Our Lord Jesus Christ warned us that before His Second Coming, there would be a falling away from the Faith enabled by a great deception, a deception so convincing that even the elect themselves would fall for it if they were not specially prevented by God (see Matthew 24:3-25).
In 1973, Our Lady of Akita stated:
“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres…churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness.”
In 1977, Pope Paul VI stated:
“The tail of the devil is functioning in the disintegration of the Catholic world. The darkness of Satan has entered and spread throughout the Catholic Church even to its summit. Apostasy, loss of faith, is spreading throughout the world and into its highest levels in the Church.”
Are we in the times of the Great Apostasy that has been foretold by saints, popes and our Mother Mary? While no one can be certain, there are certainly warning signs all around us.
Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Brandmüller have both described the Amazonian Synod working document as an Apostasy. A panel of lay leaders from around the globe conducte a 3-hour round table discussion just prior to the Synod in which they identified specific problems with the Synod working document.
Since the sins of apostasy and heresy are a grave matter, they are mortal sins and endanger a person’s salvation. Further, the person engaged in these sins may also incur automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication. Canon law says: “An apostate from the faith, a heretic, or a schismatic incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.” (CIC 1364)
Just before he ascended into heaven, Jesus told the apostles:
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
Beginning on Pentecost, the apostles did just that, and the work of evangelization continues to this day. It is a calling that has not changed over the years, as Pope Paul VI affirmed in his letter on “Evangelization in the Modern World.”
We wish to confirm once more that the task of evangelizing all people constitutes the essential mission of the Church. It is a task and mission which the vast and profound changes of present day society make all the more urgent. Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize.
Evangelization is not an optional add-on. It is at the very heart of what it means to be Catholic followers of the Lord. Yet, in spite of this clear mandate, we may still be tempted to respond to this call to evangelization by saying that “Catholics evangelize with how they live their lives, not by our words.” We may even quote the words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel at all times; use words if necessary.” But this doesn’t mean that we can choose between proclaiming and witnessing the gospel, as if they both accomplish the same thing. Paul VI went on to explain in “Evangelization in the Modern World” the important interplay between word and witness in this way:
The Good News proclaimed by the witness of life sooner or later has to be proclaimed by the word of life. There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
The first commandment condemns polytheism. It requires man neither to believe in, nor to venerate, other divinities than the one true God. Scripture constantly recalls this rejection of “idols, [of] silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.” These empty idols make their worshippers empty: “Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them.” God, however, is the “living God” who gives life and intervenes in history. Idolatry not only refers to false pagan worship. It remains a constant temptation to faith. Idolatry consists in divinizing what is not God. Man commits idolatry whenever he honors and reveres a creature in place of God, whether this be gods or demons (for example, satanism), power, pleasure, race, ancestors, the state, money, etc. Jesus says, “You cannot serve God and mammon.” Many martyrs died for not adoring “the Beast” refusing even to simulate such worship. Idolatry rejects the unique Lordship of God; it is therefore incompatible with communion with God (CCC 2112-2113).
The opening ceremony for the Amazon Synod that took place on the grounds of the Vatican, included an Amazonian rite that many Catholics saw as a pagan ritual. After this ceremony, the idols in question were moved to Santa Maria in Traspontina, a Catholic church in the street Via della Conciliazione, and will be displayed there for the remainder of the synod.
The Catholic Church teaches that Jesus Christ is both True God and True Man (CCC 464). This belief establishes the underpinnings of our Catholic faith.
During the first week of the Amazon Synod, Pope Francis’ longtime atheist friend and interviewer, Eugenio Scalfari, claims that the Pope told him that Jesus Christ became incarnate, he became a man, a “man of exceptional virtues” but “not at all a God.” While the Vatican has issued a statement suggesting Scalfari’s reporting cannot be trusted, Pope Francis has not personally denied the report, despite being encouraged to do so.
The first letter of John refers to one who denies the divinity of Jesus as an Antichrist (1 John 2:22), since Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is from eternity one in being with God, His Father (CCC 663).
Our Church is now suffering one of the greatest trials in its 2000 year history. Scandal and confusion are causing many to abandon the faith, putting countless souls at risk.
It is easy to become overwhelmed with anger and anxiety. But in times of trial, we must cling to Jesus and the one true faith which is found in the Catholic Church. Each of us is called to be an apostle, especially in difficult times like these. We must proclaim the gospel, both in and out of season.
A beautiful new short film has been released which can help us in this mission. It is entitled “Manifesto of Faith: The Movie.” The film is based upon a document by the same name issued in February 2019 by Gerhard Cardinal Müller, former Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith.
The producers of this film have assembled a collection of resources each of us can use to help share this message of truth and hope with others. Please watch the film and then answer the call to become an evanglist for the faith.
“Manifesto of Faith: The Movie” has been released by Arcadia Films. This beautifully illustrated movie is a 22-minute cinematic presentation on Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s February 2019 “Manifesto of Faith”, which he wrote in order to combat what he called “growing confusion about the doctrine of the Faith” in the Church.
Richard and Stephen Payne of Arcadia Films, producers of the award-winning Saul Alinsky exposé A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (2016), are bringing to life Cdl. Gerhard Müller’s Feb. 8, 2019, “Manifesto of Faith.”
The father-and-son team have been laboring since February to illustrate Müller’s exhortation visually. Now, after more than seven months of work, their project is being made available to viewers worldwide. “Manifesto of Faith: The Movie” will premiere online at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 1; anyone interested joining in the debut can register at the film’s website.
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Makers of “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” Bring German Cardinal’s Text to Life
Winchester, Connecticut, October 1, 2019 — Arcadia Films, a division of City of Light Studios, today conducted the worldwide premiere of its newly released short film, “Manifesto of Faith: The Movie” at www.ManifestoOfFaith.com. The 22 minute film was created by Arcadia Films, an American independent film company established by the father/son team of Richard and Stephen Payne.
“This work brings to life and visualizes the “Manifesto of Faith” text written and released by Cardinal Müller on February 8, 2019,” said Stephen Payne. “He wanted to make a public testimony of the truth ‘in the face of growing confusion about the doctrine of the Faith’ among the laity and the clergy. The Amazon Synod in October presents a good time to re-set these discussions with the truth of the Faith as practiced for 2000 years. Controversy is nothing new to the Church, and, when it does occur, reasoned voices, like Cardinal Müller’s speak out to provide guidance and reassurance to the faithful.”
The text of the film is Cardinal Müller’s effort to carefully, clearly and succinctly express the truths of the Catholic Faith. Its intent is to reassure Christians that, no matter what they might hear, the Church remains firm in expressing the teachings of Jesus Christ and in guiding believers along the path to salvation.
“Our world is being increasingly polarized, disordered by what Pope Benedict called the evils of ‘the dictatorship of relativism’,” said Richard Payne. “The Manifesto of Faith presents the essentials, the basics of the ‘deposit of faith’. Jesus left this proclamation of the ‘Good News’ of the Gospel to His apostles. The Catholic Church has passed it down to us unchanged since the death of the last apostle, St John, about 100 AD.”
Preliminary advertisements of the release of the film have drawn thousands of registrations from people eager to see this groundbreaking work.
Gerhard Cardinal Müller is a German cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) from his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 until 2017.