Sunday, January 31, 2016

Rome / SSPX Timeline - Updated

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Update: I just found on La PorteLatine a timeline in french!

http://laportelatine.org/vatican/sanctions_indults_discussions/sanctions_indults_discussions.php



This timeline will be a long 'look back' over the 40 + year history of interactions between Rome and SSPX.


I intend to put a link to it in the 'pages' bar as I update it.

I started a couple of similar timelines:

http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2015/10/rome-sspx-relations-timeline.html
http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2014/07/rome-and-sspx-timeline-work-in-progress.html



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Friday, January 29, 2016

A Look Back - Legal Existence of the SSPX

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The suppression of the SSPX is a warm to hot topic depending on with whom you are discussing it.

However, it is an important topic  as it shows (as the FFI now know) the extent of the hatred for 'Tradition'.

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Courtesy of SSPX.org

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Look Back - Consecration Sermon 1988

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This was a momentous occasion - but not a rabidly rebellious one.  I have this from a first hand witness who flew to Econe for the consecrations.

I wish I had gone with him!!!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Look Back - “if it is my duty, I will consecrate bishops.” 1988

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Arrive at the principles that guide a person's decisions and then you can determine the good of their actions.

Hence the reason for my focusing on the 'Look Back' series this month.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

A Look Back - Archbishop Lefebvre's & SSPX's superiors' letter to Pope John Paul II - June 2, 1988


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Archbishop Lefebvre's
& SSPX's superiors' letter
to Pope John Paul II
This letter was composed in June 1988 by the various superiors of the SSPX summarizing the causes of the failure of the discussions from 1987 to 1988 on the part of the liberal Roman authorities, as well as the fact that the papal mandate for consecrating a bishop had already been implicitly given.

Glimmers of Hope

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Things have objectively changed in the Church. Whereas in the 70s, 80s, 90s and early into the 21st century, the SSPX stood alone as the only work of the Church (sorry Sede's - I believe your rejection of the Pope et al disqualifies you) that was explicitly talking about the crisis - there are now other Bishops and Cardinals who are adding their voices.

It's nice to not be quite so alone ...

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Bishop Schneider - A Glimmer of Hope

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Look Back -Compendium of Articles surrounding the consecrations

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In much of the furor over the status of the SSPX and the consecrations of 1988, the reasons why the Archbishop undertook this gigantic step in the face of severe opposition is lost.

Here is a compendium of some articles to provide some perspective.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

A Look Back - Superior General Letter 59 November 2000

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Courtesy of SSPXasia

Superior general Letter # 59
to Friends and Benefactors
November 1, 2000
Dear Friends and Benefactors,
Thirty years ago on the first of November 1970, Bishop Charrière of Fribourg in Switzerland signed the Decree of Erection of the society of St. Pius X. What a series of events the Society has seen since then! Starting with the Church’s recognition and praise of the Society in its early days, both at diocesan level in the first dioceses where it was set up, and at pontifical level in Rome. Within two years of the Society’s erection, the Vatican itself was undertaking the first steps towards granting the Society pontifical status at a time when it was setting up its first priests overseas.
After this promising start there soon came years of trial. While the Seminary in Ecône was fast filling, Church authorities on high prepared to cause trouble. In 1974, Bishop Etchegaray told some Catholics: “In six months, Ecône will be dead and buried”. So our fate was decided in advance. But they had reckoned without the tenacity of our valiant Founder, who in the name of the highest principles would stand up to the steam-roller that was meant to crush from the outset his work of priestly renewal. It began with the scandalous canonical visitation of autumn 1974, scandalous in the sense that the visitors from Rome scandalized Ecône’s professors and seminarians by their modernist remarks. The result was the famous Declaration of November 21, 1974, which is always astonishingly up-to-date. Meetings in Rome with a Commission of Cardinals confirmed Archbishop Lefebvre in his anxiety over the line of action being followed by the Roman authorities at that time: they seemed less concerned with saving souls or with nourishing them at the sources of liturgical grace or the integral Faith than with imposing the recent Church reforms, however devastating these might prove to be.

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Religion without a Hell ...

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... isn't worth a damn.

The thought that Hell is empty has resurfaced with the elevation of Bishop Barron to the Episcopacy.

Here's an article (bad) about this particular issue:

Commonweal: Hell - population zero

And here's the antidote:



Unam Sancatam Catholicam: Predestination

Blog for Dallas Area Catholics


Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Look Back Superior General Letter # 60 May 4, 2001

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Courtesy of SSPXasia


Superior general Letter # 60 to Friends and Benefactors
May 5, 2001
Feast of St. Pius V
Dear Friends and Benefactors,
This letter is coming to you somewhat late. We did not wish it to reach you before we could give you news as accurate as possible on the state of our relations with Rome. It seems to us that the time has now come to assess the situation. Many rumours have been circulating, a number of them false. Also we are aware of how much is at stake, and how decisive it can be for our future. We will lay out here various aspects of the question.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Look Back - Letter of Bishop Fellay to Cardinal Castrillon

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Courtesy of SSPXasia


A Letter of Bishop Fellay  to Cardinal Castrillon
Menzingen, Switzerland June 22, 2001
Most Eminent Lord,
It is with my eyes fixed on the Sacred Heart, whose feast we celebrate today according to his own desire, that I implore, of His mercy, that it might deign to impregnate the lines that follow with His light and His charity.
The Jesuit, Bishop Pierre Henrici, at the time secretary of Communio, said in a conference on the development of the Council that at Vatican II two theological traditions, that are deep down incomprehensible to one another, entered into collision.
Your letter of May 7 caused me similar sentiments of incomprehension and of disappointment.
We have the impression that you are trying to force us to make a choice: either we are to enter into full communion, and then we must be silent concerning the great evils that afflict the Church, that is in the absence of a golden cage, we must accept a muzzle; or we are to stay "outside".

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A Look Back - Voris Refuted by Bishop Schneider

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The SSPX has its fair share of critics and, sadly, Mr. Voris has jumped on this particular bandwagon with his normal gusto.

Here's  a repeat article - just to refresh the topic as I suspect Mr. Voris will be having conniptions during the 'Year of Mercy'.

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Courtesy of SSPX.org


Monday, January 11, 2016

A Look Back - Statement of SSPX Superior General Bishop Fellay Jan 2001

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Courtesy of SSPXasia



PRIESTLY FRATERNITY OF SAINT PIUS X
Statement of Bishop Fellay
to SSPX Members and Friends,
January 22, 2001
(Official Translation)
  1. In August, at the end of last summer's pilgrimage to Rome, Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos had a first direct contact with the Society's Bishops.
  2. During the month of November the same Cardinal, under a mandate from Pope John Paul II, invited the Superior General to come to see him 'to prepare a visit with the Pope".
  3. On December 29, Cardinal Castrillon proposed to Bishop Fellay different elements that could serve towards a possible agreement between Rome and the Society. The Superior General expressed his point of view, his distrust, his apprehension. (Although never before had Rome gone so far in favor of Tradition).
  4. On December 30, for a few seconds, the Superior General saw the Pope in his private chapel. (No words of importance were exchanged).
  5. On January 13 there was a special meeting of the General Council, of the Society's Bishops and of the delegate of Bishop Rangel, at which were established the principles to guide us in the present situation.
  6. On January 16, there was another meeting with Cardinal Castrillon, during which the Superior General exposed the necessity of having guaranties from Rome before going ahead in the details of eventual discussions or an agreement:
  • that the Tridentine Mass be granted to all priests of the entire world
  • that the censures against the Bishops be declared null.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Look Back - A Recent Trial

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Courtesy of DICI.org

The Useful Lesson from the Recent Trial

22-10-2012 
Filed under From TraditionNews
On Saturday, October 13, 2012, on the occasion of the “Tradition Days” in Villepreux (France), Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta gave this conference, in which he analyzes the state of the relations of the Society of Saint Pius X with Rome. 
Dear confreres, dear religious, very dear faithful, dear friends,
My intention is to speak to you about the qualities of the spiritual, Christian, Catholic militia, about the conditions that the combat for the faith must assume, and obviously to tell you a few words about the situation of the Society vis-à-vis Rome.
The Book of Job says:  “Militia est vita hominis super terram et sicut dies mercenarii dies ejus” (Job 7:1).  Man’s life on earth is a time of military service, and his days are like those of a mercenary.  This is Scripture, the Book of Job, that offers this very interesting image.
If the life of every man on earth is a combat, then much more so the life of the Catholic, of the Christian who is baptized and confirmed and therefore engaged in this combat for Christ the King.  And I would say that if the life of every Christian is a combat, then the life of a Christian today is par excellence a struggle, a combat, a time of service.

Friday, January 8, 2016

A look back - Ordination Sermon 1987

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My objective in pulling this content over to this blog is to build a handy reference for understanding the interactions between Rome and the SSPX.


I suspect this will take some time :-)

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Courtesy of SSPXasia

Thursday, January 7, 2016

True or False Pope - Gloria TV Interview - Part 1

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I believe that True or False Pope  is finally ready for shipping.  I first heard of this project almost two years ago.

I think it can't have been released as a better time, as I've been asked questions by some non-trad Catholics that indicate the degree of scandal that Pope Francis is giving or allowing to be given.

That said, there is no reason to fear 'sedevacantism', because it isn't some monster stalking you through the night.  It is simply a simple solution to a complex problem that happens to be demonstratably wrong and dangerous to souls.

Period.

With respect to TorF Pope, there's been a few interviews done of the authors and a new one has been released by Gloria today.

You can find it here!

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A look back - February 1988 sermon of Archbishop Lefebvre

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While this is a one sided look back (I'm not privy to all the correspondence and interactions with Rome, I still think it is useful to maintain a broad perspective if one reads the whole document, not just look for bits to support this or that position.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

A Look Back - On Rome and the SSPX - Joint Statement from The Remnant and Catholic Family News 2006

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For better or worse, the plight of Traditional Catholics is intertwined in the fate of the SSPX.  No matter how the non-SSPX trads seek to disassociate themselves from the SSPX, it is a futile effort.

The liturgy itself is a distinguishing mark that will lead to the a similar mindset (ie FFI).

Here is a joint statement from Mr Matt and Vennari on the 2006 events.

It is still useful to look back!

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Courtesy of the Remnant

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Can the Pope Change Doctrine - LifeSite News

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The agony of the Church is presently due in large part to the inaction of the successors of Peter since the Second Vatican Council to defend the Faith.

Frankly, I believe the minor part is their other shenanigans!

This in action has altered the perception of their actions - making life confusing for the majority of the Catholics due to their ignorance of the teachings of the Church.

Here's a little clarity to help dispel the fog of war!

Hope Dr. Feser won't object to my re-blogging the article that was posted on LifeSiteNews!

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Courtesy of LifeSiteNews

A Look Back - Rorate on the SSPX 2006 General Chapter Declaration

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Early in its existence, Rorate-Caeli demonstrated that it was a reliable and fair venue for accessing news about Traditional Catholicism.

It remains so today and that is why it is on my 'blog list' as a trusted source of information on the comings and goings within this crisis.

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Source: Rorate-Caeli

Friday, January 1, 2016

A Look Back - After the General Chapter 2006

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A General Chapter is not an event I am likely to ever witness first hand ... because I am not a priest or member of a religious order.

However these 'after the Chapter' reports provide some insights to how they are conducted.



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Source: Angelus Press

Battle Joy

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I was listening to a Cd of John Vennari on Battle Joy (Recapture the Flag: Dedication and Battle Joy - by John Vennari ) and it really captures a key point that Catholics (Traditional and otherwise labelled) need to adopt.

We should see this conflict as a chance to prove our mettle for our King and to earn our unending reward.  As veterans we'll be able to talk about the old battles in which we fought and the honour we gained in fighting for our King!

Attached is a preview of course that, although secular, contains some of the elements of Battle Joy.

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https://www.coursera.org/learn/war/lecture/VDwfk/the-joy-of-battle