“Vatican II, the Unholy Priest, and Apostasy”
This tragedy of no sense of sin and an “uninformed Catholic conscience” pervades the Church and priesthood everywhere since Vatican Council II. This contamination of the Catholic conscience with no “sense of sin” is so easily overlooked by clergy and laity alike, for all sin as St. Paul teaches, darkens the mind and weakens the will. So true is this that virtually all Catholics in the pews today have come to forget what a holy Catholic priest is or, for that matter, a fervent Catholic.
It can only be true that a holy priest or his counterpart in the pews is a very devout Catholic who has a keen and active sense of sin. When one observes such great holy priests of the past—and they were, indeed, common before Vatican II, we see his sole vocation was largely to eradicate sin in the confessional box for hours and hours on end. Empty Confessional boxes, uninformed Catholic consciences, unholy priests, apostate Catholics, and modernism have devastated the Church for the last 50 years. The unholy priest of today simply does not understand this truth, one that the holy Cure of Ars made clear in this poetic statement:
Who does not see; Does not know; Who does not know, Does not love; Who does not love; Does not know God; But loves himself And his own pleasures.
One cannot “see” if God does not reveal Himself to him through His Divine Graces. Absolutely, unholy priests are blinded by their sin as well as all Catholics in grievous sin. This ability to see, clearly, is realized only by an illumination of one’s conscience by the graces of the Most Holy Spirit: “For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that the world grant you, according to the riches of His Glory, to be strengthened by His Spirit with might unto the inward man: that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ which surpasses all knowledge, and that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:18) Truly, truly then can one love God in holiness with his whole heart, his whole mind, and all his strength.
A holy priest sees visibly his own sins, especially those of omission towards his whole flock. It is not so much for what we do to offend God, sins of commission, that condemns our souls to hell, but for the goodness and virtue we failed to do, “for if a tree does not bear fruit, my Father, will have it cut down and it will be thrust into the fire.” And so is it true here with a holy priest who is virtuous and who is, indeed, a holy priest because he virtually always keeps a ‘contrite and humble heart’ before God so he can be holy.
Much greater than the failures and actual sins of commission in the priesthood today, with sins against purity and chastity, is by far the priest’s sin of omission in failing to preach and teach the whole truth of the Catholic faith to the sheep of his flock, by instructing them in all the fundamental doctrines of the faith in forming good and holy Catholic consciences. This is the great sin of Vatican Council II to fail to teach and preach the perennial truths of the Catholic faith in conjunction with the Tradition of the past: be it in liturgy, in doctrine, and in living out the holy faith in the vocations of the priesthood, the religious life, and the Catholic laity!
Did not Our Divine Lord over and over interrogate St. Peter, by asking him if he loved Him: “Do you love Me, Peter? Then feed my sheep.” A soul without the Word of God will become quickly desiccated and die of infidelity, failing to live out the holy truths of the faith and therefore a virtuous life. This is the work, always, of a good Catholic priest, a holy priest, a saintly priest, to teach and preach the faith in all of its splendorous orthodoxy to the hungry sheep in his tutelage.
It is teaching a true understanding of the sense of sin, in order to be upright and orthodox, that a holy priest feeds his flock, especially, on how to be saintly and practice the holy virtues. Nor can a priest who is holy himself, ever ignore the slightest sin of omission in this regard in his own priesthood. To not address this sinful state is to fail in his priesthood to keep a keen sense of sin in his own holy vocation. That is why the Offertory of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass puts forth these very words in the priest’s mouth:
“I offer up to Thee, O God, my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligences that it may avail me and all the Souls of all faithful Catholics, living and dead.”
Moreover, just a few prayers thereafter, the priest again begs God that he may have a “contrite and humble heart”: so that his sacrifice may be acceptable to God.
And both of these prayers are particularly important to be prayed for a worthy and acceptable sacrifice to God. Then follows the poignant washing of the hands of the priest, followed by the Offertory prayer for this holy rubric: “I wash my hands among the innocent that I may hear Thy Voice of praise and tell of all Thy wondrous works.” As the saints of the Church have taught: “Non dare potes quod non habes.” ‘You cannot give what you do not have.’
So intimately connected are a priest’s consciousness of his own contriteness and his personal holiness with his ability to teach and preach the wondrous works of God’s truths to his flock that the degree of the former virtually literally brings about the legitimacy and success of the latter.
How vacuous, indeed, are the Offertory prayers of the Novus Ordo that speak so little of this priestly reality—the awareness of his own sinfulness and unworthiness to offer sacrifice, for even the slightest sin before God makes us unworthy to be in His Presence. How pusillanimous is any sense of sin in the Novus Ordo Mass and liturgy! And to miss this majestic truth is to fail to understand the purpose of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is at its very essence a sin sacrifice for priest and congregation alike.
And so a good priest, a holy priest, never forgets his need to always cultivate a “contrite and humble heart” before God, not only for himself but also for his whole flock. Consider at the end of every Extraordinary Form of the Mass, just after Holy Communion, the priest along with the people prays that all present may have pure and innocent hearts from every sin which these sacred mysteries have renewed. Also the priest prays after this supplication with the people that all may be healed by the reception of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is, indeed, a holy priest, this is a man worthy to sacrifice to God; one who alone is always cognizant of his own frailty and that of those with whom he worships God.
Finally, let us pray with the Psalmist that we may always have a “contrite and humbled heart” in order that our sacrifice to God in the Mass may be worthy and acceptable:
“For if Thou hadst desired sacrifice,
I would indeed have given it; but in
Burnt offerings Thou hast no delight.
A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit: a
A contrite and humbled heart, O God,
Thou wilt not despise.
Deal graciously, O Lord, with Sion
In Thy Goodness that the walls of
Jerusalem may be rebuilt.
Then wilt Thou again accept true
Sacrifices, oblations and burnt-
Offerings; then shall they offer bullocks
Upon Thy altar.
Wash me thoroughly, O Lord, from Thy
It is good to recall here Fr. John Hardon’s words about today’s priests and bishops. Fr. John Hardon was truly one of the greatest teaching priests of all time who wrote over 55 books, helped pen the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and taught theology and philosophy in Latin in several seminaries; he often begged his students to pray for priests and bishops. These are his oft repeated words: “Pray for priests, pray for priests; so many have lost their faith! Pray for bishops, pray for bishops; so many have lost their faith!” Let this be our closing thoughts and words for all priests and bishops. (Fr. John Hardon, S. J. was, indeed, a very holy priest who passed in 2000 and his cause is already under scrutiny by Rome for sainthood.)
--to be continued--
j hughes dunphy
"He who is not with Me is against Me."
Liberty, equality, and fraternity are the cries of the politically elite in the Presidential Election of 2008 where a nation has chosen a leader who will continue apace the moral and societal decline of the American people with a fervent liberal spirit that will consummate quickly America’s total destruction. This includes in many ways both political parties in this fair land, for the true spirit of conservative politics is all but moribund. And remember the devil is a liberal because he wanted to overthrow the established order of this world and the Reign of Christ.
How can this possibly be true-- the rapid and total destruction of a society so wonderful and so perfect in its technological advancements, military strength, economic wealth, and political power throughout the world. This can and will happen to America because it has adopted the satanic slogans of the French Revolution: liberte, egalite, and fraternite and because this is the eleventh hour for America and any nation that undertakes such a journey according to the unequivocal words of St. John the Evangelist:
"Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have cone. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I write to you not because you do not have the truth but because you do, and because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ. This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. (1 John 18-22)
Clearly this is the eleventh hour when antichrists appear who will come forth in great numbers that are "not with Christ but have left His number because as St. John says later in this passage: all antichrists will lie. For example, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, has said "the church’s stance on abortion is unclear."which is a naked lie.
Furthermore, how do we know for sure that we could be living in the time of the antichrist? Let us go to St. Pius X’s thoughts, the pope who fought modernism in the Church till his dying breath.
It is said Pius X died of a broken heart because he saw that the terrible deluge which he had been unable to prevent, the worst war in history, was but the beginning of an unending state of war. He saw the great general apostasy, the great abandonment of the Faith, by the clergy and the faithful, so heart-rending and apocalyptic that for a long time there had been no doubt in his mind as to its cause. It was this which occasioned his cry, in his first encyclical on October 4, 1903: "We were terrified beyond all else by the disastrous state of Human society today.... So extreme is the general perversion that all who consider these matters have a right to fear that we are experiencing the foretaste and beginnings of the evils which are to come as the end of Time–their first contact, as it were, with the world–and that in very truth the Son of Perdition of whom the Apostle speaks,– has already arrived upon earth." These are His own words in his first encyclical on the end times of the antichrist. Think about it: the world at the beginning of the twentieth century was a thousand times more innocent than it is now!
All of this St. John verified in the quote above on these end times of the antichrist in which clearly we now live, for St. Pius X says like St.John’s statement above that ‘ he saw the great general apostasy, the great abandonment of the Faith, by the clergy and the faithful, so heart-rending and apocalypti.’ So if we consider Pius X’s words on these modern times we see clearly what will usher in the time of the anti-Christ: "the great abandonment of the faith by the clergy and faithful."
First these times of the anti-Christ are prefaced by a great falling away of clergy and faithful. Does anyone doubt the veracity of this with millions of false Catholics and ex- Christians everywhere in Europe and America and Asia in its wake? This recent election fiasco is the result of the sin of omission by America’s so-called Catholic clergy who failed miserably to speak out against the evils to be perpetrated by the party of baby killers, the Democratic Party in this country, and its dangerous candidate for the presidency who so vigorously advocates this antichrist agenda.
Secondly, what makes us fear that this is truer now than ever, the eleventh hour of the Great Apostasy, is the rise and virtual crowning of the satanical philosophy of liberty, equality, and fraternity in the Democratic Party’s total victory with the American people in the presidency, the senate, and congress. This is truly Satan’s creed and philosophy by which he snares millions and millions of souls.
This philosophy of the Democratic party and all of its adherents is solidly the reckless freedom of license cultivated by Satan and his minions in this world, a freedom from the reign of Christ and his laws in our lives as represented by the Catholic Church. Next the belief among apostate, anti-Christ Christians and Catholics and modern pagans that Marxist egalitarianism must rule over our lives and that there is, indeed, no absolute hierarchy in the universe, made up the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, along with Mary the Mother of God, the angels and saints and the souls in purgatory, and finally the damned; but that all religions and peoples on earth are equal in all things spiritual and material and there is no reason why any nation or anyone, for that matter, should have to follow or show obeisance to the reign of Christ or His hierarchy.
Finally, the preaching and teaching of the Satanical concept of fraternity in the public schools of America, means that we are all brothers and sisters in the one world government of the Marxist materialist state, a doctrine that has sufficiently indoctrinated most of America now to have voted the liberal agenda in this election. What it really means to Marxists is that no religion, "the opium of the people", should have power over the individual but that the individual should only have submission to the state which provides for all. Let us likewise be reminded that the very word "Islam", the world’s fastest growing "religion", means ‘submission.’ But instead of the secular vision of fraternity all humanity should heed the Catholic doctrine under the Reign of Christ that "outside the Church there is no salvation" and that only those who are baptized into Christ’s one true Church, the Catholic Church, and remain until their deaths, unlike all the clergy and faithful who have left either formally or informally, will inhabit eternal life with God and be brothers and sisters forever.
This doctrine of "outside the Church there is no salvation" has been so trampled upon that no Catholics in the pews, no popes, no bishops, no priests feel any longer any obligation to Our Lord’s Great Commission to the Apostles: "Go ye into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved but he that believeth not shall be condemned." (Mark 16: 15-16)
The Satanical lie of liberty, equality, and fraternity has deceived so many, many souls that were once Catholic and who have chosen the culture of death in this election 08', but the greatest deception of all is among the modernist Catholic clergy–popes, cardinals, bishops and priests. To these apostate clergy who have participated too fully and long enough in this Satanical apostasy of the end times: liberty now means freedom to choose the religion of your conscience and ignore the Catholic Church, in other words many have been encouraged in the pews to form their own consciences outside the magisterial authority of the Church on all matters Catholic especially sexual morality; equality means we are all equal in Christ, no matter what religion, faith, or lack thereof one adheres to; and fraternity means there is universal salvation or we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and all shall be saved, no matter how one lives. Have we not heard the notion of late that there is really no hell. So much of this stems from the aberrant views of Vatican Council II in the last forty years.
The solid victory of the Democratic Party and its modernist philosophy of liberty, equality, and fraternity which dominates Europe everywhere today was the philosophy of the French Revolution that virtually destroyed the Reign of Christ in Europe as well as the power of the Catholic Church from 1789 onward. This only verifies the truth of St. John’s words about the times of the antichrist that have now come to visit the Americas with a new Satanical fury and vengeance.
The solidification of this great falling away of America’s people and especially its Catholic population in this latest election becomes much clearer as well as the perpetuation of the Satanic lie everywhere by antichrists who have overrun this nation with their specious and pernicious reasoning to continue with the murder of the unborn, uninterrupted, in abortion and contraception, sterilization, and euthanasia along with stem cell murder in many states, making the culture of death under the antichrist spread everywhere to deceive millions and millions into violating the fifth commandment and perhaps losing their souls forever.
In short, there are three reasons, it seems why the Great Apostasy of the antichrist will commence: a. the Great Falling Away of the clergy and faithful. b. the adoption of Satan’s lie: liberty, equality, and fraternity. c. the rejection everywhere of the truth, Jeusus Christ and His Catholic Church by those within the Church or without.
Prepare yourselves spiritually by the Sacraments of the Church, especially Penance, the Mass and the Holy Eucharist, for this is, indeed, the eleventh hour of this nation and, perhaps, the entire world because of the sheer soidification of the culture of death in this nation with the latest elections in 2008. This solidification of evil involves the spread worldwide of "Russia’a errors" through Marxism, and has it spread to Africa, Europe, Asia with China, of course Russia and now the Americas and the USA. To underscore this frightening nightmare of apocalyptic times, and the ensuing tidal wave of evil to follow, we need only refer to the saintly words of Fr. John Hardon, S.J. who said in quite a prophetic statement that he uttered often as he neared his own demise at the end of the year 2000 that "the fate of the United States of America in these times is hanging by a thread." Fr. John Hardon, S.J. was an expert on Marxism and dialectic materialism.
In closing, how prophetic are the words of our president elect’s own pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who invoked God’s name to damn America. Indeed his invocation has been fulfilled with the election of a man who numbers among his friends all those who openly bemoan their failure in not having unleashed a larger level of destruction and naked violence upon America. "The chickens have come home to roost." (A quote from the infamous Jeremiah the right.)
—to be continued—
j hughes dunphy