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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

THE DECAY OF FAITH.

1. Apparently the Hermeneutics of continuity that shows that a present truth is in continuity from Divine Revelation, the Fathers of the Church and from the teachings of the past Pontiffs  should be the Catholic doctrine. The Hermeneutics of discontinuity which states that the present church is not a continuation from the past ancient church but is a product of Vatican II is clearly a protestant notion that should be junked; and yet the whole Vatican bureaucracy is teaching this latter heresy propagated by the School of Bologna.

     Now, let us try getting a truth from Divine Revelation. And see how it develops through the Fathers of the Church and through the Popes following the course of the development of Christian Doctrine.  Then let us see if it is still the same identical truth.

 2. Let us take two truths from Divine Revelation. The first is when Christ said "when I come, will I find Faith on earth." This is the decay of Faith. The second is God's chastisement on the Church when her Faith decays and that is she gets a leader that she deserves, an anti-pope. So we have a true Pope ruling the wheat and an anti-pope ruling the cockles.

      Let us define these two truths more clearly. In the first, Christ said that when He is about to come on the Second Coming, there will be no Faith among the Catholic Cardinals, bishops, priests, nuns and the common laymen. That is practically all known Catholics. And where would the true Catholics be? We shall give the answer in a separate post using the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict quoting the words of St. Bonaventure. In short, the true Catholics will be hidden as Christ was during His hidden life.
      And secondly, because of the world wide decay of Faith whoever will eventually be elected Pope will be chosen amongst those without Faith and, therefore, will be an anti-pope, since a pope without Faith is neither a priest, nor a bishop, nor a pope because he is not even a Catholic.

3. History attest to the fact that from the beginning of Christianity the Church progressed into two prongs. The development of the cockles from little Faith to the total decay of Faith that happens to the visible church. And the development of the wheat from little Faith to perfect Faith, Hope and Charity which occurs to the invisible Church. The visible church is led by an anti-pope while the invisible or spiritual church is led by the true Pope. The progress of these two prongs will go on up to the end of the world and will make up the signs of the end times.

4. What was the main cause of the decay of Faith? Christ saw to it that the knowledge He taught the apostles was complete and perfect. But the first apostles could not teach this complete and perfect knowledge to their successors because their pupils were spiritually inferior to them. So the successors of the apostles had complete but imperfect knowledge of the teachings of Christ; that made up their Faith.  The Holy Spirit was supposed to complete and perfect this knowledge gradually up to the end of the world. After the Apostles the church had complete but imperfect knowledge of Christ' teachings. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the leadership of a true Pope the Church gradually would complete and perfect their knowledge until the end of the world which would end with the her wedding with the bridegroom Jesus Christ
     On the other hand, the cockles would have an incomplete and imperfect knowledge of the teachings of Christ. But as they went towards the Second Advent, their incomplete knowledge became even more incomplete and the imperfect knowledge became more imperfect. Being  unworthy to have a worthy leader God chastises them by giving them an anti-pope.  In other words, their Faith decayed more and more as they approached the end times.

     Let us put aside first, the progress of the spiritual church towards the complete and perfect knowledge of the teachings of Christ. The signs of their progress is spiritual and without Faith, is impossible to explain.
     Let us look at the progress of the decay of the Church from ignorance to greater ignorance as they approach the end times. Because the signs of decay are visible to everyone and easy to describe. 
   
5. The apostles had complete and perfect knowledge of the teachings of Christ.  The Fathers of the Church had complete but incomplete knowledge. So some of their followers being inferior spiritually could have had incomplete and imperfect knowledge of doctrines. This could have caused their Faith to be very weak and easily make them lost their Faith. Thus the first heretics, apostates and schismatics in Montanus, Arius and Pelagius. This gradual decay in their Faith caused God to chastise them with the usual chastisement including having an anti-pope in Hypolitus, who fortunately resigned and even became a saints.
     This progress in the decay of Faith which was natural to fallen man continued with God giving the corresponding chastisements specially the rise of anti-pope, more than 40 of them up to the 1400.
     The decay of Faith and the rise of anti-popes were well recorded in Church History. And many studies were made in their regard.
     Recently,  Pinckners, the Dominican theologian attributed the worsening of the decay of Faith with the heresy of Nominalism by an  English Franciscan theology professor around the 13th century, William Ockam whose heretical infiltration of seminaries produced faithless priests who would fill up the Church for centuries with  bishops, Cardinals and eventual Popes.  At this point the worsening decay of Faith was the rule in the Church. Together with this decay was the rise of the anti-pope Nicholas V.

6. The decay of Faith became a full blown terminal cancer around the 1500 and aggravated by the rise of the anti-pope Anacletus who was popular; who was chosen by majority of the Cardinals, applauded by all the clergy and populace of Rome and took control of Rome. This prompted the Church to call the Ecumenical Council of Trent. Here all the dogmas and moral teachings of the Church were clarified. But the cancer of the decay of the Church was terminal. The post Council commissions  could not arrest it. After the Council of Trent it was noticed that the Church had reached what Christ prophesied in the Gospel, there would be no Faith in the earth. And this state would be aggravated by the rule of a very popular and well loved  anti-pope. God was, indeed, giving the world a dry run of what is to follow.

     In the visible Church led by the visible hierarchy there would be no new Pentecost nor new spring. What was to follow was what was prophesied in the Gospel and the Apocalypse.......a very bad winter of darkness and unsurpassed evil the world would ever experience.

 7. The  Marian and Papal warnings on the decay of Faith and on the anti-popes.  The first Pope who dared to say the warnings from Scripture and the Fathers was Pope Pius IX during his exile in Gaeta, Italy. Knowing the exact words of Christ describing the state of the faith of the Catholic Church and the warnings of John in the Apocalypse, he initiated the proper solution prescribed by the Apocalypse of St. John.....Marian devotion. Thus Pius IX declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception which is the first official image of the invisible Catholic church as St.Augustine and 'Lumen Gentium' described her. Pius X seeing the future warned the Church of the great possibility of an anti-pope.
     During the 1800s up to the present, both the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Popes from Pius IX to Benedict XVI had warned the Church of the great decay of Faith in the visible Church and the rise of an anti-pope. Pope John Paul II, declaring the 'Year of Faith' and Our Lady of Guadalupe as the Patroness was reminding us of the Apocalyptic Woman, the invisible Church,  who left the world because of the great evil therein and, therefore, fled to the desert. And Pope Benedict XVI, quoting St. Hildegard of Bingen (a 10th century) Benedictine Abbess whom he raised as a Doctor of the Church, reminded us of the rise of an anti-pope during this time.
     Even mere spiritual writers like Henry James Coleridge, S.J.  in his 'The return of the King' (1800) wrote of the great decay of Faith in this our present age. And Robert Benson, a convert from Anglicanism, whose prophetic novel Pope Francis read and commented on recently described both the decay of Faith and the rise of the anti-pope who would lead the cockles whose name was Francis; and the true Pope who would lead the wheat as Sylvester. Benson described his anti-pope Francis as very popular with the anti-catholic and evil democratic heads of the world.

Summary
     Notice the progress of the decay of Faith. It begun with one or two heresiarchs; then it became a whole town of catholics who became heretics; then a catholic nation becoming heretic; then several catholic nations becoming heretics and even a catholic continent becoming apostates. This is followed worldwide by all religious orders, all Catholic organizations and communities together with Cardinals, Bishops, priests and nuns suddenly becoming totally ignorant on how to made the Act of Faith as shown by all church documents after Pope Emeritus Benedict.  And these were accompanied by more than 40 anti-popes. The decay of Faith and anti-popes always go together as shown in Scriptures, in the writings of the Fathers of the Church, and in the writings of the Popes. Even mere spiritual writers had written about these. Even Fulton Sheen in one of his famous TV talks mentioned about the rise of an anti-pope from one of our bishops who would connive with the 'man of evil.' The total decay of Faith and the 'great chastisement' which is the reign of an anti-pope had indeed come upon us as Christ, Himself, had foretold.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

AUTHENTICATING CATHOLIC DOCTRINES - The TWO Advents.

1. We celebrate two Advents. The first Advent is the first coming of Christ on Christmas Day. And the Second Advent is the Second coming of Christ on the Feast of Christ the King or on General judgment Day. The teachings of the Catholic Church are presented gradually as we progress in the Liturgy, growing towards a more perfect knowledge as we progress from the First Advent going towards  the Second Advent. The gradual complete exposition of all Catholic Doctrines are spread out between those two Advents. The complete teachings of the Church is expected to be found as we approach the Second Advent.
      Christ showed this spiritual journey, first, by His Example. And then as He applied it in the training of His first disciples. This same journey from the first Advent going to the Second Advent was the outline of the evangelization Christ commanded the Apostles to use in preaching immediately after Pentecost.
   
      The beginning of the conversion of a soul starts with the First Advent. The spiritual life develops as the soul progresses and prepares himself for the Second Advent. The course of study from the first to the second Advent is the way to prepare oneself for the General Last Judgment.

2. To evangelize oneself and other souls there are three levels of knowledges a soul  must know to be able to make the mature human act of Faith which is the proper disposition to receive the supernatural act of Faith that makes one a true Catholic.  The first level is knowledge of the commandments of Christ as enumerated in the New Testament and its correct interpretation as written by the Fathers of the Church. The second level is knowledge of the reality, i.e. the state of the world around oneself. The third level is the eschatological point showing where the Church is in her journey from the first to the second Advent.
     The first level can be learned from Divine Revelation and its interpretation from the Fathers of the Church. The second level is the reality of the here and now of the people concerned. The third level can only be given to man through the prophetic office of the Catholic Church through its spokesman the true Pope.
     The first level, the Commandements of Christ and their correct Patristic interpretation, because it describes the interior aspect of the Church,  cannot change through the centuries and should never change. The second, because it is based on the present reality surrounding the Church, this can change, in fact, every second. The third, also, changes depending on how far or near the Church is from the first to the second Advent.
                                                                               

3. Now comes the very sensitive point which is an important part of the human mature act of Faith and, therefore, is part of the foundation of the theological virtue of Faith that makes us Catholics. This is, also, an important part of evangelization without which there is no evangelization.  Knowledge of the three levels put together helps authenticate a truth as Catholic.
     Let us give an example. If I were evangelizing a young boy named Stephen, I would first teach him all the commandments of Christ as found in Divine Revelation (the New Testament) and how those commands should be put into practice as written by the Fathers of the Church. This is the first level the knowledge of which Stephen must first know.
     Then I will explain to him the reality surrounding him.  Among other things, that he is a deacon who should help the widows. He should also evangelize people who would not want to listen to him. That the danger is great for him to be stoned by his dull listeners. And the chances are that these barbarians would stone him outside the walls of Jerusalem. And because he prayed for his killers with Charity, a young man whose name was Saul watching his death would be converted to the Catholic Faith. That would be as close as we can describe the reality surrounding him. This is the second level of knowledge that must be viewed with the first level of knowledge as a background. This way Stepehen will know if the world is in comformity or against the the teachings of the Catholic Faith.
     The third level is eschatological where the Pope, St. Peter at that time, would describe how far Stephen is  from the first Advent and how near were they to the Second Advent.
     Well, St. Peter sort of mentioned the two truths above and added a third truth which makes up the third level of knowledge. He said that the first Advent had just occurred. They were still far away from the Second Advent but what is happening with St. Stephen is exactly what will happen at the approach of the Second Advent. The persecution of Stephen is what will exactly happen to the Church at the Second Advent. This is eschatology.
     These three levels of truth if put together would autheticate a truth as Catholic. It is, therefore, a truth  that St. Stephen was an unbeliever who became a Christian deacon who was martyred by  pagan unbelievers through stoning because they could not answer his arguments. And that this happened after the first Advent while foretelling what will happen when the Church  approaches the second Advent though still far from the Second Advent. When what happened to St. Stephen begins happening to the Church as she approaches the Second Advent.....this is eschatology.

     Let us now see a detailed Catholic truth that happened or was prophesied before and is happening today using the three levels of knowledge; and see if what we see today is a truth taught before in the Church and is existing today in continuity with the past.
     In the first level of knowledge let us  take from Divine Revelation  what Christ said.  That when He comes there would be a decay of Faith in the world. This is like saying that practically all cardinals, bishops, priests, and lay people would be unbelievers according to the definition of Faith in Divine Revelation. And, consequently,  if a Pope is chosen at this time there is the great possibility that he is an anti-pope.
      The second level of knowledge describes the reality of this present era....that the world today is thoroughly pagan even worst that pagan Rome. And because of this atmosphere of infidelity Catholics, from the top to the bottom are totally unable to make an Act of Faith.
      The third level of knowledge can be acquired from  the eleven Popes, from Pius IX to Benedict XVI, who are called the Popes of the Second Advent who have noted the complete lost of Faith today both among the clergy and the laity. And that if a Conclave is held today they would surely elect an anti-pope because devoid of Faith they would disobey the proper procedure for election. Thus their election would be uncanonical. Note that in the two conclusions, the second follows suit the first; if those who enter the Conclave are without Faith they will surely elect an anti-pope.
      Around these two conclusions we shall build up a an edifice  of Catholic truths all taken from Divine Revelation and the Fathers, from reality and  from statements taken from the 11 Popes, also, referred to as the Marian Popes.  And we shall see that the so-called Catholic Church today is no longer Catholic. It is a new church discontinued from Divine Revelation, the Fathers and from the guidance of the Popes.  It is a new religion with a new head with his own worldly agenda but describing his agenda using Catholic terminologies.

