Our last hope …

While still Vatican Secretary of State, the future Pope Pius XII predicted:

“A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted.  She will be tempted to believe that man has become God.  In our churches, Catholics will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them.  Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, “Where have they taken Him?”  

1 Don Bosco

Whether or not one can say with certainty that Pius’ prophecy has come to pass, we can certainly note that at a time when the world most needs authoritative direction and unambiguous statements, Vatican bureaucrats have responded with vague allusions to a “civilization of love” that sounds suspiciously like the ecumenical utopianism condemned by St. Pius X in his letter on the French Siullon movement.  

With a hierarchy more interested in “social justice” than in the salvation of souls (recent example five days ago, the CEI meeting in Rome, see http://www.agensir.it/), it can come as little surprise that younger people, left without direction, have simply embraced outright nihilism, with the more intellectually curious among them gravitating toward Eastern religions. 

2 Don BoscoWhere are our saintly priests?  Our priests that are not afraid to tell us we are on the wrong road.  Those who do not squirm when they have to scold us. Our intellectually brilliant priests, our wonderful teachers, our compassionate shepherds and remarkably deep thinkers who exemplify all that is good about the priesthood by their constant devotion to Our Lady, their fidelity to the Magisterium and their unabashed love of Jesus Christ. Real men for a man’s job.

With all the destruction that has been wrought by modernity, men have looked in vain for the solid centre to which to turn in this age of chaos.

In place of the Church as the oasis of certainty in the midst of meaninglessness, liberals have transformed the image of the Church into that of just another pilgrim searching for meaning with all men of good will.  In the process they have crippled if not destroyed missionary endeavor, and have abandoned the tone of urgency that once accompanied appeals to conversion.

Meanwhile, Western ‘civilization’ continues blithely along the path to ruin.  

The only institution that can prevent this collapse is the Catholic Church, which is why her restoration is so urgently to be desired.  It is for this reason that, sub specie aeternitatis, it is the Catholic Church herself that we might with some justice call the last, best hope of earth.

8 Responses to “Our last hope …”


  1. 1 Wendell May 30, 2009 at 09:53

    Modern day Catholic priests are, in many cases, caught between their vocation and the temptations of the world. The priesthood in general is becoming too worldly. Many Catholic priests are neglecting their duties under the pressure of conforming to secular culture.
    Unfortunately, priests and members of religious orders tend to seek personal freedom, abandoning community living, prayer and even the cassock.
    But the devil can only win when good people remain silent. We know this and actually live it in our efforts to save the innocent from the threat of death by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. In that same vein we should be outspoken in our faith, assured that perhaps by our example those who are called by God to religious life will be inspired to challenge the world, reject moral relativism and imitate Christ.
    Let’s never forget our seminarians in our prayers .. they are our priests of the future, let’s pray that they will be overcome by religious fervor and love the Lord, Our God, more than the world.

  2. 2 bigjohn May 30, 2009 at 10:34

    I dont agree with you. Our modern world offers a much-needed cleaner, fresher image of the priesthood. They are men like you and me, nothing special. Why cant they go round without the old fashioned cassock? Who says women cant be ordained? Were not in the middle ages you know.
    Priests today receive enough money to buy their necessities, to buy and maintain an automobile, to take a vacation, and to do normal recreational activities. Why shouldnt they? Its a job like any other job except maybe they have more leisure time than most people and are invited to a helluva lot of parties – weddings, baptists, and so on. Wake up guys!

  3. 3 Matthew May 31, 2009 at 00:24

    Greetings

    I just found your blog listed under the New Blogs in the St. Blog’s Parish Directory. Welcome to the Directory and welcome to the Catholic blogosphere.

    Laudetur Jesus Christus!

  4. 4 Antonella Oliver June 1, 2009 at 08:43

    Gabriella…………….I love Carlo Carretto…”Journey without End.

    Abortion has gained enormous ground everywhere and we should do better to regard it not only as a breach of the law but as a sin.
    At the moment of conception God who is Love clothes this stupendous gift with immortality.

    Medical technique can make a foetus disintegrate, force it out of the maternal uterus; reduce it to pieces but NO ONE can harm the life that is eternal. No one can die now since God gave us eternal life at our conception. Our bodies can be destoyed but our supernatural essence still lives on.

  5. 5 churchmouse June 2, 2009 at 22:11

    Sorry to say, but I disagree with bigjohn. Benedict XVI declared recently that priests should wear the collar and priestly dress (not necessarily a cassock, but be reasonably identifiable as Catholic men of the cloth).

    Let us not fall into the heresy of Modernism.

    In short — ** Gabriella is right **. (bigjohn — you can visit my blog for more detail — see my posts of 26-27 May on Modernism.)

  6. 6 Matthew June 2, 2009 at 22:40

    Churchmouse is right. I was a seminarian, and seminarians/priests should wear the cassock. Priests are not just another profession – priests act in persona Christi and are the means by which the Faithful achieve salvation. As such, they are to be in the world but not of the world. They are to wear the cassock and the collar as a symbol of their ordination and consecration to God.

    In the last link that I post, it shows the Traditional Rite of Ordination – the man hands over his entire life to God. This is not a “first day on the job”; this is a consecration of a man completely and entirely to our Lord.

    http://acatholiclife.blogspot.com/2006/07/cassock-is-it-still-used.html

    http://acatholiclife.blogspot.com/2006/07/should-women-be-ordained-priests.html

  7. 7 Davide June 3, 2009 at 15:59

    This is a fantastic blog! Good articles, excellent comments and interesting discussions among visitors. I have made this blog my morning read and I look forward to more posts. Keep it up!

  8. 8 Julie Maria January 23, 2010 at 19:42

    Hello Gabriella! I was looking for image of St Dom Bosco to put in my blog… and here I am! I found this very special post of yours.

    I am reading a biografy of him and I am in love with this saint! I “knew” him, but not so well… and more I read more I love!

    Thank you for this post!

    I would like to ask your help to do a reserach in Italy, if you are living there about modesty! Please writeme if you think you can help us:
    modaemodestia@gmail.com

    God bless and today we beggin a novena to this wonderful priest!

    In Chirst, and Viva Dom Bosco!!!!
    Julie Maria


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