I have been thinking about the following verse from Scripture a lot over the last year, and it comes to my mind with every new anvil our shepherds in the hierarchy drop on us. Matthew 23:13:
“But woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men, for you yourselves do not enter in; and those that are going in, you suffer not to enter.”
Everything from the campaign to abolish the traditional Mass after Vatican II to locking our churches in our faces and cutting us off from the Sacraments during the coronapanic seems to come under the heading of this verse.
Why do so many of our shepherds shut the kingdom of heaven against men? Because so many of them, not believing, do not enter in themselves. They will not suffer us to enter in because they do not love us.
Believers do not force belief on unbelievers; or at least, if they do, it is an excess not in conformity with the Catholic faith. On the other hand, unbelievers cannot abide belief and do all they can to stamp it out. If they are out of power, then their efforts are aimed at subverting and undermining believers; once they are in power, then their efforts are aimed at compelling unbelief by main force. In our time, both Church and State are dominated by the godless, whose goal is to force everyone to be like themselves. They use their power and authority to smash and destroy, and rob their subjects of everything that is good, true, beautiful, worthwhile and that makes life worth living. Some of them are deluded enough to think they are rescuing us from backward superstition, and believe our reluctance to be so rescued makes their mission all the more urgent.
Obviously, our Lord foresaw all this, which is why He said what He said. And He predicted woe upon these unbelievers, if they fail to straighten up.
Which brings us to another thing that keeps coming to my mind: Psalm 36:35-36.
I have seen the wicked highly exalted, and lifted up like the cedars of Libanus. And I passed by, and lo, he was not: and I sought him and his place was not found.