Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Truth About the 14th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops?


I think that many are now realizing that the Synod has crossed the line for many faithful Catholics (the unfaithful ones don't care ...).

So while they are late to the vineyard, I shan't complain.

Welcome to the fight!


Correcting the Pope - Part of Cardinal Mueller's Job Description


Cardinal Mueller's job description seems to have experienced some growth with the addition of the following:
Clarify and / or correct Papal statements that are contradicting Doctrine / Church practice with tact and charity.
Given his 'turn around', I'm beginning to warm up to Cardinal Mueller.  Especially since, I've been told, he has changed his opinion of the SSPX.

Below I have attached comments by Card. Mueller as noted in an article by Edward Pentin showing the new German Shepherd at work.

The entire article is worth reading.

What is missing is that the path to 'visible and institutional unity' is simply that the Lutherans as individuals set aside their heretical notions and accept the Catholic Faith whole and entire.  Working with the individual Lutheran 'churches' is a fool's errand as there are thousands of them.  To be effective it is necessary to go the heart of the matter (Dogma) and broadcast the truth with the convincing arguments.  Then pray and do penance that the Grace of God may flow into the souls of these people lost in the darkness of heresy.


Source: National Catholic Register
See also Rorate Caeli

Cardinal Mueller:
“That [the Pope’s visit to the Lutheran church] was a sign of hope, that the day would come when full unity of the visible Church in the profession of faith, of the sacramental signs of salvation and the episcopal constitution with the Pope as her head would be reached. Misunderstandings come up again and again because of a failure to take account of the fact that, unfortunately, there is actually a different understanding of the Church between Catholics and Protestants, and these differences are not only theological-conceptual, but of a confessional nature. But the most important object of ecumenical dialogue, which does not want to stick with the status quo (and use "colorful and nice" talk), is rather to lead the ecumenical movement towards its goal, namely the visible and institutional unity of the Church.”

Read More: NC Register

Steve Wood News


This crisis is difficult for cradle Catholics and converts alike.

Pray for Steve Wood that he perseveres in the Faith and in his Apostolate!


Eponymous Flower: Father Schmidberger Foresees Canonical Recognition of the SSPX


h/t: Eponymous Flower

Just in time for the new year, I came across this blurb on Eponymous Flower.

While it doesn't say anything new, it does indicate that Fr. Schmidberger believes that eventually the SSPX will be regularized - something that I have held for many years.

Pope Francis does not appear to care a great deal for doctrinal differences (understatement of 2015), so he may be willing to try the experiment of tradition and not attempt to force the SSPX to compromise.  Further, he doesn't seem to care what anyone thinks.

Strangely, his apparent modernism / liberalism may enable him to succeed where his predecessor failed. In accepting the SSPX as they are.

If this be the case, God will have proved that once again He works in mysterious ways.

As always:


A Look Back - Where do we stand with Rome 2012


As Rome and the SSPX appeared close to reaching an agreement, the assumptions about the issues at the core of the disagreement between the two parties were tested.

Some were found wanting. Sedevacantists and the 'resistors' specifically.  Just as others had been tested earlier in 2000 who believed that the SSPX should accept the 'deal' offered.

However, the core issue is whether or not the SSPX would capitulate on two key points:

  • The Complete acceptance of the Second Vatican Council
  • The Acceptance of the New Mass

They did not compromise and some (resistors) believed that this in itself was a compromise.

Oh well, I've seen this before.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Structure of the Resistance


Ok, this is just funny.

Tony La Rosa is complaining about the lack of structure hampering the 'resistance'.

Saga of the FFI


The saga of the FFI is important as a litmus test for the acceptance of Tradition within the Church.

It has been demonstrated again and again that without the proper protections, Traditional leaning organizations are at the whim and mercy of those in power in Rome.

Hence the reason for the SSPX's caution in agreeing to a canonical regularization.

Here's the latest on the FFI.



A Look Back - Declaration of the 2012 SSPX General Chapter


The Year 2012 was tumultuous for the SSPX as it appeared that Rome was willing to accept the SSPX as they are and as they are doing (quoting Archbishop Lefebvre).

This did not sit well with the modernists (aka Kasper et al), the Sedevacantists (within the SSPX) and the semi-Sedevacantists (Bishop Williamson et al, Fr. Pfeiffer et al).

Out of this crisis came clarity of direction and principles.

As the principles are Catholic, the actions will be good.

As the Sedevacantists and 'resistors', by necessity have to abandon the same principles, their actions will be objectively evil.

Which principles do I have in mind?

These ...


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Look Back - Declaration of 2006 SSPX General Chapter


The SSPX declarations are but milestones on the road that the SSPX and an aid to see "where we've been".

At this "midway" point between the events of 2012, the desire of the SSPX to act for the good of the Church as a whole is manifest.

This is not about us, this is about the Church.


Monday, December 28, 2015

A Look Back - Declaration of 1974


Considered by many to be the rubicon moment for Archbishop Lefebvre when he felt compelled, in the face of scandalous statements made by the visitors, to make clear his position vis-a-vis the implementation of the Second Vatican Council and the reforms that issued from it.

However, I believe that the real moment happened earlier when the decision was made to not adopt the Novus Ordo Missae.



Friday, December 25, 2015

A Look Back - Declaration of 1994


I was going through some papers and came across this declaration of 1994.

I reproduce it here for the record.


Christmas Blessings


As this crisis of the Church enters a new phase, please remember that the practice the virtues is our certain path.

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas and a Holy New Year!


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Michael Voris


I'm certain that there is a label for the type of 'journalism' the Michael Voris et al under take.

Heck, I even was heartened by his early efforts to expose the corruption in the Church for others to see.

But let's face it, he's very late on the scene as Traditional Catholics have been aware of this problem for decades.

Monday, December 21, 2015

SSPX & Pontifical Mass at the Throne


Sometimes, the SSPX is accused of being schismatic because their bishops offer the Pontifical Mass from the Throne, which is normally reserved to a Bishop in his diocese.

I have asked Fr. Lorans for clarification on the SSPX's rationale.  The response is below.

So it is not a 'schismatic' act.


Sedevacantism and Heresy


I've observed three core reactions during this crisis of the Catholic Church.

  1. The Pope can't be wrong, therefore this is the New Springtime
  2. The Pope is infallible in certain conditions and there is a problem with many things that have been said, done and written, during and after the Second Vatican Council (even in the Council doc).
  3. The Pope can't be wrong, this stuff is wrong, therefore he isn't Pope.
Of course there are a spectrum of responses in between, but these are the key elements.

The 1st group holds the words of the Pope et al as impeccable. Here, let me get you a Koran to kiss...

The 3rd group holds that they've all been heretics and lost their office.  There is also a spectrum within this group.  

One answer is that they are very poor judges of heresy.  The link below provides some reasoned thought that, I'm happy to say, is completely consistent with Church Teaching.

Canon law blog: Its not impossible just very difficult to glean heresy from conduct

Futher along, there is a new book that have been published analyzing the errors involved in the 'sede' thesis.  Not the least of which is that the sedevacantists have to reimagine the doctrine of dogmatic facts in order to rationalize their position.

Akacatholic (Louis Verrecchio): Interview Salza Siscoe Unmask Sedevacantism

I noticed that Fr. Cekada has already made some comments on the following section of the book quoted on a discussion forum:
Quote from: Christus Rex on December 18, 2015, 03:41:26 PM
In the so-called “definitive article,” the priest actually claims that if a person attends a Mass in which the Pope’s name is included in the canon, he will receive no sacramental grace. He and his followers claim that the only way you will fulfill your Sunday obligation and receive grace from the Mass, is by attending a Mass that excludes the legal Pope’s name. Needless to say, they cite no authorities whatsoever to support the absurd position. We can only imagine how these clerics browbeat their congregations with such nonsense. This Sedevacantist bishop and priest will no doubt be surprised to learn that an ecumenical council of the Church explicitly condemned the practice of excluding their Patriarch’s name (or Pope if the Patriarch of the West) from the Church’s liturgies before a formal judgment by the Church.
In answer, Fr. Cekada states:
No surprises here, Rex! The "sedevacantist priest and bishop" have been around for a long time, and have heard just about every counter argument, so:
(1) Invoking the 10th Canon of Constantinople is a circular argument, because the very question being argued is "Are the post-Conciliar popes true popes (Patriarchs of the West) in the first place?" No pope, no sweat!
(2) In 2006 Benedict XVI renounced the title "Patriarch of the West." The Vatican explained that it "appeared for the first time in the 'Annuario Pontificio' in 1863... the title 'Patriarch of the West,' never very clear, over history has become obsolete and practically unusable." Are Messrs. Siscoe and Salza really crypto-sedes who don't recognize Benedict's authority to renounce the title?
If stuff like this is the best the R&R legal bar can do in 700+ pages, answering them will not only be like shooting ducks in a barrel, but also lots of fun!
As usual, Fr. Cekada has missed the point. First they are missing the context (read: they have a very strong confirmation bias) of the quotation.  Second it is ludicrous to say that the renouncing of the title Patriarch of the West (a synonym for the Pope)  equates to the obsolesence of point #1.

