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Miracles vs. V2/Modernist Clergy

But Jesus said: Do not forbid him. For there is no man that doth a miracle in my name, and can soon speak ill of me.Mark 9:38

 
A statement was recently discovered in a book by a man from Italy, presumably Catholic, stating that many priests, bishops, and even those in the Vatican no longer believe in miracles. In case there are other Catholics who may doubt the existence of miracles, this is a good opportunity to review what the Catholic Church has taught on the subject. Some Catholics may not know, but the Church teaches that it is mandatory to believe in the principle of miracles.

Looking at the definition of “Miracle” in “A Catholic Dictionary” (Attwater), it states that a miracle is “an effect wrought in nature directly by God” and that it is “wrought independently of natural powers and laws and of such a character that man reasonably concludes that God himself, who alone is above and beyond nature, is the immediate and direct cause…“. Most importantly, the definition also states, “Though a Catholic is bound to accept this principle as a matter of faith, the miraculous character of each individual occurrence must be settled by evidence. Hence no individual miracles, except those mentioned in holy Scripture, are of faith.

Scripture:
Scripture confirms the continuance of miracles in the Church (which has been clearly seen throughout its history):
“Otherwise believe for the very works’ sake. Amen, amen I say to you, he that believeth in me, the works that I do, he also shall do; and greater than these shall he do.” John 14:12



“And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17,18 



Council of Trent (16th century):

“And the bishops shall carefully teach this, -that, by means of the histories of the mysteries of our Redemption, portrayed by paintings or other representations, the people are instructed, and confirmed in (the habit of) remembering, and continually revolving in mind the articles of faith; as also that great profit is derived from all sacred images, not only because the people are thereby admonished of the benefits and gifts bestowed upon them by Christ, but also because the miracles which God has performed by means of the saints, and their salutary examples, are set before the eyes of the faithful; that so they may give God thanks for those things; may order their own lives and manners in imitation of the saints; and may be excited to adore and love God, and to cultivate piety. But if any one shall teach, or entertain sentiments, contrary to these decrees; let him be anathema.”

First Vatican Council (1870):

“If anyone says that all miracles are impossible, and that therefore all reports of them, even those contained in sacred scripture, are to be set aside as fables or myths; or that miracles can never be known with certainty, nor can the divine origin of the Christian religion be proved from them: let him be anathema.”

Baltimore Catechism (1885): 
Q. 324. How did Christ show and prove His divine power? 

A. Christ showed and proved His divine power chiefly by His miracles, which are extraordinary works that can be performed only by power received from God, and which have, therefore, His sanction and authority.

Q. 1210. Has God Himself honored relics? 

A. God Himself has frequently honored relics by permitting miracles to be wrought through them. There is an example given in the Bible, in the IV Book of Kings, where it is related that a dead man was restored to life when his body touched the bones, that is, the relics of the holy prophet Eliseus.

The Oath against Modernism (Pope St. Pius X, 1910)

“To be sworn to by all clergy, pastors, confessors, preachers, religious superiors, and professors in philosophical-theological seminaries:

….I accept and acknowledge the external proofs of revelation, that is, divine acts and especially miracles and prophecies as the surest signs of the divine origin of the Christian religion and I hold that these same proofs are well adapted to the understanding of all eras and all men, even of this time.”

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God Bless BJS!!

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Infallibility & Indefectability of The Church

​”And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.” Matthew 16:18

“Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” Matthew 19:24

There are four marks of the Church; One, Holy, Catholic (universal), and Apostolic. The Church also has particular attributes. Two of its attributes are Infallibility and Indefectability. Here we consider some of the Church’s teaching regarding its Infallibility and Indefectability.

INFALLIBILITY

Extraordinary Magisterium (I.e. the teaching office)

  • The Pope himself is infallible when speaking ex Cathedra according to the conditions laid down by the Vatican Council in 1870
  • The Pope in union with an Ecumenical Council is infallible when defining points of Faith and Morals.

