Thursday, February 20, 2014

The 'doors are open' for the SSPX to bring the Church back to Tradition!

Archbishop Gerhard Muller has said that 'a reconciliation with the Society of Saint Pius X is possible'.
The Congregation had presented [the SSPX] with a clear dogmatic preamble; 'this door is open, we do not close it,' says Müller. 1
The door is open and the scenario has changed for the SSPX doctrinally. Traditionalists now accept that Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre unintentionally made a doctrinal error is assuming there were known exceptions to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.He innocently extended this error to the interpretation of Vatican Council II.
Without this factual error we have a rational interpretation of Vatican Council II which is in perfect agreement with the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. Ad Gentes 7 affirms the dogma on exclusive salvation in the Church. While Lumen Gentium 16, Lumen Gentium 8, Unitatis Redintigratio 3 are not known exceptions to the dogma. They are irrelevant to the traditional, centuries-old interpretation.
Vatican Council II does not contradict the traditional Church teaching on other religions and Christian communities.
So the SSPX leaders could approach the 'open doors' with this understanding of Vatican Council II .They have already accepted the Doctrinal Preamble and they affirm the Nicene Creed.
They could ask the CDF Prefect  if “religiosum obsequium… religious submission” in will and intellect to the Magisterium, means accepting a Vatican Council II which does not contradict the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.This would  include accepting a Vatican Council II in which it is not assumed that the dead now saved in Heaven, are physically visible to us and so are known exceptions to the dogma on exclusive salvation.
It will also mean that in the Nicene Creed when we refer to 'one baptism for the forgiveness of sin' we are referring to one known baptism only ; the baptism of water. There is only one known baptism, which is visible and repeatable. There are not three known baptisms. The baptism of desire and blood are known only to God.
Also when when we pray 'I believe in the Holy Spirit' it  must be clear to all that the Holy Spirit does not claim that we can physically see the dead -saved , nor expects us to follow or teach this irrationality.
When we refer to 'the Holy Catholic Church' in the Nicene Creed, we are referring to the Catholic Church outside of which there is no salvation. There are no known 'elements of sanctification and grace' (LG 8) outside its visible boundaries.Neither is there known salvation outside the Church with 'seeds of the Word' (AG 11 etc), nor with ' imperfect communion with the Church'(UR 3). LG 8, UR3, LG 16 refer to possibilities and not exceptions to the dogma defined three times.They are always implicit and never explicit for us.
The 'doors are open' for the SSPX to bring the Church back to Tradition! This new development must be a nightmare for the liberals.They cannot cite Vatican Council II to back their dissent, unless they are implying the dead are visible to us on earth.
-Lionel Andrades

Over one million copies of From the Housetops distributed

From what has been said it is evident that those things which are proposed in the periodical , fascicle 3, as the genuine teaching of the Catholic Church are far from being such and are very harmful both to those within the Church and those without.-Letter of the Holy Office 1949 to the Archbishop of Boston relative to Fr.Leonard Feeney.

The same in its own degree must be asserted of the Church, in as far as she is the general help to salvation. Therefore, that one may obtain eternal salvation, it is not always required that he be incorporated into the Church actually as a member, but it is necessary that at least he be united to her by desire and longing.
Letter of the Holy Office 1949 (Emphasis added)

'it is not always required that he be incorporated into the Church actually as a member, but it is necessary that at least he be united to her by desire and longing'. Letter of the Holy Office 1949

Is this relevant to the literal interpretation of the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus ? There is confusion here. Is this a reference to implicit for us baptism of desire or explicit for us baptism of desire ? The baptism of desire is always invisible for us.So it cannot be an exception to the traditional interpretation of Fr. Leonard Feeney.

This is also the interpretation of the St.Benedict Center Still River, the community of Fr.Leonard Feeney.For them all need to enter the Catholic Church in 2014. There are no known exceptions. We cannot name any one saved in invincible ignorance or the baptism of desire this year who is an exception to the traditional teaching on salvation. The Letter of  the Holy Office was referring to implicit for us baptism of desire, which is a possibility but not an exception to extra ecclesiam nulla salus. The invisible-visible, implicit-explicit distinction was not expressed and so there was confusion.The Letter of the Holy Office 1949 was misunderstood by many.
Over one million copies of From the Housetops have been distributed !
- Lionel Andrades
Broadening Horizons
A new era began for us. Supported by the graces of the Tridentine Mass and deep spirituality of True Devotion, our community began to flourish and the publication and distribution of From the Housetops publication continued with over 1 million issues printed and distributed to the present day. The initial small parcel of land grew through the generosity of benefactors to a complex of 20+ acres and 11 buildings. Immaculate Heart of Mary School, grades 1 to 12, was enlarged and filled to capacity. Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel increased in attendance, adding two, and sometimes three, Masses on Sunday, and a state-of-the-art print shop, with a four-color press, was built to accommodate the printing apostolate.
In 2002, Bishop Reilly of Worcester came to the Center and after a ceremony in the Chapel where the community recited and signed a copy of the Creed, he gave his formal blessing and “regularized” the community in the diocese. His successor, Bishop McManus has come to the Chapel several times since then to administer the sacrament of Confirmation in the Traditional Rite to the students of IHM.
A purchase of 200 acres of waterfront property to lodge our 30 year old summer camp apostolate, was built by the Brothers and friends to accommodate the programs that touch over 400 young souls every year. We no longer need to rent facilities for this growing apostolate. Now, "Montfort Retreat" with its 15 cabins, a large dining hall and pavilion, lodge and impressive Chapel is used for the summer youth programs as well as adult retreats and days of recollection...- Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St.Benedict Still River.

Foto: The Brothers, Slaves of The Immaculate Heart of Mary (and some volunteers) are busy printing the latest issue of "From the Housetops" magazine!

Suppose that our Lord, Jesus Christ, would be present in only one church in the whole world

St. Alphonsus Eucharistic Quotes:
"Nowhere have holy souls made more admirable resolutions than here at the feet of their hidden God. Out of gratitude to my Jesus, veiled in this great Sacrament, I must declare that it was through this devotion, visiting Him in the tabernacles, that I withdrew from the world where, to my misfortune, I had lived until the age of twenty-six. Happy will you be if you can separate yourself from it earlier than I did and give yourself wholly to that Lord who has given Himself wholly to you."

“Suppose that our Lord, Jesus Christ, would be present in only one church in the whole world . . . . What a beautiful tabernacle would be built! What lighting would be placed there! With what immense respect would respond all who succeeded to get close! Well, Jesus is now in every Catholic Church where there are consecrated hosts!”

"To souls enamored of God, hours spent before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament appear moments."
"This (Blessed) Sacrament above all inflames the soul with divine love. 'God is love' (1Jn.IV,8). And He is the fire which consumes in our hearts all earthly affections: 'The Lord thy God is a consuming fire' (Dt.IV,24). Now the Son of God came precisely to kindle this fire of love: 'I am come to cast fire in the earth'; and He added that He did not desire other that to see ignited this holy fire in our hearts: 'and what will I, but that it be kindled?' (Lk.XII,49). And oh what flames of divine love Jesus Christ ignites in each one who devoutly receives Him in this Sacrament!

"Certainly amongst all devotions, after that of receiving the sacraments, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament holds the first place, is the most pleasing to God, and the most useful to ourselves. Do not then, O devout soul, refuse to begin this devotion; and forsaking the conversation of men, dwell each day, from this time forward, for at least half or quarter of an hour, in some church, in the presence of Jesus Christ under the sacramental species. Taste and see how sweet is the Lord." - St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor, Italy (1696-1787)

It Ain't About Feelings -Michael Voris

Good Fr. Carota on mortification

You should check out Fr. Peter Carota’s blog regularly. He frequently has many gems.
Below are excerpts from his recent post on mortification.
Hardly anyone today believes in sacrifices or mortification to be able to do God’s will and obtain His gift of Heaven. The concept of denying oneself of pleasures is a repulsive thought to our instant gratification culture. Yet when you read any one of the lives of the saints, you see they did all sorts of sacrifices and mortifications. Many would do what is called “the discipline”, which comprised of whipping themselves.IMG_2509-1
In our self-indulgent society, that seems repulsive. I have read many Catholic books and magazine articles, where the modern authors have judged these saints as being psychotic and masochistic. [Even many traditional priests seem very leery of this. They generally counsel not to take the discipline, even though it was once a very wide ascetic practice. Nowadays, they tend to fear people are getting off on beating themselves, but I think that might be an ungenerous view. Nevertheless, always discuss with your spiritual director before beginning any such practice] One of these saints, and the most famous, was St. Francis of Assisi. We see his statue in many gardens, but the idea of him having fasted and beaten himself is absurd to the modern mind. [of course, we all "know" St. Francis was just a groovy hippy] Yet look at the miracles that he and all these saints did during their lives and after.
When we give in to our bodily desires, we end up being “under the yoke of bondage”. We become slaves to our passions. The more our society, our Church, becomes permissive, the more we find ourselves becoming addicts. Indulging in carnal pleasures does not lead to freedom and happiness, but to enslavement and depression. [Just a really key point]
StatueofStJohnofMathawhowithStFelixIn the letter to the Galatians, St. Paul clearly shows that the fruits of the flesh are contrary to the fruits of the Spirit.
For the flesh lusteth against the spirit: and the spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary one to another: so that you do not the things that you would. But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law.”
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, Idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects, Envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.”
But the fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s, have crucified their flesh with the vices and concupiscences.” Galatians 5: 17-24……….
……All of us, even if we are not giving into the lures of flesh, are tempted. In resisting these temptations, rather than indulging in them, we grow stronger in will power. Also, by small and large sacrifices, we discipline our will to want what is good and holy and to reject what is not. Then we start to see clearer (with our intellect) that what our faith asks of us, is good and to be willed for. We now begin to will what is eternally good, rather than the temporally pleasing end. We begin to gratify the soul and not the senses (the belly).
Mortification helps us develop good habits and suppress bad ones. This is not done to obtain a natural good, like having a slim body, but for obtaining the soul’s spiritual good. [however, it is desirable and pleasing to God that we keep our bodies fit and in good working condition, the better to serve Him. But we don't make looking good an end in itself] And the more we conform our will to that of God, the more we please Him. Then He listens to our prayers, that have become less self-centered and more God and other centered, and we get our prayers answered.jesusbackpiece[1]
External mortification (self-inflicted), such as fasting, silence, hard bed and the abstaining from lawful pleasures, are good and helpful to our souls. But traditional spiritual writers emphasize even more the importance of internal mortification like rooting out pride and self-love. And along with this can be the acceptance of our suffering that comes along with our state in life. With the help of God, and the example of Jesus and the saints, we can learn how to put to death the lambconstant demands our flesh is making on us (food, sweets, comfort, sex and rest), to be more ready to obey God and do good for others.
One way we traditional Catholics can mortify ourselves is to make the sacrifice of going to the Latin Mass even when it is far away and we have to get up early. [For the readers I know who do this, it is a great sacrifice and very pleasing to God.] All the kneeling you do in the Latin Mass is another form of sacrifice. Offering up all the terrible news about the destruction of Catholic liturgy and morals (inside and outside the Church) can be another form of sacrifice. Loving and forgiving the people in the Church, in our family, our friends, who persecute us for trying to maintain truth and modesty, is another way of sacrificing.
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We can also offer our mortifications for benefit of others, especially the poor souls in Purgatory.
The collapse in the practice of mortification is one of the most disastrous trends in the modern Church. For all prior history, going back to the Apostles, voluntary mortification was seen as just an absolutely essential part of the spiritual life, along with prayer and study. That is why the Church, in Her wisdom, developed so many periods of fasting, to aid people in growth in virtue.
It was a huge mistake to wipe most of that away over the course of the 20th century, pretending “modern” man somehow did not need to mortify himself. Quite the contrary, we especially need it, because never in history has there been so much abundance so easily available, as well as so many ways to commit hideous sins of concupiscence! We lowered our defenses at exactly the wrong moment! Such a shame.
This Septuagesima and Lent, find some good and/or new ways to practice mortification. Start small, you don’t have to be a hero, but if you keep after it, you can build up to some serious practice of virtue.

They were always correct : there are no known exceptions to the dogma

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre picked up the common error unknowingly (1)

The St.Benedict Centers the communities of Fr.Leonard Feeney in the USA were always correct. There are no known exceptions to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.

The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, held the traditional interpretation of the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. We now know that the baptism of desire can be accepted as implicit instead of explicit for us and so it was never an exception to the teaching on exclusive salvation in the Catholic Church.-L.A

Political pressure was exerted on Cardinal Cushing, who at one time promoted the great work of the Center, to now close it. Invited to functions at Harvard, the Cardinal could not withstand the pressure and sought ways to stop the evangelizing by causing a transfer of Father from the Center, through his Jesuit superiors. Father Feeney, identifying the ruse, knew his departure was signaling the surrender of the Faith to political powers. Father refused to obey the order, stating it was spurred on by pressure, and demanded a hearing. The fight suddenly shifted to a journalistic campaign denouncing Father for spreading the “malicious” dogma that there was “no Salvation outside the Church.”
Up to this time every Catholic believed this, a fact verified by the example of martyrs. The unrelenting condemnation of Father Feeney resulted in his supposed “excommunication” without due process. Father kept to his preaching, moving from the Center to the Boston Common. Crowds listened to him preach while others taunted him even spitting on him and his followers. Every newspaper condemned him, ruining his good name, even removing his literature from Catholic textbooks. Father appealed to Rome, but was buried in an avalanche of slander. He predicted that if the dogma of salvation was successfully obliterated in Boston, the Church would cease to exist there. Fifty years later, 84 of the churches in the Archdiocese have been closed...
In 1971, Humberto Cardinal Medeiros, the successor to Cushing, initiated a “reconciliation” of Father Feeney through the Benedictines, in whose house Father was living at the time. In 1972, The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith expressed a desire also to reconcile Father. On August 23, 1972, without retracting anything, Father Feeney recited the Creed which was witnessed and attested to by an auxiliary bishop from Boston and a priest. On November 22, 1972, Father Feeney was informed that he was now “reconciled” with the Church, Pope Paul VI having “lifted any censures, if there were any."- Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St.Benedict Center Still River( Emphasis Added) 2




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