Wednesday, November 7, 2012

"The Evil In the World is Due to Lukewarm Catholics"


The November 7th episode of the Vortex (embedded below) is the battle cry, so to speak. We now know exactly who the enemy is, and it’s time to up the ante as the Church Militant. It’s a 14-minute video, and worth watching every minute.

The full script is below the video; here are some of the highlights, with a few of my own comments, and my emphases:

…[W]hat happened in the US election signals the end of a civilization… And the reason is because America has thrown in the towel on God; so of course, God threw in the towel on America and has given us as a nation exactly what we want: an evil leader to uphold and encourage us in our evil.
Can anyone be surprised that a man whose entire agenda has been the proliferation of evil just won re-election? America has become evil – not every individual of course, but the balance has tipped. In fact, it had already tipped, but now it is just on display for everyone to see.

Virtually nowhere was a voice raised in the Church about the evil engulfing the country from abortion, sodomy, etc., until the past few weeks. Sure, there’s been a bishop here or a priest there these past years putting themselves out there – and we mean OUT THERE – but during the time of quiet growth…the non-dramatic time…where evil REALLY does its work in secret – too many in the Church have simply been MIA…missing in action…

Yes, we’ve certainly been aware of this. The bishops and priests who spoke out made headlines; if they were all  speaking out on a regular basis, it wouldn’t have been such big news! And some priests who spoke out were cut down by their own bishops! (Fr. Michael Rodriguez comes to mind.)

Voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington on election day ratified so-called gay marriage – the first time voters themselves have done that directly. And two of those states have Catholic governors who actively campaigned for sodomite marriage.

Is that ludicrous, or what? Catholic governors supporting homosexual marriage! And did we hear of any correction by their bishops? I didn’t. In addition, it is noteworthy that this is the first time voters themselves favored “gay marriage”; up until now, it was defeated in every state that took an actual vote. Surely that’s another indication of the moral decline in this nation.

With regard to the Supreme Court, with a Democratic Senate and the power of appointment by Obama, abortion is now here to stay forever. Obama will be replacing at least three, if not more, of the justices over the next 4 years, and those appointees will keep abortion enshrined and add even more other horrors to the list.

As we predicted in our Electoral College Update show for the past four weeks, nothing sticks to this man, and for someone in such possession of the diabolical mind…a faithful man has to consider the possibility that Obama is somehow protected, that some kind of supernatural aspect attends this man.
But, my fellow Catholics, we must recognize that the arena of our salvation has now been shown to us. Our only refuge will be the faith and the Sacred Heart of Our Lord. We MUST BE Catholic, and that means learning the faith must become our first priority. The only people who will survive damnation will be saints.

… If you belong to parish that does not challenge and help you to be a saint, leave it and get to one that does.

If your parish priest permits or even encourages one liturgical abuse after another, or allows an environment where the faith is slowly strangled by mediocrity, leave that parish and get to one that promotes Catholicism proudly as the One True Faith established by the Son of God PERIOD.

Ah, but the problem is that there seem to be so few good parishes! At least, that is the case in my neck of the woods. Even a good pastor requires time to turn the parish away from its bad habits, and priests who don’t have the support of their bishops have a tough row to hoe.

The reason evil has such control and scores victory after victory in ever increasing rates is because Catholics have not been Catholic. As Pope Pius V said, “All the evil in the world is due to lukewarm Catholics.

The Catholic Church has the fullness of the truth, but we are afraid to proclaim it! Instead, we are told and taught to say that, well, there’s “truth” in the Protestant church down the street, and we should be accepting and tolerant, and ecumenical. Even before I knew about the problems in our Church, when I had just decided to become Catholic, I knew that “ecumenical” meant that anything distinctively Catholic with regard to worship, prayer, and devotions, would not be accepted in the multi-denomination groups I frequented!

It’s time to live the faith. When Catholic leaders and laity impede your faith with scandal and bad example and weak teaching; with compromises and photo ops and poor catechesis; with neglect of piety and devotion and instruction; then go where you can find it.

As I said, that’s pretty difficult to do, sometimes. The beauty of our technological age, though, is that you can find some teaching about the faith on the internet, at least to some extent.  A good place to start is…ahem…ChurchMilitant.TV! There is excellent programming available there for “premium subscribers” – a mere $10 a month. I highly recommend that you join. Even if you never watch the programs, your $10 will be going toward the propagation and defense of our Catholic faith. You can "like" them on Face Book, too.

And you can even find like-minded people on the internet! I’ve “met” readers of this blog via email, shared stories, and had encouraging conversations that would never have happened before the world was shrunk by “social media”! Thanks to all you readers and commenters; you have encouraged me greatly by your faith!

Here’s the Vortex, with the full script below:




Even though this may sound like one of those “we told you so” reports, it isn’t meant to be. We are just putting it out there now for all to see, that what happened in the US election signals the end of a civilization. And this was already destined for quite some time – already baked in.

And the reason is because America has thrown in the towel on God; so of course, God threw in the towel on America and has given us as a nation exactly what we want: an evil leader to uphold and encourage us in our evil.

20 percent of Americans are atheists and well over 30 percent of the rest of the country lives like they are, despite their faint-hearted pretensions that they believe in God. They don’t. They believe not in GOD as HE is in Himself, but in their own version of Him. At the end of the day, the American civilization has worshipped itself – and labeled it liberty and freedom.

The nation has indulged every sexual appetite, every selfish whim, created entire industries dedicated to pornography, adultery, fornication, sodomy. An entertainment industry, the legal profession, the political system... all of these have combined to create an environment where people can, simply put, have sex with whomever they want without any consequences – and are celebrated for it.

That has been the trajectory of America for the past 50 years, and the Catholic Church has done virtually nothing to prevent it.  In fact, in its persistent lack of defiance in the face of the evil, it has been COMPLICIT in it.

When will leaders in the Church act as they though they REALLY believe that there is an enemy roaming about the world like a roaring lion looking for souls to devour. That’s not poetry: it’s reality.

For decades, Catholic Church leadership, beginning with liberal modernist icons like
Cardinal John Deardon of Detroit, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago, and their like-minded disciples such as Cardinal Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles, and countless others without famous names – for decades, men like this in the Church have promoted an earthbound version of Catholicism and refused to promote the authentic faith in clear and bold terms.

Once again, just as in 2008, Obama captured a majority of Catholic voters. This failed fake Catholicism must be purged from the Church once and for all: rejected utterly.

Leaders have cowed to a spirit of false ecumenism in the Church; accepted an attitude of tolerance with regard to evil and dissent in the ranks; failed to confront evil and barely lifted a finger to protect the sheep from a culture becoming more and more evil with every passing year.

Can anyone be surprised that a man whose entire agenda has been the proliferation of evil just won re-election? America has become evil – not every individual of course, but the balance has tipped. In fact, it had already tipped, but now it is just on display for everyone to see.

Virtually nowhere was a voice raised in the Church about the evil engulfing the country from abortion, sodomy, etc., until the past few weeks. Sure, there’s been a bishop here or a priest there these past years putting themselves out there – and we mean OUT THERE – but during the time of quiet growth…the non-dramatic time…where evil REALLY does its work in secret – too many in the Church have simply been MIA…missing in action.

The Catholic education system was allowed to be taken over by modernists. Catholic parish life has been allowed to be taken over by modernists. Catholic media was taken over by modernists; and even most of the so-called conservative Catholic media today will not call out the real problems in the Church. Seminaries have been allowed to be taken over by modernists. Religious orders have been allowed to be taken over by modernists. Houses of formation have been allowed to be taken over by modernists.

And as a result, the Catholic Church in America has lost herself; is swimming in a sea of self-doubt, lack of self-understanding; missing any notion of a self-identity. And the result has been not just the collapse of a culture, but – can any doubt? – the loss of untold souls…MOST importantly, the loss of souls.

There comes a time when a huge number of people simply cannot withstand the onslaught, the daily pounding of evil. Our Blessed Lord Himself even says, “For at that time there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will be. And if those days had not been shortened, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect they will be shortened.”

The faith NEEDS reinforcement. It simply is not getting it. Every little bit of good news here or there, is swamped by a virtual outburst of bad news: from priests in pulpits challenging the unchanging truths of the Church, to the non-stop acquiescence on the part of too many leaders, to the culture of tolerance.

What was once good in the American culture has largely disappeared, and what little is left will soon be swamped. The firewall against sodomite marriage will soon be gone once it hits the Supreme Court.

Voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington on election day ratified so-called gay marriage – the first time voters themselves have done that directly. And two of those states have Catholic governors who actively campaigned for sodomite marriage.

With regard to the Supreme Court, with a Democratic Senate and the power of appointment by Obama, abortion is now here to stay forever. Obama will be replacing at least three, if not more, of the justices over the next 4 years, and those appointees will keep abortion enshrined and add even more other horrors to the list.

Before 1960, the Catholic Church was a moral force in the country – was able to influence the culture for the good, be the light Our Blessed Lord commanded us to be, and the salt he said we need to be.

But even before 1960, the salt was beginning to lose its flavor. The Church was ill-prepared for the hurricane of evil that came crashing ashore. But in the aftermath, the Church in America – far from switching into cleanup mode – actually ADDED to the damage.

In the wake of the sexual revolution that engulfed the culture, the Church in America essentially fell silent on the issue of contraception, and when that happened, they set the stage to cede the ground on abortion, homosexuality, and every other moral question.
But…we heard no end of social justice!

Bottom line: the leadership simply was not there, and with a few notable exceptions which prove the rule, it still is not there. Where is the crushing of dissent? Where is the advancement of reverently offered Masses? Where is the insistence on Catholic teachers teaching Catholicsm?

The Church in America has not come to terms with this simple fact. The faith is hanging on by a thread. 2000 parishes have been forced to close in the past 20 years. Hundreds of priests are now working themselves to the bones to make up for the shortage in their own ranks.

A crazy notion has seized hold that Modernism in the Church has been largely been defeated by emotion-laden feel good “Protestantized” liturgy. That’s a huge error. What has happened is one error traded for another.

The liturgy is in a shambles with regard to any real comprehension on the part of the few faithful who still attend. The sacramental life has been essentially abandoned – especially Confession, because the reality of sin and Hell are never preached.

Our Blessed Lord established the Church to be the bulwark against evil and to lead people to heaven. When She is in retreat, the world’s descent into Hell quickens.  And the closer the world draws to the heat of Hellfire, the more leaders who advance that decline emerge on the world stage; and since their Master is the diabolical, to expect anything other than an assault against the Church would be naïve…and we have certainly had enough with naïveté in the Church.

That a president who sits atop the worst economy in living memory; a national debt that can never be paid or even reduced; falling incomes; rising taxes; shrinking savings; the highest number of unemployed Americans EVER  - and on and on – should be re-elected is beyond belief.

As we predicted in our Electoral College Update show for the past four weeks, nothing sticks to this man, and for someone in such possession of the diabolical mind…a faithful man has to consider the possibility that Obama is somehow protected, that some kind of supernatural aspect attends this man.

The people that voted for him are largely atheist…irreligious…supportive of child murder, re-defining marriage to embrace homosexual sex – the very souls that, if they die in such a state, stand over Hell on the knife’s edge.

But when they are still on this earth, they join and grow in Legion strength, and advance evil and wickedness that faithful Catholics – leaders and laity - will no longer be able to run from or pose for photos with.

Dark days lay ahead for Holy Mother Church in terms of suffering and persecution…in whatever form it takes. Satan has a track record of wielding the power of the state to assault the Church.

But, my fellow Catholics, we must recognize that the arena of our salvation has now been shown to us. Our only refuge will be the faith and the Sacred Heart of Our Lord. We MUST BE Catholic, and that means learning the faith must become our first priority. The only people who will survive damnation will be saints.

And saints do not happen overnight. Martyrs do not emerge from nowhere, just as their persecutors don’t. For too long Catholics in America have been too concerned with wanting to fit in and be more American than Catholic. They have ignored the fact that America’s days are over. To subjugate your faith to the fortunes of a dying nation means your faith will die as well.

This attitude has been fostered by many leaders in the Church, lay and clerical. Those days must be abandoned and walked away from. If you belong to parish that does not challenge and help you to be a saint, leave it and get to one that does.

If your parish priest permits or even encourages one liturgical abuse after another. Or allows an environment where the faith is slowly strangled by mediocrity, leave that parish and get to one that promotes Catholicism proudly as the One True Faith established by the Son of God PERIOD.

That parish is, sooner or later, going to disappear from the landscape anyway – joining the ranks of the more than 2000 that have already been boarded up and sold off. The reason a parish is weak is because of a lack of faith. The reason they shrink is because of lack of faith. Even if the pews are packed, don’t judge a book by its cover. Huge numbers of those pewsitters don’t know or fully accept the faith.

The reason evil has such control and scores victory after victory in ever increasing rates is because Catholics have not been Catholic. As Pope Pius X said, “All the evil in the world is due to lukewarm Catholics.”

The election is over. But don’t let the results allow you think that your place does not STILL belong with the Elect. You were baptized for Heaven. Your place is the City of God, not the City of Man.

We are not on earth to win elections, advance political agendas, or promote princes in whom we should never place our trust. We are here to work out our salvation in fear and trembling.

It’s time to live the faith. When Catholic leaders and laity impede your faith with scandal and bad example and weak teaching; with compromises and photo ops and poor catechesis; with neglect of piety and devotion and instruction; then go where you can find it.

We must throw off the modernism that has ravaged our faith and families. We must defeat this in our parishes, our church groups, our bible studies, our seminaries, our families. We must get back to what it is to BEING Catholic.

The Modernist experiment that has gone in Church these past fifty has failed in epic fashion. It must now be resisted with all your strength and defeated. What happened on election night in the USA is proof in the political world of what has gone so terribly wrong in the theological world.

