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Rome / SSPX - ++Pozzo and The Catholic Church and the Conversion of Jews - Dr. Lamont


Well there is certainly a lot to write about since I 'retired' from blogging.
The first is obviously the latest from Archbishop Pozzo.  
It has created a bit of a stir on either side of the SSPX divide (Sede, Resistance, Liberals, Modernists).
Of key note in the interview is not what he says (NB: La Stampa is not unbiased in regards to the SSPX) about the Personal Prelature (we've known about this since 2001 in various versions), but about the resistance to a regularization that does not require acceptance of Nostra Aetate:
Two main issues seem to be at stake. One is Pope Francis’ ardent desire for pastoral unity within the Catholic Church together with the healing of theological rifts. The second concerns the serious implications for the future of key documents in Vatican II such as 1) “Nostra Aetate”- widely celebrated all over the world last year on the 50th anniversary of its publication - which refers to the nature of the Catholic Church’s relations with the Jew…

Emerging from the crisis


What is a crisis????
Simple Definitiona difficult or dangerous situation that needs serious attentionFull Definition Athe turning point for better or worse in an acute disease or fevera paroxysmal attack of pain, distress, or disordered functionan emotionally significant event or radical change of status in a person's life <a midlifecrisis>Full Definition Bthe decisive moment (as in a literary plot)Full Definition Can unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending;especially :  one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome <a financialcrisis>a situation that has reached a critical phase <the environmental crisis>Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary

By all of these definitions the Catholic Church has been in crisis for well over a hundred years. I know most traditionalists trace what they see as a crisis to the Second Vatican Council.

Communiqué from the Superior General to All Members of the Society of Saint Pius X at the conclusion of the meeting of major superiors in Anzère (Valais), June 28 2016

Although released after, this communique predates (by one day) that of the 29th.

Key point linking the two:

June 29th
The “restoration of all things in Christ” intended by Saint Pius X, following Saint Paul (cf. Ep.h 1:10), cannot happen without the support of a Pope who concretely favors the return to Sacred Tradition. While waiting for that blessed day, the Society of Saint Pius X intends to redouble its efforts to establish and to spread, with the means that Divine Providence gives to it, the social reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ. June 28th
This is why an indisputable sign of this restoration will be the express desire will of the Supreme Pontiff to grant the means with which to reestablish the order of the priesthood, of the faith, and of Tradition, sign which will moreover be the guarantee of the necessary unity of the family of Tradition. P^3

Courtesy of DICI

Fatima and Fr. Dollinger

Fatima has been in the news recently and rightly so. 
The re-revelation by Fr. Dollinger that the whole secret was not revealed (1P5: Whole 3rd Secret Not Revealed), Cardinal Ciappi that the "great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top" ( 1P5: Alice Von Hildebrand sheds new light on Fatima) appeared to touch as nerve in the Vatican as it merited a reply by the Pope (1P5: Pope Emertus Denies Statement). The next step in this exchange is curious. In the face of the denial by the Vatican we have the following: Originally, we intended to collaborate to write a little more about the questions regarding Fatima left unanswered following the response attributed to Pope Benedict. After the Vatican’s forceful denial of his story, however, Dr. Dollinger said the following, passed on to me in an e-mail from his secretary: “If Rome has denied it, then we have to be silent and not to defend ourselves.” As his secretary comments: “This is the typical and logical reaction of a f…

A Group of Theologians on Amoris Laetitia and CMTV - Updated

Retirement is so much fun!!!

The appeal to Cardinal Sodano (see Rorate) has caused a bit of a stir across the spectrum of Catholicism.

Interestingly, it didn't hit the front page over at CMTV - I had to dig into the daily news briefing to click on this link which lead to Edward Pentin's piece. I had expected some sort of commentary - but after announcing the document - just crickets.

I will reiterate my belief that while WE do not know the identity of the signatories to the document - beyond Professor Shaw - We do know there are signatories.

This is very interesting as, aside from the group of theologians who intervened in the case of the Novus Ordo Missae, I am not aware of anyone calling out the Pope on a document with theological censures since John XXII.

Pray that the Pope listens and supports the Teaching of the Church!!!


Blind spot of the 'resistance'

Fr. Pierre Roy has left the SSPX, breaking his engagement and Fr. Couture has written a letter considering the departure.

'Resistors' will respond exposing their blind spot.

The first aspect will be the understanding of the phrase 'conciliar Church' - for the truth of how the SSPX has understood the phrase click on this link.

The second will be proof-texts from Archbishop Lefebvre to 'prove' their point.

This a blind spot of the 'resistors' - the exclusion of context from their proof texts. Also known as confirmation bias.

For example, one of the favorite 'resistor' proof-texts is found in the 'One Year After the Consecrations' interview given by the Archbishop.  I have highlighted in Green the section that is quoted - as you will notice the entire context changes the implied meaning from a general rejection of any offer from Rome  to an example of the compromises of those who accepted the offer from Rome.

CMTV - ROME BE DAMNED Wake up — the problem ain't the Pope.

Funny how retirement posts are picking up ... but I have to admit that when I read the piece by CMTV, I burst out in laughter.  Since I am on vacation and have some time to 'relax' I thought I would share my amusement.

Another Concession by Rome

Bishop de Galarreta ordains a priest for the Chaldean right and Rome said that the SSPX can proceed with ordinations even without the local ordinaries permission (see red section below).

This appears to be another concession by Rome - along the lines of accepting the SSPX as they are - ordinations outside of the normal structures of the Church.

As the centenary of Fatima approaches, these are indeed interesting times!



Church Militant has published an article about the SSPX declaration - you can find it here.

I guess I should not have taken the bait, but here's my reply - which they undoubtedly will not post.

So I've posted it here for the record.

Interestingly, they've shut down the comments on the article. I guess the response was too overwhelming for their moderators.