The Barque of Peter

This is the Barque of Peter, an expression meaning Peter’s ship, referring to the Catholic Church, with the Pope at the helm. It is Peter’s barque, because St. Peter was the first Pope.

Right now, however, the picture is dismal. The Barque of Peter is in a Category 5 hurricane, there is chaos at the helm, the captain* is drunk, but most of the officers on the quarterdeck are doing very little. A large number of the crew is in mutiny, she has been boarded by pirates, and has been hit below the water line. She is sinking fast and will soon be completely sunk.

This is the crucifixion of Holy Mother Church. She will soon be dead, like her Lord once was.

But now to change analogies. The Church is like a cut rope, hanging together by one remaining thread.

When it finally breaks, what then? It is not possible for the Church to be completely destroyed, since Our Lord Jesus Christ said “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

So then, Our Lord will raise her from the dead. It will be like repairing the rope with the long splice.

There Is A Kind Of Splice Called ‘the Long Splice’ Which Makes A Cut Rope Seem What It Was Before; It Is Even Stronger Than Before, And Can Pass Through A Block. – Hilaire Belloc

Our Lord will calm the storm, but many bad things will happen before then.

Our Lord, before He calmed the storm.

Pope St. Pius X, pray for us.

Our Lady of Quito, pray for us.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

Our Help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and Earth.

*It may be that Pope Francis is an Anti-Pope, but we do not have the authority to decide that for ourselves.

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