May 24, 2019

The Fundamental Error of the Church in the Last 60 Years


These painful considerations remind us of the duty to be vigilant and keep our sense of responsibility awake. While distrustful souls see nothing but darkness falling upon the face of the earth, we prefer to restate our confidence in our Savior, who has not left the world he redeemed. Indeed, making our own Jesus' recommendation that we learn to discern "the signs of the times" (Mt 16:3), it seems to us that we can make out, in the midst of so much darkness, more than a few indications that enable us to have hope for the fate of the Church and of humanity.
- Humanae salutis, Pope John XXIII convoking Vatican II

In the face of the tumultuous events of the 20th century the Church had a fundamental decision to make. Should she "open a window" and allow the spirit of the age to enter therein or should it doggedly resist all of the fundamental transformations that were rocking every aspect of modern life?

Completely disoriented by the effects of two vicious world wars and new permissive attitudes towards behaviors long characterized as destructive, coupled with the complete loss of temporal power, the Catholic Church chose to reconcile itself with the modern age. 

The fundamental principle guiding this decision was that the Holy Spirit gave the Church the responsibility to interpret the signs of the age. Ergo, if things were becoming permissible and popular, the Church should take a fresh look at whether it could be reconciled with Church teaching.

This decision is at the root cause of every fundamental transformation of Church life that we have seen. The complete minimization of confession, the permissiveness towards sexual sin, the liturgical changes, the abolition of traditional teaching on religious liberty and ecumenicism has at its heart the desire to reconcile the Church with the modern age.  

The Church has taken the overwhelming acceptance of these beliefs as proof that the Holy Spirit wants Her to reconcile itself with them. 

This has been the error at the heart of every Church mistake in the modern age.

Yes, I am a "distrustful soul" in the phrasing of Pope John XXIII above.

After 100 years of apparitions culminating in the miraculous apparitions of Fatima (a clear fulfillment of Revelation 12), two catastrophic world wars, the appearance of the Red Dragon of Revelation, the Holocaust, widespread use of contraception, massive divorce rates, the murder of 90 million unborn children in the womb, skyrocketing drug use, mass attendance cratering by over 90% and the disregard for Church teaching culminating in the Great Apostasy warned of by Sacred Scripture..

Viewing the "signs of the times" as something that the Church should be reconciled is like seeing an insane person destroying itself and deciding to join in the insanity and ape their behaviour.

But...

If you view the "signs of the times" not as social progress, but as the fulfillment of the period before the Second Coming of Christ, it makes perfect sense.

How on earth did learned Churchmen read the excerpt above ("Indeed, making our own Jesus' recommendation that we learn to discern "the signs of the times" (Mt 16:3) and decide to view it in any other context? THIS IS THE VERY NEXT THING THAT JESUS SAYS:

A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. And he left them, and went away. (St. Matthew 16:4)

Why would the Church decide to upend its being to reconcile itself with a wicked and adulterous generation? 

This is the era preceding the Antichrist. It is a fundamentally evil time of crimes against God. It is to be resisted like the plague. It is to be fought with the Rosary and the Cross. It is not to be reconciled with.

Update:

There is one other instance where Our Lord mentioned an age that showed great "signs," the favorite catch-all reason by the Church in the last 60 years to change doctrine. It's exactly what you would expect:

For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect. Behold I have told it to you, beforehand. (St. Matthew 24:24)