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Before we begin today’s post, I would like to draw your attention dear reader to the new banner at the top of this page. For those who do not recognize this photo, or the “box” on the coffee table, shame on you. Nuff said… (Hint: see here)
Update: I will make this easy….
Next order of business, starting from today, I will try to begin each post with information on how “other” neo-modernist experiments in various areas of human endeavor are progressing. One of these neo-modernist experiments which is coming to a head at present, is in the area of human endevour commonly referred to as the economic science. The neo-modernist’s laboratory for this economic experiment is known as the country of Venezuela. Here is the latest (see here) (emphasis added):
Extreme shortages of food and power continue to ravage the country of Venezuela, and ordinary people have been paying the price. With triple-digit inflation, that “price” is expected to continue to soar even higher. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its most recent set April forecasts, expects inflation in Venezuela to hit 481% by the end of 2016. Even scarier is the estimated pace of acceleration – by 2017, the IMF expects Venezuelan hyperinflation to climb to a whopping 1,642%.
And now we move on to our primary subject matter of this post. Another area of human endeavor which is being ravaged by the neo-modernist’s is that which is referred to as the theological science. Today we get a report from the Polish website Polonia Christiana (see here) which we translate below. The post is in turn a translation from the Italian daily La Stampa. Here is what is written:
The drama of the Spanish Church – within several months hundreds of religious houses have been closed
Over the last six months in Spain, a huge number of houses belonging to religious congregations have been closed. Statistics conclusively indicates that there is a great crisis in the Church on the Iberian Peninsula.
Over the last eighteen months in Spain alone, up 341 houses belonging to religious congregations have been closed. The reason is very simple – lack of vocations. In other homes the reason was due to the average age being very high. So at this rate, each one and a half day witnesses the closing of one religious house.
Closing of the buildings in these cases not only means the transfer of the nuns and monks to other houses. It is also making decisions about renting these rooms, with the sale of the property, or the organization of museums on the premises. In a few cases, houses are allowed to be used for other religious purposes.
According to the Religia en Libertad website, of the 341 closures, 270 apply to houses in which nuns resided, 71 are houses once inhabited by the priests and brothers. Among the religious orders of women most affected by the phenomenon of loss of vocations are the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent a’Paolo – closed 23 homes in Madrid, the Canary Islands, Majorca, Castile, Leon, Catalonia, Galicia, Andalusia and Valencia. 16 houses were closed by the Franciscan Order and 14 by the Dominican.
In the case of men’s religious orders, most homes have closed were by the Dominicans (14) and the Missionaries of La Salette (8). The Jesuits during this same period closed five houses.
For my regular readers, the above information should not come as a great surprise. From our previous analysis, we have gained an understanding of the “natural order of things”. We understand that the neo-modernist experiment taking place within the post-conciliar church is due to the fact that theological neo-modernism is nothing more than a “negative theology”. And once again, I leave it to John Lamont to explain (see here):
Neomodernism, however, on a religious level is a purely negative thesis. As a result it has no attractive force of its own, and ecclesiastical structures that fall into its grip eventually die away – a process now visible all over the world.
And a case in point is the Church in Spain.
To further reinforce that which is written above, I came across an excellent post on the SSPX’s US website. In a post titled The Atmosphere! (see here), the following passage can be read:
In what is considered to be the clearest exposition of his thought, Donoso described the signs of his times in the famous “Letter to Cardinal Fornari” (1852). (See Donoso Cortés: Readings in Political Theory edited by R.A. Herrera, Sapientia Press.) In this letter, Donoso contended that the errors of his time had their origin in two negations: the denial of Divine Providence and the denial of sin. (Sound familiar?) He understood that when the natural goodness of man is presupposed, it will eventually lead to a denial of Redemption, the Church, and the Holy Trinity. Mr. Herrera summarizes:
Religion is reduced to vague deism. The Church is immured in the sanctuary, and God is imprisoned in heaven. This bodes ill for society, as society depends on those eternal principles of the religious, political, and social orders derived from a source superior to the natural order.”
Concluding, please notice the similarity of the diagnosis which Domoso Cortes provided of a different age – mid XIXth century to that which we can provide for the times in which we live. This observable similarity can easily be explained by the universality (Tuniversal; of the human condition. And it is that universality which not only allows us to diagnose the problems, but also allows us to prescribe a course of action to rectify it.
One example of ecclesiastical structures that properly diagnosed and rectified the problem within the post-conciliar church is the Catholic (a.k.a Traditionalist) community The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. For their effort, the Holy Spirit has been very kind to them. On the 7th of July of Anno Domini 2016, the Institute will be ordaining 11 new priests, 8 sub-deacons and 7 deacons (see here). From what I have been told, this is the largest ordination for this religious community. Ever…..
Which allows us to concur with the old French saying that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Or as the French would say: