The gradual spread of anti-Catholic novelties within the Church has been just as lethal to unsuspecting Catholics as slowly increasing the water temperature would be to the goldfish. From Davies’s vantage point — before the world had heard of the 1986 Prayer Meeting at Assisi, let alone Francis and his Pachamama — most Catholics were already floating on their backs:
“Many Catholics today, most Catholics perhaps, are like goldfish swimming in a bowl in which the temperature is now reaching a very high level. Spiritually, to all intents and purposes, many are now floating on their backs. The Catholic Faith which once meant so much to them has died completely, they exist as so many spiritual zombies, proclaiming themselves to be Catholics but professing, in fact, what Cardinal Newman condemned as the ‘religion of the world.’ . . . Like a goldfish, they will not realize that anything is wrong. In fact, they may well be convinced that everything is better than it ever has been. These are the Catholics who actually believe that we are witnessing a renewal.”
Unlike the tender-hearted goldfish owner who wishes to mercifully dispose of his fish, those who have caused so many Catholics to lose their Faith are full of malice and actually enjoy seeing the misery of lost souls.
In the decades that followed, many more Novus Ordo Catholics blithely went along with the changes, such that today we encounter many Catholics who find nothing the least bit disconcerting about the fact that Francis and his collaborators accept every other religion in the world other than the one professed by Catholics for nearly two-thousand years. Indeed, the vast majority of the Church’s bishops appear to believe that the biggest problem facing the world today is Catholics who actually believe and practice the Catholic Faith.
Unlike the tender-hearted goldfish owner who wishes to mercifully dispose of his fish, those who have caused so many Catholics to lose their Faith are full of malice and actually enjoy seeing the misery of lost souls. This makes sense once we realize that Satan has directed and inspired the attacks that have proliferated throughout the Church since John XXIII announced the opening of Vatican II.
But not all is lost at this point and God offers us abundant grace to help us conquer His enemies. To do that, though, we ought to consider: their demonic plans to overcome the Church; the damage they have already caused; and the things we can do to overcome them.
Their Demonic Plans. John Vennari’s The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita: A Masonic Blueprint for the Subversion of the Catholic Church highlights some of the evidence that the Freemasons have plotted to overthrow the Church for over two hundred years. As the booklet’s title suggests, the key documents exposing the plot consisted of the secret papers of the “Alta Vendita,” an Italian secret society with links to Freemasonry. As Venarri wrote, Blessed Pope Pius IX confirmed the authenticity of the Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita:
“The secret papers of the Alta Vendita that fell into the hands of Pope Gregory XVI embrace a period the goes from 1820 to 1846. They were published at the request of Pope Pius IX by Cretineau-Joly in his work The Roman Church and Revolution. With the brief of approbation of February 25, 1861, which he addressed to the author, Pope Pius IX guaranteed the authenticity of the documents, but he did not allow anyone to divulge the true members of the Alta Vendita implicated in this correspondence.”
The Freemasons did not intend to have a Freemasonic pope — they simply needed to infiltrate the Church so that they could form Catholics, and eventually a pope, who had the revolutionary spirit.
Even with Pius IX’s explicit endorsement, though, the document’s contents seemed far less credible prior to the events of the past few years. Tragically, we have reached the point at which the following passages from the Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita make perfect sense:
“Our ultimate end is that of Voltaire and of the French Revolution — the final destruction of Catholicism, and even of the Christian idea . . . .”
“The task that we are going to undertake is not the work of a day, or of a month, or of a year; it may last several years, perhaps a century; but in our ranks, the soldier dies and the struggle goes on.”
“Now then, to assure ourselves a Pope of the required dimensions, it is a question first of shaping for this Pope a generation worthy of the reign we are dreaming of. Leave old people and those of mature age aside; go to the youth, and if it is possible, even to the children. . . . You will contrive for yourselves, at little cost, a reputation as good Catholics and pure patriots.”
“This reputation will put access to our doctrines into the midst of the young clergy, as well as deep into the monasteries. In a few years, by the force of things, this young clergy will have overrun all the functions; they will form the sovereign’s council, they will be called to choose a Pontiff who should reign. And this Pontiff, like most contemporaries, will necessarily be more or less imbued with the [revolutionary] Italian and humanitarian principles we are going to begin to put into circulation.”
“You want to revolutionize Italy, look for the Pope whose portrait we have just drawn. You wish to establish the reign of the chosen ones on the throne of the prostitute of Babylon; let the clergy march under your standard, always believing that they are marching under the banner of the Apostolic keys. You intend to make the last vestige of tyrants and the oppressors disappear; lay your snares [nets] like Simon Bar-Jona; lay them in the sacristies, the seminaries, and the monasteries rather than at the bottom of the sea: and if you do not hurry, we promise you a catch more miraculous than his. The fisher of fish became the fisher of men; you will bring friends around the apostolic Chair. You will have preached a revolution in tiara and in cope, marching with the cross and the banner, a revolution that will need to be only a little bit urged on to set fire to the four corners of the world.”
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The Freemasons did not intend to have a Freemasonic pope — they simply needed to infiltrate the Church so that they could form Catholics, and eventually a pope, who had the revolutionary spirit. As we would expect, they were patient, knowing that the process could take over one hundred years. Some of their most important soldiers were (and surely still are) those who cultivate reputations as orthodox and holy Catholics so that they can subtly lead souls into error.
Until recently, many of us may have doubted the authenticity of the Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita, even though Blessed Pius IX and Pope Leo XIII promoted its publication. Now, however, we can scarcely make sense of the current situation without believing that Satan has directed the infiltration and corruption of the Church by members of the secret societies.
Led by Satan, the innovators have sought the perfect balance between inflicting maximum damage and keeping enough Catholics in the pews to maintain appearances.
The Damage They Caused. These enemies of God and His Church have deliberately caused incalculable damage, and almost any knowledgable and faithful Catholic can list several specific harms resulting from the Spirit of Vatican II. Even a partial list of the harms that have paved the way for today’s globalist tyrants should inspire our righteous anger:
- Countless souls have left the Catholic Church because they no longer see it as the true Church established by Christ
- Most of those Catholics who remain in the Novus Ordo churches no longer believe certain key teachings of the Church regarding faith and morals
- The corruption of faith and morals has led to the widespread failure of the Church to safeguard Catholic families, leading to divorce, abortion, and widespread immorality
- The devastation of families has led to the downfall of formerly Christian nations, leaving them prey to the wicked designs of the globalists
- The leadership of the Church now openly supports the unambiguously anti-Catholic initiatives of the globalists
- The leadership of the Church also openly attacks those who adhere to what the Church has always taught and threatens to deny the Tridentine Mass to those who criticize their anti-Catholic initiatives
Led by Satan, the innovators have sought the perfect balance between inflicting maximum damage and keeping enough Catholics in the pews to maintain appearances. In this regard, they absolutely need the tacit endorsement of “faithful Catholics” to convince skeptics that they act with legitimate authority in overturning the Catholic Church’s teachings and customs. If they had gone too far, too soon, they would have risked a level of resistance that would have threatened all their plans. As we see from the Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita, they knew that in their ranks “the soldier dies and the struggle goes on.”
In hindsight, we can see how false obedience has contributed to this situation. As Christians, we are called to be meek, humble, and full of charity. But Satan and his minions have twisted all of this, leading some of the best Catholics to become the fiercest opponents of those who have tried to fight the errors of Vatican II. Many people are opening their eyes, thanks to the unmistakable malice of Francis, but how can this crisis end without God’s intervention?
Instead of facilitating the hideous work of Satan and the globalists with our lukewarmness, we should do all we can to stop them by making use of the remedies God has given us.
The Things We Can Do. Surveying the battlefield, we do not have many reasons for optimism at this point. W.B. Yeats wrote The Second Coming over one hundred years ago but it has never been more relevant:
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”
Working together under the direction of Satan, the Freemasons, globalists, and the Church’s infiltrators have caused almost everything to fall apart, and these diabolical allies are “full of passionate intensity” to enslave us all. The Church has not only fallen in the eyes of most, it has also been hijacked to attack all of humanity. It seems that this goes beyond the most ambitious dreams of the Freemasons, but Satan has confidently longed for this day and is not yet satisfied with his work.
What role do we play in this battle between God on the one side, and Satan, the globalists, and the Church’s infiltrators on the other? Throughout salvation history, God has wanted all souls to become saints, and Satan has wanted all souls to fall into the deepest sins. That has not changed. The globalists and the Church’s infiltrators generally do not believe in sin or divine judgment, but they do know from experience that a man will have power to fight them in proportion to his virtue: a sinful man is already overcome, whereas a virtuous man will never surrender to evil and will do all he can to inspire others to fight. From that perspective, what should our role be in this battle?
Satan has been tremendously successful at convincing us that we should not do the one thing that will infallibly help more than anything else: he has persuaded us that the last thing we should do is to actually try to become saints.
As long as God holds us in existence we can turn to Him and live like true Christians. We need to open our eyes and realize that Satan does all he can to prevent us from turning to God. In our days especially, Satan has been tremendously successful at convincing us that we should not do the one thing that will infallibly help more than anything else: he has persuaded us that the last thing we should do is to actually try to become saints. It is like a thief with a knife convincing a man with a gun that “real men” do not fight with weapons — few men would be foolish enough to drop their gun, but Catholics have been persuaded by Satan that they need to “act like men” rather than use the spiritual weapons of the saints. We should know better than that: the most heroic men and women in human history have been saints, who can say with St. Paul, “I can do all things in Him who strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). Similarly, Our Lord told us that “without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
So, instead of facilitating the hideous work of Satan and the globalists with our lukewarmness, we should do all we can to stop them by making use of the remedies God has given us. We know from the lives of the saints that if we give our lives to God with a firm desire to do His will, He will use us to vanquish His enemies. Indeed, we can reasonably surmise that God has allowed the situation in the Church and world to grow so dire precisely so that we would realize that we need to dedicate ourselves entirely to doing His will. The longer it takes us to realize this, the worse the situation will get.
Our Lord has even given us His Mother to show us the way. We know from Our Lady of Fatima, that we need to pray (especially the Rosary), abandon sin, and perform penance. And as one of the seers of Fatima, Sister Lucia, told Fr. Agustin Fuentes in 1957, we cannot wait for our shepherds to tell us what we need to do:
“Father, we should not wait for an appeal to the world to come from Rome on the part of the Holy Father, to do penance. Nor should we wait for the call to penance to come from our bishops in our diocese, nor from the religious congregations. No! Our Lord has already very often used these means and the world has not paid attention. That is why now, it is necessary for each one of us to begin to reform himself spiritually. Each person must not only save his own soul but also the souls that God has placed in our path . . . The devil does all in his power to distract us and to take away from us the love for prayer; we shall be saved together or we shall be damned together”
God cannot be outdone in generosity. The sooner we learn to be generous with God, the sooner we can reverse the wicked plans of our enemies. Until we do that, we should brace ourselves for far worse days ahead.
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!