The moon landing of 1969 never took place, it was rigged by the government in the desert of Arizona. There is proof of extraterrestrial life hidden from us. The Queen of England is behind a plot to decimate over 75% of the human population. These are the headlines one usually reads on the tabloids in the local supermarket. Unfortunately, some Traditionalists make us look no less sane when they claim our theological positions are from mystics, apparitions, and private revelations instead of understanding the theology of the Church that stands firmly behind us.
This past week, someone sent me a comment for publication (which I declined) claiming to be an advertisement for Masonry and exhorting everyone to "join and get rich and powerful fast." A phony e-mail and phone number were included. The upshot was that Traditionalists are "conspiracy nuts" and not to be taken seriously.("You mean the pope isn't the pope? Haha.") Anyone who reads my blog each week knows that I'm no conspiracy theorist. However, as the old Latin maxim goes, In medio stat veritatis ("In the middle stands the truth."). Masonry is a secret society that has been plotting the downfall of the True Church and Christian civilization since it was founded in the 18th century. Everything is not conspiratorial, but certain things are; we even have the penal code in each state that delineates the crime of conspiracy. Here in New York, Article 105.3 of the penal code defines "Conspiracy in the second degree" as " A person is guilty of conspiracy in the second degree when, with intent that conduct constituting a class A felony be performed, he agrees with one or more persons to engage in or cause the performance of such conduct. Conspiracy in the second degree is a class B felony."
Bottom line: is there a conspiracy to overthrow the Church and Christian civilization? In a word, yes. The sources I will cite are hardly on the level of supermarket tabloids.
According to the Bible (Douay-Rheims Version with Challoner notes available at drbo.org/chapter/600002.htm) in 2 Thessalonians 2:
 A revolt: This revolt, or falling off, is generally understood, by the ancient fathers, of a revolt from the Roman empire, which was first to be destroyed, before the coming of Antichrist. It may, perhaps, be understood also of a revolt of many nations from the Catholic Church; which has, in part, happened already, by means of Mahomet, Luther, &c., and it may be supposed, will be more general in the days of the Antichrist.
 The man of sin: Here must be meant some particular man, as is evident from the frequent repetition of the Greek article: 'the man of sin, 'the son of perdition, 'the adversary or opposer. It agrees to the wicked and great Antichrist, who will come before the end of the world.
 In the temple: Either that of Jerusalem which some think he will rebuild; or in some Christian church, which he will pervert to his own worship: as Mahomet has done by the churches of the east.
 And now you know what withholdeth, that he may be revealed in his time.  For the mystery of iniquity already worketh; only that he who now holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way.  And then that wicked one shall be revealed whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth; and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming, him,  Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders,  And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying:
 God shall send: That is God shall suffer them to be deceived by lying wonders, and false miracles, in punishment of their not entertaining the love of truth.
 That all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity.  But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved of God, for that God hath chosen you firstfruits unto salvation, in sanctification of the spirit, and faith of the truth:  Whereunto also he hath called you by our gospel, unto the purchasing of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle.  Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God and our Father, who hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation, and good hope in grace,
 Traditions: See here that the unwritten traditions are no less to be received than their epistles.
 Exhort your hearts, and confirm you in every good work and word.
Now the Gospel according to St. Matthew Chapter 24 (Ibid):
 And you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that ye be not troubled. For these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be pestilences, and famines, and earthquakes in places:  Now all these are the beginnings of sorrows.  Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall put you to death: and you shall be hated by all nations for my name' s sake.  And then shall many be scandalized: and shall betray one another: and shall hate one another.
 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall seduce many.  And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold.  But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom, shall be preached in the whole world, for a testimony to all nations, and then shall the consummation come.  When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand.
 Then they that are in Judea, let them flee to the mountains:  And he that is on the housetop, let him not come down to take any thing out of his house:  And he that is in the field, let him not go back to take his coat.  And woe to them that are with child, and that give suck in those days.  But pray that your flight be not in the winter, or on the sabbath.
 For there shall be then great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, neither shall be.  And unless those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved: but for the sake of the elect those days shall be shortened.  Then if any man shall say to you: Lo here is Christ, or there, do not believe him.  For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect.  Behold I have told it to you, beforehand.
 If therefore they shall say to you: Behold he is in the desert, go ye not out: Behold he is in the closets, believe it not.  For as lightning cometh out of the east, and appeareth even into the west: so shall the coming of the Son of man be.  Wheresoever the body shall be, there shall the eagles also be gathered together.  And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be moved:  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all tribes of the earth mourn: and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with much power and majesty.
 Wheresoever: The coming of Christ shall be sudden, and manifest to all the world, like lightning: and wheresoever he shall come, thither shall all mankind be gathered to him, as eagles are gathered about a dead body.
 The stars: Or flaming meteors resembling stars.
 The sign: The cross of Christ.
 And he shall send his angels with a trumpet, and a great voice: and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the farthest parts of the heavens to the utmost bounds of them.  And from the fig tree learn a parable: When the branch thereof is now tender, and the leaves come forth, you know that summer is nigh.  So you also, when you shall see all these things, know ye that it is nigh, even at the doors.  Amen I say to you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.  Heaven and earth shall pass, but my words shall not pass.
 Shall pass: Because they shall be changed at the end of the world into a new heaven and new earth.
 But of that day and hour no one knoweth, not the angels of heaven, but the Father alone.  And as in the days of Noe, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, even till that day in which Noe entered into the ark,  And they knew not till the flood came, and took them all away; so also shall the coming of the Son of man be.  Then two shall be in the field: one shall be taken, and one shall be left.
 Two women shall be grinding at the mill: one shall be taken, and one shall be left.  Watch ye therefore, because ye know not what hour your Lord will come.  But know this ye, that if the goodman of the house knew at what hour the thief would come, he would certainly watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open.  Wherefore be you also ready, because at what hour you know not the Son of man will come.  Who, thinkest thou, is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath appointed over his family, to give them meat in season.
 Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord shall come he shall find so doing.  Amen I say to you, he shall place him over all his goods.  But if that evil servant shall say in his heart: My lord is long a coming:  And shall begin to strike his fellow servants, and shall eat and drink with drunkards:  The lord of that servant shall come in a day that he hopeth not, and at an hour that he knoweth not:
 And shall separate him, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The Bible definitely tells us of a conspiracy against humanity by Satan and his agents to bring about our ruination and damnation.
Masonry and Modernism--Working Towards the Same Goals
"...all supernatural order is denied, and, as a consequence, the divine intervention in the order of creation and in the government of the world and in the possibility of miracles; and when all these are taken away the foundations of the Christian religion are necessarily shaken. Men even go so far as to impugn the arguments for the existence of God, denying with unparalleled audacity and against the first principles of reason the invincible force of the proof which from the effects ascends to their cause, that is God, and to the notion of His infinite attributes. "For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made: his eternal power also and divinity" (Rom. i. 20). The way is thus opened to other most grievous errors, equally repugnant to right reason and pernicious to good morals.
The gratuitous negation of the supernatural principles, proper to knowledge falsely so called, has actually become the postulate of a historical criticism equally false. Everything that relates in any way to the supernatural order, either as belonging to it, constituting it, presupposing it, or merely finding its explanation in it, is erased without further investigation from the pages of history. Such are the Divinity of Jesus Christ, His Incarnation through the operation of the Holy Ghost, His Resurrection by His own power, and in general all the dogmas of our faith. Science once placed on this false road, there is no law of criticism to hold it back; and it cancels at its own caprice from the holy books everything that does not suit it or that it believes to be opposed to the pre-established theses it wishes to demonstrate. For take away the supernatural order and the story of the origin of the Church must be built on quite another foundation, and hence the innovators handle as they list the monuments of history, forcing them to say what they wish them to say, and not what the authors of those monuments meant...
Not less deplorable are the injuries which accrue from this negation to the moral life of individuals and of civil society. Take away the principle that there is anything divine outside this visible world, and you take away all check upon unbridled passions even of the lowest and most shameful kind, and the minds that become slaves to them riot in disorders of every species. "God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness, to dishonor their own bodies among themselves" (Rom. i. 24). You are well aware, Venerable Brethren, how truly the plague of depravity triumphs on all sides, and how the civil authority wherever it fails to have recourse to the means of help offered by the supernatural order, finds itself quite unequal to the task of checking it. Nay, authority will never be able to heal other evils as long as it forgets or denies that all power comes from God. The only check a government can command in this case is that of force; but force cannot be constantly employed, nor is it always available yet the people continue to be undermined as by a secret disease, they become discontented with everything, they proclaim the right to act as they please, they stir up rebellions, they provoke revolutions, often of extreme violence, in the State; they overthrow all rights human and divine. Take away God, and all respect for civil laws, all regard for even the most necessary institutions disappears; justice is scouted; the very liberty that belongs to the law of nature is trodden underfoot; and men go so far as to destroy the very structure of the family, which is the first and firmest foundation of the social structure." (paragraphs #15, 16, and 19; Emphasis mine).
In his great encyclical condemning Freemasonry, Pope Leo XIII, wrote in Humanum Genus:
"What refers to domestic life in the teaching of the naturalists is almost all contained in the following declarations: that marriage belongs to the genus of commercial contracts, which can rightly be revoked by the will of those who made them, and that the civil rulers of the State have power over the matrimonial bond; that in the education of youth nothing is to be taught in the matter of religion as of certain and fixed opinion; and each one must be left at liberty to follow, when he comes of age, whatever he may prefer. To these things the Freemasons fully assent; and not only assent, but have long endeavoured to make them into a law and institution. For in many countries, and those nominally Catholic, it is enacted that no marriages shall be considered lawful except those contracted by the civil rite; in other places the law permits divorce; and in others every effort is used to make it lawful as soon as may be. Thus, the time is quickly coming when marriages will be turned into another kind of contract - that is into changeable and uncertain unions which fancy may join together, and which the same when changed may disunite.
With the greatest unanimity the sect of the Freemasons also endeavours to take to itself the education of youth. They think that they can easily mold to their opinions that soft and pliant age, and bend it whither they will; and that nothing can be more fitted than this to enable them to bring up the youth of the State after their own plan. Therefore, in the education and instruction of children they allow no share, either of teaching or of discipline, to the ministers of the Church; and in many places they have procured that the education of youth shall be exclusively in the hands of laymen, and that nothing which treats of the most important and most holy duties of men to God shall be introduced into the instructions on morals.
Then come their doctrines of politics, in which the naturalists lay down that all men have the same right, and are in every respect of equal and like condition; that each one is naturally free; that no one has the right to command another; that it is an act of violence to require men to obey any authority other than that which is obtained from themselves. According to this, therefore, all things belong to the free people; power is held by the command or permission of the people, so that, when the popular will changes, rulers may lawfully be deposed and the source of all rights and civil duties is either in the multitude or in the governing authority when this is constituted according to the latest doctrines. It is held also that the State should be without God; that in the various forms of religion there is no reason why one should have precedence of another; and that they are all to occupy the same place." (paragraphs # 21 and 22; Emphasis mine).
Finally, according to theologian Berry, "The prophesies of the Apocalypse show that Satan will imitate the Church of Christ to deceive mankind; he will set up a church of Satan in opposition of the Church of Christ. Antichrist will assume the role of Messias; his prophet will act the part of pope, and there will be imitations of the Sacraments of the Church. There will also be lying wonders in imitation of the miracles wrought in the Church." (See Berry, The Church of Christ: An Apologetic and Dogmatic Treatise , , pg.119; Emphasis in original)
A Common Plan in Practice
From the above we see some common threads of belief, and I will demonstrate their place in modern life.
- Agnosticism, by which human reason cannot lift itself up to God.
- Indifferentism by which religion is to be tolerated at best. Education must exclude God as much as possible. There is no true religion.
- The supernatural is non-existent. Atheism is the logical outcome.
- Moral relativism, because morals cannot come from God.
- Marriage is whatever the State wants it to be.
Keeping these diabolic principles in mind, take note of the following in America:
- A prosecutor mentioned seven words from the Bible in the court lasting a few seconds. As a result, the jury sentence of a man convicted of clubbing a 71 year old woman to death was overturned. (See Commonwealth v. Chambers, 599 A. 2d 630, Sup. Ct. PA, 1989).
- A federal judge prohibited a minister from teaching a secular anti-drug message in public school, even if he didn't wear clerical garb or identify himself as a minister. (See Alexander v. Nachodoches School District; Civil Action 9:91CV144 [U.S.D.C., E.D. Tx 1991)
- In Florida, a judge ordered a copy of the Ten Commandments to have "Thou shalt not kill" covered so the jury wouldn't be "prejudiced" (See State of Florida v. George T. Broxton, Case # 90-02930 CF [1st Judicial Cir. Ct., Walton County, Fl, 1992)
- People of the same sex have a "right to marry." (See Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ )
- Philosopher Peter Singer tells us there is nothing wrong by having sex with animals. According to a review of his paper entitled "Heavy Petting", "The argument that bestiality is unnatural because it cannot lead to procreation is not good enough, he says, because many widely practiced sexual activities, which are seen to be natural, cannot lead to procreation either. Isn’t bestiality cruel and harmful? Not necessarily. Can animals meaningfully give consent to sex? Well, sometimes they initiate it, as for instance a dog rubbing its genitals against a human leg. If the animal shows a preference and there are no harmful consequences, there appear to be no grounds in Singer’s ethical framework to object" (See http://www.utilitarian.net) Singer says, "Once we admit that Darwin was right when he argued that human ethics evolved from the social instincts that we inherited from our non-human ancestors, we can put aside the hypothesis of a divine origin for ethics."
- The Ten Commandments may not be posted in public school classrooms because "it's plainly religious in nature." (See Stone v. Graham, 449 U.S. 39 ).
Take note of the following in the Vatican II sect:
- "Atheists can go to Heaven"--"Pope" Francis
- "Proselytism is nonsense."--Ibid
- "Who am I to judge"--Ibid
- "Most (changed to "many") marriages today are invalid."--Ibid
- The Church must "ask forgiveness of the gay person who is offended" because the Church "marginalized" them--Ibid
- "Never proselytize in schools."--Ibid
- "The sentence 'Jesus has risen' thus expresses that primitive experience on which all Christian faith is grounded..." (Fr. Joseph Ratzinger--aka "Pope" Benedict XVI, Principles of Catholic Theology [San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1987], p. 184).--Note that the Resurrection is not an historical FACT it is some fuzzy "experience"!
The Founding fathers of our country subscribed to the naturalism of Masonry. Many were actual Masons. Add on the Modernist takeover of the former Vatican, and we can see the damage done is no accident. God is out and the "New Atheism" is in. Everything spelled out by the True popes and theologians prior to Vatican II regarding the dangers and plot of the Modernists and Masons has come to fruition. I know Elvis is dead, and the Moon landing really happened. I'll never see conspiracies behind every door. Then again I cannot forget the facts and the warning of Pope Pius VII: "Therefore, omit no watchfulness, diligence, care, and effort, in order to 'guard the deposit' of Christ's teaching whose destruction has been planned, as you know, by a great conspiracy." (Encyclical Diu Satis, paragraph # 11, 1800).