willing to twist and bend it to gain the world’s approval. They are the Judas Iscariots of our time. —Cardinal Robert Sarah, Catholic HeraldApril 5th, 2019

“But wait,” some of you are saying. “Isn’t Pope Francis using ‘confusing and ambiguous language’?” The answer is both yes and no (which is why this article is a bit longer than usual). Those who wish to interpret this pontificate in black or white inevitably fail—fail to see how Christ is guiding His Church in these last moments of our era, even through popes who can and do make mistakes.

Christ does not fail His Church. Hell will never prevail.

SUSPICION WILL COME

At the turn of the 20th century, Pope St. Pius X set forth a beautiful and prophetic vision of the coming resurrection of the Church, the “restoration of all things in Christ” that will be accomplished within the boundaries of time. It will not only bring nations back into the fold of Christ but establish true justice and peace on earth for a time. Fourteen years later, Our Lady promised that it would be accomplished through her Immaculate Heart.

The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world—Our Lady of Fatima, The Message of Fatima, www.vatican.va

Yes, a miracle was promised at Fatima, the greatest miracle in the history of the world, second only to the Resurrection. And that miracle will be an era of peace which has never really been granted before to the world. —Mario Luigi Cardinal Ciappi, papal theologian for Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II, October 9th, 1994, The Apostolate’s Family Catechism, p. 35

However, St. Pius X admitted that some would become suspicious of the popes in their work of helping to bring this divine task to fulfillment:

Some will certainly be found who, measuring Divine things by human standards will seek to discover secret aims of Ours, distorting them to an earthly scope and to partisan designs. —E Supremin. 4

Perhaps no pope in recent times has come under such suspicion more than Pope Francis.

A NEW POPE, A NEW DIRECTION?

Like a prophet crying out in the digital desert, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio exhorted that…

The Church is called to come out of herself and to go to the peripheries not only in the geographic sense but also the existential peripheries: those of the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance, of doing without religion, of thought and of all misery. —homily before the papal conclave, Salt and Light Magazine, p. 8, Issue 4, Special Edition, 2013

Days later, he would be named the 266th successor to St. Peter—and almost immediately signalled that it would not be business as usual. Shunning traditional papal living quarters and honors, driving in small cars and standing in line for dinner, deriding clericalism and the status quo, the Latin American Pope challenged the entire Church to simplicity and authenticity. In a word, he was trying to model the very “justice” the Gospels invoked.

But he went further. He ignored rubrics and washed the feet of women and Muslims on Holy Thursday; he appointed liberals to high positions; he warmly welcomed controversial figures into papal audiences and conferences; he embraced global religious leaders with aims at “human fraternity,” and he explicitly endorsed the UN’s climate change agenda.

Dear friends, time is running out! …A carbon pricing policy is essential if humanity wants to use the resources of creation wisely… the effects on the climate will be catastrophic if we exceed the 1.5ºC threshold outlined in the Paris Agreement goals. —POPE FRANCIS, June 14th, 2019; Brietbart.com

Now we had a pope personally endorsing a UN document that surreptitiously included those other troublesome targets:

Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health… as well as gender equality, empowerment of women... —Paris Agreement, 2015

Goal number 5 of the UN’s Agenda 2030 is to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” This goal includes the following target which, as explained in Part I, is a euphemism for abortion and contraception:

Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights… —Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, n. 5.6

The Pope’s efforts at interreligious dialogue were no less controversial. He signed a declaration alongside a Muslim Iman which states that “the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom…”[3] Since color, sex, and race are implicitly willed by God, some thought the Pope was saying that God actively willed many religions instead of the one Church Christ established, and was, therefore, contradicting his predecessor.

…they thereby teach the great error of this age—that a regard for religion should be held as an indifferent matter, and that all religions are alike. This manner of reasoning is calculated to bring about the ruin of all forms of religion… —POPE LEO XIII, Humanum Genus,. n. 16

While the Pope did correct this understanding when Bishop Athanasius Schneider met him in person, saying it was God’s “permissive” will that many religions exist,[4] the controversial statement remains as is on the Vatican’s website. In fact, that declaration has progressed to another level, with Francis’ cooperation, whereby to promote its tenets of “human fraternity,” an “Abrahamic Family House” will be built in the United Arab Emirates.

A church, a synagogue and a mosque will share the same foundation… the project will represent a new typology of world architecture. “There has never been a building which houses the three faiths in one form.” Vatican NewsSeptember 21st, 2019

All this was followed days later by a controversial gathering in the Vatican Gardens to mark the opening of the Amazon Synod. As the Pope looked on, an indigenous group formed a “sacred circle” and bowed prostrate to wooden effigies and a mound of dirt, thus sparking an uproar from Catholics all over the globe.

PAPAL PERPLEXITIES

A priest and martyr of the Nazi holocaust once said:

At some future date the honest historian will have some bitter things to say about the contribution of the Churches to the creation of the mass mind, of collectivism, dictatorships and so on. —Fr. Alfred Delp, SJ, Prison Writings (Orbis Books), pp. xxxi-xxxii; Fr. Delp was executed for resisting the Nazi regime.

Is Pope Francis helping to bring all things into a “restoration in Christ,” or has he at times departed from the divine narrative?

On Interreligious Dialogue

Again,

Popes have made and make mistakes and this is no surprise. Infallibility is reserved ex cathedra [“from the seat” of Peter, that is, proclamations of dogma based on Sacred Tradition]. No popes in the history of the Church have ever made ex cathedra errors. —Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, theologian and patristics expert

When meeting with Muslims at the Vatican, Pope John Paul II was presented a copy of the Quran. While it is usual for pontiffs to receive gifts, what happened next shocked many Christians: he kissed it—a book that contains some grave incompatibilities with Christianity. Like the “Pachamama scandal” in the Vatican Gardens, the optics were terrible.

And then there was the World Day of Prayer for Peace held in 1986 in Assisi, convened by Pope John Paul II to gather religious leaders. The question was how men of different religions, even perhaps different gods, could join together in prayer? Cardinal Ratzinger apparently opted not to attend the event, later stating:

…there are undeniable dangers and it is indisputable that the Assisi meetings, especially in 1986, were misinterpreted by many people. —Clerical WhispersJanuary 9th, 2011

The purpose of the meeting was not to merge various faiths in a kind of religious indifferentism (as some claimed) but to promote peace and dialogue in a world marred by two World Wars and increasing genocides—often in the name of “religion.” But dialogue to what end? Pope Francis answers that question:

Interreligious dialogue is a necessary condition for peace in the world, and so it is a duty for Christians as well as other religious communities. This dialogue is in first place a conversation about human existence or simply, as the bishops of India have put it, a matter of “being open to them, sharing their joys and sorrows”. In this way we learn to accept others and their different ways of living, thinking and speaking… True openness involves remaining steadfast in one’s deepest convictions, clear and joyful in one’s own identity, while at the same time being “open to understanding those of the other party” and “knowing that dialogue can enrich each side”. What is not helpful is a diplomatic openness which says “yes” to everything in order to avoid problems, for this would be a way of deceiving others and denying them the good which we have been given to share generously with others. Evangelization and interreligious dialogue, far from being opposed, mutually support and nourish one another. —Evangelii Gaudium, n . 251, vatican.va

Consider Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well. He didn’t launch into a proclamation that He was the Savior of the world but rather met her, first, on the level of basic human need.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (John 4:7)

Thus began “dialogue.” Still, Jesus did not reveal His identity—yet—but explored with her a deeper basic human need: a thirst for the divine, for the meaning of life, for the transcendent.

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10)

It was in this truth, this “common ground,” that Jesus was able to finally propose the “living water” for which she thirsted, and even stir her to repentance.

“…whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:14-15)

In this story, we have a compressed image of what authentic “interreligious dialogue” looks like.

The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men. Indeed, she proclaims, and ever must proclaim Christ “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), in whom men may find the fullness of religious life, in whom God has reconciled all things to Himself. —Second Vatican Council, Nostra Aetate, n. 2

Indeed, on the last day of that interfaith gathering in Assisi, St. John Paul II identified who the “living water” is:

I profess here anew my conviction, shared by all Christians, that in Jesus Christ, as Saviour of all, true peace is to be found, “peace to those who are far off and peace to those who are near”… I humbly repeat here my own conviction: peace bears the name of Jesus Christ. —Address of John Paul II to the Representatives of the Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities and of the World Religions, Basilica of St. Francis, October 27th, 1986

Is this also Pope Francis’ aim with the interreligious initiatives he has undertaken? We must assume that is the case, even if it often appears as if the dialogue has gone no further yet than “Give me a drink.” The day after appearing in an interfaith video in which Pope Francis said “we are all children of God,” he proclaimed at the Angelus:

…the Church “desires that all the peoples of the earth be able to meet Jesus, to experience His merciful love… [the Church] wishes to indicate respectfully, to every man and woman of this world, the Child that was born for the salvation of all. —Angelus, January 6th, 2016; Zenit.org

At the same time, we cannot pretend that the Pope has given confusing signals. Regarding the event in the Vatican Gardens, Cardinal Müller, former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, made the following sober assessment:

This whole sad story will give support to many aggressive, anti-Catholic sects in South America and elsewhere who in their polemics maintain that Catholics are idol worshipers and that the Pope who they obey is the Antichrist. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics in the Amazon area and wherever the videos of this Roman spectacle have been seen will leave the Church in protest. Did anyone think about these consequences or did they just assume this was collateral damage? —Cardinal Müller, interview with Die Tagestpost, November 15th, 2019

