Friday, October 31, 2014

Pray for the Dead: At Morning, Noon and Night


Always remember to show mercy, so that you may also be shown mercy.

I found the text below on "Musings ..."?

There are several plenary indulgences available for the first week in November, beginning tomorrow, November 1st, All Saints Day. They are the following:
For the faithful departed 
§ 1. A plenary indulgence, applied exclusively to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the Christian faithful who:

1° on each single day, from the first to the eighth day in November, devoutly visit a cemetery and, even if only mentally, pray for the faithful departed; [Note: one plenary indulgence for each day, if the usual conditions are met]

2° on the day of Commemoration of All Faithful Departed [November 2] (or, according to the Ordinary, on the preceding or subsequent Sunday, or on the day of the solemnity of All Saints) piously visit a church or oratory and there recite the Pater and the Credo

Source:Musings of a Pertinacious Papist

A Little Cultural Perspective on Traditionalism and the 'Four Points' - Part 3


While he has been silent for a while, I'd like to highlight an assertion made by Fr. Greiger:

Unfortunately, it is not only the progressives who have adopted this individualistic spirit.   Even in the name of Tradition, some today speak of a pre- and post-conciliar Church, thus creating a rupture between the past and the present.   In this way, they submit everything the magisterium has to say to a test that ultimately sets the Church against itself. (source)

In this assertion Father is laying the responsibility for the 'rupture' at the feet of Traditionalists. I think it is safe to assume that he is including the SSPX in that classification.

I've already discussed and exposed how the SSPX understands the phrase 'conciliar Church', so we can lay that accusation to rest.

As noted in part 2, as well as in Dr. Lamont's review, the SSPX bases its position on an understanding of the pre-conciliar magisterium that is not its own creation, but derived faithfully from the theological understanding at the time of the magisterial pronouncements.

The SSPX is caught in a position of being forced to choose between the clear pre-conciliar magisterium and the predominantly cloudy magisterium that has issued since the Council.

Further more as noted here, the SSPX realises that the solution to this crisis will only come from Rome.  The SSPX is not setting itself up as the Magisterium of the Traditionalists.  It is simply trying to hold fast and not compromise with the storm of heresy that is ravaging the Church.

While many seem to think that they 'know' what the SSPX thinks and its motivations, the surest way is to go the source, the SSPX. Collected below is a number of articles on the relevant topics.

SSPX: Two Interpretations of Vatican 2 - Myth or Reality?
SSPX: Religious Liberty Contradicts Tradition
SSPX: Archbishop Lefebvre and Religious Liberty
SSPX: State of Necessity Part 1
SSPX: State of Necessity Part 2
SSPX: March 2001 - District Superior's Letter Fr. Violette
SSPX: Is the New Mass Legit?

While some may still be in denial of the fact that the problem starts at the top (ie The Pope) and that it is systemic throughout the Church, thereby rejecting the SSPX's response to the crisis - they overlook one key point.

The root of the SSPX's canonical irregularity comes from their adherence to the formation of priests that ran counter to the objectives of the French bishops of the era.

Have those objectives really changed?


Monday, October 27, 2014

Cardinal Burke - Clarification


Interesting distinction being made by the Cardinal.

As a priest, bishop and finally a cardinal, I have only ever sought to serve Our Lord's Church in humble obedience to the Magisterium and to the Holy Father. Needless confusion regarding my motives does not help me in this service, especially when substantial questions of principle are at stake.  I very strongly believe that one also serves loyally by expressing a contrary judgment, in accord with the pursuit of the truth, and that one only serves faithfully when one has dutifully and clearly spoken, in obedience to one's conscience.
I did not state that Pope Francis has harmed the Church.  Rather, as the now published verbatim interview reveals, I was perfectly clear that it was a lack of clarity about where the Holy Father stands on issues related to marriage and Holy Communion that had caused the harm.  It is precisely for this reason that I subsequently said that only a statement from the Holy Father himself could now remove this lack of clarity.
Sadly, confusion, such as that generated by this particular interview, has been used to portray those opposed to Cardinal Kasper's thesis as motivated by a personal animus against the Holy Father.  This is just not the case, though it no doubt helps the cause of those with certain ideological axes to grind to make this appear so.

Source: Lifesitenews

Seems that something is going on ...


