I have read some days ago the stunning figures about the vocations in the (very conservative) diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. They are near those of the diocese of Los Angeles, which is more than 40 times bigger.
Yesterday, the further news came of a new Oratory about to be started in Southampton.
It is undeniable that whenever Catholicism is taken seriously, it grows. It grows, in fact, even if not based on the TLM or on orthodox Traditionalism.
In contrast, the Church of Social Envy shrinks every year, and its rate of decay is now becoming apparent even to the most stupid.
I must say that I am sincerely worried for both the Oratorians and the diocese of Lincoln. I see the time coming when their very success will cause Pope Francis to attack them directly; not necessarily because of obvious theological differences (which are clearly there. They are Catholics, he isn't but in name), but merely because their success and expansion is the most brutal evidence of the godlessness and incompetence of the Church of Illegals.
Take heed, you orthodox and successful Catholics.
Your zeal makes you a target for the Evil Clown.
The Golpe at the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate is not pretty much complete.
The Apostolic Commissioner, Fidenzio Volpi, has appointed the man who appears to be the leader of the tiny group of “dissidents” within the Franciscans Friars of the Immaculate at its head as the new Secretary General.The leader of a tiny group of six is now at the head of them all. How very Argentinian.
The new man is Father Alfonso Bruno, a man who apparently shares with Francis the humble pleasures of self-promotion.
The English translation of the news is from the Eponymous Flower.
Do not insult your intelligence thinking this appointment is not the exact wish of Pope Francis, planned from the start to subvert the obvious friendship with Traditionalism of most of the members of the order.
The demolition of sound Catholicism goes on every day. Francis is at its head. I think it reasonable to imagine he will now purge the elements of traditionalism within the official structures of the Church, one by one. He has probably learnt in his Argentinian years he better not try to bite the SSPX, but whatever he can do within those organisations in full communion – possibly, only those not exclusively devoted to the Traditional Mass – he will probably do. If I were an Oratorian, I would be seriously worried. But also those orders specifically instituted to operate with the TLM should not sleep very well.
On the other hand, one can say that if a traditionalist order wants so-called “full communion”, it must also eat it.
If I were a priest today, I could not imagine a better or more Catholic places than the SSPX. I can’t imagine an order in fuller communion with Christ than the Society.
Dear Lord, in your mercy, help us and make this pontificate end soon.