So now we are settling down into the Year Of Luther, and our Holy Father has done his trip to Lund and said what-ho to the (arch)bishopesses. He may even, for all I know, have kissed them and washed their feet, although I do hope he first checked that he had their Consent, as we chaps have to nowadays before we lay so much as a finger .... And the Pontifical Council for something or other which now eludes me, earlier this year, issued Texts and Materials and Shoe Boxes. I am sure much more enlightenment lies ahead. I can't, er, wait. Neither (I sense it) can you.
Not long before he died, Dom Gregory Dix did a lecture tour in Sweden. That was a time, 1950, before Swedish Lutheranism had descended anything like as far as it has now into the most extreme blasphemies and apostasies of the Zeitgeist. But Dix found already "an appalling stiffness and deadness". He felt that "What they need is daily mass and weekly communion and morning and evening prayer daily in Church to make it all come alive". He did not hesitate to show the way: he insisted on celebrating his own daily (Latin, Tridentine) Mass, and made them fix up an altar for him to do it on in Stockholm Cathedral ... and in Uppsala and Stranghus [See via Google A Tactful God by Simon Bailey page 234].
He wrote to a friend: "If ever I hated Luther I hate that psychological monster three times more now that I have seen his results!"
I wonder if even the most exclusive, anti-ecumenical, and died-in-the-wool traddies might, albeit reluctantly, agree with me that this mere Anglican monk had a sharper nose for psychopathology and monstrosity than some Roman Pontiffs sometimes appear to possess.
But Mary's Immaculate Heart will prevail! Singlehanded, Mary has destroyed all the heresies in all the world! She is more than a match for dead heresiarchs!