I do not say this lightly; it is no longer the Catholic Church of our ancestors and saints.
The Lamb of God brought a Real Peace between God and man; restoring our relationship of God, broken by sin and atoned for by the death of the God-man, Jesus Christ the Son of the Everliving God. To benefit from this sacrifice of our Savior one only need to believe in Him, acknowledge our failures in following His Commandments, true contrition for our sins and a firm purpose of amendment for our failures. He paid the price and we only need cooperate with God via free will to find reconciliation with our God. It is an unspeakable act of Divine Love and Mercy.
Now almost 2000 years later, men have attempted to take the Church and sacrifice Her on the altar of ecumenism as though this was the action of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church to repair our relationship with those who were and remain separated from the Church. Thereby they negotiated away not only our Catholic Culture but our Liturgical and other Sacramental Rites; our Mariology, our Rites of Exorcism, our Blessings and our developed Devotions especially to the angels, saints and above all Mary (they now have lost their savor as they are relegated to the periphery of our beliefs.
Ecumenism seems to underly all of the changes of the simplified Novus Ordo church in an effort to make of us more acceptable to Christians who fell from their belief in the Catholic Church. This new Church is now both denuded of its true character, its unique culture and its moral authority. All of our post Vatican II changes seem to be fashioned in a way that will try to narrow the differences between those who abandoned the Church and the existing Church. It is a false irenicism and the new relaxed Church is now simply viewed as 1 more of many thousands of Protestant Christian denominations. This seems the point of Vatican II and its ultimate driving force.
The fruit is a loss in our belief in defined dogmas and our support for previously condemned practices in the moral and theologically dogmatic sphere of things. It has propelled the laity to the false belief that all religions are the same, and syncretism is being taught with abandon. Our loss of understanding of our faith is also widespread, neither taught in catechism classes nor from the pulpit during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Where are we now? And more to the point who are we now since we have jettisoned our Catholic identity? Let us look at just the recent happenings in the Church.
- Non Catholics given Communion by our Pope
- The True Church of China is now forced to submit to the National Chinese Communist Church
- Political, economic, ecological and social issues dominate our interest; personal salvation, no longer a priority etc.
Such lists could take up 100’s of pages to show where we were and where we are at present.
And again, one need only look at the evidence that presents itself to us on an almost daily basis.
- Loss of the fast from midnight to reception
- Loss of meatless Fridays
- Loss of processions
- Abysmal catechisis
- Empty pews
- Empty seminaries and religious orders
- Empty confessionals
- Everyone receives whether in a state of grace or not
- The sanctuary is not the sanctuary, overuse of extraordinary ministers, girl altar boys, redundant blessings within Mass (its all about being ‘welcoming . . . and they are leaving in droves)
- Holy water that is merely blessed by a priest; no blessed salt and is of no apparent use in the protection against satan etc. especially in exorcisms
It is a schism that has taken place though not made official. We are divided by political lines which have eclipsed the theological truths the Church codified over its 2000 year history. We have been plunged into the crisis that St. Athanasius witnessed against which and for which he was excommunicated. I guess we should take solace in the words he addressed to his flock:
“May God console you! … What saddens you … is the fact that others have occupied the churches by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact that they have the premises – but you have the Apostolic Faith. They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the true Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: what is more important, the place or the Faith? The true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in the struggle – the one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith? True, the premises are good when the Apostolic Faith is preached there; they are holy if everything takes place there in a holy way … “You are the ones who are happy; you who remain within the Church by your Faith, who hold firmly to the foundations of the Faith which has come down to you from Apostolic Tradition. And if an execrable jealousy has tried to shake it on a number of occasions, it has not succeeded. They are the ones who have broken away from it in the present crisis. No one, ever, will prevail against your Faith, beloved Brothers. And we believe that God will give us our churches back some day. “Thus, the more violently they try to occupy the places of worship, the more they separate themselves from the Church. They claim that they represent the Church; but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray. Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ.”
(Letter of St. Athanasius to his Flock)
As a side note, it seems that Christ’s Sacrifice was a demarcation between the world and His Kingdom represented by His Church whilst ecumenism seems to be a reunification with the ways of this world. And with the upcoming Amazonian Synod it appears we have gone full circle with our ecumenism: to the Orthodox and the Protestants, to the atheistic Communists and Marxists to only return to man’s earliest animistic and pantheistic past. Perhaps ecumenism is only the acting out of the ‘spiritual evolutionary’ ideas of Teilhard de Chardin. We are gathering all religions and even atheists together in order to allow this evolution of our spiritual conscience, progress toward the ‘inevitable’ omega point; the noosphere. If so we have embarked on a new age journey that will lead to a loss of faith and most probably a lot of souls descending to hell.
So for the sake of a false peace; they have abused the faith and the people of the Catholic faith. May God have mercy on their souls and may we all pray for our deliverance from this present captivity. St. Athanasius pray for us.
but as far as I know the catholic belief does exist and succeed for it is more enduring than the Christ in modern times so it has played a major part in reaching dialogue with other religions
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Read the documents of Vatican II: false irenicism was condemned and yet is practiced with abandon: that is not dialogue that is capitulation.
Bosco the Heretic said:
By the way, i just love that picture of the Holy Father kissing the Koran.
I hear that some muslims are planning a raid on the vatican.
Bosco the Heretic said:
“merely blessed by a priest; no blessed salt ”
What is this world coming to. No blessed salt???/
Maybe you will understand that this even predates Christianity and has its roots in Judaism. Read this article for some of its history:
Coming a little late to this post… but I believe we are undergoing a virulent scourge of evil upon the Holy Bride of Christ due to the unchaining of Satan.
Remember the terrifying vision of Pope Leo XIII of the conversation between Satan and God? Satan was allowed 100 years to try to destroy the Church! (The only thing unclear is exactly when the 100 years unchaining of Satan commenced. Perhaps right after the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917? Or at Tuy in 1925 after Sr. Lucy’s vision?) This can only have been permitted by God because He knew Satan would never finally succeed. “In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph”, Our Lady told the little visionaries. Meanwhile men had already laid the groundwork for this scourge of Satan to take place through their weaknesses and sins: e.g., allowing the Protestant rebellion to break up and weaken Christendom; the satanical hatred released on Catholics in the French Revolution; opening the doors to the atheistic ideology of Socialism…
Up to the time of Vatican II the great earlier popes of the 19th and 20th Century had protected the Church from the worst of the onslaught of Satan, but as you so rightly point out, Scoop, the false ecumenism preached after V2 weakened the Church considerably. It made its spineless proponents almost apologetic for their Catholic beliefs! Worldliness and syncretism were welcomed in instead.
Of course I am not saying that Christians should not make efforts to get along together; that is what being Christian is all about. In these times of the spreading in the West of the very real dangers of violent, heretical Islamic, we need to recognise our shared Christian identity. Yet Apostolic succession is ONLY in the Catholic Church; the other churches lost that when they left and started changing aspects of doctrine.
That the Catholic Church today is often unrecognisable from Her former self (yes, I agree with you here too) is because She has been infiltrated by Satan and his minions! But the Magisterial teachings of the Church are unchangeable, whatever false Pope Francis and his buddies might pretend.
There truly are remnants still around of true believing, practicing Catholics within the Church… I see it every year on the Chartres pilgrimage (over 14,000 participants this year!) and a few small parishes that are fortunate enough to have a good traditional parish priest. Catholic orders like the ICKSP and FSSP, and of course the SSPX (God bless them!) are havens of faithful Catholicism too. Unfortunately not everyone has access to these. At least we have the Internet where we can get informed of the truth of Catholic teaching, and find like-minded people to share our worries and love of our beloved Church so under attack in these times.
We are not alone. We must fight back. We must never lose hope.
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Hi Kathleen haven’t seen you here in a while and it is good to read your comments.
I agree to the unleashing of Satan as well as I agree with Quito, Fatima and Akita as foreshadowing that which we were going to suffer in our times. I also think of what Christ endured and how this upside down Crucifixion of Christ might be likened to the trial of Pilate and the release of Barabbas . . . only this time Bar-Abbas (son or heir of the Father) is being proclaimed their worldly king and successor, their social warrior and leader of their political causes. All this whilst, the Body of Christ is relegated to repeat that of the Living God, Jesus Christ, to hang upon the tree. People are blind and afraid to speak against the false son of the father Barabbas. And the remnant will be found at the foot of the Holy Cross or, God forgive us, hiding in the upper room out of sight fearing for our earthly lives.
Not much we can do but as you say use the internet, tell as many people as we can and pray for the hierarchs to grow a spine. There are a few but boy it sure sounds quiet out there; alot of crickets.
Thanks for your comments Kathleen.
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