It has become very apparent to us here at our little apostolate that something is terribly wrong in the Church.
We are not alone. Quite a number have preceded us; others are arriving at the same conclusion. That something is terribly amiss shouldn't be a source of despair. The Church has lived through disastrous times in the past and will survive this as well because the King of the Universe Who established the Catholic Church as His Bride wills that She survive.
But the guarantee of the Heavenly King should not have the opposite effect of despair, that is, cause a complacency, a quietism, that we need do nothing because God will take of things. There is a happy balance between despair and complacency — that is humble action.
As the fourth-century Father of the Church St. Augustine proclaimed, "Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."
What plagues the Church now is one of the greatest crises in Her 2000-year history. It needs people praying and working to battle this crisis — people totally and completely dedicated to the love of souls, committed to work for their salvation — for this is what the crisis is about: salvation and damnation.
This is the entire story of the Church, the spiritual war we are baptized to engage in. As Pope Leo XIII put it, "Catholics are born for combat." It should not be surprising that the same Pope who reminded Catholics of their spiritual call to arms is the same one who gave us the prayer to St. Michael.
For the past 50 or so years, the laity have been witness to, as well as victims of, an increasing loss of faith among the clergy. That loss of supernatural faith began more than a century before, so what we are heirs of right now is a nearly two-century crisis that only became visible to the laity in the past half century.
Some Catholics remained valiant in the face of all this. They held the fort, so to speak, against the most diabolical attacks the Church had undergone since the Protestant Revolt 500 years ago. These Catholics — mostly laity, but many clergy as well, God bless them all — preserved authentic Catholicism in their daily lives. They formed the backbone of what we could call a resistance within the Church — a resistance against forces of Modernism, which Pope St. Pius X rightly called "the synthesis of all heresies."
What the Church is facing now is the great crisis brought about by the synthesizing of all heresies, a rejection of the divinity of Our Blessed Lord, the rejection of the efficacy of the sacraments, most especially the Blessed Sacrament, a denial of the true character of the Church as the indefectible Bride of Christ, and a wholesale betrayal of the Faith by many of the bishops consecrated to protect Her.
What is needed now — immediately — is the marshalling of the forces of men of good will, of Catholics deeply committed to Our Lord and His Blessed Mother. These Catholics, born for combat, need to enter in the battle with a ferocity that the enemy has been engaged in for two centuries. Much ground has been ceded. Innumerable souls lost.
We must build on the efforts of those who came before us and solidify their sacrifices and form a resistance movement within the Church — not to topple Her, as heretic priest Martin Luther did, but to root out his disciples still present in the Church. In a way, Church Militant and St. Michael's Media have already been doing this in an unconscious manner for a while now, but today we are formally announcing the formation of The Resistance.
We spoke about this at the end of last year. We asked many of you to express your support, and hundreds of you responded. Thank you. We intend to begin a surge, a counter-offensive, a resistance to the filth, as Pope Benedict styled it. This is the Church of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She has been mistreated and abused by many of Her shepherds and priests. Her members have walked away from Her into ruin.
The time has come to resist these evils on every front, in parishes, in chanceries, in universities, in religious congregations — in short, everywhere they have seized control in the Church. Our initial efforts will include a twice-monthly video, like this one you are watching, dedicated especially to topics directly related to getting The Resistance up and going, the development of a movement of faithful Catholics. This will be available in its entirety to those who have signed up to be members of The Resistance. A shortened version will be available to others aimed at inspiring them to join.
We will be providing background information on various assaults that have been directed at the Church from within the Church to educate Resistance members in greater detail so they can be better prepared to counter the evils. We are going to begin a series of podcasts aimed specifically at seminarians and young priests, but of course available in their entirety to all members of The Resistance.
This is extremely necessary because even today, enemies of the Faith are still malforming and neutering many young men answering the call of priesthood. They are being deprived of the fullness of the truths of the Faith. We are going to begin a forum where various Resistance members who are in the same diocese can meet and begin to form local associations of the faithful to better address evils present in their own locales.
And we will conduct monthly webinars from Resistance headquarters right here at Church Militant and St. Michael's Media in the archdiocese of Detroit — one of the centers of the crisis back in the late 60s and 70s.
This information needs to get out. You need to know it, study it, inform others and start demanding change and accountability. We have marvelous technological tools available to us now that previous generations of Catholics fighting their own crises did not have.
This presentation is just an introduction. We will be bringing all these efforts on line over the next few weeks and couple of months. If you have read our book "Militant," you have a kind of manifesto of the overall effort. That, we assure you, is just a beginning. We are all responsible to Almighty God to do whatever we are capable of doing to save souls.
Look for more, much more, coming soon. If you want to help support all these efforts, to join The Resistance, please click on the link to give us your information and support our work with a monthly donation.
Spread the word. Pray like everything depends on God. Work like everything depends on you.