What has happened should not be possible if the claims of the Catholic Church are true.(...)That's the point! The Church after Vatican II is a fountain of heresy. There is no way to argue that away. And aside from two or three dubious private revelations, there is no means to deal with it within the catholic system. The easiest way to lose your faith is to follow your bishop, follow your diocesan priest, to be obedient to the pope and read all the modernist stuff from Rome. A simple church-going layman without any skill or interest in dogmatic theology has no chance to stay catholic. At the moment I have trouble to discuss with evangelical christians because I fear that becoming catholic and obedient to the pope would only result in becoming a modernist who believes that the existence of different religions is the will of God and stuff like that.
There has to be a visible Church on this planet -- and actually it is not the Roman-Catholic Church.
Oh I agree, I can hardly bring myself to go all the way through with trying to convert Protestants because I don't know where to send them..........
It is my opinion that the Catholic Church is in Eclipse, as prophecied at La Salette. I agree with you though largely that the average layman who is not going to make the effort cannot really keep the Faith. I think the period is one of severe, unprecedented testing and chastisement for sin. Following the modernism from most of the clergy is inevitably going to lead one to have a modernist Faith, which is not the Catholic Faith if we are honest. I trust those more simple souls who are genuinely devoted to Our Blessed Mother and the Rosary will hopefully not be counted or fall into formal heresy.
I am open to any explanation. I have studied Catholicism and Church history for a long time and remain convinced it is the true Church. Eastern Orthodoxy does not compel me in the same way. The Devil, Freemasonry and Talmudic Judaism attacked and infiltrated the Catholic Church because
it is the True Church. This convinces me more than anything not to abandon it as it is a certain proof to its authenticity.
I think the situation is like Mary Magdalene and the Holy women at the Resurrection Tomb frantically asking "Where oh where have they taken Our Lord?" It is a profound mystery as to the explanation of how the Papacy is kept in tact. Have a read of this as it addresses the visibility question.http://www.a-c-r-f.com/html/LHR_The-church-IS-eclipsed_18p.html
"Alone are those who have the True Faith and those who will be persecuted for having understood the eclipse of the Church.
The others see nothing and understand nothing. -Luis-Hubert Remy -from the book: L’Eglise Eclipsée (The Church in Eclipse)
"Fight, children of light, you, the few who can see. For now is the time of all times, the end of all ends."
(Words of Our Lady of La Salette to Melanie Calvat 1846 A.D.)
Was Cardinal Siri really the pope? It certainly seems likely to me considering the evidence but not very probable. And I admit seems all the more doubtful with each passing year. http://eclipseofthechurch.com/
This is not an unqualified endorsement of this interpretation of what has happened but like I said I open to anything. I am on the fence about sedevacantism, Resist and Recognize, Sede-Impeditism , etc. etc. They all have their problems. The Novus Ordo though as far as I can determine was a initiative of malice from Anti-Catholic forces and I refuse to give up on the Catholic Church because of it.
What I do currently, not being near a SSPX chapel any longer, is receive the sacraments at an Eastern Rite Catholic Church and go to confession from pre 1969 ordained Latin Rite priests, where I can be sure they are valid priests. I try to pray the Rosary everyday begging God to save me and all those of good will and to bring a remedy through His mercy in restoring His Church. I am trying to wait it out.