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The solid Rock – the triumph of love born out of Faith

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“O Catholic faith, how solid, how strong you are! How deeply rooted, how firmly founded on a solid rock! Heaven and earth will pass away, but you can never pass away. From the beginning the whole world opposed you, but you mightily triumphed over everything. This is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. It has subjected powerful kings to the rule of Christ; it has bound nations to his service. What made the holy apostles and martyrs endure fierce agony and bitter torments, except faith, and especially faith in the resurrection? What is it that today makes true followers of Christ cast luxuries aside, leave pleasures behind, and endure difficulties and pain? It is living faith that expresses itself through love. It is this that makes us put aside the goods of the present in the hope of future goods. It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the future.”
~the last sermon of St Fidelis of Sigmaringen before his martyrdom.

Is Pope Francis the only “conciliar Pope”?

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As a result of many of the words and actions of this current Pope, more Catholics than ever are realizing that there is a grave crisis in the Church.  This realization extends to not only the laymen, but even to a certain degree to priests and bishops.  Indeed, how could one almost not notice the blatantly modernistic, radical direction taken by this pontificate?  The result is one of the greatest divisions the Church has ever seen.

However, although more Catholics are noticing the Modernism promoted by Pope Francis; some propose the solution of a more “conservative” Pope such as John Paul II or Benedict XVI.  But were the post-Vatican II Popes preceding Pope Francis truly conservative?  Are the errors now being promoted in this pontificate truly novel to the Church?

The answer is, for the most part, a resounding NO.  While Pope Francis is taking further steps in regards to “pastoral” circumstances(e.g. Amoris Laetitia) and secular affairs and has a much more casual approach in delivery, most of the ambiguities and errors promoted are the same as those presented by his immediate predecessors.  The problem lies not so much with Pope Francis, a son of the Council, as it does with the aforementioned Council and the New mass.  As a recent blog post by Magnificat Media Radio stated, Pope Francis simply has his foot pushed all the way down on the accelerator with the car traveling 88 MPH instead of 55.

A few short summaries to prove my point:

Pope Paul VI:

We could not begin without mentioning that Paul VI continued on with Vatican II as the liberalism was beginning to dominate and approved its final version, riddled with ambiguities and errors particularly concerning (false) ecumenism, religious liberty, and collegiality.  And how could the Church not forget that he was the Pope who introduced and imposed the New mass, which the Ottaviani Intervention condemned as “a striking departure from the Catholic theology of the Mass as it was formulated in Session XXII of the Council of Trent” which contained “no intention of presenting the Faith”.

“Paul VI did not hide his liberal leanings; at the Council, the men he chose as moderators to replace the presidents appointed by John XXIII, were Cardinal Agagianian, a cardinal of colorless personality from the Curia, and Cardinals Lercaro, Suenens and Dopfner, all three liberals and the pope’s friends. The presidents were sidelined at the head table, and these three liberals directed the conciliar debates. In the same way, Paul VI supported the liberal faction that opposed the tradition of the Church throughout the entire Council. This is a recognized fact. Paul VI repeated—I quoted it to you—the exact words of Lammenais at the end of the Council: “L’Eglise ne demande que la liberte” – the Church only seeks freedom—a doctrine condemned by Gregory XVI and Pius IX.”

“Of greater gravity are the words with which Paul VI suppressed Latin in the liturgy after the Council, and they are even more characteristic of his liberal psychology. After restating all the advantages of Latin: a sacred language, an unchanging language, a universal language, he calls, in the name of adaptation, for the “sacrifice” of Latin, admitting at the same time that it will be a great loss for the Church. Here are his very words, reported by Louis Salleron in his book La nouvelle messe [The New Mass] (Nouvelles Editions Latines, 2nd ed., 1976, p. 83)

On March 7, 1965, he said to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s square:

‘It is a sacrifice that the Church makes in renouncing Latin, a sacred language, beautiful, expressive, and elegant. The Church sacrifices centuries of tradition and unity of language in the name of an ever-growing desire for universality’.”

A recommended book is Fr. Luigi Villa’s Paul VI Beatified?.

