Open Letter to Priests from Young Catholic: Why Don’t You Do Anything Against the Ruin of Eucharistic Worship?

Republished and translated from from Aldo Maria Valli.

NOTE: A young reader, who unfortunately does not wish to sign his name (but why? What are you afraid of?) sent me this “Open letter to priests to reiterate the authentic message of Fatima, distorted by the post-conciliar Church”.  I gladly propose it to you all.

Dear Aldo Maria Valli,

I am a young lay Catholic and I attend – when possible – the usual Mass, otherwise I am satisfied with the new one.

A few days ago, Friday 2 February, I attended a new mass celebrated by a priest of a conservative religious order linked to the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Being the first Friday of the month, the priest, rather piously, just before Communion, offered “in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences” with which the Lord is offended, recalled the traditional practice of the nine Fridays dedicated to the Sacred Heart .

This left me rather perplexed. The expression immediately reminded me of the apparitions of the Angel to the three shepherd children, which occurred the year before those of the Most Holy Virgin. The Angel taught them how to offer the communion of reparation, kneeling and reciting the formula three times «My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You. I ask your forgiveness for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love you. Most Holy Trinity, Father and Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly and offer You the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, present in all the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences with which He himself is offended. And for the infinite merits of his Most Holy Heart and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I ask you for the conversion of poor sinners.”

He next communicated to them while they were kneeling, and then repeated the prayers three more times, prostrate.

In the mass I was present at, however, I saw something completely different: although the intention was the same, how distant was the expression! Communions taken standing, on the hands, and distributed by an “extraordinary” minister whose real need was very dubious. I therefore asked myself: but how can these priests (whether they are religious, secular from parishes or from orders linked to Fatima) not realize the clear, evident gap between the Angel’s teaching to the shepherd children (because this was: a education, a catechesis on reparation) and post-conciliar praxis? How can they coherently disseminate the message of Fatima in its authenticity, if in practice it is canceled out in all its charisma and profound meaning?

Certainly readers of Duc in altum are familiar with the results of a survey on the beliefs of practicing Italian Catholics, called Italians of Little Faith . Well, remember that the results regarding the Eucharistic cult were disconcerting to say the least: only 32% know that Communion is the Body and Blood of Christ, while for 50% it is only a symbol and for 14.3% even a “particular host that recalls the bread of the last supper”. In short, seven out of ten practitioners go to mass without knowing what the Eucharist is.

I ask myself, therefore: according to our pastors, what do these results depend on? How can we deny that the evidently desacralizing practices of Communion standing and on the hands (in Italy “only” starting from 1989) have had an impact on Eucharistic worship and on the perception of the identity of the Eucharist? How can we think that moving from the thousand-year-old practice of Communion on the knees and on the tongue, administered only by priests, to a practice taken up by the Protestants would not have undermined the faith in Transubstantiation and the supreme respect that is owed towards the Eucharistic species and in the way of behaving in church?

I hear people say: “But it is the internal reverence that counts, not the external one, like that of the Pharisees”. This is the typical response of the average Catholic today, priest or lay person. But this answer eludes the facts: the loss of reverence for the Eucharist, which however is not only external. How many of those who receive Communion, in fact, regularly confess? How many know that by communicating in mortal sin they commit a horrible sacrilege (1Cor 11,27)? How many believe in the existence of hell and in the very concept of mortal sin?

The answer (which should be logical) is that internal reverence matters as much as external reverence, and vice versa. No saint, having a pure heart and therefore a perfect internal reverence, would ever have risked communicating in the superficial and outrageous way with which today people claim to welcome the King of kings, almost as if it were not written that “in the name of Jesus every knee let him bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Phil 2).

Nor would it make sense to approach the Body of the Savior with apparent devotion, but with a soul stained by sin. External reverence serves as a repellent to the bad and a warning to the good, and this is easily demonstrated. Think of Berlusconi’s funeral: how many journalists, showmen and showgirls would have been careful not to approach the Sacred Species if they had been asked to kneel in front of them? I believe that many, predictably not prepared at all, would have abstained. Can it be denied?

“By their fruits you will know them” (Mt 7). Dear priests, until when will you pretend that the crisis of faith within the Church is due only to the world, and not also to these unfortunate post-conciliar reforms? Why don’t you dare to do anything against the ruin of Eucharistic worship, undeniably “legalized” by the authorities of the last sixty years?

But above all: why adhere to the authorizations and orders issued by the post-conciliar hierarchies, contrary to the Sacred Tradition of the Church and to the faith of the Church itself? Why are you so afraid of respecting the venerable customs of the Fathers, even at the cost of holy disobedience? Why must you let only the truly disobedient to Holy Mother Church have the courage to introduce their poisonous errors?

In fact, Communion in the hand spread precisely in this way, through disobedience. And instead of removing this evil the authorities ratified it! And how did they ratify it? According to the Memoriale Domini (1969) of Paul VI, such abuse could be authorized by the Episcopal Conferences only where it was already widespread (at the time of the publication of the aforementioned instruction). Yet the Episcopal Conferences began to authorize it everywhere: in Italy, for example, in 1989, during a session held in the middle of summer (it was 19 July), with only one more vote in favor (1).

Communion administered by lay people – unique in the history of the Church – is the most anti-traditional thing that has ever been created. It only existed in the first centuries in cases of extreme necessity (persecutions, wars) and never concerned the distribution of the Sacred Species during the Liturgy, as explicitly declared by the Council of Trent (2).

Look at the example of the saints to understand how these customs are foreign to the true faith: Saint Charles Borromeo, having inadvertently dropped a host, did not have the courage to celebrate Holy Mass for four days and imposed eight days of fasting as penance. . Saint Teresa of Avila, having found a fragment of the Host on the paten, called the novices and in procession carried the paten to the sacristy with great veneration (3). In the Tridentine Mass, from the Consecration to the ablutions, the priest keeps his fingers (thumbs and index fingers) joined, so that no fragment, even the smallest, can be lost! And we could continue with endless examples…

And you, to respect the Sacred Tradition of the Church and the sacred deposit of the Faith, avoiding applying these rules which are the ruin of the Church, are afraid! As Jesus said to Padre Pio about sacrilegious priests: “Butchers!” (4).

Is this how you will save our souls?

Is this how you serve the Church?

Is this how you serve God?

Signed letter

(1) And to think that at the time of the Memoriale Domini , to the question “Is it considered appropriate to accept the petition that, in addition to the traditional way of receiving Communion, it is also permitted to receive it in the hand?”, posed by the Holy See to the bishops of all the world, the victory of the no vote was overwhelming, with 1233 votes against the 567 yes votes. It only took a few years…

(2) “In receiving sacramental communion it has always been customary, in the Church of God, for lay people to receive it from priests; and that the priests who celebrate communicate themselves. This custom, which derives from the apostolic tradition, must rightly be observed” (Council of Trent, Session XIII, 11 October 1551). Decree on the holy sacrament of the Eucharist. Chapter VIII. Of the use of this admirable sacrament).

(3) The saints and the Eucharist

(4) “On Friday morning I was still in bed when Jesus appeared to me. He was all battered and disfigured. He showed me a great multitude of regular and secular priests, among whom were several ecclesiastical dignitaries; of these, who was celebrating, who was parrying and who was taking off the sacred robes. The sight of Jesus in distress gave me a lot of pain, so I wanted to ask him why he was suffering so much. I got no response. But his gaze returned to those priests; but shortly after, almost horrified and as if he were tired of looking, he withdrew his gaze and when he raised it towards me, to my great horror, I observed two tears rolling down his cheeks. He walked away from that crowd of priests with a great expression of disgust on his face, shouting: “Butchers!”. And turning to me he said: “My son, do not think that my agony lasted three hours, no; because of the souls most benefited by me, I will be in agony until the end of the world. During the time of my agony, my son, one must not sleep. My soul searches for a few drops of human pity, but alas they leave me alone under the weight of indifference. The ingratitude and sleepiness of my ministers make my agony more burdensome. Alas, how badly they correspond to my love! What distresses me most is that they add their contempt and disbelief to their indifferentism. How many times would I have been there and ready to strike them down, if I hadn’t been held back by the angels and the souls in love with me… Write to your father and tell him what you saw and heard from me this morning. Tell him to show your letter to the provincial father…”. Jesus continued further, but I will never be able to reveal what he said to any creature in this world. This apparition caused me such pain in my body, but even more in my soul, that for the whole day I was prostrate and I would have thought I would die if the sweetest Jesus had not already revealed it to me… Unfortunately, Jesus is right to complain about our ingratitude! How many unfortunate brothers of ours correspond to the love of Jesus by throwing themselves with open arms into the infamous sect of Freemasonry!” (Saint Pio of Pietrelcina to his confessor Father Agostino, 7 April 1913).