Anyway you get the idea.

As I've explained to friends who have been tempted to be scandalized into Sedevacantism by Pope Francis (and others), let's keep it straight:


... if the person of the Pope were uncertain, it would be uncertain what Bishops were in communion with the Pope; but according to the Catholic faith, as will be proved hereafter, communion with the Pope is a condition for the exercise of the function of teaching by the body of Bishops (n. 208) ; if then the uncertainty could not be cleared up, the power of teaching could not be exercised, and Christ's promise (St. Matt, xxviii. 20; and n. 199, II.) would be falsified, which is impossible. ... it is enough to say that if the Bishops agree in recognizing a certain man as Pope, they are certainly right, for otherwise the body of the Bishops would be separated from their head, and the Divine constitution of the Church would be ruined. (Hunter, 1894) (ref1ref2


Dogmatic Facts (facta dogmatica). By these are understood historical facts, which are not revealed, but which are intrinsically connected with revealed truth, for example, the legality of a Pope or of a General Council, or the fact of the Roman episcopate of St. Peter. The fact that a defined text does or does not agree with the doctrine of the Catholic Faith is also, in a narrower sense, a dogmatic fact." In deciding the meaning of a text the Church does not pronounce judgment on the subjective intention of the author, but on the objective sense of the text (D 1350: sensum quem verba prae se ferunt). (p9)

Billot (provided by my 'opponents')

Source: Withheld for moral reasons
Sed quidquid demum de possibilitate vel impossibilitate praetatae hypothesis adhuc sentias, id saltem veluti penitus inconcussum et extra omnem dubitationem positum firmiter tenendum est: adhaesionem universalis Ecclesiae fore semper ex se sola infallibile signum legitimitatis personae Pontificis, adeoque et exsistentiae omnium conditionum quae ad legitimitatem ipsam sunt requisitae. Neque huius rei a longe repetenda ratio. Immediate enim sumitur ex infallibili Christi promissione atque providentia : Portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus eam, et iterum: Ecce ego vobiscum sum omnibus diebus. Idem namque foret. Ecclesiam adhaerere pontifici falso, ac si adhaereret falsae fidei regulae, cum Papa sit regula vivens quam Ecclesia in credendo sequi debet et semper de facto sequitur, uti ex dicendis in posterum luculentius adhuc apparebit. Equidem permittere potest Deus ut aliquando vacatio sedis diutius protrahatur. Permittere quoque potest ut de legitimitate unius vel alterius electi exoriatur dubium. Permittere autem non potest ut Ecclesia tota eum admittat pontificem qui verus et legitimus non sit. Ex quo igitur receptus est, et Ecclesiae coniunctus ut corpori caput, non est amplius movenda quaestio de possibili vitio electionis vel defectu cuiuscumque conditionis ad legitimitatem necessariae, quia praedicta Ecclesiae adhaesio omne vitium electionis radicitus sanat, et exsistentiam omnium requisitarum conditionum infallibiliter ostendit. (De Eccelsia Christi, third ed., 1909, vol. 1, pp. 620-621.)

And the translation provided by Da Siveria:

Finally, whatever you still think about the possibility or impossibility of the aforementioned hypothesis [of a Pope heretic], at least one point must be considered absolutely incontrovertible and placed firmly above any doubt whatever: the adhesion of the universal Church will be always, in itself, an infallible sign of the legitimacy of a determined Pontiff, and therefore also of the existence of all the conditions required for legitimacy itself. It is not necessary to look far for the proof of this, but we find it immediately in the promise and infallible providence of Christ: “The gates of hell shall not prevail against it”, and “Behold I shall be with you all days”. For the adhesion of the Church to a false Pontiff would be the same as its adhesion to a false rule of faith, seeing that the Pope is the living rule of faith which the Church must follow and which in fact she always follows, as will become even more clear by what we shall say later. God can permit that at times a vacancy in the Apostolic See be prolonged for a long time. He can also permit that doubt arise about the legitimacy of this or that election. He cannot however permit that the whole Church accept as Pontiff him who is not so truly and legitimately. Therefore, from the moment in which the Pope is accepted by the Church and united to her as the head to the body, it is no longer permitted to raise doubts about a possible vice of election or a possible lack of any condition whatsoever necessary for legitimacy. For the aforementioned adhesion of the Church heals in the root all fault in the election and proves infallibly the existence of all the required conditions. Let this be said in passing against those who, trying to justify certain attempts at schism made in the time of Alexander VI, allege that its promoter broadcast that he had most certain proofs, which he would reveal to a General Council, of the heresy of Alexander. Putting aside here other reasons with which one could easily be able to refute such an opinion, it is enough to remember this: it is certain that when Savonarola was writing his letters to the Princes, all of Christendom adhered to Alexander VI and obeyed him as the true Pontiff. For this very reason, Alexander VI was not a false Pope, but a legitimate one. Therefore he was not a heretic at least in that sense in which the fact of being a heretic takes away one’s membership in the Church and in consequence deprives one, by the very nature of things, of the pontifical power and of any other ordinary jurisdiction.”
(nts: I appears that the english translation is greater than the latin)

St. Alphonsus de Ligouri

“It is of no importance that in past centuries some Pontiff was illegitimately elected or took possession of the Pontificate by fraud; it is enough that he was accepted afterwards by the whole Church as Pope, since by such acceptance he would have become the true Pontiff. But if during a certain time he had not been truly and universally accepted by the Church, during that time the Pontifical See would have been vacant, as it is vacant on the death of a Pontiff”.

Van Noort
Since it was established in the volume, Christ’s Church, that the Church’s infallible teaching power extends to matters connected with revelation and that its infallible authority deserves an absolutely firm assent, the only question which remains is what name to give that assent and how to describe its nature. These points will be discussed in just a moment.
Meantime, notice that the Church possesses infallibility not only when she is defining some matter in solemn fashion, but also when she is exercising the full weight of her authority through her ordinary and universal teaching. Consequently, we must hold with an absolute assent, which we call “ecclesiastical faith,” the following theological truths: (a) those which the Magisterium has infallibly defined in solemn fashion; (b) those which the ordinary magisterium dispersed throughout the world unmistakably proposes to its members as something to be held (tenendas). So, for example, one must give an absolute assent to the proposition: “Pius XII is the legitimate successor of St. Peter”; similarly (and as a matter of fact if this following point is something “formally revealed,” it will undoubtedly be a dogma of faith) one must give an absolute assent to the proposition: “Pius XII possesses the primacy of jurisdiction over the entire Church.” For — skipping the question of how it begins to be proven infallibly for the first time that this individual was legitimately elected to take St. Peter’s place — when someone has been constantly acting as pope and has theoretically and practically been recognized as such by the bishops and by the universal Church, it is clear that the ordinary and universal magisterium is giving an utterly clear-cut witness to the legitimacy of his succession.

While we may not like the Pope's since Pius XII, if one accepts the above doctrines, then one has no reason to deny that the Pope's since P12 were legitimate.


Tradicat: Dogmatic Fact of Fancy

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Abbey Roast Coffee


For decades I have limited my consumption of coffee to 1 to 2 cups per year.

Last week, one of my daughters brewed me a cup of Abbey Roast Coffee.  It revived memories of the coffee that my Dad used to make when I was much younger.

So, today I bought two bags and given that I'm supporting the Benedictines - it's a bargain!

I have a suspicion that I will exceed my yearly quota from this point forward.

To help support the Benedictines, I have added a link on my blog for them. I receive nothing if you click the link - so click, order and enjoy!


Liberalism is a Sin!


I have just added a link to an e-copy of Liberalism is a Sin.

While the entire tome is a worthy read, I think that chapter 2 (reproduced below) is a good place to start.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wars and Rumours of Wars - US vs ISIS


The US Defense Secretary has written an article (Defense News) and I'd like to highlight a few elements that I believe give an indication of where things are heading.

