A favor…

…because you never know when certain ideas will get pulled as doubpleplus ungood.

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In The Heart of Every Traditionalist Lies A Schismatic

Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:44 AM Comments (0)

Just because you are paranoid, doesn’t mean they are not out to get you.

When it comes to traditionalists in the Church, the hits just keep on coming. We have now the regretful news that the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate will join their brethren in the deepest fog and fire of purgatory.

The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have suffered under the draconian rule of of their imposed commissioner under the direction of His Eminence João Braz de Aviz Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life for the crime of crypto-lefebvrianism and justified by supposed internal dissent.

We regret to hear the news that that Cardinal Braz de Aviz has now placed under visitation the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate. Although, with no clear signs of internal dissent, one can assume that merely crypto-lefebvrianism is again the grounds for indictment.

I have detailed the disproportionate and draconian penalties imposed on the friars, so I will not detail them again.

I have suspected for some time that at the root of this ecclesiastical McCarthyism lies the deep suspicion of the Congregation that in the heart of every traditionalist lies a schismatic in pretend communion. I think this is amply demonstrated by Commissioner Fr. Volpi’s public letter in which he described the reason for the visitation as a “crypto-lefebvrian and definitely traditionalist drift.”

So sure are the orders inquisitors of the schism in the hearts of traditionalists that any measure, no matter how disproportionate, that might drive these hidden schismatics into the open is justified.

So it is that I have suspected that the penalties imposed on the FFI are designed to do exactly that, to drive some portion of the FI, no matter how small, into the arms of the SSPX so that their suspicions and actions will seem justified. See!! We told you so!! I see now that Roberto de Mattei has the same suspicion.

So far, the FI have thwarted these plan by remaining faithful and obedient, which I suppose shows how nefarious is their crypto intent. Word came this past week that some significant portion of the Friars have petitioned Rome to be released from their pontifical vows and to be placed under diocesan bishops. Dang it, why won’t these schismatics just schism already?

Since it seems that the Friars will not be pushed into disobedience or schism, a fresh new class of crypto-lefebvrians is needed to keep the campaign afloat. Now it is the Sister’s turn. I fully expect a similar failure.

I suspect in the end, as the FI and other traditionalists have been sold to the Egyptians and their colored cloak soaked in blood as proof of their demise, one day the Church will be very thankful that these traditionalists endured and stored up treasure during the famine.


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8 Responses to A favor…

  1. For those of you wondering why Msgr Brunero Gherardini’s powerful book, The Ecumenical Vatican Council II, A MUCH NEEDED DISCUSSION can not be located for purchase, consider that the Casa Mariana Editricem (FFI) which published it, has received the sacramental of defenestration; that it, its has been shuttered.

    For well more than one half century, publishers of perverse texts, whose contents are calamitous cascades of cacodoxy, are allowed to pollute our pellucid doctrines unmolested, but woe betide that publisher courageous enough to publish Faithful Catholics whose reputations for orthodoxy are unquestioned by the sane; they will feel the axe laid to their traditional roots.

  2. Certainly we must not feed the fires of schism, but when frank talk and honest dialogue AMONG CATHOLICS is stamped out as crypto-schismatic, whither the liberty of the sons of God?

    This underlines a key defect in the past fifty years. The problem is not that the Church acts imperially; She has the maternal, and divine, right to shepherd Her children as She sees fit. The Index of prohibited books was a good provided for the sake of the faithful. The Church is much more lax nowadays, but even that is not the key problem. The problem is asymmetrical harshness.

    Not a very profound insight, I know, but we are beholden to relish the richness of our patrimony, not let is be suppressed while tankers of pottage are allowed to soak the faithful.

    In other words, pass the samizdat!

  3. Tony Jokin says:

    Well, given that the book is not available to be purchased. Perhaps you can scan your book in to a PDF, upload and share the links? You can also put a note asking the readers to buy the book when it becomes available?

    From what you say and doing some looking around on Google, it seems like a nice text worth reading. So if you could do it, that would be nice 🙂

  4. Dale Price says:


    Here you go. It’s where I ordered my copy. The airmail is the killer, but the comprehensive bookfinder site revealed this as the only source of the text. Amazon only has his work in Italian.


  5. Tony Jokin says:

    Woah, shipping is indeed killer. Still, worth it I guess. Thanks for giving me the link! I searched on Amazon and as you said, I only found the Italian version 🙂

  6. Tony Jokin says:

    The reason why I said the shipping is killer was because the cost of shipping is more than the price of the book for me :O

  7. Branch says:

    ABS, do you recall what Msgr. Gherardini stated was value of VII? I see that’s what is discussed in chapter two of his book.

  8. His view of the Council is quite complicated in that he confirms that it was a true Ecumenical Council that laid-out for its self an enormous task and he avers that it can not simply be ignored (an idea advanced by Fr. Hunwicke) but rather, that it must be subjected to a serious study by scores of scholars, along with various congresses, and then publications issued by the aforementioned so as to to demonstrate whether or not its teaching are in continuity with the Doctrinal content prior to V2.

    At the end of his study he address an appeal to the Pope (Benedict XVI) and he writes about the putative hermeneutic of continuity, “ …it seems to me that it is urgent that You offer some clarity by responding in an authoritative manner to the question about the Council’s continuity with other Councils – not with declamation, but demonstration – and about its fidelity to the ever vigorous Tradition of the Church..

    Not with declaration, but demonstration.

    I’d like to see it for I am a living witness to the reality that the Catholic Church of today is a different Catholic Church than the one I was born into in1948 and when others tell me that it is the same Catholic Church then I ask them why then was everything – everything observable to the seeing eye – changed?

    I was essentially an apostate for a time in the 1970s and when I first went back to Mass at Holy Cross in South Portland, Maine, I thought I had entered a Methodist structure by mistake and so I met with the Priest after Mass, introduced myself, and asked him what was going on and why all the changes?

    What changes, Larry?

    Well, I was learnt to be polite to Priests and so I didn’t say what I would normally say when a person tells me the reality I see does not exist; Shitteth me thou?

    And it has only gotten worse since the 1970s

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