 

Pope John Paul II:

…”Another reason for reservation concerning this beatification is that throughout John Paul’s long pontificate faithful Catholics were bewildered and scandalized by numerous manifestly imprudent papal statements and gestures the likes of which the Church has never witnessed in 2000 years. To recall just a few of the more well-known examples:

  • The numerous theologically dubious apologies for the presumed sins of Catholics in prior epochs of Church history.
  • The Assisi gatherings of October 1986 and January 2002.
  • The Pope’s public kissing of the Koran during the 1999 visit to Rome of a group of Iraqi Christians and Muslims.
  • The astonishing exclamation of March 21, 2000 in the Holy Land: “May St. John the Baptist protect Islam and all the people of Jordan…” [Cf. “Papal Homily in the Holy Land,” vatican.va].
  • The bestowal of pectoral crosses—symbols of episcopal authority—on George Carey and Rowan Williams.
  • Pope John Paul’s active participation in pagan worship at a “sacred forest” in Togo.
  • The “ecumenical” vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica, the very heart of the visible Church, in which the Pope consented to pray together with Lutheran “bishops”, including women claiming to be successors of the Apostles.”

Also, what more opposition could be shown to Tradition than to attempt to “excommunicate” those who wished to continue it?

Recommended books are Fr. Villa’s Karol Wojtyla Beatified, as well as Pope John Paul II: Doubts About a Beatification by Fr. Patrick de la Rocque and Bp. Bernard Fellay.

 

Pope Benedict XVI:

Although a few of Pope Benedict’s actions have been truly beneficial to Tradition(Summorum Pontificum and the lifting of the false SSPX “excommunications” being the most notable ones), he too was a man of the Council.  To name one example, this Pope took a step forward in “ecumenism” by inviting to his Assisi meeting a spokesman on behalf of those with no religion(http://www.dici.org/en/news/assisi-1986-2011-reform-in-continuity/).  Also, while Pope Benedict was open to discussions with the SSPX, it eventually became clear that he would not grant them a personal prelature unless they would compromise their positions regarding Vatican II and the New mass.   Pope Francis does not even appear to be quite so stringent on these requirements.

It is also noteworthy that the radical diocesan bishops opposed by even many “neo-Catholics”(to borrow a Chris Ferrara term) were placed in their positions by usually John Paul II or Benedict XVI.  Why did they so often choose bishops of so little faith?

Now, during this Pontificate, we have the unusual opportunity of hearing the words of another Pope at the same time.  If Pope Benedict is as traditional as many claim, surely we should expect strong words regarding these reforms of Pope Francis?  The opposite has been true.  In all of the few interviews Benedict XVI has spoken about this Pontificate, he has used the most glowing of terms!  Some may respond that Benedict is under heavy pressure, thus somewhat excusing him.  This scenario is perhaps worse.  If Benedict XVI is aware of the gravity of the situation, but does not respond accordingly on account of an apparent “pressure”, what does that say about him?  Does he not have a duty to fight for the Faith, especially given his position?  Even if his suggested enemies would go so far as to kill him, he would go straight to Heaven as a martyr!

 

To conclude: One must treat these subjects with prudence when encountering a Catholic discovering Tradition, but there is no use denying the obvious.  The reason the Church is in such a great crisis is not only due to Pope Francis, but also to his immediate predecessors.  This is not a judgement on the personal intentions of these Popes, but a simple statement based on objective reality.  The Church will only fully emerge from this crisis when we have a Pope who will truly reverse the direction the Church has sailed since Vatican II.  Let us pray for that great Pope!

~ Steven C., “Knight of Tradition”

Sources quoted from in this post:

http://sspx.org/en/can-paul-vi-be-beatified

http://sspx.org/en/remnants-reservations-beatifying-john-paul-ii (including an article from the 3-21-2011 issue of The Remnant Newspaper)

 

 

A milestone for the Society of St. Pius X

 

“The Priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus.”  ~St. John Vianney

“For he testifieth: Thou art a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchisedech.”  ~Hebrews 7:17

On June 3rd in the Year of Our Lord 2016, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 7 young new priests and 9 new deacons  were ordained to the Sacred Priesthood and Diaconate, bringing the total number of SSPX Priests to 600 worldwide.  Ad majorem Dei gloriam! These are the final Ordinations in Winona, Minnesota before moving to the new seminary soon to open in Virginia.

