And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems: And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. (Apocalypse 12, v. 3-4).
Commentary: We see here that by referring to the Dragon as a “sign” that it is not Satan but rather, a person which represents the power of Satan in the world, such as the evil, worldly institutions which constitute the body of Satan as opposed to the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ Our Lord. Father Herman Kramer, in his commentary on this passage of the Apocalypse believes it to indicate that through the evil powers of the world, satan will enter the Church. “interfere with her liberty and … having long before directed the choosing of candidates for the episcopate will now endeavor by threats of force to hinder the election of the worthiest candidate for the papacy. The seven heads may be seven world-powers existing and holding sway over the world at that time.”
Regarding the tail of the dragon drawing down a third part of the stars of heaven, Fr. Kramer explains,
“Before the appearance of Antichrist, ‘one third’ of the stars shall follow the dragon. This is a compulsory apostasy shown by the Greek word, which means ‘to drag by force’. The subsequent phrase, ‘and cast them to the earth’, specifies this meaning with greater precision. Satan will probably through the evil world-powers of the time exercise such tyranny over the church as to leave the clergy the alternative of submission to the government or martyrdom by death or imprisonment and will enforce the acceptance of unchristian morals, false doctrines, compromise with error, or obedience to the civil rulers in violation of conscience. … The text suggests a use of the apostate clergy, after their own defection, in persecuting the Church. Verse nine clearly states that those who will not brave martyrdom will surrender to Satan. The dragon will have them doing his will.”
When Fr. Kramer wrote this, he did not have the “benefit” that we have of living in these times. We now know that the “evil world powers” tyrrannizing the Church are within it, and not external governments. They are obviously allied with the world powers yet they are definitely within the Church.
Kramer then quotes St. Methodius, who speaks of these “stars”
“And the stars, which the dragon touched with the end of his tail, and drew them down to the earth, are the bodies of heresies; for we must say that the stars, which are dark, obscure, and falling are the assemblies of the heterodox”. The verse seems to allude to Isaias (IX. 15-16). The tail is a symbol of lying and hypocrisy. Through false doctrines and principles, Satan will mislead the clergy, who will have become worldly-minded, haughty, hypocritical, obsequient avaricious sycophants. … many will enter the priesthood from bad motives. They will look to the Church to satisfy their ambition and avarice and will think it easier to gain an honorable position in the Church than in the world.
… Such have not the spirit of sacrifice or mortification in the priesthood, and when persecution shall “sift them as wheat”, they shall be found to be chaff. By their lax principles they will infect the laity. They will easily welcome a mitigation or change of doctrine to sanction the lukewarm lives they want to lead. Then will Satan see a rich harvest ripening for himself. The symbolic meaning of the dragon’s tail may reveal that the clergy who are ripe for apostasy will hold the influential positions in the Church having won preferment by hypocrisy, deceit and flattery.
The great apostasy will then most likely include the laity as well as the clergy. The apostasy of the laity is a constant process of elimination of the lukewarm and indifferent. … The voluptuous, the drunkards, the impure who commit crimes and abuses against marriage, the fornicators, the proud and avaricious, the lukewarm and indifferent and all who are not ready to suffer everything the world can inflict on them will certainly be drawn into apostasy by the dragon’s power.
All those will apostatize who are “without faith”, i.e. unfaithful, unjust and untrustworthy; they desecrate sacred things (Soph. III. 4). Those priests also will follow the dragon who surrender to the wishes of such people as want to hear “pleasant things” (Isa. XXX. 10). And those will fall away who fear for their own interests and will not remonstrate against evil practices in the Church. (The Book of Destiny, Fr. H. Kramer, Kindle Ed.)
Citing Jeremiah 5, 311, Kramer tells us, “If bishops weakly give sanction to false principles, and priests praise them to be in their good graces, and the people love laxity, they will all apostatize.”
I offer these thoughts because very soon, Pope Francis will stage his Synod, which will have very little to do with what we expect of a Synod. There will be no mid-term report and from what Tosatti reports, the Pope has already prepared the final report without the input of the Bishops. (See Rorate here and here.) The Pope has already, on his own issued his Moto Proprio initiating “no fault annulments” and he has already declared the “Year of Mercy, to begin on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8. He will have his “Missionaries of Mercy” and no doubt issue his transformation of the Sacrament of Penance by initiating some sort of Ordo Paenitentium.
While his sycophants in the lapdog press assure us “No dogma is damaged by this”, and chortle over the neurotic fears of those rigid rad-trads, the apostate bishops will quietly put the “new norms” into place, welcoming those who persist in their sins to receive the Body of Christ. Our poor priests are going to have to decide whether to leave their posts, their parishes, and their benefits, or hold on to them and thereby apostasize.
Remember, pray the Rosary, especially the Sorrowful Mysteries, to confound satan and all those who serve him.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
~ by evensong for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Queen and our Mother.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies.
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