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Open Letter to members of the German Synodal Way
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Blessed Virgin Mary with pierced Immaculate heart
Written by Stephen Michael Leininger
Posted on April 28, 2022
STOSS Books

Open Letter to all German Cardinals/Bishops

Greetings To Bishop Georg Bätzing, the German episcopate, and the Central Committee of German Catholics (aka ZdK):
It has come to my attention that a vast majority of the above addressees are questioning the very foundation of what it means to be a human person created in the image and likeness of God. My letter to you is approximately twenty-six thousand words. The topic of this open letter is both complex and of a very serious matter. You have released several lengthy documents expressing views relating to theology, Church doctrine, pastoral care, biology, psychology, and so on. I intend to respond at length to the errors that I find in these documents. Not just point out the errors, but also show why they are wrong and backing up my judgments with plenty of data.
As the Catholic News Agency writes:
Cardinal Hollerich and the Destabilization of Doctrine — The Luxembourgian cardinal, who is the relator general of the upcoming Synod on Synodality, has called into question not only foundational Church teachings on sexuality but the integrity of doctrine itself.[1]
The German “Synodal Way” [GSW] is moving forward boldly following a decisive [and, in my opinion, heretical][2] meeting in Frankfurt at the start of February [2022]. But one important question remains unanswered: how does the initiative fit in with the two-year global synodal process launched by Pope Francis leading up to the 2023 Synod on Synodality?[3]
According to Fr. Gerald E. Murray, “This [outrage — SML] comes in a document [titled “Power and separation of powers in the Church — Common participation and sharing in the mission,” (Central Committee of German Catholics, Chaired by Bishop Dr. Franz-Josef Overbeck), January 22, 2021] chockfull of negative judgments of Catholic doctrines ‘not well-founded theologically,’ and that trumpets ‘studies’ claiming that the Church has alienated people through ‘(power) structures that are perceived as regressive or not up to date … especially in the field of gender justice, in the evaluation of queer sexual orientations and in dealing with failure and new beginnings (e.g., marriage after divorce).’”[4]

If New Scientific “Discoveries” Mean Doctrine Must Change — Apply Brakes!

The primary basis for the German episcopate to claim we must re-examine Church Doctrine is because of new understandings which, in turn, are based on “new scientific insights.” Should we blindly accept that belief? Hell (literally speaking) NO!! We live in a society full of people doing the bidding of Satan, the Father of lies. They worship Pegan gods, e.g., money, power (religious and other forms), sensual pleasures, etc. We currently live in the era of agenda-science. Examples of agenda-science include tobacco-science (both a label and an example), climate-science, abortion-science, LGBTQ-science, and Covid-science. Any science that requires censorship of opposing science is almost certainly a form of agenda-science. True science can never be an enemy to God, who is the true Scientist-in-chief. If the science contradicts Scripture, it is most assuredly agenda-science. True science can lead to a deeper understanding of Scripture, but never a contradictory understanding of a doctrinal interpretation by the Church.
According to Professor John Ioannidis, the majority, or even the vast majority, of all modern published research contains false findings.[5] Unfortunately, false results lead to incorrect conclusions that can radically affect our beliefs and actions. One of the significant factors cited by Ioannidis for these research errors is research bias and/or poorly designed research modeling.[6] False assumptions would fit into this category. This lack of reliability is also true of the gold standard of research, i.e., peer-reviewed studies. The reliability problems with peer review are seen in the following cited sources.[7][8][9]
Another problem with research design is the a priori exclusion of any model dealing with, for example, the Scripture account of Adam and Eve's creation. In the words of Dr. Robert Carter (Ph.D. in Marine Biology): “I believe it is entirely unfair to exclude the creation model without ever considering what the implications of the model would be (in scientific terms, they failed to propose a null hypothesis — see Section titled “About LGBTQ Doctrinal Change” for more information about null hypothesis — that could be ruled out by the evidence).”[10]
A large percentage of those participating in issues related to LGBTQ are employing a tactic known as “Blackmail by Suicide.” It is used because it is highly effective on those whose biological hearts are not adequately informed by objective spiritual and scientific Truth — the Truth of God contained in Scripture and Tradition. Adherents of that practice tell us that people will be psychologically harmed if we don’t do this or that, even to the point of leading them to commit suicide. If that were true, we should try the approaches they advocate. The problem is — it is not a valid supposition.
As was said earlier, Satan is the Father of all lies. When it comes to gender issues, Satan does lie — a lot. Is he lying via manipulation of scientific studies and the interpretations of said studies concerning transgenderism or SSA? Are there connections between how society treats Same-Sex Attracted (both transgender and SSA) persons and resulting suicides, depression, etc.? If one weeds out the assumptions based on agenda-science, the answer is NO! The only connection between transgender and SSA is their types of psychological disorders and whether they comply with — or rebel against — Natural Law. Agenda-Science is a tool designed to trick us into thinking that our behaviors and consequences have nothing to do with Natural Law. Relevant studies conducted without bias, poor design, and/or misinterpretation are, perhaps unintentionally, confirming that the opposite is the actual truth. Natural Law has everything to do with it. LGBTQ persons are suffering because their behavior is inherently disordered.
Dr. Alice von Hildebrand accurately describes the terrible error you are committing when you employ the method of pastoral care the GSW suggests. She writes:
He who, through God’s grace, has adopted a supernatural stance will victoriously fight against these “illegitimate sufferings,” i.e., the sufferings which are consequences of our false and sinful attitudes. God does not give his grace for such self-inflicted sufferings [i.e., normalizing LGBTQ sexual acts — SML]--this is why they are unbearable--but in his goodness--he does come to the help of those who carry a real cross — a cross that he has chosen for them for their sanctification, and for which they can count on his grace.[11]
Let’s back up my assertions through scientific data. For the last one hundred plus years, Satan has focused his attacks — his lies — on destroying marriage and the family. He believes that he will be successful in his desire to destroy the Bride of Christ, the Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ. I believe that a significant number of participants in the GSW, whether intentional or not, are helping Satan achieve his goal. I will discuss this in greater detail as we proceed further.

Principia Scientific International

As we shall see, the conclusions reached the authors of peer-reviewed scientific studies are trustworthy in only around 30% to 50% of the studies reviewed. How do we remedy this pathetic statistic? The protocals used by Principia Scientific International (PSI) is one potential solution. PSI is legally registered in the UK as a company incorporated for charitable purposes. It is a ‘Community Interest Company’ [similar to a 501(c)(3) in the U.S.] overseen and regulated by the UK Government’s Companies House. According to their website, they promote truth in science by:
Serv[ing] the public interest in providing educational resources freely in the fields of scientific inquiry. Principia Scientific International CIC is about transparency and truth; the only publishing international science association shunning political advocacy and defending the traditional scientific method.
PSI’s review process, i.e., ‘PROM’ (short for: ‘peer-review in open media’) works by PSI inviting and engaging independent third party input in the peer-review process. [In other words, scientists who have no vested interest in how the study turns out, are the one who freely perform the peer-review -- SML].
Below is an article that demonstrates the necessity of scientific organizations such as PSI. One Biomedical Scientist wrote:
Biomedical research papers are being published in which the abstract, the discussion section, and even the title contradict the content within the paper.
This is unlikely to be happening because the authors don’t understand their own data. It’s more likely that the authors are being pressured by their financial backers and the editorial staff of journals to reach conclusions that advance the prevailing narrative.
It’s a well thought out deception that uses seemingly intellectual analysis to lead the undiscerning reader into believing the wrong conclusion. Skewing statistics is easy to accomplish simply by using the wrong statistical test, using a weak test when a stronger one should apply, or just about any other trick to misrepresent the data.
Medical journals have become financially dependent on their advertisers, which are almost exclusively the big pharmaceutical companies. With enough money, they can buy a scientific study that says what they want it to say.
Sometimes these studies are “ghost” written by people working for industry with credentialed unscrupulous scientists and doctors names misattributed as authors when in fact they did none of the writing.
The pharmaceutical industry uses its profits to control biomedical science at every level, from researchers to journal editors, to government regulatory agencies, and to the media who are supposed to interpret science for the public.[12]
In the U.S. alone, Big Pharma contributed to the 2020 camapaigns of : 1) around 2,400 state lawmakers; 2) 72 members of the U.S Senate, and; 3) 302 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. In aggregate, 66% of the U.S. Congress received contributions from Big Pharma.[13]
According to Patricia Harrity :
Pressure is being placed on independent researchers by the journal editors and peer reviewers, many of whom have ties to Big Pharma. Valid studies, honestly reported, can be rejected for publication if they convey a message that threatens corporate profits. Many scientific authors know how difficult it is to get a paper through peer review at most “reputable” medical journals when the results are not in line with the official narrative.
 Many biomedical scientists have become shills for the pharmaceutical companies. Rigging clinical trials the old-fashioned way is expensive, time-consuming, uncertain, and recent legislation makes it more difficult. Sometimes the truth emerges even if a study is designed to hide it. Even a study that is designed to fail might succeed when the inconvenient truths are stubborn enough. It’s easier to report the actual results and then tack on an abstract and a discussion section that convey the right message, regardless of the data in the main body of the article. This can then be used in the “citation bluff” fraud, that depends on people not carefully reading supposed supportive evidence, to perpetuate the false narrative.
Often the cited evidence in support of a particular narrative doesn’t really support the narrative being advanced. In fact, the supposed supportive evidence can sometimes even completely contradict the narrative being pushed.
This is something to bear in mind the next time you get into an argument with someone demanding to see peer-reviewed evidence and rejecting any evidence that has not been peer-reviewed regardless of its merits.
Journals and the peer review process have been corrupted by powerful vested interests.[14]

The Existence of Agenda-Science

The American Journal of Psychiatry has been forced to announce a significant correction to one of its published articles. This correction is one example of intellectual, biological, and psychological damage done through agenda-science:
The authors and editors of an October 2019 study, titled “Reduction in mental health treatment utilization among transgender individuals after gender-affirming surgeries: a total population study,”[15] have retracted its primary conclusion. … The Bränström study reanalysis demonstrated that neither “gender-affirming hormone treatment” nor “gender-affirming surgery” reduced the need of transgender-identifying people for mental health services. Fad medicine [emphasis SML] is bad medicine, and gender-anxious people deserve better.[16] … [Andre Van Mol et al.], concluded our letter by comparing [The Bränström] study to the one we consider perhaps the best of its kind, also from Sweden, the 2011 Dhejne study.[17] The Dhejne team made extensive use of numerous, specified Swedish registries and examined data from 324 patients in Sweden over thirty years who underwent sex reassignment. They used population controls matched by birth year, birth sex, and reassigned sex. When followed out beyond ten years, the sex-reassigned group had nineteen times the rate of completed suicides and nearly three times the rate of all-cause mortality and inpatient psychiatric care, compared to the general population.[18]
Is this “bad” study a mere anomaly? By no means. Let’s look at the crisis of irreproducibility in science:
It has been an open secret for some time that there is a crisis of irreproducibility of scientific studies in medicine and other fields. No less a figure than the [former] Director of the NIH, Dr. Francis Collins, wrote that, “the checks and balances that once ensured scientific fidelity have been hobbled. This has compromised the ability of today’s researchers to reproduce others’ findings.” For example, the National Association of Scholars reports, “In 2012 the biotechnology firm Amgen tried to reproduce 53 ‘landmark’ studies in hematology and oncology, but could only replicate 6 (11%).”[19] In 2015 an article was published in Science in which there was an attempt to replicate 100 studies from three well-known psychology journals [emphasis SML] in 2008.[20] In the original studies, nearly all had produced statistically significant results, whereas in the study replications, only a little over a third produced similar significant results.[21]
Traditionally, when the results of a study were sent to a scientific journal for publication, it would have to pass a scientific peer review. This review involved a team of scientists performing the same study, using the same protocols as the original study. The object was to verify whether the reviewers could obtain the same results as the original researchers. If they did, the submission was accepted and published. For several reasons, that practice is no longer followed. Instead, the journals now ask a small number of scientists (some with conflicts of interest with the study author) to examine the protocols used visually. If they looked acceptable, they would approve the submission. There is no attempt to replicate the study results.
Consequently, there are numerous reasons why studies are published, yet they lack actual/true statistical significance (p=<0.05). Whatever the cause of the discrepancy, it contributes to the irreproducibility crisis. The high percentage of the occurrences of these discrepancies is why Dr. Francis Collins said above, “the checks and balances that once ensured scientific fidelity have been hobbled.” The loss of scientific fidelity encompasses all those labeled “peer-reviewed.”
Perhaps nowhere in medicine and psychology is this irreproducibility problem worse than in studies of people who claim to have a mismatch between their sex and their internal sense of being male or female.[22]
All GSW participants and the Church at large would be wise and prudent to listen to Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki from Poland and follow his suggestions. The stakes are very high — eternal, in fact. He expressed concern about “the path” the German episcopate and the ZdK were taking. In a letter addressed to the President of the German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing, Gądecki writes:
One of the temptations in the Church today is to constantly compare Jesus’ teaching with the current developments in psychology and the social sciences. If something in the Gospel does not agree with the current state of knowledge in these sciences, the disciples, wanting to save the Master from being compromised in the eyes of his contemporaries, try to “update” the Gospel. The temptation to “modernize” concerns in a particular way the sphere of sexual identity. It is forgotten, however, that the state of scientific knowledge changes frequently and sometimes dramatically, e.g., due to paradigm shifts. Changeability is inherent in the very nature of science [e.g., the science of epigenetic plasticity, also covered below AND in Scripture — SML], which has only a fragment of all possible knowledge. Discovering errors and analyzing them is the driving force of progress in science.
However, some scientific errors have had dramatic consequences. Just think of scientific theories such as racism and eugenics. Based on the most recent scientific advances, the U.S. Congress passed the National Origin Act in 1924, imposing restrictive migration quotas on people from Southern and Central Europe and banning almost entirely Asian immigration. The main reason was the belief that peoples such as Italians and Poles, for example, were racially inferior. On the other hand, based on knowledge of eugenics, an estimated 70,000 women belonging to ethnic minorities were forcibly sterilized in the United States in the 20th century (cf. G. Consolmagno, “Covid, fede e fallibilità della scienza,” La Civiltà Cattolica 4118, pp. 105-119). In this case and in others, we speak of so-called “scientific errors.” Alongside these, however, there are also “ideological fallacies.” These underlie, for example, the change in attitudes toward sexuality that is now being observed (J. A. Reisman, E. W. Eichel, Kinsey, Sex and Fraud: The Indoctrination of a People, Huntington House Publication, Lafayette 1990; J. Colapinto, As Nature Made Him. The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl, Harper Perennial, New York-London-Toronto-Sydney 2006).[23]
Scientism is the belief that all truth about the material world comes through scientific research and discovery — and only through science. Adherents of Scientism believe religion has no part in determining the truth.[24] Most adherents are atheists or agnostics. If there is a conflict between scientific theory and Scripture, they believe Scripture is de facto wrong. That belief is gravely dangerous for our spiritual souls.
Their intellect has become self-imprisoned within a box labeled, “Big Bang and its By-Products Only: God NOT Allowed.” This self-imposed intellectual imprisonment does not allow them to consider God’s intervention into, and supremacy over, all that exists. True science is never an enemy of God. However, in today’s anti-God climate, scientists with biases and agendas frequently are enemies of God. Sometimes extreme enemies of God, e.g., the scientists who developed artificial birth control (ABC) methods.
I think Regensburg Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer is wise in evaluating “the science” that is bandied about in the GSW. According to Anli Serfontein:
Regensburg Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer repeatedly disagreed with other bishops in the plenary session. On the diocese’s website, he published a statement, part of which he repeated in the assembly, saying he “would like to see a scientific examination of the prerequisites and secret agendas of all the (sexual abuse) studies repeatedly cited here [emphasis SML].”
And the suspicion arises that the real problem of the past decades has been that clergy have adapted too much to the spirit of the times and have maintained too little their clear profile, fed by the church's teaching of the belief of a God-given sexuality in marriage between man and woman. The reforms of the Synodal Path, however, are obviously also to a great extent adaptations to the spirit of the times and a dilution of our profile.[25]
It should be the duty of those guiding the Synodal Path to adopt Bishop Voderholzer’s suggestion as an actual prerequisite to producing any pastoral or doctrinal initiatives. Prudence would dictate no less! It should be mandatory for any study used to support a change in doctrine to be peer-reviewed by an organization, such as Principia Scientific International, which engages in open peer review. For example, PSI’s review process, i.e., ‘PROM’ (short for: ‘peer-review in open media’) works by PSI inviting and engaging independent third parties' input into the peer-review process.
In today’s environment of shoddy, biased, and irreproducible science, it is negligent for the Church to fail to submit scientific studies to a reliable, independent peer review. The peer-review process used to be called the gold standard. Unfortunately, the current state of the peer-review process could more appropriately be called the rust standard.

