The Twitterverse went nuts again over the recent meeting of Pope Francis and Michael Moore. The director, who's thrown some serious shade on the Church and even on Pope Francis in the past, seemed to fangirl just fine in St. Peter's Square that day:
Reactions ranged from the devastated...
...to the "so done"...
Meanwhile Cardinal Burke stands in line behind Michael Moore, waiting for an audience and a long overdue papal reply to his famous Dubia. God help us all!
They say that when something goes shockingly wrong in the public life of a famous person, well-meaning people oftentimes find it difficult to accept that there isn't more to the story than meets the eye. This is particularly so in an era when folks are used to being lied to by powerful forces in government and media.
So, for example, when President Kennedy was assassinated, the nation was so understandably shocked that it was not uncommon for otherwise sane people to accept the most insane conspiracy theories about what really happened to him. Anything other than the less-than-satisfying narrative that it was just some lone nut with a bolt action rifle. For many, there simply had to be a bigger, grander conspiracy behind it all. Kennedy must have died for a greater reason than that!
Now I have no intention of speculating as to who might have been on the grassy knoll that day in Dallas back in 1963. Obviously, there might well have been more to that story, and we may never know the whole truth of it. I only mention this because, in the wake of the supremely ridiculous canonization of Pope Paul VI (one of the biggest papal nothing burgers in history, by the way), there has been a resurgence of another old theory from that era, this time for what must really have happened to the Catholic Church in the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council. This theory has it that it wasn't the pope that destroyed the Mass and wreaked havoc on the Church at the time, but rather an imposter merely pretending to be pope.
No pope, so goes the theory, who was handed picked by the Holy Ghost Himself (as Sister Mary Chocolate had solemnly assured us all back in the third grade), could possibly have done such terrible things. It must have been a Masonic plot that somehow managed to substitute a fake for arguably the most famous man in the world at that time: Pope Paul VI.
No mean feat, but nevertheless that must be what happened. After all, just look at the ears of the young Paul VI versus the ears of the pope in the late 1970s. Look at that nose! Those eyebrows! Even the teeth are different.
Well, maybe. Certainly, stranger things have happened. But, at the end of the day, it's likely little more than a case of wishful thinking-- i.e., good folks wanting to believe almost anything other than the fact that God had allowed a terrible man to ascend to the throne of St. Peter. Far more likely than any Prince and the Pauper theory is that the face of an aged and guilt-ridden revolutionary simply reflected the years and turmoil of a truly disastrous pontificate.
Years are hard on the human body...any human body, but especially those in high public places. And if the older Pope Paul VI was, in fact, an imposter--which allegedly can be demonstrated by examining photos of his ears, nose and teeth--well, so too were a lot of other famous old people.
A few cases in point: See if you can guess the identity of these famous people:
This last one is purported to be Mother Teresa of Calcutta, believe it or not.
And yet here she is toward the end of her life:
What happened to those long and tapered eyebrows, the narrow nose, the birthmark on the upper lip? An imposter? Hardly. She just got old, as did famed film director Alfred Hitchcock (second photo above) pictured here many years later:
And the great American actor (and deathbed convert to the Catholic Faith) John Wayne, barely recognizable as the same man (see first photo above) here in his later years, complete with the larger ears and all:
Again, age and stress are hard on us all. In fact, all things considered, I'd say old Papa Montini aged fairly well:
So, can we be done with this now? There was no papal imposter. Montini, the galloping modernist archbishop of Milan was the same Pope Paul VI who all but destroyed the Roman Rite and is now a canonized saint of the Church of Vatican II.
I too wish there were more to this story...some better explanation. But fact is often stranger than fiction, and the more serious conspiracy theory in this case is all the more devastating in that it's not a theory at all. They really did manage to put a modernist revolutionary on the throne of St. Peter who very nearly destroyed the human element of the Catholic Church and whose frightful legacy is to this day imperiling souls all over the world.
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After weeks of doing nothing to address what John Allen calls the most serious crisis in the Catholic Church since the Protestant Revolt, Pope Francis took a few moments off from dinking around at the Synod and demonizing Archbishop Vigano to finally accept the resignation of Donald Cardinal Wuerl--the embattled Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C..
The Cardinal passed the retirement age already two years ago, but it took the unprecedented sex scandal for Francis to finally get around to accepting his resignation, if reluctantly.
The Holy Father used the opportunity "not to praise Wuerl but to bury him,” positively gushing over the Wuerl's great service, even despite mounting evidence of improprieties including complicity in sexual abuse cover-ups in Pennsylvania, which Francis, incredibly, suggested was "justified". Indeed it must have been, since Francis will allow Wuerl to retain his Vatican offices and remain in the Archdiocese of Washington as caretaker until a successor can be appointed (which could take years).
If ever there was a sign from heaven that God is still in charge of His poor Church under siege, this is it.
In the past, Catholic monks and contemplative nuns were credited with having been a vital component of the success of the greatest missionary endeavors in history, of having kept the light of Faith and learning alive in periods of near total barbaric darkness, of having saved entire civilizations, not on the battlefields of the holy Christendom, but rather from behind the cloistered walls of Christendom.
Well, here we go again. The Catholic contemplative Soldiers and Brides of Christ are rising again, proving anew that cooperation with God’s grace will crush any and every antichrist that dares to raise its ugly head.
Here in our post-conciliar Dark Age--when the religious life has been under incessant attack for well over a half-century, even from within the Church herself -- the cloister walls are rising again and the daughters of St. Benedict are preparing to give God the last word.
The brides of Christ have survived the dark night...the Revolution is doomed.
How did these beautiful young women manage to hear the voice of God over the shrieks of hedonism, the satanic black noise, the sex-saturated culture? There's only one answer, obviously--with God nothing is impossible. For them, His voice silences the whole world.
By the way, The Remnant takes plenty of heat for insisting that men such as Bishop Robert Morlino must be regarded as vital allies to the cause of Tradition and Catholic restoration—even if they've not yet come all the way over to our camp.
Please God, may an inspirational story such as this serve to illustrate why we have every intention of continuing to support these men who, despite the post-conciliar Catholic ruins in which they find themselves, are nevertheless trying to lead their flocks out of the darkness of Modernism and into the light of Tradition.
By the way, Bishop Morlino has invited these traditional Benedictines to set up a house in his own diocese of Madison, Wisconsin. No surprise here. So stay tuned for more good news. God bless you, Your Excellency. And Mary keep you.
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