A forerunner of the Antichrist, with his troops gathered from several nations, will fight against the true Christ, the only Saviour of the world. He will shed much blood and will want to annihilate the worship of God to make himself be looked upon as a God…Before this comes to pass, there will be a kind of false peace in the world. People will think of nothing but amusement. The wicked will give themselves over to all kinds of sin…
Tremble, earth, and you who proclaim yourselves as serving Jesus Christ and who, on the inside, only adore yourselves, tremble, for God will hand you over to His enemy, because the holy places are in a state of corruption…
Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist.
Our Lady of La Salette, 19 September, 1846
Fr. Gerald Murray had a nice piece at The Catholic Thing over the weekend HERE. It’s a rather concise exposition of Antipope Bergoglio’s attack on reality during the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday (with priests from Rome and “several nations”). This was glossed over at the time, with the big news earlier in the day about his denial of the existence of Hell (again). Nevertheless, this is absolutely breathtaking, even when you think that nothing would be surprising coming from this man. Father Murray zeros in on this quote:
“We must be careful not to fall into the temptation of making idols of certain abstract truths. They can be comfortable idols, always within easy reach; they offer a certain prestige and power and are difficult to discern. Because the “truth-idol” imitates, it dresses itself up in the words of the Gospel, but does not let those words touch the heart. Much worse, it distances ordinary people from the healing closeness of the word and of the sacraments of Jesus.” HERE
Think about what he is saying. Isn’t God Himself the Author of Truth? God literally calls Himself “Truth” (John 14:5). There is never anything wrong with loving the truth. To claim that truth is an idol is a wicked violation of the First Commandment. To call truth an idol, an idol being something inherently false, is to call the truth false, while at the same time saying lies like this passage are true. 2+2=5. The New Paradigm. Diabolical inversion of truth. At least they’re making it super easy to spot. The real Antichrist is going to be much smarter than this.
What Bergoglio is really condemning is belief in the “wrong” truths, meaning the real ones. He’s perfectly happy to propose a new set of “truths’, the ones all the cool kids believe in. Modernism vs Scholasticism. Artificiality vs Reality, as John Senior would say. +Murray:
Abstraction is the mental process by which we come to know metaphysical realities by considering those material things our reason grasps and drawing rational conclusions. By abstraction, we understand what underlies the reality before our eyes. Thus seeing individual men and abstracting from this knowledge, we come to know the category of humanity, and we begin to understand what constitutes human nature. Abstraction allows reality to reveal itself to our minds.
Truth is the conformity of mind and reality. (That’s a major imprecision right there. Truth is conformity of mind TO reality… that is the essence of Scholasticism. Modernism, the very thing we are fighting here, is the opposite of this: Conformity of reality to mind i.e. the truth is whatever I believe it to be). The truth about God is understood when we accurately grasp the nature and purpose of His creation (natural theology), and when we believe in any supernatural revelation He may make. Jesus told us that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. All truths have their origin in the Truth who is God made man. The Christian understands that the truth is a Person.
Dogmatic and moral truths come from and lead to God. The truth banishes error, especially idolatry, because all truth is found in the Word made flesh. What is true is good and beautiful because it unites us to the good and beautiful God. He created us so that we may know Him by knowing the truth that He is.
Go read the rest at the link to see his conclusions.
Add it to the data set, folks. A valid pontiff who enjoys the special, supernatural, personal protection of the Third Person of the Triune God, does not talk like this. A valid pontiff does not claim Truth is a sin.
Will anyone oppose this man? Will anyone issue a battle cry on behalf of Truth?
Back to Our Lady:
“I make an urgent appeal to the earth. I call on the true disciples of the living God who reigns in Heaven; I call on the true followers of Christ made man, the only true Saviour of men; I call on my children, the true faithful, those who have given themselves to me so that I may lead them to my divine Son, those whom I carry in my arms, so to speak, those who have lived on my spirit. Finally, I call on the Apostles of the Last Days, the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in scorn for the world and for themselves, in poverty and in humility, in scorn and in silence, in prayer and in mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering and unknown to the world. It is time they came out and filled the world with light. Go and reveal yourselves to be my cherished children. I am at your side and within you, provided that your faith is the light which shines upon you in these unhappy days. May your zeal make you famished for the glory and the honour of Jesus Christ. Fight, children of light, you, the few who can see. For now is the time of all times, the end of all ends.”