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Karol Cardinal Wojtyła (later Pope John Paul II) was by no means a traditionalist. His pontificate was explicitly dedicated, in fact, to the implementation of the Second Vatican Council. But in 1976, two years prior to his election as Pope, the Archbishop of Kraków admitted during a visit to Philadelphia: “We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel.” Forty years later, we cannot deny the existence of the two churches, or the two gospels. We cannot ignore or deny the ongoing fight to the death that is being waged between the true Church and the false church.
We have also seen come to pass Our Lady’s words, spoken at Akita, Japan on October 13, 1973 (the 56th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun): “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. ... [T]he Church will be full of those who accept compromises.... The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God.”
We can clearly see the division of bishops against bishops today, especially in Australia. There could be no better indication of the existence of the true Church and an anti-Church. There is a survey underway in Australia (held from September 12 - October 27, 2017) which is being conducted by the government, in order to determine if the definition of marriage found in the 1961 Marriage Act may be changed. “Man and woman” would be replaced by “any two persons,” and the Australian Parliament would vote on the motion, to legalize homosexual “marriage” there.
Sadly, the Catholic bishops of Australia are divided on the motion. Most side with Archbishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., of Sydney on answering ‘no’ on the survey and especially on urging their faithful to answer ‘no.’
But others, like Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, are impartial, explaining that they will not explicitly fight the motion or encourage their faithful to fight it. Bishop Long recommended that his flock “exercise their consciences... It should not be a matter of a simple answer – yes or no.”
Then, there is the example of Bishop Bill Wright of Maitland-Newcastle, who has argued in favor of legalizing homosexual “marriage,” stating:
“It seemed to me then, and now, that in a society where same-sex relationships are legal and gay couples can adopt and raise children, it’s a bit of a legal anomaly that their relationship itself doesn’t have a clear legal status... The question about any proposed law is not whether it squares with church teaching or a moral ideal but whether it is a good practical rule for people living in this society at this time... Such a ‘common good’ argument can be made that, in our pluralist society, it does more for community peace and harmony for gay couples to have a place in the recognized structures than for them to be excluded. Those were my thoughts on state recognition of gay marriage as a matter of law, and I stand by them.”
Yet anyone knowing their Catechism would be able to recognize that there can be no distinction between personal, political or professional stances on marriage. No Catholic (let alone a bishop who has the indelible, intrinsic and ontological mark of the fullness of Holy Orders) can claim a theological adherence to Church doctrine but then vote in favor of civil “marriage” between two persons of the same sex, justifying this with some excuse. The same goes for abortion, and any other moral issue.
While we are saddened at the ongoing assault on marriage, and the weak or scandalous positions of bishops, we cannot be shocked. We were forewarned centuries ago, when Our Lady of Good Success prophesied to Mother Mariana of Jesus in Quito, Ecuador on January 21, 1610:
“The sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with the Church, will be thoroughly attacked and profaned. Masonry, then reigning, will implement iniquitous laws aimed at extinguishing this sacrament. They will make it easy for all to live in sin... Unhappy times will come wherein those who should fearlessly defend the rights of the Church will instead, blinded despite the light, give their hand to the Church’s enemies and do their bidding.”
Let us pray for the conversion of those bishops who will not courageously defend true marriage, and the true doctrine of the Church, including the Social Reign of Christ the King. Let us also pray that the Pope, in union with all the bishops of the world, will soon consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary — the only true and lasting solution to the crises in our Church and world today.