Making Sense of Sensus Catholicus (apr12ssc.htm)

Tuesday
April 12, 2005
vol 16, no. 102

Papal Passions

Emotions are in motion. There are those who are quick to canonize John Paul II and there are those also who are quick to condemn him. Let's leave his fate to God and do our part by praying for the man.

by
Father James F. Wathen

      "To the world at large, he was a perfect pope because he represented no principle nor obligation nor dogmatic truth; he represented 'love' for human beings in their present condition, regardless of whether they were in the state of sin or heresy or hatred of Christ or total depravity. As they needed nothing, he gave them nothing except a little passing attention and warmth. If there is anything that can be said of Pope John Paul II without fear of error, it is that he acted what he taught: he taught godless humanitarianism and he seemed to be a godless humanitarian; his cause was irreligious humanism, the religion of the Second Vatican Council and of the New World Order. During his tenure, he must have left much of the actual administration of the Church to subordinates; he was always 'on the road.'"


    The exaggerated (and artificial) adulation of Pope John Paul II reveals to us, as if we needed it, that he was the kind of pope the people of the world and the forces of World Revolution want, a pope who in no way represented the Catholic Church or Christ, but "Humanity." To us, he was a very poor example of what a pope should be, because nothing he did (apparently) was of any benefit to the (true) Church, nothing he did had anything to do with the salvation of souls. He used his position and the Catholic faithful and their money to promote a worldly doctrine and cause, which are antithetic to the Gospel.

    To the world at large, he was a perfect pope because he represented no principle nor obligation nor dogmatic truth; he represented "love" for human beings in their present condition, regardless of whether they were in the state of sin or heresy or hatred of Christ or total depravity. As they needed nothing, he gave them nothing except a little passing attention and warmth. If there is anything that can be said of Pope John Paul II without fear of error, it is that he acted what he taught: he taught godless humanitarianism and he seemed to be a godless humanitarian; his cause was irreligious humanism, the religion of the Second Vatican Council and of the New World Order. During his tenure, he must have left much of the actual administration of the Church to subordinates; he was always "on the road."

    We all know this. And if we do not, the news media have been telling the world the same thing since before the Popeís death. He was the embodiment of the "religion" of the New World Order, and he is being given credit for furthering the cause during his long reign with the most bountiful praise.

    What is astounding to us is that not only does the Catholic laity find all this uplifting, and not at all curious, but the clergy and the religious also fail to see that Pope John Paul IIís pontificate was a complete tragedy for the Church. This fact is a commentary on the condition of the faith of the Catholic world. In a word, they have lost sight completely of what our holy religion is and what their personal faith is supposed to be. Pope John Paul II spent his pontificate teaching and exemplifying the false religion of the Revolution and the people, practically all of them, accepted it. The consequence is that most of them are Catholic in name only.

    There is an alarming side effect to all this. Among a certain number of "Traditionalists," - mainly of the Sedevacantist persuasion - we find not only an awareness of the above facts, but also in a select few what we can only describe as a most unchristian hatred of the deceased Pontiff. That does not seem to be too strong a word to use, as some of these individuals have either already consigned the man to Hell, or consider that it is out of place to pray that almighty God not put him there. They seem to want to blame all the troubles of the Church and of their personal religious lives on him alone, and they find some satisfaction in the thought that, now, "he is getting what he has coming to him." This attitude also justifies their calling him names and abandoning all respect toward him.

    *[Editor's Note: Father here is undoubtedly speaking of the Dimond Brothers who have long promoted the idea that John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul II were anti-popes and whoever disagrees with their assumption has bad will and in danger of losing their souls. The Daily Catholic has never subscribed to such judgment and, with Father Wathen, encourage all to pray for the soul of John Paul II, but not to continue the lie that he was a holy man who produced good fruits for Christ's Church. The facts prove the opposite for, as Our Lord asserts in Matthew 7: 15-20, a good tree cannot yield bad fruit and a bad tree cannot yield good fruit. Since there have been no lasting good fruits, we must believe Vatican II is a bad tree and destined for the fires of gehenna as Christ affirms. The interesting point Father Wathen makes that John Paul II in no way represented the Catholic Church, poses the question of how close Father himself actually is to the stance of those who believe the chair has remained void of a Catholic pope for several decades. Father himself emphasized this in his masterful book, "The Great Sacrilege", especially in light of Pope Paul IV's Apostolic Constitution Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio. ]

    Such a spirit is, as I say, not Christian. It is evil, sinful. It was a good and necessary thing to pray for the Pope when he was alive, and it is proper and charitable to pray for him now that God has called him to judgment. It is a spiritual work of mercy to have Masses offered for him, as it is not our place to presume to judge the eternal fate of anyone. Despite everything, despite what some priests say, Pope John Paul II was the Pope, and our spiritual Father. We must not imitate pagans who are wont to give full vent to their hatred, who need someone upon whom to focus their resentment. The words of our Lord to James and John come to mind: "You know not of what spirit you are" (Luke 9:55).

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    I reiterate my thanks to everyone who prays for me. I beg him (and her) to continue. I read somewhere this week that one of the popes said: "God never refuses when many pray." I think I have reason for great confidence therefore. I thank also those who continue to send me their good wishes and contributions of money, which help a great deal. May God reward this great kindness. I send everyone my priestly blessing, praying the the Risen Christ grant him every spiritual benefit.

In Christ,

Father James Wathen


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