I think that the recent La Stampa article by my friend Emmett O’Regan, with which I profoundly disagree, shows just how deep this crisis of confusion goes and how pernicious this perceived division between loyalty to the faith and loyalty to the Pope, as such a thing could ever exist. Such a correction is the ultimate act of loyalty to the Pope, most particularly in a world that hates truth.
I know that Emmett is a loyal son of the Church. It pains me that men like him cannot see the justness and loyalty of those who risked much for the faith to issue this needed correction.
I am reminded of a vision from Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich. In the 19th century, she described a future terrible crisis in the Church in which she saw faithful Catholics enter a Church amid great tumult and crisis. The faithful Catholics felt compelled to come to a Church and…well, just read it. I feel this is us right now.
“They must rise at twelve at night, and pray in this manner; and they must keep coming to the Church. They must pray above all for the Church of Darkness to leave Rome…”
“She (the Holy Mother) said a great many others things that it pains me to relate: she said that if only one priest could offer the bloodless sacrifice as worthily and with the same disposition as the Apostles, he could avert all the disasters (that are to come). To my knowledge the people in the Church did not see the apparition, but they must have been stirred by something supernatural, because as soon as the Holy Virgin had said that they must pray God with outstretched arms, they all raised their arms. These were all good and devout people, and they did not know where help and guidance should be sought. There were no traitors and enemies among them, yet they were afraid of one another. Once can judge thereby what the situation was like.”
Yes, one can judge thereby what the situation is like.