By Ann Barnhardt at Barnhardt.biz:
I get lots of questions, and hate mail, about
this, and in the spirit of getting things wrapped-up and saying
everything I have on my little list to say while I can, here's my screed
on the SSPX.
The Society of Saint Pius the Tenth (SSPX) is a group
of traditionalist Catholics who broke away from Rome in 1970 after
Vatican II when they were told by evil Marxist infiltrators inside the
Church that they were forbidden from saying the Tridentine Latin Mass.
They were led by an Archbishop named Marcel Lefebvre, hence the term
"Lefebvrists" sometimes used to describe those in the SSPX.
legalisms are EXTREMELY confusing, but as I understand it, Vatican II
never actually forbade the saying of the Tridentine Mass. That was all a
lie by the Marxist-homosexualist infiltrators. But, instead of hanging
around and fighting the good fight, the SSPX took off on its own.
There have been steps toward reconciliation over the last 40 years, and
as I understand it, SSPX Masses are indeed valid, but they are still
not in full communion with the Church.
I totally sympathize
with them - I can't imagine the fury and heartbreak that so many felt in
1970 as the Mass was literally eviscerated before their eyes and turned
into a Protestant off-Broadway performance vehicle for homosexual
priests and nuns, specifically designed to degrade the Church from the
inside-out and ultimately destroy it by turning it into a neo-pagan
But apparently ol' Annibale Bugnini and his masonic cohorts didn't take Christ Almighty seriously:
"Thou art Peter (Cephah) and upon this rock (cephah) I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
You ain't gonna win, boys. And that goes for the uber-right contingent
every bit as much as the Marxist-homosexualist infiltrators. The gates
of hell will not prevail against the Church, and Peter is the Rock upon
which Christ built, and builds, His Church.
It does not get any
clearer than that. Any argument or confusion on this point is a direct
result of satanic-inspired heresy aimed at destroying the Church by
tearing it into utter chaos (40,000 protestant sects in the U.S. alone,
all gleefully ratifying mortal sin, and counting!), ripping people away
from the Eucharist, and ultimately resulting in people being lost
eternally to hell. Period. You don't agree? You don't like that? You
want to be your own pope? You want to "vote" on what the Truth is?
Wow. I SOOOOOO don't care what you "want", "like", "feel" or "believe."
I care about what the Truth is, and scripture makes it crystal,
crystal clear on this point for anyone who isn't blinded by their own
So, think of the SSPX as Protestants, but on the other side of the spectrum.
Today, the head of the SSPX is a bishop named Bernard Fellay, and he is
working very hard to try to get the SSPX fully reconciled to Rome and
thus 100% back inside the Barque of Peter. Everything I have read and
listened to from Fellay seems extremely sensible, faithful and sincere.
He fully comprehends that he is a shepherd and that he needs to get his
flock back into the Church, and he is trying very hard to get that done
before the manure hits the spinning airfoils.
The other three
SSPX bishops? Not so much. The nutty wing of the SSPX is led by a
bishop named Williamson. Williamson is nuts. Just stone-cold bonkers.
He is a vicious anti-Semite (and there is a considerable problem with
this inside the SSPX), holocaust denier, and naturally flowing from that
evil and insanity, Williamson is a 9/11 truther. Like I said, the dude
is nuts. Once you know that information, you know everything you need
to know about Williamson and his wing.
Now you might think that
all the traddy Catholics *lurv* me and that I have bunches and bunches
of "friends." Oh, you'd be dead wrong. Most of the traddy Catholics
hate me too, because people like me just can't win for losing. They
send me lovely emails telling me how much they hate me on a fairly
regular basis. They also send me Williamson propaganda. So, I have a
pretty solid dossier of evidence on this point.
Would you like to hear what they tell me? Sure you would.
A. If you are 35 and unmarried, you must be a lesbian. We hate you.
(And all this time I thought it was a combination of my shrewish personality, dull wit and acrid body odor. Huh.)
B. You're a convert. We hate converts. We hate you.
Blessed Virgin Mary, the first Convert to Christianity, was unavailable
for comment. Her press secretary simply referred all inquiries on this
topic to the First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation. Oh, and the Great
Commission of her Son.)
C. You speak to Jews. We hate you.
your stupid asses don't even understand Catholicism, how do you expect
the Jews today to understand it, much less convert to it? Maybe if you
learned your faith, understood how every aspect of the Church and the
Mass is a perfected fulfillment of Judaism, and could then EXPLAIN that
to people, you might actually win some converts. Oh, but I forgot. You
D. You're ugly. Your hair is ugly. You have horse teeth and bug eyes. We hate you.
(Are you sure THAT isn't the reason I'm not married? Because I'm so freakishly physically repellant? Just sayin'.)
And, finally, my personal favorite:
E. You prophesy before men UNVEILED. We hate you.
I can't win here. If I say to myself, "Ahem, I am going to PROPHESY
now," and put on a veil to make a video or give a talk, then I'm a
delusional, megalomaniacal nutcase. If I don't, some kooky dude sends
me emails telling me that I'm going to hell for my failure to
accessorize. Dude, throw me a bone. Seriously.)
all good for a chuckle, but let me explain with an analogy what these
people's error is, and it isn't just them. It is the error of any
Let's say your wife was diagnosed with cancer.
Would you suddenly hate your wife? Would you argue that you didn't
marry a body riddled with cancer, and therefore she was no longer the
person you married, and then leave her in a smug huff?
you hate your wife's body, and thus hate your wife? No. You would love
your wife and her body, perhaps even more than before, when you saw her
under attack from the cancer. You would want to fight the cancer -
chemotherapy, radiation, surgery - anything to get rid of the cancer and
bring your wife back to full health and vigor.
This is exactly
the situation in the Church today. The Church has cancer. Bad. Fully
metastasized, all over-type cancer. It is called Marxist-homosexualism,
and the cancer was first observed and diagnosed 45 years ago. Sadly,
instead of clinging to the Bride of Christ and fighting the cancer, some
people abandoned Her, claiming that the cancer WAS her body, instead of
just an invading infection. Others left out of indifference. Others
stayed and embraced the cancer as a "good thing" and "progress". A
tiny, tiny contingent stayed, held Her hand, and have lovingly
administered as much medicinal therapy to her as they possibly could.
The Williamson wing of the SSPX hates the Bride of Christ and will
never rejoin her no matter what, because they are too prideful and dim
to make the distinction between the Body and the cancer. They want a
new wife, one of their own making, and "cancer free." And that is what
they will get, but they will quickly find out that their new bride isn't
really a bride at all, but just another cheap whore. A true and loving
Bride with a bad case of cancer beats a whore in her prime.
Fellay needs to get back into the Church ASAP, and let the chips fall
where they may with the SSPXers. Even if it is just Fellay and one
other person coming back into the Church, it will be worth it for that
ONE person, and Fellay will have done his job as a shepherd. Our Lord
made clear that men will be sifted. People will have to choose. Wheat
or chaff? Sheep or goats? This is one of those "siftings."
Get back in the Barque of Peter, Bishop Fellay and all SSPXers of good
will, of which there are many. Because the gates of hell and its cancer
WILL NOT PREVAIL. There is going to be a miraculous cure, and your
Bride wants you there to share in the joy of the healing, which is
explicitly guaranteed by Our Lord Himself.