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Sin - Catholic Encyclopedia

As this crisis of the Church proceeds through its life-cycle there is a risk of Catholics forgetting some of the fundamentals.

For example, the differences between:

Actual and OriginalMortal and Venial Materials and Formal Even Traditional Catholics are not immune to this and could benefit from a refresher.

PS. This is also to serve as a reference for an article that is wip.

Source: Catholic Encyclopedia

The Episcopal Consecrations - A Decision and Explanatory Documents

I found the date of the public statement a little puzzling.

I'm going to make some inquiries.

2. A Public Statement on the Occasion of the Episcopal Consecration of Several Priests of the Society of St. Pius X.
Albano, (Rome), October 19. 1983

Courtesy of SSPXasia

THE NOVA VULGATA: Has the Vatican Officially Ditched St. Jerome’s Vulgate? - The Remnant

The hits keep on coming.
My touchstone for assessing whether or not a bible translation is suspect is Luke 1:28.  I usually compare it to three handy references: The Vulgate, Douay and Knox translations. (
Here's the vulgate: Et ingressus angelus ad eam dixit: Ave gratia plena: Dominus tecum: benedicta tu in mulieribus.
Here's the Douay: And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
Here's the Knox: Into her presence the angel came, and said, Hail, thou who art full of grace; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women. Now, here we have the Nova Vulgata  (including the preceding and following verse): 27 ad virginem desponsatam viro, cui nomen erat Ioseph de domo David, et nomen virginis Maria.
28 Et ingressus ad eam dixit: “ Ave, gratia plena, Dominus tecum ”.
29 Ipsa autem turbata est in sermone eius et cogitabat qualis esset ista salutatio.

Mantra in Place


Obviously the 'mantra' is still in force:

Vatican City ( KAP)  According to Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, an agreement between the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X and the Vatican is not yet within reach."This takes time," said the Prefect of the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, according to Catholic broadcaster EWTN. What is needed is a "deeper reconciliation, not just the signing of a document." Those who wish to be Catholic must accept, among other things, the councils and other ecclesiastical doctrine as well as the "hierarchical communion with the local bishop, the communion of all bishops and the Holy Father".  (h/t Eponymous flower) I understand that Archbishop Pozzo maintained his position (mantra not in force) in front of Bishop Fellay and Card. Mueller.

It does make me wonder if God inspires them to maintain the contradiction in order to protect the SSPX.


WSJ: Pope Francis Looks to Reconcile With Breakaway Catholic Group

I saw this on Rorate's twitter feed and found this paragraph telling: Archbishop Lefebvre opposed the end of the Latin Mass—a move he regarded as a damaging rupture with the church’s millennial traditions—and the Vatican’s more open stance to other religions. He argued that Catholicism is the only true faith and that Catholic officeholders are duty bound to make sure it is favored by the state. Source: WSJ
Well at least someone understands what this is about!!!

Then we have this bit:

SSPX members “flagrantly reject the Catholic Church’s rite of the Mass, its teachings on the primacy of conscience, and its respect for the truths expressed by other religions. Yet they are beckoned back into the fold,” wrote Jamie L. Manson, an editor of the progressive National Catholic Reporter, in April 2016. “But Catholics who…challenge the church’s teachings on women’s ordination and sexual ethics are still locked outside of the doors of mercy.” So, let's see if we get this right, the S…

Another In-Flight Interview - SSPX

By now we're used to the Airborne Magisterium of Pope Francis, but a couple of items of interest were to be found in the latest interview.  What the Pope related I've already heard from various conferences of the SSPX.  So no new news, but news none the less as the Vicar of Christ decided to make mention of it.

Nicolas Seneze (La Croix): Thanks, Holy Father. We’re returning from Fatima for which the Fraternity of St. Pius X has a great devotion and much is said about an agreement that would give an official statute to the Fraternity in the Church. Some even imagined that there would be an announcement today… Holiness, do you think that this agreement is possible in a short timeframe? And, what are the obstacles still? And what is the sense of this reconciliation for you? And, will it be the triumphant return for faithful who have shown what it means to be truly Catholic or what? 
Francis: I would toss out any form of triumphalism. None. Some days ago, the Feria Quart…

SSPX Marriages and Sundry - Addendum


As a follow-up to my post on the issue in the Chardonnet etc., here's a conference given by Archbishop Lefebvre that touches on a number of the points.


Courtesy of SSPXasia: St. Nicholas du Chardonnet Conference May 5, 1988

SSPX Marriages and Sundry


As the 'distance' between Rome and the SSPX lessens, peoples assumptions are going to be tested.

Why?  Because, in this conflict (read: Fog of War), the guiding principles have become obscured or lost.

 If decisions are made upon unvalidated assumptions, independent of principles, then mistakes will be made.

An example of a mistake is the letter written in La Chardonnet and signed by 7 priests. In this letter they took it upon themselves to put forth their opinions (it was also read from the pulpit), that could be interpreted as being at odds with that of their superiors.

So, here we hit disobedience again.

Here's the key points from the  final paragraph that gives us a hint of the underlying issues.
 Personal Prelature ... was supposed to recognize us as we are, and to maintain our independence vis-à-vis the local Ordinaries.First decisions taken consist in unjustly submitting our marriages to these very OrdinariesTomorrow the opening of any new Houses will have to…

Foundation of the Crisis of the Church


There is, believe it or not, a root to this crisis of the Church.

In order to find it, you have to dig past the documents of Vatican II ... as well as basically all the post-V2 fluff that tries to pass for doctrine and dig a little deeper.

Ultimately, we will arrive at ... wait for it ... pride.

You see, the problems of Vatican II etc didn't happen over night, it started with Luther and simply erupted at V2.

The liberals, modernists, et al simply thought (and think) that they have such a deep knowledge of Theology etc that they see where the Church made a mistake in dealing with the World.  They prefer to make up their own perspective instead of accept reality, instead of submitting to the Church.

How was this pride manifested?


They disobeyed Pope Pius X by (amongst other things) disobeying the interdicts against teaching modernism, by reading modernist books that were on the index etc.

This continues today.

Archbishop Lefebvre said it - perhaps first - but l…

The Modernist Zombie Apocalypse Has Arrived

It occurred to me that the reactions to a no-compromise SSPX regularization (particularly of the Mr. Weigel and Common Weal) may be a symptom of Modernist Zombie-ism.

The current lore is that Zombies have some sort of ailment that transforms them into mindless, brain / flesh-eating monsters.

Well, in a weird twist of fate, those who imbibed too deeply into the excuse making under the past pontificates have become the 'walking dead' seeking to consume those who are still alive enough to realise that frankly the past pontificates left much to be desired.

Even the Vatican stated that Pope St. John Paul II was not canonized because of his papacy!


ps. Don't lose your sense of humour!

Two Years after the SSPX Episcopal Consecrations - The Sequel

A few years ago, I made the claim in this post that the 'As We Are' condition was embedded and not abandoned by Archbishop Lefebvre.

A number of people have stated that the following phrase contradicts that:
However, one day they will be obliged to recognize that the Society represents a spiritual force and a strength of the Faith which is irreplaceable and which they will have, I hope, the joy and the satisfaction to make use of, but when they have come back to their Traditional Faith. I've already made my case, but recently I decided to look for and found the original french text (full text below).

Here's the original text of the above statement:
Bien qu’ils n’aient pas voulu le dire explicitement, ils sont bien obligés de reconnaître que la Fraternité représente une force spirituelle irremplaçable pour la foi, dont ils auront, j’espère, la joie et la satisfaction de se servir lorsqu’ils auront retrouvé la foi traditionnelle. Comparing to the above translation …


Well, it is quite amusing to see the extents that someone will go to to not admit that there's an issue with the documents of the Second Vatican Council.

To make a deal with the SSPX and the Lefebvrist movement on Archbishop Pozzo’s premise—that this new personal prelature would be conceded a right to reject certain teachings of the Second Vatican Council—would be to make the symphony of Catholic truth discordant rather than melodic. It would validate even more dissent on the Catholic Left. It would reinforce the notion that doctrine is not about truth, but about power. (First Things: Lets-not-make-a-deal-at-least-this-deal)
Ok - let's see if I understand this:

selon the SSPX the documents of the Second Vatican "dissent" from prior magisterium.If the SSPX is allowed to maintain on to this understanding of prior magisterium and be 'regularized' that affects the standing of the V2 magisterium.This would validate even more dissent from the Catholic Left. We…