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The Crisis in the Church – Part II

 The Need to Resist Error & Prepare for the Chastisement

Rita A. Stewart
In my first article, I acknowledged what is obvious to almost everyone today: the great crisis that has erupted in the Catholic Church and society.

Our Lady of Good Success pointed to when this crisis would erupt, precisely at the time that Vatican Council II opened, "shortly after the middle of the 20th century." Here, I continue with some of the ambiguities and errors generated by that Council:

Annibale Bugnini

Msgr. Annibale Bugnini, the main architect of the Liturgical Reform & the New Mass

● The Council aimed to make the Mass more palatable to Protestantism: The Church has always said, “lex orandi, lex credendi,” which means that the way we pray must reflect our beliefs. This is why the form of the Mass is so important.

Contrary to the modern myth that the Pope St. Pius V invented the Latin Mass, the content of the Mass of the Ages, as it is sometimes referred to, comes from the Apostles and has existed virtually unchanged in its form since the 6th century, and was merely codified in the 16th century.

The only invented Mass is the New Mass, which is a product of Vatican II, created in a false ecumenical spirit. Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, one of its chief architects, said, “It is the love of souls and the desire to help in any way the road to union of the separated brethren, by removing every stone that could even remotely constitute an obstacle or difficulty, that has driven the Church to make even these painful sacrifices [by changing the form of the Mass].” (1)

Several of the changes made to the Mass with the approval of six Protestant “observers” of the Council include:
  • The Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist is downplayed, making the liturgy seem more like a supper than a sacrifice;

  • The priest's 14 genuflections in the traditional Mass are reduced to three, and the Holy Eucharist is often received standing and in the hand;

  • The priest faces the people instead of the altar, changing the emphasis from God to the people;

  • The role of the priest is downplayed to emphasize the “priesthood of the people,” another Protestant notion. The New Mass pretends that the priest simply leads, or “presides over” the Mass, which is offered both by him and the laity together. However, the truth is that the priest alone offers the sacrifice of the Mass;

  • The sacral character of the Mass was destroyed. The New Mass tries to be “understandable,” but instead, it eliminates a sense of holy mystery, and ceased to inspire wonder and amazement in the face of God’s infinite majesty. God created the human heart to marvel at mystery, for He is far beyond our comprehension.
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A procession with the Most Holy Sacrament during a traditional Mass

The traditional Mass is imbued with symbolism to teach what words cannot. As Dr. Carol Byrne adeptly explains in her article, The Dignity of Worship: “Deep down, the human soul needs the sense of mystery found in the rich symbolism of the traditional liturgy to draw it upwards to encounter the Divine.” Everything from incense to the physical beauty of the church building to the priests’ vestments has a symbolic meaning."

As I reflect upon this, I am reminded of what my patroness, St. Therese, wrote in her autobiography Story of a Soul: "There are certain things which lose their fragrance in the open air, certain thoughts so intimate that they cannot be translated into earthly language without losing at once their deep and heavenly meaning."

When I attended the Latin Mass for the first time, I was stunned by its beauty. Instead of raising my arms and shouting ‘Hallelujah,’ I knelt in a deep sense of awe, moved beyond words by the grandeur of our God. It felt as though time stopped and I was living through the first real moment of my life.” (2)

The need to resist

Given all this, we have a duty to resist both Vatican II and the New Mass. It is likely that we will be maligned by family, friends and even fellow Catholics, but let us not forget Our Lord's encouraging words:

“Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for My sake: Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in Heaven. For so they persecuted the Prophets that were before you (Matthew 5:10-12).

three days of darkness

Our Lady will protect us in the coming chastisement

God will not forsake us, and Our Lady of Fatima has told us: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” Our Lady of Good Success said that at the moment when it seems that all is lost, She will intervene in a marvelous way and there will be a complete restoration in the Church.

This will happen after a terrible chastisement, which Scripture refers to as the Judgment of Nations. There are dozens of prophecies from Saints and even Our Lady herself about this chastisement.

For example, Blessed Ana Maria Taigi famously said: "There shall come over the whole earth an intense darkness lasting three days and three nights. Nothing will be able to be seen, and the air will be laden with pestilence which will claim mainly, but not only, the enemies of Religion. It will be impossible to use any man-made light during this darkness, except blessed candles. He, who out of curiosity, opens his window to look out, or leaves his home, will fall dead on the spot.

"During these three days, people should remain in their homes, praying the Holy Rosary and begging God for mercy. All the enemies of the Church, known and unknown, will perish over the whole earth during that universal darkness, with the exception of a few whom God will soon convert. The air shall be infected by demons who will appear under all sorts of hideous forms.”

After these three days of darkness, “Saints Peter and Paul, having come down from Heaven, will preach throughout the world and designate a new Pope. A great light will flash from their bodies and will settle upon the future Pontiff. ... There shall be innumerable conversions of heretics, who will return to the bosom of the Church; all will note the edifying conduct of their lives, as well as that of all other Catholics. Russia, England and China will come to the Church.”

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St. Athanasius: ‘Even if the faithful are reduced to a handful, they are the true Catholics’

As we wait for this time, we should pray that God might make us worthy to fight for the Church. We can grow in holiness if we reform our lives in small ways, such as by attending the Latin Mass, praying the Rosary, dressing modestly, and behaving in a serious, mature manner. We can also further educate ourselves. I have found that Tradition in Action has many resources.

St. Athanasius is a good Saint to turn to. He lived during the time of the Arian heresy, when many, if not most priests and bishops denied Our Lord’s divinity. St. Athanasius was persecuted and even exiled for upholding the truth about Christ. (3)

In a letter to his flock, he wrote: "Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ.” (4)

These words from St. Athanasius remind us that our time is not the only confusing one, nor is it the only time when priests and bishops have attempted to deceive the faithful. With St. Athanasius, let us bravely proclaim the immutable Catholic Faith and thank God for allowing us to suffer in defense of His Holy Church. It is truly a grace, for God will purify our souls through this precious cross.

  1. http://queenofmartyrspress.blogspot.com/2011/12/for-record-and-from-source-what-bugnini.html
  2. https://www.traditioninaction.org/Questions/B999_M333-Gen.html/
  3. https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=336 /
  4. http://traditionalcatholic.net/Tradition/Information/Letter_to_his_Flock.html
Posted June 6, 2022

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