A variety of people and groups promote and pray the 15-decade rosary daily, yet hold significantly contrary beliefs to each other; some so significantly different that the other groups would find them condemnable. It seems this group, in particular, would find many things condemnable in other people and groups that promote and pray a daily 15-decade rosary; such as those who believe in baptism of desire, those who attend the Novus Ordo, those who have different beliefs about modesty, those who aren’t sedevacantist, etc. Their former bishop, Neal Webster, is known to be a fervent advocate of praying the daily 15-decade rosary, yet this group has apparently found his actions condemnable enough to cut ties with him. They might have thought “you would think that praying 15 decades of the Rosary every day would protect Bp. Webster from such an error as attempting to consecrate a priest who rabidly denies EENS, fervidly opposes sedevacantism, and is in union with a heretical pope.”
What do we make of all this? Praying the 15-decade rosary daily is a great devotion, but we ought to be very careful to avoid temptations to superstition, presumption, and tempting God, and realize that such a great devotion does not, alone, guarantee we will be free from error.
Heretics always give a show of piety. Note: I am not saying any of the people we are talking about are
heretics. I am only saying that demonstrations of piety are not just compatible with having erroneous beliefs, they are guaranteed
to be present in groups that have erroneous beliefs. That is, after all, how these groups get formed and grow
in the first place. Think of the protestants. They were able to attract people, in part, because of their devotional acts. A common Protestant refrain during (and after) the reformation was that Catholics
were morally lax. 'Serious' Christians joined a Protestant group because a Protestant group promoted purity of doctrine, anti-corruption, and a view of mankind that reinforced its universal dependence on God for redemption.
No one is ever going to join into a religious group that isn't, well, religious
. Trads can be so naive. This cuts both ways: they see people attending the Novus Ordo
wearing a mantilla and think maybe the N.O. is not all that bad. Or, they see some backwater and dubious 'bishop' praying a fifteen decade rosary and figure he must have everything figured out. It's idiocy, among other things.