Chris Jackson | Remnant Columnist
As luck would have it, this letter did not go unnoticed in SSPX circles at the time. Dr. Eugene McKenzie, a reader of The Angelus (the SSPX’s official magazine), saw the Archbishop’s letter and decided to write the Archbishop in reply.
Dr. McKenzie then sent his reply to the Angelus’ editor, Fr. Carl Pulvermacher, who decided to publish it. What follows is the text of Dr. McKenzie’s letter to Fr. Pulvermacher from 1978. Its contents are as true today as they were then:
I originally had no intention to offer a point by point rebuttal of Michael Voris’ hour-long “Catholi-Schism” video. The video is part of what Voris likes to call his “FBI” or Faith-Based Investigation” series. In reality a more proper acronym would have been “DOA” or “Dead on Arrival.” For the video does nothing more than make a systematic presentation of old arguments against the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) which have all been answered before.
“It is frequently stated by the SSPX and its supporters that you can fulfill your Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligations at SSPX Masses….It is true literally, technically and canonically…”
Boom! End of story. Next question? …..Wait, what? There’s more? What’s left to say?
Puzzlingly, Voris continues. This is similar to Voris’ previous piece where he shockingly admits “to date, there has been no formal declaration that the Society is in schism…”, before going on to explain to you why they are in schism. It seems that in attempting to attack the Society, Voris is willing to set aside the principle of non-contradiction.
In the end, the church's many laws and institutions must be aimed at one chief purpose, the Pope said -- "the salvation of souls…
…Here's what one former Catholic had to say: "25 years ago this would have changed my life. They wanted $8000 to process my husband's annulment! I'm a Jew now," Desirée O'Clair tweeted.
And there you have it! The Pope’s new annulment procedures save souls. Why? Because granting annulments prevents conversions to Judiasm! But wait, didn’t Francis say the Old Covenant was never revoked? Therefore, can’t Desiree still be saved without Christ in her new religion? So how does revising the annulment process save souls?
On August 21st, the Feast Day of St. Pius X in the New Calendar, Pope Francis raised eyebrows by attending a Mass in St. Pius X’s honor and expressing admiration for him. As Vatican Insider reported:
A final consideration concerns those faithful who for various reasons choose to attend churches officiated by priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X. This Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one. From various quarters, several Brother Bishops have told me of their good faith and sacramental practice, combined however with an uneasy situation from the pastoral standpoint. I trust that in the near future solutions may be found to recover full communion with the priests and superiors of the Fraternity. In the meantime, motivated by the need to respond to the good of these faithful, through my own disposition, I establish that those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins.
For a Catholic to receive holy Communion and still deny the revelation Christ entrusted to the church is to try to say two contradictory things at once: ‘I believe the church offers the saving truth of Jesus, and I reject what the church teaches.’ In effect, they would contradict themselves. This sort of behavior would result in publicly renouncing one’s integrity and logically bring shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury.
At the GOP debates last night Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly asked former Ohio Governor John Kasich the following question:
“Governor Kasich, if you had a son or daughter who was gay or lesbian, how would you explain to them your opposition to same sex marriage?”
Kasich’s response garnered loud applause from the Republican crowd in Cleveland, Ohio as well as accolades across the media:
Business Insider: The GOP debate's hometown candidate just gave a touching answer on gay marriage
New York Times: John Kasich Wins Points on Gay Marriage Answer
The Hill: Kasich at debate: Gay people deserve love and respect
Slate: John Kasich Offers a Gracious, Humane View on Gay Marriage at the GOP Debate
Washington Post: John Kasich’s beliefs didn’t stop him from going to a same-sex wedding