Living In The Netherworld of Internet Cafes
Thomas A. Droleskey
Although there are a variety of internet "phishing" scams that are designed to steal our identities and to extort money by various means, most of which are easy to spot and to delete in a nanosecond, I was quite unaware of the phony "hit man" extortion scheme that found its way to my little accessed Juno e-mail account, which has not been my principal e-mail account for a long time now, on Friday, October 7, 2011, that I did not until the next afternoon. As I have noted, it was thanks to the alertness of several readers that I learned of the scores of websites that have variations of the "hit man" extortion scheme that can be used by various thieves, most of whom live in the netherworld of internet cafes in various places, including Africa, Spain, Italy and Russia.
I knew little about these internet cafes until we were in Rome, Italy, in May of 2005, having to make use of them as I did not have any other means to check e-mail. There were, to say the least, a lot of interesting folks in these cafes, many of whom were viewing hard core images of impurity. The situation was so bad in one of these places that I had to walk out as I felt a spirit of diabolical oppression that made me physically ill. It is in such places, I have learned, that many of these internet scams are dispatched, although there are probably lots of the old-fashioned "boiler room" operations that do so as well.
Here is a listing of just a few the websites that carry variations of the "hit man" extortion scheme." One will notice that a website familiar to some of you now comes up in this list, which might help a few people to consider First and Last Things for the first time in their lives:
That's only a sampling of the sites that the wording--or variation thereof--of the e-mail that was sent to me can be found. Who knew? I didn't. There's also a report on snopes.com: Hitman Bribe Scam about the scheme.
After a long day of working on my book yesterday, October 10, 2011, the Feast of Saint Francis Borgia, I did a Google search of the word chain containing the "follow-up" e-mail that I received yesterday morning after Holy Mass. What follows below is an exchange of "correspondence" between a prospective victim and his scammer that ends with a final e-mail from the intended victim that mocked the broken English of the scammer. I was in stitches reading this to Sharon last night as I laughed out loud doing so, being unable at times to complete the sentence without fits of uncontrollable laughter. Doing this on what would have been my late father's ninety-second birthday, as I was reading that final e-mail as he would have read it, that is, laughing and with tears in his eyes. It was a nice gift from my father on his birthday, on which date three years ago we answered the advertisement for a six-month ago beagle, who has turned out to be as affectionate as the beagles we had when my father was practicing veterinary medicine:
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 00:14:14 +0000
is the only way I could contact you for now,I want you to be very
careful about this and keep this secret with you until I make out space
for us to see. You have no need of knowing who I am or where I am from.I
know this may sound very surprising to you but it’s the situation.I
have been paid some ransom in advance to terminate you with some reasons
listed to me by my employer.It’s someone I believe you call a friend, I
have followed you closely for a while now and your home location has
made my job very easy but have seen that you are innocent of the
accusations he leveled against you. Do not contact the police or try to
send a copy of this to them,because if you do, I will know,and I might
be pushed to do what I have been paid to do.Besides, this is the time I
turn out to be a betrayer in my job.I took pity on you,that is why I
have made up my mind to help you if you are willing to help yourself.
listen,I will arrange for us to see face to face,but before that, I
need $15,000. I will come to your home or you determine where you wish
we meet; I repeat, do not arrange for the cops and if you play hard to
get, it will be extended to your family.Do not set any camera to cover
us or set up any tape to record our conversation, my employer is in my
control now. Payment details will be provided for you to make a part
payment of $10,000 first,which will serve as guarantee that you are ready to
co-orperate,then i will post a copy of the video tape that contains his
request for me to terminate you which will be enough evidence for you to
take any legal action against him before he employs another person for
the job. You will pay the balance of $5,000 once you receive the tape.
do not contact the police, make sure you dont sleep with your two eyes
closed until this whole thing is sorted out,if you neglect any of these
warnings, you will have yourself to blame. You do not have much time, so
get back to me immediately.
will advise you keep this to yourself alone, not even a friend or a
family member should know about it because it could be one of them. Here
is a private mail you can reach me firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: RE: Hello
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 06:46:05 -0700
is very shocking! I'll do what you say...how soon can I get you the
money? I can't be killed because I have so much to live for. How
should I pay you, in dollars or euros?
