28 July 2017

Until He Be Taken Out of the Way: Some Fatima Thoughts for Your Weekend

The first part of the title to this post comes from 2 Thessalonians 2:7. The passage refers to the progress of antichrist, hindered by the working of grace until such time as he who hinders antichrist be "taken out of the way."  

With this as a backdrop, I gladly refer readers to a piece by the great Christopher Ferrara at Fatima Perspectives, which ponders an Antonio Socci (of The Fourth Secret of Fatima fame) piece on aspects of the Benedict abdication.  Ferrara, as always logical and relentless, makes you think about unpleasant realities.  

Just few excerpts, but read the whole:

Alluding to the title of the book Attack on Ratzinger, written three years before Benedict’s “resignation,” Socci suggests that the attack on Benedict XVI, the “rejected rock” (of Peter), which culminated in his abdication, is part of “the final attack on the Catholic Church by the antichristian powers and ideologies of this world.”

Cacciari, Socci continues, calls the Church over which Benedict presided the Kathécon, a Greek word which appears in Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians, meaning the great sign of opposition to the advance of the Antichrist, which has the power to “put the brakes” on that advance. Cacciari maintains that Pope Benedict renounced the “ministry of the Bishop of Rome” because he was convinced that “he could no longer succeed in containing the powers of Antichrist within the Catholic Church. As Saint Augustine said, antichrists are in each of us. This is a key to the decision by Ratzinger, if we want to view it in all its seriousness. His decision is of one piece with the crisis of politics, of the power that brakes [the advance of Antichrist].”

Socci concludes that with Benedict’s renunciation, it would appear that “the Church as Kathécon, that is, as the power that arrests [the Antichrist’s advance], was totally dissolved. Giving the impression of being recruited as a draft horse for the chariot of the Antichrist’s power.”


[The post goes on to relate this extended quote-- ironically prophetic-- by Paul VI]:

“There is a great disturbance at this moment in the world and in the Church, and what is in question is the Faith. It happens now that I repeat to myself that obscure phrase of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke: ‘When the Son of Man returns, will he find any faith on the earth?’ Books are published in which the faith is in retreat on important points, and the episcopate remains silent, finding nothing strange in these works. Sometimes I reread the Gospel on the end times and I discern that in this moment there are emerging certain signs of this end. Are we near to the end? This we can never know. It is necessary to hold oneself ready, but everything could go on much longer.

“What strikes me, when I consider the Catholic world, is that within Catholicism there sometimes seems to predominate a kind of non-Catholic thought… and it could happen that tomorrow this non-Catholic thought… will be at its strongest. But this will never represent the thought of the Church. There must be a small flock, however small that flock will be.”

Pray for the Church and her pastors!

1 comment:

Steve said...

My take on 2 Thess 2:7-

Our Lady made the formal request for the Consecration of Russia six days after the Lateran Treaty was ratified, "The time has come...". Pius XI put the proceeds from the Treaty in the hands of Bernardino Nogara. With the massive financial corruption that ensued, the Holy Ghost was removed from the Vatican.