Friday, May 30, 2014

Obedience - A Maligned and Misunderstood Virtue


The principle of obedience as laid down by St. Thomas says 'nothing' about trusting one's superiour.  Probably because to make a principle subject to how one feels about the person issuing the command is the essence of liberalism.

The Catholic principle is laid out as follows:
  1. The person issuing the command is in a position of authority over the inferior
  2. The command is within the scope of the superior's authority
  3. The command does not require the inferior to sin, either in the immediate or proximate case.
  4. If the above conditions are met then the person has an obligation to obey. Disobedience in this case is sinful.
  5. Whereas if #3 is lacking (sinful command) then the person has an obligation to disobey
  6. Whereas if #1 or #2 is lacking the person practice greater virtue in obeying a command that is not obligatory.
Now if conditions 1,2, and 3 are met - then the inferior whether they trust the superior or not are obliged to obey and it is sinful not to do so.

The point is that you have to trust God.

In this case the person is obedient and places their trust in God to protect them because they (the inferior) have established within their power that the command does not constitute an immediate or proximate sin.

An example of these principles put into practice, in my opinion, is present in the discussions between Rome and the SSPX, more particularly between the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and Bishop Fellay, the Superior General of the SSPX.

Reference: Summa Theologica Second Part of the Second Part, Question 104

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Council of Trent Canon VII

CANON VII.--If any one saith, that the ceremonies, vestments, and outward signs, which the Catholic Church makes use of in the celebration of masses, are incentives to impiety, rather than offices of piety; let him be anathema.

This canon has, by some, been used as a basis to accuse traditional Catholics of error or in some cases heresy, due to their criticism and resistance to accepting the Novus Ordo Missae etc.

On the solemn ceremonies of the Sacrifice of the Mass.
And whereas such is the nature of man, that, without external helps, he cannot easily be raised to the meditation of divine things; therefore has holy Mother Church instituted certain rites, to wit that certain things be pronounced in the mass in a low, and others in a louder, tone. She has likewise employed ceremonies, such as mystic benedictions, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind, derived from an apostolical discipline and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be recommended, and the minds of the faithful be excited, by those visible signs of religion and piety, to the contemplation of those most sublime things which are hidden in this sacrifice. Source; Council of Trent - 22nd Session

I think, in the context of Traditionalism, we are rejecting the Novus Ordo primarily not because of what they have inserted, but what they (Bugnini et al) have removed from the Mass. Specifically, all of the items listed in the Chapter 5.

1. I am speaking about the Novus Ordo as promulgated, not necessarily practiced throughout the world (read: abuses etc)
2. The Church is protected by indefectibility from promulgating a rite/discipline that is directly against the faith. Ambiguities abound but the Novus Ordo does not explicitly deny any dogma of the Faith.

Keeping in mind that the synod of bishops rejected the normative mass that was presented to them.

My conclusion is that:

1. Trads do not incur the censure since they are resisting that exclusion of the rites etc mentioned in Chapter 5.
2. The Church is protected from implementing a rite/discipline that is positively bad - meaning against the faith.  Taking the cue from Cardinal Ottaviani when he wrote that the NOM removes barriers to heresy. This is not the same thing as being explicitly heretical.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Looking Back - A Letter to Friends and Benefectors - No 62. June 2002


I am currently putting together a timeline from 1974 to 2014 of the main interactions between Rome and the SSPX.

As part of this, I have come across this letter by Bishop Fellay.


Courtesy of

Dear Friends and Benefactors,
    Catholic Tradition, in its relations with the Vatican, has truly lived through a number of important events over the last two years.
    Since Rome first approached us at the end of the year 2000, it seems to us that the time has now come to take stock, and to reply to a number of objections or questions which the whole issue raises. However, we would also like to mention that if we go into these questions, they are not our main pre-occupation. Celebrating the Holy Mysteries, imparting grace in abundance to your souls, being the instrument of numerous and always very touching conversions, is at the heart of our lives, and these are facts which show us to be truly Catholic, whereas all the discussions and disagreements with the Vatican are merely the expression of our will to remain Catholic.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Chastisement of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI) - Part 7


Rorate is reporting that the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate are now being placed under visitation.

This should not be surprising as the Secretary of the Congregation for Consecrated Life, Franciscan José Rodríguez Carballorecently stated that:

... the Congregation for Consecrated Life, they are "particularly concerned" with this matter: "we are seeing true deviations." Above all because "not a few institutes give not only a pre-conciliar, but even an anti-conciliar formation. This is inadmissible ... (Source: Rorate)
From a cultural point of view this is entirely consistent. There are two cultures present and neither wants to ''leave" the Church.  On the one hand we have the Traditionalist Culture that wants to keep the Teachings of the Church as always taught. On the other we have the Neo-Modernists who want to recreate the Teachings of the Church in their own image.

It is no wonder that it looks like open season on Traditionalists.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Communion for the Divorced and 'Remarried'


Tantamergo has reported that Cardinal Kasper stated that his proposals for admitting people living in concubinage to the Holy Eucharist was "...  made [them] in agreement with the pope, I did not do them just myself. I spoke beforehand with the pope, and he agreed.” …, read the rest here.

