I wanted to thank you so much for your website and your efforts to spread the One True Catholic Faith. Please continue to run the good race, and finish strong!
I also wanted to give you some words of encouragement. I have heard you a few times in your videos expressing some frustration and discontent (understandably) for the false traditionalists because it seems they are blind and stubborn. It seems they blatantly deny the obvious and will never change. It seems like no matter what evidence they are shown, they will ignore logical truth and embrace illogical falsehoods. Take courage Brothers, because I used to be one of those false traditionalists. So some false traditionalists do change!
I was actually very Protestant-minded at first, being exposed to many Protestant teachers I embraced many of their heresies while attending a Novus Ordo church. However I desired to learn truth, even though I didn’t know what truth was at the time. I thought truth was in Protestant Churches. I desired to leave the Novus Ordo church and join a Protestant church. Before making an official switch, I tried to figure out which church’s doctrine was the most Biblical. I even looked into Islam, because I felt I had to be able to rule that out, which I ultimately did (I am from Pakistan). During my study of various denominations, I noticed that many Protestants talked about how unbiblical the Council of Trent was. This led me to study the Council of Trent. After reading and studying the Council of Trent, comparing it with the Bible, I was quite impressed with how Biblically sound it was! I shed many of my Protestant beliefs and remained in my Novus Ordo church with greater vigor, because that is what I thought the Catholic Church was. I assumed that church held to what the Council of Trent declared.
I continued to study religion to try to learn as much as I could. I learned more regarding the heresies of Protestantism and how the Catholic Church is the One True Church. I learned about and embraced the Dogma that Outside the Catholic Church, There is No Salvation. I thought it was a little weird that no one else in my Novus Ordo church was talking about this Dogma, but I figured I’d make that my mission. At some point I learned about the “Joint Declaration on Justification.” I thought there was no possible way such a document could exist. I read it. I felt sick to my stomach. I almost vomited when reading this. I felt that everything I learned to support Catholic Doctrine was just thrown out the window, because I viewed B16 and JP2 as authorities in the Church and they agreed with the Lutherans on Justification, and claimed the Council of Trent no longer applies. Wasn’t Luther one of the biggest heretics in all of Church history!? I was so confused, I didn’t know what to do. I soon realized there was a liberal side of the “Church,” and a conservative, or more traditional side of the “Church.” I began to embrace many of the false traditionalists and their ideas. It was a bit difficult to say I was Catholic and at the same time accept the anti-popes as true popes, because I had to figure out a way to refute almost everything they said, while at the same time not undermining them! But the false traditionalists gave me the kind of double-talk I needed to remain inside the Novus Ordo. My attempts to bring some level of true Catholic teaching to other members of the Novus Ordo church was embraced (partially) by a few but rejected by most. Especially when I tried to convince others that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church. Almost everyone rejected the idea.
I was a fan of Robert Sungenis… Surfing through his material brought me to my first exposure to Sedevacantism. It was a debate between him and Brother Peter Dimond on Nostra Aetate #3. Wow. I’ll have to admit, I was quite offended at first by what Brother Peter was saying. That’s because I thought he was attacking the Catholic Church. I figured he has to be wrong, I just have to figure out how to prove him wrong. Searching exactly what Brother Peter was saying is what led me to your website. I began to review the information on your website. It was all so shocking. I couldn’t agree with what you were saying, but I didn’t know how to refute it. I figured I’d read all these encyclicals and papal bulls myself, for surely you were misquoting or misinterpreting something. The more I researched your position, the more I was convinced you were right. However, I was so vested in the Novus Ordo church. By now my wife and I had become good friends with the “priest,” he was baptizing our children, I was a big part of the men’s group, etc, etc. So I continued to resist the conclusion that all this information should have brought me to. I was one of those “false traditionalists” who had the information but rejected it. Not because I disagreed, but because it would disrupt the “good” thing I already had going. Becoming Sedevacantist would be too costly. But something kept me coming back to your website, and you continued to release videos and information, assaulting the post-Vatican II church and their claimants to the Papacy. Each bit of new material you released just broke down my wall of pride piece by piece. The nail in the coffin was when I saw your video, “Is The World About To End?” The dam I had built that was holding back your regenerative message finally couldn’t resist the immense weight of the truth any longer. It completely broke down and I wept. I wept bitterly. I wept because I had finally come to grips with the truth – the same truth Our Lady of LaSalette was weeping over. I finally stopped lying to myself. It was time to accept the difficult fact that I was wrong. It was time to swallow my pride. It was time to embrace the One True Church of Christ and oppose the counterfeit church set up by Satan, no matter what the cost.
I want to thank you for bringing me to my knees on this issue. It was your constant, clear, declaration of the truth that did it for me. With all your videos and written material, you literally pounded the truth into my head and I finally got it. Thank you for admonishing the heretic. I needed that! I purchased your $20 package and have been reviewing this information with my wife and kids, so as to raise them in the True Catholic Faith. We stopped going to the Novus Ordo. I have reached out to many of the Novus Ordo priests I knew to try to convert them to the True Faith, but they either completely ignore me now, or get upset when I present them with facts. I used to think they were men of God, but they now display their bad will. I’ve reached out to many of the guys in my Novus Ordo Men’s Group to try to convert them. The leader of the Men’s Group then banned me from contacting them. My wife was part of a women’s support group there. Bear in mind that my wife at this point had not said a word to anyone there about the Traditional Catholic Faith, she was still privately learning about it at home. Yet she was kicked out of the group! She was told by the priest that she was no longer allowed to attend anymore due to “our views.” If my wife was pro-abortion or pro-homosexual, or pro-Buddhism they would allow her to come. But if there’s any chance you might mention the Traditional Teachings of the Church, well then the “church” that never excommunicates anyone is ready to excommunicate you immediately! Amazing!
I did have a few questions I was hoping you could answer.
– In the Apocalypse, why does the beast with seven heads have 10 horns? Why not 14, two per head? Or seven, one per head? Is there any symbolic significance to this?
– … where I can go for Sacraments…
By the way, in regards to “Francis” leading this “synod on the family,” in one sense I think this is a good thing. I think He’s allowing this “synod” to take place as an act of mercy for the false traditionalists – to give them one last chance to wake up – to make it even so much more blatantly obvious that we are in the end-times Apostasy, Francis is an antipope, he is a disgrace to the Saint whose name he took, and his “church” is the counterfeit of the True Catholic Church. God is so merciful! I pray for the conversion of their souls, because with God all things are possible!
May the Peace of Christ be with you,
p.s. I try my best to teach all my children the True Catholic Faith, without pulling any punches. You would probably be proud of my 5 year old son. His grandmother (my mother-in-law), who is a staunch Novus Ordo attender and Vatican II defender, was giving him a ride. She started praying the “divine mercy chaplet.” My 5 year old immediately told her she’s going to hell, because that is a bad prayer and because she goes to a bad church. She called us fuming angry. I had no apologies. I turned to my wife and said, “Out of the mouth of babes…thou hast perfected praise.”
MHFM: We’re glad to hear about the interest and your recognition of the truth. To your question about the ‘ten horns,’ that’s discussed in our video, Is the World about to End? The ‘ten horns’ refer to the general territory/expanse of the Roman Empire. We know that because in Daniel’s prophecy about the Roman Empire beast he described it as having ‘ten horns’. The end-times beast out of the sea also has those ‘ten horns’ because it’s a new version of the pagan Roman Empire. It occupies the same general territory (hence the ‘ten horns’). The end-times beast out of the sea, however, also has ‘seven heads’ (i.e. seven Roman kings – one of whom is wounded, has his image honored, etc.), which the Roman Empire did not. It’s the Beast that Was, and Is Not (video) returning in a new and updated form.
Concerning the matter of receiving sacraments, that’s covered in this file: Where To Receive Sacraments (article).