2nd Book of Kings, Chapter 6:
And David again gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose and went, with all the people that were with him of the men of Juda to fetch the ark of God, upon which the name of the Lord of hosts is invoked, who sitteth over it upon the cherubims.  And they laid the ark of God upon a new cart: and took it out of the house of Abinadab, who was in Gabaa: and Oza, and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart.  And when they had taken it out of the house of Abinadab, who was in Gabaa, Ahio having care of the ark of God went before the ark.  But David and all Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of wood, on harps and lutes and timbrels and cornets and cymbals.
 And when they came to the floor of Nachon, Oza put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it: because the oxen kicked and made it lean aside.  And the indignation of the Lord was enkindled against Oza, and he struck him for his rashness: and he died there before the ark of God.
The Ark of the Covenant was, apparently, about to fall. Oza just wanted to keep it from falling. Why would God strike him dead just for trying to save it? Oza disobeyed the law of God that nobody should touch the Ark. NOBODY! Even if it looks like it is going to fall? YES. You do not accept that? Ask Oza what he thinks about it!
The Church has commanded that NO bishop be consecrated without a Papal Mandate. Roma locuta est. Even if it looks like it is falling? Ask Oza! All those who violate this command are struck dead by God - i.e., EXCOMMUNICATED. Does the Church REALLY mean it? Ask Oza!
It seems that everybody and his brother thinks he needs to SAVE the Church by having himself "Consecrated" a bishop or "Ordained" a priest. Never mind the fact that they were not called by Holy Mother Church nor sent by Her. They insist that Christ cannot manage His Church without them taking charge and, despite the clearly established Canons of the Church, having THEMSELVES ordained or consecrated - or both - and inflicting themselves on the laity who think that everything must be OK since the man wears the same clothes as the real priests and bishops that they have seen in pictures and videos from the past. Despite the fact that they are violating the clear and explicit canons of the law and the teachings of the Popes regarding the unity of the Church, they simply MUST ACT, the law of the Church be damned. But, as Pope Pius XII wrote By this crime the unity of the Church is being seriously attacked. Just do an internet search for the name of ANY of the men who deemed THEMSELVES worthy to be consecrated bishops and you will find CHAOS, SCANDAL, DISUNITY - not MOST of the time - ALL of the time.
What makes a man think that he can, of his own accord, become a successor to the Apostles? What temerity! For a man to think to himself that the Church NEEDS him to continue Her mission. There is nothing but disorder wherever they go, just as the Holy Father warned in Ad Apostolorum Principis. They claim that the principle of Epikeia covers their violation of the canons, when if reality, the fact that they (invalidly) invoke this principle clearly indicates that they know they are violating the law.
During the hundred years or so before the Eclipse of the Church began in 1958, the Vicar of Christ began to prepare the faithful for the onslaught they would have to endure when they would be without a shepherd to guide them along the straight and narrow path. By means of encyclicals, bulls, letters, locutions, and every other means at their disposal, the true Popes laid down what would be needed for the Catholics of our days to make it safely through the treacherous waters of the Great Apostasy. Ultimately, providentially, providing us with the codification of Canon Law in 1917, within days of the beginning of Our Lady's apparitions in Fatima where she warned us that the Apostasy was about to begin. Was this a coincidence? Of course not!
This Code of Canon Law provides the Catholic with EVERYTHING he needs to make it safely to the port of heaven. There is no need to understand and interpret Divine Law, Theology, Philosophy, or Ecclesiology in order to remain in safe waters. All one need do is consult the Code of Canon Law and OBEY IT.
In the words of Pope Benedict XV who promulgated it:
The most provident of mothers, the Church, enriched by Her Divine Founder with all the notes befitting a perfect society, from the very beginning of Her existence, when, obeying the mandate of the Lord, She commenced to teach and govern all nations, undertook to regulate and safeguard the discipline of the clergy and the Christian people by definite laws.
In process of time, however, particularly when She achieved Her freedom and grew greater and more widespread from day to day, She never ceased to develop and unfold the right of making laws, which belongs to Her by Her very constitution. She did this by promulgating numerous and various decrees emanating from the Roman Pontiffs and Ecumenical Councils, as events and times suggested. By means of these laws and precepts, She made wise provision for the government of the clergy and Christian people, and, as history bears witness, wonderfully promoted the welfare of the State and civilization...
