The university of Nijmegen [Holland Netherlands], was where Dominican priest Fr. Edward Schillebeeckx penned his notorious Dutch Catechism, stripping the Church of any essential teachings and identity to accommodate the world.
The revolutionaries like Schillebeeckx who were all the rage around the time of Vatican II set the Church on a course that would eradicate nearly all vestiges of Catholic belief here in Holland and, to lesser yet still significant degrees, many other places in the world as well. Here in the land of the Dutch, the Dutch Catechism, which was more Protestant than Catholic, has resulted in such a cataclysmic loss of faith that within 10 years, leaders here are anticipating an entirely new way of having to live the Faith. During the Second Vatican Council, Schillebeeckx was one of the most active theologians!
We have recently learned that a Dutch bishop actually felt the need to inform some of his priests that in the near future, they would have to get jobs in the secular world because there wouldn’t be enough of the Catholic faith left here to support them full-time. He also made the remark that it might be the case that some of them would have to seek out some of the very few surviving faithful Catholics and ask if they could live with them, perhaps as tenants.
The financial resources of the Church here are being drawn down, with nowhere near enough to keep up with the loss. The Church in Holland is now watching the closing on average of two parishes every week, a trend that could even accelerate in the next three years.
Last year there were close to 1,600 parishes in the country. In just the next seven years, the plan is to leave only around 500 open and functioning. What is being witnessed here in the Netherlands is the retreat of the Faith on a massive scale brought about by off-the-rail theologians and bishops who agreed with them or did not do anything to discipline them. It is a disaster almost beyond comprehension.
Ten years before Schillebeeckx published his heretical catechism, 90 percent of Dutch Catholics went to Mass. Today the figure is as low as just a fraction more than one percent — although some Church counts place it closer to 4 percent. In either case, it is a complete collapse, and it is owing to a selling out of the Faith on a broad scale not seen since the Arian heresy of the fourth century.
This is what happens when leaders will not do their job — and it is perfectly logical. Our Blessed Lord even says in the opening chapters of St. John’s Apocalypse that if a local church refuses to live according to the Faith that He Himself will intervene and remove their lamp stand.
Be mindful therefore from whence thou art fallen: and do penance, and do the first works. Or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou do penance. [Revelation 2:5 Douay-Rheims Bible]
That is exactly what is going on. The Faith is being wiped out in Holland, and the demolition is almost completely accomplished. What is left now is for a very small number of faithful Catholics to begin to rebuild with whatever meager resources they have. Holland has become pagan in the course of just 60 years after having enjoyed a Catholic heritage for hundreds of years.
The rebuilding effort will be Herculean and more than likely will not be seen by those who, again, begin relaying the foundation stones. But it needs to be done. And right now there are a few faithful Catholics who are understanding of the situation and their new role: to keep the Faith alive once the history of heresy has run its course.
This should be a warning to every bishop in U.S. and Canada, two countries with a used-to-be huge and yet some remaining loyal, faithful Catholic population, and in a couple or so years, priests will have to start living with laity and having to find secular jobs to pay the bills.
Along with the Dutch Catechism, we learn about another English-language Alpha course which has been introduced to thousands of Catholic parishes in 70 countries, including the Diocese of Montreal. Despite its widespread use in the Church, it turns out ALPHA isn’t even Catholic; it’s protestant top-to-bottom. According to Cardinal Burke “the Alpha Program MUST NOT BE USED, it does not have the doctrinal and methodological foundations required for the teaching of the Catholic Faith”. For a good critique on the dangers of this course, visit The Church Militant web site.
I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a Divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul…I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the true Faith of the Church, reject Her ornaments and make Her feel remorse for Her historical past.
A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, ‘Where have they taken Him?” ~ Pope Pius XII.
To keep us all straight on one path, read the “The Catechism of Perseverance“: an historical, doctrinal, moral and liturgical exposition of the Catholic religion, translated from the French of Abbé Gaume. Imprimatur 1850.
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers, who shall bring in sects of perdition, and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction. [2 Peter 2:1 Douay-Rheims Bible]