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Monday, October 1, 2018

All That’s Needed for Tradition to Triumph is for Francis to Keep Talking

By:   Father Celatus
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francis talksWhen driving my car there are two things I do to pass the time and miles: pray the rosary and listen to talk radio.


Not that I am advocating doing these simultaneously, though I knew a pastor who was often seen walking and smoking a pipe on his parish campus while he prayed the breviary. One day a parishioner questioned him about this asking, “How can you smoke while you pray?” The pastor responded, “I’m not smoking while I pray, I’m praying while I smoke.” So don’t drive while you pray, pray while you drive!


Recently while driving I decided to listen to a Catholic broadcast rather than my usual talk radio. The host was taking a call from a Catholic who was upset about the anticipated approval of the German bishops of the practice of offering Holy Communion to non-Catholic spouses. The radio host was sympathetic to the righteous anger of the caller and reassured him that we must all just keep praying and waiting for the Holy Father to intervene and stop this sacramental sacrilege. It was then that I started screaming while driving.


Are you kidding! They are waiting for the Holy Father to step in and stop this sacrilege! It was none other than Francis who set up this whole sacrilegious scenario, by opening the door to the reception of Holy Communion by active adulterers in his scandalous Exhortation Amoris Laetitia and then insisting that the German bishops gain a consensus on the matter of offering Holy Communion to non-Catholic spouses. Not to mention his private encouragement to adulterers—soon after made public--to receive Communion.


What sort of a delusion are these people operating under, that they look to Francis to stop the heresy and sacrilege that he himself began and continues to press forward? If this naïve caller listens to Catholic radio broadcasts like this and nothing else, no wonder he is so terribly deceived as to the reality of what Franciscus Deceptus willfully intends as he destroys and deforms every last vestige of true Catholicism.


The delusion regarding Francis of Rome among otherwise reasonable Catholics is as widespread as it is nearly inexplicable. I suppose if one were to propose a purely natural cause for this modern phenomenon it would be the false belief that a pope can say or do no wrong—a sort of papal impeccability.


Some call this the heresy of Papalotry.


Even though deluded Catholics may be willing to acknowledge that there were bad popes in the past, they simply can’t bring themselves to apply this label to modern popes. No doubt the accelerated canonizations of Vatican II era popes has contributed greatly to papal impeccability.


But in addition to natural causes that contribute to widespread papal delusion, there is certainly a more powerful cause at work, namely, the preternatural. Quite frankly, without doubt the demons are delighted with Francis and the current state of chaos which he has created in the institutional Catholic Church. Which brings to mind a biblical warning by the Apostle Saint Paul, who wrote of the coming of Christ:


We beseech you, brethren, about by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: That you be not easily moved from your sense, nor be terrified, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by epistle, as sent from us, as if the day of the Lord were at hand. Let no man deceive you, for unless there comes a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, Who opposeth, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God.


For nearly two millennia, based upon Jesus’ own words and those of the Apostles, Christians have eagerly anticipated the coming of Christ at the end of time and have speculated as to the signs that will precede the final Parousia (Greek: Coming of Christ). The revolt of which the Apostle wrote is likely religious, namely apostasy, a revolt against the true Catholic Faith. Might not the revolt that began with Vatican Council II and continues in full force under Francis be a prelude to the end times? Could it be that Francis himself is the mysterious figure that is revealed in the revolt, Franciscus Filius Perditionis?


The Apostle goes on to describe the workings of this figure, better known to most by the title Anti-Christ. Note that this wicked servant of Satan is able to deceive many because God sends a powerful delusion:


For the mystery of iniquity already worketh; only that he who now holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way. And then that wicked one shall be revealed whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth; and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming, him, Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore, God shall send them a powerful delusion, that they should believe the lie. That all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity.


Finally, Saint Paul commends the Thessalonian Christians to God in gratitude for their sanctification and faith in the truth and he exhorts them to hold to the traditions which they have learned, by word or epistle.


But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved of God, for that God hath chosen you first fruits unto salvation, in sanctification of the spirit, and faith of the truth…Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle.


Whether or not Vatican II is the revolt preceding the Parousia and Francis is the Son of Perdition remain to be seen; they may rather be shadows of future apocalyptic realities much more horrific. There certainly seems something apocalyptic about the present state of affairs, and the exhortation of Saint Paul is fitting to our modern crisis, apocalyptic or not: “Stand fast and hold to the traditions which we have learned!” ■


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