10 05, 2022

The SSPX is Not Schismatic

By |2022-05-21T00:56:06+00:00May 10th, 2022|Theology|

Although canonically-irregular, the SSPX (Society of Pope St. Pius X) founded by Archbishop Lefebvre (above picture) in the 1970s, is not schismatic.  In traditional papal encyclicals, a "schismatic community" is a Christian community adhering to valid sacraments but without recognizing the primacy of place of Rome or the importance of the papacy.  An example of this would be the Eastern Orthodox:  The Eastern Orthodox have valid sacraments, but many do not realize the primacy of place of Rome (or believe it was transferred due to error a thousand years ago.)  In any case, the SSPX has always recognized the papacy and the primacy of Rome.  The reciprocal is also true, [...]

5 04, 2022

Viganò “On Irregularities” of 2013

By |2022-04-06T22:53:31+00:00April 5th, 2022|Theology|

I report today on how Archbishop Viganò answered several questions posed by Aldo Maria Valli in Italian.  Thanks to Non Veni Pacem who first put them into Google Translate to get the English.  I'm asking some Italian friends to correct the Google translation (if necessary.)  It seems pretty good from my limited Italian.  I'm including only one Q/A here from the interview: Valli:  "Within the College of Cardinals, in your opinion, is there a credible, authentically Catholic figure on which the cardinals, in the event of a conclave, could make the votes converge for a total change of register compared to the current pontificate?" Viganò:  "Certain Popes, let us not [...]

29 03, 2022

How You Will Know When the Consecration Is Done Properly

By |2022-03-29T17:04:39+00:00March 29th, 2022|Theology|

Imagine you had a 12 year old son who punched your 10 year old daughter in the face.  Let's say that son was very stubborn and you knew getting an apology out of him was going to be difficult.  You bring your son and crying daughter into the same room and make him apologize.  You know this will be difficult so you give him the exact words:  "Say to your sister, 'I am sorry for punching you in the face.'"  You know you need to give him those nine exact words because of past subterfuge this stubborn son will play with word games. Your son initially says to his sister [...]

15 02, 2022

The Book of Jude for Today

By |2022-02-16T01:07:29+00:00February 15th, 2022|Theology|

Jude is one of two books in the Bible that is so short that it is numbered not according to chapter and verse, but rather verse only.  It seems Jude is particularly applicable to today.  We'll look at a few verses with St. Jude's words in Scripture in italics and my commentary in bold: Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.—Jude 3 The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. So, if 1920s Catholicism looked like medieval Catholicism, [...]

7 02, 2022

No Flexing, Just Limping

By |2022-02-07T23:46:35+00:00February 7th, 2022|Life|

In the Catholic Church, no single group has any room left to flex in such a huge crisis of doctrine and morals. It's the perfect time for the reunification of all Christians. I could name a logical flaw with the ecclesiology of every group in the Catholic Church trying to answer the current outrageous crisis: Charismatic Novus-Ordo, Conservative Novus-Ordo, diocesan TLM, FSSP, SSPX, Bennyplenist, Sedevacantist, Eastern Churches... They all have at least one logical flaw on the post-Vatican II papacy and hierarchy. (I actually belong in one of those groups, but point is: I'm not above any of those groups. I probably haven't figured out something you haven't.) The fact [...]

4 01, 2022

Lumen Ad Revelationem Gentium

By |2022-01-04T13:15:58+00:00January 4th, 2022|Theology|

[Simeon] took [Jesus] up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul [...]

30 12, 2021

The Illinois State Capitol and “Religious Liberty”

By |2021-12-30T13:45:48+00:00December 30th, 2021|Theology|

Just before Christmas 2021, a baby-Satan was installed next to the Nativity Set in the Illinois State Capitol found in Springfield, IL.  Tradition, Family and Property prayed against this event in the Capitol building the very day it happened.  Raymond Arroyo on Fox News covered this horrible event with Franklin Graham. What does the Catholic Church think about this?  At the gut-level, everyone is disgusted.  But let's consider this at a doctrinal level.  The "pastoral" (non-dogmatic) Second Vatican Council had a "Declaration on Religious Freedom" called Dignitatis Humanæ.  In this document, we read that "the right to religious freedom has its foundation not in the subjective disposition of the person, [...]

7 12, 2021

The First Week of July 1963

By |2022-04-28T17:57:54+00:00December 7th, 2021|Theology|

My mother's four grandparents moved from Ireland to Chicago in the first half of the 20th century,  so I grew up hearing from extended family and peers what great men Cardinal Bernadin and President Kennedy were.  I also graduated Boston College in 2000.  So, even though I was raised in Denver, the fact is that Chicago Catholicism and Boston Catholicism are in my bloodstream.   I trusted this version of Catholicism.  But to rebuild traditional Catholicism and understand who to trust, perhaps we have to expose some of this evil, for St. Paul writes, "Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them."—Eph 5:11.  The following [...]

18 11, 2021

The “Greater Good” is Not a Catholic Moral System

By |2021-11-18T14:29:11+00:00November 18th, 2021|Theology|

Eugenics, the notion that the strong can kill the weak, is built on the philosophy that population reduction may have to be done for the greater good of society. It's built on the part of Darwinian evolution called natural selection and survival of the fittest. Under this philosophy, the Nazi Holocaust was simply a moral attempt to cleanse their own society of weaker Jews "for the greater good" of society, as they Nazis might say. Why then do so many on the left today say that we have to make decisions on COVID "for the greater good"? Now, in their defense, libs do not want another holocaust. And proportionate decisions [...]

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