Behold the “Catholics” of tomorrow…
Hip Hop & Fog Machines:
Steubenville Meets Life Teen
Spiritual, theological, and liturgical chaos is infallibly certain when attending an event sponsored by either the Franciscan University of Steubenville or “Life Teen”, the Novus Ordo Sect’s flagship youth outreach program. So what happens if you put the two together?
Then you get…well…this:
It is horrible to witness these dear youngsters being subjected to this pretense of Catholicism. They are the most vulnerable victims of the shenanigans the Modernists have been perpetrating for decades on guileless souls. In the Modernist system, religion is essentially a matter of personal “experience” and “encounter”, in which you are supposed to “feel” God’s holy Presence. Hence so much focus on “cool” touchy-feely externals that are geared towards enhancing the “experience” of the people present rather than the worship of God (as in the Catholic Church).
The Steubenvillains and the Life Teen promoters have preached this Protestant-Modernist-charismatic distortion of Catholicism for a long time. Of course many of the organizers and promoters of these events are victims of this faux spirituality themselves, never having known true, pre-Vatican II Catholicism. But what these youngsters need is a solid formation in the true doctrines of the Faith clearly communicated, and genuine, traditional Catholic spirituality as it was practiced and handed down for two millennia. They need a healthy Catholic spirituality and sound tools with which they can successfully counter our godless, pagan, and Modernist society and all its temptations, allurements, and false promises.
Such authentic Catholic teaching and spirituality for the youth is very much still possible in our times. Various sedevacantist groups make impressive efforts year after year in their formation of the young, offering them the bread of true Catholicism rather than Modernist stones (cf. Lk 11:11), as can be seen in the following examples:
- A Summer Camp in Idaho (PDF)
- A Summer Camp in Ohio
- Newsletter from real Catholic Nuns with photos of youth outreach (PDF)
The above links demonstrate how true Catholic youth outreach is done, and this stands in stark contrast to what goes on in the Novus Ordo religion, which is focused on experience and feeling rather than on Faith and reason, on man rather than God.
As the head of the Vatican II Church, it goes without saying that Francis is a big proponent of this “religion as experience” stuff himself. Every so often he likes to point out that “the truth is an encounter” and that the sacraments are an “encounter” with Christ — and an encounter, as any dictionary will confirm, is essentially an experience. But the truth is not an experience. To an extent, it can be experienced, of course, but it is not an experience. Neither are the sacraments — they are visible signs instituted by Christ to give grace, according to the traditional teaching, and not some special emotional episode that “connects” you to God.
The reason the term “encounter” is a Modernist favorite is that it is so wonderfully nebulous and elusive of clear meaning; it is phenomenological at its core because an encounter is an experience and therefore something that simply appears to consciousness (regardless of any objective grounding in reality, the question of which is left untouched). Besides, speaking about an “encounter” makes you sound so up-to-date and enlightened, so totally-unlike-those-stupid-pre-Vatican-II-peasant-Catholic-folk of yesteryear, who only knew about black and white, right and wrong, truth and error, and none of the 1,500 shades of grey in between that were finally discovered at the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s!
The great anti-Modernist Pope St. Pius X warned us about this back in 1910, for he knew it was his duty to “protect the faithful from evil and error; especially so when evil and error are presented in dynamic language which, concealing vague notions and ambiguous expressions with emotional and high-sounding words, is likely to set ablaze the hearts of men in pursuit of ideals which, whilst attractive, are nonetheless nefarious” (Apostolic Letter Our Apostolic Mandate, n. 1).
Three years prior, the same holy Pope had upbraided the Modernists for their absurd concept of truth as essentially an experience: “What is to prevent such experiences from being found in any religion? In fact, that they are so is maintained by not a few. On what grounds can Modernists deny the truth of an experience affirmed by a follower of Islam? Will they claim a monopoly of true experiences for Catholics alone? Indeed, Modernists do not deny, but actually maintain, some confusedly, others frankly, that all religions are true” (Pius X, Encyclical Pascendi, n. 14). And this is how Modernism eventually leads to atheism.
By the way, the founder of Life Teen is “Mgr.” Dale Fushek, formerly the Vicar General of the Novus Ordo diocese of Phoenix, Arizona. He can be seen dancing and perpetrating all sorts of liturgical chaos in the video What We Have Lost (for example, at the 14:37 min mark and in other places). He established Life Teen in 1985 to “lead teens closer to Christ.” He later exited the Novus Ordo Church and formed his own so-called “Praise and Worship Center”, which is a Protestant church that describes itself as a “non-judgmental community of faith”. In 2008, Phoenix’s “Bishop” Thomas Olmsted excommunicated Fushek, and two years later, “Pope” Benedict XVI laicized him.
The Novus Ordo religion is a cesspool of heresy, impiety, false morals, faux spirituality, and abominable liturgy, perpetrated in the name of Roman Catholicism. Exit it quickly while you still can, and become a real Catholic today: “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2).