Subject: RE: Hello
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 17:39:13 +0000
had a conversation with my client who want to get you killed, i said to
my self i wouldn't kill such an innocent person like you,when i saw
your pictures i was shocked but it's my job to kill and get paid.My men
have been instructed to stay around your home and watch you where ever u
go and when ever u get back .So don't play dumb with me. u go send the
money to me and use western union money transfer.That way i can pick up
the money 30mins after you finish transferring it. I don't want any
smart attitude or else u will make me turn my back at you and get you
killed.Am watching you right even from your home,i will make sure you
don't get killed cos i have betrayed my job by accepting funds from you
in replacement of your life wish have been paid for by my client.
This is my address to send the money to.
* Name: charles patten
* Address: Avenida Carlotta Alesandri 109
City: Malaga 98828
Country : Spain
Text Question: To Whom
Text Answer: Friend
u get the money sent get back to me with the Mtcn Control Number with
the amount sent also with the sender's name..Then i will tell u where we
will meet in person.No (CIA) OR(FBI) okay..Don't push me to what i
wouldn't want to do.cos i have been paid to kill you...get back to me as
soon as possible okay.The reason i want the funds to be paid to
Spain.cos i don't want to leave any traces.
Your life is at risk
[The fiinal response from the intended victim is simply hilarious.}
Subject: RE: Hello
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 07:02:07 -0700
many people have you killed? I don't want to play dumb, but I want to
make sure that you're really good at your job. Did you ever mess up and
just leave someone really hurt but not dead? If you must kill me, then
I want to make sure you finish job good and complete, so no fooling
around this time.
must confess, I've been so afraid to walk out of the house because of
your boss wanting me dead. I know you have a job to do and I'm thankful
that you give me choice to pay you instead of dying. Please don't be
mad, but I cannot use Western Union to transfer money to boss man.
Western Union say I bounce check so I kicked off account. I have the
money because I am very scared. All of the money is in pennies. You
will need pickup truck to collect pennies, but please don't kill me.
The pennies are shiny. (See entry of "Death threats upon a bike race promoter" by scrolling down at California Bicycle June 1, 2010..)
As a native New York who laughs out loud at the good use of wit, I found this e-mail to be a scream.
This is what I will write to my own "pen pal" after the police finish their investigation:
Each of us will die one day. Some of us will die in the near future. Others of us may die many years for now.
No matter when we die, however, we are going to face Our Divine Judge, Christ the King, Who will render unto us our Particular Judgment. This is something that I take very seriously every day of my life, and it is something I was very conscious of when receiving your first communication, which I learned the day after reading it is nothing other than a scam designed to extort money from intended "victims" of supposedly paid assassins. I did not know this at the time, although I was aware that some kind of hoax was being perpetrated. As I was not sure, the first thing that I did was to get myself to a true Catholic priest to make a full and complete General Confession of the sins of my life just in case the threat turned out to be real.
You have, objectively speaking, committed numerous sins in your communication. You have lied. You have misrepresented facts. You have attempted to scare and intimidate a fellow human being for purposes of lining your own pockets with money. You have threatened to put a bullet through my forehead, thus communicating that you were prepared, after violating the Eighth Commandment by means of your numerous lies, to violate the Fifth Commandment that prohibits the direct, intentional taking of any innocent human life for any reason whatsoever. Finally, you seek to enrich yourself and your confederates, if any, by violating the Seventh Commandment by attempting to take money that does not belong to you, money, quite by the way, that I do not have and could not possibly raise and would never seek to raise in the face of such a threat even if it had been real.
Mr. Scammer, you ought to consider these words of Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, the founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (The Redemptorists), in his sermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost:
Beloved Christians, of all the goods
of nature, of fortune, and of grace, which we have received from God, we
are not the masters, neither can we dispose of them as we please; we
are but the administrators of them; and therefore we should employ them
according to the will of God, who is our Lord. Hence, at the hour of
death, we must render a strict account of them to Jesus Christ, our
Judge. "For we must all be manifested before the judgment seat of
Christ, that every one may receive the 'proper things of the body as he
hath done, whether it be good or evil"--II. Cor., v. 10. This is the
precise meaning of that "give an account of thy stewardship",
in the gospel of this day. "You are not," says St. Bonaventure, in his
comment on these words, "a master, but a steward over the things
committed to you; and therefore you are to render an account of them". I
will place before your eyes to-day, the rigour of this judgment, which
shall be passed on each of us on the last day of our life. Let us
consider the terror of the soul, first, when she shall be presented to the Judge; secondly, when she shall be examined; and thirdly; when she shall be condemned.
First point. Terror of the souls when she shall be presented to the Judge.
1. "It is appointed unto men once to
die, and, after this, the judgment"--Heb., ix. 27. It is of faith that
we shall die, and that, after death, a judgment shall be passed on all
the actions of our life. Now, what shall be the terror of each of us,
when we shall be at the point of death, and shall have before our eyes
the judgment which must take place the very moment the soul departs from
the body? Then shall be decided our doom to eternal life, or to eternal
death. At the time of the passage of their souls from this life to
eternity, the sight of their past sins, the rigour of God's judgment,
and the uncertainty of their eternal salvation, have made the saints
tremble. St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi trembled in her sickness, through
the fear of judgment; and to her confessor, when he endeavoured to give
her courage, she said, Ah, father, it is a terrible thin to appear before Christ in judgment. After spending many years in penance in the desert, St. Agatho trembled at the hour of death, and said: What shall become of me when I shall be judged?
The venerable Father Louis de Ponte was seized with such a fit of
trembling at the thought of the account which he should render to God,
that he shook the room in which he lay. The thought of judgment inspired
the venerable Juvenal Ancina, Priest of the Oratory, and afterwards the
Bishop of Saluzzo, with the determination to leave the world. Hearing
the Dies Irae sung, and considering the terror of the souls when
presented before Jesus Christ, the Judge, he took, and afterwards
executed, the resolution of giving himself entirely to God.
2. It is the common opinion of
theologians, that, at the very moment and in the very place in which the
soul departs from the body, the divine tribunal is erected, the
accusation is read, and the sentence is passed by Jesus Christ, the
Judge. At this terrible tribunal each of us shall be presented, to give
an account of all our thoughts, of all our words, and of all our
actions. "For we must all be manifested before the judgment seat of
Christ, that every one may receive the proper things of the body,
according as he heath done, whether it be good or evil"--II. Cor., v.
10. When presented before an Earthly judge, criminals have been seen to
fall into a cold sweat through fear. It is related of Piso, that, so
great and insufferable was the confusion which he felt at the thought of
appearing as a criminal before the senate, that he killed himself. How
great is the pain of a vassal, or of a son, in appearing before an angry
prince or an enraged father, to account for some crime which he has
committed! Oh! how much greater shall be the pain and confusion of the
soul in standing before Jesus Christ enraged against her for having
despised him during her life! Speaking of judgment, St. Luke says, "Then
they shall see the Son of Man"--Luke, xxi. 27. They shall see Jesus
Christ as man, with the same wounds with which he ascended into Heaven.
"Great joy of the beholders!" says Robert the Abbot, "great terror of
those who are in expectation!" These wounds shall console the just, and
shall terrify the wicked. In them sinners shall see the Redeemer's love
for themselves, and their ingratitude to him.
3. "Who," says the Prophet Nahum,
"can stand before the face of his indignation?--i. 6. How great, then,
shall be the terror of a soul that finds himself in sin before this
Judge, the first time she shall see him, and shall see him full of
wrath! St. Basil says that she shall be tortured more by her shame and
confusion than by the very fire of Hell. "Horridior quam ignis, erit
udor". Philip the Second rebuked one of his domestics for having told a
lie. "Is it thus", said the kin to him, "you deceive me?" The domestic,
after having returned hom, died of grief. The Scripture tells us, that
when Joseph, reproved his brethren, saying, "I am Joseph, whom you sold",
they were unable to answer for fear, and remained silent. "His brethren
could not answer him, being struck with exceeding great fear"--Gen.,
xlv. 3.Now, what answer shall sinners make to Jesus Christ when he shall
say to them: I am your Redeemer and your Judge, whom you have so much
despised? Where shall the miserable beings fly, says St. Augustine, when
they shall see an angry Judge above, Hell open below, on one side their
own sins accusing them, and on the other devils dragging them to
punishment, and their conscience burning them within? "Above shall be an
enraged Judge; below a horrid chaos; on the right, sins accusing him;
on the let, demons dragging him to punishment; within, a burning
conscience. Whither shall a sinner, beset in this manner, fly?" Perhaps
he will cry for mercy? But how, asks Eusebius Emissenus, can he dare to
implore mercy, when he must first render an account of his contempt for
the mercy which Jesus Christ had shown to him? "With what face will you
who are to be first judged for contempt of mercy, ask for mercy?" But
let us come to the rendering of the accounts.
Second point. Terror of the soul when she shall be examined.
4. As soon as the soul shall be
presented before the tribunal of Jesus Christ, he will say to her: "Give
an account of thy stewardship": render instantly an account of thy
entire life. The Apostle tells us, that to be worthy of eternal glory,
our lives must be found conformable to the life of Jesus Christ. "For
whom he foreknew, he also predestinated to be made conformable to the
image of his Son;...them he has also glorified"--Rom., viii.. 29, 30.
Hence St. Peter has said, that in the judgment of Jesus Christ, the just
man, who has observed the divine law, has pardoned enemies, has
respected the saints, has practised chastity, meekness and other
virtues, shall scarcely be saved. "The just man scarcely shall be
saved." The Apostles adds: "Where shall the ungodly and the sinner
appear?"--I. Pet. iv., 18. What shall become of the vindictive and the
unchaste, of blasphemers, and slanderers? What shall become of those
whose entire life is opposed to the life of Jesus Christ?
5. In the first place, the Judge
shall demand of sinners an account of all the blessings and graces which
he bestowed upon them in order to bring them to salvation, and which
they have rendered fruitless. He will demand an account of the years
granted to them that they might serve God, and which they have spent in
offending him. "He hat called against me the time"--Lam., i. 15. He will
then demand an account of their sins. Sinners commit sins, and
afterwards forget them; but Jesus Christ does not forget them: he keeps,
as Job says, all our iniquities numbered, as it were in a bag. "Thou
has sealed up my iniquities, as it were in a bag"--Job, xiv. 17. And he
tells us that, on the day of accounts, he will take a lamp to scrutinize
all the actions of our life. "And it shall come to pass at that time,
that I will search Jerusalem with lamps"--Soph., i. 12. The lamp, says
Mendoza on this passage, penetrates all the corners of the house--that
is, God will discover all the defects of our conscience, great and
small. According to St. Anselm, an account shall be demanded of every
glance of the eyes. "Exigitur usque ad ictum oculi". And, according to
St. Matthew, of every idle word. "Every idle word that men shall speak,
they shall render an account for it on the day of judgment"--Matt., xii.
6. The Prophet Malachy says, that as
gold is refined by taking away the dross, so on the day of judgment, all
our actions shall be examined; and every defect which may be discovered
shall be punished. "He shall purify the sons of Levi, and shall refine
them as gold"--Mal. iii. 3. Even our justices--that is, our good words,
confessions, communions, and prayers--shall be examined. "When I shall
take a time, I will judge justices"--Ps., lxxiv. 3. But, if every
glance, every idle word, and even good works, shall be judged, with what
rigour shall immodest expressions, blasphemies, grievous detractions,
theft, and sacrileges be judged? Alas! on that day every soul shall, as
St. Jerome says, "see to her own confusion, all the evils which she has
done. "videbit unusquisque quod fecit."
7. "Weight and balance are judgments
of the Lord"--Prov., xvi. 11. In the balance of the Lord, a holy life
and good works make the scale descend; but nobility, wealth, and
science, have no weight. Hence, if found innocent, the peasant, the
poor, and the ignorant, shall be rewarded. But the man of rank, of
wealth, or or learning, if found guilty, shall be condemned."Thou art
weighted in the balance", said Daniel to Balthassar, "and art found
wanting"--Dan., v. 27. "Neither his gold, nor his wealth", says father
Alvares, "but the king alone was weighed."
8. At the divine tribunal, the poor
sinner shall see himself accused by the Devil, who, according to St.
Augustine, "will recite the words of our profession, and will charge us
before our face with all that we have done, will state the day and the
hour in which we sinned"--Con. jud., tom. VI. He will recite the words
of our profession; that is, he will enumerate the promises which we have
made to God, and which we afterwards violated. He will charge us before
our face; he will upbraid us with all our wicked deeds, pointing to the
day and hour in which they were committed. And he will, as the same
saint says, conclude his accusation by saying: "I have suffered neither
stripes nor scourges for this man." Lord, I have suffered nothing for
this ungrateful sinner, and to make himself my salve, he has turned his
back on thee, who hast endured so much for his salvation. He, therefore,
justly belongs to me. Even his angel-guardian will, according to
Origen, come forward to accuse him, and will say" I have laboured so
many years for his salvation; but he has despised all my admonitions.
