Denying Christ by Omission and Commission
Thomas A. Droleskey
The principal goal of Modernity in the world has been and continues to be the systematic and categorical denial of the Incarnation of the Logos, the Word, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity as Man in Our Lady's virginal and immaculate womb. The principal effect of Modernism in the Church is to accommodate Modernity's denial of the Incarnation as essential in the lives of individuals and thus in the larger life of nations and the world. No matter what ruses, such as "ecumenism" and "healthy secularity," are used to mask Modernism's embrace of the principal error of Modernity, it is nevertheless the case that popes and cardinals and bishops and priests and scores of other Catholics in teaching positions have denied and continue to deny the necessity of belief in the Incarnation of the Divine Redeemer and the Deposit of Faith He has entrusted to His true Church exclusively as essential for the sanctification and salvation of souls and essential for the right ordering of temporal affairs in the world.
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick's recent invocation of the name of "Allah" in a statement following an address, "Traditional Islam: The Path to Peace," given by King Abdullah of Jordan on September 13, 2005, at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., is just one of many examples of how the Incarnation of the Word as Flesh is deemed to be embarrassing to mention publicly in the presence of those who deny it outright, such as Talmudic Jews and Mohammedans. A few people have adverted to the possibility that Cardinal McCarrick may have intended to use the name "Allah," which is used by Arab Catholics in some parts of the Middle East to refer to God (Alla il Missier, Alla l-Iben, Alla ir Ruh Imqaddes - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost), to convey a double-meaning, one to those familiar with Semitic languages and one to appeal to his guest.
Even if this was Cardinal McCarrick's intention, which is doubtful given the rapidity with which the Public Affairs office of The Catholic University of America "took down" His Eminence's September 13 remarks from its website and the fact that the Archdiocese of Washington's website omits any mention of the Archbishop of Washington's appearance at Catholic University on that day, very, very few people in the audience (or among the entire body of Catholics worldwide) would be familiar with the "double-meaning" of the word "Allah." It is clear from the context in which the whole appearance by King Abdullah took place that Cardinal McCarrick meant to make it appear that the "god" of King Abdullah is more or less synonymous with the true God of Divine Revelation. It is clear that Cardinal McCarrick, at the very least, did not believe it opportune to proclaim clearly and unmistakably the Holy Name of the Divine Redeemer before a man who makes a liar of Our Lord by subscribing to a religion that denies Our Lord's Sacred Divinity. That he could have given even the faintest impression that he was praying to the false god of the Mohammedans is a scandal beyond all telling. More to the point, however, is that Cardinal McCarrick used phrases to describe "Allah" ("the compassionate and merciful Lord of all the world,"
"the merciful and compassionate God") that are distinct to Mohammedism. The "Lord of all the world," you see, is not the true God of Divine Revelation. The "Lord of all the world" is the demon who inspired Mohammed to found his false religion, which began as a Christian heresy.
Indeed, the very fact that King Abdullah, whose country's website devoted to promoting his alleged statesmanship claims that he is a forty-third generation direct descendant of the "Prophet Mohammed," was invited to speak at The Catholic University of America about "traditional Islam" as a path to peace demonstrates in and of itself an abject indifference to the truth that Our Lord alone as He has revealed Himself through the Catholic Church is the path to peace in the soul and hence peace in the world. Mohammedism has been from its very satanic inception a force of violence against anyone who would dare to resist the demands of its fierce evangelizers to convert. Mohammedism has nothing to offer to world peace except its violent disturbance. To suggest that the monarch of a confessionally Mohammedan country has any ideas that are superior to the immutable doctrine of the Social Reign of Christ the King is indeed to imply, if not to admit outright, that there is no one path to peace in the soul and thus peace in the world. This is yet again another example of how the novelties of the Second Vatican Council have produced an ecclesiastical situation wherein it is considered normal, natural, prudent and just to defer to the "views" of an infidel rather than to speak openly of the fact that there is salvation alone in the Catholic Church and that it is a grave sin to deny, by omission or by commission, the Sacred Divinity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Mohammedism's rejection of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity was the principal goal from its very man-made inception. Consider Hillaire Belloc's words in this regard, found in his The Great Heresies ("The Enduring Heresy of Mohammed, Chapter Four):
But the central point where this new heresy struck home with a
mortal blow against Catholic tradition was a full denial of the
Mohammed did not merely take the first steps toward that denial,
as the Arians and their followers had done; he advanced a clear
affirmation, full and complete, against the whole doctrine of an incarnate
God. He taught that Our Lord was the greatest of all the prophets, but
still only a prophet: a man like other men. He eliminated the Trinity
With that denial of the Incarnation went the whole sacramental
structure. He refused to know anything of the Eucharist, with its Real
Presence; he stopped the sacrifice of the Mass, and therefore the
institution of a special priesthood. In other words, he, like so many
other lesser heresiarchs, founded his heresy on simplification.
Catholic doctrine was true (he seemed to say), but it had become
encumbered with false accretions; it had become complicated by needless
man-made additions, including the idea that its founder was Divine, and
the growth of a parasitical caste of priests who battened on a late,
imagined, system of Sacraments which they alone could administer. All
those corrupt accretions must be swept away.
There is thus a very great deal in common between the enthusiasm
with which Mohammed's teaching attacked the priesthood, the Mass and the
sacraments, and the enthusiasm with which Calvinism, the central motive
force of the Reformation, did the same. As we all know, the new teaching
relaxed the marriage laws--but in practice this did not affect the mass of
his followers who still remained monogamous. It made divorce as easy as
possible, for the sacramental idea of marriage disappeared. It insisted
upon the equality of men, and it necessarily had that further factor in
which it resembled Calvinism--the sense of predestination, the sense of
fate; of what the followers of John Knox were always calling "the
immutable decrees of God."
Mohammed's teaching never developed among the mass of his
followers, or in his own mind, a detailed theology. He was content to
accept all that appealed to him in the Catholic scheme and to reject all
that seemed to him, and to so many others of his time, too complicated or
mysterious to be true. Simplicity was the note of the whole affair; and
since all heresies draw their strength from some true doctrine,
Mohammedanism drew its strength from the true Catholic doctrines which it
retained: the equality of all men before God--"All true believers are
brothers." It zealously preached and throve on the paramount claims of
justice, social and economic.
One can see, therefore, that Mohammedism was a precursor of both the Protestant Revolt and the rise of contemporary Freemasonry, replete with its Arabic names and symbols. To contend, therefore that this religion of violence, which was turned back by Charles Martel in France, thrown out of Spain by King Ferdinand and Isabella and repelled in the Battle of Lepanto and at the Gates of Vienna, has anything to offer human beings other than deception is to place lies on a surface of equality with the truths of the One Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. No Catholic can do this, no less a Prince of the Catholic Church. Saint Francis of Assisi urged a Caliph to convert to Catholicism. Our prelates today, including all of our recent popes, are content to utter words that convey the belief that it is possible for people in false religions to save their souls in and by those false religions, and that it is not necessary for them to invite them into the true Church, thereby denigrating the missionary zeal of the Apostles and those who have followed them up to the conciliar era to do precisely that in total fidelity to the commission Our Lord gave the Eleven before He Ascended to the Father's right hand in glory on Ascension Thursday:
Going, therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. (Mt. 28:19-20)
The Apostles and those who followed them over the course of nearly two millennia took those words seriously. The Acts of the Apostles records the following about how seriously they took the command of the Divine Redeemer before He Ascended into Heaven:
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them: Ye princes of the people, and ancients: hear: If we this day are examined concerning the good deed done to the infirm man, by what means he hat been made whole: Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised form the dead, even by him this man standeth here before you whole.
This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.
Now seeing the constancy of Peter and of John, understanding that they were illiterate and ignorant men, they wondered; and they knew them that they had been with Jesus. Seeing the man also who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing about it.
But they commanded them to go aside out of the council; and they conferred among themselves. Saying: What shall we do to these men? for indeed a known miracle hath been done by them, to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; it is manifest, and we cannot deny it. But that it may be no farther spread among the people, let us threaten them that they speak no more in this name to any man. And calling them, they charged them to speak no more this name to any man.
But Peter and John answering, said to them: If it be just in the sight of God, to hear you rather than God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:8-19)
"Let us threaten them to speak no more in this name to any man." Did the threats of the Sanhedrin stop the Apostles from proclaiming the Holy Name without fail? Did the possibility of giving up their bodily lives matter to them as long as they remained faithful to the Divine Redeemer? Did the Apostles care about their "reputation" and/or about the "press coverage" they would receive? Of course not. As the Acts of the Apostles records, they continued their work of fidelity to Christ the King:
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying: Commanding we commanded you that you should not teach in this name; and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and you have a mind to bring the blood of this man upon us.
But Peter and the apostles answering, said: We ought to obey God, rather than men. The God of our father hath raised up Jesus, whom you put to death, hanging him upon a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand, to be Prince and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins. And we are witnesses of these things and the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to all that obey him.
When they had heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they thought to put them to death. But one in the council, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, respected by all the people, commanded the men to be put forth a little while. And he said to them: Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do, as touching these men. For before these days rose up Theodas, affirming himself to be somebody, to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all that believed him were scattered, and he brought to nothing. After this man, rose up Judas of Galilee, in the days of the enrolling, and drew away the people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as consented to him, were dispersed. And now, therefore, I say to you, refrain from these men, and let them alone; for if this council or this work be of men, it will come to naught: But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it, lest perhaps you be found even to fight against God. And they consented to him.
