Mark Mallett

 

ON VATICAN FUNKINESS

 

WHAT happens as one gets nearer to the eye of a hurricane? The winds get exponentially faster, flying dust and debris multiply, and dangers quickly escalate. So it is in this present Storm as the Church and the world near the Eye of this Spiritual Hurricane.

This past week, tumultuous events are unfolding all over the world. The kindling of war has been lit in the Middle East by the withdrawal of American troops. Back in the U.S., the President is increasingly facing the prospect of impeachment as social upheaval foments. Radical left-wing leader, Justin Trudeau, was re-elected in Canada spelling an uncertain future for freedom of speech and religion, already well under attack there. In the Far East, tensions between China and Hong Kong continue to mount as trade talks between the Asian nation and America wobble. Kim Yong Un, signaling perhaps a major military event, just rode through the “sacred mountains” on a white horse like a rider of the apocalypse. Northern Ireland legalized abortion and same-sex marriage today. And unrest and protests in several nations around the globe, aimed mostly at rising costs and increasing taxes, broke out simultaneously:

As 2019 enters its final quarter, there have been large and often violent demonstrations in Lebanon, Chile, Spain, Haiti, Iraq, Sudan, Russia, Egypt, Uganda, Indonesia, Ukraine, Peru, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, Colombia, France, Turkey, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Ethiopia, Brazil, Malawi, Algeria and Ecuador, among other places. —Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg Opinion; October 21st, 2019; finance.yahoo.com

Most notably, however, is the bizarre synod taking place in Rome where issues, which perhaps should be handled internally (as they are in other countries where there are priest shortages), have been brought to the highest level with implications for the universal Church. From a heterodox working document to seemingly pagan rituals, to the casting of so-called “idols” into the Tiber… it all sounds like apostasy coming to a head.  And this amid more allegations of financial corruption in Vatican City.

In other words, everything is unfolding as expected. The popes and Our Lady (and of course Scripture) have been saying for well over a century that these things were coming. For the past 15 years, I have been writing about a coming Storm and Global Revolution, a Spiritual Tsunami that would sweep through the world. Here we are. But as I stressed at the conference in California this past weekend, this is not the end of the world, but the hard labor pains that we are beginning to pass through. And then will come the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of a Mary, an “era of peace” in which the entire People of God will be born through the laboring of both this “woman clothed with the sun” and the Church.

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

Then, say the early Church Fathers, the labors of the Church will cease and a time of peace, justice, and rest will be given.

…there should follow on the completion of six thousand years [which, according to the Church Fathers, is the year 2000 A.D.] , as of six days, a kind of seventh-day Sabbath in the succeeding thousand years… And this opinion would not be objectionable, if it were believed that the joys of the saints, in that Sabbath, shall be spiritual, and consequent on the presence of God —St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.; Church Doctor), De Civitate Dei, Bk. XX, Ch. 7, Catholic University of America Press

Fr. Charles Arminjon (1824-1885) summarized the Church Fathers in this way:

The most authoritative view, and the one that appears to be most in harmony with Holy Scripture, is that, after the fall of the Antichrist, the Catholic Church will once again enter upon a period of prosperity and triumph. —The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life, p. 56-57; Sophia Institute Press

This “restoration of all things in Christ,” as Pope Pius X called it, is also echoed in many approved apparitions around the world, including Our Lady of Good Success:

In order to free men from the bondage to these heresies, those whom the merciful love of my most Holy Son has designated to effect the restoration, will need great strength of will, constancy, valor and confidence of the just. There will be occasions when all will seem lost and paralyzed. This then will be the happy beginning of the complete restoration. —January 16th, 1611; miraclehunter.com

I say all this to give you authentic hope. Because, at present, it is hard not to be consumed by the labor pains rather than the coming birth.

When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world. (John 16:21)

 

WHAT ARE WE TO DO?

Still, several readers are asking me to comment on the current synod and the direction the Pope is taking the Church. “What are we to do? How are we to respond?”

The reason I haven’t said much to date about the present synod is because, well, we’ve been through this before. If you’ll recall, when the Extraordinary Synod on the Family took place in 2014, there was a “working document” then that also stirred controversy with unorthodox propositions. The outcry in the Catholic media was no different: “The Pope is misleading the Church”, “the Synod will destroy the entire moral order”, and so forth. However, the Pope was clear about how he wanted the process to unfold: everything was to be on the table including, for better or worse, heterodox proposals.

