154 – “The Church has never been better. This is a wonderful moment for the Church”

In concentration camps, diabolical methods of torture abound. Besides the various forms of physical abuse, prisoners are also subjected to harrowing psychological pressures.

Imagine that after a week of torture, a languishing victim receives a visit from a physician. After checking him over, the doctor declares the poor captive to be in excellent health, well-nourished, possessing the energy levels and fitness of a youth!

What would the prisoner think of this diagnosis? Surely that it was another act of psychological torture perpetrated by his captors…perhaps to make him continue with his ‘labor’. Clearly, such a doctor could only be considered one of the prisoner’s worst enemies.

The sufferings Holy Mother Church is currently enduring are shared by many Catholics. Many are concerned about the lack of religious and priestly vocations, the decline in the number of practicing Catholics around the world, and the generalized neglect of the Sacraments. The faithful see popular piety suppressed and the family recitation of the rosary considered a thing of the past, and they are shocked at the conduct of so many even Church authorities. They are aware that Catholics are being persecuted and slain in Muslim countries, and that the use of religious symbols and images and the very name of Jesus is being banned even in former Catholic nations.

In light of all of this, Catholics have come to hinge their hopes solely on the promise Christ made guaranteeing the immortality of the Church, without which many would ask themselves whether the Church would survive the present crisis. The tragic situation does not succeed in making them doubt this promise, but rather unites and rallies them to better combat the evils at hand.

However, when we hear from the mouth of the Shepherd, at this juncture in history, that ‘the Church has never been better’… we can’t help remembering the prisoner of war’s ‘clean bill of health’. Truly, worse than the evils themselves is the declaration, by the very one who could remedy them, that all is well.

Once again, if it weren’t for unshakable faith in God and trust in the Blessed Virgin Mary, it would be enough to drive anyone to insanity. Nevertheless, God has never abandoned his Church; He always sends saintly souls who come forward to lead her to victory.

 

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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I – Benedict XVI and John Paul II were deeply concerned about the critical situation of the Church. Why?
II – In times of great crisis God sends true saints to confront and defeat heresy. The world despises them but the faith triumphs through them
III – Though attacked by countless and mighty enemies, the Church will not be destroyed. What lesson does the past have to teach us?


I – Benedict XVI and John Paul II were deeply concerned about the critical situation of the Church. Why?


PewResearchCenter

Percentage of US Catholics drops and Catholicism is losing members faster than any denomination

Faith Survey

The catastrophe in the US Church in numbers

El Diario (statistics)

Spain is no longer a practicing Catholic country

El Mundo (statistics)

Mexico has increasingly fewer faithful

La Nación (statistics)

Apostasy from the Catholic faith is also a Latin American phenomenon

Benedict XVI

We have more than enough by way of structure, but the real crisis facing the Church is a crisis of faith
The Second Vatican Council misinterpreted; sacramental and devotional practices that sustain faith neglected
The lack of priestly vocations: the Lord always calls; it is listening that is lacking
In many regions of the world, a shortage of clergy afflicts the Church today
Local Churches are in danger of perishing

John Paul II

Christians are tempted toward sociological Christianity without defined dogmas or objective morality
We are witnessing the emergence of a new culture in conflict with the Gospel and a growing religious agnosticism
The decline in the number of missionary vocations harms the proclamation of the Gospel to the men and women of our time
Serious concern over negative statistics on participation in the Eucharistic celebration

Pontifical Council for the Family

A lack of vocations follows from the breakdown of the family

Congregation for the Clergy

Cultural and religious relativism brings ‘new religious movements’ with doctrines and practices alien to the Christian faith

II – In times of great crisis God sends true saints to confront and defeat heresy. The world despises them but the faith triumphs through them


Benedict XVI

Saints guided by God’s light are the authentic reformers of the Church; born in every generation they constantly accompany the Church in the midst of sorrows
God sent Saint Athanasius, important and tenacious adversary of the heresy threatening faith in Christ
Opposing the heretical trends of the Cathars, Saint Hildegard promotes Church reform
Pope Innocent III recognized, in Francis, the religious brother he had dreamt of, who supported collapsing church on his shoulders
In the most difficult times, the Lord brings forth Saints who give a jolt to minds and hearts, provoking conversion and renewal
In the face of the Protestant Reformation, Saint Robert Bellarmine’s action reinforces and confirms the identity of the Catholic Church

III – Though attacked by countless and mighty enemies, the Church will not be destroyed. What lesson does the past have to teach us?


Pius XI

The Church comes forth from the most violent storms adorned with new triumphs

Benedict XVI

The failed attempts of the Arian heresy to destroy the Church

Pius XII

Amid grave christological controversy, the primacy of the Roman pontiff shone forth clearly

John Paul II

Victory over the iconoclasts in the Council of Nicaea II

Pius XII

The divine promise has strengthened the Church unto her victory over the gates of hell

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One thought on “154 – “The Church has never been better. This is a wonderful moment for the Church”

  1. “Is this madness or megalomania?” It is both, the second being a variety of the first. And yet, just a logical culmination of the main talking point of “The Great Facade,” during which near-universal decay, dissolution and chaos are described, with great euphoria, as success.

    The “spirit of Vatican II” euphoria reminds me, in a foreboding way, of the euphoria that greeted the arrival of The Beatles on the world’s pop music scene back in the 1960s. A euphoria, some say, which was the result of John Lennon selling his soul to the devil.

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