Mocking Our Lord On The Day of His Incarnation
by Thomas A. Droleskey
The Jews therefore sought him on the festival day, and said: Where is he? And there was much murmuring among the multitude concerning him. For some said: He is a good man. And others said: No, but he seduceth the people. Yet no man spoke openly of him, for fear of the Jews (John 7: 11-13.)
And after these things, Joseph of Arimathea (because he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews) besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. (John 19: 38.)
Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. (John 20: 19.)
This is a plot. A plot, I tell you. The conciliar revolutionaries are intent on depriving me of sleep and thus depriving my wife and daughter of their husband and father. This is all a plot. I haven't even had much time for "conspiracy theories" prior to now. However, I'm beginning to think that a plot is afoot to kill me by means of the ceaseless efforts on the part of the conciliar revolutionaries to deprive me of blessed rest.
Lest any think that these words are anything but facetious, permit me, tired and very run down from a long illness, to shift gears a bit and to get deadly serious for the rest of this brief commentary. The relentless attack on the Holy Faith by the conciliar revolutionaries is, of course, no joking matter. This relentless attack on the Holy Faith requires those of us who have the ability, despite our own many sins and failings, to pierce through the sophisms of the moment so that, at the very least, the honor and glory and majesty of the Most Holy Trinity might be defended and so that, all according to the Providence of God and by the graces He sends to us through the loving hands of His Blessed Mother, the Mediatrix of All Graces, a few souls might make the break from the false religion of conciliarism once and for all.
Yesterday was the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the day on which the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, the very Word through Whom all things were made, became Flesh in Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate Womb by the power of the Third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, God the Holy Ghost. This feast is one of the two principal liturgical oases in a Lent that ends in the month of April, the other being the Feast of Saint Joseph on March 19.
The Incarnation of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the tabernacle of His Most Blessed Mother's Virginal and Immaculate Womb marks God's personal entry into human history so as to redeem us on the wood of the Holy Cross, to reconcile us who were lost by means of Adam's sin to His Co-Equal and Co-Eternal Father in Spirit and in Truth. The feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary represents, therefore, when the Son of God, without for one moment losing His Sacred Divinity, assumed His Sacred Humanity in the hypostatic union.
As a former colleague of mine from Illinois State University, Dr. John A. Gueguen, Jr., noted at a conference on Modernity in 1980, the principal failure of Modernity is the failure to accept the Incarnation. Indeed, this observation can be taken a step further: the principal characteristic of Modernity is an unrelenting warfare on belief in the Incarnation as men have been propagandized into believing that the Incarnation is a matter of complete indifference in their own lives and thus in the lives of their nation, that it is possible to pursue personal and social order without any reference at all to the fact that the Word was made Flesh and dwelt amongst us so that He could die on the wood of the Cross to atone for our sins and to rise again on Easter Sunday to manifest His victory over the power of sin and eternal death forever.
Talmudic Judaism has played a major role in the attacks on the Incarnation. All manner of Judeo-Masonic organizations have brought lawsuits to eradicate any public references at all to the Most Holy Name of the Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. These same organizations have been in the vanguard of promoting abortion, which is an indirect attack on the Incarnation, and many other evils under cover of the civil law and throughout what passes for "popular culture" in the Western world, including in the United States of America.
Judeo-Masonic organizations have sought to promote the falsehoods of "religious liberty" and the "separation of Church and State" that have been embraced with such enthusiasm by the counterfeit church of conciliarism, providing a most common kinship between those who deny the one and only Holocaust, that which was offered once in time by Our Lord on the wood of the Holy Cross and is re-presented in an unbloody manner on altars of Sacrifice by true bishops and true priests every time they offer Holy Mass, and those who deny articles contained in the Deposit of Faith and yet have the audacity to maintain that they are Catholics in good standing and that they hold ecclesiastical office in the Catholic Church legitimately, which they do not.
There is a very sad irony about all of this. Talmudic support for most of the modern social revolutions, starting with the French Revolution, helped to spread abroad the naturalist agenda of anti-Incarnationalism, if you will, wherein men deified themselves and justified moral aberrations in the name of one relativist lie after another. As belief in the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity in Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate Womb and belief in the Deposit of Faith that He has entrusted exclusively to His true Church were eclipsed by man's belief in his own supremacy, men no longer saw in each other the image of the Divine Redeemer and were more willing to hate and to kill all those deemed "unworthy" of life.
Thus it was that the French Revolutionaries made the royalty and nobility and clergy and almost anyone else known to be an opponent of the "revolution" objects of hatred and revulsion who could be killed with legal impunity.
Thus it was that the leaders of the Italian Risorgimento made Pope Pius IX and the Catholic clergy the object of hatred and revulsion in the years leading up to and following the overthrow of the Papal States.
Thus it was Otto von Bismarck and his anti-Catholic Kulturkampf made the Catholic Church the object of legal discrimination and persecution in the 1870s.
Thus it was that the Bolshevik Revolutionaries made property-owners and Catholics the objects of hatred and murder in Russia (and throughout Eastern Europe during and after World War II).
Thus it was that the Mexican Revolutionaries attacked the Faith with particular violence during the second and third and fourth decades of the Twentieth Century.
Thus it was that the Spanish Revolutionaries attacked the Faith with particular violence as the foe of the demigod of "democracy" and a false concept of "justice" associated therewith between 1936 and 1939.
And thus it was that the agents of the Third Reich made Jews--and others--the object of imprisonment and torture and murder by various means.
Those who do not see the image of the Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, must come to hate those they deem, whether legitimately or not, responsible for their problems as they reject, utterly and completely, these words that the God-Man Himself spoke on the Sermon on the Mount as to how we are to treat those who persecute us:
You have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thy enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust.
For if you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? do not even the publicans this? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more? do not also the heathens this? Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5: 43-48.)
The tragic events that transpired during the Third Reich as human beings, including those who adhere to the blasphemous Talmud, were rounded up and sent to concentration camps and tattooed and tortured and murdered, were but the logical consequence of Judeo-Masonry's centuries-old assault on the Social Reign of Christ the King that is the one and only foundation of personal and social order. While Catholics have an obligation to expose and to oppose the plans of those who deny the Incarnation of the Word Who was made Flesh in Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate Womb and Who redeemed us on the wood of the Holy Cross, they see in the ancient enemies of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ His very image and likeness and they thus pray and work for the conversion of these enemies to the true Faith so that they can be forgiven of their sins before they die and have the chance of knowing an unending Easter Sunday of glory in Paradise.
Indeed, Pope Benedict XIV condemned the murder of Jews that had occurred at the hands of monk named Radulph in the Twelfth Century, a crime that was condemned by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux himself:
The famous monk, Radulph, inspired long ago by an excess of zeal, was so inflamed against the Jews that he traversed Germany and France in the twelfth century and, by preaching against the Jews as the enemies of our holy religion, incited Christians to destroy them. This resulted in the deaths of a very large number of Jews. What must we think his deeds or thoughts would be if he were now alive and saw what was happening in Poland? But the great St. Bernard opposed this immoderate and maddened zeal of Radulph, and wrote to the clergy and people of eastern France: "The Jews are not to be persecuted: they are not to be slaughtered: they are not even to be driven out. Examine the divine writings concerning them. We read in the psalm a new kind of prophecy concerning the Jews: God has shown me, says the Church, on the subject of my enemies, not to slay them in case they should ever forget my people. Alive, however, they are eminent reminders for us of the Lord's suffering. On this account they are scattered through all lands in order that they may be witnesses to Our redemption while they pay the just penalties for so great a crime" (epistle 363). And he writes this to Henry, Archbishop of Mainz: "Doesn't the Church every day triumph more fully over the Jews in convicting or converting them than if once and for all she destroyed them with the edge of the sword: Surely it is not in vain that the Church has established the universal prayer which is offered up for the faithless Jews from the rising of the sun to its setting, that the Lord God may remove the veil from their hearts, that they may be rescued from their darkness into the light of truth. For unless it hoped that those who do not believe would believe, it would obviously be futile and empty to pray for them." (epistle 365).
Peter, abbot of Cluny, likewise wrote against Radulph to King Louis of France, and urged him not to allow the destruction of the Jews. But at the same time he encouraged him to punish their excesses and to strip them of the property they had taken from Christians or had acquired by usury; he should then devote the value of this to the use and benefit of holy religion, as may be seen in the Annals of Venerable Cardinal Baronius (1146) (Pope Benedict XIV, A. Quo Primum, June 14, 1751.)
Adolf Hitler and other naturalist practitioners of the occult came to power in Europe precisely because of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King that had been wrought by the Protestant Revolt and institutionalized by the forces of Judeo-Masonry. It is indeed a sad irony that those who made warfare upon belief in the Incarnation and Redemptive Act of the God-Man, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, became the victims of their own demonic warfare against the Holy Faith, against belief in the true God as He has revealed Himself to men exclusively through the Catholic Church.
This very point made was made prophetically by a priest of the Congregation of the Passion, Father Gaudentius Rossi, in an 1879 book, The Mystery of the Crown of Thorns, that was published originally by D & J Saddlier & Company and republished in 2001 by Preserving Christian Publications:
During nineteen long centuries the wretched
children of Israel have, by the just judgment of God, been dispersed among
the different nations of the earth, without ever being allowed to elect any
king, prince, or magistrate for their exclusive race. Like men infected with
a mysterious moral leprosy, the effect of the awful malediction which they
invoked upon themselves, when they assumed the terrible responsibility
of the blood of Jesus, they are condemned to a perpetual exile among their
fellow-men. Similar to their true prototype Cain, they bear on their gloomy
foreheads the brand of God's malediction. Naturally ambitious for dominion,
the coveted scepter of power invariably eludes like a phantom their eager
grasp. They succeed in amassing the mammon of iniquity, they can acquire
wealth, but they cannot obtain any lasting civil power. In punishment for
their impious rejection of the Messias, the source and center of all authority
and jurisdiction, the offended Majesty of God has wisely and justly dried
up against them the fountain of all legitimate civil and religious power in
society. The voice of prophecy and the testimony of history confirm this
The Civilta Cattolica, one of our ablest Catholic periodicals, published
in Florence, Italy, by a select staff of learned Jesuit Fathers who are
under the special protection of the Pope, in reviewing a work of a German
writer on the struggle of the so-called modern civilization, says: 'The author
sustains with much reason that Judaism is one of the principal moving powers
in this present anti-christian warfare. The following are his words."
"In the conflict for modern civilization, the central point of which
is now in Germany, the Jews wield a very important part. Being the avowed
enemies of Christianity and of true Christian progress, they have during
more than fifteen centuries, in spite of their oppression and degradation,
preserved their vital energy with a pertinacity unexampled in the history
of mankind. Wherever freedom has been granted to the Jewish race, these
men have with wonderful elasticity sprung up to high eminence, and have
succeeded in obtaining a remarkable preponderance in society. The Jews
have at the present moment rendered tributaries to their enormous banking
systems in both the governments and the nations of Europe. They actually
monopolize and dominate over the financial markets of the world. In these
latter years they have secured the control of the public press, and of the
telegraph. Many influential Jews are actual members of legislative assemblies,
and can be found sitting at the council-boards of modern governments, among the ministers of states, of kingdoms and of empires that profess to believe in Christianity.
"We can, without fear of contradiction, assert that the downfall in
later years of Austrian power and influence has been precipitated through
the perfidious intrigues and vigorous agency of the Jews; and that in union with Bismarck they are at present the staunchest prop to the haughty position, and domineering attitude of the Hohenzollern empire in Germany. We
should never forget that the destruction of the Christian religion, and
consequently of true civilization, has ever been the deeply rooted resolve,
and the unchangeable aim of Judaism since the establishment of Christianity
upon earth. All their power and influence are constantly directed to the final
attainment of this central object of their immortal hatred. At the present
time the Jews concentrate their united efforts in the west of Europe in the
hope of preparing the way, and securing powerful auxiliaries for achieving
a more complete and lasting victory in the west of Asia, by the recovery
of Jerusalem and the permanent reestablishment of their long-lost dominion
in Palestine." (Civilta Cattolice, 1st Art., 18th Nov.,1876)
But as every attempt of the Jews to recover their national autonomy
and civil power under the pagan Roman empire invariably ended by an
aggravation of their subjection; so their efforts to obtain power and wield
influence in Christian nations have always resulted in various disasters to
their race, and to all those imprudent Christian governments that have
favored their ambitious aspirations. This is a fact of history. We are firmly
convinced that Jewish perfidy and arrogance shall, as ever" before, be
completely baffled by the heavenly wisdom and victorious power of
Christianity. Modern Jews are in various ways prostituting their material
wealth, and abusing their actual power and influence to the injury of the
Church of Jesus Christ. We may therefore confidently expect that by a very
wise disposition of divine Providence they shall soon be deprived of these
abused advantages in a manner that will astonish the world. We believe
that the most crushing defeat and humiliation ever experienced during the
last fifteen hundred years by that stubborn race, involving their general
bankruptcy, will, sooner than many imagine, be the inevitable punishment
of their audacity and their attempt against the holy religion of Jesus Christ.
