“Gradually” dying from a million papercuts
Following an interesting conversation on FB with a “conservative” novusordo priest who can’t seem to make up his mind to jump into the deep end of the Faith. He says that my rational and objective assessment of the last couple of pontificates as failures is a counsel of “despair”.
John Paul II and Benedict XVI were playing the “long game” you see…
I suspect that, as the pastor of a “cluster” of parishes with … shall we call it a “kaleidoscope” of Catholics, he is more interested in keeping his life quiet than in facing up to the inescapable logical conclusions.
This is the kind of evasion that has resulted in the loss of millions – yes, millions – of souls. The efforts of a very few priests and bishops to “gradually” bring their congregations around by not ever shocking them with too much Reality, has resulted in the nearly entire loss of a whole continent. In South America, Catholicism is divided into two groups: ex-Catholics and Marxist/Catholics. Many of the Exes have gone in for the Protestant pentecostalist sects, and a bunch more have reverted to paganism (I suggest because both of these at least admit to the existence of the supernatural as part of our lives). The entirety of the ruling class in the Catholic Church have gone Marxo.
Well done, gradualists!
Our priest friend asks, presumably rhetorically, “What other route do you suggest?”
How about the fullness of the Faith. The Faith entire, which includes a forthright denunciation from all pulpits in the “cluster” of every one of the Modernist novelties. What, I wonder, have we got to lose at this point?
“Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were to be in collusion with the Church’s enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith.” St. Peter Canisius.