a prophetic novel by Michael H Brown
A coming sign? Events by a sinister personage? Disaster? In his first work of
fiction, Brown pens the driving, suspenseful, and deeply spiritual story of
a mysterious government property that harbors secrets relevant not only to a
young cop who tries to investigate strange goings-on, but also to an equally
mysterious and incredibly powerful old priest who joins forces with him to solve
the mystery -- and try to prevent an end-times-like disaster!
'SPIRIT OF JUDAS' INFILTRATED CHURCH IN WAY OF SECULARISM AS WELL AS
REVELATIONS OF ABUSE
The Holy Catholic Church founded nearly twenty-one centuries ago is currently
incurring a bombardment that might be compared to what London endured during
World War Two.
The rumble in the distance, the nightly
sirens, are not, of course, actual aerial strafing, but each new revelation and
surprise and disappointment is a bomb and seems devastating.
It is also, as the great mystic Maria
Esperanza might have said, a good purification.
The Lord is moving in His Church to remove very dark elements.
He is removing what might be called the "spirit of Judas."
is interesting that earlier this month, within a week's time, two different high
Vatican officials made remarks about the horrendous and
unprecedented clergy-abuse crisis.
One was Pope Benedict himself, who
urged young people not to abandon their faith in God
because of the "attacks of evil" within the Church. "Carry intact
the fire of your love in this Church every time that men have obscured her
face," said the Pope in a foreword to a new catechism edited specifically
for young people.
Here's a rumination: would the
Church in the West not improve if every member of the clergy and hierarchy
emulated the humility and acuity of the Pope?
Cardinal Jorge Medina, in Chile: "Any informed Christian knows we are prone
to weakness because of our human fragility. The devil gets in where he can.
Priests are not immune from his snares."
official lamented over how clergy far too often fail to admit their
guilt, and once they have, to seek forgiveness from their victims.
Sad it is that officials
have to issue such statements, but it is not surprising for those who have long
expected our time to be one of tumult.
The spirit of Judas
within Catholicism -- so prevalent in too many diocesan offices (where
secularism, aloofness, and arrogance have taken hold) -- is not tolerable
and shows us plainly that when Pope Leo XIII warned Satan had been given a
century to test the Church and when Pope Paul VI subsequently warned that
the dark smoke of Satan was rising through a "fissure," they knew what they
were talking about (in Paul VI's case, he was speaking specifically about
the infiltration of intellectualism and scientism).
In fact, that intellectualism -- the turn away from deep spirituality,
mysticism, and devotionalism,
emphasizing instead the institution -- is
at the heart of this crisis.
It was the
liberal-intellectual-worldly-academic mindset that excused, and still excuses, sexual
Our seminaries somehow began
to conform with the template of secular education.
Why they did this is
and has not yet been rectified; there is still
cooperation with worldliness -- which will always fail. Jesus called it "lukewarm" and
said God spat such out. Incredible it is that
devotional Catholics find reason to rejoice -- are almost amazed -- when a priest allows
a parish to have something like Adoration.
Priests should be begging for
parishioners who take such an interest.
And so in this way too do we
know that the devil has infiltrated.
It was Benedict who likewise nailed it when he stated that there are two
kinds of Catholics: spiritual ones and "professional Catholics."
Unfortunately -- and we hate
to say this -- it seems like professional Catholics control the majority of
rectories, Catholic schools, and chanceries (not to mention music
This might be a bigger crisis
than the infiltration of homosexuality, and is responsible for the aridity
that has turned countless away from regular Mass attendance (although really
there is no excuse for missing Mass).
The Church is under attack
from all sides, sometimes literally -- as earlier this week when an arsonist
torched one in California and in several recent cases of statue defacements
or even thefts (not to mention publicity just this week for an occult rock
star who released a song proclaiming an infatuation and love for, yes,
To place the abuse crisis in
perspective, there are nearly half a million priests in the world -- more priests
than there are people in a city like New Orleans. If
headlines were made every time a person in a city that size transgressed,
there would not be enough room in the local newspaper. The number remains a
low but still extremely disturbing (and inexcusable) percentage -- actually,
unbelievable; last week came astonishing words from a Belgium bishop who had
to be banished to a facility in another country, but not before he publicly
made light of his acts.
Thankfully, new claims of
sexual abuse are plummeting. But it is devastating to know that in the U.S.
alone, the abuse crisis has cost Catholics $2.3 billion (that's 2,300
million, or enough to send 51,000 kids to Catholic grammar school), much of course pocketed by lawyers. Meanwhile, at least in
Philadelphia, there are indications that it has now become much too easy to
accuse a priest of abusing a youngster, and we remain skeptical of some
claims of "repressed" memories.
How many of us have had major
negative things happen to us that we have totally forgotten for decades?
At any rate, it is difficult
to conclude other than that there has been a complete breakdown in the
higher local Western clergies. What a shame that so many good priests (and bishops)
have to suffer. We expected the donning of sackcloth, but instead
have received bureaucracy. Excuse this Lenten lamentation. The Pope has said
it more strongly than we could. Bishops and priests will make a comeback,
upon developing humility. This is our prayer. Perhaps it should be a prayer
of many Catholics upon the conclusion of this potent prayer time called
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