In The Holy See and the Holy Places post of 20 Jan 2007, I stated in a footnote that:
"... we have only to consider the Vatican's spearheading of the ecumenical movement, the aims of which were, ostensibly, the promotion of worldwide unity among religions through greater cooperation and improved understanding.
Unlike Eastern Christendom, the Western denominations seemed oblivious to the fact that the Vatican, in all its long history, had never willingly ceded one scrap of authority or power. Only now, 42 years after Unitatis Redintegratio, and with the advantage of hindsight, can we see the results of this brilliantly designed and orchestrated ecumenical campaign - the Pope is publicly hailed as the single 'voice' of Christianity while all around his throne lie the bloodied remnants of the Reformation."
It now seems a timely, perhaps even prophetic post considering what has been revealed today in the article "Pope Rules OK, or "Growing Together in Unity and Mission" by Ruth Gledhill, the Times Religion Correspondent:
"Radical proposals to reunite Anglicans with the Roman Catholic Church under the leadership of the Pope are to be published this year, The Times has learnt.
"The proposals have been agreed by senior bishops of both churches...
"Rome has already shown itself willing to be flexible on the subject of celibacy when it received dozens of married priests from the Church of England into the Catholic priesthood after they left over the issue of women’s ordination...
"There are about 78 million Anglicans, compared with a billion Roman Catholics, worldwide. In England and Wales, the Catholic Church is set to overtake Anglicanism as the predominant Christian denomination for the first time since the Reformation, thanks to immigration* from Catholic countries...
"In one significant passage the report notes: “The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the ministry of the Bishop of Rome [the Pope] as universal primate is in accordance with Christ’s will for the Church and an essential element of maintaining it in unity and truth.” Anglicans rejected the Bishop of Rome as universal primate in the 16th century. Today, however, some Anglicans are beginning to see the potential value of a ministry of universal primacy, which would be exercised by the Bishop of Rome, as a sign and focus of unity within a reunited Church.
"In another paragraph the report goes even further: “We urge Anglicans and Roman Catholics to explore together how the ministry of the Bishop of Rome might be offered and received in order to assist our Communions to grow towards full, ecclesial communion..."
*It is an illusion that the Second World War ended in 1945. The Vatican continues to wage relentless war against the countries that defeated her Concordat partners, Germany and Italy.
Adopting the tactic of exploiting the perceived weaknesses of these liberal democracies - equality, justice, the rule of law, and so on - she paralysed opposition in advance by a ceaseless hammering for the introduction of seemingly altruistic legislation of the anti-discrimination and multi-cultural sort.
All who knew her tactics well and voiced opposition were branded as 'racist' or 'indecent' or 'immoral' or, with a splendid display of self-righteous hypocrisy, as 'fascists.'
Having successfully captured the moral high-ground on the backs of cowering and/or naive legislators, the UN from without, and whiteanters from within, the floodgates were opened to wholesale catholic immigration. Australia, for one, was once an overwhelmingly protestant country. Now it boasts a catholic majority.
Just to make my position clear, I'll take the liberty of quoting Paul:
"For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." (Eph. 6:12)
Rome has conquered and is conquering on two battle fronts. Not only is she nullifying 500 years of rightful protest against her iron fist and is enfolding within her maternal western bosom all her erring and hitherto recalcitrant children, but she has ensured that certain 'rebellious' countries will be permanently riven with such internal strife that their peoples will never again rise up with one united voice against tyranny.
Rome's 'divide and conquer' policy at its finest.