9th Sunday after Pentecost – The fall of Jerusalem

Laudetur Iesus Christus! As noted prior, today August 1st commemorated the Holy Maccabee martyrs who restored right worship to the Temple in Jerusalem less than 200 years before the birth of Christ. Tomorrow, Sunday August 2nd, the 9th Sunday after Pentecost, is when the Church commemorates, through its readings, an opposite story: the Temple’s destruction and the fall of Jerusalem under the Roman legions of Titus (~August 4, A.D. 70). Below are the two main Latin Masses in the city of Charlotte for tomorrow.

Sunday Latin Masses

  • St. Thomas Aquinas, 11:30am – as of Saturday evening, there are still some inside seats available if you sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast (they also have outdoor slots – all will have opportunity to receive Holy Communion)
  • St. Ann, 12:30pm – St. Ann will offer its normal Sunday Latin Mass, under the usual constraints.
  • Sacred Heart in Salisbury – FYI: 1st Sunday Mass still on hiatus

The Fall of Jerusalem

This fateful event, commemorated Sunday and prophesized by Our Blessed Lord (Luke 19:41-48), was one of the more horrific sieges in history.  Dom Prosper Gueranger noted that the Temple of Jerusalem flowed with blood, most of its inhabitants killed, not just by Roman soldiers from without, but by lawless, unspeakable violence committed by Jewish Zealots (upon their own people) from within inside the city walls. Further north, the sea of Galilee turned red as bodies piled up after that Jewish revolt was crushed by the Romans. Jewish historian Josephus had reported that years prior to the siege, residents of Jerusalem would see signs in the sky including a flaming sword and chariots foretelling the pending doom (Luke 21:11). The Catholics, seeing the signs, were spared the terror as they remembered Christ’s prophecy (Luke 21:21, Matthew 11:21-24), and escaped to safe harbor.

As Dr. Mike Foley notes in his article below: “The destruction of the Temple is a stern reminder of divine chastisement and the need for our repentance and conversion. As St Paul teaches in the day’s Epistle (1 Cor. 10, 6-13), we must never think we stand on our own, lest we fall.”. For a fuller account of the siege please see these articles:

On an aside, Gueranger noted that an act of Divine Providence protected the holy site of the Ascension near the Mt. of Olives from the Roman soldiers, chariots and horses as they prepared to lay siege to the city (Friday after the Octave of Ascension):

These venerable authorities tell us that when the Roman army, under Titus, was encamped on Mount Olivet while besieging Jerusalem, divine Providence protected these holy marks, the farewell memorial left by our Lord to His blessed Mother, to His disciples, and to us: it is here that He stood when last seen on earth, it is here that we shall again see Him when He comes to judge mankind. Neither the rude tramp of the soldiers, nor the ponderous chariots, nor the horses’ hoofs, were permitted to efface or injure the sacred footprints. Yes, it was on this very mount, forty years after the Ascension, that the Roman banner was first unfurled, when the time of God’s vengeance came upon the city of deicide.

Other Latin Mass and traditional news

Lastly, Sunday August 2nd is also the feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori the great moral doctor of the Church (suppressed to the 9th Sunday after Pentecost). Much can be written about him, but suffice to say, if you haven’t read any of his books you are missing out: https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/author-st-alphonsus-liguori-1.html

First Saturday & Feast of Holy Maccabees

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Tomorrow is August 1st and it is also first Saturday. Since many of the Latin Mass faithful have a devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, we enclose a link to some details about the devotion and its requirements: https://www.mdrevelation.org/rosary-crusade-for-peace/how-to-practice-the-five-first-saturdays-devotion/

August 1st also happens to have two other commemorations, St. Peter in Chains, which you can read more about here: https://fssp.com/the-golden-legend-of-st-peters-chains/

Mass for August 1st: The only Latin Mass in Charlotte tomorrow will be St. Thomas Aquinas at 10:00am (High Mass).

Feast of the Holy Maccabees 

The second commemoration of August 1st is an often overlooked feast day, that of the Holy Maccabees – the only Old Testament saints listed in the universal 1962 calendar (The Carmelites do commemorate the Prophet Elijah).  These seven holy Maccabee brothers were martyred defending the rights of God and for His public worship in a pagan culture. Their relics are actually buried in the same church that houses the chains of St. Peter. For more on the liturgical aspects of this feast day visit: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2018/08/the-feast-of-holy-maccabees.html#.XyOweX57nwc

It’s also a good time to be thankful for the many of the modern day Maccabees in the Church (some who have passed on to their eternal reward) who in the dark/confusing liturgical days of the 1970s and 1980s defended the Traditional Mass when most in the Church were opposed to it. Yet their perseverance through the years (see 1971 Agatha Christie indult, 1984 Quattuor Abhinc Annos indult, and 1988 Ecclesiae Dei Moto Proprio, and 2007 Summorum Pontificum Moto Proprio), has enabled us to benefit from their sacrifices here in Charlotte each Sunday and on select weekdays.

The Maccabean Saints give us much to reflect on as a religious persecution is shadowing over many faithful today and yet their actions only help increase our faith.  Here are some select commentaries on the Maccabees:

Dom Prosper Gueranger writes:

The sacred cause of which they were the champions, their strength of soul under the tortures, their sublime answers to the executioners, were so evidently the type reproduced by the later Martyrs, that the Fathers of the first centuries with one accord claimed for the Christian Church these heroes of the synagogue, who could have gained such courage from no other source than their faith in the Christ to come. For this reason they alone of all the holy persons of the ancient covenant have found a place on the Christian cycle; all the Martyrologies and Calendars of East and West attest the universality of their cultus, while its antiquity is such as to rival that of St. Peter’s chains in that same basilica of Eudoxia where their precious relics lie. 

https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/august/august-1-saint-peters-chains/

Their faith is also echoed in a sermon given by New York priest, Fr. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D, S.T.D. in 2017:

First, we see how important it is to fight against assimilation into a pagan culture. Initially, the Jews of that time were subjected to a “soft” persecution, which offered them rewards for abandoning the traditions of their fathers (for example, circumcision and refusal to eat pork). When that didn’t work, “hard” persecution ensued. Don’t we find the same modus operandi today? How many would-be Catholic politicians have sold their Catholic souls for acceptability in a political party of death, which also promotes a vision of marriage inimical to both the natural law and divine revelation? How many Catholics work in offices and public service in this city yet are completely unknown as Catholics since their lifestyle blends in seamlessly with that of the secular culture (or anti-culture)? In effect, they are content to be crypto-Catholics, even though Our Lord commanded us: “What you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops” (Mt 10:27).

https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2017/08/01/lessons-from-the-holy-maccabees/

 Holy Maccabees pray for us!

8th Sunday after Pentecost & St. Thomas Aquinas Sunday TLM

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday July 26 is both the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, and traditionally the feast of St. Ann. For a commentary on the readings/collect, please see Dr. Mike Foley’s weekly installment: www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/07/what-the-eighth-sunday-after-pentecost.html

Mass updates

Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann: As normal, St. Ann will offer the 12:30pm Latin Mass. We’re not sure its confirmed, but we heard it might be a Solemn High Mass for the parish’s patronal  feast day. If you’d like to get a seat inside, you are welcome to arrive early. A reminder though to allow women, children, and the elderly/infirmed to have seats first.  The parish will have tents set up in the plaza as in prior weeks.

Sunday Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas begins this Sunday (please read procedures): The big news this weekend is the beginning of the St. Thomas Aquinas 11:30am Sunday Latin Mass.  Please note, due to seating restrictions, the parish is requiring signups to sit inside the church – which has been filled of Saturday evening. Only outdoor seats are available currently. All attendees (inside or out) will be able to receive Holy Communion. You can sign up to sit outside in the courtyard (which is partially shaded) and you may want to bring a chair just in case. For future Sundays, the parish asks non-parishioners to hold off signing up for Sunday Masses, until 10am Saturday (day prior). This will give priority to parishioners, before opening it up for guests. Here is the signup page: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast

Friday Latin Mass resumes at St. Mark: This Friday July 31, St. Mark will resume its 12:30pm Latin Mass after the 3 week hiatus.

Other Latin Mass related news

  • 100th anniversary of St. Joseph named patron against socialism: Today Saturday July 25 marks the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV naming St. Joseph as the patron against socialism. We share with you the Fraternity of St. Peter’s write up about this important patronage: https://fssp.com/st-joseph-against-socialism-100-years-of-bonum-sane/

If you’re looking for a quick summary the Catholic News Herald has a brief but excellent article:  http://catholicnewsherald.com/90-news/local/6044-did-you-know-a-st-joseph-related-anniversary-is-coming-this-month

“The advent of a Universal Republic, which is longed for by all the worst elements of disorder, and confidently expected by them, is an idea which is now ripe for execution.

From this republic, based on the principles of absolute equality of men and community of possessions, would be banished all national distinctions, nor in it would the authority of the father over his children, or of the public power over the citizens, or of God over human society, be any longer acknowledged.

If these ideas are put into practice, there will inevitably follow a reign of unheard-of terror.  – Pope Benedict XV

 

Summer reading – newly released Latin Mass & traditional books

There is a flurry of new traditional/Latin Mass related books that we wanted to share for some mid-summer readings:

  • New Latin-English Traditional Mass booklet: Biretta Books has just issued their own Latin-English Traditional Mass translation booklet available. If you’re looking for something different than the red booklets you may want to check this one out: https://www.birettabooks.com/latin-mass-companion.html
  • The Catechism Explained by Fr. Spirago: If you’re looking to grow in your faith and trying to find a traditional catechism book, yet easy to read for layman, you may want to consider this newly re-published classic, The Catechism Explained by Fr. Spirago, published by Ryan Grant’s Mediatrix press (who we hosted in January 2018). Exorcist and theologian Fr. Chad Ripperger writes a forward to the book and recently gave an interview about it with Ryan and Steve Cunningham of Sensus Fidelium.

 

10am Low Mass tomorrow July 25 at St. Michael parish in Gastonia

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Just a quick note that tomorrow that St. Michael the Archangel parish in Gastonia will be offer a 10am Low Mass tomorrow Saturday July 25.

The Mass is being offered for the initiation of two lay Dominicans but all are welcome to attend. Fr. Matthew Buettner of St. Joseph’s Seminary will offer the Mass and the initiation (which will be brief – either before or after Mass). Fr. Rossi, pastor at St. Michael parish, will hear confessions from after the 9:30am-ish until around 11am in the cry room.

708 St Michael’s Lane

Gastonia NC 28052

7th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday July 19 is the 7th Sunday after Pentecost. Dr. Mike Foley of Latin Mass magazine (and NLM) writes a thoughtful piece on today’s readings and propers: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/07/fruit-free-will-and-providence-seventh.html#.XxPG3xJ7nwc

Mass updates:

Sunday Latin Mass at 12:30pm: St. Ann will offer the 12:30pm Latin Mass Sunday July 19 under the usual conditions of late.

Friday July 24 – no 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Mark due to ordinations: No Latin Mass at St. Mark next Friday due to priestly ordinations. It will return Friday July 31. Please keep the soon to be priests, Deacons Jonathan Torres, and Jacob Mlakar in your prayers, as well as the two new transitional deacons ordained this past Friday, Juan Miguel Sanchez and Joseph Wasswa.

Saturday July 25 Respect Life Latin Mass at 8:00am: Fr. Reid will offer a Latin Mass next Saturday followed by a vigil at Planned Parenthood. Alternatively, a Holy Hour in the church will be offered for those who would prefer to stay. As a reminder, Charlotte has around 9,000-10,000 abortions annually.

Sunday July 26 – 11:30am Sunday Latin Mass begins at St. Thomas Aquinas: The new Sunday Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas begins next Sunday at 11:30am. We’ll share more details as the weekend approaches.

Monday July 20 – Feast of St. Elijah:

Tomorrow July 20 is the ancient feast of St. Elijah the Prophet – typically only commemorated in the Carmelite Rite, or in the Eastern churches. As tradition tells us, Elijah was taken in a fiery chariot into the heavens (4 Kings 2:11) and will come again (with Enoch) during the end times to preach against the antichrist (Apocalypse 11:3-10). To learn more about this feast day please see our concluding article below.

Other Latin Mass News:

The advent of a Universal Republic, which is longed for by all the worst elements of disorder, and confidently expected by them, is an idea which is now ripe for execution.

From this republic, based on the principles of absolute equality of men and community of possessions, would be banished all national distinctions, nor in it would the authority of the father over his children, or of the public power over the citizens, or of God over human society, be any longer acknowledged.

