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The "Arians," founded by Arius, an ambitious priest of Alexandria, who denied the divinity of our Lord, and said that He was not born of the Father, but made by Him; that He was not equal to, but inferior to the Father. Their heresy was condemned at the Council of Nicea, a town in Bithynia, A. D., 325, under Pope St. Sylvester I. The Nicene Creed was drawn up at this Council.
The "Collyridians'' an obscure sect in the sixth century which gave undue rank to the Blessed Virgin. They offered sacrifice to her and worshiped her. Denounced by St. Epiphanius.
The "Manicheans," who taught that our Lord did not take to Himself a real body, but only the appearance of a body, something similar to what the angels assumed when they visited holy persons, as mentioned in Scripture. They also said that there were two Gods, a good one and a bad one. These heresies commenced about A. D. 280, but were not heard of until after the sixth century. They were finally condemned in the fourth Lateran Council by Pope Innocent III, A. D. 1215, because of their reappearance in various forms.
The "Macedonians" were founded by Macedonius who had usurped the see of Constantinople. He denied the Godhead of the Holy Ghost, and said that He was only a creature like the Angels, but of a higher order. This heresy was condemned at the First Council of Constantinople, A. D. 381, under Pope St. Damasus I


The "Pelagians," founded by Pelagius, a native of Britain. He denied the existence of original sin in the soul of man, and taught that without the aid of grace, man is perfectly able to fulfill the law of God. This heresy was condemned at a council of African Bishops held at Carthage, A. D. 416, the decision of the council being   confirmed   by   Pope   St.   Innocent I.
The "Nestorians" was founded by Nestorius, Bishop of Constantinople. He taught that there were two separate persons in our Lord, one the Son of God, and the other the Son of man; and that the Blessed Virgin was not Mother of God, but only of the man Christ. This heresy was condemned at the Council of Ephesus, A. D. 431, under Pope St. Celestme I. The latter part of the "Hail Mary" was then added: "Holy Mary, Mother of God," etc.
The "Eutychians," were founded by Eutyches, who taught that there was only one nature, the divine, in our Lord. Eutyches said that at the moment of the Incarnation the human nature was absorbed by, or changed into, the divine. This heresy was condemned at the Council of Chalcedon, A. D. 451, under Pope St. Leo, the Great.
The "Semi-Pelagians" taught that the beginning of faith and first desire of virtue came from the powers of man alone, unassisted by divine grace. They also said that the grace of final perseverance can be merited by our own efforts, and is not a free gift of God. This heresy was first taught by some priests of Marseilles. It was condemned at the Second Council of Orange, A. D. 529, the decrees of the council being confirmed by Pope Boniface II.


The "Monothelites" said that Jesus Christ had no separate human will, but only a divine one. They were condemned at the Third Council of Constantinople, A. D. 680, under Pope St. Agatho.
The Iconoclasts, or breakers of holy images, rejected the use of holy images and pictures, and the practice of paying them due respect. They were condemned at the Second Council of Nice, A. D. 787, under Pope Adrian I.
Greek Heresy and Schism
The Greek Heresy and Schism was commenced by Photius, who, though not a priest, took unjust possession of the See of Constantinople. This schism was consummated in A. D. 1054, by Michael Cerularius, who broke entirely away from the supremacy of the Popes, and established what is called the "Greek Church." The Greeks say that the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father alone, instead of from the Father and the Son, as taught by the Catholic Church from the beginning. Photius was deposed and condemned at the Fourth Council of Constantinople, A. D. 870, under Pope Adrian II, and St. Ignatius was restored to his See.
The Heresy of Berengarius, who was Archdeacon of Angers. He said that the body and blood of our Lord are not really present in the Holy Eucharist, but only in figure. He was condemned at Rome, A. D. 1078.
The Albigenses taught that there were two Gods and two Christs; they condemned marriage, denied all the Sacraments and the Resurrection of the body. It was whilst he was preach­ing to these heretics that the devotion of the Rosary was revealed by the Blessed Virgin to St. Dominic.
The  Waldenses taught that it was a heinous sin for a magistrate to condemn to death for any crime; that it was a mortal sin to take an oath, and that the clergy became reprobates by holding one farthing's worth of property. The Albigenses and Waldenses were condemned at the Third Lateran Council, under Pope Alexander IIT, A. D. 1179.
The Jansenists, so called after their leader,   Jansenius   bishop   of   Ypres, in Flanders, maintain that man was not free; that it was impossible to keep some of God's commandments; that all good works of unbelievers are sin; that God will punish us for not practicing virtues which are not in our power; that our Lord died only to save a few privileged souls, and not the whole human race. Two illustrious French Bishops, Bossuet and Fenelon, defended the truth against these heretics. Christopher de Beaumont, Archbishop of Paris (1746-1781), was also a great champion of the true faith, and by his virtues and labors did much to put down this heresy, which had already been condemned by Pope Urban VIII, A. D. 1642, and by Pope Clement XI, A. D. 1705.
The Heresy of Wyclif in England taught that the Pope is not the visible head of the Church, that Bishops have not pre-eminence over priests; that all ecclesiastical powers are either forfeited or are in abeyance during mortal sin; that man is bound to sin; that God approves of sin; that confession is quite useless; and that temporal princes should cut off the head of any ecclesiastic who sinned, etc. These doctrines were, after the death of Wyclif, preached by John Hus and his followers in the towns and villages of Bohemia. Condemned at the Council of Constance, A. D. 1414.


John Hus—The Hussites—Utraquism
John Hus was born in Bohemia in 1369, and became interested in the teachings of Wyclif, helping to circulate them in his native country. After their condemnation, he continued to preach the heretical doctrines and was excommunicated by the Church in 1410.

The distinctive tenet of his followers is seen in teaching the necessity of communion in both species for both priest and layman, hence the name attached to his followers, Utraquists, from the Latin word Utraque, meaning both. Hus never preached this, but it became the most prominent feature of the teaching of those who called themselves his followers. The introduction of a lay chalice was regarded as a schism in the church, yet the spread of the innovation was very rapid. Trouble arose within the kingdom, and religious feeling ran high, until by force of arms the clergy, who refused to admit the introduction of the teachings, were removed from their churches and Utraquist clergy installed. In 1419, the king ordered the expulsion of all such interlopers and the return of the original clergy. Resort to arms followed, and the trouble makers went farther, rejecting in time other teachings of the Church.

Finally the Hussites became completely masters of the country, and, involved in difficulties with Hungary, were defeated by the neighboring country in battle. Peace brought new arrangements, and the Utraquists settled down, side by side with the Church, in churches of their own. The king gave equal rights to both; and the results seem to justify the action. The Utraquists gradually returned to all Catholic teachings and practices, except the Communion in both species. In Reformation times, they successfully resisted the attempted inroads of the Lutherans, remaining faithful to their practices.

The Anabaptists

The Anabaptists were a radical body of social and ecclesiastical reformers which originated in Saxony in 1521. The name denies infant baptism and is an old heresy under a different setting. They aimed, they said, to restore primitive Christianity in all its forms. They rejected oaths and capital punishment, held the Scriptures as the sole Rule of Faith, and proposed to found a new kingdom of God to reconstruct society. Communism including, for some of them, the community of women, was the underlying principle. They believed in private interpretation of the Scriptures and in inward teaching of the Holy Ghost, which led to their extreme views. They spread into other parts of Europe, but never reached America, except in the varied form known as Mennonites.


The Old Catholics
Old Catholics were a sect which refused to accept the dogma of the Infallibility of the Pope when solemnly defined. Their first Synod was held in 1874. The leader, Dr. Dollinger of the University of Munich, celebrated for his literary labors, was excommunicated. He died in 1890 without being reconciled. Professors from universities at Freiburg, Breslau, Prague, Munster and Bonn were prominent among the leaders of the movement. German bishops who previously had opposed the doctrine, withdrew their opposition after the definition by the Church. The Old Catholics received the favor of the government and for a time flourished. They added to their opposition to the Holy Father, ideas about a married priesthood, a vernacular liturgy and made confession entirely voluntary. Their membership is confined to Germany and Austria and is gradually decreasing.
The Heresy of Luther
Martin Luther was a monk of the Order of St. Augustine and professor in the University of Wittenberg. Pope Leo X having granted a plenary indulgence, Luther first attacked the Dominican monk who preached it, and then the doctrine of Indulgences itself. He also taught that faith alone will save mankind; that the sacrifice of the Mass is an abomination; that there is no necessity for confession; abstinence, fasting, or any mortification whatever. He said that priests might marry; he denied the supremacy of the Pope; he wrote against Purgatory, free-will and other articles of Christian belief. (See Part 2, Chap. 12.)

Calvin, who is regarded as second only to Luther, was the founder of Presbyterianism. His chief stronghold was Geneva. He taught, among other things, that God created men on purpose to damn the greater number of them; that God is the author of all sin and that man has no free will. He denounced not only the Pope, but bishops and priests also.

At the Council of Trent, held from 1545 to 1563, A. D., the heresies of Luther, Calvin and others were condemned. The "Creed of Pope Pius IV" is grounded on the decisions of this council.



The attention of the world was directed to this error in 1907 when Pope Pius X issued a decree condemning it. Not only did Pope Saint Pius X condemn this error, but he lamented the fact that it was present "even in the very veins of the Church", speaking of lay people and more so the clergy and religious. It is the most predominant error that is currently  penetrating Holy Mother Church. It was condemned for the following reasons:

1.    Modernism destroys the rational foundations of all religious faith and therefore the possibility of all religion, natural or revealed.

2.    It denies external revelation, that is, that God has communicated with man in external form.

3.    It holds that truth taught by God is no more than speculative description of feelings experienced by men.
4.    It rejects the Bible as a collection of documents of no historic value when they relate supernatural and miraculous events.

5.    It teaches that Christ, as a historic person, was a man and not God; that the Godhead in Him was known by faith; that He was not always aware of the fact that He was God.

6.    It denies that the dogmas of Faith came from God .

7.    It recognizes no church as founded by Jesus in person, but one grown up by force of circumstances.

8.    It claims the Sacraments were not instituted by Christ personally.

These are some of many points selected from the document of denunciation, pointing out that its teaching was in direct opposition to the teaching of Christ and His Church.
The Y. M. C. A.
The Young Men's Christian Association is a Protestant organization, in which Catholics are admitted only as associate members. They have no voice in the management of its affairs and are not eligible to office. Catholics are only tolerated. Officials admit that the Y. M. C. A. is essentially a Protestant institution. Even an anti-Catholic spirit appears now and then in lectures, bubbling over with calumnies and lies, delivered in its halls and under its auspices. Catholic young men should not suffer themselves, therefore, to be duped by an organization for the sake of bodily advantage, a position or social standing.    Catholics possess the precious heritage of the Faith of nearly twenty centuries. They belong to the grandest organization the world ever witnessed. How far, then, is it beneath the dignity of a Catholic to forget the tradition of his Church, to disregard the precious jewel of Faith, unflinchingly held by the blood of his forefathers amidst the worst of persecutions, and to trample under foot all sense of honor by becoming a secondary member of that Protestant organization called the Y. M. C. A ?

If any doubt of the sectarian character of the Y. M. C. A. exists in the minds of Catholics, it will be expelled by the tabulated statements of Commission VII of the Protestant Panama Congress. The largest proportionate appropriations for Protestant mission work in Latin America, according to its official report, was made by the American Bible Society, the Southern Baptists, the Methodist Episcopal Church South and the Y. M. C. A. The latter has shown more zeal in a financial way for Protestantizing Latin America than the Protestant Episcopal, the Presbyterian and the Methodist Churches and other denominations enumerated in the order of merit for their contributions to this cause. The status of the Y. M. C. A., therefore, could not be more definitely determined than by this report. With such evidence before their eyes Catholics can have no excuses for continuing to delude themselves
The Y. W. C. A.
The professed aim of the Young Women's Christian Association is the moral, social, and intellectual well-being of young women. They are banded together to encourage thrift, purity, and to afford help in cases of sickness. The means adopted are evening classes, reading-rooms, gymnasiums, holiday-homes, circulating libraries, total abstinence, saving funds, intelligence bureaus for securing positions, and aid to travelers.

Opportunities are afforded for instruction in religious knowledge (Bible classes) and for common worship, but attendance at these is not obligatory, nor a condition of membership. These adjuncts are offered as opportunities for improvement.

There is no restriction of membership or of the enjoyment of the benefits which the association offers. It takes the membership fee and offers the members in return athletic sports and other good things. But there is restriction in the management. Catholics are not eligible to managerial positions in any capacity.

Giving due recognition to the estimable service rendered by the Y. W. C. A., it is an organization which few Catholics care to join. There are many who say no self-respecting Catholic should join such an association which, like the brother organization, the Y. M. C. A., debars Catholics from holding office, and thus discriminates against such a large portion of our population. Perhaps the strongest reason is not to be found in this fact, which many consider as an insult, but in the non-Catholic influences everywhere to be found working insidiously and all the more to be feared as a danger to Faith


Martin Luther. His Work and Influence.
Martin Luther was born at Eisleben, Saxony, November 10, 1483. His father was a poor man who gave his son an elementary education in Mansfeld. Here, the boy's, Martin's, gifts were marked from the very first. He had a beautiful voice and attracted attention to his singing in the choir and on other occasions. At fourteen he entered the Franciscan high school at Magdeburg; later he went to Eisenach, where his singing attracted the attention of a wealthy lady who assisted his further education.

At first he went to Erfurt to study law, taking the degree of Master of Arts. He was known for his research into pagan philosophical works, yet he seems to have ignored the regular university course in Holy Scripture. During this time he developed strong religious leanings, being of an ardent and impulsive temperament. In the year 1505 he became much depressed by the sudden death of a very dear friend while in his company. He endured a very great shock to his highly strung nervous system, and while it does not appear that previously he had considered the idea, yet suddenly he announced his intention of becoming a monk (1505), and at once entered the Augustinian monastery at Erfurt. His intellectual powers soon impressed his companions and his piety appeared to have been sincere. He went through the customary discipline and was ordained priest. His ability in teaching soon earned him a professorship at Wittenberg University. Here his ability was so marked and his zeal so apparent that he was chosen to visit Rome on business of the Order.

But at no time does Luther's mind seem to have been wholly at rest, nor were his convictions clear on certain doctrinal points. Only at this stage does he appear to have made a study of Holy Scriptures (1512). One author states that as early as 1515 he was denounced as a heretic. But his eloquence in explanation seems to have set the minds of his hearers at rest. His mind was always big with projects of various kind. He had made friends with some of the rulers of the country and with others rich and powerful, and he also aroused the admiration and enthusiasm of the ordinary classes by means of his powerful and eloquent discourses.

About this time an effort was made by Pope Leo X to complete the Basilica of St. Peter's at Rome. Contributions were sought from the faithful everywhere. This found a widespread feeling of opposition in Germany. It is true that appeals of this kind had found such opposition before. On this occasion, Luther took the lead among opponents of the suggestion and because of its popular disfavor, he soon found himself a leader with great influence. Answers to his arguments, on the part of the person officially appointed to promulgate the measure, only aroused Luther further. He replied with heat and haste and the controversy thus begun drifting farther away from the point at issue. Luther, particularly, struck farther and farther away from the doctrinal truths he had previously taught. Yet he always proclaimed that he was in perfect accord with the teachings of the Church.

Perhaps none of the parties in this controversy realized the lengths to which it was drifting, until a court was appointed by Rome to try the case, and convened at Augsberg, 1518. Here Luther declared formally his reverence and obedience to "the Roman Church in every word or deed whether in time past, present or future.' ' This was followed by a Bull explaining the true teaching of the Church on the point in controversy (Indulgences). A short time after, at a public discussion, in which lay people took a prominent part, held at Leipzig, questions were brought up, such as the condition of man after the fall, freewill, grace, penance, indulgences, primacy of the Church. Luther declared that the Pope had no more jurisdiction than the Archbishop of Magdeburg. Here, too, he openly gave expression to his doctrine that faith alone, without good works, secures salvation. He denied free-will in man and the infallibility of ecumenical councils. Later in response to others who condemned his utterances, he issued pamphlets in which he taught that the Bible was the only source of faith, exterior worship was unnecessary, the Sacraments were profitless (which last contention he afterwards modified). Many other easy doctrines which appealed to the people because of their entire absence of restraint were presented, and at once they spread like wildfire. He appealed strongly to the spirit of nationality and greed. He urged this government to confiscate the property of the Church, to abolish feasts and holidays and to substitute the language of the country for Latin.

In June, 1520, The Pope condemned Luther's teaching in a Bull specifically mentioning his errors. At the Diet of Worms (1521), Luther refused to submit. Popular feeling favored his utterances, and in time the country divided on the question. He so inflamed the people with his easy doctrines that they rose against the nobles. Luther was compelled to preach against those whom his doctrines had so aroused, and for fear of losing his influence among the nobles, he urged them to slay the poor peasants whom he now called "children of the devil." In 1525 he married Katherine von Bora, an ex-nun. He urged the adoption of a constitution which gave each congregation complete control over its own ecclesiastical discipline. Preachers were appointed by a committee of laymen. The head of the State became the head of the Church. The country being at war, made it difficult for the emperor to discourage the spread of his views.

At this time (1529) disputes arose among the Lutherans. Zwingli's figurative   interpretation   of   the   words "This is my Body" made trouble. Luther denounced him and to settle the difficulty invented the theory of "consubstantiation." Having the support of some princes, Luther and Melanchthon advocated supporting their cause now called Protestantism, by force of arms—the subsequent warring being ended by the peace of Nuremberg, in a concession granted them by the emperor. Their adherents increased in numbers, but difficulties also increased. Philip of Hesse asked Luther to authorize him to marry a second wife, to commit bigamy, in fact, and fearful of losing the prince's assistance, the "Reformer" granted his request, in order "to provide for the welfare of his body and soul and to bring greater glory to God."

Armed interference began in several places, and dissolution of his organization continued. Luther, his health and spirit broken, expressed grave doubts of the efficacy of his work. "Since we began to preach our doctrine," he said in the pulpit at Wittenberg in 1532, "the world has grown daily worse, more impious and more shameless. Men are more impure, more avaricious and more repulsive, than of old under the Papacy. Peasants, nobles—men of all degrees —the highest as well as the lowest, are alike slaves to avarice, drunkenness, gluttony and impurity, given over to shameful excesses and abominable passions." "Let us go from this Sodom," he writes to Catherine in 1545, quitting Wittenberg in disgust. He died at Eisleben in February, 1546.
Owing to wars and internal disturbances, Lutheranism spread rapidly, more so in some countries, of course, than in others. In some places, Lutheranism came to be supplanted by the work of other "reformers," as for instance that of Calvin in Hungary, and after the first few years, Lutheranism made no advance in territory. A government edict by the king of Prussia united the Lutherans, Zwinglians and Calvinists in what was called the "Evangelical Church," much to their disgust. This action caused the first emigration of Lutherans to America in 1630. The Lutherans in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway have preserved much more of the original Catholic doctrine and traditions than have the German Lutherans. The masses of the Lutheran population in Germany no longer attend church. There are about 40,000,000 Lutherans in the world, about half being Germans. In the United States there are somewhat less than one million Lutherans. This ordinarily would mean a population of from three to four millions.
Father Grisar's Book
"What then remains of Luther?" asks the Protestant Theologian Braun after reading Denifle's "Luther and Luthertum" and Father Hartman Grisar's (S. J.) "Luther." He saw that no one could be more courteous or more considerate than the last named author. "Every sentence carefully documented," "The quiet and objective language of the book" are quotations from his remarks which, from his point of view, only make it the more dangerous. Father Grisar quotes Protestant theologians and authorities in great number, and proves from their own writings that theirs is a dethroned hero. Luther speaks in this volume in his own person. There is not one misrepresentation of fact, no attack upon Protestantism, simply an historical narrative which completely refutes the objection that a Catholic is unable to write about Luther in a spirit of fairness. Luther in a letter to Queen Mary of Hungary, 1526, refers to some of his followers who would not rest content with following his example in rejecting the Church, but proceeded farther and rejected some of his own pet doctrines. "That pack," he says, "is never converted * * * * one or a few come back * * * the others remain in their curse and hold it to be a precious thing."
The Penal Laws
Laws made by Queen Elizabeth I and carried along further up to the time of George III, aimed directly at driving out the Catholic religion. Persons failing to comply with them incurred a penalty of some sort—fine, imprisonment, exile, death—hence the name penal laws. According to them, Catholics could be fined for absenting themselves from Protestant service on Sunday—for attending their own—for acknowledging the Pope as their spiritual head.

Catholic priests were declared outlaws, a price set upon their heads, and all who sheltered them made liable to confiscation of property.

Catholics were forbidden to teach. Catholic children could not obtain an education. Catholics could not become guardians of their own children, and if a child became Protestant, his parents at once lost legal control of property owned by them.
Catholics could not purchase property, could not hold a lease longer than thirty-one years, and if a Protestant found that the property of a Catholic yielded more profit than one-third of its lease value, he could take possession of it.
Catholics could not hold office and could not vote.

These laws relaxed gradually, from about the close of the reign of George II, (1760) and it is only fair to say that, at the present day, in no part of the world does Catholicity enjoy greater freedom than under the once bitterly intolerant British government—although it is true that the spirit of anti-Catholic bigotry still prevailing in London prevented a great Eucharistic procession there but a few years ago.
Irish Martyrs Under Penal Laws
Interest in the Beatification of Oliver Plunkett, archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland, martyred in 1681, which took place in Rome in May, 1920, recalls the fact that there were many others who gave their lives for the faith in Ireland during the persecution period. Blessed Oliver Plunkett is only the first of a large number, whose cause is on the way of consideration.

On March 16th, 1915, a papal decree was published in Rome under the above title, concerning the "Beatification or Declaration of Martyrdom'' of over three hundred Irish men and women. This decree declared that the Commission for the Introduction of the Beatification of 259 Servants of God should be instituted. This was ratified  by  the  Holy Father.    The others are in course of consideration.

