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Communion in the Hand

Scribe: 

It has been written that receiving the Eucharist by the hand is one of the signs that the church is on its way to apostasy. Catholic dogma teaches the Real Presence of Christ in the Bread that is consecrated during mass and the soul of the devout is given countless blessings whenever he receives the Eucharist.

Pharisee:

Historically, speaking as far as we see back in time, communion in the hand had been practiced in the church as early as the fourth century or even as early as the time of our earliest church fathers. As far as we see it, no irreverence is made by the faithful if he receives the sacrament by his hand. Although it is said that only consecrated hands should touch the Sacred Bread, there are indeed exceptional times when lay people are allowed to touch it especially when the church is under persecution.

Saducee:

It is sad to see that so much ado had been raised concerning communion in the hand. Martin Luther and the other Protestant theologians are correct in trying to do away with such superstition. The bread in the mass is only a memorial feast as requested by Jesus Christ. In our modern world no such hassle is necessary since the species being used are simply bread and nothing else. Transubstantation is therefore only a Catholic superstition.

Herodian:

The Herodians are blinded by their addiction to the sciences and arts. The zeal of the faithful dictates that if the Lord said it and so it shall be! A mystery does not need any explanation.

Zealot:

And yet the Jews see Herod as a usurper! Jesus Christ may not be the Messiah yet for the Jews themselves, God’s original chosen people are still waiting for their Savior. Jew or Catholic, the zeal of one’s faith is the seal of his salvation. Let the people of the Book unite under one true Messiah.

But we dare say: 

That though we may be in agreement with some premises mentioned, the truth, the good and beautiful about this sacrament is not only meant as a Memorial that our King orders for His wisdom necessitates its goodness for the devout faithful. Otherwise, He would not have given the instructions. It is for us the Perpetual Sacrifice which sanctifies mankind. His object of salvation and take any attempt to undermine or diminish its greatness as coming from His Adversary, the devil. 

We therefore stop right away in arguing Its Truth through the many miracles made through Its Goodness but rather quote Its Beauty through the saints, e.g. re its conversion during consecration thus. 

“It is not man that causes the things offered to become the Body and the Blood of Christ, but He who was crucified for us, Christ Himself. The priest is in the role of Christ pronounces these words, but their power and grace are God’s. This is my Body, he says, the word transforms the things offered.” – St John Chrysostom 

“Be convinced that it is not what nature has formed, but what the blessing has consecrated. The power of the blessing prevails over that of nature because by the blessing nature itself is changed… Could not Christ’s word which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they are not before? It is no less a feat to give things their original nature than to change their nature.” – St. Ambrose 

We are just men, we only need two witness especially coming from the Communion of Saints’ but in fact, the Lord does not need any witnessing. He is the Word and the Truth less we forget. But we know that from the modernist, who is clouded by the smoke of Satan no such logic will prevail as he shuns anything supernatural, blinded to the fact, that the devil who deceived him is in itself supernatural. 

And since we are satisfied that It indeed is the Body of Christ, why should we allow unholiness to touch it? The Protestant theologians precisely would only consider the presence of bread and wine and not the Real Presence. It is obvious who has inspired their teaching so as to contradict His very Word and Witness. 

We just want to remind our fellow Catholics not to fall into such trap of the human mind of the to see is to believe kind. Rather believe and you will see as to paraphrase St. Anselm. 

The focus of the faithful should be on the veracity of the words that define what is held by the priest, “Body of Christ” and not the touch of what is being given. If familiarity indeed breeds contempt so would the touch of bread do the same to someone too weak to trust His word or too proud to convince himself that he is worthy to touch his King. 

The Vatican II illicit orders to remove the communion railings were in fact, attempts to lessen the reverence given to King’s Real Presence as people now just line up standing because kneeling was made impossible. 

In the Philippines, communion in the hand was introduced by French, German and Benelux missionaries who were sent to undermine the Filipino devotion to the Sacred Host. 

During those times there was an attempt to build a global Christian center atop one of the Pinatubo mountains (range). The very provinces where communion in the hand was being introduced namely Pampanga, Bataan and Zambales were greatly affected by lahar flow and ashfall when Mt. Pinatubo erupted. The eruption not only caused worldwide atmospheric status but hastened also the removal of Clark Air Base which was being renegotiated by the shameless Americans to even a period of ten more years much to the disgust of the Corazon Aquino administration. Mysterious indeed are the handiworks of God.

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The Militant Catholic

Scribe: 

It is a tradition of a devout Catholic to follow the pastoral guidance of the Pope, for in fact, as Vicar of Christ and speaking as the Spiritual father of the Church, he is infallible.

Pharisee:

As far as I see it, the Holy Office of the Pope is the most influential factor in the life of a Catholic faithful and in such exercise, is perceived as infallible. The ontology of such claim rests in the fact that, although being a mortal being, it is possible that his being a mere imperfect being as a man is supplied by Christ Himself who appointed him as Vicar and by the Holy Spirit with sufficient wisdom to be infallible. Such a possibility is also necessary because the Godhead can not possibly abandon the church He established to be prevailed upon by heresy or any teaching coming from the gates of hell. The guidance of the Pope is therefore deemed infallible.

Saducee:

It’s sad to see that although the ontology seems to be logically true, the syllogism may fail in form and substance. We are speaking here about pastoral leadership, or the manner by which a shepherd leads his flock on the way to religious fulfillment. It is therefore by way of a wise shepherd to explore or shorten and more comfortable route for his flock so that they can easily enjoy the pleasures of a greener pasture or the comforts of their corral. The shepherding suggested by the Vatican II is dependent on the confidences of his flock.

Herodian:

And yes, by confidence it means the pleasure of the mystical body itself. Performance of the leader should not be dependent anymore on some traditional legacy. As can be proven historically, a King of Israel does not have to come from the House of David to perform better as a King. David himself did not qualify to build the Temple of God, but Herod as recognized by Imperial Rome, which is legally-recognized authority was able to do so even under Roman rule. Even Christ recognized as a Messiah was not able to build a temple and even used temple built by Herod a faithful Jew should.

Zealot:

And yet the Jews see Herod as a usurper! Jesus Christ may not be the Messiah yet for the Jews themselves, God’s original chosen people are still waiting for their Savior. Jew or Catholic, the zeal of one’s faith is the seal of his salvation. Let the people of the Book unite under one true Messiah.

But we dare say: 

That the fallibility in question is not just a matter of logic nor form or substance. A sound pastoral leadership should be theologically and therefore dogmatically sound. The infallibility of the church is in the doctrine and not on any person. Popes are only instruments, as they are just vicars of the Immutable God. Church dogma or doctrine does not change following the whims of someone leading or those following. Pastoral leadership must depend on God’s teaching because He is The Way. A militant Catholic must not only be militant but also vigilant because God works in mysterious ways and comes like a Thief in the night. The comforts of the flock are subordinate to their safety and there is no other truth than a good shepherd should find other than those of the Good Shepherd because He is the Truth. A good pastoral leader and a good follower (who knows His Voice) no longer looks for another light because the Good Shepherd is the Light. 

There is no shorter or safer route towards the Truth for the narrow and uneasy path of via crucis had already been designated. The Militant Catholic today does not to follow the pope even if he appears to be a good pastoral leader. Truth is never a popularity game and therefore the ballots cast influenced by the St. Gallen Mafia do not count for a vigilant Catholic. Conciliar fathers who imitated Solomon, despite their wisdom, prostituted their faith by tending to pagan and anti-Christian rituals and programs, in the name of ecumenism, should not be followed in their examples. And so it is the pleasure of the mystical body to eliminate the essential sacrifice of the mass to simply transform it into a feast? By God, how could John Paul II make the Code of Cannon Law too relaxed so that other sexual perversions are no longer defined such perverts in the church can now go Scot-free to continue victimizing members of the flock? 

[Please compare 1917 (Pius X) against the 1983 revision] John XXIII violated the instruction of the Blessed Virgin Mary herself, when he opened the sealed Secret of Fatima in 1960 only to pronounce the visionaries of Fatima as doomsday prophets (who may affect the Vatican II Council opening negatively) and tasked the same secret to be kept in oblivion selfishly claiming that it does not refer in anyway to his papacy. 

Francis, having been elected pope through the intervention of the Sankt Gallen Mafia is the implementor of this group’s agenda that is why he conveniently saying that his papacy is focused on being pastoral and not theological. Goodness! Can the shepherding of the Pope even depart from being theological. So, this must be the reason for his pronouncements which undermine belief in the existence of hell (which is part of the Fatima secrets and celibacy and sympathetic to immoral arts. Paul IV himself said that the Vatican II does not claim to pronounce any dogmatic claim but a pastoral orientation to update the church (aggiornamento). Therefore, its pronouncements clearly can be fallible and not binding to any devout catholic. In fact, we can witness that he himself is fallible by handing himself to Satan. This anathema he did to himself when he violated canon law by removing the offices of subdeacon, acolyte, exorcist and porter. In fact also he made himself witness against Vatican II when he said that “through some crack (which first described as mysterious) the smoke of Satan entered the church.” There was no mystery here since he and John XXIII are instrumental in inviting the following protestants as consultants: 1 from the Reformed Community of Taize, 2 Lutherans, 2 Anglicans and 1 Methodist. Small wonder that the practice of ecumenism is abused and the liturgy of the church is radically changed. It was this instance of modernist attack that St. Pius X had been struggling to be avoided in his short but glorious papacy. 

Alright, we may set aside the damning third secret of Fatima but can the Holy Mother be wrong when she prophesied in La Sallette that the papal throne or the highest office of the church will be reached by evil? This is the crisis in the church that we have written in our first installment so we are asked as members of the militant church to be vigilant enough o discern wrong teaching from that which is sound and to really engage the enemy which has entered within. 

They were in a hurry, these modern barbarians, to declare the conciliar fathers as saints so that what they say and do can be considered as good, true and beautiful. And yet for their antiphon they have called on Lucifer, their morning star as the father of Jesus. How blasphemous. 

We would rather stick to our Morning Star, the real Mother of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Can you join us please.

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The Crisis in the Church

Scribe: 

It has been written that the reform made by the Vatican II has led to a crisis within the church.

Pharisee:

As far as I can see it there is no real crisis within the church today. The changes within the church are inevitable because we live in a modern world. The doomsday prophecies made in the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary seem to be happening only in the minds of pessimistic Catholics. In fact, John XXIII himself alluded to the visionaries of Fatima as “doomsday prophets” and that their predictions do not in anyway refer to his pontificate. Paul VI simply implemented aggiornamento or the updating of the church and although has brought about the winds of change within the church, there is no crisis, which came along especially an apostacy that could be claimed from the top.

Saducee:

It is sad to see that the church which finally opened itself to modern reforms is being challenged by some religious thinkers who are simply traditionalists. Actually what happened was that Vatican II simply paved the way to a pleasant ecumenical exchange between the Catholic church and the other churches for a more harmonious relationship. No less than John Paul II has implemented what Paul VI and his liturgist, Annibale Bugnini, and theologian, Augustin Bea have started. There is indeed a fresh air within the church as the novus ordo priesthood is evolving and the new theology is being practiced. The church has definitely become more responsive to the modern needs of mankind. It does not anymore condemn married priests as those who are remarried nor does it pass judgement on those who are gay or those who have practiced abortion. Today, there is greater active lay participation and even the women are becoming more welcome.

Herodian:

The new liturgy instituted by Cardinal Bugnini and commissioned by Paul VI is more relevant to the people as new art forms adorn the novus ordo missal. There is no more varied music and even interpretation dance and theatre even during mass. Even church architecture conformed to ritual changes such that even the bothersome communion railings are abolished. Even the statues of St. Michael the Archangel is no longer relevant to guard churches since Paul VI has even abolished the office of the exorcist.

Zealot:

But the Roman curia has evolved into a curious Roman circus of sorts with queers, mafiosi bankers, and gays hold sway and paint the way. The city of seven hills is reverting to paganism and Viaticannus, the hill of divining is being resurrected! We should rebel against this wickedness and apostasy!

But we dare say: 

Not even apostasy launched from the top or the hierarchy or for that matter, as we quote, even the gates of Hades can not prevail over the church that Christ has founded. 

Yes, indeed there is an apostasy growing into a monstrous size day by day. On the third secret of Fatima, Silvio Cardinal Oddi said “It has nothing to do with Gorbachev (any contemporary leader). The Blessed Virgin Mother was alerting us against apostasy in the Church.” And on the same subject, the Dominican Mario Luigi Cardinal Ciappi has this to say, “In the Third Secret it is foretold, among other things, that the great apostasy in the church will begin at the top.” 

Disobeying the wishes of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as quoted by Sor Lucia Dos Santos, John XXIII read the contents before 1960 and simply dismissed it as a doomsday prophecy which does not concern his pontificate. He did not want his eager momentum on Vatican II to die a natural death because of a supernatural caution. Modernism indeed abhors any supernatural interference because humanity is it’s new god. Paul’s aggrionamento is the church’s prescription to suicide. He would even admit that by “some crack of smoke of Satan” has entered the church. So much for fresh air. No wonder the mass which is the perpetual sacrifice was simply made into a “feast” presided over by a novus ordo priest and even a farce at that, when theatricals and modern music are employed. Augustin Bea’s novus ordo theology of extreme ecumenism and conscience over dogma has made even popes appear silly. Now, they remove the St. Michael statues and allow Pachamama, the earth goddess to be installed within sacred grounds. They even have to poison Pope John Paul I because of so much love for the blood money laundered in banks. 

Watch out as Pope Francis continues to implement the Freemasonry-Illuminati master plan of Alta Vendita, the marching orders for those who want to destroy the church. 

The first agendum will be to allow divorced and civilly remarried men to receive the sacred host. This would mean that Christ who is actually present in the Eucharist is being turned over again to sinful handlers. 

Second agendum could be the ordination of married men and women. This would mean that the Body of Christ is submitted for judgement by unworthy judges. 

Third agendum, would be the recognition of same sex union since the new concept of theology of conscience alone holds. This would definitely allow the mob to insult the Christ and open Him to torment and scourges. 

Then the agenda will be completed upon which a new church hierarchy will be pleasing to civil governance paving way to a one world religion of the Anti-Christ. This definitely will be the church’s crucifixion to please humanity. 

No wonder Pope Francis would not or could not answer dubias raised by some faithful priests. His silence is more eery than the silence of the lambs. No wonder too that the motto of the Godless French revolution has easily taken root within the Church. Liberty is present under the guise of synodality. Equality is present in subsidiarity. And of course, fraternity is collegiality. There is no such thing as a real pre-eminent pope sovereign among the college of cardinals of the Catholic (Universal) Church. He is only the Bishop of Rome. One among many, who can say mass not only for many but for all

The agenda will be easier to execute. With synodality regional decisions can be made by bishops putting forward the changes the Freemasons have painstakingly worked up in the church. With subsidiarity or the missions of local councils to higher decision-making will reinforce them. And at last with the collegial decision of cardinals of the Bishop of Rome could just give a ministerial approval. Humanity’s godless cause to place man in place of God is achieved using liberty, equality and fraternity.

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Third Secret of Fatima

Scribe: The common knowledge or information circulating concerning something of vital importance.

Pharisee: The shared knowledge or belief system of religious sectarian or denominational positions which project their own bigoted stance on the matter.

Saducee: The shared artistic sophistication and scientific sophistry which project the present pleasure of humanity.

Zealot: The revolutionary expression of rage and disatisfaction of some people concerning the matter at hand.

Herodian: The seemingly beneficial stance of occult and technologically covert diabolical systems.

Conclusion: The stance of the few who recognize the mesianic role of Jesus as King of the Jews: circumcised gentiles or Jewish converts to the real and beautiful practice of Good Christianity.

Topic #1

The Third Secret of Fatima

Scribe: 

Those in the media and some in the hierarchy would say: The Third Secret of Fatima had already been divulged as early as the potinficate of John XXIII who is now a canonized saint. The manner by which it was kept hidden by the church hierarchy makes mankind wonder concerning its content. Especially, why has it been kept secret for so long or in fact if it indeed was revealed already, what are its real content?

Pharisee:

Those who are established princes of the church and bishop would say: As far as we can see, the secret as already been unravelled. There is no need to sensationalize on its contents because the only reason for its being hidden is because in the 1960s such changes would have cause some uproar in some sectors of the church which are still sensitive to winds of change.

Saducee:

Those who are not happy with church affairs may say: Sad to say, the secret needs to be kept even up to this time because some in the church hierarchy are involved. The winds of change continue to blow and many revelations continue to shock members of the church.

Zealot:

The crimes committed by some clergymen are outrageous! The cardinals and bishops continue to perpetrate these crimes and even the Pope was derelict in his duty as shepherd of the flock. Perpetrators of crime against their fellow priests, women especially nuns and children who were grievously molested should pay for their crimes.

In Conclusion: The militant church member should be aware that there is a resident evil within the church and its influence must have reached the papal throne. In purifying the church which has become so worldly in its attempt to be relevant to modern times, the only possible way is to gradually be liberated from its fatal contagion by returning to its simple and positive origins.

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On the Fifth Century of Philippine Christianity

Perhaps, it would need another search by the holy empress to really find where the cross was first planted for the first mass ever for even through the historical commission had deemed the case closed, that it was indeed Limasawa. Siaga's noble descendant Rajah Eddie Asaytona claims otherwise. He says it is in Masao, in the Butuan delta. I am myself a sign of contradiction, I am a mere adventurer and not a historian but I find a Masao island in the river delta by the sea very plausible especially if balangays are dug from such sand-filled rivers.

And contradictions do not just start there. It might just be the beginning of many other contradictions. For the forebears of Siagu may already have been Christianized earlier by missionaries from India as Rajah Asaytona declares. Siagu may not be keen anymore about converting to Catholicism because he already believed even then. He simply asked his brother Kulambo, who lives not far from Batangas, but actually comes from Tandaya (Leyte) to sway or persuade Magellan's group to instead go to Sugbu (Cebu) where more provisions can be obtained so that the “Ophirian” gold mines would not be rediscovered. The Rajah is therefore saying that the source of Solomon's gold as well as timber is Butuan, formerly a capital of the Shri Vishayan empire. Hence, we are establishing that Kulambo, despite the presence of his monument in the city hall ground is not the king of Butuan but Siagu, and rather he is the King of Tandaya. Now, we have established the reason, too, for Magellan's journey to Sugbu; he needed more provisions for his expedition's continuation.

But it was Humabon, King of Sugbu, who embraced the faith along with his wife and are considered historically as the first Christian convert natives. Now, it would seem that it was so easy for Humabon to be converted but what if he was “Christianized” earlier as Siagu was according to Rajah Asaytona? Humabon simply remembered an Infant Child already being the object of worship in his domain. The Sugbuhanons may have been “Christianized” earlier. Even the elemental spirits have their religion, aside from the fact that some of them would even want themselves worshiped by people, However, Magellan boasted that in the name of the King of Spain, though he was the Portuguese Fernao, was willing to subject any upstart who may challenge the new Christian king. And so like a superintendent fired up by gossiping supervisors, he thought of subjugating a mere principal, Lapu-lapu, who was simply doing his empowerment skills. Therefore, it was a clash of principles that brought about the untimely death of the great explorer on the reef coastline of Mactan.

Fortunately, the reports of the great expedition rediscovering the archipelago of Pintados or tattooed men inspired Felipe II to send not only explorer-soldiers, but also missionaries as well, with the explicit additional objective of evangelizing the islands. It was indeed the reason why they were called the Philippines in honor of an otherwise unknown king. Consequently, as the conquistadores easily subdued the small Malay kingdoms which relatively co-existed as a unique civilization of its own, the frailes missioneros performed their task of spreading the Gospel and the expansion of the Catholic Church as well. Slowly but surely, the church grew, from Cebu to Manila. There were Nueva Caceres and Nueva Segovia too, snatching the believers of animism and the nature spirits and nullifying the influence of pagdiwata by the babaylans and other native shamans.

From the headhunters of the Cordilleras to the Muslim raiders of Mindanao, the Christian religion of Catholicism engaged the challenge. Headhunting which was a source of security for the ownership of terraces and pocket farms had to be censured like the Moorish tide of raiding balangays for “thou shall not kill” nor steal. The mumbaki and imams have to contend with the wisdom of a “foreign faith”.

 

While the church grew so did the secular administration. On both sides, the abuses eventually occurred. Secular Spaniards who came from the peninsula considered themselves lords over the natives which they called the Indio. Even those already born in the islands felt they were superior than the Malays of the archipelago such that the Indios were at the receiving end of the abuses. Apparently, too, the cobardes who did not want to become soldados thought of the cassock as a means to evade being drafted. Eventually, these cowardly priests became the religious that served the people. Of course, I am speaking in general terms and there are those who led saintly lives serving as good examples of Catholicism to the people. But the others really took advantage of their position and abused the Filipinos even up to the time of the Great Malayan who wrote his two great picaresque against them.

Even sadder is the fact that the Indio does not have the right to give glory to God in a manner that a white man can. Only a few were allowed to enter priesthood and when the few started becoming many, the frailocracy was alarmed that Filipino priests were being given assignments as parish priests and might even become bishops later. This secularization had a great impact on the Indio spirituality that it has to culminate in the execution by garrote of the Angeles(his last name was not Gomez)-Burgos-Zamora trio. But sadder still is the fact that the Indio can not initiate forming an association of men for the greater glory of God because Apolinario de la Cruz or Hermano Pule who attempted to form an Indio brotherhood was criminalized by the insecure frailocracy. The poor brother and his brothers were corrupted and transformed into fanatical tulisanes. So powerful was the frailocracy that it could conspire a progressive Governor General such as De La Torre.

Therefore, because of the despotic regime, the various uprisings were inevitable due to the different abuses levied against the people. Indeed the three centuries of Spanish colonization was a time of aggression, oppression and depression which invited may forms of rebellion. It was the period akin to the Roman rule which martyred the zealots and even the Messiah whom the Jews themselves failed to recognize even after more than a couple of thousand years. The martyrdom of Rizal and the Angburza generated ripples that later became giant surges that overthrew the colonial government of Spain. But the Masonic leadership of Aguinaldo was deceived by the United States' imperialistic plans. Despite the tidal surges, the Filipino faith held steadfast to Catholicism, it was the oppressive government that was the real enemy and not the Mother Church. Perhaps, too, a third of the stars fell because of the revolt. Agapito Lontok, a Katipunero and his fellow mystics, established the colorum movement to uproot Catholicism. Gregorio Aglipay founded the Philippine Independent Church which basically followed Catholic canons because as a revolutionary chaplain of the Filipino army, he did not want the coffers filled by Filipinos to leave the islands and be administered by Rome. Lontok's colorumism identified Rizal as the Messiah for the Philippines but Aglipayanism at least remained cognizant of Jesus Christ. Colorumism identified fairies as its Mary equivalents (Maria Makiling, Sinukuan etc) but Aglipay remained faithful to the Virgin Mary. Her being patroness of the archipelago as Our Lady of Guadalupe continued to influence the faith.

There were two instances of Protestant invasion of the Philippines. One was the Dutch attempt which was miraculously won by the Filipino-Spanish navy of two old galleons refitted as warships against an armada of less than twenty Dutch warships. This victory is known as La Naval de Manila which calls to mind the great battle of Lepanto. The second was the British invasion of Manila which unfortunately was embraced by the great patriot, Diego Silang, who accepted a petty rank from the British empire. Perhaps, he was too enraged with Spanish abuses in the Ilocos and/or he was simply duped by the unfamiliar English language. The late Eli Soriano was provoked into exposing himself as a non-prophet when he entertained a question on why the people of Cainta are dark-skinned. Soriano answered that people in Cainta are dark-skinned because the town is close to the equator! Actually, the Sepoys, the Indians who came with the British did not leave with them because they wanted to remain when the occupation failed. They settled in Cainta and married native women, hence, we have a gene-pool of Indian-looking men in that town. Had the Dutch and British attempts of invasion succeeded, the Philippines may have remained Christian but predominantly Protestant.

And yet the decade of American colonization which treated the Philippine revolution as a mere insurrection brought in much of the Protestant germ of thought. The Philippines under the American rule felt a new kind of freedom despite the usual white discrimination against the natives. McKinley's Benevolent Assimilation disguised as beneficial to the Filipinos actually exploited them and their resources. New so-called theological thoughts pervaded the religious atmosphere. For the first time, more Filipinos were able to read the bible and give it their own interpretation hence the spread of many heretical denominations which were explainable because of abuses committed by clergymen. Pastors, ministers and protestant missionaries brought the new faith impetus which undermined Catholic teaching. In fact, because of biblical “scholarship”, new denominations were formed such as the “Iglesias” of Manalo and Soriano. There came a generation of “prophets” who studied from one bible school to another in order to come up with their own body of teachings. The American influence is indelible in Felix Manalo's teaching that the Big Four who met at the outset of the first world war were indeed the angels mentioned in the Book of Revelations. President Wilson was one of the angels together with the worst murderer Joseph Stalin. Suffice to say that Manalo was a messenger of God according to Webster. And yet the Filipinos remained constant to the faith unswayed by the rabid attacks against Catholicism by the leaders who are enjoying the ignorance of many born Catholics concerning their faith.

The theory of the “great falling away” from the truth was primarily exploited. The Protestants harping on the mistakes made by the popes as sinful men became one of their bases. This made the universal church vulnerable to their attacks feeding gullible men scandals so that they could snatch their souls. This despite the promise that the “gates of Hades” cannot prevail over the Church He established. Of course, it would be easier to target an elephant than an ant. And it would be easier to see scars and pus on an elephant's skin than the vermin on an ant's leg so thin. Manalo easily won the gullible men who seriously believed that he was indeed the ibong mandaragit and not Cyrus, the Great, despite the fact that he never conquered any nation nor kingdom. For if he was indeed the angel from the far east, how would he be different from the founder of the Moonies of Korea? Eli Soriano on the other hand subtly hinted that there were those who journey on roads that changed the proper course. He named his program Ang Dating Daan (ADD) but this would not add up to the essential truth but rather subtract essentially for he may not be aware that the former path before the Messiah was the old religion which is Satan's.

Not even the three “Godless” years of Japanese occupation was able to overwhelm the faith of the Filipinos. General Tomoyuki Yamashita may have been able to ransack the shrines and temples of Southeast Asia but the Catholic churches, though some were bombarded, stood their ground like the Filipino guerrillas. The Japanese were already weak and desperate even under the time of the Tiger of Malaya when the so-called American liberators came. The Filipino spirit shone against the godless occupation of the Japanese empire and proved once more that it is indeed in consonance with the sign of contradiction. Had the Japanese succeeded in making the Philippines an annex of their empire, the weaker Filipinos may have reverted to the worship of nature spirits which is in complement with ancestor-worship in Shintoism. Anyway, Dagohoy's revolt of more than 80 years is incredible even without the assistance of the elemental spirit which helped him.

In the golden years that followed liberation from the Japanese, there was a short rekindling of the faith as religious groups and churches were restored. Then came the alleged apparition of the Virgin Mother as the Mediatrix of All Grace in Lipa. Why not? She has been appearing in the different parts of the world for her children. Why would she leave out the only Christian nation in Asia? But church authorities led by Rufino Cardinal Santos are incredulous that the Queen of Heaven and Earth would visit a nation so humble and small as the Philippines. Maybe even our priesthood suffers from colonial mentality. Perhaps that is the reason too why despite our Catholicism we were only able to produce two saints. Have we forgotten the signs of contradiction? We are at peace with our faith and there is no religious persecution which produced many martyrs as in Korea and Japan. But I am very sure that there are many more Filipinos who lived saintly lives worthy of canonization. Perhaps, the Talampas sisters could hurdle cliffs made by the Devil's Advocate or Mother Ignacia could be proven to have been really filled by the Holy Spirit and perhaps even at least one of the three priest martyrs may have lived in the odor of sanctity despite politics. Heaven must have greater place for Filipino saints because those who were last could be the first.

But the sign of contradiction is with us once more. The Modern Filipino is besieged by modernism generated by the reforms of Vatican II. For the first time, in the church's history, we have a pope who “resigned” when it is impossible for popes to resign. The evil brotherhood has predicted the reign of a South American pope and are apparently waiting for the fulfillment of their new prediction, the election of a Black Pope.

For being Christians nowadays means a lot of things. There are Christians who are sanctimonious and even those that are seen preposterous. The five centuries of Christianity in the Philippines made me evolve into a universal soldier with the charism of confirmation. And being Catholic and universal, I know I should not discriminate against my brothers whoever they may be. But being Catholic means I must also have discernment and in this I am committed to exercise it.

The first Filipino saints, St. Lorenzo Ruiz and St. Pedro Calungsod, were both OFWs. They were parts of the mission abroad. It must be another Filipino syndrome again aside from not loving his homeland and being indolent because of the bountiful graces of the land. Why are Filipinos more disciplined abroad? Why is he performing very well abroad even as an overqualified domestic helper or an underrated technologist? What is new with this new wandering Jew? That is because he is not a practicing Catholic. He prefers the rat race which is the heretical American way of life of having a house, a car and vacations and lots of dollars to satiate his consumer greed. He hates the sunlight that darkens the skin, he wants more elements in water he drinks, he hates sharing the air that other people breathe. He has become so modernized and materialistic that he claps his hands on cue during mass because for him it is a feast for his senses and is no longer a sacrifice. But alone abroad when he starts to feel the suffering, his spiritual self regains consciousness and strive to do better as God's masterpiece. It is in suffering that he excels. But in his homeland despite the poverty and continual storms, he remains cheerful as a child of hope. But he needs not excel. He casually forgets that he is a member of Christ's Body because help comes anyway. He does not need any reason to excel because it is not a necessity. But he must will it, find reason and remember to be a member once more on that excellent mystical body.

Perhaps, had the Philippine church taken the cause of the Lipa apparitions instead of suppressing it, the dogma of the Virgin's being indeed the Mediatrix of All Grace may have been ably defended in the Council. But nay, even the Fatima visionaries were labeled as doomsday soothsayers by no less than Angelo Roncalli, the Mason, who became a pope and was even proclaimed a saint. Perhaps, too, there would be a better prophetic treatment of the Chinese designs mentioned by the Virgin to Sister Teresing in her apparition. Well, the Filipinos are experts in bashing each other and as the South Koreans say, we are a people who do not love our country. We always love the new and the imported things, hence, we welcome very much the Novus Ordo without properly thinking.

Overconfidence and being overcautious are both signs of lack of faith. Heretics like Luther, Manalo and Soriano assumed so much that they know everything about the faith and led others astray. Luther was overcautious with indulgences. Manalo was overcautious about images and so was Soriano. They filtered the gnat and swallowed the camel. It takes a humble person who the Virgin Mother called Juanito Diegito to emphasize his being little to acquire true faith. And as around six million souls were lost in Europe because of Luther's pride, around six million Mexican natives were converted to the faith due to the Lady's apparition in Tepeyac Hill. And for me, it is no accident that Our Lady of Guadalupe became the Patroness of the islands of the painted Indios.

For the Holy Spirit will not allow the Filipino to be forever deceived. His five hundred years of formation is more than enough to awaken the gift of discernment which is in slumber at the moment. There will come a time when he, as a sign of contradiction, will speak the truth and defy the Anti-Christ. Saint John Paul II, the Marian Pope, can not be wrong about the islands that awaited and continued to celebrate His coming.

The Sanhedrin was the forum for the pharisees, who believed in the resurrection and in angels, and the saducees, who are akin to new theories and philosophies. All beliefs and philosophies concerning God and His creation are allowed to be expressed here.

 

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