Thursday, October 19, 2017

Another victim of the Crisis of the Church: Joseph Cade

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I just received these 'comments' from "Joseph Cade":
Without writeing 6 pages of junk the true catholic church is what's left of just a handful of people. Not the Vatican 2 church that is not catholic its evil. You think I don't know what I am talking about. Ha either did the rest of the world when Noah closed the door to the boat and the rains came.
After approval ha it will never see the light of day. I didn't know an approval was need or I would have never wrote anything. Truth never had a chance with censorship

Fruits of Vatican II - The New Mass Part 7- A Priest's impression of the Tridentine Mass (spoiler: He didn't like it ...)

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In 2012, Fr. Peter Schineller attended a Tridentine Mass and ended his report with the following:

One thing I know: I myself will never freely choose to celebrate the Tridentine Mass.

Iglesia Ni Cristo - Is it really the Church of Christ???

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Recently a member of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), handed out pamphlets at an SSPX chapel.  While the Catholic Church is in a crisis on numerous levels, it remains today the Church of Christ.

As for the INC, there were a number of claims under the heading of "What We Believe and Why".  These are summed up as "the Iglesia Ni Cristo" upholds the pristine teachings of the Bible.

This will make our job of determining the veracity of their claims as to being the Church of Christ much simpler. 

Why?

Because if their belief can be found at fault in one aspect of the truths found in the Bible, then obviously their religion is not the Church of Christ.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fruits of Vatican II - The New Mass Part 6 - New rite condemned by the Tradition of the Church

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I remember one person telling me the stress the New Mass caused his father. He recounted how his dad's arm would tense up during the NOM.

I'm not surprised.

I don't often have cause to go to the NOM for funerals or weddings, but when I do, I am happy when some small vestige of Catholicism pops up.

Funny that people now rejoice when a Pope says something Catholic, that I should be happy to recognize something amongst all the banality (see note 1).




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Note 1
ba·nal
bəˈnäl,bəˈnal

adjective
so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring.
"songs with banal, repeated words"
synonyms: trite, hackneyed, clichéd, platitudinous, vapid, commonplace, ordinary, common, stock, conventional, stereotyped, overused, overdone, overworked, stale, worn out, timeworn, tired, threadbare, hoary, hack, unimaginative, humdrum, ho-hum, unoriginal, uninteresting, dull, uninvolving, trivial; informalold hat, corny, cornball, played out; dateddime-store; raretruistic, bromidic
"banal lyrics"

Courtesy of FSSPX.news


Monday, October 16, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fruits of Vatican II - The New Mass Part 3 Theology and Spirituality of the Mass

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Courtesy of the Correctio of Amoris Laetitia we have people (once again) stating that the Tridentine Mass represents and outmoded theology.


One question that I would like to have answered is why 'they' can't just let 'us' be Catholic?


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fruits of Vatican II - The New Mass Part 2 What is wrong with the Novus Ordo Missae?

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It is critical to understand that what was promulgated in 1969 is nothing like what is practiced in 2017.

Today, the NOM as practiced is even more protestant and culturally repulsive to Catholics steeped in the Tridentine Liturgy.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Fatima - Miracle of the Sun, 100 years later

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I have no doubt that one key element to the Catholic Church emerging from this crisis is the consecration of Russia (by name) to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

However, given the delay and hubris of the Popes and those advising them (responsibility for the failure is shared between them in unequal portions), the context is going to change.

What would, in all likelihood, been a simple act to avoid greater pain will now be an act that will cause great pain in order to undo the damage done by the delay.

In other words, pray and do penance today to lessen the blow when the consecration is performed.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fruits of Vatican II - The New Mass Part 1a Side By Side Comparison

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For my future reference I am collecting information detailing the differences between the NOM and the Tridentine Mass.

After looking at the comparisons - it is obvious that when they wrote the 'banal on the spot fabrication' that is the New Mass, they left behind a whole lot of Catholicity.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Is the SSPX In Schism???

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It would appear that Cardinal Burke has changed his opinion about the SSPX being Catholic as he is now on record as stating:
CARDINAL BURKE: The, despite the various arguments surrounding the question, the fact of the matter is that the Priestly Society of St. Pius X is in schism since the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre ordained four bishops without the mandate of the Roman Pontiff.
And so it is not legitimate to attend Mass or to receive the sacraments in a church that’s under the direction of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X. (Source: AKA Catholic - see note 1)
This is a complete 180 degree change when his eminence called the SSPX Catholic in the 2012.

Corretio - the discussion finally seems to be happening!

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Dr. Joseph Shaw, the spokesman for the theologians behind the Correctio, has been chronicling the discussions around the Correctio.

I believe that finally, cautiously some theologians are trying to engage in an honest debate.

Here's the links of interest (in no particular order of precedence):

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/yes-amoris-laetitia-303-really-undermines-catholic-moral-teaching-scholar

https://www.remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/3450-wait-wait-it-s-all-a-mistranslation

http://www.lmschairman.org/search/label/Correctio%20Filialis

Prayer and study the faith (in that order) that you hold fast to the Catholic Truth in its entirety!

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The End Game of Pope Francis et al

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There are reports that the NOM lectionary and calendar are to be 'integrated' into the Tridentine Mass. 

I believe this to be simply the first step of razing the last liturgical bastion of Catholic Theology.

Well ... at this point it is just a rumour, but one that is aligned with statements to be found in Summorum Pontificum and Universae Ecclesiae (sp).

What is the end-game mentioned in the title of this post? 

Nothing less than the destruction of every firm expression of the Catholic Faith.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

A Cardinal Warning: Ottaviani’s Rescue Attempt - The Remnant

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So the public release of the Filial Correction has caused a bit of stir (see Rorate for some insight) and the 'responses' that I have read from 'liberal' Catholics (you know the ones condemned in the 1800's) have been non-responses.

I was told that the Pope didn't have anyone intellectually capable (in my mind honest) to provide a cogent response.  Then I read this one posted by Mark Shea . . . and I think my friend was right.

I've seen a lot of name calling etc, but that was to be expected. If you haven't got a good argument and feel compelled to say something any number of fallacies will be employed. Let's just say that they have been over the past week.

This note by Shea was particularly telling:

They want a purged Church, not one that welcomes sinners and the broken.  They seek a Fortress, not a hospital.
Well, I guess english isn't his strong suit or he didn't actually read the document.  Of course, that would take mental exertion. 

What Catholics (see note 1) want is a refuge from the world the provides them the spiritual food necessary in this desert. 


I'll give you a hint, the Novus Ordo Missae and ambiguous teaching that have permeated the Church since V2 are at best table scraps.

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1. By Catholics I mean those who were baptised Catholic and desire that the Church and all within Her do their duty.

Courtesy of The Remnant

Canon Law and Pastoral Theology of Marriage - SSPX

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Understand the principles and use them as a guide to forming your opinion. I don't mean just the principles that confirm our beliefs - a broad understanding of Catholic Teaching is needed.

Here are some principles for understanding the 'SSPX marriage' question.

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Courtesy of FSSPX.news

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Response to the Archbishop's Dubia

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For the record, at least there was a 'response' to the Archbishop's Dubia.

One day (perhaps when I retire in 10+ years ) I'll go through this line by line.  It would have been nicer (and easier) if they had simply responded to the dubia directly - line by line.

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Source: Stomachosus Thomistarum

Monday, September 25, 2017

Filial Correction - Response Please!

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Updated: I just noticed a Tweet from Dr. Shaw. The Vatican has blocked access to correctio filias website.  I guess the Pope is aware of it and isn't very pleased.

I suspect that the Pope won't respond to the filial correction.  However, his supporters will.

I just noticed the first 'response' from the National unCatholic Reporter.

While I leave you to read it for yourself I found the following interesting:


  1. The labels of Schismatics, extremists, liars, hypocrites etc are trotted out for all to see.  Not totally surprising given that I suspect (along with others) that they will be unable to respond intellectually to the correction.  As such they will have recourse to a Liberals favorite tool: venomous words.
  2. Nothing on the substance of the correction.  I think that no response indicates the inability to respond.
Here's some tidbits:

Stephen Walford, a British Catholic author who has written several books on the papacy and the theology of the church, said the accusation of heresy "is based around claims the Holy Father has never made -- lies essentially -- and a massive dose of hypocrisy."
I guess he didn't read the correction ... oh well.

The Other Dubia - Archbishop Lefebvre 1987

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In 1987, Archbishop Lefebvre sent his dubia (see Religious Liberty Questioned) to the Vatican. He had to wait a number of months and the answer was not a 'yes/no' response.  Looking at the non-response to the four dubia of Card. Burke et al, we can see a pattern. There will be no direct response to simple questions.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

it begins ... just noticed something significant ...

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Just noticed that there is only one bishop / head of religious organization on the signatory list:

Bishop Fellay.

Just saying!

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It begins ...

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Two commentaries are out - first Dr. Shaw (signatory and contact point) had this to write:

The document is signed by 62 people, Catholic academics and pastors, from 20 countries. It expresses, in technical theological language, the concern that, while Amoris laetitia itself may be open to an interpretation in line with the previous teaching of the Church, various informal indications, which appear to be favoured by Pope Francis himself, point to an interpretation not in line with that teaching.
Either the new view is wrong, or the old one is. There has in fact been no attempt to promulgate the new view magisterially - that is from the Holy Father himself, clearly, and in an authoritative format, such as a formal document - since Amoris laetitia itself. It would seem, in any case, that such an attempt could not be successful, in the sense of creating an obligation on Catholics to assent to this new view, because the old view expressed the Ordinary Magisterium, based on Scripture, and this teaching cannot be changed. In short, it seems to me that the new view which has been suggested and insinuated is incompatible with the Faith.
That does not mean that the Pope is a heretic. There is a wide gap between appearing to favour a view which is objectively contrary to the faith, and being a heretic, one part of which is the knowledge and intentions of the person concerned, and another part of which is the judgement of that person by a competent superior. We cannot ascertain the former, and as for the latter, in the law of the Church, the Pope has no superior. Judgment of the Pope's culpability or personal state has absolutely no place in this project.

It Begins: "FILIAL CORRECTION OF POPE FRANCIS For the Propagation of Heresies" - Rorate-Caeli

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This is the next logical step in the process of the Church recovering from this crisis.

I know that there are a lot of impatient people - but this is the right way to go about correcting the Pope.

Here's a highlight of some key points over the last 40+ years:

  1. 1982 Pope St. John Paul II issues indult for Tridentine Mass
  2. 1987 Archbishop Lefebvre sends dubia
  3. 1988 Archbishop Lefebvre consecrate 4 auxiliary bishops
  4. 2007 Pope Benedict XVI grants SSPX condition - Summorum Pontificum
  5. 2009 Pope Benedict XVI grants SSPX condition - Excommunications Lifted
  6. 2011 Pope Benedict XVI issues explanation of SP and gives laity right to appeal to ecclesial court - Universae Ecclesiae
  7. 2016 Pope Francis issues Amoris Laetitiae
  8. 2016 Theologians issue theological assessment of AL
  9. 2016 Four Cardinals issue dubia on AL
  10. 2017 Theologians issue filial correction to Pope Francis 
I understand that the letter was first hand delivered to Pope Francis and, as with the dubia, no response was received.

So now the correction is public.

Pray for the Pope because he will have to truly be humble to accept the truth.

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Source: Rorate-Caeli

Letter Praising the SSPX

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In 1971, the Archbishop received a letter praising the SSPX.

It is interesting to see how things proceeded when it became obvious that the SSPX intended to remain Catholic!

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Tradinews: Letter Praising the SSPX

Friday, September 22, 2017

Confess Your Sin, Bishops: Bring Back the Old Confessionals! -The Remnant

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The separation between priest and penitent is an interesting aspect of Church discipline.  The wall between them protects both of them - as seen below.

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Courtesy of The Remnant

Thursday, September 21, 2017

When Others Follow the Society‘s Example - FSSPX.news

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I think that as the crisis deepens, more and more people will begin to echo statements made by the SSPX in the preceding years.

It is nice to hear another's voice.

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Courtesy of FSSPX.news

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Extra-Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers

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There is nothing so ordinary (regular) in the Catholic Church as 'Extra-Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers' (EOEM).

I added the attached article because it provides references to actual rules.

I would like to offer the following commentary:
  • Delegating the distribution of communion to the laity to hospitals etc causes problems.  A person who is confined to a hospital or similar circumstance will not have the opportunity to go to confession.  So, when a EOEM arrives, they will have peer pressure to receive.  This will, I posit, increase the sacrilegious receipt of Holy Communion. 
  • If a priest is ill, I find it hard to believe that he would have sole responsibility for a parish.
  • There is only one person who must receive communion at mass, the priest who is celebrating Mass.  In this way the sacrifice is consummated.   Laity do not need to receive communion.
  • Regular confession is as needed as regular communion.

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Catholic Answers: What is the proper use of ...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Communion in the Hand - Rethinking Communion in the Hand

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Here's a scholarly article on the topic.

Something to ponder: If we as Catholics know and believe the Catholic Teaching on the Eucharist, what is our responsibility in participating in a liturgy where sacrilege is being committed.

Ponder this well and act accordingly!

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http://www.catholic-pages.com/mass/inhand.asp


Monday, September 18, 2017

Holy Communion in the Hand? - Catholic Culture

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One interesting aspect of the 'communion in the hand' is its link with the disappearance of kneelers in Catholic Churches - especially those in North America.

Not only was kneeling and receiving on the tongue discouraged (understatement), kneeling was made difficult be the removal of kneelers during 'renovations'.

Want to resolve this crisis?

  1. Don't go to a Church where communion is given on the hand.
  2. Don't go to a Church where there are no kneelers.
When Catholics begin to act as Catholics - then we will start to emerge from this crisis.


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Reference Links
https://adoremus.org/2001/11/15/Communion-in-the-Hand/
http://www.ewtn.com/library/CURIA/CDWMEMOR.HTM
https://adoremus.org/2003/02/15/Vatican-on-Communion-in-the-hand/
http://www.usccb.org/about/divine-worship/index.cfm
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/ccdds/documents/rc_con_ccdds_doc_20030317_ordinamento-messale_en.html
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/ccdds/documents/rc_con_ccdds_doc_20040423_redemptionis-sacramentum_en.html
https://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/communion_in_hand.htm



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Truth About Communion in the Hand While Standing - New Liturgical Movement

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Beyond the insult offered to Our Lord Jesus Christ, another problem with Communion in the Hand is the vice of Pride.

I have heard some say: I'm not a child etc.

Well, Our Lord said that unless we become like a child (humble) we shall not be saved.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Akin: Protestants Aren’t Heretics, Catholics Should Commemorate the Reformation - The Remnant

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Let's keep something in mind, while Mr. Akin's is misleading people (doing the Devil's work no doubt), I believe that he is probably sincere.  In other words he is sincerely wrong.  Just like Pope Francis.

This does not lessen their culpability because he should know better.  

In this Liberal age, it seems that Catholics have forgotten that it is their duty to study and learn the faith.  

"I didn't know" will be answered with "You should have known".

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Courtesy of The Remnant

Communion in the Hand

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Communion in the hand is a curious thing because it is both a cause and a symptom at the same time.

It is a symptom of a lessening of the Faith in the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist.

It is a cause of the lessening of that Faith in others.

Here's some information on the 'rules' of the Indult.

Oh yeah, keep in mind, communion in the hand is legalized or permitted abuse.  Anyone who thinks this is how it was done in the early Church is either ignorant or a liar.

For the record, here's the 'rules'.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Encyclical Humanae Vitae on Marriage and Birth Control, Paul VI - FSSPX.news

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Humanae Vitae was probably the only 'light' in an otherwise dark pontificate.

There is a commission examining some of the work now and, given this Pope's apparent desire to reform the Church in his own image, there is concern that this teaching - like everything else will be set aside in a more formal manner.

Note well, I stated in a formal manner. Informally, it appears that the 'contraception' mindset of the Western World is readily accepted in the mainstream Catholic Church today.

This is only another example of the spirit of the world manifesting itself in the Church - along with Communion in the Hand and [Extra]-Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers, relegation of Confession to psychological counseling etc.

Watch and pray that you don't enter into temptation.

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Courtesy of FSSPX.news

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bugnini and Ash Wednesday

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Pertinent to the news that Rome is giving episcopal conferences the ability to translate the Novus Ordo (... go to it guys ...) I came across this article on CC Watershed.

Bugnini wanted to erase Ash Wednesday.  This guy was a maniac.

At the end of the article are three links to

I agree with Pope Francis the Liturgical 'Reform' is irreversable - the damage is done but at least they didn't damage the Tridentine Mass.  They simply made up a new one ...

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ccwatershed.org: Bugnini an Ash Wednesday


The Moral Limits of Medical Treatment - FSSPX.news

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Given the 'debate' on euthanasia - this article is particularly timely!

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Courtesy of FSSPX.news

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fruits of Vatican II - Part 3 Humanae Vitae and the Winnipeg Statement

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Departing from the stats, we come to the Humanae Vitae conflict.

In this case the issue is the breakdown of discipline and rule of law in the Chuch.

In the Catholic Church today, the rule of conscience has replaced the rule of law.

The ramifications of this event resonate well with the issue with Amoris Laetitiae.

Key point: The Pope, Bishops, Priests et al are failing in their duty to inform the consciences of the faithful.

I don't think God will accept the 'I was just following orders' excuse.

Interestingly, there is some research the suggests that humans feel disconnected from the results of an action when it is done under the orders of a superior.  

This is consistent with the complete upheaval in the Church after V2.

However, it doesn't let anyone off the hook because it is a Catholic principle that we can't just 'follow' orders.

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Source: University of Arizona
Wikipedia Article: Winnipeg Statement

Fruits of Vatican II - The New Mass Part 1b Side By Side Comparison

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A continuation of the comparison.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

“Magnum Principium” should be retitled "Magnum Insaniam"

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This is definitely one for the chronicle.
 On Sept. 9, with a new motu proprio, he delivered another decisive blow to those who would roll back the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council. “Magnum Principium”restores and strengthens the council’s call for local bishops’ conferences to have authority with regard to the approval of translations into the vernacular. Source: America Magazine

Fruits of Vatican II - Part 2 Baptisms, Marriages and Conversions

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In the last article we looked at ordination stats from around the world and compared them to the SSPX and FSSP.

