Feast Day of Christ the King

Christ the King

Today is the Feast Day of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King.

http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius11/P11PRIMA.HTM

A Most Happy and Blessed Feast Day of Christ the King to everyone.

St. Raphael the Archangel

St. Raphael the Archangel

Today, October 24th, is the Feast Day of St. Raphael the Archangel. A fitting day to read the Book of Tobias:

http://www.drbo.org/chapter/17001.htm

A Happy and Blessed Feast Day of St. Raphael to everyone!

The Deal is Not Dead

As TraditionalCatholicRemnant reaches its 2-year anniversary today, those that have been following this blog during these two years know that I have written extensively against an agreement between the SSPX and modernist Rome, and have explained time and time again why such an agreement would be wrong.

Well, it appears a “reconciliation” might once again be looming on the horizon. Recently, Bishop Fellay and one of his right-hand men, Fr. Nely, met with Cardinal Mueller to discuss the differences that exist between the two “conflicting” (or perhaps, more accurately speaking, increasingly harmonious) sides. The meeting was confirmed by both the Neo-SSPX and the Vatican. Here is the press release:

“On the morning of Tuesday 23 September from 11 am to 1 pm, a cordial meeting took place at the premises of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, between Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X. The meeting was also attended by Archbishops Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.I., secretary of the same Congregation, Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P., adjunct secretary and Guido Pozzo, secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, along with two assistants from the Society of St. Pius X, Rev. Niklaus Pfluger and Rev. Alain-Marc Nély. During the meeting, various problems of a doctrinal and canonical nature were examined, and it was decided to proceed gradually and over a reasonable period of time in order to overcome difficulties and with a view to the envisioned full reconciliation.”

Pay close attention to that bolded part; “a view to the envisioned full reconciliation”.

Dear readers, need I explain why that is so troubling? So much for those +Fellay supporters who kept assuring us the deal was dead! And if/when an agreement is struck, rest assured that many of these same people who before told us we were being paranoid about an agreement will then say to us “Well, Bishop Fellay didn’t accept Vatican II or the New Mass, so I don’t see how this is a bad thing at all. Stop being so pessimistic!”.

These people will apparently never learn: you can’t solve the crisis from within, it doesn’t work that way. The FSSP has been telling the SSPX all these years the same thing; they need to come within the Church in order to achieve more good, for fighting outside of it will, so they assure us, accomplish nothing.

But if you think the SSPX or any group will solve this crisis, you are sorely mistaken. Only God can put a stop to it, and it likely will not end until He sends the great chastisement (three days of darkness). Until then, trying to fight from within the conciliar church will only lead to inevitable failure. It would be, as Archbishop Lefebvre labeled it, “Operation Suicide”.

Nevertheless, it is becoming clear that Bishop Fellay still wants that “reconciliation”, and that the deal is NOT dead. We will see soon enough how things transpire. In the meantime, we need to continue praying that people will begin to wake up and realize what is going on. Too many Traditional Catholics nowadays have become complacent and have forgotten what it truly means to resist modernist Rome.

Perhaps it could be summed up like this: Archbishop Lefebvre’s position - which is now the position of Bishop Williamson and the Resistance priests - was “recognize and resist”; that is, to recognize the Vatican II Popes as legitimate successors of St. Peter, but to resist their modernist teachings and realize that they could not work together because they were going in two different directions. The position of Bishop Fellay and his supporters? “Recognize and reconcile”.

Needless to say, it’s not at all the position that Archbishop Lefebvre held, or one that he would approve of if he were alive today.

God Bless.

St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael

Today, September 29th, is the Feast Day of St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael prayer:

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

A Happy and Blessed Feast Day of St. Michael the Archangel to all.

The Validity of Archbishop Lefebvre’s Ordination

This Sunday (September 21st) marks the 85th anniversary of the day a young Marcel Lefebvre was ordained to the priesthood, while this Thursday (September 18th) is the 67th anniversary of the day he was Consecrated a Bishop.

