What We Have Lost


What We Have Lost

Jesus Christ, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity

Vatican Council II came about during the turbulent and revolutionary era of the 1960’s. In point of fact, this era was the culmination of an age of revolution beginning with the Protestant Deformation of Martin Luther through the socio-political revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries. Having lived through the 60’s I can relate first hand to the dramatic shift in social values but most intensely I can recall the profound deeply spiritual effects of revolution within the Church caused by the pastoral (as opposed to Dogmatic) council of VCII.

While Vatican Council II was and is still promulgated to have been nothing more than an update of the Church and did not affect dogmatic changes, it ushered in a complete change in the Church not only in her outward doctrines and disciplines but also in her foundational beliefs, rituals, and practices. As a point of example, we must remember pre-VCII reception of the actual Body and Blood of Christ was exclusively on the tongue. Post-VCII, the only acceptable reception of Holy Communion was, for all intents and purposes, in the hand. In fact many of the Faithful were refused Communion unless grubby mitts were extended; those who knelt with tongue extended were simply bypassed at the Communion Rail, and this I can attest to personally.

Some may say that such distinction in the reception of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ is immaterial and nitpicking. In point of fact, reception in the hand profoundly undermined the concept of not only the sacred and reverent reception of the Sacrament, but also challenged the ages old Catholic belief and teaching of the True Presence of Our Lord, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of bread and wine. So damaging to this concept was this act of Communion in the hand that those born after the promulgation of the New Mass soon looked on Holy Communion as a mere symbol of Christ rather than the actual Body and Blood of Our Lord and Savior; certainly a Protestant notion after all. Yes, while it is true that “intellectually” they accepted the Catholic teaching, in practice, with all the grace of popping a Tic-Tac Breath Mint® into their mouths, they could not help but associate the Sacred Host with just any other material symbol. So much is this a fact that today many Catholics who consider themselves in good standing no longer believe in the True Presence at all, indeed, many don’t even know that this is a teaching of the Church.

The following short video actually brings this point home in a most personal and profound way and should be mandatory viewing at all Catholic parishes throughout the world. Unfortunately, this will not happen because there are many within the Church who would see the Sacrament of Holy Communion reduced to nothing more than an insipid symbol.

Here is the web citation, (and I urge all readers to view it):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3M9wjX42nM&feature=uploademail

This is why it is so crucial, for so-called traditional Catholics, (properly called Faithful Catholics), to stay the course until all the errors of the past fifty year, including the fading belief in the Real Presence, is reversed. This is especially true of Catholics born after 1970, who did not witness the revolutionary changes not only in the Mass but in the Church as a whole. They simply did not experience the morphing of the Holy Roman Catholic Faith of Jesus Christ into the NewChurch. Therefore, they don’t have that, fire in the belly, so to speak; that is, the unique enthusiasm experienced by those who lived through the changes. It is up to the generation of change to transmit that enthusiasm to succeeding generations; otherwise they will succumb to the temptation of tepidity or luke-warmness. Pray the Rosary for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; it is our last, best hope.

Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.

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2 Responses to What We Have Lost

  1. Grand says:

    How can it be said that because those born post 1970 did not experience the changes of Vatican Council II they do not have “that fire in the belly” to stay the course on Catholic tradition? Those born post 1970 may not have experienced some or all of the changes post Vatican Council II, however, they can know of the changes, and this knowledge can certainly ignite that “fire” to stay the course on Catholic tradition.

    • First let me state that there are exceptions to the Faithful dedication of each individual to the traditional Faith whether those attending the Tridentine Mass or not. In general, (and I’m talking the universal Catholic Faith, however), I’ve noticed, correspondingly as we move away from the pivotal 1960’s the attitude of the younger Catholics is increasingly somewhat lackadaisical. Largely, this is for any or all of several reasons. The first being they were not around to experience the monolithic cohesiveness of the Roman Catholic Faith before Vatican Council II, Therefore, there is nothing with which to compare it. Time was when a bishop or Cardinal would call for a public action against any who attacked the Church; it was not only obeyed with verve but also with enthusiasm. Today the bishops are asking for Catholic Action of the Faithful in the case of Obamacare and the response is ho-hum at best and downright rebelliousness in many cases. This can be applied to other things as well, such as birth control; depictions of Our Lord, the Sacraments, Catholic beliefs, the saints, and all other things held sacred by the Church. Now Hollywood, the news media, arts, and other societal institutions relentlessly attack and ridicule the Faith with nary a response from clergy and laity alike, in fact, it is often from the ranks of Catholics that such blasphemies occur.
      Another reason for the lack of Faith is contemporary Catholics, and this sometimes includes traditional Catholics, as well, are much more of the world then say prior to the 1960’s. They no longer feel allegiance to a common group known as Catholic, most especially, socially and politically; …and this was an express goal of Vatican Council II. To “open the window” and allow the fresh air in! …As Pope John XXIII put it. This had the effect, of breaking up the parishes to identify more with the society they lived in rather than the Catholic values previously instilled them. The Council fostered individualism over cohesiveness; thus we found and continue to find much questioning of authority of all types by both laity and clergy. Yes, from the Pope to the parents, the authority and experience is constantly being called into question by those subject to them. To be sure, Cardinal Pell, in a recent “debate” with Richard Dawkins, (a rabid and outspoken atheist) announced that Adam and Eve were indeed, merely Christian myths. If there was no Adam and Eve, there was no Fall of Adam and subsequently no need for a Redeemer; it is but logical!
      This effect of questioning and worldliness among Catholics was simultaneously subject to the maturation of the media and entertainment industries which enhanced this newly liberated Catholic individualism. Now the Catholic Conscience was being informed, not from the pulpit, but from the screen; …silver screen, TV screen, or computer screen, take your pick. Now Oprah held more sway of ethics and morality then Fr. O’Malley Pastor of St. Mary’s. In other words, a universal Catholic mentality was no longer being formed! …and all were affected by this to one degree or another; even among the folks of tradition.
      The least affected were traditional Catholics who saw and were directly affected by the tragedy of the changes first hand. They could see the stark contrast of what once was and what is now. This contrast was like night and day; black and white. For later generations it is now quite as stark. Yes… It can be explained to them and done so incessantly, but it is not the same as experiencing it. That is why I say it is most important for those born after 1970 to learn the lesson of their parents and redouble their efforts in adhering to the Faith. Basically, it comes down to what Our Lord said, in this week’s Gospel: Blessed are those who have not seen yet believe!
      Richard of Danbury

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