Thursday, December 31, 2020

The One True Church Under Peter

By David Martin

While tradition has it that St. Luke was a gifted painter, we also see that he created very artistic impressions with the stroke of his pen impressions that are filled with deep religious and symbolic meaning. The opening of chapter 5 of St. Luke’s Gospel beautifully exemplifies this.

And it came to pass, that when the multitudes pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he [Jesus] stood by the lake of Genesareth, and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And going into one of the ships that was Simon's, he desired him to draw back a little from the land. And sitting he taught the multitudes out of the ship. Now when he had ceased to speak, he said to Simon [Peter]: Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said to him: Master, we have labored all the night, and have taken nothing: but at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they enclosed a very great multitude of fishes, and their net broke.” (Luke 5:1-6)

From this we see that Jesus Christ teaches the world from Peter’s Barque, the Catholic Church, outside of which Christ does not abide. The Barque of Peter is Christ’s footstool from which to instruct humanity on salvation. This instruction is to be executed through the priests whom Christ calls “fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)

Furthermore, Jesus desires that Peter’s boat be set back from the land, that is,  the Church must be set apart from the world. As has been taught through the centuries, the Church cannot merge with the world or adopt secular teachings, which is in keeping with Jesus’ words: “My Kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36)

We also see that when the ministers of Peter’s Barque take the Master at His word and let down their nets the traditional way, they bring up an enormous draught of fishes, but when they labor all night in the dark employing human methods (as they have since Vatican II), they catch nothing.

Tradition Works

This is a lesson for the clergy to return to Sacred Apostolic Tradition, which among other things would mean a universal return to saying the Mass with the priest facing the altar (ad orientum). For the New Mass with the priest facing the people with his back to the tabernacle (versus populum) has served to bring about a historic shift of focus where the emphasis is on the community and not on God. The modern Mass and procedures since Vatican II unfortunately  have driven the Holy Barque shipwreck onto secular coasts, so it is important that Christ again be lifted up in center-view before the Church through the offering of the Traditional Latin Mass so that the people can again be absorbed in Christ and things eternal.

In the meantime, it is important that the faithful reject the modernist teachings being dished out by today’s bishops and even by the pope, remembering that the hierarchy are capable of falling from the Faith. If Pope Francis feels he must betray the Faith and consort with the Church’s enemies and he says “our duty is to obey” U.N. globalists and abortionists who are working overtime to destroy Christianity and bring about a communistic one-world government – the “Great Reset” –  he is free to exile himself, but it doesn’t mean we’re supposed to be like him. As one holy priest once said from the pulpit, “Dearly beloved, you don’t have to go to Hell for anyone.”

Restoration From Within

The bottom line is that our defense of the Faith must be done within the confines of Peter’s Barque, remembering that it is not Francis’ Church but Christ’s Church. We indeed must separate ourselves from Francis’ heterodox ideas, but if we want to win the battle we must remain within the arena, i.e. within the Church’s main hierarchical body under Rome, and try to restore tradition from within.  

Like the good guys in the movies who battle the pirates on deck who are trying to take over the ship, we too must remain on Peter’s Barque and not abandon ship during the crisis, remembering Pope Benedict’s statement of July 15, 2017, when he said that the Barque of Peter is "on the verge of capsizing."

With the crisis intensifying with each passing day, the true Catholics must hold the ailing Barque of Peter afloat until help arrives from Heaven. That day may be coming soon!





JBQ said...

"My kingdom is not of this world". Good talking point.

Constantine said...

Happy NewYear!
We must keep in mind that Christ is King of Heaven and Earth. He created the world we live in. He redeemed the world we live in. We owe Him for it. Because this creation "is good". His "Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven." Francis is doing something atrocious. He is making the Church and God subservient to Fallen Nature. It should be the other way around. Nature must be subservient to God.
"My kingdom is not of this world" means the objectives, values, meaning, of God are detached and not bound from mere fallen humanistic purposes and meanings.But as much as we are created and redeemed by Christ, all our political, social, economic and cultural institutions, because they are human made are, also, by corollary, created and redeemed and designed to please the Creator,and to help purify humanity from the taint of Original and Personal Sin

John said...


David Martin said...

Re: Constantine - While God indeed created everything and the earth is His property, it is not His tabernacle or domain, especially since it has been given over to Lucifer. For while God is everywhere, i.e. His all seeing eye penetrates everywhere, He does not dwell everywhere but dwells only in His tabernacle - His Church. As with Christ Himself, the Church and its spirit are above the world, not of the world. "For all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world." (1 John 2:16) Accordingly, the Apostle says, "Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him." (1 John 2:15)

When it is said that Christ redeemed the world, it simply means He opened the door to redemption, because a person isn't automatically redeemed because Christ died on the Cross. Even baptized people, perhaps most, fall away from the Faith and walk an "unredeemed" path. Unless a person abide in a state of grace, his works could never be called "redeemed," otherwise we'd include as redeemed acts rape, murder, fraud, and all the sins of man. Perhaps you meant to say "good works" done in Christ are redeemed? I trust that is what you meant.

Tom A. said...

Your analogy clearly indicates that Francis has left the Barque and has joined the forces of the world. So have the vast majority clergy and laity. If you attend their masses you also have left the Barque and have joined them on land. Francis and the Novus Ordo clerics have obviously abandoned the Barque of Peter. Stick with Tradition. Francis is not Tradition. He is an imposter and so are his bishops and clergy.

Justina said...

If we don't have to obey even Francis when his teachings are heterodox, do we have to obey the bishops who try to require us to wear masks in church? Critics of Bergoglio often point out the fact that he meddles in areas beyond the limits of his competence, but aren't many bishops, in assuming the role of Health Minister, doing the same? If you object to masking as a matter of conscience, you are advised it is merely prudential. But you are never allowed to ask whether it is right for supposedly prudential matters to be uniformly, one-sidedly enforced.

Unknown said...

Let's not follow Pope Francis gross errors and associates we must remain traditional in the Catholic Faith!


Constantine said...

@ "David Martin"_ yes, "good works done in Christ are redeemed". Good works cannot be worth anything if they are banal and humanistic works detached from its purpose to know, live and serve God, so that we can be with Hin one day in Heaven. This Means, also, thet good deeds performed by nonCatholics are of no use (such as the US Constitution). But all acts (including framing of a US Constitution) can be sanctified by Catholics. Seizing the words of the Constitution and reinterpreting and even rewriting the meaning of the words to a purely Catholic meaning ( one that nonCatholics would not agree with) so it would have exclusively Catholic meaning. In this, we can see how we can sanctify the political State. And we could proceed to do the same for economics, culture, social institutions, etc.
When you state:
"When it is said that Christ redeemed the world, it simply means He opened the door to redemption, because a person isn't automatically redeemed because Christ died on the Cross.".
The Teaching of the Church through the constant and infallible Magisterium of the Church is that Man cannot presume who is Saved and Who is not Saved. Predestiny to Salvation is a hallmark of Calvinists. The Gnostics also ascribe to this, because Salvation for them is secret knowledge known to a few. Moreover, it was the Gnostics who taught that this world is corrupt and evil. And they taught that we must escape this life. They taught that the soul was trapped in a corrupt body, and nothing we did could prevent us from being bad and doing bad.
As orthodox Christians, we know this not to be true. The world was created good but it was tainted by sin and imperfection. And with Christ's Resurrection, and Redemption of the world, both Heaven and Earth are united in God's Glory. The only main difference, is that on Earth, we must work and struggle to make God's Kingdom. Because God's Kingdom although in us and in this world, the world retains, not corruption, but a weakness to revert back into Sin. We must work through God and His Graces, to achieve and maintain, as best we can, God's Kingdom here on Earth. We live in the Joy of the Resurrection, here and now, because everyone, here and now, is Free of the Taint of Original and Personal Sin, if they simply say "Yes" to God's Love and Forgiveness. All people are given a place at God's Table. Many people are called. In fact, all are called to the marriage feast. Those included are Saved from Baptism of Water, others by Desire to know and follow the True God. Because God's Graces are sufficient for all to join Him. Few, however, do respond to God's Actual Grace positively. But it is universally available.
The Presumption that we are condemned and have little or no Hope is just as Bad as the Presumption that we are Saved.
Unlike what the Gnostics taught,there is nothing evil in our world, except whatever Evil we wish to bring into it. It is in our Free Will that we have a choice. And we have an obligation to make His Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven. This world is not Lucifer's. It still is God's. God's Tabetnacle is here in this world. But God choices us to be his instruments of Salvation. And He dwells in us and made our bodies Temples of God. He lives in us. And makes His Tabernacle in us. He made an Earth woman, Mary, His Tabernacle. He lives in the Tabernacle of every Catholic Church. And in the Eucharist, comes to make Hinself a Tabrrnacle to reside in the Tabernacle of our own bodies, in our families, governments, businesses and cultures. But, as I said, it is an uphill struggle, because of our Fallen Nature,but not Evil Nature. It is up to us to say "yes". For we have Free Will.