The ills that assail both Church and State today are unprecedented in history. Those who would gladly contribute to Traditional causes such as this publication and their own Traditional chapels and Traditional organizations are strapped, reined in by a tightening of the reins, forced to focus on their own economic survival as the nightmare grows. We are being sold down the river with a bill of goods that bodes no good will. But have we not seen it before? As in Vatican II? Remember all the promises and assurances? And speaking of such and the part about being sold out, Bishop Bernard Fellay should have been a politician rather than a trusted shepherd for he has deceived so many by saying he wouldn't sell out and then pulled the rug right out from beneath the pews of the faithful. And for what? For placating a Modernist heretic who's as smooth as a shark at feeding time. My what big teeth Ratzinger has. All the more to suck the SSPX dry of any resistance it may have preserved until now. Can you say Campos? One large flank has abandoned its post. Sedes and Independents are the last line of Resistance against the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Now we must, for the sake of all that is holy and Catholic, dig in and hold our ground as the enemy advances. Santa Ana (Spanish for "devil winds") are ready to storm the last fortress of Catholic Tradition. Remember the Almighty!
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The Curious Case of Benedict Buttonholing Bernard
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"And now there are many antichrists"
That's also the question millions must be asking today with the world in near chaos. The most radical pro-abortion, pro-homosexual and Marxist person in recent history has assumed the reins of President of the United States. Now what? His actions and words of the first two weeks have clearly laid out the direction he intends to take this country: down the yellow brick road to socialism and worse. Can you say Communism? Can you say Islamism? Can you say Godlessness?
If things aren't bad enough in our fair land yet, and we have been promised by the very proponents of progressivism that "it will get worse before it gets better", we're not alone in our misery and we know, as Saint John says in his first Epistle, chapter 2: 18, "Little children, it is the last hour: and as you have heard that antichrist cometh, and now there are many antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last hour."
We read that with a tinge of regret because perhaps we haven't done enough to mitigate the chastisements visited upon us. We asked for what we are getting by not taking seriously enough Christ's gospel message, Church teaching, and Our Lady's words at Fatima. The Mother of God told us that if Russia was not consecrated to her Immaculate Heart, Russia's errors would spread. Boy, have they spread! And we have only ourselves to blame.
It is said that those who do not learn from the mistakes of history are bound to repeat them. We see what's playing out in our own nation and the world as a microcosm of what has happened in the Church over the past 50 years. We see in the new Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kiril a mirror image of Benedict XVI from his early youth to his Hegelian mindset. We see Marxism, masked as socialism, spreading at breakneck speed not just across Europe but throughout South and Latin America and, yes, the United States. Barack Hussein Obama is a Heinz 57 variety whose main ingredients have Marxist upbringing and influence. Can a leopard change his spots? You know the answer to that.
The stimulus package is a pork barrel agenda of sinful, immoral programs that will not only bankrupt our grandchildren but corrupt whatever moral values they have left. This insane idea of rewarding failure is a disease that is terminal unless the American people wake up and vote out or impeach those who do not represent the people. What was that about "no taxation without representation"? Because the demoncrats have the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches by the throat, the trillion dollar progressive pork package is fated to pass. When it does, we'll all be asking ourselves. "Now what?"
Well, we could sit around and mope and point the finger but there aren't enough digits to cover all the culprits who thrive on self-pity and excuses and wallow in their misery. Yet, come to think of it, it really should not be misery to sacrifice and suffer for Christ and His true Church and to offer all up in reparation for our own sins and the sins of others. That's the only way to escape true misery by accepting our crosses daily with joyful alliance to God's will.
We know this world is full of misery today because it has turned its back on God and His divine truths. We talk about the woes of the United States that have long shown tendencies toward abandonment of the Constitution and more importantly to God's natural and supernatural laws. We tut-tutted through the so called Camelot years of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and hailed that we had a 'Catholic' president who, in truth, scandalized more than he exhibited valor or principles. We saluted a big papa John XXIII for what? His rolypolyness or his embracing the new world emerging? We all know the answer to that considering society's abhorrence of obesity. But we were clueless and we liked it that way.
When he died we said "Now what?" and along came a skinny fellow from Milan named Montini who slithered in even though, unbeknownst to most at the time, Pope Pius XII had wisely kept this reptile at bay, but satan has a way of wriggling loose and lo and behold revolution was the word. From Haight-Ashbury to Greenwich Village to Soho to Vatican City change was in the offing, not by friendly persuasion by the "peaceniks" but by coercion and demand. While the vast majority watched the revolution unfold during the Vietnam era, another far more devastating revolution was taking place in every neighborhood. The stanchions of right and decency were being compromised for the sake of change and 'common good' at the expense of integrity and tradition. The guardians of the Faith had been caught without their lamps lit, ushering in a darkness that has lingered ever since. But then the angel of light has always favored the darkness for he is afraid of the Light.
Not so a vast majority who professed the Faith but didn't live it, slowly but surely falling away from the Light and the Faith. Most fell into this malaise because most of those who were entrusted to enforce the Faith and perpetuate it no longer believed. This opened the door for countless infiltrators to spread their poisonous doctrines. The rest, as they say, is history.
A virtual journey that's very real
We see it mostly from a myopic view in our own backyards, but it is far worse in Europe. Don't believe that, let's take a jaunt across the pond. The first land mass we encounter are the British Isles where anarchy is rising as Christianity is dying. As we peer down on the Emerald Isle we shed a tear for we can see the roots of a Catholic civilization now rotting on the surface, infected by Modernism that has caused the disappearance of the graces God shed on Ireland in multiplying families and vocations; many that spoon fed countless American Catholics in the Faith in the last half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth. Now it's all gone. Exalting sin will do that. Thank you, Vatican II. Now what?
As we lament Ireland's fate we cross the Irish Sea to England and Scotland, crossing first over Wales and then London where only one bishop remained faithful to the Faith back in the sixteenth century. You do remember Saint John Fisher do you not? The man remembered today is Rowan Williams who has no faith. Ah, England, we hardly knew ye.
Let us cross the English Channel maitenant, et voila - le France. Ah, the French. The Eldest Daughter of the Church. Where did she go astray? Was it the Hugenot influence, or the Enlightenment era? The storming of the Bastille? No, it was when the French kings, unlike the saintly King Louis IX, refused to consecrate their kingdom to Christ the King. Since that time France has become the cesspool for harboring infidels and radical movements from the Rothschilds to terrorists today. Many despotic plots were planned out in gay Paree. That phrase, by the way referred to "joyous" several years ago. Today such an adjective would better apply to San Francisco, West LA and, sadly, almost any city in the U.S. and world synonymous with Sodom. As for the moral fiber of France? Well, the Angel of the Lord summed it up best in Apocalypse 3: 16. As we quickly soar over the Riviera all the evidence of the world, the flesh and the devil is laid bare if you know what I mean.
As we head toward Italy there is a minor obstacle to surmount, one Hannibal managed to accomplish with the help of pachyderms but today epitomizes that lukewarm essence referred to in the scriptural passage above. And that lukewarmness oozes from a certain place in Switzerland called Menzingen where for several years things have become so stagnant that the rumors were ripe that Le Fraternite Sacerdotale Saint Pie X, better known to Americans as the Society of St. Pius X, was going to cave to Modern Rome by accepting the thirty pieces of silver offered, which included having invalid excommunications lifted as though they could ever have been valid. Confused? You should be. Of course they were just rumors which Bishop Bernard Fellay constantly denied, blaming rumor-mongers and Traditio.com for starting such nasty gossip.
But then a funny thing happened on the way to the forum of denial. The so-called rumors turned out to be fact. The truthsayers were right. It turns out it is Campos all over again. With Benedict Ratzinger's "lifting" of the "excommunications" , staged for the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul to end Church Unity Octave he has effectively stifled one of the more visible voices in the Traditional movement. Now all you'll hear from Switzerland are echoes of yodels that may resemble "oh nooooooos" when they awake to the reality of what they've bargained for.
In a way it follows the path of a film just recently released titled "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" from a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who ages in reverse. Is not the corollary the same with Bishop Fellay? He was seemingly wise and mature when he wrote exactly five years ago his documentation against the counterfeit church of conciliarism distributed to all the 'cardinals' and John Paul II at the time titled From Ecumenism to Silent Apostasy. However, since that time he has seemingly lost sensibility, not to mention gray matter. Over half a decade maturity has seemingly given way to the childishness of being bullied and doing his own share of bullying those who dared to believe what he wrote on February 2, 2005.
Has the Modernist Church returned to Tradition? Remember that leopard and his spots? Has not the Modernist Church become even more entrenched in ecumenism, religious liberty and catering to Zionist influence?
Over this past year Fellay has traversed the continents steadfastly denying he was going to sell out the Society, but as has been documented he's waffled numerous times, playing sides against each other. The latest being to fire Fr. Peter Scott, who often leans toward the hard-liner side. Fellay orchestrated the suspicious articles in the Angelus a few years ago that tried to justify that the New Order ordinations and episcopal consecrations were valid. Since when? Fr. Anthony Cekada soon proved that false at traditionalmass.org
An interesting omission that illustrates Ratzinger's motives is that while for him it is expedient to lure the Society into the conciliar coven, his sincerity doesn't seem to extend to the one who consecrated the four bishops. Missing, as far as I have seen, is the "lifting of the 'excommunication'" of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and Bishop Antonio Castro de Mayer posthumously. That says volumes that Ratzinger doesn't want unity as much as what the Society can do for his faltering, crumbling, imploding conciliar empire. It's no secret the Society can influence the money men and the coffers are running out with even the conciliar 'Catholics' mired in the lukewarm pool of apathy and "we'll do what we want, don't bother us" attitude that permeates conciliar circles. Ratz wants the spoils and he'll spoil anything he can to get it. What if one of Fellay's concession demands (talk about an oxymoron) was that every presbyter had to take St. Pius X's Oath Against Modernism? I know, I know. Dream on! And speaking of dreams, das German has just inherited a real nightmare with good ol' Bishop Richard Williamson. Talk about a ticking time bomb! Now it's Ratzinger's to defuse. Good luck with that!
In fact, so afraid of currying disfavor with Zionists and Talmudic terrorists, Fellay sought immediately to distance himself from Bishop Williamson who the drive-by media has had a field day in accusing him of 'anti-semitism' and provided a golden opportunity for the Israeli collective to be all righteous and use that as an excuse to break off relations with Rome. As Joseph Saracino wrote, it is a fulfillment of Apocalypse 17: 16, "And the ten horns, which thou sawest on the beast, these shall hate the harlot, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and shall burn her with fire." But back to Williamson's words. For the best explanation of what exactly is going on and who is really anti-semetic and who is really denying the Holocaust --the only Holocaust - I strongly recommend Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey's recent articles Nothing to Negotiate, Recognize and Capitulate and Those Who Deny The Holocaust. The latter pretty much makes up for what Bishop Williamson should have said when the Swedish interviewer entrapped him with a question that has kept Ratzinger up nights trying to figure out how he can placate the Zionists since he has proven he is not a servant of Christ (cf. Galatians 1: 8-10) nor a true Successor of Peter.
Of course, that is something Fellay and company, including Bishop Williamson whose forced apology sounded more like one written at the point of a gun, will soon find out first hand.
The fallout can be disastrous or it can be salvific. Think of those within the confines of the Society who until now have been silent in their opposition. Now they must take action. Either fish or cut bait. If they do the former, their angling will be for naught for they'll have to continue as lemmings not only of the Society or whatever it will become but also of the Modernist counterfeit church of conciliarism for they too will have sold out to the heretics. A vast majority of traditional Catholics will have disappeared, swallowed up by the compromise canard. But those who cut bait, ah there is where the strength lies for the future of the Faith. If they refuse to go along, they will automatically be put out to pasture. That has always been the modus operandi of the SSPX for those who do not like being part of a cult. The pasture they will find could be sparse at first, but, as the Nine who left in 1983 can attest, the grass is greener on the other side of the fence where there is no concession to conciliarism. Think of the lawsuits that will ensue over property and parishes. It can be a long process as Fr. Cekada chronicled about the devious methods the Society employed in trying to denigrate the Nine. But justice won out then and, if there are just judges left on benches, it should again when all the evidence is presented.
There are several discrepancies still to be uncovered whether the Modernists will allow the Society to become a prelature where they may maintain their parishes worldwide with no interference from local ordinaries. That would be the ideal in siphoning off so many fed up with the Novus Ordo. So you really think Ratzinger would go along with that? Highly doubtful. The other scenario is similar to Campos where infiltration will take care of things and eventually each SSPX parish will have to answer to the local conciliar ordinaries. Ratzinger always has had a method to his motu madness. While this is something every red-blooded member of the Society abhors, they should be realistic enough to realize a leopard cannot change its spots. Oh, you've heard that before?
We've been talking about fate of the laity but what if several priests leave the SSPX because of Fellay's caving after he had steadfastly denied for years such a sellout? We know Ratzinger is a liar. He has a long history of such. Now we can see we've been lied to by Bishop Fellay as well and before that by Bishop Rifan. What is in the Kool Aid they're given in Modern Rome? Oh they are clever and cunning those conciliarists. Watch for more Rifans to rise up through the motu mist. We've seen it all before. It's called deja vu and destroy! Those SSPX priests are going to need our prayers to have the guts to stand for the true Faith and make their stand against the sellout for the sake of souls. Fr. Scott is the first. He won't be the last. That we can guarantee. And those who do flee from the fence-sitting Society will only strengthen the ranks of those who refuse to compromise with the barbarians. I encourage you to read
Thinking ahead, what happens when Fellay and his fellow prelates who do go along with him, wake up and realize they're really orphans because they've been abandoned, thrown into the ecumaniacal asylum with the far left factions on one side and the High Anglicans on the other. If they're smart they'll bolt and, if and when they do, they will undoubtedly finally embrace the sedevacantist viewpoint just as Archbishop Lefebvre finally did in his last days though he still waffled on committing totally. Then they will have grown up, no longer buttonholed by the ConciLIARS.
Speaking of such, returning to our brief virtual travelogue, let us continue our journey over once-Catholic-and-now-thoroughly Modernist Austria, where some of the most egregious exhibitions of Modernism and sacrilegious displays of worship have been documented, and down into Italy where anything goes and the Mafia is the least threat of all. We can see the devastation of the Faith as Communism, Islamism, Nihilism, and Satanism all vie for elbow room, given over gladly by the conciliar church for the sake of being politically correct while all around everything crumbles. Truly the fall of the Roman Empire.
From Italy we could turn east or south or any other direction and still find the same malaise. It's global. With such ominous thoughts we, like you, say: Now what? While the obstacles seem overwhelming, we have the assurance that Christ's Church will not fail. While the Great Apostasy has now swallowed up the largest visible force that had been a voice in the resistance, we forge on knowing God will not allow evil to triumph. Whether it is the usurper in Rome or the usurper in Washington D.C. they are both antichrists as St. John asserts in 2: 18 of his first epistle. Satan may win a few battles and, in fact is gloating right now on both fronts, but he will never ever win the war.
Before we end this 'virtual travelogue', in the interest of being fair and balanced let us look at what could come from the Society being incorporated into the conciliar collective. The consensus is that there will be talks between the SSPX and Modernist Rome. Won't that be interesting? Can you see Ratzinger accepting any of the criticism that should come for the apostasy he has wreaked over the past 50 years? No, we didn't think you could. And yet, we can never underestimate the power of God Who writes straight with crooked lines and He has the dilemma of many crooks to forge such a path. That would truly be a miracle.
Mind you, we are not being cynical, only practical and suspicious. But let's play what if. What if all from Ratzinger on down could become so impressed by the orthodoxy of the SSPX hierarchy and be given the grace of conscience that they would want to emulate them and thus the Modernists could ask forgiveness for their heretical actions and repent, also mandating a return to pre-Vatican II tenets and standards, renouncing the Second Vatican Council as an experiment that never worked, but did insufferable damage to souls.
Think of the scenario. We know it's a stretch but hope springs eternal. Churches re-consecrated. Novus Ordo tables hauled away, women banned from sanctuaries, Latin openly taught in every school and made mandatory in seminaries as well as St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica. The Oath Against Modernism reinstated as mandatory, the Leonine Prayers after every Low Mass. Eligible presbyters ordained in the true rite by the four bishops with all conciliar 'bishops' who express good will, repent and take the Oath being re-consecrated after they have renounced their heretical ways and vow to hold to the constituted evangelical traditions. All those who took any part in the actuality or cover-up of sexual predators and sodomites would be cast out. Those who repent would be afforded monastery space to spend the rest of their days in reparation. Then one or more of the SSPX bishops could be elevated, illegal though it may be by a heretic, to the cardinalate. Following this line of thinking and course of action "for the good of the Church", Ratzinger would be willing to resign so that a true pope could be elected. He could retire to the country in Germany as he had wanted to do while still Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. That title, by the way, is such a misnomer compared to what the Holy Office used to embody. But back to our hypothetical possibilities. Say in the succeeding Conclave one of the four were elected Pope. That is one possibility of how the interminable 50 years-and-counting interregnum could end.
Now we all know that coming to pass is, at best, a pipe dream considering the remote chance of the Modernists, so entrenched in their heresies, of repenting even though we pray for that everyday. So what is the other scenario? More realistically, we know that with the surrender the Society will no longer be the whipping boy for the Traditional movement, for the Resistance will have been weakened. Make no mistake about that. Albeit a smaller target will be harder to hit, but Modern Rome will aim all their weapons at the sedevacantist chapels, those who refuse to be una cum with a heretic. No doubt Ratzinger will milk the SSPX for as much inside info as he can to attack the weakness of the only Resistance left. It will be lonely at times and dangerous. What with the persecution that will come from secular sectors legislating mandatory silence from anyone speaking out against sin we'll have enemies to the right of us and enemies to the left of us, but a friend in Jesus and Our Lady and that's all that matters. They will not let us down and if we are martyred for the Faith, God will raise up others to carry on and increase and multiply just as He did with the Apostles and the early Christians and throughout the history of the Catholic Church.
Finally, there is one other scenario not mentioned and that is what are the remaining traditional bishops to do? They can hunker down in the bunker mentality and isolate themselves as they have been doing for lo these many years, or they can bury the hatchet and come together universally as one body of bishops who still stand for the uncompromising truths of the Catholic Church. They don't need the Society, only the grace of the Holy Ghost. In this body of successors of the Apostles is the hope of the future and, God willing, from this group could come the long-awaited successor of Pope Pius XII. But it won't happen if we don't pray for and encourage them to step out in faith and unite as a solid bloc for Tradition. And if they do, then we can confidently be assured what will be next when someone asks: Now what?
Michael Cain, editor
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