From his terrific new book…
Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age
With my emphases:
SCHNEIDER: The whole crisis in the Church, as seen after the Council, was manifest in an incredible inflation of frenetic human activity to fill the void or the vacuum of prayer and adoration, to fill the void created through the abandonment of the supernatural.
MONTAGNA: Which is a void that can never be filled…
SCNHEIDER: Exactly. Nonetheless, efforts to fill this void have been tried, for example, in continual Church meetings and gatherings at different levels and in different forms—continuous synods. This is oftentimes busy work with a very pious mask. It is a waste of money; it is a waste of time that could be used for prayer and for direct evangelization. The phenomenon of permanent meetings, assemblies and synods on various levels is a kind of parliamentarization of Church life and is therefore worldly, although masked with the impressive word “synodality.” There are episcopal meetings on the continental, regional, and national level, on the subnational level, on the diocesan level, and so on. We are suffocated with continuous meetings and every meeting has to produce papers. So, we are really submerged by the weight of papers and papers and papers. This is pure, frenetic Pelagianism. Not only is this taking money and time away from evangelization and prayer; it is also an extremely cunning method of Satan to take away the successors of the Apostles and priests from prayer and evangelization—under the pretext of a so-called “synodality.”
Fathers! Bishops! You are busy about many things. You have lots of meetings.
How about cutting back on the number of meetings, or at least restraining them to minimum necessary time frames to cover a necessary agenda. Just them back.
Use the time to do what only you – ordained – alter Christus – can do!
In another post today, and at other times, I’ve suggested going about the whole grounds of whatever place is entrusted to you, using Chapter 3, leaving blessed medals and salt, really doing some deep housecleaning on the supernatural level. Then blessing.
There is nothing to lose, except time in a meeting. There is potentially a lot to gain, including freedom from the influence of the fallen angels who attach and infest and seek to thwart us.
You believe in the Devil, right?
If that seems daunting, how about this? Fathers, ask some priest friends to come to your place, your parish. Tell them to bring their stoles and rituals, or provide copies. Have them go around to different places, to help you you. Then have a great meal together.
Bishops: designate a few priests to get this done. “Father, please do me the kindness of saying Chapter 3 today and then go about the chancery to bless the offices?”
Exorcise first. Then bless. That’s how we do it in the Roman Church, just as the angel cleansed Isaiah’s lips with the coal before he was commissioned as a prophet. In the traditional Roman Mass, before the Gospel, we still invoke this image of cleansing before proclaiming. When blessing important things and places we exorcise and then bless. We exorcise and then baptize. There are reasons for these rites and…
… WE ARE OUR RITES!
Respectfully, for your consideration.
Remember: I have made recordings of the Latin of both Chapters 2 and 3 in the Rituale Romanum concerned with exorcisms. I will make them available to priests and bishops who want them.