Because my little blog is not very well known, most of the comments come to me by email or in person. Almost invariably, they are made by older Catholics, who have rediscovered the traditional Latin Mass and love it but are experiencing some level of cognitive dissonance over the changes they are confronted with. I always try to answer their concerns, but often find that I am unequal to the task. This post is my probably inadequate attempt to answer in a reasoned manner without, I hope, getting exasperated.
To begin, cognitive dissonance is what happens when we experience conflict between two opposing thoughts or perceptions. In Catholics, with regard to our faith, it is often related to guilt. Perhaps a bit of my own experience will help explain.
I left the Church a couple decades after Vatican II because I could not reconcile the conflict between what I had been taught as the infallibly proclaimed teaching of our faith, and what the post-conciliar church was teaching and practicing. I chose to hold to the truths of the faith rather than follow the external practices that conflicted with it. In time, Our Blessed Mother brought me back to the full practice of the faith. She did this, I believe, because I never left off praying the Rosary, never stopped asking her to show me how to serve Our Lord. I would not, could not compromise what I knew to be the unchanging truth of the faith and so had to reject the ever-evolving Novus Ordo Church.
I’ve related in other posts how I found The Remnant, and Catholic Family News and Father Gruner’s Fatima Apostolate and eventually the true Mass of all times. In doing so, it became glaringly obvious that the view of the Church portrayed by EWTN, and “mainstream Catholic media” such as Catholic Answers and others, was deceptive. It presents a portion of the truth wrapped around omissions or even deceptions, and that is more harmful than the outright heterodoxy of the openly “progressive” Catholic media.
In this post, I am trying to explain my position as clearly as possible.
Today, we are at Golgotha. Our Lord Jesus Christ is being crucified anew in His Mystical Body as satan’s minions have infiltrated the Church, all the way to the top. There is no point in disputing the fine points of canon law, whether or not Francis is actually pope, whether or not SSPX is actually excommunicated, whether or not the canonizations are infallible.
Let’s just get this straight. The Pope as you see him, Pope Francis does not speak the Catholic faith, nor does he preach the Catholic faith. There is no visible sign that he is a Catholic other than the trappings of the office. We cannot discern the thoughts of his heart, but it is manifestly evident by his words and his actions that he rejects the infallibly proclaimed doctrine of the faith and is actively promoting changes that will, if successful, destroy the faith.
The Bishops of the United States and most other countries have refused to teach the true Faith to several generations of Catholics. This is a terribly grievous sin. While they were neglecting their primary duty to teach and defend the faith, they were busily promoting and passing around and covering up for, sodomites in the guise of Catholic priests. These men, while practicing a mortal sin, continued to act “in persona Christi”, compounding their sins, and destroying the faith of millions.
Most Catholics today do not know their faith. It is your obligation to seek the full truth of the faith. You must decide for yourself who to listen to, who to rely on. Will it be those who stand up for the faith of all times, or those who nest in the false faith of Vatican II and snipe at them?
Whenever the faithful have attempted to attend SSPX Chapels, the Bishops have condemned them harshly, blasting out excommunications. This excommunications and condemnations were reserved, it seems, for loyal, faithful Catholics who only sought to practice the faith in the same way as had all the faithful prior to the apostasies of Vatican II.
For Catholics to pontificate on whether or not it is acceptable to criticize the Pope, when, in point of fact, this pope contradicts the teaching even of the popes he just canonized, is just laughable. We have a pope who scandalizes the faithful, indeed, he condemns them every time he speaks. And we are being uncatholic to mention that he is speaking uncatholic nonsense? Really?
You have a choice, continue to rely on soothing platitudes from the mainstream Catholic media or seek know the truth. To me it is clear, the hierarchy of the Church are the ones shouting “Crucify Him” and we can attend this sorry spectacle, not averting our eyes from any sordid detail, while adoring Our Savior and sharing with Him our sorrow, or we can look away, enjoying soothing, calming pablum, feeling oh so very “spiritual” as we watch the Rosary prayed on EWTN and enjoying the latest witty screed against the hateful old crypto-Lefebvrists and rad-trads, who are excommunicated after all.
OK, one more point. No, I do not think the Holy Spirit is guiding this pope, nor do I care what is in his heart. As I watch him pushing the sodomite agenda with all his brutal determination, I cannot reconcile the dissonance in any other way than to say, I do not see a Vicar of Christ humbly obeying the Holy Spirit and safeguarding the deposit of faith. Therefore, no, this pope is not obeying the Holy Spirit. I do not believe that God will let this affront stand. God will win this battle, and I want to be on the winning side. Therefore, I stand with the truth of the faith, and not with the pope who is against the faith.
I believe that at Fatima, God sent the Blessed Virgin Mary to warn us of His displeasure and show us a way to return to His favor, a way of humility, obedience and penance. The popes disobeyed and their understanding was darkened. The biblical basis for this is extensive. Look it up. It is the only explanation that makes sense. The sin committed by the Popes in disobeying the Mother of God is a sin against the Holy Spirit, resulting in spiritual darkness. That is why we are urged by the Fatima message to pray for the pope. Our penance and prayers are the only means of seeking God’s mercy for this unfortunate man.
God is faithful, it is we who have failed and we can only remedy this by steadfastly seeking and serving the truth of our faith. We do this while clinging to the Blessed Virgin Mary and conforming to her will in all things. We do NOT do this by seeking our own will, especially not by seeking out partial truths that soothe us and help us avoid the stark reality. We must face reality, so that we can stand with Our Lady at the foot of the Cross.
This is the best I can do. I don’t have any pablum. It’s rough. It’s our very own Calvary. Pay attention.
Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!
Sweet Heart of Mary, make me thine!
~ evensong ~
(updated 16:07 30 Oct. 2014)