Thomas A. Droleskey
Vast is the damage caused by the conciliar revolutionaries.
Untold numbers of souls have been fed error after error, believing that the apostasies that have been advanced, the blasphemies that have been uttered and the sacrileges that have been committed by the doctrinal, liturgical and moral revolutionaries of the counterfeit church of conciliarism represented the official teaching of the Catholic Church.
A whole host of now elderly Catholics who had been taught the truths of the true Faith in their youth permitted to have their sensus Catholicus by the ceaseless diet of liturgical change that accustomed them into thinking that everything about the Catholic Faith was subject for change, including her doctrines and pastoral praxis, resenting bitterly anyone of their own age group who dares to remind them that they have been deceived into thinking that errors condemned by our true popes and true general councils are not acceptable because a "pope" has said so.
Three entire generations of Catholics have been "educated" by priests and presbyters, religious sisters and lay teachers into believing that they are the moral automatons and that a "loving God" accepts them and others who are steeped in one unrepentant sin after another "just as they are." Sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance are endorsed with ready abandon after having first had their natural resistance to such sins broken down by the rot of explicit classroom instruction in matters pertaining to the Sixth and Ninth Commandments from even their pre-Kindergarten years.
I encountered increasingly more and more of these miseducated young Catholics as the years of my college teaching career progressed. They were aghast to hear a Catholic teach them that what they thought was Catholicism was the antithesis of the Catholic Faith, something that should have convinced me that the conciliar officials had expelled themselves from the bosom of the Catholic Church:
Time and space do not permit a full recitation of the empirical evidence demonstrating how conciliarism has offended God and harmed souls. A few examples from my own personal experience, some of which have been cited on this site before, as well as those told to me by others, who had learned of them firsthand themselves, will suffice for the moment.
There was the student at Nassau Community College in the Spring 1983 Semester who, despite having been through thirteen years of Catholic education, was mystified as to the identify of Judas Iscariot when I mentioned him in a class lecture.
There was the student at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University in the Fall 1995 Semester who, despite having been through thirteen years of Catholic education, had never heard of Original Sin and Adam and Eve's Fall from Grace in the Garden of Eden.
There are the countless numbers of fallen away Catholics, just ordinary people who are being led by the current of events rather than by the truths of the true Faith, we meet in the days of our extensive travels who told us that they were told by "priests" that one religion is a good as another.
There are the vocations directors, both of dioceses and religious communities, I dealt with in the 1970s who told me that the call to the priesthood comes from the "community," not from a bishop or a religious superior as a representative of God Himself, and that a man's ordination to the priesthood is ratified by the "applause of the community."
There was the priest in the Diocese of Rockville Centre who said from the pulpit at a Novus Ordo daily Mass during Lent of 1994 who said the following: "All you have to do is to believe in a few articles of the Creed. Everything else is up for grabs."
There are the countless numbers of students who told me that they had been taught that Our Lord is present only symbolically, not actually, in the Blessed Sacrament. (We will leave aside the fact that Our Lord is not present in the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo liturgical service because of its inherent invalidity.)
There was the priest, Monsignor Frederick Schaefer, now deceased, who told me in the Confessional at Saint Brigid's Church in Westbury, New York, in the Fall of 1980 that one cannot sin unless one's "fundamental option is against God."
There was the priest in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, who shall remain nameless, who said from the pulpit of a North Shore parish in the Spring of 1981 that his Scripture professor at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York, had said that one would have seen "nothing" if a video camera had been placed in front of Our Lord's tomb from the time it was sealed until after Easter Sunday, denying the Resurrection.
There was the priest in the Diocese of Rockville Centre who told a lay woman about sixteen years ago ago that "He did not rise, He did not rise" when questioned about his belief in the actual, bodily Resurrection of Our Lord after an "adult education" course he had given.
There was the priest at Holy Apostles Seminary, a Father Anderson, who in 1981 denied the Perpetual Virginity of Our Lady, prompting the late Father John Joseph Jackie Boy Sullivan, then sixty-five years of age, to beat him up with his fists.
There was the priest in the Diocese of Rockville Centre who said from the pulpit at Saint Dominic's Church in Oyster Bay, New York, in 1988 that "moral standards" are established "by the community."
There was the priest in the Diocese of Allentown, whose name I do not recall, who said on the Feast of the Assumption in 1980 the following: "Where are we going? We're all going to Heaven, of course!"
There is the priest in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Monsignor Frank Gaeta, who wrote a tract of Lenten "reflections" in 1994 in which he stated the following: "Make no mistake about it. Judas Iscariot is in Heaven." He finished that reflection with the following invocation, "St. Judas, pray for us."
There are the countless number of parishes that have demonstrated themselves to be "open" to those who are engaged in continuous, unrepentant acts of perversity in violation o the Sixth and Ninth Commandments.
There are the countless number of horror stories that have been told to me by parents about how their children have been spiritually molested by means of graphic classroom instruction in matters pertaining to the Sixth and Ninth Commandments.
There is the former student of mine from Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, during the 1985-1986 academic year who told me six years ago that his then twelve year-old son was told in a "Catholic" school in Staten Island, New York, that "Jesus is a sinner."
There are the priests I have heard with my own ears voicing their support for contraception and abortion, making excuses also for pro-abortion Catholics in public life.
There was the former student of mine from Saint John's University in Jamaica, New York, who told me the heartbreaking story in 1988 that a Vincentian priest told her that it was "her decision" as to whether or not to kill her preborn baby. She told her husband of that counsel and they "decided" to kill their child, coming to regret it later.
There are the times when I have had to investigate conciliar "bishops" for their betrayals of the Faith, including those who sat by as what was said to be Eucharistic Adoration was denied to Catholics by their own "priests," and for their own perverse immorality, none of which mattered to conciliar Rome until the filing of lawsuits and the taking of depositions was about to begin. Men known for tolerating the grossest spiritual abuses of the young were kept in power by conciliar Rome to commit the grossest of physical abuses of the young.
There are the countless times I have witnessed the sort of "ecumenical" gatherings that have placed the true Faith on a level of equality with false religions.
There are the countless numbers of sacrileges I have witnessed at the abominable Novus Ordo liturgical service. Liturgical "dance." Improvised prayers, many of which are permitted by the General Instruction to the Roman Missal, especially during what is known in the new order of things as the "Penitential Rite." The proliferation of the laity in the sanctuary. What are believed to be consecrated Hosts strewn about churches as a result of the sacrilege of Communion in the hand.
This litany could go on ad infinitum. Those who want to close their eyes to the significance of this empirical evidence must convince themselves (and others) that these things are aberrations of the past fifty years and not the actual, inevitable consequences of the ethos engendered by conciliarism and the abominations and novelties, both of the "approved" and "unapproved" varieties, that exist in the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Although the situation gets worse and worse with each passing year and decade, we are assured by these omniscient enablers that all will be fine soon enough one day. It is thus rash, they assert, to draw any negative conclusions about conciliarism as a result of these empirical facts leaving aside, at least for the moment, the deeper theological issues that prove the counterfeit nature of conciliarism and the illegitimacy of its false shepherds.
Mind you, this says nothing of the countless millions of souls who were so scandalized by the abominations of conciliarism that they quit the practice of the Faith altogether or decided to join some Protestant sect or one or the churches belonging to Orthodoxy.
To wit, while en route back from visiting hospitalized elderly friend of ours in a city some considerable distance from where we live on Saturday evening, March 9, 2013, we met a couple at a restaurant we had stopped to pick up some slices of pie to take home with us for a Laetare Sunday dessert. What distinguished the couple was that the husband was wearing a large crucifix and his wife was very modestly dressed.
Sharon engaged them in conversation while I was purchasing the pie slices, discovering that both them had converted to Orthodoxy from the conciliar church. The husband had been studying for the conciliar presbyterate in a religious community and that the wife, who had converted from a Protestant sect to the conciliar church in the belief that it was the Catholic Church, converted to Orthodoxy after listening to a lecture on this heretical and schismatic religion in a Catholic college, considering it to be more Catholic than what she was experiencing in her local parish. Sharon gave them Green Scapulars and I exhorted them to understand that the conciliar church is not the Catholic Church, the one and only true Church, and that, to quote the late William C. Koneazny, "Our Lady will come to throw the bums out." There will be follow-up communications to seek their conversion to the true Catholic Faith that neither, through no fault of their own, has ever known or experienced.
Countless are stories of this type. Vast is the damage. Vast.
So, what are the apostate "cardinals" doing prior to the conclave that starts tomorrow afternoon, Rome time?
They spent yesterday in their Titular Churches acting as celebrities in the process of offending the honor and glory and majesty of the Most Blessed Trinity once again by staging the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service.
Let's make the rounds with some of them, staring, of course, with the man who has taken Italy by storm but who is still unlikely emerge as the next universal public face of apostasy, Timothy Michael Dolan:
ROME — There was no mistaking the fact that a dignitary was coming to Mass in Monte Mario on Sunday.
of parishioners lined the small driveway in front of Our Lady of
Guadalupe Church, holding babies and iPhones. A huge crush of reporters,
photographers and videographers with boom mikes surrounded the church
entrance. Neighbors and shoppers began to drift in, wondering what all
the hubbub was about; at one point, children scaled a chain-link
playground fence to get a better glimpse.
Cardinal Timothy M.
Dolan of New York always cuts a wide path — he is a big man with a big
job and a big personality. But on Sunday, just two days before the
College of Cardinals is to begin the conclave at which it will select a
new pope, his visit to a neighborhood church in Rome had all the makings
of a celebrity visit, and the archbishop of New York did not
“Where are my St. Louis people?” he asked about
Cardinals fans. “How’s your Uncle Ralph?” he said to one visitor. And
to the WCBS-AM reporter he exclaimed: “Rich Lamb! You are like a Roman
monument! To see Rich Lamb in Rome!”
He kissed babies, shook hands
and hugged and greeted worshipers in heavily accented but ready
Italian. He worked the pews like a rope line, moving so slowly through
the church that he arrived at the altar several minutes after the rest
of the procession.
He offered no clues about whom he would support
as the next pope, how long he thought the selection process might take
or how he felt about being mentioned as a possible candidate. “Boy, it’s
good to see you all!” he said when asked a probing question.
did say that he was “anxious to get started’’ and that although he
thought the field of candidates was unsettled when he arrived in Rome
nearly a week ago, he now felt “serenity” as well as “trust and faith.”
