Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Nostra Aetate: A Clear Decree? - Louie Verrecchio

One thing that is needed in today's Catholic Church is clarity.

However, as long as the majority of the hierarchy is unable to challenge its cultural assumptions concerning the Second Vatican Council and the reforms that were implemented afterwards, a lack of clarity will remain.

Mr. Verrecchio's article (below) shows one area where there is a definite lack of clarity since the council.

Nostra Aetate: A Clear Decree?

Courtesy of Mr. Louie Verrecchio


In an interview with Catholic News Service on May 17, 2012, Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, said,“The ‘Nostra Aetate’ declaration of the Second Vatican Council is a clear decree and is important for every Catholic.”
We’ll take a closer look at this notion of “clear” in just a moment.

Monday, December 30, 2013

O Schism Where Is Thy Sting? - Mr. Louie Verrecchio

Archbishop Muller has made a statement in a newspaper that in spite of the lifting of the excommunication that the sacramental one remains de facto for the schism:

“The canonical excommunication due to the illicit [episcopal] ordination was lifted from the bishops, but the sacramental one remains, de facto, for the schism; because they have removed themselves away from communion with the Church.”
Personally, I find this very puzzling, where was the formal declaration of a schism (I know a number will point to Ecclesia Adflicta, however that is a problem for a number of reasons).

Frankly, Pope Benedict XVI (emeritus) stated that the SSPX is an internal matter and there are numerous other statements to demonstrate that the SSPX is not in schism - but a state of canonical irregularity.

Perhaps His Grace is simply not being exact in his wording.

Mr Verrecchio provides a good assessment of the situation.

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SSPX Rosary Crusade - Mundabor Comments

Given Pope Francis' aversion to counting rosaries, I think Mundabor's comments are to the point:

From Mundabor's blog:

... please note the following: 
1. As Francis invites you not to pray by rote, and ridicules those who count rosaries, it is the more important we react to this devotional barbarism by increasing our efforts not only to pray the Rosary, but to reestablish Tradition.  
2. From the site:...The insertion of the consecration of Russia will certainly be welcome to many of us, and might persuade the one or the other to join this crusade who are not the best fans of the SSPX.
3. ...The aim is 5 million rosaries. Just think: all that rosary counting!
This is more than enough to let the heart of a good Catholic rejoice.
Keep calm, and count your rosaries.
Mundabor

SSPX Rosary Crusade - 2014


Join the Rosary Crusade!





A new Rosary Crusade launched by the SSPX

The 5-million Rosary Crusade for 2014 announced recently by Bishop Bernard Fellay (SSPX Superior General) begins on January 1, 2014 and runs until June 8, 2014.
The three-fold object of this Rosary Crusade for the good of the entire Catholic Church is:
  • To implore from the Immaculate Heart of Mary a special protection for the traditional apostolate;
  • For the return to Tradition within the Church;
  • For the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the consecration of Russia.
Bishop Fellay has also suggested additional means in which we can add to the spiritual bouquet of rosaries to accomplish this object:
  1. Prayer and penance as asked for at Fatima;
  2. Sanctification through the duty of state;
  3. Spirit of sacrifice in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
In a new video interview, Bishop Fellay speaks of the importance of this Rosary Crusade for the entire Church, while USA District Superior, Fr. Arnaud Rostand, speaks of the importance of having a "crusading spirit" in a special letter.

Anyone can join the Rosary Crusade!

You can use any of these three options for keeping track of the number of rosaries offered:
If you attend an SSPX chapel: Rosary Crusade booklets are available at all of the SSPX's chapels in the USA District. You can also print out any of the above options. Please remember to turn in your rosaries totals directly to your chapel.
If you do not attend an SSPX chapel: please feel free to join the Rosary Crusade! Just print out one of the above options to keep track of your rosaries offered for the Rosary Crusade and submit it to the District Office per the instructions.



Archbishop Muller liturgy reform a success - Commentary by Louie Verrecchio

I think that the words of Archibishop Muller:  'It is precisely, ... an effective remedy against a godless culture', are amazing.

From a purely organizational culture point of view, the Novus Ordo simply indicates a major alteration in the fundamental assumptions held by Catholics.

Up to the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Missae, it would have been obvious as to what and Who was the focus of the Catholic Religion (God).

Now, with all the changes and communion in the hand, it is no longer that obvious.

Not to mentioned that a CARA study found that those congregations that were founded on more 'traditional' foundations (living in community, religious habit, following rule, strong identity etc) were growing, while those that lacked the above - were dying.

In personal communication with a CARA researcher, I confirmed that the attrition rate of traditional seminaries is about the same with those of the Novus Ordo Liturgy.  However, the influx of generous souls trying their vocation was much higher in the traditional culture.

Here we have an example of a great difference between two cultures - in the same National Cultural atmosphere.  It is a perfect experiment in which only one element is changed, the religious orientation.

I've done some 'back of the napkin' calculations and found that the ordinand to 'people served' ratio of the SSPX is roughly equivalent to that enjoyed by the Church prior to the 70's.

Here's a good article by Dr. Shaw about the stats on ordinations.


Here's a chart from CARA.



The difference is profound, yet few in the hierarchy realize it, or draw the correct conclusions.

I'm afraid that the facts to not agree with Archbishop Muller's conclusion.


Courtesy of Louie Verrecchio

According to a report in the Tablet today, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, credits the Second Vatican Council’s liturgy reform with stemming the tide of the de-Christianization of the West.

Latin Mass Society Chairman Blog: Is the Novus Ordo an authentic expression of the Tradition?


As a follow up to this article.

Courtesy of Dr. Joseph Shaw, LMS Chairman

Is the theology of the Vetus Ordo wrong? - Dr. Joseph Shaw, LMS Chairman

This analysis by Dr. Shaw is quite apropos as it gets to the heart of some objections to the Tridentine Mass.

Note: I realize that some refer to the 1962 liturgy as Vetus Ordo, ExtraOrdinary Form etc.  Given that the name seems to change (sample =2) with each pontificate, I'm going to stick with Tridentine Mass.

Back in the heady days of the promulation of Summorum Pontificum, there was resistance by the hierarchy to its implementation.  I witnessed this resistance in my own diocese.  One priest stated that he couldn't understand why the bishops were so afraid of the Tridentine Mass.

One bishop in Canada stated that the reason for his resistance was that the Tridentine Mass represented an outmoded theology.

Another went further and stated that it represented the Jewish people in an outmoded theological manner.


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Sunday, December 29, 2013

The real danger of the blogosphere is that anyone (present company included) can setup a soap box for their own opinion and pass it off a fact.

Case in point is the article by Professor Robert George (Mr. Verrecchio's comments below).

One element that I would like to highlight is the following:
In particular, the SSPX rejects the teachings of “Dignitatis Humanae” (on religious liberty) and “Nostra Aetate” (on the Jewish people and non-Christian religions).
First there is an error in the citation.  The SSPX, as I understand it, does not 'reject' Nostra Aetate so much as deems it an ambiguous document that can be interpreted in the light of tradition.  In other words, Nostra Aetate doesn't say what many people think it says.

Actually, the word 'reject' is not exactly correct. The theological stance of the SSPX is that there are elements within some of the documents of the Second Vatican Council that logically contradict prior magisterium.  In total there are four points (see below) that are held to be in contradiction.

