Many Acts of Evil Demand Many Acts of Reparation
by Thomas A. Droleskey
Many acts of overt evil will be committed by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI during his upcoming visit to the United States of America. He is, of course, entirely oblivious to the evil acts that he will perform. He has convinced himself from the time of his seminary studies that dogmatic truths can be "understood" differently at different times, a completely Modernist proposition that strikes at the very heart of the nature of God's own immutability. It is relatively easy for one who does not understand or accept the fixed nature of truth of any kind, including dogmatic truth, to have no sense whatsoever of the honor and majesty that are due God, no less to realize that even giving the appearance of the approval of false religions and their symbols is gravely offensive to God and to the souls, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, for whom He shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross.
Although the facts listed later in this article have been contained in other articles on this site, they are worth repeating again, especially since some self-styled voices of "tradition" have decided to exercise a new-found sense of self-censorship when it comes to "bad news" about Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, downplaying, if not ignoring altogether, those things are truly evil and that cannot be justified in the slightest as being in consonance with the Catholic Faith. It give me no joy whatsoever to have to note this censorship. Others, including some in the "resist and recognize" camp have done so, including a Margaret Gallitizin on the Tradition in Action website recently:
Who raises an eyebrow today to see a picture like the one below? It was taken recently, on March 6, 2008, at the Vatican, published by L’Osservatore Romano. Benedict XVI, Head of the One Holy Catholic Church, exchanges embraces and kisses with Schismatic patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I before a meeting at the Vatican. After a half hour of conversation, the two leaders – presented as equals, acting as equals – went to the tiny Chapel of Urban VIII near the papal library and prayed aloud together.
Then Bartholomew meandered on to the Jesuit-run Pontifical Oriental Institute to lecture Catholics on “theology, liturgy and silence,” telling them how the spiritual experience of the Schismatics supposedly responds to the needs of the modern man. At the end of his pep talk for so-called “Orthodox” Church traditions, Bartholomew issued a warning to Catholics that we should not undertake “provocative initiatives” in ministry in the joint effort to restore unity. That is a way to say, “Please stop all conversion activity.”
Benedict embraces schismatic patriarch Bartholomew I before praying together in the Vatican
This was by no means the first of such encounters of Benedict XVI. Au contraire, they have been common. He embraced this same Bartholomew, for example, two years ago in Istanbul and held a solemn prayer service with him in the schismatic Church of St. George.
Praying at a mosque in Turkey
At the Cologne synagogue: prayer with the Jews
Also in Turkey, Benedict XVI joined an Islamic mufti in prayers under the towering dome of Istanbul's Blue Mosque. Upon arriving at the synagogue in Cologne in 2005, he participated in a Jewish prayer. In January of this year Pope Ratzinger and Protestant Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), came together to pray at an ecumenical Vespers service at the Rome Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. He and the Protestant minister united to close the Week of Christian Unity, at which Conciliar Popes have prayed with schismatics and heretics since 1967.
The official schedule of Benedict XVI on his 4-day trip to the US (April 15-19) shows him praying twice with leaders of false religions. One day he will lead an inter-faith meeting with 200 leaders from Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain and Hindu communities at the JPII Cultural Center. The next day he presides over an ecumenical meeting in St. Joseph’s Church in New York.
How can the faithful in the pews realize that Catholicism is the only true faith through which salvation comes when our religious leaders – including the conciliar Popes – are hobnobbing and praying with leaders of all the false religions?
Ask the typical post-Vatican II Catholic if a man can be saved in another religion, and the answer will be in the affirmative. Perhaps with only one proviso: he must be sincere. However, this is not the age-old Catholic teaching that there is only one God, one Revelation, one Faith and one Church Rather, what today’s Catholic hears and sees is a new teaching based on Vatican II that affirms the false religions could also have their own gods, revelations and legitimate interpretations.
The present Pope is always speaking against relativism but his ecumenical actions, I fear, are nothing but relativism, and they speak louder than words.
Style versus substance
Now, I would not expect progressivist or conservative Catholics to protest against these ecumenical meetings and prayer sessions with heretics, schismatics and pagans. They justified and hurrahed the embraces of all the conciliar Popes. Why not accept the same actions by Benedict? Both progressivists and conservatives are traveling on the same ship. What I don’t understand is the silence of the traditionalists over the actions of Benedict XVI and their serious doctrinal implications.
I am pleased to see that Benedict’s style is less extravagant, his liturgies more sacral, his actions less clownish than most of the Bishops and priests we see around us in the Conciliar Church. But this is mere style, not substance. He continues to say the Novus Ordo Mass and insists that it be accepted as the Ordinary Mass even by those who are allowed to say the Tridentine rite. The Mass of the future clearly is the Novus Ordo. Its supposedly legitimacy is not allowed to be questioned. The Conciliar Revolution continues, albeit in liturgy at a slower pace.
Ratzinger prayed with Protestant Samuel Kobia, WCC Secretary, to close the 2008 Week of Christian Unity
As for ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, it is crystal clear that the Conciliar Revolution continues at the same pace. The doctrinal implication of ecumenism is simple: it destroys the unity of the Catholic Faith by implying that principles of other religions can correct, complete or be placed alongside Catholic dogma. By no longer taking a missionary position of converting people to the truth Faith and a militant attitude against the error, the Church denies her own mission.
These are very serious consequences. So serious, in fact, that they were an important factor in causing many concerned Catholics to take a position of resistance against “the teachings of Vatican Council II and the post-Conciliar Pope that are objectively opposed to the prior ordinary and extraordinary Papal Magisterium.” (Resistance Statement in We Resist You to the Face, Los Angeles: TIA, 2000).
To my knowledge, the resistance was not just a position asking for the return of the Tridentine Mass alongside the Novus Ordo. All the consequences of ecumenism and the adaptation of the Church to the Modern Word were targeted as well. In these fields also, the new teachings of Vatican II contradict the age-old unchangeable teachings of the past.
This Pope continues along the same path of promoting ecumenism, adapting the Church to the Modern World – Won’t he be here in the U.S. next month supporting the ideal of Modern World at the U.N.? – and accepting the principles of the French Revolution. These positions were clearly condemned by the past Magisterium. As Catholics we continue to have the duty to question and to resist.
My question then, is simple: Why the silence in face of continuing error? Where is the Catholic resistance?
Praying with Heretics – Where is the Catholic Resistance?
With all due respect to the author of the article pasted above, the question is not one of finding the Catholic "resistance." No, the question is one of rejecting the counterfeit church of conciliarism and its illegitimate claimants to ecclesiastical office as representing the Catholic Church. The correct understanding of the scope of the Catholic Church's infallibility, which is misrepresented and distorted repeatedly by representatives of the "resist and recognize" camp, can be found in Fathers Francisco and Dominic Radecki's
Tumultuous Times. Men who have fallen from the Faith in multiple ways by violating the Divine Positive Law are no longer members of the Catholic Church. No one who can receive with "respect" and equanimity various symbols of false religions, each of which comes from the devil and is hated by God Himself, is a friend of God. Indeed, such a person is, whether or not he realizes or accepts the fact of the matter, an open enemy of God and of the souls for whom He shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross.
No one possessed of the sensus Catholicus, no less a man who considers himself to be the Vicar of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as the Successor of Saint Peter, would have anything to do with the display of sacrilege, blasphemy and indifferentism that will take place at the "Pope" John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, District of Columbia, on Thursday, April 17, 2008:
WASHINGTON—Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Jains and Hindu communities will meet with Pope Benedict XVI April 17, at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center during the April 15-20 papal visit to the United States.
The meeting will include a papal address, greetings from inter-faith leaders and the presentation of symbolic gifts by young members of each community.
Bishop Richard Sklba, chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, noted that the theme Religions Working for Peace will run through the meeting, to which 200 leaders have been invited.
“The cry for peace in our world calls for religious bodies to come together,” Bishop Sklba said. “This meeting denotes the Holy Father’s belief in the need for religious bodies to stress the goal for peace which lies at the heart of all religions. It “exemplifies what must happen all over the world.”
The gifts symbolize the path to peace in the deepest teachings of each group. They include:
A silver menorah with seven lights. It symbolizes the perennial validity of God’s covenant of peace. Silver is frequently used in the Eastern European Jewish tradition. The menorah recalls the seven branched lamp stand used in the temple in Jerusalem.
A small, finely crafted edition of the Qur’an, in green leather and gold leaf edging. The Qur’an is the revered word of God, proclaiming God’s message of peace. Green is the traditional Islamic color.
A metallic cube representing the Jain principles of non-violence and respect for a diversity of viewpoints as a way to peace through self-discipline and dialogue.
The sacred syllable Om on a brass incense burner. Om is the primordial sound of creation itself, by which God’s liberating peace is made known. Bronze or brass are widely used for Hindu liturgical ornaments. Incense sticks are used in ritual worship among Hindu believers.
A bronze bell cast in Korea. In various Buddhist cultures, the sound of the bell demarcates the times of meditation, which leads to inner peace and enlightenment.
Presenters of the gifts include:
David J. Michaels, director of Intercommunal Affairs at B'nai B'rith International, the oldest Jewish humanitarian, advocacy and social action organization. A graduate of Yeshiva University, he trained at the Foreign Ministry of Germany, the Embassy of Israel in Washington, Ha'aretz - International Herald Tribune, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the United Nations, and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Saman Hussain, born in Pakistan and a graduate of the University of Virginia where she majored in religious studies and foreign affairs. Saman served as a leader of the Muslim Student Association and was a coordinator of the Unity Walk in memory of the victims of 9/11, organized by the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.
Aditya Vora, a Jain young adult studying at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. He has been active since high school in the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum, dialogues with Holocaust survivors in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region, and anti-prejudice, multi-cultural training programs on Long Island, NY. He received the "Student Human Rights Award" from the Smithtown, NY, Anti-Bias Task Force.
Masako Fukata, born in Tokyo, Japan, is an active youth leader of Rissho Kosei-kai, a socially engaged Buddhist organization headquartered in Tokyo with six million members world-wide. Inspired by Pope John Paul II’s hosting of the global inter-religious assembly of the World Conference of Religions for Peace at the Vatican in 1994, Ms. Masako served an internship in the Religions for Peace International Secretariat in New York in 2003. She is a member of the newly developing North American Regional Multi-Religious Youth Network.
Ravi Gupta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religion at Centre College, Kentucky. With a doctorate in Religion from University of Oxford, he is the author of The Caitanya Vaisnava Vedanta of Jiva Gosvami: When Knowledge Meets Devotion. He participated in a recent USCCB-Hindu consultation and is committed to pursuing interreligious dialogue in both his professional and personal capacities. USCCB - (Office of Media Relations) - Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain, Hindu Leaders To Meet With Pope Benedict XVI
Is it evil to accept a menorah as a symbol of the "perennial validity of God's covenant of peace"?
Is it evil to accept a copy of the Koran, represented by the American conciliar "bishops" as "the revered word of God, proclaiming God’s message of peace"?
Is it evil to accept the "metallic cube" representing the principles of Jain?
Is it evil to accept a brass incense burner (talk about a grain of incense!) with the word "Om" on it in order to "esteem" the Hindu religion?
Is it evil to accept a bell used in the false worship of Buddhism?
Anyone possessed of the sensus Catholicus knows that the answer to each of these questions is a resounding "yes!" Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI is prepared to commit, objectively speaking, multiple Mortal Sins against the First Commandment, defaming God by giving credence and respect to false religions and their symbols, showing that he is bereft of any sense of the honor and glory due to God, that he is bereft of the sense of avoiding any appearance whatsoever of placing the Catholic Faith on a plane of equality with any other religion at any time in any place for any reason. Even if he offers a word or two about Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in this meeting, something that he may or may not do, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI will vitiate those words by treating with esteem and respect symbols that are loathed by God, symbols that many saints sought to eradicate in His Holy Name as having no right to exist or be accorded any public honor or respect anywhere on the face of this earth.
Let me reiterate this fact so that the newfound defenders of false ecumenism can fire away at me as they will: Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI is prepared to commit multiple Mortal Sins by treating with esteem and respect the symbols of false religions. He thus shows himself to be a mortal, dread enemy of God Himself as He has revealed Himself through His true Church. He shows himself to be doing the work of the devil, who delights in the fact that the man considered by most of the world to be the Vicar of Christ can show to everyone in the world that "other religions" have their role to play in the establishment of the just social order within nations and "peace" among nations. Anyone who knows this to be wrong and refuses to condemn this act of apostasy as betrayal of Our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Catholic Faith should be reminded of this solemn words written by Pope Saint Leo the Great, whose feast we celebrate this year on Friday, April 11, 2008:
But it is vain for them to adopt the name of catholic, as they do not oppose these blasphemies: they must believe them, if they can listen so patiently to such words. (Pope Saint Leo the Great, Epistle XIV, To Anastasius, Bishop of Thessalonica, St. Leo the Great | Letters 1-59 )
This is not a minor matter at all. This is a grave matter. Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI does not believe this to be the case, showing for all who have the graces to see and the intellectual honesty and courage to admit that his is not a Catholic mind at all. Are there times when he sounds like a Catholic? Of course. Pope Leo XIII explained in Satis Cognitum, June 29, 1896, that the heretics of the past did not lose the Faith in its entirety, that they defected in perhaps just one area, thereby defecting from the Faith in its entirety (putting the lie to the manufactured claim posited by some theoreticians that one remains a Catholic as long as he holds to a certain and never-defined minimal number of the truths of the Faith, a claim that absolutely contradicted by Pope Leo XIII in Satis Cognitum):
The Church, founded on these principles and mindful of her office, has done nothing with greater zeal and endeavour than she has displayed in guarding the integrity of the faith. Hence she regarded as rebels and expelled from the ranks of her children all who held beliefs on any point of doctrine different from her own. The Arians, the Montanists, the Novatians, the Quartodecimans, the Eutychians, did not certainly reject all Catholic doctrine: they abandoned only a certain portion of it. Still who does not know that they were declared heretics and banished from the bosom of the Church? In like manner were condemned all authors of heretical tenets who followed them in subsequent ages. "There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole cycle of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, infect the real and simple faith taught by our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition" (Auctor Tract. de Fide Orthodoxa contra Arianos).
The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her authoritative Magisterium. Epiphanius, Augustine, Theodore :, drew up a long list of the heresies of their times. St. Augustine notes that other heresies may spring up, to a single one of which, should any one give his assent, he is by the very fact cut off from Catholic unity. "No one who merely disbelieves in all (these heresies) can for that reason regard himself as a Catholic or call himself one. For there may be or may arise some other heresies, which are not set out in this work of ours, and, if any one holds to one single one of these he is not a Catholic" (S. Augustinus, De Haeresibus, n. 88).
The need of this divinely instituted means for the preservation of unity, about which we speak is urged by St. Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians. In this he first admonishes them to preserve with every care concord of minds: "Solicitous to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph. iv., 3, et seq.). And as souls cannot be perfectly united in charity unless minds agree in faith, he wishes all to hold the same faith: "One Lord, one faith," and this so perfectly one as to prevent all danger of error: "that henceforth we be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the wickedness of men, by cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive" (Eph. iv., 14): and this he teaches is to be observed, not for a time only - "but until we all meet in the unity of faith...unto the measure of the age of the fullness of Christ" (13). But, in what has Christ placed the primary principle, and the means of preserving this unity? In that - "He gave some Apostles - and other some pastors and doctors, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ" (11-12).
Pope Saint Pius X explained in Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907, that Modernists can sound Catholic on some occasions while remaining fully committed to their Modernist principles:
This will appear more clearly to anybody who studies the conduct of Modernists, which is in perfect harmony with their teachings. In their writings and addresses they seem not unfrequently to advocate doctrines which are contrary one to the other, so that one would be disposed to regard their attitude as double and doubtful. But this is done deliberately and advisedly, and the reason of it is to be found in their opinion as to the mutual separation of science and faith. Thus in their books one finds some things which might well be approved by a Catholic, but on turning over the page one is confronted by other things which might well have been dictated by a rationalist. When they write history they make no mention of the divinity of Christ, but when they are in the pulpit they profess it clearly; again, when they are dealing with history they take no account of the Fathers and the Councils, but when they catechize the people, they cite them respectfully. In the same way they draw their distinctions between exegesis which is theological and pastoral and exegesis which is scientific and historical. So, too, when they treat of philosophy, history, and criticism, acting on the principle that science in no way depends upon faith, they feel no especial horror in treading in the footsteps of Luther and are wont to display a manifold contempt for Catholic doctrines, for the Holy Fathers, for the Ecumenical Councils, for the ecclesiastical magisterium; and should they be taken to task for this, they complain that they are being deprived of their liberty. Lastly, maintaining the theory that faith must be subject to science, they continuously and openly rebuke the Church on the ground that she resolutely refuses to submit and accommodate her dogmas to the opinions of philosophy; while they, on their side, having for this purpose blotted out the old theology, endeavor to introduce a new theology which shall support the aberrations of philosophers.
To accept the symbols of false religions is evil. No one, no less one who presents himself and is accepted to be by most people in the world, no matter mistakenly, as the Successor of Saint Peter can lay any claim to being a member of the Catholic Church in good standing while treating the symbols of false religions with respect and speaking with admiration of the ability of the adherents of false religions to work for "peace" in the world, as Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI did in his now infamous letter to the representatives of the meeting that took place in Mount Hiei, Japan, on August 4, 2007:
I am glad to greet you and all the religious leaders gathered on the occasion of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Religious Summit Meeting on Mount Hiei. I wish also to convey my best wishes to Venerable Eshin Watanabe, and to recall your distinguished predecessor as Supreme Head of the Tendai Buddhist Denomination, Venerable Etai Yamada. It was he who, having participated in the Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi on that memorable day of 27 October 1986, initiated the “Religious Summit Meeting” on Mount Hiei in Kyoto in order to keep the flame of the spirit of Assisi burning. I am also happy that Cardinal Paul Poupard, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, is able to take part in this meeting.
From the supernatural perspective we come to understand that peace is both a gift from God and an obligation for every individual. Indeed the world’s cry for peace, echoed by families and communities throughout the globe, is at once both a prayer to God and an appeal to every brother and sister of our human family. As you assemble on the sacred Mount Hiei, representing different religions, I assure you of my spiritual closeness. May your prayers and cooperation fill you with God’s peace and strengthen your resolve to witness to the reason of peace which overcomes the irrationality of violence!
Upon you all I invoke an abundance of divine blessings of inspiration, harmony and joy.” Benedict XVI sends message to interreligious meeting in Japan
The horror of the April 17, 2008, meeting at the "Pope" John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., will be followed by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's visit to the Judeo-Masonic United Nations in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York, New York. And that travesty will be followed by his second visit to a Talmudic synagogue, to take place on Passover Eve, of all dates imaginable.The Catholic Church has always condemned as an act of betrayal to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ giving any appearance of credibility to the "sacredness" of a Jewish synagogue, anathematizing those who dare to enter such a den of the devil himself.
As has been noted in a few recent articles, the late Bishop George Hay wrote over 200 years ago of the fact that all forms of inter-religious prayer are banned by the Divine Positive Law, a ban taught by the Apostles themselves from the earliest times of Church and codified repeatedly in canon law until the dawning of the age of conciliarism:
A. The spirit of Christ, which dictated the Holy Scriptures, and the spirit which animates and guides the Church of Christ, and teaches her all truth, is the same; and therefore in all ages her conduct on this point has been uniformly the same as what the Holy Scripture teaches. She has constantly forbidden her children to hold any communication, in religious matters, with those who are separated from her communion; and this she has sometimes done under the most severe penalties. In the apostolical canons, which are of very ancient standing, and for the most part handed down from the apostolical age, it is thus decreed: "If any bishop, or priest, or deacon, shall join in prayers with heretics, let him be suspended from Communion". (Can. 44)
Also, "If any clergyman or laic shall go into the synagogue of the Jews, or the meetings of heretics, to join in prayer with them, let him be deposed, and deprived of communion". (Can. 63)
So also, in one of her most respected councils, held in the year 398, at which the great St. Augustine was present, she speaks thus: "None must either pray or sing psalms with heretics; and whosoever shall communicate with those who are cut off from the Communion of the Church, whether clergyman or laic, let him be excommunicated". (Coun. Carth. iv. 72 and 73)
The same is her language in all ages; and in this she shows herself to be the true mother, who will not suffer her children to be divided. She knows her heavenly spouse has declared that "no man can serve two masters; we cannot serve God and Mammon;" and therefore she must either have them to be hers entirely, or she cannot acknowledge them as such. She knows His holy apostle has protested that there can be no "participation, no fellowship, no concord, no pact, no agreement between the faithful and the unbeliever;" and therefore she never can allow any of her faithful children to have any religious communication with those of a false religion and corrupted Faith. (The Laws of God Forbidding All Communication in Religion With Those of a False Religion.)
The late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre put the matter this way in 1986 shortly after Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II's visit to a the chief synagogue in Rome, Italy:
And most recently, the Pope has been in the synagogue of the Jews in Rome. How can the Pope pray with the enemies of Jesus Christ? These Jews know and say and believe that they are the successors of the Jews that killed Jesus Christ, and they continue to fight against Jesus Christ everywhere in the world. At the end of the Pope's visit, the Jews sang a "hymn" that included the line "I believe with all my heart in the coming of the Messiah," meaning that they refuse Jesus as the Messiah, and the Pope had given permission for this denial of Christ be sung in his presence, and he listened, head bowed! And the Holy See announces that in the near future that he will visit Taize to pray with the Protestants, and he himself said in public at St. Paul Outside the Walls that later this year he will hold a ceremony gathering all of the religions of the world together to pray for peace at Assisi in Italy, on the occasion of the Feast of Peace proclaimed by the United Nations due to take place on October 24.
“Now all these facts are public, you have seen them in the newspapers and the media. What are we to think? What is the reaction of our Catholic Faith? That is what matters. It is not our personal feelings, a sort of impression or admission of some kind. It is a question of knowing what our Faith tells us, faced with these facts. Let me quote a few words - not my words - from Canon Naz’s Dictionary of Canon Law, a wholly official and approved commentary on what has been the Catholic Church’s body of law for nineteen centuries. On the subject of sharing in the worship of non-Catholics (after all, this is what we now see Pope and bishops doing), the Church says, in Canon 1258-1: ‘It is absolutely forbidden for Catholics to attend or take any active part in the worship of non-Catholics in any way whatsoever.’ On this Canon the quasi-official Naz Commentary says, and I quote, ‘A Catholic takes active part when he joins in heterodox; i.e., non-Catholic worship with the intention of honouring God by this means in the way non-Catholics do. It is forbidden to pray, to sing or to play the organ in a heretical or schismatic temple, in association with the people worshipping there, even if the words of the hymn or the song or the prayer are orthodox.’ The reason for this prohibition is that any participation in non-Catholic worship implies profession of a false religion and hence denial of the Catholic Faith. By such participation Catholics are presumed to be adhering to the beliefs of the non- Catholics, and that is why Canon 2316 declares them ‘suspect of heresy, and if they persevere, they are to be treated as being in reality heretics.’
“Now these recent acts of the Pope and bishops, with Protestants, animists and Jews, are they not an active participation in non-Catholic worship as explained by Canon Naz on Canon 1258-1? In which case, I cannot see how it is possible to say that the Pope is not suspect of heresy, and if he continues, he is a heretic, a public heretic. That is the teaching of the Church.
“Now I don’t know if the time has come to say that the Pope is a heretic; I don’t know if it is the time to say that. You know, for some time many people, the sedevacantists, have been saying ‘there is no more Pope,’ but I think that for me it was not yet the time to say that, because it was not sure, it was not evident, it was very difficult to say that the Pope is a heretic, the Pope is apostate. But I recognize that slowly, very slowly, by the deeds and acts of the Pope himself we begin to be very anxious. I am not inventing this situation; I do not want it. I would gladly give my life to bring it to an end, but this is the situation we face, unfolding before our eyes like a film in the cinema. I don’t think it has ever happened in the history of the Church, the man seated in the chair of Peter partaking in the worship of false gods.
“What conclusion must we draw in a few months if we are confronted by these repeated acts of partaking in false worship? I don’t know. I wonder. But I think the Pope can do nothing worse than call together a meeting of all religions, when we know there is only one true religion and all other religions belong to the devil. So perhaps after this famous meeting of Assisi, perhaps we must say that the Pope is a heretic, is apostate. Now I don’t wish yet to say it formally and solemnly, but it seems at first sight that it is impossible for a Pope to be publicly and formally heretical. Our Lord has promised to be with him, to keep his faith, to keep him in the Faith - how can he at the same time be a public heretic and virtually apostatise? So it is possible we may be obliged to believe this Pope is not Pope. (The Angelus, July 1986, transcripts of talks given by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre on March 30 and April 18, 1986.)
For twenty years, Msgr. de Castro-Mayer and I preferred to wait; we said it was more prudent and more in conformity with Providence to wait because it is so important, so tragic, when it is not just a bishop, archbishop or cardinal, but the man in the chair of Peter. It is so important, so grave, so sad, that we prefer to wait until Providence gives us such evidence, that it is no longer possible to refuse to say that the Pope is a heretic. So, to say that I think we are waiting for the famous meeting in Assisi, if God allows it! Maybe war will break out, and here I take the opportunity to congratulate America and its President on their resolute action in Libya against an enemy of all civilization. In Europe they are all afraid, afraid, afraid of the Communists. Why? Until the Communists occupy all Europe. But President Reagan’s action may have delayed war by making the Communists afraid; we don’t know, because they are fanatics and could start war any time just to take power.
“Now some priests (even some priests in the Society) say that we Catholics need not worry about what is happening in the Vatican; we have the true sacraments, the true Mass, the true doctrine, so why worry about whether the Pope is a heretic or an impostor or whatever; it is of no importance to us. But I think that is not true. If any man is important in the Church, it is the Pope. He is the centre of the Church and has a great influence on all Catholics by his attitudes, his words and his acts. All men read in the newspapers the Pope’s words and on television they see his travels. And so, slowly, slowly, many Catholics are losing the Catholic Faith by the scandal of the Pope’s partaking in false religions. This ecumenism is a scandal in the true sense of the word, an encouragement to sin. Catholics are losing faith in the Catholic Church. They think all religions are good because the Pope in this way befriends men of all religions. When the scandal comes from so high in the Church, from the man in the chair of Peter and from almost all the bishops, then poor Catholics who are thrown back on their own resources and who do not know their Faith well enough to keep it despite all, or who do not have priests by their side to help them to keep the Faith, these Catholics are completely at a loss what to do. They are no longer practicing their Faith, or they give up praying, or they are losing the Faith altogether and are joining some sect or other. I ask, what people are keeping the Faith? Where are they? Where are they? And I ask even the Traditionalists!
“For I think that many Traditional Catholics enjoy the traditions; they like the old Mass, they like the old sacraments, they like the old teaching of the Church, but they do not really believe in Jesus Christ as the one and only Saviour, God and Creator. That is the bad influence of all the modern errors coming through television and the media - they are so bad, so pagan, so opposed to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Faith that few people remain true Catholics wholly faithful to Jesus Christ. That is why we can’t be indifferent to these scandalous events in Rome, we must judge them in the light of our Faith and help Catholics, traditional Catholics, to see that this bad example of the Pope is a great scandal, very dangerous for their souls. (The Angelus, July 1986, transcripts of talks given by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre on March 30 and April 18, 1986.)
These words apply now to Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI just as they did to Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II twenty-two years ago. The same evil acts are being committed by the current false "pope" as had been committed repeatedly by his "predecessor." The voices of some in the "resist and recognize" camp, such as that belonging to Bishop Bernard Fellay, the Superior-General of the Society of Saint Pius X, are silent in the face of these outrages against God that are about to take place. There is a lot of "recognize" and not a lot of "resist" left in the hearts of some who take the false Gallicanist approach to the scope of the infallibility of the Church. This is but the path, obviously, to total acquiescence to the ethos of conciliarism in exchange for "having a place" in the "high church" section of the One World Church of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, making it possible to have aesthetically pleasing ceremonies while the majesty and honor of the Most Blessed Trinity are assaulted by the evil actions of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI as he "esteems" false religions and engages in the absolutely forbidden exercise of "inter-religious" prayer.
Other voices, belong to those entirely enfolded in the Motu camp, such as that belonging to Bishop Fernando Areas Rifan of the Society of Saint John Mary Vianney in Campos, Brazil, and many prominent conciliar "priests" who have been rewarded with various titles of honor for participating in the indult/Motu fantasy world, just keep singing the praises of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI because of Summorum Pontificum, acting as though it is not necessary whatsoever to defend the honor and majesty of God and the sacredness of His Holy Truths as they are attacked by the false ecumenical words and actions of the man who gave them a "liberalization" of the modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition, a "liberalization" based on false premises and assertions and coupled with a demand that all priests in the conciliar structures must offer the "ordinary form of the Roman Rite," that is, the evil of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service.
Thus it is that evil acts committed by a man bereft of the sensus Catholicus are enabled over and over again by various acts of omission and commission.
Indeed, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's obeisance to the ancient enemies of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has been defended by more than a few of those attached to the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Some have written that it is an exercise of "rash judgment" to conclude that Ratzinger/Benedict agrees with the following written comments of Walter "Cardinal" Kasper and "Archbishop" Gianfranco Ravasi concerning the contention that the "Catholic" Church has no mission to seek the conversion of the Jews:
In reformulating the prayer of the now extraordinary liturgy, the Pope wanted to avoid formulations which were perceived by many Jews to be offensive, but he wanted at the same time to remain in line with the intrinsic linguistic and stylistic structure of this liturgy and therefore not simply replace the prayer for the prayer in the ordinary liturgy, which we must not forget is used by the vast majority of Catholic communities.
The reformulated text no longer speaks about the conversion of the Jews as some Jewish critics wrongly affirm. The text is a prayer inspired by Saint Paul's letter to the Romans, chapter 11, which is the very text that speaks also of the unbroken covenant. It takes up Paul's eschatological hope that in the end of time all Israel will be saved. As a prayer the text lays all in the hands of God and not in ours. It says nothing about the how and when. Therefore there is nothing about missionary activities by which we may take Israel's salvation in our hands.
("Cardinal" Kasper's Letter to Rabbi Rosen)
We repeat: this is the Christian vision, and it is the hope of the Church that prays. It is not a programmatic proposal of theoretical adherence, nor is it a missionary strategy of conversion. It is the attitude characteristic of the prayerful invocation according to which one hopes also for the persons considered near to oneself, those dear and important, a reality that one maintains is precious and salvific. An important exponent of French culture in the 20th century, Julien Green, wrote that "it is always beautiful and legitimate to wish for the other what is for you a good or a joy: if you think you are offering a true gift, do not hold back your hand." Of course, this must always take place in respect for freedom and for the different paths that the other adopts. But it is an expression of affection to wish for your brother what you consider a horizon of light and life. ("Archbishop" Gianfranco Ravasi, A Bishop and a Rabbi Defend the Prayer for the Salvation of the Jews.)
It is most curious that those who believe that it is "disgusting" and an exercise in "rash judgment" to hold Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI responsible for approving the words of Walter Kasper and Gianfranco Ravasi did the exact thing themselves when holding Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II responsible for approving the words of Kasper and of Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the conciliar "archbishop" of Westminster, and of a certain chap named Joseph Ratzinger, as the words of an out-of-print book of the "resist and recognize" mode reveal rather clearly:
In early 2000, Bishop (now Cardinal) Walter Kasper declared in L'Osservatore Romano that prior to Vatican II the Church "understood the reestablishing of Christian unity exclusively in terms of 'return of our separated brothers to the true Church of Christ...from which they have at one time unhappily separated themselves.'" That is a direct reference to the language of Pius XI in Mortalium Animos, which Kasper wishes to make clear has been repudiated. This is loner the Church's "position," he went on to explain. Kasper thus confirmed what we have been claiming; contrary to all preconciliar papal teaching, ecumenism simply does not seek the return of non-Catholics to the one true Church. "The old concept of the ecumenism of return," he said, "has today been replaced by that of a common journey which directs Christians toward the goal of ecclesial communion understood as unity in reconciled diversity." The old idea of "ecumenism of return" is "no longer applicable to the Catholic Church after Vatican II."
