Messages to Pedro Regis on the Papacy
This post contains a few of my interpretations of the private revelations given to visionary Pedro Regis at Anguera, Brazil by the Blessed Virgin Mary. I believe that his messages are truly from Heaven, just as the messages from Medjugorje and Garabandal are from Heaven. But unlike many other apparitions, the messages of Pedro Regis contain many eschatological elements.
Be careful what you believe. For some ignorant arrogant persons are already misinterpreting these message, so as to denounce Pope Francis, as if he were a false prophet, an antipope, or an imposter. Whosoever rejects Pope Francis, or any of his valid predecessors or successors, is guilty of the grave sin of schism.
The misuse of the true private revelations to Pedro Regis in order to support schismatic and heretical claims is harming souls. So I’ve decided to counter this distortion by presenting my own interpretation of the prophecies give to Pedro Regis by the Blessed Virgin Mary. My forthcoming book contains a long chapter on this topic. I will offer only a small subset of that chapter here:
First, I must advise the reader that any Catholic who, by a knowing and deliberate choice, denies or obstinately doubts any infallible teaching of the Magisterium (dogma) is guilty of formal heresy, and is automatically excommunicated. Similarly, any Catholic who, by a knowing and deliberate choice, rejects the authority of the Roman Pontiff, or communion with the body of Bishops united to him, is guilty of formal schism, and is automatically excommunicated. Publicly denouncing any valid Pope, including any of the Popes since John XXIII and Vatican II, including Pope Francis, includes the grave sin of scandal as well as the grave sin of schism. And schism is usually accompanied by multiple heresies.
Second, it is an infallible teaching of the ordinary and universal Magisterium that the Church is indefectible. No matter what any number of visionaries say in their messages, we may never interpret those prophecies to mean that the Church has ever, or will ever, go astray. And since the Pope is the head of the Church, he too is indefectible. He can err or sin in any number of different ways, but he can never commit apostasy, heresy, or schism. The Church has, in the past, been plagued by antipopes (false claimants to the papacy), but no such false pope has ever, or can ever, attain the position of Roman Pontiff, so as to lead astray all the dioceses and parishes of the world. God absolutely prevents such an event because the Church is the Body of Christ, enlivened by the Holy Spirit. The claim that the Church has ever or can ever go astray is tantamount to saying that Christ or the Spirit could go astray.
Submission to the authority of the Pope is required of all the faithful:
Saint Thomas Aquinas: “For it is revealed that subjection to the Roman Pontiff is from the necessity of salvation.” [opusc. contra errores Graec. fol. 9]
Pope Boniface VIII: “Moreover, that every human creature is to be subject to the Roman pontiff, we declare, we state, we define, and we pronounce to be entirely from the necessity of salvation.” (Unam Sanctam 9).
Fifth Lateran Council: “it arises from the necessity of salvation that all the faithful of Christ are to be subject to the Roman Pontiff, just as we are taught by the testimony of the divine Scriptures and of the holy Fathers”
All those who claim that the Pope and the body of Bishops have gone astray are guilty of schism, for rejecting their authority, and are guilty of formal heresy, for contradicting the dogma of the indefectibility of the Church.
Messages of Our Lady Queen of Peace in the Name of the Most Holy Trinity to Pedro Regis

“Pray also, and above all, for the Church. A time of joy and sorrow is coming for the Church. The smoke of the Devil will arise in the house of God, but the light of the Lord will prevail. Courage.” (July 29, 2013)
Notice the figure used to represent how the fallen angels trouble the Church, smoke not fire nor anything destructive. The devil can only trouble the Church in limited ways, since the Church is indefectible. Smoke obscures one’s vision, so the implication is that many Catholics will be confused, for a time, as to what they should believe. But the Church is not destroyed, nor corrupted.
“Dear children, the lack of love for the truth will lead many of the consecrated to the abyss of apostasy. The Calvary of the Church will be painful.” (July 9, 2013)
The tribulation includes the great apostasy, as well as schism and heresy. Even many priests and some Bishops and Cardinals will break away from the true Church by rejecting the true Pope.
“Now is the time of a great battle. The weapons I offer you are: the Holy Rosary, the Holy Scripture, confession and the Eucharist… Jesus will give you the grace of victory… in the great and final tribulation.” (July 8, 2013)
So you can see from this message that the battle is the tribulation. And although the tribulation includes wars and rumors of wars, our weapons are the Sacraments and devotions of the Church. By the way, the saying “rumors of wars” from the Gospels indicates that some of the claimed wars predicted by false visionaries and foolish speculation never occur; they are rumors only. So you should not believe every claimed prophecy about a war or anything else. Some prophecies are true, and others are false.
