“When Christ at a symbolic moment was establishing His great society, He chose for its cornerstone neither the brilliant Paul nor the mystic John, but a shuffler, a snob, a coward – in a word, a man. And upon this rock He has built His Church, and the gates of Hell have not prevailed against it.”- G.K. Chesterton, Heretics
Catholicism has reached a crisis point in its history (though not the worst, I fear). Western Civilization is decaying, the Empire its defender has fallen, and Catholic Culture is being more consistently replaced with the Culture of Death. Yet Hope, one of the greatest of Virtues, is with us, so long as we follow the one light that remains- the Holy Church- and the Holy Father.
Yet it is exactly loyalty to the Catholic Church which is under attack the most, from both sides, and this is why: If we remain loyal to the Holy Father, and to our Holy Mother the Church, Hell will not prevail.
Too many good Catholics are falling into schism and even heresy because they do not follow the Pope, struggling with things he allegedly was supposed to have said. Yet the beautiful and very Orthodox Catholic teachings of our Holy Father Francis go unheard by them, while the enemies of the Church continually and in greater numbers attack these very teachings, even as they seize upon a new misquotation to further their cause.
It is not possible to reject the Successor of Saint Peter and remain Catholic. The so called “Old Catholic” Churches are living proof of this; by rejecting the authority of the Pope and the first Vatican Council, they now reject transubstantiation, the Holy Male Character of the Priesthood, and the true meaning of Marriage. We absolutely must not make the same mistake, rejecting the light and hope of Authority, and rejecting also the very promise of Christ Our King:
And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.-Saint Matthew 16:18
Catholic Restoration is founded on the very universality of Catholicism, for Catholicism is the life truest to Human Nature, lifting it beyond its own fallenness in every aspect, even the political. Yet we who strive for Restoration can lay no claim to Catholicism if we do not follow the head, the Supreme Pontiff, the Servant of the Servants of God. Thus we say:
PONTIFEX et IMPERATOR
To the death True Sons of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and also of the One Holy Catholic and Roman Empire, and so we shall remain, though the very gates of Hell should assail us.