What We Have Lost
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):
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.