Message to Shepherds

A few weeks ago, Bishop Athanasius Schneider  wrote an article discussing the endlessly fascinating  (to some) topic of how to read and judge the texts of Vatican II. This article was then responded to by  Don Citati of the Italian FSSPX.  And then, on August 2, Professor Roberto de Mattei wrote an article, published in Italy and reposted by Rorate Caeli. “De Mattei: The Second Vatican Council and the Message of Fatima“.

Readers are sending me articles which include portions of Dr. de Mattei’s article, but I believe they miss the point and so, I reprint Dr. de Mattei’s entire article here.  A short discussion follows, in red.

De Mattei: The Second Vatican Council and the Message of Fatima
Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana

August 2, 2017

Rorate Caeli, Corrispondenza Romana and other Catholic news-outlets, carried a valuable intervention by Monsignor Athanasius Schneider on the “Interpretation of the Second Vatican Council and its relationship with the current crisis in the Church”. According to the auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Vatican II was a pastoral Council and its texts should be read and judged in the light of the perennial teaching of the Church. In fact “From an objective point of view, the statements of the Magisterium (Popes and councils) of definitive character, have more value and more weight compared with the statements of pastoral character, which have naturally a changeable and temporary quality depending on historical circumstances or responding to pastoral situations of a certain period of time, as it is the case with the major part of the statements of Vatican II.”

Monsignor Schneider’s article was followed on July 31st by a balanced comment from Don Angel Citati of the FSSPX (http://www.sanpiox.it/attualita/1991-suaviter-in-modo-fortiter-in-re), according to which the German Bishop’s position recalls very closely what was repeated constantly by Monsignor Marcel Lefebvre: “To say that we evaluate the  Council’s documents “in the light of Tradition”, means, evidently, three indissoluble things: that we accept those that are in keeping with Tradition; that we interpret those that are ambiguous according to Tradition; that we reject those that are contrary to Tradition” ( (Mons. M. Lefebvre, Vi trasmetto quello che ho ricevuto. Tradizione perenne e futuro della Chiesa, [I transmit what I have received. Perennial Tradition and the future of the Church] by Alessandro Gnocchi and Mario Palmaro, Sugarco Edizioni, Milano 2010, p. 91). Having been published on the official site of the Italian District, Don Citati’s article helps us understand what might be the base of an agreement to regularize the canonical situation of the Fraternity of Pius X.

It must be added that, on the theological level, all of the distinctions can and have to be made to interpret the texts of Vatican II, which was a legitimate Council: the twenty-first in the Catholic Church. Its documents from time to time may be defined pastoral or dogmatic, provisional or definitive, in keeping or not in keeping with Tradition. Monsignor Brunero Gheradini, in his recent works offers us an example of how a theological judgment may be articulated, if it wants to be precise (Il Concilio Vaticano II un discorso da fare, Casa Mariana, Frigento 2009 e Id., Un Concilio mancato, Lindau, Torino 2011). Each text, for a theologian, has a different quality and a different degree of authority and cogency.  Hence the debate is open.

On the historical level, however, Vatican II constitutes a non-decomposable block: It has its own unity, its essence, its nature. Considered in its origins, its implementation and consequences, it can be described as a Revolution in mentality and language, which has profoundly changed the life of the Church, initiating a moral and religious crisis without precedent.  If the theological judgment may be vague and comprehensive, the judgment of history is merciless and without appeal.  The Second Vatican Council was not only unsuccessful or a failure: it was a catastrophe for the Church.

Since  this year is the centenary of the Apparitions of Fatima, let us consider this point only. When Vatican II opened in October 1962, Catholics from all over the world were waiting for the disclosing of the Third Secret and the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate heart of Mary. John Haffert’s Blue Army led a mass campaign for years in this regard. What better occasion for John XXIII ( died 3rd June 1963), Paul VI and with circa 3000 bishops gathered around  them, in the very heart of Christendom, to meet Our Lady’s requests in a solemn and unanimous way? On February 3rd 1964,  Monsignor Geraldo de Proença Sigaud, personally delivered to Paul VI, a petition signed  by 510 prelates from 78 countries, which implored the Pontiff, in union with all the bishops, to consecrate the world and in an explicit manner, Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Pope and most of the Council Fathers ignored the appeal.

If the Consecration request had been done, great graces would have poured down on humanity. A movement of a return to the natural and Christian law would have begun. Communism would have fallen many years earlier, in an non-fictitious way, but authentic and real. Russia would have converted and the world would have experienced an age of peace and order. Our Lady had promised this.

The failed consecration allowed Russia to continue spreading its errors throughout the world and these errors conquered the highest ranks of the Church, inviting a terrible chastisement for all of humanity. Paul VI and the majority of the Council Fathers assumed a historical responsibility for which today we gauge the consequences.   (Translation:  Contributor Francesca Romana)

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Evensong:

I repeat for emphasis:

On the historical level, however, Vatican II constitutes a non-decomposable block: It has its own unity, its essence, its nature. Considered in its origins, its implementation and consequences, it can be described as a Revolution in mentality and language, which has profoundly changed the life of the Church, initiating a moral and religious crisis without precedent.  If the theological judgment may be vague and comprehensive, the judgment of history is merciless and without appeal.  The Second Vatican Council was not only unsuccessful or a failure: it was a catastrophe for the Church.

Readers, somehow or another, we must renew our efforts, begging Our Blessed Mother to intercede for us with the Holy Ghost to shower our Prelates with the graces they need to snap out of their delusion. The Church is burning!

Enough of discussing endlessly how we can parse the disastrous Council that caused such a terrible loss of souls and made the Bergoglian Reformation  possible.  The interminable discussions of how the Council should be considered, how the Society can be “regularised” .

They evade addressing the problem: This pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is deconstructing the Church. Week by week, he damages it more and more. The faithful are scandalized, demoralized, they drift away, some to  false religions some to neo-paganism, some straight to hell itself. Souls are being lost in record numbers, and our own traditional Catholic leaders, who  should be our shepherds are prattling endlessly about how to discuss the  utterly disastrous council that caused all this.

Shepherds,  tend your sheep!

Please, pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!

†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
†  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
†  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
†  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

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One thought on “Message to Shepherds

  1. Dear Evensong,

    While Bishop Schneider has certain responsibilities due to his position, you are quite right about what we, the faithful, need to focus on during these times.

    Last October, we had the good fortune to host Bishop Schneider as he offered a Traditional Latin Mass for us and spoke afterwards on the importance of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary during our time. (Photos and a brief report of the event can be found at the following link.) https://knightsofcolumbuslatinmass.blogspot.com/2016/10/report-historic-ninth-annual-battle-of.html

    I had the opportunity to speak privately with the Bishop afterwards, and I asked him point blank, what exactly should Catholics be doing during these times? His answer was simple: (1) Live the Traditional Catholic Faith, and (2) Study the Traditional Catholic Faith. He was under no allusions regarding the seriousness and dangers of our time.

    He also commended efforts to consecrate ourselves, and those around us, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in order to bring about the decisive consecration of Russia. In this regard, I once again mention the solemn consecration of the City of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, as an example of what people can do on a local level. See:
    https://knightsofcolumbuslatinmass.blogspot.com/2016/06/report-solemn-consecration-of-city-of.html

    We are not helpless or powerless in this struggle. We must do our part, daily rosary, Five First Saturdays, etc., in order to assist our prelates to do their part.

    This is no time to be demoralized. There is much work to be done.

    God bless you, Evensong, for doing your part to explain and propagate the true message of Fatima and to provide us with encouragement.

    Woodlawn

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