March 31, 2020 ~ "It's better to die on your feet than on your knees" ~ Statement from President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus regarding the government responses to the Corona Pandemic.
March 31, 2020~ People fall for the same lie time and again. I'm going on record saying that this so-called pandemic is a fake. Yeah there is probably a virus and it is killing people but so does the flu- every year! So does heart disease and stroke and diabetes and cancer and automobile accidents. Get the point? Look, I've been watching this thing unfold with great interest because I suspected it was a psyop from day one. I recognized the signs. Each day I grow more confident in that suspicion. Entire countries and states are now under lock-down & surveillance by our corrupt governments because of a flu. People are out of their minds with hysteria and panic just like they were with 911. I've seen this script before. I lived through it. Congratulations to Henry Makow PhD for nailing it with another timely article "911 Again- We're Trapped on the 94th Floor." People need to wake up. This is a coup.
March 30, 2020 ~ Orthodox convert Reader Paul Trinca had some wise words about CV19 and Masonry in his latest FB post. I'm linking it here.
** Many Orthodox Churches are suspending services due to the threat of a virus. This greatly disappointments me. Should faith bow down before the world? Never. Open the Churches! Let the government officials come and arrest us.
March 21, 2020 ~ Dean Koontz's 1981 novel "The Eyes of Darkness" was about a bio-weapon Coronavirus pandemic that originates in a Wuhan military lab. See HERE. This reminded me of the Oklahoma City Bombing. A few years prior to the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building, the governor's brother wrote a novel titled "The Final Jihad" in which the story and characters of the real bombing mirrored. see HERE.
March 18, 2020 ~ Update from France:
"President Macron went on television last night and stated we’re at war with “COVID-19” so that he could shut everything down, including the borders, and forcing citizens to stay home except for 3 things: getting groceries, gas, and/or medical related assistance / necessities. As of noon today if someone plans on leaving their residence they need to fill out a form stating that they’re going out to do one of those three things and if they get caught socializing or doing anything else than those 3 things, by the patrolling police, then there is a hefty fine to pay. Repeat violators can even be arrested. Oh, there is a 4 thing that doesn’t need any permission; which is walking the dog but not speaking with anyone. The stores here are in the same shape as those in the US (and Venezuela J) … the shelves are empty. My wife went to the store this morning, arriving a half hour before opening time and there was already a long line of people waiting to get in. And then they were only allowing a few people to go inside at a time, which meant that it took over two hours to do what normally can be done in 15 minutes. The grocery stores are loving this pandemic as they’re selling out everything they put on the shelves. People are hoarding commodities. It’s really causing a panic in some parts of the country."
March 17, 2020 ~ Based on the reports I have read, the CV does not warrant the kind of gestapo lock-down we are now experiencing, not just in the US but abroad. If the seasonal flu is more lethal than the CV, then the reaction phase thus far is disproportionate to the problem by a long shot. Therefore, it is most reasonable to ask the question: is something far bigger about to go down?
March 15, 2020 ~ Corona Virus. All indications are that our lives about to change significantly...again. Not due to the virus itself but rather the solution. Problem-Reaction-Solution. Virus created (Problem) generates hysteria & panic (reaction) calls for the next level of control / mandatory compliance on numerous levels (solution). It is my opinion that this new global threat is no accident. David Icke gives what I think is an excellent analysis here.
March 12, 2020 ~ Those who are chasing apparitions & miracles and allowing them to determine their faith positions have been deceived. It is spiritual delusion. Almost all tradcats are in this state. In these days, probably more so than any time in history, that road is deadly.
March 12, 2020 ~ If you are a tradcat contemplating the Orthodox Church and finding yourself caught up in theological arguments give your brain a rest for a while and actually participate in the life of the church. This is Great Lent and there is no better time than now to see what this faith is all about. Experience as many services as you can.
March 9, 2020 ~ Yesterday I posted a short rant on a certain troubled individual who announced he was leaving the Orthodox Church for "traditional" Catholicism. I don't feel the man is psychologically stable so I removed that post for the time being. Orthos say a prayer for him.
February 24, 2020 ~ Case studies on how the Catholic church handled public heresy in history here.
February 13, 2020 ~ “We, then, both priests and people, have a right to know whence our pastors have received their power. From whose hand have they received the keys? If their mission comes from the apostolic see, let us honor and obey them, for they are sent to us by Jesus Christ, who has invested them, through Peter, with His own authority. If they claim our obedience without having been sent by the bishop of Rome, we must refuse to receive them for they are not acknowledged by Christ as His ministers. The holy anointing may have conferred on them the sacred character of the episcopate: it matters not; they must be as aliens to us, for they have not been sent, they are not pastors.” ~ Dom Guéranger
“Those who invent doctrines unheard of before are not the successors of the Apostles. Novelty and error are children of the same father - the father of lies. Those who have lost the line of valid ministers leading back to apostolic times cannot plead the possession of Apostolicity. Where there is no ordination, no priesthood, no authority, no power, Apostolicity is out of the question. Even if valid orders exist, where jurisdiction is lacking there is no real Apostolicity. Schism, as well as heresy, destroys apostolic succession. [The Pillar and Ground of the Truth by Father Thomas Cox (Imprimatur and Copyright, 1900), page 173]
“...bishops who have been neither named nor confirmed by the Apostolic See...enjoy no powers of teaching or of jurisdiction since jurisdiction passes to bishops only through the Roman Pontiff.” Pius XII Ad Apostolorum Principis
February 8, 2020 ~ In my book Q & A written a few years ago, I mentioned the very real possibility that the sede movement could be part of the controlled opposition. At some point in the future I will share my reasons.
February 8, 2020 ~ If any former tradcats proficient in Church Latin would like to translate some texts into English contact me at email@example.com.
February 7, 2020~ WHO SENT YOU? All Sedevacantists relegate the church's 4th mark - Apostolic - to the realm of accidents. Amazingly, these sects actually convince their disciples that the episcopal order with both formal and material elements is unnecessary to the church of Christ. Who needs bishops right? Authority? You mean there must always be people who hold mission to teach, govern, and sanctify the church? Nah, that was just something the church needed to get off the ground in its beginning but it is not so needed anymore right? Fools. Anyone who teaches this nonsense is a stupid ass. The sede who claims the church has neither A. bishops with the ordinary power of the apostles (Mission & Jurisdiction) or B. no identifiable bishop in the free world proves that he does not understand Roman Catholicism period. The Church was founded on authority. Therefore, always ask the fool who his bishop is and how he has jurisdiction. If he can't name a bishop or prove that such a bishop has the church's indefectible 4th mark Apostolicity (both orders and authority), and you choose to follow the sect then you are a damn fool too. In that case you and the heretic deserve each other. If you want to be a Roman Catholic then you have an OBLIGATION, and this is not a helpful tip or suggestion but an absolute mandate, to ask anyone who comes at you claiming to speak or teach on behalf of the Church "WHO SENT YOU?" This is how you will expose a fraud in just 3 words.
PS ... be prepared to hear this asinine Sede response "but this is the great apostasy and its been foretold." No it is not foretold that the church would lose any of those things that belong to its essential constitution. And it sort of annoys me that I still have to tell knuckleheads who ought to know better by now that authority is one of those things that belongs to the church's essence and can never be wanting. Not for an hour, a day, a week, or 65 years. That's what essential means people. If the church could lose apostolicity then it would be defectible and it certainly wouldn't be the church founded by Christ. Now today, with rare exception, even the Sede clergy will tell you they have zero authority. These men, by their own admission, are not sanctioned by the Church to teach, govern, and sanctify. In other words they are not RC bishops because they lack what is essential to the episcopal order in a church that claims to be one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. Hello? Starting to get it yet? If not then you are probably not someone who can be helped. Look, if you are a sedevacantist and cannot account for the living ,visibly united, apostolic government of the RCC, with provable, indisputable continuity with the Diocese of Rome, then you got nothing. Zip, zero, nada and I can't believe I am arguing points so fundamental to Roman Catholicism that even Pope Pachamama Francis wouldn't dispute.
February 2, 2020 ~ I received a petition to open up the debate floor with a certain Sedevacantist again. The writer claims to be wrestling with Sedevacantism VS Orthodox Christianity. Here is a portion of my response to the guy:
My arguments against Sedevacantism are grounded in the indefectibility of the church... As for Orthodoxy, I don't debate it with trads. Not that I couldn't but I don't see the point in debating Orthodoxy against schismatics whose existence validates Orthodoxy even before any arguments are heard. The only debate that would make sense to me would be between a real Roman Catholic under the pope and an Orthodox Christian. But that debate would be over as soon as the Orthodox Christian starts getting into Vatican II.
January 23, 2020 ~ The Sedevacantist movement is showing signs of collapsing. Many of the gatekeepers / establishment are in damage control mode. In desperation they are pumping out anti-Orthodox videos in order to frighten TradCats from looking East. Why? Because they know when people open themselves up to truth they will find a door that leads out of the darkness they hold them in. Meanwhile their disciples have been instructed to bombard social media in order to recruit newbies and replace their depleting numbers.
Orthodox Christians, if you find yourselves tangled up with an individual Sede who keeps coming at you, remember that he is a victim of a spiritual sickness and needs help. While these people must be refuted with sound doctrine and truth (at times harshly since this is the only language they comprehend) in most cases that is not enough. They require deliverance. Refute his arguments (if that is your thing) but the most effective refutation is one that employs prayer. Many of these fanatical Sedes will one day be Orthodox Christians but do not underestimate the real enemy of truth which is not flesh and blood. This is not to say that you should continuously engage the same heretic; once may be all that is required. But if every Orthodox Christian says a short prayer for the conversion of the next Sede he encounters, that individual Sedevacantist will be prayed for many times over in due time. A simple prayer like "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on that soul and save him" is all that is required. This is how the Sede Virus will be conquered and the Orthodox Church will continue to grow. It has already begun.
* In addition, let the sedevacantists provide a magisterial teaching that instructs or permits Catholics to break unity with the Roman see. This teaching will not be found in post-East - West schism Roman Catholicism because it does not exist. Roman Catholic knows that unity with the Roman see is a mandatory external criterion in all times and places as it is rooted in the indefectibility of the church. Conversely, breaking unity with the Roman see is always an external criterion for schism.
As I wrote before, if one cannot in good conscience maintain unity with the apostolic see it is because 1. he is in error or 2. the see defected from the faith. If number 1 then the schismatic must confess and enter into communion at once. If number 2, then he adds the sin of heresy to his sin of schism for denying the indefectibility of the church. As my good friend at the Crossroads warns at the end of all of his video productions "What you believe will decide the road you take...the choice is yours to make...choose wisely, your salvation depends on it."
January 15, 2020 ~ The next sedevacantist teacher / preacher / prophet who claims that his sect possesses the three external bonds of unity is either ignorant or outright lying to stay in business. He can't possess them. Schism by nature rejects the foundation of unity. Schismatics will claim they do not reject this foundation but in praxis they do for they do not hold communion with the Roman see.
January 14, 2020 ~ Sedevacantist apologist Steve Speray just published a post on the papacy. The gist of the post is that anti-sedes fail to make the proper distinctions. What's funny is that Speray's article omits two-thirds of the doctrine of unity. Speray mentions unity of faith (which sedes still lack) but where's the rest? How come Speray didn't mention that there are three external bonds of unity in the RCC? It wouldn't be because Sedevacantists cannot account for them now would it?
