The Demolition of Bastions
No wonder the Church's worst enemies have been so delighted with the Council and the radical changes it introduced. They are also no doubt quite pleased with the sudden and catastrophic ecclesial collapse in every department following Vatican II. Every available statistic shows that the unprecedented changes ushered in by Vatican II have been accompanied by equally unprecedented declines in the number of priests and religious, the number of new ordinations, the number of seminarians and the number of conversions and baptisms. Immediately after Vatican II some 50,000 priests defected, and today there remain approximately 50,000 fewer Catholic priests than there were thirty-one years ago. In 1997 there were fewer baptisms in the United States than there were in 1970.1
Even Cardinal Ratzinger has spoken of “a continuing process of decay that has gone on largely on the basis of appeals to the Council, and thus has discredited the Council in the eyes of many people.”2 Yet Cardinal Ratzinger, along with the others who have presided over this debacle, insists—incredibly enough—that we need more of the same, more of the new orientation of Vatican II:
Going even further, and citing as his authority one of the very neo-modernist theologians who have helped produce this disaster for the Church, Cardinal Ratzinger declared:
The Cardinal's call for “demolition of longstanding bastions” in the Church is perhaps the most damning admission of all concerning the revolutionary new orientation of the Church brought on by the Second Vatican Council. For what could the Cardinal mean by “longstanding bastions” if not the Church's traditional defenses against Her enemies—what the Cardinal himself condescendingly describes as “many of the things that have hitherto spelled security for Her and that She has taken for granted”? The Cardinal admits that he wishes to demolish the very things that give the Church security! The Church must, in the Cardinal's strange view of things, trust “solely in the shield of faith.” But what does that mean? How can Catholics hold on to their faith unless it is kept secure by the very bastions the Cardinal wishes to demolish?
By citing “new theologian” Hans Urs von Balthasar as his authority for this “demolition of bastions”, the Cardinal himself blesses the “new theology” in its project of tearing down the Church's traditional theology, with its clear and precise definitions of the truths that Catholics must believe. In the Cardinal's call to demolish the Church's “longstanding bastions”, we see clearly what can only be called a “desire to destroy.” That phrase is taken from a book by the Catholic writer Atila Sinke Guimarães, entitled Animus Delendi (Latin for “the desire to destroy”). Guimarães shows that the conciliar and post-conciliar “reformers” of the Church are motivated by a mentality that sees the destruction of the “old” Church as “tragic but necessary” for the Church's “growth and renewal” in the “modern world.”
How are the “bastions” to be demolished? Our Lady says the dogma of Faith will be preserved in Portugal. Dogmas are in themselves bastions of the Church. Obviously, then, the demolition of bastions will involve the undermining of dogmatic definitions, even as lip-service is paid to the dogmas by the neo-modernist “new theologians” who are doing the undermining. Dogmas can be undermined in these ways: 1) simply ignore them, and they will cease to exist for all practical purposes; 2) replace clear terms with ambiguous terms—e.g. “is” with “subsist”; 3) dismiss dogma as “outdated theology”, as in the Balamand Declaration and the various remarks of high-ranking churchmen cited in the preceding chapter; 4) pretend there is no such thing as infallible dogmatic definitions which every Catholic must believe, just as they are written; and 5) where the dogma of no salvation outside the Church is concerned, simply refer incessantly to non-Catholics as “believers” or “Christians.”
What precisely are the bastions that, in the view of “reformers” like Cardinal Ratzinger, must be demolished? We recall once again what Pope Pius XII accurately predicted in his inspired comments about the coming crisis in the Church:
Pope Pius XII identified three elements of the Church that the “innovators” wished to alter: Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul (i.e. Her very nature). Notice that Pope Pius XII, basing himself on the Fatima Message, as well as what he had witnessed personally in the Church at that time, spoke of a coming attempt to dismantle, destroy and reject these things in the Church. In other words, the “demolition of bastions.”
