Feast Your Eyes On The Church As It Used To Be

This is a video, courtesy of a recent Father Z’s post, of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. You can enjoy, there, some footage of the great Pius XII.

However, this post is not about the great Pope. This is about a couple of considerations I want to make.

The first: the proclamation had a vast, worldwide echo. This is because the Catholic Church was respected and, actually, feared. The Pope enjoyed boundless prestige with everybody, even among Jews. This was a voice that compleed others to listen.

The second: the pomp and circumstance is brutal. This is not only a Church which is strong, but a Church which has no qualms whatsoever in showing it. From the march of the “600 dignitaries” to the Pope carried among the people at the chants of “viva la Madonna!”, to the elaborate ceremonial and the 36 cardinals who “make obeisance”, all screams glory seen, staged, not just reclaimed.

The third: the Italian Prime Minister, the great Alcide De Gasperi, is mixed among the faithful, literally a quisque de populo. This was, in fact, not about him. The Church made a Prime Minister assist to an important proclamation of Hers standing among the people. Mind, De Gasperi was a very Catholic, humble man, and he might have refused a more prominent collocation. But this does not change the picture: a Church asking everybody to be subject to Christ and answer to Him in the same way, powerful or not.

How strong, how conscious of Her role in the lives of men was that Church! How splendid, holy and, at the same time, reassuring must that Church have appeared to the people in the square, and to everybody else getting to watch the ceremony!

Compare with today, where people more and more disoriented, and clearly looked for a fixed point of orientation in their lives, for stable values and a grounded, meaningful existence, are confronted with a commie nincompoop blathering all the time about social justice, climate, and all sort of stupid grievance against stuff like gossip, consumerism or (this is from yesterday) “always want to excel”, as he refuses to bow in front of the Blessed Sacrament and misses no occasion to belittle Christ, the Blessed Virgin, the Sacrament and – of course – you, the Catholics.

It is good that we have this footage and a lot more beside like this one. It is a very visual, very direct experience of what the Church used to be, and what she will, one day, be again.

Posted on August 16, 2021, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Good Shepherds, Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Yes, the Church is not the same anymore. Since Vatican II it’s leadership has gone from great to horrible. I grew up under Pius XI and XII. The Church was serious business then. Now its management are most Communist apparatchiks and its doctrine is watered-down if not abandoned.

    For example one of our priests wrote an article for our Sunday bulletin of 8/15 saying that it was OK to receive Communion in the state of grave sin. Surely, our Rector will go along with this as he himself wrote something very similar a month ago. I have written letters to him pointing out current Church teaching and received a one sentence kiss-off reply. By the way our Rector is new. He is a young Monsignor sent directly to us from the Vatican. Things only seem to get worse in the Vatican II Church. It is time for a reckoning.

  2. It is encouraging to see such a triumphant scene. It is a wonderful reminder of our Holy Faith, and that we should feel blessed to be among those who continue to realize it. I enjoy triumphalism when it is about God and His Church. Thanks for posting!

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