In Asia and Africa, the apparent slow growth of Catholicism must be put in relation to the increase in population, and the limited growth of vocations in proportion to it. As for the statistical situation of the Church in Europe, it is hardly worth talking about.
Statistics and Objectives
The “conservatives” complain about this state of affairs, and even find themselves denying the apparent but superficial successes of the pontificate of Wojtyla, [John Paul II] declaring the myopia of the pope and the hierarchy in the face of this failure of the post-conciliar “tactics.”
According to them, the hierarchy wanted to hold back the masses by approaching the world, only to discover afterwards the futility of the attempt and to persist in the same way. In short, a third and fourth dose of progressivism has not resolved the “pandemic” of apostasy which is emptying churches in Europe and elsewhere.
This “conservative” interpretation seems wrong on a fundamental point. It takes for granted that the goal of rapprochement with the world is always to “bring people to the Church,” perhaps to engender vocations and allow a certain form of Catholic life to flourish.
The Real Objectives
The involvement of the Holy See on other fronts should help to raise awareness that all this has not been important for a long time, according to directions and contributions from above. Without doubt, it matters for a bishop or a pastor or another priest or religious, but for those who follow the line, the goals are very different.
The Cop26 meeting in Glasgow, to which the Holy See devoted all its energies, acting as president of the parliament of religions which presented its proposals and its commitments to this forum, tells us something quite different.
It is difficult to minimize the importance of such an event, which unites the new objectives of the hierarchy with the deepest ecumenism, that of the concerted action of religions for the good of the “common home,” which excludes any supernatural interest and any consideration of revealed Truth.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who read Pope Francis’ message in Glasgow, explained with simplicity what they are now committing to: firstly, the adoption of a “net zero emissions strategy,” with regard to Vatican City State, by 2050.
Secondly, with regard to the Church as a whole, the promotion of an “education in integral ecology” which encourages new behaviors and a new “cultural model of development centered on fraternity” and on an alliance between man and nature. An educational commitment, says the Pope, which sees a broad convergence of the representatives of the many denominations and religious traditions who signed a common appeal on October 4:
“Very different voices, with very different sensitivities. Yet what clearly emerged was a remarkable convergence on the urgent need for a change of direction, a decisive resolve to pass from the “throwaway culture” prevalent in our societies to a “culture of care” for our common home and its inhabitants, now and in the future.”
We must remind those who enter modern seminaries on the five continents, whether they are increasing or decreasing, if they are still in good faith: they will become the cogs of an ecological-pantheist propaganda that will carry this message helpful to the masses for the “common home.”
At least that is what they will be primarily trained for, where Vatican directives are really well followed. The testimonies of so many good priests in the parishes, victims of the modernist system, tell us this. Diocesan directives have spoken of this for a long time.
What to do ? Let yourself be formed in this spirit of “service” – or rather subjugation – to the world and its demands? Submit to the directives of the parish in an attempt to do partial good?
The clergy, in particular, must have the courage to make a real leap, to fully adhere to the Tradition of the Church and her dogmas, at the risk of losing the consensus of the world and of the superiors.
The young men who still have a sincere vocation to the Catholic priesthood, on the other hand, are called to find this integral priestly formation, the safeguarding of which Archbishop Lefebvre sacrificed all ecclesiastical honor.
Only in this way will it be possible, truly and without illusions, to serve the cause of the Roman Church and of Christ the King, and not that of a world which has become deified.
These last few days have provided statistics on the situation of the Church in Europe and in the world, pointing to the decline of vocations and religious life.