State of Emergency?
Thomas A. Droleskey
been a great deal of "discussion" lately concerning whether
a State of Emergency exists within the Church that justified the episcopal
consecrations done by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988
and the existence of chapels administered by priests who have separated
themselves from diocesan structures that are in the hands of unbelievers
and apostates. Some very important points in defense of the State
of Emergency can be found in Defending
Catholic Tradition Without Fear of the Consequences,
which was posted on this site on March 4, 2005. I stand by the points
made by Fathers Zigrang, Smith, and Perez, thanking Our Lady for the
manly courage in defense of the fullness of the Catholic Faith that
they have exhibited in these truly unparalleled times.
A few developments
in the past record provide further evidence that the Church is indeed
in a real state of emergency in her human elements.
Consider the fact
that Father Edward Schillebeeckx, a product of Dutch Modernism who
was a peritus at the Second Vatican Council, declared that
"God has no son," contending that Saint Joseph was the "natural
father" of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This is abject
heresy that consists in a denial of basic elements in of the Faith
found in the Apostles' Creed and reaffirmed by various dogmatic councils
throughout the Church's history. Has Schillebeeckx come to this "conclusion"
in recent years? Or did he hold this heresy when he was serving as
an "expert" adviser at the Second Vatican Council? Will
he be denounced for this heresy by any bishop in the world? Will his
books be banned from Catholic universities and colleges and seminaries
and theological "update" programs for religious educators?
Or will Father Schillebeeckx simply be allowed to die a Catholic priest
in "good standing" after having spent his life's work trying
to destroy belief in the truths contained in the Deposit of Faith?
doctrines denied by the statement that "God has no son"
and that "Saint Joseph is the natural father" of Our Lord
are the following:
The Blessed Trinity.
The perpetual virginity of Our Lady.
Father Schillebeeckx, 85,
has loads of disciples and advocates in Catholic universities and
colleges and seminaries and chancery offices. How ironic it is that
Father Schillebeeckx's work will be hailed when he dies by many of
these disciples while the courage of Archbishop Lefebvre and the likes
of the late Father Frederick Schell and Father Gommar DePauw and the
priests who have left the Novus Ordo structure recently is held in
contempt as exemplary of a "schismatic" mentality. Oh, no,
there is no State of Emergency when a Vatican II "expert"
can deny the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us, is there?
is far from alone in the pantheon of Vatican II periti who
had a Modernist agenda. The late Monsignor Joseph Clifford Fenton,
who was a professor of Dogmatic Theology at Saint Bernard's Seminary
in Rochester, New York, before teaching at The Catholic University
of America, resigned from the faculty of Catholic University rather
than teach the "gospel" of "religious freedom"
that had been promoted by another Vatican II peritus, the
late Father John Courtney Murray, whose behind-the-scenes machinations,
especially with the American bishops, helped Dignitatis Humanae
to approved by the fathers of the Council in 1965. The late Father
Karl Rahner, whose theology on the Eucharist was so problematic that
the late Father John A. Hardon, S.J., refused to endorse a book about
Eucharistic adoration that relied heavily upon Rahner, had many disciples
among the Vatican II periti. Rahner himself continues to
exercise his Modernist influence upon Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (who
has written that Vatican II was a counter-syllabus of errors). And
while Father Hans Kung was removed from his Chair of Theology at Tubingen
University in 1979 and declared no longer to be able to teach as a
Catholic theologian at Catholic institutions, he was a Vatican II
peritus who remains in good standing as a priest. The list
can go on and on and on.
of those steeped in error and heresy continued after the Council concluded
its work in 1965. Six liberal Protestants advised the Consilium that
devised the synthetic concoction that is the Novus Ordo Missae.
Defenders of the late Annibable Bugnini, the Secretary of the Consilium,
assert that the Protestants could only "observe" the proceedings
and not make any actual contributions as the Consilium did its official
work. As Father Romano Tommassi has demonstrated in his groundbreaking
research of the minutes of the Consilium and in the notes of the some
of the Protestant "observers," the Protestants made their
contributions during coffee breaks, observing as the very observations
they made "unofficially" got themselves incorporated into
the actual minutes of the proceedings by bishops all too willing to
do their bidding.
The devastation of
the Catholic Faith that has resulted from the influence of "advisers"
who subscribe to various tenets of Modernism is plain for all who
have the grace to see it. Any number of solid, scholarly works (The
Rhine Flows into the Tiber, Iota Unum, In the Murky
Waters of Vatican II, The Great Facade, the late Michael
Davies' pamphlet on Dignitatis Humanae, among many others)
discusses the influence exercised by the leading Modernists of the
mid-Twentieth Century on the Second Vatican and its aftermath. It
should come as no surprise, therefore, when a Vatican II peritus
can deny the Sacred Divinity of Our Lord and deny the perpetual virginity
of His Most Blessed Mother that diocesan ordinaries can deny doctrines
themselves and/or attempt to silence their priests from speaking out
when innocent human beings are being threatened with an unjust and
immoral execution by means of starvation and dehydration.
before, the situation we face in the Church today is simply without
precedent. When has it ever been the case that a prominent theologian
can deny the Sacred Divinity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
and remain in good standing as a Catholic priest? When has it ever
been the case that a the cardinal prefect of a curial congregation,
in this case one-time Vatican II peritus Joseph Cardinal
Ratzinger (a disciple of Karl Rahner and Hans von Balthaszar, who
believed in the heresy of universal salvation and the non-eternity
of Hell, stating that Our Lord and Satan would be "reconciled"
in the end), has consecrated a man, in this case Father Bruno Forte,
to the episcopate after he had written that Our Lord's Resurrection
was a myth? (See the most recent issue of The Latin Mass: A Journal
of Catholic Culture and an article in the February 15 issue The
Remnant written by Christopher A. Ferrara.) These things are
without precedent, and they lead directly to the appointment of men
as diocesan ordinaries who are Modernists and thus enemies of the
Faith (see Enemies
of Christ in Shepherds' Clothing).
Bishop Robert N. Lynch, who has been the subject of numerous commentaries
on this site in the past two weeks ( see particularly Defiantly
Unrepentant), has issued an edict forbidding any of his
diocesan priests from participating in a Rally and Prayer Vigil that
will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2005, in front of the Woodspice
Hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida, where Terri Schindler-Schiavo is
held hostage as she awaits the death sentence that hangs over her
innocent head. One angry woman from Florida wrote that I had mischaracterized
Bishop Lynch's position, that there are no contradictions between
what he has said and what the Pope has stated in reiterating the consistent
teaching of the Catholic Church that the provision of food and water
is always considered to be ordinary, not extraordinary are, and cannot
be withdrawn, noting that one can never take into consideration probabilities
of recovery or financial and psychological factors to justify what
is an act of "euthanasia by omission." The inability of
this woman to see that Bishop Lynch is at odds with the patrimony
of the Catholic Church is the exact product of the murkiness and ambiguity
that are the trademarks of the ethos of conciliarism.
Once again, here is
what Bishop Robert N. Lynch wrote on August 12, 2003:
care of our lives requires that we seek necessary medical care from
others but we are not required to use every possible remedy in every
circumstance. We are obliged to preserve our own lives, and help others
preserve theirs, by use of means that have a reasonable hope of sustaining
life without imposing unreasonable burdens on those we seek to help,
that is, on the patient and his or her family and community. In general,
we are only required to use ordinary means that do not involve an
excessive burden, for others or for our ourselves. What may be too
difficult for some may not be for others.
