In a Flash
Thomas A. Droleskey
A Champion for All Ages noted the fact that the Faith was lost in England in a flash in the Sixteenth Century. True, there were pockets of resistance to the revolt begun by King Henry VIII and institutionalized later by Queen Elizabeth I and her successors. However, most Catholics in England lost the Faith in a flash.
Similarly, the Faith of our father was lost in a flash by most Catholics around the world in the wake of the events of the Second Vatican Council. Those who hold to the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church and who worship in the manner that had been, in most of its essential elements, taught by Our Lord to the Apostles themselves are considered to be crazy, schismatic, disloyal and, well, simply un-Catholic. How one can be called un-Catholic for adhering to everything that had been taught and done by the Church until the advent of conciliarism is mystifying. However, there are cottage industries that have sprung up in the past four decades to denounce anyone who thinks and speaks and acts as Catholics have always thought and spoken and acted. Blessed Edmund Campion, call your office.
The path to the Novus Ordo Missae did not begin overnight, something that I pointed out in an article earlier this year. Fathers Annibale Bugnini, C.M., and Ferdinando Antonelli, O.F.M., ploughed their ground in the 1950s. Angelo Roncalli built on their early work and produced a "modernized" version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition in the Missal he promulgated in 1961, the basis of all "indult" offerings of the Traditional Mass. That 1961 Missal, however, was only in use for two years before it was, if the conciliarists out there will pardon the expression, superseded by the 1964-1965 Ordo Missae, which went into effect on the First Sunday in Advent, November 29, 1964. That "transitional" Mass was but a bridge between the modernized version of the Traditional Mass and the Novus Ordo Missae on the first Sunday in Advent in 1969. Its implementation, however, was carefully taught at the time to seminarians, who then served as "instructors" at parishes as Catholic Tradition was replaced with open conciliarist novelty.
Consider, for excample, this announcement in the parish bulletin of Saint Matthew's Church, Norwood, Ohio, for the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 1964 (the parish bulletin was given us by somone along our travels across the nation; my dear wife discovered it just yesterday, December 2, as she was doing what we call an "archeological dig" in the back seat of the Trail Blazer):
Today is the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the Church's new liturgical year. Today we begin our "New Liturgy". Beginning today many parts of Holy Mass will be said in English. We ask each of you to do your very best to join the priest in the prayers of the Mass. Leaflets with the official text of these prayers were given most of your last Sunday. (For those of you who were unable to obtain your copies last Sunday, you may obtain one at the bulletin stands today.) For the Masses with singing (including the 9:45 a.m. High Mass), you are asked to use the cards found in the pews. Kindly stand, sit and kneel, according to the directions on your leaflet or the card. At the Masses today, seminarians will be on hand to help and guide you in this new participation. We wish to thank Msgr. Schneider, Rector of Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, for his kindness in sending us his students; and also the young men themselves for their generosity in helping us. We know that it will take a while (perhaps even months) before we have this new method of participating in Holy Mass perfected; we earnestly ask each one to cooperate loyally and faithfully to the best of his or her ability to make the public worship of God in St. Matthew Parish a true and worthy "sacrifice of praise." [Historical note: the Mount Saint Mary's Seminary referred to in the bulletin was known as Mount Saint Mary's Seminary of the West, located in Norwood, Ohio.]
What had been accepted calmly by most Catholics in England over 400 years before was accepted calmly by most Catholics in the United States of America in the 1960s and thereafter. The revolutionaries accustomed Catholics to what they had theretofore been unaccustomed to: ceaseless change and unpredictability as institutionalized features of a parish's liturgical life. The "few months" of adjustment noted in the bulletin announcement above has become four decades of ceaseless, unremitting liturgical change, which has played its role in accustoming Catholics to changes in matters of Faith and morals. Lex orendi, lex credendi. The law of praying is the law of believing. Catholics who become accustomed to ever-changing forms of prayer in what purports to be the Mass, which must convey the permanence and the immutability and the majesty of the Blessed Trinity Himself, will come to expect all too logically that everything in the Faith is "up for grabs," that nothing is permanent, not even God Himself.
