Louie Verrecchio: This pope, like his immediate predecessors, is utterly determined not to allow “the facts on the ground” to interfere with his view of the Second Vatican Council.


One enormous rotten fruit – complete with maggots

“Vatican II produced a renewal movement that simply comes from the same Gospel. Its fruits are enormous. Just recall the liturgy. The work of liturgical reform has been a service to the people as a re-reading of the Gospel from a concrete historical situation.”

Pope Francis obviously dwells in the same parallel universe from whence John Paul II said, “The vast majority of the pastors and the Christian people have accepted the liturgical reform in a spirit of obedience and indeed joyful fervor,” even as the real fruits of the post-conciliar liturgical reform were such that desolate parishes were being boarded up at an alarming rate in dioceses all over the world as he spoke.

Read 9 other observations about the Pope’s interview

Editor’s note: The “fathers” of Vatican II – and all the post-conciliar popes – evidently never heard the phrase, commonly attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”  

Catholics aren’t stupid. Nobody with any sense of history (or common sense) could look back on the last 50 years and see it as anything other than an unmitigated disaster for the Catholic Church – the bulk of it self-inflicted.

Last time I checked – telling lies – even with good intentions – was a sin! What we have here is a 50 year-long credibility gap that sullies virtually the entire Catholic hierarchy. What many of these clerics are doing is urging the faithful to live a lie! We expect that type of thing from cheap, tin-horn politicians – but not from Catholic bishops and popes. No wonder things are so fouled up!

According to the Catechism, the holy office of bishop is supposed to be the image of God the Father. I sincerely hope not, since – based on recent events – that would be blasphemy, on a very large scale! 

First, we have a pope who somewhat mysteriously, resigns. Then, we have a new pope who says he doesn’t want to be pope, who appears to be seriously conflicted and/or confused about a number of critical faith issues, and to top things off – he likes to ramble on about it in public – to non-Catholics, atheists and secular newspapers.

Please … enough already!

The time for phony reform is over. Nobody is fooling anyone. The Church is in shambles, with much of our leadership both morally and spiritually bankrupt. Yet all we need do to make things right again is what all Catholics had been doing for the 1,930-some years prior to the disaster now known as the 2nd Vatican Council.

The Church saved souls all that time. It can save souls, today. All we need do is what any failing team typically does, in order to recover from a long losing streak: get back to the fundamentals and practice, practice, practice.

God help us!


  1. Does anybody .. any sensible Roman Catholic . .. presume that the second Vatican Council was inherently wrong and that God did not fill it with his Almighty Spirit? Do you guys really suppose that in some spooky future a pope is going to reject it and take the Church back to a pre councillor Church? Is there anybody that reads the above nonsense and is not both sad at its ignorance, shocked by its pride and infuriated by its total and utter lack of misunderstanding????

    OH MY GOD!!!
    It is a complete and utter sham to write such historical rubbish and present it as scholarship, virtue or correct. In the most rabid liberal environment it is never acceptable to write such garbage and produce it a if it was merely a subjective opinion!
    The wilful scandalization of the Church, its Council, its popes, its lawful leadership is a Sin!

    The final obscenity is the wilful attack on GREAT and HOLY men as John Paul the second, perhaps the greatest pontiff and theologian in Church history and soon declared Saint!
    The wilful and satanic attack (because it is nothing less than Satans will) on the Council is absolutely disgraceful and the idea that the Council was something that altered the Church against the will of all its previous history is not only sinful in its lack of faith but is alas totally historical rubbish!
    Utter Balderdash from beginning to end . . .and I want the two minutes I just wasted back in reading that crap!

  2. Regarding the disastrous V-II and its fruits, the Vatican’s propaganda ever since has been indistinguishable from that of any secular government that screws up royally: Not only admit no mistake, but also insist that the sow’s-hide purse you created consists of purest silk.

    No rants to the contrary can change these “facts on the ground,” cited by Doug, at greater length, above.

  3. Church Teachings Do Not Form the Man, but Man forms the Teachings…..Pure and Simple, Humanism! Pope Francis is a Modernist! Change is not easily accepted in any realm of life..But remember Christ is the Same, today, tomorrow, and forever!
    Spiritual Life, must remain constant, through all times, and worship the Lord in Truth!

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