How To Repair The Church

A mini debate has erupted as to how to reverse the trend of slow decline that has afflicted the Church everywhere in the West. I must admit that I am somewhat surprised that there should be such discussions in the first place, because in my eyes what is wrong with the Church, and what should be done to repair her, is so simple that every uneducated devout peasant or peasant's wife living around, say, 1955 could have answered like a shot, far better than every V II polluted theologian.

The decline was caused by having the wrong people doing things the wrong way. The remedy is to have the right people doing things properly.

The faith hasn't gone south because the Wicked Witch of the West cast a spell over us, but because too many within the Church thought it uncool to do Christ's work, and started following the ways of the world instead; starting, of course, from the very top. John XXIII was a prominent example, Paul VI was an even worse one, John Paul II certainly didn't do much to reverse the trend, Pope Benedict didn't have the guts to do what he knew is right, and now we are stuck with the one who gets blessed by the Proddies, goes to Hanukkah celebrations and has the huge Pinocchio puppet and other strange things at his mass. Sleep with V II, wake up with Pope Francis.

This obviously cascades throughout the system. Bad Popes appoint bad bishops, who will be perfectly happy with bad priests, who will not care about the sheep, who will not care about God. This is the Church history of the last 50 years explained in two lines.

The remedy is, again, to do things properly. Priests who care for the salvation of souls rather than social issues, talk about hell rather than “joy” and, generally speaking, make themselves unpleasant. A priest who wears a cassock is preaching all the time, a priest who wears the clericals is renouncing to preach whilst he does, a priest in civilian clothes is preaching for the devil.

Obviously, such a brave, “1955” priest would go against V II every day of his life; but again, V II was an attack on Christ every day of its life, so this is par for the course.

The Church is repaired by doing things properly. Before V II things were done properly (no, they weren't perfect; nothing human ever is), so it doesn't take a genius to understand that the more and the faster we abandon the ways of Vatican II, the better it will be for all of us.

Sound (means: traditional) liturgy as much as one can; priests in cassock, and utterly uncaring of ridicule and hostility; hell and judgment like there's no tomorrow, and tons of brimstone; no compromise with the world, and no Vatican II rubbish in any way, shape or form. This is, if you ask me – or the above mentioned peasant's family – how to repair the Church.

What do you say? Such a priest would incur the hostility of his bishop, and be soon transferred elsewhere, perhaps even to a place full of mosquitoes? The Pope wouldn't do anything against such a bishop? Every priest who refuses to bow to some extent to the mantras of V II would very soon be silenced or neutralised?

Ah, you see. We have come to the root of the problem here.

You can't really repair the Church until God punishes us with the wrong Popes, the fruit of the wrong mentality and of a Council inspired by Satan. The way to repair the Church is, therefore, to try to be the best we can (layman, priest, bishop, cardinal) and wait for the day – after our death, probably – when God sends us a Pope who starts, once again, to do things properly. No blasted Pinocchios anymore; no clericals; no Novus Ordo masses; no rubbish talk about secular issues. Utterly undiluted, and utterly unpopular Church; then Christ never tried to be the popular guy.

In the meantime, don't hold your breath and thank the Lord if you have a good priest (or, rara avis, a good bishop) around you. They will not repair the Church, for sure; but they will save some more souls, besides their own.



Posted on May 17, 2013, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Would you please explain “a priest who wears the clericals is renouncing to preach whilst he does”? I am sure the misunderstanding is entirely my fault.

    • A priest wearing a cassock shows his uncompromising desire to spread Catholic values. You see him, and you know – or have an inkling of – what he stands for.
      A priest who wears the clerical is in nothing different from many Protestant pastors; besides, his clericals do not distance him from the world as much as a cassock would.

      Before V II suits were everywhere (actually, far more than today), but priests did not wear suits, though Anglicans often did. Catholic priests wore cassocks. The reason was exactly that: to make immediately visible that this is one who isn’t of the world, and (in Anglo-Saxon countries) isn’t a Protestant.


  2. radjalemagnifique

    Good evening,

    I may understand the question of Old Evangelization of referring to the very cloths of “the clericals”. I had the same questioning and I didn’t find the explanation in my dictionaries, that’s why I proceeded by deduction but without being sure of what I guess.

    In Germany, for the time I know (= after immediately World War II), the priests wore a pair of trousers, a jacket and something replacing a shirt but which was certainly attached in the back (I never saw it!), shoes and sockets, all in black, and the Roman white collar. That’s why they are called, and the Church also, “the Blacks”, in opposition to the “Reds”, the Socialists/Communists. I have never seen a cassock there. It seems to me that the cassock is more of a South Europe vestment (France, Italy…).

    May be it would be of interest for Old Evangelization (and for other contributors, myself included) to have a picture of what are “the clericals”.

    In France, most clerics – including, oh yes, bishops – wear trousers and jackets in “VARIOUS SHADES OF GREY”, with a shirt of some indefinite colour, no Roman collar, sometimes a pull-over of any kind of colour, and when it comes very high, they wear a small crucifix on the revers of their jacket. Jesuits are specially recognizable by their cameleon clothing : nothing distinguishes them from ordinary people, but they are not the only ones (as you may suppose). In fact, most of the very few priests who wear now cassocks in France are very young: most of them are between 35 and 40 years old. They serve in “ordinary” parishes, and I’m not sure their life is very easy there as regards their hierarchy.

    Radja le Magnifique

    • The “clericals” are what in Italy is called “the clergyman” (yes, using an English word, as the thing did not exist in Italy); this is, basically, the black suit and trousers with Roman Collar and black shirt.

      See here Father Lombardi, dressing like basically 99% of the priests today (at least those recognisable as such).

      It is interesting to notice that in the old Italian movies you never see a priest in “clergyman”, but that if you travel to Rome now you will notice the one or other cassock again, something you would not have seen some 15 years ago.

      If you see a priest in cassock walking down the road, you are immediately aware both if his presence and of the special message the cassock conveys.

      Symbols are powerful.


  3. radjalemagnifique

    Thank you for the photographe. Now we know at least what we are talking about, isn’t it, Old Evangelization? If the vest of Father Lombardi were really black (not a shade of grey), it would look like what the German priests wore in my childhood. So this type of vestment indicated clearly the belonging of the man/priest to the Catholic Church, and where ever he came in town he was fully respected, even by non-Catholics or non-Church-goers. This suit was clearly his “Credo”. We knew only from movies (“Don Camillo and Peppone” …) that there were other clothing for Catholic priests (the cassock).

    You are right, symbols are powerful, they act even on the subconscious, that’s why they have mostly put aside by the henchmen of Vatican II, I think.

    Today, its Pentecost and the Holy Spirit is just more around than ever. That’s why I would submit to you an idea which has been wandering in my head for some time.

    By hopping from link to link on the Internet, I came to various blogs in various countries, all being straightforward defensors of the Traditional Latin Mass, and of course speaking also of a lot of abuses in the post-Vatican II Church (as you do).

    Here are some of them:

    in German (some of them publish the comments from English or French readers) :

    in French :

    in English/American :

    and many others.

    Now my idea : We should all enter into « Résistance » (as Général de Gaulle did when France was occupied – and he won at least !), and find a way of doing planetary (Holy Ghost!) actions, ALL TOGETHER at the SAME TIME until things will get traditional once mor, for exemple :

    – Ask ALL our local priests to fill the vessel holding the holy water. In « modern » Masses, this is generally said « useless », and even « not hygienic » (sic). (But I got already a victory in this.)

    – Elaborating a world-wide strategy for getting at least ONE Traditional Latin Mass per week, in every parish.

    – Women to take place at the left side of the church (the side where often an altar of the Saint Virgin is placed), and the men on the right side (id. for an altar of Saint Joseph).

    One could imagine other small changes to be asked for little by little, until the restauration of the Traditional Form of the Mass.

    This could only work if we work all together, constantly, and with a well organized strategy.

    We have to enter into Résistance ! On our daily level ! Until the follies of Vatican II have been wiped out !

    Radja le Magnifique

    • Thanks for the links!

      “We should all do this together” in my experience never worked, never does, never will.

      people have different priorities, themes, and sensibilities.

      If you ask me, it is enough that there are more and more traditionalist blogs out there.


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