Today we complete this three part treatise on the Judases among us. Our Lord has been turned over to the Sanhedrin where the Chiefs and High Priests question Him. This is not
unlike theologians today who challenge every truth passed down through the ages in the great Deposit of Faith so treasured by Holy Mother Church.
Blessed Pope Pius IX warned us of this "liberal Catholicism," Pope Leo XIII was even more forceful. Pope Saint Pius X enlightened all as to the dangers of challenging sound doctrine, as did Pope Pius XI and the much misunderstood, and badly maligned Sovereign Pontiff Pope Pius XII who could see so clearly the deconstruction beginning in the dark chambers of Germany where many compromised their faith in favor of finding favor with Adolph Hitler, either to save their own hides or to advance themselves in his misguided regime. This included many children subjected to the false ideologies of the Third Reich as well as those to the east in what would become the Soviet Bloc.
With the aftermath of World War II Pius XII sought to reconcile a world in repair. He sought first to restore hope and faith in Europe proper beginning in Italy and extending to Austria, Switzerland, France,
Belgium, Britain and Germany. Yes, the Netherlands, too. Meanwhile in the eastern regions of the fatherland and east of there in Catholic Poland, Czechzlosvakia, Hungary, the Ukraine, and Yugoslavia another force was rearing its ugly head: the hammer and sickle of Marxism was cutting a wide swath through these nations, leaving in its wake a fate far worse than they had emerged from in World War II. One of those who experienced this suppression, this exile, was
Karol Wojtyla, who would of course become in 1978 our 264th successor of Peter as Pope John Paul II.
The world was changing drastically when he was a seminarian in the underground Church. It was a time when the swastika of fascism and the sickle of communism clashed, taking no prisoners. The United States and their allies were only too happy to accommodate the victors of the Nazis and only too happy to begin the process of establishing a "one world order" at the expense of values, human rights and the virtues saints had been weaned on for centuries. It was the age of new liberties that would see an evolvement of ideologies and psuedo theologies that slowly, but surely would erode the very foundation the Church was built on. Liberty became synonymous with license; the license to do and say whatever they wanted; the license to challenge those statutes which hitherto had been set in stone. This happened within governments and it has happened, sadly, within the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Pius XII sought to stave it off by not delegating too much authority to his Curia, knowing full well some within had sold out to the Masonic movement and were intent on corrupting the doctrines from within the inner sanctum. He kept them out as best he could. His death in 1958 brought to the papal throne one who the Sacred Conclave chose as an "interim" Pope. Little did they know of the resolve and concern this rotund, loving patriarch of Venice by the name of Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli had for the Church and what he intended to do.
Many falsely attribute the beginning of the decline of the Church today to Pope John XXIII, but he could be described as a Joseph of Arimathea who, though a member of the Sanhedrin, was truly a follower of Christ and rued the treatment and pompous attitudes of his colleagues. So also John sought to help the Church better deal with these rising problems by calling a pastoral council. He did so on January 25, 1959 to the shock and amazement of all. His intentions were to bring all the bishops together and better address how to cope with a society that was growing farther away from Christ and His teachings. He sought to better identify the problems and to send the bishops back to their respective sees better equipped to deal with them and convey this to their flocks.
But a sad thing happened on the way out of the forum, so to speak. John passed away in 1963 and the College of Cardinals elected a man from Milan. Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini who took the name Pope Paul VI as the 262nd in the line of Peter. Many believe Paul, though sincere, was not strong enough to fend off the anxious curia that had been held in check by Pius, and baffled by John. Now was their chance and they pounced. Paul VI, when he reopened the third session of Second Vatican Council on September 14, 1965 may not have seen it then, but there was a different make-up, a different mood. The reform had begun. Women and Protestant periti were not only admitted but were given more authority. I don't think this is what John XXIII had in mind on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul in 1959. But though the liberal bent was being heard, it still was not enough according to the modernists who previous Vicars of Christ had warned so vehemently against. They saw their chance and they ignited the match that turned the liturgy and catechesis into a conflagration that has singed today most of the Church. In the third session, the periti included more of those who espoused a liberal agenda. Separated brethren and modernist females had more of a say than they had a right to. Paul VI himself admitted on his death bed that Vatican II had intended to open the window and let in some fresh air - aggioriomento as John called it - but instead satan swept in and "is now in the sanctuary."
If the evil one was in the sanctuary in 1978, imagine where he is today! The Conclave met in September of that year and elected another Italian Prince of the Church - the man they would call the "smiling Pope" - Cardinal Albino Luciani , who, like John XXIII had been patriarch of Venice. In respect to his two predecessors he chose the name Pope John Paul I. Sadly, his pontificate lasted only 33 days. Symbolic? Our Lord's life was 33 years. There is much speculation as to how he died and why. Some believe he was poisoned by those determined to fulfill the devil's desires. While those conspiracy theories parallel the JFK assassination and other events, the more we see today in the world and the Church, the more credibility can be given to this subterfuge of the most devastating kind. Consider that he announced to the cardinals on August 27th that he intended to continue the implementation of the Council while, at the same preserving intact "the great discipline of the Church in the life of the priests and the faithful" as John had intended.
With his untimely death the Conclave huddled again in the Sistine Chapel. This time they set a precedent that had not been done since 1522 when Pope Hadrian VI of the Netherlands was selected as the 218th successor of Peter. The cardinals of 1978 chose a Slavic Pope to carry on the Petrine Ministry. In choosing this man from Poland it was as if "The Shoes of the Fisherman" had been prophecy. The Church now had a Pope who had come from behind the Iron Curtain. On October 18, 1978 he was elevated to the throne and has ruled there for 22 and a half years to date.
There are those who ask why John Paul II did not rein in the dissenters and modernists when he first came to power. It is a good question in hindsight. But there are many who believe that he needed to establish authority first. The Italian curia had been strong and historians believe his election was a backlash against the Italian segment of the Curia. Only history yet to be written will answer that. In attempting to liberate others from the ravages of sin and the shackles of socialism and other ideologies that suppressed mankind, he reached out to all. His concept of ecumenism and the dignity of human life in all stages became the benchmark of his papacy. When you realize his own background and ideologies you can better understand this. In his crusade John Paul II was able to bring communism to its knees and the Iron Curtain to rust away from within while the Berlin Wall crumbled. Few give him the credit he richly deserves for this. Yet, while many flocked to this charismatic Pole in public, they privately rejected most of what he said.
This included especially Germany where a mentality had arisen that no one was going to tell them what to do anymore. After two World Wars they had been humbled. The proud Arian spirit was determined this would not happen again. From this mindset came such men as Father Hans Kung, a leading theologian of Vatican II, who took it too far too quickly. He openly challenged Catholic doctrine and dogma, questioning the infallibility of the Supreme Pontiff in matters of faith and morals, something Vatican Council I had set in stone. It became all too clear the motive was to deconstruct the Church, to make her on par with all other religions and thereby give credibility to Protestantism as right. He forgot about the four marks of the Church. Rather than trying to reconcile his intelligensia to that, he did what Bishop Fulton J. Sheen warned about, becoming prideful and narrow-minded except for his own beliefs that contradict the great Deposit of the Faith. In 1979 the Holy See had had enough. After constant warnings by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, including forbidding him to teach or write theology, his faculties as a priest were taken away. But the damage had been done.
Just as so many have abandoned the true tenets for their own ideology, so also many who were tainted and, frankly, poisoned by Kung, have arisen through the ranks. One of those is Cardinal Walter Kasper, a known liberal and a follower of Kung's. He not only was a research assistant for Kung, but embraced Kung's liberal views on contraception and, ultimately, the rationalization for abortion. He, along with Cardinal Karl Lehman, were both awarded the red-hat this past February 22nd. Our frank question is: Why?
In light of their background and ideology, their antagonism towards Rome and association with that proud Arian stubbornness, and modernistic tendencies to cave to society pressures, we weep that they have been honored for their disobedience. Lehman himself was behind a petition in Germany seeking sweeping changes in the Church - liberal ones that favored women priests, married priests, a democratic governing system and a greater say of the laity in policy-making in the Church - a petition that garnered 1.4 million signatures due largely to Lehman's influence. Both he and Kasper have been strong supporters of unity between the Lutherans and Catholics, making many statements on social issues, statements that drip humanism but lack rock-solid Roman Catholic beliefs. So what are we to think?
There are many who believe John Paul II was painted into a corner. Remember he announced his 8th Consistory on January 22nd this year. Absent from that list were any German prelates and we applauded that for one should not be rewarded for insolence. Yet one week later, in a surprise announcement both Kasper and Lehman were announced. The reasons the Holy Father gave seem weak in light of his track record. There has long been a power struggle between the Pope and the German bishops and the last time they compromised when the Pope threatened "either do it or else." This time, for whatever reasons or trump card they held, they made the Pope blink. Many believe the German bishops ganged up on him and threatened, yes, threatened to bolt as one in schism if the Pope didn't do what they wanted: promote two of their most liberal rascals to the highest ranks in the Church and thereby eligible to become the next Roman Pontiff. Horror of horrors, that could never happen, could it? When you look back on what has happened over the past 40 years that would not only seem sadly possible, but plausible.
Add to this the Holy Father's great desire to bring the Orthodox Church back into union with Rome and you can see why this Polish Pontiff succumbed to the Arian threats. First of all, an open schism would mar any chances of winning the Orthodox Church back after nearly a millennium apart. Secondly, he would have to divert all his attention to patching up the damage in Germany and not be able to continue his goals he has established. Thirdly, it would bring to the surface the fact that the German schism is just the tip of the iceberg. We've already seen the total erosion in Australia, other parts of Europe and especially here in the United States where the great silent schism has been going on ever since Vatican II closed and they turned the altars around. Oops, I forgot, they're not called "altars" anymore, they're now "banquet tables" and the priests are no longer the alter Christi - the sacerdotal consecrated ones who offer up the Sacrifice on our behalf but "presiders" who celebrate equally with us as we celebrate ourselves and, in a show of unity, receive communion so we can become Christ. At least that's what the politically correct lexicon of the amchurch dictates.
Why our dear Holy Father is afraid to separate the wheat from the chaff is beyond us. We had thought he was only waiting for the harvest before bringing forth the winnowing fan. But in waiting this long and enabling the enemy, he has to know wheat, great amounts of it in the form of souls, are being damaged as well. We believe he does and that is another reason, to help his Eastern Orthodox hopes, that he has sought to reconcile with the one "faction" within the Church that has remained true to the teachings, dogmas and doctrines, not to mention the liturgy that sustained Holy Mother Church throughout the centuries. It didn't change to fit society, society was lifted up because of the Church's stability. That stability today is teetering, if not tottered. Last year Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy and President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission established in 1988 after the excommunication of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, said about his followers who have remained loyal to the Traditions, "This Mass has been celebrated for centuries, and I do not know why we should forbid it, and these people who want to celebrate it have a good moral standing. Why should we not permit it?" And so His Holiness directed the Commission to open talks with the very bishops who were banished, the very bishops who led 5,000 to St. Peter's during the Jubilee Year to pray. It turned heads not because they were in schism with Rome, but because of the reverence they showed. Surely these could not be schismatics when you see the aberrations going on in Catholic churches worldwide today where reverence is no longer respected, belief in the Transubstantiation and the Real Presence, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity is diluted and often argued openly against, the liturgy is looked upon as a celebration of self, and the tenets of our faith challenged.
And so the Holy Father presented these arguments before the Scribes and Pharisees of the Roman Curia. Two among them protested a reconciliation vehemently. They were Cardinal Mario Francesco Pompedda, who as a Canon Lawyer has been the head of the Apostolic Signatura and given freely his liberal views on making divorce and remarriage easier for Catholics. He was only made a bishop in 1997 and already in 2001 a cardinal? Something doesn't compute. Regardless, he objected to bringing the Society of St. Pius X back in as either a prelature or a vicariate as the Holy Father suggested would be possible. Nevermind the fact that Cardinal Hoyos had told the SSPX bishops, "We recognize that the Old Mass is not abrogated and is legitimate, but we cannot say it publicly because there will be too much rebellion, and difficulties with the bishops." Ah, there's the rub. Have the mob of bishops become so powerful in a hierarchical Church where democracy does not come into play - except in the Sacred Conclave - that they can now dictate to the Pope? Sadly, friends, it would seem so.
The other one to object to reconciliation? The man who was just named President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and who came to that post by way of being secretary of the same since 1999: none other than our friend Cardinal Kasper! Here is a man who is openly for reunion with Lutherans and Presbyterians, has gone out of his way to seek it, and heads a Roman Curia promoting unity. In his anxiety to reconcile with the Protestants he forgets they do not have the True Presence, they do not hold to the four marks of the Church, they do not hold to the rich Traditions and the Latin rite passed down and enriched from Saint Jerome on. The SSPX does. But that is not what Kasper - the Caiphas of today - is all about. He wants ecumenism alright. He wants it according to the new world order where the Church will compromise to suit man's wants. He is one of those pushing for democracy in the Church, female and married priests, a more liberal interpretation of birth control and a tolerance for both abortion and homosexuality. Is this the kind of man you would trust?
We hope and pray John Paul II will see through his protests. We hope and pray our Sovereign Pontiff will not, like Pontius Pilate wash his hands of it, and give in to the modernist mantra of demands. We hope and pray he will not abandon the one remnant left in the Church who can help save it. We hope and pray he will not give in during the upcoming consistory of cardinals in May, that he will not compromise the Petrine Sovereignty to accommodate other faiths in pursuit of ecumenism. We hope and pray the desire for a "one world religion" will not evolve this way. But the trail leaves behind too much evidence not to suspect something is seriously wrong and we hope and pray John Paul II will rise to the occasion and be John Paul the Great as we have so often suggested.
Right now, in one of the sadder moments in Church history, it is not looking too good. Right now Christ has been turned over to the mob and is lugging the heavy Cross up the rocky terrain to the summit. Right now Mary's Divine Son is being stripped of his dignity as the Roman soldiers rip the garments from his bloodied and dirt-crusted frame and thrust Him down on the rough, sliver-invested lumber, stretching His arms and feet to fit the predesigned holes where they will thrust the roughly-hewn iron nails into His precious flesh. Ropes are wrapped around the beams to secure Him in place for the crude nails will not hold the weight of His body. This is evident as they heave-ho the wooden tree into the deep hole dug at the top of Calvary and it thuds into place. The soldiers and workers shovel dirt into the gaps in the earth to firm up the cross and they dodge the blood dripping from above.
Now the crowd mock Him. That is easy to do when mob mentality takes over, a fevered frenzy sweeps one up in emotions, and one is not left to think of the consequences. That is easy to do when the majority compromise their faith for the sake of convenience and to accommodate the rest. That is not so easy when one has to account for their actions before God.
I wonder if the Sanhedrin are there watching. I doubt it. I don't think they had the gall or energy to mount the hill themselves. I'm sure they sent scouts to assure the deed was being done according to their prerequisites. I dare say Caiphas and the rest were toasting their good fortune that the One Who sought to prick their consciences was now silenced and they could continue in their own ways unabated with their own agenda without being questioned.
I dare say Kasper, Pompedda, et al are trying to do the same by denigrating one - as in group - who has been loyal to Jesus. That is what is so sad. Yes, one can hear the Scribes and Pharisees gloating as just a short distance away in a lonely valley, the man called the Iscariot thrusts a rope of tightly hewned thread over the limb of a sturdy branch, adjusts the loop around his neck while standing on a rock, then, in one final act of despair turns his back on the world and eternity. Satan has won another soul. Oh what a price! Does Kasper, Pompedda, Lehmann and the others who seek to influence history realize what they are doing? As darkness descends upon Jerusalem it would also seem to be enveloping Rome today.
From the cross one can hear the weak, but assuring, and yet, haunting words, "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing" (John 23: 34). Somewhere in a safe haven within the Holy City Peter cowers in fear, not able to hear his Master's words. Only John, Christ's Mother and Mary Magdalen along with a few of the women, and a few of the faithful male followers can hear and understand.
As Peter waits not knowing what lies ahead, his 264th successor waits for history to unfold. Like Peter, he must not walk away from Rome. Like Peter he goes to a certain persecution, maybe even unto death. Like Peter, John Paul II has made mistakes, but like Peter he is the rock and can make the difference. Like Peter, our dear Holy Father must not be afraid to throw back the fish that are not worthy of the nets. If those who seek to search the depths for their own agenda - at the expense of many - are going to weigh down the Barque of Peter so much, that it puts the entire Church in jeopardy, then they must be cast overboard.
This includes those who dissent and veer from the true teachings and Traditions in Germany, Australia, Europe, Canada, and especially these United States who profess the psuedo doctrine of the amchurch. Perhaps the ship will be lighter for now. But with the good fruit that sails aboard the good ship, it will soon gather more strength than ever and once again confidently cast its sturdy nets into a sea of starving souls who hunger for the truth. The Lefebrists have preserved these truths. Holy Mother Church can no longer afford to keep them adrift for they are the faithful remnant. For those who doubt, Thomas, too, finally realized the truths; as did the two on the road to Emmaus; as did the millions who gave their very lives that truth would live and they, too, would live at the side of their King forever and ever.
Those who seek a worldly kingdom, temporal treasures, power and prestige would dissent from the thoughts put down by this editor as we enter a crucial time in Church history, on the eve of the first Paschal Triduum of the third Millenium. We pray we would be wrong, but we fear history will prove us right. Regardless of history, regardless of ridicule, we want first and foremost to be right before our Lord and God. That is why in this liturgical time when we celebrate the sacramental establishment of Christ's greatest gift to us and the next day lament what they have done to Him in 33 A.D. and in 2001 A.D. we can look forward to this time in the tomb before He is resurrected and hearts, souls, minds, eyes and ears are open and realize the Truths that are unchanging. These are the same Truths today that are twisted by the Judases among us!