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.

P^3

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

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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.


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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'.

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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?

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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!

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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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JMJ

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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JMJ

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

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

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

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JMJ

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.

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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.

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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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JMJ

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.

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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



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bishop Schneider: The interpretation of Vatican II and its connection with the current crisis of the Church - rorate-caeli

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Bishop Athanasius (article below) is echoing something that the SSPX et al have known for  along time.

The documents of V2 are:

  1. Traditional and repeating prior magisterium (accept)
  2. Ambiguous (accept with traditional interpretation)
  3. Novel / contradicting prior magisterium (request to be fixed!!!!)


I have noted the original link as Rorate-Caeli has stated that it is ok to link / repost their articles provided they are given the credit etc.

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Courtesy of Rorate-Caeli

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

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Obedience as per St. Thomas
St. Thomas' description of obedience in the Summa is broken down into six articles examining whether:
  1. One man is bound to obey another? Yes, inferiors a bound to obey their superiors.
  2. Obedience is a special virtue? Yes, it is a special virtue.
  3. Obedience is the greatest of all virtues? No, Charity is the greatest virtue.
  4. God ought to be obeyed in all things? Yes, all are bound to obey the Divine Command.
  5. Subjects are bound to obey their superiors in all things? No, if the Superior commands something against God or outside of their sphere of authority obedience is not required in the latter and sinful in the former.
    1. Against God: We are bound to obey the divine command as known through the Divine, Written and Natural Law. To disobey the these is to commit sin.
    2. Sphere of Authority: This defines the limits of authority. St. Thomas speaks of the limits of authority for rulers, parents, as well as religious leaders. In each case there is typically a form of Law that defines the limits of authority. In the case of religious, St. Thomas refers to the 'regular mode of life' which is set out in the Rule of the institute to which a person binds themselves.
  6. Christians are bound to obey the secular powers? Yes, following the conditions defined above.
I have reproduced the Summa articles on obedience below, with the change that  I have reordered the content of the articles to place the objections and their replies together.

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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



Saturday, July 22, 2017

Breaking Down St. Thomas' Summa Article on Obedience - 1a - Introduction

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Obedience – The Sequel

Intro

In St. Thomas' concept, obedience is a double edged sword that cuts the vice of pride one way via submission to another, and in another way cuts the virtue of virtues of Charity and Justice via submission to a superior rather than to God.

Why is this important?

Because many within the Catholic Church tout that the SSPX is disobedient and that this disobedience is 'schismatic' etc.

Why argue about this topic?

Because in arguing we have an opportunity to discover new perspectives on the topic that, because of our natural biases and insights, we would never has considered.

Friday, July 21, 2017

State of Necessity - SSPX.ca - Part 2


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I sometimes wonder how a person can look at the state of the Church and question the position of the SSPX.

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Courtesy of SSPX.org

Joseph Shaw's Reply to Cardinal Sarah

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Liturgy affects culture and vice-versa hence the saying: lex orandi lex credendi. The New Mass reflects a new theology, the Tridentine Mass reflects the pre-conciliar Theology.

As the pre and post theology are antithetical, so are the liturgies.

There are three options for cultural change: Fight, flight, acquiesce. What is being suggested by those who want to merge the 'banal on the spot liturgy' with a liturgy that organically developed over 1000+ years is to acquiesce and attempt to merge the cultures.

Aside from the inclusion of new saints in the calendar, this simply won't work and it is a really bad idea.

The thought that the New Mass needs to be turfed seems to have theological basis (more later).

I think that the only reasonable way to mitigate the change is to have the Tridentine Mass said in the venacular. Even that approach has serious issues in that it could just prolong the problem.

Sometimes it is just necessary to jump into the water when the ship is on fire.

Quite and apt analogy.

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Courtesy of Joseph Shaw

State of Necessity - SSPX.ca - Part 1

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One of the key issues is whether or not a state of necessity exists within the Catholic Church.

I think it is safe to say that, with Pope Francis, the state of necessity is even more intense.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tradition: From Return to Recourse - FSSPX.News

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Facing the reality of the situation is important. We need to see things (events in the Church, Church Teaching) as they are, not as we would imagine them to be!

Sede vacantists, ignoring the dogmatic fact doctrine, see the actions of the Pope / Council / etc and state: This can't possibly be the Pope etc.

"Conservatives" likewise state the same thing, but arrive at a different conclusion - all must be ok.

Aligning our understanding with reality (ie Truth) is key to understanding all the ins / outs of the crisis of the Church.

The SSPX is merely a symptom.

In the 70's the mantra was established and while the problems started earlier, it is easy to date the malaise of the Church to this event.

It is the first bookend, it will be interesting to see what becomes the other bookend to this crisis.

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Courtesy of Dici.org / FSSPX.news

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

THE ULTIMATE INTERVIEW - Rorate Caeli

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A good thing about Pope Francis' antics is that it is hard to be complacent about the crisis of the Church and where it all fell apart: The Council.

I've attached below the two paragraphs that jumped out at me.

Source: Rorate-Caeli

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The myth of the Hermeneutic of Continuity - Rorate Caeli

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Interestingly the complete acceptance of the Second Vatican Council (without reservations) is required of the SSPX.

Just when people are starting to wonder how it came to this!



Courtesy of Rorate Caeli
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St. Thomas Aquinas On Law

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I found this article and have posted it here for my own reference.

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Source

Monday, July 17, 2017

What does it mean "I'm a Traditional Catholic"?

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I was visiting with a friend the other day when he said: "I'm a traditionalist".

This surprised me because, while I could imagine him saying he was a "conservative or faithful Catholic", I didn't really think that the "traditionalist" label would stick.

This got me to to thinking about what it means, or should mean when a person shakes you hand and says: "Hi, I'm a Traditional Catholic".

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Canonical Status of the SSPX

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Since the mantra is in place (again) and the SSPX will not be regularized in the next few moments, I thought it would be helpful to post a list of the current situation.

In addition, we can add the provision of jurisdiction to hear confessions and the now a quasi-jurisdiction (kinda sorta maybe) for marriages.

Courtesy of SSPX.ca

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pope Francis' Next Steps

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Earlier this week there was a little storm about the questions that Pope Francis put to Cardinal Muller during his dismissal audience (one peter five: before the dismissal).

Here are the five questions:
  • Are you in favor of, or against, a female diaconate?
  • Are you in favor of, or against, the repeal of celibacy? 
  • Are you in favor of, or against, female priests? 
  • Are you willing to defend Amoris Laetitia
  • Are you willing to retract your complaint concerning the dismissal of three of your own employees? 
Now, I suspect that people will want to believe that Pope Francis wants deaconesses, married priests, priestesses, people to receive communion in an objective state of mortal sin.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Rural Living for Trads?

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Before his expulsion from the SSPX, Bishop Williamson would advocate the laity to move out of cities and take up hobby farming.

At that time I found it both tempting and unwise.

It is tempting to just leave the crazy city life behind and isolate ourselves like hermits from the world.  This is a bad perspective because we are social creatures and as children grow up the isolation will potentially cause resentment.

That said, seven years ago we did move out of the city to the outskirts of a rural town. However, my concerns about the influence on my children during their formative years, introducing them to the 'world' in a controlled manner as they were ready played a part in that decision but the catalyst was the need for affordable housing.

In other words it was a practical solution to a practical problem.

But I think to suddenly sell-off everything and follow Bishop Williamson's advice is unwise for the majority of people.

Here's my thinking:

  1. Proximity to the Sacraments. I drive an hour to work just a few minutes more to mass. In the big picture it, means my commute is an additional 20-30 minutes per day when compared with my in-city commute.  No too much of a sacrifice. We have been fortunate to never missed mass on a Sunday. But the further away from a mass center, this becomes a real issue as access to the sacraments is the lifeline to surviving this crisis.
  2. The hollowing out of Traditional Communities. The interaction with other Traditional Catholics is a key element in maintaining a healthy balance in this imbalanced world. Sunday Mass is an oasis in this world and sustains us for the week to come - spiritually as well as socially. 
  3. Living in the country takes energy and flexibility.  If a city person transfers themselves into the full-blown rural life, there are added stressors.  Without the energy to handle this level of effort, it can create serious problems for the family.  I know one young family who made the move (a little further out than myself), but there is one key difference - the father is the son of a farmer.  He has significant energy reserves and more importantly buckets of experience that gives him options. These options translate into flexibility to handle the stressors in different ways.
Just some quick thoughts this summer day!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Unity of Faith with Pope Francis & Canonical Recognition of the SSPX

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Pope Francis definitely makes Pope St. John Paul II look like a saint, even if he doesn't believe he canonized him.

However, the question is what about Unity of Faith and a Canonical Recognition.

Not something to trouble ourselves about, but since the scattered 'resistance' uses this as one of their watch words, I thought it appropriate to repost this article by the SSPX.

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Courtesy of SSPX.org

Monday, July 10, 2017

Cycnical Resistors 2h - Concomitance of Our Lord's Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity

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After I explained the principles in my 'challenge' he went silent on that topic.

Then he posted a fairly good question.  Even though I suspected that Gerard was attempting to lay a trap - unlike him - I still provided an answer.

Now since Gerard has sprung his little 'trap', I thought I would dig a little deeper into my understanding of the Mystery of the Eucharist.  Specifically, concomitance.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Archibishop Lefebvre - Letter to Friends and Benefactors No 9 (1975)

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This was published on the Remnant's site and I believe it is always a good idea to keep a good perspective on this war for the heart of the Church.

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Courtesy of The Remnant

Cynical Resistors 2g - Next Steps Repeated Question to Gerard

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Gerard didn't answer the question in a clear manner, so I reiterated the question as per below.  One other forum member raised a concern and I have added.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

The SSPX - A Sign of Contradiction and Division

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In some ways a person's perspective of the SSPX offers insight to their orthodoxy.

At least in this case it is true.

As in any point where these is a crisis, clarity is provided and here we have some more clarity.

The SSPX is not welcome in Germany because ... the Catholic Faith is not welcome in Germany.



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Source: Eponymous Flower

Cynical Resistors 2f - Next Steps

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In reviewing the back and forth of the Gerard Dialogue on Fatima, he seems to have reserved his most vehement protests for the apparent transgression of Church Law and his revulsion of the reception of Our Lord's blood in its natural as opposed to sacramental form.

My question is this: If Christ gives you His blood to drink in its natural form, is it a sin to drink it?

Here's the answer: No, it is not a sin to drink Christ's Blood if He gives it to you to drink.

A number of people on the forum posted that Our Lord would never do that.

I can find no reason to support their assertion.  Even St. Catherine of Siena is reported to have drunk from the side of Christ. Gerard purports that was a vision etc.  I reread the account (well worth it) and found that there is no reason to believe the event did not occur as related.

When I asked Gerard to support his assertion that it was simply a 'vision' etc, he went silent.

He does that a lot actually, anytime someone refutes his assertion he changes the topic.

If this thread were an exam and I was grading his thesis and non-existent defense of his thesis - he would spend another 7 years as a grad student.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Cardinal Müller’s Letter and His Non-Renewal as Head of the CDF - sspx.org

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Well, as you may have noticed I've gone a little rogue with lots of posts since I took my oral exam.

I'm going to try and pull back to a more reasonable pace over the next few weeks while I try to finish off another series on obedience as well as prep for a presentation.

The following is the official SSPX notification of the new / old demands from Rome.  The mantra is definitely in place.



I particularly like the last line:
Confronted with these questions, those having a pythonical [prophetic] spirit (Acts 16:16) will make predictions. For our part, we will be content to wait for the facts and to look at their effects.
So, what can we say except:

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Courtesy of SSPX.org


Cynical Resistors 2e - Examination of some key elements of the objections

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I believe that Gerard's response, if based on cynicism,  is fueled by a lack of understanding of some key Catholic principles.

Firstly, cynicism is contrary to Catholic principles on a number of levels, primarily because it is a result of liberalism.  The starting point is a distrust of authority, thereby making an attempt to elevate the holder as an authority.

This is why it is important to:

KNOW - your faith, so that your perspective will be wide and aligned with the thought of the Church of Christ.

This serves as a foundation to

LOVE - God. The love of God is the food of the spiritual life.

SERVE - God. Do God's will.

Baltimore Catechism
6. Q. Why did God make you?A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.
I've attached some samples of the dialogues with Gerard.

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PS. Conclusion

In this series we've examined the facts and opinions regarding the prelude as well as some aspects of the apparitions in Fatima. 

Some (in this case Gerard) have a hard time understanding the events in the complete light of Church Teaching. That they appear to start from a point of cynicism obviously doesn't help.

What would help would be for the cynics to attempt to argue against their own points.  That is why I find arguing with Gerard beneficial. I would never have come up with some of his objections because they're simply outside my reasoning and experience..

Now I'm going to ponder the next steps.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Cyncial Resistors 2c - Examination of objections

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After that exposition, I think we're ready to have a look at some of Gerard's original objections, prior to diving into his responses to my 'unpacking' of his thoughts.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cardinal Müller's letter to Bishop Fellay on the necessary conditions for "full re-establishment of communion" with the SSPX

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I mentioned the 'mantra' being reinforced in May and now it is public.  Rome is not willing to accept us as we are.

Pity.

This does clear things up though - especially the part about the SSPX needed to accept the 1988 profession of faith.  I believe that the 'Resistance' claimed that the SSPX was going to accept that bit.

I guess that was just conjecture.

What comes to mind is this meme:


Eventually, either Pope Francis will change, die or 'retire'.

Then the next Pope will have his chance to examine the issues with the Second Vatican Council, the New Mass, Pope Francis etc.

Through all this we can arrive at one safe conclusion: The SSPX has not compromised.

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Courtesy of Rorate-Caeli

Cynical Resistors 2b - Core issue, the communion of the seers a the 'hand' of an angel

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Now back to the topic of Fatima.

One issue that causes Gerard problems is the highlighted event related by Sister Lucia:
As soon as we arrived there, we knelt down, with our foreheads  touching the ground, and began to repeat the prayer of the Angel: “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You...”, I don’t know how many times we had repeated this prayer, when an extraordinary light shone upon us. We sprang up to see what was happening, and beheld the Angel. He was holding a chalice in his left hand, with the Host suspended above it, from which some drops of blood fell into the chalice 14. Leaving the chalice suspended in the air, the Angel knelt down beside us and made us repeat three times [The Fatima Prayer of Reparation] Then, rising, he took the chalice and the Host in his hands. He gave the Sacred Host to me, and shared the Blood from the chalice between Jacinta and Francisco 15, saying as he did so: “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men! Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.”
In addition, I noted the following footnote in the edition that I have:
15. Francisco and Jacinta had not yet received their First Communion. However, they never regarded this as a sacramental Communion

Monday, July 3, 2017

Cynical Resistors 2a - Introduction and forming good judgements

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As noted in the original cynical-resistors post, a person by the pseudonym of Gerard is finding fault with the Fatima apparitions.  He has a tendency to take the shotgun approach to theology in that he takes aim at a general topic and peppers it with bb's.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Breaking: Card. Mueller no longer head of CDF

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Rorate has posted this news - while the Pope simply didn't renew his 5-year mandate, people will say it speaks 'volumes'.

Personally, I think that we'll see how effective Card. Mueller was in holding back the floodwaters of Pope Francis' agenda.

I wonder who Pope Francis will nominate in his place. It will be very telling as Card. Mueller speculative theological opinions were an issue with the SSPX and he was forced to affirm the faith because of their protests.

As Card. Mueller was one voice opposing a no-compromise canonical regularization, I wonder what is next.

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Source: Rorate-Caeli

Father Jean-Michel Gleize, SSPX: Unity or Legality?

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I had noticed this article in the Courrier de Rome and am happy that the Remnant had it translated.

From my perspective and based on what I've heard, I suspect that a canonical regularization is a long way away.

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Courtesy of The Remnant


The SSPX has wished for a personal prelature since 1984 - La FSSPX souhaitait une prélature personnelle dès 1984 - Credidimus Cartatis

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M. DuCray has a pertinent article on the early desires of the Archbishop regarding the SSPX.

I am certain that some will argue (unsuccessfully) that the Archbishop abandoned that desire.  However, if he didn't say it explicitly, then they are simply jumping to a conclusion.

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Source: Credidimus Caritatis


Examples of Miraculous Holy Communion

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While I have been aware of miraculous communions, the issue of Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta receiving the Body and Blood of Our Lord made me curious.

So I did a quick search and found the following notes.

I have not checked the original sources at this time.

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Source: Name withheld as the sight is also promoting what I believe to be an unapproved apparition.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Examination Results

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Greetings all!

I took my exam on Wednesday morning - one full hour with a little drama - but all indications are that I at least achieved the level that I need for my position.

With the grace of God, bolstered by your and my families (not to mention the promised masses for the souls in purgatory) prayers I may have achieved the level necessary for any higher positions.

I will know in about 8 business days my final results!

This has been a long-haul as I've been in courses for the exam series for over 9 months.  It was hard and showed me the limits on my activities.

Many thanks and rest assured of my prayers in return!

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Monsignor Bux: We Are in Full Crisis of Faith - The Remnant

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I would like to thank Pope Francis for making the doctrinal state of the Church clear by drawing the Second Vatican Council to its logical conclusions.

I would also like to thank Cardinal Kasper (can't believe I'm doing this) for clearly identifying the link between V2 and this latest version of the crisis.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Exam Day T-0d

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Today's my exam!

Please pray that I achieve the level needed for my position!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Exam T-1d

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Tomorrow's my exam!

Please pray that I achieve the level needed for my position!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Exam T-2d

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Please pray that I achieve the level needed for my position!

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Exam T-3d

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Please pray that I achieve the level needed for my position!

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Exam T-4d

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Please pray that I achieve the level needed for my position!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Exam T-5d

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Please pray that I achieve the level needed for my position!

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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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Please pray that I achieve the level needed for my position!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Exam T-7d

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Please pray that I achieve the level needed for my position!

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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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Please pray that I achieve the level needed for my position!

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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.