Staring Contest Between Rome and the SSPX - Guess Who Just Blinked 2


I said in an earlier post that the history of the relations between Rome and the SSPX appear to be repeating themselves.

Last Time:

Good Cop: Private people in high places contacting Bishop Fellay
Bad Cop: Cardinal Levada

This year's version ...

Good Cop: Archbishop Pozzo
Bad Cop: Bp. Semeraro

I post Rorate's translation below.  This seems to give weight to Mr. Verrecchio's "Reports of openness to SSPX greatly exaggerated".

So what we have is an official notification from Cardinal Mueller (sp) and an unofficial communication that indicates a compromise on the part of Rome.

Then we have the "schismatic" accusation being trotted out ... yet again (see below and Rorate for some astute commentary).

Now some will automatically accuse the Pope of being two-faced.

I offer a slightly different though equally possible explanation (even if it isn't as plausible).

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Staring Contest Between Rome and the SSPX - Guess Who Just Blinked


History has a habit of repeating itself.

Normally, you need to wait a number of years before this becomes manifest. However Archbishop Pozzo has made a statement that the SSPX won't have to capitulate on Religous Liberty or Ecumenism.

As quoted by Catholic Culture:

Archbishop Pozzo went on to say that while a few documents of Vatican II involve doctrinal statements, others are “authoritative and binding to a different and lesser degree.” The conciliar statements on ecumenism and on religious freedom, which have been most heavily criticized by the SSPX, are in the latter category, he said.
So now that leaves just  Collegiality and Subsist ... as well as the six conditions.

Of course, this is just Archbishop Pozzo speaking in an interview - which is an unofficial chain of communication. The question now is whether or not there is an official shift from the 'Accept the Council of New Mass' mantra.

La Stampa

Catholic Culture


Synod Post-Game Show 2: Infallibility, Ultramontanism, Sede Vacantism


As I noted earlier, the Synod has resulted in a number of Catholics to question how this could happen.

In this trying time it is important to understand the principles of the Catholic Faith, especially concerning the Infallibility of the Pope and the Church.


Courtesy of Dr. Shaw - LMS Chairman

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Synod Post-Game Show


Well the Synod is, thankfully, over.

However, at this point, instead of providing my own commentary, I will provide some by Mr. Steve Wood.

I received this email from him this morning, and I can only guess at the trauma that this is causing him as a fervent convert to the Catholic Church.  He does great work and provides a much needed apostolate for the family.

Pray for him and those like him to be strong in the faith and not lose heart in this combat.

If you read between the lines, this really is what this fight is all about.


Michael Voris, Cardinal Burke and Mark Shea


I read the script for Michael Voris' little "What's a Catholic To Do?" piece and I was going to show the flaws ... and than I saw the satirical piece by the Remnant.

So, in the interest of keeping some perspective, I'm going to repost what is an excellent piece taking, what I believe to be, shots at the irrational position the CMTV has decided to take.  Not to mention that they chastise people for not following their 'high road'.

Of course I find it laughable that now Mark Shea as posted:

"Well done, Michael Voris

He apologizes for his “Pope Harming the Church” video:....
The sad thing is that all Michael did was repeat the words said by a Cardinal who just defended the perennial teaching of the Church.  Now Mark Shea thinks he did wrong, which means that Cardinal Burke did wrong.
I only hope that when Michael's head stops spinning it is facing forward!

Courtesy of The Remnant


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Synod Play By Play V


In an earlier interview Cardinal Burke said something that should resonate strongly with Traditional Catholics:

Q:  Do you not think that the crisis in morals is deeply involved with the crisis in liturgy?
A:  Certainly.  In the post-conciliar period a collapse of the life of faith and of ecclesiastical discipline has taken place, seen especially in the liturgical crisis.  The liturgy has become an anthropocentric activity. It has ended up by being a reflection of the idea of man instead of the right of God to be adored as He himself asks.  From here, in the moral sphere attention is focused almost exclusively on the needs and wants of men, instead of on what the Creator has written in the hearts of his creatures.  The lex orandi is always bound to the lex credendi.  If someone does not pray well, then he does not believe well and therefore he does not behave well.  When I go to celebrate the Traditional Mass, for example, I see so many beautiful young families with so many children.  I do not believe that these families do not have problems, but it is evident that they have more strength to confront them.  This has to say something.  The liturgy is the most perfect and most complete expression of our life in Christ, and when all of this is lessened or is betrayed every aspect of the life of the faithful is harmed.
Q:  What can a pastor say to a Catholic who feels bewildered by these winds of change?
A:  The faithful should take courage, because the Lord will never abandon his Church.  We should think about how the Lord calmed the sea in the storm and his words to his disciples:  “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” (Mt. 8:26).  If this time of confusion seems to put their faith at risk, they have to only work even harder to live a life that is truly Catholic.  But I am aware that to live in these times is a source of great suffering.
Q:  It is becoming difficult not to think of this as a time of chastisement.
A:  I think about this first of all concerning myself.  If I am suffering at this time because of the situation in the Church, I think that the Lord is telling me that I have need of purification.  And I also think that, if the suffering is so widespread, this means that the whole Church is in need of purification.  But this is not because of a God who is waiting only to punish us.  This is because of our own sins.  If in some way we have betrayed doctrine, moral teaching or the liturgy, it follows inevitably that we will undergo a suffering that purifies us to put us back again on the narrow way.

In the midst of so much suffering and confusion it is, at least, comforting to know that we are not alone.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Synod Play By Play III


The SSPX response to the Synod thus far?

As I understand it they see the iron link between the Second Vatican Council and Cardinal Kasper's 'proposals'.  He is simply being consistent.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Synod Play By Play - The Pope's Speech

Attached below is a Google translation of the Pope's final address at the Synod.

My first thought is that he does not resolve the question put forward by Card. Burke.  We still don't know what he thinks and what he is going to do  - except make a mess.

His Holiness chastises the 'traditionalists' for being pharisee's, however it is not us who are putting forward the notion that the Church should officially allow someone living in a state of mortal sin to receive Holy Communion.

It is the Traditionalists who have fought the battle without any assistance from their General.  It is the Second Vatican Council all over again.

Pray for the Pope, over his head hangs the sword of Damocles and the responsibility for this mess.


The Band Keeps On Playing - Beatification of Pope Paul VI


In the background, while one hand attempts to destroy the Catholic Morality, the other attempts to uplift a hero of the 'reform'.


Courtesy of DICI

Friday, October 17, 2014

ISIS and a Light Goes On


DefenseNews.Com has an article that seems to indicate that there is a realization that perhaps, the US and the Western Governments are actually involved in a religious war.

Houston We Have A Problem: Cardinal Burke in the Cross-Hairs


Back in September a report surfaced that Cardinal Burke was going to be demoted.

Now we have confirmation from Rorate: Link.

One classical mistake that the Pope has made is to surround himself with like minded people (read: Gang of Eight).

This will lead to group think and I'm afraid that (assuming good intentions) very bad decisions will be made.

The demotion of Cardinal Burke is, in my mind, one such mistake.


Synod Play By Play II.2


As expected Cdl. Kasper is trying to maneuver out from under the rock he dropped on his head (see Rorate or CMR).

This has always been Cardinal Kasper's Achilles heel. He likes to talk about his plans and manipulate people into agreeing with his 'genius'.  However, when people don't agree with his viewpoint, the veneer wears off in the thin spots.

In this manner he is predictable.

Ask the right questions and especially if he gets flustered, he'll give up some useful information.

However, in any dealing with Cardinal Kasper or prelates of similar ilk, ensure that your SMB (save my butt) equipment is firmly in place.  In the case of Mr. Pentin, he had his recording, a recording that is now worth its weight in gold.


Morning and Evening and other sundry Prayers

Along the theme of P^3 (Prayer, Penance, Patience), and for my own reference ... here is a collection of Morning and Evening prayers from the Ideal Daily Missal along with some additional prayers.

In this crisis of the Church, I do not think it is possible to do too much prayer, penance and have patience.


Synod Play By Play II


Given the response of the majority of the Bishops at the Synod it appears that, finally, some lines have been reached that people will not cross.

As an SSPX district superior recently said, perhaps they will work their way backwards and arrive at the root of the issue: Vatican II.

There has been an explosive growth in the articles on the web and I will confess to listening only to those against the proposals of Cardinal Kasper.

The best collection is, of course, from Rorate-Caeli.  Instead of linking the individual articles (all worth reading by the way!) here is a link to their tag for this event.