Exaggeration? History will judge, not only this Pope, but all the popes in the last half-century as to whether the Gospel has been better served or obscured through these interreligious ceremonies. To be certain, Francis does not believe in pantheism or animism. In his own words:

Saint John of the Cross taught that all the goodness present in the realities and experiences of this world “is present in God eminently and infinitely, or more properly, in each of these sublime realities is God”. This is not because the finite things of this world are really divine, but because the mystic experiences the intimate connection between God and all beings, and thus feels that “all things are God”. —Laudato si’, n. 234

Alas, the first pope is case-in-point of how the pontiffs, in an attempt to “be all things to all people,” can sometimes cross the line. Peter had caved into the pressure of the “circumcised” when he began to withdraw from eating with the Gentiles. St. Paul “opposed him to his face” stating that Peter and his group…

…were not on the right road in line with the truth of the gospel… (Galatians 2:14)

 

On the Environment

A major theme of this pontificate is the environment, and rightly so. The damage man is doing to the earth, and thus himself, is grave (see The Great Poisoning). But Francis is not on an island in sounding this alarm. St. John Paul II addressed the profound ecological crisis of our times in similar language:

Indeed, the increasing devastation of the world of nature is apparent to all. It results from the behaviour of people who show a callous disregard for the hidden, yet perceivable requirements of the order and harmony which govern nature itself… While in some cases the damage already done may well be irreversible, in many other cases it can still be halted. It is necessary, however, that the entire human community—individuals, States and international bodies—take seriously the responsibility that is theirs. —January 1st, 1990, World Day of Peace; vatican.va

In fact, in that speech, he embraced the prevalent science of his day that the “gradual depletion of the ozone layer and the related ‘greenhouse effect’ has now reached crisis proportions.” Like Pope Francis, John Paul II was relying on his advisors such as the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. As it turns out, the opening and closing of a “hole” in the ozone layer is “a seasonal phenomenon that forms during Antarctica’s spring.”[5] In other words, the panic was overblown.

The new crisis today is “global warming.” But again, it’s not just Francis who has been led to believe that there is an imminent climate catastrophe.

Preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development and particular attention to climate change are matters of grave concern for the entire human family. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Letter to His Holiness Bartholomaios I Archbishop of Constantinople Ecumenical Patriarch, Sept. 1, 2007

Here, Benedict is using the UN’s lingo, as has Francis. While these words have come to mean something often nefarious for many of the globalists who use them, such as “sustaining the population” (ie. population control),[6] “sustainable development” in itself is not incompatible with Catholicism. As the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church states:

The close link that exists between the development of the poorest countries, demographic changes and a sustainable use of the environment must not become a pretext for political and economic choices that are at variance with the dignity of the human person. —n. 483, vatican.va

Thus, Benedict provides a pertinent warning regarding the dangers lurking beneath this ecological movement:

Humanity today is rightly concerned about the ecological balance of tomorrow. It is important for assessments in this regard to be carried out prudently, in dialogue with experts and people of wisdom, uninhibited by ideological pressure to draw hasty conclusions, and above all with the aim of reaching agreement on a model of sustainable development capable of ensuring the well-being of all while respecting environmental balances. —Message on World Day of Peace, January 1st, 2008; vatican.va

Once again, history will judge whether Francis has been “hasty” in backing “global warming” science.

 

On the Economy

Francis—citing his predecessors—also calls for a global authority.

…for all this, there is urgent need of a true world political authority, as my predecessor Blessed John XXIII indicated some years ago. —Laudato si’, n. 175; cf. Caritas in Veritatesn. 67

And like his predecessors, Pope Francis rejects the idea of a “global super-State” calling again for the principle of “subsidiarity” that assures the autonomy of every level of society from the “the family” to international authorities.

Let us keep in mind the principle of subsidiarity, which grants freedom to develop the capabilities present at every level of society, while also demanding a greater sense of responsibility for the common good from those who wield greater power. Today, it is the case that some economic sectors exercise more power than states themselves. —Laudato si’, n. 196

Pope Francis has spared no criticism of these “economic sectors,” invoking near-apocalyptic language himself.

A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules. Debt and the accumulation of interest also make it difficult for countries to realize the potential of their own economies and keep citizens from enjoying their real purchasing power… In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenceless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule. Evangelii Gaudium, n. 56

Western commentators, particularly some Americans, have railed against the Pope claiming he is a Marxist, especially when he bluntly stated that “an unfettered pursuit of money” is the “dung of the devil.”[7] Marxist? No. Francis was echoing Catholic social doctrine that is neither “capitalist” nor “communist” but rather in favor of economies that make the dignity and welfare of the person their animating principle. Once again, his predecessors said the very same thing:

…if by “capitalism” is meant a system in which freedom in the economic sector is not circumscribed within a strong juridical framework which places it at the service of human freedom in its totality, and which sees it as a particular aspect of that freedom, the core of which is ethical and religious, then the reply is certainly negative. —ST. JOHN PAUL II, Centesiumus Annusn. 42; Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, n. 335

Francis was unequivocal against this calumnious charge:

Marxist ideology is wrong… [but] trickle-down economics… expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power… [these theories] assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world. The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor. This was the only reference to a specific theory. I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church’s social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist. —POPE FRANCIS, December 14th, 2013, interview with La Stampa; religion.blogs.cnn.com

But then, as we read in The New Paganism – Part IIIthere is a destructive backlash rising, a revolutionary spirit against the free market system: Socialism and the unjust redistribution of wealth (which is no less scatological).

This revolt is spiritual at root. It is the revolt of Satan against the gift of grace. Fundamentally, I believe that Western man refuses to be saved by God’s mercy. He refuses to receive salvation, wanting to build it for himself. The “fundamental values” promoted by the UN are based on a rejection of God that I compare with the rich young man in the Gospel. God has looked upon the West and has loved it because it has done wonderful things. He invited it to go further, but the West turned back. It preferred the kind of riches that it owed only to itself.  —Cardinal Sarah, Catholic HeraldApril 5th, 2019

Again, history will judge the Pope as to whether his support of the United Nations’ goals is not itself a “naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.”

All that said, from what we’ve stated above, this pontificate is not a radical departure from its predecessors.

PROPHETIC… OR IMPRUDENT?

As a spiritual family, though, perhaps it’s time to ask some serious questions. Is the Church’s mission being accomplished, or is it being obscured through “dialogue” fixated on temporal peace? Are we reforming the world, or is the Church becoming too political in aligning with institutions like the United Nations? Are we building good faith, or trusting too much in the goodwill and intentions of a secular global political authority? Are we relying upon God’s wisdom and power, or too much upon practical solutions to bring about His future plan for “justice and peace”?[8] Those are sincere questions.

But here is a sincere answer. In a moment of prescience, perhaps anticipating the birth of the United Nations some 42 years later, Piux X said:

There are many, We are well aware, who, in their yearning for peace, that is for the tranquillity of order, band themselves into societies and parties, which they style parties of order. Hope and labor lost. For there is but one party of order capable of restoring peace in the midst of all this turmoil, and that is the party of God. It is this party, therefore, that we must advance, and to it attract as many as possible, if we are really urged by the love of peace. —E Supremin. 7

No matter how much we exert ourselves in the public sphere, interact with governments or establish fraternal relations with other religions, we will never bring the Kingdom of God on earth, he said, “except by means of Jesus Christ.”[9] Our Lord himself said to St. Faustina,

Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy. —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 300

God loves all men and women on earth and gives them the hope of a new era, an era of peace. His love, fully revealed in the Incarnate Son, is the foundation of universal peace. When welcomed in the depths of the human heart, this love reconciles people with God and with themselves, renews human relationships and stirs that desire for brotherhood capable of banishing the temptation of violence and war.  —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Message of Pope John Paul II for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, January 1, 2000

All our missionary activity must ultimately be directed toward reconciling others with the Father through Jesus Christ Our Lord. [10] Isn’t this task more urgent than ever?

This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops. —POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II, Homily, Cherry Creek State Park Homily, Denver, Colorado, August 15th, 1993; vatican.va

Otherwise, we risk falling into idolatry, that is, adultery with the spirit of the world. There is a prophecy from St. Anthony of the Desert worth visiting, particularly as the Church is appearing more and more as a spokesman for the United Nations’ “sustainable development” goals:

Men will surender to the spirit of the age. They will say that if they had lived in our day, Faith would be simple and easy. But in their day, they will say, things are complex; the Church must be brought up to date and made meaningful to the day’s problems. When the Church and the world are one, then those days are at hand because our Divine Master placed a barrier between His things and the things of the world. —catholicprophecy.org

It’s interesting that the theme of how “complex” situations are in the family today, and how “complex” the solutions… frequently appears in Amoris Laetitia—a papal document that has created more disagreement than any since Humanae Vitae (this time, for being too liberal rather than too conservative).

St. Nilus lived around 400 A.D and foretold with stunning accuracy what would occur around the time the United Nations would be formed (1945):

After the year 1900, toward the middle of the 20th century, the people of that time will become unrecognizable. When the time for the Advent of the Antichrist approaches, people’s minds will grow cloudy from carnal passions, and dishonor and lawlessness will grow stronger. Then the world will become unrecognizable. People’s appearances will change, and it will be impossible to distinguish men from women due to their shamelessness in dress and style of hair… There will be no respect for parents and elders, love will disappear, and Christian pastors, bishops, and priests will become vain men, completely failing to distinguish the right-hand way from the left. At that time the morals and traditions of Christians and of the Church will change… —(This would refer, not to Sacred Tradition, but perhaps the disciplines of the church or longstanding practices such as the form of the Mass, celibacy, and pastoral norms.) The whole prophecy can be read here.

LOYALTY vs FAITHFULNESS

Such prophecies are intended to prepare us for battle—but we better make sure we’re in the right fight. Using these prophetic words to attack the papacy is a deception; they speak of the Church as a whole, and may or may not include the Pope. If they do, the proper attitude is the one stated wisely by Cardinal Robert Sarah.

We must help the Pope. We must stand with him just as we would stand with our own father. —Cardinal Sarah, May 16th, 2016, Letters from the Journal of Robert Moynihan

We can help the popes in five ways: 1) by our prayer; 2) by being a voice of clarity when theirs isn’t; 3) by avoiding rash judgments toward them; 4) by interpreting their words favourably and according to Tradition; 5) and by fraternal correction when they are mistaken (which is primarily the role of fellow bishops). Otherwise, Cardinal Sarah offers a warning:

The truth is that the Church is represented on earth by the Vicar of Christ, that is by the pope. And whoever is against the pope is, ipso facto, outside the Church. —Cardinal Robert Sarah, Corriere della Sera, October 7th, 2019; americamagazine.org

Those who are rattled by Francis, and have thus begun seeking ways to invalidate his papal election, ought to listen to one of the more outspoken critics of Pope Francis’ pastoral approach:

I’ve had people present to me all kinds of arguments calling into question the election of Pope Francis. But I name him every time I offer the Holy Mass, I call him Pope Francis, it’s not an empty speech on my part. I believe that he is the pope. And I try to say that consistently to people, because you’re correct — according to my perception also, people are getting more and more extreme in their response to what’s going on in the Church. —Cardinal Raymond Burke, interview with The New York TimesNovember 9th, 2019

Loyalty to a pope who is off the mark is not unfaithfulness to Christ; it is the opposite. It is part of that “striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.” [11] Such loyalty reveals the depth of our faith in Jesus: whether we trust that He is still building His Church, even when popes wander.

For even if a pope steers the Barque of Peter in the wrong direction,
it will go nowhere so long as the wind of the Holy Spirit does not fill its sails.

In other words, “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” [12] And what could possibly be God’s purpose at this hour?

…there is the need for the Passion of the Church, which naturally reflects itself on the person of the Pope, but the Pope is in the Church and therefore what is announced is the suffering for the Church… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, interview with reporters on his flight to Portugal; translated from Italian, Corriere della Sera, May 11, 2010

Even when our popes say and do confusing things, it is never a reason to abandon ship. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us:

The Church is thy hope, the Church is thy salvation, the Church is thy refuge. —Hom. de capto Euthropio, n. 6.

That, and as Msgr. Ronald Knox (1888-1957) once said, “Perhaps it would be a good thing if every Christian, certainly if every priest, could dream once in his life that he were pope—and wake from that nightmare in a sweat of agony.”

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THE POPES AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER – PART II

The primary cause of the sexual and cultural revolution is ideological. Our Lady of Fatima has said that Russia’s errors would spread all over the world. It was first done under a violent form, classical Marxism, by killing tens of millions. Now it’s being done mostly by cultural Marxism. There is continuity from Lenin’s sex revolution, through Gramsci and the Frankfurt school, to the current-day gay-rights and gender ideology. Classical Marxism pretended to redesign society through violent take-over of property. Now the revolution goes deeper; it pretends to redefine family, sex identity and human nature. This ideology calls itself progressive. But it is nothing else than
the ancient serpent’s offer, for man to take control, to replace God,
to arrange salvation here, in this world.

—Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea, speech at the Synod of the Family in Rome;
October 17th, 2015

THE Catechism of the Catholic Church warns that the “final trial” that would shake the faith of many believers would constitute, in part, the Marxist ideas of arranging “salvation here, in this world” through the secular State.

The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment… especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 675-676

This trial constitutes the Church’s own Passion “when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection.”[1] As the United Nations “sustainable development” goals take traction (many of them hiding these very Marxist ideas), and the Church increasingly appears to endorse them, it is not a lack of Romanita to wonder “what is going on?” The temptation though—and it is a dangerous one—is for Catholics to turn against the popes as if they are in fact allowing the gates of hell to prevail against the Church. Here’s another view.

Just as Jesus deliberately handed over His body to the authorities to be crucified, so too, the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, must be handed over to follow her Lord through her own passion, death and resurrection. Is it not true that on the eve of His Passion, Christ dined with Judas, even dipping bread in the same bowl? So too, our popes in this last hour have engaged men who do not have the Church’s best interests in mind. This is to say that the popes are not Judas; rather, it is those who “make a pretense of religion but deny its power,” [2] those who “dialogue” with the Church but who ignore her message; those whose lips impart a “kiss” but whose hearts hold a hammer and nails.

Yes, there are unfaithful priests, bishops, and even cardinals who fail to observe chastity. But also, and this is also very grave, they fail to hold fast to doctrinal truth! They disorient the Christian faithful by their confusing and ambiguous language. They adulterate and falsify the Word of God, willing to twist and bend it to gain the world’s approval. They are the Judas Iscariots of our time. —Cardinal Robert Sarah, Catholic HeraldApril 5th, 2019

“But wait,” some of you are saying. “Isn’t Pope Francis using ‘confusing and ambiguous language’?” The answer is both yes and no (which is why this article is a bit longer than usual). Those who wish to interpret this pontificate in black or white inevitably fail—fail to see how Christ is guiding His Church in these last moments of our era, even through popes who can and do make mistakes.

Christ does not fail His Church. Hell will never prevail.

SUSPICION WILL COME

At the turn of the 20th century, Pope St. Pius X set forth a beautiful and prophetic vision of the coming resurrection of the Church, the “restoration of all things in Christ” that will be accomplished within the boundaries of time. It will not only bring nations back into the fold of Christ but establish true justice and peace on earth for a time. Fourteen years later, Our Lady promised that it would be accomplished through her Immaculate Heart.

The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world—Our Lady of Fatima, The Message of Fatima, www.vatican.va

Yes, a miracle was promised at Fatima, the greatest miracle in the history of the world, second only to the Resurrection. And that miracle will be an era of peace which has never really been granted before to the world. —Mario Luigi Cardinal Ciappi, papal theologian for Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II, October 9th, 1994, The Apostolate’s Family Catechism, p. 35

However, St. Pius X admitted that some would become suspicious of the popes in their work of helping to bring this divine task to fulfillment:

Some will certainly be found who, measuring Divine things by human standards will seek to discover secret aims of Ours, distorting them to an earthly scope and to partisan designs. —E Supremin. 4

Perhaps no pope in recent times has come under such suspicion more than Pope Francis.

A NEW POPE, A NEW DIRECTION?

Like a prophet crying out in the digital desert, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio exhorted that…

The Church is called to come out of herself and to go to the peripheries not only in the geographic sense but also the existential peripheries: those of the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance, of doing without religion, of thought and of all misery. —homily before the papal conclave, Salt and Light Magazine, p. 8, Issue 4, Special Edition, 2013

Days later, he would be named the 266th successor to St. Peter—and almost immediately signalled that it would not be business as usual. Shunning traditional papal living quarters and honors, driving in small cars and standing in line for dinner, deriding clericalism and the status quo, the Latin American Pope challenged the entire Church to simplicity and authenticity. In a word, he was trying to model the very “justice” the Gospels invoked.

But he went further. He ignored rubrics and washed the feet of women and Muslims on Holy Thursday; he appointed liberals to high positions; he warmly welcomed controversial figures into papal audiences and conferences; he embraced global religious leaders with aims at “human fraternity,” and he explicitly endorsed the UN’s climate change agenda.

Dear friends, time is running out! …A carbon pricing policy is essential if humanity wants to use the resources of creation wisely… the effects on the climate will be catastrophic if we exceed the 1.5ºC threshold outlined in the Paris Agreement goals. —POPE FRANCIS, June 14th, 2019; Brietbart.com

Now we had a pope personally endorsing a UN document that surreptitiously included those other troublesome targets:

Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health… as well as gender equality, empowerment of women... —Paris Agreement, 2015

Goal number 5 of the UN’s Agenda 2030 is to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” This goal includes the following target which, as explained in Part I, is a euphemism for abortion and contraception:

Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights… —Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, n. 5.6

The Pope’s efforts at interreligious dialogue were no less controversial. He signed a declaration alongside a Muslim Iman which states that “the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom…”[3] Since color, sex, and race are implicitly willed by God, some thought the Pope was saying that God actively willed many religions instead of the one Church Christ established, and was, therefore, contradicting his predecessor.

…they thereby teach the great error of this age—that a regard for religion should be held as an indifferent matter, and that all religions are alike. This manner of reasoning is calculated to bring about the ruin of all forms of religion… —POPE LEO XIII, Humanum Genus,. n. 16

While the Pope did correct this understanding when Bishop Athanasius Schneider met him in person, saying it was God’s “permissive” will that many religions exist,[4] the controversial statement remains as is on the Vatican’s website. In fact, that declaration has progressed to another level, with Francis’ cooperation, whereby to promote its tenets of “human fraternity,” an “Abrahamic Family House” will be built in the United Arab Emirates.