  • "The doctrine on religious liberty, as it is expressed in no. 2 of the Declaration 'Dignitatis humanae,' contradicts the teachings of Gregory XVI in 'Mirari vos' and of Pius IX in 'Quanta cura' as well as those of Pope Leo XIII in 'Immortale Dei' and those of Pope Pius XI in 'Quas primas.'
  • "The doctrine on the Church, as it is expressed in no. 8 of the Constitution 'Lumen gentium,' contradicts the teachings of Pope Pius XII in 'Mystici corporis' and 'Humani generis.'
  • "The doctrine on ecumenism, as it is expressed in no. 8 of 'Lumen gentium' and no. 3 of the Decree 'Unitatis redintegratio,' contradicts the teachings of Pope Pius IX in propositions 16 and 17 of the 'Syllabus,' those of Leo XIII in 'Satis cognitum,' and those of Pope Pius XI in 'Mortalium animos.'
  • "The doctrine on collegiality, as it is expressed in no. 22 of the Constitution 'Lumen gentium,' including no. 3 of the 'Nota praevia' [Explanatory Note], contradicts the teachings of the First Vatican Council on the uniqueness of the subject of supreme power in the Church, in the Constitution 'Pastor aeternus'."
It is important to note that 'Nostra Aetate' is not within this list.  If Professor George were to present to the SSPX an interpretation of 'Nostra Aetate' that was consistent with prior magisterium, then I submit that the SSPX would have no problem with such an interpretation.

Attached below is Mr. Verrecchio's comments on the article.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Thick Edge of the Wedge: LMS Chairman: Ratzinger on the EF-OF Divide: Silence

Dr. Joseph Shaw has presented an article on silence in the Mass.  For a world enraptured with hyper-activism it is good (nay excellent) to recall that silence and external inactivity is an essential component prior to activity.

In the work if redemption Our Lord was largely silent and yet He was accomplishing the greatest work.



LMS Chairman: Ratzinger on the EF-OF Divide: Silence:

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Open Letter to Cardinal Gantin - July 6, 1988

There has been some discussion (read lots) about the term 'Conciliar Church'.

I have posted this letter written by the Superior General and District Superiors of the SSPX after the 1988 Consecrations.

Of particular interest is that the 'Conciliar Church' being referred to as a system.

My paraphrase would be that the SSPX regards the 'conciliar Church' as an error within the Church.

Source

Open Letter to Cardinal Gantin
Prefect of the Congregation
for Bishops


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Thick Edge of the Wedge - The Tridentine Mass

Dr. Shaw has posted an article briefly outlining some of the differences between the Tridentine and Novus Ordo Rites of the Mass.

The way we worship affects the way we believe and has a special bearing in the presence of malevolent external forces.

If the rite of the Mass does not support the Catholic cultural identity, including its set of beliefs, assumptions etc, then the external forces will effect a change in the Catholic culture.

I think that it is safe to write that the external forces acting upon and within the Church (see FFI) are not supportive of the faith as embodied in the Tridentine Mass.

As noted by Cardinal Ottaviani:
The accompanying critical study of the Novus Ordo Missae, the work of a group of theologians, liturgists and pastors of souls, shows quite clearly in spite of its brevity that if we consider the innovations implied or taken for granted which may of course be evaluated in different ways, the Novus Ordo represents, both as a whole and in its details, a striking departure from the Catholic theology of the Mass as it was formulated in Session XXII of the Council of Trent. The "canons" of the rite definitively fixed at that time provided an insurmountable barrier to any; heresy directed against the integrity of the Mystery. Ottaviani Intervention
When the barriers were removed, the shift in Catholic Cultural belief began.

This, in my opinion, is one of the reasons why there is such a reaction to anything that signals a return to a culture reminiscent of a strong identity as the True Religion.

As the Church rediscovers its inheritance, rest assured, that trials will follow.  However, it is not for us to be disheartened. We need (as I heard in this mornings sermon) to maintain joy even in tribulation.

Prayer
Penance
Patience

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Various Churches - A Rebuttal 2

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This talk about the "visible Church" on the part of Dom Gerard and Mr. Madiran is childish. It is incredible that anyone can talk of the "visible Church", meaning the Conciliar Church as opposed to the Catholic Church which we are trying to represent and continue. I am not saying that we are the Catholic Church. I have never said so. No one can reproach me with ever having wished to set myself up as pope. But, we truly represent the Catholic Church such as it was before, because we are continuing what it always did. It is we who have the notes of the visible Church: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. That is what makes the visible Church. - Archbishop Lefebvre
This excerpt from a talk given by Archbishop Lefebvre was recently put forward as a justification for rejecting the explanations of Fr. Laisney et al that phrase 'Conciliar church' refers to a movement within the Church.

While people can sit and debate what is the 'Conciliar church', I prefer to identify where is the Catholic Church.  Because the 'Conciliar church' is a term that if misapplied will ultimately lead a person into schism. Which is actually the content of the original question that resulted in the answer:
Question: Are you not afraid that in the end, when the good Lord will have called you to Him, little by little the split will grow wider and we will find ourselves being confronted with a parallel Church alongside what some call the "visible Church"?
I am currently writing another article in which I will discuss and review the Catholic Church's response to these questions:


  • What is the Catholic Church?
  • Where is the Catholic Church?
  • Who are its members?
  • Who are not its members?
  • What is the Visible Church?

The Chastisement of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI)

The trials of the FFI continues and may provide some insight to what is in store for the other Traditional orders that are regularized.

Rorate has more here, and I am struck by the similarity to the intervention that the FSSP experienced in the year 2000 - or there abouts.

One item that I found particularly intriguing was the desire to have the Friars et al swear an oath:
  "... he wants to impose upon the Friars a “modernistic vow” of faithfulness to the Novus Ordo Missae and to the II Vatican Council ..."
The passage in question is found in the linked letter, here is an extract:

... In addition, candidates for Orders who are presently in formation must personally subscribe to a formal acceptance of:
  • the Novus Ordo as an authentic expression of the liturgical tradition of the Church and therefore of Franciscan tradition (without prejudice to the what is permitted by the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, once the current disciplinary decree of veto, ad hoc and ad tempus, is revoked for the Institute), and
  • the documents of the Second Vatican Council, in accordance with the authority accorded them by the Magisterium.
Any candidate who does not accept these provisions will be immediately dismissed from the ...

What I wondered is whether or not Fr. Volpi would allow the members to substitute the following in lieu of a formal acceptance of the Novus Ordo and the documents of the Second Vatican Council:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Catholic Education - A Treasure Worth Digging For! - Part 2

No sooner did I post the first note on Fisher More and Rorate posts an appeal video from my Alma Mater.

I still look back with fond memories on my years in St. Mary's, Kansas.  Although it was early days for the school, it truly is a place to dig a deep foundation for one's life.

I know that some seeds planted by the good priests and sisters did not bloom until later in life. Yet, I am eternally grateful that they did have the patience to plant them.






Monday, December 9, 2013

The Hammer that Strikes the Wedge Home Splitting the Wood - The Sacrament of Penance Part 1

As strange as it may seem this is part 1 of the Sacrament of Penance Articles.

Between the protestant, non-christian religions and the Catholic Religion there stands another significant difference: the Sacrament of Penance.

While the Anglican's believe that confession is merely:


"for the unburdening of his conscience, and to receive spiritual consolation and ease of mind from him" Wikipedia
The remainder of the protestant and non-christian religions, if they include 'confession' hold some variation of this belief.

What Catholics believe stands in stark contrast:
The Sacrament of Penance is that Sacrament by which the sinner, who repents of his sins, acknowledges them sincerely and has the will to render atonement, has his sins, committed after his Baptism, remitted in the absolution pronounced by the priest. The word penance is also used to designate a particular part of the Sacrament of Penance, i.e., the satisfaction. Ott- Fundamentals of Dogma

The crux of the matter  is who God is and our relation to Him as his creatures.  He wants the best for us, which is to share in His happiness. He has set out a path for us to follow to achieve that goal and every time we deviate from that path we are making a statement.

We prefer our will to God's.  It is akin to making an obscene gesture to a person of authority. Only God is the ultimate authority, and it is this ultimate authority that we offend when we sin.

Sadly, if a person doesn't understand the 'who God is' they will not understand the gravity of sin and nor the greatness of the redemption.

This is the 'why' behind the wedge.

If you do not understand who God is you will never understand who you are and your place in creation.

Catholicism places a wedge between us and the world, the flesh and the Devil.

It places all the neutral items into their proper use and those that are evil, on the side opposite of us.

