Modernist Catholic Recovery Conference

If Catholics want to hold a conference for Catholics who have been wounded by the modern Church, they will likely need a huge venue.

A group named “Trad Recovery” is holding a conference this summer to minister to people who have been harmed by their involvement in traditionalist communities. Some traditionalist Catholics have taken offense to the project, but it is certainly possible that there are some people who have had bad experiences and who might therefore benefit from some “ministering.”

The proposal itself, though, should shame “conservatives” and “trads” into doing something similar for those wounded by the changes in the Church since the sixties.

While the Trad Recovery group has chosen to hold their conference in a fairly small venue in beautiful Montana, it likely will take counterpoint conference organizers some time to pull their event together. Why? Because the numbers interested may be huge; it will require renting out sports arenas in multiple metro areas to accommodate a mere fraction of the wounded. Millions have left the Church since the sixties, and millions of those who remain are exceedingly unhappy with much of what is happening in the Church. Many of those who left claim, “I didn’t leave the Church; the Church left me.” Hence, a good title for the conference would be: “The Church Left Us.”

I can imagine the organizers will ask potential attendees to use something like the following list to determine if the conference is for them. The conference would be for anyone who checked one or more of the following:

  • I was scandalized by the removal of the tabernacle to a remote part of the church, sometimes out of sight and sometimes to a storage space occupied by other items, such as stacked chairs and brooms.
  • When the new parish church was built to look like a spaceship, I had a hard time walking in.
  • I have come to realize that seminaries were homosexual hothouses for years and actively discouraged ordination of heterosexual men.
  • Receiving the Eucharist on my hands seems like a desecration.
  • I have always wanted to know where the beautiful statues removed from churches have disappeared to. Could I buy one?
  • When I learned that the changes of the Novus Ordo were not required by Vatican II, I began to question the changes made.
  • I never figured out why banners are considered appropriate around the altar: To enhance a carnival atmosphere?
  • I could not understand why all the U.S. bishops agreed to close the churches during Covid, when abortion clinics and liquor stores remained open. They didn’t even protest! They didn’t even allow Easter Services!
  • I continue to be appalled at the cover up of sexual abuse.
  • I fear a large number of bishops are active homosexuals.
  • My kids have lost their faith because they attended Catholic schools.
  • The evangelical church down the street cares more about Gospel values than the Catholic Church.
  • I can’t believe the Holy Father seems so determined to suppress the Traditional Latin Mass.
  • I was devastated when I learned that my parish priest was baptized with the invalid formula: “I baptize you in the name of the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sanctifier,” which made his baptism and all his subsequent sacraments invalid and which invalidated all the sacraments he performed (my kids’ baptisms, my daughter’s wedding, my mother’s funeral Mass, and all the Communions my family received at his hands).
  • I am completely wearied by ambiguous and possibly heretical statements being issued by Rome.
  • I am demoralized beyond words that the U.S. bishops make money by assisting with the human trafficking happening at our border.
  • I can’t believe I had never heard of the Traditional Latin Mass until five years ago; I am overwhelmed with its beauty and reverence.
  • I realize that the purpose of a synod is to rubber-stamp progressive proposals approved in advance of the synod.

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