for the Pope: The Last One and the Next One
Thomas A. Droleskey
of Pope John Paul II on April 2, 2005, reminds Catholics of their obligations
to pray at all times for the Successor of Saint Peter, both in life
and after he has died. Pope John Paul II is now the fifth pope to have
died in my lifetime. Indeed, one of my most vivid memories as a child
is of watching, as a second grade student at Saint Aloysius School in
Great Neck, New York, filmed coverage of the Requiem Mass offered for
Pope Pius XII in October of 1958. God has been good enough to this erring
sinner to permit me to pray at the tombs of each of the four popes that
preceded Pope John Paul II. Although I came to understand in the last
ten years that Pope John Paul II's pontificate was plagued with problems
of his own making, I hope to be able to pray for the repose of his immortal
soul at his tomb when next Providence takes me to Rome. Pope John Paul
II was our spiritual father, the visible head of the Church on earth,
for twenty-six years, five months and sixteen days.
Apart from the bonds of filial piety that oblige us to pray for our
shepherds, including the Chief Shepherd on earth, both in life and after
his death, a Catholic should look upon the holder of the Throne of Saint
Peter with special affection. I was in the presence of Pope John Paul
II on twenty-one occasions from 1979 to 1996, having heard Mass in his
private chapel on May 26, 1993. No matter the harm that I realize was
done to the Church and the world during his pontificate, I will always
have an affection of a son for Pope John Paul II.
It is no contradiction for a person who became critical of the now ended
pontificate of Pope John Paul II to have deep feelings of affection
for his spiritual father. Quite the contrary is true. As authentic charity
wills the good of others, it was precisely my love for the Holy Father
and my desire to have him embrace the glories of Catholic Tradition
and to fulfill Our Lady's Fatima Message that prompted many of us to
look at his pontificate with deep regret. We must pray for the repose
of the soul of Pope John Paul II. Of special urgency for every Catholic
at this moment is to pray fervently for the cardinals who will gather
in the conclave on April 18, 2005, to select his successor.
I was one of those people who thought on October 16, 1978, that an end
had been brought to the nightmare of confusion wrought by the Second
Vatican Council and the pontificate of Pope Paul VI. Indeed, it was
as a political science professor at Illinois State University that I
started on October 17, 1978, to organize a conference, which was held
in April of 1979, on the impact of the selection of the former Karol
Cardinal Wojtyla on world politics. Pope John Paul II, just fifty-eight
years of age at the time of his election following the death (probably
by murder) of Pope John Paul I, spoke early on in his pontificate about
the necessity of priests wearing their clerical garb and nuns wearing
their habits. There was the declaration in December of 1979 that Father
Hans Kung could no longer be considered a teacher of Catholic theology
at the University of Tubingen. There was his seemingly stirring defense
of the inviolability of innocent human life. Ah, thought I at the time,
a leader has been sent to us.
I was wrong. The other signs were all there from the very beginning.
Pope John Paul II followed the lead of his immediate predecessor, Pope
John Paul I, and refused to be crowned. He did not take the Papal Coronation
Oath, which forbade the acceptance of novelties and innovations. His
first encyclical letter, Redemptor Hominis, issued in March
of 1979, was a harbinger of how he would further cloud the clarity of
Catholic language that become obscured by the ambiguity of the conciliar
and postconciliar documents. His personalist, phenomenological approach
to the Church and the world was there on display in that first encyclical
letter. While reminding theologians to be faithful to the Church's magisterium,
he also spoke against "Triumphalism" in an address to Catholic
university educators at the field house of the Catholic University of
America in Washington, D.C., on October 7, 1979. Yes, all of the signs
were there very early on in the pontificate. I was simply too blinded
by the cult of personality to recognize those signs for what they truly
signified. Many of us failed to see that Pope John Paul II was a true
Twentieth Century liberal, both theologically and politically.
As I have written on many other occasions, including in G.I.R.M.
Warfare, Pope John Paul II further institutionalized and expanded
the liturgical revolution. His Papal extravaganza Masses were used quite
deliberately by one of Annibale Bugnini's chief henchmen, Piero Marini,
to provide precedents of “inculturation” for the rest of
the world. Gross sacrileges against the Blessed Sacrament were committed
repeatedly in Papal Masses around the world. All of the late Pope's
personal devotion to Eucharistic adoration can never redeem the sacrileges
that he permitted to occur over and over and over again in his own Masses.
No outpouring of human affection for the late Holy Father can undo the
outrages committed against desecrated Hosts at Papal Masses. No amount
of human praise for the Holy Father’s “humanity” and
for his being so “pro-life” can take away the fact that
permitted Our Lord’s Real Presence to be manhandled and trampled
underfoot in Papal extravaganza Masses in Rome and throughout the world.
