F.S.,East Carondele, IL
A. Such priests are at the very least guilty of culpable ignorance, and at worst nothing more than unscrupulous peddlers of religious services that might easily be labeled "Made in China".
If they are ignorant of what they are doing, they are guilty of spiritually criminal negligence. They are bound to refer their actions to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church prior to the "Masonic Meeting" called "Second Vatican Council" and follow those teachings.
The "New Order Mass" is fittingly a demonic tool designed by heretics to bring about the Great Apostasy. Therefore, those priests who perform these rites are deceiving the people by presenting them with a Protestant Communion service. If Protestants know this, how in the name of all that is sane can Catholics be so ignorant?
Such priests are heretics and their liturgies are sacrileges. Even if they say the true Mass _ which is not the same thing as a "Latin Mass" _ they are committing a grave sin and there are no graces coming from that Mass, even if it is a true Mass.
You say you have studied the Scriptures. Then you should have no difficulty realizing that we are in the Great Apostasy foretold by St. Paul in his second letter to the Thessalonians.
Do not listen to the false teachers who would have people believe that the Great Apostasy is "down the road" yet. That is an outright lie. The Great Apostasy has already taken place. We are in it! Now, the other things foretold by St. Paul that would follow before the end of time are falling into place.
The number of the elect is truly very small. You will not find them among heretics and schismatics and opportunists. The `opportunists' are like scalpers who sell tickets to sporting events at highly inflated prices.
Who are the opportunists? They are all those who have taken advantage of the crisis in the Church to start their own `religious operations' like any businessman who starts selling used cars. They are those `independent' priests who will tell you they don't need a Bishop, or who will tell you that they have a Bishop when in fact they are lying. These are the peddlers of Sacraments which God does not honor and from which He withholds grace.
Then, too, there are the opportunists who manage to get themselves consecrated by unsuspecting, elderly Bishops and then go about ordaining and consecrating like madmen.
To keep one's spiritual balance does not mean learning how to sit on a fence. It means knowing what is true and right and keeping to that no matter what happens.
God has provided us with a genuine Bishop who will not play games with souls. We follow him because he has all the credentials of legitimacy.
Q. What is the situation with the "Society of St. Pius X"?
F.S.,East Carondele, IL
A. The Lefebvrite sect posing as a Roman Catholic religious community is not recognized even by the Apostate Church. We of the Roman Catholic Church do not recognize this organization as representing the Church.
Unfortunately, those young men who choose to join that organization are not considered as validly ordained priests. Certainly, their indignation is understandable. But, instead of being angry with us, they should be angry with their own leaders who do not seem to be concerned with the validity of their ordinations.
Lefebvre was ordained and later consecrated by a Freemason. For this fundamental reason, there is a serious doubt as to Lefebvre's validity as a priest and bishop. Because his orders were doubtful, all those whom he ordained or consecrated can only receive what is doubtful.
We must follow the practice of the Church in such matters. The practice of the Church is to require that such ordinations or consecrations must be repeated in order to make certain that they are valid. Otherwise, all Sacraments administered by such doubtful clergymen, priests or bishops, can only be doubtful. For the sake of salvation and the honor of God, such ordinations cannot be considered certain when, in fact, they are not.
As for the foundation of this organization, it was founded as a hospice for students supposedly studying at the local university in Switzerland to become priests according to the `Spirit of Vatican II.' That was the pretext used by Marcel Lefebvre to get the Bishop of Lausanne to give him permission for this `society' which only had the legal title of a pious union. A `pious union' is not the same as a Religious society or congregation. The authorization given by the Bishop of Lausanne was simply for an "international house for candidates for the priesthood who will study at the University."
An "international house" is not a "seminary." The Bishop of Lausanne could not have had such an intention because no one in Marcel Lefebvre's position could start a seminary.
You, too, could make a sign and place it on your front lawn to read: "Nazareth Homestead" and then give yourself some religious-sounding name like "Servants of Jesus and Mary." Then, you could print up envelopes with a return address saying "Servants of God" _ or something like that _ and send out letters to people asking for money to promote your devotion to Our Lady of Illinois. You can even get `tax exempt' status for your new religious "Society". You can do all that and you will fool a lot of foolish people. That's why they speak of `fooling' someone: It means to make a fool of a person. And, as Barnum said many years ago: "There's a sucker born every minute!"
Our Lord Himself warned us against false teachers; St. Paul returns to that same warning over and over again. Wouldn't you think that our Lord knew what He was talking about? And that St. Paul also knew what he was talking about? Let's face it: How many false teachers can there be?
Let me ask you a question. Of whom does Jesus speak when He says: "Then if anyone say to you, `Behold, here is the Christ,' or `There he is,' do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise, and will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect."? (Matt.24,23-24).
Then, too, our Lord said to His Apostles: "Take care that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, `I am he'; and they will lead many astray." (Mark 13, 5-6).
Bear in mind that Jesus was speaking to His Apostles to whom He would give all His power so that they might continue His mission on earth until the Second Coming. What Jesus says to His Apostles, He says to one and all without exception.
Likewise, St. Paul warns the Thessalonians who were concerned with the end of the world as follows: "Let no one deceive you in any way, for the day of the Lord will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and is exalted above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sits in the temple of God and gives himself out as if he were God."
The apostasy has already come. St. Paul further tells us that there is something that `restrains' the advent of the Antichrist. He told the Thessalonians who it was that restrains the Antichrist, but he did not write it in this letter. He assumed that everyone knew it and so, he did not repeat it.
We know who `restrains' the Antichrist and we know that the restrainer has already been "gotten out of the way" _ as St. Paul says.
The restrainer of the Antichrist is a legitimate Pope, successor of St. Peter, Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth. He has been "gotten out of the way" when the antipopes following the death of Pope Pius XII have been seated on the throne of Peter.
Because the Scriptures are fulfilled in our times and before our very eyes, most people refuse to believe it. They are truly "Magoos" and "ostriches".
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