“And this, we must recognize, finds its main cause in the lack of a supernatural vision, in having neglected the life of Grace for the benefit of a dissipated activism.” —Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 80, in Tape #10 of The Viganò Tapes
We have now posted Tape #10 of the 18 Viganò Tapes.
Here is the question and the beginning of his answer:
Question #10:What are the powers that pull the strings of this assault on Western civilization and Christianity?
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: The answer is far too simple. First of all, as Christians, we know that this epochal war is waged by Satan, the enemy of mankind. Behind the workers of iniquity there is always and only him, a murderer from the beginning. It matters little whether the cooperators of this plan are pharmaceutical companies or high finance, philanthropic organizations or Masonic sects, political factions or corrupt media: all of them, aware of it or not, collaborate in the work of the Devil.
(to listen to the rest of the answer, go to this link)
The Words of Paul VI
The archbishop mentions the phrase “the smoke of Satan.”
It is important to note that this is not a phrase coined by Archbishop Viganò.
It is, rather, a famous phrase spoken by St. Pope Paul VI, Pope from 1963 to 1978.
On June 29, 1972, in a public address for the celebration of the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul reflecting on the seven years that had passed by since the end of the Second Vatican Council in 1965, Pope Paul VI said (the official Vatican report, found here, has a few words to give the context, then cites the actual words of Paul VI, which were: “from some crevice [or ‘fissure’] the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God”):
“Referring to the situation of the Church today, the Holy Father affirms that he has the feeling that ‘from some crevice [or “fissure”] the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.’
[Note: These next words are not cited as direct quotes, but they are intended to give accurately the thought of the Pope.]
“There is doubt, uncertainty, problems, restlessness, dissatisfaction, confrontation. People no longer trust the Church; they trust the first profane prophet who comes to talk to them from some newspaper or some social movement to chase them and have them ask him if he has the formula of true life. And we do not feel that we are already the masters and masters of the formula of true life. A doubt has entered our consciences, and it has entered through windows that instead should have been opened to the light. From science, which is made to give us truths that do not detach us from God but cause us to seek him even more and celebrate with greater intensity, criticism has come instead, doubt has come. Scientists are those who most thoughtfully and most painfully wrinkle their foreheads. And they end up teaching: “I don’t know, we don’t know, we can’t know.” The school becomes a training ground for confusion and sometimes absurd contradictions. Progress is celebrated in order to then be able to demolish it with the strangest and most radical revolutions, to deny all that has been achieved, to return to be primitives after having so exalted the progress of the modern world.
“This state of uncertainty reigns in the Church too. It was believed that after the Council there would come a sunny day for the history of the Church. Instead came a day of clouds, of storms, of darkness, of seeking, of uncertainty. We preach ecumenism and detach ourselves more and more from others. We try to excavate abysses instead of filling them.”
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