From a reader:
Hi Father, long time follower, I would like to respond to your remark on Ireland. Perhaps I don’t need to register to tell you about the good news in Ireland.
Before Traditionis Custodes, the ICKSP is progressing well with multiple location under Canon Lebocq. Their sisters are coming in too. We are blessed by an Oratory in Formation in Dublin, The FSSP in Waterford. The Benedictines of Silverstream are growing year after year. In my own city of Cork, we have the Dominican who have restored the Dominican Rite, the SSPX, the Traditional Mass in our Parish of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Our Catholic Scouting Movement is growing fast and hopefully it will have the same effect for vocation and catholic families as it does in France (particularly for the traditional catholics). My point father, even when things look dark, our Lord is helping us. The remain of Catholics in Ireland are waking up and praying praying praying. You are a good Beacon for us. Please, communicate this little hope growing in Ireland for us. The terrible Abortion referendum has also served as an electro choc … We are counting ourselves yes, but like in my native France we are seeing a deeper catholic conscience emerging from an Irish catholicism which had transformed into a mere social behaviour without any debt. Vocations to seminary are few but vocations to more traditional order are growing (Dominicans, Benedictines, Oratorians, ICKSP, SSPX ….). And some of our dear bishops start to pay attention. We must pray even more than ever for them.
Published on: Oct 1, 2021
Remember what Benedict XVI recommended to Ireland? It wasn’t complicated.
Fasting and prayers.
Perform works of mercy.
GO TO CONFESSION!
Ireland, unlike Ninevah, has not changed.
I saw at The Irish Catholic that, in Ireland, all of Ireland, FOUR men entered seminary this year. Dioceses, 26. Entrants, 4. TWO more for the Neo-Cats, whom I would guess are not from Ireland. Just a guess.
I’ll bet you just about anything, that the bishops in Ireland will make no changes whatsoever. They won’t even consider thinking outside the box…which is the real inside of the box: Tradition.
If the bishops everywhere were to redo their seminary curricula to be along the lines of what Canon Law and a couple other key documents insist on, teach what Vatican II really says along with the rest of tradition, get rid of nearly every prof and start over with the faculties, get the women and lay students out of the programs, and require traditional sacred liturgical worship, the trend would reverse – sharply.
But they won’t.
I am reminded of what my old pastor Msgr. Schuler said when the Archdiocese was projecting an extremely dire priesthood shortage in the future and refused to do anything at the Hell-hole of a seminary except to make it worse. The powers-that-were put out a message about how there would be consolidations, blah blah blah. “It’s like they would rather sit around and starve to death than plant crops.”
Apt for Ireland.
Bishops far and wide would rather see their parishes and dioceses fall to ruin and sold off rather than try TRADITION. They would rather watch them burn them down and the smoking holes filled with salt, than try TRADITION. They would, in fact, light the fires themselves.
So, no… keep doing the same thing. Stay the course! Everything’s just great.
And let’s cancel more priests!
The state of the ecclesial suicide pact is strong!
I suspect that numbers of applicants will drop in these USA now that the needlessly cruel Traditionis custodes is out.
Meanwhile, I hear that the SSPX seminary in Virginia welcomed 46 new men this year. If that number is off, I like some correction.