The Final Confrontation Between the Church and the Anti-church

From Fr George W. Rutler’s ‘Weekly Column’

During the 1976 Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia, a relatively unknown figure, the Archbishop of Krakow and future Pope John Paul II, said: “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society, or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence; it is a trial which the whole Church . . . must take up, and face courageously.” 

   Those words in Philadelphia certainly were as prophetic as the voices in Judea thousands of years ago. In the subsequent generation, crammed with breathtaking events of universal and historic significance, heroic and tragic, we can count the manifold ways in which that future pope seemed to see the judgment of God at work. 

   The Second Sunday of Advent points attention to two kinds of judgment. First, and most immediate for the human condition, is the particular judgment each of us will experience at the moment of death, when our life passes before us. Christ as Judge makes no arbitrary decisions, but instead avails himself as the measure of our compatibility with his love. The other judgment is the social judgment of the whole world. This will happen at the end of time when all created things and time and space themselves will end. There was an intimation of this in the earthquake when Christ died on the cross, as prelude to his resurrection when he could “die no more” (Romans 6:9).  

   Confronting the Judge, we have the option of two kinds of fear. The first is the perplexity of the person who knows only self-love and has lived life as though the self were God. The second is the joyful awe sensed by the person who has loved God and neighbor as much as the self.  

   In the moral order, people have to make judgments for the sake of sanity, but those judgments must be based on standards outside one’s sentiments, similar to the way we measure objects according to the standards set by the Bureau of Weights and Measures. Jesus submitted to the judgment of Pontius Pilate, and by so doing, he took on the suffering of those who are wrongly judged.  

   Jesus did not deny Pilate’s right to pass judgment; rather, he reminded Pilate that he was answerable to a higher authority: “You would have no power over me were it not given to you from above” (John 19:11). The command not to judge others is about defining justice without accountability to God. “He who rejects me and does not receive my words, has one who judges him; the word that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day” (John 12:48). 

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2 Responses to The Final Confrontation Between the Church and the Anti-church

  1. Beautiful and so perfectly timely is this article! Some of my thoughts of late coincide perfectly as I see it all occurring as within this process that God through Holy Scriptures foretold us and by what Saint John Paul II spoke to back when he conveyed some of these things to us when he was the Pope from Poland!

    Here is part of a letter I wrote to our President Trump in America just this past week!

    “Dear President Trump, First let me say I pray that you actually read this! If not then whoever is reading it I want to tell you something you already know but need to focus on! This is a Nation founded under God Almighty! The almost insurmountable corruption in this country’s government and election mechanisms has gotten so bad that almost all participants are passing the buck and going along to get along; mainly so they don’t get caught up in criminal proceedings that will put major names behind bars for the rest of their lives! DiGenova said what was right to say because the former DHS director and many others in such positions are guilty of Treason on its face by the sheer fact that we’re in this mess; because of lack of oversight and just going along with criminal activities in our government that are too many to mention here; but let’s start with the near crucifixion of our current President Trump prior to his even being sworn in by all of the weaponized lies and phony collusion/impeachment fabrication tossed at him by the DEMs, DNC, DEEP STATE and even foreign participants! Lou Dobbs just said it best; ““The Democrats and the deep state this time have put it in our faces,” Dobbs said. “They have said, you know, ‘We’re going to do this, and you’re going to watch us, and you’re going to see us, and you can’t do a damn thing about it because, you know why? Your leaders won’t do a damn thing about it.’ And they’re right.” I mention under God, and all of you folks serving in our Federal Govt. should think very hard about Hell and Heaven; because we all end up in one or the other for Eternity; I’m positive, and I’m trying hard to make it to heaven. Will you please do the same with me, I would love to meet any of you there when that time comes, but you folks have a big responsibility to fix the BIG MESS! Whistle blow jump into the fight whatever it takes; if I can help I will!
    This election is dead in the water too much fraud and treason, Trump is and will remain our President!”

    Then today I was responding to another bloggers pseudo religious point of view and after that another fine article here that I did reblog!
    I said these words in these first few lines in the Catholicism pure reblog, followed by what I had to say regarding the pseudo religious thought.

    “Astrology is based on such occultist phenomenon and superstitions all of it is to be avoided and means nothing other than being repetitive worldly events of the material realm. The Holy Spirit is where we can find Truth brought to anyone who seeks it from God the Father though Jesus Christ; not from the stars.”

    “No grasshopper not God and the Universe! God and Jesus Christ who are one in the same! Not the Universe; the universe is only material and ending or falling away as “Holy Scriptures” have told we humans for ages. The blind leading the blind! No one or nothing can lay claim to what Jesus said and did. Foolish modern man with its designer world and designer religions! Missed the boat and the Truth; being defiant, rebellious and wrong! Transgression just like Lucifer’s; who was Cast Out! The fallen with the falling away Universe or “material world;” which is the realm of the Fallen One the Prince of Darkness! Your choice is simple; so much so that even a fool knows. The Truth is self-evident and the signs are too. All the Glory is His; He the Father, Son and Holy Ghost which are in heaven. Amen.”

    Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6

    God bless.
    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III
    Reblogged at Zero Lift-Off; just in case someone else can be made aware of this.

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