Citing what he said was an Italian aphorism — “You can only make gnocchi
with the dough you got’’ — he said, “We want to be good dough for the
Holy Spirit to work through.’’
And as he has repeatedly done
before, he said he thought it would be great to install a new pope on
March 19, when Roman Catholics celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph.
most explicit reference to the conclave was a joke about the meals that
the cardinals will be served once they move into the Casa Santa Marta, a
Vatican residence where they will be housed until from the start of the
conclave until a new pope is chosen. Thanking the worshipers for giving
him a large woven basket filled with Italian biscuits, cookies, tuna
and chickpeas, he said: “Maybe I can take a small candy bar into the
conclave. I hear that the food is not good.”
The cardinal’s visit
to the church was one of many made by cardinals to churches throughout
Rome on Sunday as they invited Catholics to pray for the church and the
election of a new pope. Most cardinals are assigned churches in Rome,
which they visit periodically and assist with fund-raising. Cardinal
Dolan’s is Our Lady of Guadalupe, a small and relatively modest parish
church in a middle class neighborhood on a hill about 15 minutes from
the center of Rome.
At the start of the Mass, the priest was
unable to find a match to light candles and walked through the packed
pews asking if anyone had a lighter.
But Cardinal Dolan was
greeted like royalty. The “Prince of Denmark’s March” accompanied his
entrance, and an artist in the parish, Italo Celli, crafted and gave the
cardinal a bronze bas-relief of a mother cradling a baby.
are also an elector of the next Holy Father, and we are sure we are in
good hands,’’ said Msgr. Franco Mammoli, the church’s pastor. “You have
all the gifts needed, and the Holy Spirit to guide you.”
Dolan, as is his wont, beamed throughout the Mass — at the worshipers as
they greeted him, at the choir as he sang, at an icon of the Virgin of
Guadalupe when her name was mentioned, at the heavens as he prayed. In
his five-minute homily, delivered in Italian, he said that Our Lady of
Guadalupe was his second favorite, after St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but,
in an exaggerated stage whisper, he asked the worshipers not to share
that fact with New Yorkers or the news media.
Parishioners were alternately mystified by the fuss and impressed by Cardinal Dolan’s charm.
Filippi, 55, a shopkeeper, had seen Cardinal Dolan on his previous
visit, in October, and welcomed him back to the church on Sunday.
is just very pleasant and funny man, very easygoing, not intimidating
at all, very personable,’’ she said. “I really wish he could be pope.
Among the contenders, he is the closest to John Paul II; he is
enthralling, a real leader. ‘’
Jean-Marie Manè, 37, from Senegal,
said he, too, had been struck by the cardinal’s warmth. As he walked by,
the cardinal patted Mr. Manè’s 2-year-old son and called him “my new
friend from Mass.”
“He is always smiling,’’ Mr. Manè said. “When
he came in October, he took a picture with my son. He was spreading the
joy to be Christian all around.’’
Alessia Capodanno, a 39-year-old
housewife who lives in the neighborhood and was taking her 9-year-old
daughter to Mass, was impressed simply to have a high-ranking church
official in the neighborhood.
“We had no idea that he was coming; it’s an honor that he is coming to see us,’’ she said. “What’s his name, by the way?” (At a Neighborhood Church in Rome, Dolan Delivers a Star Turn.)
The last line of this report is simply priceless as Timothy Michael Dolan said in a television interview on November 24, 2010, the Feast of Saint John of the Cross and the Commemoration of Saint Chrysogonus, that one could call God whatever you want.
Timothy Michael Dolan certainly treats God whichever way he wants, making a mockery of his entrance into what the poor Catholics in the pews at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Monte Marino north of Rome yesterday by shaking hands a plenty, something this "standard issue" for many conciliar presbyters and "bishops," including in a very legendary, trend-setting manner, of course, by Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II.
Jokes during what is considered to be an offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?
Well, perhaps this is appropriate to believe that the Novus Ordo is a Catholic liturgy is one of the cruelest jokes that the adversary has played on unsuspecting Catholic.
Dolan's fellow American apostate, Sean O'Malley, the conciliar "archbishop" of Boston, Massachusetts, set a more sober tone in his own remarks yesterday, demonstrating perhaps to his brother apostates that he is the more stable figure to represent apostasy worldwide than his exuberant, impetuous, garrulous fellow American:
ROME (CNS) — It took a “papabile” American cardinal as guest
celebrant one Sunday to fill the pews of a small Roman church, which is
normally trafficked only by hoards of backpack-slinging tourists.
Instead of dog-eared guidebooks in hand, people were actually looking
for hymnals, extra copies of which had to be fetched from the sacristy
by parish assistants.
The narrow church, which holds about 100 people, was packed
standing-room only on the Fourth Sunday of Lent with both Italians and
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston visited his titular church of
Santa Maria della Vittoria March 10 with the no-nonsense, businesslike
air of a pastor who was there simply to preside over a liturgy.
Wearing his bright scarlet cardinal robes, he alighted from a dark
sedan with Vatican City State license plates and strode straight up the
steps: no waving or fanfare as he moved confidently through the crowd of
Once inside, he put on his cornered-biretta hat and sprinkled holy water as he marched down the center aisle to the sacristy.
Little did he know that, while he was there to celebrate Mass for the
local community, the people in the pews and the Discalced Carmelites
who run the church were there to unabashedly cheer him on as the next
“Eminence, we wish, and I say this with great hope, that this will be
your last visit as titular cardinal,” Discalced Carmelite Father
Stefano Guernelli, the church’s rector and former provincial superior,
told the cardinal in his opening remarks.
He said they were praying for him to be the next pontiff, “however, without trying to push or overturn the Lord’s plans.”
“But you must promise that if our prayers are answered, your first
visit as pope” will be back to “our church and yours, Santa Maria della
Vittoria,” he said to rousing applause.
The priest said he had been telling journalists that “Cardinal Sean”
is a “kind and friendly pastor, humble yet decisive in his actions
because he truly loves the church.”
The only thing going against him “perhaps is that you are a friar and
a Capuchin at that,” he said tongue-in-cheek, as the bearded Capuchin
Speaking with his deep, measured voice, Cardinal O’Malley said Mass
and his homily in near perfect Italian, stumbling just a few times on
the language’s tricky polysyllabic terms.
He began his homily thanking everyone for coming to pray “for our church in these days that are so important for us.”
Known for a sharp wit delivered with a poker face, the cardinal
continued off-the-cuff, talking about the time he took possession of the
Roman church in 2006 and teased the Carmelites that he was thinking of
taking the church’s famed statue of St. Teresa of Avila, sculpted by
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, back to Boston.
But he said the friars told him Napoleon had tried and, like the emperor, he, too, would fail.
“So it seems to me that (the friars) have never forgiven me” because
the church rector wants him to become pope, the cardinal said.
“I want to assure him that after the conclave I will come back as
your cardinal and perhaps I will take St. Teresa back to Boston,” he
insisted with a wry smile.
He imperceptibly then switched gears to his serious side and gave a
homily based on the day’s Gospel reading of the Prodigal Son, noting how
many children of God today leave their father’s house — the church —
because of “ignorance, a lack of feeling welcome, negative experiences,
scandals, spiritual mediocrity” and other reasons.
Just like the father in Jesus’ parable, the church too must
demonstrate a welcoming evangelical joy toward its lost sheep “without
creating a difficult life toward those who have drifted and who ask to
return.” (Boston cardinal draws blockbuster crowd of fans to tiny church.)
Let me remove the mystery for you, "Cardinal" O'Malley, the conciliar church has lost sheep because of conciliarism, including the very kind of false liturgy over which you presided yesterday at Santa Maria della Vittoria.
It is you, Sean O'Malley, who have drifted from the Catholic Church and her true teachings and true liturgy.
It is you, Sean O'Malley, who have to ask for return to the bosom of Holy Mother Church as you publicly abjure your errors and then make life as difficult as possible for yourself as you, a layman, spend the rest of your life in prayer and penance for your own scandalous behavior, including playing up to the ancient enemies of the Christ the King, indemnifying pro-abortion politicians while endorsing the principle of "universal health care" administered by the civil state and closing church after church that has been decimated by your false religion's teachings and by the scandals that your predecessor, Bernard Law, enabled and covered-up and that you have given only the appearance of addressing.
Here is a reminder of just two examples of this scandalous behavior as exhibited by Sean Patrick O'Malley:
Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, facing a group of local
Jewish leaders upset by the Vatican's decision to lift the
excommunication of a Holocaust denier, yesterday declared the Holocaust
to be "the worst crime in human history" and pledged to move a Holocaust memorial to the new Braintree headquarters of the Archdiocese of Boston.
O'Malley and his top advisers on interfaith
relations met for about 75 minutes late yesterday with about 20 Jewish
leaders at the downtown office building that serves as the headquarters
for many Jewish community organizations. Two Holocaust survivors, Israel
Arbeiter and Stephan Ross, told the cardinal about their experiences
during World War II, and the group then discussed the ramifications of
Pope Benedict XVI's decision to lift the excommunication of four
traditionalist bishops, including Richard Williamson, who denies that
the Nazis used gas chambers to kill Jews.
In a telephone interview after the meeting,
O'Malley was unusually forceful in his condemnation, not only of
Holocaust denial, but of the leadership of the Society of St. Pius X,
the ultraconservative and schismatic organization to which the four
"I sincerely believe that many of the Catholics who
have gravitated toward this movement have done so because of nostalgia
and a desire to participate in the old Mass, but in some of their
leadership there's a broader agenda that's very poisonous," O'Malley
But the cardinal reiterated his support for the
pope's decision to lift the excommunications, saying it opens the door
for the Catholic church to reconcile with as many as 1.5 million members
of the society, most of whom live in Europe. One of its congregations
worships in Woburn.
"The Holy Father lifted this excommunication
unaware of the statements that Bishop Williamson had made, and his
intention was to try and begin a dialogue that might lead to
reconciliation with this group," O'Malley said. "The alternative is that
this group is going to evolve farther and farther away from the
Catholic church and probably embrace more and more of an anti-Semitic
Jewish community leaders said they are particularly
sensitive to anti-Semitism now because they perceive a rise in the
behavior globally. They noted that there has been a very strong
relationship between the Catholic and Jewish communities in Boston for
several decades, and said they were pleased by yesterday's meeting.