As many of you are aware, his ordination has unfortunately been the subject of much wrongful speculation, doubt, and controversy over the years. Some people assert that his ordination and Consecration were “invalid” because the person administering them, Cardinal Leinart, was (supposedly) a Freemason seeking to infiltrate the Church, and because he was a Freemason with malign intentions, he could not have possibly intended to ordain Marcel Lefebvre or anyone else, thus meaning Archbishop Lefebvre was never a legitimate priest.

I have briefly addressed this before, but I feel it is necessary to devote an entire article to debunking this madness.

It is, firstly, worth noting that most of the proponents of this theory do not like Archbishop Lefebvre; most adherents to this position are dogmatic sedevacantists who have some sort of axe to grind with the Archbishop. Their intense disdain (if not outright hatred) towards him can be attributed largely to the fact that he was not a sedevacantist. Because these dogmatic sedevacantists I am speaking of cannot stand to see this “recognize and resister” portrayed by Traditionalists as a hero, they will go to extreme lengths to tarnish his image.

One of the most outspoken critics of the Archbishop and the SSPX is Hutton Gibson, the father of the Traditional Catholic celebrity Mel Gibson. Hutton is one of the people I speak of whom cannot stand the Archbishop, and, like others, is simply using this absurd argument against the validity of his orders to persuade people to distance themselves from the Archbishop and the Society of St. Pius X. He’s using it to fuel his own hatred for him and determination to damage his reputation. Hutton’s hatred for the Archbishop is quite evident from reading his book The Enemy is Still Here, in which he not only claims the Archbishop wasn’t a valid priest, but goes as far as to accuse him of “Masonic entanglement”, while even admitting he couldn’t provide any proof. It is an incredibly scandalous book, and one which should be avoided.

The problem with this theory about the Archbishop’s “invalid” ordination held by Hutton and others is that it is contrary to both logic and Church teaching.

First of all, it has never been proven that Cardinal Leinart was a Mason. And even if he was, would that mean he couldn’t have had the proper intention, and therefore all of his Sacraments were invalid? The answer is no.

Here is what St. Thomas Aquinas says:

“In the words uttered by (the minister), the intention of the Church is expressed; and this suffices for the validity of the sacrament, EXCEPT THE CONTRARY BE EXPRESSED EXTERIORLY on the part of the minister”.

Pope Leo XIII echoes this:

“Concerning the mind or intention, inasmuch as it is in itself something internal, the Church does not pass judgment; but in so far as it is externally manifested, she is bound to judge of it. Now, if in order to effect and confer a Sacrament a person has seriously and correctly used the due matter and form, he is for that very reason presumed to have intended to do what the Church does. It is on this principle that the doctrine is solidly founded which holds as a true Sacrament that which is conferred by the ministry of a heretic or of a non-baptized person, as long as it is conferred in the Catholic rite.“

In other words, the intention of the Church is expressed when the minister utters the proper words, and it is ONLY when he exteriorly expresses otherwise that the validity of his Sacraments become suspect.

Furthermore, even if, hypothetically-speaking, Leinart was a Mason and really did withhold the proper intent, meaning the ordination in 1929 was not valid, +Lefebvre would have undoubtedly become a priest in 1947. Here is what Bishop Williamson wrote on the matter in 1992:

“But again, fourthly, let us assume that Lienart was a Mason and let us assume that he deliberately invalidated the Orders he conferred on Marcel Lefebvre. The Anti-Lefebvrists have still not won their point, because, as Michael Davies quite correctly argues, Marcel Lefebvre would still have become bishop and priest in 1947 at the hands of either or both of the two bishops co-consecrating him then with Cardinal Lienart: he would have become bishop, because out of the three bishops performing the rite of his consecration, one alone needs to have had the correct intention for the sacrament to have been valid, and the odds against all three having secretly withheld their intention are simply astronomical; he would have become a priest because as the greater contains the lesser, so bishopric contains priesthood.”

