What to do about idolatry in the Church
Bishop Athanasius Schneider, in an October 26 open letter, called on all Catholics — bishops, priests and laity — to offer acts of reparation, protest and correction for the use of pagan statues in an October 4 Vatican Gardens ceremony for the Amazon Synod, processed into St. Peter’s Basilica and kept at a side altar in the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina.
“With tears in one’s eyes and with sincere sorrow in the heart, one should offer to God prayers of intercession and reparation for the eternal salvation of the soul of Pope Francis, the Vicar of Christ on earth, and the salvation of those Catholic priests and faithful who perpetrated such acts of worship, which are forbidden by Divine Revelation.” (Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C., auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan in Central Asia, October 26, 2019)
What’s going on?
Here’s what we believe:
Here at Good News Ministries, we firmly believe that we are in evil times and God is separating the weeds from the wheat (Matthew 13:24-30).
We believe that the Blessed Mother Mary is the Ark of the Covenant (i.e., the Ark that replaced the Old Testament Ark of wood and gold when she became pregnant with Jesus Christ) leading us to victory in the battle (the Israelites won every battle when the Ark was carried ahead of the soldiers). Therefore, praying the Rosary is absolutely essential.
We believe that a personal anointing of the Holy Spirit is necessary to remain true to the teachings of the Catholic Church and to fight the evils of our age and to purge the Church of the Devil’s attempts to destroy her from within.
We believe that we are in the Age of the Holy Spirit, which began when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. The Holy Spirit makes very clear what the truth is – through Scripture and through the Church documents that have accumulated since the first Apostles. But we have not been learning the Church documents. So now we need to do some catching up. God is using the papacy of Pope Francis to get us all fired up so that the Holy Spirit will set us loose upon the world — a world that the Devil has infected so thoroughly that our mission has become extremely important.
We believe that Vatican Council II is not the cause of problems within the Church (although implementing it wrongly has indeed contributed to the Devil’s successes) but is in fact the Holy Spirit’s preparation for just such a time as this. We believe that the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, from Vatican Council II, prophetically reveals God’s plans to work through the lay faithful in the purification and healing of our Church today. (Find out more about this by listening to the podcast series at gnm-media.org/apostolate-of-laity-in-the-church-crisis.)
What can we do?
As Bishop Schneider said, “With tears in one’s eyes and with sincere sorrow in the heart, one should offer to God prayers of intercession and reparation for the eternal salvation of the soul of Pope Francis, the Vicar of Christ on earth, and the salvation of those Catholic priests and faithful who perpetrated such acts of worship, which are forbidden by Divine Revelation.”
And he offers the following prayer, which we highly recommend. Following it is an additional prayer that we feel inspired to include.
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