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A V2 Overview for Neo-Trads

by Rev. Anthony Cekada

NOTE: I often get phone or email inquiries from Catholics who have suddenly sensed that there is something deeply wrong in the post-Vatican II church, but who have difficulty pinpointing exactly what it is. I try to give inquirers an overview of the basics, but it’s quite difficult sometimes to compress even the most essential points into a phone call or an email.

So, I decided to put together a letter that provides these worried souls with both an overview of the main problems and a list of links for them to explore. A version of the letter appears below. 

I think that many priests and faithful will find it a useful tool to educate potential neo-trads to the issues we Catholics face as a result of the Vatican II revolution.

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Dear N.N.

It was a pleasure speaking with you.

Even in a long conversation, it’s difficult to convey to someone like yourself — who is just beginning to sense there is something wrong with the modern version of Catholicism in general and Pope Francis in particular — all the problems that fifty years of Vatican II have caused and how faithful Catholics should deal with them.

Fortunately, I can refer you to a number of links that will provide an overall perspective for examining what happened.

First, Vatican II was a disaster — an atom bomb dropped on the Church, whose evil effects have only gotten worse over the years, as is obvious from the following:

Second, what appear to be the principal causes for this decline?

Third, good Catholics recognize the pope, are subject to him, and believe the dogma of papal infallibility. How can we reconcile these teachings with the evil effects and the doctrinal problems of Vatican II?

Fourth, more and more people are becoming aware that Francis’ teachings seem to contradict traditional Catholic doctrine. What are some specifics?

Fifth, the post-Vatican II liturgical changes led many Catholics to question other aspects of Vatican II. What is the nature of these changes?

The foregoing material should give you an adequate overview of our theological position. For a more detailed explanation of the doctrinal errors of Vatican II, you might want to listen to some of Bishop Donald Sanborn’s sermons on the Church and the heresies of Modernism.

As I mentioned, you are most welcome to assist at Mass at St. Gertrude the Great, and if you’d like to get a little flavor of it beforehand, you might want to view one of our live Mass webcasts here.

If you have any questions or worries, please feel free to contact me or to set up an appointment to discuss these matters further.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Anthony Cekada

Siscoe, Celestine and Sedevacantism

by Rev. Anthony Cekada

ANTI-sedevacantist controversialist and SSPX apologist Robert Siscoe thinks he has found a killer argument against the sedevacantist position:

  • Gregory IX promulgated an evil universal disciplinary law in 1234, but remained a true pope!
  • Bingo! This lets Paul VI (who promulgated the New Mass) and JP2 (who promulgated the new Code of Canon Law) off the hook as false popes!

This short video exposes Mr. Siscoe’s egregious blunder.

Three Vatican II Errors: A Two–Minute Course

OK, MR. OR MRS. TRAD — you always tell your Novus Ordo friends how bad “Vatican II” was.

But can you actually give them examples of the Council’s main errors?

Matthew Arthur and True Restoration to the rescue! They’ve put together a snappy, two-and-a-half minute video that briefly lists and explains the errors for you.

Send the link to friends, especially those who are puzzled about why you’re always banging on about the “Vatican II Church.”

And while you’re at it, check out True Restoration’s outstanding podcasts, videos and other media on the post-Vatican II crisis at this link.

 

True or False Pope: A Dignified Burial

IN FALL of 2016, Messrs. Salza and Siscoe published a 25,000- word response to my video Dead on Arrival, in which they attempted to explain away their earlier and egregious mixup of basic theological terms and to enlist the writings of Louis Cardinal Billot against the sedevacantist position.

A Dignified Burial makes short work of answering these objections, and demonstrates that the writings of Billot on the universal recognition accorded a true pope support rather than refute the sedevacantist position.

 

Dead on Arrival: True or False Pope

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IN JANUARY 2016, the Society of St. Pius X published a 700-page book touted as the definitive refutation of sedevacantism and the ultimate vindication of the “recognize-and-resist” (R&R) position, John Salza and Robert Siscoe’s True or False Pope.

When it first appeared, I thought it would merit a series of videos that would allow me to present various aspects of the sedevacantist case. But the Salza/Siscoe production turned out to be so fatally flawed that I quickly concluded it was simply not worth the time or the attention.

In this video, I explain why.

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Veni, Sancte Spiritus: A New Musical Setting

H Spir RoundA liturgical motet by Rev. Anthony Cekada

In the Preface to my book on the New Mass, Work of Human Hands, I mention that the bad music that invaded the liturgy almost immediately after the liturgical changes began in the 1960s prompted me to study music — specifically, organ, choral conducting and musical composition. I was blessed to have studied under some excellent teachers.

