The Church is suffering her worst crisis since the Protestant Reformation
Until the 1960s the Catholic Church in Europe and America was experiencing an almost unprecedented growth and expansion. Catholic seminaries were packed and new ones were being opened. From around 1940 to 1960 there had been a 25% increase in parishes, a 50% increase in priests and a 100% increase of students in Catholic schools. Almost all regions of Europe and the Americas had high birth rates.
Pope Pius XII died in 1958. Below are statistics at his death.
1959 Kenedy Directory, now The Official Catholic Directory
The Catholic population increase came to a rapid end in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The demographic collapse was accompanied by the wholesale abandonment of the faith by vast numbers of Catholics. The Catholic Church experienced a mass apostasy unprecedented in its history. Estimates and polls indicate that between 1970 and 2005, 400 million Catholics left the Faith.
This collapse in practice and birth rates began within five years after the implementation of the reforms of Vatican Council II. Priests and religious by the thousands abandoned their vocations. Many seminaries closed or became havens for homosexual men and those with a crippled masculinity.
Later we learned that several thousand priests in the United States sexually abused tens of thousands of mostly young teen age boys. Several bishops and one Cardinal were involved in abuse. Much of this was known and concealed by bishops which resulted in the loss of several billion dollars in Church funds.
A feminist mentality has greatly shaken the church and has malformed many clergy. Feminized judgments are based on emotion and sentiment rather than on fidelity to truth and reason. It took manliness to build the Church and it will take manliness to sustain and defend it. Manliness is in short supply in today’s clergy.
The content of Catholic teaching has changed beyond recognition.
Many faithful priests and bishops had given warnings but a Church of Nice had been born. Instead of personal responsibility and moral accountability, congregations are directed to put emphasis on social justice issues. The supernatural is downplayed. Hell, Satan and sexual morality are all but ignored. Beliefs are now based on emotion and sentimentality instead of truth. The Catholic Church looks and sounds like the dying liberal mainstream Protestant congregations. Many Catholics have joined conservative Evangelical congregations.
Anyone familiar with Church history knows that when aberrations have arisen in Church teachings they have been initiated, not by the laity, but by popes, bishops and priests who are not faithful to established Church doctrine. They promote their contemporary opinions over traditional Church teachings because of pride. It is as if they believed that — “Now that I have been born into this world, I have decided that past Church teachings have been in error.”
In discussions about the appalling sexual abuse, you never hear about mortal sins or eternal and temporal punishment due to these crimes. What you do hear are many clergy protesting capital punishment. They disregard the 2,000 year history of scripture, saints, popes, biblical scholars, theologians and doctors and fathers of the church supporting the death penalty, a record which far overwhelms contemporary opinions of the modern day.
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
“The Son of Man indeed goes, (to His Passion) as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”
Joseph Ratzinger, (Pope Benedict XVI) prophecy in Faith and the Future, 1969
“The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes … As a small society, [the Church] will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members….”
“… And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals.”
In 1970 a new edition of the Roman Missal replaced the Tridentine Missal.
This drastic change was forced on the laity who neither desired nor understood the changes. Much of the content of the new missal can only be described as watered-down doctrine, music, and ceremony.
Joseph Ratzinger in Revue Theologisches, Vol. 20, Feb. 1990, pgs. 103-10
“The liturgical reform, in its concrete realization, has distanced itself even more from its origin. The result has not been a reanimation, but devastation. In place of the liturgy, fruit of a continual development, they have placed a fabricated liturgy. . . . a banal product of the moment.”
Almost overnight, the ordinary Catholic saw the sweeping away of traditions and practices that had endured for centuries. Latin, the language of church liturgy since the time of Constantine and earlier, was replaced by the vernacular.
Gregorian chant and traditional church music was replaced by a variety of secular hymns. Singers and musicians abandoned the choir loft to give performances near the altar in competition with the Mass.
Reception under both species was permitted by bishops and used as an excuse for Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. The reception of the Blood of Christ had been reserved for ordained ministers for a thousand years. It had been a sacrilege in my youth for a layperson to touch the Host or Chalice.
Division was created in the Church as teachings and worship differed among parishes, even in the same communities and with the knowledge of the bishops. When priests violated liturgical norms, they were rarely rebuked.
Church buildings did not escape. Marble altars, statues, artwork, communion rails and confessionals were ripped out and tabernacles moved from a central location. Many churches removed kneelers. Thousands of Catholic parishes and schools closed.
To realize that the flawed implementation of Vatican II was a failure, all you need do is look at the devastation in the Church today. The Church established by Jesus Christ for the salvation of souls, has been turned into a social service organization.
The prophecy of Pope Pius XII was coming true.
Pope Pius XII 1952 — “The use of the Latin language prevailing in a great part of the Church affords at once an imposing sign of unity and an effective safeguard against the corruption of true doctrine.”
“The day the Church abandons her universal tongue is the day before she returns to the catacombs.”
Pope Pius XI 1922 — “For the Church, precisely because it embraces all nations and is destined to endure till the end of time…of its very nature requires a language which is universal, immutable, and non-vernacular.”
Pope John XXIII 1962 — “The Catholic Church has a dignity far surpassing that of every merely human society, for it was founded by Christ the Lord. It is altogether fitting, therefore, that the language it uses should be noble, majestic and non-vernacular.”
Results of Pew Research Surveys of U. S. Catholics -2019
69% said the consecrated bread and wine are only symbols. (therefore only 31% believe they become the body and blood of Jesus.)
48% said abortion should be legal in all/most cases
89% said that contraception is morally acceptable or not a moral issue at all.
46% said marriage of gay and lesbians couples should be recognized
70% said homosexuality should be accepted
62% said priest should be allowed to marry
59% said women should be allowed to be priests
62% said divorced and remarried or those cohabiting should receive communion
Sacramental marriages are all but extinct in most parishes.
Catholic students who had been taught by consecrated religious were consigned to school systems where many lay teachers were not required to exhibit or teach a solid Catholic Faith. Studies indicate that many students and their parents never, or hardly ever, attend Sunday Mass, but pastors regularly distribute communion to those students at school Mass. It is not surprising that, according to the research above, 69% said the consecrated bread and wine are only symbols.
After twelve years of Catholic education a large majority of young Catholics no longer practice the faith. Two quotes come to my mind from Catholic friends. “My grandson received his First Communion last year and hasn’t been to Sunday Mass since.” “My 7th grader asks, ‘Why should I have to go to Mass, none of my classmates do.'” This is not uncommon and the bishops and pastors know it.
The Catholic Church had always taught that the conjugal union of a man and woman obliges them to live together throughout life and that procreation is the primary purpose of marriage. After Vatican II marriage was presented as an “intimate communion of life and love.” This was a shift from the objective to the subjective, to a psychological definition of marriage. The satisfaction and fulfillment of the married couple was paramount and the duty toward their children was secondary. The overall effect of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body is to substitute sanctity for sexuality at the very heart of Catholic morality. The teaching that sex outside of marriage, contraception and abortion are mortal sins has all but disappeared. As also the doctrine that the husband is the head of the family as Christ is Head of the Church.
Progressive leftists in the media, entertainment industry, universities and political world are controlling the culture. The Catholic bishops gave no effective response and many are part of the problem. Fifty per cent of Catholics support homosexual and abortion friendly politicians. Most bishops refuse to acknowledge responsibility for the devastation in the church occurring under their watch or for the immoral clergy that they have ordained.
Church leaders absolved themselves by claiming that the catastrophic results were caused by factors that were beyond their capacity to prevent but, in reality, progressive bishops had gained control of the Church and neutered a coherent response in the established Catholic tradition. Bishops and priests who dared raise a concern were cowed into silence and marginalized. This is particularly noted by the futile leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the staff they employ.
CONTRACEPTION, ABORTION AND THE DEATH PENALTY
1960 – The pill is approved for contraceptive use.
1965 – 6.5 million American women are on pill, making it the most popular form of birth control. A large majority of Catholic couples use contraceptives. You hear next to nothing from bishops and pastors about this sinful behavior.
1973 – Abortion is legalized. The Laity, not the clergy, have led the protest against this crime. What did the bishops do? Instead of contraception, they deemed that the death penalty was now immoral and coupled it to abortion as a pro-life issue. They disregarded the 2,000 year history of scripture, saints, popes, biblical scholars, theologians and doctors and fathers of the church supporting the death penalty.
The “Consistent Ethic of Life” promoted by Catholic bishops has caused great harm in the struggle against abortion. Catholic are constantly exposed to the mantra, “All
innocent human life must be protected from the cradle to the grave.” This statement is intended to arouse emotion and close discussion but it has never been the teaching of the Catholic Church. It deceptively leaves out the one word that the catechism has always used in statements about the protection of life, “innocent”.
Faithful Catholics recognized that contraception was the precursor to abortion but the bishops all but ignored that sin and falsely proclaimed that support of the death penalty is immoral and tied it to abortion as a life issue.
No Catholic can be obligated to assent to anything that contradicts Scripture and Tradition – not even if a pope says it. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops decided 45 years ago to issue a new teaching — To be considered pro-life, Catholics who oppose the killing of innocent children in the womb, must also oppose the execution of criminals for murder.
Including capital punishment with the evils of abortion, and euthanasia has opened a loophole for duplicitous Catholics, especially politicians, allowing them to be inconsistent and unprincipled about valid pro-life issues. This leads many of the faithful to conclude that those issues also can be made situationally acceptable. Grave harm has always come to the Church when contemporary opinions displace traditional teaching.
Pope Innocent I in 405 – “It must be remembered that power was granted by God, and to avenge crime the sword was permitted; he who carries out this vengeance is God’s minister. What motive have we for condemning a practice that all hold to be permitted by God?
Pope Saint Pius V 1570 – The Roman Catechism of Trent on the Execution of Criminals:
Another kind of lawful slaying belongs to the civil authorities, to whom is entrusted power of life and death, by the legal and judicious exercise of which they punish the guilty and protect the innocent. The just use of this power, far from involving the crime of murder, is an act of paramount obedience to this Commandment which prohibits murder. The end of the Commandment is the preservation and security of human life. Pius V arranged the forming of the Holy League against the Ottoman Empire, as the result of which the Battle of Lepanto was won by the combined fleet under Don John of Austria. To commemorate the victory, he instituted the Feast of Our Lady of Victory, later Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Pope Saint Pius X in his Catechism, 1908 -“ It is lawful to kill when fighting in a just war; when carrying out by order of the Supreme Authority a sentence of death in punishment of a crime.”
Pope Pius XII in 1952 – “Even when it is a question of the execution of a condemned man, the State does not dispose of the individual’s right to life. . . . by his crime, he has already disposed himself of his right to live.”
Avery Cardinal Dulles, 2004 – “The reversal of a doctrine as well established as the legitimacy of capital punishment would raise serious problems regarding the credibility of the magisterium. Consistency with scripture and long-standing Catholic tradition is important for the grounding of many current teachings of the Catholic Church; for example, those regarding abortion, contraception, the permanence of marriage, and the ineligibility of women for priestly ordination. If the tradition on capital punishment had been reversed, serious questions would be raised regarding other doctrines.” — Avery Cardinal Dulles, “Catholic Teaching on the Death Penalty”, in Owens, Carlson & Elshtain, op. cit., p. 26.
Many clergy who vocally opposed capital punishment had abused children or protected child abusers. The words of Jesus would certainly apply to them. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
– my 2007 website on Capital Punishment, updated – https://tcreek.jimdofree.com/
The Church Crisis was triggered by the flawed implementation Vatican Council II and by poor over-site by the three popes who were responsible for its creation and implementation.
For liberal Catholics, Vatican II represented freedom from the past. Instead of being bound to the dogmas and practices of the past, Vatican II gave the Church the opportunity to build a new church for a new time. They have made Vatican II the justification for modern Catholic thought.
If we fail to recognize that legitimate councils can fail in their mission, we rewrite history in an effort to believe that the Church has never made any mistakes. The Holy Spirit can guide a council, but the council fathers have the freedom to accept or reject that guidance. The Holy Spirit acts as a protector by ensuring that no council can definitively declare heresy.
In Principles of Catholic Theology, p. 378, Cardinal Ratzinger wrote that, “Not every valid council in the history of the Church has been a fruitful one; in the last analysis, many of them have been a waste of time.”
Pope John XXIII, 76, was an utterly unexpected choice but was elected pope on October 28, 1958. To the surprise and consternation of many, he called for an ecumenical council in January of 1959. He opened Vatican Council II in October of 1962. Pope John XXIII died on June 3, 1963.
Pope Paul VI was elected pope on June 21, 1963. He closed Vatican Council II in December of 1965. Pope Paul died on August 6, 1978. Millions left the Faith by 1978 at the end of the reign of Pope Paul VI.
Pope John Paul I was elected pope in August, 1978 and died 1 month later.
Pope John Paul II was elected pope on October 16, 1978 and was the first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI (1522–1523). He endorsed the teachings of the council. Pope John Paul II died on April 2, 2005.
The total leaving the Faith reached around 400 million at the end of the reign of Pope John Paul II in 2005. Popes and bishops have given no effective response and the decline continues. As long as their bureaucracies continued to function, it appears they believed their responsibilities are fulfilled.
Vatican II was force-fed to the laity and now seems more absurd than ever. It was precisely in the years following the Council that a process of de-Christianization of Western societies began. It was a major rupture from what went before.
To realize that Vatican II was a failure, all you need do is look at the devastation in the Church today. The One True Church established by Jesus Christ for the salvation of souls, has been turned into a social service organization. The Church of my youth, the Church of the ages, no longer exists in the form in which it was founded.
Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI was elected pope on April 19, 2005. As Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he attempted to stem the tide of destruction during the papacy of John Paul II.
When elected pope he commented – “The wolves are at my door. Pray for me.” Inexplicably, Pope Benedict resigned the papacy on February 28, 2013. Something momentous must have driven Pope Benedict to resign. Shortly before he resigned, a 300-page secret Vatican dossier compiled by three cardinals allegedly found, among other things, an underground network of high-ranking gay clergy at the Vatican.
Pope Francis was elected pope on March 13, 2013.
The future looks bleak. Since the start of the pontificate of Pope Francis, the Catholic Church has effectively joined the camp of the leftist social progressives. The alliance with the prevailing culture has accelerated its decline into irrelevance. The Europe that Vatican II helped to create is in its death-throes and all of Western Civilization is not far behind.
Pope Francis is attempting to undermine the traditional teachings of the Church on marriage and sexual morality. In several speeches he denounced Catholics who hold to the traditions of their faith as “rigid.”
He went as far as changing the wording of the catechism to match his personal view on the death penalty. This view proposes that the Church had been teaching error and supporting an immoral practice for 2,000 years. Unfaithful priests and bishops are delighted to follow his lead. Either Scripture, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and all previous popes were wrong or those current bishops and priests are. There is no third alternative. Truth has been replaced with sentimentality and emotion.
A hyper-papalism will allow Popes to be creators of tradition rather than the guardian of the tradition that was handed down. The fundamental error is pride – the conception that modern man is so different from man in other periods that he should not submit to tradition.
“For the Holy Spirit was not promised to the successors of Peter that by His revelation they might make known new doctrine, but that by His assistance they might inviolably keep and faithfully expound the Revelation, the Deposit of Faith, delivered through the Apostles.” – First Vatican Council
“The Pope is not an absolute monarch whose thoughts and desires are law. On the contrary: the Pope’s ministry is a guarantee of obedience to Christ and to his Word. He must not proclaim his own ideas, but rather constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to God’s Word, in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it down, and every form of opportunism… The Pope knows that in his important decisions, he is bound to the great community of faith of all times, to the binding interpretations that have developed throughout the Church’s pilgrimage.” – Pope Benedict XVI
A CALLOUS DECEPTION?
The papacy is a principle of unity in the Church. Popes are charged with handing down the Faith that had been entrusted to them. There had been only four popes canonized as saints in the last 1,000 years. Why were there such unusual and hasty canonizations of the three popes who called or implemented Vatican II? Was this not an attempt to canonize the council and to dupe Catholics into believing that the decrees of the Council were legitimate developments, notwithstanding the results? Saints are created to be emulated for their holiness by the Faithful. These canonizations had nothing to do with the virtues or holiness of the three popes. They were political statements.
