So Much for Glasnost
Thomas A. Droleskey
There are times when the old memory bank shows signs of the dying process, which is euphemistically referred to by most of us as the "aging process." One of the first times I noticed this was around 1994 when I was driving to Sioux City, Iowa, to give a talk in the community where I had taught during the 1992-1993 academic year at Morningside College. I was attempting to sing, yes, to myself, the words of a song composed by Jane Jarvis, who played the organ (Magnavox, 1964-1965; Thomas, 1966-1979), and her husband, Harry Jackson, called "Let's Go, Mets," which she would play just before the Mets took the field at William A. Shea Municipal Stadium. The words of the song, which was very bouncy but not the official song, "Meet the Mets" ((http://www.thedeadballera.com/MeetTheMets62Version.mp3), of the New York Mets, are as follows:
The New York Mets are on the way: Let's Go, Mets!
Three cheers for all the boys who play: Let's Go, Mets!
Amazing, yes they are, each player is a star, the best in the land by far they are: Let's Go, Mets!
Let's root for the team that plays at Shea: Let's Go, Mets!
The team that soon will have its day: Let's Go, Mets!
Let's root as hard as we can, hoorah for every fan, the New York Mets on the the way, the New York Mets on the way, the New York Mets are on the way: Let's Go, Mets!
Yes, I sang that little ditty for a lot of years at Shea Stadium, both in and out of costume, being one of only a handful of people who actually knew the lyrics to the song, which were displayed on the original message board in right centerfield at Shea Stadium, usually in the fourth inning, during the 1966 season and also contained in a Mets song book that she and her husband produced. Indeed, I once sang the song when then WFAN radio host Howie Rose, now a play-by-play announcer of the Mets' radio broadcasts on WFAN (which I have not listened to in a long time, obviously), challenged listeners to so on Old Timers' Day in 1990, one of the few times I ever called in to a radio program without being the subject of an interview.
Well, there was that time back in August of 1994 when I, just three months shy of my forty-third birthday, could not remember some of the words to "Let's Go, Mets!", which had sung for years and years and years (and had just sung, as a matter of fact, during an Old Timers' Day at Shea Stadium that featured Jane Jarvis reprising her repertoire on the field, playing a keyboard instrument that mimicked the old organ). I couldn't remember the words to the song. I blanked out, one of the first, if not the very first, times in my life something like that had happened. My perfect recall showed signs of slippage. "It's happening," I said to myself, meaning that the signs of the "aging" process were creeping into places other than the top of my head, which had begun its metamorphosis from blond to white, and in my joints.
Why is all of this being mentioned? Well, first of all, because it's my site and I want to mention it, all right? Most of you aren't paying a blessed thing to support this work, which needs more and more of who agree with this sites's contents to indeed fork over a few centavos right about now. Don't bellyache if my addled brain wants to put down some totally unimportant things to make a point.
Secondly, however, this came to mind when I was trying to think of the 1980s-era television show where the lead character, who represented a spoof of police or spy programs, threw off a Russian spy from the back of a moving training, saying rather cavalierly, "Well, so much for glasnost," referring to Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev's alleged policy of "openness" that he had instituted as part of his "Perestroika" (restructuring) program in 1985. I could envision the scene from the program. I just couldn't remember the name of the program, having to do a bit of research online (still have the ability to do research) before I found the name of the program: Sledge Hammer!, a spoof, evidently, of the horrible Dirty Harry movies. The episode containining the "Well, so much for Glasnost!" line was aired on February 21, 1987 when I was finishing my second stint of teaching at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.
I wanted to have the name of the program in which the "Well, so much for Glasnost!" so as to explain, all levity aside, the lunacy of believing that Joseph Ratzinger's letter to the Catholics of Red China and Summorum Pontificum (and his accompanying letter to the "conciliar" bishops) represent a new era of "openness" and "reconciliation" that augers well for the long term future of the Catholic Church. The authorities of Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the heretical and schismatic religious organization created by the Red Chinese government in 1957, are continuing to arrest Catholic bishops and priests of the underground Church, leaving aside here the complexity of who is and who is not actually ordained in the underground Church, which has suffered tremendously in the past forty-eight years since the takeover of China by Mao Tse-Tung and his fellow band of Communist mass murderers.