I have been reading the Catechism of the Council of Trent from cover to cover, and yesterday reached the section on the Eucharist.

Reproduced below are the key points.

All I can say, is that if the Pope goes through with allowing people to commit sacrilege, then he will be more culpable than the poor souls who avail themselves of this permission.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Guess Who - Pertinacious Papist


Pertinacious Papist has some very good food for thought.

I'm a little rushed today, so here's the posting.

HT: Pertinacious Papist

Always to be counted on for some exacting analysis and quality writing on his blog, Elliot Bougis (a.k.a. Codgitator), in "Guess who?" (FideCogitActio, May 13, 2014), offers a typically though-provoking comparison of a notably transparent passage from an editorial by Fr. Michael Simoulin in the April issue of Le Seignadou (SSPX, Montreal de l'Aude, France) and a thematically-related passage from the former Cardinal Ratzinger's address to the Chilean bishops in 1988:

The Church and the SSPX - is the SSPX right?


Some time ago I was challenged with the above statement.
You have to be right otherwise ...
The person at the time was trying to make the point that I was subject to a confirmation bias.

These words have replayed in my mind over the last two years since they were uttered, but not exactly with the result intended.

Is the SSPX right?  Are Traditional Catholics right?

The question behind these question is: Right about what?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Of the Church and the Pope - Fr. Calmel O.P.


Once again, looking back to see if the 'Traditional Catholics' in the early days of this crisis of the Church had a sufficient view to realize the roots of the crisis.

The root: The Pope

Hence when the Pope is 'righted' the Church will be 'righted'.


Courtesy of SSPXasia

Of the Church and the Pope

Fr. Roger Calmel, O.P.
This essay by Fr. Roger Calmel, O.P. (1914-75) helps us in these difficult times to preserve our love of the Church. More than 30 years after its first publication, this article retains all its relevance, so much so that it even seems to have been written for our time, in which the crisis in the Church deepens at an unprecedented pace.
This essay will help the reader to think clearly, keep the Faith, and maintain serenity in the troubled times we are navigating.
Fr. Roger Calmel
“My country has hurt m e,”wrote a young poet in 1944 during the purge1when the head of state [Charles De Gaulle] implacably pursued the sinister job that had been in the works for more than four years. My country hurt me: this is not a truth that one shouts from the rooftop. It is rather a secret one whispers to oneself, with great sorrow, while trying nonetheless to keep hope. When I was in Spain during the 1950’s, I remember the extreme reserve with which friends, regardless of their political allegiance, would let escape certain details about “our war.” Their country was still hurting them. But when it is no longer a question of one’s temporal motherland, when it is a question, not of the Church considered in herself, for from this perspective she is holy and indefectible, but of the visible head of the Church; when it is question of the current holder2of the Roman primacy, how shall we come to grips with it, and what is the right tone to adopt as we acknowledge to ourselves in a low voice: Ah! Rome has hurt me!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Liturgical Reform Gone Wild: Is Vatican II Blameless? - L. Verrecchio

Is this crisis of the Church simply a result of cultural shifts that occurred at the time of the Council or are the cultural shifts (errors) embedded in the documents of the Second Vatican Council?

My opinion is a resounding YES!


Monday, May 12, 2014

SSPX and Rome - It isn't over ... DICI Update


Courtesy of DICI - French

Courtesy of DICI - English

Following the previous reports, DICI has just posted a message about the 'meeting' between the Pope and Bishop Fellay.

Here's the french version, I will post the english version when it appears.

Suffice to say, that the Rorate report is not contradicted by three sources: SSPX, I.Media, Vatican Insider.

Updated with the English Version. Given the varying accounts this appears to be a FUD attack.


About a “meeting” between the Pope and Bishop Fellay

Filed under From Tradition, News
On May 10, 2014, the English-speaking blog Rorate Caeli published under the pseudonym “Adfero”, some “exclusive information” whose sources could not be – according to him – disclosed. This “exclusive information”, spread by the media, revealed that Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, met with Pope Francis. On May 11, the Roman agency I.Media published that Bp. Fellay’s two assistants, Fr. Niklaus Pfluger and Fr. Marc-Alain Nély, had attended the Pope’s private Mass.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ou S'envien Msgr Williamson et son 'Resistance'?


Originale en anglais
Je vous demande pardonne pour cette traduction de google - je n'ai pas assez de temps pour faire in traduction propre.

Pour la plupart, les associés  de la "résistance" continu ses attaques contre la direction de la FSSPX  sans resprirer.

Périodiquement ils tirer le rideau sur les principes qui guident leurs actions .

SSPX and Rome - It isn't over ... Updated

An update to the update:
Bishop Fellay gave a conference today that corroborated the I.Media / Vatican Insider version of the story. This casts doubt upon the source of Rorate Caeli - which, in my opinion, appears to have been exaggerated.


Of course we knew from Bishop Fellay that he would never cut all ties with Rome because they would cease to be Catholic.

Rorate Updates:
UPDATE (05/11/14)I.Media reports that Bishop Fellay came to the Vatican with Frs. Niklaus Pfluger and Alain-Marc Nély (respectively the First and Second Assistants to the Superior General of the SSPX). On this occasion, the two assistants of the Superior General of the SSPX were present at the daily Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at St. Martha House. Afterwards Bishop Fellay dined with Abp. Guido Pozzo and Abp. Augustine Di Noia (respectively the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and the Adjunct Secretary of the CDF) at the refectory of the same House. At the end of the meal, Bishop Fellay briefly met the Holy Father.

Vatican Insider has another account, with further details -- and an acknowledgment of Rorate's initial report.

Rorate has learned and can exclusively confirm that Bishop Bernard Fellay, the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X (Fraternité Sacerdotale Saint Pie X - FSSPX / SSPX), was received by Pope Francis in the Domus Sanctae Marthae sometime in the past few months. In order to protect our sources, we cannot detail the date and persons involved in the meeting, but only generally locate it in time - if the current pontificate so far can be divided into two halves, the meeting took place in the second half.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Would the Real Archbishop Lefebvre Please Stand Up!


Confirmation biases lead to a narrowing of the perspective and therefore errors in judgement due to a searching for information that supports the individuals opinions.

In the case of Archbishop Lefebvre's talks and writings I have encountered just such errors numerous times. In some cases an individual would quote a sermon, only to ignore (in some cases deny) that their interpretation was contradicted only a few paragraphs later.

Why this polarization occurs it beyond me, but this article gives some good guides for avoiding just such a perceptual error when examining the thoughts of Archbishop Lefebvre.


Courtesy of

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Four Marks of the Church of Christ


The Marks of the Church of Christ

The explanation of the Four Marks of the Church forms a significant part of the article 'I believe in the Holy Catholic Church' in the Catechism of the Council of Trent. This is understandable as it is by these marks that a Catholic recognizes the Church. A Church that they profess belief in each Sunday in the Nicene Creed to be One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and daily in the Apostle's Creed to be Holy and Catholic. A Church that they must belong to in order to be saved.


The Church of Christ can be recognized by its Apostolic origin, for "the Holy Ghost, who presides over the Church, governs her by no other ministers than those of Apostolic succession".


The Catholic Church is Universal, "embraces ... all mankind" and includes "all the faithful who have existed from Adam to the present day, or who shall exist, in the profession of the true faith, to the end of time".  Finally, the Church is called Universal because "all who desire eternal salvation must cling to and embrace her".


The Church is Holy for the following reasons: it is consecrated and dedicated to God; because the Church, as the Mystical Body of Christ, is united to its head: Our Lord Jesus Christ; and lastly the Church has the true worship of God.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Satis Cognitum and the SSPX - Part 2


As noted earlierbranch of the 'resistance' referenced one of my articles (natually without directly responding to its contents) making the assertion that:
No Canonical Agreement Prior to a Doctrinal Resolution” Is a Catholic Principle...“a canonical recognition cannot be had if it is not based on the Catholic Faith”
In support of this assertion the author made a number of claims, one of which came from Satis Cognitum, a quotation from Archbishop Lefebvre and then his own reasoning.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Where are Bishop Williamson and the 'resistance' going?


For the most part the 'resistance' associates put forth a more or less continuous stream of attacks against the leadership of the SSPX.

However, periodically they take a breath and pull back the curtain on the principles which guide their actions.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Old Hippies Are Funny - The Remnant

In a number of ways the Church, in its read the 'signs of the times' has been caught in a moment of time - the late sixties to early seventies.

Instead of being timeless, the Church is now bound to the hippy era.


Courtesy of the Remnant

Old Hippies Are Funny 

Written by  
"Vatican Two, Man! It's Far Out!""Vatican Two, Man! It's Far Out!"
It goes without saying that hope for the ever-on-the-horizon New Springtime to finally come to our withering Church, has been relegated to the True Believers, and by that I mean the Old Timers. I suppose that makes sense: after all, their ideas have hardened with time, making such folks less liable to change their views, even when confronted by the cold light of reality. I stress that this goes without saying. Everyone who has a stake in the Catholic game knows that it’s the Old Timers who cling to the Myth of Vatican II with an ungodly, stubborn strength.

Friday, May 2, 2014

A sermon every blogger (and commenter) should listen to… Tantamergo


During lent Tantamergo posted a sermon "every blogger ... should listen too".

While I haven't listened to the sermon, his points are pretty much bang on, the virtue of Charity must be practiced no matter where one is voicing their opinions.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Who Is A Catholic? The SSPX?


In discussions between 'modern' and Traditional Catholics who have turned to the SSPX for sound doctrine and liturgy the accusation that the SSPX is not in full communion is often hurled as the argument of mass destruction.

Having been confronted with this 'unanswerable' argument and faced with the confusing responses provided by other sources, I decided to see if I could get a straight answer to a few very straight and specific questions.

Reproduced below is the significantly less than straight answer.

Much to pray for when the SSPX and others remain censured and others have their censures removed.