13 comments:

  1. Amen, and amen!
    Everyone, it's high time we put on the full armour of God.
    Ephesians 6:10-18

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  2. Ditto to Wendell's words. That was indeed a really powerful Voris episode. I also am in the situation of not being able to get to a traditional parish. What sustains me is reading the Catechism, Scripture, prayer of course, and meeting like-minded Catholics on blogs like Jay's here. I'd like to also put in a plug for two great online sites for solid, traditional sermons.

    The first one being Fr. Rodriquez's at: http://netmarkexpress.info/church/
    Scroll down and on the right sidebar is where you can link to recent sermons Father has added to the site. You can also get on their email list to keep you informed of newest sermons and join in Novenas, etc.

    The second is http://www.audiosancto.org/
    I think all of the sermons are from FSSP priests. It's a wonderful site.

    Viva Cristo Rey!

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  3. BRAVO Wendell and Elizabeth , well said !
    I am on both of these sites Elizabeth and they are FANTASTIC !
    Everyone needs to be on these GREAT sites and be nourished !
    Thanks again Elizabeth.
    Michael Voris and Church Militant TV is super and I need to become a premium member ...thanks Dr. Jay !
    I have my own suggestion now for each of you :
    Read this small pamphlet by Michael Davies called The Reign of Christ The KING , it will pierce your heart to the core !
    I am going to share breifly :
    No human being can ever have a right to choose what is evil or false. To quote Pope Leo XIII , writing in Libertas humana:
    The ture liberty of human society does not consist in every man doing what he pleases, for this would simply end in turmoil and confusion , and bring on the overthrow of the State: BUT RATHER IN THIS,that through the injunctions of the civil law all may more easily conform to the presciptions of the ETERNAL LAW.

    Christ the King must reign and HE has be dethroned ...society has not embraced God and His ways or His Church or His laws ...we all know that...UNTIL Jesus Christ is proclaimed KING ...we are a lost nation and Church ! Let us pray !
    Let us stand firm: put on the Armor of God daily , say the St. Michael pray , call on Our Blessed Mother and REJOICE .

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  4. "When Catholic leaders and laity impede your faith with scandal and bad example and weak teaching; with compromises and photo ops and poor catechesis; with neglect of piety and devotion and instruction; then go where you can find it."

    Amen!

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  5. By the way, I want to thank you Dr. Jay for always including the transcript. We only have dial-up and I have never been able to watch Michael Voris even though I have heard a lot of good things about him. I feel rather deprived.

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  6. Is a great evil is being perpetrated?

    In one spot it says:
    - As Pope Pius V said, “All the evil in the world is due to lukewarm Catholics.”

    In another it says:
    - As Pope Pius X said, “All the evil in the world is due to lukewarm Catholics.”

    Correct attribution is needed.

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  7. I have seen it attributed to both, with slightly different wording. The quote as it is written in the post seems to be from Pope Pius V. Pope Pius X has been quoted as saying, “All the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the easygoing weakness of Catholics.” Same idea, obviously. I don't know where/when each Pope made the pronouncement, and haven't had time to dig it out.

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  8. Jay,

    Thank you for the reply. I should have been more specific.

    Can you cite, for any of the versions, what works or speeches they came from?

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  9. No, I can't. I have looked. Neither can I verify that quote from Catherine of Sienna about NOT keeping silence. Have never been able to locate exactly where/when she said it. Since I trust Michael Voris, I went with it, even though I could not find the document or speech it came from. Personally, I think the "easy-going" quote sounds more plausible; "luke-warm" sounds like a paraphrase to me. Well... of course any English version will pretty much be a paraphrase anyway!

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  10. Thanks Jay. I really do appreciated letting me know. I searched and can find nothing.

    Though I like much of what Mr. Voris says, his style and self-promotion trouble me.

    Have you ever noticed how so many works by Protestants have their countenance so proudly displayed, whereas Catholic works do not?

    I always get cautious when those who claim to be wearing the armor of Christ proudly lift their helmet's visor.

    In Christo

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  11. Jay,

    http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F60B1EFB3C5517738DDDAD0994DA415B888CF1D3

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  12. I'm not sure what you mean by "self-promotion", regarding Michael Voris. Your comment makes it seem like you'd prefer him to be a disembodied voice or something. Are you saying that any Catholic who speaks the truth, fights the devil, and also reveals his or her own identity is a Protestant at heart?! Or insincere or dishonest in some way? Or what? I can think of many Catholic saints who have "lifted their visors". Assuming it is a prideful gesture is not necessarily warranted.

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    1. "Are you saying that any Catholic who speaks the truth, fights the devil, and also reveals his or her own identity is a Protestant at heart?! "

      No, not at all. But when one makes a living off of doing so people naturally, and rightly begin to wonder. Christ did say to give up everything to the young man who sought to be a disciple.

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