Seen on the web: What went wrong with the Catholic Church?

Matt said…

I’ll answer the Holy Father’s question as to what went wrong in our proclamation, in our entire way of living the Christian life, that allowed such a thing to happen. 

What went wrong is the fact that the great majority of bishops, priests, and theologians in Western lands have embraced every heresy of modernism, liberalism, socialism, multiculturalism, and sentimentality that they could find, in a pathetic attempt to be fashionable. Most of our shepherds no longer know what the Gospel is, let alone possess the fitness to proclaim it. You need but look at the headlines of today to see that the smoke of Satan still lingers heavily in the Catholic Church. For instance, why were the American bishops (practically to a man) entirely onboard with the DREAM Act, which would have rewarded criminal intrusions into our country on a hitherto unprecedented scale? Why did the USCCB issue a statement that announced how willing the organization would have been to support Obama’s health care reform tyranny, but for the fact that it “failed to sufficiently protect the unborn” and (horror of horrors!) didn’t do enough to provide for “immigrants, independent of who they are or how they got here.”? Why is the CCHD cutting checks to ACORN and other groups that support abortion and gay marriage? It’s because the majority of Western Catholics, both clergy and laity, no longer love the faith. They’ve decided that, to the extent to which they wish to live the Gospel message at all, that message reduces to being a “nice person,” as the degenerate, urbane, liberal intelligentsia of our suffocating cities define “nice.”

But I ask them this: When did rewarding criminals, bankrupting the country, and supporting tyranny become articles of the Catholic faith? Answer: They never did. The men who support such measures are no longer Catholics but heretics, modernists, wolves in sheeps’ clothing. If anyone should doubt this, just look at their fruits. Look at the cataclysmic decline in mass attendance, in vocations, in holiness of life. Look at their incestuous alliance with that murderous den of vipers, the Democratic Party. Look at corpulent blowhards like Archbishop Timothy Dolan, complacently smiling and waving at openly gay Catholic parishioners.

And I must say that Fr. Barron as well cuts the figure of a sunken priest, a veritable Tim Dolan mini-me. Everything from his personal appearance to his vocal inflection to his swimmingly sophistical explication of the Pope’s message, announces to the world that he is no true Father, no protector of pilgrims. For crying out loud, child sex trafficking in the Third World has nothing to do with the clergy sex abuse scandal. That was brought about by the fact that homosexual men and their gay agenda have been infiltrating the seminaries for decades now, with the active assistence of many, even within the Vatican itself. And the demonic Fr. Maciel being appointed the synod of bishops for priestly formation certainly didn’t help, either.

This is getting ridiculous. The Church needs to stand up and realize that it cannot compromise with the modern world, that liberalism is a sin, and that our enemies will gladly use our own stupidity and sentimentality against us. We need to preach the truth and only the truth. Until we do, Our Lady’s garments will be torn to shreds by the feral dogs that this decadent civilization has become.

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The Devil’s Final Battle: read it on-line, or buy it!

Viewed from afar, the Catholic Church appears to be an institution that changes only slowly and reluctantly. The process of reform initiated by Vatican II in the 1960s led to unprecedented changes in the Church (e.g., vernacular Masses, abandonment of distinctive clerical garb, etc.) that may have seemed dramatic to insiders, but were almost invisible to outsiders. Compared to secular trends in the latter half of the 20th Century, the Church seemed resistant to change, maintaining Her teaching on such things as priestly celibacy, ordination of women, contraception, divorce and abortion. In all these respects, the Church still seems firmly entrenched in positions She has maintained for centuries.

But does this mean that Vatican leadership is resolutely traditionalist? Outsiders who rely on such things as the Pope’s public utterances might well think so. But as this book explains, insiders know better. The Catholic Church today is not what She seems, and the gap between public perceptions and actual realities is growing wider every day.

While traditions have been officially upheld in certain respects, they have been abandoned or undermined in others. And while the positions still being maintained have been widely publicized, those being abandoned or undermined have been barely acknowledged. Catholics who once shared a common set of beliefs around the world now find themselves drifting in different directions in different places, following contradictory and uncertain leadership at all levels.

Editor’s note: The content of this book is controversial. The author obviously believes that the leadership of the Catholic Church has deliberately ignored and/or deemphasized the messages and secrets of Our Lady of Fatima, delivered in 1917, in order to freely carry on with programs designed to modernize and liberalize the Catholic Church, to the serious detriment of the whole world. (And that’s not all!)

Read it. Make up your own mind.

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The “Catholic Reformed Church”?


Catholics born in the 40’s and 50’s can well remember the confidence they once knew in a Church that, like Christ Himself, would be the same today, tomorrow and forever. The Mass was the rock, offered by priests who faced God in the tabernacle, exactly as priests had done for a thousand years and throughout the whole world; Mass was heard and seen and prayed exactly as every saint, martyr and pope had heard and seen and prayed it back to the days of the Apostles.

For Catholics—not just in the Middle Ages, but in living memory—the Holy Father was infallible, the Mass was in Latin, the priest was in the confessional, scapular enrollment was universal, rosaries were lifelines, nuns were in cloisters and classrooms, mothers were in the homes, families were made up of numerous children, Christ was in the tabernacle, and the Catholic Church was the shining city on the hill.

And then one day it all blew up—sabotaged not by a visible invading army but by forces from within who thought they knew better. The Mass of all time was thrown out and replaced by something utterly foreign to every Catholic who’d ever lived. The nuns threw off their habits and became agents for “social justice”. The priests rejected the sacrificial symbols of their holy office and became our buddies. Women invaded the sanctuaries while men abandoned the pews. The seminaries and churches became laboratories for pop theology and experimental psychology. Catholics had declared war on themselves.

If you wanted to pass out Holy Communion, reject Humanae Vitae, hold hands at the Our Father, shake hands at the kiss of peace, or belt out the latest ditty that’d replaced Sacred Music—you could stay on. But if you didn’t want all that, but preferred instead to continue to practice the Faith as you’d been taught in Catholic school and as your father and mother had always done, you had to make sure not to let the door hit you in the backside on your way out.

Some stayed and suffered like Magdalene beneath the Cross. Others went along with the madness. Most walked away, never to return. And today much of the remnant of the Catholic faithful is either white-haired and fading away or, bereft of any Catholic identity whatsoever, cheering on Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.

Young people from the best families may continue going to Mass for a few years, at least until they’re 16 or so. They may even show up for weekend retreats and overnights when the idea of getting out of the house on their own is still appealing. But soon enough all too many of them will join the rest of the “Catholic Christian” community today that quite simply is losing the Faith. If they’re unfortunate enough to attend a Catholic college or university, it’s a slam dunk!

According to a new poll conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life forty-five percent of Roman Catholics don’t even know that the consecrated bread and wine of Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the actual Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

Clearly, the fort has been betrayed.

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Writer offers advice for confused post-Vatican II Catholics


We must first adhere to what the Church has always taught through its infallible teaching and through its consistent teaching of the centuries. We must listen to the Secret of Fatima, and embrace Our Lady’s warning to protect ourselves against the bad Council. In the practical order, we must ignore its false teachings and not base any decisions on the Second Vatican Council, but rather, base our decisions on the Church’s teaching prior to the Second Vatican Council.

So, if the Second Vatican Council upholds what the Church has always taught, then you can follow it safely. But if the Second Vatican Council teaches things which are unclear, then simply ignore them. And if the Second Vatican Council teaches things that are contrary to what the Church has always taught, or if it initiates a new orientation that is different from what the Church has always taught and practiced, then we must reject those bad teachings and practices and embrace whole-heartedly what the Church has always taught prior to Vatican II.

The same goes for all the teachings of the Popes since October 1958 to the present. We must remember that the dogmatic Vatican Council I taught infallibly that not even a Pope may change Catholic teaching. (5)

Thus, when the Conciliar Popes have taught what the Church has always taught, then it is safe to follow them in those matters. That is, when Pope John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, have taught what the Church has always taught, then we are safe in following those teachings.

If these Popes, however, have taught things which are unclear — that seem to contradict the papal teachings of the past — then we are better off to ignore these teachings. This is especially true if these new papal teachings are based on the new orientation of the Second Vatican Council.

And yes, if the post-Conciliar Popes have taught anything contrary to what the Church has always taught, then you must reject those teachings and embrace whole-heartedly what the Church has always taught prior to Vatican II.

That is our very simple program, and that is what Our Lady of Fatima would have us do. This is why the present administration in the Vatican has hidden deliberately, with lies and half truths, the full Fatima Message, the full Third Secret of Fatima.

And now that we have this act of apostasy promoted by the Bishop of Fatima and Rector Guerra of Fatima, the whole plan of the false Catholics is exposed. The enemies of Christ and His Church, who occupy positions of Cardinals, bishops and archbishops and Vatican officials, work to destroy the Church from within by getting people to become involved in Ecumenism, which is another way of leading people out of the Church. It leads Catholics away from the dogmatic teachings of the Church, away from converting non-Catholics to the Catholic Faith.

Their policies work toward perverting Catholics from their Catholic Faith, into believing something that looks Catholic but is not Catholic at all. And Catholics are being led into apostasy in stages, in little or large steps.

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“The Ecumenical Vatican Council II: A Much Needed Discussion,” Msgr. Brunero Gherardini.

“It is absurd…to even think that modern and contemporary culture–that which is understood as having its beginning in the Enlightenment and which today finds expression in ‘weak thought,’ or materialism, or indifferentism and relativism–can be recognized as a natural development of ancient Tradition.”

-From a book on the 2nd Vatican Council, by Msgr. Brunero Gherardini: Canon of St. Peter’s Basilica, a secretary for the Pontifical Academy of Theology, a professor emeritus at the Pontifical Lateran University, and the editor of Divinitas, a leading Roman theological journal.

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The Shifting Sands of Modernism in the Catholic Church

It is enlightening to contrast the weak and false justifications of Modernism presented by its supporters, against the strong and solid foundation on which the teaching of the Catholic Church is based.

Consider the slippery and sliding foundations and constantly shifting justifications given to support the Modernist edifice, as follows:

1. APPEALS TO THE DECREES OF VATICAN II Initially Modernists based their arguments on the 16 formal documents of the Second Vatican Council. However, when these decrees proved conservative and restated the traditional Catholic doctrine, they shifted their arguments to:

2. APPEALS TO THE “SPIRIT OF VATICAN II” — which did not get embodied in any of the decrees and has been repeatedly declared and proven to be a total myth. So they shifted their arguments to:

3. APPEALS TO THE “SPIRIT OF POPE JOHN XXIII” — which they claimed was his purpose in calling the Council. However, when faced with the demonstrated traditionalism of this Pope on many questions, the Modernists shifted their arguments to:

4. APPEALS TO SCRIPTURE — whose authority they claim exceeds that of all the popes and councils. Unfortunately for them when inconvenient passages about sin, homosexuality and hell were brought forward, they then shifted their attempted proof to:

5. APPEALS TO THE NEEDS OF MODERN MAN — based on his presumed nature, feelings and emotions. When it was pointed out to them that the Roman Catholic Church has always taught that modern man is in a flawed state of nature, resulting from original sin, so that his needs, feelings and emotions cannot be used to justify their cause, Modernists shifted their ground again to:

6. APPEALS TO SELFISH DESIRE — This is their final appeal which obviously has no objective basis whatsoever. Like churlish children, it merely results in a political power play to attempt to get their own way. What nonsense!

On the other hand, our Church has always objectively and consistently developed its doctrine and teachings directly from REVELATION AND THE DEPOSIT OF FAITH, bequeathed to it by Christ Himself, who clearly is  “The Way, the Truth, and the Life”.

Let us reject “Modernism” for what it truly is: nothing ‘modern’ at all, but a very old appeal to our baser instincts.

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How’s that “New Springtime” of the Catholic Church working out for you?

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.

Clearly, Modernism’s chickens have come home to roost, exactly as the “schismatics”—e.g., Walter Matt, Michael Davies, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre—predicted they would. And lest there be any doubt in anyone’s mind, the majority of the New Springtime’s fundamentally emasculated clergy are no match for belligerents of any sort—even chickens.

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.

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“Ugly As Sin” – New Book – “Why They Changed Our Churches from Sacred Places to Meeting Spaces — and How We Can Change Them Back Again”

Michael S. Rose, in the eye-opening pages of Ugly as Sin, the book that banishes forever the notion that those of us who love traditional-style churches are motivated simply by nostalgia.

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Notes on a recent address by Professor Peter Kreeft – How to Win the Culture War

Dr. Peter Kreeft: “We are living in a spiritual Hiroshima”

“During World War II, I.G. Farben GmbH of Germany made Zyklon B, the gas used to kill so many in the gas chambers. Today, a French successor company to I.G. Farben makes the abortifacient RU-486. Either the face of evil has changed little, or the devil has a limited range of business contacts.”

“Since the Middle Ages, humanity has been on a slow, ever-ascending upward slope of becoming smarter, healthier, and more technologically advanced, while, at the same time, being on a slow, ever-descending slope of becoming weaker morally.”

From Notes By Joe Wemhoff -The Annual Parish Respect Life Coordinator Conference, Archdiocese of Chicago

How to Win the Culture War 

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