As mentioned in the overview, it can be demonstrated that there are seven groups of seven in the Book of the Apocalypse. The seven signs comprises the fourth group of sevens. And as I showed you, when you make a table of the seven sevens, the seven signs forms the central vertical column. The first column would be the seven letters and I proposed that the 4th letter, to Thyatira, was the most important. If that can be proven then that highlights the central horizontal column, which stamps the book with a cross.
What I want to point out right now is that a table of seven sevens makes forty nine boxes. The fourth sign in the central vertical column is in the absolute center of the book, and in the intersection of the cross. Our Lady explained to Fr. Gobbi in detail some of the seven signs in the Book of the Apocalypse and everything She said makes it the most important, most crucial element for understanding all the “action” in this book and of our times, since She insists that we are living through this book right now.
I wish I could glide over this fourth sign and not go into it. It’s the saddest, most tear-jerking, most heart-breaking, most disgusting, most vile, most stomach-turning topic that exists in all the universe. The people engaged in this fourth sign bring to mind a quip made by Fr. George Rutler, “revolutionaries are always revolting.” Who are we talking about? Priests who betray their holy anointing, who turn on the Lord Jesus to serve the Lord of the Underworld.
Mary explained to us that the third sign, the sneaky, shadowy, seven-headed, ten-horned beast that comes up from the sea, was Freemasonry. The heads represent all the lodges, and the horns represent the means of communication. The huge red dragon is Satan using communism to lead the world into atheism, the denial of God. Freemasonry helps that agenda by blaspheming the laws of God, by inculcating into hearts a love of the seven capital sins, and a hatred for the ten commandments. It all goes back to the temptation in the Garden of Eden.
The serpent who deceived that couple into imagining that they could disobey the creator and themselves become God, has grown into a huge serpent-dragon, tricking millions into believing that we can hijack creation and decide for ourselves what’s good and what’s bad. Hence, Freemasonry has an elaborate plan for a New Age, a New World Order. Many people are caught up in these movements and have no idea that they originated in Masonry. Last week we saw how Masonry used to have a magazine called the “New Age.” But after that term came into the open, they quickly changed the name of the magazine, because as Mary says, this beast likes to work in the dark, like a puppet master pulling the strings.
So now she goes on to tell us that as the Dragon is helped by the Sea Beast, the Sea Beast is helped by a Land Beast, and to this next beast, the Fourth Sign, She gives the shocking name: Ecclesiastical Masonry. I’m not making this up. Let’s read Mary’s own words as Father Gobbi heard them.
MMP –The Beast Like a Lamb
406a–Beloved sons, today you are calling to mind my second apparition, which took place in the humble Cova da Iria in Fatima, on June 13, 1917. Even as of then I foretold to you that which you are living through in these times. I announced to you the great struggle between me, the Woman Clothed with the Sun, and the huge Red Dragon, which has brought humanity to live without God.
406b–I also foretold to you the subtle and dark work, carried out by Freemasonry with the purpose of separating you from the observance of the law of God and thus making you victims of sins and of vices.
406c–Above all, as a Mother, I have wanted to warn you of the grave dangers which threaten the Church today, because of the many and diabolical attacks which are being carried out against her to destroy her.
406d–To attain this end, there comes out of the earth, by way of aid to the black beast which arises out of the sea, a beast which has two horns like those of a lamb.To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.
Land and Sea
I’d like to interrupt a moment because She doesn’t discuss the origins in land and sea. This year, 2017, the Masons are celebrating their 300th anniversary since the founding of modern Masonry. We all know there were guilds of masons in the Middle Ages, just as many trades had their own guilds, but modern Masons don’t construct buildings. They employ only the symbols because they want to tear down old societal structures to rebuild society according to their secret ideals. On the Feast of St. John the Baptist, June 24th, 1717, four lodges in England met together and elected Anthony Sayer who was Master of the “Lodge at the Apple Tree,” and thus the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster was born. The serpent was certainly hanging in that apple tree. Within two years, the new ideas were permeating older lodges and creating new one in Wales, Scotland and Ireland. After a decade new Masonry crossed the channel and the Grand Lodge of France was founded in 1728 which was largely responsible for fostering class struggles and new slogans that led to the overthrow of Church and monarchy in the French Revolution.
