Written by Patrick Archbold
Recently a question was put to me by a friend. That question, in its essentials is this, “What now? What are our options, given the current trajectory? What are we, lay people and individual clergy who see what is happening, to do when the destroyers have all the power? How do we persevere and preserve? How can we?”
Thinking to formulate a systematic policy-based response to stem the tide, I struggle with the idea that there might be no such thing, that there is no flanking maneuver or rope-a-dope strategy that can stop the invasion and pummeling most certainly coming our way.
It is foolish to try and envision a path out of this disaster without first looking at the path that brought us here. I am not qualified to offer a treatise on the scourge of modernism over the last century and a half, nor do I think such knowledge is required to address the realities of the situation. I take rather the view of the ordinary Englishman as the Nazi scourge scoured the last vestiges of freedom from the continent knowing that when that task was done, he too would face it, he and his.
I was born in 1967 into a Church that had already surrendered to the enemy, I just didn’t know it. After that surrender, it became the task of successive Pontiffs to cede ground in order to maintain something that still resembled that which they inherited. The Popes that ceded the least territory to the enemy in order to “conserve” that which remained, were hailed as heroes on the global stage. Those who put up little resistance and gave ground easily had to content themselves merely with sainthood. But each in their turn gave precious ground to the enemy.
Those few faithful that refused to flee and abandon the Church altogether were told by those they trusted that all the ground ceded to the enemy was of no value anyway, that is was actually an encumbrance better jettisoned to preserve those things that really mattered. Then those things that really mattered were artfully moved into the encumbrance category and jettisoned with the rest. Better to do this, we were told, then to fight. Fighting only made things worse, made the tiger clench its jaws even tighter. Best not to wiggle and squirm, it just turns people off. This was the “conservative” approach. That we should only be concerned with the 5 year rolling average of truth and not focus on what was already lost.
But with the current papacy things have changed, somewhat. Yes, more people are waking up to the fact that there is no land left between us and the tiger and it has us in its jaws. Feeling the clench and the pain, there are those that are finally waking up to the reality of the threat posed. There can be no doubt that this is a necessary and crucial step to mounting any serious resistance. But old habits are hard to break. I recently saw a prominent clergyman, once firmly committed to the “conservative” approach, but now valiantly resisting that which must be resisted, publicly pining for the Church of 2012. If only we could return to that golden era, things could be grand again. If only we could take a few steps back from the tiger, surely, we would be saved. But this is the same mindset of surrender that brought us to this precipice.
So where does that leave us? What do we do?
What we must first do is recognize that the enemy, modernism and its mitred minions, will never stop. They will never just take enough and stop. They will never be satiated. They will relentlessly continue until there is nothing left of True Religion. Digging trenches is not a strategy for victory, but merely a delaying tactic for inevitable defeat. That means we cannot just fight this fight where the current lines are drawn, our aim has to be to take it back, all of it. That means the aim must be the recovery of all Truth and return fully to traditional Catholicism in its liturgy and formulations of the Truth and every promulgated falsehood, whether direct or indirect, must be purged from the Church. Yes, traditional Catholicism is the only answer. Seeking any kind of middle ground leaves the enemy on the field. That can never be tolerated. There were those valiant men who told us this at the beginning of the onslaught, but all too many of us were not prepared to listen.
We can make no pretense that our backs are not currently to the wall. And even though most of the Church at every level has fallen into the iron grip of the enemy, we can never despair, even if we are reduced to a most pitiable state, persecuted by our own even in concert with oppressive states, seeking sacraments in secret, or worse. We have God’s promise that the Church will survive. And we further have the promise of His mother that the Church will be restored after this terrible way of the cross.
But in the meantime, we fight. There is no fleeing to the hills in hopes that we will be left alone there to rebuild Christianity. The enemy would never allow it. We must fight them on everything.
We shall fight against every unholy innovation of this dark and destructive Church, not just the new ones, but all those that have brought us to this state.
We will fight in our parishes, we will fight in our dioceses, we will fight every lupine shepherd in sheep’s clothing, we will fight online, we will fight with our wallets, we must fight and never stop fighting. We don’t fight in hopes of a truce or for some less-unholy middle ground. We fight for all of it. And we can never stop fighting until that day God calls us home or He decides in His infinite wisdom that His body has suffered enough and provides for that break in the front that will send the enemy scurrying.
It is not in our power to win any given battle or the war, it is ours only to fight for what is right. That is the strategy, fight and never stop fighting until the strategy emerges in God’s good time. And then fight some more until the enemy is defeated. It is us or them.
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Thanks for this, Patrick. It so needed to be said. I hope many will be as inspired by your words as I am. God Bless you.
We now see what 35 years of “ conservative” hero-worshipped Popes got us: Bergoglio and his “ grisly gang” ( another Churchill reference.)
He’s your Pope. Enjoy!
DMill • 3 hours ago
As a lifelong admirer of Churchill I like your borrowing from his “never surrender” speech. It fits our crisis seamlessly. If it should come to pass that the Modernist Vatican Wehrmacht tires of their targeted sniping and wages a full-scale assault on Tradition and the TLM, outlawing it, excommunicating all who adhere to it, whatever, we already know that Pius V has declared that no priest can be forced to say any mass other than the Tridentine mass–which by implication prohibits any forced participation in any other mass–so for myself, I would consider such a threat to be invalid and would gladly join those “few, [those] happy few” (I know, that’s Shakespeare, not Winston) who refuse to be forced to participate in the degradition of our faith.
To the good, faithful bishops and priests who are already making your bunker plans (or should be), just make sure to let us know where we can find you if we should indeed be forced to “fight them in the fields,” so that we can support you with our presence at mass, and with whatever other resources we may have with which to assist you. And by the Grace of God, “we shall never surrender.”
We must recover some fighting spirit. I want to go to God with something in my hands besides all my many rotten sins. My little efforts may get me nowhere but He will know I tried. That’s got merit, for a person to fight especially when the odds are far against you and you are not likely to see victory in your lifetime. I’ll do what little I can because I have loved ones, little ones, who do not deserve a world turned all to hell, which is all these destroyers can offer. Without the Church the world will quickly fall, as we see has happened already. I keep waiting for a leader, knowing that in history God raises up saints in dire times, but maybe we don’t. Maybe we are like fire ants, insignificant on their own but they make quite an impact when they work together. Thank you for a reminder to do what we can. How many saints in history knew they would not benefit from their sacrifices but they made them anyway.
One last comment, the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Find it. We have to find a way to stop subsidizing the hydra.
Viva Christo Rey.
Outstanding! Thank you Patrick.
This reminds me of the rousing encouragement before the battle in LOTR. We draw courage from words like these.
Excellent. Bracing. Succinct clarity. Thank you.
The bare minimum – Holy Communion received on the tongue – in any church.
If one wants to be a little more adventurous – make all responses in Latin.
For those who can – assist only at a traditional Latin Mass.
I think you’re right about fighting; it’s been a war from the moment Pope Francis was elected. And Bergoglio et al. come dressed for battle every day.
But who, in the clergy, will step forward and take command of the opposition? Where, tactically, is our Stonewall Jackson?
Maybe a broadly accessible Traditionalist Third Order for lay folk would be possible. I know there are lots of little Third Orders already, but they’re splintered.
Great article, Mr. Archibald. Well done.
I would add one thing: Give nothing to any Conciliar diocese or its officials.
No grain of incense to idols whatsoever.
God bless you Patrick. Your rallying of the faithful echoes all the martyrs, saints and doctors of the Church throughout history.
Thomas Ryan • 9 hours ago
I’m signing right here. No more donations to The Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
Go further. Give nothing to any diocesan organization. Nothing in the weekly basket, nothing to Peter’s Pence, nothing to anything coming out of this Rome. Don’t even send your children to one of these Catholic schools. Find a traditional organization and support that in every way you can.
The realization of this article should, if nothing else, demonstrate that the tactic of negotiating with this Rome is a fatal one. You do not negotiate with those whose intent is to kill you off. You accept no compromise when it compromises what you believe and how you practice those beliefs. Many have known this for some time and it has led to fragmenting even among traditionalists. The SSPX is merely one organization of traditional Catholicism, but make no mistake, there are others. There are so many different groups of traditionalists, who are now left to find their way as best they can that we barely cooperate with each other; the flock has scattered. How to proceed.
For one, we must agree on a common liturgy. SSPX often uses a different missal than SSPV or FSSP, CMRI or perhaps even the independent traditional priests. This can not be a bragging contest over who is right. We need agreement on a missal that is beyond beyond doubt of error or taint.
Likewise changes to sacramental form. Any changes made after V2 should be returned to the previous form.
There are so many other things, but this is by far the most critical. It has to start there.
Amen love this. Remember we were made soldiers for Christ at our Confirmation. Mine was when I was 9 or 10 yrs old and I still remember
You have it right, sir. We’ve been abandoned in the open sewer that is this culture. We need to find our way to safe islands. Dreher is right. Strategic retreat for our own defense and we fight back, simultaneously. But we have to protect ourselves and our own at the same time.
If we got Communion rails back in at least 25% of the churches and the priests started implementing it … how much would that help?
We are in a crisis of unprecedented proportions. Marriage and family is being trampled by the Vatican itself .The importance of Marriage is being devalued.
Rick DeLano • 10 hours ago
The battle will be won only on the grounds of a superior cosmology.
Thank you. This post is very heartening. As Gimli said “Certainty of death. Small chance of success. What are we waiting for?”
The only mildly useful thing about the wrecking ball that is the Vatican is that they are now OUT in the open where we can all see them. It’s interesting that the heart of the persecution of the faithful is again in Germany! They embraced Luther’s ideology; they embraced the Nazi ideology; and now they embrace the Vatican/Freemason/Communist ideology……………… ALL of which are designed to attempt to destroy the One, True, Holy, Apostolic and Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ.
Take heart from the fact that they hate our Church and our Faith so much means that the remnant of the true Church is a mega threat to the Luciferian hordes! If they weren’t terrified of Christ the King we would be safe. But as Jesus said in the Reading at Mass 2 weeks ago – our enemies can only kill us once – then they no longer have any form of power over us. The important thing is that we fight and die for HIM and for the gift of FAITH that He gave us. An eternity with our loving Father is worth far more than any earthly “inconvenience” the satanic losers can offer.
Pat, I can recall that when I entered the 7th Grade in Brooklyn, NY at a Catholic School which is no longer in operation, it was the beginning of The End of these Institutions on The Local. Level, as Catechisis was becoming Political Indoctrination. The coming of the Novus Ordo Missae was 2 years away. It was by this time that, as per Vatican II Document, <<perfectae caritas=””>>, that the <<aggiornamento>> of the Practices & Disciplines of Religious Orders, began to occur.
I was in a parish which was in Brooklyn, but had boundaries in Queens. The Table Altar didn’t appear until Sunday, June 30th, 1969, but the introduction of Guitars to the Liturgy & Banal(Bah-Nahl) “Folk” Style Music, Such as “Sons Of God…Gather ‘Round The Table of The Lord”, suggested that the “Holy Communion As Meal” Theology, was surfacing.
Perhaps the most dangerous Vatican II Documents were <<sacrosanctum concillium=””>>, which was the Blueprint for Novus Ordo Missae & <<perfectae caritas=””>>, which caused for updating the Religious Orders. Rogerian Psychology, which was sheerly Humanistic, and caused for the Utter Destruction of the Teaching Orders of Nuns & Brothers.
By September, 2018, the RC Diocese of Brooklyn will have only 52 Elementary Schools.
So much for <<aggiornamento>>! Queens will have 36 Schools & Brooklyn will have 16 such Schools.
Sounds familiar Michael. I too had a similar experience as a young boy growing up in a 1970s Brooklyn parish. The wheels were coming off at the time and this young man recognized something was unstable…a house divided, spiritually and in practice schizophrenic — trying to be everything to everyone while putting “respectability” over 2000 years of Tradition. The lack of consistency took its toll on my belief and forever decimated faith.
Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report and a Catholic writer on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.
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