The Apostle Paul was a man, who, when we first hear of him, had not only no merits, but a great many demerits. That man received the grace of God, Who returneth good for evil, and let us see in what sort of language, when the hour of his last sufferings was at hand, he wrote to Timothy. He saith: I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Tim. iii. 6. Here he counteth his merits, whereon a crown was immediately to follow, just as grace had followed immediately on his demerits. Listen to what cometh next: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day. Unto whom would the Lord give a crown as a righteous Judge, if He had not first given grace, as a merciful Father? And how would that crown be a crown of righteousness, if there had not first come grace which justifieth the ungodly? How could a reward have been earned unless the power to earn had first been given unearned? 1960 Roman Breviary
The purpose of the Society of Saint Pius X is chiefly the formation of priests, the essential condition for the renewal of the Church and for the restoration of society.In the great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church, the proclamation of Catholic doctrine requires the denunciation of errors that have made their way into it and are unfortunately encouraged by a large number of pastors, including the Pope himself.The Society of Saint Pius X, in the present state of grave necessity which gives it the right and duty to administer spiritual aid to the souls that turn to it, does not seek primarily a canonical recognition, to which it has a right as a Catholic work. It has only one desire: faithfully to bring the light of the bi-millennial Tradition which shows the only route to follow in this age of darkness in which the cult of man replaces the worship of God, in society as in the Church.The “restoration of all things in Christ” intended by Saint Pius X, following Saint Paul (cf. Ep.h 1:10), cannot happen without the support of a Pope who concretely favors the return to Sacred Tradition. While waiting for that blessed day, the Society of Saint Pius X intends to redouble its efforts to establish and to spread, with the means that Divine Providence gives to it, the social reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ.The Society of Saint Pius X prays and does penance for the Pope, that he might have the strength to proclaim Catholic faith and morals in their entirety. In this way he will hasten the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary that we earnestly desire as we approach the centennial of the apparitions in Fatima.Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius XEcône, June 29, 2016The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have
You present so that I do not forget You.
You know how easily I abandon You.
Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak
and I need Your strength,
that I may not fall so often.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life,
and without You, I am without fervor.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light,
and without You, I am in darkness.
Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.
Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice
and follow You.
Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You
very much, and always be in Your company.
Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.
Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is,
I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of love.
Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes;
death, judgment, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength,
so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You.
It is getting late and death approaches,
I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows.
O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!
Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers. I need You.
Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread,
so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness,
the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.
Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You,
if not by communion, at least by grace and love.
Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it,
but the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You!
Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart,
Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.
With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth
and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen.
St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles and Martyrs June 29.
Dearly beloved brethren, in the joy of all the holy Feast-days the whole world is partaker. There is but one love of God, and whatsoever is solemnly called to memory, if it hath been done for the salvation of all, must needs be worth the honour of a joyful memorial at the hands of all. Nevertheless, this feast which we are keeping to-day, besides that world-wide worship which it doth of right get throughout all the earth, doth deserve from this city of ours an outburst of gladness altogether special and our own. In this place it was that the two chiefest of the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul, did so right gloriously finish their race. And upon this day whereon they lifted up that their last testimony, let it be in this place that the memory thereof receiveth the chiefest of jubilant celebrations. O Rome these twain are the men who brought the light of the Gospel of Christ to shine upon thee These are they by whom thou, from being the teacher of lies, wast turned into a learner of the truth.
These twain be thy fathers, these be in good sooth thy shepherds, these twain be they who laid for thee, as touching the kingdom of heaven, better and happier foundations, than did they that first planned thine earthly ramparts, wherefrom he that gave thee thy name took occasion to pollute thee with a brother’s blood. These are they who have set on thine head this thy glorious crown, that thou art become an holy nation, a chosen people, a city both Priestly and Kingly, whom the Sacred Throne of blessed Peter hath exalted till thou art become the Lady of the world, unto whom the world-wide love for God hath conceded a broader lordship than is the possession of any mere earthly empire. Thou wast once waxen great by victories, until thy power was spread haughtily over land and sea, but thy power was narrower then which the toils of war had won for thee, than that thou now hast which hath been laid at thy feet by the peace of Christ.
It well suited for the doing of the work which God had decreed that the multitude of kingdoms should be bound together under one rule, and that so the universal preaching of the Gospel should find easier entry into all peoples, since all were governed by the empire of one city. But this city, knowing not Him, Who had been pleased to make her great, used her lordship over almost all nations to make herself the minister of all their falsehoods and seemed to herself exceeding godly because there was no false god whom she rejected. But the tighter that Satan had bound her, the more wondrous was the work of Christ in setting her free. 1914 Roman Breviary
To be honest, I have put off writing this review for a long time; six months in fact. It’s not that it isn’t a superb book, the title of the book and the length of the book (along with a general malaise about anything to do with the current state of the Church and the current Pope) had me not wanting to tackle this project. Within the blogosphere, there have been countless articles about the state the Church is in and many more about what our Pontiff is doing and most of them are not helping the situation one bit.
What I didn’t want to do is add “more abuse” in the pile of articles that would have to be sifted by blog readers. I am reminded of something that my mother taught me years ago. She said, “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say nothing at all.”
Today, though, I feel it is not only proper, but I am required to open my mouth (pen, wireless keyboard?). I finally got over my hesitancy and got around to reading this book and I thought it was superb.
The complete title is: True Or False Pope? Refuting Sedevacantism And Other Modern Errors
The book was co-written by John Salza and Robert Siscoe
Their website is: http://www.trueorfalsepope.com/
– My Thoughts On The Book –
I am a pretty analytical guy and one of the things I most appreciated about this book is that it is a logical, systematic dismantling of most errors related to the papacy and infallibility. This book isn’t the ‘cliff-notes’ to modern errors, oh no. The book takes you from A to Z in a completely thorough in-depth manner and all of it is based, not on conjecture, but on the teachings of the Church through the writings of her Saints. From what is the church, to who is in it, to the different modes of belief we are required to have, this book will walk you through what we are to believe and how to combat the errors that have found their way into the church.
As the chapter contents to the book show, just about every step of the way, there is the correct way to understand the situation we find ourselves in today. It is a completely protestant mindset that thinks we have to reinvent the wheel. The authors lay out the arguments and then begin to refute them using the arsenal the Church has provided.
The table of contents (chapter headings) give you a great clue as to what is covered in this book:
- Chapter 1 – The Church and its Attributes
- Chapter 2 – The Church and its Marks
- Chapter 3 – Church Membership and Bonds of Unity
- Chapter 4 – Church Membership and Salvation
- Chapter 5 – Sin of Heresy and Loss of Office
- Chapter 6 – Suspicion of Heresy
- Chapter 7 – Theological Censures and “hereticizing”
- Chapter 8 – Can a Pope Fall Into Heresy?
- Chapter 9 – Proving the Crime of Heresy
- Chapter 10 – The Church Must Judge The Crime
- Chapter 11 – The Deposition of a Heretical Pope
- Chapter 12 – Peaceful and Universal Acceptance Of A Pope
- Chapter 13 – Vatican II and Conciliar Infallibility
- Chapter 14 – Vatican II and the Ordinary Magisterium
- Chapter 15 – Universal Disciplines and Infallibility
- Chapter 16 – The New Mass and Infallibility
- Chapter 17 – Canonization of Saints and Infallibility
- Chapter 18 – The New Rite of Episcopal Consecration
- Chapter 19 – The New rite of Ordination of Priest
- Chapter 20 – We recognize and Resist
- Chapter 21 – The Bitter Fruits of Sedevacantism
I could go on a chapter by chapter review, but I will not. Let me just provide you with some of my thoughts as I read through the book and hopefully it will encourage you to buy a copy.
In reading through this book, I was comforted. It served as a reminder that no matter how dark the times are, God gives us light. The truth of the matter is that it is the same light that has been from the beginning: Christ has not abandon His Church.
In this book, John Salza and Robert Siscoe don’t share anything necessarily new or profound but they dig deep into the well that is our Church and tradition and pull out the things we have forgotten and present them for us an apply them to the times in which we live today. That is what is so great about this book. It isn’t their power of persuasion that make this book profitable to read, it is the countless quotes from the Saints of the church who have dealt with this, or a version of this before and all point us back to what the Spirit of God has shown us in the past and still is showing us today.
This book is clear, concise, and it shows the truth of what the Church teaches. In facing these truths, we are faced with facts that are cold, hard, and terribly disturbing when we examine what it means for us today. It isn’t easy to accept sometimes, but, honestly, that really doesn’t matter. This book will really open your eyes as to the extent God allows His people (the clergy and the laity both) to completely make a mess out of everything. If you haven’t read from the Old Testament any time lately, it would be a good time to review what God’s own people did then, and compare that to what the Church is doing now.
I am very grateful that John and Robert compiled this book for us to read. For those who take the time to read it, it will be a great refresher as to the truth the Church teaches and still teaches. In these times of obfuscation from current church documents, we can have profound clarity concerning doctrine by reading this book because they refer us back to a time in which the Church wrote much more clearly than they do today.
The answers are there, and I am glad they dug them up for us.
To order this book please click here: True or False Pope.