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primary characteristic of the post-conciliar period is an
all-embracing change affecting every aspect of the Church, whether
internal or external." (Amerio)
the wake of the Second Vatican Council, an unprecedented number of
changes have been implemented in the Church. Not only was the ancient rite of Mass
changed ("for the first time in history, a manufactured liturgy was
imposed upon the faithful"), but there was also a new canon law,
catechism, new prayers/songs, a new liturgical calendar, a new bible translation, new
canonization procedures, new rites for ordination and baptism, new
exorcism procedures, indulgences
were changed, etc.
not all changes were authorized or called for by Vatican II, the Second
Vatican Council may be considered an impetus for such change. In fact,
not just external practices have changed since this revolutionary council, but the
entire orientation of the Church has changed. The changes, while not
revising infallible dogmas - which, of course, is impossible - have
nonetheless given the impression that the Church has changed entirely.
In fact, some have referred to the Church after the Second Vatican Council not as the
"Catholic Church", but as the "Post-Conciliar
Church". This terminology is interesting especially in light of the fact that some
post-conciliar documents from the highest levels of the Church may appear as if the Church itself started with
Vatican II. As Amerio has stated, "This conviction that a great
innovation has occurred in the Church, attested by the universal change
in everything from ideas to material objects to terminology, is also
apparent in the continual reference made to the faith of the Second
Vatican Council, while abandoning reference to the one Catholic Faith,
which is the faith of all the councils." In any event, the Church after the Council has
clearly presented a "new
face" to the world.
following is a brief summary of some changes since the Second Vatican
of Rules in Religious Life
of the Index of Forbidden Books (Index
of Symbols (papal chair, tiara, etc.)
Focus on the Blessed Virgin Mary
Focus on Saints
Removal & Destruction of
Existing Priceless Works of Art
Rosary - Note: Click
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Orientation of Priests (e.g. "from spiritual to psychiatric",
"from theological to psychological")
Catechesis - It is well known that some popular catechesis
actually is contrary to the perennial Catholic faith. Parents have
even had to remove their children from 'Catholic' schools to protect
them from false / dangerous teachings (including inappropriate sex
of Collegiality - This practice tends to weaken papal
authority as well as the authority of individual bishops. As stated by
Amerio, "The weakening of a unifying papal authority began
institutionally with the transfer in 1966 to local bishops of
certain faculties previously reserved to the Holy See... The bishops' law-making power
was subsequently further enlarged, with a corresponding contraction
of Roman jurisdiction, and received a definitive status in the new
Code of Canon Law". Also, with collegiality, bishops are said
to "actually suffer a loss of control" since they may tend
to relinquish their authority to local or national councils.
Reliance on Lay 'Experts'
Conformity to the World
of 'Medicine of Mercy' Rather Than Authority / Correction
Shift in Emphasis from Truth to Liberty - Contrary to the
long-standing custom of fighting error & heresy, it now seems as though
error & heresy are "not a big deal".
Forgetfulness of the Church's True Mission of Saving Sinners From
Shift from Truth to Subjectivism
Exchange of "Certainty of Truth" for "Seeking of
on Unity at the Expense of Truth"
Liturgical Seasons (e.g. Septuagesima)
of Ember Days
of Rogation Days ("which date from at least the 400's
-500's - and which the saints participated in")
/ Elimination of Octaves and Vigils
of Friday Abstinence Regulations
of Preparatory Period Before Lent
of Penance in Lent - "The observance of Lent is the very
badge of Christian warfare. By it we prove ourselves not to be
enemies of the cross of Christ. By it we avert the scourges of
divine justice. By it we gain strength against the princes of
darkness, for it shields us with heavenly help. Should mankind grow
remiss in their observance of Lent, it would be a detriment to God's
glory, a disgrace to the Catholic religion, and a danger to
Christian souls. Neither can it be doubted that such negligence
would become the source of misery to the world, of public calamity,
of private woe." (Pope Benedict XIV, 1741 A.D.)
Emphasis on Penance & Mortification / Near Elimination of Penitential Days - "...a private
work of devotion has neither the merit nor the efficacy of one that
is done in company with the Church, and in communion with her public
act; for the Church, as bride of Christ, communicates an exceptional
worth and power to works of penance done, in her name, in the unity
of the social body. St. Leo the Great is very strong on this
fundamental principle of Christian virtue. We find him insisting on
it in the sermons he preached to the faithful of Rome on the
occasion of this fast [September Ember Days], which was then called
the feast of the seventh month. 'Although,' says he, 'it be lawful
for each one of us to chastise his body by [certain] self-imposed
punishments, and restrain, with more or less severity, the
concupiscences of the flesh which war against the spirit, yet need
is that, on certain days, a general fast be celebrated by all.
Devotion is all the more efficacious and holy, when the whole church
is engaged in works of piety, with one spirit and one soul.''"
