Always Evading Root Causes
by Thomas A. Droleskey
pastoral letter that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI has sent to the Catholics of Ireland who are as of yet attached to the structures of his counterfeit church of conciliarism is redolent of conciliarism's penchant for utilizing authentic elements of the Catholic Faith, expressed at times with great poignancy and eloquence, while at the same time treating symptoms without identifying their root causes.
Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's
pastoral letter evokes Ireland's rich Catholic history to remind Catholics in the Land of Erin who have been scandalized by the behavior of his conciliar "bishops" as they have protected perverted priests and presbyters that their nation has given the world great examples of sanctity, men and women who build up the Irish nation as solidly Catholic and who contributed to the establishment of Western monasticism and the securing of Christendom in the First Millennium:
Historically, the Catholics of Ireland have proved an enormous force for good at home and abroad. Celtic monks like Saint Columbanus spread the Gospel in Western Europe and laid the foundations of medieval monastic culture. The ideals of holiness, charity and transcendent wisdom born of the Christian faith found expression in the building of churches and monasteries and the establishment of schools, libraries and hospitals, all of which helped to consolidate the spiritual identity of Europe. Those Irish missionaries drew their strength and inspiration from the firm faith, strong leadership and upright morals of the Church in their native land.
Ratzinger/Benedict noted as well that the Catholic Church in Ireland had withstood the persecutions of the Sixteenth Century and continued to send missionaries throughout the world, explaining as well that practically every family in Ireland can lay claim to at least one of their own serving in the priesthood or the consecrated religious life:
From the sixteenth century on, Catholics in Ireland endured a long period of persecution, during which they struggled to keep the flame of faith alive in dangerous and difficult circumstances. Saint Oliver Plunkett, the martyred Archbishop of Armagh, is the most famous example of a host of courageous sons and daughters of Ireland who were willing to lay down their lives out of fidelity to the Gospel. After Catholic Emancipation, the Church was free to grow once more. Families and countless individuals who had preserved the faith in times of trial became the catalyst for the great resurgence of Irish Catholicism in the nineteenth century. The Church provided education, especially for the poor, and this was to make a major contribution to Irish society. Among the fruits of the new Catholic schools was a rise in vocations: generations of missionary priests, sisters and brothers left their homeland to serve in every continent, especially in the English-speaking world. They were remarkable not only for their great numbers, but for the strength of their faith and the steadfastness of their pastoral commitment. Many dioceses, especially in Africa, America and Australia, benefited from the presence of Irish clergy and religious who preached the Gospel and established parishes, schools and universities, clinics and hospitals that served both Catholics and the community at large, with particular attention to the needs of the poor.
In almost every family in Ireland, there has been someone – a son or a daughter, an aunt or an uncle – who has given his or her life to the Church. Irish families rightly esteem and cherish their loved ones who have dedicated their lives to Christ, sharing the gift of faith with others, and putting that faith into action in loving service of God and neighbour.
This is an excellent summary of how the Catholic Faith has sustained the Irish people, and how Irish Catholics have in their own turn been willing to the far corners of the earth to spread the true Faith.
Some might protest at this point that many of the writings of some of our true popes were drafted, at least at first, by others. This is true. I served as a ghost-writer for a conciliar "bishop" for a about a decade. Ultimately, however, it is the person in whose name a piece of writing issued who is given the credit for its text as he, in publishing or issuing or delivering it orally, takes the responsibility for its contents in the same manner that a company who employs an inventor gets the credit for an invention and the right to patent it in the company name. Ratzinger/Benedict thus deserves credit for providing a truly beautiful summary of the contributions made by the Irish to Catholic life in Ireland and around the world.
Unfortunately and all too predictably, Ratzinger/Benedict's pastoral letter to Catholics in Ireland fails to address the root causes of the scandals that have caused many to the lose the Faith and that have reaffirmed non-Catholics in their hatred of the Catholic Church.
Ratzinger/Benedict's pastoral letter focused almost exclusively on what he termed quite rightly as the "egregious crimes" of the abuse of children and the indemnification of abusive priests/presbyters by the Irish "bishops." What he steadfastly refuses to admit, however, is so very telling, namely, that the abuse of children and others by members of the Irish clergy and in other places around the world in the counterfeit church of conciliarism, dating back, of course, long before the advent of conciliarism in 1958, has as a proximate root cause the simple fact that many of the conciliar "bishops" and their chancery factotums have engaged in the systematic recruitment, retention, promotion and protection of those who are afflicted with the acquired sinful behavior of being inclined to the commission of perverse acts against nature in violation of the Sixth and Ninth Commandments.
Ratzinger/Benedict discussed criminal acts of child abuse that the "bishops" of Ireland must report to the civil authorities, decrying their failure to have done so in the past, without ever once mentioning the fact that an environment favorable to the homosexualist movement has been fostered worldwide in the conciliar structures. He nowhere mentions that the sin of Sodom is one of the four sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance. And while he mentioned "inadequate procedures for determining the suitability of candidates for the priesthood and the religious life," Ratzinger/Benedict made it appear as though these inadequate procedures simply occurred and that those who committed abuses had not been screened in for priestly studies while others, deemed too "rigid" and "preconciliar," were screened out. Ratzinger/Benedict is unwilling to admit, at least publicly, that effeminate men and that those steeped unrepentantly in sins against nature have been recruited into the conciliar clergy and that a sodomite-friendly culture exists throughout the conciliar structures, including in the Vatican itself.
Ratzinger/Benedict described the secularizing tendencies that have torn apart the fabric of once formerly Catholic Ireland, explaining in that context that the work of the "Second" Vatican Council had been "misinterpreted:"
In recent decades, however, the Church in your country has had to confront new and serious challenges to the faith arising from the rapid transformation and secularization of Irish society. Fast-paced social change has occurred, often adversely affecting people’s traditional adherence to Catholic teaching and values. All too often, the sacramental and devotional practices that sustain faith and enable it to grow, such as frequent confession, daily prayer and annual retreats, were neglected. Significant too was the tendency during this period, also on the part of priests and religious, to adopt ways of thinking and assessing secular realities without sufficient reference to the Gospel. The programme of renewal proposed by the Second Vatican Council was sometimes misinterpreted and indeed, in the light of the profound social changes that were taking place, it was far from easy to know how best to implement it. In particular, there was a well-intentioned but misguided tendency to avoid penal approaches to canonically irregular situations. It is in this overall context that we must try to understand the disturbing problem of child sexual abuse, which has contributed in no small measure to the weakening of faith and the loss of respect for the Church and her teachings.
Yes, much like leftists in the sphere of naturalistic politics and governance, conciliarists cannot see that the precepts of the revolutionary concepts that they unleashed have come back to haunt them, that the "Second" Vatican Council has not been "misinterpreted," that we are witnessing the rotten fruit of its false, Protestant, Judeo-Masonic premises just as much as we are witnessing the rotten fruit of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King that was wrought at first by Martin Luther's bloody, diabolical revolution against the Divine Plan that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Himself instituted to effect man's return to Him through the Catholic Church.
The revolutionary precepts of the counterfeit church of concilairism represent, in the then Joseph "Cardinal" Ratzinger's own words,
"an attempt at an official reconciliation with the new era inaugurated in 1789." The entire ethos of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service and of the conciliar documents themselves reaffirms the very anti-Incarnational errors of Modernity, starting with religious liberty and separation of Church and State, that have made the secularizing tendencies abroad in the world since the Renaissance and the Protestant Revolt acceptable in the minds of the lion's share of Catholics worldwide. The "Second" Vatican Council has not been "misinterpreted." Its false precepts are simply manifesting the perfection of their inherent degeneracy. Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict has manifested the perfection of these inherently degenerate false precepts as he has esteemed the symbols of false religions and given credence to them as he has visited their places of diabolical worship, quite a contrast to the saints, including Saint Benedict himself who smashed the images of false idols in the temple of Apollo he destroyed on Monte Cassino.
Ratzinger/Benedict insists upon a "proper" reading of the conciliar documents as part of the "solution" to the crisis in Ireland and, by extension, to the rest of the world, something that is an exercise in utter madness:
I also propose that a nationwide Mission be held for all bishops, priests and religious. It is my hope that, by drawing on the expertise of experienced preachers and retreat-givers from Ireland and from elsewhere, and by exploring anew the conciliar documents, the liturgical rites of ordination and profession, and recent pontifical teaching, you will come to a more profound appreciation of your respective vocations, so as to rediscover the roots of your faith in Jesus Christ and to drink deeply from the springs of living water that he offers you through his Church.
The conciliar documents and the barren liturgical rites of Annibale Bugnini and Ferdinando Antontelli and Giovanni Montini/Paul VI have contributed to a mindset among priests and presbyters in the conciliar structures that has minimized the horror of personal sin. Ratzinger/Benedict's exhortations to priestly holiness are laudatory. Such holiness must be founded on a firm rejection of sin, whose horror is barely mentioned in even the Latin editio typica version of the Novus Ordo.
Without identifying the individual, I received a note just yesterday from a reader who explained that a vocation director in a Midwestern diocese encouraged him to engage women of ill-repute to "break down" his "rigidity" and to read a certain magazine that was started by the former purveyor of smut for the mob named Hugh Hefner. The conciliar "bishop" in the diocese disagreed with the prescription for the employment of the women of ill-repute but did endorse the "reading" of Hefner's pornographic rag.
Although there are "conservative" "bishops" in the conciliar structures who have indeed attempted to maintain some sense of the horror of personal sin even though they endorse explicit classroom instruction in matters pertaining to the Sixth and Ninth Commandments in full violation of Pope Pius XI's prohibition of said instruction, it is not at all uncommon for conciliar 'bishops" to lack any sense of the horror of sin, including sins against nature, and this is precisely the result of four decades of the conciliar ethos at work in its false liturgical rites and its false spirit that has convinced so many in the clergy and laity alike that "everyone goes to Heaven." Ratzinger/Benedict not only fails to understand this, he prescribes the conciliar documents and liturgical rites as part of the "solution" to a problem that has a good of deal of its proximate roots in the conciliar ethos itself.
Ratzinger/Benedict went to great lengths in his letter to castigate those "bishops" who protected priests/presbyters who abused children as they sought to protect their own reputations. This is, of course, accurate as far as it goes.
Ratzinger/Benedict does not explain, however, that these "bishops" have been reaffirmed time and time again by officials in the conciliar Vatican, including himself, both as the prefect of the conciliar Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and as the currently presiding conciliar "pontiff." Who gave the Irish "bishops" their "apostolic mandates"?
Giovanni Montini/Paul VI, who stocked the conciliar "episcopate" with men who were as favorably inclined to the lavender agenda as he was.
Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, who protected known abusers time and time again, including the sociopath named Father
Father Marcel Maciel Dellogado, the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, even though a few conciliar "bishops" who were themselves protecting abusive priests/presbyters reported complaints about Maciel directly to Wojtyla/John Paul II.
Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI. (I am not aware of any "episcopal" appointments to Ireland made by Albino Luciani/John Paul I, although there may have been some.) And how did Ratzinger/Benedict himself deal with that priest who was afflicted with perverse inclinations who had abused children in the Diocese of Essen before being transferred to his own Archdiocese of Munich and Freising? Ratzinger/Benedict is in no position to condemn others for what he has done himself.
Moreover, officials in the conciliar Vatican stonewalled members of the conciliar clergy and laity who brought their concerns to them directly in their offices in and around the Vatican itself, something that Ratzinger/Benedict nowhere mentioned in his
pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland, placing the blame on the Irish "bishops" for their refusal to deal adequately with "child-abusers" as he refuses to accept responsibility for failing to act on the entreaties that were made to him personally by members of the clergy and the laity from throughout the world.
Other members of the conciliar curia, including Dario Castrillon "Cardinal" Hoyos, had portfolios presented to them by prominent priests concerning the corruption of various "bishops." The late Father John A. Hardon, S.J., personally brought a presbyter-victim of the corrupt, disgraced "Bishop" Daniel Leo Ryan of Springfield, Illinois, to meet with "Cardinal" Hoyos in 1997 at a time that the latter was the "pro-prefect" of the conciliar Congregation for the Clergy. The result? Nothing. No action was undertaken against Ryan at all, who had been protected by many of his brother "bishops" in the United States of America until some of his other victims were on the verge of filing a lawsuit against him. It was only then that officials in the conciliar Vatican forced Ryan's resignation on October 14, 1999.
Another case involved in the 1990s involved a conciliar pastor who had a dossier on his diocesan "ordinary." The "ordinary" was engaged in natural vice, the pastor alleged. He had copious documentation that he brought with him, leaving copies of that documentation in every dicastery imaginable. The result? The "ordinary" is still in power.
The failure to act is not that of the conciliar "bishops" of Ireland alone.
As I have pointed out time and time again, officials in the conciliar Vatican have overseen the appointment of the "bishops" who have protected the sodomites and who have sought to browbeat the faithful. Only those who have been proved beyond any shadow of a doubt to have been personally morally corrupt and abusive have been removed. The rest, including the likes of Roger "Cardinal" Mahony, whose archdiocese has had to pay out close to $1 billion in settlement monies to victims of perverted priests and presbyters, are being allowed to remain in power until they reach retirement age. No censure. No public penalties.
In other words, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's failure, at least thus far, to impose penalties upon the "bishops" in Ireland, apart from the resignations that have been tendered thus far, is simply par for the conciliar course. His failure to acknowledge the web of sodomite "bishops" and priests/presbyters extant in the counterfeit church of conciliarism means that he is either unwilling or unable to face reality as it is, addressing the symptoms of the root problems as he prescribes remedies such as a commitment to the conciliar documents that will only cause the problems themselves to grow in magnitude over the years. Ratzinger/Benedict has been part of the problem himself all along.
Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's call for Eucharistic adoration as a means to make reparation "for the sins of abuse that have done so much harm" is indeed laudable. It is a tragedy that the conciliar "rites" he praises do not make it possible for Our Lord to be truly present sacramentally in the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service. Moreover, it is also tragic that the false "pontiff," although asking the "Blessed Virgin Mary [to] protect and guide each of you to a closer union with her Son, crucified and risen," once again refuses to exhort Catholics to pray Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary. This is a very notable feature of his false "pontificate." Ratzinger/Benedict almost never makes any exhortation to Catholics to pray Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary, a tragic commentary on state of his heart and soul that cannot accept the Rosary as the chief weapon after Holy Mass and Eucharistic adoration to fight the evils in the world today.
Alas, when all is said and done, my very few readers, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's decision to focus on the abusive behavior of priests and presbyters (and the arrogant actions of the conciliar 'bishops" who have been indemnified by Rome time and time again, most of whom will remain in power for years to come a la Roger Mahony and Tod Brown and Robert Brom and Francis George and Howard Hubbard and Matthew Clark and William Skylstad and Richard Lennon and Thomas Daily and William Murphy and John McCormack, et al.; some might even be promoted to Rome itself after the honors accorded Bernard "Cardinal" Law, who is still the archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore) rather than upon the homosexual-friendly culture that exists universally conciliar structures means that the false "pontiff" is either in denial or that he is attempting to fool Catholics by addressing symptoms with half-measures while refusing to focus at all on the underlying rot of concilairism itself that is responsible for serving as an important enabling factor in scandalizing Catholics and nonCatholics alike worldwide by the promotion or the minimizing of perverse sins against nature.
As I have been noting recently, the way out of this mess runs through Our Lady's Fatima Message, which has been suppressed and deconstructed by the conciliarists and is under attack even by a few Jansenists who masquerade as "traditional" Catholics, we must continue to make penance for our owns sins as we seek to fulfill the terms of our total consecration to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, praying as many Rosaries each day as our state-in-life permit.
God has known from all eternity that we would be living in these troubling times. There is work for us do as we seek to sanctify our souls and make reparation for our sins. We have to pray to Our Lady, therefore, to keep close to the tender mercies of her Divine Son's Most Sacred Heart so that the sacrifices we make, especially during this Lenten season, will be more acceptable in the eyes of her Divine Son and thus more efficacious in planting at least a few seeds for the triumph of her Immaculate Heart and the vanquishing of her Divine Son's foes in the world and in the counterfeit church that is the embodiment of this prophecy of Saint Paul:
And we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of our gathering together unto him: That you be not easily moved from your sense, nor be terrified, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by epistle, as sent from us, as if the day of the Lord were at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means, for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, Who opposeth, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God. Remember you not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
And now you know what withholdeth, that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity already worketh; only that he who now holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way. And then that wicked one shall be revealed whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth; and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming, him, Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying:
That all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity. But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved of God, for that God hath chosen you firstfruits unto salvation, in sanctification of the spirit, and faith of the truth: Whereunto also he hath called you by our gospel, unto the purchasing of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God and our Father, who hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation, and good hope in grace,
Exhort your hearts, and confirm you in every good work and word. (2 Thes. 2: 1-16.)
May Our Lady help us to persevere in our own personal Lenten resolutions so that we can continue to walk the rocky road that leads to the narrow gate of Life Himself, truly sorry for the many times that we have walked so casually on the wide and smooth road that leads to the gates of perdition. It is only by the graces won for us by Our Lord that are sent to us through Our Lady's loving hands that we can continue to walk the rocky road with persistence, recognizing that our vigilance in attending to the interior castle of our soul will help to build up the Church Militant on earth and prepare us to be of more worthy assistance to the Church Suffering in Purgatory and for a blessed reunion with all of the souls of the just in the Church Triumphant in an unending Easter Sunday of glory in Paradise.
As we do so, of course, we must, while praying for the leaders of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, recognize falsehood and obfuscation when we see it, clinging to the good shepherds who will treat us with the gentleness and the attentiveness of the Good Shepherd, Who never used His staff to drive away the sheep who sought Him out to entreat Him for a caring ear or for a word of support.
May the Rosaries we pray each day help to bring about the restoration of the Church Militant on earth and of Christendom in the world.
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?