Rorate Caeli

Vade retro me, satana! - Modernism makes all things repugnant

The new guardian of Catholic "orthodoxy", the semper-heretical "National Catholic Reporter", calls us out for "hypocrisy" for our support for the "Filial Correction".

The charge is related to our post from 2012 in which, during the height of the intense persecution of Pope Benedict XVI -- persecution by the media, by many churchmen, by that self-entitled "Mafia" who wanted Joseph Ratzinger gone (and succeeded in it) and used dirty hands inside the Vatican to leak information to the media unceasingly -- we asked for unity and respect for the Pope using the words of Pope Saint Pius X during his life-or-death struggle against Modernism. "Love the Pope," Saint Pius X urged, as rebellious infiltrators did all they could to stifle the effects of  Pascendi in the Pope's efforts to "instaurare omnia in Christo."

We know that Saint Pius X succeeded only partially in expelling the vipers and snakes of Modernism from the dens in which they were crawling. The Church had a half-century of internal peace, but Pius XII already knew that the struggle was coming to an epochal apex when he did all he could to beatify and canonize Pope Sarto in rapid succession. With Vatican II, the gates opened, and the infiltrated Modernists marched on, in order to occupy all spaces that had been denied to them in the previous decades.

Liberalism makes all things repugnant, including in the Church, as we have witnessed abundantly in the past half-century. From music and the visual arts to theology and philosophy, Modernists spared no time, as soon as the Council convened, to destroy and subvert all that was beautiful and good in the Church. "The smoke of Satan," as Paul VI himself realized, entered into every corner of the sanctuary, and intoxicated the souls of the Catholics who remained -- the majority don't even bother to practice the Faith. But at least the Church remained a bastion of Morality and defense of the family for a few decades more. 

Alas, even that is fast eroding now. As Saint Pius X himself had prophesied in Pascendi, exactly 110 years ago, in a passage about what Modernists want the Church to become that practically seems to describe the current state of the great majority in the hierarchy, including up to the very top:

The ecclesiastical authority must change its line of conduct in the social and political world; while keeping outside political and social organization, it must adapt itself to those which exist in order to penetrate them with its spirit. With regard to morals, they adopt the principle of the Americanists, that the active virtues are more important than the passive, both in the estimation in which they must be held and in the exercise of them. The clergy are asked to return to their ancient lowliness and poverty, and in their ideas and action to be guided by the principles of Modernism; and there are some who, echoing the teaching of their Protestant masters, would like the suppression of ecclesiastical celibacy.

Words are not lost in space and time: context is essential. And the context of the call of Pope Saint Pius X to utmost obedience was precisely in his struggle against Modernism, against the very infiltrators who were decided to derail his (and the Church's permanent) horror for heresy. The very infiltrators who now wish to set the terms of debate because they have the power. The very infiltrators who are so bold in their perfidy that they do not mind soiling the most precious thing on this earth, the Blessed Sacrament, by ignoring Jesus Christ's own words about what constitutes the mortal and permanent sin of adultery.

They stop at nothing: if they do not mind distorting the words of the Lord Himself, if they did all they could to undermine the pontificate of Benedict XVI, what are a few words from Saint Pius X from over one hundred years ago? We love the Pope, including the current one, and that is why we pray for him to fulfill his vocation of confirming his brethren in the unchangeable and unchanging Apostolic Faith handed down from Our Lord to Saint Peter and the other Apostles while He was personally present here on Earth, a Faith kept immaculate and pure down through the centuries. 

"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil!" Vade retro me, satana!

P.S. Incidentally, it is indeed quite excellent to see that the influence of this little corner of the virtual world has become perceptible enough that the English-language newspaper of record of the current Pontificate would waste any time trying to discredit us. It means we have bothered the Liberal Establishment currently in charge of the hierarchy. Please, pray for us and for our protection!