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In the Deus Ex Machina (“DEM”) mission statement, it is explicitly written that this blog exists to chronicle “the restoration of all things in Christ”, i.e. the Restoration. As part of our mission, DEM attempts to post information about the Restoration as often as possible. The reason that these posts are so rare is not due to a lack of material about the Restoration, the Restoration which is very much in progress, but because there are so many other interesting topics that can be written about, topics which are of interest to the wider Catholic community. Therefore, I admit that this blog has slightly veered off its defined stated mission and for this please accept a mea maxima culpa.
Since this post returns the DEM blog to its’ core subject matter, i.e. the Restoration and this topic is known to have, from time to time, a story that breaks through the daily news cycle (think FFI), being both a Restoration story and a story that is of interest to the general Catholic community. One such story is the restoration of the Institute of Christ the King Church of the Sacred Heart in Limerick City, Limerick Ireland. I picked up on this story from the Eponymous Flower blog (see here) which is one of the best sources for information anywhere, period. This story was in turn picked up from the Messa In Latino blog and translated (see here). And then the outstanding Mundabor blog picked it up, and commented as only Mundabor can. (see here) Therefore, due to the pedigree of not only this story but likewise the commentators, all that is left for the DEM to do is “pass on that which I have received”, and add a couple of high level comments.
Albert Einstein is credited for defining “insanity” as repeatedly doing the same task while expecting a different result each time. And so it is with our post-councilor modernist churchmen. The only thing they have been successfully repeating over the course of the 50 year “New Springtime” is failure. So it is with a “humble” sense of irony and satisfaction that one reads about how the Old Evangelization is saving a former church and a historical one at that, of the dying Jesuit order (see here), which was repurchased from a construction company by the Institute of Christ the King due to the economic crisis in the building industry. Furthermore, the passage from the Eponymous Flower blog perfectly captures the essence of the mindset of the typical post-Aggiornamento Jesuit at that exact point in time when he was negotiating the sale of his church to the construction company:
The Jesuits sold everything with the sale of the church, including all the equipment, liturgical objects, confessionals and pews but also the altar, the Stations of the Cross, and even the tabernacle.
It would appear that when transforming a religious order into a non-governmental organization, sacramentals become expendable.
And as Messa in Latino comments: (with emphasis added)
“A beautiful story with a happy ending, and with a moral of the story which some do not like to hear: When we trust ourselves in humility and offer obedience to traditional orders and communities, then the church blooms anew”.
Archbishop Lefebvre, ora pro nobis!