If these ideas are put into practice, there will inevitably follow a reign of unheard-of terror…

There’s nothing but awe. Just the beauty of the corporal and how the Host and the chalice are treated — and I have to say [long pause, filled with emotion] I could hardly say the words of consecration because I became so filled with emotion, so deeply struck by those words. Thank God we only must whisper them in this rite, because I am not sure I would have been able to speak above that whisper, so struck I was at the profundity. It was the first time in my life that I had ever said those words in Latin, and I could hardly get them out. It’s indescribable, really.

Their English website isn’t complete yet (http://vicitleo.org/) but you can learn more visit their GoFundMe site:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/vicit-leo-campaign-fund

  • St. Elijah, the Carmelites and St. John the Baptist: Great article which discusses how the followers of Elijah maintained their presence at Mt. Carmel until the New Testament time when St. John the Baptist preached to them and prepared them for the coming of the Messiah* Afterwards these Carmelites built the first chapel to the Virgin Mary, and remained at Mt. Carmel until the end of the Crusader Kingdom when they fanned out to Europe. Read more here: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/07/the-feast-of-our-lady-of-mt-carmel.html

*Dom Prosper Gueranger mentions another tradition where some of these Carmelites were visiting Jerusalem around Pentecost and converted at the preaching of St. Peter (Acts of the Apostles Chapter 2) and also conversed with the Blessed Mother.

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and as you may recall, tradition holds that Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock in 1251 A.D., an English Carmelite friar and gave him the Scapular, with a promise that those who wear this will never suffer eternal fire. From this derived the devotion to the brown Scapular, the cloth that many wear faithfully.  If you are not enrolled, you are encouraged to contact your parish priest to be enrolled.

Mass & the Sabbatine Privilege

Tonight St. Thomas Aquinas parish will offer a 7pm High Mass for this feast day.  As custom, Fisheaters has a good write up on the scapular and the Sabbatine Privilege which accompanies those who wear it faithfully: https://www.fisheaters.com/scapulars.html

The Sabbatine Privilege is the promise that Our Lady will intercede and pray for those in Purgatory who, in earthly life:

  • wore the Scapular in good faith;
  • were chaste according to their state in life;
  • daily recited the Divine Office or, with the permission of one’s Confessor, the Little Office of Our Lady [a shorter form of the Divine Office in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, used by certain religious orders and laity. It is similar to the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the Roman Breviary] or the Rosary; (most lay people opt for the Rosary) and
  • departed earthly life in charity.

Our Lady also promised to free those souls in purgatory on the Saturday after their death who wore the Scapular.

Today we often hear of advice on how to keep the body safe, yet as Fr. Reid has noted in sermons over the past few months we should be concerned about how to keep the soul safe. Perhaps the question to ask today is: Are you wearing a scapular? If not, why not?

Support Carmelite Hermits

Lastly, since today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, we wanted to share an opportunity to support our friends, the Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, a traditional Carmelite community.  Some of you may recall meeting the Hermits when they visited in 2017.  They are a group of Carmelite hermits based in Fairfield, PA.   Please offer a prayer for the Hermits on their feast day. Additionally, they subsist solely on donations and are always grateful for any financial support: https://www.eremitaednmc.org/

6th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Tomorrow Sunday July 12, St. Ann will offer the traditional sacrament of Confirmation at the 12:30pm Latin Mass. As in prior years, the sacrament usually is administered at 12:30pm, so Mass starts shortly after that.  The good news is there should be room for everyone to attend – so no need to change your plans for tomorrow.

  • The parish will be first reserved for confirmandi and their families, and after that, anyone is welcome to find a seat (usual seating restrictions)
  • For those unable to sit inside, St. Ann will live stream the Mass into the St. Ann gym, with seats available
  • Additionally, as custom, people can also attend outside under the tents
  • Whether you are in the gym or outside, you will be able to receive Holy Communion if you desire

Fr. Reid’s birthday: Monday July 13 is Fr. Reid’s 50th birthday. Please be sure to keep him in your prayers on Monday.