"Unusquisque angelorum perhibet testimonium, quot annis circa eum
laboraverit sed ille monita sprevit"--hom., lxvi. Thus, even friends
shall treat with contempt the guilty soul. "All her friends have
despised her"--Lamen., i. 2. Her ver sins shall, says St. Bernard,
accuse her. "And they shall say: You have made us; we are your work; we
shall not desert you"--Lib., Medit., cap. ii. We are your offspring; we
shall not leave you; we shall be your companions in Hell for all
9. Let us now examine the excuses
which the sinner will be able to advance. He will say, that the evil
inclinations of nature had drawn him to sin. But he shall be told that,
if concupiscence impelled him to sins, it did not oblige him to commit
them; and that, if he had recourse to God, he should have received from
him grace to resist every temptation. For this purpose Jesus Christ has
left us the sacraments; but, when we do not make use of them, we can
complain only of ourselves. "But," says the Redeemer, "now they have no
excuse for their sin"--John, xv. 22. To excuse himself, the sinner shall
also say, that the Devil tempted him to sin. But, as St. Augustine
says, "The enemy is bound like a dog in chains, and can bite only him
who has united himself to him with a deadly security." The Devil can
bark, but cannot bit, unless you adhere and listen to him. Hence the
saint adds: " See how foolish is the man whom a dog loaded with chains
bites". Perhaps he will advance his bad habits as an excuse; but this
shall not stand; for the same St. Augustine says, that though it is
difficult to resist the force of an evil habit, "if any one does not
desert himself, he will conquer it with the divine assistance". If a man
does not abandon himself to sin, and invokes God's aid, he will
overcome evil habits. The Apostle tells us, that the Lord does not
permit us to be tempted beyond our strength. "God is faithful, who will
not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able."--I. Cor.,
10. "For what shall I do", said Job,
"when God shall rise to judge me? and when he shall examine, what shall I
answer him?"--Job., xxxi. 14. What answer shall the sinner give to
Jesus Christ? How can he, who sees himself so clearly convicted, give an
answer? He shall be covered with confusion, and shall remain silent,
like the man found without the nuptial garment. "But he was
silent"--Matt., xxii. 12. His very sins shall shut the sinner's mouth.
"And all iniquity shall stop her mouth"--Ps., cvi. 42. There, says St.
Thomas of Villanova, there shall be no intercessors, to whom the sinner
can have recourse. "There, there is no opportunity of sinning; there, no
intercessor, no friend, no father shall assist". Who shall then save
you? Is it God? But how, asks St. Basil, can you expect salvation from
him whom you have despised? "Who shall deliver you? Is it God, whom you
have insulted?"--S. Bas., Or. 4, de Pen. Alas, the guilty soul that
leaves this world in sin, is condemned by herself before the Judge
pronounces sentences. Let us come to the sentence of the Judge.
Third point. Terror of the soul when she shall be condemned.
11. How great shall be the joy of a
soul when, at death, she hears from Jesus Christ these sweet words:
"Well done, good and faithful servant; because thou hast been faithful
over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter into the
joy of thy Lord"--Matt., xxv. 21. Equally great shall be the anguish and
despair of a guilty soul, that shall see herself driven away by the
Judge with the following words: "Depart from me, you cursed, into
everlasting fire"--verse 41. Oh! what a terrible thunderclap shall that
sentence be to her! "O how frightfully", says the Carthusian, "shall
that thunder resound!" Eusebius writes that, the terror of sinners at
hearing their condemnation shall be so great, that, if they could, they
would die again. "The wicked shall be seized with the terror at the
sight of the Judge pronouncing sentence, that, if they were not
immortal, they should die a second time" But, brethren, let us, before
the termination of this sermon, make some reflections which will be
profitable to us. St. Thomas of Villanova says, that some listen to
discourses on the judgment and condemnation of the wicked, with as
little concern as if they themselves were secure against these things,
or as if the day of judgment were never to arrive for them. "Heu quam
securi haec dicimus et audimus, quasi nos non tangeret haec sententia,
aut quasi dies haec nunquam esset venturus!" Cone. i., de Jud. The saint
then asks: Is it not great folly to entertain security in so perilous
an affair? "Quae est ista stulta securitas in discrimine tanto?" There
are some, says St. Augustine, who, though they live in sin, cannot
imagine that God will send them to Hell. "Will God" they say, "really
condemn us?" Brethren, adds the saint, do not speak thus. So many of the
damned did not believe that they should be sent to Hell; but the end
came, and, according to the threat of Ezechiel, they have been cast into
that place of darkness. "The end is come, the end is come. . . and I
will send my wrath upon thee, and I will judge thee"--Ezec., vii. 2, 3.
Sinners, perhaps vengeance is at hand for you, and still you laugh and
sleep in sin. Who will not tremble at the words of the Baptist, "for now
the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree, therefore, that
doth not yield good fruit, shall be cut down and cast into the
fire"?--Matt., iii. 10. He says, that every tree that does not bring
forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and cast into the fire: and he
promises that, with regard to the trees, which represent sinners, the
axe is already laid to the roots--that is, the chastisement is at hand.
Dearly beloved brethren, let us follow the counsel of the Holy
Ghost--"Before judgment, prepare thee justice"--Eccl., xviii. 19. Let us
adjust our accounts before the day of accounts. Let us seek God, now
that we can find him; for the time shall come when we will wish, but
shall not be able to find him. "you shall seek me and shall not find
me"--John, vii. 36. "Before judgment," says St. Augustine, "the Judge
can be appeased, but not in judgment". By a change of life, we can now
appease the anger of Jesus Christ, and recover his grace; but when he
shall judge, and find us in sin, he must execute justice, and we shall
be lost. (Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, Sermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.)
This applies to each one of us, Mr. Scammer. Each of us must struggle against the forces of the world, the flesh and the devil. Each of us must make reparation for our sins, resolving to live more penitentially as we withdraw more and more from the world following each Confession we make to a true Catholic priest, who acts as an alter Christus in persona Christi (an other Christ in the person of Christ) to administer onto our souls the merits He won for us by the shedding of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross on Good Friday in atonement for our sins. Yes, Darkened Souls Can Be Made White As Snow. Numerous saints who were once notorious sinners have shown us that this is so. We have the examples of Saint Mary Magdalene and Saint Augustine and Saint Camillus de Lellis, to name just three, who have been raised to the altars of Holy Mother Church after having led lives of sin.
We cannot save our own souls. We need the teaching and the sanctifying offices of the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order. We also need the help and protection of the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially by the means of Total Marian Consecration by which we belong to her Divine Son, Christ the King, as the slaves of her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, praying as many Rosaries each day as our state-in-life permits. Our Lady wants us to place ourselves in the crossing of her arms and into the folds of her mantle. We are her little children. She wants us to be with her in Heaven to enjoy the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity.
One cannot get there by committing acts of extortion that seek to scare people in order to steal their money. That is the path to Hell, where the souls of the damned are deprived of the Beatific Vision, Whose possession is the very Final End of our existence, and are tormented by the the pains of hellfire and by the taunts of the demons and the screams and cries and lamentation of the other lost souls. I don't want to go there. Do you?
It's your choice. Stop scamming now.
Our Lady is there to help you to lead you to her Divine Son. Will you be a trusting child of hers or persist in your sins? I will be praying that you make the right choice sooner rather than later.
Yes, it is indeed your choice, one that will determine your eternal destiny.
Sincerely yours in Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen,
Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D.
Men and their societies must be plunged into the abyss of the madness of sin when Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ not recognized as the King of men and their nations and when His Most Blessed Mother is not honored as their Queen. Men live without fear of Divine Judgment on their souls, either because they are convinced by the presumption of Protestantism that they are "saved" because they have made their "profession of faith" on their lips and in their hearts, or because they have no belief in God whatsoever and thus live as barbarians who bring upon themselves their own ruin now and for all eternity.
Our true popes have told us what must occur when men do not live according to the one and only true standard of human liberty, the Holy Cross, as It is held high by Holy Mother Church:
This shameful font of indifferentism gives
rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty
of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It
spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and
over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to
religion from it. "But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of
error," as Augustine was wont to say. When all
restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of
truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to
ruin. Then truly "the bottomless pit" is open from which John saw smoke
ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to
devastate the earth. Thence comes transformation of
minds, corruption of youths, contempt of sacred things and holy laws --
in other words, a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other.
Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for
wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil,
namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire
Here We must include that harmful and never
sufficiently denounced freedom to publish any writings whatever and
disseminate them to the people, which some dare to demand and promote
with so great a clamor. We are horrified to see what monstrous
doctrines and prodigious errors are disseminated far and wide in
countless books, pamphlets, and other writings which, though small in
weight, are very great in malice. We are in tears at the abuse which
proceeds from them over the face of the earth. Some are so carried away
that they contentiously assert that the flock of errors arising from
them is sufficiently compensated by the publication of some book which
defends religion and truth. Every law condemns deliberately doing evil
simply because there is some hope that good may result. Is there any
sane man who would say poison ought to be distributed, sold publicly,
stored, and even drunk because some antidote is available and those who
use it may be snatched from death again and again? (Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari Vos, August 15, 1832.)
For you well know, venerable brethren, that at this
time men are found not a few who, applying to civil society the impious
and absurd principle of "naturalism," as they call it, dare to teach
that "the best constitution of public society and (also) civil progress
altogether require that human society be conducted and governed without
regard being had to religion any more than if it did not exist; or, at
least, without any distinction being made between the true religion and
false ones." And, against the doctrine of Scripture, of the Church, and
of the Holy Fathers, they do not hesitate to assert that "that is the
best condition of civil society, in which no duty is recognized, as
attached to the civil power, of restraining by enacted penalties,
offenders against the Catholic religion, except so far as public peace
may require." From which totally false idea of social government
they do not fear to foster that erroneous opinion, most fatal in its
effects on the Catholic Church and the salvation of souls, called by Our
Predecessor, Gregory XVI, an "insanity," viz., that "liberty of
conscience and worship is each man's personal right, which ought to be
legally proclaimed and asserted in every rightly constituted society;
and that a right resides in the citizens to an absolute liberty,
which should be restrained by no authority whether ecclesiastical or
civil, whereby they may be able openly and publicly to manifest and
declare any of their ideas whatever, either by word of mouth, by the
press, or in any other way." But, while they rashly affirm this,
they do not think and consider that they are preaching "liberty of
perdition;" and that "if human arguments are always allowed free room
for discussion, there will never be wanting men who will dare to resist
truth, and to trust in the flowing speech of human wisdom; whereas we
know, from the very teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, how carefully
Christian faith and wisdom should avoid this most injurious babbling."
And, since where religion has been removed from
civil society, and the doctrine and authority of divine revelation
repudiated, the genuine notion itself of justice and human right is
darkened and lost, and the place of true justice and legitimate right is
supplied by material force, thence it appears why it is that some,
utterly neglecting and disregarding the surest principles of sound
reason, dare to proclaim that "the people's will, manifested by what is
called public opinion or in some other way, constitutes a supreme law,
free from all divine and human control; and that in the political order
accomplished facts, from the very circumstance that they are
accomplished, have the force of right." But who, does not see
and clearly perceive that human society, when set loose from the bonds
of religion and true justice, can have, in truth, no other end than the
purpose of obtaining and amassing wealth, and that (society under such
circumstances) follows no other law in its actions, except the
unchastened desire of ministering to its own pleasure and interests?" (Pope Pius IX, Quanta Cura, December 8, 1864.)
We live in a world of complete insanity and madness as a result of the simple fact that men and their nations have divorced themselves from the only source of sanity on the face of this earth, the Catholic Church, a world where those whom most people believe are her officials have divorced themselves from even any passing reference to the eternal truths and prophetic warnings expressed in the encyclical letters of our true popes.
Madness envelops us as nearly four thousand babies are killed by surgical means every day in this country while thousands more die as a result of abortifacient contraceptives.
Madness envelops us as immodesty of dress an indecency of speech have become accepted as part of everyday living.
Madness envelops us as those who commit sins of unnatural vice portray themselves as champions of "civil rights" as they demand recognize for the "civil unions" and "marriages."
Madness envelops us as large numbers of adult delinquents, agitated by the methods of Saul Alinsky in which the reining caesar was trained, seek to deal with economic problems caused by contemporary capitalism with mindless street protests and barbaric behavior as they mouth slogans designed to advance statist prescriptions derived from socialism and communism without realizing that their nonexistent "solutions" derive from the same source as capitalism, namely, Calvinism:
The thesis we have endeavoured to present in this essay is, that
the two great dominating schools of modern economic thought have a
common origin. The capitalist school, which, basing its position on the
unfettered right of the individual to do what he will with his own,
demands the restriction of government interference in economic and
social affairs within the narrowest possible limits, and the socialist
school, which, basing its position on the complete subordination of the
individual to society, demands the socialization of all the means of
production, if not all of wealth, face each other today as the only two
solutions of the social question; they are bitterly hostile towards each
other, and mutually intolerant and each is at the same weakened and
provoked by the other. In one respect, and in one respect only, are they
identical--they can both be shown to be the result of the Protestant
We have seen the direct connection which exists between these modern schools of economic thought and their common ancestor. Capitalism
found its roots in the intensely individualistic spirit of
Protestantism, in the spread of anti-authoritative ideas from the realm
of religion into the realm of political and social thought, and, above
all, in the distinctive Calvinist doctrine of a successful and
prosperous career being the outward and visible sign by which the
regenerated might be known. Socialism, on the other hand, derived
encouragement from the violations of established and prescriptive rights
of which the Reformation afforded so many examples, from the growth of
heretical sects tainted with Communism, and from the overthrow of the
orthodox doctrine on original sin, which opened the way to the idea of
the perfectibility of man through institutions. But, apart from
these direct influences, there were others, indirect, but equally
important. Both these great schools of economic thought are
characterized by exaggerations and excesses; the one lays too
great stress on the importance of the individual, and other on the
importance of the community; they are both departures, in opposite
directions, from the correct mean of reconciliation and of individual
liberty with social solidarity. These excesses and
exaggerations are the result of the free play of private judgment
unguided by authority, and could not have occurred if Europe had
continued to recognize an infallible central authority in ethical
The science of economics is the science of
men's relations with one another in the domain of acquiring and
disposing of wealth, and is, therefore, like political science in
another sphere, a branch of the science of ethics. In the Middle Ages,
man's ethical conduct, like his religious conduct, was under the
supervision and guidance of a single authority, which claimed at the
same time the right to define and to enforce its teaching. The
machinery for enforcing the observance of medieval ethical teaching was
of a singularly effective kind; pressure was brought to bear upon the
conscience of the individual through the medium of compulsory periodical
consultations with a trained moral adviser, who was empowered to
enforce obedience to his advice by the most potent spiritual sanctions.
In this way, the whole conduct of man in relation to his neighbours was
placed under the immediate guidance of the universally received ethical
preceptor, and a common standard of action was ensured throughout the
Christian world in the all the affairs of life. All economic
transactions in particular were subject to the jealous scrutiny of the
individual's spiritual director; and such matters as sales, loans, and
so on, were considered reprehensible and punishable if not conducted in
accordance with the Christian standards of commutative justice.
The whole of this elaborate system for the
preservation of justice in the affairs of everyday life was shattered by
the Reformation. The right of private judgment, which had first been
asserted in matters of faith, rapidly spread into moral matters, and the
attack on the dogmatic infallibility of the Church left Europe without
an authority to which it could appeal on moral questions. The
new Protestant churches were utterly unable to supply this want. The
principle of private judgment on which they rested deprived them of any
right to be listened to whenever they attempted to dictate moral
precepts to their members, and henceforth the moral behaviour of the
individual became a matter to be regulated by the promptings of his own
conscience, or by such philosophical systems of ethics as he happened to
approve. The secular state endeavoured to ensure that dishonesty
amounting to actual theft or fraud should be kept in check, but this was
a poor and ineffective substitute for the powerful weapon of the
confessional. Authority having once broken down, it was but a single
step from Protestantism to rationalism; and the way was opened to the
development of all sorts of erroneous systems of morality. (Dr. George
O'Brien, An Essay on the Economic Efforts of the Reformation, IHS Press, Norfolk, Virginia, 2003.)
Dr. O'Brien went on to state
that true pope after true pope has stated concerning the necessity of
men and their nations subordinating themselves to the Catholic Church as
they pursue the common temporal good in light of man's Last End:
There is one institution and one
institution alone which is capable of supplying and enforcing the social
ethic that is needed to revivify the world. It is an institution at
once intra-national and international; an institution that can claim to
pronounce infallibly on moral matters, and to enforce the observance of
the its moral decrees by direct sanctions on the individual conscience
of man; an institution which, while respecting and supporting the civil
governments of nations, can claim to exist independently of them, and
can insist that they shall not intrude upon the moral life or fetter the
moral liberty of their citizens. Europe possessed such an institution
in the Middle Ages; its dethronement was the unique achievement of the
Reformation; and the injury inflicted by that dethronement has never
since been repaired. (George O'Brien, An Essay on the Economic Effects of the Reformation, first published in 1923, republished by IHS press in 2003, p. 132.)
None of the midget naturalists of the false opposite of the right who are running for the chance to run against the midget naturalist of the false opposite of the left understand any of this. Not one little bit of this. None of them realize that our economic and social problems will only worsen as long as men sin wantonly and as long as they continue to ignore and to defy, both individually and collectively in the institutions of civil government and the levers of commerce and culture, the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law as they have been entrusted to Holy Mother Church by Christ the King in order to be taught infallibly for the right ordering of their souls and thus of their nations.
We are consigned to subject to the schemes of those live in a virtual netherworld of internet cafe-dwelling confidence men of the "right" and of the "left" until there is the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the fruit of her Fatima Message, that will vanquish the interrelated forces of Modernity in the world and Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism once and for all. We just have to make sure that we do not wind up in the netherworld of the damned for all eternity, which is why we must persevere in our assiduous, fervent and devout praying of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary every day. We must use this time of chastisement and disarray to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for our many sins.
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon.