Saturday, April 29, 2017

SSPX as Barometer


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


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.


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.



Source: Rorate-Caeli

Friday, April 28, 2017

Humour: Funny old insults


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

Maybe we should re-incorporate these into our vocabulary­čśä?

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


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


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'.


  • 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???


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

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


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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cardinal Burke and the SSPX


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


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.


Monday, April 17, 2017

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


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.


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


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


Courtesy of the Remnant

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


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,