In 1588, Philip II of Spain and Pope Sixtus V had a dream. It was called "The Enterprise of England." It was a dream of conquest and forcible re-conversion of newly-Protestand England. Their great Armada failed miserably.
It would be a mistake, however, to assume that this "Enterprise of England" was buried along with the mortal bodies of Philip and Sixtus. Although strategies and tactics had to change over time and go underground in line with public opinion, the great dream of Philip and Sixtus has been relentlessly pursued by their spiritual descendants for over four hundred years and is now about to become a reality. At least that is the fond hope of Rome.
Father Aidan Nichols, a Dominican priest and theologian, is the author of The Realm: An Unfashionable Essay on the Conversion of England in which he maintains that conditons are ripe for the "re-conversion of England."
What Father Nichols neglected to mention is that conditions are ripe for the re-conversion of England because of a sixty-year Vatican destabilisation campaign designed with this very end in mind.
In an interview with Zenit, Father Nichols said that:
"To convert or re-convert a culture one needs both the long, instinctive familiarity of the native, along with the more detached and objective critical gaze of the newcomer.
"In contemporary English Catholicism, there is a “native” community consisting of the descendants of recusants, converts and the anglicized Irish, along with a potpourri of recent, or fairly recent, immigrants from many parts of the world.
"As a reservoir for mission, that recreates the successful Dark Age formula."
As I stated in Vale the Reformation:
"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 pluralist, liberalist, anti-discriminatory, 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.''
After this hugely successful divide and conquer campaign, the Vatican now clothes itself in the garments of salvation, presents itself as the repository of all truth, goodness and beauty, and steps in to defend England against the very social situation she fought so long and hard to attain - "contemporary pluralism, liberalism and multiculturalism."
According to Father Nichols:
"Protestantism was central to the attempt to remake English identity under Elizabeth Tudor; to the reaction against the Catholicizing tendencies of the Stuarts after the Restoration of the monarchy; and to the project of welding England and Scotland together as a united “Britain” over and against France, after the union of Parliaments at the beginning of the 18th century.
"But the almost 1,000 years of Catholic Christianity that preceded any of that are responsible for the origins of the English literary imagination, for the principles of the common law, for the concept of a covenanted people under God which permeates the induction of a sovereign, and for the range of virtues which have been commended -- and sometimes practiced -- in English culture and society.
"What the faith of the Catholic Church can offer today is an intellectual, moral, and imaginative framework for the salvaging of these virtues, and their re-energizing by sacramental grace."
Contrary to Father Nichols' claims, it was the Protestant ideal of a "Priesthood of all believers" that led to literacy, higher education, scientific endeavour, industry, individual thought, individual action, the Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, and the questioning of all forms of authority. Although this newfound freedom of thought and expression inevitably tended toward materialism and 'super' individualism, the excesses of modernity and post-modernity are infinitely preferable to the spiritual darkness of the Catholic "Priesthood of Rome" which gave the world nothing but superstition, feudalism, and blind obedience.
Every student of history knows that wherever and whenever the Roman Catholic Church reigned, ignorance and poverty abounded.
Even the stones must one day cry out against the self-righteous arrogance, the audacious revisionism, and the serpentine strategies of the Roman Catholic Church.