The Rights of Man Cannot Trump the Rights of God!
by Father Peter R. Scott,
This past Sunday, for the feast of Christ the King, we prayed before the Blessed Sacrament, these words from the Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn thine eyes of mercy towards the children of that race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may It now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.
This unecumenical prayer is the answer to the crisis in the world, and this is what we effectively pray every time we recite the Holy Rosary. Let us be convinced that if today’s terrorism fills the world with the fear for security of body and life, the real terrorism is that which causes us to fear the loss of our souls: the violent subversion of the truth, the practice of intimidation of traditional Catholics by the abuse of authority, and the insidious, secret planting of subjectivism into the minds of priests and laity alike through the forced practice of ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue. This is the terrorism that has killed the minds and souls of today’s Catholics, who no longer believe the dogma that outside the Church there is no salvation, and which paved the way for the physical terrorism which threatens the remnants of our civilization and our comfortable way of life.
Let us be convinced that it is by Divine Providence that we suffer what is not only a chastisement for religious indifference, but also a wake up call for our interior lives. We cannot afford to pass a day outside of the state of grace, without the good conscience that can only be bestowed by the sacraments. We cannot afford to spend a day without thinking of the Passion and Death of our Divine Savior, through which alone such suffering makes sense. We cannot afford to go through one day without reciting our Holy Rosary, antidote to the terrorist intimidation of indifferentism.
Our gravest danger is that the spiritual terrorists put us to sleep, by soothing words that they understand our attachment to the traditional Mass. The greatness of Archbishop Lefebvre lay in his refusal to be sidetracked from the essential issue, the revolution in the Church, which is reflected in the Novus Ordo Mass, but not limited to it. This is what he wrote in 1983:
With Vatican II, a spirit of adultery has been blowing through the Church, a spirit which in the Declaration on Religious Liberty allows of the principle of religious liberty of conscience for internal and external acts, with exemption from any authority. This is the principle of the declaration of the Rights of Man against the rights of God…This spirit is not Catholic; it is the fruit of the modernism condemned by Saint Pius X. It wrecks all the institutions of the Church and especially the seminaries and the clergy, in such a way that one may ask who is still integrally Catholic among the clerics who submit to this adulterous spirit of the Council! (The Angelus, April 1998, p. 13).
The Archbishop’s clarity of vision continued until the end of his life. The following words are taken from a conference he gave in September 1990:
This fight between the Church and the Liberals and Modernism is the fight over Vatican II. It is as simple as that, and the consequences are far-reaching. The more one analyzes the documents of Vatican II, and the more one analyzes their interpretation by the authorities of the Church, the more one realizes that what is at stake is not merely superficial errors, a few mistakes – ecumenism, religious liberty, collegiality, a certain Liberalism – but rather a wholesale perversion of the mind, a whole new philosophy based on modern philosophy, on subjectivism….Hence the idea of the Trinity did not come from a revelation from outside, it came from man’s consciousness inside, it welled up from inside man, it came from the depths of man’s consciousness! Incredible! A wholly different version of Revelation, of Faith, of philosophy! Very grave! A total perversion!…
The Archbishop’s clear-sightedness lay in the fact that he was able to keep our problems and conflicts with the authorities in the context of history. He saw them as a part of a more than two century combat of the Church against freemasonry and liberalism, attacking first from without, and then with undercover guerrilla warfare from within:
Our fight did not begin with Vatican II, obviously. It goes much further back, It is a tough fight, and very painful. Blood has flowed in this fight, and in quantities! And then the persecutions, separation of Church and State, religious and nuns driven into exile, the sequestering of Church property…It is striking to see how our fight now is exactly the same fight as was being fought then by the great Catholics of the nineteenth century – in the wake of the French revolution – and by the Popes, Pius VI, Pius VII, Pius VIII, Gregory XVI, Pius IX, Leo XIII and Pius X, down to Pius XII. Their fight is summed up in the encyclical Quanta Cura, with the Syllabus of Pius IX, and Pascendi Dominici Gregis of Pius X. These are two great documents, sensational and shocking in their day, laying out the Church’s teaching in the race of modern errors…This is the fight we are in the middle of today, exactly the same fight. (In The Angelus, May-June 1991, pp 47ss)
If anyone were to doubt the entire Catholicity of the perspective and spirit inculcated in the Society’s priests by Archbishop Lefebvre, let him read the encyclicals of these Popes. The modern church’s total fascination with ecumenism, so that practically nothing else is spoken of except the focus on unending (and of course unproductive) brotherly meetings with non-Catholics, is a direct consequence of the liberalism condemned, for example, in this text of Quanta Cura:
They do not fear to foster that erroneous opinion, especially fatal to the Catholic Church and to the salvation of souls, called by Our predecessor of recent memory, Gregory XVI, insanity; namely, that "liberty of conscience and worship is the right of every man, and should be proclaimed and asserted by law in every correctly established society", which the Pope goes on to describe as a "liberty of perdition". (Db 1690) However, ecumenism on an equal basis with non-Catholics is necessarily based upon the mutual acceptance of this false freedom.
