Today's holy pontiff was converted and ordained by St. Peter himself in becoming the next Vicar of Christ following the head Apostle's successor St. Linus. |
There is a commemoration at Sunday Low Masses for the holy martyr Pope Saint Anacletus. According to the list of Popes furnished us by St. Irenaeus, Pope Saint Anacletus is
probably the same person as Pope Saint Cletus, the successor of Pope Saint Linus and the
predecessor of Pope Saint Clement on the papal throne. Some say that he was banished from Rome and returned to rule the Holy See a second time. He completed the tomb of St. Peter at the Vatican, near which he was himself interred. To him is assigned the decree that bishops should be consecrated by two or more bishops; that clerics should be publicly ordained by their own bishop and that they all should receive Holy Communion after the consecration in the mass of ordination. He was martyred under the Emperor Trajan, For more on this third Successor of Peter, see Pope Saint Anacletus
Since we do not know the hour of our visitation, should we not be on guard at all times?
To enhance each Sunday's Epistle and Gospel we present this special feature provided by John Gregory with the Haydock Commentary found at the bottom of each page of the Douay-Rheims Bible. We publish it here in conjunction with the Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday Mass, with the cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary penned by Father George Leo Haydock because the type size is normally so hard to read and not everyone has access to the Commentary, let alone the authentic Catholic edition of Holy Writ. For the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost the theme is that one does not know the hour of one's visitation, in other words, when he has to make an account before God of all he has done on earth. That is why St. Paul warned not to tempt Christ and why our Lord wept and then, in righteous anger, chased those out of the house of God who put more weight in worldly things. How we see this today in the once Catholic churches that call themselves 'Catholic' but are anything but. The time will come when they will be chased out by means known only to God and they will be restored to true houses of God where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Mass of All Ages will once again summon the angels and His abundant graces for those willing to abandon a civilization currently in slavery to the world, the flesh and the devil. You can better understand this in the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Haydock Commentary
Though the SSPX and other Recognize-Yet-Resist groups differ on various theological opinions with those who do not recognize Ratzinger as Catholic and will make no concessions whatsoever to the counterfeit church of conciliarism, they are of one mind when it comes to opposing the heresy of Feeneyism
Some think that there are only a few Traditional Catholics such as Griff Ruby and Fr. Martin Stepanich who have decided to go after Feeneyism, and that it is only "those crazy sedevacantists." Au contraire, mes amis. It is a fact that every major visible Traditional Bishop stands staunchly against the errors of Feeneyism. This would include the four Society of St. Piux X Bishops as well as Bishops Dolan, Giles, McKenna, Pivarunas, Sanborn and Vezelis in the U.S. not to even mention those overseas and in Mexico or deceased esteemed diseased prelates such as Archbishop Lefebvre and Archbishop Thuc, Bishops des Lauriers, Carmona, Zamora, Martinez, and Musey. To bring this point home we point you to three articles today; two from ten years ago that appeared in the SSPX official publication The Angeles which states the Society's position with Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer's initial volley in 1998 titled, Three Baptisms and Fr. Francois Laisney's follow-up piece, The Three Errors of the Feeneyites . Three years later Fr. Peter Scott, then District Superior of the SSPX in the United States followed up with
Follow-up on Feeneyism
Had Feeney only relented and repented, he might very well have been remembered for the great things he did rather than the cultish company he kept in Bean town
We all know that were Pope Pius XII physically on the throne in 1965 or today, he would have excommunicated practically the entire hierarchy who advanced the heresies of Vatican II, so much so that the least offender against the Church who was excommunicated by His Holiness would be the Jesuit Fr. Leonard Feeney. Be that as it may, the fact of the matter is well illustrated by Pope Leo XIII in the oft-quoted article 9 from his encyclical Satis Cognitum, "There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole cycle of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, infect the real and simple faith taught by our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition." So also with Fr. Feeney. He did many, many good things, upheld 98% of Catholic truth and spoke out courageously and with flair when others shied away. He wrote many excellent books, such as "Fish on Friday". For those attributes of course he is to be commended. Sadly, however, by his stubborn refusal to obey a true Pope in spreading the heresy that there could be no Baptism of Blood or Desire, he injected that "drop of poison" and infected the rest of what he stood for. Who was Fr. Feeney? In the interest of balance and to provide one of the more comprehensive accounts of the man and his cult, we point you to the three part biography by Third Order M.I.C.M. John Neumann. Keep in mind that his title is an oxymoron for St. Athanasius never stood against Church teaching. Fr. Feeney, by evidence of his excommunication by a true Pope, did. You can read about Feeney and his cult at Father Leonard Feeney
Catholics need to understand the serious consequences of the heresy of Feeneyism for it was no mere slap on the wrist His Holiness Pope Pius XII administered on February 13, 1953, but the dreaded decree of excommunication when it still carried weight.
