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Why the SSPX ‘deal’ matters September 15, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, North Deanery, priests, sadness, scandals.

Many of my readers may have likely already seen some reports on the recent offer apparently extended by Pope Benedict XVI to the Society of St. Pius X.  The details of the exchanges that have occurred between the society and the Vatican over the past 2 years are lagubrious, but a good summation of the recent offer and what it may mean can be found here, at the helpful Franciscans of the Immaculate blog.  Michael Voris has some thoughts on the issues surrounding the formation of SSPX and the ongoing problems of unchecked dissent and heterodoxy running rampant in the Church:

Speaking of problematic views being taught in seminaries, I have become aware that seminarians of the Diocese of Dallas seem to be being formed in some idea of ‘universal salvation.’  That is to say, that our Blessed Lord is so infinitely merciful, and His Justice has been somehow so mollified, that virtually all are saved.  This ties in as well with a view regarding mortal sin I have heard expressed, that mortal sin cannot be committed without a specific intention to “kill” one’s relationship with God.  So, before committing an act of adultery, a man would have to intentionally also will to kill his relationship with God for it to constitute a mortal sin (I assume that all with even the slightest shred of morality know that adultery is contrary to God’s Law).  Theologically, both views are wrong, and are not the accepted Doctrine of the Faith.  Historically, the Church has held that it doesn’t know how many are saved, but, based on Jesus’ repeated statements in the Gospels (many are called, few are chosen, or wide is the path of destruction, but narrow, rocky and hard the path to salvation, etc), it fears it may not be that many.  Certainly, the types of our salvation from the Old Testament argue for a limited number of saved, as do the repeated warnings of too many Saints to count.  Practically, this view is disastrous – if you want to convince people that the practice of religion is of no great import in their lives, and to hence leave the Church in droves, tell them they are all saved no matter what they do.  Obviously, making mortal sin something that virtually no one would ever commit ties in with this notion of universal salvation, and is counter to all the practiced Tradition of the Church prior to about 1950. 

As Voris says, there is much work to be done.


1. Steve B - September 16, 2011


“… mortal sin cannot be committed without a specific intention to ‘kill’ one’s relationship with God. So, before committing an act of adultery, a man would have to intentionally also will to kill his relationship with God for it to constitute a mortal sin….”

Your blog commentary which I quoted most accurately describes a heresy often called the “fundamental option” – which Pope John Paul II emphatically denounced in his 1993 encyclical “Veritatis Splendor” (paragraph 68):

“Here an important pastoral consideration must be added. According to the logic of the positions mentioned above, an individual could, by virtue of a fundamental option, remain faithful to God independently of whether or not certain of his choices and his acts are in conformity with specific moral norms or rules. By virtue of a primordial option for charity, that individual could continue to be morally good, persevere in God’s grace and attain salvation, even if certain of his specific kinds of behaviour were deliberately and gravely contrary to God’s commandments as set forth by the Church.

In point of fact, man does not suffer perdition only by being unfaithful to that fundamental option whereby he has made ‘a free self-commitment to God’. With every freely committed mortal sin, he offends God as the giver of the law and as a result becomes guilty with regard to the entire law (cf. Jas 2:8-11); even if he perseveres in faith, he loses ‘sanctifying grace’, ‘charity’ and ‘eternal happiness’. As the Council of Trent teaches, ‘the grace of justification once received is lost not only by apostasy, by which faith itself is lost, but also by any other mortal sin’.”

Here’s a link with even more elaboration on the subject:


I guess that the theology of the “preferential option” is alive and well in the Church today, and being actively taught as orthodox doctrine to our American seminarians?

As you state so well in your blog post,Tantamergo, it’s no wonder that most Catholics hear so little about sin anymore from the pulpit during Holy Mass, if the “fundamental option” is what so many of our Priests truly believe….

Bishops – it’s time to bring down the hammer – snuff out the heretical seminarian teachers who promote the “fundamental option”. And, while you’re at it, how about correcting the erroneous minds of your Priests who embrace it !!!

Pax et benedictiones tibi, per Christum Dominum nostrum,

Steve B
Plano, TX

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