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Old Liberals Die Hard

by Christopher A. Ferrara
October 12, 2012

The German traditionalist website kreuz.net contains an infuriating report on the dedication of a new cathedral in honor of Our Lady of Fatima in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. The cathedral was largely the work of auxiliary bishop Athanasius Schneider, the courageous prelate who has called for a "syllabus of errors" to correct the Modernist readings of Vatican II that have turned the Church upside down.

It was Bishop Schneider, by the way, who recently described as a "great wound in the Church" the abuse of Communion in the hand — one of the numerous disastrous innovations the ill-starred Paul VI approved as an "option" that soon became de facto mandatory, only to end up weeping about the "auto-demolition" of the Church he himself had unleashed.

Well, Bishop Schneider has been removed from the city in which the cathedral was built — transferred to Astana in Kazakhstan. And who should appear to preside over the cathedral's dedication in September but none other than Cardinal Angelo Sodano — iron enforcer of the Party Line on Fatima ("Fatima belongs to the past") as Secretary of State, and key figure in the Vatican cover-up of the Father Maciel scandal, until Pope Benedict (then Cardinal Ratzinger) broke with him in 2004-2005 and launched the investigation that led to Maciel's well-deserved downfall.

Now, Bishop Schneider was intent on working toward liturgical restoration when he built the cathedral with a traditional high altar. But the "altar" that was consecrated by Sodano was a Lutheran-style table placed in front of the high altar, which was thus reduced to a mere backdrop. Here is the old liberal at work ignoring the high altar while concelebrating the New Mass at the table:

Where in the documents of Vatican II, including the liturgy constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium, is there any directive to replace traditional high altars with tables for Mass facing the people instead of God? Nowhere. Where is there a directive for routine concelebration of Masses, which of course reduces the number of Masses offered for the propitiation of sin and the glory of God? Nowhere.

But these "directives" are part and parcel of the "new orientation" of the Church over which ex-Secretary of State Sodano ruled with an iron hand — while blocking any investigation of the sexual and financial crimes of his friend and major Vatican donor, Father Maciel.

This "new orientation" — of which tables in place of high altars is supremely emblematic — is a mere human contrivance, imposed upon the faithful by ecclesiastical revolutionaries who had no teaching authority nor any right to govern the universal Church. They are precisely the "innovators" the future Pope Pius XII saw all around him when he warned in 1931 the Fatima message foretold a crisis of discipline and doctrine in the Church:

I am worried by the Blessed Virgin's messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in her liturgy, her theology and her soul ... A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God.

Old liberals die hard. But one day the Church will be liberated from the dead hand of the likes of Sodano. That day will come when Our Lady's requests at Fatima are heeded at last.