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Where is Holy Mother Church Heading as we near the Millennium?
INTRODUCTION:     The Feature Article, begun in the inaugural issue, 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 forty eighth 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 inherent dangers of many heresies being spewed about and given silent consent by some bishops, archbishops and even cardinals who fail to speak out against these aberrations. If we allow the modernists, liberals and some cafeteria Catholics to dictate what our faith should or shouldn't be we're going to be in big trouble when the third millennium dawns. In this twenty second chapter of 1997 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: Enough! 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 delve further into the behind-the-scenes machinations of those who would undermine Holy Mother Church and what happend in the decade of the 60's. Their intent is totally alien to Rome and could cause a massive earthquake of souls shaken from the graces of God and devoid of His Mercy. The hidden agenda of all this is "control" as they lean toward the Protestant ideology in not recognizing the primacy of Peter. The Roman Catholic Church is not a democracy and we need to establish that firmly. Ecumenical does not necessarily mean full participation and say by the Protestant churches in things Catholic, but rather "universal" for the Catholic Church - the one, true Church founded by Christ. 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 twenty second clarion

installment forty eight
Beware of False Prophets
in the American Church
- part nine: Camelot Collapses

     What happened to the wonderful honeymoon the Church and Hollywood had in the thirties, forties, and fifties? That is where we left off in the last installment. The establishment in Hollywood which consisted of strong Jewish movie moguls, the Italian element of power, and the Irish influence began dying off; a new-age mentality swept into the celluloid world and with it an ammoral ambiance that would permeate every American bone. The last hurrah was the election of the first Catholic president in the history of this country. Governor Al Smith, a worthy candidate in the thirties, had run for the office, but his Catholic Faith proved a stumbling block to the prejudiced voters of America and he failed in his attempt. Some thirty years later another Catholic, engineered - many say "manipulated" - by the Tammany Hall forces forged by Joseph P. Kennedy, was swept into office in one of the closest elections on record when Joe's son John F. Kennedy was elected in the fall of 1960. Camelot had come to Pennsylvania Avenue and Catholics everywhere rejoiced...as did non-Catholics as well. But the kingdom came crashing down on November 22, 1960 on a slight incline leading out of downtown Dallas when a bullet ended the life of JFK...a bullet that would implode on society the world over for never again would things be the same. Earlier that same year another John had been taken from us - Pope John XXIII - a simple, roly poly Pope who had endeared himself to millions and won the hearts of the world. With these two icons gone, the world recessed.

     On the heels of their deaths, both left legacies that would forever haunt generations to come. JFK left the policies of Roosevelt, which he cleaned up, in the incapable hands of Lyndon Baines Johnson who plummetted the United States into the most bitter and hated war in American history - a war without a cause which divided the country not seen since the Civil War. The respect that had been attributed to authority of every kind began to erode quickly. Police forces were mocked by rebelling students; soldiers who had been cheered and loved during World War II and the Korean War, were now hated and despised - looked on as the enemy; politicians from the mayor to president were scorned and ridiculed by the people and the media. And in the Church, where once Catholics accepted everything the Magisterium imparted, this cancer of rebellion began to take its toll. Young liberals within the Church began calling for change and they looked to the Second Vatican Council, convened by Pope John before his death, as the answer. They even rallied sympathizing cardinals and non-Catholic experts to their side, encouraging a more "ecumenical" approach to the Council for one specific purpose: If they left everything to the Magisterium of the Church, they reasoned nothing would be changed drastically; but if they were able to enlist non-Catholics in the process along with such radicals as Hans Kung and that ilk, they might be able to not only persuade the old guard towards change but also effect a new regime within the Church by shaming the Church into not being more ecumenical, more "with-it" in these modern times we live. Every radical organization came out of the woodwork demanding to be part of this "Ecumenical" Council. It was a PR nightmare for many in the Vatican curia who had never faced this kind of pressure before. Sadly, some caved, forgetting that these Councils are not dictated by the whims of the public, but rather the needs of the Church and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in determining and fulfilling God's Will.

     For three years this Council continued, on and off, and when it convened on December 8, 1965 - the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, many did not realize that almost everything had remained in tact. Some things had been changed to accommodate the faithful regarding culture, streamlining and clarification. Fortunately, most of the bishops, cardinals and priests taking part had relied on the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and the traditions of Holy Mother Church. Unfortunately, there were still too many radical prelates, clerics and liberal lay leaders who railed that the Church did not go far enough and damn the Council, they'd do it their own way. But to openly rebel would have been suicide on their part. The faithful would rise up as one and point to "obedience to the Pope and the Magisterium" and they'd be drummed out of the Church, losing any effectiveness they would have had. No, a different tactic had to be taken. That scheme was to infiltrate the media and chosen liberal Church lay leaders at the diocesan and parish levels, planting the idea that whatever they mandated did not come from them but from the Council Fathers at Vatican II. By the time the truth came out, it would be too late. Oh, how right they were! They started slowly, realizing too much on the plate would make fervent Catholics suspicious. The culture of Catholics is to be obedient and so they played on that aspect, claiming "the Church has changed this so now you must do it this way, or believe this." Catholics everywhere trusted these pastors and lay leaders were being honest and if they said it, then it had to have come from the Pope himself. We know that sounds ridiculous, but that's basically how Catholics felt three decades ago. Trust was the watchword, and it was violated to the enth degree by those who were plotting their own agendas. Look back on the way changes in the Church evolved and if we knew then what we know today, would we have allowed these things to happen in and to our precious Church? No way! This gives cause to also better understand victims of pedophilia back in those days. Unsuspecting altar boys - back when boys were the only ones who served at Mass - most often strived to serve as ideal Catholic young men, spurred on by their parents and priests. As confusing as the teen years are mentally and physically, they're even more pandemonious pscyhologically and this is what pedophile priests and liberal agenda manipulators played on: the psyches. Laying the guilt trip on Catholics, especially the young ones if they didn't comply with the "personal" wishes of someone who could effect their lives. Things that were not right were now suddenly okay? Mores and ritual changed too fast and disallusionment set in. Is it any wonder so many - including priests and nuns - left the Church shortly after Vatican II? Sadly good religious also left. Confusion reigned and their roles became foreign to what they had been called to do in their vocations. Young abused boys, growing into men, lived with the guilt in a state of quandary, despair and loss of self-respect, afraid to reveal the traumatic to anyone for fear of rejection, ridicule and scorn. As more and more truths became evident as to the crimes committed against these youths and the scandal accompanying it, more and more the pedastal Catholic clerics had been placed on during the first part of the twentieth century began to crumble.

How the pedastal crumbled and how liberal theologians, Hollywood, and the media influenced the masses while radicals worked behind the scenes at the parish level in the 70's will be the topic next week as we expose the false prophets in the American Church in this on-going megaseries.

To review all past installments of this on-going megaseries series, go to Archives beginning with the inaugural A CALL TO PEACE internet issue in January 1996. volume 7, no. 1.

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