Fight For Freedom Rallies – Why No Bishops?

Fight For Freedom Rallies – Why No Bishops?

For more than fifty years, Catholics have been encouraged to reimagine the Church as a tool for building a humanist utopia on earth rather than as the means of teaching, governing, sanctifying and saving all men. Freemasonic ideology, assisted by globalist entities such as the United Nations, has fed us dreams of “peace in our time”, and of a “world without borders” and of a Brotherhood of Man whose common destiny is a heaven, based not on our worship of God in faith, hope and charity, but merely on our participation in the human race.

As a response to the tyrannies being inflicted on the populace under the guise of “health orders,” rallies for freedom have been emerging and they have all the flavour of that so-called Brotherhood of Man. Two recent articles by this author for The Remnant describe how Catholics in Melbourne have formed their own contingent within the vast sea of secular protesters, fulfilling the prediction of Archbishop Sheen that it would be the laity who would save the Church.

Last week’s Melbourne rally is said to have been the largest protest ever to have taken place in Australia, with hundreds of thousands present. According to Google’s “crowd-estimate” app, 300,000 gathered at the march’s terminus, Flagstaff Gardens, after walking the three kilometres through Melbourne’s CBD from Parliament House. Many more lined the streets or remained outside Parliament.

At Sydney’s rally, a politician led the crowd in the Lord’s Prayer, while an Orthodox crucifix adorned the speakers’ stage. Two hundred Catholics prayed the Rosary then joined with their 100,000 fellow protesters, carrying a statue of the Sacred Heart.

Similar scenes took place in other Australian cities as well as all around the world. At Sydney’s rally, a politician led the crowd in the Lord’s Prayer, while an Orthodox crucifix adorned the speakers’ stage. Two hundred Catholics prayed the Rosary then joined with their 100,000 fellow protesters, carrying a statue of the Sacred Heart. These are very unusual occurrences for a highly secularised nation like Australia; compared with the United States, Australians are generally quite intolerant of overt displays of religiosity.

Walking through Melbourne, following the statue of Our Lady held aloft, and joining in Rosary after Rosary, I reflected on how closely the scene before me aligned with the kind of world and Church envisioned by the Second Vatican Council. It brought to mind Chris Ferrara’s memorable article[1] which compares Vatican II to the great hippie festival, Woodstock, held in 1969. Mr. Ferrara writes:

“The Church’s own version of the spirit of Woodstock persists to this day, prowling about in search of the “new humanity” extolled in Gaudium et spes and the “new advent of the Church connected with the approaching end of the second millennium” proclaimed by John Paul II in Redemptor hominis.”

The melting-pot of nationalities, ages and ideologies at the Freedom rally looked very much like “the new humanity” for which our bishops have been craving. Since their words and actions reveal that they have by and large rejected the traditional Church, eschewing Her for the “reimagined” version, why are they not present when these genuinely tolerant events take place in their own backyards?

The “why” is a question that demands an answer. Dom Prosper Gueranger had some thoughts about Christians who are found to be missing in action which might shed some light on our bishops’ absence:

This cause is unhappily to be traced to that general coldness, produced by effeminacy, which might be taken by itself alone as the type of the age; but we must add thereto another sentiment, proceeding from the same source, which would suffice, if of long duration, to render the debasement of a nation incurable.

This sentiment is fear; and it may be said to extend at present to its utmost limit. Men fear the loss of goods or position, fear the loss of comforts and ease, fear the loss of life. Needless to say, nothing can be more enervating, and consequently more dangerous to the world, than this humiliating preoccupation; but above all, we must confess that it is anything but Christian. Have we forgotten that we are merely pilgrims on this earth? And has the hope of future good died out of our hearts?[2]

The only fear that helps the world is the fear of God. But many prelates are instead paralysed by fear of a virus….

To read the entire excellent article click here – and note its conclusion:

So if our clerics place any value on their individual freedoms, then they must not underestimate the potential failure of their appeasement policies. Popular strategies such as dialogue and tolerance might work for a time while political actors have something to gain, but history has shown the fate reserved by tyrants for Catholics, especially clergy, without respect for their levels of orthodoxy or acquiescence. 

The figures speak for themselves: Nazi concentration camps claimed the lives of at least 3000 Catholic clergymen; Communists in Russia murdered over 400 priests and more than 100,000 Orthodox clergy; Pol Pot had almost half of Cambodia’s Catholics killed in the 1970’s – despite them making up only 4% of the population; and in present-day Nigeria and China, priests, seminarians and bishops are regularly murdered and kidnapped – the whereabouts of at least one Chinese bishop who was detained last May is still unknown.

If our bishops believe in something – anything at all – other than their own personal comfort, then they will come out of their hiding places, join the laity and face the crowds. But if a prelate can’t see that there’s a detention cell waiting with his name on it, then not all the flower garlands in the world will do him any good.  Source.

Editor writes…

The above first class article needs to be read through and absorbed to appreciate its force.  I can’t add anything to it, except to ask everyone to pray hard as we await the appointment of a new Archbishop of Glasgow.  The general mood is one of hopelessness, to be blunt.  I have yet to hear of any priest looking forward to the news.  “It’ll be the same old, same old” is the widespread (as far as I can tell) sentiment.  So, let’s pray that the mood changes to one of hope, if not jubilation when the appointment is finally announced.  Let it be a prelate who recognises, in the current political and medical tyranny, the unfolding of the Fatima prophecy that Communism would spread across the world to every country, because any priest who does not recognise that this is what is actually happening right now, needs help.  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!   

Comments (24)

  • Antoine Bisset Reply

    “No Abiding City” by Bede Jarrett OB explains it very well.

    December 2, 2021 at 11:17 pm
  • Michaela Reply

    That is a very powerful article – made me think of this CS Lewis comment:

    “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” ― C.S. Lewis

    That’s it – the bishops do not see life through the prism of the faith, and that’s why they can separate out what is going on in the name of Covid from everything they ought to know about divine providence, Jesus’ example in the gospel, e.g. his treatment of the lepers, as well as what was warned of at Fatima. They really don’t comprehend any of it, and so they think it’s all about “staying safe” from a virus. It’s pitiable, really.

    December 2, 2021 at 11:56 pm
    • Laura Reply

      Michaela,

      I agree – it’s a very powerful article and so is your CS Lewis quote. That about sums it up. Unless the bishops start to see everything through “the prism of the faith” as you put it, they will follow the winds of fashion, and fail to preach Christ Crucified, as they’ve been failing to do for as long as I can remember now, sad to say.

      December 3, 2021 at 8:22 pm
  • westminsterfly Reply

    Those four words summed it up: “their own personal comfort”. That is what seems to motivate clergy and hierarchy these days – and trust me – although I can’t disclose how – I’ve witnessed it first-hand and close-up with certain clergy. A callous indifference for the fate of others, accompanied by an exaggerated concern for their own creature comforts. Diabolical disorientation.

    December 3, 2021 at 9:15 am
    • Antoine Bisset Reply

      The role model for parish priests is St John Vianney. Or was.

      December 3, 2021 at 10:12 am
      • gabriel syme

        Antoine,

        More like Frank Spencer these days!

        December 3, 2021 at 1:47 pm
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        Only those of us of a certain age will see the funny side of your Frank Spencer jibe. Here’s a clip showing the hapless Frank in typical confusion…

        December 3, 2021 at 3:10 pm
      • Josephine

        LOL! I remember Frank Spencer. It all seemed hilarious at the time but these days he’d be scoffed IMHO. Too innocent.

        December 3, 2021 at 6:43 pm
    • editor Reply

      WF,

      That is truly hilarious and that will be my “go to” line every time anyone enquires about my vaccine “status”! Priceless! Many thanks for posting the link.

      I’ve yet to work out how to post images straight onto the comment box – there must be a way, but it’s not as simple as it used to be in the good old (previous) blog days 😀

      December 3, 2021 at 3:11 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply

    Speaking of the Church’s own version of Woodstock, I think the satirist/song writer/pianist/ M.I.T. professor Tom Lehrer best captured the spirit of Vatican II in his song “The Vatican Rag.” Written, no less, while Vatican II was still in session, I believe (though it could have been right afterwards).

    This song is quite sacrilegious (written by a secular Jew), but Lehrer had absolutely no trouble seeing behind the curtain, very early in the game.

    December 3, 2021 at 3:12 pm
    • editor Reply

      RCA Victor,

      The video is unavailable – maybe your Guardian Angel’s way of protecting us from the “quite sacrilegious” content 😀

      December 3, 2021 at 5:41 pm
    • Josephine Reply

      RCA Victor,

      I actually did find that video on YouTube and watched it – with horror, TBH. I decided against posting the link here, just in case it works this time!

      I’d say it was worse that sacrilege – it was blasphemous.

      I see your point about Lehrer “seeing behind the curtain” re the spirit of Vatican II but I think you are being too kind to him. I think sheer hatred of the Church pours out of him.

      December 3, 2021 at 6:38 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Josephine,

        Lehrer’s hatred of the Church is certainly a possibility, but here’s a speculative question: whose hatred was more intense, Lehrer’s, or the enemies of the Church who hijacked Vatican II?

        December 3, 2021 at 8:04 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        Our posts have gone up at the same time – I’m afraid we’re going to have to disagree on this because two wrongs do not make one right – as the only saying goes.

        Since the “Fathers” of Vatican II got it so wrong and offended Our Lord in the process, it only makes things worse for some smart alec to blaspheme Him and add insult to injury.

        “Whose hatred was more intense” – at a straightforward glance at Lehrer’s hard face, I’d say his! The liberals at Vatican II were possibly more misguided than filled with hatred.

        December 3, 2021 at 8:10 pm
      • Nicky

        RCA Victor,

        Can’t comment on the Jew – never heard of him, but I think I agree with you about the hatred of those responsible for Vatican II, although they may have begun as misguided (not to fall out with editor, LOL! ) with the aim of trying to make the Church more modern. I think the hatred may have been underlying in some of the leading lights, but it really came out with Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum. It’s more a hatred of the Mass than anything else IMHO. I like your distinction between the fathers of the council and the ones who “hijacked” it. That’s an excellent point.

        December 3, 2021 at 9:17 pm
    • editor Reply

      RCA Victor,

      I was intrigued to see the Tom Lehrer video so I followed Josephine’s example and searched for it on YouTube.

      I am very glad that your link didn’t work here – it’s truly blasphemous, and I wouldn’t want it available to view on this blog.

      Somebody with a purer soul could have produced something similar – if that is their “thing”, doesn’t appeal to me, not my type of “music” but a bit of fun at VII’s expense would be fine; however, that’s not what Tom Lehrer did. His attempt at mocking Vatican II / The Church was truly blasphemous in some parts.

      “Secular Jew” doesn’t surprise me – I can’t see any religious Jew attacking the Faith in that way.

      So, I was right – your Guardian Angel has well and truly worked hard to protect us from that blasphemous content. For your part, you need to stop being so charitable to scoundrels like Tom Lehrer 😀

      December 3, 2021 at 8:07 pm
  • Josephine Reply

    That’s a marvellous article from The Remnant. She’s taken no prisoners there.

    None of our bishops is ever likely to join a freedom rally because the Covid restrictions gives them an easy life. That’s why they’re in no hurry to reinstate the Sunday obligation. As it is, they’re now free to head off for Christmas dinner without the hassle of Mass and preaching and maybe taking some time to speak to people.

    There’s no way they see the Fatima prophecies unfolding – they don’t take Fatima seriously at all and by the time they do, it will be too late.

    December 3, 2021 at 6:32 pm
    • editor Reply

      Josephine,

      I agree about that article. It’s been a while since I paid a visit to The Remnant site so that article was a very nice surprise. I just wish every bishop in the world would read it.

      December 3, 2021 at 8:12 pm
  • Laura Reply

    I wonder if the bishops in Germany will join (or lead) freedom rallies now that the unvaccinated are to be locked down – creating a two-tier society. I think this is outrageous.

    December 3, 2021 at 8:18 pm
    • Nicky Reply

      Laura,

      I don’t think that will come here. Only today, Johnson said there would not be any mandatory vaccines, so let’s hope he sticks to that and doesn’t give in to the SAGE people who are really running the country right now.

      December 3, 2021 at 9:18 pm
      • Theresa Rose

        Laura and Nicky,

        Let’s do hope that Boris Johnson does stick to NOT mandating vaccines. Sometimes I think he changes his mind faster than the wind changes course. But who knows who will change his mind for him.

        With Germany now going for mandatory vaccines, I thought to look to see how many countries have gone down the route of Angela Merkel. There is quite a few.

        https://news.trust.org/item/20210804140458-ari9l

        This is hell on earth. Our Lady told Sister Lucia in 1929 that the time had come for the Pope and Bishops to Consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, and that has still not happened. We have passed the 100th anniversary of Our Lady appearing to the three children at Fatima. Time is moving so fast it seems towards 2029. It is so sad that the failures of men to act upon Our Lady’s request. Men need not be so afraid to act and carry out what She asked.

        December 4, 2021 at 12:42 pm
  • Athanasius Reply

    Excellent article – it demonstrates the woeful spiritual state of our bishops and clergy. If they could only grasp the seriousness of their humanist world view and their capitualtion to the enemies of Our Lord and His holy Church. Long gone are the days when the Church was filled with prelates and clergy whose entire life was centred on the supernatural truths of the faith, the soul and the life to come. Our Lady wanred at Quito and Fatima that the devil was about to sift the ordained in a way he had never done before. So many have fallen into utter worldliness and have either lost the faith or are very close to losing that special gift. They should all have stayed closer to the tabernacle!

    December 3, 2021 at 11:26 pm
  • Theresa Rose Reply

    Here is an interview given by Cardinal Mueller to the National Catholic Register that calls covid related sacrament restrictions a grave sin. Hopefully this is a sign that at least is saying something. But will other Bishops take notice?

    https://www.ncregister.com/interview/cardinal-gerhard-mueller-calls-covid-related-sacrament-restrictions-grave-sin

    Cardinal Mueller also said that Covid Measures are at the service of the great reset.

    https://gloria.tv/post/VaWrjfoJikEk4YfoqJrYFFjns

    I wonder if what he says is too little too late.

    December 4, 2021 at 3:57 am

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