Dispersing the Smoke of Satan: What is wrong with the people in the Catholic Church?

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by Doug Lawrence

The one, true Church of Jesus Christ has recently fallen on hard times.

Since 1965, the Catholic Church has experienced the liberal/modernist onslaught, the post-Vatican II revolution and deconstruction, the takeover of the seminaries by self-loathing homosexuals and progressive anarchists, the decimation of the ranks of the ministerial priesthood, the dilution, distortion, denial and obfuscation of traditional Catholic doctrines and practices, a huge loss of faith by the laity, the overthrow of the power of the church hierarchy by government secularists, and in the wake of the so-called pedophile priest scandal … the confiscation and dissipation of church assets, by force of law.

Pope Paul VI called it “The Smoke of Satan”. Pope John Paul I died before he could come to terms with it. John Paul II had the chutzpah to call it “The New Springtime” and Benedict XVI took a seemingly more practical stance, looking for “A Smaller, Purer Church” (something he just might get.)

The Church’s official “party line” has been to accept all this as “the will of God” and simply carry on as before … in the “Spirit of Vatican II” … whatever that’s supposed to mean.

About the only “bright spots” we can find in the church during this entire period of time are the courageous but still largely unrealized gains made in Eastern Europe by Pope John Paul II, and the intriguing potential of Pope Benedict’s recent Anglican Initiative, where he took it upon himself to side-step the church’s ineffective ecumenical office (which had accomplished absolutely nothing, for over 40 years) and unilaterally act to set up a simple process by which disaffected Anglicans could move over to the Catholic Church en-mass, with a minimum of pain and inconvenience.

We need many more bold initiatives like these, and we also need a return to a strong, decisive, infallible papacy (as opposed to a limp-wristed, ineffective, collegial and highly political bishopric.)

We need a return to the traditional faith and traditionally sound liturgies, and we need to better support, appreciate, love, honor and defend our priests.

We need complete, correct, convenient, authentically Catholic, traditional catechesis for every age group, along with a streamlined RCIA program that takes only weeks … instead of months … to complete.

We need to revitalize and reform the Catholic school system … from preschool, all the way up through the universities and seminaries.

We need to prune the “dead wood” from the Vatican and all the various dicasteries, chanceries and parish offices.

We need to make sure that organizations calling themselves Catholic really are.

We need to once again begin to dedicate Sunday
(all of it) to nothing other than the worship, study, contemplation and appreciation of Almighty God.

Finally, we need to wake the bulk of the world’s
1.2 billion Catholics from their self-imposed slumber and powerfully remind them of who they are,
and what they are called by God, to be.

If we begin to do all this in faith, then God will certainly lead us forward. If not, this mess in which we we presently find ourselves will likely continue to worsen … and we will all deservedly suffer the consequences!

This is a time for heroes, for straight talk, for prayer, and for inspired, creative thinking. This is a time for good people of action (and substantial intestinal fortitude) to step up, realize their true vocation, and become saints.

Any ideas or suggestions? Anything that’s working well in your parish? How about things that are NOT working, but should be? Let us know about it!

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