Tradition: From Return to Recourse - FSSPX.News


Facing the reality of the situation is important. We need to see things (events in the Church, Church Teaching) as they are, not as we would imagine them to be!

Sede vacantists, ignoring the dogmatic fact doctrine, see the actions of the Pope / Council / etc and state: This can't possibly be the Pope etc.

"Conservatives" likewise state the same thing, but arrive at a different conclusion - all must be ok.

Aligning our understanding with reality (ie Truth) is key to understanding all the ins / outs of the crisis of the Church.

The SSPX is merely a symptom.

In the 70's the mantra was established and while the problems started earlier, it is easy to date the malaise of the Church to this event.

It is the first bookend, it will be interesting to see what becomes the other bookend to this crisis.


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A quick and easy way of disqualifying Tradition is to say that it is simply a “step back”, and to belittle it even further, this “return” can be labeled “fearful”, or “chilly”. According to this sort of easy rhetoric, the priests and faithful attached to Tradition have left the living Church and strapped themselves into their time machine, safely away from the challenges of the post-modernity…
But if we step over this very “conciliarly correct” terminology and take a look at the reality of the Church in 2017, what do we see? A spirit of division that affects the Church at the highest level: “When cardinals are silent or accuse their confreres; when bishops who had thought, spoken and a Catholic way, but then say the opposite for whatever reason; when priests contest the liturgical tradition of the Church, then apostasy is established, the detachment from Catholic thought.” Who was it who voiced this severe judgment? A bishop of the Society of St. Pius X? No, a Roman prelate, Msgr. Nicolas Bux, in an interview with the National Catholic Register on June 21.
Does this mean that the specialist on the liturgy has become a “Lefebvrist”? No, he is simply paying attention to the facts which are not “Lefebvrist”, just persistent. And what does he propose? A return! A step backwards? No, a return to Catholic doctrine, for “obedience to the Pope depends solely on the fact that he is bound by Catholic doctrine, to the faith that he must continually profess before the Church”, recalls Msgr. Bux. The return to the Faith is a recourse, a remedy for the “detachment from Catholic thought”.
In Ecône, Switzerland, there stands a tomb on which this verse from St. Paul is engraved in Latin: “I have transmitted what I also have received” (I Cor. 15:3). Adhuc loquitur mortuus, the dead man continues to speak, his teaching as important as ever.

Fr. Alain Lorans


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