I’m increasingly wondering if we are witnessing the conflict prophesied by Pope St John Paul II in the mid 1970’s — the conflict between the true Catholic Church and the anti-Church:Share
We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realise this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel.Some have interpreted Pope St John Paul II’s warning about the confrontation between the Church and anti-Church as referring to persecution by atheistic secularism, that is now in the ascendency in so many countries. No doubt this is true, but I’m also certain that it also refers to the conflict we are witnessing between those who remain faithful and loyal to Our Lord’s Gospel and the increasing numbers who reject Our Lord’s teaching out of adherence to ‘political correctness’ such as that of the LGBT ideology. The imposition of this politically correct ideology in many parishes and dioceses is creating an anti-Church that is in opposition to the Catholic Church, the true Church of Christ.
The anti-Gospel of the anti-Church is in many cases indistinguishable from secular ideology. The natural law and commandments of God that have informed and protected man’s moral, spiritual and physical well-being for thousands of years are overturned. The anti-Gospel proclaims a narcissistic, hedonistic attitude that rejects any constraint except that imposed by man-made laws. God’s will is being deposed in favour of the individual’s will-to-power, will-to-pleasure and will-to-consume. The anti-Gospel seeks to de-throne God as creator, saviour, and sanctifier replacing Him with man the self-creator, self-saviour and self-sanctifier. It is the ancient, prideful heresy under the guise of “human rights”.
During the present time the Catholic Church and the anti-Church co-exist in the same sacramental, liturgical and juridical space. Instead of breaking away from the Catholic Church, the anti-Church attempts to pass itself off as the Body of Christ, seeking to induct, or coerce, all the faithful to become adherents of PC ideology. When the anti-Church succeeds in taking over the space of the true Church we see the rights of man supplant the rights of God through the desecration of the sacraments, the sacrilege of the sanctuary, and the abuse of apostolic power. Politicians who vote for abortion and same-sex “marriage” receive Holy Communion, husbands and wives who have abandoned their spouses and children for adulterous relationships receive the sacraments, priests and theologians who publicly reject the Church’s doctrine are free to exercise ministry and spread dissent. (Read more.)