By Charlie Johnston
Last Sunday was a very important anniversary – the first of the great Revelation 12 event of a year ago, the event I count as the beginning of Rescue. Fr. Richard Heilman wrote a magnificent piece on the subject a few days before it arrived.
Thirteen days after this great sign appeared in the sky, the flood of revelations over the evil, sexualized rot at the heart of our culture began with the outing of the depredations of Harvey Weinstein. The light has been shown throughout the culture this last year, revealing the depth and the breadth of the rot. Credible allegations have now been made that a “homosexual mafia” has been waging war on the faith and the faithful from inside the Catholic Church now for several generations – and that many predators have risen to top levels of leadership. Horribly, credible accusations have been made that the current Pope has knowingly enabled and promoted the worst of the predators. In the temporal world, it was mostly leftist figures in politics, media, and entertainment who were brought down by the revelation of serial sexual predation.
The revelations have put the battle lines into sharp resolution. But the devil is not content to slip quietly away. Shame is not his thing. Pope Francis, sadly, does not refute the allegations – nor does he maintain the silence he said he would keep to on the subject. Oh, he is absolutely mum when it comes to refuting the charges. But he attacks those who ask for answers as satanically inspired. He continues to focus on political matters rather than matters of faith AND continues to encourage those prelates who attack traditional Magisterial teaching while berating those who uphold it. I respect it when someone makes a case for Pope Francis having some subtle strategy I have not divined – but I am disgusted by those who compare his silence to that of Jesus. Yeah, right…it would be just the same had Jesus been credibly accused of promoting and covering for molesters and child abusers. That argument bluntly smacks of blasphemy and is an affront to Our Lord. Would that Pope Francis would rouse himself from his slumber and defend the faith – both in word and in deed!
On the political left, Democrats have become a snarling, howling mob of beasts with no sense of honor or decency. This has been a stunning development for me. I used to be friends with a lot of Democrats. I sometimes collaborated with Democrat officials on particular policy initiatives – and worked with them on items of mutual interest. I have been utterly shocked that almost all of them have eagerly become part of the howling, shrieking mob that has no principles at all except the gaining and retention of power. I will NOT succumb to the puerile efforts at even-handedness by suggesting there are abuses on both sides. Almost ALL the violence, all the assault on basic freedoms, all the assault on due process, all the assault on honor and decency are coming from the political left. I will not let the venial sins of the right persuade me that they are equivalent to the constant mortal sins of the left. I used to wonder if it were possible for an entire political party to become possessed. I no longer wonder very much. Other than Alan Dershowitz and Mark Penn, there are no Democrats I respect at all any more. They either are participating in the savage attack on honor and decency or are consenting to it.
As usual, though, not all things are as they seem. The anti-Christian corrupt predators who have occupied the Vatican think that, by openly doubling down on their depravity and their contempt for Magisterial teaching, they can prevail. Some of this cabal threatened that, if we “satanic” laity continued demanding answers, that some of those answers would reflect badly on some of our heroes, such as Pope Emeritus Benedict and St. John Paul – and that the cabal would not hesitate to smear these great men. So they have done.
I have said repeatedly that God’s ways are not man’s ways. If we had had a notably orthodox Bishop chosen as Pope in the wake of Benedict’s resignation, the predators would have remained in hiding. Remember, the infamous McCarrick, at the Dallas Conference in 2002 played the role of impassioned reformer, even as he quietly continued his serial predations. The main virtue of Francis’ papacy so far has been to convince the predators that they were winning – and that it was safe for them to come out of hiding – openly revealing themselves to all of us.
Most of today’s corrupt Bishops were originally appointed by St. John Paul (which is a VERY different thing from saying most of the Bishops he appointed were corrupt – they were not). The cabal was being very careful to stay in hiding and protect each other at the time – to show a very different face to the world and their orthodox colleagues than they showed to each other. St. John Paul and Pope Benedict came from a time when it was LITERALLY unthinkable that such abuses could be widespread in the Church. John Paul risked summary execution by the Nazis by attending the secret seminary in occupied Poland. Benedict literally came of age during the Nazi oppression and atrocities. For men who risked it all to become holy Priests and servants of God, it was literally unimaginable that this abuse could have infected and then taken firm root in the hierarchy. It is a very different thing to advance men who have carefully masked their evil intentions and to knowingly advance men with such evil intentions. Sorrowfully, St. John Paul did the former. Pope Francis has gleefully and un-repentantly done the latter – and continues to dare the world to do anything about it. It has been credibly posited that when Pope Benedict was confronted with the evidence of how deep and broad the corruption had become, that was when he decided to resign, thinking the Church would need a younger, more vigorous man than he to tackle this awful mountain of abuse. Certainly, his resignation announcement came within days of being presented with the horrific 300-page dossier expounding how bad it truly is. But God had a better plan.
Even as I write this, the left savagely and gleefully engages in the character assassination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh by assertion and without evidence. They know that they are just peddling lies and smears to ruin an ideological opponent. Senator Harry Reid, when confronted after the 2012 election with his bald lie about Mitt Romney paying no income tax, leered and responded that they “had won, hadn’t they?” The entire Democrat Party has adopted his eager willingness to openly lie to attain his ends as its code of ethics. I no longer have anything but contempt for them.
It is possible for evil miscreants in both the Church hierarchy and in politics to do what they do because they do not believe in God at all. Thus, they think there is no accounting for their actions except a temporal one if their opponents can summon the will and the courage – which they find most unlikely. If there is no God, then everything is about power. The only thing that is acceptable is to win – for in taking power, you wash away all the sins you committed in getting there. We have long known that the political left has become atheist and has no principle but seizing and wielding power. It has come as a shock to us that many in the Church hierarchy have adopted the same ethos: they think the Church is a man-made source of power and influence and that the only true virtue is to seize as much of it as they can.
But they have made a fatal miscalculation. God IS. The same God who, after the Revelation 12 event last year, lifted the veil on how bad things had truly become in the culture, politics and the Church, sits in His judgment throne watching how the evil miscreants react to their being exposed. They think they are winning by doubling down on their corruption – and are emboldened that they see no effective response to their depredations. They honestly think this all means they can be as vicious and evil as they want without having to bother to try to hide it any more. Ah, but God is merciful. He gives each man every opportunity to repent of the evil he has done, to come back. God is not indifferent to the depredations that mount exponentially these days. Rather, he is quietly demanding of each man, “Is this your final answer?”
If you don’t care how lying, how vicious, how evil your tactics are so long as it brings victory to your tribe, God is preparing, even now, to smite you. If you figure none of this is any of your business and so you are just going to go with the flow, the Lord is prepared to spew you out of His mouth, for you are neither hot nor cold. Only if you hold fast to God, stand strong and true in His service, and courageously go against the flow when the flow has become clearly satanic, will you be able to rest in his bosom in your integrity. Big things happened last year; bigger things are afoot this year.
I had lunch last Sunday after Mass with Michael Voris and four other men. Voris is the founder of Church Militant. We had been at a men’s breakfast together the Friday before. I had met him several times previously. His style is dramatically different than my own. I had often been put off by what I considered an over-aggressiveness and combativeness on his part, while recognizing the useful role he has often played. I was worried that some of the corrupt scoundrels might discredit him by feeding him some salacious, but false, bit in hopes he would jump eagerly on to it. In our visits this time, I was most impressed by his restraint, his determination to fully vet everything that comes his way. His style is certainly not my style, but he is most assuredly NOT a loose cannon. He is our William T. Sherman, boldly marching to the sea to secure the unity of our Church and the fidelity of its churchmen. (In fact, he even looks like some pictures of Sherman). I have put a link up to his site under the menu options.
As we go forward, do not let despair overcome you because some genuinely holy men were duped by evil men – nor let evil men persuade you that what they are actively doing is okay because good men had once been duped by them. It was errant and childish to believe that all was good and holy in the hierarchy (or in politics). It would be an equally grave (perhaps even greater) error to believe that nothing was ever good or holy. One of the satan’s great goals is to lead you into despair…not just to persuade you that something is not good, but that decency and goodness are not even possible. That is a hideous lie that has ensnared many. Don’t let it take you, too.
Understand that, however things seem, God is asking each of us if this is our final answer. Those who stand their posts with fortitude and fidelity, enduring through whatever winds and waves may come, are those who will be justified when the Lord moves His mighty hand – and that comes right soon. Be steadfast and do the work God lays in front of you. That is the only key to eternal advancement: it will soon become the key to temporal advancement, as well. Your redeemer simply awaits your final answer before striking. Aslan is on the move.