The Descent Into Chaos
By The Hermits, Oct 20 2015 03:12PM
Michael Voris of “Church Militant” has rightly, in his most recent dispatch from The Synod in Rome, has reflected that Freemasonry has been the most frequently condemned theory in the history of the Church. I would imagine he is right. He also rightly tells us that it was Masonic principles that guided the American, French, and Russian Revolutions and that their principles of Liberty, Fraternity and Equality overshadow the present Synod, and to some extent the same is true of the Second Vatican Council. There was at the Council this almost obsession with, and wonder at, Man. This could be seen in some of the utterances of St. John XXIII and Blessed Paul VI. There is something wonderful about Adam and Eve, but that wonder was deeply marred by The Fall, and the greater wonder is the most magnificent happening to have ever to have taken place in Time, namely The Incarnation, Life, Passion, Death, and Resurrection of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, namely Jesus Christ Our Lord, who has redeemed us. Our lives as Christians should be dominated by this stupendous wonder. Unfortunately a very large proportion of Western Christians like pigs at the trough, are eating ravenously, or looking at their not too lovely reflections in the dirty water around them.
Michael Voris says that the principles of Liberty, Fraternity, and Equality can be seen as the guiding star of the Synod: Liberty guides the individual’s conscience to make his or her own decisions regarding sexual life style and receiving Holy Communion. Equality enables all to receive communion; presumably even serial killers or robbers as long as they feel after examining their consciences that they are free to do so. Fraternity seems to guide the rather frightening Synodal process that Pope Francis wants to implement. Someone really should remind him of The Council of Constance, where the Council Fathers wanted frequent councils. I quote;
The frequent celebration of General Councils is the best of all methods for tilling the Lord’s field, and for extirpating the weeds, and thorns of heresy, schisms and errors….. This it is that brings the Lord’s vineyard to the fullness of its fertility. The neglect to hold General Councils fosters and encourages all the disorders here spoken of; the history of former times and the events we ourselves witness to make this very evident. Therefore, by the perpetual law, we command that, from this time on, General Councils shall be held as follows: the first within five years immediately following the close of this present council; the second within seven years of the close of the council immediately following this present council; and ever afterwards thenceforward every ten years; all these councils to be held in a place which the pope is bound to announce one month before the end of the council, and with the approbation and consent of the council. Should the pope fail to do this, then the council itself is to choose the place and time. So that, in this way, by a kind of continuity, there shall always be a council in session or the expectation of a council. The term appointed for the coming council the pope may, with the consent of the cardinals, shorten, but in no case may he make it longer. (Session 39, 9th October 1417; quoted in Hughes “The Church in Crisis”)
The decree “Haec Sancta Synodus” at Constance, which put the primacy of an Ecumenical Council above the Pope was not accepted by the Papacy. The above quote from the decree “Frequens” was from later on in the Council, and though Martin V accepted this under duress it was never put into action. Though the majority of the Council was accepted by the Church, reading about it one gets the distinct impression that it was rather like a Medieval mixture of The United Nations and the World Council of Churches. Obviously the Papacy was being reduced to a sort of exalted Presidency, and this might be the line that Pope Francis is unwittingly taking. He wishes to enforce his Synodally run Church with the full force of his Petrine Office and with words redolent of Pius IX, with whom he cannot have much in common. Quite how “Pastor Aeternus”, which is the Dogma of Infallibility, works with a synodally operating Church one cannot begin to imagine.
One thing for certain is this; if the Pope has his way, he will have opened a Pandora’s box that only the Holy Spirit will be able to close. How have we reached this disastrous state of affairs? The only answer I can come up with is that we have fallen in love with Man, and we think that men and women can build Heaven on Earth. This ridiculous notion springs from the Enlightenment view of Man as being basically noble and good; the problem is the tense; Man and Woman were made in the likeness of God, were good and then fell. Those unorthodox members of the present Synod on The Family will be suffering from this illusion that man is good and can enter Heaven without baptism, and this is all too understandable if they have misunderstood Nostrae Aetate, which is quite easy to do. If all roads lead to Rome, why cannot all religions lead to Christ. Obviously these prelates have not read and inwardly digested Chapter One of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. If there are two heresies that are abroad in this synod they are Pelagianism, a rather easy going Pelagianism at that, and Modernism. Modernism is certainly the atmosphere of the Synod, as Modernism, being utterly subjective and more about feeling than Faith, and it has a drug like effect on its followers.
How have we reached this point. I think the point has been reached by a manifesto that runs a bit like this. Man is really alright, bar a few problems here and there. He is good enough to get to Heaven by his own efforts. He really is not bad enough to go to Hell, and so he really does not have to do much to go to Heaven. So how does this work out in reality? By the lessening of discipline. It is interesting that in the 1960’s, education began to become more relaxed especially when it came to learning languages, and in Mathematics. Piaget, as far as I can remember going back 40 years now when I was studying to be a teacher (Thankfully for both myself and the students, that never materialized!), posited a child centred form of education. Once again a deification, not only of adults but of children (The more critical view is that the Illuminati or other dark forces, best described as Deist Globalists, want to detach children from their parents and control them, so that ultimately you will have a race of masters and slaves. It is a very plausible scenario, which seems to be in operation in the United States even as I write.). This means that children and adults can really do what they want to because both can form their own consciences, which of course they cannot, because they are fallen and cannot see clearly without the light of Christ, and the teachings of the Church.
This collapse of discipline and the cossetting of the members of the Church began firstly I suspect with the changes to the Liturgy, which were begun rather surprisingly with St. Pius X, who took the Laudate psalms out of Lauds in the Roman Breviary. On the illegal level priests such as Romano Guardini, who should have known better, were celebrating Mass facing the people and experimenting with the Liturgy. Then after the Second World War in the 1950’s, Pope Pius XII relaxed the Eucharistic Fast from midnight and said that the Faithful only had to fast 3 hours before receiving Holy Communion. He also did away with the Lenten Fast except for Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Then Paul VI reduced the 3 hours fast to 1 hour before Communion. In the wake of Vatican II, the Breviary was drastically shortened and all the nasty bits in the psalms were taken out. As the psalms were recited by Christ who is God, how in Heaven’s name can we better him? It is a sort of heresy, perhaps there is no “sort of” about it. The Mass was shortened and translated into the vernacular. The special vesting prayers for priests were dropped, and very few priests prepare for the celebration of Mass properly, and most people rush out of the Church without saying their thanksgiving. I remember a Capuchin Lay brother years ago saying the reason for this is because of the Dismissal at the end of Mass makes it redundant. Why “Go the Mass is ended” in the old English Missal would absolve one from thanksgiving after Mass I do not know. The New Mass was also much easier to celebrate because it was in the vernacular, and all the signs of the Cross bar one that the priest made in the Old Mass were dropped. That easiness encouraged laziness. And that is what has entered the Church; Laziness. Laziness in worship, laziness in fasting, and now laziness in morals. When Michael Voris talks about “The Church of Nice” I fear he is underestimating the problem. It is a Church riven with indiscipline and dying because of SLOTH!!
I suspect that in the coming weeks, and months, and over the next year the poor Holy Father will be weeping and groaning and saying to himself and perhaps to others “What have I done, what have I done?” I have no doubt that the Pope has the best intentions, but are they the right ones? Has he, because of his formation as a Jesuit in the late 50’s and early 60’s, become muddled as so many priests and religious were muddled during those ultimately chaotic years when indiscipline reigned supreme? I suspect he has, and here is a great tragedy, and it is so true of so many priests and bishops and cardinals. They have been taken in by the spirit of the Age, and the spirit of the Age is one of continuous revolution and change. Liberty Fraternity and Equality now rule, and this rule, as before, in the French and Russian Revolutions, will lead to terror. I pray that this does terror does not now invade the Church and cause the ruin of millions of souls.
I will finish this article with Christ answering the Pharisees about who casts out demons from the possessed man, and with Ezekiel’s terrifying vision of the cleansing of Jerusalem and her temple.
Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of demons.” But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? (Matthew 12 vv. 24-26)
Then He cried out in my ears with a loud voice, saying, “The punishment of the city is near, and each had instruments of destruction in his hand.” Behold, six men were coming from the way of the high gate that looks toward the north, and each one’s axe was in his hand. One man among them was clothed with a full-length robe, with a belt of sapphire about his waist. They entered and stood near the bronze altar.
Then the glory of the God of Israel went up from the Cherubim, and the glory which was over them went into the inner court of the house. He called to the man clothed with the long robe with the belt on his waist, and He said to him, “Go through the midst of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the lawless deeds taking place within her.” To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill. Let not your eyes spare, and have no mercy. Utterly destroy old men and youth, and virgins, infants, and women, but not come near anyone on whom is the mark. Begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were inside the house. Then He said to them, “Defile the house, and go out and fill the roads with the dead and smite.”
So it was, as they were smiting, I fell on my face and cried out, and said, “Alas, O Lord, are You wiping out all the remnant of Israel in pouring out Your anger on Jerusalem?” Then he said to me, “The wrongdoing of the house of Israel and Judah has become exceedingly great, for the land is full of many peoples, and the city is full of wrongdoings and uncleanness. For they said, ‘The Lord forsook the land, and the Lord does not look upon it.’ My eye will not spare, nor will I have mercy, but I will recompense their deeds on their own heads.” Then behold, the man clothed with the long robe and girded with the belt on his waist reported back and said, “I have done as you commanded me.”
(Ezekiel Chapter 9)
The great tragedy is that the Church is divided against itself now, or to put it more correctly there is much dead wood in it. The axe has been laid to the branches. They will be cut off. The teaching of Christ does not change. It remains forever. The Word of God does not change whatever heretical scripture scholars would have you believe. There is little time left before catastrophe will come and with it God’s punishment. He will not allow is Bride the Church, now a haggard crone to die. His winnowing fan is in his hand, and he will divide the chaff from the wheat.