Heretics are not Catholics |
Saint Robert Cardinal Bellarmine
by Timothy Duff
"And when he hath let out his own sheep, he goeth before them: and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers...But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf snatcheth, and scattereth the sheep." John 10: 4-5, 12
Editor's Note: With this issue we introduce to The Daily Catholic readers Timothy Duff, who has taught Traditional Catholicism for decades. Tim is the author of the work The Church is not above Christ; thus we have selected the title Christus Primus - "Christ First" as the title for his column. He debuts today with something we should all realize. While he specifically identifies Fr. Paul Kramer, author of The Devil's Final Battle, for acknowledging the titles of heretics, it is a bad habit that many, many traditional writers have fallen into. This editor is guilty as well for it is admittedly one of those habits that are hard to kick, especially after so many years of being programmed to be blindly beholden to the Novus Ordinarian Lodges. The facts are as Christ points out in this coming Sunday's Gospel, "He who is not with Me, is against Me. And he that gathereth not with Me scattereth." If one is true to Christ, then they will not change one iota of the Sacred Deposit of the Faith. We can see that has been done wholesale. Ergo, those changers are not with Christ, but against Him. They may be Freemasons, they may be clowns, they are definitely Modernists, but they are not Catholic. Tim points out simply where we must stand and what we must state in following the infallible, perennial Living Magisterium of the Church guided by the holy wisdom of St. Robert Cardinal Bellarmine who addressed this very subject. How can we give recognition to anyone who has not entered by the door of grace, but another way - as in through "the smoke of satan"? Tim urges all to recognize the enemy and do not encourage him for he is a wolf who seeks to scatter the sheep.
"I wonder if Fr. Kramer (and all those who argue like him) understands not only the irony but the extreme confusion of statements like this? He rightly calls this new church the “post-Conciliar Church”, for indeed it is not the Catholic Church, and rightly states that Paul VI did “something quite opposite” from St. Pius V is the understatement of the year - St. Pius V codified the traditional Latin Mass for all time, while Paul VI did his utmost to destroy it and then foisted it on the Catholic world as coming from Catholic authority!"
One of the greatest errors of those who resist and even entirely reject the changes made at and after Vatican II, most especially the “New Mass”, and yet accept the Catholic authority and titles of the very ones who made and continue to push the changes, is that they fail to recognize one extremely important fact -- heretics are not Catholics.
Let’s recall some basic facts.
1) What makes someone a Catholic is not just calling oneself Catholic; rather, it is baptism and profession of faith which makes and keeps one in the Church.
2) One may separate oneself from the Church by schism, heresy, apostasy, or excommunication for a grave crime.
3) If a person who thus separates himself holds office and jurisdiction over Catholics, as in the case of a bishop or even a Pope, he immediately loses both the office he holds, as well as its title, and any jurisdiction over Catholics. (cf. St. Robert Bellarmine, De Romano Pontifice,, II. 30).
4) By losing office and jurisdiction over Catholics, no acts or laws or commands of such a person bind Catholics in any way, no more than if they proceeded from a Protestant or a Moslem.
A classic example of the confusion of those who resist the changes and yet recognize the titles of the changers is found in the January 2005 issue of Catholic Family News. In the second paragraph of the lead story entitled The Suicide of Altering the Faith in the Liturgy, Fr. Paul Kramer says:
“One method of the heretics for attacking the Church is to infiltrate the Catholic hierarchy and then change the liturgy to mute its explicit profession of faith, making the liturgy appear to uphold heretical doctrine.” (p. 1, my emphasis)
Well put, Father. The changers are indeed heretics, primarily Modernists.
Yet later in the same article he says (p. 18):
“A major misconception in the post-Conciliar Church is that Pope Paul VI did what Pope St. Pius V did. In fact, we’re going to see that he did something quite the opposite.” (emphasis mine)
I wonder if Fr. Kramer (and all those who argue like him) understands not only the irony but the extreme confusion of statements like this? He rightly calls this new church the “post-Conciliar Church”, for indeed it is not the Catholic Church, and rightly states that Paul VI did “something quite opposite” from St. Pius V is the understatement of the year - St. Pius V codified the traditional Latin Mass for all time, while Paul VI did his utmost to destroy it and then foisted it on the Catholic world as coming from Catholic authority!
Does Fr. Kramer realize the “major misconception” is his statement of saying heretics made these changes yet somehow retain Catholic office and jurisdiction? If this be not true, then the title of “Pope” which he attributed to Paul VI is merely a figurative one, like the Archbishop of Canterbury, with no true divine authority to bind all Catholics to obedience.
Kindly let me summarize the problem here: In essence Fr. Kramer and so many other traditional writers are saying there is such a thing as Modernism, but there is no such thing as a Modernist. It’s as if the Church condemned Lutheranism but Luther himself was okay – the wolf remained in the flock to ravage it. St. John chapter 10 is quite clear on this point.
What good was it for St. Pius X to condemn Modernism as the "synthesis of all heresies" (Pascendi dominici gregis, n. 39) if in our day we must recognize Modernists as running the Church?
Modernism is a heresy. Those who embrace it are heretics, entirely cut off from the Church. Period.
So let’s summarize:
1) Heretics have made the changes at and after Vatican II.
2) Heretics have no authority over Catholics.
3) Therefore, neither the changes nor the changers have any authority over Catholics.
4) Moreover, not only are Catholics not bound by the changes, they are objectively bound to resist and reject both the changes and the changers by leaving the demonic parody which is the “New Mass” and return and attend exclusively the traditional Latin Mass, praying the daily Rosary for strength and enlightenment as Our Lady of Fatima earnestly requested.
I respectfully ask Father Kramer and all those who reject Modernism but not the Modernists to remember our basic catechism: Heretics are not Catholics!
For past articles in Fiat Voluntas Dei, see 2005tim.htm Archives