Conciliar Theater of the Absurd
Thomas A. Droleskey
Mr. Eustace Haney: "Mister Douglas, I have a special deal for you today."
Mr. Oliver Wendell Douglas: "Haney, what is it this time?"
Haney: "Now, Mister Douglas, there's no need to get angry with me. I do have a special deal for you today."
Douglas: "All right, all right, Mr. Haney. What's your deal?"
Haney: "Well, you see here. I've got a tractor and a combine for sale. The tractor costs $700 and the combine costs four hundred dollars. However, I will send them both to to you for the special price of $1100."
Douglas, hesitating for a minute while pondering the offer, then in indigntation: "You crook you, Haney! $1100? That's no special price!"
Before experts on Green Acres continue to try to find the episode containing this exact dialogue, thereby wasting their time and helping me heap more coals on my immortal soul for contributing to their waste of time, let me stipulate today, as I did yesterday, that the dialogue above is an approximation of a scene from Green Acres that summarizes the method by which Mr. Eustace Haney, played by the late Pat Buttram, would try to hoodwink city slicker Oliver Wendell Douglas, played by the late Eddie Albert. Please don't waste your time trying to find the exact episode so that you can write to me to say that got it wrong. Repeat: the above dialogue from Green Acres, whose writers include farce as a means of social satire, is a re-creation of a particular scene that sticks out in my memory. Do not waste your time trying to "prove" anything to me. Thank you.
Why did I start this article in almost the exact same manner as I started yesterday's article? The answer is simple. The best response to absurdity is absurdity. The contemporary political world, shaped by the naturalist forces of Protestantism and Judeo-Masonry, is founded on the absurdity that men can know personal and social order without subordinating themselves at every moment of their lives to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic He founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope, and that it is not necessary for men to have belief in, access to and cooperation with Sanctifying Grace to persevere in virtue, striving to be good citizens of Heaven in order to be good citizens in the temporal realm here on earth.
Similarly, there is a conciliar theater of the absurd that is on full display these days. This theater of the absurd in the counterfeit church of conciliarism, whose novelties and errors and heresies and ambiguities have always had defenders amongst "conservative" Catholics, has new players these days. Some traditionally-minded Catholics who were once noted for rationality and sound judgment are making arguments almost, although not quite, identical to the ones made by the "conservatives" concerning the compatibility of "Second" Vatican Council with the Catholic Faith and are accepting a proposition that they had heretofore rejected, that the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service are indeed but "two forms" of the "one Roman Rite" as Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI contended in Summorum Pontificum and his accompanying letter to the world's conciliar "bishops."
The intellectual exercises necessary to lose one's memory of past statements and written remarks is nothing other than astounding. To see priests, some validly ordained and some not, in the Motu communities who used to be rip-roaring critics of the Novus Ordo start speaking about "two forms of the one Roman Rite" and that no "form" is superior to another is just a remarkable sight to behold. I heard some of these priests with my own ears lambaste the Novus Ordo in the most strident terms. Some of them even went to great lengths to assure me privately that the initial draft of G.I.R.M. Warfare was a good analysis of the horrors of the Novus Ordo, something that they themselves told me that they would never publicly praise even though they might not be able to criticize it publicly. How one goes from understanding to the horrors of the Novus Ordo--and even writing about them in some instances in various journals of news and scholarship--to serving as a cheerleader for the positivism of the statement that the modernized Mass of Tradition and the Novus Ordo Missae are "two forms of the one Roman Rite" is simply mind-boggling.
This Orwellian "purification of memory" is reminiscent of how The New York Times went from praising Pope Pius XII in 1941 and 1942 to becoming a principal mouthpiece in behalf of the falsehoods propagated as a result of Rolf Hochhuth's play The Deputy. Consider these two editorials, which are truly remarkable:
The voice of Pius XII is a lonely voice in the silence and darkness enveloping Europe this Christmas. The Pope reiterates what he has said before. In general, he repeats, although with greater definiteness, the five-point plan for peace which he first enunciated in his Christmas message after the war broke out in 1939. His program agrees in fundamentals with the Roosevelt-Churchill eight-point declaration. It calls for respect for treaties and the end of the possibility of aggression, equal treatment for minorities, freedom from religious persecution. It goes farther than the Atlantic Charter in advocating an end of all national monopolies of economic wealth, and so far as the eight points, which demands complete disarmament for Germany pending some future limitation of arms for all nations.
The Pontiff emphasized principles of international morality with which most men of good-will agree. He uttered the ideas a spiritual leader would be expected to express in time of war. Yet his words sound strange and bold in the Europe of today, and we comprehend the complete submergence and enslavement of great nations, the very sources of our civilization, as we realize that he is about the only ruler left o the Continent of Europe who dares to raise his voice at all. The last tiny islands of neutrality are so hemmed in and overshadowed by war and fear that no one but the Pope is still able to speak aloud in the name of the Prince of Peace. This is indeed a measure of the "moral devastation" he describes as the accompaniment of physical ruin and inconceivable human suffering.
In calling for a "real new order" based on "liberty, justice and love," to be attained only by a "return to social and international principles capable of creating a barrier against the abuse of liberty and the abuse of power," the Pope put himself squarely against Hitlerism. Recognizing that there is no road open to agreement between belligerents "whose reciprocal war aims and programs seem to be irreconcilable," he left no doubt that the Nazi aims are also irreconcilable with his own conception of a Christian peace. "The new order which must arise out of this war," he asserted, "must be based on principles." And that implies only one end to the war. (The New York Times, December 25, 1941.)
No Christmas sermon reaches a larger congregation than the message Pope Pius XII addresses to a war-torn world at this season. This Christmas more than ever he is a lonely voice crying out of the silence of a continent. The Pulpit whence he speaks is more than ever like the Rock on which the Church was founded, a tiny island lashed and surrounded by a sea of war. In these circumstances, in any circumstances, indeed, no one would expect the Pope to speak as a political leader, or a war leader, or in any other role than that of a preacher ordained to stand above the battle, tied impartially, as he says, to all people and willing to collaborate in any new order which will bring a just peace.
But just because the Pope speaks to and in some sense for all the peoples at war, the clear stand he takes on the fundamental issues of the conflict has greater weight and authority. When a leader bound impartially to nations on both sides condemns as heresy the new form of national state which subordinates everything to itself: when he declares that whoever wants peace must protect against "arbitrary attacks" the "juridical safety of individuals:" when he assails violent occupation of territory, the exile and persecution of human beings for no reason other than race or political opinion: when he says that people must fight for a just and decent peace, a "total peace" — the "impartial judgment" is like a verdict in a high court of justice.
Pope Pius expresses as passionately as any leader on our side the war aims of the struggle for freedom when he says that those who aim at building a new world must fight for free choice of government and religious order. They must refuse that the state should make of individuals a herd of whom the state disposes as if they were a lifeless thing. (The New York Times, December 25, 1942.)
The Christmas Editorials on Pope Pius XII
There is a wealth of material readily available in books and articles written by former critics of conciliarism in general and the Novus Ordo Missae in particular to point out the "spinning" that is going on at present is absurd. Absurd, Insane. Without rational or logical foundation whatsoever. Some of this spinning deliberately, calculatedly ignores entirely Joseph Ratzinger's proven track record as Modernist who disparages past dogmatic pronouncements whose "particulars," he asserts, become "obsolete" over time as though this track record does not exist or has somehow become irrelevant because of Summorum Pontificum. Is not Joseph Ratzinger the same man who said recently that "Vatican II is essential to the the faith"? How does one stop pointing out his consistently Modernist track record simply because he is engaged in an gigantic exercise to coopt traditionally-minded Catholics who remain in the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism?
The spinning has become so bad that some are attempting to prove that Joseph Ratzinger is our friend because others had predicted in the past that he, Ratzinger, would help to "liberalize" the offering of the modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition. Some of the individuals who predicted such a liberalization also defended Ratzinger against charges of Modernism. The mere fact that Ratzinger/Benedict XVI has sought to implement a three-year experiment to "permit" priests in the conciliar structures to offer the Angelo Roncalli-revised version of the Missale Romanum does not mean that such people were correct in their efforts to explain away Ratzinger's lifelong Modernism and/or to say that a Motu Proprio issued by the conciliar authorities would be a good thing. One has nothing to do with the other. It does not matter "who" claims something is or is not true. What matters is whether a person's claim about something being true is in fact true. Modernists contend that truth is merely perceived by the mind, subject to different and even contradictory interpretations over time as perceptions "change" in light of what are alleged to be the changing circumstances of man.
It would appear that discourse in the conciliar structures has been so corrupted by conciliarism that all one needs to do is to assert something as being true because "so-and-so" said it was so without objectively evaluating whether "so-and-so's" claims were in fact in accord with objective reality.
Joseph Ratzinger has done what some people predicted in the past he would do in "liberalizing" the private offering of the 1962 Missal on weekdays and making it more available on Sundays and Holy Days (save for the Easter Triduum in places that are not served by priests belonging to one of the Motu communities) in large measure so as to neutralize opposition to the "Second" Vatican Council and to the Novus Ordo Missae, a strategy that is succeeding famously. Famously. So famously that it reminds me of Boris Badenov's line to Natasha Fatale in The Adventures of Rocky the Flying Squirrel: "Eees like taking candy from moose and squirrel, Natasha."
Does any sane human being believe that Joseph Ratzinger, who has said quite publicly that he remains the same in all essential things, has ever backed off of this statement contained in Principles of Catholic Theology?
"Among the more obvious phenomena of the last years must be counted the increasing number of integralist groups in which the desire for piety, for the sense of mystery, is finding satisfaction. We must be on our guard against minimizing these movements. Without a doubt, they represent a sectarian zealotry that is the antithesis of Catholicity. We cannot resist them too firmly. "(pp. 389-390)
Summorum Pontificum has convinced many people, including priests in the Motu communities, to neutralize themselves just as "Catholic" colleges in the conciliar structures neutralized themselves in order to accept state and Federal funding in the 1960s, staring with Fordham University in The Bronx, New York, in 1966. A professor, who shall remain nameless (cough, cough), addressed a student rally at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, in 1985 by noting that "Saint Francis College has done voluntarily what the Communist authorities in Poland and all over the Iron Curtain had to do by force: take down the instrument with which Saint Francis himself performed many miracles from its walls. It is no accident that Saint Francis College, named after the great Saint of Assisi who bore the brandmarks of Christ on his holy body, has suffered a decline in enrollment as a consequence." Those who seek blandishments from tyrants in the belief that the tyrant will reform over time wind up becoming "reformed" themselves into believing exactly what the tyrant wants them to believe and speaking exactly how the tyrant wants them to speak.
Just look at the silence in the last six weeks since Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI called Japan's Mount Hiei, the place with the "Tendei" sect of the false religion of Buddhism first made its "home," as "sacred." Silence. No thought of defending the honor and glory of God. No thought of denouncing this act of blasphemy and sacrilege. No thought of anything except trying to censor this fact in order to keep people all fat, dumb and happy on the Summorum Pontificum"reservation." A dozen other examples can be given from the past two months, including Ratzinger/Benedict's continued elegies of praise in support of "religious liberty" and "healthy secularity" and ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue and approving "gender-inclusive" language in the "lectionary" used by the Canadian conciliarists.
Does the fact that modernized version of the Mass of Tradition now exists "side-by-side" with the abomination that was concocted under the direction of Giovanni Montini and Annibale Bugnini mean that one is free is ignore the horrors of the Novus Ordo that is the same abominable offense against God that it has been from the beginning? This is evidently the case for some, oblivious to the fact that Joseph Ratzinger is an enemy of doctrinal truth and that he promotes condemned propositions now just as he has throughout his fifty-seven year priesthood. The counterfeit church of conciliarism has opened its doors to traditionally-minded Catholics so that they can become the equivalent of High Anglicans--content to have nice ceremonies offered mostly by men who are not real priests-while doctrinal and liturgical aberrations remain the norm in the "low church," which is, of course, the Novus Ordo and its ill-begotten progeny.
No amount of protestation can make a diabolical trap anything other than what it is, a diabolical trap. Certainly, as Father Anthony Cekada pointed out two months ago, it is a good thing that more and more people will now overcome qualms of conscience and attend an approximation of the offering of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition. This might serve as the bridge by which at least a few Catholics will come to recognize that not even the modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition is the same thing as the Novus Ordo Missae, although there are elements, to be sure, that were meant to lead in that direction. The 1984 and 1988 "indults" issued by Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II served as a double-edged sword whereby many of us found our way back to the Tradition and thus the fullness of the Faith over time while others were neutralized, including the "priests" in the first Motu communities, some of whom are mere shells of the men they once were, afraid to speak of anything wrong in the Novus Ordo Missae or on the decrees of the "Second" Vatican Council.
As has been pointed out on this site several times in the past seven months, a "priest" in a then-indult community told us outside of a funeral home on February 5, 2007, that he had no obligation to oppose error, that all he had to do was to preach the moral law, which is only thing that people had to believe to get to Heaven. Wrong. Every Catholic has an obligation to oppose error, especially one who believes himself to be a priest. Error has never "gone away." It has been opposed, starting with prayer for the conversion of heretics and those in error but involving also active campaigns to expose and to refute heresies and errors.
The self-serving disinformation that those in the indult/Motu world have used in the past and are using at present to assuage themselves as they remain silent as sacrileges are committed against the honor and glory of God Himself and as grave crimes are committed against the souls for whom He shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross is absolutely in contradiction to the authentic patrimony of the Catholic Church. Silence and inaction in the face of heresy and error and sacrilege and abomination is from the devil, not of God. It has had no place in the history of the Catholic Church. What gives anyone a reason to believe that such silence is now countenanced by God at present?
Pope Pius VI, writing in Inscrutabile, December 25, 1775, explained that we must oppose error:
We thought it useful to speak to you lovingly on these matters in order to strengthen your excellent resolve. But a much more serious subject demands that We speak of it, or rather mourn over it. We refer to the pestilent disease which the wickedness of our times brings forth. We must unite our minds and strength in treating this plague before it grows rife and becomes incurable in the Church through Our oversight. For in recent days, the dangerous times foretold by the Apostle Paul have clearly arrived, when there will be "men who love themselves, who are lifted up, proud, blasphemous, traitors, lovers of pleasure instead of God, men who are always learning but never arriving at the knowledge of truth, possessing indeed the appearance of piety but denying its power, corrupt in mind, reprobate about the faith." These men raise themselves up into "lying" teachers, as they are called by Peter the prince of the Apostles, and bring in sects of perdition. They deny the Lord who bought them and bring upon themselves swift destruction. They say they are wise and they have become fools, and their uncomprehending heart is darkened.
You yourselves, established as scouts in the house of Israel, see clearly the many victories claimed by a philosophy full of deceit. You see the ease with which it attracts to itself a great host of peoples, concealing its impiety with the honorable name of philosophy. Who could express in words or call to mind the wickedness of the tenets and evil madness which it imparts? While such men apparently intend to search out wisdom, "they fail because they do not search in the proper way. . . and they fall into errors which lead them astray from ordinary wisdom." They have come to such a height of impiety that they make out that God does not exist, or if He does that He is idle and uncaring, making no revelation to men. Consequently it is not surprising that they assert that everything holy and divine is the product of the minds of inexperienced men smitten with empty fear of the future and seduced by a vain hope of immortality. But those deceitful sages soften and conceal the wickedness of their doctrine with seductive words and statements; in this way, they attract and wretchedly ensnare many of the weak into rejecting their faith or allowing it to be greatly shaken. While they pursue a remarkable knowledge, they open their eyes to behold a false light which is worse than the very darkness. Naturally our enemy, desirous of harming us and skilled in doing so, just as he made use of the serpent to deceive the first human beings, has armed the tongues of those men with the poison of his deceitfulness in order to lead astray the minds of the faithful. The prophet prays that his soul may be delivered from such deceitful tongues. In this way these men by their speech "enter in lowliness, capture mildly, softly bind and kill in secret." This results in great moral corruption, in license of thought and speech, in arrogance and rashness in every enterprise.
When they have spread this darkness abroad and torn religion out of men's hearts, these accursed philosophers proceed to destroy the bonds of union among men, both those which unite them to their rulers, and those which urge them to their duty. They keep proclaiming that man is born free and subject to no one, that society accordingly is a crowd of foolish men who stupidly yield to priests who deceive them and to kings who oppress them, so that the harmony of priest and ruler is only a monstrous conspiracy against the innate liberty of man.
Everyone must understand that such ravings and others like them, concealed in many deceitful guises, cause greater ruin to public calm the longer their impious originators are unrestrained. They cause a serious loss of souls redeemed by Christ's blood wherever their teaching spreads, like a cancer; it forces its way into public academies, into the houses of the great, into the palaces of kings, and even enters the sanctuary, shocking as it is to say so.
Consequently, you who are the salt of the earth, guardians and shepherds of the Lord's flock, whose business it is to fight the battles of the Lord, arise and gird on your sword, which is the word of God, and expel this foul contagion from your lands. How long are we to ignore the common insult to faith and Church? Let the words of Bernard arouse us like a lament of the spouse of Christ: "Of old was it foretold and the time of fulfillment is now at hand: Behold, in peace is my sorrow most sorrowful. It was sorrowful first when the martyrs died; afterwards it was more sorrowful in the fight with the heretics and now it is most sorrowful in the conduct of the members of the household.... The Church is struck within and so in peace is my sorrow most sorrowful. But what peace? There is peace and there is no peace. There is peace from the pagans and peace from the heretics, but no peace from the children. At that time the voice will lament: Sons did I rear and exalt, but they despised me. They despised me and defiled me by a bad life, base gain, evil traffic, and business conducted in the dark." Who can hear these tearful complaints of our most holy mother without feeling a strong urge to devote all his energy and effort to the Church, as he has promised? Therefore cast out the old leaven, remove the evil from your midst. Forcefully and carefully banish poisonous books from the eyes of your flock, and at once courageously set apart those who have been infected, to prevent them harming the rest. The holy Pope Leo used to say, "We can rule those entrusted to us only by pursuing with zeal for the Lord's faith those who destroy and those who are destroyed and by cutting them off from sound minds with the utmost severity to prevent the plague spreading." In doing this We exhort and advise you to be all of one mind and in harmony as you strive for the same object, just as the Church has one faith, one baptism, and one spirit. As you are joined together in the hierarchy, so you should unite equally with virtue and desire.
The affair is of the greatest importance since it concerns the Catholic faith, the purity of the Church, the teaching of the saints, the peace of the empire, and the safety of nations. Since it concerns the entire body of the Church, it is a special concern of yours because you are called to share in Our pastoral concern, and the purity of the faith is particularly entrusted to your watchfulness. "Now therefore, Brothers, since you are overseers among God's people and their soul depends on you, raise their hearts to your utterance," that they may stand fast in faith and achieve the rest which is prepared for believers only. Beseech, accuse, correct, rebuke and fear not: for ill-judged silence leaves in their error those who could be taught, and this is most harmful both to them and to you who should have dispelled the error. The holy Church is powerfully refreshed in the truth as it struggles zealously for the truth. In this divine work you should not fear either the force or favor of your enemies. The bishop should not fear since the anointing of the Holy Spirit has strengthened him: the shepherd should not be afraid since the prince of pastors has taught him by his own example to despise life itself for the safety of his flock: the cowardice and depression of the hireling should not dwell in a bishop's heart. Our great predecessor Gregory, in instructing the heads of the churches, said with his usual excellence: "Often imprudent guides in their fear of losing human favor are afraid to speak the right freely. As the word of truth has it, they guard their flock not with a shepherd's zeal but as hirelings do, since they flee when the wolf approaches by hiding themselves in silence.... A shepherd fearing to speak the right is simply a man retreating by keeping silent." But if the wicked enemy of the human race, the better to frustrate your efforts, ever brings it about that a plague of epidemic proportions is hidden from the religious powers of the world, please do not be terrified but walk in God's house in harmony, with prayer, and in truth, the three arms of our service. Remember that when the people of Juda were defiled, the best means of purification was the public reading to all, from the least to the greatest, of the book of the law lately found by the priest Helcias in the Lord's temple; at once the whole people agreed to destroy the abominations and seal a covenant in the Lord's presence to follow after the Lord and observe His precepts, testimonies and ceremonies with their whole heart and soul." For the same reason Josaphat sent priests and Levites to bring the book of the law throughout the cities of Juda and to teach the people. The proclamation of the divine word has been entrusted to your faith by divine, not human, authority. So assemble your people and preach to them the gospel of Jesus Christ. From that divine source and heavenly teaching draw draughts of true philosophy for your flock. Persuade them that subjects ought to keep faith and show obedience to those who by God's ordering lead and rule them. To those who are devoted to the ministry of the Church, give proofs of faith, continence, sobriety, knowledge, and liberality, that they may please Him to whom they have proved themselves and boast only of what is serious, moderate, and religious. But above all kindle in the minds of everyone that love for one another which Christ the Lord so often and so specifically praised. For this is the one sign of Christians and the bond of perfection.
Pope Pius VIII, writing in Traditi Humilitati Nostrae, May 24, 1829, denounced silence in the face of error:
You know now what causes Our present grief. There are also other things, no less serious, which it would take too long to recount here, but which you know well. Shall We hold back Our voice when the Christian cause is in such great need? Shall We be restrained by human arguments? Shall We suffer in silence the rending of the seamless robe of Christ the Savior, which even the soldiers who crucified Him did not dare to rend? Let it never happen that We be found lacking in zealous pastoral care for Our flock, beset as it is by serious dangers. We know you will do even more than We ask, and that you will cherish, augment, and defend the faith by means of teachings, counsel, work, and zeal.
Pope Leo XIII, writing in Sapientiae Christianae, January 10, 1890, also explained this obligation to oppose error:
But in this same matter, touching Christian faith, there are other duties whose exact and religious observance, necessary at all times in the interests of eternal salvation, become more especially so in these our days. Amid such reckless and widespread folly of opinion, it is, as We have said, the office of the Church to undertake the defense of truth and uproot errors from the mind, and this charge has to be at all times sacredly observed by her, seeing that the honor of God and the salvation of men are confided to her keeping. But, when necessity compels, not those only who are invested with power of rule are bound to safeguard the integrity of faith, but, as St. Thomas maintains: "Each one is under obligation to show forth his faith, either to instruct and encourage others of the faithful, or to repel the attacks of unbelievers.'' To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe. In both cases such mode of behaving is base and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with the salvation of mankind. This kind of conduct is profitable only to the enemies of the faith, for nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good. Moreover, want of vigor on the part of Christians is so much the more blameworthy, as not seldom little would be needed on their part to bring to naught false charges and refute erroneous opinions, and by always exerting themselves more strenuously they might reckon upon being successful. After all, no one can be prevented from putting forth that strength of soul which is the characteristic of true Christians, and very frequently by such display of courage our enemies lose heart and their designs are thwarted. Christians are, moreover, born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God aiding, the triumph: "Have confidence; I have overcome the world." Nor is there any ground for alleging that Jesus Christ, the Guardian and Champion of the Church, needs not in any manner the help of men. Power certainly is not wanting to Him, but in His loving kindness He would assign to us a share in obtaining and applying the fruits of salvation procured through His grace.
God continues to be profaned in the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service. Souls continue to be deceived by the errors, both "approved" and "unapproved," of conciliarism that are taught in "Catholic" schools. The innocence and purity of the young continue to be undermined in those schools. Billions of souls around the world continue to languish throughout their lives in false religions without any effort being made to convert them to the true Faith. Indeed, these souls are actually reaffirmed in their false religions over and over again by the agents of conciliarism's ecumenism and "inter-religious" dialogue. The nations of the world are steeped in depravity because the counterfeit church of conciliarism has made its "reconciliation" with the "principles of 1789" and no longer believes it necessary to seek the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King and of Mary our Immaculate Queen, whose Fatima Message has been deconstructed of its meaning for souls and for the world by the triumvirate of Joseph Ratzinger, Angelo Sodano, and Tarcisio Bertone.
It is no minor matter that young souls in "Catholic" schools must be subjected to such blasphemies as "Jesus sinned" when He overturned the tables of the moneychangers in the Temple (Staten Island, New York, Spring, 2005).
It is no minor matter that young souls in fourth grade in "Catholic" schools are assigned novels that include blasphemous phrases against the Holy Name of God that are forbidden by the Second Commandment (once again, Staten Island, New York, September, 2007) and are subject to the rot of explicit instruction in matters pertaining to the Sixth and Ninth Commandments on a regular basis.
It is no minor matter that articles contained in the Deposit of Faith are denied in classrooms as the teachers who deny these articles of Faith retain their "good standing" in the ecumenical paradise that is the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
It is no minor matter that a father had to complain about a lewd, obscene "dance" performed by some character named "Shakira" that was displayed on a video screen during a father-daughter "dance" at a "Catholic" school in Staten Island four months ago and that the principal, when questioned about the matter, defended herself in part by saying that the father who was complaining about it was the "only" parent to register a complaint about this parent-sponsored event, making it appear as though he, the complaining father, was in the wrong.
It is no minor matter that perversity is promoted throughout the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
It is no minor matter that the man who believes, albeit falsely, himself to be the Vicar of Christ on earth constantly praises false religions, including, once again for the sake of emphasis, calling Mount Hiei in Japan "sacred." Sacred. You got that? Anyone who has gotten so "used" to such blasphemy and sacrilege is betraying God just as much as Joseph Ratzinger does whenever he dares to use the word "sacred" in the context of false religions and when he dares to rewrite history, as he did in his December 22, 2005, curia address by claiming that the first martyrs of the Church were martyrs for the heresy of "religious liberty."
It is no minor matter that the man who believes himself, albeit falsely, to be the Vicar of Christ on earth can state constantly that false religions can contribute to the betterment of civil societies while he denies over and over again the immutable teaching of the Catholic Church that the civil state has the duty to recognize the Catholic Church as the one and only true religion, thereby subordinating its policies to the eternal good of souls, upon which rests the temporal welfare of men and nations.
It appears, however, that the mania over Summorum Pontificum is leading people to dismiss these matters as "minor," things that are mere aberrations that will go away all on their own as more and more people get an exposure to the modernized version of the Mass of Tradition. Such people ought to reckon these words of Saint Teresa of Avila:
Know this: it is by very little breaches of regularity that the devil succeeds in introducing the greatest abuses. May you never end up saying: "This is nothing, this is an exaggeration." (Saint Teresa of Avila, Foundations, Chapter Twenty-nine)
I would give up my life a thousand times, not only for each of the truths of Sacred Scripture, but even more for the least of the ceremonies of the Catholic Church. (Saint Teresa of Avila, Life, Thirty-three, 3.)
Those of you who have not lost your minds or been lobotomized by Motu mania ought to re-read these words with care. None of the apostasies of conciliarism are minor. None are mere exaggerations. Each represents offenses against God that the harm the souls for whom He gave up His very life on the wood of the Holy Cross.
We need to fly unto Our Lord through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. While we may not have the true flights of ecstasy that were experienced by Saint Joseph Cupertino, whose feast we celebrate today, September 18, 2007, we must always offer our acts of reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary with great confidence and abiding joy. God has known from all eternity that we would be alive in these troubling times. The graces He won for us by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of All Graces, are sufficient for us to prosper under the crosses that we have been asked to bear at this time. We must use the spiritual weapons of Holy Mass, Eucharistic piety and Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary to remain steadfast in the midst of apostasy and betrayal, mindful of how our own sins wounded Our Lord and Our Lady once in time and wound the Church Militant today.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux gave us words, written nine hundred years ago now, that can still inspire us in this time of apostasy and betrayal as we cleave to true bishops and true priests in the catacombs who make no concessions to conciliarism or to the "legitimacy" of the spiritual robber barons and apostates of the counterfeit church of conciliarism:
Whoever you are, when you find yourself tossed by storms and tempests upon this world's raging waters, rather than walking upon firm dry land, never take your eyes from the brightness of this start lest you be overwhelmed by the storm. When the winds of temptation blow, when you run upon the rocks of disaster, look the star. Cry out to Mary! If you are cast away upon the waves of pride or ambition, of detraction or jealousy, look to the star. Cry out to Mary!! When anger, avarice, or the lusts of the flesh assail the ship of your mind, look up to Mary. When you are worried by the enormity of your sins, troubled by a confused conscience, or terrified by the horrors of the judgment to come, when you begin to drown in the bottomless pit of sorrow or sink in the abyss of despair, think of Mary.
In danger, in difficulties, think of Mary. Call upon Mary! Never let her name be absent from your lips or absent from your heart. If you would obtain the help of her prayers, do not neglect to follow the example of her conduct. If you follow her, you will not stray; if you pray to her, you need not despair. If you think of her, you will not err; sustained by her, you will never fall; protected by her, you need not fear; guided by her, you will walk without weariness. If she smiles upon you, you will succeed. You will experience in your own heart with what justice it is said And the Virgin's name was Mary.
With confidence in Our Lady, therefore, we continue our defense of the Faith as we also make reparation for our sins, eagerly bearing the crosses that are sent us to help bring out the day on which all men and all women will exclaim:
Vivat Christus Rex! Vivat Maria Regina Immaculata!
Omnia instaurare in Christo.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our deaths. Amen.
All to you, Blessed Mother. All to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Joseph Cupertino, pray for us.
Saint Januarius, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Saints Cornelius and Cyprian, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us.
Saint Giles, pray for us.
Saint Stephen of Hungary, pray for us.
Saint Rose of Lima, pray for us.
Saint Nicomedes, pray for us.
Saint Joseph Calasanctius, pray for us.
Pope Saint Zephyrinus, pray for us.
Saint Louis IX, King of France, pray for us.
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, pray for us.
Saint Bartholomew, pray for us.
Saint Philip Benizi, pray for us.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, pray for us.
Saint John Eudes, pray for us.
Saint Hyacinth, pray for us, pray for us.
Saint Agapitus, pray for us.
Saint Helena, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Irenaeus, pray for us.
Saints Monica, pray for us.
Saint Jude, pray for us.
Saint John the Beloved, pray for us.
Saint Francis Solano, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Dominic Savio, pray for us.
Saint Scholastica, pray for us.
Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us.
Saint Antony of the Desert, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Bonaventure, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Francis Xavier, pray for us.
Saint Peter Damian, pray for us.
Saint Turibius, pray for us.
Saint Francis Solano, pray for us.
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Monica, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
Saint Basil the Great, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint Cecilia, pray for us.
Saint John Mary Vianney, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us.
Saint Isaac Jogues, pray for us.
Saint Rene Goupil, pray for us.
Saint John Lalonde, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel Lalemont, pray for us.
Saint Noel Chabanel, pray for us.
Saint Charles Garnier, pray for us.
Saint Anthony Daniel, pray for us.
Saint John DeBrebeuf, pray for us.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, pray for us.
Saint Therese Lisieux, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Saint Hyacinth, pray for us.
Saint Basil, pray for us.
Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Tarcisius, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Gerard Majella, pray for us.
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Saint Genevieve, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us.
Saint Rita of Cascia, pray for us.
Saint Louis de Montfort, pray for us.
Blessed Humbeline, pray for us.
Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us.
Venerable Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Father Miguel Augustin Pro, pray for us.
Francisco Marto, pray for us.
Jacinta Marto, pray for us.
Juan Diego, pray for us.
Father Maximilian Kolbe,M.I., pray for us.
The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.