It never ceases to amaze me how much hatred some traditionalist Catholics have for Pope Benedict and his attempts to reconcile these said elements within the Church. The following (http://www.traditio.com/comment/com0807.htm#080702) was found on the Traditio Network’s website earlier this morning.
It seems to me that by calling the Roman Catholic Church “The New Order” or “Frankenchurch,” the traditionalists are simply making the same old errors as the Protestants did by calling the same Church “the whore of Babylon.” Except the traditionalists believe that the Novus Ordo Missae has brought about a One World Church and will lead to a One World Government.
All of this is pure garbage. The Mass did not change what the Church was, first of all. Of course, the Novus Ordo Missae did have some problems and plenty of opponents in the early days. But I don’t think that anyone would go so far as to call it a “Masonic service” or a “Judeo-Masonic service.” It’s still the Roman Catholic Mass albeit not the Latin Mass. Also, how many people have resisted the Church compared to those that went along with the changes? Traditionalists are only an extremely small minority outside of the Church. They are neither as large nor as influential as they claim to be unless one wants to examiene the claims of the SSPX.
Another problem with the name calling is that we have this view of a New Order Church and a One World Church. Some of this comes from a misunderstanding of what ecumenism means. Ecumenism does not mean that Catholics unite together with other religions and other governments to create a One World Government. Far from it. What the Roman Catholic Church is striving to do is to create peace in throughout the rest of the world. This does not mean that they are trying to create a one world government. Didn’t Pope Benedict XV, Pope Pius XI, and Pope Pius XII try to make peace in the world? It simply does not make sense for them to judge things that happened in the past. After all, history has a reputation of repeating itself.
I also believe that part of the reason why the Roman Catholic Church even began working with other religions was because it realized how fragile its position truly was. If you think about the era that followed World War II, the world was still essentially at war and much work needed to be done. It was truly a frightening time when the whole world was threatened by nuclear annihilation. It simply made sense that people should start to band together and work together for peace. What on earth is wrong with that? Nothing from what I can tell.
A final note is the point made in the above article about Bishop Fellay playing footsie with the Pope. Perhaps, there has been a lot of indecision as far as the SSPX side is concerned. After all, there have been points during the last 20 years when they have almost come to an agreement with the Roman Catholic Church and then stepped away from it. It is also interesting that Archbishop Lefevbre himself did not want to establish an independent organization outside of the Church. It only happened when he was excommunicated by Pope John Paul II in 1988 when he consecrated bishops without permission from the Vatican.
Anyway, let us continue to pray for union in the Church and the Holy Father. It is most desperately needed.