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Everything is going very badly. Around all horizons [are] dark, dark clouds. The prospects are only of disaster. So, St. Paul says, “Lift up your hearts and rejoice!” Since everything is going so badly, the only thing to do is to rejoice. Scripture says, “Go about your lives.” ...because hard times are coming. I have an American friend who says, “The alarm bells should be ringing off the wall.” ...because the alarm is so great ... in the near or immediate future.
I heard two days ago in Paris that the motu proprio, liberating the Tridentine Mass, should soon appear. I also heard the same source said that the lifting that the decree of excommunication of the four bishops should also be soon lifted. In other words, the two conditions that the SSPX asked for in 2001...it looks as though they may be granted. Then, in 2001, when there were negotiations between Rome and the SSPX, these were the two preconditions so that discussions could start between the Society and Rome. In other words, in 2001, strictly speaking, if Rome granted these two things, then the Society would sit down at the table with Rome, in order to talk about doctrine. But, in Rome, they are wolves and foxes and sharks.
The message reached me recently from Cardinal Castrillón that he said, “Bishop Williamson calls me a shark. I am a shark.” He was happy to be called a shark! In French, it is called “opération du shark.” If the shark can charm his victim, he will more easily swallow. Cardinal Castrillón, between 2001 and 2006, has always wanted to contact the Society. When the communists want to get in contact with people (because they are not yet in power), the only safe thing to do is not to talk to them! I believe this is the wisdom of those years! Now, the communists are in power everywhere. Not hard communism but soft communism.
But, it makes one think of Little Red Riding Hood. “Mr. Wolf, what lovely teeth you have!”
“All the better to eat you with!”
“Your Eminence Shark, what lovely teeth you have!” During these last five to six years, the Cardinal has been, in effect, in discussion with the Society, and the discussion was not about doctrine. Just like the communists, he said, “We're not going to agree on doctrine! Let's just come to some practical understanding.” Because the communists know that if you come to a practical understanding, if they can be in contact with and you will be living with them, they will encounter no resistance. This is why yesterday, the only safe thing to do is not to talk to communists. Nevertheless, under John Paul II, the shark did not succeed in swallowing the Society.
Now comes Pope Benedict XVI. We know from a quotation of Cardinal Ratzinger, now the Pope, that he had, shortly before becoming Pope, two regrets. He said, we know this from an Austrian bishop, a colleague of Cardinal Ratzinger. [According to] this bishop, Cardinal Ratzinger said, “I regret two things: One is Fatima.” Meaning, what Cardinal Ratzinger did in 2001, regarding Fatima. At that time, in effect, the Cardinal played an important part in attempting to bury Fatima. Let's say in 2003, maybe in 2004, he regretted what he had done...or regretted what he had had to do. The Cardinal said, “My hand was forced,” meaning that the Cardinal had been told to bury Fatima. Have no fear. Fatima will rise from the dead!
But, the second thing that the Cardinal regretted was the failure of his negotiations with the Society in 1988. You may remember that, in 1988, on May 5th, the Cardinal succeeded in making the Archbishop sign a protocol of agreement, but then in the night of May 5th and May 6th, as the proverb, “The night brought counsel.” So, on May 6th, the Archbishop took back his signature. He said to the Cardinal, “The time has not yet come for us to be able to work together.” He said, “You wish to dethrone Christ in society, and we to enthrone Christ in society.” What is called a head on clash! Yet, the Cardinal regretted that he had not been able to bring the Society into the Church, and that is, God knows, that the Cardinal was sincere in his regrets. Very possibly, the Cardinal sees the Society as a valuable element in the Church, an element which needs to be inside the official Church and not outside. Why should the Archbishop refuse? Because somebody like the Archbishop sees that the Cardinal's understanding of the Society inside of the Church is quite different from the Archbishop's understanding. Somebody like the Cardinal, somebody with the Cardinal's way of thinking... I only say Cardinal because he, Joseph Ratzinger, then was a Cardinal ... but somebody with his way of thinking does not see Catholic Tradition as an absolute Truth.
Read the Pope Pius X's encyclical Pascendi, around paragraph 28 at the end of section on the modernist theologian, St. Pius X explains why the modernists like Tradition to resist because the Church is Hegelian. The mentality of the modernists is Hegelian, just like the mentality of communists is Hegelian. Hegel, thesis, and synthesis, (?) out of the clash of thesis and synthesis: progress is made out of the synthesis. Without the clash, there will be no progress. So, in a Hegelian mind, if a Catholic Cardinal has a Hegelian mind, then he wants both progressives and conservatives...the progressives move forward. But if they must not move forward too fast.
