The phrase was used in the ritual of papal coronation ceremonies between 1409 (when it was used at the coronation of Alexander V) and 1963, and fell out of use (or was removed) during or shortly after Vatican II.
Is it perhaps that the Church at that time was losing site of it’s mission? It’s mission to focus on saving souls and the next life? Did the Church start trying to move to a more “temporal” “relevant” place, a kind of progressive revolution to conform more with the “Modern World” and the “Gloria Mundi”, than with Christ’s teachings? Or maybe Saint John Paul II was Pope for so long that they simply forgot about it.
I know from personal experience that the progressives took “The spirit of Vatican II” and ran with it to places the conciliar fathers never dreamed of going. Sic Transit. Kind of like a large pimple on their collective juvenile progressive noses they squeezed for all they were worth and the pus squirted everywhere, contaminating and infecting everything. At the time, knowing very little, and being very full of myself, I felt that my church had left me first and so I had little compunction about leaving the church myself. Ah, the vanity of youth.
Placing the temporal rewards of power and prestige and influence on a higher pedestal than the next life would be understandable if one was only discussing the works of men. But 盛者必衰 “The prosperous inevitably decline, the full inevitably empty”. This is Christ’s Church we are talking about.
Back in 2013, Salon Magazine ran an article titled: “Is Pope Francis a Fraud?” which plays to all the embittered ex-catholic wanna-be’s who are covered by Chesterton’s famous comment: “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried”. I guess you can follow Church teachings, or you can just get your faith and philosophy from Salon. Your call.
Any human who thinks that there is a necessity for the One Holy Roman Catholic Church to seek conformity with the progressive modern world to retain relevance is patently insane and never was a thinking person to begin with. They lack the courage of their convictions, the courage to stand on their own two feet and declare unambiguously “Non Serviam!” Instead they want to hide their deviance behind the vestment of “Catholic”. Sorry, there are only saints and sinners in the Catholic Church, If you want respectability go Anglican or Episcopalian.
To conform with progressive modernity would be to cease to exist as the Roman Catholic Church.
“Amateur philosophers of our day are saying, writing and publishing a lot of ‘novelties’, and until now the ‘progressive’ calls himself the one, who said something so “wise”, like, there is no God, human reason above all else etc. It might seem, that this is really something new. Yet by no means. This is as old as the world, and even older.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe (THE SAME OLD THING. RN 4 (1925) pp. 1-3)
“. . . socialism, takes advantage of the miserable condition of the worker, in order to inoculate him with the poison of disbelief. We see how the Bolsheviks (or any statist regime, in our own time and place, Obama and the U.S. Government or the NDP and Liberals in Canada) trample on religion. We hear the teachings of the materialists, who wish to reduce the universe to that which we only know immediately by the senses and so persuade themselves and others that there is no God nor the soul.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe (THREATENING DANGER. RN 2 (1923) pp. 2-4)
Perhaps David Warren sums it up well in one of his latest life or death posts: “For humans are enveloped in a moral field that excludes the plants and animals; each one of us a special creation. (See Catechism.) A fundamental humility and caution when tampering with nature is not a bad thing; we should cherish her. But, cherish by integral moral commandment; not because other creatures have any “rights.” (We have only what rights we can defend; they have only what we bestow.)
Here I refer to the order of Love — quite distinct from the order of sentimentality, vividly presented just now in public wailing over the harvest of Cecil the Lion, by people prepared to overlook the destruction of millions of human babies, and the harvest of their body parts by e.g. the Doktor Mengeles of Planned Parenthood“.