Readers of this site will recall my extensive coverage of the destruction of the Philadelphia Carmelite monastary, first in 2021 and continued early 2022. Maike Hickson at Lifesite News published startling new revelations yesterday that I suggest you read here:
Across the transom, a response of a reader NVP and the LifeSite article about the Philadelphia Carmel:
LifeSite News has just revealed some of the damnable ecclesiastical hijinks behind the closure of the Carmelite monastery of Philadelphia. The expose is well past due. Many Catholics and even some non-Catholics worldwide have been left troubled and wondering for the past eighteen months following the sudden departure of a young and thriving community of Carmelite nuns from their monastery in the city. As the LifeSite article points out, this monastery is one of rich history and great significance.
We would not be surprised if the attack against this Carmel and the ferocious assault against traditional Catholic contemplative life should come from the external enemies of Jesus Christ and His Church. That such an abhorrent war against all that is holy, good and true should come from characters in positions of apparent authority, even at the highest levels in Rome, gives us pause, to say the least. More so, it raises questions about what has happened in the Church for at the very least these past sixty years. Does anyone have the courage to conclude and state the obvious? Christ gives us the answer in the Holy Gospel. While the masters slept, the enemy came in the darkness of night to oversow the wheat-fields of the Church with cockle. In darkness. In the darkness of human hearts this was done, much as Judas went out of the presence of Jesus in the Upper Room to do his dirty deicidal deed in darkness. “And it was night,” declares St. John.
Night indeed has fallen on the Church, presently in terrifying visible eclipse, just as Heaven and the mystics have foretold. And in this night of eclipse, we see from the LifeSite article that there are dreamers, even consecrated souls, whose dreams are pleasant to themselves, but nightmares to the small struggling and persecuted faithful flock of Christ.
Their dreams are visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads. In the case of the Philadelphia Carmel, the plum is the juicy, sweet and fat windfall of financial gain, with a luscious accompaniment of canceled contemplative community. Here these dreamers seek to serve their gluttonous appetite for worldly gain and for the devouring and destruction of thriving contemplative life. Their malodorous and diabolical, narcissistic malice is now coming to light.
Honest observers will note that such sugarplums are the only item on the dreamers’ menu. The menu, I say? Yes, the menu called “Cor orans,” imposed on all participating franchisees by the apparatchiks of corporate Vatican II, Inc.
The failure to communicate openly and honestly with the public since April of 2021–or should I say the deliberate choice to not so communicate by the parties involved in the situation at the Philadelphia Carmel?—has raised questions. Inquiring minds want and deserve to know.
Over the course of these past many months, we have seen the authorized departure of the last remaining nun, the cessation and prohibition of public and private worship and devotion at the beautiful chapel of Carmel, the closing of its revived religious goods store, the prevention of any of the faithful to so much as enter the grounds, the moving of the Carmel mailbox from the interior courtyard to the outside of the main entrance, the expulsion of the monastery’s Carmelite Secular (OCDS) community and, finally, the 24/7 locking of its public entrance gates.
The obvious question is why. Why this crushing of any activity or signs of life at Carmel? Is there something here so horrendous, wicked, shameful, dishonest or criminal that it must be hidden at all costs, however steep or irrational? We are driven by this seemingly bizarre cloak-and-dagger scenario to ask: Why this draconian repression of any and all activity, including the simple prayers of the faithful wishing to visit in order to pray to their beloved Mother in her house and theirs. Yes, theirs. Theirs by their 120 years of devotion and love, prayers, sacrifices and material and financial support of the nuns and their hallowed home in the midst of the city.
And what of the nuns whose remains lie entombed on the grounds of Carmel? Dare anyone suggest that they are of no account, that their lives have nothing to say concerning the fate of the Philadelphia Carmel? Shall our beloved dead in the communion of saints have no voice? Shall their heroic witness to Jesus Christ and the Faith bear no weight in the lives and choices of the living, the members of the Church Militant who stand on the shoulders of these spiritual giants? If the dead have nothing to say to us, it is only because our loss of faith and supernatural vision has made us deaf to their appeals.
In fact, this entire debacle aimed at the dissolution of the Philadelphia Carmel is a brazen sign of the effective loss of faith and the absence of love for the little flock of Christ among those who have instigated and are continuing the assault on the Philadelphia Carmel and on contemplative life throughout the Church.
Dear readers, understand the reality we face at present. We have the choice. We can fight for God and His Holy Church, for His glory and majesty, and for the consequent good of souls, our own included. No less fateful is the opposite choice. By remaining passive and silent, thus acquiescing to evil and thereby to give consent to evil-doers, is to invite the severe judgment of God against us, now and at the moment of our death.
We are in the midst of a great spiritual battle, whether we like it or not. By the mysterious providence of God, the Philadelphia Carmel is ground-zero and a test case conducted by the conscious or unconscious enemies of Christ.
Let us engage in the battle before us, while at the same time imploring the Mother of God, herself an “army arrayed in battle” and great foe of Satan, for the enlightenment and conversion of these errant souls, and for the continuing conversion and strengthening of our own selves.
Mother of Mount Carmel, hear our prayers!