Want to get rid of the Catholic Faith in a flash? Change the liturgy. It worked in Germany with Martin Luther. It worked in Geneva with John Calvin. It worked in England with Thomas Cranmer and Elizabeth It worked in Scotland with John Knox. It worked in the lives of most Catholics in the wake of the Second Vatican Council.
A quote from Paul VI in this regard was included in the aforementioned Saint Matthew's Church bulletin the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, July 4, 1965:
The Liturgical reform affects habits that are dear to us; it demands of us some effort. We may not relish this, but we must be docile and have trust. The religious and spiritual plan unfolded before us by the new liturgical constitution is a stupendous one for death and authenticity of doctrine, for rationality of Christian logic, for purity and riches of culture and art. It corresponds to the interior being and needs of modern man."
Ah, yes, the "needs of modern man." Paul VI was a thorough believe in Modernism's condemned presuppositions about the "necessity" of tailoring the Faith for "modern" man, heedless of the fact that man's authentic "needs" never change. They are as unchanging as God Himself. Each man needs, no matter what era of salvation history in which he lives, to be a Catholic, to submit to the truths revealed by Our Lord to His Holy Church, to cooperate on a daily basis with the graces won for us by the shedding of Our Lord's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross, to surrender himself to God through Mary Immaculate. There are no "modern" needs for man. He needs the security and the stability and the certainty provided by the Catholic Faith, not ambiguity, uncertainty, confusion, instability, impermanence and disarray.
Paul VI's mind about "modern" man is reflected perfectly in the mind of Benedict XVI. Their perception of the Church and the world is identical. And this percetion of the Church and the world just happened to be condemned by Pope Saint Pius X in Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907, and by Pope Pius XII in Humani Generis, August 12, 1950. The Modernist always justitfies his advertence to novelty by claiming to suit the needs of "modern" man, creating ambiguity out of certainty, complexity out of simplicity, contradiction out of truth.
Pope Saint Pius X noted this in Pascendi:
One of the primary obligations assigned by Christ to the office divinely committed to Us of feeding the Lord's flock is that of guarding with the greatest vigilance the deposit of the faith delivered to the saints, rejecting the profane novelties of words and the gainsaying of knowledge falsely so called. There has never been a time when this watchfulness of the supreme pastor was not necessary to the Catholic body, for owing to the efforts of the enemy of the human race, there have never been lacking "men speaking perverse things," "vain talkers and seducers," "erring and driving into error." It must, however, be confessed that these latter days have witnessed a notable increase in the number of the enemies of the Cross of Christ, who, by arts entirely new and full of deceit, are striving to destroy the vital energy of the Church, and, as far as in them lies, utterly to subvert the very Kingdom of Christ. Wherefore We may no longer keep silence, lest We should seem to fail in Our most sacred duty, and lest the kindness that, in the hope of wiser counsels, We have hitherto shown them, should be set down to lack of diligence in the discharge of Our office.
That We should act without delay in this matter is made imperative especially by the fact that the partisans of error are to be sought not only among the Church's open enemies; but, what is to be most dreaded and deplored, in her very bosom, and are the more mischievous the less they keep in the open. We allude, Venerable Brethren, to many who belong to the Catholic laity, and, what is much more sad, to the ranks of the priesthood itself, who, animated by a false zeal for the Church, lacking the solid safeguards of philosophy and theology, nay more, thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught by the enemies of the Church, and lost to all sense of modesty, put themselves forward as reformers of the Church; and, forming more boldly into line of attack, assail all that is most sacred in the work of Christ, not sparing even the Person of the Divine Redeemer, whom, with sacrilegious audacity, they degrade to the condition of a simple and ordinary man.
Although they express their astonishment that We should number them amongst the enemies of the Church, no one will be reasonably surprised that We should do so, if, leaving out of account the internal disposition of the soul, of which God alone is the Judge, he considers their tenets, their manner of speech, and their action. Nor indeed would he be wrong in regarding them as the most pernicious of all the adversaries of the Church. For, as We have said, they put into operation their designs for her undoing, not from without but from within. Hence, the danger is present almost in the very veins and heart of the Church, whose injury is the more certain from the very fact that their knowledge of her is more intimate. Moreover, they lay the ax not to the branches and shoots, but to the very root, that is, to the faith and its deepest fibers. And once having struck at this root of immortality, they proceed to diffuse poison through the whole tree, so that there is no part of Catholic truth which they leave untouched, none that they do not strive to corrupt. Further, none is more skillful, none more astute than they, in the employment of a thousand noxious devices; for they play the double part of rationalist and Catholic, and this so craftily that they easily lead the unwary into error; and as audacity is their chief characteristic, there is no conclusion of any kind from which they shrink or which they do not thrust forward with pertinacity and assurance To this must be added the fact, which indeed is well calculated to deceive souls, that they lead a life of the greatest activity, of assiduous and ardent application to every branch of learning, and that they possess, as a rule, a reputation for irreproachable morality. Finally, there is the fact which is all hut fatal to the hope of cure that their very doctrines have given such a bent to their minds, that they disdain all authority and brook no restraint; and relying upon a false conscience, they attempt to ascribe to a love of truth that which is in reality the result of pride and obstinacy.
Once indeed We had hopes of recalling them to a better mind, and to this end We first of all treated them with kindness as Our children, then with severity; and at last We have had recourse, though with great reluctance, to public reproof. It is known to you, Venerable Brethren, how unavailing have been Our efforts. For a moment they have bowed their head, only to lift it more arrogantly than before. If it were a matter which concerned them alone, We might perhaps have overlooked it; but the security of the Catholic name is at stake. Wherefore We must interrupt a silence which it would be criminal to prolong, that We may point out to the whole Church, as they really are, men who are badly disguised. . . .
It remains for Us now to say a few words about the Modernist as reformer. From all that has preceded, it is abundantly clear how great and how eager is the passion of such men for innovation. In all Catholicism there is absolutely nothing on which it does not fasten. They wish philosophy to be reformed, especially in the ecclesiastical seminaries. They wish the scholastic philosophy to be relegated to the history of philosophy and to be classed among absolute systems, and the young men to be taught modern philosophy which alone is true and suited to the times in which we live. They desire the reform of theology: rational theology is to have modern philosophy for its foundation, and positive theology is to be founded on the history of dogma. As for history, it must be written and taught only according to their methods and modern principles. Dogmas and their evolution, they affirm, are to be harmonized with science and history. In the Catechism no dogmas are to be inserted except those that have been reformed and are within the capacity of the people. Regarding worship, they say, the number of external devotions is to he reduced, and steps must be taken to prevent their further increase, though, indeed, some of the admirers of symbolism are disposed to be more indulgent on this head. They cry out that ecclesiastical government requires to be reformed in all its branches, but especially in its disciplinary and dogmatic departments They insist that both outwardly and inwardly it must be brought into harmony with the modern conscience which now wholly tends towards democracy; a share in ecclesiastical government should therefore be given to the lower ranks of the clergy and even to the laity and authority which is too much concentrated should be decentralized The Roman Congregations and especially the index and the Holy Office, must be likewise modified The ecclesiastical authority must alter its line of conduct in the social and political world; while keeping outside political organizations it must adapt itself to them in order to penetrate them with its spirit. With regard to morals, they adopt the principle of the Americanists, that the active virtues are more important than the passive, and are to be more encouraged in practice. They ask that the clergy should return to their primitive humility and poverty, and that in their ideas and action they should admit the principles of Modernism; and there are some who, gladly listening to the teaching of their Protestant masters, would desire the suppression of the celibacy of the clergy. What is there left in the Church which is not to be reformed by them and according to their principles?
It may, perhaps, seem to some, Venerable Brethren, that We have dealt at too great length on this exposition of the doctrines of the Modernists. But it was necessary that We should do so, both in order to meet their customary charge that We do not understand their ideas, and to show that their system does not consist in scattered and unconnected theories, but, as it were, in a closely connected whole, so that it is not possible to admit one without admitting all. For this reason, too, We have had to give to this exposition a somewhat didactic form, and not to shrink from employing certain unwonted terms which the Modernists have brought into use. And now with Our eyes fixed upon the whole system, no one will be surprised that We should define it to be the synthesis of all heresies. Undoubtedly, were anyone to attempt the task of collecting together all the errors that have been broached against the faith and to concentrate into one the sap and substance of them all, he could not succeed in doing so better than the Modernists have done. Nay, they have gone farther than this, for, as We have already intimated, their system means the destruction not of the Catholic religion alone, but of all religion. Hence the rationalists are not wanting in their applause, and the most frank and sincere among them congratulate themselves on having found in the Modernists the most valuable of all allies.
These truths were lost on Angelo Roncalli and Giovanni Montini and Karol Wojtyla. They are lost on Joseph Ratzinger, who had a professor in seminary who was so enraged by Pope Pius XII's condmenation of the "new theology" in Humani Generis that he, the professor, threw his books onto the floor of his living room after a class in 1950. Pope Pius XII's words, however, apply to the minds of each of the conciliar popes and their contempt for Catholic Tradition:
Another danger is perceived which is all the more serious because it is more concealed beneath the mask of virtue. There are many who, deploring disagreement among men and intellectual confusion, through an imprudent zeal for souls, are urged by a great and ardent desire to do away with the barrier that divides good and honest men; these advocate an "eirenism" according to which, by setting aside the questions which divide men, they aim not only at joining forces to repel the attacks of atheism, but also at reconciling things opposed to one another in the field of dogma. And as in former times some questioned whether the traditional apologetics of the Church did not constitute an obstacle rather than a help to the winning of souls for Christ, so today some are presumptive enough to question seriously whether theology and theological methods, such as with the approval of ecclesiastical authority are found in our schools, should not only be perfected, but also completely reformed, in order to promote the more efficacious propagation of the kingdom of Christ everywhere throughout the world among men of every culture and religious opinion.
Now if these only aimed at adapting ecclesiastical teaching and methods to modern conditions and requirements, through the introduction of some new explanations, there would be scarcely any reason for alarm. But some through enthusiasm for an imprudent "eirenism" seem to consider as an obstacle to the restoration of fraternal union, things founded on the laws and principles given by Christ and likewise on institutions founded by Him, or which are the defense and support of the integrity of the faith, and the removal of which would bring about the union of all, but only to their destruction.
13. These new opinions, whether they originate from a reprehensible desire of novelty or from a laudable motive, are not always advanced in the same degree, with equal clarity nor in the same terms, nor always with unanimous agreement of their authors. Theories that today are put forward rather covertly by some, not without cautions and distinctions, tomorrow are openly and without moderation proclaimed by others more audacious, causing scandal to many, especially among the young clergy and to the detriment of ecclesiastical authority. Though they are usually more cautious in their published works, they express themselves more openly in their writings intended for private circulation and in conferences and lectures. Moreover, these opinions are disseminated not only among members of the clergy and in seminaries and religious institutions, but also among the laity, and especially among those who are engaged in teaching youth.
In theology some want to reduce to a minimum the meaning of dogmas; and to free dogma itself from terminology long established in the Church and from philosophical concepts held by Catholic teachers, to bring about a return in the explanation of Catholic doctrine to the way of speaking used in Holy Scripture and by the Fathers of the Church. They cherish the hope that when dogma is stripped of the elements which they hold to be extrinsic to divine revelation, it will compare advantageously with the dogmatic opinions of those who are separated from the unity of the Church and that in this way they will gradually arrive at a mutual assimilation of Catholic dogma with the tenets of the dissidents.
Moreover they assert that when Catholic doctrine has been reduced to this condition, a way will be found to satisfy modern needs, that will permit of dogma being expressed also by the concepts of modern philosophy, whether of immanentism or idealism or existentialism or any other system. Some more audacious affirm that this can and must be done, because they hold that the mysteries of faith are never expressed by truly adequate concepts but only by approximate and ever changeable notions, in which the truth is to some extent expressed, but is necessarily distorted. Wherefore they do not consider it absurd, but altogether necessary, that theology should substitute new concepts in place of the old ones in keeping with the various philosophies which in the course of time it uses as its instruments, so that it should give human expression to divine truths in various ways which are even somewhat opposed, but still equivalent, as they say. They add that the history of dogmas consists in the reporting of the various forms in which revealed truth has been clothed, forms that have succeeded one another in accordance with the different teachings and opinions that have arisen over the course of the centuries.
It is evident from what We have already said, that such tentatives not only lead to what they call dogmatic relativism, but that they actually contain it. The contempt of doctrine commonly taught and of the terms in which it is expressed strongly favor it. Everyone is aware that the terminology employed in the schools and even that used by the Teaching Authority of the Church itself is capable of being perfected and polished; and we know also that the Church itself has not always used the same terms in the same way. It is also manifest that the Church cannot be bound to every system of philosophy that has existed for a short space of time. Nevertheless, the things that have been composed through common effort by Catholic teachers over the course of the centuries to bring about some understanding of dogma are certainly not based on any such weak foundation. These things are based on principles and notions deduced from a true knowledge of created things. In the process of deducing, this knowledge, like a star, gave enlightenment to the human mind through the Church. Hence it is not astonishing that some of these notions have not only been used by the Oecumenical Councils, but even sanctioned by them, so that it is wrong to depart from them.
Hence to neglect, or to reject, or to devalue so many and such great resources which have been conceived, expressed and perfected so often by the age-old work of men endowed with no common talent and holiness, working under the vigilant supervision of the holy magisterium and with the light and leadership of the Holy Ghost in order to state the truths of the faith ever more accurately, to do this so that these things may be replaced by conjectural notions and by some formless and unstable tenets of a new philosophy, tenets which, like the flowers of the field, are in existence today and die tomorrow; this is supreme imprudence and something that would make dogma itself a reed shaken by the wind. The contempt for terms and notions habitually used by scholastic theologians leads of itself to the weakening of what they call speculative theology, a discipline which these men consider devoid of true certitude because it is based on theological reasoning.
Unfortunately these advocates of novelty easily pass from despising scholastic theology to the neglect of and even contempt for the Teaching Authority of the Church itself, which gives such authoritative approval to scholastic theology. This Teaching Authority is represented by them as a hindrance to progress and an obstacle in the way of science. Some non Catholics consider it as an unjust restraint preventing some more qualified theologians from reforming their subject. And although this sacred Office of Teacher in matters of faith and morals must be the proximate and universal criterion of truth for all theologians, since to it has been entrusted by Christ Our Lord the whole deposit of faith -- Sacred Scripture and divine Tradition -- to be preserved, guarded and interpreted, still the duty that is incumbent on the faithful to flee also those errors which more or less approach heresy, and accordingly "to keep also the constitutions and decrees by which such evil opinions are proscribed and forbidden by the Holy See," is sometimes as little known as if it did not exist. What is expounded in the Encyclical Letters of the Roman Pontiffs concerning the nature and constitution of the Church, is deliberately and habitually neglected by some with the idea of giving force to a certain vague notion which they profess to have found in the ancient Fathers, especially the Greeks. The Popes, they assert, do not wish to pass judgment on what is a matter of dispute among theologians, so recourse must be had to the early sources, and the recent constitutions and decrees of the Teaching Church must be explained from the writings of the ancients.
Although these things seem well said, still they are not free from error. It is true that Popes generally leave theologians free in those matters which are disputed in various ways by men of very high authority in this field; but history teaches that many matters that formerly were open to discussion, no longer now admit of discussion.
Nor must it be thought that what is expounded in Encyclical Letters does not of itself demand consent, since in writing such Letters the Popes do not exercise the supreme power of their Teaching Authority. For these matters are taught with the ordinary teaching authority, of which it is true to say: "He who heareth you, heareth me"; and generally what is expounded and inculcated in Encyclical Letters already for other reasons appertains to Catholic doctrine. But if the Supreme Pontiffs in their official documents purposely pass judgment on a matter up to that time under dispute, it is obvious that that matter, according to the mind and will of the same Pontiffs, cannot be any longer considered a question open to discussion among theologians. . .
Let them strive with every force and effort to further the progress of the sciences which they teach; but let them also be careful not to transgress the limits which We have established for the protection of the truth of Catholic faith and doctrine. With regard to new questions, which modern culture and progress have brought to the foreground, let them engage in most careful research, but with the necessary prudence and caution; finally, let them not think, indulging in a false "irenism," that the dissident and erring can happily be brought back to the bosom of the Church, if the whole truth found in the Church is not sincerely taught to all without corruption or diminution.
This is an exact dissection of the approach used by Benedict XVI with the Orthodox and the Mohammedans during his now concluded pilgrimage to Turkey. Benedict wants to fight "secularism" in the world by uniting "believers" to promote "beliefs" in the public market place of ideas, instilling these "beliefs" in the midst of civil society. This is mistaken. It is Modernism. It is the New Theology. It is not of God. One can only fight secularism with Catholicism, nothing other will sufficie. The false erienism of the New Theology is founded on the false presupposition that a generic belief in "God" is all that is demanded of us in these times of pluralism and "religious liberty." Such a belief is of the essence of Judeo-Masonry, conflicting with the sound reaffirmation Catholic truth contained in Pope Leo XIII's Sapientiae Christianae, January 10, 1890, and Pope Saint Pius X's Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.
To Pope Leo in Sapientiae Christianae:
But in this same matter, touching Christian faith, there are other duties whose exact and religious observance, necessary at all times in the interests of eternal salvation, become more especially so in these our days. Amid such reckless and widespread folly of opinion, it is, as We have said, the office of the Church to undertake the defense of truth and uproot errors from the mind, and this charge has to be at all times sacredly observed by her, seeing that the honor of God and the salvation of men are confided to her keeping. But, when necessity compels, not those only who are invested with power of rule are bound to safeguard the integrity of faith, but, as St. Thomas maintains: "Each one is under obligation to show forth his faith, either to instruct and encourage others of the faithful, or to repel the attacks of unbelievers.'' To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe. In both cases such mode of behaving is base and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with the salvation of mankind. This kind of conduct is profitable only to the enemies of the faith, for nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good. Moreover, want of vigor on the part of Christians is so much the more blameworthy, as not seldom little would be needed on their part to bring to naught false charges and refute erroneous opinions, and by always exerting themselves more strenuously they might reckon upon being successful. After all, no one can be prevented from putting forth that strength of soul which is the characteristic of true Christians, and very frequently by such display of courage our enemies lose heart and their designs are thwarted. Christians are, moreover, born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God aiding, the triumph: "Have confidence; I have overcome the world." Nor is there any ground for alleging that Jesus Christ, the Guardian and Champion of the Church, needs not in any manner the help of men. Power certainly is not wanting to Him, but in His loving kindness He would assign to us a share in obtaining and applying the fruits of salvation procured through His grace.
The chief elements of this duty consist in professing openly and unflinchingly the Catholic doctrine, and in propagating it to the utmost of our power. For, as is often said, with the greatest truth, there is nothing so hurtful to Christian wisdom as that it should not be known, since it possesses, when loyally received, inherent power to drive away error. So soon as Catholic truth is apprehended by a simple and unprejudiced soul, reason yields assent.
Pope Saint Pius X sounded a similar theme in Notre Charge Apostolique:
We know well that they flatter themselves with the idea of raising human dignity and the discredited condition of the working class. We know that they wish to render just and perfect the labor laws and the relations between employers and employees, thus causing a more complete justice and a greater measure of charity to prevail upon earth, and causing also a profound and fruitful transformation in society by which mankind would make an undreamed-of progress. Certainly, We do not blame these efforts; they would be excellent in every respect if the Sillonist did not forget that a person’s progress consists in developing his natural abilities by fresh motivations; that it consists also in permitting these motivations to operate within the frame of, and in conformity with, the laws of human nature. But, on the contrary, by ignoring the laws governing human nature and by breaking the bounds within which they operate, the human person is lead, not toward progress, but towards death. This, nevertheless, is what they want to do with human society; they dream of changing its natural and traditional foundations; they dream of a Future City built on different principles, and they dare to proclaim these more fruitful and more beneficial than the principles upon which the present Christian City rests.
No, Venerable Brethren, We must repeat with the utmost energy in these times of social and intellectual anarchy when everyone takes it upon himself to teach as a teacher and lawmaker - the City cannot be built otherwise than as God has built it; society cannot be setup unless the Church lays the foundations and supervises the work; no, civilization is not something yet to be found, nor is the New City to be built on hazy notions; it has been in existence and still is: it is Christian civilization, it is the Catholic City. It has only to be set up and restored continually against the unremitting attacks of insane dreamers, rebels and miscreants. omnia instaurare in Christo.
The Catholic City. This is what Paul VI meant to undermine with his liturgical "reforms." He told a French layman, Jean Guitton, that he was his, Paul VI's intention to conform the Catholic Mass "as far as was possible" to the Calvinist "liturgy of the Lord's Supper, hoping to attract Protestants into some sort of "union" with the Catholic Church. Instead, as we know tragically, many Catholics were driven out of their parishes and found refuge in the waiting arms of Protestant evangelical or fundamentalist sects. The "new liturgy" heralded at Saint Matthew's Church in Norwood, Ohio, forty-two years ago is just part of a new religion, one that disdains the Social Reign of Christ the King and forbids "proselytism" in the name of "ecumenism" and "religious liberty."
Poor Saint Francis Xavier, whose feast is commemorated secondarily on the First Sunday of Advent, would be considered a veritable fanatic today, having destroyed over 40,000 pagan idols with his own hands as he baptized over 3,000,000 people (that's right, three million people). How ironic that the very pagan idols he destroyed have found their way into "papal liturgies" in the past twenty-five years or so, finding favor even with Saint Francis Xavier's Jesuit contemporaries in Goa, India, most of whose inhabitants Saint Francis converted to the Catholic Faith, who have sought to undo his work in behalf of Catholicism without any taint of "inculturation" of false gods. There would be no place for someone so culturally and religiously "intolerant" as Saint Francis Xavier in the conciliar church. Indeed, there is no such place for the likes of Saint Francis Xavier in the new religion that has its "new liturgy" and its new "theology" to meet the "needs" of "modern" man.
Saint Matthew's Church in Norwood, Ohio, was a victim of the very conciliar revolution it helped to launch. It was closed by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It is not known as Saint Matthew's Church any longer. It is now known as Immaculate Conception Church, where the Immemorial Mass of Tradition is offered by Fathers William Jenkins and Joseph Greenwell of the Society of Saint Pius V. Who says God doesn't have a good sense of humor? He saw to it that a place that reveled in the revolution was handed back to authentic Catholics, some of whom were parishioners at Saint Matthew's many decades ago.
We must be consoled during this Advent that God, Who is Omnipotent, can restore "in a flash" what was taken away "in a flash." We must put our trust in His Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, which waited with great joy for His own birth in poverty and humility in Bethlehem. Moreover, we must be on guard against losing our own Faith "in a flash," which can happen very easily if we are not assiduous in assisting at the daily offering of the Mass of all ages in the catacombs (where the catacombs are to be found, that is) without any concessions made to conciliarism or to the "authority" of the conciliarists, if we are not assiduous about spending at least some time before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer each day (again, obviously, where Our Lord is truly present), if we do not pray our Rosaries every day, if we do not read Sacred Scripture and other good spiritual books every day, if we do not make a good Confession on a regular basis, if we are content with being lukewarm in our interior lives. Oh, yes. It is quite easy for us to lose it all "in a flash."
Thus, we must make use of this season of Advent, which this year is the shortest Advent possible (just twenty-two days long), to renew our spiritual disciplines if they have slackened some, to abstain from legitimate pleasures, to fast and take upon ourselves extra penances as the consecrated slaves of Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. That same Immaculate Heart of Mary will help us to take heart in these trouble times. For, you see, the Modernists lose in the end. The Immaculate Heart of Mary wins! She will see to it that the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, is restored to national flags and is enthroned in the homes of all men and women in all countries of the world. She will see to it that Tradition is restored gloriously in the Church and Christendom is restored triumphantly in the world.
May we use this Advent to plant a few seeds for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and all of the great fruit that will flow therefrom for the Church and for the world. May it be our privilege to see these things, if not here then in eternity, "in a flash!"
Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Andrew, pray for us.
Saint Bibiana, pray for us.
Saint Francis Xavier, pray for us.
Saint Peter Chrysologus, pray for us.
Saint Barbara, pray for us.
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The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and arm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.