Robert Morrison | Remnant Columnist
“And Peter going down out of the boat, walked upon the water to come to Jesus. But seeing the wind strong, he was afraid: and when he began to sink, he cried out saying: Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretching forth His hand took hold of him, and said to him: O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:29-31)
When Fr. Marie-Dominique Molinié, O.P. preached the 1953 retreat (to Dominican nuns) that forms the basis for his recently translated The Courage to Be Afraid, he did not know of the strong winds that would begin to rock the barque of Christ a decade later at Vatican II. It may seem odd, then, to present a short subchapter from that book as holding much of the explanation, and even more of the cure, for the great crisis in the Church today. But God does not change, so a profoundly insightful analysis of the ways in which He tries to bring us back to Him can be far more profitable than any novel ideas about how we should solve the present crisis (which has been caused precisely because the false shepherds have relied upon novel ideas).
As faithful Catholics around the world hope and pray that God will soon intervene to end the worsening crisis in the Church, it is worth reflecting on a meeting which took place in 1969, in Fribourg, Switzerland, with a group of seminarians, priests and laymen. Here is Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre’s description of the key moment:
“They literally took me by the scruff of the neck and said: ‘Something must be done for these seminarians!’ It was useless my saying the I was sixty-five and retired, or that it was foolish to begin something that I could not continue if I should die within the next few years . . . They wouldn’t have it . . . ‘Okay,’ I said to them, ‘I’ll go and see Bishop Charrière. If he says yes, that will be a sign of Providence.’” (The Biography of Marcel Lefebvre, p. 411)
For the sake of argument, think about how the Catholic world would react if we soon had a saintly pope who restored the Church’s liturgical practices to their pre-Vatican II state, solemnly denounced all of the heresies that have proliferated since Vatican II, excommunicated the various false shepherds, and embarked upon a holy path of promoting the rights of Christ the King. Almost certainly we would find that all of the nominal Catholics who hang on Bergoglio’s every word would no longer think much of the papacy. And all of us who feel varying degrees of persecution from Rome would be united in thanksgiving, rejoicing that God had answered our prayers.
According to a recent survey of “Catholic voter mood by RealClear Opinion Research in partnership with Catholic-themed television network EWTN,” Catholic voters in America are split over the midterm elections. The July 15, 2022 report from RealClear Opinion Research highlighted the following findings:
In his July 14, 2022 blog post, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf requested urgent prayers to avert a “serious act of persecution.” The next day, Fr. Zuhlsdorf updated the post to confirm that the request related specifically to Cardinal Blase Cupich’s apparent plans to shut down the Institute of Christ the King’s Chicago apostolate at the end of July. Aside from the refreshing reminder that we should always pray and sacrifice to obtain God’s grace, the series of posts highlighted a striking feature of the current crisis: once we learned of the then unknown “act of persecution,” few of us would have been surprised if it had been tremendously worse than the grave injustice against the Institute of Christ the King.
As with all such incidents, the May 24, 2022 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas reflects the tragic breakdown of morality throughout society. In an especially sickening way, though, the Uvalde shooting also highlights the grave failures of those in positions of responsibility to fight for those under their care. In releasing recently obtained footage of the law enforcement officers standing by idly during the shooting, The Austin American-Statesman provided the following details:
Like most of his writings, Bergoglio’s recent apostolic letter, Desiderio Desideravi, is so full of pseudo-Catholic gaslighting that it should be avoided by almost every Catholic wishing to preserve peace of soul. In it, he attempts to convince his “dearest sisters and brothers” that his great love for the Mass prompts him to call all souls to be spiritually nourished through its faithful celebration. One almost forgets that he is writing the letter to justify his vicious persecution of those who actually seek to make the Tridentine Mass the center of their lives.
With 164 years and scarcely a hint of true Catholic belief between them, Biden and Bergoglio represent all that has gone wrong in the Church and world since Vatican II. They did not create this great crisis, but those who did could not have found two better puppets to oversee what they intend to be the dying moments of the Church and world as we know them. These pathetic souls seem oblivious to the fact that God will crush them and their diabolical efforts — if they had paid attention in their catechism classes they might have chosen more wisely when Satan tempted them with great power if only they would betray Our Lord.
In his 1846 encyclical on Faith and Religion, Qui Pluribus, Blessed Pius IX wrote about the relationship between the Catholic Faith and reason:
“[B]y means of an obviously ridiculous and extremely specious kind of argumentation, these enemies never stop invoking the power and excellence of human reason; they raise it up against the most holy faith of Christ, and they blather with great foolhardiness that this faith is opposed to human reason. Without doubt, nothing more insane than such a doctrine, nothing more impious or more opposed to reason itself could be devised. For although faith is above reason, no real disagreement or opposition can ever be found between them; this is because both of them come from the same greatest source of unchanging and eternal truth, God.”
And I say to thee: That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)
Going, therefore, teach ye all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. (Matthew 28:20)