Pope Francis celebrated the first vernacular Mass by Paul VI a few days ago. As a man beholden to the “spirit of ’68”, he told the world and Catholics that there is no going back. With all the subtly of the caring father he has shown himself to be toward real Catholics, he said that looking backward is wrong.
At times there are difficulties, … but where the Lord is, things go well. Do you agree? (“YES!”) Many thanks. Many thanks for welcoming me here, for your prayer with me at Mass. Let us thank the Lord for what he has done in his Church in these 50 years of liturgical reform. It was truly a courageous gesture for the Church to draw near to the people of God so that they are able to understand well what they are doing. This is important for us, to follow the Mass in this way. It is not possible to go backwards. We must always go forward. Always forward (applause)! And those who go backward are mistaken. Let us go forward on this path (applause, cheers). Thank you.
It is mind-boggling that anyone could look at the state of the Church and the nearly wholesale ignorance of the fullness of the Faith by priests, bishops and the laity for the most part and in all places and actually to say without laughing or crying that this reform of the liturgy brought a good understanding to the people of what they are doing at the Mass. Moreover, when we compare the fruits of the Tridentine Rite with the New Mass particularly with the vocations produced, how is it possible to say that it is mistaken to go backward and it is important to follow the Mass in the new way? This is delusional.
And then we get the cheap slogan of the communists as the battle cry. This papacy and the great part of the hierarchy every day help make the analogy of the state of the Church today with the state of the failing communist states stronger and stronger. As in those days, the case is made repeatedly that things are great, never been better, the past is buried, despite the reality of the near total collapse that people actually live and lived. As those societies and governments crumbled from moral and economic bankruptcy, so the Church does today from nearly complete moral and spiritual bankruptcy in so many. The lies could only carry on for so long before the people rose against them and shook off their stupor and heeded those who had been holding on to the truth and refusing to live the lie.
One joke then was: “We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us.”
The joke in the Church today is: “we pretend to believe and they pretend to bless us.”
If the hierarchy today could, they would force the laity into the pews at the point of a gun and make them cheer in an attempt to perpetuate the lie, just like the communists they seek to emulate. And they would eliminate those who are demeaned today as “traditionalists” with the same zeal the communists went after the “bourgeoisie” and the “kulaks” and the “speculators”.
We will see more of this in the coming months, and they will get more shrill, and they will get louder as they proclaim the great success of the Great Leap Forward.
It is uncanny the parallels that are so obvious to any student of history and to any one who lived under those utopian and deadly liars.