A statement known by its maker to be untrue or made in order to deceive
Deception, beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification, ambiguity, and subterfuge are acts to propagate beliefs that may not be true, or may not be the whole truth (as in half-truths or omission). Mendacity can involve dissimulation, propaganda, and sleight of hand, as well as distraction, camouflage, or concealment.
Mendacity is a serious transgression within a relationship whether it’s between spouses, children and parents, or pastors and their flock, that often leads to feelings of betrayal and distrust between relational partners. Mendacity or deception violates social rules regarding relationships and is a breach of expectations of veracity between people. Most people expect friends, partners, such as spouses, children, and pastors, and even strangers to be truthful. If people expect less than truth in their everyday intercourse, the essential nature of the relationship is undermined, that is, trust is betrayed, which if kept up will lead to the destruction and dissolution of said relationships.
In intimate relationships such as between a husband and wife, the relationship is virtually fiduciary. In this fiduciary relationship, the husband and wife, which are in a mutual position of vulnerability, justifiably vests confidence, good faith, reliance and trust in one another whose aid, advice or protection is sought in some matter. In such a relation good conscience requires the fiduciary to act at all times for the sole benefit and best interest of the other one who trusts. Even the law generally recognizes this intimate fiduciary relationship between a man and wife in that a spouse cannot be called to testify against their mate. Admittedly, in our times with more and more sinful unions of couples living together this has become a very gray legal area indeed.
The fiduciary relationship, by implication, also applies to the relationship of a pastor and his flock, and the epitome of this, most especially, is found in the Catholic Church and also the Eastern Christian Churches. I say this is especially important here because the Faithful in both the East and Western Churches rely on the clergy and hierarchy for the reception of the Holy Sacraments. The Faithful by this very dependence is totally reliant on their priests, bishops, Cardinals, and Pope, for their spiritual, and by extension, even their bodily well-being. Therefore, any breach in this relationship is a grave violation of this trust and confidence. This is exacerbated by the fact that most fiduciary relationships, as stated earlier involve money and finances, that is, temporal goods on which the secular world puts particular importance. How much more important is the fiduciary relationship of a priest to his flock and a bishop to his Faithful? Surely a breach in this relationship is a grave matter indeed, because the priest and bishop are responsible for countless souls in his care …and will one day be called upon to give account for the souls entrusted to this care.
In traditional Catholic circles, we’ve come to expect that the Catholic Faith will be upheld in all its doctrines and dogma, prior to Vatican Council II. Of late, we’ve also been told, in traditional circles, that nothing has changed and that all remains the same. Yet over the past several years change has been subtle. Prior to the last several years we, the Faithful have been advised in our chapels to follow the Code of Canon Law of 1917. Indeed, in many of our missions it was quite common to find this code in the Chapel libraries. Now without great fanfare, we see that the new Code of Canon Law of 1983 is gaining more and more prominence within the governance of the traditional chapels.
This however, is not the only subtlety; whereas many, if not most of our previous pastors used to promote Creationism, or at least, Intelligent Design within our chapels. Now, while The Theory of Evolution is not promoted, there is now nothing said about Creationism any longer. In other words, Intelligent Design is being soft peddled so as not to appear too cultish and backward for a new “brand” of traditional Catholicism, one that could be attractive to the Novus Ordo. In fact, with the hiring of a Madison Avenue type of public relations firm, it implies that we’ve abandoned our previous cry of: it’s not the quantity of Catholic we are after, but the quality of Catholic.
To further illustrate the subtleties of change, the books of great Catholic writers such as, Belloc, Chesterton, Fr. Fahey, Hertz, Sheed, and others so profuse in our bookstores have all but disappeared, (though I’m told that it is sometimes available under the counter, like some pornographic trash sold in secular newsstands). Thus, leaving a great gaping hole in the traditional aspects of Catholic political, social, and economic thought, to say nothing of the Social Reign of Christ the King, which such thought encompasses.
Our new and younger priests and pastors have gone from a vehement spirit of missionary fervor to one of quiet affluence and restrained worldly comfort. We see seeping benign but worldly diversions slowly usurping the passion for souls. Complacent “hail fellow and well met” attitudes seem to have filled the void where the previous hunger for souls for Christ was pursued at almost any cost; a sacrificial quality most attractive to many who came to tradition over the last 40 years, I might add.
To sum up, spirit of the world has replaced the Spirit and zeal for the Faith within our chapels. All the while, through both public and private conferences, articles, and media outlets we are given ambiguous statements of the evolving and prevailing posture of the leadership. When ambiguities are pointed out we are told that the statement, article, press release was not meant for our consumption, but for whatever group will help to fudge the notorious article in question. We are also told that we are trying to read the mind of the leadership or put words in their mouths, when we quote some of their outrageous public statements …that we are taking them out of context. Yet these statements speak for themselves.
Based on the foregoing, we can see that over the past several years the spirit of ambiguity, more correctly the spirit of mendacity has taken hold of the leaders of the traditional Catholic Movement. Where once stood a solid, monolithic, and thoroughly Catholic chorus of contradiction against the Modernist agenda within the Catholic Church, we now have a cacophony of parrot-like voices singing to their tune. Mendacity, like deception is an instrument of the devil to divide and delude the Faithful. It is ultimately his most successful ploy. It worked for the Protestant Deformation and now plays into the hands of the Modernists who plot to dupe and mislead the traditional elect. Yet, mendacity is also one of the most easily destroyed wiles of Satan through knowing the traditional Catholic Faith. St. Paul said it best: My people are destroyed through lack of knowledge. SO read, study and discuss your Faith! Learn the true doctrine and dogmas of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith: then test the spirits to see if they conform. Ultimately, we are responsible for the prime directive to save our souls and those under our charge. Let know man deceive you, not even through a cry of false obedience for ignorance will not save us from that terrible Day of Judgment when we stand before the Throne of Christ and are asked to give account. What horrific dread it will be to hear: And he shall say to thee: I know thee not, whence thou art: depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. Matt. 13:27
Pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the days grow short.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.