"Christus vincit; Christus regnat; Christus imperat." (Father Gaudentius Rossi, C.P., The Mystery of the Crown of Thorns published originally by D & J Saddlier & Company in 1879 and republished by Preserving Christian Publications in 2001, pp. 99-100; I thank a reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, for scanning the pages from this book and sending them to me for inclusion in a redacted copy of this commentary.)
The leaders of the counterfeit church of concilairism do not understand or accept this. They have accepted the propaganda advanced by the adherents of the blasphemous Talmud that the crimes committed against their co-religionists by the agents of the Third Reich were the "greatest" in the Twentieth Century, if not the greatest in human history. Leaving aside, at least for the moment, the research that has been conducted by legitimate historical revisionists who are not tainted by an adherence to some racialist ideology, the simple fact of the matter is that many more millions of people were killed by Josef Stalin and Mao Zedong than were killed by the agents of the Third Reich even if one accepts the "six million" figure that has made its way into popular discourse as an "indisputable" "fact" of history (a "fact" that was nowhere mentioned in the massive memoirs of World War II written by Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower or Charles de Gaulle). And over fifty million innocent preborn children have been killed by surgical means alone in the United States of America since 1965, far and away the greatest number of innocent human beings put to death under cover of the civil law in this era of the modern civil state that rejects the Incarnation and the Social Reign of Christ the King that is the foundation of a just social order constructed in light of First and Last Things.
Although not indemnifying or excusing or justifying the murder of any number of Jews by the agents of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, why is it the case that the atrocities committed against Jews are considered to be greater moral crimes than the murder of the millions upon millions of others human beings by agents of Bolshevism and Maoism and by the agents of Judeo-Masonry here in the United States of America?
Why is the shedding of Talmudic blood any more heinous that the shedding of the blood of other innocent human beings? Although the crimes that took place during the Third Reich are indeed deplorable, they were, as noted above, the direct result of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King. Why make the victims of Adolf Hitler "martyrs" whose deaths are more significant than those of the thirteen million Catholics who were martyred for Christ the King between the time of Emperor Nero in 67 A.D. and the time of the Edict of Milan in 313 A.D.? Why make the victims of Adolf Hitler "martyrs" whose deaths are more significant that the crime of Deicide that each and every single one of our own sins imposed upon the God-Man on Good Friday?
The lords of conciliarism are hell bent, it appears, on "proving" to the world that the crimes of the agents of the Third Reich do indeed represent the "worst" crimes in the Twentieth Century, if not, as Sean "Cardinal" O'Malley, the conciliar "archbishop" of Boston, Massachusetts, said recently, in all of human history (see No Crime Is Worse Than Deicide). And it was in Sean O'Malley's "pastoral center" in Braintree, Massachusetts, yesterday, March 25, 2009, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that Walter "Cardinal" Kasper, the President of the "Pontifical" Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the President of
the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, "re-dedicated" a menorah, a symbol of a false religion that is hated by God, to honor victims of the "holocaust" who have, Kasper claims, suffered because of the remarks made by Bishop Richard Williamson of the Society of Saint Pius X that were aired on Swedish television on January 21, 2009.
Here is the Associated Press report as published in the online edition of the International Herald Tribune:
BRAINTREE, Mass. -- The Vatican's top liaison to Jews helped rededicate a menorah in memory of Holocaust victims Wednesday amid fallout from the Holy See's botched decision to lift the excommunication of a Holocaust-denying bishop. Cardinal Walter Kasper joined Holocaust survivors and local Roman Catholic leaders at the ceremony for the Yom Hashoah Menorah at the Boston Archdiocese's Braintree offices.
Kasper said the ceremony was a reminder of "the most atrocious event of the last century."
"No Holocaust denial, which is a new injustice to the victims, can be allowed or permitted," Kasper said. "The memory must be a ... memory for the future we hand down to future generations."
The menorah was dedicated in 2002 at the archdiocese's former campus in Brighton, but the archdiocese recently moved to Braintree after selling its land to neighboring Boston College to relieve debt. Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the Boston archbishop, suggested the rededication ceremony in Braintree after meeting with local Jewish leaders angered by the Vatican's January decision to lift the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson.
Kasper was in the area for an unrelated talk on Wednesday evening and accepted O'Malley's invitation to the event.
Kasper's visit came two weeks after Pope Benedict XVI made a rare admission of Vatican mistakes in the Williamson decision, saying it could have been avoided with a better Internet search of Williamson's background.
Vatican-Jewish relations already were complicated by the church's push for sainthood for Pope Pius XII, who some Jewish groups say didn't do enough to stop the Holocaust. The Holy See says Pius used quiet diplomacy during World War II to help Jews.
Kasper has been blunt about the Williamson foul-up. He blamed poor communication at the Vatican and called Williamson's comments denying the Holocaust "unacceptable" and "stupid."
At a press conference after the ceremony, Kasper emphasized that though Williamson's excommunication was lifted, he can't be fully restored into the church unless he renounces his views.
"It's absolutely clear that a Holocaust denier can't have a room, a space in the Catholic church," Kasper said.
Williamson has denied 6 million Jews were killed by Nazis, saying 200,000 to 300,000 were murdered but none was gassed. Last month, he apologized for the "hurt" caused by his remarks, but he didn't recant them.
The Vatican said Williamson's apology was inadequate.
Auschwitz survivor Israel Arbeiter on Wednesday called on the pope to emphatically state that millions of people died in gas chambers. Arbeiter said that his parents were murdered in the chambers in the Treblinka death camp and that he saw thousands led into Auschwitz's chambers, leaving behind "only their clothing, their ashes and crushed bones."
"We stand together against those who today conspire to repeat history even as they deny that very history," said Arbeiter, president of the Boston area chapter of the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.
Arbeiter was joined by his son and grandson as he lit one of six candles on the menorah, representing the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
The menorah depicts six people holding torches on a base of a cracked Star of David. A holy man with a prayer book stands in front of them, with a child to the side.
The original Yom Hashoah Menorah was placed at the North American College in Vatican City in 1999. At the time, Pope John Paul II backed a proposal to place replicas of these menorahs in Catholic centers as a sign of reconciliation and to spur Holocaust study programs.
The menorahs have since been placed in cities around the country, including Dallas, Miami and Baltimore. (Top Vatican official rededicates US menorah)
As somewhere around twelve articles have been written for this site in the past two months on this subject, there is no need to repeat here all of the points that I have made in those past articles. There are, however, several points that I think are worthwhile to note in light of Walter Kasper's incredibly brazen mockery of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the date on which He became Incarnate in His Most Blessed Mother's Virginal and Immaculate Womb.
Walter Kasper said: "It's absolutely clear that a Holocaust denier can't have a room, a space in the Catholic church." He is a liar. Those who deny the one and only Holocaust, that which our sins imposed on the God-Man Who was made Incarnate in His Most Blessed Mother's Virginal and Immaculate Womb on March 25, have a very special "room," a most prominent "space" in the counterfeit church of conciliarism that masquerades itself to the world as the Catholic Church.
Although the specifics of the crimes committed by the Third Reich have never been the focus of my own work as I seek to examine the root causes of the problems of Modernity, it is beyond the scope of the Catholic Church to anathematize someone for holding to conclusions about events in secular history that are not shared by "mainstream" historians. While it is certainly true that the salvation of our immortal souls does not depend upon accepting or rejecting the conclusions reached by revisionist historians, it is also true that those who conduct such research according to rigorous standards of inquiry and who have only the interests of historical truth at heart in a matter pertaining to the Order of Creation (Order of Nature) have not expelled themselves from the Catholic Church.
Walter Kasper said that the crimes committed by the Third Reich represented "the most atrocious event of the last century." What about abortion, "Cardinal" Kasper? Haven't more innocent human beings been put to death under cover of the civil law by means of chemical and surgical abortions than were killed at the hands of the agents of the Third Reich even if one accepts the conclusions of "mainstream" historians? Why is Talmudic blood more special or precious to God than the blood of the innocent preborn.
Even the genocide of the preborn under cover of law was not "the most atrocious event of the last century." The most atrocious event of the last century was the "Second" Vatican Council, an event that unleashed an unprecedented doctrinal and liturgical revolution that has devastated countless hundreds of millions of souls as God Himself, the Word Who was made Flesh on March 25 in His Most Blessed Mother's Virginal and Immaculate Womb, the Word Who offered Himself up as the Holocaust in atonement for our sins, has been offended, mocked, reviled, scourged and crowned with thorns mystically as His Church Militant on earth has undergone her Passion, Death and Burial.
Although it may seem redundant and unnecessary, I believe that it is useful once again to review just some of the ways that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, a progenitor of and propagandist for the ethos that was born during "Second" Vatican Council, has made an unremitting warfare against souls that makes his conciliar religion the singular most atrocious event of the last century. I will append this review at the end of this article for the sake of, believe it or not, brevity in the body of this commentary (don't laugh too much, please).
Men such as Joseph Ratzinger and Walter Kasper and Sean O'Malley and their conciliar brethren have expelled themselves from the Catholic Church by defecting from the Faith on multiple points. They fear not to mock Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the very day He was made Incarnate in His Most Blessed Mother's Virginal and Immaculate Womb. While we pray for their conversion to the true Faith, we must denounce their apostasies and blasphemies and sacrileges as we cleave exclusively to true bishops and true priests who make no concessions whatsoever to the false religion of conciliarism that caters so frequently to the false religion of Talmudic Judaism, true bishops and true priests who make no concessions to the nonexistent legitimacy of conciliarism's false shepherds who are apostates and blasphemers to the core of their Modernist beings.
Mario Francesco "Cardinal" Pompedda, in an interview with an Italian newspaper while Wojtyla/John Paul II was less than three months away from his death in 2005, noted that sedevacantism is indeed the canonical doctrine of the Catholic Church, something that many in the "recognize and resist" movement that is slowly being coopted by Ratzinger/Benedict (please don't send me any cards on the "feast" of "Blessed" "John Paul the Great") cannot even admit as a matter of principle is indeed the canonical doctrine of the Catholic Church, said the following in 2005:
It is true that the canonical doctrine states that the see would be vacant in the case of heresy. ... But in regard to all else, I think what is applicable is what judgment regulates human acts. And the act of will, namely a resignation or capacity to govern or not govern, is a human act. (Cardinal Says Pope Could Govern Even If Unable to Speak, Zenit, February 8, 2005.)
Admittedly, "Cardinal" Pompedda did not admit the canonical-doctrinal truth of sedevacantism applied during the "pontificate" of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II. Unlike what many traditionally-minded Catholics have heard from the theologians of the Society of Saint Pius X, however, Pompedda was intellectually honest enough to admit that sedevacantism is indeed a part of the canonical doctrine of the Catholic Church. Only a handful of Catholics, priests and laity alike, accepted this doctrine and recognized that it applied in our circumstances in the aftermath of the "Second" Vatican Council, which is indeed the most atrocious event of the past century.
Catholics never mock the Incarnation by catering to the enemies of the Faith who have made warfare against the Incarnation, enemies who believe in the "salvific" nature of their false religion, enemies who have been reaffirmed in the false belief of the "salvific" nature of their false religion by heir fellow enemies of the Faith in the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Catholics pray for the unconditional conversion of all men, including those who adhere to the Talmud, to the true Faith, which is found in the catacombs at the present time.
We must, as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit, attempting to plant a few seeds by means of those Rosaries and our other prayers and penances and sacrifices and mortifications and sufferings and humiliations for a true restoration of the Church Militant on earth, one that will come in God's Holy Providence as He Wills it come without any compromise with the truth and without one moment of a "strategic silence" about those things that offend His greater honor and majesty and glory.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
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.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints
Contradictions between Ratzinger/Benedict and the Catholic Church on the Nature of Dogmatic Truth:
Benedict XVI: "It is precisely in this combination of continuity and discontinuity at different levels that the very nature of true reform consists. In this process of innovation in continuity we must learn to understand more practically than before that the Church's decisions on contingent matters - for example, certain practical forms of liberalism or a free interpretation of the Bible - should necessarily be contingent themselves, precisely because they refer to a specific reality that is changeable in itself. It was necessary to learn to recognize that in these decisions it is only the principles that express the permanent aspect, since they remain as an undercurrent, motivating decisions from within.
"On the other hand, not so permanent are the practical forms that depend on the historical situation and are therefore subject to change. (Christmas greetings to the Members of the Roman Curia and Prelature, December 22, 2005.)
The Catholic Church: "Hence, that meaning of the sacred dogmata is ever to be maintained which has once been declared by Holy Mother Church, and there must never be an abandonment of this sense under the pretext or in the name of a more profound understanding.... If anyone says that it is possible that at some given time, given the advancement of knowledge, a sense may be assigned to the dogmata propounded by the Church which is different from that which the Church has always understood and understands: let him be anathema." [Vatican Council, 1870.]
Joseph Ratzinger: "In theses 10-12, the difficult problem of the relationship between language and thought is debated, which in post-conciliar discussions was the immediate departure point of the dispute.
The identity of the Christian substance as such, the Christian 'thing' was not directly ... censured, but it was pointed out that no formula, no matter how valid and indispensable it may have been in its time, can fully express the thought mentioned in it and declare it unequivocally forever, since language is constantly in movement and the content of its meaning changes. (Fr. Ratzinger: Dogmatic formulas must always change.)
The Catholic Church: "Hence it is quite impossible [the Modernists assert] to maintain that they [dogmatic statements] absolutely contain the truth: for, in so far as they are symbols, they are the images of truth, and so must be adapted to the religious sense in its relation to man; and as instruments, they are the vehicles of truth, and must therefore in their turn be adapted to man in his relation to the religious sense. But the object of the religious sense, as something contained in the absolute, possesses an infinite variety of aspects, of which now one, now another, may present itself. In like manner he who believes can avail himself of varying conditions. Consequently, the formulas which we call dogma must be subject to these vicissitudes, and are, therefore, liable to change. Thus the way is open to the intrinsic evolution of dogma. Here we have an immense structure of sophisms which ruin and wreck all religion.
"It is thus, Venerable Brethren, that for the Modernists, whether as authors or propagandists, there is to be nothing stable, nothing immutable in the Church. Nor, indeed, are they without forerunners in their doctrines, for it was of these that Our predecessor Pius IX wrote: 'These enemies of divine revelation extol human progress to the skies, and with rash and sacrilegious daring would have it introduced into the Catholic religion as if this religion were not the work of God but of man, or some kind of philosophical discovery susceptible of perfection by human efforts.' On the subject of revelation and dogma in particular, the doctrine of the Modernists offers nothing new. We find it condemned in the Syllabus of Pius IX, where it is enunciated in these terms: ''Divine revelation is imperfect, and therefore subject to continual and indefinite progress, corresponding with the progress of human reason'; and condemned still more solemnly in the Vatican Council: ''The doctrine of the faith which God has revealed has not been proposed to human intelligences to be perfected by them as if it were a philosophical system, but as a divine deposit entrusted to the Spouse of Christ to be faithfully guarded and infallibly interpreted. Hence also that sense of the sacred dogmas is to be perpetually retained which our Holy Mother the Church has once declared, nor is this sense ever to be abandoned on plea or pretext of a more profound comprehension of the truth.' Nor is the development of our knowledge, even concerning the faith, barred by this pronouncement; on the contrary, it is supported and maintained. For the same Council continues: 'Let intelligence and science and wisdom, therefore, increase and progress abundantly and vigorously in individuals, and in the mass, in the believer and in the whole Church, throughout the ages and the centuries -- but only in its own kind, that is, according to the same dogma, the same sense, the same acceptation.'" (Pope Saint Pius X, Pascendi Dominci Gregis, September 8, 1907.)
Joseph Ratzinger: "The text [of the Second Vatican Council] also presents the various forms of bonds that rise from the different degrees of magisterial teaching. It affirms -- perhaps for the first time with this clarity -- that there are decisions of the Magisterium that cannot be a last word on the matter as such, but are, in a substantial fixation of the problem, above all an expression of pastoral prudence, a kind of provisional disposition. Its nucleus remains valid, but the particulars, which the circumstances of the times have influenced, may need further ramifications.
“In this regard, one may think of the declarations of Popes in the last century about religious liberty, as well as the anti-Modernist decisions at the beginning of this century, above all, the decisions of the Biblical Commission of the time. As a cry of alarm in the face of hasty and superficial adaptations, they will remain fully justified. A personage such as Johann Baptist Metz said, for example, that the Church's anti-Modernist decisions render the great service of preserving her from immersion in the liberal-bourgeois world. But in the details of the determinations they contain, they become obsolete after having fulfilled their pastoral mission at the proper moment.” (L'Osservatore Romano, July 2, 1990.)
The Catholic Church: "Fourthly, I sincerely hold that the doctrine of faith was handed down to us from the apostles through the orthodox Fathers in exactly the same meaning and always in the same purport. Therefore, I entirely reject the heretical' misrepresentation that dogmas evolve and change from one meaning to another different from the one which the Church held previously. . . .
Finally, I declare that I am completely opposed to the error of the modernists who hold that there is nothing divine in sacred tradition; or what is far worse, say that there is, but in a pantheistic sense, with the result that there would remain nothing but this plain simple fact-one to be put on a par with the ordinary facts of history-the fact, namely, that a group of men by their own labor, skill, and talent have continued through subsequent ages a school begun by Christ and his apostles. I firmly hold, then, and shall hold to my dying breath the belief of the Fathers in the charism of truth, which certainly is, was, and always will be in the succession of the episcopacy from the apostles. The purpose of this is, then, not that dogma may be tailored according to what seems better and more suited to the culture of each age; rather, that the absolute and immutable truth preached by the apostles from the beginning may never be believed to be different, may never be understood in any other way.
I promise that I shall keep all these articles faithfully, entirely, and sincerely, and guard them inviolate, in no way deviating from them in teaching or in any way in word or in writing. Thus I promise, this I swear, so help me God. (The Oath Against Modernism, September 1, 1910.)
Contradictions Between Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church on Her Official Philosophy, Scholasticism
Joseph Ratzinger: "The cultural interests pursued at the seminary of Freising were joined to the study of a theology infected by existentialism, beginning with the writings of Romano Guardini. Among the authors preferred by Ratzinger was the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber. Ratzinger loved St. Augustine, but never St. Thomas Aquinas: 'By contrast, I had difficulties in penetrating the thought of Thomas Aquinas, whose crystal-clear logic seemed to be too closed in on itself, too impersonal and ready-made' (op. cit., p.44). This aversion was mainly due to the professor of philosophy at the seminary, who 'presented us with a rigid, neo-scholastic Thomism that was simply too far afield from my own questions' (ibid.). According to Cardinal Ratzinger, whose current opinions appear unchanged from those he held as a seminarian, the thought of Aquinas was "too closed in on itself, too impersonal and ready-made," and was unable to respond to the personal questions of the faithful. This opinion is enunciated by a prince of the Church whose function it is to safeguard the purity of the doctrine of the Faith! Why, then, should anyone be surprised at the current disastrous crisis of Catholicism, or seek to attribute it to the world, when those who should be the defenders of the Faith, and hence of genuine Catholic thought, are like sewers drinking in the filth, or like gardeners who cut down a tree they are supposed to be nurturing? What can it mean to stigmatize St. Thomas as having a "too impersonal and ready-made" logic? Is logic "personal"? These assertions reveal, in the person who makes them, a typically Protestant, pietist attitude, like that found in those who seek the rule of faith in personal interior sentiment.
In the two years Ratzinger spent at the diocesan seminary of Freising, he studied literature, music, modern philosophy, and he felt drawn towards the new existentialist and modernist theologies. He did not like St. Thomas Aquinas. The formation described does not correspond to the exclusively Catholic formation that is necessary to one called to be a priest, even taking into account the extenuating circumstances of the time, that is, anti-Christian Nazism, the war and defeat, and the secularization of studies within seminaries. It seems that His Eminence, with all due respect, gave too much place to profane culture, with its "openness" to everything, and its critical attitude...Joseph Ratzinger loved the professors who asked many questions, but disliked those who defended dogma with the crystal-clear logic of St. Thomas. This attitude would seem to us to match his manner of understanding Catholic liturgy. He tells us that from childhood he was always attracted to the liturgical movement and was sympathetic towards it. One can see that for him, the liturgy was a matter of feeling, a lived experience, an aesthetically pleasing "Erlebnis," but fundamentally irrational (op. cit. passim.). (The Memories of a Destructive Mind: Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's Milestones, found on a Society of Saint Pius X website.)
The Catholic Church: "But, furthermore, Our predecessors in the Roman pontificate have celebrated the wisdom of Thomas Aquinas by exceptional tributes of praise and the most ample testimonials. Clement VI in the bull 'In Ordine;' Nicholas V in his brief to the friars of the Order of Preachers, 1451; Benedict XIII in the bull 'Pretiosus,' and others bear witness that the universal Church borrows luster from his admirable teaching; while St. Pius V declares in the bull 'Mirabilis' that heresies, confounded and convicted by the same teaching, were dissipated, and the whole world daily freed from fatal errors; others, such as Clement XII in the bull 'Verbo Dei,' affirm that most fruitful blessings have spread abroad from his writings over the whole Church, and that he is worthy of the honor which is bestowed on the greatest Doctors of the Church, on Gregory and Ambrose, Augustine and Jerome; while others have not hesitated to propose St. Thomas for the exemplar and master of the universities and great centers of learning whom they may follow with unfaltering feet. On which point the words of Blessed Urban V to the University of Toulouse are worthy of recall: 'It is our will, which We hereby enjoin upon you, that ye follow the teaching of Blessed Thomas as the true and Catholic doctrine and that ye labor with all your force to profit by the same.' Innocent XII, followed the example of Urban in the case of the University of Louvain, in the letter in the form of a brief addressed to that university on February 6, 1694, and Benedict XIV in the letter in the form of a brief addressed on August 26, 1752, to the Dionysian College in Granada; while to these judgments of great Pontiffs on Thomas Aquinas comes the crowning testimony of Innocent VI: 'is teaching above that of others, the canonical writings alone excepted, enjoys such a precision of language, an order of matters, a truth of conclusions, that those who hold to it are never found swerving from the path of truth, and he who dare assail it will always be suspected of error.'
The ecumenical councils, also, where blossoms the flower of all earthly wisdom, have always been careful to hold Thomas Aquinas in singular honor. In the Councils of Lyons, Vienna, Florence, and the Vatican one might almost say that Thomas took part and presided over the deliberations and decrees of the Fathers, contending against the errors of the Greeks, of heretics and rationalists, with invincible force and with the happiest results. But the chief and special glory of Thomas, one which he has shared with none of the Catholic Doctors, is that the Fathers of Trent made it part of the order of conclave to lay upon the altar, together with sacred Scripture and the decrees of the supreme Pontiffs, the 'Summa' of Thomas Aquinas, whence to seek counsel, reason, and inspiration.
A last triumph was reserved for this incomparable man -- namely, to compel the homage, praise, and admiration of even the very enemies of the Catholic name. For it has come to light that there were not lacking among the leaders of heretical sects some who openly declared that, if the teaching of Thomas Aquinas were only taken away, they could easily battle with all Catholic teachers, gain the victory, and abolish the Church. A vain hope, indeed, but no vain testimony. (Pope Leo XIII, Aeterni Patris, August 4, 1879.)
The Catholic Church: "Would that they [the Modernists] had but displayed less zeal and energy in propagating it! But such is their activity and such their unwearying labor on behalf of their cause, that one cannot but be pained to see them waste such energy in endeavoring to ruin the Church when they might have been of such service to her had their efforts been better directed. Their artifices to delude men's minds are of two kinds, the first to remove obstacles from their path, the second to devise and apply actively and patiently every resource that can serve their purpose. They recognize that the three chief difficulties which stand in their way are the scholastic method of philosophy, the authority and tradition of the Fathers, and the magisterium of the Church, and on these they wage unrelenting war. Against scholastic philosophy and theology they use the weapons of ridicule and contempt. Whether it is ignorance or fear, or both, that inspires this conduct in them, certain it is that the passion for novelty is always united in them with hatred of scholasticism, and there is no surer sign that a man is tending to Modernism than when he begins to show his dislike for the scholastic method. Let the Modernists and their admirers remember the proposition condemned by Pius IX: 'The method and principles which have served the ancient doctors of scholasticism when treating of theology no longer correspond with the exigencies of our time or the progress of science.' They exercise all their ingenuity in an effort to weaken the force and falsify the character of tradition, so as to rob it of all its weight and authority. But for Catholics nothing will remove the authority of the second Council of Nicea, where it condemns those 'who dare, after the impious fashion of heretics, to deride the ecclesiastical traditions, to invent novelties of some kind...or endeavor by malice or craft to overthrow any one of the legitimate traditions of the Catholic Church'; nor that of the declaration of the fourth Council of Constantinople: 'We therefore profess to preserve and guard the rules bequeathed to the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, by the Holy and most illustrious Apostles, by the orthodox Councils, both general and local, and by everyone of those divine interpreters, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church.' Wherefore the Roman Pontiffs, Pius IV and Pius IX, ordered the insertion in the profession of faith of the following declaration: 'I most firmly admit and embrace the apostolic and ecclesiastical traditions and other observances and constitutions of the Church.'
The Modernists pass judgment on the holy Fathers of the Church even as they do upon tradition. With consummate temerity they assure the public that the Fathers, while personally most worthy of all veneration, were entirely ignorant of history and criticism, for which they are only excusable on account of the time in which they lived. Finally, the Modernists try in every way to diminish and weaken the authority of the ecclesiastical magisterium itself by sacrilegiously falsifying its origin, character, and rights, and by freely repeating the calumnies of its adversaries. To the entire band of Modernists may be applied those words which Our predecessor sorrowfully wrote: 'To bring contempt and odium on the mystic Spouse of Christ, who is the true light, the children of darkness have been wont to cast in her face before the world a stupid calumny, and perverting the meaning and force of things and words, to depict her as the friend of darkness and ignorance, and the enemy of light, science, and progress.'' This being so, Venerable Brethren, there is little reason to wonder that the Modernists vent all their bitterness and hatred on Catholics who zealously fight the battles of the Church. There is no species of insult which they do not heap upon them, but their usual course is to charge them with ignorance or obstinacy. When an adversary rises up against them with an erudition and force that renders them redoubtable, they seek to make a conspiracy of silence around him to nullify the effects of his attack. This policy towards Catholics is the more invidious in that they belaud with admiration which knows no bounds the writers who range themselves on their side, hailing their works, exuding novelty in every page, with a chorus of applause. For them the scholarship of a writer is in direct proportion to the recklessness of his attacks on antiquity, and of his efforts to undermine tradition and the ecclesiastical magisterium. When one of their number falls under the condemnations of the Church the rest of them, to the disgust of good Catholics, gather round him, loudly and publicly applaud him, and hold him up in veneration as almost a martyr for truth. The young, excited and confused by all this clamor of praise and abuse, some of them afraid of being branded as ignorant, others ambitious to rank among the learned, and both classes goaded internally by curiosity and pride, not infrequently surrender and give themselves up to Modernism. (Pope Saint Pius X, Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907.)
Contradictions Between Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church on Ecumenism:
Benedict XVI: "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 Catholic Church: "It is for this reason that so many who do not share 'the communion and the truth of the Catholic Church' must make use of the occasion of the Council, by the means of the Catholic Church, which received in Her bosom their ancestors, proposes [further] demonstration of profound unity and of firm vital force; hear the requirements [demands] of her heart, they must engage themselves to leave this state that does not guarantee for them the security of salvation. She does not hesitate to raise to the Lord of mercy most fervent prayers to tear down of the walls of division, to dissipate the haze of errors, and lead them back within holy Mother Church, where their Ancestors found salutary pastures of life; where, in an exclusive way, is conserved and transmitted whole the doctrine of Jesus Christ and wherein is dispensed the mysteries of heavenly grace.
"It is therefore by force of the right of Our supreme Apostolic ministry, entrusted to us by the same Christ the Lord, which, having to carry out with [supreme] participation all the duties of the good Shepherd and to follow and embrace with paternal love all the men of the world, we send this Letter of Ours to all the Christians from whom We are separated, with which we exhort them warmly and beseech them with insistence to hasten to return to the one fold of Christ; we desire in fact from the depths of the heart their salvation in Christ Jesus, and we fear having to render an account one day to Him, Our Judge, if, through some possibility, we have not pointed out and prepared the way for them to attain eternal salvation. In all Our prayers and supplications, with thankfulness, day and night we never omit to ask for them, with humble insistence, from the eternal Shepherd of souls the abundance of goods and heavenly graces. And since, if also, we fulfill in the earth the office of vicar, with all our heart we await with open arms the return of the wayward sons to the Catholic Church, in order to receive them with infinite fondness into the house of the Heavenly Father and to enrich them with its inexhaustible treasures. By our greatest wish for the return to the truth and the communion with the Catholic Church, upon which depends not only the salvation of all of them, but above all also of the whole Christian society: the entire world in fact cannot enjoy true peace if it is not of one fold and one shepherd." (Pope Pius IX, Iam Vos Omnes, September 13, 1868.)
"So, Venerable Brethren, it is clear why this Apostolic See has never allowed its subjects to take part in the assemblies of non-Catholics: for the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it, for in the past they have unhappily left it. To the one true Church of Christ, we say, which is visible to all, and which is to remain, according to the will of its Author, exactly the same as He instituted it. . . . Let, therefore, the separated children draw nigh to the Apostolic See, set up in the City which Peter and Paul, the Princes of the Apostles, consecrated by their blood; to that See, We repeat, which is 'the root and womb whence the Church of God springs,' not with the intention and the hope that 'the Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth' will cast aside the integrity of the faith and tolerate their errors, but, on the contrary, that they themselves submit to its teaching and government. Would that it were Our happy lot to do that which so many of Our predecessors could not, to embrace with fatherly affection those children, whose unhappy separation from Us We now bewail. Would that God our Savior, "Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth," would hear us when We humbly beg that He would deign to recall all who stray to the unity of the Church! In this most important undertaking We ask and wish that others should ask the prayers of Blessed Mary the Virgin, Mother of divine grace, victorious over all heresies and Help of Christians, that She may implore for Us the speedy coming of the much hoped-for day, when all men shall hear the voice of Her divine Son, and shall be 'careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.'" (Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos, January 6, 1928.)
The Catholic Church: "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.)
The Mother of God: "Do you think that I do not know that you are the heretic? Realize that your end is at hand. If you do not return to the True Faith, you will be cast into Hell! But if you change your beliefs, I shall protect you before God. Tell people to pray that they may gain the good graces which, God in His mercy has offered to them." (See: If You Do Not Return to the True Faith, You Will Be Cast Into Hell!)
Contradictions Between Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church Concerning the First Commandment
Benedict XVI: "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 [to the devil-worshiping Buddhists, that is] 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, found at first on a Society of Saint Pius X website, DICI.)
The Catholic Church, the sole Guardian and Interpreter of the Ten Commandments: "I Am the Lord Thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.
Benedict XVI: Esteeming the symbols of false religions on April 17, 2008. See for yourself, April 17, 2008 - 6:15 p.m. - Interreligious Gathering
The Catholic Church: "For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils: but the Lord made the heavens." (Psalm 95: 5)
The Catholic Church: "But while things started very favorably, as We said, and yielded rich and salutary results, promising still greater in the future, Our saint with the greatest grief of soul, saw a storm breaking over the growing harvest, which an envious spirit had provoked and desires of earthly gain had stirred up. Since Benedict was prompted by divine and not human counsel, and feared lest the envy which had been aroused mainly against himself should wrongfully recoil on his followers, 'he let envy take its course, and after he had disposed of the oratories and other buildings -- leaving in them a competent number of brethren with superiors -- he took with him a few monks and went to another place'. Trusting in God and relying on His ever present help, he went south and arrived at a fort 'called Cassino situated on the side of a high mountain . . .; on this stood an old temple where Apollo was worshipped by the foolish country people, according to the custom of the ancient heathens. Around it likewise grew groves, in which even till that time the mad multitude of infidels used to offer their idolatrous sacrifices. The man of God coming to that place broke the idol, overthrew the altar, burned the groves, and of the temple of Apollo made a chapel of St. Martin. Where the profane altar had stood he built a chapel of St. John; and by continual preaching he converted many of the people thereabout'. (Pope Pius XII, writing about the twin brother of the saint whose life we commemorate today in Holy Mass, Saint Benedict of Nursia, Fulgens Radiatur, March 21, 1947.)
