Czech Out That Wolf Yet Again
Thomas A. Droleskey
That wolf, Miloslav Vlk, the Cardinal Archbishop of Prague, is at yet again, continuing his irrational vendetta against a true son of the Catholic Church, Michal Semin and his Saint Joseph Institute, which recently hosted two American speakers, Dr. John C. Rao and Dr. E. Michael Jones, for a conference in the capital city of the Czech Republic. Here is the press release, issued by Mr. Semin and sent to me by Mr. Mark Stabinski as it was posted on The Remnant website:
On Thursday, September 14, the Archbishop of Prague, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, issued a public statement, in which he condemned "extremism". By that he meant the visit to Prague and a talk given by Prof. John Rao, President of Roman Forum, titled "Novus Ordo Seculorum and the War on Terror" under the auspices of St. Joseph Institute and Katolík Revue.
Another person mentioned in Cardinal Vlk's statement was Dr. E. Michael Jones, who took part in the panel after John Rao's talk. Both gentlemen were accused by the Prague Archbishop of coming to Prague to "instruct political extremists, Lefebvrites, nationalists, anti-Semites, Islamists and neo-Nazi’s in the spirit of "anti-Americanism". Cardinal Vlk met both the American and Israeli ambassadors in Prague and assured them that the groups organizing the talk and the "anti-Americanism" of the speakers do not represent the view of the Catholic Church.
Obviously, the Cardinal Vlk's statement is a mere piece of propaganda, a series of insinuations and calumnies. We, as traditional Catholics, strongly oppose neo-Nazis for being a neo-pagan ideology with racist overtones, as we oppose every kind of nationalistic hatred, including anti-Semitism, if by that term is meant the hatred of the Jewish nation. We have nothing to do with "Islamism", which is alien to our culture and Catholic heritage.
This statement of Cardinal Vlk and the related fact, that the American and Israeli embassies are monitoring the activities of traditional Catholics might be a sign of future obstacles for disseminating the traditional Catholic social and moral teaching, at least in the Czech Republic.
Please, our dear friends in Christ, keep us in your prayers.
Michal Semin, Director, St. Joseph Institute
Martin R. Cejka, Katolik revue
P.S. The statement of Cardinal Vlk, which is in Czech, can be read at http://tisk.cirkev.cz/z-domova/kardinal-vlk-odmitl-jakekoliv-projevy-extremismu.html
Cardinal Vlk is carrying his personal vendetta against Mr. Semin and his association with the Society of Saint Pius X to new extremes of frenzy. Here is a reprise of a few excerpts from an article published in April,
Czech Out That Wolf:
The wolves in shepherds' clothing that have such an unspeakable hatred for the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church and for Immemorial Mass of Tradition in which that teaching is best expressed and protected are located throughout the world. The hatred for anything and everything to do with the patrimony of the Catholic Church prior to 1958 reaches the stage of evangelical fervor in many instances around the world. Doctrinal and liturgical revolutionaries will do or say anything to stamp out all resistance to their diabolically-inspired schemes in order to flush the Catholic past down the Orwellian memory hole. The very same people who countenance outright rebellion against articles contained in the Deposit of Faith and who participate in scandalous "liturgies" purporting to be an offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass are quick to quash anything that smacks of actual Catholicism in a heartbeat.
One of the universal aspects of conciliarism is episcopal fascism. This is true in the United States of America. It is true almost everywhere throughout the world. The Czech Republic, which was controlled by self-identified Communists from 1948-1990, features bishops who are just as fascistic in their persecution of traditional Catholics as the Stalinists who controlled the bureaucratic apparatus in the former Czechoslovakia were in their treatment of "political reactionaries." Indeed, the hierarchy appointed in Central and Eastern European countries during the pontificate of Pope Paul VI was littered in more than a few instances with men who were at least somewhat sympathetic to Communism, if not outright Communists themselves, men who were thoroughly acceptable to the Bolsheviks in control of the apparatus of the state. Others were appointed who simply were quiet about the evils of Bolsehivism, accepting Pope Paul VI's desire to "normalize" relations with the Soviet bloc countries.
