Universal Salvation for Almost All
Thomas A. Droleskey
Conciliarism's embrace of the twin, inter-related heresies of ecumenism and "universal salvation" leads inevitably to increasingly burlesque exercises opposed to the First Commandment. Every week seems to bring us at least several new outrages to God, Whose revelation about Himself and His Holy Truths has been entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church. The result of these outrages is to give continued scandal to Catholics worldwide and encouragement to those in false religions to persist in their false beliefs until the point of their dying breaths, denying quite openly the truth that outside of the Catholic Church there is no salvation.
Just recently, for example, the conciliar bishop of Rockville Centre, New York, William F. Murphy, held a three-day meeting members of the false religion known as the Sikhs, held at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, Long Island, which trains priests for the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre. Many Catholics on Long Island, quite understandably, were upset with this meeting.
I had expressed my views to one individual that the meeting was perfectly in accord with the entire conciliarist spirit that has been endorsed by one conciliar pope after another and was thus nothing out of the ordinary, that William Murphy is but a symptom of the larger problem facing the conciliar church in terms of the ethos of the counterfeit religion that most Catholics believe is a continuation of the Faith of our fathers. The conciliar popes have met with leaders of false religions throughout the course of the past forty years, going to far as to pray with them and to offer them words of praise for how their "beliefs" contribute to the betterment of the world. This proves once again, of course that the true sedevacantists are the conciliarists, who act as though the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church and the pronouncement of the preconciliar popes are fully disposable to suit the conciliarist novelty du jour.
Here is the story, written by Pete Sheehan of The Long Island Catholic, on the meeting with the Sikhs at Immaculate Conception Seminary:
|By Pete Sheehan
Huntington — In an effort to get to know each other better, representatives of the U.S. bishops’ conference and the worldwide council of the Sikh faith met last week here on Long Island.
The three-day meeting between staff members of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and representatives of the World Sikh Council included evenings of prayer and community meals at a Sikh house of worship in Glen Cove, prayer and discussions at Immaculate Conception Seminary here, and lunch with Bishop William Murphy.
The Long Island gathering was only the second meeting of a long-range, open-ended process that began last May, said Father James Massa, director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. The first meeting took place in Manhattan near the United Nations.
Heading the Sikh delegation last week was Dr. Manohar Singh, who chairs the American region of the World Sikh Council. Begun 500 years ago, the Sikh religion has an estimated 25 million adherents worldwide and about one-half million in the U.S.
This is one of the first bilateral dialogues — intense discussion among representatives of two religious groups in which all participants try to understand the others’ faith perspective — between Sikhs and Catholics, said Father Massa, a Brooklyn diocesan priest and a former professor at the seminary.
Both Catholics and Sikhs have previously joined in larger multilateral exchanges that included adherents of other religions, such as Islam.
“It was a joy being with you today,” Bishop Murphy told the Sikh delegates following lunch on Oct. 6 at the seminary. “The dialogue has to grow,” as both the nation and Long Island become more ethnically and religiously diverse, “and I think we are all going to learn from it.”
“There are about 100 gurdwaras — Sikh houses of worship,” in the U.S., said Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia, who chairs the interfaith committee of the American Region of the World Sikh Council.
Butalia, a researcher in civil engineering at the Ohio State University in Columbus, estimated that 40,000 to 60,000 Sikhs live on Long Island and that there are several gurdwaras, including Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara in Glen Cove, where the delegates met twice for prayer and community meals. About 100,000 Sikhs live in the New York City area.
| The Sikh faith began in the 15th century in the South Asian region of Punjab between India and Pakistan at a time of intense conflict between Mogul rulers, who were mostly Muslim, and the mostly Hindu general population, Butalia explained. “The Sikh faith grew up in an effort toward reconciliation.
“We practice a specific way to God,” Butalia noted, but respect all other legitimate paths to God. Their beliefs stem from the teachings of the 10 Gurus (teachers who speak for God) beginning with their founder, Guru Nanak.
Sikh beliefs include the importance of prayer, reincarnation, honest work and living, recognition of human equality, commitment to truth and justice for the oppressed, charity, service to others, and a commitment to peace. Sikhs do accept the use of force but only as a last resort, Butalia said.
As is the Sikh practice, all the male members of his delegation had full beards and moustaches and wore turbans.
All observant Sikhs abstain from cutting their hair, Butalia said. Sikh males are required to wear the turban, but it is optional for women.
The dialogue sessions began the evening of Oct. 5 and concluded the morning of Oct. 7. At the seminary, both delegations were present for Morning Prayer with the seminarians and Mass. Topics at the different discussions included the meaning of each religion’s Scriptures.
“It is a building of understanding and trust,” said Father Francis Tiso, associate director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
1) Bishop William F. Murphy and two Sikhs (The Long Island Catholic), a mission to "sikh" and destroy the Catholic Faith; 2) Bishop Murphy gathered around the Cranmer table at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, Hicksville, New York. The Diocese of Rockville Centre: A Vatican II Diocese.
As a native of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, I have fought many a losing battle with the diocesan authorities over the past three decades. The only time that a loss was not realized in a confrontation with the diocese's longtime ordinary, the late Bishop John Raymond McGann, came when the late Silvio Cardinal Oddi, then the Prefect of the Congregation of the Clergy, personally intervened to save the pastorate of Father Robert E. Mason at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park, Long Island, back in March of 1983. Cardinal Oddi told me the following when I visited him in Rome in October of 1984: "Your bishop came to see me after you wrote your nice letter. He sat where are you sitting, yes, in the same chair. We had a little chat. He changed his mind." Cardinal Oddi clasped his hands together and twiddled his fingers as he smiled broadly after recounting his meeting with McGann in April of 1983. Alas, that was only one of many battles fought in my "conservative" days, a time when I believed that John Paul II was going to "straighten out" the problems in the Church.
It came, therefore, as no surprise whatsoever to learn that the meeting with the Sikhs at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, Long Island, had the imprimatur of the Vatican itself. Here is the communication issued by Bishop Murphy's office to those who complained about the meeting:
It may be of interest for you to know that this meeting was held at the specific request of the Holy See.
The very words of Sacred Scripture mean nothing to the scions of conciliarism. Authentic charity seeks the conversion of others to the true Faith.
Saint John the Evangelist put it this way in his Second Epistle:
And this is charity, that we walk according to his commandments. For this is the commandment, that, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in the same: For many seducers are gone out into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh: this is a seducer and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that you lose not the things which you have wrought: but that you may receive a full reward. Whosoever revolteth, and continueth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that continueth in the doctrine, the same hath both the Father and the Son. If any man come to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him, God speed you. (2 Jn. 1: 6-10)
No one in the Diocese of Rockville Centre or the Vatican can admit that the Sikhs are seducers who deny the Sacred Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. No one in the Diocese of Rockville Centre can admit the following simple Catholic truth: all religions other than Catholicism are false. The Sikhs have a false religion and their adherents must be converted to the true Faith in order to be saved.
Pope Eugene IV's Papal Bull Cantate Domino, issued during the Council of Florence in 1441,
is a clarion call to all Catholics to be faithful to the mission that Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ gave to the Apostles before He ascended to the Father's right hand in glory on Ascension Thursday. Cantate Domino states quite clearly that the souls of unbelievers are at risk, thus meaning that Catholics have an urgent need to seek their conversion:
It [The Holy Roman Church] firmly believes, professes, and proclaims that those not living within the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics cannot become participants in eternal life, but will depart "into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels" [Matt. 25:41], unless before the end of life the same have been added to the flock; and that the unity of the ecclesiastical body is so strong that only to those remaining in it are the sacraments of the Church of benefit for salvation, and do fastings, almsgiving, and other functions of piety and exercises of Christian service produce eternal reward, and that no one, whatever almsgiving he has practiced, even if he has shed blood for the name of Christ, can be saved, unless he has remained in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church
The Vatican-sponsored exercise in religious indifferentism and syncretism at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York, is absolutely nothing new. Indeed, it pales into comparison when one considers that the ostensibly reigning pontiff kissed the Koran, a false book that denies the Sacred Divinity of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, back in 1986 when it was presented to him. A quick review of a few excerpts from some preconciliar papal encyclical letters will illustrate that the novelties of the conciliar church have been condemned over and over and over again. (I would also call your attention on the whole issue of the falsity of the principles contained in Dignitatis Humanae, A Study of the Doctrinal Errors of Dignitatis Humanae.)
Pope Leo XII used the occasion of his first encyclical letter, Ubi Primum, May 5, 1824, to denounce the errors of his day, including the ethos of Freemasonry that leads ultimately to the acceptance of religious indifferentism:
Who can reflect without weeping on the fierce and mighty conflicts which have raged in Our times and continue to rage almost daily against the Catholic religion? Listen to St. Jerome: "It is no small spark, no small spark, I say, which is scarcely seen in being observed; it is not a little leaven which is obviously a small thing. It is rather a flame which attempts to devastate almost the entire world and to burn up walls, cities, broad pastures and districts; and a leaven which mixes with the flour and tries to destroy its whole substance."With this reason for fear, We would lose all heart for Our apostolic service were it not that the Guardian of Israel does not slumber or sleep, and says to His disciples: "Behold I am with you all days even to the end of the world," and condescends to be shepherd of shepherds as well as guardian of the sheep.
But at what are these remarks aimed? A certain sect, which you surely know, has unjustly arrogated to itself the name of philosophy, and has aroused from the ashes the disorderly ranks of practically every error. Under the gentle appearance of piety and liberality this sect professes what they call tolerance or indifferentism. It preaches that not only in civil affairs, which is not Our concern here, but also in religion, God has given every individual a wide freedom to embrace and adopt without danger to his salvation whatever sect or opinion appeals to him on the basis of his private judgment. The apostle Paul warns us against the impiety of these madmen. "I beseech you, brethren, to behold those who create dissensions and scandals beyond the teaching which you have learned. Keep away from such men. They do not serve Christ Our Lord but their own belly, and by sweet speeches and blessings they seduce the hearts of the innocent."
Of course this error is not new, but in Our days it rages with a new rashness against the constancy and integrity of the Catholic faith. Eusebius cites Rhodo as his source for saying that the heretic Apelles in the second century had already produced the mad theory that faith should not be investigated, but that each man should persevere in the faith he was raised in. Even those who put faith in a crucified man were to be saved, according to Apelles, provided that they engaged in good works. Rhetorius too, as We learn from St. Augustine, used to claim that all the heretics walked on the right road and spoke truth. But Augustine adds that this is such nonsense that he cannot believe it. The current indifferentism has developed to the point of arguing that everyone is on the right road. This includes not only all those sects which though outside the Catholic Church verbally accept revelation as a foundation, but those groups too which spurn the idea of divine revelation and profess a pure deism or even a pure naturalism. The indifferentism of Rhetorius seemed absurd to St. Augustine, and rightly so, but it did acknowledge certain limits. But a tolerance which extends to Deism and Naturalism, which even the ancient heretics rejected, can never be approved by anyone who uses his reason. Nevertheless -- alas for the times; alas for this lying philosophy!-such a tolerance is approved, defended, and praised by these pseudophilosophers.
Certainly many remarkable authors, adherents of the true philosophy, have taken pains to attack and crush this strange view. But the matter is so self-evident that it is superfluous to give additional arguments. It is impossible for the most true God, who is Truth Itself, the best, the wisest Provider, and the Rewarder of good men, to approve all sects who profess false teachings which are often inconsistent with one another and contradictory, and to confer eternal rewards on their members. For we have a surer word of the prophet, and in writing to you We speak wisdom among the perfect; not the wisdom of this world but the wisdom of God in a mystery. By it we are taught, and by divine faith we hold one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and that no other name under heaven is given to men except the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth in which we must be saved. This is why we profess that there is no salvation outside the Church.
But Oh! the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How incomprehensible His judgments! God, who destroys the wisdom of the wise, has clearly given the enemies of His Church, who despise supernatural revelation, a perverted mind corresponding to the symbol of iniquity which was written on the forehead of the wicked woman in the Apocalypse. For what greater iniquity is there than for those proud men not only to abandon true religion, but also to seek to ensnare the imprudent by criticisms of every sort, in speech and writings filled with all deceit! Let God arise and restrain, make futile and destroy this unbridled license in all its manifestations.
"But a tolerance which extends to Deism and Naturalism, which even the ancient heretics rejected, can never be approved by anyone who uses his reason. Nevertheless--alas for the times; alas for this lying philosophy!--such a tolerance is approved, defended, and praised by these pseudophilosophers." Indeed, and it has been approved by the conciliar popes and their bishops for over forty years now, to the detriment of the souls of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. I am afraid that some folks in the chancery office in Rockville Centre have a greater familiarity with the Sikhs than they do with Pope Leo XII's encyclical letters.
