18th August 2013
To discern whether we are really repeating the not too distant past, let me take leave and quote from a work from 1987 by Michael Gilchrist, called "New Church or True Church". We shall see if the current movement in the TradCat faithful and leaders are a repeat of the past.
"As long as Bishops continue to turn a blind eye, ignore complaints, remain undiscerning and trusting of all that shelters the name of "Catholic", the new church will continue to prosper and grow behind the façade of a healthy-looking Church. Simultaneously, inactivity and apathy will spread among ordinary Catholics...
There remains a desperate and growing need for firm, decisive initiatives and remedial actions to counter or limit the activities and influences of the new church....
At grass roots, orthodox Catholics face a religious war on two fronts. They and their families, as well as many faithful priests and religious, (whose heads are not buried in the sand), have on the one hand, to contend with militant paganism and moral decadence via the secular mass media .... On the other hand, within their Church, they must contend with the unusually subtle, yet in many ways more dangerous,incursions of the new church."
New Church or True Church, Chapter 10, Towards 2000, P 248.
Where are the Traditional Bishops today who do not turn a blind eye, who hear the complaints and take action? Where is the discernment? Where is the healthy distrust in all that is labelled as being Catholic? There is this façade of smell and bells, which has the outward appearance of holiness but inside is rotten with termites.
Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you are like to whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear to men beautiful, but within are full of dead men's bones, and of all filthiness. Math. 23:27
All we see amongst the majority is inactivity, a go along to get along attitude. We see an apathy, nothing to see here, these are not the 'Droids' you are looking for! Resistance, what for! All is hunky dory! Nothing is signed!
Right now, like back then, we have a desperate and growing need for 'decisive initiatives and remedial actions to counter or limit the activities and influences' of these Church termites eating away at Tradition. Those of us '(whose heads are not buried in the sand)' having on the one hand to contend with a world which is 26 years MORE corrupt. On the other hand an enemy who is 26 years more experienced and who is by far, more subtle and more dangerous, for his time is short.
Let me quote from a recent blogger concerning the "Silence of the Lambs" now steering the largest externally Traditional ship.
"And they tell us nothing has changed! Archbishop Lefebvre didn’t let his dealings with Rome prevent him from strongly condemning the first Assisi meeting in 1986. Anyone who truly believes that nothing has changed in the Society is extremely ignorant, to put it mildly. The facts indicate that much has changed for the worst, no doubt about it. People are free to keep their heads in the sand if they’d like, but you certainly can’t ignore the facts.
So, at some point, the Neo-SSPX must break their silence and condemn what needs to be condemned. Francis’s actions cannot be excused. Let us recall what St. Francis de Sales once said:
“The declared enemies of God and His Church, heretics and schismatics, must be criticized as much as possible, as long as truth is not denied. It is a work of charity to shout: ‘Here is the wolf!’ when it enters the flock or anywhere else.” (St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, Part III, Chapter 29)"