Be Glad There Is The SSPX

Wise cricket: Bishop Fellay



I have written only yesterday about what would have happened if the SSPX had been foolish enough to accept the Preambolo dottrinale in its latest version, which included the poisonous pills about the silent acceptance of Vatican II.

It is, perhaps, fitting to take stand on where – I think – the SSPX stays today, and why they should in my eyes congratulate themselves for having done the right thing back then.

I think the time will soon come when many who thought they could afford the luxury to criticise the Society will realise they can't afford this extravagance anymore. If this Papacy drifts towards the easy rhetoric and the avoidance of the difficult issues we are certainly authorised to fear, many will be those who understand the Church needs more than easy slogans, and it is time to show some charitable, but proper Catholic teeth. None does this better than the SSPX.

This is the more important because up to now I have noticed in Pope Francis' utterances a marked reluctance to frontally assault controversial themes. Please note that when the Pope wants to speak in defence of the poor – which he does, well, every time – he has no qualms in specifically and openly addressing the issue; whilst themes like abortion and sexual perversion are deemed to have been touched by some commenters, but have in fact been avoided up to now.

For example, the Pope intervened to defend Creation, and half an army of commenters was willing to remark that hey, Creation includes babies in the womb, so the Pope is speaking against abortion! No, he isn't: one speak against abortion by clearly saying that abortion is the legalised murder of an innocent life, not with convenient words about the very popular and utterly uncontroversial environment. Again, the SSPX does the clear talking admirably.

Then there is the matter of liturgy. Not only has the SSPX avoided a probable self-destruction by refusing to accept V II, but the FSSP and the other traditionalist organisations must be now overjoyed they did. If we look at the situation as it is, the continued existence of a dissenting SSPX is the only reason why the Vatican steamroller might not crush FSSP & Co., forcing the Novus Ordo down their loyal throats. Without the SSPX vigilant and ready to cry foul game – and to welcome, perhaps, the refugees – it is fair to say the moderate Traditionalists would very probably be all, liturgically speaking, on the death row by now.

Then there is the pure doctrinal matter. The SSPX have already publicly criticised the Pontiff pointing out to his V II, “dialogue” mentality, and will continue to do so. They are respectful, but pertinent. They cannot be dismissed as a motley crew of lunatics, and more and more people will understand in the coming years where real Catholic orthodoxy lives. They will be the wise cricket talking to… The Vatican Pinocchios about their mistakes, and will continue to rally and inspire admiration in sincere, orthodox Catholics. Once again, I cannot imagine a more powerful brake to the antics of the wreckovation supporters in the style of Cantalamessa then a strong and vigilant SSPX.

By deciding to stay put, the SSPX has been of excellent service to Traditionalism, to conservative minded Catholics and even to the common faithful in the pews. Many will continue to criticise them, whilst continuing to profit of their very existence. Many others will at some point understand what treasure of orthodoxy we have in them.

I think they are the biggest consolation sent from Heaven to help us overcome this difficult age. Long may it last.

Mundabor

 

 

Posted on April 3, 2013, in Catholicism, FSSPX and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Just my two sense here on the FSSP, and I’m sure some people will not agree: I think the order as a whole, is basically useless. They are Novus Ordo priests dressed up as true traditionalists as far as I’m concerned. I have had dealings with one particular FSSP chapel here in the US…and to say that they leave a LOT to be desired would be a big understatement. They put on a convincing show….but try telling them about how destructive Vat2 was and you quickly see who you’re actually dealing with.

    When I think of the FSSP I always think of Rev 3:16: But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.

    • I have never been to a FSSP mass, but like you I think they have the show without the substance of Traditionalism. Even their most orthodox priests must feel the burden of forced silence to what they cannot approve.
      By contrast, the London Oratorians have no qualms in being very critical of Vatican II: and I mean the Council itself, not the “spirit”; but then again, they aren’t tainted (from the Vatican perspective) with the guilt of “Traitionalism”, and celebrate reverent Novus Ordo masses too…

      M

  2. Mundabor,
    Archbishop Lefebvre: Santo subito! Santo subito!

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