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Over the last few posts, I have returned to chronicling the advance of the Restoration that is taking place within the Catholic Church. I think it is critical to understand the real situation on the ground, especially when contrasted with the utterings coming from the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Soviet that has captured the Vatican and installed itself in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. The two “pictures” emanating from these two areas of the Catholic Church could not be more different. So a clearer understanding of what is transpiring is needed and that is where you humble blogger comes into the picture.
Today we skip over to the Spanish-speaking world. Two examples of the Restoration in progress come from the two main pillars of Tradition (Catholicism) in the Catholic Church, namely from the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and the SSPX breakaway group, the Fraternal Society of St. Peter (FSSP). Just to recap the various strengths of these institutions of religious life, or what would be called the Table of Organization and Equipment in the US military, the SSPX is 600+ priests strong while the breakaway FSSP has approximately 250.
With respect to the FSSP, the video below comes from the New Liturgical Movement website (see here) and promotes the opening of a house of priestly formation in Guadalajara Mexico. Although the FSSP has a few parishes under its care in Mexico, this house of formation will be the first step in replanting the vocations infrastructure needed to carry out the Reconquista south of the border.
As to the SSPX, a major player in the Americas, the post and video in the right hand bar of the website (see here) is a promotional video to the consecration of a new Church in Pilar Argentina, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires that took place on the 5th of December of this year. The Sisters of the Society of St. Pius X have their novitiate for Spanish-speaking vocations in Pilar and this Church will serve their community. The SSPX community counts “nearly 170 professed sisters divided amongst 25 houses and 4 novitiates”. Once the consecration Mass is available, I will post it as an update to this post.
Which brings us to the subject matter of today’s post. Over at the Sandro Magister blog, we read in his post titled All the Toil of Being Primate of Italy (see here), from the 17th of November 2015, the following passage:
With the address in Florence, Pope Francis has in fact given the Italian Church its new marching orders, which to a large extent are the same ones that John Paul II had suspended in Loreto, thirty years ago on the dot.
It is a change of direction that is also substantiated in a series of targeted appointments, in the most significant episcopal sees:
This passage is a correct assessment of the strategy of Francis, bishop of Rome in his campaign to complete the take-over the Catholic Church (see here). He will be appointing prelates in critical Sees who he thinks will carry on his revolution. We have confirmation of just this in the MondayVatican post titled Pope Francis, the Church of the future starts now, (see here) from the 13th of January 2015, the special post after the January consistory. In this post, Andrea Gagaliarducci writes the following:
The February 22 consistory will start shaping the future Church. The numbers are clear. From now to 2017, 32 cardinals will turn 80, thus losing the right to vote in a future conclave. And from now to Feb. 22, there will be 106 cardinal electors, so Pope Francis had in fact 14 “red hats” he can grant this year, according to the norm introduced by Paul VI which sets the maximum number of voting cardinals at 120. The Pope will create (in the language of the Church, cardinals are “created”) some 46 cardinals from now to 2017, more than one-third of the cardinals voting in the conclave.
Given that this is the state of play, what is important to understand is first not to be distraught. Despondence after all is a sin. Second, the Holy Spirit has our back. And to prove this last assertion, I am reproducing this post (see here) from the Eponymous Flower blog to illustrate just this phenomenon. I will add emphasis and re-post it…
FOR THE RECORD
From Saul to Paul of the Traditional Rite
(Milan) The Christian faith always aims to conversion and repentance This is what distinguishes the truth of God from the ideologies of men. This lifetime opportunity and possibility is what distinguishes Christianity. This allows diverse and unexpected ways. Such is reported from the Archdiocese of Milan. “”The infamous Msgr. Luigi Manganini until the end of 2012 was Archpriest at the Cathedral of Milan and master of ceremonies for the Archbishop, a sworn enemy of the traditional rite and as grim and zealous opponent of the Catholic tradition, has celebrated today in the traditional form of the Roman Rite”, says the traditional site Chiesa e postconcilio.
For Decades, a Bitter Opponent of the Traditional Rite
For decades Msgr. Manganini was a fierce opponent of tradition and the traditional rite, he “insulted it in every possible way”. Among other things, he spoke publicly of “old scrap iron destined for the heap,” said Messa in Latino.
Canon Manganini was not just any priest, but until his retirement in late 2012, the most prominent liturgist in the Ambrosian Archdiocese.
Notorious is the episode when the already elderly Msgr. Angelo Amodeo as privately celebrating Msgr. Manganini canon of the Cathedral of Milan, was on his way a few months before his death in 2012 in the house of the canons, to say the Holy Mass in the traditional Ambrosian rite, as it had been approved in 1954 by Blessed Archbishop Cardinal Ildefons Schuster. On the way he met Msgr. Manganini. When he saw the maniple and chalice veil, he berated him loudly and hurled against Msgr. Amodeo all the curses which one can only imagine. This Holy Mass was known as the “insult Mass” in Milan Church history.
“The Holy Mass was to be celebrated, as if we were in the Soviet Union”
Or the episode where in Saregno he forbade the celebration of the traditional Mass at first, then allowed, but only behind “closed doors”, on the grounds that such a celebration would trigger “astonishment” among the faithful. Without rehashing all the details: In Saregno a conference on Blessed Newman took place in 2010 with.Abbé Jean-Pierre Herman, the Secretary of the then Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, the just consecrated Msgr. Leonard who wanted to celebrate the Holy Mass in the traditional rite. Msgr. Manganini forbade it and then allowed the celebration only when Rome intervened. Nevertheless, he tried wherever possible to hinder the celebration. He knew at that very time already that the traditional Mass attracts the faithful. Therefore, the doors of the Church had to be closed. The faithful could only reach it through the sacristy into the church. They had almost to secretly sneak into the church, as if they did something illegal or to hide in the Jacobin France of the Revolution or in Communist Russia of the Soviet era. But what happened in Saregno 2010 was not played out in the time of the French Revolution and not in the Soviet Union, but in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milan under Archbishop Dionigi Cardinal Tettamanzi and had been ordered by Msgr. Manganini.
The Rediscovery of the Traditional Rite
Msgr. Manganini is now retired and it was very quiet around him. A few months ago he accepted the request of a group of faithful in Milan to celebrate the traditional Rite. “The formerly so despised and traditional believers are apparently the only ones still showing honor to him, while in the higher church circles that he defended so zealously, no one seems to look after him,” said Chiesa e postconcilio.
“What would those now say of Msgr. Manganini who was once an idol? Will they also go the way to Damascus, which was opened by Christ for all? ” says Messa in Latino.
But Christ makes it possible that from Saul there can always be a Paul. And so it was that old Msgr Manganini, from whose mouth now came the words, which are a cause of real “astonishment”:. Introibo ad altare Dei. Ad Deum qui Laetificat Juventutem meam.
Msgr. Manganini was ordained a priest on 21 June 1958 by the then Archbishop of Milan, Giovanni Battista Cardinal Montini, the future Pope Paul VI. even in traditional Ambrosian rite.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Chiesa e postconcilio
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