Come, I will shew thee the condemnation of the great harlot, who sitteth upon many waters, With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication; and they who inhabit the earth, have been made drunk with the wine of her whoredom. And he took me away in spirit into the desert. And I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was clothed round about with purple and scarlet, and gilt with gold, and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand, full of the abomination and filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: A mystery; Babylon the great, the mother of the fornications, and the abominations of the earth. (The Apocalypse of St John 17:1-5)
One of my formative books, in my university years, was Robert Greene's The 48 Laws of Power:
Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this multi-million-copy New York Times bestseller is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control – from the author of The Laws of Human Nature.
I know the book well. I have disavowed the power politics that Mr. Greene describes but I retain its lessons in "defending against ultimate control."
Which brings me to the Vatican.
It is not difficult to observe that the current cabal in power in the Vatican are familiar with the concepts outlined in the book. They are methodically setting the stage for an ecumenical council - "Vatican III" - to change the Church in ways that are unavailable to them now and to make those changes permanent.
It is imperative for the skilled political operator to create the illusion that the demands for change are not "top-down" but "bottom-up." While the reality is that most practicing Catholics are not itching for major change - indeed they are already choking under the pace of change in the Church - the octogenarians in Rome are. They are impatient. They want to implement all of their ideological goals before they die but they need to create the impression that others are asking for these changes.
So they are methodically setting up these "listening exercises" in Germany, Ireland, Australia, Italy and (soon) the United States where hand-picked political warriors demand woman's ordination and a total change of the sexual and moral ethics of the Church. Even worse, I predict that they will likely enshrine the modernist view that the Church should stop referring to itself as special and merely teach that it is only one of the available avenues of salvation.
Even Francis, in his public statements, acknowledges that these changes are impossible by simple papal pronouncement alone because they would be vulnerable to another pope undoing those changes with the same ease that they were implemented.
What the revolutionaries in Rome need is a binding ecumenical council to achieve their ends. I suspect that the results from the "listening exercises" going on right now will be used by some Bishops to call for a new council to capitulate the Church to the demands of the degenerates.
This is clear as a bell to people who are trained in the art of strategy and who are paying close attention. Really, they could not be more obvious.
Here is National Catholic Reporter calling for a Vatican III. Here is La Croix. It is also bubbling below the surface: I recently got an e-mail from Someone Who Knows Things, who tells me that it is very much on the lips of people who have the power to make it happen.
There is a funny thing about crass power politics though. Evil men make their plans, they plot and they scheme and they do everything they can to destroy all opposition but evil men are helpless against the Divine.