Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Principle of Obedience - Applied to the SSPX


I have synthesized St. Thomas' principle of obedience as follows:
The Catholic principle is laid out as follows:

  1. The person issuing the command is in a position of authority over the inferior
  2. The command is within the scope of the superior's authority
  3. The command does not require the inferior to sin, either in the immediate or proximate case.
  4. If the above conditions are met then the person has an obligation to obey. Disobedience in this case is sinful.
Now the question is how have the leaders of the SSPX applied this principle in key conditions?

  1. Archbishop Lefebvre withdrawing his signature from the protocol of 1988
  2. Archbishop Lefebvre disobeying the order from the Pope to not consecrate bishops
  3. Bishop Fellay refusing to sign the pre-amble provided in 2012.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Entretien de Mgr Fellay à Présent (27 juin 2015)


C’est à l’occasion de la cérémonie de bénédiction des cloches de la chapelle de l’école Saint-Michel de La Martinerie, à Châteauroux, que Mgr Fellay a fait pour Présent un point sur la situation de la Fraternité Saint-Pie X, dont il est le Supérieur général.
Dans un entretien accordé à Fideliter en 2001, vous évoquiez « le mouvement de profonde sympathie du jeune clergé à l’égard de la Fraternité ». Ce mouvement s’est-il amplifié, notamment du fait du motu proprio de 2007 ?
— Sans aucun doute ! Ce mouvement a reçu un nouveau souffle avec le motu proprio. Il convient d’ailleurs d’insister sur l’intérêt de Benoît XVI envers la liturgie d’une manière générale. Il a vraiment désiré remettre à la disposition des prêtres et des fidèles toute la liturgie traditionnelle, pas seulement la messe, ce qui ne s’est pas réalisé jusqu’ici à cause de trop nombreuses oppositions. Cependant la jeunesse, précisément parce que cette liturgie se situe hors du temps, s’y retrouve. L’Eglise vit dans l’éternité. La liturgie aussi, c’est pourquoi elle est toujours jeune. Proche de Dieu, elle n’appartient pas au temps. Il n’est donc pas étonnant que le caractère baptismal fasse résonner cette harmonie, même dans les âmes qui ne l’ont jamais connue. La façon dont réagissent les jeunes prêtres qui découvrent cette liturgie est d’ailleurs émouvante : ils ont l’impression qu’on leur a caché un trésor.

Bishop Fellay's interview: a work of the Church!


The SSPX's Superior General answers some questions about the priestly society and its current status with Rome.

On the occasion of the blessing of the bells for the chapel of the St-Michel de La Martinerie school in Chateauroux, Bishop Fellay gave Present an update on the situation of the Society of St. Pius X, of which he is the Superior General.

Bishop Williamson Goes Awry Subtitled: Bishop Williamson takes another step off the path of Archbishop Lefebvre.


In his latest 'comments' (415) Bishop Williamson starts off with:
Should Menzingen ask Rome for recognition?
No! How can apostates grant such a petition?
There are two points here.

First, Bishop Williamson is implying that the SSPX (Menzingen) sought for the discussions and is 'asking' for Recognition.  Whereas it was Rome that requested the discussions, granted the per-conditions, and wants to resolve the issue of the SSPX canonical situation.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Yes Sally, Pope Francis IS the Pope and is in great need of our prayers!


The Church of Christ is Apostolic and this is also a 'Mark' of the Church.

Specifically it means:
The true Church is also to be recognised from her origin, which can be traced back under the law of grace to the Apostles; for her doctrine is the truth not recently given, nor now first heard of, but delivered of old by the Apostles, and disseminated throughout the entire world. ... That all, therefore, might know which was the Catholic Church, the Fathers, guided by the Spirit of God, added to the Creed the word Apostolic. For the Holy Ghost, who presides over the Church, governs her by no other ministers than those of Apostolic succession.  (Tradicat: Marks of the Church Apostolic - Catechism of Trent)
The consequence of this is Dogma is that if there are no longer any Bishops, then the promise of Our Lord Jesus Christ that the Church would stand to the end of the world, was false. A secondary consequence of this would be the eradication of the priesthood.  Closely related to this Dogma is that defined during the First Vatican Council. Namely, that there will be successors of St. Peter until the end of the world.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Occasions of Sin


Scruples can be dangerous things in the spiritual life.  It causes a person to "see" sin where there is not and therefore, make bad decisions.

It is a kind of confirmation bias.

So with out ado ...


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Catholic Church and Conciliar Church


Just sharing some diagrams that I created for an upcoming article.

SSPX perspective on the present state of the Catholic Church:

 'Resistance perspective on the present state of the Catholic Church:

Saturday, June 20, 2015

SSPX / DICI: Communiqué of the General House of the Society of St. Pius X concerning the episcopal consecration of Fr. Jean-Michel Faure.