These are two ways that the Magisterium of the Church is infallible in teaching in an extraordinary way.

Ordinary Magisterium

Question: Is the Church’s Magisterium infallible in any other way?

Answer: Yes the Church can also be infallible in its Ordinary Magisterium.

Question: When is the Church infallible in its Ordinary Magisterium?

Answer: When the pope and the bishops are in moral unanimity, which means most all of them, teaches a belief as the doctrine of Christ, as concerning faith and morals, to the whole church, then you have something called Universal Ordinary Magisterium. It has to be taught by the pope in union with all the bishops who are dispersed throughout the world. If those conditions are met, then there is present the Universal Ordinary Magisterium and according to that same Vatican Council of 1870, we owe the assent of faith to what is proposed as the doctrine of Christ by this Universal Ordinary Magisterium. This is of Divine Faith which means it is revealed by Christ Himself. So this act of the Magisterium has the same infallibility as a papal pronouncement ex Cathedra, which is solemn or extraordinary magisterium; and is very rare.

An example of Universal Ordinary Magisterium is the teaching of guardian angels. There is no solemn declaration concerning the existence of guardian angels,  but it’s universally taught by the Catholic Church. So, it is impossible,  therefor, that the pope and bishops together, teaching what is contained in revelation, teaching it universally to the whole church could err. It’s impossible because they are the teaching Church and as such they are assisted in that role by the Holy Ghost.

Question : Isn’t it the Universal Ordinary Magisterium only when it is a teaching in line with Tradition?

Answer :When the Ordinary Magisterium (pope in union with the majority of bishops), teaches Universally then we are witnessing Tradition actively happening before our eyes. It is not possible for it not to be line with Tradition since the Universal Ordinary Magisterium and Tradition is one and the same thing.

Question : But do not many priests and bishops today say that this is possible for the Ordinary Magisterium to teach contrary to Christ and that this is what has happened today with the Novus Ordo Church?

Answer : Yes, it is true that many do say that, but they have unwittingly fallen into a grave doctrinal error contrary to the teaching of both Christ Himself and His Church. If you ask them to substantiate their error they cannot.
INDEFECTABILITY

Question : Bishop Williamson seems to present a new notion of the Church’s indefectability. Does he?

Answer : Yes, he does seem to present indefectability as merely the survival of the Church and he talks about defections as being the defections of Catholics to Islam in the 6th and 7th centuries and the defection of many Catholics to Protestantism in the 16th century. And this is not what the Church means by indefectability.

What the Catholic Church means by indefectability is that the Catholic Church in her universal teachings concerning faith and morals and in her Sacred Liturgy and in her disciplines, cannot propose anything that is contrary to faith and morals. That the Church is always holy in these regards/aspects. That is, dogma and of course morals with that liturgy and discipline. It can never teach a false religion. It can never  defect from the truth in its official teaching and that includes Universal Ordinary Magisterium. It cannot propose to us to do something evil; give us an evil discipline or an evil law. It cannot promulgate to us a false liturgy; a liturgy that does not portray the truth concerning the Holy Eucharist and the other sacraments. It is prevented, by the assistance of Christ, from doing this. Thus is the promise of Christ. And the whole power of the Church, is that it has this assistance from Christ precisely not to do these things. It is preserved from error.

Pope Pius the IX said in 1868, in a letter addressed to Protestants, said – in this Church, meaning the Catholic Church – “the truth must always remain stable and inaccessible to every change. So as to keep, absolutely intact, the deposit confided to her and for whose safeguard the presence and assistance of the Holy Ghost has been promised to her forever.” In one sentence, that’s what the indefectability of the Catholic Church means.

That large numbers of people defecting/defected from the Catholic Church does not have anything to do with the indefectability of the Catholic Church. The indefectability is the absolute stability of the Church in proposing the truth and in proposing the true liturgy and true disciplines that are not sinful.

Now, if we compare that to what has happened since Vatican 2, why are we reacting so much to Vatican 2 and its reforms – what Bp Williamson calls Conciliarism. Why are we reacting to all that? Why have we set up an Apostolate against those who have imposed the doctrines of Vatican 2? Who have imposed the new code of cannon law? Who have imposed the new liturgy and all of the other things that have come out of Vatican 2? Ecumenism, and many other disciplines that are contrary to Faith. Why are we opposing them if those things do not constitute a new and false religion, which is not the Catholic religion? Our very actions attest to the fact that we know, by faith, that what has come out of the Vatican 2 is a new and false religion. Otherwise, we would not oppose it. Indeed, we have gone to so much trouble to oppose it. It would be much easier to go to our local parish churches and accept everything. But we have made our lives – lives of opposition to this new religion and we are staking our eternal salvation on this opposition to this new religion. Therefore, we cannot associate this new religion and with the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, with the authority to teach, rule, and sanctify the Church, which is given by Christ – this Church, which is assisted by the Holy Ghost. Otherwise, we must say that the Church has defected. This Catholic Church, which has been promised the assistance of Christ and the Holy Ghost, that it has defected by giving the whole world this false religion. So the only conclusion is, that those who are promoting this false religion, do not represent the Catholic Church. They are phony prelates, who do not represent the Catholic Church and they are manifesting their phoniness by the fact that they are promulgating this new religion.

Question : You mention Conciliarism as the term used by Bishop Williamson. Can you speak about this notion of Conciliar Church and Catholic Church and the distinctions?

Answer : Yes, the SSPX in general, distinguishes between the Conciliar Church and the Catholic Church. They go so far as to say that the Novus Ordo pope is the pope of two different churches – the Conciliar Church and the Catholic Church and sometimes he speaks as head of the Conciliar Church and sometimes he speaks as head of the Catholic Church and the way that you can tell how he is speaking is that the Society of Saint Pius X will put what he says into a sifter, essentially,  and will sift out to you the Catholic stuff and the other things will remain in the sifter. But there is a problem with that whole theory. The precise problem that we are facing is that the modernists did not break away from the Catholic Church. That they, through subterfuge,  managed to rise to powers – to places of power and they then used that to impose this new religion. Now, in fact they did not have the power, but they seemed to have the power. And they use that to promote this new religion. It’s like rats at the bottom of the ship that have gotten up to the top deck and are now steering the ship ; both at the rudder and at the wheel but they have not declared themselves outside of the ship and no one else has declared them outside of the ship. That is the precise problem that we have, but that does not mean that they cease to be rats. These are modernists (better off if they were just rats), who are not Catholics. Who are attempting to thrust upon the Church this new religion and our reaction to them must be precisely that they are not in fact, true prelates of the Catholic Church, they have no authority at all to teach, rule, and sanctify the Church. They are phony prelates from which we must avoid and accuse them. They should be identified as non-Catholic, more protesters, and thrown out of the Church of Christ.

When the sheep realize that there is a wolf in sheep’s clothing in the fold, they run as fast as they can to get away from him. This is the only proper response Catholics should have. Our Lord has stated the sheep hear His voice and know Him, we are armed with the Faith this is how we know when Christ is speaking. St. Paul even tells us, even if he or an angel of Heaven should come to us preaching a different word from what has already been taught, let him be anathema. Not, let us consider him the pope in certain circumstances or that he’s in charge of multiple churches.

Question : What is the response to Bp. Williamson who says this is thinking humanly, all too humanly?

Answer : How does humanity get into any of this? This is simply a defending of the Indefectability and Infallibility of the Catholic Church; the assistance of the Holy Ghost to the government of the Catholic Church: to the true pope and true bishops of the Catholic Church. That – where is humanity in that? Those are supernatural, invisible things that come from God. How is it thinking humanly? He would like to accuse it as being an emotional response. Thinking, well, Novus Ordo is so horrible that these people could not be popes. This is untrue, as there is no emotion involved in this at all.

