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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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14 Responses to “The Papacy & the Passion of the Church”

  1. Geremia16


    at no point is there any mention of the true Church teaching error, legislating harmful disciplines, promulgating evil sacramental rites, or of the Pope himself becoming an enemy of Christ through public heresy or apostasy.

    However, Cdl. Manning’s The Pope and The Antichrist seems to imply that the spiritual revolt must come from the true Catholic Church, not a counter-church:

    We have here [2 Thessalonians 2:3-11] a prophecy … of a [spiritual*] revolt, which shall precede the second coming of our Lord … The authority, then, from which the revolt is to take place is that of the kingdom of God on earth, prophesied by Daniel [cf. Daniel 2] as the kingdom which the God of heaven should set up … in other words, the one and universal Church, founded by our Divine Lord, and spread by His Apostles throughout the world. In this one only kingdom was deposited the true and supernatural pure theism, or knowledge of God, and the true and only faith of God incarnate, with the doctrines and laws of grace. This, then, is the authority from which the revolt is to be made, be that revolt what it may.

    [*”St. Jerome, with some others, interprets this revolt to be the rebellion of the nations or provinces against the Roman Empire. … They have revolted, and no manifestation has appeared.” Thus, the revolt is spiritual, not temporal.]

    • Michael S

      Great quote from the original Douay. I really enjoy the commentary on that one.

      Cardinal Manning wrote some good stuff, but he also wrote some odd things. He was a converted Anglican with a soft spot for schismatics and unabashedly said so in his book called “Sin & its Consequences”. He also was not a Bishop, but made Cardinal as a Priest.

    • Michael S

      The example of St. Joan d’Arc is a good example of a Bishop who broke communion with the Papacy by refusing her right to appeal to the Pope when she requested it. The faithful clergy removed themselves from the scene to report to the higher ups once the act of apostasy was publicly manifest… from what I remember anyway, correct me if I’m wrong.

      Also, I don’t think he is implying here that there has never been an evil Bishop doing unjust things to the faithful, but that no Bishop in union with the Papacy will ever inflict heresy upon his faithful and persecute those who fail to comply. By such a very public act the Bishop would sever himself from union with the Pope and the Church in one horrid move.

    • corvinus

      A humorous quote I’ve seen here: “If Francis isn’t the False Prophet, the real one should sue him for impersonation.”

  2. Pedro

    It is time to pray and fast, with Ash Wednesday upon us tomorrow. Also a great time to pray the Holy Rosary and implore Our Lady’s intercession under Her title as the Hammer of Heretics to crush the serpent and all who follow his wicked designs.

  3. kinley

    The Apocalypse or Book of Revelations mentions two witnesses who preach Jesus Christ, denounce evil and oppose the Anti-Christ before Jesus’s second coming. I have always wondered, why would the two witnesses even be needed, given the presence of the Church, the Church’s teachings, the Church’s Magisterium, and the the Church’s spreading of Jesus Christ’s Word. The Church has represented Christ and fulfilled that need for two millennia. Why the two witnesses? Is the answer now here or approaching?

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