In 2001, Most Rev. Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster (and recent John Paul II appointee), joined this chorus, noting that "if we look at the Roman documents in recent years, it is clear that they do not spell a turning back to the 'ecumenism of return,' or 'you come-inism.' The direction and dialogue of convergence were firmly set by the Second Vatican Council and endorsed and confirmed six years ago by Ut Unum Sint." And this prelate is considered "conservative" by postconciliar standards.
Even more disturbing is Cardinal Ratzinger's comment that "the end of all ecumenical effort is to attain [?] the true unity of the Church. For the moment, I wouldn't dare venture to suggest any concrete realization, possible or imaginable, of this future Church. We are at an intermediate stage of unity in diversity."
Now note well: Pope John Paul II appointed Cardinal Ratzinger as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He also appointed Cardinal Kasper, whose orthodoxy was known to be in question, to his current post just last year. He appointed Murphy-O'Connor to be Archbishop of Westminster. Thus, far from condemning the despicable capitulation called "reconciled diversity," John Paul appointed to his council on Christian unity one of its best-known advocates, and Cardinal Ratzinger himself endorses the concept. Note also that Cardinal Kasper made no effort to argue, as the Pamphlet does, that the positions of Pius XI and John Paul II were somehow compatible, and that traditionalists were engaging in "private judgment" and rashly "pitting one Pope against another" when they pointed out the contradiction. Kasper frankly admitted that Pius XI's "model" no longer applies. One of the heads of a pontifical council, then, is apparently secure in his job, despite having pitted one Pope against another. Maybe the neo-Catholics will raise the same uproar against Cardinal Kasper--a man whose views have implications for Catholics around the world--for committing the very act for which they indignantly condemn traditionalists. Or maybe not. (The Great Facade, pp. 201-202.)
Interesting, wouldn't you say? Many of us stand condemned by certain traditionally-minded Catholics of being guilty of "rash judgment" for daring to assert that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI agrees with the "private" views expressed by the likes of Kasper and Ravasi, although these "private" views have been expressed quite publicly, on Vatican Radio (where Walter Kasper expressed himself in the same terms as he had in his letter to Rabbi David Rosen about the "revised" Good Friday Prayer for the Jews six days before the letter was written!) and in L'Osservatore Romano, meaning, at least to anyone with modicum of common sense, that they have the full support of Ratzinger himself. Indeed, L'Osservatore Romano will feature another Kasper article, already published in Germany, in which he reiterates his contention that
"The Catholic Church has no organized or institutionalized mission to the Jews." We are asked to believe that "pope" doesn't know about these remarks, that he doesn't approve of them fully? Preposterous. Beneath contempt. Ratzinger/Benedict XVI is not to be held to the same standard as Wojtyla/John Paul II? How very convenient. How very disingenuous.
Did Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI call upon Jews to convert when he dared to defy God and His Holy Laws by entering a synagogue on August 19, 2005? Did he imitate Saint Peter's Pentecost Sunday discourse. Not hardly:
Will Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI call upon Protestants and the Orthodox to return to the true Faith when he leads a forbidden "inter-religious" prayer service at Saint Joseph's Church in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York, New York, on Friday, April 18, 2008? How can he? He does not believe in this. He has said so in his own words, proving him once again to be bereft of the Catholic Faith as He dares to insult God with his blasphemies and infidelities:
We all know there are numerous models of unity and you know that the Catholic Church also has as her goal the full visible unity of the disciples of Christ, as defined by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council in its various Documents (cf. Lumen Gentium, nn. 8, 13; Unitatis Redintegratio, nn. 2, 4, etc.). This unity, we are convinced, indeed subsists in the Catholic Church, without the possibility of ever being lost (cf. Unitatis Redintegratio, n. 4); the Church in fact has not totally disappeared from the world.
On the other hand, this unity does not mean what could be called ecumenism of the return: that is, to deny and to reject one's own faith history. Absolutely not!
It does not mean uniformity in all expressions of theology and spirituality, in liturgical forms and in discipline. Unity in multiplicity, and multiplicity in unity: in my Homily for the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul on 29 June last, I insisted that full unity and true catholicity in the original sense of the word go together. As a necessary condition for the achievement of this coexistence, the commitment to unity must be constantly purified and renewed; it must constantly grow and mature. Ecumenical meeting at the Archbishopric of Cologne English
The "unity in diversity" lie propagated by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI was handled quite adroitly by Father Francis Connell in 1959:
To characterize the relation between Catholics and Protestants as 'unity-in-diversity' is misleading, inasmuch as it implies that essentially Catholics are one with heretics, and that their diversities are only accidental. Actually, the very opposite is the true situation. For, however near an heretical sect may seem to be to the Catholic Church in its particular beliefs, a wide gulf separates them, insofar as the divinely established means whereby the message of God is to be communicated to souls--the infallible Magisterium of the Church--is rejected by every heretical sect. By telling Protestants that they are one with us in certain beliefs, in such wise as to give the impression that we regard this unity as the predominant feature of our relation with them, we are actually misleading them regarding the true attitude of the Catholic Church toward those who do not acknowledge Her teaching authority. (Father Francis Connell, Father Connell Answers Moral Questions, published in 1959 by Catholic University of America Press, p. 11; quoted in Fathers Dominic and Francisco Radecki, CMRI, TUMULTUOUS TIMES, p. 348.)
These evils will be on full display during Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's visit to the United States of America from April 15. 2008, to April 21, 2008. We must make reparation for these evils that are so repulsive in the sight of God and do so much harm to the cause of the salvation of the souls for whom He shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross. Although more information will be provided on the plans for Rosaries of reparation on Friday, April 18, 2008, as Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI goes to the United Masonic Nations organization and to the Talmudic synagogue and presides over the "inter-religious" prayer ceremony at Saint Joseph's Church in Manhattan, we can make our own plans to spend time on our knees in prayer that day by offering our Rosaries of reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The Immaculata hates the false ecumenism that is at the heart of the false pontificate of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI:
"Only until all schismatics and Protestants profess the Catholic Creed with conviction, when all Jews voluntarily ask for Holy Baptism – only then will the Immaculata have reached its goals.”
“In other words” Saint Maximilian insisted, “there is no greater enemy of the Immaculata and her Knighthood than today’s ecumenism, which every Knight must not only fight against, but also neutralize through diametrically opposed action and ultimately destroy. We must realize the goal of the Militia Immaculata as quickly as possible: that is, to conquer the whole world, and every individual soul which exists today or will exist until the end of the world, for the Immaculata, and through her for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.” (Father Karl Stehlin, Immaculata, Our Ideal, Kansas City, Missouri, Angelus Press, 2007, p. 37.)
Father Frederick Faber, writing in 1860 in The Precious Blood, described most prophetically the evils that confront us at the present time:
Moreover, a devotion to the Sacraments is very needful for the times in which we live. The spirit of the age must necessarily affect both our theology and our asceticism. Under its depressing constraints we shall be tempted to sacrifice the supernatural to the natural, the passive to the active, and the infused to the acquired. Theology will be allured to merge into metaphysics. Devotion will be considered a vocation, priests a caste, and theology a private professional training. The substance of the old Condemned Propositions about spiritual direction will be adroitly renewed. Men will sneer at perfection in the world. Education will be bidden to throw off what it will be taught to consider the last relics of its monastic trammels. Men will chafe at the condemnation of books, and indeed at all acts of intellectual authority on the part of the Church. The study of dogmatics will be discouraged. The whole theory of Condemned Propositions will be disliked. A discontent with the existing Church, or at least a want of cordial forward sympathy with it, will grow up, while the wickedness of the "respectful silence" of Jansenism will be renewed. The sovereignty of the Church, the pope's temporal power, and the hallowed truths enshrined in canon law, will provoke impatience as obstinate things which will not die although their hour of death has come. The mystical side of the Gospel will become more distasteful while it grows less intelligible. Heroism will have to rank lower than the ordinary attainments of conscientious piety. The privileges of the Church will be less esteemed, and heresy less hated. The Sacraments will count for almost nothing in a man's system. The influence of the Incarnation will be far less recognized and acknowledged in the world; and a modern mixture of Judaism and Pelagianism will take possession of many minds, to the grievous disadvantage of Christian perfection. Such is the spirit which will try to waylay souls on their road to Calvary or to Thabor. Such was not the temper or the genius of the saints. Such, by the blessing of God, will not be ours, if we foster in ourselves a deep, a tender, and an intelligent devotion to the Sacraments. I repeat, as I said before, that, in an ascetical point of view, I hardly know any thing upon which I should lay greater stress in these days, than a fervent devotion to the Sacraments. (Father Frederick Faber, The Precious Blood, republished by TAN Books and Publishers, pp. 121-222.)
The counterfeit church of conciliarism has attacked the sacraments as it has "reconciled" itself to the revolutionary, anti-Incarnational and semi-Pelagian naturalistic principles of Modernity, paying esteem to false religions and obeisance to the ancient enemies of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, crowning these insults with a due submission to the "ability" of the Judeo-Masonic United Nations to provide a framework of "peace" in the world. This is why we need to adhere to true bishops and to true priests in the catacombs where no concessions whatsoever are made to the lies and the blasphemies and the sacrileges and other evil beliefs and actions of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, where no legitimacy at all is accorded to the ravenous wolves in shepherds' clothing who dare to offend the Most Blessed Trinity by their outrageous acts of "esteem" for religions and beliefs that come straight from Hell and are designed to lead souls there for all eternity as more and more chaos and disorder are sown in the world-at-large.
Our chief line of defense after the sacraments, especially by means of daily Mass and frequent Confession and Eucharistic piety, to destroy the pestilence of false ecumenism, one of many of the apostasies of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, is to have recourse to the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially by means of her Most Holy Rosary and by consecrating ourselves to her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, through her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Our Lady has vanquished heresies in the past. She will vanquish those at the present time. We must be mindful of our need to make reparation for our own many sins, which have indeed worsened the state of the Church Militant on earth during her Mystical Passion and Death, and those of the whole world by being faithful to Our Lady's Fatima Message in our own daily lives.
Many acts of evil demand many acts of reparation. Are we up to the task of offering ourselves to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary to make acts of reparation for the many evil things that will be said and done by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI between April 15 and April 21, 2008? May we ask Our Lady to send us the graces to make much reparation for the evil that will be said and done in the "name," albeit falsely, of the Catholic Church, she who is
"the mystical Spouse of Christ," she who "has never been contaminated, nor can she ever in the future be contaminated" (Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos, January 6, 1928) by the evil actions that will be attempted in the Holy Name of her Invisible Head and Mystical Bridegroom and by her Divinely instituted authority.
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.