"You, Sir, Are A Pharisee!"
Thomas A. Droleskey
The year was 1982.
I was full of enthusiasm for the man I believed to be the long-awaited restorer of Faith, Morals and Worship in the Catholic Church, Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II.
Filled with false zeal for "correcting" the "abuses" in the liturgical abuse par excellence, the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo liturgical service, I was fearless in approaching conciliar priests/presbyters who committed an "abuse" of one sort or another in what I thought was the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to upbraid them for their "disobedience" to the "pope," who had authorized the issuance of Inaestimabile Donum on April 17, 1980, by the then-named Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship as a means of "cracking down" on liturgical practices that were not authorized by the Occupy Vatican Movement.
Yes, I was wont to say something along the lines of "Father, Father, you're disobeying the pope" before showing him chapter and verse in Inaestimabile Donum how he had erred. Some of the priests/presbyters did not respond in a very calm, collected or reasoned manner. A typical response was usually, "Get out of here! The American bishops have not 'received' Inaestimabile Donum. Get out of here!"
Well, it was after returning to Long Island from spending about six weeks in Harlingen, Texas, in the summer of 1982 to keep my father, who really never got over the death of my month on March 18, 1982, even though he remarried at the end of that year to a wonderful Catholic woman who took care of his immortal soul, company that I saw a new priest had been assigned to the conciliar-controlled parish near where I lived. "Oh no!" I said to myself when I saw the man's name on the confessional. "Not him!" Yes, I had encountered the priest at a different parish in late-1981 and was appalled at his liturgical improvisations.
Although I was counseled by a conciliar presbyter to give his colleague a bit of time, it was in early October of 1982 that I had to write to the pastor, who had been ordained in 1939 and was assigned to Saint Aloysius Church in Great Neck, New York, for the first six years of my schooling (1956-1962) before being transferred, to complain that the curate about whom I had reservations was permitting the faithful to communicate directly from the chalice on the altar after he distributed what purported to be the consecrated hosts to them. Just just of my thirty-first birthday by about six weeks or so, I included the following passages from Inaestimabile Donum to support my complaint:
Eucharistic Communion. Communion is a gift of the Lord, given to the
faithful through the minister appointed for this purpose. It is not
permitted that the faithful should themselves pick up the consecrated
bread and the sacred chalice, still less that they should hand them from
one to another.
The faithful, whether religious or lay, who are authorized as
extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist can distribute Communion only
when there is no priest, deacon or acolyte, when the priest is impeded
by illness or advanced age, or when the number of the faithful going to
Communion is so large as to make the celebration of Mass excessively
long. Accordingly, a reprehensible attitude is shown by those
priests who, though present at the celebration, refrain from
distributing Communion and leave the task to the laity. (Inaestimabile Donum, April 17, 1980.)
The pastor of the parish received my letter well and put a stop to the illicit practice, something that did not sit well with the priest about whom I had complained.
Indeed, he telephoned me late one afternoon after I had returned home from teaching at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York, at time I was teaching five courses there, two (one on Tuesday nights and the other on Thursday nights) graduate courses at Saint John's University in Jamaica, Queens, New York, and religious education classes in two different parishes (one on Monday nights and the other on Wednesday nights). I was very tired when the priest telephoned and had dozed off in a La-Z-Boy recliner chair when the phone rang, being thus unprepared for the voice I heard on the other hand at the phone.
"You, sir," the priest intoned in a deep voice redolent with righteous indignation, "are a Pharisee! A Pharisee! Do you hear me? You, sir, are a Pharisee! I give my people freedom, freedom from the Church." My only response was, "That's pretty good, Father. You give your people freedom from the very means of their salvation. That's pretty good." He hung up the phone very brusquely. "Was it something I said?" I said aloud to myself after the priest hung up.
Upon relating the story to a colleague of mine at Saint John's University on the following Tuesday, I was stunned to see the following nameplate on the door of the office that I shared with him when I arrived on the campus two nights later: "Dr. Thomas Droleskey, The Pharisee." The colleague had instructed a young graduate assistant, whose family had used my father as their dog's veterinarian, to post the sign on the office door. I roared with laughter, although I laughed even harder a few weeks later when I saw a series of signs reading "Dr. Droleskey's office this way" with arrows pointing past the little office I shared and ending at the men's room, where I found the nameplate, "Dr. Droleskey's Office." Those were grand days in my professional career. A lot of people had a good laugh over the "You, sir, are a Pharisee!" line.
This all came to mind when I read the text of a "homily" given by Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Casa Santa Marta in which he compared the Jews of Our Lord's day with those today who reject what he calls the "novelties of the Holy Spirit:"
“Look to Christ who has sent us to preach the Gospel to proclaim His name with joy": this call by Pope Francis addressed a group gathered this Saturday on the fourth week of the Easter in the chapel of Vatican Guest House "Domus Sanctae Marthae".
The Christians should have no fear of the "joy of the Spirit.”
That withdrawal to self would be defeated.
At the service, the staff of the Vatican post office and the charitable organization "Santa Marta” participated.
"Santa Marta” has supported children of needy families, every nationality and religion in Rome for 90 years.
"It seemed as if this happiness can never be worn down," the Pope said on the text of the reading of the day (Acts 13:44-52) on trust in Christ, the community of the disciples in Antioch, when they had gathered to hear the word of the Lord.
Thus, Francis wondered why the community of “withdrawn Jews", "a small group", "good people", such were jealous when they saw the multitudes of Christians, and so began to persecute them.
"Simply because the community had a closed heart, because it was not open to the novelty of the Holy Spirit," said Francis, "They believed that everything had already been said that everything was as they thought that there must be, and therefore they felt themselves to be the defenders of the faith and began to speak against the apostles, to slander them ... "
"The slander ..." exclaimed the pope: "And so they went to address the pious women who had power. They filled their heads with ideas, with things, and urged them to talk to their husbands, which they would proceed against the apostles. This is an attitude of this group and also of all other groups in history, the closed groups: to negotiate with the powerful, solve the problems, but between ourselves' ... Just as those who had done on the morning of the resurrection, when the soldiers had gone, to tell them, 'We have seen the' ... ' Shut up! Go ... '. And with the money they have covered everything.”
Precisely, for the Pope, the attitude of this "closed religiosity" which does not have the freedom to be open to the Lord: “Your community life is in constant defense of the truth - because they believe that defending the truth is always slander, chatter ... Really, they are a community of talkers who talk against it, destroy the others and look inward, always inward as closed off by a wall. The free community, however went ahead with the freedom of God and the Holy Spirit, suffering also under the persecution. And the word of the Lord spread through the whole region.”
Preceding the spreading of the witness is just the property of the congregation of the Lord, "because the good thing is this: it spreads more! The good does not retract into itself. This is a criterion, a criterion for being Church [sic], for our conscience: how are our communities, religious communities, parishes? Are they communities that are open to the Holy Spirit, Who always brings it forward to spread the word of God, or are they closed communities with very specific commandments that are unloaded on the shoulders of the faithful as the Lord had said of the Pharisees?”
The persecution begin "just for religious reasons and because of jealousy." Yet the disciples "were not only full of the joy of the Holy Spirit, they spoke of beauty, they provided a route.”
The closed and confident community, seeking their safety in negotiating with the powerful or the money, “speaks with spiteful words, they insult, they condemn. That's just their attitude. Maybe they forget when they were little the caresses of the mother. Such communities know nothing of tenderness, they know something of the duty how to do something, they know how to lock in an apparent observance of the commandments. As Jesus had told them, 'You are like a grave, like a tomb, white, beautiful, but nothing more.' We think today of the Church, which is so beautiful: this Church continues on. Think! many of the brothers and sisters who are suffering because of this freedom of spirit and are persecuted now in many parts of the world. But these brothers and sisters are fulfilled in the suffering and joy of the Holy Spirit.”
Finally Francis directed them to see Jesus, "He sends us to preach the Gospel with joy to proclaim His name, full of joy." The Pope underlined that you never could have "fear of the joy of the Spirit," a fear that leads to closing in upon itself. (Apostate Francis Criticizes the "Closed Religiosity" of the Jews.)
This is an incredible distortion and misrepresentation of the events surrounding the infant Catholic Church as she was persecuted by the Jewish authorities.
The leaders of the Jews who turned Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ over to Pontius Pilate knew that He was God. They did not care. They hated Him! They hated His Apostles and disciples. They wanted to eradicate the true Faith because they had become instruments of the devil. Their synagogues became the devil's playground, something that Bergoglio/Francis, of course, rejects as he has been to such dens of iniquity on a regular basis.
The leaders of the Jews who turned Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ over to Pontius Pilate and mocked and reviled Him on the Via Dolorosa and as He hung of the very means of their own redemption, the Holy Cross, had made a calculated decision to sacrifice the God-Man for the sake of their own earthly perquisites that had been granted to them by the Roman authorities for being the willing collaborators with the invaders' occupation of Palestine:
But one of them, named Caiphas, being the high priest that year, said to them: You know nothing. Neither
do you consider that it is expedient for you that one man should die
for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
And this he spoke not of himself: but
being the high priest of that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die
for the nation. (John 11: 49-51)
The high priest Caiphas
spoke the words above, recorded for posterity in the Gospel according
to Saint John, to indicate that he had a "strategy" for dealing with the
Roman occupiers as his party of Pharisees maintained their privileged
places in the Roman occupation of the provinces of Palestine, including
Judea and Galilee. Caiphas knew that Our Blessed Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ was God in the very Flesh, that He was indeed the
Messiah who had been prophesied in Sacred Scripture. Caiphas did not
care about the truth of the matter. It was more "expedient" for Caiphas
and his party of Pharisees that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ be put to death so as to protect their own places in the Roman
order of things. The Pharisees had made their "accommodations" to the
Roman occupation of Palestine, and they would not let the Zealot party
or any self-professed Son of God upset their status with the people whom
they held under their thumbs.
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was not a "novelty." He was the very fulfillment of every page of Sacred Scripture that the Pharisees knew very well, which is why they hated Him so much as they knew him to be the fulfillment of these words of the Prophet Isaias:
 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?  And he shall grow up as a tender plant before him, and as a root out of
a thirsty ground: there is no beauty in him, nor comeliness: and we
have seen him, and there was no sightliness, that we should be desirous
of him:  Despised, and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted
with infirmity: and his look was as it were hidden and despised,
whereupon we esteemed him not.  Surely he hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows: and we
have thought him as it were a leper, and as one struck by God and
afflicted.  But he was wounded for our iniquities, he was bruised for our sins: the
chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his bruises we are
 All we like sheep have gone astray, every one hath turned aside into
his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was offered because it was his own will, and he opened not his
mouth: he shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as
a lamb before his shearer, and he shall not open his mouth.  He was taken away from distress, and from judgment: who shall declare
his generation? because he is cut off out of the land of the living: for
the wickedness of my people have I struck him.  And he shall give the ungodly for his burial, and the rich for his
death: because he hath done no iniquity, neither was there deceit in his
mouth.  And the Lord was pleased to bruise him in infirmity: if he shall lay
down his life for sin, he shall see a long-lived seed, and the will of
the Lord shall be prosperous in his hand.
 Because his soul hath laboured, he shall see and be filled: by his
knowledge shall this my just servant justify many, and he shall bear
their iniquities.  Therefore will I distribute to him very many, and he shall divide the
spoils of the strong, because he hath delivered his soul unto death, and
was reputed with the wicked: and he hath borne the sins of many, and
hath prayed for the transgressors. (Isaias 53: 1-12.)
No, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was not and is not any kind of a "novelty," although the prophetic words spoken of Him by Isaias may seen somewhat novel to most Catholics all across the the vast expanse of the ecclesiastical divide at this time.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis was not criticizing contemporary Talmudic Judaism five days ago. No, he was criticizing the "closed-minded community" of those Catholics who refuse to accept the "novelties of the Holy Spirit" today, that is, those Catholics who refuse to accept the apostasies, blasphemies and sacrileges of his false sect, the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
Unlike his predecessor as the Petrine Minister of the Occupy Vatican Movement, Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis is not stressing the philosophically absurd and dogmatically condemned "hermeneutic of continuity" that is nothing other than a relabeling of Modernism's "evolution of dogma." No, Bergoglio/Francis is on a veritable crusade, a word that he would loathe to use, of course, to berate "closed-minded" traditionalists into accept that which can never come from the Third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, God the Holy Ghost, "novelties." No sale, Jorge. No sale.
Indeed, the current Petrine Minister tried to do this just a few weeks ago (do you realize that this man has not been the first among equals in the counterfeit church of conciliarism for two months yet?):
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Vatican II "was a beautiful work of the Holy Spirit," and yet, 50 years later, there is no "Church continuity". There are "stubborn" members who even want to turn back and "tame the Holy Spirit." Pope Francis took the opportunity to speak about the Council 50 years since it opened, inspired by the passage in the Acts of the Apostles that tells the story of Stephen who, before he was stoned, described as "stubborn" those who oppose the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Father spoke during the Mass he celebrated this morning in the chapel of Santa Marta (pictured), dedicated to Benedict XVI, who turns 86 today, so that "the Lord may be with him, comfort him and give him much consolation." Francis personally extended his good wishes to Benedict XVI with whom he spoke by phone.
Vatican Radio reported that, during the homily, when he commented Stephen's words and remembered Jesus' rebuke to the disciples of Emmaus, "Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!", the Pope said that "always, even among us, there is resistance to the Holy Spirit."
"To put it plainly, the Holy Spirit gives us trouble. Because it moves us, makes us walk, impels the Church to go forward. And we are like Peter at the Transfiguration, 'Ah, how nice to be this way, all together!' . . . As long as it does not bother us. We want the Holy Spirit to doze off . . . we want to tame the Holy Spirit. That is wrong. Because He is God and He is the wind that comes and goes and one does not know from where. It is God's power; it is what gives us consolation and strength to go on. But, going ahead! This bothers us. Comfort is better."
"Today," the pope went on to say, "it seems that we are all happy" for the presence of the Holy Spirit, but that "is not true. Such temptation is still topical. Case in point, let us think about the Council."
"The Council was a beautiful work of the Holy Spirit. Consider Pope John. He looked like a good parish priest; he was obedient to the Holy Spirit and he did it. But after 50 years, have we have done everything the Holy Spirit told us in the Council? In the continuity of growth of the Church that was the Council? No. We celebrate this anniversary, we make a monument, as long as it does not bother us. We do not want to change. What is more, some people want to go back. This is stubbornness, this is what we call, trying to tame the Holy Spirit, this is what we call becoming foolish and slow of heart."
"The same thing happens even in our personal lives, "the pope added. In fact, "the Spirit moves us to take a more evangelical way," but we resist. The final exhortation is "Do not resist the Holy Spirit. The Spirit sets us free, with Jesus' freedom, with the freedom of God's children."
"Do not resist the Holy Spirit. This is the grace I wish we would all ask for from the Lord: to be docile towards the Holy Spirit, that Spirit that comes from us and makes us go forward on the path of holiness, the beautiful holiness of the Church, the grace of docility towards the Holy Spirit." ("Stubborn" are those who would turn back from Vatican II, Senor Bergoglio says
It is Jorge Mario Bergoglio who has blasphemed God the Holy Ghost, Who is immutable as he maintains his own stubborn, hard-headed adherence to the doctrinal, moral, liturgical and pastoral revolutions wrought by the "Second" Vatican Council and the magisterium of the conciliar "popes. The man's beliefs are nothing other than a denial of the very nature of God Himself and of the very Divine Constitution of the Church that He founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope. And this, you see, is one of the reasons that I wrote Francis The Pagan eight days ago.
For Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be correct, God the Holy Ghost either did not direct the council fathers of Holy Mother Church's twenty general councils to formulate dogmas that condemn the apostasies, blasphemies, sacrileges and innovations of conciliarism or He "decided" after over nineteen hundred years to jettison the direction given in the past. Neither is possible.
It is very clear that Jorge Mario Bergoglio does not believe in Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as He has revealed Himself to us exclusively in His Catholic Church. He believes in a redeemer of his own making, which is nothing other than paganism wrapped up in Catholic-sounding words now and again, something that has been explained this site at great length over the years.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis even believes that there can be no "conquest" in the work of what he thinks is the Catholic Church, something that will be explored in tomorrow's thrill-packed commentary.
We have returned to the days of Arianism, the days in which those who are considered "odd" are those who, despite their own sins and failings, defect from nothing contained in the Sacred Deposit of Faith. It is very fitting, therefore, that today is the feast day of the great Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, whose valiant deeds were described by Dom Prosper Gueranger. O.S.B., in The Liturgical Year in such a manner as apply the uncompromising heroism of this much-persecuted bishop and Doctor of the Holy Church, who was exiled on five different occasions from Alexandria, to our very own times of apostasy and betrayal today:
The Court of our divine King, during his
grandest of seasons, is brilliant beyond measure; and to-day, it is
gladdened by the arrival of one of the most glorious champions of the
world of truth for his holy cause. Among the guardians of the word of
truth, confided by Jesus to the earth, is there one more faithful than
Athanasius? Does not his very name remind us of dauntless courage in the
defense of the sacred deposit, of heroic firmness and patience in
suffering, of learning, of talent, of eloquence--in a word, of
everything that goes to from a Saint, a Bishop, and a Doctor of the
Church? Athanasius lived for the Son of God; the cause of the Son of God
was that of Athanasius; he who blessed Athanasius, blessed the eternal
Word; and he who insulted Athanasius insulted the eternal Word.
Never did our holy faith go through a
greater ordeal than in the sad times immediately following the peace of
the Church, when the bark of Peter had to pass through the most furious
storm that hell has, so far, let loose against her. Satan had vainly
sought to drown the Christian race in a sea of blood; the sword of
persecution had grown blunt in the hands of Diocletian and Galerius; and
the Cross appeared in the heavens, proclaiming the triumph of
Christianity. Scarcely had the Church become aware of her victory when
she felt herself shaken to her very foundation. Hell sent upon the earth
a heresy which threatened to blight the fruit of three hundred years of
martyrdom. Arius began his impious doctrine, that he who had hitherto
been adored as the Son of God was only a creature, though the most
perfect of all creatures. Immense was the number, even of the clergy,
that fell into this new error; the Emperors became its abettors; and had
not God himself interposed, men would soon have set up the cry
throughout the world that the only result of the victory gained by the
Christian religion was to change the object of idolatry, and put a new
idol, called Jesus, in place of the old ones.
But he who had promised that the gates of hell should
never prevail against his Church, faithfully fulfilled his promise. The
primitive faith triumphed; the Council of Nicaea proclaimed the Son to
be consubstantial with the Father; but the Church stood in need of a man
in whom the cause of the consubstantial Word should be, so to speak,
incarnated--a man with learning enough to foil the artifices of heresy,
and with courage enough to bear every persecution without flinching.
This man was Athanasius; and everyone that adores and loves the Son of
God, should love and honour Athanasius. Five times banished from his See
of Alexandria, he fled for protection to the West, which justly
appreciated the glorious confessor of Jesus' divinity. In return for the
hospitality accorded him by Rome, Athanasius gave her of his treasures.
Being the admirer and friend of the great St. Antony, he was a fervent
admirer of the monastic life, which, by the grace of the Holy Ghost, had
flourished so wonderfully in the deserts of his vast patriarchate. He
brought the precious seed to Rome, and the first monks seen there were
the ones introduced by Athanasius. The heavenly plant became naturalized
in its new soil; and though its growth was slow at first, it afterwards
produced fruit more abundantly than it had ever done in the East.
Athanasius, who has written so admirably upon that fundamental dogma of our faith--the divinity of Christ--also has left us most eloquent treatises on the mystery of the Pasch: they are to be found in the Festal Letters which he addressed each year to the churches of his patriarchate of Alexandria. The collection of these Letters, which were once thought to be irretrievably lost, was found, a few years back, in the monastery of St. Mary of Scete in Egypt. The first, for the year 329, begins with these words, which beautifully express the sentiments we should feel at the approach of Easter: 'Come, my beloved brethren, celebrate the feast; the season of the year invites you to do so. The Sun of justice, by pouring out his divine rays upon you that the time of the solemnity is come. At such tidings, let us keep a glad feast; let not the joy slip from us with the fleeting days, without our having tasted of its sweetness.' During almost every year of his banishment, Athanasius continued to address a Paschal Letter to his people. The one in which he announced the Easter of 338, and which he wrote at Treves, begins thus: 'Though separated from you, my brethren, I cannot break through the custom which I have always observed, and which I received from the tradition of the Fathers. I will not be silent; I will not omit announcing to you the time of the holy annual feast, and the day on which you must keep the solemnity. I am, as you have doubtless been told, a prey to many tribulations; I am weighed down by heavy trials; I am watched by the enemies of truth, who scrutinize everything I write, in order to rake up accusations against me and thereby add to my sufferings; yet notwithstanding, I feel that the Lord strengthens and consoles me in my afflictions. Therefore do I venture to address to you the annual celebration; and from the midst of my troubles, and despite the snares that beset me, I send you, from the furthermost part of the earth, the tidings of the Pasch, which is our salvation. Commending my fate into God's hands, I will celebrate this feast with you; distance of place separates us, but I am not absent from you. The lord who gives us these feasts, who is himself our feast, who bestows upon us the gift of his Spirit--he unites us spiritually to one another, by the bond of concord and peace.'
How grand is the Pasch, celebrated by Athanasius, an exile on the Rhine, in union with his people who keep their Easter on the banks of the Nile! It shows us the power of the Liturgy to unite men and make them, at one and the same time, and despite the distance of countries, enjoy the same holy emotions and feel the same aspirations to virtue. Greeks or Barbarians, we have all the same mother country, the Church; but that which, after faith, unites us all into one family, is the Church's Liturgy. Now there is nothing in the whole Liturgy so expressive of unity as the celebration of Easter. The unhappy Churches of Russia and the East, by keeping Easter on a different day from that on which it is celebrated by the rest of the Christian world, show that they are not a portion of the One Fold of which Our Risen Jesus is the One Shepherd. (Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., The Liturgical Year: Pascal Time, Book II, pp. 403-406.)
Does the Apostate Emeritus, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, or his successor, the Apostate Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis, believe this?
This fraternal encounter which brings us together, Pope Benedict XVI of
Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, is God’s work, and in a certain
sense his gift. We give thanks to the Author of all that is good, who allows us
once again, in prayer and in dialogue, to express the joy we feel as brothers
and to renew our commitment to move towards full communion. This commitment
comes from the Lord’s will and from our responsibility as Pastors in the Church
of Christ. May our meeting be a sign and an encouragement for us to share the
same sentiments and the same attitudes of fraternity, cooperation and communion
in charity and truth. The Holy Spirit will help us to prepare the great day of
the re-establishment of full unity, whenever and however God wills it. Then we
shall truly be able to rejoice and be glad. ((Common Declaration by Benedict XVI and Patriarch Bartholomew I)
First of all I thank my Brother Andrew [Bartholomew I] very much for what he said. Thank you very much! Thank you!
It is a cause for particular joy to meet today with you, delegates of
the Orthodox churches, the Oriental Orthodox churches and ecclesial
communities of the West. Thank you for having wanted to take part in the
celebration that has marked the beginning of my Ministry as Bishop of
Rome and successor of Peter.
Yesterday morning, during Holy Mass, through your persons I
recognized as spiritually present the communities that you represent. In
this manifestation of faith, I seemed to experience in an even more
urgent way the prayer for unity among believers in Christ and together
to see somehow foreshadowed that full realization, which depends on the
plan of God and on our loyal collaboration. (Address
to Representatives of the Schismatic and Heretical Orthodox Churches,
Protesant sects, Talmudists, Mohammedans and Other Infidels, Masons and
Bergoglio/Francis does not understand is that this "Andrew" is no
longer in the "family," that he is a heretic and schismatic whose full
conversion to the true Faith must be sought. He is an Anti-Athanasius. So has each of his predecessors who headed the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
The life of Saint Athanasius stands a condemnation to those who compromise with errors or, worse yet, promote them actively as the conciliarists do:
The great Athanasius, the greatest soldier that the
Catholic Religion hath perhaps ever had, was an Alexandrian. He was
ordained Deacon by Alexander, (in the year 326,) Bishop of that city,
whom he afterwards succeeded. (In 325) he had followed Alexander to the
Council of Nice, where he wrestled triumphantly against the blasphemy of
Arius. For this reason he was honoured with so much of their hatred by
the Arians, that their vindictiveness never forsook him from that time
forward. In the year 335, they called
together a Council at Tyre, composed for the most part of Arian Bishops,
where they suborned a wretched woman to charge Athanasius with having
raped her when she had received him as a guest into her house.
Athanasius therefore came into the assembly, and with him a certain
priest whose name was Timothy. This Timothy arose as though he were
Athanasius, and asked her, saying Woman, was it I that was thy guest was
it I that raped thee She cried out indignantly Yea, thou it was that
didst rape me, the which she attested with an oath, and called on the
honour of the judges to punish such iniquity. Upon this discovery of her
perjury, they drave the shameless woman from their presence.
The Arians also accused Athanasius of having murdered the (schismatic) Bishop Arsenius. This Arsenius they kept shut up, and brought into the court a dead man's hand, which they declared had been his, and had been cut off by Athanasius to use in sorcery. But Arsenius escaped in the night, and when he appeared before all the Council whole and sound, the brazen-faced crime of the enemies of Athanasius was exposed. This appearance nevertheless they attributed to Athanasius being a warlock, and persisted still in their attack on him. He was driven into exile, and banished to Treves in Gaul. Thenceforth, under authority of the Emperor Constantius, that abettor of Arians, he was hunted to and fro with unceasing persecutions. He suffered hardships which it is difficult to believe. He was sent wandering all about the Roman world. He was twice more thrust out of his See, and again restored through the authority of Pope Julius of Rome, and with the protection of the Emperor Constans, the brother of Constantius, by decrees of the Councils of Sardica and of Jerusalem. The vindictiveness of the Arians never let him alone. In his third exile so great was the danger of his life from the pursuit of their undying hatred, that he had to lie hid for five years in a dry cistern, unknown to all men, save one of his friends who brought him food.
Thou wast throned, O Athanasius! on the Chair of Mark in Alexandria; and they name is emblazoned near his on the sacred cycle. He left Rome, sent by Peter himself to found the second patriarchal See; and thou, three centuries later, didst visit Rome, as successor of Mark, to seek protection from Peter's successor against them that were disturbing thy venerable See by injustice and heresy. Our Western Church was thus honoured by thy presence, O intrepid defender of the faith, looked on thee with veneration as the glorious exile, the courageous confessor; and she has chronicled thy sojourning in her midst as an event of the greatest interest. (From the Divine Office.)
As noted three days ago in In His Own Blood, we have nothing to complain about when family member or friends or others berate us for refusing to having anything whatsoever to do with conciliarism and its spiritual robber barons. Saints such as Saint Athanasius teach us by their very lives what to expect when men berate us during this time of apostasy, betrayal and sacrilege, which is one of the reasons that Saint John Mary Vianney used to relate the following story during the midst of a campaign by his brother priests to denounce him to their bishop:
"A certain saint once commanded once of his religious, 'Go into the
cemetery and speak as much evil of the dead as you can.' The religious
obeyed. On his return the saint asked him, 'What did they answer?'
'Nothing.' 'Well, go back now and pay them a great many compliments.'
The religious obeyed and returned to his superior. 'Surely this time
they said something by way of reply?' 'Again, nothing.' 'Very well,'
said the saint, 'if people rebuke, if they praise you, do as the dead.'" (Father Bartholomew O'Brien, The Cure of Ars: Patron Saint of Parish Priests, published originally in 1956 by J. S. Paluch Company, Inc., and republished in 1987 by TAN Books and Publishers, 1987.)
We must defend the Faith as we accept the rebukes that come out way in silence as we suffer in joy Christ the King as His consecrated slaves through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, thanking Our Lord abundantly for opportunity to be more perfectly conformed to His Holy Cross and as we seek to draw inspiration from this prayer of Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., to our glorious Saint of this day:
Intercede for the country over which was extended thy patriarchal jurisdiction; but forget not this Europe of ours, which gave thee hospitality and protection. Rome defended thy cause; she passed sentence in thy favour, and restored thee thy rights; make her a return, now that thou art face to face with the God of infinite goodness and power. Protect and console her Pontiff, the successor of that Julius who so nobly befriended thee fifteen hundred years ago. A fierce tempest is now raging against the Rock on which is built the Church of Christ; and our eyes have grown wearied for a sign of calm. Oh! pray that these days of trial be shortened, and that the See of Peter may triumph over the calumnies and persecutions which are now besetting her, and endangering the faith of many of her children.
Thy zeal, O Athanasius! checked the ravages of Arianism; but this heresy has again appeared, in our own times, and in almost every country of Europe. Its progress is due to that proud superficial learning which has become one of the principal perils of the age. The Eternal Son of God, consubstantial with the Father, is blasphemed by our so-called philosophers, as being only Man--the best and greatest of men, they say, but still only Man. They despise all the proofs which reason and history adduce of Jesus' divinity; they profess a sort regard for the Christian teaching which has hitherto been held, but they have discovered (so they tell us) the fallacy of the great dogma which recognizes in the Son of Mary the Eternal Word who became incarnate for man's salvation. O Athanasius, glorious Doctor of of holy Mother Church! humble these modern Arians; expose their proud ignorance and sophistry; undeceive their unhappy followers, by letting them see how this false doctrine leads either to the abyss of the abominations of pantheism, or to the chaos of scepticism, where all truth and morally are impossibilities.
Preserve within us, by the influence of they prayers, the precious gift of faith, wherewith our Lord has mercifully blessed us. Obtain for us that we may ever confess and adore Jesus Christ our eternal and infinite God, 'God of God; Light of Light; True God of True God; Begotten not men; who for us men, and for our salvation, took Flesh, of the Virgin Mary.' May we grow each day in the knowledge of this Jesus, until we join thee in the face-to-face contemplation of his perfections. Meanwhile, by means of holy faith, we will live with him on this earth that has witnessed the glory of his Resurrection. How fervent, O Athanasius, was thy love of this Son of God, our Creator and Redeemer! This love was the very life of thy soul, and the stimulus that urged thee to heroic devotedness to his cause. It supported thee in the combats thou hadst to sustain with the world, which seemed leagued together against thy single person. It gave thee strength to endless tribulations. Oh! pray that we may obtain this love--a love which is fearless of danger, because faithful to him for whom we suffer--a Brightness of his Father's glory, and Infinite Wisdom, emptied himself, taking the form of a servant and humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the Cross. How else can we make him a return for his devotedness to us except by giving him all our love,as thou didst. O Athanasius! and by ever singing his praise in compensation for the humiliations which he endured in order to save us? (Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., The Liturgical Year: Paschal Time: Book II, pp. 411-413.)
Saint Athanasius has given us marching orders, and those marching orders do not make us Pharisees, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, or "closed-minded:"
"May God console you! ...
What saddens you ... is the fact that others have occupied the churches
by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact
that they have the premises – but you have the Apostolic Faith. They
can occupy our churches, but they are outside the true Faith. You
remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you.
Let us consider: what is more important, the place or the Faith? The
true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in the struggle – the one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith? True,
the premises are good when the Apostolic Faith is preached there; they
are holy if everything takes place there in a holy way ...
"You are the ones who are happy; you who remain
within the Church by your Faith, who hold firmly to the foundations of
the Faith which has come down to you from Apostolic Tradition. And if an
execrable jealousy has tried to shake it on a number of occasions, it
has not succeeded. They are the ones who have broken away from it in the
present crisis. No one, ever, will prevail against your Faith, beloved
Brothers. And we believe that God will give us our churches back some
"Thus, the more violently they try to occupy the
places of worship, the more they separate themselves from the Church.
They claim that they represent the Church; but in reality, they are the
ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray. Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ." (Letter of St. Athanasius to his flock.)
Let these words continue to be
our consolation in these days when it is easier for most people to
believe in the mythologies of naturalists in the political realm and the
Modernists in the theological realm who esteem false idols than it is
to hold steadfast to the Faith.
We turn to Our Lady with every beat of our
hearts, consecrated as they must be to Most Sacred Heart of her Divine
Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, through her own
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, pledging to her in this month of May to
pray the Litany of Loreto every day in addition to praying as many
Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit. We can crown Our Lady as
Queen of our hearts by making reparation for our sins and those of the
whole world by enslaving ourselves to her Divine Son through her
Immaculate Heart, giving unto whatever merit we earn each day so that
she can dispose of that merit however she sees fit for the honor and
glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the good of souls in the Church
Suffering in Purgatory and here in the Church Militant on earth.
The final victory belongs to Our Lady's
Immaculate Heart. We must consider it a privilege that we are alive in
these times to plant a few seeds for the restoration of the Church
Militant on earth and for the restoration of Christendom in the world.
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, 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 Andrew the Apostle, 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.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?