"It was a good conversation, and obviously the next
steps really have to come out of the Vatican," said Alan Ronkin, the
deputy director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. "The cardinal
understands the pain of the community, and we walked out of there
feeling that both sides had been heard."
The current crisis presents the first real
opportunity for O'Malley to publicly demonstrate leadership on
Catholic-Jewish relations in Boston.
At yesterday's meeting, O'Malley said he had been
planning to move a large outdoor menorah that commemorates the Holocaust
from the grounds of the former chancery building in Brighton to the new
pastoral center in Braintree. He suggested a Holocaust memorial service
to mark the transfer. The Jewish community leaders agreed to
participate in the ceremony.
O'Malley also said that he would travel this week
to Washington for a memorial service for Rabbi Leon Klenicki, the
longtime interfaith-affairs director for the Anti-Defamation League and a
friend of the cardinal for the past several decades. O'Malley said that
after the memorial service, he would meet with national leaders of
Jewish organizations to discuss "improving communications."
O'Malley also said the pope's expected trip to
Israel in May "will be a wonderful occasion for him to be able to
clarify before the world the church's strong feelings about the
Holocaust and our special friendship with the Jewish community." (Cardinal reaches out to Jewish leaders. See also No Crime Is Worse Than Deicide.)
You want more examples?
Well just see No Crime Is Worse Than Deicide, Another Victim of Americanism; Behold The Free Rein Given to Error; Behold The Free Rein Given to Error; Unfortunate Enough to Be A Baby; Unfortunate Enough to Be A Baby; Beacon of Social Justice?; Spotlight On The Ordinary; What's Good For Teddy Is Good For Benny; Sean O'Malley: Coward and Hypocrite: More Rationalizations and Distortions.
Odilo Scherer, the conciliar "archbishop" of San Paolo, Brazil (see About To Elect A Schook For All The Conciliar People), was also making the rounds yesterday:
Meanwhile in the small Saint Andrew of Quirinale Church, dozens of
journalists trailed Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Scherer, reportedly one of
the favorites heading into the conclave. If picked, he’d become the
first Latin American pope ever.
"We're all preparing for the conclave," Scherer said outside the
church, adding that the conclave is "certainly a difficult time, but
also a joyful one and full of hope."
Supporters came from all over the world to see Scherer, the
Archbishop of São Paolo, who entered the church from the outside in
rather dramatic fashion.
"I came all the way from Brazil just to see the mass," Sergio Comolate, who trekked here with his wife, told Fox News Latino.
As perhaps a sign of Scherer’s international recognition and support,
there were people from various nationalities that came out to see him.
"I am here to see the future pope, I hope," said Father Chester
Misiewicz of Winster, Mass. “I think he is open to the needs of the poor
and to the Western Hemisphere."
Felipe Argas, 37, a Spaniard who lives in Rome, came to pray that the
Holy Spirit will pick an ideal candidate but admitted, "I would like to
see Scherer, but ultimately it's what the Holy Spirit decides." (Cardinals stage fake, phony, fraud liturgies in titular churches across Rome.)
Applause during what purports to be an offering of the unbloody re-presentation of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ' bloody Sacrifice of Himself to His Co-Equal and Co-Eternal Father in Spirit and in Truth on the wood of the Holy Cross on Good Friday?
Just standard fare in the counterfeit church of conciliarism, which is why the damage it has done to so souls is so very, very vast.
The conciliar "archbishop" of Milan, Angelo Scola, who is a member of the hideous "Communion and Liberation" movement that has had close ties with Joseph Ratzinger and the late Hans Urs von Balthasar (see Proud Of His Blasphemy And Of His Blaspheming Mentor), is considered by professional bookmakers to be the leading apostate to be the next universal public face of apostasy, was all business yesterday as he acted the part of a man destined to be the next Ratzinger, perhaps even "Benedict XVII," acting entirely above the sideshow taking place elsewhere in the Eternal City that has no become the Babylon of the One World Ecumenical Church:
At the Basilica of the Twelve Holy Apostles in downtown Rome, Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan, had initially ducked dozens of journalists by entering through a garage on a side street. He left the same way after the Mass but not before briefly emerging from the sacristy to face a pack of photographers and videographers. “I was told I should bless you,” he said, and he did so, before disappearing back into the church.
Cardinal Scola, an intellectual known to cite writers from Shakespeare to Jack Kerouac, on Sunday quoted the French poet Charles Peguy. The online betting site, Paddy Power, has Cardinal Scola as the papal favorite, but he offered nothing in the way of a campaign speech other than a broad wish for a good pope.
“Let us pray that the Holy Spirit offers its church the man who can guide it in the footsteps marked by the great popes of the last 150 years,” he said. (No Stumping for Papacy, but Babies Do Get Kisses.)
Peter Erdo, the layman posing as the "archbishop" of Budapest and Primate of Hungary, was also mentioned in the article just cited as a "strong dark horse" candidate to succeed His Apostateness, Benedict XVI, Antipope Emeritus. This is somewhat intriguing as Erdo has direct ties to Opus Dei (Not The Work of God) and would give much hope, albeit false hope, to those in the "resist but recognize" movement of having yet another "our only friend in the Vatican."
