In A Nutshell
by Thomas A. Droleskey
The false ecclesiology of the Society of Saint Pius X has been critiqued on this site a number of times (see
March to Oblivion, High Church, Low Church,
Nothing to Negotiate, Those Who Deny The Holocaust, Recognize and Capitulate, A Little Bit "In," A Little Bit "Out",
Disciples of Caiphas,
Under The Bus,
Story Time in Econe, Shell Games With Souls, Pots and Kettles, One Sentence Says It All,
Smashing Through the Conciliar Looking Glass, Winning at the Waiting Game and True Popes Never Need to Convert to the Faith). It is necessary to do so once again in light of an interview that Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais gave recently to a French magazine, La Vie, on the status of the absurdity of "negotiations" between representatives and those of the counterfeit church of conciliarism concerning how to view the decrees of the "Second" Vatican Council and the pronouncements of the postconciliar "popes."
A reader who is a longstanding friend of ours sent me a note with the text of Bishop Tissier de Mallerais's interview as it was found on the Catholic Family News website. This was my very brief response to the reader:
This is, of course, all absurd. There is never any need to engage in "negotiations" about matters of the Faith with representatives of a true Pope. The Catholic Church brings forth her teaching with ease and security. There is no confusion or ambiguity associated with the pronouncements of the true Church.
That is the truth of the matter contained in a nutshell. What I wrote seventeen days ago in True Popes Never Need to Convert to the Faith is worth reiterating once again by way of helping those who think that the upcoming "negotiations" represent "hope" for the Catholic Church. They do not represent such "hope" as the representatives of the Society of Saint Pius X will not be "negotiating" with representatives of the Catholic Church but with apostates who have expelled themselves from the Church by subscribing to one condemned proposition after another:
The Society of Saint Pius X is founded in the false belief that it is possible and even is necessary to sift the words and actions of men who claim to be true "popes" and to compare those words and actions with those of the popes of the past. Indeed, the Society of Saint Pius X sees itself as the vessel anointed by God to do this work of sifting the words and actions of men they have recognized as true "popes" as its bishops and priests "compare" those words and actions with what they call "the supreme magisterium" of Tradition.
Although it took me a few years to divest myself of this Gallicanism, I have indeed learned that it is never necessary to seek to "convert" a true Successor of Saint Peter as it not possible for there to be "heretical" popes (see the section from Fathers Francisco and Dominic Radecki's Tumultuous Times provided in Story Time in Econe). The Catholic Church brings forth the teaching that she has received from her Divine Founder and Invisible Head in precise fidelity to the spirit expressed by Pope Pius XI in Mortalium Animos, January 6, 1928:
For the teaching authority of the Church, which in the divine wisdom was constituted on earth in order that revealed doctrines might remain intact for ever, and that they might be brought with ease and security to the knowledge of men, and which is daily exercised through the Roman Pontiff and the Bishops who are in communion with him, has also the office of defining, when it sees fit, any truth with solemn rites and decrees, whenever this is necessary either to oppose the errors or the attacks of heretics, or more clearly and in greater detail to stamp the minds of the faithful with the articles of sacred doctrine which have been explained. (Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos, January 6, 1928.)
The very fact that there is a "need' for "negotiations" on the teachings of the "Second" Vatican Council and the conciliar "pontiffs" proves the apostate nature of conciliarism as the doctrines of the Faith "remain intact forever" "that they might be brought with ease and security to the knowledge of men."
Indeed, the Society of Saint Pius X's belief that Catholics are not bound by all pronouncements made by a true pope or issued with his approval by the authority of the Catholic Church has been condemned by Pope Pius IX in The Syllabus of Errors:
22. The obligation by which Catholic teachers and authors are strictly bound is confined to those things only which are proposed to universal belief as dogmas of faith by the infallible judgment of the Church. -- Letter to the Archbishop of Munich, "Tuas libenter," Dec. 21, 1863. (Proposition condemned by Pope Pius IX, The Syllabus of Errors, December 8, 1864.)
The Society of Saint Pius X's belief that it is necessary for various bishops or a council not convened by a true pope to review the words and actions of a legitimate Successor of Saint Peter has been condemned by Pope Pius VI in Auctorem Fidei, August 28, 1794:
6. The doctrine of the synod by which it professes that "it is convinced that a bishop has received from Christ all necessary rights for the good government of his diocese," just as if for the good government of each diocese higher ordinances dealing either with faith and morals, or with general discipline, are not necessary, the right of which belongs to the supreme Pontiffs and the General Councils for the universal Church,—schismatic, at least erroneous.
7. Likewise, in this, that it encourages a bishop "to pursue zealously a more perfect constitution of ecclesiastical discipline," and this "against all contrary customs, exemptions, reservations which are opposed to the good order of the diocese, for the greater glory of God and for the greater edification of the faithful"; in that it supposes that a bishop has the right by his own judgment and will to decree and decide contrary to customs, exemptions, reservations, whether they prevail in the universal Church or even in each province, without the consent or the intervention of a higher hierarchic power, by which these customs, etc., have been introduced or approved and have the force of law,—leading to schism and subversion of hierarchic rule, erroneous.
8. Likewise, in that it says it is convinced that "the rights of a bishop received from Jesus Christ for the government of the Church cannot be altered nor hindered, and, when it has happened that the exercise of these rights has been interrupted for any reason whatsoever, a bishop can always and should return to his original rights, as often as the greater good of his church demands it"; in the fact that it intimates that the exercise of episcopal rights can be hindered and coerced by no higher power, whenever a bishop shall judge that it does not further the greater good of his church,—leading to schism, and to subversion of hierarchic government, erroneous.
The Society of Saint Pius X has considered itself to be a "check" upon the sacramental rites authorized by and the statements made and the actions committed by men they have considered to be true, valid and legitimate Successors of Saint Peter. Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, however, founded the Catholic Church upon the rock of Peter, the Pope, not upon the bishops of the Society of Saint Pius X. It is without precedent for a society of apostolic life that has not had a "canonical mission" to exercise any ministry within the Catholic Church for over thirty-three years to serve as "check" on the theological orthodoxy and the liturgical reverence exhibited by men deemed to be true popes. Is it necessary for the infallible guidance of God the Holy Ghost that is guaranteed to Holy Mother Church to be augmented by the Society of Saint Pius X? This is without precedent in the history of the Catholic Church.
Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais' belief concerning the "deficiency" of the "new rite of priestly ordination" and of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service flies in the fact the Council of Trent's decree that anyone who says that the ceremonies of the Catholic Church are incentives to impiety is anathematized:
Will it be possible to begin these discussions as soon as Rome establishes the framework?
"No, because it will first be necessary that we determine the order in which we will approach the different issues; it is necessary to advance in a growing level of difficulty, and to solve one point after the other. We will put our wishes forward."
What are they?
"It is necessary to begin by the liturgy; that would be the simplest [issue], because it will be possible to point out the deficiency of the new rite of priestly ordinations, for example. A deficiency which, on the other hand, when we speak of the new mass, includes much contradiction, pure and simple; because it is a new theology which is expressed, hence a new religion. Afterwards, there should come ecumenism and religious liberty; issues that are much graver, because they are linked to faith. The question of the collegiality of the bishops cannot come but in the end, because it is the most difficult one." (http://www.cfnews.org/cfn.htm )
CANON VII.--If any one saith, that the ceremonies, vestments, and outward signs, which the Catholic Church makes use of in the celebration of masses, are incentives to impiety, rather than offices of piety; let him be anathema. (Session Twenty-Two, Chapter IX, Canon VII, Council of Trent, September 17, 1562, CT022.)
The Catholic Church cannot give us defective liturgical rites or ambiguous dogmatic statements or "papal" pronouncements that contradict her perennial teaching. Once one figures this out, and it took me long enough to do so, the rest is pretty easy.
The false "pontiff," Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, has established his own terms for the "negotiations" with the Society of Saint Pius X, abolishing "Pontifical Commission" Ecclesia Dei as an independent commission and placing its work under the nefarious William "Cardinal" Levada's conciliar Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The doctrinal "expert" who will lead the conciliar Vatican's team in its "negotiations," most of which will take place by means of written exchanges at first, with representatives of the Society of Saint Pius X is a "Father" Guido Pozzo, whose "expertise" resulted in the International Theological Commission's report on
The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptised. That should be an interesting set of "negotiations," wouldn't you say? Talk about smashing through the conciliar looking glass. These "negotiations" would be worthy of a "Bob and Ray" routine if the late Ray Goulding had not died on March 24, 1990.
No, once you figure out that the Catholic Church cannot give us defective liturgies or ambiguous dogmatic statements or "papal" pronouncements that contradict her perennial teaching, the rest is pretty easy.
It is also easy, however,. for one to "go back," to run yelling and screaming away from chapels in the Catholic catacombs during this time of apostasy and betrayal that are served by true bishops and/or true priests who make no concessions to conciliarism to the nonexistent legitimacy of its false shepherds. The devil wants to work overtime to keep people away from safe havens where no concessions are made to the false church and its spiritual robber barons, which is why he will use the confusion caused the vacancy in the papal seat to scandalize and demoralize the sheep who are seeking a refuge from the apostasies and sacrileges and blasphemies and contradictions extant in the counterfeit church of conciliarism and/or who are seeking a refuge from the false and most confusing ecclesiology of the Society of Saint Pius X itself.
Where else can we go? Back to the clown "Mass"? Back to the Motu world where priests and presbyters cannot defend the honor and glory and majesty of God as they are blasphemed repeatedly, publicly and brazenly by the false "pontiff," Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI? Back to the Society of Saint Pius X and its belief that the authority of the Catholic Church can give us defective liturgical rites and doctrines that must be "clarified" by its representatives in "negotiations" with representatives of the man they believe is a true and legitimate Successor of Saint Peter on earth? Where else can we go?
While each person must come to recognize the true state of the Church Militant on earth for himself and then to seek refuge as best he can in the Catholic catacombs, the safest course of action is to avoid all contact with the counterfeit church of conciliarism and its false shepherds. No, there is perfection nowhere. Nowhere means nowhere. There are problems everywhere. Everywhere means everywhere. Alas, where else can we go? None of us is perfect, are we? None of us is without his or her set of faults and failings. We cannot let whatever difficulties and conflicts and controversies, some of which will be examined in an upcoming article, exist within and among chapels administered by true bishops and priests who make no concessions to conciliarism or it s false shepherds cause us to lose sight of the fact that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI is the latest in a line of antipopes who are enemies of the Social Reign of Christ the King and thus of eternal good of souls for whom He shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross.
Once again, in a nutshell, my friends, once you figure out that the Catholic Church cannot give us defective liturgical rites or ambiguous dogmatic statements or "papal" pronouncements that contradict her perennial teaching, the rest is easy. True, there will be crosses ahead as battles on important issues are fought, sometimes secretly, sometimes openly, among our true bishops and priests. There will be times when we simply shake our heads in amazement at the lack of Charity exhibited by priests and members of the laity alike. In the end, however, we must try to cleave to the safe havens where our children will not be confused by a false ecclesiology and where, despite all of the problems and differences and conflicts, God is given the glory and honor that are His due through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
It is enough for us in the laity to concentrate on the sanctification and salvation of our own immortal souls. The devil knows that most of us are not going to sin against the Faith. He will try most mightily, however, to cause us to sin against Charity and to be steeped in anger against those who do not see things as we do concerning the true state of the Church or concerning various theological conclusions over which differences exist among our true bishops and true priests. We are not going to resolve those differences by our anger or our screeds. We can, however, helped to effect a greater unity and spirit of cooperation among our true bishops and priests if we pray and fast and make many sacrifices in reparation for our sins and those of the whole world, offering whatever merit we might earn to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, making sure to pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit.
For whatever it's worth, which may not be a whole lot, here is my noninfallible advice: we need to pray and keep our peace as we have nothing to do with the counterfeit church of conciliarism and its false shepherds, using the shield of Our Lady's Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel to protect us against the contagion of sin, especially sins against Charity, and error and as we use the weapon of the Most Holy Rosary to ward off the advances of the devil and his minions in our daily lives.
Every extra moment we spend before the the Real Presence of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament and every extra set of mysteries of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary that we pray will help us to be more and more conformed to the likeness of Our Divine Redeemer, Who permitted His own Most Sacred Heart to be wounded by our sins during His Passion and Death.at the same time He permitted our sins to pierce His Blessed Mother's Immaculate Heart with the Fourth through the Seventh Swords of Sorrow.
We must always remember that this is the time that God has appointed from all eternity for us to live and thus to sanctify and to save our immortal souls as members of the Catholic Church. The graces won for us by the shedding of every single drop of Our Lord's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flows into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of All Graces, are sufficient for us to handle whatever crosses--personal, social and ecclesiastical--that we are asked to carry. We must give thanks to God at all times for each of our crosses as we seek to serve Him through Our Lady in this time of apostasy and betrayal.
Remember the words of the late William C. Koneazny:
"Our Lady will come and throw the bums out!" In the meantime, of course, we must have nothing to do with the bums except to pray for their conversion to the true Faith before they die, and certainly engaging in no "negotiations" with them whatsoever.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon.
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saint Simon Stock, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints