The article you are about to read is one I have longed to write and let loose on these pages for some time. It is not that I have purposely resisted what must be done, as if tethering this task as one might an unruly prisoner, or confining an immensity of water behind an unmovable damn. No. The reason is far simpler, it is nothing more than not knowing where to begin. A small obstacle you might suppose, but as I soon discovered it was anything but, not least because the subject matter is one that provokes controversy but also because of my apprehension concerning the potential consequences.
Brother Bernard Coleman OFM, an artist and former lecturer at the Royal Academy, once said to me, “there is a very real fear that the artist experiences when facing a blank canvas; it comes from an absence of certainty of how to do what one intends and to do it well, a simple matter of where should one place the first brush stroke,” In one respect he was saying, the first commitment of paint to canvas will either begin a new work worthy of respect, received with goodwill or be ruinous of the artist’s confidence and reputation. It could be an irrevocable moment for good or for bad. And so, it was, given the topic of this article, I found myself unmovable, unable to begin, until today that is. This evening I opened a UK national newspaper The Daily Mail and read a wonderful well balanced and courageous essay written by A.N. Wilson (his essay can be read via the link provided at the end of this section). On reading this I knew how I should begin, that is, with A.N Wilson’s headline: You MUST believe in gay marriage. You CAN’T question abortion. And as for transgender rights … what began as an admirable attempt to make society kinder has become such a threat to free speech [that] we’re entering THE NEW AGE OF INTOLERANCE.
How does this relate to Fatima, Garabandal and Akita? To start with, these themes when taken in context with the Apparitions are so evocative I am guessing you are already imagining routes to the answer. Sensing who are the players, what is at stake and recalling numerous articles published by concerned clergy, columnists, and contributors to on-line public forums. Having begun intuitively forming an answer the logical and inescapable next step is justification of that which we sense to be true, and we do this through gathering substantive evidence.
This article therefore aims to explain why these particular themes are; implicit within the warnings of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, are a danger to The Church and the World, and instrumental in provoking the Tribulation, The Warning and if we don’t change a Chastisement. The article will be an ongoing work that will be published in short chapters over a period of several months.
The topics A.N. Wilson identifies as the subject matter of New Age Intolerance are in fact the very same that are now being vociferously directed toward the moral teaching of the Apostolic Church. The moral imperative in this regard is no longer confined to a battle between the various aberrations of atheism and The Church, but has now evolved to become an unholy conflict within The Church Herself. It is these very same topics that are the insidious foundation of confusion that as prophesied, are now resulting in Cardinals opposing Cardinals etc.
A Trojan Horse has therefore most definitely entered Holy Mother Church, concealing within it the ideologies of Secularism, Communism and Protestantism translated as outreach programmes, inclusivity and compassion. All wonderful concepts in the right context, but this context is not a Christocentric amendment of life and subsequent evangelisation. It is rather an accommodation of mortal sin in perpetuity because in ‘certain circumstances,’ (according to some interpretations of AL) the sinner is bereft of choice. They are the very beachhead challenging revealed Truths governing the fundamental construct of the family, marriage, and the Holy Eucharist. These are the very weapons the Anti-Christ is using in this final battle with the Blessed Virgin Mary hence the significance of relating ‘the new age of intolerance’ to the ’Signs of the Times’ in the context of Fatima, Garabandal and Akita.
Let us begin this journey with the prophetic words attributed to Saint John Paul II in his last speech as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla to the US in September 1976:
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle 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, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously.”
The poignant words being: We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the anti-Christ.