“The future of the Church will be marked with a great division and a sad religious dictatorship.” (June 24, 2013)
The division refers to the approaching schism, in which many Catholics reject Pope Francis and many more reject his successor. The religious dictatorship refers to the false Church, set up by the schismatics, and led by an antipope. This antipope is elected AFTER the reigns of Pope Francis and his legitimate successor have ended. At that time, the true Church elects a true Pope, and the schismatics elect an antipope.
But since the Church is indefectible, the false pope and false church exist in competition to the true Church led by the true Pope. Never does any antipope, such as the Church has seen in the past, rule over all the dioceses and parishes of the world, nor over the true Church, nor from the throne of Saint Peter. The antipopes, as always in the past, will always be false claimants outside the true Church.
It is not contrary to the indefectibility of the Church to hold that, at some time in the future just as in the past, one antipope or another will rise up to try to found a new but false church. What is heretical and schismatic is the claim that Pope Francis, or any of his successors, are false or antipopes or imposters. The Church and Her head are indefectible. False popes and false churches can rise up from time to time, built on sand, soon to fall away. But no false pope or antipope can ever rule over the true Church, nor can the Church go astray.
“Peter will encounter Judas in his way. Boulder on top of boulder. I ask you to intensify your prayers for the Church of my Jesus. The smoke of the devil has infiltrated the Church and blinded many of the consecrated… Have courage. Remain in the truth and defend it. After all the spiritual tribulation, victory will come. Go forward without fear.” (June 22, 2013)
Peter represents teach successive true Pope, including John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, his successor (a martyr Pope) and all their successors. Judas represents every antipope, but in particular the antipope who rises up after the martyrdom of Pope Francis’ successor. Notice what Mary says. Peter, the true Pope, has to deal with Judas, a prominent antipope. She does not say or imply that an antipope will take over the Church. And neither Mary nor Pedro Regis are accusing Pope Francis of being an antipope.
In fact, one of the messages says: “Before Jesus, pray for the Church. Pray for Pope Francis.” If he were not the true Pope, Mary would not say, in one breath, to pray for the Church and for Pope Francis. She clearly understands Pope Francis to be the true Pope over the true Church, before Jesus, who is Truth.
“A successor of Peter is going to prepare the Church for the great victory. The Church will live moments of pain. It will be persecuted and many of the consecrated will suffer death. The Church will be purified by the suffering. The smoke of the devil has spread within it, causing the spiritual blindness of many of the consecrated.” (June 11, 2013)
These references to the “smoke of the devil” in no way imply that the Pope or the Church has been corrupted. Rather, the situation is that the members of the Church on earth are sinners. And at times more members of the Church are more sinful, as in the present day. The “consecrated” includes bishops, priests, deacons, and religious — persons who are consecrated by Holy Orders or holy vows. As the tribulation unfolds, the schism and the sufferings will cause many consecrated persons to lose heart and to fall away, for they did not prepare their souls sufficiently by prayer, self-denial, and works of mercy.
NEVER at any time, does the devil or any wicked human person take control of the one true Church on earth, neither as a spiritual institution, nor even in Her temporal form (the Holy See, dioceses, religious orders, parishes, etc.). The Church is the BODY of CHRIST. So it is absolutely certain that the Church can never be corrupted or go astray. She is the house built on the rock that is the Pope. Even the gates of Hell cannot prevail over Her. See Matthew 7:24-25 and 16:18.
“The Church of my Jesus will carry a heavy cross. Betrayal will touch the throne of Peter. The Holy Father will experience Calvary. Pray, pray, pray.” (June 9, 2013)
Notice the phrasing here. The Church carries a “heavy cross”, but She does not fail, nor is She stopped in her pilgrim journey in the Lord. And she says that some type of “betrayal will touch the throne of Peter”, but not that the throne will be corrupted, nor held by any type of imposter or false pope. Betrayal only “touches” the role of the Pope, which is too limited an expression to justify the claim of a false pope taking over the Church. What is this betrayal, touching upon the role of the Pope? It is the schism in which many persons depart from communion with Pope Francis and his successor. And it is the election, by the schismatics, of a false pope, who competes against the true Pope elected over the true Church.
Notice also that Mary says “The Holy Father” will suffer. She does not say that there will be no true pope on earth, nor that a false pope will take over the Church. The Church suffers, but is not corrupted. Betrayal only touches the office of Pope, in a limited way. And there is always a true Pope, the Holy Father, who guides the Church during this suffering.
