So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A word to the "people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church."

There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church — which is, of course, quite a different thing.—Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
Liberal religionists and the mainstream muddlers media see the Catholic Church as a political institution, and that's all. They only saw the Synod as a political battleground where the Church's social teachings could be attacked. They have little appreciation for the Church's claim which is founded on the word of God: the Catholic Church is the same Church founded by Jesus Christ on St. Peter, the first pope and Vicar of Christ to whom Christ gave the keys to the Kingdom and promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Catholic Church. This Church is the instrument of salvation which God has chosen and given as gift to all people. This Church is the Bride of Christ; she belongs to Him and He to her. The Church is grafted to Him in the new and everlasting covenant sealed in His blood.

Our confidence is in the words of Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. No challenge from within or outside can weaken Jesus' promise to Catholics in communion with St. Peter's successor, the Bishop of Rome. Laudetur Jesus Christus!

Battle Ground

The recent Synod of Bishops was an up and down affair. It has been, according to various sources, a synod of firsts. For one, prelates spoke up with an unusual degree of candour with regards to the quirky and despicable notions proposed by some within their ranks. May the Lord bless those faithful bishops who stood up for truth and stood against conniving men.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.—1 John 1:5-10.
Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat!

For Catholics, the struggle between the Light and dark forces is ongoing. We are in the midst of a mop up operation. A defeated enemy continues to rail in fits against Christ and His Church. (The devil's tantrums would be laughable except for the fact that he fills certain souls with his own hatred for man which results in the suffering of millions at the hands of the devil's minions: Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Tse Tung, Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood, etc.).

What non-Catholics generally do not understand is that the battle for souls came to a head during the recent Synod. A serious skirmish between the agents of the Light and the agents of darkness broke out. While there have always been heretics working to promote their malicious agendas in the Church, the Catholic Church has remained true to the orthodox doctrine of the Apostles.
St. Nicephorus, Patriarch of Constantinople (758-828)
Without whom (the Romans presiding in the seventh Council) a doctrine brought forward in the Church could not, even though confirmed by canonical decrees and by ecclesiastical usuage, ever obtain full approval or currency. For it is they (the Popes of Rome) who have had assigned to them the rule in sacred things, and who have received into their hands the dignity of headship among the Apostles. (Nicephorus, Niceph. Cpl. pro. s. imag. c 25 [Mai N. Bibl. pp. ii. 30]).
For christians of the protestant flavour, the battle against false teaching was lost long ago. Where the Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ on St. Peter has defied the onslaught of attacks on the family, all other groups have lost their Apostolic heritage. Even our non-Catholic eastern brethren have permitted compromise with regards to divorce and remarriage, a circumstance that came about largely due to pressure from emperors, i.e., interference by the state.
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.—2 Peter 2:1
Non-Catholics have already lost the following battles:
  1. artificial contraception: Lambeth 1930, Resolution 15.
  2. divorce and remarriage: King Henry VIII divorced his wives and divorced himself from the Church and reason. Today's protestants are Henry's spiritual and intellectual children.
  3. abortion: most mainstream protestant denominations are officially pro-abortion.
  4. same-sex "marriage" permitted by: liberal religionists, definitely; evangelicals, not so much... so far.
For Catholics, the attacks on the family are nothing less than a battle being waged between God and the devil. Catholics should not be surprised that the Church will be attacked just as her Lord and Saviour was attacked, for she is the Bride of Christ. We are His; we belong to Jesus. The devil hates all that God loves.

Litany of Persecution

Catholics are engaged in a pitched battle with the forces of darkness. The devil has done his damnedest to bring down the Catholic priesthood. In the USA, the Church has had to defend at great expense her healthcare and educational institutions from intrusive and repressive policies enacted by state and federal governments. On another front, militant islamists have destroyed hundreds of churches in Africa this past year alone. Chaldeans in Iraq have been forced from their homes by islamic militants. Their sanctuaries have been desecrated and churches have been burned. Curiously, islamic militants protest freely in North America and Europe while Catholic academics and student organizations are routinely subject to censure simply for being CatholicIn many countries where the Catholic Faith has long been present, she has been forced to endure poaching by protestant groups. There can be little doubt that the herd is being culled of its weakest members. What are we doing to protect them?

Yes, the Catholic Church is the vanguard in a spiritual war against satanic tyranny. While Catholics have both feet firmly planted on terra firma,
... we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.—Ephesians 6:12.

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