With the supposed “canonizations” of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II causing priests and faithful to fall to the left (Novus Ordo mentality) or right (Sedevacantism), we of the Our Lady of Good Success Mission keep straight ahead and continue to accept Pope Francis as a valid pope and at the same time refuse to accept the “canonizations” of these conciliar popes. Whether these popes are in heaven we cannot definitely judge, but we cannot hold them up to be models of sanctity. To venerate and emulate them would be to place our souls in jeopardy of eternal damnation! We are confident that Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre would have taken the same position as we do now. Let us continue to keep the straight and narrow path as do Bishop Williamson, Fr. Pfeiffer, Fr. Hewko, Fr. Chazal, Fr. Ortiz, and Fr. Girouard along with many other priests and faithful of the Catholic Resistance.
Please keep in mind that the Church has never defined that canonizations are infallible. It is true that many pre-Vatican II theologians have claimed that papal infallibility extends to canonizations. I personally believe this is very possible. However, even if this were true, the Church has yet to define the conditions required for canonizations to be infallible. The Dogma of Papal Infallibility only defines the conditions required for the pope to be infallible in proclaiming a doctrine concerning Faith or Morals.
The Resistance has been accused by the SSPX of leading their supporters to Sedevacantism.
There is a fairly new variation that is infecting some French priests who leave the SSPX. They take the position called ”non una cum”, and, although they do not consider themselves to be Sedevacantist, they do not pray for the Pope in the Canon of the Mass. This is a contradiction in terms.
They have many supporters in France and, it appears, in Quebec. Due to their numbers, they present an attractive option to wearied, battle-scarred priests who leave the SSPX and wonder where they will get their next meal.
Since the goal of the Resistance is to stick to the proper Catholic Teaching, as passed on by Archbishop Lefebvre, we have to reject the “non una cum” position. When a priest offers to say Mass for us, we have to be clear on where he stands on this issue. If he gets this point wrong, then what are the odds that he accepts fully the rest of the proper Catholic Teaching?
Attached is a document sent by the Quebec Resistance which addresses this problem. We fully support the position outlined in this document and invite all to read it. The first part of the document is in French, the English translation follows.
The practical implication is that although Sedevacantists are welcome to come to our Mass, provided they remain polite about their views, we cannot welcome Sedevacantist (or “non una cum”) priests to say Mass for us.
Here is a reprint of an article written by Don Luigi Villa, which appeared in the December 1998 Issue (#301) of “Chiesa Viva”, about the horrible crucifix erected in September 1998 in the Italian province of Brescia. On that occasion, Pope John Paul II praised Pope Paul VI on the centenary of his birth. This same crucifix fell down on April 24, 2014 and crushed a man, who lived on a street named after Pope John XXIII, taking a picture beside it. It is very interesting that the crucifix falling down took place on the same day that a preview of a news report indicated that Pope Paul VI could be beatified in October 2014. A sign of Our Lord’s anger?
You may read here an anonymous open letter to Fr. Karl Stehlin, SSPX, dated April 11, 2014 (+ Feast of Pope St. Leo the Great +) in response to Fr. Stehlin’s open letter to Fr. Jean, O.F.M. Cap., dated February 6, 2014.
In a sermon given on March 16, 2014 Fr. Patrick Girouard tells us that we must get out of the neo-SSPX if we want to remain faithful to Our Lord. Thank you, Father, for speaking the truth without apology. Below is the relevant portion of his sermon.
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