Several years ago I read a book entitled "AA 1025, The Memoirs of an Anti-Apostle", written by Marie Carre. It dealt with a man who had been severely injured in a car wreck in France; Mrs. Carre was his nurse. The man carried no identification and was comatose. Upon his death, she opened his briefcase and there was a manuscript of sorts. After much soul-searching and many discussions with her Bishop, she decided to publish the manuscript. She gave the man the name "Michael" and her reason for publishing the manuscript was "...for the world to know why the Catholic church has been undergoing destructive changes to the lament of its faithful". I believe this man died in 1968.
An excellent synopsis of the book and background of "Michael" can be found here at "The End Days" under an article entitled "The Confessions of a Communist Agent on the Attempt to Destroy the Roman Catholic Church from Within".
Before I start hearing the conspiracy theories and WAY out there theories of the New World Order, etc., let me first clarify while I AM indeed Catholic, while I have indeed CHOSEN to revert to the Traditional Latin Mass over NOEL, while I am very well versed in my faith and have lived through the majority of the changes implemented since Vatican II and have observed first hand the destruction of the Church from within and am very familiar with the Book of Revelations, I don't walk around with a tin foil hat waiting for the sky to fall, nor do I walk around with a sandwich board which proclaims "Repent--The End is Near". I tend to believe there is always hope and have also CHOSEN to live my life fully, as God intended me to live, not constantly looking over my shoulder, waiting for the next disaster. That is NOT how God intended us to live our lives.
That being said, with Snooper's article below, which he has published a few times before, there are certain things in the Communist Manifesto and in this book that correlate, similar things on the "lists"--and I don't believe in coincidence.
At the time of Vatican II (which opened under Pope John XXIII in 1962 and closed under Pope Paul VI in 1965), this country was going through major upheaval--our first Catholic president, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, the Space Race--not to mention the assassinations starting with JFK--the self-same first Catholic president.
As a country, we were losing our innocence and losing it quickly. The Vatican itself was--and is-- a concentration of a huge amount of wealth, both in monetary terms and influence over a large segment of the world's population. Even forgetting the Catholic faithful, the wealth alone was a worthy target for a country needing funds--the USSR. If the Church itself could be infiltrated, it would be a bold coup and could be accomplished without bloodshed (for the most part--there WAS that "pesky" Pope John Paul I who had decided to "roll-back" many of the disastrous changes Vatican II had wrought). It would net access to the enormous wealth and influence over the faithful.
That influence, over a populace who (for the most part) did not question their spiritual leaders, was priceless. Those that did question their spiritual leaders (such as Americans were learning to do) could be dealt with by implementing leaders "hand picked" to continue the infiltration.
From the website referenced above, we see some of the manuscript which was eventually published. Keeping in mind "Michael" died in approximately 1968, these passages can be chilling. All emphasis is mine.
The Uncle gave further instructions to Michael: "The ten persons who will be directly under your orders will never know you. To reach you, they will have to pass through me. Thus you will never be denounced. We already have in our service numerous priests in all countries where Catholicism is implanted, but you will never know one another. One is a bishop. Maybe you will enter into contact with him, it will depend upon the rank that you reach. We have spies everywhere and particularly old ones who follow the press of the whole world. A compendium will be sent to you regularly. We will easily know when your own ideas have made their way into peoples' minds. See, an idea is good when some idiot writer presents it as one of his own. Nobody is more conceited than a writer. We rely much on such writers and we do not have to train them. They work for us without knowing it or rather without wanting to."
Michael proposed to the Uncle: "As soon as I entered the seminary, I was supposed to try to discover how to destroy all that was taught to me. But to do so, I should have to study attentively and intelligently, that is without passion, the History of the Church. I would particularly never lose sight of the fact that persecutions only make martyrs of whom Catholics have had reason to say that they are seeds of Christianity. Therefore, no martyrs. I must never forget that all religions are based on fear, the ancestral fear, all religions are born from this fear. Therefore. if you suppress fear, you suppress religions....You must drive it to the head of men, and particularly in the head of Churchmen to search for, at any price, a universal religion into which all churches would be melted together. So that this idea could take form and life, we must inculcate in pious people, especially Roman Catholics, a feeling of guilt concerning the unique truth in which they pretend to live.... I was Catholic, and very Catholic, I mean, very pious and zealous until my fourteenth year, and I believe it to be rather easy to show Catholics that there are other holy persons among the Protestants, the Moslems and the Jews, etc... So that all men could enter it (this Universal Church), it could retain a vague idea of a God more or less Creator, more or less Good, according to times. Moreover this God will be useful only in periods of calamity. Then the ancestral fear will fill these temples, but in other times they will be rather empty."