The Demolition of the Liturgy
Before Vatican II the Popes, even including Pope John XXIII, unanimously defended the Church's ancient Latin liturgy against innovation, recognizing that the immutable Latin language was a barrier against heresy, as Pope Pius XII taught in his monumental encyclical on the liturgy, Mediator Dei. Indeed, the Protestant “reformers” of the 16th Century hated nothing more than the traditional Catholic Mass in Latin, the Damasian-Gregorian liturgy which was the center of the life of the Church from at least the 4th Century (and probably earlier) until the liturgical “reform” of Pope Paul VI in 1969.
Nowhere can the desire to destroy, the demolition of bastions, be seen more clearly than in Pope Paul's explanation of his decision to suppress the traditional Latin Mass of more than 1,500 years’ standing and replace it with a newly concocted rite of Mass in the vernacular—a totally unprecedented action his predecessors would have regarded as absolutely unthinkable:
What indeed is more precious than “these loftiest of our Church's values”? According to Pope Paul VI what was more precious was an appeal to “modern man”, whom the Pope apparently viewed as so obtuse as to be unable to make heads or tails of Latin prayers in the Roman Missal, even if the same Missal included vernacular translations alongside the Latin. Pope Paul VI continued by answering his own question:
Pope Paul VI's speech is a blueprint for what has happened to the entire Church since the Council. The conciliar and post-conciliar changes—all without precedent in Church history—are the work of profane intruders who labor to destroy something of priceless worth, to demolish bastions that had been standing for centuries—not only in the sacred liturgy, but in the perennial teaching of the Church. It is no accident that Vatican II caused unprecedented destruction, since the Council's prime movers were planning destruction all along.
The Demolition of Theology
In the December 19, 1946 edition of L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Pius XII (targeting the heterodox theories of modernists like Chenu and de Lubac) warned that what was being trumpeted as a “new theology” would end up undermining the Faith:
As we have seen, Pope John XXIII disregarded Pope Pius XII's warning; at Vatican II Pope John rehabilitated the very proponents of the “new theology” who were under suspicion of heresy during the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. To recall the testimony of Msgr. Bandas: “No doubt good Pope John thought that these suspect theologians would rectify their ideas and perform a genuine service to the Church. But exactly the opposite happened. … The great confusion was underway. It was already apparent that neither Trent nor Vatican I nor any encyclical would be permitted to impede its advance.”
Now, what have been the effects of the “new theology” upon the Church? Today, in the name of Vatican II, we are told—
In short, the Church's enemies in the neo-modernist, Freemasonic and Communist camps have seen their theological dreams largely come true.
The Demolition of the Church's Soul
The future Pope Pius XII was not speaking idly when, in the light of the Message of Fatima, he predicted the coming attempt to alter not only the Church's liturgy and theology, but Her very soul—what She is. Of course, this design can never succeed completely, because Our Lord promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church. But this divine promise does not exclude the Church's human element suffering the gravest possible wounds from Her enemies, short of a final death. It was the prospect of such grave injuries to the Church that so alarmed Pope Pius XII, especially in light of the Fatima prophecies.
And indeed Pope Pius’ worst fears have been realized in the post-conciliar period, in which we have witnessed an effort to change the Church from the sole ark of salvation, outside of which no one is saved, into a mere collaborator with other “churches and ecclesial communities”, non-Christian religions and even atheists in building up a utopian “civilization of love.” In this “civilization of love” the salvation of souls from hell—which is no longer mentioned—is replaced by a new form of “salvation”: salvation through world “brotherhood” and world “peace.” This is the very notion which Freemasonry has been promoting for the past three centuries.
In keeping with this Freemasonic notion of “salvation” through the “brotherhood of man” (understood in a secular, non-Christian sense), many Catholic churchmen now tell us that we must respect the various Protestant and schismatic sects as partners in “ecumenical dialogue” and the “search for Christian unity.” In keeping with this new notion, there are joint ecumenical “liturgies” between Catholics, Protestants and schismatic Orthodox churches to demonstrate the supposed “partial communion” between “all Christians.” To be sure, the executors of the new orientation of the Catholic Church still allow that She is the most perfect of all churches, but the claim that the Catholic Church is the one true Church, to the complete exclusion of all others, has de facto been abandoned by all but a remnant of faithful Catholics, who are considered “rigid sectarians” and “pre-conciliar” for simply believing what Catholics always believed before 1965.
But “Christian unity” is only a step toward pan-religious unity in the world brotherhood. At the same time “Christian unity” is being promoted by pan-Christian activities which the great pre-conciliar Popes would have regarded as sacrileges, “interreligious dialogue” has made the Church more “open” to the “value” of non-Christian religions, whose followers would no longer be regarded as being in need of faith and Baptism to save their souls. Karl Rahner's “anonymous Christianity”—which holds that the sincere followers of any religion can be, and probably are, “Christians” without even knowing it—has become the de facto theology of the Church. Accordingly, there would be pan-religious prayer meetings in which the members of all religions gather together to pray for peace and to demonstrate their “unity” as members of the human family, without any of them being told that they are in danger of damnation without Baptism, faith in Christ and membership in His Church. In the “reformed” Good Friday liturgy, Catholics (for the first time in the Church's liturgical history) no longer pray publicly and unequivocally for the conversion of non-Catholics into the Catholic Church as a necessary step for the salvation of their souls.
As anyone can see, the replacement of the Social Kingship of Christ with the “civilization of love” has totally neutralized the Catholic Church, which no longer serves as the center of the world's moral and spiritual authority, as She was meant to be by Her divine Founder.
The progressivist theologians who advanced this new orientation of the Church have now formed almost two generations of Catholic laity and clergy. The works of Rahner, Küng, Schillebeeckx, Congar, de Lubac, von Balthasar, and their disciples now dominate the teaching-texts of Catholic seminaries and universities. For the past 35 years, the progressivist tenets of these men have served as the principal formation for priests, religious, theologians, and Catholic college students. Thus, we have now reached a stage where prelates prefer Rahner's theology to that of Saint Robert Bellarmine, for example, who is a canonized saint and Doctor of the Church, or Saint Thomas Aquinas, the great Doctor and one of the greatest saints in Church history. The teaching of Bellarmine and Aquinas—indeed, the teaching of all the Popes before Vatican II—tends to be accepted only in accordance with the spin given it by Rahner and the other “new theologians.” The same is true of most professors in Catholic colleges and seminaries.
This process of attempting to change the very soul and theology of the Church, as Pope Pius XII feared, has involved not only the “ecumenical venture” and “interreligious dialogue”, but also an endless series of apologies from Catholic churchmen, high and low, for the Church's past “triumphalism” in claiming to be the sole repository of divine revelation, and the supposed sins of Her deceased members against other “Christians” and other cultures. This was precisely what Pope Pius XII predicted when he spoke of the innovators who would “make Her [the Church] feel remorse for Her historical past.”
The Enemy's Predictions Fulfilled
We now summarize the close correspondence between what we have seen happen in the post-conciliar Church and the goals of both Freemasonry (as revealed by Roca and various Freemasons, many quoted by Bishop Graber, and The Permanent Instruction) and Communism (as attested to by Bella Dodd and other ex-Communists):
And all of these developments were predicted by the future Pope Pius XII in remarks he related specifically to “the Blessed Virgin's messages to Lucy of Fatima” and “this persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church.”
The Passion of the Church
Thus, the passion that our Holy Church is presently suffering is really no great mystery. By recklessly ignoring the Popes of the past, by abandoning condemnations of error, by “rehabilitating” suspect theologians and making them heroes of the Church, by abolishing the Index of Forbidden Books and the Holy Office, by doing away with the traditional Catholic liturgy which was a barrier against heresy, by pronouncing the anti-liberal teaching of Blessed Pius IX and the anti-modernist teaching of Saint Pius X as “one-sided” and “outdated”—in short, by ruthlessly and systematically stripping the Church of almost all Her defenses—our present Church leaders have demolished nearly all the bastions that once protected the Church from infiltration and corruption, thus creating a compromised structure that we can now see collapsing in scandal, corruption, disobedience, and loss of faith.
