Making sense of today’s craziness
The Papacy & the Passion of the Church
During last year’s Fatima Conference sponsored by the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI) in Spokane, Washington, Mr. Mario Derksen, pictured below, gave a most informative lecture on the subject of the Catholic Papacy and the Church’s Mystical Passion. We are happy to be able to share the audio and also a written version of this presentation.
What has happened to the Catholic Church? This is the question that everyone who has a love for the Church is asking himself in our time. The Church of Jesus Christ is divinely guaranteed to be indefectible: She cannot change in her essence; she cannot defect from her divine mission; she cannot compromise with the errors of the world; she cannot lose the Faith and suddenly promote a different religion. Yet, the institution which today calls itself the Roman Catholic Church has done these very things and is diametrically opposed to the Catholic Church of Pope Pius XII (d. 1958) and his predecessors.
Mr. Derksen makes sense of the grotesque situation today in light of traditional Catholic teaching and Scriptural prophecy. After explaining the nature and purpose of the divinely-established Papacy, he draws attention to the “mystery of iniquity” prophesied in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-11, which speaks of a “revolt” that must “come … first” before all of God’s designs for His Mystical Body are fulfilled. The revolt against Christ and the Church, the “operation of error”, has been from the very beginning, but until the appointed time, there was a divinely-established power to restrain it, and this power is nothing other than the Catholic Papacy, as we are informed by the Church’s most learned authorities on the subject.
Closely resembling the Sacred Passion of her Lord, the Church’s own Mystical Passion includes the striking of her shepherd; that is, a true and valid Pope will be absent for a time. And just as it was with our Lord 2,000 years ago, so too in the last days this striking of the shepherd does not occur until the appointed time, and only because God Himself desires it thus, for the salvation of His elect (cf. Jn 7:30; Jn 10:17-18; Mk 14:41; Jn 17:1).
In this 49-minute talk, Mr. Derksen also takes to task the adherents of the false “recognize-and-resist” position for promoting a false passion of the Church, one in which the Pope is not the victim of the Passion but its very perpetrator — where the Pope, as Vicar of Christ, is not persecuted, mocked, and despised by the enemies of the Church, but where he himself is outrageously turned into a veritable “Vicar of Judas” who perspecutes Jesus Christ and the faithful! Such an absurd and blasphemous position the speaker shows to be entirely contrary to the Catholic Faith.
Like the original Passion of her Divine Founder, so the Church’s Passion will also culminate in a Mystical Resurrection. It is not for us to know the day or the hour of our deliverance; rather, it is for us to persevere in prayer and remain steadfast, and to tremble at the realization that we have been counted worthy to be allowed to witness the Passion of His Mystical Body. May our Lord at all times find us faithful and not have cause to repeat to us the words He once addressed to His disciples: “…O foolish, and slow of heart to believe in all things which the prophets have spoken. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and so to enter into his glory?” (Lk 24:25-26).
You will find your ears glued to the speakers of your computer as you listen to this cogent and compelling presentation, which will once again give you hope and trust in the Catholic Church and her holy Magisterium, reminding you that no matter how dark the times we live in and how frightful the sufferings we must endure, God is fully in control of this unfolding of Divine Providence, which He determined from all eternity.
Listen to this exciting talk and share it with friends and family:
The Papacy & the Passion of the Church
by Mario Derksen (Oct. 14, 2016)
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A written version of this talk is also available:
“The Papacy & the Passion of the Church” (PDF)
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