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.