by Pauly Fongemie, September 20, 2013
The Advent of the Novena to St. Michael the Archangel, Defender in Battle

EVER since the ascendancy of Pope Francis to the Chair of Peter, this piece, which will be as frank as possible within the boundary of the virtue of prudence, has been percolating just below the surface, always coming with me into my prayer time, like an intrusive pest, yet a spur to invigorate my faith, for which I am deeply grateful to Almighty God and to Our Lady of Fatima and la Salette, two Church approved apparitions, the latter in the 19th century and the first in the 20th, both to innocent shepherd children with dire warnings about the times we are now experiencing. I would like to begin with a quote about the Third Secret of Fatima, the part that as yet which remains officially unacknowledged by the Holy See, followed by a series of direct citations form Our Lady of la Salette [Text in bold, commentary in regular font face]:

Years before the pastoral Vatican II, Ven. Pope Pius XII foresaw the coming devastation as predicted by Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. He was worried about changes that could come into the liturgy: he said while still Cardinal Pacelli:

"I am worried by the Blessed Virgin's Messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a Divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith in Her Liturgy, Her theology and Her soul ..."

The Third Secret foretells our time of apostasy in the Church. We know this because Cardinal Ciappi, Pope John Paul II's theologian, who read the Secret, says: "In the Third Secret, it is foretold, among other things, that the Great Apostasy in the Church begins at the top."
This means a number of Cardinals and bishops and priests in the Vatican are misleading the faithful and leading them into apostasy. That
Third Secret, which began "In Portugal the dogma of the faith will be preserved ..." [meaning elsewhere something quite different from preserving the dogma of the faith] bears directly on our time.

Given the orientation of the modern popes with respect to a submission to the "spirit of the Council" the odor of which emits more than a whiff or two of modern errors disguised as a pastoral approach or updating, it is little wonder that the Holy See has consciously chosen to ignore this aspect, which is at the heart of our deepening malaise.

Over a hundred years before Our Lady of Fatima came as prophetess-ambassador to Portugal from Heaven to warn souls in grave peril of Hell, at la Salette in France she told the children [pay particular attention to the text in red]:

"... The Vicar of my Son will suffer a great deal, because for a while the Church will yield to large persecution, a time of darkness, and the Church will witness a frightful crisis. The true faith of the Lord having been forgotten, each individual will want to be on his own and be superior to people of the same identity. They will abolish civil rights as well as ecclesiastical, all order and all justice would be trampled underfoot and only homicides, hate, jealousy, lies and dissension would be seen without love for country or family.

 "The Holy Father will suffer a great deal. I will be with him until the end and receive his sacrifice.

 "All the civil governments will have one and the same plan, which will be to abolish and do away with every religious principle, to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritualism and vice of all kinds. In the year 1865, there will be desecration of holy places. In convents, the ... devil will make himself like the king of all hearts. May those in charge of religious communities be on their guard against the people they must receive, for the devil will resort to all this evil tricks to introduce sinners in to religious orders, for disorder and the love of carnal pleasures will be spread all over the earth.

 "... The wicked will make use of all their evil ways. Men will kill each other, massacre each other even in their homes. At the first blow of His thundering sword, the mountains and all nature will tremble in terror, for the disorders and crimes of men have pierced the vault of the heavens. Paris will burn and Marseilles will be engulfed. Several cities will be shaken down and swallowed up by earthquakes. People will believe that all is lost. Nothing will be seen but murder, nothing will be heard but the clash of arms and blasphemy.

 "The righteous will suffer greatly. Their prayers, their penances and their tears will rise up to Heaven and all of God's people will beg for forgiveness and mercy and will plead for my help and intercession. And then Jesus Christ, in an act of His justice and His great mercy will command His Angels to have all His enemies put to death. Suddenly, the persecutors of the Church of Jesus Christ and all those given over to sin will perish and the earth will become desert-like. And then peace will be made, and man will be reconciled with God. Jesus Christ will be served, worshipped, and glorified. Charity will flourish everywhere. The new kings will be the right arm of the holy Church, which will be strong, humble, pious, poor but fervent in the imitation of the virtues of Jesus Christ. The Gospel will be preached everywhere and mankind will make great progress in its faith, for there will be unity among the workers of Jesus Christ and man will live in fear of God.

 "This peace among men will be short-lived. Twenty-five years of plentiful harvests will make them forget that the sins of men are the cause of all the troubles on this earth. A forerunner of the Antichrist, with his troops gathered from several nations, will fight against the true Christ, the only Savior of the world. He will shed much blood and will want to annihilate the worship of God to make himself be looked upon as a God.

 "The earth will be struck by calamities of all kinds (in addition to plague and famine which will be widespread). There will be a series of wars until the last war, which will then be fought by the ten kings of the Antichrist, all of whom will have one and the same plan and will be the only rulers of the world. Before this comes to pass, there will be a kind of false peace in the world. People will think of nothing but amusement. The wicked will give themselves over to all kinds of sin. But the children of the holy Church, the children of my faith, my true followers, they will grow in their love for God and in all the virtues most precious to me. Blessed are the souls humbly guided by the Holy Spirit! I shall fight at their side until they reach a fullness of years.

 "Nature is asking for vengeance because of man, and she trembles with dread at what must happen to the earth stained with crime. Tremble, earth, and you who proclaim yourselves as serving Jesus Christ and who, on the inside, only adore yourselves, tremble, for God will hand you over to His enemy because the holy places are in the state of corruption ... It will be during this time that the Antichrist will be born of a Hebrew nun, a false virgin who will communicate with the old serpent, the master of impurity, his father will be B. At birth, he will spew out blasphemy; he will have teeth, in a word, he will be the devil incarnate. He will scream horribly, he will perform wonders, he will feed on nothing but impurity. He will have brothers who, although not devils incarnate like him, will be children of evil. At the age of twelve, they will draw attention upon themselves by the gallant victories they will have won; soon they will each lead armies, aided by the legions of Hell.

 "The seasons will be altered, the earth will produce nothing but bad fruit, the stars will lose their regular motion, the moon will only reflect a faint reddish glow. Water and fire will give the earth's globe convulsions and terrible earthquakes which will swallow up mountains, cities .... Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist.

So many faithful Catholics who have maintained the Tradition of the Faith are perplexed about much of the comments to the media from Pope Francis and scarcely know what to think, for fear of appearing imprudent and uncharitable. I placed myself in their company, until yesterday, that is. Not only "by their fruits" must we judge in the objective realm, but by the consequences that necessarily ensue from a spate of rash, unTraditional Catholic thinking put into media statements that explode with shrapnel that shatter the very mettle of our Catholic souls. Because I devoutly trust in and believe all that Our Lady has foretold out of love for her children, I am not surprised although still shell-shocked, in that I had thought and hoped that when the time came, and I knew with certainty that it was coming, I would be at last in my grave. This grace from God was not meant to be. His will is always my will because it is His will and not mine.

The time has come to write this article, which is lengthy, but for which I do not apologize. Where to begin, one might well ask, since the media is agog with running away with Pope Francis' comments as if an oracle from on high, altogether to be expected given the trajectory of the relationship between the Church and the media, ever since Vatican II, which was a public relations disaster viz. a viz. the Church and Her Tradition, which she must safeguard because it is a sacred Trust from Christ and the Apostles, and a triumph for those who have a vested interest in destroying her in order that they may keep their sin and pride while priding themselves on their personal worthiness among men, and or those who merely look upon the Church as they do changing political societies.

It seems to me that I have been too prudent over the past months, biding my tongue while the Pontiff unofficially, fallibly "teaches" that the Church has been wrong all these centuries, in so many precipitous suggestions by way of nuanced comments about marriage, divorce, celibacy, homosexuality, and now abortion and contraception, as if the "clergy were obsessing". If this were not so serious, it would be comic, ironic, for in the vast Novus Ordo structure there is hardly to be found a priest who can be characterized as "obsessing" about these vital moral matters - quite the contrary, the silence has been deafening for two generations now, and we know that Our Lady of Fatima told the children that more souls go to Hell for sins against purity than any other, even though there are worse sins, such as blasphemy and heresy. Nothing but the "social gospel" as defined by the Democratic elite has been effectively preached in all this time. The other sins are barely a blip on the sonar screen and then only pro forma once or twice a year, if at that. If priests are "obsessing over abortion, contraception and the rise of Sodom, then what would be the correct term to apply to the constant preaching on the redistribution of wealth? - employers are always evil, greedy, employees are always perfect victims - and unless we submit to the dictates of socialism we are heartless brutes, cold and without charity - in words so bold that this is the conclusion one draws. Nary a word about the unjust tax system that robs the working man with a family of much needed sustenance which he earned by his own industriousness for daily duty, including that which he would like to offer up in alms. And so forth, such as the duty of employees to work an honest day's pay, not to loaf on the job and find excuses not to work because the system affords the luxury of not working supported by the working poor who are disadvantaged. I have literally lost count of the number of times that store clerks have told me that I can keep the incorrect change due to an error on the part of the clerk, because it is the "store's money." This is theft, but when I interject that I was given too much change, some of the looks have been downright strange as if I were weird. Having been both a store owner and a store employee, I have seen both sides and believe me the employee side can be as unpretty as the employer side. Original Sin does not discriminate, but the socialists in the priesthood would like to think otherwise. So it is laughable on its face, except it is anything but a laughing matter as they say.

Enough is enough!

A few pertinent thoughts from
Pontiffs and Saints are very much in order:
Indeed, the true friends of the people are neither the revolutionaries nor innovators, they are the traditionalists. [Pope St. Pius X, Our Apostolic Mandate, Aug. 25, 1910, para. 44.]
To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe. In both cases such mode of behaving is base and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with the salvation of mankind." [Pope Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christianae]
"It is better that the truth be known than that scandal be covered up." [St. Augustine]

"Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it; and indeed to neglect to confound evil men, when we can do it, is no less a sin than to encourage them." [Pope St. Felix III]

Back in 1947, Pope Pius XII, in his encyclical, Mediator Dei, said "We observe with considerable anxiety and some misgiving, that elsewhere certain enthusiasts, over-eager in their search for novelty, are straying beyond the path of sound doctrine and prudence."

"If the faith is in imminent peril, prelates ought to be accused by their subjects, even in public." [St. Thomas Aquinas]

"The greatest obstacle in the apostolate of the Church is the timidity or rather the cowardice of the faithful." [Pope St. Pius X]
Enough is indeed enough!

No Pontiff has any authority to go beyond that of the Apostolic Mandate, or Tradition. He does possess full or plenary power, but only to safeguard that Tradition. This itself, is part of that Tradition, similar to that of human law, which has no authority or right to go beyond the boundaries set by the natural law. So, too, no Pontiff or Church Council can assail the fort that is Sacred Tradition, without incurring the wrath of God, which is generally visited upon all the people in various complimentary ways and vice versa.

When Pope Paul issued the Novus Ordo Missae, he was violating the canons of Tradition and in some manner he realized it, for at the time he publicly admitted that it was a novelty, yet he persisted in his hubris and desire for change and his own legacy in the world. All the Pontiffs until the modern era taught that novelty was to be avoided. Even Pope Paul recognized this, for before he authorized the New Mass, he rescinded his ideas about changing the Rosary because he said that it was a novelty in a long standing devotion that ought not be altered. Then he ignored the profane novelty that is the New Mass [
"the suicide of altering the Faith in Her Liturgy, Her theology and Her soul ..."], one that has altered the faith itself in the hearts of the people and clergy alike. And apparently our present Pontiff.

Once the Novus Ordo, which never abrogated the Immemorial Mass of Tradition, but promulgated in such wise that there was an appearance that such was the case, until recently under our blessed Pope Benedict, became the established new order, all Hell broke loose as the Church began its swift disintegration within and its decline of moral authority both within and without - Pope Paul said as much in an allocution, "that the Church was in a process of auto demolition." Much grace was withheld by Almighty God for the countless sacrileges that occurred in the heady days of endless change and profound disrespect for that which is sacred and must not be made light of or held in contempt. Soon contraception and abortion, the rupture of biological, social and moral Tradition from the limits imposed on man by the natural law would become institutionalized gratis modern governments and the Malthusian imperative that captured worldly minds bereft of the gift of the true Faith. This in turn brought the chastisement of the loss of more grace and a benighted Catholic populace that joined the world and began to desecrate the Sunday Sabbath by shopping. The de-sacralization of Sunday brought tears to Our Lady of la Salette's eyes. All was in a tailspin no longer avoidable, the chastisement well merited: a vicious cycle engendered by man's self deceit and vainglory.

It all began with the desecration of Sunday in sundry ways and it will need to be a return to a full awareness and actual embrace of the meaning of the Sacredness of the Sabbath, from the Holy Mass on down, which has to include the cessation of sacrilegious Communions by contracepting Catholics. Now we catch a glimmer that the Pontiff is actively encouraging -
whether intended or not - those priests who are already so reluctant to preach on the mortal sin of contraception, that they simply do not, will preen privately, "see I was right all along, the heck with these Traditionalists in my parish," much like the betrayal Traditionalists endured with altar girls, Communion in both Species and administered and received in the hand by the laity. Nothing new under the sun, of course, and we must not let this latest series of betrayals from our own Father in Rome deflect us from our goal, to defend the Faith in all its richness and in all its Traditions, to persevere unto salvation; discouragement is the weapon of Satan, let not this latest outburst of ignorance - I cannot believe it is born of malice - cause us to lose so much as a scintilla of our precious Catholic Faith, a Faith which cannot change. Remember Christ was betrayed by His Own, too. And He came to fulfill the law, to strengthen it, so much so that some of the Pharisees thought He was "obsessing" also. Christ said He came to divide not unite, so we know that doctrine or belief matters, most to Him. There can be no compromise with the ways of the world, which rejected Him then, and we must continue to reject it and remain loyal to Him now.

In an article I wrote many years ago, titled,
The Indefectibility of the Church, I quoted Church Fathers:
Because of its indefectibility the truths revealed by God will always be taught in the Catholic Church. Saint Ambrose said: "The Church is like the moon; it may wane, but never be destroyed; it may be darkened, but it can never disappear." Saint Anselm said that the bark of the Church may be swept by the waves, but it can never sink, because Christ is there. When the Church is in greatest need, Christ comes to its help by miracles, or by raising up saintly men to strengthen and purify it. It is the bark of Peter; when the storm threatens to sink it, the Lord awakens from His sleep, and commands the winds and waters into calm: "Peace; be still!"
Defend the Faith, be not agitated, be at peace, persevere in all truth and in every season.


In another article, Modern Errors I ended with the following as I do so once more here:

In closing, let us recall the words of Christ: "I come not to bring peace but to turn father against son ... meaning that the universal divider of families [and friendships] is neither money, nor politics, although these are bad enough, but religion. There is only one true Church as He taught and we are either with Him or against Him. The only everlasting true peace is peace of a conscience informed by Tradition, the heart of the Church's precepts. I stand with Christ's unchanging teaching safeguarded by Tradition through the dogmatic statements of the Church under the Holy Spirit. To do otherwise is to blaspheme in essence. We are all sinners but surely we need not profess false doctrine under a misguided sense of mutual aid. We must never tempt the Holy Spirit, "tempt" in this regard as the Church means it. If we cannot uphold the most elemental truth out of fear of hurting others, how will we become Martyrs when the time comes, and it is almost upon us, that time, for even now they are calling traditional Catholics "crazy". As one caller to C-Span said in reference to Christians, with no interjection from the host, "Time is coming when these people must be done away with!" So far I am the only one who has objected that I know of. America will have its Nero and its Hitler, too, all by plurality vote and those who will be in the forefront to turn us in to the authorities? Our fellow modernized, syncretized Catholics. Christian capos, not Jewish ones. Christ said: "There is a time coming when they think they will be doing the work of God to put you to death."

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil, and may God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast Satan into Hell, and with him all the other evil spirits, who wander through the world, for the ruin of souls. Amen.

And pray very much for Pope Francis that he might have the veil of deception lifted from his eyes, his mind, his heart, his soul, before it is too late for him at all ...

In true charity, in honesty unparsed,
Pauly Fongemie



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