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On the 50th Anniversary
of the Second Vatican Disaster,
the West is Now Mission Territory

by Christopher A. Ferrara
October 10, 2012

As AFP reports, October 7, 2012 marks the beginning of a synod of 262 bishops and archbishops in Rome, meeting with Pope Benedict to discuss "how to counter rising secularism on the 50th anniversary of the momentous Second Vatican Council." The Pope is calling for a "new evangelism" of the Western world as part of the planned "Year of Faith" commencing October 11.

Come again? What happened to the "great renewal" of the Church in the "spirit of Vatican II" — a notion I recently debunked during an appearance on BBC World as part of a panel whose other members were all Vatican II enthusiasts.

It seems that fifty years after the Council there has been precisely the opposite of a renewal of faith: "silent apostasy," to use the phrase John Paul uttered in his apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in Europa. What a commentary on the great conciliar "opening to the world," which Pope Paul VI lamented had led to a "veritable invasion of the Church by worldly thinking."

Pope Benedict notes "an obvious link between the crisis of the faith and the crisis of marriage," but one wonders whether the Synod will address the de facto schism of the vast majority of nominal Catholics regarding the infallible papal teaching on marriage and procreation.

According to AFP, "The meeting will also look at the discrimination of Christians in parts of the world including on the part of radical Islamists, as well as increasing competition from evangelical churches, particularly in the developing world."

Discrimination by radical Islamists? But wasn't that supposed to have been precluded by the new conciliar program of "interreligious dialogue"? Instead, we have seen ever-worsening persecution of Catholics by Muslim fanatics since the "dialogue" began.

Competition from evangelical churches? But wasn't such unseemly behavior by Protestants supposed to have ended with the new era of "ecumenism"? Instead, we see the mass defection of Catholics into Protestant sects throughout the West, and especially in Latin America. Hence it has been that the world's fastest growing religion is Ex-Catholics. Another "fruit" of the Council!

AFP further notes that "the last synod on evangelism was called by Paul VI in 1974 but the crisis of faith in traditionally Christian countries was not as strong then." But it was none other than Paul VI who admitted in 1972 that

By some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered into the temple of God: there is doubt, uncertainty, problems, unrest. Doubt has entered our consciences, and it has entered through the windows which were meant to have been opened to the light. This state of uncertainty reigns even in the Church. It was hoped that after the Council there would be a day of sunlight in the history of the Church. Instead, there came a day of clouds, of darkness, of groping, of uncertainty. How did this happen? We will confide Our thoughts to you: there has been interference from an adverse power: his name is the devil...

Insegnamenti, Ed. Vaticana, Vol. X, 1972, p. 707.

It seems to me that this Synod on the crisis in the Faith should focus on the papal admission of the folly of the "opening to the world," which has rightly earned for the Council a bitter appellation: Second Vatican Disaster.

And yet, according to AFP, in the opinion of the Vaticanist Marco Politi, "Vatican II is still the only foundation on which the Church can base its relations with modern society." In the minds of these people, the entire history of the Church has been reduced to the last ecumenical council, whose "spirit" must prevail until the end of time. Here we see an example of Albert Einstein's famous definition of insanity: "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

But, as I said on the BBC: "the spirit of Vatican II has had its day." And it has been a very bad day indeed. It is time to move on to a new day for the Church — by moving back to what the Church has lost in the current state of diabolical confusion, whose most obvious sign is that the Western world has become mission territory again after 2,000 years of Christianity.