Interestingly, I live in a diocese with ~ 130k Catholics.  Number of ordinations - 2 in the last 7 years or so ... or was that the neighboring diocese?

Can you tell the difference?  I sure can.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Whatever Happened to the Dubia Submitted by the Four Cardinals? - FSSPX.news

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Well, as we wait (and wait) for a response to the Dubia, the cogs are turning in the background.


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SSPX Marriages Part 3


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This is the final installment addressing the current situation of SSPX marriages.


It would be nice if the state of necessity was no longer existent, however it is obvious from the German Bishop's reaction - it will be quite a long time yet before Catholics are accepted as Catholics.

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Courtesy of SSPX.org

SSPX Marriages Part 2

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This is part 2 of the SSPX series on marriage from Fr. Knittel's conference.

To sacraments requiring jurisdiction for validity - Confession and Marriage.

This is a usual attack point in discussions between Trads and non-Trads.

Keep in mind the important distinction between Ordinary and Supplied Jurisdiction - not to mention all the exceptions in canon law.

It is not black and white - even though some would like it to be so ...

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Courtesy of SSPX.org

Fruits of Vatican II - Part 1 Ordinations

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We know from Vatican 1 (Trent vs Vatican II) what fruits V2 did not produce.  It's probably a good idea to take a look at some of the fruits and effects of Vatican II.

The first that comes to mind is the New Mass, but really I think it is the secondary fruit.

The primary fruit was the collapse of Catholicism that occurred immediately after the close of the council. On this topic one of my opponents pointed out that correlation does not indicate a cause.

This is true.

There may have been other events that caused the free-fall.  However, my first premis is that something happened in 1965 and the key element in the life of the Church is the Second Vatican Council.  The correlation is strong in key metrics of the life of the Church.  After 50+ years there are now other ways to assess the validity of the claim that the cultural changes wrought by Vatican II are causal.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Pope Francis and the Blog "Traditional Catholic Priest"

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Pope Francis continues to scandalize people into make bad mistakes.

No surprise here eh?

This list includes Louie Verrecchio, Ann Barnhardt, Fr. Kramer and now the editor of Traditional Catholic Priest.

Mr. Byrd published his adhesion to the belief that Pope Francis is not the Vicar of Christ but simply an Anti-Pope.

He cites others who have come to the conclusion, but numbers doesn't make wrong right.

I sent Mr. Byrd an email (see below) and ask all readers so scandalized by Pope Francis the following question:

How can a person be Catholic and deviate from Catholic Doctrine?

All I have to say is suck-it-up children and man-up to the reality.  No excuses, we can't be Traditional and set aside Catholic Dogma, Doctrine and Principles.

Don't take the easy lazy way out.

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Motu Proprio "Magnum Principium" granting authority on liturgical translations to Bishops' Conferences - Rorate Caeli

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The Episcopal Conference will now be able to make their own translations.

What does this mean and why is it important?

We have seen the damage done by the 'translation' of the New Mass into the vernacular.  This change disenfranchised a large number of Catholics and splintered the Church along the lines of language.

Now the splintering will be reinforced at the diocesan level with inculturation and a continuation of the downward spiral of different translations.

In the end the only Roman Rite left standing will be the Tridentine Rite.

In reality I think this is not a bad thing from the big picture point of view, because it will hasten the destruction of the New Mass as it becomes New Masses.

The sad thing is the effect it will have of the poor Catholics who are still sticking to their pews.

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Courtesy of Rorate-Caeli

Bishop Schneider Says “There are Ambiguities in Vatican II” - FSSPX.news

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Interestingly, I recently heard that Kazakhstan is where people would be exiled. Well, Bishop Schneider can't be exiled because he's already there ...

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Courtesy of FSSPX.news

Friday, September 8, 2017

Why?

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There is a question that needs to be answered: Why does the Pope not kneel in front of God?


Source: EponymousFlower

Maybe the answer is related to the non-answer of the dubia?

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Cardinal Burke: Formal correction would ‘require’ Pope Francis to teach what Church ‘has always taught’ - LifeSiteNews

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Life Site News provides a great service to the World as it covers 'the' key issues of our Millenium!

I strongly recommend you support them!

It would be nice if the Pope taught what the Church has always taught - in its entirety.



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Source: Life Site News

Virtue - It's In You To Practice

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I think that in some cases, particular virtues  are emphasized in a particular era.

I am beginning to wonder if, with the complete dissolution of society, a corresponding full court press of virtue is needed.

We need to keep Faith, Hope and Charity as always!

Then we need be wise and scientific to develop a correct understanding of the nature of the crisis and what is at state!

We need art and prudence to direct our action!

... and the list goes on ...

Study the virtues and practice them everyday, we can never be virtuous enough!

Perhaps, just perhaps we may come out of this crisis holier than when we entered it!

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

The SSPX and the Conversion of Rome to Tradition - SSPX.ca

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Humans are notoriously bad at predicting the future.  That is why the predication of the miracle on October 13, 1917 was a certain sign that the events were of God.

With this truth, we can understand that the debate of whether or not a no-compromise regularization will be a good or bad thing is a debate of opinions.

Objectively, we can understand what is a no-compromise regularization - whether or not it is a good thing will have to be assessed after a period of time.

The Fruits of the Council of Trent and the Fruits of the Second Vatican Council

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I want to revisit something that I stated in this article - the fruits of the Council of Trent as related by the Fathers of the First Vatican Council.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Avoiding Confirmation Bias

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I found this article on Dr. Roberto's website and think that is gives some good insights on how to avoid the deep pit of confirmation bias.

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Schola's Guide to Sung Mass - Latin Mass Society

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In some places throughout the world, it isn't quite the wasteland that we've come to expect.

The UK is blessed in that there were a number of strong Catholics who stood up to, requested and obtained indults to shield themselves from the lunacy of the New Order of Mass.

The Latin Mass Society provides many good references and the Guide to Sung Mass is an excellent Resource.

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Courtesy of Latin Mass Society

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Instruction of Sacred Music

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If we are to help the Church emerge from this Crisis, then we need to help its members rediscover and appreciate true liturgical music.

Given that true Catholic Liturgical Music is not unbalanced with an emphasis on the emotions / sentimentality present in Modern Catholic Music, but balances this with the Spiritual Life, Modern Catholics will find it hard to appreciate the difference between vulgar and Liturgical Music.

(sorry for the long sentence).

Reproduced below are the instructions on Sacred Music and Sacred Liturgy.

A very good first step for any 'Modern' Catholic.

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Source: Adoremus.org

Monday, September 4, 2017

Monks de Morgon

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So, I have become aware that the Monks De Morgon have joined the 'resistance' and published a 'doctrinal study'.

I didn't have time to read the whole study (it is !100 pages) and time is short, so I read a bit of the intro and parts of the conclusion.  I don't have time to do a proper translation so I used Google for those of you can't understand French.

The primary resistance issue is evident immediately.  They are afraid of contacts with Rome.  Logically, they will wait until Rome meets what they consider to be the conversion of Rome.  Sadly, as this is liberalism as the Monks are going to ignore the order from a legitimate authority ... like the rest of the 'resistance' they will simply scatter into their own personal opinions.

Friday, September 1, 2017

A Look Back: The SSPX is Not in Schism: A Point by Point Rebuttal to CMTV's "Catholi-Schism" Video

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There seems to be a bit of self-delusion about the crisis of the Church and the state of necessity.

To listen to Voris et al, the Archbishop should never have consecrated bishops.  Following his reasoning to its logical conclusion - Voris should also shut down shop.

Fortunately, Voris et al are wrong.  Following Catholic principles of obedience (St. Thomas), we know that the Pope is not a dictator and there are conditions in which obedience is sinful.

P^3

Courtesy of The Remnant

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Offense - Take it or Leave it!

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Just a quick thought for today.

Some people take offense a the smallest glance, word, or phrase.  I think that in some cases this is simply because they are insecure. In other cases, some how the action has touched their self-image ... or the image of self that they want to present to the world.

There is a simpler word for this - pride.

How should a Catholic think of an 'offense' or word against them?

My recommendation is to think of offense an object that someone either knowingly or unknowingly places on a table.

It is up the persons at the table to decide from themselves whether or not to take it.

You see, a person doesn't give offense, he offers it.

The other person decides to take offense.

Keep this in mind next time you believe someone has offended you.

You can take it or you can leave it.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

A Look Back: Where Do We Stand? An Interview of Father Arnaud Rostand - May 2012

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In my research on the topic of 'state of necessity' I came across a number of good articles (some have been posted here already).

Fr. Rostand makes a very good point:

MJM: Archbishop Lefebvre justified his decision to consecrate bishops against the will of the Holy Father in 1988 by citing a provision in the Code of Canon Law for extraordinary measures during a “state of emergency” in the Church.  If rapprochement between the SSPX and the Vatican were now possible would that mean that the Archbishop was overzealous in 1988, or has the ‘state of emergency’ simply ceased to exist?
FR: No, the state of necessity in the Church does not depend on the Society of Saint Pius X, regularized or not. It can only be an objective situation of the Church. Today, this state of necessity still exists, as unfortunately too often priests and faithful cannot receive in a normal way the true teaching of the Catholic Faith or receive the sacraments in a safe way. You have priests and even bishops who profess open heresies, or accept and celebrate scandalous ceremonies…The state of necessity will only cease when there will be objective reasons to entrust our souls to the clergy and hierarchy of the Church without any prudential protection.


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Courtesy of the Remnant

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pope Condemns Blind Violence???

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I noticed this in a news article and I wondered - is the Islamic violence that we've witnessed unleashed across the world really blind?
The Holy Father condemns once again blind violence which is a most serious offense against the Creator, and he offers his prayers to the Most High that he help us to continue working with determination for peace and harmony in the world. With these wishes, His Holiness confers his Apostolic Blessing on all the victims, their families and on the dear Spanish people.”Source: Joan's Rome
While it may comfort the Pope to think that these people really didn't know what they were doing, but that is a delusion.

These men knew what they were doing and would have done worse if they hadn't accidentally blew up their main explosive devices / supplies.

 This is not 'blind' violence, this is a thought out plan to attach those who are not Muslim.

Period. End stop.

What will it take for the Pope et al to realize this is the reality.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

What do you know and what do you believe?

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It seems to me that many people have forgotten the difference between knowing and believing.

First I don't believe that the Catholic Church is in crisis - I know it is.

Simply put the collection of the facts enables me to rationally reach that conclusion.

If someone heard me make that and based on that alone agreed with me, they would simply believe it based on their trust in me, like an authority.
Now do you believe that the Catholic Church is in crisis or do you simply believe it?

Either way the next question is how should you act?

If you just believe it, then you need to do the work to understand the issues in their true light.

Then you will know.

Then you need to act on that knowledge.

When enough people know and act accordingly, then we will emerge from the darkness of the second vatican council.

Act well!!!
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

The SSPX and Marriages - Part 1

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There are two sacraments that require jurisdiction to be valid: Marriage and Confession.

In this conflict between Rome and the SSPX, only Rome has compromised.

Rome has:

  1. Conceded that the Tridentine Mass was never abrogated
  2. Lifted the 'excommunications'
  3. Granted jurisdiction for confessions
  4. Granted the bishops the authorization to grant jurisdiction for marriages.
It is this latest Roman concession that is causing some people angst.

As Rome makes concessions we need to keep a balance and read exactly what it says.  Do we hope for a full vindication of the fight of Traditional Catholics for the last 50 years - absolutely. 

Will it happen that way - probably not. It took a hundred years for the Church to stamp out Arianism, the problems in the Church after Trent took at least 50 years.

We haven't even hit the end of the first phase.

So don't get angry with the latest shenanigans of Pope Francis et al.  

Get even: Pray for them!


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Courtesy of FSSPX.NEWS

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Re Blog: Yes Sally, Pope Francis IS the Pope and is in great need of our prayers!

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As a Traditional Catholic I find it ironic that I'm usually the one talking Modern Catholics off the sedevacantist ledge.

Recently, Louie Verrecchio has posted an article by a Fr. Campo, that is asserting that the abdication was forced and therefore invalid ... of something to that effect.

Sadly, the electrons spilled over this issue are in vain.

Here's a quick summary of the doctrine on Dogmatic Facts:

Now the point is this:
We want to believe that Pope Francis is not the Pope, because he is doing such a bad job.

However, we know that he is because of the doctrine of dogmatic facts.

Any action that we 'believe' that would invalidate the election is proved wrong by the acceptance of a newly elected Pope by all the Bishops and by extension the whole Catholic Church.

Pope Francis was accepted by the Bishops in Union with Rome, ergo - we have the assurance of the doctrine that he was validly elected.



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PS.Now if the Church should determine that Pope Francis was invalidly elected, they will have to amend the doctrine of Dogmatic Facts as it pertains to the election of a Pope.

But until that hypothetical even occurs - we have the rely upon the present document.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Is the Pope More Popular on Twitter Than in St. Peter’s Square? - FSSPX.NEWS (DICI)

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As the Pope's personality cult collapses, I predict he will become more and more isolated.  He will see enemies everywhere until ... he makes a big decision and takes a big action.

Pray that he makes the RIGHT decision and makes the RIGHT action.


P^3
Courtesy of FSSPX.NEWS

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Look Back: France: Press conference of Bishop Fellay to the journalists for religious information

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Around 2002 Bishop Fellay said that things will become more difficult as the SSPX and Rome near an agreement.

He was right!

One good point is the clarity that is provided - such as the state of necessity!


"(The terms used will be rather words like "regularization of a situation" because, actually, in this respect), there is the problem to the consecrations themselves, which are censured by Rome ; on our part, we try to explain that the censure does not apply because of the circumstances, and, let us say, on the basis of canon law. Rome will say or has attempted to say through the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Laws that our argument, i.e. the argument of necessity, was not valid in that case. To express things more pointedly, let us say that there is a code, well a canon of the new Code of Canon Law which says that if someone acts out of necessity, he does not fall under the law; and another canon says that if this necessity was purely subjective, i.e. if the necessity did not exist objectively but the person thought there was a necessity, well, he should not be punished with the maximum penalty foreseen by the law. These are the arguments we are using to say, on the one hand that we believe there is a necessity, and even an objective state of necessity; but, at least, that even if Rome does not want to acknowledge this objective state, there remains the subjective point of view; and consequently we should not be punished with the maximum penalty. There was a thesis on this subject, a master in Canon Law written on this theme, and it was received by the Gregorian University. Then the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Laws intervened to say that, in this case, they could not speak of necessity because otherwise, of course, it introduced a principle of possible anarchy in the Church.
Nevertheless, and this is very interesting too, during the private audience with the pope, the pope re-used the argument saying: "You may not justify your activity by referring to a state of necessity" giving as explanation: "I am trying", he said, "to solve the problems", such were his very words. It is at the same time an avowal: it means that there are problems; if he tries to solve them, it is because the problems still exist. And a few minutes later, in his explanation, he himself said: "We should see if there is not a state of necessity in France and in Germany." This shows that after all our argument is not so bad. Well this was just a very small development to say that…
Bishop Fellay: He did not tell me, he did not say it. First I wondered why these two countries? Now this is a pure… it is a personal explanation. I think that the Holy Father, at that point, was referring to the liturgical problems and the opposition the freedom for the old Mass can meet in these two countries. I am not sure this is it, it is my attempt at an explanation. Because if I compare France and Germany with the other countries in the world, truly I, for my part, cannot see much difference. It is true that from the liturgical viewpoint in the United States, for instance, there is much more freedom, many more bishops, there are at least 150 dioceses where the Tridentine Mass is celebrated, it is called the Indult Mass, i.e. the bishop give the permission. But when we speak of a state of necessity, we consider something else. There is not only the liturgy, there is all the life of the Church, there is the teaching of the faith…




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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Look Back: References of State of Necessity

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Has Rome ever supported the SSPX's conclusion that a state of necessity exists?

We have the words of Pope Benedict XVI as related by Bishp Fellay from 2006:

Nevertheless, and this is very interesting too, during the private audience with the pope, the pope re-used the argument saying: "You may not justify your activity by referring to a state of necessity" giving as explanation: "I am trying", he said, "to solve the problems", such were his very words. It is at the same time an avowal: it means that there are problems; if he tries to solve them, it is because the problems still exist. And a few minutes later, in his explanation, he himself said: "We should see if there is not a state of necessity in France and in Germany." This shows that after all our argument is not so bad. Well this was just a very small development to say that…
Bishop Fellay: ... First I wondered why these two countries? Now this is a pure… it is a personal explanation. I think that the Holy Father, at that point, was referring to the liturgical problems and the opposition the freedom for the old Mass can meet in these two countries. I am not sure this is it, it is my attempt at an explanation. Because if I compare France and Germany with the other countries in the world, truly I, for my part, cannot see much difference. It is true that from the liturgical viewpoint in the United States, for instance, there is much more freedom, many more bishops, there are at least 150 dioceses where the Tridentine Mass is celebrated, it is called the Indult Mass, i.e. the bishop give the permission. But when we speak of a state of necessity, we consider something else. There is not only the liturgy, there is all the life of the Church, there is the teaching of the faith…
Source: Bishop Fellay Press Conference 2006

The symptoms of the state of necessity can  easily be found in the break down of discipline, liturgy and doctrine within the Church.

But to find the root cause we'd have to look deeper into the intentions of those perpetrating the state of necessity.

I suspect we would find Neo-Modernists and a bunch of other 'ists'.

P^3

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Recent posts

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Hi All,

Just a quick note that I was traveling for the past few days. Hence, I was using the android blogger feature - which is a little awkward.

That is the reason for the lack of formatting in some of the recent posts.

I have tried to correct them . . . hopefully I didn't miss anything.

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It's the pope stupid

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What justified the actions of Archbishop Lefebvre?

What made it an obligation to disobey the direct order of a Pope?

A complete breakdown in core aspects of the functionality of the Church.
  • Liturgy: new mass and countless abuses
  • doctrine: heresy spread throughout the church without check.
  • Discipline: completely redirected to the punishment of the Catholic's who are trying to be faithful and rewarding of the evil.

Dereliction of duty by the pope and effectively the whole hierarchy has created a state of necessity.

Archbishop Lefebvre would have been negligent in his duty as a Bishop of the Catholic Church if he had not provided the sspx the means to carry on its work for the salvation of souls.

This is what I have concluded and this is why, following St. Thomas, we can conclude that he was right!

This was clear then and it is clear now!

The question that you need to ask yourself is this: am I doing my duty?

P^3

State of necessity 2

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Now if the anti results of Trent were present but the Pope and Bishops were actually doing something to resolve instead of promoting the crisis or being impotent, then there would be no necessity.

What we are witnessing is a dereliction of duty.

The duty to God.

This brings me to the novus Ordo missae.

First of all the novus ordo missae is not a received and accepted liturgy of the Church (harsh I know ... sorry). It is a banal on the spot fabrication (quoting Pope Emeritus Benedict). 

Its architect ensured that key elements expressing the Catholic faith were left out. So while it is possible that for the sacrament to be confected, the fact remains that compared with the Tridentine mass, it does not fulfill the duty of a liturgy.

Just read the ottaviani intervention and you will see what I mean.

So as Catholics we have a duty to worship God in a fitting catholic manner.

Not a protestant manner.

Since the council catholics (bishops, priests, and and laity) have been persecuted for wanting to fulfill their duty.

And it continues today.

No matter what, we must do our duty to God!

P^3

Saturday, August 5, 2017

What is a state of necessity?

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Last post I talked about the state of necessity and how this was created by the dereliction of duty by the pope's since the council.

Here's the benefits of the Council of Trent as described by the first vatican council (
http://www.papalencyclicals.net/councils/ecum20.htm)

  • a closer definition and more fruitful of the holy dogmas of reli exposition gion
  • and the condemnation and repression of errors; thence too,
  • the restoration and vigorous strengthening of ecclesiastical discipline,
  • the advancement of the clergy in zeal forlearning and piety,
  • the founding of colleges for the training of the young for the service of religion; and finally
  • the renewal of the moral life of the christian people by a more accurate instruction of the faithful, and
  • a more frequent reception of the sacraments.
  • What is more, thence also came a closer union of the members with the visible head, and an increased vigour in the whole mystical body of Christ.
  • Thence came the multiplication of religious orders and other organisations of christian piety; thence too that determined and constant ardour for the spreading of Christ’s kingdom abroad in the world, even at the cost of shedding one’s blood.

Is it not clear that we have the exact opposite since the second vatican council?
What is the duty of the Pope?
V1 taught :

For the holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peternot so that they might, by his revelation, make known some new doctrine,but that, by his assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or deposit of faith transmitted by the apostles.
... And
This gift of truth and never-failing faith was therefore divinely conferred on Peter and his successors in this see so that they might discharge their exalted office for the salvation of all, and so that the whole flock of Christ might be kept away by them from the poisonous food of error and be nourished with the sustenance of heavenly doctrine. Thus the tendency to schism is removed and the whole church is preserved in unity, and, resting on its foundation, can stand firm against the gates of hell.
It is clear that this isn't happening now and hasn't happened since the second vatican council.
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De Mattei: The Second Vatican Council and the Message of Fatima - Rorate-Caeli

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I cross-post this for future reference and to highlight the distinctions that need to be made concerning the documents of the Second Vatican Council.

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Courtesy of Rorate-Caeli


Friday, August 4, 2017

CONSECRATION OF CANADA AND THE MINISTRY OF THE PRIESTS OF THE SOCIETY OF SAINT PIUS X

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Fr. Couture (presently District Superior of Canada) asked that this consecration be on July 2nd. It is similar to the consecration performed by the Bishops of Canada in 1947.

Until this moment I did not know that the Bishops of Canada had performed such a consecration.

It makes me wonder what it would be like if they had not done the consecration!

P^3


Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Catholic Teaching of Justification - Tradical Summary (Part E)

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A long overdue summary of Catholic Doctrine / Dogma on Justification:

  1. Justification is the translation from the state of original sin into the state of grace.
  2. Sanctifying grace is the sole "formal cause' of justification.  
  3. The infusion of sanctifying grace eradicates sin as well as creates inner sanctification.
  4. No man or woman can, over their own nature, justify themselves (translation from a state of sin to a state of grace).
  5. Although Christ died for all, all do not receive the benefit of His death, but those only unto whom the merit of His passion is communicated.
  6. The translation is effected by Baptism (laver of regeneration) or the desire thereof.
  7.  In adults the beginning of Justification is the result of a prevenient (preceding) grace of God.
  8. Faith is the beginning of human salvation and is necessary for justification in adults.
  9. By every mortal sin, grace is lost, but not faith.
  10. Besides faith, further acts of disposition must be present.

This is a very, very rough summary.  Ott provides a better but more detailed overview.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Synode sur la famille : Que penser de la “théologie du corps” ? - Nouvelles de Chrétienté Nº 155

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A Priest provided me with a copy to this article in French noting that it provides a more balance view point on the Theology of the Body. This may be why an updated version of Don Pietro Leone's article  "The Marriage Crisis in the Catholic Church" was issued after some criticism.

Eventually, I hope to translate it into english.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Peace of Heart and True Profit

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When people get upset, more often than not, they make mistakes.

That's why keeping peace of soul (heart) is so important for surviving and thriving in this crisis of the Church.

Just because the leaders of the Church (practically all of Ecclesia Docens) are objectively guilty of dereliction of duty, does not give us permission to stampede in whichever direction we are facing.

No, we need to keep peace of soul, foster a strong and deep spiritual life, study and do our duty of state.

That is how we will survive, thrive and save our souls.

Source: Sacred Texts - Imitation of Christ

P^3

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A look back: September 1997 - Superior General's Letter #53

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The history of the SSPX is an example of obedience. Some would say disobedience.  The question is obedience or disobedience to what?

The SSPX is obedient to:

  1. Pre-conciliar magisterium
  2. Pre-conciliar liturgy
  3. Conciliar magisterium following three classes
    1. What is repeating previous magisterium: Accept
    2. What is ambiguous: Accept inline with traditional interpretation
    3. What is contrary: Reject and request correction by the authority
  4. Post-conciliar magisterium that is inline with pre-conciliar magisterium

Consequently, the SSPX is disobedient to:
  1. Post-conciliar magisterium that deviates from the pre-conciliar magisterium.
  2. The post-conciliar liturgy
  3. Orders that would constitute a compromise to that which (see above) the SSPX is obedient.
Obedience in this time requires a great deal of prudence as well as fortitude.


P^3

Courtesy of SSPX.org

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Note to Sedes - Heresy does not automatically sever one from the Church

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It's interesting that there are a number of issues with Sedevacantism.  One of which is how to answer the following question:

How would you KNOW, not suspect, infer, but have factual knowledge, that a Pope has been stripped of the office of the Papacy?

Another question would be:

When can you reasonably conclude that a reigning pontiff has committed the sin of heresy?

I think the answers are rather simple.

The answer to the first question is when the Church tells you.  This would accomplished by a formal declaration by the authorities of the Church.

The answer to the second question is when the Pope tells you. This would be accomplished by a formal declaration by the Pope followed by an action that ratifies it.  In other words, he would have to explicitly deny a Dogma of the Church.  This would then be followed by an action such as his abandoning his post and joining a sect or creating a new one.

In these two cases, you would KNOW as a fact without the need of any judgement or inference.

Until that happens, we're stuck with Pope Francis.

P^3



Courtesy of the Remnant

Friday, July 28, 2017

Breaking Down St. Thomas' Summa Article on Obedience - 1h - St. Thomas on Legitimate authority and obedience

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I will be bringing this latest series to a close after this post.  

I think it has been a good deep dive into the thought of St. Thomas on obedience. I've also had the opportunity to respond to some of Gerard's objections.

So what is next for us in this crisis of the Church?

Knowing when obedience is obligatory, optional and sinful.

Practicing virtue.


P^3

Source: Blog St. Thomas Aquinas

Links to other posts in this latest series on obedience

Introduction: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article.html

Obedience as per St. Thomas: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_23.html

DisObedience as per St. Thomas Aquinas: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_24.html

Key Distinctions: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_25.html

Application to the 1988 Consecrations: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_26.html

Conclusions: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_27.html

Objections: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_28.html

St. Thomas on Legitimate authority and obedience: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_13.html




Breaking Down St. Thomas' Summa Article on Obedience - 1g - Objections (updated)

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The following are some objections raised by 'Gerard' in our discussion on the Suscipe Domine forum.

P^3

Links to other posts in this latest series on obedience

Introduction: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article.html

Obedience as per St. Thomas: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_23.html

DisObedience as per St. Thomas Aquinas: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_24.html

Key Distinctions: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_25.html

Application to the 1988 Consecrations: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_26.html

Conclusions: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_27.html

Objections: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_28.html

St. Thomas on Legitimate authority and obedience: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_13.html



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Breaking Down St. Thomas' Summa Article on Obedience - 1f - Conclusions

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What can we conclude from this latest study of obedience as per St. Thomas Aquinas?

  • That the combination of the sphere of authority and whether or not the order provided contains sin in the immediate or proximate case is supported.
  • That authority has boundaries that are defined by some sort of law (Divine or otherwise).
  • An order involving sin is to be disregarded.
  • Obedience is optional for a non-sinful order outside the sphere of authority.



Further, in looking at the example of the 1988 consecrations, there is an objective basis to assert that a state of necessity was in place at that time and required the Archbishop to perform the consecrations or face a dereliction of this duty.

Finally, the application of good principles are key to acting with virtue in this crisis. Abandoning Catholic principles because one does not understand how to apply them is a wretched beginning that will lead to a person's undoing.

P^3

Links to other posts in this latest series on obedience

Introduction: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article.html

Obedience as per St. Thomas: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_23.html

DisObedience as per St. Thomas Aquinas: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_24.html

Key Distinctions: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_25.html

Application to the 1988 Consecrations: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_26.html

Conclusions: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_27.html

Objections: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_28.html

St. Thomas on Legitimate authority and obedience: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_13.html



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Breaking Down St. Thomas' Summa Article on Obedience - 1e - Application to 1988 Consecrations

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In the last year I have heard twice that the 1988 consecrations were wrong - one from an FSSP seminarian and once from a "resistor" with pseudonym 'Gerard'. In his defence, Gerard qualified his  assertion with the statement that if my understanding of St. Thomas' doctrine on obedience was correct, then Archbishop Lefebvre was wrong.

Subjectively, it is clear that the Archbishop believed he was working in a state of necessity. The FSSP seminarian agreed to this immediately, but our discussion was truncated before we could delve into the issues surrounding whether or not the consecration would be defended objectively.

I would like to dig in a little deeper into this charge that the Archbishop objectively had no basis to disobey the order of Pope St. John Paul II to not perform the consecrations.

A key distinction is that there were two 'authorities' that the Archbishop was disobeying by performing the consecration: The Vicar of Christ and Canon Law.



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Breaking Down St. Thomas' Summa Article on Obedience - 1d - Key distinctions

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St. Thomas' understanding of obedience and its application in real life is founded on the sphere of authority of the superior and the nature of the order issued.


In order to understand St. Thomas, we need to dig a little deeper by asking some questions:
  • What defined the superiors sphere of authority?
  • What does 'against God' mean?
  • What does liberalism mean at a personal level?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Breaking Down St. Thomas' Summa Article on Obedience - 1c - DisObedience as per St. Thomas Aquinas

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Obviously, we need a counter-point to obedience and that is disobedience.




In the summa St. Thomas considers disobedience under two key points:

  1. Is it a mortal sin? Yes as it is contrary to the love of God
  2. Is it the most grievous of sins? No, there are degrees in sinfulness of disobedience tied to the nature of the superior and the command disobeyed.
Again, I have reordered the article to collect the objections / replies after the explanation given in the On the Contrary and I answer that sections.

P^3

Links to other posts in this latest series on obedience

Introduction: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article.html

Obedience as per St. Thomas: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_23.html

DisObedience as per St. Thomas Aquinas: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_24.html

Key Distinctions: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_25.html

Application to the 1988 Consecrations: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_26.html

Conclusions: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_27.html

Objections: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_28.html

St. Thomas on Legitimate authority and obedience: http://tradicat.blogspot.ca/2017/07/breaking-down-st-thomas-summa-article_13.html