Forgetfulness That We Are a Church Militant - "We
hear of a people of God on the march, a pilgrim Church - a Church no
longer Militant against the powers of darkness, but one which,
having lost its link with eternity, marches to a future envisioned
in purely temporal terms." (Cardinals Ottaviani & Bacci)
Distancing of Church from Calvary - According to Cardinal
Wyszynski, "[The] post-conciliar church] is distancing itself
appreciably from the event of Calvary".
Change / Loss of Stability - "The Church
has lost the sense of stability. Prior to Vatican II, there was
great stability. Those who sought
change were the ones who were looked at suspiciously. Now, the
psychology has been shifted to accept
change." It now almost seems as if nothing is free from
Shift - In contrast with Holy Scripture, which tells of God's
love and mercy, yet often details the rigorous punishments for
disobedience to God, the Post-Conciliar Church tends to focus rather
heavily on love and mercy. As the Baltimore Catechism reminds us,
"The forgetfulness of God's justice will lead us into the sins of presumption."
to Rituals Which Cause a Widespread
Loss of Reverence & Solemnity, Frequent
Incidents of Liturgical Abuse, Sacrilege, and Profanation
of Undue Freedom
Refusal of Shepherds to Act as Such - "Bishops and other
ordinaries should remember that they are shepherds... and that they
must so rule over their subjects as not to dominate over them but to
love them as sons and brothers; they should endeavor by exhortation
and admonition to deter them from wrongdoing lest they be obliged to
administer due punishment after the faults have been
committed." (Council of Trent)
Forgetfulness on the Part of Shepherds That Their Primary Job is to Save
Souls - "Now priests seem to think their job is to make us
feel better about ourselves or to act as psychiatrists."
Distortion / Corruption of the Concept of Love / Charity
Changed Outlook on Death Penalty - Contrary to what has always
been taught by the Church, the post-conciliar Church appears to
condemn the death penalty even for those guilty of
grave crimes. However, as the Catechism of the Council of Trent states, "Another kind of lawful slaying belongs to the civil authorities, to whom is entrusted power of life and death, by the legal and judicious exercise of which they punish the guilty and protect the innocent. The just use of this power, far from involving the crime of murder, is an act of paramount obedience to this [Fifth] Commandment which prohibits murder. The end of the [Fifth] Commandment is the preservation and security of human life. Now the punishments inflicted by the civil authority, which is the legitimate avenger of crime, naturally tend to this end, since they give security to life by repressing outrage and violence. Hence these words of David: In the morning I put to death all the wicked of the land, that I might cut off all the workers of iniquity from the city of the Lord."
Treatment Regarding Those Who Commit Suicide - Since the Second
Vatican Council, it is commonly assumed that persons who take their
own life are not responsible for their actions. While this may make
the survivors feel better, it shows great forgetfulness that such an
action is objectively a grave sin against God (the unlawful taking
of one's life, the sin of despair, etc.). It also tends to ignore
the fact that the Church holds that one who is guilty of an unrepented
mortal sin will suffer eternal damnation. Further, it
does not discourage others from taking an action which may
lead to their eternal ruin.
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Democracy in the Church - Note, of course, that democracy is
contrary to the Church's hierarchical nature, as established by
in Emphasis From Truths to Feelings
Exchange of Certainty for Relativism
Bible Translations - New translations of Holy Scripture have
been approved which "give the Church's enemies much to be thankful
addition to "watering down" passages relating to the
Blessed Virgin Mary, the
new translations may also be criticized for certain footnotes,
headers, questionable translation choices, inclusive language,
"heterodox tendencies", "linguistic
In fact, in one well-known, widely-used translation, the word "hell" is
Architecture - In contrast to the splendor of Solomon's temple
and to the beautiful, holy and inspiring Catholic churches of times
past, many modern churches are plain, functional, barren, and even
ugly. Before, they gave honor to God and "instructed and raised the heart
to God". Nowadays, churches tend to be egalitarian and often fail
to achieve the lifting of one's heart and mind to God.
From Individual Responsibility to Community Responsibility / Near
Elimination of Personal Responsibility
Emphasis on the Value and Necessity of Suffering
Canonization Procedures - The numerous changes have led to an
unprecedented number of canonizations, and have also led some of the faithful to express concern over
various aspects of the new procedures [e.g. elimination of the
"devil's advocate", reduction of the waiting period
(allowing the process to be conducted while 'emotions are high'),
loosening of procedures, reduction in the number of required
miracles, concerns over conflicts of interest, concerns over the
elimination of unfavorable witnesses deemed "unsuitable",
concerns over "political correctness" in the canonization
process, concern that the process may not prevent factual errors,
concern that the process has become politicized (e.g. using
canonization to advance certain causes), concern over lost
confidence in the process, concerns regarding the reduced role of
the pope, and even some concern regarding the infallible nature of
canonizations, etc.] Click
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Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary & the Saints
Which Give the Impression That Traditions & Dogmas May be Open
Unity Replaced by "Search for Unity"
from "One True Church" to a Near Universal Religion
Concern Over Public Opinion
Relinquishment of Authority in Favor of a "Desire to Please"
Vocabulary / Terminology (Often Ambiguous, Less Precise) - For
example, rather than refer to the Church as the Catholic Church or Catholics
as Catholics, they may simply be referred to by the generic term
"People of God".
Surrender in the Face of Pressure
Teachers / Prelates Frequently Tolerated - "It is a
miserable time when a man's Catholic profession is no voucher for
his orthodoxy, and when a teacher of religion may be within the
Church's pale, yet external to her faith." (Cardinal Newman)
on Human Dignity
Lack of Awareness of One's Own Sinfulness
Forgetfulness of the Reality of Evil
of Actions Which Tend to Threaten the Indissolubility of Marriage
(e.g. unprecedented number of annulments)
in Demands Made of Catholics - "Relaxing of rules teaches
that duties can be eliminated when they prove difficult, it also
results in the relaxing of the will, and provides no checking of
natural impulses." According to Cardinal Wyszynski,
"[The post-conciliar Church] is reducing its demands and no
longer resolving problems in accordance with the will of God, but
in accordance with man's natural capacities".
Liturgies - "With all due respect, some Catholic churches have become Protestant
churches or community halls." (Msgr. Campell) Cardinals Ottaviani & Bacci have even stated
that "To prepare a complete study of all the pitfalls, dangers
and psychologically and spiritually destructive elements the new
rite contains, whether in texts, rubrics or instructions, would be a
vast undertaking." Note: Click
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Ordination Rite - According
to Davies, the ordination rite "has been Protestantized even more thoroughly than the New Mass".
He says that, "[E]very prayer in the traditional rite which
stated specifically the essential role of a priest as a man ordained
to offer propitiatory sacrifice for the living and dead has been
removed. In most cases these were the precise prayers removed by the
Protestant Reformers, or if not precisely the same there are clear
Baptisms - According to Fr. Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist in
Rome: "the rite of baptism for children has also been spoiled.
It has been so drastically overhauled that the exorcism against
Satan has virtually been eliminated. This had always held a very
great importance for the Church, so much so that it is called the
minor exorcism. [Pope] Paul VI himself publicly protested against this new
Rites for Other Sacraments - Many of these changes have been
of Explicitly Sacrificial Prayers in Mass - This change is
quite troublesome as it parallels
the changes made by the Protestant 'Reformers' in the 16th
century. Note: Click
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Changed Readings at Mass. Note: Click
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Cycle of Readings For Mass - The new sequence is based on a 2-3
year cycle of readings rather than a one year cycle (which means
that the same readings may take up to three years to reappear,
thereby reducing retention).
Changed Mass Prayers. Note: Click
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of Black Vestments
of Minor Orders [Note: Traditional communities may still use minor orders.]
Liturgy. Note: Click
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Altars - Marble altars have been replaced by wooden tables
of the Altar - The altar, which represents Christ, in many new
(or "wreckovated") churches, rather than being elevated above
the laity, may now be on the same level as - or even lower than -
of the Tabernacle - Often, the Tabernacle has been removed from
the altar and has even been moved outside the church (e.g. into a
chapel). As Pope Pius XII said, "To separate the Tabernacle from the Altar is
tantamount to separating two things which, of their very nature,
must remain together."
Under Both Species - This practice has led to profanation,
sacrilege, and the blurring of the distinction between priest and
practice as was "introduced illegally and as a rebellion against authority".
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of Vernacular Language - With the adoption of the vernacular,
the Church loses control, she loses her universality, exchanging her prayers said in
"one voice" to more closely resemble "the Tower of Babble". Not only does the Church have to waste time, money,
and effort on translations - which have proven to be faulty - her
doctrine has suffered from lack of safeguards. "As referring to the use of the vernacular in liturgical prayers - false, rash, disturbing the prescribed order of the celebration of the mysteries, and easily productive of many evils." (Pope Pius VI,
"Auctorem Fidei", 1794 A.D.) Note: Try
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in the Hand - This practice has also led to profanation,
sacrilege, and the blurring of the distinction between priest and
laity and was also "introduced illegally and as a rebellion against authority".
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of the Altar Rail - With the removal of the altar rail, not only
are communicants encouraged to stand rather than kneel for Holy
Communion, but its
removal serves to blur the distinction between the sanctuary and the
nave and between the priest and the faithful.
Elimination of Relics in Altars - Prior to the Second Vatican
Council, altars were required to contain relics. This may be traced
back to the earliest days of Christianity when Christians (that is,
Catholics), celebrated Masses on the tombs of saints. It also
corresponds to Scripture, where we see the martyrs under the altar
(See Rv. 6:9). After Vatican
II, this practice may be optional.
in Altar Cloths
of Sacred Chant By Secular Music - This change has also been
accompanied by a change in musical instruments (e.g. from a
pipe organ to guitars and drums).
of Side Altars - "The proposition of the synod enunciating
that it is fitting, in accordance with the order of divine services
and ancient custom that there be only one altar in each temple, and
therefore, that it is pleased to restore that custom, [is condemned
as] rash, injurious to the very ancient pious custom flourishing and
approved for these many centuries in the Church, especially in the
Latin Church." (Errors of the Synod of Pistoia, Condemned in
the Constitution "Auctorem Fidei," Aug. 28, 1794 A.D.)
Dropped Feast Days - Many
feast days were dropped from the universal calendar (or given a
lesser status). Note that many of these feasts trace back hundreds
of years or more and include especially popular, beloved saints.
Changes in Prayers for Remaining Feasts - For example, one priest
has pointed out that "All Souls' Day is [now] No Souls' Day, even in
the original Latin, where the word for soul (anima) has been suppressed
in the prayers of November 2."
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in Church - Reduced
or eliminated. Some may now be artificial.
in Church - May
be reduced in size, distorted, may not contain a suffering Jesus, etc.
Some may be simply plain
Emphasis of Penance / Exchanging
of Confessionals for 'Reconciliation Rooms - Since the Second
Vatican Council, the Sacrament of Penance can almost seem to be a
psychiatric session rather than an expression of sorrow for one's sins. In
fact, the confessionals themselves have been replaced by
"reconciliation rooms" in many parishes. Traditional style
confessionals are small "boxes" (or "little
booths") which (usually) contain a fixed screen and a kneeler.
They are humble, anonymous, and may be dark and somewhat
"confining". Traditional confessionals help create an
atmosphere proper to the confession of one's sins; sins which
destroy our friendship with God and (if not forgiven) may cause us
to suffer eternal hellfire. "Reconciliation rooms" may be
more "cheery", spacious, and tend to de-emphasize the
seriousness of sin, making it seem a "slight matter". They
do not induce humility and are not nearly as likely to draw our
consideration to the fact that sin could cost us our eternal souls.
The "chit chatting" in the confessional may also tend to
blur the distinction between the priest and the laity as it tends to
de-emphasize the priest's awesome power of forgiving sin and the
fact that he holds Christ's place (as judge and healer) - but
instead tends to makes him more akin to one's peer.
From Formality to Informality
of Man / Apparent Forgetfulness of God (Man-Centered vs. God-Centered)
- There seems to be a turning away of man's eyes from God to
man. Further, given the changes since the Council (relaxation of
penance, discipline, etc.) one might even ask, "Has the council done
nothing but seek to please
Appearance of an "Elastic Creed" - According to
Cardinal Wyszynski, "the Creed has become elastic and morality
in Emphasis From "Life is a Difficult, Serious Journey" to
"Life is a Joy" - Such a shift not only fails to keep
us focused on our true purpose in life, but it also fails to prepare
us for the difficulties we may encounter.
Forgetfulness of Fear of the Lord / Fear of Judgment - "'Do
not fear those who can kill the body and then can do nothing more;
but fear Him who has the power to kill both body and soul in the
Gehenna of fire; so I tell you fear Him.' If, then, the Lord
inspired fear, and inspired it strongly, and doubled it by repeating the threat, I ask you, is it wrong
of you to fear? I would
not say that. Fear openly, there is nothing better for you
than fear; there is nothing you ought to fear more." (St.
Augustine, Doctor of the Church, c. 5th century A.D.) As St. Paul
says, "So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been,
not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent,
work out your salvation with fear and trembling." (Phil. 2:12)
Inappropriate Handling of Holy Things - The laity now often
handle - even carelessly - the most sacred of all things, Jesus' Body & Blood in the Holy
Eucharist, despite the fact
that we see in the Old Testament that God struck Uzzah down after he
touched something he shouldn't have (the Ark). Worse still, since
many take Communion in the hand (click
here) and don't examine their hands for particles, they cause
Christ's body to literally be thrown on the ground and trampled on. Note:
Remember that even the smallest particle is Jesus' flesh &
blood, whole and entire: "Christ, whole and entire, is
contained not only under either species, but also in each particle
of either species." (Catechism of the Council of Trent)
Consideration of Jesus as Our "Buddy" Rather than as
Almighty God, Our Lord and Judge
of Non-Catholic Spirituality by Certain Members of the Church (e.g.
yoga) - Such (dangerous) practices may be accompanied by pagan
rituals/symbolism, and those who practice them may attempt to
discredit traditional Catholic spirituality.
