jump to navigation

Catholic News Service video on SSPX amazes June 1, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, persecution, priests, Tradition, Virtue.

It amazes me, anyway.  Maybe things are changing.  I don’t know.  But I do know that I never thought I’d see this: SSPX priests and seminarians being given free reign to challenge and dispute the Council without rebuttal or censure on the website of the USCCB news service.  Wow:

I know, this has been out for a week or more.  I finally got around to watching it.  But Fellay’s little bit at the end, I think, makes some nervous.  I’m not sure it does me, depends what he means.  But I know many in the Society are quite disturbed right now.


1. Dismas - June 3, 2012

Over the years, as this eventuality has been discussed, people have always remarked that not everyone would be on board. That would be too much too expect. Such is the behavior of populations.

But we should be wary of the following, and remember the example of Campos and others. Beyond a doubt, should the SSPX enter into some agreement, they are stepping into territory dominated by those whose view of Catholicism, charitably said, is quite different from just about any of the Saints or Fathers of the Church. Therefore, for the reservations of some to be so strong that they choose not to go along with the program is quite understandable and could, in the long run, prove to be the correct position. Failure to go along is not tantamount to sedevacantism, although that attitude exists in all corners of those who consider themselves Catholic.

Anticipating misunderstanding of the previous statement, I’ll say that I fall in the camp of those who believe that the SSPX should proceed into any agreement that offers them, on paper, a promise of their ability to operate unfettered within the recognized structures of Holy Mother Church, while expecting, at the same time, that they will have an experience similar to that of Native Americans who signed treaties with the US government. But if they remain faithful and refuse to compromise that which is uncompromisable, God will be far more faithful. When the history is written of this era, the role of the SSPX will be known to all.

A caveat. Shortly after signing their own concordat with those currently holding power in Rome, many of the good, Catholic folks in Campos began to turn on the SSPX, in a way, and to suggest that since they themselves had now reconciled, it was high time for the SSPX to do so. Today, this particular point-of-view has been re-thought by many in that part of the world.

We must remember not to be haughty and not to gloat and criticize those whose prudential judgement tells them that this is not the most propitious time for such an agreement, even if we personally believe it is. To do so might provide us with a healthy dose of humble pie down the road.

Let us pray fervently for the restoration of authentic Catholicism to the entire world. We have no other hope. Sanctae Pie Decime, Ora Pro Nobis.

2. Raul De La Garza III (@raul_delagarza) - June 4, 2012

I am not sure I see the cause for folks’ fear concerning what Bishop Fellay has said. Perhaps I am somewhat of a sympathizer in this regard?

tantamergo - June 4, 2012

Glad you’re back!

3. Dismas - June 4, 2012

The history of traditional groups striking deals with the current human element in Rome has not been without real problems for those groups. It is a hot-button topic that is best not argued. It is best for each person to read up on the details of those things.

Any Catholic should desire to be an unquestioned member of the Mystical Body of Christ. It is probaly not a stretch to say that this is not one of those periods of normalcy with regard to the hierarchy. Holy Mother Church is Divine and supernatural, with a natural element. Therein lies the rub.

Folks who have been around this battle for a while have witnessed what has happened in these other cases. They are, therefore, just a bit nervous when they think of the SSPX putting it on the line.

There is no way to discuss this electronically that does not open itself up to lots of discussion and disagreement, something most of us have no time for. My own position is that, regardless of the well-known dangers, the SSPX should, in good faith, proceed, as long as they can continue to operate in the way they always have, pick their own superiors, etc. It is a risk that needs to be taken. But if anyone says it is a clear-cut no brainer, that person probaly has not done much book-crackin’ on the history of the last 50 years.

Pope Benedict himself said, “Pray for me, I am surrounded by wolves.” It is into that den the SSPX is considering entering. I say, “Full speed ahead – with eyes wide open, full clip and safety off.”

Viva Cristo Rey!

Sorry comments are closed for this entry

%d bloggers like this: