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"Cornelius a Lapide sums up what may be said to be the common interpretation of theologians. 'For from Christian it (Rome) shall again become heathen. It shall cast out the Christian Pontiff, and the faithful who adhere to him. It shall persecute and slay them... " -Cardinal Manning

In Today's Catholic World is posting Cardinal Henry Edward Manning's (must-read) book: "The Present Crisis of the Holy See Tested By Prophecy: Four Lectures", 1861. 

His Excellency - citing the Fathers of the Church and theologians of the greatest repute (such as Aquinas, Bellarmine, etc.) - covers in detail: St. Paul's prophesied revolt and falling away from papal authority (de fide), the suppression of the Holy Sacrifice, the pope's forced exile from Rome, the destruction of neo-pagan Rome, persecution of the greatly beleaguered Church by Antichrist and finally his destruction.

Here are some excellent excerpts from Cardinal Manning's lectures on these end times:

"For as surely as the Son of God reigns on high, and will reign 'until He has put all His enemies

under His feet,' so surely every one that lifts a heel or directs a weapon against His faith, His Church,

or His Vicar upon earth, will share the judgment which is laid up for the Antichrist whom he serves."

-Cardinal Manning, "The Present Crisis of the Holy See Tested By Prophecy: Four Lectures", p. 92

We have here (in St. Paul's forewarning in II Thess., II:i-iv) a prophecy of four great facts: first, of a revolt, which shall precede the second coming of our Lord; secondly, of the manifestation of one who is called “the wicked one;” thirdly, of a hindrance, which restrains his manifestation; and lastly, of the period of power and persecution, of which he will be the author.

In treating of this subject, I shall not venture upon any conjectures of my own, but shall deliver simply what I find either in the Fathers of the Church, or in such theologians as the Church has recognised, namely, Bellarmine, Lessius, Malvenda, Viegas, Suarez, Ribera, and others. First, then, what is the revolt? In the original it is called daroa'rao'ia, ‘an apostasy,’ and in the Vulgate, discessio, or ‘a departure.’ Now a revolt implies a seditious separation from some authority, and a consequent opposition to it. ... this revolt or apostasy is a separation, not from the civil, but from the spiritual *order and authority; for the sacred writers, again and again, speak of such a spiritual separation. ...

*Note from TCW: There's nothing "Traditional" about Subverting Catholic Order to found a "Headless church" that tends to war amongst itself 24/7 and purposely fails to mention the word "pope" in its "holy emergency plan" ... **EXCEPT** that it IS the Traditional Blueprint of every Schismatic and Heretical group that has persecuted the Church. Truly, today's Violators (Schismatics) of the (1.) Papal Mandate Law (the Novus Ordo sect's sspx & the sedevacantists) are a bullseye for Pius IX's scathing condemnations in his Quartus Supra, against all fools, who dare oppose the Divine Constitution of the Church.

1. "The Catholic Church will never compromise a doctrine; it will never allow two doctrines to be taught within its pale... The Catholic Church is bound by the Divine law to suffer martyrdom rather than compromise a doctrine."

-Cardinal Manning, "The Present Crisis of the Holy See Tested By Prophecy: Four Lectures", p. 73.

The Prophet Daniel, in the twelfth chapter, says that in the time of the end “many shall be chosen and made white, and shall be tried as fire; and the wicked shall deal wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand, but the learned shall understand;” that is, many who have known the faith shall abandon it, by apostasy. “Some of the ‘learned shall fall;"* that is, they shall fall from their fidelity to God. And how shall this come to pass? Partly by fear, partly by deception, partly by cowardice; partly because they cannot stand for unpopular truth in the face of popular falsehood; partly because the overruling contemptuous public opinion, as in such a country as this, and in France, so subdues and frightens Catholics, that they dare not avow their principles, and, at last, dare not hold them.

*Dan. xi. 35.

