Monday, June 30, 2014

Franciscans Friars of the Immaculate - The Heart of the Matter for Fr. Greiger


This should be the final examination of the cultural assumptions and principles guiding or channeling Fr. Greigers actions.

In this post, Fr. Greiger wrote:
I am not a traditionalist. I have no sympathy for the SSPX. I love the old Mass, but don’t want it imposed on me and especially on those who don’t want so imposed. I don’t think like de Mattei or Gherardini. I find the things said on Rorate Caeli, The Catholic Family New and The Remnant offensive. And I am sorry, I won’t role over—not today, not tomorrow, not ever. And I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty for going to the Holy See. And why should I? Even the Holy Father himself believes our cause is just.

 This little missive reveals a lot.

Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate - What Ignited the Firestorm - Updated

June 30, 2014
(update at end of post) 

My exchange with Fr. Greiger (FI) reminded me of a post that he had made on his blog in May of this year.

I had forgotten about it and the key snippets of information that it contained.

Namely, what problem he and his four like-minded companions, had with their superiours. A problem that was severe enough to refuse submission.

  1. the authoritarian implementation of Summorum Pontificum,
  2. the manipulation of the General Chapter of 2008 in this regard,
  3. the traditionalist drift in the seminary and apostolic work,
  4. our association with known sympathizers of the traditionalist movement,
  5. the arbitrary character of the government of the Institute and absence of any mechanism to address this problem,
  6. the ways in which all these problems had been affecting the formation program,
  7. the influence of the former Mother General of the Sisters on the Founder,
  8. and the increasingly radicalized character of the sisters’ community. (source)
In the light of the vow of obedience taken by Fr. Greiger et al, do any of these elements constitute a sinful act that would render the act of obedience itself sinful as per St. Thomas Aquinas?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, The Mary Victrix Blog and "More Crypto-Lefebvrism from Rorate Caeli"


Fr. Greiger (FI) over at Mary Victrix blog has demonstrated a behaviour that is indicative of the problem within the Church.

He banned me, because I hold an opinion at variance with his own.

Since I was banned, I emailed my response directly to Father and reproduced it below in order to respond to the banning publicly.

In the Church there is plenty of room for various opinions on giving Communion to Divorcee's that are living in a public state of sin, evolution of dogma, Same-Sex Marriage, etc.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Looking Back - SG Letter #57 October 1999


I was reminded about the similarity between the continuing chastisement of the FFI and a similar event that happened in 1999 to the FSSP.

It is even more relevant today since the FSSP is now undergoing its regular 'visitation.


Superior General's
Letter to Friends & Benefactors
October 17, 1999

Dear Friends and Benefactors,
It is already a year since we had the great joy of blessing the magnificent new chapel of the seminary in Econe. Everybody admires it, and it is the pride and joy of our seminarians, obviously. It is a success from all points of view, but above all it favors prayer. While the great transept capable of seating 120 seminarians resounds to the joyful praise of God and wraps the chant in its warm stone arches, the nave accommodating up to 300 faithful strengthens their faith and deepens their charity especially by the magnificent ceremonies, whose clouds of incense and majestic movements by the ministers at the altar inspire the respect and adoration due to the ineffable greatness of God. Ah, how we would like to see you all at least occasionally partaking of that happiness which is a foretaste of Heaven! A spacious crypt, where Archbishop Lefebvre’s mortal remains will lie, hosts the early morning faithful who choose to attend the 6am Mass before beginning work, thus sanctifying the rest of their day and edifying, as they are edified by, the seminarians. We shall not cease thanking Divine Providence for giving us such a beautiful church.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Archbishop Lefebvre: Must We Always Denounce Error? - Credidimus Caritati

In searching for the attitude or spirit of Archbishop Lefebvre, one site comes to mind Credidimus Caritati.

For those able to read french, or willing to trust robo-translators, it is worth while to keep on eye on this blog.

I have attached below a tradical reviewed robo-translation, primarily because I don't have sufficient time to perform a completely manual translation.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Schism and the SSPX - Courtesy of (part 1)


The exact state of the SSPX vis-a-vis membership in the Church remains confusing for some Catholics.

Here is the first in a series that I will be either collecting (see below) or writing (tbd) on the topic.


Courtesy of

Isn't the SSPX schismatic?
Was Archbishop Lefebvre (along with his co-consecrator and the four bishops whom he consecrated) excommunicated also for having done a “schismatic act” (as well as for consecrating without a pontifical mandate, question 11)?
No. A first argument to that is already given (question 11,1).

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Forum Holiday - Until the week of August 25th


I recently mapped out all the people / organizations that regularly demand my attention and a portion of my most precious resource: time.

Monday, June 9, 2014

De Veritate - St. Thomas Aquinas - What is necessary to believe explicitly?

I was recently introduced to a work of St. Thomas De Veritate (Source) in the course of an argument concerning the minimum content of explicit faith.  When I submitted the following quote as proof:
Theological faith, that is, a supernatural faith in Revelation, is necessary, and this is an effect of grace (D 1789); nemini unquam sine ilIa contigit iustificatio (D 1793). As far as the content of this faith is concerned, according to Hebr. 11, 6, at least the existence of God and retribution in the other world must be firmly held, necessitate medii (by the necessity of means) with explicit faith. In regard to the Trinity and the Incarnation, implicit faith suffices. The supernatural faith necessary for justification is attained when God grants to the unbeliever by internal inspiration or external teaching a knowledge of the truths of Revelation, and actual grace to make the supernatural act of faith. Cf. De verite 14, I I.Ott - Fundamentals of Dogma p241
In response my opponent wrote:
Before this, Aquinas is talking about the time BEFORE Christ where he mentions that belief in the existence of God suffices.  NOWHERE does Aquinas state that implicit Faith suffices when it comes to Christ.  Ott was deceitful in this, which is no surprise as he put his book together during the time when the Anonymous Christian heresy was raging.
This naturally caused me some consternation.  Firstly, because I recognized the letter of the Holy Office as being well within the competency of the Congregation. Secondly, because the doctrine noted is consistent with Mystici Corporis (which it references).

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Open Letter to Bishop Williamson Regarding EC354 - Updated June 7, 2014


Your Excellency,

An error in your understanding of Church Doctrine appears to have manifested itself.  I am writing this Open Letter to alert you and those who respect your judgement in these matters.

The following paragraph from  EC354 contains the core of the error:
Thus where Archbishop Lefebvre saw clearly that the Conciliar Church, by losing all four marks of the Catholic Church (one, holy, catholic, apostolic), was not the Catholic Church ... (Source)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Hammer that Strikes the Wedge Home Splitting the Wood - Sacrament of Penance - Part 4


The Sacrament of Penance (aka Confession) is one of the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church.

It is essential for salvation for who among us would presume to have never committed a sin?


Monday, June 2, 2014

Is the object of Catholic, Jewish and Islamic worship the same God? - Updated


Do Jews and Muslims worship the same God as the Catholics?

This question is raised often in the context of the statements made in the Second Vatican Council concerning these two religions.

In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind.( Lumen Gentium 16)
The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, (Nostra Aetate 3)
Nostra Aetate 3 - Footnote: 5. Cf St. Gregory VII, letter XXI to Anzir (Nacir), King of Mauritania (Pl. 148, col. 450f.)