Monday, August 31, 2015

The Holy Rosary: Ultimate Liturgy - The Remnant


This is an old, but good article about the Rosary and quite apropos as we wait in the wings of the second half of the Synod of the Family.


Courtesy of The Remnant

THE HOLY ROSARY: Ultimate Liturgy Featured

Written by  Solange Hertz
The Rosary Is Her Gift To Us...Not Even the Pope Can Change ThatThe Rosary Is Her Gift To Us...Not Even the Pope Can Change That
(Fundamental Reasons Why So Many Faithful Catholics Never Embraced the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary)

There is no mention whatever of the Rosary in the documents of the Second Vatican Council. Not even in the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, whose final chapter deals exclusively with our Lady ’s role in the Church. A vague reference in Article 67 to “practices and exercises of devotion towards her” might be assumed to include it, but according to Bishop Rendeiro of Coïmbra, the Bishops who wished to add to the text “the Rosary with meditation on the Mysteries of the life of Christ and the Blessed Virgin” were voted down. Apparently the Council deemed it best to follow the recommendations of the Theological Commission and make no mention of particular devotions, for fear of encouraging manifestations of piety beyond what they termed “the limits of sound and orthodox doctrine.” [1]
Fr. Avery Dulles, who wrote an interesting introduction to this decree for one of its English translations, says that “a separate document on the Blessed Virgin was contemplated, and was presented in draft form by the Theological Commission at the first session in 1962. But the Fathers saw a danger in treating Mariology too much in isolation. . .” The decree reads, “This Synod earnestly exhorts theologians and preachers of the divine word that in treating of the unique dignity of the Mother of God, they carefully and equally avoid the falsity of exaggeration on the one hand and the excess of narrow- mindedness on the other.”

Lead up to Synod 2015


The reaction to the Synod propaganda is interesting.  The liberals are salivating and the conservatives are cringing while saying the Holy Ghost is in charge (partially correct ... but they better brush up on the doctrine of infallibility) and the Traditionalists are saying: Well, what did you expect?

All I'll say at this point is: Pray because the deeper the hole the unworthy Leaders of the Church dig, the more dramatic will be the cave in.


Courtesy of LifeSiteNews

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Resistance Round-Up for the Month


I've decided that posting only periodically on the 'Resistance' is a better course instead of jumping on every statement that they make.  The reason is that, since they produce a fair number of statements that contradict or mislead, I would be constantly talking about them.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Michael Voris and a little Satire


Satire: a way of using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad, etc. : humor that shows the weaknesses or bad qualities of a person, government, society, etc.
The dogmatized positions (principles?) of Michael Voris are nicely exposed in this piece from A-CNN. I think that similarity between Michael's coif and that of a recent political aspirant is a nice touch and a reminder to keep one's sense of humour.


Courtesy of the Remnant

Friday, August 28, 2015

Blog for Dallas Area Catholics - CMTV / Michael Voris


Since we're on the topic, Tantum has a good post here on the topic of CMTV and Michael Voris.  I tried to post a comment but I had issues with my Wordpress account - so just in case here's the comment I meant to leave.


Principles ... Guides to Live By - Just Make Certain They're Good Ones!!! (aka Michael Voris 2010 vs 2015)


I mentioned some time ago that if Michael Voris persisted with his dogmatized opinions (ie Thou Shalt Not Criticize the Pope no matter what he does, SSPX is in schism, etc ...) he would end up painting himself into a corner.

Setting aside the schism opinion, there's his attack (for lack of a better word) on the SSPX for stating that Catholics should avoid the New Mass.

Well, the Remnant did a little digging and brought to surface the fact that a mere 5 years ago Mr. Voris  held practically the same opinion as the SSPX.

Now, the question is who was right? Mr. Voris of 2010 or Mr. Voris of 2015???  I wonder if Mr. Voris will seek to explain the contradiction.

The lesson of not being too attached to celebrity Catholics is being repeated.


Courtesy of the Remnant

Friday, August 21, 2015

SSPX vs ... everyone ... or so it seems.


In the battle of the Church vs the World, bet on the SSPX.

This is only tongue in cheek so please keep your sense of humour.

It would appear the Bishop Schneider's little interview has prompted the 'opponents' of the SSPX into action ... once again.

This is very similar to the time when Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunications.

First we had Mr. Voris' spin of the clarification provided by Bishop Schneider.  Interestingly, how Mr. Voris et al didn't refer to what the SSPX ACTUALLY stated concerning the interview. Instead, they decided to focus on people who don't speak for the SSPX.

The Way Forward - Leading A Virtuous Life - Part 7 Conclusion


At this point, I've now
covered the whole Catholic Encyclopedia article on Virtue.  I've already come across some other virtues that I'll add when I have time / inclination - such as Mercy.

I will admit that some virtues are explained differently than I had anticipated.  This may be due to the language shift that occurs over a century.  (NB: I have edited some of the following text for brevity, but have run out of time - so the rest is a c&p from the original article.)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

CMTV's "Clarification" Of Bishop Schneider Part 3 - 1 Peter 5 Commentary / PodCast


One Peter Five has made a podcast that provides some perspective on the whole Rome/SSPX/CMTV debacle.

Here's a link to the Podcast page and below you'll find the transcript.

I don't know why CMTV has decided to stand on their soap box and state that the SSPX is schismatic.

As I discussed here, they have not presented the positions of the SSPX correctly so, I'm guessing at this point that they're just ignorant and ... want to remain in that state.


CMTV's "Clarification" Of Bishop Schneider Part 2 - Remnant Review


Chris Ferrara has outlined how the clarification of Bishop Schneider does not support CMTV's perspective of the canonical situation of the SSPX.


Courtesy of the Remnant link with additional reference.

CMTV's "Clarification" Of Bishop Schneider Part 1 - Tradicat Review


So, CMTV has now published Bishop Schneider's "clarifications".  What is lacking is the questions that were presented to Bishp Schneider.

Unfortunately, CMTV is attempting to spin this by not asking specific questions such as "is the SSPX in formal schism), making assumptions about the SSPX position and the comments provided by various supporters of the SSPX who exerted the energy to comment on CMTV's site.

Here's a link to the original interview, my previous post in the topic and CMTV's immune response to the interpretations of the Bishop Schneider's words.

Now what did the SSPX officially state with regards to Bishop Schneider's visits?
Auxiliary Bishop Schneider has affirmed the SSPX thinks with the Church's mind. Hence, there should be no serious reason for denying the priestly society full canonical recognition.(
That seems to be pretty clear and concise.  The rest of the post on is simply a quote of the remainder of the interview.

Nothing earth shattering there eh?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Is the SSPX Schismatic like CMTV would like you to believe???


I think this is worth repeating for the benefit of Michael Voris et al.

Last year I decided to write to Cardinal Mueller for an explicit answer.

Here's my letter:



For the record, here is the entire interview courtesy of a Adelantela Fe.
You will notice that the words "schism", "schismatic", and even the lauded "Full Communion" are absent. Present are the words (in relation to the SSPX) Canonical Recognition and reconciliation.


The Way Forward - Leading A Virtuous Life - Part 5 Moral Virtues ► Fortitude


This is not a reference to intestinal fortitude that is required to read Cardinal Kasper et al's writings. It is a reference to the virtue by which one endures the hardships that God sends us in life and specifically those that accompany this crisis of the Church.

These could include the separation from loved ones over Catholic principles (divorce, communion in the hand, priestesses, New Mass, Four V2 Things), or just trying to live as a Catholic in a Godless world (note this is worse than living in a pagan world ...)

Friday, August 14, 2015

FFI - New Commissar


It`s been a while since I`ve had to opportunity to think / write about the travails of the FFI.  The 'visitation' of the FFI is important because it provides some insights to what could have happened to the SSPX without adequate protections.

In short, the seminaries, university, printing facilities etc have been shut down.  More importantly the use of the Tridentine Mass severely limited (I know that the FFI at the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse still have a TLM once a week).

All this because of a 'label' accusation of 'crypto-lefebvrism'. It is funny how the use of a label - which doesn't really mean anything specific - can invoke all sorts of images but still say nothing whatsoever about the actual crimes of the accused.

Of course, I know what the issue is because the same issue is the reason that the SSPX is still not canonically regular. Specifically, their refusal to accept without distinction the Second Vatican Council and the New Mass.


What caused the FFI debacle is that someone, somewhere touched both of those tender nerves.

From that point, an irrational immune response dictated the reactions of those who seized control in a coup remarkably similar to that of the FSSP in 2000.

Until the Pope will support our legitimate aspirations - not much will change.  One signal of a change will be a no-compromise regularization of the SSPX - provided the Pope grants their six conditions.

Back on the FFI, Eponymous Flower has a report of the assignment of a new Apostolic Commissar.

Hopefully, he will step back from the instigators and obtain a better perspective on the situation.


Source: Eponymous Flower:Will the New Commissar Also Bring the New Spirit?

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Way Forward - Leading A Virtuous Life - Part 4 Moral Virtues ► Temperance


We last saw that Justice regulates our relations with others, God and our fellow-men (or women as the case may be).  Temperance is focused on regulating our 'relations' with our passions that have been in rebellion since the fall.

The following diagram outlines the virtue of temperance in its subordinates and annexed virtues following the Catholic Encyclopedia model.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Way Forward - Leading A Virtuous Life - Part 3 Moral Virtues ► Justice


Justice is a concept that I believe many think of in terms of legal systems, but are ignorant of Justice as a moral virtue.  The overarching concept is in every interaction to give everyone (God and man) what they deserve, be it respect, obedience to our duties, being generous.

Monday, August 10, 2015

"Resistors" and the path of Archbishop Lefebvre


As it is rather timely, here's another 'resistance' post.

The 'resistance' blog 'tradcatknight' (TCK) has posted an answer to some 'critics' that bears examination as it manifests a number of the 'resistance' assumptions.  While I have discussed some core assumptions in this series, TCK has demonstrated the diversity of opinions within the 'resistance' that would fall into Old Bishop Williamsons 'sedevacantist' category.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: "there are no weighty reasons in order to deny the clergy and faithful of the SSPX the official canonical recognition" - Rorate Caeli


The timing of this vis-a-vis Bishop Molrino's letter is interesting and still encouraging.

While this indicates that at least Bishop Schneider sees no legitimate barriers to accepting the SSPX 'as we are', what remains to be seen is if the six conditions are granted.

I noticed that onepeterfive has also picked up on this story with an expanded scope.

Mr. Vennari has also picked up on this story on CFNEWS.

Last thought, when Father Couture was asked if the October Synod had changed Cardinal Mueller's opinion of the SSPX, the reply was an immediate: "Absolutely".


Source: Rorate-Caeli

Should Catholics Attend the New Mass? Part 2 Episode 15.2


It is fitting that the SSPX has concluded their "Our Catholic Faith Today" series with the final installment on the Mass.


Because the Mass (or supposed to be anyway) the expression of the Teachings of the Church.  In organizational culture terms, it is the ultimate cultural artifact.

Something not mentioned is the principle of Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi. Which shows that the Church understood psychology far earlier than the recent onslaught of 'psychologists'.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Father MacDonald on Apples and Oranges


Father MacDonald wrote the following on his blog "Southern orders: Mixing Apples and Oranges"

Many Catholics who attend these chapels think they are receiving absolution in "confession" and are validly being "married" but they are not and thus when they go to Holy Communion they are doing so in a state of mortal sin compounded by their illicit civil union which is an invalid sacrament.
My comment - which has yet to appear on his blog  - was approximately the following:

If the Catholic thought they were receiving absolution, then they were absolved and married because of their error - following Canon Law.
As an aside, the SSPX does not claim to have 'ordinary jurisdiction' - although I understand that some dioceses have provided them with faculties (don't know which - just heard on a forum ...).  If they did make that claim, then they would truly be schismatic.  

My comment has appeared:
Hi Father,
If this is true:
"... Many Catholics who attend these chapels think they are receiving absolution in "confession" and are validly being "married" but they are not and thus when they go to Holy Communion they are doing so in a state of mortal sin compounded by their illicit civil union which is an invalid sacrament. ..."
Then the Church supplies due to error and the noted sacraments are valid.
That the SSPX does not have hierarchical jurisdiction is not in question. If they made that claim, then they would be schismatic. They generally rely upon supplied jurisdiction due to the state of necessity in which the faithful find themselves. However, the suppliance of jurisdiction in the case of error would also suffice.

The SSPX rely upon the state of necessity caused by this crisis of the Catholic Church (please don't ask: What crisis?).  In this case, because the salvation of souls is the highest law that supercedes all other canons the Church supplies jurisdiction.

I found this part very interesting:
In fact it would be better to go to an Eastern Orthodox priest, since they are in true schism and do not require canonical approbation for the validity of their Sacrament of Penance and Holy Matrimony.
Which is cute, Fr. Zed indicated that this was due to the Orthodox bishops having ordinary jurisdiction before the schism.  This however falls down when they entered areas that are outside of their territorial jurisdiction.

Doing a quick search I found the following on EWTN:
"Canon 844 - §2. Whenever necessity requires it or true spiritual advantage suggests it, and provided that danger of error or of indifferentism is avoided, the Christian faithful for whom it is physically or morally impossible to approach a Catholic minister are permitted to receive the sacraments of penance, Eucharist, and anointing of the sick from non-Catholic ministers in whose Churches these sacraments are valid."In all cases validly ordained priests have the power, from ordination, to administer the sacrament of penance. In the Latin Church this exercise is controlled by the requirement that the priest receive the faculty to administer the sacrament. This faculty is conceded to Orthodox priests in certain circumstances as noted in the cited canon and in the guidelines provided in the "Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, March 25, 1993). (Source: EWTN)
So, if a Catholic finds themselves in a morally impossibility to approach a Catholic minister (with ordinary jurisdiction) - for example perhaps he's spreading heretical doctrines, malforming the words of consecration and absolution ... - would the Church not also provide jurisdiction for an SSPX priest as she does for the Orthodox (note well - this is stating something different that Fr. MacDonald). How is the moral impossibility judged?

All this is compounded with the way Rome treats the SSPX's confessions - granted that we only have Bishop Fellay's words - in serious reserved cases they have never stated that they don't have jurisdiction to absolve.

In the end Father makes this statement:
They have more in common with the fullness of the Church surrounded by Saint Peter than the Orthodox and Anglicans. 
Vatican II 'speak' is lots of fun. Frankly, the SSPX is Catholic and just lacks a canonical regularity that it 'lost' earlier in its history.

It will be restored when the Church stops shunning the perspective that the SSPX represents and carries within its bosom.


The Way Forward - Leading A Virtuous Life - Part 2 Intellectual Virtues


In this article I will summarize the Intellectual Virtues and provide my thoughts on how a Catholic should apply them in this age.

Intellectual virtues

Intellectual virtue may be defined as a habit perfecting the intellect to elicit with readiness acts that are good in reference to their proper object, namely, truth. As the intellect is called speculative or practical according as it confines itself to the sole contemplation of truth or considers truth in reference to action, the intellectual virtues may be classified according to this twofold function of the mental faculty.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A Look Back: Traditionalists, Conservatives and Sedevacantists - Which are the true Catholics? - Bishop Williamson of the 90's


I refer to this pamphlet so often (mostly in discussions with resistors), I thought it deserved its own posting.  I have reproduced the text so that it will be easily cut and pasted.

Bishop Williamson's Grand Delusion


I was surprise to read that Triumph Communications had resumed its interviewing of Bishop Williamson.

Looking at the advertisement, I'm surprised that Bishop Williamson 'tackled' the hot questions since the answers are for the most part either within the reach of most rational people or probably require him to rely upon knowledge that Bishop Williamson gathered when he was still a member of the SSPX.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Bishop Robert C. Molrino of Madison and the SSPX - Part 2 Louie Verrecchio


Louie Verrecchio has picked up on Bishop Molrino's article on the SSPX and provided some deeper insights.


Courtesy of Louie Verrecchio

Bishop Robert C. Molrino of Madison and the SSPX


Bishop Molrino of Madison has issued a warning concerning the SSPX (warning of Bishop Molrino).

The letter is of interest because it provides a perspective on the SSPX that misses some key points.

The 50 years since the close of the Second Vatican Council have been tumultuous for the Church. Forces both inside and outside of the Church tried to distort and exploit the council and the post-conciliar liturgical reforms to create a new Church after their own image.

The Way Forward - Leading a Virtuous Life - Part 1


How does one lead a virtuous life in a world bereft of virtue?

This is a question that all Catholics worthy (or unworthy) of the name should be asking themselves.

I just read the following in the Imitation of Christ:
The life of a good religious man ought to be eminent in all virtues, that he may be such interiorly as he appears to men in the exterior.
And with good reason ought he to be much more in his interior that he exteriorly appear; because he who beholds us is God, of whom we ought exceedingly to stand in awe, wherever we are, and like angels walk pure in His sight. Imitation of Christ Book 1, Chapter 19

Thursday, August 6, 2015

URGENT: Doctors who object to abortion could face disciplinary action under "human rights" codes


There is a growing intent to prevent Doctors from invoking Freedom of Conscience when they refuse certain immoral medical procedures.

There is a petition that I recommend you sign here:

You may find it odd that I have added this to the 'crisis of the Church' label.  I did this because I am convinced that if the Church was not in crisis, then the 40% of Canadians who are Catholic would have prevented this 'issue' for ever arising.

... of course Canada has had many more 'Catholic' politicians than the USA ...


Below is an email that I received:

Tomorrow, Friday, August 7th is the final day of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan's "public consultation" on a policy of conscientious objection. Here's what you can do:

1. Click here to watch the video update. Please share it on Facebook and Twitter.

2. Encourage your family and friends to sign our petition affirming freedom of conscience.

3. Chip in to help fund other journalism like this on fundamental freedoms in Canada and we'll continue to investigate and bring you the important news that the mainstream media ignores.

Yours truly,

Amanda Achtman

A look back: The Church The Priesthood and the Tridentine Indult (SSPX) and Dealing with Grief (Tradical)


The 'steps' in dealing with grief are, I believe, useful in providing some insight to the reaction of Catholics to the changes in the Church since the Second Vatican Council and are symptoms of the crisis.  A quick synopsis is that this process (normally applied to the grief of a loss of a loved one) describes the progress from a denial to acceptance of reality.

  1. Denial and Isolation
    1. Many Catholics seem to still be in this stage - particularly the conservatives.  From them we have the claims of a 'New Pentecost', 'Springtime' etc of the Church.
    2. Some others seek to isolate themselves from the pain of seeing the Church in its current state. Just as the majority of the Apostle's couldn't stand seeing Our Lord Jesus Christ go through His Passion.
  2. Anger
    1. Those who have known Church Teaching and been imbued with its pre-conciliar culture had an immediate self-defense reaction to the novelties.  
    2. I have observed that a number of traditionalists retain a fair degree of anger and that this skews their perspectives on the crisis and their response to 'it'.
  3. Bargaining 
    1. This stage is manifested by the "if only ..." phrases.  Such as: If only we lived in the pre-conciliar days etc.
  4. Depression
    1. This stage is where many just give up.  As manifested by the faithful priests who 'died of a broken heart', abandoned the Church because they felt abandoned by Her etc.
  5. Acceptance
    1. This does not mean 'acceptance' of the Second Vatican Council or compromising, but accepting the realities of the situation.  At this point, it is critical to have solid principles to guide ones actions in developing a response to the reality.   Without these, one will deviate from the Will of God quickly and decisively.
    2. This final stage 'acceptance' reminds me of the stockdale paradox which basically is to hold two contradictory beliefs at the same time:
      1. Never doubt that you will overcome.
      2. Face the bitter realities of your situation.
As you read these words of Archbishop Lefebvre, please be careful to not jump to any conclusions that will contradict the principles

Keep the principles and you'll keep safe!


Courtesy of SSPXasia: Archbishop-Lefebvre The-Church-The-Priesthood-and-the-Tridentine-Indult

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Should Catholics Attend the New Mass? Part 1 Episode 14.1


Further along the topic of the New Mass, the SSPX has published an FAQ video on this topic of the New Mass.

As the New Mass is a banner for all the changes that have happened since the Second Vatican Council, it is natural that it is the most defended 'artifact' of the Council.

Some will recognize this as a play on the words of Cardinal Seper:
Cardinal Seper came in with these words: “Holy Father, they make a banner of the old Mass, we can not grant what they ask for like this.” Source:
To my knowledge, every Ecclesia Dei congregation has had to 'accept' the New Mass along with the Council.

This is what I call Romes "Mantra" accept the Council and the New Mass.  When the Mantra ceases to be repeated, then I believe real change will be manifested in the relations between Traditional Catholics and the rest of the Church of Christ.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Discussions with Rome - Updated


As most people who follow the SSPX would know, there were some meetings between Cardinal Mueller, Cardinal Brandmueller, and Bishop Schneider at various houses of the SSPX.

Aside from that there has been little reported on progress or lack thereof in the media.

Cardinal Mueller has given an interview in which he had the following to say (Source: Rorate Caeli):

Must Catholics Attend the New Mass? -


Having discussed the licety of the New Mass, the question is are Catholic obliged to attend the New Mass?  After all there is a grave duty to fulfill our Sunday Obligation (even if a number of priests are refusing to inform Catholics of this duty).

Ultimately, the question for most Catholics should be: Does attendance at the Novus Ordo Missae present a danger to the faith.  As noted below:
... anyone who “without a real impediment” fails to hear Mass on days of obligation commits a mortal sin; otherwise, “[a]ny moderately grave reason suffices to excuse one from assistance at Holy Mass, such as considerable hardship or corporal or spiritual harm either to oneself or another”(Fr. Heribert Jone, Moral Theology, No. 198).
Does participation at Masses where Communion in the hand is practiced constitute a danger to the Faith?  Lex Orandi, Lex Credidi is a Catholic principle and receiving communion in the hand like protestants does have an effect.

First, there is the attack on the Dogma of the Real Presence.  Every particle recognizable as Bread IS Christ.  Therefore, as the Catholics receive the wafers like crackers and treat them just the same, what do the children understand from this action? In essence they will 'see' no difference and this is a very very dangerous conclusion to reach at an early impressionable age.

This list goes on and once a person realizes the real danger, then there is an obligation to avoid the danger.


Courtesy of

Monday, August 3, 2015

The 'Six Conditions'


Here are the six conditions that the SSPX has laid out for considering a canonical regularization.

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.” 

Is the New Mass Legit?


The question of the New Mass is one of the points of contention between Rome and the SSPX.  The SSPX normally refers describes the New Mass as Evil - in this context meaning the 'absence of a due good'.

I know that many Catholics who are not 'traditionalist' will find this hard to understand let alone accept.

The Mass is supposed to represent, embody and reinforce  the Dogma's and Doctrines of the Catholic Faith.

The issue is that, primarily because of what was removed, the Novus Ordo Missae no longer does that - so there is an absence of a due good.

I know from personal experience that some Catholics see any discussion on the New Mass as an attack upon them personally.  I simply ask them to take a step back from what they believe to be a perfect expression of Catholic Faith and compare it with the expression of Catholic Faith found in the Tridentine Mass.