“A decision will be made and there will be great confusion in the palace (the Vatican). I am your Sorrowful Mother and I suffer because of what is coming for you. Remain firm in the faith. Stay with Jesus. Love and defend the Church. Whatever happens, do not forget: God above all. You still have long years of difficult trials. Courage.” (June 4, 2013)
The tribulation extends over many years: “long years of difficult trials”. Mary would not say “Love and defend the Church” if the Church is now or would ever be corrupted. The Church is indefectible, just as Mary is indefectible. For Mary is an image of the Church, and the Church is an image of Mary.
Mary does not say what the decision will be, which will cause confusion in the palace (meaning the papal residence). I suggest that the “decision” is not some type of false doctrine, for the Pope can never teach heresy. It must be either a decision on discipline, made by Pope Francis or by his conservative successor (or both). It certainly is possible for any Pope, even a Pope-Saint, to err in a matter of discipline. Pope Saint Celestine V made many errors in the realm of Church administration, and he resigned after only several months in office. Yet he is a Saint and a valid Pope. So do not become disheartened, if any Pope makes a decision which seems to be unwise. Perhaps you simply do not see the wisdom of the decision. But even if the decision is truly unwise, it does not imply that the Pope or the Church has gone astray.
There will also be confusion in the Vatican as the true valid papacy transitions from the current valid Pope (Francis) to his conservative successor, to the next successor (who reigns in opposition to an antipope). Pope Francis is liberal and his successor will be conservative. Many persons take a worldly view of the Faith, seeing it as liberal or conservative. In truth, some of Jesus Christ’s teachings could be considered very liberal, others very conservative, still others moderate. But perhaps we should not categorize teachings as liberal or conservative. It is simply truth.
“Dear children, St. Peter will direct his barque amidst great tempests.” (March 16, 2013)
Mary refers to the Pope using the term “Peter”, since every true Pope is a successor of Peter. But now she also says “Saint” Peter, indicating that these Popes who guide the Church during the tribulation are often Saints. In no way can this expression of Saint Peter guiding his ship (barque) amid the tempest of the tribulation be interpreted to mean that an imposter or antipope had taken over the true Church.
“The Barque of St. Peter is going to flounder, and there is going to be great confusion. Peter is the secret: there is your answer. Courage. Do not hold back. I love you and I will pray to my Jesus for you. Go forward with joy.” (March 5, 2013)
The word “flounder” means “to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements“. It does not imply that the ship which is floundering is sinking. So the expression Mary uses is limited. No failure or corruption of the Church, the Ark of Salvation, is implied.
Confusion occurs mainly because the members of the Church today are poorly catechized. And to make matters worse, their ignorance is compounded by arrogance. They do not accept the teachings of past Popes and Councils, so it is no surprise that they arrogantly reject one current Pope or the next. They assume that any ideas contrary to their own thinking and desires must be false.
Why does Mary say “Peter is the secret: there is your answer” to us? She would not say such a think if any Pope had gone astray from the true Faith. The secret to remaining faithful to Christ during these great difficulties is faithfulness to the Vicar of Christ, to each successive true Pope, regardless of whether he is liberal or conservative or traditionalist or whatever. No Pope can commit apostasy, heresy, or schism. No Pope can teach heresy, not even with a sincere but mistaken conscience. But Popes are sinners and they can err in a range of different ways. Remain faithful to each Pope, even though he — like each of us — is a fallen sinner. Then you will remain faithful to Jesus and Mary during the tribulation.
“Difficult days are coming for humanity. Now is a time of great and painful tribulations. Pray. Do not stop praying. The great ship (the Church) will face tempests never seen before. She will be encircled by enemies and many will leave her.” (March 2, 2013)
Well, what did you expect to happen during the tribulation? Christ had to suffer through His Passion and Crucifixion in order to enter into His glory. So also the Church must suffer.
The great apostasy occurs during the tribulation. The Church is plagued by many false teachers, heretics, and schismatics. Then also many Catholics leave the Faith entirely, no longer calling themselves Catholic or Christian. But the great ship of the Church can never sink. For She is the sole Ark of Salvation.
Much more in my next book, hopefully to be published later this month (Sept 2015).
Ronald L. Conte Jr.

Recent messages of Pedro Regis on Pope Francis
Posted on 4 April 2013 by Ron Conte
From the messages of the Virgin Mary to Pedro Regis

message of 3/5/13: The Barque of St. Peter is going to flounder, and there is going to be great confusion. Peter is the secret: there is your answer.
interpretation: The Church will have great difficulty during the tribulation, which is about to begin. The great confusion will be caused by the great apostasy, those who depart from the Church will be greatly confused, and they will attempt to set up a competing false church.
message of 3/9: You are going toward a future of great spiritual confusion. Trust in Jesus. He is your All and only in Him is your victory. Do not be afraid. Listen to what I say to you. My Jesus is in control of everything. The agreement will cause great confusion. Where there is no fidelity, there is no truth. Do not permit anything to separate you from the truth. Whatever happens remain on the path I have shown you over the years. Courage. I am at your side even though you do not see me. Bend your knees in prayer on behalf of the Church.
interpretation: the agreement may refer to some type of unfaithful (no fidelity) agreement between some Church leaders and secular government, or it might refer to the false church set up during the great apostasy. The false church will have more members than the true Church, at a certain point in time.
message of 3/16/13: St. Peter will direct his barque amidst great tempests. Pray. The successor of Peter is going to need your prayers. He will experience his Calvary. He will be loved and hated because of his positions. Now is the time of suffering. The poison is in the tree, not in the fruit. The Church of my Jesus is going toward a future of great trials, but as I have already told you, Jesus is in charge of everything. Peter in the land of Peter. What I am telling you, you may not comprehend now, but calm your hearts, for Jesus walks with you. The king will suffer because of his subjects. Do not be afraid. I am your Mother and I will plead with my Jesus for you. The road will be short for the king, similar to the crossing of the famous plaza.
interpretation: given the date of this message, the “successor” of Peter is the current Pope (Francis). He will suffer because he will reinforce the true holy teachings of the Catholic faith (using papal infallibility, I think). Does the tribulation begin this year, or in some future year? “Now is the time of suffering.” So, it begins this year, under this Pope. The Pope is the king of the Church, for he is the Vicar of Christ the King. His road is short, meaning his reign is short. The great tempests are due to the rejection of the Church’s teachings by most Catholics and by secular society.
message of 3/17: Humanity is moving toward the abyss of destruction which men have prepared with their own hands. Pray. Only through the power of prayer can you withstand the weight of the trials that are on the way. I am your Mother and I am at your side. I ask you to intensify your prayers on behalf of the Church. There will be great confusion, but the victory will belong to Jesus. Do not be afraid. The victory will occur. The barque of St. Peter will be surrounded by enemies and Peter will suffer much.
The abyss of destruction refers to nuclear war, caused by weapons which men have prepared with their own hands. The confusion is caused by the great apostasy. The victory is the end of the schism and the false church. The barque of St. Peter is the true Church. A barque is a relatively small ship, meaning that the Church will become much smaller, but also holier. The enemies surrounding the Church are the unfaithful Catholics and secular persons, attacking the Church’s teachings, and the enemies of war surrounding Rome and (later) capturing the Pope.
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
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“Last night, from eleven to three, I had a most wonderful vision of two churches and two Popes and a variety of things, ancient and modern. I shall relate, as well as I can, all that I remember of it. My angel guardian came and told me that I must go to Rome and take two things to the Pope, but I cannot now recall what they were— perhaps it is the Will of God that I should forget them. I asked my angel how I could make so long a journey, sick as I was. But when I was told that I should make it without difficulty, I no longer objected. An odd-looking vehicle appeared before me, flat and slight, with only two wheels, the flooring red with white edges. I saw no horses. I was gently lifted and laid on it and, at the same instant, a snow-white, luminous child flew toward me and seated himself at my feet. He reminded me of the Patience child in green, so sweet, so lovely, and perfectly transparent. He was to be my companion, he was to console and take care of me. The wagon was so light and smooth that at first I was afraid of slipping off; but it began to move very gently of itself without horses, and I saw a shining human figure going on ahead.
The journey did not seem long, although we crossed countries, mountains, and great waters. I knew Rome the instant we reached it, and I was soon in the presence of the Pope. I know not now whether he was sleeping or praying, but I had to say two things to him, or give him two things, and I shall have to go to him once again to announce a third. Then I had a wonderful vision. Rome suddenly appeared as in the early ages, and I saw a Pope (Boniface IV) and an emperor whose name I knew not (Phocas). I could not find my way in the city, all was so different, even the sacred ceremonies; but yet I recognized them as Catholic. I saw a great round building like a cupola— it was a pagan temple full of beautiful idols. It had no windows, but in the dome was an opening with a contrivance for keeping out the rain. It seemed as if all the idols that ever existed were gathered together there in every conceivable posture. Many of them were very beautiful, and others exceedingly odd; there were even some of geese which received divine honor. In the center of the building stood a very high pyramid formed entirely of those images. I saw no idolatrous worship at the time of which I speak, although the idols were still carefully preserved. I saw messengers from Pope Boniface going to the emperor and petitioning for the temple to be changed into a Christian church. I heard the latter declaring distinctly that the Pope should allow the ancient statues to remain, though he might erect therein the Cross to which the highest honors should be paid. This proposal, as it seemed to me, was made not wickedly, but in good faith.
I saw the messengers return with the answer and Boniface reflecting as to how he might in some measure conform to the emperor’s will. While he was thus deliberating, I saw a good, pious priest in prayer before the crucifix. He wore a long white robe with a train, and an angel hovered by his side. Suddenly he arose, went straight to Boniface, and told him that he should by no means accede to the emperor’s proposal. Messengers were then dispatched to the emperor, who now consented to the temple’s being entirely cleared. Then I saw his people come and take numbers of the statues to the imperial city; but still many remained in Rome. Then I saw the consecration of the temple, at which ceremony the holy martyrs assisted with Mary at their head. The altar was not in the center of the building, but against the wall. I saw more than thirty wagon-loads of sacred relics brought into the church. Many of them were enclosed in the walls and others could be seen through round openings covered with something like glass.
When I had witnessed this vision even in the smallest details, I saw again the present Pope and the dark church of his time in Rome. It seemed to be a large, old house like a town hall with columns in front. I saw no altar in it, but only benches, and in the middle of it something like a pulpit. They had preaching and singing, but nothing else, and only very few attended it. And lo, a most singular sight! Each member of the congregation drew an idol from his breast, set it up before him, and prayed to it. It was as if each man drew forth his secret thoughts or passions under the appearance of a dark cloud which, once outside, took some definite form. They were precisely such figures as I had seen around the neck of the illicit bride in the Nuptial House, figures of men and animals. The god of one was short and broad with a crisp head and numerous, outstretched arms ready to seize and devour all in its reach; that of another was quite small with miserable, shrunken limbs; another had merely a block of wood upon which he gazed with rolling eyes; this one had a horrible animal; that one, a long pole. The most singular part of it was that the idols filled the place; the church, although the worshippers were so few, was crowded with idols. When the service was over, everyone’s god re-entered into his breast. The whole church was draped in black, and all that took place in it was shrouded in gloom.
Then I saw the connection between the two Popes and the two temples. I am sorry that I have forgotten the numbers, but I was shown how weak the one had been in adherents and human support, but how strong in courage to overturn so many gods (I knew the number) and to unite so many different forms of worship into one; and, on the contrary, how strong in numbers and yet how irresolute in action was the other since, in authorizing the erection of false temples, he had allowed the only true God, the only true religion to be lost among so many false gods and false religions.
It was also shown me that those pagans humbly adored gods other than themselves, and that they would have been willing to admit in all simplicity the only God, the Most Holy Trinity. Their worship was preferable to that of those who adore themselves in a thousand idols to the total exclusion of Our Lord. The picture was favorable to the early ages, for in them idolatry was on the decrease, while in our days it is just the contrary. I saw the fatal consequences of this counterfeit church; I saw it increase; I saw heretics of all kinds flocking to the city. 2 I saw the ever-increasing tepidity of the clergy, the circle of darkness ever widening.
And now the vision became more extended. I saw in all places Catholics oppressed, annoyed, restricted, and deprived of liberty, churches were closed, and great misery prevailed everywhere with war and bloodshed. I saw rude, ignorant people offering violent resistance, but this state of things lasted not long. Again I saw in vision St. Peter’s undermined according to a plan devised by the secret sect while, at the same time, it was damaged by storms; but it was delivered at the moment of greatest distress. Again I saw the Blessed Virgin extending her mantle over it.
In this last scene, I saw no longer the reigning Pope, but one of his successors, a mild, but very resolute man who knew how to attach his priests to himself and who drove far from him the bad. I saw all things renewed and a church which reached from earth to Heaven. I saw one of the twelve new apostles in the person of the young priest whom the unchaste bride wanted to marry. It was a very comprehensive vision and portrayed anew all that had been previously shown me regarding the Church’s destiny. On another occasion, I had a vision of the Vicar-General’s stanch resistance to secular power in behalf of the interests of the Church. The affair covered him with glory, 3 though upon some other points he was to blame. I was told that I should have to go again to the Pope; but when all this will take place I cannot say.”
