21st Sunday after Pentecost
Be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of His power.
Put you on the armor of God,
Put you on the armor of God,
that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil...
in all things, taking the shield of Faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish
all the fiery darts of the most wicked one (Eph. 6.10,11, from today's Epistle).
It is a common objection today that Catholicism can not be the true divine Religion given the sexual scandals that has infested Catholic seminaries and parishes. Consequently, Catholics ought rather to shut their mouths up in the face of the rampant promiscuity and homosexuality that is the order of the day.
We reply that the responsible institution* which the secular press reports to be the Catholic Church is indicatively twisted and therefore misleading. We saw that in the 1930s (cf., "The Year That Was 1929"), Catholic institutions, specifically seminaries and monasteries, became the home and breeding ground of the modern "Judaizers" - those anti-Catholic "elements" of the Synagogue of Satan (Apoc. 2.9; 3.9), secretly entered in... ungodly men, turning the grace of our Lord God into riotousness (Jude 1.4) - who carried out orders to "work in a still more efficient way for the disintegration of the [Catholic]Church, by creating scandals within her" (the Jewish B'nai-B'rith, directors of the international Freemasonry, in The London Catholic Gazette, February 1936). They are donned either in the traditional episcopal and clerical trappings or in the Neo-Catholic apparel after the Lutheran or Anglican fashion. It shall be the habitation of dragons (Is. 34.13). And I will make Jerusalem to be... dens of dragons (Jer. 9.11). What the late Fr. Malachi Martin, S.J. referred to as the "element... called the superforce of the anti-Church... lodged in the Vatican" (cf., commentary on our post "Upheaval") or what the late Ms. Bella Dodd, the former Secretary General of the US Communist Party, pointed out to be infiltrated revolutionary "mock prelates and priests" finally had their appointed day of temporary success in making a mockery of Catholicism by way of promotion of their propaganda - the Neo-Catholicism: "the [R]eligion of the God-Man meeting the religion of [the 'dignity' and 'rights'] of man," Pope Paul VI in our post "The Great Tribulation'") all the way from the Vatican (cf., also our post "A Perilous 'Catholic' Voyage). The rotten fruits must be blamed on the rotten root (Neo-Catholic Theology) of the rotten tree (Vatican II "New Ecclesial Reality" or the Novus Ordo, that is, the "New 'Catholic [Dis-]Order'") transplanted into the Catholic grounds!
* The Catholic Church as the "Mystical Body" of Christ is distinct from its institutional organs, offices, etc., which could be taken by her enemies for their possession even without the characteristically savage anti-Catholic assaults perpetrated by the 16th century, 1789, 1917 and 1930s Revolutionaries. We saw this in the 4th century when the institutional Catholic Church was overran by the Arians; the Holy See instrumentalized as if it were a rubber-stamp; and, St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, exiled and 'excommunicated', was the "Voice of [Catholic] Orthodoxy".
Moreover, it is an absurd a conclusion that the divine Religion fails when the appointed pastors themselves fail to conform to it. St. Paul retorts, We preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ our Lord (2 Cor. 4.5) Who Is the Author and Finisher (Heb 12.2) of the Catholic Faith (cf., Col. 1.23; also, Rom. 1.5,8). The divine Religion fails when the Truth once infallibly taught and preached is infallibly contradicted. It is a travesty were the ancient Church established by Christ on Cephas be examined according to Luther's moralistic standard.
Therefore, the Holy Church urges in her Roman Catechism that her [true] pastors ought to explain, with great diligence, to the faithful the truth of the ninth article of her Holy Creed. For two important considerations:
First, as St. Augustine observes in his exposition on Psalms 95, the Prophets of Old spoke more plainly and openly of the Church than of Christ. Why is that so? They foresaw that it was on the mystery of the truth of God's Ecclesia that a much greater number may err and be deceived than on the mystery of the Incarnation of the Eternal Word. For in after ages there would not be wanting wicked men who, like the ape that would fain pass for a man, would claim that they were 'Catholics', and with no less impiety than effrontery assert that with them alone is the 'Catholic Church' (cf., the pseudo-Catholic Church in our posts "The Year That Was 1929", "Upheaval", and "What is Truth").
Second, he whose mind is strongly impressed with the truth taught in this Article, will easily escape the awful danger of heresy (nay of apostasy wherein they shall no longer have any remedy, Pr. 6.15)... But, he is a heretic who, having disregarded the authority of the Church, maintains impious opinions with pertinacity; whereas, he is an apostate who denies, gives up, or repudiates his Christian Faith.
Since, therefore, it is impossible that anyone be infected with the contagion of heresy (or be drawn into the quagmire of modern-day apostasy) so long as he holds what this Article proposes to be believed, the pastors are exhorted to use every diligence that the faithful, having known this mystery and guarded against the wiles of Satan, may persevere in the true Faith....