A church, a synagogue and a mosque will share the same foundation… the project will represent a new typology of world architecture. “There has never been a building which houses the three faiths in one form.” Vatican NewsSeptember 21st, 2019

All this was followed days later by a controversial gathering in the Vatican Gardens to mark the opening of the Amazon Synod. As the Pope looked on, an indigenous group formed a “sacred circle” and bowed prostrate to wooden effigies and a mound of dirt, thus sparking an uproar from Catholics all over the globe.

PAPAL PERPLEXITIES

A priest and martyr of the Nazi holocaust once said:

At some future date the honest historian will have some bitter things to say about the contribution of the Churches to the creation of the mass mind, of collectivism, dictatorships and so on. —Fr. Alfred Delp, SJ, Prison Writings (Orbis Books), pp. xxxi-xxxii; Fr. Delp was executed for resisting the Nazi regime.

Is Pope Francis helping to bring all things into a “restoration in Christ,” or has he at times departed from the divine narrative?

On Interreligious Dialogue

Again,

Popes have made and make mistakes and this is no surprise. Infallibility is reserved ex cathedra [“from the seat” of Peter, that is, proclamations of dogma based on Sacred Tradition]. No popes in the history of the Church have ever made ex cathedra errors. —Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, theologian and patristics expert

When meeting with Muslims at the Vatican, Pope John Paul II was presented a copy of the Quran. While it is usual for pontiffs to receive gifts, what happened next shocked many Christians: he kissed it—a book that contains some grave incompatibilities with Christianity. Like the “Pachamama scandal” in the Vatican Gardens, the optics were terrible.

And then there was the World Day of Prayer for Peace held in 1986 in Assisi, convened by Pope John Paul II to gather religious leaders. The question was how men of different religions, even perhaps different gods, could join together in prayer? Cardinal Ratzinger apparently opted not to attend the event, later stating:

…there are undeniable dangers and it is indisputable that the Assisi meetings, especially in 1986, were misinterpreted by many people. —Clerical WhispersJanuary 9th, 2011

The purpose of the meeting was not to merge various faiths in a kind of religious indifferentism (as some claimed) but to promote peace and dialogue in a world marred by two World Wars and increasing genocides—often in the name of “religion.” But dialogue to what end? Pope Francis answers that question:

Interreligious dialogue is a necessary condition for peace in the world, and so it is a duty for Christians as well as other religious communities. This dialogue is in first place a conversation about human existence or simply, as the bishops of India have put it, a matter of “being open to them, sharing their joys and sorrows”. In this way we learn to accept others and their different ways of living, thinking and speaking… True openness involves remaining steadfast in one’s deepest convictions, clear and joyful in one’s own identity, while at the same time being “open to understanding those of the other party” and “knowing that dialogue can enrich each side”. What is not helpful is a diplomatic openness which says “yes” to everything in order to avoid problems, for this would be a way of deceiving others and denying them the good which we have been given to share generously with others. Evangelization and interreligious dialogue, far from being opposed, mutually support and nourish one another. —Evangelii Gaudium, n . 251, vatican.va

Consider Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well. He didn’t launch into a proclamation that He was the Savior of the world but rather met her, first, on the level of basic human need.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (John 4:7)

Thus began “dialogue.” Still, Jesus did not reveal His identity—yet—but explored with her a deeper basic human need: a thirst for the divine, for the meaning of life, for the transcendent.

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10)

It was in this truth, this “common ground,” that Jesus was able to finally propose the “living water” for which she thirsted, and even stir her to repentance.

“…whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:14-15)

In this story, we have a compressed image of what authentic “interreligious dialogue” looks like.

The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men. Indeed, she proclaims, and ever must proclaim Christ “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), in whom men may find the fullness of religious life, in whom God has reconciled all things to Himself. —Second Vatican Council, Nostra Aetate, n. 2

Indeed, on the last day of that interfaith gathering in Assisi, St. John Paul II identified who the “living water” is:

I profess here anew my conviction, shared by all Christians, that in Jesus Christ, as Saviour of all, true peace is to be found, “peace to those who are far off and peace to those who are near”… I humbly repeat here my own conviction: peace bears the name of Jesus Christ. —Address of John Paul II to the Representatives of the Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities and of the World Religions, Basilica of St. Francis, October 27th, 1986

Is this also Pope Francis’ aim with the interreligious initiatives he has undertaken? We must assume that is the case, even if it often appears as if the dialogue has gone no further yet than “Give me a drink.” The day after appearing in an interfaith video in which Pope Francis said “we are all children of God,” he proclaimed at the Angelus:

…the Church “desires that all the peoples of the earth be able to meet Jesus, to experience His merciful love… [the Church] wishes to indicate respectfully, to every man and woman of this world, the Child that was born for the salvation of all. —Angelus, January 6th, 2016; Zenit.org

At the same time, we cannot pretend that the Pope has given confusing signals. Regarding the event in the Vatican Gardens, Cardinal Müller, former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, made the following sober assessment:

This whole sad story will give support to many aggressive, anti-Catholic sects in South America and elsewhere who in their polemics maintain that Catholics are idol worshipers and that the Pope who they obey is the Antichrist. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics in the Amazon area and wherever the videos of this Roman spectacle have been seen will leave the Church in protest. Did anyone think about these consequences or did they just assume this was collateral damage? —Cardinal Müller, interview with Die Tagestpost, November 15th, 2019

Exaggeration? History will judge, not only this Pope, but all the popes in the last half-century as to whether the Gospel has been better served or obscured through these interreligious ceremonies. To be certain, Francis does not believe in pantheism or animism. In his own words:

Saint John of the Cross taught that all the goodness present in the realities and experiences of this world “is present in God eminently and infinitely, or more properly, in each of these sublime realities is God”. This is not because the finite things of this world are really divine, but because the mystic experiences the intimate connection between God and all beings, and thus feels that “all things are God”. —Laudato si’, n. 234

Alas, the first pope is case-in-point of how the pontiffs, in an attempt to “be all things to all people,” can sometimes cross the line. Peter had caved into the pressure of the “circumcised” when he began to withdraw from eating with the Gentiles. St. Paul “opposed him to his face” stating that Peter and his group…

…were not on the right road in line with the truth of the gospel… (Galatians 2:14)

 

On the Environment

A major theme of this pontificate is the environment, and rightly so. The damage man is doing to the earth, and thus himself, is grave (see The Great Poisoning). But Francis is not on an island in sounding this alarm. St. John Paul II addressed the profound ecological crisis of our times in similar language:

Indeed, the increasing devastation of the world of nature is apparent to all. It results from the behaviour of people who show a callous disregard for the hidden, yet perceivable requirements of the order and harmony which govern nature itself… While in some cases the damage already done may well be irreversible, in many other cases it can still be halted. It is necessary, however, that the entire human community—individuals, States and international bodies—take seriously the responsibility that is theirs. —January 1st, 1990, World Day of Peace; vatican.va

In fact, in that speech, he embraced the prevalent science of his day that the “gradual depletion of the ozone layer and the related ‘greenhouse effect’ has now reached crisis proportions.” Like Pope Francis, John Paul II was relying on his advisors such as the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. As it turns out, the opening and closing of a “hole” in the ozone layer is “a seasonal phenomenon that forms during Antarctica’s spring.”[5] In other words, the panic was overblown.

The new crisis today is “global warming.” But again, it’s not just Francis who has been led to believe that there is an imminent climate catastrophe.

Preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development and particular attention to climate change are matters of grave concern for the entire human family. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Letter to His Holiness Bartholomaios I Archbishop of Constantinople Ecumenical Patriarch, Sept. 1, 2007

Here, Benedict is using the UN’s lingo, as has Francis. While these words have come to mean something often nefarious for many of the globalists who use them, such as “sustaining the population” (ie. population control),[6] “sustainable development” in itself is not incompatible with Catholicism. As the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church states:

The close link that exists between the development of the poorest countries, demographic changes and a sustainable use of the environment must not become a pretext for political and economic choices that are at variance with the dignity of the human person. —n. 483, vatican.va

Thus, Benedict provides a pertinent warning regarding the dangers lurking beneath this ecological movement:

Humanity today is rightly concerned about the ecological balance of tomorrow. It is important for assessments in this regard to be carried out prudently, in dialogue with experts and people of wisdom, uninhibited by ideological pressure to draw hasty conclusions, and above all with the aim of reaching agreement on a model of sustainable development capable of ensuring the well-being of all while respecting environmental balances. —Message on World Day of Peace, January 1st, 2008; vatican.va

Once again, history will judge whether Francis has been “hasty” in backing “global warming” science.

 

On the Economy

Francis—citing his predecessors—also calls for a global authority.

…for all this, there is urgent need of a true world political authority, as my predecessor Blessed John XXIII indicated some years ago. —Laudato si’, n. 175; cf. Caritas in Veritatesn. 67

And like his predecessors, Pope Francis rejects the idea of a “global super-State” calling again for the principle of “subsidiarity” that assures the autonomy of every level of society from the “the family” to international authorities.

Let us keep in mind the principle of subsidiarity, which grants freedom to develop the capabilities present at every level of society, while also demanding a greater sense of responsibility for the common good from those who wield greater power. Today, it is the case that some economic sectors exercise more power than states themselves. —Laudato si’, n. 196

Pope Francis has spared no criticism of these “economic sectors,” invoking near-apocalyptic language himself.