More than forty years later, I found myself once again immersed in church music, this time as organist and musical planner at St. Gertrude the Great, where I was able to put to use some of my long-dormant composition skills for the benefit of our small, but excellent choir.

As a result, since 2013, I’ve managed to publish twenty-three editions of Mass settings and liturgical motets, mostly for smaller choirs, on CPDL (Choral Public Domain Library) which makes thousands of pieces of traditional Catholic choral music available for free downloads.

Interested readers can find a list of my editions here. Most of them are arrangements for small choirs of existing works, and would therefore be practical to use in many traditional Catholic churches and chapels.

Among the few, new compositions is my setting of Veni, Sancte Spiritus, the text for the Sequence on Pentecost. It is based on an altered version of the Gregorian melody, harmonized by the late 16th-century composer Seth Calvisius. I reworked the rhythms of the odd-numbered verses and composed descants (a melody that a higher voice sings above the main melody) for the even-numbered verses.

I sought to imitate the harmonized chants and faux bourdons once sung by massed choirs in the great French cathedrals.

It’s an easy piece for a small choir that has at least one soprano able to hit the high notes of the descant. (We’re blessed with a few of these!)

Veni, Sancte Spiritus may be used for the Sequence on Pentecost, a processional on a solemn occasion (such as an ordination or confirmation) or even an Offertory motet.

If you like it, please pass this link along to your local choir director! He can get a pdf of the score here.

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Marcel Lefebvre: Sedevacantist

A video by Rev. Anthony Cekada

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre made many statements that support sedevacantism, the theological position held by Catholic traditionalists who believe that the Vatican II popes were not true popes, due to public heresy.

Father Anthony Cekada, a priest who was a seminarian in SSPX’s early days and who personally knew the archbishop, provides a selection of these statements in this video, and offers a historical perspective on sedevacantism in the Society.

Father Cekada also discusses True or False Pope, a recently-published book-length assault against sedevacantism that was bankrolled by SSPX’s seminary publishing arm, extensively promoted by the Society, and lavishly praised by SSPX Superior General Bishop Bernard Fellay, as well as a slew of SSPX priests.

Among the pointed questions Fr. Cekada raises in this video are:

  • What statements did Abp. Lefebvre make in favor of sedevacantism?
  • Why are the archbishop’s statements missing from a book on sedevacantism that Bp. Fellay and its authors claim is “comprehensive” and “systematic”?
  • Where did the priests attacked in True of False Pope get the idea for sedevacantism anyway?
  • Did Abp. Lefebvre treat sedevacantist clergy as non-Catholics and refuse to associate with them?
  • Did Abp. Lefebvre ever indicate that he would publicly declare the Holy See vacant if he thought it necessary, even though he was only a retired bishop?
  • Did Abp. Lefebvre say it was necessary to put a pope on trial before declaring him a public heretic?

The answers will surprise SSPX priests, seminarians and lay supporters, and will be of great interest of other traditional Catholics, whether Indult, R&R or sedevacantist.

For an article that provides additional quotes on the topic, click here.

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Pope Fictions 1: Nestorian Story Time

A video by Rev. Anthony Cekada

The first in a series of shorter videos taking on SSPX’s two anti-sedevacantist musketeers, John Salza and Robert Siscoe, authors of True or False Pope, as SSPX-bankrolled screed against sedevacantism.

To support the R&R theory that a heretical pope would not automatically lose his office, Messrs. Salza and Siscoe point to the case of Nestorius — only to be clobbered with a quote from the great 20th-century Thomist, Louis Cardinal Billot, who lays down a principle that reaffirms the sede position!

 

SGG Choir: Music for Candlemas 2016

CANDLEMAS or the Feast of the Purification on February 2 is always solemnly celebrated at St. Gertrude the Great with either a Pontifical or a Solemn High Mass, preceded by the striking ceremony of the Blessing of Candles and Procession. We are pleased to present excerpts from our choir’s outstanding selection of music for the occasion, directed by Joan Lotarski, Andrew Richesson, Organist.

The selections include:

  • Lumen ad Revelationem,  Anthony Cekada, based on faux bourdons by R. Quignard and P. Chassagne.
  • Mass Salve Regina, J.G.Ed. Stehle, (1839–1915, German, Caecilian)
  • Tota Pulchra Es, Maria, Luigi Bottazzo (1845–1924, Cecilian school, Italian).