Anyone who thinks that we are going to restore protection to the unborn
in the womb while the true Church herself permits the sacrilege of Communion
in the hand and the desecrations of Our Lord's Body, Blood, Soul, and
Divinity that follows as a result is practicing self-deception of the
These unspeakable acts against Our Lord’s Real Presence were not
isolated to one or two different Papal Masses. I personally saw a woman
passing consecrated Hosts repeatedly to people in back of her at a Papal
Mass in Philadelphia on October 3, 1979. The priest who was distributing
Holy Communion realized what was happening and exclaimed, “Hey,
lady, you can’t do that! Stop it!” This incident occurred
less than twenty-four hours after Father James McLucas, a young priest
of the Archdiocese of New York at the time, saw hundreds of consecrated
Hosts being dumped into burlap sacks after the Papal Mass at Yankee
Stadium, something he has written about in The Latin Mass: A Journal
of Catholic Culture and has spoken about in various talks. In an
incident that occurred twenty-two years and eight months later, in June
of 2002, twin brothers from Long Island reported to me that they saw
scores of consecrated Hosts strewn on the Via Della Concilazione after
the Papal canonization Mass of Saint Padre Pio. These men, Michael and
Marco Posilico, consumed as many of the Hosts as they could. None of
these things happened in the pontificates prior to Pope Paul VI and
Pope John Paul II. Some priests were known to lick the floor with their
own tongues if a consecrated Host fell to the floor as they were distributing
Holy Communion on the tongue of one of the faithful. The large-scale
desecration of Hosts during Papal Masses alone, no less the average
parish offering of the Novus Ordo Missae, is a documented fact
that no one can honestly dismiss as trivial or inconsequential.
sale on eBay of what was reported by a seller to be a consecrated Host
from a Papal Mass on October 18, 1998, in Saint Peter's Square on the
occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the late Holy Father's accession
to the Throne of Saint Peter adds further documentation to the way in
which the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of the God-Man, Our Blessed
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, has been manhandled as a result of sacrileges
permitted by Pope Paul VI and continued by Pope John Paul II. These
are grave matters that no Catholic who says he loves Our Lord and adores
Him in His Real Presence can dismiss as inconsequential or not reflecting
very, very poorly on the recently ended pontificate of Pope John Paul
II. The fact that the discovery of this matter came on eBay only days
following the Holy Father's burial is quite a Providential reminder
of the harm done to Our Lord in His Real Presence as a result of the
novelties fostered by the Novus Ordo Missae and its apologists,
including Pope John Paul II himself.
Although it seems relatively trivial now in comparison to the ultimate
liturgical abuse, that is, the Novus Ordo Missae itself, the
permission of "altar girls" in 1994 was a resounding slap
in the face to the theology of service at the altar (that males serve
at the altar as the extension of the hands of the priest, who is himself
a male in the likeness of the Chief Priest and Victim of every Mass,
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ) and a stunning victory for the forces
of using the Mass as a pretext for placing an ecclesiastical stamp on
the ideologies of the moment, especially egalitarianism and feminism.
The Pope's steadfast adherence to the ossified formulas of the liturgical
revolution is what would lead him to refuse to entertain all entreaties
by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and the bishops of the Society
of Saint Pius X that Quo Primum means what it says and that
no priest needs any permission to offer the Immemorial Mass of Tradition.
Not much needs to be written about the Pope's embrace of the errors
of ecumenism, condemned in no uncertain terms by Pope Pius XI in Mortalium
Animos. The Assisi events were occasions of great scandal to the
Catholic Faith. Would Our Lord, Whose Vicar on earth the former Karol
Wojtyla was, have kissed the Koran or permitted himself to have been
"purified" in pagan rituals? Of course not. The late Pontiff,
however, permitted the Catholic Faith to be undermined with his own
words and actions and put men into power, such as Walter Kasper, who
further undermined the Faith without ever a word of Papal rebuke. And
all of the Pope's repeated condemnations of abortion were couched in
the language of conciliarspeak, refusing to admit that the problems
of Modernity, including abortion, have been caused by the overthrow
of the Social Reign of Christ the King that was the direct intention
of the Protestant Revolt and of the rise of Freemasonry and the scores
of ideologies spawned thereafter. His refusal to excommunicate solemnly
all Catholic pro-abortion politicians is one of his saddest legacies.
the late Pope's pontificate embraced the very notions of the modern
State that had been condemned by Popes Gregory XVI, Pius IX, Leo XIII,
Saint Pius X, and Pius XI. Indeed, the late Holy Father was incapable
of admitting that the loss of "Christian identity" in Europe
that he deplored so frequently was the specific result of the overthrow
of the Social Reign of Christ the King and that the Church's own refusal
to proclaim this immutable doctrine in the conciliar and postconciliar
era has only served the interests of the enemies of Our Lord and His
Most Blessed Mother.
Pope John Paul II pleaded repeatedly for clemency to be extended to
death row prisoners by name while he refused to plead by name for those
about to be starved and dehydrated to death, including the late Hugh
Finn and the late Mrs. Terri Schiavo, whose own murder presaged the
Pope's death by natural causes by a matter of two days. The Pope was
near death when Mrs. Schiavo was being starved and dehydrated to death,
you say? True. He was nearer death on Friday, April 1, 2005, when he
named seventeen new bishops from his deathbed. The Pope, even at the
point of death, demonstrated that he could attend to those things that
he wanted to attend to by the sheer force of his incontestably strong
will. Speaking by name for Hugh Finn or Mrs. Theresa Marie Schindler-Schiavo
was not one of the things he sought to do as it would have meant contradicting
his bishops and thus running afoul of the Vatican II novelty of episcopal
A very astute observer asked the following question after Mass today,
Easter Saturday: Which is worse: the world's unjust criticism of Pope
Pius XII or the world's lavish praise for Pope John Paul II? It is a
very bad thing when the world heaps praise upon a Successor of Saint
Peter for speaking in terms of humanitarianism and naturalism that appealed
to people of "all religions without distinction." One Italian
prelate, interviewed on CBS Radio, said, "The Pope turned the papacy
from a purely Catholic institution into a spokesman for human and social
rights." Oh, yes, the Holy Father did indeed appeal to the spirit
of Modernity's rejection of the necessity of every State's public and
confessional recognition of the Social Reign of Christ the King as the
absolute foundation of social order, which is a large part of the reason
why there was such universal praise accorded him in the days following
his death. “Woe to you when men shall bless you: for according
to these things did their fathers to the false prophets.” (Lk.
The Pope's governance of the Church was so abysmal that even sources
generally favorably inclined to the Second Vatican Council and the Novus
Ordo Missae began to question whether the late Holy Father deserved
to be called what his reflexive supporters, who viewed any criticism
of him as disloyalty and proof of a "schismatic" mentality,
kept insisting in the past few years as "John Paul the Great,"
no less “Saint” John Paul the Great. His appointment of
bishops was atrocious. His refusal to remove bishops who were doctrinally
deviant and/or personally corrupt was inexcusable. This writer knows
personally that were many instances in which individuals brought the
Holy Father incontrovertible evidence of episcopal wrong-doing, including
a lack of belief in basic elements in the Creed. The Holy Father refused
to do anything even when he was perfectly healthy and mentally fit.
He continued to reward the revolutionaries time and again.
There is nothing more important a pope can do than to appoint bishops
and to provide for their censure and removal if they prove to be wayward.
The late Pope John Paul II could not even govern his own curia. Those
who are in actual schism with the Church or guilty of abject heresy
(the Orthodoxy, the Anglicans, the Lutherans, Jews) could count on warm
words of welcome from the late pontiff while those who held fast to
the authentic Tradition of the Church were disciplined and said to be
guilty of schism and disobedience. Great leeway was accorded those in
official teaching positions in the Church worldwide to place articles
contained in the Deposit of Faith into doubt. No such courtesy was accorded
those who simply believed as Catholics had always believed until an
"ecclesiogenesis" of a "new Church," the "new
springtime of the Church," arose in 1958. And despite words of
concern about the scandal of perverted clergy in the United States and
elsewhere, the Holy Father rewarded the former Archbishop of Boston,
Bernard Cardinal Law, whose protection and promotion of perverted priests
shook the faith of many poorly catechized souls, with the appointment
as the Archpriest of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, to say nothing
of the prominent role he played in the Pope’s funeral Mass. The
Holy Father refused to act on the incontrovertible evidence presented
to him about perverted bishops, such as the disgraced former Bishop
of Springfield, Illinois, Daniel Ryan, and priests until these scandals
exploded into public view. And it took the former Bishop of Phoenix,
Arizona, Thomas O’Brien, to be involved in a hit and run automobile
accident that killed a drunken pedestrian before he was forced to resign
after a cascade of perverted priests scandal in his diocese.
Look at this merely partial and grossly incomplete record of the wretched
state of the hierarchy in the United States alone and ask yourself if
a pope of true sanctity would have refused–and the word is refused–to
have acted in defense of the Catholic Faith:
–Bishop Tod Brown of the Diocese of Orange has agreed to pay out
millions of dollars to victims of priest perversion in his diocese.
He remains a bishop in “good standing” despite the decisions
that enabled the perverts, spending even more millions of the contributions
given him by the poor sheep of his flock to build a “cathedral”
to rival the monstrosity built by his classmate to the north, Roger
–Roger Cardinal Mahony gets to keep his cardinal’s red hat
and to serve as an elector for the next pope despite his promotion each
year of a catechetical conference featuring those who promote teachings
contrary to the Catholic Faith and despite his own record with respect
to the whole issue of perversion.
–Bishop Patrick McGrath of the Diocese of San Jose gets to remain
a bishop in “good standing” even after he has denied the
historicity of the Gospels.
–Bishop Sylvester Ryan of the Diocese of Monterey gets to remain
a bishop in “good standing” despite his having had an actual
abortionist on his priests’ abuse “advisory board,”
the subject of two articles of mine on the Seattle Catholic site in
late-2003 and early-2004. No response was ever forthcoming from Bishop
Ryan's office following a series of questions that I had posed to him
about this matter.
–Archbishop Thomas Kelly, O.P. of the Archdiocese of Louisville,
Kentucky, gets to remain a bishop in “good standing” after
he reaffirmed Mrs. Michele Finn in the belief that it was morally licit
for her to seek to remove the feeding and hydration tubes from her brain-damaged
husband, Hugh Finn, in 1998.
–Bishop Walter Sullivan of the Diocese of Richmond was permitted
to serve until the mandatory retirement age despite his own affirmation
of Mrs. Michele Finn’s actions in 1998.
–Bishop Matthew Clark of the Diocese of Rochester, New York, remains
a bishop in “good standing” despite his having said in the
1990s that the Church must find some way to “bless” perverted
–Bishop Robert N. Lynch of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg, Florida,
remains a bishop in “good standing” despite his refusal
to support Mrs. Theresa Marie Schindler-Schiavo’s absolute right
to the provision and food and water and despite his own attacks upon
Solemn Eucharistic Adoration.
–Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza was never reprimanded publicly for
his having written to Father Stephen P. Zigrang that he, Father Zigrang,
had associated with a “schismatic” group, the Society of
Saint Pius X, that did not believe in the “enduring validity of
the Old Covenant God made with the people of Israel.” To do this
would be to contradict the spirit of false ecumenism practiced by the
late Holy Father himself.
above, the thoroughly disgraced Bishop Daniel Ryan, the Ordinary of
the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, between 1983 and 1999, was permitted
to remain in power for nearly three years after Roman Catholic Faithful,
Inc., brought incontrovertible evidence of his own perverted activities
to the attention of the Holy See. He was permitted to retire in good
standing in 1999 and to function as a retired bishop in good standing
until the Diocese of Springfield had to admit, despite all of its protestations
to the contrary and despite all of Ryan's spokeswoman's denunciations
of Roman Catholic Faithful President Stephen G. Brady, in January of
2003 that the charges were correct all along.
–Every bishop in the United States countenances some form of explicit,
classroom instruction in matters pertaining to the Sixth and Ninth Commandments,
specifically and categorically violating the purity and innocence of
the children entrusted to their pastoral care unto eternity and absolutely
prohibited by Pope Pius XI in Divini Illius Magistri.
bishop in the United States of America and elsewhere remains deaf, dumb
and blind to outright denials of articles contained in the Deposit of
Faith by priests and deacons from the pulpit during the offering of
Holy Mass and in the classrooms of Catholic educational institutions.
hostility of most of the bishops in the United States and in the world
to the glories of the Traditional Latin Mass borders on the diabolical,
exceeded only by the scions of Bugnini himself who are still very much
in power in the Holy See. The progenitors of a different religion must
hate anything that reminds them of the immutability of God and His truths,
and the fact that the Church’s Sacred Liturgy revolves around
God, not man. These bishops and their chancery factotums have a palpable
hatred and disgust for those who believe what the Church has taught
perennially and who worship God in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church
as He has been worshiped for most of the past two millennia, deeming
such miscreants" to be worthy of excoriation and thus to be dismissed
as reactionaries of some bygone era that is best sent down the Orwellian
This is just a partial listing of the utter devastation of the Church
begun under Pope John XXIII, expedited under Pope Paul VI, and institutionalized
under Pope John Paul II. Nevertheless, a man named Thomas Cahill wrote
an op-ed article in The New York Times on April 5, 2005, commenting
on how Pope John Paul II had subjected dissenters such as Fathers Hans
Kung, Leonardo Boff, and Edward Schillebeeckx to “star chamber”
interrogations of their writings. Surely, Mr. Cahill, you are joking.
Father Kung remains a priest in good standing despite his attacks on
Papal Infallibility, a solemnly defined dogma of the Catholic Faith.
Father Edward Schillebeeckx remains a priest in good standing despite
his having said that “God has no son” and that “Jesus
is the natural son of Saint Joseph,” thereby attacking the Divinity
of Our Lord and the Perpetual Virginity of Our Lady and the celibate
self-giving of Saint Joseph. Father Leonardo Boff left the Church of
his own accord when he faced a second one year period of silencing for
his embrace of “liberation theology.” Nothing, though, has
happened to the hundreds upon hundreds of Boff’s disciples, both
priests and laity, who teach this heresy in Catholic universities and
colleges and seminaries and workshops and “update” programs.
The late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre was “excommunicated”
by Pope John Paul II without so much as a trial to hear his claims that
a State of Emergency existed that justified his episcopal consecrations
in June of 1988. Priests who put into question and/or deny articles
contained in the Deposit of Faith were simply questioned during the
pontificate of Pope John Paul II while never losing their faculties
as priests even if, as in the cases of Kung and Father Charles Curran,
they were denied the ability to teach theology in Catholic universities.
No human being who is in contact with reality can claim with a straight
face that the late Pope John Paul II “disciplined” heretical
priests. This is simply not true.
Well, what about the fall of the Soviet Union? Didn't Pope John Paul
II play a role in that? Unquestionably. Unfortunately, the "fall"
of the Soviet Union was a smokescreen used by the devil to convince
us that Russia had been converted. The fall of the overt manifestations
of Bolshevism in Eastern Europe and the former Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics has not stopped the spread of the errors of Russia there or
elsewhere, including the United States of America. The Pope returned
icons to the Russian Orthodox, warned against Catholic "proselytism"
there, and stood by as his curial cardinals said repeatedly that Russia,
steeped in the errors of Orthodoxy, did not have to be converted to
the Catholic Faith, turning Our Lady’s Fatima Message on its head.
Pope John Paul II's steadfast refusal to consecrate Russia to Our Lady's
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart will rank as one of the worst acts of
betrayal of Heaven next to King Louis XIV and the bishops of France
refusing the pleas of Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1689 to do what
Our Lord had requested at that time: the consecration of France to His
Most Sacred Heart. And there is the nasty little reality that overt
Communism is very much alive and well in Red China, Cuba, Vietnam, and
North Korea. The end of Communism? The Conversion of Russia? These things
have not happened. They are myths.
Each of the first twenty-nine Successors of Saint Peter were martyred
as the forces of secularism and Roman imperialism sought to crush out
the infant Church in the manner that King Herod the Great sought to
crush out the infant Jesus shortly after His Nativity in Bethlehem.
Try as evil rulers have during the past two millennia, however, the
Church founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope, remains as a Sign of
Contradiction in the midst of a world today that is eerily similar to
that in which Saints Peter and Paul lived and gave up their lives to
bear witness to the true Faith. We must remember that not even a pontificate
fraught with Modernist overtones can destroy the Church. And we must
remember that God alone is the judge of any one person's soul, including
the late Pope John Paul II. Each of us is going to have enough to answer
for at the moment of our own Particular Judgments. Noting the defects
of the late Pope's pontificate in no way means that I am presupposing
the judgment of God on the soul of the son of Poland, Karol Wojtyla.
We thus pray fervently for Pope John Paul II's soul. It is a fundamental
act of presumption, though, for people to speak and to act in such a
way as to lead the impression that Pope John Paul II is a saint and
that there is no need to pray for his soul. The move for canonization
of the late Holy Father by popular acclamation is not of God.
The pontificate of the late Pope John Paul II either represented an
authentically new way of the Church presenting herself to the world
or it represented a tragic departure from the sure path of Tradition
that had been followed by every single pope prior to 1958. If the pontificate
of the recently deceased Holy Father was an authentic inspiration of
the Holy Ghost, there is at least one minor problem, which has been
mentioned and documented before: the countless numbers of desecrations
of Our Lord in His Real Presence on a regular basis in Catholic Masses
around the world, including those offered by the Holy Father himself,
who had been informed of these abuses by cardinals and other curial
officials. The Holy Ghost would never approve of such sacrileges. The
Catholic Faith can never be reconciled with offenses against the Blessed
Sacrament and denials of articles contained in the Deposit of Faith.
