As I write, I am still patiently awaiting clarification from the SSPX concerning its treatment of Der Homokardinal Marx’s “attack” on the Wojtylan Catechism:
Specifically, did they really intend to defend that wretched book as “nothing other than the teaching of the Church, dogmatic and moral,” or did their article merely invite confusion on this point by accident?
Let us hope that it is the latter.
If this really is just a big misunderstanding, one would imagine that the SSPX would be eager to set the record straight by making it plain that their previous condemnation of the so-called “Catechism of the Catholic [sic] Church” stands, that it is a “non-Catholic catechism” that is rife with dangerous errors.
One commenter on social media suggested that the SSPX article was actually referring to the Roman Catechism when it stated, “The catechism is nothing other than the teaching of the Church, dogmatic and moral, made available to the faithful.”
I think that’s quite a stretch, but even so, I would welcome such an official clarification from the Society. One small problem would remain, however…
You see, all indications are that the Society of St. Pius X does not really believe that the Roman Catechism (aka the Catechism of the Council of Trent) is “the teaching of the Church, dogmatic and moral.”
Oh, I’m fairly certain that, if pressed, SSPX leadership (and their cheerleaders) would claim that they consider the Roman Catechism to be an eminently reliable exposition of “the teaching of the Church, dogmatic and moral.” The fact of the matter is, however, their behavior indicates otherwise.
How can I say this? Simple.
The SSPX position is that the religious society presently in occupation of the Vatican – the one currently operating under the headship of Jorge Bergoglio (stage name “Francis,” whom they consider to be “Holy Father”) – is the Catholic Church, just as it claims to be.
At one and the same time, however, the SSPX also routinely acknowledges (at least it used to…) the numerous ways in which this same religious society errs in matters of faith and morals, beginning with the Second Vatican Council, which the Society evidently accepts as a valid ecumenical council of the Catholic Church.
If, however, the Roman Catechism is “nothing other than the teaching of the Church, dogmatic and moral,” then these positions are mutually exclusive, i.e., they cannot possibly coexist. Pay close attention:
“This Spirit, first imparted to the Apostles, has by the infinite goodness of God always continued in the Church. And just as this one Church cannot err in faith or morals, since it is guided by the Holy Ghost; so, on the contrary, all other societies arrogating to themselves the name of church, must necessarily, because guided by the spirit of the devil, be sunk in the most pernicious errors, both doctrinal and moral.” (Roman Catechism, Emphasis added)
The Catechism of the Council of Trent is perfectly plain in its teaching:
The Holy Roman Catholic Church cannot err in faith and morals. Period. Furthermore, any religious society that does is led by the spirit of the devil!
This ain’t rocket science, folks. If this is true (and you can bet your asperges that it is), then that godless organization in Rome, the one presently led by Jorge Bergoglio, is NOT the Catholic Church; it is a counterfeit.
While I’m looking forward to receiving clarification from the SSPX and will share it immediately upon reception, one thing already seems rather obvious, namely, that their position on the Roman Catechism is very much the same as the one Homokardinal Marx is espousing with respect to the Wojtylan Catechism:
Evidently, the Society of St. Pius X – like the overwhelming majority of self-identified “traditionalists” everywhere – believes that the Catechism of the Council of Trent “is not set in stone and one is allowed to doubt what it says.”