Profanation and Apostasy

This excellent short article by David Martin, and published on A Catholic Life just after Christmas, challenges some of the questions and opinions that have come up in comments on CP&S. It also raises many of the worrisome issues that have been much discussed on the Catholic blogosphere in recent times, which can probably best be summarised as an attack on the Sacredness of God’s Temple. 

Christ in the Temple (2)

The holiday season with all its feasting and merry-making is an appropriate time to reflect on the profanation of the temple, which is the major issue facing the Church today. Desecration is rampant throughout the universal Church through the present frenzy of secular activity that is tearing the Church asunder.

Today’s “contemporary” pop liturgy, the use of lay Eucharistic ministers at Mass, and the widespread practice of receiving Communion in the hand are among the many abuses that are destroying the Faith. The Church has become a meeting place for heretics and a stomping ground for ecumenicists that are trying to merge the Catholic Church with other world religions, fulfilling St. John’s prophecy that the Holy City will be overrun by the Gentiles for a symbolic time of forty-two months. (Apocalypse 11:2)

The primary difference between the Church of yesteryear and that of today is that the former demonstrated a healthy cognition of the divine presence in the sanctuary. The Church before Vatican II conducted itself with reverence and respect, evidenced especially by the way Catholics were more observant of God’s laws and ordinances, both in their personal lives, and in the context of divine worship. The Church before the Council was more focused on the presence of Christ in the tabernacle, which in turn was reflected in the true charity and selfless giving that existed among the faithful.

Whereas the church in our time has largely turned its back on the divine presence and is taken up with a new-found encounter with its “environmental” surroundings. Yea, the church today is abuzz with all manner of socialist, busy-body activity, only because the new makeshift procedures since the Council have brought about this unprecedented shift of focus where the emphasis today is on the community.

We might say that a new order of distraction prevails. The post-conciliar church is bent on appeasing itself with change, as opposed to the Church of old which labored to appease God with sacrifice. Divine worship has become cheap, superficial, and mechanical, where the congregation is wound up in robotic fashion to sit down, stand up, shake hands, and utter pre-constructed “psalms and responses,“ while the minds and hearts are blank! Very little heart and soul goes into today’s Sunday Mass worship.

This is lamentable when we consider that the Holy Eucharist is the very heartbeat of the Mystical Body, around which the entire church must revolve. Hence a true renewal is needed to place the church back into focus with its Head. Genuineness in worship means contrition and compunction of heart, and that the church go down on its knees before God in the Eucharist. Without this self-abasement before the King of kings, the mercy of God does not rest on His people. (Lk 1: 50)

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem when He threw the money-changers out of the temple was significant in that it marked the only time in the Gospel when He became downright angry and even violent with the Jews. This was to serve as a lesson for all generations to come that the wrath of God is especially enkindled against those who abuse the House of God for their own selfish gain.

Christ indeed will come among us again to fling the wrongdoers from His House, but this time it won’t be just for matters of money, but for heresy and blatant betrayal of the Faith before the people. The Pharisees in purple hats will tremble and shake “because they have transgressed the laws, they have changed the ordinance, they have broken the everlasting covenant.” (Isaias 34:5)

Enough could not be done to sensitize ourselves to the horror of the present sacrilege and how it is re-crucifying Christ in His own House. St. Padre Pio relates that when he was alone in the choir to pray, he observed a young monk who appeared to be dusting the candelabra near the altar. When he asked who he was, the monk answered: “I am a brother of yours that made the novitiate here. I was ordered to clean the altar during the year of the novitiate. Unfortunately many times I didn’t reverence Jesus while passing in front of the altar [didn’t genuflect], thus causing the Holy Sacrament that was preserved in the tabernacle to be disrespected. For this serious carelessness, I am still in Purgatory.”

If this was the verdict for a simple monk who wasn’t quite perfect, what can we expect for a church today that has been turned into a socialist merry-go-round with the use of churches for concerts, plays, meetings, rehearsals, heretical talks, kiddie Masses, charismatic séances, and all manner of sham religious activity that has overrun the sanctuary and made the Holy Place a shambles?! Christ today is an outcast and exile in His own Church, crushed and buried under the sins of His people who neither reverence nor take notice of His physical and supernatural presence on the altar. The people stream into the church talking, laughing, and swinging to the beat of a new gospel (guitar Mass), while women come in half-dressed exposing the indecency of their flesh for their own gratification!

The worst of it is that the present-day profanation of the temple is carried on in the name of God, which shouldn’t surprise us. The Pharisees condemned and crucified their Savior in the name of “God their father,” but Jesus told them who their father was, the devil, just as the devil is the father of those who seek to turn the Church into a humanist meeting hall. The modern day “renovation” of the Church is done to placate the complaints of those who protest, thus making the renovators protestors in the process. Thereby they display contempt and mockery for the Holy Place, as did the Pharisees who saw the temple as a forum to advance their own egoistic designs.

Unfortunately the Church’s mission has taken the brunt of this latter-day revolt. Pope Francis has emphasized how the Church must reach out and reinstate souls to the friendship of God, but how shall this be done if the church is serving to repel souls? Very few parishes today have kept their traditional beauty so as to attract conversions and vocations. The Church has been so discredited by all the ridicule that outsiders no longer take her seriously as in former times. If clergy and laity no longer believe that the Creator Himself dwells in the tabernacle in full Body and Spirit, how will outsiders ever believe this? If the church is not first enlightened from within, how shall it enlighten those from without? The Church has truly lost its magnetism, and is presently not effective in drawing souls to Christ.

Yea, the post-conciliar revolution is driving souls from the Church and bringing the scourge of God upon His people! The Blessed Virgin at Fatima warned of the divine scourge that was to come in the latter days, but this scourge will not be of little knots on a rope, but of boots, tanks, guns, and nuclear warfare over mankind. The chastisement indeed is coming, but the most painful part of it will be the devastating knowledge that it was justly due to man’s sins. In the final analysis the world will have learned that it was the profanation of the temple that incited God’s wrath and set in motion the great chastisement through which billions were lost.

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18 Responses to Profanation and Apostasy

  1. ginnyfree says:

    Lots to think about in this one. Thanks for sharing it. There is some few things I find troublesome, but I’m short on time, so I’ll wait to comment till later. God bless. Ginnyfree.

  2. toadspittle says:

    [Moderator: The first paragraph of this comment (two sentences) has been deleted owing to its offensive content.]

    “The chastisement indeed is coming, but the most painful part of it will be the devastating knowledge that it was justly due to man’s sins.”
    It’s pretty certain to me also – that the human race (made in God’s likeness, of course) surely will shortly wipe out all human life from the planet. possibly leaving it to ants and cockroaches and similar deserving species (Dolphins, maybe?)
    And this can very largely, perhaps entirely, be ascribed to differences of opinion – religious in my estimation.
    This is not because we humans are “sinful” but, from that – the moment we stood up on two legs , and began to “reason,” we also became insane. Too rapid expansion of the brain and not enough compensatory expansion of the skull, is my theory. (But who knows?)
    …Though haggling over whether it is either sin,” or “insanity,” is futile, I agree. Makes no difference.

  3. toadspittle says:

    “..exposing the indecency of their flesh…”

    Why should the sight of flesh be “indecent”? If we are made in the image of God, how can our flesh be “indecent”*? Is God’s flesh “indecent”? Is this painting “indecent”?
    – Or can only women’s flesh be “indecent”? Luring men (priests, even!) to damnation, maybe?
    Probably, in certain parts of the Catholic Church, the latter scenario. Blue-nosed lunatics.

    *Unsightly, perhaps, such as with Toad’s raddled old body – but that’s a different thing.

  4. Robert says:

    Well here is the conundrum.
    1/ Revelation is the Faith; that is Commandments and Dogmas. Our Lord told Us to Keep the Commandments! Faith is this belief in things unseen and unknowable to Man.
    2/ Naturalism/ Materialism the God of Free Masonry is that of personal conscience. Toad we see applying His opinions of the image of God and flesh and nakedness. That view is carnal because it is at the level of fallen flesh and not how God sees Fallen Man.

    The Faith requires Us to see through Gods eyes! Not through mans eyes! Revelation, Dogma and Commandments, avoid the delusion of what is fallen human judgement.

    If the measure of Sin is a matter of personal conscience then obviously self centred excuses Self (here is Henry VIII and his harem) This is Man become like God (the Temptation of the Serpent that led to Original Sin).

    Look again carefully at the Our Father and ask what are Temptations? Whence come these thoughts and impulses? Aren’t we supposed to measure Temptations against the Revelations and Commandments of the Faith? Don’t we use holy obedience to ensure that Our consciences are not actually self delusion?

    The God of Masonry is that of the Fallen natural/material world! The God of the Faith is of Heaven, which has been Revealed with Commandments and Dogmas.

    There is now a schism in the Church between materialism/naturalism and revelation!
    The worship and behaviour is a reflection of this.
    As revelation is abandoned and treated as myth so the Eucharist becomes shambolic (the heresy of Luther).
    The Apostacy? Well this is those baptised who have turned away from revelation to modernism and materialism self delusion actually, become idol worshipers of everything other than God, hence the turning away from the Eucharist.

  5. toadspittle says:

    “Don’t we use holy obedience (to revelations) to ensure that Our consciences are not actually self delusion?”
    Yes, we might do that Robert, – but how can we know that the revelations themselves are not delusion? We all agree (I imagine) Mohammed’s revelations from Allah are delusion, as are those of the Mormons, and the Hindu Vedas. We all agree that the revelation – such as Stuart Sutcliffe (“The Yorkshire Ripper”) had – when God told him to go and kill prostitutes – was a delusion.
    I can recall several instances of God telling people to do unlikely, usually violent, things – from my days as a hack – such as Him telling a woman to lock her children in her car, and drive it into lake Superior, drowning them. Made me somewhat suspicious.

  6. The Raven says:

    Stuart Sutcliffe, Toad? I’d heard that his playing was pretty inspired, but hadn’t realised that extended to hearing voices.

  7. toadspittle says:

    Oops, Raven. Toad’s memory plays him false again. It was Peter Sutcliffe.
    Should have checked – too indolent. Classic case of self-delusion, and I’m only thinking back 35 years, not 2,000.
    Of course, it makes a nonsense of Toad’s whole premise.

  8. Robert says:

    Toad the Faith is just that FAITH in revelation/commandments. St Peter the first Pope was raised to the Pontificate by Our Lord AFTER His Resurrection. The Resurrected Christ was seen by a relatively few Disciples and Apostles!
    You do give excellent examples of false Consciences however who no doubt were convinced that what they thought was right in their own eyes. Freemasonry believes in freedom of conscience which enables them to accept polytheism

  9. toadspittle says:

    “…examples of false Consciences however who no doubt were convinced that what they thought was right in their own eyes.”
    What’s to be done about this, Robert? Should such people ignore their consciences?
    “Freemasonry believes in freedom of conscience..”
    …So does Catholicism. Imagine that. And it’s official.

  10. Robert says:

    Masonry the doctrines and commandments of men!
    The Our Father expressly covers false conscience (sic temptation)
    Matthew 15:9
    And in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines and commandments of men.

    John 14:21
    He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them; he it is that loveth me. And he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father: and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
    Apocalypse (Revelation) 14:12
    Here is the patience of the saints, who keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

  11. Michael says:

    ‘Today’s “contemporary” pop liturgy, the use of lay Eucharistic ministers at Mass, and the widespread practice of receiving Communion in the hand are among the many abuses that are destroying the Faith.’

    Extraordinary ministers are one of the biggest de-sacralizing elements of the current Mass. The sight of a horde of laypeople, in everyday clothes – very often immodest clothes – proliferating the sanctuary and waiting for the priest to make his Communion and “give them the Eucharist” is so heartbreaking and drives the sense of mystery and holiness right out. (In fact, the all-too-common practice of EMs entering the sanctuary immediately after the Agnus Dei is itself a violation of rubrics, since they’re supposed to come up only after the priest has made his Communion). The day EMs are disallowed will be a day I will perpetually praise God for.

  12. ginnyfree says:

    One of my current favorite things to laugh/cry about is the immodesty of shorts in the summer on those women who feel called to serve the Altar. It goes like this: Up the women come during the Mass, hurrying to the side of the Priest to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion. They stop for a second and take a nice deep bow to the Altar in shorts that belong on a beach, derriere stuck out in the direction of the congregation as they make their “reverent” bow at the waist before going up to the Altar. I like to call this extraordinary summertime event the Mass Mooning and I hope it conveys the correct picture of what I think they are doing. Yes, sometimes seeing this even in winter with a short skirted young female EM, I find my thoughts going to the poor young men and maybe even the not-so-young men who see this and react to it as a healthy young man might. It is very poor pastoral council to have girls in shorts anywhere near the Altar, let alone seeing them bow at a high point in the Mass, so you cannot miss a thing. Yes, I’ve been calling this particular Liturgical fashion statement the Mass Mooning for years and I wish the fashion would change. God bless. Ginnyfree.

  13. ginnyfree says:

    Toad DO NOT say a word!

  14. toadspittle says:

    I must, Gin – sorry. It’s my calling.

    Shockin’. Disgraceful. There oughter be lors against it.
    Those young “ladies” are no better than they should be, in my opinion, prancin’ about the vestry half-naked – and smirkin’ at the lads gawpin’ and grinnin’ at them.
    Why, when I was naught but a toadpole, Father O’Flattery would’ve put a stop to that sort of jiggerypokery – pretty damn quick, and all! …(Oh shut up, Toad. Daft old twit.)

    “I find my thoughts going to the poor young men and maybe even the not-so-young men who see this and react to it as a healthy young man might. ”
    You’re lucky to have any young men in the first place, Ginster – especially healthy ones. Nobody in my church is under 45. Be fruitful and multiply, is wot I say. (Though not in those exact words.)

  15. ginnyfree says:

    What Toad? You’ve never been to the Mass Mooning? You should come to Mass. You’d have your fun, wouldn’t you?

  16. ginnyfree says:

    It really is a disgrace and most folks being charitable won’t talk about the parade of fannies we have had the pleasure of seeing thru the years. God bless. Ginnyfree.

  17. toadspittle says:

    I remember when Fanny was a girl’s name. That’s how old I am.

    “What Toad? You’ve never been to the Mass Mooning? You should come to Mass. You’d have your fun, wouldn’t you?”
    I doubt it, Gin. We clearly have different ideas about what constitutes “fun.”
    Most of us in my little church have barely got the strength to stand upright unaided, let alone “Moon.”

  18. ginnyfree says:

    Poor Toadie. Happy New Year.

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