I have already told you I very much resent the fact that you CONFUSE Christian with Roman Catholic, especially when I gave you my response to your book in posting FIFTY MILLION CRUCIFIXIONS exactly a year ago!! How odd!
But, in the interest of fairness and the fact that I make sure what I post is honest, and I do believe that you honestly believe what you write (wrong that you may be in this one comparison!), and because I have a lot of respect for you, I am publishing what you sent me!
Besides, as the saying goes "The enemy of my enemy is my friend!" I look forward to anyone or thing that will destroy "the Church" of which you make mention! But, I believe in the word of God and know that it will not be so! In Revelation we know EXACTLY how it is "the Church" to which you refer will end!
1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
7How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
8Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
11And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
12The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
13And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
14And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
15The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
17For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
19And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
21And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
22And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;
23And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
24And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.Revelation 18 (King James Bible)
7And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:7-15 (King James Bible)
Bolshevism is the mortal enemy of the Church - Commentary
Bolshevism is the mortal enemy of the Church
By Gabriel Wilensky
The Bolshevik Revolution was a watershed event that brought down the
Romanovs and a long tradition of Tsarist rule in Russia. But the October
1917 revolution that took the communist ideas of Karl Marx and twisted them
into the ideas that eventually dominated the landscape of the Soviet Union
brought with it an even more dangerous idea: atheism. The Catholic Church
had been reeling from more than a century of modernist ideals that began
during the Enlightenment and were widely adopted after the French
Revolution. The various populations of Europe had been gradually embracing
secular ideas with a concomitant loss of Church power and control of the
population. In this environment, a revolutionary movement that brought down
an empire and imposed atheism by force clearly posed an intolerable risk to
After the Great War, a cataclysmic event that marked the end of the old
order, brought down several empires and dislocated millions of Europeans,
the Church hierarchy had no doubt of whom the real enemy was. Long before
the Nazis came to power in 1933, Pope Benedict XV sent Achille Ratti (the
future Pope Pius XI) to Poland in 1918 to improve the situation of the
Jewish community there, but instead Ratti did everything possible to impede
any Vatican action on behalf of the Jews. He wrote in a report of his
experience in Poland, ³the Jews form the principal force [of Bolshevism] in
Poland² and, relating his experience in Warsaw, Ratti reported, ³I saw that
the [Bolshevik] Commissioners . . . were all Jews.² The association of Jews
and Communism in the Christian worldview would have lethal consequences just
a few short decades later.
There is a report that Archbishop Pacelli (the future Pius XII) gave Hitler
money while he was nuncio in Munich in 1919 so Hitler could fight the
Communists. Would Pacelli actually finance a movement he considered
Œanti-Catholic¹? The answer is, most likely yes. People make deals with all
sorts of people for all sorts of reasons, if it¹s beneficial to them.
Western democracies make deals with their self-declared enemies,
fundamentalist theocracies, openly anti-democratic, anti-liberal,
anti-freedom, anti-women, anti-gay and anti-everything the West stands for,
because the West has something to gain from that sort of relationship. To
Archbishop Pacelli, who had a personal hatred of communists and Communism,
and who understood very well that a Bolshevik victory in Europe would mean
the demise of the Catholic Church, engaging a Catholic rabble rouser and
self-avowed defender of the world against Communism must have made a lot of
sense, even when this Catholic thug may have appeared to be ³anti-Catholic².
I believe this understanding of the dynamics at play dominated Pacelli¹s
life from that point onwards.
I find it completely plausible that Pacelli would have funded an
anticommunist group, and anticommunist the Nazis certainly were. Defenders
of Pope Pius XII typically argue that Pacelli did not become fanatically
anticommunist until after the war when he feared a Communist takeover of
Italy. But in reality Pacelli had become an anticommunist right after WWI
when the communists that had taken over the government of Bavaria attacked
him at the Munich Nunciature. In 1919 Hitler did not have enough sources of
funding. Like any politician of his time, and of any time, he sought and
received funding from many sources, and that surely included the Apostolic
Also, Pacelli continued to invest in this ³anti-Catholic² devil, as as
Vatican Secretary of State during the 1930s he was instrumental in
persuading Pope Pius XI to make enormous investments in Germany, including
investing the vast sums the Vatican received from Mussolini as a result of
the Lateran Pact.
Cardinal Pacelli said that Nazism was a greater heresy than Communism.
However, both Nazism and Communism were secular regimes, so the notion of
heresy when applied to them is nonsensical. So, that Pacelli thought Nazism
was a great heresy is immaterial to any discussion. In any case, neither his
boss Pope Pius XI nor Pacelli himself once he had become pope felt this
³heretical² regime to be sufficiently bad to dissociate the Catholic Church
and the Catholic faithful from it beyond 1933.
Indeed, in 1937 the Dutch weekly Der Deutsche Weg wrote in amazement about
the warm attitude the German bishops showed toward Nazism. They wrote that
³despite the inhuman brutalities perpetrated in the concentration camps,
despite the currency and defamation trials, despite the personal insults
against individual princes of the Church, against the Holy Father and the
entire Church, and in spite of all hostile measures amounting to another
Kulturkampf, . . . the bishops find words of appreciation for what [next to
Bolshevism] is their worst enemy.² As Hitler told Cardinal Faulhaber before
the war, ³The Catholic Church should not deceive herself: if National
Socialism does not succeed in defeating Bolshevism, then Church and
Christianity in Europe too are finished. Bolshevism is the mortal enemy of
the Church as much as of Fascism.²
The Church knew very well that if the Communists won, that would have been
the guaranteed end of the Catholic Church. In the titanic struggle that
ensued during the Second World War, Pope Pius XII knew that the Nazis were
the only bulwark against Communism, and we must keep this in mind when
pondering about the Pope¹s silence vis-à-vis the heinous Nazi crimes
including the extermination of the Jews. As much as the Pope may have
disliked Nazism and Hitler, in his realpolitik calculation the sacrifice of
six million Jews must have been acceptable if that was what it took to save
the Catholic Church from what to them was a mortal and implacable foe.
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