The Papacy

Today is the first day of the Angelus Press conference on the Papacy.

One of the more amusing posts from Fr. Cekada on a message board in 2012 was an impromptu response that he had to an "interview with Pius X."  The writer quite cleverly had put together questions for the Pope with "answers" lifted from his writings.  Here was Fr. Cekada's response (GS is "Giuseppe Sarto):




Fr. C.,

Nice to hear from you again! Does SSPX really love the pope? Well, as I've said before:

• “When one loves the pope one does not stop to debate about what he advises or demands, to ask how far the rigorous duty of obedience extends and to mark the limit of this obligation.

•"When one loves the pope, one does not object that he has not spoken clearly enough, as if he were obliged to repeat into the ear of each individual his will, so often clearly expressed, not only viva voce, but also by letters and other public documents;

• "one does not call his orders into doubt on the pretext — easily advanced by whoever does not wish to obey — that they emanate not directly from him, but from his entourage;

• "one does not limit the field in which he can and should exercise his will;

• "one does not oppose to the authority of the pope that of other persons, however learned, who differ in opinion from the pope.

• "Besides, however great their knowledge, their holiness is wanting, for there can be no holiness where there is disagreement with the pope.”

It's in my Nov. 18, 1912 blog post for the priests of the Apostolic Union, AAS 1912, p. 695.

Pass it along, and see if anyone's interested.

Have a great one!


PS: Liked the book. Will send a blurb.

I think the quotes Father offered are entirely appropriate for those apparently reflecting upon the role of the Papacy in our Church and are a great frame for us to look at the Second Vatican Council - which - as I've reminded everyone, we will be examining tomorrow with Bishop Sanborn.  Join us!

Stephen Heiner

Stephen founded True Restoration in 2006 and served as its first President until 2023. He now lives in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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1 Response

  1. ambrosio says:

    The theme of the 2013 Angelus calendar is " The Papacy". Bet Bennie's mug will be featured. But I wonder what the SSPX are trying to tell us …. that recognizing and resisting becomes invalid after 42 years?