Monday, 21 May 2018

Apparitions

Revelations (2018)
Fr. Martin Fuchs´s sermon on 13th May 2018, Prague, Czechia 
Original here REX!
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Dear faithful!
When we speak about the divine revelation, we mean that God speaks to people. God spoke to Adam and Eve, to Noe and Abraham and to many other people. The universal revelation – destined for all people for their salvation – was made to prophets and the Apostles.
Partly it was recorded in written form. We find this written revelation in the Holy Scriptures. Partly it was handed orally by the Apostles. Saint Thomas Aquinas calls the oral transmission a prophetic tradition. With the death of the last Apostle, St. John, the universal, divine revelation was completed.
The divine revelation consisting of the Holy Scriptures and the oral tradition is also called depositum fidei. This treasure of faith is immutable and contains all the truths that man needs to attain eternal salvation. The Catholic Church passed this treasure on down the centuries.
Saint Thomas Aquinas called this transmission dogmatic or doctrinal tradition.
This distinction between prophetic and doctrinal tradition is very important because nowadays we are taught again and again by various priests and Bishops that “the Holy Ghost blows anywhere he wants“. It must not, however, be misinterpreted. They use this sentence to justify their new doctrine.
Nothing can be added or removed to the treasure of faith (the Holy Scriptures and the oral revelation or the prophetic tradition). The Catholic Church has received the Holy Ghost to keep the divine revelation as it was given and to interpret it correctly.
In addition to this general revelation, we can also see private revelations in the course of the Church History. They had been given in private to some people for their spiritual benefit or for the benefit of the faithful.
Such recipients of private revelations were for instance saint Birgitta, saint Juliana of Liège, saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, saint Hildegard, saint Catherine of Siena, blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich and others.
The ultimate purpose of such revelations is God’s glory.
One day Our Lord spoke the following words to saint Gertrude: “The more I change and multiply the way of giving my gifts, the more I show my wisdom according to the capacity of each person to teach him what I want to teach.“
Private revelations are never given to proclaim a new doctrine.
Another purpose is the glorification of the Catholic Church, as Anne Catharine Emmerich said one day: “The Lord said to me that my visions are not for me but for other people. I have to write them down and pass them to others. It is not the time for miracles. He gives these visions to prove that He will be with His Church to the consummation of the world.“
Private revelations have also special purposes that correspond to the particular needs of the time and the ordinance of the Divine Providence.
a)      The sinners should be startled by the description of the dreadful punitive justice. At the same time those who have good will should be reminded of the mercy and God’s goodness. We can see it beautifully demonstrated by the revelations of saint Birgitta.
b)      Some private revelations are given to invite the faithful to celebrate piously the feasts of the Church. Let’s just think of the revelations to blessed Juliana (Corpus Christi), to saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (The Sacred Heart of Jesus).
c)      Others are given to have a filial worship of the divine Mother, e.g. the revelations to abbess Mary of Agreda.
d)      Still others are meant to sanctify the recipient, e.g. those revelations to saint Philip Neri, to saint Alphonsus Liguori, to saint John Vianney or to saint Bernadette in Lourdes. On the 20th and 23rd February 1858 Our Lady taught the latter a prayer and revealed a secret for her own life. She did not speak of it to anybody. Only a few private revelations are for the whole Church. Those who fight against such revelations are guilty of mortal sins.
There is no special condition required to receive divine revelations. God gives these gifts to people of all ages, to men as well as women.
Father Gravina, however, distinguishes between the gift of prophecy and its use. For the use of the gift, special spiritual dispositions are required, e.g. humility and holiness.
That is why Jesus said:
“I confess to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to the little ones.“ (Matthew 11:25)
The state of sanctifying grace is not essential. We have examples in the Holy Scriptures: Balaam, who wanted to curse the Chosen people and the High priest Caiphas, who prophesied:
You know nothing. Neither do you consider that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.“ (John 11:49) These men were in the state of mortal sin.
Usually, however, the gift of revelation – according to saint Thomas Aquinas (II-II q 172 a5) – is only given to those who are in the state of sanctifying grace and have a high degree of perfection and prayer.
Private revelations have not more value than the value of the testimony of the prophet who reports them. This person is never infallible.
There were saints who received revelations that were not fulfilled – for example St. Norbert of Xanten (1226-1234) felt absolutely certain that the Antichrist would appear in his generation… Saint Catherine of Siena believed that Mary had revealed to her that she is not the Immaculate Conception… Saint Vincent Ferrer (1398-1419) preached the last 21 years of his life that the Last Judgment is imminent. He knew that from a revelation and to prove it, he did miracles everywhere. Among many other miracles he raised a woman of death in Salamanca in 1412. She had just been carried to the cemetery and she confirmed his words.
But this authentic prophecy never came true.
God wants us to believe that even a greatest scholar and a saint are fallible. Only the Magisterium of the Church is infallible.
It is true especially when a prophecy comes from a person who is not a saint. At the beginning of the 16th century, a Spanish nun, Magdalena of the Holy Cross, brought the whole country in the state of excitement. She levitated, had ecstasies, the Host lay itself on her tongue, on certain days she had the stigmata, prophesied that Francis I would be beaten in Pavia and much more; everywhere there was a great enthusiasm! People from the whole world came to visit her: priests, Bishops, the emperor, all worshipped her and asked for her advice. One day, Rome sent an apostolic visit to examine the case, and the “Prophetess“, the “saint“, finally confessed that when she was a young shepherdess, she had given her soul to the devil in order to gain power to work “miracles”. This had taken place for 38 years. Even the greatest theologians, Bishops, cardinals and inquisitors fell for it.
Now there are a number of revelations approved by the Church. What shall we think about them?
The Church never obliges anybody to believe in private revelations, given to any person, even if the Church may confirm them.
By this confirmation she simply declares that there is nothing against the Catholic Faith and morals and that everybody can read them without danger. He can read them even with spiritual profit. Visions are not granted for curiosity; their goal is much more precious: The sanctification of a soul and the increase of love for the passion of Jesus Christ.
So we must keep the truths given by the universal revelation till our death. Without this faith we cannot reach Heaven.
“He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned.“ (Mark 16:16)
Amen.