Building on some of the decisions we made early this year, we have significantly accelerated our campaign against ISIL. We have built out new special operations capabilities in Iraq and Syria, stepped up our air campaign and are working with local, capable, motivated ground forces to pressure ISIL strongholds from multiple directions at once. Following the attacks in Paris, NATO allies Germany, the United Kingdom and France have all brought additional capabilities to coalition. I have personally reached out to nearly 40 allies and partners around the world asking them to step up their contributions. Together, ISIL is an evil that we must and will deliver a lasting defeat.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Grand Inversion at the Heart of Neo-Catholicism - The Remnant


I have just received my first issue of The Remnant and I recommend that everyone obtains a subscription.

The existence of a good Catholic Press informing and providing insight to this crisis is essential.

Mr. Archbold's article gives a good outline of what is known as Cognitive Dissonance and the challenges it presents.  No one tries to be subject to cognitive dissonance, confirmation biases etc.  It is just a result of our constitution.

Anyone can fall prey to these mental fallacies.

Humility is the first step to overcoming the biases that hold us prisoner.  This cannot be had without a at least a healthy, if not strong, spiritual life.

A broad perspective from good reading is the capstone.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Two Traditional Catholic Priests Called To God


Canada recently lost two Catholic priests.

Fr. Greuter ( article below) a longtime associate of the SSPX and who had long been a bastion of the Faith on the West.

Fr. Stephen Somerville, who 'came to Tradition' who actually regretted his involvement in ICEL.  More can be read here at Vox Cantoris.

Please pray for the repose of their souls and the souls of all priests who have passed from this life to the next.  They must give a much stricter account for the time that the Master of the Vineyard granted to them.

Also, please pray for Fr. Yves Normandin the 'Pastor Out in the Cold', who presently lives at the SSPX associated care home in Levis.  He is presently in good health, but the toils of his 'middle age' are taking their toll.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dominicans of Avrillé, St. Thomas and the Jubilee Year


In 2012, something curious happened that surprised a number of people.  The SSPX followed its principles.

This did not agree with those who now swell the ranks of the 'resistance' (sarcasm).  Sadly, but not too surprisingly, this includes the monks of Avrillé


h/t Tradinews

Google Translation to be supplemented by Tradical as time allows.

SOURCE - Bertrand Y. - Gloria TV - December 7, 2015
The Dominicans of Avrillé felt they had to publish a text against the participation of Catholics (Traditional, obviously) to the Jubilee Year decided by Pope Francis.

This text resumes Good Father in his beloved forms the structure St Thomas Aquinas, with citations and scholarly research. Coming from anyone, one could think of a pastiche, one would find this funny but certainly eventually moved. After verification, this article (which is found online) has many Dominicans of Avrillé, and it is feared that it is "serious", alas.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Communion for all? How about Confession for all!


Why be selfish and share only Holy Communion with Adulterers and Protestants? We should also share the Sacrament of Penance!

SantCompostela25" by Georges Jansoone - Self-photographed. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Commons.

The Synod of the Family is finally over and it appears that the Church has exchanged "Unity of Faith" for a combination of "Unity in Ambiguity" and "Unity in Diversity".

Following the Synod's quest for "Unity in Ambiguity", Pope Francis is reported as saying, "All the Divorced who ask will be admitted [to Communion]" (Rorate-Caeli).

Also, in the quest for "Unity in Diversity", the U.S Conference of Bishops committee on ecumenical and inter-religious affairs has issued an ecumenical declaration in which we find the following:

The conclusion invites the PCPCU and the LWF to create a process and timetable for addressing the remaining issues. It also suggests that the expansion of opportunities for Lutherans and Catholics to receive Holy Communion together would be a sign of the agreements already reached. The Declaration also seeks a commitment to deeper connection at the local level for Catholics and Lutherans. (USCCB)

What is curious is the single-mindedness of Church prelates in sharing only Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist.  This ecumenical outreach, in all fairness, should extend to the proper preparation for and reception of other Sacraments, especially that which is essential to a Catholic's spiritual life, namely the Sacrament of Penance.

This Sacrament ...

... confers sanctifying grace by which are remitted the mortal sins and also the venial sins which we confess and for which we are sorry; it changes eternal punishment into temporal punishment, of which it even remits more or less according to our dispositions; it revives the merits of the good works done before committing mortal sin; it gives the soul aid in due time against falling into sin again, and it restores peace of conscience. (Catechism of Pope St. Pius X)

In sharing this Sacrament with our separated brethren all that is required is that they:
  • Be sorry for all their sins,
  • Confess these sins to a Catholic priest,
  • Submit themselves to the guidance and merciful judgement of the priest who sits in the place of Christ.
  • Accept and perform the penance prescribed
  • Recite an act of contrition
Of course, if the Protestant would like to sincerely approach the sacrament of penance in the Catholic Church they would need to make a Profession of Faith and Abjure the Protestant errors.

There is a common element in all of these requirements: Humility.

Is this not truly what is needed in the Church today, humble submission to the Laws of God and His Church?

In this age where man places himself above God and His Laws, if the lines to the confessional were longer than the lines for Communion, would that not be an indication of greater self knowledge, humility and charity?

A final and stronger argument can be made that, in one respect, the sharing of the Sacrament of Penance is superior to the reception of the Holy Eucharist: because one who receives this Sacrament in a state of mortal sin, is transformed and leaves in a state of grace.

Whereas, one who receives the Holy Eucharist in a state of mortal sin, remains at enmity with God as ...
... he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 11:29)

So would not the sharing of the Sacrament of Penance for all be truly merciful?

Relevant Links Courtesy of
de Mattei
Bishop Schneider
Failed Synody
Bishop Fellay's declaration
SSPX Synod Report

Monday, December 7, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

True of False Pope?


In this crisis of the Church the actions of the Catholic Clergy (Popes and Bishops included!!!) have so scandalized some faithful that they have concluded that these men cannot possibly be Pope.

That they are justifiably scandalized is a give.  However that does not justify their conclusion that the See of Peter is vacant (sedevacante).

I have encountered a number of sedevacantist proponents both in person and on line.  They range from gentlemen to rogues with regards to their opinions.  Sadly, most that I have encountered are rogues who lack the objectivity to work judge their opinions in the light of Church doctrine.

I hope this book will both enlighten those who believe the See of Peter to be vacant, believe that the Pope is someone other than Pope Francis, or are tempted to despair by the actions of this present Pope.


Source: TrueOrFalsePope.Com

John Salza's Website

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

1P5 - Possible ISIS Attack on Pope Francis Thwarted


Steve Skojec (1P5) has a post about an attack on Pope Francis being thwarted. The whole post can be read here and I recommend it.

What caught my eye was a quote about the dangers of making conciliatory statements to Islamists.

An interesting perspective.


Monday, November 30, 2015

A Sedevacantist Argument


I've been discussing an issue with a Catholic who adheres to the Sedevacantist thesis.  As rational discussions help to bring forth the truth on a matter, I have decided to publish some key aspects here.

As is my wont, I will attempt to provide relevant authorities prior to delving into the argument put forth.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Magisterium and Levels of Assent


Understanding the levels of assent to be given to the teachings of the Church is a critical success factor in walking the knife's edge during this crisis of the Church. 

The levels of assent are generally associated with the theological grades of certainty, which are not surprisingly mirrored by the censures for contravening the teachings of the various levels.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Catholic Traditionalists: Rebels with a Cause!!!


Catholic Traditionalists get called a lot of names: Lefebvrist, Schismatic, Older people nostalgic for structures and customs which are no longer life-giving in today's world etc.  Most of the labels accuse them (at least implicitly) of being crypto-Lefebvrists.  At least that's the reason given for destroying the FFI.

There is a lot of fuss being made about the rebellious SSPX.  The question is what is the root cause of their 'rebellion'?  Simple, they refused to go along with the 'new way'.  Specfically, they refused to accept the Second Vatican Council in the light of the 'Spirit of the Council'.  In fact they are the originators of the 'accept the council in the light of tradition' principle (see four points). In like manner they have determined that they cannot accept the Novus Ordo Missae as it is a protestantized rite and violates the Lex Orandi - Lex Credidi principle.  

Interested, why not find out more?

The best place to start to learn about the SSPX is from the SSPX.  

In my Blog list you'll find, the SSPX news site, the Canadian website ( with a drop down list of the other main SSPX websites and now:

A website about their founder Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre  ( has been launched and I'm personally looking forward to delving into understanding what event formed this holy prelate.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Cognitive Biases


Here's  a graphic of some biases - some more applicable than others.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Links to articles of interest


There remain significant demands on my time ... so here are links to some articles that I thought were worth reading!

Remnant: Cardinal Sarah: Pope cannot change divine law

In this article, what caught my eye was if Russia attacks a Turkish aircraft, NATA is obligated to respond.  Sounds like the same recipe that started WW1.
CBC: Russian pilot's fate

DICI: Synodal Reactions (Bishop Schneider and Cernea)

Remnant: Can the Church depose a heretical Pope? Very topical - unlikely but topical.  

Remnant: Bribery No, Adultery Si

South African cardinal predicts ‘strong reaffirmation of the Church’s teaching’ from Pope : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
Catholic Culture: South African cardinal (delusional???)

Archbishop Lefebvre, Islam and the Media | Catholic Family News
CF News: Archbishop Lefebvre, Islam and the media

The Truth about Islam | None | Catholic Family News
CF News: Truth about Islam

Just in time for Christmas: Pope Francis Insult Generator
Pope Francis Insult Generator

A glance back at a forgotten canonical category | In the Light of the Law
Canon Law Blog: Suspcian of Heresy

The title says it all ...
Remnant: Letter from Bishop Mercy (aka Pope Francis) to the Apostle Paul

Catholic Encyclopedia: Obedience

Rorate: Eucharistic Rosary

Now my inbox is cleaned up ...


Monday, November 23, 2015

The aftermath of the Synod


Some time has elapsed since the conclusion of the Synod, which in theory should allow us to read commentary with greater objectivity.

I wonder which way the Pope will go ... we'll know when the exhortation finally is released.

Courtesy of

Sunday, November 22, 2015

On the Terrorist Attacks and the Kingship of Christ - SSPX


There have been a number of reactions to the attacks in France, which have been followed by others in Mali.

Judge for yourself whether or not this is a Catholic response!


Courtesy of the Remnant

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Travelling, blogging and sense making


I've been travelling quite a bit of late, hence the dearth of postings.

However, looking at the news streams I've picked out the following threads:

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Why is a dangerous place on the web


Over the years I've grown accustomed to Dr. Mirus' and Mr. Lawler's perspective of Catholicism (read: its annoying and usually pompous).  While the content on their site is pretty good, their commentary is not.

Here's an example that caught my eye a couple of days ago:

However, although he favored the Kasper proposal (according to my assumptions) Pope Francis should also have recognized that he could not take such a dramatic step alone. The power of the Roman Pontiff is extraordinary but it is not unlimited. When he teaches with authority, the Pope must speak for, and in union with, the college of bishops. This year’s Synod meeting demonstrated that the world’s bishops are not united behind the Kasper proposal. By pushing the matter, then, the Pope would violate his duty to serve as the focus of unity within the episcopate. (Source)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

RORATE EXCLUSIVE: Bishop Athanasius Schneider reaction to Synod Door to communion for divorced & remarried officially kicked open


While I have been pleasantly surprised by some of the prelates who have stepped forward to defend Church Teaching (I could almost say FINALLY) - like Cardinal Mueller, there are those that are not surprising at all: Bishop Schneider!

Courtesy of Rorate-Caeli here's another article the call as spade a spade.


Source: Rorate-Caeli

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Synod of the Family - Unity in Ambiguity


Well the Synod of the ___________ is over and the dust is still settling.

Given that people are finally fighting the deviants, I suspect a lot of name calling like this:
From: Thomas Rosica []
Sent: March 24, 2011 8:18 PM
(…) your vision of the Church will not help you to grow. It simply confirms you where you are. …
You launch arrows and broadcast yourself from a website. You have no theological formation ... Your keyboard and your monitor do not make you a bishop or liturgist.  
Fraternally yours in Christ,
Fr. Rosica
Source - A fellow Canadian blogger - Vox Cantoris
... will be in the media for a while.

I plan on attending a breakfast meeting with my local ordinary.  The topics: Synod, Communion for the Adulterers (oops Divorced and Civilly Remarried), homosexuality etc.

Of course, the Pope claims (rightfully) to be the guarantor of Unity of Faith (I'm not certain that he really understood what the other Vatican Council taught about this ... but that's another story).  However, Pope Francis is very is ambiguous and so Unity in Ambiguity has replaced Unity in Faith.

I'll issue a report after meeting.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Must priests who come to Tradition be re-ordained?


That all Novus-Ordo priests must be conditionaly re-ordained is an opinion that appears to be held by the 'Fr. Pfeiffer' or 'Kentucky' sect of the 'resistance'.

The question is ... what is the over arching thoughts of the SSPX?

Here's a 2007 article from Fr. Peter Scott about the key aspects of this question.

Courtesy of

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Rome / SSPX Relations Timeline


I started a Rome/SSPX timeline a while back and came across this one in the Regina Caeli.

Here's a reformated version that eventually I hope to transcribe.

Courtesy of


Friday, October 30, 2015

Resistance to What???


The good thing about a 'crisis' is that it affords the ability to clarify various aspects that surround the root of the crisis.

The 2012 events within the SSPX were no different.  There were a variety of assumptions being made by people who call themselves 'resistors' about the principles of the SSPX. When these assumptions were proven to be false, they separated themselves from the SSPX - just like the sedevacantists in 1983.

One of these days I intend to transcribe the article ... but for now here's the pics.


Courtesy of

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dogmatizing Opinion


One of the facets of this crisis is that the Church Authorities, in general, are either actively working to change the Dogmas / Doctrines of the Catholic Church (ie Heretics such as Kasper, Daneels, Cupich) or are undermining them by not promoting the same Dogmas / Doctrines (my Canadian Diocese appears to fall under this classification).

The result is the biblical: Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will scatter.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Declaration Concerning the Final Report of the Synod on the Family - SSPX


Maybe Michael Voris is right to fear people in droves fleeing to the sanity of the SSPX.

Here's what Peter Skojec of onepeterfive had to say about the SSPX declaration on the synod:

The Most Authentically Catholic Analysis of the Synod……comes to us from Bishop Fellay of the SSPX. You know, those guys. The ones who sit aloof in the corner while the cool kids at the dance dish fantastic gossip about.
“Did you hear that they’re, like, in schism? Whatever that means!”
“They had a really bad breakup with the pope in the 1970s. Totes not even Catholic anymore!”
“My friend’s cousin’s girlfriend’s virtual spiritual director told her that, like, every Mass they say is more offensive to God than, like, a SATANIC MASS!!!”
Chitter away ladies. While you’re busy tearing down others to make yourselves look good, this is what a Catholic bishop (and dare we hope a future pope?) should sound like:
... sspx declaration ...
The funny thing is that there’s an almost universal rule of human experience: the most enthusiastic dirt-dealers at the dance very rarely stay popular after graduation, whereas their victims, for whatever real faults they may have, often go on to be the most successful people in the class.
I, for one, am looking forward to the watching that realization set in when we all get back together for our reunion in a few years.
I wonder if CMTV will comment on the SSPX comment on the Synod. Perhaps the SSPX is only saying what they'd like to say ...

perhaps or perhaps not ....


Courtesy of DICI



The circus that is called the Synod has a ringleader and that is the Pope.  A Pope who allows an impression of favouring the liberal agenda to fester and grow at every opportunity.

Without a good leader, we have 'Babel'.


Courtesy of


Filed under From RomeNews
The second Synod on the Family will end this Sunday, October 25, and all observers are wondering what might come of it…. A commission of experts who will study the question of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics? A Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis? A magisterial document on marriage and the family? After more than two weeks of work, nobody knows. Yet the general impression is of great doctrinal confusion and profound divisions between the Synod Fathers.
Of course, they will talk about “synodal polyphony” or a “collegial symphony” in order to hide the genuine cacaphony. And to mask the real risk of a de facto schism, they will say that they have arrived at a “differentiated consensus”, to use the foggy expression of the famous Kasper. Then the experts will meet to show that everybody, once again, is still seeking….
But behind all this rhetoric and posturing, a dissolving collegiality will allow each episcopal conference to do in practice whatever it wants: what remains a doctrinal error for some will become a pastoral truth for others. Sin for Cardinal Caffarra in Bologna, mercy for Cardinal Marx in Munich!
Aggiornamento, openness to modernity and the cult of man…. Ever since they started listening to the world, they have no longer agreed about anything in the Church. To this, Jesus responds: “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:28).
Fr. Alain Lorans

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bishop Williamson denounces resistance to be sedevacantist - Part 2


Now we know that Bishop Williamson already noted that Sedevacantists hold that the documents of V2 need to be tossed into the bin.

What other aspects did he note about the moderate or extreme Sedevacantists (note the full article can be found here)?

How about this:
(1) Pope John-Paul II is so far from being Catholic that one may seriously doubt whether he is Pope at all.
... and perhaps this ...
(2) The official Church and its leaders have gone so far in their false “renewal” that they may be ignored by Catholics.
... and of course this ...
(3) Present Church superiors have so betrayed the Faith that they can in no way be considered the real churchmen.
I admit that the 'resistance', while it has some core common beliefs, also has a flair for diversity and sedevacantism.

Monday, October 26, 2015

What about the sedevacantists???


While Mr. Voris continues to confuse the SSPX with sedevacantists etc, I know that a number of 'modern' Catholics are questioning whether or not Pope Francis is really Pope.

They need help.

Fortunately, SSPX Traditional Catholics have long dealt with this issue and I have discussed it in the 'sedevacantism' series and linked good articles.

In that theme - here's another one!


Courtesy of

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Synod - the continuing saga


While the focus is currently on the 'Synod' this is just the latest skirmish in a 50 year long battle that is only a small part in the much longer history of such battles that form the fabric of this war between God and Satan.

Very simple in its final analysis.

The question is how to be a light to the world?  Is the Synod with its focus on various sins really a call to the practice of virtue?  

Not from what I've seen so far.  To be honest I haven't really followed the Synod all that closely as I hold it is vastly over-rated and sensationalized.

I realize that a number of people are all up in arms over the scandalous issues of the Synod, but really this is a case of too little too late.

The horse bolted out of the barn 50 years ago, all that's happening now is they're sweeping out the barn in order to sell the farm.

I'm not advocating a passive 'nothing I can do' attitude, but I am advocating not letting it disturb your peace of soul.  Be serene, work on your spiritual life, know the reasons why the bad things about the Synod are actually bad (ie study the Faith).

Then you'll be ready to fight.

Otherwise, you'll be ready to fall.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

A Sedevacantist Response from a Non-Sedevacantist


Update: The author of the response has indicated that he is not sedevacantist.

I responded on Suscipe Domine to a question with the following:
Following the same level of doctrinal authority[Concerning Canonizations]:
We can be confident that Pope Francis is validly elected as Pope due to the universal acceptance by the Bishops.
Concerning the canonizations, only the aspect that the person canonized is enjoying the beatific vision is covered by infallibility.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Bishop Williamson denounces resistance to be sedevacantist ... or ....


... at least he would if he followed his old principles ... but he seems to like the new ones too much.

When the "resistors" started off, they claimed that they were the carrying on the path of Archbishop Lefebvre.  I have read that Fr. Pfeiffer even claims that he is still a member of the SSPX and that Bishop Fellay is his superior.

This is a farce.

Monday, October 19, 2015

No, the Church is not infallible because the Pope is infallible. It’s the other way around.


There appears to be a lot of confusion about the origin of the Pope's infallibility - let alone when it is in force.

Here's a quick summary in this time of darkness!


Source:What's Up With The Synod?

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Synod is Irrelevant


The synod is simply a meeting of invited bishops to provide their thoughts and opinions to the pope

Unlike the Second Vatican Council, it has no magisterial authority.  Period. (SSPX: How much authority does a Synod have?)

All these synods do is provide a venue for prelates to proclaim their orthodoxy or lack thereof.

It simply is an opportunity for the chasm between the good and the bad to be clearer.

For the fence sitters like the neo cats ,including cmtv et all,  they will be inexorably confronted with any inconsistencies in their principles.

As will we all.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Open Letter to the Canadian "Resistors" aka La Resistance


Dear Canadian Resistors,

As the 'resistance' splinters into a number of different factions, this is an opportunity to consider some key questions:
Is a Catholic practicing virtue when they avoid the Sacraments when there is no immediate or proximate danger to the Faith, particularly Sunday Mass - a precept of the Church?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Truth, Fact, Opinion, Suspicion, Fiction


Doctrine and Dogmas are 'artifacts' of the Catholic Faith.  You can read them in various Theological texts, but Catholic Culture exists in people as values but primarily as assumptions.

Since assumptions are the result of continuous learning they are stable and if contradicted will result in a strong emotional response.  As long as the assumptions are aligned with what the Church actually teachings / believes, then a person is in calm waters. The real trouble occurs when there is a misalignment between what a person believes (assumes) the Church teaches and what is really Dogma/Doctrine.

Monday, October 12, 2015

What you must do ...


Reading the news from the Synod, I get the sense that this is what it would have been like to read reports during the unfolding of the Second Vatican Council.
John 13:27. And after the morsel, Satan entered into him. And Jesus said to him: That which thou dost, do quickly. (Source)
My wife mentioned the above quote to me this morning, and I agree completely.  

The frustration that we both feel is that we just want the traitors to make their move quickly and step from the shadows into the light and declare their heresy openly.

Then we'll know where we (and the Pope) stand!!!


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Traditional Catholic Vaccines


These days it is critical that one's TC vaccinations be up to date, and if it has been more than seven years since you were vaccinated it is time for a doctrinal booster shot.

Saturday, October 10, 2015



My friend Idiotadoctus has written his own rebuttal to Pope Michael Voris and has consented to my publishing it here on the pages of Tradicat.

I suspect that Mr. Voris is going to shortly be confronted by the inconsistencies of his position.

So here's another perspective on Voris' et al by someone who's been involved with the SSPX even longer than me!



Friday, October 9, 2015

From one canon lawyer to another - Fr. Glover and the SSPX


I suspect that something big is going to happen at the 'Synod 2015', part of me hopes for a true out the in open type of crisis.

But ... they may just start calling the SSPX schismatic again (and Voris will be right in there ...).

So by way of preparation ...


Courtesy of

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Michael Voris - A Case of Traditional Catholic Arrested Development


I first started watching Mr. Voris in 2010 when I switched from a dial-up to DSL internet connection.
Having witnessed people go through the phases of grief at realizing what was started in from Oct 11, 1962, didn't end in Dec 8, 1965, that was only the end of the beginning, I was interested to watch his development.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

What is Up with the Synod?


I've added this blog to my 'blog roll' since there's just too much to keep up with these days.


Dogmas of the Catholic Faith (de fide) - Expanded Listing


A friend had mentioned that he has seen a longer list of truths of the Faith than the one I posted here.  I have finally discovered it online. I have yet to completely determine what dogmas were missed in the original, those I have found are highlighted.

Source: A List Of The Dogmas Of The Catholic Church - Fr. Carota

Alternate Source: Referencing Ott

CMTV and Michael Voris - Two Points


As part of the SSPX-fest, BRADLEY ELI, M.DIV., MA.TH. of CMTV, wrote and article claiming that the SSPX is in a state of heresy.  

... The SSPX even claims the Novus Ordo Mass is intrinsically evil and no one should ever go to a Mass unless it's in the Old Latin Rite — and only then if it's offered by an SSPX priest. This recent video on the Society's website clearly states their long-held position in this regard. It's necessary for them to view the Church crisis this way because only then do they feel justified in going rogue. But what they're describing is actually heretical as it denies the dogma of the indefectibility of the Catholic Church. Truth and grace cannot fail universally from the Pope on down. Christ said of Peter, "On this rock I will build my Church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it."
In March 2009, Pope Benedict XVI wrote a letter explaining the SSPX separation is doctrinal in nature and not merely canonical or legal, as the SSPX would have the public believe... ( CMTV Claims SSPX Heretical)
For someone with an academic background, I had expected better. In fact, I had expected them to research what the SSPX means when it claims that the Novus Oro Missae is evil.
Well, the Society is definitely against the New Mass. We even say that it is 'intrinsically evil.; That’s a delicate label that needs a little explanation. By this we mean that the New Mass in itself –the New Mass as the New Mass, as it is written –is evil, because as such you find in it the definition of evil. The definition of evil is 'the privation of a due good.' Something that should be in the New Mass is not there and that’s evil. What is really Catholic has been taken out of the New Mass. The Catholic specification of the Mass has been taken away. That’s enough to say that it is evil. And look at the terrible fruits." (Bishop Fellay )
I also expected them  to have a better understanding of what is meant by Indefectibility of the Church.  Namely, that the Infallibility of the Church extends to the laws and disciplines that she promulgates because Indefectibility means that:
"The Church is indefectible, that is, she remains and will remain the Institution of Salvation, founded by Christ, until the end of the world. (Sent. certa.) (Ott, 1954)"  (Tradicat)
So what do we have?  First, as being applied in this case it is not dogma, but sent. certa.  Second, it pertains to the Church not being able to promulgate a law that is explicitly immoral / heretical.

Now that we have a little more context we can see that this is not a contradiction of the Indefectibility of the Church, as the absences of a due good does not mean that the Novus Ordo Missae is explicitly heretical as promulgated.  It is the absence of a due good, which means that it is supposed to explicitly manifest the truths of the Faith. Which it does not, in fact, just like the removal of the filioque from the Creed at Ukranian Masses, its ambiguity enables a heretical interpretation.

This is evil.

Another more interesting aspect in the SSPX-fest was an interview that CMTV posted with a Canon Lawyer.

While, he agrees that the SSPX is not in formal schism (too much evidence against that old point) he does state that:
It is the more probable opinion among approved authors that refusal of obedience of a Catholic to the Pope which is not predicated upon a rejection of the principle of his authority as Roman Pontiff as Caput Romanae Ecclesiae constitutes material, not formal schism. However, if those lay faithful receiving the Sacraments from them at any one point in time also severed themselves entirely from, or refused submission in principle to, the Roman Pontiff and per can. 1330 of the Code of Canon Law manifested in word or in deed externally such actions, then they are presumed to have descended into formal schism.  (CMTV Interviews a Canon Lawyer)
First of all, this is a 'probably opinion' and therefore is simply an agreement in general from those currently within the sphere of influence in the circles of Canon law.  I'm sorry, but if the Pope issues an illegitimate command (outside of his scope of authority or proximately or immediately sinful) it is not materially schismatic to disobey.  However, it is interesting that no matter how many times it has been tried before, "they' always want to find a way to make the SSPX either schismatic or heretical to support their belief that the SSPX can't possibly be right.  Where are they going with this? I believe it is an attempt to make the consecrations without papal mandate a schismatic act.  Good luck with that one, that ship has sailed and we know that it is not a schismatic act - it was simply an disobedient act and the censure of schism was not included in the canonical warning.

So ... once again no dice for Mr Voris.

The Canon Lawyer did mention something of interest:
The Tribunal of the Roman Rota has issued, per my count, five judgments declaring the nullity of marriage of those faithful who exchange vows before an SSPX priest. The legal rationale for such judgments has been the ground of Defect of Canonical Form (cf. can. 1108).  ... Whenever these norms have been applied to cases where an SSPX priest witnessed the exchange of vows of two Catholic faithful appearing before him, the Judges of the Roman Rota, the Catholic Church's universal court of appeal, have, to my knowledge, without exception, always declared such marriages to be utterly null and void.
Ok, so there are only 5 cases in 40+ years that have reached the Roman Rota?  Really?  Now I do find something of interest, in that the Canon Lawyer quotes an abstract of the judgement:
 An affirmative sentence has recognized the nullity of marriage by reason of defect of delegation in the celebrating priest belonging to the "Society of Saint Pius X" (the so-called Lefebvrians). According to the panel of judges [Turnus], on the part of the faithful who follow schismatic pastors — as an aside, the Lefebvrian community is qualified as dissident but not separated from the Church — one cannot automatically presume the will to defect from the Catholic Church (from the moment that their choice could have been influenced more by liturgical preference than by the refusal of papal authority) and therefore these [individuals] remain bound by canonical form (can. 1117 in the text preceding the reform introduced by the Motu Proprio Omnium in mentem of 26 October 2009; A. 95/09).
 So what I am wondering is if ever in the last 40 years the Roman Rota has presumed that the marriages were valid.  I also find of interest that this contradicts the American Nuncio who wrote:
This has been confirmed by a reply of Cardinal Mayer to a letter written by a troubled Catholic from California asking about the validity of our Sacraments: The principle of "common error” , whether on the part of only one faithful or on the part of the community, can be applied in this case, and such acts are thereby valid (cf. canons 144, 976, 1331, 1333, 1335) (Apostolic Nunciature in U.S.A., letter 1885/89/4, dated May lst,1989).

I'd love to get a copy of this letter and mail it to Mr. Voris et al.

Anyway, I'm happy that the Roman Rota acknowledges that the SSPX is (in 2010) simply dissident.

Mr. Voris' arriving at the common purpose with the same 'professional Catholics' that he chastises, and attacking the SSPX is interesting enough that I am going to try and put my observations down in a separate post.

Here's the SSPX point of view on the topic (courtesy of


Monday, October 5, 2015

Monthly "Resistance" Roundup - Updated


The biggest news from the resistance is that the Toronto Chapter (ecclesia militans) and English Chapter (recusant) have both turned on Bishop Williamson.

Not too surprising as there is no reason for them to bow to Bishop Williamson anymore than there is to bow to Boston, Kentucky when saying prayers.

... oh by the way: The accusations and intrigues continue to about at the seminary with numerous accounts of 'issues' being published on cathinfo.

As the english say: The 'resistors' are nutters.

As I say, truth is stranger than fiction.

Pray for the followers of Fr. Pfeiffer because, if they are a cult, they will be blind to any criticism against him - as I've already experienced.


I just found this tidbit courtesy of ecclesia militans:

Fr. Eric Jacqmin is on the verge of being expelled from the Society of St. Pius X.  Yesterday he gave a good catechetical conference in Kent, England on the theological virtues, the supernatural life, and the simple love of God exhibited by St. Therese of the Child Jesus.  After the conference, he provided constructive criticism on the positions currently held by His Excellency Bishop Richard Williamson on seminarian formation, the loose association structure, authority, liberty, and attendance at the Novus Ordo Rite of Mass, amongst other things.  As a result of these positions, Fr. Jacqmin advises the faithful not to attend Masses celebrated by His Excellency.
So now Bishop Williamson begins to reap what he has sowed.

Christe Eleison

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Everything You wanted to know the Infallibility of the Catholic Church but were afraid to ask about - Part 9


Concept and Classification of Dogma
1. Concept
By dogma in the strict sense is understood as a truth immediately (formally) revealed by God which has been proposed by the Teaching Authority of the Church to be believed as such. The Vatican Council explains: Fide divina et catholica ea omnia crcde.nta sunt, quae in verbo Dei scripta vel tradito continentur et ab Ecclesia sive solemni iudicio sive ordinario et universali magisterio tanquam divinitus reve1ata credenda proponuntur. D 1792. All those things are to be believed by divine and Catholic faith which are contained in the Word of God written or handed down and which are proposed for our belief by the Church either in a solemn definition or in its ordinary and universal authoritative teaching.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Petition to the Holy Father - SSPX DICI


The interesting thing about the canonical (or lack thereof) structure of the SSPX is that, while being within the Church, they have the ability to be the conscience of the Pope.

Case in point, one person asked Pope Benedict XVI what he was thinking of when he gave communion to Brother Roger Schutz (a protestant). That answer " what would the SSPX say". (More on Taize here....)

In this case, Bishop Fellay has asked for the Pope to do what every good Catholic should be doing (yes you too Mr. Voris et al).  

Namely, uphold the Catholic Faith!


Courtesy of DICI

A Look Back: Archbishop Lefebvre: why the SSPX uses the 1962 missal


With all the false advertising on the web, it is important to understand the actual motivations for  Archbishop Lefebvre and by extension, the SSPX.

This letter, written when a number of priest showed their sedevacantist position and they attempted to usurp the Superior General (sound familiar?), provides a key insight to the motivations of the Archbishop.


Courtesy of

The SSPX is Not in Schism: A Point by Point Rebuttal to CMTV's "Catholi-Schism" - Chris Jackson


I was going to write a rebuttal to some (not all) of Michael Voris' weeklong distraction from the real issue (ie the Pope).

However, I am absolutely ecstatic that Chris Jackson has beat me to it with a point by point rebuttal of the 'FBI' episode.

So I will focus my efforts on a couple of other articles that were posted in the CMTV SSPX-fest.


Courtesy of the Remnant

Update: Here's an earlier article by Mr. Jackson that was posted after the first episode in the SSPX-fest.

Friday, October 2, 2015

An Unprincipled Resistance


In contrast with Archbishop Lefebvre and the SSPX's principled resistance to the novelties of and emanating from the Second Vatican Council we have the 'resistance'.

They believe that the 'SSPX' has gone soft.  That is a nice cosy ambiguous phrase.  That the SSPX has left aside the anger of the 80's and 90's is not in question.  That this represents a 'doctrinal' shift is ludicrous.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Principled Resistance


Archbishop Lefebvre's and by extension the SSPX, response to the Neo-Modernist Crisis of the Church was guided by a set of principles. These principles I've discussed and expanded upon in this series of posts that I have collected as part of my studies.

These principles create a logical framework of artifacts, values and assumptions for guiding their response to various events / actions.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

As the world spins


Much has happened since I was forced by a very busy schedule to go on hiatus. 
  1. Michael Voris et al completed their "attack ads" against the SSPX.  I found it amusing that (if I read correctly) all of the 'witnesses' interviewed concluded that the SSPX is not in a formal state of schism.  Funny that.  I'm going to pull together some of the highlights in a series on the 'Arrested Development' of CMTV as 'Traditional' Catholics.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Active Participation - New Mass vs Tridentine Mass


Rorate has posted a piece by Dr. Lamont worth reading here about active participation in the liturgy.

This is one of the cultural divides between the Pre/Post conciliar cultures - participating in the liturgy. Some would think (erroneously) that it means that laity should share more of the roles and responsibilities of the Priest (ie usurp).

Answer: Wrong.

Dr. Lamont provides insight to this phenom and a perspective that is needed in the Church today!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Synod Runup: Keeping Oriented in the midst of disorientation


Ok so the Synod looms large on our radar screens (ok but not CMTV's - they've turned their targeting radar on the SSPX).

What to do?
Watch and pray lest you to enter into temptation.
I would also advocate studying the faith and keeping up with your spiritual reading.  Without these elements the risk of falling onto either side of the pinnacle of virtue is great.

Simple words, simple solution.

Implement them and practice the virtues and you will be safe.  I quickly reviewed my list of the virtues and identified the ones that (at first glance) I believe are critical to remaining faithful in this crisis.   See this link for the complete series on virtues.


Concert Announcement - Tomas Luis de Victoria's 1605 Requiem (September 26th, 2015)


Music reflects the values and culture of the composer and it is obvious that the Tridentine Mass had a profound influence on the composers to create beautiful settings for the Sacrifice of the Mass.

I received a copy of this advertisement from a friend in Winnipeg and encourage all Catholics in the area to attend what, I am certain, will be a wonderful experience.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Spirit of Archbishop Lefebvre


As a remedy for the vitriol emanating from MV/CMTV et al, perhaps we should understand the SSPX as their founder understood them ...


“The savage and unjust struggle, undertaken against the Society (of St. Pius X) by those who are trying to contaminate the Church’s sources of sanctification, merely confirms the Society’s authenticity. These persons are the successors of Cain, who wish anew to rid themselves of Abel, whose prayers God finds so agreeable.

“Today,…one of the most painful phenomena of our age is desecration—the desecration pursued by Freemasonry through secularization, atheism, rationalism, and now, tragically, aided by the clergy themselves. With God, and all that reminds us of God, being gradually eliminated and replaced by a denatured man, Society thus becomes a hell.  Living within the atmosphere of such a world, the Society of St. Pius X, in resurrecting the true spirit of the Church, seeks to show forth Our Lord Jesus Christ by restoring the honor due to consecrated persons and sacred things.We find edification in the holy places, the ceremonies, the chant, the choice of prayers from the Missal, the Breviary, the Pontifical and the Ritual. How could a soul, that lives by faith and seeks to model its faith upon that of the Church, seek to desecrate all this?Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. 

Below is a compilation of five articles written by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in which he outlines to the SSPX's members the spirit of their priestly society, first published by the District of the USA.

Article no.1

Dear Friends,

Without doubt, these words are primarily addressed to the priests of the Society, but they are intended for the Society’s seminarians, brothers, sisters, novices, oblates and all who help us in our apostolate and participate in the spiritual life of the family.

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Society, I would like to try to define and describe that which we call the "Spirit of the Society".

At times here and there, we hear the more or less sharp criticisms of our friends, who say:

“The members of the Society look upon themselves as privileges persons, they imagine for themselves to be the Church, and so they have little concern for others; they seek to possess everything, to control everything etc….”

It is possible that youth and a lack of experience in the apostolate sometimes provokes a tactlessness and causes misunderstandings. And it is certain that we must do all we can to show a charity towards those, who like ourselves, are striving to combat error and keeping the Faith.

But, that apart, it is useful to see where the Society stands within the present context of the Church, so that we might also be eventually ready to live within a new context, without modifying anything of our being of the Church and in the Church.

Having been recognized by the Church as a "Priestly Society of Common Life without vows", our Society has been grafted upon the trunk of the Church. It is drawing upon its sap of sanctification from the most authentic sources of the Church’s Tradition and the pure, living sources of holiness, following the footsteps of so many other societies that have gained ecclesiastical recognition over the centuries, whose branches have grown and blossomed and born fruits of sanctity for the honor of the Church militant and triumphant.

The savage and unjust struggle, undertaken against the Society by those who are trying to contaminate the Church’s sources of sanctification, merely confirms the Society’s authenticity. These persons are the successors of Cain, who wish anew to rid themselves of Abel, whose prayers God finds so agreeable.

In normal times, the foundation and development of our Society would have passed unnoticed among many other marvelous, fruitful and flourishing societies. Today, the dried-up, sterile, bitter fruits of most branches are a stark contrast to the vigor and life of traditionalist branches.

Thus the situation of the Society of St. Pius X in the Church puts it in a special place, something which is well understood by the faithful as a whole, who clearly manifest their desire of being evangelized and sanctified by the Society. This greatly encourages and consoles us, to see an ever increasing number of priests, who are not members of the Society, manifesting a desire of working with the Society, and thereby finding a spiritual strength, and the help and assurance of not being isolated.

The place of the Society, in relation to the Church, is one of considerable importance, since it legitimizes its continuity and the maintenance of its apostolate along the unchangeable line of its approved foundation by the Church. It would be most useful for us to define the Society, for it represents, by the grace of God, a hope for the Church and a hope for souls.

I have written these few lines intending them to be a kind of prologue for what is to appear in successive issues of the Cor Unum.

+Marcel Lefebvre
February 7, 1981

Article no. 2

The spirit of the Society, being above all that of the Church, will see to it that the members of the Society—priests, brothers, sisters, oblates and tertiaries—will ever increase in their knowledge of the Mystery of Christ, such as St. Paul describes in his epistles, especially those to the Ephesians and the Hebrews.

Then we shall discover what has guided the Church for 20 centuries, we will understand the importance the Church gives to the Sacrifice of Our Lord and consequently, to the Priesthood too! We will penetrate the depths of the great mystery of our Faith, the Holy Mass, and so to have limitless devotion for this mystery, making it the center of our thoughts, our hearts and our interior life and in thus doing so, living by the spirit of the Church.

All Scripture focuses upon the Cross, with its redeeming victim, shining with glory. All the life of the Church is turned towards the altar of Sacrifice and, consequently, the Church’s principal concern is for the sanctity of Her priests.

These are also the fundamental convictions of the Society. All its efforts and preoccupation with priories, schools, and above all, seminaries, are consecrated towards the formation of future priests.

The ever-increasing unveiling of the great mysteries for which they are destined, should give their lives an especial character; captivated by Our Lord and His sacrifice, they must by that very fact leave the world behind, with its vanities and futility, and show this detachment by their dress, their attitude, their love of silence and seclusion, even if, at a later date, the apostolic demands will require them to go to souls.

The spirit of the Church focuses upon the divine and the sacred. She forms the one who will give sacred things to others—sacerdos or sacra dans—the one who will perform holy and sacred acts—sacrum faciens. She places, in his consecrated hands, divine and sacred gifts, sacramenta, the Sacraments.

The Church consecrates and gives a sacred character to the baptized, the confirmed, to kings, virgins, knights, churches, chalices and altar stones. All these consecrations are done in the splendor of the Sacrifice of Our Lord and in the person of Jesus Himself.

Today, however, one of the most painful phenomena of our age is desecration—the desecration pursued by Freemasonry through secularization, atheism, rationalism, and now, tragically, aided by the clergy themselves. With God, and all that reminds us of God, being gradually eliminated and replaced by a denatured man, Society thus becomes a hell.  Living within the atmosphere of such a world, the Society of St. Pius X, in resurrecting the true spirit of the Church, seeks to show forth Our Lord Jesus Christ by restoring the honor due to consecrated persons and sacred things.

The sacred and the divine inspire respect. One of the characteristics of the Society will be that of showing respect towards baptized souls, of treating sacred things with respect, especially concerning the sacred action par excellence: the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Therefore, we will avoid being drawn into the current of vulgarity and crudeness—fruits of desecration. Respect for ourselves and for others, will be an especial sign of the true spirit of the Church. Both believers and non-believers will be greatly influenced by this manifestation of the spirit of the Church and Our Lord. Therein we truly see the Christian spirit and Christian civilization—a civility of respect, founded upon faith towards the sacred and divine, that is to say, towards Our Lord, all that represents Him and all that comes from Him.

+Marcel Lefebvre
June 2, 1981

Article no. 3

Profoundly convinced that the source of life is found in Christ crucified, and thus in the Sacrifice of that He has bequeathed to us, the members of the Society will uncover the precious legacy, with an ever increasing joy that the Mystical Spouse of Our Lord, born of Jesus’ pierced side, has wished to hand down with a splendor inspired of the Holy Ghost. Whence come the splendors of the liturgy, that sing of the crucified and risen Christ. The Church knows how to present and make us live these mysteries in a truly divine manner, in a way that our hearts are captivated and our souls uplifted. All has been thought out with the love of a faithful spouse and merciful mother. We find edification in the holy places, the ceremonies, the chant, the choice of prayers from the Missal, the Breviary, the Pontifical and the Ritual. How could a soul, that lives by faith and seeks to model its faith upon that of the Church, seek to desecrate all this?

The members of the Society, in their attachment to this spirituality of the Church written on stone and in traditional liturgical books, will not only strive to apply those spiritual principles to themselves, but will also uncover those wonders to the faithful.

The consequences of this attachment to the liturgy will be seen in the care and attention given to the beauty and cleanliness of holy places, the sacred linens and objects used in worship. It will also manifest itself in beautiful ceremonies, chants and the regularity and edifying recitation of the Divine Office.

Nothing is too little, nothing insignificant in the service of such a Lord and King. Let us always remember this! It is a powerful means of apostolate. If the Liturgy is, above all, the praise of the Holy Trinity, offering and sacrifice, a source of divine life—then it is also the most vibrant and effective means of catechizing. Happy the faithful who have a priest who is in love with the liturgy of the Church!

In administering sacred things, we will inspire ourselves with the sentiments of the Church—with Her respect for Our Lord and all that is related to Him, following the example of the Virgin Mary. That means a deep respect, as well as humility and simplicity, avoiding all originality or personal improvisation. Are we so audacious as to think that our personal attitude and way of doing things is preferable to that of the Church?

Liturgical actions are public actions and not personal acts of devotion. We must, therefore, ensure that they are in accordance with the will of the Church and not our own whims, nor those of a reformer inspired by a Protestant spirit.

Let us beware of haste or excessive slowness. Neither edifies the faithful. Let us avoid accumulations of ceremonies, which is against the spirit of the Church. Let us take account of the availability of the faithful in fixing the times of the ceremonies, and also the length of the ceremony when it concerns para-liturgical ceremonies or sermons—that they always have the goal of edifying the faithful rather than satisfying our own desires.

Yet, in this time of secularization, the faithful are sorely afflicted by the need for prayer and to be able to express their faith by processions, pilgrimages, and nocturnal adoration. In these circumstances, pastoral prudence must be correctly exercised in order to arrive at the right measure.

Let us ask the Blessed Virgin to communicate to us her insight on those holy mysteries which she intimately witnessed throughout the course of her earthly life.

+Marcel Lefebvre
September 26, 1982

Article no. 4

In the preceding articles, we have seen that the spirit of the Society is essentially a priestly spirit, enlightened by the radiance of our Redeemer’s Sacrifice on Calvary and in the Mass, the Mystery of Faith. This great mystery, the sun of our faith, is brought to us by the Church’s Liturgy, where, like a mother, She unfolds to us the infinite riches of this mystery, by the actions, words, chants and liturgical vestments, all of which differ according to the remarkable liturgical cycle.

The Society, eager to live out this mystery, zealously seeks to understand the Liturgy and to bring it forth in all its beauty and splendor—Domine dilexi decorum domus tuae. The spirit of the Society is a liturgical spirit.
The consequence of such an approach to God though His redeeming Sacrifice, will produce in the members of the Society the very same effects, within due proportion, that those privileged souls felt who received the stigmata of Our Lord.

There is a twofold effect; wherein the first influences the second, of which it is the source; we speak of contemplative aspects.

  • an ardent desire to offer oneself as a total victim in union with the Divine Victim.
  • a love of God and Our Lord to the point of sacrificing oneself.
  • a total abandonment of oneself to the Holy Will of God.
  • a burning union with the pierced Heart of Our Lord.

The effects of the Spirit of Love, manifested upon the Cross and which continue to manifest themselves at the altar and in the Eucharist, have a tendency to distance a soul from the world, despising material, passing things in favor of eternal, spiritual ones. The soul experiences a great horror of sin, and profound contrition for its faults and a desire to expiate for itself and for others. God must be thanked for communicating to us His spirit of love and victim for the glory of His Father.

How desirable it is for all Society members to thirst after the contemplative life, that is to say, a simple yet ardent glance at the Cross of Jesus, acquiring the spirit of prayer and an interior life comparable to that of Our Lord, Who lived 30 of His 33 years apart from the world.

It is a serious concern for the superiors of Missionary Societies, such as our (which is missionary by necessity, in view of the disastrous situation in the Church today), to note that sometimes certain members, priests in particular, end up abandoning their zeal for the apostolate of prayer, which is leaven and source of the exterior apostolate. The apostolate of prayer is the essential apostolate that unites us to Our Lord, the sole source of the graces of redemption. The exterior apostolate, with its catechism classes, meetings, conferences, etc. will quickly become sterile, if cut off from that fundamental apostolate that keeps us in constant union with our Lord.

Zeal that does not keep an equilibrium and a link between those two apostolates, is in reality a false zeal, a mere human zeal which is no longer humble, for it counts upon human gifts and qualities. Such practitioners of human zeal expose themselves to cruel deceptions, discouragement, irritation and impatience. Their apostolate no longer has a supernatural source. They become like the gardener, who is so carried away by his zeal in watering, then he eventually pulls the hose pipe off the faucet that supplies the water! They also condemn contemplative souls, because they themselves no longer regard contemplation as the foundation of their apostolate. Experience shows this, as does the disaster of renegade priests. A priest who no longer says anything more than his Mass, ends up saying it without devotion and without faith. His apostolate will be fruitless. He is soon to ready to abandon everything.

That is why the Society offers its members a structure, a rule and community life, which keeps them within a true apostolate by a happy balance between the spiritual apostolate and the exterior apostolate. That is what all founders of religious orders or apostolic congregations wanted, conformity to that which the Apostles themselves practiced: "But we will give ourselves entirely to prayer and to the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:4)

+Marcel Lefebvre
January 14, 1982

Article no. 5

The spirit of the Society is the spirit of the Church, the spirit of faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ and in His redemptive work. The entire history of the Church, over the last twenty centuries, reveals the fundamental principles of the Church as inspired by the Holy Spirit, the spirit of Our Lord.

The priest is at the heart of this divine work of the renaissance of souls and their divinization in preparation for their future glory. All his thoughts, ambitions, and actions must be inspired by this spirit of faith. This spirit of faith is essentially a spirit contemplating the crucified and glorified Jesus. The Faith is the seed of the beatific vision, which is an eternally blessed contemplation.

That is why the Church has always encouraged contemplative Orders and has placed them at the head of religious societies. Maria optimam partem elegit[Mary—as opposed to the active Martha—has chosen the greater part—Ed]. The Church also insists upon the prayer of the priest: his breviary, his daily meditation. It is obvious that if the Church officially prescribes this in Canon Law, in that the soul of the priest must belong entirely to Jesus Christ, then the priest must fulfill the four ends of prayer: adoration, thanksgiving, impetration and propitiation.
If contemplation is a glance of love towards the crucified and glorified Jesus, then it places the soul in the hands of God—In manus tuas commendo spiritum meum—and this cannot occur unless we completely abandon our will and place it in God’s hands. In other words, a consummate obedience to His holy will; a will indicated by God and those who legitimately participate in His authority and who use that authority correctly; a will that indicates God’s good pleasure in the course of events that affect the very heart of our existence; illnesses, trials… Let us meditate upon these great instructions of the Church and thereby apply their principles by putting them into practice in our own lives.

This presupposes a deep humility; something that is seen in Benedictine spirituality, which is entirely based upon a progression in the virtue of humility. If the teaching that is contained in the liturgical life is so admirable and draws us towards an ever greater sanctification of soul, then the practical directives of the Church throughout its history, as well as its approval of the many foundations destined to sanctify souls, not to mention the examples of the saints, are all equally precious guidelines for our souls. In following them, according to the grace God grants us, we can be sure of not deceiving ourselves.

Contemplation, obedience, humility, are all elements of one sole reality: the imitation of Jesus Christ and participation in His infinite love.

May we be inspired by these sentiments! Consequently, whatever apostolate we may receive, whatever be the results of our efforts, whatever our limitations or weaknesses may be, we will have the consolation of participating in the joys and sufferings of Our Lord, who will also let us participate in His peace and serenity.

This is, and always will be, the secret fruitfulness of the priestly apostolate.

+Marcel Lefebvre
June 26, 1982