Islands are figuratively floating in the sea, and island nations are almost always a seafaring people. Great Britain used her powerful fleets to colonize countries all over the world. If you stand on a continent, something rising up from an island seems to be rising from the sea, and I believe this could be one explanation for St. John beholding the dark beast of Masonry rising up from the British isle. Another explanation could be, as we mentioned last week, the Israelite attitude toward the sea. Island dwellers were pagans. The sea was turbulent and the home of sea monsters. Land, particularly their land was holy, but the sea was unholy, the dwelling of Leviathan the sea-serpent.
In both Greek and Hebrew the word for land and earth are the same word. Even though English Bibles will vary the translation to avoid monotony, it’s all the same. So the beast coming from the earth also comes up from the land. We have a beast coming from the unholy sea, and another beast that looks like a lamb, coming from the holy land. Mary continues.
406e–The lamb, in holy scripture, has always been a symbol of sacrifice. On the night of the exodus, the lamb is sacrificed and, with its blood, the doorposts of the houses of the Hebrews are sprinkled, in order to remove them from the punishment which, on the contrary, strikes all the Egyptians. The Hebrew Pasch recalls this fact each year, through the immolation of a lamb, which is sacrificed and consumed. On Calvary, Jesus Christ sacrifices Himself for the redemption of humanity; He himself becomes our Pasch and becomes the true Lamb of God who takes away all the sins of the world.
406f–The beast has on its head two horns like those of a lamb. To the symbol of the sacrifice there is intimately connected that of the priesthood: the two horns. The high priest of the Old Testament wore a headpiece with two horns. The bishops of the Church wear the mitre—with two horns—to indicate the fullness of their priesthood.To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.
Note: We don’t think of the modern mitre as having two horns. After public worship was finally legalized for Christians in ad 313 , it would have been natural for the early bishops to model their vestments and headdress on the Bible, since the Temple had been destroyed and all the ceremonies of the Old Testament. The modern mitre does indeed have two pointed pieces. Perhaps originally, the mitre was worn side-wise to more visually symbolize the horns, and at some point in time the mitre was turned to the front.
406g–The black beast like a leopard indicates Freemasonry; the beast with the two horns like a lamb indicates Freemasonry infiltrated into the interior of the Church, that is to say, Ecclesiastical Masonry, which has spread especially among the members of the hierarchy. This Masonic infiltration, in the interior of the Church, was already foretold to you by me at Fatima, when I announced to you that Satan would enter in even to the summit of the Church. If the task of Masonry is to lead souls to perdition, bringing them to the worship of false divinities, the task of Ecclesiastical Masonry on the other hand is that of destroying Christ and his Church, building a new idol, namely a false christ and a false church.To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.
Where do we read that Mary said to the children at Fatima that Satan would infiltrate the Church? When She said this in 1989, the Third Secret was not yet made known. In 2000, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released only the children’s description of a vision. No text was released. There are serious reasons for believing that the text was withheld because it would have been too disturbing to announce from the Vatican that “Satan would infiltrate to the highest summit of the Church.” I’ll be addressing this topic in my talks on the approved apparitions of Akita. Mary continues.
406h-k–She explains the theological reasons why Jesus, as Son of God, is the way, the truth and the life.
406l–Jesus is the Truth because it is He—the living Word—who is the font and seal of all divine revelation. And so Ecclesiastical Masonry works to obscure his divine word, by means of natural and rational interpretations and, in the attempt to make it more understandable and acceptable, empties it of all its supernatural content. Thus errors are spread in every part of the Catholic Church itself. Because of the spread of these errors, many are moving away today from the true Faith, bringing to fulfillment the prophecy which was given to you by me at Fatima: ‘The times will come when many will lose the true Faith.’ The loss of the faith is apostasy. Ecclesiastical Masonry works, in a subtle and diabolical way, to lead all into apostasy.To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.
Again: No word was released to the public from the Fatima children saying that “many will lose the true Faith.” All we have is the enigmatic introduction: “In Portugal the Faith will aways be preserved” . . . then their mysterious vision of a city in ruins. Mary continues.
406m–Jesus is the Life because He gives grace. The aim of Ecclesiastical Masonry is that of justifying sin, of presenting it no longer as an evil but as something good and of value. Thus one is advised to do this as a way of satisfying the exigencies of one’s own nature, destroying the root from which repentance could be born, and is told that it is no longer necessary to confess it. The pernicious fruit of this accursed cancer, which has spread throughout the whole Church, is the disappearance everywhere of individual confession. Souls are led to live in sin, rejecting the gift of life which Jesus has offered us.
406n–Jesus is the Way which leads to the Father, by means of the Gospel. Ecclesiastical Masonry favors those forms of exegesis which give it a rationalistic and natural interpretation, by means of the application of the various literary genres, in such a way that it becomes torn to pieces in all its parts. In the end, one arrives at denying the historical reality of miracles and of the resurrection and places in doubt the very divinity of Jesus and his salvific mission.
406o–After having destroyed the historical Christ, the beast with the two horns like a lamb seeks to destroy the mystical Christ which is the Church. The Church instituted by Christ is one, and one alone: it is the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, founded on Peter. As is Jesus, so too is the Church founded by Him which forms his mystical body, truth, life and way.To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.
Destroying the Historical Christ
I was attending a Jesuit college in 1978, the very year that the “historical critical method” was being unleashed in Catholic universities across the world. Books had been written on it since the 1920s, mostly in German institutions, and gradually refined until it was finally popularized. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s parents continued sending their children to Catholic institutions, and were completely baffled when their children lost the Faith. I entered college with a solid Catholic education and a solid prayer life but these theologians twirled my Faith into a tornado that almost blew away. It was very intimidating for an 18 year-old to be instructed by priests in Roman collars, who were fluent in a dozen languages and seriously explain that this or that Greek passage in the New Testament really meant so and so, and the English text was a poor translation. And this or that Hebrew passage in the Old Testament really meant something else but the English was a poor translation. After awhile, I got the impression that none of the Bible could be taken literally. It was all symbolic. In fact my priest professors explicitly assured us that Jesus did not physically rise from the dead, or work miracles. Even the Last Supper was just a ceremony. I felt so puny, so helpless before these learned men. I didn’t know a word of Greek or Hebrew. I had always been taught to respect priests. How could I possibly argue with these keepers of the keys? Evidently I had been a child in my approach to Scripture. I needed to grow up and accept the symbolism. But as I tried to follow their interpretation of the symbols, I soon because lost. Symbols stood for other symbols. Which symbols ultimately stood for something true or real? I couldn’t get to the bottom of it. Would I need to spend years studying in Europe as these priests had before I could pray again to a God with a face? I wasn’t sure anymore who God was. his identity was so obscured. My prayer life went into a darkness. It was too dark to even discuss with my fellow students. What words would we use in a conversation? This touched one’s intimate, personal relationship with the Lord.
We lost a couple of generations of Catholics in this manner. Either they left the Church because the Faith no longer had any appeal or meaning. Or they stayed in the Church with a different understanding of God and worship. How many were fortunate like myself to be rescued from the darkness? What saved me? Three events. Toward the end of one semester, after class I approached a priest-professor to ask him the meaning of one of the symbols. He said he wasn’t going to answer that because it would be coming out in his new book. Here was a man who was supposed to proclaim the Gospel, but he was repressing the truth from me for the sake of the income or fame from his publications. My naiveté was breached. Could I really believe and respect what he was teaching in class? The second event was when a priest insisted, and I mean insisted, that we attend an R-rated movie in order to grasp some symbol he was emphasizing in his class. We were freshmen and sophomores in college. We had left home to live in a dorm. I guess it would be silly, now that I was an adult, to imagine that I didn’t have the maturity to process an R-rated movie. So I obeyed Father x and worked it out which night I could get to the theatre. It so happened that Father x and another priest-professor sat a few rows in front of me. While I was totally shocked and horrified to sit through a movie that should have been rated X, these priests were laughing and raucously enjoying it. The movie had no value for theology class, and these priests weren’t wearing their roman collars. Nevertheless, I couldn’t undo their teaching because I didn’t know Hebrew or Greek. I couldn’t reconstruct the historical Christ that had been reduced to dust for me. I continued to pray, but it was a dry, dark prayer to an unknown God. Amazingly, I kept my commitment to enter Carmel at the end of the school year, imagining that I would spend my whole life in this dark night, in a life of prayer without any light or consolation or intelligent understanding of who I was praying to. I simply offered my life in sacrifice for the salvation of souls. That’s all I could do.
