From RORATE CÆLI: New comprehensive interview by SSPX Superior-General

New interview granted by the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), Swiss bishop Bernard Fellay, to the organization’s own news agency, DICI.


The arrival of a new pope

The arrival of a new pope can be rather like resetting our odometers to zero.  Especially with a pope who distinguishes himself from his predecessors by his way of acting, speaking, and intervening and makes quite a contrast.  This can cause people to forget the preceding pontificate, and that is what has happened somewhat.  At least at the level of certain conservative or reforming lines marked out by Pope Benedict XVI.  It is certain that the first interventions of the pope have caused a lot of haziness and even almost a contradiction, at any rate a contrast in relation to those reforming lines. [see Rorate link below for full text]

via RORATE CÆLI: New comprehensive interview by SSPX Superior-General: “I didn’t mean to say Pope is a Modernist in theology, but in action”..

Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the SSPX

Catholic Scout Comments:

I am always impressed whenever Bishop Fellay (Superior General of the Priestly Society of Pope Saint Pius X) speaks. Immediately I have the interior “snap to attention” and appreciation that “here, finally, is a Bishop, acting and speaking in the person of a Bishop, no mincing of words, no nicey-nicey. A real shepherd of his flock, not some hireling.” And how I wish that was the case with the English Bishops (although there are good signals being put out by the Bishop of Portsmouth and the Bishop of Shrewsbury).

I read through the interview, and was not shocked, nor surprised by anything which Bishop Fellay said. I found that there was nothing that I disagreed with. I think his insights into the situation is realistic, objective and true.

I was a little surprised when he mentioned La Salette and then left it a little hanging, which in today’s atmosphere is not good, as it is open to interpretation. I doubt it will be long before that somebody says “Bishop Fellay says that Pope Francis is an Antichrist” – which is not true, no where did Bishop Fellay say that. The problem is that he left the subject hanging, which is not great.

There is a further problem to the issue. If the See of Peter is occupied by an Antichrist, is the See of Peter vacant? Which brings us back to Sedevacantism? – not a great idea. Please note that I say “an Antichrist” not “THE Antichrist”. There have been many Antichrists, well noted by the Church. But as to THE Antichrist which St Paul talks about (2 Thess. 2:3) and to counter which Pope Saint Leo XIII composed the long form St Michael prayer, well ours is not to judge, for we “know not the day nor the hour” (Mt25:13).

Bishop Fellay backtracks upon his former statement that Pope Francis is a “a genuine Modernist” which he made at the end of a very sobering sermon. In his new interview Bishop Fellay clarifies that Pope Francis is a “Modernist in action“, that “he is not a modernist in the absolute, theoretical sense: a man who develops a whole coherent system” – Which of course is absolutely true.

However, I think that Bishop Fellay’s backtracking is a shame. Sure, Pope Francis has not developed a “whole coherent system“. But if there is evidence of the Pope holding or speaking Modernist Theology, then that should be denounced (in Faith and Charity as Bishop Fellay very eloquently goes on to talk about), without pulling blows. I’m sure that there are people out there compiling a vast list of evidence to point that Pope Francis’ Theology is not altogether orthodox…

Suffice to say Bishop Fellay’s conclusion is spot-on. However I would take it a step further, yes the Mass is absolutely pivotal, however what the Church and us individual members of the Church need is Grace. We need to clean our acts up, so that we make ourselves disposable for Grace, and then God’s work will be done. See my ongoing series on this theme – We need Grace!.


CatholicScout Comments: How to oppose the Dark Lord
CatholicScout Comments: Divide and Conquer

CatholicScout Comments: Haldir Quote

St Michael Prayer – Long Form – Pope Leo XIII

O Glorious Archangel St. Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and Powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in his own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil.

Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan, who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of his Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity.

These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered.

Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and Patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered, the root of David.
Let thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
As we have hoped in thee.
O Lord, hear my prayer.
And let my cry come unto thee.
Let us pray.

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon thy holy name, and as suppliants we implore thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel St. Michael, thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls.


CatholicScout Comments: How to oppose the Dark Lord

Continuing the theme of my last two posts commenting on the truth spoken by J R R Tolkien through the lips of Haldir in the book, the Fellowship of the Ring:

“In nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him.”

Stained Glass style depiction of the Lord of the Rings

I introduced the importance for a Catholic Scout (and Catholics as a whole), to understand the Principles of War. I then went on to describe the method of the Dark Lords attack; subversion, and how modern tactics have attempted to tackle that problem.

This post is about How to oppose the Dark Lord. I am not expecting to set this all out in one go. There is some fundamental groundwork that needs to be prepared first;

Firstly, before undertaking the task of opposing the Dark Lord, his legions of hell and his agents on earth, it is very important to understand the enemy.

“The dumbest devil is more intelligent than all mankind together”

(FrECM quoting St Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica 1054)

Firstly, from this fact, it is important to realise that any human effort to construct a strategy against the Dark Lord, is futile, because of the vast intellect and power that incorporeality and immortality grants the Dark Lord and his Legions of Hell.

Secondly, our Catholic Faith has condemned the concept that a human is able to strategise against the Dark Lord without the aid of Sanctifying Grace (Pelagianism).

So if it futile for you or me to strategise, because the Dark Lord is able to witness our strategies and neuter them in ways we could not even imagine. And even the belief that a human could strategise against the Dark Lord (without the aid of Sanctifying Grace), is condemned by the Catholic Church. Just how, then, can one oppose the Dark Lord?

Well, the answer is actually quite easy, the key is Sanctifying Grace.

There is One who has a Greater Intellect than the Dark Lord and all his Legions of Hell put together. He has strategies. Like a good Commander He does not reveal the full battle plan to the soldiers, rather He gives them specific orders, He does not explain why (nor is He required to).

The soldiers are us. The issue is that we must put ourselves into a position by which we can receive those orders and do them. That calls for Sanctifying Grace, for Our Catholic Faith, teaches us that we cannot do anything good without Grace (cf Council of Carthage 419 – Canon 113). And remember that while we can do nothing good without Grace, Grace does not make us infallible if we revert to trying to work things out on our own power.

What I am therefore saying is; God has a plan. He has specific actions for an individual soul to take. He can, and will, communicate those actions to that individual soul, if (and usually only if) a soul is in the state of Sanctifying Grace. By those plans alone is there hope that the Dark Lord will be defeated (and it is the only way that he will be defeated – and he most certainly will be defeated by these means). Of course this requires cleaning out everything that stands in the way of Grace, then after doing that, listening to what the Lord desires us to do and doing it! But what I have said here is nothing different than what Our Lord said in the Gospels (just said differently).

So, the key to us mortals is just how do we obtain Grace by which we can then do effective battle with the Dark Lord (and win)? Well that’s content for my next post. But as a sneak peak it involves: Surrender, repentance, confession and penance, followed by receiving guidance, and taking action.


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