Christ’s enemies are laughing…
Madonna Applauds Suor Cristina
When the Sicilian Ursuline nun Sister Cristina Scuccia first appeared on the Italian talent show The Voice of Italy in March of this year, we denounced her fiercely and noted:
Things like this, even if well-intentioned, always end up the same way in the long run: They do not lead the world to Christ, but make Christ into a mockery before the world. The world does not become Catholic, but Catholics become worldly. There is no better proof of this than the Novus Ordo religion itself, 50 years after the Second Vatican Council opened the church to the world. It is virtually powerless before the world, and most people do not really take it seriously.
(“Novus Ordo Nun’s Got Talent”, The Novus Ordo Wire, March 20, 2014)
In October, Sr. Cristina published a cover version of the raunchy Madonna song “Like a Virgin”, and not surprisingly, the original blasphemous “artist” herself has now chimed in — and, judging by her tweets, is quite pleased with Cristina’s work.
On her Twitter account, Madonna sent out two tweets endorsing Sr. Cristina. We reproduce screenshots of them below but have censored the photos for obvious reasons:
Of course, there will always be some who will later say, “It was Suor Cristina who brought me back to church!” But such cases are exceptions and not the rule; they occur in spite of the scandal, not because of it. And they are utterly eclipsed by the number of souls that, consciously or not, are drifting further and further away from Catholicism, and who harbor more and more of a disgust for it, as they look at the Novus Ordo religion and, not knowing any better, identify it with the true religion founded by Christ, the holy Roman Catholic Church.
After all, a church that does not take its own claimed sacredness seriously and whose head jokes about the Crucifixion of Christ and does not see the point of converting anyone, what is such a church worth? Why bother belonging to it — especially with such inconvenient things like confession, fasting and penance, lifelong marriage vows, and the Ten Commandments?
It is not in being like to the world that we gain credibility or reach souls, but in being what we are called to be: in the world, though not of it (see Jn 17:11,16). It is precisely in standing out, firm and steadfast against all opposition, preaching the same doctrine and same morals for 2,000 years, come what may, that people recognize the Catholic Church as the “pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim 3:15). That church, it should be clear to everyone now, is not the institution headed by “Pope” Francis.
By the way, on Wednesday, December 10, Sr. Cristina met “Pope” Francis at his general audience in the piazza of St. Peter’s, where she handed him a copy of her first album, appropriately named after herself, “Sister Cristina.”
More details on this encounter can be found here.
Thankfully, now even some Novus Ordo commentators are criticizing Cristina’s work, as this post by Catholic News Agency reveals, focusing specifically on the scandalous song Like a Virgin.
That such an impious and scandalous approach to evangelization should not bear good fruit is also backed up by the numbers: The Novus Ordo church, so hell-bent on being “relevant” and appealing to the world, is dying a slow but certain death, as these recent statistics once more affirm. The world just isn’t interested in an institution that tries to imitate it.
The fifteenth-century contemplative St. Nicholas of Flue prophesied:
The Church will be punished because the majority of her members, high and low, will become so perverted. The Church will sink deeper and deeper until she will at last seem to be extinguished, and the succession of Peter and the other Apostles to have expired. But, after this, she will be victoriously exalted in the sight of all doubters.
(St. Nicholas of Flue, quoted in Yves Dupont, ed., Catholic Prophecy [TAN Books, 1970], p. 30)
May the Good Lord hasten the day.