Occupy St. Peter's! Regain the Altars of Rome. Let's Do What Should Have Been Done 50 years ago.
When we think of the recent back and forth as to whether the "Latin Mass Societies" of the FSSP, the Institute of Christ the King, and the Good Shepherd Institute were "called to Rome" by Francis or whether they we going there on their own initiative to "discuss recent developments," we wonder at the tepid reply to Bergoglio's attempt to liquidate the remnants of Catholic worship and the faith that went with it from the institutional organization of the Catholic Church. Do these men, who must be assumed to be acting in "good faith," see this "hat in hand" response as the proper response to the insulting and vicious attack on their own perceived mission?
Do they really believe that they must be moved in any way by a man who believes that what we have commonly known to be the Catholic Religion, was simply a product of the 30 Years War in the 1600s?A man who in his public professions and published writings and interviews shows himself to be a 200 Proof Modernist. You can find this confirmed in his published interview with Rabbi Abraham Skorka in 1995. On page 19 of On Heaven and Earth, Cardinal Bergoglio makes clear what he understands the Catholic Religion to be --- particularly as relating to its origins --- when he says, "God makes Himself felt in the heart of each person. He also respects the culture of all people. Each nation picks up that vision of God and translates it in accordance with the culture, and elaborates, purifies and gives it a system. Some cultures are primitive in their explanations, but God is open to all people. He calls everyone. He moves everyone to seek Him and to discover Him through creation. In our case, that of Judaism and Christianity, we have a personal revelation. God Himself encounters us: He reveals Himself to us. He shows us the way and accompanies us; He tells us His name, He guides us through the prophets. Christians believe ultimately that He manifested Himself to us through Jesus Christ."
Cardinal Bergoglio next tells us about how our own Catholic Religion came to be, "Moreover, throughout history, there have been circumstances that have created schisms and constructed diverse communities that have different ways of living Christianity, like the [Protestant] Reformation. We lived through a 30 years war and it shaped different faiths. It is very hard to accept and it was a disgraceful time, but that is the reality. God is patient, He waits, and God does not kill. It is man that wants to do so on God's behalf. To kill in the name of God is blasphemy."
If this is not the purest form of Modernism imaginable, than I do not know what is. You see for this man, what we pure benighted souls know as the "Catholic religion," was just a product of a "schism" which was disgraceful and should never have happened. Since the traditional "Latin" Catholic Mass is the most perfect expression of that "schism," it is not surprising that he wants it liquidated and forgotten. What is clear from this single passage is that this man lost his Catholic Faith a very, very long time ago. Maybe it was at the age of five or six --- Cardinal Bergoglio could not remember exactly --- when his "peasant wisdom" grandmother in Buenos Aires spoke about a member of the Salvation Army who grandmother and grandson saw on the street one day. Bergoglio gives us a account of this event on pages 72 and 73, "Fundamentalism is not what God wants. For example, when I was a boy, in my family there was a certain Puritan tradition. It was not fundamentalist, but it had that slant. If someone close to the family divorced or separated, they could not enter your house; and they believed all Protestants were going to Hell: but I remember one time I was with my grandmother, a great woman, and two woman from the Salvation Army had just passed by. I was about five or six and I asked her if they were nuns, because they were wearing that little hat that they used to wear. She responded to me, 'No, they are Protestants, but they are good!' That was the wisdom of the true religion. They were good women who did good things."
I would guess that young Jorge's faith did not long survive that moment. This naturalistic minimizing of supernatural faith and the supernatural life, can be read about in Georges Bernanos' Diary of a Country Priest. The idea that without faith --- meaning the Catholic Faith --- no one is pleasing to God --- is totally foreign to these mentalities. Why are traditionalists going hat in had to Rome to beg mercy and indulgence from a man like this? You are trying to defend the mass that is an expression of a Faith that Jorge Bergoglio has not had in, perhaps, 80 years.
Let me make a suggestion as to a more effective response to his attempt at liquidation of the religion that St. Peter died for. Why don't we occupy Rome? Think of all of the innumerable side altars in the 7 Roman Basilicas, besides the hundreds of side altars in the other magnificent churches of Rome, St. Clement's, St. Bartholomew's, Santa Sabina's, etc. Pick one day, line up priests and servers from FSSP, Institute of Christ the King, the Institute of the Good Shepherd (there are certainly some valid priests among you), SSPX, SSPV, SGG, Roman Catholic Institute, CMRI, SSPX-MC, process solemnly to the respective churches, if you expect trouble from the few Italian men with the AK47s at the entrances of a few of the Roman basilicas, put the nuns from each respective organization in front; guaranteed no trouble from the armed guards. Also, in most churches you only have the man who cleans the church sitting in the front asking for a Euro. Give it to him and march in. If the Swiss Guards are real Catholics, and real men, they will applaud you. Simply march in, find your respective side altar, remove the potted plants that have been placed decoratively on the sacred stones, kiss the stone that has not been venerated such like in generations, and lay down the sacred linens, vessels, and the missals that Bergoglio wants to ban, and begin, In Nomine Patris......Since there won't be anyone concelebrating, there will be no qualms of conscience for any of the priests respectively. Bergoglio wants the Catholic Mass dead. We will have it on all the altars of Rome. Maybe some priests will get the altar with the crucifix that St. Philip Neri used to pray in front of. Maybe some will get to pray over the body of St. Catherine of Siena, or maybe you will have an original Caravaggio next to you as you offer the Holy Sacrifice. These altars were meant for this purpose not to act as a shelf for potted plants!
What are the possibilities here?
1) The guards could let you in and no one could stop such a huge enterprise. Again, send in the nuns first! Result: VATICAN II OVER. GUARANTEED.
2) They could lock the doors of the churches to keep you out. Bang on the doors until they let you in. Looks bad keeping masses of priests out of Roman churches. Result: VATICAN II OVER. GUARANTEED.
3) Or, the guards might mow you down with bullets. Response: "Make my Eternity!" Result: Vatican II OVER. GUARANTEED.
Of course, the priests and servers should present the most splendid vestments and sacred vessels to the watching world. Since we owe God our very existence, nothing is "over the top" with regard to His worship. The tourists who might be caught in the mass Mass, might actually say, "Whoa, THIS MUST BE THE REASON THESE BEAUTIFUL CHURCHES WERE BUILT IN THE FIRST PLACE. This is why the greatest of artists spent their life blood and their greatest labors producing these magnificent spiritually grand works of art! Maybe this religion is worth looking into!" A short, quiet fervorino against the evils and ridiculous ideas of Modernism, said in the language of those attending, might also instruct the Roman people and the global tourists.
Perhaps, as the processions march into the various churches to take over the empty side altars of Rome, they could hold up placards bearing quotations from Cardinal Bergoglio's On Heaven and Earth, like:
1) p. 25, "The content of a religious faith is capable of being deepened by human thought, but when that deepening is at odds with the inheritance, it is a heresy."
2) p. 52, "The bad leader is one who is self-assured and stubborn. One of the characteristics of a bad leader is to be excessively normative because of his self-assurance."
3) "One Catholic theologian, Henri de Lubac, says that the worst that can happen to those that are anointed and called to service is that they live with the criteria of the world instead of the criteria the Lord commands from the tablets of the law and the Gospel....THE WORST THAT CAN HAPPEN IN THE PRIESTLY LIFE IS TO BE WORLDLY, TO BE A 'LIGHT' BISHOP OR A 'LIGHT' PRIEST."
Why should we be investing millions to build new churches while we blithely hand over the greatest churches ever built to the Modernists, the Modernists, the enemies of Our Lord Jesus Christ?
Besides, these men killed Sister Lucy of Fatima and replaced her with a overweight, stupid, blasphemous, sacrilegious, identity thief. Are we outraged in any way? Are we actually outraged about anything?
Peter Chojnowski, Ph.D.
September 2, 2021, Feast of King St. Stephen of Hungary, one of many holy monarchs who shone in glory, unlike our wretched presidents and prime ministers.