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By Bernie V. Lopez,
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Vatican II triggers the start of an intense war between Conservatives and Liberals. The ‘civil war’ begins when Conservative Cardinals accuse Liberal Pope Francis of ‘blasphemy’ and ‘heresy’ to avenge the ouster of Conservatives from the Roman Curia, an ‘apostasy’ was predicted by Our Lady of Fatima.


The war between Conservatives and Liberals is the root cause of the Church crisis.


(Author’s Note. On top of Internet sources, a person who had worked intimately with the Papacy for 20 years was interviewed, who requested anonymity.)


The Catholic Church is undergoing a deep crisis right now, due to a war between Conservatives and Liberals. The war has been going on through the centuries, but it has intensified lately since the Papal Ebcyclical Vatican II (1962-1965), led by Pope John XXIII (1958-1963), more than half a century ago.
Before Vatican II, the Church experienced a ‘falling out’, a mass exodus of devotees to many small sects, such as the Born Again groups. Pope John XXIII knew the Church needed reforms to contain this hemorrhage, that is why he launched reforms through Vatican II. Vatican II installed sweeping reforms in a bleeding Church. This reform movement intensified and widened the splinter between Conservatives and Liberals. The Conservatives accused the Liberals of too much radical reforms, diluting Church evangelization. The Liberals said the Conservatives were fueling further the Church hemorrhage.


The Conservatives and Liberals are like oil and water in terms of issues like dogma, liturgy, and ecumenism. Both sides will hardly budge or compromise. One says Latin masses should be revived, the other says they are obsolete. The biggest issue is ecumenism, where Vatican II aimed at consolidating various Christians denominations, feared by the Conservatives as AN ‘invasion’ of the purity of the Church by non-Catholic sects.


The Amazon Synod is a clear demonstration of the ecumenism issue. The Conservatives accused Pope Francis, a staunch Liberal, of desecrating the sanctity of the Vatican by bringing in an Amazon icon. The Liberals said he was simply reaching out to the pagans in the spirit of ecumenism of Vatican II.


As soon as Pope Francis ascended the throne, the first thing he did was to cleanse the Vatican of Conservatives, especially in the Roman Curia, the most powerful central government of the Church. It was a Blitzkrieg cleansing, within six months upon ascending the throne, something that St. Pope John II (JP2) and Pope Benedict failed to do, surprising Vatican media. Pope Benedict, himself a Conservative, was forced to resign because he could not handle the growing power of Conservatives in the Roman Curia before Francis came in, and he failed to address the issue of the Vatican bank scandals and the pedophile epidemic within the Church.


In retaliation, the Conservatives launched a vicious counter-attack, accusing Pope Francis of ‘blasphemy’ and ‘heresy’, sometimes without presenting clear evidence. For example, a small anti-Pope Social Media outfit, wanting more visibility, accused him of ‘heresy’ by pitting his statements against those of JP2 without citing the statements themselves, and without explaining where the heresy was. It was simply the opinion of the article that JP2 was right and Pope Francis was wrong.


The Pandemic somehow dissipated the Vatican Civil War. Suddenly, Pope Francis regained his charisma through his global calls to prayer, global online telecast of his masses, like on Easter and Pentecost, viewed by millions, and his Urbi et Orbi homily which went viral.


Marian scholars cited a prophecy of Our Lady of Fatima in the Third Secret of a ‘great apostasy’ at the top, a major schism or revolt against the Papacy. Today, it promises to dwarf Luther’s Reformation movement in 1517, which triggered the Protestant revolt, the largest splinter from the Church ever. Marian scholars attribute the Pandemic and the Vatican ‘civil war’ to ‘sins of humanity’, such as 1) the Pedophile Epidemic, heinous sexual crimes of prelates on a massive scale; 2) legalized murder through State-funded abortions on a global scale; 3) The massive corruption led by Conservative Cardinals in the Vatican Bank scandals; 4) the rapid rise of Satanism, especially in the US’; and 5) 4) the issue of gays, same-sex marriage, and the LGBT.


Pope Francis infuriated Conservatives further when he said, “If someone is gay and searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”. In 2015, he had dialogues with LGBT groups which scandalized the Conservatives.


John Paul 2, Benedict, and Francis try to deal with the Church crisis in vain. This is an unending century-old irreconcilable feud among Conservatives and Liberals.
St. John Paul II (JP2, 1978-2005) was a staunch Liberal surrounded by Conservatives who have been in power for more than a century. His campaign to fulfill the reforms in Vatican II thus hit a snag. When the Vatican Bank corruption, and Pedophile Epidemic exploded in Media, JP2 shrewdly appointed Conservative Cardinal Ratzinger, future Pope Benedict, to handle his fellow Conservatives for him. For this, Ratzinger was labelled the German Shepherd. But one cannot dislodge a century of Conservative ‘rule’ in a single sweep. When Ratzinger failed to control fellow Conservatives, and JP2’s Parkinson Disease was worsening, he advised JP2 to resign. Instead, JP2 formed a commission to handle the ‘mafia problem’, which also advised him to resign. It was a dead end.


When Ratzinger ascended the throne as Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013), he still could not handle the Conservatives, especially in the powerful Roman Curia, right in front of his nose. As mentioned in Part 1, he was forced to resign, unable to handle the Vatican Bank scandal, and the Pedophile Epidemic. All this is interlaced with the growing Church crisis. Satan works hard to deepen this crisis with Cardinals within the Vatican as ‘agents’ without them knowing it.


Pope Benedict knew that his most likely successor was Cardinal Bergoglio, future Pope Francis, because he was the second in rank in the Papal Conclave (election) that put him into power. It was perhaps God’s will to end the reign of the Conservatives, root cause of the Church crisis.


Pope Benedict summoned Cardinal Bergoglio to his villa to forge a strategy to solve the looming Church crisis by finally neutralizing the century-old reign of the Conservatives. Conservative Pope Benedict and Liberal Pope Francis were like oil and water in terms of policies and dogma. But they set their differences aside to solve the crisis of the century. They in fact became intimate friends. Oil merged with water. Watch the movie Two Popes.


Finally, Cardinal Bergoglio ascended the throne as Pope Francis (2013 – present), the first Jesuit Pope of history. Through the centuries, the Jesuits had a reputation as radical and liberal reformists after they successfully launched the Counter-Reformation, the Church response to Luther’s Reformation in 1517. The Jesuits became an armor defending the Papacy beleaguered by the Protestant schism. How Pope Francis handled the Conservatives was covered in Part 1.
The Church is as human as it is divine, capable of blunders and corruption. It is not beyond criticism. We must pray for the Pope, the Conservatives, the Liberals, and the Church in crisis. Jesus promised that his Church will prevail until his second coming, in spite the violent storms Satan brews. So, if we have faith, we should not fret. The Lord is on top of the situation.


It is better for the faithful to stay neutral in such complex theological issues. Let the Conservatives and Liberals fight it out. Faith has two aspects, the intellectual and the spiritual, the mind and the heart. On the mind level, it is easy to be confused (dogma, canon law, etc.). You have to prove or disprove. But on the heart level, everything becomes crystal clear.


“Praise to you, Oh Father, for what you have hidden from the wise, you have revealed to little children” Luke 10:21. Faith is based less on ‘logic’, the mind, and more on ‘meta-logic’, the heart, that children and peasants understand and Cardinals cannot see. Our Lady chose uneducated peasants as visionaries, not Cardinals, who played the devil’s advocate. This was true in Fatima, Guadalupe, Garabandal, and other Marian apparitions. The Lord prefers simple peasants rather than complicated Bishops. The proud shall be spurned and the humble proclaimed.


No one knows what will happen after the reign of Pope Francis amid many doomsday speculations. Do not fret about the Church crisis. God is on top of that. We need only to pray for everyone, both sides of the civil war, and God will take care of everything in his time in his way. At this point, it may be better to be fence sitters rather to be inside the ring.


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By Bernie V. Lopez,
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