Tuesday, December 30, 2014

50 years after Unitatis redintegratio: From schism to charism - DICI.org


No further explanation or commentary necessary:

Courtesy of DICI

50 years after Unitatis redintegratio: From schism to charism

Filed under From RomeNews
On November 21, 1964, Paul VI promulgated the conciliar decree Unitatis redintegratio, destined to promote unity among Christians. 50 years later, where is ecumenism now? On November 29, 2014, Pope Francis declared to Bartholomew I, Patriarch of Constantinople: “The one thing the Catholic Church desires, and that I seek as Bishop of Rome, ‘the Church that presides in charity’, is communion with the Orthodox Churches;” and he explained that reestablishing full communion means “neither one submitting to the other, nor one being absorbed by the other.”
Indeed, the pope is in favor of unity in diversity. He thus declared, on the same day, to the Catholic community of Turkey: “The Holy Spirit brings forth different charisms in the Church”, that “may seem to create disorder”, but “in reality, this constitutes an immense richness, because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of unity, which is not the same thing as uniformity”; and he added that if we let ourselves “be led by the Spirit”, “richness, variety and diversity will never create conflict.”
To put it clearly, unity is not uniformity, and diversity is not disorder. There must be no more conflict of singular interests, but rather a recognition of a plural richness, for what was called a schism before the Council has today become a charism… In this perspective, the conciliar decree is going to end up becoming Unitatis desintegratio.
Fr. Alain Lorans

A Little Satire from the Remnant: Turbo New Evangelization Now Here


Sometimes a little truth lightens the mood!

Courtesy of the Remnant

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Turbo New Evangelization Now Here

Written by  M. T. Church

Ima Cardinal Hairatik
A-CNN Super-Duper Report—A reliable Vatican spokesperson, Cardinal Ima Hairatik, startled the Catholic world by declaring that the Holy Eucharist, formerly believed to be the Body and Blood of Christ, is merely blessed bread and wine offered as a remembrance of Christ’s words at the Last Supper.

Henceforth, the following guidelines will be instituted in “catholic” churches throughout the world:
* In the true spirit of Vatican II, liturgical worship services, formerly known as The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, will be referred to as a community gathering where love and fellowship will be enjoyed by all.

* The priest, formerly referred to as “celebrant”, will be designated as a “presider” who will utilize his talents to entertain the congregation in a spirit of joyful fellowship. Since the element of sacrifice has been removed from the liturgy, the words “sin”, “hell” and “penance” should be used very rarely from the pulpit and never in the same sentence.

* The Tabernacle, once believed to enclose the Real Presence of Our Lord, may be moved to a side altar or totally hidden if preferred by the pastor and/or pastoral council.

* There will be no need to genuflect, kneel or display unnecessary rigid piety.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Look Back - June 2012


In the summary of Father Themann's talk 'Resistance to What?' we find the following paragraph:
Bishop Fellay (because he is not satisfied with assurances that he can attack Vatican II) grants an interview to DICI as a test of Roman openness to attacks against Vatican II and the New Mass. Upon hearing of this interview, a very dissatisfied Cardinal Levada schedules a long meeting with Pope Benedict XVI. (source)

It was brought to my attention that the resistance faults Fr. Themann because Bishop Fellay did not criticize the Novus Ordo Missae directly in the DICI interview that he gave on June 8, 2012.

Thinking this through, it is apparent that a test of Rome's openness to attacks on V2 and the NOM does not necessarily mean that he spoke directly against both elements in the interview.

Reviewing the interview we find the following references to Vatican and the Mass (NB. not the NOM).
... What has changed is the fact that Rome no longer makes total acceptance of Vatican II a prerequisite for the canonical solution ... So the attitude of the official Church is what changed;  we did not.  We were not the ones who asked for an agreement;  the pope is the one who wants to recognize us.  ...  why this change?  We are still not in agreement doctrinally, and yet the pope wants to recognize us! ... The official authorities do not want to acknowledge the errors of the Council. ... 
Well this is definitely shows that the position of the SSPX has not altered throughout the various exchanges etc. 
... Did the novelties that were introduced during the Council start a trend of growth in the Church and an increase of vocations and religious practice?  ... If we want to make the treasure of Tradition fruitful for the good of souls, we must speak and act.  We need this twofold freedom of speech and action.  But I would mistrust a purely verbal denunciation of doctrinal errors—a denunciation that would be all the more polemical because it was only verbal ... concerning the stages in our dialogue with Rome, we must have “faith in the Traditional Mass, the Mass that demands in and of itself integrity of doctrine and of the sacraments, the assurance of all spiritual fruitfulness in the service of souls”...
Two points here ...
Novelties: Aside from the Four Points, what other Novelty is a direct result of V2? The Novus Ordo Missae which is a manifestation of the 'Spirit of the Council'.

The Traditional Mass 'demands in and of itself integrity of doctrine ...' and what is 'opposite' of the Tridentine Mass?  The Novus Ordo Missae of course.  Personally, I know that to assert that the Tridentine Mass is in anyway superior to the Novus Ordo Missae is the kiss of death for any diocesan TLM because it is seen as being divisive.

So while it may not have the character that the 'resistance' would desire, the message is unchanged.

V2, N.O.M.: Not good



Interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay on relations with Rome June 8, 2912
Bishop Fellay – The Church and the Society of St. Pius X – News April 10, 2014
Where do we stand with Rome? Nov 9, 2012
The SSPX Falsely Accused: Resistance to What? Regina Caeli Report

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Resistance Schism & Heresy - Sad but True


I've been informed by a friend that Fr. Pfeiffer is touring Canada and today is supposed to be in Manitoba.

Therefore it is apropos that I discuss my conclusions about 'the resistance'.

First of all, I saw the following pattern of behaviour about a decade ago.

A priest:
  1. recently ordained, is transferred about with greater frequency than the normal 3 years per 'posting',
  2. has problems with obeying his present superior,
  3. attempts to assert control in areas the superior had reserved for himself,
  4. openly mocks his former superior,
  5. seeks to ingratiate himself with various people at the SSPX Mass centre,
  6. refuses a transfer on various grounds,
  7. attempts to evoke pity of his support group by casting himself as subject to persecution,
  8. attempts to take over the Mass centre and if unsuccessful,
  9. entices or convinces people to 'split off' from the SSPX to start his own group,
  10. eventually the character flaws dominate and the priest abandons his 'new' flock to the wolves.
The 'resistance' priests have, so far, faithfully followed this pattern and are now at the 9th step.   Some are even now setting their toes upon the threshold of the 10th step; with the sede-vacantists now showing their true colours in Europe and Quebec.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Bishop Williamson and the Other Shoe


I've been waiting for Bishop Williamson's other shoe to drop for sometime.

In short, I've been waiting to see if he follows his espoused principles to their logical conclusion or if he abandons them for some other path.

Open Letter to Bishop Williamson
In case there is any doubt as to the path that His Excellency has set his foot upon let's revisit my Open Letter to H.E. concerning E354.

Based on certain ambiguities in his writings Bishop Williamson has enabled people who turn to him for guidance in this crisis of the Church, to come to the conclusion that the:

  • Catholic Church before the Council had the Four Marks
  • Catholic Church after the Council "by losing all four marks of the Catholic Church (One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic), was [no longer] the Catholic Church"
Also, as a friend commented:

The analogy [Bp. Williamson's rotten apple analogy] is excellent and correct if we take the rot to consist in individuals who occupy places in the Church, or even in institutions that have a human character; it is wrong and dangerous if we take the rot to consist in actual institutions that have an ecclesiastical character - dioceses, especially the Roman See, and even religious orders considered from the point of view of their official canonical status and purpose. (Comparison of SSPX & Resistance Ecclesiology)
Where does Bishop Williamson's rhetoric / thinking lead?  


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Communion in the Hand - Fr. Jerabek


Communion in the hand: Legalized abuse and enabler of sacrilege.

When the Church bans this protestant practice, then we'll know that we have reached the end of the beginning of this crisis of the Church.

Fr. Jerabek's article provides some insight to this practice and who is defending the truth about it.

Worth reading and please say a prayer for Fr. Jerabek, because those who defend this truth will be attacked.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How far does the Apple fall from the Tree? Fr. Pfeiffer as the Apple and Bishop Williamson as the Tree. - Updated Again


Update Mach 24, 2015: As noted here a friend reviewed one of the source YouTube videos used to create the infamous Recusant article.  He has discovered that Fr. Pfeiffer's chronicler missed the important aspect of Unity - The Pope.  I have upgraded Fr. Pfeiffer's mark to 1 for Unity.  I'll have to review the rest at a later time to determine if Fr. Pfeiffer can achieve a passing mark - or at least surpass Bishop Williamson.

Early on in the conflict between Bishop Williamson et al who form the alleged 'resistance' and the SSPX, I discerned that there were two keys to understanding the differences betwixt the parties.

Doctrinal and Cultural.

The cultural aspect was obvious but the doctrinal is more important.

Bishop Fellay accepts Church doctrine:
  • St. Thomas' explanation of the Catholic principle of obedience is applicable today as it was in his time.
  • The Pope is the direct Superior of all religious (Bishops, Priests, Monks, Brothers, Nuns etc).
  • Pope Francis (and previously Pope Benedict XVI) is the Pope and can issue a command that objectively meets St. Thomas's criteria for obedience.
What the 'resistance' believes is another matter entirely as there appears to be a significant degree of heterogeneity amongst the various associates.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Old Mass/Old Faith, New Mass/New Faith: The Raison d'être of a Catholic Traditionalist - The Remnant


Yes I am busy, my laptop is setup beside my desktop as I prepare for a presentation I'm giving tomorrow.

But this is too important an article to let slip by.

In it Mr. Matt gives some insight to the struggle of the 'early' Traditionalists.  Men who, like my Step-Father, scavenged what they could from the scrap heap.  Not just little items like life size statues, I mean: Altars, tabernacles, communion rails.

All Traditional Catholics owe an immense debt of gratitude to those who paved the way and have, in large part, passed on to their rewards.

In truth, they are just part of a chain of Catholics from the first persecution to now.

"Tradidi quod et accepi"

We need to be the next link in the chain and pass on the faith - whole and entire.


Courtesy of the Remnant

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Old Mass/Old Faith, New Mass/New Faith: The Raison d'être of a Catholic Traditionalist 

Written by  
Archbishop Marcel LefebvreArchbishop Marcel Lefebvre
Editor’s Note: It was an honor for me to present the following paper at the Angelus Press Conference in Kansas City back in October.  Our hope and prayer in publishing it here at Christmastime is that it might help inspire traditional Catholics from the various camps to recognize the urgent need for all of us to unite against the real enemy -- those who hate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please God, let is be so. MJM 

Your Excellency, Reverend Fathers, dear sisters and brothers in Christ: It is an honor for me to be with you today. As a life-long fan of the SSPX’s flagship magazine, The Angelus, I’m delighted to be here. 

When I was young the names of your founding editors, Pulvermacher and Buldoc, were household words, and I’m proud to say that, since those long ago days, The Remnant and the Angelus have remained allies throughout the post-conciliar days of darkness. 

In preparation for my talk, in fact, I came across a letter dated September 25, 1975 and addressed to my father, which I’d like to share with you this morning:
“Dear Mr. Walter Matt: Someone has called my attention to the various articles sympathetic to Econe which have appeared in recent issues of The Remnant. I wish to thank you for your kindness and courage in publishing these articles, which have done so much to bring forward important facts which otherwise would remain unknown to many of our American friends. The Remnant is fulfilling an ever more important function in the defense of the Mass and of the Catholic Faith in your beloved country, and I pray that God may help and reward you. With best wishes and a cordial blessing for you and your dear family and all the readers of The Remnant, Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Titular Archbishop of Synnada” 
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and Remnant Founding Editor, Walter L. Matt lefebvre and dad large(1976)This was penned nearly 40 years ago. So much water has flowed under the proverbial bridge since then, so many historic developments in the life of our Church under siege—mostly apocalyptic in nature, it is true, but some, such as the return of the old Latin Mass to the diocesan structures of the Church—utterly unthinkable 40 years ago! — welcome proof that God is still in charge and that there is no excuse for us to abandon hope either in Him or in His Bride. 

According to a recent Remnant report by Brian Mershon, noting the progress made in the seven years since “Summorum Pontificum”: Nearly 500 North American Churches now offer the Traditional Latin Mass, and this does not include Mass centers operated by the largest traditionalist group in the world—the SSPX. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

You said the Mass is what? - The Remnant


I've spent some time highlighting the cultural as well as doctrinal foundations of this crisis of the Church.

The Mass and method of receiving Holy Communion are artifacts of the beliefs abd culture of the Church. Change those and other cultural elements will automatically realign to remove any inconsistency.

The article below (and those linked) provide some examples of what happens when artifacts are altered.


Courtesy of the Remnant

PS. Also see What’s Wrong with Communion in the Hand? and How is New Coke Analogous to the New Mass?

Friday, December 12, 2014

“Mass is Community Worship Where Believers Gather To Offer Praise and Thanksgiving…” Featured

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I recently came across an article entitled, “I Don't Get Anything Out Of Mass.” The article was posted a month ago at Catholic365.com, a conservative oriented and “mainstream” Catholic website. Since then, the article has amassed nearly 33,000 Facebook shares. 

The article attempts to respond to the primary reason modern Catholics give for not attending Mass, which is: “I don’t get anything out of it.” While the goal of the article is admirable and the intent of the author is no doubt sincere, the response he gives is a shocking indicator of what passes for “orthodox” Catholic belief in this country.
The author begins by stating the following familiar statistics:

Up until the early 1960s, a full 75-percent of Catholics in America went to Mass on a regular basis. ("Regular basis" being defined as every Sunday plus Holy Days of Obligation.) Nowadays, of those people who identify themselves as Catholic, the figure is more like 25-percent. And that's not counting the people who have left the Church completely, those who no longer identify themselves as Catholic. Don't forget, although the church denomination in the U.S. with the largest membership is the Catholic Church, the second largest religious group in this country are people described as "former Catholics."

Any Catholic reading this article should ask himself why this took place. Apparently 75% of Catholics were “getting something” out of the Traditional Mass before it began to be tinkered with in 1965 and finally replaced with the Novus Ordo in 1969. Imagine what had to have happened for so many millions of Catholics to give up their Faith all together, while 75% of those who remained, according to the author, no longer even bother to go to Mass. As anyone can see, the decline is directly correlated with Vatican II and the changes to the Mass. 

As for the Neo-Catholic excuse that correlation does not equal causation, attendance of Protestants at Sunday services remained constant during this same period. Thus, the idea that the secular culture of “the 60’s” struck a blow across all faiths is a canard. Something happened unique to Catholicism during this period that devastated the Catholic Church and devastated it quickly. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what the cause was. Yet, sadly, most of our conservative Catholic friends are not allowed to even begin down this line of questioning before being prodded back into line by their Neo-Catholic leaders. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Long Fight


This article by the Remnant highlights the chasm between the manner in which the hierarchy (read Pope and Bishops) treats the Protestants / "Orthodox" and the SSPX.

This chasm, really a cultural gap, in my opinion demonstrates with whom the present hierarchy is ideologically closer: Heretics and Schismatics.

As long as Traditional Catholics are persecuted for hold to what the Church has always taught as the Church has always believed, then Traditional Catholics will never be truly welcome 'within' the Canonical Structures. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Advent Series


I have been receiving an excellent series of Advent emails, and have obtained permission to publish them here.

Wishing you a Good Advent, Blessed Christmas and a Holy New Year!


PS I will still be posting only sporadically.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

While Rome Burns ...


Actually, one could say 'While the Church burns ...'.

Fr. Carota has a very compelling article (link) that brings to light a couple of interesting elements.

The Church is in theological, moral and structural collapse and it is mostly as a result of actions taken by forces within the Church.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Visionaries and Catholic Principles


In this crisis of the Church, the confusion has clouded the judgement of many.

Excuse making is a simple example of people trying to justify their actions.  In this case they resort to variations on the theme 'change perception of actions'.

I've encountered this in:

  • Sedevacantists: who deny that the Church Doctrine that the recognition of the Pope by the hierarchy is an infallible means of knowing who is the Pope,
  • Resistors: who believe that the ends justify the means, even if they toss out Catholic principles (St. Thomas Acquinas et al) in the process.
  • 'Modern' Catholics: who assert that the SSPX was wrong (about what they were not very specific).

One recent variations is an alleged 'revelation from the Blessed Virgin Mary'. In this case they are attempting to re-cast Bishop Fellay's actions as being against the wish and express command of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

A nice way to say that the Virgin Mary trumps St. Thomas Aquinas.

Before dealing with the false assumptions contained in the assertion, it is necessary to establish a basic framework for appraising the visionary and the prophecy.

When someone claims to have seen a vision we have the following possibilities.

They are either:
  1. Mistaken,
  2. lying,
  3. hallucinating / delusional ( psychotic ),
  4. deceived by a evil spirit,
  5. or have been visited by a good spirit
People gravitate towards simple solutions to complex problems, which is the basis for the belief in conspiracy theories.  So most people jump to item #5 when a 'visionaries' tales are aligned with what they want to believe - ie. confirmation bias.

While our task of weeding out true from false apparitions may seem difficult, there is a short cut.  The reliance upon Catholic principles in a similar manner as used to remain on the true path.

The key difference between the first four and last scenarios is that, invariably at some point, the first four will be at odds with Catholic doctrine or principles.

In the most recent case  (ie. Bishop Williamson's "Inside Story") we find the following:
“Tell Bishop Fellay that he cannot move any closer to Rome than he already is, however well-intentioned the Holy Father may be.” And she repeated,“Remember, however well-intentioned the Holy Father may be.” 
What do we have contained within this statement?

A well-intentioned Pope, according to Bishop Fellay, wished to resolve the canonical irregularity of the SSPX.  There is nothing morally wrong with this, and if the Pope were to have followed through by demonstrating the absence of either an immediate or proximate occasion of sin, then the 'command' would have been lawful.

In short the message contains an order to disobey a lawful command that meets St. Thomas' exposition of the principle of obedience, which would be sinful.

A 'message' from Heaven that commands sin is obviously not from Heaven.

This is why it is important to understand and accept Church Teaching and doctrine as the Church understands and not as we would like it to be understood.  Without this foundation we can be easily led astray by well meaning but deluded people.

Bishop Williamson et al had a choice in 2012: Abandon the doctrine of the Church or accept that they were wrong.   They have chosen to abandon the doctrine of the Church.

As for the remainder of the alleged 'message', is just window dressing, or as I would normally say FUD.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Synod Post-Game Show VI


It has been a while since I wrote anything about the Synod - but I just saw the article attached below printed in the Canadian SSPX Convictions Magazine.

The most telling was this:
The most candid admission comes from the President of the Canadian Bishops’ Conference, Abp. Paul-André Durocher, who writes unflinchingly on his blog:  “In a way, what we did with family life is what the Second Vatican Council did for the liturgy and ecumenism:  gave a green light to a style of ministry that is already emerging in the Church, assuring its theological foundations, and inviting the whole Church to do the same.  Of course, those who did not like what Vatican II did for the liturgy and ecumenism must not like what this Synod did for family life….” 
Attached below is the original statement with a little of the context recreated.
Cette approche n'est pas nouvelle: beaucoup d'intervenants pastoraux la pratiquent déjà. Mais c'est la première fois - à ma connaissance - qu'un texte de ce genre vient lui donner son aval. Encore plus, il en donne le fondement biblique et doctrinal, et il invite tous les intervenants de l'Église à la mettre en oeuvre.
Ça, c'est nouveau. Et je m'en réjouis. Dans un certain sens, nous avons fait pour la vie de famille ce qu'a fait le Concile Vatican II pour la liturgie et pour l'oecuménisme: donner un feu vert à une pastorale déjà émergente dans l'Église, lui assurer un socle théologique, et inviter toute l'Église à la faire sienne.
Je ne sais pas si les médias y porteront beaucoup d'attention. Mais pour moi, en tant qu'évêque, et pour beaucoup de responsables de paroisse et de communautés chrétiennes, c'est capital. Et pour cela, je remercie le Pape de nous avoir convié à ce grand travail d'Église. (source)
This, since it comes from the president of the Canadian Bishop's Conference, perhaps is a reflection of the majority of the Canadian Bishops.  At least we can be confident that within certain margins it is a reflection of 54% of the Bishops.

What is certain, as Cardinal Kasper and Archbishop Durocher have indicated, is that the theological principles of the Second Vatican Council are coming to their logical pastoral conclusion.

It could not be any other way.  An organization, no less than a person, can maintain two opposing thoughts in their head indefinitely.  Eventually, they either choose one to reduce the 'cognitive dissonance' or they go insane. The choice is now being made by many and so we are now nearing the end of this crisis.
He will love the one and hate the other, or hate the one and love the other.
"They" have chosen their camp and soon the Lord will make known his decisions.


Courtesy of DICI.org

Friday, November 21, 2014

SSPX in the news - November 10, 2014


I will admit that I was angered when I read the news that Catholics who attend the SSPX for the sacraments are excommunicated.

The irony was not lost on me, when I know 'Modern' Catholics who regularly attend protestant liturgies with impunity.

Then I was nonplussed when I read the Catholic Culture article.  I've never seen such a beautiful example of 'cognitive dissonance' at work.  Talk about trying to spin straw into gold.

Pray for them because eventually they will either go mad or become rational again. 

In either case they need our compassion.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pat Archbold and Hermeneutics


For decades the SSPX has been persecuted for saying just what Mr. Archbold said in this article.  I wonder if EWTN will pull the article as it steps across the 'Accept All of Vatican II' cultural assumption.

The whole article is worth reading but here's a very telling point

But I think it is fair to say that such hermeneutics are merely a Band-Aid to a self-inflicted wound, a wound of ambiguity.

National Catholic Register - Pat Archbold


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Can the Church Depose an Heretical Pope? - The Remnant


This article was too good to not be added to my series on sedevacantism.

It also is telling that people are seriously concerned about the direction that the Pope is heading.

Frankly, it is consoling to see non-Trads coming to the realization that all is not well.


Courtesy of the Remnant

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Can the Church Depose an Heretical Pope?

Written by  Robert J. Siscoe

Excommunicated by the Second Council of Constantinople, 553

“Indeed the Church has the right to separate herself from an heretical pope according to divine law. Consequently it has the right, by the same divine law, to use all means of themselves necessary for such separation…”
John of St. Thomas

“The Church must render a judgment before the pope loses his office. Private judgment of the laity in this matter does not suffice.”
Robert J. Siscoe

A recent article by Fr. James V. Schall S.J., which was re-posted as “the article of the week” on the popular Traditional Catholic website Rorate Caeli, has caused quite stir in some quarters. In the short article, which is titled On Heretical Popes, Fr. Schall briefly discusses the claims of heresy leveled against the post-Conciliar Popes, especially Pope Francis, and raises the question of whether a pope can fall into heresy, and, if so, how the Church would go about deposing him. The article was written in a very moderate tone, but the issues addressed were evidently too much for the extreme Left and their newly discovered Ultramontanism.
A writer at the ultra-liberal National Catholic Reporter reacted with outrage that Fr. Schall would dare mention such issues during the current Pontificate. He declared Fr. Schall’s article to be “irresponsible and inflammatory”, and suggested the only response to this “danger” is “to seek even harder to embrace Pope Francis and his effort to renew the Church.”

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sense Making


The media chatter has risen above the normal level of late.  In fact it is hard to pick out the key items that merit my attention as I am still extremely busy.

That said, here's a quick synopsis of signals that have popped up over the noise.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bloggin Pauses


To my readers,

I've been able to keep up a steady stream of articles for the past few months because I was off work.

That changed October 6th.

As a result after this last pre-programmed blog post, I will be posting less frequently.


Thursday, November 6, 2014



That the Church is in the midst of a crisis is, for those not blinded by enthusiasm, obvious.

Understanding the different levels of authority for the documents of the Church is one of the underpinnings of keeping sane and not falling off the knife's edge.

In this academic article Dr. Lamont has, I believe, provided the key to unlocking one of the locks  of this Crisis.  The documents of the Second Vatican Council.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Synod Post-Game Show 5: Apologies for Appearing to Criticize the Pope


There have been a number of apologies made by people who believe that they have given the impression that they were criticizing the Pope.

Michael Voris made his 'apology' here, even though he called it a 'clarification'.  Cardinal Burke issued a clarification as did Dr. Malloy.

Dr. Malloy's 'I Apologize' post is reproduced below - because it is no longer available on his site.
I will note that I do not have Dr. Malloy's permission to post this apology, and I only do so to maintain a copy as an example of a phenomenon.  If he requests that I remove it ... I will do so willingly.

The common thread between Voris and Dr. Malloy is found in the last paragraph:

God has given us Peter. We do not need to run to a guru. Our Peter is Francis. Let us pray for him, as he serves us(1). I apologize for having marred my own reception and anyone else’s reception of this great gift of God to us(2). I thank God for good example of other public theologians doing the same. I repudiate all schism(3). Without Peter, no salvation (Boniface VIII)(4). And I thank God for the marvelous sacrament of Confession, which is valid only if offered by those priests who are in full communion and regular canonical situation with Rome and the particular church(5), whereby my foolishness can be brought back into the charity of the fold.
There are a few problems with this paragraph or at least what I perceive as the thought behind it.

Point by point here are my thoughts:

  1. It is important to remember that the Successor of Peter is the Vicar of Christ - not Christ Himself. As such, if Peter denies Our Lord, we are not to follow his example.
  2. That the Papacy is the Unity of Both Faith and Communion is de fide. However, it remains that the Pope can err when he steps speaks as a private person.  If he deviates from the Truth that then hierarchy has an obligation to speak the truth with clarity.  When they fail in their duty, it falls upon the rounded shoulders of the laity.  Always with respect for the person who holds the office of the Papacy.
  3. If the Pope errs, saying the truth does not constitute schism. If the Pope breaks with the past by setting aside various rules etc - is this not a schismatic act (non canonical) in severing the ties that bind to the traditions of the Church?
  4. See #2
  5. Well this appears to be vastly wrong. 
    1. Even Fr. Z claims that the confessions of the Orthodox (read:schismatic) are valid - heck just look at the Code of Canon Law.  So that undermines the entire thesis.
    2. In the case of the SSPX, in cases where there is ignorance etc - the Church Herself supplies the jurisdiction.  This is without recourse to the concept of a 'state of necessity'. 
    3. There is a difference between the statements that the SSPX executes no legitimate ministry within the Church and the invalidity of the Sacraments that people, in their understanding of a state of necessity, seek from them.
The first and highest law in the Church is the Salvation of Souls.

That ought to count for something.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Synod Post-Game Show 4 - The Aftermath of the Synod / Council As Demonstrated By Statistics


In the aftermath of the 'Synod', I think we see simply the fruits of the 'Council'.

In many ways it has every appearance of being a very similar conflict.  With the key difference that in the Council the conflict was over doctrine, in this 'Synod' or 'mini-Council' was over ... morals.  Of course, you can never separate morals from doctrine as they are intrinsically linked.

While most articles that I've seen focus on the final document( DICI ), for good reason, I'd like to make my own contribution to the discussion by focusing on what the Synod told us about the health of the Mystical Body of Christ.

The seed of this can be found in this post by Rorate.  It contains some very simple results on the voting on two core issues: Communion for the 'Divorced and Remarried' and Civil Gay Unions.  Why is this important?

Because these results are, in essence, an opinion survey.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Staring Contest Between Rome and the SSPX - Guess Who Just Blinked 3


In my last post on this topic, I mentioned that it appeared that the good cop / bad cop game was once again being played.

Now rorate is reporting that another Bishop, this time in Argentina, is 'excommunicating' those who turn to the SSPX for the sacraments.

Synod Post-Game Show 3 - DICI: Rejected But Kept


A quick post for today.

NTP (Note To Pope): Traditionalists don't seek refuge in the letter of the Law but in the Truth.

Here are some inter-related truths:

1. Popes, Bishops and Priests have an obligation to teach the Truths of the Faith.
2. A Valid Marriage lasts until one of the partners dies.
3. To attempt remarriage while the other partner yet lives is to enter into a continual state of concubinage. It they perform the marriage act - it is done outside of wedlock and is motally sinful.
4, See #1
5. To receive Holy Communion in a state of Mortal sin, is sacrilegious and mortally sinful.
6. To officially allow people in a state of mortal sin to receive Holy Communion is itself enabling the priests to become party to their sin - sinning themselves.

As for the rest, remember to pray for the Pope. From both spiritual and organizational points of view, the Church will not emerge from this crisis until the Pope takes the first big step.


Courtesy of SSPX.org

Synod's troubles continue

October 24, 2014 
What is the status of the Synod's scandalous Interim Report? And what is the Catholic media saying about the Synod?
We offer here for our readers two pieces from DICI that deal with the continuing troublesome ripple effect of the Synod on the Family.

Editorial: Rejected but kept

After the scandalous Interim Report dated October 13, the Final Report of the Synod was published on the evening of October 18; it is a compromise among the various tendencies, aimed at relieving tensions and reassuring the timid. In fact, however, this report is only provisionally “final”.
Three paragraphs concerning communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics and welcoming homosexuals did not get the required two-thirds majority, and therefore they were rejected, but—at the order of Pope Francis—they were kept in the text of the report. Rejected by collegiality, but kept by authority. All the bishops are equal, synodally speaking, but some are more equal than others.
In reality, these paragraphs are awaiting their hour. They are not there for purely documentary purposes; they have one year now to ripen. The next Synod, in October 2015, ought to reward their patience. We bet that this wait will not be passive, and that after the overly noisy opponents are set aside, efforts will begin to make what has been sown in the documents spring up in people’s heads. Unless….
Although some intended to have a Synod on the Family-for-Everyone-at-Any-Price, others can, with God’s help, work for a Synod that manifests the Faith everywhere and for everyone. They too have one year to recall loud and clear that what God has joined man (if he is a man of the Church!) cannot put asunder.
Fr. Alain Lorans
Source: DICI—10-23-2014

Press Review: After the Synod, it all begins

The Final Report of the Synod (Relatio Synodi), published on October 18, 2014, draws no conclusion at all; quite the contrary, it presents topics for reflection that the dioceses will now take up, before the Synod in October 2015 reexamines them.
As for the question about Communion for the divorced-and-remarried, Cardinal Walter Kasper is not losing hope. In the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, cited by the weblog of the French Catholic newspaper La Croixon October 20, he confides to the reporter:
The question is still on the table. It will reappear in the documents of the next synod. The discussion about it is now at the level of each country. We will see.
On the previous day, October 19, the French daily newspaper reported this tidbit:
At the beginning of the week, we hoped to be able to go further,’ one cardinal close to Pope Francis commented, and he immediately added, with a lopsided smile, ‘But patience, patience…. we’re getting there.’ In his homily on October 19 for the Beatification of Paul VI, Francis described this ‘journey which, in the Churches throughout the world, is bringing us to the Ordinary Synod of Bishops in October 2015.’ He invited his listeners to let God surprise them. ‘God is not afraid of new things!’ he remarked.”
On October 20, in a report broadcast by Vatican Radio, Romilda Ferrauto stressed that the Final Report
recognizes the presence of valuable elements outside of Christian marriage, provided that these forms are based on a stable, authentic relationship between a man and a woman and oriented toward Christian marriage.”
This is what the October 13 Interim Report had already said:
a new dimension of today’s family pastoral consists of understanding the reality of civil marriage and also of cohabitation, while taking the differences between them into account…. In such unions [i.e., common law marriages] it is possible to see authentic family values or at least the desire for them. Pastoral accompaniment should start from these positive aspects.”
Sebastian Maillard, Rome correspondent for La Croix, in an article entitled “On the Art of Managing a Divided Synod”, points out the preponderant role of the pope, “who has described himself as being ‘un po furbo’ (a little crafty)”:
Although the Final Report shattered the Interim Document, and three paragraphs [from it] on sensitive subjects in the debate were rejected, he [Francis] gained the upper hand in no time—a maneuver that deserves careful study by political scientists…. The Synod was orchestrated by this Jesuit pope to shape this exercise in discernment. From the start, he imagined not one but two synodal assemblies, and also, between one and the other, a real consultation with the lay faithful, which will proceed by way of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015. The Catholic Church is thus put into a state of permanent Synod (sic), the institutional version of a way of always setting out on a journey.”
—And of calling oneself into question, which is also called permanent revolution.
Back from Rome where he was covering the Synod, journalist Jean-Marie Guenois declares in the October 21 issue of Le Figaro:
This Synod launched the discussion. The bishops are now giving the floor to the world so that the debate can continue in the local Churches. But they will have to watch out for manipulations. For example, you are going to see petitions cropping up everywhere. Like the one that German Cardinal Marx—one of the members of the G8 [the group of eight cardinals appointed by Pope Francis for frequent consultation]—took the liberty of bringing to the Synod, declaring, petition in hand, that “all the German bishops” expected reform with regard to the divorced-and-remarried. We should therefore expect a lot of media hype that will put pressure on public opinion. When the second session of the Synod [i.e., the Ordinary Synod in October 2015] takes place, the fruit will be ripe. But the arguments of theologians who base their reasoning on the Tradition of the Church and not on opinion, will not have budged…. Meanwhile several special working commissions will have prepared practical, juridical solutions to advance….
Some mention the risk of ‘schism’. There already are de facto schisms in the Catholic Church, with many priests or lay faithful who do not share the Catholic faith about the Eucharist or about the Virgin Mary, for example, but who call themselves Catholics, whereas they are genuine Protestant Christians! So there might in fact be a silent, invisible schism if the decisions were to go too far. What is certain, on the other hand, is that this Synod is starting a ‘crisis’ in the Church in the ancient sense of this word: it is presenting a choice, a decision that must be made. Once again this pope who is not a theologian but a pastor sees the Church as “a people on the move” which collectively discovers along the road new paths to take. And we have not yet realized, especially in France and in some circles, as I try to explain in my recent book (Jusqu’ou ira Francois [J.-C. Lattes, 2015], How Far Will Francis Go?] the breadth and depth of the change in the papacy between Benedict XVI and Francis. The shock of this Synod will perhaps open the eyes of some. This change of Pontiff is not just a new pope but also a major milestone and a turning point."
The most candid admission comes from the President of the Canadian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, who writes unflinchingly on his blog:
In a way, what we did with family life is what the Second Vatican Council did for the liturgy and ecumenism: gave a green light to a style of ministry that is already emerging in the Church, assuring its theological foundations, and inviting the whole Church to do the same. Of course, those who did not like what Vatican II did for the liturgy and ecumenism must not like what this Synod did for family life….”
No comment.
It would be better to read or reread The Rhine Flows into the Tiber by Ralph M. Wiltgen, S.V.D. (1967; reprinted TAN Books, 2009) and The Second Vatican Council: An Unwritten Story by Roberto de Mattei (Loreto Publications, 2012).
(Sources: Apic/IMedia/La Croix—DICI no.303 dated October 24, 2014)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tony Palmer (RIP) & the Joint Declaration On The Doctrine of Justification -1999


First off, John Vennari has an excellent post on Tony Palmer's funeral and the issues that it brings to light about the Ecumenism of Convergence that currently holds sway within the Church of Christ.  Pope Pius XI was definitely prophetic.  (Requiem for Tony Palmer)

Second, the untimely death of Tony Palmer (RIP) prompted me to review his introduction to the Ark Community.

Suffice to say, there are numerous problems with this perception of the Protestant Schism / Heresy.
I was going to write a lengthy article about the problem of 'false ecumenism', of which Mr. Palmer (RIP) was a manifestation.

However, events have carried that into the past as the Pope has now, in a recent meeting with the Tony Palmer's group, highlighted the key problem:

I am grateful to Archbishop Robert Wise and to Emiliana, who have chosen to carry the torch, this dream which was Tony's: this dream of being able to walk in communion. We are sinning against Christ's will, because we continue to focus on our differences; our shared baptism is more important than our differences. We all believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Courtesy Louie Verrecchio

Really there isn't much more to say, as the problem is embedded in this short statement by the Pope. The main problem is that the Pope appears to believe that we are 'sinning' by focusing on the Dogmas that separate the Protestants from the Catholics.

Obviously, this is wrong.

I wonder how far the Holy Ghost will allow the Pope to wander in his opinions about different dogmas.

As always,