Radical Reformers' Assault on the Catholic Church

I. Assault at the Parish Level.

The following is based on Fr. Richard Welch's recent newsletter.

  1. It calls itself things like "We Are Church" and "Call to Action" -- but it's really a movement of heretics, apostates, feminists, militant homosexuals, pro-abortionists, and assorted left-wing dissidents who are trying to coerce the Roman Catholic Church (and especially our beloved Pope John Paul II) to "open up" to "new ideas" (their ideas, of course). They get support from groups like "Catholics" for a Free Choice, the Women's Ordination Conference and the pro-homosexual group Dignity. Their membership rolls are a "Who' s Who in the anti-Catholic Church Movement." They are super-well-organized, well-funded, and they're getting millions of dollars worth of publicity from their left-wing sympathizers in the news media!
  2. Among their objectives are:
    1. "Women should be ordained as deacons and priests!"
    2. "Homosexuals should be allowed to marry in the Church, adopt babies, and children alongside yours!"
    3. "Contraception should not be considered a sin but a virtue!"
    4. "Abortion should be a private matter of conscience!"
    5. "Bishops should be elected by the people!"
    6. "Priests should be allowed to marry!"
    7. "Vatican Council Three should be convened with "the people" voting on doctrine and theology!"
    8. And more.
  3. They're on a frantic, worldwide push to gather millions of millions of signatures to present to Pope John Paul II and the world's bishops in St. Peter's Square in October 1997! They've already gathered 2.3 million signatures in Austria and Germany, and they're rapidly expanding throughout Great Britain, Australia, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, and of course the United States. In the U.S., they're known by the incredibly audacious misnomer, "We Are Church." And they've been wreaking havoc in parish after parish wherever they set up shop. They hope to "show" the Church's leaders that it's time to "get in step" with the modern "relax" the Church's "old-fashioned" teachings on sexual morality...and to let the people decide for themselves what doctrines they will and will not accept!!! This is a grass-root effort, beginning at the parish level.
  4. The "reformers" kicked off their irreverent "petition drive" by invading schools and enlisting the help of Catholic schoolchildren to gather signatures and raise money for this nefarious scheme. They sent out a letter to all religion teachers in the U.S. Catholic school system. Here are some excerpts taken directly from that letter:

Dear Religion Teacher,

We write to invite you and your student body to become part of an unprecedented campaign to rekindle the fire of the Spirit in our church. We are at a turning point: the twilight of the papacy of John Paul II. The next conclave will choose a Pope who will either continue on the path of centralization and censure, or re-initiate the open, dialogic spirit of Vatican II... This is an opportunity to think globally and act locally... Intellectual exchange on the reforms proposed will enrich classes in religion and church history. Students these days are encouraged to think for themselves and advocate for what they believe...

They even try to bribe the schools into cooperating by offering a fund raising scheme. The letter reads, "At the same time, you have the opportunity to raise funds for worthy programs in your school..." The scheme goes like this: For every signature the children get, they're supposed to ask the signer for a donation of one doll ar. Then they split the funds 60/40 with the rebels' "national task force". So if the kids collect 1,000 signatures -- $ 1,000 -- they keep $600! Now, thanks to these renegade movements, Catholic boys and girls can help overthrow the Church while raising money for their school projects.

  1. There are at least two organizations which are gathering signatures to profess in the true Catholic faith and to counter the above two groups. These signatures will be sent to Pope John Paul II:
    1. Fr. Richard Welch, C.Ss.R, Human Life International, P.O. Box 2024, Baltimore, MD 20298-9559. (Fr. Welch also needs financial assistance for his project.)
    2. Seton School, 9314 Maple Street, Manassas, Virginia 20110.
      • Seton School circulates "The Real Catholic Petition" (which we concur wholeheartedly) in opposition to the group "We Are Church" as follows :
        • "We, the undersigned, do lovingly believe and defend every single teaching and doctrine of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, as defined, protected and taught by the Magisterium and the Holy Father, and we further acknowledge and proclaim our love, veneration, and affection for His Holiness the Pope, John Paul II, sole Vicar of Christ on earth, possessor of the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, and infallibly guided by the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. We declare our undying opposition to any and every organization which deliberately places itself in direct conflict with our Church by attacking and ridiculing any of these beliefs. We wish to make it forever known that we are dedicated to the defense, knowledge and love of the Truth, and consider it our mission on this planet to know, love and serve God, by being faithful to these ideals and following His Will, so as to be happy with Him forever in Heaven. In the Name of Jesus and Mary, and in the love of God, Amen."
        • On the petition there are spaces for name and signatures, address, and comments.

II. Assault at the Diocese Level.

  1. Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles just issued a 54-page pastoral letter to the parishes in his archdiocese. This document is in its second draft after the first draft was announced in the Los Angeles Ligurtical Conference in November 1996. While the following biblical analysis is ours, the excerpts from the documents are taken on the article "Cardinal Mahony Wants Liturgy Purged of all 'European Elements'" by Teresa Cepeda in the Catholic paper The Wanderer on June 19, 1997.

According to Cepeda, Cardinal Mahony's pastoral letter calls for a complete de-Europeanization of the Mass and the institutionalization of a thoroughly Americanized liturgy. In the document, "Mahony complains incessantly about the poor quality of liturgies in Los Angeles, berates priests and people alike for failing to achieve the vision of the "liturgical renewal" of Vatican II, and provides a "vision" of his ideal liturgy which represents a dramatic break with Catholic tradition."

  1. The following are some excerpts from the document:
  2. The reform by Cardinal Mahony is scheduled to begin in Fall 1997 and be completed by the year 2000. Every parish in the Los Angeles Archdiocese must institute the following reforms:
  3. In the following we present a brief analysis of Cardinal Mahony's pastoral letter based on the Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the Canon Law of the Catholic Church.

By obeying the Lord, the Priest was given the power to consecrate the bread and wine. There are no "magical notions" attached to the liturgy or the priesthood as alleged by Cardinal Mahony. Only those who don't understand the Mass might have magical notions about the Mass and the Priesthood.

Even the Sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross and on the altar at the Mass are for the glory of the Eternal Father. That's why the apex of the Mass is where the Priest offers the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ to the Eternal Father saying: "Through Him, with Him, in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory are Yours, Almighty Father, forever and forever. Amen." All glory, honor, blessings, praises, and thanksgivings are due to God alone. Thus we live for the glory of God and we die for the glory of God.

By giving glory (reverence) to men alone, or any creature alone, in a worship service without referring to God or redounding all credits to Him, one committs idolatry.

By not giving glory to God in the proposed reformed liturgy, but giving glory to men, Cardinal Mahony is setting up a Church of men, a Church not founded by God, a Church in which men adore themselves and one another, in which men give glory to themselves and to one another. The ultimate aim would be to set up a Church for the Anti-Christ who seeks the glory from men and for his own glory.

Our Lord Jesus Christ told the Jews: "I receive not glory from men. But I know you, that you have not the love of God in you. I am come in the name of my Father, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive glory one from another: and the glory which is from God alone, you do not seek?" (John 5: 41-44).

Only at the Catholic Mass can we adore the Father in spirit and in truth. Why? Because only at the Catholic Mass can we have the true Sacrifice, The Only-Begotten Son (The Truth) truly offered himself as a sacrifice to the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we go to Holy Communion we are really and truly united with Christ, that is Christ is in us and we in Christ (i.e. we adore God in truth). When Christ is in us, the Holy Ghost also dwells in us (the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, i.e. we adore God in spirit).

John 6:57. "He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me: and I in him."

John 14:23. "Jesus answered and said to him: If any one love me, he will keep my word. And my Father will love him and we will come to him and will make our abode with him."

John 14:15-17. "If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father: and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever: The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him. But you shall know him; because he shall abide with you and shall be in you. "

(Note: Paraclete... That is, a comforter: or also an advocate; inasmuch as by inspiring prayer, he prays, as it were, in us, and pleads for us."

2 Corinthians 13:5. "Try your own selves if you be in the faith: prove ye yourselves. Know you not your own selves, that Christ Jesus is in you, unless perhaps you be reprobates?"

