The Kindle And The Log

I have not written a lot about the SSPX in the last months, simply because there was not much to write about. The position of the SSPX has been known for a while: they will talk to the Pope – to any Pope, and be a disgraceful one like the Evil Clown – and they will explore possible ways of reconciliation if this can be done without endangering their Catholic integrity and factual autonomy in the face of open heresy.

We all know that the latest round of talk also led to nothing; but many, like me, think that already the talking wasn’t a bad thing, as it shows to the entire Catholic world that the undisputed champions of proper Catholicism do not create their own mini-me “church” and keep the flag of Catholicism high without any Schismatic approach or, worse, direct or indirect Sedevacantist fantasy.

Much as I like the SSPX, and trust them entirely, a little part of me wished – and still wishes – a more confrontational approach to the filth now reigning in the Vatican. I am aware that the SSPX cannot be expected to behave like enraged bloggers; but I would have wished more at least in term of turning up the volume.

The Remnant’ s report about the interview with Fr Pagliarani, the new Superior General of the SSPX, seems to show that things are going in the right direction, as I seem to detect in Father Pagliarani a more muscular tone than the one observed in his predecessor.

It would be wrong to assume, or to hope, that the SSPX will now start using the tones to which this humble effort has accustomed you. There is a place for bloggers and one for religious orders. However, I think that in the next months, as Father Pagliarani develops his own brand of strategy, we will see a little less diplomacy and some more frankness.

The resistance to Francis, and to Vatican II, can and should take many forms: more aggressive in some private blogs, more diplomatic in official organisations. The two approaches integrate each other, as the common pewsitter can better appreciate the fine point of diplomacy once he has, to his great relief, become aware that a lot of people are just as angry as he is. We are the kinde that makes the obvious flames in the fireplace, the SSPX is the great log that keeps a steady fire burning.

The Lord works in His own ways. He is probably using wretched sinners and holy priests for the same aim right now.


Posted on December 18, 2018, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Dear Mundabor. This comment will be a bit long because I am asking you a serious question of grave consequence.
    Canon 16 observes that Laws are authentically interpreted by the legislator and by the person whom the legislator entrusts the power of authentic interpretation.
    The Legislator in this case is the Pope and The Pontifical Commission on the Interpretation of Legislative Texts (to which he delegated authority) and The PCILT had this to conclude about The SSPX:
    As far as the state of necessity in which Mons. Lefebvre thought to find himself, one must keep before one that such a state must be verified objectively, and there is never a necessity to ordain Bishops contrary to the will of the Roman Pontiff, Head of the College of Bishops. This would, in fact, imply the possibility of “serving” the church by means of an attempt against its unity in an area connected with the very foundations of this unity.
    You prolly are also aware that Pope Paul VI had his delegate (can’t remember name now) write to Mons Lefebvre that as the Legislator, Pope Paul Vi, denied an objective state of emergency existed for Mons Lefebvre.
    He had the chance at a deal, signed it, and then reneged when his priests threatened to revolt if he held to the protocol thae promise the SSPX a Bishop.
    If you think what I wrote is reasonable, how can you claim the sspx represents Catholic Truth?
    Mons Lefebvre should not have reneged on the protocol. If he had stayed with it the SSPX could be like the FSSP.

  2. Mundabor, many years ago you opened my eyes to the SSPX. Today I report, with profound joy, that I am a parishioner at a tiny SSPX mission in, of all places, Las Vegas. In the vestibule is a surprisingly charming framed photo of our current pope—he looks uncharacteristically humble and serene. Liturgical and sacramental beauty abound in that little church on Windmill Lane. I feel I am home! The parish is very diverse with Korean, Filipino, Hispanic, French and Anglo folk in the pews but more importantly we are all simply Catholic as our forebears were. God Keep the SSPX, His instrument of sanity in these dark days.

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