The “Ape of the Church” refers to a counter-Church which the devil will set up.
We live in a time of such confusion in the Catholic Church.
There seems to be a movement towards a liturgy and a faith that is bland, so as to be palatable to all religions.
So many wonderful churches were wrecked in the 70’s and 80’s (what traditional Catholics call wreckovations).
The beauty of the Catholic Church, the same beauty that drew so many of us to the One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church, is seen as excess and unnecessary by some.
Even now, there is a movement by the Church hierarchy to strip the Church of all that makes it uniquely Catholic.
The side effect of “Catholic Shame” is a Church that is hemorrhaging through many wounds.
The laws of God are under attack.
It is a comfort to know that all of this was predicted.
I stumbled upon a meme posted on Facebook, which shared a quote from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. This prompted me to research its source and I found this wonderful Sermon by Fulton J. Sheen on the “Signs of the Times”.
He, along with many others, predicted all of this mess.
“He will set up a counter-Church which will be the ape of the Church because, he the devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the anti-Christ that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. In desperate need for God, whom he nevertheless refuses to adore, modern man in his loneliness and frustration will hunger more and more for membership in a community that will give him enlargement of purpose, but at the cost of losing himself in some vague collectivity.” From “”Signs of the Times Sermon
Listen to the sermon on YouTube below
What comforts you in these tumultuous days? What keeps your faith steady?
Recommended Books by Ven. Fulton J. Sheen
- Life of Christ
- Peace of Soul
- Treasure in Clay: The Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen
- Go to Heaven: A Spiritual Road Map to Eternity
- Through the Year With Fulton Sheen: Inspirational Selections for Each Day of the Year
- The World’s First Love