Monday, September 8, 2014

The weekend in Budapest...

As I winged my way home to Paris on Monday I couldn’t help but reflect with amazement at the weekend’s events in Hungary.  A congregation which had but a few short months before been part of the “SSPX Resistance” had made the intellectual journey to sedevacantism, invited Bishop Sanborn to administer Confirmations, and successfully hosted a conference with at least 40 attendees, not including clergy and myself, with at least 15 of them being professed “Novus Ordo” Catholics. 

His Excellency gave an outstanding conference, which was ably and speedily translated by one of the parishioners of the chapel.  The full video will be available to True Restoration Platinum Annuals and above starting on October 1st.  It will also available for a la carte purchase for $9.99.  The conference was not a repeat of the one given by the Bishop last December in London, which focused on Vatican II and the Catholic response.  This was a much larger talk in scope, which began with the shift in worldview that started in the Renaissance and led, in part, to errors like regalism and Jansenism, and would eventually find their latter day complements in the immanentism of Kant, who H.E. noted is one of the most influential figures in the system of Modernism.  H.E. then connected these developments to persons like Joseph Ratzinger and Hans Kung, who found their hour of triumph at the Second Vatican Council.  His Excellency then, after a brief break for refreshments, proceeded to take one hour of questions, followed by another 30 minutes of “off-the-record” questions during which time we stopped recording and allowed people who needed to leave to do so, while those with more contentious questions were permitted to stay and speak with the Bishop.

There was a line of people who wanted to converse directly with the Bishop, and as I put away the recording equipment I came up to a group of them and let them know, through one of our interpreters, that they had asked some good questions.  It was an opportunity to practice patience with one of the group who was of ill-will who managed to jump from topic to topic, throwing out false analogies and fake “gotchas.”  Fr. McKenna, who could hear the decibel level in my voice rising, gently tapped me on my left shoulder as if to say, “I’ve got this, Stephen.”  I got in one last comment, “It was a disciplinary change, not a change to a sacrament!”  He had claimed that since “Innocent the something” (it wasn’t, it was the Fourth Lateran Council) had decreed that there were to be no more religious orders, but yet later orders were permitted, that so too could Paul VI reverse Sacramentum Ordinis by introducing a novel rite of episocopal consecration.  While I compliment such people for taking the time to come and hear the Bishop, I wonder how often they are actually reading and studying as opposed to memorizing tracts and repeating parts they've memorized (as a side note, Fr. McKenna, about 5 minutes later, had to step away himself and later told me, “that’s one of maybe 5 times in my life I’ve had to walk away from a conversation about the Faith.”  It wasn’t a consolation for me that I’m not built for confrontations like that, but it was a reminder that I need to work on my patience, one of many virtues in myself that need encouragement and nourishment).

After Sunday Mass I had the opportunity to show the Bishop and Fr. McKenna three gems of Budapest (of which there are many), namely: Matthias Church, which witnessed the crowning of the last Holy Roman Emperor, Charles, St. Stephen’s Basilica, where the cassocks they were wearing gained them admittance to some roped-off areas of the basilica as well as to a private viewing of the right arm of St. Stephen, which was in a chapel that was already closed for the day, and Heroes Square, in which the founding of Hungary and a thousand years of its monarchy are commemorated. 

Much more could be said about this trip, including the fact that I had an opportunity to interview Bishop Sanborn on clerical vocations, a video that will be hitting True Restoration Media in the next 30 days (again, this is something available to our Platinum Annual Subscribers and above).  Suffice to say there are three good lessons to take away from the weekend.

Firstly: People are thinking.  The fact that so many Novus Ordos would attend a conference in which the featured speaker is a known and “notorious” sedevacantist means that people take these concepts seriously as ideas that need to be grappled with, not merely dismissed out of hand.

Secondly: Bishop Sanborn and others like him are willing to travel anywhere that people are serious about a non-una-cum Mass.  This event stood in stark contrast to the London conference of last December, when those who profess to vigorously disagree with Bishop Sanborn were too cowardly to even engage with him, and who are under the sway of native clergy who propose all sorts of odd ideas, including Bishop Williamson’s “Resist the Recognize and Resist SSPX” strain of thought.  The Hungarians are serious and this conference will pave the way for future visits, no doubt.


