By Charlie Johnston
What do you do when you find an opponent is consistently dealing in bad faith? You quit negotiating, for you can rely on nothing he says. It is all a lie designed to manipulate and destroy. When you get to that point, the only reasonable option is to ignore everything he says and demand his unconditional surrender.
The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha revealed that, contrary to almost unanimous corporate media reports, Rittenhouse acted solely in self-defense. The media knew their lies were just that – and have only doubled down on them because they hate this boy ideologically. Within a half hour of looking at the video of the Covington kids a few years ago, it was obvious that they were not the aggressors, but the victims. But they were conservative so the media smeared them, knowing it was a lie. By May of 2017, it was clear – and every senator knew – that Russian collusion was a lie and a fantasy. Yet they knowingly kept up the smear for ideological reasons for years to come. The media and the left are excited about the bizarre persecution of Project Veritas, of Steve Bannon, and of the Justice Department defining parents who complain at school board meetings as domestic terrorists. These people are not misguided, they are not merely wrong, they have given themselves over to evil and become acolytes of the father of lies.
Exorcists are advised to avoid extraneous conversations with the possessed, for the devil merely uses such to spread confusion and accomplish his own aims. We are now at that point with those who have no concern for truth, honor, or facts, but want only to use rhetoric as a tactic to spread confusion and accomplish their own aims. That includes all of the left, the corporate media, and, sadly, the once-honorable Democratic Party. There is no point to discussion with them and much risk in it. They simply must be stopped.
We see this will to power instinct in something as innocuous as the response to Covid. Just 30 years ago, all Americans and the media would have howled in outrage if any party had tried to do what the Democratic Party insists on doing. What do we know – from public health officials – about the “vaccines?” First, that they are not vaccines at all, but experimental therapeutics. Second, that they neither confer immunity to the disease nor prevent transmission, but merely mitigate some symptoms. Third, that the price for such mitigation is a dramatic increase in deaths and other serious injuries from the therapeutic called “vaccines.” How many deaths? We don’t know for sure as public health officials and the government have actually tried to suppress that information and punish doctors who report such deaths and injuries. Despite this, we do know that there have been far more deaths in this last year from the therapeutic than from all actual vaccines combined from the last 31 years. So do the government and public health authorities run from this therapeutic in terror? No, they insist on mandating it for everyone, including children for whom it confers NO benefit and dramatically increases the risk of death and injury for the child. Meanwhile, idiotic, virtue-signaling parents who cannot read a data set and are unwilling to even consider serious evidence from serious sources will risk their children’s lives in order to show how trendily smart they are. “Smart” because they have chosen an officially preferred narrative, not because they actually know anything. Meanwhile, many doctors are not really scientists, but merely exotic cable installers – not knowing the principles behind what they practice, but only what officials tell them to do. Meantime, a growing number of doctors actually do understand the lie that is being pushed. Some heroically fight back – and risk their licenses and careers because of it. More go along so as not to lose their job or career – and so become complicit in the gathering holocaust. This anti-intellectual will to power is nakedly evil.
Meanwhile, much of our religious leadership has collapsed into ignorance, superstition and collaboration with the authoritarians. It is a sorrowful thing for this Catholic to have to acknowledge that neither the Pope nor Vatican authorities nor many Bishops are reliable defenders of the faith or the faithful any longer. They just say whatever they want to accomplish what they want with no regard for consistency or docility to ancient apostolic and Scriptural teaching.
Take the assault on the traditional Latin Mass. The Pope does have disciplinary authority to suppress it for grave reasons, but to declare it invalid means that for 500 years, Catholics celebrated an invalid form of Mass. That simply cannot be. But what else to expect from a Pope who insists it was right and proper to put an offering to a pagan goddess, Pachamama, on the altar of Christ? It was blasphemy and the abomination which causes desolation. Within months after it was done, the Mass, itself, was suppressed throughout the world – often with the bewildered (and sometimes even eager) collaboration of Bishops who took a solemn oath to defend Christ and His people to the death. The Pope usually says the right things about life. But in the company of pro-abortion public officials, he is jovial and all smiles – while in the company of pro-life public officials, he is dour and condemnatory. If you want to know who a man is, listen to what he says but, more importantly, pay attention to what he does. A few years ago my daughter in a phone conversation with me asked with puzzlement, “Dad, about this Pope…” Before she could finish I told her all the things I taught her about the faith when she was little are still true and not to worry about it. In real relief, she said, “I thought so, but I figured I better check with you.”
I am not sure how to deal with this. The Priests who have been my most trusted guides over the last 30 years are all Priests of Opus Dei. Opus Dei prides itself on its fidelity to the Magisterium and its loyalty to the Holy Father. A quarter of a century ago I told them it was quite easy to be loyal to Pope John Paul, but they should begin to prepare themselves for a time when it would be very difficult to balance their legitimate duty of obedience with their legitimate duty of fidelity to the Gospel and the Magisterium – and that they should begin preparing for that balancing act right then. I think a lot of very good Priests and Bishops are often paralyzed because of this very problem and are genuinely trying to find what is right.
As for me, I privately think this Pope has become a scourge against the faithful – perhaps in punishment for our own faithlessness for so long. I pray regularly for his conversion – and while I would not disobey a legitimate order from him that was within the sphere of his legitimate authority, I do not rely on him to defend or define the faith or the faithful. I look to the Church Fathers, great saints, orthodox Bishops and Priests and the authentic Magisterium for that. Meantime, I trust the Lord who says that the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church to let this scourge continue through its appointed time and then gather the faithful back again with nothing being lost. And if Francis finds his way to the road to Damascus, I will rejoice – but I don’t rely on it.
The bottom line is that the devil has now launched his sustained and intense confrontation against the faith, the faithful, the culture, family, and the very concept of free will. I will no longer engage with the great liar or his acolytes. I’m not the only one who has noticed how suddenly stark things have become. Both serious Christians and serious Jews have started to realize, with some surprise – but serious resolve – that we have reached a strange tipping point no one expected to come upon us so quickly.
My focus has shifted dramatically during my illness. I am no longer concerned about engaging with people and institutions which deal in bad faith. They have become acolytes of evil. Rather, I seek to disengage with them and fight with the only acceptable terms being their unconditional surrender. I pray that for many that will involve their repentance and conversion. I am not sure how that all will look, but I am convinced it is the only way forward now. We have, indeed, reached the time St. John Paul foretold as Cardinal Wojtyla back in Philadelphia in 1976:
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously.”
Let us take up the trial with courage and steady resolve. When we do, God will show us the way forward. My priority now is to find that way and serve the Lord and my fellows.
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