'Ministers' Note: Click
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Loss of the Latin Language
Tolerated (or Not Forcefully Condemned) - Such toleration of
heresy / strange doctrine tends
to increase the danger of poisoning of the Faith. "St. Paul's
command to Timothy not to teach strange doctrine has been turned on
its head: skepticism and mobilism lead people to look for strange
doctrines as if they were a sign of a living faith." (Amerio)
Adoption of Terminology Acceptable to Protestants (e.g. table vs.
altar, bread vs. Host, etc.)
Attempt to Cover Over (or Rework) the Doctrine of "No Salvation
Outside the Church" Note:
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From "Repugnance" Towards Modern World to Embracing of the
That Previous Church Documents / Dogmas Expire or Lose Validity
Denial of Absolute Truths / "Denial of Certainty"
Which May Imply a False "Absolute Equality" of Sexes
to a Harmful Feminist Agenda / Discounting Traditional and Scriptural
Concepts Regarding the Proper Actions & Roles of Women[e.g. women being silent with covered heads in church; wife's duty of obedience; wife's primary role as mother; etc. try
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- "Such support also tends to encourage women to become
'units of production', sacrificing their families (including having fewer children) to work outside
of a "Watered Down" Doctrine
Adoption of Previously Condemned "Situation Ethics" Where
Subjective Judgment and Moral Relativism Replace Objective Truths
and Absolute Moral Standards
Support for the Condemned Concept of "Separation of Church and
(or Actual) Change of Purpose in Various Religious Orders
Shift From the Service of God to the Service of Man
of the Historical Church" - There seems to be no shortage
of persons disparaging the Church's past, even high ranking
prelates. "The Church, which has never betrayed the happiness
of the people by consenting to dubious alliances, does not have to
free herself from the past" (Pope St. Pius X, "Our Apostolic
from the Past / Disregarding
of the Past / Disparaging
of the Past (e.g. the Church's glorious past has been seemingly
exchanged for a "sinful past that requires numerous
apologies") - Includes a "near silence on all things of the
past" and a "sweeping away of historical elements - a
wholesale overthrow of hundreds of years or more of tradition -
which has served to cut
modern Catholics off from previous
Discipline / Less Recourse Against Offenders - According to
the Council of Vienne, and well-verified over the last several
decades, "where discipline is despised, religion suffers
shipwreck." Not only are
there fewer reasons for automatic excommunication in the new Canon
Law, but there appears to be a reluctance to discipline all but two
types of persons: (1) the most severe offenders, and (2)
traditionalist Catholics. Scripture is clear that those who are not disciplined
are bastards (Heb. 12:8). St. Augustine considers that*, "A father
beats a boy, and a seducer of boys caresses. If you but name the two
actions, who would not choose the caresses and decline the blows?
But if you take note of the persons whose actions they are, it is
love that beats the boy and iniquity that caresses him." St.
Augustine also writes, "[I]n reading the testimonies of Sacred Scripture which
indicate that there is presently, or foretell that there will be in
the future, a mingling of good and evil person in the Church, anyone
who understands these testimonies in such a way that he supposes the
diligence and severity of discipline ought to be relaxed and omitted
is not taught by those same writings but is deceived by his own
conjecture... In our times, when the sword has ceased to be visible
in the discipline of the Church, what must be done is point out by
degradations and excommunications." (St. Augustine, Doctor of the
Church, c. 413 A.D.) [* Note: The reader is
reminded that discipline of children should obviously be done within
reason. One should not abuse children.]
of Rules - "When rules are relaxed, people act worse, not
(Apparent) Adoption of a Policy of "Shutting One's Eyes to Sin"
(especially sins against the first commandment) - According to
Cardinal Wyszynski, "[the post-conciliar Church] shuts its eyes
to sin, and is afraid of being reproached for not being modern"
Environment Requiring Catholics to Make a Distinction Between
"Traditional Catholics", "Conservative
Catholics", "Progressive Catholics", Etc.
of Reform Itself is a Break With Tradition - "[Previously,]
All genuine reforms within the Church have been based on old
foundations; none have attempted to lay new ones. To attempt to lay
them is the essential characteristic of heresy, from the Gnosticism
of the first centuries, to Catharism and the other mediaeval
heresies regarding poverty, to the great German heresy of the
sixteenth century." (Amerio)
Elements of the Reform Are Difficult to Reconcile With Tradition - "Indeed, the extent and depth of the teaching of the Second
Vatican Council call for a renewed commitment to deeper study in
order to reveal clearly the Council's continuity with Tradition,
especially in points of doctrine which, perhaps because they are
new [!], have not yet been well understood by some sections of
the Church." (Pope John Paul II) Note: It should be remembered
that the Church cannot create new doctrine, but exists to
preserve and pass on the doctrine it has already received. For more on this
topic, click here.
Local Authority at the Expense of Papal Authority
and Persecution of Those Who Uphold Traditional Doctrine &
Practices - This occurs even as those who spread heterodox
teaching and perform sacrilegious acts go unpunished - or even
Documents May No Longer Be Published in the Church's Official
From Unity to Disunity / Uniformity to Pluralism
Away From 'Negative' Topics (Hell, Judgment, Sin, Purgatory, etc.) - "We
no longer talk about sin at precisely the same time as the world is
more sinful than ever!"