Catering to Biological/Misguided/False Compassion

Let us take a closer look at the role of hormones in concupiscence. Unlike most other proteins, the biological sciences tell us that hormones are carried to their target cells via the bloodstream. Visions given to St. Hildegard of Bingen (a Doctor of the Church) by God help us understand the effects hormone function produce in our body. Hildegard tells us that after Adam’s sin, man’s blood carried within itself: 1) sweet, but deadly, poison [i.e., hormones];[26] 2) shameful and turbulent acts, thus increasing the body’s appetite [a direct result of addictive reward hormones such as dopamine — SML] for those very crimes carried in the blood, i.e., slavery to sin;[27] and, 3) impure filth which changed Adam’s blood into a liquid of pollution.[28] It sounds like God knows about that of which he is talking.
Science has also shown that when we do what we think is good but is only apparent good, our body produces reward hormones that make us feel pretty darn good about ourselves. But, on the other hand, when we fear the consequences of our choices, the body produces, for example, the hormone cortisol,[29][30] which produces stress, fear, anxiety, etc. So, when somebody helps a woman kill their baby (like the German bishops did when their counseling centers issued “coupons” for a free abortion[31]), they experience a hormone high due to self-perceived compassion — biological only, not spiritual.
There is a vast difference between biological compassion and spiritual compassion. Fallen man’s intellect is easily fooled by compassion which originates in the flesh. Biological compassion is fed by the expression of DNA-produced hormones, such as dopamine, epinephrine, or oxytocin.[32] They cause a person to feel good but are absent real good. This hormonally-induced biological feeling tricks a person who is not anchored in God’s Truth. They fool themselves into believing an act of real spiritual good was performed. Unfortunately, in truth, they have committed a grievous sin.[33] Spiritual compassion is rooted in True Charity. It never assists a person by helping them to commit a sin, objective or otherwise.
Keeping in mind what we have discussed above, we begin to see the tactics employed by Satan’s agents to appeal to our biological and misguided compassion — pushing aside all true spiritual compassion. They appeal to apparent good because transgender and SSA sexual acts are completely devoid of any real good and can never change that fact. Employing a tactic that has been used before by those who have fallen for the Evil one’s lies, we see emotional arguments revolving around suicides and mental depression coming to the surface. I have heard a term to describe that ploy: Blackmail by Suicide. Such problems are falsely linked to external sources; mental, physical, and psychological pressures originating from alleged widespread societal discrimination. Does true science reinforce that supposition? Or does it point to the inherent disorder of the act, which may follow the inclination
According to Psychiatrist Jeffrey Satinover:
[I]t is widely recognized and accepted, even within homosexual advocacy circles, that homosexuals do have a -greater incidence of mental illness, particularly depression and suicide, than do heterosexuals. Activists quickly explain that this connection implies neither a necessary psychological nor a necessary biological link between homosexuality and depression. They argue, rather, that suicidal depression is the unsurprising effect on otherwise healthy individuals of living a closeted existence in an abusive and hostile society.
Similar arguments have been made before. It has long been obvious, for instance, that parental divorce is associated with both severe distress and behavioral problems among children. But in the 1970s the divorce industry argued that it was the social stigma attached to divorce that caused children’s distress, not divorce itself. If divorce were normalized, they claimed, the children could walk away unscathed. Indeed, children would be helped by divorce, for they would not suffer the trauma of being reared and cared for by less-than-totally-personally-fulfilled parents.
Until recently, no scientific studies were available to prove what has been painfully obvious to everyone [except agenda-driven scientists— SML], but science has finally caught up with experience and common sense. Numerous studies now confirm that divorce inflicts lifelong damage on children, far greater than that caused by parental unhappiness. Even divorce experts are beginning to withdraw their earlier claims [D. W. Whitehead, “Dan Quayle Was Right,” The Atlantic Monthly 271, no. 4: 47-84, https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1993/04/dan-quayle-was-right/307015/].[34]
Satinover further writes:
There are no studies that support the notion that societal stress is the primary cause of depression and suicide among those with transgender and SSA[35]. There are, however, studies that link childhood trauma with said depression and mental problems, both of which are linked to rates of suicide. “Many studies reveal a sadly disproportionate rate of sexual abuse during the childhoods of homosexual men, at the very least suggesting that both homosexual unhappiness and homosexuality itself derive from common causes and that unhappiness is, therefore, an inherent accompaniment of homosexuality.”[36]
Let’s cite two such studies:
From May 1989 through April 1990, 1001 adult homosexual and bisexual men attending sexually transmitted disease clinics were interviewed regarding potentially abusive sexual contacts during childhood and adolescence. Thirty-seven percent of participants reported they had been encouraged or forced to have sexual contact before age 19 with an older or more powerful partner; 94 percent occurred with men. Median age of the participant at first contact was 10; median age difference between partners was 11 years. Fifty-one percent involved use of force; 33 percent involved anal sex. Black and Hispanic men were more likely than white men to report such sexual contact. Using developmentally based criteria to define sexual abuse, 93 percent of participants reporting sexual contact with an older or more powerful partner were classified as sexually abused. Our data suggest the risk of sexual abuse may be high among some male youth and increased attention should be devoted to prevention as well as early identification and treatment [Doll, L S et al. “Self-reported childhood and adolescent sexual abuse among adult homosexual bisexual men.” Child abuse & neglect vol. 16,6 (1992): 855-64. doi:10.1016/0145-2134(92)90087-8].[37]
The same is also true for pedophiles:
The association between perpetration of sexual abuse and the offender’s own victimization as a child has been well documented in the literature. Various researchers have examined this relationship by assessing the exclusiveness of the sexual abuser’s behavior, the gender of his victims and the gender of his own childhood abuser. . . . Subjects were 135 pedophiles. . . who admitted to their offenses. A total of 42 percent of pedophiles . . . reported being sexually victimized in their own childhoods. . . . [and] appear to choose their age specific victims in accordance with the age of their own experience of sexual victimization. Although the cause of child molestation remains undetermined these results support social learning and modeling theories [Greenberg DM, Bradford JM, Curry S. A comparison of sexual victimization in the childhoods of pedophiles and hebephiles. J Forensic Sci. 1993 Mar;38(2):432-6. PMID: 8455000].[38]
Satinover concludes, “Studies, like the one[s] cited immediately above, do suggest that both the high levels of emotional distress and homosexuality itself have at least one common root in painful childhood experiences, as do other deviations from the sexual norm such as pedophilia. It makes as much sense to claim that the high levels of psychological abnormality and personal distress found among pedophiles are due solely to the [widespread] social disapproval of pedophilia.”[39]

The Science of Epigenetics and Same-Sex Attraction

According to the Catholic News Agency:
Archbishop Koch, together with diocesan bishops Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabrück, Bishop Wolfgang Ipolt of Görlitz, Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz, as well as several auxiliary bishops from the Faith and Family Commission of the bishops' conference, consulted with a number of invited medical specialists, theologians and canon lawyers during the event. … All participants, according to Koch, agreed that “human sexuality encompasses a dimension of lust, of procreation, and of relationships.” And since sexual orientation was to be considered unchangeable, “any form of discrimination of persons with a homosexual orientation” was to be rejected, as was “explicitly stressed by Pope Francis” in Amoris Laetitia.[40]
I don’t know to which experts Koch et al. are referring. Still, suppose they all agreed with the belief that sexual orientation is unchangeable. In that case, they should either forfeit their medical degrees or widen their studies to include those biologies relating to genetic and epigenetic plasticity. They should undertake a deeper exploration of the meaning of clay in Scripture. It would also be essential to reevaluate the selection process by which scientists are chosen to receive an invitation.
Furthermore, the “dimension of lust” assumption is theologically wrong, but I will not spend time in this document debating it. In the following paragraphs, I will present a tiny portion of the scientific evidence supporting the understanding that biological changeability is scientifically supported. LGBTQ is a disordered sexual orientation that can potentially be changed. The scientific roots of that statement are only now being discovered and explored.
The epigenome and its molecular mechanisms are another of the thirty-four mysteries of cutting-edge biological science hidden in Scripture. They are revealed in Volumes I and II of the book, The Science & Theology of Salt [Light, Water, Dust, and Stone too] in Scripture (aka STOSS). All thirty-four of those mysteries directly relate to man’s creation. As revealed God through St. Hildegard when she wrote: “Of all the strengths of God’s creation, Man’s is most profound, made in a wondrous way with great glory from the dust of the earth and so entangled with the strengths of the rest of creation that he can never be separated from them.”[41] I have found many more than thirty-four scientific mysteries, but the linkage between the words of Scripture and the sciences they relate to is not as clear-cut as I would prefer.
In my 20-plus years of research, I have realized that too many people wrongly criticize Scripture, and God, as being anti-science — that faith and reason are incompatible. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unequivocably, the Bible is the most advanced science book ever written. The mysteries of science hidden within its pages are not written as a textbook — for a good reason. God wrote the Bible for everyone. Not just scientists and other highly educated people.
Over time, the Holy Spirit reveals a deeper and more complete understanding of the words contained within its pages. That is why He wrote the Bible, in part, as an Applied Biological Sciences book. By doing so, all of His children could understand, to varying degrees of depth, how it is that those scientific mysteries aid us in our effort to develop a deeper understanding of the creation of man in the image and likeness of God. But doing so without the prerequisite need to understand the underlying sciences of biology, chemistry, geology, quantum physics, cosmology, etc.
Most, if not all, transgender and SSA disorders are the result of what is known as epigenetic plasticity. The word epigenetic, translated literally, means above the genome. A more precise definition comes from Dupont et al. He writes, “Over the following years, with the rapid growth of genetics, the meaning of the word [epigenetic] has gradually narrowed. To help visualize the epigenome’s role, think about our DNA as a computer.
The genes within the DNA molecule are the hardware of the computer. The epigenome is the software that tells the computer (the genes) what to do and when to do it. In the human organism, the biological software will alter the computer’s function without changing the hardware (i.e., the DNA sequencing of the nucleotides, aka the steps of the DNA ladder). For example, the epigenome tells the cells to divide and what types of cells they will become, i.e., cell differentiation (e.g., heart cell, muscle cell, neuron, etc.). The epigenome turns on the genes needed for a particular cell type to function correctly and turns off the unneeded genes (i.e., tells them to stop making proteins).
TheBible’s human authors (Divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit) were right when they warned us that changes caused by epigenetic methylation could be passed along to succeeding generations — up to the third or fourth generation (Ex 20:5, 34:7; Num. 14:18; Deut. 5:9; as well as Gen 30:25–36, i.e., Jacob’s colored rods). So what are some of the environmental factors that initiate the epigenetic mechanism?
This link will take you to an article that provides some scientific information about epigenetic change and how it is the mechanism often leading to the heritability of the predispositions for transgender and SSA disorders.
Here is the essential takeaway relating to the grievous errors that the German episcopate and the ZdK are trying to force on the Church: LGBTQ predispositions are not genetically hardwired! Hence, the scientific term: epigenetic plasticity. The epigenome is the software of the body. That software can be reprogrammed to function correctly. The key is to harness the capabilities of the energies of light, structured biological water, and sound-waves. It is not a question of if we can fully gain that capability; it is a question of when. Using the energy of light, sound, and biological water, researchers have already returned differentiated cells into stem cells (i.e., non-differentiated), then subsequently re-differentiating them into entirely new cells, e.g., heart cells, liver cell, etc.
Maria Esperanza was a visionary at a Church-approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Betania, Venezuela. Esperanza was a mystic and had the gift of the stigmata. As of this date, her cause for sainthood is under consideration by the Church. What follows is part of a message given to Esperanza by the Lord in 1981 but not made public until 2004.[42] She tells us that when scientists cease to be enemies of God in the future, they will receive new understandings of creation.
According to Michael Brown of SpiritDaily, Jesus told Esperanza the following would occur after world purification and a return to Christ-centered scientific endeavors:
  • A new type of music (i.e., soundwaves) will be [has been] discovered, which, when combined with light (EME), will heal the human body of illness and dysfunction.[43] Based on my research, I believe it is highly possible the experiments already discussed may identify a component of this new music. However, it has not yet developed sufficiently to fulfill this prophecy. The roots of that science have already been discovered. It is discussed extensively in STOSS, Volumes I and II;
  • Technology will be discovered to neutralize harmful nuclear radiation;[44]
  • The key to nuclear energy will be unlocked, allowing its reactions to be halted. Esperanza states, “This will come about with the sun and with the drive of magnetic forces of earthly energies [SML]: volcanic forces, wind, water [SML], certain kinds of seaweed because phosphorus will be better assimilated;”[45] and,
  • New inventions that derive from secret forces hidden in the rhythms of nature.[46]
Several wide-ranging studies indicate no hard-wired (i.e., DNA sequenced) gay gene(s) exists. However, that does not mean epigenetic mechanisms do not play a significant role in genetic function (aka protein expression/production) and are not somehow involved in the biochemistry of transgenderism and SSA.[47] The epigenetic triggers for transgender and SSA predispositions are not understood well enough to reverse engineer transgender and SSA. It requires more study to identify the specific reversing triggers. Unfortunately, the scientific community is so bogged down in political correctness that money for research is being directed on a wild goose chase to find the unicorn, i.e., the gay gene. Research follows the money. Hence, no funds to find the epigenetic triggers to undo LGBTQ disorders.
However, some studies indicate the capability to reverse transgender and SSA is on the scientific horizon. For example, research from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis provides compelling evidence indicating homosexuality seems to have an identifiable epigenetic link (parent behaviors are classified as environmental factors that can result in the introduction of the parent’s methylated epigenome into the germline DNA the offspring inherits).
According to William Rice, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California Santa Barbara and the lead author of the study:
The hereditary link of homosexuality has long been established, but scientists knew it was not a strictly genetic link [i.e., hardwired — SML], because there are many pairs of identical twins who have differing sexualities. Scientists from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis say homosexuality seems to have an epigenetic, not a genetic link.
Long thought to have some sort of hereditary link, a group of scientists suggested Tuesday that homosexuality is linked to epi[genetic]-marks — extra layers of information that control how certain genes are expressed. These epi-marks are usually, but not always, “erased” between generations. In homosexuals, these epi-marks aren't erased — they're passed from father-to-daughter or mother-to-son.[48]
Quoting Rice, Koebler writes:
“Most mainstream biologists have shied away from studying it because of the social stigma [emphasis SML],” he says. … Rice's model still needs to be tested on real-life parent-offspring pairs, but he says this epigenetic link makes more sense than any other explanation, and that his team has mapped out a way for other scientists to test their work.
“We've found a story that looks really good,” he says. “There's more verification needed, but we point out how we can easily do epigenetic profiles genome-wide. We predict where the epi-marks occur, we just need other studies to look at it empirically. This can be tested and proven within six months. It's easy to test. If it's a bad idea, we can throw it away in short order.”[49]
Social stigma? I call it false and/or biological compassion acted upon in real life (more on that topic later). Jesus was not trying to be politically correct (aka PC) when he told the crowds that they must eat his flesh and drink his blood to have eternal life (Jn 6:53-56). Jesus spoke the Truth despite the religious pressure to be PC. Social stigma? I prefer calling it self-centered fear of suffering the consequences for being politically/religiously incorrect — for telling the Truth. So much for the unbiased pursuit of scientific truth, i.e., those utilizing and blindly normalizing beliefs based on the products of agenda-science.
In a speech at St. Francis de Sales Seminary, Milwaukee, on April 4, 2022, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said:
Data from the Catholic Leadership Institute suggest that more than 70 percent of U.S. Catholic bishops fall into the ‘conflict averse’ [emphasis SML] category. That might seem high, but it shouldn’t surprise. Bishops don’t like conflict. ... But not all conflict is bad. Sometimes it’s the only course open to an honest heart. And sometimes an appeal to patience or prudence is really an excuse for a lack of courage. To the degree we try to fit into a culture that’s more and more hostile to what Catholics have always believed – which is what we’ve been doing for decades now – we repudiate by our actions what we claim to hold sacred with our words. No person, and no Church, can survive for long with divided loyalties. But that’s exactly where we find ourselves.[50]
Truth must be spoken and followed — in season and out of season. Chaput’s words tell us this. So let’s look at more scientific truths.
A team of researchers at Penn State University have discovered an epigenetic link between: 1) alcohol consumption (chronic/addictive); 2) the reward hormone, dopamine (one of the pleasure and addiction hormones); and 3) transgender and SSA behavior among male fruit flies. According to research team leader Kyung–An Han, associate professor of biology and neuroscience at Penn State, research points to dopamine as the critical mediator of ethanol-induced homosexual behavior (ethanol is a key component of alcohol).
Their research indicates that the more chronic the consumption of alcohol, the greater the frequency of occurrence of transgender and SSA inclination and subsequent behavior.[51] Many other pleasurable behaviors are also rewarded via dopamine (or other reward hormones) released into the bloodstream. The Penn State study does not attempt to answer the following question, but I will ask it. Do any other epigenetic connections between pleasure/reward hormones and disordered behaviors come to mind? As an anecdotal aside, I know more than one family whose LBGTQ offspring suggest that chronic alcohol usage by parents correlates with the above research.

Significance of the biblical mouth

As part of the mouth/body,” the human voice speaks/expresses the overflow of the inner/spiritual heart. Therefore, the biological heart (together with the rest of the mouth) must accurately reflect the inner heart/spiritual soul of man employing the language of the body. This language includes the voice’s connection with the biological heart via both biological and quantum realities, of which bio-living water plays a significant part.
An example of this biological and quantum (light) mix comes from cell biologist and chemist Vladimir Voeikov. He informs us that DNA, mRNA, and proteins (polymers) undergo chemical transformations resulting from exposure to the energy of audible sound (e.g., voice) and ultrasound.[52] In other words, the voice's sound waves impact the function and signaling of the salt of DNA and its products.
The internal matrix of the cell is permeated by a sort of scaffolding composed of fibers. These fibers continuously vibrate at specific frequencies that change in response to environmental factors. The entire world of cells vibrates in resonance with the cell's fiber matrix.[53] Until the development of Atomic Force Microscopy, nanomechanical vibrations of the cellular fiber matrix could not be detected. Is the phenomenon of cell vibration important? Drs. Carlo Ventura and James K. Gimzewski have been investigating the issue of cell vibration frequencies. The vibrations can be recorded as sound. They are now investigating whether or not the oscillations recorded from a beating heart affect the differentiation of stem cells exposed to that sound (think about Eve’s creation).
Initial results are promising.[54] According to Ventura et al., organic chemistry is an integral part of epigenetic mechanisms. So, too, are various forms of physical energy, such as light, magnetic fields, and sound vibrations. The epigenetic triggering mechanism is controlled by a complex interaction between cell signaling, environment, and a non-stop remodeling of (what used to be called junk) DNA into a seemingly endless array of loops and domains. In experiments Dr. Ventura and his team performed, they could change cell chemistry, reprogramming stem cells to become beating cardiac cells. They accomplished this redifferentiation using extremely low-frequency magnetic fields (magnetic waves run perpendicular to electron waves as part of electromagnetic energy).[55]
Other examples of agenda-science related to transgender and SSA can be found in my three-part blog that shows why being born with it does not mean that God wills it. The series is titled “Born With It: Does God Will It?” Links to all three Parts are found here. In Part One, the science of epigenetically–driven biological change is presented. Part Two addresses the LGBTQ and transgender plea for legislative enforcement to normalize SSA behavior. The justification is based on false logic, false love, and false compassion. Their reasoning is a logical fallacy known as “non-causa pro causa.” Part Three shows why God hates all sexual acts intentionally and/or inherently made sterile.

About LBGTQ Doctrinal Change

In large part, the German episcopate have fallen for lies resulting from agenda/tobacco/fad-science. They believe that same-sex attraction is unchangeable and irreversible. That is a scientific lie. Based on this lie, the GSW wants to change Church doctrine, the revealed Truth of God. The Incarnate Jesus is unchangeable Truth. For this reason, he is identified as the cornerSTONE of the NC Temple, i.e., his resurrected body (Jn 2:21-22). We become Living Stones built into the Temple of Jesus’ body through Baptism and the Eucharist (cf. 1 Pt 2:4-5).
Jesus Christ is the prototype of all man. The body, ordered to the spiritual soul, exists in a state of Original Justice, i.e., Truth. LGBTQ inclination and acts are disordered — not part of the Truth of God. No longer in the image and likeness of God. The body and spiritual souls of Adam and Eve after the fall were not in the state of Original Justice. They were no longer a perfect type of the incarnate Jesus. Their humanity no longer reflected Truth. A discussion of the full consequences of that fact can be found here.
Eric Sammons writes:
In fact, doctrine often develops in response to attempts to change doctrine. The fourth-century Arian heresy declared that Jesus was not really God. This is a Christological and a Trinitarian error. For if Jesus is not God, then there is no Second Person of the Trinity who became man. Catholics recognized the Arian teaching as a change and rejected it. However, they also developed the Church’s true doctrine so that it could better combat the heresy. This deeper understanding was necessary to protect the Church’s deposit of faith from actual deformations. … The historical record of Church teaching does pose a challenge: Christian doctrine is unchanging [emphasis SML], yet history has shown that changes do occur. … Catholics, however, understand that developments are examples of an ever-richer understanding of revealed truths as well as a means by which the Church defends those truths against the challenges of the age.[56]
A more modern example of the above is the controversy relating mtEve. It stems from a poorly designed scientific research project that has led to heretical interpretations of Scripture relating to our First Parents. The scientific study in question led to the discovery of so-called mitochondrial Eve (aka mtEve). Interestingly, researchers “Cann, Stoneking, and Wilson did not use the term Mitochondrial Eve or even the name Eve. It appears to originate from a 1987 article in Science by Roger Lewin, headlined ‘The Unmasking of Mitochondrial Eve’[57] … the concept of Eve caught on with the public and so was repeated in a Newsweek cover story[58] … and a cover story in Time on 26 January 1987.”[59][60]
In 1987, Rebecca Cann, Mark Stoneking, and Allan Wilson's research was published in Nature magazine. Researchers concluded that all human beings descended from the DNA of one female living in Africa approximately 200,000 years ago. However, they do not suggest that she is the first female human. Instead, traveling backward through time, it is claimed she was the first female ancestor from whom all subsequent humans share a common set of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). It is also believed that Y-chromosome Adam could have existed in a completely different time frame than did mtEve. In other words, the Bible was wrong.
Cann et al. used mtDNA because it does not go through the recombination process, which is necessary to combine the two separate sets of chromosomes into a single set. Recombination could result in genetic mutations that are not the result of the standard evolutionary processes, thus tainting the ‘molecular clock’ used to estimate mtEve’s placement in historical time. The passing of mtDNA from mother to offspring results in only minor random mutations to the mtDNA sequence.[61] Furthermore, there are multiple identical copies of mtDNA in each of the mother’s cells. Researchers believed the lack of recombination would result in a greater sensitivity of mtDNA across successive generations in small communities that would expand into large populations.[62] Cann et al. estimated that two to four percent of mtDNA mutates every million years.[63]
Cann’s team used two modeling assumptions. First, all mtDNA shpuld come from the maternal side of the offspring’s parents because male mitochondria do not survive the fertilization process. Second, all the mtDNA within each individual was identical. It is primarily the first assumption that severe scientific and theological errors result. By design, significant bias is built into Cann’s research hypothesis — their null hypothesis. This bias primarily results from the biased rejection of Scripture passages relative to the creation of man. As a result, their modeling made no distinction between rational man, i.e., man created in the image and likeness of God, and animal (hominum man) not in the image and likeness of man.
As a consequence of Scientism’s biased viewpoint against Scripture, forming a valid null hypothesis (H0) was eliminated. Thus, the validity of H0 could not be accurately tested for statistical significance (i.e., p=<0.05) concerning the Scripture account of rational man’s creation. A statistically significant alternative hypothesis (H1) could have been formed and tested had the attempt been made.
As a result of Cann’s first modeling assumption above, all mtDNA used in the research came from the maternal side of the offspring’s parents. Unfortunately, they completely ignored the Genesis account of Adam and Eve’s creation. Consequently, they produced conclusions that led to heresy. In the traditional sense, Adam and Eve did not have parents. Furthermore, their assumption about where rational modern man’s human mtDNA comes from is also wrong. It is incredible to me the lengths that sincere people will go to force theology to fit fad/bad/agenda-science — even if the scientific interpretation or method is wrong.
If we had blindly followed this biased and poorly designed research, changing Doctrine revealed as Truth thousands of years ago would have resulted in Satan prevailing against the Church. As a result of the ripples radiating out from the mtEve study, two Dogmas of the Church would have been shown to be demonstrably false. Specifically, the Dogma of Original Sin and the Dogma of the Redemption of man. The Church defines Dogma as an infallible Truth. Without specificity, I think a case could probably be made that the product of the GSW would lead to smilar ripples.
As a product of Scientism, Cann et al. has already led to convincing many Catholics of highly problematic — even heretical — theological beliefs. For example, the belief that the Genesis account of Adam and Eve’s creation was pure myth — not myth as intended at the time of Moses, but myth as used in the post-Hellenistic period, i.e., pure fictional story-telling.
In my three-part blog, I prove that Adam and Eve were created just as Genesis describes. Furthermore, I show that any interpretive account that includes the presumption that Adam and Eve were born from either human or humanoid parents associates their theory with at least five major theological problems/heresies. Part Three of the blog series titled: “Mitochondrial Eve: Should Christians be Worried?” explicitly addresses all of the problematic theology that results from accepting this flawed science. The links to all three parts can be found here. Combined with existing Magisterial documents, my findings suggested to the USCCB that the Doctrine relating to our First Parents be defined as a Dogma.

Fatal Flaws Contained in the German Synodal Path

The theological flaws in GSW documents strike at the essence of the Truth of God, in whose Image and Likeness we are created. The changes desired by the German episcopate and the ZdK will not destroy the Image of God in man. However, it will inescapably lead to the destruction of the Likeness of God within all persons who blindly act per the German clergy’s desires.
In April 2020, I wrote a three-part blog titled, “The Beast of Scripture is NOT Coming — It is Here.” First, it outlines Satan’s plans to destroy Christ’s Church. He plans to accomplish that goal within the 100 to 120-year period that Satan requested, which God granted. I highly recommend that everyone read it. After all, forewarned is forearmed. Links to all three parts can be found here. I quote blocks of that text in this document. There are three parts to this blog series. Each is most helpful in exposing the false doctrines being pushed on the Church by most of the German episcopate. Knowledge of Satan’s plan is critical for understanding the danger of the GSW’s goals.
The Science & Theology of Salt in Scripture (aka STOSS) provides the underpinnings through which a higher level of understanding of the biblical meaning of salt, dust, stone, water, and light. Through STOSS, the meaning of the sea (all seas are de facto salt seas) can best be understood via a deeper examination of salt and the Dead/Salt Sea. In the books of Daniel and Revelations, both Daniel and John describe the Beast as coming out of the sea. When one understands the meaning of sea, one can also understand who/what the Beast is and from whence it came. Thus, we can begin to understand the consequences of sin, vis-à-vis the destruction of man’s creation in the image and likeness of a Good and Loving God.
In Revelation, we read, “And I saw a beast rising out of the sea” (Rev 13:1). The phrase “out of the sea” tells us a great deal about the substance/essence of the Beast. As can be seen by reading the two blogs linked above, the sea symbolizes the great magnitude of people progressively succumbing to the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the lust of the pride of life (1 Jn 2:16). The lust of the flesh includes the disordered desire of the inner heart to satisfy a physical/biological/hormonal appetite; physical pleasures gained for oneself (aka self-centeredness) at the expense of others.
Is there a degree after which we human persons make ourselves beast-like? Commenting on Scripture, Dr. Brant Pitre tells us:
The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this… I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall strike your head, and you shall strike his heel” (Genesis 3:14–15) .... “ancient Jewish interpreters saw [these passages] as referring to a spiritual battle between humanity, the Devil, and his angels. In support of this spiritual interpretation, it is worth noting that in the very next Chapter of Genesis, “sin” is described as a beast “lurking at the door,” [emphasis SML] waiting to strike at Cain, the offspring of Eve (Genesis 4:1, 7).[64]
All mortal sin results in the deprivation of man’s existence as a being created in the image and likeness of God. If we are not 100% in the image and likeness of God, then we have chosen to make ourselves, to one degree or another, into the image and likeness of a beast. The spirit of the spiritual soul (the inner heart) possesses the upper powers of the spiritual soul, i.e., the Breath of God — intellect, free will (the inner heart), memory, and understanding. The lower power (the soul) is that which controls the human body. To the degree that we kill the spirit of our spiritual soul, the more we become beasts (Mt 12:34, 9:4, 22:37; Acts 7:51; and Rom 1:24).
As Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen tells us, “We become like that which we love. If we love what is base, we become base [like unto beasts — SML]; but if we love what is noble, we become noble.”[65] St. Mark says the same thing when he writes, “For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly” (Mk 7:21-22). To Sheen’s previous characterization of love, I would add another; if we love lustful pleasures and feed beastly appetites, we become beasts. We must be perfectly in the image & likeness of God for there to be life.
Because of their sin, Adam and Eve lost the status of being perfectly in the Image and Likeness of God. For this lack of perfection, Supernatural Grace (the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our spiritual soul) was lost. After the fall, Man ceased to be expressed by God because God cannot express what He does not know; God does not know even the slightest imperfection/evil. God cannot express death, so Adam and Eve died in their sin.[66] See Evil Exists + God Does Not = Very Bad Logic!!
The Beast coming out from the sea symbolizes the great magnitude of men succumbing to the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the lust of the pride of life (1 Jn 2:16). So the question arises, why does the fact of the beast coming out of the sea equate to the interpretation I just discussed? That question is answered in my four-part blog series titled: What do Lot’s Wife, the Dead Sea, Sodom & Gomorrah, and Ezekiel’s Dream of the New Covenant Temple have in common. Links to all four Parts can be found here.

Satan’s Plan to Destroy the Church

Informing us of a conversation between God and Satan, Fr. Richard Heilman writes:
“According to legend, exactly 33 years (span of our Lord’s life) to the day prior to the great Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, on October 13, 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a remarkable auditory manifestation. When the aged Pontiff had finished celebrating Mass in his private Vatican Chapel, he suddenly stopped at the foot of the altar. He stood there for about ten minutes, as if in a trance, his face ashen white. Then, going immediately from the Chapel to his office, he composed the prayer to St. Michael, with instructions it was to be said after all Low Masses everywhere. When asked what had happened, he explained that, as he was about to leave the foot of the altar, he suddenly heard voices – two voices, one kind and gentle, the other guttural and harsh. They seemed to come from near the tabernacle. As he listened, he heard the following conversation:
Satan: The guttural voice, the voice of Satan in his pride, boasted to Our Lord: “I can destroy your Church.”
Lord: The gentle voice of Our Lord: “You can? Then go ahead and do so.”
Satan: “To do so, I need more time and more power.”
Lord: “How much time? How much power?”
Satan: “75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service [SML].”
Lord: “You have the time; you will have the power. Do with them what you will.”[67]   
New research uncovered and detailed in a book titled Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael by Kevin J. Symonds reveals that the 75 to 100 years figure is actually 100 to 120 years. Since Satan has not succeeded in destroying the Church, he must have used up all his requested 120 years. Emmet O’Regan gives the details of that in his book.[68] Satan’s time and power ended around 2019. That does not mean that Satan no longer has any power. It means that the extra power and time God granted him has ended. Since Satan failed, we can expect God to begin purifying the Church and the world. During the purification, the Church (all the Baptized) will undergo a sort of crucifixion and resurrection. The Day of the Lord (cf. Isaiah 13:6) is imminent. What do some very well respected and knowledgeable religious persons say about how badly afflicted, morally speaking, is the modern world? Let us look at what they have to say.
Note: I will use red typeface below to highlight those errors which I believe are encouraged — even promoted — by the majority of the GSW, thus helping the Father of all lies to achieve his goals.
1). According to Our Lady of Good Success (an apparition approved by the Church in 1991), “From the end of the 19th century and shortly after the middle of the 20th century … passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of morals [made possible by, and coinciding with, the outstretching of all of the tentacles of intentional and inherent sterilized sex acts, i.e., ABC — SML] … As for the Sacrament of Matrimony [note next prophecy below], which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and deeply profaned. [It is very easy to see the means through which the attacks took place — SML]. Freemasonry,[69] which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church … In this supreme moment of need for the Church, the one who should speak will fall silent.”[70]
2). Cardinal Carlo Caffara was tasked by Pope John Paul II to plan and establish the Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family. He wrote to Sr. Lucia, one of the three children who received apparitions from Mary, the Mother of God (for information on Fatima and the miracle of the sun click https://www.ewtn.com/fatima/sixth-apparition-of-our-lady.asp and https://fatima.org/about/fatima-the-facts/). The purpose of his letter was to ask for her prayers for the success of this endeavor. She responded in a six-page letter, telling the Cardinal, “The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family [emphasis mine]. Don’t be afraid, she added, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue [my emphasis].”[71] Are we now in this final battle? Undoubtedly!! On whose side is the German episcopate? I have my opinion.
3). “It is opportune to repeat: ‘Satan has requested to sift you.’ And the sifting proves that corruption is what it was in the times of the flood, worsened by the fact that you have had Christ and His Church, whereas in Noah’s time, they did not (The End Times as Revealed to Maria Valtorta, Editions Paulines, p. 8).” [Rev. Fr. Michel Rodrigue, “PART 6: Fr. Michel Rodrigue – Matthew 24 in the Bible Speaks of Our Times,” Countdown to the Kingdom, https://www.countdowntothekingdom.com/fr-michel-rodrigue-matthew-24-in-the-bible-speaks-of-our-times/, (accessed 4/28/2020)]. Note: In the section below titled “Sodom and Gomorrah,” I will reveal four times that God destroyed man directly due to intentional and/or inherent sterility/fruitlessnes — a “criminal outrage” to quote God’s own words to St. Hildegard. GSW, be forewarned.
4). “St. John of the Cleft Rock (circa 14th century). ‘It is said that twenty centuries after the Incarnation of the Word, the Beast in its turn shall become man. About the year 2000 AD [emphasis SML], Antichrist will reveal himself to the world. ... Sister Bouquillion (19th century). ‘The beginning of the end shall not come in the 19th century, but in the 20th for sure.’”[72]
5). Pope Pius XII warned about the ‘harsh and bitter sufferings’ facing the human race. He said, ‘Mankind must prepare itself for suffering such as it has never before experienced.’ Pope Pius XII described our times as ‘the darkest since the deluge’ [SML] and declared, “The hour has struck — the battle, the most widespread, bitter and ferocious the world has ever known, has been joined. It must be fought to the finish.’”[73]
6). “In a series of letters in 1969-1970, Sister Lucia [one of the seers at Fatima, Portugal] reveals more: ‘It is indeed sad that so many people let themselves be dominated by the diabolical wave that is sweeping the world [SML], and that they are blinded to the point of being incapable of seeing error! [GSW participants take note — SML] Their principal fault is they have abandoned prayer ... The fact is the devil has succeeded in bringing in evil under the appearance of good [emphasis SML]; the blind are beginning to lead others ... Sister Lucia insists that, ‘the Virgin knew that these times of diabolical disorientation [SML] were to come.’ To someone who was questioning her on the content of the Third Secret, Sister Lucia one day replied: ‘It's in the Gospel and in the Apocalypse, read them.’ She also confided to Father Fuentes that the Virgin Mary made her see clearly that ‘we are in the last times of the world [SML].’”[74]
7). Mark Mallet writes: “There’s a quote in the Nuncio’s address that caught my attention, given by Cardinal Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) in an address during the Eucharistic Congress in 1976 for the Bicentennial celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He said: ‘We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced [SML]. 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 [SML]. 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…’”[75]

What is the Image and Likeness of God?

As it turns out, God Himself tells us His Name, thereby informing man of his Essence. In response to a request by Moses for the voice from the burning bush to tell him what is his name, God replies: I AM THAT I AM[76] (Exodus 3:14). Never have a mere five words ever said so much. Never have a mere five words ever contained such an infinite depth of Truth. Let us explore deeper.
The Hebrew for the conjunction between the two I AMs is listed below.
'Aher ash-er' is a primitive relative pronoun[77] (of every gender and number); who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction)[78] when, where, how, because, in order that, etc.:X after, X alike, as (soon as), because, X every, for, + forasmuch, + from whence, + how(-soever), X if, (so) that ((thing) which, wherein), X though, + until, + whatsoever, when, where (+ -as, -in, -of, -on, -soever, -with), which, whilst, + whither(- soever), who(-m, -soever, -se). As it is indeclinable, it is often accompanied by the personal pronoun expletively, used to show the connection [a family relationship such as father and son — SML]. [All emphasis and highlighting — SML].
אחר (Aher) – The verb[79] אחר ('ahar) means to come after or later, to derive or even to delay (to make to come after or later). Adjective אחר (aher) means another. (https://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Aher.html#.X3jfXMROm00).
אשר (Ash-er) – Our word primarily expresses relation [such as the Father begetting the Son — SML]: this which that, or he who such and such. In some cases, it may express result: so that if a man could number the dust ... (Genesis 13:16), or purpose: in order to find favor (Ruth 2:2), or causality: because of their sister (Genesis 34:27), or concession: although you made me see trouble (Psalm 71:20).
Exodus 3:14 is the passage where “Moses when he asks, who shall I say sent me. And God said to Moses, I Am That I Am. And he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel: I AM hath sent me unto you” (Ex 3:14, KJV). The next four notes help to explain exactly who the last “I AM who “sent” Moses is: [paragraph note 1][paragraph note 2][paragraph note 3][paragraph note 4]. The Hebrew word most commonly translated as that or who, is either aher (אחר) or asher (אשר). Aher, as an adjective, means another. Asher, “occurs in two different ways: There's the verbal root אשר ('ashar), which indicates progression, and there's the particle אשר ('asher) that indicates relation.” According to Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon, the word can be translated as: “so that” or “in order that”. Putting all of this together, it is clear that I Am that (so that) I Am can be summarized thusly: I Am (the Father) so that I Am (the Son — indicating Divine and infinite Fruitfulness). Additionally, the single “I” for the two “I Am”’s indicates a Unity that can only come through the Holy Spirit (cf. Eph 4:3-6).
PARAGRAPH NOTES:
[paragraph note 1] I Am That I Am indicates the Trinity. The single I Am at the end of the verse (Ex 3:14) indicates a single Person of the Trinity (likely the Son) who is sending Moses. Why is it likely the Son? In all of Scripture, only two Persons of the Trinity are ever described as sending — the Father and the Son. So that narrows it down. According to Augustine, it was likely the Son. The Son who is described as the face of God.[80]
[paragraph note 2] St. Hildegard writes, “We cannot recognize someone from his or her bodily appearance unless we can see that person’s face. But if we see the face, we will praise also the whole form of that individual. This is the way that God’s providence and work are within us human beings.”[81]
[paragraph note 3] St. Augustine writes, “But when Moses was sent to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt, it is written that the Lord appeared to him thus: “Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the back side of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire, out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” He is here also first called the Angel of the Lord, and then God. Was an angel, then, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? Therefore, He may be rightly understood to be the Saviour Himself, of whom the apostle says, “Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever.” He, therefore, “who is over all, God blessed for ever,” is not unreasonably here understood also to be Himself the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”[82]
[paragraph note 4] According to St. Augustine, “The Catholic Church Only is the Place from Whence the Back Parts of God are Seen. The Back Parts of God Were Seen by the Israelites. It is a Rash Opinion to Think that God the Father Only Was Never Seen by the Fathers. Not unfitly is it commonly understood to be prefigured from the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, that His ‘back parts’ are to be taken to be His flesh, in which He was born of the Virgin, and died, and rose again; whether they are called back parts on account of the posteriority of mortality, or because it was almost in the end of the world, that is, at a late period, that He deigned to take it: but that His ‘face’ was that form of God, in which He ‘thought it not robbery to be equal with God,’ which no one certainly can see and live.”[83]
By understanding what name means in Scripture, we have only to look at God’s name (YHWH)/(I AM [so] That I AM). The name of something in Scripture describes who/what that thing is. Its substance, if you will. Let us look at a couple more examples of names used to indicate what the subject is. Our first parent, Adam, was given that name because it told us what he is. For example, in Genesis, Adam is described as made from the dust of the earth (Gen 2:7). Adam's name derives from the Hebrew noun ha adamah, which means the ground or earth.[84] The Hebrew word for dust in Genesis is ‘aphar’, which translates as “dust (as powdered or gray); hence, clay, earth, mud [Strongs 6083].” Adam’s name describes his substance, his personality. As for Eve, Scripture tells us, “Then the man said, ‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man’” (Gen. 2:23). How did Eve get her name? Genesis tells us, “The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living” (Gen 3:20). Eve is the name describing what she is, i.e., the mother of all the living.
From Exodus 3:14 alone, we can determine that Divine unceasing fruitfulness is part of the very Essence of God.

How Does the Body Fit Into the Likeness of God?

Knowing the answer to the question posed in the title of this subsection is essential for understanding the grave errors the GSW is promulgating. If there were to be one essential takeaway from this letter, the “likeness of God” should be the one. Remember this; if one is not perfectly in the image and likeness of God, one cannot see God face-to-face.
The belief that the whole man — body and spiritual soul — is necessary for man to be in the image and likeness of God extends back to the time of the early Church Fathers. Defending against the errors of the Gnostics, St. Irenaeus (circa 125-202) answered the question: Does the body contribute to man being in the image and likeness of God? The Gnostics believed God’s entire image and likeness reside in man's nous (the intellect). Thus, they thought the body was merely a transitory vessel of little or no importance.[85] On the contrary, Irenaeus’ interpretation of Genesis Chapter One is this: the entire body and spiritual soul are intended as a necessary and integral part of a person created in the image and likeness of God.[86] No Body — No Likeness to God.
Before answering the above question, let us distinguish between image and likeness. St. Thomas Aquinas tells us:
Likeness may be considered in the light of a preamble to image, inasmuch as it is something more general than image ... and, again, it may be considered as subsequent to image, inasmuch as it signifies a certain perfection of image. ... likeness regards things which are more common than the intellectual properties, wherein the image is properly to be seen. In this sense it is stated (QQ. 83, q. 51) that “the spirit” (namely, the mind) without doubt was made to the image of God. “But the other parts of man,” belonging to the soul’s inferior faculties, or even to the body, “are in the opinion of some made to God’s likeness.” In the same sense “likeness” is said to belong to “the love of virtue:” for there is no virtue without love of virtue.[87]
God tells St. Hilegard all virtue must be incarnated and perfected within the sensual body. According to St. Hildegard, virtues work through the body and soul together;[88] “a virtue is a divine quality that … fully incarnates itself [SML].”[89] What does this mean? It means: that as the heart is purified, so is the body. The higher powers of the soul (the spirit, where the Holy Spirit dwells) are not fenced off from the lower powers (the soul, which controls the body). Why is this necessary? In its role as the mouth of the overflow of the spiritual heart, the body must accurately express (both sense-ably and meta-sense-ably) virtuous acts which will bear good fruit. West tells us that the body gives expression to the experiences of the heart;[90] the spirit expresses itself through the lower powers of the soul, in the language of the body.[91]
According to Aquinas, the intellect is the image of God — He is unchanging Truth. After testing the angels, the obedient angels became pure and perfect intellect, i.e., the image of God. As Aquinas writes, image signifies a certain perfection of image. However, nowhere does it say that the angels were also in the likeness of God. In fact, the very name of St. Michael the Archangel tells us that none of the angels were in the likeness of God. Quis ut Deus? (or Quis sicut Deus?), a Latin sentence meaning “Who [is] like God?”, is a literal translation of the name Michael (Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל, transliterated Micha'el or Mîkhā'ēl). His name was the war-cry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against the enemy and his followers.[92]
Therefore, the likeness of God is beyond intellect only. The human body is necessary to be fruitful. No angel has ever begotten or co-created another angel. Angels do not communicate grace. Aquinas writes: “Angels cleanse, enlighten, and perfect angels or men, by instruction, and not by justifying them through grace. Hence Dionysius says (Coel. Hier. vii) that ‘this cleansing and enlightenment and perfecting is nothing else than the assumption of Divine knowledge.’”[93] We have already shown in Exodus 3:14 that fruitfulness is part of the very Essence of God. Therefore, likeness must include something the angels do not possess — i.e., a body guided by a spiritual soul.
When in purgatory, the human soul cannot merit grace for itself. Why? There is no body with which we can earn and express grace through acts. Repeating what Aquinas said above, “‘the other parts of man,’ belonging to the soul’s inferior faculties, or even to the body, ‘are in the opinion of some made to God’s likeness.’”[94] John Paul II tells us that it is only through the body, and in the body's language, that the invisible, i.e., the spiritual and the divine [which is eternally fruitful], is made visible within creation.[95]
Only the body is capable of co-creating — together with God — another person newly created in the image and likeness of God. He also tells us, “The body speaks not merely with the whole external expression of masculinity and femininity, but also with the internal structures of the organism, of the somatic [the entire body and its aggregate parts such as the heart of flesh] and psychosomatic [relating to the mind/mental] reaction.[96] As was said before, the body is the biblical mouth of the spirit/inner heart of man, through which the overflow is sent out.

The likeness of God centers on the appropriations of the Holy Spirit. In other words, we are in the likeness of God when we express, do, send out, or breath out the Truth of the Father and the Son in the love and fruitfulness of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, all Truth expressed in the Spirit is fruitful!
In addition to intellect, another upper power of the spiritual soul is free will. According to Fr. Edward Leen, “The intellect, as it were, flowers in the Word; the [free] will blossoms forth as a Love. In this lies the wondrous attractiveness of the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. He is all love .... By a metaphorical use of language, the Holy Spirit may be described as being ‘all heart.’”[97] Remember, God is an eternal and unceasingly glorious expression in Love of the Truth that God knows of Himself. What God knows is Himself. He is eternally sending out His glory.
St. Irenaeus’ writings on this topic are still relevant today. However, based on the writings of Thomas Aquinas, most modern theologies still locate the image and likeness of God solely in the faculties of intellect and will (the upper powers of the spiritual soul). As we will see later, this understanding is not accurate.[98] St. Paschasius Radbertus believed the whole human man is necessary for man to be in the image and likeness of God. Radbertus’ writings are primarily responsible for the body of thought that later led to the formulation of the Dogma of Transubstantiation.

Is Fruitfulness a Grave Matter?