And on and on and on the farce goes until, baring a direct intervention from God Himself, the white smoke appears from the Sistine Chapel in a few days hence and the new universal public face of apostasy makes his first appearance on the balcony of the Basilica of Saint Peter while the vast damage caused by conciliarism will continue to spread around the world in this time of apostasy and betrayal.
One either sees conciliarism is wrong or he does not.
Those of us who contend that it is indeed a manifest rejection of the Catholic Faith have not simply stated this in a positivistic manner as though they had not provided proof after proof of their points concerning conciliarism's belief in the "evolution" of doctrine, the new ecclesiology, ecumenism (and all of its aspects, including mixing with false religions and the forbidding of "proselytizing" among Protestants and Jews and the Orthodox), religious liberty, the separation of Church and State, and episcopal collegiality. This has been done long, long before, say, late-comers such as yours truly came to the conclusion that heretics cannot hold ecclesiastical office legitimately.
One of the first to see the truth of the situation facing Catholics in this age of apostasy and betrayal was the late Father Martin Stepanich, O.F.M. S.T.D.. He refused to offer Mass in the vernacular in the 1960s and came to the firm conclusion that we were face to face with the fact that heretics were claiming to hold ecclesiastical offices in a "church" that was not the Catholic Church founded by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope. His very careful, scholarly reasoning of this point was made in a 2005 letter Father Gruner, including the following most salient points:
The one big enterprise of anti-sedevacantists is to justify the presence of a public heretic on the Chair of Peter. For anti-sedevacanists, that is the central issue in their wrong-way opposition to sedevacantists.
And what, Fr. Gruner, are the rationalizations that anti-sedevacantists use when insisting that the
Vatican II heretics on the Chair of Peter have all been legitimate Catholic Popes?
One of the favorite rationalizations of anti-sedevacantists is, Don’t judge the Pope! In that not too careful judgment of sedevacantists, you make them look as though they judge genuine Catholic Popes who profess the true and unchanged Catholic Faith of all times. To be truthful and accurate about this matter of “judging the pope,” you know you would have to accuse sedevacantists of judging an occupant of the Chair of Peter who does not profess the traditional and unchanged Catholic Faith, while the anti-sedevacantists wrongly imagine such a man to be a real Catholic Pope, despite what he does and teaches that is contrary to the Catholic Faith.
You anti-sedevacantists carelessly make it look as if any and all judgments about a Pope are automatically wrong. No one needs to tell you that God gave men in general the ability to judge between right and wrong, good and evil, virtue and vice, truth and error. You also know that, with the gift of the Catholic Faith, God gave us the ability to judge the difference between what is in accord with the Catholic Faith and what is contrary to the Catholic Faith.
You also know very well that we are obliged to profess the Catholic Faith fully, without holding back, and state frankly what we see to be contrary to that Faith, even in one who sits in the Chair of Peter. Anti-sedevacantists, to their shame, hold back on professing the Faith fully
when they refuse to declare that the Vatican II occupants of Peter’s Chair have been professing a new, ecumenical and un-Catholic religion, and cannot therefore possibly be even Catholics, much less Popes.
As you can plainly see, Father Gruner, your “Don’t judge the Pope” argument is a dead argument, useless in defense of anti-sedevacantism.
Another dead argument of anti-sedevacantists is the “visible church” argument. For anti-sedevacantists, the visibility of the church requires that someone must occupy the Chair of Peter, even if he be a public heretic and mixer or religions.
The truth is that Our Lord did indeed establish His Church as a visible Church, but what anti-sedevacantists don’t tell you is that His visible Church is one that professes and practices the unchanged one and only true Catholic Faith.
No one should need to remind you that Protestant churches, Jewish synagogue, Hindu temples and Moslem mosques are all highly visible. But of what use is that kind of visibility if the one and only True Faith is missing in such places?
A public heretic and mixer of religions on the Chair of Peter is also highly visible. But of what use is his kind of visibility for the salvation of men if he does not profess nor practice the traditional and unchanged Catholic Faith?
Still another dead argument of anti-sedevacantists is the mistaken notion that the Church would stop existing if the Chair of Peter remained unoccupied for an extralong period of time. So, supposedly, in order to safeguard the Church’s continued existence, anti-sedevacantists strangely insist that even a scandalous public heretic on the Chair of Peter must be recognized a legitimate Catholic Pope, just so the Papal Chair does not remain vacant for too long a time.
Father Gruner, who decides when the Chair of Peter has been vacant for too long a time for the Church to keep existing? Are the anti-sedevacantists the ones to decide this?
The fact is, Father Gruner, that men cannot destroy the Church. Men cannot make the Church stop existing. To use the technical term, men cannot destroy the indefectibility of the Church. The most that men can do is to help destroy the faith of the individual members of the Church, even to the point – as you yourself admit – that there would remain only a “remnant” of those faithful to Our Lord. Wherever the True Faith would still be professed and practiced, even if there were no Pope on the Chair of Peter, that is where the essential nucleus of the True Church would be.
