Tuesday, December 30, 2014

50 years after Unitatis redintegratio: From schism to charism - DICI.org


No further explanation or commentary necessary:

Courtesy of DICI

50 years after Unitatis redintegratio: From schism to charism

Filed under From RomeNews
On November 21, 1964, Paul VI promulgated the conciliar decree Unitatis redintegratio, destined to promote unity among Christians. 50 years later, where is ecumenism now? On November 29, 2014, Pope Francis declared to Bartholomew I, Patriarch of Constantinople: “The one thing the Catholic Church desires, and that I seek as Bishop of Rome, ‘the Church that presides in charity’, is communion with the Orthodox Churches;” and he explained that reestablishing full communion means “neither one submitting to the other, nor one being absorbed by the other.”
Indeed, the pope is in favor of unity in diversity. He thus declared, on the same day, to the Catholic community of Turkey: “The Holy Spirit brings forth different charisms in the Church”, that “may seem to create disorder”, but “in reality, this constitutes an immense richness, because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of unity, which is not the same thing as uniformity”; and he added that if we let ourselves “be led by the Spirit”, “richness, variety and diversity will never create conflict.”
To put it clearly, unity is not uniformity, and diversity is not disorder. There must be no more conflict of singular interests, but rather a recognition of a plural richness, for what was called a schism before the Council has today become a charism… In this perspective, the conciliar decree is going to end up becoming Unitatis desintegratio.
Fr. Alain Lorans

A Little Satire from the Remnant: Turbo New Evangelization Now Here


Sometimes a little truth lightens the mood!

Courtesy of the Remnant

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Turbo New Evangelization Now Here

Written by  M. T. Church

Ima Cardinal Hairatik
A-CNN Super-Duper Report—A reliable Vatican spokesperson, Cardinal Ima Hairatik, startled the Catholic world by declaring that the Holy Eucharist, formerly believed to be the Body and Blood of Christ, is merely blessed bread and wine offered as a remembrance of Christ’s words at the Last Supper.

Henceforth, the following guidelines will be instituted in “catholic” churches throughout the world:
* In the true spirit of Vatican II, liturgical worship services, formerly known as The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, will be referred to as a community gathering where love and fellowship will be enjoyed by all.

* The priest, formerly referred to as “celebrant”, will be designated as a “presider” who will utilize his talents to entertain the congregation in a spirit of joyful fellowship. Since the element of sacrifice has been removed from the liturgy, the words “sin”, “hell” and “penance” should be used very rarely from the pulpit and never in the same sentence.

* The Tabernacle, once believed to enclose the Real Presence of Our Lord, may be moved to a side altar or totally hidden if preferred by the pastor and/or pastoral council.

* There will be no need to genuflect, kneel or display unnecessary rigid piety.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Look Back - June 2012


In the summary of Father Themann's talk 'Resistance to What?' we find the following paragraph:
Bishop Fellay (because he is not satisfied with assurances that he can attack Vatican II) grants an interview to DICI as a test of Roman openness to attacks against Vatican II and the New Mass. Upon hearing of this interview, a very dissatisfied Cardinal Levada schedules a long meeting with Pope Benedict XVI. (source)

It was brought to my attention that the resistance faults Fr. Themann because Bishop Fellay did not criticize the Novus Ordo Missae directly in the DICI interview that he gave on June 8, 2012.

Thinking this through, it is apparent that a test of Rome's openness to attacks on V2 and the NOM does not necessarily mean that he spoke directly against both elements in the interview.

Reviewing the interview we find the following references to Vatican and the Mass (NB. not the NOM).
... What has changed is the fact that Rome no longer makes total acceptance of Vatican II a prerequisite for the canonical solution ... So the attitude of the official Church is what changed;  we did not.  We were not the ones who asked for an agreement;  the pope is the one who wants to recognize us.  ...  why this change?  We are still not in agreement doctrinally, and yet the pope wants to recognize us! ... The official authorities do not want to acknowledge the errors of the Council. ... 
Well this is definitely shows that the position of the SSPX has not altered throughout the various exchanges etc. 
... Did the novelties that were introduced during the Council start a trend of growth in the Church and an increase of vocations and religious practice?  ... If we want to make the treasure of Tradition fruitful for the good of souls, we must speak and act.  We need this twofold freedom of speech and action.  But I would mistrust a purely verbal denunciation of doctrinal errors—a denunciation that would be all the more polemical because it was only verbal ... concerning the stages in our dialogue with Rome, we must have “faith in the Traditional Mass, the Mass that demands in and of itself integrity of doctrine and of the sacraments, the assurance of all spiritual fruitfulness in the service of souls”...
Two points here ...
Novelties: Aside from the Four Points, what other Novelty is a direct result of V2? The Novus Ordo Missae which is a manifestation of the 'Spirit of the Council'.

The Traditional Mass 'demands in and of itself integrity of doctrine ...' and what is 'opposite' of the Tridentine Mass?  The Novus Ordo Missae of course.  Personally, I know that to assert that the Tridentine Mass is in anyway superior to the Novus Ordo Missae is the kiss of death for any diocesan TLM because it is seen as being divisive.

So while it may not have the character that the 'resistance' would desire, the message is unchanged.

V2, N.O.M.: Not good



Interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay on relations with Rome June 8, 2912
Bishop Fellay – The Church and the Society of St. Pius X – News April 10, 2014
Where do we stand with Rome? Nov 9, 2012
The SSPX Falsely Accused: Resistance to What? Regina Caeli Report

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Resistance Schism & Heresy - Sad but True


I've been informed by a friend that Fr. Pfeiffer is touring Canada and today is supposed to be in Manitoba.

Therefore it is apropos that I discuss my conclusions about 'the resistance'.

First of all, I saw the following pattern of behaviour about a decade ago.

A priest:
  1. recently ordained, is transferred about with greater frequency than the normal 3 years per 'posting',
  2. has problems with obeying his present superior,
  3. attempts to assert control in areas the superior had reserved for himself,
  4. openly mocks his former superior,
  5. seeks to ingratiate himself with various people at the SSPX Mass centre,
  6. refuses a transfer on various grounds,
  7. attempts to evoke pity of his support group by casting himself as subject to persecution,
  8. attempts to take over the Mass centre and if unsuccessful,
  9. entices or convinces people to 'split off' from the SSPX to start his own group,
  10. eventually the character flaws dominate and the priest abandons his 'new' flock to the wolves.
The 'resistance' priests have, so far, faithfully followed this pattern and are now at the 9th step.   Some are even now setting their toes upon the threshold of the 10th step; with the sede-vacantists now showing their true colours in Europe and Quebec.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Bishop Williamson and the Other Shoe


I've been waiting for Bishop Williamson's other shoe to drop for sometime.

In short, I've been waiting to see if he follows his espoused principles to their logical conclusion or if he abandons them for some other path.

Open Letter to Bishop Williamson
In case there is any doubt as to the path that His Excellency has set his foot upon let's revisit my Open Letter to H.E. concerning E354.

Based on certain ambiguities in his writings Bishop Williamson has enabled people who turn to him for guidance in this crisis of the Church, to come to the conclusion that the:

  • Catholic Church before the Council had the Four Marks
  • Catholic Church after the Council "by losing all four marks of the Catholic Church (One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic), was [no longer] the Catholic Church"
Also, as a friend commented:

The analogy [Bp. Williamson's rotten apple analogy] is excellent and correct if we take the rot to consist in individuals who occupy places in the Church, or even in institutions that have a human character; it is wrong and dangerous if we take the rot to consist in actual institutions that have an ecclesiastical character - dioceses, especially the Roman See, and even religious orders considered from the point of view of their official canonical status and purpose. (Comparison of SSPX & Resistance Ecclesiology)
Where does Bishop Williamson's rhetoric / thinking lead?  


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Communion in the Hand - Fr. Jerabek


Communion in the hand: Legalized abuse and enabler of sacrilege.

When the Church bans this protestant practice, then we'll know that we have reached the end of the beginning of this crisis of the Church.

Fr. Jerabek's article provides some insight to this practice and who is defending the truth about it.

Worth reading and please say a prayer for Fr. Jerabek, because those who defend this truth will be attacked.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How far does the Apple fall from the Tree? Fr. Pfeiffer as the Apple and Bishop Williamson as the Tree. - Updated Again


Update Mach 24, 2015: As noted here a friend reviewed one of the source YouTube videos used to create the infamous Recusant article.  He has discovered that Fr. Pfeiffer's chronicler missed the important aspect of Unity - The Pope.  I have upgraded Fr. Pfeiffer's mark to 1 for Unity.  I'll have to review the rest at a later time to determine if Fr. Pfeiffer can achieve a passing mark - or at least surpass Bishop Williamson.

Early on in the conflict between Bishop Williamson et al who form the alleged 'resistance' and the SSPX, I discerned that there were two keys to understanding the differences betwixt the parties.

Doctrinal and Cultural.

The cultural aspect was obvious but the doctrinal is more important.

Bishop Fellay accepts Church doctrine:
  • St. Thomas' explanation of the Catholic principle of obedience is applicable today as it was in his time.
  • The Pope is the direct Superior of all religious (Bishops, Priests, Monks, Brothers, Nuns etc).
  • Pope Francis (and previously Pope Benedict XVI) is the Pope and can issue a command that objectively meets St. Thomas's criteria for obedience.
What the 'resistance' believes is another matter entirely as there appears to be a significant degree of heterogeneity amongst the various associates.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Old Mass/Old Faith, New Mass/New Faith: The Raison d'être of a Catholic Traditionalist - The Remnant


Yes I am busy, my laptop is setup beside my desktop as I prepare for a presentation I'm giving tomorrow.

But this is too important an article to let slip by.

In it Mr. Matt gives some insight to the struggle of the 'early' Traditionalists.  Men who, like my Step-Father, scavenged what they could from the scrap heap.  Not just little items like life size statues, I mean: Altars, tabernacles, communion rails.

All Traditional Catholics owe an immense debt of gratitude to those who paved the way and have, in large part, passed on to their rewards.

In truth, they are just part of a chain of Catholics from the first persecution to now.

"Tradidi quod et accepi"

We need to be the next link in the chain and pass on the faith - whole and entire.


Courtesy of the Remnant

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Old Mass/Old Faith, New Mass/New Faith: The Raison d'être of a Catholic Traditionalist 

Written by  
Archbishop Marcel LefebvreArchbishop Marcel Lefebvre
Editor’s Note: It was an honor for me to present the following paper at the Angelus Press Conference in Kansas City back in October.  Our hope and prayer in publishing it here at Christmastime is that it might help inspire traditional Catholics from the various camps to recognize the urgent need for all of us to unite against the real enemy -- those who hate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please God, let is be so. MJM 

Your Excellency, Reverend Fathers, dear sisters and brothers in Christ: It is an honor for me to be with you today. As a life-long fan of the SSPX’s flagship magazine, The Angelus, I’m delighted to be here. 

When I was young the names of your founding editors, Pulvermacher and Buldoc, were household words, and I’m proud to say that, since those long ago days, The Remnant and the Angelus have remained allies throughout the post-conciliar days of darkness. 

In preparation for my talk, in fact, I came across a letter dated September 25, 1975 and addressed to my father, which I’d like to share with you this morning:
“Dear Mr. Walter Matt: Someone has called my attention to the various articles sympathetic to Econe which have appeared in recent issues of The Remnant. I wish to thank you for your kindness and courage in publishing these articles, which have done so much to bring forward important facts which otherwise would remain unknown to many of our American friends. The Remnant is fulfilling an ever more important function in the defense of the Mass and of the Catholic Faith in your beloved country, and I pray that God may help and reward you. With best wishes and a cordial blessing for you and your dear family and all the readers of The Remnant, Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Titular Archbishop of Synnada” 
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and Remnant Founding Editor, Walter L. Matt lefebvre and dad large(1976)This was penned nearly 40 years ago. So much water has flowed under the proverbial bridge since then, so many historic developments in the life of our Church under siege—mostly apocalyptic in nature, it is true, but some, such as the return of the old Latin Mass to the diocesan structures of the Church—utterly unthinkable 40 years ago! — welcome proof that God is still in charge and that there is no excuse for us to abandon hope either in Him or in His Bride. 

According to a recent Remnant report by Brian Mershon, noting the progress made in the seven years since “Summorum Pontificum”: Nearly 500 North American Churches now offer the Traditional Latin Mass, and this does not include Mass centers operated by the largest traditionalist group in the world—the SSPX. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

You said the Mass is what? - The Remnant


I've spent some time highlighting the cultural as well as doctrinal foundations of this crisis of the Church.

The Mass and method of receiving Holy Communion are artifacts of the beliefs abd culture of the Church. Change those and other cultural elements will automatically realign to remove any inconsistency.

The article below (and those linked) provide some examples of what happens when artifacts are altered.


Courtesy of the Remnant

PS. Also see What’s Wrong with Communion in the Hand? and How is New Coke Analogous to the New Mass?

Friday, December 12, 2014

“Mass is Community Worship Where Believers Gather To Offer Praise and Thanksgiving…” Featured

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I recently came across an article entitled, “I Don't Get Anything Out Of Mass.” The article was posted a month ago at Catholic365.com, a conservative oriented and “mainstream” Catholic website. Since then, the article has amassed nearly 33,000 Facebook shares. 

The article attempts to respond to the primary reason modern Catholics give for not attending Mass, which is: “I don’t get anything out of it.” While the goal of the article is admirable and the intent of the author is no doubt sincere, the response he gives is a shocking indicator of what passes for “orthodox” Catholic belief in this country.
The author begins by stating the following familiar statistics:

Up until the early 1960s, a full 75-percent of Catholics in America went to Mass on a regular basis. ("Regular basis" being defined as every Sunday plus Holy Days of Obligation.) Nowadays, of those people who identify themselves as Catholic, the figure is more like 25-percent. And that's not counting the people who have left the Church completely, those who no longer identify themselves as Catholic. Don't forget, although the church denomination in the U.S. with the largest membership is the Catholic Church, the second largest religious group in this country are people described as "former Catholics."

Any Catholic reading this article should ask himself why this took place. Apparently 75% of Catholics were “getting something” out of the Traditional Mass before it began to be tinkered with in 1965 and finally replaced with the Novus Ordo in 1969. Imagine what had to have happened for so many millions of Catholics to give up their Faith all together, while 75% of those who remained, according to the author, no longer even bother to go to Mass. As anyone can see, the decline is directly correlated with Vatican II and the changes to the Mass. 

As for the Neo-Catholic excuse that correlation does not equal causation, attendance of Protestants at Sunday services remained constant during this same period. Thus, the idea that the secular culture of “the 60’s” struck a blow across all faiths is a canard. Something happened unique to Catholicism during this period that devastated the Catholic Church and devastated it quickly. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what the cause was. Yet, sadly, most of our conservative Catholic friends are not allowed to even begin down this line of questioning before being prodded back into line by their Neo-Catholic leaders. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Long Fight


This article by the Remnant highlights the chasm between the manner in which the hierarchy (read Pope and Bishops) treats the Protestants / "Orthodox" and the SSPX.

This chasm, really a cultural gap, in my opinion demonstrates with whom the present hierarchy is ideologically closer: Heretics and Schismatics.

As long as Traditional Catholics are persecuted for hold to what the Church has always taught as the Church has always believed, then Traditional Catholics will never be truly welcome 'within' the Canonical Structures. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Advent Series


I have been receiving an excellent series of Advent emails, and have obtained permission to publish them here.

Wishing you a Good Advent, Blessed Christmas and a Holy New Year!


PS I will still be posting only sporadically.