Conflicting Visions and Prayers for Protection
Two little words are the key to true understanding, to the supernatural life, and to Heaven itself –I Believe! To believe as the Church believes must be the greatest happiness, for “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved” (Mk.16:16). Before He suffered Jesus prayed for us to the Father: “Father, the hour has come! Glorify thy Son, that thy Son may glorify thee, even as thou hast given him power over all flesh, in order that to all thou hast given him he may give everlasting life. Now this is everlasting life, that they may know thee, the only true God, and him whom thou hast sent, Jesus Christ” (Jn.17:1-3).
We believe because we trust in God Who is Absolute Truth, and whose word is truth (Jn.17:17). In fact, all are obliged to believe when God speaks, as He does through the pages of the Sacred Scriptures, and through the teachings of the Church handed down to us from the preaching of the Apostles. It is the only reasonable thing to do. We may doubt the testimony of human beings because they are not always truthful, but the testimony of God – never!
The body of revealed truth called the “deposit of faith” which the Church received at its beginning has been jealously guarded by the Church since apostolic times. It is like that pearl of great price of which Our Lord spoke, for which a man sells all he has in order to buy it (Mt.13:46). The deposit of faith cannot be changed, nor can its contents be diminished by deleting old doctrines, or increased by adding new ones. It can be pondered, studied, written about by theologians, taught, and preached, but never changed. It is God’s revealed word.
Lest the faith should suffer change at the hands of the Modernist heretics, Pope St. Pius X published a Syllabus of Errors (Lamentabili Sane, July 3, 1907), in which he identified sixty-five Modernist errors which were to be proscribed and condemned. In the same year he issued his encyclical Pascendi (September 8, 1907), in which he referred to Modernism as “the synthesis of all heresies.” To ensure obedience to his decrees, the holy pope required an Oath Against Modernism (September 1, 1910) to be sworn to by all clergy, pastors, confessors, preachers, religious superiors, and professors in philosophical-theological seminaries. Since then every Catholic priest took the oath until it was abrogated by Paul VI in 1967.
Along came Vatican II! The documents of the said council have been described by no less an authority than Cardinal Josef Ratzinger (later Benedict XVI) as a countersyllabus, a rebuttal of the condemnations of Pope St. Pius X’s Syllabus of Errors. Hence to sign the documents would amount to breaking the Oath Against Modernism imposed by St. Pius X. Therefore every bishop who signed the documents at the end of Vatican II, must be held as guilty of breaking the solemn oath made before God’s holy Altar at the time of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood. Many bishops, of course, refused to sign them and returned to their dioceses in sadness. The dismantling of the Catholic fortress had begun.
And the dismantling of the Catholic fortress continues. There is a dismantling tool that has been used since Vatican II – the process of dialogue. In a speech delivered in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on June 6, 2015, Francis Bergoglio declared:
“Interreligious dialogue here (in Sarajevo), as in every part of the world, is an indispensable condition for peace, and for this reason is a duty for all believers.” Francis also said: “Dialogue is a school of humanity, a builder of unity, which helps build a society founded on tolerance and mutual respect.”
Truth matters! The way to freedom is the way of truth. The way to slavery is through dialogue. It may not be ‘ecumenical’ to say that the other religions are false. Must we be ‘ecumenical’ and respect their “truths”? The answer to that is that we must have respect for all human beings, but we can have no respect for their false religions. We can have no respect for falsehood. It is the Church’s mission to teach the truth of the Gospel to all nations.
On Friday, May 6, Francis spoke to EU leaders after being presented with the EU's Charlemagne Prize for his contribution to European unification. “I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime but a summons to greater commitment on behalf of the dignity of every human being,” he said. “Today more than ever, their vision inspires us to build bridges and tear down walls.” He has regularly railed against the “indifference” of western societies to their plight and last month he made a high-profile visit to Lesbos, the Greek island on the frontline of the crisis, returning to the Vatican with three Syrian families seeking asylum from the civil war ravaging their homeland. (Vatican City, AFP, May 6, 2016).
Francis should stop dreaming and study history. In the year 1571, the Islamic Ottoman Empire threatened to overrun Christian Europe and make it part of their Islamic Empire. The famous Battle of Lepanto took place on October 7, 1571. Pope St. Pius had commanded the Holy Rosary to be prayed throughout Europe on that day. In the afternoon of that same day, the 7th of October, 1571, the Pope was walking about his room, listening to business matters related by his treasurer, Mons. Busotti de Bibiana… Then, suddenly inspired, the Pope stopped and went to the window, which he threw open wide, leaning out, still silent and in the same listening attitude. Then, said the pope, his face radiant with joy, “This is not the time for business. Let us return thanks to God for victory over the Turks.”
Francis has a different vision. He now wants to “build bridges and tear down walls” which will deliver Europe to the Muslim powers. They will impose Sharia law throughout Europe and destroy the Vatican. Catholic shrines and priceless monuments that have endured for two thousand years will be reduced to rubble. May we now take up our Rosaries and pray with Pope St. Pius V, that Our Blessed Mother, Mary, may intercede to save Europe from the greatest catastrophe in its history.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of the Holy Rosary, pray for us!