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June 19, 2004

Two Sides of the Same Unholy Coin

by Thomas A. Droleskey

The American bishops have issued a statement about Catholics in public life who support abortion. To the surprise of no one, the document, though denouncing abortion as a grave evil, stated that while Catholic politicians who supported abortion should refrain from the reception of Holy Communion the ultimate decision as to whether to bar them from such reception belonged to diocesan ordinaries, not to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In other words, the battle lines were drawn before the bishops met in Englewood, Colorado, and those lines were unaltered by what happened in their several days of meetings. Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke and the five other bishops who have followed his lead in saying that they will not administer Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians remain on one side; the likes of Roger Cardinal Mahony remain on the other. An upcoming article of mine in Catholic Family News discusses the role (or lack of same) of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in this surrender of the Faith to the demands of human respect.

Obviously, this is more than a surrender of the Faith. The failure to protect against sacrileges committed against Our Lord in His Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament and to prevent scandal being given to the faithful thereby signifies a fundamental loss of the Catholic Faith on the part of most of the bishops of the United States. How we treat Our Lord in His Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament is a telltale sign of the level of our belief in that Real Presence, which is why the whole ambiance of the Novus Ordo Missae serves as the breeding ground for irreverence and sacrilege, a subject treated in an upcoming article of mine, "The Time to Flee is Now," to be published in the June 30 issue of The Remnant. A loss of belief in the Real Presence (signified by a refusal to genuflect before the tabernacle, the use of a table rather than an altar, insisting that people stand to receive Holy Communion, permitting immodest attire to be worn and inappropriate conduct to be tolerated in church) is itself a "leading indicator" of a loss of belief in almost everything else contained in the Deposit of Faith, including the horror of personal sin and the necessity of doing penance for one's sins. It is clear that most of the American bishops do not have any appreciation for the unchanging nature of the Faith and of the fact that they who have received the fullness of the priesthood have the obligation to defend the Faith against all comers.

This loss of Faith is signified also by the series of stories that will be published in the coming months by the Dallas Morning News. Those stories center on the shifting of sodomite priests from one country to another to place them beyond the scope of legal prosecution while the faithful in those priests' countries of refuge know nothing about their background. This is once again simply a manifestation of the worldwide apostasy within the Church, that one bishop after another in one country after another does not accept the fact that a sodomite priest must be withdrawn from public ministry and placed in a secluded place to do penance for his sins and for the conversion of his fellow sodomites in the priesthood. A priest who has immersed himself in the perverse evil that is sodomy must redefine all matters pertaining to the Faith, including the Mass, in a manner that will not make him feel "uncomfortable" about his predilections. Indeed, although a discussed more fully in my forthcoming book, G.I.R.M. Warfare, the Novus Ordo itself contains prayers that make almost no reference to the reality of personal sin or the inevitability of Divine Judgment on one's soul at the moment of bodily death.  This leads to a loss of the sense of personal holiness as the sine qua non for a priest to discharge his duties as an alter Christus and its replacement by a sense of narcissistic self-centeredness that seeks to reaffirm everyone in their sins and that everyone (except traditional Catholics, that is) goes to Heaven.

The state of the Church today is the result of a carefully orchestrated effort to infiltrate her with the principles of Protestantism and Freemasonry. John Vennari notes that this infiltration was detected as early as the pontificate of Pope Pius XI. Writing in his masterful The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita: A Masonic Blueprint for the Subversion of the Catholic Church, Mr. Vennari  first of all discussed the plans of Freemasons to infiltrate the Church:

In his book Athanasius and the Church of Our Time, Bishop Rudolph Graber quoted a Freemason who declared that "the goal [of Freemasonry] is no longer the destruction of the Church, but to make use of it by infiltrating it.

In other words, since Freemasonry cannot completely obliterate Christ's Church, it plans not only to eradicate the influence of Catholicism in society, but also to use the Church's structure as an instrument of "renewal," "progress" and "enlightenment" to further many of its own principles and goals.

The strategy advanced in The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita is astonishing in its audacity and cunning. From the start, the document tells of a process that will take decades to accomplish. Those who drew up the document knew that they would not see its fulfillment. They were inaugurating a work that would be carried on by succeeding generations of the initiated. The Permanent Instruction says, "In our ranks the soldier dies and the struggle goes on."

The Instruction called for the dissemination of liberal ideas and axioms throughout society and within the institutions of the Catholic Church so that laity, seminarians, clerics and prelates would, over the years, gradually be imbued with progressive principles.

In time, this mind-set would be so pervasive that priests would be ordained, bishops would be consecrated and cardinals would be nominated whose thinking was to be in step with the modern thought rooted in the French Revolution's Declaration of the Rights of Man and other "Principles of 1789" (equality of religions, separation of Church and State, religious pluralism, etc.)

Eventually, a Pope would be elected from these ranks who would lead the Church on the path of "enlightenment" and "renewal." They stated that it was not their aim to place a Freemason on the Chair of Peter. Their goal was to effect an environment that would eventually produce a Pope and a hierarchy won over to the ideas of liberal Catholicism, all the while believing themselves to be faithful Catholics.

These Catholic leaders, then, would no longer oppose the modern ideas of the Revolution (as had been the consistent practice of the Popes from 1789 until 1958--the death of Pope Pius XII--who condemned these liberal principles) but would amalgamate them into the Church. The end result would be a Catholic clergy and laity marching under the banner of the Enlightenment, all the while thinking they are marching under the banner of the Apostolic keys. [John Vennari, The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita: A Masonic Blueprint for the Subversion of the Catholic Church, pp. 1-3.]

Specifically, Mr. Vennari goes on to state that some cardinals had recognized the success of this plan of infiltration as early as the pontificate of Pope Pius XI (1922-1939):

A little-known drama that unfolded during the reign of Pope Pius XI demonstrates that the underground current of Modernist thought was alive and well in the immediate post-Pius X period.

Father Raymond Dulac relates that at the secret consistory of May 23, 193, Pope Pius XI questioned the thirty Cardinals of the Curia on the timeliness of summoning an ecumenical council. In attendance were such illustrious prelates as Cardinals Merry del Val, De Lai, Gasparri, Boggiani and Billot. The Cardinals advised against it.

Cardinal Billot warned, "The existence of profound differences in the midst of the episcopacy itself cannot be concealed . . . [They] run the risk of giving place to discussions that will be prolonged indefinitely."

Boggiani recalled the Modernist theories from which, he said, a part of the clergy and of the bishops were not exempt. "This mentality can incline certain Fathers to present motions, to introduce methods incompatible with Catholic traditions."

Billot was even more precise. He expressed his fear of seeing the council "maneuvered" by the worst enemies of the Church, the Modernists, who are already getting ready, as certain indications show, to bring forth the revolution in the Church, a new 1789."

In discouraging the idea of a council for such reasons, these Cardinals showed themselves more apt at recognizing the "signs of the times" than all the post-Vatican II theologians combined. Yet their caution may have been rooted in something deeper. They may also have been haunted by the writings of the infamous illumine, the excommunicated Canon Roca (1830-1893), who preached revolution and Church "reform" and who predicted a subversion of the Church that would be brought about by a council. [John Vennari, The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita: A Masonic Blueprint for the Subversion of the Catholic Church, pp. 15-16.]

The inaction of the American bishops about pro-abortion Catholic politicians and the continued failure on the part of bishops worldwide to recognize the horror of sodomy in the priesthood are just two sides of the same unholy coin. There is no easy remedy to this cowardice and apostasy. Indeed, as I have noted so frequently in the recent past, we are not likely to see any amelioration of these problems until some pope actually consecrates Russia to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart, thereby ceasing the spread of Russia's errors, which are the errors of Modernity, in the Church and in the world. That does not mean that we are to be passive and quiet. Not at all. We must do penance for our own sins as well as for those of our ecclesiastical officials. We must spend time on our knees in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and to the Mother of God. We must be ceaseless in our efforts to restore the Traditional Latin Mass as the instrument by which the Deposit of Faith is best expressed and protected. We must be totally consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to implore her for the restoration of the Social Reign of her Divine Son, Christ the King. We must never surrender to despair, which is a tool of the Devil to dispirit and demoralize us. Indeed, we must be conscious at all times of the fact that God has known from all eternity that each of us would be alive at this particular moment in the history of His Holy Church. The graces He won for us by means of the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood are as powerful now as they were nearly two millennia ago when the Apostles left the Upper Room in Jerusalem after having received the fruits and the gifts of the Holy Ghost on Pentecost Sunday. We have not been abandoned. We are not alone.

Nevertheless, a traditional priest, whose identity probably would not be prudent to divulge, said in March that one of the worst chastisements God can send His people is bad priests. One can take that a step further: the ultimate chastisement God can visit upon His people is bad popes and bad bishops. The Church is being chastised because our recent popes and most of the world's bishops have rejected the fullness of Tradition and have made engaged in novelties, including the Novus Ordo Missae, that have confused the faithful and devastated the vineyard of Christ's flock, permitting the forces that have been at work in the world for the past half of a millennium to exercise their sway more fully than ever before as a result of the Church's own embrace of many of the errors of modernity. We are getting what we deserve. We have much reparation to do as a result, giving all to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart as her consecrated slaves.

It is the restoration of Tradition, the penultimate fruit of the Triumph of Our Lady's Immaculate Heart, that will bring about an end to the lack of Faith and to the actual apostasies we are witnessing at present. May Our Lady assist us in this regard, helping us to be ever faithful to Tradition no matter who assails us for disloyalty to a doctrinal and liturgical agenda that has come from Hell and is intent on taking as many souls there as possible.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.

Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro, pray for us.



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