This is plain and simply a recognition of the true nature of the Catholic Church, of the assistance of the Holy Ghost to the Catholic Church, and the fact that this false religion cannot come down from God. It cannot come down from the authority of Christ, nor from the authority of the pope.

Pope Pius XII stated that the authority of Christ and the authority of the pope are one and the same authority. So, if we hand to them the papacy, we have to hand to them at the same time the Catholicity of the Novus Ordo, and the Catholicity of Vatican 2, and we have to hand to them the legitimacy of everything that has been done for the past 50+ years and then we have to turn around and condemn ourselves.

Question : Is this understanding of the Church’s teaching regarding Infallibility and Indefectability becoming more and more popular because of Francis?

Answer : Francis very well could be a big factor in it. There’s really no longer any reason to make any arguments when Francis is saying all the horrendous things that he has been saying for the past 3 years. Bergoglio’s statements are so damning, that anyone with a brain could figure out that he is not a Roman Catholic. How can anyone say that man is a Roman Catholic?  He is a very clear and open heretic.

We have one duty: Be faithful to the teaching of the Church.

God Bless BJS!!

Papal Authority

 “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.”

So called Catholics today are under the notion that the pope, when elected, assumes all freedom from human error. They wrongly assume that he is no longer human and everything he says and does is law and belief of the Catholic Church and this is not so. In a previous post I discussed some errors with modern clergy that contradicts official Catholic teaching; in this post I would like to go into more detail on what should be expected of the Pope, how modern clergy are not Catholic, and some examples.
To start the Pope is considered the Vicar of Christ on Earth when he lives up to the position and is in full communion with the Catholic Church. That is to say a pope remains the pope if he is not considered a heretic or a schismatic, publicly or otherwise.One cannot be the head of any corporation and be a strong proponent in the opposition. They would get booted out of office. Whether or not he is denounced publicly or privately he is either Catholic, or not. If he is not Catholic he ceases to be head of the Catholic Church.

Once again Canon Law (188) Section (4) states: ”By tacit resignation through operation of law, all offices become vacant automatically [ipso facto] and without ANY declaration if a cleric… (4) publicly defects from the Catholic faith.”

When there exists a Catholic Pope in office it is a Catholic’s duty to listen and adhere to the truths of the Faith. When there is not a Catholic Pope in office it is a Catholic’s duty to combat erroneous teachings, as well not recognize imposter clergy as being Catholic, and resist the changes to God’s Holy Mass. The pope is infallible in teaching moral truths of the Faith, repudiating enemies of the Church, and its ordinary teachings of the Faith. This occurs when the pope is actually Catholic.

Since 1958 with Pope Pius XII being the last pope that was not a public heretic, we sedevacantists believe that the chair of Peter has been empty. This is not the first time in history this has happened (popes have died without successors) but this has been the longest in Church history and has been foretold in Scripture. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15

The Roman Pontiff (when truly Catholic) is the Supreme Head of Christ’s Church on Earth.  If you disobey a true pope you are committing as much of a crime against God as obeying in false obedience to things you know deep down are wrong and immoral. Both against God and His Supreme natural order over all created things. The Catholic Church is now facing every single heresy it conquered in the past all aimed at it at once.

Let us take a look at the so-called legacy of the “pope” John Paul II:

-He was praised for abandoning the Faith, praised for ecumenism, for having human rights in mind, but never for upholding the Catholic Faith.

-He kissed the Qur’an publicly, a book that denies the divinity of Christ and that He died for us on the cross.

-He removed a crucifix from an altar in Assisi and replaced it with a statue of a golden buddha, it was then incensed by buddhist monks in 1986

-He performed, as well as praise voodoo religion, worshipping of demons and false gods.

– He praised Martin Luther who stated Jesus Christ committed adultery three times. Mr. Luther was called a deeply spiritual man by JP2.

-Praised a joint declaration on justification with Lutherans that denies the teachings on justification from the Council of Trent.

-Declaring non-Catholic religions are means of salvation, contrary to the Catholic dogma that outside the Church there is no salvation. And that these other religions be taught to children.

-The promulgation of the ecumenical directory, which permits abominable acts of communication in sacred things with heretics and schismatics.

-Permission of Catholics to be married in front of Protestant religions and giving Holy Communion to non-Catholics.

-Permitting Zoroastrian priests to worship fire, which is the oldest form of idolatry,  in Assisi. The reason why God called Abraham out of Aur to found the Faith upon him.

-Beatification of Mother Theresa who did not strive to convert the Hindus, instead told them to be good Hindus in Time Magazine. 

-Promulgation of document concerning communion with “particular churches” that are in “partial communion” with the Church of Christ. Finding reasons to say that these sources are legitimate ways of salvation. Stating these sects have “essential elements of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church” which is directly contrary to the Apostle’s Creed itself which is insistent on one Church of Christ.

-Approval of a mass for Nestorian heretics in Iraq that has no words of consecration,  and permission to Chaldean Catholics to attend this empty mass in order to fulfill their Sunday obligation. 

-Believed and taught there is no fire in Hell.

-Taught that Jews were our “big brothers” in the Faith. Approval of a document that states their expectations of a messiah are not in vain.

-Permitting American  Bishops to teach that we should not attempt to convert the Jews to Christ because they have their own covenant with God, which is a blasphemy.

-Stating that Muslims, Christians, and Jews all worship the same God. Even though Jews and Muslims deny Jesus Christ is God.

-Drinking a ritual potion of a pagan ceremony in the Fiji Islands.

– Permitting himself to be marked, using cow dung, by the sign of Shiva the Hindu God of destruction. 

-Numbers of times he has had heretical and schismatic groups perform their rights and blessings in Catholic Churches. People that are no more priest than your mailman.

-Declaring non-Catholic religions have Apostolic missions from God.

-New Code of Cannon Law which gives rise to particular churches, communion of non-Catholics, and mortal sins of Catholics participating in the worship of non-Catholics.

-He stated in a Lutheran Church that the miracles of Christ do not prove his messianic dignity, which is in direct contrary to the teaching of the first Vatican Council in 1870.

-Use of a bare breasted 18 year old American college student to read the Epistle at mass in New Guinea.

-Giving pectoral crosses to Anglican Bishops permitting that the document Apostoligae Cure (by Pope Leo XIII in 1899 condeming Anglican orders, final statement on topic), be reevaluated. These crosses are given only to Catholic Bishops, these Anglicans are just lay people.

-Anglican Bishop installed as an official to the Roman See. The same people who can’t figure out from the Bible that sodomy is a sin and have women priests.

-Just consider the general abandonment of orthodoxy: most Catholics use artifical birth control, priests committed and are committing unspeakable immoral crimes, nuns are now feminist and pro-choice.

-No Faith, or piety.

-Consider the shape of Catholic education on all levels, and how much immortality now reigns.

Saint Pope Pius the X saw the effects of modernism coming and in 1910 wrote a papal encyclical stating that all clergy would have to swear an oath against it. In 1884 Pope Leo XIII had a vision after mass with God and Satan 

Satan said, “I could destroy Your Church if I had the time, and more power over those who give themselves over to my service.” And then Pope Leo heard Christ to answer, “You have the power, you have the time: 100 years.”
Pope Leo felt compelled to ask for St. Michael the Archangel’s help against the agents of Satan on earth whom he recognized already then as having “raised the throne of their abominable impiety” in “the Holy Place itself” with the “iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered.”
The prayer to St. Michael the archangel was added after Mass. But we can see that the tree of Catholicity has really been shaken, and dead fruits are abundant on the ground all around it.

God Bless BJS!!