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Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
February 2004

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Dear friends and benefactors,

To see what the modernists have done to destroy the beautiful Catholic churches throughout the world, and how they have replaced them with such stark halls is a tragedy beyond description.

One classic example of this is St. John's University at Collegeville, Minnesota, the once beautiful Benedictine Monastery. St. John's is located a mere fifteen minutes from our church, Immaculate Conception, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

When I am in the area a few times during the year, I like to do theological research in the basement of the library (where most of the traditional theology and Canon Law books can be found). If I am accompanied by our seminarians, I take the time to show them the "fruits" of Vatican II.

The magnificent picture to the right is found in what used to be the apse of the church. The church has long since been stripped of its altar and choir stalls and now is called "The Great Hall" where people meet for a variety of social events.

To the left is the granite arena with a simple cross suspended over a table which has replaced the old church. At the entrance to this modem monstrosity is the only statue in the entire building. It is a 12-foot grotesque metal "image" of St. John the Baptist with an elongated face and body. The ugliness of the "work of art" is truly an insult to people's intelligence.

It is indeed tragic that the Benedictines at Collegeville. Minnesota, who were once noted for the beauty of the liturgy (the Mass and the Divine Office) have been so progressive in the liturgical revolution that came about with Vatican II. How important it is for us to retain in our churches the sacred art which enhances the beauty of the Sacred Liturgy!

With our prayers and blessing,
Most Rev. Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI

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