Let no one say: ‘I cannot say this, they will think this or this of me…’. It is necessary to say with parrhesia all that one feels… it is necessary to say all that, in the Lord, one feels the need to say: without polite deference, without hesitation.—POPE FRANCIS, Greeting to the Synod Fathers during the First General Congregation of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 6, 2014

So, given that there were some liberal prelates there, it was disappointing but not surprising to hear heretical concepts being proposed. The Pope, as promised, did not speak until the end of the synod, and when he did, it was powerful. I’ll never forget it because, as the synod was unfolding, I kept hearing in my heart that we are living the letters to the churches in Revelation. When Pope Francis finally spoke at the end of the gathering, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing: just as Jesus chastised five of the seven churches in Revelation, so too, Pope Francis made five rebukes to the universal Church. These included a rebuke to those who “in the name of a deceptive mercy [bind] the wounds without first curing them and treating them; that [treat] the symptoms and not the causes and the roots…the so-called “progressives and liberals.” Those, he said, who want to “come down off the Cross, to please the people… to bow down to a worldly spirit instead of purifying it…”; those who “neglect the “depositum fidei” not thinking of themselves as guardians but as owners or masters [of it].”[1]  His rebuke also swung to the other side of the spectrum, to those with a “hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word… within the law… it is the temptation of the zealous, of the scrupulous, of the solicitous and of the so-called – today – “traditionalists” and also of the intellectuals”; those who “transform the bread into a stone and cast it against the sinners, the weak, and the sick.” In other words, those who are judgmental and condemnatory rather than imitators of Christ’s mercy.

Then, he made a closing remark that garnered a standing ovation that lasted several minutes. At this point, I no longer heard the pope; within my soul, I could hear Jesus speaking. It was like thunder:

The Pope, in this context, is not the supreme lord but rather the supreme servant – the “servant of the servants of God”; the guarantor of the obedience and the conformity of the Church to the will of God, to the Gospel of Christ, and to the Tradition of the Church, putting aside every personal whim, despite being – by the will of Christ Himself – the “supreme Pastor and Teacher of all the faithful” and despite enjoying “supreme, full, immediate, and universal ordinary power in the Church”. —POPE FRANCIS, closing remarks on the Synod; Catholic News Agency, October 18th, 2014 (my emphasis)

In other words, brothers and sisters, I am waiting to see what unfolds from this latest synod before passing judgment. All the play-by-play panic I read in Catholic conservative media does little more, from my perspective, than actually create more confusion and rash judgment (if these synods took place 200 years ago, the faithful wouldn’t know a thing until months later). It’s all creating a kind of mob mentality where, unless one vigourously condemns, bashes the pope, tears his robes and throws statues in the Tiber, one is somehow less than Catholic. It’s vanity rather than the childlike faith necessary to enter the Kingdom. I repeat again the wise words of St. Catherine of Siena:

Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him… I know very well that many defend themselves by boasting: “They are so corrupt, and work all manner of evil!” But God has commanded that, even if the priests, the pastors, and Christ-on-earth were incarnate devils, we be obedient and subject to them, not for their sakes, but for the sake of God, and out of obedience to Him. —St. Catherine of Siena, SCS, p. 201-202, p. 222, (quoted in Apostolic Digest, by Michael Malone, Book 5: “The Book of Obedience”, Chapter 1: “There is No Salvation Without Personal Submission to the Pope”)

By this, she means continued obedience to the faith—not obedience to non-magisterial statements, much less the imitation of sinful or cowardly behavior of our shepherds. Case in point: I strongly disagree with the Pope on his non-magisterial embrace of a certain group of scientists who promote man-made “global warming” (see Climate Confusion). That “science,” promoted by the United Nations, has been fraught with fraud, riddled with socialist ideology, and at its core, is anti-human. I simply disagree with the Pope and pray that he will see the dangers of Communism lurking behind the entire Climate Change movement.

But this respectful disagreement does not mean I think the Pope is a “demon” or “perfectly possessed,” as one man who runs a “traditionalist” website said to me. Nor does it mean, by warning my readers to stay on the Barque of Peter and to remain on “the rock,” that I am “blindly leading readers into a deception,” as another reader charged. No, quite the opposite. Remaining in communion with Peter does not mean communing with his weakness and faults but bearing them through our prayers, love, and if necessary, filial correction (cf. Gal 6:2). To reject the rock is to abandon the “ark” and refuge for all the faithful, which the Church is.

The Church is “the world reconciled.” She is that bark which “in the full sail of the Lord’s cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world.” According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 845

It is on [Peter] that He builds the Church, and to him that He entrusts the sheep to feed. And although he assigns power to all the Apostles, yet he founded a single chair, thus establishing by His own authority the source and hallmark of the churches’ oneness… a primacy is given to Peter and it is thus made clear that there is but one Church and one chair… If a man does not hold fast to this oneness of Peter, does he imagine that he still holds the faith? If he deserts the Chair of Peter upon whom the church was built, has he still confidence that he is in the church? —”On the Unity of the Catholic Church”, n. 4;  The Faith of the Early Fathers, Vol. 1, pp. 220-221

 

REMAINING ON THE ROCK, NOT THE STUMBLING STONE

Let me give you the simplest example possible of how to navigate all the funkiness going on at the Vatican.

After Peter was declared the rock on which Christ would build the Church, Peter not only fought against the idea of Jesus being crucified but ended up denying the Lord altogether. Three times. But neither of these things diminished the authority of Peter’s office nor the power of the Keys of the Kingdom. They did, however, diminish the witness and credibility of the man himself. And yet… none of the Apostles rejected Peter. They still gathered together with him in the Upper Room to wait for the Holy Spirit. That is a powerful teaching. Even if a pope were to deny Jesus Christ, we ought to hold fast to Sacred Tradition and remain faithful to Jesus unto death. Indeed, St. John did not “blindly follow” the first pope into his denial but turned in the opposite direction, walked to Golgotha, and remained steadfast beneath the Cross at the risk of His life.

This is what I intend to do, by God’s grace, even should a pope deny Christ himself. My faith is not in Peter, but Jesus. I follow Christ, not a man. But since Jesus has bestowed His authority upon the Twelve and their successors, I know that to break communion with them, but especially Peter, would be to break with Christ who is ONE in His mystical Body, the Church.

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

They, therefore, walk in the path of dangerous error who believe that they can accept Christ as the Head of the Church, while not adhering loyally to His Vicar on earth.  —POPE PIUS XII, Mystici Corporis Christi (On the Mystical Body of Christ), June 29, 1943; n. 41; vatican.va

If a pope is confusing or your bishop is silent, you and I can still shout the Gospel from the rooftops. Undoubtedly, their silence and even personal unfaithfulness constitute a trial, even a grave trial for us. If that is the case, then it’s because Jesus wants to be glorified more through the laity at this hour than the clergy. But we will never glorify Jesus if we ourselves become a source of disunity. We will never glorify Christ if we act like those disciples of old who panicked and flailed in the midst of a storm that threatened to sink them.

Christians should bear in mind that it is Christ who guides the history of the Church. Therefore, it is not the Pope’s approach that destroys the Church. This is not possible: Christ does not allow the Church to be destroyed, not even by a Pope. If Christ guides the Church, the Pope of our day will take the necessary steps to move forward. If we are Christians, we should reason like this… Yes, I think this is the main cause, not being rooted in faith, not being sure that God sent Christ to found the Church and that he will fulfil his plan through history through people who make themselves available to him. This is the faith we must have in order to be able to judge anyone and anything that happens, not only the Pope. —Maria Voce, President of Focolare, Vatican InsiderDec. 23rd, 2017

If Francis is confusing, find a statement of his that is not (such as here). If you can’t, then find a statement by another pope, in a magisterial document or the Catechism. People say to me all the time, “There is such confusion!” and I respond, “But I am not confused. The teachings of the Church are not hidden in a vault. I own a Catechism. The Papacy is not one pope, much less the expression of his own personal whims and thoughts; he is simply the guarantor of obedience to the Faith through all the centuries until the end of time.”

The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter’s successor, “is the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity both of the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful.” —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 882

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, in a personal letter to me

In fact, I’m going to be blunt. Some of you are angry because you want the pope to fix the world. You are angry because you want the pope to take up your arms and do your work to evangelize, exhort, and transform the culture. Maybe I’m just cynical, but in my thirty years of work in evangelization, I have never looked much to the hierarchy to get behind my ministry. Liberalism, modernism, fear, cowardice, political correctness, clericalism… I’ve experienced all of it, and through it, have learned that it doesn’t matter when it comes to my own calling. Jesus will not judge me on what my shepherds have done, but whether I was faithful with the talent he gave me—or if I buried it in the ground. The saints and martyrs did not wait to hear whether the pope was faithful or not in his daily work. They got on with their own calling, and in the process, many did more to change the world than any pope ever has or probably ever will.

At the beginning of this recent synod, there was a service in the Vatican Garden. The pope looked somberly on as rather strange rituals unfolded. And then it came time for Francis to speak. Instead, perhaps, of lending any credibility to what just took place, he set his remarks aside. Then he turned the entire gathering toward the most preeminent prayer in the Church, the Our Father. And that prayer ended the odd gathering with the words, “deliver us from evil.”

Yes Lord, deliver us from evil. But grant me the grace to be the Good that I was born to be, at this time, this hour—and the strength to persevere to the end.

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NEWMAN’S PROPHECY

St. John Henry Newman inset by Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896)
Canonized on October 13th, 2019

 

FOR a number of years, whenever I spoke publicly about the times we are living in, I would have to carefully paint a picture through the words of the popes and saints. People were simply not ready to hear from a nobody-layman like me that we are about to face the greatest struggle the Church has ever gone through—what John Paul II called “the final confrontation” of this era. Nowadays, I barely have to say anything. Most people of faith can tell, despite the good that still exists, that something has gone terribly wrong with our world.

Indeed, we are living in what is known as the “end times”—we have been “officially” since the Ascension of Christ. But that’s not what I nor the popes are referring to. Rather, we are pointing to a specific period of time when the forces of life and death will reach a climatic struggle: the “culture of life” against a “culture of death”, a “woman clothed in the sun” versus a “red dragon, the Church versus an antichurch, the Gospel versus an anti-gospel, a “beast” versus the Body of Christ. In the beginning of my ministry, people would look at me with a dismissive smirk and say, “Ya well, everybody thinks their times are the end times.” And so, I began to quote St. John Henry Newman:

I know that all times are perilous, and that in every time serious and anxious minds, alive to the honor of God and the needs of man, are apt to consider no times so perilous as their own. At all times the enemy of souls assaults with fury the Church which is their true Mother, and at least threatens and frightens when he fails in doing mischief. And all times have their special trials which others have not… Doubtless, but still admitting this, still I think… ours has a darkness different in kind from any that has been before it. The special peril of the time before us is the spread of that plague of infidelity, that the Apostles and our Lord Himself have predicted as the worst calamity of the last times of the Church. And at least a shadow, a typical image of the last times is coming over the world. —St. John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890 A.D.), sermon at opening of St. Bernard’s Seminary, October 2, 1873, The Infidelity of the Future

Indeed, the darkness that has descended at this hour is perhaps unlike anything the world has ever seen. Logic has been turned upside down. Good (such as the family, marriage, fatherhood, etc.) are now considered societal evils while immorality is praised and celebrated as good. The natural law is scorned while “feelings” are enshrined in law. Graphic violence and fornication are considered entertainment while school children are being taught to masturbate and explore porn. And the Church? Mass attendance continues to rapidly decline in the West as unbelief in the Eucharist surges. Wounded by sexual abuse scandals, weakened by modernism, and made impotent by compromise and cowardice, the Church is suddenly irrelevant to billions of people.

Where are we now in an eschatological sense? It is arguable that we are in the midst of the rebellion and that in fact a strong delusion has come upon many, many people. It is this delusion and rebellion that foreshadows what will happen next: and the man of lawlessness will be revealed. —article, Msgr. Charles Pope,“Are These the Outer Bands of a Coming Judgment?”, November 11th, 2014; blog

While it is much easier for us to make these judgments with the clarity of hindsight, St. John Newman said what is perhaps one of the most prescient things I’ve read from a churchman. In his sermons on the Antichrist, the saint wrote:

Satan may adopt the more alarming weapons of deceit—he may hide himself—he may attempt to seduce us in little things, and so to move the Church, not all at once, but by little and little from her true position. I do believe he has done much in this way in the course of the last few centuries… It is his policy to split us up and divide us, to dislodge us gradually from our rock of strength. And if there is to be a persecution, perhaps it will be then; then, perhaps, when we are all of us in all parts of Christendom so divided, and so reduced, so full of schism, so close upon heresy. When we have cast ourselves upon the world and depend for protection upon it, and have given up our independence and our strength, then [Antichrist] will burst upon us in fury as far as God allows him. Then suddenly the Roman Empire may break up, and Antichrist appear as a persecutor, and the barbarous nations around break in. —Blessed John Henry Newman, Sermon IV: The Persecution of Antichrist

The reason his words are so startling is that Newman foresaw a time when the Church herself becomes an internal mess; a period when she will be moved from her “true position,” her “rock of strength,” and is “so full of schism” and “close upon heresy.” To his listeners in the 19th century, this might have sounded borderline heretical in itself, given that Christ promised that the “the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” [1] Moreover, the Church was such a solid beacon of truth in Newman’s time that he himself, having plunged into her roots, stated, “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.”

But to be clear, Newman does not say that the Truth, perserved in Sacred Tradition, will be lost. Rather, that there will be a general period of mass confusion, worldliness, and division. He points specifically to a time when the Church and her members will have “cast” themselves into the arms of the State, as it were, having given up our independence and strength. How could Newman, but for the grace of divine illumination, have seen the condition we now find ourselves in? The Church has become dependent, not upon the unconditional generosity of the faithful, but upon her “charitable status” in order to issue tax receipts so as to entice giving. This, in part, has de facto led to a silence from the clergy in order to remain “in good standing” with the government. It has turned bishops in many places into custodians of buildings rather than shepherds of the Gospel. It has moved us “little by little” from our true position and rock, which is a Church that exists, said Pope St. Paul VI, “in order to evangelize.” [2] Indeed, it’s no longer the Church building schools, hospitals, and missionary outposts, but the State and her NGO’s who spread their “good news” of “reproductive health rights” (ie. abortion, contraception, assisted suicide, etc.). In a word, our missionary fervor to “make disciples of all the nations” has all but died in many places. “Going to Mass on Sundays” or even “once a year” at a Easter or Christmas is now seemingly the fulfillment of our baptismal vows. Does anyone hear the words of Jesus thundering above our heads?

I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked? …Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent. (Rev 3:15-19)

What does it mean to be “hot”? It is not a selfie on Instagram. It’s to be alive with the Gospel such that our words and witness become the living presence of Christ in the world. The Second Vatican Council was clear of every Catholic’s obligation to bear the light of Christ:

…it is not enough that the Christian people be present and be organized in a given nation, nor is it enough to carry out an apostolate by way of good example. They are organized for this purpose, they are present for this: to announce Christ to their non-Christian fellow-citizens by word and example, and to aid them toward the full reception of Christ. —Second Vatican Council, Ad Gentes, n. 15; vatican.va

But how many Catholics speak about Jesus Christ in their schools or the marketplace let alone think of this? No, “faith is a personal thing” one hears time and again. But that’s not what Jesus ever said. Rather, He commanded that His followers be “salt and light” in the world and never hide the truth beneath a bushel basket. We ought to shine at night, He said, like a city on a hill.

There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, are not proclaimed. —POPE ST. PAUL VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, n. 22; vatican.va

Instead of transforming society with the message of the Gospel, however, reducing one’s carbon footprint is seemingly the new mission. Being “tolerant” and “inclusive” has replaced authentic virtue and holiness. Turning off the lights, recycling, and using less plastic (as worthy as these are) have become the new sacraments. Waving rainbow flags has replaced the Banner of Christ.

What comes next? According to Newman, it is then when the State replaces the role of the Heavenly Father that even once Christian nations will find themselves (perhaps willingly) in the grip of Antichrist.

…when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? (Luke 18:8)

It is no longer a stretch to see see Newman’s words as possibly on the verge of fulfillment in our generation.

 

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CANADIAN COWARDS

 

IN what comes as no surprise, the Canadian “conservative” candidate in the upcoming federal election has announced his position on the fate of the unborn in our country:

My personal position has always been open and consistent. I am personally pro-life but I’ve also made the commitment that as leader of this party it is my responsibility to ensure that we do not re-open this debate, that we focus on issues that unite our party and unite Canadians…  that’s exactly what I’ll do and that’s why I’ll vote against measures that attempt to re-open this debate. —Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party, October 3rd, 2019; cbc.ca

Let me say upfront, this is not a political issue. It is one at the very heart of “faith and morals.” That is, the Church has something to say about this; the Church here must have something to say about it. However, even though we are less than three weeks from a crucial election in this country where freedom of speech and religion are increasingly under threat, there is a haunting vacuum of silence from the hierarchy (and those priests who do speak boldly on moral issues are often told to be silent). But it has been this way for decades now. Faithful Catholics have long understood that they are virtually on their own when it comes to an evangelical voice in the public sphere. And so, onward.

Mr. Scheer’s statement is deeply troubling. It’s schizophrenic. To say one is “pro-life” in this context means that one is against the intentional killing of an unborn child. How, then, can this be a “personal” thing? What if a politician said, “I am personally against stealing things from someone else’s property, but I will not impose this view on others.” Or, “I am personally against killing someone who is an inconvenience to you, but I will not enforce it.” Of course, we’d say that’s absurd and immoral. But when it comes to the killing of an unborn child behind closed doors, which in Canada, can happen right up until birth since there are no laws restricting abortion here… this is not open to debate? This is intellectually dishonest.

Not only that, but to even prevent simply the debate is undemocratic. It’s totalitarian. It’s exactly what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been doing for nearly four years. The current PM has gone so far as to bar anyone who is pro-life from his party. Worse, in what can only be described as Orwellian, he made government grants to organizations dependent upon them signing an agreement that they will support his liberal values, including the right to abortion—or no money. How this does not disturb any Canadian is beyond me. Indeed, the disconcerting vision of Justin Trudeau has been, and continues to be, to make whatever feelings Canadians have become “law.” Under Trudeau, we can redefine human nature. Under Trudeau, death is a solution to all our problems, whether it’s the inconvenience of an unexpected pregnancy, depression, sickness, or old age. But when men such as him are opposed with barely a whimper, is it surprising that Canada is mere steps away from formal totalitarianism? When the courts and “human rights tribunals” are ready to punish your thoughts, believe me, we’re just about there.

Yes, I would have preferred to have heard Scheer say, “I am personally pro-life and I have no intention to open the abortion debate—unless Canadians want to. I will not prevent Members of Parliament from introducing legislation to debate any issue. We totally reject the intolerance of the present government that not only rejects debate of issues important to Canadians but actually excludes them from the democratic process and even government funds if they do not hold ‘liberal values’. That kind of dictatorial line has no place in this country. Canada is “the true north strong and free” and as Prime Minister, I intend to make it that way again.”

But what am I thinking? We live in the most politically correct country in the world. Canadians are so “compassionate” and “tolerant” that we would apologize for stepping on the devil’s toes. In actuality, there is nothing compassionate about tearing a child from its mother’s womb when science tells us that the fetus has pain receptors as early as 11 weeks gestation. There is nothing compassionate about telling a frightened or unprepared mother that she’s removing a mere “blob of cells” when her very own instincts (and yes, science) tells us that it is a growing child within her. There is nothing noble in tolerating the genocide of a country that, were it not for immigration, is shrinking because it has contracepted and aborted its future.

According to Scheer’s own words, he intends to “ensure that we do not re-open this debate.” This is said at the same time that abortion clinics south of the border are closing as more and more Americans become aware of the gruesome practice. This is said at the same time that organizations like Planned Parenthood have engaged in live-birth harvesting of baby’s organs. This is said at the same time that medical technology is producing 3D images of unborn babies while streams of Canadian couples stand in long lines hoping to adopt an unwanted child.

No, the debate is not closed. Killing the vulnerable is never a closed debate. The gaping wound this produces in both men and women who have taken the life of their child is not closed. The demographic winter this has caused all over the world is not over. The impact this has had on our economy is not finished. The cultural deficit this has created by the slaughter of future scientists, educators, innovators, musicians, and saints is incalculable.

