As you know, the mission of the Holy Roman Catholic Church throughout most of its 2000-year history, given by directive of the Good Lord Jesus, was to bring Man closer to God. Since 1965 however, based on the pastoral teachings of the Vatican II Council, the Church has been transformed with the objective now being to bring God closer to Man. For example, during reenactment of the Lord's Supper, distinguished members of the lay community and nuns in skirt and blouse or business suit now officiate as lectors or preside over the homily. Ladies in pants suits distribute the Blessed Sacrament, while others assume roles with special emphasis through participation in the liturgical dance or the kneading of the bread. Sometimes during modern Mass we are asked to gather around the altar for the Consecration, lead a procession, give a hug, light a candle, make a poster, applaud a special guest, or hold hands during the Our Father. Foot stomping, toe tapping, hootenanny guitar masses and animated charismatic events are scheduled in most parishes. The people are participants and presiders, having a sense of belonging, nurturing, and community well-being. The emphasis is on caring, sharing, crying, appreciating, and understanding humanity and one another in a cordial atmosphere. Clerics and religious who organize focus groups for social activism and civil empowerment are considered to be saintly and those who shun religious attire are revered as being fashionable. There is a forgetfulness -about Confession, sin, transubstantiation, and personal holiness; whereas, general absolution, public Mea Culpas, healing of the "inner-you', and discovering the meaning of Christmas in a twinkle light have become endearing Catholic symbols of our time. Other religions are encouraged to join in the fray. Growing numbers of Catholic priests coordinate prayer encounters for Bible-believing Christians or concelebrate with gusto alongside Protestant ministers, and in the spirit of ecumenical dialog, some bishops have begun to permit clown masses, gay-pride masses, mummers' masses, musical chairs masses, or priestess-supervised masses. The Holy Father himself has been anointed with cow dung by a Hindu Shiva-priestess, participated in the Animist ritual of scattering sand to the wind, and has sat for a pop concert and as a partly exposed woman read the Epistle for him during Mass. The Catholic Church has become an earthy, open, dialoging, inclusive, go-along-to-get-along, trendy dwelling-place for the new spirit of the age that the Hierarchy can, so it is supposed, receive a congratulatory pat on the back for.
As you also know, there has occurred a parallel and rather drastic change in secular society, the modern emphasis being on environmental education/enlightenment, hate crimes prosecution, community activism, homo-bisexual/transgendered entitlement, girl-women's reproductive freedom, animal liberation & rescue, and Earth Mother awareness. Men are encouraged to be effeminate and in touch with gender-neutral feelings during public encounters and interpersonal relationships so that women's leadership qualities may be emancipated, discovered, and cultivated. Morality seems to be at an all time low (with, for example, it being rare to find a virgin over the age of 16) but visionaries, luminaries, and population gurus tell us "it has always been this way". World organizations merrily cull populations and mold world courts to persecute and prosecute the unenlightened. Scandal, mystery, and intrigue plague governments including the Vatican; the curious deaths of Pope John Paul I, Swiss Guard members, and one of the Pope's gentlemen, a homosexual, are but unpleasant reminders that we would prefer to forget. There are no Catholic countries left; the Holy See has, in the name of ecumenism, eagerly and excitedly campaigned for the elimination of Catholicism from national constitutions, resulting in the genesis of atheistic states (as in Italy). These are just a smattering of examples of the secular fruits and blossomings of the Springtime that is called the Spirit of Vatican II.
Unfortunately, although it may seem impossible to believe at first glance, and the more difficult to admit, I must suggest that the remarkable, bustling changes that the Church has undergone since 1965 might be the cause of the loss of some souls, possibly even countless numbers of souls, to hell, as observed by the three child seers at Fatima in 1917. Alas, considering the above examples, it appears that the Springtime may be a small or even colossal failure; perhaps, the emperor has no clothes, perhaps prosperity is not just around the corner. In this regard, I ask your Excellencies to consider the following short essay written by a Roman Catholic:
"In my dream I saw that the whole world was marching toward Hell. There was one long straight line three, four, five people abreast marching along, resigned to the whole thing. Their faces were grim and they marched forward like they were in some kind of work drudgery. Eerie music kept the people marching and there were demons here and there to guide the way, as well as torch lights. At the destination, where all the people were marching to, was one sitting on a throne with torchlights around, a large demon. It was Satan. The road along which they marched was flat and hard sand, good for marching. The line stretched on forever. And the whole world was there. Everyone of this time. And I was there too.
And the place we were was inside an enclosed capsule. I knew it was a dream and I struggled to get up. But I couldn't break out of that capsule. It was stifling in there, like being locked up in the trunk of a car. And I cried out: "Help me Jesus, help me" over and over again. And finally, He did, though it took a very long time to wake up fully. And when I was, I was outside the capsule looking in. And the prayer that came to mind was begun at the beginning of this century, it is just as relevant now:
'St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, 0 Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the divine power, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who roam about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.'
There were observers of this whole capsule. And there was a spiral bound, thick color paged book. On each page was one of the types of the creatures from Hell. Some dwelt in Hell; others dwelt on earth. There were other important aspects to the spiritual world as well, and the characteristics of the people who dwelt there. But it was hidden from me; I cannot remember it from my dream."
Dear Bishops, might not the essay be true? Could not the whole world be marching toward Hell, grim-faced and resigned to it all, with easy marching? Are we not stifled by the atmosphere and unable to see what is happening? Are we doing as Pope Leo XIII asked in praying to Saint Michael the Archangel after Holy Mass, to guard against the devil? Are we not being besieged by creatures from Hell? What Catholic couple doesn't contracept, undergo fertility cessation procedures, or practice reproductive choice nowadays? Do you see more than two or three children in a Catholic family anymore? What Catholic regularly goes to confession, and yet, almost all happily receive Communion when they have time to participate in the breaking of the bread? Is not the situation just as the Most Holy Virgin of La Salette predicted on the 19'h of September, 1846:
"Lucifer together with a large number of demons will be unloosed from hell; they will put an end to faith little by little, even in those dedicated to God. They will blind them in such a way, that, unless they are blessed by a special grace, these people will take on the spirit of the angels of hell; several religious institutions will lose all faith and will lose many souls. Evil books will be abundant on earth and the spirits of darkness will spread everywhere a universal slackening in all that concerns the service of God. They will have great power over Nature: there will be churches built to serve these spirits."
Now my previous remarks may be considered by some to be slightly disparaging of the ecumenical Vatican II Council. But I admit there could be at least one pastoral idea emanating from the Spirit of Vatican II that might offer a measure of good: increased participation of the laity in Church affairs. I would like to propose that a commission of the laity be established to investigate any serious improprieties that may have been committed by certain Catholic bishops, and to remove those bishops from office when it is prudent to do so for the salvation of souls. Based on my academic credentials, I would consider chairing such a commission, which we may call the Commission of the Laity for Defense of the Holy Faith. Since the Holy Father has also expressed his willingness to share power in his recent encyclical "Ut Unum Sint", this proposal would dovetail nicely with the Pope's wishes and gestures. The mandate of the Commission would be to gently remove all modernist and Masonic bishops from their Sees and either retire them, demote them, or banish them to a remote location. The most difficult cases might be assigned to Catholic psychosocial centers for re-education. The remaining bishops and those that the Commission would install as replacements would be instructed to extricate those priests, religious, and laity who are not teaching and practicing the true Catholic Faith. All Modernist professors, deans, and presidents of Catholic universities, from great to small, would be served termination notices as well (labeled with smiley faces to soften the blow). The Novus Ordo (no) mass would be abolished owing to liturgical aberrance and it would be made compulsory for priests and religious deficient in Latin and/or the Missal of Pope St. Pius V to enroll in crash courses of instruction. The New Code of Canon Law and the New Catechism alike would be added to the list of forbidden books, on account of certain murky passages. All so-called "Catholic" politicians and organizations that do not follow the One True Faith would, for the good of all, be publicly excommunicated, with reinstatement possible only following many, many sincere hours of true Catholic community service and voting records. The pious practices and traditions of the Church that gradually ceased following the pontificate of Pope Pius XII would all be restored. For example: restoration of abstinence from meat on Fridays, all women and girls wearing head coverings and long skirts to Holy Mass (and the same would be encouraged outside of Mass as well), allowance of only boys to serve at the altar, restoration of traditional chant and hymns at all High Masses, devotions to God, the Most Holy Virgin, the holy angels and saints, as well as the family Rosary and all of the other traditional Catholic customs. This is my humble idea, which I put before the Bishops and Princes of the Church. Awaiting the Bishops' decision, I thank you for your kind consideration of this matter.
Sincerely,Edward J. Ciaccio, PhD