Saved by the Bible
Now it was the custom in most monasteries of all Orders for one person to read during meals. The Carmelite Constitutions at that time stipulated that some scripture be read at meals. So we read one chapter of the Bible, then a chapter of the Rule or Constitutions, then the rest of the meal, perhaps half an hour reading from another book, for example the works of St. John of the Cross or the lives of the saints. This went on during my postulancy until one nun began to start this harangue that we weren’t following the Constitutions because the text only mentioned Scripture. She felt we should read only from the Bible at meals. This was not welcome. We heard Scripture at Mass, and throughout the Divine Office, and many used Scripture during the hours of mental prayer. Enough was enough! But this nun wouldn’t let up. Finally, the superiors decided to humor her, thinking a solid diet of the Bible would wear her out. So we began with Genesis and the reader was told not to read footnotes, commentaries or chapter headings, just Scripture all the way through the New Testament. And so it began. Pretty soon the Sisters were practically running to meals. At recreation we shared our impressions. Never had the Bible come so alive. All our lives we had heard segments given to us in the liturgy, sections that were extracted from the whole story. We thought we were getting the gist, but when you read the whole book and got the stories in their full context, they were absolutely gripping and compelling. As the saying goes “you just can’t make this stuff up.” Now I understood why St. Benedict wouldn’t allow his monks to read the books of Kings before bedtime. They were too exciting. The monks wouldn’t fall asleep right away and would be too tired to rise for morning prayer. When we finished the Bible, the Prioress went to the library to pick out a Bible in another translation. I ended up hearing the Bible read continuously at meals for thirteen years, until there was division in the Carmelite Order and Pope John Paul approved new Constitutions and I ended up in another Carmel. But after a couple of rounds of hearing the complete Bible, I was able to argue in my mind every supposed “reason” that my Jesuit professors had proposed for approaching Scripture as a book of symbols instead of as a book of truth. Once more God was a living God and I could relate to the Three Persons as three living persons. Joy in religion was restored, but I mourned for my classmates. What had become of them? And what bishops were investigating the teaching going on in universities?
I only learned later on that the seminaries were in worse shape than the universities. Future priests were being trained in all sorts of erroneous ideas. Today many of these priests are bishops. This is what Mary is talking about. Let’s return to her words.
406p–The Church is truth, because Jesus has entrusted to it alone the task of guarding, in its integrity, all the deposit of faith. He has entrusted it to the hierarchical Church, that is to say, to the Pope and to the bishops united with him. Ecclesiastical Masonry seeks to destroy this reality through false ecumenism, which leads to the acceptance of all Christian Churches, asserting that each one of them has some part of the truth. It develops the plan of founding a universal ecumenical Church, formed by the fusion of all the Christian confessions, among which, the Catholic Church.To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.
Mary is not complaining of ecumenism, She is attacking false ecumenism. True ecumenism is driven by love and respect. It is out of love for our non-Catholic brothers and sisters that we want to dialog with them and try to help them see the beauty and graces of what they are missing out on. I listen to their point of view. They listen to my point of view. I have received insights from Protestants and their biblical commentaries, and this helps me to dialog with them in their own sphere to get them to recognize what exactly it is that Protestantism protests about Catholicism. This is not a false ecumenism which is a path of compromise, but a path of dialog with the purpose of dilenating the differences clearly. It’s the opposite of compromise. Mary continues
406q–The Church is life because it gives grace and it alone possesses the efficacious means of grace, which are the seven sacraments. Especially it is life because to it alone is given the power to beget the Eucharist, by means of the hierarchical and ministerial priesthood. In the Eucharist, Jesus Christ is truly present with his glorified Body and his divinity. And so Ecclesiastical Masonry, in many and subtle ways, seeks to attack the ecclesial devotion towards the sacrament of the Eucharist. It gives value only to the meal aspect, tends to minimize its sacrificial value, seeks to deny the real and personal presence of Jesus in the consecrated Host. In this way there are gradually suppressed all the external signs which are indicative of faith in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, such as genuflections, hours of public adoration and the holy custom of surrounding the tabernacle with lights and flowers.To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.
