Sustaining the Outrage part four|
By Michael J. Matt, Editor, The Remnant
Reprinted from The Remnant Newspaper with permission
We can hardly celebrate this perceived collapse of the Novus Ordo as anything other than some latter stage of the collapse of the human element of the Church herself. All of it points to a tragedy of unparalleled proportions for all Catholics, indeed for the entire world. We must be careful how we evaluate tragedies such as priestly vocations dying out, homosexual scandals occurring everywhere, mass defections from the Church, etc., for our vindication is neither the goal nor the benchmark of success of Traditionalism. Such vindication might well only be indicative of the advent of the Church's greatest hour of persecution…and not the beginning of the restoration.
And as she stumbles and falls, even as Christ Himself fell on His way to the Cross, listen to the sounds of sheer and universal madness rage throughout the world. Watch as the mad scientists dash to create new Frankensteinian monsters inside the human body with the help of their ghoulish human cloning technology. Watch them as they make the Nazi scientists look like mere children with crude chemistry sets by splicing genes, fertilizing cloned eggs, experimenting on unborn children as if they're laboratory rats, and feverishly devising brilliant new ways to kill life on the one hand and to "create" it on the other-all in brazen effrontery to the Source of all life! Satan, it appears, is giving the world his best-kept secrets. Who could blame God for turning His face away from us at such a moment as this? The madness of Godlessness is becoming well deserved indeed.
And, where's the Church during all this? Those same scientists couldn't care any less what the Church has to say. Ever since she sought to "open her doors and windows" to modern science and to the world in general her once-thundering voice has grown weak even as it has become increasingly irrelevant. And now it's as if the world has lost its only barometer of reason, sanity and order…it's as if the world is going mad.
What kind of world will our children grow up in when the voice of the Church is silenced, and only the immoral and the amoral will take advantage of satanic technology that might well, in addition to setting lose a class of monsters on this earth, greatly increase their miserable life spans and give to them absolute power over the good? It will be the survival of the evilest with their cloning and their stem cells and their cannibalistic "medicine". These are the ones who will rule "Utopia."
We must sustain the outrage, my friends, as it might well support the last glimmer of hope left in this world-hope that the leaders of the Church will come to appreciate the source of that outrage and wake up in time to restore the Church and save the world. Yes, save the world! Traditionalism is not just about the old Mass. It's about preserving Catholic order, safeguarding Christian morality, and restoring Christendom-the only thing which stood between civilization and ruthless barbarism for 2000 years.
We are right to cling to the old Faith. We are right not to abandon the traditions. We are right not to compromise. For without the old Faith, anarchy will rule, not only the human element of the Church, but the entire world as well.
Consider this: If, despite its blatant departure from the traditions of the Church, the New Order and the new theology which that mass supports can be justified and approved of, then everything that came before for 2000 years was exaggerated, superfluous extremism that should have been eradicated a thousand years ago. And, if that is the case, then all the saints were superstitious simpletons, all the theologians were liars, and all of our Catholic forefathers were duped idiots. Even to suggest such a thing is necessarily to condemn it in the same breath. Why? Because some of the greatest minds in human history (St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Thomas More, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Augustine, St. Ambrose, St. Benedict, St. Louis de Montfort) were Traditional Catholics…they all believed exactly the same as we do. Our outrage, then, in the face of that which tries to undo the ancient Faith/liturgy/theology is not only justifiable, but we are duty-bound to nurture and sustain it for the good of souls and in the defense of Holy Mother Church. It is not a matter of mere opinion; it's a matter of irrefutable fact that the old Faith, the old Mass and all of the infallible teachings of the perennial magisterium are the bulwarks of the Roman Catholic Church…not the novel teachings of Vatican II, not phony ecumenism, and certainly not the New Mass.
Our level of outrage at what's happened to the Church and to the Mass, and our willingness to oppose the same should tell each of us everything we need to know about where we stand. This outrage, it seems to me, is symbolic of how committed we are to never growing compliant, complacent, half-hearted or just plain tired of the fight. For when that happens, we lose, they win and the old Faith may well seem to vanish from the face of the earth…and then we might as well all prepare for hell on earth!
This is a very real war in which we're engaged…a war for the preservation of body and soul; and wars of this magnitude are not won by apathetic partisans. We must live and breathe uncompromising Traditional Catholicism as if, should it ever be taken away from us, we would cease to exist…for, indeed, it might and we may.
Long live Catholic outrage! May it never diminish in any of our hearts, and long live Christ the King.
For the first part of this article, see Part One
For the second part of this article, see Part Two
For the third part of this article, see Part Three
September 29 - October 7, 2001
volume 12, no. 150