Of all these events the following are, I believe, significant:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Five Myths about the "Rapture"


There are various 'rapture' theories put forth by the different protestant sects.  Understandably, having become a cultural assumption, it will be expressed by them by whatever means are available: Books, pamphlets, and of course movies.

The following article provides a short exposition of some of the falsehoods accepted as true based on an incomplete (read: confirmation bias) understanding of scripture and Church history.

That some Catholics do not realize this is error is unfortunately a sign of the confusion that reigns within the Church of Christ.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Synod Play By Play


As expected the Synod report has, like the Vatican Council, opened the doors to the World and the World is happy to oblige.

Attached below is the complete text of the report, for which there are already calls that it be clarified.  Given what we've been through for the past 50 years, we should not be surprised that the document is not clear.

For astute commentary please see: John Thavis, Rorate Caeli (here and here). The Catholic Heral has another piece here. I expect that the SSPX will provide equally astute commentary in a few days.

I plan on reviewing and adding commentary at a later time.

Although, as we just celebrated the Canadian Thanksgiving, I must say that I am thankful for the SSPX.

As always ...


More responses to the Synod
Louie Verrecchio: Fan Meet Excrement
Polish Bishops Conference: Unacceptable
Creative Minority Report: Our Doom in the Making
Rorate-Caeli: Calling Stones Bread
Pro-Life Group: Synod a Betrayal
Michael Voris: Confused, Contradictory Chaos in Rome  ... No Surprise - following his editorial policy he has ignored the actions of the Pope in this Synod.  A hole in his reporting that I believe will become a blackhole.
Tantumblogo: This sham of a Synod...

A Little Cultural Perspective on Traditionalism and the 'Four Points' - Part 2


Cultural Beliefs of Catholics

Catholics  hold a spectrum of beliefs concerning the Second Vatican Council and the events within the Church since that time. (1)

Courtesy of Louie Verrecchio

Some people may note that Sedevacantists are absent on the spectrum.  I think this is fine because, ideologically, once a person crosses the line to sedevacantism they begin to "pick and choose" amongst the doctrines of the Church (dogmatic facts, infallibility and indefectibility being noted inclusions).  Even if they accept the doctrines of the Church, they invariably must re-imagine them to fit their perspective.

Falling off the edge of the spectrum it just like crossing a mathematical discontinuity.  Suddenly the sedevacantists find themselves ideologically companion to the protestants (heretics) and orthodox (schismatics).

So everyone fits within the 'spectrum' of beliefs concerning the council and their responses to the crisis reflect those beliefs.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Synod Post-Game Show


The Synod was held October 5 to 9th.

As I write this on Sept 18th - I wonder just what will happen.

Will Cardinal Kasper (and the Pope?) prevail, will there by an open schism?

Here's what Rorate reported today:

The shamelessness of Cardinal Walter Kasper is astonishing. After throwing an ideological nuclear bomb in the February 2014 Consistory of Cardinals, with a pronouncement filled with historical and doctrinal falsehoods to justify a joint attack on the dogma of the indissolubility of marriage, on Penance, and on the integrity of the Blessed Sacrament, in an interview published today, he now pretends that, with the release of the book of Cardinals (and other pronouncements by other Cardinals, including Cardinal Pell), he is the victim of "an ideological war," and that the real "target" of criticisms directed at him is Pope Francis. Therefore, he says other cardinals cannot criticize him because, in effect, he is merely speaking for the Pope. The destroyer and attacker claims victimhood status!...

Instead of taking the complete destruction of his false doctrine standing up, he runs to the Pope, and says it has always been the Pope's idea. Well, the truth is in one of these: (1) either Kasper is not telling the truth, in which case the Kasper-doctrine of Communion to "remarried" divorcees is purely his own, and he is using the Pope's name as a prop to support his crumbling edifice of doctrinal mess; or (2) Kasper is telling the truth, the so-called Kasper-doctrine on Communion to "remarried" divorcees is the Pope's alone (or a joint Bergoglio-Kasper production), and he merely presented it in the consistory to give it a non-papal face, and he now reveals it to save a little bit of his destroyed reputation. If the latter is the case, then the Synod game is up: there is no need for this expensive assembly if the decision on a completely new doctrine for the Church (a doctrine that, since it involves the repudiation of dogma, is something other than "Catholic") is taken beforehand.

What is true is that current media and communications landscape have made impossible the kind of hidden deals that allowed for the derailing by liberals from Germany and Northern Europe of the Second Vatican Council. And Cardinal Kasper and his team in the Synod are fuming about it.

The concluding excerpt and most important part of interview granted by Cardinal Kasper to Italian daily Il Mattino and published today:

[Il Mattino:] How does one consider complex situations? For example, the drama of a divorced family [sic] that has violated the indissoluble sacrament of marriage?

[Cardinal Kasper:] "They are considered one by one, the complex situations. No one must judge, but discern. The light of the Gospel helps us in the discenment of every concrete situation, at the light of mercy."

We return to the danger of a doctrinal war in the Synod.

"I certainly don't want it. They [the Cardinals who criticize him] perhaps want it. I think of a pastoral Synod."

Is that what the Pope also wants?

"Certainly. Also the Pope wants a pastoral Synod."

Did you expect this controversy regarding your address to the Consistory?

"I'm not naïve. I knew that there are other positions, but I didn't think that the debate would become, and now is shown to be also, without manners. Not one of my fellow Cardinals ever spoke to me. I, intead, [spoke] twice with the Holy Father. I agreed upon everything with him. He was in agreement. What can a cardinal do, if not being with Pope? I am not the target, the target is another one."

Is it Pope Francis?

"Probably yes."

What else do you say, finally, to your opponents?

"They know that I have not done these things by myself. I agreed with the Pope, I spoke twice with him. He showed himself content [with it]. Now, they create this controversy. A Cardinal must be close to the Pope, by his side. The Cardinals are the Pope's cooperators."

[Published today at Il Mattino, in Italian - but the full Italian transcript is provided by Il Sismografo]

Much to pray for ...


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Kasper's new pastoral approach to marriage -


If any single prelate is the bellwether of the liberals and modernists, then it has long been Cardinal Kasper.

When he was in charge of ecumencial dialogue he was always certain to be a reliable source of what the liberal elements within the Church were seeking.

Now, with the synod on the Family, we'll see if it really isn't about the 'Family' as conceived by God or as the family as conceived by man ...


Synod - Which way is the wind blowing?


The application of the Second Vatican Council concept of  'elements of sanctification' from Lumen Gentium has now come to roost in the moral sphere:

During yesterday afternoon’s session, “it was underlined that even imperfect situations must be considered with respect: for instance, de facto unions in which couples live together with fidelity and love present elements of sanctification and truth,” the Vatican said in its summary. “It is necessary to truly love families in difficulty.” (source)
While is this is what has been said, it will be interesting to see what is decided.


Friday, October 10, 2014

A little bit of good news from the Synod


I've always thought that the root of the problem with 'annulments' is not only that they are easily obtained, but that the people involved weren't properly aware of what was involved.

As has been shown elsewhere, there is an epidemic of poor catechesis in the Church of Christ.

The sliver of sunshine has come out of the Synod.

“Greater attention needs to be given to pastoral care for couples wishing to marry.” Premarital courses need to be stricter in order to prevent Church courts having to deal with piles of divorce cases. The Extraordinary Synod on the Family has highlighted the need for stricter preparation courses for couples planning on marrying “without the fear of eventually leading to a reduction in the number of weddings celebrated in Church.” Source
Now it remains to be seen if the light is blotted out.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

About Protestant Translations of the Bible


The Pope was presented with an inter-confessinal bible.

The acid test for a translation is to look at Luke 1:28:

And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. (Douay Rheims)
 Into her presence the angel came, and said, Hail, thou who art full of grace; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women. Latin: Et ingressus angelus ad eam dixit: Ave gratia plena: Dominus tecum: benedicta tu in mulieribus.(Knox)

And then we have this:
The angel came to her and said, “Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!” (colloquial 'You Version' - ie protestant / heretical / false translation)
The angel came to her and said, “Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!” (another 'inter-confessional' translation made by the same group that provided the bible to the Pope)

 I'm sorry but the Protestants are simply altering the doctrine to suit their own beliefs.

Since it doesn't put forward the Catholic doctrine on Grace and the Blessed Virgin Mary, I guess it really isn't 'inter-confessional' is it?

Sad by true.


The Secret Synod Freak Show, Brought to You by Pope Francis - The Remnant


The title of this article by Mr. Matt reads a little like a rant - but it isn't.  It is the cry of one out in the wilderness.

All Catholics are and have been, out in the desert, some in an oasis of either the SSPX, FSSP, etc but a desert nonetheless.

Don't give up hope!



It almost sounds like a horse race: Synod is split on issue of divorce


There is obviously need for prayer if there is only an even split on the topic of communion for those living in an objective state of mortal sin.



Synod is split on issue of divorce

Cardinals and bishops at the Synod on the Family

The Vatican spokesman said participation peaked during yesterday afternoon’s session but the Synod is not counting how many are “for” or “against” communion for remarried divorcees. Meanwhile, Cardinal Coccopalmerio presented some ideas on how to make the marriage annulment process simpler

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is tackling the issue of remarried divorcees head on. The Synod Fathers have been dealing with the issue – which had emerged occasionally in previous discussions – since yesterday afternoon as they work their way through the Instrumentum Laboris, the Synod’s working document. “Participation peaked” during this very “passionate” debate, with the Synod split down the middle, between those in favour of allowing remarried divorcees to take communion in certain cases and others against. Both sides, however, are faithful to Jesus’ teaching on mercy and support the indissolubility of marriage. It is not yet time to take official counts, we don’t count who is “for” and who “against” at the Synod, Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi said.

Was Archbishop Lefebvre Really Excommunicated? - The Remnant


Another thoughtful article by Chris Jackson.

Worth a good read, especially as we approach the 'end' of the synod.

In thinking about Archbishop Lefebvre and the congregation he founded (SSPX in case there is any doubt), a lot of people react violently with the 'died excommunicated', schism and now heresy retorts.

Ultimately, they believe that the response of Archbishop Lefebvre to this crisis of the Church was wrong.

I have to ask: Wrong about what?

That the Tridentine Mass was never abrogated! 

Sorry, the Archbishop and SSPX (as well as all other Traditional Catholics) have been vindicated on that charge.

They 'reject' the Novus Ordo Missae!  

On what grounds? That it is a 'banal' product that is the absence of a due good.   No biggy there eh?

All they (SSPX) are doing is repeating the conclusions of the Bishops who rejected it when the proto-Mass was demonstrated for them.

After 40 years, objectively they are right.  It is a banal fabrication that stands in stark contrast to the Tridentine Mass that is a multi-dimensional profession of faith.

In the end, they will be proven right because the SSPX simply acknowledges the reality of the situation.

They 'reject' the Council!

That is a strawman argument.

The SSPX has four simple points that they see are in contradiction to pre-conciliar magisterium. Again they are admitting the reality of the matter.  Eventually, some Pope will also accept reality for what it is and not what he wishes it to be.

Everything else they see as being either ambiguous (read: Accept with the pre-conciliar interpretation) or aligned with pre-conciliar Magisterium.

Of course, even that can't be allowed ... can it?

I wonder why?


Courtesy of the Remnant

On the "Schism" of Archbishop Lefebvre - Remnant 1977


Much has been made of the 'excommunication' of Archbishop Lefebvre by the 'Miberals & Loderists' within the Church.  For example the repeated accusation that Pope St. John Paul II excommunicated Archbishop Lefebvre.

That isn't what really happened:
In performing such an act, notwithstanding the formal canonical warning sent to them by the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops on 17 June last, Mons. Lefebvre and the priests Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson and Alfonso de Galarreta, have incurred the grave penalty of excommunication envisaged by ecclesiastical law.(4) source
What a moderately careful reader will notice is that the participants in the consecration have simply incurred the penalty due to the law.  The Pope did not actually excommunicate him, he is saying that the participants excommunicated themselves.

Of course the accusation then will follow that they committed the sin of schism.  Well that wasn't contained in the canonical warning.

June 17, 1988
Canonical Warning
Congregation for Bishops to His Excellency Archbishop
Marcel Lefebvre, Archbishop-Bishop Emeritus of Tulle
Since on June 15, 198874 you stated that you intended to ordain four priests to the episcopate without having obtained the mandate of the Supreme Pontiff as required by Canon 1013 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, I myself convey to you this public canonical warning, confirming that if you should carry out your intention as stated above, you yourself and also the bishops ordained by you shall incur ipso facto excommunication latæ sententiæ reserved to the Apostolic See in accordance with Canon 1382. I therefore entreat and beseech you in the name of Jesus Christ to weigh carefully what you are about to undertake against the laws of sacred discipline, and the very grave consequences resulting therefrom for the communion of the Catholic Church, of which you are a bishop. Given at Rome, from the Office of the Congregation for Bishops, June 17, 1988.
By Mandate of the Supreme Pontiff,
Bernardin Card. Gantin
Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops

What is absent here are the canons that refer to the act of schism.

The accusation of the consecrations being a schismatic act are clearly an after thought either of the Pope's mind or on the suggestion of one of his advisers.

I was surprised to find that this was not the first time that the threat of excommunication menaced Archbishop Lefebvre.  Attached below is an article that adds perspective to the events of 1988.


Courtesy of The Remnant

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Rabid Critics of the SSPX - Fr. Nicholson, Dr. Mirus and CMTV


Some people get nervous when Rome and the SSPX meet in an official capacity.

In most cases, these are people who don't abide by the same principles as the leaders of the SSPX.

To resolve any confusion, Catholic principles that I've written about here and here.

Fr. Nicholson is a great example of a PriestBlogger who, I hope from a state of ignorance of the principles involved, spews out all sorts of hyperbole on the topic of the SSPX.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Novus Ordo is 'Banal'


Traditional Catholics who have thoroughly assimilated the cultural assumptions embedded in the Tridentine Mass will, in general, be assaulted with a variety of emotions.

They will span from mere revulsion to anger.

Most 'modern' Catholics don't appreciate this response to the Novus Ordo Missae.

Well, at least at one point, Cardinal Ratzinger agreed with the reactions of the Traditionalists.

Ita Ad Thomam has a referenced a book written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when he was a Cardinal. Card. Ratzinger: The Novus Ordo Reform was "a Banal On-the-Spot Product"


Monday, October 6, 2014

A Look Back: A Canonical and Theological Study of the SSPX Part 7 - Theological Study 2

Theological Study
Part 2 

II. Solution of the Problem posed by the Pope's "No"

A. The Pope's "No"

We saw in the first installment of this article that a bishop who experiences a state of grave general necessity of souls and consecrates another bishop "given that he has the power of Order" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Supplement, Q.20, A.1, op. cit. in, "The 1988 Consecrations: Part 1") is not questioning the primacy of jurisdiction of the pope. We have seen that he has every right to presume support for such an act required by extraordinary circumstances "in order that adequate provision be made" (ST, op. cit. in Part 1) for the salvation of souls and for the common good. The salvation of souls is in fact the supreme law of the Church and it is certain that the Church "supplies" the jurisdiction lacking whenever it is a question of providing for the "public and general necessity of the faithful" (F.M. Cappello, S.J., Summa Juris Canonici, vol. I, p.258, n.258, §2, op. cit. in Part 1).
It makes no difference to what we have just said if recourse to the pope is made materially impossible by external circumstances, as in the historical cases recalled by us [in Part 1].

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Interview with Bishop Fellay after his meeting with cardinal Müller and Cardinal Kasper's 'Solution' - DICI


Espoused value, in organizational behaviour, are the value presented publicly by an organization. Most of us have heard such catch phrases as: Our employees are our greatest asset!  When hard times hit and the company lays off thousands of employees it become obvious that this 'espoused value' is not truly representative of the cultural beliefs and assumptions.

The same is true in the Catholic Church, which from this perspective is simply a large organization.

The 'espoused' doctrinal values are:

  • A valid marriage between two people remains valid until the death of one of the partners. 
  • Two validly married people who civilly divorce remain married.  
  • A validly married and civilly divorced person, who enters into a civil marriage, results in the partners living in a state of concubinage. ie. Mortally Sinful
  • A person who receives communion in a state of mortal sin: 

11:29. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. (1 Corinthians)
To allow the 'divorced/remarried' to receive communion is to reinforce their behaviour and contribute to their damnation.

I would not want to meet Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Just Judge with that on my soul.  

It appears that Cardinal Kasper, in his rationalizations, does not fear a Just Judgement because he sees only mercy.

Sadly, he is in for a shock and I would not be surprised is his punishment began here in this life by the removal of his power of speech and mental faculties.

Bishop Fellay draws the links between the Vatican 2 and the proposals of Cardinal Kasper.

As always,


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