No priest such as Father Bruno Forte, who had written in the 1990s that
the Resurrection of Our Lord never happened, would have been approved
to be a bishop by a pope concerned about the integrity of the Faith
and then consecrated personally by the cardinal prefect of the Congregation
for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The Catholic Church is the Mystical Bride of Christ, Who is her Invisible
Head. She will last until the end of time despite all of the assaults
waged against her by the enemies of the God-Man from without. She will
last until the end of time despite all of the efforts of her members,
including each one of us, to undermine her authority by our sins and
our indifference and our bad example. She will last until the end of
time despite this current epoch of novelty that has been embraced by
one pope after another since the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958. (And
Pope Pius XII put into place most of the key players--Giovanni Montini,
Annibable Bugnini, Angelo Roncalli--who would undermine the Church in
her human elements.) She will last until the end of time despite all
of the multifaceted and inter-related problems that beset her at present.
The jaws of Hell will never prevail against the One, Holy, Catholic
and Apostolic Church headed on earth by the Successor of Saint Peter,
the Vicar of Christ.
Sadness at the events of the late Pope John Paul II's pontificate, though,
must not be mistaken for a lack of faith in the Omnipotence and Omniscience
of God, Who has known from all eternity that these events would take
place during our lifetimes. As I noted last year, our faith must never
be shaken by this or that scandal or this or that abomination. Our faith
in the indefectibility of the Catholic Church must be absolutely unshakable.
I do not pretend to understand why these things are occurring. I know,
though, that the graces won for us on Calvary by the shedding of every
single drop of Our Lord's Most Precious Blood are sufficient for us
to bear the crosses we are asked to bear in the life of the Church at
these words of Pope Pius XI, contained in his 1925 Encyclical Letter
on the Social Reign of Christ the King, Quas Primas:
may well admire in this the admirable wisdom of the Providence of God,
who, ever bringing good out of evil, has from time to time suffered
the faith and piety of men to grow weak, and allowed Catholic truth
to be attacked by false doctrines, but always with the result that truth
has afterwards shone out with greater splendor, and that men's faith,
aroused from its lethargy, has shown itself more vigorous than before.
The present situation in the Church is truly one of a chastisement,
to be sure, that may not be resolved until some pope actually does consecrate
Russia to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. There are many
complex and inter-related forces that have been at work in the world
for about six to seven centuries that made their way into the Church
herself in her human elements by the time of the early Twentieth Century,
as John Vennari has pointed out in The Permanent Instruction of
the Alta Vendita. Other than that, though, we have to accept the
simple fact that many of the things that we hear and see emanating from
Rome will be understood fully only in eternity, when all of God's mysterious
plan will be seen by the elect who have persevered to the point of their
dying breaths in states of sanctifying grace. This does not mean that
we remain inert and impassive in the midst of the difficulties that
face us. But it does mean that we must never lose our faith and that
we must never stop praying for the soul of the late Holy Father, who
presided arguably over the worst pontificate in history, while at the
same time we pray that the Church’s bishops return to the sure
path of Tradition.
Many saints gave up their lives over the course of the past two millennia
to bear witness to the truths and the traditions of the Church that
have been cast aside, at least in a de facto if not de jure manner,
in the past forty-seven years or so. We need to learn from these great
saints, not apologize, as the late Holy Father did repeatedly in the
past decade or so, for their not having embraced the novelties of ecumenism
and ambiguity of language that have been the hallmarks of the conciliar
and postconciliar eras. The next Pope is going to need to recover the
voice of the first Pope, Saint Peter, who said:
Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel,
that by the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified,
whom God hath, raised from the dead, even by him this man standeth here
before you whole. 'This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders,
which is become the head of the corner.' Neither is there salvation
in any other. For there is no other name under heaven, given to men,
whereby we must be saved (Acts 4: 10-12).
Praying for the Church in this time of sedevacantism (we're all sedevacantists
at this point until the white smoke appears from the chimney of the
the new election building where the cardinals will convene to elect
the next pope; even the State of Vatican City issues "Vacant Seat"
postage stamps from now until a new pope is elected) to recover the
all of the glories of Tradition, including the Immemorial Mass of Tradition,
which built Christendom and safeguarded it against the onslaught of
heretics and infidels and revolutionaries, we remain steadfast in prayer
upon the death of Pope John Paul II and prior to the election of his
successor. We beseech Saints Peter and Paul as Catholics who have total
confidence in Our Lord's promises to His Holy Church, mindful that we
must rid ourselves of sin and sinful influences in our own lives and
be assiduous in our prayers before the Blessed Sacrament and the Mother
of God if we want to be instruments of building up the Church and helping
to plant seeds for the day when a Pope will once again reign monarchically
and govern decisively for the glory of Christ the King and Mary our
Deus, qui inter summos Sacerdotes famulum tuum Joannem Paulum ineffabili
tua dispositione connumerari voluisti: praesta, quaesumus; ut qui unigeniti
Filii tui vices in terris generebat, sanctorum tuorum Pontificum consortio
perpetua aggregetur. Per eumden Dominum. O God, Who in Thine ineffable
providence was pleased to number Thy servant John Paul amongst the sovereign
pontiffs; grant, we beseech Thee, that he who reigned as as the vicar
of Thy Son on earth, may be joined in fellowship with Thy holy pontiffs
for evermore. Through the same Lord. (From the Collect of the Mass for
a Deceased Pope, The Saint Andrew Daily Missal, p. 1813).
Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat
in pace. Amen. Anima ejus et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum
per misercordiam Dei requiescant in pace. Amen. Eternal rest grant
unto Pope John Paul II, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles, pray for us.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us.
Blessed Jacinta, pray for us.
Blessed Francisco, pray for us.
Sister Lucia, pray for us.
TO BE OFFERED PRIOR TO THE CONCLAVE OF THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS
Mentes tuorum visita,
Imple superna gratia,
Quae tu creasti, pectora.
Ghost, Creator, come.
From thy bright heavenly throne!
Come, take possession of our souls,
And make them all Thine Own!
Qui diceris Paraclitus,
Altissimi donum Dei,
Fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
Et spiritalis unctio.
Thou who art
called the Paraclete,
Best gift of God above,
The Living Spring, The Living Fire,
Sweet Unction, and True Love!
Tu septiformis munere,
Digitus Paternae dexterae,
Tu rite promissum Patris,
Sermone ditans guttura.
are sevenfold in Thy grace,
Finger of God's right hand,
His Promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand!
Accende lumen sensibus,
Infunde amorem cordibus,
Infirma nostri corpis
Virtute firmans perpeti.
O guide our
minds with thy blest light,
With love our hearts inflame,
And with thy strength, which ne'er decays,
Confirm our mortal frame.
Hostem repellas longius,
Pacemque dones protinus;
Ductoresic te praevio,
Vitemus omne noxium.
Far from us
drive our hellish foe,
True peace unto us bring,
And through all perils guide us safe
Beneath thy sacred wing.
Per te sciamus da Patrem
Noscamus atque Filium;
Teque utrius que Spiritum
Credamus omni tempore.
may we the Father know,
Through Thee the Eternal Son,
And Thee the Spirit of them both ---
Thrice blessed Three in One.
Deo Patri sit gloria,
qui a mortuis
Surrexit, ac Paraclito
In sacculorum saecula.
Now to the
Father, and the Son
Who rose from death, be glory given,
With Thee, O holy Comforter,
Henceforth by all in earth and heaven.
The Collect from the Mass for Election of a Pope:
Súpplici, Dómine, humilitáte depóscimus
: ut sacrosánctæ Románæ Ecclésiæ
concédat Pontíficem illum tua imménsa pietas ;
qui et pio in nos stúdio semper tibi plácitus, et tuo
pópulo pro salúbri regímine sit assídue
ad glóriam tui nóminis reveréndus. Per Dóminum.
O Lord, with suppliant humility, we entreat Thee, that in Thy boundless
mercy Thou wouldst grant the most holy Roman Church a pontiff, who by
his zeal for us, may be pleasing to Thee, and by his good government
may ever be honoured by Thy people for the glory of Thy name. Through
Our Lord Jesus Chist, Thy Son, who with Thee livest and regnest world
without end. Amen
Afteword from Father Lawrence C. Smith
noted on the homepage, I consulted with a number of priests prior to
posting this article. This is the advice I received from Father Lawrence
C. Smith when I asked him if it would be prudent to wait to post the
Wait to speak the
truth: you might upset the modernists in the Church.
Wait to speak the truth: you might upset the apostates, heretics, schismatics,
and atheists outside of the Church.
Wait to speak the truth: the Pope had a secret plan the last quarter-century
and you don't want to give his enemies an excuse to thwart him, because
otherwise the secret plan will be implemented now that the Pope is dead
-- as long as his enemies aren't given an excuse by faithful Catholics
to resist it; as long as you are nice to them, they'll be nice to you
and sympathetic to your views; the Pope is stronger in death than in
life to protect you and to promote your cause -- as long as you don't
speak ill of him now the way you were berated to remain silent while
he was alive and he helped you so much then.
Wait to speak the truth: the Pope was hamstrung by bad people running
the Holy See and all the bad things were not his fault and he could
not get rid of the bad people that he put in place doing the bad things
that he did not approve of even though he promoted the bad people after
they did the bad things, those bad things which, by the way, he personally
participated in on a regular basis, but of course without approving
Wait to speak the truth: you are a schismatic if you seek to proclaim
Cathholic truth, but the cabal that will attack you for it are to be
respected because they are a clerics in good standing within the hierarchy;
you should be comforted that your silence might somehow persuade these
men to be nice to you even though they are inclined to vilify you, reject
you, and exile you at every opportunity, but you can trust them to elect
a good Pope now because you will remain silent.
Wait to speak the truth: you might lose your indult Mass, whose celebration
allows you to muzzle the Gospel and to behave as if you have lost all
contact with reality regarding the chaos within the Church.
Wait to speak the truth: sacrilege, heresy, and irreverence at the Novus
Ordo Missae do not need correcting; celebrating the same Mass as
St. Jean-Marie Vianney, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Gregory the Great, St.
Leo the Great, and St. Peter is cause for censure and silencing.
Wait to speak the truth: see how effective the Pope's silence was in
saving the lives of Terri Schiavo and Hugh Finn, of getting a real Catholic
on the ballot for the 2004 US presidential election, and putting a stop
to pedophilia amongst the clergy worldwide.
Wait to speak the truth: silently working to save tens of thousands
of Jews and making official proclamations against Mussolini and Hitler
won no friends then or later for Pius XI or Pius XII; cheaply talking
ad nauseam across millions of miles and over reams of pages about the
"culture of death" and orthodoxy without sanctioning disloyal
members of the Church, without condemning the faithless world, and without
admonishing unbelievers to embrace the one true Faith of Catholicism
won John Paul II (We love you!) acclaim in life and death -- from the
Wait to speak the truth: academics in "Catholic" colleges
and universities have the freedom to say anything they want, politicians
have the right to pass any laws they want, and lost souls outside of
the Church have the right to believe anything they want -- and all of
them will go to Heaven -- but Catholics striving to be holy, to obey
the perennial teachings of their Mother the Church, and to offer the
world the sole means of salvation must say nothing at all times -- or
be excommunicated for schism and sent to hell (whence, the avant garde
theologians tell us, even satan shall one day be freed -- but not Catholics
faithful to God's unchanging truth).
Wait to speak
the truth: it is a compliment to the Cardinal-Electors to assume them
to be men of such abysmal character that speaking the truth to them
will prompt a reaction of petty contrariety; it is to be praised that
a similar collection of moral inepts elected Pope John Paul II BECAUSE
he was of their ilk, and he in turn appointed this new set of Cardinals
of the same kind as himself to be in line to succeed him and to elect
his successor; and we should be grateful for the fact that this tribe
of petty, insular, ecclesial careerists have shown no inclination for
a quarter-century to alter their attitude or to be solicitous of those
in disagreement with them -- this state of affairs should reassure the
faithful into a silent docility willing to accept whatever the enemies
of truth, the friends of modernism, and the indifferent to salvation
choose to inflict on the Church and the world; we should anticipate
the new Pope elected under these conditions with the same confidence
with which the schoolboy looks forward to giving his lunch money to
the class bully on the playground, with which the battered wife waits
for her abusive husband to return from a lost weekend, and with which
Poland, the Sudentenland, and Austria greeted the ascendancy of Hitler
and to which Chamberlain silently acquiesced.
Wait to speak the truth: The Second Person of the Most Holy and Divine
Trinity, the Incarnate Word, the Son of God and the Son of Mary, is
misquoted as having said, "IF ANY MAN WILL FOLLOW ME, LET HIM DENY
HIMSELF AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME. FOR WHOSOEVER WILL SAVE
HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT: AND WHOSOEVER SHALL LOSE HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE
AND THE GOSPEL SHALL SAVE IT. FOR WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE GAIN
THE WHOLE WORLD AND SUFFER THE LOSS OF HIS SOUL? OR WHAT SHALL A MAN
GIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS SOUL? FOR HE THAT SHALL BE ASHAMED OF ME AND
OF MY WORDS IN THIS ADULTEROUS AND SINFUL GENERATION: THE SON OF MAN
ALSO WILL BE ASHAMED OF HIM, WHEN HE SHALL COME IN THE GLORY OF HIS
FATHER WITH THE HOLY ANGELS. (ST. MARK 8:34-38) and EVERY ONE THAT SHALL
CONFESS ME BEFORE MEN, I WILL ALSO CONFESS HIM BEFORE MY FATHER WHO
IS IN HEAVEN. BUT HE THAT SHALL DENY ME BEFORE MEN, I WILL ALSO DENY
BEFORE MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. (ST. MATTHEW 10:32-33)
God bless you,