Situation Report: What Happened to the Catholic Church

Situation Report: What Happened to the Catholic Church

Written by John J. Aréchiga
12/13/16

I am a 73-year-old Catholic – Roman Catholic – and I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. In some circles I am known as Don Quixote de la Santa Fe. They say I joust with windmills – but that I have won my fair share.

In days of yore – as a child, teenager, and young adult – we were a Roman Catholic community. We were well schooled in traditional catechism and well formed in our traditional Roman Catholic faith.

Today we are a Christian community that is further evolving into a community of the faithful; a community where Sunday mass is about the Sermon of the Amount and a second collection; a community of marginally catechized and marginally formed modernist Catholics.

In days of yore we went to Catholic universities, colleges, and K-12 schools where catechized priests, brothers, and sisters taught us to read and write; where catechized priests, brothers, and sisters taught us math, science, history, literature, and civics; where catechized priests, brothers, and sisters taught us catechism – traditional Catholic doctrine; where catechized priests, brothers, and sisters helped our parents and godparents form us in our traditional Catholic faith.

In days of yore we sent our children to Catechism classes where catechized priests, brothers, and sisters taught our children catechism – traditional Catholic doctrine; where catechized priests, brothers, and sisters helped us form our children in our traditional Catholic faith.

Today we send our children to Catholic universities, colleges, and K-12 schools where marginally catechized educators teach our children to read and write; where marginally catechized educators teach our children math, science, history, literature, and civics; where marginally catechized educators teach our children catechism – arguably, modernist Catholic doctrine; where marginally catechized educators form our children in a modernist form of Catholicism. Clearly not all educators are marginally catechized – but there are enough to make it relevant.

Today we home school our children where well intentioned, but often marginally catechized parents, teach their children to read and write; where well intentioned, but often marginally catechized parents, teach their children math, science, history, literature, and civics; where well intentioned, but often marginally catechized parents, teach their children catechism – arguably, modernist Catholic doctrine; where well intentioned, but often marginally catechized parents, form their children in their personal form of Catholicism. Clearly not all home school parents are marginally catechized – but there are enough to make it relevant.

Today we send our children to CCD classes where well intentioned, but often marginally catechized catechists, teach our children catechism – arguably, modernist Catholic doctrine; where well intentioned, but often marginally catechized catechists, form our children in a modernist form of Catholicism. Clearly not all catechists are marginally catechized – but there are enough to make it relevant.

As result we have become a Christian community of marginally catechized and marginally formed modernist Catholics.

Arguably, today there is a screaming need for traditional Catholic educators who are trained and accredited Catholic catechists.

Arguably, there is also a screaming need for continuing traditional Catholic education for all of us – and that includes me.

Arguably, that is what brings us to where we are today – trying to restore our traditional Roman Catholic Community to the pedestal from which it has fallen…

That being said, in recent days, weeks, and months it has become abundantly clear. It is only a matter of time before the informal schism of the last fifty plus years will formally manifest itself – and I am neither a sedevacantist nor a schismatic.

Clearly, the issue is not sedevacantism, schism, or the indefectibility of the Church. The primary issue is fraternal correction (Matthew 18:15-18) of scandalous Catholic Modernists – prodigal sons – that elected Pope Francis. To what end fraternal correction? Preferably healing and return of the prodigal sons to the Catholic Church – else excommunication.

In recent days, weeks, and months it has also become abundantly clear there are two evolving arguments: Either Pope Francis has lost the papacy and spiritual charism by virtue of his scandalous modernist activity and heretical papal documents or Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio’s (Pope Francis) election pursuant to Universi Dominici Gregis was invalid (and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is still our Pope pending a valid election of his successor). Which is it?

What is a modernist Catholic? In 1907 Pope Saint Pius X did not mince words when he wrote Pascendi Dominici Gregisabout Catholic modernists:

“We allude, Venerable Brethren, to many who belong to the Catholic laity, nay, and this is far more lamentable, to the ranks of the priesthood itself, who, feigning a love for the Church, lacking the firm protection of philosophy and theology, nay more, thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught by the enemies of the Church, and lost to all sense of modesty, vaunt themselves as reformers of the Church; and, forming more boldly into line of attack, assail all that is most sacred in the work of Christ, not sparing even the person of the Divine Redeemer, whom, with sacrilegious daring, they reduce to a simple, mere man.” [Paragraph 2]

“But since the Modernists (as they are commonly and rightly called) employ a very clever artifice, namely, to present their doctrines without order and systematic arrangement into one whole, scattered and disjointed one from another, so as to appear to be in doubt and uncertainty, while they are in reality firm and steadfast, it will be of advantage, Venerable Brethren, to bring their teachings together here into one group, and to point out the connexion (sic) between them, and thus to pass to an examination of the sources of the errors, and to prescribe remedies for averting the evil.” [Paragraph 4]

“To proceed in an orderly manner in this recondite subject, it must first of all be noted that every Modernist sustains and comprises within himself many personalities; he is a philosopher, a believer, a theologian, a historian, a critic, an apologist, a reformer. These roles must be clearly distinguished from one another by all who would accurately know their system and thoroughly comprehend the principles and the consequences of their doctrines.” [Paragraph 5]

What is scandal?

“Scandal is any sinful word, deed, or omission that disposes others to sin, or lessens their respect for God and holy religion.” [1885 Baltimore Catechism No. 3, Question 1279]

“The fifth commandment can be broken by giving scandal or bad example and inducing others to sin, because such acts may destroy the life of the soul by leading it into mortal sin.” [1885 Baltimore Catechism No. 3, Question 1279]

“Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense.” [1994 CCC 2284]

What is the root cause of contemporary modernist Catholicism and scandal? Today’s proliferation of marginally catechized Catholics. It can be argued that the movement away from traditional catechism-based education is why the flame of righteousness that once roared from our pulpits has been reduced to a flicker….

It is obvious that legions of lay persons, deacons, priests, bishops, archbishops, and cardinals will probably spend their eternal afterlife in Hell – because of their scandalous silence and lack of fraternal correction of Francis and others.

Why the scandalous silence and lack of fraternal correction? Some simply opt to be politically correct. Others fear “outing” of their past transgressions. Other Catholics do not want anyone to introduce new concepts (i.e. loss of papacy or invalid papal election) because it is seen as a challenge to their sphere of influence. Still others within the Church no longer see their primary objective as stopping scandalous Catholic modernism. The latter are only interested in perpetuating their own agendas, fiefdoms, and organizations – for love of ego and money.

What is the solution? Someone has to break the silence. The argument that Pope Francis has lost the papacy and spiritual charism, by virtue of his scandalous modernist activity and heretical papal documents, has quietly surfaced. What remains is for someone to break the silence regarding Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio’s (Pope Francis) election pursuant to Universi Dominici Gregis.

In recent months it has become abundantly clear that reading a stand-alone commentary on the election of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio’s (Pope Francis) raises more questions than it answers. The election of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio (Pope Francis) is best put in perspective by first reading relevant commentaries about Catholic tradition, scandal, modernism, fraternal correction, and catechesis.

That being said, the faithful need to know about and understand both arguments – especially the arguments regarding Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio’s (Pope Francis) election pursuant to Universi Dominici Gregis.

In moving on it bears repeating. The issue is not sedevacantism, schism, or the indefectibility of the Church. The issue is fraternal correction (Matthew 18:15-18) of scandalous Catholic Modernists. To what end fraternal correction? Preferably rehabilitation, healing, and return of the prodigal sons – else excommunication.

That being said, it is written in the Old Testament prophecy of Isaias:

“And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: Whom shall I send, and who shall go for us? And I said: Lo, here am I. Send me.” (Douay-Rheims translation, Old Testament, Isaias 6:8)

Today we must ask who will go first, who will raise the issue of fraternal correction, who will say:

“Lo, here am I. Send me.”

Speak now or forever hold your peace!

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4 comments on “Situation Report: What Happened to the Catholic Church

  1. I am also a 73-year old Catholic and ask the same question as above with the following coda:

    What happened to the Catholic Church after the combined 34-year pontificates of JP2 and B16, which were touted as the “Catholic restoration” and “hermeneutic of continuity” after the V2 revolution and hermeneutic of rupture?

    It has collapsed after three years of Frankenpope!

    Or did the alleged counter-revolutions of the JP2/B16 papacies never occur or were not supposed to be such?

  2. Modernism has an elephant in the room of the Spirit of Vatican II which helps to suppress knowledge of the true Catholic faith.



    Liberal homos pretending to be priests while promoting the strange Fabian Socialist heretical cult of this-worldly Social Justice to distract attention from personal morality and the salvation of souls. As long as their modernist tyranny persists in the institutions of the Church the true Catholic faith will be suppressed and orthodox Catholics will continue to be persecuted and subjected to harassment and intimidation, as they are now.

  3. Father Feeney (stbenedict.com) and the SSPX since the 1950s and 1960s were screaming loudly about what was happening but the conservative wing of the church would not listen to the “Trads” Today the damage is all around. I also believe the 3rd Secret of Fatima(still not revealed) and the lack of the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart is the cause of the disaster we face.

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