Saturday, March 29, 2014

Universal Salvation and Bl. Pope John Paul II


While following the comings and goings in the blogosphere (ie following the blogs that I link - but abstaining from commenting), I came across a couple of articles that I believe require some commentary - but not because of the contents but the references.

I was reading the Remnant's latest online article  and noticed the following reference:

Eternal damnation remains a possibility, but we are not granted, without special divine revelation, the knowledge of whether or which human beings are effectively involved in it.
I found the same reference in another article in reply to the 'radtrad' accusations by various online personalities.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Attendance and participation at Mass

A reminder of what 'participation' at Mass really means.

Courtesy of

Attendance and participation at Mass

A comprehensive explanation of the authentic and traditional understanding of "active participation", and why and how it is important for Catholics to actually participate while attending Mass.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Must Catholics attend the New Mass?

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Must Catholics attend the New Mass?

The SSPX's position on the protestantized New Mass is explained, thus demonstrating that according to the Church's teaching, Catholics are not obliged to attend the Novus Ordo as it puts the faith in danger.
This excerpt from the May 2007 SiSiNoNo features a letter of critique from a priest to the editor about the SSPX's position on the New Mass. Within this letter, the priest cites a misrepresentation of the Society's stance while simultaneously affirming that Catholics are bound to attend the Novus Ordoeven though it has been "protestantized".
The editor replied in the May 2007 issue clarifying the SSPX's position while citing the Church's teaching about the Sunday Obligation and how the New Mass poses a danger to the faith of Catholics, thus needs to be avoided.

Must We Attend A “Protestantized” Mass?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tributes for a Catholic bishop -

I decided that this was worth logging onto the site to post.

I first noticed the tribute on rorate and of course one from the SSPX.

Catholics owe much to Archbishop Lefebvre.

For myself I try to pay attention to the manner in which he made his decisions and then acted upon them with conviction.  There is much to emulate.


PS. I now return to my lenten resolution and 'pre-programmed' posts.

Courtesy of

Tributes for a Catholic bishop

March 24, 2014 
Archbishop Lefebvre went to his eternal reward on March 25, 1991, the Feast of the Annunciation, after having valiantly promoted and defended the Catholic Faith throughout the world.
We offer some tributes previously published on in commemoration of the death of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (March 25, 1991), a bishop for the Catholic Church.

Dying on the day when all begin

Friday, March 21, 2014

SSPX Confessions and Marriages

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Valid: SSPX's confessions and marriages

January 15, 2014 
District of the US
The SSPX's priests are often accused of not being able to validly hear confessions or perform marriages. But this false claim falls flat upon a close examination of Canon Law — particularly in light of the crisis in the Church.
A frequent accusation made by opponents of the Society of St. Pius X is that the confessions and marriages undertaken in its chapels are invalid because its priests lack jurisdiction. This false assertion not only ignores the Church's jurisprudence on supplied jurisdiction, but more importantly, the reality that astate of necessity exists due to the post-conciliar crisis.
On the canonical side of things, we re-present here the important and comprehensive 3-part study of Fr. Ramon Angles, The Validity of Confessions & Marriages in the Chapels of the Society of St. Pius X which in summary demonstrates:
In conclusion, a dilemma for our opponents: If the SSPX is outside the Church, both marriages and confessions are valid... If the SSPX is not outside the Church, jurisdiction is supplied by the Church for marriages and confessions, because of common error, positive probable doubt, the right of the faithful asking for the Sacraments, and also in danger of death.
Fr. Angles shows that the Holy See has never declared the SSPX's confessions and marriages to be invalid:
We can and we should have recourse to the suppliance in case of positive and probable error in order to answer those adversaries who oppose our canonical reasoning. Let us tell them that because our case is supported on solid canonical grounds, on the old and the new legislation, on the practice of the Church, on the sentences of the Roman jurisprudence, on the doctrine of renowned authors, even on favorable opinions of cardinals, bishops and diocesan chanceries throughout the world, we can definitely affirm that in such doubt Ecclesia supplet iurisdictionem.
The Vatican itself takes our arguments so seriously that in the Protocol of May 5, 1988, the Holy See called for a sanatio in radice AD CAUTELAM of the marriages celebrated by our priests without the required delegation. So for the Vatican there is a chance that such marriages are valid. Again, this doubt is positive and probable, and once more the Church supplies jurisdiction.
Two additional proofs came to light after Fr. Angles wrote his study, as Bishop Bernard Fellay related during a conference he gave in 2002:
On this point, let me tell you about the bishops from Gabon [Africa] going to Rome to ask about the validity and lawfulness of the sacraments administered by our mission priests there and whether they should record them in the sacramental registers of that country’s local churches. Rome answered that the sacraments of the Society must be recorded in the local registers. "Also the marriages?" the bishops asked. "Yes," said Rome. That was the statement from Rome. With these words — despite all the things you may have heard! — Rome says our sacraments are to be considered valid. This is the policy in official Rome about sacraments administered by priests of the Society of St. Pius X.
If you examine the decree of Rome’s acknowledgment of the official existence of the Priestly Union of St. John Baptist Mary Vianney [Campos, Brazil], there is no mention regarding the years of marriages officiated by the Latin Mass priests of Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer. This means Rome considers these marriages valid. If they aren’t valid, Rome would have to say so and do something about it. The priests of the Society of St. Pius X officiate at the sacrament of Matrimony no differently than did Bishop de Castro Mayer’s priests so this shows what official Rome thinks of our work. This is interesting, because it settles the confusion around this important question. So many opinions; even in Rome, you get different answers.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The True Mass can renew the earth

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The True Mass can renew the earth

January 09, 2014 
District of the US
For the benefit of our readers we have just re-published to the website several articles concerning the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is also at the heart of the priestly Society of St. Pius X, as it defines the Church's apostolic mission.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Revolution Revealed: The Triumph of Modernism and the End of the Traditional Catholic Church - The Remnant Newspaper

Given that unreserved acceptance of the Second Vatican Council is being forced upon Catholics  (FFI, SSPX, FSSP et al) with varying degrees of success, I think it is worth reviewing some of the issues.


Courtesy of the Remnant Newspaper Part 1, Part 2

Revolution Revealed: The Triumph of Modernism and the End of the Traditional Catholic Church Featured

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“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”…Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Is the Society of St. Pius X, an emanation of the "Conciliar Church"? - A Translation of Côme de Prévigny's French Article on Credidimus Caritati

Further thoughts on the implications of the term 'conciliar Church'.  As noted in my earlier article , the 'resistance' appears to understand the term as a completely separate entity - with its own hierarchy etc.

If that were true, then there would be new implications.

Which 'church' gave the official approval for the founding of the SSPX?  The One, Holy, Roman, Catholic, Apostolic Church or the 'Conciliar Church'?

The following article provides a good background of the issue that the 'resistance' needs to reconsider in their accusation that the SSPX has a malformed understanding of Church ecclesiology.

Courtesy of Credidimus Caritati

Among the marginal environments of Tradition, there are some people who are attempting to twist the thoughts of Archbishop Lefebvre, and attempt to state that the "Conciliar Church" should be considered as an independent structure, independent from the Catholic Church as founded by Our Lord.  Of course, these people condemn the attitude of Archbishop Lefebvre, who spent his time to meet with these authorities, although imbued from the ideas of the Council, in order to find a modus vivendi.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Remember the Hawaii Six case? -

Catholics who are just discovering the traditions of the Church (doctrinal as well as liturgical) are probably not aware of those who have beaten the path for them.

Attached below is an article about six of the intrepid Catholics who knew right from wrong and faced down the accusation of schism.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The “need” to know all vs. peace of soul -

Fostering a strong spiritual life isn't just a 'nice to have' it is essential to survival in this crisis of the Church.

Having itching ears (or eyes) for what amounts to heresay, calumny and gossip is poison to the spiritual life.

Further, continually taking in the 'latest news and views' without pausing to reflect and consider the deeper implications of what has been said/written can lead to a narrowing of the perspective instead of a widening it.

In other words, people constantly seeking after the latest info will know more and more about less and less.

Why, because they will like understanding about the info and will simply react based on their passions. This is what makes them easy to manipulate and lead around will false information.

The antidote to this is a strong spiritual life and periodically setting aside the most precious commodity that we have (time) to do spiritual reading, meditation and prayer.

A well ordered life leads to well ordered decision making.


Posting Holiday


I'm taking a holiday until Ascension - unless something really dramatic occurs ...

I have setup a number of posts from my backlog to automatically show up every few days or so ...

Wishing you a Happy and Holy Lent and Easter.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

"What God hath joined together... and The Cultural Revolution of Cardinal Kasper" - Rorate Caeli

Rorate Caeli has posted another article concerning the debate of allowing people living in adultery ("divorced and remarried") to officially receive Holy Communion.

All I want to add to this is pray!



"What God hath joined together...
and The Cultural Revolution of Cardinal Kasper"
Families are under attack and this is what the Cardinal is worried about?

by Prof. Roberto de Mattei
[A response to card. Kasper's proposals to the
consistory of cardinals weakening
the indissolubility of Christian marriage.]

Monday, March 3, 2014

Fisher-More, FFI, SSPX - What connects the dots?


There has been a lot of chatter about the latest events at Fisher-More.  You can read about it here , here, here and here.

What triggered the reaction against F-M?

Cardinal Burke - Looking back.

Rorate has a good article that highlights some good issues concerning poverty of spirit and not bowing to human respect.

Pray much for Cardinal Burke, he represents a culture that runs against that which holds sway in the Church at present.

Source: Rorate Caeli

The Good of Authority - Fr. Laisney

The Church is, by divine will, constituted as a hierarchy.

In our democratically aligned society, this seems counter cultural, and it is.

How authority flows through the Church from top to bottom is the way God designed the Church to work. Any other way will lead to a corruption of its constitution, that is why there are issues with the collegiality promoted since the Second Vatican Council.


Courtesy of SSPXAsia

Is truth above authority or authority above truth? What are the relations between both?

Even at the natural level, man first needs authority to learn the truth: all children first learn upon the authority of their parents and teachers, and later will be able to know by themselves what they had first learnt by way of authority. Even then in adulthood, there remain many truths which most people know upon authority (e.g. how many adults know how to prove that the surface of a disk is pr2. Most people know it upon the authority of their school teachers). Yet at that natural level, man can reach some knowledge of reality (truth) without authority.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Blue on Blue Engagement - Sequel

Louie Verrecchio has posted a follow-on reflection to his vid rebuke of CMTV.

I want to strongly endorse a particular statement made by Mr. Verrecchio, concerning the Pope (highlighted in RED below).

Here is what St.Thomas Aquinas wrote about rebuking a superior:
... It must be observed, however, that if the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly. ... Summa  IIa, IIae, q.33, art. 4, ad 2
But for all of the problems and inconsistencies that we see issuing from the Papal Office, the fact remains that he is the Vicar of Christ and as such we must respect him and issue our 'corrections' in Charity at ALL times.

If we fail in this, we fail miserably.


Courtesy of Louie Verrecchio

Now that I have your attention

I appreciate all of the responses to the Gore-Tex video.  They’ve been overwhelming, really. Now that I have your attention, I hope you will permit me to encourage some introspection.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Blue on Blue Engagement - Update

The 'FAQ' posting by Church Militant.TV is proceeding through its lifecycle of posting, comment, comment, comment, comment ...

Some comments etc can be found here, here, here and ... here.

Below are my personal thoughts.

Update: Louie Verricchio has just posted confirmation that the 'FAQ' posting was the work of Mr. Voris and posted his own video commentary.

So we have a Blue-On-Blue engagement.

In the final analysis are the people that he accuses laughing at the Pope or crying?

The actions of the Pope are not private, but very, very public.

As such they have significant consequences that touch souls across the world.

When the shepherd is struck the sheep scatter.


Another Catholic Bastion Ready To Fall - Divorced & 'Remarried' Communion - Pray it does not happen

Rorate has posted an article concerning communion for the 'remarried'.

Much to pray and do penance for ...


Rorate Caeli