What about the present-day Church? /An interview with Patriarch of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate/Post date: 2018-02-22
What about the present-day Church?
An interview with Patriarch Elijah of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate:
Answer: Our Lord Jesus Christ established His Church which is a means of saving the souls. This Church of Christ has been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets (cf. Eph 2:20). The Church is the pillar and ground of the truth in the world (cf. 1Tim 3:15).
The Church exists as Militant and Triumphant. The Church Triumphant are the saints in the glory of heaven. The Church Militant is on earth.
Question: Who has eternal life?
Answer: He who has received and has the Son of God. It is written, “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has (eternal) life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have eternal life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (cf. 1Jn 5:11-12; Jn 3:36) The death of every man will reveal what is the true state of his soul and whether he is a living or dead member of Christ.
Question: What about the external and internal structure of the Church?
Answer: The Church of Christ consists of an invisible and visible part. The visible part, or ecclesiastical structure, should protect and create the conditions for the growth of the invisible, spiritual, part of the Church – the Mystical Body of Christ in human souls. If the ecclesiastical structure neglects to fulfil this task and, moreover, if it preaches heresies, it has broken its unity with the Mystical Body of Christ, deceives the faithful and leads them to perdition. The essential part of the Church is its invisible part: Mystical Body of Christ. Without it, the visible part loses the purpose of its existence and even the right to existence. The salvation of man is assured by the saving faith in Jesus Christ through which he remains a living member of the Mystical Body of Christ – the Church. It is about a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus, which is conditioned by the observance of His teaching.
The invisible part of the Church of Christ is the Mystical Body of Christ, where the Lord Jesus is the Head and the people who have believed in Him and in whom He lives are the living members of this Body. They have the Spirit of Christ and belong to God.
Question: What is the difference between a grave sin and heresy as a cause of apostasy (internal apostasy, excommunication)?
Answer: Those who through grave sin have lost sanctifying grace, divine life, continue to be members of the Mystical Body of Christ, but dead ones. By sincere repentance they can obtain divine life again and become living members of the Mystical Body of Christ, where they also have unity with the Father and the Holy Spirit (cf. Jn 14:20). On the other hand, those who after baptism consciously became open to lies and accepted heresies, i.e. a different teaching contrary to the essence of Christianity, have excluded themselves from the Church of Christ and separated from Christ (cf. 2Jn 8-9; Gal 1:8-9; Jn 15:4-6). If a heretic holds office in the Church, he holds it illegitimately because through apostasy he has excluded himself from the internal (invisible) part of the Church – the Mystical Body of Christ.
Question: What is the situation today?
Answer: By reason of unity with heresies, the present-day Vatican and its ecclesiastical structure are in apostasy. They obstinately refuse to repent. They refuse to break with the new heretical teaching concerning faith and morals and refuse to call heresies by their proper names. On the contrary, they demand that every priest, and through him the believers too, should consider heresies to be the true teaching of Christ.
Question: Where did the radical change take place and where did it reach its culmination?
Answer: The radical change took place at the Second Vatican Council which opened the door to doctrinal and moral heresies. It was followed by a period of a so-called post-conciliar spirit which revived the heresies of Modernism condemned before by St Pius X. After the Council, the orthodox doctrine of the Church has been replaced by the historical-critical method (HCT) which is founded on atheistic philosophy. HCT has denied the foundation of the faith: the redemptive death of Jesus, His historical and real resurrection, and the divine inspiration of the Scripture. Moreover, the teaching of the Council on a regard for pagans and their cults (demons) has degraded Christianity, stopped true mission and opened the door to pagan antimission.
The full responsibility for this state of the Church falls on the conciliar and post-conciliar Popes! They neglected their duty to defend the Deposit of Faith and to stop the process of self-destruction of the Church. Apostasy reached its culmination on 1 May 2011 through beatification of Pope John Paul II, who not only had allowed the mass spread of heresies but he himself made another suicidal step for the Church through a gesture of syncretism in Assisi. His beatification elevated to the altar the pernicious teaching represented and spread by him. Therefore, the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate (BCP) declared posthumous excommunication on this Pope and also made public the excommunication of Benedict XVI. The latter de facto beatified the path of apostasy for the whole Church, and thus completed the apostasy of the Catholic Church.
