The Vatican II Church is desperate…
Wanted: Novus Ordo Vocations
The Novus Ordo Church is running out of people, and this is no surprise, as its adherents typically do not reproduce sufficiently (due to contraception or “Natural Family Planning”) and the number of people who still think there is any point to converting to the Vatican II Sect is below the levels needed to sustain the operation long-term.
This is good news, really, because it spells the certain death of this wicked, soul-destroying sect in due time, even without divine intervention. Just as they are running out of people, that is, people who actually take the religion seriously and try to practice it (as opposed to hordes of merely baptized people whose names appear in the parish registry), so they are also running out of vocations to what they still call the “religious life.” In fact, Novus Ordo vocations to the Modernist religious life are so few and far between that Novus Ordo monks, friars, nuns, and sisters will all but entirely disappear in the near future.
This is especially true in Europe, where the Modernist heresy has its roots and where people have imbibed it even more than in the Americas. In order to counter this trend, Novus Ordo monasteries and convents in Germany have agreed to open their doors for visitors on May 10, 2014, to allow anyone interested to see for himself what “religious life” there is like. To this end, they have produced the following video advertisement, entitled “This is Religious Life Today”. A must see!
This is the typical modus operandi of the Vatican II Church. They think they can attract people to the consecrated life by making it look like, “We are just like everyone else. We’re just regular guys and girls. Nothing special here. It’s a fun place. Come join the party!”
They’ve tried this nonsense essentially since John XXIII and especially Vatican II and the New Mass in the 1960’s. It has never worked and it will never work, because it makes no sense. If everything is just as in “regular” life, what’s the point of joining? And if it’s all party time and fun, fun, fun, then no one can take it seriously. Either way, people are not going to join.
Certainly, there will be some “vocations” from an ad campaign like this. Yes, there will be some who actually do want to join such a club, but it won’t be many and it will pale in comparison to all those who would have joined if these orders were traditionally Catholic. In other words, any new vocations will be overwhelmingly outnumbered by abandoned or stifled vocations.
What attracts good-willed souls to the religious life and to the priesthood is precisely the “otherness”, the awe and mystery associated with doing the exact opposite of what the world is telling you to do, the exceptional and total consecration to God in contradiction to the world. In such a context, the difficult vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience make perfect sense and they have fertile ground from which to be nourished. The priest and religious as not being your “regular guy” is what makes the vocation attractive.
This isn’t just idealistic speculation. The proof is in the pudding, as we like to say in the U.S. The statistics speak volumes. It was precisely at the time when the Novus Ordo Sect eclipsed the Catholic Church and wanted to appear “relevant” to the modern world that everything went downhill. Though it was first published over 10 years ago, the book Index of Leading Catholic Indicators tells the devastating facts in numbers:
- Index of Leading Catholic Indicators: The Church Since Vatican II (ed. by Kenneth C. Jones)
Sometimes people think that this idea of the Church reconciling herself to the modern world was new at Vatican II and it was “worth a try.” But it wasn’t new. It had been brought up long before — and the Church, of course, roundly condemned it.
In 1864, for example, Pope Pius IX had already condemned the propositions that scholastic theology was “no longer suitable to the demands of our times” and that the Pope “can, and ought to, reconcile himself … with progress, liberalism, and modern civilization” (Syllabus of Errors, nn. 13, 80).
In 1902, Pope Leo XIII denounced “unsound novelty which seems to deride the piety of the faithful and dwells on the introduction of a new order of Christian life, on new directions of the Church, on new aspirations of the modern soul, on a new social vocation of the clergy, on a new Christian civilization, and many other things of the same kind” (Instruction to the Sacred Congregation of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, January 27, 1902; quoted by Pope St. Pius X in Pascendi Dominici Gregis, par. 55, 1907).
More fundamentally, St. Paul the Apostle had warned in the first century: “…Or do I seek to please men? If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ” (Gal 1:10); and our Blessed Lord Himself made clear that though His disciples are necessarily in the world, they are not of the world (see Jn 17:11-18).
The Novus Ordo Sect will continue to run towards the cliff; but either way, its ultimate demise is divinely assured.