“The … appearance of the seagulls, who scavenge on any filth they can find, is actually not new to St. Peter’s Square during this pontificate. In the adjoining piazza and around the colonnade, passers-by have been shocked at the degradation and squalor that emerges there at night. The seagulls descend on the headquarters of the Church and pick at rubbish bins, leaving debris strewn across the sidewalks and roads.
“The homeless are allowed to bed down under main thoroughfares and archways, on the outskirts of the colonnade and in front of the Holy See press office. Often they are drunk and disorderly, sometimes threatening passing tourists hoping to get a shot of the basilica.”
Wagner notes that Pope Francis has “created a culture of homelessness around the Vatican” and then remarks that “Some have called the miserable scene ‘apocalyptic.’
“And yet the general waste and degeneration, the screaming, scavenging birds circling over the Vatican like a dead carcass, is perhaps highly symbolic of this pontificate, one that many see leading the Church in the direction of a kind of death. And all the time that the degradation and squalor continue in the Church — both physically and morally — no one is really speaking up and coming to her rescue.”
The instances of the venomous nature of the reign of Pope Francis are becoming too numerous to mention but Sandro Magister has a post that must not be ignored. I hope that other blogs will pick this up and give it some exposure. Magister has a heart rending article by Professor Pietro de Marco , San Marco Must Not Die, on the impending loss of an irreplaceable monument of the Faith. the Dominicans are working assiduously to shut down the Convent of San Marco in Florence, Italy. I give you a teaser quote in the hope you will give it a few moments of your time:
The shutdown of the convent of San Marco in Florence has been confirmed by a recent new resolution, in July of 2017, from the chapter of the Roman province of the Dominican fathers, which includes central Italy and Sardinia.
The shutdown, first deliberated in September of 2013 and then postponed, now also stipulates:
– the loss of the identity and functions of the “Levasti” Library, unique in Florence for its library collection in religious studies and its network of intellectual relations;
– the downsizing to online distribution only of the “Rivista di Ascetica e Mistica,” created in 1929;
– an uncertain fate for the historic Pharmacy;
– in short, practically an obliteration that has the strange flavor of a “damnatio memoriae” that has fallen upon the last Dominican generations of San Marco.
It may in fact escape one who does not know the recent history of the Florentine and Italian Church that San Marco appeared to become the focus, in the second half of the twentieth century, of a resistance of high intellectual and spiritual quality, as of an incisive polemical and critical “vis,” against the direction taken by the Catholic Church after the council, markedly in Florence but everywhere else as well.
It was a resistance made up simultaneously of the continuity of the study of Saint Thomas (with Fathers Centi and Boccanegra) and by the history of spiritual and mystical forms (with Father Colosio). Reasons more than sufficient, in the current climate of the Church, to finally decree the extinction of the “conventus,” meaning both the house and community of San Marco, and the obliteration of its memory.
There is a link in the article to the online petition if you are inclined.
The subject of the withdrawal of God’s grace has been covered here often, and the impending shut-down of the Dominican Convent of San Marco is just one more step, I suppose. But it just struck me so poignantly. To our regular readers, you, I know, you at least understand that even as the apostates who now occupy the leadership of the Church are hellbent on destroying every vestige of grace, beauty and truth, we must work even harder to believe, adore, hope and love (as the Angel urged us) and draw Our Beloved Lord’s grace and mercy back to this suffering Church.
The success of the enemy occurs not just because he is so powerful, but because of the indifference of most Catholics. It leaves the greater burden to us, but we are Mary’s children, after all. And we are not without powerful weapons of our own – our Mother’s Rosary, her brown scapular, her miraculous medal, and our good Saint Joseph. The most fortunate of us have good priests and the true Mass, and thus the Blessed Sacrament; but even when we do not have them, and many do not, we have spiritual Mass and Holy Communion. I have found that the more that is taken away from me by the world, the more generously prayers are heard. Our Lord is never closer to us that when we take up our crosses with the sweet love that pleases Him so.
I hope that you all know that none of us is ever alone! We have all the glorious saints and martyrs with us, and in every prayer to Our Lady, we have the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and all the choirs of Angels with us. Can you imagine for a moment how awfully dark and dismal if must have been as our Lord Jesus Christ died on Calvary? Just think how terribly desolate that scene is! And yet, right then, Our Lord was winning! Not the devil. No, he is a loser for all eternity, no matter how victorious he seems right now. We must take heart, and take up our Rosaries in renewed faith and pour out our love and our trust in Him, trusting to our Blessed Mother of Mercy and her promise.
Please, now more than ever, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him.
NOTE: For yet another dismal incident confirming the intent of the ancient enemy now occupying the Vatican, see Rorate Caeli’s newest post, “The Franciscans of the Immaculate: A courageous voice speaks out” by Father Paolo Siano, wherein Father Siano documents the damnatio memoriae, which current occupiers of the persecuted order are attempting to plant among the new FI . The enemy is consistent and unrelenting. Should we be less?