His Excellency is correct, only one of the three Consecrating Bishops must have the proper intention in order for the Consecration to be valid. This is precisely what Pope Pius XII stated:

“In accordance with the most ancient tradition of the Church, a new bishop is always consecrated by THREE other bishops. The Pontificale Romanum refers them as assistentes, but since, as the rubrics prescribe, all three bishops impose hands on the bishop-elect (the matter of the sacrament), and recite the form of consecration, Pope Pius XII (Episcopalis consecrationis, Nov. 30, 1944) insists that they are to be referred to as co-consecrators. Thus, as this was already obvious, all three concur in the consecration (where only one would suffice for validity), and, therefore, even in the unimaginable case where two of the three bishops would lack the necessary intention, the remaining bishop would still validly consecrate the elect.” (Cf. also Pius XII, Allocution to the International Congress of Pastoral Liturgy, Sep. 22, 1956.)

It is, then, ridiculous to argue that the Archbishop was not a valid priest. Again, even if, by some chance, Leinart withheld his intention to ordain Marcel Lefebvre in 1929 – which we cannot prove – then +Lefebvre would still have become a priest in 1947, for Consecration is the “fullness of orders”, and it is valid if only one of three Consecrators has the proper intention.

So let us put these nonsensical arguments to rest once and for all. Hutton Gibson – along with those who share his views on the issue – are WRONG. Period. Their stance is not supported by the teachings of the Church.

However many may not approve of him, because he was “schismatic” (an absurd accusation) or “wasn’t a sede”, we should ignore what others think and continue to thank God for blessing us with such a true Catholic hero and loyal defender of the true Faith, who fought endlessly until his death to preserve the Faith and Mass of all-time.

God Bless.

Nativity of the Blessed Mother

Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, September 8th, is the Feast Day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Novena – Preparation for the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 7: Day Eight:

V. O God, come to my assistance

R. O Lord, make haste to help me

Gloria Patri… (Glory Be)

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Brilliant Aurora of Heaven, lovable Mary, thy birth brought great consolation to the souls of the saints detained in limbo, for it announced the approach of the Sun of Justice, Jesus Christ, Who would enlighten their darkness and then conduct them to paradise. May thy birth give joy to my soul also, and obtain for me from God, patience in all adversities, a perfect and constant conformity to His most holy will.

Ave Maria …(Hail Mary)

Ave Maria gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Antiphon: Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, Who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray

Grant to us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of Thy heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

http://catholic4lifeblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/novena-for-the-nativity-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary-day-8/

A Happy and Blessed Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady to everyone.

Pope St. Pius X

Pope St. Pius X

Today, September 3rd, is the Feast Day of Pope St. Pius X. Pius X was one of the greatest Popes in the history of the Catholic Church, and did a tremendous job of fighting modernism.

http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius10/p10pasce.htm

http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius10/p10moath.htm

http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius10/p10lamen.htm

A Happy and Blessed Feast Day of St. Pius X to everyone!

Assumption of Mary

Assumption

Today, August 15th, is the Feast Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

http://newadvent.org/cathen/02006b.htm

http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius12/P12MUNIF.HTM

A Happy and Blessed Feast Day of the Assumption of Mary to everyone.

St. Alphonsus Ligouri

 

St. Alphonsus Ligouri

Today, August 2nd, is the Feast Day of St. Alphonsus Ligouri.

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01334a.htm

A Happy and Blessed Feast Day of St. Alphonsus Ligouri to everyone.

Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today, June 27th, is the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Here is the Prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart (composed by Pope Leo XIII):

Prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart:

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thine altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy most Sacred Heart.

Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy sacred Heart. Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to Thy Father’s house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.

Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy towards the children of the race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.

Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: “Praise be to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever.” Amen.

A Happy and Blessed Feast Day of the Sacred Heart to everyone.

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