Schmoger, Very Rev. K. E.. Life and Revelations of Anne Catherine Emmerich Volume 2 (with Supplemental Reading: A Brief Life of Christ) [Illustrated] (Kindle Locations 3740-3797). TAN Books. Kindle Edition.
When asked why he entered the Church, Chesterton, in a famous passage, replied: “To get rid of my sins.” The New Testament also makes it clear that this riddance of sins is the central purpose of redemption. Christ did not come so much to define what sins were – we have to be pretty obtuse not to have an inkling of what they are – but to forgive them.
He claimed this power, which was indeed a divine power. That claim scandalized the Jewish leaders who heard Him. But He was firm in His purpose. He proceeded to give His apostles in the Church power to continue this central purpose, but only in His name.
Christ’s coming, then, is a relief that we finally have some authentic way to get rid of our sins. The presumption is that we want to do so because we know the burden they impose on each of us. The “thou shalt not’s” of the commandments are pretty basic.
Chesterton also remarked that we are given these basic admonitions about what we should not do so that we would be free to do what we wanted to do if we did not have the burden of our sins.
Sin, even if we insist on calling it a good, which surprisingly many do these days, prevents us from doing what we want, from reaching the good we seek. Indeed, even in sinning, we seek a good, only we freely put it out of order.
We should never be overly surprised that people of all sorts, including ourselves, sin. Saddened perhaps, but not surprised. The Church exists that sins be forgiven within her. It restores one’s direct relation to God that is broken when we sin.
Christ never said that somewhere down the line He or someone else would figure out a way to prevent sinning. He gave us free will. The only way to eradicate sin would be to eradicate free will. “There can be collapses and repeated ruptures,” Joseph Ratzinger said in Salt of the Earth, “because redemption is always entrusted to the freedom of man, and God will never annul this freedom” The denial of sin, whatever sophisticated form it takes, is simply a lie.
So sinners are not the most dangerous thing in the Church. They are why the Church exists in the form that it does. It is sometimes said that, because we know we can be forgiven, we can sin freely. Christ Himself was pretty generous in the number of times we should forgive, but He was not encouraging the sinning.
Pius XI: “The Church’s worst enemy is her own traitors.”
A real issue does exist, however, that is associated with such considerations. The Church can surely be said to have “enemies,” those who restrict her in every way, who set up other religious or ideological systems to replace or counteract her.
Many countries in the world, more than we suspect, including our own, have laws or decrees that exclude or restrict the freedom to practice or explain the faith. Such restrictions are quite unjust. They reveal some aspect of the mystery of iniquity, the mystery of the hatred of the good, of God.
Somewhere back in the 1930s, during the Spanish Civil War, and facing other issues in Germany and Italy, Pius XI asked this very question: “Who are the Church’s most dangerous enemies?” His answer was as follows:
The Church’s worst persecutors have been her own unfaithful bishops, priests, and religious. Opposition from outside is terrible; it gives us many martyrs. But the Church’s worst enemy is her own traitors.
Why is this, we wonder? The mission of the Church ad extra has much to do with the witness to the truth by Christians themselves, especially those in high places, both clergy and laity.

In an analogous manner, John Paul II remarked to European bishops in 1982 that “the crises of European man and of Europe are crises and temptations of Christianity and of the Church in Europe.” We are wont to think that the drama of the world takes place outside of the redemptive plan of God. It doesn’t.
C. S. Lewis remarked, in Mere Christianity, I think, that the greatest evil we can do is to call what is evil good and what is good evil. It does not matter whether this calling is shrouded in the form of relativism, diversity theory, or the will to power. The effect is the same.
In the end, we now call, by various sophisticated names, what is evil good. We make laws to justify this reversal of good and evil, which, as such, do not change. We penalize those who hold that the “thou shalt not’s” are correct.
But the key point remains: the “enablers” who justify and make evil possible by their own disordered souls. Repentance remains the only way to stop this reversal, repentance and, as Benedict says, judgment.
BY James V. Schall, S.J.
James V. Schall, S.J., who served as a professor at Georgetown University for thirty-five years, is one of the most prolific Catholic writers in America. Among his recent books are The Mind That Is Catholic, The Modern Age, Political Philosophy and Revelation: A Catholic Reading, Reasonable Pleasures, and, new from St. Augustine's Press, Docilitas: On Teaching and Being Taught.

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