Many things have been said over the past few days concerning the tragic fire which swept through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. One of the first impressions which hit me was that this could be considered as a type of allegory for the fire which has swept through the Faith since the tumultuous days of the Second Vatican Council. At the time I’m posting this little article, there has been no definitive determination as to the cause of the cathedral fire. As for the conflagration which wrecked the Roman Catholic Church herself, more than a few of you consider it a clear-cut case of spiritual arson perpetrated by the “council fathers” and fanned by the so-called “spirit of Vatican II.”
I agree with that assessment as well.
But I’m a lousy writer.
Bishop Athanasius Schneider says it much better (which should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the man’s writing).
LifeSite News has a good article on this. An excerpt:
“According to the auxiliary of Astana, it is also a call to the entire Church to do penance for the spiritual conflagration that has ripped through the Church in the past fifty years.”
““Penance and reparation must also be made for the betrayal of Christ’s explicit command to evangelize all nations without exception,” including the Jewish and Muslim people, he adds.
“God will not indefinitely and shamelessly be mocked by so many Shepherds of the Church today, through their betrayal of the Faith, their sycophantic serving of the world and their neo-pagan worship of temporal and earthly realities,” he says. “To them as well are addressed these words of Christ, ‘I tell you, unless you repent you will all likewise perish’ (Lk 13: 5).””