Springtime of Vatican II Update
Vatican Says No Nightclub Churches
by Christopher A. Ferrara
December 14, 2009
On Thanksgiving Day here in the States, the new President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi of Vatican City, warned Italys bishops against letting deserted churches be transformed into nightclubs if the decision was taken to sell the places of worship. (Agence France-Presse [AFP] news agency, November 26, 2009)
Deserted churches are the hallmark of the renewal that was supposed to have followed the Second Vatican Council and its vaunted opening to the world. As we know all too well, the opening to the world was followed by the sudden departure of masses of the former faithful from their parish churches, never to return. Instead of the joyous participation of the faithful that the New Mass was supposed to have insured, we have seen instead the joyous participation of the former faithful in Protestant congregations, or in the Liturgy of the Football that occupies Sunday in most American homes.
And now the bishops who preside over the great renewal are desperate to unload a growing number of empty churches. But, says the Vatican, one must not allow the empty churches of the renewal to be turned into nightclubs. Archbishop Ravasi mentioned the example of a church in Hungary which was transformed into a nightclub and where striptease took place on the altar. Yes, the empty churches can be sold to Protestants or Buddhists, or even to the owners of various commercial businesses, but not to the owners of nightclubs.
In addition to announcing the no nightclub guideline, the Archbishop stated that Faced with the falling number of worshippers, a phenomenon which we are also unfortunately witnessing in the centre of Rome, churches without any artistic value and which need significant work can be sold or destroyed with the approval of the local bishop.
So what is needed, you see, is a proper protocol for getting rid of all the churches the great renewal has emptied: the churches can be sold or even destroyed if they lack artistic value or need significant repair work. But please, no nightclubs!
One wonders when, if ever, the Vatican will admit that the falling number of worshippers, a phenomenon which we are also unfortunately witnessing in the centre of Rome, has something to do with the massive changes in the Church that followed the Second Vatican Council. Even a secular businessman would readily admit, as a matter of simple common sense, that if his once-thriving company suffered a massive loss of customers immediately after he changed the companys entire marketing approach, he must have made a very bad business decision.
At the Vatican, however, the renewal marches on, and the loss of faithful even in the heart of Rome is described as a phenomenon with no apparent cause. But at least the Vatican can recommend the proper way to get rid of all those empty churches!
So, the orderly liquidation of parish real estate is the fruit of the conciliar renewal. Think of it as the ecclesiastical equivalent of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding. Come to think of it, entire dioceses are literally in the bankruptcy courts today, thanks to widespread sexual predation by numerous post-Vatican II priests.
We can only hope and pray that Pope Benedict is able to pull the Church out of bankruptcy a feat that will be possible only with the assistance of Our Lady of Fatima, whose Immaculate Heart must triumph before the Church can be set right again.
As Benedict prayed to Our Lady regarding this Triumph only a few months ago in Israel: You promised the three children of Fatima that in the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. May it be so!
May it be so indeed.