“You’re not builders, you’re destroyers. I’m not going to take that anymore.” - Mother Angelica
At one point during the festivities at World Youth Day in Denver in 1993, there was a production of the Stations of the Cross that featured a woman playing the part of Jesus. Mother Angelica read an article from The Denver Post that called it “ironic… since the Catholic Church won’t ordain women as priests.”
“No, it’s not ironic,” Mother Angelica responded, “it’s blasphemous.”
She spent the next 20 minutes or so calling out the “Liberal Church in America” for its dissent from orthodoxy, destroying good things about the Church, and its failure to attract new converts to the faith.
“I’m tired of your tricks,” she said. “I’m tired of your deceits. I’m tired of you constantly making a crack, and the first thing you know there’s a hole, and all of us fall into it.
“I’m so tired of you Liberal Church in America. And everything you’ve ever done is done in silence. Nothing, nothing you’ve done, from your witchcraft, to your enneagrams, to your centering prayer, to all this Earth spirituality, to replacing holy water with sand. To destroying our churches and closing churches that are viable and ready to go.
“No, this is not an accident. We’ve swallowed this now for 30 years, and I’m tired of it. We’ve swallowed enough of your idea of God. You have really no God, you have no dogma, no doctrine, and no authority, because the only authority in the Catholic Church is our Holy Father and the magisterium, and you’ve disclaimed that.
“You don’t believe in the Eucharist, you don’t believe in the Immaculate Conception, you don’t believe in the Virgin Birth, you don’t believe in Mary’s power of intercession, you don’t believe in religious life, you don’t believe in being a spouse of Christ.
“You do believe in teaching to little children of the 3rd grade sex education. You do believe in forcing centering prayer and forcing inclusive language upon us. And now you depict Jesus as a woman. You are sick.
“But I admit you have a right to your ways. You have a right to think your own thoughts. You have a right before God and this nation to do what you do. But I resent you trying to destroy the Catholicity of the simple and the poor and the elderly by your ways. I’m not going to accept that.
“I’m a Roman Catholic. I’m a Latin rite. I believe in God as Father, creator of heaven and earth. I believe that Jesus is his Son, his only Son. I believe that the Spirit proceeds from Father and Son, that there is a Trinity. I believe that Baptism puts into my heart and soul that wondrous Trinity. It is not an initiation into a club.
“I believe that he died and he suffered and he rose. He rose. It wasn’t the rising of the resurrection of Jesus in the thoughts of men. It wasn’t something we have to remember. It was a physical resurrection. I believe in that, you don’t.
“But you spread your errors to children. And our children don’t even know the Eucharist anymore. They don’t understand that that is the Blessed Sacrament, that that is the body and blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus. Your catechisms are so watered down, they say nothing but love your neighbor. No, you’ve got to love God first.
“I don’t like your Church. You have nothing to offer. You do nothing but destroy. […] You can’t stand Catholicity at its height, you have to spoil it, as you’ve spoiled so many things in these 30 years. […]
“We’re not going to go for all those crazy things that you’re pushing out as new, and cultural, and American. They’re not American. America was built on God. America was built to trust in God. And you’ve made it pagan. You’ve helped to make this nation pagan.
“Because you have no spirituality that attracts. Your religious orders are going down. You don’t have vocations, and you don’t even care. Your whole purpose is to destroy.
“You’re not builders, you’re destroyers. I’m not going to take that anymore. I am proud to be Roman Catholic.”