Reverse Evangelization & The Spirit of Vatican II
Many years ago, when I was doing Catholic Apologetics I came to the realization that the real war was not against Protestants but against liberals. Therefore, in 2003 after seven years of engaging in debates with Protestant apologists, I switched my efforts from doing Apologetics to doing Social Conservative activism at the start of the same-sex “marriage” debate.
Over the last couple of years, I experienced another eureka moment as I have come to the realization that the war in the culture – although very real and very important – is really not where the real action is. The real action is within the Catholic Church. We simply will not be able to change the Culture without getting the Church to wake up and address the problems within itself. The “New Evangelization” will never succeed if it is left to some marketing program or legal fiction. At the end of the day, if you don’t really believe and live what your Faith teaches, you’re not going to convert anyone. No gimmick is going to convert anyone. Bullsht doesn’t have wings. And therefore it won’t fly.
Either the Catholic Church will shape the Culture or the Culture will shape the Church. Or, in other words, either the Church will evangelize the Culture or the Culture will evangelize the Church. It’s a zero sum game. Either Evangelization or Reverse Evangelization.
It is folly to believe that the Church is merely one of the many actors in the fight to save our society and culture. It is not just one of many. It is the main actor on which depend the rising and falling of the many because She is divine in origin and She is the principal and only means of salvation. If we were to apply this simple hypothesis to the current state of our Society and the Church, we see just how true and valid it is. Society has become a mirror of the Church: disordered, broken, corrupt, rudderless, vain and lacking in courage, honesty, integrity and self-control. The leadership of both worlds have these characteristics in particular abundance.
The hope in our time is that the last vestiges of that demonic influence known as the Spirit of Vatican II and the Spirit of Winnipeg is starting to wane. The bishops and theologians who were principally responsible for propagating and supporting that disaster are getting old, losing their influence, and dying off. The “biological solution” to the Church’s problems is doing more to fix the problems than any other movement in the Church. As pathetic as it is, the Faithful must depend on the “biological solution” to come to their rescue because Churchmen who would defend the authentic teaching of the Second Vatican Council within the Tradition of the Church are few and far between.
Added to this, there still remains a lot of confusion within the Church on what Vatican II was really all about. Here is a perfect example of this confusion, written by one of the bloggers at Salt + Light:
…First, the change of attitude to one of openness and adaptation to the modern world that manifested itself during the Council was a profound and concrete shift from the ecclesial attitude of the Magisterium….
Indeed. And now 50 years later we are in a position to judge the fruits of that shift in attitude. We can see clearly now that it was a horrible mistake. To be clear, the texts of Vatican II are not to blame. In fact, the majority of the texts of Vatican II are unambiguous, fully orthodox, and refreshing. Reading the texts of Vatican II and witnessing the auto-demoliton of the Church and Western society, however, is an exercise in profound irony. It is an irony that can only be understood when one realizes that there has been a rebellion within the Church itself, first among its theologians and then among its bishops. Reading Mr. Gomes’s comment above about “openness” and “adaptation” to the “modern world” is profoundly instructive and thematic of the whole problem with the orientation and application of the texts of the Second Vatican Council. What Catholic, what Christian, would want to “adapt to the modern world”? And we are not talking here about registering a Twitter account. We are talking about more substantive things. We see what the modern world has become. We see what the Church has become because it is “adapted” to it. We have not evangelized the world in the past 50 years. The world has evangelized us. It’s been a perfect example of reverse evangelization par excellance.
In fact, we’ve been so good at adapting that our Catholic schools are little different from the State’s schools. And that’s just in one area. Every area of Church life has become so adapted and absorbed by the world that there is virtually no distinction or difference between what the Church does and what the U.N. does. We use to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and preach a better world to come. Now we’re just a satellite of the social justice industry. We use to be the Church militant, fighting for the salvation of souls and confronting error and heresy. Today, our Catholic universities are factories of dissent and heresy, spewing forth their poison within the Body and within the society at large, so much so that the greatest impediment to the evangelization of souls in the world today does not lie in any external forces hostile to the Church but with the Church’s pseudo teachers, theologians, and thugs. Our institutions of higher and lower learning have become nothing more than a stump for Obama, Trudeau, and the State. We have lost ourselves and our identity. And frankly, only liars and knaves dispute this obvious truth.
Jesus said that the world hates us:
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. (John 15:19).
And yet, according to Mr. Gomes, we are to “adapt” to it. Why? So that the world may love us and respect us? But if the world loves us and respects us, then we must hate Jesus and not be His true followers. That’s the rub because, as Our Lord says, we cannot serve two masters. It’s either Obama or Jesus. One or the other but not both.
Mr. Gomes went on to laud the efforts of Bishop Dunn of Antogonish, so we understand clearly of what kind of “adapting” he’s pushing for. He writes:
…Bishop Brian Dunn of Antigonish, Nova Scotia upheld the Vatican II teachings but called for changes to those structures that have hurt or diminished the role of the Laity. And he went further saying, the New Evangelization requires “a profound change of mentality, attitude and heart in our ways of working closely with lay people.”… (Source)
Uh huh. This is the same bishop who, in addition to giving cover to dissident theologians, is giving cover for women deacons. Faithful Catholics have been poorly served by the Canadian bishops and the theologian kings over the past 50 years. We have to endure the wink-wink, wink-wink, nudge-nudge-I-didn’t-actually-say-that-but-boy-am-I-letting-my-underlings-carry-the-ball heretical nonsense.
But the time is coming when the Faithful – the true Faithful – will rise from the ashes and crush this pernicious dissent and confusion.
Change is coming. The orientation of the Church is changing. Vatican II is going to get a whole new spin…and God willing, it’s gonna start right here in Ottawa.
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