Benedict XVI: Being treated as an inferior in a Talmudic synagogue, New York, New York, April 18, 2008: April 18, 2008 - 5 p.m. - Park East Synagogue
The Catholic Church: "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) (Bishop George Hay, (The Laws of God Forbidding All Communication in Religion With Those of a False Religion.)
Contradictions Between Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church on Religious Liberty
Benedict XVI: "The very religious freedom that we hold as a universal value, particularly necessary in the world today, has its historical roots here. The Church, therefore, is not and does not intend to be a political agent. At the same time she has a profound interest in the good of the political community, whose soul is justice, and offers it her specific contribution at a double level." (Fourth National Ecclesial Convention, October 19, 2006, English.)
The Catholic 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 for novelty. 15. 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, Miari Vos, August 15, 1832.)
Contradictions Between Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church on the Separation of Church and State
Benedict XVI: "In the meantime, however, the modern age had also experienced developments. People came to realize that the American Revolution was offering a model of a modern State that differed from the theoretical model with radical tendencies that had emerged during the second phase of the French Revolution.
"The natural sciences were beginning to reflect more and more clearly their own limitations imposed by their own method, which, despite achieving great things, was nevertheless unable to grasp the global nature of reality.
"So it was that both parties were gradually beginning to open up to each other. In the period between the two World Wars and especially after the Second World War, Catholic statesmen demonstrated that a modern secular State could exist that was not neutral regarding values but alive, drawing from the great ethical sources opened by Christianity." (Christmas greetings to the Members of the Roman Curia and Prelature, December 22, 2005.)
The Catholic Church: "Yet, though all this is true, it would be very erroneous to draw the conclusion that in America is to be sought the type of the most desirable status of the Church, or that it would be universally lawful or expedient for State and Church to be, as in America, dissevered and divorced. The fact that Catholicity with you is in good condition, nay, is even enjoying a prosperous growth, is by all means to be attributed to the fecundity with which God has endowed His Church, in virtue of which unless men or circumstances interfere, she spontaneously expands and propagates herself; but she would bring forth more abundant fruits if, in addition to liberty, she enjoyed the favor of the laws and the patronage of the public authority (Pope Leo XIII, Longiqua Oceani, January 6, 1895.)
The Catholic Church: "That the State must be separated from the Church is a thesis absolutely false, a most pernicious error. Based, as it is, on the principle that the State must not recognize any religious cult, it is in the first place guilty of a great injustice to God; for the Creator of man is also the Founder of human societies, and preserves their existence as He preserves our own. We owe Him, therefore, not only a private cult, but a public and social worship to honor Him. Besides, this thesis is an obvious negation of the supernatural order. It limits the action of the State to the pursuit of public prosperity during this life only, which is but the proximate object of political societies; and it occupies itself in no fashion (on the plea that this is foreign to it) with their ultimate object which is man's eternal happiness after this short life shall have run its course. But as the present order of things is temporary and subordinated to the conquest of man's supreme and absolute welfare, it follows that the civil power must not only place no obstacle in the way of this conquest, but must aid us in effecting it. The same thesis also upsets the order providentially established by God in the world, which demands a harmonious agreement between the two societies. Both of them, the civil and the religious society, although each exercises in its own sphere its authority over them. It follows necessarily that there are many things belonging to them in common in which both societies must have relations with one another. Remove the agreement between Church and State, and the result will be that from these common matters will spring the seeds of disputes which will become acute on both sides; it will become more difficult to see where the truth lies, and great confusion is certain to arise. Finally, this thesis inflicts great injury on society itself, for it cannot either prosper or last long when due place is not left for religion, which is the supreme rule and the sovereign mistress in all questions touching the rights and the duties of men. Hence the Roman Pontiffs have never ceased, as circumstances required, to refute and condemn the doctrine of the separation of Church and State. Our illustrious predecessor, Leo XIII, especially, has frequently and magnificently expounded Catholic teaching on the relations which should subsist between the two societies. 'Between them,' he says, ;there must necessarily be a suitable union, which may not improperly be compared with that existing between body and soul.-'Quaedam intercedat necesse est ordinata colligatio (inter illas) quae quidem conjunctioni non immerito comparatur, per quam anima et corpus in homine copulantur.' He proceeds: 'Human societies cannot, without becoming criminal, act as if God did not exist or refuse to concern themselves with religion, as though it were something foreign to them, or of no purpose to them.... As for the Church, which has God Himself for its author, to exclude her from the active life of the nation, from the laws, the education of the young, the family, is to commit a great and pernicious error. -- 'Civitates non possunt, citra scellus, gerere se tamquam si Deus omnino non esset, aut curam religionis velut alienam nihilque profuturam abjicere.... Ecclesiam vero, quam Deus ipse constituit, ab actione vitae excludere, a legibus, ab institutione adolescentium, a societate domestica, magnus et perniciousus est error."' (Pope Saint Pius X, Vehementer Nos, February 11, 1906.)
As I noted last month:
Lest, however, any of the modern-day disciples of Caiphas who believe that it is expedient to sacrifice truth for the cause of giving "tradition" a place in the One World Church protest about the last two points (religious liberty and separation of Church and State) by asserting that there is "room" for a "reconciliation" between those who deny the obligation of the civil state to recognize the true religion and the teaching of the Catholic Church that there is such an obligation, please consider once again these solemn words of Pope Pius XI in his first encyclical letter, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922:
Many believe in or claim that they believe in and hold fast to Catholic doctrine on such questions as social authority, the right of owning private property, on the relations between capital and labor, on the rights of the laboring man, on the relations between Church and State, religion and country, on the relations between the different social classes, on international relations, on the rights of the Holy See and the prerogatives of the Roman Pontiff and the Episcopate, on the social rights of Jesus Christ, Who is the Creator, Redeemer, and Lord not only of individuals but of nations. In spite of these protestations, they speak, write, and, what is more, act as if it were not necessary any longer to follow, or that they did not remain still in full force, the teachings and solemn pronouncements which may be found in so many documents of the Holy See, and particularly in those written by Leo XIII, Pius X, and Benedict XV.
There is a species of moral, legal, and social modernism which We condemn, no less decidedly than We condemn theological modernism.
It is necessary ever to keep in mind these teachings and pronouncements which We have made; it is no less necessary to reawaken that spirit of faith, of supernatural love, and of Christian discipline which alone can bring to these principles correct understanding, and can lead to their observance. This is particularly important in the case of youth, and especially those who aspire to the priesthood, so that in the almost universal confusion in which we live they at least, as the Apostle writes, will not be "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." (Ephesians iv, 14)
It is an act of a modern-Caiphas to contend that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI is not an adherent of "a species of moral, legal, and social modernism" condemned by Pope Pius XI.