by Michael Steil
Dr. Anca Maria Cernea, a representative from the Association of Catholic Doctors of Bucharest, Romania, gave a talk at the “Society for the Protection of Unborn Children” (SPUC) back on September 24, 2016, on the topic of “Cultural Marxism—a threat to life and the family.” The issue that particularly attracted me to what she had to say was concerning what is specifically meant by Mary’s foreboding words: “If they heed My requests, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not, [Russia] shall spread her errors throughout the world, promoting wars and persecutions of the Church; the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated; in the end, My Immaculate Heart shall triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, which will be converted, and some time of peace will be given to the world.”
As part of her presentation, Dr Cernea states:
I will try to share with you certain things about communism that may allow us all to better see the nature and the origin of the current-day attacks against innocent human life and against the family. We need to know what we are fighting against.
I recently saw a text by a pro-life pro-family activist who was saying: "We are fighting the same battle from before the French Revolution, the fight between sexual license and sexual morality."
We also hear quite often in church sermons, that the attacks against the family in today’s world are motivated by “consumerism, hedonism, individualism.”
Well, is that it?
No, it’s not. We are fighting much more than that.
We also hear quite often in church sermons, that the attacks against the family in today’s world are motivated by “consumerism, hedonism, individualism.”
No, not exactly. These are just predisposing factors, weakening the moral strength of people and societies. But they are not the cause.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph. 6:12).
If we only defend sexual morality and fight sexual license, if we only preach against consumerism, it means that we only fight flesh and blood, not the spirits of darkness.
In practical terms, the defense of life, family and morality is very important, but we also need to keep in mind that there is more. What we need to defend is Judeo-Christian Civilization. We need to take our world back from the revolutionists. For if we only focus on our pro-life, pro-family goals, and we let the other side take everything else: culture, education, politics, media, entertainment, justice, administration, economy, then we won’t be able to defend life and family for very long.
The cause of all of these attacks lies in a satanic revolt against God, against His law and the moral order of His creation, a revolutionary attempt to redesign human society and human nature.
On another occasion, Our Lord communicated to Sister Lucia: “They did not want to fulfill my request (of the Consecration of Russia). Like the king of France, they will repent and will do it, but it will be late. Russia will already have scattered her errors throughout the world, provoking warsand persecutions of the Church: The Holy Father will have much to suffer.” (emphasis added)
It would seem that for the Blessed Virgin Mary and our Lord to make such statements that errors would be all encompassing and errors is the catalyst for “promoting wars and persecutions of the Church.” And to get to the heart of this gives us a pretty good idea for what Sister Lucia was warning that ALL the nations would be overcome.
To get a better idea on what the errors might entail, it is profitable to see what was happening in Russia as a result of the “October Revolution” that sealed the fate of the Ruling Romanov family and the Russian citizens—the changes that were, in fact, foisted on the Russian people by the then communist rulers led by Nicolai Lenin.
In real time, the first recorded Bolshevik terrorism in Russia directed by Lenin took place at noon, May 13th, 1917 . . . THE VERY HOUR OF THE FIRST APPARITION OF FATIMA. It was an attack on a Moscow Church where Maria Alexandrovna was teaching Catechism. The Blessed Sacrament was desecrated and several children were trampled beneath the hooves of Bolshevisti's horses, and CLIMAXED IN OCTOBER, 1917, which was also the climax of the Fatima visions. “Mopping up” and control of the entire nation by the Communist dictatorship took another year.
Contrary to what has been reported, Bolshevism was neither wanted nor requested by the Russian people; they had no say and no defense against this monstrous political, social and religious force that overcame their land while the communists in Russia, under Lenin and Trotsky, were killing tens of millions of their countrymen.
From the new “Communist Workers Paradise” came a number of errors: 1918 - No-fault divorce 1919 - Radical sex education for school children in Hungary, by Béla Kuhn’s Bolshevik revolution. 1920 - Abortion legalized (later rescinded under Stalin as the population was being decimated) 1922 - Homosexuality decriminalized
In the beginning, Lenin found that family law was part of the civil law—with the Church handling relationships. Divorce was difficult to acquire and disapproved of. The Bolsheviks were atheists and the church was the only institution that stood in their way to complete power. So, this was addressed immediately in 1917 through the introduction of a separation of church and state. The result was that the Russian Orthodox Church was prevented from interfering.
The Power of the Soviet Liberated Woman
The wholesale takeover of the education of the children was one thing, but the communists under Lenin realized the power of women, inspired by the bread riots. So, he introduced the idea of “oppression of women by men,” thereby taking the struggle home and placing it firmly within the domestic sphere.
According to Kamaljit Nandra;
Lenin understood the challenges involved in bringing Russia out of its feudal past into a modern nation with a strong industrialized economy. He needed a larger labor force and that necessitated the involvement of women. He pulled them out of the domestic sphere, into the collectivist struggle that would help construct the new economic order. He used the promise of increased rights and participation in society as bait. What started off as a class struggle to put an end to the unjust elitist system of the Tsars soon evolved into a break with all tradition and societal boundaries. Lenin offered a solution to the problem of domestic oppression. Women were urged to compete with men in all aspects of life and seek their independence. He sought to make the struggle global: ‘We must by all means set up a powerful international woman’s movement, on a clear cut theoretical basis,’ Lenin said in 1917.
Under the auspices of the Zhenotdel, the Alliance for Equality and the Women’s Aid Society, Kollontai organized the first all-Women’s Congress for voting rights. The Zhenotdel encouraged women to be politically active. They sought better treatment from employers, eight-hour days, a minimum wage and separate living quarters for men and women. Kollontai helped to implement a number of Soviet reforms, which led to increased rights for women, but these reforms also led to an explosion of sexual experimentation and the eventual breakdown of family life. (emphasis added)
In the book, One World Order: Socialist Dictatorship, John Coleman writes: “The Communists were determined that even the very youngest student be forced to learn about sex. Madame Zinoviev was in charge of the project in Bolshevik Russia, which she tried to transfer to the United States, but which was blocked in the 1920s by a Supreme Court not yet packed with Socialist justices, and by the alertness of the Daughters of the American Revolution.” (emphasis added)
To help us further understand the role of the feminists/communists, John Coleman further says, “The products of ‘feminist courses’ now regard marriage as merely another contract. Sex has had the mystic taken out of it, so that today's college girl does not want to spend time forming an emotional relationship before indulging in ‘free love.’ We know that these ideas were prepared in Bolshevik Russia by Madame Kollontay and then transplanted to the United States by her.” (emphasis added)
Nowhere has a greater transformation due to “reforms” taken place than in sex education, as John Coleman further elaborates:
Kollontay' s book, “Communism and the Family” is the most violent and savage attack on marriage and the family ever written, surpassing the decadent evil of Fredric Engels’ “Origin of the Family.” Kollontay's radical ‘free love’ followers formerly called themselves the “International League of Peace and Freedom.” But they have undergone a number of name changes to disguise the fact that their agenda is still the same as that of Alexandra Kollontay: today they call themselves the National League of Women Voters and the National Abortion Rights League (NARL). They also have the audacity to go by the label of “pro choice advocates” meaning that they have a choice of whether or not to murder unborn children.
The one overriding obsession of female Socialists was the destruction of the American tradition of the family. As Sir Paul Dukes, one of the leading specialists on Bolshevism in the 1920s said: "The central tragedy of the Bolshevik regime in Russia is an organized effort to subvert and corrupt the minds of children… It has always been a Bolshevik principle to fight the institution of the family. Madame Kollontay's writings can leave no doubt on that score, even in the mind of the skeptical. The idea was to remove children at a very early age from parental care and bring them up in colonies." (emphasis added)
Despite his tyrannical approach, Lenin’s vision became the feminist dream and socialism the ideology that promoted gender equality. His carefully crafted vision gave the illusion that women were equal to men because they could now vote, study, and go out to work, with the help of Madame Kollontay as the new female minister.
Feminist Politics: American Style
It is very instructive to read the example of Mallory Millett, younger sister of Kate Millet, notorious radical feminist and author of the very influential 1970 book, Sexual Politics. Called “the Bible of Women’s Liberation” by the New York Times, it had a seismic effect on feminist thought and launched Millett as what the Times called “a defining architect of second-wave feminism.” In a cover story that same year, TIME magazine crowned her “the Mao Tse-tung of Women’s Liberation.”
During my junior year in high school, the nuns asked about our plans for after we graduated. When I said I was going to attend State University, I noticed their disappointment. I asked my favorite nun, “Why?” She answered, “That means you'll leave four years later a communist and an atheist!"
What a giggle we girls had over that. "How ridiculously unsophisticated these nuns are," we thought. Then, I went to the university and four years later walked out a communist and an atheist, just as my sister Katie had six years before me.
Years later, Mallory was invited to her sister’s place in New York City to become part of the 10-15 women gathered as part of a session to plot “the destruction of the American family,” as she deemed it “a patriarchal institution devoted to the oppression and enslavement of women and children.”
Mallory describes in detail what the assembled feminists there were all about:
It was 1969. Kate invited me to join her for a gathering at the home of her friend, Lila Karp. They called the assemblage a “consciousness-raising-group,” a typical communist exercise, something practiced in Maoist China. We gathered at a large table as the chairperson opened the meeting with a back-and-forth recitation, like a litany, a type of prayer done in Catholic Church. But now, it was Marxism, the Church of the Left, mimicking religious practice:
“Why are we here today?” she asked. “To make revolution,” they answered.
“What kind of revolution?” she replied. “The Cultural Revolution,” they chanted. “And how do we make Cultural Revolution?” she demanded. “By destroying the American family!” they answered. “How do we destroy the family?” she came back. “By destroying the American Patriarch,” they cried exuberantly. “And how do we destroy the American Patriarch?” she replied. “By taking away his power!” “How do we do that?” “By destroying monogamy!” they shouted. “How can we destroy monogamy?”
“Their answer left me dumbstruck, breathless, disbelieving my ears,” says Mallory, shocked by what she is hearing. “Was I on planet earth? Who were these people? ‘By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution and homosexuality!’ they resounded.” She further added that, “My sister Kate decided her contribution would be to establish Women’s Studies courses at every U.S. college and university, which she efficiently executed. On examination, these courses emerge as nothing more than Marxism 101.”
Since then, Mallory has come back to the Catholic faith, and considers Fr. George Rutler as a friend. She further adds, “The goal of Women's Liberation is to wear each female down to losing all empathy for boys, men or babies. The tenderest aspects of her soul are roughened into a rock pile of cynicism, where she will think nothing of murdering her baby in the warm protective nest of her little-girl womb. She will be taught that she, in order to free herself, must become an outlaw. This is only reasonable because all Western law, since Magna Carta and even before, is a concoction of the evil white man whose true purpose is to press her into slavery.”
So, in spite of the initial rejection of the transfer from Russia to the U.S. of the communist influence of Madame Zinoviev back in 1920, it is quite evident that the communist takeover is nearly complete, or, at least it appears to be? As much as I had initially wanted to not believe what Sister Lucia had told Dr. William Walsh, in answer to his inquiry as to whether the United States of America would be overcome by Communism unless the Consecration was done—she unequivocally stated, “YES.”
Pope Pius IX wrote in November, 1846, about the changes that he saw in the future: “That infamous doctrine of so-called communism... is absolutely contrary to the natural law itself, and, if once adopted, would utterly destroy the rights, property and possessions of all men, and even society itself.” Pretty ominous words from a day when there was hardly any evidence of communism, to be sure.
William Z. Foster, chairman of the Communist Party USA, wrote in a very eye-opening book, Toward Soviet America, in 1932:
Among the elementary measures the American Soviet government will adopt to further the cultural revolution are the following; the schools, colleges and universities will be coordinated and grouped under the National Department of Education and its state and local branches. The studies will be revolutionized, being cleansed of religious, patriotic and other features of the bourgeois ideology. The students will be taught on the basis of Marxian dialectical materialism, internationalism and the general ethics of the new Socialist society. Present obsolete methods of teaching will be superseded by a scientific pedagogy.
Notice Foster does not say, “We hope,” or “We believe,” before beginning his statement. No, he seems to be so sure of the takeover of America that he even lists the means of accomplishing it: “the National Department of Education and its state and local branches.”
According to an anonymous Catholic priest in his ebook, The Great Apostasy, Pope Pius XII referred to himself as “The Last Pope” (to the French ambassador). He was not saying he was the last to be elected—but that he was the last to ever raise his voice against the swiftly advancing tidal wave created by the Church’s enemies. The author also mentioned that he was heard to say, “After me, the deluge…”
Makes the erroneous protestant idea of a “Rapture” where Jesus supposedly comes to take all the believers away from their earthly troubles, including persecution, seem like a really good plan! Somehow Jesus manages to do this without actually coming back in person. Sort of like a dress rehearsal for His Final, Final Coming! (Not sure that includes Catholics, though.)
However, from “The Apocalypse of St. John the Apostle,” starting at Chapter 13, Verses 4 to 6, we read:
And they adored the dragon, which gave power to the beast: and they adored the beast, saying: Who is like to the beast? And who shall be able to fight with him? And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things, and blasphemies: and power was given to him to do two and forty months. And he opened his mouth unto blasphemies against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Okay, so the dragon, and the beast blaspheme the Holy God. We would expect nothing less. However, then the beast turns his wrathful attention to the earthbound saints of God.
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them. And power was given him over every tribe, and people, and tongue, and nation. And all that dwell upon the earth adored him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb, which was slain from the beginning of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that shall be lead into captivity, shall go into captivity: he that shall be killed by the sword, must be killed by the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (Verses 7-10)
Jesus says of the end times to the apostles, “But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.” (Matt. 24:13) To which He further adds at verse 22: “And unless those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved: but for the sake of the elect those days shall be shortened.”
Whether or not we are living in the End Times, may we have the patience and the faith of the heavenly saints to persevere to the end.
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