Opposing The Cross With False Toleration
by Thomas A. Droleskey
Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI dares to mock Christ the King even during Holy Week. It is, of course, not enough for this serial blasphemer to make a mockery of the First and Second Commandments by esteeming the symbols of false religions with his own priestly hands and by referring to places of false worship as "sacred." Ratzinger/Benedict engages in the hideous practice of "inter-religious prayer" services, daring to refer to those who deny the Sacred Divinity of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who was rejected by the crowd, scourged at the pillar, crowned with thorns and sentence to death by Pontius Pilate on this very day, Good Friday, as "believers."
The devil, that's what.
Today is the day that the New and Eternal Testament that Our Lord instituted at the Last Supper was ratified by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross. The curtain in the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom as an earthquake rattled Jerusalem following the death of the God-Man atop the stink hole that is Golgotha, Calvary, thus signifying the end of Judaism as the true religion. The destruction of the Temple and of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D. after God gave the Jews a period of mercy, a period of grace, to respond to the preaching of the Gospel was the definitive public pronouncement of the invalidity and supersession of the Old Covenant by means of Our Lord's Redemptive Act on the wood of the Holy Cross this day. Anyone who denies the Sacred Divinity of Our Lord and of the salvific nature of what he wrought for us on the gibbet of the Holy Cross is in a believer in "nothing" other than the devil.
Consider the "tolerance" that Ratzinger/Benedict, the aging ecumenist who categorically rejects the "ecumenism of the return," of false religions in his "general prayer intention" for this month of April:
VATICAN CITY, 31 MAR 2010 (VIS) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for April is: "That every tendency to fundamentalism and extremism may be countered by constant respect, by tolerance and by dialogue among all believers".
His mission intention is: "That Christians persecuted for the sake of the Gospel may persevere, sustained by the Holy Spirit, in faithfully witnessing to the love of God for the entire human race" (BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL)
The way to counter the beliefs and practices of false religions is to seek the unconditional conversion of their adherents. How about that for a prayer intention? Those who kill in the name of Mohammedanism and Hinduism and Buddhism and Talmudic Judaism are simply following the diabolical tenets of their respective false religions, each of which preaches hatred to those they deem to be "unbelievers."
While we must bear ourselves with kindness and charity to our neighbors who do not believe in the true Faith, which is indeed a gift that can never be forced upon someone, we never reaffirm them in their false religions and use whatever opportunities God gives us in His Holy Providence to offer them a word or two now and again to consider investigating Catholicism. We respect people. We perform the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy for people who are made in the image and likeness of the Most Blessed Trinity and who have been redeemed, whether or not they know or accept it, by the shedding of every single drop of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross this very day. We simply do not respect false religions or their false ideas. We do not participate in their false services.
King David, writing under the direct inspiration of the Third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, God the Holy Ghost, explained precisely what false religions are of their very diabolical nature:
For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils: but the Lord made the heavens. (Psalm 95: 5)
Saint John the Evangelist, who stood by the foot Our Divine Redeemer's Most Holy Cross, Who gave him the charge to care for Our Lady, explained that we are not to say "Godspeed" to those who are not of the household of the true Faith:
Lastly, the beloved disciple St. John renews the same command in the strongest terms, and adds another reason, which regards all without exception, and especially those who are best instructed in their duty: "Look to yourselves", says he, "that ye lose not the things that ye have wrought, but that you may receive a full reward. Whosoever revolteth, and continueth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that continueth in the doctrine the same hath both the Father and the Son. If any man come to you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, nor say to him, God speed you: for he that saith to him, God speed you, communicateth with his wicked works". (2 John, ver. 8)
Here, then, it is manifest, that all fellowship with those who have not the doctrine of Jesus Christ, which is "a communication in their evil works" — that is, in their false tenets, or worship, or in any act of religion — is strictly forbidden, under pain of losing the "things we have wrought, the reward of our labors, the salvation of our souls". And if this holy apostle declares that the very saying God speed to such people is a communication with their wicked works, what would he have said of going to their places of worship, of hearing their sermons, joining in their prayers, or the like?