Michael replied: "By numerous and subtle means. I look at the Catholic Church as if it were a sphere. To destroy it, you must attack it in numerous small points until it loses all resemblance to what it was before. We will have to be very patient. I have many ideas that might seem at first sight to be petty and childish, but I maintain that the entirety of those petty childishnesses will become an invisible weapon of great efficacity.""Michael's" "plan" for Vatican II followed several steps (I will emphasize those that have come to pass; all emphasis is mine and is in red; blue and green emphasis is from the website); all quotes taken from the above website (I don't have my copy of the book handy at the moment):
1). The whole ceremony should represent only a common meal, as among Protestants. He even assured me that it should never have been otherwise. He also worked at the elaboration of a new Ordinary the Mass and advised me to do the same also, because it appeared to him to be altogether desirable to present to people a large number of diversified masses."
2). "It would do some good that a prophecy be sent throughout the world that would be the following : 'Some day, you will see married priests and mass said in vernacular tongues.' I remember with joy that I was the first one to say these things in 1938. That same year, I urged women to ask for the priesthood. And I advocated a mass, not parochial, but a family mass that would be said at home, by the father and mother, before each meal. "
3). "In Rome, I had very interesting conversations with a professor who would be mine, when I would have received the priesthood. He was a member of our network. He was very optimistic. He had specialized in Holy Scripture and was working at a new translation of the Bible in English. The most astounding was that he had chosen a Lutheran pastor as his only collaborator. The said pastor, besides, was no more in accord with his own church which seemed old-fashioned to him."
"This collaboration, of course, remained secret. The aim of these two men was to rid humanity of all the systems which it had given itself through the Bible, and especially the New Testament had given itself through the Bible, and especially the New Testament. Thus, the virginity of Mary, the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and His Resurrection, according to them were to be put in parenthesis and finally were to end up in a simple suppression. The dignity of modern man, in their eyes, was worth such a price."
"The modernization of God's Word often allowed to diminish the Church's obstinacy. And that was done in a very natural way. These new translations, besides, facilitated the Biblical dialogues upon which we laid great hopes.... One of my preferred dialogues concerned the Pope, because this personage is really an obstacle to me. When I say 'this personage', I mean also the texts upon which his title is based. Those texts are also as embarrassing for me as they are for the Separated Christians (as they say). I am very grateful to the one who thought that the word 'prevail' has become incomprehensible to the modern man and has replaced it by 'be able'. Instead of 'the gates of Hell will never prevail against it (the Church)', he has written : 'The gates of Hell will never be able to do anything against it.' This makes my meetings Biblical dialogues much easier, at least in French speaking countries. Each one notices very quickly that this prophecy, which pretends that hell can do nothing against the Church, is absolutely false, and every one breathes at ease, because thus withers away this secular belief in a divine protection which, definitely, would always favor the efforts of Catholics (to be understood: never those of Heretics!)."
4). "About the time I was playing with confession, I was particularly sensitive to one point of doctrine, I mean to say 'the holy virtue of obedience' (as they say.) This obedience especially concerns the Pope. I was turning this problem over and at all its angles, without being able to understand .... I was therefore obliged to ask our services to see to it that the confidence shown to the Pope by Catholics be ridiculed discreetly on every possible occasion. I did not ignore that I was asking them something very difficult. But, all in all, it seemed primordial to me to incite Catholics to criticize the Pope."
"Someone was charged to watch attentively all the Vatican writings, in order to detect even very small details capable of displeasing one category of individuals. The quality of those who criticize the Pope does not matter, the only important thing is that he be criticized. The ideal thing, of course, would be that he displeased everybody, that is, reactionaries as well as modernists."
5). "It was during those days that I launched on the market (we could almost say) the programme that would allow Catholics to be accepted by Protestants .... Catholics had hoped too much for the return of Protestantism to the fold of the Mother Church. It was time that they should lose their arrogance. Charity made it a duty for them. When charity is at stake, I pretended, laughing up my sleeve, nothing wrong can happen."
"I prophesied with assurance, so that this would be repeated in the same tones, the suppression of Latin, of priestly ornaments, of statues and images, of candles and prie-dieu (so that they could kneel no more) .... And I also started a very active campaign for the suppression of the Sign of the Cross."
"I also prophesied, and we were then in 1940, the disappearance of altars, replaced by a table completely bare, and also of all the crucifixes, in order that Christ be considered as a man, not as a God. I insisted that Mass be only a community meal to which all would be invited, even unbelievers. And came to the following prophecy: Baptism, for the modern man has become ridiculously magical. Whether given by immersion or not Baptism must be abandoned in favor of an Adult Religion."
"Moreover, all that is permitted among Protestants, even if only in one sect, must be authorized among Catholics, that is the remarriage of divorcees, polygamy, contraception and euthanasia."
6). Michael encouraged Protestants to go to Catholic Mass and receive Holy Communion. This is because: "When Catholics will see Protestants receive Communion at their masses, without having been converted, they will longer have confidence in their antique 'Real Presence.' It will be explained to them that this Presence only exists in so far as it is believed. Thus they will feel themselves to be creators of all their religion and the most intelligent all them will know how to draw the required conclusions."
"To weaken more the notion of 'Real Presence' of Christ, all decorum will have to be set aside. No more costly embroidered vestments, no more music called sacred, especially no more Gregorian chant, but a music in jazz style, no more sign of the Cross, no more genuflections, but only dignified stern attitudes .... Moreover the faithful will have to break themselves the habit of kneeling, and this will be absolutely forbidden when receiving Communion .... Very soon, the Host will be laid in the hand in order that all notion of the Sacred be erased."
"In order to destroy all sacredness in the cult, the priest will be invited to say the whole Mass in vernacular and especially to recite the words of the Consecration as a narration, which they are in reality. He must not, above all, pronounce the following words: 'This is my Body, this is my Blood,' as if he really took the place of Christ Who pronounced them."
"Let everyone feel that the priest is reading a narration. Furthermore, there must never be question of a Sacrifice, that is, a Mass-Sacrifice, a non-bloody renovation of the Sacrifice of the Cross. No Protestant accepts this formula. Mass must only be a community meal for the greatest welfare of human fraternity."
7). "At that time, I showed great energy to destroy the Marian cult. I insisted greatly upon the grief that Catholics and Orthodoxes caused to Protestants by keeping up their numerous devotions to the Virgin Mary. I pointed out that the dear separated brethren were more logical and wiser. This human creature about whom we know almost nothing becomes, in our Church, in some way, more powerful than God (or, at least, more gentle ).... I stressed upon the fact that many Protestants believe that Mary had other children after Jesus... Human oddness has no limit. All this strengthens my conviction, that to deny the virginity of Mary is the safest way to transform Christians into disciples of a man who would not at all be God. Who does not see how useful it is to kill Jesus of Nazareth before killing God?"
"I therefore advocated the suppression of the Rosary and of the numerous feast days reserved to Mary... As for all other things, it will be necessary to make a those who keep on reciting the Rosary feel guilty."
"Afterwards, to bluntly suppress the cult of the Saints. The Saints must disappear before God, although it is much easier to kill God than His Saints... Then, we will proceed to suppress Judgement, Heaven, Purgatory and Hell. This is all very easy... Many are well disposed to believe that the Goodness of God surpasses all crimes. All we have to do is to insist on this Goodness. A God Whom no one fears, quickly becomes a God about whom no one thinks. Such was the end to be reached. "
"Such is the compendium of the orders which I sent throughout the world.
8). "Afterwards, come the Seven Sacraments, which are all to be revised, all the more so that Protestants only have two. All Christians, of all denominations, have kept Baptism, but, for my part, it is the Sacrament that I would like to see disappear first. This seems relatively easy. It is too childish a Sacrament. Almost as childish as the Sign of the Cross and Holy Water."
"Of course, the Sacrament of Confirmation, which pretends to give the Holy Spirit and can be administered only by a bishop, must be suppressed with energy. This attitude will allow to denounce the dogma of the Holy Trinity as offensive to Jews and Moslems, as well as to certain new Protestant Sects."
"As for the Sacrament called Penance, it would be replaced by a community ceremony, which will only be an examination of conscience directed by a well trained priest, all of which would be followed by a general absolution, as in some Protestant Churches."
"As for the Sacrament of Extreme-Unction, we will have to find another word for it.... I would willingly choose the expression 'Sacrament of the Sick,' and to avoid the idea of Eternal Life, it would be allowed to offer this Sacrament, even in case of a light illness."
"As to the Sacrament of Holy Orders, which confers the power to exercise clerical functions, we will evidently have to keep it. In our Universal Church we will need priests who will be teachers of some Socialist doctrine.... And, of course, marriage will not be refused to the priests who ask for it, not any more than the Sacrament of Holy Orders will be refused to women."
"No, civil marriage only would be allowed. Thus, this Church, basely authoritative, could not forbid any more divorce and the remarriage of divorcees.... I know well that Jesus of Nazareth has spoken in opposition to this opinion. But I have already said elsewhere that we must know what to choose in his teachings that is suitable to modern man."
9). "First, to replace the word 'Catholic' by 'Universal', which means the same thing. But it is very important that word 'Catholic' should not hurt Protestant ears and would not incite the faithful of the Roman Rite to believe themselves Super-Christians .... It is very important that Christians become conscious of the scandal that is caused by the division of the Church. For, there are three kinds of Christianities: the Catholic, many Orthodox and some three hundred Protestant Sects."
"To emphasize the last prayer of Jesus of Nazareth, prayer that was never heard : 'Be one as my Father and I are One.' To cultivate a growing remorse particularly, among Catholics."
"To stress that Catholics are responsible for the division among Christians, because, by their refusal to compromise, they caused schisms and heresies. To come to a point that every Catholic will feel so guilty that he will wish to atone at any price. To suggest to him that he must himself endeavor to find all the means capable of bringing Catholics closer to Protestants (and also to others) without harming the Credo. To keep only the Credo. And again . . . attention. The Credo must undergo a very slight modification. The Catholics say: 'I believe in the Catholic Church.' The Protestants say: 'I believe in the Universal Church.' It is the same thing. The word Catholic means: Universal."
"Always drive minds towards a greater charity, a larger fraternity. Never talk about God, but about the greatness of man. Bit by bit, transform the language and the mentalities. Man must occupy the first place. Cultivate confidence in man who will prove his own greatness by founding the Universal Church in which all good wills shall melt together. To bring out that the good will of man, his sincerity, his dignity are worth more than a God always invisible. To show that the luxury and art found in Catholic and Orthodox Churches are intensely disliked by Protestants, Jews and Moslems. To suggest that this useless show must be suppressed for a greater welfare. To excite an iconoclastic zeal. Youngsters must destroy all this hodgepodge : statues, pictures, reliquaries, priestly ornaments, organs, candles and votive lamps, stained glasses and Cathedrals, etc . . . etc..."
That's an awful lot of red. Further, what isn't red (meaning it has yet to happen) has at least been attempted in the near past; in some cases (such as marriage of priests; ordination of women; birth control, abortion and euthanasia) it is still being advocated.
If you look closely and carefully, you will see the emphasis put on the secular "Man" as divine, rather than than the Triune God. We see this on the left, in agencies such as the ACLU, in faux civil rights agencies such as CAIR...it is happening, just as this man and others like him have planned. Policies are designed to lull the gullible into acceptance of anything and everything as "normal and healthy", with no consequences--and to our danger. We are no longer taught to discern (to discern means to think, evaluate and take appropriate action rather than blindly follow).
In the NOEL Mass ("Novus Ordum"), Holy Communion is distributed in the hand, the Mass is said entirely in the vernacular while facing the congregation, lay people and women are on the altar, you do not kneel for Communion, dress is remarkably casual, no emphasis is put on Confession--in fact, 46% of the Mass was changed. Until that time, from the time of the Last Supper until Vatican II, only EIGHT WORDS had changed. The prayers at the end of Mass were eliminated, there are no more Gregorian Chants or organ music. Priests became your "friend" rather than your spiritual leader; nuns no longer wear their habits or even their rings signifying their marriage to Christ. There is no censure for publicly breaking away from doctrine (Kennedy? Kerry? Pelosi?). Everything is explained away; God is no longer a "Just" God, He forgives anything and basically there is no accountability for your actions. There is no more emphasis on morality, right or wrong. There aren't a lot of people left who even know what the Triduum is. Again, emphasis is put on the wishes and desires of "Man" and the "secular" rather than Doctrine. This negates the need for any relevant soul-searching and no one feels guilty about anything--they have no moral compass with which to feel guilt or remorse because none is taught.
It's not "popular" to preach right and wrong, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory or Judgment. It's acceptable to sit in judgment of others (I KNOW where I'm going when I die--I KNOW you're going to hell; that kind of thing). It's not "popular" to preach about how our political leaders are leading us. In fact, it could be downright dangerous and the Church could lose tax status for that (Pelosi). It's extremely unpopular, extremely dangerous and might "offend" someone to tell the truth about our current political leaders and how they are leading us into moral danger. The Church has bought--lock, stock and barrel--the political correctness agenda. No longer is it the Church not only of love, but of Jesus' righteous anger in the temple.
As the current "vernacular" states: "It's all good".
Unless--UNLESS--you attend a Tridentine Mass.
Those are difficult to find as they are not offered in all diocese. Fortunately, Pope Benedict XVI has issued a proclamation wherein the Bishop of any diocese no longer has to wait years for permission to perform the Tridentine Mass--they are now able to offer it without waiting for permission to be granted. I happen to live in an area where there is an entire parish dedicated to the Tridentine Mass. The "old" strictures apply--no reception of Holy Communion without first receiving Confession and Absolution, reception of Communion at the KNEELERS at the altar rails (some Churchs have reinstalled the altar rails and kneelers), altar boys only (no boy and girl "altar servers"), a Gregorian choir, organ music, no lay people or women on the altar, dress codes enforced, women have their heads covered. There are also a very limited number of priests trained to properly pray the Tridentine Mass.
However, those priests are gold. They are, as they say, "old school"; they tell it like it is, regardless of the personal cost to them. They turn excuses back onto the excuse maker and hold up the mirror--excuses are not acceptable if you have been raised in a Tridentine atmosphere. These priests preach the old way and are not afraid to speak out about the political abominations we have in office or the policies being forced down our throats.
Wait a minute--women have their heads covered??? Isn't that a muslim thing? No. Even in ancient times women covered their heads in the presence of the Divine. It is a sign of respect, at least in the Catholic church. I don't know the meaning of it in islam. Further, the first time my son showed up in shorts and tennis shoes (he just WOULDN'T listen and he had been a MASTER altar boy in the NOEL Mass), he was not allowed in the Mass as his dress didn't show proper respect. That was the only time--since that time (and after being publicly humiliated for his lack of respect) he has dressed as he did as an altar boy--button down shirt, slacks, dress shoes, often a tie. My daughter, who wanted to dress in a similarly casual manner, saw her brother humiliated and decided she would listen. She wears a dress (hemline to the knees), tights, dress shoes and her head covering (her coverings are lace and match her dresses). All of this shows respect for what the Mass MEANS--the Bloodless Sacrifice of Our Lord, the worship of God.
It's also had an amazing side effect--by learning their Latin, they have an easier time in their Spanish classes. The languages are remarkably similar.
By growing up in a transitional time of the Church, I've had a first hand glimpse of how easily it can be infiltrated from the INSIDE. However, the people, those who refuse to study and learn, follow along like sheep, losing their sense of the Divine along the way, and giving in--knowingly or not--to a plan similar to the plan being implemented upon the people of this country.
Vatican II did amazing damage to the Church--seminary applications dropped significantly, leading to the closing of many seminaries. Convents suffered the same fates. Many of the older generation refused to attend the NOEL Mass (my mother was one of them). It wasn't "their" Church anymore; they didn't recognize it. Therefore, church attendance dropped like a stone.
The suppression is failing. Ultimately, as with all other attempts at Communism, it is failing within the Church itself. It cannot fulfill the need of the human, the TRUE human, for the touch of the Divine, of something greater than ourselves and outside of ourselves. I see true hope in that.
As the Church has stumbled and fallen, She has also picked Herself up, dusted Herself off and appears to be making a strong comeback. But only through the determined effort of a generation who lived through the original transition. We didn't like the changes made--and we are refusing those changes now. We want the Church back, in all Her glory, with all Her meaning. Not the pablum foisted upon us by Vatican II.
So too with America. As the Church went, so the politicians have tried--and continue to try--to take the country. As the Church goes, so also goes the country--with the conservative upswing and the conservatives coming out of their stupor, refusing to continue in their role as the "silent majority".
As the Church goes, so goes the country. The country would be well advised to look at the damage done to the Church by the infiltrators and take its cue from the Church, Her stumble and Her ultimate refusal of the infiltration. In that regard, study "Michael's" "plan"--compare it to the Communist Manifesto. They are not separate issues. One serves as warning to the other.
As the Church goes, so goes the country. God help us all, because that being the case, we are in for a literal hell on earth--unless people stand up NOW, come out of their stupors and say, loud and clear, WE WILL NOT TOLERATE Communism here on our shores. Unless WE THE PEOPLE stop it dead in its tracks and stop it now.
Cross posted at Grizzly Groundswell here and Real Clear Politics here.
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