Finally:  Anyone can do this who has a desire and has a modicum of organizational acumen.  The clergy, and indeed the resources of True Restoration, are available for any other groups who wish for such episcopal visits.  If you act seriously and deliberately, we will take you at your word and assist you in every way we can.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

History made

The readers of True Restoration and supporters of Bishops Dolan and Sanborn, Fr. Cekada, and the other clergy behind the Anti-Modernist Reader, Volume I, have just successfully crowdfunded a Catholic work on the new religion of Vatican II.  No one has ever done such a thing.  Congratulations to all of you, particularly our 80 backers who, over a period of 60 days, smashed our tilt goal of $3,500, our actual goal of $6,000, and our stretch goal of $7,500.  Your books will be in the mail by December 1st, which means even those furthest from the United States, where the books will ship from, will receive the books in time for Christmas.

The Anti-Modernist Reader will go on sale to the general public on the Feast of the Purification, 2015.  No pre-orders are being accepted at this time.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Restoration Radio: en français!

Our first Restoration Radio episode in French premiered today, featuring His Excellency Bishop Donald Sanborn, as interviewed by Luke Paczuski.  The title of the two-hour conversation is "The New Religion and the Catholic Answer."  It is well worth forwarding to your Catholic French-speaking friends, especially those within the SSPX.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Europe, the new radio site, and the final days of our crowdfunder campaign *Updated*

Bishop Sanborn is getting ready to leave the United States for a short trip to Europe before the beginning of the academic year.  He will be visiting an established community in Poland under Fr. Trytek's stewardship.  He will also be visiting, for the first time, Hungary, which has a group of 30 souls that recently took the extraordinary step of asking their long-term una cum priest to stop coming because they have made the intellectual journey to realizing that Jorge Bergoglio cannot be the Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth and they would no longer be opinionist on this matter.

If you would like to register for this conference there is no charge and while the website is geared towards Hungarians, the conference will be given in English with a simultaneous Hungarian translation.  Registration is mandatory (for planning purposes) and the English-speaking form is here.  Stephen Heiner should be there as well so you won't be alone if you are an English-speaker and traveling to hear the Bishop!  There will be Mass on Saturday and Sunday and a conference on Saturday afternoon, encompassing much of the history of the Church in these last 50 years.  The conference will be recorded, of course, and will be made available to some of our members: our Platinum Plus Annual subscribers first, and then to our Platinum Annual subscribers, via their complimentary memberships to True Restoration Media.

Justin Soeder has spent the last 60 days creating and perfecting the new Restoration Radio homepage.  We urge those who have any frustrations or challenges with the new site to simply send us an email.  We will be happy to help you through whatever you might be struggling with!  The full show schedule returns to the air next week.  You might think about sending Justin some coffee, as he has gone through a lot of his own in preparing this for us. :-)

Many did not know that Bishop Sanborn had a blog.  He does, and he recently wrote a nice post promoting our book, which is in the final week of its funding campaign.  Check it out and subscribe to his blog!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Projects, Changes, and Updates

Dear Readers, Listeners, Subscribers, and Friends of True Restoration 

Our mid-season break on the Radio Network is concluded, and with that end comes a number of disclosures.

Firstly you’ll find our Frequently Asked Questions, which aggregates questions we frequently answer into one document.

You’ll also find our letter to Non-Subscribers of our Radio Network. It explains the end of the all-free, all-the-time format of Restoration Radio and the change to a mostly-subscriber format (some episodes will always remain free). You’ll find our new donate levels here. You can also listen to a short episode with Nicholas Wansbutter, Justin Soeder, and Stephen Heiner which details the reasons behind the change.

Finally, you’ll find our launch of the crowdfunding campaign for our first new book since 2009: The Anti-Modernist Reader. Exciting details can be found here. We've already reached our first goal during this campaign.

This post should be all the evidence you need to believe that just because we’ve been “off” it doesn’t mean we haven’t been working. We are looking forward to a great end to the Liturgical Year, our 3rd radio season, and 2014. That work begins now.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years in various private correspondence we have answered these questions. As a time saver and as an informative document, we have prepared this article. We will periodically update it. 

True Restoration (General) 

How and when did you get started?
In late 2005 Stephen Heiner ran across the now-defunct Traditio in Radice blog co-founded by Nicholas Wansbutter. Stephen was inspired by the topics covered and the aesthetics of the blog and moved to begin one of his own. The focus would be on timeless issues but would occasionally feature current events.

What inspired the name of your apostolate?
Stephen has always been focused on the idea of “going back to how things were” not out of a robotic nostalgia but out of the principle that the “tried and true” works. So instead of re-inventing things we should simply go back. Catholic Restoration is a name that Bishop Donald Sanborn had been using for a number of years for some of his work, so instead “True” Restoration was picked, with a nod to the idea that the Restoration had to be comprehensive and not solely religious.

Why do you have so many websites?
Not because we choose to, we promise! Our apostolate was originally started as a blog and then grew into other things. Almost six years after we started we realized we needed to create a coherent look and feel. We are working on having a single unified website that unites all that we are doing.

What social channels can I find you on?
Just about all of them. The only major one we are not on is Instagram. Otherwise, you can find us on facebook, twitter, google+, pinterest, flickr, and linkedin. All of these are on our www.truerestoration.org page.

How do you pay your bills for this apostolate?
First and foremost, through our radio subscribers. They represent our largest source of funds, though even this is scarcely enough to meet the demands of operating our apostolate. Outside of that we receive modest revenue through book sales, streaming video downloads, etc. We also have some people who just donate to our work without expectation of anything.

Do you pay any of your staff, guests, etc.?
We have, over the years, tried to pay our staff for work they have done and have given stipends to our priests and guests. However, as we created a larger model with more shows we’ve had to suspend those payments as revenue was outstripped by expenses. As part of our goal to move to a sustainable model in late 2014 we want to pay our staff and guests modest stipends. Some of our volunteers refuse compensation and we usually reward them in Mass stipends.

Who designed your logo and what’s the thought process behind it?
Anna Ladd of Circle Sideways designed our logo. As we described it to her we wanted the tiara to crown our efforts. We have been called “neo-ultramontanists” and we proudly wear such a label. There can be no love or defense of the papacy that is outdated or outmoded. There are many today who seek to limit the love and devotion to the papacy. We don’t. We know that the Restoration will only happen when we have a truly Catholic pope, which is why a tiara crowns a head, as yet unknown, but when he is known the “TR” will fade and we will see his face. In the meantime, we need to work as if everything depended on us while praying as if everything depended on God.

Why did you pick St. Ignatius as your patron saint?
We consider ourselves militant, rabidly devoted to the Papacy, and focused on a high and intellectual spirit in our works. St. Ignatius brought those motivations to all he did.

You say you have a chaplain. Why is that?
Because it is folly for laymen to guide themselves. We reject novel and un-Catholic notions like lay boards and we likewise think it’s ill-advised to do any work like what we attempt to do here at True Restoration without close clerical counsel. We also think that such a work requires guidance and a unity of spirit, and that can best be achieved with clerical guidance and advice.

Can you tell us a bit about the ownership group - who they are and what backgrounds they have?

Stephen Heiner (Founder): Stephen is the majority owner. He came to the knowledge of the integral Catholic faith at 17 and brought his entire family to it. His story can be found here.

Nicholas Wansbutter (Co-Founder): Nicholas co-founded Restoration Radio with Stephen in 2012, and before that, inspired Stephen’s entry into the blogosphere with his own (now defunct) blog Traditio in Radice. He is a criminal lawyer who resides in southern Ontario, Canada, with his wife and children. He was raised from the age of nine in the Novus Ordo sect and discovered the true Catholic faith while courting his wife, Monika. He is a man of diverse interests, who dabbles in history and also runs a science fiction/fantasy blog and radio show in addition to his work at True Restoration.

Justin Soeder (Vice-President & Executive Producer): Justin is the Vice-President of Operations of True Restoration and Executive Producer of The Restoration Radio Network. As a long time private collaborator with True Restoration, Justin Soeder officially joined Restoration Radio in Season 2. Born and raised in the Novus Ordo sect, Justin gave up on it in his late teens and after having explored the Protestant false religion, began searching his way to finding true Roman Catholicism. Through this journey, he went through the usual steps towards the ultimate conclusion of the vacancy of the Roman See, spending time at the diocesan "indult" and many years in the Society of St. Pius X, until 2012 when things fell into place. Justin resides in Central Florida where he works as a design consultant in the field of structural engineering. Outside of his primary interest of Catholicism, Justin is a lifelong guitarist, a student of history, a writer, a scuba diver, a passionate traveler, and finds himself happiest breathing in the crisp air of the snow-capped mountains and volcanoes in the continental United States.

Wendy Haught (Director of Social Media): Wendy is a happily devoted wife to her husband of 35 years and the proud mother of two adult children. She loves young people and revels in her new-found role as a Titus 2 woman. Passionate about the Restoration, she is a lifelong learner and lover of classical education. Her background in journalism and love of her Catholic faith discovered a cozy nesting place at True Restoration.

Łucasz Paczuski: Luke joined the True Restoration staff by hosting a Polish show with Fr. Rafal Trytek, a sedevacantist priest residing in Cracow, Poland. Born in Warsaw, he spent his adolescence in the United States, then moved back to Poland, but finished his studies in Paris (licentiate in Philosophy, MA in European and International Studies). He is married since 2012 and last year, with his wife, came to the inevitable conclusion that the Holy See is vacant, although this was the terminus of a process that started with the leaving of the Novus Ordo in 2007. He enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities, the study of philosophy and theology, chess, Gregorian chant and Baroque music, astronomy and calligraphy.

Where are you headquartered? Are you a non-profit? What is your business structure? 
The company is a Kansas C-corporation. We are not a non-profit.

What do you all look like?



This is a picture from our last Annual Meeting, in 2013, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. From right you have Stephen Heiner, Nicholas Wansbutter, Justin Soeder, and Joshua Gunsher. It’s not a comprehensive picture of all of us - but we hope to have one of those soon.

Restoration Radio (General) 

Why did you start a Radio Network?
We thought there was a desperate need for good, true, Catholic programming. We didn’t want to just cover timely issues, but as was always the mission for TR, timeless topics. It was a trial run for one season. It proved to be immensely successful and we went on to a second season and beyond.

Where do I find your shows?
Only at www.restorationradionetwork.org.

How can I listen to your shows?
If you are a subscriber you can listen anytime via our subscriber page. If you’re not a subscriber, the first 15 minutes of most shows can be found on www.restorationradionetwork.org with links to purchasing individual episodes.

What is your criteria for hosts?
Firstly, a burning zeal for the Faith and a willingness and ability to be in the public spotlight. We then have an interview and audition process, after which time we tell someone whether he is a good fit. 

What is your criteria for guests and clergy?
If clergy, they must be non-una-cum, without question. Guests must respect the Mission Statement of TR even should they privately disagree. We don’t require a unity of personal belief, but we do require a respecting of our boundaries.

What is your criteria for sponsors?
Sponsors must simply be offering a good product/service, which is environmentally responsible, and must want to commit for a season-long contract.

True Restoration (blog) 

What is your criteria for writers? Where else are they published?
We want people who are willing to commit to 1-2 pieces per month. They should write well, but not be verbose. An “audition” article can be sent to mail AT truerestoration.org anytime. Our writers are often featured in print in The Four Marks.

 True Restoration Press (General) 

What kind of books do you publish? What’s your process for examining manuscripts?
We publish all books by new and notable Catholic authors. We examine manuscripts, solicited and unsolicited, over a 6-month period. We then notify the author of our decision. In the long term, our goal is to publish one book per year.

Why did you stop publishing Bishop Williamson’s works?
This was at the Bishop’s request. He has started his own publishing house, Dinoscopus Editions, and wanted to publish his own works. We respected his request. This also made sense given our vast gulf on the question of the Papacy, which Bishop Williamson, formerly quite “tolerant” on, has become committed to an extreme “recognize-and-resist” form of on this question.

True Restoration Media 

When will we start seeing video interviews again? Why have you stopped doing them?
We hope to return to video interviews in 2015. We simply underestimated our resources for 2014. The same crew and staff who man our radio programs would assist with the video interviews and there was simply not enough time to execute a well-run radio season and a well-done video season. We will plan better for 2015 and beyond.

Do you have plans to do any timely video work?
Yes, in the future, we do. Keep that in your prayers.

Do you sell DVDs of your work?
No, but we do produce DVDs exclusively for www.SGGResources.org.

Why do you charge people for what you do? Are you trying to make money off the Faith?
We charge for what we do simply because we don’t possess independent wealth to fund these things. Surely our work is not “necessary” for salvation, but we do believe that we can contribute to people’s spiritual and doctrinal lives. While we reject the notion of the unrestricted “free market” we do believe that the market does determine supply, demand, and pricing. So far, we have had a demand for our work that has manifested itself in payments across all kinds of media: books, DVDs, streaming downloads, and radio.

True Restoration (Theological Positions) 

What is your position on una cum Masses?
Our position is one and the same with the St. Gertrude the Great/Most Holy Trinity Seminary clergy, best enunciated in Fr. Anthony Cekada’s Grain of Incense article. We are 100% non-una-cum, with no compromises.

What is your position on Thuc-Line Clergy?
We accept the conclusions of the extensive research of ThucBishops.com and Mario Derksen. We also offer our own brief interview with Fr. Anthony Cekada on this matter. We accept as unquestionably valid the consecrations of Archbishop Thuc. We lament that some of them may have been ill-advised and imprudent, but that doesn’t speak to validity.

What is your position on the claimants to the papacy since Pope Pius XII?
For various reasons, we consider the claimants known as John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis as antipopes and merely pretenders to the papacy, either through ineligibility (known heretics cannot be elected pope) or loss of office (open heretics lose the papacy). The evidence for the heresy espoused by these villains is legion and need not be reproduced here. 

True Restoration (Pastoral Positions) 

What’s your connection with TradCircle? Why do you administer it?
We participate in and moderate TradCircle. It’s yet another part of the Restoration. We are connecting people all around the world and helping new friendships to form. Some even get married! :-)

What is your position on relocating for the Sacraments?
While there isn’t 100% unity on this within the ownership group, we could be characterized as “relocationists.” If we have not relocated for the sacraments, we are in places where we have ready access to them. We have radio episodes espousing our positions on this matter both from a lay perspective and a clerical one.

What is your position on Homeschooling?
We believe that it’s important to support Catholic schools where they exist, but that the decision on schooling ultimately falls with parents.

What is your position on Bishop Richard Williamson?
All of us at True Restoration have been profoundly impacted over the years by the priestly and episcopal ministry of Bishop Williamson. In some way, each one of us has benefited greatly by His Excellency’s zeal and love for Holy Mother Church. Over the years, it has been very public that we have had a professional relationship with His Excellency, through publishing his Letters from the Rector collection as well as both Stephen and Nicholas acting as editors for Eleison Comments.

When, for very non-conspiratorial (sorry to disappoint all of our conspiracy theorists) reasons, both parties decided to go their separate ways, the parting was a very friendly one and we remain friends with His Excellency to this day. Our outspoken criticism of Bishop Williamson has nothing to do with the person or personality of His Excellency, but rather remains one on the level of doctrine and ecclesiology. We find His Excellency’s recent salvos against the theological position of sede vacante rife with error, false analogy, plentiful contradiction, and a bifurcated mindset espousing a bifurcated Catholic Church; one where there exists a Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth who reigns over both a true Catholic Church and a false heretical modernist sect. There can exist but one true Church, one true religion, and one true Pope; to whom all must be subject for their eternal salvation if he is indeed a true Pope vested with the authority of Our Lord Jesus Christ. (cf. Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam, 1302).

We also find His Excellency’s continual gravitation towards a terminally apocalyptic worldview disheartening. What is even more upsetting to us is that this worldview is draped in Catholicism and given its own spirituality, and in doing so, has created an entire following of people who are obsessed with end times’ prophecies and private revelation which for many of them, becomes the sole focus of their spiritual life.

We will forever be grateful to His Excellency for his positive impact in each one of our Catholic lives over the years, and we will keep our friendship with His Excellency cordial and intact. But we will not follow his ship into a tumultuous sea of error nor join him in an endless crusade which is led by the banners of private revelation and apocalyptic prophecy. We are called to be Catholics, led by the hope of Our Lord Jesus Christ who opened the gates of Heaven to us upon Calvary. While we readily admit that the world around is falling into hell under the weight of its own iniquity, that we are living in certain times preceding the reign of the antichrist, and that a new world order does exist to displace the reign of Christ the King with its false and freemasonic religion of naturalism which is inspired by Satanism, we refuse to sink into despair or cynicism.

What is your position on the Society of St. Pius X and the “Resistance” groups?
This question is a rather involved one. With charity in mind, we will begin with the positives.

All of us here at True Restoration have, at some point in time in our lives, benefitted in some way from the ministries of the priests of the Society of St. Pius X. For us who have come from the dregs of the Novus Ordo, the Society was a logical and necessary stepping stone in our journey during this crisis of the heresy of modernism and finding our way out. While certainly a conflicted man, Archbishop Lefebvre was a man of God who had the prescience to understand the necessity of his intervention in a time where all was being lost, corrupted, and destroyed; not the least of which was the valid priesthood. While the Archbishop’s personal sanctity was supremely edifying to all those who personally knew him, and to those who only know his legacy, what is more edifying is that of all the world’s Bishops at the time, he was one of a tiny few (Bishop de Castro Mayer and Archbishop Thuc were others) who stood up to resist the modernist takeover and did so at great personal costs. All of us are supremely grateful to God that we had access to valid priests and sacraments with the priests of the SSPX who were ordained by Abp. Lefebvre and his successor Bishops. In the Society priests, we have seen Holy and devout Sons of Our Lord Jesus Christ who take their ministry and the those entrusted to their care seriously. In the Society faithful, we have all experienced relationships with very devout individuals who are truly doing their best to live and die in the Catholic Faith. We see large families who are sacrificing at great personal expense to virtuously carry the cross of the family life, fruitfully procreating and heroically educating the children with which God graces them in a world which is a cesspool of indescribable proportions and poses endless obstacles. We have observed that the SSPX priests and faithful are very edifying in their general comportment and dress.

With all of the above in mind, we must however, bring to our readers’ attention the stark realities which afflict the SSPX and the problems which exist with the very foundations upon which the SSPX stands. For all of the wonderful qualities that can be told of the Archbishop, one must also objectively realize that His Grace’s response to the Modernists in Rome was one that was shaky at best; an incomplete sculpture. The fundamental problem with the SSPX lies in its false Ecclesiology, and from this fundamental problem flows forth all of the manifest problems which have been brought to light in recent years. Breaking it down to its least common denominator, the question which burdens every Catholic is this question: Is the Church which follows from the time of Vatican II the very one and same in its doctrines, disciplines, and Liturgical worship? Does Vatican Council II teach and re-affirm authentic Catholic truth, which flows forth from the teaching Authority of the Church given to it by Our Lord Jesus Christ? Does the Mass of Paul VI faithfully transmit, without equivocation, the eternal Truth that the Mass is the unbloody re-presentation of Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary for the sins of mankind, offered by a Priest acting in persona Christi on behalf of the faithful at the altar of God? Does the theology of the Mass itself give us an unbroken and faithful transmission of Catholic Tradition?

There are no shortage of quotes from Archbishop Lefebvre, both in writing and speech, of his forcefully damning condemnations of Vatican II as a “schismatic council,” and the New Mass as a “bastard rite [which] contains a poison which is harmful to the faith.” Many times over, His Grace welcomed His “excommunication” from a “schismatic church” which he wanted nothing to do with, yet, he never formed a firm position by which he could be defined, other than to say that he continually sought recognition by the modernists that he correctly viewed as the destroyers of the Church. Therefore, because its founder never formed the correct, stalwart, and only conviction to be held against the modernists, his Society would be left in a vacuous, ever-changing, and sadly, un-Catholic position of recognizing a Pope and hierarchy which they view as valid, yet resisting them in almost everything they do.

The SSPX has, from its very outset, operated with the desire to be recognized by the Modernists whom their very institution is built to resist. The SSPX says that he is the Pope, and with that acknowledgement comes the burden of submission to him; not negotiation with him. (cf. Unam Sanctam, Boniface VIII, 1382). If the hierarchy is valid and the Bishops and Priests of the Society view them as such, then they nor their faithful possess any right to condemn or ignore an officially promulgated Rite of Mass as impious and poisonous to the faith. (cf. Trent, Ses. 22, Canon 7). They have no right to reject a Code of Canon Law, nor to preside over internal marriage tribunals which have resulted in de facto annulments which alone belong to the Roman Rota. They cannot set up a worldwide apostolate in defiance of the Roman Pontiff and the Bishops in union with him, all the while saying that they are in union with the Roman Pontiff because they place his name in the Canon of the Mass and hang a picture of him in the vestibule. They cannot criticize and ignore an officially promulgated Catechism, which supposedly teaches and transmits the Catholic faith.

What all of this boils down to is that the Society of St. Pius X continually fails to see what almost every child educated prior to Vatican II well understood: the Church cannot give to its faithful error of any kind. It cannot give to its faithful an evil rite of Mass. It cannot give erroneous Catechisms and defective Canon Law, nor can it promulgate heresy in an ecumenical Council. But yet, these things have indeed happened, and the Society continues to operate under the grave error that those who occupy positions of power in the Vatican and the bishopric who teach and believe these errors of the last fifty years are in some way still Catholic and posses valid authority.

The only way the Society of St. Pius X would be justified in their actions and in the efforts of their worldwide apostolate would be to finally admit that Vatican II is indeed a false ecumenical council because it officially teaches heresy and in doing so, has caused the ruination of the true Catholic faith in the minds and souls of millions of individuals; the faith without which there is no salvation for any soul. They should finally admit that the men who promulgated these heretical documents did indeed lose their office, or never had it in the first place, and that those who continue to defend and teach in the name of these documents are guilty of the same.

In recent years, it has been beyond disturbing to us to witness the manner in which the SSPX operates under its current Superior General, the Most Rev. Bernard Fellay. The manner in which the SSPX ejects its priests and faithful who voice any public disagreement with the current mode of thought of the Society, the grotesque and Stalinist manner of secrecy in which the Superior General operates with the modernists in Rome and keeps from the faithful, the public relations campaign which exists to consistently “clarify” the words of Bishop Fellay, and endless vacillation of position regarding the reaction the SSPX takes regarding the Novus Ordo sect and their Pope has provided to the world a troubling vision of the institution of the SSPX.

We at True Restoration pray for the day that the SSPX, under a future leader, will finally come to the proper conclusions that the Roman See is vacant and form a proper reaction to the modernist heretics in Rome, and hopefully, that reaction will sound synonymous with that of their founder in 1976:

We believe and accept our faith as the only true faith in the world. All this confusion ends up in compromises, which destroy the Church’s doctrines, for the misfortune of mankind and the church alike. The Church which affirms such errors is both schismatic and heretical. This Conciliar Church is therefore not Catholic. We have never wished to belong to this system that calls itself the Conciliar Church. To whatever extent pope, bishops, priests or faithful adhere to this new Church, they separate themselves from the Catholic Church. We ask for nothing better than to be declared excluded from impious communion with infidels.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Episcopal Visit: Europe edition

His Excellency, Bishop Donald Sanborn will be visiting Europe in August and early September.  His public stops include August 30th and 31st in Krakow, Poland, and September 6th and 7th in Budapest, Hungary.  These visits are to give conferences and sacraments to faithful and committed Catholics who are attached to the true Catholic Mass, without any una-cum compromise whatsoever.

Should you live in Europe and wish to attend either of these conferences, the Bishop will be delivering his conference in English and there will be a simultaneous translation into the local language (Polish and Hungarian, respectively).  So, you don't have to speak either of those (pretty challenging!) languages to profit from His Excellency's clear and concise words.

There will also be a possible opportunity to receive the sacrament of Confirmation for those in need and who can demonstrate the requisite requirements.

For details on sacraments and the organization of the weekends in these respective countries, please send inquiries to mail AT truerestoration.org.  We will then connect you with our local organizers.  

True Restoration was a part of organizing this trip and we will be on the ground taping and photographing as much as we can.  Some of this content will be made free to the public but much of it will be available to our subscribers only, without whom we could not participate and help sponsor such forums.

More details, should they need to be shared, will be posted in the coming weeks.

True Restoration Press has a new book project

There will be a number of announcements during the month of August.  The first is the announcement of our first new book for a number of years: The Anti-Modernist Reader.  Read all about it here.  The campaign closes at the end of September.  We hope you are part of the pre-ordering group.

We're happy to be back after a "month off" in July.  But we were working on plenty behind the scenes.