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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 ninth 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 third 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 happened as we emerged from the sixties into the seventies and eighties. 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 third clarion

installment forty nine
Beware of False Prophets in the American Church
part ten: The Pedestals Crumble

     Change was in the winds with the Second Vatican Council fading into history in the seventies, but the documents from that council were slow in being disseminated. This played right into the hands of the liberals and radical modernists who had their agenda laid out, begun by the Free Masons of the Rothschild era in Europe and spawned on Russia and throughout the continent. They cast their shadow over America but could not penetrate the impenetrable fortress of Holy Mother Church before Vatican II...though they tried, did they ever! Now, with the barriers broken down, the protective prayer of Saint Michael the Archangel and the Rosary discarded in favor of the "new way," the door was thrown open wide for satan's legions to march right in. Rather than march, they stole in in guerilla fashion until, on his deathbed in 1978 Pope Paul VI admitted that Vatican II, which had been intended to let in a spirit of fresh air had instead allowed satan to rush in and that he was indeed now in the sanctuary of Holy Mother Church. This is not from historians or staunch pre-Vatican activists, but from the pontiff who presided over this landmark Ecumenical Council!

Adding fuel to the fire were disenchanted priests and nuns, who, either thinking the Church had changed too much or had not changed enough to their liking, left. But they did not leave quietly. Rather than seeking a dispensation and a lay vocation that would complement their calling and work in unison with the mission of Holy Mother Church, they became angry rebels. Lacking the guidance of the Holy Spirit they began to lash out at all that was holy, not only affecting the youth, already in a rebellious state from the Vietnam conflict, but older parishioners as well who were drifting in a sea of confusion and lukewarmness. Many priests and nuns, not receiving the proper guidance and instruction on the true changes wrought by Vatican II from their bishops, were susceptible to the wiles of satan and he maneuvered his disenchanted ones to cry foul from the rooftops through the new voice: the media, which ate up every gripe and accusation. The worse the news, the better the ratings and like ravenous wolves the fifth estate tracked down these rebellious religious, who in turn, goaded by ego and pride as well as anger, ate up the publicity and continued spewing at the mouth spouting lies and calumny. The sad part is too many believed the lies. Even devout Catholics began to doubt what was going on. Bishops remained silent and this only added to the fuel. In South America a new theology was formed - "liberal theology" that would cause grave damage in the southern hemisphere and slither into the northern hemisphere as well. Many of these disenchanted and disenfranchised religious were well-educated, adding to the idiom - a little knowledge can be dangerous. They articulated well and the media feasted on their half-truths. Satan was having a field day. Vocations, once a flowing river to seminaries all over America, dried up. Younger nuns, "in the spirit of Vatican II," modernized; disposed of the sacred and meaningful habits that had been the garments of obedience, chastity, and poverty. As the older nuns died off convents became empty chambers of the glories of yesteryear. The younger nuns, no longer confined to the strictness of the convent, began to seek freedoms that would have Saint Claire and Saint Teresa of Avila turning over in their graves. Soon entire orders were going the way of the dinosaur - orders who relaxed their rule, relaxed the dress code. Skirts were shortened, blouses were donned, and hairdos were the rage as no one could tell a nun from any other woman except for maybe a small cross hung around their neck. Children, who had been nurtured by the good holy nuns who had fostered so many vocations, no longer had this wise and disciplined teaching in parochial schools. Lay teachers were hired much the same way as public school teachers. The once tuition-free parish schools were forced to institute tuition which escalated as the years passed because of faculty costs and increasing maintenance. The corp of financial income in each parish - older, established and faithful parishioners - still confused over the changes that had been wrought, slowly but surely began cutting their donations; not always sure where the Church they had been weaned on was heading with all these drastic changes and very little leadership from their bishops and pastors who many felt were walling themselves up in an "ivory tower," thus losing touch with the common Catholic. This, too, played right into the hands of the progressives who, without any opposition, became bolder in their reforms and their criticism of the Magisterium and all the Church stood for. Young, naive and impressionable minds were molded to believe that ecumenism meant all faiths were equal and so they didn't hesitate to search out the religions that catered to their needs and wants. The charismatic renewal, a good and holy liturgical movement intended to emphasize the Holy Spirit and the gifts inherent through the Sanctifier, was abused to no end. Evangelical sects lured the youth with their promise of social interaction if they would accept the only source of God: the Bible. Many left the Church in droves, claiming they had never read the Bible before. Parents were ready to tear their hair out at such blasphemy for the Word was part and parcel of their family life through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Yet the new generation was completely oblivious to its meaning. The Baltimore Catechism, the staple of Catholic education for nearly a century, was shelved. Why? To this day that remains a mystery. The teachings, doctrines and dogmas of Holy Mother Church had not changed so why the banishment of such a simple, practical and solid teaching tool? Many believe this, too, was the underground work of modernists who had long planned this attack on Christ's One True Church.

     Next week we will continue with the latter part of the seventies and how the media played right into the radical left's hands as well as Hollywood's portrayal of the Catholic Church in "Persecution and Prejudice Pile up on Holy Mother Church" as we continue to expose the false prophets in 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.

November 20, 1997     volume 8, no. 35
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