Ecclesiastical Masonry / Section 5
No one can simultaneously serve Mammon (the world and money) and also God
A theological treatise exposing the great doctrinal fallacy of the Opus Dei
The falsification of Christianity
Originally published in 1995 and 1999 (1)
Originally published in 1995 and 1999 (1)
Regardless of the level of faith of the reader, the lack of coherence between what the apparently ultra conservative Roman Catholic groups (2) pretend to uphold and the teachings of Christ (3) constitutes the most revealing factor of their true motives.
Please note that this communication was originally made available to selected Cardinals, Bishops and Priests in over fifty countries worldwide on September 14, 1995 – over twenty five years ago!
When a father disciplines his loving child his central message should be directed to correct the reason for such disciplinary action. Our Heavenly Father, Who is Perfect and Infinite in all His attributes, wishes that His children understand, in its totality, the reason for His disciplinary actions, past, present and future. Actions which He allows [not causes, but allows] in an ever increasing frequency and severity. Such is the purpose of this document.
Praised by our Heavenly Father for He is Just and Merciful!
Let us propose three hypothetical questions: (a) Why will the (new) Biblical Babylon fall?; (b) Why do its foundations rest on sandy soil; (c) Who were (or are) the Architects and Engineers of (the new) Babylon?
Citing St. Paul and expounding on the Biblical commentaries of Monsignor Straubinger (4a), we can discern the answers to such questions and, thus, demonstrate the Fundamental Thesis.
Proclaimed by Jesus Christ and transmitted by St. Matthew:
“...You cannot serve God and mammon (the world and money).” (5)
In the First Letter to Timothy, Chapter 6, (4b) we are warned by S. Paul that:
 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to that doctrine which is according to godliness,  he is proud, knowing nothing, but sick about questions and strifes of words; from which arise...  conflicts of men corrupted in mind, and who are destitute of the truth, supposing gain to be godliness. ...  For they that will become rich, fall into temptation, and into the snare of the devil, and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires which drown men into destruction and perdition. [1Tim. 6]
That doctrine “which is according to godliness” does not dwell on the material (6). The apostasy of Babylon (7) precisely consists on that worldly attitude (8) which places God primarily as an agent of temporal goods and which transforms the opportunity for eternal life, provided by Jesus Christ, into a program of purely human values. Values centered about the objectives of: Economic well being, Cultural Advancement (9), Political Influence (10) and Ecclesiastic Control (11).
Having [the world / the faithful] been conquered by the ambition of the material, which today seems to be the ideal of so many of the otherwise well intentioned faithful, (12) St. Paul shows that, not only one's conduct is endangered, but also the faith. This should not surprise us since the love for money is idolatry (13). From this it readily follows that the faith is reduced to a mere shadow which only serves to further offend God: “But yet the Son of man, when he cometh, shall he find, think you, faith on earth?” (14)
Why so few men retire from the work force even when they do not need more material goods? Why are there so many consecrated souls who run after vain honors trying to cover themselves with worldly glory? (15)
In both cases because their lives are spiritually empty; they feel naked and are frightened not knowing how to fill their lives and how to cover their nakedness.
Who has propagated such error? How has it been disseminated?
Those who are destitute of the Truth teach the enticing concept that gain is equivalent to godliness.
The quoted passage from the First Letter to Timothy is directed to those who subtly preach with the objective to make financial gains, confounding the simple with their pious appearance so that all be directed to their own material gain. It is imperative to avoid mixing godliness and business (16). This is why St. Paul illustrates to his beloved disciple what is meant by true godliness of the apostles (17).
Benedict XV (1914-22) severely criticizes the preachers who “deal in so many worldly things that all they have of sacredness is the place where the preaching is done”, and adds: (18)
«It happens that frequently they progress from the exposition of the eternal truths into politics, especially if that captivates more the attention of the audience. It appears that they have only one ambition: To please the audience. These are the ones which St. Paul refers to as audience pleasers (19).»
«That is the reason for: (a) The histrionics of many preachers; (b) The use of terminology customary in newspapers; (c) The many quotations from books written by the unfaithful and not from the Sacred Scriptures nor the writings from the Founding Fathers' writings.» – That is, simply to please the audiences and to encourage them to empty their pockets in the many virtual collection plates.
The conduct of the holy apostles Peter and Paul will always be the model for us, just as it is prayed for in the Preface of the Apostles. We must emulate their examples (15), since “Jesus Christ, yesterday, and to day; and the same for ever” (22).