Monday, March 10, 2014

CHECK IT OUT!!!!

1. Check it out. This is the most reasonable thing to do in all things but most of all in truths  we believe in. Before we believe in a truth we must check it out first if it is worthy of belief through a process of a mature human act of the mind.

    The very first step in the Act of Faith consists in checking it out if the truth is worthy of belief.  This checking it out is the first step in the  mature, human act of faith which is the proper disposition for the supernatural theological Act of Faith that makes one a Catholic.


2. Let us take a Truth from the Creed; ' that God is the Father Almighty.' Let us briefly go through the process of checking.
     First, we must check if this truth is confirmed by the most reliable authority we can possibly know. And this is  Divine Revelation; which confirms that 'God is, indeed, the Father Almighty'
      Secondly, we check if the Fathers of the Church had explained the definition  of  the words correctly. And, indeed, the Fathers, specially St. Augustine,  had explained the words correctly.
      Then, thirdly, we check if the Magisterium through her official spokesman, the Pope, had confirmed what Divine Revelation and what the Fathers  had truly said that 'God is the Father Almighty.' And all the Popes up to Benedict XVI had confirmed it.

3. We have seen how the main sources of Divine Revelation which are Scriptures, the Fathers and the Magisterium had all confirmed the truth that 'God is the Father Almighty.' The human mind now has all these informations stored in the memory. The man has one truth in his mind. But he is not done.

4. Now, focus our attention to the Popes, the spokesman of the Magisterium. Christ had given His complete teachings to the Apostles and instructed Peter to be in charge in keeping all those truths and to pass it on to his successors. St. Peter and the other apostles knew all the Truths Christ taught them. But their first disciples could not learn all of them due to the spiritual state of their souls. The Truths were too deep for the next generation of the followers of Christ. So God in His providence sent the Holy Spirit who will slowly reveal the depths of the  teachings of Christ as the Church progressed through the History of men.
The Church knew all the teachings but not the complete depth of those teachings. But with the Holy Spirit, She would slowly learn the teachings of Christ both in depth  and quantity. The knowledge of the truths will come in small dosages. But at the end time the Church will know the complete teachings of Christ as perfectly as the first Apostles knew them.
                                                    

5. The Apostles knew  perfectly the teachings of Christ. But St. Stephen would know less of the complete teachings. St. Augustine would know more than St. Stephen but still less than the Apostles. St. Thomas of Aquinas would know even more but still less than the apostles. But a saint at the end times would know perfectly the teachings of Christ as the first Apostles knew them. That is why it is said that the last Christians would know more then the disciples of the the apostles.

6. Let us pause here for a while and review the steps we have just taken above.
We were faced with a Truth that 'God is the Father Almighty.' We checked this truth with Divine Revelation, the Fathers and with the Magisterium through her official spokesman, the Pope. But then we must find out in what era of the Catholic Church we are. If we are living in the Age of St. Augustine we have to check our belief on 'God the Father Almighty'  with the Theology of St. Augustine's 'De Deo Uno' and with the declarations of the Pope Stephen 1. If we look back historically at the explanation of the truth at St. Stephen's era we would be behind the times. And there is the possibility that we are outside the Church.

7. It will be noticed that a number of Popes would be clarifying one and the same aspect of the truth. And it would take 7 to 8 consecutive Popes before that aspect is clarified, like the theology of grace. So it is possible to group together  several Popes clarifying one and the same truth unknown before, like the truth on predestination.

8. Note that our last several posts  are in continuity from Scriptures, the Fathers of the Church and from the writings of past Popes including Pope Benedict. We have been looking at what Catholics are saying today....and checking it out if they are orthodox doctrines basing it on the above sources. And we are not doing it the protestant way where they first decide what to say then go back to Scriptures to support what they say. We are doing it eschatologically; we begin with Scriptures, go through the Fathers, get confirmation from the Magisterium and then go forward to the present.

     Among the many topics today, like abortion and same sex marriage, we chose
to deal with two important topics. The lost of Faith in the Church and the possibility of an anti-pope today.  These topics go together; in fact the second is just the product of the first. We shall discuss other Catholic doctrines around these two prophecies. Here we have to study the prophetic role of the Church and of the Pope as described by Blessed Cardinal John Newman a favourite author of Pope Emeritus Benedict.

       The 2 topics are definitely treated in the Gospels, in the letters of St. Paul and in the writings of the Fathers and the saints. It had been mentioned by recent Popes, too. 
      While we are checking it out from Scriptures and the Fathers, we are checking it out, also,  from the last 11 Popes (from Pius IX to Benedict XVI). These 11 Popes have contributed in completing  the teachings of the Catholic Church. If they say the same thing then we are in the right enchatological direction.
      The knowledge of the Catholic Church today is identical to the knowledge St. Peter and the Apostles had at the time of Christ. Pope Benedict XVI sort of placed the key stone to complete the arch. In short, there is nothing more to know on Catholic Doctrine today. Any new doctrine would be suspect.

9.Our next several posts will be an eschatological picture of these our days as described from Scriptures, from the Fathers of the Church and doctors of the Church and from the mentioned 11 Popes. Our conclusions would be a formidable argument to the orthodoxy of Catholic Doctrines.



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

IMAGE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH,,,,,,,,,again.

1. Fifth Sunday in Ordinary time - the image of the Catholic Church.....again?
    The Feast of Christ the King was a reminder to all men that they will face the general judgement of God....the Catholic God. That could be a subject of discussion but no one dare to discuss the topic. At Regensburg, Pope Emeritus Benedict challenged each man to discuss with himself who the true God is. There were no takers either. Not even from the Catholics. And yet  Catholics are obliged by the very act of Faith, to check if their Faith is the true Faith and if their God is the true God. This can only be done by an act of reasoning of the mind. Likewise there were no takers.

2. But Holy Mother the Church wants those questions answered. So she uses her LIturgy to guide man to the answers. To get the answers  man must first know which is the Church of Christ; secondly he must learn how to enter that Church as one learns how to enter a classroom. And thirdly, within that classroom will man learn all the answers to his questions; including answers to questions he never asked.

3. The  Season of Advent up to the Sundays in ordinary time answers the first question; how does the Church look like. While answering this question it also answers the question how do people inside the Church look like. The answer to the two questions are identical. And in answering these two questions it, also, answers the question what must we do to enter the Church. There is one answer to the three questions.
     Let us take an example. Feast of the Immaculate Conception within Advent. The Church looks like the Immaculate Conception, Mary who was without sin since her conception. So the Church is an institution without sin. Next,  the members of the Mystical Body of Christ are souls whose past sins had been forgiven and, therefore the members are without sin. And the way to enter the Church is to repent so they would be without sin. See how the answer  to the three questions are identical.                                                               

4. Advent teaches us two things; first, how the Church looks like and how we should  look like if we are inside the Church. And secondly, how to enter the Church. Pope Paul VI and John Paul II emphasized the importance of this Advent message. But Pope John Paul II reminded us of another aspect of Advent - its eschatological aspect, showing us how we should look like as we approach the Second Advent or the second coming of Christ.

5. On the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the LIturgy described the Church and those inside the Church. Because of their Faith,  they are the Salt of the Earth and Light of the world. Faith makes a soul the salt and light of the world but Faith is not the salt. So it is possible to have Faith without being salt which makes one's Faith dead. It is the Faith that is salted so salt is different from Faith. Salt is the perfect way in teaching the truths. So if the truths are badly taught, to salt it is to teach it in a perfect way.

    St. Thomas of Aquinas states that salt works by preserving. The evangelizer should have Faith and the evangelized should already have Faith. When someone is the salt of the earth, he preserves the Faith in himself and in others who already have Faith. Salt preserves Faith.
     If  Faith is  still weak then the evangelizer who should have  greater Faith should grate and be rough, like salt, to preserve the Faith of the weak.

     Salt, aside from preserving, can also add pleasant flavor to food. So those with greater Faith uses salt to make virtues palatable,  as salt does to food.

     To  preserve the already existing Faith and to make virtues palatable is the main job of priests, bishops and the Pope. But if it is noticed that Faith is being lost and the virtuous life is unpalatable under the rule of a priest, a bishop or even of a pontificate of a pretender to the papacy, then they have lost their saltiness and deserve to be thrown and step upon. St. Thomas states that this happens when priests, bishops  tend to please men rather than save souls.

     The lost of Faith in formerly Catholic nations, like Europe and the Americas,  can only be blamed on the priests, the bishops and anti-popes who were unable to preserve  the people's Faith with salt because they, themselves, have lost their  saltiness. Real Popes are always the salt of the earth  because Christ promised to give them  Faith to confirm the Faith of the brethren which is the function of salt.

     Light of the world. As Salt preserves the Faith in those who already have it, Light shows those with Faith the next step towards the perfection of the virtues. Light is to lead the beginnings of Faith forward towards Hope and eventually  Charity.

6. So we evangelize to teach the truths Christ taught; we further evangelize to preserve the truths learned; then we further evangelize to improve the knowledge already acquired. Evangelization is, therefore, a process of continuity.

7. The eleven Popes : from Pope Pius IX to Pope Benedict XVI (i.e. Pius IX, Leo XIII, Pius X, Benedict XV, Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI.) They are called the Popes of the Second Advent or the Marian Popes.
     During the first Advent almost nobody was waiting for Christ and almost nobody noticed the coming of Christ...except for Joseph, Mary, a few shepherds and a few wise men. That would  be just a hand full. King Herod together with the Pharisees and Sadducees were even plotting to kill the Child. During the first Advent there was no Faith to be salted, and there was no Faith to be enlightened. Though there were both salt to preserve and light to enlighten in the persons of the Holy Family, shepherds and Magi.

8. The main message of the 11 Popes above, specially of Pope John XXIII in calling Vatican II was: we are now preparing for the Second Advent. What happened before is happening again today.  There will be a very small Church somewhere;  but in the rest of the Church there will be  no Faith to be preserved nor Faith to be enlightened.   
     The Herods, the  head of Democratic states, and the Pharisee and Sadducees, the priests, bishops and anti-popes, have neither salt to preserve their own Faith nor the the Faith of others. Neither do they have light to enlighten themselves or others.  The consequence would be no Faith among the families and all children above the age of reason. This is the problem confronting the coming Bishop's Synod on October. Judging it from the responses to the Bishop's questionnaires the situation will further deteriorate because  most have lost their saltiness.The few, from the true Pope down to the believing child who have Faith and, therefore,  are the salt and light of the world,  are hidden in contemplation.

9. The 11 Popes had declared their era as the Second Advent. And the first signs of the Second Advent is there will be no faith in the face of the earth. Just like on the first Advent most of the priest and bishops and theologians will neither be salt nor light. And like on Good Friday the High Priest, Caiphas, representing an anti-pope (during the end time) will neither be salt nor light; and will even be the destroyer of the Mystical Body of Christ.

     The invisible Church as described by St. Augustine is the salt and the light of the world.  But they cannot salt the visible Church because there is no Faith to preserve. The visible Church is neither  salt nor light.  And neither will the visible Church through her hierarchy be the light of the world. They will be unable to lead the Church towards greater knowledge and love for God.  Pope Benedict was the last Pope who warned us of this state of the Church. This has to happen because it had been prophesied by Christ and mentioned by the Fathers and the Saints of the Catholic Church. And Pope Benedict reminded us what they said. Compared to the 11 Popes who showed sound theological knowledge  Pope Francis looks like an uneducated Protestant pastor.

     These eleven Popes were one voice and consistent in their insistence that we are now in the Second Advent. They were all consistent in their message with the first message of Advent....that we are in darkness. There is neither salt nor light. 'He came unto His own and His own received Him not.' But how can that be when the Gospel had been preached around the world? This is what happened.
   
10. It had been happening little by little since the beginning of the world. It had gotten worst through the centuries. And today the darkness is at its worst. It cannot be worse.
     Seminarians, priests, bishops and theologians had been studying Catholic truths like the theology of grace, predestination, etc. But they never learned how to use this knowledge to make a mature, human act of Faith. They had the truths but not the Faith. When there is no Act of Faith then the knowledge of the truths deteriorates and become heresies. This is the rule in spirituality - he who does not progress deteriorates. If you do not progress in Faith you lose it. This is what happened to the Catholic Church. Through the machination of the devil, while letting Catholics learn Catholic Truths, Satan saw to it Catholics did not use such knowledge to make a mature Act of Faith. The Act of Faith is different from the Truths. The Truths are truths but the Act of Faith is a human, mature Act of the mind and the will. Pope John Paul II had been reminding bishops of this deplorable state of seminaries in his 'Ad limina' addresses but bishops did nothing to correct the situation.
     The 11 Popes mentioned above were salt that preserved. But there was no Faith to preserve in the Church. Pope Benedict was the last one known to have tried it during the 'Year of Faith.' But very few responded.  These 11 Popes were, also,  light to guide man but there was no one interested to be guided.
     Exactly  like the first Advent; 'He came unto His own and His own received Him not (in Faith).
     
11. What happened during the first Advent was prophesied to happen again on Good Friday. Herod, symbol of world leaders, together with the high priest, symbol of the cardinals, bishops and priest, and Caiphas the high priest, symbol of the anti-pope connived to kill Christ.
     During the Second Advent the above 11  Popes unanimously reminded us that the same will happen. Today, world leaders, specially of democratic nations who are the faithful daughters of the devilish French Revolution, will connive with  theologians, priests, bishops to attack the Church. And like Caiphas, an anti-pope acceptable to these democratic leaders will connive in the destruction of the Catholic Church.

12. And where is the true Church, the salt and light of the world?    
      During the first Advent, who found and worshipped Christ, symbol of the Church? The Holy Family, the shepherds and the Magi. What were they doing that disposed them to find Christ and the Church? They were 'watching'. Thus those shepherds and Magi became the first salt and light of the world.
     The 11 Popes described the Church today as the 'watchman of the night' of the Second advent.' This is the description of  contemplatives. Their Matins was a 3:00 A.M. prayer 'watching' for the coming of the Sun (Christ)  This is the description of the Church in lake Tiberias. It is the description given by Pope Benedict, quoting St. Bonaventure, of the Church in his 'new evangelization.'

      Ask yourselves these questions. Had the present Vatican bureaucracy taught you the commandments of Christ and how to obey them according to the Fathers? Have they helped preserve your knowledge of the  commandments of Christ  that you have already learned? Or better still. Have they given you a more perfect knowledge of Faith, Hope and Charity? If not, they are not the Church who is 'watching' on that first Advent. And they are not the 'watchers of the night' of the Second Advent.   They are neither the salt nor the light of the world. They do not make up the Catholic Church and should be thrown and step on......as Christ said in the Gospel. Again, the little salt and light which is the little Church of the above mentioned 11 Popes had no congregations with Faith to preserve or enlighten. As Pope John Paul II declared, in the second Advent the Faithful will be salted and enlighten by the Blessed Virgin Mary who is truly salt and light.

13 Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was truly salt and light even as a Cardinal Head of the CDF. So his election was a source of great joy. But his efforts, as a few had commented, had borne little fruit. Because he was pouring salt on souls without Faith. There is nothing to preserve or enlighten.
     On the other hand, Pope Francis through his acts and words is sowing doubts and confusion on  little knowledge already known. And he has not taught the Church the next steps towards more perfect Faith, Hope and Charity. Unlike St. Peter who chose to remain in the roof to continue praying, Pope Francis had involved himself on things Deacons, social welfare, journalist, football players  and janitors can do.  Without being salt and light we become anti-Gospel, anti-Christ.....and if someone  claims to be a Pope, then he is the anti-pope, the Church had been expecting. 
      A true disciple of Christ would not want any of the above to happen. But it had been prophesied during the first Advent it will surely happen today in the second Advent, says the 11 Popes of the 'Second Advent.'
    
     

Friday, February 14, 2014

The NEW EVANGELIZATION, the BEATITUDES, and the HUMBLE MAN.

1. The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time deals with the Beatitudes.
     When Christ commanded his apostles to evangelize He gave four specific commands to be obeyed. These are found in the Apostolic Commission Christ gave his apostles  at the end of the Gospel of St. Matthew. The third specific command was to 'teach all men all  His commands.' All the commands of Christ may be divided into two; first, the life of 'conversion' and secondly, the life of the Beatitudes. 'Conversion' and the Beatitudes make up the complete Evangelical plan of salvation.
     The first command is 'to repent' or to undergo 'conversion'. The second command is to observe the 8 Beatitudes; observing them in the right order, the first of which is 'Blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.' 'To be poor in spirit'  is the first stage in entering the Catholic Church. The rest of the Beatitudes are the different stages of progress within the Catholic Church. These stages are described as the different levels of holiness.
     The evangelization described in the Apostolic Commission and in Lake Gennesareth is the process of teaching all nations 'how to repent.'  The evangelization described in Lake Tiberias is the process by which the Holy Spirit teaches the soul how to grow in holiness by going up to the different levels of Beatitude. The command 'to repent' or 'be converted' can be taught by men. The Beatitudes cannot be taught by men not even by the Pope. The second can only be taught by God. The first is commonly referred to as 'evangelization.' The second is now referred to as the 'new evangelization.' This must be clear because today everybody wants to be gods by teaching the 'new evangelization' which is exclusively the work of God.

     So first, we must undergo 'conversion' then hope to reach the first Beatitude which is to be 'poor in spirit.' 'Conversion' must come first. That is why Christ first preached 'to repent,' which is the life of conversion, and then 'to believe'; i.e. to have Faith. The first stage of Faith is to be 'poor in spirit.' Without 'conversion' no one can begin the life of the Beatitudes.

2. We have seen the mishap prior to the Bishop's Synod last October wherein the topic on 'conversion' was intentionally removed by the Bishop in charge shown in his letter of invitation to the Synod. The result was the ambitious proposals during the Synod built on sand that will not withstand the slightest storm. In fact, the proposals were built on nothing thus could colapse like a house of cards. Yet the proposals were meant to build the Church. How can we build a Church on sand or worst on nothing? And yet these proposals make up  the schema for all evangelizations today.

3. The Genesareth evangelization aims at making souls 'poor in spirit.' The Tiberias evangelization aims at making souls 'meek,' 'pure in heart,' peacemaker,' and 'persecuted for righteousness sake.'

4. The great confusion today is not merely wrong doctrines preached side by side with right doctrines but the pervasive wrong theological definitions of terms. Many are using the right Catholic terms but with a wrong definition; like the word 'humble.'

5. The truly evangelized Catholic is the man who has attained the first Beatitude 'poor in spirit.' He is the man with the humility of Christ; the truly 'humble man.'
                                                

6. Pope Francis is popular. He appears in many non-theological periodicals, he is admired by many non-catholics, and praised by many Cardinals and bishops not known for orthodoxy.
    And the reason often given is 'he is a humble  man.' We are not judging if he indeed is humble or not. What we are judging  is if what they are saying is right in the Catholic sense. The word in question is 'humble.'

7.There is a purely human, natural humility. St. Thomas of Aquinas described such persons as those 'constrained by their outward condition' thus they are humble against their will. Gifted neither by nature nor by man they behave accordingly. St. Matthew states that this humility is naturally seen among beggars, the sick and the deformed. Because it is natural it can be put on by public relation men and actors. It can be put on by anybody to get what they want.

      Christ said; 'Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.' The truly Christian 'humble man' on the other hand is in the supernatural level. He is the 'poor in spirit.' He cannot be so without the grace of God. The 'humble man' is a creation of God alone.

      The press that described Pope Francis as 'humble' is obviously not using the Catholic term but merely the human, natural term; like when they say Mahatma Gandhi, Bing Crosby, or the seller of contraceptive pills are humble. Remember we are just checking if they are describing Pope Francis correctly. We are not asking whether he is, in fact, humble or not. That would be entirely another thing.
       So far, everything Pope Francis had said and done falls under the category of natural. Any pagan or actor can do it, too. He has not done what his eleven predecessors had done or what St. Peter had done, like staying in the roof to pray rather than go down to feed the Gentile widows. In fact, Pope Francis have not gone up the roof and is spending his time feeding, phoning and visiting widows. 

8. What is a 'humble man' in the Catholic sense. The word 'humble,' because Christ used it to describe Himself and the virtue all men must imitate in Him...is the most defined word in Catholic literature.

     St. Gregory the Great defined it extensively and even enumerated several degrees of humility in his 'Moralia.' St. Augustine, too, defined it well and have his own degrees of Humility. So, not only has the Church defined the 'humble man' clearly but had enumerated several degrees of humility. Not only can we know if a person is truly 'humble,' we can even pin point  in what degree of humility he is in. That is how precise we can be.
     St. Benedict in his Holy Rule has a whole chapter on 'humility' and another chapter on the 12 degrees of humility. These same degrees of humility were included by St. Ignatius of Loyola while writing his own Holy Rule during his heremitical life at Manresa; but he enumerated it in an inverted order. With  so many Jesuit periodicals reporting on Pope Francis, the followers of St. Ignatius  should have corrected the image of the Pope by stating that, though his  words and actions are admirable they were merely natural humility common to beggars and actors and not the humility described in the first Beatitude found in their Rule....unless like all religious orders they have forgotten the spirit of their rule.

9. Humility and its degrees are in the supernatural level. So the natural men, like the journalists who praised the Pope,  would know nothing about it. But most priests today are, also, merely in the natural order. So they have, likewise, mistakenly praised the mere human humility of the Pope (not the Pope's fault.) To help them understand the supernatural let us go down to the natural level and describe the vices opposite the virtue of humility. Vices are natural thus can easily be described.

     St. Gregory the Great in his treatise 'On Pride' described humility supernaturally and pride naturally. Now we can know if the 'humble' being described by the press is, indeed, humble  or  'proud' instead.
     St. Bernard of Clairvaux did a better thing. He enumerated the 12 degrees of humility according to St. Benedict which St. Ignatius enumerated in an inverted order and enumerated the degrees of pride side by side with humility but in an inverted order to the order of humility.  Confused? For our purpose just keep in mind the first degree of humility and the highest degree of pride.

10 The first degree of 'humility' or the 'poor in spirit' is the 'fear of the Lord.' Not the natural fear  of the Lord by which we fear His punishments. But the fear of offending a Supernatural Being that we have come to know and love through obedience to His Will. It will take much to understanding the supernatural meaning of each word of the definition and much more to be able to put those words into practice. But we have no time and space for that now.

      The highest degree of pride that puts one in the same level with
Lucifer, himself, is disobedience to God's command. Disobedience, being in the natural level, is easy for humans, like journalists, to see in a person. So it should be easy to apply the degrees of pride on any human act.

      As we have noted earlier, when the Bishop's Synod was convened the Bishop in-charge of summoning the Bishops issued the usual 'Lineamenta' where he expressed that the most important command of Christ on how to evangelize should be omitted. That is tantamount to disobedience to the most important element of evangelization which is 'conversion.' Pope Benedict and the International Theological Commission (which recently had been  revamped by Pope Francis) noted this  disobedience essential to evangelization. This disobedience that was approved by the Synod is a sign of the highest degree of pride.
     And since Pope Francis' thoughts and acts reflected in his 'Evangelii Gaudium' is based on the disobedience of the Synod, then Pope Francis would be showing signs of disobedience and, therefore, the highest degree of pride.

11. Conclusions.
      The acts and words of Pope Francis, noted by international journalists, if based on the writings of St. Matthew can be described as natural that can easily be done, also, by beggars and actors. If we based his words and actions on the Catholic concept of 'humility' or 'poor in spirit' as defined by St.. Gregory, St. Augustine, St. Benedict, and St. Ignatius,  he is not humble. If we based it on the degrees of pride as described by St. Bernard, Pope Francis and some in the Bishop's Synod, because of their disobedience to the most important command of Christ on evangelization, they would have the highest degree of pride. The presence of  pride is confirmed by their lack of the first degree of humility which is 'fear of the Lord', shown in their disobedience of Christ's command.

     A further conclusion is that the bishops who authored the proposals in the October Bishop's Synod, because they disobeyed Christ's command (on 'conversion') are proud (according to St. Bernard's list)  and though they are part of the kingdom of God they are not part of the true Mystical Body of Christ (according to St. Augustine.) And Pope Francis because he based his encyclical on the disobedience of the Synod would neither be part of the Church. All those who have disobeyed Christ would not have the first Beatitude (the poor in spirit) that brings us into the Catholic Church.
     Basing it in the informations gathered by international journalist, what we have is what the Church had feared  most....the prophecy of St. John in the Apocalypse, the prophecy of St. Francis of Assisi, the fear of John Cardinal Newman when he wrote 'The infidelity of the future', the fear painted  in the eleventh vision of St. Hildegard who was raised by Pope Benedict as a doctor of the Church.....the fear of an anti-pope in these our days. We may still hope this is not so but the daily signs we see in mass media are not encouraging.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ZEBULUM and NAPHTALI - Place where to evangelize today.

1. Two places where to evangelize.
     Christ pointed the  FIRST PLACE where to evangelize. It was 'everywhere' the first disciples could reach. The Apostles, too,  evangelized 'everywhere,' from Rome to India. And after Pentecost, the first Christians evangelized 'everywhere' covering practically the known world. For all men to know the Way to Eternal Life it was necessary for them to know and, eventually, to enter the true Church instituted by Christ. So evangelizers had to go to all nations to give men this opportunity.
     This particular need in a particular time in history was shown in many parables, like the parable of the Banquet wherewith the King, having prepared a banquet for his Son, sent his servants to all the by roads and corners to invite, first, the Jews.  Then they invited the good and the bad, the blind and the lame. This was furthered typified when the apostles went fishing and lowered the nets on all sides of the boat catching both good and bad fishes.
     In the Apostolic Commission Christ, precisely, told the apostles 'to go to all nations' to evangelize by  inviting all men to enter the Kingdom of God, the Church on earth, by learning and obeying all His commandments.  Here the goal of Evangelizers is to go to all nations and  point  to the true Church and  invite men to enter. The invitation is by telling men the commands of Christ they have to learn to be able to enter. Learning all the commands of Christ is Faith.
     After evangelizers had gone to all nations or when the whole world had, through mass media and other means,  heard the Good News of salvation what's next? Repeat the whole process again and again? No! The Gospels are clear. The invitation is to be given once (not literally.) And we are encouraged not to harden our hearts.
     When, in the parable of the King who had a banquet for his son, the Jews who were first invited refused the invitation, the King sent his servants to go and invite the Gentiles. What if we, the Gentiles, also  reject the invitation? Or as what happened, the Gentiles accepted the invitation, went to the Banquet but without wedding garments (i.e. without the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.) Then teach them, not only the truths of 'conversion' and how to give up all things as a sign of conversion. But also teach them the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. This last part is the 'new evangelization' as exemplified by Christ in today's Gospel.


 2.  The SECOND PLACE where to evangelize was, also, pointed by Christ. But better still He showed where to go and what to do. He went only to  ONE  specific place.
      While the Apostles and first Christians preached to all nations, Christ went only, to one place. When the Apostles fished in Lake Genesareth they lowered the nets everywhere. But when the apostles went fishing in Tiberias after the Resurrection, they lowered the fish net only in one place where they caught only good fishes.
     And what did Christ tell evangelized to do? To give up their boats and nets, to give up their parents and eventually to give up their own lives. 
     Though the Catholic Church is still commanded by God to Baptize, teach all the commands of Christ and how to observe them, they are not told to go to all nations anymore. They are told to go to a very specific place, i.e. to lower the net on a very specific side of the boat and on a very specific part of the lake to catch a very specific kind of soul. This will exclude a lot of places and a lot of people. What is this special place that excludes every other places? The Gospel answers.....in Zebulum and Naphtali.

     It is easy to understand why the Good News must first be taught to all nations. Because God wants to save all men; because they do not know the Good News and they do not know from whom to learn it. So evangelizers have to go to all nations. But what if they have gone already to all nations as  have already happened?
    
3.  Then evangelizers should go to the second place, i.e. to Zebulum and Naphtali. Among the 12 tribes of Israel Zebulum and Naphtali were known for two things; zeal in learning the Commandments of God and the willigness to give up possessions, relationships and even their own lives in defense of the Truth.
         When Christ begun His ministry, He did not go to all nations like the disciples, the apostles and the first Christians. The Gospel described Him to have gone and preached only in Zebulum and Naphtali, specially in two towns there...Galilee and Nazareth. It was from here that He gathered the first members of the Catholic Church. Not from anywhere else. Here He called Simon and Andrew, James and John. And see the response of the four Galileeans. Having been zealous for the truth of the Old Testament, first, they immediately recognized Christ as the Messiah, and secondly, they immediately gave up all things, their boats, their nets and even their father.  They would eventually give up their lives.....true to the legacy of Zebulum and Naphtali.
          Having sent His first evangelizers to all nations Christ would now do the harder part and this is preparing the Church as a bride for the Eternal wedding with Christ in Heaven. And this is exemplified in Christ preparing the Church with members taken from Zebulum and Naphtali.  In preparation for this wedding there is a need for a Church beautiful and prepared to welcome the bridegroom. And Christ would only choose its members from souls who have, first, a zeal for the Word of God and secondly for souls who are willing to give up all things to learn, practice and defend the Word of God. These characteristics Pope Benedict demanded from priests during the Year of the Priests. And this cannot be anybody. It must be souls from the lineage of Zebulum and Naphtali.
          It is only these souls who will receive the light of Faith to lighten the darkness.
          In other words, the 'new evangelization' as described by Pope Emeritus Benedict should be teaching souls who have zeal for the Word of God and who are willing to give up all their posessions, give up even their loved ones and give up their very own life to learn, teach and defend the Word of God. And teach them how to grow in Faith, Hope and Charity. This 'new evangelization' however was derailed after Pope Benedict.
          The 'new evangelization'    after  Pope Benedict is not according to the norms of evangelization established by Christ (as we have shown in the past posts), neither is it done in Zebulum and Naphtali as shown by Christ. After Pope Benedict set aside his papal office,  evangelization is,  now, a'new' religion, 'newly' made by man, recruiting a 'new' congregation to put into practice the 'OLD' idea of original sin lived to the full. 


  4. The Gospel for this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time points to this second place which should be the object of the 'new evangelization according to both Scriptures, the Fathers and Pope Benedict.

  5. What about the Jews, the Orthodox, the Protestants, the pagans, the imigrants, the lesbians, etc. As Pope Benedict said in a Christmas address repeating what the Blessed Virgin said in Kibeho, Africa, 'we have time only for ourselves because we have run out of time.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

THE BAPTISM OF JESUS - and the 'NEW EVANGELIZAATION'

 Introduction.
     All the teachings of Christ on 'Evangelization' are identically described in summary forms in several parts of the Gospels. We have discussed one,  the 'Apostolic Commission', found at the end of the Gospel of Matthew. Now, let us discuss a second described in the Gospel of the Baptism of Christ, the First Sunday in Ordinary Time.
     Note that in the old Missal this Sunday is separated from the Second Sunday with a heading entitled: 'Development of Faith.' This Sunday gives us in summary form the five steps that leads to being a 'child of God' in whom God is pleased.  Faith would be the Fourth step and the Charity is the fifth. In the 'Apostolic Commission' Faith is also the Fourth step. Though the wordings in both Gospel narratives are different the steps are identical but  from another view.

1. Evangelization is when a man of Faith teaches those without Faith how to make the intellectual act preparatory to receiving the virtue of Faith. This preparatory act is an integral part of the Act of Faith and consist in  checking what we hear before  believing.
     An article of Faith is believed with certitude because it had been thoroughly checked and believed without doubt. This is the result of a judgement of the mind that will enable us  to judge if we deserve to receive the Divine gift of Faith or not. The failure to check  can end up in our condemnation.
     We are also obliged to judge if our loved ones have Faith or not. Which is only possible if we, already, have Faith. So we can evangelize them . To be motivated to evangelize we must  judge .

     St. Robert Bellarmine on whose writings  'Lumen Gentium' is based,  reminds us that we should also judge if our parish priest and bishop have Faith. Because if they do not have Faith everything they do is sin, St. Paul writes. And everything they teach is heresy. The necessity to judge them is based on the fact that we owe them perfect obedience  in all things, St. Ignatius of Antioch writes. But before we obey them reason demands that we  check if they have the necessary Faith required of them to be our spiritual guides.
       This is even more important in the case of a Pope. We must check and judge if he has, not only the theological virtue of Faith, but also the virtues of Hope and Charity before we render him the perfect and unconditional reverence and obedience that we owe him. As St. Robert expressed more theologically, we must check if he is truly a spiritual member of the Body of Christ, the Church.
       Thus as Christ commanded us,  we must judge their fruits; the fruits of repentance, the fruits of Faith.  Not to do so is to go against the teaching of Christ.

     The Gospel command not to judge is not to do it rashly. But it can be  done wisely and charitably which is precisely the job of parents, bishops and the Pope. 'I cannot judge' is a dereliction of the highest form of Charity, a sign of a dead faith.

     We can judge the presence and absence of Faith because the Liturgy of the Mass gave us the visible signs of Faith precisely so we can judge ourselves and others with charity.

     It should be evident that no one can judge oneself or another if he does not have Faith himself because Faith is a supernatural virtue. And only those who have been raised to the supernatural level by grace can judge oneself or another. And, today, there is a great need to do so. That is why Vatican I and Vatican II were summoned by Pope Pius IX and John XXIII, and that is why our Pope Emeritus Benedict declared the 'Year of Faith' precisely for this purpose....so we can judge if we have Faith and inside the Church.

     The first lesson the Church teaches us in the Liturgical cycle is to know how the Church looks like and where she is.

2. Advent and Christmas season teaches  us how the Church looks like and where she is. To know how she looks like and to enter her is precisely the Act of Faith. Afterwards, the Sundays after the above feast of the Baptism teaches us in detail how to make the Act of Faith.


3. The feast of the Baptism of Jesus shows us another view of the five steps towards eternal life already mentioned by Pope Benedict. Though everybody, including Pope Francis, is talking of evangelization, nobody and really nobody is referrimg to the two Gospel narrations of evangelization mentioned;  first,  in the Apostolic Commission of Christ in the Gospel of Matthew and the 5 steps mentioned in the Gospel for the feast of the Baptism of Christ.

4. Here are the five steps described in the Gospel of the feast of the Baptism of Christ and commented on by St. Thomas of Aquinas. How come Pope Benedict knows it and everybody else outside of Benedict seems not to know it? The Gospel narrates the steps thus: Jesus goes to John in the desert, Jesus tells John to do what they had to do, Jesus undergoes baptism, Jesus receives the Spirit visibly and lastly Jesus is referred to as 'My Son in whom I am well pleased.' Lets see them one by one.

        a. The first step: the soul seeking God must go to the 'mystical desert' just as Christ went to the desert. The 'mystical desert' is a place where the senses and the concupiscence are not stimulated by worldly pleasures. John, a prophet,  is the teacher in the desert and points to the undistracted soul two things; the Church and how to enter the Church. The Mystical Body of Christ is the Church and one enters it through baptism, first of water and next of the Holy Spirit.

        b. Second step: John (like all valid Popes), the prophet,  points to Christ (the Mystical Body of Christ - the Church) but makes a mistake on how to enter the Church. John thought that Christ should baptize him instead. For this mistake Christ corrects him and tells him that he should  'give in for now' ...and follow the commands of God. Here the soul seeking God should know the commands of God. And though he does not understand them as John did not understand why he should baptize Christ instead of the other way around.

        c. Third step. Because a soul must 'give in first' i.e. obey God's commands without understanding them, there is a need to receive grace through the Sacrament like Baptism. Obedience comes first before understanding. Because of humble obedience God gives gracethat will enable the soul to understand the commands which he obeyed at first without understanding. This understanding enables him to obey more intelligently the next time. This understanding is what will enable him to teach it to others. The receiving of grace to enable him to understand the commands he previously obeyed blindly is why he must be baptised or receive any sacrament. At this stage the soul receives Faith and enters the Church. Within the Church he further grows in Faith, Hope and Charity. When he reaches Charity he is now ready to receive the Holy Spirit.

        d. Fourth step. When the soul has Faith, Hope and Charity then the Blessed Trinity abides in him signified by the Holy Spirit descending on Christ.

        e.  Fifth step. The soul now has Charity having received the author of Charity which is the Holy Spirit. The soul becomes a contemplative. God will now speak directly to him and say 'You are my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.'  He becomes a saint destined to go to heaven.

     
5. This Gospel is Christ's formula for the 'new evangelization' as put forward by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict. While the evangelization used by the first disciples, the Apostles and the first Christians after Pentecost was the 'evangelization' necessary to spread the Good News to all nations, the 'new evangelization' was for a world in which the Gospel had already been preached; going to evangelize to all nations becomes unnecessary. All the nations had already heard and had rejected the Gospel.  It is useless to repeat it.
     While the former 'evangelization' was meant to invite all men, the latter was meant for those who have the proper disposition, want to accept the invitation and enter the Church. The former was when the Father sent servants to invite all men to the banquet; the latter was when the Father chose between those with and those without the wedding garment, choosing the former and expelling the latter.

6. Christ said: 'If you love Me, keep My Commmandments.'
     We must love God above all things. To do so we must keep all His commandments; first, as given by the Father in the Old Testament, and secondly, as given by Christ in the New Testament. Those could be a few hundred commands. Sts. Peter and James stated that disobedience to one command is tantamount to disobedience to all the commands. "Because He who gave us one command gave us, also, the rests of His commands. Keep this in mind.
     We do not love God when we disobey one command; disobeying one command  is like disobeying all the commands. If we do not love God with Charity which is the life of Faith then either we do not have Faith or our Faith is a dead Faith. So disobedience to a command of Christ is a visible sign of a dead Faith or the absence of Faith. If we have no Faith or if our Faith is dead, St. Augustine in his ecclesiology states that we do not belong to the spiritual Body of the Church. We are not truly Catholics. In fact, we belong to the body of the devil, though we do not  belong to the body of the devil in the same way that a Christian belongs to the Body of Christ, the Church.

      The October Bishop's Synod disobeyed two major commands of Christ and very badly defined one (the theology of Grace to explain Baptism) among the four commands enumerated in the Apostolic Commission describing Christ's formula of evangelization. And the same Synod disobeyed four commands of Christ which He, Himself, obeyed in the above Gospel. Numerically that would be seven commands disobeyed. That would be more than enough to see that those who authored and approved those 58 proposals have no love of God due to their disobedience to God and, therefore, either have no Faith or have a dead Faith due to their not loving God.  Being so they do not belong to the the spiritual Catholic Church described in 'Lumen Gentium' the result of an intentional omission made in the 'Lineamenta' addressed to the bishops attending the Synod.

7. We are comparing the evangelization of Pope Francis with the evangelization of Jesus Christ. And the present Pope whose training is similar to the members of the Synod and who based his 'Evangelii Gaudium' on the defective proposals of the Synod (as noted in the footnotes of the Encyclical), shows the same disobediences to the commands of Christ. Prescinding from all his recent private declarations, these same  disobediences to the two Gospel commands on how to evangelize show there is no love of God which is the soul of Faith. And as a consequence there is no Faith. If he, indeed,  authored the said document he is outside the soul of the Church, or as St. Augustine would say, he is more a part  of the body of the devil.

     If the pope and the Bishops who approved the proposals in the Synod...and all the bishops and priests who obeyed the Synod in disobedience to the commands of Christ have no Charity the soul of Faith, then they either have no Faith or have a dead Faith. If so they have absolutely no authority to govern the Catholic Church in which they are not members, according to the mind of 'Lumen Gentium.' And no true Catholic should be subject to them. Unfortunately most Catholic laymen would have been influenced by such hierarchy and probably are in the same state of disobedience to Christ's command, have no love of God, have no Faith and likewise outside the Catholic Church.

8.Of course, there is always a Catholic Church. And there is always a Pope, bishops, priests and laymen within her. But they are not known because they are members of the spiritual Body of Christ; they are not visible and no one knows where they are.

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