From this passage the learned translators of the Rheims New Testament, in their note, justly observe, "That, in matters of religion, in praying, hearing their sermons, presence at their service, partaking of their sacraments, and all other communicating with them in spiritual things, it is a great and damnable sin to deal with them." And if this be the case with all in general, how much more with those who are well instructed and better versed in their religion than others? For their doing any of these things must be a much greater crime than in ignorant people, because they know their duty better. (Bishop George Hay, The Laws of God Forbidding All Communication in Religion With Those of a False Religion.)
The contrast between concilairism and Catholicism could not be clearer. The former sees "value" in that which is born of the devil. The latter seeks to convert those who are in the devil's grip. Our true popes have taught us this:
Everyone should avoid familiarity or friendship with anyone suspected of belonging to masonry or to affiliated groups. Know them by their fruits and avoid them. Every familiarity should be avoided, not only with those impious libertines who openly promote the character of the sect, but also with those who hide under the mask of universal tolerance, respect for all religions, and the craving to reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with those of the revolution. These men seek to reconcile Christ and Belial, the Church of God and the state without God. (Pope Leo XIII, Custodi di Quella Fede, December 8, 1892.)
The same applies to the notion of Fraternity which they found on the love of common interest or, beyond all philosophies and religions, on the mere notion of humanity, thus embracing with an equal love and tolerance all human beings and their miseries, whether these are intellectual, moral, or physical and temporal. But Catholic doctrine tells us that the primary duty of charity does not lie in the toleration of false ideas, however sincere they may be, nor in the theoretical or practical indifference towards the errors and vices in which we see our brethren plunged, but in the zeal for their intellectual and moral improvement as well as for their material well-being. Catholic doctrine further tells us that love for our neighbor flows from our love for God, Who is Father to all, and goal of the whole human family; and in Jesus Christ whose members we are, to the point that in doing good to others we are doing good to Jesus Christ Himself. Any other kind of love is sheer illusion, sterile and fleeting.
Indeed, we have the human experience of pagan and secular societies of ages past to show that concern for common interests or affinities of nature weigh very little against the passions and wild desires of the heart. No, Venerable Brethren, there is no genuine fraternity outside Christian charity. Through the love of God and His Son Jesus Christ Our Saviour, Christian charity embraces all men, comforts all, and leads all to the same faith and same heavenly happiness. . . .
Here we have, founded by Catholics, an inter-denominational association that is to work for the reform of civilization, an undertaking which is above all religious in character; for there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a historical fact. The new Sillonists cannot pretend that they are merely working on “the ground of practical realities” where differences of belief do not matter. Their leader is so conscious of the influence which the convictions of the mind have upon the result of the action, that he invites them, whatever religion they may belong to, “to provide on the ground of practical realities, the proof of the excellence of their personal convictions.” And with good reason: indeed, all practical results reflect the nature of one’s religious convictions, just as the limbs of a man down to his finger-tips, owe their very shape to the principle of life that dwells in his body. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
These are immutable truths that are not subject to change or reinterpretation. It is to make a mockery of the Cross of the Divine Redeemer to openly esteem the symbols and values of false religions and to claim that they can make "contributions" to the building of a better world.
This is, of course, exactly what the likes of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI have done in the past forty-five to fifty years now. This is what is preached and practiced by many conciliar "bishops" and priests and presbyters. It is was is taught in most conciliar elementary and high schools, colleges and universities, seminaries and theological "update" programs. It is what most Catholics attached to the conciliar structures believe, which is why they are utterly indifferent to the salvation of their non-Catholic neighbor (and, not so infrequently, even their own salvation). This is the antithesis of the redemptive work wrought this very day by Our Lord on the wood of the Holy Cross. It is the work of the devil down to the very last detail as Ratzinger/Benedict does not believe that false religions are in the adversary's grip or that they are in se evil. If he did, you see, he wouldn't refer to their adherents as "believers."
