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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Are We Seeing the Prophesied "Hour of the Church?" Henry Edward Cardinal Manning Has Something to Say


“It is the last hour: and as you have heard that Antichrist cometh: even now there are become many Antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us; but they were not of us for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have remained with us.” 

- 1 John 2:18-19

The only real way to test prophecy is to hold it accountable for the predictions it makes.

The only real way to measure the veracity of analysis that was made in the past is to...check if that analysis has borne out with time.

That is why, for example, I wrote that the extended version of the La Salette prophecies could be safely put into the "not true" category. I came to that conclusion because there had been definitive dates put to certain prophecies that failed to materialize. Prophecies/apparitions from God are 100% accurate. If they aren't, they are not from God. Simple, right?

Another example is this popular book published by Sophia Press that purports to faithfully transcribe a series of talks given by a French priest in the 1880's. Susan Conroy, the woman who is credited as co-author, is a very....post-concillar...Catholic (I have an email correspondence with her that is laughably everything you would expect from a Vatican II Catholic) and for some reason the book has been picked up in traditionalist circles. That's too bad, because it contains a series of prophecies that have turned out to be false, makes no mention of the apostasy that we are currently living through and teaches the heresy of millennialism (that Jesus will return, reign for 1000 years and then the Devil will come back and then Jesus will finally, officially return for a third time) that has been condemned by the Church numerous times.

I have found a document, however, that has stood the test of time.

It is a series of lectures given by Henry Edward Cardinal Manning in the late 19th century. It has been published under several names - "The Pope and the Antichrist" being the most popular. Here are all four lectures in full. It is accurate. It is prescient. It meets every test we should look for in terms of discerning the truth and rejecting falsehood.

I am planning on doing a YouTube video on the book, but there's something I wanted to highlight here...

Cardinal Manning makes this crucial point:

The history of the Church, and the history of our Lord on earth, run as it were in parallel. For three-and-thirty years the Son of God incarnate was in the world, and no man could lay hand upon Him. No man could take Him, because His “hour was not yet come.” There was an hour foreordained when the Son of God would be delivered into the hand of sinners. He foreknew it; He foretold it. He held it in his own hand, for He surrounded His person with a circle of His own Divine power. No man could break through that circle of omnipotence until the hour came, when by His own will He opened the way for the powers of evil…. 

In like manner with His Church. Until the hour is come when the barrier shall, by the Divine will, be taken out of the way, no one has power to lay a hand upon it. The gates of hell may war against it; they may strive and wrestle, as they struggle now with the Vicar of our Lord; but no one has the power to move Him one step, until the hour shall come when the Son of God shall permit, for a time, the powers of evil to prevail. That He will permit it for a time stands in the book of prophecy….

We have need, then, to be upon our guard. It shall happen once more with some, as it did when the Son of God was in His Passion — they saw Him betrayed, bound, carried away, buffeted, blindfolded, and scourged; they saw Him carrying His Cross to Calvary, then nailed upon it, and lifted up to the scorn of the world; and they said, “If he be the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him” [Mt 27:42]. So in like manner they say now, “See this Catholic Church, this Church of God, feeble and weak, rejected even by the very nations called Catholic. There is Catholic France, and Catholic Germany, and Catholic Sicily, and Catholic Italy, giving up this exploded figment of the temporal power of the Vicar of Jesus Christ.” And so, because the Church seems weak, and the Vicar of the Son of God is renewing the Passion of his Master upon earth, therefore we are scandalised, therefore we turn our faces from him. When then, is our faith? But the Son of God foretold these things when He said, “And now I have told you before it come to pass; that when it shall come to pass, you may believe” [Jn 14:29].

The concept of no one being able to lay "hands" on the Church is bolstered by the famous longer version of the Prayer to St. Michael, whereby Pope Leo XIII wrote that the enemies of the Church had "laid profaned hands upon Her most sacred treasures."

This process, of the Church going through its Passion, is a long one. But it is undeniably here. We are living through it; the Church has been living through it since Pope Leo XIII confirmed that Satan had been unbound from Hell and that multitudes of demons were attacking the Holy City.

This is the context by which we should view the unfolding of current events. Eventually, it will accelerate and we will not be allowed into our Churches or to publicly profess our Faith. Vatican City will be taken away. The public displays, whether liturgical or architectural, of the glory of the Church will be no more. We will only have our Faith.

And with that mustard seed the Church will win.