Congratulations to the newly ordained Priests! May God reward you for answering the call to His Eternal Priesthood!

The names of the newly ordained Priests:

  • Rev. Mr. Andrew Dwyer of Albuquerque, NM
  • Rev. Mr. Brandon Haenny of Highland, IN
  • Rev. Mr. Patrick Kimball of Camillus, NY
  • Rev. Mr. Paul-Isaac Franks of Nottingham, England
  • Rev. Mr. Reid Hennick of Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • Rev. Mr. Francis Palmquist of Belmont, NC
  • Rev. Mr. James Trummer of Saranac Lake, NY

The report from the SSPX’s website:

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/winona-seminary-final-year-7-priests

“The final ordinations ceremony in Minnesota was a momentous one, bringing the total number of priests in the SSPX to 600.

June 3, 2016 will be remembered as a day of stark contrasts for Winona. A day of joy for giving 7 new priests and 9 new deacons to the ranks of Holy Mother Church and tradition, and a day of natural sorrow for losing a home that has been so good to so many men, before the SSPX moves its seminary operations to Virginia.

As evening fell on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the celebrations of the faithful, the reminiscing of the seminarians, and the collaborative discussions of the bishops and priests were still underway. In attendance at this beautiful and historic ceremony conducted by Bishop Alfonso de Galaretta were Bishop Tissier de Mallerais, Auxilliary Bishop of the SSPX; Fr. Niklaus Pfluger, First Asssistant of the SSPX; Fr. Daniel Couture, Superior of Canada; Fr. Robert Brucciani, Superior of Great Britain, and more than 90 other priests. Additionally, more than 3,300 faithful came to witness the ceremony and to gather in what has become annually a reunion of family and friends in Winona. Following these ceremonies, the Society of St. Pius X reached a milestone of 600 priests.  12 more priests will be ordained at the end of the month at Econe, Switzerland, and in Zaitzkofen, Germany.”

I will post Bishop de Galeretta’s sermon when it becomes available.

“O Priest! You are not yourself because you are God. You are not of yourself because you are the servant and minister of Christ. You are not you own because you are the spouse of the Church. You are not yourself because you are the mediator between God and man. You are not from yourself because you are nothing. What then are you? Nothing and everything. O Priest! Take care lest what was said to Christ on the cross be said to you: “He saved others, himself he cannot save!”  ~St. Norbert

“The power of the priest, is the power of the divine person; for the transubstantiation of the bread requires as much power as the creation of the world.”  ~St. Bernardine of Siena

For now, please go here for all pictures of the grand ceremony:

http://sspx.org/en/media/photos/priestly-ordinations-winona-june-3-2016-16383

 

Look at that lace! How beautiful!

Introibi ad altare Dei!

These men lay down their lives for our salvation!

A supernatural miracle happens here, wherein the man is configured to the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ!

 

A great Successor of the Apostles, Defender of the Traditional Catholic Faith, a disciple of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, in whose footsteps we all follow!

Long live the Society of St. Pius X! Long may they persevere in the Traditional Catholic Faith of our forefathers, uncompromising and ever faithful to Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Bride, the Church!

~Damsel of the Faith

 

The Church is our Mother

“Let us love our Lord God, let us love His Church: Him as a Father, her as a Mother; Him as a Master, her as His Handmaid; for we are the children of the Handmaid herself. But this marriage is held together by a great love; no one offends the one and gains favor with the other… What does it profit you not to have offended your Father, when He will vindicate your offended Mother? What does it profit you to confess the Lord, to honor God, to preach Him, to acknowledge His Son, to confess the Son seated at the right hand of the Father, if you blaspheme His Church… Cling, then, beloved, cling all with one mind to God our Father and to the Church our Mother.”   ~St. Augustine

Summation of the Church

“Now, if we look at what was done, Jesus Christ did not arrange and organize such a Church as would embrace several communities similar in kind, but distinct, and not bound together by those bonds that make the Church indivisible and unique after that manner clearly in which we profess in the symbol of faith, ‘l believe in one Church.’ … Now, Jesus Christ when He was speaking of such a mystical edifice, spoke only of one Church which He called His own: ‘I will build my Church’ [Matt. 16:18]. Whatever other church is under consideration than this one, since it was not founded by Jesus Christ, cannot be the true Church of Christ… And so the Church is bound to spread among all men the salvation accomplished by Jesus Christ, and all the blessings that proceed therefrom, and to propagate them through the ages. Therefore, according to the will of its Author the Church must be alone in all lands in the perpetuity of time… The Church of Christ, therefore, is one and perpetual; whoever go apart (from it) wander away from the will and prescription of Christ the Lord and, leaving the way of salvation, digress to destruction. But He who founded the only Church, likewise founded it as one; namely, in such a way that whoever are to be in it, would be held bound together by the closest bonds, so much so that they form one people, one kingdom, one body: ‘One body and one spirit, as you are called in one hope of your calling’ [Eph. 4:4]… Agreement and union of minds are the necessary foundation of so great and so absolute a concord among men, from which a concurrence of wills and a similarity of action naturally arise… Therefore, to unite the minds of men, and to effect and preserve the union of their minds, granted the existence of Holy Writ, there was great need of a certain other principle… Therefore, Jesus Christ instituted in the Church a living, authentic, and likewise permanent magisterium, which He strengthened by His own power, taught by the Spirit of Truth, and confirmed by miracles. The precepts of its doctrines He willed and most seriously commanded to be accepted equally with His own… This, then, is without any doubt the office of the Church, to watch over Christian doctrine and to propagate it soundly and without corruption… But, just as heavenly doctrine was never left to the judgment and mind of individuals, but in the beginning was handed down by Jesus, then committed separately to that magisterium which has been mentioned, so, also, was the faculty of performing and administering the divine mysteries, together with the power of ruling and governing divinely, granted not to individuals [generally] of the Christian people but to certain of the elect…

Therefore, Jesus Christ called upon all mortals, as many as were, and as many as were to be, to follow Him as their leader, and likewise their Savior, not only separately one by one, but also associated and united alike in fact and in mind; one in faith, end, and the means proper to that end, and subject to one and the same power… Therefore, the Church is a society divine in origin, supernatural in its end, and in the means which bring us closest to that end; but inasmuch as it unites with men, it is a human community. When the divine Founder decreed that the Church be one in faith, and in government, and in communion, He chose Peter and his successors in whom should be the principle and as it were the center of unity… But, order of bishops, as Christ commanded, is to be regarded as joined with Peter, if it be subject to Peter and obey him; otherwise it necessarily descends into a confused and disorderly crowd. For the proper preservation of faith and the unity of mutual participation, it is not enough to hold higher offices for the sake of honor, nor to have general supervision, but there is absolute need of true authority and a supreme authority which the entire community should obey… Hence those special expressions of the ancients regarding St. Peter, which brilliantly proclaim him as placed in the highest degree of dignity and authority. They everywhere called him prince of the assembly of disciples, prince of the holy apostles, leader of that choir, mouthpiece of all the apostles, head of that family, superintendent of the whole world, first among the apostles, pillar of the Church… But it is far from the truth and openly opposed to the divine constitution, to hold that it is right for individual bishops to be subordinate to the jurisdiction of the Roman Pontiffs, but not for all taken together… Now this power, about which we speak, over the college of bishops, which Holy Writ clearly discloses, the Church has at no time ceased to acknowledge and attest… For these reasons in the decree of the Vatican Council, regarding the power and authority of the primacy of the Roman Pontiff, no new opinion is introduced, but the old and uniform faith of all ages is asserted. Nor, indeed, does the fact that the same (bishops) are subordinate to a twofold power cause any confusion in administration. In the first place, we are prohibited from suspecting any such thing by God’s wisdom, by whose counsel that very form of government was established. Secondly, we should note that the order of things and their mutual relations are confused, if there are two magistrates of the same rank among the people, neither of them responsible to the other. But the power of the Roman Pontiff is supreme, universal, and definitely peculiar to itself; but that of the bishops is circumscribed by definite limits, and definitely peculiar to themselves”   ~Pope Leo XIII, “Satis Cognitum”, June 29, 1897

Teaching Authority of the Church

The Church must not conform to the world.  The world must conform to the Church.  The Church cannot continue to pander to the desires and passions of the world that is of its father, the devil. True mercy is to teach the world with authority what it must do and believe to be saved.

“For the preservation of the moral order neither the laws and sanctions of the temporal power are sufficient, nor is the beauty of virtue and the expounding of its necessity. Religious authority must enter in to enlighten the mind, to direct the will, and to strengthen human frailty by the assistance of divine grace. Such an authority is found nowhere save in the Church instituted by Christ the Lord.”   ~Pope Pius XI, “Casti Connubii”, 1930)

Very many in the Hierarchy have failed in their divine mission given to them by Christ when he said to go forth and baptize, teaching the nations all that Christ commanded them.  Those clamoring for the destruction of the doctrines of the Church, concerning marriage and the Blessed Sacrament are heretics and deserve to be excommunicated for their crimes against Our Lord’s Church.  Pope Leo XIII says:

“The Church, founded on these principles and mindful of her office, has done nothing with greater zeal and endeavor than she has displayed in guarding the integrity of the faith. Hence she regarded as rebels and expelled from the ranks of her children all who held beliefs on any point of doctrine different from her own.”   ~Pope Leo XIII, “Satis Cognitum”

Once again, the pastoral practice serves to uphold the doctrine.  Take away the pastoral practice and the doctrine is meaningless. This is the kind of evil that is being promoted in Rome at this minute.

Recently, the President of the Polish Bishops Conference, Archbishop Stainslaw Gadecki, warned that the heretical Bishops proposing sacrilege for the Church by allowing unrepentant adulterers in the state of mortal sin to receive the Holy Eucharist are in actuality really trying to change the doctrine through the back door.  http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2015/10/polish-bishops-of-course-liberals-want.html

Of course, we know that the doctrines of the Church cannot and never can be changed.  That doesn’t mean the forces of hell will not try in earnest.

Pope XIII again tells us that the Church is the guardian of morals.  Today, we’d think, because of the wickedness of these Judases in the Church, that the Church was the destroyer of morals:

The Church of Christ is the true and sole teacher of virtue and guardian of morals. She it is who preserves in their purity the principles from which duties flow, and, by setting forth most urgent reasons for virtuous life, bids us not only to turn away from wicked deeds, but even to curb all movements of the mind that are opposed to reason, even though they be not carried out in action.” ~Pope Leo XIII, “Immortale Dei”

And when those in the very bosom of the Church are running off to their own ruin and death through their lies, cunning and wickedness, all the more must the true children of the Church stand up for Her and proclaim Her saving truth:

“We saw men and nations cut off from God, stirring up strife and discord and hurrying along the road to ruin and death, while the Church of God carries on her work of providing food for the spiritual life of men, nurturing and fostering generation after generation of men and women dedicated to Christ, faithful and subject to him in his earthly kingdom, called by him to eternal bliss in the kingdom of heaven.”   ~Pope Pius XI, “Quas Primas”

We must pray for the enemies of the Church in Rome:

“When have prayers not been offered in the Church, to obtain the gift of faith for infidels and for her enemies?”  ~Pope Pius XI, “Ad Salutem”

Wouldn’t it be absolutely miraculous, if the Synod Father proclaimed this truth on Marriage, as stated beautifully by Pope Pius XI:

The Catholic Church, to whom God has entrusted the defense of the integrity and purity of morals, standing erect in the midst of the moral ruin which surrounds her, in order that she may preserve the chastity of the nuptial union from being defiled by this foul stain, raises her voice in token of her divine ambassadorship and through Our mouth proclaims anew: any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin.”   ~Pope Pius XI, “Casti Connubii”

What the heretics in Rome are proposing, such as Archbishop Cupich, is to abandon belief in the teachings of the Church in exchange for our private opinion.  If there is no absolute truth, then our faith is in vain.  How can a malformed conscience believe the truth if it is not taught to them, again, with authority?  Pope Pius XI calls this “private interpretation of the truth”:

“But everyone can see to how many fallacies an avenue would be opened up and how many errors would become mixed with the truth, if it were left solely to the light of reason of each to find it out, or if it were to be discovered by the private interpretation of the truth which is revealed.”   ~Pope Pius XI, “Casti Connubii”

Whatsoever He commands, He commands by the same authority. He requires the assent of the mind to all truths without exception. It was thus the duty of all who heard Jesus Christ, if they wished for eternal salvation, not merely to accept His doctrine as a whole, but to assent with their entire mind to all and every point of it, since it is unlawful to withhold faith from God even in regard to one single point.”  ~Pope Pius XI, “Satis Cognitum”

The Synod on the Family is nothing more than a ploy to attack the moral edifice of the Church, shaking the very foundations of the Church.  Up for debate are our timeless and unchangeable doctrines, as if our Church were a democracy ruled by the latest sins and desires of the people.  After all, it’s all about “accommodating” people living in mortal sin.  Yes, Bishops, send them on the way to hell.  When they get there, let’s hope they’re “accommodated” enough.  These heretics are playing with people’s souls.  They have no supernatural Faith or any sense of the supernatural, for that matter.  To see these Modernists seemingly triumphing in their wickedness, Pope St. Pius X must be rolling in his grave…

What we must remember during this grave crisis is that it is not the fault of the Church Herself if heretics spew their heresy on the faithful. The Church remains the ever spotless Bride of Christ.  It is her human members that can and often do fail.

“Certainly the loving Mother [the Church] is spotless in the Sacraments by which she gives birth to and nourishes her children; in the faith which she has always preserved inviolate; in her sacred laws imposed on all; in the evangelical counsels which she recommends; in those heavenly gifts and extraordinary graces through which with inexhaustible fecundity, she generates hosts of martyrs, virgins and confessors. But it cannot be laid to her charge if some members fall, weak or wounded. In their name she prays to God daily: ‘Forgive us our trespasses;’ and with the brave heart of a mother she applies herself at once to the work of nursing them back to spiritual health.” (Pope Pius XII, “Mystici Corporis Christi”

Remember your duty, Pope and Bishops.  Repent, convert to the true Catholic Faith and abandon your Counciliarism, your false religion of man.

“For, since Jesus Christ delivered Himself up for the salvation of the human race, and to this end directed all His teaching and commands, so He ordered the Church to strive, by the truth of its doctrine, to sanctify and to save mankind. But faith alone cannot compass so great, excellent, and important an end. There must needs be also the fitting and devout worship of God, which is to be found chiefly in the divine [Eucharistic] Sacrifice and in the dispensation of the Sacraments, as well as salutary laws and discipline. All these must be found in the Church, since it continues the mission of the Savior forever. The Church alone offers to the human race that religion – that state of absolute perfection – which He wished, as it were, to be incorporated in it. And it alone supplies those means of salvation which accord with the ordinary counsels of Providence.”   ~Pope Leo XIII, “Satis Cognitum”

The world perishes for a lack of knowledge. And this is laid at the feet of those who should be continuing the work of Our Lord, but instead are revolting against God, saying “Non servium!”

~Damsel of the Faith

Salvation in the Catholic Church alone

The Catholic Church was given to us by Our Lord Jesus Christ at the price of his blood and for one reason alone – our eternal salvation.

“For, since Jesus Christ delivered Himself up for the salvation of the human race, and to this end directed all His teaching and commands, so He ordered the Church to strive, by the truth of its doctrine, to sanctify and to save mankind. But faith alone cannot compass so great, excellent, and important an end. There must needs be also the fitting and devout worship of God, which is to be found chiefly in the divine [Eucharistic] Sacrifice and in the dispensation of the Sacraments, as well as salutary laws and discipline. All these must be found in the Church, since it continues the mission of the Savior forever. The Church alone offers to the human race that religion – that state of absolute perfection – which He wished, as it were, to be incorporated in it. And it alone supplies those means of salvation which accord with the ordinary counsels of Providence.”   ~Pope Leo XIII, “Satis Cognitum”, 1896