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“Springtime of Vatican II” Update:
Ireland Falls to Militant Homosexualism

by Christopher A. Ferrara
June 9, 2015

We have reached a new milestone in the fantasy “renewal” of Vatican II: formerly Catholic Ireland has approved of “gay marriage” by a popular referendum—the first country in the world to do so in that manner.

Let that sink in: after fifty years of “updating” of the Church, accompanied by mass defections from the faith throughout Europe, the first country in the world to approve of “gay marriage” by popular referendum is the overwhelmingly Catholic country of Ireland.  The once Catholic people of Ireland wanted this abomination.

The vote wasn’t even close: 62.1 percent voted in favor of allowing couples whose relationship involves the habitual practice of sodomy to call themselves “married” according to law.

The useless Catholic hierarchy of Ireland did virtually nothing to oppose this outrage. As Vatican Radio reports, the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin—a typical post-Vatican II clerical tower of Jell-O—went on the radio to discuss “the reasons why he was voting ‘no, namely because of his belief that marriage is a unique institution involving one man and one woman.”

That’s nice.  Now we know what Martin “believes.”  And what about the faithful?  No instruction for them on their duty, under pain of sin, to defend to the Gospel and the divine and natural law, which binds all men and nations regardless of what they “believe” to the contrary? Not on your life! Notes Vatican Radio: “The Archbishop, however, stopped short of telling Catholics how they should vote, pointedly saying ‘those days are gone’—a reference to a time when the Irish Catholic hierarchy frequently instructed Mass-goers on how they should vote.” 

As I said: the useless Catholic hierarchy of Ireland.  Equally useless, however, was the Vatican itself. The Pope and his growing cadre of Latin American progressives in the various Vatican departments, busying themselves with the pressing pseudo-issue of “climate change,” had not one word to say in opposition to the legal recognition of sodomitical relationships as “marriage” in a Catholic country. Even Cardinal Muller at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was silent.

Why did the Pope and the Vatican remain silent? A headline at the website of International Business Times says it all: “Ireland Gay Marriage Vote: Irish Catholic Church Takes A Cue From Pope Francis, Charts New Course Amid Waning Influence.”  The result in Ireland is yet another ramification of the Pope’s “who am I to judge” respecting hypothetical godly “gays.” The “Francis effect” has silenced the already feeble voice of the Church Militant in opposition to the march of militant homosexualism, just as Father Linus Clovis observed in his groundbreaking address in Rome earlier this month.

And what did Archbishop Martin have to say in the aftermath of this total debacle?  The report by Associated Press reveals extent of the devastation wrought by a conciliar “renewal” that is actually a vast corruption of the human element of the Church: “The Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the ‘overwhelming vote’ against church teaching on gay marriage meant that Catholic leaders in Ireland need to urgently find a new message and voice for reaching Ireland's young.”

After a half-century of progressive clerics boasting that thanks to Vatican II the Church now speaks to the modern world in a new and more appealing way, Martin declares that the Church must find a new and more appealing way to speak to the young.  Blinders firmly in place, he fails and refuses to see that it is precisely the Church’s post-conciliar failure to preach the Gospel in the “old” and familiar way that has contributed to the total collapse of Catholic social order over which he and his fellow useless prelates preside—led by a Vatican now more concerned with alleged rising temperatures and sea levels than it is with the rapidly accelerating fall of what was once Christendom, and the consequent loss of countless souls.

“You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.”  The essence of the Message of Fatima is the essence of what the fantasy “renewal” has consigned to oblivion. That is why the Church is in the midst of what the aptly named Bishop Athanasius Schneider calls “the fourth great crisis” in her history. And that is why the work of Father Gruner and the Fatima Center must go on.