Monday, June 26, 2017

Exam T-2d

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Exam T-3d

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Exam T-4d

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Exam T-5d

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A MAJOR SSPX CLARIFICATION: Towards a Doctrinal Agreement? Written by Father Jean-Michel Gleize - The Remnant

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This is an interesting article (I am still reading the original and it provides a summary of what divides) especially the last paragraph:
What should our conclusion be? We would simply say that the “Society of Saint Pius X does not have to negotiate a charitable recognition which would save it from a supposed schism. It has the immense honor, after forty years of exclusion, to be able to witness in favor of the Catholic Faith in the Vatican [5]”  ...while we wait for Rome to finally decide to expel the perfidious Conciliar errors from the midst of the faithful [6].
34. Que conclure ? Reprenant les paroles citées au début de ce numéro, nous dirions simplement que « la Fraternité Saint Pie X n’a pas à négocier une charitable reconnaissance qui la sauverait d’un schisme supposé. Elle a l’immense honneur, après quarante années d’exclusion, de pouvoir, au Vatican, témoigner de la foi catholique ». En attendant que Rome se décide enfin à chasser du milieu des croyants le peuple impie de ces erreurs conciliaires.




I would say that the chances of the SSPX compromising are dwindling into single digits!




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Courtesy of the Remnant

Original Version


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Exam T-6d

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Exam T-7d

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dubia - Next Step

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This is important in the history of the Church.  The four Cardinals have requested a private audience with the Pope and ... have been refused.

The full letter can be read on Life Site News' site.

We are definitely entering a decisive point in this crisis - the climax will undoubtedly unfold over the the next year or so.

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Source: Life Site News

Exam T-8d

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Exam T-9d

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Exam T-10d

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Letter on Marriages: Clarifications and Developments - FSSPX.NEWS

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As most 'trads' are aware, over the past couple of decades, Rome has slowly make concession after concession while the SSPX stayed the course of Catholicism.

In 1982 it was the weak acknowledgement of the desires of the faithful to have the Tridentine Mass.

1988 saw a number of concessions, but the compromises that were requested after the signing indicated that the time was not ripe as the 'mantra' was still in place.

There were a number of background concessions that I've gleaned from various statements made by Bishop Fellay.

Then we arrive at 2007.  This was a great vindication of many faithful Catholics. In direct contradiction of an official curial statement (I have to find the time to dig up the reference sometime ...) we now know that the Tridentine Mass was never abrogated and it was always legal to say that Mass.

Pardon me for a quick segue.

I attended a meeting with the local ordinaries of two dioceses and they were careful to note: The Pope has granted that the 1962 liturgy is permitted for private masses, but when it is in public, we have authority to prevent division (paraphrase - although I believe a friend recorded this part of the discussion).

The Bishops were referring to the following:
He should ensure that the good of these members of the faithful is harmonized with the ordinary pastoral care of the parish, under the governance of the bishop in accordance with Canon 392, avoiding discord and favouring the unity of the whole Church.
For context, here's canon 392:
Can. 392
§1. Since he must protect the unity of the universal Church, a bishop is bound to promote the common discipline of the whole Church and therefore to urge the observance of all ecclesiastical laws.
§2. He is to exercise vigilance so that abuses do not creep into ecclesiastical discipline, especially regarding the ministry of the word, the celebration of the sacraments and sacramentals, the worship of God and the veneration of the saints, and the administration of goods.
As noted elsewhere on this blog, the duty of the bishop is to protect the unity of the universal Church by promoting the common discipline, and prevent abuses from creeping into the liturgy.

Me thinks that Archbishops protest too much, as they went on to describe the breaching of common discipline within their dioceses and that the applicats were not to break that 'unity'.

I guess it is a unity in in-discipline.

Anyway, then we have the 2009 lifting of the excommunications.

Then 2015, granting of universal ordinary jurisdiction to hear confessions.

Now 2017, we have the Pope addressing another sacrament that requires ordinary jurisdiction for its ordinary execution.

Given the Divinely instituted nature of the Church, I has expected the SSPX response to be along these lines.

What we will find soon enough is which Bishops was willing to put the welfare of the faithful within their diocese above that of the power of their fiefdom.

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Courtesy of FSSPX.NEWS (formerly DICI)


Cynical Resistors

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I noticed a post by a person using the pseudonym 'Gerard' on the topic of the Angel giving Lucia communion via  a consecrated host and Francisco and Jacinta via consecrated wine.

Incredibly, 'Gerard' raises some objections to this action:

Exam T-11d

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Exam T-12d

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Exam T-13d

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Blind sided by a 2x4

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Updated to clarify some of the language.

At this point in time, I am writing this article to clarify my thoughts about Louie Verrecchio's behaviour of late.

Specifically, the article by Fr. Gleize has caused Louie some concern.  This concern has resulted in a semi-dramatic shift in Louie's tone and articles on the SSPX.

I think the following articles reflect the shift / concerns / perspective of Louie:


Since March there have been other articles, but I have been (and remain) very busy with a pending examination.

Exam T-14d

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Communion Under Both Kinds? - The Remnant

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As I've repeated ad-nauseum, as Traditional Catholics we need to seek to understand the teachings of the Church as She understands them. Not as we would wish they would be understood.

Id Est: Humble ourselves.

Fathers brief explanation on the Eastern Rites draws an important distinction in the fight that we find ourselves.

There are a number of different rites for the Holy Mass and while the Latin Rite is dominant, the others are also ancient.  Understanding the breadth of the liturgical tradition highlights the gravity of what was discarded post V2 in the Latin Rite and what currently threatens the Eastern Rites.

If you have an opportunity to attend an Eastern Rite Mass - that is unmodified - I highly recommend it as it will broaden your perspective of the Church.

One caveat: I am not advocating attending a Schismatic Eastern Rite Mass! :-)

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Courtesy of The Remnant


Cardinal Questions Papal Teaching on Anglican Orders

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The confusion in the Church continues. 

The Emperor has no clothes (theologically speaking).



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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Marriage Crisis In The Catholic Church

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Rorate has published a new version of the article the marriage crisis with the following forward:

After receiving a detailed critique of the section on Theology of the Body in the essay below, the author has seen fit to clarify certain parts of that section as well as that on Amoris Laetitia. There follows the corrected and revised version of the essay by Fr. Pietro Leone, a traditional priest in Italy.

I had likewise recieved critiques when I published the article (I have a french article that I will translate when time allows).

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Source: Rorate-Caeli


Opinion of an FSSP Seminarian

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Last week I had the opportunity to have a discussion with a 4th year FSSP seminarian.

It was an interesting discussion and after resolving some of the 'SSPX needs to come back into the Church' verbiage, we arrived at what I believe to be the heart of the matter: Is it a mortal sin (objectively) to consecrate a bishop without papal mandate?

Unfortunately, the event was winding down when we arrived at this important point.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Serenity and Humour

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In dealing with crazed Modernists and Traditionalists (there are some of each) it is best to remember:



Be happy!!!

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Vatican and SSPX – An Organizational Culture Perspective - Reblogged

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Reblogged from The Vatican and SSPX – An Organizational Culture Perspective August 29,2012.

Introduction

The recent and continuing interactions between the Vatican and the SSPX have been a great opportunity for prayer and reflection. 

The basis for the disagreement is theological and not liturgical. As noted by Dr. Lamont (2012), the SSPX theological position on the four key controversial aspects of the Second Vatican Council are base on prior theological work that resulted from relevant magisterial pronouncements.  So it is difficult to understand the apparent rejection of the theological position of the SSPX.

Friday, June 2, 2017

“Anything can Happen”: Interview with Fr. Alain-Marc Nély

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Bishop Fellay mentioned, I believe in 2000, that when Rome approaches the SSPX it will be more difficult.

Why?

Because the clear distance between the SSPX and Rome will be lessened.

This is happening now, so keep on praying.

I will re-blogging a copy of my article on Org Culture.

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Courtesy of SSPX.ca: Anything can happen

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sin - Catholic Encyclopedia

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As this crisis of the Church proceeds through its life-cycle there is a risk of Catholics forgetting some of the fundamentals.

For example, the differences between:

  • Actual and Original
  • Mortal and Venial 
  • Materials and Formal
Even Traditional Catholics are not immune to this and could benefit from a refresher.



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PS. This is also to serve as a reference for an article that is wip.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Episcopal Consecrations - A Decision and Explanatory Documents

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I found the date of the public statement a little puzzling.

I'm going to make some inquiries.

2. A Public Statement on the Occasion of the Episcopal Consecration of Several Priests of the Society of St. Pius X.
Albano, (Rome), October 19. 1983

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Courtesy of SSPXasia

THE NOVA VULGATA: Has the Vatican Officially Ditched St. Jerome’s Vulgate? - The Remnant

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The hits keep on coming.

My touchstone for assessing whether or not a bible translation is suspect is Luke 1:28.  I usually compare it to three handy references: The Vulgate, Douay and Knox translations. (http://catholicbible.online/side_by_side/NT/Lk)

Here's the vulgate:
Et ingressus angelus ad eam dixit: Ave gratia plena: Dominus tecum: benedicta tu in mulieribus.

Here's the Douay:
And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

Here's the Knox:
Into her presence the angel came, and said, Hail, thou who art full of grace; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women.
Now, here we have the Nova Vulgata  (including the preceding and following verse):
27 ad virginem desponsatam viro, cui nomen erat Ioseph de domo David, et nomen virginis Maria.
28 Et ingressus ad eam dixit: “ Ave, gratia plena, Dominus tecum ”.
29 Ipsa autem turbata est in sermone eius et cogitabat qualis esset ista salutatio.
( http://www.vatican.va/archive/bible/nova_vulgata/documents/nova-vulgata_nt_evang-lucam_lt.html )
So there is reason for concern . . . Our Lady is no longer blessed among women.



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Monday, May 29, 2017

Evil - Catholic Encyclopedia

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I'm posting this as a reference for an expanded article on obedience that I will eventually write  ...


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Source: Catholic Encyclopedia


Mantra in Place

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Obviously the 'mantra' is still in force:

Vatican City (kath.net/ KAP)  According to Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, an agreement between the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X and the Vatican is not yet within reach."This takes time," said the Prefect of the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, according to Catholic broadcaster EWTN. What is needed is a "deeper reconciliation, not just the signing of a document." Those who wish to be Catholic must accept, among other things, the councils and other ecclesiastical doctrine as well as the "hierarchical communion with the local bishop, the communion of all bishops and the Holy Father".  (h/t Eponymous flower)
I understand that Archbishop Pozzo maintained his position (mantra not in force) in front of Bishop Fellay and Card. Mueller.

It does make me wonder if God inspires them to maintain the contradiction in order to protect the SSPX.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

WSJ: Pope Francis Looks to Reconcile With Breakaway Catholic Group

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I saw this on Rorate's twitter feed and found this paragraph telling:
Archbishop Lefebvre opposed the end of the Latin Mass—a move he regarded as a damaging rupture with the church’s millennial traditions—and the Vatican’s more open stance to other religions. He argued that Catholicism is the only true faith and that Catholic officeholders are duty bound to make sure it is favored by the state. Source: WSJ

Well at least someone understands what this is about!!!


Then we have this bit:

SSPX members “flagrantly reject the Catholic Church’s rite of the Mass, its teachings on the primacy of conscience, and its respect for the truths expressed by other religions. Yet they are beckoned back into the fold,” wrote Jamie L. Manson, an editor of the progressive National Catholic Reporter, in April 2016. “But Catholics who…challenge the church’s teachings on women’s ordination and sexual ethics are still locked outside of the doors of mercy.”
So, let's see if we get this right, the SSPX who upholds Church Teaching against all comers.

Manson et al are the ones who are coming.

Just saying ...


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Friday, May 19, 2017

SSPX Marriages Addendum 2: Interview with Bishop Fellay - April 2017

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Bishop Fellay, the Superior General, has providing insight to the marriage issue.

It would appear that rumours of the death of the SSPX were greatly exaggerated.


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Courtesy of DICI.org


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Another In-Flight Interview - SSPX

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By now we're used to the Airborne Magisterium of Pope Francis, but a couple of items of interest were to be found in the latest interview.  What the Pope related I've already heard from various conferences of the SSPX.  So no new news, but news none the less as the Vicar of Christ decided to make mention of it.
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Nicolas Seneze (La Croix): Thanks, Holy Father. We’re returning from Fatima for which the Fraternity of St. Pius X has a great devotion and much is said about an agreement that would give an official statute to the Fraternity in the Church. Some even imagined that there would be an announcement today… Holiness, do you think that this agreement is possible in a short timeframe? And, what are the obstacles still? And what is the sense of this reconciliation for you? And, will it be the triumphant return for faithful who have shown what it means to be truly Catholic or what? 

Francis: I would toss out any form of triumphalism. None. Some days ago, the Feria Quarta of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, their meeting - the call it the Feria Quarta, because it’s the fourth Wednesday - studied a document and the document still hasn’t reached me, the study of the document. This is the first. Secondly, the current relations are fraternal. Last year, I gave a license for confession to all of them, also a form of jurisdiction for marriages, but even before the problems, the cases they had, for example, had to be resolved by the Doctrine of the Faith. The Doctrine of the Faith carries them forward. For example, abuses. The cases of abuse, they brought them to us, also to the Penitentiary. Also the reduction to the lay state of a priest, they bring to us. The relations are fraternal. With Msgr. Fellay I have a good rapport. I’ve spoken many times… I don’t like to hurry things. Walk. Walk. Walk. And then we’ll see. For me, it’s not an issue of winners and losers, it’s an issue of brothers who must walk together, looking for a formula to make steps forward. 
The reports that I've seen have only focused on the words of Pope Francis - but the question is critical to understanding the final aspects.

SSPX Marriages and Sundry - Addendum

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As a follow-up to my post on the issue in the Chardonnet etc., here's a conference given by Archbishop Lefebvre that touches on a number of the points.

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Courtesy of SSPXasia: St. Nicholas du Chardonnet Conference May 5, 1988



Saturday, May 13, 2017

SSPX Marriages and Sundry

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As the 'distance' between Rome and the SSPX lessens, peoples assumptions are going to be tested.

Why?  Because, in this conflict (read: Fog of War), the guiding principles have become obscured or lost.

 If decisions are made upon unvalidated assumptions, independent of principles, then mistakes will be made.

An example of a mistake is the letter written in La Chardonnet and signed by 7 priests. In this letter they took it upon themselves to put forth their opinions (it was also read from the pulpit), that could be interpreted as being at odds with that of their superiors.

So, here we hit disobedience again.

Here's the key points from the  final paragraph that gives us a hint of the underlying issues.
  1.  Personal Prelature ... was supposed to recognize us as we are, and to maintain our independence vis-à-vis the local Ordinaries.
  2. First decisions taken consist in unjustly submitting our marriages to these very Ordinaries
  3. Tomorrow the opening of any new Houses will have to meet their approval
Looking at the first and third point we have the 'independence' from the local ordinaries assumption. What we want it to mean and what it can mean are two different things.  I prefer to look at what it can mean.

The geographic delegation of authority is Apostolic.  This means you need to be very careful when dealing with it, otherwise we could become little modernists in altering the constitution of the Church.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Foundation of the Crisis of the Church

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There is, believe it or not, a root to this crisis of the Church.

In order to find it, you have to dig past the documents of Vatican II ... as well as basically all the post-V2 fluff that tries to pass for doctrine and dig a little deeper.

Ultimately, we will arrive at ... wait for it ... pride.

You see, the problems of Vatican II etc didn't happen over night, it started with Luther and simply erupted at V2.

The liberals, modernists, et al simply thought (and think) that they have such a deep knowledge of Theology etc that they see where the Church made a mistake in dealing with the World.  They prefer to make up their own perspective instead of accept reality, instead of submitting to the Church.

How was this pride manifested?

Disobedience.

They disobeyed Pope Pius X by (amongst other things) disobeying the interdicts against teaching modernism, by reading modernist books that were on the index etc.

This continues today.

Archbishop Lefebvre said it - perhaps first - but looking at the Church today - truer words have not be said:
Two religions confront each other; we are in a dramatic situation and it is impossible to avoid a choice, but the choice is not between obedience and disobedience.  What is suggested to us, what we are expressly invited to do, what we are persecuted for not doing, is to choose an appearance of obedience. But even the Holy Father cannot ask us to abandon our faith.
We therefore choose to keep it and we cannot be mistaken in clinging to what the Church has taught for two thousand years.  The crisis is profound, cleverly organized and directed, and by this token one can truly believe that the master mind is not a man but Satan himself.  For it is a master-stroke of Satan to get Catholics to disobey the whole of Tradition in the name of obedience.  A typical example is furnished by the “aggiornamento” of the religious societies. By obedience, monks and nuns are made to disobey the laws and constitutions of their founders, which they swore to observe when they made their profession. Obedience in this case should have been a categorical  refusal. Even legitimate authority cannot command a reprehensible and evil act. Nobody can oblige anyone to change his monastic vows into simple promises, just as nobody can make us become Protestants or modernists. St. Thomas Aquinas, to whom we must always refer, goes so far in the Summa Theologica as to ask whether the “fraternal correction” prescribed by Our Lord can be exercised towards our superiors. After having made all the appropriate distinctions he replies: “One can exercise fraternal correction towards superiors when it is a matter of faith.” (OpenLetterToConfusedCatholics/Chapter-18)

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Status of the SSPX

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Periodically, the status of the SSPX comes up in the media.

For the record here's what the SSPX has compiled!

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Courtesy of SSPX.org

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Modernist Zombie Apocalypse Has Arrived

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It occurred to me that the reactions to a no-compromise SSPX regularization (particularly of the Mr. Weigel and Common Weal) may be a symptom of Modernist Zombie-ism.

The current lore is that Zombies have some sort of ailment that transforms them into mindless, brain / flesh-eating monsters.

Well, in a weird twist of fate, those who imbibed too deeply into the excuse making under the past pontificates have become the 'walking dead' seeking to consume those who are still alive enough to realise that frankly the past pontificates left much to be desired.

Even the Vatican stated that Pope St. John Paul II was not canonized because of his papacy!

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Two Years after the SSPX Episcopal Consecrations - The Sequel

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A few years ago, I made the claim in this post that the 'As We Are' condition was embedded and not abandoned by Archbishop Lefebvre.

A number of people have stated that the following phrase contradicts that:
However, one day they will be obliged to recognize that the Society represents a spiritual force and a strength of the Faith which is irreplaceable and which they will have, I hope, the joy and the satisfaction to make use of, but when they have come back to their Traditional Faith.
I've already made my case, but recently I decided to look for and found the original french text (full text below).

Here's the original text of the above statement:
Bien qu’ils n’aient pas voulu le dire explicitement, ils sont bien obligés de reconnaître que la Fraternité représente une force spirituelle irremplaçable pour la foi, dont ils auront, j’espère, la joie et la satisfaction de se servir lorsqu’ils auront retrouvé la foi traditionnelle.
Comparing to the above translation we find the following:

  1. There is no comma in between "make use of" and the rest of the statement.
  2. Also there is no "but" in the original phrase.

Let's do a more literal translation:

so, this means that the phrase would more appropriately translated by Tradical as:
While they did not want to say so explicitly, they are obliged to recognize that the Fraternity represents an irreplaceable spiritual force for the faith, of which they will have, I hope,  the joy and the satisfaction to make use of when they rediscover the traditional faith.
Here's the two translations side by side:

Original Translation
Tradical Translation
However, one day they will be obliged to recognize that the Society represents a spiritual force and a strength of the Faith which is irreplaceable and which they will have, I hope, the joy and the satisfaction to make use of, but when they have come back to their Traditional Faith.
While they did not want to say so explicitly, they are obliged to recognize that the Fraternity represents an irreplaceable spiritual force for the faith, of which they will have, I hope,  the joy and the satisfaction to make use of when they rediscover the traditional faith.

It is amazing how a misplaced a comma and word can alter the sense if not the meaning of a phrase.

Looking at the two translations the Tradical version (validated below by our friend Google), definitely shows a different tone if not a different meaning.

First, the 'one day' is not present in the original and the tense is actually in the present, not the future.

Second is the structure and meaning of the last sentence of the paragraph.  The 'ultimatum' attitude implied by the 'but' etc is absent.

A google robo-translation is consistent with the Tradical translation.  Thank-you Mother for suggesting that I enter French Immersion!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

LET’S NOT MAKE A DEAL...AT LEAST THIS DEAL - Weigel - Sequel

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Well, it is quite amusing to see the extents that someone will go to to not admit that there's an issue with the documents of the Second Vatican Council.

To make a deal with the SSPX and the Lefebvrist movement on Archbishop Pozzo’s premise—that this new personal prelature would be conceded a right to reject certain teachings of the Second Vatican Council—would be to make the symphony of Catholic truth discordant rather than melodic. It would validate even more dissent on the Catholic Left. It would reinforce the notion that doctrine is not about truth, but about power. (First Things: Lets-not-make-a-deal-at-least-this-deal)

Ok - let's see if I understand this:

  1. selon the SSPX the documents of the Second Vatican "dissent" from prior magisterium.
  2. If the SSPX is allowed to maintain on to this understanding of prior magisterium and be 'regularized' that affects the standing of the V2 magisterium.
  3. This would validate even more dissent from the Catholic Left.
Well this is kinda funny, the SSPX's adherence to Catholic Teaching encourages modernists et al in their dissent.

Seriously?

Truth is stranger than fiction!

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

SSPX as Barometer

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It's been said that the SSPX acts as a barometer for the Catholic Church. The further Her leaders take Her away from the truth, the more glaring the differences between the practice of the SSPX and that of the 'Modern' Church.

The first interesting article was this one from 1P5 ( 1P5: FSSP superior distinguishes fraternity from sspx eschews traditionalist label ).

As an aside I was greatly amused when a 'resistance' website made the mistake of thinking that this was an SSPX superior.

Anyway, it shows that at least in Germany there are significant differences between the FSSP and FSSPX.

I suspect that when the FSSPX is given the canonical standing that it deserves there will be a split within the FSSP.

Next we have this article ( Common Wealmagazine: Catholic Traditionalism Old and New) from Common Weal.

George Weigel and the SSPX - Rorate-Caeli

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I've written a lot about confirmation biases and cultural issues within organizations.

George Weigel's response to the possibility of the SSPX not being required to accept the mantra is outlandish.

I think we can apply a label to a person who's sole claim to fame is writing Pope St. John Paul II's biography.

Fopdoodle

Seriously, the modernists (ie progressivists) are already disregarding the Teachings of the Church and promoting the 'infallibilty' of V2 as the reason for their heresy.

The possibilty of the SSPX actually being acknowledged as Catholic (and right!) would cause him to rethink some of his assumptions about JPII.




Seriously.


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Source: Rorate-Caeli

Friday, April 28, 2017

Humour: Funny old insults

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I was looking for a definition of a word and this link popped up.

Maybe we should re-incorporate these into our vocabulary😄?

In this crisis, we need to keep our sense of humour - otherwise we'll become bitter, cranky old fogies.

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Gobermouch: This is an old Irish term for someone who likes to meddle in other people’s business. Everyone knows a busybody, right?

Gnashnab: Gnashnab is an 18th century northern English word, meaning someone who just complains all the time. Contemporary synonyms include nitpicker, moaner and grumbler. It's just as true now as it was back then—no one likes a gnashnab.

Snoutband: A snoutband is someone who always interrupts a conversation to correct or contradict the person speaking. Every social group has a snoutband, who thinks they know everything. They probably don't know the meaning of this word, though. At least, not yet.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Form, Matter and INTENTION

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One of the canards thrown up against the SSPX is the claim that they assert that the Novus Ordo Missae (New Mass) is invalid.

There are three elements necessary for the validity of Sacraments.

Form and Matter are fairly simple to discern - but Intention is another issue - - - or so it seems.

St. Thomas devoted a section of the Summa to the question of the Sacraments and included the point about 'Intention'.

Summary:

  • Can evil ministers confer the sacraments?
    • Yes - they are instruments.
  • Is the ministers intention necessary for validity?
    • Yes - they need to have the proper intention.
  • Is the faith necessary for validity?
    • No - provided the other essentials are fulfilled.
  • Does the minister have to have a good intention
    • The direct intention related to the sacrament is necessary (as above)
    • A secondary intention that is evil has no effect on the primary intention

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Will the SSPX be 'regularized' in 2017???

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While the media once again has 'regularization fever', Andrea Tornelli seems to be prescribing analgesics.

I agree with his prescription, but not his 'tone'.

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Eponymous Flower: Vaticanist putting on the brakes to speculation of SSPX regularization


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cardinal Burke and the SSPX

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I've haven't written (or frankly read ) about CMTV for some time, but this article popped up in my auto-search.

CMTV: CDL. BURKE: GRACED FAMILIES ARE THE SOLUTION TO EVIL IN THE WORLD

Concerning the possible reunion of the Society of St. Pius X (FSSPX) with the Catholic Church, Cdl. Burke said he prays and hopes that it will happen but expressed concern that the reunification be based on truth:

We cannot just simply will it. In other words, if there is not a common understanding, what we reconcile will result in all sort of conflicts and difficulties. We have to make sure that there it is a common understanding in regard to all the questions which, in the past, the FSSPX has had about the Church, the Holy See and the direction of the Catholic Church.

I agree that we do need to come to a rational agreement on just what happened at the Second Vatican Council and has happened to the Catholic Church since that time.

Rationally speaking, those who wished to adhere to the Catholic Faith as expressed in Her Dogmas, Doctrines, Liturgy were punished and those who did not adhere were rewarded.

This would be the first understanding to be reached.

The next would be who was faithful to the Church of 2000 years and who was faithful to the Church of 50ish years.

Have this common understanding and the situation becomes crystal clear ... and more difficult for the Church.

But things that are worth doing seem to never be easy.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Father Samir's perspective on Islam and the Palm Sunday terror attacks

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Father Samir (see link) has an interesting perspective.


However, I do wonder if he is hinting at neutering Islam of its vitality just as the modernists have done to the Catholicism.

The reality is that Islam is not in need of a 'reform' or Vatican II moment, but the followers of Islam need to be converted to Catholicism. 



In order for that to happen, the strong Truths of Catholicism need to be unleashed from the fetters forged and applied for the past 50+ years.



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National Catholic Register (EWTN): Father Samir, Egypts Palm Sunday terror reflects a sickness within Islam

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Regularization and the Total Vindication of Archbishop Lefebvre - The Remnant

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Mr. Matt provides some perspective on a possible regularization of the SSPX situation.

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Courtesy of the Remnant

Pope Francis Wants to Overcome Division with SSPX: Status from Abp. Guido Pozzo - SSPX.org

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So this retirement thing doesn't seem to be working out so well with all the events happening in the Church.

Anyway, Archbishop Pozzo has released yet another interview.  As the SSPX stated earlier, it doesn't matter how many interviews he gives, what matters is what they (Rome) puts down on the paper.

I also found interesting the insinuation in another article that Bishop Fellay is ready to sign but needs to smooth the way internally. 

Frankly, this is just FUD.  I have received word that confirms what Bishop Fellay has stated: There are still details to work out for the structure, agreement on the doctrinal issues (ie Accept us as we are)  and the SSPX needs to be certain that it isn't a trap. 

Translation, don't hold your breath, those of us old enough remember that we've been here several times and the timbre of Rome's interviews are always the same.

If they truly drop the mantra (Accept the Council, Accept the New Mass) then we'll see.

As always,

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The importance of distinctions - some reflections of Fr. Gleize's "The Question of Papal Heresy"

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Fr. Gleize's study on "The Question of Papal Heresy", has  caused a few people to, unknowingly, enter into mental gymnastics as they "jump" to conclusions and "leap" through flaming hoops.

I've seen Fr. Gleize have the same affect a few years ago when he penned another scholarly article. My suspicion is that the ability to read a long academic article is not a skill easily learned. I now consider myself fortunate to have read over a hundred such articles for my under-grad thesis, although I definitely did not think so at the time.

So, if you're going to read Fr. Gleize, Dr. Lamont, Dr. Shaw et al, you're going to have to exert yourself and if necessary draw a mind-map of the concepts as they are described.

Why?  Because the concepts and principles being discussed are not simple and require deep study to master.

Monday, March 27, 2017

A Look Back: What did the Archbishop think the SSPX needed in December 1987???

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I haven't done a 'look back' for a while, so I thought it was providential that the link below showed up in one of my robo-searches.

At once we see the intention of Archbishop Lefebvre and the original thoughts of Father (now Bishop) Williamson.

Both are worth looking at and comparing to the situation of the SSPX and Bishop Williamson today.

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Source: LeoFec

Sunday, March 26, 2017

What are theological notes?

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In my 35+ year experience as a Traditional Catholic, I have heard the word "heresy" applied to a whole spectrum of actions, documents, and people.

In practically all cases, the "label" was misapplied to either a cultural belief or simple error.

This article, I believe, is the final piece of context needed before I take my 'next step'.

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Courtesy of SSPX.org: What are theological notes


A Short Devout Method of Hearing Holy Mass with Profit

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In this time of lent, we need to advance in virtue and I believe the best way is to hear Mass well.

With this objective in mind, I have sought out and reproduced below an article on the very topic!

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Courtesy of SSPXasia: A Short Devout Method of Hearing Holy Mass with Profit

Rorate: Considerations on the dubia of the four cardinals

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This article by Dr. Lamont provides both clarity and perspective for those having issues with Pope Francis, these days who isn't?

I've highlighted below what I believe are some of the key points.

In case you haven't realized, these lenten / semi-retired posts are tending in a direction. 

The first direction is to provide some context to what is going on right now. This context will be usesful in performing an analysis of some of the reactions to the 'crisis'.

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Courtesy of Rorate Caeli: Article: "Considerations on the dubia of the four cardinals"


Monday, March 20, 2017

The Question of Papal Heresy - SSPX.org

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Fr. Gleize has written a series of articles (compiled into one long article below) on the 'Question of Papal Heresy".

I am aware that some are thinking it a capitulation on the part of the SSPX.

I do not agree.

I will explain more in my next Lenten post,  due to the gravity of the issue.

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Courtesy of SSPX.org
The Question of Papal Heresy: Part 1
The Question of Papal Heresy: Part 2
The Question of Papal Heresy: Part 3
The Question of Papal Heresy: Part 4
The Question of Papal Heresy: Part 5
The Question of Papal Heresy: Part 6a
The Question of Papal Heresy: Part 6b


The Dubia of September 2016

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Following the release of the theological censures - it seems logical and right to post a copy of the dubia that have caused such consternation within the Church.

Five little questions that shouldn't be hard to answer - unless someone doesn't want to be cornered. 🔃

Why the "🔃"?

Because we've been here before, these dubia are simply the latest in a series of issues that have been raised about the dubious directions / documents issued since the Second Vatican Council.

Pope Francis is simply a product of this crisis - deposing him won't end this crisis.

If the rest of the Church Docens wakes up and realizes that this 'experiment of modernism" is a failure on so many levels and takes action.  Then and practially speaking, only then will we arrive at the corner of this crisis.

Turning it is another thing!

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LifeSiteNews: Full Text of Four Cardinals Letter


Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Theological Critique of Amoris Laetitia

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It's been a while since the dubia overshadowed a the critique - but it (and its cover letter) still mark an important point in this crisis - not the ultimate point - but an important point nonetheless.

I've done my best to reformat the text ... but there may still be some spots I missed.

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PS. While I'm 'retired' from Blogging and it is Lent, I felt that this needed to be published.

Lifesite News: Links to article pdfs

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Canon 212 and Pewsitter

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This morning I received an alert that Pewsitter had been hacked.

So, I have decided to remove Canon 212 and Pewsitter from my bloglist for this reason and ...

Because the continual onslaught of misc 'news' is not conducive to a good spiritual life.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Posting Pause

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FYI: I will be taking a 'holiday' for retirement posting during lent!

Wishing you a blessed lent!

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

What can we do???

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So for those with eyes to see the Catholic Church is in a crisis of Faith and it began at the top (Paul VI???) and will end at the top (Pope ?????? the ??).

The question is what can / should we do?  I am of course thinking primarily of the Laity, but my thinking also applies to the professed.

What I see as a high probability is that Rome will finally drop the mantra sometime in the next 3 to 5 years.

Whether it is under Pope Francis the Last or some other Pontiff doesn't really matter.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Rome and the SSPX - Nothing like a bit of drama to increase the readership

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Every so often there is a flurry of announcements concerning the 'potential', 'impending', 'imminent' regularization of the SSPX.

Usually, the words from Rome are laced with little tidbits, such as fear of a split within the SSPX etc.

Then from the SSPX comes the water dousing the feverish thoughts of those who follow the ins and outs of the Rome / SSPX relations.

My information is paraphrased as the following: Don't hold your breathe.  There are still significant issues with the 'offer'.

Further, I am aware that the Societies house in Albano was no longer meeting the needs for the Society in Rome and that they have been looking for a solution for a number years.

Nothing to see here, moving on ...

As an FYI here's some links to commentary.

Vox Cantoris: SSPX and Reconciliation
Mundabor: SSPX Roads Leading To Rome
Mundabor: Reblog SSPX reconciliation is nothing without control
OkieTraditionalist: On an SSPX Personal Prelature. My Argument.


Finally, here's a link to my commentary: For the Impatient


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Pseudonyms

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Thinking about the SSPX article on Satire, you may have noticed, I keep my identity hidden behind a pseudonym.

The reasons are simple: My livelihood would be adversely affected if my identity was known and I would be unable to support my family.

Do duty of state trumps desire for vain glory.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Satire: A New Way to Combat the Crisis? and Reactions

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The SSPX has published an article critical of the utilization of anonymous satire in addressing the Pope.

This article has raised the ire of a number of online anonymous bloggers and personalities (see Remnant).

The key element that Father X misses is that, while the name of the author of the article is unknown, the identity of the organization sponsoring the article is clearly known: The SSPX.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Correcting a Pope - John Lamont

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There's been a fair amount of speculation about Pope Francis' status vis-a-vis the rest of the Catholic Church.

Speculation doesn't cut it in this case.

There are two ways in which a person can KNOW that another Catholic has committed the sin of heresy.

Either:

They tell you 

or

The Catholic Church tells you.

What would the first case look like?

Let's say that Pope Francis made an explicit public denial of faith such as: I do not believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed into Heaven.

At this point, you 'know' that the Pope has committed the sin of heresy.  It is a fact that he has denied a belief that is to be held by all Catholics.

What you don't know is if he has incurred any of the penalties associated with that act. That is up for the authority of the Church to determine.

In the latter case, such as we see unfolding before our eyes, ambiguous phrases, utterings, writings, need to be put to a test to verify the intention of the person in question.  Then the Church would make a judgement on these elements vis-a-vis Church Teaching (Doctrine and Dogma).

At this point you 'know' that the person in question has committed the sin of heresy. However, you remain in ignorance as to the juridical impact of this sin on his Papacy.

Anything outside of these conditions is simply suspicion, opinion and supposition.  Those who say they know that this or that Pope committed the sin of heresy for whatever reason are flat out wrong.

If neither of the two situation listed above have occurred, then we simply don't know.

The following article is, I hope a light for right thinking on this topic.

Keep in mind that we are in new ground in some cases and the theories put forth in earlier centuries are now about to have the kinks worked out and made straight.

We are in a time when the precedence will be set on how to handle a wild and erring Pope.


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Courtesy of Rorate

Rome's Mantra

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Just in case you're one of the faithful that have slumbered through most of the last 50 years - let's give a quick reality check of what the conflict between Rome and the SSPX is ALL about.

It comes down to what I call the 'Mantra' that Rome repeats whenever they encounter the SSPX.

The SSPX must accept without distinction / reservation:

  1. The Second Vatican Council
  2. The New Mass
Really these two items encapsulate what this fight is all about as the Second Vatican Council set the theological ground work for deviating (ie rupturing) the link with past doctrine and - as we now see - Dogma.

The New Mass is merely the embodiment of all the principles put forward in the New Mass.

I know that there is also the question of the post-conciliar magisterium - but this too is an offshoot of V2. While the Popes have been more or less speckled with regards to the Doctrine/Dogma we see the fruits of their 'labours' all around us now.  

So there you have it  ... it isn't about 'The Mass', nor is it really about 'The Council'.  

It is about Church Teaching, its Doctrine and Dogma.

Forget this fact at your peril.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

I believe in God ...

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I grow increasingly disturbed by Louie Verrecchio's posts.

For example, we have his latest post on Bishop Fellay's interview here.  Aside from the obvious dissonance the arises when someone criticises an SSPX bishop (some I recognize as a cultural reaction), there is something else.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fr. Most on the Dubia of Archbishop Lefebvre

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While the focus has been on the Dubia of the Cardinals for the last few months, there is another set of Dubia that should foremost in our minds: The of Archbishop Lefebvre.

Before I transcribe the Dubia, I'd like to provide a critique of a criticism of the Dubia submitted by Archbishop Lefebvre.

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Source: EWTN


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

For the impatient

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Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was this crisis.

The act of justice restoring what was taken from the SSPX (and the Church at large) will take time.

We're only at the 17 year mark and both those pro a "no-compromise regularization", and those contra any "regularization" need to exercise patience and not jump to conclusions.

This last interview was a good example.

People took on part out of context and jumped to the conclusion that the SSPX would be imminently regularized.

Listening to the whole interview showed that objectively, this was not the case.

So just remember:

a hundred years is a mere blink in the life of an elf

and so it is with the Church!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Just in case you suspected that the SSPX was going to compromise ... Was Early Church Tolerant of Divorce

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While the head of the CDF issues unofficial statements in 'response' to the Cardinal's dubia - the SSPX promotes the Truth.

Funny that.

My belief is that when the SSPX is granted a no-compromise, Accept Us As We Are, "regularization" , something will have dramatically changed in Rome.

Even if we can't see it.

After all, we're edging into the 17th year of the Rome / SSPX discussions and upto 2012 Rome was consistent in its Mantra: Accept the Council, Accept the New Mass, Accept the Post-Conciliar Magisterium ... etc.

The SSPX has stated clearly - nope - not going to compromise.

Rome is the ones who are slowly shifting and vacillating on their mantra.

Me thinks this is a good thing!!!

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Courtesy of SSPX.org

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Legacy of Catholic Families

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I was reflecting upon the work that the 'oldsters' have done over the decades.

One Catholic family can have a huge multi-generational effect giving life to Parishes.

I have one question to ask you Fathers and Mothers:

What is your legacy?

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Friday, February 3, 2017

La Port Latine

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La port latine is the official site of the SSPX district of France.

Given that it is a large district they have additional resources and a good website.

For your reference: Laportelatine.org

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bishop Fellay: Clarity needed to move forward

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As discussed here, the key element is:
We have told Rome, very clearly, that, just as Archbishop Lefebvre used to say in his day, we have a sine qua non condition: if this condition is not met, then we will not move. And this condition is for us to be able to remain as we are, to keep all the principles that have kept us alive, that have kept us Catholic.
So ... what can we conclude?

If Rome asks the SSPX to compromise, then the status-quo will be maintained.

Not to worry, if Pope Francis the Last won't live by his liberal principles, then perhaps the next Pope will live by Catholic ones and end the unjust exile of the SSPX.


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Courtesy of SSPX.org



What Archbishop Lefebvre Said About the New Mass - SSPX.org

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The New Mass is many things and one thing that it is is ambiguous.  While there are a few Catholic elements in the Novus Ordo, but even those are lost in the morass of protestant simulation.

It truly is a case of :




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Courtesy of SSPX.org: What Archbishop Lefebvre said about the New Mass


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

How to Cut the SSPX / Gordian Knot

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On hearing of the latest volley in the Rome / SSPX discussions, my wife, wonderful and smart woman that she is, concluded that all the Pope has to do is officially  make the following statement:
The SSPX is Catholic, their sacraments are valid, anyone may attend and seek the Sacraments from them. 
This, obviously, would create a big mess from a canonical perspective.  However, Pope Francis is not afraid of creating messes and since he approves of the NeoCat Way, then why not approve the SSPX who is actually recognizably Catholic?

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Monday, January 30, 2017

We've been here before ...

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For those who are panicking, we have the following courtesy of SSPX.org as well as 1P5's review of the whole interview here.

As with Mrs. Hickson, when I listened to the interview, I heard the 'accept us as we are' and I realized that there is still a ways to go before Rome has ceased to ask a compromise of the SSPX.

Although Mrs. Hickson believed this phrase to be a little nebulous, for the SSPX it is crystal clear.  Accept us without attempting to force us to compromise in anyway, shape or form, allowing us to continue to operate as we have been for the salvation of souls.

This is a pretty good summary and it packs in a whole lot of what Rome is trying to foist upon the SSPX. Such as accepting V2 and the New Mass. Getting permission of the local bishop before responding to faithful crying the wilderness is another one.  If that were in place, the SSPX would be little better than the FSSP.

So to answer the question that many non-SSPX are asking:  If Rome accepts us as we are, we are ready.  If not, we'll wait.

I have also received word that there are still significant issues that stand in the way of the SSPX being 'regularized'.

So as always, don't hold your breath and ...

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

SSPX Superior-General Fellay: "An agreement is possible without further wait." - Rorate Caeli

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I saw the following report as I went to schola practice.

Bishop Fellay confirmed in the program Terres de Mission of TVLibertes broadcast minutes ago: on the factual level, relations with the Vatican are already normal, and only the seal is missing on the agreement: "This agreement is possible, according to the Superior-general, in his view, without waiting for the situation in the Church to become completely satisfactory." [Source]

Source: Rorate-Caeli

I suspect that a lot of people are concerned by this news item and thought that I would add my perspective and that of a learned friend.

First, the perspective of my learned friend:

Given that the SSPX has been given faculties to hear confessions, his opinion is that Bishop Fellay is completely correct. As the SSPX has been given faculties to hear confessions and a suspended cleric cannot hear confessions, the SSPX is no longer suspended.

The status of the SSPX is simply: Undefined.

Now my perspective:

Basically, the last I heard, Rome had reinserted two compromises:

  • Accept Vatican II
  • Be Subject to the local bishops approval for new foundations.

These were non-starters items.

Perhaps the situation is so dire that Card. Mueller has relented.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Malta has fallen

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Read more:

1P5

Rorate-Caeli

Oh well ... we can surmise how this will play out ... based on past actions.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pope Francis the Last has the midas touch-updated

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Update: demattei has the same perspective as myself (see rorate). We will know shortly how this will unfold.  Keep praying!!!

So Pope Francis the Last has obtained his victory over Malta.  In truth we will now be able to see if Pope Francis has the inverted form of the modias touch: everything he touches will turn into lead.


I want to reflect on whether or not the grand master had to obey.

The answer lies in whether or not the command (to resign) lies in the sphere of the authority of the Pope.

If not then the Grand Master practiced perfect obedience.  

Now if Pope Francis the Last told me to quit my job and join a monastery, I would politely but firmly refuse.  Because such an order is outside the sphere of his authority.

As a religious the Grand Master took three vows, so I guess that makes the request within the sphere of paypal (oops papal) authority.

The next step is for the council to accept his resignation.

Were I a member, I would persuade the council to refuse the resignation.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Things Old And New: A Jeremiad - Contributed by Idiotadoctus

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It seems to me that the fact that Pope Francis and much of the hierarchy is justifying permitting adulterers to receive Communion, partially based on an assumption that many marriages have been invalid because people were too ignorant to have validly contracted a marriage, is the height of self-serving sophistry.

They need to be called out on the fact that this ignorance is THEIR fault.  They are perpetuating a vicious cycle:

1) Bishops abandon their duty to teach, form consciences, and exhort.

2) They wait till the inevitable moral breakdown in society occurs.

3) They proclaim that proper "discernment" in "the flux of life" requires us to relax the "rigid rules", and look for gray instead of black and white; that it is uncharitable and unmerciful to do otherwise.

4) Relaxing the rigid rules results in further moral breakdown.

5) Rinse, repeat, until there is literally no restraint at all, and the whole world is one chaotic hell.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saga of Amoris Laetitia - A collection of articles and thoughts

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Ok - so I have a few minutes to chronicle some of the latest.


First, we have the article Stan Gets Stapled: Is Catholic Answers Becoming Protestant Answers? from The Remnant.  While I like Tim Staples, he is an engaging speaker etc, however Christopher Ferrara nails it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

First they meddled with the FSSP, then the FFI, now they have set their sights on the SOM

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Modernists are meddlers.

We've witnessed what happens if there is not a strong authority to keep them in check:
  1. Second Vatican Council
  2. Novus Ordo Missae
  3. Code of Canon law
  4. etc, etc, etc.
If a modernist doesn't like how things are going in their situation, they appeal to a higher authority.  If the authority is sympathetic (or just pathetic) they will get their way.

This is the way of things and also highlights why it is critical that the SSPX have a strong authority in its leader and unwavering support from the Pope.

Otherwise we would see history repeat itself:

FSSP 2000:
  1. Whiners want to say the New Mass
  2. Rome intervenes
  3. Whiners leave

FFI 2013:
  1. Whiners complain about the decision to have the conventual mass changed to the Tridentine Mas
  2. Rome intervenes
  3. Whiners leave
SOM 2016:
  1. Whiner complains that he was unjustly expelled
  2. Rome intervenes
  3. Whiner(s) leave <prediction>
In their wake, the whiner leave orders that are radically changed if not decimated.

At least it appears that the SOM is not about to be meddled with.



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Monday, January 16, 2017

Resisting Papal Errors: Another Historical Precedent for Cardinal Burke - The Remnant

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We are living in historic times.  While it is not rare for the Church to lurch from crisis to crisis (it is after-all at war with an implacable enemy), it is rare for the Pope to need correction.

I found it interesting that at the mention of a french Archbishop resisting the Pope, Archbishop Lefebvre comes to mind.

Perhaps an indication of his stature in this crisis.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Cardinal Müller Covers His Eyes - CFNews / SSPX.ca

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Cardinal Mueller continues to be a hot topic and I think it is worth while examining some of the background.

Keep in mind that it would have been more surprising if Cardinal Mueller supported Catholic Truth than the opposite.

Why so?

Because of his questionable theological opinions that he only clarified at the behest of Pope Benedict XVI when pressed by the SSPX ... and his continuing requirement that the SSPX accept V2 and the N.O.M. without reservations.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Emerging from the Crisis - One Catholic At A Time: How to Find God ... and Discover Your True Self in the Process

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It is clear that the Catholic Church will not emerge from the crisis because we simply want and pray for it to happen.

We need to start with ourselves.

My wife is reading a book on Catholic Spirituality written by Dom Hubert Van Zeller in 1957. She compared this gem to her understanding of the spirituality of Archbishop Lefebvre.

While tempted to compare the behaviour of Pope Francis and others to the principles that I have quoted below - we need to honestly compare our own perspective and extract the beam out of our own eye first.

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