A few days ago, while writing about some curmudgeonly "rad-trads", I forgot to mention one of the most egregious - and sinful - things that have spewed out of the mouths of some of them. As a rule, they attend Mass in the Extraordinary Form, often making great sacrifices to do so. I too will attend those Masses, but not exclusively. I understand the impetus, for often at the NO masses, there are attitudes that are way too casual; sometimes it gets worse than that.
However, some take it to sinful extremes. I was in another facebook discussion with some of them. They stated that because the NO mass was so bastardized by Vatican II, it cannot be considered a valid Mass. Therefore, according to them, if one cannot attend an EF mass, one no longer has the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. For their "authority", they cite this from the SSPX website. I've often wondered how SSPX could be considered at variance from the Magisterium. My question has been answered.
Ladies and gentlemen, what the SSPX, or at least its website editor, is advocating is a mortal sin against the Third Commandment. Unless the priest deviates from the language of the Sacramentary, the consecration, and thus the rest of Mass is to be considered valid. No one may elect not to attend Mass simply because abuses are occurring therein. Might I suggest that such absenteeism is its own abuse? The Third Commandment binds under mortal sin. Father So-And-So from the SSPX has no authority whatsoever to excuse attendance at Mass, be that Mass ever so unpalatable.
The word "excuse" brings me to another point. Excuse, or defense of evil done, is one of the nine ways of cooperating with mortal sin. So is "counsel", such as that evidenced in the SSPX screed. On the face of things, it seems that this SSPX priest needs to recant and get to confession asap.
Now let's look at what some Austrilian bishops are doing. They have in fact advocated sin against the First Commandment by falsely stating that Catholics can also be Freemasons. Besides the fact that Freemasonry is a major player in the desconstruction of our Church, they advocate false beliefs that are antithetical to Christianity. In that last link is a video going into more detail about Freemasonry. These bishops are also cooperating with mortal sin, thus incurring guilt attached to that sin.
So what might be the difference between the SSPX and these Austrilian bishops? Probably not that much. One the one hand, mortal sin against the Third Commandment is being touted; on the other hand, it's mortal sin against the First Commandment. Both have the potential of damning a soul to hell. Both agencies are being duped by the devil into doing his work. Satan wants Catholics to leave the Church, and he doesn't care whether they exit "stage left" or "stage right". Let's be wary of either tendency.
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