Must read of the day: 60 years since the death of Pius XII

Bishop Donald Sanborn has written an excellent article summarising what has happened to the Catholic Church in the 60-year period since the death of Pope Pius XII. In the article, Bishop Sanborn describes his own reaction to the liturgical changes, from first noticing that there was something “Protestant” about the Mass during the first Sunday in Advent 1964 (when Modernist changes began to creep in) to understanding completely what Vatican II was really about.

Like many people today who are nauseated by the scandals in the Church, the liturgical abuses, the emptying of monasteries and parishes over the decades, and who are only now putting the pieces of a puzzle together, it took Bishop Sanborn several years to acknowledge the true horror of Vatican II:

During the years that followed I strove, as nearly everyone did at the time, to see Vatican II in a positive light, and to try to make sense of it. There are still many who do the same now. When I was in the Modernist seminary, however, I saw what Vatican II was all about. I saw its deeply radical and corrupt nature. I saw that it was not merely a question of changing accidental forms in the Church, but a true revolution, doctrinal, moral, spiritual, and liturgical. I fought it as much as I could. Even upon entering Ecône in 1971, however, I still entertained the fantasy that somehow Paul VI did not assent to all of the evils in the Church, and that it was the “bad bishops” who were doing all the harm.

Bishop Sanborn then goes on to analyse what the Modernists did to the Church. He does not let Pius XII completely off the hook, rather he lays out the good and the bad in the late pontiff’s reign (the bad: Pius XII was a weak and indecisive). For instance, Pius XII made terrible appointments: Bugnini as Secretary of the Commission for Liturgical Reform in 1948; Montini (Paul VI) and Woytjla (JPII) as bishops; Roncalli (John XXIII) as cardinal. These men were Modernists.

What’s wrong with Modernism, you say? Here Bishop Sanborn summarises its deadly effect on Catholics:


The Church since October 9th, 1958. The Modernists dynamited the idyllic world of Roman Catholicism . . . With consummate pride they decided that Catholicism could not survive the modern world unless it changed itself to fit the modern world. This is the fundamental principle of modernism, and all of its heresies flow therefrom.

The “operating system” — to borrow a word from computers — of the modern world is subjectivism, that is, the denial of even the possibility of objective truth. Something is not true unless it is true for you, that is, it conforms to your personal experiences.

When applied to dogma and morals, the effect is absolutely lethal. To conform the Catholic Church to subjectivist thinking is to inject a deadly serum into its veins. Hence what we have seen since 1958 is the gradual death of Catholicism. Orthodoxy, which is the assent of faith given to Catholic doctrine, is dead.

Read the entire article: Sixty years since the death of Pius XII by Bp. Sanborn

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