Pope Francis’ “Last Christmas” Warning

Pope Francis’ “Last Christmas” Warning

In a grim speech, the Pope said that the current chaotic state of the world marks the beginning of the “end times”, and that this time next year the world is likely to be unrecognisable.  terrorism

Francis, who previously announced the beginning of World War 3, had labelled this year’s Christmas as a “charade” during a Mass at the Casa Santa Maria earlier in the month.

We are close to Christmas. There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes – all decked out – while the world continues to wage war,” he said earlier in December.

The Pontiff, who turned 79 on Thursday, elaborated on his views this weekend, telling a crowd, “While the world starves, burns, and descends further into chaos, we should realise that this year’s Christmas celebrations for those who choose to celebrate it may be their last“.  Source

Comment

Does the fact that he holds the key to ending all this war never enter the head of this pontiff?  Is he really that blind that he doesn’t know that by obeying Our Lady’s simple request to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, there will be – as she promised – a period of peace in the world?  Or does he share Pope Benedict’s faithless view that, to paraphrase (but only slightly) “it can’t be that simple”? Do they also consider it an exaggeration of Our Lord to query whether or not, when He returns to earth at the end of time, He will find any faith – even in the Vatican? Speak!  

Comments (96)

  • christiana

    Although I am more of a lurker than a blogger, may I wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas, especially our wonderful editor and her “entourage” whatever or whoever than may be!

    December 23, 2015 at 8:16 am
  • waterside4

    Our Dear Editor,

    Coming across this wonderful rather revolutionary site this year, I now consider it a moment of serendipity.
    Many of the commentators on here have obviously had many years of hard graft on the chalkface of reluctant learners.
    Others, I suspect, have either had the great privilege of the conferring of Holy Orders – the male correspondence naturally. My only connection with that august fraternity is the unwilling acceptance of tonsure.
    How else could one account for the high degree of ecclesiastical comment on your erudite site?
    As for ‘lurchers’ who are often referred to on here – I could consider myself one of that species.
    But I would much prefer to be considered as a gentle house trained Irish Setter.

    The present discussion about the end of times. Fear not. Our wonderful Pope has just agreed with his best pal Hussein O’Barma that they have stopped Armageddon in its tracks by signing a Global Warming Treaty in Paris. That, as we all know was the fifth horseman and he has just fallen at Beechers Brook

    Mentioning teachers ( God bless them), reminds me of a little peon wot I rote to one who influenced me mightily

    MY TEACHER

    Not sat on lap of luxury
    Nor fed with silver plated spoon,
    Issued by my rural parents
    As a non worldly wise gossoon;
    A rustic type of happiness
    With our homespun entertainment,
    Intellectual restrictions
    Fiscal limits on attainment.

    Then one day as luck would have it
    I met a teacher of renown,
    Showing there were alternatives
    To a young aimless amadhan;
    She instilled the rules of culture
    We got a grounding in the arts,
    Opening limited horizons
    Implanting learning in our hearts.

    I salute that little lady
    Who I remember dressed in green,
    Then my eyes were opened wider
    While a simple dumb spalpeen;
    She imparted my first feeling
    For the beauty that is the muse,
    By pointing me at the masters
    Like Liam Shakespeare Yeats and Hughes.

    I reminisce with memories
    That carefree childhood I look back,
    Appreciating your efforts
    To impart knowledge at Cnoc Breac;
    I thank you for the time you spent
    Implanting knowledge in my ears,
    I’m still pursuing the great truths
    Despite the passing of the years.

    She was/is an extemporary example of the thankless teaching vocation.

    I cannot be bothered to translate the Irish references therein, but rest assured they are all self depricationary, and not meant to insult others.

    Happy Christmas to all the wonderful contributors on here (even the occasional troglodyte) and good hunting in 2016.

    December 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm
    • editor

      Waterside4

      Thank you for your kind words and for that lovely poem. As for “Liam Shakespeare” – I presume he’s related to the famous Will? 😀

      December 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm
  • Athanasius

    Waterside4,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your comments, including the poetry and tribute to a special teacher. If I may make one correction, however. Ours is a counter-revolutionary site.

    May the Holy Family bless you and yours this Christmas.

    December 23, 2015 at 7:12 pm
  • spudeater

    When the Pope says that “this may be our last Christmas” I can’t be sure whether that’s a statement which has been made with intentionally apocalyptic overtones or maybe he received advanced notice during his visit to the U.S. in September that world governments, spearheaded by Obama of course, are going to finally succeed where Oliver Cromwell failed and ensure Christmas is abolished permanently.

    On the subject of the End Times, I just thought I’d mention the following which is quite interesting:

    A pilgrim once asked Padre Pio, “Father, is there long to go before the end of time?” The saint replied, “If we begin with the creation of the world, we are not halfway yet.”

    December 23, 2015 at 10:54 pm
    • editor

      That’s quite possible, that we are yet centuries away from the end of the world, since “a thousand years is but a single day” in terms of eternity. It would also makes sense (and be very encouraging indeed) in the context of the promised period of world peace after the Consecration. A few centuries instead of a few weeks, months or years, would make perfect sense. Give us all a chance to enjoy the world instead of living in dread of the next war. It would also give you time to organise that avatar 😀

      December 23, 2015 at 11:03 pm
      • spudeater

        Ed.,

        December 23, 2015 at 11:33 pm
      • spudeater

        Ed.,

        My avatar hasn’t been well for some time now. I think he’s got the flu. Serves him right for germinating for so long.

        December 23, 2015 at 11:36 pm
      • Athanasius

        Indeed! And did St. Peter not say that with God a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day? It’s foolish to speculate on the end of the world since Our Lord has clearly taught us that not even the angels in heaven know when the end will come.

        I think it is more fruitful to meditate on the Redemptorist admonition: “You have one life to live and one soul to save. Death will come soon, then heaven or hell for all eternity.”

        Now that would not be a very comforting thought if it were not for the promise of Our Lady to those who maintain a devotion to her.

        December 24, 2015 at 1:31 am
  • Leo

    Editor’s mention of Pope St. Pius X previously (December 23, 9.56am), brought to mind the great pastor’s first encyclical, issued 112 years ago, E Supremi Apostolatus.

    http://w2.vatican.va/content/pius-x/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-x_enc_04101903_e-supremi.html

    Well, all Catholics would benefit from reading the sainted Pope’s declaration of the challenges and objectives of his papacy. It makes for an interesting comparison with the words and actions of the Popes and bishops of the last fifty years, and has never been more worthy of attention than in these days of epic scandal amongst the highest echelons of the Church, when the blurring of the distinction between the natural and the supernatural, one of the hallmarks of Modernism, has taken on the frightening impetus of a runaway train under a Pope who on an almost daily basis implements a program which, to put it as mildly as possible, diverges wildly from the stated aim of his sainted predecessor to “restore all things in Christ”, as set out in the above encyclical.

    It really cannot be overstated how important it is for Catholics struggling to battle through the ongoing crisis of neo-modernist lunacy to read the encyclicals of the pre-conciliar Popes. The clear, concise, coherent, vigorous, forthright, unambiguous, unapologetic setting forth of the Catholic Faith are models in pastoral care. And there can be no return to sanity until a successor to Peter once more follows their example.

    Lengthy blocks of quotes can be off-putting for some readers, but the following will hopefully offer some important highlights, or better still encourage people to read the entire encyclical.

    Pope Saint Pius, with the supernatural outlook, befitting a true pastor of souls, got straight to the heart of the matter: combatting “apostasy from God” was the priority, not some earthbound humanistic, secularist utopia, or “youth unemployment”, or crackpot environmentalism with its more than cosy acquaintance with sinister globalist population controllers and New Age occultists.

    “For 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, than which in truth nothing is more allied with ruin, according to the word of the Prophet: “For behold they that go far from Thee shall perish” (Ps. 1xxii., 17)…” #3

    Whatever the accuracy of reports of Pope Francis’ recent comments, there is no doubt that Pope St. Pius X did in fact draw the world’s attention to the possibility, at least, of “a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning” of the End Times. One can only imagine what the saint would have to say about the atheistic barbarism of todays “perverse generation” (Acts of the Apostles 2:40) proudly drowning in a sewer of vice and greed, all the while shaking its fist at its Creator and Saviour.

    “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” of whom the Apostle speaks (II. Thess. ii., 3). Such, in truth, is the audacity and the wrath employed everywhere in persecuting religion, in combating the dogmas of the faith, in brazen effort to uproot and destroy all relations between man and the Divinity! While, on the other hand, and this according to the same apostle is the distinguishing mark of Antichrist, man has with infinite temerity put himself in the place of God, raising himself above all that is called God; in such wise that although he cannot utterly extinguish in himself all knowledge of God, he has contemned God’s majesty and, as it were, made of the universe a temple wherein he himself is to be adored. “He sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God” (II. Thess. ii., 2). #5

    Pope Saint Pius left nobody in doubt about what was required for true peace in the world, what was perfectly described by Saint Thomas Aquinas as the “tranquillity of order”. It wasn’t some Masonic, tower of Babel, Brotherhood of Man, or some Globalist forerunner of the United Nations. Humble submission of nations to the Social Kingship of Christ, was, is, and always will be to only means and guarantor of true peace.

    “But to want peace without God is an absurdity, seeing that where God is absent thence too justice flies, and when justice is taken away it is vain to cherish the hope of peace. “Peace is the work of justice” (Is. xxii., 17)…For there is but one party of order capable of restoring peace in the midst of all this turmoil, and that is the party of God.” #7

    “But, Venerable Brethren, we shall never, however much we exert ourselves, succeed in calling men back to the majesty and empire of God, except by means of Jesus Christ. “No one,” the Apostle admonishes us, “can lay other foundation than that which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (I. Cor.,iii., II.)” #8

    Pope Saint Pius also gave a perfect encapsulation of the role of the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, is bringing amount true peace in the world. Note the emphasis on the “treasury of graces for the sanctification and salvation of souls”, and compare it with the earthbound outlook and agenda of the present successor to Peter, together with so many bishops and clergy, who give the impression that the pastors of souls see the Church as nothing much more than a worldwide, non-governmental aid organisation with a bit of feel good, sentimental, non-challenging, “community”-gibbering lifestyle coaching thrown in. The bitter fruits of conciliar human respect and bowing down before false religions are on display for all to see.

    Here’s Pope Saint Pius:

    “Now the way to reach Christ is not hard to find: it is the Church. Rightly does Chrysostom inculcate: “The Church is thy hope, the Church is thy salvation, the Church is thy refuge.” (Hom. de capto Euthropio, n. 6.) It was for this that Christ founded it, gaining it at the price of His blood, and made it the depositary of His doctrine and His laws, bestowing upon it at the same time an inexhaustible treasury of graces for the sanctification and salvation of men. You see, then, Venerable Brethren, the duty that has been imposed alike upon Us and upon you of bringing back to the discipline of the Church human society, now estranged from the wisdom of Christ; the Church will then subject it to Christ, and Christ to God… But if our desire to obtain this is to be fulfilled, we must use every means and exert all our energy to bring about the utter disappearance of the enormous and detestable wickedness, so characteristic of our time – the substitution of man for God…” #9

    I asked on the Archbishop Lefebvre thread if anyone could “name one single, solitary ‘regularised’, ‘full communion’ bishop in the world today who has clearly, constantly, unambiguously, unashamedly, and unapologetically proclaimed the Social Kingship of Christ and the dogma of Outside the Church there is no salvation, and condemned false ecumenism and religious indifferentism for the evils that they are.”

    Mention of the Social Kingship of Christ on which peace in the world must be founded must bring to mind Pope Pius XI’s encyclical, Quas Primas, written ninety years ago, ignored and forgotten about at Vatican II, and buried and de facto repudiated by the successors of the Apostles ever since.

    Once again we have a Pope magisterially upholding and proclaiming the rights of God and the duty of Man, and setting forth the fruits of submission and the dire consequences or rebellion.

    “When once men recognise, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony…For with the spread and the universal extent of the kingdom of Christ men will become more and more conscious of the link that binds them together, and thus many conflicts will be either prevented entirely or at least their bitterness will be diminished.” #19

    “Oh what happiness would be Ours if all men, individuals, families, and nations, would but let themselves be governed by Christ! ’Then at length,’ to use the words addressed by Our predecessor, Pope Leo XIII, twenty five years ago to the bishops of the Universal Church, ‘then at length will many evils be cured; then will the law regain its former authority; peace with all its blessings be restored. Men will sheathe their swords and lay down their arms when all freely acknowledge and obey the authority of Christ, and every tongue confesses that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.’”#20

    Like his predecessors quoted above, the last Pope before the council was forthright and unambiguous in viewing this world with a supernatural outlook, fully in accord with the Church’s immemorial struggle as described by Saint Augustine’s words about the “two cities” in The City of God, and those of Saint Ignatius of Loyola on “the two standards” in Spiritual Exercises, n. 136

    Has Pope Francis ever used words such as the following, from Pope Pius XII:

    “Venerable brethren, you are well aware that almost the whole human race is today allowing itself to be driven into two opposing camps, for Christ or against Christ. The human race is involved today in a supreme crisis, which will issue in its salvation by Christ, or in its destruction ( Evangeli Praecones, 1951)

    Along with humble, trusting submission to Her Son, the King, the world is obliged, not recommended, to entreat Our Mother, the Queen of Heaven and earth. Pope Pius XII magnificently proclaimed the Queenship of Mary in his 1954 encyclical, Ad Caeli Reginam. Can anyone fail to give adherence to the following words, or deny their connection with Our Lady’s request for the Consecration of Russia?

    “Following upon the frightful calamities which before Our very eyes have reduced flourishing cities, towns, and villages to ruins, We see to Our sorrow that many great moral evils are being spread abroad in what may be described as a violent flood. Occasionally We behold justice giving way; and, and the one hand and the other, the victory of the powers of corruption. The threat of this fearful crisis fills us with a great anguish, an so with confidence We have recourse to Mary Our Queen, making known to her those sentiments of filial reverence which are not Ours alone, but which belong to all those who glory on the name of Christian.”# 2

    Countless Christians are facing dire persecution and martyrdom throughout the world this Christmas, many precisely because they choose to openly celebrate our Saviour’s birth. May we all dwell on the words of Pope Pius XII, before offering a prayer for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

    “May the powerful Queen of creation, whose radiant glance banishes storms and tempests and brings back cloudless skies, look upon these her innocent and tormented children with eyes of mercy; may the Virgin, who is able to subdue violence beneath her foot, grant to them that may soon enjoy the rightful freedom to practice their religion openly, so that, while serving the cause of the Gospel, they may also contribute to the strength and progress of nations by their harmonious co-operation, by the practice of extraordinary virtues which are a glowing tribute in the midst of trials.” # 50

    “We are convinced that this feast (the Queenship of Mary) will help to persevere, strengthen and prolong that peace among nations which daily is almost destroyed by recurring crises.” #51

    December 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm
    • editor

      “Whatever the accuracy of reports of Pope Francis’ recent comments, there is no doubt that Pope St. Pius X did in fact draw the world’s attention to the possibility, at least, of “a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning” of the End Times. One can only imagine what the saint would have to say about the atheistic barbarism of todays “perverse generation” (Acts of the Apostles 2:40) proudly drowning in a sewer of vice and greed, all the while shaking its fist at its Creator and Saviour.”

      You’ve really said it all there, Leo.

      If Pope St Pius X were reigning today, the media would be having a field day with shock horror headlines – and rightly so. That’s what we need right now. Not this, did he really say that? To this one on a plane, to that one on the phone, to this audience which is not a sermon on the record… No, we’d know for sure that the Pope said and thought, were that Pope the saintly Pius X or a pontiff of his ilk.

      Thank you for that excellent comment, Leo.

      I’ve now emailed the Newswire people to ask how they came by the disputed quote, but, as you say, and as others, including myself, have said over and over on this thread, warning about the possible imminent end of the world is exactly what a pope is supposed to do and what Pope St Pius X did, in fact do, as you remind us. Such spiritual warnings should, in fact, be part and parcel of Sunday sermons in churches around the world, not something that is never mentioned, except – as one of our trolls describes it – by a “dodgy source”.

      Truly, you couldn’t make it up 😯

      December 24, 2015 at 5:08 pm
  • Leo

    I’ve posted to following excerpt from the classic biography of Father William Doyle SJ by Alfred O’Rahilly previously. It recalls Christmas Eve and Midnight Mass during the First World War in 1916. It was, no doubt, the last Christmas for many of the congregation, as it was for Father Doyle who eight months later was killed on the fields of Flanders, while carrying out his priestly role of administering the last rites to the wounded, having run “all day hither and thither over the battlefield like an angel of mercy.”

    Of course the following recounts exceptional and extremely testing circumstances involving physical hardship, suffering, and the constant danger of death, but I think it offers all of us an eloquent instruction in what Christmas and the vocation of the priest will always be about.

    “Christmas itself Fr. Doyle had the good luck of spending in billets. He got permission from General Hickie to have Midnight Mass for his men in the Convent. The chapel was a fine large one, as in pre-war times over three hundred boarders and orphans were resident in the Convent; and by opening folding-doors the refectory was added to the chapel and thus doubled the available room. An hour before Mass every inch of space was filled, even inside the altar rails and in the corridor, while numbers had to remain in the open. Word had in fact gone round about the Mass, and men from other battalions came to hear it, some having walked several miles from another village. Before the Mass there was strenuous Confession-work. ‘We were kept hard at work hearing confessions all the evening till nine o’clock’ writes Fr. Doyle, ‘the sort of Confessions you would like, the real serious business, no nonsense and no trimmings. As I was leaving the village church, a big soldier stopped me to know, like our Gardiner Street friend, ‘if the Fathers would be sittin’ any more that night.’ He was soon polished off, poor chap, and then insisted on escorting me home. He was one of my old boys, and having had a couple of glasses of beer — ‘It wouldn’t scratch the back of your throat, Father, that French stuff’ — was in the mood to be complimentary. ‘We miss you sorely, Father, in the battalion’, he said, ‘we do be always talking about you’. Then in a tone of great confidence: ‘Look, Father, there isn’t a man who wouldn’t give the whole of the world, if he had it, for your little toe! That’s the truth’. The poor fellow meant well, but ‘the stuff that would not scratch his throat’ certainly helped his imagination and eloquence. I reached the Convent a bit tired, intending to have a rest before Mass, but found a string of the boys awaiting my arrival, determined that they at least would not be left out in the cold. I was kept hard at it hearing Confessions till the stroke of twelve and seldom had a more fruitful or consoling couple of hours’ work, the love of the little Babe of Bethlehem softening hearts which all the terrors of war had failed to touch.’

    The Mass itself was a great success and brought consolation and spiritual peace to many a war- weary exile. This is what Fr. Doyle says:

    ‘I sang the Mass, the girls’ choir doing the needful. One of the Tommies, from Dolphin’s Barn, sang the Adeste beautifully with just a touch of the sweet Dublin accent to remind us of home, sweet home, the whole congregation joining in the chorus. It was a curious contrast: the chapel packed with men and officers, almost strangely quiet and reverent (the nuns were particularly struck by this), praying .and singing most devoutly, while the big tears ran down many a rough cheek: outside the cannon boomed and the machine-guns spat out a hail of lead: peace and good will — hatred and bloodshed!

    ‘It was a Midnight Mass none of us will ever forget. A good 500 men came to Holy Communion, so that I was more than rewarded for my work.’”

    December 24, 2015 at 1:03 pm
  • Therese

    May I wish everyone a happy and blessed Christmas.

    December 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm
    • editor

      You may. And may we reply on the soon to come dedicated Christmas thread?!

      December 24, 2015 at 4:58 pm
  • Christina

    A holy and happ Christmas to all, and a special word of thanks to Leprechaun for his kind wishes for travellers. Having heard all the gloom and doom about the conditions to be expected on the northbound roads today, I had the best journey to Edinburgh ever. 😁

    December 24, 2015 at 9:13 pm
    • Leprechaun

      Christina,

      Aw, shucks, you say the kindest things.

      Our relatives are coming to us this year, and what is more, they are also doing the cooking when they arrive. Can’t be bad.

      A very happy and holy Christmas everybody.

      December 25, 2015 at 12:22 pm
  • editor

    N O T I C E . . .

    I’ve just posed a Christmas thread – click here

    December 24, 2015 at 9:14 pm
  • Tami Chapman

    I thought it had already been done by Pope John Paul.

    January 1, 2016 at 8:29 am
    • editor

      Tami,

      My apologies – I’ve only just seen this, or I’d have replied much sooner.

      I take it you refer to the Consecration of Russia being done by Pope John Paul.

      This is a common misunderstanding. The Pope himself acknowledged that the Consecration has not been done as Our Lady specified. Read this totally reliable explanation from the only website that I know of, where the full truth about Fatima is to be found.

      Our Lady promised that there would be a period of peace following the Consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart, prayed with all the bishops of the world – not a consecration conducted only by the Pope and without naming Russia. That’s meaningless. To date, I haven’t been able to detect the promised period of peace in the world – have you? 😀

      Again, my apologies for the delay in responding to your first (I believe) comment on this blog.

      January 25, 2016 at 6:47 pm

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