Padre Pio Called Vatican II a "Time of Darkness"
Apparently Padre Pio did NOT think that the New Mass gives grace or nourishes one's Faith (as Bishop Williamson has been claiming since 2015):

Saint Called Vatican II “Time of Darkness” | October 10, 2022

Before the end of Vatican II, in February 1965, someone announced to Padre Pio that a eucharist would soon be presided according to a New Rite, ad experimentum, in the vernacular, a rite that had been composed by a liturgical commission to respond to the “inspirations of modern man.”

Padre Pio immediately wrote to Paul VI, even before he had seen the text, to ask him to be dispensed from this liturgical experiment and to be allowed to continue celebrating [the traditional] Mass.

When Cardinal Antonio Bacci (+1971) came to visit him to bring him the requested authorisation, Padre Pio let slip a lament: “For pity's sake, put a swift end to the Council.”

That same year, amid the Council euphoria that promised a “new springtime” for the Church, he confided to one of his spiritual sons: "In this time of darkness, let us pray. Let us do penance for the elect."

Source: (September 22)
"So let us be confident, let us not be unprepared, let us not be outflanked, let us be wise, vigilant, fighting against those who are trying to tear the faith out of our souls and morality out of our hearts, so that we may remain Catholics, remain united to the Blessed Virgin Mary, remain united to the Roman Catholic Church, remain faithful children of the Church."- Abp. Lefebvre

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