Index of Leading Catholic Indicators
Roman Catholic Books
Here is the new book, compiled by Kenneth Jones ofMissouri Lawyers Weekly, that commentator andCatholic Patrick Buchanan found so significant that hedevoted an entire recent column to it, from which wequote:
"As the Watergate scandal of 1973-1974diverted attention from the far greater tragedyunfolding in Southeast Asia, so, too, the scandal ofpredator-priests now afflicting the Catholic Churchmay be covering up a far greater calamity.
Thirty-seven years after the end of the only churchcouncil of the 20th century, the jury has come inwith its verdict: Vatican II appears to have been anunrelieved disaster for Roman Catholicism.
Liars may figure, but figures do not lie. Kenneth C. Jonesof St. Louis has pulled together a slim volume of statisticshe has titled Index of Leading Catholic Indicators: TheChurch Since Vatican II.
His findings make prophets of Catholic traditionalists whowarned that Vatican II would prove a blunder of historicdimensions, and those same findings expose as foolish andnaive those who believed a council could reconcileCatholicism and modernity. When Pope John XXIII threw open the windows of the church, all the poisonousvapors of modernity entered, along with the Devilhimself. Here are Jones’ grim statistics ofCatholicism’s decline…
Though the number of U.S. Catholics has risen by 20million since 1965, Jones’ statistics show that thepower of Catholic belief and devotion to the Faithare not nearly what they were…
At the opening of Vatican II, reformers were all therage. They were going to lead us out of our Catholicghettos by altering the liturgy, rewriting the Bible andmissals, abandoning the old traditions, making us moreecumenical, and engaging the world. And their legacy?
Four decades of devastation wrought upon thechurch, and the final disgrace of a hierarchy that lackedthe moral courage of the Boy Scouts to keep the pervertsout of the seminaries, and throw them out of the rectoriesand schools of Holy Mother Church.
Through the papacy of Pius XII, the church resisted theclamor to accommodate itself to the world and remained amoral beacon to mankind. Since Vatican II, the church hassought to meet the world halfway."
"Jones' statistics tell us the price of appeasement."