In his blockbuster sermon given March 7, 2015 at the Church of Ognisanti in Rome, Pope Francis offered the following:
We thank the Lord for what He has done in the Church in these 50 years of liturgical reform. It was in fact a courageous gesture of the Church to draw close to the People of God, so that they could understand well what she does, and this is important for us, to follow the Mass in this way.
So, it was the Lord who ordained that the Mass of Ages be supplanted with the protestantized, feminized, earthbound spectacle that is celebrated in spiritually bankrupt parishes the world over?
As for what gives Pope Francis the idea that the under-nourished people in the pews have any idea what the Church “does” – or more properly, what she is supposed to do – is anyone’s guess.
Most of our churchmen, including this pope, don’t seem to have a blessed clue as to what the Church exists to do; much less do they appear to have any real interest in doing it.
In any event, with this glowing assessment of the post-conciliar “liturgical reform,” Pope Francis has provided a near-textbook example of what it means to be delusional.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a branch of the U.S. National Institutes of Health:
A delusion is a belief that is clearly false and that indicates an abnormality in the affected person’s content of thought. The false belief is not accounted for by the person’s cultural or religious background or his or her level of intelligence. The key feature of a delusion is the degree to which the person is convinced that the belief is true. A person with a delusion will hold firmly to the belief regardless of evidence to the contrary.
Arguably, the only portion of this clinical description that doesn’t quite fit the current pope is the influence of culture and religion (namely the “Vatican II culture” and the “religion of man” that it established), but we’ll come back to that in a moment.
The NCBI statement continues:
Delusions are a symptom of either a medical, neurological, or mental disorder.
And then there is the malady that afflicts Pope Francis; a grave spiritual disorder.
While it may be tempting to imagine that Pope Francis is singularly deluded as it concerns his view of the post-conciliar liturgical reforms; the fact of the matter is, he’s simply following in his predecessor’s footsteps.
To be clear, I’m not so much talking about his most recent predecessor, Benedictus Abdicatus, as I am John Paul the Great Ecumenist; the former having been something of an anomaly, liturgically speaking, among recent popes.
As for the latter, in his 1988 Apostolic Letter marking the 25th anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican II, Pope John Paul II said:
The vast majority of the pastors and the Christian people have accepted the liturgical reform in a spirit of obedience and indeed joyful fervor. For this we should give thanks to God for that movement of the Holy Spirit in the Church which the liturgical renewal represents; for the fact that the table of the word of God is now abundantly furnished for all … for the radiant vitality of so many Christian communities, a vitality drawn from the wellspring of the Liturgy.
As John Paul II wrote of “joyful fervor and radiant vitality,” dioceses all over the world were boarding up parishes that had been all but abandoned thanks in large measure to the so-called “liturgical renewal,” and this he attributed to a “movement of the Holy Spirit.”
Clearly, these are the words of a Saint among us! No?
Seriously, folks… One is tempted to cry out after the Psalmist, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned us?”
So, what exactly accounts for the inability of these popes to see the plain reality of the situation for what it actually is?
The answer is at once simple and staggering; it is the influence of Satan.
We’ve seen this play before.
In the Garden of Eden, Eve opened her heart to a fallen creature and harkened to the voice of the serpent. Tempted to place herself above God, she gave more credence to the words of the Devil than to the dictates of the Creator. In short order, she lost her ability to recognize truth and the poisonous fruit suddenly appeared to her as if it were “good for food, a delight to the eyes, and desired to make one wise.” (cf Gen 3:6)
At Vatican II, the Church opened her windows to the world over which the Devil rules as Prince and harkened to the voice of fallen creatures. Tempted to place man above God, the Council gave more credence to the grievances of humankind than to the teachings of Christ. In short order, the post-conciliar popes lost their ability to see reality, and the liturgical reform now appears to them as a gift from Above.
Imbued with this same spirit of rebellion, John Paul II never tired of invoking “the primacy of man,” only to be outdone by Pope Francis who boldly proclaimed that man is “King of the Universe!”
This being the case, it’s little wonder that men such as these are blind to the unmitigated disaster that has been visited upon the Body of Christ as a result of the liturgical reforms they’re so pleased to applaud.
And then there is the veritable highway to delusion that is the Novus Ordo itself:
– As discussed at length in previous posts; the new Mass engenders a loss of Catholic faith.
– A loss of Catholic faith engenders a disconnect between the will of God and the will of the individual.
– A disconnect between the will of God and the will of the individual engenders a darkened intellect.
– A darkened intellect engenders an inability to apply reason based upon simple observation.
– An inability to apply reason based upon simple observation leads to delusion.
And so it is that the visible structures of the Holy Catholic Church are crumbling right before our very eyes while the current Bishop of Rome, standing amidst the rubble, insists:
The Church is not falling to pieces. It has never been better. This is a wonderful moment for the Church, you just need to look at its history.