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I think it is high time that we talk frankly about what is truly happening in the Church. It is quite probable that we are approaching the denouement of this horrible play, a century in the telling, in which the Synod on the Family, currently playing out in Rome, may be the opening scene of the final act.
We endlessly speculate and debate over who is with Cardinal Kasper and who is not, who will stand up and who will be quiet, and where does doctrine end and pastoral praxis begin. Meanwhile, a “dark and false Church,” as foreseen by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, which has grown within the Church for a century, continues its unhindered progress.
We have many Cardinals and Bishops of the Holy Catholic Church who publicly put God’s law in opposition to God’s mercy! We have Cardinals and Bishops who say that the very words of Jesus, the same second person of the Trinity who suffered and died so that we might live, insufficiently express love!
Add to this the daily expressions of indifferentism and every other facet of Modernism (see Pascendi Dominici Gregis ) that are promulgated not only without fear of reproach, but with loud praise.
To say such things and to promote such thinking is cooperation with the devil, the devil that has as its end the destruction of the Church. Whether these persons do this knowingly or unknowingly I cannot say, but I can say that it is evil.
For those of you now rolling your eyes over what you might consider hyperbolic and overly dramatic language, I ask you to consider a few things. Pope Leo XIII said in his encyclical Satis Cognitum:
The Church, founded on these principles and mindful of her office, has done nothing withgreater zeal and endeavour than she has displayed in guarding the integrity of the faith. Hence she regarded as rebels and expelled from the ranks of her children all who held beliefs on any point of doctrine different from her own. The Arians, the Montanists, the Novatians, the Quartodecimans, the Eutychians, did not certainly reject all Catholic doctrine: they abandoned only a tertian portion of it. Still who does not know that they were declared heretics and banished from the bosom of the Church? In like manner were condemned all authors of heretical tenets who followed them in subsequent ages. "There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole cycle of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, infect the real and simple faith taught by our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition" (Auctor Tract. de Fide Orthodoxa contra Arianos).
The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her authoritative Magisterium.
I consider it self-evident that there many within hierarchy of the Church currently in attendance at the synod that hold who hold beliefs different from that of the Church. Their words and actions make this abundantly clear and undeniable even by even the most ardent defenders of normalcy.
This work of destruction is a century in the making. There are those who wish to blame Vatican II for all the evil in the Church, but that is naïve. The ambiguities and novelties of some documents of Vatican II were placed there and exploited by those in this “dark and false church” prior to Vatican II. The cracks in Vatican II and all that followed are merely symptoms of the growth “dark and false church.“
Pope Pius X in Pascendi Dominici Gregis warned us of the Modernist enemies within the Church a century ago.
That We make no delay in this matter is rendered necessary especially by the fact that the partisans of error are to be sought not only among the Church's open enemies; they lie hid, a thing to be deeply deplored and feared, in her very bosom and heart, and are the more mischievous, the less conspicuously they appear. We allude, Venerable Brethren, to many who belong to the Catholic laity, nay, and this is far more lamentable, to the ranks of the priesthood itself, who, feigning a love for the Church, lacking the firm protection of philosophy and theology, nay more, thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught by the enemies of the Church, and lost to all sense of modesty, vaunt themselves as reformers of the Church; and, forming more boldly into line of attack, assail all that is most sacred in the work of Christ, not sparing even the person of the Divine Redeemer, whom, with sacrilegious daring, they reduce to a simple, mere man.
This is a perfect diagnosis and description of the mercy vs. doctrine debate that has preceded this Synod.
This cancer that has been metastasizing in the Church for a century and those who cooperate with it hide in plain sight to the best of their ability. There is no Holy Canon, no dogma, and no principle at all, no matter how holy, authentic, ancient, and certain it might be, that remains free of censure, criticism, false interpretation, modification, and delimitation by those in this insidious “dark and false church.” All is clouded by senseless questions and elaborate arguments, even the very words of Our Savior. (See Holzhauser).
All that is necessary for those who work for its destruction to remain in the Church is to state that they accept the teaching of the Church while practically opposing it in every way. There is apparently no limit to the benefit of the doubt contained in this well of deceit. They are rebellious and disobedient children who truly place themselves outside the Church, but they will not leave. No, for the real work of destruction is inside and they have spent a century climbing to the positions where they can complete their work.
And while some well-meaning Catholics, desperate to believe all is well, try to mask the cracks in the façade of St. Peter’s with layer upon layer of ‘hermeneutic of continuity’ spackle, the furious work of destruction continues unabated within its walls.
If the Church were merely an institution of man it would be a foregone conclusion that the gates of hell will soon prevail. Of course, it is not. We have that promise. God will save His Church. But there will be a terrible price to pay. Our Lady will not be able to restrain the flaming sword of our destruction.
It is time that those who see the truth of what is happening to the Church speak out about the evil that would be done to Her. We must call evil, evil. We must get on our knees and relentlessly beg our good God to rescue us from this “dark and false Church. “
We must hold to the Church in the universal and timeless sense, we must do penance, we must fast, and we must pray incessantly, echoing Pope Benedict XVI, that the few years which “separate us from the centenary of the apparitions at Fatima hasten the fulfilment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity.”