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Monday, February 21, 2011

Tradition Works! Religious Sisters See Explosion In New Postulants

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Study the above video closely. Do you see it? It's the elephant in the living room the reporter doesn't even mention. These sisters are TRADITIONAL!!!! Oh sure, they may not pray in Latin (at least not all the time), but they do wear their habits, and notice that every young candidate had her head covered with some sort of lace mantilla.

Guess what, it not only works for religious orders, but it works for parishes too. Tradition attracts young people! Yes, it really does, especially when that tradition is exercised with joy and enthusiasm. The Neo-Modernist notions of hip-hop, contemporary, feel-good religion have proved to be an utter failure. Forty years after the implementation of the "Spirit of Vatican II" our parishes are left struggling, our vocations are in shambles, and our young people are turning away from the faith in droves. IT DOESN'T WORK! It's a failure! AN EPIC FAILURE!!!

The Second Vatican Council (the real Vatican II) never called for many of the so-called "reforms" implemented under the questionable "Spirit of Vatican II" used as justification for every innovation under the sun. The "Spirit of Vatican II" is like a cancer, destroying the Church from within, and it has nothing to do with the Second Vatican Council (the real Vatican II).

Of course Albert Einstein's definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again, each time expecting a different result. Nevertheless, that is what the retro-1970's leadership in the Church keeps doing. Their Modernism fails, and so their answer is of course more Modernism. When that fails, they assume we obviously haven't gone far enough, so they bring in more Modernism.  And this has been going on for forty years!  Have the retro-1970's Modernists learned anything from their mistakes?  Nope!  Not a thing!  They just keep up with the same old routine, round and round they go, with no end in sight, repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

Look at the average modern Catholic parish today? Does it even resemble anything Catholic? Suppose you could time travel in a flying DeLorean to bring a Catholic from 1955 "back to the future." Upon arriving in 2011, would he even recognize the Church today? Suppose you asked him to identify every Catholic parish he sees without looking at the signs out front. Dare I say that he wouldn't be able to do it? Dare I say he wouldn't be able to tell them apart from the Protestant churches? Suppose you took him to see a typical Neo-Modern Catholic mass in a local diocesan parish. Then you took him to see an SSPX traditional Latin mass on the other side of town. Then you asked him "which one is in good standing with Rome?" What do you suppose his answer would be? Don't you see something wrong with this picture? Naturally, he would answer by saying the SSPX parish is definitely in good standing with Rome, while the diocesan parish is not. This is the problem folks. We've lost our Catholic heritage! We sacrificed so much that Catholics from just a generation ago wouldn't even recognize us.

When young people go to mass today, they don't want a bunch of old farts trying to "get down on their level." They don't want some middle-aged contemporary band playing pop Christian songs they can just as easily find on the radio or download from the Internet. No, what they want is to be transported. They want to enter another world - Heaven! They want something different than what they get in a pop concert or pep rally. They want heaven on earth! It's the same thing people have always wanted throughout the ages. It's no different today. They want the traditions of the ancient Church, and they want them celebrated with joy and enthusiasm, and really, who can blame them. After all, NOBODY ELSE is offering it. Doesn't it make sense for the Church to provide those things that are not available anywhere else?

Catholic parents listen up! If you want your kids to stay in the Catholic faith, than you better start introducing them to some ancient tradition and fast! See if your priest and liturgy coordinators will work with you on this, and if they won't than maybe it's time to move on and find somebody who will. This is about your children and their souls. No price is too big. Step out of your comfort zone and find a new parish if you must.


scotju said...

What you said about a 50's Catholic getting into a time machine and being brought to the future to render judgement on the orthodoxy of an SPPX parish vs the orthodoxy of a Novus Ordo one and deciding in favour of the SPPX parish is true. Several years ago, I knew this man who was overseas in the Army when the NO changes started to take place in America. For some reason, the changes were not implimented where he was stationed. When he was discharged from the service, he went back to his home parish. He told me when he went into the church, he could not recognize it as Catholic. He left, never to return. He did not attend any services anywhere until the SPPX became available to him.

Anonymous said...

The attempt at making the Mass "meaningful" has resulted in the Catholic people no longer knowing the true meaning of the Mass. The Catholic Mass has been dumbed down and protestanized to the point of making it feel good entertainment.
Instead of appealing to the lowest common denominator we should set our standards much higher and return to the roots and traditions of our faith.

Mark Carney

Anonymous said...

Kudos to you Sir Knight, and with your indulgence (no pun intended)will copy to my own wall. The same may be said of people who, back in the 60s left the church (for whatever reasons) and decided after 20+ years to return. Many were utterly shocked, confused and downright angry at the "unrecognizable changes which had occured over their absence, hardly able to believe they were in a catholic church. In many cases they weren't. Thanks to our holy father, that is now in the process of changing. A priest in my archdiocese (unnamed) said that in 10 years "you wont recognize this archdiocese" meaning a profond return to tradition, thanks in large part to the departure of "Father Hip" and his replacement by young, orthodox priests. Pete Frey

Joan said...

Catholic Knight and readers, here in the Archdiocese of Detroit, we are entering Phase 2 of "Together In Faith", which is the code name for closing down failing parishes. It would be great if one of the considerations for closing down a parish would be the church building itself, the archetecture, whether it has a marble altar and statues, is beautiful and sacred. The parishes that should be on the list to be closed are the ones where the building looks like a preschool/daycare building, or a shopping center, that have a tiny wood "supper table", felt banners hanging on the walls, and the tabernacle hidden in a side chapel. Pastors can be changed, parish staffs can be overhauled, but a beautiful church building must be spared from closure when there is a parish with a modern "multi-purpose" building down the street. Anyone who may be interested in voicing opinions about keeping archetectually sacred looking parishes off the closing list, and putting the ugly modern building parishes on the close list, please email the Archdiocese of Detroit at

Joan said...

By the way, if you would like to see the parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit, photos are at Flickr AOD set.

Personally, parishes I think should be put on the list for closure include St Teresa of Avila (Warren), St Barnabas (Eastpointe), St Matthias (Sterling Hts), St Thomas Aquinas (Detroit), St Stephen Mary Mother of the Church (Detroit), St Alan (Troy), and St Edmund (Warren).

Two parishes, Our Lady Of Czestochowa and St Rene Goupil, both in Sterling Hts, are said to be in danger. They are both beautiful buildings, with many statues (Our Lady also has a gorgeous full-wall size marble icon of various saints), and need to be spared, when there are plain, school-like buildings like St Alan and St Matthias in the same neighborhood.

People need to speak up to support these wonderful, soul enriching buildings.

Anonymous said...

I think we are definately beginning to see the restoration of the Church. I've also noticed that apostolates such as the FSSP are flourishing as well while the modernist and progressive ones are dying on the vine. Thank you dear Lord.