Archbishop Lefebvre’s words are remarkably similar to those of the same Pope Pius IX in his very first encyclical Qui pluribus:
Also perverse is the shocking theory that it makes no difference to which religion one belongs, a theory which is greatly at variance even with reason. By means of this theory, crafty men remove all distinction between virtue and vice, truth and error, honorable and vile action. They pretend that men can gain eternal salvation by the practice of any religion…As a result of this filthy medley of errors which creeps in from every side, and as the result of the unbridled license to think, speak and write, We see the following: morals deteriorated, (e.g. pre-marital concubinage, homosexuality) Christ’s most holy religion despised (i.e. ecumenism), the majesty of divine worship rejected (i.e. the New Mass), the power of this Holy See plundered (i.e. new version of Papal primacy), the authority of the Church attacked and reduced to base slavery, (i.e. the Social Kingship of Christ denied and liberty of all religions promoted) the rights of bishops trampled upon (i.e. democratic collegiality), the sanctity of marriage infringed (i.e. false annulments)…Therefore, in this great crisis for religion…you must fight energetically, since you know very well what great wounds the undefiled Spouse of Christ Jesus has suffered, and how vigorous is the destructive attack of Her enemies…for unless one preserves the Faith entire and uninjured, he will without doubt perish forever" (§15, 18 & 19).
The same could be said of the words in Saint Pius X’ encyclical Pascendi. It is not enough to know the modern errors and work against them (as did Leo XIII). We must be aware that they are injected into the Church through the false appearance of submission, under guise of obedience, and we must actively fight against them with the same vehemence and determination as did Saint Pius X. We owe it to Holy Mother Church.
Against this host of grave errors, and its secret and open advance, Our predecessor, Leo XIII, of happy memory, worked strenuously, both in his words and his act, especially as regards the study of the Bible. But, as we have seen, the Modernists are not easily deterred by such weapons. With an affectation of great submission and respect, they proceeded to twist the words of the Pontiff to their own sense, while they described his actions as directed against others than themselves. Thus the evil has gone on increasing from day to day. We, therefore, Venerable Brethren, have decided to suffer no longer delay, and to adopt measures which are more efficacious. We exhort and conjure you to see to it that in this most grave matter no one shall be in a position to say that you have been in the slightest degree wanting in vigilance, zeal or firmness. (Pascendi, §44)
There lies the Society’s mission, handed down through our founder, requiring as it does your intelligent and wholehearted support. It is the fundamental reason why we can accept no easy deal, restraining us as it would, to work quietly, and totally ineffectively, within the modernist system.
Let us be convinced that the Rosary is the great means to overcome the spiritual terrorism of the revolution within the Church, to fight against ecumenism and its consequence, indifferentism. Such was the conviction of Pope Pius XII, expressed in his encyclical Ingruentium malorum (1951):
We do not hesitate to repeat it: We place a great hope in the Rosary for the healing of the evils that afflict our times. It is not by force, nor by arms, nor by any human power, but only by the divine assistance, obtained through the prayer of the Rosary, that the Church, strong like David with his sling, will be able to stand up without trembling against the infernal enemy.
What a great force for the honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for the triumph of the reign of Christ the King, for the victory of Holy Mother Church, if all of our families were to recite the Rosary every day together in family, without exception! By this simple, concrete profession of Faith, and by its repeated petitions, we can participate in some small way in the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
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November 12-18, 2001
volume 12, no. 156
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