Tuesday, 2 January 2018

On speaking the (absolute) truth

From time to time friends still attending the SSPX justify their stance by claiming that " once the Priest starts promoting the new mass, that's it for me, I''m off!"

This argument always mystifies me. For if that argument is valid and all that matters is the true Mass and the preaching of beautiful sermons etc, then why are we all not attending the FSSP? Many of our extended families would no longer regard us as schismatic, we could enjoy the often vibrant parish life, we could argue our beliefs with Novus Ordo Catholics far more easily without the added caveat of explaining the (so-called) excommunications.  Does anyone doubt that their are some excellent priest's in the FSSP who preach wonderful sermons on the life of Our Lord and Our Lady etc?

Yet we cannot, because as Archbishop Lefebvre remarked concerning the Indult in 1989 - 
"Their speech is paralyzed because of this acceptance. The bishops are watching them! It is very regrettable that these priests are not aware of this reality.  But we cannot fool the faithful" 

Therefore we witness when it comes to the crisis in the Church, these Traditional Orders suddenly turn all Michael Voris and refuse to state clearly from the rooftops what they know to be true, that the rot goes all the way to the top.

This is what awaits, and indeed is, the present reality for many attending the SSPX. Not outright Modernism, not the New Mass but a refusal to speak what they know to be the absolute truth. This one wonders is what eventually persuaded the likes of Fr Morgan to leave, the inability for him to preach the truth unhindered. We should never forget dilexisti justitiam et odisti iniquitatem” (Hebrews I, 9) "The love of good goes hand in hand with the hatred of evil." Love of the faith is not enough, we must hear doctrine to understand error! We should not justify our stance and ignore what we know to be true for our own comforts. The SSPX was always supposed to be so much more than this.

As evil as this present Papacy is, the Ignatian two sides are becoming easier to choose than ever before. Are we with God or man? In the superb article below Hilary White gives her take on how the FFI chose the wrong side and their attempts to placate Rome ended in their downfall in any case. Which side will the SSPX choose?

 

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