All that post-Vatican II happy talk and non-judgmentalism had been a façade concealing what then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — later Pope Benedict XVI — would call the “filth” in the Church.

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It wasn’t the crimes that did it as much as the bishops’ unwillingness to repent, and the Vatican’s disinterest in holding them to account. If the church’s hierarchy cannot commit itself credibly to justice and mercy to the victims of its own clergy and bishops, I thought, do they really believe in the doctrines they teach?

All this put the moral unseriousness of the American church in a certain light. As the scandal raged, one Ash Wednesday, I attended mass at my comfortable suburban parish and heard the priest deliver a sermon describing Lent as a time when we should all come to love ourselves more.

If I had to pinpoint a single moment at which I ceased to be a Roman Catholic, it would have been that one.

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Editor’s note: This is the chief problem with what is termed  “The New Evangelism” – poor catechesis and even poorer inspiration, coupled with thoroughly lukewarm, “happy talk” Catholic parishes.

Thanks to the modernist/ideologue/liberal elitists who run the place, there’s very little “sizzle” remaining in the Catholic “steak”  – and not much else to help “anchor” a normal person’s budding faith, either. Comrade Lenin couldn’t have done a better job of wrecking things, himself!

It’s interesting that the writer fled to the Russian Orthodox Church in order to help maintain his sanity and his faith – since as of late – Russian President Vladimir Putin has been sounding more authentically Catholic than has Pope Francis. Yet, I suspect that both are in fact, lying!

Still and all – there’s no substitute for fervent prayer and study, along with full, faithful and active participation in all the work, worship, sacraments and devotions of the Catholic Church – even though such a thing is lately, getting much more difficult to accomplish – and to “stomach”.

But we also know that God’s grace is sufficient!

Pope’s latest homily hints that the “Spirit of Vatican II” may have been the “Spirit of the World”.

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Pope Francis said: “It’s not enough to say: ‘But I believe in God, God is the only God.’ That’s fine, but how do you live this out in your life’s journey? Because we can say, ‘The Lord is the only God, there is no other’, but then live as if He was not the only God and have other deities at our disposal … There is a danger of ‘ idolatry: idolatry, which is brought to us through the spirit of the world. And in this Jesus was clear: the spirit of the world, no. At the Last Supper he asks the Father to defend us from the spirit of the world, because the spirit of the world leads us to idolatry. ”

The Pope continued: “Idolatry is subtle…we all have our hidden idols” and “the path of life to follow, to not be far from the kingdom of God” involves “discovering our hidden idols.”

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Editor’s note: The “Spirit of Vatican II” was the “hidden idol” of the liberal Catholics who did their best to wreck the Church after Vatican II … and they haven’t stopped trying … to this day.

Reject Aquinas and you might just as well exchange divine truth for the big lie.

Amongst the host of legitimate problems, the post-Vatican II Church abandoned St. Thomas Aquinas. Entire Thomistic libraries were recovered from the garbage dumpsters outside Catholic universities and the popular malformed lens of Karl Rahner interpreted the entirety of Sacred Tradition afresh.1Though Vatican II suffers its own vagaries, the insufferable ”Spirit of Vatican II” has become a skeleton key of liberals, i.e., heretics, to unlock whatever thinly dissembled modernist errors they wish into the Church.

Often times one will hear when St. Thomas Aquinas is brought into the conversation that Vatican II did away with that old medievalist and the Church’s supposed peace with modernity has ushered in new Catholic manners of thinking. Again, all actual problems with the text of Vatican II aside, it did no such thing. Though it lacks the assiduousness and acumen of previous Church documents, the Council still affirms St. Thomas’ role as the mind that rules Catholic academia like a king.

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Editor’s note: With a good working knowledge of the teachings of St. Augustine, St. Anselm and St. Aquinas you can typically resolve 98% of the difficulties people have with understanding authentic Catholicism.

It has been 49 years since the opening of the Second Vatican Council

Only now is the Catholic world finally realising that the decrees of the Second Vatican Council were completely misinterpreted during those crucial years that followed its closing.

It appears that the Sacred Council’s documents have very little in common with what came to be termed the “spirit of Vatican II” – a phrase that seems to have been deployed by modernists as a means of hijacking the Church’s 21st Ecumenical Council.

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Why the “Spirit” of Vatican II wasn’t the Holy Spirit

But what exactly was the “etiology” of the new “spirit”?

The post-council spirit. . . .intends to annihilate all the forms which try to establish the distinction between the sacred and the profane.

Let us not forget something rather comical – that these destructions have operated in the name of a spirit of community, although, as can be seen, nothing has come of this effort but the disappearance of mutual relations, the destruction of all the cohesion among the ordered elements.

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Editor’s note: The “Spirit” of Vatican II is … in terms the Church prefers to use … “seriously disordered”.

One would think that 1900+ years of Catholic Church Tradition would have been prized, as something that gives a reasonable degree of dependability, along with solidity and stability to the Body of Christ. Which it truly does.

Instead, we have pearls cast before swine, by those who were supposed to be acting as shepherds!

It’s time to for the Pope to officially bring to a close the 1st Vatican Council (Yes … the FIRST one!)

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The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war led to the interruption of the 1st Vatican Council. It was in fact never resumed, nor was it ever officially closed.

It’s high time Vatican I was finally and officially wrapped-up.

And of course, since Vatican I was never properly completed, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch for the Pope to go ahead and declare the 2nd Vatican Council to be null and void.

After all, how can you have a 2nd Vatican Council when the 1st one is still (at least technically) still going on?

This wasn’t my idea, either. “The Spirit of Vatican II” provided all the necessary inspiration. Honest!

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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