Hearken to My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people: and walk ye in all the way that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you... but he that will be proud, and refuse to obey the commandment of the priest, who ministereth... to the Lord thy God, that man shall die (Jer. 7.23; Deut. 17.12).
Before the precipitation of Lucifer and his followers into the fires of hell, all the angels were given a vision of the Eternal Word assuming in time a nature lower than the angelic. It was decreed,when He bringeth in the the first begotten into the world, He saith: And let all the angels of God adore Him (Heb. 1.6). Lucifer declared, Non serviam. Of old time thou hast broken My yoke, thou hast burst My bands, and thou saidst I will not serve (Jer. 2.20). Lucifer and his followers were punished by God with eternal torments in the fires if hell because their angelic minds clearly foresaw the eternal consequences of their rebellion and yet they held their ground: "So be it!"
Our Blessed Mother, in Her 19th August appearance at Fatima, underscored the loss of the Catholic spirit - the mind of Our Lord Jesus Christ obedient... even to the death on the Cross (Phil. 2.5,8) - as the reason why "many souls go to hell" (cf., "Our Lady: 'MANY souls go to hell...'"). Three centuries before Her Apocalyptic visitations at Fatima in Portugal, She, in Her title "Our Lady of Good Success", predicted it by saying that the proud spirit of the devil would reign through the Freemasons. It is to the Sovereign Roman Pontiffs whom She left the unmasking of the diabolically perverse mind and will of the Freemasons (their principles and their subversive operations) against the Lord Jesus Christ and His dominion - the Catholic Church and the whole religious-social order that the Catholic teaching established.
The Sovereign Roman Pontiff, whose duty it is to lead the flock of God to the harbor of salvation and feed them (cf., Jn. 21.15-17) with the doctrine of the Faith authored by the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Heb. 12.2) without any admixture of the poison of error, must indicate where the snares that threaten the flock lie. "The Roman Pontiffs, Our Predecessors, having understood the great task that they had to fulfill, like good shepherds always kept watch carefully, and by means of exhortations, instructions, and decrees, and even by risking their lives for their sheep, they tried to utterly destroy the sects that were threatening the Church with total ruin" (Pope Leo XII, Quo graviora, March 13, 1826). These sects of perdition (2 Pet. 2.1) which earned, many times over, anathemas from the Chair of Peter are the Freemasons - the insidious army organized by the Synagogue of Satan (Apoc. 2.9; 3.9) against the Catholic Church [whereas, the Russian atheistic materialist-Communists is the militant red (Apoc. 12.2) army organized by the same Synagogue of Satan] (cf., Joshua Jehuda, considered by the Synagogue as its important 'spiritual' leader, in our post "Anti-Christian Conspiracy").
The Modern Manifestations of the Subversive Spirit (Mind and Will) in their Fundamental Outline:
And the smoke of the pit arose, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke of the pit (Apoc. 9.2)
Naturalism - their fundamental doctrine...
"The fundamental doctrine of the Naturalists is that human nature and human reason [Rationalism] ought in all things to be mistress and guide" (Pope Leo XIII, Humanum genus, April 20, 1884).
That is, they contend, against Catholic doctrine, that the norm of what is true, right and good is not God and not the dogmas ["which cannot be understood by the human intelligence"] and moral precepts of His Church and Religion; rather, the inclinations of our nature and the conclusions of our reason - working in the light of our material experiences and circumstances and far sophisticated in this modern age. Thus, they 'practically' deny the Catholic teaching that "by the revelation of God... the human nature was stained by original sin, and is therefore more disposed to vice than to virtue... that our first parents sinned, and consequently think that [human reason and] free will [are] not at all weakened and inclined to [error and] evil" (Pope Leo XIII, ibid.). Now, if there were no original sin, man needs no redemption - he has no need for Christ Crucified, he has no need to submit to and obey the Lord and Savior through adherence to His doctrines and moral precepts taught by the Church, and he has no need of the Sacramental life of the Church.
'Big Brother' preaches it: "Show to the nation and to the world your real natural worth, the good that is in you and the greater good you are naturally capable of - under my 'See'."
Naturalism's worst form: the blasphemous compromised* justification of a Neo-Catholic gay for his lifestyle - "God made me this way! If I act accordingly, it's just natural."**
* Torn between God's strict moral code and the license afforded him by the current 'spirit'.
** Entirely different from the Catholic point: "God permitted that I suffer from such grave disorder. And yet, He has given me His grace through the Sacraments and sacramentals of the Holy Church that I may not abandon myself to the filthy and poisoned suggestions of the impure spirit exploiting this sorry condition of mine."
Rationalism: "For they deny that anything has been taught by God; they allow no dogma of religion or truth which cannot be understood by the human intelligence, nor any teacher who ought to be believed by reason of his authority" (Pope Leo XIII, ibid.). That is, in denying Original Sin, man's reason is not darkened nor is it prone to error so that there is no need for truth to be imposed upon it by any entity: the need to submit to the so-called Magisterium of the Catholic Church is utter nonsense. Rationalism then breeds 'liberty of opinion', that is, "everyone," Archbishop Lefebvre points out, "can think as he likes" and "it is from the clash of ideas, they say, that the light bursts forth" (Against the Heresies, p. 77). So, let's just respect each other's beliefs, they say - while Christ's truths and moral precepts are ignored as not deserving all the 'respect' since He claims to be the absolute truth, I Am... the Truth (Jn. 7.14), in an age where relative truth is the norm.
... which breeds Indifferentism...
"It has become known to Us... that great and extensive progress is being made by, and the strength daily increasing of, some Societies, Meetings, Gatherings, Conventicles, or Lodges, commonly known as Freemasons or some other nomeclature according to difference of language, in which men of all religions and sects whatsoever, content with a certain affectation*** of natural virtue... and are bound as well by a stringent oath sworn upon the Sacred Bible, as by imposition of heavy penalties to conceal under inviolable silence, what they secretly**** do in their meetings" (Pope Clement XII, In eminenti, March 13, 1826 - the first Papal condemnation of Freemasons in the first part of the 19th century)
Men of all religions: they propagate the error of Indifferentism. "This perverse opinion is spread on all sides by the fraud of the wicked who claim that it is possible to obtain the eternal salvation of the soul by the profession of any kind of religion, as long as morality is maintained" (Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari vos, August 15, 1832). "They thereby teach the great error of this age - that a regard for religion should be held as an indifferent matter, and that all religions are alike. This manner of reasoning is calculated to bring about the ruin... especially of the Catholic religion, which, as it is the only one that is true, cannot without great injustice, be regarded as merely equal to [other creeds]" (Pope Leo XIII, ibid.).
They therefore assail, in the mind of the faithful, the position of the Catholic Church: God's sole vessel of salvation in Jesus Christ Who alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn. 14.6): As Thou hast sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world (Jn. 17.18) so that he who will not hear the Church, let him be... as the heathen and publican (Mt. 18.17) who sacrifice to devils, and not to God (1 Cor. 10.20). Against their error, Pope Gregory XVI teaches: "With the admonition of the Apostle that there is one Lord, one Faith, one baptism (Eph. 4.5), may those fear who contrive the notion that the safe harbor of salvation is open to persons of any religion whatever. They should consider the testimony of Christ Himself Who said he that is not with Me, is against Me (Lk. 11.23), and that they disperse unhappily who do not gather with Him. Therefore, without a doubt, they will perish forever, unless they hold the Catholic Faith whole and inviolate" [quoting the "Symbol of St. Athanasius"].
*** With a certain affectation of natural virtue: that is, they pretend to be philanthropists, champions of liberty and progress, men of reason and science.
**** Bound by sworn oath and inviolable silence as to their secret doings: "to which one can apply this maxim: Good things welcome publicity, criminal deeds are hidden" (Pope Benedict XIV, Providas, March 18, 1751).
... and leads to 'liberty of conscience'
"From this poisoned source of indifferentism flows that false and absurd, or rather extravagant, maxim that liberty of conscience should be established and guaranteed to each man - a most contagious error, to which leads that absolute and unbridled liberty of opinion which for the ruin of Church and State spreads over the world, and which some men, by unbridled impudence, fear not to represent as advantageous to the Church. 'And what more certain death for souls,' says St. Augustine, 'than the liberty of error!'" (Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari vos).
That is, "everyone," Archbishop Lefebvre explains, "is entitled to his own morality and his own faith, that he can do as he pleases and believe what he wants" (op cit., 194). "This," Archbishop Lefebvre concludes, "is unacceptable" (ibid.). The phrase liberty of conscience "must be properly understood," the Archbishop points out, "for we also demand liberty of conscience, so that no one can force our consciences to adopt error... For [Catholicism], liberty of conscience means the freedom of the soul to adhere to the [T]ruth" (ibid.).
Now, against Naturalism - the foundation upon which the whole of the modern mentality of subversion rests - let it's error be betrayed by the naturally practical contradictions of its proponents and adherents: the enactment and enforcement of laws, adjudication of conflicts, State-inflicted punishments for crimes, maintenance and even the strengthening of police and military forces - all of which vindicate the Catholic position: the truth of divine revelation on Original Sin and all that it entails.
The verdict of the Chair: "We.... have determined and decreed that these same Societies, Meetings, Gatherings, Lodges or Conventicles of Freemasons, or by whatever other name called... in the plenitude of Apostolic Power, should be condemned and prohibited, as by this present Constitution We do condemn and prohibit them.
Wherefore, we direct the faithful in Christ, all and singly, of whatever status, grade, dignity and pre-eminence, whether laymen or clerics as well secular or regular, strictly and in virtue of holy obedience, that no one, under any pretext or farfetched rationale dare or presume to enter the above-mentioned Societies of Freemasons, or otherwise named; or to propagate, foster or receive them whether in their houses or elsewhere, and to conceal them, or be present at them, or to afford them the opportunity or facilities for being convened anywhere, or otherwise to render them advice, help, or favor, openly or in secret, directly or indirectly, of themselves or through the agency of others in whatever way...; but in every particular to abstain utterly as they are in duty bound from the same Societies... under pain of excommunication... incurred ipso facto... and which can only be absolved by the Sovereign Pontiff" (Pope Clement XII and Pope Benedict XIV).
All the judgments of Thy justice are forever. Thou hast despised all them that fall off from Thy judgments; for their thought is unjust (Ps. 118.160,118).
Related post: "On Vatican II 'Religious Liberty'"