The Suppression of the Jesuits

November 12, 2015                                                                                                                                   The Feast of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

The Suppression of the Jesuits is a completely undiscussed subject among Catholics in our day.  I remember that when Pope Francis was first elected some media commentators rather ridiculously suggested that he, being a Jesuit, should take the name Clement because it was a pope named Clement (Clement XIV) who had suppressed his order way back a long time ago.  But other than that I have not heard any discussion of this topic, nor have I read any serious discussion of it in any Catholic history printed during my lifetime.

The Jesuits were reinstated by Pope Pius VII after the fall of Napoleon in 1814 and the matter of their original suppression was largely forgotten and swept under the rug by the tumultuous events of 1789-1815, the growing Liberalism of the 19th century, and the cataclysms of the 20th century, events that were unleashed in large part due to the 18th century suppression of that venerable Order.  There were some Jesuits who themselves engaged in a polemic on the topic during the 19th century but by and large it had been forgotten by the turn of the 20th century.  So why am I bringing up this bit of ancient and dusty history?

Because it is instructive.  It was the first essay of the conspiracy to dismantle the teaching of Jesus Christ when it crawled out of its den during the middle part of the 18th century.  It is instructive to the means and tactics which this conspiracy used then and perhaps still does today.  And because it was a crucial point for them.  The Jesuits of that day had to be destroyed because they were a) highly devout and faithful to their calling b) under a vow of direct obedience to the Holy Father in Rome and were thus his most effective means of acting instantaneously across the Catholic world against any threat against the Church and c) were highly involved in educating the young.

This last point needs to be understood.  Education of the young.  It has always been the means by which these conspirators who have by their own free will chosen to be enemies of religion, of the human race, and of God Himself transform societies by taking over the function of educating the young whether through formal schools or by other means or by a combination of both.  We have seen this run rampant during the 20th and early 21st centuries.  The subtle division of children from parents taught in schools combined with the rapacious murder of the parent child relationship and of the institutions of fatherhood and motherhood themselves by the so called ‘popular culture’ which is merely the most open and effective arm of the conspiracy.  Oops, did I say that?  Did I really just say that all of the nonsense that comes out of the entertainment industry in our own time has in some way  been deliberately planted there to wreak destruction on our societies?  Yes Virginia I did say that.

The second point also needs to be discussed.  The Jesuits needed to be destroyed because they were a transnational religious order who were bound by a direct vow of obedience to the pope.  They were known as the “pope’s bodyguard.” And make no mistake the pope was the ultimate target of these conspirators.  The Pope who reigned during that time, Clement XIII, mentioned this several times in his personal letters during the 1760s that the Pope was their ultimate target because he was the guarantor of right religion and if the pope was weakened then so was religion.

So you see there is a perverse logic to their actions.  They knew what they were about and they were consistent in their actions.  But how did they do it?  It started slowly and they moved from country to country starting first in Portugal in the late 1750s, then in France in the early 1760s, and followed by the sudden expulsion from Spain in 1767, then the states of Italy, finally culminating in Pope Clement XIV being bullied into suppressing the entire order in 1773.  Each of these countries, France most of all, was to suffer terribly as a consequence of this move but how did it happen?

By their usual process of conspiracy and deceit.  I will in the coming posts explore the situation in each country starting with Portugal where the mayhem began.  Please pray three Hail Marys in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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Where did it come from?

October 20, 2015

So we have examined the writings of the mid to late eighteenth century popes, during those decades which preceded the French Revolution, and it seems clear that from the early 1760s on they knew that something was up.  Something very dangerous had clearly been lurking in a dark corner and now was rearing its head.  But what was it?  Who was doing this?  And what were their objectives?

I have recently come across two works that may help explain this.  They were both published in France during the 1850s and to my knowledge no English translation has ever been made of either of them.  My French language skills are good enough to make it through, but it is slow going, so their may well be long gaps between posts.

The first is Clement XIII et Clement XIV by the Jesuit Father Gustave Xavier Lacroix de Ravigan published in 1854.  It is a history of the suppression of the Jesuits that occurred in 1773 after a bitter and deceitful fifteen year propaganda campaign against the order.  The suppression of the Jesuits was rapidly overshadowed by the events of the disastrous years 1789-1815, from which the human race has yet to recover, but it is key to understanding the history of the last 250 years.

