26 April 2010

Bracing

That is the adjective that I would use to describe this editorial from The Remnant concerning the current attacks on the Holy Father.

I am posting excerpts below, not because I agree with every single point of it (I don't), but instead because of two reasons:

1) It makes several excellent points that really do need to be made, some of which aren't being made elsewhere in the media; and,

2) It is simply refreshing to hear someone stand up, without apology, for the glory of Catholic Tradition. From the full article:

Forging Peter's Chains (While Scourging Christ's Church)


by Michael J. Matt

While attempting to survive the current arctic winter once hailed as the New Springtime of Vatican II, there is a nagging temptation to quip through chattering teeth —Yep, we told you so! It’s not the right attitude, of course, but perhaps understandable. After all, Traditional Catholics spent over four decades in virtual exile at the hands of their modernist-appeasing coreligionists who rigorously defended the indefensible—the very regime of novelty responsible for the Church’s current auto-demolition.

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Far too many of them pounded their ecclesial swords into flatware for fancy ecumenical dinner parties long ago. They laid their crowns at the feet of their enemies, and excised from their lexicons any dogmatic words that might offend the infidel. They protestantized their liturgy, stripped exorcisms from their Sacraments, and began behaving as if Hell and demons no longer exist. The joke was on them, however, since the playing field they so expertly leveled has since been overrun by demons that not only exist but are hell-bent on taking over Christendom and lynching churchmen of every stripe.

With empty scabbards and heads uncrowned, our princes can scarcely command obedience from aging priests and nuns much less crusaders for whose noble legacy they’ve been apologizing ad nauseam for decades. Open dialogue paved the way for open season on all things Catholic, including popes, and there are few Catholics left standing who are willing or able to defend the holy city or the hollow men inside.

Shell-shocked sheep can only wince at the effeminate posturing of all too many of their shepherds in the face of the snarling wolf pack Modernism set loose: “Let’s embrace our diversity. We apologize for our history, our dogmas and our dogmatism, and we invite our dialogue partners to join us in the search for truth and...blah, blah, blah!”

Nobody’s listening. Nobody cares—at least not until Catholic Tradition, bound and gagged, raises her bloodied head and attempts to speak. Then the wolves in the media and across the dialogue tables begin howling and frothing at the mouth. They still believe what all too many Catholics do not: That the Church is a divine institution and Tradition is her fortress. Traditional Catholicism—glory of angels and terror of demons—is, at the end of the day, the only thing that matters to friend or foe of Christ’s Bride.

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Pioneers of Traditionalism used to remark that God will not be mocked for long. They were right, of course, and are being proven so every day now. In a matter of months we have seen the mighty Spirit of Vatican II fundamentally exposed, the canonization of John Paul ‘the Great’ stall, the Traditional Mass come storming back, and the Holy Father obviously deliberating over when to leap from the leaky lifeboat of progressivism back onto the barge of holy Tradition.

Michael Davies used to say that the New Mass would simply consume itself over time, having nothing inherent apart from novelty to sustain it . That doesn’t seem so far fetched any more, especially since our Modernist friends, having grown as passé as hippies, their liturgy as stale as a bowl of Digger Stew, seem to have run out of new ideas.

This point was made recently in Dr. Robert Moynihan’s excellent report on the historic traditional Mass at the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. In an article entitled “Solemn Latin Mass in Washington stirs change in Catholic liturgy,” the editor of Inside the Vatican writes:

But at least one Vatican official I talked to, also in the past month, told me he believes the future is solely and exclusively in a return to the old rite. "The old rite is our past, and it will be our future," he told me. "The new Mass is a passing phase. In 50 years, that will be entirely clear."

Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain: The Church finds herself at historic crossroads at this moment. Contrary to media claims, Pope Benedict is not yet a traditionalist per se (though the yapping media jackals seem to be backing him rapidly into that corner), but serious Catholics know full well that the attempted lynching of our Holy Father is part of a global initiative to criminalize the traditional Catholicism he now represents, at least in the eyes of a world that understands few of the distinctions involved.

The extent to which Pope Benedict has ushered Tradition back into the Church is far too much for those secularist jackals that believed it dead and buried back in 1965. Whether Benedict’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum is the chief problem, or his lifting of the excommunications of the bishops of the SSPX, or his corrected translation of the all-important ‘pro multis’, or his ongoing talks with traditionalists in the Vatican—the driving motivation behind the global attack on Benedict seems to be fear—fear in the hearts of the Church’s adversaries that Tradition might rise again, that the Church really is of divine origin and that she can never actually be destroyed. Thus Catholic-bashing has become all the rage again with the current attack on the Holy Father being but the tip of an iceberg of militant anti-Catholicism.

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The media firestorm against Peter is clearly an attack on the moral authority of Christ’s Church—a point which the Society of St. Pius X recently developed on its official website DICI.org in a column entitled “Behind the Denunciation of the Pedophile Priest Scandal”:

Every day the press serves up new revelations intended to show the guilty silence of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI, with regard to these crimes.

Why? Because those who are leading this campaign have not yet reached their goal: to discredit the Church as a whole in order to bring about the abolition of clerical celibacy.

The simplistic reasoning which they want to impose on public opinion in order to achieve the abrogation of consecrated celibacy can be summarized in this way: Catholic priests are pedophiles because they are celibate. Or in more sensational terms: clerical celibacy is a crime, because it is responsible for the criminal actions of the pedophile priests which the Church has tried to hush up. The pope himself is therefore an accomplice because he intends to keep the Catholic clergy in this crime-provoking celibacy.


Indeed, what we are witnessing is the attempted criminalization of Catholicism—the secularists know it, traditionalists have long known it, and maybe—just maybe—our shepherds are beginning to take note of it too now that the wolves they spent five decades trying to appease have initiated a veritable feeding frenzy on the “civilization of love”.

In April of this year, even Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, began to drop the politically correct jargon that’s done such an incalculable disservice to the Church’s moral authority since Vatican II. During a news conference in Chile the Cardinal drew down the outrage of the masses with a statement of the perfectly obvious: “Many psychologists and psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relation between celibacy and pedophilia. But many others have demonstrated, I have been told recently, that there is a relation between homosexuality and pedophilia. That is true. That is the problem.”

Who knows—maybe all the Christophobic Catholic-bashing will have a silver lining. Maybe some of our diabolically disoriented shepherds will take heed of it and finally stir themselves from a half-century slumber. For that intention and for the inspiration and protection of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, let us pray to the Lord.

3 comments:

Geremia said...

"the driving motivation behind the global attack on Benedict seems to be fear—fear [...] that the Church really is of divine origin and that she can never actually be destroyed."

So true!

Geremia said...

You write:

In an article entitled “Solemn Latin Mass in Washington stirs change in Catholic liturgy,” the editor of Inside the Vatican writes:

But at least one Vatican official I talked to, also in the past month, told me he believes the future is solely and exclusively in a return to the old rite. "The old rite is our past, and it will be our future," he told me. "The new Mass is a passing phase. In 50 years, that will be entirely clear."


Who was this Vatican official? Do you know? Thanks

Geremia said...

The full Inside the Vatican article appears to be here.

But at least one Vatican official I talked to, also in the past month, told me he believes the future is solely and exclusively in a return to the old rite. "The old rite is our past, and it will be our future," he told me. "The new Mass is a passing phase. In 50 years, that will be entirely clear."

This definitely reminds me of 4 Kings 22, in which the Israelites found the lost "book of the law" and repaired the temple, before which reigned many kings who "did evil in the sight of the Lord" and along with people who mostly worshiped idols. Similarly, in our times we are just now beginning to find tradition again and rebuild our Church.