Julius Jia Zhiguo, the underground bishop of the Diocese of Zheng Ding, was arrest by Communist authorities in Red China for circulating Joseph Ratzinger's letter to the Catholics of Red China. Well, so much for glasnost! So much for appeasement. Here is the story from Zenit, dated August 23, 2007:
BEIJING, AUG. 23, 2007 (Zenit.org).- The underground Catholic bishop of Zheng Ding, in Hebei province, has been arrested again, reported a U.S.-based watchdog agency.
The Cardinal Kung Foundation reported that Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo, 73, was arrested today by the Chinese public security and religious bureau.
AsiaNews reported that the Chinese authorities arrested Bishop Jia to prevent him from disseminating Benedict XVI's letter to Chinese Catholics and organizing meetings in which the letter's contents would be explained to the faithful.
Bishop Jia, who has been arrested at least 10 times since 2004, was told several times by the religious bureau that he could not publicly support and promulgate the Pope's letter to China.
Over the last five days, Bishop Jia was put under 24-hour surveillance while the number of security police outside the bishop's residence was increased.
Anyone coming to visit the bishop's residence was arrested, including a priest and a layperson who were interrogated for 8 hours before being released.
Joseph Kung, the president of the Cardinal Kung Foundation, said: "It is apparent that the aforementioned actions by the Chinese government is not only contrary to the spirit of the China letter issued by the Pope almost two months ago, but also contrary to the generally accepted principles of human rights and to the spirit of the Olympic games."
Bishop Jia has spent almost all his episcopal ministry under house arrest, and some 20 years in prison.
Meaning no disrespect to Mr. Kung, "the spirit of the Olympic games," which includes great openness to perversity (in the name of "diversity," you understand) is not the determining factor of whether it is right for the Communist authorities, who will host the Summer Olympics next year, to arrest of Bishop Jia. The fact that Bishop Jia has been arrested, however, indicates just how little regard the Communist authorities in the country of virtual slave labor have for efforts to appease them. Like all tyrants, including the aging revolutionary tyrants of the counterfeit church of conciliarism when dealing with traditionally-minded Catholics, Communists desire total surrender to their terms, branding anyone who does not so surrender as an "aggressor" who is threatening the "peace," which in this cause is considered to be the "right" of the Communists in Red China to govern their own country without what they consider to be "outside" interference from Joseph Ratzinger and his conciliar Vatican.
This is all so reminiscent of the misunderstanding of the Communist mind that characterized the political naturalists of an allegedly "leftward" bent during the Cold War, a misunderstanding that was reflected as well in the approach taken by Angelo Roncalli/John XXIII in agreeing that there would be no criticism of Communism at the "Second" Vatican Council in exchange for the presence there of "observers" from the heretical and schismatic Russian Orthodox Church, a fact that has been documented in many sources:
The salient and half secret point that should be noted,” he stated, “is the restriction on the Council’s liberty to which John XXIII had agreed a few months earlier, in making an accord with the Orthodox Church by which the patriarchate of Moscow accepted the papal invitation to send observers to the Council, while the Pope for his part guaranteed the Council would refrain from condemning Communism. The negotiations took place at Metz in August 1962, and all the details of time and place were given at a press conference by Mgr. Paul Joseph Schmitt, the Bishop of that Diocese [newspaper Le Lorrain, 2/9/63]. The negotiations ended in an agreement signed by metropolitan Nikodim for the Orthodox Church and Cardinal Tisserant, the Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals, for the Holy See.
“News of the agreement was given in the France Nouvelle, the central bulletin of the French communist party in the edition of January 16-22, 1963 in these terms: ‘Because the world socialist system is showing its superiority in an uncontestable fashion, and is strong through the support of hundreds and hundreds of millions of men, the Church can no longer be content with a crude anti-communism. As part of its dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church, it has even promised there will be no direct attack on the Communist system at the Council.’ On the Catholic side, the daily La Croix of February 15, 1963 gave notice of the agreement, concluding: “‘As a consequence of this conversation, Msgr. Nikodim agreed that someone should go to Moscow carrying an invitation, on condition that guarantees were given concerning the apolitical attitude of the Council.’
