Simply Insignificant

I don’t know exactly why that is, but I have noticed, all over the blogosphere, a noticeable (as a whole; you, my dear reader, are most certainly an exception) difference between Anglosaxon Catholic converts from Protestantism and cradle Catholics.

From my Southern European perspective, I cannot avoid noticing a rigidity, a certain lack of perspective (both human and historical) that I never saw around me growing up in Italy, back when religious feeling was still very strong among the old.

It is as if – possibly after peregrinations in several local Protestant churches, all of which left them dissatisfied in some ways – they would, upon knowing the Church, think that she must be the real deal and, therefore, without blemish. Sadly, the Church is, whilst undoubtedly the real deal, most certainly not without blemish.

Every tourist can, in Rome, visit the beautiful palace Pope Alexander VI gave, courtesy of the faithful’s purse, to his lifetime mistress and mother of his five sons.

Palace. Lifetime mistress. Five sons.

Let that sink in.

Episodes not quite as obvious as this, but, in their essence, like this one are countless. They are, in Italy, everywhere as the history of the Church is so closely intertwined with that of the Country. Italians, Frenchmen, Spaniards know this instinctively, because these episodes are a part of the cultural fabric of their Country.

When the Counter Reformation started, it is said that 90% of the priests were thought to have a mistress of sort (either an “official” one, or the willing, young, tasty domestic servant that was another very old European tradition). How must a devout faithful have felt, who knew his priest to have such a stain on his tunic? He certainly felt low esteem for his priest, and likely said it, too. But that this would come between him and the Church was absolutely out of the question; it would have been such a sinful enormity that it would have made, likely, pale the servant of the priest in comparison.

We see this rigidity in those “Bennyconverts” who, having converted to Catholicism under Benedict, seem to think that they have subscribed to that particular deal, and no other.

“I converted to Catholicism because I liked Benedict, but now I am confused and don’t know if I will stay” is another way of saying “I had a very bad conversion that was due to emotional and contingent reasons, and now the chicken are coming home to roost”.

The Church is forever, both on our planet and in our soul. You need to disconnect the institution from the people. Why do you stand up and sing “America the Beautiful” with full lungs even if a demented usurper lives in the White House, but doubt the infinitely more important, Divinely ordained, and Divinely protected institution of the Church?

When someone converts, he does not sign Benedict’s contract. He signs the contract of 2000 years of faithful Catholics inside the Church that Christ created, and which is the only one. There is no other shop and no other Truth, because there is no other Christ.

Francis, Cupich, Martin, and all those like them will soon be gone to their terrible judgment. To the Church, they are what a fly is to a horse. There will always be some pesky fly around the horse.

The Church is not, like a Protestant ecclesial community, defined by her leaders of the day. She is defined by the unchangeable Truths Her Creator gave her, and by the sixty generations of faithful who have abided by them during two millennia.

Benedict, Francis, Alexander, Father Georgina, and that guy Cupich are simply insignificant.

Posted on August 9, 2022, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Very well said. We must not be too much moved by the foibles of our particular leaders.

    Admittedly, this is hard in our times. I personally would much rather have an Alexander Borgia to deal with on the Throne of Peter than a Francis. Alexander may have had the personal morals of an alley cat, but I never heard that he ever tried to bring the Church’s moral teachings into line with his own conduct.

  2. I am a convert from Protestantism, who converted under Pope Benedict. So you are writing directly at me.

    But you are wrong in your assessment. I did not convert to Bennycatholicism. I converted specifically because Pope Benedict represented to me a Church which was a long, straight line of Sacred Tradition in which all
    Popes have an equal say, at the end of this line we find Jesus Christ in union with all Catholics who ever lived and ever will live.

    Which is why I am inoculated to Bishop of Rome Bergoglio, all his deviations, his heresies, and especially the re-formed multi-Pope Papal Office which now includes “retired” Popes.

    Can’t speak for any other convert, of course, but the idea that Benedict is the sum total of why I left my family behind in the Protestant Faith is way off the mark. I accept and insist on all of it – the Constant Magisterium, Sacred Tradition and all its Dogmas. Everything outside of that I reject. Everything inside of that I will die for. Because it is The Faith; the Body of Christ which will live on in the Eschaton in its full glory beauty and power.

  3. Joseph D'hippolito

    “Why do you stand up and sing ‘America the Beautiful’ with full lungs even if a demented usurper lives in the White House, but doubt the infinitely more important, Divinely ordained, and Divinely protected institution of the Church?”

    Because “America the Beautiful” (the country, not the song) was not tasked with being the “One True Church” that preaches “the fullness of the Gospel.” The “Divinely protected institution of the Church,” however, is. And that “Divinely protected institution” will come under severe judgement for having sacrificed its patrimony on the altar of wealth, power, political influence, secular prestige, intellectual fashion, institutional arrogance and tolerance of sodomy.

    Have you considered the possibility that Bergoglio is God’s judgement on such a church? Don’t believe that? Read about the deterioration of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms in the OT. Or, just read about Leo XIII’s vision that motivated him to write the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

    Judgement begins in the House of God. St. Peter wrote that and quoted Isaiah in doing so. Too few Catholics have ignored that. Alexander VI be damned.

    • I have written that Bergoglio is the punishment of God on both the Church and the faithful perhaps 300 times. Still, my point remains: exactly because the Church is divinely instituted, I will remain faithful to Her no matter how big the degrade.

  4. Excellent post! I would so much like to forward it to Cupich, ‘Nighty-night Baby’ Tobin, Fr. Georgina, et al. But I sincerely doubt that they would read it.

    Still, those Benny-converts, etc, should read this more than once, and let it sink in.

  5. podkamien59885a193b

    While it is true that the Church at all times, was made up of sinners, the difference lies in the fact that the sins of today are being institutionalized, and passed for normal, in such a way that it appears that the Church supports the sins, and that in not supporting it, it goes even further, and seems to pass it off as virtue, and hostility to it a vice.

    • Very true. But I can’t imagine that the Western Schism, of the Arian crisis, were less shocking to their contemporaries than our situation is shocking to us.

  6. Given that I refuse to accept the re-formed Papacy, imposed by Benedict, and all the heresy that flows therefrom, now disconnected from the “long straight line that leads to Christ and His Divine revelation which is an Office occupied by one man, not two; and given that you do accept it … you might want to re-think who has submitted to the Church imposed “by the leaders of the day”; who insists on accepting “Benedict’s contract”. Certainly not me, since I reject it.

    I reject what Pope Benedict has attempted to do to the Papacy. He has no authority to reform what Christ Himself has formed. The Pope is one. The Pope may not retire and remain. Pope Emeritus is an innovation not authorized by Christ, and so never seen in two millenia. The Faithful have a right, and a duty to insist on this point. Benedict changed that. So who, again, insists on “Benedict’s contract”?

  7. Everyone is different, but as a former heretic myself, I think that background has enabled me to see the Church is Spotless, Pure, Immaculate. Her Doctrine remains unsullied, Her Tradition is inviolable. Because Our Lord said as much, promised as much. Numerous popes, and the Council of Trent have reaffirmed it. It is true.

    I believe in REALITY. That the Church is indefectible, that Her doctrines are irreformable, is REAL. No one can change that, regardless of their title. To believe that such a thing can be done is, at the least in error, but I suspect “heresy” is more accurate.

    What to say of usurpers, miscreants, malcontents, and vile enemies of Christ who call themselves Catholic? I could care less. I hold fast to the traditions that the Church holds fast to, even in spite of apostates and sodomites in the hierarchy. That is what we are called to do.

  8. Mundabor – I misread your response to my comment and gave an inappropriate response. Yours was gracious. Mine was not. Yours was accurate. Mine … off point. And so – I apologize for it.

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