“When are they opening the parish?” a wise old codger in the square where I am writing this plea asked someone in the know yesterday. “September,” came the answer, along with his on the spot, common sense rejoinder: “Why bother? There won’t be any church left by then”.
He is absolutely right. The already 80% empty parish pews will lose almost everyone else. Why should the holdouts return to hobnob with priests and parishes telling them that their services were not needed? Revenue will now definitely disappear. After all, people will need their dwindling dollars for dealing with the Depression that our maniacal leaders have ensured will take place by unleashing Armageddon to kill a bug.
I have no idea how this virus mess began, but there is no question that it has offered a golden opportunity for the modern lovers of liberty---known in plain English as Tyrants---to foist their diabolical will on all of us. Their executive actions and legislative plans make this obvious to anyone who does not possess the Slave Mentality that modern education has guaranteed to its victims; which, alas, means almost no one. They sense the chance finally to snuff out everything true, good, and beautiful that remains in a civilization that doomed itself to death the moment their Enlightenment ancestors were first heeded in their work of crushing the human mind and soul. This is the last act. They smell a chance to deliver the coup de grace.
My project starting this year has been the writing of a History of the Traditionalist Movement. That Movement has won great victories for the revival of a Roman Church that cannot really die, but whose caricature has certainly given a good semblance of doing so, in our time, under her all too legitimate leaders, who are merely heirs to many failed pontiffs and bishops of centuries gone by.
After months of silence, will there be a Church to go back to?
Nevertheless, I cannot in good conscience, relate the triumphs of the past while neglecting a duty to urge my fellow Traditionalists to join together to raise up our moribund Mother in her present plight. I do so through this four-pronged Plea that is as simple to state as it will require the greatest self-effacement and willpower to act upon effectively.
1. Let each segment of the Traditionalist Movement---each “clan”, to use The Remnant’s terminology—avoid the very understandable temptation to secure its own particular survival in this moment of worldwide pandemonium, and work together as one unit;
2. That a Central Committee of representatives of each Traditionalist “clan” be established---clerical and lay, or lay supporters alone if there be danger to the priestly fraternities and congregations concerned----to coordinate intellectual, spiritual, and practical advice and actions, whether formally or informally;
3. That every opportunity be exploited immediately to restore public worship according to the Traditional Rite, whether they are permitted by unjust State or episcopal fiat or not;
4. That as a symbol of our failure to accept the mass hysteria around us, we visibly wear a symbol of the Sacred Heart of Christ instead of the Mask of Oppression.
It is now or never. This is the last act in the modern revolutionary drama and the enemy is determined.