Asked Questions About the Society of Saint Pius X
14: What are we to think of the
new Catechism of the Catholic Church (1992)?
This question illustrates the fundamental
differences between the Society of Saint Pius X and the conciliar
"traditionalists" or conservatives. These latter are often
seen defending both the traditional Latin Mass and the "new"
Catechism but not openly attacking either the Novus Ordo
Missae or Vatican II. The Society of Saint Pius X on the other
hand defends the traditional catechisms and therefore the traditional
Latin Mass, and so attacks the Novus Ordo Missae, Vatican
II and the "new" Catechism, all of which more or
less undermine our unchangeable Catholic faith.
defend the Catechism of the Catholic Church for its re-affirmation
of teachings silenced or denied by outrightly modernist catechisms;
the Society of Saint Pius X rejects it though because it is an attempt
to formalize and propagate the teachings of Vatican II. Pope John
Paul II agrees with this:
Catechism was also indispensable,1
in order that all the richness of the teaching of the Church following
the Second Vatican Council could be preserved in a new synthesis
and be given a new direction.2
need but consider the 806 citations from Vatican II, a number which
amounts on average to one citation every three-and-a-half paragraphs
throughout the 2,865 paragraphs of the. Catechism
the novelties of Vatican II appear in the following paragraphs:
- an infatuation
with the dignity of man (§§225; 369; 1700; 1929...),
- such that
we may hope for the salvation of all the baptized (§§1682ff),
- even non-Catholics
- or those
who commit suicide (§2283),
- and of
all the unbaptised, whether adults (§847),
- or infants
- which is
the basis of all rights (§§1738; 1930; 1935) including that
of religious liberty (§§2106ff),
- and the
motive of all morality (§1706; 1881; 2354; 2402; 2407, etc.),
- a commitment
to ecumenism (§820f; 1399; 1401) because all religions are instruments
of salvation (§§819; 838-843; 2104),
on the priesthood of the faithful (§§873; 1547; 1140ff, etc.).
just as he who denies but one article of Faith loses the Faith (cf.,
so a teacher who errs on one point alone proves himself fallible,
and, renders all he teaches questionable.
as the Second Vatican Council is not an authority to quote even
where it propounds Catholic teaching (it does not do so infallibly
and clearly), so this Catechism is not an authority of Catholic
belief because of the modern deviations which it encompasses.
who defend this catechism are supporting the innovations of Vatican
i.e., as well as the 1983 Code of Canon Law.
Pope John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, London,
Jonathen Cape, 1994, p. 164.
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