Dragon’s Rising

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A few people have suggested that the Internet outage I am dealing with is some sort of attack. I think not. Rather, I think God chose to give me a few days to regroup, to recover my peace and get steady again.

Events of the last few weeks have shaken me a bit. Got me where I was giving some very tart responses that are more likely to alienate than to edify. It also has shown me a way that satan routinely uses to rattle me. I do know certain general assaults that are to come. Two decades ago I was warned that once the Storm had settled in, satan’s primary assault would come from the right, that he would pretend to be more Orthodox than the Pope. Four years ago, the fraudulent mystic, Maria Divine Mercy rose to claim the next Pope would be an antichrist. She was such an obvious, clumsy fraud that anyone who was deceived for more than a few months had to be either dull-witted or eager to rebel in the first place. It oddly soothed me, for it comforted me that the devil’s attack on this front would be clumsy. So I was taken aback by events of the last few weeks.

First, there are the rising voices of some past accomplishment who are busy claiming that the antichrist has become Pope. You have heard of a few here: more are rising in Europe that I have not spoken of. Then, to me, the Synod revealed how many of the faithful really do not trust the promises of Christ. I was stunned at how many people honestly believed that, after 2000 years, the Church, itself, was ready to go apostate and toss away defined doctrine. I was almost equally appalled at how many thought, in fear, that the Church should not minister in any effective way to those damaged in the cultural wars of the last few generations lest doctrine be sacrificed. I honestly was not prepared for how many of the faithful believed that the only possible options were apostasy, surrender or betrayal. The sort of doubts expressed, though superficially directed at men were, at bottom, doubts on whether Christ would – or could – keep His word. It made me wonder seriously, for the first time, if when He came,  Christ would find faith on earth.

It led me, in a few cases, to overstate my case in defense of a point. Some people, who clearly doubted the Church, were as attached to Cardinal Burke as others 2000 years ago were attached to Apollos or Paul. In trying to make the point that Cardinal Burke is not the sign of unity Christ promised his Church, I errantly gave the impression that I do not have high regard for Burke and answered a few in a way that was more likely to trigger resentment than faith. Yes, several had (unintentionally, most likely) baited me with straw men. But I am not accountable to God for how others speak to me; only for how I speak to them.

So let’s take a few points. First, the high quality of the Bishops appointed in the last decade in the United States is primarily due to Cardinal Burke. It has done much to prepare us to weather the Storm – and we owe a profound debt of gratitude to him for that. His fruitfulness as a high councillor during peacetime was amazing. His performance during the Synod led me to doubt his suitability to serve as a high councillor during wartime, but left my respect for his intelligence and intentions undiminished. I hope that a spot will be opened for him that will make effective use of his considerable talents over the next few years.

Second, I need to resolve and internalize that when satan mounts the sort of assault I have been warned about long ago and does it clumsily, it does not mean he is clumsy. The clumsiness is designed to lull me (and perhaps a few others) into thinking him clumsy, the better to rattle us later when the real, sophisticated assault begins. I have been deceived by that several times. I pray it will be no more.

Third, people often claim that if Jesus would just speak plainly and clearly to them, they would obey with docility. That obviously is not true. Christ promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church, that He would build the Church on the rock of Peter, and that who heard His apostles hears Him – and who rejects them rejects Him. Yet despite this, far too many who call themselves faithful are eager to go chasing elsewhere and declare this a false church. This, more than the ebola scare, the rise of ISIS, the terminal fraying of the global economy, the persecution of Christians in their daily lives, this has shaken and scared me. For the last week and a half I have felt kind of like the police chief in the movie, “Jaws,” after he first catches sight of the shark. “Lord,” I say with trembling, “we’re going to need a bigger boat.”

Fourth, people who are watching for the rise of the personification of the spirit of antichrist are looking in the wrong place. He will not come as a modernist or a charismatic advocate of a one-world church. All those who would be deceived by that are already deceived. Why would satan waste one of his most powerful gambits to deceive the deceived? No, his final gambit before his eviction is designed to deceive those who kept faith throughout the culture wars. If there is a personification of the antichrist, he will come imitating an orthodox traditionalist extraordinaire. I am entirely orthodox. Despite my occasional criticism of the uncharitable severity of many traditionalists, that is primarily where my sympathies lie. But that is from whence the personification of antichrist will come, that he might catch new fish rather than just secure the old ones he has already caught.

This is not the article I spoke of. I will not publish that until the Internet at the house is back online tomorrow. It is critical that I get that right and that I get back on track, gently leading people back to Christ rather than angrily berating them for straying. But to determine the “remnant” from the “false” church requires no discernment at all, simply trust that Christ has spoken true. The rule is simple. Where Peter is, there is the Church. Cursed is anyone who says otherwise.

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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87 Responses to Dragon’s Rising

  1. Barb says:

    My husband and I don’t get it either….how can people doubt the promise of Christ? History shows that we have had “bad” popes but doctrine has never changed despite them.
    Praying for you, Charlie, and for our Church….

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  2. Barbara R says:

    Thank you Charlie for constantly reminding me where to put my trust. There is so much confusion coming from both (or many) sides that if we try to sort through the media reports and commentaries from various ecclesial and other experts, relying on our own judgement and intellect we will likely discern incorrectly. Our touchstone must be Jesus’ promises.

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  3. Amen, Charlie. Amen. You continue to affirm the truth of our current call to take the next right step, as uneventful and anti-climatic as it may be.

    Our group, Missioners of Christ (thank you, by the way, for sharing our work with your readers this past Saturday) has a discernment retreat this weekend, be assured of our prayers during that time.

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  4. Mary A. says:

    Tru dat. Satan can hide behind lace surplices even better than behind guerilla fatigues (that made more sense back when Churchmen were supporting the Sandinistas).

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  5. ann says:

    This turns on a light in a dark room. Of course that would be the enemy’s gambit–to deceive the elect give them “one of their own”–it gives me chills. Mark Mallet’s recent entries have calmed my worries about this last spate of confusion and this continues to elucidate our situation. I know in my bones that where Peter is, there is the Church and that’s our only safety on this tumultuous sea. Otherwise we’re tossed about by every wind of doctrine. Where Mark set me straight was proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that a canonically elected Pope cannot be a false Pope. Not that I thought Francis was a false Pope but I was very troubled last week. (Perhaps last week was a full blown assault of the enemy of every one of us in different ways!!)Today I realize that I must simply trust Christ to keep His Word and the Blessed Mother to take hold of all of us firmly and lead us to the Cross even if others run away. But yeah, Charlie, you’re right, we’re gonna need a bigger boat.

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  6. Gary says:

    I have read The Book of Destiny
    ( http://www.amazon.com/Book-Destiny-Rev-Herman-Kramer/dp/0895550466 ).

    From this I suspect that the anti-Christ will be a political secular person and not a so-called traditionalist. I hope Charlie you will get a chance to read this book. There has been an argument that the anti-Christ will not be a singular person but a cultural shift to evil not necessarily a single person. We can see this as a sign of our times at this point. But Father Kramer argues that the anti-Christ will be personified by a person. I think if we look at Clinton and Obama it is readily obvious the evil they embolden and the near cult worship they have or had.

    Furthermore, I think if this illumination of conscience should come ,it will occur during a grave crisis, and it will be eventually hijacked by satan via the anti-Christ, to start a new age style religion which will incorporate elements of Islam.

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  7. Praise you, Jesus. I am so grateful for the gift of clarity you have been given, Charlie. You are and will be in my prayers.

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  8. Lucy says:

    AMEN. WITH GRATITUDE AND MUCH FRATERNAL AFFECTION , IN CHRIST VICTORIOUS !

    P. S. : ” SERVUS MARIAE NUNQUAM PERIBIT”
    THOSE WHO SERVE MARY WILL NEVER PERISH

    This week, the Lord took me to 2 essential readings in His Word, so that we may all be reminded WHO is our Commanding General (Song of Solomon, 6: 10 !) at this time and WHAT Her Army of ANAWIM look like :

    Judges chapters 4 and 5 , retaining especially the SONG OF DEBORAH (in Praise of Jael) …
    Judith chapters 8-14, retaining especially the SONG of PRAISE OF JUDITH…

    These are both “types” that are “prefigured” for the Victory that Our Lady will have. Let us be here
    REMINDED that the MAGNIFICAT is OUR VICTORY SONG! We are to meditate its every word deeply and proclaim it daily, by heart !

    The adversary will be totally and utterly “taken by surprise” by The Woman, just as he was in these above two Scriptural examples. When we read them, instead of focusing on the apparent violence of the events, let us focus on other aspects and all the amazing “details” of how the events unfolded, asking the Holy Spirit to pull out for us the parts He wants us to clearly see. Let us consider how these 2 women know that it is the Head which must be targeted. Let us see how the Spirit of Jezebel, in a typical mockery of God, also seeks to “behead” the faithful children of God.
    The “head” is the seat of intelligence or reason. Saint Kolbe taught that the Head of the Dragon is International Masonry. There is a tone and a style of rigid intellectualism that we are to see for what it is, because the voice of the antichrist will indeed speak in this same legalistic manner. Let us also re-read at this time the passage of Mathew 23, the 7 Curses (Woes) that Our Lord made against the Scribes and Pharisees. We can see there the very outline of “how” these voices will speak out in the future. Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us !
    We have no idea , no concept even, to what degree Our Lady’s Army is small, humble, invisible, discrete, obedient and quite unknown , lying low beneath the radar screen at this time. Very few are the faithful “horns” who have been asked to “sound the trumpet” in a visible or audible way, “meeting in the clearing” of the great forest via the Internet in particular. May we give God thanks and glory for their FIAT in so doing at this time ! Yes, I believe that we all know here who these prophetic voices are and we ask the Lord to bless you abundantly in Time and in Eternity for all you are doing to help the Anawim of Mary. AMEN !

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  9. joanp62 says:

    Thank you for this Charlie. So far, by the grace of God, in spite of my concern over some things said by Pope Francis, I continue to stick with the Catholic Church because I know where Peter is, there is Christ and His Church. There really is no where else to go if one really wants to follow Christ, who has the words of Eternal Life. I pray every day (almost) that I do not stray or become deceived.

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  10. Mark says:

    Let’s take an honest assessment of what just took place in the synod, lest we over react to the drama that took place. While some of us have always understood that a valid pope could not error in matters of faith and morals and they cannot apostatize, they could however, create a situation where great confusion takes place. This indeed did happen.

    Prior to the synod the Holy Father seemingly favored his close friend, Cardinal Kasper’s, liberal views on several essential doctrines of the faith (communion to divorced and remarried and ‘welcoming’ of homosexual couples), which did excite a few orthodox Cardinals to write a book leading up to the synod to clarify doctrine in this area. This raised the antenna on all orthodox Catholics to say the least.

    Now granted the liberal press did not help the confusion, but added to it with all kinds of articles via the Associated Press, blogs, TV interviews etc…. Then when the document came out of the Vatican, after week one, it took the orthodox Catholic into a tail spin. Top Cardinals were sounding off, as well as, orthodox ‘watchmen’ like Mark Mallett, Charlie Johnson, Padraig on MOG forum etc…, yet the Pope remained silent. What did that silence mean? I will admit, I had some concerns at that time as well. I just prayed, Lord – Holy Mother, help your Church. And they did. They gave the wisdom for Pope Francis to give a beautiful closing overview of what just took place. Mark Mallett wrote a splendid blog on what it all meant.

    So this leaves us where we are now. If any clergymen or faithful remains confused or in disgust for our Holy Father, they are walking seriously on the cutting edge of apostasy themselves. Even Michael Voris gave a 5 minute apology in his latest blog for some of his over reaction. Many ate humble pie.

    Personally, I thank Cardinal’s Burke and Muller for their defense of the faith and clarifying the confusion on unchanging doctrine. I do not believe either one are afraid to see Church discipline change or modified, but like myself, did not want to even think about changing doctrine, which comes from Christ himself. I do not think they are hard core men, but men of conviction as it pertains to the deposit of faith. God bless them. God bless our Pope for allowing ‘dirty laundry’ to be aired in ‘public’ view. Yes the remnant are being defined. Their biggest job is ahead. The fight that took place in/during the synod is ‘chump-change’ compared to the battle ahead. Those who made it through round-one will have to endure many more before the final Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Second Coming of Christ. Keep the faith!

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    • joanp62 says:

      Actually, Michael Voris did not overreact- his reporting was very even and solid. The problem arose when he, in full reporter mode, simply reported on what some of the bishops said criticizing the Holy Father, I think Burke was one. There were some who then thought that he himself was criticizing Pope Francis. Voris himself has never said anything against the Pope, he has admitted to some confusion over his statements,etc., but he has never advocated or even hinted that the Pope may be preaching heresy. He is solidly behind the Pope.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Michael Voris did a marvelous clarification on the subject at issue here. He is one who is serious and solid in his approach. May God bless and keep him.

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        • joanp62 says:

          I’m glad to hear you say that. I value your opinion and have thought highly of Michael Voris as well. He gets such a bum rap from others in the business.

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          • jobrower says:

            I am glad too. As I am a newcomer to this blog I am very relieved to see the mutual admiration. Michael’s style is different, to say the least, but I believe he is also a prophet of our time. Many years ago when I made my first consecration to Jesus through Mary I was deeply touched with St. Louis deMontfort’s prophecy about the great men and women God would raise up in the latter days. I hoped, then, that I would get to witness those days and I am grateful to God that it appears I am!

            I have a lot of catching up to do. Would anyone care to direct me to the most pertinent?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hi Jo, and welcome. Might I suggest that you begin by looking at the top bar and clicking on “God’s Plan” and then “My Purpose” to get you started. In the search feature at the upper right hand of the page, you can look for various categories or particular things you are interested in. Glad to have you here.

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  11. Noreen says:

    For some reason reading this gave me a lot of joy! Maybe missing your posts for a few days! I hope and pray I am in that “bigger boat”. I seldom comment, but I am out here loving every word, as are many others I’m sure. I pray often that I am never deceived by whatever Satan comes up with………and I know he is smarter than me, but he isn’t smarter than God, so it will be all God’s grace that preserves me. I don’t want to be one of those “new fish” Satan catches. Thank you Charlie for being there.

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  12. God is so merciful! I have been sifted. I was so overtaken with fear. I could plainly see it but I was deluding myself into thinking that I had REAL reason for that fear. Last night I prayed to God to give me HIS peace and that I didn’t want to feel that way. I knew I was wrong and asked for forgiveness in prayer. HE flooded me with LOVE. But this love was for Pope Francis. I felt so bad….but then I felt so much love and peace….my sadness for having offended God by not loving HIS servant and trusting in HIS promise. I cried. I felt like I was given a major healing….but this was spiritual. I became infused with love for Pope Francis and all the shepherds. Liberal or conservative. I can’t explain it. But I am so happy. I feel bad for Pope Francis too because so many and I was one of them……who are judging him and not loving him. We ceased to love and allowed fear and pride take over. You are so right Charlie. I am sorry to you and anyone else I may have led further down the path of pride and fear. I asked God to never let me loose this healing. I don’t have the words to explain how I am feeling. It’s true peace. Thank you Charlie. I am sorry to you for the things I posted and to anyone who read them. It was not how a child of God should act.

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    • charliej373 says:

      To paraphrase what Someone once said to me, Charlanne, you’re a game little gal – you’ll be fine.

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    • jaykay says:

      Charlanne said: “I am sorry to you for the things I posted and to anyone who read them”.

      Could I for one just say, Charlanne, that while I got the impression that you were hurting mightily I was not personally offended or hurt by anything you wrote. And when you said: “We ceased to love and allowed fear and pride take over”, well, that touched a chord with me, I can tell you. Because it’s what I do every day! And many times, at that. God bless you, and may the peace you have found continue with you.

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  13. Mack says:

    Wow, Charlie, this post really gave me a lot to think about. One point in particular really struck me: “his final gambit before his eviction is designed to deceive those who kept faith throughout the culture wars.”
    That makes so much sense. I was disturbed during the Synod, too, as others have been. I thank God it came out all right. Also, the best way to avoid the deceits of Satan is devotion to Mary.

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  14. While the synod (sin-nod) was disconcerting, I continue to remind myself that the Church is the Bride of Christ and her Bridegroom will see to her. Not even a pope can change the truth. And as for God being one of ‘surprises’ well, God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. But we cannot be super-ultramontane and view every utterance of the pope as infallible because, as the Church teaches, this is not the case. The men the pope surrounds himself with does allow confusion to permeate everywhere. Can anyone contest that statement?

    I admire C. Burke and Pell and Napier more than ever. I do not see C. Burke as an ivory tower unloving fellow–no, he is the good father who both love and speak the truth with that love. He does not go around name calling or threatening as some others are doing.

    We must stand together and know this is Our Lord’s Church and He is in charge. The sheep and the goats are already being separated out. Let us hold fast to the traditions as St. Paul told us to do.

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    • Frodo says:

      Exactly right. I wish there was a like button to these posts. You’d have at least one from me. I am still trying to wrap my head around what some are calling a betrayal of Cardinal Burke. Thank God for him and all orthodox bishops who continue to stand for Christ.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Frodo, who said Cdl Burke had betrayed anyone? There are several – me included – who have said he failed to act prudently and judiciously with his pontiff. Many fail without betraying. If someone here has accused him of betrayal, then I missed it. When we engage in hyperbole, we set up straw men and create needless animosity over what was actually said. I understand you think he exercised his duty properly. I think he didn’t. I will not accuse you of idolizing him, for your past comments here tell me that would never describe your intent. Please do not accuse those who think he failed something of making the much graver charge of betrayal.

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        • Frodo says:

          I apologize Charlie. Betrayal was a poor choice of words; failure would have been a much more accurate term. There’s a good reason I work with numbers, often times words aren’t my thing 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thanks, Frodo. I really do appreciate here how we can disagree on things without letting them get to a frothing boil. It helps us, all, I think, in a journey towards what is true – while maintaining fraternal affection.

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    • vicardwm says:

      I was never in doubt that the Church or her teaching was about to be overturned. I continue to be concerned, though, that the Church needs a lot of help in getting its message across in an effective way in the modern world. The mid-term report that was released was an absolute fiasco for public relations…I’m not in a position to affix blame, but there certainly is blame, and those responsible should be dealt with by authorities who are able to discern.

      Those who are in the trenches (us) need to be careful not to put much stock in the way media are portraying things, too. They are certainly not on our side.

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    • aj says:

      Remember the men JESUS surrounded Himself with too Magdalene…they also brought much confusion and consternation to all…even or especially orthodox Jews.

      I’ve found too many sweeping judgemental statements were made about cardinals on both sides on this blog. The Lord knows men’s hearts and their intentions. A wrong move or comment or position by a cardinal does not equate him to being evil or even heretical.

      Even our first Papa, Peter, was rebuked by Paul for falling prey to peer pressure from the Jewish converts. No one saw Peter as the anti-pope because of it.

      I too was already casting some judgements before the end of the synod and the good Lord, Rabbi that He is, caused me to sit back and wait. But Charlie is right. If this little non-issue (hindsight) provoked so much division, what will happen during the real storm? This wasn’t even a drizzle. It was a weather forcast for rain, and umbrellas, raincoats and flood defenses came out to be greeted by sunshine and a rainbow…our Pope’s closing address.

      Let’s refocus on JESUS and not the surrounding waves and wind…we will walk towards Him on the water without sinking.

      I also agree to an earlier comment; there is no conservative, orthodox or liberal with CHRIST’S Church…there is only TRUTH!

      JESUS I Trust in You!!! Help my lack of Trust…please.

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      • charliej373 says:

        We all have a lot of work to do, AJ. This synod was useful, also, in that it held up a mirror to the state of our own souls. I have much to do to be ready for this, to speak both with rigor and with charity. Always, the watchword must be to bring people to the safety that is in Christ. There are many good Bishops who will yet say dumb things. There are some deceivers who will yet say comforting things. For each of us, it is only the next right step that can sustain us, I think. With Job, it is time to say that we have spoken casually of things too great for us, and make a radical decision to trust entirely in God.

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        • Nancy says:

          Charlie, could this synod be part of the Illumination? Mark called it a test and that also feels like a logical description.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I certainly think so, Nancy. But while it was a test, I am more content that so many are abashed at having jumped to an unwarranted conclusion before the facts were in. God often lets us have our way, to go and muddle things up badly in a little way before things get serious, that the need for deliberation and sobriety are more firmly in mind for the more vigorous tests. I think this was a mercy from God for those who can see it. It separates the sheep who want to do right but can be a little hot-headed from the goats who are determined to have their own way whatever the cost. And so, I think the faithful are significantly stronger – in small part because of this session, in larger part from what each of us learned from our own reaction to it.

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          • Nancy says:

            Good for us He’s so merciful. I really hate to disappoint Him.

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  15. Mary A. says:

    I also want to add that of course left and right are meaningless in Catholicism. The anti-Christ will be someone promises order and peace, of course, just as Hitler and Stalin and Mao did. The farthest left (the worship of humanity) and the farthest right (the worship of the state) unite in totalitarianism.

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  16. Absolutely Christ is true. Absolutely He has promised that the very gates of hell will not prevail over His holy Church. I will never be persuaded that Jesus gave the Keys to Peter “only until”… No, Peter will always be the keeper of the keys. We are the sheep, and he is the shepherd. May we never go astray or look for another shepherd. This is CHRIST’S Church! It is absurd to think that there is any power in heaven, on earth or under the earth greater than His power to preserve what is His to the very end. Praised be Jesus Christ, true God and true man, faithful, trustworthy and true. In this present darkness, may we look for no other light than His light. In this chaos and confusion, may we cling to the Rock with all our might. Jesus, I trust in You. Only You.
    You’re a good Sherpa, Charlie. Help us to keep the faith in all circumstances. Thank you and God bless you.

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  17. donna269 says:

    ISIS, Economy, Ebola, Canadian Shootings. 3 Denver teens flying to ISIS, and the Synod. Honestly, the speculation about the Synod has rattled me the most. How quickly the devout were ready to jump ship and label Francis the AntiPope….wow, wow, wow…..the devil is hard at play. Thank you Charlie for your honesty but most importantly, your ability to make amends for what you believe was your wrongdoing. We are all sinners and I suppose prayer and the sacraments will keep us more focused but this earth thing is exhausting 🙂

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  18. SteveBC says:

    Charlie, I think God gave you a break to rethink things, so I hope you’ve had a chance to relax a bit and refocus. This article is a nice recap of what’s been going on for you.

    I still think you should recast your “formula” to have four steps (yes, I’m sliding in a pitch for a little fun here). “Trust God, take the next right step, be a sign of hope to others, and laugh (a lot).”

    I read this (admittedly revised) formulation to myself in my overcrowded time management to-do list every morning, and that last step, well, as they say, it’s a doozy! 😀

    If you lose your sense of fun about your task, it will become drudgery, something you wake up every morning dreading. And we all need you bright.

    Everyone here, including you, faces so much nowadays that it certainly seems to me that laughing is no longer a luxury but a necessity.

    Of course, that’s just my opinion! Be well. 🙂

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  19. Kathleen from NJ says:

    Hi Charlie (aka North Star),
    For the record you are doing an awesome job. Plus – I’m not going to let the enemy steal my crown! If Jesus wants me to carry a cross then a cross I will carry. Whatever He decides on my behalf is a go – go for me. Because I know the Lord will help me. Today I feel very upbeat, joyful and full of confidence in Him and only in Him. Jesus has had my YES for years now and when I think about things calmly I realize that the Lord has been preparing me for these times throughout many years. There is no way I’m changing my Yes to a No. The storm began, as you’ve said in 2009, however, Jesus has been working on me way before that. Of course, I am well aware of how slick the enemy can be and to quote another scripture this one from Matthew 10:16: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
    God Bless!!

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  20. Observer says:

    Charlie, if I may add a “smidgeon” more to the imagined character of the personal anti-Christ. I do believe that he will be an already considered universally accepted “concerned” individual with credentials to prove his humanitarian/ecological/diversity/religious minded type for everything including “principled/traditional religions” of peace, darling of the UN and all sorts of awards from just about everywhere et al. Somewhat of the description given by Sergeivich Soloviev and elaborated on by Cardinal Biffi, considered by Popes JPII and Benedict:
    http://papistfilioquistazymite.blogspot.com/2009/08/vladimir-sergeivich-soloviev-on.html

    He will not be hostile “in principle” to Christ. Indeed, he will appreciate Christ’s teaching. But he will reject the teaching that Christ is unique, and will deny that Christ is risen and alive today.

    One sees here described — and condemned — a Christianity of “values,” of “openings,” of “dialogue,” a Christianity where it seems there is little room left for the person of the Son of God crucified for us and risen, little room for the actual event of salvation.

    Biffi: It isn’t that he (Soloviev) has not been not recognized and honored. He is often called the greatest Russian philosopher, and few contest this appellation.

    Von Balthasar regarded his work “the most universal speculative creation of the modern period” (Gloria III, p. 263) and even goes so far as to set him on the level of Thomas Aquinas.

    BUT…..the anti-Christ will also have his “FALSE PROPHET” who will be of use as standing for and giving backing to the anti-Christ for “orthodoxy” and that person I feel will be of a former recognized member of the traditionalist hierarchy, now having apostatized for an ongoing love of position and power, and thus co-opted for the “only” earthly/material answer to the universal chaos that will have occurred.

    Some think an example of such a seeming universally accepted “concerned” leader could be somewhat like a passed over “Prince” (for lack of maturity as thought by his father) who then goes looking for a bigger “kingdom” to lead.
    He will also be, among other things, an expert exegete. His knowledge of the bible will even lead the theology faculty of Tubingen to award him an honorary doctorate. Above all, he will be a superb ecumenist, able to engage in dialogue “with words full of sweetness, wisdom and eloquence.”

    Some considering such description have suggested an example such as

    http://www.g-l-f.org/index.cfm?id=23592
    http://www.meforum.org/20/jordanian-christians-are-fully-integrated

    and, btw……this example just happens to have received that predicted award:
    Honorary Doctorate of Theology, University of Tübingen, Germany ( 2001)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Hassan_bin_Talal

    Just some researched stream of consciousness musings for, of course, the discernment of any and all. ;^)

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    • charliej373 says:

      Observer, I have expressed some doubts as to whether the antichrist will be personified in a specific person or continue as an incorporated spirit affecting many. Keep that distinction in mind.

      But I have seen a person who has given himself entirely to satan. I saw him before he had any sort of larger authority. I have watched him rise slowly to where he is now at a low-level prominence. He is charming, and entirely orthodox, heavily traditional. He will be a hero to people just like me. I rather think had I not been shown him before he began to rise, he would be a hero to me, too. He is not high enough yet to where many people know him, but most of those who do who are orthodox and serious about their faith are deeply impressed with him and admire him. I have seen him, with hidden glee and joyful malice attack the faithful, bringing them into apostasy with him even as they think they are being the most faithful of all. He is not here to deceive the already deceived. My repulsion for him is visceral – and as I see the movement that will sweep him into worldwide promise, it makes me sick to my stomach. This lion is roaring in the streets. I did not think he would find so many to devour. I am shocked that so many are so eager to put themselves in his jaws.

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      • Bob says:

        And in St Louis in a small way I have seen some follow a charming leader and they had been led astray to follow teachings not of God or of His church. May God protect us from such errors and may God bring back to truth those who have errored.

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      • BB says:

        Charlie, I don’t know of whom you speak, and I won’t even venture to guess. I expect when he does become more widely known it will be more evident. I recall the case of Fr. Marcial Maciel of the Legionaires of Christ, who to any outsider appeared to be a fabulous spirit filled leader of an orthodox group, one that was growing by leaps and bounds and that many people gravitated to, when the goings on came to light, and he was exposed for what he was. So this sort of thing is not totally unknown to happen.
        By my own experience with the Legionaires, (which was not too extensive: I got solicitations for donations) I found there were “pink flags” (meaning, not yet “red flags” but things that give pause). A pink flag for me was that I received phone calls for donations, but they were somewhat high pressure, and almost guilting me or refusal.
        So I would expect the advice would be with personages in the future, to watch for subtle “pink flags” where your gut tells you something is just not right. Thank you for the heads up.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Perhaps the biggest “pink” flag will be the barrenness. For all his talk, he will instill a sense of fear or anger, not a greater devotion to Christ. He will play at being a heat-seeking missile against heresy. Fr. Maciel was a horrific example – and one who did fool me as to who he was. I was not attracted to the Legionnaires, but I respected them and appreciated their work. The revelations were horrifying. But I did appreciate4 God reminding me that I can be as easily deceived as anyone else when I am not given inside information. It reminds me that the only place of safety is to hold fast to Christ – and not be terribly unnerved when people we trusted fall, but simply hold fast.

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      • narey63 says:

        ugh, this has chilled me more than anything I’ve found in your writings. While I ‘knew’ it’s possibility, even probability, it’s hard to read it come from you… that you’ve seen this. How hard a role is yours! I’ve become ultra cautious about ‘movements,’ yet still fear my weakness for it.

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      • Mick says:

        Charlie, are you here talking about the man whom you’ve previously referenced as Menses?

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      • Dear Charlie, Thanks for confirming what I have been thinking for quite some time. It is the so-called “orthodox’ who are rigid and bureaucratic that are the greatest threat to the spiritual and merciful orthodox. We have encountered a number of these pretend Orthodox among the Bishops, We are fortunate here in Tasmania to have a truly spiritually orthodox Archbishop. It is not the words they say but the fruits they produce that is the guide to which is which. cheers Br Gilbert

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        • charliej373 says:

          Always the fruit, Br. Gilbert. I have many who take a very different tack than I do who I hold in great esteem, for fruits abound around them. There are a few who agree with me on most things I regard lightly, for they bear so little fruit. I ended a post with this paragraph the other day, which several people have written to tell me how much it moved them. I think it a sort of acid test:

          As you look at your life, you cannot measure it by the books published, the soup kitchens worked, the refuges built – though if you can do those things, they are good. Rather, you must judge it from the perspective of the hope you inspired, the peace you spread, the joy you engendered, the love you kindled – for these are the sure marks of the Kingdom and of God. All else is detail.

          That standard does not require that we reduce the faith to ideology or faction, but rather esteem all the parts which make up the true body of Christ.

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  21. the phoenix says:

    Here is a quote that I believe may be applied, in a way, to the situation of Pope Francis and the Synod, taken from a book called “God’s Fool – The Life and Times of Francis of Assisi” by Julien Green. The background is that St. Francis feels called to preach in Bologna, a city where even his own monks had turned to the corruption of pride, vain study, and luxury.

    “Here he found himself in a great disputatious city, divided by bloody hatreds passed down from father to son. Francis wouldn’t stick to giving the proud city a dressing down. He had the intuition that among this multitude that he was supposed not to provoke there were many people hungry, not for studied eloquence, but for pure and simple religion. As for him, his prophetic fury was ready to be unleashed. ‘Angels, demons, men.’ That was the subject he had chosen, humanity caught between the powers on high and those below. What an opportunity to make his audience tremble … ”

    “But now he had scarcely opened his mouth when the Lord made words of love and peace come out of it as if he were simply taking his place. Francis expressed himself in such a familiar style that he seemed to be conversing with the crowd but his language was so clear and his words hit home so squarely that no one, whether cleric or layman, could help listening to him with avid attention.”

    God’s Fool – The LIfe and Times of Francis of Assisi
    by Julien Green
    English translation by Harper & Row Publishers, Inc., 1985
    pages 227 and 228 from a chapter called “Sermon at Bologna”

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  22. Fran says:

    During the synod, I kept telling myself not to pay attention to anything that I was hearing or reading and to wait for the pope to speak. When he finally did, it was beautiful, eloquent, pastoral, and so gently corrective to us all, from Cardinals to the laity. Whether we think we passed the test or not, I think that most of us could see something in ourselves that needed correction, so the most important thing is to learn from the lesson. It could be that the Lord has put us all through this to help us handle greater tests as we get further into the thick of the storm.

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    • charliej373 says:

      And Fran, one of the most heartening things to me was the sustained applause that exploded from the Bishops after the Pope spoke. Whenever I am tempted to think the Bishops are getting way out there, I will recall that – to remember that they were as grateful for the Pope’s clear incisiveness as we are. We are all in stormy seas – and need a little more benefit of the doubt that we are sometimes inclined to give, I think. God bless our Bishops, who are trying to find their way even as we are.

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  23. MM Bev says:

    Welp. I am the most blessed person on this site. (At least today.) Synod didn’t even impinge on me. Having been in quite a few situations where I was going to have to do the “clearing up” with the kids at the end, I just figured that our Pope Francis had been “welcoming everyone” before, and listening during. The listening is what you have to do to find out what is being thought, having made everyone feel they can say exactly what they think. The last thing wanted in a situation like that is a few holding their tongues. Now, poor Kasper got his for leaking stuff he figured would happen, especially since he did so “inappropriately” (that’s my effort at P.C.) Cardinal Pell smacked him into place quite efficiently and succinctly, enabling Pope Francis from having to do it. (Every nice of Cardinal Pell, as it was Cardinal to Cardinal–even steven, and calling a spade a manipulation, which it was.) And poor Cardinal Kasper got all that poison out, and it’s now old news when it comes to next year. As well, an apology always bring humility with it, and the African Bishops saw to it that they got what was their due.
    Frankly, I thought it went really well all the time. But then, I was eating Teddy Grahams and I haven’t had any for a few months. Personally, they really took my attention off the whole thing. That and the fact that I have had to deal with a person who is convinced that Maria Divine Mercy has a direct line to God. A few years of trying to both gently and, I admit, not at all gently (without any apology as in, FOR GOODNESS SAKES, USE YOUR BRAINS. God gave you some as well as common sense and He expects you to use both!) I admit I thought about an apology, but even that didn’t make a dint in Maria’s standing. (sigh).
    Now that everyone has had their say, including the stupid media (and I can include secular and Catholic), perhaps next year will be just delightful. I wonder if they like Teddy Grahams?

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  24. Jim M. says:

    Any and all of us can succumb to the wiles if the devil. Even those of great faith when they trust more in their own wisdom and devices than God’s. It is the devil playing to our pride, “You need to fix this!” “You need to stop this”. “Your voice us important and needs to be heard”. “Defend tge faith!” All rather that praying for the Holy Spirit to guide us, to incresse His gifts of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord in us.

    No man us Satan’s equal. Not even close. Without the love and power of the Father, we are lost, and will be lost,

    One thing that struck me in all the commentary against the Pope recently was the total abandonment of any sliver of humility or poorness in spirit. Rather than surrender to God and trust in Jesus, they have loosed their caluminous tirades driven as masters rather than servants if the faith.

    Such behavior is in no way inspired by God, but by darkness.

    While Satan captures our attention with ISIS, Ebola and the like, this distraction conceals the flanking movement going on that will solidify his ability to be positioned for total victory. Once positioned, he will divide and try to conquer. In the very heart of the Church. Without the sensationalism of bullets and blood screaming from news reports.

    Clumsy he is not. It is a brilliant battle plan.

    Trust in God. Embrace humility and acknowledge your weaknesses. Receive theSacraments. Pray from the heart.

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  25. radiclaudio says:

    Charlie, Thank you again. I know you have many many followers but I feel like God sent you to speak directly to me. (I don’t mean that in a vain way – I hope. Lol). Your and Mark Mallett postings, along with lots of prayer, Rosaries, Confessions, Masses, reading of Scripture, and Adoration are helping me to be both orthodox and loving. It’s not easy, at least not for me, but it’s an amazing joy to finally grasp how the two fit in a way that can greatly honor and glorify God. May that love of God reign in ALL our hearts forever…

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    • charliej373 says:

      On Mt. Katahdin in Maine, Radi, there is a knife-edge path. It provides a glorious, wilderness view from on high. But you need to walk with great care, for if you lean too far either to the right or to the left, you will fall and injure yourself, perhaps badly. I think we are all walking out on that knife-edge now. The prime danger does not come from the direction we are not inclined to lean in, but from the direction we are. May we all trust to the Lord and keep our balance!

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  26. BB says:

    Over my lifetime, I have spent some time reflecting on the Scriptures, the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles and the books of the New Testament, and reflecting on things I have learned in Church history. For instance, I place myself in my imagination at the time of Luther- what he felt, how simony appalled him, and the problems the Church was living with during his time. He was angry, and right in his assessment. BUT. (And this is the important “but.”) His actions, strident and self righteous, resulted in schism. Oooooo. Big mistake, Martin. So I learned. Don’t do THAT.

    In the spiritual life, obedience is a stressed virtue, even when you think your superior is wrong. If Luther had maintained obedience, and not took it upon himself to “correct” the abuses of the Church, but with mourning and weeping cried out to God to correct them, the schism would have not happened. At least not through him.

    All kinds of saints report that what God values is obedience, not being right. (St. Faustina for instance.) In the case of the Synod, to many people obedience sounds like a formula for failure, but in the spiritual life, it is the key to success, along with poverty and chastity. These are the places Satan attacks first and often. Remember, Satan’s sin was a rejection of God’s authority. He wants us to do the same. The temptations: think for yourself; the leaders are wrong.

    It has helped me over the course of my life to think in real terms about the figures in the Gospels, in fact, in all of Scripture, and reflect in a real way, if I were who I actually am, given my limited knowledge and faith, if I had been there, how would I have acted? If I had been standing with Mary below the cross, what would I have thought about God when I saw Jesus crucified? Would I have thought, well, the Romans won. The evil Jewish leaders who hated Him won. All hope is lost. Or would I have, like her, thought, well, God has a plan. This isn’t over.

    It is the test of faith. See how hard it is when the circumstances actually pertain to you, as they did in the Synod? That’s why all the saints say, without grace, no one could achieve it.

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  27. Bonnie C says:

    Charlie, What you post here reminds me of what I remember hearing about nationalism/naziism (sp). A conservative voice/leader comes out and leads the people with charisma. Especially when it has been so sadly lacking and we are hungry and desperate for light (albeit false) to follow. Watch and pray. Tie a rope to the mast and around your waist and stay on the ship, no matter what!

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  28. Joan Hebet says:

    This column has left me so confused! Is Cardinal Burke faithful or not ? Your column left me with questions. What about the Family conference? Was it good for our Church or divisive? All confusing. Do not understand what you were saying. Please clarify.
    +++God bless+++
    Joan

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    • charliej373 says:

      I understand your frustration, Joan. Most of us want the answers NOW. That is not how it usually works. When John the Baptist sent to Jesus to ask plainly whether He was the one they waited for or should they look for another, Jesus did not give him a plain answer. Rather, He said, “Go and tell John what you hear and see…”

      Watch and wait, and the Lord will reveal what is needed for us all. It is a way of stretching out your hand to Him. God often tells us firmly to “Be still and know that I am God.” This is one of those times. Watch and see – and be careful about making final judgments until all is unfolded.

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  29. jeanO says:

    I think of Jesus healing the blind man, and the WAY He did it. The process involved spit and mud and I think a groan, too…Since the healing process is going to last a while more expect more of the same.

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  30. Stephen says:

    I pledge allegiance to my leader Jesus Christ and to his representative here on earth our General leading us in battle,Pope Francis. Pope Francis resembles Jesus Christ in spirit so much. All of us who like to complicate things find hidden agenda or meaning, tend towards judgmental rather than unconditional love ,will have a difficult time understanding the childlike faith Pope Francis has. I find his simplicity and humility so refreshing. Oh how so many can’t comprehend his great desire to pick up the sick, spiritually, and love them. To say this lacks depth is to say you don’t know depth. To believe this is trite is to never have known the compassion of loving the sick more than yourself.
    Pope Francis is also a hunter. He understands his prey, while many look on and say why doesn’t the Pope run out with guns blazing at the first sight of the prey. He understands that would be sending the prey running to parts unknown especially those wounded. No our Pope is a patient hunter who knows how to get the prey to trust him, To know they are truly more safe on his path. They come because they are loved. Our Pope doesn’t compromise tradition to get them to come , his methods are the sum of all our traditions, love.
    When Pope Francis was first elected pope and he refused the Prada shoes, the limos, the palatial dwelling and was found at a little-known chapel giving devotion to our Mother , soon after stopped the bleeding at the Vatican bank by shutting it down. He called the lukewarm to heat up or be spit out. We have a wartime Pope who raised a flag in battle and we are left to either rally around it or shoot at it.
    General Pope Francis lead on

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  31. MM Bev says:

    After commenting, I decided that I would go “hither” and “yon” and check out some of the sites that comment on both “sides” of the Church. I wish I hadn’t. And I’m sorry I was eating Teddy Grahams. What I have encountered is terrifying. Charlie, you are right dead (and that’s not a pun) on. Unless we stay fastened, grounded, secured, and tethered to the teachings of Jesus Christ Our Savior, Lord and Master, and His Church, we are dead. Here alone is safety; here alone is the truth. The TRUTH, who is a Person.

    I am so grateful for your steps. Acknowledge God, the God of Scripture, the Holy Immortal One, the Three-in-One, the God who founded His Church and set it immovable, established to withstand any storm. KEEP TO YOUR POST. It seems like a LOT of people want to have the Pope’s post.

    Mark Mallett’s most recent entry is well worth reading. I don’t think I will be able to eat Teddy Graham’s again.

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  32. Mary A. says:

    One cause for concern is that a simple majority of bishops voted for the troublesome paragraphs composed prior to the synod.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Mary, we are going see a lot more cause for concern before it is over. The Lord did not promise that hell would not rage against and pound and sow confusion in His Church, just that it would not prevail. Our safety remains on the rock, regardless of how fearfully it is assaulted.

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    • vicardwm says:

      Mary – actually it was my understanding that the troublesome paragraphs were voted AGAINST 118-62, so it wasn’t quite the 2/3 necessary to completely oust it, but there is a more orthodox formulation in the main document. I could be wrong, but that was my understanding.

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  33. Mary A. says:

    http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/3466/pope_emeritus_benedict_xvi_dialogue_cannot_substitute_for_mission.aspx. We know the Church will not err, and we know the Pope will not err as Pope, but a whole lot of bishops can go south, as we saw with the Arians. This speech of Benedict is a valuable antidote…

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  34. MM Bev says:

    Next year I hope I have a supply of gummi raspberries. I have never eaten them, so they should help keep me calm and collected if there is any infighting. Although, once stated, a position is really hard to turn into a brand new, innovative idea, it just turns into “old hat”. Cardinal Kasper may have spilled his ideas a year too early. And the Bishops clearly indicated their position. I have noticed that more and more the Bishops are coming into their own, so to speak. For me it was when the first, single bishop stood against Father Jenkins of Notre Dame, and gradually the number built to 88. Often it takes one brave soul, who gives courage to the others. That’s sort of what your last step is Charlie; giving hope to others and being a light for them. (Maybe some bishops are secretly reading your blog!)

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  35. vicardwm says:

    I think Abp. Chaput had some good comments about the synod, which we could all take a cue from as far as his attitude and faith:

    ““Well, first of all, I wasn’t there. That’s very significant, because to claim you know what really happened when you weren’t there is foolish. To get your information from the press is a mistake because they don’t know well enough how to understand it so they can tell people what happened. I don’t think the press deliberately distorts, they just don’t have any background to be able to evaluate things. In some cases they’re certainly the enemy and they want to distort the Church.”

    “Now, having said all that, I was very disturbed by what happened. I think confusion is of the devil, and I think the public image that came across was of confusion. Now, I don’t think that was the real thing there,” he said, adding that he is eager to hear from the U.S. bishops who were present at the event.

    “I want to hear from them. Then you can ask me the question and I can give you a better answer,” he said.

    The archbishop then went on to say that “the Church has a clear position” on matters of marriage and communion, adding, “I’M NOT FUNDAMENTALLY WORRIED BECAUSE I BELIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDES THE CHURCH.” (my emphasis)

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  36. aj says:

    Last night I looked at ewtn world over with Raymond Arroyo (always liked his personality) and was very disturbed at the slant of questions and comments between himself and a canon law expert Priest. They were so pro Card Burke that they were clearly not too impressed with the Pope’s synod and his decision to demote Card Burke. The interview was unpleasantly focussed on questioning the Pope’s languaging in his final address and everything else he did and didn’t do. It was as though they read a different final address to me…

    I was very disappointed because ewtn has long been a north star of the faith. Some may take offense here but I am often enough repulsed by many Americans thinking the universe and the Church revolve around them and so many American churchmen are so disturbed that their American Card has been stripped of “his” rank, not questioning for one moment that this may be God’s doing. I understand the initial hurt but geez…get over it guys! The Church is universal…Europe, Africa, Americas etc…all of us!!! There is so much lashing out at the Pope and I garner it’s because a beloved son of the soil (Burke) has seemingly been demoted.

    I’m from the Caribbean and because we are not greatly represented (one appointed this year) 🙂 in the College of Cardinals it helps us see the Church as universal and not be insular as others do.

    Let me clarify, this insularity is not on all americans but in many. We profess every week, at least, that we are One (sum of all the parts) Holy, Catholic (universal) and Apostolic Church…no more Jews and Gentiles, only Christians.

    Shalom….

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    • charliej373 says:

      “For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving like ordinary men? For when one says ‘I belong to Paul,’ and another, ‘I belong to Apollos,’ are you not merely men?”

      I Corinthians 3 certainly applies to the reaction of many here. The Church is, indeed, universal, AJ. Right now I give thanks for Australia, from which has grown a great new Prince of the Church and Pillar of the Faith in Cardinal George Pell. And Argentina, which gave us Pope Francis. And Germany for Benedict and Poland for St. John Paul.

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    • Gary says:

      I do not think AJ you understand the politics at play in the removal of Cardinal Burke. Cardinal Wuerl and other bishops in the American Church did not like Cardinal Burke’s appointments and by extension Pope Benedict’s appointments to become bishops and Cardinals. What is troubling is not their American brother was demoted, but rather that
      another of Pope Benedict’s authentic Catholic Cardinals was removed. And that this Pope
      has appointed without consulting the usual other Cardinals on making the appointment to the Archdiocese of Chicago. Even the retiring Cardinal George was not consulted as to who he thought his successor should be. So now we in Chicago are getting another flaming liberal who will push aside social values conservatives and give aid and comfort to leftist Democrats.

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      • BB says:

        Gary, I thought Cardinal George said publicly (I saw him say this on the news) that he submitted a number of names to the Pope as possible successors. Of course, Card. George did not name them, but we have no idea if Archbishop Cupich was one of them. However, Cupich was/is on the board of the Catholic Extension Society, headquartered here in Chicago, which is an outreach organization that provides funds to poorer mission Catholic dioceses across the country. One of the bylaws is that the Archbishop of Chicago is the Chancellor of this organization. In addition, Card. George came to Chicago from Portland and before that he was Bishop of Washington state. So he ministered in the same neck of the woods as Cupich, which leads me to believe they know each other fairly well. It is very possible Cupich was Card. Georges first choice. It’s hard to know.

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        • Gary says:

          He said recently that he was not personally consulted, He may have put names in the nominating process but was not consulted. I could be wrong, but it seems that he was surprised at the choice.

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    • Observer says:

      Yes, AJ, Raymond Arroyo has very often offered his forum for C. Burke with a not very objective milieu. And this is quite a universal forum for anyone attempting to get his/her point of view across. So I have to wonder about the reality people live in when they accuse certain other Cardinals from other countries of attempting to “use” the media when it really isn’t that often nor as personally pro the individual that Burke has so often been allowed to presume. There are agendas it would seem just about everywhere.

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  37. Dave says:

    Who is the person you speak about in your response at 3:05 p.m. on 10/24? And also could you say how you feel about Matthew Kelly and the Dynamic Catholic Institute in Kentucky?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Dave, I do not and have not given the identity of the person except to one person – and him only after he had been given time to reflect on it at length. And him only because there was a specific, palpable reason he needed to know. First, I could be wrong – and then it would be a terrible smear of a man. I don’t think so, and I have watched his rise, but boy, wouldn’t that be a great gambit if satan could fool me that way?

      Second, God does not want me to reveal him. God will reveal him at the moment of rescue. We can all protect ourselves IF we hold fast to God – and love the Lord more than we love our ideological team. It pleases the Lord that many should be deceived so that they may know, when the rescue comes, where their love really lay. And having been chastened by our own cupidity, our love will be purer and stronger as we get about the business of re-building a nobler, gentler world. I said about as much as I intend to say on the matter here.

      As for Michael Kelly and Dynamic Catholicism, I don’t know enough about it to comment. I looked at the website. It seemed optimistic and hopeful. I didn’t see anything harmful, but I also didn’t see much of anything specific, either. Seemed to be more sizzle than steak there so far, but it is clearly a work in progress.

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