Imagine a gardener and a hose and a tap. Agricultural comparison: If the gardener pulls the hose too far from the tap, there will be no more water. If the Cardinal pulls the Church too far away from Tradition, then the Church will lose contact with its origins, and the Church will lose vitality. So, the Hegelian Church needs the tap of Tradition, and then the progressives can happily water the flowers all over heresy. And carefully Tradition will help in watering and keeping alive all sorts of heresy. Somebody like Archbishop Lefebvre does not want to be used to provide water for heresy.
Read Pascendi! When Pius X writes Pascendi in 1907, he is, as it were, tearing the hair out of his head because the Pope sees such a danger in modernism! Modernism is a very subtle heresy. It maintains all the appearances while emptying out the substance. If Catholic Tradition allowed itself to be incorporated into the Hegelian Church, the Truth would only be used in order to make heresy flourish. That's why the Archbishop took back his signature. There was no need to say, at that time or today, that Cardinal Ratzinger was insincere. There was no need to say that he meant to lay a trap. There is no need to say that he did not sincerely wish the Archbishop's good. It is perfectly possible to say and to think that the Cardinal meant well. There is no need to think that he meant to deceive the Archbishop. Humanly speaking, my little opinion is that he didn't mean to deceive him. If you are a sincere Hegelian, if you are a sincere modernist, you honestly regret that you failed to come to an agreement with the Archbishop. The same thing today! It is perfectly possible to think that if Pope Ratzinger now fulfils the two conditions, it is because he sincerely wishes to bring the Society into the Church, but the Church has not changed since 1988.
The Official Church is still Hegelian. It is still modernist, and therefore in 2006, like in 1988, if the Society came to some kind of agreement with Rome, there would be a very grave danger of the sharks smoothly swallowing the dear little Society. It would very smooth. No blood. No tearing to pieces. Just quietly, the barrier of teeth closing behind the Society, and the Society is quietly Hegelianised, and we lose the absoluteness of Truth. Our Divine Lord did not say, “I am the Way, the Life, and the Hegelian Truth.” Our Lord said, “I am the Way, the Life, and THE Truth.” If by misfortune, the dear Society allowed itself to be swallowed, the Catholic resistance would need to start all over again. There would be an agreement with the Cardinal Archbishop of Warsaw, the Cardinal Shark of Warsaw would come here with a beautiful smile, and he would swallow the beautiful building; he would swallow the pious, good priests...and all the nice, little children. ...and it said in every fairy tale, “everybody would live happily ever after.”
Just one little problem: Catholic resistance would have to start all over again. The more sincere and well-meaning the Hegelians are, the more dangerous they are. A Hegelian is an absolute enemy of absolute truth. And, so, he has to dissolve absolute truth. Between Hegel and absolute truth, there is an absolute contradiction. Hegel has conquered the modern world, or communism is profoundly Hegelian. Communism and modernism are kissing cousins, and so, between modernism and absolute truth is an absolute enmity. The first Hegelians, Hegel himself, must have known what they were doing, but after the first, like any heresy, the heresiarchs know, but those who follow them don't necessarily know. The followers of Luther can be sincere.
So, a Cardinal Ratzinger, even a Cardinal Castrillón, may mean well, and this is why they deceive. This is why Catholics, who have charity, interpret them kindly. Catholics, assume they have good intentions. It looks as though they have good intentions, and so why shouldn't we come to an agreement? We will no longer have to swim against the current! We no longer have to fight with everybody else in our family. We are no longer exiles or outcasts. We are again friends with everybody because the official Church is friends with everybody. The official Church is friends with communists, with the Mohametans, with the Jews.
Pope Ratzinger, one of the first things he does, is to visit the synagogue in Germany, in Cologne. He says very nice things about the Jews. By accident, he said something not nice about the Mohametans, but he really said that he really didn't mean it. He is sincere friends with all those who used to be enemies of the Church. Why can't he also be friends with the Society of St. Pius X? Why can't the Society understand how he loves us? He can't. Somebody like him cannot understand. In one of the books shown in the rack on the bookshelves here, a book about (?). Unfortunately I can't remember which, it may be the book on the encyclicals of the popes. You have a magnificent collection of the encyclicals of the popes. Archbishop Lefebvre said we need to study these encyclicals. In these encyclicals is the understanding of the Hegelian world: the understanding of the disillusion of Truth, [and] the understanding of liberalism.