And calling in the apostles, after they had scourged them, they charged them that they should not speak at all in the name of Jesus; and they dismissed them. And they indeed went from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were accounted worthy to suffer reproach for the name of Jesus. And every day they ceased not in the temple, and from house to house, to teach and preach Christ Jesus. (Acts 5:27-42)
How tragic it is, therefore, that so many of the contemporary successors of the Apostles, bishops, consider it an act of supreme nobility not to mention the Holy Name of the Divine Redeemer, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in "mixed" company. It is as though the entirety of the Catholic Faith prior to 1958 is irrelevant, if not an actual embarrassment for which endless "apologies" must be issued.
The conversion of souls to belief in the Holy Name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and the doctrine and the sacramental system He entrusted solely to the Catholic Church is what impelled missionaries to leave the safety of their homes to preach the Gospel and to implant the Cross of Christ to far distant peoples in lands hither and yon across the globe. The North American Martyrs, whose feast day in the calendar of Tradition is tomorrow, Monday, September 26, endured cruel and furious attacks from demonically-possessed savages in order to save their immortal souls, which they knew had been purchased by the shedding of the Most Precious Blood of the Divine Redeemer. Saint Isaac Jogues returned to the land of his eventual martyrdom after having had the tips of his fingers bitten off by these savages because of his fidelity to the command Our Lord had given the Apostles on Ascension Thursday and his love of souls. Father Pierre Jean DeSmet and countless other Jesuits walked and rode horseback in the westernmost reaches of the United States of America to convert Indians to the true Faith, knowing the indigenous people of North America were just in much in need of conversion as those in Central and South America where when Our Lady appeared to Blessed Juan Diego at Tepayec in 1531.
Indeed, yesterday, September 24, was the Feast of Our Lady of Ransom (which fell this year on Ember Saturday in September). Our Lady appeared to Saint Peter Nolasco, Saint Raymond Pennafort and to King James of Aragon in the Thirteenth Century to each them to found a religious community for the ransom of Christian captives, reduced to slavery in many instances, from the Mohammedans. Our Lady was not appeased by the fact that Mohammedans honored her in their false religion. She was offended by the fact that Mohammedans denied the Sacred Divinity of her Son and made war upon those who proclaimed It without fear of the consequences. Consider the Collect from the Mass of Our Lady of Ransom:
O God, who by the means of the most glorious Mother of Thy Son wast pleased to give new children to Thy Church for the deliverance of Christ's faithful from the power of the heathen; grant, we beseech Thee, that we who love and honour her as the foundress of so great a work may, by her merits and intercession, be ourselves delivered from all sin and from the bondage of the one. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Mohammedans are referred to in the Collect for the Mass of Our Lady of Ransom as heathen. Their souls are captive to the devil by means of Original Sin. They are in need of deliverance from that captivity. Who is working for their conversion in the postconciliar Church today? Who even considers such conversion a necessity for the salvation of the souls of the Mohammedans? No one, well, at least no one in the official quarters of the Church. Inter-religious "dialogue" is the order of the day, not the firm proclamation of the Holy Name of the Divine Redeemer. Thus, the modus vivendi of the postconciliar Church is this: a denial of Christ in front of Jews and Mohammedans and followers of the false Eastern cults (Hindus, Buddhists) by acts of omission and commission in direct contradistinction to the vibrant testimony to Our Lord given by the Apostles and the cloud of witnesses that has followed them since.
The Vatican II novelty of ecumenism, which is a rejection of the consistent teaching of the Church as enunciated so clearly by Pope Pius XI in Mortalium Animos, issue on January 6, 1928, is one of the chief stumbling blocks to the "regularization" of the status of the Society of Saint Pius X.
His Excellency Bishop Bernard Fellay, the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X, has revealed in an interview with the DICI website that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI demanded in their meeting of August 29, 2005, that the Society of Saint Pius X submit to the "spirit of Vatican II." That spirit includes, obviously, the novelties of ecumenism that involve the silencing of the Holy Name and the affirmation of others, including Protestants, in their false, heretical beliefs. Indeed, conversion to the true Faith is being discouraged by the Vatican. Proselytism is specifically prohibited by the 1993 Ecumenical Directory issued by the Holy See. No Catholic who understands the authentic patrimony that Our Lord has entrusted to His Mystical Bride, Holy Mother Church, can ever submit to such novelties as consonant with His own greater honor and glory and the good of souls. Indeed, every Catholic has a positive duty to resist those novelties with all of the vigor, starting with prayer, fasting, penance, mortifications, sacrifices and almsgiving offered freely to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart as her consecrated slaves, that Our Lord can send us. As I noted in my last article on this site, it is indeed very much out of the ordinary that mere laymen must remind popes and cardinals and bishops and priests that they have an obligation to fearlessly proclaim the truths of the true Faith to everyone at all times without any compromise whatsoever. We live, though, in truly extraordinary times.
Pope Pius XI noted this duty very clearly in Quas Primas, the encyclical letter, issued on December 11,1925, that instituted the Feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday in October (signifying that just as the liturgical calendar has four weeks left on it after that Sunday that there is time between now and Our Lord's Second Coming in glory on the Last Day in which He must be recognized confessionally by nations as their King):
While nations insult the beloved name of our Redeemer by suppressing all mention of it in their conferences and parliaments, we must all the more loudly proclaim his kingly dignity and power, all the more universally affirm his rights. . . . 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.
Do you see the clarity of uncompromising Catholic truth in these words? Our Lord will indeed avenge the insults hurled against Him by nations that have cast Him of public life and despised, neglected and ignored His Holy Name and His Social Kingship. Our Lord will avenge also all Catholic prelates who persist unrepentantly to the moment of their dying breaths in actions that insult Him and cast into doubt the absolute necessity of proclaiming His Holy Name to all people at all times and in all circumstances. Our Lord will indeed avenge those prelates who make it appear by their acts of omission and commission that the zeal for souls exhibited by the Apostles themselves was mistaken at the time and/or no longer deemed "necessary" in our "superior" age. As the popes of Tradition used to say, the wrath of the Apostles Peter and Paul will come upon these prelates if they do not repent.
We are never to lose heart in the midst of these truly unprecedented times in the history of the Church. We must root out sin and vice--and all attachment thereto--in our own lives on a daily basis. We must call upon Our Lady of Ransom (Our Lady of Mercy) to ransom us from our selfishness and sloth by the frequent and conscientious use of the Sacrament of Penance. We must spend time on our knees before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer and must assist at the Mass of Tradition exclusively so as to fortify our souls with the fullness of the Catholic Faith without compromise. We must be totally consecrated to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart and offer to her all of the sufferings we encounter in this life, including the sufferings being visited upon the faithful by those who hold ecclesiastical offices at this point in salvation history. We must trust that she will use these offerings in ways that will become clear to us only in eternity, please God we persevere until our dying breaths in states of sanctifying grace.
Pope Pius XI explained in Quas Primas why it is that God permits the Faith and therefore the faithful to undergo trials in this vale of tears:
We may well admire in this the admirable wisdom of the Providence of God, who, ever bringing good out of evil, has from time to time suffered the faith and piety of men to grow weak, and allowed Catholic truth to be attacked by false doctrines, but always with the result that truth has afterwards shone out with greater splendor, and that men's faith, aroused from its lethargy, has shown itself more vigorous than before.
We must be concerned about our current situation. Granted. We must never be discouraged. We may not see the restoration of Tradition in our own lifetimes. We must pray and work for its restoration, however, no matter how seemingly "impossible" a task it appears to be. The Apostles did not live to see the glory of the first Christendom with their own eyes. We may not live to see the glory of a second Christendom, the fruit of the restoration of Tradition, with our own eyes. Nevertheless, like the Apostles and the missionaries and the martyrs before us, we must plant seeds without counting the costs, yes, even the costs of being considered schismatic and disloyal and disobedient to men who themselves are disobedient to the perennial teaching of the Church.
With total confidence in Our Lady of Fatima, we continue to pray that some pope will consecrate Russia to her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart with all of the world's bishops, thereby ending, at least for a time until the devil's final battle, the influence of Modernity in the world and Modernism in the Church, a time in which all Catholics will count it as their singular glory to proclaim the Holy Name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and to give public honor to His Most Blessed Mother, Our Lady, Mary Immaculate.
Our Lady of Ransom, pray for us.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Louis IX, Crusader, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, Patroness of Impossible Cases, pray for us.
Saint Peter Nolasco, pray for us.
Saint Raymond Pennafort, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Isaac Jogues, pray for us.
Saint Rene Goupil, pray for us.
Saint John Lalonde, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel Lalamont, pray for us.
Saint Noel Chabanel, pray for us.
Saint John de Brebeuf, pray for us.
Saint Charles Garnier, pray for us.
Saint Anthony Daniel, pray for us.
Blessed Juan Diego, pray for us.
Blessed Junipero Serra, pray for us.
Blessed Jacinta, pray for us.
Blessed Francisco, pray for us.
Sister Lucia, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us.