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Preparing for the catacombs

It is one of the great tragedies of our time that the Catholic Church reels from such unprecedented internal divisions. The modernists – now firmly in control under Pope Francis – are more alienated from orthodox Catholicism than were any of the ancient heretics whose errors, by comparison, seem like mere child’s play. This crisis has brought even the possibility of evangelism to a halt. It isn’t clear anymore to which set of “Catholic” beliefs a convert would be converting to. Indeed, we see a kind of reverse evangelism in actual practice – “stick to your non-Catholic religion and dialogue with us”.

Readers of this blog are well aware of the crisis and its sad details, so I’ll say no more about it here.

Orthodox Catholics have survived until now due, in part, to their hard-won knowledge of a “secret” and unpublicized network inside the Church. Most every diocese has an oasis or two. We all know which priests, parishes, schools, organizations, religious orders, seminaries, and colleges can be trusted. We’ll drive for hours and make tremendous sacrifices to find them. We’ll pack up and move to be close to them. We’ll spend ourselves into penury so they can educate our children. Etc.

There is every reason to believe that this underground “A”-list is soon to be put to the test. I’m not Ann Barnhardt’s biggest fan (for reasons of tone more than anything), but lately she’s been hitting it out of the park. Miss Barnhardt refers us to a Remnant article by Megaera Erinyes concerning the October Synod and its obvious raison d’etre, from which she quotes the following:

“The gravity of this looming crisis cannot be overstated. If this proposal is adopted, it will be more far-reaching than any other of the post-Conciliar manipulations like Communion in the hand or altar girls. This will strike, in one blow, against the very pillars of the Faith: the Eucharist and the priesthood. The Eucharist, the presence of which was barely preserved in the New Mass, will be systematically desecrated. And those who will be expected to do the desecrating will be the priests, who will certainly be punished if they refuse.

It will also put paid to whatever hopes we have of restoring the Faith by the work of an up-and-coming young faithful priesthood, since only men who have demonstrated their willingness to desecrate the Holy Eucharist will be considered suitable for the seminary.”

In other words, many if not most priests will be obliged to knowingly facilitate sacrilegious communions – objective desecrations of the holy Eucharist – and will likely be disciplined or even removed from ministry if they refuse. Barhardt then tells us how she will personally handle the situation:

“IF this Bergoglio-Kasper plan is brought to fruition, I will refuse, AS POLICY to attend any Mass celebrated by a priest who has not, either personally or through his order, fraternity or society, made a positive statement of rejection, refusal and resistance to the Bergoglio-Kasper plan, and made a positive statement of fidelity to the teaching and Magisterium of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, the Body and Bride of Jesus Christ.  I suspect this is what Cardinal Raymond Burke was referencing when he said ‘I will resist’. And this is also what I suspect Pope Benedict XVI was referencing when he said that the Church was going to become ‘very compact’.

To be present at such a Mass, where Our Blessed Lord in the Eucharist was being knowingly desecrated by the priest at the distribution of Holy Communion, would be a grave, grave sin.

And PLEASE REMEMBER that these lines will NOT be drawn strictly down the Novus Ordo – Traditional Mass line.  There will be groups and priests who celebrate the Traditional Mass who will capitulate on this, too.  I suspect that MOST, but not all, Novus Ordo priests will capitulate to Bergoglio, if it comes to that, and that MOST of the Remnant Church will be tied to the Old Rite, but the delineation will not be perfect along that line.  There will be crossovers on both sides.  One will have to do one’s due diligence.”

I agree entirely with her comment about the new line of delineation crossing both traditionalist and Novus Ordo ranks. Absent some very tolerant bishops (don’t count on it), what this means is that the new “A” list – once the shifting alliances have settled in – will essentially be a small network of faithful priests who will be forced into the catacombs, some of them (perhaps most) operating without faculties. Sound familiar? If almighty God does not intervene to avert this disaster, may He grant us the faith, hope, and charity we will need to persevere.

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February 28, 2015 - Posted by | Pope Francis, The Catholic Crisis

9 Comments »

  1. Jeff, another good post and observations. I agree with all, except I like Barnhardt while realizing her tone is off-putting to many. Veeeerrrrrry intense. But bracing, in the face of so much milquetoast. it’s an aside, but I don’t mind disagreeing with many people I admire and respect. I like the (real, not political) diversity within a camp of people trying to do right and get to heaven.

    I plan to link to this. Thanks again.

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    Comment by thetimman | March 3, 2015 | Reply

  2. The sedevacantist scenario can happen. It hasn’t. As I say, study the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the 20th century to learn how to survive as a church.

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    Comment by The young fogey | March 3, 2015 | Reply

  3. Jeff, is the “knowingly” part important? I suspect huge number of people desecrate the Eucharist every Sunday. Many Catholics never go to confession and have an “I know better than the Church” attitude so they receive if they want to regardless of their state.

    If there isn’t solid teaching and some form of enforcement, desecrations will happen on a regular basis anyway, whether or not the priest knows about it.

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    Comment by Bruce | March 3, 2015 | Reply

    • Yes, the “knowingly” part is crucial, because that is something a priest is morally complicit with. It’s the difference between tolerating sacrilege (which is bad enough!) and commanding sacrilege.

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      Comment by Blogmaster | March 4, 2015 | Reply

  4. One interesting aspect of this controversy is that traditionalists seem largely focused on the idea that a change in the Church’s discipline which would amount to a change in her teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. See Cardinal Burke’s interview at Rorate Caeli.

    But a change in the Church’s discipline could also be seen as a change in the Church’s teaching on what the Eucharist is. So there’s two very negative consequences to this change (if it happens).

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    Comment by Bruce | March 3, 2015 | Reply

    • Good point, Bruce. In fact it touches on everything: marriage, the Eucharist, the gravity of sin, the holiness of God, and above all – the priesthood. I hope all is well with you and your family!

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      Comment by Blogmaster | March 4, 2015 | Reply

      • Jeff, our family is doing well. Thanks for your prayers.

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        Comment by Bruce | March 6, 2015


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