There are many threads pro and con re: the “New Order” of the Catholic Church vs. the Traditional Church. Is the Novus Ordo really the best step with it’s closer communication and accomodation with Protestantism, Judaism, Islam, Hindus, etc.? What has the Catholic Church gained with the aforementioned ecumenism and relaxed standards such as Sunday Mass on Saturdays, meat on Fridays, etc.?
Our Blessed Mother at Fatima gave 3 secrets to Sister Lucia, instructing that they MUST be made public no later than 1960. This was obviously for a reason. In 1960, Pope John XXIII read the 3rd secret(which had not previously been made public) and decided to disobey the Blessed Mother and did not make it public. Then he opened Vatican II in 1963, and changes in the Church began. Those changes accelerated under Pope Paul VI and John Paul II.
What have these changes meant to the Church? According to the “Index of Leading Catholic Indicators” by Kenneth C. Jones;
- In 1965 there were 58,000 Priests in the U.S; In 2002 there were 45,000, of whom 16% were from other countries.
- In 1965 there were 1,575 ordinations to the Priesthood; in 2002 there were 450.
- In 1965 there were 49,000 seminarians; in 2002 there were 4,700.
- In 1965 there were 180,000 Sisters; in 2002 there were 75,000 with the average age of 68.
- In 1965 there were 1,556 Catholic High Schools; in 2002 there were 786. In 1965 there were 10,503 Catholic Grade schools; in 2002 there were 6,623.
- In 1958 weekly Mass attendance was 74%; in 2000 it was 25%.
- In 1968 there were 338 annulments; in 2002 there were 50,000.
And now, 53% of Catholics believe you can have an abortion and still be considered a good Catholic.
And the above does not include all the parish closings, or the outrageous clerical,sex scandals and episcopal coverups.
It is time to stop pretending that Vatican II has “renewed” the Church. All these indicators point to the fact that the Catholic Church we love is now seeing the result of disobeying our Blessed Mother and turning our backs on the Traditional Church.
As a traditional Catholic, I feel I MUST reach out to those of you have been led to believe that the “new way” is the right way. The Lord himself said,…“By their fruits you will know them. A bad tree cannot bear good fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit.” (I paraphrase just a bit.)
If Vatican II is a “good tree”, why is it bearing so much “bad fruit”?