I was going to say that the quotation of the Archbishop goes like this, explaining this encyclical to the seminarians, he said, “we are dealing with people who do not believe in absolute truth. People who do not believe in absolute truth cannot be Catholic.” So, there is no way a Catholic can come to an understand with a Hegelian. If it looks like an understanding they come to, either the Catholic is being swallowed by the Hegelian or the Catholic wakes up and backtracks. But, after some kind of agreement, it is difficult to backtrack. The nice, sincere Cardinal Archbishop of Warsaw has come here. He has gone through the whole building. He has smiled all the way. He has met all the little children. He has given his Cardinal blessing to everyone and everything, and then you have to say to him, “Your Eminence, please go away again.” It is not easy, and the Cardinal Archbishop might not be very happy. So, the last state might be worse than the first, but, humanly speaking, once such an agreement is made, it would be very difficult to move back. What is necessary is for the Catholics to understand who modernists are. Modernism is a very subtle and a very dangerous heresy.
Imagine a pharmacy. There are all of the bottles with labels, containing all kinds of medicines and all kinds of pills, on the shelves. You go in one evening to buy some aspirin, and you buy some aspirin. You go away with some aspirin. You come back the following morning: the same bottle, the same morning, the same aspirin...you take it home, but the following morning, you take it home, and it is rat poison. Exactly the same pharmacy, exactly the same bottle, exactly the same label, but the content is quite different! What happened in the middle of the night? Somebody broke into the pharmacy and while leaving all of the appearances, completely changed the content. How is such a thing possible?
The modern age, our age, is very corrupt. We no longer have enough peasants. There is no longer enough common sense amongst human beings. For tens of years now, many of us have been living in big cities, separate from the creatures of God, surrounded by creatures of men. In the country, I cannot argue with the sunshine or the rain. It isn't much use. But, in the city, I can always argue with the policeman or with the girl at the bank counter. When everything is man-made, everything can be man-changed. So, people in a man-made environment think they can change what they like. People in a God-made environment know that there are a lot of things they can't change. This is why peasants in the country have a lot more common sense than computer geeks in the city. On the computer, everything dances at my touch. I am in control of virtual reality. That's why I feel free to change the content of all the bottles and the content of God's religion. There is no longer an absolute truth. Everything is man-made. There is no longer an absolute reality.
Today, there could be a revolution in the street, outside my apartment. People are throwing stones. People are firing guns. They are shrieking, and they are dying. Having looked out onto the street, I will turn back to the televsion set, and I will turn on the television to see if what is happening in the street is true. The tail is wagging the dog, and modern minds are losing reality. It is a danger for all of us, especially being in the city. But today, even life in the country is industrialised. The farmer sits on top of his carbine harvester in a sealed cabin. He no longer suffers from the rain. It is warmed in winter and cooled in summer. He has earphones, and there is rock music in his earphones. He is still in contact with reality? One may wonder. On the ground, on the land he throws chemicals in order to produce plastic food. The Americans are now producing genetically-altered food. I think there is some resistance in Europe, but, for the dear Americans, it is normal to want to improve on the Creation of God. When our digestion will fit genetically-altered food is a minor question.
If enough Catholics lose their sense of reality, they follow man's changing of God's religion. As Archbishop Lefebvre said, “We are dealing with people who have no grasp of objective truth.” The boy Joseph Ratzinger came from a village in southern Germany, but he was born in 1927. After the second World War, he was 18, I think. The pious Catholic boy entered a reconstructed Catholic seminary in Munich, where the very intelligent boy exposed to Hegelian professors, the most prestigious Catholic professors left in war-ruined Germany. He swallowed the poison of Hegel and became a pious modernist. As a pious modernist, he likes pious traditionalists, but he cannot understand them. So, Catholics must preserve, above all, their sense of reality, their sense of an exclusive, objective truth: a truth which excludes error, which excludes Hegel, which condemns Hegel, which cannot endure error, and which ... there is only one truth! No truth can contradict any other truth.