A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules. Debt and the accumulation of interest also make it difficult for countries to realize the potential of their own economies and keep citizens from enjoying their real purchasing power… In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenceless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule. Evangelii Gaudium, n. 56

Western commentators, particularly some Americans, have railed against the Pope claiming he is a Marxist, especially when he bluntly stated that “an unfettered pursuit of money” is the “dung of the devil.”[7] Marxist? No. Francis was echoing Catholic social doctrine that is neither “capitalist” nor “communist” but rather in favor of economies that make the dignity and welfare of the person their animating principle. Once again, his predecessors said the very same thing:

…if by “capitalism” is meant a system in which freedom in the economic sector is not circumscribed within a strong juridical framework which places it at the service of human freedom in its totality, and which sees it as a particular aspect of that freedom, the core of which is ethical and religious, then the reply is certainly negative. —ST. JOHN PAUL II, Centesiumus Annusn. 42; Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, n. 335

Francis was unequivocal against this calumnious charge:

Marxist ideology is wrong… [but] trickle-down economics… expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power… [these theories] assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world. The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor. This was the only reference to a specific theory. I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church’s social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist. —POPE FRANCIS, December 14th, 2013, interview with La Stampa; religion.blogs.cnn.com

But then, as we read in The New Paganism – Part IIIthere is a destructive backlash rising, a revolutionary spirit against the free market system: Socialism and the unjust redistribution of wealth (which is no less scatological).

This revolt is spiritual at root. It is the revolt of Satan against the gift of grace. Fundamentally, I believe that Western man refuses to be saved by God’s mercy. He refuses to receive salvation, wanting to build it for himself. The “fundamental values” promoted by the UN are based on a rejection of God that I compare with the rich young man in the Gospel. God has looked upon the West and has loved it because it has done wonderful things. He invited it to go further, but the West turned back. It preferred the kind of riches that it owed only to itself.  —Cardinal Sarah, Catholic HeraldApril 5th, 2019

Again, history will judge the Pope as to whether his support of the United Nations’ goals is not itself a “naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.”

All that said, from what we’ve stated above, this pontificate is not a radical departure from its predecessors.

PROPHETIC… OR IMPRUDENT?

As a spiritual family, though, perhaps it’s time to ask some serious questions. Is the Church’s mission being accomplished, or is it being obscured through “dialogue” fixated on temporal peace? Are we reforming the world, or is the Church becoming too political in aligning with institutions like the United Nations? Are we building good faith, or trusting too much in the goodwill and intentions of a secular global political authority? Are we relying upon God’s wisdom and power, or too much upon practical solutions to bring about His future plan for “justice and peace”?[8] Those are sincere questions.

But here is a sincere answer. In a moment of prescience, perhaps anticipating the birth of the United Nations some 42 years later, Piux X said:

There are many, We are well aware, who, in their yearning for peace, that is for the tranquillity of order, band themselves into societies and parties, which they style parties of order. Hope and labor lost. For there is but one party of order capable of restoring peace in the midst of all this turmoil, and that is the party of God. It is this party, therefore, that we must advance, and to it attract as many as possible, if we are really urged by the love of peace. —E Supremin. 7

No matter how much we exert ourselves in the public sphere, interact with governments or establish fraternal relations with other religions, we will never bring the Kingdom of God on earth, he said, “except by means of Jesus Christ.”[9] Our Lord himself said to St. Faustina,

Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy. —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 300

God loves all men and women on earth and gives them the hope of a new era, an era of peace. His love, fully revealed in the Incarnate Son, is the foundation of universal peace. When welcomed in the depths of the human heart, this love reconciles people with God and with themselves, renews human relationships and stirs that desire for brotherhood capable of banishing the temptation of violence and war.  —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Message of Pope John Paul II for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, January 1, 2000

All our missionary activity must ultimately be directed toward reconciling others with the Father through Jesus Christ Our Lord. [10] Isn’t this task more urgent than ever?

This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops. —POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II, Homily, Cherry Creek State Park Homily, Denver, Colorado, August 15th, 1993; vatican.va

Otherwise, we risk falling into idolatry, that is, adultery with the spirit of the world. There is a prophecy from St. Anthony of the Desert worth visiting, particularly as the Church is appearing more and more as a spokesman for the United Nations’ “sustainable development” goals:

Men will surender to the spirit of the age. They will say that if they had lived in our day, Faith would be simple and easy. But in their day, they will say, things are complex; the Church must be brought up to date and made meaningful to the day’s problems. When the Church and the world are one, then those days are at hand because our Divine Master placed a barrier between His things and the things of the world. —catholicprophecy.org

It’s interesting that the theme of how “complex” situations are in the family today, and how “complex” the solutions… frequently appears in Amoris Laetitia—a papal document that has created more disagreement than any since Humanae Vitae (this time, for being too liberal rather than too conservative).

St. Nilus lived around 400 A.D and foretold with stunning accuracy what would occur around the time the United Nations would be formed (1945):

After the year 1900, toward the middle of the 20th century, the people of that time will become unrecognizable. When the time for the Advent of the Antichrist approaches, people’s minds will grow cloudy from carnal passions, and dishonor and lawlessness will grow stronger. Then the world will become unrecognizable. People’s appearances will change, and it will be impossible to distinguish men from women due to their shamelessness in dress and style of hair… There will be no respect for parents and elders, love will disappear, and Christian pastors, bishops, and priests will become vain men, completely failing to distinguish the right-hand way from the left. At that time the morals and traditions of Christians and of the Church will change… —(This would refer, not to Sacred Tradition, but perhaps the disciplines of the church or longstanding practices such as the form of the Mass, celibacy, and pastoral norms.) The whole prophecy can be read here.

LOYALTY vs FAITHFULNESS

Such prophecies are intended to prepare us for battle—but we better make sure we’re in the right fight. Using these prophetic words to attack the papacy is a deception; they speak of the Church as a whole, and may or may not include the Pope. If they do, the proper attitude is the one stated wisely by Cardinal Robert Sarah.

We must help the Pope. We must stand with him just as we would stand with our own father. —Cardinal Sarah, May 16th, 2016, Letters from the Journal of Robert Moynihan

We can help the popes in five ways: 1) by our prayer; 2) by being a voice of clarity when theirs isn’t; 3) by avoiding rash judgments toward them; 4) by interpreting their words favourably and according to Tradition; 5) and by fraternal correction when they are mistaken (which is primarily the role of fellow bishops). Otherwise, Cardinal Sarah offers a warning:

The truth is that the Church is represented on earth by the Vicar of Christ, that is by the pope. And whoever is against the pope is, ipso facto, outside the Church. —Cardinal Robert Sarah, Corriere della Sera, October 7th, 2019; americamagazine.org

Those who are rattled by Francis, and have thus begun seeking ways to invalidate his papal election, ought to listen to one of the more outspoken critics of Pope Francis’ pastoral approach:

I’ve had people present to me all kinds of arguments calling into question the election of Pope Francis. But I name him every time I offer the Holy Mass, I call him Pope Francis, it’s not an empty speech on my part. I believe that he is the pope. And I try to say that consistently to people, because you’re correct — according to my perception also, people are getting more and more extreme in their response to what’s going on in the Church. —Cardinal Raymond Burke, interview with The New York TimesNovember 9th, 2019

Loyalty to a pope who is off the mark is not unfaithfulness to Christ; it is the opposite. It is part of that “striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.” [11] Such loyalty reveals the depth of our faith in Jesus: whether we trust that He is still building His Church, even when popes wander.

For even if a pope steers the Barque of Peter in the wrong direction,
it will go nowhere so long as the wind of the Holy Spirit does not fill its sails.

In other words, “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” [12] And what could possibly be God’s purpose at this hour?

…there is the need for the Passion of the Church, which naturally reflects itself on the person of the Pope, but the Pope is in the Church and therefore what is announced is the suffering for the Church… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, interview with reporters on his flight to Portugal; translated from Italian, Corriere della Sera, May 11, 2010

Even when our popes say and do confusing things, it is never a reason to abandon ship. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us:

The Church is thy hope, the Church is thy salvation, the Church is thy refuge. —Hom. de capto Euthropio, n. 6.

That, and as Msgr. Ronald Knox (1888-1957) once said, “Perhaps it would be a good thing if every Christian, certainly if every priest, could dream once in his life that he were pope—and wake from that nightmare in a sweat of agony.”

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THE POPES AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER

 

THE conclusion of the series on The New Paganism is a rather sobering one. A false environmentalism, ultimately organized and promoted by the United Nations, is leading the world down the path toward an increasingly godless “new world order.” So why, you might be asking, is Pope Francis supporting the UN? Why have other popes echoed their goals? Shouldn’t the Church have nothing to do with this rapidly emerging globalization?

 

EMERGING VISIONS

Actually, Jesus was a “globalist.” He prayed that the nations would…

…hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. (John 10:16)

Pope Leo XIII stated that this, too, was the goal of St. Peter’s successors—a goal aimed at not only the Christian but the civil order:

We have attempted and persistently carried out during a long pontificate towards two chief ends: in the first place, towards the restoration, both in rulers and peoples, of the principles of the Christian life in civil and domestic society, since there is no true life for men except from Christ; and, secondly, to promote the reunion of those who have fallen away from the Catholic Church either by heresy or by schism, since it is most undoubtedly the will of Christ that all should be united in one flock under one Shepherd. —Divinum Illud Munus, n. 10

The first speech that St. Pius X gave from the throne of St. Peter was a prophetic heralding of the imminence of this “restoration” by declaring that which precedes it—the Antichrist or “Son of Perdition” whom he said, “may be already in the world.” Widespread violence had made “it seem as though strife were universal” and thus:

The desire for peace is certainly harbored in every breast, and there is no one who does not ardently invoke it. But to want peace without God is an absurdity, seeing that where God is absent thence too justice flies, and when justice is taken away it is vain to cherish the hope of peace. “Peace is the work of justice” (Is. 22:17). —E SupremiOctober 4th, 1903

And thus St. Pius X had brought the phrases “justice and peace” or “peace and development” into the 20th century. This cry for divine restoration became that much more urgent in his successor when, a decade later, the first World War broke out.