Using religion as an effective means to conduct business, and do so under the cover of godliness, as did the silversmiths of Ephesus (23), or the priests of Bel (24), or like the ones of Israel who forced kings Joash and Jehoash to divert the moneys from the cult (25), is an abomination in the Eyes of God. Its duplicity (26) is the rejection of His Majesty and the mockery of His Love. These actions, in effect, place Him, the Supreme Goodness, at the service of the miserly interests of the moment. Be them financial or political.
We should remember that it was precisely this Error which caused our Heavenly Father to allow the release of the anti clerical virus using the French (27) and Bolshevik (28) Revolutions, the Spanish Civil War, etc. as the contaminating vehicles.
Nothing seems to have been learned through the human suffering caused by the anticlerical virus except to be discreet and act from the shadows as The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei (29), Regnum Christi and other sect-like groups (30) within the Roman Catholic Church, teach to their members to be.
Therefore, our Heavenly Father, in a magnificent display of His Mercy, will assist us, this time in a definite and final way (31), to learn what we refuse to learn: To live in accordance to the Divine Law, serving God and not Mammon.
Whatever is built upon sandy foundations will collapse, just as we were warned it would: Be it nation; be it organization; be it religious congregation; be it Personal Prelature; be it man. Everything.
By the Grace of God the Church —composed by the Mystical Body of Christ— will not ultimately succumb (32); but woes to those who, from its very womb, milk it as if it were a Sacred Cow for their own personal and worldly benefit under the cover of false piety and corrupt theology (33).
EPILOGUE (Added on April 2005)
St. John Bosco (Founder of the Salesian Order) proved how the application of the Gospel of Jesus Christ worked and moved mountains without having to resort to physical levers such as money and political power. In an Italy which had become rabid anticlerical at this time, his work flourished in an unprecedented manner because it was truly the Work of God. He was even assisted in his work by the same government which was stripping the Vatican of its temporal powers and assets. The Hallmark of a truly Divine enterprise.
There is no doubt: the False Christ is to Christ what Josemaría Escrivá is to St. John Bosco! (34)(35)(36)
(1) Transmitted to selected Cardinals, Bishops and Priests in over fifty countries worldwide by miguel de Portugal on September 14, 1995. Published through Internet in 1999.
(2) Connection between Opus Dei members and extreme right groups worldwide
(3) Our position regarding The Catholic Faith
(4a) “El Nuevo Testamento”, translated and with commentaries by Mons. Dr. Juan Straubinger, Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Muenster, Germany. Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur – 1969. Straubinger's biographical sketch in Spanish
(4b) The Holy Bible; Douay-Rheims version; J. Murphy Co., Baltimore, Md., U.S.A.; 1899 Edition.
(5) Matthew 6:24 – “No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” – Mammon is the word Jesus used to refer to the riches of the world (material power and money) and has become, in popular parlance (especially in English), synonymous with an idol/god that would personify power and riches.
(6) Titus 1:1-2 – “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of the elect of God and the acknowledging of the truth, which is according to godliness: Unto the hope of life everlasting, which God, who lieth not, hath promised before the times of the world: ...” || 1Tim 6:3-4, “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to that doctrine which is according to godliness,  He is proud, knowing nothing, but sick about questions and strifes of words; ...”
(7) Rev. 17:1-2 – «And there came one of the seven angels, who had the seven vials, and spoke with me, saying: “Come, I will shew thee the condemnation of the great harlot, who sitteth upon many waters, With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication; and they who inhabit the earth, have been made drunk with the wine of her whoredom.”»
(8) John 14:30 – “I will not now speak many things with you. For the prince of this world cometh, and in me he hath not any thing.”
(9) Some Universities, Institutions and Centers openly associated to Opus Dei on a worldwide scale
(10) Who Is Who in Opus Dei on a worldwide scale
(11) Listing of Cardinals, Bishops and Priests in the Opus Dei Orbit
(12) Sir. 27:1 – “Through poverty many have sinned: and he that seeketh to be enriched, turneth away his eye.”
(13) Eph. 5:5 – “For know you this and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean, or covetous person (which is a serving of idols), hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” || Col 3:5 – “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, lust, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is the service of idols.”
(14) Luke 18:8 – “I say to you, that he will quickly revenge them. But yet the Son of man, when he cometh, shall he find, think you, faith on earth?”
(15) So many consecrated souls who run after vain honors trying to cover themselves with worldly glory: See, for example, the case of Archbishop John J. Myers in the United States (a member of Opus Dei).