Prelates Not Corrected
Denial of the Loss of Human Dignity When One Commits Sin - and Therefore
Becomes the Slave of Sin - "Jesus answered them, 'Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.'"
Lack of Critical Thinking and Discounting of Reason" by Certain
Orientation (Horizontal Vs. Vertical)
Focus on Last Things
to Refute Errors -
refutation has been exchanged for "dialog".
Post-Vatican II documents tend to be vague / ambiguous and may even
appear to contain contradictions. According to Davies, "This is typical of the conciliar documents, which contain
passages that contradict each other or cancel each other out...
[Even one Protestant 'observer'] noted the extent to which the conciliar
documents are compromise texts: 'On far too many occasions they
juxtapose opposing viewpoints without establishing any genuine
internal link between them.'"
Optimism" - There have been charges of "utopian,
excessive optimism", "undue
optimism, as though all differences could be composed by good
will", "failure to appreciate original sin", etc.
This seems to overlook the fact that "moral corruption is
advancing with rapid strides" (Pope Leo XIII, Arcanum, 1880 A.D.)
of Awareness That We Have Enemies - "We now act as
though we have no enemies, either earthly or spiritual. This sounds
nice, but isn't realistic." As St. Peter warns, "Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for (someone) to devour."
(1 Pt. 5:8)
Focus on Earth Rather Than Heaven - "We now seem
to be focused on a paradise on earth which can never occur."
Shift from Supernatural Outlook to Worldly Outlook
From Laments to a 'New Springtime' - Recent pre-conciliar popes
issued a number of troubling laments regarding the state of the
world before the Second Vatican Council. For example, consider the
following laments of Pope Leo XIII:
Venerable Brethren, you know the times in which we live; they are
scarcely less deplorable for the Christian religion than the worst
days, which in time past were most full of misery to the Church. We
see faith, the root of all the Christian virtues, lessening in many
souls; we see charity growing cold; the young generation daily
growing in depravity of morals and views; the Church of Jesus Christ
attacked on every side by open force or by craft; a relentless war
waged against the Sovereign Pontiff; and the very foundations of
religion undermined with a boldness which waxes daily in intensity.
These things are, indeed, so much a matter of notoriety that it is
needless for Us to expatiate on the depths to which society has sunk
in these days, or on the designs which now agitate the minds of men.
In circumstances so unhappy and troublous, human remedies are
insufficient, and it becomes necessary, as a sole resource, to beg
for assistance from the Divine power." (Pope Leo XIII, "Quamquam
Pluries", 1889 A.D.)
we be Catholic in mind and heart and gaze with dry eyes on that land
where our wondrous Redeemer deigned to establish the seat of His
kingdom? Now We see His teachings attacked and His reverence
outraged, His Church embattled and His Vicar opposed. So many souls
redeemed by His blood are now lost, the choicest portion of His
flock, a people faithful to Him for nineteen centuries. How can We
bear to look upon His chosen people exposed to a constant and
ever-present danger of apostasy, pushed toward error and vice,
material miseries, and moral degradation?... Finally, the general
social order is undermined at its foundations. Books and journals,
schools and universities, clubs and theaters, monuments and
political discourse, photographs and the fine arts, everything
conspires to pervert minds and corrupt hearts. Meanwhile the
oppressed and suffering people tremble and the anarchic sects arouse
themselves. The working classes raise their heads and go to swell
the ranks of socialism, communism, and anarchy. Characters exhaust
themselves and many souls, no longer knowing how to suffer nobly nor
how to redeem themselves manfully, take their lives with cowardly
suicide." (Pope Leo XIII, "Custodi Di Quella Fede",
Since the Council, the
world has seen a drastic erosion of morals and a marked
increase in all forms of sin (including serious sins of abortion,
euthanasia, adultery, homosexual actions, contraception, etc.). In fact,
serious sin seemingly runs rampant in nearly all corners of the world.
Further, the Church itself has been plagued by scandals,
disobedience, heterodox prelates, liturgical abuse, confused
faithful, etc. Her children often do not listen to Her and may even
boldly reject Her teachings. Given the present grave situation in the world and in the
Church, one would expect to find increasing laments from the highest
levels of the Church. Instead, we have been told that the Church
after the Council is experiencing a "new springtime" and a
"new Pentecost". Despite the overwhelmingly bad fruits of
the last four decades (click
here), it is said that the Council has been a "new surge of
life for the Church" and that "In spite of all appearances,
the Church is now more united in the fellowship of service and in the
awareness of apostolate" and that she is now "more serviceable
for her mission of salvation for all".
New Optimism Which Seems to Deny Original Sin & Its Effects - Since
the Council, there has been "indefensible, unwarranted optimism".
In fact, it has been said that "we are so
optimistic now that it almost seems that our weak flesh is no longer
subject to sin!" Some people actually seem to believe that the
Council did away with sin, hell & purgatory - and contrary
to scripture, many seem to believe that all persons will eventually
be saved (the false concept of "universal salvation"). As
St. Paul says, "Be not deceived: God is not mocked. For what
things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap." (Gal. 6:7-8)
Party" No Longer Criticized - Although Pope St. Pius X
called modernism "the synthesis of all heresies", and made prelates take
the Oath Against Modernism (click
here), the post-conciliar Church has eliminated
such protections, and has even appeared to adopt certain elements of
the modernist mentality. Some have lamented that "Yesterday's orthodoxy has become today's heresy"
Papal Authority Accepted
May be Seen as More Weak - The lack of formal commands,
anathemas, and warnings against sin / hell / judgment, etc. tend to
give the impression that the Church has become more weak. Remember
that "God is not weak" (St. Athanasius), and neither should
His Church be!
of Numerous Papal Apologies - Although apologies may be thought to
"smooth things over" on one hand, apologies from the highest levels of the Church may have serious
negative outcomes (e.g. they may
lead those outside the Church to question the Church's claim to
hold truth). Further, those outside the Church seem to think that
apologies "don't go far enough" and may constantly seek
more apologies and other "concessions" for perceived wrongs. Some ask "How can we ask
forgiveness of that which our forefathers gave their lives
for?" Some wonder how previous papal condemnations are "simply
as 'failures to understand the circumstances'", especially when
we are the ones who are so far isolated from those circumstances
which surrounded them. Also, many wonder how someone can apologize
for another person, while others may wonder
how meaningful such apologies really are (especially since all
parties are deceased and cannot speak for themselves). And, finally,
it may be noted that "St. Peter was never called to apologize
of an "Increased, Almost Insatiable Thirst for Novelty"
From Obedience to Disobedience
of Authority in Minds of Faithful
of Cremation, Which Was Previously a Condemned Practice: "Can. 1203 §
1 The bodies of the faithful departed shall be buried, their
cremation being reprobated. § 2 If anyone by any manner orders that
his body be cremated, it is illicit to execute that desire; and if
this was added to any contract or testament or any other act it is
considered as not being added." (1917 Code of Canon Law)
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of Important Catholic Doctrines From the Liturgy - One attending the Novus Ordo
(New Order) Mass - imposed on the faithful in the wake of the Second
Vatican Council - may find that little
or no mention is given to sin, devil, judgment, hell, need for
penance, pains of purgatory, the Mass as a sacrifice, etc. Note: For more information, try
to Alter the 'Sorrows
of Mary' Devotion - Attempt
to supplant the traditional version with a new version more
suitable to Protestants.
to Alter the Stations
of the Cross - Attempt
to supplant the traditional version with a new version more
suitable to Protestants.
"Feast of the Most Precious Blood" - "Strange
history of the Feast of the Most Precious Blood" (July 1):
"This feast was instituted by Pope Pius IX in the mid 19th
century and was elevated to the highest rank (first class) in 1934 by Pope Pius XI. The Pope who called the
Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII, called devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus the
'devotion of our
times'. After Vatican II, the feast was dropped from the universal
calendar, along with many other feasts."
Which Converted the World Vs. Church "Opened to the World"
- "She is supposed to be a leaven in the world, not to let
the world be a leaven in Her."
Support Given to False Doctrine of Evolution
Adoption of a False Ecumenism
- This controversial practice has led to widespread religious
indifferentism, watering down of Catholic doctrine, scandal, sacrilege, etc. It has hampered missionary activity, and leads
to a false idea of "universal salvation". Note: For
more on Religious Indifferentism, click
here. For more on Ecumenism, try
From Being Criticized by Protestants to Being Praised by Protestants.
Note: For more information, try
of Humility in Relation to God - Prior to the Second Vatican
Council, Catholics displayed humility in a number of ways (e.g.
silence in Church, kneeling, proper dress, proper behavior, etc.).
They knew that the priest acted on behalf of Christ, and they behaved
humbly towards him. They were aware that they were dependent on God,
that they were unworthy to receive the Holy Eucharist, and that sin
could cost them their eternal souls. Since the Council, Catholics
often fail to display humility, even in church (e.g. by talking,
sitting while the Eucharist is exposed, dressing inappropriately,
turning their back on the Holy Eucharist, improper
behaviors, etc.). Many seem to have lost respect for the lofty
position of the priest, and even call him by his first name. Many also seem to have lost the sense of their smallness in relation to God
and their unworthiness to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion (they
even put the Host in their hands). They may presume that their
sins will not lead to damnation, but rather (since they think they are "basically good persons") they imagine that they do not have to worry (click
here for more on this topic).
In fact, the important virtue of humility in relation to God can
seem almost nonexistent among many Catholics.
of Explicitly Catholic Symbolism in Churches" - In the attempt
to not offend non-Catholics, various Catholic churches have suppressed
Catholic symbolism. This harms
tradition and can lead to confusion on the part of the faithful
(e.g. "does the Church no longer believe that...?").
Finally the loss of symbolism tends to lead to forgetfulness
(imagine if crucifixes and crosses were suddenly removed from all
churches) and removes opportunities to educate & inspire.
College of Cardinals
of the Ancient Mass - In the wake of the Second Vatican Council,
a New Rite of Mass (Novus Ordo) was imposed upon the faithful. Not
only was such an imposition unprecedented in the entire history of
the Church, but the New Rite of Mass has been criticized, even by
high ranking prelates (e.g. Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci stated
that: "[T]he Novus Ordo Missae - considering the new elements,
susceptible of widely differing evaluation, which appear to be
implied or taken for granted - represents, as a whole and in detail,
a striking departure from the Catholic theology of the Holy Mass as
it was formulated in Session XXII of the Council of Trent, which, by
fixing definitively the 'canons' of the rite, erected an
insurmountable barrier against any heresy which might attack the
integrity of the Mystery."). Many Catholics - laity and priests
alike - have suffered from being unable to worship in the same
manner as the saints, their ancestors - in a manner that has
produced great fruits. The differences between the two Rites of Mass
is great, and the fruits speak for themselves (click
here for more information). [Note: Thankfully, however, the
traditional Mass is still licitly said and has been making a
comeback worldwide. For more information, click
Safeguards for the Faith and Faithful" - Since the Second
Vatican Council, various safeguards have been dropped (e.g. the
elimination of the "devil's advocate", which helped
assured that candidates for canonization were truly worthy;
elimination of the need for an imprimatur, which helped protect
readers from error; the elimination of the Oath Against Modernism,
which helped protect the Church from modernism - the "synthesis
of all heresies"; etc.).
of Anathemas - Formerly, the Church used the anathema both to
protect the integrity of the faith and to protect the faithful. In
fact, the unity in the Church prior to the Second Vatican Council has been
attributed to the anathema, which prevents errors from
spreading and makes true Catholic teaching clear. Nowadays, even high
ranking persons in the Church who are engaging in outright
disobedience, scandal, error, heresy, and even unspeakable actions
are often subject to little or no discipline. In some cases, they are
even rewarded! Previously, persons guilty of heresy & error would
have been under anathema (and therefore punished/removed). Now
they are often left alone or only slightly admonished.
"Anathemas are biblical, historical - and now suddenly avoided
like the plague - even though we have more need of them than
ever." As Von Hildebrand has said:
"The vilification of the anathema - though it is through
the anathema that the Church has preserved her identity and the purity
of her teaching since St. Paul and through the centuries - is a typical
consequence of distorting love of neighbor, and of confusing this love
with a weak cheerfulness, niceness, and readiness to give in. The fear
of the anathema betrays above all a loss of the sensus supernaturalis, a
lapse into that this-worldliness which is more concerned with the
earthly welfare of man than with his eternal salvation."
"The anathema is an act of love of God because it condemns the
offense against God which lies in the distortion of Christian revelation
and of the teaching of the holy Church, and because it officially
unmasks error as error. The protection of the divine Revelation has been
entrusted to the holy Church, and to fulfill this holy trust is a
central act of holy obedience and of love for divine truth, and indeed
for God Himself. And it is an act of sublime love of neighbor to protect
the faithful from the poison of false teachings, for it is far more
important and higher objective good for man to remain in the true
faith, than to be relieved in his physical or psychic sufferings. The
anathema is for men in statu viae (in their pilgrimage through life)
something which protects that greatest good, which is so important for
the salvation of their souls. It is thus a very great act of love
because it protects the faithful from the deceits of heretics, who speak
in the name of the Church, especially when they hold a position of
authority and thus belong to the ecclesia docens (the teaching Church).
These heretics are listened to with much sympathy and openness by the
simple believing layman, and this makes it quite easy to seduce him to
error and to poison his faith. Is it not a more fundamental, deeper act
of love of neighbor to protect the faithful by unmasking heretics - and
suspending them if they hold any office of authority - than to protect
men against a plague, or to mitigate their poverty, or even to eliminate
social injustice?... And even for him who is condemned it is an act of
the greatest love of neighbor. It is for him like the knife of a surgeon
which cuts away the cancer of a patient. It is a fully earnest
admonition, an enlightenment as to his errors, an invitation to return
to the truth. It protects him from completely lapsing into heresy
without fully realizing it - it enables him to grasp the full
incompatibility of his theses with the teaching of the holy Church, to
feel the significance of his error, and with terrible seriousness it
forces him to decide 'for or against God and His holy Church.'"
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