In a strange way, one of the things that keeps me motivated is seeing all of the pain and suffering of people in the commboxes of “Trad Inc.” websites. I see people descending into indifference, acedia, resignation that their faith (and the faith of the entire Church for the past 2000 years) has been “wrong”, “childish” and “papolatrous”, and lately lots of talk of going to the Eastern Orthodox – NOT the Byzantine Catholics, mind you, but specifically to the Eastern Orthodox in order to “escape” from any notion of the papacy at all, and even to actively embrace a rejection of the Petrine Office and Primacy.
The main thing I can do to help folks, and I see it every day in my email box and in the kind little notes that come attached to donations, is just EXPLAIN things. I am eternally grateful for every donation that comes in, and sometimes people append lovely long notes with quite a bit of information. But I am also struck many times by the donation that comes in with the two-or-three-word note: KEEP WRITING. Or, DON’T QUIT. Or, KEEP IT UP.
In that vein, I thought it might help some folks to see how exactly the fifteen mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary apply to this current Antipapacy situation. The Rosary is such a powerful, powerful tool and gift. I have learned the lesson well over these past years that if a person has contempt for the Rosary, it is a sure sign that said person is well on the road to reprobation, and should be avoided like the plague. RUN, DO NOT WALK, IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. St. Louis de Montfort knew of what he spoke. What I find about the Rosary is that it is, especially when prayed before Our Lord reposed in the Tabernacle, the best “thinking time” – even better that the “thinking time” in the shower, or while walking (or driving for those of you who still have cars). Much of what has been written here in this space on the Bergoglian Antipapacy has been fleshed out while praying the Rosary (the one notable exception being what will go down in lore as “The Great Latin Potential Subjunctive Fracas of ARSH 2018” – and “fracas” has to be pronounced in the posh English country style, “fruh-KAH”, not “FRAY-kuss”.)
Now, you might be thinking, “Ann! When praying the Rosary, one should be thinking about the Mysteries of the Rosary, not anything else!” Ah, but you see, the Rosary is intended to be used as a means to apply the Gospel to our every day lives. In fact, I think that the Rosary should serve as a daily “examination of conscience” aid AND as a way to process the events of one’s daily life. Pray all 15 decades of the Rosary every day, and use the Mysteries to reconcile, process and formulate a path forward EVERY DAY. Given that most of my work these days involves exposing and combatting the Bergoglian Antipapacy, you can imagine that I use the Rosary intensely to “reconcile, process and formulate a path forward.” So, this is a little run-down of how each Mystery applies specifically, but in no way exclusively, to the Bergoglian Antipapacy. These are just some of my thoughts. As always, I hope this helps.
The Joyful Mysteries
First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation
Fruit of the Mystery: Humility
Humility is first and foremost knowing who God IS, and what you yourself are NOT. Self-objectivity and self-awareness are key. Go to confession. Early and often. Don’t flirt with evil thinking that you can “handle it”. Avoid bad company and seek out virtuous company. Admit past mistakes, and then marvel at how the Divine Providence has caused good to come even from your mistakes, and always provided a path forward back to the right track. So long as we are still drawing breath, there is ALWAYS a path forward towards God, and that path forward is always visible and knowable.
Humility is also knowing what you ARE. What is your state in life? What are your strengths and abilities? Why are you where you are, when you are? “Behold, I am the handmaiden of The Lord.” Handmaidens WORK. Handmaidens SERVE. If The Master wants you to do something, do it. Refusing to answer the Master’s call claiming “unworthiness” for the task at hand is FALSE HUMILITY. If the Master calls you, you answer, and you answer in the affirmative, and worry not about anything else – because The Master is The Master, and you are the handmaiden. In this way, we are constantly reminded of Who God Is. He is INFINITE love, power, justice, mercy, logic, beauty, goodness, knowledge, rationality and truth. The Divine Providence is infinitely wise and thus unfailing, and God is omnipotent. He can do whatever He wants, whenever He wants, however He wants. Our Lord spoke these words to St. Catherine of Siena on humility:
“Do you know, child, who are you and Who I AM? If you know these two things, you will be blessed. You are she who is not; I, instead, am HE WHO IS. If you have such knowledge in your soul, the enemy will not be able to deceive you, and you will escape from all his perils; you will never consent to anything contrary to My commandments, and you will without difficulty acquire all grace, every truth and every light.”
