Cleansing Fire

Defending Truth and Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church

Destroying Idols

October 25th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Personal Reflection:

Early in September, as the plans began to firm up for the Amazonian Synod, several dear friends asked me if I was scared about what might happen to our Church. Already the plot to create a women’s deaconate was being touted, with the implicit threat of a female priesthood looming, as well as priests being married, and married men becoming priests. Rumors of sinful practices such as idolatry and infanticide were seemingly being ignored, as if they could be wished away and confrontation avoided! But such a conglomeration of confusion is one of the hallmarks of the evil one and his minions, who inevitably brag about the evil which occurs as being caused by their actions. Said another way, if there is an evil spirit present, we do not have to wait long for it to show itself.

I answered the question about whether or not I was scared by saying that even the worst results of such a Synod would only serve to point out the error embedded in its agenda, and warn people who were vacillating on whether there is a schism or not, to finally take action. Since the results would be revelatory, few would be excused from identifying and following the Truth. Thus, such a Synod would likely speed up making the choice between being sheep or goats. The Holy Spirit does indeed seem to be allowing just such Truth to prevail. May the times be shortened for the sake of the elect.

When I read of the courageous men who removed the pachamamas from being an abomination in a Church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary (think about that! Sexual icons of fertility ensconced in a Church dedicated to the Holy Virgin!) I was delighted. But there was one nagging concern. I have looked at the Tiber from the bridge of Michael the Archangel, and seen people wading along its shore. It seemed particularly easy to recover the idols. My wish at the time was that the rescuers would have destroyed the icons completely, with hammers and saws, before hurling them over the bridge, Recounting this thought in no way is a criticism of those who defended the Blessed Mother’s position of honor. It was just a bystander’s thought at the time, watching the video footage.


Idol News

It has been reported today that the pachamamas (some at least) were recovered from the Tiber, and will be present at the closing Mass. Pope Francis and other organizers of the Synod now clearly have been put on notice of the deliberate idolatry they have chosen. While the Garden Caper might have been a miscommunication, the return of the idols at a Holy Mass is inexcusable. And so, God has indeed worked in this situation to allow his priests and bishops to choose whom they will follow. Moreover, the faithful should have been strengthened in their resolve to keep clean of the abomination by the deliberate entry of the idols into truly sacred space, and the choice the clerics have been given to know which side they are on. It seems that to have been recovered substantially undamaged implies a demonic spirit attached to the idols. But it also seems to indicate God’s permissive will, allowing Pharaoh’s repeated rejection of the wonders worked by the Lord God in the land of Egypt. The extended demonstration of God’s power certainly expressed His glory to the Egyptians as well as to the Israelites.

There is also another reminder in all these actions from a jealous God who demands our single-hearted loyalty. In other words, there is a echo of God’s Voice, a fingerprint of his Divine Will in the present case. Consider the situation of the Israelites, ordered by God to rid the land of the idolatrous Am’alekites in 1 Samuel, Chapter 15:

1Sa 15:3: “’Now go and smite Am’alek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.'”

1Sa 15:7-9: “And Saul defeated the Amal’ekites, from Hav’ilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt. And he took Agag the king of the Amal’ekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them; all that was despised and worthless they utterly destroyed.”

1Sa 15:18-19 “And the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, utterly destroy the sinners, the Amal’ekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ ‘Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you swoop on the spoil, and do what was evil in the sight of the LORD?’

1Sa 15:32-33 “Then Samuel said, ‘Bring here to me Agag the king of the Amal’ekites.’ And Agag came to him cheerfully. Agag said, ‘Surely the bitterness of death is past.’ And Samuel said, ‘As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.’ And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.”


What we have in the present situation is a ‘teaching moment.’ What those who removed the idols did was noble and courageous. And God did deliver the idols into their hands. But total destruction seems to be what is required. Perhaps that very need will bring others forward to complete the work, fully eliminating the rest of the idolatrous materials? Or perhaps the Lord will take matters into His own hands? Spiritual warfare is hard to predict! But, still —  to the original question– “No, I am not scared. Not as long as God is in charge.”  Just look at what He has exposed!


Pope Apologizes: 

In an almost unbelievable turn of events Pope Francis apologized for the removal of the idols. All you holy men and women, pray for us!

What is the rest of the message here? It would seem to be that there is no half-hearted compromise in idolatry. As St. Boniface showed, the tree must be cut down completely. Either we are all in for God, or not. Our souls and the souls of others are at stake.


2 Responses to “Destroying Idols”

  1. Dominick Anthony Zarcone says:

    Can this possibly be true? A prayer to….
    “Pachamama of these places, drink&eat this offering at will,so that this earth may be fruitful.Pachamama,good Mother, be favorable!Be favorable!Make that the oxen walk well&that they not become tired.Make that the seed sprout well that nothing bad may happen to it, that the cold may not destroy it, that it produce good food. We ask this from you: give us everything. Be favorable! Be favorable!”…

    please tell us the Italian Bishops did not create a prayer to Pachamama

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