In Hegel['s world], anything can contradict anything. Every contradiction is a simply thesis and a synthesis, which needs to be reconciled in the synthesis. So, two and two are four, and two and two are six. They need to be reconciled into two and two are five. The problem is worse. The problem is that the modernists are like mathematicians who say, “Two and two are four. That's true! I agree with you! You are quite right! You need to be broad-minded. You need to progressive! You must not be a mental shut-in. You mustn't be limited to two and two are four. You must be more broad-minded! Two and two are four, but they're also five! They're also six! They're also six million! So, I agree with you. I agree with your traditional Catholic Faith! You're right, but you have got to be more broad-minded! You mustn't be so exclusive with your traditional Catholic Faith. You must understand that there's other Catholic Faiths which also prove! Between the Catholic truths and any heresy, there isn't necessarily any contradiction! Or...the contradiction doesn't matter! We have entered a new world, a new world of liberty! We are no longer prisoners of two and two are four! We are no longer prisoners of 'I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth...' And, yet, you're still quite right! We need the tap! We don't want to pull the pipe away from you, but we need you to keep all of the heresies alive!”
What can I do, except blow my brains out? What can you do in the face of such a mind? Such a mind is gone! A Hegelian mind is gone! The poor Pope Benedict XVI has a very good mind. The quality of the intelligence is very high, but the head is gone. So, when he is sincerely well-meaning, he's fulfilling the two conditions we asked for. It looks as if he wants to. He may not succeed against the opposition of all of the French bishops. The French bishops understand, 'If you approve of two and two are four, you're condemning six million. You're condemning our Church of Liberty. You're condemning our New Church. These people condemn our New Church. You cannot approve of these people without undividing (?) all of us.' This is why the French Bishops have risen up against the motu proprio. The well-meaning Pope may or may not succeed in establishing his motu proprio, but let us suppose that he succeeds. Let us suppose that he also lifts the decree of excommunication. Where then is the (?)? The Pope will seem at that point to have done everything he could for the Society. All of the newspapers and all of the media will say, “Look how good the Pope is! He is done what these traditionalists wanted for the last six years! He has done everything he could, but still the traditionalists refuse?! These traditionalists deserve to be shot! Why won't they enter into our happy brave new world?!”
If the motu proprio happens and the decree is lifted, we will cut a very nasty figure if we refuse! We are going to look like the Big Bad Wolf, and the Pope will look like Little Red Riding Hood. It will be a difficult situation, and many Catholics of Tradition will be tempted. If the Society does refuse (which is very likely), then Rome will look like the “good guys.” What the Society said in 2001 was reasonable! If these two conditions were fulfilled, it proves that Rome has some good will. And then we will start talking about the real problems, which are problems of truth and doctrine. The real problem is not really even in the True Mass. The real problem is the change of doctrine behind the change of Mass. Behind the New Mass is Hegelian variety. Behind the Old Mass is absolute truth, and Catholic doctrine is marveously expressed in the Old Mass.
So, my dear friends, to conclude, be prepared to fasten your seatbelts because you may need to fasten your minds to Catholic Truth, which is absolute and unchanging Truth. You will need to understand that behind even the kindness of Rome could be Hegelians and most likely is Hegelians. So, don't think that if Rome is kind, the problem is over. What Archbishop Lefebvre used to say was, “These churchmen must accept the doctrine of the encyclicals of the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries.” He said, “They must profess the Syllabus of Pius IX and the Lamentibili and Pascendi of Pius X.” For instance, when these churchmen again profess and put their signatures to those anti-liberal documents, then we know that they too have got out of their Hegelianism. Then, we will know that they have come back to Truth and absolutely. Then, there will be no more problem between the Society and these Romans.
But, of course, if the Romans come back to the absolute Truth will then have the same old problems with the media of the world. That pope who has come back to Truth will be hated by the media like Pius XII. Instead of being loved like John XXIII, by all the world and all the media, and loved like Pope John Paul II with all the world coming to his funeral, he will be exiled like Gregory VII. He will be driven out of Rome like Pius IX. He will be scorned like Pius XII. Our Lord says, “If the world hated me, it will also hate you.” Our Lord never hated the world. Our Lord never hated souls, even the souls of His enemies. He never compromised with error. For that reason, he was crucified.
So, my dear friends, I wish all of us, if necessary, persecution. There are clouds all around the horizon. The world is getting worse and worse. The children are thoroughly threatened. I see no human hope, so let us lift up our hearts and rejoice!
Thank you very much.
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|Posted Nov 27, 2006, 2:05 am
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