The situation of the Church is a real disaster, and the present Pope is making it 10,000 times worse.
Worse than a double-digit percentage of bishops covering up for sex-abusers and chasing people by the millions from the Church? Who would have thought that planet Earth held ten billion traditionalists?
There was the usual slam against the Roman Missal:
It’s a bit messy, our faithful have enough [confusion] regarding the validity, so we tell them, ‘The New Mass is bad, it is evil’ and they understand that. Period!’” Of course the Roman authorities “were not very happy with that.”
Not only the authorities. Try telling hundreds of millions of Catholics that the spiritual nourishment, conversion, challenge, and comfort they derive from the Mass is “evil.” I’m sure that when schismatics see their relatives and friends going to Mass, experiencing grace and change in their lives, it is hard to keep the little boat on an even keel. Scripture and prayer in the vernacular, good music in a lot of places, a fair degree of familiarity on EWTN–maybe it doesn’t seem all that bad.
So their bishop resorts to a bit of exaggeration. He’d like to think the Roman liturgy is evil. It would sure settle the doubts within his cassock and outside of it.
Also from that news item why I’m deeply skeptical of the fruits of Fatima:
Bishop Fellay quoted in detail Sister Lucia’s words, those who have read the Third Secret, and those who have knowledge of the Secret. He noted Sister Lucia said that if we want to know the contents of the Third Secret, read chapters 8 through 13 of the Apocalypse.” (details of the Third Secret will be contained in the upcoming November edition of Catholic Family News)
Secrets. Bah. Wasn’t this revealed last year, last decade, to Pope John Paul, to a deathbed confessor, or someone?
Secrecy is the engine of Gnosticism: the promise that out there there’s some secret knowledge for just a few people. If you are one of the few, you have a shortcut to heaven. Or something.
Will the secret open hearts to Christ? Make prayer more fruitful? Gain more converts in mission lands? Or tell scary stories to impressionable children? Quash good sense doubt about those who control the secret?
This whole article is the zany answer to the unanswered question: How are Bernard Fellay and Dan Brown alike?
My sense of it: people love the Blessed Mother and devote themselves to the message, story, and prayer of Fatima. Great. My sense is not to get caught up in secret knowledge and such things. It detracts from the Gospel and adds nothing whatsoever to the faith. The end times could be coming tomorrow (especially if you ask the Tea Party) and the Church really did run off the rails fifty years ago. Love God, love your neighbor, and do it with everything you’ve got. No silly secret is going to enhance that. Neither is any gossip you hear in the church hall after Mass. Entertainment value? no doubt. Moral value? Questionable at best. Just like Bishop Fellay.