The Line of Archbishop Lefebvre
Some acquaintances of mine received a nice family photo from a friend. On the inside of the card was written a short note that except for the following was full of the regular niceties.
It's too bad that you've abandoned the line of Archbishop Lefebvre. To have come so far in the battle for the true faith, only to lose one's way at the end is indeed sad indeed. Read, study, and pray for the grace to see clearly in this crisis.I can avouch that my friends have 'read, studied, and prayed'. What they studied was the teachings of the Church (some of which are presented here on this blog). They did not "study" the writings/rantings of Bishop Williamson, Fr. Pfeiffer, Fr. Chazal, Fr. Rua, Fr. Girouard et al. The only time that these utterances were examined was to hold them up to the light of Catholic Teaching.
Comparing the teachings of the Church to the writing of the Bishop and priests associated with the 'resistance' has only solidified them in their conviction that anyone who departs from Catholic principles, doctrine and dogma CANNOT be following the path of Archbishop Lefebvre.
If they were, then it would be necessary to believe that the ...
- Apostolicity of the Church derives from its mission (Apple meet Tree)
- Holiness of the Church derives from having the Faith (Apple meet Tree)
- Unity of the Church is derived solely from the Faith (Apple meet Tree)
- Catholic Church lost the Four Marks (Open Letter to Bishop Williamson)
- The Visible Church is not the Catholic Church (SSPX vs Resistance Ecclesiology )
None of these 'beliefs' are actually Catholic and they are all derived from the writings of 'resistance' associates. I label them as 'heresy' - meaning theological error. They may or may not be of the first degree, but it doesn't really matter.
The assertion that the SSPX has abandoned the line of Archbishop Lefebvre, implies that the loose association of loose cannons who collectively are called the 'resistance' is faithful to Archbishop Lefebvre.
I'm sorry, but I don't believe that His Grace set out a line that ended in heresy.
Please see The Four Marks of the Church, the Teachings of the First Vatican Council and the Catechism of the Council of Trent for the real teachings of the Church.
Further reading on the problems with the 'resistance' can be found here.
Pray and Study!!!