March 5, 2015

CMTV, EWTN, The SSPX and the "S" Word

Another well written Remnant article (excerpted below) by Michael Matt concerning the SSPX , the schism meme, CMTV and EWTN. When one gets onto the SSPX-Schism merry-go-round, one's head can spin as fast - if not faster - than the schism epithets hurling about the "vortex" created in its wake. And if you're not careful, they will slap you silly. For mostly, that is what they are - silly personal opinions that have been debunked at various times over the years. 

The SSPX 'Schism': EWTN vs. CMTV

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Everybody’s favorite whipping boy these days, the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), is evidently not in schism after all—at least according to a recent EWTN report featuring a Vatican bishop (Mons. Juan Ignacio Arrieta, of the Pont. Council for Legislative Texts) admitting what The Remnant has maintained for two decades—that the SSPX is not in schism. “We can say that the problem with the SSPX is only a problem of trust,” said Arrieta, “because they are people who pray, people who believe the same things we believe in…they have their heart in Rome. I can assure you of that since I know them well.”

EWTN reported this? Yes, and kudos to them for having the courage to say what needs to be said about a difficult and most complex question.
It is sometimes all too easy to set charity aside and just blast away at the Society of St. Pius X as a coven of “evil schismatics” who are “outside the Church” or at least “lacking communion” to such an extent that far from helping souls navigate the spiritual and moral perils of the present crisis in the Church, they are actually leading millions out of the Church. 

Alas, this is what even Michael Voris has been adamantly contending of late—which is truly at the heart of the present clash between Church Militant TV and The Remnant. It is also what his man Terry Carroll and spiritual advisor Fr. Paul Nicholson have been announcing to the four corners of the Internet for the past several years. 

As you watch the following video, please understand that the SSPX itself played no part in instigating this project. The priests and sisters of the SSPX were evidently approached by the EWTN crew, who proceeded to produce a charitable and balanced presentation of the SSPX which, while not glossing over the points of doctrinal impasse that stand between the SSPX and the Vatican, nevertheless goes a long way towards helping people understand the complexity of the situation and the need for words of compassion and charity, rather than the polarizing rhetoric of liberals and modernists.

In reality, one can look at the SSPX in two ways: within the box that is Vatican II, or, within the brick and mortar store that is 2,000 years of Tradition (and wherein lies the VII "box" the SSPX has been conveniently placed into).

When the latter is done, rather than the former, you get well reasoned and balanced articles and commentary written by the likes of Matt, Ferrara & Vennari, and even a video of the "notorious" Fr. Tom Rosica with Bp. Bernard Fellay, the SSPX Superior General. If you view the SSPX solely in the VII box, you get CMTV and Fr. Paul Nicholson

If you want to make your own informed decisions on the SSPX, you can have no better start than here, here and here.

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