Why is the sin of intentional and/or inherent fruitlessness such a grievous offense to an eternally fruitful God? According to Dr. Margaret M. Turek, S.T.D., Professor of Theology and Chair of Dogmatic Theology at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University:
Sin [especially the sin of intentional and/or inherent fruitlessness — SML] possesses an infinite quality inasmuch as it is the rejection of a gift of infinite magnitude: the passionate love with which the Father wants to beget (divinize) human beings [emphasis SML][99] as adopted sons, children, in his Only-Begotten Son.[99] Seen from the vantage point of the Trinity, sin in its deepest character is an inter-personal event between ‘Father’ and ‘son’.
If this is true, then we can begin to see why atonement is also a mystery of Trinitarian proportions. The Cross event [in which we are in a matrimonial and nuptial union with Christ, a union intended by God to be eternally fruitful — SML] demonstrates the Trinity’s determination to stick to the ultimate aim of creation: God creates human beings with the aim of drawing us into the mystery of divine generation. Or what amounts to the same: God creates human beings for participation in the Son’s personal relation to the Father within the Trinity. For us and for our salvation, the Father made the Son “to be sin” (2 Cor 5:21) because those who became sinners were made to become sons.[100]
I believe it is true that man greatly underappreciates the seriousness with which God views fruitfulness, or lack thereof, in today's society. Repeating what was written earlier: when Moses asked God his name, God responded, I Am [so] that I Am (YHWH). The name reveals that God is a Trinity of Persons in an eternal fruitful relationship. Therefore, knowledge of the meaning of his name is critical. St. Hildegard revealed that God told her that if any Person of the Trinity were missing, God could not be God, could not be Love.[101] Therefore, the Trinity is Truth: Truth known, Truth penetrated, Truth shared (sent out). If the glorified Son is eternally begotten, so too must those members of His Mystical Body — those who are one flesh with him on the Cross.
How grave a matter is it for any of us to intentionally/inherently prevent the creation of another son or daughter of God our Father? A Father who infinitely desires their creation. Remember what Turek wrote: “God creates human beings with the aim of drawing [every one of them] into the mystery of divine [eternal and unceasing] generation.” The aim is why our refusal to “be fruitful and multiply (Gen 1:22)” through an act ordered to co-create with God, human beings made in His image and likeness, is such a grave sin. In a later section titled “Sodom and Gomorrah,” we will read God’s own words about this abominable sin.
God is a Trinity of three Persons who are in an eternal and unceasing relationship. In other words, it is essentially a relationship that is alive. It is a relationship that IS life — a relationship in the Holy Spirit. An example: Let’s say that I walk up to a street corner and stand by another person who, like myself, is also waiting for the traffic light to change. If neither of us communicates with the other somehow (e.g., looking at each other, making a facial expression, talking to each other, etc.), we are related because we are both of the human family. Still, we are not in a relationship — there is no living relationship. Aquinas writes, “The very nature of God is goodness … Hence, what belongs to the essence of goodness befits God. But it belongs to the essence of goodness to communicate itself to others.”[102]
Fr. Martin von Cochem writes:
From all eternity, before anything was made, God magnified Himself, and the three divine Persons rejoiced in Their majesty and grandeur. … This is shown in the revelations of St. Mechtilde, to whom Christ said: ‘If thou desirest to honor Me, praise and magnify Me in union with that most excellent glory wherewith the Father in His almighty power and the Holy Spirit in His loving-kindness have glorified Me from all eternity, in union with that supreme glory wherewith I in My unsearchable wisdom have glorified the Father and the Holy Spirit from all eternity, and wherewith the Holy Spirit in His ineffable goodness has magnified the Father and Me from all eternity.[103]
Notice that Christ, speaking through St. Mechtilde, employs verbs to describe the Trinity. God is eternally expressing, doing, and communicating. St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio (circa 1274) develops an understanding of the Trinity that revolves around four themes. They are:
1)      The theme of beatitude, goodness, charity, and joy. He tells us these qualities cannot be achieved in a God who does not pour himself out completely;
2)     The theme of perfection, which entails the begetting of a Person of the same nature, i.e., Divine fruitfulness[104];
3)     The theme of simplicity, and;
4)     The theme of primacy, which, from a metaphysical standpoint, indicates the fullness of the source. This primacy designates the fruitfulness and the “wellspringness” of primordial reality.[105] God is pure act. There is nothing of Him that is potential. God is [SML] perfect and eternal.[106] Bonaventure concludes, “In God, this fecundity [fruitfulness -- SML] relative to God can only exist in act [SML].”[107]
Referring to John 1:18, Benedict XVI tells us, “Only the one who is God sees God — Jesus. He truly speaks from his vision of the Father, from unceasing dialogue with the Father [SML], a dialogue that is his life [SML].”[108] St. Hildegard writes, “For this life is God, who is always in motion and constantly in action [SML].”[109]
In their conversations with God, both Saints Catherine and Hildegard were very well schooled about the link between sin and becoming a beast. Here are a few examples:
1)    Explaining the different beasts in a vision, God informed St. Hildegard, “Another beast was a black pig. This signifies the course of time when rulers will bring the great blackness of sadness. These rulers will envelop themselves in the mud of uncleanness. They will not esteem the divine law but will have the contrariness of fornicators and of others of similar evils. They will bring about many schisms in the holiness of the divine precepts.[110]
2)    “Sometimes also impurity against the person of his neighbor, by which he becomes a brute beast full of stench.”[111]
3)    “Their innocence lost, the flesh rebelled against the spirit and they became filthy beasts;”[112]
4)    “See that some of these fruits are the food of beasts who live impurely, using their body and their mind like a swine who wallows in mud, for in the same way they wallow in the mire of sensuality. Oh, ugly soul, where have you left your dignity? You were made sister to the angels, and now you are become a brute beast. To such misery come sinners, notwithstanding that they are sustained by Me, who am Supreme Purity, notwithstanding that the very devils, whose friends and servants they have become, cannot endure the sight of such filthy actions [emphasis SML].”[113]
5.    “But let there be right faith and pure love … between husband and wife lest their seed be polluted by the Devil's art … because they are biting and tearing each other to pieces and sowing their seed inhumanely with the wantoness of beasts.”[114]
6.    “Jesus came across a fig tree. As he was feeling hungry, Jesus decided to attempt to forage in the tree for some fruit. When he found the fig tree to be barren, he cursed it, saying ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again’ (Mark 11:14). After his cleansing of the Temple, Jesus and the disciples passed by the fig tree and saw that it was now withered to its roots (Mark 11:20). At first glance, these actions seem rather strange. Why would Jesus be so intolerant of an everyday fig tree, guilty of nothing more than not bearing fruit out of season? ... Scholars are unanimous in determining this episode as an acted prophecy of judgment against the Temple [all emphasis SML]. [See for example, Keener, C.S. A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999), pp503–505.].[115]
“As well as symbolizing the Temple, the fig tree was a metaphor for the Jews living in the land of Palestine who failed to recognize their Messiah and bear the fruit of Christian faith. It was the Temple, along with the Jewish people living in Judea that would wither away.... However this extract from (Jeremiah [8:12–13]) contains a further illuminating insight—it explicitly states that as a result of this non-productivity, the nation would meet the fate of destruction. If Jesus was alluding to this passage in Jeremiah by performing his acted parable, then it would have been abundantly clear that he was symbolizing the future destruction of the Temple along with the rest of Jerusalem. As a result of the Jewish people’s rejection of Jesus, the Temple would be destroyed and the Jewish nation would no longer have a homeland in Palestine.”[116] Later, we will provide another example of destruction directly as a consequence of unfruitfulness.
7.    In James chapter 2, we read, “What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him” (v. 14)? “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead,” i.e., unfruitful (v. 17). As James also tells us, “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead” (v. 26) and, “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe — and shudder” (v. 19). Is faith alone sufficient? John tells us, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him” (John 3:36). John says that faith without works/expressions leads to terrible consequences, i.e., “the wrath of God.” If we believe that only faith is required, then the first and second half of v.36 are in contradiction and, therefore, a lie. Read more here.
 Martin Luther[117] had it wrong when he said the Catholic Church believes that works justify us. That is not what the Church teaches. The Church teaches that works, acts, actions, or any other form of doing, are all types of fruitful expression when done in the Holy Spirit. Such expression is necessary for one to be in the image and likeness of God. When done in Love, works are always fruitful. If we are not doing works in Love, we are not in the image and likeness of God, and, as many passages in the New Testament tell us, your soul is in grave danger. If we are not fruitful — in the likeness of God — the consequences are dire. If, as we learned in our exegesis of James 2:14-17, faith without works is dead, it is because there are no works. No works—>no fruit—>no likeness to God—>no Life. God warned Adam and Eve they would die the very moment they ate the Tree's fruit in the Garden. The Holy Spirit does not dwell in the heart of the spiritually dead. Any inspiration of the Holy Spirit we fail to act upon accomplishes nothing for God. It is barren and unfruitful.
In general, sin makes us into beasts who are no longer in the likeness of a Triune and eternally fruitful God. God tells St. Catherine that there is no other sin as hateful or darksome as sexual relations motivated by lust.[118] No longer in the image and likeness of God, we make ourselves into beasts. In #5 above, we see that even within the sacramental bonds of matrimony, the marital act will still make us into beasts if it is motivated solely by lust. ABC removes any intention of fruitful expression of love in the Spirit. In his December 30, 1988 homily given on the Feast of the Holy Family, Pope St. John Paul II tells us there is not a more perfect image of the divine mystery of the Trinity (which is eternally fruitful) than is Sacramental Marriage.[119] The Sacrament deliberately made fruitless/infertile is a direct attack on marriage and the family. Since the beginning of the 20th century, this attack occurred when evil-inclined scientists and Margaret Sanger brought us ABC. As Sr. Lucia of Fatima told us: “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be centered around marriage and the family [emphasis mine].” The GSW should read and reflect on this sentence over and over again. Your actions are directly helping Satan to reach his goal. Intentional and inherent sterility is the proverbial pebble rolling down the snow-covered mountain. I’m guessing it’s going to hit bottom very soon.
Pope Francis wrote the Preface for Benedict XVI’s book titled, Liberating Freedom: Faith and Politics in the Third Millennium. He wrote,
Today, in fact, more than ever, there is the same temptation to refuse any dependence on love that is not a person’s love for their ego [SML], for “the I and its desires”; and, consequently, the danger of the ‘colonization’ of consciences by an ideology [i.e., Marxism, Atheism, Communism, and Socialism–SML] that denies the basic certainty that humankind exists as male and female to whom the task of the transmission of life is assigned; that ideology that goes to the extent of planning and rationally producing human beings and that – perhaps for some purpose considered ‘good’ – manages to consider logical and legitimate the elimination of what is no longer considered created, donated, conceived and generated but made by ourselves.[120]
Is de-moralizing the world's countries using sterile and lustful sex a significant component of Marxist/Communist’s plans to conquer the world? Let's examine that. John-Henry Westen writes:
The Naked Communist is the most concise and straightforward source outlining communist goals and ideology. It was written in 1962 by W. Cleon Skousen, a former FBI agent who used many original sources and the best intelligence of the FBI during its investigation of communist infiltration into the United States. He published in the book a list of 45 “current communist goals” that was also recorded in the Congressional Record in 1963. President Ronald Reagan commented on Skousen, saying: “No one is better qualified to discuss the threat to this nation from communism.”[121]
Here are just a few of the items on the list that relate more directly to the first Beast from out of the sea:[122]
    • Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press. It is worth noting that now that the Marxists have achieved their goal, they are all for censorship. Any and all speech with which they disagree is conveniently labeled hate speech, i.e., speech they hate to hear;
    • Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV;
    • Present all inherently sterile LGBTQ degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy;”
    • Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion (take note GSW participants);
    • Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch;”
    • Discredit the family as an institution. [The Marxist Communist front group, Black Lives Matters has, as one of their stated objectives, to destroy the nuclear family. In its place, the State would take over the rearing and educating of the children–SML]. Encourage promiscuity, masturbation, and easy divorce;
    • Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute “prejudices, mental blocks, and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents;”
    • Get control of teachers’ associations; and,
    • Put the party line in textbooks.[123]               
The entire list containing the forty-five Communist goals that were entered into the U.S. Congressional Record can be read here. Hannah Ng and David Zhang write:
Young people in the United States are being subjected to communist-style sexualization, according to author and expert James Lindsay.
The goal is to destabilize society to make it ripe for communists to grab power, Lindsay, author of “Race Marxism” and “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody,” recently told EpochTV’s “China Insider” program. … And their plan has been afoot for more than a century.
“This is a deliberate program that Marxists have employed since at least the 1910s, starting in Hungary, to try to sexualize children to cause sexual and gender confusion so that they become political activists on behalf of some other agenda,” he said.[123-A]
According to Julio M. Shiling:
Marxism is permeating itself in America’s institutions at an alarming rate. Antonio Gramsci, the Italian communist and originator of the cultural hegemony precept, identified five areas of crucial importance for Marxist ideology to subdue. They are the family, religion, mass media, law, and education. By way of the sexualization of children in America’s public school system, minors are being groomed for an acceptable level of class consciousness, according to communist principles. …
Within the specific realm of what is labeled as cultural Marxism (or Neo-Marxism), the Frankfurt School produced the Critical Theory (CT) product line. This communist tenet which calls for destroying what exists so that Marxists can build what they believe has two overarching theories that directly are being applied in America and many liberal democracies around the globe. The CT-engendered political religions that are being shoved through the basic public education system are Critical Race Theory (CRT), Gender Ideology (GI), and Critical Queer Theory (CQT). It should be noted that the nation’s public library system has also been targeted and is an enabler of this indoctrination scheme.[123-B]
I have this question for the GSW: Several Magisterial documents tell us that Marxist ideologies are completely incompatibles with the Catholic Church. Then why are you pushing GI and CQT theories? Are you really that blind; are you that naive?!!! Read Revelation if you want to know Satan’s (and the atheistic Marxist’s) plans to destroy the Church. In Rev. 2:12-17, we read about the church at Pergamum. The people of this church are told, “To him who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone which no one knows except him who receives it.” So, what was it that the Spirit wanted this particular church to conquer? The church's sin at Pergamum was fornication and/or adultery — both of the flesh and the spirit (idolatry); both have been rampant in the twentieth century.
Interestingly, none of the other churches were promised a white stone should they succeed in conquering their particular brand of sinfulness. We know this because of the reference to the “teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak” (Rev 2:14). What was it Balaam taught Balak? Balaam knew that the Churches strength came from God. Balaam knew that the Churches without God would become weak and vulnerable — as the West has become.
To make God angry at the Israelites, Balaam taught Balak to place stumbling blocks before them. To put that teaching into action, Balak employed the most beautiful women in his kingdom to lure the men into unclean fleshly and spiritual acts, i.e., sexual intercourse and idolatry.[124] The stumbling blocks were the bodies (composed of the salt/dust/stone of DNA) of beautiful women. They endeavored to stoke the flames of men’s lustful desires. This tactic is why the Spirit informs them of the white stone. If the men were to conquer their lust for the flesh, their bodies would rise from the dead pure as snow (as clean as a white stone).[125]
Even someone as noteworthy as Sigmund Freud could see the link between lack of fruitful expression and becoming a beast. In his book, Introductory Lectures in Psychoanalysis, he identifies as a perversion any sexual act undertaken with a singular goal of achieving self-pleasure sans the reproduction function inextricably linked to said act.[126]
Scripture tells us, “I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems upon its horns and a blasphemous name upon its heads” (Rev 13:1). The “blasphemous name upon its heads” probably relates to man’s blasphemy against the Holy Spirit by our refusal to respond to His promptings for fruitful expression. Earlier, we showed that the very name of God denotes the generative Trinitarian Essence of God. I find it very revealing that the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that contraception by married couples is at approximately 80% for the U.S., France, and the United Kingdom. That figure does not even include the most severe and vicious form of birth control — abortion.[127] Of the number of women aged 15-44 who have ever had intercourse, 99% have used some form of contraception at least once.[128]
In Revelation 13, we are told that unless we have the Beast's mark, we will not be able to buy anything. What do you suppose is the number one motive for becoming purposefully unfruitful, thus destroying the image and likeness of God within us? Could it be financial? From an article in the Journal of Social History, we read,
I have described the dramatic changes in English birth rates and sexual mores from 1800-1980, which demonstrate the existence and impact of this connection, in my book, The Long Sexual Revolution: English Women, Sex and Contraception 1800-1975. This covers the transition from communal to individual control of fertility and the accompanying shifts from the relative sexual license of the Regency era to Victorian constraint, followed by the relaxation of sexual mores from the mid-twentieth century. In this article, I draw upon this research to argue how and why this economic burden provided the major motivation for individual control of sexuality [emphasis – SML] and for societal attempts to control the sexual activity of individuals.[129]
It is tough to stretch family budgets when both the mother and father aren’t working. Those darn kids can be such a financial drain. A study on the history of birth control in Puerto Rico (almost 75% Catholic) led to this observation:
This shift in the island's occupational patterns and in the traditional role of women affected fertility in a number of ways. First, as women became providers [emphasis – SML] they also assumed a greater decision-making role within the family. Their concerns regarding childbearing were therefore more likely to be taken into account. Second, as women became wage earners they tended to become more conscious of the economic implications [emphasis – SML] of having additional children, thus increasing their motivation to use contraception.[130]
Many more such studies show that the leading motivator for birth control is money-related. It sounds like the fulfillment of Revelation 13’s prophecy of the mark of the Beast being a requirement for buying anything or, at least, anything we want. Let us dig deeper.

Openness to Life and the German Synodal Path

Almost every passage in Scripture that directly or indirectly deals with unfruitfulness also equates with dire consequences thereof. Why? Short answer: we are in the image and likeness of an unceasingly fruitful God. He requires us to be open to multiplying. Note: there is a big difference between multiplying something and adding to something. The Scripture account of Sodom and Gomorrah provides us with a clear example of the grave consequences of intentional and/or inherent unfruitfulness. More on that in the next Section titled “Sodom and Gomorrah.”
God tells St. Hildegard:
 
Thus God is Three Persons, eternal before all ages; and the assumption of the flesh by the Son did not occur before the beginning of the world, but at the preordained time near the end of times when God sent His Son. And when the Son became incarnate and the virginal flower blossomed in her intact virginity, God was still in Three Persons and willed to be so invoked; and therefore, no Person was added to the ineffable Trinity, but the Son of God simply assumed flesh. Hence also these Three Persons are one God in Divinity. And whoever does not believe this will be cast out of the Kingdom of God, for he tears himself away from the wholeness of Divinity in faith. [Hildegard of Bingen, Hildegard of Bingen: Scivias, ed. Bernard McGinn, trans. Columba Hart and Jane Bishop, The Classics of Western Spirituality (New York; Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1990), 419].
 When Adam and Eve sinned, they ceased to be in the image and likeness of God. As a result, they were kicked out of Paradise. When God answered Moses' question regarding what His name was, we learned that the very essence of God is eternal and unceasing fruitfulness. We are created in the image and likeness of an eternally fruitful Triune God. Thus, to remain in that fruitful image and likeness, fruitlessness is not an option. Just as lack of faith in the wholeness of the fruitful Trinity leads to our loss of the Kingdom of God, so too will our intentional or inherent sterility remove from us the state of being in the image and likeness of that same Trinity; leading to our damnation.
The GSW participants are engaged in an elaborate theological deception to make SSA acts acceptable to the Church. They utilize fuzzy language that hides that fact. For example:
In contrast, we assume that the life and love [when one examines other texts from “Living in Successful Relationships — Living Love in Sexuality and Partnership,” it becomes quite clear that sexual acts are meant to be included in the definition of love — SML] of same-sex couples are not less valuable before God than the life and love of any other couple, [German theologians participating in the GSW] said.
Also:
In addition, one of the four forums of the “synodal path” voted on a working document entitled “Living in Successful Relationships,” which endorses the erroneous and scandalous practice of blessing same-sex relationships and attempts to change Church teaching on the sin of homosexual acts.
To help us understand the true intentions of this GSW, let us see the articles written by a group that has a keen interest in the results of this process. First, here is the Mission Statement of New Ways Ministry (NWM):
Through research, publication and education about sexual orientation and gender identity, we foster dialogue among groups and individuals, identify and combat personal and structural homophobia and transphobia, work for changes in attitudes and promote the acceptance of LGBTQ people as full and equal members of church and society.
Here are the texts (all of which have been approved by large majorities of GSW participants) about which they are most hopeful:
1. In the course of this reassessment of homosexuality, among other things, passages 2357-2359 and 2396 (homosexuality and chastity) of the World Catechism should be revised. Likewise, the relevant passages in the Compendium of Catechism (2005; n. 492) should be changed. In the compendium, ‘homosexual acts’ must be removed from the list of ‘major sins against [SML] chastity.
2. It follows from this re-evaluation of homosexuality that no person is denied the assumption of church offices and the receipt of priestly ordination because they are homosexual.
3. Homosexuality is not a disease. Therefore, conversion therapies should be rejected. They are not medically indicated. In pastoral care, self-determination must be respected and the integration of sexuality into the person must be supported. No one should be persuaded that their homosexual orientation and the realization of it in their life history are inherently sinful.
4. NWM felt the following was especially significant to their agenda: “We appreciate the different sexual orientations and gender identities of the people as well as the long-term, loyalty and exclusivity of these people. … Fertility is more than the ability to create new life that is only possible in the sexual communion of a woman with a man. We open the concept of fertility beyond openness to new life and speak about a social and personal dimension to the fertility of every human being. Also same-sex couples and other couples who are not generating new life can have the potential for a fruitful life.”
Commenting on the above quote, NWM wrote:
Notably, the working document says the primary aspects of sexual relationships are mutual love and respect, and that openness to life is not related to every sexual act, but “in the overall course of” a long-term partnership. The third item builds on this idea, and specifically mentions lesbian and gay partners (via Google Translate).[Ibid]
Let us point out some of the ambiguous language utilized in the above quotes:
  • “Primary aspects of sexual relationships are mutual love and respect.” This is an attempt to demote the necessity of fruitfulness for the marital act to be acceptable to God. God's first positive command to man was to be fruitful and multiply. Notably, he didn’t add the words: love and respect. Remember that the Essence of God is fruitfulness. As we will see later, God destroys that which is not open to conjugal fruitfulness via multiplication.
The suppositions put forth by NWM are entirely deficient for meeting the Trinitarian meaning of the Likeness of God. In her book titled Atonement, theologian Margaret Turek writes:
If we then ask what it means for the Triune God that human beings are created and called to reflect the glory of the Father as beloved “sons in the Son,” our answer must convey a mystery of Trinitarian proportions. God the Father wishes to be Father to his Son in all human persons. God the Son wishes to be Son to (and Image of) the Father in all human persons. God the Holy Spirit wishes to be the Spirit of Sonship in all human persons. [Margaret Turek, Atonement, Ignatius Press, (Kindle Locations 1051-1054)]. …
Since the ultimate end of human persons is to be a recipient of and participant in the love that the Triune God is, then sin as opposition to this love “has superhuman rank”.[Hoffmann, “Christ and the World’s Evil”, 59. See ITC, “Theology, Christology, and Anthropology,” 216] Sin possesses an infinite quality inasmuch as it is the rejection of a gift of infinite magnitude: the passionate love with which the Father wants to beget (divinize) [whatever fruitfulness NWM is proposing, begetting is not part of it; is not part of multiplying — SML] us as adopted sons in his Only-Begotten. John O’Donnell, S.J., explains in The Mystery of the Triune God: “The one addressed by God . . . [is] loved with that very love which the Father has for the Son from all eternity. The measure of God’s love for the world is not the world but the eternal Son. Thus in God’s relating himself to the world, the world is not the terminus by which God’s love is measured. The measure is the eternal love of Father and Son.” …
Moreover, sin, as the rejection of this infinite love, has a “repercussive effect” on the Triune God that “exceeds the bounds of what is human and creaturely”. For the love offered and the love rejected are one and the same— love without measure. By way of distant analogy, consider what occurs on the plane of human relationships. The magnitude of the heartache when one’s love is rejected is in direct proportion to the measure of the love tendered. (This is borne out when, in order to lessen the pain, one is tempted to diminish one’s love; in order to take away the heartache, one is tempted to take back one’s heart.)[131]
Turek reveals the relative gravity of sins that damage the Image and Likeness of God in man versus sins that damage the Image of God in us but destroy in us the Likeness of God.
  • NWM writes, “Openness to life is not related to every sexual act.” Such wording is their attempt to separate openness to the co-creation of new biological human life, i.e., multiplication, from the sex act itself. God orders (the opposite of dis-order) marital act to fruitful multiplication. LGBTQ persons know that for homosexual acts to be accepted by the Church, the sex act must be severed from the openness to co-create new human life — from multiplication. The plan behind NWM’s quotes is directed toward muddying Truth and impeding the clear, rational thought needed to understand it.

Sodom and Gomorrah

There are at least six different passages in the Bible that expressly condemn LGBTQ acts (Lev 18:22, 20:13; 1 Cor 6:9-11; Rom 1:26-28; Jude 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:10; and more). Christianity accepts the Bible as the inspired Truth of God. For thousands of years, it has been universally believed that, as part of Inspired Truth, homosexual acts are evil. Suddenly, the German episcopate discovered that the Truth was not really the Truth. This level of pride is hard to comprehend. Regardless, the Sadducees and Pharisees would be envious of the GWS. The texts of the Synodal Path are eager to point out that God loves everybody. Does that also mean God views SSA acts as A-OK? Let’s examine that more closely.
The story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is in Chapter 19 of Genesis. Let us quote from that chapter. Then we will extrapolate on those passages to obtain a better picture of the hows and whys of the destruction of these cities.
Two angels (traveling under the appearance of men) were sent to investigate the cries received by God concerning the sins of these cities. God sent them to find out if the cries were justified. If they were, the angels would destroy the city. After meeting at the entrance to Sodom, Lot took the angels to his house to rest for the night. Then we read, “The men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house; and they called to Lot, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, so that we may know them” (Gen 19:4-5). Let’s examine this passage further.
1.  Earlier in Genesis, Abraham bargained with the angels. His last question to the angels was this: would you destroy the city if there were only ten just men in the city. To which they replied, no.
2.  In v.4 we learn that every man in the village “to the last man” came to Lot’s door with sinful intentions. What was the sinful intention? To know Lot’s visitors.
3.  One of the common interpretations of the word “know” in Scripture is to know them through intimate sexual union. An example is in Gen. 4:1, where it is written, “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, ‘I have gotten a man from the LORD’” (Gen 4:1). Was the correct interpretation of the intentions of all the men who came to Lot’s door to engage in unnatural sex?
4.  In v.8 we read, “Look, I have two daughters who have not known a man; let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please” (Gen 19:8). That did not satisfy the evildoers. It is evident from this previous passage that the men of Sodom wanted to have sex with the two male-appearing visitors. More precisely, they wanted to have unnatural/disordered sex with them. They wanted deliberate and inherent sterile/unfruitful sex with them.
Notice that Scripture makes sure to describe the specific sin the men were seeking to commit; the same sin to which this unnatural act is given its name, i.e., the city that was destroyed because of the commission of that horrendous sin — sodomy. I am reasonably confident that many other grievous sins were regularly committed by the people of the five cities of the plains. So, the question arises, would the same fate have occurred if the men were committing, for example, adultery instead of the unnatural sin? Most definitely — no.
The German upper clergy has this to say about their twisted view of same-sex attracted (including transgender) people’s acting out on their disordered lusts:
We assume that the life and love of same-sex couples are not less valuable before God than the life and love of any other couple, they said. In many congregations, priests, deacons, and other pastoral ministers recognize gay people, including by offering celebrations of blessing for same-sex couples and reflecting on appropriate liturgical forms for such celebrations. We strongly welcome these affirming practices [emphasis SML].[132]
Undoubtedly, God infinitely loves all persons, including those with same-sex attraction. But does that mean God is OK with those who act upon that disordered impulse? Let’s look at a few Scripture passages to help us evaluate the quote directly above. They are:
  • “She [the adulterer] said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more’” (Jn 8:11).
  • “For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” (Heb 10:26).
  •  Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you” (John 5:14).
  • “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17).
God’s love and forgiveness of the sinner is not a perpetual Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card, allowing one to continue to commit the same sin guiltlessly. One of the conditions for a valid Confession is the firm intention never to commit that sin again.
I wrote a three-part blog titled, “Born With it: Does God Will it?” It addresses the topic described in the title. I cover the biological, theology, and Natural Law sciences associated with the phenomenon of SSA acts. The links to all three installments are contained here[https://www.stossbooks.com/header-image.php]. If the GSW were following the True science relating to this topic, they wouldn’t be maintaining their positions.
Quoting God Himself, St. Catherine of Siena (a Saint and Doctor of the Church) writes:
[The sins of Sodom were] “not simply [committed] with the sort of impurity and weakness to which you are all naturally inclined because of your weak nature ... No, these wretches not only do not restrain their weakness; they make it worse by committing that cursed unnatural sin [of homosexuality and other types of same-sex-relations]. ... they do not recognize what miserable filth they are wallowing in. The stench reaches even up to me, Supreme Purity, and is so hateful to me that for this sin alone [emphasis SML] five cities were struck down by my divine judgment. For my divine justice could no longer tolerate it, so despicable to me is this abominable sin.”[133]
Tragically, this is the exact type of sinning that the GSW wishes to normalize and encourage when they want to “Blessing their sexual unions.” Shame on them. The description of all (SSA, transgender, and heterosexual alike) who commit sexual acts outside of the Sacrament of Marriage are described in the words of God to St. Catherine:
“You who were created kin to the angels have made ugly beasts of yourselves! You have stooped so low that even the demons whose friends and servants you have become cannot stand the sight of such indecency .... It is true that it was they who in the beginning shot the poisoned arrows of concupiscence, but when it comes to the sinful act itself, they run away.”[134]
Genesis 19 only mentions two cities (Sodom and Gomorrah), but Wisdom 10:6 tells us five cities were destroyed that day. The others were, Admah, Zeboiim, and Zoar (cf. Dt. 29:23 and Gen. 19:29). The unnatural act is so horrendous to God because it can't be a fruitful and natural act. It takes the likeness out of the image and likeness of God. Unfruitfulness is why the Old Covenant Temple of stone was destroyed[135] The Jewish people rejected the Messiah. Therefore, they rejected the New and Everlasting Covenant of Salt (a covenant especially including Baptism and the Eucharist), through which we become a new creation (i.e., death to life — not to be confused with fruitful multiplication).
There is a third instance of God initiating widespread destruction due to intentional or inherent unfruitfulness/sterility. We are all familiar with the world's destruction through the Great Flood of Noah's time. The Bible tells us there was great wickedness at that time, but that wickedness is not specific. Again, God's visions to St. Hildegard of Bingen — a Doctor of the Church, provide us with greater insight. These are God’s words to Hildegard:
In this manner [Satan] enticed them to defile themselves with the animals, so that the image of God would be destroyed in man [emphasis SML]. If the product of their unnatural union was of the human kind [using current terminology, hominins would be the more appropriate word — SML], they hated it, but if it had more of the form of an animal, they caressed it [since the offspring of this type of sexual union was NOT a rational man, it would not be considered by God as fruit that is in the image and likeness of God. The offspring of an animal (despite the fact of half the “parents” being rational. Only God can Breathe in a spiritual soul. NOT the man or woman) could never be in the image and likeness of God — SML].
At that time men had forgotten God and acted more like animals than according to the will of God. Hence it came about that many loved animals more than people, so that women as well as men mixed with animals and had relations with them to such an extent that the image of God in them was almost completely destroyed. The whole human race was changed into monsters, and transformed so that in fact some men modeled their way of life and voice after the way of wild animals in their walking about, howling and life.
But after the earth was filled with such a perverse people, I Who Am could no longer tolerate this criminal outrage [SML]. I decided to destroy the people in the water, with the exception of the few who acknowledged me. (W. M. 253) Since I could no longer tolerate that kind of thing [SML], I drowned them in the Flood. (World and Man, 285).[136]
All that we have discussed thus far shows why the blessing of anything that, intentionally or unintentionally, promotes or legitimizes sexual acts on the part of individuals suffering from LGBTQ disordered inclinations toward sexual acts outside of the Sacrament Marriage is illicit. The above should teach us a valuable lesson about what God most harshly punishes and why. Specifically, the actions judged most harshly by God are sexual relations involving intentional/inherent unfruitfulness. It is only for this sin that God destroys populations, cities, and temples. Likewise, unnatural sexual acts and sexual acts while utilizing ABC to render sexual acts sterile will lead to our becoming a beast — and to our destruction.
Intentional unfruitfulness is why God directly killed Onan after he spilled his seed on the ground (Gen 38:8-10). Rather than risk having a child with his deceased brother’s wife, Onan likely used masturbation as artificial contraception. Such sterile acts are how we make ourselves beasts.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote, “A century ago, anyone would have thought it absurd to talk about homosexual marriage. Today those who oppose it are excommunicated from society,” Benedict says. “It's the same thing with abortion and creating human life in the laboratory.”’[137] “It's ‘only natural’ for people to ‘fear the spiritual power of the Antichrist’ — an evil force seeking to supplant Jesus Christ. ‘The real threat to the Church... is in the global dictatorship of purportedly humanist ideologies,’ he warns.[138]

The Church and Humanae Vitae

The Decisive Battle with Satan Over Marriage/Family

In 1899, Satan's one-hundred twenty-year plan to destroy the Church was initiated with the introduction of ABC. In 2022, we are now nearing the completion of the last step of his plan. As part of this step, Satan hopes the GSW will play a significant role in helping him achieve his goal. The final step is the acceptance and proliferation of fruitless/sterile LGBTQ sex acts normalized through non-sacramental LGBTQ marriages/unions blessed (if the GSW has its way) by the Church. Satan’s plan to destroy the Church would be achieved if that were to happen. However, Scripture and prophecy tell us that will never happen. In fact, in the eternal Now, Satan is already defeated.
He just hasn't experienced that defeat in created time. Let's examine his plan's first and last steps in the following three subsections.
A sacramental marriage is sacred only if made sacramental by the Holy Spirit’s actions. Therefore, God instituted marriage as an earthly image of a Trinitarian God. It mirrors the relationship between Jesus and his one and only Church. He is the Bridegroom; the Church is his Bride. This trinitarian image is why the spirit of the Antichrist wants to destroy marriage, the spouses, and the children of the spouses. Between 1973 and 2017, there have been over 60 million abortions in the U.S alone.[139] This figure does not even include spontaneous abortions resulting from artificial contraceptives. Other horrors include partial-birth abortion and the selling of fetal body parts for money. Worldwide, there has been 1.72 billion babies murdered in the womb.[140] Killing of this type is what happens when an atheistic government is voted in by those who have, wittingly or unwittingly, become part of the Beast from the Sea (Rev 13:1).
According to a Wall Street Journal article, the U.S. marriage rate has dropped to the lowest rate since 1867 (the point at which records became available).[141] Not recognizing the sacramental nature of marriage, more and more Americans are choosing to cohabitate. In 1970, about 70% of the population were married; only 1% cohabitated.[142] In 2019, 7% were cohabitating. Americans often choose cohabitation because of strained finances, declining religious adherence, and growing societal acceptance of unmarried cohabitation.[143] This phenomenon is another example of Scripture informing us that people will believe they need the mark of the Beast.
Based on earlier discussions, I believe Satan’s final attack on mankind — the decisive battle, as Sister Lucia of Fatima described it, has reached a critical juncture.[144] Artificial and intentional sterility automatically removes the family unit from existing in a state that can be said to be in the image and likeness of God. Man himself, who destroys the image and likeness of God in himself, is the Beast that comes out of the sea (Rev 13:1). I urge all to ponder these words carefully!
God revealed to St. Hildegard:
And falling thus from disobedience into death, when they [Adam and Eve] knew they could sin [thanks to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil—SML], they discovered sin's sweetness [see next paragraph for more about the meaning of sweetness–SML]. And in this way, turning My rightful institution into sinful lust, although they should have known that the commotion in their veins [i.e., hormones] was not for the sweetness of sin but for the love of children, by the Devil’s suggestion they changed it to lechery; and, losing the innocence of the act of begetting, they yielded it to sin. This was not accomplished without the Devil’s persuasion; for that purpose he sent forth his darts, and it did not come to pass without his suggestion ; as he said, “My [The Devil's] strength is in human conception, and therefore humanity is mine” [emphasis mine]![145]
When the disordered spiritual soul lost control over the body, the sweetness of sin was discovered through the uncontrollable (by the soul) expression of hormones such as dopamine, oxytocin, vasopressin, and others. These hormones are both sweet, i.e., pleasurable and addictive (aka slavery to sin: Jn 8:34 and others). Moreover, these hormones produce knowledge of good and evil. Unlike most other proteins (proteins are what is produced by genes), the biological sciences tell us that hormones are carried to their target cells via the bloodstream. Hence, we understand the “commotion in the veins” as quoted in the previous paragraph. Hildegard informs us, after Adam and Eve’s sin, the blood carried within itself: 1) sweet but deadly poison;[146] 2) shameful and turbulent acts, thus increasing the body’s appetite for those very crimes carried in the blood;[147] and 3) impure filth which changed Adam’s blood into a liquid of pollution.[148]
For the first time in history, ABC has provided mankind with the technology to commit consequence-free grievous and deadly sins on a truly world-wide scale. Sins directly target fruitfulness and the family structure. Since the fall of man, there have always been great evils. But the evildoers have primarily harmed the bodies of their victims, but not their souls. As Matthew says, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt 10:28).
While ABC profoundly harms the body of the mother and child, it also helps to destroy the spiritual soul of all those who actively cooperate in its commission. It turns man into beasts, no longer in the image and likeness of God, as we have repeatedly shown. Matthew warned us, Satan and his evil followers are the ones who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Furthermore, through epigenetic plasticity/change and subsequent heritability (e.g., here), our offspring can be pre-disposed to compulsive behaviors — to the third and fourth generation[149][150] as Scripture tells us (e.g., Ex 20:5, 34:7; Num 14:18; Deut 5:9). I believe there is no greater evil than purposely making oneself sterile.
As was said previously, Satan was granted 100-120 years (consisting of two consecutive 50-60 year periods, as was also the case in the book of Job) of time, together with extra power, during which the followers of Satan could attempt to destroy the Church that Jesus built.[151] This period following the unleashing of Satan probably started one year after Jesus asked Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart, i.e., 1898, to have the Pope consecrate the world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. That consecration occurred in 1899. From that point on, Satan would waste no time turning his rage on man, turning them into beasts that he could use to populate his kingdom of death. Let’s see how 1899 coincides with the history of artificial sterility.
Contraception is terrible enough, but its tentacles of evil consequences spread to every aspect of our society and world, particularly in developed countries. Let us look at a brief history of ABC and the wide-ranging effects that result from it. The timeline below comes from MedicineNet:
1898—Nineteen-year-old Margaret Sanger's mother dies at age 50, exhausted from giving birth to 11 children. Sanger becomes a nurse and aids survivors of botched abortions. Later she turns her attention to the development of better contraceptives. Her dream: A birth control pill.
1906—Cyrus McCormick, the inventor of the mechanical harvester, is diagnosed with schizophrenia. His wife, Katherine, dreads passing on the mental illness to future children. Later she forms a partnership with birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger. She funds contraception research with her sizeable fortune. This work eventually led to the development of the birth control pill.
1918—Condoms became legal in the U.S. Troops fighting in World War I ignored official Army advice to abstain from sex. They obtained condoms overseas — and brought them home — [Note: this was only a year after Mary’s warnings to the world at Fatima].
1921—In the 1920s, the U.S. birth rate dropped by half [the contraceptive mentality began to take root]. Condom reliability is still terrible by modern standards, but people achieved effective birth control by combining condoms, the rhythm method, male withdrawal, diaphragms, and/or intrauterine devices.
1938—In a case involving Margaret Sanger, a judge lifted the federal ban on birth control, ending the Comstock era. Diaphragms, also known as womb veils, became a popular method of birth control. https://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/book-excerpts/health-article/a-brief-history-of-birth-control/
1950—‘While in her 80s, Sanger underwrote the research necessary to create the first human birth control pill. She raised $150,000 for the project.’ https://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/book-excerpts/health-article/a-brief-history-of-birth-control/] Incidentally, 1950 is when many modernized countries reached a peak level of personal happiness. Even though per capita incomes raised significantly, happiness progressively dropped.[152] [When a progressively large portion of the population voluntarily transitions into a state that takes them out of being in the image and likeness of God, unhappiness cannot help but be the result–SML]
1951—Katherine McCormick funds Gregory Pincus's research into developing an oral contraceptive. Luckily [MedicineNet’s wording], two drug companies, Syntex and Searle, developed a synthetic progesterone. They allow Pincus to explore the use of this female hormone in his work.
1960—The Searle drug company receives FDA approval for Enovid - the first birth control pill. "The Pill" revolutionizes contraception. It's 100% effective -- but has terrible side effects, including life-threatening blood clots. Eventually, they realize the dose is ten times too high [This was approximately when the sexual revolution began, and the “Beast” grew exponentially].
1965—The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Comstock laws that banned contraception.[153]
1968—Pope Paul VI Promulgated the Encyclical, Humanae Vitae (on the transmission of human life). In it, he warned us (prophesied, if you will) of the consequences of artificial contraception through illegitimate means. The following are the gist of his warnings:
Infidelity and moral decline: Pope Paul VI predicted that contraception would “lead to conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality.” The accuracy of his prophecy is verified by the significantly increased numbers of divorces, abortions, out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and venereal diseases. One can’t help but wonder how much of the clergy sex abuse scandals around the world (as well as rampant homosexuality in the Church hierarchy) are a direct result of the tentacles of ABC and its epigenetic links to hormone-producing behaviors.
Loss of Reverence for Women: Paul VI argued that the man would lose respect for the woman and “no longer (care) for her physical and psychological equilibrium.” He will come to the “point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion.” Unfortunately, so many women are used as tools in our world. Pornography, sex trafficking, date rape, prostitution, sex used as a tool to sell products, etc., are only a few examples of the Pope’s prophecies that have come true.
Governmental Abuse of Power: Paul VI believed widespread acceptance of contraception would become a “dangerous weapon... in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies.” Many Third World governments are coerced into implementing ABC. The UN and foreign governments threaten to withhold funding if they do not engage in population control. China is well known for forced abortions and sterilizations.
Distortions of Man’s Power: Paul VI warned that contraception would lead man to believe he had unlimited dominion over his own body. Sterilization, production of test-tube babies, euthanasia, sex change, transgenderism, and the use of organs transplanted from those nearly dead are only the tip of the iceberg; an iceberg to which our ships are on a collision course.
So, where do we stand in this final battle? We’ve seen the back of the book, i.e., the Bible, and we know God wins. But the efforts of the GSW are making it seem like Satan is on the cusp of winning. Brad Miner, Senior Editor of The Catholic Thing, writes:
The Church pretty much stands alone in opposition to the rising expectations among homosexual activists. After all, LGBTQ victories have been numerous and, in the United States, at least, there are arguably no more battles to wage against the “heteronormative” culture. So much is this the case that I’m not sure American culture can any longer be called heteronormative, except in terms of actual practice, i.e., most of us are “straight.
Even that fact is undermined by the decline in the number of marriages, the rise in the number of divorces, and high levels of extramarital sex and pornography use. It should be terrifying that these things are now the norm. But many of us are somehow not terrified. Anyway, sights are now aimed at the Church: the last bastion of resistance.[154]

The Smoke of Satan

In an Aleteia article, Gelsomino Del Guercio writes:
Pope Paul VI writes a letter that will remain unpublished until 2018, when its content is revealed in the book The Barque of Paul (“La barca di Paolo“), by Fr. Leonardo Sapienza, regent of the Pontifical Household.
It’s June 29, 1972. Paul VI has a clearer and clearer impression that there is something deep and negative that is increasingly afflicting the Church. The path towards secularization and the lack of internal unity are becoming two great problems for the Church throughout the world.
The pope, concerned, writes:
“… We would say that, through some mysterious crack — no, it’s not mysterious; through some crack, the smoke of Satan has entered the Church of God. There is doubt, uncertainty, problems, unrest, dissatisfaction, confrontation.[155]
Was the Second Vatican Council (which had recently concluded) the source of this crack through which this “doubt, uncertainty, problems, unrest, dissatisfaction, confrontation” entered? No, it was not. Pope Paul VI had a pretty good idea of its origin. He gives us a hint. In the same letter, he writes:
“The Church is no longer trusted. We trust the first pagan prophet we see who speaks to us in some newspaper, and we run behind him and ask him if he has the formula for true life. I repeat, doubt has entered our conscience. And it entered through the windows that should have been open to the light: science [emphasis mine].”[156]
What does science have to do with it? In late July of 1968, Pope Paul VI promulgated Humanae Vitae (HV). In it, he writes:
But the most remarkable development of all is to be seen in man's stupendous progress in the domination and rational organization of the forces of nature to the point that he is endeavoring to extend this control over every aspect of his own life — over his body, over his mind and emotions, over his social life, and even over the laws that regulate the transmission of life.[157]
Through science [emphasis SML] — not the Second Vatican Council — this drive for domination of the forces of nature primarily originates. Never before had the scientific ability to control human conception on such a large scale been achieved. Pope Paul VI had realized that through this crack, i.e., the utter and virtually complete failure of the episcopate to promote and defend HV, the smoke of Satan had entered the Church — and continues to enter.
A watershed moment is a dividing point from which things will never be the same. It is worth noting that a watershed moment is often only recognized in hindsight. Humanae Vitae was most assuredly a watershed event in the history of the Church. How the Church responded to HV changed both Church and world history. Had the Church recognized and acted upon the dire ramifications of failing to give full support to the teachings contained in HV, I believe we would have probably been able to withstand the attacks of the Beast of Revelation. Sadly, that was not the case.
Criticism of HV was fierce, both from inside and outside of the Church. Science was one of the main arguments used to criticize HV. Antagonists would say, “let us not repeat the errors the Church made in the matter of Galileo. This tactic is like comparing apples to oranges. The Galileo debate was about whether or not his scientific hypothesis was correct. The current debate centers around:
1). What is the theological understanding of the Essence of God;
2). Is man created in the image and likeness of that Essence; and,
3). Is the real-world application of specific scientific knowledge utilized in a wholly incompatible manner with the answers to one and two above?
Pope St. Paul VI’s antagonists included many of his Cardinals and Bishops. Many in the Vatican rebelled against the very Pope they were bound to obey. Humanae Vitae was not the only papal document from Pope Paul IV that many cardinals and bishops have chosen to ignore.
I find it interesting that many German Cardinals and Bishops who fought against HV, are resorting to “science” to battle against Church Doctrine relating to LGBTQ issues. They must not have gotten their fill of teetering dangerously close to the cliff of heresy. Now participating in the GSW, they use the same egregious scientific approach to justify normalizing “criminal outrage,” as Jesus describes it, to normalize a different aspect of intentional/inherent fruitlessness. Cardinal Karl Lehmann was a famous “neo-Modernist Dissenter” who vehemently opposed Humanae Vitae. At the time of HV dissemination, Lehmann was the President of the German Bishops’ Conference. He significantly shaped the Catholic Church in Germany. He is known to have promoted the idea of giving Holy Communion to the “remarried” divorcees and argued in favor of the Church’s taking a more lenient attitude toward the use of contraceptives. His tenure as President of the German Bishops’ Conference helps us understand why the openness to even the most severe form of ABC — abortion.
For six years, the German bishops refused to accept John Paul II’s strong admonishment to their Catholic counseling organizations; to stop issuing so-called Beratungsscheine (counseling certificates). The certificates would thereby allow women in Germany to have a legal abortion.[158] John writes,
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep (Jn 10:11-13).
How many of the world’s cardinals, bishops, and priests have chosen not to lay down their lives when teaching the hard Truths to their flocks, especially concerning ABC and LGBTQ behaviors? How many choose to be shepherds — how many hirelings? Unfortunately, too many of our shepherds have chosen the latter, including the vast majority of the German episcopate. While they slept, a pack of hungry wolves attacked the sheep, killed many, and scattered the rest.
In this Letter, I have already quoted several instances (e.g., Pope St. John Paul II, Sr. Lucia of Fatima, and Our Lady of Good Success) in which we are informed that we are in the end times. Thus, the following prophecy would be applicable. According to St. Vincent Ferrer, “Prelates for fear of losing their dignities, and religious and priests to gain honors and riches, will forsake the Faith of Christ and adhere to Antichrist.”[159] I can’t help but wonder how many of the GSW would fit into this category.
When Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Sarah accurately characterizes the current status of the smoke that entered through the crack in the Church. He writes:
The Church is dying because pastors are afraid to speak in all truth and clarity. We are afraid of the media, of public opinion, of our own brothers. The good pastor lays down his life for his sheep.
[Jesus] looks us straight into the eyes and asks each of us: will you abandon me? Will you renounce teaching the faith in all its plenitude? Will you have the courage to preach my real presence in the Eucharist? Will you have the courage to call these young people to consecrated life .... Will you have the audacity to recall the truth about the indissolubility of marriage [and the grave evil of ABC and LGBTQ sex acts — SML]? Will you have the charity to do the same for those who threaten to fault to you for doing so? Will you have the courage gently to invite the divorced and remarried to change their lives? Do you prefer success or will you follow me? Please God that with St. Peter we may answer, full of love and humility, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life’ (John 6:68).[160]
[Jesus said] “The Church cries bitterly in these times: one would certainly not see so many modernists, so many priests empty of true piety, so many of them given to pleasures, so many to intemperance, many others who look at souls being lost as if it were nothing, without the slightest bitterness, and all the other absurdities they do”. ... And Jesus [said]: “My daughter – to the leaders, to the bishops? The poison of [self-]interest has invaded everyone, and since almost all of them are taken by this pestilential fever, they lack the courage to correct and to check those who depend on them.”[161]
In the last fifty or so years, I could count on one hand (with one or two fingers to spare) the number of homilies I have heard in which there was a teaching about the reasons why ABC must be avoided at all costs; the grievous consequences that result from its use. The result: very few Catholics view ABC as evil. Very few refrain from using it. I understand that it may upset some of the congregation who hear it. That did not stop Jesus from giving the Eucharistic discourse in John. He knew that he would lose a large chunk of his followers. Even some of his Apostles entertained the thought of leaving.
According to Sr. Lucia of Fatima, I find it revealing that the final battle with Satan centers on marriage and the family. Not immigration. Not racism (this issue is being used as a means to advance Marxism in various countries around the world). Not climate control. Why the family? The family is the earthly image of the Trinity and the familial relationship between Jesus and his Church. This theological fact is why Satan asked for time and power to destroy the Church. Therefore, it makes sense that his attack would center on the family. Mortal sexual sins alienate us from the Mystical Body of Christ, i.e., the Church.

Biological Motives for Sin

God warns us not to judge the heart and motives of others; we are not capable of accurately doing so. We are, however, called (commanded, in fact) to objectively judge acts. Therefore, in this letter, I will not judge the hearts/motives of each member of the GSW. However, I will put forth what I believe is a common problem in the vast majority of the world in these evil times.
While Cardinal Ratzinger was Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he gave an interview with Italian journalist Vittorio Messori. During this interview, he said, “The inability to understand original sin and make it comprehensible is really one of the most serious problems of current theology and pastoring [emphasis SML].”[162] Never has this statement rang more accurately than it does in today’s world. We are truly in the times about which Isaiah prophesied, “You who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Is 5:20).
If I were to list all the different types of mortal sin and supply statistics about usages for each class, I’m sure the figure would be at least 50% to 75% of the western populations. The fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil is leading us: 1) to confuse bio-chemical love with spiritual love; 2) to confuse bio-chemical compassion with spiritual compassion; 3) to confuse what is truly beautiful with what is truly ugly, and; 4) to confuse Apparent good with that which is Actual good.
Before the fall, Adam and Eve’s bodies were perfectly harmonious and ordered to their perfect spiritual soul. This order was so because their spiritual souls were in a state of Original Justice, as Pope St. John Paul II called it — thus possessing complete dominion over the body. One of the upper powers of the rational soul is intellect. It can do nothing concrete without its body. God informed St. Hildegard:
Hence, it pleased God to adopt the garment of human flesh. The Word is concealed in the flesh in the following way: The Word and the flesh formed a unified life. But they did not do so as if one of them had been transformed into the other; but rather they are one with the unity of a person. Thus it is that our body is the concealing garment of our soul, and the [spiritual] soul offers services to the flesh through its actions. Our body would be nothing without the [spiritual] soul, and our [spiritual] soul could do nothing without the body [emphasis SML].[163][164] And thus they are one within us, and we accept this arrangement. And thus God’s work, humanity, has been created in the image and likeness of God. As soon as the spirit is breathed into us by God, this breath and flesh form a single person.[165]
In the above quote, note the link between the image and likeness of God and a body that can do what the spiritual soul wants the body to do. According to JPII in his Theology of the Body, man cannot express love in the created world without the body.
More precisely, the lower powers of the spiritual soul (i.e., the soul) follow the desires of the upper powers of the spiritual soul (i.e., the spirit) can do nothing without the body. As Pope Saint John Paul II (JP II) tells us, “The body...and it alone [emphasis SML] is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world, the mystery hidden since time immemorial in God.”[166] The body speaks in the sense-able and meta-sense-able language of the body.
Immediately after Adam and Eve’s disobedience, Scripture tells us of the first sign of concupiscence: “Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked … the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden” (Gen. 3:7-8). The phrase — both eyes were opened — conveys that sense-based knowledge will begin coming into play in their fallen human lives. What was that something? Concupiscent knowledge of good and evil. No longer ordered to the soul, the body’s conception and judgment of what’s good and what’s evil became different from that of the spiritual soul. Likewise, the judgment of the spirit (our inner heart, the higher powers of the spiritual soul) of what’s good and evil is very different from the body. We show this in a three-part blog titled “Original Sin.” The links to all three parts are here. It shows how and why the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is directly tied to man’s biological function, appropriately described as our eyes “being opened.”
Before going any further, let us define concupiscence. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, concupiscence is,
In its strict and specific acceptation, a desire [all emphasis SML] of the lower appetite contrary to reason. To understand how the sensuous and the rational appetite can be opposed, it should be borne in mind that their natural objects are altogether different. The object of the former is the gratification of the senses; the object of the latter is the good of the entire human nature and consists in the subordination of reason to God, its supreme good and ultimate end. But the lower appetite is of itself unrestrained, so as to pursue sensuous gratifications independently of the understanding and without regard to the good of the higher faculties.[167]
Most, if not all, of the physical consequences of concupiscence, are directly or indirectly attributable to the production of specific proteins called hormones by genes within our DNA. As opposed to the spirit, the body seeks a type of happiness that translates into that which is pleasing to the senses; when satisfied, our DNA produces sensual rewards so powerful they can be accurately described as addictive.
In a sense (pardon the pun), the body (controlled by the soul) tries to bring the spirit/inner heart of the spiritual soul. Scripture tells us, “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you would” (Gal 5:17). Therefore, offering hormonal rewards to the spirit/inner heart can be very persuasive in luring the inner heart (the spirit) over to the flesh’s criteria for judging good and evil.

Whom do the German Clergy Follow? Is It the Father of All Lies?

Throughout this document, my books, and on my website, I have made the case repeatedly that artificially-induced and inherent sterility/unfruitfulness is one of, if not THE most severe sin against God. Other forms of immorality corrupt the likeness of God within us. But when ABC and inherent-sterility are part of the intent of the sexual act, the likeness of God within us begins to undergo a destructive process. The sexual pebble strikes the pond, thus causing the evil ripples of sexual disorder/depravity to spread to the entire pond, i.e., the world — killing the likeness of God within your flock.
If you, i.e., the members of the German episcopate, were genuinely concerned for your sheep, then why were you working so hard against Humanae Vitae (see “The Church and Humanae Vitae,” above). Had the opposite been attempted, you could have likely averted most, if not all, of those problems you are now facing? Perhaps you are trying to outdo Martin Luther’s efforts to reform, i.e., introduce heresy, into the Church. How did that work out for Luther? The Church? The laity? Your lack of support for Pope Paul VI’s efforts has directly led to the problems you are currently trying to fix.
Your collective eyes are blind to the highly problematic theology and pastoral care you are now trying to embrace. For God’s sake — for humanity’s sake — please stop what you are doing. The Church has already provided guidelines for proper pastoral care for SSA and gender dysphoria persons. The 1986 Letter on the Pastoral Care of the Homosexual Person addresses those issues. Paragraph #2333 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes the Truth in one sentence. Books, such as those written by Leanne Payne, can help LGBTQ persons deal with their disordered inclinations in a constructive manner.
In 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three children in Portugal to gain the repentance of all the world for their grievous sins. She also came for the benefit of Portugal. Portuguese Cardinal Cerejeira acknowledged Mary’s help publicly by proclaiming:
Since Our Lady of Fatima appeared in 1917 … A special blessing of God has descended upon the land of Portugal …especially if we review the two years which have gone since our vow, one cannot fail to recognize that the invisible hand of God has protected Portugal, sparing it the scourge of war and the leprosy of atheistic communism.[168]
Even Pope Pius XII expressed astonishment that Portugal had been spared the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and the Communist menace. In an address to the Portuguese people, the Pope spoke of “the Red Peril, so menacing and so close to you, and yet avoided in such an unexpected manner.”[169]
It now seems that God has chosen another lowly instrument to help/warn Germany's episcopate of the dangerous precipice they are approaching. Manuela Strack, who resides in a small German town, has received visitations from several heavenly figures starting in about 2000. Bishop Heinrich Mussinghoff has approved all of her messages. He has also sent “his top theologian, Monsignor Johannes Bündgens, who later became his auxiliary bishop, to support Manuela.”[170]
Around 2000, St. Michael appeared to Manuela and gave her three Scripture passages upon which to meditate. Passages that warned her of the perils the German episcopate was perpetrating. They were Daniel 12, Ezekiel 34, and 2 Timothy. All three Scripture passages provide the same message. Let us quote Ezekiel. He writes:
The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ho, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the crippled you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered, they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill; my sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them.” “Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As I live, says the Lord God, because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd; and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep; therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: Thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my sheep at their hand, and put a stop to their feeding the sheep; no longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them” (Ezekiel 34:1-10).
Manuela has recently received a new message from Jesus appearing to Manuela as the Infant of Prague. In this latest apparition: “‘Baby Jesus’ came closer to Manuela, saying: ‘Darkness will fall on the Church.’ The Lord spoke to her, we are informed, of a misunderstood mercy that misleads many people.’”[170B] It is my belief that the “misunderstood mercy” refers directly to the false compassion exhibit towards those who willingly engage in LGBTQ inherently sterile same-sex acts. While ALL intentional/inherent sterile sex acts are abhorrent to God, LGBTQ sex acts are especially so. Keep in mind, Manuela’s apparitions have been focused on the German Church, but not to the exclusion of the Universal Church.
It seems that God is highly displeased with the German clergy. Why? First was the German episcopate's rejection of Humanae Vitae. Second the sex abuse scandal by around 4.4% of the German clergy between 1946 and 2014. Third, the GSW. Dr. Michael Hesemann tells us:
“The Lord appears in Germany because Germany is the epicenter of modernism at the moment with its ‘Synodal path’ when even bishops demand the end of celibacy, women’s ordination, a new sexual doctrine of the Church, and the embrace of homosexuality, including the blessing of gay couples,” says [Historian and accredited journalist with the Holy See’s Press Room] Dr. Michael Hesemann. “Most recently, a major cardinal there, Reinhard Marx [above] celebrated what he described as a Mass ‘marking twenty years of queer worship and pastoral care,’ while in another German diocese a woman is allowed to baptize! Interesting were Our Lady’s words, ‘there can only be unity in the truth.’”[171]
The Germane episcopate is reeling from many priest abuse scandals. But unfortunately, due to the German Church’s perceived moral hypocrisy, the laity is not listening to the Truth spoken by any clergymen — nor is the German hierarchy offering it. The results:
A poll from universities in Berlin and Münster, advises that 70% of German Catholics approve of blessings for same-sex couples, 80% accept unmarried couples living together and 85% believe priests should be allowed to marry. [“Germany’s quiet Catholic rebellion on gay blessings and women preachers,” BBC News, 2021-05-24. Retrieved 2022-03-11]. 70% of German Catholics support same-sex marriage and 29% oppose it. 93% of German Catholics believe society should accept homosexuality while 6% believe society should not accept homosexuality.[172]
Thanks to the German Church’s many failures, their laity now believe that grave sin (unnatural/disordered sex acts) is not merely tolerable but morally and doctrinally acceptable. Tolerance, however, inevitably leads to acceptance and punishment for those who do not accept. God knows this, so he forbids tolerating the sin, but will have mercy on the repentant sinner — hate the sin, love the sinner.
Daniel O’Connor, Ph.D. points out:
Scripture is a guide as to how a Christian should view tolerance of grave moral disorder: – I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and beguiling my servants to practice immorality [specifically sexual immorality — SML]’ — a quote from ‘Jesus to the Church in Thyatira. Revelation 2:18-20. Recall (cf. Jezebel primarily discussed in 1 Kings Chapters 16-21) that Jezebel, wife of Ahab, persecuted the true prophets, protected false prophets, and incited the faithful to idolatry. Jesus here condemns so much as tolerating such a person.”[173]
Intolerance of a sinful act does not mean you hate the sinner! However, it reflects what happens to the Truth when it tolerates sinful acts. The tolerance is like a pebble dropped into a pond. The resulting ripples will spread, eventually pervading the entire pond. When the faithful tolerate sin due to Satan’s lies, consciously or not, they become his followers. Tolerance of sinful acts is a favorite tactic of Satan.
Has the German episcopate learned from their mistakes? Apparently not. They appear to be doubling down on their failures. We read from The World Catholic News that the GSW wishes to lead the entire Catholic Church over the theological cliff. Here are some examples of the evidence for those beliefs:
    • “What was envisioned as an effort to restore the confidence lost by the abuse scandals and to promote internal church debate could lead many Germans into schism.”[174]
    • “I [Jesuit Father Bernd Hagenkord] do believe that the pope is clearly concerned that the Catholic Church could also break apart on some conflict issues because some parties are making some issues too strong. The examples he listed included sexual morality – including homosexuality, with many in Germany lobbying in favor of same-sex couples receiving a sacramental wedding – and the ordination of women.”[175]
    • “He [German Cardinal Reinhard Marx] said at the time that the German bishops conference planned to help the Church “go down new paths” and “pursue its own pastoral care program” regardless of the outcome of the Synod of Bishops on the family that was going to be held in Rome that year.”[176]
    • “We cannot wait for a synod to tell us how we have to shape pastoral care for marriage and family here,” said Marx. “We are not a branch of Rome. Each bishops’ conference is responsible for pastoral care in its cultural context and must preach the Gospel in its own original way.”[177]
    • Pope Francis wrote a warning to the German Church telling them that it does not walk alone but with Rome and the Universal Church, and the transformation and revitalization of the Church cannot be a “reaction to external data or demands. “Francis also warned the German bishops to respect the universal communion of the Church: ‘Every time the ecclesial community has tried to resolve its problems alone, trusting and focusing exclusively on its forces or its methods, its intelligence, its will or prestige, it ended up increasing and perpetuating the evils it tried to solve.’”[178]
    • “However, it is not unlikely – and perhaps Cardinal Marx means this – that such great public pressure and a corresponding claim to binding force of the decisions of the Synodal Path [not to be confused with Vatican’s “Synod on Synodality” which will conclude in 2023] will be built up that the bishops will have no choice but to execute them.”[179]
    • “Some bishops might resign when proposals such as the ordination of women into the priesthood are nixed by the Vatican.”[180]         
In response to the question: Does the Church have the power to give blessing to unions of persons of the same sex, The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) published a document that answers that question and another document with additional commentary. I will not fully reproduce them here, but I will list three. They are:
1.       “This document is a response (responsum) to a specific question (dubium) that was submitted to the CDF. The question they answered was, “Does the Church have the power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex?” And their response was in the negative. The rest of the document explains how the CDF arrived at its answer. Both the response and the explanation were approved by Pope Francis and thus this document is an expression of his official teaching authority (ordinary magisterium) [emphasis SML].”[181]
2.      “The CDF reiterated the teaching that liturgical blessings are sacramentals (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1671). As the name implies, sacramentals ‘are sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments’ (CCC 1667). However, they ‘do not confer the grace of the Holy Spirit in the way that the [S]acraments do’ (CCC 1670). Rather, sacramentals, ‘prepare us to receive grace and dispose us to cooperate with it’ (CCC 1670). [However, a sacramental cannot prepare a couple to receive a so-called distorted Sacrament that is oriented towards a GRAVE EVIL — an end which destroys our being in the image and likeness of a Triune God. One that is the closed image and likeness of God within creation — SML] In other words, God has given the Church authority to bless people, objects, and places to set them apart as vehicles of God’s grace for the faithful. These blessings don’t confer grace in and of themselves like the sacraments do, but they help dispose the faithful to receive the grace God is always offering them. For example, the sacred icon of the Holy Trinity that hangs in my office doesn’t radically change me like my baptism did, but it reminds me of my baptism and invites me to recall God’s desire to save me and share his life with me.”[182]
3.      “The CDF explained that the theology of blessings and sacramentals has two major implications for the question of blessing same-sex unions. The first is that blessings upon couples point to, or ‘bear a resemblance to,’ the Sacrament of Marriage. And, in Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis, reiterates the traditional teaching of the Church, that ‘there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family’ (AL 251). The second implication is that the Church cannot bless anything that is objectively contrary to God’s revealed design and plan for creation. Therefore, the CDF concluded, ‘it is not licit to impart a blessing on relationships, or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage (i.e., outside the indissoluble union of a man and a woman open in itself to the transmission of life), as is the case of the unions between persons of the same sex.’ This document is fundamentally ‘a reminder of the truth of the liturgical rite and of the very nature of the sacramentals, as the Church understands them.’”[183]
I pray the participants in the GSW will come to their senses. I pray that the German people will see the theological and pastoral damage the GSW attempts to inflict upon them.
My plea to all the laity reading this article: Please share this article with any German people, clergy members, Bishops, and/or Cardinals you know. The need for action is dire. If you have access to Vatican officials, please share this article. Finally, any German media who want to reprint this article, please feel free to contact me through https://www.stossbooks.com/contact-us.html.

Appendix: Vatican Documents About Marxism and Its Derivatived Ideologies

It is impossible for one to be both a Christian and a Marxist at the same time. Thanks to Shane Schaetzel for his efforts to compile this list the Vatican’s Magisterial documents concerning Marxism — why it is disordered evil. https://completechristianity.blog/2018/06/03/against-communism-socialism-and-marxism/.
·         Pope Pius IX, Encyclical Nostis et Nobiscum [https://www.papalencyclicals.net/pius09/p9nostis.htm], December 8, 1849.
·         Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Diuturnum [https://www.papalencyclicals.net/leo13/l13civ.htm], June 29, 1881.
·         Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Humanum Genus [https://www.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_18840420_humanum-genus.html], April 20, 1884, n. 27.
·         Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Quod Apostolici Muneris [https://www.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_28121878_quod-apostolici-muneris.html], December 28, 1878, n. 1.
·         Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Libertas Praestantissimum [https://www.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_20061888_libertas.html], June 20, 1888.
·         Pope Pius X, Apostolic Letter Notre Charge Apostolique [https://www.papalencyclicals.net/pius10/p10notre.htm] to the French Bishops, August 25, 1910, condemning the movement Le Sillon.
·         Pope Benedict XV, Encyclical Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum [https://www.vatican.va/content/benedict-xv/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xv_enc_01111914_ad-beatissimi-apostolorum.html], November 1, 1914, n. 13.
·         Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Quadragesimo Anno [https://www.vatican.va/content/pius-xi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xi_enc_19310515_quadragesimo-anno.html], May 15, 1931, n. 111, 117, 120.
·         Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Summi Pontificatus [https://www.vatican.va/content/pius-xii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xii_enc_20101939_summi-pontificatus.html], October 20, 1939, n. 60.
·         Pope John XXIII, Encyclical Mater et Magistra [https://www.vatican.va/content/john-xxiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_j-xxiii_enc_15051961_mater.html], May 15, 1961, n. 34.
·         Pope Paul VI, Apostolic Letter Octogesima Adveniens [https://www.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/apost_letters/documents/hf_p-vi_apl_19710514_octogesima-adveniens.html], May 14, 1971, n. 31.
·         Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Centesimus Annus [https://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_01051991_centesimus-annus.html] − On the 100th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, May 1, 1991, n. 12, 13.
·         Pope Benedict XVI, Encyclical Deus Caritas Est [https://www.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20051225_deus-caritas-est.html], December 25, 2005, n. 28.
Updated 09/21/2022

ENDNOTES:

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Leo XIII (1884) says, “The ultimate purpose of Freemasonry is ‘the overthrow of the whole religious, political, and social order based on Christian institutions and the establishment of a new state of things according to their own ideas and based in its principles and laws on pure Naturalism See Freemasonry.’” “If nature is understood in the restricted sense of physical, or material, nature, naturalism will be the tendency to look upon the material universe as the only reality, to reduce all laws to mechanical uniformities and to deny the dualism of spirit and matter. Mental and moral processes will be but special manifestations of matter rigorously governed by its laws.”
Whether you realize it or not, you members of the German Clergy are helping to promote the Freemason agenda. You are promoting a church. Not THE Church, but a redefine the church. A democratically run organizational body of church members. Shame on the German episcopate.
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To understand why Jesus had to die for our sins, we first must understand how God created everything. The Trinity is an eternal unceasing dialogue between Three Persons. Creation itself, is part of that dialogue — until Adam and Eve sinned. At that point, it became impossible for God to eternally express creation. Why? Because creation was no longer Good. God cannot express anything that is imperfect. The Father can only express what He knows. What he knows is Himself/Truth. After the fall, creation was not perfectly good, therefore it could no longer be expressed, but was held in existence by the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s salvific plan entailed sending His Son into the world as part of a Covenant of Salt between God and man. The consequences of the fulfillment of that Covenant of Salt means that any validly Baptized person would become a member of the Mystical Body of Christ, i.e., the Church — the bride of Christ. Furthermore, at Mass we able to receive the Eucharist. When that happens, we enter into a one flesh unitive bond with Jesus on the wood of the Cross. Man is symbolized by that wood. The unity is symbolized by Jesus being nailed to the wood of the Cross (The validity of this interpretation can be further understood by reading John 15:1-17; https://www.rcda.scot/the-parable-of-the-vine/; 2 Kings 4:27-35; 1 Kgs 17:21-22).
Jesus tells us, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (Jn 12:24). In other words, Jesus had to die, be resurrected, and finally ascend to the Father. Why? Jesus tells his grieving Apostles, “If I do not go away [ascend], the Counselor [Holy Spirit] will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you” (Jn 16:7).
This is why Jesus had to ascend to the Father after the resurrection. Through the Assension, Jesus’ physical glorified body entered in to the Trinitarian dialogue. Because Jesus’ humanity is hypostatically united to His Divinity, his eternal begetting by the Father included his humanity. As a consequence, the Holy Spirit was able to be sent to humanity through its union with the incarnate Son of God. Furthermore, because the Holy Spirit is now sent into creation through the Son, man can now benefit from Sanctifying and Actual graces which are received through the seven Sacraments.
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