JOHN MENEZES 7 Esperanca
S. Bhagatsingh Road
Mumbai 400 001
April 5, 2014
Mumbai 400 001
Subject: Vocations crisis in Bombay Archdiocese – for favour of publication.
The Examiner, April 5, reports the ordination of three candidates to the priesthood, with one hailing from Kanyakumari, lowest ever in the history of the archdiocese. While this has caused ripples of concern what is not known is that, from the objective point of view, the Catholic priesthood ended from April 6, 1969, when Paul VI’s drastically revised ordination rites were implemented unannounced to create presiding presbyters and no longer sacrificing priests, to match the New Mass which embraces the “theology of assembly” and not the “theology of sacrifice.” Indeed, the mission statements of the three candidates are principally sociological rather than sacramental.
In November 2000, two British bishops stated that by the year 2015 there would be practically nothing left of the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom. The Vatican II revolution has fast surpassed the Protestant Reformation, and will accelerate with the recent quip (April 1, 2014) of “Holy Father Francis, Bishop of Rome” who has likened regular church goers to Pharisees.
A look at the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre shows a growing number of vocations to the pre-Vatican II priesthood from its community which embraces the Traditional Latin Mass and discipline. Families are large with around 5 to 12 kids as the community’s objective is to bring more souls into the world for the greater glory of God. One of its two seminaries in the United States, St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, was a pre-Vatican II seminary which had emptied out after the Council and was bought by the SSPX when it began to fill up again. After it started to burst at the seams, it was extended. Now the vocations to the priesthood are beyond its capacity and the SSPX has launched a project of a new seminary in the US. The curriculum is traditional and rigid as it used to be in the Goregaon Seminary before Vatican II when the latter was among the best in the world. The same is the story with all other Catholic traditionalist groups round the world, of growth rather than decline.
With “Holy Father Francis, Bishop of Rome” being a sworn enemy of the Traditional Mass, cozying up with atheists and gays, dubbing his predecessor popes as “narcissists” and calling faithful Catholics “Pelagians” for their holy practices, Catholics of the Archdiocese of Bombay may sense the much prophesized Great Apostasy already in place and eschew any connection with it.