FRIDAY
May 18, 2001
volume 12, no. 126

How close are we?


Part Two: The absolutes of our Faith demand it!

    Today is the birthday of the 264th successor of Peter His Holiness Pope John Paul II. There will be the well-wishes, but less celebration than last year for the Church is not and should not be in a celebratory mood. Rather she should be very somber for next week could mark a landmark as to how the 265th Keeper of the Keys governs, how he will uphold the tradition of the Papacy that is under seige by the modernists who grow in greater numbers among the cardinals - yea, even masons and marxists who seek a more democratized Church - a more Protestant Church - a Church more in line with the visions of Vatican II progressivists. Forget heritage, that's old hat, old-fashioned, outmoded. Many of these experts in red birettas seek to influence our aging, feeble Pontiff to step down, to resign. Barring that, they seek to strip the Papal Power in favor of people power. Can you imagine Christ saying "Let's take a vote and see what you think."? We can't either. And neither should His Holiness. He should resist any overtures to change the papacy.

    Yet in recent years he has shown an alarming tendency to give them more freedom in these heresies and shown a propensity to go along with the deconstruction of the universal marks of the Church through his sad display with the Orthodox and Muslims a few weeks ago. Despite a few stop gap measures to plug the dike (such as renewed talks with SSPX, a warning about ICEL translations to cease and desist from inclusive language, etc.) the surging currents of progressivism is ready to engulf the Holy See completely, drowning the Curia and totally diminishing the three-tiered powers of the papacy. The heritage of our Faith is in dire danger!

    And yet, we are confident that this rich heritage of our Faith will emerge very much alive because of what has been handed down (traditio) over 20 centuries in the Latin liturgy where the truths remain unchanged, where there is no experimentation, no doubts. And, we have no doubt she will continue to survive despite the obstacles. The progressivists would have us believe this heritage is sullied, that it is no longer useful. To them it isn't. To loyal Catholics it must be! Only by clinging to our heritage will the Church emerge from this current crisis stronger. History has shown and Christ has promised - no matter what obstacles - the gates of hell shall not prevail against her. Holy Mother Church may emerge from this current crisis of the past nearly 40 years beaten and battered with a great loss of numbers, but we are confident the cycle will begin again to build the Church back up in the truths and doctrines handed down by the Apostles, Fathers of the Church and saints who would concede nothing to the world.

    And yet we seem to be conceding so much today. It was with great sadness in my heart, that I read about the Holy Father's final leg of his "Jubilee Journey" in retracing salvation history as he walked in the footsteps of the great Apostle Paul. But there was little greatness in the shadow of the great Parthenon, the Acropolis, and the pagan temples of Greece when the man we consider the Vicar of Christ publicly stated - in harmony with the Archbishop of Greece - that jointly Catholic and Orthodox are entreated to turn away from Our Lord's command in Mark 16: 15-16, "Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned."

    I had to read his statements and his apology again to make sure I was truly seeing this. We are not being disrespectful in any way, but ask in all sincerity why Pope John Paul II referred to himself as merely the 'Bishop of Rome' in diminishing the Primacy of Peter before the Greeks? We have carefully prayed and pondered on what he said, and we quote: "We condemn all recourse to violence, proselytism and fanaticism in the name of religion." While Catholics everywhere agree there is no rationalization to violence or fanaticism by violence or force, to include the word "proselytism" - which means to convert - is a redflag that should send a shiver through every fibre of every loyal and concerned Catholic's body, if not heart, which must be hurting so, if not broken with the Holy Father's recent actions that seem to recant what Jesus asks for!

    While the joint statement was flowery in exemplifying what the Apostle Paul preached, nowhere did it mention Paul's fate...or should we say 'reward' for refusing to compromise. Paul did not 'sell-out' but steadfastly lived the Gospel which led to the ultimate sacrifice - his life. Today life is referred to so often in humanistic terms that mean nothing if the soul is not fed. The soul today is being compromised in the name of "solidarity," "the whole Christian world," the "globalization of brotherhood" in Christ - "the people of God." These are terms carefully couched in a humanistic all-religions concept that, though on the surface don't seem to change the meaning, over time and consistent indoctrination of the new way - ie. Vatican II-speak - the Church of the 21st Century little by little is distancing itself more and more from what the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church has always taught. For the love of Jesus Christ, let us hope it is not intentional. For, as Paul wrote to the Corinthians in chapter 22-23, in his first epistle, "If any man does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema."

    I ask you to consider Paul's words to the people of Corinth in 1 Corinthians 1: 17-25, that salvation is not by wisdom of words "For the doctrine of the cross is foolishness to those who perish, but to those who are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God." He addressed all when he said, "For the Jews ask for signs, and the Greeks look for 'wisdom'; but we, for our part, preach a crucified Christ - to the Jews indeed a stumbling-block and to the Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men" (1 Corinthians 1: 22-25). In reading the words of our Holy Father in ZENIT we never saw the crucified Christ mentioned. We read it carefully and saw the 'wisdom' that the Greeks look for: They cajoled the Pope into agreeing to demeaning his own papacy. We've read his words from last year in a new light and can now see the 'signs' the Jews demanded as evidence last year in Jerusalem and their relentless attacks on Pope Pius XII. Forgiveness is one thing, but to be the whipping post for sins that weren't always sins, is another.

    Finally, I ask you to carefully discern Paul's words to the Galatians 1: 8-10: "But even if we or an angel from Heaven should preach a gospel to you other than that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema! As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone preach a gospel to you other than that which you have received, let him be anathema! For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I should not be a servant of Christ."

    Is His Holiness seeking to apease men everywhere by his statement to the Greeks and the course he has chosen in ecumenism? That is something each has to consider. For us, we are greatly troubled at the course of events over the past several months which do not bode well for the Church and this venture into Greece and then Syria (where he became the first Roman Pontiff to ever enter a mosque and give credence to an infidel faith) has revealed more of what, through the grace of the Holy Spirit and much prayer, we have feared more and more. We greatly fear what could transpire at the Consistory beginning Monday and with the Sovereign Pontiff willing to compromise his primacy before the Greeks, imagine what could happen when intimidated by the men in red who, through this Pope's own hand, have increased the ranks of progressivism.

    Just Wednesday the Holy Father appointed known modernists Cardinal Walter Kasper and Cardinal Karl Lehmann to key posts in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for Bishops respectively. Both were also named to the Congregation for Oriental Churches. That does not bode well, giving two modernist prelates - men whose ideology Saint Pius X roundly condemned - men who three months ago were mere bishops and now are within a power play from being the next Roman Pontiff. Don't think it couldn't happen. After all, few ever heard of Bill Clinton in 1991 and look what happened. It is a dangerous precedent to give such dangerous men such important roles. We should all be alarmed. In addition another progressivist Cardinal Mario Francesco Pompedda has been appointed to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. All three have expressed a willingness to reconcile and compromise with the Lutherans, with Presbyterians, with other who have broken away from the true Church. They're anxious to dialogue with the Orthodox, with Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, you name the religion they'll make room. Yet all three cardinals have expressed a strong desire not to offer any kind of olive branch to the only organization within the Church that has kept the traditions of 20 centuries unsullied - the Society of Saint Pius X which continues with the traditions in place before Vatican II. That should speak volumes about their intent and the great dangers to the Papacy.

    We truly are in those times foretold. We are still wandering in the desert and every day we are coming more to the realization that it is very possible the man who has been leading us could be leading us in the wrong direction. How can you know for sure?

    The first and foremost way is through prayer - the 'power of God;' the second is to know your Faith. We entreat all loyal and concerned Catholics to read all the documents carefully - first Sacred Scripture - then the documents of Trent at COUNCIL OF TRENT and the documents of the First Vatican Council VATICAN I and compare them with documents of Vatican II at VATICAN II. The two former were dogmatic councils that decreed doctrine and inherited the infallible nature due them; the latter was a pastoral council only where no new doctrine was decreed because there is no new doctrine. Yet Vatican II, through the clever manipulation of the masonic mission - which we will delve more into in future installments - has cleverly and deliberately changed doctrine ever so subtly that today we have embraced all that Martin Luther called for and more. Ask yourselves if this is the Church of absolutes that Roman Catholicism has always taught up until 1965. If not, why? These are questions we must ask for the sake of preserving the True Faith founded by Christ. The absolutes of our Faith demand it!

Michael Cain, editor


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