Saturday, October 26, 2013

Auto-Constructed Catacombs

I just saw this on Rorate Caeli.
The challenge also won’t be met by Catholic traditionalists retreating into auto-constructed catacombs." - George Weigel
source

I have to admit that I have not read the entire article - but ... really do I need to?

When I read the words - it struck a chord.

What do 'Traditionalists' bring as a solution to the crisis in the Church?

Nothing.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Rosary - Fr. Couture SSPX

Fr. Couture SSPX, district superior of Asia has posted a semon on the Rosary.

Given that we are in the month of the Rosary, this is an excellent reminder of the efficacy of the rosary and that it is one of the weapons, that Our Lady urged us to use.

Source

A word about 'Traditional Catholic Forums' - Part Deux

I came across some comments about me on a 'resistance' forum (abplefebvreforums.proboards.com) and decided that it warranted a response.

I duly registered and was writing a post when ... I was banned.

This is definitely a personal best.

The Catholic Life of Virtue

"It only remains, then, for the pastor to exhort the faithful to lead holy lives and practice every virtue, that thus they may be enabled to look forward with confidence to the coming of that great day of the Lord -- nay, as becomes children, even to desire it most fervently." - Cathechism of the Council of Trent (CCT)

 I started reading the CCT for study purposes, but have found it is equally a source of spiritual reading.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Archbishop Lefebvre and the Split of 1983

Speaking about principles to use in interpreting Archbishop Lefebvre, this is a conference that I read in 2011 and set me on a path of discovering the principles involved in obedience.



Archbishop Lefebvre and Rome - Long Island Conference 1983

While I was looking for some information I have, as usual, come across another item of interest.

The Mystici Corporis and The Definitions of The Church - Msgr. Fenton

Mons. Joseph Clifford Fenton

The Mystici Corporis And The Definitions Of The Church

Source: With held for moral reasons.


Questions About Membership in the Church - Msgr Fenton

Further information about the Church and its membership.

A key topic today since there is a tendency to think that everyone is Catholic and ergo saved.

Pope Pius XII and the Theological Treatise on the Church - Msgr Fenton


Following the theme of the Church - another article that I came across looking for something else ...


Church and State - Cardinal Ottaviani

I just listened to a conference given by Michael Davies - Vatican II and Christ the King (available from www.oltyn.org).

All this evening I've been coming across references to the Social Kingship of Christ - which is linked to the 'Church and State' debate.

Here's one worth posting immediately:



THE CHURCH AND STATE

SOME PRESENT PROBLEMS IN THE LIGHT OF THE TEACHING OF POPE PIUS XII
By Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani

Steady Principles for Unsteady Times - Concerning interpreting Archbishop Lefebvre's Writings, Conferences, Interviews etc

From my point of view, quoting a sentence of Archbishop Lefebvre from this or that sermon or conference is not a reliable means of understanding his thoughts since the selection of quotes is possibly guided by what we want to find.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Remnant Article: Romam vado iterum crucifigi Christopher Ferrara

Christopher Ferrara has published an article in the Remnant and they have thankfully posted it on their website.

He gives a good balanced view (a Catholic view) of the words issuing from the Vatican these days.

For my part I am working on an article focused on anchoring dogmas, doctrines and principles that will help to prevent people from committing the sin of schism.

God bless and keep us all!!!!

P^3
Prayer
Penance
Patience


Pope Francis and Changing Organizational Culture

Steve Skojec has a good article that has been linked by Angel Queen.

In his article Mr. Skojec outlines some of the issues that Catholics should have with the way the Pope is behaving and speaking.

Some of the images are unsettling, but relevant to what is happening in the Church today.

Declaration on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the episcopal consecrations

There's been a fair amount of chatter about the declaration made by the three remaining SSPX bishops on the 25th anniversary of the consecrations.


Some aspects are related to the 6 conditions, which some see as being contrary to the faith. Other aspects relate to the nature of the source of the crisis.

The root of the crisis: Is it in only a bad interpretation of the documents or are there items within the documents that contradict prior magisterium. 

The SSPX maintains the latter assertion concerning the four points noted here.

They hold to these four points with sufficient strength of belief, that Bishop Fellay refused to accept the canonical agreement because it required, in addition to the acceptance of the Novus Ordo Missae, that complete acceptance of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council.

I maintain my assertion that this provides proof that the SSPX remains aligned with its founding principles.

Attached below is the entire declaration.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Psychology of Conspiracy Theories - An Explanation

Some visitors to this site may look with askance at the psychology blog that I have linked on my site.

My reason for adding this blog is to provide a counterpoint to the problematic conspiracy theory reasoning found in some regions of the traditional Catholic sphere.

While I believe that one member of the blog is associated with the skeptic association, when it comes to the assumptions underlying conspiracy theorism, such as that espoused by Bishop Williamson, they provide some useful insight.


Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt - FUD

I was first exposed to this concept during a job interview with Digital (rip) Corporation for a technical sales support role.

While I did not get the job, I have never forgotten the acronym FUD that was used:
FUD is the tactic of instilling fear, uncertainty, and doubt in the minds of potential customers about a competing product when your own product is not competitive.
This is very close to the quotation provided in the linked wiki article  and more importantly FUD is basically an "appeal to fear" fallacy.

Pope Francis and the SSPX - Part 2

A little while ago I commented on the statements issued by the SSPX concerning some of the statements made by Pope Francis.

Near the end of my post I stated:

Regardless of this last possibility, from my arguments with various online personalities that are unsatisfied with the way the SSPX is handling its criticism of the Pope, I do know one thing: The calm and patient approach is what convinces rather than the inflammatory 'conspiracy theory' rhetoric. 

Now the SSPX has released a number of english language statements (about a day after the French and German language district websites.