I baulk at charging Pope Francis with vicious political thuggery over the Motu Proprio Traditiones Custodes, the papal document whose objective is ‘to disappear’ the Mass of the centuries. There remains in me a modicum of respect for the papacy despite Francis’s papal profligacy. But I am less reluctant to refrain when it comes to Professor Andrea Grillo at the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm in Rome who Dr Peter Kwasniewski calls ‘The Mind Behind the Motu Proprio’ in another outstanding article in OnePeter5.
Indeed, if Andrea Grillo is the virtual author of Traditiones Custodes, I have no hesitation in calling him not only a political thug, in the worst sense of the phrase, but a two-faced hypocritical scoundrel. He, and those like him, don’t have the honesty and backbone to state exactly what their views mean. The image he projects of concern for the same Church of the ages is pretence.
It is only necessary to read Dr Kwasniewski’s first paragraphs in summarizing Grillo views on the Catholic liturgy to know that Grillo belongs to the Church of Rupture. He is a paid-up member of the apostate mob of middle and high Church managers who despise and ridicule those refusing to become members of his brilliant new church.
There are, of course, thousands like Grillo feverishly working to destroy the Church that won’t be destroyed no matter how far they sink their claws into it. They are recognizable by the Marxist dialectic always implicit in their rhetoric. It’s the idea that history proceeds in sets of truths that constantly supersede each other in their advance towards the Omega Point, where all conflict is resolved in an earthly paradise.
The destroyers within the Church are the same as the destroyers outside the Church, seeking to realign humanity with their Marxist ideas. They are the same ferrets and weasels that occupy Toad Hall (an image I have frequently used.) We need a Badger, Rat and Mole with the courage to really take the fight up to Toad Hall occupiers. What does that mean?
It means all bets are off. It means using similar tactics to those occupying the visible Church. It means taking the Church underground with priests refusing the treasonous apostate path of working with the destroyers. It means the faithful supporting those courageous priests. It means Masses in homes, halls and other such venues. It happened in the 1970s when the dissenters suppressed the Mass of the centuries. It should happen again. It must happen again.
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