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The SSPX - Resistance is superior to sedevacantism
« on: July 11, 2016, 03:35:21 PM »
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  • The SSPX is part of that Church, and so it's the work of God.

    Our Lord said to judge a tree by its fruits. The fruits of the SSPX have been salvation for many souls, vocations, sanctity of life, more Catholics living their Catholic Faith during the week, and many conversions.  The majority of evidence points to the SSPX being "of God".

    And the SSPX defended the Faith on a global scale, with chapels, seminaries, and priests all over the world. They had 500+ priests at their peak. The SSPX dwarfs any sedevacantist group in terms of priests, chapels, parishioners, or any other metric. So Catholics of good will have voted with their feet who they think is safer or more Catholic.

    The SSPX has become the neo-SSPX now, and is collapsing before us. But at the same time, the true SSPX continues on in the form of the Resistance.

    So when I promote the "SSPX" I mean the SSPX before 2011 -- and after 2011, the Resistance.

    Sure, with human beings there are always bad apples. But you could say the same thing about the Catholic Church in general! There are always some bad fish caught in the net.

    Sedevacantism, on the other hand, is simplistic, defeatist, and most Catholics (even good-willed Traditional ones) reject it. Many of them flirt/flirted with Sedevacantism, but they usually give it up and talk about it like a temptation or sin they fell into.

    How many good Traditional Catholic forums forbid Sedevacantists to participate, because of the noxiousness of their presence (with a few notable exceptions)? They only like to argue about the Pope question. They refuse to believe in any element of mystery in the Crisis in the Church. They want to understand it all with their puny, poorly educated human minds. Some of them have only been Traditional for a few years, or even a few months! And yet they'll happily throw the wisdom of wise priests and bishops right into the trash can.

    Again, I'll admit that it doesn't apply to *every* Sedevacantist, but it applies to far too many of them.

    After all, once you add "sedevacantist" to your name, you have to defend that difference by being obsessed with the issue. If your daily life or discourse were the same as a regular Traditional Catholic, then why the extra adjective "sedevacantist"?

    That adjective stares at you in the mirror every day, imploring you to do something "different" than your fellow Traditional Catholics who aren't "sedevacantist". And far too many sedevacantists heed the call.


    Their "universal unwelcomness" forces to mind the fate of the cursed Jews, forced to wander the earth without a home, since they rejected the Messiah they had been formed by God for centuries to recognize and accept. The Jews had been blessed so much, so highly favored, and they returned the favor by crucifying the Just One.

    Sure, Our Lord said His followers would be hated.

    But the Jews were also universally hated throughout Christendom during the Middle Ages. They were a persecuted people.

    So which kind of persecution/unpopularity are the sedevacantists enduring today? The persecution endured by the just man, or the persecution endured by the wicked?

    The world hates Bishop Williamson (the Just) but it also hates Charles Manson and Jeffrey Dahmer (the wicked).

    So simply being "hated by the world" proves nothing about a person or group.


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    « Reply #1 on: July 11, 2016, 03:52:55 PM »
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  • Are you trying to convince the sedevacantist or yourself with this topic?

    Just curious!


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    « Reply #2 on: July 11, 2016, 05:50:39 PM »
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    The SSPX is part of that Church, and so it's the work of God.
    Sedevacantist bishops are of the Church, too.
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    « Reply #3 on: July 11, 2016, 08:09:11 PM »
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  • "Sedevacantism, on the other hand, is simplistic, defeatist,"

    what nonsense, the sedevacantist refuses to believe a non catholic is their pope, which is the far superior position to take than yours, it's also the truth

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    « Reply #4 on: July 11, 2016, 09:07:57 PM »
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  • What are you taiking about?  And who cares!  Your barking up the wrong tree.


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    « Reply #5 on: July 11, 2016, 09:40:08 PM »
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  • I don't really consider the resistance or the sedevacantists to be superior and inferior. I consider both groups to be Catholic with a difference of opinion on the matter of whether or not we have a Pope. I would gladly go to either group for Mass and confession if I had the option and they allowed me. I should point out that I am not a sedevacantist or an R&R. I consider both positions and I don't know which one is right so I just say I do not know if we have a true Pope or not.
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    « Reply #6 on: July 11, 2016, 10:07:17 PM »
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  • This is the philosophy that I have embraced.  Stay close enough in terms permissible to the pope so that you do not end up too far away.   But, stay far enough away in terms permissible so that you do not end up too close.  And, make sure there is a bishop leading the way.  That places me in the R&R camp.  And, I am satisfied.  You cannot go wrong with +Lefebvre.  And, I must say, +Williamson has gotten the job done.  And, what more could a man ask for?  Effeminate men will disagree.  But, that's their problem, not mine.  

    In theory, I see other groups as possibly in this safe zone.  But, reality can be different.  Because, the reality is that not all are saints.  And, that tends to make all the difference.

    There are two issues in my camp that are unresolved in my opinion.  And, they are, do the V2 bishops have ordinary jurisdiction as the material heretics that they are.  And, how exactly(the key word being exactly) do we determine what new priests and bishop are validly ordained/consecrated.  Because, I have traveled down the road of placing doubt on all new ordinations/consecrations, and in my opinion, it is a dark road.  
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    « Reply #7 on: July 11, 2016, 10:09:19 PM »
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    That places me in the R&R camp.  And, I am satisfied.  

    You are R&R? I thought you were a sedevacantist. Did you used to be a sedevacantist or am I mistaken?
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    « Reply #8 on: July 11, 2016, 10:56:41 PM »
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  • Matto - I never crossed the line.  I have always sought to find the balance in tradition.  But, you cannot find the balance if you do not know the bounds.  So, I searched.  And, while searching I was a doubtist.  I took a liking to and decided to hijack :wink: the privationist title perhaps because of the prestige of +de lauriers, and the ability to do so.  So, I labeled myself a privationist.  Labels do come in handy.   I saw it as a tip of the hat to the man.  But, most probably would disagree.  

    Anyway, privation was relatively short lived.  That is probably what gave you the idea, and leads to why I don't use it anymore.   I didn't like the perceived company, and don't want to mislead any.  By company I mean dogmatic sedes who either invalidate all but their own or who are filled with hatred towards R&R.  I was non dogmatically non una cum for the longest time, and I still am half non una cum.  I doubt the local bishops, as can be seen from my last post.  

    There is plenty of mystery to the office of the papacy, so much so that I personally found room to shelter under the privation/doubt camp.  But, I always made it clear that if I leaned to any side of the debate, it was that I always leaned towards the pope as being the pope.  I never crossed that line, and I still don't believe I did.  However, we are not goats.  And, I would rather serve in heaven, than reign in hell.  So, in things permissible(that is the key word), I submit.  That is the real beauty of authority.  Because, there are many mansions in our fathers house.  Thank God for +Lefebvre, and thank God for the vatican council 1 dogma.  

    So, for about the last year now I have been R&R.  And, I see more and more wisdom in the position of +Lefebvre.  I even see +Williamson as doing the right thing.  And, he has taken quite a bit of heat for it, even from me.  Remember, we all have a role and a duty to fulfill.  +Williamson is not perfect.  +Lefebvre was not perfect.  But, when I think of them, I see the good.  And, that is what matters.  I cannot say that about dogmatic sedes.  
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    « Reply #9 on: July 11, 2016, 11:39:31 PM »
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    Matto - I never crossed the line.  I have always sought to find the balance in tradition.  But, you cannot find the balance if you do not know the bounds.  So, I searched.  And, while searching I was a doubtist.  I took a liking to and decided to hijack :wink: the privationist title perhaps because of the prestige of +de lauriers, and the ability to do so.  So, I labeled myself a privationist.  Labels do come in handy.   I saw it as a tip of the hat to the man.  But, most probably would disagree.  

    Anyway, privation was relatively short lived.  That is probably what gave you the idea, and leads to why I don't use it anymore.   I didn't like the perceived company, and don't want to mislead any.  By company I mean dogmatic sedes who either invalidate all but their own or who are filled with hatred towards R&R.  I was non dogmatically non una cum for the longest time, and I still am half non una cum.  I doubt the local bishops, as can be seen from my last post.  

    There is plenty of mystery to the office of the papacy, so much so that I personally found room to shelter under the privation/doubt camp.  But, I always made it clear that if I leaned to any side of the debate, it was that I always leaned towards the pope as being the pope.  I never crossed that line, and I still don't believe I did.  However, we are not goats.  And, I would rather serve in heaven, than reign in hell.  So, in things permissible(that is the key word), I submit.  That is the real beauty of authority.  Because, there are many mansions in our fathers house.  Thank God for +Lefebvre, and thank God for the vatican council 1 dogma.  

    So, for about the last year now I have been R&R.  And, I see more and more wisdom in the position of +Lefebvre.  I even see +Williamson as doing the right thing.  And, he has taken quite a bit of heat for it, even from me.  Remember, we all have a role and a duty to fulfill.  +Williamson is not perfect.  +Lefebvre was not perfect.  But, when I think of them, I see the good.  And, that is what matters.  I cannot say that about dogmatic sedes.  


    I too see wisdom in the position of Lefebvre

    “We are faced with a serious dilemma which, I believe, has never existed in the Church: the one seated on the chair of Peter takes part in the worship of false gods. What conclusions will we have to draw, perhaps in a few months’ time, faced with these repeated acts of taking part in the worship of false religions, I do not know. But I do wonder. It is possible that we might be forced to believe that the pope is not the pope.”[1] (Archbishop Lefebvre, Sermon, Easter, 1986)

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    « Reply #10 on: July 12, 2016, 12:44:00 PM »
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    Just curious!


    I did not even read the post because the title itself was so repulsive.  More and more since bergolio people are trying to convince themselves, kind of like DePauw in the 60's.  

    He's just gotta be Pope.  He's just gotta.  

    That good Priest did not have our hindsight and Fenton found himself in the same dilemma.  "This will not be put through in the council".  "Oops, it was put through."  "Well it must be true some how or at least not false."  This is based on the assumption that Paul sick was Pope.  A reasonable assumption in the 60's.  Father Fenton stopped public writing after the council and soon died of a heart attack.  In his diary he was sure certain things proposed would get approved to go in the Council, but it did.

    Over 50 years later we do not have the same excuse.  I believe Father Fenton would have realized that the apostates are prevented by Divine Law from legitimately holding ecclesiastical office and I believe he would have acted accordingly if he had lived much longer.

    I believe there are several clergy in the R and R (and even in the NO) who do know better and do not act accordingly.  God knows for sure.
    "I receive Thee, redeeming Prince of my soul. Out of love for Thee have I studied, watched through many nights, and exerted myself: Thee did I preach and teach. I have never said aught against Thee. Nor do I persist stubbornly in my views. If I have ever expressed myself erroneously on this Sacrament, I submit to the judgement of the Holy Roman Church, in obedience of which I now part from this world." Saint Thomas Aquinas the greatest Doctor of the Church


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    « Reply #11 on: July 12, 2016, 12:48:06 PM »
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    I don't really consider the resistance or the sedevacantists to be superior and inferior. I consider both groups to be Catholic with a difference of opinion on the matter of whether or not we have a Pope. I would gladly go to either group for Mass and confession if I had the option and they allowed me. I should point out that I am not a sedevacantist or an R&R. I consider both positions and I don't know which one is right so I just say I do not know if we have a true Pope or not.


    I respect this position.

    But one position must be correct and the other incorrect.  All should be able to agree on that.  Good Catholics do not resist the popes for over 50 years.  The idea of it is untenable in sound Catholic theology.  
    "I receive Thee, redeeming Prince of my soul. Out of love for Thee have I studied, watched through many nights, and exerted myself: Thee did I preach and teach. I have never said aught against Thee. Nor do I persist stubbornly in my views. If I have ever expressed myself erroneously on this Sacrament, I submit to the judgement of the Holy Roman Church, in obedience of which I now part from this world." Saint Thomas Aquinas the greatest Doctor of the Church

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    « Reply #12 on: July 12, 2016, 12:51:36 PM »
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     Effeminate men will disagree.  But, that's their problem, not mine.
     

    You made some sense until the above effeminate statements.

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    There are two issues in my camp that are unresolved in my opinion.  And, they are, do the V2 bishops have ordinary jurisdiction as the material heretics that they are.  And, how exactly(the key word being exactly) do we determine what new priests and bishop are validly ordained/consecrated.  Because, I have traveled down the road of placing doubt on all new ordinations/consecrations, and in my opinion, it is a dark road.


    You simply have to ask them if they were ordained in the pre-1968 rite by a bishop consecrated in the pre-1968 rite.  If they don't respond don't go to them or support them.
    "I receive Thee, redeeming Prince of my soul. Out of love for Thee have I studied, watched through many nights, and exerted myself: Thee did I preach and teach. I have never said aught against Thee. Nor do I persist stubbornly in my views. If I have ever expressed myself erroneously on this Sacrament, I submit to the judgement of the Holy Roman Church, in obedience of which I now part from this world." Saint Thomas Aquinas the greatest Doctor of the Church

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    « Reply #13 on: July 12, 2016, 12:53:12 PM »
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    "Sedevacantism, on the other hand, is simplistic, defeatist,"

    what nonsense, the sedevacantist refuses to believe a non catholic is their pope, which is the far superior position to take than yours, it's also the truth

    Exactly.
    R&R's calls him a non-Catholic, apostate, heretic, anti-Catholic etc, etc, etc, (The list is much longer).
    Instead of all the name calling, Sedevacantists don't believe he's the pope. Period.


    Well-stated.  But he is all the names the R & R's call him.

    The disobey and refuse submission to what they believe to be a valid Pope, we disobey and refuse submission to no one.
    "I receive Thee, redeeming Prince of my soul. Out of love for Thee have I studied, watched through many nights, and exerted myself: Thee did I preach and teach. I have never said aught against Thee. Nor do I persist stubbornly in my views. If I have ever expressed myself erroneously on this Sacrament, I submit to the judgement of the Holy Roman Church, in obedience of which I now part from this world." Saint Thomas Aquinas the greatest Doctor of the Church

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    Matto - I never crossed the line.  I have always sought to find the balance in tradition.  But, you cannot find the balance if you do not know the bounds.  So, I searched.  And, while searching I was a doubtist.  I took a liking to and decided to hijack :wink: the privationist title perhaps because of the prestige of +de lauriers, and the ability to do so.  So, I labeled myself a privationist.  Labels do come in handy.   I saw it as a tip of the hat to the man.  But, most probably would disagree.  

    Anyway, privation was relatively short lived.  That is probably what gave you the idea, and leads to why I don't use it anymore.   I didn't like the perceived company, and don't want to mislead any.  By company I mean dogmatic sedes who either invalidate all but their own or who are filled with hatred towards R&R.  I was non dogmatically non una cum for the longest time, and I still am half non una cum.  I doubt the local bishops, as can be seen from my last post.  

    There is plenty of mystery to the office of the papacy, so much so that I personally found room to shelter under the privation/doubt camp.  But, I always made it clear that if I leaned to any side of the debate, it was that I always leaned towards the pope as being the pope.  I never crossed that line, and I still don't believe I did.  However, we are not goats.  And, I would rather serve in heaven, than reign in hell.  So, in things permissible(that is the key word), I submit.  That is the real beauty of authority.  Because, there are many mansions in our fathers house.  Thank God for +Lefebvre, and thank God for the vatican council 1 dogma.  

    So, for about the last year now I have been R&R.  And, I see more and more wisdom in the position of +Lefebvre.  I even see +Williamson as doing the right thing.  And, he has taken quite a bit of heat for it, even from me.  Remember, we all have a role and a duty to fulfill.  +Williamson is not perfect.  +Lefebvre was not perfect.  But, when I think of them, I see the good.  And, that is what matters.  I cannot say that about dogmatic sedes.  


    I too see wisdom in the position of Lefebvre

    “We are faced with a serious dilemma which, I believe, has never existed in the Church: the one seated on the chair of Peter takes part in the worship of false gods. What conclusions will we have to draw, perhaps in a few months’ time, faced with these repeated acts of taking part in the worship of false religions, I do not know. But I do wonder. It is possible that we might be forced to believe that the pope is not the pope.”[1] (Archbishop Lefebvre, Sermon, Easter, 1986)


    He said this before Assisi thinking that line might need to be crossed if jp2 went through with it.  That time has long passed.  But we don't want to break the wounder reed or scandalize the weak who can't take the idea that an apostate cannot be pope.  No?
    "I receive Thee, redeeming Prince of my soul. Out of love for Thee have I studied, watched through many nights, and exerted myself: Thee did I preach and teach. I have never said aught against Thee. Nor do I persist stubbornly in my views. If I have ever expressed myself erroneously on this Sacrament, I submit to the judgement of the Holy Roman Church, in obedience of which I now part from this world." Saint Thomas Aquinas the greatest Doctor of the Church


     

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