More and more Catholics are finding themselves in the middle of a battle within the Church. Whether on the front of liturgy, prayer or a dozen other topics, some Catholics are to the point of exasperation.
I think I can say without reservation that my children and I have, for the last time, sat through a sermon given by a Catholic priest proclaiming that Christ did NOT perform a miracle with the feeding of the five thousand. You probably know the story. Today's version is that the "real miracle" was that all the people were moved by love to share the food they had stowed away under their robes. What's really astounding is that any Catholic priest actually has the audacity to proclaim such rubbish from a pulpit in the sanctuary of a Catholic Church.
After years and years of waiting to hear the Gospel actually proclaimed in the Novus Ordo Catholic parish where I live in rural America, I've come to the conclusion that it isn't going to happen. Don't get me wrong; of course the Gospels are read during Mass each Sunday and on the few days when there is daily Mass. But the gospel message isn't being taught. Instead, we are continually tormented with an historical background lesson on how things were in the days when Jesus walked the earth. No matter what the Gospel is about, we are given the same sage advice: Be more listening and forgiving. Even if the Gospel is about the woman who was caught in adultery, the priest won't touch the fact that adultery is sin. Any issue, including the divinity of Christ, is ignored in favor of a bland homily intended to challenge no one lest anyone take offense. True, we can all benefit from being "more listening and forgiving", but I hardly think Christ died for such a cause.
I've determined that many priests, along with many bishops and their cohorts have no intention of teaching us the Truth. My experience with a number of these people has led me to believe that they will probably continue to stand by silently and watch the destruction of the Church without blinking an eye. Meanwhile, the people in the average Catholic parish go on living in the real world, faced with real problems, real temptations and very real sin.
In light of this continuing travesty, my concern is that people are living and dying in countless so-called "Catholic" communities without hearing the Truth about Christ Jesus and his Church. While the majority of parishioners seem to remain unconcerned, I don't attribute their blindness to their own fault. They are a product of the modern church which continues to give straw to its children. Simply posting the word "Catholic" on the marquee on the front lawn of the building does not suffice. Such a church has failed in its mission from Christ.
The Age of Reason
For those Catholics who are still convinced that the Church has entered a 'New Springtime', refusing to face the facts about the true state of the modern Church, the U.S. bishops have just handed over the smoking gun. The recent statement from the USCCB, Reflections on Covenant and Mission, concerning the new "Catholic attitude" toward Judaism, should be all the proof any Catholic needs to figure out that these men intend to kill Catholicism. Whether or not Rome approves the bishops' statement, the damage has been done and we need no further proof that these bishops have lost the Faith. There is little if any possibility that they will be charged with heresy. No, they will continue to live their cushy lives as powerful churchmen in a land far away from Rome, trapped in collegiality and modernism.
In my opinion, today is the day for intelligent Catholics to use their God-given gift of reason. No longer is it acceptable to remain complacent and pliable in the dioceses of the United States under the power of men who simply bear the title "bishop." The question is, do Catholics have the guts to stand up and refuse the false church? Are we capable of removing ourselves from the comfort zone in which we've become entrenched in blind obedience?
In the long saga of man's existence, God has never absolved man from responsibility for his own actions. Even in the Garden of Eden, the paradise where man enjoyed an intimate and special relationship with God, a once glorious angel was able to convince Eve to take action opposed to the Truth, resulting in the most devastating fall for the entire human race. Make no mistake, opposition to the Truth remains the most prized agenda for Lucifer and his followers and they will use any means to accomplish it. There is no point at which disciples of Christ may lay down our reasoning abilities and accept the easy way which leads to death and destruction (Matt. 7:13-16) even if a whole group of bishops tells us to.
Many Catholics today are trying to rationalize why we are faced with such huge problems within the Church, including the loss of faith, lack of leadership, abuses, and scandals. The preposterous, generic and widespread excuses we've been given since the Second Vatican Council are clearly no longer within the scope of consideration if we apply our reasoning abilities. Thinking Catholics are arriving at the road block where neither Mother Angelica nor emotionally charged World Youth Days can gloss over the terminal illness of the modern church.
My hat goes off to Christopher Ferrera and Thomas Woods, Jr., authors of the new book, The Great Facade, Vatican II and the Regime of Novelty in the Roman Catholic Church. I might add my own subtitle: Everything you ever wanted to know about what's wrong with the Church since Vatican II. A fast, easy read, The Great Facade, not only presents all the questions Catholics have been dying to ask, but answers them with documented, concise answers that are completely compatible with reason. This book brings Catholics face to face with the facts, deplorable as they may be, while remaining respectful towards the current Pontiff.
In the post Vatican II era, too much has been compromised. The Catholic Church as the world knows her today, is a laughing stock, an object of derision to be taken seriously by no one. She has become a desperate player in the world game trying to befriend any and all for the sake of some undefined ecumenism in the apparent hope of attaining some utopian world order.
The price of such compromise has wrecked havoc upon the Church instituted by Christ and one can only wonder how much more blood can be squeezed out of her. However, through all the heartbreak and discomfort associated with facing the reality of the state of the Church today, it's no secret that the Tridentine Mass remains a tried and true sanctuary for the wounded and weary Catholic pilgrim, a glimpse of Heaven, a taste of future glory with our King. Praise God for that, and let us not give up our fight for the Truth.