Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dealing with Argumentative Attacks - Sub-title: Answering A Sedevacantist's Objections - Part 1

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Guidelines for Engaging in Discussions



I'm aware of a few guidelines in arguing with a person.

First, at all costs maintain your calm and keep yourself in peace. No matter what verbal or written attacks may be launched against your person or ideas.

Second, if the person is not arguing rationally, then you should 'break contact' because in their irrational state any logical arguments that you may put forward will only cause the person to hold to their irrational beliefs with greater tenacity.

Second, what out for challenges in which there are a number of undeclared assumptions.  If these are not made explicit there is a risk of answering the question but not the assumption.

In face-to-face confrontations, it necessary to move from the 'artifacts' to the 'beliefs' and 'assumptions' in order to determine what motivated the attack or challenge.

In other words a simple and effective response is the ask why the person they attacked your more made the confrontational statement?

In this manner, you can shift from the multitude of challenges that can be brought forward and move to the real issues and beliefs that they are defending when they attack / challenge you.

When confronted with a written attack/challenge, the task is a little easier, as long as you pause to reflect upon the statement made.

In this case, I suggest simply setting aside the statement (email or whatever) for a later review when you can be more objective.

Once you're ready, take the offending statement and pick it apart - piece by piece - examining it first and foremost for undeclared assumptions.

Dogmatic Fact or Fancy

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I recently became involved in an online argument with some people about dogmatic facts and their application.

The key element is that my 'opponents' were caught in a circular argument seemingly without being aware of it.

In broad strokes they claim that because of the canonization of Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Francis can't be Pope since canonizations are held to be an act of the infallible magisterium and this is obviously an error.

The problem comes that the same authority that established the doctrine of the infallibility of canonizations likewise established that the acceptance of a newly elected Pope by the bishops in union with Rome establishes an infallible dogmatic fact that the new 'Pope' is Pope - the Vicar of Christ.

My opponents rejected this latter dogmatic fact while maintaining the former.  As they both rest on the same authority, it is not rational to reject one and accept the other on ones own authority.

Reviewing the following reference reviews unity on the following point:

Acceptance of an elected Pope by the Church (Hunter is specific that the infallibility rests with the Bishops - not the faithful) is infallible.

Some objected that, following Billot, the Catholic faithful and Bishops do not accept the Pope as a 'rule of faith' and therefore Francis can't Pope.  There are two problems with this statement.

Firstly, Billot is explicit that the acceptance by the Church is an infallible act and provides the 'reason' why.  To place the reason why overtop of the action is an unwarranted logical inversion.

Secondly, it is a subjective measure (in the internal forum) and appears to warp the meaning of 'rule of faith' (see this article).

This is clear and to reject this 'fact' is ... wel as Ott noted: A False Proposition.

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Why is Silence the Only Option for 'Conservative' Catholics in the Face of Novelties?

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In the wake of the leadership style of Pope Francis, its been noticed that the conservative opposition to the post-conciliar novelties and even clear statements of Church Teaching  are being suppressed (1).


This has led one Catholic Priest to comment that:
Most Catholics but especially clergy want to be loyal to the Pope in order to maintain the unity of the Church, today that loyalty is perhaps best expressed through silence. ( 2)
The principle being evoked is that, in order to maintain 'unity of the Church', the good will be silent in the face of abuses and doctrinal error.

Was Archbishop Lefebvre not correct when he wrote:
For it is a master-stroke of Satan to get Catholics to disobey the whole of Tradition in the name of obedience. (3)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Catholic Blogger In Hospital - Needs Prayers!!!

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Tantumblogo of A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics has fallen seriously ill and according to Rorate has been hospitalized!

A comment indicates that it is a staph infection.

Please keep him in your prayers!

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Sedevacantism: One Response to the Crisis of the Church

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I've added this to the Heresy series because at its core the Sedevacantism thesis is founded on the what is believed to constitute the Sin of Heresy and a resultant loss of office by the Pope.

There are a number of different articles on Sedevacantism and I've just found a number on UnamSanctamCathoilcam's website.

Here they are for future reference.

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Alleged loss of the Four Marks

Cum Ex Apostolatus and loss of office

False Principles of Sedevacantism Part 1

False Principles of Sedevacantism Part 2

Friday, August 29, 2014

What is the 'Way Forward'

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An online friend recently asked:

Tradical, I'm interested in finding out more about the statement on your blog: "looking for a way forward".  How do you envision this? 

Here are my thoughts, made clearer after a couple of years of slogging:

From my point of view there are two groups of issues that need to be resolved before this crisis of the Church will come to an end and the next one start.
  1. Doctrinal ambiguity
  2. Cultural ambiguity

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Suicide - The Next Cultural Bastion to be Razed

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As the Death March continues in the Church, with bastions of the faith (cultural artifacts) being razed to the ground what is next?

Making suicide ok ... is definitely on the list.

The Remnant has an article on this topic, spurred on by the apparent suicide of Robin Williams.

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Courtesy of the Remnant

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Doctrinal Dissonance - An Application of Cognitive Dissonance Theory

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I've discussed various cultural and psychological barriers that exist both in 'modern' and 'traditional' Catholics here, here, and here.

Normally, I referred to fig 1 in discussing the issues faced by Catholics of all cultural dispositions.

Fig 1: Cognitive Dissonance Model

I was involved in some debates on dogmatic facts, specifically the dogmatic fact established by the recognition of the Bishops determines infallibly who is the Pope.

I decided that it would be good to provide a graphic applying the model to the crisis of the Church.

Pope St. Pius X - A Reflection - Rorate Caeli (The Victors Write History)

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Rorate-caeli has posted an excellent article by

This quote of Cardinal Burke provides an excellent synopsis of Pope St. Pius X and a good contrast with his successor (s).

Instaurare omnia in Christo” Cardinal Burke writes, “is the sum total of St. Pius X’s pontificate, everything was aimed at the re-Christianizing of society assailed by liberal relativism, which trampled on the rights of God in the name of a “science” freed from any type of relationship with the Creator.” (p.9) (source)

I also found the following point enlightening:
The colossal reforming and restoring work by St. Pius X was carried out under the incomprehension of the ecclesiastical world itself. “St. Pius X – writes Cristina Siccardi – did not look for the approval of the Roman Curia, the priests, the bishops, the cardinals, the faithful, and most of all he did not look for the approval of the world, but always and only he looked for the approval of God, at the risk of damaging his public image, and doing thus, he undoubtedly made many enemies whilst alive, and even more in death.” (p.25). (source)
I have heard that one bishop stated the Pope Pius X was mistaken.

Indeed, to the victors lie the spoils and the ability to write history.

I wonder how many crypto-modernists are throwing the accusation of crypto-lefebvrism.

Frankly, I'd rather be accused of the latter than the former.


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A Look Back - March/April 2006 SSPX Canadian District Superiors Letter

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As noted earlier, sometimes it is useful to look back, especially after a particularly hard episode in our lives.

The lift of the SSPX is no different. For over a dozen years, as it seemed the Pope was approaching or at least tolerating the cultural assumptions of the SSPX and the SSPX was abiding by the principles of Catholicism (I know some will look with askance at that statement), an cultural reaction was going to happen in both the Church at large and the SSPX.

The rumours and fears of 'sell-out' were part of the cultural reaction, specifically of those that had issues with the principles that guide the SSPX.

So for the record, here is a 2006 District Superior Letter for Canada.

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Courtesy of SSPX.org 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hermeneutic of the Hermeneutic of Continuity - sspx.org

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Since I'm looking at the 'four things', I thought this article would be good.  Unfortunately, with the new SSPX.org website, I've been unable to locate the original article. This is a copy the I emailed to myself.

This is an article that, I believe, was written in response to a conference given by Msgr. Pozzo.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Is Dogma Important - Part III

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As I mentioned in part 1 of this series Ecumenism of 'convergence', as put into practice since the Second Vatican Council has resulted in the suppression of expressions of the faith.

It happened to the Mass and the rest of the rites.

It has also happened to the Creed in the Ukranian rite with the suppression of the Filioque.

