In his latest video, about the destruction of statues of Bl. Junipero Serra in California at the hands of howling mobs of satanic tools, Taylor Marshall asks a good question: where are the bishops while all this is going on? Why aren’t they out there denouncing this destruction? Why don’t they do something substantive about it?
What we are seeing now is the chickens of aggiornamento coming home to roost. The point of aggiornamento was never to open the modern world up to the influence of the Church, but to open the Church up to the influence of the modern world. And the defining characteristic of modernity is the rejection of God, and therefore the rejection also of man as a creature made in His image and likeness, possessing a high dignity that is worthy of respect. What could possibly go wrong?
The modernist experiment has created churchmen who are not champions of Jesus Christ and His Church, but little men who occupy themselves with vain and worldly pursuits like global warming, women’s ordination and the accumulation of vast wealth, and leave the flocks to be picked over by the wolves. Since modernism teaches us to place the city of man ahead of the City of God, it has left us, not only with men who have made themselves irrelevant, but also with men who are entirely in the tank for the Church’s secularist persecutors.
When the Church is full of enemies and weaklings from within, she is defenseless against attacks from without. We saw this graphically illustrated during the coronapanic, when Catholics all over the world were deprived of Mass and the Sacraments during the holiest time of the year, while secular pursuits were allowed to continue. We are seeing it graphically illustrated now, when the enemies of Christian civilization are trying to overthrow governments here and abroad by force of violence. We are seeing that the iconoclasm aimed at monuments to civic figures was never going to stop there, but ultimately has as its goal the destruction of the Catholic Church. And we are seeing that decades of modernism within the Church has left the gates of the sheepfold wide open to the wolves.
Of course we have bishops doing nothing about the wanton, demonically-driven destruction of monuments to saints! Why should this come as a surprise, when, for decades, bishops have themselves been in the forefront of destruction of the Church and her treasures? Who is it that has been bulldozing altars, tearing down statues and Communion rails, whitewashing frescoes and filling dumpsters with beautiful vestments and vessels and altar missals? Who is it that has been building churches that look like warehouses and factories, instead of monuments to the supernatural? Who is it that has supervised the wrecking of the liturgy, replacing Latin with street vernacular and chant with campfire ditties and Broadway show tunes, and turning the priest around to face the people as if he is doing a nightclub act? Who is it that has failed to safeguard the flocks against bad teaching, until substantial numbers of Catholics contracept, divorce and remarry, shack up, accept same-sex “marriage” and disbelieve in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist? Who is it that has been trying to filter traditional Catholic men out of seminaries? None of this has been the work of Antifa or Black Lives Matter. This has been the work of men within the Church.
After all this, should we really wonder why, when hordes of hooting barbarians pull down statues of one of the founding fathers of Catholicism in the United States, the local bishops are taking no action? Why would they take action?
In modernism, we thought we were getting this shiny new ideology that would allow us to make our peace with the world and yet remain Catholic. We thought that we were all grown up now and mature enough to have things our own way, and that having our own way was the path to true happiness. We thought we could make our enemies love us by divesting ourselves of our spiritual weaponry and disregarding the “outdated” warnings of our forebears and presenting ourselves unarmed and vulnerable. Now we are being allowed to learn, in the school of hard knocks, that “updating” the Church really only means making it easier and more convenient for our enemies to take us out. We are having to learn from experience that the prince of this world is still a liar, and that his minions that hated the Founder of our Faith before us, still hate Him, and us. We are having to learn that it is not the Church that needs to fall into line with the world, but the world that needs to fall in line with the Church. And we are having to learn that the modernist ideology has neither help nor consolation to give us in times of crisis.
That, I humbly submit, is the answer to Taylor Marshall’s question. And I humbly submit also that we need to begin to deserve to have God send us true shepherds. Step one is to do as our Lady asked at Fatima over a hundred years ago, and start praying the Rosary every single day. As Taylor Marshall is fond of saying, and he’s absolutely right: if you’re not praying the Rosary every day, you’re not on the team.