The Golden Calf Experiment|
The Liturgical Revolution in Action
By Kathleen Willet Redle, M.F.A.
Part Two - The Resolution to Revolution
Editor's Note: We are pleased to present a comprehensive expose of the liturgical revolution which the author, Kathleen Willet Redle, called "The Golden Calf Dancers." We have changed the title to "The Golden Calf Experiment" for dancing is merely a component of the experiment and that the entire bent is towards taking away attention from the One True God - Three Persons in the Blessed Trinity - Who alone must be worshipped. Many false idols today pose a threat and Kathleen shows here another insidious agenda that further corroborates that very fact in her multi-part essay. Today she continues with the second installment on the seeds of revolution despite the clear warnings of Heaven and past Popes. Prayer and resistance are the only resolution to countering the revolution that has so savaged not only society, but our beloved Church.
"I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul… I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the Church, reject Her ornaments and make Her feel remorse for Her historical past." Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli when he was Secretary of State before becoming Pope Pius XII
In my first installment Tossed To and Fro I referred to the turbulent seas the Church is sailing through today and the prophecies of Anne Catherine Emmerich as well as the vision of Pope Leo XIII. One might ask, with those omens, why would the Barque of Peter continued to sail into treacherous waters? I believe the answers are fully contained from the journey of the chosen people of the Old Covenant and in historical annals of salvation history. In other words, we don't learn from our mistakes.
The hierarchy needs to understand what historically revolutions do to the revolutionaries themselves as apparently they are unmoved by what it does to the "people of God." Thomas Cromwell, Leon Trotsky, Maximilian Robespierre, were all masterminds of revolution (religious or political) and fell victims of their own plots or as they say hoisted by there own petard.
They were all killed by the very Revolutions that they spearheaded. Revolution is a terrible thing and destroys peoples lives and souls.
For example the great early 20th century Catholic historian Hilaire Belloc tells us in Characters of the Reformation that
"Cromwell was not only the lay head of the country - a despotic minister with absolute power doing what he willed- but he was also the spiritual head, for Henry (XIII) delegated to him all his own spiritual power. And Cromwell exercised that spiritual power...He made the Bishops understand that they were nobodies compared with himself,...in 1535 a reign of terror, which was inaugurated by the arrest and at last the execution of very highly placed people, laymen and clerics who withstood the schism: the other was the dissolution of the monasteries."
Saint John Fisher walked to the scaffold in 1535 speaking, "I am come here to die for Christ's Catholic church and I thank God." Then this holy bishop was beheaded. This happened to St. Thomas More as well. These heroic actions are quite a contradiction to the Vatican policy of appeasement and so called "dialogue" which has no room for the Church Militant or martyrdom as Cardinal Francis Arinze said, "We live in a global village, We should have 'Unity and Diversity...What are we going to do with the people...who are willing to die for their faith?" (Homiletic and Pastoral Review January 1999 Cornelia R. Ferreira, The One World Church Emerges.) Perhaps the Cardinal formerly in charge of the "dialogue dycastery" was talking about political terrorists but he should have phrased it that way. Maybe he didn't want to offend the terrorists.
Although, I suppose when the pope praises Martin Luther, the guy in the pew figures that those martyrs in England and Germany who spilled there blood for the Catholic faith died in vain. They did not realize the advantages to modern religious syncretism and ecumenism that we currently enjoy under aggiornamento. Some may think its better to say "my gods OK, your god's OK" instead of sticking out there necks for the truth but Christ said no greater love has a man than to lay down is life for a friend. Jesus is more than a friend He is our master and our God. If we will not live and die for Him then we are not worthy to enter into the kingdom of Heaven but to be sent to the lake of fire where there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth for all eternity. After we meditate on that possibility, martyrdom is not such a terrible thing but rather something the great Saints like Fr. Maxmillian Kolbe prayed for.
But I have digressed. Getting back to Thomas Cromwell, Belloc points out in his book that Cromwell was arrested in 1540 because of bad advise to the King in his match to marry Ann of Cleaves so he was condemned to death. When Cromwell mounted the scaffold Belloc tells us "But when he was face-to-face with death and had to deal with it somehow he admitted Catholic truth and confessed his acceptation of it."(p; 58 Belloc, Op site.) Somehow though I would rather be like St. John Fisher than like Cromwell.
In 1758, Robespierre, the French revolutionary fell victim to the guillotine and Reign of Terror for which he himself instituted and had condemned so many innocents to death.
Leon Trotsky, who led the October Communist Revolution in 1917, was himself accused of counter-revolutionary activity, sabotage, murder, and collaboration with fascism. Trotsky himself was assassinated with a pick-axe by a Stalinist agent in 1940 in Mexico.
Perhaps the hierarchy in power would do well to listen Our Lord Himself Who told Fatima's Sister Lucy during August 1931 in Rianjo, Spain, where Sister Lucy was praying for the conversion of Europe, Portugal, Spain, Russia and the world. Our Lord told her,
"Make it known to My ministers that given they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, that they will follow him into misfortune. It will never be too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary."
In a published Interview with Father Fuentes on 16 December 1957, just after confirming that it was indeed through Russia that
"many nations will disappear from the face of the earth," she said that "the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin."
"That which afflicts the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus is the fall of religious and priestly souls. The devil knows that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag numerous souls to hell … The devil wishes to take possession of consecrated souls. He tries to corrupt them in order to lull to sleep the souls of lay people and thereby lead them to final impenitence."
Sister Lucy writes in various letters:
"Let people say the Rosary every day, Our Lady has repeated that in all of Her apparitions, as if to fortify us in these times of diabolical disorientation, in order that we not let ourselves be deceived by false doctrines ... Unfortunately, in religious matters the people for the most part are ignorant and allow themselves to be led wherever they are taken. Hence, the great responsibility of the one who has the duty of leading them ...
"It is a diabolical disorientation that is invading the world, deceiving souls! It is necessary to stand up to 'the devil'." (see www.catholicism.org/pages/suppressing.htm).
Then there is Pius XII’s famous linking of the Fatima message to apostasy in the Church, which validates what Traditional Catholics see as the problems of the Vatican II renovation. While serving as Secretary of State under Pope Pius XI, in 1937 Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli said:
"I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul… I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the Church, reject Her ornaments and make Her feel remorse for Her historical past."
Many who have spearheaded this revolution are blinded to what they are doing. Fr. Frederick Faber says,at the London Oratory in 1861:
"We must remember that if all the manifestly good men were on one side and all the manifestly bad men were on the other, there would be no danger of anyone, least of all the elect, being deceived by lying wonders. It is the good men, once good, we must hope good still, who are to do the work of Anti-Christ and so sadly to crucify the Lord afresh ... Bear in mind this feature of the last days, that this deceitfulness arise from good men being on the wrong side." (The Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World by Father Denis Fahey, Regina Publications, Dublin, first printed in 1935, p. xi.)
New Oxford Review reported about a quote from
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine for the past 23 years:
"At the World Synod of Bishops in Rome this past October, the hot topic was collegiality — i.e., decentralization of authority in the Church. In our view, the most memorable words on the topic were spoken by Cardinal Ratzinger:
"Being at the service of hope means to proclaim God with His human face, with the face of Christ. The world thirsts for knowledge, not for our ecclesial problems, but the fire that Jesus brought to earth."
Ah, but we have so many ecclesial problems! Ratzinger continued:
"This proclamation [of the Gospel] requires the courage of truth and the disposition to suffer for the truth. To enter the Apostolic Succession [i.e., to become a bishop] also implies entering this battle for the Gospel…. The problem central to our time is the emptying of the historical figure of Jesus Christ. An impoverished Jesus…becomes a vain hope…. If the bishops have the courage to judge and to decide with authority about this battle for the Gospel, the so hoped-for decentralization is automatically achieved."(see www.newoxfordreview.org/2002/jan02/newoxfordnotes.html)
There are some conserving force statements but what of the others?? Since when was the Church ever supposed to be decentralized? One must ask what oligarchs are going to do the decentralization and just how will Pope John Paul II's Ut Unum Sint be implemented when it calls for a "new way of exercising the papacy"? We need the authorities to use their God-given centralized ecclesiastical authority to crack down on the bad prelates who are homosexual pederasts and pedophiles, instead of attacking innocent priests like Fr. Nicholas Gruner and Fr. Haley in the Richmond Diocese who was put on trial by Bishop Thomas Doran (which Stephen Brady has posted at Roman Catholic Faithful) and The Society of St. Pius X Bishops and Priests, while men like Hans Kung and Richard McBrien have free reign to publish and spread their democratic ecclesiologies, and heresies.
