A reprint from The Hammer, a Roman Catholic Replies Publication
Probably one of the most cleaver hoaxes perpetrated against Roman Catholics by the Modernist establishment is the concept that there is a crisis in vocations within the United States and the world. THERE IS NO VOCATIONS CRISIS!!!! The Modernists have been so convincing in their deception of the average Roman Catholic that even those who are naive but still faithful have been duped into believing that vocations are plummeting year after year. This article will expose the hoax, hopefully once and for all, and will reveal the hidden agenda behind this particularly evil deception.
Facts and Figures
In 1962 before the Second Vatican Council there were a total of 46,319 seminarians in U.S. seminaries, 98 of which were Diocesan and 447 were Religious.
(NOTE: It is important to note that throughout the history of the Church a Council was never called unless there was a terrible crisis taking place within the Church where souls were being lost. Calling a Council, when unnecessary has always been considered a provocative testing of the Holy Spirit. With the above statistical evidence considered, as well as the fact that all the numbers of significant cultural indicators were at their peak, was it wise, prudent or necessary to call an Ecumenical Council of the whole Church? In the statistical information that follows let's look at the fruits of the Second Vatican Council.)
In 1963, the year the Council began, vocations jumped to 47,574 seminarians in a total of 561 U.S. seminaries.
In 1964, the central year of the Council, vocations again increased by nearly 1200 students to 48,750 seminarians in a total of 571 U.S. seminaries.
In 1965 the final year of the Council vocations again increased to an all time high of 48,992 seminarians in nearly 600 U.S. seminaries.
As we can see the Church was in great condition before the Council and the excitement of the Council resulted in an infatuational response increasing what was already great to even greater numbers. Remember. During the Council there were no changes taking place in the liturgy or throughout the structure of the Church. No one was prepared for the devastation that was about to descend upon the Church from what was suppose to be the very opposit. Where a new flowering of the Church was anticipated by the Council Fathers instead whole sections of the vine became diseased and rotted. Let's look at some more historical facts.
In 1966, the year after the Council and the beginning of the implementation of the revolutionary changes that were not even a part of the Council, the seminarian population dropped by 878 students in 607 U.S. seminaries.
By 1967, the revolution was well under way and the figures start taking a dramatic down turn; 32 seminaries had closed and 3,613 seminarians left and their places remained unfilled. There were now only 45,379 seminarians in 575 U.S. seminaries .
In 1970, only five years after the close of the Council and the implementation by the Modernists of the revolution they had waited so patiently to enact, the results are much more evident. 74 seminaries had closed in 3 years. The seminarian population from its high of 49,000 had lost over 20,000 young men. There were now only 28,906 seminarians left in the U.S.
There was obvious evidence of a subversive war going on but no one was protesting. Oh, there were voices crying out in this wilderness but sadly they were not, in most cases, the bishops who had established the atmosphere that had led to this terrible decimation. The "termites" were chewing away at the very roots of the TREE and the response of those who were suppose to be protect it was to "dialogue" with the parasites instead of exterminating them.
In 1975, confusion reigned supreme. Whole branches were rotting off the vine. 128 more seminaries closed for lack of students. There were now only 373 seminaries in the U.S. after a peak of 607. 11,104 seminarians left the seminaries in confusion, many of them having lost their faith because of the teachings of their professors. From its peak in 1965 of 49,000 seminarians there were only 17,247 total seminarians remaining in U.S. seminaries.
The facts were shouting out loud and clear but everyone, except the Modernists who had calculated this disaster, was refusing to accept the fact that the Council's pastoral experiment had failed miserably. We were asked to pray for vocations, worldwide days of prayer were set aside and bishops were encouraged to sponsor vocation drives encouraging young people to enter the seminary and religious life. The emmaciated body of a once health Church lay collapsed on the ground and all the doctors would do is prescribe placebos.
In 1984 there were only 319 seminaries remaining in the U.S. and the total population of seminarians had been decimated to a mere shadow of what it had once been only 20 years before. There were only 11,262 seminarians left.
In 1988 there were even fewer seminaries but the saddest thing was that there were only 6094 seminarians. By 1993 (the last available statistics) there were only 5123 Seminarians remaining in the United States!
From 1965 to 1993 there was a drop in the number of young men desiring to be priests by 90%. Now consider this , I have not given the statistical information about the number of these seminarians who eventually became priests nor have I give the facts about the number of priests who left the priesthood during this same period.
So What's the Point?
At the beginning of this article I specifically challenged the notion of a vocations crisis. After all the above facts and figures it would seem that there really is a vocations crisis not to mention a crisis in the very foundations of the Catholic Church's institutional structure. But that is exactly how they have duped so many people into believing their lie. You must come to realize that the Modernist movement has an agenda. It is not simply a loosely connected group of like minded individuals who decided it was a good idea to have a revolution within the Catholic Church. No! These are men and women who after having been seduced by the world and the flesh have decided to remain within the Church in order to destroy her from within. They know that if they left her they would have no power. Their faithless "religion" is be nothing but a poor imitation of some New Age paganism. So unlike their Protestants predecessors of the 16th Century who, at least, had the personal integrity to leave the Church these men and women have chosen to remain within the Church changing her into their own spirtually deformed image. This movement began among academics in the late 1800s. It was, initially, a response of Catholic intellectuals to the evolution hoax which they had swallowedhook, line and sinker. The reason for their loss of faith doesn't matter. The point is that they, having no personal honesty or integrity, decided to remain within the Church corrupting the dogmas of the Faith from within. It would be impossible for me to go into an extensive study of the subject within such a limited space. However, I would like to give a brief quote from Pope St. Pius X's encyclical "Pascendi..." which I highly recommend as necessary reading by any concerned Roman Catholic today. It was written in 1910.
"Finally, a few words must be said about the modernist as a reformer. What we have said thus far shows abundantly with how great and keen a zeal for innovating these men are carried away. Moreover, this zeal extends to absolutely everything which exists among Catholics.... As for worship
they say that external devotions are to be reduced in number and that steps be taken to prevent their increase,... They cry out that the government of the Church must be reformed in every respect, but especially on the disciplinary and dogmatic side. Thus, both within and without it (the Church) is to be brought in harmony with the modern conscience, as they say, which tends entirely towards democracy; so to the
lower clergy and to the laity itself appropriate parts in the government should be assigned, and when authority has been unified too much and too centralized, it is to be dispersed....
In the field of morals they adopt the principles of the Americanists, that the active virtues are to be placed before the passive,
and should be put ahead of them in practice. Finally there are some who, giving heed to their Protestant masters, desire the removal of clerical celibacy itself from the priesthood-
What, then, do they leave untouched in the Church, that is not to be reformed by them or according to their pronouncements.
Now as we look back upon the whole system in one glance, as it were, no one will be surprised when we define it as the
synthesis of all heresies. Surely if anyone had proposed this to himself, to bring together into one the sap and blood of all the errors that have ever existed about the faith, no one would have preformed the task more completely than the modernists have done it. Rather they have gone so much beyond this as not only to destroy completely the Catholic religion but all religion.... (D2104-2105)
So you see that Pope St. Pius X called it correctly nearly 100 years ago when this hideous heresy had entered the Church. By his command all priests and bishops were compelled to take an oath against modernism at their ordination. This practice was stopped during the "reforms" of the Second Vatican Council.
So what's the story about vocations? It is obvious that vocations, at least in the American Church, have dropped dramatically in the last 30 years. It is my contention that this has been a deliberate attempt by the modernist establishment to decimate the priesthood in the United States in order to further their agenda of changing the Church into their own image. Having found a perfect ally in the militant feminist movement and, in fact, fostering and nurturing this movement within the Church they have attempted to create a vocations crisis in order to supplant the priesthood with women and force the issue of a married clergy.
Their original intent was to force the issue of women priests but Pope John Paul II issued a dogmatically infallible statement that has made this impossible. This, of course, will not stop the modernists. They believe he is wrong and does not have the power to issue such dogmatic decrees. They will wait with spiderly patience until they can get a future Pope to somehow declare this statement by John Paul to be merely disciplinary and therefore not dogmatically binding. In the mean time they will place modernist feminist s in as many positions of power as possible. With the supposed shortage of priests they will take over more and more parishes as "Pastors" or "Administrators" having direct influence over the whole structure of the local church. Groomed and ready for ordination when the time comes they will continue to change the structure of the Church retaining control over its vital functions. Here are the latest statistics from Rome that will show how the modernists continue to progress, so far unchecked, in the implementation of their agenda in the United States.
The United States has more than half of all the worlds permanent deacons (20,456). Most of these men are married. There is a push to see women become deaconesses. This is, of course, less than ideal but at least closer to their intended goal. At the beginning of 1994 parishes entrusted to men and women other than clergy has increase dramatically from 1978. In 1978 13 years after the revolution had begun only 81 parishes were administered by permanent deacons, 43 by religious Brothers, 464 by religious Sisters and 458 by lay administrators. Look at how the figures have since changed. In 1994 349 parishes worldwide are administered by deacons, 131 by religious Brothers, 1068 by religious "Sisters" and 1614 by lay administrators most of whom are women.
Have any of you experienced a parish run by lay women? It soon becomes unrecognizable as Roman Catholicism. In fact, we have several parishes in my diocese that no longer even refer to themselves as Roman Catholic yet they remain attached to the Church with the approval of the local bishop. It is not the mere fact that these parishes are run by women that causes this breakdown in traditional Catholicism, rather it is because these women are modernist/feminist infidels who have been strategically placed in that position in order to destroy the local Catholic community at its roots.
Plenty of Priests
Now many of the most traditionally strict orders that have retained their spirit, in spite of the modernist onslaught and attempted infiltration, have seen dramatic increases in their numbers for both the priesthood and religious life. It is interesting to me that the bishops are constantly bemoaning vocations in their respective dioceses and then placing women in positions of authority because of the supposed shortage of priests, yet they have many orders of priests that they could invite into their diocese to man parishes that have been left vacant because they do not have diocesian vocations. In other words, they do not need to have parishes administered by lay women. They could have priests if they really wanted them. I also find it very telling that in the diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska where there is one of the few bishops in the United States worth his salt he has more vocations than he can handle. Why? Because he is not a modernist nor has he surrounded himself with modernists. He maintains his orthodoxy and in fact is the only U.S. bishop who has had the guts to do something about those who are attempting to destroy the Catholic Faith in his diocese. Bishop Fabian Bruskewizt has taken on the modernists and has threatened to excommunicate anyone who is involved with any organization that promotes the modernist agenda or immorality that is contrary to the Catholic Faith. If they refuse to recant their modernism they will all be excommunicated on May 15th, 1996. Bravo! It's about time we had a REAL bishop in the American Church. This is why vocations are so strong in his diocese. It's only a matter of time before bishop Bruskewitz has enough priests to export to other U.S. dioceses which are empty of vocations. But they would rather continue to wring their hands and complain about a crisis that they are helping to perpetrate because they will not renounce their own alliance with the modernists and do the right thing for the souls they are supposed to be shepherding.
What Do We Do?
The next time the bishops ask you to pray for vocations you should pray that the root cause of this fake crisis be eliminated by God. We should ask God to send us bishops like Fabian Bruskewitz who have a real Catholic zeal for the souls in his diocese. The Holy Spirit will protect true vocations from being destroyed by the modernists until the true Catholic Restoration comes about. =