Other Latin Mass news:

  • The French Genocide That Has Been Air Brushed From History: As the secular world marks the heinous “Bastille Day” on Tuesday, a reader shared an excellent article (from a secular perspective) on the massacre of the Vendee Catholics who were martyred for defending the Church against the diabolical French Revolution. This article is a sobering reminder of what revolution truly is –a bloody revolt against God and His order. https://quillette.com/2019/03/10/the-french-genocide-that-has-been-air-brushed-from-history/

Preparing to defend (and suffer) for Christ and the liberty of the Church

Lately, several priests (who offer the Latin Mass) in our diocese have given sermons on the need to be prepared to suffer (and even die) for defending the Catholic faith in the public square. As a soft persecution (social and religious) begins to descend over our local communities, it’s worth noting these sermons:

Additionally, on the topic of being prepared, this weekend, Fr. Putnam at St. Mark (who also offers the Latin Mass on Fridays), recently wrote in his weekend bulletin ponderings about the need for Christians to not be blind followers of society and should be “opposing the tyranny of popular opinion and political narrative”. As we consider how much of our world is against the traditional order and of God, the short column is worth a read, and to begin asking questions about many things the revolution is doing today. The link is below:

https://www.stmarknc.org/media/1/40/2020_Bulletin_071220.pdf (See page 3)

No Latin Mass at St. Mark tomorrow

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today July 9 is the ancient feast day of Ss. John Fisher and Thomas More.  St. Thomas Aquinas parish will offer a 7pm votive Mass (High) this evening to commemorate this feast day, commemorating these saints who refused to comprise the Catholic faith even when the government insisted. St. Thomas More’s story was re-popularized in the modern era in the 1960s film A Man for All Seasons.

No Latin Mass at St. Mark for the next 3 weeks:  Tomorrow Friday 10, there will not be a 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Mark parish in Huntersville for the next three weeks. Tomorrow is a priests meeting, and then the next two Fridays (July 17 & 24) will be the diaconate and priestly ordinations for the diocese – both held at St. Mark. The next Latin Mass should be Friday July 31. St. Ann will still offer a 7am Latin Mass tomorrow.

Traditional Confirmation Mass this Sunday at 12:30pm: As noted, His Excellency Bishop Jugis will visit St. Ann this Sunday to administer the sacrament of Confirmation in the traditional rite. We have also learned that additional opportunities for Fr. Reid to offer this sacrament at other Masses/times will be provided this weekend. This means that that seating may still be limited, but hopefully not as crowded as initially thought. You still may want to prepare to sit outside. If people have more tents to bring, that would also be helpful. If we hear any updates, we will let you know by Saturday evening.

Liberty of Military Catholics to attend Mass: Since today we honor Ss. John Fisher and Thomas More who are patrons of defending the Church’s liberty, we wanted to share with you some good news as the U.S. Navy has recently reversed its bizarre decision to prohibit personnel from attending indoor worship services over COVID-19 concerns: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/victory-us-navy-reverses-unlawful-order-banning-troops-from-indoor-mass-religious-services  (While the Latin Mass is still uncommon in the Military Archdiocese, more Catholics serving in the armed forces are slowly discovering it).

Life of Blessed Franz JèagerstèatterSensus Fidelium is also recommending a book of another saintly man, Blessed Franz Jèagerstèatter who was drafted into the German Army in World War II and refused to sign an oath to the Nazis. He was martyred for standing up for his Catholic belief. There is a book and sermon about him here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/087243141X?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

Sermon by a traditional priest (in another diocese): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVEZ1oC5Rv4&feature=youtu.be

5th Sunday After Pentecost & New Sunday Latin Mass in Charlotte

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Saturday July 4 is First Saturday of our Blessed Mother, and also our nation’s Independence Day. Toward the bottom of this e-mail, we provide some links related to the Church and our nation. Immediately below are some other updates for this weekend and beyond: 

Mass for 5th Sunday after Pentecost (July 5): As custom, St. Ann will offer the 12:30pm Latin Mass under the same conditions as prior weeks, with tents, and abled body men outside when possible. Hang in there – we know it’s getting hot and its tough being out there for Mass. As someone observed to me this week, with the intense summer heat, the threat of heat exhaustion may be more imminent than the virus. Hopefully Bishop Jugis & the diocese will alleviate these restrictions soon (the Bishop – not the government sets these restrictions).

No Latin Mass in Salisbury: The 1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart in Salisbury is on hiatus for the time being, as such there will not be a 4pm Latin Mass Sunday July 5.

