Rorate Caeli

How has that been working out?

June 2011: fortieth anniversary of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelica Testificatio, of Pope Paul VI, "on the renewal of Religious Life according to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council":

Certainly many exterior elements, recommended by founders of orders or religious congregations are seen today to be outmoded. Various encumbrances or rigid forms accumulated over the centuries need to be curtailed. Adaptations must be made. New forms can even be sought and instituted with the approval of the Church. For some years now the greater part of religious institutes have been generously dedicating themselves to the attainment of this goal, experimenting—sometimes too hardily—with new types of constitutions and rules. We know well and We are following with attention this effort at renewal which was desired by the Council.

In 1971, Pope Paul VI already knew of the high flames that the Council had ignited - in religious life perhaps more strongly than elsewhere. Exactly one year after this exhortation, he would pronounce his famous words, that it seemed that "through some opening, the smoke of Satan had entered the temple of God". And yet, he persisted in the renewal... Maybe the Council would have been a good wine after all - but the Lord never said that the old bottles should be thrown away: "no man putteth new wine into old bottles: otherwise the wine will burst the bottles, and both the wine will be spilled, and the bottles will be lost"... 

[Image source: La Cigüeña, as part of a series on the declining number of women religious.]

33 comments:

shane said...

For a very sad American example of post-conciliar chaos in religious life see this:

http://celledoor.blogspot.com/2011/02/spirit-of-change-shakes-church-popes.html

shane said...

In Pope Paul VI's address to a General Audience one week before the New Mass was introduced, he said:

"8. It is here that the greatest newness is going to be noticed, the newness of language. No longer Latin, but the spoken language will be the principal language of the Mass. The introduction of the vernacular will certainly be a great sacrifice for those who know the beauty, the power and the expressive sacrality of Latin. We are parting with the speech of the Christian centuries; we are becoming like profane intruders in the literary preserve of sacred utterance. We will lose a great part of that stupendous and incomparable artistic and spiritual thing, the Gregorian chant.

9. We have reason indeed for regret, reason almost for bewilderment. What can we put in the place of that language of the angels? We are giving up something of priceless worth. But why? What is more precious than these loftiest of our Church's values?

10. The answer will seem banal, prosaic. Yet it is a good answer, because it is human, because it is apostolic."

http://www.ewtn.com/library/PAPALDOC/P6691126.HTM

Tradster said...

The same pope who would declare a few years later in 1975 that the Latin church was enjoying liturgical renewal in all of its splendor. Astonishing.

May God have mercy.

Anonymous said...

IMHO, if you use 'skins' instead of 'bottles' your point can be made more strikingly.

I belong to a Third Order (NO renewed) and the apparent difference between the founders' praxis and the reformed is makes me want to crawl out of my skin.

Happily I now practice the founders' original rule (for many years) and have been shunned by the NO reformed.

My sede-leaning friends tell me that I don't really belong to the order since I was professed into the NO disaster.

To which I say you are right on the founder's wishes being largely abandoned but it was the Church who professed me into the Order therefore I am indeed in the order.

I have found a traditional priest that will re-profess me using the traditional words of profession without having to go through the entire two years of postulate and novitiate.

The Last Roman

New Catholic said...

Sorry, anon.; if we can use the Douay-Rheims, we do so...

Jack said...

\\I have found a traditional priest that will re-profess me using the traditional words of profession without having to go through the entire two years of postulate and novitiate. \\

Are you going to have him rebaptize you, too?

It makes just as much sense.

Gratias said...

VC2 is now outmoded. We need a return to Traditional Liturgy with the same ruthlessness that Paul VI exercised.

Long-Skirts said...

on fortieth anniv. said:

"Adaptations must be made."

BLACK
HOLES

Disco-decayed
They cancelled all color
Sanctuaries stripped
First Communions were duller.

No crinoline whites
Pale hues they were stressed
Only pearled-Pharisees
Are ever so dressed.

Roses carnations,
Flowers all manners
Left just to wither
‘Gainst assertives’ beige banners.

Pillars of marble
Corinthian styles
They decided to paint
Like pink bathroom tiles.

Cassocks of red
Habits blue-white
Robes of distinction
Extinct over night.

Missals with pages
Embossed in gloss-gold
Latin in tint
English-black often bold.

Even the ribbons
To mark scriptural prayers
Were of green, yellow, silvers
So to keep us from errors.

The soft votive flames
The red opaque glass
Gave an aura of stillness
Like time could not pass.

Yet time it passed
Vividness drained
And populations with out color
Cannot be sustained.

So those underground
With red blood in blue veins
Birthed knowledge the arts
Great virtues they've gained.

They did not decay-
God’s colors kept green
For the day up above
Once again to be seen.

Except for those beige
Banner-like-blind…
Gray fertility fades
In their black open minds.

CredoUtIntelligam said...

I will never understand Paul VI. How can anyone, much less a pope, be so lacking in prudence as to encourage a wholesale rejection of tradition and express shock at the obvious negative consequences?

How can the Holy Spirit allow a pope to cause such harm to the Faith through official acts of discipline?

Jordanes551 said...

Jack, do you really not know the difference between a sacrament and a sacramental?

Jon said...

Pope Paul should've bricked the jamb to keep the sixties out, not thrown open the window.

Aggiornamento, thy name is apostasy.

Anonymous said...

All this did was destroy Catholic Education and Catholic Hospitals where the heroic sisters toiled for free for centuries helping the poor and others. Now that they are virtually gone they must pay lay people many which don't have any love for JESUS and his Church. Meanwhile the loyal sisters that remained were mistreated by those sisters who had found their new Lord (Feminism , Liberalism, Lesbianism and Modernism) Is it any wonder that parishes are closed and the inner city without these brides of christ far worse than any time in history.

Anonymous said...

Jack,
I think you misunderstood my comment...or didn't consider what I wrote?
In my view you are either in or you are out. I believe I am in, no need for re baptizing. However, I would like to make my promise in the manner that my order's founder intended hence professing with the original words. If I don't do this I still believe I am in the order. I hope this makes sense to you. It makes sense to me for my journey to eternity.

The Last Roman

Anonymous said...

shane: Thanks for bringing attention to that address of Paul VI regarding his rationale for the promulgation of the n.o. Everyone should read it, as it sounds to me as if he had lost his mind. He seems to be, at one and the same time, for it AND against it! Really weird! Maybe he was under duress and trying to warn those who could "read between the lines" as it were. Our Lord did say, "Let him who has ears to hear, let him hear." http://www.ewtn.com/library/PAPALDOC/P6691126.HTM A Loyal Reader

Father Anthony Cekada said...

The photo perfectly sums up the effects of Vatican II's "new springtime" on religious orders.

And note the banner praising the order's: "400 years for a Christian humanist education in a pluralistic world."

Wanna bet the order's 16th-century founder (whoever it was) didn't put THAT little ecumenical nugget into its rule and constitutions? Imagine him trying to explain it to those caring, sharing Dominican pluralists down at the Holy Office.

For those of us who remember the glorious days of the religious orders before the Council, it is all really sad.

When will the deep denial about Vatican II ever end?

Anonymous said...

Actually it was John XXIII who threw open the window!

Henry Edwards said...

I'm surprised that, after 15 comments, no one appears to share my outrage that the celebrant of this "wheelchair Mass" in wearing his stole outside his chasuble.

Tom S. said...

Wow, now there's a picture that speaks MANY thousands of words!

And Father Cekada nails it regarding the slogan on the banner. It should more accurately read "400 years for a Christian Education down the tubes"! Nails it regarding "The Council" as well.

Anonymous said...

Credo wrote:

"I will never understand Paul VI. How can anyone, much less a pope, be so lacking in prudence as to encourage a wholesale rejection of tradition and express shock at the obvious negative consequences?

How can the Holy Spirit allow a pope to cause such harm to the Faith through official acts of discipline?"


Greater minds than yours have pondered the same thing and reached shocking conclusions.

Delphina

Saint Michael Come To Our Defense said...

"...Are you going to have him rebaptize you, too?..."

Some of the Novus Ordo baptisms were done so poorly, the Holy Father issued a proclamation stating the baptisms were no baptisms at all; those Faithful needed not to be re-baptized, but Baptized.

I find it hard to believe how many Novus Ordos cling feverishly to their heresies.

Even in the Church of San Santiago where Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio was martyred for the Faith, the Novus Ordos trample everything he died for.

*

Anonymous said...

"When will the deep denial about Vatican II ever end?"

The Catholics who instituted the liturgical/spiritual revolution were raised in the pre-Vatican II Church.

The tens of millions of Catholics who went along with the revolution were raised the pre-Vatican II Church.

If pre-Vatican II Catholics were (supposedly) so strong in their collective faith, then why did the revolution proceed with such ease?

Tom

Anonymous said...

Tom, The answer is, "indiscreet obedience". A Loyal Reader

Anonymous said...

