It is more than twenty-five years since we were startled by strange and unsettling pronouncements from Rome. We were now to have a “dialogue” with the leaders of hundreds of erring sects. A liturgy for all in common was proposed at the first session of the Council. No objection was made by pope or bishops. Radical changes in the Mass and in the forms of the Sacraments followed, and in the teaching manuals. The infallible, the indefectible Church had admitted herself to have been mistaken in past centuries. The bishops and parish priests said, “Nothing essential is being changed.” Was a greater lie ever spoken…
It was evident right off that something extraordinary had happened, and with the coming of the ʽnew Mass.ʼ I set myself to find the Catholic answer, for there had to be one. My conclusion came within a short time. There could be only one explanation; we were in the time of the Great Apostasy, the revolt foretold so plainly by St. Paul especially. The Man of Sin, the Son of Perdition, the one who could and would oppose Christ in a unique sense, sat upon the throne of Peter, changing all laws and customs. Yet, Christ Himself, had promised that the successors of Peter would be preserved from doctrinal error.
A Pope of our own century, Pius X, had in essence repeated the warning of St. Paul, and gave warning of the now present New Age return of heathenism, foretold by St. Paul. But who cared to believe him? And perhaps the very pious but unthinking were made complacent by the arresting action of reforms, and the selection of many good bishops made by St. Pius X. And had we not learned from our catechisms that the popes were infallible, the Church indefectible, that the Gates of Hell could never prevail against her? Of course we had, and it was all true, and would remain true, as Is hall presently show. But what was lacking was the last chapter of the catechism, that which would have, had God so willed it, been made quite explicit, doctrine on the latter days. Instead, a certain obscurity had been allowed to surround the matter. The obscurity is not so much in the words of prophecy; Indeed, those of St. Paul are very plain, but in the time of their application. St. Augustine and others had taught that only at the time of fulfillment could a prophecy be fully understood. Such is the way of prophecy, that it does not spell it out. The Scriptural prophet himself will not clearly understand in detail what he has been inspired to write. St. Paul and the apostles expected that Christ would not be lone in returning.
How, then, if it is a question of the time of application of a prophecy, in this case that of the latter days and Christʼs imminent return, dare I say that time has come in our century? I do not say this merely because of the present widespread decadence of morals, bad as that is known to be. I do not say it because of the atheism of our time and the general religious indifference or wild notions of such as the ʽborn againʼs.ʼ I say knowing that only near the End would there come such a revolt as we have seen since Vatican II was announced, and the Church was made to appear not as The Teacher of the Truth but as denying revealed Truth along with atheists, Theosophists, modern Gnostics. No, the last chapter of the catechism had not been spelled out. Why not? Because God willed to send upon this unbelieving generation an ʽOperation of Error.ʼ If men will not believe the truth, they will be permitted to believe lies.
As a Catholic I cannot, I must not, deny that the Church teaches with that authority, and that certainty, Christ commanded her to teach.
This denial of the Truth, the Scriptural prophecy of a revolt, and of a great defection among the faithful, was predicted to come only near the End, so I say the End is imminent.
From St. Matthew 24: And when He was sitting on Mount Olivet, the disciples came to Him privately, saying: Tell us when these things be? And what shall be the sign on Thy coming, and of the consummation of the world?
Christ said to them: Of that day and hour no man knoweth, not the angels of heaven, but the Father alone.
How can it be said by the Divine Redeemer that He cannot foretell the day or the hour of His Second Coming, and of the consummation of the world? Fr. Fernand Prat, S.J., after examining and rejecting some earlier opinions, explains that Christ always attributes to the Father the initiative in the work of redemption and the effects of predestination. Now the end as well as the beginning of the work of redemption enters into the order of things in which the Father has the initiative.
So while Christ as God has the knowledge of the time of His return, and the right of course to reveal it, He wills not to reveal it. Let the disciples and all who will come after them watch for the signs which have been revealed in the Gospels.
A pope and at least one saint had preached the imminent return of Christ and the end of the world centuries ago, and were proved wrong by events. A later pope forbade that any preacher should name a definite time when preaching the Second Advent.(Date setting without permission 5 Th Lateran Council) As shown above, the Gospel bids us think about the End: to ʽwatch,” observing those signs indicative of the End.
We are not to be, as St. Matthew warns against, like the men in time of the Flood:
So as in the time of Noe, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be . . . eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, even till that day in which Noe entered the Ark. and they knew not till the flood came, and took them all away; so also shall the coming of the Son of Man be.
And if we bear all this in mind, we will not be dismayed at the present state of the Church; that men of the later centuries would abandon her has been foreseen by Christ and His prophets. We need not to be confused by thoughts concerning what we learned in our old catechisms — about the Churchʼs infallibility, indefectibility, and that the “Gates of Hell” shall not prevail. We will rightly understand those teachings in view of the fulfillment of Prophecy, that the ʽupdatedʼ teachings of Vatican II are not those of the Church Christ founded.
It would seem nevertheless that Satan has prevailed in our day. About this appearance of defeat we cannot know. It is part of the ʽmystery of iniquity,ʼ a final testing, about which we are not required to know.
There is reason for deep concern, that we are part of that generation which will almost entirely have abandoned the Faith. But we know too that each one will be judged individually, according to his deeds, his degree of malice or lack of it. And that the mercies of the just God are above His works.
With the revolt foretold by St. Paul, the Mass, the Churchʼs Sacrifice has of course been ʽtaken away.ʼ It is absurd to claim it as their own, as certain self-styled Traditionalist priests do. I discuss this in recent letters. (Note, traditional Catholics do not claim the Mass as their own but as ministers of the mystical body of Christ.) Joseph.
That an entire official clergy could cease their functioning as Catholic priests is too a mystery, but not a greater one than that foretold by the Apostle Paul, of a general revolt, and by Christ Himself, who said: Think you that when the Son of Man returns, will He find faith upon earth? And “unless those days be shortened, no living creature would be saved, but for the sake of the ELECT those days will be shortened.” St. Matt. 24:22.” ….And the voice of the Bridegroom and of the Bride will not be heard in thee anymore.” Apocalypse 18:23.
But, is it necessary for all Catholics to reason out such an explanation as herein presented? Not at all. While we are obliged to know our Faith as well as we can, salvation is not through knowledge. The simple faithful need only reject, refuse in any way to take part in or support, the strange actions of their clergy, and the plain lie of the Vatican II Council to have founded an ʽecumenicalʼ church.
There ends my view of the matter. It begins with St. Paul and Pope St. Pius X and ends with these two prophets, the one Scriptural, the other following Christʼs admonition to take notice of the signs of the time, which he did, expertly, thoroughly. This it was Pius X who wrote the last chapter of our Catechism.
God bless William F. Strojie. I’m not sure if Mr. Strojie accepted my sede vacatist position at the time but I guarantee were he alive to witness today’s Vatican II Church, he would embrace it whole hardheartedly. In Christ, Joseph