THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
THE ANTI-CHURCH AND THE ANTI-GOSPEL
May 21, 2017
These are perilous times for the life of our Church. Not only
are we facing a massive assault by the devil resulting in
a tsunami of evil upon the whole world, but we have to contend
with the enemy within.
Educate yourself. Know the issues and the facts. Study authentic
Catholic teaching. Stand up for authentic Catholic faith.
Reject political correctness.
Arise, holy warriors!
We are witnessing St. John Paul II’s
prophesy of an ‘anti-Church’: Catholic priest
ROME, May 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- St.
John Paul II’s 1976 prophetic warning about the rise
of an “anti-Church” that would preach an “anti-Gospel”
is being fulfilled today by leaders within the Catholic Church,
even at the highest levels, said a priest
in a talk given at a Catholic conference today in Rome.
Linus Clovis of Family Life International said in his talk
at the Rome Life Forum, organized by Voice of the Family,
that the anti-Gospel of the
anti-Church is often “indistinguishable from secular
ideology, which has overturned both the natural law and the
“This anti-Gospel, which
seeks to elevate the individual’s will to consume, to
pleasure and to power over the will of God,
was rejected by Christ when tempted in the wilderness. Disguised
as ‘human rights,’ it has reappeared,
in all its luciferian hubris, to
promulgate a narcissistic, hedonistic attitude that rejects
any constraint except that imposed by man-made laws,”
During his visit to America 41 years ago, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla,
the archbishop of Cracow who two years later would become
Pope John Paul II, delivered his prophetic message in Philadelphia,
on the occasion of the bicentennial anniversary of American
Independence. Wojtyle said:
We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical
confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that
wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian
community realize this fully. We are now facing
the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church,
of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel.
We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant
future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up
even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for
Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it
is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer
possible to avert it. . . .How many times
has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood!
It will not be different this time.
Clovis said that while the rise of the anti-Church has been
happening slowly but steadily over the past decades, it’s
emergence has been especially
noticeable in the last few years.
“For the past half-century, there has been a
growing crisis in the Church, arising as much
from a lack of clear and unambiguous
teaching, as from the climate
of dissent among priests, religious and laity.
Within the contemporary Church, the crisis has been brought
to fever pitch, if not breaking point, by the rejection of
Our Lord’s yes/no paradigm and the undermining
of established doctrinal positions by protean pastoral practises,”
He noted that there is a sense among faithful Catholics that
“things ecclesiastic and catholic are falling apart
and a pastoral anarchy
has been loosed upon the Church.” He said that a “hidden
exercise of power” is currently at work within the Church
that is fueling such anarchy.
[It] can reform the marriage
annulment process without the customary consultation of the
appropriate Roman dicasteries; issue a broad and scathing
rebuke of the Roman Curia in a Christmas address; purge a
dicastery’s membership, which effectively vitiate the
influence of its Prefect who had stood firmly against innovations
injurious both to the teachings on marriage and to the tenets
of the liturgy; cripple the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate;
and shut down the Melbourne campus of the John Paul II Institute.
Clovis said that accompanying
the rise of the anti-Church is a direct assault on the very
“pillar of creation” and foundation of the social
order, namely, the truth of the relationship between man and
woman as expressed in marriage and the family.
He recalled how Sister Lucia, one of the Fatima visionaries,
once said that “the final battle between the Lord and
the kingdom of Satan will be about marriage and the family.”
“It is well known that
any tampering with a keystone risks the collapse of the entire
building," he said. “The keystone, the basic cell
of society is marriage and family.”
And the anti-Church is working
its hardest to undermine that keystone.
“With the tacit acceptance
of contraception and divorce, the recent ‘merciful’
embracing of remarried civil divorcees and the benign nod
to same-sex ‘marriage,’ the keystone has been
tampered with and the omega point has been
reached,” Clovis said.
He noted how atheistic secularism,
which fuels the anti-Church, has been “working for the
demise of the family, its driving spirit being the LGBT ideology;
its public face, ‘political correctness;’ its
Sunday dress, ‘inclusivity and non-judgmentalism.’
He warned Catholics how the anti-Church will try to deceive
the faithful by passing itself off as the true Church.
It is self-evident that the Catholic Church and the anti-Church
currently co-exist in the same sacramental, liturgical and
juridical space. The latter, having grown stronger, is now
attempting to pass itself off as the true Church, all the
better to induct, or coerce, the faithful into becoming adherents,
promoters and defenders of a secular ideology.
Should the anti-Church succeed
in commandeering all the space of the true Church, the rights
of man will supplant the rights of God through the desecration
of the sacraments, the sacrilege of the sanctuary, and the
abuse of apostolic power.
Thus, politicians who vote for
abortion and same-sex “marriage” will be welcome
at the Communion rails; husbands and wives who have abandoned
their spouses and children and entered into adulterous relationships
will be admitted to the sacraments; priests and theologians
who publicly reject Catholic doctrines and morals will be
at liberty to exercise ministry and to spread dissent, while
faithful Catholics will be marginalised, maligned and discredited
at every turn. Thus, the anti-Church would succeed in achieving
its goal of dethroning God as Creator, Saviour and Sanctifier
and replacing Him with man the self-creator, the self-saviour
and the self-sanctifier.
Clovis said that the anti-Church works to achieve its goal
of overcoming the true Church by intimidating the faithful,
including the laity, priests, and bishops, into submission.
To achieve its objectives, the anti-Church, in collaboration
with the secular powers, uses the law and media to browbeat
the true Church into submission. By adroit use of the media,
the activists of the anti-Church have managed to intimidate
bishops, clergy and most of the Catholic press into silence.
Equally, the lay faithful are terrorised by fear of the hostility,
ridicule and hate that would be visited upon them should they
object to the imposition of LGBT ideology.
For example, in 2015, the congregation of St Nicholas of Myra
in the Archdiocese of Dublin gave a standing ovation to their
parish priest when he declared from the pulpit that he was
gay and urged them to support same-sex ‘marriage’
in the Irish referendum. It is not difficult to imagine the
kind of treatment that an objector would have received. Thus,
the oppressive influence of the anti-Church is most clearly
seen at work when a person is fearful to openly uphold God’s
revelation about homosexuality, abortion or contraception
in their parish community.
Adherents to the anti-Church especially target priests and
bishops to tow the line of the anti-Gospel, knowing that once
they are brought into submission they can influence countless
souls away from the true Church.
Priests and bishops are the immediate and more natural leaders
of the laity and they, above all, are caught in the broadening
spectrum of fear generated by the anti-Church. Additionally,
because of the clerical vow of obedience and respect, their
fear, being reverential, is greatly aggravated, especially
when they find their ranks divided; their unity split; long
standing sacramental disciplines violated; canon law ignored;
their evangelising spirit dismissed as proselytism and solemn
In regard to their persons, they are labelled as little monsters
throwing stones at poor sinners, or who reduce the sacrament
of reconciliation to a torture chamber or, hide behind the
Church’s teachings, sitting on the chair of Moses and
judging at times with superiority and superficiality.
As clerical sons, they see themselves as less deserving of
a papal embrace than Italy’s arch-abortionist Emma Bonino
and even less worthy of rehabilitation than renowned false
prophet and global population and abortion advocate, Paul
As priests, they are told they owe an apology to gays and
that the ‘great majority’ of Catholic marriages
they would have blessed are invalid; in addition, they are
called sayers of prayers and, for considering Mass attendance
and frequent confession as important, are branded Pelagians.
As Catholics, knowing that the Five First Saturdays were requested
in reparation for blasphemy against our most Blessed Lady,
they are personally affronted by the scurrilous musings that,
on Calvary, where She became the Mother of all those redeemed
by Christ, the Holy Virgin of Fatima perhaps, desired in Her
heart to say to the Lord “Lies! Lies! I was deceived.”
As ‘trees of the forest shake before the wind,’
so clerical hearts quake with
fear at the possibility that they could actually be more Catholic
than the Pope!
Clovis called Pope Francis’ influence within the Church
a “great and true blessing” since the
Pope’s ambiguous teaching have prompted the anti-Church
to emerge from the shadows in clear view of all the faithful.
This now gives the faithful a clear choice regarding which
master they will follow.
“A hidden conflict has
been raging in the Church for over one hundred years: a conflict
explicitly revealed to Pope Leo XIII, partially contained
by St. Pius X, unleashed at Vatican II. Under Francis, the
first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Americas and the
first pope whose priestly ordination was in the New Rite,
it is now full blown, with the potential of rendering the
Church smaller but more faithful,” he
He said that Francis’ most recent Exhortation Amoris
Laetitia is an example of a force at work within the
Church today that helps establish the dividing line between
the anti-Church and the true Church of Jesus Christ.
“The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia
is the catalyst that has divided not only bishops and Episcopal
Conferences from each other but, priests from their bishops
and from each other, and the laity, anxious and confused,”
“As a Trojan horse, Amoris
Laetitia spells spiritual ruin for the entire Church.
As a gauntlet thrown down it calls for courage in overcoming
fear. In either case, it is now poised to separate the anti-Church
of which St. John Paul II spoke from the Church that Christ
founded. As the separation begins to take place, each one
of us, like the angels, will have to decide for himself whether
he would rather be wrong with Lucifer than right without him,”
Clovis tied his main points to the 100th anniversary of Our
Lady appearing in Fatima. He said that she “proposed
a strategy which, if adopted would secure the salvation of
a great number of souls.”
“The strategy required that, in order to ‘appease
God, who was already so deeply offended,’ three major
conditions should be satisfied, namely, a reform of morals
with full adherence to natural and divine laws, the Five First
Saturdays devotion and the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary,” he said.
“Then to further emphasise how perilous the approaching
times would be, the Virgin, with motherly concern, warned
of the consequences of ignoring Her message: wars, Russia
spreading her errors, the persecution of the Church and of
the Holy Father. She, nonetheless, concluded Her message with
a vestige of hope: ‘in the end my Immaculate Heart will
triumph and a period of peace will be given to the world,’”
Clovis said that Catholics seeking to be faithful to Christ
and the Church he founded need not be afraid of the present
turmoil they are witnessing.
“At Baptism, we became
members of the Church Militant and, at Confirmation, soldiers
of Christ; we, therefore, have been recruited and armed for
deadly combat against the three implacable enemies of our
souls: the world, the flesh and the devil,”
“Recognising that ‘we are not contending against
flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the
powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness,
against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly
places,’ we fight, like the Apostles, taking the martyrs
for our models and Christ Jesus, Himself as our reward,”
Read Fr. Clovis' full talk here.