According to the account given by the Venerable Mary of Agreda in The Mystical City of God, Lucifer himself held a council with the other demons on this very day, Good Friday, after Our Lord had died on the wood of the Holy Cross to redeem us, plotting as to how he could undo the work of the One he had tempted in the desert:
716. "Ah, woe is me, what torment does this mistake
cause me! When I tempted Him in the desert, the only
result was to afford Him a chance to leave the example
of this victory, by following which men can overcome me
so much the more easily. My persecutions only brought
out more clearly his doctrine of humility and patience.
In persuading Judas to betray Him, and the Jews to
subject Him to the deadly torture of the Cross, I merely
hastened my ruin and the salvation of men, while the
doctrine I sought to blot out was only the more firmly
implanted. How could One who is God humiliate Himself to such an extent? How could He bear so much
from men who are evil? How could I myself have
been led to assist so much in making this salvation so
copious and wonderful? O how godlike is the power of
that Man which could torment and weaken me so? And
how can this Woman, his Mother and my Enemy, be so
mighty and invincible in her opposition to me? New is
such power in a mere creature, and no doubt She derived
it from the divine Word, whom She clothed in human
flesh. Through this Woman the Almighty has ceaselessly waged war against me, though I have hated Her in
my pride from the moment I recognized Her in her image
or heavenly sign. But if my proud indignation is not to
be assuaged, I benefit nothing by my perpetual war
against this Redeemer, against his Mother and against
men. Now then, ye demons who follow me, now is the
time to give way to our wrath against God. Come all
of ye to take counsel what we are to do; for I desire
to hear your opinions."
717. Some of the principal demons gave their answers
to this dreadful proposal, encouraging Lucifer by suggesting diverse schemes for hindering the fruit of the
Redemption among men. They all agreed that it was
not possible to injure the person of Christ, to diminish
the immense value of his merits, to destroy the efficacy of
the Sacraments, to falsify or abolish the doctrine which
Christ had preached; yet they resolved that, in accordance
with the new order of assistance and favor established by
God for the salvation of men, they should now seek new
ways of hindering and preventing the work of God by
so much the greater deceits and temptations. In reference to these plans some of the astute and malicious
demons said: "It is true, that men now have at their
disposal a new and very powerful doctrine and law,
new and efficacious Sacraments, a new Model and Instructor of virtues, a powerful Intercessor and Advocate
in this Woman; yet the natural inclinations and passions of the flesh remain just the same, and the sensible
and delectable creatures have not changed their nature.
Let us then, making- use of this situation with increased
astuteness, foil as far as in us lies the effects of what
this Godman has wrought for men. Let us begin strenuous warfare against mankind by suggesting new attractions, exciting them to follow their passions in forgetfulness
of all else. Thus men, being taken up with these
dangerous things, cannot attend to the contrary."
718. Acting upon this counsel they redistributed the
spheres of work among themselves, in order that each
squadron of demons might, with a specialized astuteness,
tempt men to different vices. They resolved to continue
to propagate idolatry in the world, so that men might not
come to the knowledge of the true God and the Redemption. Wherever idolatry would fail, they concluded to
establish sects and heresies, for which they would select
the most perverse and depraved of the human race as
leaders and teachers of error. Then and there was concocted among these malignant spirits the sect of Mahomet, the heresies of Arius, Pelagius, Nestorius, and
whatever other heresies have been started in the world
from the first ages of the Church until now, together
with those which they have in readiness, but which it is
neither necessary nor proper to mention here. Lucifer
showed himself content with these infernal counsels as
being opposed to divine truth and destructive of the
very foundation of man's rescue, namely divine faith.
He lavished flattering praise and high offices upon those
demons, who showed themselves willing and who under
took to find the impious originators of these errors.
