DAILY CATHOLIC for November 21-23
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vol, 8
no. 36

Beware of the stranger among us: the wolf in sheep's clothing!
           Many do not realize the repercussions that can and will cascade upon Holy Mother Church in America from the "pastoral letter of demand" that Cardinal Roger M. Mahoney has unleashed on his Archdiocese of Los Angeles regarding drastic changes in the liturgy that must be implemented by the feast of Pentecost next year. Following up Cyndiís editorial yesterday, you know youíre on the straight and narrow when you stand up to the likes of Cardinal Mahoney who, as the wolf in sheepís clothing, is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of not just his Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the second largest in America, but the entire Church with his liberal, Protestant-like mandates diminishing the role of the priests in the liturgy while encouraging all kinds of aberrations that, hitherto now, have been foreign to anything Rome has ever seen. Ah, thatís the key word that inflicts like a thorn to progressives: Rome! They donít like the idea of a hierarchy with the Bishop of Rome calling the shots. They want a democracy, do it the way they want, their will. Godís Will? What is that? It only gets in the way of the new way of thinking and doing things and the old, orthodox way that served the Church for well over nineteen and a half centuries is now passe. Hoo boy, bet olí hornhead is jumpiní with joy! If Hollywood-born Mahoney has his way the American Catholic church will be of his fashion and he wants his subjects to be totally obedient. But obedience seems to escape him when it comes to his own. As a bishop, no less a cardinal, he has sworn his allegiance to the Vicar of Christ - the Successor of Peter. He can criticize others right and left, but when criticized himself he has thin-skin evident by his demand that Mother Angelica apologize for taking him to task over his "pastoral" in the LA Archdiocese regarding "Community and Holy Communion." As we all know, Mother is not one to back down and neither will we nor should anyone who believes in the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and believes in all Jesus Christ taught and established with His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We all know Mother is in good standing with the Holy Father and the head of Ignatius Press, Father Joseph Fessio, SJ has encouraged her to take the crusade to stop the dissenting liberals from ruining the Church in America to Rome herself. An interesting confrontation could ensue as one e-mailer wrote, "I canít believe it. Mother Angelica and the most liberal, dissenting cardinal in America going toe to toe. I wonder how many liberals in America (religious or otherwise) will decry a mean, old white male patriarchal cleric going after a disabled, elderly woman!" She may be on crutches or a cane and getting on in years, but her mind and heart are sharp and she can hold her own. Could it be that something could come to a head during this next three weeks as the Synod of America takes place at the Vatican? Just thinking out loud, but does Mahoney have the guts to criticize and stand up to the Holy Father in his own backyard? Or will this predator of Tradition, lie down with the sheep and wait until he returns to the left coast in the U.S. to resume his diatribe against the concept of supreme pontiff and the antiquated liturgy? Jesus warns us of his ilk in Matthew 7: 15, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheepís clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves." Mahoney lashes out at such things as apparitions and messages, as well as conservative Roman Catholic internet sites, accusing them of being the false prophets, but me-thinks he doth protest too much for the messages he is lambasting are those who warn us of the dangers inherent by such false prophets as Mahoney himself who is anything but a good shepherd to his humongous flock in the sprawling Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In fact, the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart received a message of the troubles the constituents of Lost Angeles and the Church in America would encounter from Mahoney before he was ramrodded to the rank of cardinal by liberals within the curia on June 28, 1991.

         On March 13, 1991, well over three months before his appointment as cardinal, the Hidden Flower received an alarming message from the Blessed Mother of God which was not published, but shared immediately with her spiritual director Father Al Svobodny, OMI for discernment. Keep in mind Cyndi knew nothing then about Mahoney, let alone his leanings. When you read this message, released here for the first time, it will alert you to the fact Our Lady was alerting us back then of what we are facing today, but we didnít pray hard enough. The authenticity of this being received when it was can be authenticated by her spiritual director who has copies of all messages, published and unpublished. The message said, in part, "it is very important who the Holy Father will make as the new American Cardinal...the Holy Father is under much pressure in this regard, and is struggling with many weighty decisions and outside pressures, many of which do not bode well for the Church, of whom I am the Mother and guardian. I am distressed at this, and have asked my hidden flower to offer prayer and sacrifice for the Holy Father, that when his decision is made, it is in accord with Godís Most Holy Will. But this can only be accomplished by much prayer. And there is not enough. I have shown my hidden flower that the choice must be the Archbishop of St. Louis, and not the Archbishop of Los Angeles. If the Holy Fatherís decision reflects this, then there will be many events that will unfold rapidly within the world and the Church. Many that will both help the Church, and many that will be the downfall of a great portion of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Should the Holy Fatherís decision be otherwise, then there will be truly be a dark and sad time upon the Church, and many of my dearest sons shall desert Me, and many more will desert even my Son. They will wear the mark of the priest, they will continue all their duties as a priest, but they will be liars and blasphemers from the pulpit, trying to tear asunder that which can never be torn asunder. This will bring about an even more terrible age for the Church, one in which many, many of my children will be lost because of the terrible outrages and evils pronounced from the Holy See, and in time, there will be little truth to be found in the Church, except by those who have kept the faith and its doctrines and dogmas sacred in their hidden churches. To these faithful will come the right to stand beside my Divine Son when the Swift Justice comes from the Heavens, and they will reach down and bring up into the light many who have been crying for the truth. But to those who buried the truth beneath the mud of satan, there shall be no mercy, and with satan they will be cast forever into hell."

         "This election of the next cardinal from America marks a very important moment in the history not only of your own country, but in the history of the world. Pray very hard, my child, my children, for the Holy Father in his struggle. And pray that those who oppose the man for Cardinal from St. Louis will drop their opposition so that the will of God might be done clearly and definitely. Otherwise, the tide of justice can no longer be held back. When this moment comes, my children, then you must also know that many changes will come upon the Church, especially in America, and you will have much to suffer, much to be horrified at, much to shield your children from."

         The Archbishop of St. Louis, a good and wise prelate, was, of course, Archbishop John L. May, who died of cancer on March 24, 1994. He has since been replaced by Archbishop Justin Rigalli, a personal orthodox choice of the Holy Father. Mahoney was not the Holy Fatherís choice, but undue pressure from the left forced his holiness to appoint Mahoney. This documented message says it all for we are indeed on the brink of "this moment." Our Lady has said: "not the Archbishop of Los Angeles." Being Godís foremost Heavenly clarion, she knows much more than we do. By printing this now, we are opening ourselves up to rebuke by Mahoney and his radical cohorts, but, in the words of the infamous Alfred E. Neumann (No relation to the saintly Cardinal John Neumann) "What, me worry?!" Weíd worry more if we kept silent in the face of the abuses to Godís Holy Church. Weíd worry more if, when we face the Almighty in the final judgment, we had to account for the fact that we had said nothing and had let the wolves gnaw away at the carcasses of the poor suspecting sheep who are lost in LA and the rest of America. Why canít Mahoney and the rest realize their roles as shepherds, as Denverís Archbishop Charles Chaput so succinctly put it this week at the Synod of America when addressing his fellow bishops, "Many of the problems we face as shepherds are not programmatic or resource-driven. They are problems of faith. Too often, those of us in the Church-- and even we bishops-- simply do not believe deeply and zealously enough."

         Jesus said it all in John 10: 1-5 when speaking of the role of the good shepherd, which all bishops should and must be: "Amen, amen, I say to you, he who enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up another way, is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is shepherd of the sheep. To this man the gatekeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them forth. And when he has let out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. But a stranger they will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.". Let us hope Americans and Los Angelenos wake up in time to realize the stranger among us and flee from this wolf in sheepís clothing!

Michael Cain, editor

November 21-23, 1997       volume 8, no. 36
Catholic Pewpoint Editorial



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