'It' depends on what 'is' was!
The Dent in the Denial
By retracting the absolute words that solidify what the Gospel has always stood for 'it is as it was' - is not the Vatican skirting the whole issue that Mel Gibson is only being a loyal Catholic and the loyalty is not being returned. Why? Ah, there's the rub.
"Consider the timing. Were it a misunderstanding as to what the Pope had said about Mel's film or were it a fabrication by McEveety and Michelini, then the Pope's personal secretary would immediately have denied it for surely he knew within just a few days that the quote was being attributed to the Pope through him. Yet we heard nothing. No retractions. In the meantime, Mel waited a little bit - as all good Traditional Catholics have learned to do - before proceeding with the Pope's quote as an endorsement for the film. There is no doubt that no matter how Mel might feel about this Pope and his Modernist, humanist agendas, it's a fact that John Paul II's approval of the film can mean a big difference at the box office. Mel knows the charismatic pull this Pontiff has on the blind sheep and how many have been pulled."
Here we go again. More backpedaling by the Vatican. This time it's not over the obvious Fatima interfaith shrine but new windmills to fend off. This one is over the Pope's comments on Mel Gibson's landmark masterpiece just 35 days away - "The Passion of The Christ." It has been widely publicized that the Pope, a man of many words - make that tomes - chose only a few, succinct ones to describe his take on the film which he saw in a private screening in his Apostolic Palace on DVD on December 5th. In almost a classic phrase that would express philosophical and poetic brilliance he conveyed the essence of the film: "It is as it was." Brilliant. Since John Paul II likes to consider himself a poet, no less a brilliant philosopher - since he's definitely not a brilliant theologian - you would think he would be most satisfied with those five short words which say it all: "It is as it was." Brilliant. And we're not talking about Guinness Beer here, folks.
Michael Cain, editor
But now, according to Catholic News Service and John Thavis their man in the Vatican, the Pope's private secretary, confidante and fellow Pole Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz is denying the Pope said that. Well, he should know, since he's the one who conveyed it to the film's co-producer Steve McEveety and his assistant Jan Michelini as first reported by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal on December 17, 2003 and confirmed by Reuters reporter Philip Pullella in another article the following day.
Now, well over a month later all of a sudden Dziwisz is denying the Pope ever said it. Well, then who did?? Did I not mention it was brilliant? So if he isn't going to take credit, who will? Are we to believe that two people of reputable reputations who Mel Gibson trusts intrinsically would fabricate it and attribute it to the Pope? Could they have deliberately lied or misunderstood something so simple as "it is as it was"??? No matter what translation, five simple very short words would be pretty hard to misinterpret - whether it was in Polish, Italian, or whatever language - even Latin if they still speak the Mother tongue in Rome. So what gives? Could the Archbishop have been misinterpreted? Or could there be another agenda here, one that makes perfect sense in light of the modus operandi of Modern Rome?
As we have seen already this year, the Vatican has denied that what was said at the Fatima Conference wasn't really what is and that those who heard such from none other than three leading Catholic hierarchs were wrong. They all, including all the press that were present, misunderstood exact words. It's all part of the ol' flim-flam keep-'em-guessing game this regime has constantly played. They did it with Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and they're doing it with Mel Gibson today.
Promise them anything but give them nothing. Razzle-dazzle 'em. The Vatican knew very well the controversy swirling around the film thanks to Zionist stirrings publicized far and wide that the film was anti-Semitic. Since the film is in full accordance with the Gospels, then their syllogism would follow that the Gospel of Christ is anti-Semitic. We know that premise is totally false. But this controversy won't sit well with the humanist authorities that are so hung up on ecumenism and appeasing man. It might shed a bad light on Catholic-Jewish accord - even though the only accord that can ever be truly reached will be the conversion of the Jews as Holy Mother the Church has always taught. Despite the ostentatious apologies of the Pope in the Jubilee Year to further denigrate the saints and martyrs of the Church from Peter to Pius XII, there is no progress. Progress can only be attained through conversion as the Good Friday prayer has always invoked in the 8th prayer for conversion of the Jews:
"Let us pray also for the perfidious Jews: that our God and Lord would remove the veil from their hearts: that they also may acknowledge our Lord Jesus Christ...Almighty and everlasting God, Who drivest not away from Thy mercy even the perfidious Jews: hear our prayers, which we offer for the blindness of that people: that acknowledging the light of Thy truth, which is Christ, they may be rescued from their darkness. Through the same Lord...Amen."