Our Catholic Church has traditionally viewed medical treatment as
excessively burdensome if it is “too painful, too damaging to the
patient's bodily self and functioning, too psychologically repugnant
to the patient, too suppressive of the patient's mental life, or too
expensive.” [cf. “Life, Death and Treatment of Dying Patients: Pastoral
Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Florida, 1989]
Bishop Lynch is plainly
stating that the administration of food and water can be viewed as
"medical care" that is beyond the ordinary and that psychological
and financial factors may be taken into consideration when deciding
whether to start or maintain such "medical" care. Here is
what Pope John Paul II said on these points on March 20, 2004:
obligation to provide the "normal care due to the sick in such
cases" (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Iura
et Bona, p. IV) includes, in fact, the use of nutrition and hydration
(cf. Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", Dans le Cadre,
2, 4, 4; Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care
Workers, Charter of Health Care Workers, n. 120). The evaluation of
probabilities, founded on waning hopes for recovery when the vegetative
state is prolonged beyond a year, cannot ethically justify the cessation
or interruption of minimal care for the patient, including nutrition
and hydration. Death by starvation or dehydration is, in fact, the
only possible outcome as a result of their withdrawal. In this sense
it ends up becoming, if done knowingly and willingly, true and proper
euthanasia by omission.
In this regard, I recall what I wrote in the Encyclical Evangelium
Vitae, making it clear that "by euthanasia in the true and
proper sense must be understood an action or omission which by its
very nature and intention brings about death, with the purpose of
eliminating all pain"; such an act is always "a serious
violation of the law of God, since it is the deliberate and morally
unacceptable killing of a human person" (n. 65).
Besides, the moral principle is well known, according to which even
the simple doubt of being in the presence of a living person already
imposes the obligation of full respect and of abstaining from any
act that aims at anticipating the person's death.
Social pressures cannot prevail over general principles
5. Considerations about the "quality of life", often actually
dictated by psychological, social and economic pressures, cannot take
precedence over general principles. First of all, no evaluation of
costs can outweigh the value of the fundamental good which we are
trying to protect, that of human life. Moreover, to admit that decisions
regarding man's life can be based on the external acknowledgment of
its quality, is the same as acknowledging that increasing and decreasing
levels of quality of life, and therefore of human dignity, can be
attributed from an external perspective to any subject, thus introducing
into social relations a discriminatory and eugenic principle.
August 12, 2003, statement is irreconcilable with Pope John Paul II's
reiteration of fundamental Catholic moral principles on March 20,
2004. Bishop Lynch's statement of March 1, 2004, that Michael Schiavo
alone will determine what happens to the wife to whom he has been
wantonly and publicly unfaithful cannot be reconciled with the February
24, 2005, statement of Renato Cardinal Martino, President of the Pontifical
Council for Justice and Peace, that Mrs. Schiavo's feeding and hydration
tubes must remain in place and that her death as a result of their
unjust and immoral removal would be a step forward for legalized euthanasia
in the United States of America. I would venture to guess that Father
Edward Schillebeeckx would be more welcomed to speak in the Diocese
of Saint Petersburg, Florida, than would Cardinal Martino. Indeed,
as Bishop Robert N. Lynch has banned his own priests from even preaching
about the subject of Terri Schindler-Schiavo it is more than likely
that he would attempt to prevent Cardinal Martino from doing so if
he had the opportunity to appeal for Mrs. Schiavo's life next Saturday
in front of her hospice in Pinellas Park.
to see how Bishop Lynch's positions are incompatible and irreconcilable
with the reiteration of Catholic teaching by the Holy Father and Cardinal
Martino is really part and parcel of the triumph of the conciliarist
ethos. Ambiguity and murkiness in doctrine produced muddle-headedness
and emotionalism, making people prone to overlook the simple fact
that two mutually contradictory statements cannot both be true simultaneously.
The Novus Ordo Missae itself enshrines this ambiguity and
murkiness, as I point out in G.I.R.M. Warfare. Many Catholics
will fall victim to a steady dose of this, finding it difficulty to
use the faculty of reason in a logical manner to come to the simple
conclusion that there has been and continues to be a revolution going
on against the perennial teachings of the Catholic Church for the
past four and one-half decades.
An inability to see
the revolution that the devil has launched against the true so as
to confuse the lion's share of Catholics and to try to dispirit those
who understand the revolution for what it is spills over into the
civil realm. If the plain contradictions between Bishop Robert N.
