The purpose of this brief document is to debunk the myth that all that has gone wrong in the world since 1965 is the result of the alleged demolishing effect of the Second Vatican Council.
The Second Vatican Council was called to order by H.H. John XXIII on October 11, 1962 and was concluded by H.H. Paul VI on September 8, 1965. Its intent was to open the proverbial windows of the church and let some fresh air in. Our interpretation of said intent was to salvage what was left of the Faith which had turned into an idolatrous pagan religion (1).
We stated in an earlier document (2) that:
If we stand back and take a good look at the events in the Roman Catholic Church and the world since H.H. John XXIII ascended to the Throne of Peter, one can almost guess with great certainty the contents of what they believed to be the full Third Part of the Secret of Fatima
* H.H. John XXIII and H.H. Paul VI tried to prepare the Church, by means of the Second Vatican Council, for what they knew was to come .If one studies all Encyclicals published by H.H. John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II (up to his 10th Encyclical) and try to visualize what the Roman Pontiffs were attempting to remedy with most of them, one would then come to know what they believed to be the full Third Part of the Secret of Fátima.
* H.H. Paul VI declared that the smoke of satan had entered in the Church and quickly abrogated the canon requiring official approval for the publication of documents relating to Marian Apparitions which were not yet approved by the Church Administration. By doing so, he opened the doors for Heaven to speak freely and undisturbed to the faithful in spite of the fact that the enemies of God were already well entrenched within the Hierarchy.
* H.H. John Paul II, symbolically wrapping up the work of John XXIII and Paul VI, thus the name John Paul, did not stop traveling the world, personally Evangelizing it. He knew how serious the situation was, how little time is left and that most of the clergy and Hierarchy continues to occupy itself with worldly matters while neglecting the flock.
Therefore, for satan's plan to continue as intended, a great effort had to be made to derail the outcome of the Second Vatican Council and then blame all problems associated with Faith, Morals, Evangelization and Church Administration on it.
The best way to debunk this fabricated myth is to pose the question that should have been answered a long time ago.
What really caused the massive exodus of priests and religious from the Roman Catholic Church after Vatican II?
Of course, many people place the blame for such exodus squarely on the Council and its aftermath, and justify this by quoting H.H. Paul VI's statement: "The smoke of satan has entered the Church."
Let us take a moment and look at the full context of such statement.
Referring to the situation of the Church today, the Holy Father says he has the feeling that "from some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God."______________
There is doubt, uncertainty, problems, restlessness, dissatisfaction, confrontation. No one trusts the Church; we trust the first profane prophet who comes to speak to us from some newspaper or some social bike to run after him and ask him if he has the formula for real life. And we do not feel we have instead of being masters and masters. Doubt has entered our consciences, and entered for windows instead had to be opened to the light. (*)
(*) Translation of quotes from Homily offered by H.H. Paul VI on June 29, 1972
Now, let us take a walk through history. First, a personal anecdote taking place in an Australian Seminary 20 years after H.H. Paul VI denounced the seeping of the smoke of satan into the temple of God - the Church.
In the early 1990's miguel de Portugal became well acquainted in Europe with a young man from Australia who had worked hard to save enough money to spend six months in Europe visiting Marian Shrines (and not making a vacationer's pleasure tour of Europe). The young fellow was a real Catholic - through and through without a drop of fanaticism. He was as pious as he was a normal young man. Upon his return to Australia he was planning to enter the Seminary. As he concluded his European pilgrimage, he had become sure of his vocation.
After his return and entrance into the Seminary, in one of the pouring-his-heart-out letters to miguel, he was complaining about the other Seminarians - their lack of faith, disorderly conduct and lack of seriousness about becoming priests, etc., etc. He was ready to leave the Seminary, for he had come face to face with the cesspool that Mary spoke about at La Salette (3) Rosa Mystica (4) and other apparition sites - Akita (5), for example.
It was very easy for miguel to show to him that departing the Seminary was not the answer; miguel asked him: "If you leave, who will give those totally disoriented seminarians the correct example?" Because miguel knew where this young man's heart was - somewhere between the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary - no further argument was needed. Of course, he stayed and soon became a bright light in the Diocese.
But even before then, in the late eighties, in a Houston (Texas) Seminary the soon-to-be priests already referred to us - Adorers of the Eucharist - as "cookie worshippers".
It is obvious that some individuals commandeered the results of the Council to suit their less-than-holy agendas. The chaff they planted was spreading like weed does and suffocating the wheat - the impeccable Catholic Faith.
Now, let us rewind to the early post Second Council Church. Any priest or religious worth their salt (6) who may have thought that after the Council the Faith was in danger, would have had a renewed incentive to remain at the service of God by upholding and defending the Faith. Quitting should have been the last thing in his/her mind. However, those who just were in the priesthood and religious orders for the perks, perks that they would no longer enjoy - like their demigod status basking on popular adulation - had no reason to stay.
Therefore, they left not because the Council had ruined the Faith but because the Council was about to ruin their privileged, and in some cases perverted, life styles.
Therefore, we now ask the second question:
Are we to grieve the departing of those who did not care enough to uphold the Faith assuming that it was in danger?
Good riddance! we say.
The real problem arose when those who were of their same ilk, but had attained the level of Bishop or Cardinal, stayed on - their perks were too good to give up. These "holy" members of the Hierarchy looked for any real or imagined crack in the Council pronouncements, seeking an excuse to "let down their hair" and just have a jolly good time. (7) Logically, the vocations dropped. Any young man or woman who had the spirit of the above mentioned Australian fellow, without the proper counseling, would have abandoned their plans once they were faced with the "new and improved" Sodom and Gomorrha.
miguel could write a book about what he encountered in church circles in the six years before God Personally called him to leave all and follow Him. Nonetheless, miguel lives, upholds and defends the Faith in spite of what he found within in the early part of his journey – a journey which, as of March 2017, will have spanned twenty-six years.
Tragically, theocratic cults (such as Opus Dei and the Legionaries of Christ (8)) started springing up during the last century within the Body of the Church. With their apparently pious disciplinary tactics, these cults have attracted many new vocations. Unfortunately, by the time the recruits realize what has happened to them, it is usually too late to escape.
The Church has lost many worthy new vocations because they have fallen for “Catholic” cults or have been rejected by the scandalous behavior of far too many members of the Hierarchy.
This brings us to the already mentioned words of H.H. Paul VI: The smoke of satan has entered the Church. (9)
To which miguel adds: And you didn't even know the half of it, Your Holiness! For details visit Part II of this document. (10)
(1) What Went Wrong? Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV
(2) An educated guess of the Third Part of the secret of Fatima
(3) La Salette, France
(4) Rosa Mystica, Italy
(5) Akita, Japan
(6) You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. [Matthew 5:13]
(7) For example....
(8) Questions that we must ask ourselves before joining overzealous religious groups
(9) Although he really did not know how badly it had!
(10) About Vatican Council II - Part 2
Published in Celebration of the Feast of the Pentecost - May 31, 2009
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