The Smoke of Satan
There are many problems in the Catholic Church that might be thought to be the
'smoke of Satan' entering the church, but for my money one thing, above all
others, has been the successful work of Satan, which has undermined the church,
emasculated her ministry, sabotaged the aims of the Holy Spirit and captured a
multitude of souls.
It is the modernist re-interpretation of the Catholic faith. The reductionist
results of modern Biblical scholarship and the infiltration of a modernist,
rationalistic and materialistic mindset meant that the supernatural was assumed
to be impossible, and therefore the Bible stories (and also any supernatural
elements of the faith) had to be 'de-mythologized.' Everything supernatural
within the Biblical account and within the lives of the saints and within the
teaching of the church were assumed to be impossible and had to be
're-interpreted' so they would make sense to modern, scientifically minded
So the feeding of the five thousand wasn't a miracle. Instead the 'real
miracle' was that everyone shared their lunch. Everything had to be questioned
and 're-interpreted' in such a way that it could be accepted and understood by
modern people. So when we call Jesus Christ "God Incarnate" what we really mean
was that he was so fully human, and that as he reached his potential as a man
that he shows us what divinity looks like. When we speak of the Blessed Virgin
we mean she was 'a very good and holy Jewish young woman.' When we speak of the
'Real Presence' we mean that we see the 'Christ that is within each one of us."
I hate this crap.
It's the smoke of Satan, and it's virtually triumphant within the mainstream
Protestant churches, and sadly, the modern Catholic Church in the USA is
riddled through with the same noxious heresy. The reason it is so obnoxious and
disgusting is because priests and clergy of all sorts still use all the
traditional language of the liturgy, the Scriptures and the creeds, but they
have changed the meaning of it altogether. They never actually stand up and say
that they have changed the meaning, and that they no longer believe the faith
once delivered to the saints. They don't discuss the fact that they have not
only changed the meaning, but robbed it of meaning altogether. Instead they
still stand up week by week and recite the creed as if they think it is true,
but what they mean by 'true' is totally different from what their people mean.
So Father Flannel stands up on Easter Day and says, "Alleluia! Today we rejoice
in the glorious resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead." His
people think he really believes that Jesus' dead body came back to life by the
power of God and that he went on to live forever. In fact what Father Flannel
really means is that "in some way the beautiful teachings of Jesus were
remembered and continued by his followers long after his tragic death." The
people don't know why Father Flannel's Catholic life is so lightweight and limp
and they don't know why his style is so lacking in substance, and they go on in
their muddled way thinking that he really does believe the Catholic faith
when, in fact, he doesn't at all.
Consequently, Fr Flannel doesn't really have much of a message at all. He
doesn't believe any of the gospel except as some sort of beautiful story which
inspires people to be nicer to each other. All that is left of his priesthood,
therefore, is to be a nice guy to entertain people with inspirational thoughts
and get everyone to be nicer to one another and try to save the planet.
The poor faithful have swallowed this stuff for two or three generations now,
and they don't even know what poison they're swallowing because the lies are
all dressed up in the same traditional language the church has always used.
It's like someone has put battery acid into a milk bottle and given it to a
baby, and never imagined that there was anything wrong with doing so--indeed
thought it was the best thing for baby.
The faithful don't know why their church has become like a cross between a Joan
Baez concert and a political activism meeting. They don't understand why they
never hear the need for confession or repentance or hear about old fashioned
terms like 'the precious blood' or ' the body, blood, soul and divinity of Our
Lord and Savior" The fact of the matter is Father Flannel doesn't really think
that sort of thing is 'helpful'.
This is why evangelization of the American Catholics in the pew is probably the
most difficult task of all. They don't know what they don't know. For three
generations now they have been given watered down milk and been told it was
wine. They actually think that Catholic lite is what it's all about, and are
astounded to think that there are some of us who think that they have actually
been fed a version of Christianity that is scarcely Christianity at all.
Posted by Fr Longenecker
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