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Vatican played a role in aiding talks for US break on Cuba? December 17, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in disconcerting, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, sadness, scandals, self-serving, silliness, Society.
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A commenter left this link to a Yahoo report that the Vatican was involved in the recent “negotiations” (some might term it a surrender, or cave) between the Obamanation Administration and the murderous communist government of Cuba (where the people have chicken maybe once a month as a huge treat) that will greatly relax US restrictions on what the, ahem, Catholic President Kennedy termed “that imprisoned island.”  The report:

The historic breakthrough in U.S.-Cuban relations began in spring 2013, when President Barack Obama authorized secret talks with Havana, the same tactic he used to open nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Months of talks in Canada and at the Vatican, involving one of Obama’s closest aides, culminated on Tuesday when Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro spoke by phone for nearly an hour and gave final assent to steps that could end a half-century of enmity and reshape Western Hemisphere relations.

Obama believed that “if there is any U.S. foreign policy that has passed its expiration date, it is the U.S.-Cuba policy,” said a senior Obama administration official, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity. [If it’s so great, then why do you only speak on condition of anonymity, and why was all this conducted under cloak of darkness, until it became a fait accompli?  And are there not US laws passed by Congress that govern much of US relations with Cuba?  So is this another exercise in executive lawlessness on the part of Obama?]

The Vatican played a key role in the rapprochement, including facilitating talks on the release of Alan Gross, a former subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development who returned from Cuba on Wednesday after five years’ imprisonment, U.S. officials said.

In early summer 2014, Pope Francis – who is from Argentina – sent separate personal letters to Obama and Castro, urging them to exchange captives and improve relations.

When the pope received the U.S. president in Vatican City in late March, the secret Cuba talks were a central topic of discussion. Cuba “got as much attention as anything else,” the official said.

The first face-to-face talks that eventually led to this week’s deal took place in June 2013 in Canada, which has long maintained relations with Cuba……..

Before you go saying this is all Pope Francis’ doing, Yahoo reports that the negotiations started under Pope Benedict – that is, if he was even aware, which I would assume he was?:

The Vatican got involved as early as March 2012, when a group of U.S. lawmakers went to the papal ambassador’s office in Washington’s posh Embassy Row section and pleaded for help.

Since then, through a Vatican transition from Pope Benedict XVI to Pope Francis, “it has always stayed on the Vatican’s radar,” said Senator Barbara Mikulski, from Gross’ home state of Maryland. “They talk to higher powers. I don’t know if it’s radar or angels, Cherubim, Seraphim – they go for it.”

I don’t have a lot of comment. Whatever the merits of the past US policy towards Cuba, it hasn’t succeeded in toppling the Castro family oligarchy that rules that nation (like most other communist nations, there is no “dictatorship of the proletariat,” there is a ruling nomeklatura who live like kings while the peasants suffer in poverty and filth).  But claims that the US embargo has “impoverished” Cubans are equally false: Cuba has normal trading relations with almost every other nation (including Canada and Western Europe).  The source of Cuba’s poverty – the same poverty that is overtaking Venezuela now, after over a decade of socialist rule – is communism.  Communism simply does not work, and is government enforced robbery (as Pope Leo XIII made so clear).

So what do you think of this?  Will this improve the lot of Cuba’s suffering Catholic majority now? And, for a twist…will this now allow American evangelists to flood Cuba as they have so many other Latin American nations, and with a badly broken Church, woo millions of souls away from the Church Jesus Christ directly founded?

As for me, I generally oppose anything that makes communist rule easier.  We have helped keep over a billion Chinese prisoners of a repressive state by shifting most of our manufacturing base to that country.  25 years of free trade with China haven’t done much to improve that nation’s human rights record or served to  undermine the ruling oligarchy there, either.  So as far as I can tell, this was a move made simply because Cuba is every American leftist’s wet dream of a socialist paradise with “wonderful, free” health care (so wonderful it probably helped speed the demise of Hugo Chavez, may God have mercy on his soul).  And Obama is nothing if not an American leftist.

Institutionalized “sex education” has resulted in societal-wide disorders and perversion December 17, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, silliness, Society.
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WARNING: THIS POST BY ITS NATURE DEALS WITH EXPLICIT TOPICS.  NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  READERS WITH SENSITIVE CONSCIENCES ARE ADVISED TO SKIP THIS POST.

My wife found an old book from American Life League at my father-in-law’s house a month a few weeks ago.  It was published back in the late 80s and written by Dr. Melvin Anchell, who, I guess, used to cut quite a wide swath in the psychological community. That was back in the day when there were still many hardcore academics and physicians of prominence not just totally given over to leftism and cultural revolution. Anchell was an advocate for traditional morality and an opponent of the cultural marxists who burst upon the scene (seemingly) in the late 1960s.  He wrote the book Killers of Children: A psychoanalytical look at sex education to oppose the growing influence of these destructive cultural trends.  Unfortunately, he and his allies obviously failed.

Nevertheless, I found Dr. Anchell’s description of the disorders and sicknesses that creep into both individual lives and the culture at large  quite chilling:

What is “normal?”  The degree of mental health is not determined by an absence of inner personal conflicts but by the way these opposing emotional interests, ideas, etc., are reconciled.

“Abnormal” often represents a misrepresentation – a perversion – of what is “normal.”  Unfaithful, deformed reproductions of normal life are currently being spread by perverted minds.  Sick themselves, these purveyors are making the abnormal appear normal. [Man it is refreshing to hear this kind of clarity and truth, after at least two decades of being told how “normal” and “healthy” perversion is]

As a physician I regard any behavior that supports life and allows death to occur from natural causes as normal.  Behavior that leads to the destruction of life is abnormal.  [Dang right.  Thank you.  And behaviors that are by definition sterile are equally abnormal, because they do not support life.  It is amazing how much more confused our culture’s thinking has become in just the past 25 years. Things were bad then, but they are horrific today]

Sexual morality which has evolved from mankind’s earliest beginnings is essential for life. [I would say, it was given to our first parents by our Creator, not that we picked it up from some lower animal through so-called evolution] Mature sexuality along with its associated sexual morals are antidotes to death instincts.  Nowhere in today’s popular school sex programs is mature sexual morality emphasized. [It’s not just in the schools anymore. Disordered use of the marital faculties is taught to all of us constantly through the media in a thousand different ways]

The sexually emancipated-sexually aggressive females who are depicted as normal in movies, current novels and in sex education classes are not examples of special progress but, instead, are examples of social regression.  They exemplify females possessed by tremendous inner turmoil; females who are in conflict with their natural femininity. Such women are not liberated and free individuals but are slaves to the demands of the culture in which they live.  When the culture in which she lives condones free love, her psyche causes her to assume to some degree the characteristics of a loose woman.  Uninhibited sex life is contrary to women’s inner feminine nature. In truth, the sexually uninhibited woman is an artifact that is produced, sometimes, by a woman’s desire to prove herself totally independent or, more frequently, by fantasies arising from man’s erotic desires.  [And that is the most ironic part of the left’s efforts to ostensibly emancipate women over the past several decades.  Instead of empowering women, they are encouraged to ape the very worst characteristics of the lowest men, turning themselves into nothing but objects of lust to be used and discarded at men’s faintest whim.  And yet feminists tell us this is “empowerment” with their “slut walks” and embrace of sordid and damaging sexual escapades]

Many of today’ sexually aggressive females have foregone the ultimate feminine needs of marriage and family life, motherhood and of loving and being loved. [To the point that hundreds of millions have willingly had their own children ripped from their wombs and brutally murdered, in the name – for the most part – of their own convenience] Some attempt to satisfy love needs entirely through acts of copulation.  However, these impoverished women derive no real pleasure from the sex act.  Many such females are products of premature sexual activity brought about by sex education and the demands made upon them by a sexually pseudo-liberated society. [Quite true. And Dr. Anchell explains in his book how premature exposure to sexually explicit material and the awakening of faculties intended by God to remain dormant until later years has caused many young children to become “frozen” in a state of sexual immaturity that seeks only self-gratification and is incapable of mature romantic bonds]

Not only do popular sexual attitudes destroy the lives of some women, but the lives of many men have been torn apart by the current ‘sexual revolution.’

Some males, who regard free love as a modern day bonanza, aid and abet the state of sexual confusion in promiscuous females.  Impressed by sexperts, many men and women regard the sex act as a cure for all mental tensions.  This false teaching has been further perpetuated by an ever increasing number of sexperts.  [Indeed. While women have traditionally been the guardians of chastity and morality, men have done much to encourage women to embrace this libertine liberated lifestyle.  Men create the “sexual marketplace” demand, and women – especially women under 25 or so today, the majority of whom have dozens of partners by the time they leave college – sadly sell themselves cheap. No wonder marriage rates are in a freefall, as are fertility rates]

The argument that the normalcy of today’s common sexual practices is proven by their evident profligacy is as logical as claiming that the bubonic plague in the 15th century was normal because so many people at that time had the disease.

There is one inexorable law in Nature: “When the sexual instincts are perverted, the death instincts take over.”

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There is much wisdom in this book.  While Dr. Anchell was a psychoanalyst at least somewhat Freudian in outlook (an outlook I disagree with on most points), he does make some very important criticisms throughout this book, which I may delve into more later.  But this excerpt above was about as good a summation of the overall thrust of the book that I could find: the “sexual revolution” has been enormously damaging on many levels, it does not create “happiness” but leaves men and women broken and bitter, and it is hardest of all on the children who are often its most innocent victims.

Fighting the sexual revolution on a broad front now is like trying to corral the horses after they’ve jumped the fence, but on an individual, family basis, this is always a battle worth engaging in.

Saint Vincent of Lerins on unworthy shepherds December 17, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Grace, Saints, sanctity, SOD, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Many of us wonder: how could it be that God could allow the Church to slip into such crisis?  How could the Church be afflicted with so many unworthy
shepherds?  How could so many souls be allowed to fall into error as a result?  Unfortunately, fallen human nature being what it is,  the Church has often been afflicted with heresy, error, and men in positions of great power and influence in the Church that embrace both.  While today’s crisis might be the greatest the Church has ever endured due to its enormous depth and breadth from top to bottom, from region to region, it is certainly not the first. St. Vincent of Lerins, via FideCogitActio, knew such men.  He also knew why God allowed the Church to be afflicted with such unfaithful and inconstant shepherds:

“How is it … that certain excellent persons, and of position in the Church, are often permitted by God to preach novel doctrines to Catholics? … The reason is clearer than day why Divine Providence sometimes permits certain doctors of the Churches to preach new doctrines— ‘That the Lord your God may try you;’ he says. And assuredly it is a great trial when one whom you believe to be a prophet, a disciple of prophets, a doctor and defender of the truth, whom you have folded to your breast with the utmost veneration and love, … secretly and furtively brings in noxious errors, which you can neither quickly detect, being held by the prestige of former authority, nor lightly think it right to condemn, being prevented by affection for your old master. … [Or even your current “master,” or ecclesiastical superior]

Therefore, as soon as the corruption of each mischievous error begins to break forth, and to defend itself by filching certain passages of Scripture, and expounding them fraudulently and deceitfully, immediately, the opinions of the ancients in the interpretation of the Canon are to be collected, whereby the novelty, and consequently the profaneness, whatever it may be, that arises, may both without any doubt be exposed, and without any tergiversation be condemned. … But whatsoever a teacher holds, other than all, or contrary to all, be he holy and learned, be he a bishop, be he a Confessor, be he a martyr, let that be regarded as a private fancy of his own, and be separated from the authority of common, public, general persuasion, lest, after the sacrilegious custom of heretics and schismatics, rejecting the ancient truth of the universal Creed, we follow, at the utmost peril of our eternal salvation, the newly devised error of one man.” [Or even hundreds or thousands of men]

Great, great advice. We are certainly being tried. And I know many if not all of you are doing your very best to remain faithful and practice this Faith of ours tolerins your utmost during these most difficult times.  Pray that God may keep us faithful and that we may not fall into error.  I certainly pray that for all of you.  As St. Vincent of Lerins says, sometimes errors can be very subtle (and very attractive), and sometimes people we love or have a natural affection towards (or their office) can tempt us to be led astray. Cling fast to the Faith!  It is not easy today, because this crisis has been going on so long we are about two full generations into it.  That means the vast majority of us probably weren’t real well formed in the Faith (at some point) and may have absorbed – willingly or no – some bad ideas that have the potential to ruin us.

Please find the best confessor you can and really scour your life, in comparison to the Doctrine of the Faith and the writings of the Saints, for any errors you may hold.  Through some examination of conscience I called to mind not so much an error, but a sin from my days waaaaaay before being Catholic that I need to confess.

May God strengthen all of us in this time of terrific trial.  May we always remain faithful to His Church and in accord with His will for us in our state of life.

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Apostolic investigation of LCWR turns into a sham of a whitewash December 17, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, religious, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society.
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That takes some doing – turning even a whitewash into a sham of one.

A day or two ago, the Vatican released its final report on the status of women’s religious in the US.  It will probably come as no surprise, but with the change in leadership at both the Congregation for Religious and Institutes of Consecrated Life (from the fairly orthodox Cardinal Rode’ to the exceedingly liberal Brazilian Cardinal Braz de Aviz) and in the papacy, what started as a serious investigation oriented towards trying to curb at least the worst excesses of the warped women religious of the LCWR has turned into a shambles and a seeming endorsement of their movement “beyond Christ, beyond the Church” and into frequently perverse sex and wiccan-inspired paganism and new age death.

More comments in line with the report, below:

A sweeping Vatican investigation into Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. that began amid fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up praising the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor — a major shift in tone that reflected the social justice mindset of Pope Francis. [Hmmm…..how can one practice “social justice” while embracing abortion, which has denied any justice to 1 to 2 billion babies over the past few decades alone?  In fact, these women religious focus only on a certain kind of progressive “social justice” quite distant from that outlined in Rerum Novarum and other orthodox documents]

The overwhelmingly positive report Tuesday also promised to value their “feminine genius” more, [Oh please……that’s a direct quote of Pope Francis] while gently suggesting ways to serve the church faithfully and survive amid a steep drop in their numbers. [There are more female religious over 90 in the LCWR than there are under 60!  In 15 years, these orders won’t exist!  I guess it was judged expedient that these orders should die] It was cheered by the American sisters themselves, dozens of whom swarmed the Vatican news conference announcing the results in a rare occasion of women outnumbering men at the Vatican. [Which I’m sure sent a thrill up the leg of reporter Nicole Winfield.  You go girl!]

“There is an encouraging and realistic tone in this report,” Sister Sharon Holland [head of LCWR] told reporters. “Challenges are understood, but it is not a document of blame, or of simplistic solutions. [“Simplistic solutions” is leftist code for “Doctrine of the Faith”] One can read the text and feel appreciated and trusted to carry on.” [With the rapid demise of your orders]

The report was most remarkable for what it didn’t say, given the criticism of American religious life that prompted the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI to launch the investigation in 2009.

There was no critique of the nuns, no demands that they shift their focus from social justice to emphasize Catholic teaching on abortion, no condemnation that a feminist, secular mentality had taken hold in their ranks……. [You have to be willfully blind to not see the overwhelming embrace of marxist lesbianism in the ranks of the LCWR leadership, and many rank and file, which just goes to demonstrate that gomorrist behaviors are learned, and not inborn]

…….It was a radically different message than that of another Vatican office that investigated an umbrella group of the sisters’ leaders.

That investigation, conducted by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, resulted in a Vatican takeover of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in 2012. The doctrine office determined that the LCWR, which represents the leaders of 80 percent of U.S. nuns, took positions that undermined church teaching and promoted “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”…… [But in the new order, there are no themes incompatible with the “Catholic Faith”……except the Catholic Faith]

…….The report outlined the bleak reality facing American women’s congregations now: The current number of 50,000 U.S. sisters represents a fraction of the 125,000 in the mid-1960s, although that was an atypical spike in U.S. church history.  [It’s actually under 50,000 now, and will drop to a low of under 10,000 within the next 10-20 years. Then the mission of having essentially destroyed female religious life in this country will have been achieved]

The average age of U.S. nuns today is mid-to-late 70s. They are facing dwindling finances to care for their sisters as they age and haven’t had much success in finding new vocations……..

[It appears even the CDF involvement in the LCWR is going to turn out to be a big nothing since the change in Supreme Pontiff…..] Signaling that the change in the Vatican’s tone might also extend to the LCWR crackdown, Holland said she was “working hard and working well” with Vatican-appointed delegates who took over the Leadership Conference and that the process might end sooner than originally expected.

“We’re moving toward resolution of that,” she said [I’m sure you are]

This is immensely sad. I really do pray that some enormous miracle occur and these women be converted, at least on their death beds.  I read somewhere that even had the investigation been taken seriously and not turned into a whitewash, it came 20 years or more too late to save the vast majority of these orders, some with very storied histories and founded by great Saints.  The damage done to the Church in the spiritual realm by the collapse of women’s religious is incalculable.  Holy nuns make holy priests.  It is no surprise that the collapse of both hallowed institutions have gone hand in hand.

There is more than a bit of irony that a Jesuit Pope would preside over the release of such a document, given that it was under the spiritual direction of many radically heterodox Jesuits in the 60s and 70s that most orders of women’s religious embraced radically progressive points of view.  Some of these women are well and truly broken-hearted, and have embraced man-hating feminism and even worse as a sign of their bitterness. As one traditional priest related to me of what he was told by one of these women: “The Jesuits came into our order in 1966 and they took Jesus away.”  Her sadness was palpable, her anger more so.

A final note: for me, when the orthodox Slovenian Cardinal Franc Rode’ left the Congregation for Religious Life and was replaced by the highly radical Joao Braz de Aviz in early 2011, that was the first signal that something was amiss with the Benedictine papacy.  It was well known that Ratzinger had no love for Braz de Aviz and the nomination appeared inexplicable.  Shortly after that, the Vatileaks campaign against Pope Benedict began in earnest.  Obviously there was something enormous going on in the background that led to Braz de Aviz getting this hugely important post (look what he has done to the Franciscans of the Immaculate – that would have never, ever occurred under Rode’, and Fr. Geiger knows it), and that was timed with the start of the Vatileaks campaign.

One day, the story will come out, and many will have much to hang their heads about.  If they are even capable of shame.

 

Father Carota writes post praising SSPX December 17, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, episcopate, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, priests, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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The Society of Saint Pius X has, since their inception, been a very controversial element in the Church.  Lately, in response to papal antics and fear they may inspire souls to embrace the Society (although, some informal surveys on my part indicate this is not happening to any real degree), rhetoric against the Society has really ramped up in certain other segments of traditional Catholics. Some FSSP priests have been more open in their criticism, as have a few other priests and some notable individuals.  These folks argue that the Society is well and truly outside the Church, “protestant” (although to me, they reject no Doctrine but there was a schismatic act, so if anything, they are more like the Orthodox), and one of the worst threats facing Catholics.  The SSPX is even worse than the devil, or at least, a satanic black mass.

I have made no bones that I really like Fr. Peter Carota.  Like Father Rodriguez, he is a diocesan priest who really doesn’t have a dog in the fight (there being a long history between the FSSP and SSPX, much of it quite acrimonious).  Fr. Carota had quite a different take on the SSPX (emphasis in original, I add comments):

 Each one of us traditional Catholics have his own story of how he rediscovered thePRECIOUS BURIED TREASURE of TRUE CATHOLIC WORSHIP OF GOD.  As Jesus said: “The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.” [Matthew 13:44]. [Indeed.  It is the pearl of great price.]

Thanks to the Society of St. Pope Pius X and Pope Benedict, in 2007 we ignorant Catholics were able to find these GREAT BURIED TREASURES:

  1. The Tridentine Latin Mass,
  2. The other Sacraments in Latin from the 1962 Missal,
  3. The magnificient vestments,
  4. Stone Altars with Altar stones,
  5. Church Architecture that gives glory to God, not man.
  6. Exorcisms and Sacred Blessings.
  7. Inspiring Religious Art.
  8. Gregorian Chant and Scholas.
  9. Dignifiied Sacred Vessels that are worthy of the Body and Blood of Jesus.
  10. Catholicism that pleases God, not man.

[I do think Fr. Carota is right.  Without the Society, there would be no TLM in the Church today. Of course, it is impossible to prove a negative scenario like this, but much evidence indicates without the concerted pressure they exerted over decades, the TLM would have remained pretend abrogated for a very long time, if not forever.  It is little coincidence that TLMs, or entire indult communities/parishes, are stood up in dioceses where the SSPX has a presence. I have said before, that to predict where a Fraternity apostolate will be erected, all one has to do is look to see where the Society has a presence.  It’s almost like clockwork.  There are exceptions, of course, but not too many]

It all began when Pope Benedict wanted to regularize the Society so that they could have canonical status within the Church’s canonical structure.  The Society asked for two things:

  1. The lifting of the Excommunication against the 4 bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre.
  2. That every priest in the Catholic Church would be free to offer the Tridentine Latin Mass according to the Rubrics of the 1962 Missal.

From these meetings, Pope Benedict lifted the excommunication and issued the Motu Proprio; “Summorum Pontificum” that now allows priests to offer the Latin Mass without permission of his bishop. [Sadly those negotiations did not come to full fruition under Pope Benedict.  But they are not over, there are still contacts between the Society and the Vatican.  I pray for their restoration to completely regular canonical status.]

From this day forward, thousands and thousands of Catholics, including bishops and priests, are rediscovering the great buried treasure that the Society of Pope St. Pius X had carefully guarded over these years. [Again, I don’t find this an over-the-top or incorrect statement. Certainly, after 1988, there have been other “guardians” of the TLM, but for a long time, in perhaps the most critical years, there was not much beyond the Society to prevent the TLM from being consigned to the ash heap of history] They did this during the time in the Church when so much of the Sacred was literally destroyed, sold or thrown out by those in the Church who were to be its guardian, not its desecrator.

Each day, more and more Catholics and non-Catholics are continuing to discovering the previous jewels and gold contained in the traditional treasure box.

As you, who read this, already know, once you discover what is contained in the “Treasure Box”, you can never ever go back to the trite and benign way of worshiping God……. [I’m not sure benign is the word I would use.  But I agree with the sentiment.  It is very, very difficult to return to a Novus Ordo environment after one becomes accustomed to the TLM.  Of course, in some very difficult cases, souls have had to make that adjustment for want of any other alternative.]

……..Just read the Acts of the Apostles, the writings of the Apostolic and Church Fathers, the lives of the saints, (especially the martyrs), and you will see at what price these saints paid so that we can quote the Bible and offer the Holy Sacraments.

So why should we now be so cowardly and un-manly as to be afraid of practicing, sharing and protecting the Catholic truth that tradition contains? [Indeed]

Thank God, the Holy Spirit, Pope Benedict and the Society that our eyes have been opened and again given us access to these divine treasures.  Thank God once truth has been discovered, there is no turning back.

———End Quote———

A post that encapsulates many of my own views.  I had a long apologia for my own views appended to the bottom of this post, but I’ll just say that while there are certainly serious problems with the Society and their current status, I am thankful to them for preserving the TLM and aspects of the traditional practice of the Faith during a very dark period.  It is really impossible to say what would have happened with the TLM without the presence of the SSPX during those really dark years from 1970-1988, but I do think the preponderance of the evidence indicates the TLM would be a relic of the past without them.  That is not to excuse certain acts or ongoing problems, but it does reflect a personal debt of gratitude I have.

The SSPX has been a particular target of late, for several reasons. That has caused some painful situations for me, and cost me dear, for my refusal to attack the SSPX any time I mention them. Even still, I feel no desire to do so, while I acknowledge their  difficulties and pray for some miracle with regard to their canonical status and a return to sanity in the Church.  My refusal has angered and/or disappointed some who have been fairly close to me, but I’ll just say it now: I will not attack the SSPX in harsh terms. Not now, not ever.  I will point out difficulties with their status and things like jurisdiction, but I won’t call them protestant, completely outside the Church, or anything else.  I will also point out that there are serious problems everywhere in this diabolically disorientated Church at present, including in the indult communities. My spiritual director believes my position is a reasonable one: it is no sin to talk about groups or events without absolutely castigating them.  And it is no sin to say a kind word about those whose situations are less than ideal.

I thank Fr. Carota for this post.

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