Thomas A. Droleskey
The counterfeit church of conciliarism is an ape of the Catholic Church. Indeed, its leaders seem to have an affinity for apes, believing that human beings may have descended from them, at least insofar as the material of their bodies is concerned, a belief that runs contrary to all legitimate scientific research that has been conducted by even secular scientists, no less those associated with the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation, as summarized by Gerard Keane in his excellent Creation Rediscovered (available from TAN Books and Publishers). An upcoming conference that the conciliar Vatican will sponsor features no one who believes in "creationism" or "intelligent design."
While there is little more to say that has not been written in
Listen to the Voice of God and
From Proportion to Pantheism and Apologists for Unintelligence(er, Stupidity) and Unintelligent Evolutionary Forces and Monkey See, Monkey Do on this site in the past, it is interesting to note once again just how stubborn those who believe in the evolution of dogma are in their support for the disproved ideology of biological evolutionism.
The extent of the counterfeit church of conciliarism's support for the principal tenets of the ideology of evolutionism was on full display in a 2004 statement issued by the International Theological Commission that was approved by the then head of the conciliar Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the then Joseph "Cardinal" Ratzinger. Novus Ordo Watch brought this document to light recently, and the fantasies of "Theistic" evolutionism repeated therein parallel the doctrinal and liturgical fantasies of conciliarism proper:
According to the widely accepted scientific account, the universe erupted 15 billion years ago in an explosion called the “Big Bang” and has been expanding and cooling ever since. Later there gradually emerged the conditions necessary for the formation of atoms, still later the condensation of galaxies and stars, and about 10 billion years later the formation of planets. In our own solar system and on earth (formed about 4.5 billion years ago), the conditions have been favorable to the emergence of life. While there is little consensus among scientists about how the origin of this first microscopic life is to be explained, there is general agreement among them that the first organism dwelt on this planet about 3.5-4 billion years ago. Since it has been demonstrated that all living organisms on earth are genetically related, it is virtually certain that all living organisms have descended from this first organism. Converging evidence from many studies in the physical and biological sciences furnishes mounting support for some theory of evolution to account for the development and diversification of life on earth, while controversy continues over the pace and mechanisms of evolution. While the story of human origins is complex and subject to revision, physical anthropology and molecular biology combine to make a convincing case for the origin of the human species in Africa about 150,000 years ago in a humanoid population of common genetic lineage. However it is to be explained, the decisive factor in human origins was a continually increasing brain size, culminating in that of homo sapiens. With the development of the human brain, the nature and rate of evolution were permanently altered: with the introduction of the uniquely human factors of consciousness, intentionality, freedom and creativity, biological evolution was recast as social and cultural evolution.
Pope John Paul II stated some years ago that “new knowledge leads to the recognition of the theory of evolution as more than a hypothesis. It is indeed remarkable that this theory has been progressively accepted by researchers following a series of discoveries in various fields of knowledge”(“Message to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Evolution”1996). In continuity with previous twentieth century papal teaching on evolution (especially Pope Pius XII’s encyclical Humani Generis ), the Holy Father’s message acknowledges that there are “several theories of evolution” that are “materialist, reductionist and spiritualist” and thus incompatible with the Catholic faith. It follows that the message of Pope John Paul II cannot be read as a blanket approbation of all theories of evolution, including those of a neo-Darwinian provenance which explicitly deny to divine providence any truly causal role in the development of life in the universe. Mainly concerned with evolution as it “involves the question of man,” however, Pope John Paul’s message is specifically critical of materialistic theories of human origins and insists on the relevance of philosophy and theology for an adequate understanding of the “ontological leap” to the human which cannot be explained in purely scientific terms. The Church’s interest in evolution thus focuses particularly on “the conception of man” who, as created in the image of God, “cannot be subordinated as a pure means or instrument either to the species or to society.” As a person created in the image of God, he is capable of forming relationships of communion with other persons and with the triune God, as well as of exercising sovereignty and stewardship in the created universe. The implication of these remarks is that theories of evolution and of the origin of the universe possess particular theological interest when they touch on the doctrines of the creation ex nihilo and the creation of man in the image of God. (Communion and Stewardship: Human Persons Created in the Image of God.)
Belief in the evolution of the species was one of the chief means by which the social and theological revolutionaries of the latter part of the Nineteenth and early part of the Twentieth Centuries sought to lay claim to "evolutionary" principles of social "progress" (Karl Marx, Herbert Spencer) and of "theological" progress (the Modernists, such as Alfred Loisy, "philosophers" such as Alfred North Whitehead, pantheists such as the likes of Teilhard de Chardin, followed later still by the advocates of the "New Theology), masquerading under such labels as "process theology" and "process theology," which was and remains nothing other than warmed over Hegelianism given some measure of gravitas by the falsehoods of biological and social Darwinism. Catholics in the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism have been subjected to an endless amount of revolutionary doctrinal and liturgical changes, some of which have been incremented in an evolutionary manner after the "big bang," if you will," of the "Second" Vatican Council and the introduction of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service in 1969, which itself was a product of evolutionary changes in the liturgy dating back to the 1950s. We should not be surprised that agents of the doctrinal and liturgical revolutions that have devastated so many souls--and driven many of them into the waiting arms of fundamentalist and evangelical Protestant sects--continue to be all agog over biological evolutionism.
Nor should it come as any surprise that the captains of the Barque of Judas that is the counterfeit church of conciliarism are encouraging Lutherans to be "faithful" to the morally bankrupt former Augustinian monk who broke from the Barque of Peter 490 years ago this year. Yes, Martin Luther, the man who taught that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ did not institute a visible, hierarchical society headed on earth by a legitimate Successor of Peter, the man who taught that human beings were nothing other than dung heaps covered by a few snowflakes of grace, the man who taught that human beings are justified by "faith alone" and that there was little that they could do to lose their salvation once they had made a profession of faith in the name of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the man who taught that there was only one source of Divine Revelation--Sacred Scripture--and that each individual was his own interpreter of Holy Writ, the man who urged his followers to "sin, and sin boldly," the man who rebelled against the Social Reign of Christ the King by writing that princes may be Christians but it is not as a Christian that they ought to rule, yes, this man is the one to whom Lutherans must be faithful according to the apostate in the ape named Walter "Cardinal" Kasper, the President of the "Pontifical" Council for Promoting Christian Unity, noted recently:
Catholics can learn from the 16th-century Protestant reformer Martin Luther, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity head, Cardinal Walter Kasper says.
Cardinal Kasper made the comments as Protestant churches in Germany prepare to launch a 10-year series of events leading up to the 500th anniversary in 2017 of the Lutheran Reformation, Ekklesia reports.
In an interview published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, Cardinal Walter Kasper encouraged Catholics to read Luther's commentaries on the Bible, and his "hymns full of spiritual power", the German Protestant news agency epd reported.
"One will then discover a Luther who is full of the power of faith, whom one cannot simply make Catholic, whom we find provoking and even alien in many respects, but from whom even Catholics can learn," said Kasper, who has been president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity since 2001.
In his interview, Cardinal Kasper said he hoped Catholics would "get to know Luther better and not just interpret him from his polemical writings, still less from a few sentences taken out of context". The cardinal said he also hoped Protestantism would return to the faith of Martin Luther, "who would have been deeply averse to all of today's liberal tendencies".
Germany's biggest Protestant grouping, the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), last week launched its Luther Decade with a service at the castle church in Wittenberg, where Luther is said to have nailed his 95 theses to the door on 31 October 1517. It was this event that set in train Luther's breach with the Catholic Church. A series of events, seminars and exhibitions are planned for the Luther Decade, which will continue until 2017 and is intended to remember "the epoch-making significance and impact of the Reformation", the EKD said.
The EKD notes that the September 2008 starting date for the Luther Decade has a specific historical background in that Luther arrived in Wittenberg for the first time in the second half of 1508. He then taught as an Augustinian monk in the newly founded Wittenberg University. http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=9187
Martin Luther "would have been deeply averse to all of today's liberal tendencies"? Walter Kasper is mad. Martin Luther was opposed to the degeneration of behavior caused by his own diabolically-inspired revolution against the Divine Plan that God Himself had instituted to effect man's return to Him through the Catholic Church and that is the only foundation of social order. He was incapable of acknowledging that the degeneration his revolution brought about was his fault. How would Martin Luther see things any differently today?
The late Father Edward Cahill, S.J., and the late Monsignor Patrick O'Hare both assessed the effects of Luther's revolt on the world in separate works:
The assertion that Protestantism has introduced into Europe, or promoted, democratic freedom or real liberty of conscience is still more patently untrue. It is a fact, indeed, that at the beginning of the revolt Luther's professions were radically democratic. He promised to benefit the people at large by curtailing the power of both Church and State. But he and his followers ended up by supporting an irresponsible despotism such as Europe had not known since the days of the pagan Emperors of Rome.
Inspired by Luther's democratic professions and his denunciations of the "tyranny and oppression" of the rulers, the knights and the lesser nobility of many of the German States, and later on, the peasants rose in open revolt against the princes. When the revolution was crushed in blood (1525) the victorious princes, now without a rival and no longer kept in check by the moderating influence of the Catholic Church, used their augmented power to establish a despotism which they exceeded for their own personal advantage, in opposition to the interests of the people; while Luther, with unscrupulous inconsistency, now proclaimed the doctrine of the unlimited power of rulers.
Soon even the Church in the Protestant States fell completely under the control of the ruling princes, who were thus established as the absolute masters of both Church and State. The wealth of the Church, which hitherto had been the patrimony of the poor; its authority; all the ecclesiastical institutions, including hospitals, schools, homes of refuge, etc., passed into the hands of the kings, princes, and the town magistrates. At the Peace of Augsburg (1555), which ended the first phase of the revolution in Germany, the principle was formally adopted that the prince of each state was free to dictate the religion of each and all of his subjects." (Father Edward Cahill, S.J., The Framework of a Christian State, published in 1932 in Ireland and republished by Roman Catholic books, pp. 93-94.)
Anointed," as Luther was, "to preach the Gospel of peace," and commissioned to communicate to all the knowledge which uplifts, sanctifies and saves, it is certainly pertinent to ask what was his attitude towards the ministry of the divine word, and in what manner did he show by speech and behavior the heavenly sanctions of law: divine, international and social?
As we draw near this man and carefully examine his career, we find that in an evil moment he abandoned the spirit of discipline, became a pursuer of novelty, and put on the ways and manners of the "wolf in sheep's clothing" whose teeth and claws rent asunder the seamless garment of divine knowledge which should have been kept whole for the instruction and the comfort of all who were to seek the law at his lips. His words lost their savor and influence for good, and only foulness and mocking blasphemy filled his mouth, to deceive the ignorant and lead them into error, license and rebellion against both Church and state. Out of the abundance of a corrupt heart this fallen priest, who had departed from the divine source of that knowledge, which is unto peace, shamelessly advanced theories and principles which cut at the root of all order, authority and obedience, and inaugurated an antagonism and a disregard for the sanctity of law such as the world had not seen since pagan times. His Gospel was not that of the Apostles, who issued from the upper room of Jerusalem in the power of those "parted tongues, as it were of fire." His doctrine, stripped of its cunning and deceit, was nothing else, to use the words of St. James describing false teaching, but "earthly, sensual, devilish"; so much so, that men of good sense could no longer safely "seek the law at his mouth" and honestly recognize him as "the angel of the Lord of Hosts" sent with instructions for the good of the flock and the peace of the nations. Opposed to all law, order and restraint, he could not but disgrace his ministry, proclaim his own shame, and prove to every wise and discerning follower of the true Gospel of peace, the groundlessness of his boastful claims to be in any proper sense a benefactor of society, an upholder of constituted authority and a promoter of the best interests of humanity.
Luther, like many another framer of religious and political heresy, may have begun his course blindly and with little serious reflection. He may never have stopped to estimate the lamentable and disastrous results to which his heretofore unheard-of-propaganda would inevitably lead. He may not have directly intended the ruin, desolation and misery which his seditious preaching effected in all directions. "But," as Verres aptly says, "if a man standing on one of the snowcapped giants of the Alps were to roll down a little stone, knowing what consequences would follow, he would be answerable for the desolation caused by the avalanche in the valley below. Luther put into motion not one little stone, but rock after rock, and he must have been shortsighted indeed--or his blind hatred made him so--if he was unable to estimate beforehand what effect his inflammatory appeals to the masses of the people and his wild denunciations of law and order would have." He should, as a matter of course, have weighed well and thoroughly the merits or demerits of his "new gospel" before he announced it to an undiscriminating public, and wittingly or unwittingly unbarred the floodgates of confusion and unrest. Deliberation, however, was a process little known to this man of many moods and violent temper. To secure victory in his quarrel with the Church absorbed his attention to the exclusion of all else, and, although he may not have reflected in time on the effects of his revolutionary teachings, he is nonetheless largely responsible for the religious, political and social upheaval of his day which his wild and passionate harangues fomented and precipitated. Nothing short of a miracle could have prevented his reckless, persistent and unsparing denunciations of authority and its representatives from undermining the supports by which order and discipline in Church and state were upheld. As events proved, his wild words, flung about in reckless profusion, fell into souls full of the fermenting passions of time and turned Germany into a land of misery, darkness and disorder. (Monsignor Patrick F. O'Hare. The Facts About Luther, published originally in Cincinnati, Ohio, by Frederick Pustet Company in 1916, reprinted in 1987 by TAN Books and Publishers, pp. 215-217.)
Faithful to Martin Luther? Faithful to the spirit of Judas Iscariot is more like it.
The two contemporary Judases from Germany, Walter Kasper and Joseph Ratzinger, complement their countryman from 490 years ago quite well. For the currently reigning antipope, Benedict XVI, has invited a Talmudic rabbi to address the upcoming world synod of conciliar "bishops." No, this is not a joke. I am not making this up at all:
In an historic move to reinforce Jewish-Catholic dialogue Pope Benedict XVI has asked an Israeli Rabbi to become become the first Jewish spiritual leader to address a Roman Catholic synod.
Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said Shear-Yashuv Cohen, Grand Rabbi of Haifa, would address the two day Synod of Bishops in Rome next month, convened by the Pope to discuss the Bible, with the theme "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church."
More than 200 bishops are expected to attend. Rabbi Cohen is to explain to the bishops the Jewish interpretation of the Bible, whose first five books comprise the Torah, Judaism's most sacred writings. He told the Catholic News Service (CNS) in Jeusalem that he saw the invitation as a "signal of hope bringing a message of love, coexistence and peace for generations."
Rabbi Cohen is already well known in Italy and the Vatican for his active promotion of Jewish-Catholic relations. In April Pope Benedict, who has followed John Paul II in giving priority to Jewish-Catholic dialogue, became the first pontiff to enter a synagogue in the United States. He is also due to meet Muslim scholars in the Vatican this autumn.
However the Pope has alienated some Jewish leaders by promoting the cause for the beatification of Pius XII, the wartime pontiff held by some to have turned a blind eye to the sufferings of Jews during the Nazi Holocaust. He also raised eyebrows by reintroducing into the liturgy a controversial Good Friday prayer which includes a call for the conversion of Jews, while insisting that the prayer was in no sense anti Semitic.[Droleskey note: Ratzinger/Benedict did not "reintroduce" a Good Friday prayer. This is most inaccurate reporting, which is not unusual for the reporter of this story. Ratzinger/Benedict rewrote, at the insistence of the adherents of the Talmud, the prayer for the Jews found in the modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition that is used in the Motu communities.]
In another innovation Pope Benedict has nominated six female scholars to attend the Synod as experts and another nineteen to attend as observers, the largest number of women ever to take part. The six women experts are Sister Sara Butler, professor of dogmatic theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, NY, Sister Nuria Calduch-Benages of Spain and Bruna Costacurta of Italy, both professors of the Old Testament at the Pontifical Gregorian University, a Jesuit body, Marguerite Lena, professor of philosophy in Paris, Sister Mary Jerome Obiorah, professor of Scripture at the University of Nigeria, and Sister Germana Strola, a member of the Trappist order at Vitorchiano in Italy. (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article4825681.ece)
Innovation. Novelty. This is what the Barque of Judas is all about. Inviting a man who denies the Sacred Divinity of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to speak at a supposed conference of Catholic bishops. To what rational end? To convert the man for the love of God and for the man's own immortal soul that has been purchased by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross, or to once again esteem the "insights" of a false religion that is hated by God? To what rational end?
I remember that it was during the "Second" Vatican Council, sometime in the summer of 1963, I believe, that the then pastor of Saint Aloysius Church in Great Neck, New York, Monsignor Henry J. Reel, a close aide to the founding bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, the late Bishop Walter P. Kellenberg, and the cleric most responsible for advancing the career of Kellenberg's conciliar "successor," the great destroyer of souls named John Raymond McGann, brought in a Talmudic rabbi to preach after the distribution of Holy Communion during a Sunday Mass. This was the first time in my life that I was, shy of my twelfth birthday by about four months, angered during Holy Mass. The rabbi was a blasphemer, talking about how we all believed in the same God. "Get this man out of here!" I kept saying to myself. "Convert this man! He is an agent of the devil. He believes in a false religion. Get him out of here." Ah, the infestation of the lie of ecumenism had begun early on in some places, my friends, and it continues under the great "restorer" of tradition, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, who has esteemed the symbols of false religions with his own priestly hands and has treated a mosque and two synagogues as "holy" places as he, who believes himself to be the Vicar of Christ on earth, has been treated as an inferior by his infidel hosts.
Here's a reality check once again from Bishop George Hay from 205 years ago:
The spirit of Christ, which dictated the Holy Scriptures, and the spirit which animates and guides the Church of Christ, and teaches her all truth, is the same; and therefore in all ages her conduct on this point has been uniformly the same as what the Holy Scripture teaches. She has constantly forbidden her children to hold any communication, in religious matters, with those who are separated from her communion; and this she has sometimes done under the most severe penalties. In the apostolical canons, which are of very ancient standing, and for the most part handed down from the apostolical age, it is thus decreed: "If any bishop, or priest, or deacon, shall join in prayers with heretics, let him be suspended from Communion". (Can. 44)
Also, "If any clergyman or laic shall go into the synagogue of the Jews, or the meetings of heretics, to join in prayer with them, let him be deposed, and deprived of communion". (Can. 63) (Bishop George Hay, (The Laws of God Forbidding All Communication in Religion With Those of a False Religion.)
Here's another reality check, provided by Pope Saint Pius X in Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907, about the simple truth that Modernism is all about novelty and innovation, falsehoods that have been condemned by one pope after another:
In this way, with consummate audacity, they criticize the Church, as having strayed from the true path by failing to distinguish between the religious and moral sense of formulas and their surface meaning, and by clinging vainly and tenaciously to meaningless formulas, while religion itself is allowed to go to ruin. "Blind'- they are, and "leaders of the blind" puffed up with the proud name of science, they have reached that pitch of folly at which they pervert the eternal concept of truth and the true meaning of religion; in introducing a new system in which "they are seen to be under the sway of a blind and unchecked passion for novelty, thinking not at all of finding some solid foundation of truth, but despising the holy and apostolic traditions, they embrace other and vain, futile, uncertain doctrines, unapproved by the Church, on which, in the height of their vanity, they think they can base and maintain truth itself.
Our recourse? To Mary our Immaculate Queen. We must use the shield of Our Lady's Brown Scapular and the weapon of her Most Holy Rosary to ward off the devil's attacks upon our own immortal souls and to pray for more sufferings and humiliations so that we will be better able to make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world, clinging all along with profound gratitude to our true bishops and true priests who make absolutely no concessions to conciliarism or to the nonexistent legitimacy of the Judases who masquerade as Catholic "popes" and "bishops" and "priests." We may not live to see the Triumph of Our Lady's Fatima Message as we pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit. May it be our privilege, however, to remain faithful sons and daughters of Our Lady as we give unto her Divine Son's Most Sacred Heart through her own Immaculate Heart all of the sufferings of this present moment, which God has known for all eternity would occur and for which He has provided us all of the necessary graces to prosper as the disciples of His Most Holy Cross.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Viva Cristo Rey!
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
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.
Saints Cosmas and Damian, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints