Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Expressions of Catholic Belief - Art


Rorate has a simply beautiful post on Traditional Western Art. 

As a traditionalist it is comforting to see that not all is lost in this crisis of the Church.  Periodically, 'artifacts' of Catholic belief, expressions that are truly beautiful, surface.

This is one such event.

It leads me to the conclusion that with all of the advances in tools, when combined with a truly Catholic culture, we should be able to surpass the old masters.


Have you said your rosary today?


A reminder:

Special announcement
Join the USA District's Rosary Novena to defend the family!
Read some important texts to understand this important matter!
It starts today: Rosary Novena to defend the family
As previously announced on Friday, the USA District Superior, Fr. Wegner, has called for a Rosary Novena in defense of the family.
This novena starts today (September 29th - Feast of St. Michael the Archangel) and goes until October 7th.
Corresponding with this call to prayer is publication is:
These texts are important for understanding the gravity of this forthcoming situation (and thus the pressing need to participate in the announced rosary novena), and so we encourage all of our readers to take the time to study them.
© SSPX 2014

A Look Back: A Canonical and Theological Study of the SSPX Part 4 - Canonical Study 4


Canonical Study
Part 4 
The bulk of Part 3 of this ongoing canonical study of the 1988 episcopal consecrations dealt with the notion of "mandate." It was conceded that these consecrations took place without the mandatum ("mandate"), that is, the authorization of the Pope. Despite this, we proved in Part 3 that these consecrations were not, therefore, a formally schismatic act. In any case, a mandate was read at the consecrations ceremony in Ecône. With what right? -- We answered in Part 3, "With the right that springs from necessity, correctly understood."
Do you have an apostolic mandate?
We have it!
Let it be read.
We have this Mandate from the Roman Church, always faithful to the Holy Tradition which She has received from the Holy Apostles. This Holy Tradition is the Deposit of Faith which the Church orders us to faithfully transmit to all men for the salvation of their souls...[Archbishop Lefebvre and the Vatican, Angelus Press, p.123]

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Last Bastion Waiting to be Razed: The Family - Answering the SSPX call for a rosary novena


The SSPX (US) has called for a rosary novena to protect the family from the machinations (my words) of Cardinal Kasper et al.

This monster of a crisis of the Church started its meal with and appetizer of doctrine. It proceeded with a main course of liturgy and now it is about to have its dessert: Morals.


Courtesy of SSPX.org - Remaining in the Truth of Christ

A Look Back: A Canonical and Theological Study of the SSPX Part 3 - Canonical Study 3

Canonical Study

Part 3 

F. The State of Necessity

From what has been seen in Part II of this canonical study of the 1988 Consecrations by Archbishop Lefebvre , it is certain that through the 1983 Code of Canon Law the attenuating and exempting circumstances have not only objective force, but also subjective force. This means that the canon is to be applied even if the situation of crisis, such as the state of necessity, of grave fear, etc., exists merely in the mind of the acting subject, that is to say, be it the fruit of his own erroneous judgment, an error which can even be due to his own fault, namely to a culpable ignorance which leads the subject to a "false judgment about some thing."(1) Let us return to the text of canon lawyer Fr. Rudolf Kaschewski, whom we have been quoting from in this series [see Is Tradition Excommunicated? "The Episcopal Consecrations: A Canonical Study," available from Angelus Press. Price: $7.95].

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Why does coffee always get the blame? - Seton


My wife sent me a link to this article and I think it is too good to not share.  There is truth as well as humour in these lines.  I think I will add a 'humour' label even though Mr. Clark does seem to be in earnest!


Source: Seton Magazine - John Clark

A Look Back: A Canonical and Theological Study of the SSPX Part 2 - Canonical Study 2

Canonical Study
Part 2 

II. A Contested Excommunication

A. The Facts and Some Solid Points

1. The Facts

In his "Thesis for a Licentiate" in Canon Law which was argued and approved with the highest grade (July, 1995) at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rev. Fr. Gerard Murray, an American priest who has no connection with the Society of Saint Pius X, held that the excommunication latae sententiae, declared at the time against Archbishop Lefebvre, Bishop de Castro Mayer, and the four bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre without pontifical mandate, is not valid according to strict canonical law, nor is the connected accusation of schism valid in the formal sense. As of yet, his thesis for the licentiate has not been published, but a summary of it and an interview with its author is available in the American magazine, The Latin Mass.(1)

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Look Back: A Canonical and Theological Study of the SSPX Part 1 - Canonical Study 1


Whenever the SSPX appears in the media, there is always a impulsive reaction on the part of some people, I hope based on ignorance, to condemn them as schismatic and / or heretical.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

This series was originally presented in SISI NONO and sheds some light on the motivations of the SSPX.

Hopefully, it will (along with the other SSPX articles) will help to educate the ignorant and silence the malicious.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Ottaviani Intervention is 45 years old today!


Rorate has posted some information on the state of the restoration of Dome of Home as well as the following copy of the Ottaviani intervention.

It should be noted that, while the GIRM was modified, the actual Novus Ordo Missae was not altered.

Given its focus on the Priesthood and everything that pertains to it, the SSPX has done studies that echo this seminal study.

It will be one of the signs that the crisis is ending when the common (non-Traditional) Catholic perceives the Novus Ordo Missae in the same light.


Source: Rorate Caeli

The SSPX - How the Conflict Began ... - Updated


Why is the SSPX in a canonically irregular situation?  At the root is the fact that, in the presence of a major cultural change, the SSPX adhered to the old culture and its 'artifacts'.  The most apparent artifact is the Tridentine Mass, but also it is method and principles that guide their training of priests.

James Kohn has posted an article by Michael Davies that provides some insight to the roots of the conflict.

The full text of chapter four of Apologia Pro is available here.


Update: Attached copy from SSPXAsia of the linked Michael Davies chapter:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Meeting Between Cardinal Mueller and Bishop Fellay - Updated


Update: Scroll bottom to see SSPX communique.

Rorate has posted a notice about the meeting here and attached below is the Rorate copy of the Vatican press release, which can be found here.

While it is of no real import that the SSPX goes to Rome when asked, as this has always been their modus operandi, what is of import is the last sentence:

During the meeting, various problems of a doctrinal and canonical nature were examined, and it was decided to proceed gradually and over a reasonable period of time in order to overcome difficulties and with a view to the envisioned full reconciliation.
This is almost the same as the situation from 2001.

2001: Rome approaches the SSPX, SSPX citing the heavy-handed approach to the FSSP, indicates distrust.  The result are the two pre-conditions to discussion (freedom for the Mass, lifting of the excommunications).  It was also resolved to proceed in stages.

2014: What was old is new again. Rome calls the SSPX and the decision is to proceed 'gradually'. I would presume that Bishop Fellay:

  1. Cited the heavy-handed approach to the FFI,
  2. Outlined the 6 conditions which contains some of the doctrinal and canonical issues
  3. Discussed the key doctrinal issues from the point of view of the SSPX.

As a counter, I presume that Cardinal Mueller requested that the SSPX accept the conditions of Rome:
  1. The Second Vatican Council without reservation
  2. The 'conciliar' reforms (New Mass et al)
  3. The 'post-conciliar' Magisterium
This is my supposition since I was not in the room, even as a fly.  I base my guess on that it is the first meeting between the actors, it appears that we are truly back to a new beginning stage, it is likely that positional statements such as those above were made.  

Last thought, with a change in people comes a reforming of the 'team', which will lead to 'storming', 'norming' and then 'performing'. 

Barring a sudden change in principles on either side, I would predict that the gradual progress will extend well into the next Pontificate and hopefully before the next SSPX General Chapter.


SSPX, "Full Communion" and the Lastest Meeting Between Rome and the SSPX


After 2009 the critics of the SSPX were in need of a new derogatory label, since Benedict XVI has taken away their favorite epithet.

It didn't take long for them to turn to 'Not in Full Communion', which for them meant: Schismatic.

Now the latest official interaction between Rome and the SSPX has presented the critics with a curious problem.

The SSPX is no longer stated as needing to find the path to 'Full Communion' but:

During the meeting, various problems of a doctrinal and canonical nature were examined, and it was decided to proceed gradually and over a reasonable period of time in order to overcome difficulties and with a view to the envisioned full reconciliation. (source)

So what will the critics say now?  Maybe they're disobedient, usurping the authority of the local Bishop.

Here's an excellent article from Rorate (a site that I highly recommend for its balanced perspective on this crisis of the Church):


Neo-Catholicism Refuted in 1881! - Remnant


The opponents of traditional Catholics usually resort to extreme accusations.

Here are some of those accusations debunked!


Courtesy of the Remnant

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Response to Novus Ordo Watch - A Catholic Thinker


Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.
I once heard that Sedevacantists and Neo-Conservatives are two sides of the same coin.

Both have a mis-perception of the infallibility of the Pope, Bishops and Church.

Consequently, one will see the bad actions of the Pope and conclude that he can't be Pope.  The other will see the bad actions of the Pope and conclude that the bad actions must actually be good since he is Pope.

The problem is that both are altering their perception of the reality in order to support their beliefs.

When the beliefs are strongly held (at the level of cultural assumptions) the is no guarantee that rational argumentation will follow.

The rebuttal by 'A Catholic Thinker' exposes the flaws in the criticisms of  John Salza's but does more than that: It highlights the extents to which humans will go to preserve their beliefs.

How do you deal with a person with such strongly held beliefs?

In my experience, the first and most important step is to practice virtue by maintaining patience.  I acknowledge that I have failed on this point and have much work to do to 'throw out the old man'.

Next comes a strong and deep Spiritual Life.  I've found that arguing (in person or online) can lead to a loss of 'situational awareness'.  As I commented here, if a person empties all the grace from their cup, they'll crash.  Spiritual reading does wonders for the soul and to providing a clear and broad perspective.

Finally, study to know the Faith as the Church Teaches it, not as we would prefer it. This means we need to set aside our prejudices.

All this supports clear thinking and a clear view of this present crisis of the Church.

A Catholic Thinker's article is one such clear view.


Courtesy of A Catholic Thinker

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Divine Praises

According to the author of the Wikipedia article:
The Divine Praises were originally written in Italian by Luigi Felici in 1797 for the purpose of making reparation after saying or hearing profanity or blasphemy.The praises were later expanded by Pope Pius VII in 1801 and eventually came to be a recitation following the Benediction, usually with the priest saying each line, which is then repeated by the congregation.
In this time of crisis and darkness in the Church, we need to continue to make reparation for the sins the scream to God for vengeance.


Blessed be God.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Elimination of Pockets of Resistance - II - UPDATED


Updated - scroll to bottom

As I mentioned here, 'cue Fr. Greiger', he has now responded with another counter-post.

Everything is as it is normally, however then there was this:

Yet, riding the wave of the cutting edge “reporting” of Rorate Caeli, even a “real” journalist fails to do even the least amount of due diligence before tweeting the following:

This is from someone who writes for The Weekly StandardThe Wall Street Journaland The Spectator.  But he is just “repeating” what he read on Rorate Caeli.  Now, of course, New Catholic will deny he called the FI under commission a heretical order, but that is clearly what he meant.  Why else would a friar otherwise have no way out but to abandon the priesthood?  In fact, Rorate Caeli retweeted Schulman’s smear.
But be sure, no one will take responsibility for spreading the lie that the friars who support the Apostolic Commission are heretics, nor will anyone take responsibility for having sowed the seed of dissension and despair by suggesting that friars confronted with the duty to obey the Church in difficult circumstances will have no choice but to leave the priesthood.

Synod Pre-Game Show IV


Rorate has highlighted the change in the winds since Pope Benedict XVI's abdication.  You can find it here and I highly recommend reading it carefully.

Basically, as the Synod nears we have the standard 'Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing' paradigm.

The Pope has introduced a new element into the team.  This has caused role uncertainty in the Cardinals.

Synod Pre-Game Show III


Conflict is stirring within the Church as a cultural assumption is now being challenged by Cardinal Kasper.

Cardinal Kasper appears to have tried to recast himself as the 'victim' and imply that attacks on him are actually attacks on the Pope.


Then we have rorate's latest report on the Pope setting up a commission to streamline the process.  As I noted earlier, this is opening the barn door wider instead of putting the horses in their stalls properly.

Proper catechesis and instruction are needed, not more laxity.  But that is the current trend in the Church - lax and easy rules.

Except of course for those who think the laxity is a bad thing (see FFI, crypto-Lefebvrists, Cardinal Burke).

Attached below is the latest play by play. I find Fr. Fessio's response admirable considering he is responding to a Cardinal.


Dogmatic Fact or Fancy III


Recently, I've been engaged in a 'dogmatic fact' discussion / argument and a thought occurred to me.

Based on what reading I had done, I had concluded that the dogmatic fact of who is Pope was fixed in time - meaning that acceptance of the Pope at the time of election provided infallible surety that the election was valid and that indeed the elected Cardinal/Bishop was Pope at that moment.

Then I realized that some people believed that the dogmatic fact meant they were always Pope.  At the time I thought they meant that the understanding of the doctrine was that the one time recognition made that person infallibly the Pope until he either abdicated or died.

A light went on this morning.

Does the continual acceptance of the Pope by the hierarchy continually 'refresh' the dogmatic fact - meaning we can be certain that the Pope is'still' Pope etc?

I asked a friend (a real theologian) and he pointed out that the Pope is already elected. 

The recognition of the Bishops  just allows us to know with certainty who is the elected Pope.  This is particularly important in the situation when the is confusion of who is the lawfully elected Pope.

So after election the reigning Pope can only be removed by:

1. Death
2. Abdication
3. Juridical process of the authority of the Church (Cardinals / Bishops)

So the dogmatic fact is established at a point in time - acknowledging who IS the successor of Peter (Pope Francis in case there is any doubt caused by the 'conclavist' pretenders).


Friday, September 19, 2014

Synod Pre-Game Show II


I just skimmed Bishop Tobin's article on the upcoming synod and a reply by Dr. Peters.

Aside from his suggestions in reducing the barriers (making the process faster), which will only result in more 'annulments' (simple economics), there appears to be a cultural assumption missing.  The purpose of the annulment process isn't to allow the couple to marry again etc.  Its purpose is to determine whether or not a Catholic marriage was contracted.

It is a search for the truth.

Synod Pre-Game Show


The pre-game show has begun with various moves and last minute trades happening.  Of course the trash-talk has also started.

Here's an article with some of the pre-game commentary:

Keep in mind that this is not even the opening gambit to the game. Nor is this game like the Super Bowl with its one and done structure.

This is more akin to the second or third game in the stanley cup series.  Spoiler: The first game was the Second Vatican Council.

As always ...



Eucaristic Prayer II - A Cultural Icon



Rorate has an interesting article that doesn't coincide with the popular reading of Pope Paul VI.

It is important to avoid painting the players in this crisis a simplistic black or white.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Elimination of Pockets of Resistance


Tolerance is just a buzzword in the Catholic Church.

There is no tolerance for 'crypto-lefebvrists' or those who would stand up for them.  Just ask Cardnial Burke.

Canon Lawyers Befuddled - Catholic Inisight 2010 - A Tradical Look Back


I was cleaning out my papers and came across this gem from a 2010 issue of Catholic Insight. It is an excellent time capsule as it showcases a number of items.
  1. Degree of pantheism that exists.
  2. Cultural response to the 2010/1 translations 
  3. Disobedience to the Pope (and I'm not talking about the SSPX)
  4. Cultural response to non-SSPX Traditionalists (see Question Period)
One thing is certain seeing the FFI and Fr. Greiger's prejudices, Archbishop Weisgerber's attitude still holds sway in the Church.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Houston We Have a Problem - Cardinal Burke in the Cross-Hairs - Updated 2


Rorate has posted an article by Sandro Magister that details that changes and rumoured changes in the curia as well as some cultural issues.

The culture of an organization is set by leader, by what he says, does and more importantly what he tolerates and what he does not tolerate.

There is no tolerance in Francis' Church for cultural assumptions that stand in their way (as well as those who hold them).

We'll see how this will turn out in the Synod.  Louie Verrecchio has done some recon here.

As always!!!



Rorate has just posted an article that indicates that the Pope is 'irritated' with a book to which Cardinal Burke contributed.  Oddly enough it is one that supports the Catholic Doctrine on Marriage.

If the Pope and the liberal supporters are true to their cultural assumptions then there will be a purge of all authors who oppose their agenda. One blogger mentioned the night of the long knives scenario, which probably isn't too far off the mark.

One thing for certain, the cultural fault-lines are becoming clearer with each passing day. They also, of course, delineate the doctrinal fault-lines.


Update 2

Lifesitenews (h/t Tantumblogo ) has published a report confirming the demotion.

Sources in Rome have confirmed to LifeSiteNews that Cardinal Raymond Burke, the head of the Vatican’s highest court, known as the Apostolic Signatura, is to be removed from his post as head of the Vatican dicastery and given a non-curial assignment as patron of the Order of Malta.

The fault-lines are becoming clearer by the minute.


Bishop Schneider Says Traditional Catholics Are Not “Extremest”, But Rather The Hope For The Future


Fr. Carota has a good piece here about a June 6th article published in the Catholic Herald.

Bishop Schneider is, for me, one of the rays of hope that the Church is starting to emerge from the crisis.

Here is a Bishop in 'good standing' who is speaking out and Teaching.

If ever there was a time:



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

“Catholic Action Defined” by His Excellency Bishop Tissier de Mallerais - DICI


Given the refusal of a vast number (majority?) of the clergy to fulfill their role as the 'Church Teaching' to provide nourishing food for the souls under their care, there is a temptation for the laity to attempt to fill the 'power void'.

While being active in the work of the restoration of the Church is essential for all members of the Catholic Church, there is a hierarchy through which flows the graces necessary for the work to be fruitful.

Any action that seeks to be independent from the Church Teaching is necessarily doomed to failure if it foregoes the submission to the Church as pertains to its area of operations (ie ).

An additional reference, GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THE LAY APOSTOLATE - PIUS XII, is essential reading for all Catholics.  This paragraph seems to provide a clear delineation:
It is clear that the ordinary layman can resolve and it is highly desirable that he should so resolve-to cooperate in a more organized way with ecclesiastical authorities and to help them more effectively in their apostolic labor. He will thereby make himself more dependent on the Hierarchy, which is alone responsible before God for the government of the Church. The layman's acceptance of a particular mission, of a mandate of the Hierarchy, may associate him more closely with the spiritual conquest of the world being conducted by the Church under the direction of her pastors, but this does not make him a member of the hierarchy or give him the powers of Holy Orders or of jurisdiction that remain strictly bound to reception of the Sacrament of Holy Orders in its various degrees.

Courtesy of DICI.org

“Catholic Action Defined” by His Excellency Bishop Tissier de Mallerais

It has come to my attention that a certain amount of confusion has resulted from the juxtaposition of a portion of Bishop de Castro Mayer’s 1953 “Catechism of Opportune Truths” with a quotation from the encyclical of Pope St. Pius X, Il Fermo Proposito, in the March, 2003, issue of The Angelus. Considering the nature of the subject, with its historical and doctrinal complexities, the confusion is understandable. I hope that the following points will serve to eliminate that confusion, and I fully expect that this felix culpa will serve as the occasion for your readers to deepen their understanding of the mind of the Church concerning both the nature of Catholic Action and the proper relationship of the clergy and the laity to it.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dogmatic Fact or Fancy II


I've been engaged in a 'dogmatic fact' discussion / argument and a thought occurred to me.

Based on what reading I had done, I had concluded that the dogmatic fact of who is Pope was fixed in time - meaning that acceptance of the Pope at the time of election provided infallible surety that the election was valid and that indeed the elected Cardinal/Bishop was Pope at that moment.

Then I realized that some people believed that the dogmatic fact meant they were always Pope.  At the time I thought they meant that the understanding of the doctrine was that the one time recognition made that person infallibly the Pope until he either abdicated or died.

A light went on this morning.

Does the continual acceptance of the Pope by the hierarchy continually 'refresh' the dogmatic fact - meaning we can be certain that the Pope is 'still' Pope etc?

Instead of puzzling this out on my own, I contact a friend of mine who is a real theologian!

The end point was that:

After election the Pope can only be removed by either:

1. Death
2. Abdication
3. Juridical process of the authority of the Church (Cardinals / Bishops)

The recognition of the Bishops of the Church establishes a dogmatic fact that the Bishop elected is the Pope.

The distinction being that the Pope was already elected etc, but the dogmatic fact provides the Church with an infallible means of knowing who is the Successor of Peter.


Houston: We Have Problem - Reform of the Reform


While it is an older post it does serve well to see the underlying issues with the liturgical 'reform'.


h/t Angelqueen
Source: New Liturgical Movement

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mass Confusion: Why All Valid Masses Are Not Equal - The Remnant


I've been focusing on the cultural aspects of the crisis of the Church for some time.

From this it is obvious (at least to me) why the two focal points in the Rome/SSPX conflict are the Mass and the Second Vatican Council.  Why? Because the Council, via its ambiguities etc, enabled an apparent alteration in doctrine. This inevitably led to a cultural alteration.

The Council 'changed' the doctrine, which resulted in a change of culture and the Novus Ordo Missae is the expression of this cultural change.

If one accepts either of these, they have implicitly accepted the other because they are inseparable.

So the crisis of the Church naturally revolves around  Doctrine (Second Vatican Council) and Culture (Liturgy).

The difference is most obvious to those who do not share the cultural 'assumptions' currently dominant within the Church.

For 'Trad' Catholics engaged in discussions with 'Modern' Catholics, it is not just a question of pointing out the doctrines of the Church, but also helping them to broaden their perspective to include the pre-conciliar culture.

Hence the reason for the wedge series.


Courtesy of The Remnant

Friday, September 12, 2014

The EF vs. the OF: It’s a Question of Two Clashing Cultures - The Remnant


There is a culture war simmering within the Church of Christ.

The One Holy Roman Catholic Church - just in case there is any confusion on that point.

It will be most obvious at the level of artifacts, but that will be just the tip of the cultural iceberg.

However, when the cultural iceberg rolls over ...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A look back: Statement of Bishop Fellay to SSPX Members & Friends January 22, 2001


Amongst some individuals there is a ongoing theory that the SSPX's two pre-conditions for discussions were not met.

I've discussed it here, however a friend reminded me of this link that provides the earliest version of the pre-conditions that I've seen.
  • That the Tridentine Mass be granted to all priests of the entire world
  • That the censures against the bishops be declared null.

Looking at this, I think that it is safe to say that objectively, for the good of the Church, the SSPX requests were granted!

Blessed be God!!!


Courtesy of SSPX.org

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Proselytism and Conversion - Unam Sanctam Catholicam


If there is one thing that sends 'Traditional' Catholics into anaphylactic shock, it is the words "Ecumenical Dialogue".  Since the Second Vatican Council (and even before) there have been a significant amount of confusing statements issuing from the mouths of the 'Ecclesia Docens'. 

What is evident from much of it is that the 'end - game' is no longer the conversion of non-Catholics to the Church.  Or as Pius XII (echoing Pius XI) stated: 

"True reunion can only come about by the return of the dissidents to the one true Church of Christ" (Instructio [The Instruction from the Holy Office on the Ecumenical Movement] Dec. 20, 1949).

Today those undertaking Ecumenical Dialogue appear to have no clear goal for the seemingly endless meetings. 

As a Project Manager, I will state that one of the surest ways to fail in a executing a project is to not have a clear idea of the goal.  In this case the project team is left to their own devices and will wander after any topical area of interest.  After a while, they'll get so used to wandering down any path that appears at their feet, that they will resent any attempt to direct them to the actual goal of the project.

Does this sound familiar? 

A good example of this is the LCWR debacle.

In the attached article Boniface of 'Unam Sanctam Catholicam'  examines ...
what exactly the Church means by the term "proselytism" and try to determine whether the traditionalist or the neo-Catholic understandings of the term are more accurate while seeking to simply pin down what the Church means when it uses this terminology.
In this crisis, keeping a broad perspective is crucial to not drifting off the narrow path set before Catholics.

This article is a good step in keeping a good perspective.


Courtesy of Unam Sanctam Catholicam

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Heretical Pope and Rogue Waves


In this crisis of the Church it is necessary to keep a broad perspective.  In this way, when the Barque of Peter is struck by yet another rogue wave, the occupants will know how to both keep their feet and not be washed overboard.

For those 'Traditionalists' who have not imbibed in the hybrid Protestant/Catholic culture that has overrun the Church there is a temptation to look for easy solutions.

The 'easy' solution is to say either:

  1. A real Pope can't have done these things, he therefore can't be Pope
  2. The Church can't do these things, the 'modern' Church can't be the True Church.
With a narrow perspective, it is easy to accept either or both of these errors.  However, with a perspective given by expanding one's understanding of the teachings and doctrine of the Church it becomes clear that these 'solutions' are not what they seem.

They're traps.

Over the decades since the Council a number of people have stood out from the masses for their clarity and initiative. 

Archbishop Lefebvre is the obvious first choice.

Another is Michael Davies (RIP), who with a clarity of a broad perspective gained from a deep knowledge and understanding of the Church provided much guidance to those Catholics gripping the railings of the Barque of Peter with whitened knuckles.

I hope that you will find in this voice from the past new strength to tighten your grip, or as some have let go, to reach out with humility and grasp anew the railings of the Barque of Peter.


PS. I have attached below Michael Davies' article another article titled: What are we to think of the Sedevacantist Position

Source:Our Lady of the Rosary Library

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Look Back - Words from a holy priest that now seem prophetic


I was recently cleaning up my office and the hundreds (if not thousands) bits of Traditional Flotsam and Jetsam that I've accumulated over the decades.

This letter, for reasons that will become obvious, caught my eye and consequently not only was it saved from the bin, but I also scanned it to share this wisdom of the past.

Why publish this letter?

To present a priest who, in 1988, with clarity identified key issues that the Church is facing today.

  1. Homosexual 'unions' (p6), 
  2. indissolubility of marriage and the admission of the divorced/remarried to communion (p7), 
  3. contraception (p7), 
  4. exclusively male priesthood (p8) and priestly celibacy (p7), 
  5. proclaiming the Gospel without fear or ambiguity (p8), 

It is indeed a 'worthy read' as we see, even in the heady days of 1988, a clear and Catholic approach.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Upcoming Meeting Between Cardinal Mueller and Bishop Fellay - Pray Hard!!! - Updated


Update: DICI has published a press-release on the pending meeting.  Interestingly, if the meeting does take place on September 21st, it will be the 85th anniversary of Archbishop Lefebvre's ordination.

Courtesy of DICI

Cardinal Müller invites Bishop Fellay to meet with him

mgr-fellay-communique-mgr-mullerHaving been invited by Rome, Bishop Bernard Fellay will meet with Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, during the second half of September 2014. This interview was presented to the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X as an informal meeting to review the relations between the SSPX and Rome, which were discontinued at the departure of Cardinal William Levada, Cardinal Müller’s predecessor, and the resignation of Benedict XVI. This will in fact be the first meeting between Cardinal Müller and Bishop Fellay.
On September 3, 2014, on his website the Vatican Insider, the Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli announces this meeting and noted that the new District Superior of France, Father Christian Bouchacourt had the opportunity when he was superior of the District of south America, to meet Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, then Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Since then they have had contact on purely administrative matters concerning the District of South America.
The Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X will go to Rome, following the example of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who always accepted invitations of the Roman authorities. What will be said at this meeting is obviously unknown, yet Bishop Fellay will not have forgotten what Cardinal Müller said about the SSPX, as reported in the Corriere della Sera on December 22, 2013 : « The canonical excommunication of the bishops for their illegal ordinations was revoked, but a de facto sacramental excommunication remains for their schism; they put themselves out of communion with the Church. After that we are not closing the door and never will, but we are inviting them to be reconciled. But they too must change their attitude, accept the conditions of the Catholic Church, and the Supreme Pontiff as the definitive criterion for membership. »
And surely the Superior General will have in mind the declaration made with the Society’s other two bishops on June 27, 2013, on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of their episcopal consecration : « It was love of the Church which guided Archbishop Lefebvre and which guides his sons. It is the same desire to “pass on the Catholic priesthood in all its doctrinal purity and its missionary charity” (Archbishop Lefebvre, Spiritual Journey) which animates the Society of Saint Pius X at the service of the Church, when it asks with insistence for the Roman authorities to regain the treasure of doctrinal, moral and liturgical Tradition. »
(Sources : FSSPX/MG/vaticaninsider – DICI du 05/09/14)

Bishop Fellay will be going to Rome to meet with Cardinal Mueller.

This provides us with an occasion to pray for the Will of God to be done - not ours.

In addition Rorate Caeli has posted a short article on how this came to be public knowledge.

Some addition commentary has already and predictably appeared in the mainstream press.


Courtesy of Louie Verrecchio

The Tridentine Mass - Ultimate Cultural Artifact


Lex Orandi - Lex Credendi, the Law of Prayer is the Law of Belief.  Whoever coined this phrase embodied perfectly the conclusions made by the thought leaders of Organizational Psychology over a hundred years later.

As I've written before: The Mass is the ultimate cultural artifact as it contains and expresses the beliefs, values and assumptions of the Catholic Religion.  Or at least it did until the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Missae.

What beliefs, values and assumptions does the Novus Ordo Missae express? The root lies in the first few words of Sancrosanctum Concilium (SC) as quoted in Rorate's post on the Mass of the Council:

1. This sacred Council has several aims in view: it desires to impart an ever increasing vigor to the Christian life of the faithful; to adapt more suitably to the needs of our own times those institutions which are subject to change; to foster whatever can promote union among all who believe in Christ; to strengthen whatever can help to call the whole of mankind into the household of the Church. The Council therefore sees particularly cogent reasons for undertaking the reform and promotion of the liturgy.
2. For the liturgy, "through which the work of our redemption is accomplished," [1] most of all in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, is the outstanding means whereby the faithful may express in their lives, and manifest to others, the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church. (source)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dozens of Utah Catholics answer call to join ministry: Angel Queen


h/t:  Angelqueen / Tom

Part of the confusion in the Church, from a cultural as well as doctrinal point of view, is the lack of distinction between the Internal Priesthood of the Laity and the External Priesthood of the Ordained.

The following is the clear doctrine of the Church on this matter as noted in the Catechism of the Council of Trent.

Twofold Priesthood But as Sacred Scripture describes a twofold priesthood, one internal and the other external, it will be necessary to have a distinct idea of each to enable pastors to explain the nature of the priesthood now under discussion. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Why I Left My Pastorate and Was Drawn to the Catholic Faith - Steve Wood - Dads.org


I'd like to present here a posting by Mr. Steve Wood, a former evangelical pastor who converted to the Catholic Church.

Mr. Wood has some really good apologetics material for discussions with Protestants and I believe it is important for Traditional Catholics to not discount his experience / knowledge on this subject out of hand.

Here are two links to his site and a copy of his latest email.



Dads Blog

Why I Left My Pastorate and Was Drawn to the Catholic Faith

Twenty-four years ago, on July 1, 1990, my family entered the Catholic Church at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, FL. There were at least a dozen significant reasons for my leaving Protestantism and becoming a Catholic, but one reason stands far above all the others. It was a life-changing encounter with Section 84 of St. John Paul II’s, The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Christopher West - An Example of Faulty Cultural Assumptions


In my research of the TOB phenome, I came across this article by Christopher West on Fasting for Lent.

Fasting allows us to feel our hunger.  And feeling our physical hunger can, if we allow it, lead us to feel our spiritual hunger – our hunger for God.  Think of the woman at the well: she came there physically thirsty and left with the promise of “living water.” ... 
If feeling our hunger can awaken our spiritual senses, never feeling hunger can dull them.  Furthermore, when we always satisfy our hunger, we can become enslaved by the pleasures of this world.  Fasting and abstinence “help us acquire mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart” (CCC 2043).  And this kind of freedom is especially important for people like me who love to eat.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ChurchMilitantTV and EWTN


Just a quick note.  ChurchMilitantTV is back from their vacation / retreat and posted this vortex about EWTN .

Given its stance about criticizing the Pope - there is still a disconnect.

Basically, imho, they are not doing any one any favours when they ignore the abuses that the Pope has performed in office.

I'm also more than a little curious as to what they'll do if the Pope backs Kasper's thesis in October.

Much to pray for!!!!


Traditionalists Grieving Process


In many ways the situation of Traditional Catholics is similar to the five stages of Loss and Grief.

Traditionalist are (or should be) grieved at the loss of Faith, liturgy, and doctrinal clarity (to name a few of the things we've lost or had ripped from our hands).

What is important to note is that as the members of the Church become aware of what has happened they will be at different stages in the grieving process.  Some will progress quickly, others will get stuck at a particular stage.

While originally developed based on observations of terminally ill patients, the process sheds light on how traditional Catholics responded to the post - conciliar upheaval. It likewise provides insight to how 'Modern' Catholics will respond when the Church Teachings and Doctrine are reasserted.

I would like to note that 'acceptance' does not mean accepting the errors etc of the Council but of the situation.

From that point the individuals will be able to cope with the situation in a rational manner.

I hope.


Reference: Wikipedia

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cultural Artifact - The Traditional Catholic Requiem Mass - Paix Liturgique


While every Traditional Catholic knows that Novus Ordo Missae is a new and radical departure from the Theology of the Mass, they may not know just how radical.

The Requiem Mass is a particularly good area to demonstrate the 'rupture'.