THE BATTLE LINES - Part V
1. We have seen how the devil, using heresies, had been attacking the Church. Pelagianism was a very bad virus. While Arianism and other minor heresies had been weakened there are some that have overwhelmed the anti-biotics and had produced more serious strains. And the Church is having difficulty in curing them. One of them is Nominalism that attacked the Church around the year 800, was temporarily squelched by the Church with St. Anselm spearheading the battle but recovered around the year 1000. Its devastation on the Catholic Church was so great that the Council of Trent had to be convened to deal with it. But the anti-biotic taken was weak. And so the virus continued in the form of a stronger strain. The half-hearted medication from the men of the Church occasioned it to grow stronger through the 20th century up to Vatican II.
2. The devil knows where to concentrate his attacks..... at seminaries. Knowing the brilliant mind of Satan that is expected. The destruction of the seminaries would mean the destruction of the whole Catholic Church. Graduates of these seminaries, most of whom will be future Bishops and Rectors could not protect and watch over the seminaries. The damage done by heresies to the curriculum of the seminaries cannot be imagined. It was a spiritual tsunamis that washed the Church away from the New Testament and dragged it back to the Old Testament. The strategy was so brilliantly done nobody noticed it except the Popes who kept on warning the world about its horrors. Having poisoned the seminaries the natural propagator of the heresy were naturally the graduates of the seminaries who would later on be priests, bishops and Cardinals. The heresy was self propagating. No new effort was needed to spread it.
3. Harboring this cancer for 600 years, the Church finds herself with priest filled with vices rather than virtues. And now we see all the problems the Church has with her priests. It was an unavoidable explosion of a cancerous growth that was bound to happen. There was no way of stopping it. The present problem was just the secretion of a malignant cancer.
4. Priests and their parishioners that are in this state cannot go anywhere else than down. Down, down, down. This was how things were from the year 1000 up to Vatican II. Vatican I was an attempt to stop the tide. But the situation in the world did not allow Vatican I to accomplish its task. Vatican II attempted to raise the Church from the Old Testament back to the New Testament. But the force of the waves driving souls from the Old Testament to OUT of the Old Testament into pure paganism was unstoppable. NOW, the head of a new, ugly heresy rose almost immediately after Vatican II. Led by schools of theology, seminaries, Rectors and theology professors, and spread by bishops and priest contaminated by this new virus, the Church is being dragged out into paganism.
5. It is a return to the First Fall, into Original Sin, into the first sin of Satan. ....the refusal to be subject to God. The fingers of Satan is most evident. The attempts to destroy is continuously focused on seminaries, training programs of priests and seminarian, commission on seminaries, Rectors of seminaries and the dissemination of books about this new religion whose god is "Original Sin." Satan is propagating his errors with his usual means, books, as the devil did from the beginning but was used most effectively during the time of St. Pope Pius V. That spirit was exposed by Pope Pius and exemplified more recently by the spirit of the French Revolution. Today, it persist most potently with an unknown name. But its spirit is fuming with sulphur over the world and quoted by priests and bishops as the "New Catholic Church" misquoting both the aggiornamento of Pope John XXIII and the "New Evangelization" of Cardinal Ratzinger. The present post Vatican II scenario is pure confusion. The voice of the Pope is clear but they are quoted and misquoted everywhere. These heretical voices had been vocal since Vatican II both in mass media and in well published books. Can you imagine the damage they had done by now specially in seminaries which is their target?
In her early history the Church had a solution when things were getting tough. St. Thomas of Aquinas in his commentary to the epistles noted that the Church had always been described as a 'fort.' To which she retreated to defend herself effectively and from which she would go forth to attack the enemies and save other souls outside the fort. And so the first Christians who sought seriously the salvation of their souls 'left the world' and entered these forts, called monasteries, to do battle more effectively. IT IS OFTEN DESCRIBED AS STRATEGIC RETREAT. Pope Benedict mentioned something about the only way to save Europe is through the monasticism of St. Benedict. It is a way of life and not just a geographical entity. And its very essence is a preparation for the second coming of Christ. It is like drawing the battle lines where friend and foes are clearly identified. And their secret battle cry is 'ero cras.'
Around the 8th century the eschatological significance of Christmas was being replaced by a purely materialistic celebration of pure indulgence of the flesh. It was a time that the Christian communities felt that the end of the world could come. So the first Christians prepared themselves this way: they seriously concentrated their minds in knowing Christ as He revealed Himself in Divine Revelation. They made certain that this knowledge was perfect. Secondly, they studied how to love Christ as also revealed in Divine Revelation. They also made certain that their knowledge of this was perfect. Thirdly, they did these two activities with similarly minded Catholics living together in communities. And fourthly they used the community ambiance to put their knowledge into practice. These are the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. While doing all these four things they lived in the fear of the Lord knowing full well that He could come tomorrow (ero cras) and that they might not be ready on time of His coming.This fear is what makes them wise guiding them perseveringly to union with Christ. This whole process is what Pope Benedict describes as the "New Evangelization." This is truly preparing one's soul for the second coming of Christ, the eschatological significance of Christmas.