[On November 21, I published an article titled “Prelude to a Papal Deposition?” in which I observed that the public and formal process being taken by Cardinal Burke and his three Cardinal collaborators in response to the heresies of Amoris Laetitiae looked very much like that which would precede a papal deposition for heresy. One of the steps in that process (i.e., That the bishops and Cardinals be notified of the Pope’s errors) implies that upon such notification, the Cardinals and bishops support and convene a General Council for the purpose of deposing the Pope.
God willing, it will occur to the bishop (and the four Cardinals) that if a Pope can err in morals, he can err in doctrine.
The seminary of Saint Louis Marie Grignion wants to follow the spirit that Bishop Lefebvre gave to Ecône.
This spirit is evidently a spirit of Faith, of fighting and defense of the Faith, but also of a spirit of charity.
This is what the archbishop wanted for his seminaries:
Excerpt from Bishop Lefebvre’s lecture of January 18, 1977:
“So you are here to learn this wisdom, and not only to learn it, but to live it; it is useless to learn and not to live; a useless sknowledge that does not turn to charity: scientia inflat caritas. Knowledge, if it is not based on inflated charity, gives pride, leads one to believe that one is a scholar, but true knowledge makes us humble, on the contrary, and makes us aspire to practice this knowledge in our life, and therefore to have charity, and this is of very great importance in all respects for your personal sanctification.
“When you are in the chapel, when you are in your cells, wherever you are, this knowledge is always in you; that this wisdom is always in you, that you live, that you did not go out, I would say, of this mindset, that you lived by this attitude of The life with our Lord Jesus Christ, life with all these mysteries, these great mysteries of which we live, these sacraments, that grace which is given to you, that grace you receive in the morning in Holy Communion from Our Lord, these Prayers that you make, those graces you can receive throughout the day in fulfilling your duty of state and fulfilling the will of God, all this fills you with graces.”
A brave seagull The Monastery Refectory
A Visit to Mount St. Michael Ping-Pong During Recreation Time
Crossing the Loire Walking Along the Banks of the Loire
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Kindly offer thanksgivings to Our Lord and Our Lady for this big relief.
In Iesu et Maria,
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Those who refuse prayers for our Catholic brothers in their hour of need, need not hope for any when our time comes.
Let us exercise Catholic charity, that we not be meted Catholic justice.
Their vigorous reaction to the heresies in the moral domain, on their stated basis of fidelity to their duties of state, suggests they would also oppose them in the doctrinal realm, for the same reason, were they cognizant of them.
With God, all things are possible (however unlikely), and to pray for such a result is the practical application of the virtue of hope, the attainment of which we all ought to aspire, and the achievement of which is so necessary in our times:
Look at what solutions are offered for the recovery of the Church amidst the present crisis when this hope is eclipsed by despair: Sedevacantism, practical accords, open capitulation, or loss of faith.
- In letting the priest’s comment slide about a hopeful future integration of the SSPX into the universal Church, Bishop Fellay seems to have bought into the new ecclesiology of Vatican II, which features communion by various degrees, rather than the traditional “in or out” membership of Pius XII and Mystici Corporis Christii, et al;
- Bishop Fellay seems not to believe –despite his words to the contrary- that he is already fully part of the Catholic Church. Were it otherwise, canonical recognition could not be for him the urgent issue it so obviously is. He feels himself and the SSPX to be defective in some way; he believes that the SSPX suffers not merely from the appearance of illegality, but illegality properly speaking;
- Of course, the immanence of the practical accord is noteworthy;
- Most importantly, Bishop Fellay reaffirms that the canonical proceedings have eclipsed doctrinal considerations.
If all religions are false, then what principled objection can there be to a co-existence of competing beliefs, (and all the more so within the same confession)?
If it is true that a certain pluralism can exist in matters liturgical (e.g., the different approved rites of the Church) or canonical (e.g., different codes of canon law for the Latins and Orientals), it is absolutely prohibited in the domain of doctrine, in instances where the Church has already spoken to settle the matter (as is the case with regard to the ecumenism and religious liberty mentioned by Bishop Fellay), and for obvious reasons:
Not only would a freedom of opinion in decided matters of doctrine present a rupture of the unity of faith within the universal Church, but it would also represent an implicit attack upon the teaching authority of Peter (and therefore of the dogma of Papal Primacy)!