Earlier today, I managed to check my stats to see which articles were receiving the most attention among my readers. Sure enough, my recent article on Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey has made quite a splash attracting a great number of readers to this site. It seems to me that people are interesting in reading about the guy and his ideas.
I personally wonder, though, how much ink gets spilled by traditionalist Catholic writers like Droleskey on topics that are seemingly trivial and do not even deserve to be written about. A couple of days ago, for example, Droleskey wrote an article about various errors that he found among people at a local public library. The article listed these errors and several of them I found to be ridiculous. For example, a little child was asked by his mother to apologize because he threw a DVD of Spiderman on the floor. The kid said, “I’m sorry, Spiderman.” What on earth is wrong with that? If a child is not of the age of reason, they wouldn’t be able to tell that Spiderman is not a real person.
Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg. Numerous other things in the Novus Ordo Church get the traditionalist gears grinding. Read any website writtne from that standpoint and you will understand what I mean. Little things are taken out of context and turned into elephants that take up a whole ton of room. Not only this, but it seems to me that some of these authors and scholars have not researched the things that they are writing about.
I wonder also why someone like John Lane, a Catholic layman, would go so far as to insult Dr. Robert Sungenis at a public debate on sedevacantism a number of years ago here in Spokane. The debate was on whether Pope Benedict XVI was Pope or not. Lane argued against the proposition and Sungenis was for. Eventually, the debate boggled down into mudslinging and it degenerated rather quickly. Sungenis himself said that he would leave the debate if he were insulted by Lane. Of course, the version on Lane’s website was edited to a great degree. Insults were thrown around, yes, but the vitriol was not captured in audio.
I think one reason for why Lane was so upset was because Sungenis was telling the truth. Namely that Vatican I ruled that there would be perpetual successors to St. Peter in the Papacy. How can one argue against something that stems from the Bible itself. Did not Our Lord tell St. Peter that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church? If the sedevacantists are correct, hell has prevailed against the Church and Christ’s Vicar on earth. Catholics are living in the catacombs.
But things are the exact opposite. Yes, mistakes were made more than forty years ago and many of them were massive errors. Yet these problems are not something that cannot be fixed. Indeed, Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that mistakes were made and he is trying to reform the reform as much as it is possible. Indeed, forty years is only a short time in Church history.
Yet the thing that we must also remember when we talk about the crisis that came after Vatican II is that the Church has gone through worse periods. I am currently a history of the Reformation and the author includes a short summary of the Great Western Schism. Believe me, there were three popes running around during that period of time. Each claimed that he was pope and that he had been rightly elected by the College of Cardinals. Imagine what this did to the faithful and to those that wondered where the Holy Father was and who he was.
Yes, Vatican II was a crisis point in the history of the Church, but there have been numerous others. The Reformation itself was a crisis from which the Church did not emerge unscathed. Indeed, the reformers tried to do away with almost anything that could resemble Catholicism. People were persecuted and martyred for their beliefs. Yet the Church emerged much stronger than it was during those years. It is entirely possible that Church history can repeat itself and that things can get better rather than worse.
Indeed, it’s much better to find out the facts about something before we go around throwing stones. Perhaps that is what all good writers, myself included, must do.
Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us!
St. Joseph, pray for us!
St. Francis de Sales, pray for us!