Question: How could the Church reach such a disastrous state?
Answer: After the Second Vatican Council, the positions in the Church have been gradually filled by liberal priests who have embraced the new heretical doctrine (“new gospel” – see Gal 1:8-9). The whole ecclesiastical structure has thus, little by little, fallen into apostasy. It is separated from “the apostles’ doctrine” (Acts 2:42) and the Gospel of Christ! The Holy Spirit – the Spirit of truth and life – has been driven out of the ecclesiastical structure. The spirit of lies and death has come to power; its fruits are clearly visible today. If the present-day Vatican in such state represents the Church of Christ, it no longer has the right to be called by this name as it has betrayed its essence and deceives the faithful! Those who want to be saved can no longer obey the apostates because these pretend to march under the banner of Christ but in fact they lead those who obey them to perdition!
Question: Do apostates administer the sacraments validly?
Answer: The Lord Jesus instituted the sacraments which are actualized only within the Church of Christ, i.e. within the Church free of heresies. Those who administer the sacraments are bishops and priests who are members of the Mystical Body of Christ, i.e. adhere to orthodox doctrine and have the Spirit of Christ (Rom 8:9). It is the Holy Spirit who acts in the sacraments through them. Therefore, if a priest or bishop administers the sacraments in a state of grave sin, but adheres to the teaching of Christ, he administers the sacraments validly; however, he “eats and drinks judgment to himself” (cf. 1Cor 11:29). By contrast, a priest or bishop who has fallen away from the teaching of Christ and preaches another gospel becomes an apostate separated from the Vine (Jesus Christ). Through heresies he has excluded himself from the Mystical Body of Christ – the Church – and is under God’s curse (Gal 1:8-9). If an apostate administers the sacraments, he does so invalidly. It is a deceit and a mere performance. He no longer has authority to act in the name of Christ and the Church of Christ, even if he holds visible office (cf. Bull of Paul IV).
Question: What is the impact of heresies on the Church and the Christian nations?
Answer: Heresy and apostasy is the inner cancer of the Church which has an impact on entire Christian nations. Vatican II’s syncretism with paganism has resulted in the Islamization of Europe, end of mission and start of pagan antimission. This has caused moral degradation concentrated in so-called gender ideology which disregards the most elementary fact that a man is a man and a woman is a woman. By his gesture of kissing the feet, Francis approves these deviations and sets an example for others to follow. The promotion of gender ideology is connected with the cruellest mechanism in history – the piratical stealing of children by the juvenile justice system and social services. The stolen children are subjected to mental abuse and moral devastation, and their disturbed mind is doped with psychotropic drugs. The Vatican is hypocritically silent on these crimes, and therefore is responsible for them.
Some bishops of Belgium, Germany or the Netherlands already promote same-sex marriage in the Church, which is blasphemy against God and a total boycott of God’s commandments.
Question: Does the Scripture predict this mass apostasy?
Answer: It does, and relates it to the coming of the Antichrist (cf. 2Th 2:3-11). The prophecy about the removal of the daily sacrifice – the Eucharist (cf. Dan 9:31) likewise refers to the present time because apostates administer the sacraments invalidly. The abomination of desolation (cf. Dan 12:11) will be set up in the holy place (in the Church), which means that the spirit of antichrist – the spirit of Assisi and HCT – will enter the visible Church (cf. Mt 24:15). Because the Spirit of Christ will be expelled from the ecclesiastical structure (cf. 2Th 2:7), the visible Church will no longer be the pillar and ground of the truth in the world (cf. 1Tim 3:15). Thus the apostate Church is preparing the establishment of a total dictatorship of the Antichrist – the NWO (2Th 2:8), when no one will be able to buy or sell anything except one who has the mark of the beast (666) in the hand or forehead – microchip (Rev 13:16-18).
Question: And what about Marian apparitions?
Answer: Apostasy within the Church was foretold not only by the Scripture but also in the apparitions of the Mother of Jesus to the children in La Sallette (1846) and the children in Fatima (1917).
Question: Why are Catholics unable to see this apostasy? Why do they not see its signs?
Answer: Because the process of opening to heresies was deliberately gradual. It lasted almost 50 years. Catholics today consider heresies to be the true teaching of Christ and the true teaching of Christ to be fanaticism, fundamentalism and sectarianism. Historical-critical theology has practically denied both the Scripture and the Tradition of the Church. That is why Catholics no longer know today what is and what is not the teaching of Christ. Practically, those who have adopted these heresies are no Christians any more. They were purposefully prepared and trained by the Church hierarchy through false obedience. However, the Word of God (Acts 5:29) says: “We ought to obey God rather than men” – and much less heretics!
Question: What about you?
Answer: With regard to the reality of heresies, the apostasy of the Pope and general apostasy in the Church as well as moral devastation in the world, our episcopal consecration was not only valid but also legitimate and necessary. It is an apostolic and prophetic ministry in the Church intended to unmask heresies and to convict the heretics. The point is to make a spiritual diagnosis of the present state of the Church, which is necessary for the process of restoring the Church through true repentance. This means to dissociate oneself from heresies and to accept the orthodox teaching of the Scripture and Tradition. Our episcopal consecration from the hands of the orthodox Catholic bishops preserved the apostolic succession as well as the orthodox Church hierarchy. This confirms the words of the Lord Jesus Christ: “The gates of hell shall not prevail against it (the Church)” (Mt 16:18). We have become “the voice of one crying in the wilderness” so that Christians may separate from the dogmatic and moral heresies and return to Jesus Christ and His laws.
Question: What about the excommunications declared by the heretical structure?
Answer: Because apostates (see Gal 1:8-9) have cut themselves off from the Church – the Mystical Body of Christ, the excommunications declared by them are null and void, both on the basis of the Scripture and Paul IV’s Dogmatic Bull Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio. If someone has excluded – excommunicated – himself through heresies, he cannot excommunicate anyone validly, not even a heretic, let alone an orthodox Catholic.
Question: What is the solution for this hierarchy?
Answer: There is just one solution: repentance. They must renounce heresies and the spirit of heresy, and accept the orthodox Catholic teaching!
Question: Has there ever been a situation in the past similar to the present state of the Church?
Answer: Yes, there was one at the time of Arianism (3rd-5th cent.) and then at the beginning of the 20th century; however, there has never been such a disastrous situation that a Pope along with a Council would apostatize. At the beginning of the 20th century, Pope St Pius X condemned the heresies of Modernism, and heretics were expelled from ecclesiastical offices and seminars. Before Vatican II, every priest had to take the Antimodernist Oath before the ordination. Thereafter it was cancelled.
Question: What about the excommunications you have declared on many bishops and some prelates?
Answer: These excommunications were and are valid because they were pronounced on the basis of God’s Word, and in fact we just made public the state in which the persons concerned already were. The declaration of excommunication was in accord with the will of God; it was a manifestation of love and mercy towards those who betrayed Christ and separated themselves from Him. First, these people were urged to confess the faith and to renounce heresies at this critical time. Their conscious refusal to renounce heresies and to confess the faith revealed their hidden apostasy. That was the moment when they could fully realize the spiritual reality of apostasy they had fallen into and which was hidden in many. The declaration of excommunication was intended to help them realize the seriousness of their condition, and to lead them to conversion and make them return to unity with the Church of Christ – the Mystical Body of Christ. Those who subsequently distanced themselves (or will distance themselves) from heresies and publicly confessed the faith, removed this excommunication from themselves. Whoever stubbornly persists in heresy is cut off from the Mystical Body of the Church, is an apostate, and the believers must not obey him. Unless he repents at least in the hour of death, he will eternally be condemned, be it a bishop, a cardinal or a pope (cf. Lk 13:3).