On this Ides of December I would like to focus on the similarities of passages in Matthew 7 and Luke 6. These two chapters parallel so well Christ's words and meaning. They are practically verbatim. Keep in mind the evangelists did not compare notes; all the more reason to realize the Holy Ghost's undeniable role in Divine Revelation. The contents of these two chapters tie in so well with the current events: for one false Caesar has now been caught while many others still lurk out there - many who are wolves in shepherds' clothing and who are responsible for the destruction of so many more souls that only God can keep count.
By now the whole world knows the U.S. Coalition Forces found Saddam in a most appropriate hiding place: a black hole, cowering like a rat. Now it's back to focusing on Osama bin Laden. Ah, yes, the saga and the dog wagging the tail continues as more and more are dumbed down to believe democracy is the answer globally.
The real answer is not democracy for every nation, but all being in one monarchy in total submission to one King: Jesus Christ as the Sovereign King of all nations on earth. The problem is there is not one country left that recognizes this, not even Portugal where Our Lady promised the Dogma of the Faith would always be upheld. We all know that is in great jeopardy with the Sillonistic, ecumania that is planned for Fatima as an "inter-faith shrine" which contradicts Church teaching and was condemned by Pope Saint Pius X in his Apostolic Letter against Sillonism, Our Apostolic Mandate in 1910, specifically in paragraphs 38-40:
"What are they going to produce? What is to come out of this collaboration? A mere verbal and chimerical construction in which we see, glowing in a jumble, and in seductive confusion, the words of Liberty, Justice, Fraternity, Love, Equality and human exaltation, all resting upon an ill-understood human dignity. It will be a tumultuous agitation, sterile for the end proposedůIt will be a religionůmore universal than the Catholic Church, uniting all men to become brothers and comrades at last in the "Kingdom of God", "We do not work for the Church, we work for mankind. This is now no more than a miserable affluent of the great movement of apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a One-World Church which shall have neither dogmas, nor hierarchy; neither discipline for the mind, nor curb for the passions, and which, under the pretext of freedom and human dignity, would bring back to the world (if such a Church could overcome) the reign of legalized cunning and force, and the oppression of the weak, and of those who toil and suffer."
Does this not sound very much like what the Vatican Two church has on its agenda, to directly go against the holy Pius X and against the infrangible teachings of Holy Mother Church, specifically the dogma of no salvation outside the Church - Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus? But you'll only see quotes from pre-Vatican II Sovereign Pontiffs, the Saints and Doctors of the Church in Traditional publications. The New Order wants nothing to do with the Old Order - the True Order. The last four popes have made sure of that, specifically Paul VI and John Paul II who we can blame for the sorry men who are called bishops today. Almost all the miters that matter, who are in power, have been selected by him. Ah, yes: "By their fruits you shall know them" Matthew 7: 20.
The fruits of the Saddam Hussein regime caught up with him this weekend. Hunted and caught like a rat in a hole, the 'Butcher of Baghdad' - the politically-correct 'terrorist of the moment' - has no one to blame but himself. Now he will be called to account for his crimes, most specifically the murder of 400,000. He, like every terrorist who ever lived has had to and will have to answer to Almighty God. Not 'Allah' or 'Buddha' or 'Hare Krishna' or any other false god, but only the God of Abraham, the Triune God will they face. No sin will go unpunished.
With that totally Catholic thought in mind, let's take a look at other terrorists still at large. Never mind Osama. Even though he is said to be responsible for 9-11 which took the lives of around 3,200 and also behind lesser attacks around the world, it still adds up to around 4,000. While one soul is too much, nevertheless it is small potatoes compared to the following:
Planned Parenthood, NOW, the Hollywood Filth Industry, Liberal Media, the Judicial and Legislative branches of the United States: Their crime: responsible for the murders of over 40 million preborn children in the womb. Of course, just as Saddam considered the Kurds 'nuisances,' so also the pro-aborts consider an 'unwanted' child a mere hiccup in a woman's right to do whatever she wants to do with her body. Never mind that right is not hers, but God's and by being a willing accomplice to the dastardly deed of snuffing out a life in what should be the safest place for a child - the mother's womb - she is guilty of first-degree murder.
But no court in the country would convict her. Few jurists would even consider the facts for they have been so deceitfully obliterated and twisted. Truth today is a commodity greatly lacking in the U.S.
So I ask you which is worse - 400,000 or 40,000,000? Whatever is Saddam's punishment, those who advocate abortion should be punished one-hundred-fold more according to the numbers.
Every politician will be calling for severe punishment for Hussein and rightly so, but I daresay they have forgotten the beam in their own eye per Our Lord's words:
"And why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye: and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye? Or sayest thou to thy brother: Let me cast the mote out of thy eye; and behold a beam is in thy own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thy own eye, and then shalt thou see to cast the mote out of thy brother's eye." Matthew 7: 3-5
"And why seest thou the mote in thy brother's eye, but the beam that is thy own eye, thou considerest not? Or how canst thou say to thy brother: Brother, let me pull the mote out of thy eye: when thou thyself seest not the beam in thy own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast first the beam out of thy own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to take out the mote from thy brother's eye" Luke 6: 41-42.
And speaking of 'beams in their own eye' while many will be calling for the death penalty for Saddam, there will be the Modernists from the Chanceries and Curia, led by Karol Wojtyla and his lackeys, calling for the end to capital punishment - even in the case of the dictator of Iraq, whom church leaders in Iraq have been very chummy with and justify life under Hussein. You see, the VaticantwoArians have so jumbled Sacred Doctrine and twisted the Truths and Traditions that not only is black now white and white could be seen as black, but everything is also gray as in ambiguous, ecumaniacal, tolerant of sin and false religions, and humanistic to the core (read: Liberty, Fraternity and Equality). Ah, diversity! Ain't it great? Such is the forked tongue of the viper of Vatican II.
That brings us to terrorists much worse than the above. As referred to in my last editorial Sins which Heaven hears we should fear!, we should not fear those who can kill the body, but those who can effect the soul, causing the loss of eternal happiness with God (cf. Matthew 10: 28). The ilk of Saddam, Osama, Planned Parenthood, NOW, the Media and Entertainment industry, judges, politicians, etc. may be able to kill the body, but in essence they cannot kill the soul for they abstain from any spiritual power. They openly flaunt that religion has nothing to do with it. After all, we cannot forget the twisted logic of "separation of Church and State."
No, the real terrorists are the ones who allowed the ideas spawned by PPP, NOW, the media, entertainment industry, judges, politicians, etc. to take root. And who were these planters of rot? Why none other than those enablers of the Vatican II agenda! These are the endless entourage of ecclesiastics from pontiff to priest with plenty of bishops in the middle to really muddle the puddle of puke regurgitated from the warped, Masonic and Marxist minds of these Modernists who dared to tamper with the Divine in forging a no-turning-back direction toward a One-World-Order - Novus Ordo Seclorum and One-World-Religion. Collectively they have very likely been responsible for quite possibly 400 million souls lost to perdition. Compare that to 4,000 or 400,000 or 40 million! Yes, folks, the devastation pales in comparison.
By chance the other day I happened upon a site sponsored by the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions which listed their agenda that will get even more coverage in the week-long Barcelona 2004 Global Summit for a One-World-Religion next July. What amazed me was that the verbiage sounded more like John Paul II and his cronies than some radicals. Read it for yourself and you'll see what I mean.
That brings us to the next dissertation of Matthew and Luke, first of all Matthew 7: 6
"Give not that which is holy to dogs; neither cast ye pearls before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, tear you."
That is exactly what has happened for the Vatican II popes and agenda have taken the 'holy' and cast it to the dogs of indifferentism, ecumenism and every other ism. What were considered precious and priceless 'pearls' of the Faith have been cast down and trampled under their despotism that reaches every diocese; much, much worse than the 'despot of Iraq'. And, with little resistance they would seem to have won and now are in much better position to trample and tear you - as in your soul. But Christ in Luke 6: 22-26, encourages those who steadfastly stand by the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church to keep the Faith:
"Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Be glad in that day, and rejoice; for behold, your reward is great in Heaven. For according to these things did their fathers to the prophets. But wo to you that are rich; for you have your consolation. Wo to you that are filled; for you shall hunger. Wo to you who laugh now; for you shall mourn and weep. Wo to you when men shall bless you; for according to these did their fathers to the false prophets."
Yes, those who rule the roost today pushing the New Order 'messes' and continuing to cover up the subterfuge with sin piled upon sin will get their's in due time...and it is only a matter of time. God has guaranteed that. The martyrs of the Early Church realized this and why they took so seriously Jesus' words that follow in Luke 6: 27-28, "But I say to you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that calumniate you."
And that is the answer to how to get out of this ungodly mess, the worst in the history of Holy Mother Church: Prayer. We must rely on the Divine by praying for those who are responsible for the real terrorism of the soul. We know there are no fruits because the Vatican II agenda, despite what they try to cajole and spin, is a bad tree. Period. We have in Matthew 7: 15-20, as well as Luke 6: 43-46, this assurance:
"By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes off thorns, or figs off thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the bad tree bringeth forth bad fruit. A good tree cannot yield bad fruit, neither can a bad tree yield good fruit. Every tree that yieldeth not good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them."
"For there is no good tree that bringeth forth evil fruit; nor an evil tree that bringeth forth good fruit. For every tree is known by its fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns; nor from a bramble bush do they gather grapes. A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man, out of the evil treasure, bringeth forth that which is evil. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh."
So there you have it. Christ's assurance that they're not going to get away with destroying His Church no matter how bad it gets, no matter how many popes or bishops or priest or laity are in apostasy or purport to proclaim the unchanging gospel. They have already excommunicated themselves latae sententiae per their actions. Christ affirms this and Pope Paul IV in his Apostolic Constitution Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio put the exclamation mark to this truth.
In another editorial in the new year I will further expound on more similarities of Matthew 7 and Luke 6. For now, suffice it to say Mammon has swallowed yet another who looked to Mammon for strength (cf. Luke 16: 9). Now Saddam is nothing. He has fallen. Pray for his soul, pray that he will convert to the Chaldean Faith of the Catholic Church. Pray also for those within the Church who rule today that they will convert back to the True Faith. Pray and love them, but be not afraid to speak out when they offend Christ and His Church. No matter how bad it will get, no matter how much persecution Traditional Catholics will be subjected to, we can take comfort in knowing that the apostates will eventually fail in their quest. It is inevitable. Christ said, we believe it, that settles it!