The End Must be Near
Thomas A. Droleskey
Although I am not an "ends-time" prophet, understanding that this very day might be my end-time, there are times when I am tempted to think that the end of the world must be near. Tempted. Tempted.
To wit, we have seen in recent days several reminders of just how bankrupt the conciliar religion is and how its bishops and priests and theologians and educational officials feel free to scoff at the entirety of the authentic patrimony of the Catholic Church, which the conciliar church mimics as it attempts to present itself as that same Catholic Church.
Jennifer Steinhauer of The New York Times wrote the following in an October 7, 2006, about the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Cardinal Mahony, and his knowledge of a priest, Father Oliver O'Grady, based on the videotaped deposition Mahony gave on the matter in 2004:
In a 2004 deposition related to civil trials in Los Angeles, Cardinal Mahony stated that expressing sexual urges toward a 9-year-old would not be automatic cause for removing a priest from duty. He also said he barely knew Mr. O’Grady, though lawyers in the cases presented warm letters exchanged between the two.
Yes, you read that right. Expressing "sexual urges toward a 9-year old not would be automatic cause for removing a priest from duty." Roger Mahony, of course, remains in perfectly good standing in the conciliar church as the Archbishop of Los Angeles. No one in Rome is discussing his removal. Indeed, Mahony has been indemnified by the Vatican at every turn throughout his career, including the swipe he took at Mother Angelica in 1997 after she had criticized him for a "pastoral letter" on the Eucharist that called for the "de-Europeanization of the liturgy." Mahony's monstrosity of a "cathedral" alongside the Hollywood Freeway, US-101, in Los Angeles, had the blessing of John Paul II, who ignored reports of the influences of the New Age movement in the cement walkway leading up to the cathedral, which is an celebration of liturgical egalitarianism and a celebration of John Calvin's and Oliver Cromwell's hatred of the sacerdotal nature of the Catholic Mass.
Assuming he remains in good health until February 27, 2011, on which date he will turn seventy-five years of age, Mahony will retire as a cardinal archbishop in good standing, perfectly qualified to participate in the election of the conciliar popes until he reaches the age of eighty in the year 2016. Mahony's longstanding sympathies with the Homosexual Collective mean nothing to the Vatican. His doctrinal and liturgical malfeasance mean nothing to the Vatican. The conciliar church believes that only traditional Catholics outside of the conciliar structures, be they sedvecantist or non-sedevacantist alike, who dissent from conciliarism are the only ones in need of "conversion," not men such as Roger Mahony. Perhaps Benedict XVI or his successor will make Mahony an archpriest of a major Roman basilica in the manner that John Paul II made Bernard Cardinal Law the archpriest of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore after his disgraceful record of protecting perverted priests in the Archdiocese of Boston came to light.
Not to be outdone by the revelations from the Roger Mahony's 2004 videotaped deposition in the case of Father Oliver O'Grady, Georgetown University's Law Center has announced that "Father Death," that is Robert Drinan, S.J., will have a "chair" named after him, the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Chair in Human Rights. That Father Drinan, who supported "abortion rights" as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1971-1980) and voted to pass legislation to fund abortions for poor women by means of the Medicaid program, remains a Catholic in good standing in the conciliar structures is scandal enough to believing Catholics across the ecclesiastical divide. To name a chair in "human rights" after him at the oldest "Catholic" university in the United States of America without any word of disapproval from Rome should communicate to otherwise believing Catholics in the conciliar structures that there is almost nothing a conciliar priest can do to lose his "good standing" in the conciliar structures, including openly support "legal rights" for women to kill their preborn children/
Drinan has been teaching at Georgetown University's Law Center since he was forced to leave Congress in 1980. John Paul II was presented with an ultimatum by about forty Catholic members of the United States House of Representatives, including then Representative Robert K. Dornan (Republican, California), who threatened to go to Rome en masse to insist on Drinan's removal from electoral politics if Rome did not act to do beforehand. (Dornan has spoken about this publicly, including at a panel I hosted for the Society of Catholic Social Scientists at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in 1997.) Drinan went on to support the winner of the Democratic Party primary, held in September of 1980, to replace him in the House of Representatives, a chap by the name of Barney Frank. Drinan openly supported then Representative Geraldine Ferraro's (Democrat, Queens, New York) views on abortion in the 1984 general elections, pitting him on a Crossfire program on the Cable News Network (CNN), hosted by that program's original co-hosts, Tom Braden and Patrick J. Buchanan, in August of that year against Father Vincent P. Miceli (who had been a Jesuit until 1983), who eviscerated him in their debate.
Drinan was the president of the pro-abortion Americans for Democratic Action for a few years in the 1980s, giving a blistering speech in behalf of "reproductive rights" in the summer of 1984 in that capacity. Despite this, however, he has been honored by several "Catholic" universities, including the Saint John's University School of Law, Jamaica, New York, where he gave the commencement address in 1995, and at Saint Joseph's College, Brentwood, New York, in 1998, two years after he supported then President William Jefferson Clinton's veto of the conditional, partial ban on partial-birth abortions. That Drinan remains in good standing in the conciliar church, which professes its opposition to baby-killing, and has been accorded such accolades by "Catholic" institutions is just another symptom of the bankruptcy of Faith, especially as it pertains in this instance to the conciliar novelty of Collegiality, that permeates the conciliar structures. Good standing with the conciliarists does not mean all that much, ladies and gentlemen, especially when you consider this passage from Pope Leo XIII's Satis Cognitum, December 8, 1896:
The Church, founded on these principles and mindful of her office, has done nothing with greater zeal and endeavour than she has displayed in guarding the integrity of the faith. Hence she regarded as rebels and expelled from the ranks of her children all who held beliefs on any point of doctrine different from her own. The Arians, the Montanists, the Novatians, the Quartodecimans, the Eutychians, did not certainly reject all Catholic doctrine: they abandoned only a certain portion of it. Still who does not know that they were declared heretics and banished from the bosom of the Church? In like manner were condemned all authors of heretical tenets who followed them in subsequent ages. "There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole cycle of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, infect the real and simple faith taught by our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition" (Auctor Tract. de Fide Orthodoxa contra Arianos).
The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her authoritative Magisterium. Epiphanius, Augustine, Theodore :, drew up a long list of the heresies of their times. St. Augustine notes that other heresies may spring up, to a single one of which, should any one give his assent, he is by the very fact cut off from Catholic unity. "No one who merely disbelieves in all (these heresies) can for that reason regard himself as a Catholic or call himself one. For there may be or may arise some other heresies, which are not set out in this work of ours, and, if any one holds to one single one of these he is not a Catholic" (S. Augustinus, De Haeresibus, n. 88).
It is the conciliarists who are outside of the Catholic Church. It is they who drop large quantities of poison into the minds and hearts of ordinary Catholics, thereby infecting "the real and simple faith taught by our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition." Saint Augustine himself noted that "other heresies may spring up, to a single one of which, should any one give his assent, he is by the very fact cut off from Catholic unity. 'No one who merely disbelieves in all (these heresies) can for that reason regard himself himself as a Catholic or call himself one. For they may be or may arise some other heresies, which are not set out in this work of ours, and, if any one holds to one single of these he is not a Catholic."
Conciliarists believe, as will be noted below, that the Church of Christ is not coextensive with the Catholic Church. They believe that Our Lord can work in false religions to save the adherents of false religions, that there is no need to proselytize Protestants or Jews or the Orthodox. Conciliarists believe that the Catholic Church can "learn" from heretical and schismatic sects and infidels things that will complete her "knowledge" of God, thereby denying the very Divine Constitution of the Catholic Church., that she is indeed the sole true Church of Christ and has been given the entirety of the Deposit of Faith and the infallible means to interpret it.
Conciliarists believe that false religions have a civil right to proselytize their beliefs openly and that these beliefs can "contribute" to the bettering of nations and the world, denying the simple truth that the state of nations depends upon the state of souls--and that the state of souls depends upon men having belief in, access to, and cooperation with Sanctifying Grace as they subordinate themselves to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ entrusted solely to the Catholic Church.
Conciliarists believe in the thesis condemned as "absolutely false, a most pernicious error," by Pope Saint Pius X, that is, the separation of Church of State, the heresy used by such men as Robert Drinan to separate their "private beliefs" from their public policy positions. In addition to the litany of passages from papal encyclical letters that have been quoted on this cite in the past few years, there is the following passage from Pope Leo XIII's Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885, that puts the lie to this "private belief, public policy" dichotomy:
Hence, lest concord be broken by rash charges, let this be understood by all, that the integrity of Catholic faith cannot be reconciled with opinions verging on naturalism or rationalism, the essence of which is utterly to do away with Christian institutions and to install in society the supremacy of man to the exclusion of God. Further, it is unlawful to follow one line of conduct in private life and another in public, respecting privately the authority of the Church, but publicly rejecting it; for this would amount to joining together good and evil, and to putting man in conflict with himself; whereas he ought always to be consistent, and never in the least point nor in any condition of life to swerve from Christian virtue.
Not to be outdone by Roger Mahony and Robert Drinan, a conciliar priest,
Father José Galindo Rodrigo, gave an interview on October 23, 2006, to the Zenit news service on the subject of religious pluralism. In addition to all of the conciliarspeak concerning how Our Lord works in all religions to save their adherents, Father Galindo made the following astonishing admission that no on in the Vatican under Modernist captivity will ever contradict:
Q: Other religions are also God's instruments of salvation. How are they reconciled with Jesus Christ, sole personal cause of salvation of the whole of humanity?
Father Galindo: Other religions are also God's instruments of salvation, because having truths and values, according to several documents of the Church, they can serve, and in fact serve so that God can save faithful of those religions though always through the merits of Christ, who is the only Savior of all.
The founders of the great religions are teachers, and in a certain measure, models for humanity -- Lao-tzu, Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed, etc.
But solely and exclusively, Christ, in addition to supreme teacher and perfect model, is the savior of the whole of humanity in general and of each and all human beings in particular.
Religions, no matter which they are, and Christ are not on the same plane. Religions, including the Christian, are means or instruments, whereas Christ is the personal cause of salvation. It is the individual, the person whom he saves -- salvation is the action of a personal being -- making use of those means or instruments which religions are.
The one who saves is unique, Christ, while the means of which he makes us, some better than others, can be and are several and different, and the different religions are these means. Both truths are reconciled if we speak of religions and of Christ with precision.
Religions don't save -- none of them -- but rather are instruments of which the only personal agent, Christ, makes use to save. However, it is not correct either to say that religions are foreign to the event of the salvation of human beings, as they are means or instruments of it, given their truths and values.
Q: An equalitarian religious pluralism -- "All religions are valid" -- is as dangerous as an absolute exclusivity -- "Only Christianity is right and other religions don't contribute anything." How do you think a balance can be found?
Father Galindo: An equalitarian or undifferentiated pluralism is erroneous, as it is obvious that not all religions are equal.
Moreover, this would imply falling into the error that Christ, being the Son of God, has not founded a religion that is superior to the others, which implies that Christ either was not serious in founding Christianity or that he is not God. The former is absurd, while the latter is a heresy for a Christian.
Absolutism is not correct either in affirming that only Christianity is right, because the great religions coincide in some things -- truths and values -- with Christianity. …
"Absolutism is not correct either in affirming that only Christianity is right. . . ." Father Galindo, you, shall we say, speaking heresy, whether or not you know it. Ignoring all of the denial of defined Catholic teaching contained in the passage above (see, for example, Bishop Donald Sanborn,
The New Ecclesiology: An Overview), Father Galindo goes so far as to say that it is not the case that a generic concept of Christianity is exclusively correct, He believes, as Bishop Sanborn points out in his article, that it is good enough for a false religion to have "elements of truth," which can be compared with a airline passenger's natural reaction to being told that his pilot for a particular flight has had "elements of true pilot training."
The statement that Christianity is not exclusively correct is heretical. It is so preposterous as to defy being caricatured. Pope Leo XIII wrote the following in the aforementioned Immortale Dei:
Now, it cannot be difficult to find out which is the true religion, if only it be sought with an earnest and unbiased mind; for proofs are abundant and striking. We have, for example, the fulfillment of prophecies, miracles in great numbers, the rapid spread of the faith in the midst of enemies and in face of overwhelming obstacles, the witness of the martyrs, and the like. From all these it is evident that the only true religion is the one established by Jesus Christ Himself, and which He committed to His Church to protect and to propagate.
For the only-begotten Son of God established on earth a society which is called the Church, and to it He handed over the exalted and divine office which He had received from His Father, to be continued through the ages to come. "As the Father hath sent Me, I also send you.""Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world." Consequently, as Jesus Christ came into the world that men "might have life and have it more abundantly," so also has the Church for its aim and end the eternal salvation of souls, and hence it is so constituted as to open wide its arms to all mankind, unhampered by any limit of either time or place. "Preach ye the Gospel to every creature."
Over this mighty multitude God has Himself set rulers with power to govern, and He has willed that one should be the head of all, and the chief and unerring teacher of truth, to whom He has given "the keys of the kingdom of heaven." "Feed My lambs, feed My sheep." "I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not."
Pope Pius IX condemned Father Galindo's assertion in The Syllabus of Errors, 1864:
15. Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true. -- Allocution "Maxima quidem," June 9, 1862; Damnatio "Multiplices inter," June 10, 1851.
16. Man may, in the observance of any religion whatever, find the way of eternal salvation, and arrive at eternal salvation. -- Encyclical "Qui pluribus," Nov. 9, 1846.
17. Good hope at least is to be entertained of the eternal salvation of all those who are not at all in the true Church of Christ. -- Encyclical "Quanto conficiamur," Aug. 10, 1863, etc.
18. Protestantism is nothing more than another form of the same true Christian religion, in which form it is given to please God equally as in the Catholic Church. -- Encyclical "Noscitis," Dec. 8, 1849.
Pope Pius XI had something to say on this matter in Mortalium Animos, January 6, 1928:
A similar object is aimed at by some, in those matters which concern the New Law promulgated by Christ our Lord. For since they hold it for certain that men destitute of all religious sense are very rarely to be found, they seem to have founded on that belief a hope that the nations, although they differ among themselves in certain religious matters, will without much difficulty come to agree as brethren in professing certain doctrines, which form as it were a common basis of the spiritual life. For which reason conventions, meetings and addresses are frequently arranged by these persons, at which a large number of listeners are present, and at which all without distinction are invited to join in the discussion, both infidels of every kind, and Christians, even those who have unhappily fallen away from Christ or who with obstinacy and pertinacity deny His divine nature and mission. Certainly such attempts can nowise be approved by Catholics, founded as they are on that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy, since they all in different ways manifest and signify that sense which is inborn in us all, and by which we are led to God and to the obedient acknowledgment of His rule. Not only are those who hold this opinion in error and deceived, but also in distorting the idea of true religion they reject it, and little by little. turn aside to naturalism and atheism, as it is called; from which it clearly follows that one who supports those who hold these theories and attempt to realize them, is altogether abandoning the divinely revealed religion.
There is but one true religion, Catholicism. As a disciple of the counterfeit conciliar church, Father Galindo does not accept this. While this might make him a conciliarist in good standing, it does not make him a member of the Catholic Church.
:Pope Pius XI noted the following near the conclusion of Mortalium Animos:
So, Venerable Brethren, it is clear why this Apostolic See has never allowed its subjects to take part in the assemblies of non-Catholics: for the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it, for in the past they have unhappily left it. To the one true Church of Christ, we say, which is visible to all, and which is to remain, according to the will of its Author, exactly the same as He instituted it. During the lapse of centuries, the mystical Spouse of Christ has never been contaminated, nor can she ever in the future be contaminated, as Cyprian bears witness: "The Bride of Christ cannot be made false to her Spouse: she is incorrupt and modest. She knows but one dwelling, she guards the sanctity of the nuptial chamber chastely and modestly." The same holy Martyr with good reason marveled exceedingly that anyone could believe that "this unity in the Church which arises from a divine foundation, and which is knit together by heavenly sacraments, could be rent and torn asunder by the force of contrary wills." For since the mystical body of Christ, in the same manner as His physical body, is one, compacted and fitly joined together, it were foolish and out of place to say that the mystical body is made up of members which are disunited and scattered abroad: whosoever therefore is not united with the body is no member of it, neither is he in communion with Christ its head.
Furthermore, in this one Church of Christ no man can be or remain who does not accept, recognize and obey the authority and supremacy of Peter and his legitimate successors. Did not the ancestors of those who are now entangled in the errors of Photius and the reformers, obey the Bishop of Rome, the chief shepherd of souls? Alas their children left the home of their fathers, but it did not fall to the ground and perish for ever, for it was supported by God. Let them therefore return to their common Father, who, forgetting the insults previously heaped on the Apostolic See, will receive them in the most loving fashion. For if, as they continually state, they long to be united with Us and ours, why do they not hasten to enter the Church, "the Mother and mistress of all Christ's faithful"?Let them hear Lactantius crying out: "The Catholic Church is alone in keeping the true worship. This is the fount of truth, this the house of Faith, this the temple of God: if any man enter not here, or if any man go forth from it, he is a stranger to the hope of life and salvation. Let none delude himself with obstinate wrangling. For life and salvation are here concerned, which will be lost and entirely destroyed, unless their interests are carefully and assiduously kept in mind."
Let, therefore, the separated children draw nigh to the Apostolic See, set up in the City which Peter and Paul, the Princes of the Apostles, consecrated by their blood; to that See, We repeat, which is "the root and womb whence the Church of God springs," not with the intention and the hope that "the Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth"will cast aside the integrity of the faith and tolerate their errors, but, on the contrary, that they themselves submit to its teaching and government. Would that it were Our happy lot to do that which so many of Our predecessors could not, to embrace with fatherly affection those children, whose unhappy separation from Us We now bewail. Would that God our Savior, "Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth," would hear us when We humbly beg that He would deign to recall all who stray to the unity of the Church! In this most important undertaking We ask and wish that others should ask the prayers of Blessed Mary the Virgin, Mother of divine grace, victorious over all heresies and Help of Christians, that She may implore for Us the speedy coming of the much hoped-for day, when all men shall hear the voice of Her divine Son, and shall be "careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
As I have come to recognize in recent months, the Catholic Church and her visible head, the Successor of Saint Peter, cannot be the author of errors on matters of Faith and morals and worship that have been defined dogmatically over the centuries. "The Catholic Church is alone in keeping the true worship." The Catholic Church cannot be untrue to anything that has been handed down over the centuries under the infallible protection and guidance of the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Ghost.
As Pope Pius XI noted above:
During the lapse of centuries, the mystical Spouse of Christ has never been contaminated, nor can she ever in the future be contaminated, as Cyprian bears witness: "The Bride of Christ cannot be made false to her Spouse: she is incorrupt and modest. She knows but one dwelling, she guards the sanctity of the nuptial chamber chastely and modestly." The same holy Martyr with good reason marveled exceedingly that anyone could believe that "this unity in the Church which arises from a divine foundation, and which is knit together by heavenly sacraments, could be rent and torn asunder by the force of contrary wills." For since the mystical body of Christ, in the same manner as His physical body, is one, compacted and fitly joined together, it were foolish and out of place to say that the mystical body is made up of members which are disunited and scattered abroad: whosoever therefore is not united with the body is no member of it, neither is he in communion with Christ its head.
The symptoms of conciliarism promoted by one conciliarist after another (John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Mahony, Drinan, Galindo, et al.) represent a contamination of the Faith that is impossible for the Catholic Church to countenance, no less promulgate openly in what purports to be her catechesis and praxis. While it is comforting to know that the things discussed above are not authored by the Catholic Church, it is still distressing, humanly speaking, to realize that so many good, believing Catholics are trying to reconcile novelties and errors and heresies with the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church.
In this, as with all else, we fly unto the patronage of Our Lady, especially during this month of her Most Holy Rosary. Once again, I invite all those who still read the articles on this site to pray one set of the Mysteries of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary after concluding the reading of this article. Our Lady will shower us with the graces won for us by the shedding of her Divine Son's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flow to us through her loving, maternal hands. She will give us supernatural strength and consolation as we kneel with her at the foot of her Divine Son's Holy Cross each day in the offering of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition. She will help us to persevere in our pursuit of the truth of the situation that confronts us at present without surrendering to the sins of Despair or Presumption. She will help us to maintain our genuine Catholic joy as we seek to plant a few seeds as the consecrated slaves of her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart for the restoration of Tradition in the Catholic Church and of Christendom in the world. Together with her chaste spouse, Saint Joseph, the Patron of the Universal Church and the patron of departing souls, she will pray for us nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
What else do we need to keep on our hands on the plough other than to know that Our Lady is with us and that she wants us to keep planting seeds, watering them by our lives of penance and mortification and almsgiving and charity, for the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart, a triumph that will be glorious beyond all telling and will help all men everywhere to exclaim with joy: Vivat Christus Rex! Vivat Maria Regina Immaculata!
Our Lady of the Rosary, 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, especially on this, your very feast day.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, pray for us.
Saint Louis de Montfort, pray for us.
Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Saint Basil, pray for us.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Tarcisius, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Agnes, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint John Marie Vianney, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Therese Lisieux, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us.
Blessed Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Blessed Francisco, pray for us.
Blessed Jacinta, 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.