Now the last result of all this will be a persecution, which I will not attempt to describe. It is enough to remind you of the words of our Divine Master: “Brother shall betray brother to death;” it shall be a persecution in which no man shall spare his neighbour: in which the powers of the world will wreak upon the Church of God such a revenge as the world before has never known. The Word of God tells us that towards the end of time the power of this world will become so irresistible and so triumphant that the Church of God will sink underneath its hand — that the Church of God will receive no more help from emperors, or kings, or princes, or legislatures, or nations, or peoples, to make resistance against the power and the might of its antagonist. It will be deprived of protection. It will be weakened, baffled, and prostrate, and will lie bleeding at the feet of the powers of this world. ...

The writers of the Church tell us that in the latter days the city of Rome will probably become apostate from the Church and Vicar of Jesus Christ; and that Rome will again be punished, for he will depart from it; and the judgment of God will fall on the place from ‘which he once reigned over the nations of the world. For what is it that makes Rome sacred, but the presence of the Vicar of Jesus Christ? What has it that should be dear in the sight of God, save only the presence of the Vicar of His Son? Let the Church of Christ depart from Rome, and Rome will be no more in the eyes of God than Jerusalem of old. Jerusalem, the Holy City, chosen by God, was cast down and consumed by fire, because it crucified the Lord of Glory; and the city of Rome, which has been the seat of the Vicar of Jesus Christ for eighteen hundred years, if it become apostate, like Jerusalem of old, will suffer a like condemnation. And, therefore, the writers of the Church tell us that the city of Rome has no prerogative except only that the Vicar of Christ is there; and if it become unfaithful, the same judgments which fell on Jerusalem, hallowed though it was by the presence of the Son of God, of the Master, and not the disciple only, shall fall likewise upon Rome.

The apostasy of the city of Rome from the Vicar of Christ, and its destruction by Antichrist, may be thoughts so new to many Catholics, that I think it well to recite the text of theologians in the greatest repute. First, Malvenda, who writes expressly on the subject, states as the opinion of Ribera, Gaspar Melus, Viegas, Suarez, Bellarmine, and Bosius, that Rome shall apostatise from the faith, drive away the Vicar of Christ, and return to its ancient paganism.* Malvenda’s words are: “But Rome itself in the last times of the world will return to its ancient idolatry, power, and imperial greatness. It will cast out its Pontiff", altogether apostatise from the Christian faith, terribly persecute the Church, shed the blood of martyrs more cruelly than ever, and will recover its former state of abundant wealth, or even greater than it had under its first rulers.” 

*Malvenda, de Antichristo, lib. iv. cap. 5.

Lessius* says: “In the time of Antichrist, Rome shall be destroyed, as we see openly from the thirteenth chapter of the Apocalypse;” and again: “The woman whom thou sawest is the great city, which hath kingdom over the kings of the earth, in which is signified Rome in its impiety, such as it was in the time of St. John, and shall be again at the end of the world.” And Bellarmine: “In the time of Antichrist, Rome shall be desolated and burnt, as we learn from the sixteenth verse of the seventeenth chapter of the Apocalypse.” On which words the Jesuit Erbermann comments as follows: “We all confess with Bellarmine that the Roman people, a little before the end of the world, will return to Paganism, and drive out the Roman Pontiff.”

Viegas, on the eighteenth chapter of the Apocalypse, says: “Rome, in the last age of the world, after it has apostatised from the faith, will attain to great power and splendour of wealth, and its sway will be widely spread throughout the world, and flourish greatly. Living in luxury and the abundance of all things, it will worship idols, and be steeped in all kinds of superstition, and will pay honour to false gods. And because of the vast effusion of the blood of martyrs which was shed under the emperors, God will most severely and justly avenge them, and it shall be utterly destroyed, and burned by a most terrible and afliicting confiagration.”

*Lessius, de Antichristo, demonst. xii. 
 Bellarm. de Summo Pontif. lib. iv. cap. 4.

Finally, Cornelius a Lapide sums up what may be said to be the common interpretation of theologians. Commenting on the same eighteenth chapter of the Apocalypse, he says: “These things are to be understood of the city of Rome, not that which is, nor that which was, but that which shall be at the end of the world. For then the city of Rome will return to its former glory, and likewise its idolatry and other sins, and shall be such as it was in the time of St. John, under Nero, Domitian, Decius, &c. For from Christian it shall again become heathen. It shall cast out the Christian Pontiff, and the faithful who adhere to him. It shall persecute and slay them. . . . . It shall rival the persecutions of the heathen emperors against the Christians. For so we see Jerusalem was first heathen under, the Canaanites; secondly, faithful under the Jews; thirdly, Christian under the Apostles; fourthly, heathen again under the Romans; fifthly, Saracen under the Turks.”

Such they believe will be the history of Rome: pagan under the emperors, Christian under the Apostles, faithful under the Pontiffs, apostate under the Revolution, and pagan under Antichrist. Only Jerusalem could sin so formally and fall so low; for only Jerusalem has been so chosen, illumined, and consecrated. And as no people were ever so intense in their persecutions of Jesus as the Jews, so I fear will none ever be more relentless against the faith .. than the Romans.

Now I have not attempted to point out what shall be the future events except in outline, and I have never ventured to designate who shall be the person who shall accomplish them. Of this I know nothing; but I am enabled with the most perfect certainty, from the Word of God, and from the interpretations of the Church, to point out the great principles which are in conflict on either side. I began by showing you that the Antichrist, and the antichristian movement, has these marks: first, schism from the Church of God; secondly, denial of its Divine and infallible voice; and thirdly, denial of the Incarnation. It is, therefore, the direct and mortal enemy of the One Holy Catholic and Roman Church—the unity from which all schism is made; the sole organ of the Divine voice of the Spirit of God; the shrine and sanctuary of the Incarnation and of the continual sacrifice.

And now to make an end. Men have need to look to their principles. They have to make a choice between two things, between faith in a teacher speaking with an infallible voice, governing the unity which now, as in the beginning, knits together the nations of the world, or the spirit of fragmentary "Christianity", which is the source of disorder, and ends in unbelief. Here is the simple choice to which we are all brought; and between them we must make up our minds.

The events of every day are carrying men further and further in the career on which they have entered. Every day men are becoming more and more divided. These are times of sifting. Our Divine Lord is standing in the Church: “His fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly cleanse His floor, and He will gather the grain into His barn, and will burn up the chafe with unquenchable fire”. It is a time of trial, when “some of the learned shall fall," and those only shall be saved who are steadfast to the end. The two great antagonists are gathering their forces for the last conflict;-—-it may not be in our day, it may not be in the time of those who come after us; but one thing is certain, that we are as much put on our trial now as they will be who live in the time when it shall come to pass. For as surely as the Son of God reigns on high, and will reign “until He has put all His enemies under His feet,” so surely every one that lifts a heel or directs a weapon against His faith, His Church, or His Vicar upon earth, will share the judgment which is laid up for the Antichrist whom he serves.

*St. Matt. iii. 12.


Dogma of The Church: According to Christ's ordinance, Peter is to have successors

in his Primacy over the whole Church and for all time. (De fide.)

"It is necessary for salvation that all the faithful of Christ be subject to the Roman Pontiff."
(V Lateran Council)

"Qui mange le Pape, meurt!"

Blessed be St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles!

The Papal Restoration Staff

Jun. 1, 2013

FRANCIS KIERAS 25.09.2022 22:05


PRC Staff Member 15.04.2020 13:28

"Then the Church shall be... in catacombs... Such is the universal testimony of the Fathers of the early Church." -Cardinal Manning


"These are times of sifting. ... It is a time of trial, 'when some of the learned shall fall,' and those only shall be saved who are steadfast to the end."
-Cardinal Manning


"God tests us by letting us choose between light and darkness, between loving obedience to His Catholic laws or rejection of them. If we sin (cont.)


...He withdraws His light. If we are theologically ignorant, and lacking in sufficient devotion, we shall not achieve our salvation." Source: "Simple Truths About Salvation", by P. Marris, 1996

mariefay 04.02.2015 04:33

History repeats itself. !!!,..As long as we are humans,,the animal instinct. Of greed,pride,ambition,selfishness,power,jealousy,hatred,love for the world ......

John Witt 09.09.2013 15:14

I am convinced that I need to tell my family.