My friend the great Fabricius Romanus, paterfamilias, sent me a reaction to the story I shared here about a priest in Italy who was physically assaulted by someone invoking Satan, because the priest was reintroducing traditional elements of Catholic worship.
Fabrizio, who writes English well, continues without translation, and only minor edits of orthography.
Since he works in his family business of growing mushrooms, Fabrizio knows BS when he sees it:
Yes, it’s scary, but I am not surprised. The hatred is mounting around here [in Italy] and that is one of the ultra-red areas of the country [Tuscany]. And from what I am told about this story I would not be surprised if this was also a “pilot” experiment, and the target is none else than the Pope, via intimidation of the clergy. I am just guessing here but from what they reportedly yelled at the priest, these people hate not only the “symbols” you’d expect them to hate (kneeling at the rail, ad orientem, Latin and so forth) but also what the Church teaches in matters moral.Now, it’s not just TLM priests who agree with the Church’s morals although more often so. Why then this priest? OK, the isolated place was safer for the aggressors, but there are tens of isolated priests in that area.
I think it was the Ratzinger Marshall Plan that they get better than many Catholics. Catholic identity being revived and given a coherent image that they hate: to “sound” Catholic, to “look” Catholic, to “speak” Catholic, to “act” Catholic without compartmentalizing the faith, so you don’t pretend to be St. Francis with the poor and then be Leonardo Boff on ecclesiology, or Andy Warhol on liturgy.
It could be a case of the “looks like a duck” principle used by evil people.
Now I don’t want to read too much into this, so I’ll wait and see. But think of movies: even today, when they have to depict a priest – especially a bad one – don’t they use way more traditional features than one actually sees in reality? They know what says “Catholic” in unmistakable ways. The silver lining is that the locals, even those who never step into a Church, are expressing their outrage at what happened.
Add to that, by the grace of God, the Italian Parliament just killed an “anti-homophobia” bill that would have done little less than to criminalize the thought of thinking of never getting near to a place where they do not glorify sodomy. Forget saying anything about it. Also, the press tried to present the Norwegian terrorist like an emissary of the Pope, and the Vatican just recalled the Nuncio from Ireland where they want to break the Seal of Confession by law.
If you remember our TV and you think it was bad when you were here, you have seen nothing yet especially in terms of hatred of the Church. The same goes for the rest of Europe. I don’t want to sound catastrophic or paranoid. The KGB won’t come tomorrow to get us, but it does sound like something is getting seriously wrong here.
Fabrizio is a Catholic layman, husband, businessman and father of 4 beautiful children.