"If pre-Vatican II Catholics were (supposedly) so strong in their collective faith, then why did the revolution proceed with such ease?"

Because the post-Vatican II neo-cons picked up where the Catholics who didn't leave the Church on account of the fact that had beaten into them "obey-obey-obey" left off.

That's why.

Delphina

Anonymous said...

...revolution proceed with such ease...

With Benedict XV turning away (the disgraceful sidelining of Cardinal Merry del Val and Mgr Benigni)from Pius X with his struggle in apostolic zeal against the innovators modernism could sprawl nearly unhindered below the surface. Only extreme aberrants were sanctioned.

Anonymous said...

Anon 20:06

"With Benedict XV turning away (the disgraceful sidelining of Cardinal Merry del Val and Mgr Benigni)from Pius X with his struggle in apostolic zeal against the innovators modernism could sprawl nearly unhindered below the surface. "

You're right. He undid almost everything that St. Pius X did.

Delphina

Father Anthony Cekada said...

Tom asked:

"If pre-Vatican II Catholics were (supposedly) so strong in their collective faith, then why did the revolution proceed with such ease?"

--------

Precisely because of statements like the one quoted above from Paul VI — in whom was "fished up a revolution in cope and tiara."

Timothy Mulligan said...

Here's a nice contrast: http://www.saintbenedict.com/theorder/about-order.html

Sperate!

Anonymous said...

Some readers question whether Paul Vi was out of his mind when he made this comment. There is an explanation of why he went along with the innovations and upheaval ov VII. It has trascended that when John XXIII died, The Conclave called to elect the new Pope that was teeming with modernists and heresiarchs who were feverishly working to implement their lunatic innovations, approached Montini and offered him the Papacy with the express promise that he would keep the Council going, because it was feared that he would cancel it because they had gone too far up to that point. Thus we see how he sat passively during the Council and only when the Document on Collegiality surfaced, did he saw appropriate to intervene with a "Nota Previa" as a footnote!!, to clarify the primacy of the Pope. In other words, he was probable sequestered by the College of Bishops throughout the Council, and still afterwards.
C.M.

Joe B said...

There are so many conflicting reports on who Paul VI was that I doubt we'll ever know his degree of culpability. However, his vigor in supporting the mass of his name, which was not a direct product of the council and which he minimally edited, suggests he was much more the liberal than the unwilling captive of an agreement he objected to.

LeonG said...

Prinknash Abbey (UK) - once a vibrant and youthful pre-conciliar benedictine community some 40 strong, once converted from Anglicanism, has become an aging post-conciliar remnant of 14 members & has been besmirched with homosexuality including one well-mediatised scandal several years ago. Who would want to become part of such a "renewal" community?

Another Vatican II moment.

LeonG said...

"Actually it was John XXIII who threw open the window!"

Indeed, Anonymous Said, but he did not advocate jumping out of it!

Mar said...

Henry Edwards, I think it is worse than you think; from what I can see the celebrant is not wearing a chasuble at all. In the city where I live not wearing a chasuble for the NO Mass is very common. There is only so much outrage that a person is capable of. After that you just go numb.

Long-Skirts said...

Delphina said:

"Because the post-Vatican II neo-cons picked up where the Catholics who didn't leave the Church on account of the fact that had beaten into them "obey-obey-obey" left off."

LEAP SHEEP

“The knock-out blow of Satan
has been to cause disobedience
in the name of obedience.”
(Fr. Cyprian, OSB, Prior of Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery)

Litto froggy cross da pond
Hope some fairy's got a wand
Hit you hard up-side yo head
Shed some light...yo brains is bread.
You ain't got sense, no nuffin'
Brains is made of bran-flake muffin.
Wolfy-sheep done called you near
Ups you hopped, ran like a deer.
Him brother froggies followed too
And jumped right in wolf-sheepy's stew.
Then there you be all puffed with pride
And one by one them froggies died.
Then wolfy-sheep, he called,"My sons?"
And wolfy-sheep, his meal all dones,
Says, "Litto frog get outa' hea'.
Tomorrow bring yo sistas dea'."
And litto frog, he hop away
'Cause litto frog, he do obey.
And litto froggy hopped, hopped, hop,
Tumbled, tripped into Frog Pop.
And froggy Pop asked, "What you say?"
Said litto frog, "I do obey,
And all my litto brothers, too,
They helped the wolf make sheepy stew.
"Then froggy Pop, him hung him head,
And took him son away and led
Him hoppin' down the woodsy lane
And put in froggy's hand his cane
All shiney white to help him see...
...nuffin'.