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Overdose of Vanity, Rapes in India & Vendée
An Overdose of Vanity
I am truly amazed and disgusted at the photographs depicting young, immodestly dressed ladies entertaining dignitaries of the Church and indeed, in some cases participating in the sacred liturgy itself. I must confess I had no idea that Modernism had reached such levels of depravity. What is happening to our Church hierarchy? Can these Popes of recent times really be considered as being in the same line as Popes Pius X, XI and XII who detested all immodesty and warned against it most forcefully.
This trend betrays a lack of self confidence on the part of Church leaders and an inability to understand that the True Church must never become part of the world of transient fashion. The function of the Church is to maintain the traditional teachings and values, which have come through Christ Himself from God the Father and which must remain steadfast in the face of all adversity. It is not the function of the Church to court popularity and "move with the times," to use that awful phrase.
We should remind ourselves that girls and women are required to dress according to the standards of Mary-like modesty at all times and especially in the House of God. We women have no place beyond the altar rails and we will never have such a role. We are specifically required to maintain silence in the church.
Those girls and women who feel a need to display themselves in church or indeed, to read the lesson or distribute Holy Communion, are suffering from an overdose of pride and vanity. We know the great danger which the sin of pride holds for the soul and we know the punishment administered by God to the angels who rebelled out of pride.
There is today a disgraceful lack of respect in the House of God. People converse as if in the street, children run about, the art of true genuflection has been lost, custody of the eyes is not practiced and people slouch in their pews as if they are bored and disinterested. How different some years ago when children were taught at length on how exactly to behave in church. These good practices stayed with us and became simply a good habit. This is another issue where we must bemoan the lack of religious in our schools. In the day when Catholic girls were taught by Nuns and boys by Priests or Christian Brothers, this demeanor was instilled in us and supervised strictly.
We must pray for vocations and a new era of respect for authority in all aspects of life. Mind you it is indeed difficult to respect authority when that authority seems not to respect itself at this point in time.
Progressivism in India
The incidents of Christian persecution in India troubled me. I have never seen such persecutions in my lifetime. But I have seen the Novus Ordo Mass and all the novelties that have been introduced in India.
I have never seen many holy priests, but have heard of scandalous priestly behavior while I grew up. The lay people would whisper about the priests, it was all hush-hush and swept under the carpet. I never heard priests giving sermons about the need for penance and about the existence of hell fire or about the power of the Holy Rosary.
Indian Catholics are very spiritual and, if molded by the shepherds of the flock, would be outstanding Catholics. But their priests have deserted them, spiritually speaking. Many Catholics in their spiritual hunger have turned to Protestant denominations.
In my part of India (Mumbai) it is not uncommon to see priests in worldly clothes (like jeans and t-shirt) and nuns giving up the traditional dress for a sari and blouse and no head covering. Today we see the consequences of all the Modernism that has crept into the Catholic Church in India.
The gang rape of the nun in Orissa shocked me beyond belief. Is this diabolical perversity the result only of these dark times or have there been instances of rape used as persecution of the religious in the past history of the Catholic Church? This is my question to the editor.
Our Lady of Fatima, come to our aid! We perish.
The Editor responds:
Thank you for your message and impressive account of your personal experience. We are praying for you and our Indian Catholic brothers who are suffering a twofold persecution: a bloody persecution carried out by the Hinduists, and a bloodless, but perhaps more cruel, one made by Progressivists.
Unfortunately in History there are many cases of rape either in persecutions or in wars. For example, the Protestants in England and Germany used this brutality against Catholic women often, especially against cloistered nuns in convents.
Those Iron Workers
Those iron workers who seem to tempt fate are a little bit like the late John Dillinger; the most infamous gangster and bank robber during the the early 1930's. He was on the F.B.I.s' most wanted list, yet he often went up to a Chicago policeman in broad daylight just to ask him what time it was and to prove a point to his friends. The point being the police were just not on the ball.
The same could be said of the Novus Ordo Bishops for over 35 years with the abortion business; they just have not been - and are not now - on the ball.
St. Gerard Majella, Patron Saint of expectant mothers, pray for us.
A Prisoner Thank You
Many thanks for sending the book Vatican II, Homosexuality and Pedophilia and the booklet Resistance versus Sede-Vacantism. Both treat very important subjects to modern Catholics.
As a young traditional Catholic man, I recognize the very important work you do for the modern Catholic Church in crisis and thank you for it. I just wish I could visit your website. Alas, prisoners do not have access to the internet.
May Our Lord and Our Lady bless and guide you.
Sincerely in Christ,
Dear Tradition in Action,
Regarding your article Genocide in the Catholic Vendée, an interesting book giving facts concerning the actions of the French revolutionaries in the Vendée and other adjacent parts of France is available online for free from Project Gutenberg.
It is titled A Visit to the Monastery of La Trappe in 1817, by W. D. Fellowes and starts out with a first-hand account of a visit by the author, a more-or-less sympathetic English Protestant, to the Trappist monastery in the same region of France.
Then it goes on to detail his travels and facts gathered from the locals concerning the horrendous murders perpetrated within the memory of many of those he spoke with. The fact that it was written only a few years after the events is strong evidence that the current statements regarding the evil that was done then has not been exaggerated.
Posted March 12, 2009
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