Dear friends, enemies, and any other readers, this morning I thought I was going to have a day off. Then a message arrived from “Big Shot”, which, I must confess, truly took my breath away, because of its tone and because I know that “Big Shot ” has seen it all and is not someone who is easy to impress. Read a little…
What I am going to write you this time is not made up to make you laugh. Not only am I speechless — because by now nothing in this pontificate surprises me — but this time I am frightened. The acceleration of these last few days is surprising, as if it [the pontificate] was facing a deadline and did not want to lose time with the niceties of being diplomatic. After a long time of saying things that are of ambiguous interpretation, we have now passed to declarations which need no interpretation because they are declarations of war against the Catholic faith, against Jesus Christ, against the Immaculate Virgin. First, the declarations of esteem for Martin Luther (most recently that of Archbishop Bruno Forte on October 30), then the declarations by a theologian favored by the Pope (Andrea Grillo) who explains (without any correction by the Holy See) that “transubstantiation is not a dogma,” then the surprising and disturbing public correction of Cardinal Sarah made by the Pope, and finally the conference on the rapprochement between the Church and Freemasonry (November 12 in Syracuse [Sicily – Ed.] with grand masters, a prelate, and the Bishop of Noto, whose logo depicted a disturbed Christ holding a compass, the symbol of Freemasonry.
Certainly after the opinions expressed by Cardinal [Gianfranco] Ravasi [President of the Pontifical Council for Culture] about the need for a rapprochement with our “Masonic brothers” we shouldn’t be surprised, but Ravasi is Ravasi, when he is not speaking Aramaic and Ancient Greek, and it’s always possible that he said something without understanding what he really meant….
But I am now frightened above all by the rapid sequence of events, as if we were drawing close to a deadline (That of the vision of Leo XIII? Of the prophecies of La Salette? Of Saint Brigid? Of Our Lady of Akita? Of St. Vincent Ferrer?)
What then should we expect will be the next move? Should we imagine that the next “rapprochement” will be with the tempting serpent of the book of Genesis to whom we ought to issue an apology, “justifying” his “good intentions” of bringing knowledge to Adam and Eve? Should we consequently reprove St. Michael the Archangel for having kicked him out of Paradise? Should we perhaps ask Mary Most Holy to apologize for having struck his head? Or even ask Jesus Himself to make an apology, for not having been open during the temptation in the desert to having a multicultural and pluralistic dialogue with Satan which would have been advantageous to them both?
Dear Tosatti, you won’t believe it, but I am beginning to really be afraid. I have begun to pray once again the prayer of exorcism to St. Michael the Archangel written by Pope Leo XIII (recited at the end of Holy Mass until 1964 when it was unexplainably “deleted”). I ask myself if I will have the strength to take action without any assistance from my Holy Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, sensing rather that it sets itself daily more and more against the Gospels and the Truth that it taught me. The Cardinals and Bishops who still believe in the Truth of Christ had better do something quickly! I fear we are in the End Times, dear Tosatti. I am a “Big Shot” but terrified…
Editor’s note: The above letter was originally published at Stilum Curae, the blog of Vatican-watcher Marco Tosatti, on October 29, 2017, and has been translated here for our readers with permission. It is the first we have heard of “the conference on the rapprochement between the Church and Freemasonry” coming up in November. Though we have reported to you in the past on “the opinions expressed by Cardinal [Gianfranco] Ravasi [President of the Pontifical Council for Culture] about the need for a rapprochement with our ‘Masonic brothers'”, we can appreciate the letter writer’s sarcasm when he says, “Ravasi is Ravasi, when he is not speaking Aramaic and Ancient Greek, and it’s always possible that he said something without understanding what he really meant….”
In the context of the news of this upcoming “conference of rapprochement”, it seems opportune here to recall the relevant condemnation of Fremasonry made by Leo XIII in his encyclical letter Humanum Genus, published on April 20, 1884:
2.)… At this period, however, the partisans of evil seems to be combining together, and to be struggling with united vehemence, led on or assisted by that strongly organized and widespread association called the Freemasons. No longer making any secret of their purposes, they are now boldly rising up against God Himself. They are planning the destruction of holy Church publicly and openly, and this with the set purpose of utterly despoiling the nations of Christendom, if it were possible, of the blessings obtained for us through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Lamenting these evils, We are constrained by the charity which urges Our heart to cry out often to God: “For lo, Thy enemies have made a noise; and they that hate Thee have lifted up the head. They have taken a malicious counsel against Thy people, and they have consulted against Thy saints. They have said, ‘come, and let us destroy them, so that they be not a nation.'(2)
3.) At so urgent a crisis, when so fierce and sopressing an onslaught is made upon the Christian name, it is Our office to point out the danger, to mark who are the adversaries, and to the best of Our power to make head against their plans and devices, that those may not perish whose salvation is committed to Us, and that the kingdom of Jesus Christ entrusted to Our charge may not stand and remain whole, but may be enlarged by an ever-increasing growth throughout the world.
Marco Tosatti is a renowned Italian journalist and Vatican expert. He has been covering the Holy See since 1981. His written work appears in La Stampa and La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana. He is the author of several books, including The Prophecy of Fatima and Investigation of the Holy Shroud. He blogs at Marcotosatti.com.