The first is that the Extraordinary Form will ever be anything but the Extraordinary Form. Here’s reality: it’s called the Extraordinary, not the Ordinary, Form for a reason. Even a study by a source strongly biased toward it informs us that after 13 years of authorization, only a “tiny percentage” of Catholics attend it. The vast majority of Catholics, thanks be to God, attend either the Ordinary Form of the Latin rite or some other rite in the Church. Adherents of the EF love to play the statistical trick of claiming that they are among the “fastest growing” demographics in the Church. But, of course, every tiny demographic can make the same claim. If you have only two members and you get two more, you can boast a massive growth rate. You’ve doubled in size overnight! Can the Ordinary Form make such a claim with their old and busted lib Pope?
Well, no. But in 2021 the Church grew by 16 million Catholics — a 1.12% increase compared to 2018 while the world’s population grew by 1.08%. And the overwhelming proportion of these go to the old, busted, boring Vatican II/Francis Catholic Church and not the New Hotness of the EF. If you want to get a sense of those numbers, it means that about 26 Seattles entered the Church this year. For a failing apostate Infiltrated Church of Pagans (have you noticed how alike Taylor Marshall and Jack Chick sound now?) the old girl still seems pretty spry.
The second great fantasy is like unto the first: the utter delusion that the Second Vatican Council will be, ‘ow you say, “repealed and replaced”. The people who believe this are the same sort of paranoid conspiracy theorists who are convinced that Francis is the Antichrist, that COVID is a hoax that is prelude to the Great Reset, and that there is no god but Trump and Vigano is his prophet.
Reality: The Second Vatican Council is not going anywhere, though we may well see a Vatican III in my lifetime, and most likely to deal with the problem of right wing neo-fascist rejection of Vatican II. But I leave that to the Holy Spirit.
Finally, there is third great fantasy indulged by this demographic: the belief in their own persecution–even as they dole out real persecution and abuse of others, particularly the brown and weak–who are frequently Catholic.
Whether it is
- the brown Catholic children at the border whose kidnapping by Trump henchmen they cheered
- the Amazonian Basin Catholics seeking shepherds and sacraments and receiving only ugly slander and insults as “pagans” from Reactionary bullies,
- sterling and saintly Catholics like Gloria Purvis being kicked out of their jobs by MAGA thugs for speaking out against racism and white supremacy
- murder victims like George Floyd being mocked by Austin Ruse and Matt Walsh,
- COVID victims being abandoned to their deaths by the likes of Abby Johnson
- vulnerable Catholics being bullied with the lie that sane public health measures such as communion in the hand are a “sin” by abusive priests like James Altman and Mark Goring
…what you can always count on is that the sellers and buyers of all this abuse in this abusive sect will sob about their own imaginary victimhood and persecution by “the libs” even as they trample their victims.
And until that imaginary pity party ends, they will not even be able to begin to address the first two fantasies because they have the most massive learning disability there is: Pride. When your field of vision is filled with the swollen vision of your own blubbering face as you weep for yourself and steal admiring glances in narcissistic ecstasies, it’s hard to see much else–especially the neck of the guy you are kneeling on at the Communion rail, waiting to receive the Body of Christ on the tongue you use to say things like…
May God raise up saints for his Church through Christ our Lord to do penance and reparations for such selfishness, sadism, cruelty, and delight in evil.