In our Contra haereses Feeneyism, we want to provide more background on the Jesuit priest Father Leonard Feeney and the cult of Saint Benedict Center in the Boston Archdiocese. Therefore to assuage the controversy over the whole Feeneyism issue, we turn to what holy Mother Church decreed when the Holy See was still Catholic and under the protection of God's graces by republishing the severe warnings and final decree of excommunication. Keep in mind Fr. Feeney had four years to respond and did not provide sufficient proof to stave off certain excommunication. Thus, we republish the Official Decrees confirming that Rome has spoken, the subject is finished. Herein is proof of the licit and valid Excommunication of Fr. Leonard Feeney, S.J. for his stubborn persistence to the heresy of Baptism by water only which you will find in our Reality Check feature,Roma locuta est, Causa finita est
In defending the treasure of the Sacred Deposit of the Faith, one must glean the gems that are presented to verify the authenticity and veracity of what they reflect in the prisms of polemics.
Griff Ruby continues his comprehensive series in which he must do what St. Paul entreats in 2 Timothy 4: 2-5 and to be faithful to the word and what holy Mother Church teaches in accordance with the Apostle's words in Galatians 1: 8-10. In an effort not to mix metaphors, but to mine for the gems the Church has always held sacrosanct as divine truth, we hold a Ruby up to a Dimond to show the obvious imperfections in the latter's seemingly brilliant refractions of promoting Feeneyism. However, when looking closer one can see the gaps in the quartz that make its claim to being reliable totally bogus and extremely harmful to the investment of souls. The Extra Ecclesiae Nulla Salus dogmatic argument stands true as always, but the denial of Baptism of Blood and Baptism of Desire holds no light in the spectrum of the Communion of Saints and, does, in fact, dull the senses and leads to grave error and a serious detriment to unity within the Traditional Catholic movement. To understand how an omission can easily be a commission of error, see Part Two Ellipses can Eclipse Ecclesial Intent
The Fallibility of Father Feeney and his 'Feeneyites' is in full view how they failed to hold fast to tradition and Catholic truth in interpreting for themselves what they think and not what holy Mother Church has consistently upheld on Baptism of Blood and Baptism of Desire.
On this first day of July we bring you a letter written by Father Martin Stepanich, O.F.M., S.T.D., the esteemed elder statesman and theologian of the true Church and dauntless pioneer for Catholic truth. First run in the Four Marks it is now available at christorchaos.com for all to read. In it Fr. Martin takes no prisoners and well he shouldn't for there is no one living today who defended the Church teaching against Feeney and his cockeyed and dangerous conclusions than this noble traditional Franciscan. In order to educate all, including the misguided band of stubborn followers, he has released this powerful letter, concluding that "The Church’s teaching on Baptism of Desire and Baptism of Blood, as already repeatedly made clear in this letter, is the teaching of the Ordinary Magisterium of the Church, of which it is true to say according to Pope Pius XII, 'He who hears you, hears me.' If that is not good enough for the difficult Feeneyites, and if some of them insist that there must be a special solemn declaration on Baptism of Desire and Baptism of Blood by the Supreme Authority of the Church, that could very easily come when we once again have a true Catholic pope on the Chair of Peter. And you can be sure that the Feeneyites will not be comfortable in hearing an anathema pronounced against them." For the full letter, see
The "UnBaptized Saints" Deception
Each time we worthily assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in person, we gain graces that are placed in a "golden chalice", so to speak, and is offered to God to be weighed in substance when we stand before Him at our Particular Judgment. The more we have filled this chalice, the better will it go for our spiritual welfare in eternity.
In this time of Epikeia when the true Church is in eclipse and so few true Masses available, when we pray the Mass prayers and make a spiritual act of Communion at home, graces are also received and placed in a "silver chalice", as it were, which, of course, is not as valuable as the gold one, yet is efficacious when the time comes to make an accounting for our lives.