Only those who possess Sanctifying Grace are worthy to glorify God and thus to worship the Father in spirit and in truth. Those who are wicked, or malicious, or are not in the state of grace, are not worthy of glorifying God.

That is why only the Catholics with the Sanctifying Grace are true adorers. Now by degrading the Mass to a communal meal in which we revere each other instead of adoring God, Cardinal Mahony seeks to turn Catholics into false adorers.

Only those who have no faith and have no sense of Divine Presence would stand during such awsome moments.

It is clear from the above Biblical quotes that as a penance for Eve's sin, women should keep silence in Church, not to raise their voice even by reading the Words of God in the Mass, much less to give sermons. To allow women the right to deliver homilies at the liturgy is in direct contradiction to God's commands. But this is planned as a first step toward the ordination of women as priests. Pope John Paul II has repeatedly affirmed the Sacred Tradition of the Catholic Church which prohibits women priests forever.

Thus, although God is pure spirit, God Who reveals Himself in the Sacred Scripture is male. Moreover, Our Lord and God Jesus Christ is definitely male in every human sense. Thus, it's better not to adulterate the words of God, otherwise God will call us liars.

  1. It is quite clear that Cardinal Mahony is rejecting the very sources of Catholic Dogmas, namely the Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. He is also challenging the authority of the Catholic Church by openly violating the Canon Law. All things considered, it appears that if he goes through with the proposed pastoral letter, he is in open schism from the Roman Catholic Church. With this bold document being the first in the nation, he positions himself to be the de facto "Pope" of the schismatic American Catholic Church.

III. Prophecies in the Sacred Scripture and in various private revelations are being fulfilled.

  1. The Sacred Scripture has prophesied that the great apostasy must come first.

(Note: A revolt... This revolt, or falling off from the true faith, is the great apostasy before the coming of the Anti-Christ.)

  1. But the apostasy will not be completed until Pope John Paul II flees the Vatican and the Anti-Pope of the Anti-Christ is elected. The latter will abolish all dogmas of the Catholic Church except the one on the infallibility of the Pope. He will merge the false Catholic Church with other religions to form a single one-world religion of which the Anti-Christ will be the head. That is why the pressure for ecumenism among all religions, not just Christian denominations, is so strong now. The merging between religions and Christian denominations necessarily implies mixing the truth with errors because there is only one truth and one true faith.
  2. The guardian of that true faith is the Roman Catholic Church "which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." (1 Timothy 3:15). Only this Church has the mind of Christ.
  3. For this Church is protected by the Holy Ghost from error till the end of the world.

(Note: For ever... Hence it is evident that the Paraclete, this Spirit of Truth, was not only promised to the persons of the apostles, but also to their successors through all generations.)

  1. How do we know that the true Catholic Church has the mind of Christ? One test is that its dogmas and doctrines do not change with time, or with customs of people to suit their whims, tastes, or weaknesses.
  2. Therefore, if anyone accepts the abolition or changes in any of the Roman Catholic Church's dogmas he does not have the mind of Christ and does not belong to the true faith.
  3. Our Lady has prophesied through the messages given to Dr. M. J. Even that the American Catholic Church will break away from Rome and become a schismatic Church. This prophecy is being fulfilled before our eyes.
  4. You might wish to inform one or more of the following prelates of your reaction to Cardinal Mahony's proposed liturgical pastoral letter:
    1. Roger Cardinal Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010 (fax: 213-637-6510).
    2. Most Rev. Agostino Cacciavillan, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio, 3339 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20008 (fax: 202-337-4036).
    3. Antonio Maria Cardinal Javierre Ortas, Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, Piazza Pio XII l0, 00193 Rome, Italy (fax: 01 1 -39-6-69-88-34-99).
    4. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Piazza del S. Uffizio 11, 00193 Rome, Italy (fax: 011-39-6-69-88-34-09).
    5. Bernardin Cardinal Gantin, Sacred Congregation for Bishops, Piazza Pio XII l0, 00193 Rome, Italy (fax: 011 -39-6-69-88-53-03).

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Created July 16, 1996. Tenth Update July 16, 1997 Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.