Crisis in the Church Series

Crisis Series #41: The Parallels in Early Years of the SSPX with Today’s Traditional Movement

In this episode, we’ll be looking at the history of the Society of Saint Pius X up to the point when Archbishop Lefebvre consecrated the bishops in 1988. But it doesn’t seem like history – in fact, some of the events that shaped the SSPX in its early years seem like they are repeated in the 1990’s, in the early 2000s, and certainly in the pontificate of Pope Francis. We’ll also see how another future pontiff, Pope Benedict, was a major influence in the Society, when he was negotiating on behalf of the Vatican, as Cardinal Ratzinger. Through the nearly 20 years, we’ll see how the Archbishop reacted both to trials he faced as the only defender of Tradition in the Church – and to the rapid blessings bestowed on the Society – and we can learn how to face the same today.

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Crisis Series #40: The Dream of Dakar – What’s the Mission of the SSPX?

Over the last 39 episodes we’ve seen the history of the Crisis, and in the last set of episodes the errors facing Catholics as a result. Now we’re going to get into the response to the Crisis – the traditional Catholic movement. And we certainly can’t talk about this movement without talking about the Society of Saint Pius X. But before we start talking about the history, which we’ll do in Episode 41, we have to look at the mission. What are the guiding principles behind the SSPX? And what led Archbishop Lefebvre to make certain decisions that he did about the organizational structure? He could have done a hundred different things. Why this?

Crisis Series #39: Are Novus Ordo Priests & Bishops Validly Ordained?

both ceremonies – does that make this sacrament invalid? Are we in the midst of a crisis where all the priests and bishops who were ordained using this rite are not actually priests and bishops? To understand this, we’ll need to look at the form and matter of sacraments and answer a fundamental question – can the Church change the form of sacraments at all? And if the Church is allowed to make these changes, what needs to remain in order for a sacrament to be valid?

Crisis Series #38: Is Pope Benedict Still the Legitimate Pope?

First, can a pope abdicate? Second, if he can, did Pope Benedict abdicate properly? What’s required for this to happen? Did Pope Benedict leave us a hidden meaning, or a coded message meant for the faithful to find during this process? And third, if this was all done properly, what do we make of the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis?

Crisis Series #37: How Can an Indefectible Church Give us Deficient Worship?

We’ll finish our discussion from last week, all leading to the main question – how can the Church, which is indefectible, give us a rite of worship which is defective? Last week we looked at how the Church could, in fact promulgate errors through an ecumenical, non-dogmatic Council. Then we saw how the Church is not always infallible in its disciplinary laws – so today we’ll continue on that same track – looking at Liturgy. Have there been errors in Catholic Liturgy in the past? Were they corrected? What can history, and logic, tell us about the infallibility of the Church in its Liturgy? And can we be 100% certain about any of this, or does prudence have a role to play?

Crisis Series #36: How Can an Infallible Church Teach Error?

Today we’re joined by Fr. MacGillivray to ask one question: How is it that the Church, which is supposed to be indefectible, can give us a rite of worship, the Novus Ordo Mass, which is, at the least, problematic, if not defective? We won’t be able to answer this specifically today, since this question opens up many other questions we need to answer first, namely, how can the Church, through an ecumenical council, promulgate errors? Then we’ll begin to look at whether or not the Church can be infallible in its discipline – which is where the Liturgy falls.

Crisis Series #35 w/ Fr. Loop: Must All Catholics Accept Vatican II? Is it Infallible?

In the past years – especially very recently, it has become a mandate for all Catholics to unequivocally accept all the teachings of Vatican II – as a sort of litmus test as to whether or not you’re a good Catholic. The SSPX does not accept all the teachings of Vatican II. Fr. Loop will join us to explain why – but first we’ll start with the infallibility of the Council

Crisis Series #34 w/ Don Tranquillo: Is Sedevacantism the Answer to the Crisis?

This flows directly from the last episode on obedience, and its limits – but takes it to next step entirely. There are several different categories or theories within the sedevacantist structure. We’ll discuss a couple of the most widespread ideas, but broadly, they all share a single disturbing commonality – that those who hold these ideas will necessarily open the door to the wholesale destruction of the hierarchal Catholic Church.

Crisis Series #33 w/ Fr. Wiseman: Limits of Obedience in the Face of Suppression

This episode is the linchpin of the Crisis Series – pulling in all the concepts we’ve already learned, and setting the stage for the rest of the episodes. In short, are there limits to obeying a higher authority? Are traditional Catholics just being disobedient and spiteful? What can we learn from this episode about Traditiones Custodes?

Crisis Series #32 w/ Fr. Robinson: Can Non-Catholics Go to Heaven? The Church vs. Fr. Feeney

We’ll finish where we left off last episode, when we discussed the errors of Father Leonard Feeney, and today we’ll look at the doctrine of “No Salvation Outside the Church.” What does this mean? In order to attain heaven, is it a strict necessity to be baptized with water, and be a practicing Catholic? Are there three baptisms, or just one? What does the Ordinary Magisterium of the Church say on these matters? What about St. Thomas Aquinas, and what about Archbishop Lefebvre – if anyone in the twentieth century was fighting against the impulses of ecumenism that was sweeping the Church, and this doctrine, it would be him – so did he agree with Fr. Feeney?