Thursday, December 20, 2012
It's Trendy to be Traditionalist: Vortex
According to a secular publication, the Traditional Latin Mass has become the new “avant-garde” – it notes that “it’s trendy to be a Traditionalist in the Catholic Church”. O God, let it be true! It’s just so hard to see it in Eastern Oregon; but then Eastern Oregon isn’t exactly known for being on the “cutting edge” of anything, as far as I know!
I do keep hearing rumors of the counter-revolution happening in other places, though, and it’s clear that in some diocese, the TLM is actually supported by the bishop…and in a few, even celebrated by him! So…I keep praying, and I find hope in listening to the stories from other places.
When the world notices something you’re doing, it means you’re making a splash.
In a recent article in the very respected Economist Magazine – we’ve attached the link – there is a very concise piece on traditional Catholicism with the banner headline that Traditional Catholicism is all the rage…at least in England.
But that is the case all over the western world. It’s avant-garde, trendy – almost like a hipster to actually bow before God and receive His Body and Blood on your tongue.
It’s a fashion-forward statement for priests to be in cassocks and nuns in habits. Oh My. Imagine all the shock and horror bouncing off the walls of the Church of Nice chanceries downtown. Unable to hold or inspire their own flagging parishes, where are these other “nut job” Catholics coming from?
You know who we’re talking about: the women who wear those doilies on their heads – also known as veils – out of respect for the presence of the Almighty; and fathers who stroll into the pews with a brood of as many children as Our Blessed Lord has willed them to have, and they have been happy to cooperate with.
AND most of all, the young people. Oh, my! The young people at these traditional gatherings, whether it’s Mass, or a procession, or a particular devotion. It must really be a mystery deeper than the Blessed Trinity itself to the more modernist-friendly usual parish at the Church of Nice.
And here’s the heart of the mystery for them: why are their dominant parishes shrinking and closing up, and these young upstart new kids on the block groups busting at the seams?
Well, the answer is pretty simple. Because the Church of Nice – by which we mean the saccharine syrupy hand holding ultra-feminized altar girl protestant hymn singing social justice priest facing with his back to God staring at the people and them staring back at him Church (in short practically every parish in the western world) – this version of Catholicism is REALLY the new kids on the block.
It’s only been around for about the past 50 years. Not very long in a Church that’s 2000 years old. But JUUUUST LOOONG enough so that it LOOKS like the way it’s always been the case for anybody who’s under 55.
But until the decade of the evil 1960’s, it was never this way. People all over the western world went to Mass and wouldn’t dream of sticking out their hands and grabbing the host with their fingers and plopping it in their mouths.
Nor would the thought even enter their minds to stand in the presence of the King, instead of kneeling. Altar girls? No way. The sanctuary was the domicile of the masculine because of the intense focus on the sacrifice.
But when the altar became a table, the masculine left the sanctuary and the feminine rushed in, because the sacrifice turned into a nice meal where we all hold hands.
That sort of thing USED to happen in the social hall…AFTER Mass. It was called donuts and coffee.
There used to be processions, but the only processions you’ll find in the Church of Nice are the ones straight to the parking lot after going up and “getting your bread.”
And make sure you avoid that mad rush from the altar to the parking lot. You just might get trampled as people dash to get to the mall 3 minutes earlier than if they would have stayed and told God thank you for the gift of Himself.
And hovering over all this is the simple undeniable truth [that] tradition is growing, despite being deeply opposed by many leading lights in the Church as well as ignorance on the part of many in the pews.
And the Church of Nice is shriveling up. Now in the competition between the modernist manufactured machine versus the Ancient Faith, the modernist version does have the upper hand, no doubt. It holds almost all the cards…ALMOST all.
It runs the bureaucracy, owns the property, controls the schools, determines the educational material, etc. But despite its massive advantage, it’s contracting, and the traditional ORIGINAL non-manufactured one is expanding.
Think down the road a generation. Is it logical to suspect that the Church of Nice will always enjoy the advantage it currently enjoys? Uh no. It only enjoys that advantage because it has the numbers on its side…right now.
But we already have mountains of evidence that those numbers are not only growing smaller, but will continue to into the next generation. Less and less Catholic couples getting married, certainly having fewer children – and the children of today who are raised in the Church of Nice for the most part don’t care or don’t know about their faith.
What do you think they are going to do in 10 years when they are young adults? Stick around a Church or parish that they have no real intellectual, psychological, and most of all spiritual attachment to?
They’ll leave just as the past two generations have largely left.
And what about people who are on an HONEST search for the truth? What will their reaction be when they encounter the Church of Nice. Well, since they hear only a smidgeon of the truth in it – IF they come to it – they aren’t hanging around for long.
But when these same people encounter the non-manufactured Traditional Church that thunders Truth from the pulpit, that bows down in adoration before Her God, that is unapologetically and undeniably CATHOLIC – well, that’s a different story.
In THESE pews, divorce is not common – but children are. Contraception and dissent do not rule the minds and hearts – but love for the faith coupled with a knowledge of it do.
In the end, as it has always been, it is the truth that people are attracted to…those who WANT it. So when they find it they come, and when they don’t find it, they leave; sooner or later, they hit the bricks.
Anyone who thinks that the Church of Nice’s days aren’t numbered needs to get out more often. They could start by reading the attached brief article in a SECULAR publication. If the world is noticing…there’s something to notice.