Becoming Traditional Catholic - Part IV Knowing The Catholic Truth
In my previous post, I discussed seeing things for what they are ... including the actions of Pope's.
I know this is a hard pill to swallow, but it is necessary to have an objective measure by which to assess the actions of the Pope - even without a PhD in Theology and Philosophy.
The objective measure is the Teaching of the Catholic Church.
Hence, it is important to study to know your Faith.
For undiluted instruction I recommend Catechism of the Council of Trent and Catechism Explained.
This would serve as a foundation for understanding not only the crisis, but also recognizing error when it appears in front of you!
Having said this I have two counsels to give:
- When something you see or hear 'feels' wrong and / or heretical, don't react right away.
- Do some research to make certain. The biggest problem in the last 50+ years, has been Popes that speak out of both sides of their mouthes. One moment they speak as a 'Catholic', the next they speak as a 'Protestant'.
- Remember, it is very rare to find a person who is wholly white or black (good / bad). Most people are speckled.
- Keep up your spiritual reading!
- In this case, I strongly recommend going to classical pre-conciliar sources.
- These will help you to define and refine your sense of the Faith and grow in holiness (i.e. closer to God).
After that, I recommend some key writings of the SSPX.
Tomes that come to mind are Open Letter to Confused Catholics and Catechism of the Crisis in the Church.
Here's the first chapter of the Open Letter from the Angelus' soundcloud:
So - keep the faith, pray, be patient and persevere!