I'm going to truncate my mononlogue on this point, because Divine Providence has provided me with the foundation for this article - right from the Catechism of Trent. In other words, yesterday I reached the section on the Sacrament of Penance. The following are the key excerpts (although I strongly recommend a complete review of the whole article in the Catechism of the Council of Trent).


Interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay, Menzingen, November 2013

Bishop Fellay has issued an interview that contains a clarification on his statements concerning Pope Francis.

I know that when Bishop Fellay spoke the words 'modernist' and 'Pope Francis' in the same sentence a number of people immediately jumped to the wrong conclusion (on both sides of the divide).

The paragraph containing the clarification is reproduced below:

I used the word “modernist;”  I think that it was not understood by everybody.  Perhaps I should have said a modernist in his actions.  Once again, he is not a modernist in the absolute, theoretical sense:  a man who develops a whole coherent system;  that coherence does not exist.  There are lines, for example, the evolutionary line, which is precisely connected with action.  When the pope says that he wants a haziness in doctrine, when doubt is introduced, and not just haziness, but doubt, going so far as to say that even the great leaders of the faith, like Moses, allowed room for doubt….  I know of only one doubt of Moses:  the time when he doubted and struck the rock!  Because of that the Good Lord punished him and he was not able to enter the Promised Land.  Well then!  I do not think that this doubt is to Moses’s credit;  the rest of the time he was rather forceful in his assertions… without a doubt.
It is really surprising, this idea that there must be doubts about everything;  it is very peculiar!  I will not say that this is reminiscent of Descartes, but…  it creates an atmosphere.  And what is really dangerous is that they leave it at that in the newspapers and the media…  He is to some extent the darling of the media, he is well regarded, they praise him, they showcase him, but that does not get to the bottom of the matter.



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Letter to Friends and Benefactors #81 and a new Rosary Crusade!

In his latest letter to Friends and Benefactors, Bishop Fellay (SSPX) has called for another crusade.

Personally, I have never stopped including the Rosary Crusade intentions in my family prayers!

Attached below are the letter and the intentions for the Crusade.  Note the letter provides some insight to the plight of the FFI.

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2014 Rosary Crusade

January 1st until June 8th 2014
Goal: 5 million Rosaries
1)    To implore from the Immaculate Heart of Mary a special protection for the traditional apostolate;
2)    For the return to Tradition within the Church;
3)    For the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the consecration of Russia.
Means:
1)    Prayer and penance as asked for at Fatima;
2)    Sanctification through the duty of state;
3)    Spirit of sacrifice in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.



Cultural Dissonance, and Immune Responses

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When two strong cultures clash in an organization, a war will result.

Analogically, this is an immune response, a fever if you will, in the parent organization.

Which one will win in the end? Ultimately, we have God's word that the Church will not fail.

It doesn't mean that She cannot be made ill by the virus of heresy.

The situation of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate is, unfortunately, a perfect example of just such an immune response.

The following links provide some insight however it suffices to say that the FFI crossed two cultural lines:


  1. Implementation of the Tridentine Mass as a norm for the conventual Masses.
  2. Beginning to question some of the cultural assumptions regarding the Second Vatican Council.
For this, they are called 'crypto-Lefebvrists' and banned from saying the TLM.

In my opinion God has protected the SSPX from a dangerous situation.  






Pray that they may be strong and guided well in their trial.

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A Catholic Education - A Treasure Worth Digging For!

Having benefited from a Traditional Catholic education, I echo the call for support of Fisher More College.

Attached below is a copy of Mr. Vernnari's interview with Dr. King, President of Fish More College. (I hope he doesn't mind ...)

Dig deep and help them monetarily if you can, spiritually regardless of your financial resources.



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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Thick Edge of the Wedge - The Tridentine Mass - Part 9 The New Mass and the Priesthood

Following the cultural theme, the changes in the Church not only altered the Catholic sense of identity in the Church at large but also, and more seriously, the hierarchy.

Those affected by this loss or alteration of their self identity include the Bishops, Priests, Religious and perhaps even the Sovereign Pontiffs.

At the root of this cultural change is the point at which their formation began and one of its primary objects the offering of the True Sacrifice and Worship to God.

Many people are seeking to fill the void created by the loss of this role identity. This would include priestesses, and lay ministers of various sorts, for if there lacks a real difference between the priest and congregation.  Logically, it seems, that these groups are asking why can't others take on the neutered role now associated with the priesthood?

Even the priests themselves seem to have a self identity more akin to a social worker / counselor than that of an Alter Christus.

Nothing can be further from the case.

Even in the Ecclesiastical confusion of today, as difficult as it may be, we must respect the priests and aid them in developing a complete cultural understanding of their identity.

They are neither social workers, nor Sacrament Dispensing Machines.

You can start with small steps: Ask your priest to bless you, kneeing before him. Do not accept an excuse such as 'the Second Vatican Council called for a more active role of the faithful' (I've heard this one directly).

Force the issue, make the priest act the role of a priest.

With practice this will have a beneficial affect on the priest in question, as well as the faithful. They will begin to treat him as a priest, not as a drinking buddy.

Eventually, introduce him to the Tridentine Mass.  This is the strongest culturally reinforcing action that I have seen that works on the priest as he relearns to say the Mass. I have seen this work on a young Jesuit.

I am confident that it will work on others as well.

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Courtesy of SSPX.org

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ordinary Time, Ordinary Ministers, Ordinary Everything - A Remnant Article


The following article by a Lutheran convert provides some excellent cultural insights into the identity crisis that the Catholic Church is currently undergoing.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Closer Look at Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiagas Speech - By Louie Verrecchio

A little while ago a speech was given by Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiagas, one of the group of eight Cardinals that are advising the Pope on the reform of the Curia (I doubt they will stop there).

Because the buzz words and intermingling of orthodox and modernist terms, the speech set off alarm bells throughout the Catholic world of the 'traditional' minds.

Given the Cardinal's position close to the Vicar of Christ, at a minimum it is feared that he will influence the Pope to the detriment of the Church.  At the worst, this speed reflects the mind of Pope Francis since the Pope himself has stated that he wanted to have helpers of like mind.

Mr. Verrecchio has shared his personal analysis of the speech, which I have combined with the blog posting.

I will add one item to Mr. Verrecchio's analysis, something that occurred to me as I reformated the content for blogger.

There is only one place in which you will find true worship of God, it is in the Catholic Church.  As much as it may offend the ears of some (Catholics and Non-Catholics alike), all other religions offer false worship.
The Catholic Church alone is keeping the true worship.Pope Pius XI  Encyclical Mortalium Animos
This is a key cultural issue.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Hammer that Strikes the Wedge Home Splitting the Wood - The Sacrament of Penance Part 3 - Instruction and Preparation for Confession

Source



Sacraments
Confession

The Hammer that Strikes the Wedge Home Splitting the Wood - The Sacrament of Penance Part 2 Frequent Confession: A Neglected, Undervalued Treasure

Source

Sacraments
Confession
Frequent Confession:
A Neglected, Undervalued Treasure.
Pope Pius XII said that the current disuse of the Sacrament of Penance is "contrary to the mind of Christ and very disastrous for the mystical body of the Saviour."
All those who have seriously tried frequent confession know how it can help the interior life - sometimes even more than frequent Communion.  Indeed this latter practice can quite easily degenerate into mere routine and illusion.
What alienates us from frequent confession is often that we have a "negative" outlook.  We see confession only as a "quick sweep" to clean our souls, a duty which one would willingly forego.  If a St. Francis de Sales and a St. Vincent de Paul confessed every day, it was because they had a more "positive" view.
Let us try also to discover some of the wonderful benefits of this neglected Sacrament.  Pope Pius XII in his encyclical "Mystici Corporis" reduces to eight the principal fruits of frequent Confession.

Cultural Wedges - SSPX Article on the differences between Catholic and Protestant

Further along the theme of cultural differences, here is an SSPX article that highlights some of the areas I've been discussing or hinting at.

Courtesy of SSPX.org

This popular 1982 article by Fr. Wrighton demonstrates how the "Spirit of Vatican II” is protestantizing Catholics.

Foreword

"Roman Protestants" has been one of the most popular articles on SSPX.org as it was when originally published in the August 1982 issue of The Angelus, having "...evoked one of the most positive responses to any feature this year" (as reported in the December 1982 issue).
Note that the subheadings were not in the article's original publication.

Biography

Fr. Basil Wrighton (1900-1988) was an English parish priest and noted contributing author on a variety of topics, particularly (but not limited to) on the subjects of philosphy and theology. A classicist by education (which he taught at Cotton College), he was also versed in about 20 languages.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Various Churches - A Rebuttal

I had earlier posted Fr. Laisney's rebuttal of Bishop Williamson's EC281 'Various Churches' and also discussed it as an example of 'FUD'.

I have reproduced below an edited version of replies that I made as part of a discussion that I had on the now defunk Ignis Ardens forum.  While the thread was very long, I have, to date, only been able to locate two parts of my rebuttal / analysis of EC281.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thick Edge of the Wedge: The Tridentine Mass Part 3

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While there are a number of Thick Edge posts already on the blog, I have finally found the time to compose this explanation of the importance of this theme.

My theory is that organizational behavior theory (background posts can be found here and here) is applicable to understand how Catholics within the Church can be brought back to a Catholic worldview.  

In essence how to effect a cultural change.

As noted by the title of these articles, I have concluded that the Tridentine Mass is the 'Thick Edge of the Wedge' that separates the Catholics from the Protestants.  The reason being that it embodies in word, action and symbolism the core beliefs and assumptions of the Catholic religion.  I further assert that it is only within the pre-conciliar liturgical forms that a person will find the depth of breadth of this teaching in motion.

Thick Edge of the Wedge : The Tridentine Mass Part 8 - Declaration against the New Mass: Fr. Calmel


Courtesy of SSPX.org


Declaration against the New Mass: Fr. Calmel

November 27, 2013 
District of the US
Written in 1969, the words of Fr. Calmel for resisting the New Mass — and the consequences of taking such a stance — remain just as true today as then.

Declaration of Fr. Calmel, O.P.

November 27, 1969
I hold fast to the traditional Mass, the one which was not composed but codified by St. Pius V in the 16th century as a custom many centuries old. I therefore refuse the Ordo Missæ of Paul VI. Why? Because in reality the Ordo Missæ does not exist. What does exist is a universal and permanent liturgical Revolution, adopted or intended by the present pope, and which has momentarily donned the mask of the Ordo Missæ of April 3, 1969. It is within the right of every priest to refuse to wear the mask of that liturgical Revolution; I consider it my duty as a priest to refuse to celebrate Mass in an equivocal rite.

Thick Edge of the Wedge : The Tridentine Mass Part 7 - Pope Paul’s New Mass: some extracts



Courtesy of SSPX.org

Pope Paul’s New Mass: some extracts

November 27, 2013 
District of the US
Pope Paul's New Mass is one of the most detailed and comprehensive books on the Novus Ordo Missae, or New Mass, in any language.
Masterfully written by traditional apologist, Michael Davies (+2004), this book is part of the 3-volume set that comprises his highly-recommended Liturgical Revolution Series. We offer below some extracts from each chapter of this excellent study concerning the problems of the modernist Liturgical Reform that begot the New Mass.

Extracts from Michael Davies' Pope Paul's New Mass

Preface

Thick Edge of the Wedge : The Tridentine Mass Part 6, The New Mass weakens notion of sacrifice




Courtesy of SSPX.org

The New Mass weakens notion of sacrifice

November 28, 2013 
District of the US
Taken from The Mass of All Time, a collection of the words of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre concerning the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we offer some extracts about the defects of the Novus Ordo Missae.
We offer here the first of 3 crucial points of dogma that Archbishop Lefebvre uses to explain some fundamental flaws of the New Mass.