In March of 2003, when rumours of this reconciliation business between the Society of Saint Pius X and Rome really got going, yours truly invested in the expense of sending a fax to the then-Secretary of the American Bishops’ Conference – or whatever it’s called – who at that time was still Bishop Wilton Gregory.
My own knee-jerk reaction was that no diocesan bishop should have his hands tied by Rome in the event of a reconciliation.
More, that each bishop should be the ultimate judge as to whether or not the individual St. Pius X Society priests in his diocese were truly orthodox or not.
Because beautiful as it is, the Tridentine Mass is in itself no “magical guarantee,” that the individual priest saying it is not a so-called Neo-Cathar or Albigensian.
That is, a believer in an ancient dualistic concept of God.
One in which women and girls are held in absolute and total contempt for having been created by the Lesser god, while men and males in general, are creatures of the Greater god.
One way to tell this is to carefully watch a St. Pius X Society priest performing a baptismal ceremony of a Saturday morning. Note carefully how he does it when the baby is a) male, and then how he does it when the baby is b) female. Little things like that can tell you a lot.
Is he offering it to God the Creator? Or is he offering along a different axis, some point, say, midway between the main altar and the nearest statue to the right, as we face the front?
If the child is female and he has been carefully inculcated at some seminary or the other with the so-called Secrets of the Old Religion, he’ll pick the mid point between altar and statue, any and every time.
If he is orthodox, he should dedicate any infant in exactly the same way.
Another thing: be on the lookout for open contempt for Our Lady of Guadalupe’s portrait and that of Christ at the Last Supper. In one Pius X Society establishment we were able to carefully document with 35 mm photos the placement of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s portrait in a unisex public bathroom facing an open toilet.
We then carefully checked with a female writer on Hispanic affairs with internaitonal repute and she assured us she had never heard of any such so-called “authentic traditional Mexican Catholic custom,” much less seen the portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe displayed in such a manner in all her travels in Latin America.
There is more to this, as many of us well know.
Because in ancient Mexico, the Aztecs had a certain goddess who was the patroness, so to speak – to put it politely – “of latrines and STDs.” In the case of the Last Supper, the young St. Pius X Society brother whose self-appointed task it was to see to all this boasted that he’d placed that portrait in the brothers dormitory toilet, in spite of objections from some of the older members of the fraternity. Basically he glibly claimed he was inspired by what he had read of St. Jerome’s opinions on the subject. :rolleyes:
However, in all honesty we did not ever gain access to this second example, so were never able to document it.
Thus, all we have is the young brother’s boast, so most likely that would all be blown off as so much self-serving hearsay. :rolleyes:
When it comes to so-called “traditionalists” be on the alert!
Who in the world is feeding you this stuff - Aurelio?