Monday, November 25, 2013

“Where is the New Theology Leading Us?” by Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.

The crisis in the Church has, I believe, its roots in theological error - heresy (first class or otherwise). Quoting one of the Cardinals who should know  Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga we read:
The Second Vatican Council was the main event in the Church in the 20th Century. In principle, it meant an end to the hostilities between the Church and modernism, which was condemned in the First Vatican Council. On the contrary: neither the world is the realm of evil and sin –these are conclusions clearly achieved in Vatican II—nor is the Church the sole refuge of good and virtue. Modernism was, most of the time, a reaction against injustices and abuses that disparaged the dignity and the rights of the person. (Thanks to Rocco Palmo atWhispers in the Loggia for providing the full text of the speech.)
The question that is unanswered is: What a truce declared or victory?  If so, which side 'won'?

To help understand the root (modernism, neo-moderism, 'New Theology') of the crisis, I have reproduced an article by Fr. Garrigou-Lagrance OP from the CFNEWS website.  I have asked for permission to copy the article - but haven't received any word at this time.  If I received a negative reply, I will remove it from my blog leaving the appropriate link.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Friday, November 22, 2013

I have designated communion on the tongue the 'middle of the wedge' between Protestant and Catholic culture.

Attached below is a good article on some of the practical aspects of this ancient and venerable practice of the Catholic Church.

Courtesy of

Communion on the tongue unsanitary?

November 22, 2013 
District of the US
Opponents of Communion on the tongue often assert that this practice is unsanitary compared to in-the-hand - but what is the reality?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thick Edge of the Wedge : The Tridentine Mass Part 5

Following the theme of the Tridentine Mass being the thick edge of the wedge between the protestant and Catholic culture, Divine Providence seems to have interceded and inspired Fr. Rodriguez.

Attached is a short article reaffirming some key points.

For more information about Fr. Rodriguez see this article.  As an aside, I understand the Fr. Rodriguez has been a guest at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Benedictine Monastery .

Courtesy of the Remnant Newspaper

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thick Edge of the Wedge : The Tridentine Mass Part 2 - SSPX Article: Theology and Spirituality of the Mass

Organizational culture is reinforced by the artifacts of the culture.  From this perspective the Mass is an artifact of the culture in that it embodies the beliefs and assumptions of the Church.

Changing the Mass will, following conventional Organizational Culture Theory, change the belief of those in the Culture.

Attached is an article from the SSPX that explains some of the beliefs and assumptions embedded within the Tridentine Mass.

(NB: When I have an opportunity I will try to reformat it to the 'blogger' interface, fonts etc)

Courtesy of:

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thick Edge of the Wedge : The Tridentine Mass Part 4 - 62 Reasons Why In Conscience, We Cannot Attend the New Mass

While the root of the conflict between traditionalists (SSPX, FSSP et al) and ... well the rest of the world is doctrine - as noted earlier - one of the clearest signs of division (both Cultural as well as Spiritual) is the manner in which the traditionalists worship.

The following list was compiled by the priest of the diocese of Campos, Brazil, prior to their regularization.

I have highlighted in blue some of the more relevant points.


DICI - Can one speak of the ‘conciliar Church’?

While the label "conciliar Church" has it uses, it is important to avoid its misuses.

One common misuse results in people thinking that Traditionalist are the Church and that all 'modern' Catholics are outside the Church.

This logically leads them into a contradiction of the first principle noted in this post.

The SSPX has had a number of good articles clarifying the use of the phrase both by Archbishop Lefebvre as well as by the SSPX in general.

Reproduced below is a DICI article by Fr. Gleize, another article can be found here (scroll down to the second article..

Friday, November 8, 2013

Altar Boys vs Others

Came across this posting on liturgyguy  concerning the admission of girls to serving at the altar.

Like communion in the hand, altar girls was born in dissent from Church practice.

I sometimes wonder what issue of dissent will next be legitimatized.

Anyway, the link contains a good perspective on what could happen.


Is Hell Empty?

There is a prevalent opinion that Hell is empty or at least nearly so.

Just because we cannot say for certain that a specific person is damned.

Talk about optimism.

Attached is a link to a SiSiNoNo article on the topic.

Of course that the seers of Fatima saw souls falling like snow into Hell is dismissed with the statements "it is private revelation".

Rest assured, that Hell is not empty, nor is it full. There is always room for one more - ad infinitem.


Baptism - Excerpts from Various Sources

As noted earlier, I am preparing a talk on the EENS dogma and as part of my research found the compendium copied below.

It is useful to understand Baptism because it is linked with the baptism of desire and although not exactly applied equally to both the baptized non-Catholics and unbaptized provides some basis for understanding the EENS dogma.

The structure of the encyclical "Humani Generis" by Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.

As a traditionalist, it is a basic assumption that Neo Modernism is one of the root causes for the crisis of the Church.  Attached below (courtesy of Dr. Alan Aversa) is a review / analysis of the encyclical Humani Generis that condemned the resurgent Modernism of its time.


The structure of the encyclical
"Humani Generis"
by Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.
Translated from the Italian "La sintesi tomistica, (Brescia, Queriniana, 1953). pp. 541-54"
by A. Aversa
Cf. Garrigou-Lagrange's "Where is the New Theology Leading Us?"

Courtesy of Alan Aversa

The primary generator of the errors indicated in the Encyclical.

We do not try to do here a simple analysis of this pontifical document of 12 August 1950, to number the damaging tendencies of which he speaks, and also less to cite those which were admitted according to a diverse gradation.

We do try to stress the principle error from which all the others derive and, through the force of the contrast, to show which is the fundamental truth that permits avoiding these deviations, as Providence does not permit errors if not for putting the Truth in better light, as in a chiaroscuro; so too it does not permit evil and sometimes great evils, if not for a superior good that we will discover perfectly only in heaven.

Now, philosophically and theologically examining this Encyclical, one sees that the fundamental error from this condemnation is philosophical relativism, which leads to dogmatic relativism, from which necessarily derives a whole complex of deviations recorded here.

Thick Edge of the Wedge: The Tridentine Mass - Part 1 - Remnant Article: What Has Happened to the Catholic Mass?

"But wait a moment. They are making a banner out of the Mass of Saint Pius V." Cardinal Seper
These words were uttered by Cardinal Seper during Archbishop Lefebvre's audience with Bl. Pope John Paul II on the 21st of December 1978.

The greatest visible difference between traditionalists and other Roman Catholics is their attachment to the 1962 liturgy.

It is also the greatest visible difference between the traditionalists and the protestants.

Looking at the crisis in the Church from an organizational behaviour / culture point of view, I have concluded that the post Second Vatican Council changes within the Church have resulted in an organizational cultural change.

From this thesis, I would hold that the Mass, as the central act of worship, is the visible pinnacle of Catholic belief and culture (an artifact in organizational culture terminology) containing, expressing and reinforcing that belief and culture.

Given the differences between the pre and post conciliar organizational culture, it follows that the Novus Ordo Missae expresses and reinforces a culture that is not the same as the culture expressed and reinforced by the Tridentine Mass.

While doctrine is more important, the Mass is the expression of that doctrine.  It is from the Mass that the beliefs and shared assumptions of the Catholic faith naturally flow.

In the article that follows (courtesy of the Remnant Newspaper), we have a first hand account of the culture shock that is effected by the Novus Ordo Missae - upon a convert.

Concerning New Opinions, Virtue, Nature And Grace, With Regard To Americanism - Pope Leo XIII

Concerning New Opinions, Virtue, Nature And Grace, With Regard To Americanism

Pope Leo XIII


Lamentabili Sane #8 and Bishop Richard Williamson

"They are free from all blame who treat lightly the condemnations passed by the Sacred Congregation of the Index or by the Roman Congregations." - 

The above quotation is the 8th modernist thesis condemned in Lamentabili Sane by Pope St. Pius X.

As a traditionalist, I obviously believe that the decrees of Lamentabili Sane are as valid today as they were almost a hundred years ago.

Before anyone accuses me of contravening this article by my support of the SSPX, I would like to know what condemnation of what congregation is being 'treated lightly' by the SSPX. In this case, I mean what doctrinal position that the SSPX holds has been explicitly condemned by a congregation.

Monday, November 4, 2013


I am preparing to give a talk on the dogma of the necessity of the Church for salvation.

One point that I was researching was the background for the following condemned thesis from the Syllabus of Errors:

17. Good hope at least is to be entertained of the eternal salvation of all those who are not at all in the true Church of Christ. -- Encyclical "Quanto conficiamur," Aug. 10, 1863, etc.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Path

Rorate-Caeli has posted a very sobering quotation from Mediator Dei:

"[One] would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Church; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the Divine Redeemer's Body shows no trace of his cruel sufferings." Pope Venerable Pius XII, Mediator Dei
The picture of the Pope's new ferula says the rest ...

The Error of Modernism - Lamentabili Sane

While the principles of Modernism are Agnosticism, Vitam Immanence and the Evolution of Dogma, the specific errors were condemned in Lamentabili Sane.

I have reproduced it below for future reference in my studies