No matter how long the Chair of Peter may remain vacant, and no matter how may fall away from Our Lord’s Church, nothing can possibly prevent God from restoring His True Church and the True Faith, nor, in fact, can anything prevent God from even raising up new members “from the very stones” if He so willed.
When Our Lord promised, “I will be with you all days…,” He surely meant that He would be with those professing the traditional and unchanged Catholic Faith. He could not possibly have promised to be with a public heretic and mixer of religions occupying Peter’s Chair, as if acknowledging such a one to be a genuine Catholic Pope.
It isn’t Our Lord, but the anti-sedevacantists who unthinkingly insist that a public heretic on Peter’s Chair is “still the Pope.” To anti-sedevacantists, he may still be the “Pope” and dress like a Pope, but he cannot possibly be a genuine Catholic Pope. Such a “Pope” is really nothing but the “Our kind of Pope” that the Freemasons were dreaming about long, long ago, and, in fact, actually predicted that the day would come when “our kind of Pope” would occupy the Chair of Peter. (Father Martin Stepanich, Letter to Father Gruner.)
The contrast between conciliarism and Catholicism is stark in any number of areas. One does not need "hidden" knowledge to discern the contrast. One can go insane by exerting great intellectual effort to find the "hidden Catholicism" in statements that are abject contradictions of past pronouncements and decrees.
Ah, there is the point, however: the antipope emeritus is an Hegelian. Like his Hegelian mentor, Hans Urs von Balthasar, before him, Ratzinger believes that truth contains within itself the seeds of its own internal contradiction. This is an absurdity. This is Modernism. Anyone who refuses to admit this or who goes through all manner of unnecessary intellectual contortions to say that an abject contradiction of past pronouncements and decrees are really "legitimate developments of doctrine" fail to remember that our true popes have condemned as the "evolution of dogma" time and time again.
The following statement of Joseph Ratzinger, contained in Principles of Catholic Theology, is simply a flat-out contradiction of Pope Leo XIII's reiteration of basic Catholic teaching in
Custodi Di Quella Fede, December 8, 1892.
Let us be content to say here that the text serves as a countersyllabus and, as such, represents on the part of the Church, an attempt at an official reconciliation with the new era inaugurated in 1789. Only from this perspective can we understand, on the one hand, the ghetto-mentality, of which we have spoken above; only from this perspective can we understand, on the other hand, the meaning of the remarkable meeting of the Church and the world. Basically, the word "world" means the spirit of the modern era, in contrast to which the Church's group-consciousness saw itself as a separate subject that now, after a war that had been in turn both hot and cold, was intent on dialogue and cooperation. (Joseph Ratzinger, Principles of Catholic Theology, p. 382.)
Everyone should avoid familiarity or friendship with anyone suspected of belonging to masonry or to affiliated groups. Know them by their fruits and avoid them. Every familiarity should be avoided, not only with those impious libertines who openly promote the character of the sect, but also with those who hide under the mask of universal tolerance, respect for all religions, and the craving to reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with those of the revolution. These men seek to reconcile Christ and Belial, the Church of God and the state without God (Pope Leo XIII, Custodi Di Quella Fede, December 8, 1892.)
Thus it is that billions of people on the face of this earth have been left to spend their entire lives without being baptized, without their immortal souls being fed by the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the God-Man in the Most Blessed Sacrament, without ever being taught to offer up their daily sufferings to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, without understanding that we must pray for the Poor Souls in the Church Suffering in Purgatory and to live penitentially so as to make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world. Most, although certainly not all, Catholics in the conciliar structures, are bereft of these basic truths because of the doctrinal and liturgical revolutions that have assaulted their Catholic senses unremittingly in the past four-plus decades.
Almost all of the people outside of anything to do with Catholicism, whether genuine or of the counterfeit variety, are totally lost to their own naturalistic devices, being swept up by one fad after another as they live for the moment and do not understand that each suffering they are asked to bear has been fashioned for them from all eternity by the very hand of God Himself and that nothing we suffer in this passing, mortal vale of tears is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during His Passion and Death. This deformation of souls within ostensibly "Catholic" auspices and this abandonment of souls outside of anything to do with Catholicism is without precedent in the history of the Catholic Church. The lost sheep spoken of by Our Lord in the following passage from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew are no longer being sought. This is a fact. It is boasted about by the conciliar Vatican. It is practiced at the diocesan and parish levels in most instances. How can a Catholic not weep when considering how these words of have been ignored by those who believe that Our Lord's words can be contradicted by the "needs" of "modern" man?
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. What think you? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them should go astray: doth he not leave the ninety-nine in the mountains, and go to seek that which is gone astray? And if it so be that he find it: Amen I say to you, he rejoiceth more for that, than for the ninety-nine that went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father, who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. (Mt. 18: 11-14)
The organized forces of naturalism have achieved a victory, whose magnitude should not be minimized even though it is but temporary and will come to an end when God wills it to, that no other earthly enemy of the Faith in the past has ever achieved: an accommodation by the ostensible "leaders" of the Catholic Church with the anti-Incarnational premises of Modernity, convincing one and all that "denominationalism" is wrong, that the "better world" can be built along the sort of "inter-denominational" lines specifically condemned by Pope Saint Pius X in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910:
We know only too well the dark workshops in which are elaborated these mischievous doctrines which ought not to seduce clear-thinking minds. The leaders of the Sillon have not been able to guard against these doctrines. The exaltation of their sentiments, the undiscriminating good-will of their hearts, their philosophical mysticism, mixed with a measure of illuminism, have carried them away towards another Gospel which they thought was the true Gospel of Our Savior. To such an extent that they speak of Our Lord Jesus Christ with a familiarity supremely disrespectful, and that - their ideal being akin to that of the Revolution - they fear not to draw between the Gospel and the Revolution blasphemous comparisons for which the excuse cannot be made that they are due to some confused and over-hasty composition.
We wish to draw your attention, Venerable Brethren, to this distortion of the Gospel and to the sacred character of Our Lord Jesus Christ, God and man, prevailing within the Sillon and elsewhere. As soon as the social question is being approached, it is the fashion in some quarters to first put aside the divinity of Jesus Christ, and then to mention only His unlimited clemency, His compassion for all human miseries, and His pressing exhortations to the love of our neighbor and to the brotherhood of men. True, Jesus has loved us with an immense, infinite love, and He came on earth to suffer and die so that, gathered around Him in justice and love, motivated by the same sentiments of mutual charity, all men might live in peace and happiness. But for the realization of this temporal and eternal happiness, He has laid down with supreme authority the condition that we must belong to His Flock, that we must accept His doctrine, that we must practice virtue, and that we must accept the teaching and guidance of Peter and his successors. Further, whilst Jesus was kind to sinners and to those who went astray, He did not respect their false ideas, however sincere they might have appeared. He loved them all, but He instructed them in order to convert them and save them. Whilst He called to Himself in order to comfort them, those who toiled and suffered, it was not to preach to them the jealousy of a chimerical equality. Whilst He lifted up the lowly, it was not to instill in them the sentiment of a dignity independent from, and rebellious against, the duty of obedience. Whilst His heart overflowed with gentleness for the souls of good-will, He could also arm Himself with holy indignation against the profaners of the House of God, against the wretched men who scandalized the little ones, against the authorities who crush the people with the weight of heavy burdens without putting out a hand to lift them. He was as strong as he was gentle. He reproved, threatened, chastised, knowing, and teaching us that fear is the beginning of wisdom, and that it is sometimes proper for a man to cut off an offending limb to save his body. Finally, He did not announce for future society the reign of an ideal happiness from which suffering would be banished; but, by His lessons and by His example, He traced the path of the happiness which is possible on earth and of the perfect happiness in heaven: the royal way of the Cross. These are teachings that it would be wrong to apply only to one's personal life in order to win eternal salvation; these are eminently social teachings, and they show in Our Lord Jesus Christ something quite different from an inconsistent and impotent humanitarianism. . . .
However, let not these priests be misled, in the maze of current opinions, by the miracles of a false Democracy. Let them not borrow from the Rhetoric of the worst enemies of the Church and of the people, the high-flown phrases, full of promises; which are as high-sounding as unattainable. Let them be convinced that the social question and social science did not arise only yesterday; that the Church and the State, at all times and in happy concert, have raised up fruitful organizations to this end; that the Church, which has never betrayed the happiness of the people by consenting to dubious alliances, does not have to free herself from the past; that all that is needed is to take up again, with the help of the true workers for a social restoration, the organisms which the Revolution shattered, and to adapt them, in the same Christian spirit that inspired them, to the new environment arising from the material development of today’s society. Indeed, the true friends of the people are neither revolutionaries, nor innovators: they are traditionalists. (Pope Saint Pius X. Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
A Catholic must hold to the fullness of the Faith without any concessions to the false ethos of conciliarism, which has done so much damage to souls, and to the false shepherds who pride themselves on having "met" the "needs" of the mythical entity known as "modern" man.
Only those who care not for the souls who have been so betrayed and misled by conciliarism can attack those who dissent from nothing contained in the Deposit of Faith and who seek only to try to take off some of the debt owed for their own sins by seeking out the lost sheep and proclaiming the necessity of restoring Christendom in the world as the fruit of the Triumph of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Those who point out the contrast between conciliarism and Catholicism are not the problem facing the Church today. No one who takes a looks at the wreckage of souls can assert this truthfully. It is those who abandoned the cause of souls and fomented condemned errors and heresies and novelties and abominations who are the enemies of the Faith. While we must pray for these enemies of the Faith, we must nevertheless, as Pope Pius VI pointed out in Inscrutabile, December 25, 1775, oppose error vigorously.
All we can attempt to do in our short lifetimes here on earth is to plant a few seeds, doing so as the consecrated slaves of Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, getting ourselves, where possible, on a daily basis to the legitimate offerings of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition at the hands of true bishops and priests in venues that make no concessions at all to conciliarism or its "officials," spending time, if at all, possible, before Our Lord's Real Presence in fervent prayer and saying as many Rosaries as our states-in-life permit. No matter what humiliations we suffer in this life and how many names we are called for simply believing as Catholics have always believed and opposing novelties and errors and abominations that Catholics have always opposed, may we persist in states of Sanctifying Grace until the point of our dying breaths, so that we can hear these words from the Divine Redeemer Himself:
Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. (Mt. 25: 21)
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, 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 Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints