The Rebuilding of a Church in Ruins
By The Hermits, Oct 2 2015 08:22PM
It is unfortunate that style so often triumphs over content at present. Recently Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary commenting on Pope Francis’ address to Congress last Thursday had this to say as recorded by Lifesite News:
“Even though there has been no fundamental change in the actual teachings of the Roman Catholic Church….it’s clear that in its pastoral processes and application this Pope is not only steering in a more liberal direction, but now he has sent signals of his priorities and those priorities are those that will take the church in a further more liberal direction.”
In Francis, Mohler sees exactly the type of religious leadership the secular media and the theological left are longing for. “An example of leadership that does not define issues, and example of leadership that moves from theology to piety, an example of leadership that doesn’t bring up the awkward questions and doesn’t lean into the hard issues where the truth has to be defined and defended.”
However this is precisely the leadership that the Sankt-Gallen club wanted according to Cardinal Danneels and his co-conspirators. Before one picks oneself up off the floor in bemusement and shock, this is precisely what the Cardinal assertsin his authorized biography! The biographers are Jürgen Mettepenningen and Karim Schelkens. In an interview last week Schelkens said “The election of Bergoglio was prepared in Sankt-Gallen, without doubt. And the main lines of the program the Pope is carrying out are those that Danneels and Co were starting to discuss more than 10 years ago.” Interestingly the founder of it was Mgr. Ivo Fürer, the Bishop of Sankt-Gallen,not a prominent European prelate, considering the notoriety of some of its named members who were many, among whom there were Cardinals Carlo Maria Martini of Milan, Achille Silvestrini, onetime Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches, from Italy, the now very important Cardinal Kasper and sadly Cardinal Basil Hume (As Cardinal Hume’s father was Scots – no doubt a Presbyterian, and his mother French; there appeared to be a very Gallican quality about him!) who should have known better, given the utterly tragic English Reformation which was founded on adultery. Cardinal Daneels, however, was not a founder member he joined later.
What was the purpose of this group of prelates who described themselves as the Mafia? Goodness me we have had Cardinal Suenens describing Vatican II as the Church’s French Revolution, Hans Kung and Yves Congar describing themselves as French Revolutionaries, and now we have another Belgian Primate describing himself as a member of “The Mafia”. Do any of these men think spiritually? Do they not see themselves as disciples of Christ? Do they not see themselves as being like little children, for that is the only way to get into the Kingdom of Heaven? What a puerile descripiton of this group by one of its members. The purpose was to counter the influence of Cardinal Ratzinger, that most sane, brilliant, humble an holy man, who intellectually beat all these men into a cocked hat and that includes the ambivalent Cardinal Archbishop of Milan, who happened to be that dreary type that the present Church exalts to the skies; “The Scripture Scholar”.
Cardinal Daneels described these meetings a “spiritual holidays” and a “form of mutual support and comfort in dark times,”. I cannot think how you can have a spiritual holiday, when your whole purpose is to subvert the papacy of a saint. Such behaviour is sorry and silly, and not worthy of a Prince of the Church. What was dark about St. John Paul’s pontificate, who many hail as John Paul the Great, and whose funeral was the largest funeral in all history with 3 million people descending on Rome? Once again it is amazing that Cardinals can come out with such balderdash, but that is the problem. They do not understand the Gospel, and they do not want to embrace the Cross. All they want is the Spirit of the Enlightenment, because that is what the supposed “The Spirit of Vatican” is all about. As Romano Amerio said the spirit of Vatican II is a philosophically untenable statement. Now Vatican II in its dogmatic constitutions was utterly linked to the past, but it was the un-Dogmatic consitutions that let the Devil in the back door. Oh the vanity and the duplicity and the crass stupidity of these men who should know better. Perhaps they are all involved in Freemasonry, perhaps they are all doing dreadful things in their Episcopal palaces, such as having Illuminati meetings, orgies or amazingly, Black Masses, but that is over dramatizing things somewhat. It does appear however, that Cardinal Daneels seems to be implicated in a cover up over a child abuse case in Belgium by a bishop!
What is so depressing about all this, is what might be called an acute snobbery that these bishops and cardinals display. Like Stalin and his fellow Bolsheviks they, in their wisdom are the only ones who know what is good for the people, in this case what is good for the laity. If they cared to reflect, they would realize that it is the laity that kept faithful in the Arian crisis, and the Iconoclastic crisis. This of course may be nearer the truth than we imagine. After all, the ex-Communist Bella Dodd, told the House Un-American activities enquiry in the 1950’s that Stalin infiltrated the Catholic Church with 1,100 agents who became Catholic priests. She also told Alice von Hilderbrand that four of these plants were now Cardinals in the Church, and this very worryingly before Vatican II. One wonders then how many invalidly ordained priests and bishops there might be? Just because so many people are getting divorced and remarried does not mean that you can change the Law of God. God is God. He is omnipotent and, because he loves us, he knows what is for our eternal benefit, and adultery is not, neither is fornication, nor homosexual activity, and the blasphemous notion of sex change.
