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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In "Full Communion" with the Vatican: The Distorted Face of Catholic Fidelity

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Ever wonder why people get a little cynical when it comes to the Vatican getting all indignant over that "terrible" and "scandalous" lack of canonical status on the part of the Society of St. Pius X?

Could it be because everyone knows the SSPX has not deviated one iota from Church teaching, dogma and doctrine while countless priests and even bishops and cardinals have and do every single day?

Could it be because to the extent that Vatican II itself reiterates the traditional teaching of the Church the SSPX accepts substantially more of the teachings of the Council than 90 percent of the rest of the Catholic faithful?

Could it be because the Vatican doesn't seem to give a damn about countless priests, entire orders, parishes and communities that are openly hostile not only to Catholic teaching but even to the Vatican itself when it comes to matters of faith and morals?

Could it be because the only ones who are expected to follow the rules and honor the requirements of holy obedience as if this were still the High Middle Ages are the priests and bishops of SSPX, while everyone else can jolly well do as they please?

Could it be because while the SSPX is consistently bashed, pilloried and condemned for not being in "full communion" with the Vatican, numberless heterodox, heretics and real schismatics are given the green light to show contemptuous outrage, sacrilege and indifference to God, the Blessed Sacrament and the teachings of His Church while enjoying "full communion" with the Vatican--whatever in hell that means?

Could it be that while St. Mary's in Kansas, for example, lacks "full communion" and thus needs to be avoided like the plague, Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans is under no interdict, Vatican visitation, or scrutiny whatsoever?  Here, then, is what “full communion” looks like:

And here are the real baddies-- the guys the Vatican just came down on like a ton of bricks because of their "crypto Lefebvrianism" and "definite traditionalist drift":

Shortly before he lost his head, St. John Fisher wrote: “The fort is betrayed even of them that should have defended it." Clearly, history is repeating itself, and if you’re not in “full communion” with the Vatican these days it may well mean you’ve kept the old Faith and thus present a clear and present threat to those who have betrayed the fort.

God help us all. 

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.