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 in the Church Series
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?
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?
Today we’ll start the first of two episodes with Fr. Paul Robinson about the doctrine “Outside the Church there is No Salvation.” And today, we’ll be speaking about Fr. Leonard Feeney, and the organizations that he was a part of: the Saint Benedict Center, and the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart. Why discuss this doctrine, and this movement, commonly known as “Feeneyism” during this point in the Crisis in the Church Series? Because this movement, which started before the 2nd Vatican Council, contains stark warnings about the current traditional movement in the 21st century.
Today’s episode takes us into the disconnect between two periods of the Catholic Church: the time before 1965, and the Post-Conciliar – or after Vatican II – Catholic Church. Everyone in the Catholic Church, from Archbishop Lefebvre to Pope Francis, agrees that something changed between these two periods. But there are vast differences between the two in how to explain the transition. Father Steven Reuter will join us to explain a theory that gained a lot of traction under Pope Benedict – the Hermeneutic of Continuity. In short, the central question is, “can both periods of the Catholic Church live in agreement?”
We’re pleased to welcome Don Mauro Tranquillo to discuss one of the least well known, but arguably, most vital of the errors to come from the Second Vatican Council, Collegiality. Collegiality, as Father will discuss, is not just about democratizing the Church, but would completely upend the doctrine of the Church regarding Bishops, and by it, do great danger to both the Episcopacy and the Papacy.
Today we’re speaking with Fr. Jonathan Loop about Religious Liberty. This, like Ecumenism, is one of the major exports of the Second Vatican Council. By it, we’re led to believe that someone’s religion is their conscience, and no one else should tell them how to believe. But Father Loop will explain to us how, while this sounds very nice, is completely missing the mark on what Liberty is – and how the Church has changed from its previous practice, of Religious Toleration.
This week, we’re speaking with Fr. Patrick Summers, the District Superior of the Society of Saint Pius X in Asia about Ecumenism. Ecumenism, as we have seen in Episode 23, was one of the driving factors behind the Novus Ordo Mass – but today we’ll explore the other effects of Ecumenism on the Catholic Church, and how, instead of being the new way to evangelize, as was blindly promised, threatens to turn Catholicism into a schizophrenic religion.
A slightly different episode for you this week, as we’re not tackling a new topic, but getting some questions answered that some of our listeners and viewers asked about the recent set of episodes on the Novus Ordo Mass. Father Franks joined us to go a little deeper on questions of validity of the New Mass, why this rite is different than other rites the Church has had in the past, and bluntly, how does the Society of Saint Pius X have any authority in these matters?
On this episode, we’re talking with Fr. Paul Robinson, the Prior of Saint Isidores in Denver, Colorado, about the practical matters that Catholics should know about the Novus Ordo Mass. Over the last two episodes, we’ve looked at the inherent problems in this new formulation of the New Mass. Today, we’ll see what that means for us as Catholics. Do these problems mean that the New Mass is invalid? Or should we even be attending the New Mass, if we have the choice?