15 October 2014

An Excellent Prayer for a Most Appropriate Time


“O God, who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son to be the eternal High Priest for the glory of Thy Majesty and the salvation of mankind; grant that they whom He hath chosen to be His ministers and the stewards of His mysteries, may be found faithful in the fulfillment of the ministry which they have received. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.”
 
And here's why, as stated by Roberto de Mattei (translated at Rorate Caeli):
 
 
The bishops and cardinals, even more than the ordinary faithful, find themselves faced with a terrible drama of conscience, very much graver than the one the English martyrs had to face in the XVI century. Then, in fact it was about disobeying the highest civil authority, King Henry VIII, who, because of his divorce, opened a schism with the Roman Church. Today however, the resistance goes against the highest religious authority should they deviate from the perennial teaching of the Church.  And the ones who are called to resist are not disobedient Catholics or dissenters, but actually those that most profoundly venerate the Papal institution. At the time of Henry VIII, the ones who resisted were consigned to the secular arm, which destined them for decapitation or dismemberment. The modern secular arm applies moral lynching, through psychological pressure from the mass-media on public opinion.  The outcome is often the psychological and physical collapse  of the victims, a crisis of identity, the loss of a vocation and the faith - unless one is able to exercise the heroic virtue of fortitude with the help of grace. 
 
 
 

3 comments:

Barto (with 1962 Missal in hand) said...

BISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN IN 1948:
"The Antichrist...will set up a counterchurch which will be the ape of the Church, because he, the Devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ..."
(Fulton J. Sheen, Communism and the Conscience of the West [Bobbs-Merril Company, Indianapolis, 1948], pp. 24-25)

Long-Skirts said...

"And the ones who are called to resist are not disobedient Catholics or dissenters, but actually those that most profoundly venerate the Papal institution"

Welcome to the world of Archbishop Lefebvre and the Priestly Order of the Society of St. Pius X

St. Corbinian's Bear said...

Indeed, there's the irony. We are the natural ultramontanists who are being forced into the unaccustomed role of vigorous opposition to this papacy. It is not because we have become "cafeteria Catholics," like our enemies pretend, but because we have been given a "cafeteria pope," furthermore, one who wants to "walk" into the "kitchen" making a mess, and "smelling" the wait staff.