“And they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd”… May God… shortly bring to fulfillment His prophecy by transforming this consoling vision of the future into a present reality… The Pope, no matter who he shall be, will always repeat the words: “I think thoughts of peace not of affliction” (Jeremiah 29:11), thoughts of a true peace which is founded on justice and which permit him truthfully to say: “Justice and Peace have kissed.” (Psalms 84:11) …When it does arrive, it will turn out to be a solemn hour, one big with consequences not only for the restoration of the Kingdom of Christ, but for the pacification of Italy and the world as well. We pray most fervently, and ask others likewise to pray for this much-desired pacification of society… —POPE PIUS XI, Ubi Arcani dei Consilioi “On the Peace of Christ in his Kingdom”, December 23, 1922

Tragically, World War II ensued leaving nations divided, mistrustful, and in hot pursuit of more lethal weapons of destruction. It was on the immediate heels of that global catastrophe that the United Nations was born in 1945 with aims of forming “international cooperation in solving economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian problems around the world.” [1] It was presided over by President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. All three were Freemasons.

Now, to all appearances at least, it was not only the Church but another “universal” organization working toward “world peace.”

Paul VI clearly understood that the social question had become worldwide and he grasped the interconnection between the impetus towards the unification of humanity, and the Christian ideal of a single family of peoples in solidarity and fraternity. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n. 13

 

DIVERGING VISIONS

Entire nations had collided, not only through war, but mass communication. Print, radio, the cinema, television… and eventually the Internet, would shrink the vast world into a “global village” within a matter of decades. Suddenly, nations on opposite ends of the planet found themselves as neighbours, or perhaps, new enemies.

After all this scientific and technical progress, and even because of it, the problem remains: how to build up a new order of society based on a more balanced human relationship between political communities on a national and international level? —POPE ST. JOHN XXIII, Mater et Magistra, Encyclical Letter, n. 212

It was a question the Church almost seemed unprepared for.

The principal new feature has been the explosion of worldwide interdependence, commonly known as globalization. Paul VI had partially foreseen it, but the ferocious pace at which it has evolved could not have been anticipated. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n. 33

Still, he observed, “As society becomes ever more globalized, it makes us neighbours but does not make us brothers.”[2] Globalization was inevitable, but not necessarily evil.

Globalization, a priori, is neither good nor bad. It will be what people make of it. —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, Address to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, April 27th, 2001

By the time St. John Paul II had ascended Peter’s throne, the United Nations was firmly established as a global arbiter, mainly through peace-keeping missions. But with new global awareness of violations of human dignity taking place on our television screens, the notion of universal “human rights” quickly evolved. And here is where the vision of “justice and peace,” as understood by the United Nations versus that of the Church, began to diverge.

Most notably was the UN’s demand that member nations recognize the “universal right to reproductive health.” This was a euphemism for the “right” to abortion and contraception. St. John Paul II (and faithful Catholics involved with the UN) vigorously opposed this. He lamented the derisible contradiction that, the very process which led to the idea of “human rights,” was now being trampled upon “especially at the more significant moments of existence: the moment of birth and the moment of death.” The future Saint issued a prophetic warning to world leaders:

This is what is happening also at the level of politics and government: the original and inalienable right to life is questioned or denied on the basis of a parliamentary vote or the will of one part of the people—even if it is the majority. This is the sinister result of a relativism which reigns unopposed: the “right” ceases to be such, because it is no longer firmly founded on the inviolable dignity of the person, but is made subject to the will of the stronger part. In this way democracy, contradicting its own principles, effectively moves towards a form of totalitarianism. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Evangelium Vitae, n. 18, 20

Still, “reproductive health care” was not the United Nations’ only goal. They also aimed to end poverty and hunger and promote universal access to water, sanitation and reliable energy. Without question, these are goals that converge with the Church’s own mission to minister to Christ in the “least of the brethren.” [3] The question here, though, is not so much one of praxis but underlying philosophy. Put more succinctly, “even Satan masquerades as an angel of light.” [4] While still a cardinal, Benedict XVI targeted this fundamental concern over the United Nations’ progressive agenda.

…efforts to build the future have been made by attempts that draw more or less profoundly from the source of liberal tradition. Under the title New World Order, these efforts take on a configuration; they increasingly relate to the U.N. and its international conferences… that transparently reveal a philosophy of the new man and of the new world… —Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI), The Gospel: Confronting World Disorder, by Msgr. Michel Schooyans, 1997

Indeed, can such contrary goals coexist? How can one promote the right of a child to a clean cup of water while at the same time promoting the right to destroy that child before it emerges from the womb?

UNITED HUMANITY VS. GLOBAL FAMILY

The Magisterium’s answer has been to promote the good they see in the UN while carefully denouncing the evil. I suppose that’s what Mother Church does with each of us as individuals, encouraging and exhorting us in the good, but calling us to repentance and conversion where we are not. Still, John Paul II was not naive to the potential for large scale evil as the United Nations’ influence grew.

Is this not the time for all to work together for a new constitutional organization of the human family, truly capable of ensuring peace and harmony between peoples, as well as their integral development? But let there be no misunderstanding. This does not mean writing the constitution of a global super-State. —Message for the World Day of Peace, 2003; vatican.va

Hence, many Catholics and Evangelical Christians were alarmed when Pope Benedict seemed to promote the very idea of a “global super-force.” Here’s what he said in his encyclical letter:

In the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need, even in the midst of a global recession, for a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n.67

Benedict was calling for no such thing, of course, rather a “reform” of the present-day United Nations so that the “family of nations” can actually function between each other in true justice and peace. No structure, however small (be it the family) or large (a community of nations) can function together without a moral consensus that at the same time holds its members accountable. That’s just common sense.

Also significant (and prophetic) was Benedict’s call for the reform of the entire global economic framework (which is largely controlled by Freemasons and their international bankers). Clearly, Benedict knew which teeth were harmful and which weren’t. While recognizing how globalization had the potential for continuing to help underdeveloped countries, he cautioned in apocalyptic language (see Capitalism and the Beast and The New Beast Rising):

…without the guidance of charity in truth, this global force could cause unprecedented damage and create new divisions within the human family… humanity runs new risks of enslavement and manipulation..
—POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n.33, 26

And again,

The Book of Revelation includes among the great sins of Babylon – the symbol of the world’s great irreligious cities – the fact that it trades with bodies and souls and treats them as commodities (cf. Rev 18:13)… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, On the occasion of Christmas Greetings, December 20th, 2010; http://www.vatican.va/

More importantly, Benedict was not promoting the idea of an overarching international body interfering in regional issues but rather the Catholic social doctrine of “subsidiarity”: that every level of society should be responsible for that which it can be.

In order not to produce a dangerous universal power of a tyrannical nature, the governance of globalization must be marked by subsidiarity, articulated into several layers and involving different levels that can work together. Globalization certainly requires authority, insofar as it poses the problem of a global common good that needs to be pursued. This authority, however, must be organized in a subsidiary and stratified way, if it is not to infringe upon freedom... —Caritas in Veritate, n.57

Thus, the popes had consistently affirmed that at the center of this new organization of society must be the dignity and inherent rights of the human person. Hence, it is charity, not control, at the heart of the Catholic vision of “global unity” and thus God himself, because “God is love.”

A humanism which excludes God is an inhuman humanism. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n. 78

If the popes till then seemed cautious and irresolute toward the UN’s objectives, what about their successor, Pope Francis?

TO BE CONTINUED…

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THE NEW PAGANISM – PART VI

 

ONE cannot speak of everything we have thus far without returning for a moment to Fatima in which lies the key to understanding the timing of the rise of Revelation’s beast.

 

THE PASSION

It was in 1917 that Our Mother warned that the errors of these “secret societies” were about to spread throughout the world with horrific consequences.

If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peaceIf not, [Russia] will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated—Message of Fatima, www.vatican.va

The reason I say Our Lady is referring to “secret societies” in this passage is because they were the one’s producing, publishing, or promoting the errors that were imposed on Russia. Few realize that Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and Karl Marx, who wrote the Communist Manifesto, were on the payroll of the Illuminati, a secret society that merged with Freemasonry.[1] Their masters were the…

…authors and abettors who considered Russia the best-prepared field for experimenting with a plan elaborated decades ago, and who from there continue to spread it from one end of the world to the other… Our words are now receiving sorry confirmation from the spectacle of the bitter fruits of subversive ideas, which We foresaw and foretold, and which are in fact multiplying fearfully in the countries already stricken, or threatening every other country of the world. —POPE PIUS XI, Divini Redemptoris, n. 24, 6

In one of the visions at Fatima, the children saw the pope ‘on his knees at the foot of the big Cross, he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions.’ Pope Benedict explained (in what will someday be understood as a prophecy in itself) that…

…it is shown [in the vision] there is the need for the Passion of the Church, which naturally reflects itself on the person of the Pope, but the Pope is in the Church and therefore what is announced is the suffering for the Church… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, interview with reporters on his flight to Portugal; translated from Italian: “Le parole del papa: «Nonostante la famosa nuvola siamo qui…»” Corriere della Sera, May 11, 2010

need for the Passion Church. In other words, the Church must be purified, in part, because these very errors have also entered into the sanctuary through modernism, relativism, rationalism, Liberation Theology, etc.. The instrument of her purification, ultimately, is the “beast” or Antichrist…

The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.677

According to Tradition and many prophecies, this test will also constitute a false Christ and a false church…

…in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth… Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 675

 

THE BEAST LIKE A LAMB

St. John sees a second beast rising from the earth who then “made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound had been healed.” [2] The fact that the second beast arises from the earth is perhaps indicative of the pantheistic roots of this beast. It’s also interesting that this beast then makes not only the earth’s inhabitants but “the earth” itself subordinate to the Antichrist and his satanic kingdom (the first beast).

In other words, in this deception, creation is divorced from God’s intended purpose: to be a reflection of His divine attributes, especially that of divine providence for us, His children. The false environmentalism of our day alleges that the earth is overpopulated and cannot sustain more growth. This claim de facto turns God into a liar who commanded man to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” [3]

God thus enables men to be intelligent and free causes in order to complete the work of creation, to perfect its harmony for their own good and that of their neighbors. —Catechism of the Church, n. 307

However, the “Green” agenda essentially reverses God’s plan so that mankind is subordinated to the earth. Man is no longer earth’s steward, but “She” is now his master; man is no longer king over creation but at best its slave if not an unwelcome guest. This is the common theme in pagan prayers to Mother Earth, such as the one published in the Italian Bishop’s Amazon Synod pamphlet to Pachamama (“Cosmic Mother”):

Pachamama of these places, drink and eat this offering at will, so that this earth may be fruitful. Pachamama, good Mother, be favorable! Be favorable! —Catholic World News.

 

THE FIRST BEAST

This reversal of roles, witnessed more and more through New Age and pagan practices, is the beginning of a return to an implicit if not explicit worship of Mother Earth. It is an ancient idolatry that will culminate in the reign of Antichrist—he who, himself, becomes the object of worship as the principal god of the universe.

…the one doomed to perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship, so as to seat himself in the temple of God, claiming that he is a god (2 Thess 2:4-5)

The [first] beast was given a mouth [Antichrist] uttering proud boasts and blasphemies, and it was given authority to act for forty-two months. (Revelation 13:5)

When all this is considered there is good reason to fear lest this great perversity may be as it were a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning of those evils which are reserved for the last days; and that there may be already in the world the “Son of Perdition” of whom the Apostle speaks (2 Thess 2:3). Such, in truth, is the audacity and the wrath employed everywhere in persecuting religion, in combating the dogmas of the faith, in brazen effort to uproot and destroy all relations between man and the Divinity! While, on the other hand, and this according to the same apostle is the distinguishing mark of Antichrist, man has with infinite temerity put himself in the place of God, raising himself above all that is called God; in such wise that although he cannot utterly extinguish in himself all knowledge of God, he has despised God’s majesty and, as it were, made of the universe a temple wherein he himself is to be adored. —POPE ST. PIUS X, E Supremi, Encyclical On the Restoration of All Things in Christ, n. 3, 5; October 4th, 1903

“Christ”, then, will be reduced to mere vibrational “christic energy.” In New Age terms, “[Christ] represents the highest state of perfection of the self.” Hence, it is not the Divine Will but man’s will that must reign.[4] At the peak of this reign, the Antichrist will be revealed as the incarnation of cosmic energy with his will reigning supreme. And Jesus? He’ll be considered merely one of his forerunners.

If you find it hard to believe that our sophisticated world will bow to this Son of Perdition, let the exploding worldwide interest in the occult, Wicca, satanism, etc. (cf. Part II) be a “sign of the times” that people are searching earnestly again for the supernatural—just not in Catholicism. The glorification of witchcraft, vampires, and the paranormal are prepping this generation for demonic “signs and wonders.” For when the second beast, whom the Church Fathers identified as the “false prophet,” performs “great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of everyone,” he will have “deceived the inhabitants of the earth” into worshipping the Beast. [5]

And just as Christ has his mystical Body, the Church, so too does the Beast…

 

AIDED BY A FALSE CHURCH

In his book Athanasius and the Church of our Time, Bishop Rudolph Graber quoted a Freemason who admitted, “the goal [of Freemasonry] is no longer the destruction of the Church, but to make use of it by infiltrating it.”[6]

St. John describes this second beast as having “two horns like a lamb’s but spoke like a dragon.” [7] In the revelations to Fr. Stefano Gobbi, Our Lady says the two horns are symbolic of the bishop’s mitre. The fact the beast speaks like a dragon—that is, echoes the errors propagated by the gnostics—identifies the beast as “ecclesiastical Masonry.”

In 1954, Dr. Bella Dodd, a leader in the Communist Party in the USA, testified before a House sub-committee that she had personally placed over 1000 radical young Communists into the Catholic priesthood through American seminaries—and that a number of them had risen to high positions in the Church. Her testimony was corroborated by another member of her party the year before, John Manning.[8]

This policy of infiltrating seminaries was succesful beyond even our Communist expectations. —The Communist Infiltration of the Roman Catholic Clergy, Gregorian Press, Most Holy Family Monastery (pamphlet)

Indeed, says Our Lady, “ecclesiastical Masonry… has spread especially among members of the hierarchy.” [9] How at this point can one not recall the lament of Pope St. Paul VI?

…the smoke of Satan is seeping into the Church of God through the cracks in the walls. —first Homily during the Mass for Sts. Peter & Paul, June 29, 1972

In this way, some members of the Church are not eliminated so much as assimilated into the spiritus mundi.

If the task of Masonry is to lead souls to perdition, bring them to the worship of false divinities, the task of ecclesiastical Masonry on the other hand is that of destroying Christ and his Church, building a new idol, namely a false christ and a false church. —Our Lady allegedly to Fr. Stefano, To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, n. 406, g

According to many saints and mystics, this false church will be a conglomeration of many religions, believing in everything and yet believing in nothing.

…they thereby teach the great error of this age—that a regard for religion should be held as an indifferent matter, and that all religions are alike. This manner of reasoning is calculated to bring about the ruin of all forms of religion… —POPE LEO XIII, Humanum Genus,. n. 16

Ecclesiastical Masonry… develops the plan of founding a universal ecumenical Church, formed by the fusion of all the Christian confessions, among which, the Catholic Church. —Our Lady allegedly to Fr. Stefano, To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, n. 406, p

In other words, it will be a false church in direct opposition to Christ and His Vicar on earth.

THE FINAL CONFRONTATION OF THIS ERA

The new paganism of our times, then—fomented and prepared for centuries by the errors of the secret societies, particularly through atheism, Socialism, Communism and now “Green politics”—is another significant step toward “the final confrontation” of our times when we must eventually choose which god we will serve. It’s not so important that you know who the players are behind this confrontation, but rather, that you understand the deception and ultimate test we face that has already begun:

We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine Providence; it is a trial which the whole Church, and the Polish Church in particular, must take up. It is a trial of not only our nation and the Church, but in a sense a test of 2,000 years of culture and Christian civilization, with all of its consequences for human dignity, individual rights, human rights and the rights of nations. —Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (JOHN PAUL II ), at the Eucharistic Congress, Philadelphia, PA for the bicentennial celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence; cf. Catholic Online; August 13, 1976 (words confirmed by Deacon Keith Fournier who was in attendance)

In other words, it is the dual between two kingdoms: the Kingdom of the Anti-Will versus the Kingdom of the Divine Will. In the end, Christ’s Kingdom will reign on earth as it is in Heaven—and that is what I wish to focus on now in the days and weeks ahead (after a few afterthoughts). Because what is coming is so beautiful, so important, that I am certain the very hope of it will begin to transform my reader’s lives.

The beast was caught and with it the false prophet who had performed in its sight the signs by which he led astray those who had accepted the mark of the beast and those who had worshiped its image. The two were thrown alive into the fiery pool burning with sulfur… [those] who had not worshiped the beast or its image nor had accepted its mark on their foreheads or hands… came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Revelation 19:20)

In the lifetime of those kings (the ten crowns of the beast; cf. Rev 13:1) the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed or delivered up to another people… (Nov. 26th First Reading, Dan 2:44)

The Mass readings over the past two weeks have been an incredible confirmation of everything written here. So, I conclude this series with a beautiful passage from the Book of Maccabees of a soul who refused to bow to the beast of his day. This elderly man was being threatened with torture for not eating meat sacrificed to idols. His friends took him aside and advised him to bring meat of his own providing and simply pretend to be eating the unlawful sacrificial pork. To which he replied…

At our age it would be unbecoming to make such a pretense; many young people would think the ninety-year-old Eleazar had gone over to an alien religion. Should I thus pretend for the sake of a brief moment of life, they would be led astray by me, while I would bring shame and dishonor on my old age. Even if, for the time being, I avoid the punishment of men, I shall never, whether alive or dead, escape the hands of the Almighty.

When he was about to die under the blows, he groaned and said: “The Lord in his holy knowledge knows full well that, although I could have escaped death, I am not only enduring terrible pain in my body from this scourging, but also suffering it with joy in my soul because of my devotion to him.” This is how he died, leaving in his death a model of courage and an unforgettable example of virtue not only for the young but for the whole nation. (2 Mc 6:18-31)

 

…pray… that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked people,
for not all have faith.
(Sunday Mass reading, November 10th, 2019; 2 Thess 3:1-2)

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THE NEW PAGANISM – PART V

 

THE phrase “secret society” in this series has less to do with covert operations and more to do with a central ideology that pervades its members: Gnosticism. It is the belief that they are special custodians of ancient “secret knowledge” — knowledge that can make them lords over the earth. This heresy goes all the way back to the beginning and reveals to us a diabolical masterplan behind the new paganism emerging at the end of this era…

 

THE FIRST LIE

Eve wasn’t tempted by a roaring lion or a squawking eagle but a snake, a creature whose movements and voice are quiet, subtle, hissing.

Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God made… (Genesis 3:1)

And these were the words with which he tempted her as she stood before the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil.

God knows well that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know good and evil. (Genesis 3:5)

Gnōstikos: “knowledge”. With that, Eve, and then Adam, were tempted to believe that there was a “secret knowledge” that could make them like God.

After the fall, death entered the world—despite the serpent’s other lie that “you will not die.” Like all Satan’s lies, it was a half-truth; Adam’s and Eve’s souls were indeed immortal… but now their bodies would suffer the consequences of original sin, as well as their progeny henceforth.

Now, the Scriptures really don’t tell us much about the ensuing fall of mankind into depravity. One can only surmise that the tension between knowing one’s spiritual immortality and yet the inevitability of death, is what eventually led to all manners of evil outside of paradise: superstition, alchemy, sorcery, divination, magic, and ultimately worship of nature itself (Pantheism), all in a futile attempt to gain that secret knowledge that would restore man’s dominion over himself (and others). It’s as if Satan whispered in fallen man’s other ear: “Ah, well you see, God never had your best interests in mind after all! Let me show you how you can indeed become gods.”

Long story short, God set aside for himself a Chosen People, delivering them from Egypt, which by then, was deeply immersed in the occult (which means “covered or concealed”). The Jews, then, would be the people from whom salvation for the entire world would come. As such, God began to impart to them, not secret, but divine knowledge—wisdom from on high that was not to be hidden but rather a beacon to the pagan nations. God’s covenant would not be esoteric (only for a few) but the beginning of a life-giving Revelation—truth that would eventually set all of creation free.

This Revelation began with the Ten Commandments. But when Moses descended Mount Sinai with the tablets on which they were inscribed, incredibly, the Chosen People had fallen into idolatry: they had made for themselves a golden calf, which they worshipped…

 

THE FIRST SECRET SOCIETY

Stephen Mahowald has authored an excellent and concise book that traces what happened next after the Israelites lapsed into idolatry.

Lucifer, the father of lies, whose work for the destruction of souls began in the Garden of Eden, now put his insidous and most grandiose plan to date into action—a plan that would lead countless souls to perdition. The cornerstone of this plan was laid with the birth of the Kabbala. —Stephen Mahowald, She Shall Crush Thy Head, p .23

Mahowald explains how, according to Talmudic Jews, God gave His people, not one, but two inspired revelations.

There was the written Law of Moses received atop Sinai, but there was also the oral tradition acquired by seventy elders who came to the base of the mountain but were forbidden to proceed farther. The Pharisees said these seventy elders, or Sanhedrin, received a much more extensive and profound revelation than Moses, a revelation which was never written down, yet took precendent over the written law. —Ibid. p. 23; quoted from The Other Israel, Ted Pike

The Kabbala, then, refers to a library of knowledge or a body of teachings that formed an “ancient and secret oral tradition among a small and elite group of Israelites.”[1] Hundreds of years later during the Babylonian Captivity, the Israelites were plunged again into the midst of pagan occultists, alchemists, magicians and sorcerers.

…these occult sciences were combined with the secret mysticism of the Kabbalists… it was during that time that sects of the Scribes and the Pharisees were born. —Ibid. p. 30

The Kabbala (oral tradition) was eventually written down in what became known as the Talmud. It contains both the esoteric knowledge given to that first Sanhedrin at the base of Mount Sinai, and the “hybrid religion that developed when this Kabbalistic mysticism was wedded to Chaldean magic and idolatry.”[2] Satan’s lie was now codified.

While not all Pharisees in Jesus’ time were Kabbalists (consider Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus), the majority were, and became the dominant elite. To understand how far these Kabbalistic Pharisees had apostatized from the true Revelation, one need go no further than Christ’s rebukes:

You belong to your father the devil and you willingly carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

[They are] those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars… (Revelation 3:9)

This ancient Kabbalism is considered the font of ancient Gnosticism that over the centuries influenced all the major secret societies including the Manichaeists, the Knights Templar, the Rosicrucians, Illuminati, and Freemasons. American Albert Pike (a Freemason who is considered the architect of the “new world order”) attributes the practices and beliefs of the Masonic lodges directly to the Kabbala of the Talmudic Pharisees.[3] These lodges were organized precisely to implement this secret knowledge that promised they would rule the world… that they would “be like gods.”

The organization of the Secret Societies was needed to transform the theorizings of the philosophers into a concrete and formidable system for the destruction of civilization. Ibid. p. 4

Monsignor George Dillon, that 19th century Irish priest whose works Pope Leo XIII lauded, warned:

There is a supreme directory which governs all the secret societies on earth. This organized, atheistic conspiracy is the commencement of the contest which must take place between Christ and the Antichrist. Nothing can be more necessary than that the elect of God might be warned. —Ibid. p. 138 (my emphasis)

 

LEADERS OF IDOLATRY

In the context of this present series, it is enough to understand that these secret societies always lead souls into idolatry, whether it is the worship of self, the State, the State leader, or Satan himself. “At the center of these sects,” writes Mahowald, “there always is to be found a small group, a core as it were, of Luciferians.”[4]

According to Scripture this worship of Satan, the dragon, will eventually become global. It is commanded through the convincing power of the “beast.”

They worshiped the dragon because it gave its authority to the beast; they also worshiped the beast and said, “Who can compare with the beast or who can fight against it?”… All the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, all whose names were not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life, which belongs to the Lamb who was slain. (Revelation 13:4, 8)

There’s something else, another key detail:

I saw a woman seated on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names, with seven heads and ten horns. The woman was wearing purple and scarlet and adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls. On her forehead was written a name, which is a mystery, “Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth.” (Rev 17:4-5)

The word “mystery” here comes from the Greek mustērion, which means:

…a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites.) —Greek dictionary of the New Testament, The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, Spiros Zodhiates and AMG Publishers

Vine’s expository on biblical words adds:

Among the ancient Greeks, ‘the mysteries’ were religious rites and ceremonies practiced by secret societies into which any one who so desired might be received. Those who were initiated into these mysteries became possessors of certain knowledge, which was not imparted to the uninitiated, and were called ‘the perfected.’ —Vines Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, W.E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger, William White, Jr., p. 424

In my writing Mystery Babylon, I explain the stunning Masonic roots of America as it pertains to this passage in Scripture. Suffice it to say for our purposes here, the Western democracies have been the political instrument to spread the philosophic empire of the secret societies with America as its military and economic arm. That, and America is also home to the United Nations and One World Trade Center.

America would be used to lead the world into the philosophic empire. You understand that America was founded by Christians as a Christian nation. However, there were always those people on the other side who wanted to use America, abuse our military power and our financial power, to establish enlightened democracies throughout the world… —Dr. Stanley Monteith, The New Atlantis: Secret Mysteries of America’s Beginnings (video); interview Dr. Stanley Monteith

When our founders declared a “new order of the ages”… they were acting on an ancient hope that is meant to be fulfilled. —President George Bush Jr., speech on Inauguration Day, January 20th, 2005

The Western hegemony is also understood by some biblical scholars to constitute the remnants of the Roman Empire.

“The Beast,” that is, the Roman empire. —Cardinal John Henry Newman, Advent Sermons on Antichrist, Sermon III, The Religion of Antichrist

Do you see how it’s all coming together? Then you should also understand why God is going to judge the West (cf. The Fall of Mystery Babylon):

The Book of Revelation includes among the great sins of Babylon – the symbol of the world’s great irreligious cities – the fact that it trades with bodies and souls and treats them as commodities (cf. Rev 18:13). In this context, the problem of drugs also rears its head, and with increasing force extends its octopus tentacles around the entire world – an eloquent expression of the tyranny of mammon which perverts mankind. No pleasure is ever enough, and the excess of deceiving intoxication becomes a violence that tears whole regions apart – and all this in the name of a fatal misunderstanding of freedom which actually undermines man’s freedom and ultimately destroys it—POPE BENEDICT XVI, On the occasion of Christmas Greetings, December 20th, 2010; www.vatican.va/

Thus, says Benedict…

…the threat of judgment also concerns us, the Church in Europe, Europe and the West in general. With this Gospel, the Lord is also crying out to our ears the words that in the Book of Revelation he addresses to the Church of Ephesus: “If you do not repent I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” Light can also be taken away from us and we do well to let this warning ring out with its full seriousness in our hearts, while crying to the Lord: “Help us to repent!…” —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Opening HomilySynod of Bishops, October 2nd, 2005, Rome.

The reason for this judgment is precisely because the West, with her Christian roots, wealth and resources, could have helped lead the rest of the world out of the darkness of idolatry into the light of the Gospel.

Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more. ( Luke 12:48)

Instead, we are leading the world deeper into it—both the governing apparatus and the wolves and unrepented sin within the Church. And thus, we are coming to the end of Western civilization as we know it…

 

TO BE CONTINUED… the conclusion, next.

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1. Ibid. p. 23
2. Ibid. p. 30
3. Ibid. p. 107
4. Ibid. p. 40
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