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In 1921, Theologian Fr. E. Sylvester Berry wrote about the future of the Catholic Church using St. John’s Apocalypse. He writes about an interregnum unlike any in history:

It shall be war unto death between the Church and the powers of darkness in a final effort of Satan to destroy the Church and thus prevent the universal reign of Christ on earth…

The Papacy will be attacked by all the powers of hell. In consequence the Church will suffer great trials and afflictions in securing a successor upon the throne of Peter…

The dragon is seen in heaven which is here a symbol of the Church, the kingdom of heaven on earth. This indicates that the first troubles of those days will be inaugurated within the Church by apostate bishops, priests, and peoples,–the stars dragged down by the tail of the dragon.

The tail of the dragon represents the cunning hypocrisy with which he succeeds in deceiving a large number of people and pastors — a third part of the stars. Arianism led away many bishops, priests, and peoples. The pretended [Protestant] Reformation of the sixteenth century claimed still larger numbers but these cannot be compared to the numbers seduced by Satan in the days of Antichrist.

The dragon stands before the woman ready to devour the child that is brought forth. In other words, the powers of hell seek by all means to destroy the Pope elected in those days…

Scarcely has the newly elected Pope been enthroned when he is snatched away by martyrdom. The “mystery of iniquity” gradually developing through the centuries, cannot be fully consummated while the power of the Papacy endures, but now he that “withholdeth is taken out of the way.” During the interregnum “that wicked one shall be revealed” in his fury against the Church.

It is a matter of history that the most disastrous periods for the Church were times when the Papal throne was vacant, or when anti-popes contended with the legitimate head of the Church. Thus also shall it be in those evil days to come.

The Church deprived of her chief pastor must seek sanctuary in solitude there to be guided by God Himself during those trying days. 

(Rev. E. Sylvester Berry, The Apocalypse of St. John [Columbus, OH: John W. Winterich, 1921], pp. 120-127)

Electronic version (free): The Apocalypse of St. John by Fr. E. Sylvester Berry (1921)

 

 

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On August 17, 2021, the employees at the Catholic Center of the Diocese of Lexington were instructed by Bishop John Stowe to be vaccinated by Sept. 1 as a condition for employment. He announced that he’ll support his priests who implement the same policy. Stowe also requires masks to be worn as a condition of employment.

Stowe explained: “This is an urgent matter of public health and safety. There is no religious exemption for Catholics to being vaccinated, and Pope Francis has repeatedly called this a moral obligation. The health care system is now overwhelmed by a crisis caused primarily by those who refuse to protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated. This is unacceptable, and our diocese now joins those employers who have already made this basic commitment to the common good a requirement.”[1]

The implications of Bishop Stowe’s statement are:

  •  It’s morally obligatory to get vaccinated because the unvaccinated are the primary cause of the crisis.
  •  It’s immoral to refuse to be vaccinated.

Why would the rest of diocese be exempt from the requirement of getting vaccinated if the morality and the end of the crisis depend on getting vaccinated?

Perhaps Stowe can make a mandate by threatening a few jobs, which can be easily filled by others, but he can’t mandate the whole diocese without the threat of losing half the members of the diocese, thus losing half of the diocesan income. Therefore, you won’t see a diocesan wide vaccine mandate.

The bottom line here is morality and public health take a backseat to money with Bishop Stowe, who just proved it with his hypocritical mandate.

All that’s needed to stop the bishop’s tyranny is for enough members to stop giving money to their diocese.

As for claiming religious exemption, not only do Catholics have a right, but a duty to stand in their religious convictions against so-called vaccines known to be very dangerous. [2] There are other options, which are a much safer and more effective means against the sickness. Stowe is contradicting his own religion on religious liberty against his own flock. 

Bishop Stowe’s tyrannical mandate is not about morality and public health. It’s about control. Stowe is just another authoritarian on a mission to usher in antichrist against God-fearing people who love freedom.

The so-called crisis depends on the flow of money, which is the god of this world.  

Footnotes:

[1] Diocese Mandates COVID-19 Vaccination for Catholic Center Employees – cdlex

[2] See How to save the world, in three easy steps – YouTube

Dr. David Martin w/ Stew Peters: There Is No Virus. This Is Organized Crime. – Truth Comes to Light

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The first damned souls Dante writes about in his Inferno are the cowards who are being tortured by stinging flies and wasps.

In the Apocalypse, St. John lists cowards first among the unbelievers, sodomites, murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters, and liars and thieves who will go to hell. [1]

Cowards are never the heroes. They are the forgotten losers of history.

Cowardice springs from the cardinal sin of sloth, because the coward neglects his duty to God and neighbor. There are different degrees of the sin of cowardice, but the most severe degree is despair and suicide, which is a blasphemy of the Holy Ghost that’s never forgiven (Matt. 12:31-32).

Cowardice is a sin opposed to fortitude.

Fortitude is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost, which is given to strengthen us to do the will of God in all things. Fortitude is also one of the four cardinal virtues, which the whole moral life hinges on. It helps man conquer fear by standing firm against evil. It may cost him his reputation, freedom, or life in the process. Fortitude enables man to endure and/or overcome trials, persecution, and martyrdom for love of God and neighbor.

The precept of fortitude is always obligatory. Therefore, it’s never lawful to be cowardly.

On Pentecost, the Holy Ghost fell upon the Apostles and gave them the courage to preach the Gospel until their deaths, most of them by martyrdom. When we receive the sacrament of Confirmation, we’ve been given the strength of the Holy Ghost. We, too, must be faithful till the end as brave soldiers of Christ in the fight against the devil, flesh, and the world.

We are the Church Militant. Cowardice is the opposite of militant.

The North American Martyrs were some of the bravest men the Church has ever known. In order to save souls, they braved crossing of the ocean where 1 in 7 ships sank in the treacherous waters. Once they reached America, they braved the elements and the savage dealings from the ones they were trying to save. They knew that each and every day might be their very last, but they did it for love of God and Church.

We see stories of brave Catholics all throughout history. I immediately think of the 26 Martyrs of Nagasaki, Japan, but every nation has its martyrs. [2] Just read the stories of these great black Catholics I posted several years ago.  

Cowardice is the opposite of these saints and the Church’s mission in saving souls. When Catholics are brave in their faith, the Church is made richer and stronger in faith. When Catholics are cowardly, the Church becomes weaker. This is no more apparent than with the Second Vatican Council and great apostasy, where, according to Archbishop Lefebvre, 250 bishops believed the council was filled with error, but were too cowardly to come forward and make a stand against the modernists. [3]

Fortunately, priests, such as Fr. Joaquín Sáenz y Arriaga – Catholic Champion of the Late 20th Century had the courage to stand against them all. He documented the heresies of Paul VI and was “excommunicated” by the apostate. Because of his courage, he helped save the Catholic Church from cowardly bishops, who would have destroyed it, if not for Christ’s will to save it.

Satan used pride to bring about the fall of man and now uses cowardice to finish us.

Unfortunately, all of us have succumbed to cowardice at some point in our lives. I remember one particular time when in 1988, I took off my Brown Scapular in boot camp by a direct order from a superior. To repair this sin, because we must make restitution, I promote the Brown Scapular, give it away often, and have worn it every day since boot camp vowing never to remove it again.

Some people live in cowardice habitually.

Fr. Shouppe tells a story in his book “Hell” where a young man withheld one mortal sin in confession because he was too ashamed. After death, he appeared to the religious community he belonged to tell them he was in hell for refusing to confess one mortal sin.

I know many examples, but one particularly striking example is a lady I know, who believes in the truth of sedevacantism, but will only attend a Vatican 2 mass in fear of losing her marriage. The whole purpose of marriage is to help our spouse get to heaven and bring up children to do the same. In this case, the wife is actually encouraging her husband to remain in his sin. She is helping him lose his salvation rather than helping him gain it. If they had children, she would be setting a bad example and bringing them up in a false religion, where they may end up losing their salvation as well. Her cowardice could cost her and her entire family their very souls.

A common example today is found with the so-called pandemic, where many people have participated in the lie of wearing masks and getting “vaccinated” out of fear of what people will think of them. Not only has scientific truth taken a back seat, but moral truth is disregarded out of fear. Government tyranny depends on the cowardice of the people. It sickens me to no end to see so many people giving in to such nonsense, both scientific and moral. The end result will be the loss of what little freedom is left in the world. America has become a land of the slave and home of the coward. Few are willing to sacrifice a little comfort, much less, their livelihoods or their lives. We are doomed as a nation because of cowardice.   

People fear being taken out of their comfort zone and therefore, cowardice is the way for many.

Jesus counters cowardice in several examples: 22 And you shall be hated by all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved. 23 And when they shall persecute you in this city, flee into another. Amen I say to you, you shall not finish all the cities of Israel, till the Son of man come. 24 The disciple is not above the master, nor the servant above his lord. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the goodman of the house Beelzebub, how much more them of his household? 26 Therefore fear them not. For nothing is covered that shall not be revealed: nor hid, that shall not be known. 27 That which I tell you in the dark, speak ye in the light: and that which you hear in the ear, preach ye upon the housetops. 28 And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not therefore: better are you than many sparrows. 32 Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven. 33 But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven. 34 Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. 35 For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man’s enemies shall be they of his own household. 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for me, shall find it. (Matthew 10: 28-39)

We may fear losing affection from our loved ones, of being persecuted, of suffering of all types, but God tells us to love Him above all and through our love for Him, we shall overcome and gain salvation. If not, we will lose our salvation. It’s that simple.

No one wants a coward on their side, especially Our Lord! The bottom line is the coward loves not the Lord or his neighbor, which is why he can’t go to heaven as one.

 

 

Footnotes:

[1] But the fearful [coward], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, they shall have their portion in the pool burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (1899 Douay Rheims – Apocalypse 21:8)

Knox translation: But not the cowards, not those who refuse belief, not those whose lives are abominable; not the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, not those who are false in any of their dealings. Their lot awaits them in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, and it is the second death.

[2] 26 Martyrs of Nagasaki – Movie – YouTube

[3] Bellarmine Forums – View topic – The Suppressed interview with Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (strobertbellarmine.net)

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Communium Rerum – On St. Anselm of Aosta – Pope Pius X – April 21, 1909

More bitter shall be the consequences of these threats when the vices of society are being multiplied, when the sin of rulers and of the people consists especially in the exclusion of God and in rebellion against the Church of Christ: that double social apostasy which is the deplorable fount of anarchy, corruption, and endless misery for the individual and for society.

Editae Saepe – On St. Charles Borromeo – Pope Pius X – May 26, 1910

9. This wonderful working of Divine Providence in the Church’s program of restoration was seen with the greatest clarity and was given as a consolation for the good especially in the century of Saint Charles Borromeo. In those days passions ran riot and knowledge of the truth was almost completely twisted and confused. A continual battle was being waged against errors. Human society, going from bad to worse, was rushing headlong into the abyss. Then those proud and rebellious men came on the scene who are “enemies of the cross of Christ . . .Their god is the belly…they mind the things of earth.”[18] These men were not concerned with correcting morals, but only with denying dogmas. Thus they increased the chaos. They dropped the reins of law, and unbridled licentiousness ran wild. They despised the authoritative guidance of the church and pandered to the whims of the dissolute princes and people. They tried to destroy the Church’s doctrine, constitution and discipline. they were similar to those sinners who were warned long ago: “Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil.”[19] They called this rebellious riot and perversion of faith and morals a reformation, and themselves reformers. In reality, they were corrupters. In undermining the strength of Europe through wars and dissensions, they paved the way for those modern rebellions and apostasy. This modern warfare has united and renewed in one attack the three kinds of attack which have up until now been separated; namely, the bloody conflicts of the first ages, the internal pests of heresies, and finally, in the name of evangelical liberty, the vicious corruption and perversion of discipline such as was unknown, perhaps, even in medieval times. Yet in each of these combats the Church has always emerged victorious.

17. The reformers that Borromeo opposed did not even think of this. They tried to reform faith and discipline according to their own whims. Venerable Brethren, it is no better understood by those whom We must withstand today. These moderns, forever prattling about culture and civilization, are undermining the Church’s doctrine, laws, and practices. They are not concerned very much about culture and civilization. By using such high-sounding words they think they can conceal the wickedness of their schemes.

18. All of you know their purpose, subterfuges, and methods. On Our part We have denounced and condemned their scheming. They are proposing a universal apostasy even worse than the one that threatened the age of Charles. It is worse, We say, because it stealthily creeps into the very veins of the Church, hides there, and cunningly pushes erroneous principles to their ultimate conclusions.

19. Both these heresies are fathered by the “enemy” who “sowed weeds among the wheat”[29] in order to bring about the downfall of mankind. Both revolts go about in the hidden ways of darkness, develop along the same line, and come to an end in the same fatal way. In the past the first apostasy turned where fortune seemed to smile. It set rulers against people or people against rulers only to lead both classes to destruction. Today this modern apostasy stirs up hatred between the poor and the rich until, dissatisfied with their station, they gradually fall into such wretched ways that they must pay the fine imposed on those who, absorbed in worldly, temporal things, forget “the kingdom of God and His justice.” As a matter of fact, this present conflict is even more serious than the others. Although the wild innovators of former times generally preserved some fragments of the treasury of revealed doctrine, these moderns act as if they will not rest until they completely destroy it. When the foundations of religion are overthrown, the restraints of civil society are also necessarily shattered. Behold the sad spectacle of our times! Behold the impending danger of the future! However, it is no danger to the Church, for the divine promise leaves no room for doubt. Rather, this revolution threatens the family and nations, especially those who actively stir up or indifferently tolerate this unhealthy atmosphere of irreligion.

20. This impious and foolish war is waged and sometimes supported by those who should be the first to come to Our aid. The errors appear in many forms and the enticements of vice wear different dresses. Both cause many even among our own ranks to be ensnared, seducing them by the appearance of novelty and doctrine, or the illusion that the Church will accept the maxims of the age. Venerable Brethren, you are well aware that we must vigorously resist and repel the enemy’s attacks with the very weapons Borromeo used in his day.

21. Since they attack the very root of faith either by openly denying, hypocritically undermining, or misrepresenting revealed doctrine, we should above all recall the truth Charles often taught. “The primary and most important duty of pastors is to guard everything pertaining to the integral and inviolate maintenance of the Catholic Faith, the faith which the Holy Roman Church professes and teaches, without which it is impossible to please God.”[30] Again: “In this matter no diligence can be too great to fulfill the certain demands of our office.”[31] We must therefore use sound doctrine to withstand “the leaven of heretical depravity,” which if not repressed, will corrupt the whole. That is to say, we must oppose these erroneous opinions now deceitfully being scattered abroad, which, when taken all together, are called Modernism. With Charles we must be mindful “of the supreme zeal and excelling diligence which the bishop must exercise in combating the crime of heresy.”[32] · 

29. Matt. 13:25. · 30. Conc. Prov. I, sub initium.·  31. Conc. Prov. V, Pars I. ·  32. Ibid.

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Our Apostolic Mandate – Pope Pius X – Aug. 15, 1910

We fear that worse is to come: the end result of this developing promiscuousness, the beneficiary of this cosmopolitan social action, can only be a Democracy which will be neither Catholic, nor Protestant, nor Jewish. It will be a religion (for Sillonism, so the leaders have said, is a religion) more universal than the Catholic Church, uniting all men become brothers and comrades at last in the “Kingdom of God”. – “We do not work for the Church, we work for mankind.” And now, overwhelmed with the deepest sadness, We ask Ourselves, Venerable Brethren, what has become of the Catholicism of the Sillon? Alas! this organization which formerly afforded such promising expectations, this limpid and impetuous stream, has been harnessed in its course by the modern enemies of the Church, and is now no more than a miserable affluent of the great movement of apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a One-World Church which shall have neither dogmas, nor hierarchy, neither discipline for the mind, nor curb for the passions, and which, under the pretext of freedom and human dignity, would bring back to the world (if such a Church could overcome) the reign of legalized cunning and force, and the oppression of the weak, and of all those who toil and suffer.

Rerum Omnium Perturbationem

St. Francis De Salles – Pope Pius XI – Jan. 26, 1923

Like those brilliant examples of Christian perfection and wisdom to whom We have just referred, he seemed to have been sent especially by God to contend against the heresies begotten by the Reformation. It is in these heresies that we discover the beginnings of that apostasy of mankind from the Church, the sad and disastrous effects of which are deplored, even to the present hour, by every fair mind.

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