Faithful Catholics must be different from the world. If we imitate Our Lord, we will not “fit in” with the world.
Sacred Scripture calls Our Lord a Sign of Contradiction, showing opposition between Him and the world. St. Luke’s Gospel, 2:34. If we imitate Him, we will be signs of contradiction too.
The world hates Our Lord and if we imitate Him, it will hate us too. He declared:
If the world hates you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
St. John’s Gospel, 15:18-19.
At Vatican II, the Church (in Her human element) sought to make peace with the world. That is, the human element of the Church tried to become loved (or accepted) by the world and cease to be a sign of contradiction.
This is why Pope
Benedict XVI described Vatican II as
an attempt to officially
reconcile the Church with the world as it had become after 1789
[i.e., after the French Revolution].1
To reconcile with the world, Pope Paul VI stated that:
[A] wave of affection and admiration flowed from the council over the modern world of humanity. â€¦ [M]essages of trust issued from the council to the present-day world. The modern world’s values were not only respected but honored â€¦.
Address of Pope Paul VI, December 7, 1965.
The “new” SSPX now also seeks to make peace with the world and with the conciliar church. As Catholic Candle has shown repeatedly, in many articles quoting the (new) SSPX and citing back to SSPX sources, the “new” SSPX tries hard to fit in with the world and with the conciliar church. The following tiny, partial list (gleaned from Catholic Candle’s long article list) is merely illustrative:
much suffering. By contrast, Archbishop Lefebvre declared it was
a matter of indifferenceto him if the conciliar church excommunicated him.2 In 1988, the “old” SSPX’s major superiors asked Rome to excommunicate them in solidarity with their bishops. The “old” SSPX did not care about fitting in with the conciliar church, as Bishop Fellay does.
The “new” SSPX has now given us yet another example of its attempts to fit in with the world and with the conciliar church. In the promotional video for the “new” SSPX’s St. Vincent’s Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, the priest-principal assures the viewer that the SSPX school is not different from other schools. These are his words:
Our school is very much like other schools and we use a very similar curriculum and we have a very similar structure to the day, hopefully more discipline than you might find in the run of the mill [school].
This video contains lots of smiling children raising their hands or kicking a ball, and a guitar-strumming sister. The video mentions “faith”, small class sizes, giving the students “vision”, and preparing the students to be Catholic adults.
But the video never mentions modernism, liberalism, Tradition, the conciliar church, modesty, Christ the King, Vatican II (or its errors), the crisis in the Church, or compromise (or avoiding compromise).
Let us pray for the SSPX which had been the salt of the earth but now has lost its savor, trying to fit in with the world and with the conciliar church.