DAILY CATHOLIC - THURSDAY, April 16, 1998 volume 9, no. 74
WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
INTRODUCTION: The Feature Article, begun in the inaugural issue two years ago, deals with the state of the Church. We continue probing the question that has perplexed the Magisterium and the laity for the past 30 years as the liberal element has left its mark, effecting changes that have seemingly watered down the "Roman Catholic" traditions. Yet, God in His Infinite Wisdom, has allowed this to happen for a specific purpose. He has been preparing us in a special way by sending His very Own Blessed Mother to guide us and remind us of our roots. Through perseverance, prayer and loyalty to Holy Mother Church headed by the Holy Father John Paul II and adhered to by the faithful who will not compromise, the pendulum is beginning to swing back toward the conservative side. In the sixty-fifth installment of this on-going feature series, we continue to sound the clarion as a wake-up call to all Catholics, especially bringing to the attention of all Catholics the plot to remove the Pope by whatever means is expedient to their agenda. If we don't pay attention, we shall pay dearly as the third millennium dawns. In this thirteenth chapter for 1998 we continue to alert the reader to what is happening and sound the call to arms, to enlist in Mary's army and take up the battle cry. God said it, we believe it, that settles it! Too many Catholics are going their own way with little regard to what their spiritual shepherd - the Vicar of Christ says. Sin is whitewashed. If we're not careful there will be a tremendous backwash and who among us wants to get caught in the vortex of that swirling whirlpool of Justice? With this chapter we continue our multi-installments on the vision to Saint John Bosco and its meaning today, detouring, if you will, from prophesy per se to cite the fate of some prophesies on the Holy Father and, through the syllogism of the chief marks of the Church, show that heresy and schism have been with the Church throughout history but the "gates of hell" have not prevailed against it. That is the crux of our retort for this series is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Wake-up Call to all Catholics the thirty-first clarion
One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic - part twenty-five: ferreting out the imposters!
"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."
Galatians 1: 8
In the issue before Holy Week we focused on agendas underway to remove Pope John Paul II from office as part of a plot hatched by the legions of satan and which have been prophesied in numerous messages throughout the past two centuries. Only prayer and penance will mitigate the threats against our supreme pontiff and our Holy Church. So what is the precedent for this type of agenda of plots against the Pope from within? Has it happened before? Not successfully. In also researching and writing another series in this publication - THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH, we have discovered there have been many rascals who became Pope, but if elected by the conclave and loyal to the Dogmas and Doctrines, they were not ousted by those within the Church. Only one Pope ever officially resigned. That was Pope Saint Celestine V in 1294 when this holy man realized the papacy was being used as a political football in the hands of powerful medieval lords and declared that the new Pope had the right to refuse his election. That new Pope was Boniface VIII, another holy man of great stature who agreed to succeed Celestine with his blessing. Other than that no Pope has ever resigned. John Paul II has confirmed that he is aware there are those who are coercing him to resign, but that was not God's Will that he do so. If ever he would, it would be of his own free will and we could only honor his successor if the John Paul II beseeched us to give another allegiance and recognize the new Pope as the legitimate Vicar of Christ. This may be one reason the coup has not yet occurred for those plotting against the Pope know that these safeguards do just that, protect the Church from usurpers. There have been many schisms and numerous antipopes but no legitimate Pope was ever deposed permanently. Many have been forced to flee the Vatican, but still ruled the Church from such exiled locations as Avignon, Salerno, Naples, etc. There have been cardinals and bishops who have campaigned to remove a pope, but regardless of how they feel, they owe allegiance and obedience to the Vicar of Christ on earth. In the long history of the popes, now nearing nearly 2000 years, there have only been 264 legitimate successors of Saint Peter. Schisms and heresies are nothing new to the Church. From the earliest centuries there have been these thorns in the Church's side from Ophitism in the second century to the threat of Manichaeism early in the third century to Donatism in the fourth century to Nestorianism in the fifth century to Jansenism and Monophysitism in the sixth century. In the middle ages Albignesianism and Waldensianism unveiled their ugly heads of heresy, not to mention the serious scourge of Arianism. We're talking about those who started out within the Church and decided their agenda was better than what Jesus Christ established when He gave Peter the Keys of the Kingdom. We're not talking about Islamism which had its roots in the 600's, but we are talking about the Protestant Rebellion nearly a millennium later in the sixteenth century when the schisms of Lutheranism, Anglicanism, Calvinism, Presbyteriansim, Methodism, Jansenism, Universalism, and the Huguenot heresy came into prominence. Even the Free Masons evolved from within the Church, first with the Knights Templars in the middle ages and then with its founding in 1717 by the Rothschild family. The only difference is they maintained their heresies transforming them into religions the way they wanted people to believe, interpreting God's will to fit their agendas. It really is no different than such groups within our Church today as We Are Church, Catholics for a Free Choice, and Call To Action. These groups continue to disobey Rome, promulgating their own doctrine that fits their programs, even enlisting bishops and a few cardinals to their causes. Many of these prelates would like nothing better than to remove our present Pope by whatever means is expedient to their purpose. While there have been and always will be disagreements, those who strive to change things must realize that the Holy Catholic Church was founded by Christ and cannot change its doctrine for it bears the four marks that no other church can claim - One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.
These are the chief marks of the Church. One means that Christ intended His Church to be One; therefore the True Church must be One and its members united in doctrine, worship and in government. It was Jesus Who said in Mark 3: 24, "If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. and also in John 10:16, "There shall be one fold and one shepherd." The second mark is Holy and in order to be holy it must teach a holy doctrine in faith and morals because its Founder is holy. He made it mandatory that His Church provide the means for its members to lead a holy life through the Sacraments and graces granted. In John 17: 17-19, Our Lord said, "Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth. Even as Thou hast sent Me into the world, so I also have sent them into the world. And for them I sanctify Myself, that they may be sanctified in truth." Catholic means "universal." Christ intended His Church to be universal when He dispensed His disciples in Matthew 28:19, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations." Jesus asserted that His Church would be propagated by His Apostles and the doctrine and traditions of His hand-chosen group would be handed down intact as He affirmed to Peter in Matthew 16: 18 and Saint Paul confirmed this in Ephesians 2: 20 when he said that the Church is "built upon the foundation of the Apostles."
Those who are not willing to follow the directives of the chief marks of the Church are not in union with Rome and therefore not in union with Jesus. This includes those who call themselves "Catholic" but, in reality, are not. Therefore, the next obvious question is: Is a Schism on the horizon? The answer is no, it's already here! But it can be mitigated, as we mentioned above, if we pray and are obedient to Christ's true Vicar on earth - Pope John Paul II. In the next installment we will continue with exposing the schism that threatenes to do great harm to our Holy Church and remove our beloved pontiff. We will also site prophesies that verify this.
To review all past installments of this on-going series, go to Archives beginning with the inaugural A CALL TO PEACE internet issue in January 1996. volume 7, no. 1.