At His Ascension, Jesus promised His disciples that they would soon receive "power from on high," when the Holy Ghost would come, Whom He would send from the Father. As they waited in prayer with Mary in the upper room, there came the sound of a mighty, rushing wind, as the Holy Spirit came down upon them in tongues of fire. Jesus had already given them the authority to go out and preach the Gospel to every creature. Now, with the power of the Holy Ghost and His gifts, they had everything necessary to bring the saving message of the Gospel to a waiting world.
"He who hears you hears Me," Christ had told His Apostles. All peoples and nations are obliged to hear the voice of the Church, to submit to the truth of its teaching, and to accept baptism. No worldly authority has the right to impede its message or interfere with its administration of the Sacraments. This includes the other so-called World Religions. The Church has been sent by the Son of God Himself, with only the Gospel as its weapon, and the Holy Ghost its only power.
As for authority, no government, no organization, which is purely secular, that is, which does not recognize the authority of Christ and His Church, and does not base its laws on the Commandments of God, has any real validity or authority. Jesus said at His Ascension, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to Me" (Mt.28:18-20). The Douay-Rheims Bible comments, "Commission to baptize and preach to all nations (is) given to the Apostles, and grounded upon Christ's sovereign authority, to Whom was given all power in heaven and in earth." The powers of this world have no authority except the authority they get from the devil. There is no neutral territory in which human society can exist freed from the authority of Christ and without the domination of the "prince of this world," the devil. "He who is not with Me is against Me," Jesus declared.
Unfortunately, we find ourselves constantly fighting the eroding influence of the conciliar church. Most people who call themselves Catholic today have been swept along by the tide of the Modernist Heresy, and are no longer truly Catholic. In fact, they have been swept right out of the Church under the leadership of the hierarchy themselves, great numbers of whom have fallen into apostasy.
Lately we have been discovering why this has been happening, and why it is so difficult to fight. Clergy, at whatever level, who are morally corrupt and dishonest, are no longer interested in preserving the true Catholic faith. They have built a new church around them, a protective church which tolerates their sins, and has created a new liturgy and a new theology which allow them to continue in their state of moral depravity. Catholics who are themselves morally corrupt are happy with the new secular church. They can now believe that it is impossible to commit a mortal sin, and that no one goes to hell. What they are left with is the form of religion, but without the power.
One would expect that the new secular church would recognize the authority of secular governments and institutions, and so it does. In fact, it goes sniveling to their meetings, hoping to catch the crumbs that fall from the table. Gone are the days when kings and queens acknowledged the authority of the Church and bowed humbly in the presence of the Vicar of Christ, like the German King Henry IV, who stood for three days in penitent's robes at the gate of Canossa Castle, begging Pope Gregory VII to lift the excommunication he had incurred.
Are we now play the game according to the world's rules, and is the Church to be just one player among many? At a meeting last year on "The Future of the New Europe," the Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauron, announced that the Church "feels at home in Europe," and hopes that its European citizenship will be recognized by the European Union. At another meeting, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, called for "a new style of human solidarity," the goal of which is "the advancement of a more human world for all…" He used the phrase, "the globalization of solidarity," which we have heard more and more of this year and will probably hear more often enough in the days to come for indeed even the John Paul II is taking up the battle cry for a "globalization of solidarity." In Sodano's speech he made no reference to Jesus Christ or His Gospel, which alone can be the source of true solidarity between human beings.
The new secular church desperately wants to be allowed to take part in the new power structures which are being set up. But at what a cost! It has come to depend on the power of political strategies instead of the power of the Gospel and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. To do so is to be without His gifts and His guidance. The result is horrible confusion, "diabolical disorientation," as Sister Lucy of Fatima puts it, leaving Catholics adrift like a boat without a rudder, enduring the violence of the winds and the waves. But the Globalists are not interested in dialogue. The new one world government, which will eventually emerge, will have no need for God, for Jesus Christ, or for the Church He founded. It is to be the triumph of secular humanism - the Novus Ordo Seclorum which you will find on every one dollar bill. But God has other plans, of course. Christ the King will return in glory to destroy His enemies, and to claim His Bride, the Church, purified through trial and persecution.
In the meantime, we can be in perfect peace and have a clear understanding of what is going on if we are obedient to the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth. We will have "power from on high," the power to preach the Gospel and to live according to its precepts. Even though we be the least of the saints, we must say like St. Paul:
"Of that gospel I was made a minister by the gift of God's grace, which was given to me in accordance with the working of his power. Yes, to me, the very least of all saints, there was given this grace, to announce among the Gentiles the good tidings of the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to enlighten all men as to what is the dispensation of the mystery which has been hidden from eternity in God, who created all things; in order that through the Church there may be made known to the Principalities and the Powers in the heavens the manifold wisdom of God according to the eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him we have assurance and confident access through faith in him" (Eph.3:7-12). †
Father Louis J. Campbell