Lynch's words and the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church
that have been reiterated generally by Pope John Paul II and in a
particular way with direct reference to the case of Mrs. Terri Schindler-Schiavo
by Cardinal Manner cannot be seen by practicing, pious Catholics,
then it is easy for these same people to overlook the contradictions
in the words of those who they they are "pro-life" but who
in fact support baby-killing in some instances and who fund the chemical
murders of millions of babies here and around the world.
wrote to me yesterday, March 5, 2005, to ask for my "sources"
for the information provided in A
Matter of God's Sovereignty that the Bush administration
funds the chemical abortions of millions of babies in this country
and around the world. The reader was not taking issue with my contention,
only noting that she had never seen this before. My initial reaction
was one of exasperation as I, among others, have been pointing out
these incontrovertible facts for a long, long time. However, the reader
had a point. After all, why should people see through the wiles of
career politicians when they accept quite blithely the contradictions
that exist between the ethos of conciliarism and the authentic, immutable
Tradition of the Catholic Church?
present a brief excerpt from a recent article of mine in The Remnant,
which comes from a list of facts from the American Life League, posted
at www.all.org on December 17, 2004 (facts that have been cited endlessly
by yours truly and a few others but appear to make no impression on
those who want to be in the political equivalent of the tooth fairy):
BUSH'S PRO-LIFE RECORD: Some people argue that President
George W. Bush is enthusiastically pro-life. President Bush's record
speaks for itself:
· Bush appointed an almost wholly pro-abortion cabinet. His
"pro-life" cabinet members during his first term include
former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson at HHS, who supports human
embryo research, and Attorney General John Ashcroft.
· Bush broke his campaign promise and authorized funding for
human embryonic stem cell research. The supposedly "narrow"
policy is managed by Thompson and has expanded, just as he supported
it in Wisconsin.
· Bush's appointed National Institute of Health director, Dr.
Elias Zerhouni, is a pioneer in embryonic stem cell research.
· As a consequence of Thompson's appointment, HHS has done
nothing about the highly irregular approval of RU-486 during the Clinton
· President Bush appointed pro-aborts to his bioethics council,
which produced a split opinion on human cloning stating the commission
could not come to a consensus on the "moral status of the human
embryo." His handpicked bioethicists confirmed the ludicrous
claim of Roe v. Wade that scientific and ethical experts cannot come
to consensus on when life begins. Though this is absurd in any authentic
representation of science or ethics, it has allowed the administration
political cover behind their so-called "experts."
· Despite his well-publicized statement that he was completely
opposed to all human cloning, Bush blocked a vote on the Brownback/Landreiu
amendment in the Senate to ban the patenting of human embryos.
· The Bush administration's attorney was on the wrong side
of the NOW v. Scheidler case, intervening on behalf of the plaintiffs
in the racketeering suit against Joseph Scheidler and other pro-life
activists. The U.S. Solicitor General agreed that there were grounds
for considering clinic blockades a form of extortion.
· Despite his statements regarding the sanctity of human life,
Bush positively requires a legal freedom of killing preborns when
the children are conceived in rape, incest, or when their mothers'
lives are allegedly in danger due to their pregnancy (which is medically
never the case).
· On the subject of contraceptives and abortifacients, Bush
has maintained millions in funding for Planned Parenthood, and has
signed hundreds of millions of dollars of funding for abortifacient
chemicals worldwide. His Mexico City policy permits such funding to
go to government family planning programs that promote abortion as
long as they "segregate" the funds. In both 2002 and 2003,
the Bush administration approved USAID population control funding
of $446.5 million, higher than the $425.0 million Clinton approved
· Bush approved an expanded Medicaid coverage of abortifacients
in New York.
· His AIDS package provides $15 billion for potential payments
to overseas organizations that promote abortion including the International
Planned Parenthood Federation.
· Bush's White House counsel (and attorney general nominee),
Alberto Gonzales, is being whispered to be "on the short list"
as a possible nominee for the Supreme Court should there be a vacancy.
As a Texas Supreme Court justice, Gonzales voted to authorize abortion
for teenagers without parental involvement, and other rulings during
his tenure on the court raise doubts about how he would rule on life-related
matters if he were confirmed as a U.S. Supreme Court justice.
· Bush's 2004 budget request for Title X of the Public Health
Service Act, is $264 million, or $11 million more than the program
was appropriated during Bill Clinton's last year in office. Planned
Parenthood alone expended nearly $59 million from this program in
fiscal year 2001.
· Bush's 2004 budget request for international population control
programs/USAID is $425 million, plus an additional $25 million set
aside for the U.N. Population Fund if it becomes eligible for U.S.
funding. During the last year Clinton was in office, USAID population
control programs were appropriated $425 million. (Source: American
Life League Communique, December 17, 2004.)
I have written
numerous commentaries on some of these matters. Two of them, "Of
Slaves and Babies" and "True Justice for a Pro-Life Hero,"
appeared on the Seattle Catholic website in December of 2002 and February
of 2003, respectively. Facts are facts. Others gather facts and report
them. I try to disseminate them and to help readers understand them
clearly from the perspective of the Catholic Faith, which is the point
of our forthcoming book, "Restoring Christ as the King of All
Nations," which is now in the editing process. It has been the
lack of a clear witness to the Catholic Faith as a result of the ambiguities
and novelties of the conciliarist ethos from popes on down to parish
priests that has confused the faithful so much that they seek refuge
in the delusion that career politicians are our friends when this
is not the case at all. Indeed, all of the fuss made this past week
about the efforts of United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Ellen Sauerbrey to reaffirm that the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women
did not create an "international right" to abortion borders
on the absolute absurd when you consider the fact that the government
of the United States, starting with the administration of President
Richard M. Nixon in 1970, has funded chemical abortions all around
the world. Anyone who believes that the government of the United States
is squarely on the side of stopping abortion is not familiar with
In the midst
of all of this confusion and disarray, both ecclesiastically and civilly,
we never grow discouraged. The Catholic Church is the true Church
founded by the God-Man upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope. The jaws
of Hell will never prevail against her. She will last until the end
of time. True, the devil is having a field day right now with the
Church in her human elements. The final victory, though, belongs to
the Immaculate Heart of Mary once Russia is consecrated by some pope
with all of the world's bishops. The Social Reign of Christ the King
will be ushered in anew. The errors of Russia, which are the errors
of Modernity (starting with the Protestant Revolt) in the world and
Modernism in the Church, will cease. There will be an period of peace.
in the faith, ever desirous to make reparation for our own many sins,
especially in this season of Lent, by offering all of our sacrifices
and prayers and sufferings as the consecrated slaves of Our Lady's
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, we keep Our Lord company in His Real
Presence as we walk the Via Dolorosa that the Church in her human
elements is journeying on at present. We seek out the sure refuge
of Tradition and we continue to maintain the supernatural virtues
of Faith, Hope and Charity in all of our efforts to plant a few seeds
here and there for the restoration of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition
as normative in the life of the Church and for the restoration of
the Social Reign of Christ the King and of Mary our Immaculate Queen
in the world.
Our Lady, Help of
Christians, pray for us.
and Felicitas, pray for us.
Laetare Sunday to you all.
your charity, I would ask you to pray for the repose of the soul of
my late mother, Norma Florence Red Fox Droleskey, who would have turned
eighty-four today had she not died on March 18, 1982, twelve days
after her sixty-first birthday. My mother was born out of wedlock
to a woman who put her up for adoption. Her chances of making it out
of the womb today would have been pretty negligible. A whole host
of social workers would have tried to convince my grandmother, Ruth
Coomer, whom my mother never met in this mortal life, to kill her
twins. (My mother's twin brother died in infancy after they had been
adopted in Kansas City, Missouri, by the vaudevillian performer, Chief
William Red Fox and his wife.) We gave our own daughter a third name,
Norma, after honoring Saint Lucy and Our Lady in order to remember
all children who are at risk in what should be the safest place on
earth: their mothers' wombs. Thank you for your prayers for my mother's
soul. Please pray also for her mother, Ruth Coomer, with whom I hope
and pray daily that she has had a happy reunion in eternity.