The Agony of Aggiornamento
August 1-7, 2004
vol 15, no. 164

A Conservative Priest Now Suspicious of the Novel 'Religious Liberty'

Truth is Stranger than Fiction!

Part Three of a Three-part Essay on what is really behind the "Religious Liberty" spin

By Kathy Willett Redle

Contradictions that prove Religious Liberty is anathema

    "How can we believe the Vatican when it contradicts past papal teaching? How can we believe this document on Religious Liberty which seems to parallel a political document- namely the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence which were never meant to be Catholic theology but rather secularized civil documents based on the British empiricist and freemason John Locke’s philosophy (hardly a devout Catholic). It seems that the Americanism which was condemned by Leo XIII’s 'Testem Benevolentiae Nostra' (1899) has been baptized by the Conciliar Church."

    It is important to point out the big connection between (DH)"religious liberty" Unitatis Redintegratio on "Ecumenism" and Nostra Aetate "Declaration on non Christian Religions"as being the springboard to launch the New Ecumenism to incorporate the Protestants and even branch out into non Christian religions. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger already demonstrated the utter novelty as his statement is reiterated , "The ecumenical movement grew out of a situation unknown to the New Testament and for which the New Testament can therefore offer no guidelines."

    Here is a disturbing Quote from Joseph Cardinal Ritter

    "Cardinal Ritter, of St. Louis, Missouri, addressing the assembly on Nov. 18, (1963) said that he was regarding religious freedom as 'a basis and prerequisite for ecumenical contacts with other Christian bodies.' He called for an unequivocal declaration on religious freedom' and said that without such a declaration, mutual confidence will be impossible, and serious dialogue will be precluded.' He was also speaking for other American bishops when he said that such a declaration should include 'consideration on the absolute freedom of the act of faith, the dignity of the human person and his inviolable conscience, and the total incompetence of the civil government in passing judgment on the Gospel of Christ and its interpretation. Such a declaration should also 'reaffirm the complete independence of the Church of any civil government in fulfilling its mission.'"

This quote was taken from Fr. Ralph M. Wiltgen's The Rhine flows into the Tiber,p.161. Tan Publishing.

    This of course was the same view which the heretical apostate priest Felicite Robert de Lamannais had (who died refusing to be reconciled with the Church) whose writings were condemned by name by Pope Gregory XVI in Mirari Vos 1832 and Singulari Nos 1834. ( See Denzinger #1613- 1617).

    To demonstrate this break with the past the Vatican rehabilitates Lamannais and his ideas that the Church should be completely separated in State matters, and so called liberty of conscience and his socialistic views. See Lamennais praised at PONTIFICAL COUNCIL «««« COR UNUM »»»»WORLD HUNGER A CHALLENGE FOR ALL: DEVELOPMENT IN SOLIDARITY PREFACE and in the Vatican document titled, PONTIFICIAE ACADEMIAE SCIENTIARVM SOCIAL IVM MISCELLANEA 1 Proceedings of the Workshop on:DEMOCRACY(12-13 December 1996)EX AEDIBVS ACADEMICIS IN CIVITATE VATICANA MCMXCVIII II PAPAL TEACHING ON DEMOCRACY

    How can we believe the Vatican when it contradicts past papal teaching? How can we believe this document on Religious Liberty which seems to parallel a political document- namely the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence which were never meant to be Catholic theology but rather secularized civil documents based on the British empiricist and freemason John Locke’s philosophy (hardly a devout Catholic). It seems that the Americanism which was condemned by Leo XIII’s "Testem Benevolentiae Nostra" (1899) has been baptized by the Conciliar Church.

    The American Jesuit Fr. John Courtney Murray ( a primary drafter of DH) called for a separation of Pope Pius XIIPope Pius XIChurch and State in a series of articles/books in the 1950’s according to the American pattern and he defended himself against the astute attacks that his views were very similar to those condemned in Lamennais publication Avenir by cleverly stating that the Church was really condemning the absolutist State of the continent. (See Lamennais and England by W.G.Roe, p. 192.) Fr. Murray’s “pastoral” liberal hand is all over Dignitaries Humanae. Interestingly, the concept of “religious liberty” was used as a ploy to fight against the absolutism and coercive force of Communism but oddly enough no Vatican II document ever condemned Communism by name as past papal documents did such as Divini Redemptoris on Communism by Pope Pius XI, AD APOSTOLORUM PRINCIPIS encyclical of Pope Pius XII on communism and the Church in China, June 29, 1958.

Atila Sinke Guimarães     And once Pius XII died, how did the conciliar church respond to his words? By signing the devastating Pact of Metz, which Atila Sinke Guimarães so expertly exposed. His article illustrates quite clearly why the church of Vatican II does not condemn Communism and why the Vatican hosts communist leaders such as Mikhail Gorbachev at various functions and press conferences. The Catholic Church is still suppressed in Russia and Catholic Churchman said there is no “intention to convert Russia to Roman Catholicism”in direct contradiction to Our Lady of Fatima. See Catholic News' Moscow Patriarchate, Vatican seeking ways of...

    In Jean Jacques Rousseau's "Social Contract" (1762) Book4 Chapter 8 we see an "aping" of the Catholic Church into a godless society and a Masonic style blue print for the elimination of the Catholic religion. In this book Rousseau explains that society should be founded on a purely secular and civil Religion because in his view Christianity is slavery, tyranny and is an enemy to any free society resulting from its allegiance to Christ and Heaven and not any earthly city. In this document he brags about the pagan Greek and Roman religions of multiple gods and mocks the Christian religion as Christ coming along and creating a "spiritual kingdom, which, by separating the theological from the political system, made the State no longer one, and brought about the internal divisions which have never ceased to trouble Christian peoples." He does this to exclude the fact that it is mankind's sinfulness that causes wars and not Christianity itself as if warfare was something that only plagued Christianity. Christ is the prince of peace and Lord of Lords. Rousseau continues in his Masonic diatribe to say that 'in Christian states men never succeeded in finding out whether they were bound to obey the master or the priest." So you see the real problem for Rousseau and his other Illuminati friends for over two hundred years since has been how to rid themselves of the Catholic religion, papacy and priesthood. That is the only thing that really stands in the way of their Masonic utopia or Heaven on earth! “ It is a form of theocracy, in which there can be no pontiff save the prince, and no priests save the magistrates.”

    Rousseau pontificates his enlightenment ideal that the state wants religion in so far as it upholds the godless secular "state religion" and this godless secularism cares not about religious dogmas or the individuals souls, but only about how the religion keeps him in line with the secular authority.

    "Now, it matters very much to the community that each citizen should have a religion. That will make him love his duty; but the dogmas of that religion concern the State and its members only so far as they have reference to morality and to the duties which he who professes them is bound to do to others. Each man may have, over and above, what opinions he pleases, without it being the Sovereign's business to take cognizance of them; for, as the Sovereign has no authority in the other world, whatever the lot of its subjects may be in the life to come, that is not its business, provided they are good citizens in this life.

    "There is therefore a purely civil profession of faith of which the Sovereign should fix the articles....The dogmas of civil religion ought to be few, simple, and exactly worded, without explanation or commentary. [Rousseau’s Illuminati so called infallible pontifical pronouncement.] The existence of a mighty, intelligent and beneficent Divinity, possessed of foresight and providence, the life to come, the happiness of the just, the punishment of the wicked, the sanctity of the social contract and the laws: these are its positive dogmas. Its negative dogmas I confine to one, intolerance, which is a part of the cults we have rejected."

    "The two forms are inseparable. It is impossible to live at peace with those we regard as damned; to love them would be to hate God who punishes them: we positively must either reclaim or torment them. Wherever theological intolerance is admitted, it must inevitably have some civil effect;48 and as soon as it has such an effect, the Sovereign is no longer Sovereign even in the temporal sphere: thenceforce priests are the real masters, and kings only their ministers.

    "Now that there is and can be no longer an exclusive national religion, tolerance should be given to all religions that tolerate others, so long as their dogmas contain nothing contrary to the duties of citizenship. But whoever dares to say: Outside the Church is no salvation, ought to be driven from the State, unless the State is the Church, and the prince the pontiff. Such a dogma is good only in a theocratic government; in any other, it is fatal. See Civil Religion

    Jean-Jacque Rousseau was a deist (1712-78) [a fellow Masonic associate then arch enemy of the atheist or possibly agnostic anti Catholic Voltaire (1694 – 1778) ] and plotted to rid the world of the Catholic religion - that "intolerant" religion which dared to call itself the true religion and to hold to the dogma that outside of this true Church there is no salvation. Rousseau and his ideologue offspring of the 20th and 21st century had to infiltrate the Catholic Church and seek to rid the world of the papacy and the priesthood. They will fail by the end of the third act before the curtain closes as the Book of the Apocalypse reveals but during much of the third act they will appear to be winning the battle. Remember that this cabal of enemies will infiltrate and appear to conquer the Catholic Church so that the man of sin can enter the scene just before the curtain draws to a close. What better way to forge this last attack than attempt to get the Catholic Church to conciliate itself to a one World Order through a Church council as the excommunicated Canon Roca proposed and create in its post-conciliar application a vehicle for an unprecedented revolution within the Catholic Church; as some of the Conciliar fathers themselves called it a French Revolution in the Church, synthesizing the Enlightenment era as a counter syllabus of errors. See "Talisman: Sacred City, Secret Faith" by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval - Unveiled P. 1: Cagiliostro and the USA? The (Bavarian) Illuminati connections and plotting against kings.

    This new conciliar orientation is due to Vatican II’s “pastoral attitude towards modern man.” In fact Pope Paul VI said, “the people turn towards the United Nations as to their last best hope of concord and peace....what you proclaim here are the RIGHTS of Man, plus his fundamental duties, his dignity, freedom, and above all, his religious liberty!” See Address to the UN General Assembly, October 4, 1965. Then along the same lines in a New Year’s speech Jan 02, 2004 The world needs a "new international order" to solve its conflicts and ensure peace,” Pope John Paul II said in his New Year's Day address. "More than ever we need a new international order which draws on the experience and results of the United Nations," the 83-year-old pontiff said at a mass in St Peter's Basilica. see Pope Delivers New Year Speech. Jesus is the prince of peace and the only hope for mankind’s salvation. There are however other things which are accurate that this conflicted and troubled Pope reiterated. For instance, Paul VI did confirm for us again in 1975 that Vatican II was pastoral and not an infallible dogmatic council: “Differing from other Councils, this one was not directly dogmatic, but disciplinary and pastoral.” (General Audience, August 6, 1975) Dietrich von Hildebrand: "When the pope speaks ex cathedra on faith or morals, then unconditional acceptance and submission is required of every Catholic. But it is false to extend this loyalty to encyclicals (I add Councils) in which new theses are proposed" (The Devastated Vineyard, Roman Catholic Books, 1973, p. 246). It is clear that Catholics do NOT have to submit to any political New One World Order which is part of the synagogue of Satan as our Lord called those antichrist forces in the book of Revelation 2:9, and 3:9. This movement towards a One World Government or macro management apparatus over nations to bring about a false peace is not part of papal infallibility and we must as good Catholics resist it. The only hope for a true and lasting peace is to implement the Social Kingship of Christ not a false ecumenical Counter Church which Venerable Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich prophesied.

    “I saw a secret society undermining the great Church (St. Peter ‘s) and near them a horrible beast that rose out of the sea. It had a tail like a fish, claws like a lion, and numberless heads that lay like a crown around one large head ; its jaws were large and red, its body spotted like a tiger ." The Life and Revelation of Anne Catherine Emmerich Vol. II. p. 290

    "I see the black counterfeit church gaining ground, I see its fatal influence on the public. The distress of the Holy Father and of the Church is really so great that one ought to pray to God day and night ...“ She saw the Holy Father “so feeble that he can no longer walk alone.” (Ibid 293)

    "I saw many pastors cherishing dangerous ideas against the Church. . . . They built a large, singular, extravagant church which was to embrace all creeds with equal rights: Evangelicals, Catholics, and all denominations, a true communion of the unholy with one shepherd and one flock. There was to be a Pope, a salaried Pope, without possessions. All was made ready, many things finished; but, in place of an altar, were only abomination and desolation. Such was the new church to be, and it was for it that he had set fire to the old one; but God designed otherwise."(Life of Anne Catherine Emmerich, Vol. II p. 353.)

Dietrich von Hildebrand     The renowned and eminent philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand wrote, "In the case of practical, as distinguished from theoretical, authority, which refers, of course, to the ordinances of the Pope, the protection of the Holy Spirit is not promised in the same way. Ordinances can be unfortunate, ill-conceived, even disastrous, and there have been many such in the history of the Church. Here Roma locuta, causa finita does not hold. The faithful are not obliged to regard all ordinances as good and desirable. They can regret them and pray that they will be taken back; indeed, they can work, with all due respect for the pope, for their elimination." In a letter from Dietrich von Hildebrand to Michael Davies dated 22 April 1976 as printed in The Remnant in the April 30, 2004 issue, we find:

    "Dear Friend in Christ: I was delighted in reading your letter to Bishop Donohue of Fresno in The Remnant..... I was very pleased about your words concerning my position toward the documents of Vatican Council II. I consider the Council-notwithstanding the fact that it brought some ameliorations-as a great misfortune. And I stress time and again in lectures and articles that fortunately no word of the Council-unless it is a repetition of former definitions de fide - is binding de fide. We need not approve; on the contrary we should disapprove. Unfortunately Maritain said in his last book: the two great manifestations of the Holy Spirit in our times are Vatican Council II and the foundation of the state of Israel. I read the chapter of your book and I am completely satisfied. Hoping to meet you some day, I am united with you in caritate Christi and in the fight against Modernism. Yours affectionately, Dietrich von Hildebrand"

Cardinal Heenan    John Cardinal Heenan of England stated about the Council as follows: "It deliberately limited its own objectives. There were to be no specific definitions. Its purpose from the first was pastoral renewal within the Church and a fresh approach to the outside." (Council and Clergy, 1966)

    It seems that the fresh approach- that is leaving the Church uncovered to the "worldly elements" has caused the opposite effect. Churchman have created a stale, decaying and unstable orientation- a below subsistence level spiritual food for the flock-bringing on a deadly mold settling in this poisonous aggiornamento policy. How can I make this accusation you may ask? Am I being too harsh on this "new orientation"? It is the rejection of the social Kingship of Christ and the rejection of the Catholic Church's perennial restrictions on "liberty of conscience". Just look at Kenneth Jones' statistics which speak louder than words that appeared on the Seattle Catholic in the December 8, 2003 issue, The Vatican II Renewal: Myth or Reality by Kenneth C. Jones or Springtime Decay by David L. Sonnier, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, who teaches Computer Science and Mathematics at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas.

    This is the conclusion Mr. Sonnier came to in the article, "Many have asserted that the sudden decline in all aspects of Catholic life that began in 1965 was due to 'other factors,' such as the influence of 'the sixties.' But Mr. Jones soundly refutes that argument by including a simple chart which shows a marked decline in Church attendance among Catholics from the 1960s to the present while it remained virtually level, with a slight increase, for Protestants. To more fully understand the nature of the crisis we find ourselves in, I highly recommend that every Catholic capable of reading beyond an eighth grade level purchase a copy of the Index and study it.

"It is clear from this brief analysis of the data relating to the number of seminarians over the past eighty years that several things are true:

  • That the decline in priestly vocations did, in fact, begin with Vatican II and the introduction of the Novus Ordo.

  • That the loss is beyond our human ability to comprehend, since it involves souls, but that we should at least be honest about the situation and attempt to comprehend it. We should quit denying that there is a crisis in the Church, and we should quit denying that it is related to the Second Vatican Council.

  • That the decline is not showing any signs of reversal, despite the assertions of many bishops and priests to the contrary." he said.

Mr. Sonnier demonstrates with graphs that the traditional priestly fraternities growth is very impressive and they have had to turn men away. He states finally that, "God calls men to the priesthood. His doing so within the traditional(ist) religious communities seems to be a good indication that He looks favorably upon them and the work they are doing. God has left His Holy fingerprint on the decline by relating the decline to the natural number, e. Whenever we find an exponential decay function Ce-xt in nature, where C and x are constants, and t is time, it is in conjunction with the death or decay of some entity within His creation. Now we find an exponential decay function describing the number of seminarians from the Novus Ordo wing of the Church in the United States. We should reflect on whether He is trying to tell us something."

