Letter from the Publisher
In recent years, the U.S. District of the Society of Saint Pius X has marshalled its publishing apostolate to call renewed attention to the topic of vocations. Some of you may ask, “Have we not read about this topic already? What more is there to say?” I am confident, as you take in and reflect on the contents of this issue, that you will agree there is much more to be said—more than a single issue of this magazine can hope to contain.
The collapse of vocations is one of the most visible signs of the ongoing crisis in the Catholic Church, a crisis that continues more than a half-century after the close of the Second Vatican Council. An anti-clerical, anti-religious mindset infects the Mystical Body of Christ, leading to a situation where parishes all across the country continue to be condensed and closed, monasteries are emptied, and the traditional understanding of the priesthood is all but lost. “Communion services,” where lay ministers profane the Blessed Sacrament with unconsecrated hands, have taken the place of daily Mass in dioceses across the country, and the internet, a remarkable tool too often leveraged for disseminating error, is now the primary outlet for “catechesis.”
I implore you, the readers of The Angelus magazine, to take to heart the articles in this issue. If you are parents, think carefully about what you are doing to direct your children to hear Our Lord’s call. If you are a young person, take the contents of this issue as an opportunity to examine your life, pray fervently, and follow the path God has placed before you. No matter what station you have been allotted in life, please allow the contents of this issue to assist you in being a faithful soldier for Jesus Christ.
As always, please keep the Society of Saint Pius X in your prayers, particularly its publishing arm Angelus Press, and please be assured that all of us are keeping you in ours.
Fr. Jürgen Wegner