Allow me to give another possible interpretation of the Church approved apparition of Our Lady of Good Success.
“The passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of customs (traditions?), for Satan will reign almost completely by means of the Masonic sects” (Our Lady of Good Success: Prophecies for Our Times, p. 44).
If the word for customs should be translated to morals, that would fit in the prophecy. Elsewhere, Our Lady said, “The precious light of the Faith will go out in souls because of the almost total moral corruption… in those times, the air will be filled with the spirit of impurity which like a deluge of filth will flood the streets, squares and public places. The licentiousness will be such that there will be no more virgin souls in the world.” Therefore, the word, if translated morals, wouldn’t necessarily refer to the new mass.
Before I continue on, let’s focus first on the part of the prophecy that is most significant and which no one has commented: “How the Church will suffer during this dark night! Lacking a prelate and a father to guide them with paternal love, gentleness, strength, wisdom and prudence, many priests will lose their spirit, placing their souls in great danger” (p. 57).
I have a different translation. It reads, “Then the Church will go through a dark night for lack of a Prelate and Father to watch over it with love, gentleness, strength and prudence, and numbers of priests will lose the spirit of God, thus placing their souls in great danger.”
According to the prophecy, this happens during the 20th century. What could this mean except that the Church will be without a pope for quite awhile? How long does this symbolic “dark night” last? In Holy Writ, days and nights are separated, when in modern times, we see a day as including both daytime and nighttime. Holy Writ also states, “But do not ignore this fact…with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (II Peter 3:8) Could it be said rightly that a night is as a thousand years, etc? Since the Church has never given an interregnum limit, no one could say with assurance that the Church couldn’t go without a pope for a thousand years. God forbid such a thing to happen. However, the dark night reference most certainly should be viewed as a long time, and not as a single night. After all, when a pope dies, the Church generally goes several weeks before another pope is installed. That being said, my next comment will explain the pope-less Church implication.
“They (the Masonic sects) will focus particularly on the children in order to achieve this general corruption. Woe to the children of these times! It will be difficult to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, and also that of Confirmation. Making use of persons in positions of authority, the devil will assiduously try to destroy the Sacrament of Confession…” (p. 44).
All the sacraments are connected here. In other words, Baptism, Confirmation, and Confession will be difficult to receive, because the Masons who have infiltrated as the authorities invalidated the sacraments. John XXIII and Paul VI were initiated into Masonry in Paris in the late 1940’s. This, of course, would automatically make them heretics/schismatics and outside of the Church. It just so happens that when they got into power, the very first thing they did was call a council which employed the Masonic doctrine of religious liberty, and changed all seven sacraments. Monuments have been built by the Masons in honor of John XXIII, and honors have been given to Paul VII by notorious Masons. Paul VI, himself, often wore in public the EPHOD in place of the Pectoral Cross, which was worn by the Levitical High Priest making it appear that he was associated with international Judaism and Masonry.
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, Paul VI did away with all the references to the priesthood in the form, mirroring the invalid Anglican rite which was condemned by Pope Leo XIII because of the removed references. Confirmation suffered the same problem. Bishop Lefebvre attempted to keep the original rite intact, but was condemned by the same authorities (conciliar popes) who would have none of it. If you were trying to keep the historic Catholic Faith by rejecting as invalid these new rites and conciliar popes, you would be hard pressed to find a Catholic priest to give you these sacraments, thus the prophecy would be fulfilled.
“The same will happen with Holy Communion. Alas! How deeply I grieve upon manifesting to you the many and horrible sacrileges — both public and also secret — that will occur from profanations of the Holy Eucharist! Ofter during this epoch, the enemies of Jesus Christ, instigated by the demon, will steal consecrated hosts from the churches so that they might profane the Eucharistic species. My Most Holy Son will see Himself cast upon the ground and trampled upon by irreverent feet” (p. 44-45).
In the new religion of Rome, you will find valid priests since most of them by 1985 would have received the Sacrament of Holy Orders before the new rite in 1968. Some countries never changed the words “for many” therefore those new masses would still be valid, although, illicit. Rome continued with the correct words, “for many” which would mean their new masses would be valid. It just so happens, that Rome according to some recent figures, has some of the largest satanic cults. Therefore, the prophecy could be fulfilled by Rome itself. However, the entire prophecy could be speaking phenomenologically. Therefore, it wouldn’t matter if any of the sacraments were actually valid.
“The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed and despised…” (p. 46).
As I stated before, the pre-1968 rite which is valid, was ridiculed, oppressed and despised. We saw it with the SSPX in the beginning, and with all the sedevacantist groups.
“The demon will try to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every possible way. He will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation and will corrupt many of them. These depraved priests [pedophiles, etc.?], who will scandalize the Christian people, will incite hatred of the bad Christians [the liberals?] and the enemies of the Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church to fall upon all priests. This apparent triumph of Satan will bring enormous sufferings upon the good pastors of the Church…” (p. 46).
Many of the pedophile priests were valid priests from the pre-1968 rite. However, the good pastors, in the external forum, (sedevacantists) of the Church continue to suffer from those pedophiles.
“The secular clergy will leave much to be desired because priests will become careless in their sacred duties. Lacking the divine compass, they will stray from the road traced by God for the priestly ministry, and they will become attached to wealth and riches, which they will unduly try to obtain” (p. 57).
I won’t mention names, but I see this with some old valid priests in union with Rome.
“Moreover, in these unhappy times, there will be unbridled luxury which, acting thus to ensnare the rest into sin, will conquer innumerable frivolous souls who will be lost. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women. In this supreme moment of need of the Church, those who should speak will be silent” (p. 46). “To test the faith and confidence of the just, there will be occasions when all will seem to be lost and paralyzed” (p. 54).
Sounds like signs of our times and the position of sedevacantism to me. For those who have the silly notion that we Catholic sedevacantists have some secret knowledge, we see an approved apparition supporting fully our sedevacantist position. And I’ll repeat again and again, that we also have many prophecies about the Church. Henry Edward Cardinal Manning, The Present Crisis of the Holy See, 1861, London: Burns and Lambert, pp. 88-90:“The apostasy of the city of Rome from the vicar of Christ and its destruction by Antichrist may be thoughts so new to many Catholics, that I think it well to recite the text of theologians of greatest repute. First Malvenda, who writes expressly on the subject, states as the opinion of Ribera, Gaspar Melus, Biegas, Suarrez, Bellarmine and Bosius that Rome shall apostatize from the faith, drive away the Vicar of Christ and return to its ancient paganism. …Then the Church shall be scattered, driven into the wilderness, and shall be for a time, as it was in the beginning, invisible hidden in catacombs, in dens, in mountains, in lurking places; for a time it shall be swept, as it were from the face of the earth. Such is the universal testimony of the Fathers of the early Church.”
St. Nicholas of Flue (1417-1487) stated: “The Church will be punished because the majority of her members, high and low, will become so perverted. The Church will sink deeper and deeper until she will at last seem to be extinguished, and the succession of Peter and the other Apostles to have expired. But, after this, she will be victoriously exalted in the sight of all doubters.” (Catholic Prophecy by Yves Dupont, p. 30)
And we have Pope Paul IV’s Bull that implies that we must use our private judgment against an antipope whom everyone else (cardinals, bishops, priests, etc) might recognize as a true pope.
To be in communion with Modernist Rome, knowing full well of its approval and practice of interreligious worship, is to be guilty as an accessory to the crime. Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis Christi (# 23), June 29, 1943: “For not every sin, however grave it may be, is such as of its own nature to sever a man from the Body of the Church, as does schism or heresy or apostasy.” If you recognize their great apostasies as not severing them from the Church, then you would be rejecting the Divine Law and thus severing yourself from the Body of Christ.
Popes can sin and be evil, but they can’t be heretics, schismatics, and apostates. The conciliar popes are total apostates! They are severed from the Body of the Church. To be in union/communion with them would be placing one’s self outside of the Catholic Church, since one would be in union/communion with non-Catholics. It’s that simple!
Also, there is no middle ground. You couldn’t say that you reject Benedict XVI but go to a mass that is in communion with him. That would be a lie, and it would be a scandal! If you merely doubted about whether the Office of the Papacy is filled, then you would have to doubt everything else. You can’t have a doubt about it.