De Ravigan’s analysis is based on documentary evidence that he publishes in a second volume, much of which would probably otherwise have been lost in the wars and revolutions which ravaged Europe during the first half of the twentieth century, and it paints a fascinating picture of the suppression.  This was all planned as part of a war against the pope and the Church of Rome.  And it was led by those who wished to dismantle the Catholic Church and all she had given to the world and to erase the memory of Jesus Christ and his Teaching from human history.

The name of Voltaire, born François-Marie Arouet, crops up everywhere.  He was the leader and public face of a group called the Encyclopedists, or as they styled themselves ‘the Philosophers.’  That name was a cover and a lie.  They had no interest in philosophy.  They did not seek wisdom, but license.  They sought not to build, but to destroy.  They are the precursors to Robespierre and Marx and Lenin and Stalin and Hitler and Pol Pot and Mao Tse-Tung.  And it was to this specific group that Pius VI was referring when he wrote in 1775:

These accursed philosophers proceed to destroy the bonds of union among men, both those which unite them to their rulers, and those which urge them to their duty.  They keep proclaiming that man is born free and subject to no one, and that society accordingly is a crowd of foolish men who stupidly yield to priests who deceive them and to kings who oppress them, so that the harmony of priest and ruler is only a monstrous conspiracy against the innate liberty of man.

That radical individualism of the eighteenth century would metastasize during the nineteenth century and eventually morph into the radical collectivism that murdered more than 100 million people during the first half of the twentieth century.  It then morphed back into individualism personified by the growing and now almost complete slavery to sexual impulses that has permeated the formerly Catholic world since the Second World War.

I will speak more of Voltaire in posts to come when it comes time to examine the suppression of the Jesuits in detail.  He had his own precursors but he seems to be the first public figure who began to marshal the forces that hated the Catholic Church into a covert war against her.  But we shall see.

Please pray three Hail Marys in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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An homage to the Roman Pontiff

September 24, 2015

The institution of the papacy has been horribly maligned during the last quarter of a millennium.  The Roman Pontiff has done nothing but good for the world, the Catholic world in particular, yet he has been vilified both in and outside of the Church.  Sure he gets applauded in public, they love to get their picture taken kissing his ring while all the time sharpening their knives to plant them firmly in his back.  Yet through all these terrible travails the Supreme Pontiff marches on.

In homage to him I offer a few words which might have been spoken by His Holiness to the United States Congress:

When your Declaration of Independence was first published I had already been in Rome for seventeen centuries.  When Christopher Columbus first landed on these shores I had been there for nigh on fifteen centuries.  When the First Crusade was launched I had been in Rome for a millennium, and when the followers of Muhammad stormed out of the desert I had been there for half a millennium.  I saw the Roman Empire fall.  I went out to meet Attila, and I was not bested by him.  I knew Alaric and I knew Constantine, the master of the world, and he knelt before me.  I outlasted Diocletian and Decius, Marcus Aurelius and Domitian.  And I ate and drank with the Incarnate Word when He took on flesh and dwelt among men.  Hear me.

Your nation is great and powerful and your influence spreads to every corner of the world.  The ships of your navy ride high on the seas, the planes of your air force can reach any spot on the planet within twenty four hours, and your satellites can read the license plate of any car in any city on the globe.  But you are dust, and to dust you shall return.  Hear me.

My memory is littered with the ruins of great and powerful kingdoms.  My eyes have seen the shipwrecked dreams of ambitious men.  My commandment to you is only what has been given to me: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbor as thyself.

Or at least that is how it goes in my dream.  Please pray three Hail Marys in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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They behold a false light which is worse than the very darkness

Our Lady of Sorrows

The years between 1766 and 1775 were kind neither to the world nor to the Church.  Pope Clement XIII passed on to his reward, apprehensive of the future, on February 2, 1769.  And the six year reign of his successor, Clement XIV, produced the most disastrous wound that could have been inflicted on the Church: the suppression of the Jesuits.

There will be more posts about the suppression of the Jesuits, but suffice it to say it was the first great blow struck by a movement whose goal was to assault the Catholic Church and to erase the teaching of the Jesus Christ from the history of the human race, and it was wildly successful.  Francois-Marie Arouet, known to history as Voltaire, was its instigator.  His group of Encyclopedists or, as they called themselves, “the Philosophers” had as its mission to cause the nations that the Catholic Church had brought into existence once upon a time to forget her and to throw her to the dogs.  His group conspired at the Bourbon courts of Spain, France, and Portugal and instigated greedy monarchs and/or their conniving ministers to conspire against the Jesuit order, because it was heavily involved in education of the young and operated on a transnational basis under the direct command of the pope,  and these eventually maneuvered Pope Clement XIV into suppressing the Society of Jesus on July 21, 1773.

The Church’s and Catholic civilization’s best defense against the conspiracy of barbarism about to be unleashed in their midst was now gone.  Within the next two generations the Bourbon monarchies of France, Spain, and Portugal would all either be dealt devastating blows or erased entirely from the face of the earth by the forces unleashed by their stupidity.  Here is a lesson to all in political power NEVER to compromise with evil, even and especially when it presents itself as a good thing but you still have that funny feeling at the back of your neck. This was the situation as Giovanni Angelico Braschi took the name Pius VI and warily mounted the papal throne on February 15, 1775.

On Christmas Day of that year His Holiness published his first encyclical Inscrutabile.  Included in this encyclical is a writhing and prophetic condemnation of the rapidly metastasizing errors of his age.  He begins by openly proclaiming that those who are spreading the ideas that in our own rapidly declining society are called the ‘enlightenment’ are in fact the fools and false teachers whom Saint Paul in his second letter to Timothy and Saint Peter in his second epistle prophesied would emerge in the last days.

He never ascribes this fraud specifically to one specific individual like Voltaire or Rousseau, but he correctly discerned that the disastrous ideas then spreading throughout the Christian world were the product of the machinations of an organized group.  Voltaire’s group styled itself “the Philosophers,” and Pius VI pilloried them for that claim: “They say they are wise and have become fools.”

And then he outlines the errors spread by this conspiracy:

They have come to such a height of impiety that they make out that God does not exist, or if He does that He is idle and uncaring, making no revelation (read Deism here) to men.  Consequently it is not surprising that they assert that everything holy and divine is the product of the minds of inexperienced men smitten with empty fear of the future and seduced by a vain hope of immortality… they attract and wretchedly ensnare many of the weak into rejecting their faith or allowing it to be greatly shaken.  While they pursue a remarkable knowledge, they open their eyes to behold a false light which is worse than the very darkness…

 They keep proclaiming that man is born free and subject to no one, that society accordingly is a crowd of foolish men who stupidly yield to priests who deceive them and kings who oppress them

These are remarkable words.  They are as relevant today as they were in 1775.  Pick your favorite contemporary atheist such as Richard Dawkins or the late Christopher Hitchens (God rest his soul) or pretty much any one of your friends or acquaintances who subscribe to this view.  This is essentially the same argument you would get from one of them:

‘There is no God.  You only believe in God because you are stupid and because you can’t face up to the fact there is nothing.  Death is the end and you can’t handle it.  You only follow the Catholic religion because you are a fool: you have been deceived by your parents and your priests, and you have no real experience of the world i.e. you haven’t pursued every opportunity of having self destructive sexual relations with every member of the opposite (or the same) sex that you can get your hands on.’

Is this not what we hear every day in one form or another?  The charge of being “inexperienced” or naive always makes me laugh.  Have these people not read Saint Augustine?  He had all the ‘experiences’ that these men could desire, yet by the prayers and tears that Saint Monica offered to Heaven and the preaching of Saint Ambrose he finally saw the Light of Truth and flew like a bat out of hell to get away from those ‘experiences’,embracing the Truth in its fullness and becoming a Catholic priest and bishop and Doctor of the Church who, through his explanations of the Faith, has over many centuries helped lead countless souls to salvation.  Truly Saint Monica has a great multitude of spiritual sons.  I count myself among them.   Saint Thomas Aquinas never lived like Augustine did in his early life, but he was certainly not naive and had a full appreciation for all facets of human life.  Read these men if you think that to be a Christian is to be a fool.  Throw in Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Jerome, Saint Athanasius, Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila, and all of the others I won’t list because if I did then this post would go on for a month of Sundays.

Nope all these brilliant men and women were all idiots and instead we should follow Voltaire’s road to hell.  All because that way we get laid.  And isn’t that what it is really all about?  All sorts of fancy ‘philosophical’ justifications for unbridled and self destructive lust.  I am going to preach the moronic idea that there is no God and that the universe just up and created itself one day, or that He made the world but for some strange reason can’t be bothered to care about it, all because if there is a God, and He in fact does care, well that kind of hinders my sex life.  Fools.

His Holiness also goes on to make a rather prophetic declaration:

When they have spread this darkness abroad and torn religion out of men’s hearts, these accursed philosophers proceed to destroy the bonds of union among men, both those which unite them to their rulers, and urge them to their duty.

Is this not the history of the last 250 years?   The false lights they beheld have truly been worse than the very darkness.  The bonds which bind men to each other, to their nations, to their rulers, to their families, and even to themselves have been constantly assaulted and withered away during this whole awful period of so called ‘enlightenment.’  Sometimes and for long periods slowly with a law here a new fashion introduced there, but these are universally followed by the sudden onset of cataclysms like 1789-1815 and 1914-45 from which we are told there is no turning back.  The false lights of dead kings rotting in dead marshes in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers immediately come to mind.

In truth there is no going back, in the sense of returning to the atmosphere of yesterday.  The Bourbon kings are doubtless never to return to France, nor are the Romanovs ever likely to rule Russia again.  What there is however is Jesus Christ.  And “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Please pray three Hail Marys in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  And go to Confession.

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Christianae Reipublicae: an urgent but unheeded warning of the coming disaster

The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary

If Almighty God grants a man the grace to open his eyes there are two points in the course of events when he is most likely to realize that he is being conned: at the beginning when the idea seems at first tempting but then, after the slight application of some common sense, moronic and impossible, and at the end when he sees what a disaster he has landed himself in and, by the grace of God, he repents of his stupidity and turns back to the right path to rebuild his life.

We are now at such a moment in history.  We are living through what I heard one priest call the “a** end” of the so called ‘enlightenment.’  Anyone whose eyes are open can see what a disaster the so called ‘philosophy’ of the 18th century has brought to us.  But, strangely (or not so) enough, this was also obvious to the popes who were reigning when these murderous incantations first began to rise up out of the dark heart of the occult lodges.

The first warning was given by Pope Clement XIII in his encyclical Christianae Reipublicae, published on November 25, 1766.  I will here give an extended citation from His Holiness:

The well being of the Christian community which has been entrusted to Us by the Prince of shepherds and Guardian of souls requires Us to see to it that the unaccustomed and offensive licentiousness of books which has emerged from hiding to cause ruin and desolation does not become more destructive as it triumphantly spreads abroad…

For accursed men who have given themselves over to myths and who do not uphold the stronghold of Sion from all sides vomit the poison of serpents from their hearts for the ruin of the Christian people by the contagious plague of books which almost overwhelm us…  

They raise again from the ashes the absurdities of the impious which have been destroyed so often.  They deny God even though He makes himself known everywhere and comes before their eyes daily, not because of the dullness of their mind, but only on the urging of their depraved will.  Or else they represent God Himself as lazy and indolent.  They do not respect His providence nor do they fear his justice.  They preach with a detestable and insane freedom of thought that the origin and nature of our soul is mortal although it was created in the image of the supreme creator little lower than the angels.  Whether they think that matter has been created or foolishly imagine that it is eternal and independent of causes, they consider that nothing else exists in this universe.  Or else if they are forced to admit that spirit exists with matter, they exclude the soul from the spirit’s heavenly nature.  They are unwilling to understand that in this very weakness of which we are formed something spiritual and incorruptible abides in us.  By its power we know, act, will, look to the future, attend to the present, and remember the past.

Keep in mind that everything the Vicar of Christ, the Successor of Saint Peter, is condemning here as absurd and ridiculous now in our day serves as the intellectual foundation for the world that we live in, and is sadly taken almost for granted by many in the Catholic Church, from the pews to the highest reaches of the Roman Curia.  And he duly notes that the origins of this thing were initially hidden, but then emerged into the open when its authors judged the conditions were right.  Eye opening, eh?

His Holiness Clement XIII also condemned the flood of immoral literature spreading throughout the Catholic world.  This literature and stage plays were of an exceedingly impure and sexually explicit nature: 18th century pornography.  Clement XIII was writing almost a quarter century before the storming of the Bastille and it is now a well known fact that France in particular was deliberately saturated with vice and pornographic literature in the decades immediately preceding the French Revolution.  One hundred twenty years later Pope Leo XIII would note in Humanum Genus the disastrous implications of the spread of vice in a society and its ominous implications for the future, a future that we are living through right now.

And the implication is this: it is the teaching of the Catholic Church that sins of the flesh i.e. sexual sins darken the intellect, which is a more poetic and polite way of saying that they turn you into a moron.  Think of that the next time that you are stuck in a traffic jam and tempted to pass the time by looking at porn on your iPhone!  When your brain has been turned into Swiss cheese by all of this vice you will fall for any bad idea that is presented to you in a skillful and clever way and you will follow any devil down any road he wants to take you as long as he promises not to take away your candy.  The saturation of a society with vice is always a necessary prelude to a revolution and a turning away from God and toward the devil.

The next post will cover Pope Pius VI’s even more urgent warning issued nine years later in Inscrutabile.  Please pray three Hail Marys in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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The Jubilee Year of 1750 and the peace that was not to be

The Feast of Saint Peter Claver (United States)

In the late spring of 1749 the Catholic world seemed to be at peace.  The fervor of the Protestant revolt a quarter of a millennium earlier had worn thin and the disasters of the ensuing Thirty Years War by then had passed out of living memory.  Pope Benedict XIV even seemed to entertain a serious hope of bringing the Protestants back into the Church as he penned the encyclical Peregrinantes.  Thus, as he proclaimed a Holy Year for 1750, he declared the Church to be at peace in the following words:

God has granted His people peace after the calamities of a long war; may this gift which God gave for the temporal tranquility of His people lead also to the improvement and, finally, to the eternal salvation of this same people.

But the Holy Father also issued a warning.  Though there was temporal peace that did not mean that the enemy of the human race had given up the fight:

A new kind of war against the enemies of our salvation must now be waged.  The license of thinking and acting must be curbed.  The luxury and the pride of life must be restrained and cupidity for gain must be kept in check.  All impurity must be purged and all enmity eliminated.  All hatreds must be abolished.

But it was not to be.  Pope Benedict XIV’s command went unheeded and the peace did not last.  A few weeks before the Holy Father’s death nine years later he appointed a Cardinal to investigate the first charges made against the Jesuits in Portugal by Voltaire and his cronies.  The Jesuits were the Church’s greatest defense against an approaching evil that she didn’t yet understand well enough, since they operated on an international basis under the direct command of the pope.  The occult lodges, which had been condemned by Benedict XIV’s predecessor, were gaining strength and that peace which God had given to his people faded into history.

Pope Benedict XIV died in 1758, and four years later Jean-Jacques Rousseau distilled the errors of Luther and of Calvin, of Locke and of Hobbes and of Descartes into a single disastrous sentence that unleashed a reign of terror all over the earth and laid a curse on the human race that persists to this day: Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains!  All of the evil facets of fallen human nature that Benedict XIV had proposed to eliminate were then amplified to an unheard of extent, and an orgy of pride and hatred, of murder and of lust, unknown in the whole history of the man on this earth, commenced which persists to our own day.

Yet the papal command remains.  And, even though there has now been a lapse of a quarter of a millennium, the war that Pope Benedict XIV proposed must yet be waged.  We must curb our license of thinking and acting.  We must restrain our luxury and pride of life and keep in check our cupidity for gain.  And we must purge impurity and eliminate enmity.  And we must abolish hatred.  We must start with ourselves and then teach the world again what our fathers once knew.  And we must make reparation for all that we have done and for what our fathers threw away.

Please pray three Hail Marys in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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The context of Pope Pius VII’s claim of a great conspiracy to destroy the teaching of Jesus Christ

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

What was the context of Pope Pius VII’s claim?  What was the situation of the Church and the teaching that seemed so precarious to his mind?

There were plenty of things to be concerned about.  His predecessor of immortal memory, Pius VI, had died in the hands of his captors, the revolutionary army which had come out of France, nine months before.  He had been one of the most heroic popes of the modern era but his memory and indeed the memory of this entire era in the history of the Church and the papacy has been almost entirely erased from the Catholic mind, save possibly for a vague notion that “Napoleon once kidnapped the pope.”  He did, and that pope was in fact Pius VII, but that happened later and we are getting ahead of ourselves.  We must reacquaint ourselves with this period, as it is key to understanding all of the disasters that have struck the Church in our time.

Let’s look at the situation as Pius VII saw it in the spring of 1800.  In February, 1798 the aged Pius VI was driven out of Rome by General Berthier, deprived of the papal patrimony and temporarily exiled to Siena; he was finally brought by the Revolutionary army to Valences in the south of France where he expired due to harsh treatment on August 29, 1799 having reigned longer than any pope save Saint Peter up to that time.

At his death Rome was still behind enemy lines and the conclave that met to elect Pius VII was forced to gather in Venice, under the protection the Austrian emperor.  Here is how Pius VII himself describes in Diu Satis the waning months of his predecessor’s reign and what produced the situation surrounding the conclave that elected him:

Remember Our fear and suspense when the Cardinals were personally expelled from their sees.  Several of them were imprisoned, some hunted for their lives, and many forced to cross the sea in the depths of winter, deprived of their possessions-all of them in want and separated from one another by great distances.  Since the enemy occupied the roads, they could not correspond with one another nor were they allowed to go anywhere.  It was clear that they could never assemble to assist the Church if any misfortune struck down Pius VI who was daily said to be between life and death.

He then goes on to thank Divine Providence for ameliorating the condition of the Church and to commend Pius VI for the measures he took to secure the election of a successor under those extraordinary circumstances:

Who would have dared at that time, with our affairs assailed and almost destroyed, to hope on the basis of human plans and help for what has actually happened by the special kindness of God?  Before he died, Pius VI established the mode of holding the elections of his successors and most of Italy was restored to peace.  All arrangements were made for the cardinals to meet in Venice to vote under the protection of Francis, Apostolic King of Hungary, illustrious King of Bohemia, and Emperor-elect of the Romans.

From these events men should realize that all attempts to overthrow the “House of God” are vain.  For this is the Church founded on Peter, “Rock,” not merely in name but in truth.  Against this “the gates of hell will not prevail” “for it is founded on a rock.”  There has never been an enemy of the Christian religion who was not simultaneously at wicked war with the See of Peter, since while this See remained strong the survival of the Christian religion was assured.

So here is the dire situation.  An enemy army occupying large parts of Italy including Rome itself.  And this enemy was not just a political enemy but, as the Holy Father eloquently states, the revolutionary army that came out of France was an enemy not just of the pope but of the Christian religion.  Pope Pius VI was driven from his See and held prisoner by these very enemies.  Dire indeed, but the miraculous actions of Divine Providence secured the election of a new pope who would reign until political, though not spiritual and social peace would reign once more in his domain.

So how did things arrive at this point?  The next post will go back to a time, half a century before, when things seemed more peaceful and when the nightmare that has gripped the human race for the last 250 years was yet only an idea lurking in the dark heart of the occult lodges.

Please pray three Hail Marys in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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An examination of Pius VII’s claim of a great conspiracy to destroy the teaching of Jesus Christ

September 5, 2015

The entire purpose of this blog is to examine Pope Pius VII’s claim, two centuries ago, that there was a great conspiracy to destroy the teaching of Jesus Christ, and to search out and publish any evidence that might back up this assertion.  This post will analyze the words of the claim itself in the encyclical Diu Satis and the admonition which follows.  Here are is what Pius VII wrote 215 years ago:

Therefore, omit no watchfulness, diligence, care, and effort, in order to “guard the deposit” of Christ’s teaching whose destruction has been planned, as you know, by a great conspiracy.

Let’s start at the end.  The subject of the claim, and one of the two great actors, is the last two words: the “great conspiracy.”  And we see why it must be a “great” conspiracy, because its goal is so ambitious: the “destruction” of the teaching of Jesus Christ.  The teaching which first appeared when an angel who was sent by God announced to a lone young woman in a backwater of the Roman Empire eighteen centuries earlier that she would bear a son in her womb and that He would be a holy thing, called the Son of God.  From the moment that Mary acquiesced in her ‘Fiat’ to that divine proclamation the world had never been the same.

It started in the hill country of Judea and in the City of David.  Then three decades later the God-man Himself proclaimed the Gospel across the dusty roads of Galilee and Judea and Samaria and was betrayed in Jerusalem by the people He had created out of nothing and handed over to the Romans who crucified Him, but that was not the end.  He walked out of the tomb that they had put Him in on the third day and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  He sent the Holy Spirit to give life to the Catholic Church and the word of life that that Church spread throughout the world, which was the teaching of this same Jesus Christ, went on to shake the foundations of kingdoms and unravel the empire of death that had spread around the world after the fall of our first parents and to liberate so many souls from slavery to sin and death.  This is what that conspiracy wanted to destroy and to erase from history.

A signal folly if you ask me, but we can at least understand why that such a goal would have to be accomplished by a conspiracy operating in the dark corners of human life.  No sane man would acquiesce to this goal if it were stated plainly to his face.  But why did Pius VII make this claim?  What evidence did he have?

The Holy Father did not give specifics in this encyclical, but what evidence he had appears also to have been known to those he addressed the encyclical since he includes the phrase “as you know.”  And since he had addressed the encyclical to the “Venerable Brothers, All Patriarchs, Archbishops and Bishops in Union and Favor with the Apostolic See,” we can assume that, whatever evidence he had, it was already known among the Church leadership of his day.  I won’t go into the question of evidence any more here since that is the whole purpose of this blog.

What were the concerns of the Holy Father regarding this conspiracy and its potential?  They appear to have been very grave since he exhorts the bishops to “omit no watchfulness, diligence, care, and effort” to guard the deposit of Faith.  These words indicate an adversary both seductive and deceitful, and apparently cunning enough to crawl through any crack that was left open.  His admonition in the following paragraph bears this out:

Do not admit anyone to the clergy, entrust to no one the ministry of the mysteries of God, allow no one to hear confessions or preach sermons, do not transfer any administration or office to anyone, before you carefully weigh, examine and “test their spirit to see if they are of God.”

Here we can see the reason for Pius VII’s grave concern: he believed that the Catholic clergy was a prime target for this conspiracy as logic would dictate.  He also seemed to believe that the tactics of this conspiracy were highly subtle and devious, thus the need for a careful sounding out and testing of their spirit.  Would that his command had been heeded!  The Church might have been saved from many horrors.  But that is another topic for another day.  There ends my brief analysis of Pope Pius VII’s claim of a great conspiracy to destroy the teaching of Jesus Christ.

Please pray three Hail Marys in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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Is it real? Could it possibly be true?

The Feast of Saint Gregory the Great, 2015

The purpose of this blog is to examine the above claim made by Pope Pius VII in his encyclical Diu Satis more than two hundred years ago that a great conspiracy had been set in motion to overthrow the Catholic Church and erase the teaching of Jesus Christ from human history.  Was that claim true?  Did such a conspiracy exist?  If so what was the history of the thing and what were its tactics?  And if it existed in the time of Pius VII, then does it still exist now?

The purpose of this blog is to examine historical evidence, as far as it can be known.  I will say at the outset that I do not wear a tin foil hat, that I am fairly certain that a weather balloon crashed at Roswell, and that John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald shooting from the sixth floor window of the Texas Book Depository using that old Italian rifle.  This is not a place to indulge in fantasy: the subject is far too important.

I am a Catholic layman who regularly attends the Mass according to the Missal of Blessed Pope Paul VI though occasionally I mix in the ancient Rite now known as the Extraordinary Form according to the 1962 Missal of Saint John XXIII offered by a priest who is in full Communion with the Roman Pontiff.  I became interested in this subject as I watched the moral and social idiocy of men marrying men and women marrying women, an idea unheard of in all of the recorded history of man on this earth and unknown even among our pagan ancestors who wallowed in the darkness, spread like wildfire across the globe and with particular vehemence in the formerly Catholic world.

This insane idea, its seeming emergence from nowhere, its rapid spread, and in particular its usual method of implementation, save the recent referendum in Ireland largely carried by a massive influx of foreign money and influence, by non democratic means got me to thinking.  Combined with all of the other insane, destructive and anti Catholic policies that have been implemented by governments in the formerly Catholic world one on top of another, some slowly and incrementally and some with great violence, across the formerly Catholic world since 1789 I begin to smell a rat.

Sadly these destructive ideas, which can only lead to our own annihilation, now permeate the Church as well.  And the Mystical Body of Christ is suffering great pains and seems on the edge of death.  How did we get here?  Was this all just a natural development as we were taught in school?  Is this human progress, as Hilary Clinton and the Marquis de Condorcet would have us believe?  Or is this the greatest con job in recorded history?

Somebody needs to ask these questions.  I wish that it was somebody much more intelligent and much better qualified and who had much greater resources than myself.  But no one is doing it.  This is an important subject with a lot of historical evidence from distinguished sources to back up this claim.  It is not a joke.  We will not engage in outlandish fantasy here.  This is a serious subject for serious people.  The fate of our civilization and the salvation of many souls, not least yours and mine, may hang in the balance.

I therefore consecrate this website to place it under the protective mantle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for I believe and am convinced that the day is coming when her banner and the banner of her divine Son will once more fly over the heap of ruins we have made for ourselves and restore the Catholic Church to life.

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