Master Plan of the Devil
of the Post-Modern Error
by the Rt. Rev. K.P. Steinhurst
approximately seventeen centuries mankind acknowledged that
authority comes only from God, and temporal rulers sought the
approval and the blessing of their bishops who, by divine right,
ruled in their dioceses as successors of the Apostles. Then came the
Philosophists. As always, the Power of Darkness used pride to achieve
his aims, the pride of human reason. As always he called the Light,
Darkness and the Darkness, Light (Isaiah 5:20). That is why the
Medieval times are now referred to as the "Dark Ages"; (in
fact, the Dark Ages were pre-Medieval), and why Philosophism is
referred to as "Enlightenment." As always, the Devil acted
with subtlety: he did not bring in Communism immediately, he brought
in Modern Democracy first, knowing that the one would lead to the
other. The lures inherent in the first would more easily lead to the
destruction of man by the second. The Devil acted with cunning. So
shrewd is he that even Christians were deceived. To make a thorough
job of it he instilled into modern minds the myth of historical
inevitability. "We must march with the times" we are told,
as if the times were not what we are making them!
Subtle and Gradual Process: The present state of the world is not
due to chance. It is the outcome of the everlasting struggle between
good and evil. The Devil knows that his fight against God has to be
gradual if it is to have any chance of success. Therefore, he began
his fight in the 16th century by dividing Christianity. When the
first battle had been won, the Devil moved from the religious field
into the philosophical field, and conceived Rationalism, which put
human reason before Revelation. Christians being already divided,
there was no single front to defend the primacy of Divine Revelation.
The interpretation of Divine Revelation being divided against itself,
it could not resist the claim of the so-called primacy of human
reason. Human reason appeared more reliable, and so the new
philosophy installed itself. It naturally followed that man began to
think about an earthly paradise. Hence Rationalism begot Human
Messianism (i.e. Humanism). It was then logical that man should not
want to be impeded by standards of moral conduct. He had to be free
from all restraints, and his reason alone was going to tell him how
to act and behave. Thus came into being the doctrine of Liberalism.
Almost immediately, this doctrine extended to every field of human
activity, especially economics, politics and science. From being
philosophical, it became practical a way of life, the philosophical
origin of which, most people do not suspect nowadays.
Unholy Trinity: After this, Human Messianism combined with
Liberalism to set up Capitalism, an economic system based on greed
and usury, which paves the way for Communism. Rationalism and
Liberalism combined to give birth to the principle of Popular
Sovereignty, being free and reasonable, every human being was to make
all decisions. Rationalism, and Human Messianism, combined to give
birth to Scientism (or the cult of Technology, the worship of the
work of man, i.e. Technolatry) whereby we expect salvation from
better and higher production, an error that was observed by Pius XII
in his 1952 Christmas message. We speak of "Progress" in
terms of industrialization, completely unaware of "the
undeniable advantages of an economy based chiefly on
agriculture". (Pius XII)
Logical: Thus, the unholy trinity, that is, Rationalism, Human
Messianism, and Liberalism, laid the ground-work for all the evils
which are destroying modern society. Observe how gradual the process
Difference in religious views (affecting the soul).
Alteration in philosophical thinking (affecting the intellect).
Organization and purpose of the physical world (affecting the will).
how logical the development:
Reformation (dividing Christianity to weaken Divine Revelation).
Rationalism (doubting that man can rely on Divine Revelation).
Human Messianism (asserting that man can rely on himself).
Liberalism (trusting man wholly).
Capitalism (Human Messianism plus Liberalism).
Democracy (Rationalism plus Liberalism).
Technocracy (and Technolatry) - (Nationalism plus Human Messianism).
developments are too gradual and logical to leave any doubt that
there is an Intelligence behind it. This Intelligence is that of the
Power of Darkness. A number of Saints have said that, in the Latter
Days, evil will be done by men of good will. There is no doubt that
many Catholics believe in good faith that we are living in an age of
progress, and that Modern Democracy is Progress. The superficial
advantages that it presents hide from many its intrinsic nature, the
errors on which it is based, and the evils which accompany it. The
deception of the Devil has worked.