Just a Fable, You Understand, Just a Fable
Thomas A. Droleskey
The Columbia Broadcasting System (also known as the Communist Broadcast System and the Corrupt Broadcast System) aired a made-for-television motion picture back in 1973 by the title of Catholics: A Fable. Starring Martin Sheen, playing a priest sent by the pope to put down a rebellion of Irish monks who were still devoted to the Traditional Latin Mass, and Trevor Howard, playing the agnostic superior of the monastery, the film was extremely prophetic of our own circumstances today.
Set in, believe it or not, 1999 in the aftermath of Vatican Council V, if I recall correctly, the movie opened with Martin Sheen sitting in the "lotus position," engaged in Eastern mysticism. He is called to the Vatican by the pope, who was acting in behalf of an inter-religious council located in The Hague in The Netherlands. The pope had been charged by the the inter-religious council, to whom he had become responsible as a subordinate (or so it was made to appear), to put an end to the rebellion of a group of Irish monks concerning the continuation of the Traditional Latin Mass. Private confession and the doctrine of Transubstantiation had been abolished by this time. The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes had been closed. In spite of the abolition of the doctrine of belief in the Mass as a sacrifice, hundreds of people had begun to flock to the Irish monastery to worship God in the Immemorial Mass of Tradition. This was unacceptable to the international ecumenical commission and to the pope.
Well, let's see what has happened in the thirty-three years since the motion picture was aired. Pope John Paul II prayed with adherents of false religions at Assisi twice, once in 1986 and then again in 1996. He prayed atop Mount Sinai with adherents of false religions in the year 2000. He appeared regularly with bogus clergymen of various Protestant denominations, even asking the non-Archbishop of Canterbury to impart an apostolic "blessing" with him. Pope Benedict XVI, who wrote years ago that Protestants have to live within the realm of their own "ecclesial realities," is attempting to pave the way in his recent General Audience addresses for an attempt at "unity" with the heretical and schismatic Protestant sects without demanding that they abandon their "theologies" and "traditions," what he called "multiplicity in unity" and "unity in multiplicity" during his address to Protestant leaders in Cologne, Germany, on August 19, 2005. This is, of course, just carrying on the work of Pope John Paul II, whose Ut Unum Sint, 1995, posed the possibility of the "Petrine ministry" being exercised differently so as to accommodate the "divisions" within Christianity.
Adding further fuel to this "unification without absorption" approach, which rejects the "theology of the return" written about by, say, every pope between the Protestant Revolt and 1958, the Vatican announced recently that it is engaging in a study sponsored by the pro-contraception and pro-abortion World Council of Churches to develop "guidelines" concerning the conversion of one denomination's adherents to another denomination. Here is the story from the May 10, 2006, edition of Zenit:
The Vatican and the World Council of Churches are launching a three-year joint study project aimed at developing a shared code of conduct on the issue of religious conversion.
The WCC said the project is being launched with a meeting that starts this Friday in Rome. Gathering some 30 participants, the meeting will focus on assessing the current state of conversion from an interreligious point of view.
The next stages of the project will be, first, a discussion of religious conversion from a Christian perspective and, second, the establishment of a shared code of conduct. This is expected to distinguish between witness and proselytism.
The study project is being undertaken by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the WCC's Office on Interreligious Relations and Dialogue.
Also expected to participate are dialogue partners from Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and indigenous religious traditions.
The Reverend Hans Ucko, head of the WCC's interreligious relations office, said: "We hope that at the end of this study project, we will be able to propose a code of conduct that will affirm that commitment to our faith never translates into denigration of the other."
Since when does the Catholic Church need to develop a "code of conduct" concerning the fulfillment of the following mission given her by her Divine Bridegroom, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?
