Generic Christianity Is Not Good Enough For God
by Thomas A. Droleskey
The ringmaster of the multi-ring conciliar circus, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, has arrived in Scotland at the beginning of the his four day visit to the United Kingdom. He wasted no time whatsoever in repeating the boilerplate themes of conciliarism, starting with his visit to the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, in Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh:
Thank you for your gracious invitation to make an official visit to the United Kingdom and for your warm words of greeting on behalf of the British people. In thanking Your Majesty, allow me to extend my own greetings to all the people of the United Kingdom and to hold out a hand of friendship to each one.
It is a great pleasure for me to start my journey by saluting the members of the Royal Family, thanking in particular His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh for his kind welcome to me at Edinburgh Airport. I express my gratitude to Your Majesty’s present and previous Governments and to all those who worked with them to make this occasion possible, including Lord Patten and former Secretary of State Murphy. I would also like to acknowledge with deep appreciation the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Holy See, which has contributed greatly to strengthening the friendly relations existing between the Holy See and the United Kingdom.
As I begin my visit to the United Kingdom in Scotland’s historic capital city, I greet in a special way First Minister Salmond and the representatives of the Scottish Parliament. Just like the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies, may the Scottish Parliament grow to be an expression of the fine traditions and distinct culture of the Scots and strive to serve their best interests in a spirit of solidarity and concern for the common good.
The name of Holyroodhouse, Your Majesty’s official residence in Scotland, recalls the “Holy Cross” and points to the deep Christian roots that are still present in every layer of British life. The monarchs of England and Scotland have been Christians from very early times and include outstanding saints like Edward the Confessor and Margaret of Scotland. As you know, many of them consciously exercised their sovereign duty in the light of the Gospel, and in this way shaped the nation for good at the deepest level. As a result, the Christian message has been an integral part of the language, thought and culture of the peoples of these islands for more than a thousand years. Your forefathers’ respect for truth and justice, for mercy and charity come to you from a faith that remains a mighty force for good in your kingdom, to the great benefit of Christians and non-Christians alike.
We find many examples of this force for good throughout Britain’s long history. Even in comparatively recent times, due to figures like William Wilberforce and David Livingstone, Britain intervened directly to stop the international slave trade. Inspired by faith, women like Florence Nightingale served the poor and the sick and set new standards in healthcare that were subsequently copied everywhere. John Henry Newman, whose beatification I will celebrate shortly, was one of many British Christians of his age whose goodness, eloquence and action were a credit to their countrymen and women. These, and many people like them, were inspired by a deep faith born and nurtured in these islands.
Even in our own lifetime, we can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live. I also recall the regime’s attitude to Christian pastors and religious who spoke the truth in love, opposed the Nazis and paid for that opposition with their lives. As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the twentieth century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society and thus to a “reductive vision of the person and his destiny” (Caritas in Veritate, 29).
Sixty-five years ago, Britain played an essential role in forging the post-war international consensus which favoured the establishment of the United Nations and ushered in a hitherto unknown period of peace and prosperity in Europe. In more recent years, the international community has followed closely events in Northern Ireland which have led to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and the devolution of powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Your Majesty’s Government and the Government of Ireland, together with the political, religious and civil leaders of Northern Ireland, have helped give birth to a peaceful resolution of the conflict there. I encourage everyone involved to continue to walk courageously together on the path marked out for them towards a just and lasting peace.
Looking abroad, the United Kingdom remains a key figure politically and economically on the international stage. Your Government and people are the shapers of ideas that still have an impact far beyond the British Isles. This places upon them a particular duty to act wisely for the common good. Similarly, because their opinions reach such a wide audience, the British media have a graver responsibility than most and a greater opportunity to promote the peace of nations, the integral development of peoples and the spread of authentic human rights. May all Britons continue to live by the values of honesty, respect and fair-mindedness that have won them the esteem and admiration of many.
Today, the United Kingdom strives to be a modern and multicultural society. In this challenging enterprise, may it always maintain its respect for those traditional values and cultural expressions that more aggressive forms of secularism no longer value or even tolerate. Let it not obscure the Christian foundation that underpins its freedoms; and may that patrimony, which has always served the nation well, constantly inform the example your Government and people set before the two billion members of the Commonwealth and the great family of English-speaking nations throughout the world.
May God bless Your Majesty and all the people of your realm. Thank you. (Meeting with state authorities in the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, 16 September 2010.)
Let me dispense with this as quickly as possible to make it easier on you, my few and vanishing readers, and for me!
All of the problems that face the United Kingdom and Europe at the present time are, proximately speaking, the result of the Protestant Revolution against the Divine Plan that God Himself instituted to effect man's return to Him through the Catholic Church. The Protestant Revolution resulted ultimately--and quite inevitably--in the triumph of the very thing that Ratzinger/Benedict says he wants to combat, the secularism's "dictatorship of relativism," something that true pope after true pope had made abundantly clear, consistently and without interruption, prior to the dawning of the age of conciliarism with the "election" of the admirer, Angelo Roncalli/John XXIII,
of the condemned principles of The Sillon that were the blueprint for conciliarism's worldview, on October 28, 1958.
Pope Leo XIII explained the connection between the Protestant Revolution and the rise of naturalism as follows in his encyclical letter on the Christian Constitution of States, Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885:
But that harmful and deplorable passion for innovation which was aroused in the sixteenth century threw first of all into confusion the Christian religion, and next, by natural sequence, invaded the precincts of philosophy, whence it spread amongst all classes of society. From this source, as from a fountain-head, burst forth all those later tenets of unbridled license which, in the midst of the terrible upheavals of the last century, were wildly conceived and boldly proclaimed as the principles and foundation of that new conception of law which was not merely previously unknown, but was at variance on many points with not only the Christian, but even the natural law.
It does not take a genius to recognize this. It only takes one to be possessed of the Catholic Faith. It is that simple.
The Protestant Revolution was from the devil. It has produced nothing other than diabolical results throughout the formerly Catholic countries of Europe, including England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, and elsewhere in the world. Indeed, the United States of America is itself an an outgrowth and living embodiment of the ethos of Protestantism and Judeo-Masonry as it has served as a veritable "petri dish," if you will, to incubate these viruses in order to export them around the world to such an extent that Catholics, including many who are fully traditional, are actually hostile to any mention of the necessity of converting this nation to the true Faith and submitting itself to the sweet yoke of the Social Reign of Christ the King.
Ratzinger/Benedict's constant, almost incessant, calls for Europe to return to its "Christian roots" without seeking the conversion of men or their nations to the true Faith, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order, is itself a public manifestation that he understands nothing about the conditions necessary for men and their nations to know true order, one that is pleasing to God as He has revealed Himself to us exclusively through His Catholic Church. Ratzinger/Benedict, by contrast, believes that it is "good enough" for there to be a return to "Christian roots" as if the following reminder given us by Pope Saint Pius X in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910, that Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order:
Here we have, founded by Catholics, an inter-denominational association that is to work for the reform of civilization, an undertaking which is above all religious in character; for there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a historical fact.
How can the United Kingdom--or any other country--know a true moral civilization without the true religion? It is impossible. For Ratzinger/Benedict, however, a generic brand of Christianity is good enough." It is not, however, "good enough" for the true God of Divine Revelation.
Pope Leo XIII wrote in Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, November 1, 1900, that both men and their nations must go astray if the Social Reign of Christ the King does hold sway over them:
As with individuals, so with nations. These, too, must necessarily tend to ruin if they go astray from "The Way." The Son of God, the Creator and Redeemer of mankind, is King and Lord of the earth, and holds supreme dominion over men, both individually and collectively. "And He gave Him power, and glory, and a kingdom: and all peoples, tribes, and tongues shall serve Him" (Daniel vii., 14). "I am appointed King by Him . . . I will give Thee the Gentiles for Thy inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession" (Psalm ii., 6, 8). Therefore the law of Christ ought to prevail in human society and be the guide and teacher of public as well as of private life. Since this is so by divine decree, and no man may with impunity contravene it, it is an evil thing for the common weal wherever Christianity does not hold the place that belongs to it. When Jesus Christ is absent, human reason fails, being bereft of its chief protection and light, and the very end is lost sight of, for which, under God's providence, human society has been built up. This end is the obtaining by the members of society of natural good through the aid of civil unity, though always in harmony with the perfect and eternal good which is above nature. But when men's minds are clouded, both rulers and ruled go astray, for they have no safe line to follow nor end to aim at.
A false religion such as Anglicanism or the Presbyterianism that is the national, although not the "official," religion of Scotland, can never be means of doing anything other that sowing the seeds of discord and chaos as each false religion is a tool of the devil to keep people in states of sin and to keep them away from the true Faith that is found only in the Catholic Church. Moreover, the devil uses false religions, each of which is established on a rejection of a part or the whole of Catholicism, to foment anti-Catholicism among their adherents, something that will be on open display in the United Kingdom throughout today, Friday, September 17, 2010, the Feast of the Impression of the Stigmata on Saint Francis of Assisi, tomorrow, Saturday, September 18, 2010, the Feast of Saint Joseph Cupertino, and Sunday, September 19, 2010, the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Commemoration of Saint Januarius (San Gennaro) and Companions.
A true pope would urge the Queen of England and her husband, who is a Freemason, to convert to the true Faith even if this meant that she had to abdicate the British throne. Which is preferable? To retain one's earthly position or to lose that position in order to gain eternity? Over seventy-two thousand Catholics knew how to answer that question between 1534 and 1547 when King Henry VIII, the founder of the false Anglican religion, required them to swear an oath that he was indeed the supreme head of the Church in England. Many more died during the bloody reign of Henry's daughter by Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth I. While it is also true that most Catholics in England in the Sixteenth Century preferred then what most Catholics in the conciliar structures prefer today, comfort and respectability without any threats to their reputations or positions, it cannot be denied that true Catholics know that the desire to possess the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity by dying in a state of Sanctifying Grace as a member of the Catholic Church comes before any consideration of human respect or earthly power or prominence.
What good does it do for the common temporal good of the United Kingdom, no less for the souls of the queen and her subjects, to refrain from speaking Catholic truth clearly and without equivocation?
Furthermore, Ratzinger/Benedict, a true historical revisionist who continues to insist that Papal Primacy was exercised differently in the First Millennium than it came to be exercised in the Second Millennium, something it is a complete and utter projection of his own false, subjectivist notions upon historical truth (see Anti-Apostles All), dared to assert that the anti-Catholic named Florence Nightingale was inspired by "faith" to serve to the "poor and the sick." Excuse me? Florence Nightingale, a woman who prevented priests from administering the Sacraments to many of the sick and wounded during the Crimean War, was a follower of "Christian Universalism," which was a movement quite similar to the heretical views of Ratzinger/Benedict's own late mentor, Father Hans Urs von Balthasar, whose adherents believed that everyone is "reconciled to God" and that no one goes to Hell. In other words, Florence Nightingale, with whom an Irish Jesuit priest, Father William Ronan, opposed with all of his Catholic might, was a believer in "universal salvation."
Why herald a woman who was a menace to souls even though she worked hard to aid bodies, a woman who was concerned about her own "good press" back in England and about her absolute power in the Crimean War, a woman who was as virulent an anti-Catholic as could be found at the time? (Although written from the perspective of a conciliarist who was critical of Father William Ronan's assertion of Catholic zeal for souls against Florence Nightingale, a biography by Father Thomas Morrissey, S.J., of William Ronan, S.J.: War Chaplain, Missioner, Founder of Mungret College, contains important facts that are not generally known by many Catholics. What does Ratzinger/Benedict believe? The popular image of Florence Nightingale as "saintly," an image that she worked overtime to cultivate by means of her contacts in the British government and the British press. Truth? What is that?
Ever the propagandist in behalf of the United Masonic Nations Organization, Ratzinger/Benedict also lauded Britain for playing " an essential role in forging the post-war international consensus which favoured the establishment of the United Nations and ushered in a hitherto unknown period of peace and prosperity in Europe." The establishment of the United Nations Organization "ushered in a hitherto unknown period of peace and prosperity in Europe"? Is this man insane? To the extent that there was material prosperity in the 1950s in Europe, my few and increasingly higher numbers of vanishing readers, this had absolutely nothing to do with the United Nations. Nothing at all.
Furthermore, although there were no outbreaks of armed conflict on the European continent in the 1950s and 1960s, there was a little something called the Cold War that saw tensions rise to the point of such armed conflict on several occasions (the Soviet blockade of Berlin and the Allied Berlin Airlift, June 24, 1948, to May 12, 1949, the Hungarian Revolution, October 23, 1956, to November 10, 1956, the erection of the Berlin Wall by the Soviet Union on August 13, 1961, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, October 14, 1962, to October 28, 1962). And the United Kingdom did just happen to launch military efforts with the armed forces of the Republic of France and the State of Israel on October 29, 1956, to occupy the Suez Canal after it had been nationalized by Egyptian president/dictator Gamal Abdul Nasser on July 26, 1956. What about all of the killing of innocent human beings in Northern Ireland? What about the Falklands War? A "hitherto unknown period of peace and prosperity in Europe" ushered in the consensus that Britain helped to forge that "favoured the establishment of the United Nations?
Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, who went so far as hail the United Kingdom for the 1998 "Good Friday" agreement on Northern Ireland that was made necessary after years of English persecution of Irish Catholics as a credit for its government, is willing to suspend all connection with facts as he touts things as successes that have been in fact vehicles of one moral disaster after another. Praise the United Nation, which has done more to promote offenses against God and man such as "population control" than almost any other organization on the face of this earth? At this late date? The false "pontiff" is living in an imaginary world when it comes to theology, liturgy, and the facts of actual history.
Ratzinger/Benedict's ecumaniacal madness was also on full display in Glasgow, Scotland, as he staged his first public Novus Ordo service in Bellahouston Park (the prototype of the "reform of the reform" that was used in that service was critiqued in Calling Cesar Romero, Calling Cesar Romero, part one two days ago now. He urged Catholics to work together with the Calvinists of the Church of Scotland and the Anglicans of the Scottish Episcopal Church to build a "brighter future" for Scotland based on its "common Christian heritage:
Much has happened in Scotland and in the Church in this country since that historic visit. I note with great satisfaction how Pope John Paul’s call to you to walk hand in hand with your fellow Christians has led to greater trust and friendship with the members of the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church and others. Let me encourage you to continue to pray and work with them in building a brighter future for Scotland based upon our common Christian heritage. In today’s first reading we heard Saint Paul appeal to the Romans to acknowledge that, as members of Christ’s body, we belong to each other (cf. Rom 12:5) and to live in respect and mutual love. In that spirit I greet the ecumenical representatives who honour us by their presence. This year marks the 450th anniversary of the Reformation Parliament, but also the 100th anniversary of the World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh, which is widely acknowledged to mark the birth of the modern ecumenical movement. Let us give thanks to God for the promise which ecumenical understanding and cooperation represents for a united witness to the saving truth of God’s word in today’s rapidly changing society. (Service staged in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, 16 September 2010.)
How can those who defect from the truths of the Catholic Faith give a "united witness to the saving truth of God's word in today's rapidly changing society"? Heresy is no foundation of personal or social order.
The Church of Scotland, which supports contraception and the direct surgical killing of innocent preborn babies in some cases, and the Scottish Episcopal Church, which supports contraception and abortion outright, no less rejecting the inconvenient little truth that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ founded but one Church upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope, are incapable of "building a brighter future for Scotland" as it just happens to be necessary to subscribe to everything found in the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ entrusted exclusively to His Catholic Church for Its eternal safekeeping and infallible explication in order to please God.
Pope Leo XIII explained this very cogently in Satis Cognitum, June 29, 1896:
Agreement and union of minds is the necessary foundation of this perfect concord amongst men, from which concurrence of wills and similarity of action are the natural results. Wherefore, in His divine wisdom, He ordained in His Church Unity of Faith; a virtue which is the first of those bonds which unite man to God, and whence we receive the name of the faithful - "one Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Eph. iv., 5). That is, as there is one Lord and one baptism, so should all Christians, without exception, have but one faith. And so the Apostle St. Paul not merely begs, but entreats and implores Christians to be all of the same mind, and to avoid difference of opinions: "I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no schisms amongst you, and that you be perfect in the same mind and in the same judgment" (I Cor. i., 10). Such passages certainly need no interpreter; they speak clearly enough for themselves. Besides, all who profess Christianity allow that there can be but one faith. It is of the greatest importance and indeed of absolute necessity, as to which many are deceived, that the nature and character of this unity should be recognized. And, as We have already stated, this is not to be ascertained by conjecture, but by the certain knowledge of what was done; that is by seeking for and ascertaining what kind of unity in faith has been commanded by Jesus Christ. (Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum, June 29, 1896.)
Ratzinger/Benedict also praised the "World Missionary Conference" that was held in Edinburgh one hundred years ago, doing so for the third time this yet thus far. It was the false ecumenism that sprang forth from this "conference" and proceeded to infect the minds of some Catholic theologians in the aftermath of World War I and the quest for "peace" and a "better" world that was condemned in no uncertain terms by Pope Pius XI in Mortalium Animos, January 6, 1928
Is it not right, it is often repeated, indeed, even consonant with duty, that all who invoke the name of Christ should abstain from mutual reproaches and at long last be united in mutual charity? Who would dare to say that he loved Christ, unless he worked with all his might to carry out the desires of Him, Who asked His Father that His disciples might be "one." And did not the same Christ will that His disciples should be marked out and distinguished from others by this characteristic, namely that they loved one another: "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another"? All Christians, they add, should be as "one": for then they would be much more powerful in driving out the pest of irreligion, which like a serpent daily creeps further and becomes more widely spread, and prepares to rob the Gospel of its strength. These things and others that class of men who are known as pan-Christians continually repeat and amplify; and these men, so far from being quite few and scattered, have increased to the dimensions of an entire class, and have grouped themselves into widely spread societies, most of which are directed by non-Catholics, although they are imbued with varying doctrines concerning the things of faith. This undertaking is so actively promoted as in many places to win for itself the adhesion of a number of citizens, and it even takes possession of the minds of very many Catholics and allures them with the hope of bringing about such a union as would be agreeable to the desires of Holy Mother Church, who has indeed nothing more at heart than to recall her erring sons and to lead them back to her bosom. But in reality beneath these enticing words and blandishments lies hid a most grave error, by which the foundations of the Catholic faith are completely destroyed.
Admonished, therefore, by the consciousness of Our Apostolic office that We should not permit the flock of the Lord to be cheated by dangerous fallacies, We invoke, Venerable Brethren, your zeal in avoiding this evil; for We are confident that by the writings and words of each one of you the people will more easily get to know and understand those principles and arguments which We are about to set forth, and from which Catholics will learn how they are to think and act when there is question of those undertakings which have for their end the union in one body, whatsoever be the manner, of all who call themselves Christians. . . .
And here it seems opportune to expound and to refute a certain false opinion, on which this whole question, as well as that complex movement by which non-Catholics seek to bring about the union of the Christian churches depends. For authors who favor this view are accustomed, times almost without number, to bring forward these words of Christ: "That they all may be one.... And there shall be one fold and one shepherd," with this signification however: that Christ Jesus merely expressed a desire and prayer, which still lacks its fulfillment. For they are of the opinion that the unity of faith and government, which is a note of the one true Church of Christ, has hardly up to the present time existed, and does not to-day exist. They consider that this unity may indeed be desired and that it may even be one day attained through the instrumentality of wills directed to a common end, but that meanwhile it can only be regarded as mere ideal. They add that the Church in itself, or of its nature, is divided into sections; that is to say, that it is made up of several churches or distinct communities, which still remain separate, and although having certain articles of doctrine in common, nevertheless disagree concerning the remainder; that these all enjoy the same rights; and that the Church was one and unique from, at the most, the apostolic age until the first Ecumenical Councils. Controversies therefore, they say, and longstanding differences of opinion which keep asunder till the present day the members of the Christian family, must be entirely put aside, and from the remaining doctrines a common form of faith drawn up and proposed for belief, and in the profession of which all may not only know but feel that they are brothers. The manifold churches or communities, if united in some kind of universal federation, would then be in a position to oppose strongly and with success the progress of irreligion.
No, the generic Christianity of the ecumania that is being preached by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI is not good enough for God. Indeed, God has seen to it that this ecumania stands condemned by the authority of true popes. Why permit yourself to be "cheated by dangerous fallacies," my readers? Why?
Today, good readers, is the Feast of the Impression of the Stigmata upon Saint Francis of Assisi. This holy saint, whose principal feast we celebrate in seventeen days, that is, on Sunday, October 4, 2009, bore the brand marks of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on his holy body, a body that he had punished for over twenty years with severe penances as he lived in the most austere poverty imaginable and prayed ceaselessly before Our Lord's Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament. We must invoke the intercession of this great saint, who was so tenderly devoted to Our Lady, to help us be thoroughly Catholic in how we think and act as we do indeed oppose concilairism and all of its cheating fallacies, each and every single one of them.
Saint Francis of Assisi will help us to defend the truths of the Catholic Faith if we pray to him to suffer more, to be humiliated more, to be rejected and scorned more and more as we embrace Lady Poverty so that we can bear the brand marks of Christ the King figuratively in our souls so as to think it nothing to stand steadfastly and without equivocation in behalf of the truths of the Faith as we pray fervently for the conciliarists and for those who find their cheating fallacies attractive and appealing.
Why not pray to Saint Francis of Assisi to suffer more and to be humiliated more? Why not? Isn't the royal road of the Cross the path to Heaven. Why not pray to be a victim soul as we seek to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for our own many, many sins of omission and commission? What's the excuse in delaying such a prayer.
As Catholics, we, unlike Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, who made not one single, solitary reference to the Mother of God in his "homily" in Glasgow yesterday, no less any mention of the necessity of praying her Most Holy Rosary each and every day without fail, trust that the Immaculate Heart of Mary will indeed triumph as her Fatima Message is fulfilled and the errors of Modernity and Modernism are washed away with the restoration of the Church Militant on earth and the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King in the City of Mary Immaculate.
Isn't it truly time to pray a Rosary now?