After all, it was right around the time of September 11th in 2001 that I came into the Catholic Church. I was a younger man, largely ignorant of a few things that better catechesis could have taught me. My instruction as I was coming into the Church seemed slow, basic, and elementary. (My conversion had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks on the United States; that timing was coincidental.) I was a well-developed Protestant with a stronger knowledge of the Bible than many Baptists, and I had an appetite for answers to questions--holes that were in my faith that Protestantism could not answer.
As a result, I went to a priest in another town who was happy to confirm me into the Catholic Church himself. I was not brought in after a long drawn out RCIA fiasco, and confirmed at an Easter Vigil Mass in the presence of Bishop Slattery. Instead, I was brought in by a lone priest who I think may have been rather liberal, looking back.
My coming into the Catholic Church was irregular, to be sure. The SSPX's services are "irregular." My work schedule is irregular. Our society is irregular. And His Holiness--most definitely--acts irregular these days.
As I stated to Matthew over at Cathinfo the other day, I immediately recognized Pope Francis' allowing the Society to grant absolution...to be a revelation that the pope and the liberals in the Vatican are playing a Marxist-styled shell game. Pope Francis is keeping the SSPX on a leash, once again.
The fact that the Pope is doing this betrays his his hand. We see the cards he is playing. By toying with the Society in this manner, it has enabled me--and I'm sure many others--to recognize more than ever that the SSPX is a real deal, and modernists are acting as complete dishonest adversaries.
I can completely understand what French priest, Fr. de la Rocque, was referring to in a recent sermon about Pope Francis' recent maneuver:
We're here face a truly revolutionary tactics, well-known Marxists. When the revolution can achieve the principles of the man he considered his enemy, he tries to make him take concrete acts by which it puts parentheses principles.
For example, read the book of Mrs. Hue, "In China's prisons." She tells how, being hungry, we denied him any food until Friday when we came to bring him meat, that it renounces its principles of Catholic life. In pure theory, she could eat; she was starving, there was a serious circumstance ... But she understood very well that we wanted to prejudice his Catholic principles. And she refused. It was she who was right.
We still reports how, still in the Communist China to nullify a deeply Catholic parish, Communist troops sought to compel the faithful to just get out of their church benches to burn. It was not an act directly sacrilege. It was not undermining the Blessed Sacrament. These Catholics, with their lively faith, of course, refused. They were right.
I believe that for us today, is exactly, although at a different scale, the same situations...
I find myself to be on board with The Remnant's take on the Vatican's fight with the Society. I am in complete agreement with the latest Remnant discussion between Michael Matt and Chris Ferrara. The Vatican is playing smoke and mirrors, in a true Marxist fashion, in order to imply illegitimacy to legitimate priests who are on the right side of history when it comes to modernist heresy.
To put it simply, this "favor" that Pope Francis appears to be doing for the Society is actually a hidden knife, in that it implies the SSPX was never a legitimate or safe movement. It'll only be legitimate if Pope Francis and his liberals say it is.
"You can have a warm fire...if you burn your pews." "You can nourish yourself on Friday...if you eat this meat we're providing you."
Now, more than before, it seems to me that the prophecy of St. Francis of Assisi applies to the Society in this, our time. What prophecy am I talking about? I'll post it again:
"Act bravely, my Brethren; take courage, and trust in the Lord. The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, will abound; the charity of many will grow cold, and the malice of the wicked will increase.
"The devils will have unusual power, the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity. At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death.
"Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it.
"There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God.
"Then our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us. Those who are found faithful will receive the crown of life; but woe to those who, trusting solely in their Order, shall fall into tepidity, for they will not be able to support the temptations permitted for the proving of the elect.
"Those who preserve their fervour and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and, persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth. But the Lord will be the refuge of the afflicted, and will save all who trust in Him. And in order to be like their Head [Jesus Christ], these, the elect, will act with confidence, and by their death will purchase for themselves eternal life; choosing to obey God rather than man, they will fear nothing, and they will prefer to perish [physically] rather than consent to falsehood and perfidy.
"Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor, but a destroyer."
(Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis Of Assisi, [London: R. Washbourne, 1882], pp. 248-250;
It's piss poor pitiful that CMTV ran from my honest question about the latter point when I asked them about it. Had any one of the ChurchMilitantTV staff responded honestly to my inquiry, they might have successfully led me on even longer in my hesitation to sympathize with the SSPX.
What happened, you ask?
Well, in a piece titled: The Vortex--Thin Slice of Catholicism, Voris was proceeding with his typical attack on the SSPX--one of many this year that have greatly stirred up Traditional Catholics against
Terry Carroll's ChurchMilitantTV. (It is unthinkable and dishonest to witness Michael Voris do such a 180-degree turn against the Society, given his sympathy for it just a handful of years ago. What duplicity. That's what happens, I guess, when you let a man with an agenda buy your studio for you.)
My questions at the end of the article were honest and sincere. CMTV's snub took place only 4 weeks ago. And, again, I was not as far in to the SSPX camp as I am today. What a difference a month can make.
I asked CMTV:
Honest questions here. I have been attending a diocesan Tridentine Latin Mass. So, it's not even FSSP. I've never really advocated SSPX, and I've often spoken out against Sedevacantism.What was their response? They deleted my comment. To add insult to injury, they closed the comments and posted this statement:
1. If, as Scriptures tells us, there will one day be a time when there seems to be a Counter Church--an Abomination of Desolation--then wouldn't what we are witnessing in Rome be how that ultimate end comes about?
2. St. Francis is said to have announced this following prophecy about a time of an odious mass, a non-canonically elected pope, a time when the Franciscan order is under attack, and when a group of true Catholics will be holding the Faith together, though they will be considered schismatics. Forgive the length, but I've found the entire passage compelling. If anyone has answers, particularly CMTV staff, I am eager to hear what you have to say:
"Act bravely, my Brethren; take courage, and trust in the Lord..." [I wrote out the prophecy here.]
To judge an Ecumenical Council of the Church to be a violation of the 8th Commandment, and the Church Herself to have ceased to be the Anchor of Truth, is to forfeit one's posting privileges here. This is a forum for faithful Catholics, not apostates.
This forum exists as an extension of the mission of our apostolate. That means we must and do censor, and we do so without apologies. If you don't like how we go about it, post somewhere else. This isn't the place for you.
Every post deleted (and, depending on the topic, there are often quite a few) either a) advocated for or defended "bad things," or b) showed hostility towards "good things," or c) showed potential for provoking discussions that would lead to a) or b).
"Bad things" include schism, heresy, dissent from Church teachings or judgements, and unapproved apparitions / private revelations. "Good things" include the Church, the Holy Father, Church teaching, and this apostolate and staff. Criticism is permitted. Hostility is not. "Pope Francis should discipline heterodox bishops" is permitted. "Pope Francis is a heretic and the Antichrist" is not. "I disagree with your comment moderation policies" is permitted. "The moderator is a fascist" is not.
We will not allow our platform to be used to lead people away from what is good or towards what is evil. We will delete posts that, in our judgement, do that or risk that.What arrogance. Few are chosen, indeed, to be the disciples of the benevolent
Anyone may post here, but you must earn your right to continue. Our regular and most frequent posters actually appreciate this approach. If you don't, you don't! Many are called, few are chosen!
What a dishonest retreat from people. Traditional Catholics have been bringing up good points. Yes, there are a lot of people bringing up a lot of points, but shutting down and insulting everyone is not how you handle that. What an antagonistic and uncharitable swipe at people who are just trying to work this out in their heads--and who are looking for "dialogue" to find some sort of direction.
I am sure that CMTV will go on to do good things as they cover the next Synod on the Family discussions this Fall. However, it is the antagonism, dismissal, haughtiness, and shell games of ChurchMilitantTV, liberal clergy, and others that have convinced me that they are wrong on the matter in regards to the SSPX.
In this world, Christ was always persecuted. When I found the Catholic Church, and I saw that it was the most persecuted Institution on Earth--and yet it survives--I knew that it was of Christ. And I see the nature of persecution that the SSPX is enduring, and I am convinced that the Society is not in the wrong when it comes to dealing with the Modernist Heresy.
Those who preserve their fervor and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth suffer injuries and persecutions as rebels and schismatics. Persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, say they themselves are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth. But the Lord is the refuge of the afflicted, and He will save all who trust in Him.