The following is the communiqué of the SSPX regarding the Bishop Williamson's consecration of Fr. Faure.
As a follow-up to this article,  I would like to highlight the rationale for denouncing the consecration.
Communiqué of the General House of the Society of St. Pius X concerning the episcopal consecration of Fr. Jean-Michel Faure.
On March 19, 2015, Bishop Richard Williamson performed the episcopal consecration of Fr. Jean-Michel Faure at the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross in Nova Friburgo, Brazil.
Bishop Williamson and Fr. Faure have not been members of the Society of St. Pius X since 2012 and 2014, respectively, because of their violent criticisms of any relations with the Roman authorities. According to them, such contacts were incompatible with the apostolic work of Archbishop Lefebvre.(1)
The Society of St. Pius X regrets sincerely that this spirit of opposition has led to an episcopal consecration. In 1988 Archbishop Lefebvre had clearly indicated his intention to consecrate auxiliary bishops who would have no jurisdiction, because of the state of necessity in which the Society of St. Pius X and faithful Catholics found themselves at that time. His sole goal was to make available to the faithful the sacraments which priests ordained by the bishops would offer(2). After having done everything conceivable to gain permission from the Holy See(3), Archbishop Lefebvre proceeded with the solemn consecrations on June 30, 1988 before several thousand priests and faithful and hundreds of journalists from around the world. It was abundantly clear from all the circumstances that, despite the lack of authorization from Rome, this action done in the most public (4) manner was for the good of the Church and of souls(5).

Friday, June 19, 2015

SSPX Ordinations Winona 2015


Here are some pics of the SSPX ordinations in Winona.  It was muddy and fantastic! 

Next year the ordinations will be on June 3rd and the last to be held at Winona.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rorate: Final Confrontation between the Lord and Satan will be over Family and Marriage.


With the Synod looming large on the horizon, Rorate has posted the following words uttered in 2008.

Words worth hearing!


Q. There is a prophecy by Sister Lucia dos Santos, of Fatima, which concerns “the final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan”. The battlefield is the family. Life and the family. We know that you were given charge by John Paul II to plan and establish the Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family.
Yes, I was. At the start of this work entrusted to me by the Servant of God John Paul II, I wrote to Sister Lucia of Fatima through her Bishop as I couldn’t do so directly. Unexplainably however, since I didn’t expect an answer, seeing that I had only asked for prayers, I received a very long letter with her signature – now in the Institute’s archives. In it we find written: the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the familyDon’t be afraid, she added, because anyone who operates for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. And then she concluded: however, Our Lady has already crushed its head

Monday, June 15, 2015

The SSPX Deserves and Needs Juridical Status - Bishop Williamson December 8, 1987


This may seem as a strange prelude to the subject of Bishop Williamson's words from 1987, but I'd like to discuss the reaction of five groups of people to information that they don't want believe.  The groups are:
  1. Protestants
  2. Sede-vacantists
  3. "Resistors"
  4. Modern Catholics
  5. Psychiatric Patients
I have had significant in-person or 'on-line' discussions with these 'groups' and all have something in common when confronted with a fact that is inconsistent with their perception of reality.

They change the topic in order to not have to face the possibility that their perception of the situation (ie reality) is flawed.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

One of the Six Conditions Granted?


In May, Bishop Fellay gave a conference and noted that the CDF has provided him with the authority to judge a case in which charges were brought against a priest of the SSPX.

The CDF provided Bishop Fellay (who from their perspective is suspended) to judge the case of a member of a congregation (who from their perspective does not exist).

Attached below is Rorate's For the Record and a link to the Vatican Insider article.

Vatican Insider: Holy See puts Fellay in charge of trying one of his own priests

Rorate: For the Record: Ecclesia Dei Secretary confirms Vatican delegation to Superior-General of SSPX to judge a Society priest

This action by the CDF is significant because this is objectively the granting (albeit for one case) of one of the six conditions set by the 2012 Chapter of the SSPX.

The six conditions are:

Sine qua non conditions:
  1. The freedom to preserve, transmit and teach the sound doctrine of the constant Magisterium of the Church and of the unchangeable truth of divine Tradition; the freedom to prohibit, correct and reprove, even publicly, those who foment the errors or innovations of modernism, liberalism, the Second Vatican Council and their consequences; 
  2. The freedom to use the 1962 liturgy exclusively. To preserve the sacramental practice that we presently have (including: Holy Orders, Confirmation, Matrimony); 
  3. A guarantee of at least one bishop.
Desirable conditions:

  1. Society should have its own tribunals, in the first instance,
  2. Exemption of houses of the SSPX from the diocesan bishops,
  3. A Pontifical Commission in Rome for Tradition “answering directly to the Pope, with the majority of its members and governing board in favor of Tradition.” 

"A procedural rule was established: the superior general and his council will not exercise their own authority to accept a proposed canonical normalization, but will convoke an Extraordinary General Chapter that will have a deliberative vote, with an absolute majority required for acceptance. "
(Taken from various sources including: CatholicWorldReport)

This reminds me of the measured pace in which the two pre-conditions for discussions were granted by the Church.

Much to pray for!


PS. I noticed that the 'Resistance' is quite in a lather about this authority being used to judge Bishop Williamson et al.

What rubbish.

The report clearly indicates that it was concerning a single case. That the 'Resistance' rashly assumes it was Bishop Williamson et al is probably due to their exaggerated opinion of their importance.

Like Archbishop Lefebvre said of the sede-vacantists: We can no longer work together ...

That was it.