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What is the “Great Apostasy?”

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A term bandied about without explanation is the Great Apostasy. What is Apostasy? Apostasy is a “total repudiation of the Catholic Faith.” Can this be done in “one fell swoop.”

The Great Apostasy is spoken of in many contexts. In Catholic Meaning it means:

“[T]he rebellion (apostasy) comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thes 2:3-4).

The Great Apostasy takes place before the Antichrist is revealed which both Pope Saint John Paul II and Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen said is happening in our day.

As Paul said, the Apostasy comes first, then the Antichrist (man of lawlessness) is revealed. The sequence and events are described very clearly in 2 Thessalonians, although there are additional events talked about elsewhere such as false prophets.

How do we know each? We stick to the Dogma of the Church, simply expressed and in the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed.

What is Apostasy?

Yes. If you say and mean: “I don’t believe what the Catholic Church teaches,” you have apostatized. You don’t need act after act after act. You don’t need to go through the laundry list of the Nicene or Apostle’s Creeds. You don’t need a chasm of fire opening beneath your feet – you have apostatized.

Can you continue to practice as if you believed without actually believing? Yes, Christ talked about “wolves in sheeps clothing.” Of course you can.

Can you go through the motions of faith, without having the substance of faith? Of course you can, look up the miracle of Lanciano. The priest who was confecting the Eucharist doubted – the host turn fleshly and bloody before his eyes.

Total Repudiation

Apostasy is a “total repudiation” of the Faith (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2089). This means all articles of the Faith are denied. This may be done individually or separately. Many Theologians are requiring a litany of denials, much like the Litany of the Sacred Heart:

I be-lie-ve in G-od, do you deny thi-s? Yes, I den-y thi-s!

This is a ridculous standard as general intentions are possible and have to be discriminated in the sum totality of belief and practice. This is much like a candidate for RCIA has an overall assessment write off on his candidacy for Baptism.

Tacit denial is possible. You can refuse to answer objections and evidence that you do not believe and it is accepted as tacit (no one can make any other assumption but you doubted).

We have several examples of tacit denial with Francis, here is some:

  1. Soul Destruction (a soul does not go to Hell but the person is destroyed). This is a common Protestant heresy
  2. Variable Divinity: Christ was God, then ceased to be God, then become God again at a certain point. This is another common Protestant heresy.
  3. Pachamama Worship: Francis worshipped Pachamama (who is now a deity within Catholicism). This is a heresy from Santoria or Religious Syncretism.

These are very serious accusations. Theologians have gone so far as to accuse Francis of Material Apostasy on the Abu Dhabi document, although they will not call it such.

Some Theologians require a formal denial from Francis (he knows what he is doing, he is doing it, and he is culpable or blameworthy for it). This is called Formal Apostasy.

The interesting thing is, Pope is the Past did not require this, they went based on the acts perform, with explanations. If a clergy commits Apostasy he lost his office (Gregory IX).

There is a general Apostasy against the Catholic Faith, about which some certain parties seem oblivious:

A party denies the Faith in total, either explicitly or implicitly.

We would assume a person with a doctorate in a Catholic discipline (like Francis) would know what the Catholic Faith entails and had sufficient knowledge to commit the act.

Great Apostasy

Wide swaths of Catholics denounce the faith. Only 31% of Catholics believe in the Real Presence of the Eucharist in the U.S. This means that 69% do not. This is only a piece of the entire Church, and the Catholic Church continues to grow according to the Catholic Church.

When wide swaths worldwide denounce the Faith, and there is some evidence that is happening (see Mass attendance numbers and surveys) we have the Great Apostasy.

Certainly, other signs are there, such as the Abomination of the Desolation or Desolating Sacrifice has to occur (see 2 The 2:4, Daniel 12:11, Matt 24:15). When all these things fit together, we have end times prophecy.

Prophetic Insight

Francis secretly resigned, and apostatized from the Catholic Faith with the Abu Dhabi document: On Human Fraternity (see “absolutely certain and infallible special revelations,” Trent, Session 6, Canon 16).

The Clergy is covering for him, although this is becoming less common. Some are rising up to condemn this evil.

Note: Absolutely certain and infallible revelations are more reliable than Infallible Papal Teaching. Papal teaching does not have “absolute certain[ty].”

In Heaven, the Beatific Vision comes with absolute certainty: You are seeing God, you know it is God, and you are absolutely certain about it (1 John 3:2, Catechism of the Catholic Church 1028).


For Francis: Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our passing. Amen.

Our Lady of Lawful Good Society, pray for us now and at the hour of hour passing. Amen.

All you Holy Saints and Holy Angels, pray for us. Amen.


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