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.