SSPX. LCWR. Benedict XVI.
This week has been interesting due to the fact that the SSPX vs. Rome discussions may be coming to a positive end soon. In addition, the CDF’s “crackdown on nuns” is also making a ripple in the news.
Some things that I have noticed is that the some folks in the media have no idea what the SSPX really is. To them, they see SS and think, “Oh that must be like the Hitler Youth that the Pope was in.” Or, they think it’s some airport call sign.
Some good things to remember is that at the end of the day, we need to consider which groups have upheld church teachings and which groups have not.
Some people in the media are foaming at the mouth to call the SSPX position schismatic–but they aren’t extending the criticism to other groups that could be considered schismatic due to their positions on abortion, contraception, and wymmynprsts. The latter groups causing an increased measure of soul-risk.
It’s easy for the mainstream media to side with the church of kum-ba-ya because they seem not to have any understanding of authentic Catholic thought.
One thing that is for certain however, is that the Holy Father is up to something interesting.
It is time to get serious.
Remember the words of the Holy Father’s Chrism Mass homily:
Recently a group of priests from a European country issued a summons to disobedience, and at the same time gave concrete examples of the forms this disobedience might take, even to the point of disregarding definitive decisions of the Church’s Magisterium, such as the question of women’s ordination, for which Blessed Pope John Paul II stated irrevocably that the Church has received no authority from the Lord. Is disobedience a path of renewal for the Church?
And from the Easter Vigil homily:
The darkness that poses a real threat to mankind, after all, is the fact that he can see and investigate tangible material things, but cannot see where the world is going or whence it comes, where our own life is going, what is good and what is evil. The darkness enshrouding God and obscuring values is the real threat to our existence and to the world in general. If God and moral values, the difference between good and evil, remain in darkness, then all other “lights”, that put such incredible technical feats within our reach, are not only progress but also dangers that put us and the world at risk. Today we can illuminate our cities so brightly that the stars of the sky are no longer visible. Is this not an image of the problems caused by our version of enlightenment? With regard to material things, our knowledge and our technical accomplishments are legion, but what reaches beyond, the things of God and the question of good, we can no longer identify. Faith, then, which reveals God’s light to us, is the true enlightenment, enabling God’s light to break into our world, opening our eyes to the true light.
And from his April 18th General Audience:
In our continuing catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn from the prayer of Mary and the Apostles awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to the “little Pentecost” described in the fourth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. After the arrest and release of Peter and John, the community joined in prayer and “the place where they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness” (v. 31). This prayer shows the unity of the early community, which asks only to proclaim the word of God fearlessly in the face of persecution. It seeks to discern present events in the light of God’s saving plan and the fulfillment of prophecy in the mystery of Christ. It also begs God to accompany by his power the preaching of the Gospel. May this prayer of the early Church inspire our own prayer. May we seek to discern God’s loving plan in the light of Christ and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, who bestows the hope which does not disappoint (cf. Rom 5:5).
Couple that with the idea that Benedict XVI has made comments in the past about how the church in the future will be smaller.
Things are heating up in Rome. The Holy Father has expressed that he is in the last stretch of his life. That sentiment is probably quite normal for any octogenarian.
However, his statements coupled with the actions from Rome (i.e. CDF corrective documents) this month seem to be colored with a sense of urgency.
The Holy Spirit has been known to provide in one’s weakest moments.
We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.