“Moscow’s condition, namely that the Council should say nothing about Communism, was not, therefore, a secret, but the isolated publication of it made no impression on general opinion, as it was not taken up by the press at large and circulated, either because of the apathetic and anaesthetized attitude to Communism common in clerical circles or because the Pope took action to impose silence in the matter. Nonetheless, the agreement had a powerful, albeit silent, effect on the course of the Council when requests for a renewal of the condemnation of Communism were rejected in order to observe this agreement to say nothing about it” (3). 3. Romano Amerio, Iota Unum, pp. 65-66.
Thus the Council, which made statements on capitalism and colonialism, said nothing specific about the greatest evil of the age, Communism.. While the Vatican Monsignors were smiling at the Russian Schismatic representatives, many Bishops were in prison and innumerable faithful were either persecuted or driven underground for their fidelity to the Holy Roman Catholic Church. The Council of Metz - The agreement the Vatican made to stop attacking Communism
The shameful betrayal of truth represented by the Metz Agreement represented a continuation of its instigator's past collaboration (and future appeasement) with Soviet authorities. The instigator of the Metz Agreement was none other than the Archbishop of Milan, one Giovanni Montini, who was betraying priests sent behind the Iron Curtain secretly by Pope Pius XII, a combination of Montini's own sympathies with Marxism and the vulnerability posed by the fact that his own perversity was known by a variety of foreign intelligence agencies, including those of the British and the Soviets, as is recounted by Mrs. Randy Engel n The Rite of Sodomy:
An elderly gentleman from Paris who worked as an official interpreter for high-level clerics at the Vatican in the early 1950s told this writer that the Soviets blackmailed Montini into revealing the names of priests whom the Vatican had clandestinely sent behind the Iron Curtain to minister to Catholics in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The Soviet secret police were on hand as soon as the priests crossed over the Russian border and the priest infiltrators were either shot or sent to the gulag.
The extent to which Pope Paul VI was subject to blackmail by the enemies of the Church will probably never be known. It may be that, in so far as the Communists and the Socialists were concerned, blackmail was entirely unnecessary given Montini's cradle to grave fascination and affinity for the Left. On the other hand, the Italian Freemasons, M16, the OSS and later the CIA and the Mafia were likely to have used blackmail and extortion against Montini beginning early in his career as a junior diplomat, then as Archbishop of Milan and finally as Pope Paul VI. (The Rite of Sodomy, pp. 1156-1157.)
Giovanni Montini, posing as antipope Paul VI, displayed his desire to appease Communist authorities in his capacity as the putative Vicar of Christ, betraying the courageous Josef Cardinal Mindszenty, the Archbishop of Budapest and the Primate of Hungary, as described in the late Cardinal's own memoirs and in a review of two older films about the Primate's left written by by Dr. Steve O'Brien in 2003:
The Prisoner [the name of a film about Cardinal Mindszenty, not to be confused with Patrick McGoohan's television sequel to Dangerman], as it happened, was wrapped too soon because Mindszenty's story, which had seemed to be fini, had scarcely begun. By 1956 Stalin was dead and Khrushchev was making some unusual noises. In October the Hungarians rose in revolt. Mindszenty had no clue of what was happening on the street; his guards told him that the rabble outside the prison was shouting for his blood. A few days later he was released and indeed a mob of locals set upon him. But instead of ripping his flesh they grabbed at the liberated hero to kiss his clothes. When he returned to Budapest the deposed Reds quivered over this ghost who would not stay buried, but in a radio broadcast he counseled against revenge. The Soviets were not so forgiving, and tanks rumbled to crush this unpleasant incident. A marked man, Mindszenty sought asylum in the American embassy as his last resort. Now a second long Purgatory had begun. Pius spoke out repeatedly against this latest example of Soviet terror but the West, heedless of its own liberation rhetoric, was deaf.
When The Prisoner was released, the Church was still the implacable foe of communism. Frail Pius stood as a Colossus against both right and left totalitarianism. When Pius departed this world there ensued a moral void in the Vatican that has never been filled. By the early 1960s both the Western governments and the Novus Ordo popes decided that accommodation with the Communists was preferable to the archaic notions of Pius and Mindszenty. John XXIII and successor Paul VI welcomed a breath of fresh air into the Church, and that odor included cooperation with the Reds. The new Ostpolitik, managed by Paul's Secretary of State Agostino Casaroli, hadn't room for Christian warriors of Mindszenty's stamp. The position of the Hungarian government was strengthened when Casaroli entered negotiations with the appalling regime of Janos Kadar. As the Cold War thawed, the freeze was put on Mindszenty. The American government made it understood that he was no longer welcome at the embassy. Worse still, Paul sent a functionary to persuade Mindszenty to leave, but only after signing a document full of stipulations that favored the Reds and essentially blaming himself for his ordeal. The confession that the Communists could not torture out of him was being forced on him by the Pope!
Driven from his native land against his wishes, Mindszenty celebrated Mass in Rome with Paul on October 23, 1971. The Pope told him, "You are and remain archbishop of Esztergom and primate of Hungary." It was the Judas kiss. For two years Mindszenty traveled, a living testament to truth, a man who had been scourged, humiliated, imprisoned and finally banished for the Church's sake. In the fall of 1973, as he prepared to publish his Memoirs, revealing the entire story to the world, he suffered the final betrayal. Paul, fearful that the truth would upset the new spirit of coexistence with the Marxists, "asked" Mindszenty to resign his office. When Mindszenty refused, Paul declared his See vacant, handing the Communists a smashing victory.
If Mindszenty's story is that of the rise and fall of the West's resistance to communism it is also the chronicle of Catholicism's self-emasculation. In the 1950s a man such as Mindszenty could be portrayed as a hero of Western culture even though both American and English history is rife with hatred toward the Church. When the political mood changed to one of coexistence and detente rather than containment, Mindszenty became an albatross to the appeasers and so the Pilates of government were desperate to wash their hands of him. Still, politicians are not expected to act on principle, and therefore the Church's role in Mindszenty's agony is far more damning.
Since movies, for good or ill, have a pervasive influence on American culture, perhaps a serious film that told Mindszenty's whole story could have some effect on the somnolent Catholics in the West. Guilty of Treason and The Prisoner are artifacts of their day. An updated film that follows the prelate through his embassy exile and his pathetic end would be a heart-wrenching drama. But knowing what we know now, the Communists, despicable as they are, would no longer be the primary villains. Shooting the Cardinal: Film and Betrayal in the Mndszenty Case
As we know, the Catholic Church did not betrayal Cardinal Mindszenty. The leaders of the counterfeit church of conciliarism did so, just as they are doing at present with the underground Catholics of Red China, who are still being harassed by the Communists Montini's successor, Ratzinger, is seeking to appease now just as he, Montini, appeased Communists consistently throughout his false pontificate, daring to call Cardinal Mindszenty a victim of "history," not a victim of Communism. The conciliarist appeasers always believe that their measures of half-surrender will work, not realizing that their measures of half-surrender actually embolden their fellow enemies of the Catholic Faith.
Dr. Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn spoke about the Western misconception of the Communist mind in his commencement address, "A World Split Apart," delivered at Harvard University, June 8, 1978. His analysis of how Western leaders judge the rest of the world according to its conformity to Western standards can be applied also to the conciliarist view that all of the nations and religions of the world according to its embrace of "religious liberty" and cultural pluralism, which is what Joseph Ratzinger hopes that the leaders of Communist China will embrace as he encourages the bishops of the underground church to "register" with the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Consider these words of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and how they do indeed describe the conciliarist belief that everyone, including the Mohammedans, who want nothing to do with "religious liberty" and cultural pluralism, must be conformity wit the spirit of Gaudium et Spes:
But the blindness of superiority continues in spite of all and supports the belief that vast regions everywhere on our planet should develop and mature to the level of present-day Western systems, which in theory are the best and in practice the most attractive. There is this belief that all those other worlds are only being temporarily prevented by wicked governments or by heavy crises or by their own barbarity and incomprehension from taking the way of Western pluralistic democracy and adopting the Western way of life. Countries are judged on the basis of their progress in this direction. However, this is a conception which developed out of Western incomprehension of the essence of other worlds, out of the mistake of measuring them all with a Western yardstick. The real picture of our planet's development is quite different.
Anguish about our divided world gave birth to the theory of convergence between leading Western countries and the Soviet Union. It is a soothing theory which overlooks the fact that these worlds are not at all developing into similarity; neither one can be transformed into the other without the use of violence. Besides, convergence inevitably means acceptance of the other side's defects, too, and this is hardly desirable.
A World Split Apart
Imprisoned in his own Hegelian paradoxes, Joseph Ratzinger is ever marching in the direction of new syntheses, oblivious to the fact that the one and only way to improve the temporal lot of the world is by the seeking the conversion of all men and all nations to the Catholic Church. Period. End of argument. No need for complexity and nuance. Our Lord gave the Apostles the commission to convert all men and all nations. Pope Pius XI, reiterating the consistent teaching of the Catholic Church, explained that there is only solution to the world's problems: Catholicism:
Because the Church is by divine institution the sole depository and interpreter of the ideals and teachings of Christ, she alone possesses in any complete and true sense the power effectively to combat that materialistic philosophy which has already done and, still threatens, such tremendous harm to the home and to the state. The Church alone can introduce into society and maintain therein the prestige of a true, sound spiritualism, the spiritualism of Christianity which both from the point of view of truth and of its practical value is quite superior to any exclusively philosophical theory. The Church is the teacher and an example of world good-will, for she is able to inculcate and develop in mankind the "true spirit of brotherly love" (St. Augustine, De Moribus Ecclesiae Catholicae, i, 30) and by raising the public estimation of the value and dignity of the individual's soul help thereby to lift us even unto God.
Finally, the Church is able to set both public and private life on the road to righteousness by demanding that everything and all men become obedient to God "Who beholdeth the heart," to His commands, to His laws, to His sanctions. If the teachings of the Church could only penetrate in some such manner as We have described the inner recesses of the consciences of mankind, be they rulers or be they subjects, all eventually would be so apprised of their personal and civic duties and their mutual responsibilities that in a short time "Christ would be all, and in all." (Colossians iii, 11)
Since the Church is the safe and sure guide to conscience, for to her safe-keeping alone there has been confided the doctrines and the promise of the assistance of Christ, she is able not only to bring about at the present hour a peace that is truly the peace of Christ, but can, better than any other agency which We know of, contribute greatly to the securing of the same peace for the future, to the making impossible of war in the future. For the Church teaches (she alone has been given by God the mandate and the right to teach with authority) that not only our acts as individuals but also as groups and as nations must conform to the eternal law of God. In fact, it is much more important that the acts of a nation follow God's law, since on the nation rests a much greater responsibility for the consequences of its acts than on the individual.
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.
It is apparent from these considerations that true peace, the peace of Christ, is impossible unless we are willing and ready to accept the fundamental principles of Christianity, unless we are willing to observe the teachings and obey the law of Christ, both in public and private life. If this were done, then society being placed at last on a sound foundation, the Church would be able, in the exercise of its divinely given ministry and by means of the teaching authority which results therefrom, to protect all the rights of God over men and nations. (Pope Pius XI, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922.)
The arrest of Bishop Jia, coming so soon after Ratzinger's letter to the Catholics of Red China, will be dismissed by some as merely a power-play on the part of some provincial CPCA officials to undermine any rapprochement between the government of Red China and the conciliar Vatican. There may be an element of truth to this belief. Nevertheless, however, one would be engaging in rank positivism to assert that the arrest of Bishop Jia does not indicate that there are at least some elements in the actual government machinery of Red China who are trying to send a message that there must be total compliance with the CPCA's hegemony over matters pertaining to the Catholic Faith in Red China regardless of Ratzinger's letter.
Moreover, Ratzinger's letter to the Catholics of Red China is presaged on his conciliar view that the Catholic Church has no role to play in politics, meaning that the Red Chinese assaults against God's Commandments will not be resisted, at least not openly, by the counterfeit church of conciliarism, including. the continuation of forced abortions in many provinces and cities despite the fact that this barbarism was supposed to have been "outlawed" by legislation in 2002 (forced abortions were uncovered first by Steven W. Mosher, now the president of the Population Research Institute, in the late-1970s as he was doing research for his doctorate at Stanford University, which denied him his doctorate as a result of pressure brought by Red Chinese authorities). No one in the conciliar Vatican has yet commented--or is likely to comment--on what took place recently in the City of Baise. How can they? The era of "good feelings" has been inaugurated by means of an attempted "reconciliation" with the "new era" in Red China started in 1949, just as conciliarism itself represents, according to the very words of Joseph Ratzinger himself, a "reconciliation" with the "principles of 1789.
Here is the story about the outrage in the City of Baise, Red China, as reported by Population Research Institute:
In the city of Baise, pregnant women, many in their ninth month of pregnancy, were rounded up like cattle, crammed into waiting vans, and taken away for forced abortions. The cries of the mothers and protests of the fathers were ignored as family planning officials systematically exterminated their nearly born children.
Along with out-and-out coercion, the crackdown included: exorbitant fines of up to two to three years' salary,
the looting of their homes,
the confiscation of all their belongings.
When family members petitioned against the policy they, too, were arrested, as were those who sent out pleas for help to the outside world over the Internet.
Behaving in typical fashion, the Chinese government denies all knowledge of, and any responsibility for, these atrocities. It points to legislation, passed in 2002, outlawing forced abortions. At the same time, however, it secretly sets birth quotas that officials in Guangxi province must meet or be punished.
The People's Republic of China remains bent on population control whatever the human cost.
The same callous attitude towards human life has spread to the cities. Many young women, afraid of having children, have had five, six, even seven abortions. The New York Times reports that China is well on the way to having the highest abortion rate in the world.
The UNFPA would have us believe that it is making things better in China. As forced abortions continue, and the family disappears from China's cities, one must wonder how the UNFPA defines success.
The counterfeit church of conciliarism most likely will be silent about this. Nothing can be done to "upset" the delicate, complex process that has been set in motion by Joseph Ratzinger's letter to the Catholics of Red China. When all is said and done, however, Joseph Ratzinger's letter to the Catholics of Red China is just another one of conciliarism's efforts to make concessions to rank evil in hopes of converting others not to Catholicism but to conciliarism's embrace of religious liberty and cultural pluralism. And while the subject of a forthcoming article, it is indeed very telling that, as has been predicted here and in many other places since Summorum Pontificum was released on July 7, 2007, that many conciliar "bishops" in the United States of America are treating America's underground Catholics with the same contempt that officials of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association are treating underground Catholics in Red China.
Yes, you see, the two recent motus, one for Catholics in Red China and one for traditionally-minded Catholics yet attached to the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, are based on the same desire to make it appear that opposites can be reconciled to each in a Hegelian manner of the clash of a thesis and its antithesis to produce a new synthesis. The interplay of Communism and Catholicism can result in greater religious liberty. The interplay of the modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition and the Novus Ordo service are to be seen as but two forms of the one Roman Rite, each expressing the same Faith.
Insofar as Communism is concerned, leaving another treatment of Summorum Pontificum for yet another day, the popes of the Catholic Church have consistently stated that there can be no cooperation between the true Faith and this atheistic, materialistic ideology. Pope Pius XI made this abundantly clear in Divini Redemptoris, March 19, 1937:
On this point We have already insisted in Our Allocution of May 12th of last year, but We believe it to be a duty of special urgency, Venerable Brethren, to call your attention to it once again. In the beginning Communism showed itself for what it was in all its perversity; but very soon it realized that it was thus alienating the people. It has therefore changed its tactics, and strives to entice the multitudes by trickery of various forms, hiding its real designs behind ideas that in themselves are good and attractive. Thus, aware of the universal desire for peace, the leaders of Communism pretend to be the most zealous promoters and propagandists in the movement for world amity. Yet at the same time they stir up a class-warfare which causes rivers of blood to flow, and, realizing that their system offers no internal guarantee of peace, they have recourse to unlimited armaments. Under various names which do not suggest Communism, they establish organizations and periodicals with the sole purpose of carrying their ideas into quarters otherwise inaccessible. They try perfidiously to worm their way even into professedly Catholic and religious organizations. Again, without receding an inch from their subversive principles, they invite Catholics to collaborate with them in the realm of so-called humanitarianism and charity; and at times even make proposals that are in perfect harmony with the Christian spirit and the doctrine of the Church. Elsewhere they carry their hypocrisy so far as to encourage the belief that Communism, in countries where faith and culture are more strongly entrenched, will assume another and much milder form. It will not interfere with the practice of religion. It will respect liberty of conscience. There are some even who refer to certain changes recently introduced into soviet legislation as a proof that Communism is about to abandon its program of war against God.
See to it, Venerable Brethren, that the Faithful do not allow themselves to be deceived! Communism is intrinsically wrong, and no one who would save Christian civilization may collaborate with it in any undertaking whatsoever. Those who permit themselves to be deceived into lending their aid towards the triumph of Communism in their own country, will be the first to fall victims of their error. And the greater the antiquity and grandeur of the Christian civilization in the regions where Communism successfully penetrates, so much more devastating will be the hatred displayed by the godless.
Go tell that to Angelo Roncalli. Go tell that to Giovanni Montini. Go tell that to Joseph Ratzinger. (Go tell that also to the numerous bishops, both actual and conciliar, who collaborated with Communists in Poland. Evidence is still out concerning the man I once lionized as an anti-Communist, Karol Wojtyla, concerning his own role in the collaboration with state authorities in the so-called People's Republic of Poland.) No collaboration with Communism in "any undertaking whatsoever," no less agreeing to be silent about it at the "Second" Vatican Council and selling out priests behind the Iron Curtain and selling out Cardinal Mindszenty to do the bidding of Hungarian Communists and telling Catholics in the underground Church in Red China that they should register with the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. The history of conciliarism is that of accommodations made to many forms of social evils, including the Judeo-Masonic ethos of the separation of Church and State and, in far too many instances, with Communism itself.
Mind you, this commentary has confined itself to the ecclesiastical situation in Red China and how conciliarism's policy of "Glasnost" has sold out the suffering Catholics there and further emboldened the Communist officials there to seek greater concessions from the conciliar Vatican as they go about the business of continuing their anti-life policies with the secure knowledge that a "church" that believes it has "no role to play in politics" will not interfere with them unless it wants to risk incurring their own wrath and thus interfere with a future "papal" visit to Red China. An entire commentary will be written on the way in which the Red Chinese have insinuated themselves into the very workings ordinary life right here in the United States of America, the result of over thirty-five years of American political and corporate appeasement of these mass murderers.
Conciliarism is built on a fabric of lies, starting with a denial of the nature of truth itself (see
A Catechism of Conciliarism, part 1 ), making itself a perfect partner with Communism. We must reject everything to do with conciliarism and its falsehood, seeking refuge in our own underground churches with the true bishops and the true priests who make no concessions at all to conciliarism or to the legitimacy of its false shepherds, steeped in the condemned ways of Modernism.
Flying unto the patronage of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as this month of August draws to a close this coming Friday, ushering in September, the month of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady and of the Holy Cross, may our fidelity to her Most Holy Rosary and the time we spend before her Divine Son's Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament help us to be more and more willing to live penitentially and offer up our daily penances to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through that same Immaculate Heart. May she help us to be able to say with gratitude one day, we hope in the not too distant future,"Well, so much for conciliarism!"
Our Lady is our sure refuge in this time of apostasy and betrayal. Should not we cling to her as she stands by the foot of her Divine Son's Holy Cross at Mass each day as never before?
All to you, Blessed Mother. All to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and the hour of our death. Amen.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Pope Saint Zephyrinus, pray for us.
Saint Louis IX, King of France, pray for us.
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, pray for us.
Saint Bartholomew, pray for us.
Saint Philip Benizi, pray for us.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, pray for us.
Saint John Eudes, pray for us.
Saint Hyacinth, pray for us, pray for us.
Saint Agapitus, pray for us.
Saint Helena, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saint Clare of Assisi, 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 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.
Father Maximilian Kolbe,M.I., 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.