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By Fr. Celatus, The Remnant, July 8, 2024

The Gospel of last Sunday reads: “At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them.”

These words brought to mind the sentiments expressed by a modernist rector of a diocesan seminary many years ago. He was lamenting the ever-increasing numbers of conservative Catholic candidates entering the seminary, despite his best efforts to bar their entry or vet them out. In exasperation he once said that it would be better to have no seminarians at all rather than have conservative Catholic priests.

At first glance this view seems to be counter intuitive. After all, without seminarians there really is no reason for a seminary to exist, along the lines that there is no purpose for an airport if there are no planes. But, if your ultimate goal is not filling the seats in a seminary classroom but rather replacing the Church with a counterfeit, that prefers facilitators and feminists to priests, then it makes perfect—satanic—sense. …

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