Statistics today are quite shocking about how many Catholics don’t believe in the Real Presence. Low Mass attendance isn’t the only indicator. Many Catholics come to Mass and receive Holy Communion, but believe it’s only a symbol. This is one of the fruits of several generations of Catholic university teaching. We don’t feel this much in Wichita, but I’ve been to other places and the situation is dire. Many dioceses have closed down large numbers of parishes. Right now in the Netherlands they are closing two parishes a week and the bishops are openly asking priests to board with families since the rectories will be sold. I was in France last summer. Almost all their priests are imported from Africa. I attended Mass in many places and I assure you, the churches were nearly empty and most of the heads were not just gray, but white. Mary continues.
406r–The Church is way because it leads to the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit, along the way of perfect unity. As the Father and the Son are one, so too must you be one among yourselves. Jesus has willed that his Church be a sign and an instrument of the unity of the whole human race. The Church succeeds in being united because it has been founded on the cornerstone of its unity: Peter, and the Pope who succeeds to the charism of Peter. And so Ecclesiastical Masonry seeks to destroy the foundation of the unity of the Church, through a subtle and insidious attack on the Pope. It weaves plots of dissension and of contestation against the Pope; it supports and rewards those who vilify and disobey him; it disseminates the criticisms and the contentions of bishops and theologians. In this way the very foundation of its unity is demolished and thus the Church becomes more and more torn and divided.To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.
She said that in 1989. That had certainly been going on since the day Pope Paul released Humanae Vitae (in 1968) to reaffirm Catholic teaching on contraception. Pope John Paul carried on the torch and he was vilified throughout his pontificate, not only by the secular media, but by many bishops. Today, the Masons seem to be using an older long-term plan for the pontificate. I’ll discuss that below.
406s–u –Beloved children, I have urged you to consecrate yourselves to my Immaculate Heart and to enter into this, my motherly refuge, above all in order to be preserved and defended against this terrible snare. . . I lead you to the greatest love for the Church. . . I transform you into witnesses of the Church . . . to oppose the dark force which Ecclesiastical Masonry is today exercising . . .To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.
Age of Aquarius!
Before we look at the scripture text for this Land Beast who helps the Water Beast I want to call to mind, at least for the older people in the audience, the 1967 musical Hair, with its opening song “Aquarius”. The lyrics were mostly gibberish but who can forget the line: “This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius?” This basically opened up the zodiac and horoscope craze that prepared the way for the New Age movement, but they were cryptically singing about the destruction of the Church.
It was purported that the ages of Aries and Taurus signified ancient worship of offering rams and bulls. Then the next age was Christianity, signified by the Fish sign, Pisces. And now we are supposed to celebrate the next Zodiac age, Aquarius, the water carrying man. Break it down: Aqua (water) and Arius. Since Arius is a man the size of a constellation, any water he pours over the earth will be a flood. A flood of Arianism.
Arianism is considered the most dangerous heresy pertaining to the Most Holy Trinity. Arius was born in Libya in 260. From around 315, as a priest, he presented his heretical views openly. Whereas the Church, in her profession of faith in the Trinity, teaches that the Son proceeds from the Father and, just like the Holy Spirit, is “consubstantial”, or one in essence with the Father and is therefore likewise God; Arius taught that the Son is not of one essence, nature, or substance with God; He is not consubstantial (homoousios) with the Father, and therefore not like Him, but only a Son merely in figure of speech.
Arianism has been re-introduced into the life of the Catholic Church. While very few in the Church are openly denying the divinity of Christ these days, the universities have been showing Jesus as less divine. They deny his teachings, twist his words, and pervert his precepts. So it’s not surprising that people don’t feel motivated to worship and reverence his divinity as the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. And his words about the reality of hell, the permanence of marriage, and so many other doctrines, are treated as merely a human opinion, not as divine truth.
Arianism nearly destroyed the Church in the third through the fifth centuries. Around (A.D. 380), the number of Catholic bishops in possession of sees, as opposed to Arian bishops in possession of sees, was no greater than something between 1% and 3% of the total. Holy bishops were banished if they were lucky. Some were put to death. Very few were able to retain their sees. St Basil was virtually the only orthodox Bishop in all the East who refused to compromise and teach heresy.
If doctrine and dogma were to be determined by popularity, then today we would all be deniers of Christ and opponents of the Holy Spirit. St. Gregory Nazianz wrote (+380) in his treatise Against the Arians: “Where are they who revile us for our poverty, and pride themselves in their riches? They who define the Church by numbers and scorn the little flock?”
The drugged up hippies in the 1960s, were led by Satan to sing his boast of his victory plans, that a flood of Arianism was coming. If the Church was so badly reduced in the past, what can we expect? Mary warns us:
47h-The moments which are approaching are more serious than you can possibly imagine. And so I want to prepare you so that at the opportune moment you will all be ready.
167f- My children, events which you cannot imagine are awaiting you.
448d- In these times, errors are spreading in a way which is so vast and profound that it is not possible for you to so much as imagine it.
442h-You have entered into the conclusive period of the great tribulation, and the hour of the great trial, which I have been foretelling to you for so many years, has now arrived for you. It is a trial so great and painful, that you cannot even imagine it, but it is necessary for the Church and for all humanity, in order that the new era, the new world, and the reconciliation of humanity with their Lord may come upon you.
182g- Some will have to undergo persecutions and sufferings such as you cannot now imagine. But have confidence because I will be at the side of each one of you, in an extraordinary way, to help you to fulfill my plan to the very last detail.To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.
4th Sign, The Land Beast
. . . And I beheld rising out of the earth another beast, which had two horns like those of a lambRevelation 13:11ff
This beast looks normal. Of all the creatures in the Apocalypse, most of them are frightening or bizarre with many eyes or multiple heads, or an unnatural number of horns. But priests and bishops belonging to Ecclesiastical Masonry look like ordinary clergy. And they might not be members of any lodge. They might not even be conscious that they are handing on the ideals and values of masonry because that’s what they were taught in the seminary. But some of them know very well what they are doing. Remember, Mary said that the Red Dragon is Communism, and the Bible says the Sea Beast works in tandem with the Dragon
. . . and which spoke like a dragon.Revelation 13:11ff
It’s a well known fact that Communists and Freemasons made organized efforts to infiltrate the Catholic Church. They sent large numbers of their own men into the priesthood hoping to weaken and attack her by moving these men to high positions. Mrs. Bella Dodd spent most of her life in the Communist Party of America. Bella Dodd converted to Catholicism at the end of her life. Speaking as an ex-Communist, she said: “In the 1930’s, we put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within.” The idea was for these men to be ordained, and then climb the ladder of influence and authority as monsignors and bishops. Back then, she said: “Right now they are in the highest places in the Church. They are working to bring about change in order that the Catholic Church would not be effective against Communism.” She also said that these changes would be so drastic that “you will not recognize the Catholic Church.” (This was 10 to 12 years before Vatican II.)
One of her jobs as a Communist agent was to encourage young radicals (not always card-carrying Communists) to enter Catholic seminaries. She said that before she had left the Party in the U.S. she had encouraged almost 1,000 young radicals to infiltrate the seminaries and religious orders; she was only one Communist. Once the Faith was destroyed, she explained that there would be a guilt complex introduced into the Church… to label the ‘Church of the past’ as being oppressive, authoritarian, full of prejudices, arrogant in claiming to be the sole possessor of truth, and responsible for the divisions of religious bodies throughout the centuries. This would be necessary in order to shame Church leaders into an ‘openness to the world,’ and to a more flexible attitude toward all religions and philosophies. The Communists would then exploit this openness in order to undermine the Church.
Documents written between 1820 and 1846, had been circulated to members of the Alta Vendita, which was the supreme Masonic Lodge of a condemned Italian secret society, the Carbonari. Father E. Cahill, S.J., wrote that the Alta Vendita was “commonly supposed to have been at the time the governing center of European Freemasonry.” Pope Pius IX asked Cretineau-Joly to publish the papers, which he did in The Church and Revolution. Pope Pius IX guaranteed their authenticity in a letter of approbation sent to the author on February 25, 1861.
Below is an important excerpt of The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita:
“Our ultimate end is that of Voltaire and of the French Revolution –the final destruction of Catholicism, and even of the Christian idea. The Pope, whoever he is, will never come to the secret societies; it is up to the secret societies to take the first step toward the Church, with the aim of conquering both of them. The task that we are going to undertake is not the work of a day, or of a month, or of a year; it may last several years, perhaps a century; but in our ranks the soldier dies and the struggle goes on.
We do not intend to win the Popes to our cause, to make them neophytes of our principles, propagators of our ideas. That would be a ridiculous dream; and if events turn out in some way, if Cardinals or prelates, for example, of their own free will or by surprise, should enter into a part of our secrets this is not at all an incentive for desiring their elevation to the See of Peter. That elevation would ruin us. Ambition alone would have led them to apostasy, the requirements of power would force them to sacrifice us. What we must ask for, what we should look for and wait for, as the Jews wait for the Messiah, is a Pope according to our needs.
With that we shall march more securely towards the assault on the Church than with the pamphlets of our brethren in France and even the gold of England. Do you want to know the reason for this? It is that with this, in order to shatter the high rock on which God has built his Church, we no longer need Hannibalian vinegar, or need gunpowder, or even need our arms. We have the little finger of the successor of Peter engaged in the ploy, and this little finger is as good, for this crusade, as all the Urban II’s and all the Saint Bernards in Christendom.
We have no doubt that we will arrive at the supreme end of our efforts. But when? But how? The unknown is not yet revealed. Nevertheless, as nothing should turn us aside from the plan drawn up, and on the contrary everything should tend to this, as if as early as tomorrow success were going to crown the work that is barely sketched, we wish, in this instruction, which will remain secret for the mere initiates, to give the officials in charge of the supreme lodge some advice that they should instill in all the brethren, in the form of instruction or of a memorandum.
Now, then to assure ourselves a Pope of the required dimensions, it is a question first of shaping for this Pope a generation worthy of the reign we are dreaming of. Leave old people and those of a mature age aside; go to the youth, and if it is possible, even to the children. You will contrive for yourselves, at little cost, a reputation as good Catholics and pure patriots.
This reputation will put access to our doctrines into the midst of the young clergy, as well as deeply into the monasteries. In a few years, by the force of things, this young clergy will have overrun all the functions; they will form the sovereign’s council they will be called to choose a Pontiff who should reign. And this Pontiff, like most of his contemporaries, will be necessarily more or less imbued with the (revolutionary) Italian and humanitarian principles that we are going to begin to put into circulation. It is a small grain of black mustard that we are entrusting to the ground; but the sunshine of justice will develop it up to the highest power, and you will see one day what a rich harvest this small seed will produce.
In the path that we are laying out for our brethren there are found great obstacles to conquer, difficulties of more than one kind to master. They will triumph over them by experience and by clear-sightedness; but the goal is so splendid that it is important to put all the sails to the wind in order to reach it. You want to revolutionize Italy; look for the Pope whose portrait we have just drawn. You wish to establish the reign of the chosen ones on the throne of the prostitute of Babylon; let the clergy march under your standard, always believing that they are marching under the banner of the Apostolic keys. You intend to make the last vestige of tyrants and oppressors disappear; lay your snares (nets) like Simon Bar-Jona; lay them in the sacristies, the seminaries and the monasteries rather than at the bottom of the sea; and if you do not hurry, we promise you a catch more miraculous than his. The fisher of fish became the fisher of men; you will bring friends around the Apostolic Chair. You will have preached a revolution in tiara and cope, marching with the cross and the banner, a revolution that will need to be only a little bit urged on to set fire to the four corners of the world.excerpt from “The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita”
On April 3, 1844, a leader of the Alta Vendita named Nubius wrote a letter to another highly placed mason. The letter spoke again about the plan to infiltrate the Catholic Church, and the attempt to insert a masonic “pope,” who would promote the religion of Freemasonry. He quoted from the document, thus lending credibility that it was no hoax.
An apostate priest and former canon-lawyer, named Fr. Roca (1830-1893), after being excommunicated said:
“The papacy will fall; it will die under the hallowed knife which the fathers of the last council will forge.” Roca also said: “You must have a new dogma, a new religion, a new ministry, and new rituals that very closely resemble those of the surrendered Church. The divine cult directed by the liturgy, ceremonial, ritual and regulations of the Roman Catholic Church will shortly undergo transformation at an ecumenical Council.”
Are there clear signs of Ecclesiastical Masonry today?
Ted Flynn wrote in 2002
The Church hierarchy is infiltrated quite effectively by ‘Ecclesiastical Masons’ who are determined to remove the dogmas and precepts of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and replace them with Masonic ‘New Age’ philosophies and rituals. There is no mystery to why seminaries are empty. Those holding orthodox views are being disqualified. If priests and seminarians do not subscribe to liberal views, they are often sent for psychological evaluation to behavioral science centers, like the one in Cincinnati, Ohio. In Cincinnati, Dr. Joseph Wicker, whose evaluation was needed for admission to seminary, was turning away men because, “Although the applicant is an intelligent person who scored high on the mental ability tests, he is deficient in emotional and personality areas that would make him a suitable candidate for ordained ministry.” A report was written on a candidate that was highly critical despite glowing recommendations from those who knew him well, including his own pastor. Who is this Dr. Wicker who has turned away so many men from the priesthood? To reach his position, he had to first be assessed and approved by the Worshipful Master of Mt. Washington Masonic Lodge 642. When Catholics found out and complained, Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk defended Wicker. Is there any wonder there are so many problems in the Church?Idols in the House by Ted Flynn ©2002 p. 209-20 www.maxkol.org
I personally know priests who have been through this torture, who have been sent away to spend months in a psychiatric ward because they dared to preach a single sermon on the Catholic doctrine of contraception. We could cite many examples of this are going on, not just in the United States but all over the world
And it exercised all the power of the first beast in its presence. And it makes the earth and all the dwellers therein to adore the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And it did great signs, so as even to make fire to come down from heaven upon earth in the sight of men. And through the signs which were given it to do in the presence of the beast, it leads astray the dwellers upon the earth. It bade the dwellers upon the earth to make an image to the beast which had the wound of the sword, and yet is alive. And it was given it to put life into the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast should even speak, and should cause to be slain all that worship not the image of the beast.Revelation 13:3
There is a trinitarian progression in these Three Beasts that mocks the Holy Trinity
Dragon–Heresy = error, untruth, lie
Some heretics are deceived by their teachers, and therefore less culpable
Adam & Eve were deceived by Satan,
Sea Beast–Blasphemy = reviling God
Adam & Eve did not sin/blaspheme against the Holy Spirit
Adam & Eve wanted to be like God, independent, but they did not explicitly curse his values, nor did they harm each other or do perverse things against natural law. It was the serpent who blasphemed God, calling his promises lies.
Earth Beast–-Apostasy = Baptized who reject the faith, their salvation
2Peter 2:1-3 –False teachers will exploit the faithful, —rob them of faith
Satan never apostatizes. He never loses his belief in God or Christ—natural or supernatural revelation
It is Christians who lose faith in supernatural revelation
Anti-logos Living Creatures
2:1 False prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
2:2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;
2:3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, . . .
2:10 Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties . . .
2:12 But these, like unreasoning animals, [anti-logos] born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge . . .
2:15 they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam . . .
2:20 If, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
2:21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.
2:22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “a dog returns to its own vomit,”[Prov. 26:11] and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.” [maybe just a folk proverb, not in OT]
3:2 remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets . . .
3:3 In the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts,
3:4 and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”2 Peter Chapter 2, 3
Beloved, . . . I desire to remind you, . . . that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe.
. . . in the same way certain people, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and . . . revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed.
Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts . . .wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam;
But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.”
These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith. . .
Have mercy on some, who are doubting; 23 save others, snatching them out of the fire;
and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.Jude 3-22
And it causes all men, small and great, rich and poor, bond and free, to mark themselves on the right hand or on the forehead, that no one may be able to buy or sell, save he that has the mark–the name of the beast or the number of its name.
Herein lies wisdom: he that has understanding, let him count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man. And its number is six hundred and sixty-six.Revelation 13:16-18
Mary has a great deal to say about the man who is 666.
We’ll continue next week.