Consider what the great and holy prophet of the 20th Century, Pope St. Pius X said in Pascendi Dominici gregis about decentralizing the Church,
"Modernist as reformer. From all that has preceded, it is abundantly clear how great and how eager is the passion of such men for innovation. In all Catholicism there is absolutely nothing on which it does not fasten. They wish philosophy to be reformed, especially in the ecclesiastical seminaries. They wish the scholastic philosophy to be relegated to the history of philosophy and to be classed among absolute systems, and the young men to be taught modern philosophy which alone is true and suited to the times in which we live. They desire the reform of theology: rational theology is to have modern philosophy for its foundation, and positive theology is to be founded on the history of dogma. As for history, it must be written and taught only according to their methods and modern principles. Dogmas and their evolution, they affirm, are to be harmonized with science and history. In the Catechism no dogmas are to be inserted except those that have been reformed and are within the capacity of the people. Regarding worship, they say, the number of external devotions is to he reduced, and steps must be taken to prevent their further increase, though, indeed, some of the admirers of symbolism are disposed to be more indulgent on this head. They cry out that ecclesiastical government requires to be reformed in all its branches, but especially in its disciplinary and dogmatic departments They insist that both outwardly and inwardly it must be brought into harmony with the modern conscience which now wholly tends towards democracy; a share in ecclesiastical government should therefore be given to the lower ranks of the clergy and even to the laity and authority which is too much concentrated should be decentralized The Roman Congregations and especially the index and the Holy Office, must be likewise modified. The ecclesiastical authority must alter its line of conduct in the social and political world; while keeping outside political organizations it must adapt itself to them in order to penetrate them with its spirit. With regard to morals, they adopt the principle of the Americanists, that the active virtues are more important than the passive, and are to be more encouraged in practice. They ask that the clergy should return to their primitive humility and poverty, and that in their ideas and action they should admit the principles of Modernism; and there are some who, gladly listening to the teaching of their Protestant masters, would desire the suppression of the celibacy of the clergy. What is there left in the Church which is not to be reformed by them and according to their principles?"
Now St. Pius X condemned the very points which the conciliar popes have embraced, declared anathema the very decentralization or democratization which Ratzinger so enthusiastically pursues. It is exactly what Pius X identifies as modernism in Pascendi. The revolutionaries want a democratic church with a papacy utterly demasculatied and decentralized where the pope is just a figure head or window dressing like the queen of England with no real power, thus giving the sexual libertarianist agenda free reign while "collegial Bishop synods" pay the feminists and liberal "liturgical experts" to run the show with our money. It time to say NO! Wake up "people of God," as Paul VI dubbed the faithful in another exit from Tradition, and say with respect to the office of Bishops: "No! We will not put up with this anymore!" If we don't perhaps we deserve what we get but do we really want to hand this situation on to our children?
The ad hoc committee of the then NCCB, which is now the reorganized - more 'centralized' - USCCB, came up with a bogus document titled "Always our Children" which was a wishy washy cave-in on the homosexual issue. If a Catholic has a homosexual child of course he must love him but not condone or accept his lifestyle. The truth of Christ to all those caught in sexual sin is, "Go and sin no more!" and "If you love Me, keep My commands." Is this the kind of gift we want to bequeath to our children? a continuation of the homosexual pederast scandal in the Church which is the result of an "anything goes sexual revolution" philosophy directed toward the laity and clergy with the "cunning force of a conspiracy". This is the result of an overemphasis on selfish humanist, Masonic education with no sense of Christian virtue or of self-denial and taking up our cross in penance. Penance is the call of our Lady of Fatima.
It is never too late for God's mercy but we must be reminded because of our concupiscence of His justice and righteous anger over mankind's demonstrations of arrogance and wickedness. We like to be tempted by the cunning serpent to think we are like God so we play God with such things as birth control, abortion, euthanasia, cloning, and genocide. It is time for Christians to stop acting like pagans and get back to examination of conscience, the sacrament of confession, and penance so that we can have a true conversion to Christ and a successful battle with the sins of the flesh, the world and the devil. Only, if we do this will be able to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist with spiritual life instead of spiritual suicide. We need heroic virtue in these times which try men's souls.
Oh, and I think you feminists know out there, speaking the English language, that this includes you also. The feminists attempt to destroy by lobbing for inclusive language, liturgical dance, (which I will cover in depth in the next installment) and women priests. By their warped insistence of inclusive language they further corrupt translations of the Bible in the vernacular and feminize the male hierarchy. They are against traditional male and female rolls and traditional language and seek to paganize the Mass. These amazons are feminizing and revolutionizing the Church while the The Church Impotent according to Leon J. Podles is becoming empty of real men. Those feminists such as Rosemary Radford Ruether, Mary Daly and Monica Hellwig are disdainful of our Blessed Mother's perpetual virginity and hold purity up to ridicule. This is part of the Hegelian/Marxist dialectic and conflict at work again, as the feminist play men against women in practice and theory. This is not Christian and we must refuse to read these inclusive language bibles and lobby for the orthodox practice of no females on the altar during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We should seek out Churches that not only follow this tradition of male altar servers, but that follow the traditions of the Mass immemorial as said in Latin.
Unfortunately, too many modern precedents have been set for John Paul II allowed altar girls after pressure, read outright disobedience by his bishops. But Pope Benedict XIV stated,
"Pope Gelasius in his ninth letter (chap. 26) to the bishops of Lucania condemned the evil practice which had been introduced of women serving the priest at the celebration of Mass. Since this abuse had spread to the Greeks, Innocent IV strictly forbade it in his letter to the bishop of Tusculum: 'Women should not dare to serve at the altar; they should be altogether refused this ministry.' We too have forbidden this practice in the same words...." (sec. 29 - Pope Benedict XIV, Encyclical Allatae Sunt, July 26, 1755)
He called it an EVIL PRACTICE because it leads people to think that women can be priests or that women can be in the sanctuary during Mass which they should not be. In the Orthodox churches they never let women set foot in the sanctuary during their liturgy. Pagans had women priests but at no time in the Old Testament or in Christendom were there ever priestesses. Never until the 20th century was female altar servers practiced or sanctioned in the Latin Rite. Women had to cover their heads until the mid 1960's and it would have been a great scandal for a woman to do anything like read or give out communion in the hand. Many lay people think lay people are needed to help the priest "celebrate" the mass. The priest is the only priestly sacrificer not us. He is the only one consecrated to touch the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ. Without the priest there is no Eucharist. According to Pius XII the laity assist in the offering with our prayer in a limited sense. The priest does not even need us to be present to offer the sacrifice. We assist him but we can not make the sacrifice- we are there to worship not to confect the Eucharist.
This very fact is emphasized by Pius XII in Mediator Dei sec. 93:
"The unbloody immolation at the words of consecration, when Christ is made present upon the Altar in the state of a victim, is performed by the priest and by him alone, as the representative of Christ and not as the representative of the faithful. But it is because the priest places the divine victim upon the Altar that he offers it to God the Father as an oblation for the glory of the Blessed Trinity and for the good of the whole Church. Now the faithful participate in the oblation, understood in this limited sense, after their own fashion and in a twofold manner, namely, because they not only offer the sacrifice by the hands of the priest, but also, to a certain extent, in union with him. It is by reason of this participation that the offering made by the people is also included in liturgical worship.."
To have all these lay people and altar girls on the sanctuary other than altar boys is hetero praxis (bad practice which leads to false belief and foments revolution. This antitraditional practice confuses people about the male priesthood, role of the laity at Mass and leads to anti- clericalism and blurring of roles. The effeminization of the priesthood and males in general have contributed greatly to the loss of vocations. Many lay lectors and so-called eucharistic ministers have the mistaken belief that the Mass could not occur without them. Only when we rid ourselves of modern accretions not rooted in tradition will we see the masculinity of the priesthood restored. Many good priests have complained that they feel out of place by lay people crawling all over the sanctuary. He feels no longer like a priest in the order of Melchizedech but a "Eucharistic technician" soon to grow obsolete due to the conspirators contempt for the sacrament of Holy Orders. God will not let this happen.
In order to offset the current revolution which has so insidiously infiltrated Holy Mother Church in the latter half of the 20th Century.
We need to return to tradition as St. Vincent of Lerins said,
"What then should a Catholic do if some portion of the Church detaches itself from communion of the universal Faith? What choice can he make if some new contagion attempts to poison, no longer a small part of the Church, but the whole Church at once, then his great concern will be to attach himself to antiquity (tradition) which can no longer be led astray by any lying novelty."
We are pilgrims and our primary purpose on this earth is to save our souls and to assist those around us to save theirs so that we can be happy with God in this life and the next. By doing this we can help those in authority see the positive and attractive, reality of tradition and maybe with the grace of God the scales will fall off their eyes, as once did with Saint Paul who persecuted the Church before his conversion. It is time traditional Catholics stop attacking each other like warring tribes. This is counter productive. We can always state a truth without hitting a brother over the head. It is time for traditional Catholics to point out in charity to our "conservative" Catholic brothers why traditional Catholicism protects against hetero praxis and was the practice of the Saints and martyrs. The life of the Catholic must practice prayer for those who persecute us so that they will repent and be saved. Christ calls us to love our enemies enough to pray for them and proclaim the truth without compromise even if it costs us our jobs or even our lives. That is the only resolution to the revolution.
In my next installment we will return to the feminist factor and how pagan practices have slithered their way into the modern liturgy and the snake charmers are none other than some of these bishops who allow the serpent to wriggle and writhe in the holy of holies. Blasphemy at its worst.
NEXT: Part Three Dancing Up a Storm!