In his introduction to Fr Hesse’s conference, Fr Trinchard says: “Be open to hearing a radical and shocking exposure of the Catholic Faith where our generation hasn’t the foggiest notion of what a Catholic is.”
Fr Hesse briefly discusses the SV position and rules it out. Fr Hesse says that SVs like to rely on the Apostolic Bull of Pope Paul IV Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio which says that a heretic cannot become Pope. He explains that the election of the Supreme Pontiff is a canonical election, which is an act of administration and is therefore not infallible. Papal election is an act of administration, not a sacrament. It is not a theological procedure, therefore there cannot be an infallible pronouncement on it. He states that the Bull is infallible as far as doctrinal statements are concerned, but it cannot be infallible as far as administrative rules are concerned. These rules have been changed by subsequent Popes a couple of dozen times in Church History.
Throughout these conferences, Father stresses the importance of distinctions, this time between Positive Human Law, Church Law and Divine Law.
Father gives an overview of the history of ABL and why he started the SSPX. Father would be scandalized to see today’s SSPX maintain that the NOM has been properly promulgated. He always maintained that the NOM is against Divine Law (which means is illicit and therefore is offensive to God).
At the 30 minute mark, Father notes that Rome offered ABL a special organization of Pontifical Right wherein he could continue forming seminarians in the old Rite. The organization would have been headed by a commission of seven members: five chosen by the Vatican, one Bishop chosen by Rome and one member chosen by the SSPX. Father explains that Rome had no right to give special permission; instead Rome should have done away with the New Rite.
From the 34 minute mark on, Fr Hesse warns why the SSPX of his day were right not to want to place themselves under the administrative authority of Rome. He explains that the sole reason for the creation of the FSSP was to take people and priests away from the SSPX. He explains why the FSSP are formally in heresy. He re-iterates: “The new Rite is against Divine Law.”
Fr Hesse quotes Pope Innocent III on whether or not to receive doubtful Sacraments, saying that you always must adopt the safer course – which is Church Doctrine. You are not allowed to take chances with the Sacraments. If you take chances with the Sacraments, you are in sin.
History has a tragic way of repeating itself. Fr Hesse conducted this conference in 1997 and was happy that ABL turned down a possible agreement with Conciliar Rome and chose to remain Roman Catholic.
Compare the wisdom of ABL to the folly of Bishop Fellay who today has still not learned from his predecessors and is seeking an agreement with Conciliar Rome. Perhaps Bishop Fellay et al should listen to the conferences of Canon Hesse. His sanity is at stake!