Direct Application to the Bergoglian Antipapacy: God works in mysterious and surprising ways, and through people. The common trait of such people is HUMILITY, not any worldly status. The truly humble person, because he contemplates Who God Is, and what God’s attributes are, and his own smallness and nothingness, cannot be tricked by the diabolical confusion and chaos of the Bergoglian Antipapacy.
The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation
Fruit of the Mystery: Fraternal Charity, Love of Neighbor
“Not my circus, not my monkeys.” “Not my problem to fix.” “Above my pay grade.” “All I can do is focus on myself and my immediate household.” “If other people are scandalized, that’s their problem and their own fault.” “I can’t be arsed.” “This bores me. I’m not interested.”
This is just a sample of things you hear every day that are not only contrary to the virtue of fraternal charity, but even trying to use its inverse, the vice of indifference and acedia, as a proof of sanctity. Everything must be rooted in charity. Every soul is infinitely precious to Our Lord who knit every man together in his mother’s womb, and incarnated, suffered, died and rose again so that men might be with Him forever in the Beatific Vision. ANY blanket statement of indifference or acedia towards one’s fellow man is massively disordered. Our Lady, in her first trimester, underwent a long and physically arduous journey (probably on muleback) to help her elderly cousin Elizabeth then in her third trimester. Say what Our Lady said: “I have to go help.” Even with God Incarnate residing inside her womb, the ultimate paradigm of recourse, Our Lady didn’t merely pray for her cousin Elizabeth to the Infant Christ residing in her own womb, she PHYSICALLY WENT. For the love of Her Son, that is God Himself, she was filled with FRATERNAL CHARITY, that is, love for other human beings, and a desire to be of help and service at no small risk, inconvenience and discomfort (have you ever ridden a donkey?) to herself.
A very wise priest told me years ago that the number one mode of oppression that satan and the demons use in Rome which is the root of all of the wickedness in Rome, including all of the various sins against the 6th Commandment, is the vice of ACEDIA. There is a demonic cloud of oppression parked over the city of Rome that rains down upon those living there every day and every night an acid rain of ACEDIA, pathological indifference and lovelessness – and hardly anyone in Rome is carrying a proverbial umbrella. The Divine Office is barely prayed in Rome. The Rosary is held in eyerolling contempt. Adoration is sparse. And almost every church, the Petrine Basilica first among them, has been physically desecrated by sodomites whose presence is UBIQUITOUS.
Acedia is the vice of indifference – to just not care, but beyond that to NOT CARE THAT YOU DON’T CARE. This makes perfect sense in light of our work on Diabolical Narcissism, which is the freely chosen self-purgation of charity (love) from the soul. Indifference is the opposite of love. This cancer of acedia is why such massive corruption and sexual perversion has been able to explode into near-ubiquitousness over the past century. Turning a blind eye. Declaring indifference. “Not my problem.” “I can’t be arsed.” “I don’t care who X is having sex with. I just like being fawned over by rich, powerful people.” When what you are turning a blind eye to is the attempted rape and murder of the Bride of Christ, and thus the loss of countless souls, every one the beloved of Christ, the gravity of the fault goes exponential.
Beyond this, the new trend in “Trad, Inc.” is to declare indifference for Pope Benedict XVI and to the Church, and rejection in the narcissistic formula, “Even if he is the Pope, I don’t WANT him back!” Joseph Ratzinger matters. The fact that he is the Vicar of Christ on Earth only underscores this. The Blessed Virgin loved Peter even after he denied Our Lord and ran away from the foot of the Cross on Good Friday. And she WOULD have received Judas Iscariot too, if he had gone to her.
Direct application to the Bergoglian Antipapacy: Other human beings matter. Barricading yourself in your house – just “me ‘n Jesus” – washing your hands of the Bergoglian Antipapacy, and declaring that it isn’t your problem is a lie and a cop-out. Publicly declaring and ginning up aggressive indifference to Pope Benedict XVI, and thus the Papacy and the Church itself is a species of acedia. It is our problem, because other human beings are being scandalized unto damnation by it. Our Lady didn’t barricade herself in her house – just her and Jesus. She prayed AND acted.
The Third Joyful Mystery: The Birth of Jesus
Fruit of the Mystery: The Spirit of Poverty
What is the SPIRIT of Poverty? Simply put, it is DETACHMENT from wealth and any and all earthly “treasures”, including those of esteem and reputation. It is no sin to have wealth. The sin is to be ATTACHED to it such that it affects one’s moral decisions. Are you ready to lose absolutely everything if that is what the Divine Providence is? Are you ready to have your donations dry up for taking an unpopular stand? Are you ready to lose your reputation? To be ridiculed? To be mocked? Even ruthlessly calumniated? Are you ready to lose social standing? Are you ready to be doxxed?
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.
One thing I started doing years ago as an exercise in detachment when I realized how truly tenuous my situation was, was to silently in my mind “take leave” of people, places and things every time left them, just in case it was the last time I ever saw them (or it). This conscious development of detachment has been a truly invaluable habit, as one church that I frequented has been physically lost, and I did, in fact, “take leave” of it the last time I saw it. I also do this with people, although never aloud, as to do it aloud might cause people needless worry. But when parting company with people, I think to myself, “On the off chance that this is the end and I never see you again in this world, goodbye.” This is detachment. A readiness to let go of earthly treasures and consolations, be they physical or human, in order to serve God. What the virtue of detachment does is make one impervious to coercion or threats, and more fully abandoned to the Divine Providence.
Our Lady knew from the very beginning that she would have to “let go” of Our Lord, even unto His death. And so she cherished every moment, but when it was time, and He said to her at the Wedding at Cana, “What is it to you and Me?” which signaled to her that if He provided wine for the wedding that it would be the end of their “quiet little life”, and the beginning of His ministry which would lead to His torture and death, she was able to give her affirmation because she was detached from the earthly, and desired only that the Will of the Father be done, no matter what that meant for her earthly life. Can you imagine the strength of character turning that page in her life took? The intense daily pleasure of sharing and keeping a home for Jesus Himself? If she can do that, I can, at the very least, be detached from my Donate button, much less my earthly reputation, and even perhaps my liberty eventually.
Direct application to the Bergoglian Antipapacy: If you are truly detached from wealth and earthly comforts, consolations and pleasures, and are willing at any time to lose it all for the love of God and His Holy Church, then standing up to the Bergoglian Antipapacy and its various and sundry henchmen, and speaking the truth, no matter how unpopular, is not only an irresistible duty, it’s an authentic, vivifying PLEASURE.
The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
Fruit of the Mystery: Obedience, LOVE OF THE LAW
The Papacy is an irreversible, immutable JURIDICAL Office established by Christ Himself as a monarchy, and thus the Law, and the love of the Law is a critical concept with regards to the events of February of ARSH 2013. The Divine Providence, which is always perfect, saw to it that the 1917 and then 1983 Code of Canon Law was promulgated. Canon Law speaks specifically and directly to Papal resignation, and provides what can only be described as a miraculous coherence and integrity in the face of a set of circumstances that could not have been explicitly foreseen – the attempt by a reigning Pope to fundamentally transform the Papacy by attempting to “expand” the Papacy into a “collegial, synodal ministry” consisting of more than one man at a time, with a division of Petrine ministerial functions along the lines of “prayer and contemplation” vs. “active governance of the Church.”
If the Law applied to God Almighty, who IS the existential source and foundation of the Law, such that He was circumcised at eight days of age, spilling His Most Precious Blood, AND to His Mother, conceived Immaculate, and EVER VIRGIN, such that she underwent the Rite of Purification forty days after Our Lord’s birth – even though she remained perfectly pure – then to argue that Canon Law DOES NOT apply to the Pope, even inasmuch as a given Canon is simply a refined recapitulation of either the Natural or Divine Law, is a species of idolatry.
But there is another set of laws that is under attack in this situation as well. It is nothing less than an attack on REALITY ITSELF, specifically the law of THE LINEAR FLOW OF TIME. In the created universe, all existence is in the PRESENT, the past is FIXED, and the future is unknown. The PAST being FIXED and not changeable in retrospect provides EXISTENTIAL STABILITY – simply put, REALITY. Every man knows in his deepest being that events in the past are immutable, and thus the present itself – REALITY ITSELF – is reliable.
To say that a given man is the Pope today and thus ontologically IS THE POPE TODAY, but could be at some point in the future declared to have been an antipope, and thus his ontological state is the PAST TIMELINE would “change”, for example, “Bergoglio ontologically IS the Pope in ARSH 2021, but in ARSH 2178 he could be declared an antipope, and thus reality in the past in that moment of declaration CHANGES THE PAST RETROACTIVELY,” is nothing less than a satanic attack on the very foundation of REALITY.
Reality is stable. The past timeline cannot be “changed”, and ontological realities within the past timeline are fixed. God, the author and sustainer of reality is Himself the Guarantor of the stability of the timeline so that human existence can move through time with an intrinsic integrity and confidence in the REALNESS of the REAL.
Human beings need not worry that the past will somehow be changed such that one might be snuffed out of existence – and then perhaps reconstituted in existence again. We see this attack on the stability of the past timeline and REALITY in the realm of marriage – wherein the vast majority of Catholics today who have been handed a cookie-cutter “decree of nullity” firmly believe that they WERE married, but that the Church has decreed that the ontological reality of the marriage has been CHANGED. “I WAS married, but the Church has declared that I no longer am.”
We further see this is the sickening evil of so-called “transgenderism”. It is no longer Bruce Jenner who won the men’s decathlon in ARSH 1976. As of ARSH 2014, the PAST TIMELINE, REALITY ITSELF, has been changed – CAITLYN JENNER now retroactively REPLACES the past. It was “Caitlyn”, NOT Bruce, who not only won the gold medal, but EVER REALLY EXISTED.
Thus we see the argument that “The Pope is the Pope until the Pope says he isn’t the Pope”, or, “Bergoglio is the Pope today, although he COULD be declared an antipope in the future, and only then would he cease to be the Pope and be an Antipope.” Thus, within the timeline, depending on one’s relative position, say ARSH 2021 versus ARSH 2178, Bergoglio could both BE AND NOT BE the Pope. In ARSH 2021 he is, in ARSH 2178 he is not and never was. Something can not both be and not be. This is an full-frontal attack on the Law of Non-contradiction, and a satanic attack on all of humanity by throwing into doubt in the mind of men the most basic laws of the universe: the realness of reality, and the linear flow of time. To attack something so fundamental as the reliability of linear time is the ultimate attempt at establishing a reign of total chaos.
Application to the Bergoglian Antipapacy: Look to the Law, and love it, even the laws of physics, for God’s Law sets us free. God’s Law, including Canon Law, bring order and structure. Discarding them yields chaos, and even sets up a paradigm of idolatry wherein the Papacy is in one breath declared meaningless, and in the next breath declared to override Natural, Divine, Canon and even the Laws of the physical universe.
The Fifth Joyful Mystery: Finding Jesus in the Temple
Fruit of the Mystery: Joy at Finding Jesus
What did YOU find?
A social clique? Amusing luncheons with a coterie of fops and dilettantes, and cocktail parties with “rich, powerful people”? An entree into a social caste that you were not born into, and covet, or at least into a pool of fellow social climbers? Tasteful art and architecture? Somewhere that Latin is used? Beautiful music? A Disneyland/Narnia to live in? A rich vein of donation revenue to tap, maybe even enough to live off of without working?
Or did you find a Person, Divine, burning with infinite love for you and mankind, scourged, rejected, and crucified FOR YOUR SINS and the sins of the world, ready to forgive your every sin – if only you love Him, and thus sincerely repent.
Did you find a wildly corrupt and depraved institution – and nothing more, and thus without hope? Is the Pope your daddy who ran off? Is Jesus your spouse or paramour who dumped you? Is the communion of saints just a bunch perverts and grifters who were smart enough to fool everyone and never get caught? Are angels and demons as real as the characters in Star Wars – or just mis-identified space aliens? Is the concept of “grace” as fictional as “The Force”?
Or did you find Infinite Goodness, Graciousness, Holiness, Immutability, Impeccability, Charity, Omnipotence, Omniscience, Righteousness, Sovereignty, Veracity, Beauty, Mercy and Justice, Unity in Trinity, Incarnate, and Personal?
Simply put, did you find Jesus?
Application to the Bergoglian Antipapacy: Christ is Real, His Church is Real, and He Himself established the Papacy. His promises are rock solid, and His Providence cannot be thwarted, nor His Holy Church destroyed. If ANYTHING about the state of the Church or the Papacy seems to demand that EVEN ONE of the Divine attributes be denied, then there is a problem is with the base premise being false, NOT with God, not with His Church, not with His Vicariate, the Papacy, which He Himself established and protects.
In this case, the false base premise which seems to deny many of the Divine Attributes is the identity of the Pope (wrongly assigned to Bergoglio), NOT the identity of Christ.
I hope this helps.
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Co-Redemptrix, pray for us.
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and on Your One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, outside of which there is no salvation.