Therefore, having invoked the aid of Divine grace, and relying upon the authority of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, of Our own accord and with certain knowledge, and in the fullness of the Apostolic power with which we are invested, by this Our Constitution, which we wish to be valid for all times, We promulgate, decree, and order that the present Code, just as it is compiled, shall have from this time forth the power of law for the Universal Church, and We confide it to your custody and vigilance.
But in order that all concerned may be able to have a thorough knowledge of the regulations of the Code before they begin to be binding, We ordain that they shall not come into effect until Pentecost day next year, i.e., May 19, 1918.
Notwithstanding all contrary regulations, constitutions, privileges, even those worthy of special and individual mention, and notwithstanding contrary customs, even though they be immemorial, or whatever else may run counter to this Constitution.
For no one, therefore, is it lawful willingly to contradict or rashly to disobey in any way this Our constitution, ordination, limitation, suppression or derogation. If anyone should dare to do so, let him know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.
Given at Rome, from Saint Peter‘s, on the Feast of Pentecost of the year one thousand nine hundred and seventeen, the third year of Our Pontificate.‖
When the Code of Canon Law was promulgated and made effective in 1918, every true, genuine, and sincere Catholic accepted these laws as the belief, teachings, compulsory and binding laws of God's infallible Church
Here is what the Code of Canon Law says:
Canon 953: The consecration of a Bishop is reserved to the Roman Pontiff so that it is not permitted to any Bishop to consecrate another as Bishop without first having gotten a pontifical mandate.
Canon 331 (3) It pertains solely to the Apostolic See to judge whether one is suitable.
And here is how a TRUE Vicar of Christ, Successor of St. Peter interprets the law. This is Pope Pius XII in Ad Apostolorum Principis:
36. Here We must mention a symptom of this falling away from the Church. It is a very serious matter and fills Our heart -- the heart of a Father and universal Pastor of the faithful -- with a grief that defies description. For those who profess themselves most interested in the welfare of their country have for some considerable time been striving to disseminate among the people the position, devoid of all truth, that Catholics have the power of directly electing their bishops. To excuse this kind of election they allege a need to look after the good souls with all possible speed and to entrust the administration of dioceses to those pastors who, because they do not oppose the communist desires and political methods, are acceptable by the civil power.
37. We have heard that many such elections have been held contrary to all right and law and that, in addition, certain ecclesiastics have rashly dared to receive episcopal consecration, despite the public and severe warning which this Apostolic See gave those involved.
Since, therefore, such serious offenses against the discipline and unity of the Church are being committed, We must in conscience warn all that this is completely at variance with the teachings and principles on which rests the right order of the society divinely instituted by Jesus Christ our Lord.
38. For it has been clearly and expressly laid down in the canons that it pertains to the one Apostolic See to judge whether a person is fit for the dignity and burden of the episcopacy, and that complete freedom in the nomination of bishops is the right of the Roman Pontiff. But if, as happens at times, some persons or groups are permitted to participate in the selection of an episcopal candidate, this is lawful only if the Apostolic See has allowed it in express terms and in each particular case for clearly defined persons or groups, the conditions and circumstances being very plainly determined.
39. Granted this exception, it follows that bishops who have been neither named nor confirmed by the Apostolic See, but who, on the contrary, have been elected and consecrated in defiance of its express orders, enjoy no powers of teaching or of jurisdiction since jurisdiction passes to bishops only through the Roman Pontiff as We admonished in the Encyclical Letter Mystici Corporis in the following words: ". . . As far as his own diocese is concerned each (bishop) feeds the flock entrusted to him as a true shepherd and rules it in the name of Christ. Yet in exercising this office they are not altogether independent but are subordinate to the lawful authority of the Roman Pontiff, although enjoying ordinary power of jurisdiction which they receive directly from the same Supreme Pontiff."
40. And when We later addressed to you the letter Ad Sinarum gentem, We again referred to this teaching in these words: "The power of jurisdiction which is conferred directly by divine right on the Supreme Pontiff comes to bishops by that same right, but only through the successor of Peter, to whom not only the faithful but also all bishops are bound to be constantly subject and to adhere both by the reverence of obedience and by the bond of unity."
41. Acts requiring the power of Holy Orders which are performed by ecclesiastics of this kind, though they are valid as long as the consecration conferred on them was valid, are yet gravely illicit, that is, criminal and sacrilegious.
42. To such conduct the warning words of the Divine Teacher fittingly apply: "He who enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up another way, is a thief and a robber." The sheep indeed know the true shepherd's voice. "But a stranger they will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."
43. We are aware that those who thus belittle obedience in order to justify themselves with regard to those functions which they have unrighteously assumed, defend their position by recalling a usage which prevailed in ages past. Yet everyone sees that all ecclesiastical discipline is overthrown if it is in any way lawful for one to restore arrangements which are no longer valid because the supreme authority of the Church long ago decreed otherwise. In no sense do they excuse their way of acting by appealing to another custom, and they indisputably prove that they follow this line deliberately in order to escape from the discipline which now prevails and which they ought to be obeying.
44. We mean that discipline which has been established not only for China and the regions recently enlightened by the light of the Gospel, but for the whole Church, a discipline which takes its sanction from that universal and supreme power of caring for, ruling, and governing which our Lord granted to the successors in the office of St. Peter the Apostle.
45. Well known are the terms of Vatican Council's solemn definition: "Relying on the open testimony of the Scriptures and abiding by the wise and clear decrees both of our predecessors, the Roman Pontiffs, and the general Councils, We renew the definition of the Ecumenical Council of Florence, by virtue of which all the faithful must believe that 'the Holy Apostolic See and the Roman Pontiff hold primacy over the whole world, and the Roman Pontiff himself is the Successor of the blessed Peter and continues to be the true Vicar of Christ and head of the whole Church, the father and teacher of all Christians, and to him is the blessed Peter our Lord Jesus Christ committed the full power of caring for, ruling and governing the Universal Church....'
46. "We teach, . . . We declare that the Roman Church by the Providence of God holds the primacy of ordinary power over all others, and that this power of jurisdiction of the Roman Pontiff, which is truly episcopal, is immediate. Toward it, the pastors and the faithful of whatever rite and dignity, both individually and collectively, are bound by the duty of hierarchical subordination and true obedience, not only in matters which pertain to faith and morals, but also in those which concern the discipline and government of the Church spread throughout the whole world, in such a way that once the unity of communion and the profession of the same Faith has been preserved with the Roman Pontiff, there is one flock of the Church of Christ under one supreme shepherd. This is the teaching of the Catholic truth from which no one can depart without loss of faith and salvation."
47. From what We have said, it follows that no authority whatsoever, save that which is proper to the Supreme Pastor, can render void the canonical appointment granted to any bishop; that no person or group, whether of priests or of laymen, can claim the right of nominating bishops; that no one can lawfully confer episcopal consecration unless he has received the mandate of the Apostolic See.
48. Consequently, if consecration of this kind is being done contrary to all right and law, and by this crime the unity of the Church is being seriously attacked, an excommunication reserved specialissimo modo to the Apostolic See has been established which is automatically incurred by the consecrator and by anyone who has received consecration irresponsibly conferred.
49. What then is to be the opinion concerning the excuse added by members of the association promoting false patriotism, that they had to act as they alleged because of the need to tend to the souls in those dioceses which were then without a bishop?
50. It is obvious that no thought is being taken of the spiritual good of the faithful if the Church's laws are being violated, and further, there is no question of vacant sees, as they wish to argue in defense, but of episcopal sees whose legitimate rulers have been driven out or now languish in prison or are being obstructed in various ways from the free exercise of their power of jurisdiction. It must likewise be added that those clerics have been cast into prison, exiled, or removed by other means, whom the lawful ecclesiastical superiors had designated in accordance with canon law and the special powers received from the Apostolic See to act in their place in the government of the dioceses.
Is there not enough chaos in the Church now without men deeming themselves worthy of the Episcopate or Priesthood without ANY right or mandate from Holy Mother Church? Any man who does so is not a shepherd, but "enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up another way, is a thief and a robber." Catholics must stay away from such men who are, according to Pope Pius XII, EXCOMMUNICATED.
Oh, come on! Seriously?
Go ask Oza!
(Originally titled "Go Ask Oza")
(Originally titled "Go Ask Oza")