The following was published by the New York Times today (aka this morning EST). Cardinal Schoenborn is quoted as saying that Fr. Wagner was “too reactionary,” while Die Presse asks whether the Church should be more liberal and democratic. Finally, there is this quote: “The larger problem is the inability of the church leadership to come to terms with the modern world,” Mr. Feichtlbauer said. “The problem is a long-term one, and in no way is it solved.”
Pace Mr. Feichtlbauer, but the Roman Catholic Church “came to terms” with the modern world and modernity some 40 years ago at the Second Vatican Council. The fruits of that Council have been a disaster for Holy Mother Church in more ways than one. When Pope Paul VI said that “the smoke of Satan has entered the Church,” he was more than right. Now that smoke so long ignored by so many is threatening the Vatican itself.
The Holy Father has been trying for a long time to salvage the traditions of the Church. His present campaign to re-instate the Latin Mass and the lifting of the excommunications was part of a larger plan. Yet the modernists cannot sit still and watch this taking place. No! They take up a “crusade” to discredit the Holy Father and turn his pontificate upside down. George Weigel, the apologist and biographer of Pope John Paul II, has written that this pontificate is full of “chaos, confusion, and incompetence” (!).
If the liberals have already taken up the cudgels, then what is to be said for the higher ups in the Vatican? Is anybody standing by the Holy Father at this most critical time? It seems to me that these are extraordinary times. The men behind the curtain have finally revealed themselves for what they are: modernists.
Now is the time for the Pope to do something to stop this flood tide. St. Malachy gave Pope Benedict XVI the title of “Gloria Olivae.” In almost four years, he has accomplished a great deal. Now, however, is the critical year. With rebellion in the ranks, something must be done. Otherwise, some of us will not be able to bear the consequences.
Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us!