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