If you are a Catholic and a shiver of joy does not run down your spine when you hear of pagan idols being grabbed out of the sanctuary of a Catholic Church and cast into a river, then you might want check and see if your head is screwed on just right (Or, at least, check if your shoes are on too tight). (Some background from NCRegister for those who do not know what I am talking about:)
Of course, the usual suspects immediately took to twitter to express their feigned outrage at this “sin of theft” (stealing is generally wrong, but not an intrinsic evil — as for example, adultery is indeed an intrinsic evil — there are a few times when stealing is called for, and a Pagan Idol in a Catholic Sanctuary is obviously one such time), “desecration” (that which is not sacred in the first place cannot be desecrated), and “disrespect of the indigenous” (the most disrespectful thing you could possibly do to a Pagan is condone his Paganism).
And boy do I feel bad for them if their outrage was more than just a show; I will not bother listing here all the biographies of saints they ought not read, and Scriptural passages they ought to rip from their Bibles, in order to protect their delicate feelings from further harm (many have already provided these lists). But they were also quick to justify their outrage with certain flimsy attempts at arguments which were almost all of the form: “There exist legitimate Catholic symbols in Churches (e.g. the Pelican, the Lamb), some of which even trace their origin to Pagan roots, therefore there is no such thing as an illegitimate symbol that even now truly does amount to Paganism or Idolatry.”
I will not bother refuting these arguments here (again, plenty others have already done this), for all this sophistry ignores one fact: even if the arguments were valid, they would still be completely irrelevant.
For, even if the statues were not idols in actuality, they were idols by all appearances — from an ordinary layman’s perspective (which, of course, is what matters in an ordinary layman’s determination of what he must do), the statues sure seemed to be carvings of the Pagan “goddess” Pachamama. This is obvious to anyone who does any basic research into the Andean “goddess” of fertility/earth, called Pachamama. See, for example, the image to the right of one of many pagan Pachamama statues currently existing in South America.
Complaining of their being cast into the Tiber under the premise that they “weren’t actually idols” reminds me of those who call out for a police officer’s blood after he shoots someone who was pointing a BB-gun at him that, by all appearances, seemed to be a real gun. How on earth was the police officer supposed to know it wasn’t real? Can police officers not defend themselves?
Furthermore, these “statues” (idols) loitered around the Synod for over 2 weeks without any solid refutation coming from the Vatican (everything that was said, in fact — that the statues were “symbols of life, fertility, and time” which is exactly what the Pagan goddess is — seemed to lend credit to the conclusion that the statues were indeed of Pachamama), and anyone with an ounce of honesty is, therefore, obliged to assume the appearance is true.
Another example: suppose one were to put a statue of a goat with a human torso and a pentagram in the middle of a prayer circle and bow down before it in a Catholic Church. By all appearances, such a goat seems to be the main idol in Satanism, Baphomet, and, absent an absolutely solid indication to the contrary, one must assume the appearance is correct. The organizers of the event would completely fail in their attempts to justify themselves if, after some courageous man grabbed the statue and destroyed it, they complained,“hold on. This was just a symbol of how delicious goat cheese is; the pentagram emblazoned upon it was, likewise, to glorify how beautiful Geometry is, and the human torso was to symbolize how much we humans gain from goats!!”
But there is the deeper problem. Pachamama isn’t just any idol. Considering how significant this Synod is (many have pointed out this may well be the Synod that was prophesied at Garabandal to immediately precede the Warning), it would be wise to keep a close eye on what transpires during it. For while the Church is indeed indefectible, the devil will nevertheless be busy at work squeezing as much sin and error as possible in to the Church’s various non-Magisterial acts in these days wherein the Great Apostasy approaches its summit (rest assured, however, that any actual teachings on Faith or Morals contained in a formal act of the Magisterium promulgated by the Pope are heresy-free). [note: previous remarks posted here have been removed in accordance with news stories posted 10/25. update will follow]
Anyway, I decided to dig a little deeper.
I’ve got quite a library here for my philosophy and religion research, and decided to look up Pachamama in the massive “Encyclopedia of Religion” (edited by Lindsay Jones). Within it’s over 10,000 pages are the following fascinating insights into Pachamama:
In brief: for Amazonian Pagans, Pachamama worship is essential for bringing back their false secular messiah, Athahuallpa, to institute a false Messianic Age, in which the “conquerors” (i.e. Europeans and Westerners, and the associated genuine Catholicism) are themselves conquered; an age which superficially acknowledges some Christian aspects but really places that all secondary to the Paganism which, apparently, many South American “Catholics” never actually left when they became Catholic. Is this reminding you of anything? If not, let me jog your memory:
Now, I’m not some crazed conspiracy theorist trying to argue that these silly wooden carvings at this synod are actually a demonic plan to enthrone the Antichrist. I’m guessing those who brought them are, like many Catholics today, good people who are simply clueless and do not realize that syncretism is a heresy and a sin, and do not realize what demons they are inviting in by their actions. (It has long been observed that many indigenous South American Catholics have not left their Paganism to become Catholic, but have simply mixed the two together). My point here is only to say that this is a major sign of the times, not merely by accident brought into light publicly — but inspired by God Himself, who I believe called those men to throw the idols into the Tiber — with which God wishes to draw our attention to what is soon coming in a much larger and much more serious way. For discerning Catholics would do well to pay close attention when naked Paganism (pun intended) pierces its way into the very heart of Christendom.
For those enamored with the world and with “dialogue,” (which the casting out of the idols was apparently also a “sin against”) may I kindly remind them that idolatry is incredibly serious. Hopefully we all remember the First Commandment. But let me share here what the Blessed Virgin revealed to the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta about the Holy Family’s arrival in Egypt:
And a similar thing was revealed to Venerable Agreda. Jesus — as a mere tiny child — would not so much as tolerate the presence of an Idol in His proximity; rather, with an immense exercise of His Omnipotence, which was in no way dimmed despite His small stature at that time, He literally destroyed these Pagan idols (and this, before Christianity’s existence, back when Paganism was nowhere near as guilty as it is today) and cast them into the abyss.
So we don’t need to rhetorically ask “what would Jesus do?” We know what He did do. He destroyed the idols.
As for dialogue, which we also apparently “sin against” by removing idols from Catholic Sanctuaries, Jesus is equally un-condoning of the modern approach wherein the truth is conveniently pushed aside for the sake of endless petty conversations about pleasantries that save and sanctify no one. Here’s what Jesus told Luisa about that:
Yes, dialogue is important. But truth is more important. And I, for one, will not tolerate being lectured on “dialogue” by the likes of Fr. James Martin and company. He (and those like him), while endlessly harping on dialogue, do almost none of it. They travel around the country and the world attending posh events while giving talks to groups of people that already agree with them and fawn over them. By Fr. Jim’s own open admission, any persecution he may have received in this process has been scarcely more than a small bump in the road with no effect on how very pleasant, easy, and fun his “dialogue adventures” have been.
So why won’t I tolerate hearing lectures from him on the need for dialogue?
Because my job is to dialogue. I teach philosophy and religion at a secular, public, New York college. Every day I have to stand in front of dozens of 20 year old college students, most of whom are coming from the ideological perspective one would expect from that demographic, and discuss with them life’s deepest and most important questions. I know what genuine dialogue is, and I know what phony dialogue is; Fr Jim and company are entirely in the latter category. Genuine dialogue is not endlessly ignoring the very truths that people need to hear to change their lives for the better. Genuine dialogue is not refusing to answer direct questions with the full, naked truth. Genuine dialogue is not employing sophistry so as to evade having to ever say the unpopular truths. And genuine dialogue is certainly not inviting pagan Idols into our Church.
But, when it is precisely this that happens at the very highest levels of the Church, then it becomes impossible to not realize…
That these are the long-prophesied times. We have arrived. The battle has started, and there is no safety any more. So don’t pretend that there is any, and instead, join the battle… on the right side.
As is becoming ever more clear (notwithstanding the increasingly shrill insistence of a few self-proclaimed eschatologists who will apparently never abandon their erroneous view that the Antichrist can only possibly come immediately before the end of time, after an only somewhat nice era of peace, ), we now live on the very cusp of the emergence of the Antichrist. Deluding one’s self into believing that this is not so (or, worse, could not possibly be so) only makes one more likely to succumb to his seduction.
Ponder this: Of all the people alive in the world today, who do you suppose might be uniquely qualified to give a sober and insightful analysis of the nature of the day in which we live, informed by knowledge gained at the very highest levels of society?
What about royalty? What about not just any royalty, but a devout Catholic royalty from one of the most powerful royal families in history?
Enter His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Rudolf of Austria, of the House of Habsburg (sometimes spelled “Hapsburg”) — “one of the most influential and distinguished royal houses of Europe,” which “dominated European politics for nearly five centuries.”
Are you, oh skeptic, willing to believe that such a man as he might just not be a mere wild-eyed conspiracy theorist?
Well, Archduke Rudolf just gave a rare interview to the National Catholic Register; published the same day the idols were cast into the Tiber. Here is part of what he said:
“What are the dangers facing us today?”
Today? This is my own feeling. I read a lot. I pray a lot. I discuss a lot. Basically, we must be close to the years of the anti-Christ, because everything is in a horrible state. Look at how the population and the people live: The materialism, which is one of the main dangers, has become the master of most of the souls of the world. This is a terrible thing!
Basically, I have the feeling that the devil is working now, if I can say it, like hell on the world, to destroy the Church. And, obviously, he is helped by some people in the Church, also, which is very sad. We have to pray a lot and help the priests and the Church to change now and to become really Christian, in a way. And I think this Pope is doing his best to move the whole thing in the right direction, but I would hate to be in his place because it must be so tough.
You read that right. and I’ll include it to the side as a subtitled image so that even the skimmers won’t miss it. He also shared some beautiful advice on raising Catholic children, which I cannot help but share here even though it is not exactly the purpose of this post:
“Please give our readers some examples of how you and your wife bolstered the children in faith.”
We took them to Mass often, even during the week. We made sure they went to holy confession. …We made pilgrimages with them, for example, to Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina and to Częstochowa in Poland….We gave them the right books to read. When they were smaller especially, we took care to introduce them to good books that would elevate their souls and their spirits and keep their consciences straight. In the evening, it was important to review these readings at home. We were also very attentive to how our children were choosing their friends. And we tried to avoid the internet, explaining how it could destroy them. Things like that. This is very big work.
But it is about time I bring this post to a close, so I will wrap it up with a few more things:
- We also see more people waking up to Fulton Sheen’s insistence that we live in the age of the Antichrist: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/joseph-pronechen/did-fulton-sheen-prophecy-about-these-times .
- And speaking of the Antichrist and those who prophesy his imminent arrival, I’d like to again recommend Fr. Michel Rodrigue, whom I wrote about in my last post. Since writing that last post, I have watched two videos of his preaching: here and here; and I am now even more confident in his authenticity. A friend of mine reviewed dozens of CDs of Fr. Michel’s talks and shared with me, also, that Fr. Michel has said — with some sadness — that the Father’s next message to him will simply be to announce the arrival of the tribulations.
- If you are looking for a trustworthy guide through the confusion of the times, look no further than Cardinal Sarah. His latest book, The Day is Now Far Spent, is excellent.
- Christine Watkins has published a book on the Warning — that glorious, unprecedented event about to occur — which I highly recommend.
Pedro Regis, a seer from South America who has the support of his Bishop, was in Italy this past week. Here are some excerpts from his messages:
And, in case any of that sounds “over the top” or “doom and gloom,” or whatever other pejorative the Modernists would like to hurl at it, I will close this post with the words of our Blessed Lord Himself in Today’s Gospel reading:
Pray, pray, pray