Catholics insist that they are the true Christian Church who have preserved and are faithful to the same doctrines of the Christian faith from the time of Christ and the apostles, The same faith that the earliest Christians followed.
How does that match what we see in reality?
The Catholic Faith is based on the Bible and Sacred Tradition.
The Church definition of Sacred Tradition is:
“The Church, in her doctrine, life and worship, perpetuates and transmits to every generation all that she herself is, all that she believes”.
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There has been a strong belief in the need to preserve the purity of the traditions over the millennia. The way has been wobbly, with a few detours off the straight and narrow path. That is until something started to go wrong in the mid 1800s.
During Vatican I, the First Vatican Council, this movement was felt in the Catholic Church. Pope Pius IX was aware of it. Some 40 years later Pope Pius X realized that if he did not act, this movement would destroy the purity of the Catholic Faith. he wrote a Papal Encyclical against this threatening scourge, Modernism.
Modernism refers to a philosophical and cultural movements from the mid 1800s to the end of WWII. It arose out of the Enlightenment and humanism where rationality and scientific reason, became the guiding principles within western culture.
Pope Pius IX said this about it:
“There is no part of Catholic truth which they leave untouched, none they do not strive to corrupt.”
“They proceed to diffuse poison through the whole tree, so that there is no part of Catholic truth which they leave untouched.”Pope Pius X on Modernists
By the beginning of the 1960s modernism had deep roots in the Catholic Church, with a number of influential Modernist cardinals. By the end of the 1960s something even more sinister was influencing the Church from the secular world – Postmodernism. Absolute Truth is disregarded. In that environment Faith cannot flourish.
The pre-modernist philosophical and theological way of thinking, in Western society, started with The Bible and Church teaching and moved on to how it could be applied to the world. Now there is an inductive way of thinking. Starting from the real life lived experience of people, and trying to adapt Bible theology and Church teaching to fit in with their values and attitudes.
In our secular society there is still a check on total depravity, that is the legal system that keeps our societies safe and organized. Spiritually these checks are following God’s way. When the priests, bishops and cardinals, who should be upholders of God’s law, no longer believe, then the Church will collapse.
We see this moral collapse every day in the news, on the Internet, and on the TV. Pederast priests, with fellow clerics covering up for them. Nuns raped. There seems to be a rampant institutionalized moral decay within the Church.
How did this happen?
Where Catholicism Lost
When Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council on October 11, 1962, he had no idea what was happening in the background. The Modernist cardinals were wringing their hands with glee. They used the Vatican II Council to undermine millennia old Catholic doctrines, like the Mass, As the doctrines were diluted, a moral decay set in.
This has resulted in the solid and trusted Catholic morals and doctrines being exchanged for a chaotic and fluid Modernist philosophy, that can be changed with current attitudes.
Vatican II was like an ambush. In the first session, the Modernist cardinals changed the agenda. Dismissing three years of preparation, the Modernist cardinals maneuvered in their own agenda.
In previous Councils the wording was clear and concise, avoiding ambiguity. That is how it must be to avoid confusion. The documents from Vatican II were more wordy and ambiguous than the documents from any of the 20 preceding Councils in the history of the Catholic Church. This ambiguity was intentional. The Traditional Catholics had text that they agreed with, but the wordiness of Vatican II meant that the text could be understood the Modernist way. It said whatever you want it to say in vital areas.
The changes in the Eucharist, where it is now acceptable to have the priest dressed as a clown and entertaining the congregation with fun antics, takes away all meaning of the Mass. The Eucharist is serious. It is not a time for frivilous entertainment.
If a priest does not respect God, and the Church supports his attitude, then why should the laiety respect the beliefs and doctrines of the Church?
Jesus said, “Feed My sheep.” (John 21:17)
2 Timothy 4:1-4
“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage, with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth, and turn aside to myths!”
Charles Spurgeon, the Baptist preacher, said very rightly:
A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats!
The Catholic Church has reached this level.
The modernist liberal Church tried to align with the secular world, but the secular world does not respect the Church any longer. In Australia Cardinal Pell was found guilty of sexual molestation. It was physically impossible for him to do so under the circumstances when it was supposed to happen. The defendants said that they stole red wine, but there was only white wine in the church at the time. All things considered, Cardinal Pell was clearly falsely accused. Yet the jury found him guilty! That was a “kangaroo court.”
Cardinal Pell has done some cover-ups to protect the Catholic Church in Australia, but these were not illegal. They were bad moral and ethical decisions. But they were unrelated to the crime the Cardinal was accused of. The jury reflected how the secular public see the moral decay within the Catholic Church.
God’s Word reflects absolute Truth. Cultural norms shift with time and place. They are never static over millennia, as the Church’s norms have been. Today’s politically correct attitudes are in a constant state of flux.
Social attitudes found in New York and San Fransisco may be similar, but they are not similar to social attitudes in the regions between New York and San Fransisco, in the countrysides of Arizona, Kentucky, Nevada and Wyoming.
There are vastly different social attitudes in Los Angeles and Zimbabwe, or Stockholm and Afghanistan.
Without God we have no anchor.
If a priest doubts his faith, or thinks the doctrines are wrong and should be changed, then the honest and responsible thing to do is to leave the church not revolutionize the Church.
The worst form of hypocrisy is religious hypocrisy. They are playing with souls. What is it that enables a man to become a priest when he does not respect and believe in God’s Word.
Celibacy is an act/vow before God. Celibacy does not exclude choirboys, altar-boys, seminarians, and nuns.
By protecting pedophile priests, the Church is acting as an enabler sending that priest to hell.
By consciously, knowing they are helping a sinner to commit sin, the Church leaders are committing mortal sins. The sinning priests commit mortal sins. But so are Church leaders.
So, the only conclusion is that, in spite of the fact that the pews are filled with devout Catholics, the Catholic Church is no longer led by Catholics. If non-Catholics are leading the mass, is it not blasphemy to take part in the Mass?
God protects the Church. Not the man-made institution, but the Communion of Saints, the individual faithful believers.