    Finally, when Catholic's divorce, contracept, and abort they will not be shocked when Catholics, even high-up hierarchy participate in ecumenical syncretistic "all religions appear equal" prayer meetings such as Assisi and UN-sponsored congresses like the one held at Fatima in Oct 2003 with the Teilhardian prophet "Jesuit theologian" Father Jacques Dupuis, who was insistent that the religions of the world must unite. A man who was given a slap on the wrist by Cardinal Ratzinger for his dissident writings and within no time someone apparently wishing to rehabilitate Dupuis (perhaps Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald head of interreligious dialogue who spoke so highly of Dupuis his mentor, in a National Catholic Reporter article decided to reward him by sending him to Fatima. (4)

    4. National Catholic Reporter article "The World from Rome, October 4, 2002 by John L. Allen Jr. stated, "Fitzgerald, a member of the Missionaries of Africa ('White Fathers'), is a widely respected expert on Islam. He is known inside the Vatican as a man of wit, integrity, with an open mind and a deep sense of loyalty. His theological orientation can be glimpsed from a seminar in April 2001 at the Gregorian University, where Fitzgerald praised Jesuit Fr. Jacques Dupuis, the Jesuit theologian whose attempts to assign positive theological significance to religious diversity had been criticized by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Fitzgerald said he wished 'to put on the record a debt of gratitude to Fr. Dupuis and his pioneering work.'

    'I had the honor of being present in this hall during a presentation of Fr. Dupuis' book,' Fitzgerald said. 'Some have spoken of ambiguities, but since theology is a developing science, it is only natural that various theories will be presented, discussed, and brought into a synthesis.' It was a polite, loyal way of registering dissent." Fr. Fitzgerald as you see employs Hegelian dialectics and evolution in his theology.

    "The religion of the future will be a general converging of religions in a universal Christ that will satisfy all", Dupuis said. (5)

This is Teilhardian language (title of the Fatima Conference "The Future of God" )and is an inverted quote in a statement by Piere Teilhard de Chardin in a letter to an Old Catholic schismatic, "Besides the traditional transcendent God, a sort of 'God of the future' has arisen for us in the course of the last century". (6)
    6. See Randy England's book Unicorn in the Sanctuary p. 102 by Tan Publishers.
(I guess that 'god' would be the devil). Yes in this case truth seems stranger than the one world religion fiction. "Religious Liberty" is a metaphor for apostasy inside the hallowed walls of the Catholic Church - a nightmare which will play itself out in epic proportions. It will make The Lord of the Rings look like a cricket match. Will we ever wake up from this disaster in the making? With this syncretistic Tower of Babel behavior occurring in Fatima, whereby recently the Hindus danced up a storm (7) as a direct consequence of the "new orientation" and acceptance of "Religious Liberty", "Enculturation" and "Ecumenism" within the Conciliar Church (8) are we seeing a "settling in" of the "abomination of desolation?"

    It would certainly seem so. I would hope that Father Brian W. Harrison will continue to be seriously suspicious of the novel Religious Liberty and rethink the previous articles (9) (9. See below) he wrote and reconsider what is really going on for today in the church of the "New Springtime" truth truly is stranger than fiction.

Kathy Willett Redle

    9. Below are articles by Fr. Brian Harrison that supported the Vatican II document on Religious Liberty:

      Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Ils L'Ont Déééécouronnéééé Reviewed by Fr Brian Harrison OS (from Living Tradition, May 1989) John Courtney Murray - A Reliable Interpreter of Dignitatis Humanae? (Part I) by Fr Brian Harrison OS (from Living Tradition, January 1991)

      John Courtney Murray - A Reliable Interpreter of Dignitatis Humanae? (Part II) by Fr Brian Harrison OS (from Living Tradition, March 1991)

      Marcel Lefebvre: Signatory to Dignitatis Humanae by Fr Brian Harrison OS. An article that shows that the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre signed Dignitatis Humanae despite subsequently denouncing it as irreconcilable with Catholic doctrine. (from Fidelity, March 1994)

      Michael Davies, The Second Vatican Council and Religious Liberty Reviewed by Fr Brian Harrison OS (from Living Tradition, January 1993)

      Pius IX, Vatican II and Religious Liberty reviewed by Fr Brian W Harrison OS (from Living Tradition, January 1987)

      Religious Liberty: "Rights" versus "Tolerance" by Fr Brian W Harrison (from Living Tradition, March 1988)

    For Part One see Dead-end when trying to justify Religious Liberty

    For Part Two see Past Ordinary Infallible Church Teaching on Religious Liberty

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