719. Some of the devils charged themselves with perverting the inclinations of children at their conception
and birth; others to induce parents to be negligent in
the education and instruction of their children, either
through an inordinate love or aversion, and to cause a
hatred of parents among the children. Some offered
to create hatred between husbands and wives, to place
them in the way of adultery, or to think little of the
fidelity promised to their conjugal partners. All agreed
to sow among men the seeds of discord, hatred and vengeance, proud and sensual thoughts, desire of riches or
honors, and by suggesting sophistical reasons against all
the virtues Christ has taught; above all they intended
to weaken the remembrance of his Passion and Death, of the means of salvation, and of the eternal pains of
hell. By these means the demons hoped to burden all
the powers and the faculties of men with solicitude for
earthly affairs and sensual pleasures, leaving them little
time for spiritual thoughts and their own salvation.
720. Lucifer heard these different suggestions of
the demons, and answering them, he said : "I am much
beholden to you for your opinions: I approve of them
and adopt them all; it will be easy to put them into
practice with those, who do not profess the law given
by this Redeemer to men, though with those who accept
and embrace these laws, it will be a difficult enterprise.
But against this law and against those that follow it, I
intend to direct all my wrath and fury and I shall most
bitterly persecute those who hear the doctrine of this
Redeemer and become his disciples; against these must
our most relentless battle be waged to the end of the
world. In this new Church I must strive to sow my
cockle (Matth. 14, 25), the ambitions, the avarice, the
sensuality, and the deadly hatreds, with all the other
vices, of which I am the head. For if once these sins
multiply and increase among the faithful, they will, with
their concomitant malice and ingratitude, irritate God
and justly deprive men of the helps of grace left to them
by the merits of the Redeemer. If once they have thus
despoiled themselves of these means of salvation, we
shall have assured victory over them. We must also
exert ourselves to weaken piety and all that is spiritual
and divine; so that they do not realize the power of
the Sacraments and receive them in mortal sin, or at
least without fervor and devotion. For since these Sacraments are spiritual, it is necessary to receive them with
well-disposed will, in order to reap their fruits. If
once they despise the medicine, they shall languish in
their sickness and be less able to withstand our temptations; they will not see through our deceits, they will
let the memory of their Redeemer and of the intercession of his Mother slip from their minds. Thus will
their foul ingratitude make them unworthy of grace and
so irritate their God and Savior, as to deprive them of
his helps. In all this I wish, that all of you assist me
strenuously, losing neither time nor occasion for executing my commands."
721. It is not possible to rehearse all the schemes
of this dragon and his allies concocted at that time
against the holy Church and her children, in order that
these waters of Jordan might be swallowed up in his
throat (Job 40, 18). It is enough to state that they
pent nearly a full year after the Death of Christ in
conferring and considering among themselves the state
of the world up to that time and the changes wrought
by Christ our God and Master through his Death and
after having manifested the light of his faith by so
many miracles, blessings and examples of holy men.
If all these labors have not sufficed to draw all men to
the way of salvation, it can be easily understood, that
Lucifer should have prevailed and that his wrath should
be so great, as to cause us justly to say with saint John: "Woe to the earth, for satan is come down to you full
of wrath and fury!" But alas! that truths so infallible
and so much to be dreaded and avoided by men, should
in our days be blotted from the minds of mortals to
the irreparable danger of the whole world ! Our enemy
is astute, cruel and watchful : we sleepy, lukewarm and
careless! What wonder that Lucifer has intrenched
himself so firmly in the world, when so many listen to
him, accept and follow his deceits, so few resist him,
and entirely forget the eternal death, which he so furiously and maliciously seeks to draw upon them? I
beseech those, who read this, not to forget this dreadful
danger. If they are not convinced of this danger
through the evil condition of the world and through the
evils each one experiences himself, let them at least learn
of this danger by the vast and powerful remedies and
helps, which the Savior thought it necessary to leave be
hind in his Church. For He would not have provided
such antidotes if our ailment and danger of eternal
death were not so great and formidable.
INSTRUCTION WHICH THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN GAVE ME.
722. My daughter, by divine enlightenment thou hast
received a deep understanding of the glorious triumph of
my Son and Lord on the Cross over the demons and
of their rout and vanquishment. But thou must remember that thou art yet ignorant of much more than
what thou knowest concerning these ineffable mysteries.
For in mortal flesh the creature cannot comprehend them
in their reality, and divine Providence reserves the full
understanding of them as a reward of the saints in
heaven and for the beatific vision, in which these mysteries will be comprehended clearly. This insight will
also be given to the reprobate, to each one according to
his degree, for their confusion and punishment at the
end of their career. But what thou hast learned will
suffice to apprise thee of the dangers of this mortal life
and to enliven thy hope of overcoming thy enemies. I
wish also to warn thee of the new wrath, which the
dragon has conceived especially against thee for what
thou hast written in this chapter. He has ceaselessly
pursued thee with his wrath and has sought to hinder
thee from writing my life, as thou hast experienced continually in this work. But now his haughty pride is incensed against thee especially, because thou hast revealed
his humiliation, his crushing ruin at the Death of my
most blessed Son, the condition in which it left him
and the secret counsels for revenging himself upon the
children of Adam and especially upon the members of
the holy church. All this has excited and disturbed
him anew, seeing that these secrets will be revealed to
those yet ignorant of them. Thou wilt feel his wrath
in the difficulties he will place in thy way, the temptations and persecutions thou hast already encountered.
Therefore I warn thee to be wary and circumspect
against the rabid fury and cruelty of thy enemy.
723. Thou art astonished, and justly, to see, on the
one hand, the power of my Son's merits and of his Redemption, the ruin and weakness caused by the demons
in men; and, on the other hand, to see the power of
the devil lording it over the world in haughty presumption. Although the light given to thee in writing this
history is equal to this astonishment, I wish to add still
another point of information, in order that thou mayest
guard thyself so much the more carefully against enemies so full of malice. It is certain, that when hell
came to the full knowledge of the sacrament of the Incarnation and Redemption, and of the poverty, humility
and lowliness of the birth of Jesus, of his life and
miracles, ending in the mysterious Passion and Death,
and of all the rest of his labors to draw men to Him,
Lucifer and his demons were weakened and disabled
and they saw that they could not tempt the faithful in
the same way as the rest of men and as they ceaselessly
desire to do. In the primitive Church this terror and
fear of the baptized, and of the followers of Christ our
Lord, continued many years; for the divine virtues
shone forth brightly in their imitation of Christ, in
their zeal in confessing the faith, in following the teachings of the Gospel, in practicing heroic virtues and most
fervent love, humility, patience and contempt of the
vanities and deceits of the world. Many shed their
blood and gave their life for Christ the Lord; they performed many admirable and exalted deeds for the glory
of his name. This invincible fortitude resulted from
their living at a time so near to the Passion and Death
of their Redeemer and so close to the prodigious example of his patience and humility; but also because
they were less tempted by the devils, who could not so
soon rise from the crushing defeat brought upon them
by the triumph of the crucified God.
724. This close imitation and living reproduction of
Christ, confronting the demons in the first children of
the Church, they feared so much, that they dared not
approach and they precipitously fled from the Apostles and the just ones imbued with the doctrines of my
divine Son. In them were offered up to the Almighty
the first fruits of grace, and of Redemption. What is
seen in the saints and in perfect Christians in those
times, would happen in the present times with all the
Catholics if they would accept grace and work with it
instead of permitting it to go to waste, and if they would
seek the way of the Cross; for Lucifer fears it just
as much now as in the times thou hast been writing of.
But soon the charity, zeal and devotion in many of the
faithful began to grow cold and they forgot the blessings of the Redemption; they yielded to their carnal inclinations and desires, they loved vanity and avarice,
and permitted themselves to be fascinated and deceived
by the false pretenses of Lucifer, obscuring the glory
of their Savior and inveigling them into the meshes of
their mortal enemies. This foul ingratitude has thrown
the world into the present state and has encouraged the
demons to rise up in their pride against God, audaciously
presuming to possess themselves of all the children of
Adam on account of this forgetfulness and carelessness
of Catholics. They presume to plot the destruction of
the whole Church by the perversion of so many who
have fallen away from it; and by inducing those who
are in it, to think little of it, or by hindering them from
producing the fruits of the blood and death of their
Redeemer. The greatest misfortune is, that many Catholics fail to recognize this great damage and do not seriously think of a remedy, although they can presume that
the times, of which Jesus forewarned the women of Jerusalem, have arrived; namely, those in which the sterile
should be happy, and in which many would call upon
the mountains and the hills to cover and fall upon them,
in order not to see the devastation of wickedness cutting
down the sons of perdition, the dried trees, barren of
all the fruits of virtue. In these evil times dost thou
live, my dearest; and in order that thou mayest not be
included in the perdition of so many souls, do thou bewail it in the bitterness of thy heart, never forgetting
the mysteries of the Incarnation, Passion and Death of
my Divine Son. I desire thee to give thanks in compensation for the great number of those, who forget it, and
I assure thee that the mere memory and contemplation
of these mysteries are terrible to hell, torment and drive
away the demons, and that they avoid and fly those who
thankfully remember the life and passion of my divine
(Venerable Mary of Agreda, The Mystical City of God, Volume III: The Transfixion, pp. 689-698.)
Anyone who cannot see that those who praise false religions or esteem their values or who call upon Catholics to "respect" them is, whether or not he realizes it, doing the work of the devil, who has conspired with his minions to raise up propagators of error, including those Modernists who fill the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism to its very rafters is not seeing the truth of the matter very clearly. Our Lord and His Most Blessed Mother hate error. They want those who adhere to false religions to be converted unconditionally to the true Faith. They do not want false religions or their "values" or their places of worship praised by Catholics. The First Commandment means what it is says:
I Am the Lord Thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.
We must remember the graces won for us by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the wood of the Holy Cross this day and that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of All Graces, are just as powerful today as they when on this very day. Nothing is impossible with God, including the conversion of hardened sinners and of heretics and apostates and abject infidels. It is necessary for Catholics to pray with urgency for the unconditional conversion of all non-Catholics, which is why we should be about the business of distributing blessed Green Scapulars to those whom God's Providence places in our lives, remembering to pray "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for now and at the hour of our death."
We must also remember that we must be converted on a daily basis away from our sins and our selfishness as we let the graces won for us by the New Adam on this day build up the very inner life of the Most Blessed Trinity in our souls by means of Sanctifying Grace. We caused Our Lord to suffer unspeakable horrors in His Passion and Death. We caused the Fourth through Seventh Swords of Sorrow to plunged through and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. How did Our Lord react? He forgave us! He forgive us yet in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance when we make a good, full, integral Confession of our sins and are sincerely sorry for them, resolving never to commit them again as we pray to amend our lives in cooperation with the graces sent to us by Our Lady. Thus it is that we must forgive all others, and if I sound like a broken record in this regard it is because I am. Nothing that anyone does to us or says about us or causes us to suffer from others is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Our Lord to suffer on this very day during His Passion and Death. We must indeed forgive as we are forgiven as we will not be forgiven our sins if we do not forgive from our very hearts those who have sinned against us.
Yes, we are very responsible for the triumph, albeit temporary, of the conciliarists and their accommodations with the "values" of false religions. Our sins have added to the foul miasma of sin and treachery that exists in the world. As we make the Stations of the Cross today and venerate the Crucifix and participate in the Liturgy of Good Friday, we must be mindful of expressing our gratitude to the God-Man Who redeemed us, the God-Man Who gave us His Most Blessed Mother to be our mother as she was entrusted to the care of Saint John the Evangelist, mindful also of making reparation for our sins to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus that was wounded this very day by the lance of Saint Longinus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
May our meditations today upon the mysteries contained in the Sorrowful Mysteries of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary help us to oppose those who oppose the Cross with false toleration, seeking always the help of Our Lady to persevere with courage no matter the criticism that comes our way for doing so.
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of the Pieta, 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.
Saint Francis of Paola, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints