In the years following the Second Vatican Council (1965 ff.), Fr. Wickens gradually became aware that the “changes” in the Church were causing a wholesale loss of souls. Everywhere, genuine Catholic life was lessening: marriage breakups became frequent; schools, convents, and seminaries were closing (to be sold off) at an accelerated pace. A whole generation of Catholic youth was deprived of its religious heritage. In fact, some new-breed priests and nuns encouraged young people to forego humility, chastity, and obedience. Catholic parents, who had always given good example, became puzzled and sorrowful: How could this moral decline have entered their homes? What caused all this damage? Obviously, the enemy (i.e., heresy and moral relativism) had sowed his evil seed through diocesan pulpits and classrooms. But the greatest victory for Satan was this: the Traditional Latin Mass—the faith of our fathers—was thrown aside for a new, “updated,” so-called “liturgy.” The “New Order of Mass” (aka Novus Ordo) invaded the sanctuary. What a disaster! The Novus Ordo is man-centered, not God-centered. The new liturgy is scarcely a reenactment of the Holy Sacrifice of Calvary. It is virtually devoid of grace. The tabernacle was placed off to the side; communion in the hand and other disrespectful practices diminished belief in the Real Presence. As a consequence, unbelief and immorality became unbridled.
On July 8, 2004, Father Paul Wickens passed away in Overlook Hospital after a 6-month battle with cancer. Father Wickens was a Roman Catholic priest for 49 years. He spent the last two decades fighting the forces of liberalism and modernism in the church. His main weapon in this battle was the Traditional Latin Mass of the Roman Catholic Church -- also known as the Tridentine Mass, the True Mass, and the Mass of All Time. Father Wickens knew the truth: that the decline of the church was directly attributable to the loss of graces incurred after the heretical Second Vatican Council. This, in turn, led to the downward trends that we see in society today.