I wanted to take some time and let you all know about my personal journey into traditional Catholicism, how I became a “trad Cat.”
So, I converted to the Catholic Church a few years ago from Protestantism, but there was something weird going on in my area parishes. I would attend and feel even less tradition, even less focus on God, than at my old Baptist Church. It felt to me like the whole focus was on man and the works of humanity, with the priest facing me instead of God, with praise and worship songs focusing on mere creatures instead of the Creator.
This stuff was very disheartening to a pretty much newbie to Catholicism. So I started doing my research. I read through many encyclicals of the Popes in this wonderful book called The Popes Against Modern Errors and I was shocked to find that everything I was seeing now with an increase in liberalism, an increased focus on man, a kind of relativism of faith, it was ALL condemned by the Holy Father’s of the past. Why did it change?
The one thing that caused it to change was Vatican 2. This council of the Church ushered in a new era of Catholicism, a new form of Catholicism far different than anything in the past. As Father Franz Schmidberger explains that, in Time Bombs of the Second Vatican Council, the Second Vatican Council brought about the destruction o f true Catholic belief by: “not clearly defining Catholic Truth; failing to definitively reject error; adopting ambiguous, contradictory language; and establishing teachings very close to heresy.” This council was subjected to the forces of communism, freemasonry, and liberalism which ushered in the era of modernism that we are under today. With a new form of the mass modeled after Protestantism and an abundance of liturgical abuse, we are left here to watch on as our Catholic Church slowly becomes unrecognizable.
What are we to do? It is left up to those of us who hold firm to tradition to pick up the pieces. It is up to us to stand firm on the tradition of the past and to pray for the future of our Church. I urge you all to attend the Traditional Latin Mass at a diocesan, FSSP, or SSPX parish. Pray the rosary daily and include petitions for the Church and the Holy Father. Study great Catholic literature and writings of the saints. Above all, continue praying for the crisis that is at work in our Church and stand firm for your beliefs, do not give in to modernism.
Let me leave you with the Traditional Catholics’ Motto:
We are what you once were.
We believe what you once believed.
We worship as you once worshipped.
If you were right then, we are right now.
If we are wrong now, you were wrong then.
God bless each and every one of you. Stand fast to tradition. As always, if you ever need to discuss traditional Catholicism or have questions about it, please do not hesitate to contact us! Our e-mail address is cppxii @ gmail.com and our Instagram page is @cppxii
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