Just as many people have willingly smothered themselves with useless masks for two years, much of the world’s population has smothered itself in lies during the pandemic of hysteria and insanity. This situation did not occur overnight with the introduction of Covid, even though we have seen it manifested more clearly. Instead, our collective willingness to accept lies has been prepared for decades by the education systems, the entertainment industry, our political leaders, and the media — and the architects of the Great Reset would not have embarked upon their overt phase of oppression unless they deemed that preparation sufficient. None of this preparation would have had any chance of success, though, if the majority of the world’s Catholics had not learned to be silent (and eventually indifferent) in the face of evident lies about the Catholic Faith.
To be fair, most Catholics have found themselves in a near impossible situation of trying to reconcile conflicting realities. As Henry Sire wrote in Phoenix from the Ashes, our Faith establishes a definite presumption that our shepherds ordinarily will not lead us astray:
There are those who are unable to believe that the Church could have strayed as grievously as the traditionalist indictment argues, and they feel their position guaranteed by the assurances given by Christian teaching of the indefectibility of the Church. But the same teaching also contains grave warnings of afflictions that will threaten it. St. Paul writes, ‘Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, having an appearance indeed of godliness, but denying the power thereof, ever learning and never attaining to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Mambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men corrupted in mind, reprobate concerning the faith. For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears’ (2 Timothy 3:1 to 4:3). Those who have lived through the last fifty years can see exactly what he meant. We also have Christ’s prophecy of a time when there shall come false prophets ‘to seduce (if it were possible) even the elect’ (Mark 13:22).
For many faithful Catholics, the Church’s teachings on infallibility and indefectibilty understandably inspire a reluctance to consider “that the Church could have strayed as grievously as the traditionalist indictment argues.” Indeed, this position leads some otherwise devout Catholics to defend the indefensible and vilify those who actually try to defend the Church’s perennial teaching against the innovators. Yet, as Sire expressed, we must consider not only the promises that the Church can never be overcome but also the warnings that there would come times when its survival might appear uncertain.
So we cannot abandon the Faith, but we also must acknowledge reality. As Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre wrote:
Just as we never would have dared to place those words on the lips of our Lord: ‘My God, My God, why hast Thou abandoned me?’ (Mt. 27:46), so we never would have thought it possible for error to penetrate so far inside the Church. But we cannot close our eyes to the problem.The realities are right there in front of us and they refuse to be ignored. We are witness to all of the horrible things that are happening in the Church and to everything that has happened since Vatican II; witness to those ruins that are accumulating day by day, year by year. The more time goes by, the more the errors are spreading and the more faithful are losing the Catholic faith. (The Spiritual Life)
The reality is grim and we must acknowledge that men like Bergoglio, Roche, and Cupich cannot possibly represent the Catholic Church in any complete sense because their words and actions go against the Catholic Faith. And we would insult God to think that any of the popes since Pius XII have faithfully guided the Church through adherence to the inspirations of the Holy Ghost. When they have not actively scourged the Mystical Body of Christ, they have at least echoed the words of Pilate to Our Lord: “What is truth?” (John 18:38). We wish we could see the Mystical Body of Christ in radiant glory, as the Apostles saw Our Lord after the Resurrection; but today we see the Mystical Body of Christ immersed in crisis that resembles Our Lord’s Passion.
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