(Ed Tradcatresist -  This is also a well written article on the same subject here

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The SSPX against intolerence!

You literally could not make this up. Once again the SSPX try to revise its past. As the Non-Possumus introduction makes clear, whom amongst us can not remember seeing books exposing the Synagogue at SSPX chapels? Perhaps Bishop Williamson secretly placed them in their book repositories under cover of darkness? Absolutely pathetic, and another example of 'conflict zone' style pandering to public whims and political correctness.
See full story here

Be sure to follow and read the links.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

News from England and Ireland

Confirmations North of England
On the 12th of May Bishop Williamson conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on thirteen souls, a few of whom were adult converts. Almost sixty assisted at the ceremony and came from many parts of England to attend.

More pictures here
After lunch, the Bishop gave a conference on ‘The  Importance of the Encyclicals’ which was greatly appreciated by all. He outlined some recent Church history and how liberalism has infected the Church and now the SSPX as well.

The spirit throughout the day and at the dinner on the previous evening, gave a real boost to all those involved in the fight for the Faith.


Abortion Referendum
In Ireland, Resistance laity involved in the campaign to keep one of the most liberal abortion laws imaginable out of Ireland, were encouraged in the fight by the news that both Bishop Richard Williamson and Bishop Thomas Aquinas OSB will be offering the Holy sacrifice of the Mass for the intention of keeping this curse out of Ireland on the 25th of May. Any other like minded priest or bishop who could do the same, the people of Ireland would be extremely grateful.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Self defeating strategy

When I was looking through the Remnant newspaper com-box (and came across the Andrew Senior post concerning Fr Robinson/Wenger etc.) the thing that took me back more than anything was the fear amongst the SSPX laity in speaking out against the changes in the Society. Historically people who supported the SSPX had to be either brave, extremely pious, mad or a combination of a couple of the above.

It seems that these days, along with certainly some of the new priests, we have lambs in the SSPX congregations, rather than lions. Of course it goes without saying that many of the more headstrong were prepared to leave and support the Resistance but I don’t think that explains everything.

In France not only do those opposing the rallliement of the SSPX have the option of the Avrille Dominicans but other religious houses who, to whatever degree, oppose a deal. But in many countries that is not an option. If one refuses to support the Conciliar Church then the SSPX is their only option. Of course, this put the SSPX in a position open to abuse. If one ‘causes trouble’ not only could one and one’s children be ostracised but, if the priest is of ill will, expulsion from the chapel. I do not doubt that this fear is one of the things keeping many laity quiet. Those with children in SSPX schools, are especially prone to the potential of being targetted.

Then we have the ultimate threat, that if a substantial number of people resist change then the SSPX could ‘pull out’ of a Mass centre leaving the laity as ‘orphans’.

I heard about this late last year and the situation is quite interesting on a number of levels. Firstly, the situation had nothing to do with the resistance as such. I gather from the blog that the operator would be happy enough with an SSPX/Rome accord. However, there are a couple of things which need highlighting. Firstly, once again the centralizing of Mass centres where a priest could not be expected to travel two hours for 40-50 people but 40-50 people should be expected to travel two hours to the next closest Mass centre! This is something that Fr Pfeiffer rightly pointed out in the early days of the resistance, that saying three Masses on a Sunday is now considered too much for a Society priest nowadays. (Tell that to Bp Zendejas whose Sundays seem to resemble the travels of Phileas Fog!).

There is also some financial stuff which needs answering, but the most interesting point is what the SSPX priest said before he left. Now the reason why the SSPX is able to hold power over its laity is simple. “You have nowhere else to go, so pray and obey”. However, the trajectory in the Society is now one of sympathy with the varying Ecclesia Dei groupings. One has only to read some of the SSPX national sites, particularly Germany, to witness this. But this is a self defeating strategy. See here from the above Okie Traditionalist site




For a while now I have wondered for how long the SSPX could continue to impress upon its laity the need to avoid the Ecclesia Dei groupings. The difference between the two now are so minimal they are barely noticeable. (The SSPX now even have a more modern Easter liturgy!) The major difference has always been the restrictions placed on Ecclesia Dei groupings to tell the whole truth unhindered. Is that what SSPX priests of good will are able to do now? Really? I know of a number who have been moved because they have not tailored their sermons enough for the new regime.

The more the SSPX turn their back on their past, the more their laity will look enviously at what the local Christ the King Institute or FSSP parish has going for them.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Latest scandal from Rome

Non-Possumus

 Follow the link above to read the disgusting details of the Met fashion show which featured items on show provided willingly by Rome including a tiara that was a gift that Queen Elizabeth of Spain made for Pope Pius IX, who used it for the Christmas Mass in 1854. Also a huge white papal blanket that was originally made for Pope Benedict XIV in the eighteenth century.

Here even the most liberal of celebrity commentators, Piers Morgan, finds it too much to stomach. Also see  here for a video on one of those attending and her visit to Rome

Saturday, 5 May 2018

News & views

We have just heard the following -

"A seminarian who was in the 5th year at the seminary of Ecône (a few weeks away from the important step of the sub-diaconate) was, it seems, abruptly dismissed from the seminary for reasons of opposition to the rallying. The family of this young man has often told the district superior of the SSPX in France of his concern about the direction taken by Bishop Fellay. The young man is very affected by this decision"  (http://resistance.vraiforum.com)

Of course one hopes that this young man, after a period of reflection, may consider continuing his training with the SAJM. However one has to marvel at the hypocrisy at hand here. How often the SSPX salutes those brave opponents of the Francis regime who end up losing position or employment due to simply asking questions about the trajectory of the Pope. Yet when a seminarian in their own seminary does the same, they act in just such a fashion!

Fr Cooper RIP
Fr Daniel Cooper RIP
It is with sadness that we hear of the death of Fr Cooper. He was possibly, alongside Bishop Williamson, one of the most successful examples of using electronic media to bring those outside of tradition to its truth. My children, though never having met him, would recognise his voice instantly, through our use of his recorded sermons and his superb videos on the Mass. It was truly edifying to see the reaction from all to the call for prayers and one hopes, for a short time at least, a recognition that we have a history that unites us that should not be forgotten. Having said that, neither should we forget that (through no fault of Fr Cooper) the very man who recorded, edited and uploaded the very same sermons and videos was banned from the SSPX chapel at the age of 72 due to his criticism of the new trajectory of the SSPX.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Never miss an opportunity

The recent article here on the Diocese of Buffalo refusing an SSPX attendee to be a Godparent is of course a scandal to publicise widely. However the paragraphs below, from the SSPX website, are of particular interest..

An Injustice Committed

"The Diocese of Buffalo clearly considers the Society of St. Pius X a non-Catholic denomination. Further, simple attendance at Mass at an SSPX chapel is interpreted as a formal act of defection from the Catholic Church. This, in spite of even current canonical legislation!
The recent debate over SSPX marriages is enlightening here. In the case of marriage, every Catholic is bound to submit to Church authority since jurisdiction is required for a valid marriage. Thus, a Catholic must be married by the priest that has proper authority or a priest that received delegation. If a Catholic does not follow the “ordinary form” of the marriage, his marriage is invalid. The only exceptions Canon Law foresees are situations where a Catholic cannot access a priest. Such situations can be situations in the diaspora, or, as the SSPX rightfully claims, situations where a Catholic fears that the full, integral, and uncompromised understanding of the Church's marriage doctrine might be put in danger during marriage preparation and the celebration of marriage itself. Non-Catholics, not being under the authority of the Church, are not bound to follow the canonical form instituted by the Church. As such, their marriages may still be considered valid.
Over the past decades,  marriages witnessed by priests of the Society of St. Pius X were “annulled” through defect of form exactly because  Catholics who participated in the parish life of the Society were considered Catholic, but in an irregular canonical situation. (As a side note, for those who are scandalized at recent instances when a diocesan priest or religious received the vows of SSPX faithful, they are apparently ignorant of the fact that this has been a practice of the SSPX since the beginning. The recent legislation only formalizes what has been done on an ad hoc basis in the past. Unlike some have claimed, there is nothing new here.)
The Diocese of Buffalo apparently wants it both ways: the Society is a non-Catholic denomination when it comes to baptism, but Catholic when it comes to marriage. The irony is that, in this case, it is the SSPX that insists on following the Church's law to the letter—and for this faithful Catholics are the ones who suffer!.."

 The underlining is our own.

As someone who has attended the SSPX for well over twenty five years,in various countries, this is news to me. Of course people attending the SSPX have been married by Diocesan clergy, (through their own choice) but having the SSPX Priest in flowerpot mode standing nearby waiting for permission from the presider of the assembly to take part himself is a different story altogether. Whilst it may have happened I do not doubt, but to state that it happens on an 'ad-hoc basis' and there is "nothing new here" is methinks, yet another opportunity to re-write SSPX history. No opportunity is missed to convince 'newbies' that those raising objections are mistaken or 'schismatic' and that the recent permission from Rome concerning marriage is nothing to be concerned about.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Superb!

Non-Possumus uses 'stick-drawings' to illustrate the teaching of Bishop Tissier and the Domincans regarding the conciliar church.
Here

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

CONFLICT


By Tradcatresist

Due to the actions of Pope Francis (and arguably Bishop Fellay's trajectory i.e the refusal of the SSPX to loudly condemn those actions) sedevacantism has made great gains throughout tradition over the last couple of years.

Personally, I have never known as many people question a Pope's legitimacy, and never expected that even conservative Catholic's would be asking the same thing.

Perhaps due to a combination of a conspiratorial nature, and ahem "quirkiness" that one finds in the resistance, the question of sedevacantism has now begun to divide cleric and layman alike. This is only to be expected, if one has left behind a "comfortable" existence with the SSPX for 'refusing to compromise with error' then one can hardly blame people for 'blowing a gasket' when they find themselves fighting needless arguments within a remnant of a remnant.

The question of how to deal with this problem is difficult indeed. Some obviously believe that to argue publicly helps sedevacantists achieve their aim. There is a logic to this, many traditionalists are historically open to easy black and white solutions Also, many laymen are ignorant of the issues involved and susceptible to those with convincing reasoning.  I myself was shocked when I left the SSPX by the quite incredible lack of understanding of basic SSPX arguments by the average member of the laity. To give one example, supplied jurisdiction. (Indeed, many people attending should not be, as they are only doing so for geographical reasons, rather than a necessity for supplied jurisdiction. They would be just as content at a local diocesan Latin Mass.)

On the other hand, how are people ever going to be convinced of error if they are not debated. I hope that this is the aim of Fr Chazal's new work and concede that forums are not always the best avenue. Particularly, when they seem to attract people with a seemingly limitless time to cut and paste but not enough time to reflect that what one says to another member of Christ's mystical body is there for all the world to see now and forever. However, without such forums would we have been made aware of GREC, Krah, the letter of the three Bishop's etc etc? The moderator of the most popular resistance forum rarely says something I disagree with, indeed I sometimes am shocked at the response he gets when he simply states truths that were common place in every SSPX parish fifteen years ago. However, some regular contributors need to ask themselves what is in their heart when they argue their point, love for souls or destroying an opponent?

Possibly, a part of the problem is a lack of direction from above. Small positive initiatives can often distract laity from their 'bug-bears' and I do believe that not enough is being done to encourage laity in this way. In Ireland one such small initiative is streaming a fortnightly Mass by Fr Edward MacDonald. This will enable those unable to attend Mass that day to unite with those in attendance. (see here) Only a small initiative but a positive one to help souls in need.Could we not put sermons onto audio CD's for others? Could we ourselves not print off interesting articles for non-internet savvy elderly parishioners? Could we offer to help a large family struggling with the demands of small children? Even a lift somewhere, a meal or a kind word can be all that is needed. Or perhaps a fund raising drive for a missionary effort can often unite those in conflict. I am sure that a certain Brazilian monastery, or a bamboo seminary would not say no.

One of the most charitable clerics in these situations is perhaps the most hated and vilified by those who do not know him (and sometimes by those who do, to their shame) Bishop Richard Williamson. Whilst publicly disagreeing with their non-una cum position he still recognises souls in need and will help them in his capacity as Bishop if necessary.

Fr Roy, one of those misguided in conflict over this unnecessary issue, recently said -
"Of course, making the decision to leave the Society of St. Pius X is something serious. Despite the very serious reasons that convinced the various priests to take this step and probably because of the inertia of so many other confreres, we always wonder a little if we made the right decision. As time passes and in front of a situation that has been worsening within the fraternity in recent years, it is clear that this was the right thing to do. In fact, if you speak with most priests who have left, they will tell you that they consider their departure as a great grace.

Providence does not fail to give us clear signs either. A few weeks ago, for example, the ceremonialist who was assisting me in Montreal at the Mass on April 17, 2016 (the date of my first compromising sermon), was getting married in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in front of the modernist priest of the Novus Ordo parish, before the amazed eyes of the priest of the Society of St. Pius X, serving as a flower pot and preparing to celebrate the Mass under the eyes of the amazed modernist priest. The marriage of two young traditionalists, but the marriage especially of two churches. Alice in Wonderland! Priest of the Brotherhood tell me who you frequent, I will tell you who you are . Nothing really surprising about this is the arrangements made by Pope Francis and accepted with boundless gratitude by Bishop Fellay. The principle being accepted, the practice will gradually follow, when the spirits will get used to it. Nothing new under the sun. The mechanisms of the revolution are known. Only those who will oppose the whip will survive as always. The others will become accustomed to this umpteenth compromise, the compromise in these domains being a lack of love for God and his Church, and the lack of love being always punished by the blindness of the mind and the lukewarmness of the heart.

Like all those who have lived in closed worlds, the fact of being outside also allows us to consider things with a little more hindsight and to make a more just judgment. Many, seeing us leave the Society of St. Pius X, behave with us as if we had left the Church. In fact, we have left a religious congregation and continue to serve the Church where Providence guides us. The Fraternity is a means permitted by God and not an end, and if this means is corrupted and becomes an obstacle to the good of Tradition and souls, we must know how to detach ourselves from it. It is Ignatian indifference: I will only use creatures to the extent that they guide me towards the end that God has given me, and I will detach myself from them to the extent that they become an obstacle to this end. How many priests should practice what they preach in the Spiritual Exercises!

The fact of leaving the Society also brings us into contact with a small world that abounds outside of it and allows us to open our eyes to a different reality: no, the Brotherhood is not the Church and is not Tradition, contrary to what many members seem to preach. She is one of them, but the flock of the Lord is at this moment truly scattered all over the earth, and everywhere are souls of good will who remain faithful to God as best they can. There is no shortage of rising voices or gestures that arise within what is called "Resistance" and that tend to recreate a small world just as cloisonné and impervious. This could only be done to the detriment of the souls of the faithful and we pray Providence to give everyone "a heart as wide as the sand that is by the sea." 1 Kings, 5.9" (End quote)

A good point well made. Let us all make an effort to act with charity towards one another and recognise what this crisis has done to us all. I end this article with the words of a former sedevacantist, Don Curzio Nitoglia,  talking sense as always, who all should listen to due to his experience and love of souls. here

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Holiness

Excellent, hard-hitting article (here)


Here is a taster
"..a Tradition that seeks to live unmolested within the walls of the perfidious Modernists, in peaceful coexistence with the accursed Second Vatican Council and the liberals who incense it, a tradition without risk, dialoguing, fearful, lukewarm, bourgeois and at the same time proud of itself: there we find the conservatives, the line-media and the groups Ecclesia Dei (IBP, IVE, ICR, FSP, Le Barrou, Campos, etc.)., all of them Benedictine or Ratzingerian, to a greater or lesser extent, and of course, “St John Paul-ists” to whom now the FSSPX is added, which may well be called Neo-FSSPX: In these times of decaffeinated coffee and non-alcoholic beer, a “de-lefebvrized” version of the FSSPX is now offered, more concerned with its aesthetic aspects than with the fight against faith: see the last Cor Unum where in the midst of these calamitous times Mons. Fellay is always talking about “colours and typographies” to comply with the corporate branding policy that builds and sells a commercial image of the company….sorry, of the religious congregation, well dressed up and with the necessary decorations and shavings so as not to scandalize the Roman hierarchies and the whole world, widely satisfying their desire to please. Their only concern is that they will be left “as they are”: soon we will see them singing the Beatles’ “Let it be” chorus, while on the other side Francisco responds “All you need is love”, sweetening their ears with such a slimy melody"

 The original article is (here) but Mr Johnson's translation is a little better.