Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Reality Check: The Rebellion from Sacred Tradition

"The use of the Latin language, customary in a considerable portion of the Church, is a manifest and beautiful sign of unity, as well as an effective antidote for any corruption of doctrinal truth. It is neither wise nor laudable to reduce everything to antiquity by every possible device. Thus, to cite some instances one would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of Sacred Images and Statues in the Churches... [and] lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.

That We make no delay in this matter is rendered necessary especially by the fact that the partisans of error are to be sought not only among the Church's open enemies; they lie hid, a thing to be deeply deplored and feared, in her very bosom and heart, and are the more mischievous, the less conspicuously they appear."- Venerable Pope Pius XII, in his Encyclical Mediator Dei, just shortly before the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

It's truly manifest that every single one of these errors listed has been fulfilled to the last stroke of a pen in the Catholic Church over the last fifty years. Just some food for thought.


  1. While that is how it appears for the most part in the USA, I think we can hope that this is not true the world over! This is a wonderful and pertinent quote. You did well to post it.

    1. Thank you! Yes, it truly is amazing how Pius XII directly predicted 1) the loss of Latin, 2) the tampering with the Altar, 3) the tampering with the liturgical vestments, 4) the New Iconoclasm directed at sacred Images and Statues, and finally 5) the rejection of Sacred Music, such as polyphonic or gregorian chant. And to think he was able to discern this, with the help of the Holy Spirit, working in the minds of those who would, after Vatican II, rebel from the directives of the Holy Council and institute this incredible rebellion. While I don't know the extent of this corruption in the rest of the world, I highly doubt that this rupture is contained purely to the Church in the United States.

      Another thing I find incredible is that all five of these manifestly proclaimed errors, and many others, are completely outside of the documents of Vatican II and never called for by either the Pope or the Sacred Council. Modernists tried to influence the Council, but having failed to institute what they wanted because of the protection of the Holy Spirit, they rebelled afterward and used the ambiguously written texts to liberally interpret against Sacred Tradition.

      Let us all pray for a full restoration of the hermeneutic of continuity with Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture.