Q:Do you not think that the crisis in morals is deeply involved with the crisis in liturgy? A:Certainly.In the post-conciliar period a collapse of the life of faith and of ecclesiastical discipline has taken place, seen especially in the liturgical crisis.The liturgy has become an anthropocentric activity. It has ended up by being a reflection of the idea of man instead of the right of God to be adored as He himself asks.From here, in the moral sphere attention is focused almost exclusively on the needs and wants of men, instead of on what the Creator has written in the hearts of his creatures.The lex orandi is always bound to the lex credendi.If someone does not pray well, then he does not believe well and therefore he does not behave well.When I go to celebrate the Traditional Mass, for example, I see so many beautiful young families with so many children.I do not believe that these families do not have problems, but it is evident that they have more strength to confront them.This has to say something.The liturgy is the most perfect and most complete expression of our life in Christ, and when all of this is lessened or is betrayed every aspect of the life of the faithful is harmed. Q:What can a pastor say to a Catholic who feels bewildered by these winds of change? A:The faithful should take courage, because the Lord will never abandon his Church.We should think about how the Lord calmed the sea in the storm and his words to his disciples:“Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” (Mt. 8:26).If this time of confusion seems to put their faith at risk, they have to only work even harder to live a life that is truly Catholic.But I am aware that to live in these times is a source of great suffering. Q:It is becoming difficult not to think of this as a time of chastisement. A:I think about this first of all concerning myself.If I am suffering at this time because of the situation in the Church, I think that the Lord is telling me that I have need of purification.And I also think that, if the suffering is so widespread, this means that the whole Church is in need of purification.But this is not because of a God who is waiting only to punish us.This is because of our own sins.If in some way we have betrayed doctrine, moral teaching or the liturgy, it follows inevitably that we will undergo a suffering that purifies us to put us back again on the narrow way.
In the midst of so much suffering and confusion it is, at least, comforting to know that we are not alone.