I was reflecting on my experiences as a very inadequate and unsuccessful apologist for the Catholic Faith when I realised that during the four years in which I attended Mass at the FFSPX/Resistance monastery, I could not recall the priests ever having given a sermon on John 3:5, (Link ), but that I had listened to various on the apparitions at Salette and Fatima ( given in appropriately severe Apocalyptic tones). When all of a sudden, like a thunderbolt, I was struck by the insanity and irrationality of these so-called traditional Catholic priests who deny the very clear explicit teachings of Our Lord, God Incarnate, on the necessity of Baptism and Faith for Salvation but believe in, and, what is worse, give credence to, the confused, hysterical ramblings of adolescent girls!
What kind of base, profane, carnal minds can reject the beauty of the Objective Spiritual Truths of Divine Revelation, the Dogmas of the Faith, in exchange for the spiritual dross that is Human Revelation? The Dogmas of the Faith are the Teachings of Our Lord, God Incarnate, to the Apostles which were handed down, carefully conserved, jealously guarded and energetically defended by Holy Men of the Church as Tradition, or the Deposit of the Faith, until they were thrown out at Vatican II. What kind of vulgar, trite minds can deny the simplicity and clarity of the teachings contained in the Gospels and Epistles but believe in the histrionic prophecies of Fatima and Salette, or the greeting card sentimentality of the promises of the Sacred Heart?
Private Revelation is only acceptable if it aids the understanding of the Faith. IT IS NOT MEANT TO SUPPLANT OR SUBSTITUTE IT!
65 “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son.”26 Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father’s one, perfect and unsurpassable Word. In him he has said everything; there will be no other word than this one. St. John of the Cross, among others, commented strikingly on Hebrews 1:1-2:
- In giving us his Son, his only Word (for he possesses no other), he spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word – and he has no more to say. . . because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts, he has now spoken all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son. Any person questioning God or desiring some vision or revelation would be guilty not only of foolish behavior but also of offending him, by not fixing his eyes entirely upon Christ and by living with the desire for some other novelty.
Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church.
So at Vatican II, the Word was rejected by the Church and every single so-called traditional sect, including the sedevacantistas, who are heretical in their Puritanism. Divine Revelation was rejected and supplanted by Human revelation. The roots of this abominable treachery were already apparent and identified by Dom Felix Sarda y Salvany, 130 years ago when he writes about Liberal Catholicism :-
“Strange as may seem that anomaly called Liberal Catholicism, its reason is not far to seek. It takes its root in a false conception of the nature of the act of faith. The Liberal Catholic assumes as the formal motive of the act of faith, not the infallible authority of God revealing supernatural truth, but his own reason deigning to accept (40) as true what appears rational to him according to the appreciation and measure of his own individual judgement. He subjects God’s authority to the scrutiny of his reason, and not his reason to God’s authority. He accepts revelation not on account of the infallible revealer, but because of the “infallible” receiver. With him the individual judgement is the rule of faith. He believes in the independence of reason.”
“Forgetting the divine and supernatural character of the Church, and she is nothing if not divine and supernatural, Liberal Catholics talk and write about her as a simple human development, accepting in the blindness of their false conception the naturalistic definition of faith. They thus eviscerate the Church, making her the mere husk of what she really is.
Piety itself does not escape the action of this pernicious naturalistic principle; it converts it into pietism that is to say, into a parody of true piety, as is painfully seen in the pious practices of so many people who seek in their devotions only the sentimental emotions of which they themselves are able to be the source. They are devout over themselves, worshipping their own little sentiments and offering incense to idols graven after their own image. This is simply spiritual sensualism, and nothing else. (45) Thus we see in our day in so many souls the degeneration of Christian asceticism, which is the purification of the heart by the repression of the appetites, and the falsification of Christian mysticism, which is neither emotion, nor interior consolation, nor any other Epicurean foible of human sentiment, but union with God through a supernatural love for Him and through absolute submission to His holy will.
Therefore is it that the Catholicity of a great number of people in our times is a Liberal Catholicity, or, rather, a false Catholicity. It is really not Catholicity, but mere naturalism, a pure rationalism; it is in a word paganism disguised in Catholic forms and using Catholic language.”
I don’t know whether God has given me the grace of good instincts but even as a child I disliked the Fatima revelations and the promises of the Sacred Heart (and felt guilty about it). The hysterical language of one, and the sickly sentimentality of the other, just didn’t ring true to me. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, was never sentimental. Just look at the language He uses to goad the Syrophoenician woman into her beautiful, and witty, confession of faith; or the strength of His rebukes when he condemns the impetuosity of Simon Peter; or His execration of the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. In this context, I think the following is very apt:-
6 But he answering, said to them: Well did Isaias prophesy of you, hypocrites, as it is written: *This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7 And in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines and precepts of men.
St. John of the Cross had this to say about private revelation:-
“There is always ground for fear that they proceed from the devil rather than from God; for the devil has more influence in that which is exterior and corporeal . . . As they are so palpable and so material they excite the senses greatly and the soul is led to consider them the more important, the more they are felt. It runs after them and abandons the secure guidance of faith, thinking that the light they give is a guide and means to that which it desires, union with God. Thus the soul, the more it makes of such things, the more it strays from the perfect way and means, i.e., the faith. Besides, when the soul perceives itself subject to these extraordinary visitations, self-esteem very frequently enters in, and it thinks itself to be something in the eyes of God, which is contrary to humility. The devil also knows too well how to insinuate into the soul a secret, and sometimes open, self-satisfaction. For this end he frequently presents to the eyes the forms of saints, and most beautiful limits; he causes voices well-dissembled to strike the ear, and delicious odours the smell; he produces sweetness in the mouth, and thrills of pleasure in the sense of touch; and all to make us long for such things that he may lead us astray into much evil. For this reason, then, we must always reject and disregard these representations and sensations.”
And advised us:-
“I say, therefore, with respect to all these impressions and imaginary visions, and others of whatever kind they may be, which present themselves under forms or images, whether false as coming from the devil, or known to be true as coming from God, that the understanding is not to perplex itself about them, nor feed itself upon them; the soul must not willingly accept them, nor rest upon them, in order that it may be detached, naked, pure, and sincerely simple, which is the condition of the divine union.”
St. John of The Cross’s teachings on private revelation are nicely summarised here:- Link.
The Church has been infiltrated and dominated, Catholics have been denied their catechism, and no longer profess the Catholic Faith but are reduced to pagans in their devotions to mere Human revelations. The whole world is now as pagan as it was before the Incarnation.
For by whom a man is overcome, of the same also he is the slave.  For if, flying from the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they be again entangled in them and overcome: their latter state is become unto them worse than the former.
 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of justice, than after they have known it, to turn back from that holy commandment which was delivered to them.  For, that of the true proverb has happened to them: The dog is returned to his vomit: and, The sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.