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A reader reports that Traditionalists now are claiming they cannot be excommunicated because no true pope or council has ever formally condemned the Novus Ordo and Traditionalists sects as heretical or schismatic, maintaining they can appeal to Can. 2261 §2 to ”supply” jurisdiction for all their activities. Of course this entirely skirts the issue of ALL Traditionalist ordinations and consecrations, invalidated by Pope Pius XII’s 1945 papal election constitution Vacantis Apostolicae Sedis (VAS). But then Traditionalists have been intent on going their merry way and doing as they please without bothering to obey the pope for decades, a calculated lawlessness that these sects have always practiced and encouraged. That a declaration of the Novus Ordo and Traditionalist sects is necessary to consider them heretical and schismatic is an outrageous supposition condemned by the constant teaching of the Church, as easily seen here. The specific application of VAS to the validity of their masses and sacraments is demonstrated in the paragraphs below. Please save this as an easy reference to why these sects are not Catholic.
An easy way to determine the invalidity of all Traditionalist operations
Traditionalists cannot continue to justify their operations on the basis of epikeia and necessity as explained here by pretending that no law exists which provides ground rules to be observed in this so-called “emergency.” If they consider those ruling from Rome as usurpers, they must also admit the Church currently exists during an interregnum. Ample proofs have been available for decades that such an interregnum began with the death of Pope Pius XII. And if we are now experiencing such an interregnum, and their intention is to preserve the Catholic Church exactly as it existed on the death of Pope Pius XII, then there is definitely one, infallible law and one law only that Traditionalists were bound to follow: Vacantis Apostolicae Sedis (VAS).
The first three paragraphs of this papal constitution infallibly lay down the parameters that must be met in order to preserve the integrity of the Church’s laws, rights and teachings during one of the most dangerous periods imaginable — when the Roman Pontiff has passed away and the Church no longer possess a visible head. It invalidates all actions that usurp the jurisdiction of the Roman Pontiff during an interregnum and any attempt to either change or dismiss VAS itself or any of the sacred canons contained in the 1917 Code of Canon Law. This application of VAS to the Code has been stated by the canonists themselves, (Woywod-Smith, Bouscaren-Ellis). VAS further enjoins any and all to defend the rights of the Church during this most vulnerable time from any incursions made by Her enemies.
The second part of VAS involving the election of a Roman Pontiff requires that a new election be held in no less than three months’ time. Those failing to elect during this time period lose the right to elect (Anscar Parson, Canonical Elections), so this right was lost long ago. While claiming to acknowledge the existence of VAS, Traditionalists deny that they are in violation of this infallible constitution. And they have done nothing to prove that it does not apply to them exactly as it is said here to apply. They have not proven it was somehow abrogated, that it is not infallible, or that it is no longer enforceable. None of their pseudo-clergy have presented the teachings of popes and councils in an official position paper to vindicate their claims. They have not done so because they cannot; VAS is a codification of all papal election laws from the earliest times. All previous laws were abrogated in establishing this law. Below we will see that no matter what objections they might bring, VAS entirely and completely obliterates Traditionalists’ very existence and renders all of their acts invalid.
- Bps. Ngo dinh Thuc and Marcel Lefebvre could not validly create priests and bishops during an interregnum because a papal mandate and confirmation of episcopal appointment could not be obtained. These are acts that have been reserved exclusively to the Roman Pontiffs for centuries. To presume the possession of the mandate and confirmation of any appointment is therefore a usurpation of papal jurisdiction according to VAS that invalidates any attempt at consecration. In addition, men who never became bishops could scarcely establish seminaries or validly ordain priests, acts which can be executed only by a validly consecrated bishop.
- Some claim that the supposed orders conveyed by Thuc and Lefebvre cannot be considered invalid because these men were approved and appointed under Pope Pius XII. But the validity of Lefebvre and Thuc’s ordinations/consecrations in the 1970s-80s and the subsequent ordinations conferred by their “bishops” has been questioned even by Traditionalists for decades. Therefore they are already doubtful and to be avoided. But this is not all.
- For in presuming the validity of these ordinations and consecrations without a decision by the Holy See, Traditionalists usurp papal jurisdiction BECAUSE ONLY THE POPE MAY DETERMINE SUCH VALIDITY. Therefore said presumption is null, void and invalid.
- VAS also invalidates THE EXERCISE of any orders received after 1958, just as Pope Pius VI’s Charitas and other papal decrees have done, even by bishops approved under Pope Pius XII. Because of their adherence to the Novus Ordo (and later, Traditionalist sects), the men conveying these orders, even if they used the old rite, were at least suspect of communicatio in sacris and therefore presumed to have incurred this censure under Can. 2200 (and possibly other censures as well). Can. 2200 holds them guilty until the pope determines otherwise. To presume the lifting of these censures and vindicative penalties, which is clearly an act of papal jurisdiction, is to usurp said jurisdiction. Therefore any EXERCISE of these orders, even if otherwise valid, constitutes a presumption of absolution from these censures, a usurpation of papal jurisdiction rendering them null, void and invalid.
- It is a proven and indisputable fact that the only source ever cited for supplying jurisdiction throughout the history of the Church is the Roman Pontiff, who holds supreme jurisdiction in the Church. To claim that such jurisdiction is supplied in his absence by the law itself is an absurdity, (since Canon Law itself is predicated on papal law and the perpetual existence of the Roman Pontiff); and to say that it is supplied by Christ is heresy. VAS forbids appeal to the supplying principle and invalidates any such appeal as a presumption of papal jurisdiction during an interregnum.
- Any attempt to change or dismiss canon law also is nullified. This would include the violation of Can. 6 n. 4, which requires Traditionalists to adhere to the old law regarding heresy, meaning no declaratory sentence is needed for its existence; Can. 104, reflected in VAS, which invalidates anything done based on error; Can. 147, which requires that in order to possess jurisdiction, certainly validly ordained or consecrated clergy must first receive an office from competent authority; Can. 200, which requires proof of jurisdiction be presented; Can. 804, which requires presentation of the celebret in order to say mass in a place other than the priest’s proper diocese; Can. 2265 §1 which forbids those excommunicated form advancing to orders. And these are only a few among many.
Traditionalists are only laymen simulating the Sacraments, and this we know infallibly from the mouth of Pope Pius XII. Mr. Morrell-Ibarra offers Scriptural proofs of this simulation below.
Installment #2 of Javier Morrell-Ibarra’s Catholic Survival Guide and Reference Handbook
The Great Montinian or conciliar Harlot is the parent sect from which all these false Christs and their false prophets arise, who are all miasmas of the mystical body of the Antichrist, putrefying elements that walk towards their perdition while trying to deceive the greatest possible number of candid souls with little or no formation in the Faith, the Doctrine, and the Magisterium…
In this sense, we can also compare the enormous sin of these false shepherds with the sin committed by King Saul [cf I Kings 8-14], who dared to celebrate the holocaust without being a priest, which was contrary to the Law and was a serious fault, even though his intention was to prevent his people from dispersing, which is exactly what the heretical and schismatic intruders do today, since they try to establish themselves in the visible Church without even being priests, under the fallacious pretext of preventing the faithful from dispersing after the great apostasy of the conciliar sect, in addition to other outlandish excuses that these hypocrites have fabricated to justify their unjustifiable transgression and disobedience to the Magisterium of Pope Pius XII and the Holy Canons. As we read in the commentary on this passage in the Bible by Mons. Straubinger:
“This is a great lesson to show us how faith and trust in God must be maintained even against all appearances, without trying to resort to our human prudence to correct what we believe to be an error by the infinite Wisdom.” This constitutes, in effect, exactly the same sin of those fraudulent impostors, who dare to impiously judge as an “error” by Pius XII the fact that he has bound on earth and in Heaven that absolutely no one can usurp the functions of the Pope during the time that the See is vacant. For such reason these intruders, at the height of their malicious pride and satanic human prudence, have thought it convenient to “consecrate” and “order” one another, as if they could, without Peter and against Peter, thus demonstrating to all their little faith and trust in God, and their null Catholicity, because whoever is not united to the Holy See is not Catholic but heretical and schismatic.
“Whoever leaves the chair of Peter, on which the Church is founded, is not in the Church. For whoever does not maintain unity with the Church, does not have the Faith either.”—Saint Cyprian
… “They devoted themselves solely to the study of the books of Holy Scripture, without presuming to ask their own thoughts for its interpretation, but rather they sought it in their writings and in the authority of the ancients, who, in turn, as was evident, they received from the apostolic succession the rule of their interpretation.” … — Saint Gregory of Nazianzus and Saint Basil.
In addition, the episode narrated in Numbers 16 about the sedition carried out by Korah, Dathan and Abiram, with the horrible end they had, serves to perfectly illustrate the incredible perversity and daring of these miserable false prophets of the traditionalist-sedevacantist sects, who emulate those proud Israelites in their satanic attempt to create a secular priesthood, completely outside the authority instituted by God, who at that time were Moses and Aaron, and in our time is the Vicar of Christ. Let us read the excellent comments given to us in Bishop Straubinger’s Bible in connection with this passage: “In this chapter we are presented with the first known attempt to create a lay priesthood, independent of the authority instituted by God. Moses, who was not a priest, immediately recognized the scope of this movement, which if imposed would have undermined the foundations of theocratic rule. For this reason it was not meekness (cf. 12, 3) that impelled him this time to intercede for the criminals, but rather, moved by holy zeal, he asked God not to accept the oblation of the criminals (v. 15).Korah, the first cousin of Moses and Aaron, seems to have revolted out of sheer ambition and envy, because, being of the same family, he wanted to participate in the honors and privileges of the priests. He did not recognize the idea of a priesthood instituted by God, proclaimed the equality of priests and laity, and practically denied Aaron’s authority as the spiritual leader of the people.
We also find similar movements in Christian times, from the Gnostics to the modern sects, all of which coincide in denying what Saint Paul says in Hebrews 5, 4. “No one takes this honor except he who is called by God as Aaron was”. That is why Saint Augustine compares Korah with the heretics who divide the Mystical Body of Christ. cf. 19, 6; I Corinthians 12, 4 ss.; Ephesus 4, 11. Dathan and Abiram had very other reasons to revolt. They didn’t care so much about spiritual authority. They were Reubenites, sons of Jacob’s firstborn, and because of this they believed they had the right to exercise some authority over the other tribes. They could not understand that God had given all power into the hands of Moses and Aaron, who were from the tribe of Levi. These two movements, that of the Levites who aspired to the priestly dignity, and that of the Reubenites who sought to recover the rights of the birthright, which they had lost (cf. Genesis 49, 4 and note), united, and organized a riot that threatened to destroy all the work that Moses had done at God’s command.”
As we see, disobedience and rebellion against God and His High Priests are at the origin of all evil and sin. Therefore, it is not surprising that there are very clear parallels between what is said in this passage and what the Lord warns us in the book of Apocalypse, with the same and identical words, when Yahweh warns the Israelites to stay away from the tents of those impious men [Koreh, Dathan and Abiram] so as not to be in solidarity with their sins. And in parallel we have in Apoc. 18: 4 the following warning: “Come out of her my people, so as not to be in solidarity with her sins and not participate in her plagues.” It is evident that both in Numbers and in the Apocalypse we are told to flee the company of those criminals because of the existence of sacrilege and desecration. From which it follows that God’s punishment will also fall on these unfortunate heirs of Korah who are the false christs of today, just as it did on Korah, Dathan and Abiram for being sacrilegious and profane, just as it fell on King Saul, also sacrilegious and defiling, as we have seen before. We will quote this episode again later, as it masterfully exemplifies the same sin that the usurpers and imposters commit today.
But I would not want to end this section without first mentioning the terrible threat from Jesus Christ Our Lord that hangs over the heads of false christs and their false prophets, as well as all those who believed the insane fables of these impostors and were seduced by their rhetoric and their false prodigies, falling into their clutches, that is, joining their sects and participating in their sacrileges and acts of desecration. It is especially significant and overwhelming that Our Lord warns us about these disobedient hypocrites in Matthew 7:15-20, calling them by the name of false prophets and comparing them to bad trees that cannot produce any good fruit, so they will be cut down and will be cast into the fire: that is, at the end of their thread of life, they will be condemned to hell for all eternity. Indeed, shortly afterwards Our Redeemer explains to us what the sentence of condemnation of those arrogant wretches will be based upon. It is URGENT that those who have been deceived by these individuals read this and immediately get out from under their pernicious influence, because they are risking eternal life: “Not everyone who says to me: “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my heavenly Father. Many will say to me on that day: “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many wonders in your name?” Then I will declare to them: «I never knew you. Away from Me, you workers of iniquity!” (Matt. 7: 21-23).
Yes, this terrible warning from the Lord applies directly to all these false shepherds, who are blind, dropsical, swollen with arrogance and eager for the false glory that their fraudulent titles and non-existent dignities of “bishop”, “father”, “abbé”, “brother” or “sister” give them, to the point of despising and disobeying the Divine Will of the Heavenly Father which is expressed in that the Catholic Church. This Church must be governed by Saint Peter and his Successors, whose infallible Magistery must be faithfully obeyed by of ALL the faithful, whether they are Bishops, Priests, Religious, or simple laymen: we are all obliged to obey the Popes to obtain the salvation of our soul. Because whoever obeys the Pope obeys God, but whoever does not obey him is disobeying God Himself, thus imitating the arrogant Lucifer when he sang his impious and blasphemous “Non Serviam” before the Blessed Trinity in the midst of the heavenly court, which earned him ipso facto expulsion from Heaven and being precipitated deep into the abyss of fire.
In addition, this other warning from Our Lord Jesus Christ also applies to false christs and false prophets and to those who have been deceived by them: One said to him: “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” He answered them: “Fight to enter through the narrow gate, because many, I declare to you, will try to enter and will not be able to. As soon as the owner of the house has woken up and has closed the door, you, being outside, will start knocking on the door saying: “Lord, open for us!” But he, answering, will tell you: “I don’t know you (nor do I know) where you are from.” * Then you will begin to say: “We ate and drank before you, and you taught in our squares.” *But he will tell you: «I tell you, I don’t know where you are from. Away from me, all you workers of iniquity.” There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves cast out. And from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south they will come to sit at the table in the kingdom of God. And so there are last who will be first, and first who will be last. (Luke 13, 23-30).
The comments on this passage in Bishop Straubinger’s Bible are very illuminating:
[* 26. You taught in our squares: In verse 27, He insists that he does not know them. In addition, it is written that “no one will hear his voice in the squares”, because he will not be turbulent (cf. Matthew 12, 19 and note). If they listened, then, it was to others, as Jesus told him (John 5, 43 and note); to others who did not seek the glory of the one who sent them, but their own glory (John 7, 18 and note), for which they could not have faith (John 5, 44 and note). Those were not, therefore, the true disciples to whom He said: “Whoever listens to you listens to Me” (Luke 10, 16), but the false prophets about whom He had warned so much. Cf. Matthew 7, 15 and note.
* 27. See Matthew 15, 8, quoting Isaiah 29, 13. Matthew 7, 23; 25, 41. Jesus condemns in advance those Christians who are content with the mere name of such and with their external link to the Church.]
Indeed, for at the decisive hour of Judgment, many deceived by the false Christs and their false prophets will uselessly plead before Our Lord that they “ate and drank before Him”, that is, they received what they believed were the Holy Sacraments from the hands of those intruders and impostors, who also preached to them without having any mission or jurisdiction over them. To them those poor gullible souls gave undue credit, thinking that with their false preaching Our Lord was “teaching them in their squares”, that is, in their schismatic and heretical “chapels” and garages, in total contempt and flagrant disobedience of the Papal Magisterium and the 1917 Code of Canon Law, which severely prohibit attending celebrations performed by intruders who have been excommunicated for schism and heresy.
How terrible their surprise will be when they discover at the crucial moment of Judgment that Our Lord will not recognize them or know where they come from, since in fact all these sectarian and schismatic communities have been generated in the spirit of rebellion and contempt for the divine authority of the Vicars of Christ to teach, bind and loose, believing in their infinite pride that they could function bypassing all channels and disciplines established by the Holy See. For this reason, we affirm that those proud rebels did not seek the Glory of God but their own, a false, vain human glory, seeking to be praised and venerated by the blind and the simple who were completely deceived in their particular sects. These include the SSPX, IMBC, CMRI, SSPV, Palmar de Troya, Sociedad Sacerdotal Trento, Mont Carmel, Avrillé, and other small groups and schismatic organizations. This as well as all the false “wandering clerics” that emerged from these sects and now pretend to function independently, deceiving thousands of poor, blind abductees who also supported them financially and made sacrilegious simoniacs out of them.
For NONE of those imposters was sent by God since there was no Pope who could grant them permission and a canonical mission, as well as provide the Jurisdiction necessary to function, without forgetting that they constantly belittled and ignored the voice of Peter in the person of Pope Pius XII, who strictly prohibited the misdeeds and illegalities that these fools perpetrated at the height of their boldness and hypocrisy. This is why we affirm that all of them are cursed and have been sentenced by God. The most terrifying thing will be, without a doubt, when they will have to hear from the lips of Our Lord Jesus Christ those harsh words of “I don’t know you (nor do I know) where you are from”, followed by the fearsome sentence of condemnation “Get away from me, all workers of iniquity.”
Now you understand our insistence that all those who have been deceived by these dangerous tricksters who traffic in sacred things must IMMEDIATELY abandon these schismatic sectarians, who have their conscience seared (I Timothy 4, 2) and walk towards their perdition. This while turning many ignorant souls into mere consumers of sacraments that are nothing but sacrilege and desecration, as the Magisterium and Canon Law warn us, making them concur in communicatio in sacris with those lepers of schism and heresy.
Let no one be deceived, because all those who give credence to the fables of those impostors and grant them an authority and legitimacy they do NOT possess, participating in their simulations and allowing themselves to be fed, that is, spiritually instructed by them, should know that they are being complicit in a very serious sacrilege. This despite the fact that there is no consecration, nor therefore transubstantiation in all those horrible simulations, since those who commit them are only simple laymen in disguise, but those who have allowed themselves to be mentally abducted by those false pastors do think that they are truly receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. Hence the terrible warning in I Corinthians 11, 29 against those who receive Communion without making due discernment of the Body of the Lord, becoming guilty of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, eating and drinking their own damnation.
So that our readers understand the tremendous seriousness of the sacrilegious crime of the simulation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we invite you to read the following:
“It seems superfluous to us to demonstrate in many words what a grave and horrendous crime is committed by anyone who, without being invested with priestly Orders, dares to celebrate the sacrifice of the Mass, since the reasons why it is justly considered such a sacrilegious crime are so evident to all that it must be detested and punished with a rigorous application of sanctions”.
[…] “No itinerant bishop, priest or deacon should be received without letters of recommendation; and when they present letters, carefully examine their content; and receive them if they are of proven piety; otherwise, do not even give them what is necessary and let them not be admitted to communion in any way: many things can result from surreptitious behavior.” — Pope Benedict XIV, Encyclical Quam Tumba
“We firmly believe and confess that, no matter how honest, religious, holy and prudent one may be, he cannot and should not consecrate the Eucharist or celebrate the sacrifice of the altar, if he is not a priest, regularly ordained by a visible and tangible bishop. For this office, three things are, as we believe, necessary: a certain person, that is, a priest properly constituted for that office by the bishop, as we have said before; the solemn words that were expressed by the Holy Fathers in the canon, and the faithful intention of the one who utters them. Therefore, we firmly believe and confess that whoever believes and claims that, without previous episcopal ordination, as we have said, they can celebrate the sacrifice of the Eucharist, is a heretic and is a participant and consort in the perdition of Korah and his accomplices, and is to be segregated from the entire Holy Roman Church.” — Pope Innocent III, Eius exemplo, 1208.
Finally, this severe threat from Our Lord Jesus Christ in the form of a parable also hits the false christs and their false prophets, as well as their unfortunate acolytes who preferred the seduction of the perfidious fables of those hypocritical charlatans to the solid, infallible Truth of the Holy Word of God revealed in Scripture and the Magisterium: Parable of the marriage feast and the guest who had not on a wedding garment (Matthew 22, 10-14). This is applicable to those deceived by the false Christs and their false prophets, as well as to all those ravenous wolves themselves, since many of them will have lived in an apparently pious manner in the eyes of the world and their own deceived conscience, but they will not possess the essential Grace that would have made them Catholics. This grace is submission, fidelity and obedience to the Papacy and its infallible Magisterium, which those disobedient, arrogant individuals so many times ignored or openly despised, impiously wanting to believe that they could function without the permission of the Pope and without having received any mission or jurisdiction from the Vicar of Christ: for this reason they will be reputed as schismatics and non-Catholics at the hour of Judgment. We also recommend reading the comments taken from Bishop Straubinger’s Bible.
“And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together all that they found, both bad and good: and the marriage was filled with guests. And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment. And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? But he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. *For many are called, but few are chosen.”
[* 14. This parable also refers first of all to the chosen people of the Old Covenant. The Father first invites the Jews to the wedding feasts of his Son with mankind through his “servants”, the prophets. Those who despised the invitation will lose the dinner (Luke 14, 24). The “other servants” are the apostles that God sent without reproving Israel (Luke 13, 6 ss.), during the time of the Acts, that is, when Jesus had already been immolated and “everything was ready” (verse 4; Acts 3, 22; Hebrews 8, 4 and notes). Rejected this time by the people, as He was by the Synagogue (Acts 28, 25 ff.) and then “burnt the city” of Jerusalem (verse 7), the apostles and their successors, inviting the Gentiles, fill the room of God (Romans 11:30). The man who does not wear a bridal garment is the one who lacks sanctifying grace, without which no one can approach the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb (Apoc. 19, 6ff.). Cf. 13, 47 ss. and notes]
And in the same chapter 22 of the Gospel of Saint Matthew, we read this revealing verse 29 a little later:
And Jesus answering, said to them: “You err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.”
On which we add this juicy comment taken from Bishop Straubinger, complemented by our own reflections highlighted in purple:
[ 29. You err because you do not understand the Scriptures! Is this not a reproach that we all have to accept? Few are, in fact, those who know the Bible today, and it is not surprising that those who do not study the Scripture of Truth fall into error, as Jesus teaches so many times, and the Supreme Pontiffs remember it so much when they demand its reading daily in homes. Cf. verse 31; 21, 42; John 5, 46 and note. And even fewer are those who know the true hidden treasure of the infallible Magisterium of the Vicars of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which is also the Word of God inspired by His Holy Ghost to the Supreme Pontiffs for the instruction and government of all the Catholic faithful. That is why there are so many today who err and fall into the twisted sophistry and the fables of the Anomos spread by the false prophets, those lepers of schism and heresy, precisely because they did not know the Magisterium that could have protected them against those grave errors and deviations!]
It is universally known that the Holy Apostolic and Roman Catholic Church is founded on the solidity of Saint Peter, the Stone and the Rock, but these sects want us to believe that we must disobey Pope Pius XII, the fundamental rock of the Church, and that we must follow them —they who say they know the spirit of the letter, which is none other than disobedience and non serviam; that we must follow them to their dens of thieves, intruders, foxes and wolves, navigate their rafts and allow ourselves to be guided by these pirates, buccaneers, corsairs, filibusters, thieves and desecrators of the treasures of the Holy Apostolic and Roman Catholic Church. They would have us be deceived by the brilliance of their fake mitres, hooks and their plunder and booty, with the excuse of the rite, incense and pomp, and that we make a defection of Saint Peter, Prince of the Holy Apostles and Fundamental Stone of the Holy Apostolic and Roman Catholic Church, who speaks in his successors assisted by the Holy Trinity in full. Those perfidious thieves that came out of the depths of the great Babylon want to kidnap us through sophistry and disguises to take us back from where God Almighty freely got us out of without us deserving it. What a betrayal of the Good Lord and His compassion it would be to re-enter where He took us out of for our soul’s health, that is, our salvation!
May God grant us that we do not fall for our personal sins and get lost, and may He keep us steadfast in not abandoning His Holy Catholic Church founded on Peter, on the solidity of the Stone, instead of delving into the false churches with feet of clay and quicksand, thus abandoning the Mystical Body of Christ our Lord!
All Traditionalist organizations share the same goals and fruits at their core. None of them even _pretend_ to have the answer to our dilemma, so how can any of them hold the Church? Creating priests and bishops during an extended, catastrophic interregnum is the _last_ thing anyone should try to attempt — or not even the last thing, because it clearly violates Church law and it clearly is the action of a non-Catholic organization. At its core it shows a lack of Faith. It doesn’t matter how “nice” the chapel is or how “rigorous” the parochial school’s program is, these groups are not teaching the Catholic faith at all, but instead are placating the confused and lost with a strange, pseudo-Catholic act and imitation. Instead of miracles, all we get from them are scandals and splintering and dissension.
It is terrifying to think that we are living in an age where there are no bishops and priests, and no way to get them, but should the great apostasy be _anything_ but terrifying? And if it were true that one could hit that TLM just an hour’s drive away, and perhaps donate for the new seminary or priestly mission to Timbuktu, how “great” would this apostasy be, anyway?
There is a votive Mass for the election of a Pope. I’m sure that in October 1958, there were many such Masses being offered around the globe. Then, when the white smoke was forced out that second time, those Masses ended. Who knew? From what I can tell, even Padre Pio did not seem to know. Were the last ten years of his Masses “una cum” the heresiarchs? _That_ is terrifying and sad.
At this point I am suspicious of everything. Did you see my link a few months back about the purported errors of the jubilee Saint Benedict medals? It’s puzzling.
I did see your link on the St. Benedict medals and it is puzzling, but having looked at the oldest ones I can find, I cannot see how the ones we have today are objectionable. From what I discovered, the ones we have today were approved as far back as the 1800s. God knows our intent, and so does St. Benedict; if we err, it is not our fault if we have investigated and cannot come to a certain conclusion. I have always embraced him as our family’s patron.
What you say about Traditionalists is so true. I have had other questions and comments on when the actual invalidity of the Sacraments began and in my next blog will address this.
Thank you for your astute observations!
Thank you, Teresa, for this scholarly distillation of VAS and its post-hierarchical/Juridical application for this time, our time, that of the very end of the epoch of the End of Time. While at once as Judas the Iscariot before them, this time every last Bishop, to the man, at least as best we can know without having had any public declaration by any said Bishop to the contrary, betrayed Jesus the Christ, and this time all, not one, have crucified His Mystical Body and Bride, His Church. Amen.
If it may please you, all of so called, “Traditionalism”, betrays infallible Holy Tradition, as the counterintuitive reality that it is, and therefore, it is simply a religion other than that One which was conceived by the God-Man, and instituted at once by the Holy Ghost at Pentecost. That understood, it all can be distilled down to the Apostolic Rite of Tonsure. As The Council of Trent teaches infallibly in its Catechism, the Apostolic Rite of Tonsure can be traced back, not just 1500 years, as this 1972 article suggests: https://www.nytimes.com/1972/09/15/archives/vatican-abolishes-the-tonsure-1500yearold-clerical-rite-vatican.htmls , from no less an instrument of Jewry, whose natural messiah and prince was Montini, than the New York Times, rather it dates back to the Apostolic Age, while Trent suggests the Rite finds its nascent genesis, in Blessed Peter himself. Tonsure was, as it could only ever be, administered by a Bishop, thus it is not of the power of the Sacrament of Order, rather it is a Juridical power. Without the Rite of Tonsure applied, a layman cannot become a cleric. A layman, as the Church has always taught, is not the proper metaphysical matter for the Sacrament of Order, and its 7 subcategories (lector, acolyte, exorcist, etc….priest), thus, without Jurisdiction now or since that fateful day in October, the 9th, 1958, it is utterly, as metaphysically impossible to ordain any priest and anywhere in the cosmos. This Luciferian lie of so called, “Supplied Jurisdiction”, as you well know, is nothing other than a duplicitous twist on the reality of Jurisdiction as it actually is, that being: the exclusive as singular power of Jurisdiction (the power to govern and teach), whose external sign by Christ was the giving of the Keys, bestowed upon Blessed Peter himself, apart from the other Apostles, by Jesus the Christ, and then in his Successors of the Chair. This, as taught infallibly by the Vatican Council in 1870. The Wellspring of all Jurisdiction is, and of course, Jesus the Christ, our Lord and our God. That understood, any Jurisdiction which any Bishop enjoyed, as emanating from his Episcopal Office, and since the time of Peter and the Apostles, flowed from Peter only, as exclusively, to those Bishops in union with him and his Successors. The power of Jurisdiction, as you well know, has been gone from the cosmos now, since the death of the last, as final, Vicar of Jesus Christ this world can and will ever see, Pope Pius XII. Amen. Therefore, and in closing, since there is no Jurisdiction without Blessed Peter in his Successors now present on the earth, there simply ISN’T ANY Jurisdiction to supply. You can’t supply that which there is none of to supply. It all becomes just so absurd. Thank you for all of your wonderful work, Teresa. Mark
Thank you, Mark. Hope to elaborate further on exactly when this jurisdiction ended in my next blog, but you are correct. It is an issue that needs to be addressed, as it is much misunderstood.
Good Wednesday morning, Teresa,
You have already expounded so wonderfully upon the Episcopal privilege of Jurisdictional power and its proper understanding, as it relates the application of same to the Bishops, who were in union with the Vicar of Jesus Christ while he was living, and then into Interregnum, the time between the kingdoms, yes. You have clarified the reality as it is, that the Juridical power held by the Bishops in Interregnum, is essentially that which is held by them during the active reign of a Supreme Pontiff, with all of its same limitations, while at once in contradistinction to the unlimited power of the Successor of Blessed Peter, while sharing in his mind and privilege. Amen. Once understood, it remains all so simple, as our Blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ commands: only with the faith of one of these little ones, can you enter the Kingdom of God. Amen.
As you have so aptly demonstrated, regarding the canonical law of VAS, the Cardinal electors were very limited, as it relates Church governance, as though they held power of attorney over a Trust, which contained each and every minute detail of governance, which had been handed over to them in utter completion, and they then were instructed and empowered simply and explicitly, to oversee its proper execution, upon the death of the holy Pontiff.
With that as brief foundation, I believe you have already brought clarity to the question of Jurisdiction, which you now entertain, and that being, “when did it finally end?”, as in, when did it FOREVER leave the cosmos? Within the detailed instruction of VAS is included also another time limit, by which the valid Conclave must be actively gathered, and for the sole purpose of electing the valid Successor of Blessed Peter, as the next Vicar of Jesus Christ, and that time limit was, “18 days”. Thus, a valid Conclave had one singular opportunity to meet, for the singular purpose of electing the next valid Pope, and that one singular opportunity had to take place by, October 27, 1958, 18 days after the death of Pope Pius XII; while after that explicit date in time, the window for the possibility of ever electing the next valid Successor of Blessed Peter, FOREVER CLOSED.
Pope Pius XII was exquisitely specific in his admonitions, regarding the absolute requirement of the utterly precise completion of each and every minute detail contained in his Authoritative instruction, as his infallible Apostolic Constitution, “Vacantis Apostolicae Sedis”, makes utterly as pristinely clear, with the very consequence of ANY variance at all, as with the addition, subtraction, or change of any singular detail as rule, the very rendering then of the election–null, void, thus nonexistent. The understanding that follows this nullity and nonexistent election is cataclysmic, as it then forever signified the END OF APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION. And with that, the Shepherd now struck, the sheep then, and forever after, having been scattered. Amen.
That understood, Jurisdictional Authority forever vacated the cosmos, in that very moment of time, while on the 19th day after the death of Pope Pius XII, that this least common denominator of absolute and unwavering requirement for valid election, was utterly undermined and affronted, by the then publicly apostate Cardinal Electors, as Conclave, as they pretended to elect a man as the Successor of Blessed Peter, who was utterly incapable of receiving the metaphysical act of Succession, as at that very time he was and minimally, a public waverer from the Roman Catholic Faith. As this very act then ended forever the possibility of continuing Apostolic Succession, that same act then, forever ended Jurisdictional Authority of the Church, as the Vicar of Jesus Christ, the only man in the cosmos who held, and in its fullness, that same Authority, was then forever gone. Amen.
I hope the simplicity of all this may now be apparent. It all came down to a simple number of days, 18. How simple was that Authoritative command to follow?, while at once the previously occult Cardinal apostates, then became utterly public, evidencing in itself the reality as it actually is, that the ordained, consecrated, and lay Catholic world, in all but all and to the very last man, had already apostatized from the One True Faith, utterly blind to what had just occurred. Amen. God bless and keep you and yours, Teresa. Mark
Thank you for your wonderful comments. I do believe you were the one I used to read on “AKA Catholic” under a different name, your style of writing cannot be mistaken, as I sought out your comments specifically because you led me to read the most important encyclicals. Your comments were the reason I read the blog, and you lead me to the true Catholic Churc! I can’t thank you enough!
“Thus, a valid Conclave had one singular opportunity to meet, for the singular purpose of electing the next valid Pope, and that one singular opportunity had to take place by, October 27, 1958, 18 days after the death of Pope Pius XII; while after that explicit date in time, the window for the possibility of ever electing the next valid Successor of Blessed Peter, FOREVER CLOSED.”
According to Wikipedia, 28 October 1958 is the date that John 23 was “elected” as the “pope”. Are you saying it was one day late, according to paragraph 37 of VAS!? If so, that is unbelievable! So brazen and deceptive – yet such a simple and reassuring thing to know for those of us lay people who need simple, clear answers (like me).
*Of course we know Teresa, from all your diligent work that you have shared here, why he couldn’t be elected in the first place. I am just trying to clarify the dates. I couldn’t find the official date when Pope Pius XII’s funeral rites were celebrated, as it says in VAS; “the rule is that after eighteen days at the most have elapsed on which the funeral rites of the deceased Pontiff are celebrated”. I am not familiar with how the funeral process works for a pope.
Thanks, Josie. Glad you recognized Mark.
It IS an 18-day window to elect a pope but can be extended to three months under Canon Law in an emergency. Both periods are long since passed. We yet have access to the great treasury of papal teachings to sustain us if people would only read, understand and obey. Thank God for that. There may come a time when this is not possible, so we must walk while we yet have the light.
Hello, dear Josie,
All praise and thanks be to God. Amen. I am the one of whom you write. The, “18 days”, is the amount of time allowed for by VAS, in which the Conclave had to meet to BEGIN the process of election, of the next Vicar of Christ Jesus. Thus, Roncalli’s conclave did meet the requirement of VAS, as it relates the date by which they had to meet, for the sole purpose of election. That said, and as you know, and as Teresa has written extensively about, Roncalli could NEVER have been elected, as per Pope Paul IV’s Apostolic Constitution, “Cum Ex….”, circa 1559. May Almighty God continue to bless and keep you, Josie. Mark
Teresa and Mark, make God bless you both abundantly for all the time you have spent trying to point others to what they ought to read and what they ought to know and what they ought to do in these treacherous times. Teresa, it seems there is an uptick in comments on betrayedcatholics lately, and fervour seems to be growing, which is very encouraging. I was Protestant for 22 years, and have only been Catholic for 10, and let’s just say the learning curve these past 10 years has been — “STEEP”!
Wishing everyone a very blessed Holy Week, and I would like to recommend a book to anyone looking for help in bringing contrition to the heart: “The Prayers and Meditations of Saint Anselm with the Proslogion”. The more we can weep and pour out our sins to God, the more grace will abide in our souls. Here is a sample from the book, from Chapter 12. Prayer to St John the Evangelist:
one of the great apostles of God,
one of the great lords of the kingdom of God,
one of those who are very rich in love,
loving God, and loved by him,
the richest in love of those whom God loves.
John, wealthy with such blessed riches,
and rich with such blessed wealth.
See, here is a soul that is wretched but Christian,
poor, and in need of those riches with which you are rich.
Hungry, I plead at the gate of your clemency,
a beggar, I ask alms of your rich store.
Out of that which is able to satisfy you and many
without being diminished
at least share with me as much as will enable me to live.
Rich friend of God,
grant to the soul of a poor servant of God who loves you
from the wealthy store-room of your heart
that which is little to you but great to me,
easy to you, vital to me;
give me alms, that my Lord who has been pleased
to enrich you in order to make many rich
may deign through you to revive even this dying life.
My soul is poor, my lord, beloved of our Lord;
I am forced to confess it and I blush to do so.
It is poor in the love of God in both ways –
it loves God so much less that it ought,
and it has so much less of the love of God than it needs.
Of course, I confess that on the one hand I am most unjust
and on the other that God is just;
in both ways I know myself to be very wretched
in the just judgement of God.”
“O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord will require truth, and will repay them abundantly that act proudly. Do ye manfully, and let your heart be strengthened, all ye that hope in the Lord.” Psalms 30:24-25
I concur unreservedly with your recommendation of the reading of Saint Anselm. I, just in the last 2 months, acquired, “Anselm of Canterbury–The Major Works–including Monologion, Proslogion, and Why God Became Man”, as well as, “St. Anselm’s book of meditations and prayers”. Absolute food for one’s soul, as he taught: one must first receive the perfectly gratuitous gift of the divine and Catholic Faith and only then can the intellect see the truth. Amen. Mark
I’m still researching the medals and will eventually publish what I find. I still wear the “new” design — at least of this moment — but my findings are, so far, very curious. I do have the original St Benedict medal and plan to distribute them.
What you say about God knowing our intent, I sometimes think of that for everyone who has gone astray.
As an altar boy growing up, I knew a priest that I liked very much. Of course, he was not a Catholic priest at all — ordained in the 70s, he was much too late for that. God knew that the boy at the altar was trying to glorify Him in the way that he’d been taught. The priest, I want to think that it was the same, but you would also think he would have known that something big was wrong. While I haven’t seen him in over 30 years, through a chance encounter I heard that he died yesterday.
But certainly not everyone involved in the NO or who left the Church after the apostasy can be considered guilt free. I do think that a number of sad priests ordained after the passing of pope Pius XII have probably figured it out. Even with them, we’ve just about come to the end of things. And no one is out there looking for an old “traditional bishop” anymore, not that it would mean a whit, anyway.
St Benedict is also one of the patrons of our household. I haven’t read it but I understand there is a book, The Benedict Option, whose thesis is that the only thing to do in this decaying age is to save things of worth for a future generation. The thought used to be infuriating to me — I didn’t want to monk things away in cellars, I wanted to restore and bring everything back RIGHT NOW. But we see how that’s been working. In the place where I live, the culture, the traditions, the artifacts, the history, the peoples, the customs, the mores, the art, the landscape, the lores, are all very rapidly disappearing. I’m not saying that the end of the world will happen this Holy Week, and when it will happen I will never know, God knows, but I do know that bringing it all back RIGHT NOW is not going to happen, and in fact I will probably witness most or all of it disappearing utterly. But the cellar is not looking like a good option, either: nowhere on this earth do I see the inklings or the makings of any some future civilization that will be interested in any of these things that would be safely squirreled away. “But yet the Son of man, when he cometh…”
On October 27, 1958, there was a great natural disaster, an explosion in WV/VA … in the Bishop Mine.
An October 28 “election” — a day late and a collar short.
Something else came out in 1958 that has relevance to us. “Disqualification of Electors in Ecclesiastical Elections”:
I’ve been trying to trace out the dissolution of the Church and the end of the Sacraments, and look forward to reading your new blog on that.
This blog gets the best comments.
1. So I haven’t delved in to these topics in depth in a while. The argument about VAS making traditionalist consecrations / ordinations invalid I think is unique to this site alone (no?). Have you forwarded the argument to the various organizations to see what their view is of this argument?…
2. From what I remember, it or laws like it were thought to cease to be relevant due to a principle of the “intrinsic cessation of law” to use that phrase…
3. The other problem is with “conclavism”… Thus, I see VAS as an attempt to both argue against the “independent traditionalist” operations, and against conclavism. I am not really entirely sure if it is successful on both fronts…
4. The idea that Christ’s Church might be maintained by “vagrant clergy” certainly doesn’t sit well with me…
5. With respect to “conclavism”, assuming the objection of VAS to not stand, it would seem possible for the entire world to reject Vatican 2 and the papal claimants since then, and acknowledge a vacancy exists, and then to elect a pope, who being elected and accepted by everyone, would then be “convalidated” as pope and be able to reconcile various valid but illicit “clergy”, to maintain apostolic succession. Personally I have considered this to be the more likely route that this crisis will be resolved today, although I know this site and other such sites seem to take an apocalyptic interpretation of the crisis.
6. I guess I don’t even totally understand the motivation for arguing “traditionalist orders” to be invalid; it seems sufficient to argue they ought to be avoided…
7. Anyway, I would be curious to see what other people think of this viewpoint. (I see you do have articles about some of these topics; as I mentioned, I’d have to go back and sort through some things)
8. Anyway, any thoughts on the above? Personally I think the foundational argument for sedevacantism is a bit flimsy, i.e. attempts to prove Roncalli to be a pre-election heretic, or proofs of Vatican 2 being heretical. Existing arguments may be successful in proving the case, I just recall that they seem to be in need of strengthening or examination and testing sharing to a wider audience to see if any objections exist that might undermine the arguments.
As you see, I have edited your comments and reduced them to talking points. I will respond to each numbered point below.
1. Yes, I believe that the presentation of the truth of Traditionalists’ invalidity is unique to this site. But I have no obligation to forward anything to anyone. If they want to know what I believe they can read for themselves. My work has been available online for 17 years and so far no one has come close to presenting equally compelling proofs contradicting the sources that I present.
2. The “intrinsic cessation of law” is a joke. VAS is not a “law” but an infallible pronouncement. The laws Traditionalists claim to have ceased issue from Divine, not ecclesiastical law. VAS forbids anyone to dispense even from ecclesiastical laws and voids such pretended dispensations. And Divine law can never be contravened. Remember, we obey VAS; we don’t attempt to interpret it.
3. The election of a true pope is possible only if there are certainly valid HIERARCHY to exercise it, and none now exist. It must be CANONICAL in order to be valid, conducted according to the rules provided in Canon Law. This is infallible papal teaching. It cannot be canonical because there is no hierarchy to make it so.
4. That Christ’s Church can be maintained by vagrant clergy is a heresy condemned at the Council of Trent; it shouldn’t sit well with you.
5. How can someone not determined to be certainly valid by a canonically elected pope possibly perpetuate apostolic succession? Such succession can exist only in true bishops approved by Pope Pius XII who opposed Vatican 2 and the Novus Ordo Missae, then gathered to elect a pope. Had they done this within a certain time frame, it could possible have been considered valid. They didn’t and now they are all dead.
6. It is NOT sufficient that Traditionalist orders simply be avoided because this amounts to cooperation in error. Traditionalists operate in violation of Can. 147 and all of their acts are voided not just by VAS but under Can. 104. As long as people perceive them as valid and just illicit, the illusion that the episcopacy can exist to replace and in the absence of the papacy still exists, to deceive people in believing exactly what you are proposing — that a pope could still be validly elected.
7. Have you read the proofs that have been presented for Roncalli’s invalidity in my book The Phantom Church in Rome?? Have you carefully researched and refuted each one? This is what even credible secular researchers do to refute arguments. I presented my case decades ago and under Canons 1812, 1816, 1827 and that case stands until proven incorrect. In addition, such proofs opposing it must be presented in accordance with the laws and practices of the Church.
8. What I present here are not arguments or opinions but laws and teachings of the Church; they are not up for “examination,” discussion or debate. We obey them, not question them. In the past, the theologians of the Church were allowed to discuss and debate certain things as they were under episcopal and papal approval. This is not true of us today. We can only quote the popes themselves, also those theologians who were unquestionably orthodox and loyal to them to a fault. We obey the Popes and those men, NOT Traditionalists; for both they and their leaders are lay people who are not even Catholic!
Please read the articles on this site at length on these topics before commenting, to avoid any confusion on these matters.