No Synthesis Need Apply
Thomas A. Droleskey
Saints Peter and Paul, the founders of the Catholic Church in the City of Rome, preached the Gospel according to these words of the Apostle to the Gentiles, contained in his Second Epistle to Saint Timothy:
I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by his coming, and his kingdom: Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober. (2 Tim. 4: 1-5)
Saints Peter and Paul were called by Our Lord in different ways. Both, however, discharged their duties both in season and out of season. Both were executed at the specific command of the wicked Emperor Nero, who began in the year 67 A.D. the 256 year period of intermittent outbreaks of violent persecution of the Church that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ had founded upon the fisherman from Capharnaum. Both were the instruments of the Holy Ghost to effect the conversion of countless thousands of souls to the true Church. Both pray ceaselessly for Holy Mother Church in this time of apostasy and betrayal, a time when, as Mother Mary Potter noted in The Path of Mary, published in 1878, Our Lord is reliving His Passion mystically through Holy Mother Church.
Simon Peter, the brother of Andrew, was chosen by Our Lord as he was finishing his day of fishing, returning to the Lake of Genesareth to resume the work at the bidding of the One Who was to choose Him to be the visible head of His true Church on earth, the Catholic Church:
And it came to pass, that when the multitudes pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Genesareth, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And going into one of the ships that was Simon's, he desired him to draw back a little from the land. And sitting he taught the multitudes out of the ship. Now when he had ceased to speak, he said to Simon: Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said to him: Master, we have labored all the night, and have taken nothing: but at thy word I will let down the net.
And when they had done this, they enclosed a very great multitude of fishes, and their net broke. And they beckoned to their partners that were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they were almost sinking. Which when Simon Peter saw, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying: Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was wholly astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken. And so were also James and John the sons of Zebedee, who were Simon's partners. And Jesus saith to Simon: Fear not: from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
And having brought their ships to land, leaving all things, they followed him. (Lk. 5: 1-11)
Saint Peter's path to being the first martyred pope was a long and tortuous one. He was one of three Apostles taken to the top of Mount Thabor to witness the Transfiguration of Our Lord. He was the first of the Apostles to say to Our Lord,
"Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God" (Mt. 16: 16). Moments after that profession in the Sacred Divinity of Jesus of Nazareth, however, Saint Peter tried to remonstrate with Our Lord not to undergo His Passion and Death, prompting Our Lord to say to Him, "Go behind me, Satan, thou art a scandal unto me: because thou savourest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men" (Mt. 16:23). Saint Peter denied Our Lord three times shortly after he fled from Our Lord after having fallen asleep during His Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Nevertheless, he was the first to enter into the empty tomb on Easter Sunday, the youngest Apostle, Saint John the Evangelist, having yielded to his papal authority although he, Saint John, had outrun Saint Peter to that empty tomb. Our Lord extracted from Saint Peter a triple confession of love to undo His triple denial on the morning of Good Friday:
When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs.
He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved, because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep. Amen, amen I say to thee, when thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself, and didst walk where thou wouldst. But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and lead thee whither thou wouldst not.
And this he said, signifying by what death he should glorify God. (Jn.21: 15-19)
This day, June 29, marks the anniversary of the sort of death by which Saint Peter did indeed glorify God, being crucified upside down on Vatican Hill as the Apostle to the Gentiles, Saint Paul, was beheaded, a punishment befitting a Roman citizen, outside of the walls of the City of Rome. Saints Peter had denied Our Lord. Saint Paul had persecuted the infant Church, presiding over the stoning of Saint Stephen. The founders of the Catholic Church in Rome, who had done so much over the course of three decades to win converts to the true Faith, thus speak to us of the simple fact that sinners can rise from their sins and become vessels through which the graces won for us by the shedding of every single drop of Our Lord's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flow into our soul through the loving hands of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of All Graces can effect the conversion of others to join with them in the pursuit of the heights of sanctity as they are ever ready to suffer even martyrdom for the sake of the Holy Faith. The blood of these martyrs was indeed the seed of the Church, which always followed their example of seeking converts to the Faith, yes, even at the price of martyrdom, rather than to forbid proselytism as the counterfeit church of conciliarism has done in most instances in recent years.
Dom Prosper Gueranger provided Catholic posterity, including us, with a rich account of the glorious nature of this day, June 29, in his The Liturgical Year:
Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Behold the hour when the answer which the Son of Man exacted of the fisher of Galilee re-echoes form the seven hills and fills the whole earth. Peter no longer dreads the triple interrogation of his Lord. Since that fatal night wherein, after the first cockcrow, the prince of the apostles had denied his Master, tears have not ceased to furrow the cheeks of the Vicar of Christ; at last the day has come when his tears shall be dried! From that gibbet to which, at his own request, the humble disciple has been nailed head downwards, his bounding heart repeats the protestations which, ever since the scene enacted on the brink of Lake Tiberias, has been silently wearing ihs life away: 'Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee!'
Sacred day, on which the oblation of the first of the Pontiffs assures to the West the rights of supreme priesthood! Day of triumph, in which the effusion of a generous life-blood wins for God the conquest of the Roman soil; in which, upon the cross of his representative, the divine Spouse concludes his eternal alliance with the queen of nations.
This tribute of death was unknown to Levi; this dower of blood was never exacted of Aaron by Jehovah: for who is it that would die for a slave? The Synagogue was no bride! Love is the sign which distinguishes this age of the new dispensation form the law of servitude. Powerless, sunk in cringing fear, the Jewish priest could but sprinkle with the blood of victims for himself the horns of the figurative altar. At once both Priest and Victim, Jesus expects more of those whom he calls to a participation in the sacred prerogative which makes him Pontiff for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. 'I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth,' thus saith he to these men whom he raised above angels at the Last Supper; 'but I have called you friends, because all things whatsoever I have heard of my Father, I have made known to you. As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you. Abide in my love.'
In the case of a priest admitted into partnership with the external Pontiff, love is not complete, except when it extends itself to the whole of mankind ransomed by the great Sacrifice. This entails upon him more than the obligation common to all Christians of loving one another as fellow-members of one Head; and for, by his priesthood, he forms part of that Head, and by this very title charity should assume in him something in depth and character of the love which the divine Head bears towards his members. But more than this: what if to the power he possesses of immolating Christ, to the duty incumbent on him of the joint offering of himself likewise in the secret of the Mysteries, the plentitude of the pontificate be added, imposing the public mission of giving to the Church the support she needs, that fecundity which the heavenly Spouse exacts of her? According to the doctrine expressed from the earliest ages by the Popes, the Councils and the fathers, the Holy Ghost adapts him to his sublime role by fully identifying his love with that of the Spouse, whose obligations he fulfils, whose rights he exercises. Then, likewise, according to the same teaching, there stands before him the precept of the apostle; from throne to throne of all the bishops, whether of East or West, the angels of the Churches pass on the word: 'Husbands love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church, and delivered himself up for her, that he might sanctify her.'
Such is the divine reality of these mysterious nuptials, that every age of sacred history has blasted with the name of adultery the irregular abandonment of the Church first espoused. So much is exacted by this sublime union, that none may be called to it who is not already abiding steadfast on the lofty summit of perfection; for a bishop must ever hold himself ready to justify in his own person that supreme degree of charity of which our Lord saith: 'Greater love than this no man hath, that he lay down his life for his friends.' Nor does the difference between the hireling and the true shepherd end there; this readiness of the Pontiff to defend unto death the Church confided to him, to wash away even in ihs own blood every stain that disfigures the beauty of this bride, is itself the guarantee of that contract whereby he is wedded to this chosen one of the Son of God, and it is the just price of those purest of joys reserved to him. 'These things I have spoken to you,' saith our Lord, when instituting the Testament of the new Alliance, 'that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be filled.'
If such should be the privileges and obligations of the bishop and each Church, how much more so in the case of the universal Pastor! When regenerated man was confided to Simon, son of John, by the Incarnate God, his chief care was, in the fist place, to make sure that he would indeed by the Vicar of his love, that, having received more than the rest, he would move more than all of them, that, being the inheritor of the love of Jesus for his own who were in the world, he would love, as he had done, even to the end. For this reason Peter's martyrdom is foretold in the Gospel immediately after our Lord has confirmed him in the office of chief Pastor of the flock; Pontiff-King, he must follow, even to the Cross, the Supreme Ruler of the Church.
The feasts of his two Chairs, that of Antioch and that of Rome, have recalled to our minds the sovereignty whereby he presides over the government of the whole world, and the infallibility of the doctrine which he distributes as food to the whole flock; but these two feasts, and the primacy to which they bear witness in the sacred cycle, call for that completion and further sanction afford by the teachings included in to-day's festival. Just as the power received by the Man-God from his Father and the full communication made by him of this power to the visible Head of his Church had for their end the consummation of glory, the one object of this thrice-holy God in the whole of his work; so likewise all jurisdiction, all teaching, all ministry here below, says St. Paul, has for end for the consummation of the saints, which is but one with the consummation of this sovereign glory; and the sanctity of the creature and the glory of God, Creator and Saviour, taken together, find their full expression only in the Sacrifice which embraces both Shepherd and the flock in the same holocaust.
A pertinent question needs to be asked at this point: have the five antipopes who have presided over the counterfeit church of conciliarism considered themselves to be the governors of the whole world in the exercise of the Social Reign of Christ the King? Hardly. Angelo Roncalli praised the United Nations in Pacem in Terris, April 11, 1963. Pope Pius XI not-so-implicitly mocked the predecessor of the naturalist, Judeo-Masonic United Nations, the naturalist, Judeo-Masonic League of Nations, in Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922:
When, therefore, governments and nations follow in all their activities, whether they be national or international, the dictates of conscience grounded in the teachings, precepts, and example of Jesus Christ, and which are binding on each and every individual, then only can we have faith in one another's word and trust in the peaceful solution of the difficulties and controversies which may grow out of differences in point of view or from clash of interests. An attempt in this direction has already and is now being made; its results, however, are almost negligible and, especially so, as far as they can be said to affect those major questions which divide seriously and serve to arouse nations one against the other. No merely human institution of today can be as successful in devising a set of international laws which will be in harmony with world conditions as the Middle Ages were in the possession of that true League of Nations, Christianity. It cannot be denied that in the Middle Ages this law was often violated; still it always existed as an ideal, according to which one might judge the acts of nations, and a beacon light calling those who had lost their way back to the safe road.
There exists an institution able to safeguard the sanctity of the law of nations. This institution is a part of every nation; at the same time it is above all nations. She enjoys, too, the highest authority, the fullness of the teaching power of the Apostles. Such an institution is the Church of Christ. She alone is adapted to do this great work, for she is not only divinely commissioned to lead mankind, but moreover, because of her very make-up and the constitution which she possesses, by reason of her age-old traditions and her great prestige, which has not been lessened but has been greatly increased since the close of the War, cannot but succeed in such a venture where others assuredly will fail.
Pope Pius XI's wonderful reiteration of Catholic truth was flushed down the Orwellian memory hole by the conciliar revolutionaries, who have bowed down before the leaders of heretical and schismatic churches (see Giovanni Montini with Athenagoras I in Jerusalem in 1964) and who have yielded any and all claim to the possession of the rights of the Social Reign of Christ the King.
Giovanni Montini, who laid aside his "papal" crown at the end of the "Second" Vatican Council, signifying all end to the notion of absolute governance over the "Church," no less the world, addressed the United Nations on October 4, 1965, in a manner that conveyed his complete abdication of any claim to temporal authority of one claiming be the Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth:
This encounter, as you well understand, is of a twofold nature: it is marked both with simplicity and with greatness. Simplicity, because you have before you a man like you, your brother, and indeed one of the smallest among you who represent sovereign States; for he is vested, if you wish to think of him as thus, with only a minuscule and, as it were, symbolic temporal sovereignty, only as much as is necessary to be free to exercise his spiritual mission and to assure those who deal with him that he is independent of every other sovereignty of this world. He has no temporal power, nor any ambition to compete with you. In fact, We have nothing to ask for, no question to raise. We have at most a desire to express and a permission to request: namely, that of serving you in so far as lies within Our competence, with disinterest, humility and love.
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has no "desire to express" anything of the leaders of the world? Nothing about the conversion all men and all nations to His own Social Reign? Our Lord needs to "permission" to "serve" the leaders of the civil governments of the world who should be adoring Him through His true Church the way that Saints Caspar, Balthasar and Melchior, each of whom was a king of men, worshiped Him as te King of Kings at the Epiphany?
Montini continued this mocking of the Social Kingship of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in address to the United Nations:
In saying this, We feel We are speaking with the voice of the dead as well as of the living: of the dead who have fallen in the terrible wars of the past, dreaming of concord and world peace; of the living who have survived those wars, bearing in their hearts a condemnation of those who seek to renew them; and of those rightful expectation of a better humanity. And We also make Our own, the voice of the poor, the disinherited, the suffering; of those who long for justice for the dignity of life, for freedom, for well being and for progress. The peoples of the earth turn to the United Nations as the last hope of concord and peace. We presume to present here, together with Our own, their tribute to honour and of hope. That is why this moment is a great one for you also. We know that you are fully aware of this. Now for the continuation of Our message. It looks entirely towards the future. The edifice which you have constructed must never collapse; it must be continually perfected and adapted to the needs which the history of the world will present. You mark a stage in the development of mankind; from now on retreat is impossible; you must go forward.
"The peoples of the earth turn to the United Nations as the last best hope of concord and peace"? As those who are far more learned than I am have noted over the years, how is this not Crowing Our Lord mystically with Thorns all over again? How is it not a complete and total mockery of the King of Kings at the hands of one claiming to be his "vicar" while surrendering the "hopes" of mankind to an international organization founded on a complete and utter indifference to the facts of the King's own Incarnation, His Redemptive Act on the wood of the Holy Cross and the Deposit of Faith that He has entrusted to the true Church for the authentic instruction of men in the ways of salvation until He comes in glory to judge the living and the dead on the Last Day? The sovereignty of what is alleged to be the office of the Vicar of Christ has been surrendered by the counterfeit church of conciliarism to the enemies of the Catholic Faith and thus to the bitter, immortal, naturalist enemies of the souls for whom Our Blessed Lord and Saviour shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross.
The United Nations is the naturalist, anti-Incarnational embodiment of the spirit of the One World Church prophesied by Pope Saint Pius X in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910:
But stranger still, alarming and saddening at the same time, are the audacity and frivolity of men who call themselves Catholics and dream of re-shaping society under such conditions, and of establishing on earth, over and beyond the pale of the Catholic Church, "the reign of love and justice" with workers coming from everywhere, of all religions and of no religion, with or without beliefs, so long as they forego what might divide them - their religious and philosophical convictions, and so long as they share what unites them - a "generous idealism and moral forces drawn from whence they can" When we consider the forces, knowledge, and supernatural virtues which are necessary to establish the Christian City, and the sufferings of millions of martyrs, and the light given by the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and the self-sacrifice of all the heroes of charity, and a powerful hierarchy ordained in heaven, and the streams of Divine Grace - the whole having been built up, bound together, and impregnated by the life and spirit of Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God, the Word made man - when we think, I say, of all this, it is frightening to behold new apostles eagerly attempting to do better by a common interchange of vague idealism and civic virtues. What are they going to produce? What is to come of this collaboration? A mere verbal and chimerical construction in which we shall see, glowing in a jumble, and in seductive confusion, the words Liberty, Justice, Fraternity, Love, Equality, and human exultation, all resting upon an ill-understood human dignity. It will be a tumultuous agitation, sterile for the end proposed, but which will benefit the less Utopian exploiters of the people. Yes, we can truly say that the Sillon, its eyes fixed on a chimera, brings Socialism in its train.
We fear that worse is to come: the end result of this developing promiscuousness, the beneficiary of this cosmopolitan social action, can only be a Democracy which will be neither Catholic, nor Protestant, nor Jewish. It will be a religion (for Sillonism, so the leaders have said, is a religion) more universal than the Catholic Church, uniting all men become brothers and comrades at last in the "Kingdom of God". - "We do not work for the Church, we work for mankind."
The betrayal of the Mystical Body of Christ signified by Giovanni Montini's appearance at the United Nations (which would be repeated twice by Karol Wojtyla, in 1979 and 1995) did not begin overnight. This betrayal was centuries in the making. It is probably what caused Pope Leo XIII to pass out while offering Holy Mass in 1884. It is probably an important part of the actual contents of the Third Secret of Fatima.
Mother Mary Potter, who wrote The Path to Mary, which was published in 1878, just about ten years after the overthrow of the Papal States by the Masonic House of Savoy, noted the following:
We live in perilous times; we are surrounded by dangers and temptations almost unparalleled in the history of the world. The Church, the Spouse of Jesus, seems to have followed the life of her Lord, and to have exemplified in herself its various stages. There has been the hidden life of the early ages of the Church, followed by the more Public Life; then arose an increased devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, followed by the Agony in the Garden; and we seem to be bordering on the times when the Church will mirage, will reflect, will, in fact, mystically reproduce the crucifixion of her Divine Head and Master. We may draw out this parallel more clearly by glancing at the rise of the Religious Orders which spring up from age to age in the Church, and whose members, as more perfect members of the Church, are bound to represent more closely the life of Our Lord. We see the Hidden Life of Jesus in the Fathers of the Desert, and in the contemplatives of the early ages of the Church. They are followed by the more active Orders of the Dominicans, Franciscans, and Jesuits, who exemplified the Public Life of Our Lord, the time when "He went about preaching everywhere and doing good." Religious Orders followed devoted to the Blessed Sacrament. Convents arose, whose inmates night and day watch before the adorable Mystery of the Altar, praising and thanking Jesus for this His greatest Invention of Love. The last Order established in our time, and as yet but little known, is a strict contemplative Order; and its members consecrate themselves entirely to honour the Agony in the Garden.
These Orders do not rise and fall; the but continue the Life of Our Lord; they make up His Body, the Church. Thus, as I have said, the Church appears to be reaching a time when she will be mystically crucified with her Lord. The powers of darkness are evidently allowed a strange power of temptation: "it is their hour." Even many of Our Lord's own have fallen away. Throughout the Church there is unusual distress of soul and body. You who read this may have thought your trials peculiar to yourself; but you are mistaken. Your neighbor suffers still more perhaps than you, though you know it not. He is sorely tempted and tried; and he, too, thinks his grief peculiar to himself. Well for those who are watching! well for those who are assiduous in obtaining the graces mother Church offers them . There will not be a grace to much given them, for "Satan will deceive, if possible, even the elect." Well for those who are watching! Morning and night we need the sweet voice of Jesus to repeat to us the warning words the loving anxiety of His Heart prompted Him to utter: "Watch and pray." "Watch and pray" I do not write to alarm you: it is to forewarn you. You have wondered, perhaps, when you have heard of the falling away from the Church of even the very good. You have sorrowed, perhaps, over some sad instance, it may be in your own family or community, of some unhappy souls for whom the temptations of this age have been too strong. Yes, we have wondered at it. We are thoughtless ad careless. We do not fear for others till we see them fall: but we are not wise. Did not our dear Lord "fear" for us? We should be wiser, if we did FEAR more and wonder less. "I never wonder at the fall of anyone" were the remarkable words I have said to myself by one experienced, by one who had gone through numberless trials and and temptations. We see that the Church is visibly afflicted, that the powers of hell are leagued more strongly than ever against her. We cannot but see it It is visible to our eyes, but the interior conflict, the attacks of Satan against the individual soul, are not as visible, though they are far fiercer and more disastrous than the open attacks made by the emissaries of Satan against the Church. The one is but a figure of the other. Whey have I written this? Forewarned is forearmed. If you have intelligence of a threatened danger you will make preparations to defend yourself against it. Now you cannot wish for yourself any good (real good) that God does not wish for you: therefore His Divine Providence has been beforehand, and provided you with a most powerful means of help. It would not be like God to allow us to be unusually tempted, to subject us to great conflicts, without likewise providing us with a far counterbalancing assistance. (Mother Mary Potter, The Path of Mary, Little Company of Mary, 1878, pp.13-17.)
A few who are far more learned about the Faith and far more experienced and advanced in matters of the interior life than I am, believe that that Agony of Our Lord mystically through Holy Mother Church continued until He was handed over, this time to the Gentiles, not to the Jews, when the new Barabbas, Angelo Roncalli, was "elected" as the false claimant to the papal throne in 1958. There is quite a parallel here. Barabbas wanted to overthrow Roman occupation in Palestine by means of a revolution. Roncalli had dedicated his entire life to overthrowing the teaching and the discipline of the Roman Catholic Church, which is why his hideous portrait looms out so triumphantly over the altar of Pope Saint Pius X in the Basilica of Saint Peter. Saint Pius X condemned the very Modernist propositions that Roncalli believed as a young priest. Those parts of the past of Roman Catholicism not in accord with the "needs of modern man," meaning just about everything, including Scholastic Philosophy,
had to be mocked and/or overthrown in order to make way for a counterfeit version of the Catholic Church that would recast even the public perception of the "papacy" itself, for whose sovereign rites Saint Peter gave up his very life, 1,940 years ago this very day.
The "papacy" of the counterfeit church of conciliarism is not of the regal, monarchical dignity of Christ the King. Oh, no. It is the Modernist representation of "democracy" in an "ecclesiastical" setting. "Collegiality," not sovereignty, is the order of the day even amongst the false bishops of the false church. This is why Joseph Ratzinger, is, evidently, going to have his false "bishops" have the final say concerning the "liberation" of the modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition. Democracy must rule the day in the "reformed" "papacy" of a false church with invalid sacraments and a "Mass" that has killed the Real Presence of the Divine Redeemer. Pope Saint Pius X noted this Modernist tendency in Paragraph 38 of Pascendi Dominci Gregis, September 8, 1907:
They cry out that ecclesiastical government requires to be reformed in all its branches, but especially in its disciplinary and dogmatic departments They insist that both outwardly and inwardly it must be brought into harmony with the modern conscience which now wholly tends towards democracy; a share in ecclesiastical government should therefore be given to the lower ranks of the clergy and even to the laity and authority which is too much concentrated should be decentralized The Roman Congregations and especially the index and the Holy Office, must be likewise modified The ecclesiastical authority must alter its line of conduct in the social and political world; while keeping outside political organizations it must adapt itself to them in order to penetrate them with its spirit.
As Dom Prosper Gueranger was quoted above, the Vicar of Christ also guarantees" the infallibility of the doctrine which he distributes as food to the whole flock; but these two feasts, and the primacy to which they bear witness in the sacred cycle. . . ." Endorsing a healthy secularity? Claiming that false ideas can actually serve the common temporal good, a consistent theme of the false pontificates from the time of Roncalli, who admitted this in Pacem in Terris, to Ratzinger, who has called for the sort of "interdenominational" approach to addressing world problems that was condemned by Pope Saint Pius X in Notre Charge Apostolique? Believing that dogmatic truth can contradict itself? Dismissing past papal pronouncements and the decrees of dogmatic councils as obsolete? Refusing to seek with urgency the conversion of all men to the true Church, including amongst Protestants, Jews and the Orthodox? Treating the non-ordained members of false religions as though they had valid priestly orders and can administer "blessings" with the one who thinks himself to be the Vicar of Christ? Incorporating various forms of demonic worship in the context of what purports to be, albeit falsely, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in the name of the "inculturation of the Gospel"? Permitting non-Catholics to receive what purports, falsely, to be Holy Communion? Daring to tamper with the sacred words of Consecration in the synthetic construct known as the Novus Ordo Missae? The Catholic Church cannot be the author of any of these things. (See, for example, Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas's excellent sermon at Mount Saint Michael's Church, on Trinity Sunday, June 3, 2007: Jun 03, 2007 The Novus Ordo And CMRI Sisters (50 Minutes))
Pope Pius XI made this point abundantly clear in Mortalium Animos, January 6, 1928:
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. During the lapse of centuries, the mystical Spouse of Christ has never been contaminated, nor can she ever in the future be contaminated, as Cyprian bears witness: "The Bride of Christ cannot be made false to her Spouse: she is incorrupt and modest. She knows but one dwelling, she guards the sanctity of the nuptial chamber chastely and modestly." The same holy Martyr with good reason marveled exceedingly that anyone could believe that "this unity in the Church which arises from a divine foundation, and which is knit together by heavenly sacraments, could be rent and torn asunder by the force of contrary wills." For since the mystical body of Christ, in the same manner as His physical body, is one, compacted and fitly joined together, it were foolish and out of place to say that the mystical body is made up of members which are disunited and scattered abroad: whosoever therefore is not united with the body is no member of it, neither is he in communion with Christ its head.
Saint Peter's Crucifixion 1,940 years ago this very day presaged the sort of mystical Crucifixion of the Church that was the subject of Mother Mary Potter's The Path of Mary. Saint Paul's beheading on this day 1,940 years ago presaged the figurative execution (and persecution) of so many priests who remained faithful to the Catholic Church in the midst of the doctrinal and conciliar revolutions wrought by the Modernists who, as others have noted who are far, far more learned than I and who possess a degree of interior perfection that this terrible sinner can only pray to do more penance to attain but a fraction of before he dies, have mocked and reviled and spat upon and scourged Our Lord mystically with their pride and their obeisance to the spirit of the world and their affirmation of heretics (Ratzinger said to representatives of the World Methodist Council in December of 2005:
"I invoke God's abundant blessings upon all of you and on Methodists throughout the world." For what? Supporting abortion? For supporting contraception? For what?) and their false doctrines and acts of sacrilege and apostasy.
These words of Father John Croiset, S.J., contained in The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, apply to how the Gentiles in the counterfeit church of conciliarism are treating Our Lord with contempt mystically just as His own people of His own day, the Jews, treated Him during His physical Passion and Death:
Consider what were the sentiments of Jesus Christ when he represented to Himself distinctly, on the one hand, the singular benefits which He had lavished on His chosen people, and on the other, the cruelties and outrages which He was about to receive from this same nation, notwithstanding so many benefits. All the graces which had preceded His coming had been given to them only in view of the merits of Jesus Christ. It was particularly for this people that he had become man; it was among them, in preference to all other people, that He had chosen His parents and His friends, that He had performed His miracles and preached His doctrine, and for all these benefits he received nothing but harshness, persecution and opprobrium. He was refused a lodging at birth; He was no sooner born than He was compelled to seek shelter in a foreign country. With what indignity was He not treated during His public life! But what has He not suffered at His death! He was seized like a robber. He was dragged like a criminal along the same streets through which He had been led in triumph a few days before as the Messiah. He was struck on the face as an insolent person; in the house of Caiphas, He was spat upon as a blasphemer. He was treated as a mock king and an imposter, He was delivered up to the terrible cruelty of the demon-possessed rabble during the while night in the dungeon of Caiphas, where He suffered innumerable outrages. he was treated by Herod as a fool; He was condemned to be scourged like a wretched slave, and the criminal, Barabbas, was preferred to Him as being less wicked than He. Finally, He was condemned to the most ignominious death and was nailed to a Cross on which He expired in the sight of a huge multitude of people, most of them witnesses of His miracles, and even some in whose favor He had wrought miracles, without finding a single one among that crowd to take His part, or to offer Him consolation. From insensibility to His sufferings, they even passed to contempt, and from contempt to execration. But perhaps these people were deceived? No; they knew that His life had been holy, exemplary; that it was spent doing good, working miracles for the afflicted; and it is even for that that they persecuted Him--for being too good.
All this presented itself clearly and vividly to jesus Christ. He was perfectly conscious of the dignity of His Person, the greatness of His favors, the disinterestedness of His love, and the unworthiness, meanness, rage, and malice of those who treat Him such such cruelty.
A great soul, especially when it is possessed of great love and when it hopes by suffering to make that love known, is capable of giving itself willingly up to suffering; but the more generous and tender a person is, the more difficult he finds it to support injustice and ingratitude, especially when he seems himself sacrificed to the envy of his enemies and betrayed by those from whom he had a right to expect help in his affliction, and when he sees that his terrible sufferings and afflictions are not capable of inspiring these men with the least sentiment of compassion.
Never has any person more clearly and vividly represented to himself events in all their circumstances than Jesus Christ. Never had anyone a more generous heart, and consequently, no one was ever more sensible to ingratitude. With what torrents of bitterness was not that Sacred Heart of Jesus inundated when It represented to Itself what He had done for this people and what this people was going to do to Him. Let us, who are so sensible to contempt, especially contempt from people whom we have most obliged; let us judge what must have been the sentiments of Jesus Christ at the sight of this spectacle. (Father John Croiset, The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, republished by TAN Books and Publishers, pp. 274-274.)
These moving words apply to how the Gentiles of the counterfeit church of conciliarism have manhandled Our Lord mystically in the past five decades, a subject that might be explored in greater depth at some point in the coming weeks should an article on this matter ever pass muster from those who are reviewing it. Suffice it to say for the present moment, however, that Our Lord and His doctrines have been treated with terrible contempt by the conciliarists, who believe that they can assert with a straight face that there is "continuity in discontinuity" as the "needs" of the mythical entity known as "modern man" are "met" with one condemned novelty and innovation after another. Look at this passage from Father Croiset's book in terms of the Passion and Death of the Mystical Body of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Church Militant on earth, and one can easily substitute the names of the conciliar "popes" and their false 'bishops" for those of Caiphas and Herod and Barabbas. Easily.
The crowns of martyrdom won this day by Saints Peter and Paul are meant to inspire us in this age of apostasy and betrayal to reject the blandishments and entreaties of apostates and blasphemers by adhering to the perennial truths of the Catholic Church as we worship God through the Immemorial Mass of Tradition without making any concessions to the false religion of conciliarism and without giving a moment's worth of legitimacy to the counterfeit church that propagates its false tenets, each of which comes from the devil himself just as surely as do the tenets of all other false religions come from and lead to Hell. Unlike Joseph Ratzinger, Saints Peter and Paul were not interested in a "synthesis of the Faith." They were interested only in proclaiming the truths of the true Faith and to win converts for Our Lord and His Mystical Bride, Holy Mother Church, something that Dom Prosper Gueranger makes very clear in The Liturgical Year:
It was for this final of all pontificate, of all hierarchy, that Peter, from the day of Jesus' Ascension, traversed the earth. At Joppa, when he was beginning his apostolic labors, a mysterious hunger seized him" "Arise, Peter; kill and eat," said the Spirit; and at the same hour, in symbolic vision, were presented before his gaze all the animals of earth and all the birds in heaven. This was the Gentile world which he must join to the remnant of Israel on the divine banquet-board. Vicar of the Word, he must share his vast hunger; his preaching, like a two-edged sword, will strike down whole nations before him; his charity, like a devouring fire, will assimilate to itself the peoples; realizing his title of Head, the day will come when as true Head of the world he will have formed (from all mankind, become now a prey to his avidity) the body of Christ in his own person. Then like a new Isaac, or rather, a very Christ, he will behold, rising before him the mountain where the Lord seeth, awaiting the oblation.
Although pretenders have laid claim to Saint Peter's throne and dared to contradict his and Saint Paul's missionary zeal for the conversion of souls to the Catholic Faith, there will be a restoration. As Father Martin Stepanich, O.F.M., S.T.D., has pointed out, man cannot bring an end to perpetual successors to Saint Peter. Only God can do this. There will be a restoration after this time of apostasy and betrayal, as an interesting prophecy that the Venerable Anne Katherine Emmerich described having on June 29, 1820, points out:
Woe! Woe to those inobservant religious who despise their Holy Rules. They will all perish in the terrible chastisement together with all who give themselves to debauchery and follow the false maxims of their deplorable contemporary philosophy!
“The sky took on a morbid blue color which terrified everyone who looked at it. A dark wind blew everywhere. An impassioned and mournful shrieking filled the air, like the terrible roar of a fierce lion, and resounded all over the earth in blood curdling echoes.
“All men and animals brimmed with terror. The entire world convulsed and everyone pitilessly slaughtered one another…
“When this bloody fight will arrive, the vengeful hand of God will weigh upon these fated ones and with His omnipotence He will chastise the proud for their rashness and shameless insolence. God will use the powers of darkness to exterminate these sectarian, iniquitous and criminal men, who plot to eradicate the Catholic Church, our Holy Mother, by tearing Her up by Her deepest roots, and casting Her on the ground.
“God will laugh at their malice, and with a mere wave of His almighty right Hand, He will punish the wicked. The powers of darkness will be allowed to leave Hell and enormous crowds of devils will invade the whole world. They will wreak great destruction and thus execute the orders of Divine Justice, to which they are also subjected. They will chastise man’s goods, families, towns, wretched cities, palaces, houses and everything else that exists on the face of the earth to the exact degree that God decrees…
“God will allow wicked men to be cruelly chastised by fierce demons, because they voluntarily subjected themselves to the devil and joined in his attack of the Holy Catholic Church…
“I saw the horrible prison, Hell. There I saw the devils that would be released on earth to carry their wicked destruction everywhere. They will decimate every place that idolatry was practiced to such an extent, that no trace of them will remain.”
However, all will not end in this death and destruction. After these purifying punishments, she saw St. Peter return on a majestic papal throne together with St. Paul, who went through the world shackling the devils and bringing them before St. Peter, who cast them back into the dark caverns from where they had come. “Then a beautiful splendor came over the earth, to announce the reconciliation of God with mankind.”
The small flock of faithful Catholics who had taken refuge under the trees will be brought before St. Peter, who will “choose a new pope. All the Church will be reordered according to the true dictates of the holy Gospel. The religious orders will be reestablished and the homes of Christians will become homes imbued with religion.
“So great will be the fervor and zeal for the glory of God that everything will promote love of God and neighbor. The triumph, glory and honor of the Catholic Church will be established in an instant. She will be acclaimed, venerated and esteemed by all. All will resolve to follow Her, recognizing the Vicar of Christ as the Supreme Pontiff.”
Turning, as always, to the Most Blessed Mother of God in these times of peril, we near the end of the month of the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, ever more resolved to offer this fountain of Divine Mercy our acts of love and reparation for our sins and those of the whole world through her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. We may not live to the see the restoration spoken of by the Venerable Anne Katherine Emmerich. Terrible periods of chastisement for our sins and the sins of the whole world--and the apostasies and sacrileges and betrayals of the conciliarism, who are themselves a means of chastisement, mind you--may lie ahead of us for quite some time. We must have confidence, however, that the Masses at which we assist, the Holy Communions we receive worthily and fervently, the time we spend before Our Lord's Real Presence in mental prayer, the Rosaries we pray each day, the enthronement of our homes to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our total consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Scripture and spiritual reading we do each day and the daily performance of our ordinary duties and the patience bearing of our daily crosses, each of which has been perfectly fitted for us from all eternity by the very hand of God Himself, may just plant a few seeds for the restoration of the Church and thus for the restoration of Christendom in the world.
May Saints Peter and Paul, martyred on this day 1,940 years ago, continue to pray for us so that we will follow true shepherds and true priests as we seek to do penance for our sins and are mindful that this very day, June 29, 2007, might be our own very last in this passing, mortal vale of tears. May Saints Peter and Paul pray for us to die with true sacraments and to be ever ready to proclaim the rights of the King of Kings before false shepherds and before the new Neros and Diocletians and Trajans with these stirring words:
Vivat Christus Rex!
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Philip Neri, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Irenaeus, pray for us.
Saints Monica, pray for us.
Saint Jude, pray for us.
Saint John the Beloved, pray for us.
Saint Francis Solano, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Dominic Savio, pray for us.
Saint Scholastica, pray for us.
Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us.
Saint Antony of the Desert, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Bonaventure, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, pray for us.
Saint Francis Xavier, pray for us.
Saint Peter Damian, pray for us.
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Monica, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
Saint Basil the Great, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint Cecilia, pray for us.
Saint John Mary Vianney, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us.
Saint Isaac Jogues, pray for us.
Saint Rene Goupil, pray for us.
Saint John Lalonde, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel Lalemont, pray for us.
Saint Noel Chabanel, pray for us.
Saint Charles Garnier, pray for us.
Saint Anthony Daniel, pray for us.
Saint John DeBrebeuf, pray for us.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, pray for us.
Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Saint Hyacinth, pray for us.
Saint Basil, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Tarcisius, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Gerard Majella, pray for us.
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Saint Genevieve, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us
Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us.
Saint Rita of Cascia, pray for us.
Saint Louis de Montfort, pray for us.
Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us.
Venerable Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Father Miguel Augustin Pro, pray for us.
Francisco Marto, pray for us.
Jacinta Marto, pray for us.
Juan Diego, pray for us.
The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.