Archbishops and Bishops
Four archbishops head the list, Dermot 0'Hurley, Cashel; Richard Creagh, Edmund MacGauren, Armagh; Malachy O'Queely, Tuam. Ten bishops, Terence and Murrough O'Brien of Emly; Redmond O'Gal-lagher, Derry; Edmond Dongan, Conor O'Lavany, Down; Owen Mc-Egan, Boetius Egan, Ross.; Wm. Walsh, Meath; Patrick Healy, Mayo; Heber MaeMahon, Clogher, follow in order.

The classification of secular and religious order clergy, laymen and women follows the order set forth in the decree:

Secular Clergy

Eugene Cronin, Lawrence 0'Moore, Richard French, Aeneas Power, John 0'Grady, Maurice 0'Kenraughty, Andrew Stritch, Bernard Moriarty, John Stephens, Walter Tiernan, George Power, Vicar General; John Walsh, Vicar General; Nicholas Young, Daniel O'Moloney, Donough 0'Cronin, cleric; John 0'Kelly, Brian Murchertagh, Donough O'Falvey, Bernard O'Carolan, Donatus Mac-Cried, Patrick O'Derry, John Lune, Patrick 0 'Loughran, Ludovicus O'Laverty, Philip Cleary, Henry White, Theobald Stapleton, Edward Stapleton, Thomas Morrisey, Thomas Bath, Roger Ormilius, Hugh Carrigi, Bernard Fitzpatrick; Daniel Delaney, Daniel O'Brien, James Morchu and James O'Hegarty.

Religious Orders

Order of Premonstratensians: John Kieran of Mulcheran. Order of Cistercians: Galasius O'Cullenan, Nicholas Fitzgerald, the prior and his companion members of Holy Saviour; Patrick O'Connor, Malachy O'Connor, the Abbot and Monks of the Monastery of Magia; Eugene O 'Gallagher, Bernard O'Trevir, James Eustace, Malachy Shiel, Edmund Mulligan and Luke Bergni.

Order of Preachers P. MacFerge with his companions, thirty-two religious of the Monastery of Londonderry; John O'Luin, Wm. MacGollen, Peter O'Higgins, Cormac MacEgan, Raymond Keogh, Richard Barry, John O'Flaverty, Gerald Fitzgerald, David Fox, Donald O'Neagh-ten, James O'Reilly, Dominick Dillon, Richard Overton, Stephen Petit, Peter Costello, William Lynch, Myles McGrath, Laurence O 'Ferral, Bernard O'Ferral, Ambrose Aeneas O'Cahill, Edmund O'Beirne, James Woulf, Vincent G. Dillon, James Moran, Donatus Niger, William O'Connor, Thomas O'Higgins, John O'Cul-len, David Roche, Bernard O'Kelly, Thaddeus Moriarty, Hugh MacGoill, Raymond O'Moore, Felix O'Connor, John Keating, Clement O'Callaghan, Daniel MacDonald, Felix MacDonald and Dominick MacEgan.

Order of St, Francis: Conor Macuarta, Roger Congaill, Fergallus Ward, Edmund Fitzsimon, Donough O'Rourke, John O'Louchran, Cornelius O'Rorke, Thaddeus or Thomas O'Daly John O'Dowd, Daniel O'Neilan, Philip O'Lea,   Maurice   O'Scanlon,   Daniel Himrecan, Charles MacGoran, Roger O'Donnelian, Peter O'Quillan, Patrick O'Kenna, James Pillauns, Roger O'Hanlon, Phelin O'Hara, Henry Delahoyde, Thaddeus O'Meran, John O'Day, Donatus O'Hurley, John Cornelius, Dermitius O 'Mulroney, Brother Thomas and his companion, John O'Molloy, Cornelius O'Dough-erty, Galridius O'Farrel, Thaddeus O'Boyle, Patricius 0'Brady, Mattheus O'Leyn, Terence Magennis, Lochlonin Mac O'Cadha, Magnus O'Fodhry, Thomas Fitzgerald, John Honan, John Cathan, Francis O'Mahoney, Hilary Conroy, Christopher Dunleavey, Richard Butler, James Saul, Bernard O'Horumley, Richard Synott, John Esmond, Paulinus Synott, Raymund Stafford, Peter Stafford, Didacus Cheevers, Joseph Rochford, Eugene O'Leman, Francis Fitzgerald, Anthony Museaus, Walter de Wal-lis, Nicholas, Jeremiah de Nerihiny, Thaddeus 0 'Caraghy, William Hickey, Roger O'Mara, Hugh Mac-Keon, Daniel Clanchy, Neilan Lough-ran, Anthony O'Farrel, Antony Broder, Eugene O 'Cahan, John Ferall, Bonaventure de Burgo, John Kearney and Bernard Conneaus.

Order of St. Augustine: Thaddeus O'Connel, Austin Higgins, Peter Taaffe, William Tirrey, Donatus O'Kennedy, Donatus Serenan, Fulgentius Jordan, Raymond O'Malley, Thomas Tullis and Thomas Deir.

Carmelite Orders: Thomas Aquinas of Jesus, Angelus of St. Joseph, land Peter of the Mother of God.

Order of the Blessed Trinity: Cornelius O'Connor and Eugene O'Daly.

Society of Jesus: Edmund MacDaniell, Dominick O 'Collines, William Boyton, Robert Netterville and John Bath. Laymen and Noblemen. William Walsh, Oliver Plunkett, Daniel Sutton, John Sutton, Robert Sherlock, Matthew Lamport, Robert Myler, Christopher Roche, Edward Cheevers, John O'Lahy, Patrick Cana-van, Patrick Hayes, Daniel O'Hannan, Maurice Eustace, Robert Fitfigerald, Walter Eustace, Thomas Eustace, Christopher Eustace, William Wogan, Walter Aylmer, Thaddeus Clancy, Peter Meyler, Michael Fitzsimmons, Patrick Browne, Thomas MacCreith, John de Burgo, Brian O'Neill, Arthur O'Neil, Roderich O'Kane, Alexander MacSorley, Francis Tailler, Hugh Mac-Mahon, Cornelius MacGuire, Donatus O'Brien, James O'Brien, Bernard O'Brien, Daniel O'Brien, Dominich Fanning, Deniel, O'Higgins, Thomas Stritch, Louis 0 'Farrell, Gaefridius Galway, Patrick Purcell, Theobold de Burgo, Gaefridius Baronius, Thaddius, O'Connor, John O'Connor, Bernard MacBriody, Felix O'Neill, Edward Butler.

Women Martyrs

Eleanor Birmingham, Elizabeth Kearney, Marguerite de Cashel, Brigid Darey, Honoria de Burgo, Honoria Magan.



Reformation's Effect on Ireland
If ever a country was made desolate by the burning, fanatical zeal of people who sought to force their own views upon their neighbors, it was Ireland.   No man can speak or write the history of this bloody persecution without feeling keenly the recollection of wrongs, of cruel and persistent violence used for generations to stamp out religion from the hearts of faithful people. Spencer, the poet, a Protestant, one of those who obtained confiscated property after one of the uprisings in Ireland, says that the people were forced even to eat carrion; "they spake like ghosts crying out of their graves.''
Priest Hunters
Priest hunting became a pastime. A scale of prices was set, and the priest most hated by the English became most loved by the Irish. Every effort that malignity and hatred could suggest was made with the idea in mind that the loss of the Catholic religion could make the Irishman less Irish and more amenable to the changes being forced upon him.   But the words Irish and Catholic remained synonymous, and hence the curse of religious antagonism which for centuries drenched the country in blood. The Irishman remained through these centuries devotedly faithful. He had to lie hid in caves while the usurper sat in the state church, usually a confiscated building, built by his own people. He felt through bitter experience that any attempt, even in argument, to change his faith was the act of a spy to persuade a soldier to desert his flag.
Confiscation of Churches
Protestantism represented to the Irishman the authority which had oppressed his fellow countrymen for ages, and hunted them for being Catholics and had hanged them for being Irish, and the State Church in Ireland remained to the Catholic Irishman a sign of defeat and oppression. The positive hostility to the State Church diminished in time as the penal laws mentioned above relaxed. The armed military force with its accompanying bloodshed ceased to come for collection of the tithes demanded for the support of the parson, and the Irishman ceased at the same time to trouble about it. Sydney Smith describes the Sunday of his day in Ireland: "The bell of a neat parish church often calls only the parson and an occasional conformist clerk; while two hundred yards off a thousand Catholics are huddled together in a miserable hovel pelted by all the storms of heaven." This condition prevailed until the Disestablishment.
The Oxford Movement
The Oxford movement began in England about 1850 and emphasized the desire for reunion on the part of those members of the Anglican Church who believed in the apostolic succession and that theirs was a separate branch of the Eoman Church. Again it drew into the Church the various denominations whose ancestors had come out in the Reformation. This originated with J. H., afterwards Cardinal Newman.

This movement followed a condition of things in the English Church expressed by Lord Chatham, "We have a Popish Liturgy and Calvinistic articles," Froude, the Protestant historian says, "It is historically certain that Elizabeth and her ministers intentionally framed the Church formulas so as to enable everyone to use them, who would disclaim allegiance to the Pope."

The writings of John Keble, scholarly and beautiful, prepared the way. Froude in his scorn of the reformers continued, and Newman completed the work. Newman's early life showed great strength of character and bitter resentment against the narrowness of his religious horizon. "Oh, that thy creed were sound, thou Church of Rome," he cried. Cobbett and Froude had dethroned the Reformation heroes by their vigorous indictment. A great spiritual unrest followed. Disunion was everywhere felt, and Newman in his search for light drifted farther and farther away from his associates. His researches only confirmed his doubts and the movement towards the light ended in Newman, Faber, Dalgairns, Oakely, Northcote, Ward, Seager, Morris and a host of others becoming Catholics. Manning became a convert later in 1851. The lectures and writings of Wiseman helped very much to allay stormy religious outbreaks that followed this unusual movement towards the Church, a steady stream of converts following in the wake of this stream of souls returning to the faith of their fathers.
Darcy McGee says no one could help seeing that under pretense of suppressing rebellion the war was directed against the Catholic religion. The Archbishop of Cashel was tied to a tree in Stephen's Green, Dublin, his clothing, even his body saturated with oil and alcohol. Alternately they lighted and quenched the flames which enveloped him, prolonging his tortures for four days. Four Archbishops and ten bishops are recorded as martyrs. Hundreds of priests, whose names are entered elsewhere in this volume, were taken and tortured to death in various ways
Later Changes
Needless to say, after this period, the miserable hovel soon gave way to a handsome church. Some of the penal laws remained even up to our own day, while their effect is even yet felt throughout the country. Almost the first to help the oppressed Catholics were the enlightened Protestant settlers who became disgusted with the inhumanities practiced. Flood, Grattan and Curran are illustrious examples. The tide of toleration and religious equality, once having set in, flowed onward with steady measured movement. The Catholic cause gradually improved until it received its triumph in the Catholic Emancipation bill under Daniel O'Connell in 1829.

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Nihil Obstat:  VERY REV. F. X. McCABE, C. M., D. D. Censor Deputatus
Archbishop of Chicago

March 2, 1925

Copyright , January , 1927, by Patrick L. Bain (All Right Reserved)

Prophetic Warnings

Visions, Apparitions, Allocutions, Warnings and Church teachings from Councils, Popes, Saints, Doctors and Fathers of the Church, renowned theologians, holy clergy, great thinkers of the Catholic Church and from modernist themselves regarding the fall of the Catholic Church and faith within the 20th Century and beyond.

"The devil has always attempted, by means of the heretics, to deprive the world of the Mass, making them precursors of the Anti-Christ, who, before anything else, will try to abolish and will actually abolish the Holy Sacrament of the altar, as a punishment for the sins of men, according to the prediction of Daniel "And strength was given him against the continual sacrifice" (Daniel 8:12)".
-St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church

The Catholic Church and the faithful has been forewarned about the disastrous changes that have come about since Vatican II (1962-1965). Since this false council the Catholic Churched has been aped by a church with a false hierarchy with false laws with false sacraments. This assertion is not the thoughts of myself or the organization I represent, but rather it echoes the warnings of Our Lady. It also has been approved opinion of the Catholic Church that this will be the fulfillment of the Apocalypse before the end of time. The following apparitions and warnings should not be taken lightly as anyone with eyes to see and head to understand and a soul that is docile will see the Truth that Almighty God has so generously given us these warnings to prepare our souls and the world for the great Apostasy and end that is before us.

Padre Pio (1887-1968)
Almost sixty years ago, “Padre Pio first met Father Luigi Villa, whom he entreated to devote his entire life to fight Ecclesiastical Freemasonry. Padre Pio told Father Villa that Our Lord had designs upon him and had chosen him to be educated and trained to fight Freemasonry within the Church. The Saint spelled out this task in three meetings with Father Villa, which took place in the last fifteen years of life of Padre Pio. At the close of the second meeting [second half of 1963], Padre Pio embraced Father Villa three times, saying to him: ‘Be brave, now…for the Church has already been invaded by Freemasonry!’ and then stated: ‘Freemasonry has already made it into the loafers (shoes) of the Pope!’ At the time, the reigning "Pope" was Paul VI and of course a Freemason, according to the 1917 code of Canon Law, cannot be a Catholic as you are automatically excommunicated. "Persons joining associations of the Masonic sect or any others of the same kind which plot against the Church and legitimate civil authorities contract, ipso facto, excommunication simply reserved to the Apostolic See."-Canon Law 2335.

“The mission entrusted to Father Luigi Villa by Padre Pio to fight Freemasonry within the Catholic Church was approved by Pope Pius XII who gave a Papal Mandate for his work. Pope Pius XII’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tardini, gave Father Villa three Cardinals to work with and to act as his own personal ‘guardian angels’: Cardinal Ottaviani, Cardinal Parente, Cardinal Palazzini

Cardinal Ottaviani, Cardinal Parente and Cardinal Palazzini. Father Villa worked with these three cardinals until their deaths.

In order to fight this battle, in 1971 Fr. Villa founded his magazine, “Chiesa viva” with correspondents and collaborators in every continent. It was immediately attacked by the upper echelon of the Catholic Church: the magazine was ostracized among the clergy and its collaborators were gradually forced to leave. Then they isolated its Director and his few remaining collaborators. The efforts to silence “Chiesa viva” once and for all also included seven assassination attempts on Fr. Villa!” Dr Alice Von Hildebrand also conceded that Father Villa was indeed left with missions given by Padre Pio, approved by Pope Pius XII and supported by leading Cardinals.

Pope Pius IV (1499-1565)
We declare that if ever it should appear that any bishop, even one acting as an Archbishop, Patriarch, or Primate, or a Cardinal of the Roman Church, or a legate, or even the Roman Pontiff, whether prior to his
promotion to cardinal, or prior to his election as Roman Pontiff, has beforehand deviated from the Catholic faith or fallen into any heresy, We enact, we decree, we determine, we define: Such promotion or election in and of itself, even with the agreement and unanimous consent of all the Cardinals, shall be null, legally invalid, and void. It shall not be possible for such a promotion or election to be deemed valid or to be valid, neither through reception of office, consecration, subsequent administration, or possession, not even through the putative enthronement of a Roman Pontiff himself, together with the veneration and obedience accorded him by all. Such promotion or election shall not through any lapse of time in the foregoing situation be considered even partially legitimate in any way.... Each and all of the words, as acts, laws, appointments of those so promoted or elected -- and indeed, whatsoever flows there from -- shall be lacking in force, and shall grant no stability and legal power to anyone whatsoever. Those so promoted or elected, by that very fact and without the need to make any further declaration, shall be deprived of any dignity, position, honor, title, authority, office, and power.... Therefore, it is permitted to no one
to impair this page of Our approval, renewal, sanction, statute, wills of repeal, of degrees, or to go contrary to it by a rash daring deed. If anyone, moreover, will have presumed to attempt this, he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul. --Pope Paul IV (1559-1566), Bull "Cum ex Apostolatus Officio," February 16, 1559, sec. 9

Pope Pius IX (1792-1878)
"There will come a great prodigy, which will fill the world with awe. But this prodigy will be preceded by the triumph of a revolution during which the Church will go through ordeals that are beyond description."

"Liberal Catholics are the worst enemies of the Church."

Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903)
An article in the Roman journal Ephemerides Liturgicae (V. LXIX, pages 54–60) in 1955 gave an account in Latin and Italian of how the St. Michael prayer developed. Footnote nine of this account quotes an article in another Italian journal called La Settimana del Clero in 1947 by Fr. Domenico Pechenino who worked at the Vatican during the time of Leo XIII, in which he stated:

"I do not remember the exact year. One morning the great Pope Leo XIII had celebrated a Mass and, as usual, was attending a Mass of thanksgiving. Suddenly, we saw him raise his head and stare at something above the celebrant's head. He was staring motionlessly, without batting an eye. His expression was one of horror and awe; the color and look on his face changing rapidly. Something unusual and grave was happening in him.

"Finally, as though coming to his senses, he lightly but firmly tapped his hand and rose to his feet. He headed for his private office. His retinue followed anxiously and solicitously, whispering: 'Holy Father, are you not feeling well? Do you need anything?' He answered: 'Nothing, nothing.' About half an hour later, he called for the Secretary of the Congregation of Rites and, handing him a sheet of paper, requested that it be printed and sent to all the ordinaries around the world. What was that paper? It was the prayer that we recite with the people at the end of every Mass. It is the plea to Mary and the passionate request to the Prince of the heavenly host, (St. Michael: Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle) beseeching God to send Satan back to hell."

According to the same article in Ephemerides Liturgicae, Cardinal Giovanni Nasalli Rocca di Corneliano wrote in his Litteris Pastoralibus pro Quadragesima (Pastoral Letters for Lent) that "the sentence 'The evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls' has a historical explanation that was many times repeated by his private secretary, Monsignor Rinaldo Angeli. Leo XIII truly saw, in a vision, demonic spirits who were congregating on the Eternal City (Rome). The prayer that he asked all the Church to recite was the fruit of that experience. He would recite that prayer with strong, powerful voice: we heard it many a time in the Vatican Basilica. Leo XIII also personally wrote an exorcism that is included in the Roman Ritual. He recommended that bishops and priests read these exorcisms often in their dioceses and parishes. He himself would recite them often throughout the day."

Satis Cognitum on the unity of the Church , Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, June 29,1896
"There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole cycle of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, infect the real and simple faith taught by our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition." -Auctor Tract. de Fide Orthodoxa contra Arianos

"Everyone should avoid familiarity or friendship with anyone suspected of belonging to masonry or to affiliated groups. Know them by their fruits and avoid them. Every familiarity should be avoided, not only with those impious libertines who openly promote the character of the sect, but also with those who hide under the mask of universal tolerance, respect for all religions, and the craving to reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with those of the revolution. These men seek to reconcile Christ and Belial, the Church of God and the state without God."-Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Custodi di Quella Fede, par. 15, Dec. 8, 1892

Pope St. Pius X (1835-1914)

“Who can fail to see that society is at the present time, more than in any past age, suffering from a terrible and deep-rooted malady which, developing every day and eating into its inmost being, is dragging it to destruction? You understand, Venerable Brethren, what this disease is—apostasy from God… When all this is considered there is good reason to fear lest this great perversity may be as it were a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning of those evils which are reserved for the last days; and that there may be already in the world the ‘Son of Perdition’ [Antichrist] of whom the Apostle speaks.”

"The Church has no right whatsoever to touch the institution and form of the Sacraments."
"They want them [the Modernists] to be treated with oil, soap, and caresses. But they should be beaten with fists. In a duel, you don't count or measure the blows, you strike as you can. War is not made with
charity: it is a struggle, a duel. If Our Lord were not terrible, He would not have given an example in this too. See how he treated the Philistines, the sowers of error, the wolves in sheep's clothing, the traders: He scourged them with whips!"

"The true friends of the people are neither the revolutionaries nor the innovators. They are the traditionalists." Letter on the Sillon, August 25, 1910

"Let us not set foot in the opposing camp, because we would thus be giving the enemy a proof of our weakness, which the enemy would try to interpret as a sign of weakness and complicity."

"The greatest obstacle in the apostolate of the Church is the timidity, or rather the cowardice, of the faithful."

"Attempting to reconcile our Faith with the modern mentality leads not only to weakening of that Faith, but to its total destruction."

"In our time more than ever before, the greatest asset of the liars is the cowardice and weakness of good men, and all the vigor of Satan's reign is due to the easy-going weakness of Catholics.... And this reproach can be leveled at the weak and timid Catholics of all countries." Beatification of Joan of Arc, December 13, 1898

"Henceforth the enemy of the Church is no longer outside the Church; he is now within." Encyclical Esupremi apostolatus, October 4, 1903

"One of the primary obligations assigned by Christ to the office committed to Us of feeding the Lord's flock is that of guarding with the greatest vigilance the Deposit of Faith delivered to the Saints, rejecting the profane novelties of words, and the gainsaying of knowledge falsely so-called.... We may no longer keep silent [against the Modernists], lest we should seem to fail in our essential duty." Encyclical Letter Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907, Sec. 1

"We admonish professors to bear well in mind that they cannot set aside St. Thomas, especially in metaphysical questions, without grave disadvantage." Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907

"The partisans of errors are to be sought not only among the Church's open enemies; but, what is to be most dreaded and deplored, in her very bosom, and are the more mischievous the less they keep in the open. We allude, Venerable Brethren, to many who belong to the catholic laity, and what is much more sad, to the ranks of the priesthood itself .. thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught by the enemies of the Church." Encyclical Letter Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907

"Modernists vent all their bitterness and hatred on Catholics who zealously fight the battles of the church. There is no species of insult which they do not heap upon them, but their usual course is to charge them
with ignorance or obstinacy. When an adversary rises up against them with an erudition and force that renders them redoubtable, they seek to make a conspiracy of silence around him to nullify the effects of his attack." Encyclical Letter Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907

"For Catholics, nothing will remove the authority of the Second Council of Nicaea, where it condemns those who dare, after the impious fashion of heretics to deride ecclesiastical traditions, to invent novelties of some kind or to endeavor by malice or craft to overthrow any one of the legitimate traditions of the Catholic Church." Encyclical Letter Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907

"In their [the Modernists'] books, one finds some things that might well be approved by a Catholic, but on turning over the page, one is confronted by other things that might well have dictated by a Rationalist." Encyclical Letter Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907

"They lay the ax not to the branches and shoots, but to the very root, that is, to the faith and its deepest fibers. And once having struck at this root of immortality, they proceed to diffuse poison through the whole tree so that there is no part of the Catholic truth which they leave untouched, none that they do not strive to corrupt. Further, none is more skillful, none more astute than they, in the employment of a thousand noxious devices, for they play the double part of rationalist and Catholic, and this so craftily
that they easily lead the unwary into error; and as audacity is their chief characteristic, there is no conclusion of any kind from which they shrink or which they do not thrust forward with pertinacity and assurance." Encyclical Letter Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907

Certain Errors of the Orientals ,Denzinger # 2147a.[From the letter, "Ex quo," to the Archbishops Apostolic Delegates in Byzantium, in Greece, in Egypt, in Mesopotamia, in Persia, in Syria, and in the Oriental Indies, December 26, 1910]
"it is well known that to the Church there belongs no right whatsoever to innovate anything touching on the substance of the sacrament."

"The present wickedness of the world is only the beginning of the sorrows which must take place before the end of the world."

Pope Pius XII (1876-1958)
"We believe that the present hour is a dread phase of the events foretold by Christ. It seems that darkness is about to fall on the world. Humanity is in the grip of a supreme crisis."

Eugene Cardinal Pacelli (the future Pope Pius XII) in 1931:

“I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a Divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul...I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the true Faith of the Church, reject Her ornaments and make Her feel remorse for Her historical past.”

“A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, ‘Where have they taken Him?"

The red lamp burning in Catholic Churches signifies that God is really present before them in the Most Blessed Eucharist – Pope Pius XII is here prophesying that the Most Blessed Sacrament will no longer be able to be found in the ‘Catholic’ churches, a reality which took place shortly after his death as a result of Vatican Council II.

Our Lady of Good Success
In the early 17th century, a Conceptionist nun in Ecuador, Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres (1563–1635), was the recipient of various apparitions from the Mother of God, including many prophecies concerning the 20th century the only approved apparition of Our Lady that gives actual time periods of upcoming events- which indeed did come to pass). The fact that these prophecies date back 400 years makes them especially noteworthy. Mother Mariana’s incorrupt body was discovered in 1906 and can still be seen today.

“Thus I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and shortly after the middle of the 20th century… It will be difficult to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, and also that of Confirmation… The Catholic spirit will rapidly decay; the precious light of the Faith will gradually be extinguished…”

“Various heresies will be propagated in this land, then a free Republic. As these heresies spread and dominate, the precious light of Faith will be extinguished in souls by the almost total corruption of customs [morals]… The small number of souls who, hidden, will preserve the treasure of the Faith and the virtues will suffer an unspeakably cruel and slow martyrdom…”

“In the 20th century… the corruption of customs will be almost universal and the precious light of Faith all but extinguished.”

Again, referring to the 20th century:

“How the Church will suffer on that occasion – the dark night of the lack of a Prelate and Father (Bishop of Rome/the Pope) to watch over them… The lukewarmness of all the souls consecrated to God in the priestly and religious state will delay the coming of this Prelate and Father.”

One of the most striking of the prophetic visions occurred on the Feast of the Purification, February 2, 1634, the 40th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Good Success to Mother Mariana. Mother Mariana was praying in the upper choir loft before the Blessed Sacrament, the Sanctuary lamp went out. Mother Mariana was left in complete darkness. The extinguishing of the Sanctuary Light signified the dire straits the Church would be in during this future epoch.

Our Lady of Good Success was quite clear on what would be the demise of the Catholic Church—the general theme-- a lax and perverse clergy. Certain members of the Catholic clergy would become as thieves stealing that Tabernacle light…thieves that would steal what is rightfully ours by virtue of our baptism in the Catholic Church—our Faith. They would rob us of Doctrine, Dogma and Tradition— ransacking the Church as it were leaving us in total darkness without even as much as the light of the Sanctuary Lamp (which signifies the presence of the Holy Eucharist-- -Jesus Christ, Himself). Our Lady of Good Success went into great detail to explain what the five reasons were for the extinguishing of the light.

The first reason why the lamp was snuffed out was because in the end of the 19th Century and during the 20th Century, heresies would prevail not only in Ecuador but universally. “As these heresies spread and dominate, the precious light of Faith will be extinguished in souls by the almost total corruption of customs.” The second reason was that in these times the Conceptionist Community would shrink and even be infected with bad attitudes and false charity as a result of the pervading situation of the Church at the time. Many vocations would be lost as a direct result. (This was to be considered a reflection of a more universal condition during these times). However, “The faithful souls would suffer a continuous and slow martyrdom, weeping in secret and imploring that such dire times be shortened.” The third reason the lamp failed was due to the fact that during this century a worldwide campaign against the virtues of chastity, and purity would succeed in ruining the youth. Our Lady of Good Success affirmed, “There will be almost no virgin souls in the world”

The fourth reason the lamp was put out was to demonstrate how the Masonic and other secret sects would have so much influence on society and even the Church. “During these unfortunate times,” she foretold, “evil will invade childhood innocence. In this way, vocations to the priesthood will be lost, resulting in a true calamity.”

Our Lady of Good Success could foresee that there would still be some good, faithful religious that would be willing to suffer all for the salvation of souls and sustenance of the Holy Catholic Church. . “The secular clergy will leave much to be desired because priests will become careless in their sacred duties. Lacking the divine compass, they will stray from the road traced by God for the priestly ministry, and they will become attached to wealth and riches, which they will unduly strive to attain. How the Church will suffer during this dark night! Lacking a prelate and a father (Bishop of Rome/Pope) to guide them …many priests will lose their spirit, placing their souls in great danger.” The poor priestly souls that would be left to uphold the Church would suffer greatly.

“Against them the impious will rage a cruel war, overwhelming them with vituperations, calumnies and vexations in order to stop them from fulfilling their ministry. But they, like firm columns, will remain unswerving and will confront everything with a spirit of humility and sacrifice with which they will be vested, by virtue of the infinite merits of my most Holy Son, Who will love them in the innermost fibers of His Most Holy and Tender Heart."

Our Lady of Good Success implored that the people of this time should “clamor insistently” to the Heavenly Father for an end to ‘these ominous times’ sending to the Church a prelate and father (Bishop of Rome/Pope) who would restore the spirit to the priests”.
The fifth reason the lamp went out was due to those who have the financial means to help the Church but do nothing. Because of their uncaring attitude toward God and His Church, they would have allowed evil to seemingly triumph.

The Sanctuary Lamp is a symbol of the true presence of Christ, with it going out it would seem that Our Lady is showing us that the Mass would indeed be invalid by the mid-twentieth century.

Our Lady of LaSalette
In 1846, the Mother of God appeared to two shepherd children in La Salette, France. She gave them many warnings about how God is going to punish mankind if mankind did not stop sinning. She also made some startling predictions.

"The Church will be in eclipse.... Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist."-September 19, 1846

"Fight, children of light, you little number who see clearly, for behold the time of times, the end of ends"

Universal relaxation:
“Lucifer, with a great number of demons will be unchained from Hell. By degrees they shall abolish the Faith, even among persons consecrated to God.”

“The abomination shall be seen in holy places, in convents, and then the demon shall make himself the king of hearts.”

When Our Blessed Mother warns that the true Faith will be abolished and extinguished, what She is prophesying is that the number of true Catholics will be so small, that it will appear as if they have been abolished or extinguished, but, as noted above, we know that the Church can never be totally extinguished, but will endure until the end of time.

Regarding the veracity of this apparition, which some modernist authors erroneously challenge, the Bishop of the diocese of La Salette published in 1851 a mandate which in part said: “[The apparition] has within itself all the characteristics of the truth, and that the faithful are justified in believing it is beyond doubt and for certain.” This mandate was sent to Rome and received the approval of Pope Pius IX.

St. Antony of Egypt (251-356)
"Men will surrender to the spirit of the age. They will say that if they had lived in our day, faith would be simple and easy. But in their day, they will say, things are complex; the Church must be brought up to date and made meaningful to the day's problems. When the Church and the World are one, then those days are at hand. Because our Divine Master placed a barrier between His things and the things of the world."

"A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, "You are mad; you are not like us."

St. Athanasius (296-373)
St. Athanasius (A.D. 296 - A.D. 2 May 373), known as the "Father of Orthodoxy," was Bishop of Alexandria at the height of the power of the Arians who denied the two natures of Christ (i.e., they denied His Divinity). The Arians gained great influence in the Church, their power becoming so vast that the majority of Bishops could be described as Arian. He was excommunicated by Pope Liberius, driven from his see by a heretic usurper and spent his life in and out of exile.

St. Athanasius, to whom it was objected, "You have the bishops against you," answered with Faith: "that proves that they are all against the Church." If the world goes against the truth, then Athanasius goes against the world [Athanasius contra mundum]. [tag also attributed to the Roman Emperor Constantius in the year 355 when he chided Pope Liberius for refusing to condemn St. Athanasius ("Who are you to stand
up for Athanasius against the world?")]

"God has promised to be like a wall of fire round those who rightly believe in Him."

"Catholics who remain faithful to Tradition even if they are reduced to but a handful, they are the True
Church of Jesus Christ"

"May God console you!...What saddens you...is the fact that others have occupied the churches by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact that they have the premises -- but you have the Apostolic Faith. They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the true Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: What is more important, the place or the Faith? The true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in this struggle? The one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith?"

St. Dominic (1170-1221)
Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Dominic, "One Day through the Rosary and Scapular I will save the World"- These words would not be spoken by the Blessed Virgin Mary unless her Son was not readily available in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Lady would confirm this warning at Fatima (1917) by appearing as Our Lady of the Rosary and ending these apparitions as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel wearing the brown habit of the Carmelites and holding the Brown Scapular.

St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621)
"A pope who is a manifest heretic automatically (per se) ceases to be pope and head, just as he ceases automatically to be a Christian and a member of the Church. Wherefore, he can be judged and punished by the Church. This is the teaching of the ancient Fathers who teach that manifest heretics immediately lose all jurisdiction.", De Romano Pontifice, II.30 [citing passages from Cyprian, Driedonus, and Melchoir Cano in support of his position

"And we ourselves experience this, that when we enter ornate and clean Basilicas, adorned with crosses, sacred images, altars, and burning lamps, we most easily conceive devotion. But, on the other hand, when we enter the temples of the heretics, where there is nothing except a chair for preaching and a wooden table for making a meal, we feel ourselves to be entering a profane hall and not the house of God.
Octava Controversia Generalis, liber II, Controversia Quinta, caput XXXI.

St. Peter Canisius (1521-1597)
"Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were, to be in collusion with the Church's enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith.”

St. Nicholas von Flue (1417-1487)
“The Church will be punished because the majority of Her members, high and low, will become so perverted. The Church will sink deeper and deeper until She will at last seem to be extinguished, and the succession of Peter and the other Apostles to have expired. But, after this, She will be victoriously exalted in the sight of all doubters.”

St. Thomas More (1478-1535)
"I do not care if I have against me all the Bishops; I have with me the Saints and all the doctors of the Church."

"For one Bishop of your opinion, I have a hundred Saints of mine, for one parliament of yours -- and God alone knows what kind -- I have all the General Councils for a thousand years."

St. Cyprian (200-258)
"To adhere to a false Bishop of Rome is to be out of communion with the Church."

St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
"There will be an uncanonically elected pope who will cause a great Schism, there will be diverse thoughts preached which will cause many, even those in the different orders to doubt, yea, even agree with those heretics which will cause my Order to divide, then will there be such universal dissension and persecutions that if those days were not shortened even the elect would be lost."

Shortly before he died, St. Francis of Assisi called together his followers and warned them of the coming troubles, saying:

"1. The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, will abound; the charity of many will grow cold, and the malice of the wicked will increase.

"2. The devils will have unusual power, the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity. At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death."

At this time it should be noted the words of Cardinal Tisserant [another cardinal who was suspect of freemasonary], The false election was revealed in a letter by Cardinal Tisserant, March 12, 1970, in which he made a pointed allusion to the “planned” election of John XXIII:

The election of the current Sovereign Pontiff was done quickly. It is the election of Jean XXIII, that was discussed at numerous meetings. I do not know of any information on the process was able to be given by anyone after the conclave. Secrecy was imposed even more strictly than ever. It is completely ridiculous to say that any cardinal would have been elected. You understand that I can say no more. My best regards….(Photocopy of the letter published Franco Bellegrandi’s book, op. cit. p. 30)

In another letter, Cardinal Tisserant told a priest teaching canon law that the election of John XXIII was illegitimate because it was willed and planed for by forces alien to the Holy Spirit. (“Vita” 18 September, 1977, p.4: “Le profezie sui papi nell’elenco di San Malachia”)-These letters confirm by a Cardinal who voted at the 1958 conclave, that the election of John XXIII really was “programmed.”

"3. Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it.

"4. There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God.

"5. Then our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us. Those who are found faithful will receive the crown of life; but woe to those who, trusting solely in their Order, shall fall into tepidity, for they will not be able to support the temptations permitted for the proving of the elect.

"6. Those who preserve their fervor and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and, persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth. but the Lord will be the refuge of the afflicted, and will save all who trust in Him. And in order to be like their Head, [Christ] these, the elect, will act with confidence, and by their death will purchase for themselves eternal life; choosing to obey God rather than man, they will fear nothing, and they will prefer to perish rather than consent to falsehood and perfidy.

"7. Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor, but a destroyer."

(Except for breaking up the narrative into numbered paragraphs and adding bold print for emphasis, the prophecy is presented without any alteration, as given in the Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis Of Assisi, Washbourne, 1882, pp. 248-250)

St Francis of Paola (1416-1507) St. Francis of Paola prophesizes the future in the Catholic Church
During this unhappy period there will be laxity in divine and human precepts. Discipline will suffer. The Holy Canons will be completely disregarded and the clergy will not respect the laws of the Church. The Holy Canons and religious dogmas are clouded by senseless questions and elaborate arguments. As a result, no principle at all, however holy, authentic, ancient, and certain it may be will remain free of censure, criticism, false interpretations, modifications and delamination by man"

These are evil times, century full of dangers and calamities. Heresy is everywhere and the followers of heresy are in power almost everywhere. Bishops, prelates and priests say they are doing their duty, that they are vigilant. They seek all excuses but God will permit a great evil against His Church: Heretics and tyrants will come suddenly and unexpectedly, they will enter Rome and lay Rome to waste.

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
"These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own."

"Tolerance is the virtue of people who do not believe in anything

Bishop John D. Chidwick
"God wills to be worshipped with all that is beautiful, rich, reverent, and inspiring in nature as well as in humanity.... The entire book of Leviticus is devoted to the careful and minute description of the
elaborate ceremonies which were to be observed by priests and people in their approach to their Heavenly Father.", from The Golden Jubilee of St. Agnes' Parish, New York City, 1873-1923.

Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)
"He [Satan] will set up a counterchurch which will be the ape of the Church, because he, the Devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. . . .But the twentieth century will join the counterchurch because it claims to be infallible when its visible head speaks ex cathedra" (Fulton J. Sheen, Communism and the Conscience of the West, Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1948, pp. 24-25)

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (1905-1991)
"Rome has lost the Faith, my dear friends. Rome is in apostasy. It is not just words, it is not just words in the air that I say to you. It is the truth. Rome is in apostasy. One cannot have confidence any more in this
world. He [the pope] has left the Church; they have left the Church; they are leaving the Church. It is sure, sure, sure!"

All these [pre-John XXIII] Popes have resisted the union of the Church with the [Modernist] revolution; it is an adulterous union and from such a union only bastards can come. The rite of the new mass is a bastard rite, the sacraments are bastard sacraments. We no longer know if they are sacraments which give grace or do not give it. The priests coming out of the seminaries are bastard priests, who do not know what they are. They are unaware that they are made to go up to the altar, to offer the sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ and to give Jesus Christ to souls. "An Open Letter to Confused Catholics," 1986

The Novus Ordo Missae, even when said with piety and respect for the liturgical rules... is impregnated with the spirit of Protestantism. It bears within it a poison harmful to the faith. "An Open Letter to Confused Catholics," 1988

Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani
"It is rather strong to claim that the New Mass is contrary to the Council of Trent but, displeasing as it is, it is true."

"I pray to God that I may die before the end of the council -- in that way I can die a Catholic." June 1962,, following a speech by Cardinal Montini (the future Paul VI) on the need for changes in the Church

Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
"I thank God that I live in a day when the enemy is outside the Church, and I know where he is, and what he is up to. But, I foresee a day when the enemy will be both outside and inside the Church ... and, I pray for the poor faithful who will be caught in the crossfire."

Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)
Anna Katerina Emmerick (Anne Catherine Emmerich) was a German mystic who was favored with extensive revelations. Six weeks after her death, upon a rumor that her body had been stolen, she was disinterred and found to be incorrupt.

"The Church is the only one, the Roman Catholic! And if there were left upon earth but one Catholic, he would be the one, universal Church, the Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ against which the gates of Hell shall never prevail."

“I saw also the relationship between the two popes… I saw how baleful (evil; harmful) would be the consequences of this false church. I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the city (of Rome) … Once more I saw the Church of Peter was undermined by a plan evolved by the secret sect (Masonry), while storms were damaging it.”

“I saw a secret sect relentlessly undermining the great Church… When the Church had been for the most part destroyed (by the secret sect), and when only the sanctuary and the altar were still standing, I saw the wreckers (of the secret sect) enter the Church with the Beast.”

“I saw an apparition of the Mother of God, and she said that the tribulation would be very great. She added that these people must pray fervently with outstretched arms… They must pray above all for the Church of Darkness to leave Rome.”

“The Church is in great danger… I see that in this place (Rome) the (Catholic) Church is being so cleverly undermined, that there will hardly remain a hundred or so priests who have not been deceived. They all work for destruction, even the clergy. The great devastation is now at hand.”
“When I saw the Church of St. Peter in ruins, and the manner in which so many of the clergy were themselves busy at this work of destruction – none of them wishing to do it openly in front of others – I was in such distress that I cried out to Jesus with all my might, imploring His mercy. Then, I saw before me the Heavenly Spouse… He said, among other things, that this translation of the Church from one place to another meant that She would seem to be in complete decline. But She would rise again; even if there remained but one Catholic, the Church would conquer again because She does not rest on human counsels and intelligence. It was also shown to me that there were almost no Christians left in the old acceptation of the word.”

“The Church is completely isolated and as if completely deserted. It seems that everyone is running away.”

“Among the strangest things that I saw, were long processions of bishops. Their thoughts and utterances were made known to me through images issuing from their mouths. Their faults towards religion were shown by external deformities. A few had only a body, with a dark cloud of fog instead of a head. Others had only a head, their bodies and hearts were like thick vapors. Some were lame; others were paralytics; others were asleep or staggering.”

“I saw what I believe to be nearly all the bishops of the world, but only a small number were perfectly sound…”

“Then I saw that everything that pertained to Protestantism was gradually gaining the upper hand, and the Catholic religion fell into complete decadence…”

“In those days, Faith will fall very low, and it will be preserved in some places only, in a few cottages and in a few families which God has protected from disasters and wars.”

“I saw that many pastors allowed themselves to be taken up with ideas that were dangerous to the Church. They were building a great, strange, and extravagant Church. Everyone was to be admitted in it in order to be united and have equal rights: Evangelicals, Catholics, sects of every description. Such was to be the new Church…”

“I heard that Lucifer (if I am not mistaken) will be freed again for awhile fifty or sixty years before the year 2,000 AD.”

"a false church, and wicked men scheming against the Catholic Church and doing much harm–both in her own time and in the future. And actually saw in a vision this, the enemies of the Church tearing it down and trying to build a new one on strictly human plans–but none of the saints would lend a hand. Later, this church of men is destroyed and the saints of God join in to rebuild the true Church of God, which becomes more glorious than ever before".

Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B. (1805-1875)
Liturgical Reform, having as one of its basic principles the abolition of all mystical acts and formulations, insists upon the usage of modern languages for the divine service.... Hatred for the Latin language is inborn in the heart of all enemies of Rome. They recognize it as the bond that unites Catholics throughout the world, as the arsenal of orthodoxy against all the subtleties of the sectarian spirit. They consider it the
most powerful arm of the Papacy....We must admit that it is a master blow of Protestantism to have declared war on the sacred language. If it should ever succeed in ever destroying it, it would be well on the way to victory. Exposed to a profane gaze, like a virgin who has been violated, from that moment on the liturgy has lost much of its sacred character, and very soon people find that it is not worthwhile putting aside one's work or pleasure in order to go and listen to what is being said in the way one speaks in the marketplace. How long do you think the faithful will go to hear these self-styled liturgists cry "The Lord be with you" and how long will they continue to respond "and with your spirit"?, Liturgical Institutions, vol. 1, chapter IV "The Antiliturgical Heresy," (1840)

Father E. Sylvester Berry
It was the learned opinion of the eminent, 20th Century scripture scholar, Father E. Sylvester Berry that the 12th and 13th chapters of the Apocalypse of St. John foretell a usurpation of the papal see by the false prophet of Antichrist resulting in great tribulations befalling the Catholic Church. Fr. Berry points out that it is the papacy, which is the principal target of those who seek to establish the reign of Antichrist. Heresy, schism and the introduction of false worship upon the altars of Catholic churches are, thus, to be the direct results of the removal of the true Pope from the See of Rome, and subsequent occupation of the Chair of Peter by the forces of Antichrist.

Here in Sylvester Berry’s writings, published 37 years before the pivotal 1958 Conclave, is a scenario amazingly close to what has actually happened to the Church and the papacy in our time:

“In the forgoing chapter [12] St. John outlines the history of the Church from the coming of Antichrist until the end of the world . . . In this chapter he shows us the true nature of the conflict. It shall be a war unto death between the Church and the powers of darkness in a final effort to destroy the Church and thus prevent the universal reign of Christ on earth.

“Satan will first attempt to destroy the power of the Papacy and bring about the downfall of the Church through heresies, schisms and persecutions that must surely follow . . . he will raise up Antichrist and his prophet to lead the faithful into error and destroy those who remain steadfast . . . . . . The Church, the faithful spouse of Jesus Christ, is represented as a woman clothed in the glory of divine grace . . .

" . . . In this passage there is an evident allusion to some particular son of the Church whose power and influence shall be such that Satan will seek his destruction at any cost. This person can be none other than the Pope to be elected in those days. The Papacy will be attacked by all the powers of hell. In consequence the Church will suffer great trials and afflictions in securing a successor upon the throne of Peter.

“The words of St. Paul to the Thessalonians may be a reference to the Papacy as the obstacle to the coming of Antichrist: ‘You know what withholdeth, that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity already worketh; only that he who now holdeth, do hold until he be taken out of the way. And then that wicked one shall be revealed.’

“ . . . St. John . . . sees in heaven a red dragon with seven heads and ten horns . . . The dragon is Satan red with the blood of martyrs, which he will cause to flow. The meaning of the seven heads and ten horns must be sought in the description of the beast that represents Antichrist where they symbolize kings or worldly powers. (II Thessalonians 2:6-7) . . . Satan’s attacks against the Church will be organized and carried out by the governments and ruling powers of those days.

“With the beast of Antichrist only the horns have diadems as symbols of royalty or governing power. The heads are branded with names of blasphemy. (Apocalypse, 13:1) Hence they symbolize the sins and errors that will afflict the Church . . . in this final struggle to prevent the universal reign of Christ all forms of sin and error will be marshaled against the Church . . . all errors which have afflicted the Church may be summed up in these seven: Judaism, paganism, Arianism, Mohammedanism, Protestantism, rationalism, and atheism.

“The dragon is seen in heaven which is here a symbol of the Church, the kingdom of heaven on earth. This indicates that the first troubles of those days will be inaugurated within the Church by apostate bishops, priests, and peoples, — the stars dragged down by the tail of the dragon.

“ . . . The dragon stands before the woman, ready to devour the child that is brought forth. In other words, the powers of hell seek by all means to destroy the Pope elected in those days.

“. . . It is now the hour for the powers of darkness. The new-born Son of the Church is taken ‘to God and to his throne.’ Scarcely has the newly elected Pope been enthroned when he is snatched away by martyrdom. The ‘mystery of iniquity’ gradually developing through the centuries, cannot be fully consummated while the power of the Papacy endures, but now he that ‘withholdeth is taken out of the way.’ During the interregnum ‘that wicked one shall be revealed’ in his fury against the Church.” [In his interpretation of the Apocalypse, Fr. Berry suggests that it will the martyrdom of the Pope, immediately after his election, that will precipitate an extended interregnum, causing manifold tribulations to be visited upon the faithful. However, the suppression of a true Pope, and the intense agony suffered by the rightful Pontiff, who watches helplessly as the Church is ravaged by demonic powers usurping his see for a generation, could certainly be compared to a type of prolonged martyrdom.]

“It is a matter of history that the most disastrous periods for the Church were times when the Papal throne was vacant, or when anti-popes contended with the legitimate head of the Church. Thus also shall it be in those evil days to come."

“The Church deprived of her chief pastor must seek sanctuary in solitude there to be guided by God Himself during those trying days . . . In those days the Church shall . . . find refuge and consolation in faithful souls, especially in the seclusion of the religious life.

“ . . . Our Divine Savior has a representative on earth in the person of the Pope upon whom He has conferred full powers to teach and govern. Likewise, Antichrist will have his representative in the false prophet who will be endowed with the plenitude of satanic powers to deceive the nations.

“ . . . As indicated by the resemblance to a lamb, the prophet will probably set himself up in Rome as a sort of antipope during the vacancy of the papal throne . . .

“ . . . The ‘abomination of desolation’ has been wrought in many Catholic churches by heretics and apostates who have broken altars, scattered relics of martyrs and desecrated the Blessed Sacrament. At the time of the French Revolution a lewd woman was seated upon the altar of the cathedral in Paris and worshipped as the goddess of reason. Such things but faintly foreshadow the abominations that will desecrate churches in those sorrowful days when Antichrist will seat himself at the altar to be adored as God.

“. . .Antichrist and his prophet will introduce ceremonies to imitate the Sacraments of the Church. In fact there will be a complete organization - a church of Satan set up in opposition to the Church of Christ. Satan will assume the part of God the Father; Antichrist will be honored as Savior, and his prophet will usurp the role of Pope. Their ceremonies will counterfeit the Sacraments . . .”

Published in 1921 (37 years before the pivotal 1958) by Father E. Sylvester Berry in his book, The Apocalypse of St. John

Again he repeats this message in his following work:

"The prophecies of the Apocalypse show that Satan will imitate the Church of Christ (Catholic Church) to deceive mankind; he will set up a church of Satan in opposition to the Church of Christ. Antichrist will assume the role of Messias; his prophet will act the part of Pope, and there will be imitations of the Sacraments of the Church. There will also be lying wonders in imitation wrought in the Church."

Published in 1927 by Father E. Sylvester Berry in his book, The Church of Christ: An Apologetic and Dogmatic Treatise.

Father Herman B. Kramer (1884- 1976)

Author of the renowned "The Book of Destiny" (1956) pointed out without censor, several points of the dark days of the Church that we are obviously living in our own day.

New Sacraments: "The False Prophet may institute secret rites, through which the followers of Antichrist will be advanced by degrees into the deeper mysticism of his cult. A sort of diabolical sacramental system would thus be instituted conferring the graces of Satan and consecrating people to the service of the Beast." page 325

The Fall of the Church & Papacy: "The Church is defeated. The Papacy is abolished." page 321

Father Frederick William Faber (1814-1863)
In 1851, Father Faber wrote in his work: "Notes on Doctrinal & Spiritual Subjects: Volume II"
"There will be hardly any Mass offered and the majority of Christians will apostatize in the last age of the Church."

"We must remember that if all the manifestly good men were on one side and all the manifestly bad men on the other, there would be no danger of anyone, least of all the elect, being deceived by lying wonders. It is the good men, good once, we must hope good still, who are to do the work of Anti-Christ and so sadly to crucify the Lord afresh…. Bear in mind this feature of the last days, that this deceitfulness arises from good men being on the wrong side." -Fr. Frederick Faber, Sermon for Pentecost Sunday, 1861; qtd. in Fr. Denis Fahey, The Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World

Blessed Anna-Maria Taigi (1769-1837)
"After the three days of darkness, St. Peter and St. Paul, having come down from Heaven, will preach in the whole world and designate a new Pope. A great light will flash from their bodies and will settle upon the cardinal who is to become Pope. Christianity, then, will spread throughout the world. He is the Holy Pontiff, chosen by God to withstand the storm. At the end, he will have the gift of miracles, and his name shall be praised over the whole earth. Whole nations will come back to the Church and the face of the earth will be renewed. Russia, England, and China will come into the Church. Prophecy of Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, who was Beatified by Pope Benedict XV in 1920. Though it should be noted that private revelation is not necessary to believe, the Catholic Church did not condemn this revelation and therefore accepting its possibility, not because of the holiness of Blessed Anan-Maria Taigi, but because it is aligned with Catholic thought.

Ven. Elizabeth Canori-Mora (1774-1825)
"St. Peter then chose the new pope. The Church was again organized..."

"... the sky was covered with clouds so dense and dismal that it was impossible to look at them without dismay... the avenging arm of God will strike the wicked, and in his mighty power he will punish their pride and presumption. God will employ the powers of hell for the extermination of these impious and heretical persons who desire to overthrow the Church and destroy it's foundation. .... Innumerable legions of demons shall overrun the earth and shall execute the orders of Divine Justice... Nothing on the earth shall be spared. After this frightful punishment I saw the heavens opening, and St. Peter coming down again upon earth; he was vested in his pontifical robes, and surrounded by a great number of angels, who were chanting hymns in his honor, and they proclaimed him as sovereign of the earth. I saw also St. Paul descending upon the earth. By God's command, he traversed the earth and chained the demons, whom he brought before St. Peter, who commanded them to return into hell, whence they had come.

"Then a great light appeared upon the earth which was the sign of the reconciliation of God with man. The angels conducted before the throne of the prince of the Apostles the small flock that had remained faithful to Jesus Christ. These good and zealous Christians testified to him the most profound respect, praising God and thanking the Apostles for having delivered them from the common destruction, and for having protected the Church of Jesus Christ by not permitting her to be infected with the false maxims of the world. St. Peter then chose the new pope. The Church was again organized..."

(Prophecy of Ven. Elizabeth Canori-Mora (d. 1825) as recorded in Fr. Culleton's book The Prophets and Our Times 1941 A.D. Imprimatur)

Mélanie Calvat (1831-1904)
Our Lady of La Salette declared to Melanie: "The Church will be in eclipse." "Eclipse" means hidden; covered up; seeming to disappear. The Holy Scriptures say: "Where there is Peter, there is the Church." Melanie understood that Peter would be hidden along with the Church, and that his "eclipse" would be a prelude to the disappearance of the Mass. For, in commenting on this part of the secret, Melanie said to the French Abbot Combe, "The Church will be eclipsed. At first, we will not know which is the true pope. Then secondly, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will cease to be offered in churches and houses; it will be such that, for a time, there will not be public services any more. But I see that the Holy Sacrifice has not really ceased: it will be offered in barns, in alcoves, in caves, and underground." (Abbot Combe: "The Secret of Melanie and the Actual Crisis", Rome, 1906, p.137.)

Cardinal Henry Edward Manning (1808-1892)
Cardinal Manning was a high ranking official of the Anglican church and achieved notoriety when he converted to Catholicism in the 19th century. He was a staunch supporter of papal infallibility and a close friend of Pope Leo XIII.

“The apostasy of the city of Rome from the vicar of Christ and its destruction by Antichrist may be thoughts very new to many Catholics, that I think it well to recite the text of theologians of greatest repute. First Malvenda, who writes expressly on the subject, states as the opinion of Ribera, Gaspar Melus, Biegas, Suarrez, Bellarmine and Bosius that Rome shall apostatize from the Faith, drive away the Vicar of Christ and return to its ancient paganism. ...Then the Church shall be scattered, driven into the wilderness, and shall be for a time, as it was in the beginning, invisible; hidden in catacombs, in dens, in mountains, in lurking places; for a time it shall be swept, as it were from the face of the earth. Such is the universal testimony of the Fathers of the early Church.”- Henry Edward Cardinal Manning, The Present Crisis of the Holy See, 1861, London: Burns and Lambert, pp. 88-90

Yves DuPont, author of the book “Catholic Prophecy” and many other works on prophecy, wrote in 1970:
“Some prophecies seem to warrant the inference that the true Catholic Church will disappear completely for a while as an organization; but although disorganized, it will survive in the persons of the faithful members of the clergy and laity who will go underground."

Marie Julie Jahenny: Our Lord warns about our present times
This amessages received by a privileged soul in regard to the changes that would be coming in the Catholic Church in the second half of the 20th century, especially in the new liturgy. The chosen soul we will deal with in this paper is Marie-Julie Jahenny (1850-1941). She may very well be the greatest mystic and stigmatist woman in the history of the Catholic Church. Marie-Julie Jahenny, the mystic and Stigmatist of La Fraudais, was born on the 12th of February, 1850, in a little village in Brittany (in the West of France), called Blain. The eldest of five children, she was brought up by her simple, good parents in that lively faith for which Bretons are renowned.

    Our Lord favored her with many graces from the time of her First Holy Communion, graces to which she corresponded with ever increasing devotion. She joined the Franciscan Lay Third Order when in her early twenties, to help to sanctify herself in the world. In 1873, she received from Heaven that most remarkable mystic gift, the Stigmata. From the age of twenty-three until her death, some sixty years later, she bore in her body the Wounds of Our Lord to a more visible degree than had any other stigmatist in the Church's history. In addition to the Five Wounds of the Sacred Hands, Feet and Side, Marie-Julie suffered the Wounds inflicted by the Crown of Thorns and the Cross on Our Lord's Sacred Head and Shoulder respectively, the Wounds of His Scourging, those caused by the ropes with which He was bound, as well as other Wounds of a more mystic nature. Henceforth, Marie-Julie lived her life of co-redemptive suffering (as a victim soul) in a little cottage in the hamlet of La Fraudais, near Blain. She thus fulfilled Our Blessed Lord's desire for her to make reparation for the sins of France and the world. She was favored with frequent visions of Jesus and Mary, as well as many prophetic lights. The truth of the Heavenly warnings of which she was to be the humble messenger was vindicated by her characteristic simplicity and honesty, her exemplary obedience to her spiritual directors and her Bishop, and of course, by the fulfillment of all she prophesied during her long life. With unfailing accuracy she foretold the two World Wars, the election of Pope Saint Pius X, the various persecutions of the Church, the chastisements and the fate of apostate France. Much remains to unfold. Her warnings for the Last Times should be read by all "who have ears"."

    Marie-Julie was the wonder of the many scientists who examined her continually, the scorn of unbelievers and the proud, the admiration of her lifelong friend, Monsignor Fourier, Bishop of Nantes, and of the devoted circle of those who made the diffusion of her messages to an ungrateful and unheeding world their life's work. She went to her Heavenly reward on March 4, 1941.Blind, deaf, dumb and crippled, she had subsisted miraculously on the Blessed Sacrament alone, for the last many years of her life. Surely then, we will not pass over lightly what God has confided to her for the benefit of our own sad days.

Marie-Julies's prophecies concerning the new liturgy:

On November 27, 1902 (Ed. note: The seventy-second anniversary of the Miraculous Medal Apparition [November 27, 1830]) and on May 10, 1904, Our Lord warned of the new liturgy which would one day be instituted: "I give you a warning. The disciples who are not of My Gospel are now working hard to remake according to their ideas, and under the influence of the enemy of souls, a Mass that contains words which are odious in My Sight. When the fatal hour arrives where the faith of my priest is put to the test, it will be these texts that will be celebrated, in this second period.

"The first period is the one of My Priesthood, existing since Me. The second is the one of the persecution, when the enemies of the Faith and of Holy Religion will impose their formulas in the book of the second celebration. Many of My holy priests will refuse this book, sealed with the words of the abyss. Unfortunately, amongst them are those who will accept it."

On May 10, 1904, Our Lady describes the new clergy and its liturgy: "They will not stop on this hateful and sacrilegious road. They will go further to compromise all at once, and in one blow, the Holy Church, the clergy, and the Faith of my children." She announces the "dispersion of the pastors" by the Church herself; true pastors, who will be replaced by others formed by Hell: "...new preachers of new sacraments, new temples, new baptisms, new confraternities."

Vision of a dialogue between Our Lord and Lucifer and the latter said :

"I will attack the Church. I will overthrow the Cross, I will decimate the people, I will deposit a great weakness of Faith in hearts. There will also be A GREAT DENIAL OF RELIGION. For a time I will be MASTER of all things, everything will be under MY CONTROL, even Your temple and all Your people."
"Saint Michael says that Satan will have possession of everything for some time and that he will reign completely over everything ; that all goodness, Faith, Religion will be buried in the tomb. . . Satan and his own will triumph with joy, but after this triumph, the Lord will in His turn gather His own people and will REIGN and TRIUMPH OVER EVIL and WILL RAISE UP from the tomb the buried Church, the prostrated Cross. . . "

Marie-Julie saw that "there will not remain any vestige of the Holy Sacrifice, no apparent trace of faith. CONFUSION will be everywhere..."

"All the works approved by the infallible Church will cease to exist as they are today for a time. In this sorrowful annihilation, brilliant signs will be manifested on earth. If because of the wickedness of men Holy Church will be in darkness, the Lord will also send darkness that will stop the wicked in their search of wickedness. . . "

On November 27, 1902 and May 10, 1904, Our Lord and Our Lady announced the conspiracy to invent the "New Mass":
«I give you a WARNING. The disciples who are not of My Gospel are now working hard to remake according to their ideas and under the influence of the enemy of souls a MASS that contains words that are ODIOUS in My sight.»
«When the fatal hour arrives when the faith of my priests is put to the test, it will be (these texts) that will be celebrated in this SECOND period... The FIRST period is (the one) of my priesthood which exists since Me. The SECOND is (the one) of the persecution when the ENEMIES of the Faith and of Holy Religion (will impose their formulas) in the book of the second celebration.. These infamous spirits are those who crucified me and are awaiting the kingdom of THE NEW MESSIAH.»

Marie-Julie Jahenny (June 1881).
"In their [priests] aberration, they will break their oaths. The Book of Life contains a list of names that ‘rends the heart.’
"Because of the little respect it has for the apostles of God, the flock grows careless and ceases to observe the laws. The priest himself is responsible for the lack of respect because he does not respect enough his holy ministry, and the place which he occupies in his sacred functions. The flock follows in the footsteps of its pastors; this is a great tragedy.
"The clergy will be severely punished on account of their inconceivable fickleness and great cowardice which is incompatible with their functions.

"A terrible chastisement has been provided for those who ascend every morning the steps of the Holy Sacrifice. I have not come on your altars to be tortured. I suffer a hundredfold more from such hearts than any of the others. I absolve you from your great sins, My children, but I cannot grant any pardon to these priests."

She [Marie-Julie Jahenny] says that "those who govern the Flock", will be responsible for the coming crisis. Apparently, Communism would not have triumphed if the Church had remained faithful. She mentions the growing freedom enjoyed by priests and bishops and how badly they will use it.

She mentions a pope who, at the last moment, will reverse his policies and make a solemn appeal to the Clergy.
But he will not be obeyed; on the contrary, an Assembly of bishops will demand even greater freedom, declaring that they will no longer obey the Pope.

Marie-Julie then goes on to say that the Red Revolution will then break out. She speaks of a "horrible religion" which is to replace the Catholic Faith, and she sees "many, many bishops" embracing this "sacrilegious, infamous religion."

July 7 1880 Jesus tell Mary - Julie: «the church will be deprived of his supreme chief that now the guidance (...) The Chief of the Church will be offended outrageously».
«In the ecstasy of November 4, 1880 Mary - Julie describes us the martyrdom of the pope: «The voice of the Church, under a veiled sigh, comes to make doors broken of my soul the echo of his dying voice sound. The supreme Pontiff launches an agonizing speech toward his people, toward children of which he is the Father. It is a sword for my soul... I see of white birds to carry away in their beak his blood and of shreds of his flesh. I see the hand of Peter breakthrough by the nail as the one of GOD. I see his clothes of ceremony pulled in shreds, clothes of which he dresses his dignity to make take down GOD on the altar. I see all it in my sun. Oh !  that I suffer ! »

Modernist speaking out....

Jean Guitton (1901-1999) French philosopher and close friend of Paul VI
The intention of Paul VI in the matter of the liturgy, in the matter of what is commonly called the Mass, was to reform the Catholic liturgy so that it should approximate as closely as possible to the Protestant liturgy ... with the Protestant Lord's Supper.... I can only repeat that Paul VI did all that he could to bring the Catholic Mass away from the tradition of the Council of Trent towards the Protestant Lord's Supper. He was assisted by Archbishop Bugnini in particular, though Bugnini did not always enjoy the full confidence of Paul VI.... The Mass of Paul VI is first and foremost a banquet, is it not? It lays heavy emphasis upon the aspect of taking part in a banquet, and much less upon the idea of sacrifice, ritual sacrifice in the presence of God, the priest only showing his back. So I do not think I am mistaken when I say that the intention of Paul VI, and the new liturgy which bears his name, was to ask the faithful to participate more in the Mass, to make more space for Scripture and less for what some call "magic," but others call consecration, consubstantiation, transubstantiation and the Catholic Faith. In other words we see in Paul VI an ecumenical intention to wipe out or at least to correct or soften everything that is too Catholic in the Mass and to bring the Catholic Mass, again I say, as close as possible to the Calvinist liturgy. in the radio program "Ici Lumiere 101," broadcasted by Radio-Courtoisie, Paris, December 19, 1993, translated by Adrian Davies in Latin Mass, Winter 1995 (IV, 1), pp. 10-11

Will Herberg (1901-1977), Jewish philosopher
The Church was not in any special crisis when the Second Vatican Council was convened in 1962. On the contrary, it was in a particularly flourishing state, institutionally, intellectually, and religiously. As John
Lukacs pointed out in 1959 (in his introduction to Alexis de Tocqueville's "The European Revolution), "for the first time since the Counter-Reformation, conversions have been flowing almost unilaterally toward Catholicism." But today, after the Council, the entire trend has been reversed: institutionally, intellectually, religiously, the Church is under attack, is falling back, is in crisis.

Hans Küng (1928), Theologian
"This time we are going to stay in the Church, and we are going to dismantle the Catholic Church from within., peritus of Vatican II"

Mario L. Ciappi, Novus Ordo cardinal and household theologian to John Paul II; quoted in The Devil's Final Battle, p. 33

"In the Third Secret [of Fatima] it is foretold, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top."

Words of Comfort in these times
St Louis-Marie Grignon De Montfort (1673-1716)
"The power of Mary over all devils will be particularly outstanding in the last period of time. She will extend the Kingdom of Christ over all idolaters and Moslems and there will be a glorious period (Triumph of Immaculate Heart) when Mary is ruler and Queen of Hearts."

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)
"I understand that the devotion to the Sacred and Immaculate Heart is the last effort of His Love during the latter times"

Mary of Agreda (1602-1665)
"It was revealed to me that through the intercession of Our Mother all heresies will disappear. The victory over heresies has been reserved by Christ for our Blessed Mother... In the latter days the Lord will in a special manner make Mary known in renowned way. An unusual chastisement of the human race shall take place towards the end."

Our Lady of Good Success
“When I, in a marvelous way, will dethrone the proud and cursed Satan, trampling him under My feet and fettering him in the infernal abyss. Thus the Church and Country will finally be free of his cruel tyranny….Then, joyful and triumphant, like a tender child, the Church will be reborn…”

Our Lady of La Salette
“Eventually water and fire will cleanse the earth and the works of human pride will be destroyed and all will be renewed. Then will all serve God and glorify Him.”

“The new kings will be on the right hand of the Church which will grow strong, and which will be humble, pious, poor, zealous and followers of the virtues.”

“Everywhere the Gospel will be preached, people will make great progress in the Faith; there will be unity among the laborers of Jesus Christ, and people will live in the fear of God.”

“Jesus Christ will be served, adored, and glorified. Everywhere love of neighbor will begin to flourish.”

Our Lady of Fatima
“In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior
“I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world.”

"The Son of Man, when He cometh, shall He find, think you, faith on earth?" (Luke 18:8)