Hoisted on His Own Petard
Come Holy Ghost…
Since the provident revelation of the dual internal letters of the Society of St. Pius X, I’ve unabashedly spoken out on this matter of any agreement at this time between the SSPX and Rome as being a grave mistake not only for the Society but for the Traditional Catholic Movement in general. Often I’ve felt like Laocoön of Troy standing against his fellows in warning, Equo ne credite, Teucri / Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes, or “Do not trust the Horse, Trojans / Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even bearing gifts.” Unlike Laocoön I do not stand alone but by the side of greater men …many clerics, who join voices to repeat this refrain. Meantime, in their headlong drive to reconcile to Rome, the leadership of the Society has begun to utter the Newspeak of the Novus Ordo, (a reference which they assiduously avoid in their polished public photo ops, by the way); the latest of which is the Against the Rumors, Pt. II, contained in SSPX.org in which the U.S. District Superior states: Unity comes before Faith, citing the Catechism as his source. Certainly his meaning is a disingenuous usage of the word unity as used by the Catholic Faith. The term as used in Catholic understanding is the Unity of Faith and not just “unity” in the secular sense of being united or together. The unity of the NewChurch, to which Fr. Rostand seems to allude, is one of just being together and not having a common Faith, thus we can have all sorts within the Church including Anglicans, and other diverse groups, like de Colores, Opus Dei, etc. Were the SSPX to enter the Church now under the liberal environment of religious liberty and false ecumenism, we would become a showpiece in the menagerie of the motley collection of diverse Faiths at the expense of the one, holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church of Christ …the Catholic Church. In time, we would become tainted by this politically correct gaggle of diversity of Faiths. To be sure, the best witness the SSPX can give is to maintain their status quo. Any other arrangement for the sake of unity would be a restriction of the mission of Archbishop Lefebvre.
The U.S. District Superior also stated that we must not take statements out of context and say that this is policy, yet, how can we interpret, in any other way, the various statements below of His Excellency Bishop Fellay, other than at face value:
(thanks to the doctrinal discussions with Rome) we see that many things which we would have condemned as being from the Council are in fact not from the Council, but is the common understanding of it.
The Pope says that the Council must be put within the great Tradition of the Church… these are statements we agree with, totally, absolutely. (CNS, May 2012)
As a reminder of just what Vatican Council II teaches about Religious Liberty below is the website of Fr. Barron, a diocesan priest, well known and listened to in the blogosphere with his wordonfirevideo.com. In this short video presentation he blames Catholics of the time, specifically the Catholic Queen Mary, known now to history as “Bloody Mary” for the errors of the Anglican Reformation because of her intolerance and for her denial of religious liberty. This of course, is not just a common understanding of Religious Liberty, but the actual teaching of the Vatican for the past 40-odd years.
Religious Liberty: A Commentary by Fr. Barron
Once you have viewed this video, ask yourself as a Catholic who believes in the traditional teachings of the Catholic Church, if we share a close interpretation of the nature of religious liberty with Rome as our Bishop Fellay indicates.
Omissions, Distortions, and Confusion
Certainly, over these last weeks, there is much confusion, but I dare say, it is largely coming from the leadership of the SSPX itself. While they cite obedience, trust, and patience they contradict what they themselves have spoken in the past, and what their founder Archbishop Lefebvre and the Society has stood for over the past forty years. Additionally, they are now beginning to imitate the salacious Newspeak of VCII, if not some of the errors as quoted above. To be sure, despite the carefully couched title of the US District Superior’s current video title, that is, Against the Rumors, the leadership really could dispel the rumors by being more forthcoming on details of what is happening to date in regard to the preamble, the agreement, what Rome expects of us, and what we expect of Rome.
I suppose, based on the foregoing, that many would say I’m impertinent and that the Society nor the Church are democracies, however, when set against the background of trust to which I not only commit my own soul but those of my family, a certain honesty is not only due but also justly demanded. Indeed, I contend that I’m not insolent, and should I appear, this night, before the Judgment Seat of Christ for my Particular Judgment, I would, as least on this account, have a clean soul, a clear conscience, and a pure heart. I simply state that I follow the traditional Faith and I reiterate it over and over …I follow no man, I follow the Catholic Faith.
Meantime, I calls ’em as I sees ’em, and it is evident to me that the game is afoot and has been for at least the past several years. There is so much more to the story than what the leadership is broadcasting. Just the fact that they say, don’t go on the internet; only listen to what our websites say, speaks volumes. It smacks of the workings of the ancient Gnostics, with their elite initiate caste system. Why the secrecy? Why the failure to continue to speak the truth regarding religious freedom? Why the failure to condemn Assisi in the strongest possible terms? Why the inclusion of Novus Ordo clerics like Cardinal Dolan in The Angelus while at the same time silencing time-tested loyal clerics? Why the marginalizing of our three bishops? Why do they treat the loyal Faithful Catholics, (who also bore the blood, sweat, and tears of the past 40 years, to say nothing of the vast sacrifices in terms of money and sweat-equity in building these magnificent churches and schools), like a bunch of blind and blundering simpletons? Something …something untoward is in the works!
To say I’m brash, impolite, or disrespectful is to ignore the fact that we, each of us, are called to apostolic zeal. Why do the many Catholics in the pew refuse to become proactive in the Faith and remain passive as Holy Mother Church, the Bride of Christ, is assaulted both from without and within? It is their duty, instilled through Confirmation, to be Soldiers of Christ and defenders of the Faith. I believe that false obedience is simply a justification to maintain the comfy, indulged life in which we now find ourselves; they, the Catholics in the pews, no longer have a stomach for the fight; that fire in the belly, that apostolic zeal, required of each us. Remember when we were in the hotel rooms …and basements …and garages? The saying then was: they (the Novus Ordo) may have the buildings but we have the Faith. Where is that fire now? Unfortunately, just as in the wake of VCII the average traditional Catholic is complacent; he seems willing to go-along to get-along. Now is not the time to passively sit back and wait, but to speak out without restriction or reservation of what this apparent capitulation truly means.
Yes, some may think me impertinent and even imprudent but I counter: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and the knowledge of the holy is prudence Prov. 9:10 I take my Confirmation quite literally, I’m a soldier of Christ and like St. Paul, I will speak the Truth, in season or out of season; meaning whether it is politically correct to hear the Truth or not.
That is all I will say in this correspondence but you can be sure that I will not be silenced, in any venue, written or spoken, based on false obedience and trust. I went along with that in the late 1960’s and as the saying goes: fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
Continue the Rosary for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is most needed as this crisis of tradition within the Roman Catholic Church appears to be reaching a crescendo.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.