|Mean nuns preparing for a day of terrorizing the faithful.|
Her latest diatribe involves why Catholics are falling away from the Church today compared to the vibrant Church of yesterday before Vatican II. Lo and behold, the filled churches of yesteryear were not due to the reverence of the Mass or the piety of the people, or the inspiring preaching and sacred music. No, they were filled to the brim out of...get ready for this....
Priests and nuns were tyrants. The Church was MEAN! People were afraid to go to Confession afraid that Father would berate them in the confessional. And in this atmosphere of terror, the pews were filled to overflowing, churches had multiple priests in addition to their pastors, and four and five Masses were scheduled every Sunday.
Are you scratching your head? I am.
And if she's correct, why in this era of mercy and compassion and pastoral luv, are the churches empty? She quotes extensively from Pope Francis, but never explains that little anomaly.
The scenario she describes in the bad old Church is nothing like my experience during the same decades she describes. I attended three different Catholic elementary schools: St. Ann's in Cleveland Heights, Ohio; St. Anthony's in Falls Church, VA; and Nativity of Our Lord in Doylestown, PA. I then went on to Gwynedd Mercy Academy near Ambler, PA and then off to Catholic college in Washington, D.C. I never saw a nun rap the knuckles of a student with a ruler or in any way "abuse" anyone. I never heard my diminutive 8th grade nun, Sr. Germella, ever raise her voice. I practically worshiped several of the sisters and would stay after school to wash down blackboards, correct papers, and just generally help out in any way I could. I still remember those wonderful women with great fondness and pray for them. As for the priests, I vividly recall one associate pastor cinching up his cassock as he ran across the parking lot toward the firehouse where he was a volunteer fireman. What a slander to attack these wonderful servants of God as this woman did.
In addition to being a Francis worshiper she regularly posts critical blogs about anyone who dares to criticize the clergy. In the same breath she will lay into Cardinal Burke, Bishop Schneider or any other priest with whom she disagrees. She had plenty of criticism for the four cardinals of the dubia who were off the rails in her opinion. So much for not criticizing the clergy. As for Michael Voris, well, he no doubt will have the right side seat in hell next to Lucifer himself. Meanwhile, she gushes over the ear-tickling faux mercy of Francis.
I tried to engage with her a bit to show the double standard she practices, but she is deaf to reason. Every now and then, she pops up in my com box to warn me how worried she is for the state of my soul. I don't post her comments any more. And I never link or comment on her blog. If I thought she would listen, I might, but the only voice she hears is her own.
But back to her point. Why are Catholics falling away now? By her logic, the Church would be filled if we just went back to terrorizing people into the faith. But she says people don't recognize these days that they are sinners. Hmm...doesn't that mean we need a little more preaching on the dangers of traveling the wide comfortable road to hell?
The only conclusion that I can come to here is that logic and reason have fled the scene. No wonder we are in such a mess when older Catholics who actually attend Mass every day can spout such nonsense. The moral of the story is, watch out what you read on the internet and question the silly explanations of those who claim to know the truth.
People are falling away from the faith because they don't know Jesus, they don't love Him and they don't want to serve Him. We don't fix that problem by telling them adultery, fornication, and sodomy are no problemo, so go forth and, by the way, feel free to commit sacrilege against the Blessed Sacrament.
One last thought: holy fear is a good thing. If we won't do God's will out of love, the best motivation; fear of hell can at least prevent us from committing the sins that will lead us there. "Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." (Proverbs 9:10)
Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us!