And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. (Mt. 28: 19-20)
Conciliarism's approach to ecumenism, which has been endorsed by Pope Benedict XVI throughout his priesthood and reiterated the day after he was elected to succeed the late Pope John Paul II last year, is the antithesis of traditional Catholic doctrine and practice, enshrined in this brief, oft-quoted (at least on this site) passage from Pope Pius XI's Mortalium Animos, January 6, 1928:
And here it seems opportune to expound and to refute a certain false opinion, on which this whole question, as well as that complex movement by which non-Catholics seek to bring about the union of the Christian churches depends. For authors who favor this view are accustomed, times almost without number, to bring forward these words of Christ: "That they all may be one.... And there shall be one fold and one shepherd," with this signification however: that Christ Jesus merely expressed a desire and prayer, which still lacks its fulfillment. For they are of the opinion that the unity of faith and government, which is a note of the one true Church of Christ, has hardly up to the present time existed, and does not to-day exist. They consider that this unity may indeed be desired and that it may even be one day attained through the instrumentality of wills directed to a common end, but that meanwhile it can only be regarded as mere ideal. They add that the Church in itself, or of its nature, is divided into sections; that is to say, that it is made up of several churches or distinct communities, which still remain separate, and although having certain articles of doctrine in common, nevertheless disagree concerning the remainder; that these all enjoy the same rights; and that the Church was one and unique from, at the most, the apostolic age until the first Ecumenical Councils. Controversies therefore, they say, and longstanding differences of opinion which keep asunder till the present day the members of the Christian family, must be entirely put aside, and from the remaining doctrines a common form of faith drawn up and proposed for belief, and in the profession of which all may not only know but feel that they are brothers. The manifold churches or communities, if united in some kind of universal federation, would then be in a position to oppose strongly and with success the progress of irreligion. This, Venerable Brethren, is what is commonly said. There are some, indeed, who recognize and affirm that Protestantism, as they call it, has rejected, with a great lack of consideration, certain articles of faith and some external ceremonies, which are, in fact, pleasing and useful, and which the Roman Church still retains. They soon, however, go on to say that that Church also has erred, and corrupted the original religion by adding and proposing for belief certain doctrines which are not only alien to the Gospel, but even repugnant to it. Among the chief of these they number that which concerns the primacy of jurisdiction, which was granted to Peter and to his successors in the See of Rome. Among them there indeed are some, though few, who grant to the Roman Pontiff a primacy of honor or even a certain jurisdiction or power, but this, however, they consider not to arise from the divine law but from the consent of the faithful. Others again, even go so far as to wish the Pontiff Himself to preside over their motley, so to say, assemblies. But, all the same, although many non-Catholics may be found who loudly preach fraternal communion in Christ Jesus, yet you will find none at all to whom it ever occurs to submit to and obey the Vicar of Jesus Christ either in His capacity as a teacher or as a governor. Meanwhile they affirm that they would willingly treat with the Church of Rome, but on equal terms, that is as equals with an equal: but even if they could so act. it does not seem open to doubt that any pact into which they might enter would not compel them to turn from those opinions which are still the reason why they err and stray from the one fold of Christ.
This is, in a nutshell, as much of a stinging rebuke to Pope Benedict XVI's lifelong approach to Protestant "churches" as Pope Pius XII's Humani Generis was an absolute condemnation of the theology of the "new thinkers," among whose ranks include the former Father Joseph Ratzinger from his earliest days in the seminary in Germany.
I remember talking to a Dominican priest in 1974 after seeing a rebroadcast of Catholics: A Fable. Then considering the pursuit of a vocation to the priesthood as I was in the midst of my doctoral studies at the Graduate School of Public Affairs of the State University of New York at Albany, I expressed my concerns about being ordained and having to work under an "international ecumenical commission". Although I was, at twenty-three, not even aware of the Traditional Movement, I was a Baltimore Catechism Catholic who knew that ecumenism was wrong. The priest assured me that the movie was just a fable, that would never come a time when a pope would even come close to making it appear as though that the Catholic Church needed the "permission" of Protestants to conduct her work in behalf of souls, "It's just a fable, you understand, just a fable."
Well, subsequent events have proved the author of this "fable" to have been very prophetic, that there was even then a keen awareness on the part of a few very blessed Catholics of the plan of the Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita, which was critiqued so well by Mr. John Vennari, the editor of Catholic Family News, to use the official color of the Catholic Church to endorse the One World Religion, the One World Church, which has been one of the chief goals of the Modernists all along, as Pope Saint Pius X noted when condemning The Sillon, a movement embraced by one Father Angelo Roncalli at the time, in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910:
We fear that worse is to come: the end result of this developing promiscuousness, the beneficiary of this cosmopolitan social action, can only be a Democracy which will be neither Catholic, nor Protestant, nor Jewish. It will be a religion (for Sillonism, so the leaders have said, is a religion) more universal than the Catholic Church, uniting all men become brothers and comrades at last in the "Kingdom of God". - "We do not work for the Church, we work for mankind."
And now, overwhelmed with the deepest sadness, We ask Ourselves, Venerable Brethren, what has become of the Catholicism of the Sillon? Alas! this organization which formerly afforded such promising expectations, this limpid and impetuous stream, has been harnessed in its course by the modern enemies of the Church, and is now no more than a miserable affluent of the great movement of apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a One-World Church which shall have neither dogmas, nor hierarchy, neither discipline for the mind, nor curb for the passions, and which, under the pretext of freedom and human dignity, would bring back to the world (if such a Church could overcome) the reign of legalized cunning and force, and the oppression of the weak, and of all those who toil and suffer.
Well, there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Pope Saint Pius X himself warned about the One-World Church. What else can it presage when the true Church founded and sustained by God Himself must seek to develop a "code of conduct" for conversions? The very schemes of Talmudic Jews and their Freemasonic allies are being promoted, whether wittingly or unwittingly, by those who hold ecclesiastical power at present. Just a fable? No, just the reality.
Also not so fantastic is a loss of belief in Transubstantiation, that "long and difficult" term that William Cardinal Levada refused to use in a pastoral letter on the Eucharist when he was Archbishop of Portland, Oregon. Over seventy percent of Catholics today do not believe in the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Holy Priesthood is seen as a mere "presidency," not as the exercise of the sacerdotal priesthood instituted by Our Lord Himself at the Last Supper. Private confessions are heard, to be sure, but most Catholics do not confess their sins, having been assured that everything is fine as long as their "fundamental option" is "for God." The lies of Eastern mysticism, rooted in a negation of self rather than the perfection of one's soul by means of cooperating with sanctifying grace, are propagated by all manner of Catholic syncretists. Indeed, the Protestant syncretist Roger Schutz was placed in Heaven by Pope Benedict XVI following the former's murder nine months ago. Fables? No, just the plain realities of the rotten fruit of conciliarism, which is why Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais of the Society of Saint Pius X is absolutely correct when stating that we must "speak of this Council no more." Indeed. Ambiguity is from the devil. Clarity is from God. It is that simple, my fellow Catholics. It is that simple.
Pope Pius IX used the then forthcoming Vatican Council (now referred to as the First Vatican Council) to beg Protestants to return to the Catholic Church. Pope Pius IX did not use the novel, erroneous language of "multiplicity in unity" and "unity in multiplicity" as is being employed by Pope Benedict XVI, who, it appears, is appealing to the "apostolic era" as a means of finding some way for the "Christian churches" today to "operate" the way he believes (in his Balthasarian worldview) that the "early churches" did in the first centuries of the Church, that is, in a sort of "loose" association with each other while recognizing the primacy of the Successor of Saint Peter. This misreading, to be charitable, of history and eccleisology stands in stark contrast to the clear words of Pope Pius IX addressed to Protestants in Iam Vos Omnes, September 13, 1868:
It is for this reason that so many who do not share “the communion and the truth of the Catholic Church” must make use of the occasion of the Council, by the means of the Catholic Church, which received in Her bosom their ancestors, proposes [further] demonstration of profound unity and of firm vital force; hear the requirements [demands] of her heart, they must engage themselves to leave this state that does not guarantee for them the security of salvation. She does not hesitate to raise to the Lord of mercy most fervent prayers to tear down of the walls of division, to dissipate the haze of errors, and lead them back within holy Mother Church, where their Ancestors found salutary pastures of life; where, in an exclusive way, is conserved and transmitted whole the doctrine of Jesus Christ and wherein is dispensed the mysteries of heavenly grace.
It is therefore by force of the right of Our supreme Apostolic ministry, entrusted to us by the same Christ the Lord, which, having to carry out with [supreme] participation all the duties of the good Shepherd and to follow and embrace with paternal love all the men of the world, we send this Letter of Ours to all the Christians from whom We are separated, with which we exhort them warmly and beseech them with insistence to hasten to return to the one fold of Christ; we desire in fact from the depths of the heart their salvation in Christ Jesus, and we fear having to render an account one day to Him, Our Judge, if, through some possibility, we have not pointed out and prepared the way for them to attain eternal salvation. In all Our prayers and supplications, with thankfulness, day and night we never omit to ask for them, with humble insistence, from the eternal Shepherd of souls the abundance of goods and heavenly graces. And since, if also, we fulfill in the earth the office of vicar, with all our heart we await with open arms the return of the wayward sons to the Catholic Church, in order to receive them with infinite fondness into the house of the Heavenly Father and to enrich them with its inexhaustible treasures. By our greatest wish for the return to the truth and the communion with the Catholic Church, upon which depends not only the salvation of all of them, but above all also of the whole Christian society: the entire world in fact cannot enjoy true peace if it is not of one fold and one shepherd.
Three years after Catholics: A Fable had aired here in the United States of America, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre was suspended a divinis for publicly offering the "forbidden" Mass, the Immemorial Mass of Tradition. Writing shortly after his illegal and illicit suspension by Pope Paul VI in 1976, the late Archbishop, who frequently used very blunt language to describe the crisis facing the Church in her human elements, said the following:
What could be clearer. We are suspended a divinis by the conciliar church, for the conciliar church to which we have no wish to belong.
The conciliar church is a schismatic church because it breaks with the Catholic Church that has always been. It has its new dogmas, its new priesthood, its new institutions, its new worship; all already condemned by the church in many a document – official and definitive.
This is why the founders of the conciliar church insist so much on obedience to today’s church, prescinding from yesterday’s church as though it no longer existed.
This conciliar church is schismatic because it has taken as a basis for its updating, principals opposed to those of the Catholic Church. This conciliar church is therefore not Catholic!
To whatever extent pope, bishops, priests, or faithful adhere to this new church, they separate themselves from the Catholic Church.
Today’s Church is the true Church only to whatever extent it is a continuation of and one body with the Church of yesterday and of always. The norm of Catholic faith is tradition. The demand of His Eminence Msgr Benelli is then illuminating: submission to the conciliar church, to the Vatican II church, to the schismatic church!
For our part we persevere in the Catholic church by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary."
Is the One World Church, controlled by Jews and Masons by their kindred spirits in the Catholic Church, just a fable? The evidence suggests strongly that the One World Church forseen and condemned by Pope Saint Pius X is very much the goal of ecumenists. Have we heard one word of condemnation of Father Hans Kung's agenda in this regard from Pope Benedict XVI? Oh, no, this is all just a fable, right? I hope we do not have to "check back" in another thirty-three years to see? I hope and pray that the incredible contradictions of Catholic teaching emanating from Rome that we are witnessing at present will be ended miraculously by God as a result of the Triumph of His Most Blessed Mother's Immaculate Heart following the faithful fulfillment of her Fatima Message. Souls within the true Church are being confused and misled. Souls outside of her ranks are being reaffirmed in false religions unto the point of their dying breaths. We must, as I have noted so frequently in the past, cleave as never before to Our Lady, renewing our Total Consecration to her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart and by praying all fifteen decades of her Most Holy Rosary every single day without fail.
"When your knees begin to shake," said Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in the 1950s, "kneel on them." Indeed, we should spend as much time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament as our state-in-life permits. We must make reparation for our sins, which have wounded the Church Militant and made us less capable of planting seeds that will bring forth good fruit for the Restoration of Tradition in the Church and Christendom in the world. We must never lose heart as we bear with each other charitably despite our differences--and as we hope and pray that the grip Modernism has on the Church in her human elements at present will be ended sooner rather than later as the fruit of the Triumph of Mary Immaculate.
Vivat Christus Rex!
Our Lady of Fatima, 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.
Saint John Baptist de LaSalle, pray for us.
Saint Boniface the Martyr, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, 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 Catherine of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint John of the Cross, 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 Francisco, pray for us.
Blessed Jacinta, pray for us.
Sister Lucia, 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.