(16) Deut. 22:11 – “Thou shalt not wear a garment that is woven of woollen and linen together.” || Mat. 6:24 – “No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
(17) 1Tim. 6:6 – “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
(18) Encyclical “Humani Generis Redemptionem” – Benedict XV. Excerpt reproduced in Straubinger's Bible note relating to verse 1-Timothy 6:3.
(19) 2Tim 4:3-4 – “For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: ...”
(20) Preface of the Apostles: That which is recited at the celebration of Mass on the days dedicated to one of the Apostles.
(21) Hebr. 13:7 – “Remember your prelates who have spoken the word of God to you; whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation,”
(22) Hebr. 13:8 – “Jesus Christ, yesterday, and today; and the same for ever.” || Gal. 1:4-5 – “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present wicked world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom is glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
(23) Acts 19:24-28 – «For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver temples for Diana, brought no small gain to the craftsmen; Whom he calling together, with the workmen of like occupation, said: Sirs, you know that our gain is by this trade; And you see and hear, that this Paul by persuasion hath drawn away a great multitude, not only of Ephesus, but almost of all Asia, saying: They are not gods which are made by hands. So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought, but also the temple of great Diana shall be reputed for nothing; yea, and her majesty shall begin to be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. Having heard these things, they were full of anger, and cried out, saying: Great is Diana of the Ephesians.»
(24) Dan 14:1-21 – «...  Now the Babylonians had an idol called Bel: and there were spent upon him every day twelve great measures of fine flour, and forty sheep, and sixty vessels of wine.  The king also worshipped him, and went every day to adore him: but Daniel adored his God. And the king said to him: Why dost thou not adore Bel? ...  Now the priests of Bel were seventy, besides their wives, and little ones, and children. And the king went with Daniel into the temple of Bel. ...  And Daniel laughed: and he held the king that he should not go in: and he said: Behold the pavement, mark whose footsteps these are. ...  Then he took the priests, and their wives, and their children: and they shewed him the private doors by which they came in, and consumed the things that were on the table.  The king therefore put them to death, and delivered Bel into the power of Daniel: who destroyed him, and his temple.»
(25) 2Kings 12:4-8 – «And Joas said to the priests: ...Why do you not repair the temple? Take you therefore money no more according to your order, but restore it for the repairing of the temple. And the priests were forbidden to take any more money of the people, and to make the repairs of the house. » || 2Kings 22:4 – «Go to Helcias the high priest, that the money may be put together which is brought into the temple of the Lord, which the doorkeepers of the temple have gathered of the people.» || 2Kings22:9 – «And Saphan the scribe came to the king, and brought him word again concerning that which he had commanded, and said: Thy servants have gathered together the money that was found in the house of the Lord, and they have given it to be distributed to the workmen, by the overseers of the works of the temple of the Lord. »
(26) John 1:47 – «Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him: and he saith of him: “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile.”» || Deut. 22:9 – “Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest both the seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of the vineyard, be sanctified together. ” || Mt. 15:7-9 – «Hypocrites, well hath Isaias prophesied of you, saying: “This people honoureth me with their lips: but their heart is far from me. And in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines and commandments of men.”» || Mt. 23:23-28 – “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you tithe mint, and anise, and cummin, and have left the weightier things of the law; judgment, and mercy, and faith. ...”
(27) The parallel between The French Revolution and The Events Leading to The End of These Times
(28) World Wars I and II - Key Dates and their relation to Messages and Warnings from Heaven
(29) The extreme case of discretion: FBI special agent Robert Philip Hanssen, a member of Opus Dei
(30) Linguistic Definitions of Cult and Sect
(31) The defeat of the Opus Dei
(32) The Gates of Hell will not prevail
(33) Ez. 34:2-10 – “ Son of man, prophesy concerning the shepherds of Israel: prophesy, and say to the shepherds: Thus saith the Lord God: Woe to the shepherds of Israel, that fed themselves: should not the flocks be fed by the shepherds?  You ate the milk, and you clothed yourselves with the wool, and you killed that which was fat: but my flock you did not feed.” || Mt. 26:24 – “The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed: it were better for him, if that man had not been born.”
(34) The Trajectory of St. John Bosco
(35) The false humility of Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá
(36) The identification of the False Christ
En Español: Nadie puede servir a Dios y al dinero Simultáneamente - El peligro de la falacia doctrinal del Opus Dei
Transmitted to selected Cardinals, Bishops and Priests in over fifty countries worldwide by miguel de Portugal on September 14, 1995 • Published through Internet in 1999 • Section Notes enriched with more links to other documents on May 10, 2021
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