A much more appropriate canonization would be of Pope Pius XII whose papacy saw a great increase in faith rather than an unprecedented collapse.
Pope John XXIII
Pope John was 76 and a totally unexpected choice but was elected pope on October 28, 1958. He was considered to be an interim pope but he discussed calling a council. He was warned that it would take 10 to 20 years to prepare but a “flash of heavenly light” caused him to call a council in his first year ” to reanimate the faith of Christians and bring the Church up to date” even though the Church was thriving in faith and in numbers. Vatican Council I had been closed only 93 years.
Pope Paul VI
In July of 1968 Pope Paul VI issued the encyclical Humanae Vitae which reaffirmed the traditional Catholic Church’s condemnation of artificial birth control. Thousands of Catholic clergy dissented from the encyclical. Pope Paul remained silent and did not condemn the views of the unfaithful priests and bishops. Fifty years later the teaching is still ignored by bishops and pastors and a large majority of Catholic couples use artificial contraceptives.
The name of Paul VI is forever associated with liturgical reform. Beginning in February 1964 under the direction of Annibale Bugnini, a committee undertook a reform of the Liturgy. Between 1965 and 1969, the Latin was replaced, the altars were turned around, concelebrations were introduced, three Eucharistic Canons were composed, the prayers at the foot of the altar, the Leonine prayers, the Offertory and the Last Gospel were eliminated. Communion in the hand spread. The Mass of Paul VI was a liturgy in a state of permanent reformation. On April 3, 1969 the Novus Ordo was born replacing the 400 year old (Traditional Latin Mass) Tridentine Rite.
Pope John Paul II
Stats show that the average time watching TV is 4 hours per day. This means that when a person reaches 80 years of age, they have spent 25% of their waking hours watching television, the most anti-Christian influence of the modern age. Whoever was seen was believed and idolized. The age of the celebrity pope had begun. Pope John Paul II was a consummate performer for TV such as making sure of a photo op as he kissed the tarmac when he landed in a country. He followed the orthodox script when preaching but enforced nothing as the Faith was collapsing around him. John Paul used modern communications to enhance his popularity while millions were leaving the Church during his papacy.
Pope John Paul was one of the most traveled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries. He beatified 1,340 and canonized 483 people, more than the combined total of his predecessors during the preceding five centuries. His World Youth Days drew many thousands of the JP II Generation, a generation almost completely lost to the Faith, but it was a good show.
John Paul taught an “easy & nice” Catholicism as sexual norms were collapsing and marriages failing. Thousands of illicit annulments continued to be granted and most Catholic parents used contraceptives. “Easy & Nice” Catholicism became popular as bishops, pastors and laity followed John Paul’s lead. They were led to believe that John Paul’s views were guided by the Spirit because of his popularity and the large crowds that he drew. Being a Faithful Catholic was no longer necessary to attain salvation because most were to be saved no matter their beliefs.
In Pope John Paul’s “Theology of the Body” discourses, spousal love is considered the unique end of marriage. This contradicts the perennial teaching of the Church that the first end of marriage is the procreation (and education) of children.
The Scandal of Assisi. – The teaching of the Church for centuries condemned the active participation of Christians in the prayers of false religions. That did not stop John Paul from inviting 43 religious groups, some pagan, to pray with him for peace at Assisi in 1986. He turned the search for Christian unity into a general convergence of world religions. He gave ear to heretics, schismatic, apostates and pagans who had repudiated the teachings of Christ’s Church.
Much of the interreligious activities of Pope Francis, including his claim that a plurality of religions are “willed by God,” can be traced back to the perplexing interreligious theology of John Paul II.
Pope John Paul stated in the preamble that the 1992 Catechism was “a sure norm for teaching the faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion”. He then initiated a 1997 revision of the Catechism on capital punishment by changing the wording of #2267, to now insinuate that traditional church teaching was immoral. He did something unprecedented by adding a prudential judgements to a catechetical text, discounting 2,000 years of Church teaching. This paved the way for unfaithful priests and bishops who opposed capital punishment to believe that they were following authentic church teaching.
The traditional teachings of the Catholic Church and Canon Law has never allowed females to serve at Mass. This was still in force after Vatican II. On March 15, 1994, Pope John Paul II “cut the legs out from under” the priests that were observing the norm by allowing females to serve Mass.
The 3 decade Rosary was a well-established and popular devotion for at least 600 years. Pope John Paul saw fit, to add a 4th decade and then glowed in the acclaim that he received.
How can anyone believe that the huge crowds drawn by Pope John Paul were religious experiences inspired by the Spirit? The World Youth Day had all the characteristics of 1960’s rock concerts. John Paul reveled in the crowds. The 1995 World Youth Day in the Philippians was reported to have drawn up to 4 million people. Thousands fainted or were treated for dehydration. Crowd control and sanitation became impossible. Very few could even see the pope or the Mass.
“This is an excess of success,” said the papal spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls. The Pope, he said, was “delighted.” – N.Y. Times.
It seemed not to matter that many millions were leaving the Faith as long as Pope John Paul drew huge crowds.
John Paul had an awful record of appointing bishops. Many of them looked the other way at sexual abuse. Several were elevated to Cardinals in spite of their negativity to orthodoxy. These terrible choices are being felt today as many are rising in the ecclesial ranks due to their connection to dissenting bishops appointed by John Paul.
In 2000, John Paul promoted Theodore McCarrick to be archbishop of Washington DC despite persistent rumors of sexual misconduct, overruling several senior Church officials who had advised him against it. McCarrick had preyed on altar boys and many seminarians. John Paul made McCarrick a Cardinal in 2001. Almost every prelate associated with his reign of depravity was either appointed or promoted by John Paul II.
Pope John Paul II and Fr. Marcel Maciel
Below are the 8 former seminarians who sent the Vatican sworn affidavits in 1998 alleging that Father Marcel Maciel had molested them. Several years earlier, 20 or so others claimed they were sexually abused by Maciel. All of this is easily verifiable. None of the accusers filed legal action or sought financial compensation from the Legionaries or the Catholic Church. Many of them remain loyal Catholics despite being slandered and harassed by supporters of Pope John Paul II.
- Rev. Felix Alarcon, of Venice, Fla., who opened the Legion’s first U.S. base in the Woodmont section of Milford, Conn., in 1965.
- Juan Vaca, former priest of Holbrook, N.Y., who was president of the Legionaries in the United States from 1971 to 1976.
- Fernando Perez Olvera, an engineer in Mexico
- Alejandro Espinosa Alcala, a Legion seminarian in the early 1950s who today is a rancher in rural Mexico.
- Jose Barba, a Harvard-educated literary scholar at one of Mexico’s leading universities, the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico.
- Saul Barrales Arellano, who has taught in Catholic schools in Mexico for many years since leaving the Legion.
- Juan Manuel Fernandez Amenabar, a Legion priest who in the early 1980s served as president of the Legionaries’ Northern Anahuac University in Mexico City.
- Jose Antonio Perez, a Mexico City lawyer
These 8 men came forward because Pope John Paul II did not respond to letters from two priests sent through church channels in 1978 and 1989 seeking an investigation. After John Paul praised Maciel in 1994 as an “efficacious guide to youth”, they decided to make their accusations public.
The Vatican and John Paul maintained silence on the issue. As head of a religious order with ministries in 20 countries, Maciel reports directly to the Holy See and only the Holy See can order an investigation into the allegations.
Maciel collaborated extensively with the Pope John Paul II. He accompany the Pope on his visits to Mexico in 1979, 1990, and 1993. Maciel was appointed by the Pope to the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Formation of Priests in Circumstances of the Present Day. He was a member of the Interdicasterial Commission for a Just Distribution of Clergy (1991), the IV General Conference of Latin American Bishops (CELAM) (1992), the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Consecrated Life and Its Role in the Church and in the World (1994), the Synod of Bishops’ Special Assembly for America (1997) and (since 1994) as a permanent consultant to the Congregation for the Clergy.
2004 – Pope John Paul’s Address to Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi
VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2004 (Zenit.org)
Dear Brothers and Sisters
I am happy to meet with all of you, in the climate of joy and gratitude to the Lord for the 60th anniversary of the priestly ordination of Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder and superior general of your young and meritorious religious family.
First of all, I express my affectionate greeting to dear Father Maciel, together with my most cordial wishes for a priestly ministry filled with gifts of the Holy Spirit. … The happy anniversary that gathers all of you around the founder, in addition to inviting you to recall the gifts that he has received from the Lord in these 60 years of priestly ministry …
With these sentiments and wishes, I impart from my heart to dear Father Maciel and to all of you here present a special apostolic blessing. …
There were many news reports on Maciel and his abusive lifestyle over the years but Pope John Paul refused to allow an investigation of the “saintly” Maciel. These stories were “covered up” by the Vatican and the Catholic press. Rev. Owen Kearns, spokesman for the Legionaries described Maciel as the target of a conspiracy by men with “personal vendettas against him” to “fabricate these devastating charges” and destroy his standing. Fr. Marcial Maciel was also the greatest fundraiser of the modern Catholic Church which also contributed to his support. His protectors and accomplices in the Vatican claimed that John Paul was unaware of the charges that were known by hundreds of priests, seminarians and laity.
Cardinal Ratzinger became Pope Benedict VI in 2005. He initiated an investigation because of the volume of evidence.
No more was Maciel an “efficacious guide to youth” or “Dear Father Maciel” as described by Pope John Paul but “A life out of moral bounds … a wasted, twisted life.” That is how Pope Benedict described Maciel.
Maciel was a criminal, a sociopath and a multi abuser of young men and teens including his own son. Maciel had also lived secret lives with two women and fathered three children.
There have been no reports of apologies to Maciel’s victims and for the slander they had to endure from Church sources for reporting the abuse. If John Paul had been a bishop and Maciel a priest in his diocese, would John Paul not have been charged with the responsibility for the abuse being concealed? Bishops and priests have gone to jail for less.
Pope John Paul II and Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka (from the BBC)
Over 400 letters and many photographs tell the story of Pope John Paul II’s close relationship with a married American woman that lasted more than 30 years.
The friendship began in 1973 when Ms Tymieniecka contacted Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, then Archbishop of Krakow, about a book on philosophy that he had written. The then 50-year-old traveled from the US to Poland to discuss the work. Shortly afterwards, the pair began to correspond. At first the cardinal’s letters were formal, but as their friendship grew, they become more intimate.
They met many times – sometimes with his secretary present, sometimes alone – and corresponded frequently. In 1974, he wrote that he was re-reading four of Ms Tymieniecka’s letters written in one month because they were “so meaningful and deeply personal”.
He invited Ms Tymieniecka to join him on country walks and skiing holidays – she even joined him on a group camping trip. In 1976, Cardinal Wojtyla attended a Catholic conference in the US. Ms Tymieniecka invited him to stay at their country home in New England. She appeared to have revealed intense feelings for him.
In one letter, dated September 1976, he writes: “My dear Teresa, I have received all three letters. You write about being torn apart, but I could find no answer to these words.” He describes her as a “gift from God”.
In a letter dated 10 September 1976 he wrote: “Already last year I was looking for an answer to these words, ‘I belong to you’, and finally, before leaving Poland, I found a way – a scapular.” He said it allowed him to “accept and feel you everywhere in all kinds of situations, whether you are close – or far away”.
After becoming Pope he wrote: “I am writing after the event, so that the correspondence between us should continue. I promise I will remember everything at this new stage of my journey.” But his letters to Ms Tymieniecka are at times more intensely emotional, sometimes wrestling with the meaning of their relationship. He said he did not want “the exchange of ideas, which I have always thought to be so creative and fruitful” to be interrupted.
She visited him often, and sent him pressed flowers and photographs from her home at Pomfret. In one letter he told her: “I am thinking about you, and in my thoughts I come to Pomfret every day.”
Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka visited John Paul the day before he died in 2005. Nine years later, in 2014, he was declared a saint. — (A “saint” would have broken off this liaison with a married woman many years earlier).
Pope John Paul and the Vatican kept John Paul’s Parkinson’s disease a secret for 12 years. This was revealed by his personal physician Dr. Renato Buzzonetti.
The first symptoms of the disease were diagnosed early in 1991 and in 1996 the Pope’s left hand was trembling constantly. The disease was only officially acknowledging in 2003. Despite difficulty speaking more than a few sentences at a time, trouble hearing and severe osteoarthrosis, he continued to tour the world to much acclaim. He rarely walked in public. At times, John Paul showed no recognition of people and events and an aide would whisper in his ear reminding him of the occasion. Pope John Paul died at 84 in 2005. He was the third-longest serving Pope in history. — (A saint would have resigned at least 5 years earlier for the good of the Church.)
One Can Only Wonder
One can only wonder how much healthier the Church would be if Cardinal Giuseppe Siri (1906-1989) had been elected Pope instead of Pope John XXIII in 1958 and Cardinal Giovanni Benelli (1921-1982) had been elected pope instead of Pope John Paul II 1978.
They were both highly qualified and the top choices going into the conclaves. We certainly would not now have a Pope Francis. Neither Pope John or John Paul were papabile (considered qualified to be pope).
Churchmen of today will claim it was the will of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit guided their election as much as the Spirit guided the election of Pope John Paul I who died 30 days after his election.
Who would not wish that Vatican II had not been called, Pope John XXIII?
There are reports that he had regretted the call near the end of his life. His beloved Latin was to be banished from the Church.
Pope John published the Apostolic Constitution, Veterum Sapientia in February of 1962 a few months before the opening of Vatican Council II.
An Apostolic Constitution is the highest level of decree issued by a Pope. (but no attentions was paid to this)
Pope John XXIII
On the Promotion of the Study of Latin
“Of its very nature Latin is most suitable for promoting every form of culture among peoples.”
“For these reasons the Apostolic See has always been at pains to preserve Latin, deeming it worthy of being used in the exercise of her teaching authority “as the splendid vesture of her heavenly doctrine and sacred laws.” She further requires her sacred ministers to use it, for by so doing they are the better able, wherever they may be, to acquaint themselves with the mind of the Holy See on any matter, and communicate the more easily with Rome and with one another.”
“Furthermore, the Church’s language must be not only universal but also immutable. Modern languages are liable to change, and no single one of them is superior to the others in authority.”
“Finally, the Catholic Church has a dignity far surpassing that of every merely human society, for it was founded by Christ the Lord. It is altogether fitting, therefore, that the language it uses should be noble, majestic, and non-vernacular.”
“It will be quite clear from these considerations why the Roman Pontiffs have so often extolled the excellence and importance of Latin, and why they have prescribed its study and use by the secular and regular clergy, forecasting the dangers that would result from its neglect.”
With the foregoing considerations in mind, to which We have given careful thought, We now, in the full consciousness of Our Office and in virtue of Our authority, decree and command the following:
1. Bishops and superiors-general of religious orders shall take pains to ensure that in their seminaries and in their schools where adolescents are trained for the priesthood, all shall studiously observe the Apostolic See’s decision in this matter and obey these Our prescriptions most carefully.
2. In the exercise of their paternal care they shall be on their guard lest anyone under their jurisdiction, eager for revolutionary changes, writes against the use of Latin in the teaching of the higher sacred studies or in the Liturgy, or through prejudice makes light of the Holy See’s will in this regard or interprets it falsely.
3. As is laid down in Canon Law (can. 1364) or commanded by Our Predecessors, before Church students begin their ecclesiastical studies proper they shall be given a sufficiently lengthy course of instruction in Latin by highly competent masters . . . No one is to be admitted to the study of philosophy or theology except he be thoroughly grounded in this language and capable of using it.
“. . . professors in universities or seminaries are required to speak Latin and to make use of textbooks written in Latin. If ignorance of Latin makes it difficult for some to obey these instructions, they shall gradually be replaced by professors who are suited to this task.”
“Finally, in virtue of Our apostolic authority, We will and command that all the decisions, decrees, proclamations and recommendations of this Our Constitution remain firmly established and ratified, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, however worthy of special note.”
Given at Rome, at Saint Peter’s, on the feast of Saint Peter’s Throne on the 22nd day of February in the year 1962, the fourth of Our pontificate.
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