Rorate Caeli

ENOUGH! This is not the religion of Christ!
"If they do not preach the Four Last Things, do not listen to them"

Hieronymus Bosch 
The Table of the Capital Sins [in the corners, the Four Last Things] 
(La Mesa de los pecados capitales)
Museo del Prado [previously in the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial]

The Church exists for the salvation of man, every man, and not for making him conscious that salvation has already happened.

The difference is all in this. We are now in the midst of a Catholicism that has taken on another form. This fact is visible for all and clear to see. The concern is no longer for the salvation of souls. People who attend church will unlikely hear the following preached - which is the heart of Christianity: Our Lord Jesus Christ is the sole Redeemer, it is necessary to repent and change your life, to be baptized and receive the Sacraments and live in a state of grace for the salvation of your soul. No, all of this is not spoken about anymore. And we will see that it is so in this “Year of Faith”, when, alas, Church dates will be the main concern and the preoccupation for the salvation of souls will not be affirmed.

Why all of this? The reason is simple. After the Council a mutation of the Catholic Faith was in fact produced and now we are fully reaping the bad fruits.

Too many (almost all) have in their minds that the salvation of souls has already occurred and that, now, it is merely a question of making people aware of this gift from on high. This is a church that has shifted everything towards the human, to anthropology, to the comfort and well-being of the person - in search of happiness.

But – is this even Christianity? Did Jesus not come for the [simple] reason that without Him, we cannot be saved? Did He not die on the Cross to free us from the power of the Evil One and to re-open the gates of Paradise? Did He not command His disciples to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth and to baptize? “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be condemned.” Is this not how it is written?

You will wait in vain to hear “the churchman of the moment” speak to you about the question of eternal salvation on television debates about the Council. But if this is not what it is all about, what is the churchman doing there – and what about the Church Herself?

It so happened that we glanced on “LA7”* a Cardinal, the one from Milan, display a ridiculously blind Irenicism regarding the present situation in the Church (“When I visit the churches – they are always full”… “It is not true that there is a crisis”...), and hear him speak of an obscure Christianity in a speech that resembled more of a lesson in anthropology, and then [the same] reacting, irritated, to Professor De Mattei’s clear assertions on the dreadful crisis following Vatican II, while “the secular intellectual of the moment”, in this case Giuliano Ferrara,* recalls that it is necessary to speak also about Hell as well as the “fullness of mankind” brought about by Christ. This is how far we have gone: those outside the Church remind the Church of the essentials, which She no longer preaches.

But be on your guard, all of this is more than dramatic, because changing the perspective means to change everything.

If the [Church’s] aim is to render this life on earth better and more conscious, and not [the goal] of eternal salvation, we are faced with a profound modification of Christianity - we are faced with a new religion, which is not that of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We are faced with the religion of man - not the religion of God.

A great and holy priest, Father Emmanuel André, called all of this “Naturalism”: everything is reduced to nature – to man. It is the greatest and most devastating cancer in Catholicism. The same Père Emmanuel said that it is necessary, when faced with this evil, to be “men of God”, “men of reaction”: both – to be of God and to be of reaction. Yes: it is necessary TO PRAY AND REACT and to say – enough! And not to have anything more to do with those who are shelving the Church and the Catholic Faith.

Our [true] shepherds are the those who are guarding Catholicism, not those who are selling out and transforming it into religious anthropology so as to enter the “cultural salons” of this stagnant Western civilization. How might we know if pastors are worthy to be listened to and followed? It is simple: if they are speaking about eternal salvation, if they are speaking about the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Hell, Paradise. If none of these ever appear in all of their talk, do not trust them – they have already changed the faith.

* La7, an Italian TV Channel, aired a debate on the Second Vatican Council on October 8, 2012.
* Giuliano Ferrara- Editor of Italian opinion newspaper “Il Foglio

[November 2012 Editorial of Radicati nella Fede, bulletin of the Catholic community of Domodossola and Vocogno, Diocese of Novara, Italy. Text taken from Una Fides (see our sidebar). Tip and translation: Contributor Francesca Romana]


GFvonB said...

What more appropriate event could be imagined for the 50th anniversary of the Council than the majority of American Catholics voting for infanticide?

Benedict Carter said...

This went out on Italian TV?

Praise be to Our Lord and God Jesus Christ if so!

Such clarity of expression (in the service of the truth) we need so much in these early days of the End Times, which I am personally convinced we are in.

Repentance and Penance!

chaimbeul said...

No, they have not changed the faith. Shepherds who are weak in passing on the faith are not capable of altering it. The Dogmas of the faith will be and have always been passed on through Holy Mother Church, even if the popes, bishop, and clergy are weak. Our faith and our Church is not only governed by flawed humans, it is also governed by God Himself. Weak men cannot destroy it. To believe that the faith will not be passed on is to not believe in the Providence of God.

New Catholic said...

They have changed their own beliefs, that is what they mean.

Beggar said...

Said "mutation of the faith" didn't occur "after the council," as they say. It occurred BEFORE & DURING the council itself, and is right there IN THE DOCUMENTS OF VATICAN II.

Please read:

The Catechism of the Crisis in the Church by Fr. Matthias Gaudron

New Catholic said...

Chaimbeul, you've had your say. Remember this is a translation.

Anonymous said...

Outstanding. These good men have seen everything with great clarity, and that only comes from the Holy Spirit. God is with us, and is slowly cleaning out his Church.
Scott W

Jacobi said...

I recently chided a priest (quite orthodox by today's standards, normally ) on his disnumeracy,as evidenced in his sermon on the Four Last Things.

He dealt sensitively with death and hopefully with heaven, but there was no mention at all of judgement and the danger of hell!

And yet people will go to hell, Matthew 25:41!

Fr. A.M. said...

Before the last Sunday of the liturgical year I will preach on the four last things, purgatory and prayers for the Holy Souls there. I blame the bad theology taught since the 1960's in many intellectual establishments in the Church for the mess we are in today, along with a certain lack of vigilance in the proclamation of the Faith. But don't worry. The biological and spiritual clock is ticking. Thank you Holy Father for the Year of Faith. We badly need it, especially where I come from, where the priests were primarily to blame for the process of auto-destruction in Catholicism. Let us be thankful for Our Lord's words 'thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church'.

David of Glasgow said...

where the priests were primarily to blame for the process of auto-destruction in Catholicism

And the post-conciliar Popes have done nothing to give Catholics and the world the impression that the Catholic faith had changed?

Did they uphold the infallible teaching that "Outside of the Church there is positively no salvation"? Or did their active participation in the worship and rites of non-Catholics - contrary to the constant tradition of the Church - effectively promote religious indifferentism?

Sixupman said...

To-day Choral Vespers, from Westminster Cathedral, was broadcast on BBC. [Probably available on the web for seven days.]

"Sin" is a dirty word? The homily referred to Purgatory as a "waiting room" prior to entering into Heaven?

BTW: the schola was nowhere near as good as that giving voice to the Durufle Requiem at the Holy Souls Mass at The Holy Name, Manchester, last Friday.

Bill Phelan said...

New Catholic:

A sincere "thank you" for this post.

Fr. A.M. said...

David : 'post-conciliar Popes'.

Which council did you have in mind ? It would be good if we returned to believing the traditional teaching of the Church concerning the papacy and the Magisterium. I thank God I have lived to have seen 'Summorum Pontificum'. I think we ought to show more respect, as traditionalists, for the person of the Holy Father. And thank you New Catholic on your postings on the recent pilgrimage in Rome.

Thomas Pink said...

'Too many (almost all) have in their minds, that the salvation of souls has already occurred and now, it is merely a question of making people aware of this gift from on high.' -

So accurate a report of a deadly spiritual complacency. This is the heart of a very modern danger to the spiritual life of the Church and to the salvation of souls - a complacency that we must all battle against.

Thank you for this really excellent post.

Jeremiah Methuselah said...

After some recent posts, I can’t believe the good things I am reading now, we must find more and more priests who preach authentic Catholic Truth, eternal, objective and absolute.

New Catholic, not clear about your reservations over the translation and I can’t find the original, but if correct and reliable it is, please God, sincere congratulations for publishing.

Prima lex salvus animarum, it’s all that counts.

Jacob said...

I am currently working my way through Brent Bozell, Jr.'s Mustard Seeds and his words back when he was writing for Triumph were so prescient. What he wrote back in the late 60s and early 70s on the failure to act by the bishops, the assault on Catholic identity from within and without and so on is as equally applicable today for traditional Catholics.

Even though the book is over twenty years old, I would love to see it reviewed by Rorate so that Catholics of today may rediscover one root of traditionalism that seems to have been totally forgotten.

Malta said...

I know this site has posted on it before, but please read Hungry Souls.

I used to be very skeptical of "ghostly" things until two happened to me!

I used to laugh at them, quite frankly. I'm a backpacker, skier, mountain biker, runner, ex-ladies' man, IO for the USG, tennis player, racquet ball player, boxer, expert in Glocks, AR-15s, and other weapons, etc. I thought I was the bomb. But God showed me that when I die, that all means nothing (this would all be prideful boasting if I wasn't anonymous).

I only say all that to illustrate how passing the things of this world are. My brother-in-law recently came back from a 7 mile run, and had a heart attack; he barely survived. They put a stint in him at the last minute.

No one leaves this rock alive. Don't ignore purgatory no matter how tough you think you are.

Humility is the best recipe to avoid hell, and Confession!

Last things first said...

Maybe a bit OT, but I wonder what was said during +Muller's audience yesterday...

wretchedwithhope said...

Isaiah 34:4. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the crippled you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. 5 So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the wild beasts. 6 My sheep were scattered, they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill; my sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them. 7 "Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 8 As I live, says the Lord GOD, because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd; and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep; 9 therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 10 Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my sheep at their hand, and put a stop to their feeding the sheep; no longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them. 11 "For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when some of his sheep have been scattered abroad, so will I seek out my sheep; and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.

Prayer For Priests (St. Therese of Lisieux)  O Jesus, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests; for your unfaithful and tepid priests; for your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields.for your tempted priests; for your lonely and desolate priests; for your young priests; for your dying priests; for the souls of your priests in Purgatory. But above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me:the priest who baptized me; the priests who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion;the priests who taught and instructed me;all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way (especially …) O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen

Edward said...

Why do they need to preach the 4 Last Things when Ignorance apparently excuses people from sin. Ignorance today in theological circles seems to have more power than the sacraments to save people. Why inform them if salvation is that easy to attain.

Red said...

Malta said...

I know this site has posted on it before, but please read Hungry Souls.

I'm a little leery of the Tan books / Benedict Press merge as they now publish a lot of contemporary authors, one of which authored 'Hungry Souls'. I have a few concerns with this book one of which is the author referring to protestant 'churches' as "holy places".

Jim Paton said...

Fr. A.M. said:

"David : 'post-conciliar Popes'.

Which council did you have in mind ?"

Don't know about you Fr, but I got the feeling he was referring to Nicea I. :)

Catholic Mission said...

The book Hell: The Dogma of Hell, Illustrated by Facts Taken from Profane and Sacred History plus How to Avoid Hell is available at Amazon.

Malta said...


you may have a valid concern; there were a few troubling passages for me as well. I guess that's what we get for no longer requiring the Imprimatur!

This is still a great book, and a must-read!

Catholic Mission said...

The book also had a good section on moral theology and also the dogma on salvation.The dogma is at the heart of the SSPX problem with Vatican Council II being traditional or not.

Traditionalists will not deny that the deceased now saved can be visible to us on earth.So for them these 'exceptions' are known exceptions to the dogma on exclusive salvation in the Catholic Church.

Similar to the SSPX and the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the sedevacantists Michael Dimond of the Most Holy Family Monastary,USA also consider the baptism of desire as explicit and so an exception to the dogma on salvation.So these sedevcantists too reject the baptism of desire since for them it contradicts the dogma.They can see the dead!

So naturally the traditionalsist will reject Vatican Council II (LG 16 etc) as being an explicit exception to the dogma on salvation and the Syllabus.

The Society of St.Pius X ( SSPX) priests also consider it possible to 'meet' the deceased saved with the baptism of desire. These cases are explicit for them.So they consider these cases as acceptable exceptions to the dogma which says all need to convert into the Church for salvation.

For all of them, in some way, human beings can see the deceased now saved in Heaven.And they extend this interpretation to Vatican Council II and condemn the Council.

Lumen Gentium 16 is an exception to Ad Gentes 7, Vatican Council II ( faith and baptism).Lumen Gentium 8 refers to visible 'elements of sanctification' leading to salvation, among non Catholics.So LG 8 contradicts the dogma.There are known cases on earth saved with 'the seeds of the word' (AG 11).Another reason for them to reject Vatican Council II. They can judge who is 'good and holy' (NA) and saved in other religions and are visible to us on earth.Nostra Aetate is syncretistic for them.

These cases are known to the traditionalists and so they reject Vatican Council II.
These cases are known to the liberals, like Fr.Hans Kung and the Paulist Fathers, and so they accept this interpretation of Vatican Council II.

At the centre of this controversy is: are these cases visible to us or not?

Bro.Thomas Augustine,MICM and the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary have canonical status in the Catholic Diocese of Worcester.Fr.Francis Laisney of the Society of St.Pius X is awaiting canonical status. Peter and Michael Dimond are outside the church.

These traditionalists like the liberal Paulist Fathers in Worcester and Boston, do not seem to realize that implicit baptism of desire is not an exception to the literal interpretation of the dogma on salvation.It does not violate the Principle of Non Contradiction.One can affirm the literal interpretation of the dogma and also the traditional understanding of being saved in invincible ignorance and the baptism of desire.They are not relevant to the dogma.

I cannot say there were 10 people saved this year with the baptism of desire. Neither can I say that there were not 10 people saved. We don't know.

It was Cardinal Richard Cushing the Archbishop of Boston and the Jesuits there who made it seem that the baptism of desire etc was relevant to the literal interpretation of Fr.Leonard Feeney.They were active at Vatican Council II -Lionel Andrades

PDE said...

"If the [Church’s] aim is to render this life on earth better and more conscious, and not [the goal] of eternal salvation, we are faced with a profound modification of Christianity - we are faced with a new religion, which is not that of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We are faced with the religion of man - not the religion of God."


A serious question: What should a faithful Catholic do to the idea that a religion that truly aims for Heaven and avoid Hell must also be one that seeks to improve Earth, that to love the God who exists beyond creation requires loving our neighbor whom He created, that the duality of these loves masks a deep unity?