The Ark of Apocalypse

 CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR                 

World Peace

While the bodies of the dead were still being buried and while Philip was re-building the Basilica of Saint Peter, the Holy Father was busy.  He sent out a letter to all the bishops of the world. Not too many Bishops were left.  His letter read:

The Peace of Our Lady of Fatima

On the causes of God’s anger and chastisement

March 25, 20--

Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments

Preamble:

 [1.]   Almost 100 years ago an Angel prophesied to three children in Fatima that a day would come when people would abuse the Most Holy Eucharist.  He asked them to pray for the appeasement of God regarding outrages, sacrileges, indifference by which He would be offended.  The outrages started in the 1940s through the 1980s when so-called Catholic writers started denying the true presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist.  Sacrileges were the result of this, when people (doubting the true presence) received the great sacrament in the state of sin and without respect.  Indifference then resulted because of the lack of respect in the Divine Worship of the Sacred Liturgy.  Because the whole spiritual wealth of the Church is contained in the Eucharist, the source and summit of the whole of Christian life, God could no longer accept this abuse. 

 [2.]    In spite of constant attempts by our predecessor of great memory, Supreme Pontiff John Paul II, these abuses continued.  He wrote the Encyclical Letters, Quattuor Annos, Ecclesia de Echaristia, and Redemptionis Sacramentum.

 [3.]    In 1984 Pope John Paul II asked for a report on the acceptance of the New Mass (Novus Ordo) or its rejection. Based on the feedback world wide, the Holy Father sent out the Indult, Quattuor Annos, granting to all dioceses the right to offer the Tridentine Mass with certain conditions based on a fear of possible disrespect for the authority of the Church to introduce the Novus Ordo and that these groups, although preferring the Tridentine, do not deny the True Presence of Christ in the Novus Ordo. Again we offered the Tridentine to all priests worldwide without the approval of the local bishop but the abuse of the Novus Ordo persisted.

[3.]    In spite of constant attempts by our predecessors of great memory, from Supreme Pontiff John XXII till now, we have pleaded with our separated brethren for unity of all Christians.  For this also God the Father’s anger would no longer be abated.  

 [4.]   Because of the clear sign of God the Father’s anger on these things, I have determined to rectify these things.  

Chapter I
THE REGULATION OF THE SACRED LITURGY

[5.]  The regulation of the Sacred Liturgy rests specifically with the Apostolic See..
 
[6.] The Roman Pontiff, "the Vicar of Christ and the Pastor of the universal Church on earth, by virtue of his supreme office enjoys full, immediate and universal ordinary power, which he may always freely exercise", 35  also by means of communication with the pastors and with the members of the flock.

[7.  It pertains to the Apostolic See to regulate the Sacred Liturgy of the universal Church, to publish the liturgical books and to grant the recognitio for their translation into vernacular languages, as well as to ensure that the liturgical regulations, especially those governing the celebration of the most exalted celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass, are everywhere faithfully observed.

[8.  By the power vested in me by God, and because we have been unable to stop the abuses, we hereby and hereafter declare that the experiment with the Novus Ordo is over in the Latin Rite of the Church and will no longer be the Liturgy of the Latin Rite.  From this time forward (with due allowances for the change) the Tridentine will again be the Liturgy of the Latin Rite.

[9.  The Tridentine Liturgy does not allow for experimentation or change and therefore the altar must be arranged according to the Rite, and the Alter rails must be returned to the Churches.  All regulations including architecture of the Tridentine Liturgy are including in this apostolic order.  The Tridentine Liturgy does not allow Extraordinary Ministers or alter girls.

[10.]   The observance of the norms published by the authority of the Church requires conformity of thought and of word, of external action and of the application of the heart. All that is said in this Instruction is directed toward such conformity of our own understanding with that of Christ, as expressed in the words and the rites of the Liturgy.

[11.] The Sacred Liturgy is intimately connected with the principles of doctrine, so that the use of any unapproved texts and rites leads either to the disappearance or the attenuation of the link between the lex orandi and the lex credendi. 

 [12.] Individual Bishops and their Conferences do not have the faculty to permit experimentation with liturgical texts or the other matters that are prescribed in the liturgical books.

[13.]    Any Catholic, whether Priest or Deacon or lay member of Christ's faithful, has the right to lodge a complaint regarding a liturgical abuse to the  to the Apostolic See on account of the primacy of the Roman Pontiff.
Chapter II
THE UNITY OF ALL CHRISTIANS 

[14.]    The failure of the last fifty years to bring about any unity of our separated Christians is mainly our fault.  In stead of dialoguing on the local level with our separated Christians on doctrinal differences many Catholic bishops and priests have adopted the heresy of “pluralism” and even preached the same.  There can be no unity without a single truth and a single doctrine.

[15.]    The second failure on our part was the poor example we gave to our separated Christians in our Liturgy and sacraments.  Many of our separated Christians have great reverence and respect for the Sacred Liturgy, even to the extreme, and have expressed their horror at our irreverence.  This poor example will end at this moment.    

[16.]    The third failure or our part was the many slanders within the Church with our clergy and the cover up of these great crimes.  We have discovered that this was a deliberate infiltration of both communists and homosexuals into our seminary systems to water down basic doctrine and our moral standards.  We are cleaning up these seminaries of any even slight indication of homosexuality or pedophilia.  Any complaint made against any priest with even reasonable proof of immorality of any kind will result in an immediate call to Rome for trial.  I am now removing all these cases from the hands of bishops to the hands of the Vatican Tribunal.

[17.]     Unity is a doctrinal concept and not an emotional concept.  The only unity that matters is unity of faith, unity of theological truth.  We have many united Unate Churches that do not share the same traditions or Liturgies but they do share the same faith, the same theological truths.

[18.]     As expressed very charitably in Pope John Paul II’s encyclical ET UNEM SINT the key to unity is the chair of Peter, the pin that holds all of Christ’s Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, the Church, together.

CONCLUSION

[19.]    Armed with the above corrections to our own failures as expressed above, I will now travel throughout the world meeting with our separated Christian leaders and demand an end to this disunity.  The former support given by governments to these non-Catholic faiths is over and bringing them into the fold will be much easier.  Radial Nationalism has ended.  The concept of any World Government is over.  The only World Government is not of this world, but of God’s world, the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, the Catholic Church under God’s chosen representative on earth, Peter.

From the offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Rome, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, March 25, 20--
 (Pope Benedict ---)

Supreme Pontiff
(Benedict XVII )
Prefect 
(+Domenico Sorrentino)
   Archbishop Secretary  
 

Holy Father met with the newly elected Russian Orthodox Patriarch in Russia.  He expressed his belief that unity could only happen under the leadership of Peter and agreed to join in with Benedict to travel though the world meeting with Patriarchs of the Greek Orthodox, the Coptic and the Protestant leaders.

Together the leaders of the two largest Christian faiths convinced all other Christian leaders to come together under Peter, the vicar of Rome.  Although some individuals stubbornly held to heresies, all formal religions except the Catholic Faith closed their doors.  Left in the world were Catholics, Jews and a few pockets of Moslems.  In India, China, Pakistan, Korea and all other countries where other faiths existed, the Franciscans, Dominicans, and Jesuits swept the areas preaching the truth of Christ with great success as God backed their preaching with many miracles.  Japan and most of Malaysia had ceased to exist because of the comet.

Philip traveled throughout the world selling his government constitution.  He expressed that the failure of governments to support natural law and moral law of God, resulted in God’s anger and the destruction of 75% of the world’s population.  With only one billion people left on earth and 15% of land mass permanently under water, it was not hard to convince people that the great calamities of the past years was God’s anger.  The comet, the earth quakes, the three days of complete darkness could not be explained any other way. 

Philip stressed that he wanted nothing more than to help people organize good governments and live happy lives.  He wanted no authority for himself.  However, he had the wealth of Solomon’s treasures and was using it to help all nations get quickly on the feet, and this was a great weapon to convince people to adopt his constitution.

God must have been pleased with Benedict and Philip because it began to rain throughout the world in a gentle, soft way and without strong winds.  Rainbows were everywhere.  Because of the shift of the north and south poles the ice caps were mostly melted away but enough was left to create just enough breezes and temperature changes to create and move small clouds from the seas to land and deposit fresh water.  The world wide temperature changed to such a point that almost all the world was tropical.  Some of the melting ice made it into the rivers and lakes of the world. 

World wide vegetation increased at a drastic rate.  Summer lasted ten months a year almost everywhere.  Although some countries and parts of others were buried under the seas, what was left was like a Garden of Eden.  In fact, food for only one billion people was plentiful.  The world wide weather was so consistently gentle that changes in clothes was not even needed.  Clothes were needed for modesty but not for weather.

Ten years after the great chastisement and World War III, Churches were packed; the birth rate was up drastically.  Because there were seven women left to every man, the Holy Father legalized polygamy for just one generation to bring back population to the world.  Within ten years the average age of the world went from 53 to 23 years. 

Philip, himself, had ten children. Very little work was needed and people lived very happy.  Charity was common but little was needed.  Philip returned to his Austrian mansion with his wife and children.  It was time to retire.

Pope Benedict came to Austria to reflect on the first ten years of the peace of Our Lady of Fatima.  She had promised that in the end Her Immaculate Heart would triumph and there would be a period of peace.  The peace was world wide and complete.  There was one Christian faith on earth and everyone was living a moral life. 

Merlin, Philip and the Holy Father sat down enjoying a fine Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Philip von Habsburg:  “God has used us to clean up the world and to bring about His Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.  I have thought about the prayer Christ taught us, ‘thy kingdom come’.  It has.  Christ has defeated the entire world.  Maybe it was painful, like birth, but the results are great, even wonderful.”

Pope Benedict: “Yes!  What we as Christians could not accomplish, God was forced to do, Himself.  We should not be proud of this.  We should have done it so that He did not have to.  The fact that 75% of the world died is not something to be proud of.  God will not be mocked and when we failed to do His Will, He took over.”

Merlin, the Hermit: “Yes! We have been nothing but tools in His great hands. But do not be so content with what you see now.  Remember, Philip, what I told you years ago.”

Philip von Habsburg:  “What did you tell me? I do not remember.”

Merlin: “I told you about Apocalypse Chapter 10, the little book.”

Philip:  “Yes!  You promised to tell me the mystery behind this little book, which you said was a period of history.  Why was it sweet in his mouth but bitter in his stomach?”

Pope Benedict smiled at Philip, but then his expression turned sad.  He picked up a bible and turned to Chapter Ten.  He read it out loud: 

“And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud, and a rainbow was on his head, and his face was as the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire.

“And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea and his left foot upon the earth.

“And he cried with a loud voice as when a lion roareth.  And when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

“And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying to me: ‘Seal up the things which the seven thunders have spoken; and write them not.

“And the angel, who I saw standing upon the sea and upon the earth; lifted his hand to heaven,

“And he swore by him the liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven and the things which are therein; and the earth, and the things which are in it; and the sea, and the things which are therein: that time shall be no longer.

“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound the trumpet, the mystery of God shall be finished, as he hath declared by his servants, the prophets.

“And I heard a voice from heaven again speaking to me, and saying: ‘Go, and take the book that is open, from the hand of the angel who standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

“And I went to the angel, saying unto him, that he should give me the book.  And he said to me: ‘Take the book and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but in thy mouth is shall be sweet as honey.’

“And I took the book from the hand of the angel and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

“And he said to me: ‘Thou must prophesy again to many nations and peoples and tongues and kings.”

Philip:  “I have no idea what that means.”

Benedict:  “There is a great deal of meaning to this and it has unfolded right before our eyes.”

Merlin: “I promised to explain it to you in time and that time is here.”

Philip leaned back and looked carefully at the bible passage.  He sipped the win and waited for Merlin or Benedict to explain: an angel from heaven, an open book, the voices of the seven thunders, the mystery of God, the voice from heaven, and a book bitter in the belly but sweet in the mouth.”

Merlin:  “Philip, that angel you saw was your guardian angel and he guided you to do what you did.  The book of the seven thunders was a period of history, a very short period of history.  The mystery of God was how God would be forced to bring about his final world wide victory over his enemies using the seven thunders, the great chastisement and a period of peace. 

“Because it is history it also includes this period of peace.  And it seems sweet to us, but the results will be bitter in time.”

Philip:  “That was my question, what does it mean to be bitter?”

Merlin:  “This peace seems so good.  Although many have died, those left are living in peace and plenty.  There are no trials and tribulations, no heresies and other troubles. This all seems so sweet and in fact what most people pray for.  Not saints, of course, because they know better.”

Philip:  “What do saints know that I do not know?”

Merlin:  “Trials and tribulations make us strong in our faith, but good times bring weakness in body and soul. Saints pray for and embrace the cross because without the cross we become weak in faith.”

Philip was a little uneasy because he knew that Merlin was about to take away his joy in the great and total victor he had a great part in. But the Holy Father seems to know exactly what Merlin was about to tell him. Benedict just sat still with a slightly sad look on his face. 

Merlin:  “God has given what 2000 years of Christians have prayed for – peace. But peace and prosperity breeds soft people.  By the time most of the older people who went through the chastisement have died and the young people who were too young at the time or born after the chastisement reach their adult ages, faith will become soft.  People will say that all is well and we do not need God’s commandments and sacraments.  Many will not have the sacrament of Confirmation.  Faith will become lukewarm.  When that happens, the next great tribulation will come into the world.  Because of this the peace will not last long, a little book of history.  And then will come Chapter 11 of Apocalypse.”