When will the so called intelligent princes of the Churches learn that the Enlightenment and the French Revolution said that Man is good, and God said that Man is fallen and needed to be redeemed, otherwise we would never get to Heaven. We are not here to idolize Man, Woman, Sex, or whatever. We are created to love God with all our hearts and souls.
Quite why all these prelates should be so obsessed with sex I do not know? Is it that they see sex as the primordial pleasure in life? Have they forgotten that our primordial joy is to “know him (God), love him and serve him in this world” and then “to be happy with him forever in the next.” Marriage is for the propagation of children, and to restrain our lustful urges which are the result of the Fall. It is not a sexual romp. However such simple reasoning is beyond these prelates. They are blind guides who could not stand the authority of St. John Paul, and Cardinal Ratzinger, and in conspiring to get Pope Francis elected they flagrantly disobeyed St. John Paul’s Apostolic Constitution Universi Domini Gregis which states the following:
No. 81. The Cardinal electors shall further abstain from any pact, agreement, promise or other commitment of any kind which could oblige them to give or deny their vote to a person or persons. If this were in fact done, even under oath, I decree that such a commitment shall be null and void and that no one shall be bound to observe it; and I hereby impose the penalty of excommunication latae sententiae upon those who violate this prohibition. It is not my intention however to forbid, during the period in which the See is vacant, the exchange of views concerning the election.
How then will we rebuild the now crumbling Church? By rediscovering what the Christian Family is all about. It is about the Holy Family as the pattern of all families. Yes Mary and Joseph did not have sexual relations. However Venerable Fulton Sheen pointed out in his book on Our Lady that her marriage to Joseph begins where everyone else’s finish i.e. an elderly couple are left with pure love, all passion is spent. The Fathers of the Church, with the exception of Augustine, fundamentally hold that Adam and Eve would not have had children in the way we now have them. This of course is laughable to the modern mind who thinks that creation was the same before the Fall and after the Fall; if they believe in the Fall at all. Science is God. Science is Omnipotent. Is a science a being? If it was, surely it would have contacted us now, and made known to us what it is about? Did Science say “Let there be Light.” How can science create? When we talk about science, presumably we are talking about a huge range of connected workings in our world and in the Universe. These systems dove tale with each other, but they cannot be random. Once you take God out of the picture what you end up with is something meaningless. Yes everything looks wonderful, but is devoid of true meaning if you do not believe in a creator. The beautiful sunset is not another sign of God’s ineffable beauty, the loving marriage of atheists or agnostics does not resemble the love of the Trinity. Surgery and medicine are not inspired by the Divine Healer, and music does not mirror the songs of the angels.
For the Church to resurrect from the present rubble there must be good and Godly marriages, where love is at the heart of it, and not simply sex. The reason why the Church is in such a mess is that it seems that from Vatican II onwards many in the Church have been trying to have their cake and eat it; that is to say that people and clergy have been looking at sex in marriage and wondering how one can have as much sex as possible without too many dire consequences, and even Humanae Vitae gives them a loop hole. One can have sex in the safe period but surely that is looking down the wrong end of the telescope. What matters for the married couple is how they can best love God in their marriage, which is so much greater than sex. Perhaps it is best way to finish this essay is with the great Russian Staretz St.Seraphim of Sarov’s advice to married couples:
“Remain in the world, get married. Don’t forget conjugal intercourse….observe chastity. Remain continent on Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as on Sundays and holidays. For not practising chastity on Wednesdays and Fridays children are born dead, and for not observing holidays on and Sundays wives die in childbirth.”
This is rather startling stuff but it does show another side of marriage which is largely unknown in the Latin West. It is time that we looked at the love of God before all else if we are to rebuild the tottering Church. The true renewal of the Church will come only after terrible suffering, persecutions, and terrible disasters. We are now so disobedient that God must give us a terrible hiding if we are to be saved.
Sadly Brother Damon Jonah is having to leave us. He feels that he must continue to preach against the evils of Gay Marriage and the whole LGBT propaganda. He feels that he cannot do this as a member of an eremitical community. His going leaves us profoundly sad, but we know that God will guide him and protect him.
Sister Colette and myself are looking for a small piece of land on the Isles of Lewis and Harris on which to build hermitages and cultivate healing herbs. Lewis and Harris are the most northern part of the Hebrides. We are trying to buy land there, but we have little money to do so. If any of who read our website and can help us in any way then you can contact us by email. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. However what is far more important is that you pray for us and pray especially for Brother Damon, who will be sentenced for his supposed harassment of two “married” lesbian witches last year, and will definitely be sent to prison. His witness is a great encouragement to people all across the World, which needs such a light in such dark and terrible times.