I was born into the Catholic Church during the reign of Pope Pius XII and have never, at any time, been associated with the modern “Catholic Church.” When the changes in the Mass were introduced into my parish, my family stopped attending “church” and opted to stay home and pray the Rosary instead. At the age of 21 I joined a traditional Catholic seminary and ultimately was consecrated a bishop.
I have held and will continue to hold to everything that the Catholic Church has taught from Her foundation unto the death of His Holiness, Pope Pius XII, in 1958. I reject the false Vatican Council II and her false clergy, and will continue to adhere to all of the truths of faith and morals of conduct that have constituted Catholicism for nearly two thousand years.
The widespread destruction of the truths of our Faith wrought about by Vatican Council II, and the subsequent destruction of the Sacraments, constitute the greatest evil that has ever been visited upon the Catholic Church. One of the results of this “spiritual Armageddon” has been the birth of many Traditionalist Catholic groups, which, unfortunately, instead of providing Catholics with a doctrinal and sacramental refuge from the new “Catholic Church,” have oftentimes merely compounded the errors of Vatican II by adding their own errors to it. The result being that Traditional Catholicism has become akin to purchasing shoes – one can find any color, size and shape desired. This is clearly not the oneness of Catholicism.
While divergent beliefs are the natural result of the chaos resulting from Vatican Council II (an event that left the Church popeless in my view); nevertheless, the unchristian-like infighting among Traditional Catholics over doctrinal and moral issues is shameful and scandalous. I would propose a simple question to those involved in this, a question which I often propose to myself: Of what value is theological correctness, if charity is wanting?
“And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” (1 Cor. 13:2)
A must read article for all Traditional Catholics: Traditional Catholics - Do Your Clergy Possess Valid Orders?
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I was recently asked by someone to prove the validity of my Holy Orders in a manner that required more than the somewhat superficial “the Old Catholics have valid Orders” answer usually given. For decades I relied on the research of those who preceded me on this topic (in fairness to them, much of the evidence that I've discovered didn't even exist back then) and found no cause to question their conclusions. In good faith, I believed my Holy Orders were valid. When I delved deeply into researching this for myself, however, I was stunned to discover that I could not prove validity. I could not establish the Church’s necessary condition of moral certitude regarding the validity of my priestly and episcopal Holy Orders.
I cannot live by a double standard. What I have accurately written about other traditional clergy being prohibited from functioning with doubtful Holy Orders, I must also apply to myself.
The Case Against Moral Certitude of Holy Orders Stemming From Francis Schuckardt
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