On the 3rd of August 2016, a group of traditionalist Catholics, who were praying using the Latin rite of the Church, were suddenly and brutally dragged out of St Rita’s church in France. Later in the media, pictures came out of a French priest who was in the church, being dragged out in the most barbaric of ways.
When I first heard such news, I was filled with mixed feelings of despair, anger but at the same time joy. The first two emotions; despair and anger are quite obvious. No, true Catholic, who hears such a news could remain unaffected. Anger and despair, because the French police decided that now is the time to brutally evacuate the church; now at a time when the French Church is still crying after the assassination of Fr Hamal, whose blood flowed from the alter steps after being killed by a Muslim, yes and he was a Muslim, not an extremist but simply a Muslim who was following Surah 9:5. What does this verse say? It says: “Fight and slay the pagans (Christians) wherever ye find them and seize them, confine them and lie in wait for them in every place of ambush.” The reality is that when it comes to France and Muslims the once catholic country is being Islamized. In this article I would like to inform you that the rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, called for the number of mosques in France to be doubled over the next two years. Boubakeur said that 2,200 mosques are “not enough” for the “7 million Muslims living in France.” He demanded that unused churches be converted into mosques. It must be made clear that in this case the church of St Rita was evacuated due to housing development which is going to take place. On that note, around 2800 churches are going to be demolished in the coming year.
There are two reasons why I was in a state of joy upon hearing such a news; that the French priest has been dragged from the church.
- This means that Christ words are true, as always: “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.”(John 15 20:21)
- Joy for, the traditionalist people inside the church, were not overcome by fear or anxiety, they were overcome by love for our Savior Christ. They didn’t make compromise or appeasement with the Muslims; like the Novus Ordo type; no they continued to hear the mass as listened by St Louis IX and his fellow crusaders who went and fought the Mohammedans. The French traditionalist didn’t give holy communion to the Muslims, on the contrary as true Catholics they received our Lord on their tongue while kneeling with deep reverence and affection. The traditionalist do not make compromises with our enemy, we fight them with truth, like St Thomas Aquinas in Summa Contra Gentiles or St John Damascene.
The glory of the Church lies in those who aren’t afraid to be persecuted, who aren’t afraid to say it as it is and who aren’t afraid to shed blood in defending the Faith.
This article was written as a reflection on the current state of the European perscutions on the Catholic Church. Such thoughts are being given to the French priest who was killed in his church in France and to the other French community which was dispersed by force thanks to the effort of the French police. Such events took place within the same week that these two articles are being written.
For all of you who have been reading this blog, for some time now, you should have noticed that I’m quite a tradionalist in thought. That means that I have a certain, how should I say, dislike for liberalist, modernist and secularist point of views. I have to admit that this outburst of anti-Catholic violence hasn’t surprised me. On the contrary it is what one expects of today’s society. In the past few days the Church has suffered two kinds of killings; first the killing of Fr Jacques Hamel a French priest who was killed during mass and the second; the symbolic yet aggressive removal of traditional Catholics in France who were persecuted not by the spilling of blood but by being dragged out of their church. (I would write about the latter in the next article)
Before I continue any furthur I must solemnly declare to my readers that my heart went out to all people; whether they were victims of the first or the second event mentioned.
Much has been written about the life and character of the French priest who was killed, but few thoughts were given with regards to the service that followed. As you might have heard the killing of Fr Jacques was followed by a community service; fine, which was attended by Muslims; what?!, who during the service ate a piece of bread which during the mass became the body of Christ, such an act, needless to say is a liturgical abuse of extraordinary proportion.
My dear reader, let me tell you in the most simple of words my view. A Muslim and a Catholic should never be in the same service and participating in the same liturgy. It is simply impossible and unheard of. Such an example is not only a mocking contest of saints like Louis IX who defended Christendom against such evil foes, but also an example of a false alliance.
Explain to me; how can we pray together with people who read and memorize from a young age verses which explicitly seek the ruin of both Christians and Jews? How can we say that such a damning act is not a Muslim act?
On the contrary let us declare in the most truthful manner that Islam is an enemy of Catholicism and that we must fight if necessary by spilling our blood and say what Fr Hamel said before such evil tidings: “Begone Satan!”
On Tuesday our first full day in Poland, I paid a visit to the Dominican convent in Krakow. From the beginning I was shocked at how many Dominican vocations I saw. Everywhere I looked I spotted a young Dominican walking, be it in the garden or in the church. You may be asking: “Why is this a shock?” Because in Malta we only have 2 Dominican students studying in Dublin, one brother in progress and me. Four; that is it. Upon witnessing such a phenomenon I couldn’t help but ask myself the question: “Why?”
Here are the reasons why:
1) The Polish Dominican province, has an excellent vocations centre. Excellent in their outreach; be it via website, facebook page or instagram account, the Poles really know how to market themselves. In Malta the reality is different, the website needs furthur updates, instagram doesn’t exist and there is no radio show devoted to the Order (even though the province has its own radio frequency; Radju Marija)
2) The pro-Catholic policy of Poland is a boost to the vocations (not just Dominicans, even others). In Poland, Lech Walesa was once quoted saying: “In myself I am nothing. It all comes from God and the Virgin Mary.” Malta is, on paper, a Catholic country, our constitution says so, the fact that our politicians take their seats at the front of our churches during feast days says so but in reality, in policies this country is not true Catholic, its liberal, secular, Church of Nice kind of Catholic.
At the end of my visit to the Dominican convent, I kneeled and prayed in front of Blessed Giorgio Frassati, whose body was lying for veneration at the glorius church of the Holy Trinity. I asked him to give me and my true catholic friends, the strength to restore reverence to Holy Mother Church and the Eucharist.
On Monday 25th of July 2016, I left my island home and headed for the “farawayland” as John
Paul 2 called it. I was heading for Poland to be part of the World Youth Day. From the beginning I knew that it wasn’t going to be some festival for traditional Catholics on the contrary it was a Novos Ordo fest on the whole.
Upon arrival I saw such a phenomenon. For example the priests who were with us weren’t wearing their cassocks, although some were wearing their cross or priestly collar. To my surprise the Polish priests and seminarians were wearing their cassocks and at last something began to make sense. The Maltese Church has an identification problem. What? Yes the Maltese archdiocese has a problem were its priests (generally) are shy and afraid to wear the proper priestly attire. Many times a day, I would be passing by a seminarian or a priest and I have a hard time recognising whether they are proud to be priests or whether their afraid. I’m
assuming that if they leave their cassocks at home in the wardrobe then their afraid. Like a soldier or policeman who is scared to wear his uniform. Does it make sense? No,for the
Church shouldn’t be one of cowards and people who are scared to identify themselves on the contrary it should be filled with proud yet humble priests.
(Now, here is a point I would like to make clear. In my life I have known priests and seminarians who are afraid to wear their cassocks(nearly all of them),having said that most of them could be identified as priests or seminarians through their deeds and actions.
Although I’m sure that it would be for the benefit of the whole Maltese Church and the Church in general, if all(priests and seminarians) wear their cassocks.)