Pope Pius VIII put the matter very bluntly in his first and only encyclical letter, Traditi Humilitati, May 24, 1829:
Although God may console Us with you, We are nonetheless sad. This is due to the numberless errors and the teachings of perverse doctrines which, no longer secretly and clandestinely but openly and vigorously, attack the Catholic faith. You know how evil men have raised the standard of revolt against religion through philosophy (of which they proclaim themselves doctors) and through empty fallacies devised according to natural reason. In the first place, the Roman See is assailed and the bonds of unity are, every day, being severed. The authority of the Church is weakened and the protectors of things sacred are snatched away and held in contempt. The holy precepts are despised, the celebration of divine offices is ridiculed, and the worship of God is cursed by the sinner. All things which concern religion are relegated to the fables of old women and the superstitions of priests. Truly lions have roared in Israel.With tears We say: "Truly they have conspired against the Lord and against His Christ." Truly the impious have said: "Raze it, raze it down to its foundations."
Among these heresies belongs that foul contrivance of the sophists of this age who do not admit any difference among the different professions of faith and who think that the portal of eternal salvation opens for all from any religion. They, therefore, label with the stigma of levity and stupidity those who, having abandoned the religion which they learned, embrace another of any kind, even Catholicism. This is certainly a monstrous impiety which assigns the same praise and the mark of the just and upright man to truth and to error, to virtue and to vice, to goodness and to turpitude. Indeed this deadly idea concerning the lack of difference among religions is refuted even by the light of natural reason. We are assured of this because the various religions do not often agree among themselves. If one is true, the other must be false; there can be no society of darkness with light. Against these experienced sophists the people must be taught that the profession of the Catholic faith is uniquely true, as the apostle proclaims: one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Jerome used to say it this way: he who eats the lamb outside this house will perish as did those during the flood who were not with Noah in the ark. Indeed, no other name than the name of Jesus is given to men, by which they may be saved. He who believes shall be saved; he who does not believe shall be condemned.
Pope Gregory XVI, who succeeded Pope Pius VIII to the Throne of Saint Peter in 1831, used Mirari Vos, August 15, 1832, to condemn religious indifferentism and conciliarism's own love of novelty:
Now We consider another abundant source of the evils with which the Church is afflicted at present: indifferentism. This perverse opinion is spread on all sides by the fraud of the wicked who claim that it is possible to obtain the eternal salvation of the soul by the profession of any kind of religion, as long as morality is maintained. Surely, in so clear a matter, you will drive this deadly error far from the people committed to your care. With the admonition of the apostle that "there is one God, one faith, one baptism" may those fear who contrive the notion that the safe harbor of salvation is open to persons of any religion whatever. They should consider the testimony of Christ Himself that "those who are not with Christ are against Him," and that they disperse unhappily who do not gather with Him. Therefore "without a doubt, they will perish forever, unless they hold the Catholic faith whole and inviolate."Let them hear Jerome who, while the Church was torn into three parts by schism, tells us that whenever someone tried to persuade him to join his group he always exclaimed: "He who is for the See of Peter is for me." A schismatic flatters himself falsely if he asserts that he, too, has been washed in the waters of regeneration. Indeed Augustine would reply to such a man: "The branch has the same form when it has been cut off from the vine; but of what profit for it is the form, if it does not live from the root?"
This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. "But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error," as Augustine was wont to say.When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin. Then truly "the bottomless pit" is open from which John saw smoke ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to devastate the earth. Thence comes transformation of minds, corruption of youths, contempt of sacred things and holy laws -- in other words, a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other. Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil, namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire for novelty
Pope Gregory XVI's successor, Pius IX, wrote the following in Qui Pluribus, November 9, 1846:
Also perverse is the shocking theory that it makes no difference to which religion one belongs, a theory which is greatly at variance even with reason. By means of this theory, those crafty men remove all distinction between virtue and vice, truth and error, honorable and vile action. They pretend that men can gain eternal salvation by the practice of any religion, as if there could ever be any sharing between justice and iniquity, any collaboration between light and darkness, or any agreement between Christ and Belial.
Would Pope Pius IX have met with a group of Sikhs and not urged them to convert to the true Faith? Would he have contended that there are "elements of truth" in this false religion? Would his words be welcomed by the officials of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, a self-styled "Vatican II" diocese?
The Syllabus of Errors, approved by Pope Pius IX in 1864, condemned the following errors that have become commonplace in Catholic schools and universities and colleges and seminaries, to say nothing of the Vatican itself:
15. Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true. -- Allocution "Maxima quidem," June 9, 1862; Damnatio "Multiplices inter," June 10, 1851.
16. Man may, in the observance of any religion whatever, find the way of eternal salvation, and arrive at eternal salvation. -- Encyclical "Qui pluribus," Nov. 9, 1846.
17. Good hope at least is to be entertained of the eternal salvation of all those who are not at all in the true Church of Christ. -- Encyclical "Quanto conficiamur," Aug. 10, 1863, etc.
18. Protestantism is nothing more than another form of the same true Christian religion, in which form it is given to please God equally as in the Catholic Church. -- Encyclical "Noscitis," Dec. 8, 1849.
It is rather doubtful that the following passages from Pope Leo XIII's Satis Cognitum, December 8, 1896, were given to the Sikhs by the officials of the Diocese of Rockville Centre to study and to accept. Indeed, it is doubtful that any official from the Diocese of Rockville Centre has ever read Satis Cognitum, no less agree with its contents:
It is so evident from the clear and frequent testimonies of Holy Writ that the true Church of Jesus Christ is one, that no Christian can dare to deny it. But in judging and determining the nature of this unity many have erred in various ways. Not the foundation of the Church alone, but its whole constitution, belongs to the class of things effected by Christ's free choice. For this reason the entire case must be judged by what was actually done. We must consequently investigate not how the Church may possibly be one, but how He, who founded it, willed that it should be one. But when we consider what was actually done we find that Jesus Christ did not, in point of fact, institute a Church to embrace several communities similar in nature, but in themselves distinct, and lacking those bonds which render the Church unique and indivisible after that manner in which in the symbol of our faith we profess: "I believe in one Church." "The Church in respect of its unity belongs to the category of things indivisible by nature, though heretics try to divide it into many parts...We say, therefore, that the Catholic Church is unique in its essence, in its doctrine, in its origin, and in its excellence...Furthermore, the eminence of the Church arises from its unity, as the principle of its constitution - a unity surpassing all else, and having nothing like unto it or equal to it" (S. Clemens Alexandrinus, Stronmatum lib. viii., c. 17). For this reason Christ, speaking of the mystical edifice, mentions only one Church, which he calls His own - "I will build my church; " any other Church except this one, since it has not been founded by Christ, cannot be the true Church. This becomes even more evident when the purpose of the Divine Founder is considered. For what did Christ, the Lord, ask? What did He wish in regard to the Church founded, or about to be founded? This: to transmit to it the same mission and the same mandate which He had received from the Father, that they should be perpetuated. This He clearly resolved to do: this He actually did. "As the Father hath sent me, I also send you" (John xx., 21). "Ad thou hast sent Me into the world I also have sent them into the world" (John xvii., 18).
But the mission of Christ is to save that which had perished: that is to say, not some nations or peoples, but the whole human race, without distinction of time or place. "The Son of Man came that the world might be saved by Him" (John iii., 17). "For there is no other name under Heaven given to men whereby we must be saved" (Acts iv., 12). The Church, therefore, is bound to communicate without stint to all men, and to transmit through all ages, the salvation effected by Jesus Christ, and the blessings flowing there from. Wherefore, by the will of its Founder, it is necessary that this Church should be one in all lands and at all times. to justify the existence of more than one Church it would be necessary to go outside this world, and to create a new and unheard - of race of men.
That the one Church should embrace all men everywhere and at all times was seen and foretold by Isaias, when looking into the future he saw the appearance of a mountain conspicuous by its all surpassing altitude, which set forth the image of "The House of the Lord" - that is, of the Church, "And in the last days the mountain of the House of the Lord shall be prepared on the top of the mountains" (Isa. ii., 2).
But this mountain which towers over all other mountains is one; and the House of the Lord to which all nations shall come to seek the rule of living is also one. "And all nations shall flow into it. And many people shall go, and say: Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the House of the God of Jacob, and He will teach us His ways, and we will walk in His paths" (Ibid., ii., 2-3).
Explaining this passage, Optatus of Milevis says: "It is written in the prophet Isaias: 'from Sion the law shall go forth and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.' For it is not on Mount Sion that Isaias sees the valley, but on the holy mountain, that is, the Church, which has raised itself conspicuously throughout the entire Roman world under the whole heavens....The Church is, therefore, the spiritual Sion in which Christ has been constituted King by God the Father, and which exists throughout the entire earth, on which there is but one Catholic Church" (De Schism. Donatist., lib. iii., n. 2). And Augustine says: "What can be so manifest as a mountain, or so well known? There are, it is true, mountains which are unknown because they are situated in some remote part of the earth But this mountain is not unknown; for it has filled the whole face of the world, and about this it is said that it is prepared on the summit of the mountains" (In Ep. Joan., tract i., n. 13).
Moreover, Pope Pius XI's Mortalium Animos, although it dealt generally with efforts by Catholics to engage in syncretist "ecumenical" efforts with Protestants, noted that Catholics must seek the conversion of all others, not engage in the sort of "discussions" that are founded in the belief that false religions have "elements of truth" and that Catholics have "something" to learn from adherents of false religions:
Furthermore, in this one Church of Christ no man can be or remain who does not accept, recognize and obey the authority and supremacy of Peter and his legitimate successors. Did not the ancestors of those who are now entangled in the errors of Photius and the reformers, obey the Bishop of Rome, the chief shepherd of souls? Alas their children left the home of their fathers, but it did not fall to the ground and perish for ever, for it was supported by God. Let them therefore return to their common Father, who, forgetting the insults previously heaped on the Apostolic See, will receive them in the most loving fashion. For if, as they continually state, they long to be united with Us and ours, why do they not hasten to enter the Church, "the Mother and mistress of all Christ's faithful"? Let them hear Lactantius crying out: "The Catholic Church is alone in keeping the true worship. This is the fount of truth, this the house of Faith, this the temple of God: if any man enter not here, or if any man go forth from it, he is a stranger to the hope of life and salvation. Let none delude himself with obstinate wrangling. For life and salvation are here concerned, which will be lost and entirely destroyed, unless their interests are carefully and assiduously kept in mind."
The fact that there was no mention in The Long Island Catholic article about the necessity of the Sikhs to convert to the Catholic Church to save their immortal souls speaks volumes about the illegitimacy of the conciliar church and its false tenets.
Saint Patrick did not arrive at a "mutual understanding" with the Druids. He sought to convert them, starting with their chieftains. (See an article by Bishop Pivarunas on this very matter, Contrasting St. Patrick's Missionary Spirit with Vatican II).
Father Pierre Jean De Smet did not walk hundreds upon hundreds of miles to meet with various Indian tribes to find out how to accommodate the Catholic Faith to the false worship of the Indians. He sought to convert them.
Saint Francis Xavier did not go to the Far East to learn how to engage in "zen" meditation. He went there to convert practitioners of false religions to the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation. (See Bishop Pivarunas's The End of the World / False Ecumenism / Vatican Council II (by Bishop Pivarunas, CMRI)
Although the point has been made many times on this site in the past few months, it is necessary once again to point out that Pope Saint Pius X had it precisely correct when he noted in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910, that the thrust of Modernism (in the form of the The Sillon in France) was to lead to the establishment of the One-World Church:
But stranger still, alarming and saddening at the same time, are the audacity and frivolity of men who call themselves Catholics and dream of re-shaping society under such conditions, and of establishing on earth, over and beyond the pale of the Catholic Church, "the reign of love and justice" with workers coming from everywhere, of all religions and of no religion, with or without beliefs, so long as they forego what might divide them - their religious and philosophical convictions, and so long as they share what unites them - a "generous idealism and moral forces drawn from whence they can" When we consider the forces, knowledge, and supernatural virtues which are necessary to establish the Christian City, and the sufferings of millions of martyrs, and the light given by the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and the self-sacrifice of all the heroes of charity, and a powerful hierarchy ordained in heaven, and the streams of Divine Grace - the whole having been built up, bound together, and impregnated by the life and spirit of Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God, the Word made man - when we think, I say, of all this, it is frightening to behold new apostles eagerly attempting to do better by a common interchange of vague idealism and civic virtues. What are they going to produce? What is to come of this collaboration? A mere verbal and chimerical construction in which we shall see, glowing in a jumble, and in seductive confusion, the words Liberty, Justice, Fraternity, Love, Equality, and human exultation, all resting upon an ill-understood human dignity. It will be a tumultuous agitation, sterile for the end proposed, but which will benefit the less Utopian exploiters of the people. Yes, we can truly say that the Sillon, its eyes fixed on a chimera, brings Socialism in its train.
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."
"...It is frightening to behold new apostles eagerly attempting to do better by a common interchange of vague idealism and civic virtues?" Does not this describe to a tee the entire conciliarist mentality, that we can find "common ground" with the Sikhs and all others to build the "better" world?
Obliterated entirely from the mindset of the conciliarists, including Benedict XVI, is any desire at all to rebuild the Catholic City mentioned by Pope Saint Pius X in Notre Charge Apostolique:
No, Venerable Brethren, We must repeat with the utmost energy in these times of social and intellectual anarchy when everyone takes it upon himself to teach as a teacher and lawmaker - the City cannot be built otherwise than as God has built it; society cannot be setup unless the Church lays the foundations and supervises the work; no, civilization is not something yet to be found, nor is the New City to be built on hazy notions; it has been in existence and still is: it is Christian civilization, it is the Catholic City. It has only to be set up and restored continually against the unremitting attacks of insane dreamers, rebels and miscreants. omnia instaurare in Christo.
No, the Catholic City is not on the agenda of Benedict XVI and his conciliar bishops, men who believe that it is possible to improve conditions in the world without seeking the conversion of all men in all nations to the Catholic Church so that they can attempt to cooperate with the graces won for all men for all time by the shedding of Our Lord's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flow to us through the loving hands of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of All Graces. As noted a few days ago for the umpteenth time, Benedict believes in the heresy of universal salvation, just yesterday raising the possibility that Judas Iscariot was forgiven by Our Lord and was saved after he had committed suicide.
From Zenit, October 18, 2006:
This mystery [of Judas Iscariot] is even more profound if one thinks of his eternal fate, knowing that Judas "repented and brought back the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying 'I have sinned in betraying innocent blood'" (Matthew 27:3-4). Though he departed afterward to hang himself (cf. Matthew 27:5), it is not for us to judge his gesture, putting ourselves in God's place, who is infinitely merciful and just.
To counteract this embrace of Hans Urs von Balthasar's heresy of universal salvation, I direct your attention once again to Father Regis Scanlon's
The Inflated Reputation of Hans Urs von Balthasar, which deals with the whole question of the "hope" in Judas Iscariot' "salvation." I also direct your attention once again to Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas's lectures. Oct. 13, 2006 Sedevanctism Part I (35 Minutes); Oct.13, 2006 Sedevanctism Part II (31 Minutes); Oct. 13, 2006 Sedevanctism Part III (33 Minutes); Oct. 13, 2006 Sedevanctism Part IV (35 Minutes).
The Catholic Church cannot be the author of the madness emanating from Rome. Even Mario Francesco Cardinal Pompedda, no friend of Tradition at all, admitted that sedevacantism is admitted by the canonical doctrine of the Church, as noted in a Zenit report of February 8, 2005:
VATICAN CITY, FEB. 8, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Even if the Pope were unable to speak, he could continue to guide the Catholic Church, says the retired prefect of the Apostolic Signature, the Church's supreme court.
In regard to "the exercise of power, of the ministry, which is an exercise of jurisdiction, … it is not necessary to be able to speak," Cardinal Mario Francesco Pompedda said in statements published today in the Turin newspaper La Stampa.
"It is sufficient that [the Pope] expresses his will and that he does so in a clear manner. He can express his will perfectly in writing, or he can also express it in obvious and significant gestures," added the cardinal.
"The power of government is based on an act of will; there is no formula that must be pronounced in the exercise of jurisdiction, as occurs in the sacraments," he noted.
"No one would ever be able to cast doubt on a decision of the Pope which, even if it is not manifested with speech, is expressed in writing, or with gestures, with expressions that express clearly his will," Cardinal Pompedda, 75, continued.
The cardinal outlined how a pope might proffer his resignation. He said such a declaration "must be public" and added: "He could do so before two witnesses, before the College of Cardinals, before a synod, or by appearing at the window of his apartment, saying publicly, 'I resign.' There are no codified formulas."
The Code of Canon Law does not include dispositions in case of a pope's "incapacity due to illness," the cardinal noted.
Cardinal Pompedda reminded his listeners that the apostolic constitution "Universi Dominici Gregis," which regulates matters concerning a pope's eventual death, includes the expression "the Roman See, when for any reason it becomes vacant."
"By analogy, one could apply to a pope the norms that the Code provides for a vacant episcopal see," said the cardinal. "Also foreseen is the case of impediment. That is, when the bishop is no longer able to communicate with his own community, because of exile [or] prison.
"It is true that the canonical doctrine states that the see would be vacant in the case of heresy. ... But in regard to all else, I think what is applicable is what judgment regulates human acts. And the act of will, namely a resignation or capacity to govern or not govern, is a human act."
He added: "There is no human act when on the part of the intellect there is a lack of awareness or knowledge of what one is doing, or when on the part of the will there is no freedom."
I understand that the issue as to whether heresy has been promoted by the Second Vatican Council and the conciliar popes is not settled in the minds of many Catholics. (Bishop Pivarunas has written an excellent article on this very subject that I am seeking to obtain in text form so as to be published on this site. Another fine article was written in Sacerdotium in 1994 by Father
Curzio Nitoglia and is available at The Magisterium of Vatican II.) That the former head of the Apostolic Signatura admits that "the see would be vacant in the case of heresy" should indicate to those with an open mind that those who have been advancing the sedevacantist proposition over the years are not bereft of the sensus Catholicus or of a sense of canon law. We are face to face with words and actions from ostensibly reigning pontiffs and their bishops that would have curdled the blood of men such as Pius VIII or Gregory XVI or Pius IX or Leo XIII or St. Pius X or Pius XI, to name just a few. The words and the actions of the past forty years would have curdled the blood of the men and women who did indeed shed their blood in the first centuries of the Church to avoid even the appearance of giving credence to false religions.
One of the great ironies of the present day is that those who profess "universal salvation" do not mean to include Catholics who are outside of the conciliar structures and reject conciliarism as the antithesis of Catholicism. Perhaps someone should modify Hans Urs von Balthasar's false theology of "universal salvation" to read "universal salvation for almost all." "Universal salvation" clearly does not embrace any Catholic who rejects the heresy of "universal salvation." This works in a Hegelian kind of way, if you think about: Universal Salvation contains within it the seeds of its own internal contradiction!
In all seriousness, however, we must, despite the apostasy that is all around us, maintain the Faith of our fathers and keep ourselves away from everything to do with the counterfeit religion of conciliarism. We must pray and fast and do penance for our own sins, which have contributed mightily to the state of the Church and the world, as we offer all of our sufferings and mortifications and humiliations (just embrace sedevacantism openly and see the humiliations that come your way and how "charitably" one will be dealt with by your fellow Catholics, some of whom express openly a desire to see you in Hell itself, not exactly a thought that comes from the Divine Redeemer, Who told us to pray even for our enemies and to forgive even those who trespass against us even as we are forgiven by His Heavenly Father) to the Blessed Trinity through Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart as her consecrated slaves. We must pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit. And we must deal truly charitably with our fellow Catholics who may disagree with us during this time of apostasy and betrayal.
Keep close to Our Lady as she keeps close to her Divine Son in the Immemorial Mass of the ages. She will have the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart. May we help to plant a few seeds for the glorious day when the Reign of Christ the King and of Mary our Immaculate Queen will be restored in a world pulsating with the joy of the Catholic City.
Vivat Christus Rex! Vivat Maria Regina Immaculata!
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 John the Beloved, 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 Luke, pray for us.
Saint Peter Alcantara, pray for us.
Saint John Mary Vianney, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Saint Therese Lisieux, pray for us.
Saint Martin of Tours, pray for us.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, pray for us.
Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Saint Basil, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Tarcisius, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Agnes, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us.
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us.
Blessed Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro, pray for us.
Blessed Francisco, pray for us.
Blessed Jacinta, pray for us.
The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.