Traditional Confirmation next Sunday July 12: Just a reminder next Sunday Bishop Jugis will be visiting St. Ann parish for a traditional Confirmation at 12:30pm. Spacing will be tight but we will advise if any changes or accommodations are made.

New Sunday Traditional Latin Mass begins at St. Thomas Aquinas parish: In saving the best for last, we are pleased to share some important news – beginning Sunday July 26, St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Charlotte will be offering a new Sunday Traditional Latin Mass (High) at 11:30AM each Sunday. This is big news and we will have more to say in the days ahead but please pray for the pastor, Fr. Matthew Codd for moving forward with this decision.

Independence Day links: In these last hours of Independence Day 2020, we provide a few links about the Latin Mass, and Catholic tradition:

  • Church’s official prayer for the conversion of nations from the 1957 edition of the Raccolta (Click here). You are welcome to pray it tonight or throughout this weekend (or anytime).

Other Latin Mass & tradition related news:

 

4th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Sunday June 28 is the 4th Sunday after Pentecost. Dr. Michael Foley has a good article on the meaning of the secret prayer for today’s propers: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/06/rebel-wills-fourth-sunday-after.html. Here are some additional updates:

Sunday Latin Mass at 12:30pm: St. Ann will offer the Sunday 12:30pm Latin Mass today. Tents will be set up outside but if you have an extra tent, please feel free to bring it.

Upcoming Feasts: Monday is the solemnity of Ss. Peter & Paul (No Latin Masses scheduled in Charlotte). Wednesday is the Feast of the Most Precious Blood – St. Ann normally has its 6pm Low Mass.

Revolutionaries & Iconoclasts: Over the past few weeks we’ve seen revolutionary mobs attacking statues of famous Catholics such as Christopher Columbus, St. Junipero Serra, and King Louis XVI of France.  They often claim these saintly men had some evil past and hated certain classes or groups. These revolutionaries are not new to us Catholics as the Church encountered them in the French revolution (which beheaded King Louis XVI) and even earlier when iconoclasts attacked statues in the 8th century.  In pushing back against revolution, it’s important to know the facts about who these revolutionaries attack, and even more important, to understand the nature and methods of the revolutionists.

For the prior generation of Latin Mass attendees of the 1960s and 1970s , they also encountered revolutionaries – but inside their own parishes – who tore down high altars, votive statutes, white washed sacred artwork, suppressed sacred music, and of course came to attack the centerpiece – the Mass of the Ages (Latin Mass).

Sadly, we all know of a few examples of this revolution in a few older churches in our diocese, many which used to have magnificent high altars and sacred art.  Some were removed immediately, others a step-by-step removal that occurred over years. Yet tragedies like this were not localized, but on a global scale as Michael Rose details in his book, Ugly as Sin: https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/ugly-as-sin

The good news is the best way to restore tradition, including art, architecture, etc. is to restore the Mass of the Ages (Traditional Latin Mass), which we continue to see occurring in the diocese.

Bishop Schneider update: Speaking of the 1960s, His Excellency Bishop Schneider released a new appraisal last week on Vatican II and how to charitably engage discussion on correcting some of the ambiguous and misleading statements made in the documents: https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/4949-55-years-later-bishop-athanasius-schneider-s-appraisal-of-vatican-ii

Prayer to Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart: Bishop Schneider has also created a prayer to implore Our Lady to provide the Pope with the graces necessary to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart and to bring an end to this chaos, and usher in the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bp-schneider-composes-prayer-begging-mary-for-consecration-of-russia-so-there-will-be-peace

    O Immaculate Heart of Mary, you are the holy Mother of God and our tender Mother. Look upon the distress in which the Church and the whole of humanity are living because of the spread of materialism and the persecution of the Church. In Fatima, you warned against these errors, as you spoke about the errors of Russia. You are the Mediatrix of all graces. Implore your Divine Son to grant this special grace for the Pope: that he might consecrate Russia to your Immaculate Heart, so that Russia will be converted, a period of peace will be granted to the world, and your Immaculate Heart will triumph, through an authentic renewal of the Church in the splendor of the purity of the Catholic Faith, of the sacredness of Divine worship and of the holiness of the Christian life. O Queen of the Holy Rosary and our sweet Mother, turn your merciful eyes to us and graciously hear this our trusting prayer. Amen.

    + Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana