Albert Drexel, in Ein Neuer Prophet? (Stein am Rhein: Christiana, 1971) explains that: "The modernism or neo-modernism within Christianity, and especially within the Roman Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council, is above all characterized by a turning away from the supernatural and an exclusive predilection for this world, the Aggiornamento of Pope John XXIII interpreted one-sidedly and hence misapplied. Teilhard's ideology was was a definitive precondition for this. Inasmuch as he turned his back to the past, fused God and the supernatural with the process of a universal evolutionism, and proclaimed religion to be an active participation in a progressive development ending in Point Omega, the basis was given for a humanist cult of the secular." (p. 115).
In the New World Order, man will no longer believe in a God
whom he cannot control. Man will worship himself and his new leader who will,
like Hitler, be deified: the man spoken of by Saint Paul as the Man of Sin, the
Son of Perdition.
The new worship which is emerging is man-centered.
And it is reflected in various liturgical actions such as banal pop-style music
"concerts" and spontaneous applause over human achievement. Pope [Emeritus]
Benedict XVI - while still Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger - wrote a book entitled
"The Spirit of the Liturgy," in which he warned that, "Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some
human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally
disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious
entertainment. Such attractiveness fades quickly - it cannot
compete in the market of leisure pursuits, incorporating as it increasingly does
various forms of religious titillation...Liturgy can only attract people when it
looks, not at itself, but at God, when it allows him to enter and act. Then
something truly unique happens, beyond competition, and people have a sense that
more has taken place than a recreational activity." (The Spirit of the
Liturgy, Ignatius Press, pp. 198-199).
Since Vatican II, we have entered
the time of wretched idolatry prophesied by the Fathers of the Church - for they
emphasized the corruption of the liturgy which would prevail just prior to
Antichrist during the last days. The Holy Mass is valid in her essence. But
years of reckless tinkering with sacred realities has produced a
mediocrity-ridden liturgy, a shallow show which has distracted from the holy
while driving the faithful out the doors or so weakening their faith that they
find themselves paralyzed before the current zeitgeist. Emptied churches,
convents and seminaries does not a reform make.
On many occasions during the liturgy at Our Lady Immaculate Parish in Athol, Massachusetts [Diocese of Worcester],the entire
atmosphere has been more akin to a circus than a solemn liturgy. I am reminded of
the words of the Psalmist:
"Why, God, have you cast us off forever? Why
does your anger burn against the sheep of your pasture? Remember your people,
whom you acquired of old, the tribe you redeemed as your own heritage, Mount
Zion where you dwell. Direct your steps toward the utter destruction, everything
the enemy laid waste in the sanctuary.Your foes roared triumphantly in the place
of your assembly; they set up their own tokens of victory. They hacked away like
a forester gathering boughs, swinging his ax in a thicket of trees. They smashed
all its engraved work, struck it with ax and pick. They set your sanctuary on
fire, profaned your name’s abode by razing it to the ground. They said in their
hearts, “We will destroy them all! Burn all the assembly-places of God in the
land!” Even so we have seen no signs for us, there is no prophet any more, no
one among us who knows for how long. How long, O God, will the enemy jeer? Will
the enemy revile your name forever? Why draw back your hand, why hold back your
right hand within your bosom? Yet you, God, are my king from of old, winning
victories throughout the earth. You stirred up the sea by your might; you
smashed the heads of the dragons on the waters. You crushed the heads of
Leviathan, gave him as food to the sharks.You opened up springs and torrents,
brought dry land out of the primeval waters. Yours the day and yours the night
too; you set the moon and sun in place. You fixed all the limits of the earth;
summer and winter you made. Remember how the enemy has jeered, LORD, how a
foolish people has reviled your name. Do not surrender to wild animals those who
praise you; do not forget forever the life of your afflicted. Look to your
covenant, for the recesses of the land are full of the haunts of violence. Let
not the oppressed turn back in shame; may the poor and needy praise your name.
Arise, God, defend your cause; remember the constant jeering of the fools. Do
not forget the clamor of your foes, the unceasing uproar of your enemies."
After leaving the above quotation from then Cardinal Ratzinger's book The Spirit of the Liturgy at the Facebook page of the North Quabbin Catholic Community, Deacon Scott Colley, who manages the Facebook page, blocked me from participation. And this as he preaches on the importance of being a "welcoming parish." Welcoming apparently to anyone except those devout Catholics who hold onto tradition and a spirit of reverence in the liturgy.
This comes as no surprise. For not once have I witnessed a spirit of prayer in Deacon Colley. He usually arrives at the last moment before Mass and may be seen conversing with friends rather than preparing for Mass. Reverence is the basis of all true personality. Dr. Hildebrand
explains: "The significance of reverence for the full personality can easily be
grasped. The greatest natural endowment, the greatest latitude of
talents and capacities can never lead to true personality if reverence is
lacking. For the latter is the basis of the second essential
component of personality, the perceiving of values, an organic contact with the
world of values, and - most ultimate of all - the dying to oneself, the
preparation of inner room for Christ. The man without reverence is
necessarily flat and limited. This lack is an essential mark of stupidity.
Even he whose mind is obdurate and helpless, but who possesses reverence, does
not manifest that offensive, tactlessly persistent stupidity of which it is said
that 'even the gods struggle against it in vain.'" (Liturgy and Personality, pp.
Because lack of reverence may have two roots, Dr. Hildebrand
notes that, "..there are two different types of men who lack reverence: the
arrogant person and the senseless, blunt one. The root of the first is to be
found in pride. The man who lacks reverence because of pride and arrogance
approaches everything with conceit and presumption, imagines that he knows
everything, that he sees through everything. He is interested in the world only insofar as it serves his
self-glorification, insofar as it enhances his own importance...He thinks
himself always greater than that which is not himself. The
world holds no mystery for him. He treats everything tactlessly, with easy
familiarity, and everything seems to him to be at his disposal. To his
insolent, conceited gaze, to his despotic approach, the world is sealed, silent,
stripped of all mystery, deprived of all depth, flat and limited to one
dimension. He stands in desolate emptiness, blind to all the values and secrets
of being, circling endlessly around himself...
There is however another
form of irreverence, one which is born of concupiscence. The concupiscent man
is interested in the world only as a means of procuring pleasure for himself.
His is a dominating position in the face of being - not because he wills
domination as such but because he wants to use being for his
pleasure. He, too, circles around in the narrowness of his own self. He does
not face the world with arrogance and conceit but with a blunt stupidity.
Stubbornly imprisoned in his own self, he violates being, and seeing it
only from the outside, he thus misses its true meaning. To this type of
irreverent man the world also refuses to disclose its breadth, height, and
depth, its richness of values and mysteries." (Liturgy and Personality, pp.
Rather then engaging in knee-jerk hatred against my person for insisting upon reverence in the liturgy, perhaps Deacon Colley should examine his own attitude toward the Holy Mass and his motivations in banning me from participation in the life of the parish?