Sure, there are other issues in this country that are important. No one said they weren’t. But if moral absolutes such as the fundamental right to life are not protected, every other issue is now subject to the whims of those in power. Now, “truth” becomes whatever the “majority” says it is until another majority changes that. Indeed, assisted suicide in Canada is now equated with “health care” just as abortion is now considered a “woman’s right.” This is nothing short of…

…a dictatorship of relativism that recognizes nothing as definite, and which leaves as the ultimate measure only one’s ego and desires. Having a clear faith, according to the credo of the Church, is often labeled as fundamentalism. Yet, relativism, that is, letting oneself be tossed and ‘swept along by every wind of teaching’, appears the sole attitude acceptable to today’s standards. —Cardinal Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI) pre-conclave Homily, April 18th, 2005

For our part as Catholic Christians (and I state it as such because being “Catholic” does not necessarily follow with the second), we must prepare ourselves for a martyrdom of sorts, be it “white” or even someday “red.” There is no human sign on the horizon that the state of things are about to change. One can no longer sit on the fence. You are going to be knocked off one way or another.

Those who challenge this new paganism are faced with a difficult option. Either they conform to this philosophy or they are faced with the prospect of martyrdom. —Servant of God Fr. John Hardon (1914-2000), How to Be a Loyal Catholic Today? By Being Loyal to the Bishop of Romewww.therealpresence.org

As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)

The Church… intends to continue to raise her voice in defense of mankind, even when policies of States and the majority of public opinion moves in the opposite direction. Truth, indeed, draws strength from itself and not from the amount of consent it arouses.  —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Vatican, March 20, 2006

 

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This is why Catholics genuflect when they come to church. They know that this is a holy place, and to be found on one’s knee is a very good posture in such precincts. It says, ceremonially, not verbally, ‘I am a creature and thou art my Creator. I am thy child and thou art my Father. I am a subject and thou art my Sovereign. And, alas, I am a sinner, and thou art holy.’ To kneel, only briefly, in this fashion is to order one’s body as well as one’s mind to what is true.

—Thomas Howard

from On Being Catholic

Mark Mallett

 

CANADIAN COWARDS

 

IN what comes as no surprise, the Canadian “conservative” candidate in the upcoming federal election has announced his position on the fate of the unborn in our country:

My personal position has always been open and consistent. I am personally pro-life but I’ve also made the commitment that as leader of this party it is my responsibility to ensure that we do not re-open this debate, that we focus on issues that unite our party and unite Canadians…  that’s exactly what I’ll do and that’s why I’ll vote against measures that attempt to re-open this debate. —Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party, October 3rd, 2019; cbc.ca

Let me say upfront, this is not a political issue. It is one at the very heart of “faith and morals.” That is, the Church has something to say about this; the Church here must have something to say about it. However, even though we are less than three weeks from a crucial election in this country where freedom of speech and religion are increasingly under threat, there is a haunting vacuum of silence from the hierarchy (and those priests who do speak boldly on moral issues are often told to be silent). But it has been this way for decades now. Faithful Catholics have long understood that they are virtually on their own when it comes to an evangelical voice in the public sphere. And so, onward.

Mr. Scheer’s statement is deeply troubling. It’s schizophrenic. To say one is “pro-life” in this context means that one is against the intentional killing of an unborn child. How, then, can this be a “personal” thing? What if a politician said, “I am personally against stealing things from someone else’s property, but I will not impose this view on others.” Or, “I am personally against killing someone who is an inconvenience to you, but I will not enforce it.” Of course, we’d say that’s absurd and immoral. But when it comes to the killing of an unborn child behind closed doors, which in Canada, can happen right up until birth since there are no laws restricting abortion here… this is not open to debate? This is intellectually dishonest.

Not only that, but to even prevent simply the debate is undemocratic. It’s totalitarian. It’s exactly what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been doing for nearly four years. The current PM has gone so far as to bar anyone who is pro-life from his party. Worse, in what can only be described as Orwellian, he made government grants to organizations dependent upon them signing an agreement that they will support his liberal values, including the right to abortion—or no money. How this does not disturb any Canadian is beyond me. Indeed, the disconcerting vision of Justin Trudeau has been, and continues to be, to make whatever feelings Canadians have become “law.” Under Trudeau, we can redefine human nature. Under Trudeau, death is a solution to all our problems, whether it’s the inconvenience of an unexpected pregnancy, depression, sickness, or old age. But when men such as him are opposed with barely a whimper, is it surprising that Canada is mere steps away from formal totalitarianism? When the courts and “human rights tribunals” are ready to punish your thoughts, believe me, we’re just about there.

Yes, I would have preferred to have heard Scheer say, “I am personally pro-life and I have no intention to open the abortion debate—unless Canadians want to. I will not prevent Members of Parliament from introducing legislation to debate any issue. We totally reject the intolerance of the present government that not only rejects debate of issues important to Canadians but actually excludes them from the democratic process and even government funds if they do not hold ‘liberal values’. That kind of dictatorial line has no place in this country. Canada is “the true north strong and free” and as Prime Minister, I intend to make it that way again.”

But what am I thinking? We live in the most politically correct country in the world. Canadians are so “compassionate” and “tolerant” that we would apologize for stepping on the devil’s toes. In actuality, there is nothing compassionate about tearing a child from its mother’s womb when science tells us that the fetus has pain receptors as early as 11 weeks gestation. There is nothing compassionate about telling a frightened or unprepared mother that she’s removing a mere “blob of cells” when her very own instincts (and yes, science) tells us that it is a growing child within her. There is nothing noble in tolerating the genocide of a country that, were it not for immigration, is shrinking because it has contracepted and aborted its future.

According to Scheer’s own words, he intends to “ensure that we do not re-open this debate.” This is said at the same time that abortion clinics south of the border are closing as more and more Americans become aware of the gruesome practice. This is said at the same time that organizations like Planned Parenthood have engaged in live-birth harvesting of baby’s organs. This is said at the same time that medical technology is producing 3D images of unborn babies while streams of Canadian couples stand in long lines hoping to adopt an unwanted child.

No, the debate is not closed. Killing the vulnerable is never a closed debate. The gaping wound this produces in both men and women who have taken the life of their child is not closed. The demographic winter this has caused all over the world is not over. The impact this has had on our economy is not finished. The cultural deficit this has created by the slaughter of future scientists, educators, innovators, musicians, and saints is incalculable.

Sure, there are other issues in this country that are important. No one said they weren’t. But if moral absolutes such as the fundamental right to life are not protected, every other issue is now subject to the whims of those in power. Now, “truth” becomes whatever the “majority” says it is until another majority changes that. Indeed, assisted suicide in Canada is now equated with “health care” just as abortion is now considered a “woman’s right.” This is nothing short of…

…a dictatorship of relativism that recognizes nothing as definite, and which leaves as the ultimate measure only one’s ego and desires. Having a clear faith, according to the credo of the Church, is often labeled as fundamentalism. Yet, relativism, that is, letting oneself be tossed and ‘swept along by every wind of teaching’, appears the sole attitude acceptable to today’s standards. —Cardinal Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI) pre-conclave Homily, April 18th, 2005

For our part as Catholic Christians (and I state it as such because being “Catholic” does not necessarily follow with the second), we must prepare ourselves for a martyrdom of sorts, be it “white” or even someday “red.” There is no human sign on the horizon that the state of things are about to change. One can no longer sit on the fence. You are going to be knocked off one way or another.

Those who challenge this new paganism are faced with a difficult option. Either they conform to this philosophy or they are faced with the prospect of martyrdom. —Servant of God Fr. John Hardon (1914-2000), How to Be a Loyal Catholic Today? By Being Loyal to the Bishop of Romewww.therealpresence.org

As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)

The Church… intends to continue to raise her voice in defense of mankind, even when policies of States and the majority of public opinion moves in the opposite direction. Truth, indeed, draws strength from itself and not from the amount of consent it arouses.  —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Vatican, March 20, 2006

 

RELATED READING

When the State Sanctions Child Abuse

Not My Canada, Mr. Trudeau

Justin the Just

The Catholic Fail

Cowards!

Persecution… and the Moral Tsunami

Courage in the Storm

 

 

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THE AGITATORS

 

THERE is a remarkable parallel under the reign of both Pope Francis and President Donald Trump. They are two completely different men in vastly different positions of power, yet with many fascinating similarities surrounding their incumbency. Both men are provoking strong reactions among their constituents and beyond. Here, I am not staking out any position but rather pointing out the parallels in order to draw a much broader and spiritual conclusion beyond State and Church politics.

• The election of both men was surrounded by controversy. According to alleged conspiracies, it has been suggested that Russia colluded in getting Donald Trump elected. Likewise, that the so-called “St. Gallen Mafia”, a small group of cardinals, conspired to raise Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy.

• While no hard evidence has emerged to provide a solid case against either man, opponents of the Pope and the President continue to insist that they hold office illegitimately. In the case of the Pope, there is a movement to declare his papacy invalid, and thus, that he is an “anti-pope.” And with Trump, that he should be impeached and likewise removed from office as a “fraud.”

• Both men made immediate gestures of personal austerity upon their election. Francis dispensed with many papal traditions including the papal private quarters, opting to move into a communal building to live with ordinary staff at the Vatican. Trump dispensed with receiving a presidential salary and frequently arranges rallies to be with the common voter.

• Both leaders are considered “outsiders” of the establishment. Francis is a South American, born far from the Italian bureaucracy of the Church, and has vocalized his disdain for the clericalism within the Roman Curia that puts career before the Gospel. Trump is a businessman who remained out of politics most of his life, and has vocalized his disdain for career politicians who put their future ahead of the country. Francis was elected to “clean up” the Vatican while Trump was elected to “drain the swamp.”

• Coming in as “outsiders” and perhaps victims of their inexperience with the “establishment,” both men have surrounded themselves with advisors and associates who have been controversial and caused problems for their leadership and reputation.

• The unorthodox means by which both men have chosen to communicate opinion has stirred plenty of controversy. Pope Francis, sometimes unreservedly and without editing, has expressed tendentious opinions onboard papal flights. Trump, on the other hand—without reserve or seemingly much editing either—has taken to Twitter. Both men have at times used harsh language to characterize their colleagues.

• The media have served as the “official opposition” against either man with a general and nearly universal negative approach to either. In the Catholic world, “conservative” media have focused almost entirely on papal glitches, ambiguities, and flaws while almost ignoring wholesale his orthodox homilies and teachings. In Trump’s case, the “liberal” media have also been completely obsessed with a negative outlook while likewise ignoring any progress or success.

•  Not only the style but the content of their reigns have caused unforeseen division and rancor among those whom they serve. In a word, their tenures have served to destroy the status quo. As a result, the gulf between the so-called “conservative” and “liberal” or “right” and “left” has never been so wide; the dividing lines have never been so clear. Remarkably, within the same week, Pope Francis said he was not afraid of “schism” of those who oppose him, and Trump predicted a kind of “civil war” if he is impeached.

In other words, both men have served as agitators. 

 

WITHIN DIVINE PROVIDENCE

The daily rancour surrounding these men is almost unprecedented. The destabilization of the Church and America are not small—both of them having global influence and a discernible impact for the future that is arguably game-changing.

Nonetheless, I believe all of this lies within Divine Providence. That God has not been taken by surprise by the unorthodox ways of these men but that it has come to this by His design. Can we not say that the leadership of both men has knocked people off the fence into one direction or the other? That the interior thoughts and dispositions of many have been exposed, particularly those ideas that are not rooted in truth? Indeed, positions founded on the Gospel are crystallizing at the same time that anti-gospel tenets are hardening.

The world is rapidly being divided into two camps, the comradeship of anti-Christ and the brotherhood of Christ. The lines between these two are being drawn. How long the battle will be we know not; whether swords will have to be unsheathed we know not; whether blood will have to be shed we know not; whether it will be an armed conflict we know not. But in a conflict between truth and darkness, truth cannot lose. —Bishop Fulton John Sheen, D.D. (1895-1979); source unknown (possibly “The Catholic Hour”)

Was this not also predicted by Pope John Paul II while he was still a cardinal back in 1976?

We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through… We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel, of Christ and the anti-christ. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine providence. It is a trial which the whole Church… must take up… 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), from a 1976 speech to the American Bishops in Philadelphia at the Eucharistic Conference

He later when on to compare this polarization of society to the battle taking place in the Book of Revelation between the “woman clothed in the sun” and the “dragon”:

This struggle parallels the apocalyptic combat described in [Rev 11:19-12:1-6]. Death battles against Life: a “culture of death” seeks to impose itself on our desire to live, and live to the full… Vast sectors of society are confused about what is right and what is wrong, and are at the mercy of those with the power to “create” opinion and impose it on others. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Cherry Creek State Park Homily, Denver, Colorado, 1993

According to the late Saint, we are living in a decidedly Marian hour. If that is the case, another prophecy takes on a certain significance:

Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:34-35)

All around the world, images of Our Lady have been inexplicably weeping oil or blood. In apparitions, several seers report that she is frequently weeping over the state of the world. It’s as if our generation has pierced Our Lady all over again as we crucify belief in God. As such, the thoughts of many hearts are being revealed. Just as dawn is preceded by light on the horizon, I believe The Agitators are serving to facilitate that “first light” before a coming “illumination of conscience” or “warning” comes to all of humanity, as described in St. John’s “sixth seal” (see The Great Day of Light).

 

WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

We ought to take a certain comfort in knowing that what is happening has been foretold. It reminds us that God is very much in charge and very near to us, always.

I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place, you may believe. (John 14:29)

But it should also be a sobering reminder that the relative calm of this past generation is coming to an end. Our Lady has been appearing not only to call us back to her Son but to warn us to prepare.” On this memorial of St. Jerome, his words are a timely wake-up call.

Nothing is more to be feared than too long a peace. You are deceived if you think that a Christian can live without persecution. He suffers the greatest persecution of all who lives under none. A storm puts a man on his guard and obliges him to exert his utmost efforts to avoid shipwreck. 

There is no guarantee that America will remain as a superpower. Likewise, there is no guarantee that the Church will remain a dominant influence. In fact, as I wrote in The Fall of Mystery BabylonI believe the United States (and entire West) has a dramatic humbling and purification coming. Oh, how the Scriptures this past Sunday on the rich man and Lazarus collectively speak to the Western World! And as several prophets in Scripture have attested, the Church will also be reduced to a “remnant.” The signs of the times indicate this is well underway.

The Agitators, I believe, are playing a crucial role in faciliating this purification and even exposing what lies in individual hearts. Do we as Christians have faith when we no longer have sight? Are we still charitable toward those who aren’t? Do we trust in Christ’s promises to the Church or are we taking matters into our own hands? Have we elevated politicians and even popes in a way that is almost idolatrous?

At the end of this “final confrontation,” whatever is built on sand will crumble. The Agitators have already begun The Great Shaking

Many forces have tried, and still do, to destroy the Church, from without as well as within, but they themselves are destroyed and the Church remains alive and fruitful… She remains inexplicably solid… kingdoms, peoples, cultures, nations, ideologies, powers have passed, but the Church, founded on Christ, notwithstanding the many storms and our many sins, remains ever faithful to the deposit of faith shown in service; for the Church does not belong to popes, bishops, priests, nor the lay faithful; the Church in every moment belongs solely to Christ. —POPE FRANCIS, Homily, June 29th, 2015 www.americamagazine.org

 

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