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Robert Lazu Kmita | Remnant Columnist, Romania

The Mystery of Evil: Benedict XVI and the End of Days contains a message carries implications rarely seen in a book written by an academic scholar. In fact, as we will see shortly, the Italian author proposes a substantial interpretation regarding the unprecedented crisis that led to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.

Representing the concrete presence of God Himself in the midst of His Church, the Holy Eucharist is the culmination of Christian initiation, which begins with preparation for receiving Holy Baptism. Thus, both naturally and necessarily, after the bath of rebirth follows, at the appropriate time, the believer’s communion with the Body and Blood of the Savior Jesus Christ. Without exaggeration, we can say that the purpose of the entire life of the believer is this: the encounter with the Eucharistic Jesus.

Although playing the role of a saint is the most difficult challenge an actor can face, in the film Monsieur Vincent (1947), Pierre Fresnay achieved the impossible: creating a character that brought to life the famous French saint, Vincent de Paul. Without a doubt, we are dealing with a cinematic masterpiece that shines amidst the countless failures of directors and actors who have attempted similar projects.

“This is my body, which is given for you (...) This is the chalice, the new testament in my blood, which shall be shed for you (Luke 22, 19-20)”.

These are the key-words of the most mysterious and fascinating holy sacrament of the Church. By the pronouncement of the words spoken by Jesus Christ Himself on the night of the Last Supper, made by validly ordained priests, the gifts present on the altar – the bread and the wine – are truly transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Christian faith clearly affirms that “Christ is truly, really, and substantially present under the consecrated species in His Divinity and Humanity, with Body and Soul, in Flesh and Blood.”[i] How is such a thing possible?

"Most bishops are increasingly doubtful about this papacy and there are criticisms. However, these are expressed in hushed tones, never openly." -Aldo Maria Valli

Much has been written about the differences between the Gregorian Roman Catholic liturgy and the “Novus Ordo” liturgy of Pope Paul VI, as well as about the “mutation” undergone by post-conciliar Catholic theology. Additionally, a significant barometer of the major changes suffered by the traditional theological perspective, transformed through a complete rewriting by progressive theologians, is the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

As I have shown in another article,[i] the volume edited by Dr. Joseph Shaw – The Latin Mass and the Intellectuals: Petitions to Save the Ancient Mass from 1966 to 2007 (Arouca Press, 2023) – contains evidence proving that those who led the Ecclesia Dei commission expected the disappearance of the Mass of the ages and its defenders. Those who wanted to preserve it were considered either poor lunatics incapable of understanding the Hegelian march of history or dangerous schismatics who had to be eliminated. Today, this latter perspective is categorically being preferred. The simple fact of the refusal of those Catholics who love Tradition to disappear classifies them, in the eyes of progressive “theologians,” in the category of infidels.

Nothing conveyed to us through the sacred books of the Old and New Testaments is accidental. Every detail, every aspect contains a message worthy of being deciphered, a significance from which we can learn something. All the more so, all those episodes from the life of Jesus Christ presented in the Gospels are full of profound meanings. One of them is the episode where we see Him, in the midst of the raging storm, sleeping in the boat surrounded by terrified apostles.

The publication of Hugo Klapproth’s work, Letters to a Protestant Friend (The Remnant Press, 2022), represents an editorial event that can help us acquire a deep understanding of the mentality and constellation of values of a pre-conciliar Catholic. And not just any Catholic, but a convert from Lutheranism who dedicated his life to defending and transmitting the truths of Christian Revelation.

The Evangelist Matthew relates that after the death of the Savior Christ, those who had orchestrated his execution had one major concern: to obtain the guard of the tomb where Joseph of Arimathea had placed Jesus’ body. Before Pilate, they explained that they feared lest the “heresies” of the one killed spread even more, in the event that his disciples stole his body (Matthew 27:63-64). Pilate granted them the requested soldiers. The tomb was sealed and placed under Roman guard.

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