Here's a "proper distinction" that Speray conveniently omitted from his piece:
"For this reason, as the unity of the faith is of necessity required for the unity of the church, inasmuch as it is the body of the faithful, so also for this same unity, inasmuch as the Church is a divinely constituted society, unity of government, which effects and involves unity of communion, is necessary jure divino." ~ Satis Cognitum
Oops. Speray failed to mention a couple of things. Unfortunately these belong to the essential constitution of the RCC. Huge omissions like this are inexcusable. This is why nobody should follow, trust, or support a sedevacantist.
“This established, the reason becomes evident why the constitution of the church is papal, not simply Presbyterian or episcopal, and why the church of Rome must be regarded as the mother and mistress of all the churches. The Church as visible must have a visible centre of unity, a central visible life from which all in the visible order takes its rise. But without the pope and the Roman see, made one in spiritual marriage, this visible centre, this visible central life is not conceivable. Without the papal constitution, there would be nothing in the visible order to represent the invisible unity; which would be tantamount to saying that there is no visible church at all. But this again would, on the principles we have established, be saying that there is for us no medium of access to the invisible church, and therefore there is and can be no spiritual regeneration or new birth. We should be as to the spiritual life, practically, as if Christ had not been incarnated, and there were no church. It follows from this that the papacy is fundamental, essential to the very conception of the church in the visible order; and without it, the visible church could neither be nor be conceived.” ~ Orestes Brownson
January 8, 2020 ~ Ask any Sedevacantist why they are not in communion with the Roman see and you will learn that they cannot really answer the question without contradicting themselves. It is probably the one question they hate more than any other.
January 7, 2020 ~ Christ is Born today for many Orthodox Christians of the Old Calendar. Glorify Him on this Holy Feast of the Nativity.
For Christmas my wife bought me "The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR " by Brian Tuohy. Good book for people who want to be red-pilled on college and pro sports. As a Buffalo sports fan, I'm tempted to start my own show where people in this town can go for honest debate and commentary. Sports enthusiasts should have an independent platform. The radio guys and beat reporters of major sports franchises are shills. Like all media in the modern world, their job is to control what you think and stymie critical thinking and dissenting opinions. Local sports coverage is a sham; these folks are in bed with players, managers, and owners. Former Bill Steve Tasker seems to be picking up on the funny business. Lately he's been dropping little remarks on his program about last minute NFL heroics and officiating. Be careful Steve or you might be looking for a job.
January 1, 2020 ~ I've been saying for many years the time is quickly approaching that we will no longer be able to have access to many freedoms that we have all enjoyed. All of us who lived through the truth movement era were privileged to see and learn so many things that were not available to previous generations. Throughout the years I have told people with whom I corresponded to make hard copies and DVDs of the great writings and documentaries from these years because one day soon they will all be gone. In my state of New York, people who stand on biblical principles of truth and or have different opinions on secular historical events will be made into bigots and haters. You will not be able to exercise the freedom of speech and you will be trained on how to think "correctly." Even many alternative health care sites that used to exist are disappearing. Authors, writers, bloggers etc. will have to monitor their own work for potential "hate speech." Those who refuse to comply will face criminal prosecution.
December 31, 2019 ~ As I say often, in the ongoing war between Sedevacantists and Recognize & Resist traditionalists, both sides are often right and wrong. While doing some research for some upcoming writings, I visited Sedevacantist apologist Steven Speray's blog in search of one particular post he wrote against the "Recognize & Resist" authors of "True or False Pope." In that post, Speray caught the R & R apologists distorting the meaning of "public defection from the faith" as found in Canon 188.4 of the 1917 code of canon law. In sum, John Salza & Robert Siscoe claimed that "public defection" is only applicable to Catholics who formally and intentionally join a non-Catholic religion or sect. But as Steve proves in his post found HERE, Salza & Siscoe are wrong, at least according to the sources Speray cites in the article. One need not formally join a non-Catholic sect to be considered a public defector from the faith. Whether or not Salza & Siscoe conceded this point to the Sedevacantist I do not know, but if not, they really should. Good work by Speray on this one. Now if we can just get Speray to admit that public defection of the Roman see including the Roman Pontiff and all the bishops, priests and people conjoined with him in the unity of the faith and communion makes himself a heretic and a schismatic ...
December 28, 2019 ~ Sedevacantism can be refuted in a number of ways, not just one. It is a smoke and mirror position that is very easily exposed once you know some fundamentals. Most of the newbie Sede recruits (often post-pubescents who watched a recruitment video) do not know the basics and they will not learn them from their cult leaders. But they are going nowhere fast. Eventually most of them will figure out that Sedevacantism has always been at the service of the Orthodox Christian Church. Then they will thank God for allowing them to travel the tradcat road in order to find it.
December 26, 2019 ~ In case anyone is wondering, all proceeds from book sales are being deposited into a fund for the upcoming sedevacantist conclave to be held at my home.
December 25, 2019 ~ Christ is Born- Glorify Him!
December 24, 2019 ~ Last week Jay Dyer debated Giuseppe "Kurgan" Filotto found here. I never heard of Filotto until the pre-fight hype. He's a Sedeprivationist (Partial-Pope theorist). This ridiculous position is that popes exist without the Primacy. Why? Because then they can claim material papal succession exists and that a bunch of heretics can elect a true pope one day. In other words it is a theory that extends the fantasy. As for the debate, Giuseppe had no business stepping into that ring. After weeks of trash talking and insulting Jay (and me) and working the crowd up in anticipation of a blockbuster fight the guy showed up and shit himself in the ring. From what I read, even Sedevacantists were embarrassed that such a poor candidate attempted to represent them. Some of the things this guy is saying is unbelievably embarrassing. For just one example, “all bishops are part of the Roman Curia.” He actually showed up to the debate not knowing what Denzinger was. Yet, in one of his extremely arrogant pre-debate videos against Dyer, this guy says he has a plan to restore the Catholic Church. No doubt people will follow him. Even now, after his embarrassing performance in the Dyer debate the man's mouth keeps running. That's because his ego far surprasses his comprehension of his own stated positions and his narcissistic personality disorder prevents him from realizing it. Dyer spoke the truth at around the 35 min. mark when he said “this guy is off the charts arrogant.” Yep. Textbook narcissist folks. I hope Kurgan keeps coming because people like him best expose Sedevacantism for what it is- delusion, prelest, vanity.
December 23, 2019 ~ I don’t spend much time on Recognize & Resist traddies. It’s not that their positions don’t require refutation, they do, but in my opinion, the Sedevacantists do it well enough without my input. Moreover, as I wrote in my book, I never really struggled with R & R like I did with Sedevacantism so my interest in that was never there. I saw disobedience to the Holy See as folly very early on and this has never changed. If individuals, subordinates including laymen have to sift the teachings of the Holy See then the raison d'être of this institution is obsolete. I don’t care how many hundreds of pages one can procure in defense of this absurd position, it is ass-backwards nonsense to me and always will be. There are only two choices: complete and full submission to Vatican II / Holy See or schism. Everything else is a garbage position that can only fool people who are excessively hormonal and suffer deficiency in comprehension of the church’s essential constitution.
December 19, 2019 ~ As 2019 winds down I have a lot of things on my mind, some of which I hope to record as articles. I enjoy writing because it helps people, especially other authors who “borrow” my work. In fact I have a few new pieces in the works that might come out just in time to make it into a new 3-part R & R book I understand is in production.
On another note, a while back a Sedevacantist prophet posted a link to some writings by Orestes Brownson that supposedly refuted Orthodox Christianity. At that time I pointed out that Brownson's work on the constitution of the Church annihilates schismatic Sedevacantists. Sedevacantism, just like Protestantism, is essentially a philosophical error that assumes that unity of type is sufficient for unity of composition. Sedevacantists do not quite understand in what unity consists or they would easily see why their position destroys it. If I find time I’d like to explain this in more detail and prove that the only remedy for Sedevacantists to be Roman Catholic is to abandon their schismatic positions and align themselves with Vatican II and the Roman Pontiff.
December 8, 2019 ~ It’s funny (to me) when Sedes (usually newly infected) criticize me with statements like “Pontrello doesn’t understand the Catholic Church or Sedevacantism” when with few exceptions I can argue their positions better than they can. Some of the newbies don’t realize that once upon a time I was a deeply invested Sedevacantist just like them. Somewhere around my house I have several large banker boxes filled with material including a huge folder containing letters I wrote in defense of the sect as well as "urgent" conversion appeals. I pray that these deluded people will soon realize that I left Sedevacantism when I realized Sedevacantism could not save Roman Catholicism; it exposes it.
December 3, 2019 ~ Jay Dyer recently did a nice presentation on Sedevacantism that featured my book found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMH_zPnLWWs&feature=emb_logo . Evidently this provoked some Sedevacantist backlash. Now Jay better watch out because cyber assassin Dr. Evil is coming after him. Even more scary is Dr. Evil's weapon - Partial Pope Theory (popes without Peter's Mojo).
December 2, 2019 ~ I have two new pieces near completion. The first is on the subject of "perpetual succession." The 2nd piece addresses theologian Dorsch on the See of Rome during papal interregnums. My plan is to have these completed and published in the near future.
November 23, 2019 ~ November book sales have now exceeded September. Again, many thanks to all the people who purchased and recommended The Sedevacantist Delusion over the past 4 plus years. Special mention belongs to Jay Dyer and the Crossroads at 23rd Street- two individuals who helped put my unknown self-published book on the map. Be sure to check out their work at www.jaysanalysis.com and www.23rdstreet.com. And visit their You Tube channels.
November 11, 2019 ~ Here are a few snippets of an email I recently sent to an individual:
....As I said to you previously, I am not a guide for Orthodox Christians (where to go, what to do, apologetics, instruction, etc.) Others have come to me for advice on the Orthodox Church and I have declined and advised them to go to the Church for the help they need. I said as much to you. I write because I like to write but I don't pretend to be anything more than a layman with an opinion. I am an Orthodox pilgrim whose present mindset is that I should be instructed not instruct.
You asked for my opinion and I gave it to you. I said I believed you were on the right path. If you want to learn then you should really get off the tradcat blogs and actually experience the Orthodox faith by participating in the life of the church. Attend Saturday Vespers and Divine Liturgies etc. If Orthodoxy does not appeal to you then you are searching for something other than the original Christian gospel....
...Just remember you have to work out your own salvation like me. Go back to the traditional Catholics if that is where your heart is but just don't come back to me with their poison. I am really not interested in listening to rash judgments and criticisms of the Orthdox Church from cynical sedes and disgruntled tradcats who know nothing about the Orthodox faith. These fools do not even understand Roman Catholicism but yet they're out there "debunking" Orthodoxy. I warned you to stay away from those people. Other than this there is nothing more I can offer you at this time....
November 4, 2019 ~ A central government belongs to the essential constitution of the RCC. This government which possesses apostolic authority is indefectible. Ask any sedevacantist where the government of the RCC is today and where it has been for the past 61 years. The moment you realize that he cannot provide you with this answer, you should flee from him as fast as you can.
October 21, 2019~ Thank you everyone who purchased and recommended my book. This past month of September was my best month for book sales. I never expected this project to continue growing four years later. I have much gratitude. And thanks to everyone who posted a nice review on amazon.com.
October 19, 2019~ I found him. Sedevacantists rejoice your darkness is over and now you can congratulate yourselves for preserving during this trial of the great apostasy. God has delivered your guy and he goes by the name of Pope Boniface X. You are hereby instructed to make contact with the real Holy See and subject yourselves immediately. This is NOT a joke. This is about your eternal salvation. Because I care about you I am including relevant information from the Roman Pontiff's web-page:
Only those who hold the Catholic Faith whole and inviolate, and who are in submission to the true Pontiff, are in the way of salvation. The rest will depart into everlasting flames and there will be no respite for them. Boniface X commands all those who hold the dogmas of faith, and who wish to submit to the true Pope, to register with your name and address. If you do not wish to register because you fear a future persecution, you must still contact us and at least give us a way to contact you. To register or for all other questions contact the Apostolic See on the internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telephone Number +1 (321) 549-8841. There is no live attendant. If the call is not answered and you receive the standard greeting, leave a legitimate voice message and indicate why you believe it cannot be handled via e-mail or letter, and someone from The Apostolic See will return your telephone call. E-mail or written correspondence is strongly preferred.
Mailing Address Coming Soon (10/12/19)
His Holiness's website: https://www.romancatholicism.org/
Folks, this is Sedevacantism taken to its logical conclusion.
October 18, 2019 ~ A Sedevacantist live action role player claims Sedevacantists have miracles. Here they are...
1. "Fr. Jacqmin, a sedevacantist priest ordained by Bp. Lefebvre, has a miraculous Host in his possession."
2. "Bp. Moses Carmona has an uncorrupted body more than 25 years after his death."
3. "It is said that Abbé Vérité saw the Virgin Mary when he died."
But the above Sede source left out a whole bunch of other miracles. For example, he forgot about all of the miraculous Sede popes. Not sure how he missed Bishop Frank "play with guns, boys, and drugs" Schuckardt's miraculous papal coronation or the Palmarian Catholics' visions and miracles.
October 12, 2019 ~ Tonight I was reading an exchange between a Sede and a non-Sede Catholic. The Sede, a Dimond bro disciple, kept trying to get the non-Sede to debate but the non-Sede refused to engage him. The non-Sede's response was as follows:
"I believe that what afflicts Sedevacantists is a prelest or a spell of the Enemy which they cannot be freed from except through humility. Arguing with them is like arguing with a sick man who refuses to go to the doctor-utterly futile, which is why I refuse to debate you sir..."
Truth. Many times I have thought the same thoughts which is why I posted his response. You cannot defeat a Sede with intellectual arguments alone.
October 2, 2019 ~ Someone sent me the following paragraph from "The Catechism Explained" published in 1899:
"If, however, a man, through no fault of his own, remains outside the Church, he may be saved if he lead a God-fearing life; for such a one is to all intents and purposes a member of the Catholic Church."
Invincible Ignorance contradicts the dogma "no salvation outside the Church" yet both are official doctrines of the same church.
September 28, 2019 ~ Somebody dug this up and I wanted to share it. Check out Pope Eugene IV's declaration against circumcision in his Bull of Union with the Copts during the ecumenical council of Florence:
The Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and teaches that the legal prescriptions of the Old Testament or the Mosaic law, which are divided into ceremonies, holy sacrifices and sacraments, because they were instituted to signify something in the future, although they were adequate for the divine cult of that age, once our Lord Jesus Christ who was signified by them had come, came to an end and the sacraments of the new Testament had their beginning. Whoever, after the Passion, places his hope in the legal prescriptions and submits himself to them as necessary for salvation and as if faith in Christ without them could not save, sins mortally. It does not deny that from Christ's passion until the promulgation of the Gospel they could have been retained, provided they were in no way believed to be necessary for salvation. But it asserts that after the promulgation of the gospel they cannot be observed without loss of eternal salvation. Therefore it denounces all who after that time observe circumcision, the [Jewish] sabbath and other legal prescriptions as strangers to the faith of Christ and unable to share in eternal salvation, unless they recoil at some time from these errors. Therefore it strictly orders all who glory in the name of Christian, not to practise circumcision either before or after baptism, since whether or not they place their hope in it, it cannot possibly be observed without loss of eternal salvation.
Eugenius IV, Pope (1990) . Ecumenical Council of Florence (1438-1445): Session 11—4 February 1442; Bull of union with the Copts". In Norman P. Tanner (ed.). Decrees of the ecumenical councils. 2 volumes (in Greek and Latin). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. ISBN 0-87840-490-2. LCCN 90003209. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
Oh boy. The TradCats have another infallible dilemma. Pick the solution from the following:
1. Eugene IV was not using his superpowers of infallibility but was only expressing his private fallible opinion.
2. Eugene IV was not aware at that time (As with Geocentrism and Gallileo) that circumcision falls under the realm of science and medicine which are not subjects that fall under the Church's teaching authority.
3. Eugene IV was teaching ex cathedra but the condemnation of the practice of circumcision must be understood in the way the Church understands this not as private individuals. In other words dogma evolves and changes with the times and circumstances.
4. Pope Eugene IV was a heretic antipope so his teachings don't count anymore.
5. Every circumcised Christian is going to hell, especially if they had no say in the matter (their parents circumcised them as children).
September 6, 2019 ~ I'm well-aware of the Feeneyite explanation for Pius IX's teachings on invincible ignorance; I used to defend him too. Doesn't matter to me how Feeneyites spin their arguments. Who are they? Traditional Catholicism in all of its forms and variations is a schismatic movement. These people are severed from the Roman See and are outside their church willingly. What matters is what the Holy See teaches today. See what the modernist church teaches on invincible ignorance HERE. The post V2 Roman Catholic Church teaches exactly what Pius IX taught- those who die outside the church can be saved. To me it doesn't matter that this teaching contradicts Roman dogma. It just proves my point that the whole Roman system is contradictory and that includes the traditionalist schismatic movement that it created. Feeneyites ought to condemn Pius IX who taught invincible ignorance in multiple writings to remain consistent. Why do they bend over backwards to spare Pius IX? Because they need his Vatican I. Hypocrites.
September 3, 2019 ~
In Jeremy Austin’s video explaining why he quit MHFM he brings up the issue of Pope Pius IX and his teaching of salvation by invincible ignorance. In Singluare Quidem, Pius IX wrote:
“The Church clearly declares that the only hope of salvation for mankind is placed in the Christian faith, which teaches the truth, scatters the darkness of ignorance by the splendor of its light, and works through love. This hope of salvation is placed in the Catholic Church which, in preserving the true worship, is the solid home of this faith and the temple of God. Outside of the Church, nobody can hope for life or salvation unless he is excused through ignorance beyond his control.”
How to explain this one away? Here’s how a Home Aloner tried to spin it:
“Key word, “hope”; he teaches not that they may attain to salvation, only that they can hope for it. They can hope they come to the faith so they may attain it.”
Really? Then why would they need to be "excused?" Pius IX is speaking about those who die outside the Church not those who presently live outside the Church or the sentence doesn't make sense. Pius IX taught that there remains hope for life and salvation for those who die outside the Church. What does this mean? It means that pagans, Jews, and other non-Christians can be saved. Wow. And that is why some Sedevacantists have employed their special powers to undo Pius IX’s pontificate, pushing the vacancy back to the 1800s. Any modern day Sedevacantist Feeneyite who refuses to judge Pius IX as a heretic and push the vacancy backwards is a hypocrite.
August 19, 2019 Evening ~ I just finished reading Cyprian's Unity of the Church in its entirety. I read this years ago and it was instrumental in helping me come out of the Sede cult. I took time out to read his treatise again because a certain Sedevacantist self-appointed "teacher "has been quoting the saint in an attempt to refute Orthodox Christianity. As usual this Sedevacantist has refuted himself and his Sede buddies by quoting Cyprian. Do these people read these documents they quote from? For starters, Cyprian's treatise is on unity of the Church not authority of the Church but as usual papists see everything with papal lenses. Cyprian's whole treatise is about the evil of schism. He lambastes schismatic sedes including their pseudo -bishops who stole episcopal consecrations. It should be difficult to read this excellent treatise and hold a Roman Catholic perspective and yet remain a Sedevacantist or R & R traditionalist. But most of these people have an illness that blocks perception of their own contradictions.
August 19, 2019 ~ Did St. Cyprian teach papal supremacy? No. Even in two versions of his writing "De Catholicae Ecclesiae Unitate " chapter 4, one of which has been suspect of authenticity, he never once speaks of Peter's authority over the Apostles. The saint writes "Certainly the rest of the apostles were that which Peter also was, endued with equal partnership both of honour and office." There you have it in the words of Cyprian himself. For a good and concise treatment of Cyprian see here. Furthermore, when Sedevacantists attempt to quote from fathers of the Church they usually cut off their noses to spite their faces. In this case, Cyprian's whole treatise is on the unity of the Church, to which Sedes and other trads exist in contradiction. Therefore, if the spin Sedes place on Cyprian's treatise were true then the saint condemns them as schismatics for "deserting the chair of peter on which the church was founded."
August 16, 2019~ RC trads have been criticizing the Orthodox faith because the canonical Ortho Churches have many Freemasons and modernists among their ranks. My response: What, you thought only the Roman Catholic Church would be infiltrated and subverted? I answered this question in my Q & A three years ago. ALL churches are under assault. This is a world revolution not just Roman Catholic. The enemy, although based in one ethno-religious affiliation is legion, hidden, and immune from public identification and criticism due to its control of information. Rogue tradcats are impotent because their infrastructure collapsed. A unified Christian resistance cannot be based on "papacy of desire." Rome has fallen and Western Christianity in general is a mess. True Christianity can only survive through the orthodox faith of the East.
Note: A reader pointed out an interesting Wikipedia article on Orestes Brownson. The article describes Brownson's liberal leanings towards the end of his life:
"In 1860, he announced that the Catholic Church must progress towards a welcoming intellectual environment. He argued forcefully and eloquently that "neither the friends nor the enemies of religion have anything to fear from adopting the great principle of civil and religious liberty, and asserting a free Church in a free State." Brownson noted with dismay how few European Catholics supported abolition, and applauded liberal Catholics like Montalembert for being "the only Catholics in Europe who sympathize with the loyal people of the Union." He posited that conscience must remain free to believe as it decides and religion regards the spiritual not the civil realm. The State should protect such a right and restrict itself to governance of the external realm. He thus adopted a new form of liberalism that remained with him until his death, although his enthusiasm for such a liberalism must be balanced by a near simultaneous and unambiguous repudiation of liberalism which he expressed in the resuscitated Quarterly Review in 1873. There he rejected the kind of liberalism that makes "this world and its interests supreme."
Note that both "religious liberty" and "Americanism" were condemned heresies by the Holy See, most notably under Popes Pius IX and Leo XIII respectively. Will Sedevacantists call the intellectual Catholic giant Orestes Brownson a heretic?
August 12, 2019 ~ I just added links to the last article including Guettee's book "The Papacy: Its Historic Origin and Primitive Relations with the Eastern Church. Also see this link for Orthodox VS Roman Catholic articles books and other informative reading recommendations.
July 30, 2019 ~ There is really nothing new going on in tradcat fantasy land. A few new names out there with recycled heresies slightly repackaged. I hear there’s a new Home Alone Feeneyite making noise. This guy (anonymous just like all of the Catholic saints) is trying to convince his takers that there is not an infallible doctrine stating there must always be bishops or a hierarchy. Another anonymous una cum / partial papist / science trad is out there challenging Feeneyites to debate him. Last but not least at least one person infected with the Sede Virus is accusing me of being a KGB (and Mossad) intelligence agent assigned to pluck weak traditionalists from the remnant true church. Outstanding research. I'm bored with traditional Catholicism.
July 22, 2019 ~ I just corrected a typo in the article "Dictatus Papae." Popes deposing emperors was unheard of in the first 11 Centuries.
July 19, 2019 ~ I just added a short clip on the Medjugorje hoax immediately following the Palmarian whackos.
July 11, 2019 ~ I have been researching a lot of subjects. What a rabbit hole it is to delve into history of the papacy. How anyone can uphold the Vatican I dogmas of the papacy after researching history is staggering. What a mind screw Catholics were subjected to.
By the way, Pope Leo V was another deposed pope and there are more yet. Interestingly, Leo V was deposed by an antipope who made himself pope (Christopher) and who was later recognized as legitimate by his successors. Pope Christopher was then deposed by his successor Sergious III who while pope had Leo V and Christopher murdered in prison. What is pretty funny is that all three popes are recognized as legitimate popes (some papal lists have Christopher as an antipope but that is inconsistent). What is important is that in Sedevacantist Fantasy Land, the papists insist that popes cannot be deposed or removed from office. I swear these people do not read history. Like the modernists who think Roman Catholicism began at Vatican II, Sedes (except Richard Ibranyi who is obviously one of the two "witnesses of the apocalypse") think Roman Catholicism began with Pius IX. Dare I mention Emperor Leo VI's 4th marriage that was approved by the pope in violation of church canons? I'll save that for another occasion.
June 7 2019 ~ Did the real 8th Ecumenical Council: Constantinople IV (879/880) condemn the Filioque addition and doctrine? Read about it here.
June 26, 2019 ~ In AD 1075, as part of the Gregorian reforms Gregory VII issued his famous "Dictatus Papae" containing 27 statements of powers arrogated to the pope. There is more to say about this document but in brief I single out a few items and pose the question: Do Traditional Catholics still believe them?
1. That the Roman church was founded by God alone.
19. That he (Roman Pontiff) can be judged by no one.
22. That the Roman Church has never erred, nor ever, by the witness of Scripture, shall err to all eternity.
23. That the Roman Pontiff, if canonically ordained, is undoubtedly sanctified by the merits of St. Peter; of this St. Ennodius, Bishop of Pavia, is witness, many Holy Fathers are agreeable and it is contained in the decrees of Pope Symmachus the Saint.
26. THAT HE SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS CATHOLIC WHO IS NOT IN CONFORMITY WITH THE ROMAN CHURCH.
June 21, 2019 ~ It didn’t take long for Jeremy Austin’s detractors to surface following his conversion and corresponding video. One individual severely infected with the Sede Virus, Mr. Fide Catholica, wrote a condescending letter about Jeremy. This haughty individual concluded that Jeremy's mistake was his failure to join Fide Catholica’s self-made remnant sedevacantist internet church club and save himself when he still had the chance. Had he only done that instead of remaining with MHFM’s self-made remnant sedevacantist end-times church club, Jeremy would now be safe in the “true” church. In other words Jeremy Austin supported the wrong schism.
When I first read Fide Catholica’s letter and the corresponding reader comments I wondered if Jeremy Austin would respond. But then something very predictable occurred to Fide Catholica which reminded me that responding to victims of the Sede Virus is usually unnecessary. You see, Mr. Fide Catholica’s remnant catholic sedevacantist internet church was suddenly attacked by another remnant catholic sedevacantist internet church. So what began as a discussion about Jeremy Austin quickly escalated into a theological squabble between two warring sede sects who proceeded to hurl insults and charges of heresy against each other. Before long, anyone reading the exchange would have no clue that the original thread was about Jeremy Austin. This was so funny to me that I laughed out loud. Jeremy’s case was won without having to say a word in his own defense.
If Jeremy wanted to have some fun with his new antagonist Fide Catholica he would lure him into a debate with Peter Dimond on baptism of desire & invincible ignorance. Such a debate, if independently conducted and moderated (so Dimond could not doctor it up later) would expose the RCC for teaching both mutually exclusive doctrines “infallibly” throughout its evolutionary history.
If Mr. Fide Catholica wishes to remain a believer in Jesus Christ and the original church entrusted to the Apostles he will have no choice but to abandon “papacy of desire” and humbly follow Jeremy’s lead. This is the inevitable path for people who honestly seek the truth and more and more Christians are discovering it with each passing day. Fide Catholica has demonstrated a good understanding of the real enemies of Christ and their choke-hold on this present world so I am optimistic he will eventually find his way out of the heresy of “papism” and put his ambitions to better use. This will occur when he wakes up to the fact that he was sandbagged by his papacy.
June 16, 2019 ~ Congratulations to Mr. Jeremy Austin, owner of http://www.la-foi.fr/index.aspx for exiting the dark world of Sedevacantism. Many thanks to him for promoting my book.
June 15, 2019 ~ “This first great council of the Church, called to deal with the Arian heresy, became a blueprint for the remaining six ecumenical councils: they were all called by the Roman Emperor, they were all held in the east, all the proceedings were conducted in Greek, they were overwhelmingly attended by eastern bishops, and papal legates came representing the pope. The pope never attended an ecumenical council. In fact, the Second Ecumenical Council (First Constantinople) was called without the knowledge of the Pope, and in the case of the Fourth and Fifth Ecumenical Councils (Chalcedon and Constantinople II) against his express wishes.” ~ Exerpt from Michael Whelton’s “Two Paths: Papal Monarchy - Collegial Tradition”
June 12, 2019 ~ "For before he was called Simon. Now this name of Peter was given him by the Lord, and that in a figure, that he should signify the Church. For seeing that Christ is the rock (Petra), Peter is the Christian people. For the rock (Petra) is the original name. Therefore Peter is so called from the rock; not the rock from Peter; as Christ is not called Christ from the Christian, but the Christian from Christ. Therefore, he says, You are Peter; and upon this Rock which you have confessed, upon this Rock which you have acknowledged, saying, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God, will I build My Church; that is upon Myself, the Son of the living God, will I build My Church. I will build you upon Myself, not Myself upon you. For men who wished to be built upon men, said, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas, who is Peter. But others who did not wish to be built upon Peter, but upon the Rock, said, But I am of Christ." ~ St. Augustine (Greatest Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church)
June 8, 2019 ~ Some sede writers have been driving home this point: "Sedevacantism is the diagnosis not a solution." Nice try but they're dead wrong. The correct diagnosis for the Roman Catholic Church following Vatican II is "defection." This is the only reason traditional Catholicism exists.
June 5, 2019 (May 7, 2019) ~ Congratulations to Mr. Jeremy Austin, owner of http://www.la-foi.fr/index.aspx for exiting the dark world of Sedevacantism. Many thanks to him for promoting my book.
May 12, 2019 ~ I remain skeptical about view counts for YouTube videos of some organizations. Ever wonder how some YouTubers get their view counts to miraculously jump to tens of thousands in only a few short weeks? Here's one way to do it: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/11/technology/youtube-fake-view-sellers.html
April 23, 2019 ~ My revised article "Devolution of the Papacy" has been made into video by "The Crossroads at 23rd Street." The video link is https://youtu.be/6SnsgqSSC1A
4/18/19 ~ I have not been writing as much due to the Great Lent and extra demands on my time. If you have not visited an Orthodox parish for Holy Week (our Holy Week is the week after the Roman Catholics') try to do so.
February 20, 2019- Some popular personalities in the end-times Remnant Catholic Sedevacantist churches tried to "expose" and refute Jay Dyer recently with proof-texts. Here are Jay's responses: https://jaysanalysis.com/2019/02/19/eternal-manifestation-simplicity-the-uncreated-energies-jay-dyer/ & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSFeArXy-S8.
February 13, 2019- A friend loaned me his copies of Michael Whelton's books "Two Paths" & "Popes & Patriarchs." I highly recommend both books for traditional Catholics. They are hard-hitting but also easy reads for those who don't have the time or patience for heavy theological treatises.
February 10, 2019 ~ I was recently involved in a debate with Steven Speray that turned sour as these things often do. I posted a reader comment that was insulting to Steve and I also wrote a satire that went too far. Last night I pulled them from my website and wrote to Steve to apologize. Steve accepted my apology without hesitation and reciprocated the gesture on his blog. I also pulled my articles in order to review their content. I will re-post most of them after I am able to clean them up a bit; others may be permanently retired. Although Steve and I disagree on major issues that warrant public debate, I believe he is a good man who loves the Lord. It takes a lot of courage to stand up for faith in public especially if the person doing it has a wife, family, or a career that could suffer for it. I apologize to Steve for anything I wrote that insulted his character or reputation. That being said, I believe in good, honest debate. Each side's arguments should be heard so that people who are in search of the truth in these confusing times can choose their path.
December 23,2018~ FYI: Jay Dyer of www.jaysanalysis.com has been punishing Roman Catholic heretical doctrines severely for some time now. Catholics who remain confused on doctrines such as absolute divine simplicity, energy / essence distinction, and filioque might want to have a look at his works.
December 19, 2018 - Last evening I happened to catch mega-star preacher televangelist John Hagee on television. If anyone has not seen this man before, they owe it to themselves to tune in to one of his electrifying performances. He is by far one of the most gifted preachers out there today. Unfortunately, just about every word that comes out of his lying mouth is Zionist propaganda. This man is truly a false prophet and mega-deceiver of Christians. The Christian Zionist movement may be one of the greatest deceptions going.
December 3, 2018- Yesterday I posted a study on divorce and remarriage in the Latin West. Many trad Cats are hung up on the absolute indissolubility of marriage and for that reason, cannot fathom conversion to Orthodox Christianity, which allows up to 3 marriages. A Roman Catholic website reiterates the Church's official teaching as follows:
"According to the Catholic doctrine, a consummated marriage between two baptized persons is absolutely indissoluble so long as both persons live. Neither the Church nor the State has the power to dissolve the marriage; only the death of one of the spouses dissolves the marriage. And because marriage is exclusive to only one other person at a time, no person who is presently married can marry another person. Therefore, if a married couple acquires a civil divorce from a judge, that divorce is such only in the eyes of the State and its laws. The couple remains truly married before God, and before the Church until one spouse dies, even though the State declares it dissolved and no longer recognizes the marriage. So if upon obtaining a civil divorce one spouse goes before a judge or a Protestant pastor, and ‘marries’ a third party while the other spouse is alive, the new union is not a marriage, even if the State calls it a marriage and treats it like a marriage. Moreover, having sexual relations with a third party, while one’s spouse remains alive, is an act of adultery. For this reason, even if a judge grants a person a legal divorce from his spouse, and he then enters a civil marriage with a third party, every sexual act with that third party is an act of adultery and therefore a grave sin imperiling the souls of those engaged in that act." (http://www.calledtocommunion.com/2011/09/what-therefore-god-has-joined-together-divorce-and-the-sacrament-of-marriage/).
The historical case for absolute indissolubility of marriage is examined in the article. Also be sure to read the author's addendum article .