That is exactly what I believe in my heart Mel's movie will do: it will help remove the veil from the hearts of many, many Jews that Christ is indeed their Lord God and Savior; not by pounding it into them, but by the miracle of the Holy Ghost touching their hearts by what they see on the screen. And not just the Jews, but Muslims, Lutherans, fallen-away Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, 7th Day Adventists, liberal and conservative Catholics, New Agers, even agnostics and atheists. From what I have read from those who have seen it, I can't think of a better way to start Lent. It will not be a 'viewing.' I would surmise popcorn sales will be down because who wants soggy kernels when the tears are flowing so freely? No, I would expect this film will be an encounter between each person and God. It will open up hearts and challenge them in the far reaches of their souls. In a way, it is akin to both the warning and miracle wrapped into one. Remember, God works in wondrous and mysterious ways and I truly believe He has called Mel Gibson in these times to be the Apostle to bring the Word to those who may have heard it but now will truly HEAR and FEEL it through FAITH.
Now you would think the Vatican would be jumping up and down in glee. Alleluia. It seems like an ideal solution where God indirectly is intervening. And maybe, just maybe that is what has the newChurch skittish. You see, to the Vatican it is a problem because they have signed off on no longer seeking to convert the Jews or non-Catholics. It's all about 'dialogue' today. Now what will they do if this film has the promised effect many expect? After all Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger himself has said it is "no longer necessary that the Jews convert", that their "wait for the Messiah is not in vain." Now here comes a Catholic, a Traditional Catholic no less, to contradict the great VaticantwoArians. We can't have that.
Consider the timing. Were it a misunderstanding as to what the Pope had said about Mel's film or were it a fabrication by McEveety and Michelini, then the Pope's personal secretary would immediately have denied it for surely he knew within just a few days that the quote was being attributed to the Pope through him. Yet we heard nothing. No retractions. In the meantime, Mel waited a little bit - as all good Traditional Catholics have learned to do - before proceeding with the Pope's quote as an endorsement for the film. There is no doubt that no matter how Mel might feel about this Pope and his Modernist, humanist agendas, it's a fact that John Paul II's approval of the film can mean a big difference at the box office. Mel knows the charismatic pull this Pontiff has on the blind sheep and how many have been pulled.
And, with momentum gaining lightning speed each day, now the Vatican has decided to try to pull Mel's chains, to try to 'control' him so that he won't expose them. They might very well have met their match. Mel has been very open about his beliefs, yet quite quiet about his opinions of the Vatican II church. He's been the ideal diplomat. But they know he is a man of integrity and that can't be good for any member of the revolution. What they don't realize is Mel doesn't have to say a word, their actions and obvious lies and denials are all the evidence you need of agendas unraveling.
Nevertheless they plod on. So five weeks later all of a sudden the Vatican pulls its 'permission'??? Oh, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and the Priests of Campos should know all about that. Why would the Pope's personal secretary wait 5 weeks to disclaim the statement? It's not like he's been out of the loop. If you have been following the ecumaniacs' daily house-organ - ZENIT, you'll see the Pope is basically in touch with everything. He has an opinion on everything - from circuses to rock n' roll to the environment to tourism to, well you get the idea. So don't tell me he had 'no opinion' on Mel's movie, one that has already moved hardened souls such as the unflappable Jack Valenti for example.
No, it seems that something else is afoot here. It is not a hidden fact that Mel Gibson is a pre-Vatican II Traditional Catholic - a staunch one who will only attend the True Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - the Latin Mass. Everyday on set he offered only the Latin Mass to the crew. He is wisely cautious about any priest ordained in the New Order after 1968 celebrating the Holy Sacrifice for fear it would be invalid due to the questionable invalidity of ordination due to changes in the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Mel doesn't hide his leanings. Perhaps, with all the volumes and volumes and volumes of ambiguous words this Pope has written and pronounced, he didn't realize the impact five little words would have in reinforcing and strengthening the Traditional Catholic movement. For in those five little words are the essence of the Latin Mass - "It is as it was" and, as Pope Saint Pius V infallibly decreed, it must always be as it was!
But someone within the Vatican, a definite anti-traditional element got to the Pope and to Dziwisz. "You must deny it. Discredit Gibson." Why? Because there is a groundswell rolling across the land and in many nations to purchase advance tickets for this landmark event. Already more than a month out unprecedented advanced numbers are predicted for opening day. Take that all you naysayers and distribution companies who tried to block Gibson. If it is of man it will perish, but if it is of God, nothing will stop it and indeed The Passion of The Christ is of and from God through Gibson, His modern prophet and Saint Augustine of these times. I daresay there will be more in movie theaters on Ash Wednesday than in all the Novus Ordo auditoriums combined, and that's not a bad thing. Because the movie is going to move hearts and souls, unlike the New Order Messes. In the darkness of the theaters hearts will soften, allowing God's light to flood their souls. I foresee countless conversions and a renewal of the Traditional movement for people everywhere will finally wake up from the 40-year slumber and realize they need to recoup the lost Truths and Traditions and set things right again. I think the Vatican is very, very worried about this. What will happen to their whole ecumenical agenda if Jews start converting, Catholics start demanding priests to say the Mass that was never abrogated, and, even worse, Catholics refusing to contribute to the coffers of the collaborators of cover-up. No dogma and doctrine, no dollars. Hey, we can't have that. We must try and stop this onrushing train that could derail us. We must stop it by any means possible. And so the next thing you know, here is Dziwisz coming out this past Sunday, a month afterwards, and simply issuing a denial: "That is not true."
Well, your Excellency, very few things are true in the Vatican today. And Mel knows their game oh so well. Just as he didn't back down from the U.S. Bishops or Abraham Foxman and the Zionist-run Anti-Defamation League, he didn't back down here. Through his spokesman, Alan Nierob they checked their notes and correspondence. Yes they had dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's as did the Vatican according to Dr. Joaquín Navarro-Valls, the official Vatican spokesperson. As Newsmax wrote: "there is no reason to believe that the Pope's support of the film 'isn't as it was'." See 35 Days to go!
As Bishop Richard Williamson has often said, "there are nice liberals and nasty liberals, but one thing for sure, they're all liberals." So also with those who occupy the Vatican today. The one thing they fear the most is a traditionalist. Don't believe me? Look what they did to Archbishop Lefebvre and what they've tried to do to Fr. Nicholas Gruner for decades. Now along comes possibly the biggest movie star popularity-wise in the world and it's shoved in their face by the media that he's a Traditional Catholic. That surely can't sit well with the liberals. So they are retaliating with the only weapons they have: deceit and lies. Yet, Mel merely smiles and continues to practice as a true Catholic despite the slanderous, unintelligent and misleading concepts that he is 'a schismatic Catholic who practices something that is no longer in vogue and practically akin to a cult or some kind of Latin voodoo.' Yeah, that's what the secular media is writing and you know they didn't get that from Mel or his people. Since every good journalist should do his or her research, then they're getting this information from some neo-Catholic source out to badmouth Traditional Catholics. Mel knows this. So do we. Has not Our Lord told us to be ready?
"If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept My word, they will keep yours also." (John 15: 20).
Evidently the persecutions against Mel and Traditional Catholics are intensifying. But they're not actually coming from the Jewish or pagan lobbies right now; rather they're coming from Rome itself in their so nonchalantly undermining the credibility of Gibson's people. The evidence shows that Rome has not kept their word, and by that action of denying the brilliance of "it is as it was" they are not being modest, but in denial of the Word itself for that is exactly what Gibson has followed to the letter. They can spin it all they want, but the sad fact is that it no longer is as it was for as it was it is now as it was so that it is as it was will be purged as is because, well that's the way it is! Confused? Welcome to the world of Vaticantwospeak!
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