An essential part of the message of Fatima is the warning of the corruption of the priesthood. Sister Lucia spoke of this to Father Agustin Fuentes:
“Father, the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin. And the devil knows what it is that most offends God and which in a short space of time will gain for him the greatest number of souls. Thus, the devil does everything to overcome souls consecrated to God, because in this way, the devil will succeed in leaving souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more easily will he seize them.
That which afflicts the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus is the fall of religious and priestly souls. The devil knows that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag innumerable souls to Hell … The devil wishes to take possession of consecrated souls. He tries to corrupt them in order to lull to sleep the souls of laypeople and thereby lead them to final impenitence.”(Sister Lucia of Fatima to Father Agustin Fuentes, December, 1957)
In a recent article, we quoted Pope Benedict’s address to the Curia in 2010 where he in turn, quoted from St. Hildegard von Bingen. However, although I have been unable to obtain that letter of hers wherein she related her vision of the Church, I have recently come across another version of the same vision in Volume 2 of “The Life and Revelations of Anne Catherine Emmerich“ by Rev. Carl Schmoger, C.SS.R. (TAN). This more detailed rendering of St. Hildegard’s vision provides significant insight, so we include it here. From pages 98-101:
“Confined to my bed by sickness, I had in the year of the Lord, 1170, a beautiful vision of a Lady more lovely and attractive than human mind can paint. Her form reached from earth to sky, her countenance shone with splendor, her eyes were fixed on heaven. She wore a shining robe of white silk and a mantle embroidered with precious stones, emeralds, sapphires, pearls and flowers of gold; on her feet were shoes of onyx. But her face was soiled with ashes, her robe was torn on the right side, her mantle was stained, her shoes were covered with mud. In a clear, plaintive voice she cried: “Hear O ye heavens! My face is disfigured! – Be afflicted, O earth, for my vesture is rent! – And thou, O abyss, tremble, for my shoes are soiled! The foxes have holes and the birds have nests, but I, I have none to assist or console me, I have no support on which to lean! – I was hidden in the bosom of the Father until the Son of Man, conceived and born of a Virgin, shed His blood in which he espoused me and endowed me with His grace, that in the pure regeneration of spirit and water, I might bring forth those anew whom the serpent’s venom had infected.
But my nurses, the priests who should have preserved my countenance resplendent as the aurora, my robe brilliant as the lightning flash, my mantle glittering as precious stones, my shoes white as snow, have sprinkled my face with ashes, have torn my robe, soiled my mantle, and stained my shoes. They who should have adorned me have allowed me to perish. They sully my countenance when they handle and eat my Bridegroom’s Flesh and Blood in spite of the impurity of their life, their fornications, their adulteries, and their rapacity in selling and buying, a thing unlawful to them. Yes, they cover His Flesh and Blood with opprobrium. It is like casting a new born babe to swine.
In this blog, we attempt, occasionally successfully, to consider events in the light of the message of the Immaculate Mother of God at Fatima. As we approach the end of the century of Fatima, events topple over each other with dizzying velocity and it becomes impossible to analyze each individually. But four months have now passed since Pope Francis’s Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family. Enough time, perhaps to look and see what events have resulted from the Synod, or Nod to Sin as some call it.
The Synod marked the first time in its 2,000 year history that a Vicar of Christ proposed that the Church disregard the clear words of the Gospel in order to push through the pro-homosexual, pro-adultery Kasper agenda. Look at the language which Pope Francis approved in the Synod report:
“Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?”
“Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners. Furthermore, the Church pays special attention to the children who live with couples of the same sex, emphasizing that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority.”
Now, despite the constant spin of the mainstream Catholic media, such things do have consequences and it is clear that perverters of sexuality and dissenters from Church teaching have been very gratified by the words and actions of Pope Francis. Here is a sampling from a recent article in Religion News Service. Emphasis is mine and my remarks are in blue.
ROME (RNS) On its 15 previous pilgrimages, the Catholic gay (sic) rights group New Ways Ministry drew maybe two-dozen people to visit holy sites in places like Assisi and Rome.This year, the number of pilgrims unexpectedly doubled to 50. (NOTE: A group of 50 pro-sodomy ‘persons’ is noteworthy but evidently the hundreds and thousands of traditional faithful pilgrims who oppose perversion and adultery is not significant.)
Chalk it up to the so-called Francis Effect, where the pope’s open-arms acceptance is giving new hope to gay and lesbian Catholics who have felt alienated from their church for decades.
What’s been even more surprising is that both New Ways and a similar Catholic LGBT organization in Britain are finding support from the Catholic hierarchy in their efforts to meet the pontiff when they both visit the Vatican on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 18), the start of Lent, the period of penance and fasting preceding Easter.
For example, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, head of the papal household and the top aide to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, responded to New Ways’ request for a papal meet-and-greet by reserving tickets for the group at Francis’ weekly public audience in St. Peter’s Square. Even San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone — point man for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ battle against gay marriage — had written a letter to the Vatican on their behalf.
Moreover, British Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster sent a warm blessing to a group of LGBT Catholics from London who are joining up with New Ways in Rome. “Be assured of my prayers for each and every one of you,” Nichols wrote. “Have a wonderful pilgrimage. God bless you all.” (NOTE: Ganswein and Nichols and even “conservative” Archbishop Cordileone are giving support to the sodomite agenda.)
“I feel that the positive reaction that we have been getting from the hierarchy is due to the welcoming spirit of Pope Francis, who wants to welcome everyone,” said (Sister Jeannine) Gramick, speaking by phone from Assisi, the pilgrims’ last stop before heading to Rome.
“It’s very heartening to people who have felt alienated and rejected for so long, so we are feeling very hopeful.” (NOTE: Efficient use of victim terminology to promote martyr status.)
Now, the group is hoping the Vatican will include them among the list of official pilgrimage groups read aloud at the audience. They’d also love to get close enough to the pope to shake his hand and maybe pose for a picture as he passes through the crowds.
In speaking of the encouragement that Pope Francis has given them, New Ways Ministry reflected, “He even used the English word ‘gay’, something no pope had ever done, as most bishops prefer the more clinical term “homosexual.”(NOTE: Exactly the point that traditionals have been making and being mocked for.)
A few months later, Francis personally responded to an appeal from a gay Catholic group in Florence, telling them he enjoyed and appreciated their letter and assuring them of his blessing.
Then last month, it emerged Francis met with a transgender person from Spain who had written to the pope — with assistance from his bishop — after feeling rejected by his parish because of his sex-change operation. It was a moving moment for Diego Neria Lejarraga, and many LGBT Catholics.
The article concluded that the “LGBT” community would welcome, “A photo-op or shout-out at Wednesday’s (Ash Wednesday) audience might be one such acknowledgement. “We take the long view,” Gramick said, “and every step is progress.”
And now, comes the not surprising news that the New Ways group with “Sister” Jeannine Gramick was indeed, accorded VIP treatment. From Reuters:
Gay Catholic group gets VIP treatment at Vatican for first time
Reuters By Philip Pullella | Reuters – Wed, 18 Feb, 2015
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A prominent American Catholic gay rights group was given VIP treatment for the first time at an audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday, a move members saw as a sign of change in the Roman Catholic Church. “This is a sign of movement that’s due to the Francis effect,” said Sister Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, which ministers to homosexual Catholics and promotes gay rights in the 1.2 billion-member Church.
Gramick and executive director Francis DeBernardo led a pilgrimage of 50 homosexual Catholics to the audience in St. Peter’s Square.
They told Reuters in an interview afterwards that when the group came to Rome on Catholic pilgrimages during the papacies of Francis’s predecessors John Paul and Benedict, “they just ignored us”. This time, a U.S. bishop (Abp. Cordileone) and a top Vatican official (Abp. Ganswein) backed their request and they sat in a front section with dignitaries and special Catholic groups. As the pope passed, they sang “All Are Welcome,” a hymn symbolizing their desire for a more inclusive Church. … “What this says is that there is movement in our Church, movement to welcome people from the outside closer to the inside,” Gramick said in St. Peter’s Square. … De Bernardo said Catholic gay and lesbian couples and other non-traditional families should be invited to the meeting, known as a synod, to speak to the bishops about their faith and their sexuality.” (Look for that to happen as the Kasper agenda “progresses” through the Church.)
Gramick and De Bernardo affirm that their aberrant lifestyle group is making progress. It is indisputable that they are indeed, progressing, n the same way that cancer “progresses”. This onslaught of impurity in the Church is a direct result of the disobedience of the Pope and Hierarchy to the requests of Our Lady of Fatima.
The current leadership in the Church is demonstrating its intent for the October Synod. If allowed to go unchallenged, Pope Francis and his Kasper-agenda will institutionalize impurity within the Church. It is encouraging that gradually more and more brave prelates are coming forward to resist the Kasper agenda, and now Cardinal Sarah has joined Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Lenga, Archbishop Hoser, and Bishop Schneider in standing for the faith. We must support them with our daily prayers, especially the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and penances.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us, pray for the Church!