Point-Counterpoint

Sometimes it appears that our only defense is to fight back with words and so we publish first the “Point”:

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And now the Counterpoint:

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An Essay By a Disenfranchised Catholic

What does disenfranchised mean? According to Google, it can mean one of the following:

deprived of power; marginalized.
deprive (someone) of a right or privilege

As far as we are concerned for this essay, either of the above can apply for we have been in the reign of the following occupants of the Chair of Peter: John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis I from Vatican II until now. Now some will debate this and say we can have these privileges so long as we accept Vatican II and its novelties, at least in principle. But, how does one give up one principle (the Mass of St. Pius V in 1570 and the Baltimore Catechisms) in order to accept another principle (the Ordinary Form of Mass in the novus ordo of Paul VI in 1970)? The following extract of the Code of Canon Law is instructive in this regard: “Can. 214. The Christian faithful have the right to worship God according to the prescripts of their own rite approved by the legitimate pastors of the Church and to follow their own form of spiritual life so long as it is consonant with the doctrine of the Church.

Following Vatican II, Paul VI, pressured by the progressives and modernists in the Church (particularly those of the Second Vatican Council), implemented the Missal of 1970 to be used in the official worship of the Church. This, despite the words of St. Pius V in 1570, which mandated the Traditional Mass in perpetuity as the official form of worship basically unchanged up to 1962. In the intervening years between 1970 and 2007 the novus ordo was the form of the Mass utilized in Churches throughout the Roman Rite. Thus, traditional Catholics were deprived of the right to the Traditional Mass and those who held to that Mass were marginalized by the Church officials and their priests were suspended (if they did not agree that the novus ordo was not only valid in principle but the official form of worship in the Church). In 2007 Benedict XVI issued a motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, which said basically that the Traditional Mass was never abrogated and that every Catholic priest had the right to celebrate the Traditional Mass. However, by this time the modernists and progressives were so entrenched in positions of authority in the Church that many bishops simply ignored Summorum Pontificum. By then the damage, as they say, had been done.

But, dear friends, Almighty God does not leave His children defenseless, and during this period He sent bishops totally committed to Tradition and the perennial magisterium of Holy Mother Church to our chapel, a veritable modern-day catacomb (in the sense of its being hidden from the world). These bishops were traveling from their home dioceses for ecclesiastical meetings and functions of one kind or another. They knew they would find a place of serenity and peace in a turbulent world and would be supported by our traditional priests and sisters in their personal needs and requirements. When in the course of discussions with our priests, they learned that we had been basically ignored by the local Ordinary they took pity on us and agreed to perform the sacrament of Confirmation for the people attending the chapel.

One bishop, bishop of a diocese in Central America, when he learned that our seminarians had been waiting for approximately 20 years for traditional ordinations, yes, 20 years, after scrutinizing carefully the priest-candidates and the background and qualifications of the Father Superior, decided that he would ordain them that very night. He gave faculties to the Father Superior to be delegated to the priests according to their progress in ministry. This bishop was the Ordinary of a diocese of a country in Central America. (He required that his identity be kept close to the vest for he knew that “wolves” would prey on his act of mercy as something illicit and not according to Church rules). Nevertheless, the supreme law of the Church, the salvation of souls was obviously at work.

It should also be noted that this group of dedicated priests and nuns have not received one dime of support or encouragement from the local Ordinary or his predecessor since their arrival in Colorado in 1977. They came at the request of Catholics who had been deprived of the traditional rite of sacraments and they built their community with their own blood, sweat and tears, along with voluntary donations of many friends and benefactors throughout the country and the world. At one time they had to sell their hand-tools in order to survive and they have suffered immensely to fulfill their vocations. Even today they exist through the support of Our Lord and Savior, Blessed Mother, St. Joseph and the many saints whose images may be found in their Chapel as well as through the donations of those attending their Chapel. These same people attending their Chapel are requested by the local Ordinary to discontinue their support and return to the diocese and “communion with the Universal Church.”

Unfortunately, the story does not end there. For, in July 2013 the bishop of Colorado Springs published a Declaration against them, a group holding fast to the Traditional Mass and sacraments and unwilling to subscribe to the novelties following Vatican II. (This Declaration, by the way, did not even get the Father Superior’s ordination date correct and is loaded with legalisms unworthy of a true Shepherd of souls.) Therefore, one must ask oneself the question: “Why doesn’t the local Ordinary simply grant faculties to the Servants and leave them alone to practice their Faith in union with the souls who have entrusted themselves to their care?” The answer appears to be that the Servants will not agree to post Vatican II novelties in liturgy, practice and belief. This is a situation that cries out to Heaven for Justice. In fact, we can say with a great deal of sincerity: Lord, we have not left the Church, the Church has left us! Let there be no misunderstanding, however, we know that those in positions of authority in the Church are there legally, or licitly if you prefer, but we also know that they cannot force us to believe that which does not conform to the traditional magisterium in which thousands, indeed millions, have been saved before their arrival on the scene. Indeed, even today those who adhere steadfastly to Tradition are categorized as extremists and are held with great disdain by many in the modernist hierarchy.

Prayers are requested for these valiant souls who are committed to only one thing – the salvation of souls, the supreme law of the Church. May Almighty God bless them and protect them from harm and the devious motives of those who seek to promote disharmony among their supporters. In a day and age when the very Occupant of the Chair of Peter says: “Who am I to judge?” perhaps that same question should be asked by those in positions of authority in the Church and the state of Colorado. As stated in the beginning, we have no other way to defend ourselves other than with words and the truth as we know it. May Almighty God, Blessed Mother, St. Joseph and all the Saints be our sole refuge in these extraordinary times.

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