Here is a follow-up on the Filioque from St. Alphonse de Liguouri's "History of Heresies".
11. Finally, in the Council of Florence, held under Eugenius IV., in the year 1438, in which both Greeks and Latins were again united, it was decided unanimously, " that this truth of Faith should be believed and held by all Christians, and that all should then profess that the Holy Ghost eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son, as from one principle, and by one spiration; we also define, explaining the word " filioque" (and from the Son), that it has been lawfully and rationally introduced into the Creed, for the sake of declaring the truth, and because there was a necessity for doing so at the time." Now, all those Councils in which the Greeks joined with the Latins in defining the procession of the Holy Ghost from the Father and the Son, supply an invincible argument to prove that the schismatics uphold a heresy, for otherwise we should admit that the whole united Church, both Latin and Greek, has defined an error in three General Councils.
I would like to know who thought that it is no longer necessary to express the dogma that the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and the Son in this time of doctrinal obfuscation within the Church.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

What the Halifax is Theology of the Body - Part III

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As a course of study, I usually pick a theological text and over the course of a couple of years read it from cover to cover.

Currently I am reading the Catechism of the Council of Trent and have just reached the section on the Sacrament of Matrimony.

I see it as an antidote to the confusion that TOB has cast upon the faithful of the Church.

While longer than my quote of St. Thomas , it is well worth the effort as it is a complete and detailed explanation of the doctrine of the Church on this topic. As the Second Vatican Council did not seek to alter the doctrine of the faith, the contents of the Catechism of the Council of Trent are as valid today as they were 100 years ago.

Given TOB as well as the divorce and Gay Marriage issues - a refresher on Catholic Teaching is ... refreshing!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Cognitive Dissonance and Changing Minds

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It is one thing to be aware of cultural land mines, but quite another to navigate them in order to help someone to broaden their perspective on the crisis of the Church.

http://web.mst.edu/~psyworld/general/dissonance/fig1.gif

Every time an action is presented (present actions of clergy etc) that is inconsistent with a belief held, it potentially will result in an explosion.

Sometimes, it is better to let the 'non-traditional Catholic to lead off the discussion - which will probably be an expression of a belief about Traditional Catholicism. In other words the statement will go something like this: You believe X.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Correcting Cognitive and Cultural Biases

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Cognitive biases can act like short circuits for our reasoning processes and are normally found in combination with Cognitive dissonance.

For example, if a person holds Pope St. John Paul II (PSJP2) in high regard, they will experience cognitive dissonance when presented with the fact that he kissed a Koran etc.

In order to relieve the dissonance (discomfort) there is a temptation to explain away the inconsistency between the belief that PSJP2 is 'Great' and that kissing the Koran is a sin against the First Commandment.

In the search for an explanation, the person will probably jump at the first cognitive bias that fits the bill.

I have witnessed this first hand. It took close to 20 minutes for the person in question to admit that when presented with a Koran, you do not kiss it.  The inner conflict experienced when confronted with these two issues was plain to see as the action (kissing the koran) was inconsistent with the belief held concerning PSJP2.



These biases and beliefs exists within a cultural framework. For Traditional Catholics it is important to understand that the Teachings of the Church are contained in books and Catholic Culture is contained in Catholics.


As such, they may believe something that contradicts Church Teaching (level 2) as well as have developed assumptions that will be inconsistent with Church Teaching.

When a Traditionalist in an argument steps on one of this assumptions (I call them cultural land mines), the 'non-Traditionalist' will explode.  The size of the explosion will depend upon how strongly the assumption is held.

A good example is Fr. Greiger who posts on the blog MaryVictrix.  His cultural assumption appears to be that the Second Vatican Council is in complete continuity with pre-conciliar Magisterium because the Pope says so.  Anyone who contradicts this assumption is automatically called a "crypto-Lefebvrist".  He will then silence (ie ban) the person from his blog for this infraction.

During in-person discussions there will most likely be a violent reaction (yelling, screaming etc).

At this point, there is no further progress to be made because the land mine results in irrationality.

I know, I've been on both sides of the land mine.  I had one modern Catholic state that he had no problem with evolution of Dogma.  I could hardly contain myself (no I didn't yell, but my hands started to shake).  Futher, the persons smugness just made it worse.

In the end point, as the Church recovers its ancient and venerable artifacts (eg. Tridentine Mass, Receiving Communion kneeling and on the tongue, Gregorian Chant etc) that express its true values, beliefs and assumptions, the modern Catholics are going to need to go through a triage centre.

