The Catholic Church has undergone many challenges in a troubled world where satanic forces are always at play to destroy her. An article sent to me about a “collapsing Church” referring to the Catholic Church is worth repeating as food for thought or warning that these can or do happen here.
Let me quote extensively from the article of Church Militant sent to me.
The Church in Canada is collapsing but “what is notable about the collapse in Canada is that the bishops of the 1960s not only didn't resist the culture, they actually assisted it. Through backroom politics and wheeling and dealing at a hotel in Winnipeg one week in 1968, the course of history was changed for the Church, in Canada, and … for the Church in the West in general.
“Today, not only is the Church not even close to recovering from the diabolical Winnipeg Statement, it has actually sunk to a point that Pope Benedict, while he was still just a priest in 1970, said: “It seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. The Church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices She built in prosperity. As the number of Her adherents diminishes, She will lose many of Her social privileges.”
“This ‘prophecy' has come to pass and is still being fulfilled — and Canada is a prime example. Unlike in the United States, where the Church was always persecuted by a Protestant majority until Catholics in America gave up their faith in exchange for being Americans, the Church in Canada, specifically in Quebec, was the dominant force. Everything in the culture revolved around the life of the Church. Today, the Church in formerly thriving Catholic Quebec has Mass attendance rates of 6 percent. Catholic schools have been taken over by a secular humanistic government, which has been allowed to happen by the bishops.
“Why all this needs to be understood is so that the few remaining faithful Catholics around the globe can realize the dire state of affairs and resolve to do something. It is no longer sufficient to just show up at the average Church of Nice parish and be "Catholic" for an hour a week. Much of what is preached is either heresy, near heresy or irrelevant. Young men in many seminaries are formed to be essentially stupid about the traditional Faith, ill-equipped to guide those in their care to Heaven. The Mass has been abused to almost the point of nonrecognition. The sacraments are not understood. The diabolical has free reign within the Church, handed to him by the leaders of the Church, so concerned with wanting to be accepted by the world. Many of these leaders are on their way to eternal damnation for their sins of omission, for refusing to declare the truth, day in and day out. This is not just true in Canada; it is true all over the Western world. There is loss of supernatural faith among so many.”
In Vatican on May 17, Cardinal Raymond Burke cited the case of marriages saying that while marriage is indissoluble, now “it has a marriage nullity process by which practically anyone who comes forward and asks to have their marriage declared null, it will be declared null. Or the Church says that the Holy Eucharist is the Body of Christ and one has to be properly disposed, but at the same time She freely gives Holy Communion to whoever approaches without asking any questions.”
Cardinal Burke expressed the need to go back to a supernatural vision of the Church that has no false distinctions between doctrine and discipline, truth and love, or mercy and justice.
“…clerics are urged to give Holy Communion to those living in adulterous relationships” and Cardinal Burke noted that our Lord Himself teaches that divorce and remarriage is adultery, so "how is the priest more merciful than our Lord himself?"
"The priest's mercy is speaking the truth of Christ's word ... so that the person can live according to the truth and find real happiness in his life."
On the problematic Church in Germany, he blamed the decline of the Church in the West since Vatican II, on "[a]bandonment of the tradition" in catechesis, worship and governance”.*
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