Yet our Church leaders continue to insist that the disastrous process of change responsible for this admitted invasion and auto-demolition of the Church be continued full steam ahead. This is precisely why Cardinal Ratzinger, many years after Vatican II, declared that the Church “must demolish longstanding bastions.”8
As we have already demonstrated, all of this was predicted by the Church's enemies. Bishop Graber, commenting on the post-conciliar crisis in light of the Masons’ own predictions of what they would soon succeed in doing, declared:
But it is these very “leading men of the Church” who are the subject of our case. Yet we hasten to say, once again, that we do not claim that every churchman who promotes novel practices, such as ecumenism, is deliberately acting as an enemy of the Church. The renowned priest of the 19th Century, Father Frederick Faber, was a true prophet when he said in a remarkable sermon preached at Pentecost, 1861 in the London Oratory:
As we will proceed to prove, the men who concern us are on the wrong side. In their “demolition of bastions” in the Catholic Church through the imposition of their new orientation—or what Cardinal Ratzinger called the Council's “attempt at an official reconciliation” with “the new era” begun by the French Revolution—they have necessarily arrayed themselves against the Message of Fatima. For there is nothing more integrally Catholic, nothing more opposed to the spirit of “the new era”, nothing more inimical to the conciliar ecumenism, nothing more opposed to the tearing down of Catholic bastions, than the Virgin Mary's call for the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, Russia's consequent conversion to the Catholic Faith, and the glorious triumph of the Immaculate Heart throughout the world in a Catholic social order.
The Message of Fatima: A Final Bastion
From what we have said thus far it should be apparent that the Message of Fatima, in its sheer Catholic integrity, cannot coexist with the new vision of the Church foisted upon us by those with a “desire to destroy” through the “demolition of bastions.” This destruction has happened precisely because the vast program of Vatican II's aggiornamento runs contrary to the Catholic truths that permeate the Fatima Message.
Our Lady did not come to Fatima to demolish bastions in the Church, but rather to exhort the members of the Church to defend Her bastions in the coming crisis. She did not preach “ecumenism” or “interreligious dialogue”, but the constant and unchanging teaching of the Church: that there is no salvation outside Her. When Our Lady came to Fatima, She did not give us any “new theology”; nor did She give us any “new understanding” of doctrine that would conflict in any way with the constant teaching of the Magisterium.
What do we see in the Message of Fatima? We see the key doctrines of our Faith reinforced, the very doctrines that have come under the fiercest attack in our time.11 When the Mother of God came to Fatima—
A Motive Clearly Exposed
In conclusion, for those who unswervingly pursue the new orientation of the Church, the Message of Fatima can only represent another bastion that must be demolished. That is why, as Pope Pius XII revealed in his prophetic remarks, the Virgin's messages to Sister Lucy concerned “the dangers which menace the Church.” Although it is not revealed in those portions of the Message of Fatima that we have thus far been allowed to see, Pope Pius XII spoke of “a divine warning” at Fatima about the “innovators all around me” who would bring grave harm to the Church through the “alteration of the faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul.”
We now see, clearly exposed, the motive for the crime which is the subject of this book. There is a fundamental opposition between the “new” Church ushered in by Vatican II and the Church of all time, as represented by the Message of Fatima. The Message of Fatima is a heavenly roadblock in the path of those who are determined to bulldoze the bastions of the old Church so that they can erect a new, more “enlightened” Church on the rubble.
These two competing visions of the Church—the vision of a “new” Church and the vision of the Church of all time as seen at Fatima—cannot coexist. One vision must yield to the other. The men who are the subject of this book have (explicitly or implicitly) made their choice concerning which vision of the Church must, to their way of thinking, govern. They have chosen the new vision—the new orientation of the Church initiated at Metz and at Vatican II. In that choice lies their motive, and in that motive lies our understanding of their otherwise inexplicable actions against the Message of Fatima.
Putting aside for the moment the question of the subjective motives of the proponents of this new orientation—who speak for themselves in the statements we have presented—it cannot be denied that objectively their actions are scandalous, suicidal to the Church (in a relative sense, of course) and harmful to millions of souls. Thus, their actions constitute a crime, no matter what the perpetrators may intend subjectively, because one can commit a crime through recklessness or culpable negligence without consciously intending harm. For just as a man who sincerely believes it is right to murder someone is nonetheless guilty of murder, so are those who have harmed the Church—even with the best of intentions—guilty of a crime against Her. It is the difference between what the law calls a specific intent to cause harm to another, and a general intent to do an act that one should know will cause harm, even if one does not subjectively intend harm. In other words, the law punishes deliberate acts committed by one who should have known better than to commit the act.
For some of those responsible for this disaster, it may be a misguided sense of “enlightenment”—“doing evil under the guise of good” or a “diabolical disorientation” in the leadership of the Church, to quote the words of Sister Lucy herself. With these men, it is a case of “blind men guiding other blind men” as Sister Lucy said,12 referring to what Jesus said in the Gospel (Mt. 15:14), “the blind leading the blind.” It is also a case of the blind refusing to admit that they are blind. Some of these men may, in fact, have convinced themselves that what they are doing is best for the Church, even though it is manifestly ruinous.
In any case, we will show that the accused are, objectively speaking, guilty of a terrible crime against the Church and the world through their participation in a veritable conspiracy to frustrate the fulfillment of the authentic Message of Fatima. Let God be the judge of their souls. Their objective words and deeds, however, judge themselves in the external forum of history.
What is more, the actions of these men can be judged by the light of the Church's own infallible teaching, which (as we have shown) they have openly declared “outdated” or “corrected” in accordance with the “modern” way of thinking and the “new theology.” The results of this departure from infallible teachings are evil, as the current condition of the Church should demonstrate to anyone. Catholics must judge an evil to be evil when they see it, rather than pretending it is good merely because certain figures in authority insist it is good. “Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil ...” (Isaias 5:20).
We shall now examine how the motive we have established has animated the recent effort by the Vatican apparatus to bury the Message of Fatima once and for all.
1. See, e.g., statistical analysis of the priesthood in L'Osservatore Romano, 13/20 August 1997, and “The Index of Leading Catholic Indicators,” The Latin Mass, Winter 2000, presenting extensive data from the Vatican Statistical Yearbook of the Church and other standard reference works.
2. Cardinal Ratzinger, Principles of Catholic Theology, p. 391.
3. Ibid., p. 390.
4. Ibid., p. 391.
5. Audience Address of November 26, 1969.
6. Quoted from David Greenstock, “Thomism and the New Theology”, The Thomist, Oct. 1950.
7. For example see: “Joint Catholic-Lutheran Vespers at Vatican”, CWNews.com, November 13, 1999: “Archbishops G.H. Hammar and Jukka Paarma—the Lutheran primates of Sweden and Finland, respectively—and Bishops Anders Arborelius of Stockholm and Czeslaw Kozon of Copenhagen joined with the Holy Father for the Vespers service. Several other Lutheran bishops from the Scandinavian countries were present for the ceremony, including two female bishops.” Likewise, at the beginning of the Jubilee Year, Pope John Paul II opened the Holy Doors of Saint Paul Outside the Walls with Anglican Archbishop Carey and schismatic Metropolitan Athanasios. Representatives of 20 other false confessions attended the ecumenical ceremony. See “Non-Catholics Joining Pope in Rite”, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 19, 2000.
8. Cardinal Ratzinger, Principles of Catholic Theology, 1987.
9. Graber, Athanasius and the Church of Our Time, pp. 170-171.
10. Quote taken from The Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World, Father Denis Fahey, (Regina Publications, Dublin, first printed in 1935) p. xi.
11. For further considerations on the fact that Our Lady of Fatima reinforced key Catholic doctrines that are denied today, see John Vennari, “A World View Based on Fatima”, The Fatima Crusader, Spring 2000, Issue 64.
12. See The Whole Truth About Fatima - Vol. III, pp. 754-758.