We also wanted to share some testimonials from the Bishop Sanborn conference, the full version of which is only available to our Gold Subscribers and above.
His Excellency laid out a calm, reasoned case for not just Sedevacantism, but really addressed the fundamental question we all have had in our hearts: Is Vat II Catholic or not? His take is that Vat II contradicts Catholicism by teaching condemned errors such as a) Ecumenism (and Relativism), b) Outside the Church there IS salvation (aka, all roads lead to heaven). Those are two quick pithy answers to give clear examples to anyone who asks. The issue is not about Novus Ordo "abuses" nor about attending a "Latin Mass" - it is about doctrine and the incredible deviation of Vat II from Catholicism to found a new religion. This line of reasoning is completely in line with Cardinal Ottaviani's own critique of Paul VI's Missae.
I enjoyed the deconstruction of the SSPX arguments piece by piece, which to me have always verged on espousal of Gallicanism (i.e. listen to the pope, but pick and choose some of his direction and for gosh sake don't obey most! Now I find out they really are.) This is the question SSPX refuses to publicly answer and definitely attempts to play both sides against the middle. But to continually negotiate with what Lefevre called "Modernist Rome" is to tacitly assent to the current claimant's papal authority. The Q&A session was particularly helpful, because I have heard these exact arguments and questions myself. Even better,Bp Sanborn was engaging and gracious, and gave good example as to how we can engage the folks asking us these questions and help them to think a bit clearly in line with the mind of the church.
Money Quotes: "If Vatican II is Catholic, then blow up your balloons!" and "Truth can never be in straddling, but in 'yes' or 'no.’"
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We also recently enjoyed a Chat Party on TradCircle - the social networking site for Traditional Catholics of all ages. We welcome all to join and get to know new Catholic friends.
Finally, Wendy Haught wrote an excellent piece on our patron, St. Ignatius of Loyola, which you can find below. His militancy and commitment inspire us here at TR on a daily basis to never be satisfied with what we are doing.