Summary: How was Rome involved in the political and military crisis that was World War I? And what influence was there on the world by certain apparitions that allegedly occurred?
FIFTY-TWO: THE TWENTIETH CENTURY BEGINS
At the turn of our present century, the Roman system is continuing its diatribes against Protestants through men like "Pius" X . He refers to the leaders of the Reformation as "Enemies of the Cross of Christ."
The outright blasphemies and superstitions continue, as Babylon will always seek to confuse those who are of a gullible nature. Some of its fraudulent techniques are recorded by Eveline B. Mitford, writing in the Monthly Review of London, 1906 (vol. 22):
"In the present day there are twenty well-known gowns and seventy veils of the Virgin Mary, each pronounced to be the real one; twelve heads of St. John the Baptist, in tolerably perfect condition, besides numerous large fragments of his skull and seven extra jaws, each of great note, and held in much reverence in different parts of Europe. St. Julienne and St. Pancras each possess thirty bodies, and St. Peter has sixteen. St. Peter the Dominican only possesses two bodies, but he makes up for the deficiency in the number of his fingers, fifty-six of which are scattered throughout Europe."
Not a quote from the Dark Ages, but from the beginning of this [20th] century. Many Catholics will agree to the humorous reality of this calamity if not to the exact numbers suggested above. In fact, many Catholics are not implicated in most of the indictments of this book. I hope I have made myself clear that it is a system, and not a person, that God has exposed in His Word. That system needs exposing. Persons within it simply need to hear God saying "come out of her."
Have you heard that voice yet?
Keep reading. The twentieth century, past present and future, could be Rome's worst.
FIFTY-THREE: WORLD WAR I
More and more obvious it must be that this little manual will by no means exhaust the subject at hand. My intention to touch down on the most familiar items of church and world history, to see if church and world are somehow linked, leaves out tons of possible material.
Be that as it may, most of my readers know something about World War I. Is Babylon implicated? I think so.
It is most fascinating to discover, in perusing indeces of books on World War I, that you will not find "Catholic," "Pope," or words related. What the Roman Church did was behind the scenes, and was integrated into the mix long before the events of the early 1900's took place.
Take the Hapsburgs. As I mentioned before, and as Avro Manhattan points out in his Catholic Imperialism and World Freedom, the Hapsburgs had been the Church's sword in Europe. Nearly 1000 years of relating to them were at stake. The loss of this huge benefactor was viewed as a major disaster. The Hapsburgs and the Romanists needed each other.
When the acclaimed Archduke is murdered, Pius X uses the situation to punish Orthodox Serbia through (Hapsburg) Francis Joseph, the Emperor.
It is distressing to note here that the events taking place ('92-'93) in the former Yugoslavia have as their historical and spiritual ancestry the events which led up to World War I, not to mention episodes that date back to the Middle Ages, already chronicled.
The political divisions of the first World War: (Catholic) Germany, (Catholic) Austria-Hungary, Turkey on one side. Slowly forming an alliance against them are recently-alienated France, (Protestant) England, (Orthodox) Russia, (Orthodox) Serbia, and Belgium.
Serbia. Later to become a part of Yugoslavia. A stronghold of the Eastern Orthodox Church, she evolves slowly into the center of the conflict. Serbia, having just emerged from a conflict in the Balkans, begins to draw nationals from other countries, especially Austria, to her borders.
It is in October of 1913 that the reigning Pope, Pius X, makes a remark, now public record, to the effect that Austria -Hungary should have punished the Serbians for all their wrongs. (Austria-Hungary is Roman Catholic.)
The Hapsburgs are the intended tools of this punishment, and Rome, it seems, begins to dream of an all-out victory over the schismatic Serbs, which would send repercussions among all Orthodox, the sworn enemies of Rome's domination of the Church.
Into this mix comes a growing Germany (oddly like the present-day mix in Europe). There has been a struggle here from the 1800's. Protestant Prussia, with her leader Bismarck, are making laws unacceptable to Rome. Catholics are being arrested. Papal pronouncements are issued declaring German laws void. A full one-fourth of the Parliament is Catholic.
Pius IX, who cannot seem to get along with Bismarck, is replaced by Leo XIII, who makes some successful compromises. In fact, Bismarck and Leo begin to lean on each other for help, in a mini-beast relationship. Their common enemy : democracy, rule of the people. So the Pope, through the Bismarckian rule, through the hierarchy of the Church, and through the Catholic "Centre Party," has an ally in Germany.