Let’s do a thought experiment–totally hypothetical, of course. It could never happen. But let’s have some fun with it anyway:
Let’s say a relatively small group of people who hate God and who have lots of money and influence took over the policy direction of major national governments, or at least wielded incredible influence in them. Let’s also suppose this group assumed control of transnational quasi-governments and regional quasi-governments. No, I know, crazy. But let’s continue.
Let’s say they hated God a whole lot, and didn’t like people who loved Him. Let’s say these viewse were considered odious by normal people, so their ability to control things didn’t come about right away, it had to be stealthily and patiently done. Let’s suppose they placed their trusted people, via money, influence, blackmail and power, into all sorts of places over a long period of time. Their people were slowly, but steadily and increasingly, placed into local governments, universities, large corporations. Let’s say further that the biggest obstacles to their agenda are/were, in order: the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church; sovereign nation-states, principally a non-communist United States and a non-communist Russia; and a market economy where free people made free decisions with their own physical currency based on their own efforts and God-given talents.
Let’s go really crazy and suppose that over a loooooong time, like 60, 70, or 100 years, they succeeded in finally infiltrating and controlling all of these institutions, including the earthly administration even of the Holy Church–even to the point of being on the cusp of ending dissent through constant surveillance and their control of digital currency.
Would that kind of power make possible the weaponization of a manipulated version of the common cold? No, crazy! People wouldn’t stand for it! What if they said people couldn’t worship God in churches, including the true worship of God at Holy Mass, because of a manipulated version of the common cold? No way! The pope and bishops would tell them to stick it. Priests would refuse en masse to go along. And even if they were to go along, the people would revolt. Right? And in the temporal world, suppose they told people if they could or couldn’t work, or could or couldn’t leave their homes, and that they had to wear muzzles, and further that they must inject their bodies with unknown biological stews that reprogram their DNA and further were made by the diabolical artifice of killing babies. No one would stand for any of this! Stop putting us on!
Okay, I know. But work with me here. It’s just a thought experiment.
Assume all of the above did work, and easily so. Would toying with and controlling 99% of the world population be enough for these people? Surely they’d stop then, yes?
Well let’s assume the crazy possibility that this immense power grab didn’t satisfy them– instead, it encouraged them.
So, let’s further assume that to increase human misery to the maximum extent possible and to encourage the despair that leads to the worship of their master, the true worship of God must be stopped. The Mass must cease, people must hate each other and rat out any people who put God before their lies Right?
But wait– in my hypothetical, they already have functional control of the Church, and their people will cancel Masses whenever requested, right? Yes, but not ALL Masses. All must stop. God must not be worshiped. So what is left, and what can be done?
Let’s assume that the remaining worshipers of God are reduced to a very small group of people, worldwide, and that they attend relatively few Churches. By relatively few, I mean almost enough– almost– to be able to shut them all down through control, surveillance and treachery. But not quite yet. In addition to continuing the measures above, what to do?
If the common cold can be manipulated into being believed to be worse than bubonic plague, then people must also believe that the earth is angry with them because of the changeableness of the weather! Stop– they wouldn’t fall for such nonsense, I know, but let’s pretend they do. Let’s say they give it a really scary name and tell people they must sacrifice their happiness, freedom, rights and their duty to God to stop this scarily-named thing. Like they did with the common cold, they declare it an emergency, a crisis? So their pawns in the institutions reject cheap and plentiful energy and replace it with substandard and expensive energy? Let’s say that the energy that runs automobiles must be shipped from places far away from where these God-worshipers live– even though they possess it in abundance in their own countries. Instead, it comes from far away, in places consistently destabilized economically and politically by this diabolical group. Yes, yes, crazy, why would people stand for it?
Then assume that a cargo ship “accidentally” “gets stuck” in the Suez canal. That plentiful energy would likely now become waaaay more expensive to get to people whose economies have been decimated for a year and whose very jobs may be gone due to a girlish panic over a seasonal cold. Lots of these God-worshipers might be destitute, or saved from destitution only by dependence on a government controlled by those who hate God and want His worship ended.
Hey Catholics with your favorite, safe-haven, non-sacrilegious Mass centers? How close do you live to them? Are you ready to drive an hour to Mass on $10/gallon gas? And for those who will, by the grace of God, the numbers will be smaller, both in places and people. They will be even more easily susceptible to the next, bigger lie and by ever more efficient surveillance and treachery. In a period of time, sooner or later, the Masses go. Priests get arrested. Faithful get arrested– all of these for endangering public health, encouraging political and religious extremism, and for encouraging activities that will destroy the planet. In our hypothetical, this ginned-up fear of the weather to make travel prohibitively expensive is merely step 29 of 33 on the way to the total cessation of the Holy Sacrifice. In our hypothetical, it comes at breakneckincreasing speed with nothing to stop it. And it sure seems in our hypothetical that steps 11-28 have come in the last year alone, yes? So what happens next?
Nah, forget it. None of this could happen.
But if it did, I would hypothetically say that our only weapons would be the Holy Rosary and the Sign left by Mary’s Son. I would pray to Our Lady to aid us. I would pray for Hope, real Hope, because, you see, the victory is not hypothetical.
Dignare me, laudare te, Virgo sacrata. Da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos.