Thursday, December 29, 2005

- ARE TRADITIONAL CATHOLICS IN COMMUNION WITH ROME?

ARE TRADITIONAL CATHOLICS IN COMMUNION WITH ROME?

THE SHORT ANSWER IS YES.

First of all, one has to define what "Rome" is. Rome is the eternal
Rome of the Roman Catholic Faith, the Rome of Saints Peter and Paul, the Rome
that leads the Roman Catholic Church faithfully to do the will of Our Lord
Jesus Christ, as defined in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition (the
Deposit of Faith) and in the doctrines and practices taught by the Church
based upon them (magisterium).

To this Rome, whose roots grew by the hand of Providence in the high
classical Roman civilization, language, and thought that preceded it, all
men, including the pope, cardinals, bishops, priests, and laypeople, are
subject. Catholics have the duty of being in communion with this Rome, just
as the pope himself must be in communion with Rome, that is, with his 260
some-odd predecessors in the Catholic and Apostolic Church.

Therefore, when, in the Church, prelates, including the pope, teach not
the Roman Catholic Faith, but personal notions that are against the doctrine
of the Roman Catholic Church for 2000 years, even St. Peter tells us that it
is the duty of the faithful not to obey, but to resist. "We ought to obey
God rather than men" (St. Peter, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles
5:29/DRV).

There is no doubt about ex-cathedra decisions of the pope and the
immemorial ordinary magisterium of the Church ("what was believed everywhere,
always, and by all"), but this security is lacking when the pope imposes
simply his personal notions.

Communion in the Catholic Church is always based first upon unity in
the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. That is why, in the history of the Church,
we see not only popes but also bishops, priests, and laypeople refusing to be
in communion with those who no longer have, or are suspected of no longer
having, the immemorial Catholic Faith transmitted by the Apostles.

Indeed, the pope has "the fullness of power over all the churches" (St.
Bernard, Epistulae 131), but this power is limited to confirming and
defending the faith of Peter, not for altering it or encouraging those who
would alter it. This is the limit, set from on high and proclaimed
dogmatically by the First Vatican Council (Pastor Aeternus, cap. 4): "For
the Holy Ghost was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they
might, by His revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by His
assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the
revelation or Deposit of Faith transmitted by the Apostles."

Any papal actions outside this dogmatic definition are simply null and
void and are not to be obeyed, but resisted, by the true Catholic faithful.

Communion, even with the pope, has an indispensable condition, namely,
unity in the Catholic faith transmitted by the Apostles. When scandal is
given to the Faith, subjects are obliged to resist their superiors, even
publicly, as St. Paul withstood St. Peter "to his face" (Galatians 2:11/DRV).

St. Cajetan declares: "It is imperative to resist a pope who is openly
destroying the Church" (De Comparata Auctoritate Papae et Concilio). The
Saint points out that the famous axiom "Ubi Petrus, ibi Ecclesia" [Where the
Pope is, there is also the Church] holds true ONLY when the Pope acts and
behaves as the Pope, because Peter "is subject to the duties of the Office";
otherwise, "neither is the Church in him, nor is he in the Church" (apud St.
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, IIa IIae, Q. 39, Art. 1, ad 6).

THE REAL QUESTION IS: ARE THOSE WHO SUBORN NOT ROMAN CATHOLIC SACRED TRADITION, BUT A "NEW" MASS, "NEW" SACRAMENTS, AND A "NEW" FAITH IN COMMUNION WITH ROME? BASED UPON THE DECLARATIONS OF POPES, COUNCILS, FATHERS, DOCTORS,
AND SAINTS, WE WOULD HAVE TO SAY NO -- AT LEAST MATERIALLY, IF NOT FORMALLY.

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