Asked Questions About the Society of Saint Pius X
Catholics realize more or less acutely that the Church is passing
through a period of confusion, and they wonder whether there are
any simple guidelines for seeing them through it. This booklet tries
to present principles, hopefully of solution but at least of sanity
(even if not perhaps the complete answers), to be these simple guidelines.
Our Lord God, moreover, does not ask us to solve what He has not
given eminent theologians to solve. He asks that we save our souls,
which we do, with His grace, by living as well as we can as Catholics,
as true sons of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
origins of this period of confusion, lie in the whole "facelift"
of the Church since the Second Vatican Council. The Church has a
- new catechisms,
- new liturgy-in
new churches, around a table, with communion in the hand, from
lay ministers aided by altar-girls, etc.,
- new Bibles
and Canon Law,
- new orientations-world
"justice," "peace," etc.,
what priests did, etc.
And what happened
- The traditional
of the Blessed Sacrament?
- regular individual
- The Way of
the Cross, Fast and Abstinence, Prayers for the Holy Souls, etc?
and priests in their habits, etc?
has not changed in Catholic life? The question is:
Is this truly just a "face-lift," or is it really an "about-face"?
latter, answers the Society of Saint Pius X. It is a turning away
from God and a turning to the world, to man. The world is not converting
to the Church; the "Church" has converted to the world.
Are modern Catholics very different from non-Catholics these days?
judge rightly these goings-on in the Church, let us look first at
some general principles that all Catholics accept (Part 1), and
then we can evaluate better the Society of Saint Pius X's reaction
to this crisis (Part II).
to our aim at simplicity, answers will be brief and even in note
form. For fuller answers, further reading and study will be necessary
(Appendix II). May this little work give to those who have no time
or means for a longer look some answers to the questions they are
General Principles will be referred to throughout this booklet
by their number given in Part I (so the second, for example, will
be called Principle 2); in like manner, the Questions in Part
II will be referred to as QUESTION #.
Dz refers to Denzinger's The Sources of Catholic Dogma
(translated by Roy J. Deferrari from the Thirtieth Edition
of Henry Denzinger's Enchiridion Symbolorum).
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