One of our faithful in France
wrote a letter to Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
describing the scandalous behavior of a particular French bishop. On behalf of
the cardinal, Msgr. Perl answered, "Yes, youíre right. The situation in
the Church is anarchy. If you expect that an order from Rome regarding the above
will solve the situation, you are in total illusion." This point is very
important to understand. It means Rome has lost control. Oftentimes we hear the
solution to the crisis is to increase our fidelity to the pope and bishops. Yet,
in his letter Msgr. Perl admits bishops donít obey and anarchy is the result.
The answer is to be faithful to the bishops?! Illogical! The word to describe
this insanity is "confusion." This confusion comes from way back and
now touches everything in the life of the Church. It starts with confusion in
The Enemy Sows Its Seed
In the 1950ís Rome condemned a large number of theologians. In his
encyclical, Humani Generis, Pope Pius XII condemned the theory of Henri
de Lubac, a Jesuit priest, that there is no difference between nature and grace,
between the natural and supernatural levels. This condemnation required all
Jesuits to stop teaching this theory or vacate their teaching positions. Two
years later a Dominican, Yves Congar, was condemned for his book on true and
false reform in the Church and was exiled to Jerusalem. At the same time, a
Jesuit priest in the US, John Courtney Murray, began teaching a new theory about
the relations between Church and State and was condemned by Rome. Just prior to
Vatican II another Jesuit, Karl Rahner, was forced to submit all his writings to
the Holy Office on suspicion of Modernism. A Benedictine, Dom Beauduin, was made
to do the same.
On the eve of Vatican II, a meeting of the central commission of the Council
prepared a list of the theologians who would assist the bishops during the
Council. At this meeting, Archbishop Lefebvre, one of the members of the
commission, spoke up, "There is something I do not understand. We have here
a list of the proposed experts. We have a rule which prohibits us to put on the
list any theologian who has been condemned by the Church. On one of the proposed
lists there are three condemned theologians." After the meeting, Cardinal
Ottaviani took the Archbishop by the arm and said, "Itís the Boss who
wants it," that is to say, Pope John XXIII. He made the rule that condemned
theologians not be on the list and also ordered that they be
on the list!
Around the same time, Pope John XXIII published an encyclical about the
importance of Latin in the Catholic Church. Ten days after its release, a bishop
speaking with Archbishop Lefebvre attacked the Latin. Archbishop Lefebvre asked,
"How do you dare to attack the Latin after the pope has published a text on
the defense of the Latin?"... "What I say is exactly what the
thinks," replied this bishop. To find out for himself, Archbishop Lefebvre
was granted an audience with Pope John XXIII who demolished in an hour what he
had written in his encyclical ten days before!
The big intellectuals of the
Council- de Lubac, Congar, Rahner, Murray- were
all condemned because of their errors in the ten years preceding Vatican II!
Today, what they taught is now considered the doctrine of the Church!
Hereís a story which shows the intellectual honesty of the condemned
theologians. In the aftermath of Vatican II, Yves Congar was quoted:
I had been given a very hard job
during the Council. It was to prepare this part of the document in which I was
to prove that religious liberty is found in Holy Scripture, which it is not!
This is terrible! The
contradiction in doctrine has given us the mess we are in. We have a state of
confusion in the Church. Here are some more recent examples of contradictions
Cockle in the Papacy
Pope John Paul II issued an apostolic letter to prepare for the Jubilee Year
2000 titled, Tertio Millennio Adveniente [On the Coming of the Third
Millenium]. The word "adveniente" refers to Advent, a literal
concept of the Holy Father referring to the period of the Church from Vatican II
to the Year 2000. This "Advent" is the time of preparation for a new
era. Those who pretend the famous three zeroes of millenial years will usher in
new eras have been condemned in former times. Practically speaking, the pope is
a milleniarist, but at the same time Rome says itís not milleniarism.
The Jubilee Year 2000 will sponsor
inter-religious Christian and non-Christian meetings. At the same time Rome insists it will not tolerate
syncretism. What is syncretism if not this kind of mixing of all religions? We
worship the one Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth. At Assisi the Vicar of
Christ prayed with people praying to the Great Thumb, with others smoking the
peace pipe, and others who adored Buddha. This syncretism is put into practice,
but Rome protests, "No, no, itís not syncretism!"
In his encyclical, Ut Unum Sint, Pope John Paul II explained and
defended the primacy of the pope. Immediately after the correct teaching in the
encyclical, he asks that new ways to exercise the primacy be researched. It is a
demolition of the primacy. You mean the popes of the last 2000 years didnít
know how to exercise their primacy?!
Inconsistencies in the Hierarchy
A few years ago Cardinal Ratzinger issued a text condemning the theology of
liberation. The first text was a clear condemnation. The second text was
announced and it was said that the second and the first had to be read in the
light of the first and second respectively. But, in the second version you find
phrases which justify the theology of liberation. So, liberation theology is
simultaneously condemned and justified!
Last year, a Sri Lankan priest, Fr. Tissa Balasuriya, O.M.I., was
excommunicated because of the heresies he taught about the Blessed Virgin Mary
and the Church. Less than one year later, his religious order had his
excommunication lifted even though Fr. Tissa Balasuriya preferred to sign his
own text of abjuration rather than the one given him by Rome. After his
excommunication had been lifted, Fr. Balasuriya said he had absolutely no
regrets, that he had not taken anything back. So he continues to be the same
heretic, but now is no longer excommunicated!
Two years ago there was a big movement in Austria to collect signatures
establishing a new Church, a Church where priests can marry, where women can be
priests and so on. It fomented a lot of turmoil, and so the bishops gathered
delegates from the entire country to a meeting. What were the propositions on
which votes were taken? - that laymen be consulted in the ordination of bishops;
that women be present at all levels of the hierarchy which do not exercise the
sacrament of Holy Orders; that married men be priests; that women be deacons;
that "divorced and remarried" go to Communion, etc. The least
majority vote was 75% approval.
Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a letter to the German bishops telling them
Communion could not be given to "divorced, remarried Catholics." All
but three bishops rejected the order and defended their priests doing the same.
By his own admission, Cardinal Ratzinger says "dialogue" is the only
"obedience" remaining among the German bishops.
The pope wrote again this year  to the German bishops about abortion.
For a woman to have an abortion in Germany, she must first appear before a board
of consulters for counseling and receive a certificate of proof she has done so
before she can submit to the murder of her baby. By law, one third of the board
of consulters are Catholic bishops. The pope wrote to forbid the German bishops
to grant this certificate under pain of direct cooperation in the abortion. In
response, the German bishops held an extraordinary meeting and agreed that in
a yearís time they would obey the popeís order!
Two weeks later, the president of
the German bishopsí conference said the papal disposition on the matter was not
applicable and the German bishops met again. This time only two bishops favored
obedience to the pope. All the others are directly cooperating in murder!
At the end of November , a Capuchin priest visited our seminary in
Germany wanting to join the Society of St. Pius X. He had been forbidden to
hear confessions because he refused absolution to penitents who refused to avoid
proximate occasions of mortal sin. Six months ago, he was forbidden to celebrate
Mass because he insisted on using the (more traditional) First Eucharistic
Prayer of the Canon of the New Mass!
A 78-year-old sister has joined
us to escape the convent where every Sunday she was obliged under obedience to
watch television for two hours!
In one of the important ecclesiastical magazines of Holland
[July 1998], a
bishop wrote such scandalous things I had to check with the chancery who
verified the words as his. In his article, this bishop began: "When I die,
I will not go to heaven, neither will I go to hell, because these words are
words which the Church has taken from the Middle Ages. They have nothing to do
with the reality. Science has now seen the heavens with powerful telescopes, so
these concepts are totally wrong and we can no longer speak of heaven and
hell." He continues by approving euthanasia, relations outside of marriage,
and contraception. Finally, he argues that 80% of Catholics are committing
excommunicable offenses, but that since it would be impossible to excommunicate
four out of five Catholics we are safe to believe whatever we want! Nothing
happens to him!
In his book, The Salt of the Earth, Cardinal Ratzinger makes a keen
analysis of the situation in the Church and concludes that the Church as we have
known it is finished! He says what will remain are little groups which, like
"the salt of the earth" will give some savor to the earth, to the
Catholic Church, otherwise it will be exterminated. Nevertheless the cardinal is
happy because certain ecclesiastical movements are giving life to the Church,
for example, the charismatics. Though these movements are often controversial,
he says, at least thereís life. Something is moving! There are true heretics
amongst these ecclesiastical movements, but that doesnít matter to the
A friend of ours in the Curia came to visit me recently. He told me a story
that shows a little bit what the pope does or can do. The pope, he told me,
wanted to go to Fatima on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the first
apparition, but didnít attend because he was not invited! I didnít know the
pope needed to be invited to go somewhere! The pope first asked the bishop of Leiria [the diocese where Fatima is located], and the bishop deferred to the
bishopsí conference and did not give an answer. The pope sent off a letter to
this bishop and asked that he be told to expect it. He never received it. The
letter was intercepted by the Secretary of State. Our friend in the Curia gave
me the impression that the pope has lost control. He holds the office but has
nothing important to say. He has big ideas about the Jubilee Year 2000, but the
rest is in the control of the Secretary of State. I will give you some examples.
One is about last yearís anticipated condemnation of the Society of St. Pius
The Polish bishops are strongly prejudiced against our work in Poland which
is very intense and has become the topic of discussion in all the media there.
We have learned that a condemnation of the Society was motivated by the Polish
bishops and that they suggested several points for this condemnation. The Holy
Father agreed and he entrusted Msgr. Perl to draft the text which was completed
and given to the pope in June . The Secretary of State also received a
copy and judged it to be inopportune. He advised it be dropped because it would
give us undue publicity. So, it was apparently dropped.
False Remedies: Ecumenism and
All is not well in Rome, that is for sure, and we should all be aware of it.
In the circles of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, there is a euphoria which says,
"Look, we have been received in Rome. Everything is fine. Cardinal
Ratzinger has greeted us; the pope has received us, he has greeted the
seminarians, so everything is fine." Well...
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Ecclesia Dei
Commission, the Fraternity of St. Peter wanted a Pontifical High Mass and it
asked Cardinal Ratzinger to celebrate it. The cardinal refused and so the
Fraternity approached the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Divine
Worship in charge of the questions of liturgy for the whole Church. This
cardinal agreed to celebrate the Mass, but the Secretary of State intervened and
informed him the Tridentine Mass was not the competence of the Prefect of the
Congregation for the Divine Worship! I think itís very important to understand
this. It means that for the Secretary of State the Tridentine Mass is no longer
the Mass of the Catholic Church. The Latin Mass is only granted to a very little
group to which has been granted the freedom of a bird in a cage.
I know an Armenian [Orthodox] priest who was received into the Catholic
Church recently. The response he met in Rome when asking to be received into the
Church was, "Do you have the permission of your bishop?" According to
the Balamand Statement [see
The Angelus, December 1997], you remember,
Catholics must desist from proselytizing the Orthodox. Nevertheless, the
Armenian priest was received in the Catholic Church, but Rome felt obliged to
apologize to the Armenians, "We are sorry. We promise, itís only one
case; itís not harmful to ecumenical relations." The concessions made in
the name of ecumenism are all from the Catholic side. The Protestants are still
Protestant, as are the Anglicans and so for the Orthodox. The only changes are
among the Catholics, who are losing great numbers. Ecumenism is the practical
destruction of the identity of the Church. The Society maintains that this
ecumenism is not Catholic.
Ecumenism is of Protestant
origin, yet the Protestants are unable to arrive at any real unity! In 1950, two
years after its founding, the Ecumenical Council for the Churches [ECC] determined that unity cannot be based on any concept of
"Church." Some thought this unity could be acquired in a unity of
hierarchy and doctrine, others thought it would be achieved by an umbrella
agreement regarding faith, some thought it necessary only to agree on the
fundamental points of faith, and the rest believed an agreement of any kind
would foster more divisions! The Protestants have never known what kind of unity
they want! They get together trying to put in practice something which they can
never get! That the Orthodox threatened to boycott the ECC [December 1998]
clearly demonstrates the fruitlessness of this movement.
On the other hand, the Catholic Churchís prayers for Good Friday, which
date from the second century, include a series of prayers for schismatics, for
heretics, for Jews, etc. to return to the unity of the Church. This is
what the Church has always sought for in its relations with those who have left
Her. The Catholic Church has unity; it cannot lose it. It doesnít have to
"invent" unity! It is one of the marks of the Catholic Church. True
unity with the Orthodox or the Protestants will be achieved by their conversion,
their return, to the Catholic Church. This is the common teaching of the Church
throughout the centuries. False dialogue does nothing but destroy the Church.
The Faith Is Gutted
There was a time when Catholics
were at home with the liturgy anywhere in the world. It was your Mass. Now,
every church is different. You donít know whatís happening. Sometimes you donít
even know if the Consecration was properly done. For those unsure of the crisis,
they might get an education by attending one of these ceremonies!
One of our priests recently celebrated the Latin Mass in a parish church in
Belgium at which the parish priest assisted. It was the first time in his 30
years as a parish priest that he witnessed the Tridentine Mass. After the Mass,
he said, "They have cheated us for 30 years!" He was so moved that
when he celebrated the New Mass later that morning he stopped himself several
times. All of a sudden, he departed the altar for the sacristy and returned
wearing a traditional chasuble, showing that he wanted to have something more
for the good Lord. At the end of this Mass, he confided to our priest, "I
am the only priest in the whole diocese who believes in the Real Presence."
I personally estimate that about half of the priests worldwide have lost
faith in the Real Presence. I think two-thirds of the priests no longer believe
the Mass is really the renewal of the Sacrifice of Our Lord on the cross. I know
seminary rectors who teach the Mass is not the Sacrifice. Two of these left and
lost the Faith. It is not a question of abuses. It is the New Mass itself which
is to blame because it doesnít express clearly the idea of the Sacrifice and
the Real Presence. There are a lot of little things in the New Mass which erode
the belief of priests who end up thinking the way the New Mass makes
them act. No longer must the priest hold together the thumbs and forefingers
which have touched the consecrated hosts. It is no longer obligatory for the
chalice or paten to be plated with gold nor to purify the sacred vessels at the
end of the Mass. Sometimes horrible things happen. I know of a priest who has
come to Tradition because of one of these happenings.
During the papal Mass in New
Zealand, this priest was shocked when one of his communicants took Holy
Communion from him in his hand, broke the Host, and threw It to the ground in
front of him. The priest bent to gather the particles of the Host and
discontinued distributing Communion. He returned to the site of the ciboria and
saw something there that sickened him more. He saw priests dumping unconsumed
consecrated hosts in trash bags. He walked to his nearby convent, placed his
ciborium in a tabernacle there, and left to join us.
Naive Catholics say these are isolated abuses, that Vatican II is not
responsible. Look around! I ask, "Where arenít there
abuses?" What is done to protect the faithful? - to tell them to be
faithful to unfaithful bishops as Msgr. Perl does?!
The Faithful Are Abandoned
A poll of French Catholics who
assist at Mass at least once a month was taken [October 1998] on different
issues in the Church. The majority favor use of contraception by Catholics by
72%; of a married priesthood by 66%; that divorced people should be able to
"remarry" in the Church by 60%; 60% favor women priests; 62% favor euthanasia.
What are the causes of this disaster? In answering, we will have to look at
philosophy, theology, morality, and politics.
In philosophy, the modern philosophers have given us the
idea of evolution, that everything must change. It is in the name of changes
that Vatican II was convened. "Everything must change because things must
change!" Itís not reasonable! Is the fact that what is done by foot, or
by bicycle, or train, or plane is not travel anymore? Has the heart of man
changed? A lie 2000 years ago is still a lie today! What was a sin is still sin;
what was Truth is still Truth. These things have not changed! To argue that we
have to change the Mass for the new technological age is crazy. Truth canít
A famous French thinker, Maurice Blondel
[1861-1949; cf. the
Si Si No No "They Think
Theyíve Won!" series, #4] is one of the grandfathers of
Vatican II. He taught a new definition of truth. Directly contrary to the Churchís
perennial definition, he said truth is not the agreement of our
intellect and objective reality. Let me give an example of why this is wrong and
why truth is the conformity of our intellect with reality. If I
hold a bird and tell you this is a bird, you will test the truth of my statement
by comparing what I have said, what is supposed to be in my mind, and the
objective reality. If these correspond, then my word is true and you must submit
your intelligence to the reality of the bird. If these do not correspond, then
my word is false. But modern thinkers say truth is the agreement between our
intellect and life. Now, how do we recognize life? The first
question we ask when we find someone lying in the road is, "Is he
alive?" To see if he is, you will see if there is movement of his eyes, if
his heart is beating, etc. Life means movement. If you say that truth is
the conformity of our intellect with life, that is, of our intellect and movement,
then truth must move! If truth must move, then we must keep changing it. If it
stands still, then itís not truth. So, we have been ordered to change to show
that the Church has life!
Modern philosophies also deny
that our intelligence can understand the essence of things- the deepest part of
things - which canít change. You may have a boy named Paul who will change in
height, weight, and age, but his essence as Paul will always be Paul. He will
always be a man, always possess a human nature, and this will not change. The
modern philosophers say you canít go that deep, that you are obliged to stay at
the level of changing. This limits discussion to only the changing part of
things and our personal opinions about them which are no more or less important
than anyone elseís opinions. This is a world of total subjectivism, of opinions,
which is clearly evident at the level of religions. All religions are equally
good! But the essence of God is His existence. There is still only one God and
this one God has to be worshipped as He commands. There can be no change here!
But the modernists say we can no longer say that Our Lord has to reign on this
earth; there are Buddhists, Muslims, this and that, and it is impossible to
require them to worship a Jesus they donít know. But, donít try to convert them
because their opinion is as good or bad as yours! The loss of the essential in
the Catholic Church is to lose truth and conviction.
Another disaster is perpetrated in
theology by the
refusal of bad theologians to distinguish between nature and grace. This leads
to a failure to distinguish between body and soul. To refuse to distinguish
between created nature and the grace of the Creator concludes to no distinction
between creatures and the Creator, between man and God! What does Pope John Paul
II himself say?
Every man and every people, by the fact that Our Lord died on the cross and
by the action of the Holy Ghost, every man is a child of God. He is a
participant of divine life and is called to eternal happiness. [Tertio
Every man! St. Paul says
[Rom. 8:14] that those who are led by the Spirit of
God, are the sons of God. The Spirit of God must be in them. He says very
clearly that the Holy Ghost is not in everybody [Rom. 8:13]. But the present
pope maintains that the Holy Ghost is dwelling mysteriously in everybody because
of the failure to distinguish between nature and grace.
At the level of morality we have seen adaptation to the
world. In the name of changes, we are told, "Look, the Church is so far
behind the world. Letís catch up." To close in on the world, you have to
change so the broad way is proposed to us instead of the narrow stony way which
leads to heaven. This broad way of Liberalism is compromise with the world. This
Liberalism is all over the place in the Church. Cardinal Ratzinger himself says
that the problem in the Church in the 1960ís was the conflict of assimilating
the "best values of two centuries of liberal culture," but now
it has been done. That means that the Church has assimilated liberal culture.
What is this liberal culture? - the French Revolution!
We canít understand
politics without admitting
infiltration of the Catholic Church by Her enemies. There is evidence discovered
by the Church which was published under Pope Pius IX of the plan by Freemasons
to elect a pope who would evangelize their freemasonic ideals. Its strategy
emphasized the destruction of especially seminaries and of women. In an
interview three years ago, a Mason from Mexico boasted of four freemasonic
lodges of the Scottish Rite within the Vatican. In further explanations he
claimed that Freemasons have the power to reward cooperating priests with the
episcopacy. A NATO report  on the activities of the Communist Secret
Service in the Eastern Bloc nations within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church
estimated 3000 agents had successfully infiltrated the Catholic hierarchy. In
1984, just before the reunification of Germany, the Secret Service of East
Germany was known to dramatically increase its number of agents with the aim of
subverting Catholic and Protestant churches.
Modernism Is Not so "Modern!"
There is also the infiltration by the Modernists into the Catholic Church.
They hide in Her and it is our task to unmask them. The Modernists are very
closely linked to Gnosticism, a strong tendency to which is visible in the
Church today. There are subtle touches of it in Vatican II. An insightful priest
who died in 1890 correctly forecasted that the Catholic Church would change its
leadership through an ecumenical council and that a new liturgy would be
composed to harmonize with the modern world. He predicted that priests would
trash the cassock. He called them "progressives." Even the founders of
the New Age Movement wrote that the Catholic Church of the end of the 20th
century would adopt the principles of Freemasonry, but the Church would keep up
a Catholic appearance so the faithful would not become alarmed.
Such things are happening in front of us. Our problem is the enemy is dressed
in the same uniform as those they attack. How do you know that someone in the
same uniform as you is an enemy? You only know when he shoots you, and then, itís
too late! Itís quite a mess. Itís a massive work of destruction at all
levels. We cannot close our eyes and say, "Oh, itís fine, weíre
surviving," or, "It must be nice because the pope said it."
So what is our solution? Remember, we are not allowed to look at the Church
with human reason alone. The Catholic Church is a supernatural society,
not a natural society. The head of the Church is Our Lord Himself and the
Church is nothing else but Our Lord Jesus Christ and the souls who make up His
Mystical Body. The essential dimension of the Church is not human, which will
not pass, which is holy, which is one; and the Head of the Church is almighty
and eternal! His Wisdom is above all circumstance of times and events. The
Church herself has these attributes of stability.
Stay in the Boat
In the Creed, we profess the Church is one, that the Church is holy,
and it is! We must remember God is in control even though it can seem to us Heís
lost it. Remember the apostles in the little boat. They thought they were
sinking. But Who was giving the wind its ferocity, giving the waves their
strength to crash against the boat? It was Jesus, the One Who was sleeping
there. When He said "Stop!" there was peace. Silence. When God wants
this silence for His Church, it will be done in an instant; if not now, itís
because He wants us of the Church Militant to share His sufferings and pains.
The Church will triumph, but we must pray for that. We must stay with Our Lord
and that means to stay in the same Faith.
Faith is the door to the Holy
Trinity, to God. Someone who sins against the Faith commits a mortal sin more
grave than those against the sixth commandment. One who has lost the Faith has
no way to go to God! Whoever rejects one part of the Faith, rejects all of it.
The Catholic Faith is like a
balloon filled with air. If you try to cut only a piece of the balloon with your
knife, the whole balloon explodes. Some say Catholics and Protestants have the
same Faith. No! The Protestants have exploded the balloon. Thereís nothing left
to them but a little bit of rubber. Itís no longer the Catholic Faith. We have
the duty to know and keep this Faith in its totality. Catechism is for all ages,
not only little children. Refresh your knowledge by reading the encyclicals of
the good popes.
Asking for Grace
Pray for grace. St. Thomas
Aquinas says that God does something greater than the creation of the universe
when he pours grace into a soul at baptism. It means that the loss of this
treasure by one mortal sin is more serious than the destruction of the whole
It is important we know the
Catholic principles and establish Catholic standards in our lives. We have to
take the means God provides. If we stay close to God, we have nothing to fear.
God is above all the happenings of His creatures. He has won the victory and
those who stay with God will have the victory with Him. Our Lord Himself said to
seek for the kingdom of God and His justice, and all the rest will be given to
Rallying to the Rosary
The apparition of Our Lady of
Fatima at the beginning of this century is significant. It is not hard to guess
that her Third Secret has something to do with the disaster in which we live.
Her remedies, however, are simple: pray the rosary daily and do penance. Console
the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our heavenly Mother. To her has been entrusted the
peace of the world.
Having traveled the world over, I can testify that those who have kept the
Faith, who have kept the traditions of the Catholic Church, are devoted to the
Blessed Virgin Mary and pray the rosary. This friend of the pope who came to
visit me said the same.
On the eve of the Year 2000, I would like to announce a new crusade of the
rosary. In the Churchís most desperate hours, the popes have always asked the
faithful to pray the rosary. This always has been the victory for the Church:
the time of St. Dominic, Lepanto, Budapest, Vienna, etc. Every time we
see the rosary and the visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let us pray for the
same victory. So, letís go! Thank you very much.