There are a lot of good points here by everyone. It's nice to see so much agreement for a change!
Nobody has mentioned the liberalizers by name, though. What about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin?
He circulated his one-page screeds of liberalism bilgewater-theology among seminarians and got away with it.
He was like a termite chewing or a cancer growing and nobody was the wiser.
He even faked archaeological discoveries to support evolution with his lies! He got away with that too!
His offense against the Faith had become so great and recognized as such before he died he was refused Christian burial.
But his worldly buddies found a way of getting that "rectified" before long -- maybe now Francis can canonize him.
Or Annibale Bugnini?
Remember, he was the guy that Freemasons convinced Pope Pius XII to put into an office of power.
He survived the Pope, even though he started his dirty work during Pius XII's lifetime.
But after 1958, Bugnini really went into high gear.
Perhaps if Siri had been elected in 1962 he could have sent Bugnini packing but John XXIII wouldn't hear of it.
No, Bugnini went full bore after Fr. Feeney was marginalized, making great strides toward Vat.II.
Bugnini was buried behind a Freemason's grave stone.
And don't forget:Ives Congar, Karl Rahner, Edward Schillebeeckx, John Courtney Murray,
and the infamous J. Ratzinger!
Fr. Feeney was 100% aware of their rotten ideology and did whatever he could to fight it, but he had been neutralized.
Thanks to Archbishop Cushing who was awarded the Red Hat for his accomplishment! Big happy times were ahead.
For the Liberals that is.
Every single one of these creeps were enemies of the thrice-defined dogma of the Faith.
And I'm not talking about BoD or BoB. THE dogma is EENS
Fr. Feeney had been trained as a Jesuit, and had personally known these creeps.
They were his contemporaries.
Knowing them is why he left the Jesuits behind and founded the MICM -- Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
(So often when told what MICM means, Newchurch nuns spout instinctively, "Oh, we don't like that!")
(Could that be what irritates the busybodies who sneer their lips when they say "Feeneyism" and "Feeneyites?")
(Or, is it the tried-and-true, knee-jerk erroneous presumption that BoD and BoB is what defines it/them?)
We need to keep reminding ourselves of that fact, that BoB and BoD were never issues of contention for Fr. Feeney.
He was all about EENS and the missionary spirit in America.
Bad teaching and irrational misinterpretation of BoD and BoB were destroying both THE dogma and the spirit.
So they became something like an also-ran issue that got rare mention.
But rare mention
is all enemies like Fr. Martin Stepanich or mealy-mouthed Michael Matt needed to get their dukes up.
(Let's all gang up on a great priest who defends the TLM like we PRETEND to do, and get some free publicity out of it!)
It took a special genius in Fr. Feeney to point out the key problem with Liberals/Modernists.
He recognized that EENS was THE ISSUE that was being attacked, and because he did so he was virtually crucified.
By foes and would-be friends alike.
And what you see today is part of that. It's still happening.
Every time you denounce "Feeneyism" and "Feeneyites" as if those are foul words, you're contributing to the problem!
You make yourself part of the problem.
You make yourself into a dimwit like SeanJohnson -- the inane screw-loose twit, accomplishing nothing and proud of it.
Fr. Feeney's genius will endure for all time, and perhaps some day it will be recognized.
If it is, the blindness, willful and/or otherwise, of the majority of the mainstream Church will be recognized too.
Their failure to see that he was right from the start is what is keeping the CRISIS IN THE CHURCH chugging along.
He was right from the start, seeing that the attack on EENS was the cornerstone of the Modernist agenda.
In 1985 I picked up an old paperback of Walter M. Abbott's Vatican II documents and paged through it.
There were a few pencil notes written in the margins on a few pages here and there.
Most of them were one word or some cryptic combination of letters.
But there was one page with one note that really made a lot of sense.
It said, "salvation outside the church!" Including the exclamation point.
It was written in the margin, next to the underlined word, "subsists," found in LG 8
(Lumen Gentium 8
The complete quote says,
"The Church of Christ...this Church, constituted and organized as a society
in this present world, subsists in (subsistit in) the Catholic Church,
governed by the Successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion
with him, although (licet) many elements of sanctification and truth
can be found outside her structure; such elements, as gifts properly
belonging to the Church of Christ, impel towards Catholic unity."
At the risk of redundancy, let me repeat myself.
I found a 20-year old copy of Vat.II Documents (paperback book) in the St. Charles Boromeo Catholic Church Book Store for 50 cents (Roger Cardinal Mahony is currently in retirement on the premises), in which some previous owner, perhaps taking notes at a lecture or sermon or class on Vat.II, had written, "Salvation Outside the Church"
(in open denial of EENS, THE
dogma of the Faith: NO Salvation Outside the Church), where the book's text had these words:
"The Church of Christ... subsists in the Catholic Church... although...
sanctification and truth can be found outside... the Church of Christ."
When I saw that in that book, I got woke.
I started looking for answers, and found Catholic Treasures in Monrovia, where Phyllis Shabow introduced me to their wonderful stock of otherwise forgotten publications. Among which was Pascendi Domenici Gregis
and Fr. Lemius' A Catechism on Moderism
You actually need both books or you won't know which end is up.
It was thorough CT that I also discovered many other things, including the St. Benedict Center in Richmond, NH.
I had heard of Fr. Feeney but I had never met people who knew him personally and worked with him.
So this has been a 33-year journey for me.
I had known there were tremendous problems in the Church but I had to STUDY Modernism (not just read about it).
And I finally found in Fr. Feeney someone who had seen the storm brewing before the thunder cracked open Vat.II.
Pope St. Pius X and his saintly Secretary of State, Cardinal Merry Del Val were highly helpful as well.
Just as Adolf Hitler had been building up his war chest since 1932, so too Modernists prepared for Vat.II 20 years ahead of it.
Sure, war didn't "break out" until Hitler invaded Poland, but without 8 years of preparation, it would have flopped.
So too the Crisis in the Church "broke out" with Vat.II, but the groundwork had been meticulously prepared.
They didn't even purchase the bleachers inside St. Peters, but rented
That way it would appear clear that Vat.II would not take very long. Or so they would lead you to believe.
(It was going to take just as long as it had
to take to get Dignitatis Humanae
passed --- errr, rammed
It ended up taking 5 years, and they paid in rent enough to buy the stupid bleachers 3 times over.
Whatever it takes -- no expense was spared! The auto-demolition of the Church had to happen at all costs!