Otherwise, the pain they feel may result in them abandoning the Faith.

As Traditional Catholics, we need to be ready to work in triage for the salvation of souls.

Never forget that and never be bitter!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Consequence of Step 9 in Pope Francis' Ten Step Program

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Pope Francis' Ten Step Program for Happiness, is completely consistent with the Second Vatican Council Declarations on Religious Liberty and Ecumenism.
Don't proselytize; respect others' beliefs. "We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: 'I am talking with you in order to persuade you,' No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing," the pope said. (source)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Day The Mass Changed - Adoremus.org

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Adoremus.org has an article on some of the machinations that occurred in the process of creating a new liturgy.

As noted earlier, the Sacrifice of the Mass is the pen-ultimate expression of pre-conciliar Catholic culture.

How and why it was abandoned is as important as the fact that it was abandoned.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Theological Flint and Communication - An Article Full of Insight

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Theological Flint has posted an article on communication and has hit the proverbial nail on the head with an equally proverbial hammer.
One reason is that members of the Magisterium have decided that the world is its first audience, or at least “all theists”, or at least “all Christians”. Or even “just atheists”. But really, most often, the audience they address is the world. Now, since one adapts what one says to one’s audience’s ready capacity to hear, the Magisterium has adapted what it says to a “world audience”. But the world cannot receive many things. Only some things. It can make little progress, slow progress. It is not ready for the Paraclete to stretch its heart wide. (So, at least, in human judgment, with a human prudence. Perhaps not with a divine prudence, a divine calculus.) Thus, this new form of communication has necessarily led to the neglect of the very persons those charged with Magisterial authority are firstly called to serve, Catholics.(source)
The whole article is a worthy read and I heartily recommend it!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Unam Sanctam: The Truth About Priestly Continence and Celibacy in the Early Church

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In general the Church, by its nature, is counter-cultural.  This was true in the 1st to 3rd centuries, remains true in the 21st century, will be true in the 23rd century and beyond.

Therefore it should be of no surprise that as the Church of Christ attempts to adapt to the culture of the World, chaos, confusion and upheaval will follow.  Anything counter-cultural within the Church will be targeted for elimination.  Just as it happened with the Traditional Mass and method of priestly formation (eg: SSPX), so it will be with every other Catholic cultural 'artifact'.

Priestly celibacy, or continence as noted by Boniface, is one of the 'artifacts' of Catholic organizational culture that periodically comes under attack because it is counter-cultural.

As such it is under attack today, here in the 21st century.

Boniface of Unam Sanctam has posted an excellent article that cuts to core issue about Priestly Celibacy - Continence.


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For a canonical pov, Dr. Peters has an article relating to married deacons


Saturday, August 16, 2014

The SSPX has a new church! SSPX.org

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The SSPX has procured a new church (see article) which is wonderful.  

However, I want to draw attention to the prevailing attitude (a cultural artifact) that became evident during the various exchanges with the Diocese and no the Diocese did NOT allow the SSPX to purchase one of their buildings.

Fr. Longenecker and 10 Things to remember

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Fr. Longenecker has posted a list of 10 things to remember if Pope Francis "upsets" you.

Interestingly he has made the following point #10:

Ten: Remember, where else are you going to go? A Protestant sect? The Lefebvrists? The Eastern Orthodox? Start your own garage church? Furthermore, what good does it do to get all upset and huffy about the pope?  Are you going to elect a new one? All you will do is get yourself into a lather and for what? Be at peace. Pray about it. Get more involved in spreading the gospel with joy. Roll up your sleeves, get busy in serving the poor, building your parish, sharing your faith and be a Catholic alive in the Spirit and full of optimism, faith and the joy of Christ. If the present pope tries your faith and your patience, well then offer it up. There’s a chance to have a stronger faith in Christ and to grow a bit more patient. (Source)
Unfortunately, Father has missed the point.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Is the SSPX in Schism? If not what is 'Communion'? (part 2)

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In part 1, I provided a reference to the SSPX article from its perspective.

Communion must be preserved between the present and the past, not just amongst the present

Breaking communion with the past is just as severe as breaking it with those in the present.

Communion has three foundations that when all are present create unity or oneness. Fath, Government, Worship

Stop the Synod - The Remnant

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While I doubt that we will be able to stop the Synod, I do hope and pray that there will be an intercession that prevents them from charging ahead with Cardinal Kasper's 'theories'.

If they do, I hope that the Church will awake from her slumber.

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The Curious Case of Fr. Wylie

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Rorate has provided more information on the dismissal of Fr. Wylie.

These kinds of actions give an indication of the shift in the wind.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review of "Responses to some questions" - Is the Church of Christ 'present and operative' outside of its bounds?

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I recently read a paper by Dr. Malloy, that referenced the 'Responses to Some Questions'(RSQ), that appears itself to be a follow-up to Dominus Iesus.

I disagreed with a number of elements. One of which was a reference to RSQ #2.
SECOND QUESTIONWhat is the meaning of the affirmation that the Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church?
RESPONSEChrist “established here on earth” only one Church and instituted it as a “visible and spiritual community”[5], that from its beginning and throughout the centuries has always existed and will always exist, and in which alone are found all the elements that Christ himself instituted.[6] “This one Church of Christ, which we confess in the Creed as one, holy, catholic and apostolic […]. This Church, constituted and organised in this world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the successor of Peter and the Bishops in communion with him”.[7]In number 8 of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen gentium ‘subsistence’ means this perduring, historical continuity and the permanence of all the elements instituted by Christ in the Catholic Church[8], in which the Church of Christ is concretely found on this earth.
It is possible, according to Catholic doctrine, to affirm correctly that the Church of Christ is present and operative in the churches and ecclesial Communities not yet fully in communion with the Catholic Church, on account of the elements of sanctification and truth that are present in them.[9] Nevertheless, the word “subsists” can only be attributed to the Catholic Church alone precisely because it refers to the mark of unity that we profess in the symbols of the faith (I believe... in the “one” Church); and this “one” Church subsists in the Catholic Church.[10]
One difficulty that I have is found in the existence of a circular reference. [Correction: It isn't really a circular reference, but a reference that attempts to prove that the Second Vatican Council is ok, by referring to the Second Vatican Council] The RSQ#2 references Ut Unum Sint, which itself references the Second Vatican Council.  This simply reaffirms that the 'subsist' is nothing more than a conciliar novelty that stands in contradiction to:

  • Mystici Corporis:  "If we would define and describe this true Church of Jesus Christ - which is the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church"
  • Humani Generis: "Some say they are not bound by the doctrine, explained in Our Encyclical Letter of a few years ago, and based on the Sources of Revelation, which teaches that the Mystical Body of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church are one and the same thing."

The Church of Christ is comprised of those who participate in Unity of Government, Unity of Faith and Unity of Worship.  Those who are not in the three fold unity and have reached the age of reason, even if in Invincible ignorance, are not counted as 'actual members'.

None of the heretics / schismatics, by definition, fulfill this requirement.  Hence the Dogma: Outside the Church there is no salvation - as reaffirmed by the Second Vatican Council.


THIRD QUESTIONWhy was the expression “subsists in” adopted instead of the simple word “is”?
RESPONSEThe use of this expression, which indicates the full identity of the Church of Christ with the Catholic Church, does not change the doctrine on the Church. Rather, it comes from and brings out more clearly the fact that there are “numerous elements of sanctification and of truth” which are found outside her structure, but which “as gifts properly belonging to the Church of Christ, impel towards Catholic Unity”.[11]“It follows that these separated churches and Communities, though we believe they suffer from defects, are deprived neither of significance nor importance in the mystery of salvation. In fact the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as instruments of salvation, whose value derives from that fullness of grace and of truth which has been entrusted to the Catholic Church”[12].
Here we have something very similar, the assertion that a branch separated from the Tree can carry the life of Grace.

In the 'old days' heresy and schism separated a person from the Church.  Material heretics (baptized non-Catholics) who have reached the age of reason included.

Plain and simple?

If there is no Salvation outside the Church, then ... how does this jive?  Are they actually members of the Church without fulfilling the requirements?

In my opinion the 'responses' raises more questions than it answers.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What the Halifax is Theology of the Body - Part II

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The questions surrounding the 'Theology of the Body' continue to abound.  I've attached an article from the National Catholic Register that sings its praises.

I've also attached some links to other references, that should help to form an opinion on the phenomenon called 'Theology of the Body'.


Now for the my first thoughts, formed prior to any uindepth review of the subject matter:



  1. TOB seems to have spawned a cottage industry of 'consultants' and interpreters who provide their own interpretation of Pope St. John Paul II's talks.  (No this is not a good thing, if you need someone to provide an interpretation, its like hiring a consultant to tell you the time).
  2. Culturally, the title Theology of the Body, seems to be very weird.  Why?  Because theology is "the study of the nature of God and religious belief".  God does not have a Body, so it appears incongruous to apply the title of Theology to this title. Unless the point is that Man and Woman are gods - not a very Catholic thought.
  3. Appears to be nothing more than a continuation of a 'man-centered' body of thought prevalent in the Church of Christ since the Second Vatican Council.
  4. Appears to be used as a justification for natural family planning (NFP).

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Those who return to the past are not outside the Church - Rorate Caeli

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I had been thinking about putting together a post explaining some of the history of how the SSPX has arrived at its current position.

Now I see that Rorate has posted a translated editorial that shows the roots of the SSPX principles.

In reading these words, I see patterns and themes that were put forward by Archbishop Lefebvre decades ago.

Perhaps his sight was clearer than most.

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Strong Cultures Dominate Weaker Ones

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Faced with a bold, resurgent militant Islam, what is the response of the Catholic Church?
  1. Invite them to participate in prayers for peace in the Vatican gardens.  That turns into a prayer to overcome the 'infidels' - from the Islamic point of view
  2. Ecumenical actions are taken that receive no reciprocity from the Islamist
  3. Relative silence as militant Islamists rise up as part of the 'Islamic Spring' throughout the Middle-East.
  4. Articles that state 'no religion can justify such barbarity', without directly confronting the fundamental issue that these actions can be demonstrated as being aligned with Islamic thought and interpretation.
The Catholics who are being persecuted and force from their lands have made clear that they expected their moderate Muslim neighbors to help them.

They did not.

Zenit: Ecumenical Dialogue with Pentecostals (Protestant Charismatics)

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There is more on Zenit of the Papal visit to the pentecostals.

ZENIT: According to you, does the Pope’s visit to Caserta have a wider significance?Calisi: The meeting in Caserta precedes and has a wider significance than the visit made by the Pope. The Bishop of Rome is perfectly aware of the urgency to search for unity between the Catholic Church and the Pentecostal Evangelical Churches. ...


From their point of view it is a numbers game. The evangelicals have the numbers - so they must be right.

Christ Eleison!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

FFI and the Witch Hunt for the Crypto-Lefebvrists

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While Psychology cannot predict behaviour with great precision on the individual level, at the group level, where outliers of smoothed over by the unthinking masses, a greater degree of precision can be obtained.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Will Novelties Never Cease? Protestant Tony Palmer Receives Catholic Requiem Mass - Catholic Family News

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I almost feel like adding another 'label' to categorize all the Pope Francis novelties: Bergolio Era.

But that would be redundant as the idiosyncrasies of Pope Francis are merely a symptom or artifact of the underlying cultural change that has been in progress since the Second Vatican Council.

The latest novelty is twofold: 
  1. Tony Palmer (RIP) had a public Catholic requiem Mass said for him
  2. It was said as if he were a Bishop of the Catholic Church
There are a few oddities that have come out about Mr. Palmer as a result of his untimely death.
  1. Pope Francis advised him not to convert
  2. His wife and children are Catholic (apparently led back into the Church by Tony which is curious-er and curious-er since he wouldn't lead anyone into the Church or something to that effect ... I'll need to check that reference or video)
  3. The requiem took place in a Catholic Church
  4. He was buried in a Catholic cemetery
When Pope Francis said to the SSPX that they are Catholic, I wonder if he meant it in the same manner that he seems to believe the Tony Palmer was Bishop and Catholic.

Now this is truly a confusing situation.

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Catholic Family News

Tony Palmer Profile

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Pope Francis and the Effect on the Church

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The tablet has the following short article:

‘Conformist’ younger clergy wary of Francis – Dublin archbishop04 August 2014 14:54 by Sarah Mac DonaldPope Francis’ courage is causing disquiet among those with “a very conformist and closed Catholicism” the Archbishop of Dublin has warned.
In a speech given in Melbourne, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin referred to a young curate who recently told his parish priest he was not at all happy with some things the Pope had said.
The young priest felt they “were not in line with what he had learned in the seminary” and he suggested that they were “making the faithful insecure and even encouraging those who do not hold the orthodox Catholic beliefs to challenge traditional teaching.”
The archbishop warned conservative and progressive Catholics against becoming “closed in” within our own ideas. He also acknowledged that Irish Catholicism had a strong tradition of strict teaching.
Responding to the comments, Fr Seamus Ahearne of the Association of Catholic Priests said the Archbishop’s words were “apt” and that the Church in Ireland needs to hear more comments like this.
He said the archbishop’s concern about the “young curate” was a familiar one as many were concerned that the few young priests there are in the Irish Church appear to embrace a very traditionalist view of Church.
They are “so locked into a past model of priesthood” he commented and said this manifested itself in “the way that they dress up, the way they celebrate Mass, and in their views.” (source)

Interesting that in a short time we find that that the opinion put forth by a bishop that a "few young priests ... embrace a very traditionalist view of Church. ... locked into a past model of priesthood" .

Obviously, Pope Francis is (implicitly or explicitly) supporting the post conciliar culture that IS a rupture with the pre-conciliar culture.

Note to new readers: If the post-conciliar culture within the Church of Christ was not in 'rupture' with the pre-conciliar culture, they wouldn't have an allergic reaction to the SSPX and 'crypto-lefebvrists'.

Also, Fr. Greiger of the FFI has this to say about crypto-lefebvrists:

Crypto-Lefebvrism is theoretical and practical agreement with the anticonciliar ideas of the SSPX, involving whatever dissimulation is necessary to continue to operate within full communion. Bishop Fellay has made reference to bishops who act in this fashion, who are in agreement with the SSPX, but more or less camouflage their intentions in order not to be removed from influence (1:14:00-1:16:30).(source)

So, what appears to be in the offing is a  hunt for crypto-lefebvrists.  People, without distinction, who cross the cultural assumption that the merits of the Second Vatican Council are unquestionable.

Christe Eleison

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Is the Pope's Health Failing?

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Whenever the Pope sneezes, speculation is sure to follow.  I know that I've had the same thoughts when it was announced that the Pope cancelled a large number of events in July.

DICI has reported on the Pope's health and provides some insight to why some events may have been cancelled.

Given the disparity between the Pope's words for Traditional Catholics and everyone imbued with the Protestant Culture (Protestants, Neo Cats' etc),  it does provide another possible way to 'read' Pope Francis.

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Courtesy of DICI



Friday, August 8, 2014

Communion in the Hand - One of the Defining Cultural Artifacts of the Post Conciliar Era

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Attached below is a collection of YT videos on the topic of Communion in the Hand.

Communion in the hand is one of the defining cultural artifacts of the post conciliar era.  In many ways it represents one of the final manifestations of the protestantization of the Catholic liturgy.

A liturgy that evoked the desire to create a fitting setting (see below) for the Great Mysteries being celebrated by the priest.


A signal that the Catholic culture is reasserting itself will definitely be the censuring of this abominable practice.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Houston: We Have A Problem! - The Pope's Ten Step Program

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The Remnant blog brought to my attention the Pope's Ten Secret's to Happiness as reported by CNS.

I will admit that at first I thought it was a joke paraphrasing the various utterances of Pope Francis.

Sadly, it is not a joke, nor is it a laughing matter.

The Weight of Magisterial Documents - Updated Aug 13, 2014

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A friend gave me some insights to the weight assigned to various documents and teachings of the Church.

I'm pressed for time, so here's a couple of references that I found.  I hope to examine them in more detail later.

Sources are at the end of the post.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"Catholic" Charismatic Renewal - Culture Shock

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If there is one phenomenon (read: Virus) within the Mystical Body of Christ that causes cultural shock to Traditionalists it is the "Catholic" Charismatic Renewal.

I can think of no better source than John Vennari for information on this movement within the Church of Christ.

In addition to the link below, here's another article worthy of consideration.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pope To Caserta Pentecostals

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Sometimes people focus on what the Pope doesn't say, such as the need to convert, while implying that they are 'fine' where they are and are already actual members of the Church of Christ.

Focusing on his address to the Protestant Charismatics (as opposed to the Catholic ones), I have highlighted below some portions that are likely to (should)  cause consternation amongst the Traditional Catholics (Canonically regular and otherwise).

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PS. (As this was a scheduled post) Rorate-Caeli has more coverage here.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Kasper part 2 - Updated

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Rorate Caeli has posted links to an article worth reviewing as it examines Cardinal Kasper's proposal.


Rorate Caeli Article

Nova et Vetera Article

I'd like to point out another article by Rorate that exposes one of the problems embodied by too many members of the hierarchy: Fear of giving a direct answer.

Rorate Caelie - Yes Yes No No

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

God Bless Cardinal Müller - Will surprises never cease? Answer: Nope! - Updated

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While Cardinal Mueller may have some funny ideas when writing speculative theology, he appears to have a good grasp on the issue of the limits of at least some novelties.

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Update: Pertinacious Papist has a good post on this topic.

Courtesy of The Remnant

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop Fellay - A Look Back

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In the discussions between Rome and the SSPX, there were a large number of accusations leveled against Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop Fellay.

One thing that is certain is that the talks were about the Faith.

Attached below are the decree lifting the excommunication, Pope Benedict XVI's letter to the Bishops and Bishop Fellay's response.

Just remember this whole conflict is about the Faith and as Pope Benedict XVI personally wrote:
those who put themselves forward as great defenders of the Council also need to be reminded that Vatican II embraces the entire doctrinal history of the Church. Anyone who wishes to be obedient to the Council has to accept the faith professed over the centuries, and cannot sever the roots from which the tree draws its life. 
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Friday, August 1, 2014

Disobeying the Pope and Sins of Omission - Michael Voris' Latest Thoughts

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Church Militant TV just issued another vortex on the topic of obedience to the Pope, when it is really




Michael Voris has another vortex out and touches on the topic of criticizing the Pope publicly.

His rationale has two foundations:

  1. Criticizing the Pope publicly results in driving many 'confused Catholics' into schismatic or near-schismatic (SSPX) groups.
  2. It is useless to criticize the Pope as it is the Bishops who are the ones who are really the problem.
I disagree with Michael on the principle that it is not right to publicly criticize the Pope.  In practice, the criticism must be delivered with respect for his office and charity for the souls - the Pope's first as well as the rest of the Church. 

Is Dogma Important? Part II - Kinda

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As a follow up to part 1 and the theme of hybridization of Catholics, the following appeared on the Catholic Diocese Pittsburgh in January 2014.

Bishop David A. Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh
An ecumenical group of pastors and laity has been preparing for the Three Rivers Festival of Hope, sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on Aug. 15-17, 2014, at the Consol Energy Center. The three-day event will include stirring music from Christian artists and personal testimonies of people from various walks of life who are dedicated to following Jesus Christ.
 I have appointed Father David Poecking, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie, and Helene Paharik, associate general secretary of the diocese, to serve as my representatives on the festival committee.
 The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association isn't a Catholic organization. But we do share a common hope of helping Christians return to the practice of their faith and of bringing the Gospel to every person in our city, nation and world. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has a record of working cooperatively with Catholic dioceses. If there are folks at the Three Rivers Festival of Hope who want to return to the Catholic Church, we surely want to be there to welcome them back with open arms.
 For that reason I appreciate this opportunity for the Diocese of Pittsburgh to participate in this work of evangelization. As I stated in my pastoral letter, "The Church Alive!," I can remember as a youngster watching on television the Rev. Dr. Billy Graham. I marveled at the way he was able to touch people's hearts.
 May the Three Rivers Festival of Hope so touch people's hearts with the love of God that they are fired up to follow his Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. May our prayerful presence at the festival enable former Catholics to come home. May the experience of Christian unity at the festival inspire our region to continue to build bridges of reconciliation in service to the common good.

The confusing part is the "... share a common hope of helping Christians return to the practice of their faith ...".

The non-hybridized version would read: '... the practice of the Catholic faith ...' because there is only one Church of Christ and frankly Billy Graham's church isn't it!

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