Here is Cardinal Vlk's decree:
"From even a cursory overview, it is clear (and the name of its editors and authors directly prove the point) that it is a publication of a group following the teachings of the former archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, expelled from the Church by Pope Paul VI or his current successor, the equally schismatic bishop Bernard Fellay. As is also clear not only from the magazine itself, but even more so from the internet pages that make reference to it, this publication has attracted the engagement of priests who belong to the Community of St. Pius X., also expelled from the community of the church (Tomáš Stritzko and Jaromír Kučírek). This brotherhood (FSSPX) was in 1975, at the impulse of Pope Paul VI, deprived of legal subjectivity and lost its right to exist.
"A similar association boasting a seemingly harmless name in the Czech Republic is the St. Joseph Institute. The common feature of these people is their refusal to recognize the Second Vatican Council, the liturgical reforms it introduced, and even the popes who have followed after Pius XII. In their view, these popes are schismatics, indeed antichrists, and consequently they grievously assault the unity of the Catholic faith. This matter has been discussed at the last meeting of Cardinals with the Holy Father on March 23. In regards to it, I rely on the opinions of the other cardinals, and have personally discussed this association (FSSPX) with Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos, the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, who has warned against this schismatic group.
"As the Archbishop of Prague, I strongly emphasize that it is absolutely unthinkable that this magazine appear anywhere in the parishes and churches of the Prague archdiocese. I forbid all faithful from purchasing and distributing this bi-monthly and supporting the previously mentioned schismatics in any way". Cardinal Miloslav Vlk
It is interesting that Cardinal Vlk is so full of venom for Mr. Semin and his valiant defense of the Catholic Faith that he feels free, both earlier this year and at the present time, to make rash charges that are at odds with the truth. The Society of Saint Pius X does indeed recognize the legitimacy of the conciliar popes (a subject that was discussed recently by Father Anthony Cekada in a sermon, Errors Of St. Pius X (18 Minutes). And while it is perhaps the case that some of its priests and the laity who assist at its chapels might be "closet" sedevacantists, the official position of the Society of Saint Pius X is that Benedict XVI and his conciliar predecessors have been legitimate popes and that sedevacantism is a grave error. How can Cardinal Vlk not know this? There is not one sedevacantist on the board of the Saint Joseph Institute.
Similarly, how can Cardinal Vlk condemn Dr. John C. Rao's address on the Novus Ordo Seculorum and the War on Terror without first reviewing its text. John Rao, whom I first met in 1979, is a well-respected historian, noted for his scholarly treatment of the warfare that has been waged against the Holy Faith Dr. Rao opposed the unjust American invasion of Iraq. So did the Vatican, including John Paul II. Is opposition to American foreign policy not permitted to Catholics who are in perfectly good standing in the conciliar structures? Must such opposition to American foreign policy be reported to the American and to the Israeli embassies as though Dr. Rao and Dr. Jones, a solid historian in his own right but would who not, I believe, classify himself as a traditionalist, were enemies of the common good in their own countries, if not veritable international subversives?
Cardinal Vlk has seen fit to "report" these men to the aforementioned American and Israeli embassies for their alleged "anti-Americanism." I am sure that Cardinal Vlk has not a blessed clue about the heresy of Americanism condemned by Pope Leo XIII in Testem Benevolentiae, January 22, 1899. The wolf in shepherds' clothing in Prague is referring to opposition to American foreign policy, demonstrating himself to be be a dupe of the devil himself as he persecutes men who are devoted to the immutable doctrine of the Social Reign of Christ the King. Just another example of the "tolerance" of the not-so-tolerant scions of conciliarism.
Alas, you see, the irrational hatred of the conciliar revolutionaries for anything that is remotely tinged with the flavor of authentic Catholicism motivates them to fulfill the following passage from the Gospel that we read in Holy Mass a few days ago:
And you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that ye be not troubled. For these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be pestilences, and famines, and earthquakes in places: Now all these are the beginnings of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall put you to death: and you shall be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be scandalized: and shall betray one another: and shall hate one another (Mt. 24: 6-10)
Cardinal Vlk has another problem: his utter ignorance of the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church on the Social Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ that Dr. Rao has defended ably and eloquently throughout his long career as a college professor and Catholic activist/speaker. You see, Cardinal Vlk, the popes of Tradition consistently reiterated the very things that Dr. Rao mentions in his talks, that there has been an effort abroad in the world since even before the Protestant Revolt to make war upon the Church and to usher in a "new world order" based on the "principles" of the Revolution, that is, the anti-Incarnational principles of Freemasonry. Pope Leo XIII, writing in Custodi Di Quella Fede, December 8, 1892, called upon Italian Catholics to oppose the very same things that Dr. Rao has been opposing throughout his entire professional life:
That does not surprise Us. -- After nineteen centuries of Christian civilization, this sect tries to overthrow the Catholic Church and to cut off its divine sources. It absolutely denies the supernatural, repudiating every revelation and all the means of salvation which revelation shows us. Through its plans and works, it bases itself solely and entirely on such a weak and corrupt nature as ours. Such a sect cannot be anything other than the height of pride, greed, and sensuality. Now, pride oppresses, greed plunders, and sensuality corrupts. When these three concupiscences are brought to the extreme, the oppressions, greed, and seductive corruptions spread slowly. They take on boundless dimensions and become the oppression, plundering and source of corruption of an entire people.
Let Us then show you masonry as an enemy of God, Church, and country. Recognize it as such once and for all, and with all the weapons which reason, conscience, and faith put in your hands, defend yourselves from such a proud foe. Let no one be taken in by its attractive appearance or allured by its promises; do not be seduced by its enticements or frightened by its threats. Remember that Christianity and masonry are essentially irreconcilable, such that to join one is to divorce the other. You can no longer ignore such incompatibility between Catholic and mason, beloved children: you have been warned openly by Our predecessors, and We have loudly repeated the warning.
For standing fast in behalf of Pope Leo's reiteration of the consistent teaching of the Church you must "report" Drs. John Rao and E. Michael Jones to the American and Israeli embassies, oblivious to the fact that the President of the United States of America is a member of Skull and Bones, a Masonically-affiliated organization, and that the State of Israel is based on the principles of the Talmud, which seeks to obliterate all mention of the Holy Name of the Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, from public view, a chief goal also of Freemasonry? Whose side are you on, Cardinal Vlk?. Ah, perhaps Pope Leo has the answer in Custodi Di Quella Fede:
Everyone should avoid familiarity or friendship with anyone suspected of belonging to masonry or to affiliated groups. Know them by their fruits and avoid them. Every familiarity should be avoided, not only with those impious libertines who openly promote the character of the sect, but also with those who hide under the mask of universal tolerance, respect for all religions, and the craving to reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with those of the revolution. These men seek to reconcile Christ and Belial, the Church of God and the state without God
Every Christian should shun books and journals which distill the poison of impiety and which stir up the fire of unrestrained desires or sensual passions. Groups and reading clubs where the masonic spirit stalks its prey should be likewise shunned.
In addition, since we are dealing with a sect which has pervaded everything, it is not enough to remain on the defensive. We must courageously go out into the battlefield and confront it. That is what you will do, beloved children, opposing press to press, school to school, organization to organization, congress to congress, action to action.
Masonry has taken control of the public schools, leaving private schools, paternal schools, and those directed by zealous ecclesiastics and religious of both sexes to compete in the education of Christian youth. Christian parents especially should not entrust the education of their children to uncertain schools. Masonry has confiscated the inheritance of public charity; fill the void, then, with the treasure of private relief. It has placed pious works in the hands of its followers, so you should entrust those that depend on you to Catholic institutions. It opens and maintains houses of vice, leaving you to do what is possible to open and maintain shelters for honesty in danger. An anti-Christian press in religious and secular matters militates at its expense, so that your effort and money are required by the Catholic press. Masonry establishes societies of mutual help and credit unions for its partisans; you should do the same not only for your brothers but for all the indigent. This will show that true and sincere charity is the daughter of the One who makes the sun to rise and the rain to fall on the just man and sinner alike.
Cardinal Vlk, please, express yourself. You have had the "courage" to go after true sons of the Catholic Church, Michal Semin and John Rao. Do you have the courage to go on the record concerning your support for or opposition to the dogma of the Social Reign of Christ the King? Do you, Cardinal Vlk, agree with what Pius XI noted in his first encyclical letter, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1923?
When, therefore, governments and nations follow in all their activities, whether they be national or international, the dictates of conscience grounded in the teachings, precepts, and example of Jesus Christ, and which are binding on each and every individual, then only can we have faith in one another's word and trust in the peaceful solution of the difficulties and controversies which may grow out of differences in point of view or from clash of interests. An attempt in this direction has already and is now being made; its results, however, are almost negligible and, especially so, as far as they can be said to affect those major questions which divide seriously and serve to arouse nations one against the other. No merely human institution of today can be as successful in devising a set of international laws which will be in harmony with world conditions as the Middle Ages were in the possession of that true League of Nations, Christianity. It cannot be denied that in the Middle Ages this law was often violated; still it always existed as an ideal, according to which one might judge the acts of nations, and a beacon light calling those who had lost their way back to the safe road.
There exists an institution able to safeguard the sanctity of the law of nations. This institution is a part of every nation; at the same time it is above all nations. She enjoys, too, the highest authority, the fullness of the teaching power of the Apostles. Such an institution is the Church of Christ. She alone is adapted to do this great work, for she is not only divinely commissioned to lead mankind, but moreover, because of her very make-up and the constitution which she possesses, by reason of her age-old traditions and her great prestige, which has not been lessened but has been greatly increased since the close of the War, cannot but succeed in such a venture where others assuredly will fail.
It is apparent from these considerations that true peace, the peace of Christ, is impossible unless we are willing and ready to accept the fundamental principles of Christianity, unless we are willing to observe the teachings and obey the law of Christ, both in public and private life. If this were done, then society being placed at last on a sound foundation, the Church would be able, in the exercise of its divinely given ministry and by means of the teaching authority which results therefrom, to protect all the rights of God over men and nations.
It is possible to sum up all We have said in one word, "the Kingdom of Christ." For Jesus Christ reigns over the minds of individuals by His teachings, in their hearts by His love, in each one's life by the living according to His law and the imitating of His example. Jesus reigns over the family when it, modeled after the holy ideals of the sacrament of matrimony instituted by Christ, maintains unspotted its true character of sanctuary. In such a sanctuary of love, parental authority is fashioned after the authority of God, the Father, from Whom, as a matter of fact, it originates and after which even it is named. (Ephesians iii, 15) The obedience of the children imitates that of the Divine Child of Nazareth, and the whole family life is inspired by the sacred ideals of the Holy Family. Finally, Jesus Christ reigns over society when men recognize and reverence the sovereignty of Christ, when they accept the divine origin and control over all social forces, a recognition which is the basis of the right to command for those in authority and of the duty to obey for those who are subjects, a duty which cannot but ennoble all who live up to its demands. Christ reigns where the position in society which He Himself has assigned to His Church is recognized, for He bestowed on the Church the status and the constitution of a society which, by reason of the perfect ends which it is called upon to attain, must be held to be supreme in its own sphere; He also made her the depository and interpreter of His divine teachings, and, by consequence, the teacher and guide of every other society whatsoever, not of course in the sense that she should abstract in the least from their authority, each in its own sphere supreme, but that she should really perfect their authority, just as divine grace perfects human nature, and should give to them the assistance necessary for men to attain their true final end, eternal happiness, and by that very fact make them the more deserving and certain promoters of their happiness here below.
It is, therefore, a fact which cannot be questioned that the true peace of Christ can only exist in the Kingdom of Christ -- "the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ." It is no less unquestionable that, in doing all we can to bring about the re-establishment of Christ's kingdom, we will be working most effectively toward a lasting world peace.
Do you, Cardinal Vlk, agree with Pope Pius XI wrote in Quas Primas, December 11, 1925?
When we pay honor to the princely dignity of Christ, men will doubtless be reminded that the Church, founded by Christ as a perfect society, has a natural and inalienable right to perfect freedom and immunity from the power of the state; and that in fulfilling the task committed to her by God of teaching, ruling, and guiding to eternal bliss those who belong to the kingdom of Christ, she cannot be subject to any external power. The State is bound to extend similar freedom to the orders and communities of religious of either sex, who give most valuable help to the Bishops of the Church by laboring for the extension and the establishment of the kingdom of Christ. By their sacred vows they fight against the threefold concupiscence of the world; by making profession of a more perfect life they render the holiness which her divine Founder willed should be a mark and characteristic of his Church more striking and more conspicuous in the eyes of all.
Nations will be reminded by the annual celebration of this feast that not only private individuals but also rulers and princes are bound to give public honor and obedience to Christ. It will call to their minds the thought of the last judgment, wherein Christ, who has been cast out of public life, despised, neglected and ignored, will most severely avenge these insults; for his kingly dignity demands that the State should take account of the commandments of God and of Christian principles, both in making laws and in administering justice, and also in providing for the young a sound moral education.
The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God. If all these truths are presented to the faithful for their consideration, they will prove a powerful incentive to perfection. It is Our fervent desire, Venerable Brethren, that those who are without the fold may seek after and accept the sweet yoke of Christ, and that we, who by the mercy of God are of the household of the faith, may bear that yoke, not as a burden but with joy, with love, with devotion; that having lived our lives in accordance with the laws of God's kingdom, we may receive full measure of good fruit, and counted by Christ good and faithful servants, we may be rendered partakers of eternal bliss and glory with him in his heavenly kingdom.
This is what Dr. John Rao has devoted his entire life to defend and propagate. This is why the Saint Joseph Institute was founded by Michal Semin and his associates in your own city. These men have devoted their lives to helping men realize that true peace can come to people and to nations only if Christ reigns as King of men and of their nations. They take to heart these stirring words of Pope Leo XIII, contained in Sapientiae Christianae, January 10, 1890:
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.
The chief elements of this duty consist in professing openly and unflinchingly the Catholic doctrine, and in propagating it to the utmost of our power. For, as is often said, with the greatest truth, there is nothing so hurtful to Christian wisdom as that it should not be known, since it possesses, when loyally received, inherent power to drive away error. So soon as Catholic truth is apprehended by a simple and unprejudiced soul, reason yields assent. Now, faith, as a virtue, is a great boon of divine grace and goodness; nevertheless, the objects themselves to which faith is to be applied are scarcely known in any other way than through the hearing. "How shall they believe Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Faith then cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." Since, then, faith is necessary for salvation, it follows that the word of Christ must be preached. The office, indeed, of preaching, that is, of teaching, lies by divine right in the province of the pastors, namely, of the bishops whom "the Holy Spirit has placed to rule the Church of God.'' It belongs, above all, to the Roman Pontiff, vicar of Jesus Christ, established as head of the universal Church, teacher of all that pertains to morals and faith.
No one, however, must entertain the notion that private individuals are prevented from taking some active part in this duty of teaching, especially those on whom God has bestowed gifts of mind with the strong wish of rendering themselves useful. These, so often as circumstances demand, may take upon themselves, not, indeed, the office of the pastor, but the task of communicating to others what they have themselves received, becoming, as it were, living echoes of their masters in the faith. Such co-operation on the part of the laity has seemed to the Fathers of the Vatican Council so opportune and fruitful of good that they thought well to invite it. "All faithful Christians, but those chiefly who are in a prominent position, or engaged in teaching, we entreat, by the compassion of Jesus Christ, and enjoin by the authority of the same God and Savior, that they bring aid to ward off and eliminate these errors from holy Church, and contribute their zealous help in spreading abroad the light of undefiled faith.'' Let each one, therefore, bear in mind that he both can and should, so far as may be, preach the Catholic faith by the authority of his example, and by open and constant profession of the obligations it imposes. In respect, consequently, to the duties that bind us to God and the Church, it should be borne earnestly in mind that in propagating Christian truth and warding off errors the zeal of the laity should, as far as possible, be brought actively into play.
Have you ever read these encyclical letters, Cardinal Vlk? Do you realize how faithful these men who are associated with the Saint Joseph Institute are being to these reiterations of the consistent teaching of the Catholic Church? Do you recognize that the very forces of the "new world order" critiqued by Dr. Rao were condemned by Pope Saint Pius X in their original "Catholic" form of The Sillon in France? Have you read these words of Pope Saint Pius X, contained in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910?
But stranger still, alarming and saddening at the same time, are the audacity and frivolity of men who call themselves Catholics and dream of re-shaping society under such conditions, and of establishing on earth, over and beyond the pale of the Catholic Church, "the reign of love and justice" with workers coming from everywhere, of all religions and of no religion, with or without beliefs, so long as they forego what might divide them - their religious and philosophical convictions, and so long as they share what unites them - a "generous idealism and moral forces drawn from whence they can" When we consider the forces, knowledge, and supernatural virtues which are necessary to establish the Christian City, and the sufferings of millions of martyrs, and the light given by the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and the self-sacrifice of all the heroes of charity, and a powerful hierarchy ordained in heaven, and the streams of Divine Grace - the whole having been built up, bound together, and impregnated by the life and spirit of Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God, the Word made man - when we think, I say, of all this, it is frightening to behold new apostles eagerly attempting to do better by a common interchange of vague idealism and civic virtues. What are they going to produce? What is to come of this collaboration? A mere verbal and chimerical construction in which we shall see, glowing in a jumble, and in seductive confusion, the words Liberty, Justice, Fraternity, Love, Equality, and human exultation, all resting upon an ill-understood human dignity. It will be a tumultuous agitation, sterile for the end proposed, but which will benefit the less Utopian exploiters of the people. Yes, we can truly say that the Sillon, its eyes fixed on a chimera, brings Socialism in its train.
We fear that worse is to come: the end result of this developing promiscuousness, the beneficiary of this cosmopolitan social action, can only be a Democracy which will be neither Catholic, nor Protestant, nor Jewish. It will be a religion (for Sillonism, so the leaders have said, is a religion) more universal than the Catholic Church, uniting all men become brothers and comrades at last in the "Kingdom of God". - "We do not work for the Church, we work for mankind."
And now, overwhelmed with the deepest sadness, We ask Ourselves, Venerable Brethren, what has become of the Catholicism of the Sillon? Alas! this organization which formerly afforded such promising expectations, this limpid and impetuous stream, has been harnessed in its course by the modern enemies of the Church, and is now no more than a miserable affluent of the great movement of apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a One-World Church which shall have neither dogmas, nor hierarchy, neither discipline for the mind, nor curb for the passions, and which, under the pretext of freedom and human dignity, would bring back to the world (if such a Church could overcome) the reign of legalized cunning and force, and the oppression of the weak, and of all those who toil and suffer.
Cardinal Vlk, stop your ill-considered vendetta against Michal Semin and the good Catholics of the Saint Joseph Institute. One wonders if you would act so vehemently if the pro-abortion former president of the United States of America, William Jefferson Clinton, were invited to speak in a Catholic venue in the Archdiocese of Prague. Shame on you, Cardinal Vlk, for persecuting men who believe in that which the Church as always taught and is thus binding on all consciences, including your own. You should have attended Dr. Rao's talk rather than ranting and raving about it in absentia, thus demonstrating your contempt for truth and your desire to wallow in your ignorance of the authentic Social Teaching of the Catholic Church and how it can be applied in our own circumstances today.
Naturally, these words can be dismissed because they are written by one who has come to see that sedevacantism may indeed be correct. An ad hominem attack on me as a sedevacantist (of one degree or another) does not vitiate the truth of what I have written. If Cardinal Vlk thinks that he can disparage others on the basis of labels rather than examining the validity of what it is they speak and write, then he is guilty of grave sins against the Eighth Commandment.
We must be willing to put aside differences with others (and this is true throughout the traditional Catholic community, both in sedevacantist and non-sedevacantist circles) to examine each statement or article on its own merits without emotionalism (you can't use anything from the "nine!") and/or an appeal to an ad hominem argument. Truth stands on the basis of what is written or spoken, not on an attack upon the messenger. Even those with whom we disagree on almost everything might have something valid to say now and again, which was certainly true in the opposition to the American invasion of Iraq back in 2003, which brought together many a "conservative" and "traditional" Catholic in a common cause in behalf of justice and truth. A dispassionate review of a man's words, both spoken and written, must be premised upon putting aside "the who" in order to assess "the what."
Our Lord told us to pray for those who persecute us and to do good to those who hate us. Thus, we pray for conciliarists such as Miloslav Vlk, who war against truth and do the devil's bidding by throwing Catholics such as Michal Semin and John Rao and E. Michael Jones into the lion's den of the American and Israeli embassies. We pray that Our Lady will bend the hearts of those steeped in the errors and the novelties of the day so that they can work as advocates of the Triumph of her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, ushering in the restoration of Tradition in the Church and Christendom in the world.
Infant of Prague, have mercy on us.
Our Lady of Victories, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Beloved, 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 Januarius, pray for us.
Saint Joseph Cupertino, pray for us.
Saint John Mary Vianney, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Saint Therese Lisieux, pray for us.
Saint Martin of Tours, pray for us.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, pray for us.
Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Saint Basil, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Tarcisius, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Agnes, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Catherine of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us.
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us.
Blessed Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
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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.