Posted at Katholisches.info in 2017 and translated by dodgy online software:
(Rome) Last December 11th, Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider, one of the most remarkable and outstanding bishops of the Catholic Church, gave a lecture in Seville, Spain. The theme was: “Maria, vencedora de todas las herejias” (Mary, conqueror of all heresies).
The Blessed Pope Pius IX had the Mother of God in his bull Singulari Quadam Perfusi of 9 December in 1854 as “Virgo Beatissima, quae interemit ac perdidit universas haeresas” means: “Blessed Mary, destroyer of all heresies.” The day after the dogma of the Immaculate Conception was proclaimed, Pius IX gathered. , again to its particular task to meet all the cardinals and bishops who came to Rome for the occasion to “strengthen brothers in faith” that, and provided them with Singulari Quadam, an authentic interpretation of the pronounced Marie dogma.
In his lecture, Bishop Schneider spoke primarily about Freemasonry and its work with a view to their anniversary. Several commemorations will take place in 2017. In the German-speaking area, with some media outlay, the view of Martin Luther’s “500 years of Reformation” is narrowed. This obscures other events of historical importance. These include two major events that began 100 years ago. There is the October Bolshevik Revolution in Russia with the spread of communism, which today still controls a fifth of the world’s population. And on the other hand, the apparitions of the Virgin Mary shortly before that in Fatima, Portugal,
However, in 2017 there is still a major event on the agenda. 300 years ago, in 1717, the first grand lodge was founded in London, to which all Freemasonry refers. So 2017 is indeed a “memorable” year.
Bishop Schneider is best known for promoting the regaining of sacredness in the Holy Liturgy and reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist. He published several writings on the subject of communion. In it he advocates the worthy reception of communion and recommends kneeling communion on the mouth, as Pope Benedict XVI. reintroduced in the papal masses. Because of the special attention paid to Holy Communion, Bishop Schneider is one of the staunch defenders of the sacrament of marriage and penance. For the Synod of Bishops on the Family, he published a publication with 100 questions and answers, with which the efforts of a new doctrine were rejected, to admit remarried divorced persons to the sacraments.
In Seville, Bishop Schneider spoke about the secret society of Freemasonry, which in 2017 can look back on 300 years of turbulent and obscure existence and its revolutionary and subversive endeavors. Bishop Schneider called Freemasonry, which has largely shied the light of day since its foundation, as the “instrument of Satan”.
In his remarks, the Auxiliary Bishop of Astana recalled Saint Maximilian Kolbe and his descriptions of the aggressive behavior of the Freemasons in Rome during the First World War. In 1917, in the middle of the war, the Freemasons in Rome celebrated their 200th anniversary. The Freemasons had openly declared war on the Church. They had covered Rome with posters and demonstratively pulled the black flag of Giordano Bruno to the Vatican. On the posters and the flags “a representation of the Archangel Michael was to be seen, who lay defeated on the ground in front of the triumphant Lucifer,” said Bishop Schneider.
Because of these experiences resolved the young Maximilian Kolbe, who was then at the Gregoriana studied theology, the creation of the Militia Immaculatae (Knighthood of the Immaculate) to “confront the actions of Lucifer”.
According to Bishop Schneider, the aim of Freemasonry is “to eliminate all teaching about God, especially Catholic teaching”. To achieve this goal, Freemasonry has made use of “numerous societies” since it was founded. “They want the dissolution of morality” for a very specific reason. They are in fact convinced of the principle that “one cannot defeat catholicity with logical arguments without corrupting morality”. Masonic action based on this principle is currently “very topical” again, according to the auxiliary bishop from Kazakhstan.
“Undoubtedly, however, the Immaculate Virgin Mary will in the end trample the greatest heresy of all time: the heresy of the Antichrist,” said the auxiliary bishop.
Bishop Athanasius Schneider is the son of Black Sea Germans. His family had been deported with more than a million Russian Germans under Stalin to Siberia and Central Asia, which is why Schneider was born in Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan in 1961. In 1973 the family was allowed to move to the Federal Republic of Germany, where he grew up and in 1982 he entered to the Order of Canon Regulars of the Holy Cross. Saint Anthony of Padua belonged to this order before he joined Saint Francis of Assisi. Schneider has been providing pastoral care in Kazakhstan since 2001. In 2006 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Titular Bishop. As such, he was initially auxiliary bishop of the Karaganda diocese. Since 2011 he has been auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Astana.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi