In his declaration of war against those of his flock too “rigid” to shake with the winds of political correctness, the man who above all ought to serve the servants of God references a global survey, whose results (likely never to be published) he deems disturbing.
Relying on his account, the naïve reader might reasonably conclude that an overwhelming majority of those offering and attending the Mass of St. Gregory the Great are wielding this ancient mode of worship as a deadly weapon against the Church itself—through an allegedly flagrant rejection of the Second Vatican Council and subsequent papal Magisterium.
In the most egregious of its many Orwellian moments, the letter condemns devotees of the old Mass for betraying the Holy Spirit himself!
To call these accusations lies is to understate the satanic malice with which they turn reality upon its head. Lurking behind this crudely spun webwork of deceit are the true motives for an apparently unprovoked assault on the Church’s immemorial modes of worship.
Personal experience, and surveys whose methods and findings can withstand the light of day, make it clear not only that the Latin Mass is growing at an accelerating rate, but also that its pews are filled with babies, its sanctuaries bursting with altar boys, and its influence responsible for a disproportionate number of religious and priestly vocations.
And speaking of the Magisterium: while large numbers of those attending the newer liturgy express dissent on the most basic teachings of the catechism, Latin Mass attendees are nearly unanimous in their adherence to the doctrines conveyed to us by Holy Mother Church, on the basis of the Revelation of One who “can neither deceive nor be deceived.”
Herein lies the rub. To believe the Church is to believe God, who never ceases to pour his graces upon those entrusted with our spiritual care, so long as those authorities remain receptive to these divine promptings.
That salvation requires the subordination of man to God is the theme of the traditional liturgy, from beginning, middle, to end. So long as her shepherds strive to govern us on the basis of their divine commission, they will find in its ancient forms a rich sustenance for their own efforts, and an invaluable aid in leading souls on the path of eternal life.
What happens when certain of our shepherds, of their own free will, become so enamored of earthly pleasures and worldly ideologies, that they learn to despise the very idea of God and his grace, unless they see a way of turning these notions to the manipulation and subordination of souls to their own designs?
Dear Reader may be able to guess the answer, whose contours I will explore further when next we meet.
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