The Good Shepherd, says Our Lord, leaves the ninety-nine in the desert to go in search of the lost sheep. What would He say today, when virtually the whole flock have been scattered by the wolves and are wandering aimlessly? Many no longer recognize the voice of the Shepherd. How will they find their way to Heaven without Him?
This is why there is such an urgent need for the Church to preach the Gospel to the nations, bringing them the Light of Christ. All need to have faith in Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, in order to be saved. A current error has it that Jesus sent the Apostles to preach to the nations, meaning the "goyim", non-Jews, so the Jews don't have to believe in Him. But Jesus makes it clear that unless they believe in Him they will die in their sin. That doesn't mean that the Jews are worse than other people. All who refuse to believe in Jesus Christ will die in their sin. But don't go looking for the "Church of Vatican II" to warn them of the danger. They no longer preach the Gospel to the Jews, and the one they preach to the Gentiles is not the one preached by Peter and Paul and the True Church.
The world around us has declared its independence from God and His revealed truth. Truth is what the courts of the land declare it to be. The myth of religious freedom, so highly touted in this country, means the freedom to decide for oneself what religion shall be. It may or may not coincide in some way with Christianity, but even when it does, it is Christianity on man's terms, not God's. Whatever form religion takes it is based on man's word, not God's word.
This includes the new religion based on Vatican II, which, with its supposed New Pentecost, has declared itself independent of the true Apostolic Church. Its mass and sacraments resemble those of the True Church, but they have all been restructured so as to lose their validity. The Church has no authority to change the form of the Sacraments, because they were given to us by Jesus Christ. Pope Pius XII taught: "The sacred liturgy does, in fact, include divine as well as human elements. The former, instituted as they have been by God, cannot be changed in any way by men" (Mediator Dei, Nov. 20, 1947). [editor's emphasis]
The Catechism of the Council of Trent states: "…the form (of the Sacraments) is so definite that any, even a casual deviation from it renders the Sacrament null. Hence the form is expressed in the clearest possible terms, such as exclude the possibility of doubt" (Part II, The Sacraments). [again, editor's emphasis]
The Council of Trent declares: "If anyone says that the accepted and approved rites of the Catholic Church that are customarily used in the solemn administration of the sacraments can, without sin, be belittled or omitted by the ministers as they see fit, or that they can be changed into other new rites by any pastor in the Church, let him be anathema (Canons on the Sacraments in General, # 13). But the "new church" went ahead and changed them anyway.
Perhaps the best example of this was the change made by Paul VI in the form for the consecration of bishops, which came down to us from apostolic times. Pope Pius XII designated which part of the form was essential for validity. His declaration has all the marks of an "ex cathedra" infallible decree, and that should have settled the matter for all time.
But a mere twenty years later Paul VI attempted the impossible. He deleted the essential part of the form and replaced it with entirely different words, even having the audacity to declare that it was his new form that was essential for validity. There are no true bishops being consecrated since Paul VI's new form was introduced on June 18, 1968 (Apostolic Constitution, Pontificalis Romani). The "new church" has lost the Apostolic Succession and can no longer consecrate bishops or ordain priests. The "new church," despite its pomp and circumstance, is just another "little church around the corner," the "church in the valley by the wildwood."
"He who hears you hears Me," said the Lord. But the sheep could no longer hear the Shepherd's voice in the Church since Angelo Roncalli usurped the chair of Peter, taking the name John XXIII [a former anti-pope's name]. Previously the True Church warned against the deceits of the wolves in sheep's clothing and identified the enemies of the Church so that the faithful could avoid their snares. But Roncalli declared, "The Church has no enemies." The false church began offering the handclasp of friendship to its former enemy, the unbelieving world. Communists and Freemasons, the avowed enemies of the Church, were now welcomed at the Vatican. Light embraced darkness; truth made friends with falsehood; innocence sat at table with iniquity. Who would now rescue the sheep? They have followed the example of their false shepherds and are wandering from the safety of the sheepfold.
The sheep, for the sake of their salvation, must return to the true Shepherd and Guardian of their souls - Jesus Christ. They must avoid the false teachings of the "new church," which is sick unto death with its heresies. It has lost the supernatural dimension and equates ordinary human works with the works of grace. It promotes a "civilization of love" founded not on Christ but on man. It has entered into "dialogue" with the false religions on the grounds that all men are of "good will" and need not be converted to Jesus Christ. It has recognized the continued validity of a separate covenant for the Jews, even though the Old Covenant finds its fulfillment in Jesus Christ alone. It fails to teach the true nature of sin, which has resulted in a gigantic loss of faith and collapse of morals among young and old alike. It fails to preach the four Last Things - Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell, promoting instead the doctrine of Universal Salvation, while the abandoned sheep slide towards eternal perdition.
St. Peter, first pope of the True Church, warns us:
"The Lord does not delay in His promises, but for your sake is long-suffering, not wishing that any should perish but that all should turn to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief; at that time the heavens will pass away with great violence, and the elements will be dissolved with heat, and the earth, and the works that are in it, will be burned up… You therefore, brethren, since you know this beforehand, be on your guard lest, carried away by the error of the foolish, you fall away from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen" (2 Peter 3:9,10;17,18).