Friday, June 7, 2019

Some Thoughts on St. Jude Shrine

Often, when a Catholic of good will becomes aware that the Novus Ordo is NOT the True Catholic Church, after the initial shock wears off, he begins to seek the answer to the question, "Well, now what do I do?" In the process of searching for "where they have laid Him", he will find many groups of laymen making the following claim:

"We believe as the Church has always believed. We keep the Faith and Discipline of the Holy Catholic Church as it was at the time of the death of His Holiness, Pope Pius XII."

However, nearly ALL of these groups are making false claims. They do not really keep the Faith and Discipline of the Church as it was at the death of Pope Pius XII. They pick and choose (definition of heresy) what they will keep and what they will cast aside with claims of epikeia, or the salvation of souls is the ultimate law. Their clergy, ordained without having been sent, set up their chapels and invite the faithful to come to their services. They even go so far as to set up marriage tribunals and annul marriages with no authority to do so. 

St. Jude Shrine is one of the very few places where the faithful are truly seeking to maintain the Faith and Discipline of the Church as it was under Pope Pius XII.  Rejecting the panicked tendency to seek out men who have taken schismatic positions IN VIOLATION of the explicit will of Pope Pius XII, Canon Law, etc, by having themselves ordained priests and consecrated bishops without a papal mandate.

It seems that everybody and his brother thinks he needs to do something to resolve the crisis in the Church. However, this cannot be done by seeking out men who have had themselves "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 notwithstanding. But, as Pope Pius XII wrote By this crime, the unity of the Church is being seriously attacked. (Definition of  Schism). 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, in reality, the fact that they (invalidly) invoke this principle clearly indicates that they know they are violating the law. 

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,[11] and that complete freedom in the nomination of bishops is the right of the Roman Pontiff.[12] 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."[15] 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.

At St. Jude Shrine, however, we really DO seek to fight for Holy Mother Church while still  obeying Pope Pius XII and all of Canon Law, despite the hardships and criticisms of those who feel at liberty to disregard the clearly stated opinion of the lawgiver. Despite the attacks of those who feel that Holy Mother Church bound Her children to obey bad laws in the 1917 Code of Canon Law; who believe that they are more knowledgeable about the Faith than the Vicar of Christ who promulgated it with the following words:

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.


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 every Catholic accepted these laws as binding laws of God's infallible Church.

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 in this Apostasy with the guidance necessary 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. 

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. 

Far from acting upon such a schismatic attitude, the Faithful have approached priests who were validly and licitly ordained and received jurisdiction from Bishops who were sent by Holy Mother Church, asking them for the Sacraments as permitted by the following Canons:

Canon 2261:

§2. The faithful, with due regard for the prescriptions of §3, can for any just cause seek the Sacraments and Sacramentals from one excommunicated, especially if other ministers are lacking, and then the one who is excommunicate and approached can administer these and is under no obligation of inquiring the reasons from the one requesting.

§3. But from a banned excommunicate and from others excommunicated after a condemnatory or declaratory sentence has come, only the faithful in danger of death can ask for the sacramental absolution according to the norm of Canon 882 and 2252, and even, if other ministers are lacking, other Sacraments and Sacramentals.

Canon 2264:

Acts of jurisdiction, whether for the external forum or the internal forum, placed by one excommunicated are illicit; and if a condemnatory or declaratory sentence has been laid down, they are also invalid with due regard for the prescription of Canon 2261 §3; otherwise, they are valid and, indeed, are even licit if they are sought by a member of the faithful according to the norm of the mentioned Canon 2261, §2.

As the commentary on canon law by Father Augustine, points out, Canon 2254 stipulates that, "In more urgent cases, any duly approved confessor may validly and licitly absolve from each and every censure, no matter how and to whom it is reserved, provided it is a censure latae sententiae" (see pages 158-169). Thus, the canon affirms that absolution from all penalties may be granted in cases that are latae sententiae, that is, automatic, as distinguished from instances when the penalty is ferendae sententiae, or in other words, by means of a judicial sentence imposed by an ecclesiastical prelate.

Canon 2254

§1. In more urgent cases, namely if the automatic censure cannot be observed exteriorly without danger of grave scandal or infamy, or if it is hard on the penitent to remain in a state of grave sin for the time necessary for the competent Superior to provide, then any confessor in the sacramental forum can absolve from these, no matter how reserved, [and he will enjoin] the burden of having recourse, under pain of reincidence, within a month at [most] by letter and through the confessor, if this can be done without grave inconvenience, withholding the name, to the S. Penitentiary or to a Bishop of other superior endowed with the faculty [of absolving], and standing by his mandates.

§3. But if in some extraordinary case this recourse is morally impossible, then the confessor himself, except in a case that concerns the absolution of a censure mentioned in Canon 2367, can grant absolution without the burden [mentioned above] but with the injunctions of law nevertheless enjoined, and imposing an appropriate penance and satisfaction for the censure, such that, unless the penitent within an appropriate time determined by the confessor performs the penance and gives the satisfaction, he reincurs the censure.

During the diabolical assault on the Church by the masonic, apostate antipopes beginning with Angelo Roncalli, aka John XXIII, the entire Church was deceived into believing that the destruction caused by these antipopes was actually being mandated by authentic Vicars of Christ. Yes, there were a handful of laymen and priests who immediately were aware of the ruse and opposed it heroically. Fr. Oswald Baker in England, Fr. Saenz y Arriaga in Mexico, Fr. Emmet Buckley in Texas, are some examples. However, nearly all others went along with the changes believing that they were obeying Holy Mother Church. There was no internet available to people at that time whereby people could find out the things that we know now. 

One could not be accused of heresy or schism for obeying, in good will, what appeared to be the legitimate command of the Pope, especially when it was done with such diabolical cleverness, slowly and deliberately so that the changes were almost imperceptible to the faithful. The acceptance of these changes can, in hindsight, be seen as wrong, but at the time these things were happening, such acceptance could not, in most cases, be called heresy because heresy implies the knowledge that one is rejecting the teaching of the Church. Nor can schism be charged against them because to be schismatic one must know that he is separating himself from the fold. This was rarely the case with the rank and file clergy and laity of the time. The most that can be said is that they were in error; they were mistaken. They were neither heretical nor schismatic. 

As time wore on and the situation became more clear, many laity and priests began to become aware of the situation and to act upon this awareness. As one becomes aware of his error, he is then obliged to act to correct his error. It is no small matter to decide that what the world considers to be the Roman Catholic Church is actually the Church of Antichrist! It is a serious decision fraught with danger, not to be taken lightly; but the decision must be made once the truth becomes clear. To be aware that one is following and obeying a false church and a false doctrine and to continue in that church is indeed schismatic and heretical.

The priests at St. Jude Shrine have gone through this heart-rending process of realization that they had been deceived and would have to separate from the monstrous thing that was pretending to be the Bride of Christ. When they were made aware of their error, they left the false church, suffering great losses in terms of friendships, pensions, esteem of their colleagues. They abandoned the false novus ordo service and the false teachings of Vatican II.

The question, then, is: What about the situation of St. Jude Shrine and the priests who serve there with respect to Canon Law? Either (1) The priests there were only in error and were never pertinacious in it, hence never incurred any canonical sanction;  or (2) The priests were excommunicated latae sententiae which is the worst that could have happened since there was no competent authority which could lay down an excommunication by name. A ferendae sententiae, or in other words, a judicial sentence imposed by an ecclesiastical prelate, is impossible due to the utter absence of any ecclesiastical prelate to impose such a sentence.

The priests there were only in error and were never pertinacious in it, as evidenced by their return to the true Mass and Catholic discipline when they learned the truth. If this is the case, they never incurred any canonical sanction. Some may question whether a priest who was taken in by the diabolical maneuvering of the enemies of Christ and His Church for a time is permitted to resume his priestly activities once he discovers his situation and leaves the church which he erroneously believed to be the Catholic Church.

The situation in which we find ourselves could hardly be more urgent. Therefore, the priests at St. Jude Shrine are authorized to absolve validly and licitly from each and every censure since there is no question of their being excommunicated vitandi since there is no authority who could possibly make such a declaration.

So, even if the priests had been excommunicated, and had not received absolution and release of his automatically incurred penalty, the faithful would STILL be permitted to receive the Sacraments from him, again, provided his "excommunication" was incurred automatically, and not by declaratory sentence. 

In the text of his explanation of Canon 2261 ("Reception and Administration of Sacraments and Sacramentals"), Fr. Augustine makes it quite clear that Canon 2261 corresponds to "Martin V's decree, "Ad evitanda", in that an excommunicated priest may administer the Sacraments and Sacramentals to the faithful who request them in any serious need (which they themselves may determine) when, "the minister is not vitandus nor under a declaratory or condemnatory sentence ...".  

Pope Martin V issued Ad evitanda in the wake of the confusion caused by the claims of three different men to be pope during the Great western schism. 

Ad Evitanda Scandala
Pope Martin V, 1418.

To avoid scandals and many dangers and relieve timorous consciences by the tenor of these presents we mercifully grant to all Christ's faithful that no one henceforth shall be bound to abstain from communion with anyone in the administration or reception of the sacraments or in any other religious or non-religious acts whatsoever, nor to avoid anyone nor to observe any ecclesiastical interdict, on pretext of any ecclesiastical sentence or censure globally promulgated whether by the law or by an individual; unless the sentence or censure in question has been specifically and expressly published or denounced by the judge on or against a definite person, college, university, church, community or place. Notwithstanding any apostolic or other constitutions to the contrary, save the case of someone of whom it shall be known so notoriously that he has incurred the sentence passed by the canon for laying sacrilegious hands upon a cleric that the fact cannot be concealed by any tergiversation nor excused by any legal defence. For we will abstain from communion with such a one, in accordance with the canonical sanctions, even though he be not denounced. (Fontes I, 45.)

The Code of Canon Law was promulgated in 1917 within hours of the moment when Our Lady of Fatima came to warn us of the coming Great Apostasy which has made the Great Western Schism look like a children’s game. It is clear that our Holy Mother Church, always mindful of the safety of Her children, produced these Canons for the good of the faithful during these times when we are without a shepherd to guide us. However, we are not without guidance! We have the Code of Canon law, compiled and promulgated by two of the last true Vicars of Christ because the Holy Ghost knew what was about to happen and that we were going to need help to find and keep to the narrow way that leads to Heaven.

What distinguishes St. Jude Shrine from nearly every “Traditional Chapel” is the manner of its operation and the fact that the priests received their orders and mandate before Vatican II from bishops who had jurisdiction and order from Pope Pius XII.  It is the faithful who run the Shrine and invite the priests to come and offer Holy Mass and hear confessions in accordance with Canon 2261 and Canon 2264. The priests who fulfil these requests have also availed themselves of the same laws issued by our loving Mother the Church to guide us in these times of apostasy.

Nearly all of the so-called "Traditional" priests and societies have opened "Mass Centers" or "Parishes" and invited the faithful to attend. This is schismatic - an absolute violation of Canon Law and an attack on the unity of the Church. Even if their priests did have jurisdiction (which they do NOT - even by their own admission) they would be in schism due to their opening chapels and inviting the faithful to attend, rather than the faithful initiating the request for the Sacraments.

These Canons provide sufficient proof that the senior clergy, who were ordained in the traditional rite and received faculties from Pius XII bishops, can validly and lawfully administer the Sacraments to the faithful in any serious need as long as it is the faithful who request them.  If the unprecedented conditions under which the Church is presently operating do not constitute a serious need for the Sacraments, then what would?

St. Jude Shrine has been a Harbor of Orthodoxy and valid and licit Sacraments for Catholics since 1975 and has been under attack since the very beginning from every quarter. It operates strictly according to Canon Law. There are those who would accuse us of obeying the Church too much. So be it. What greater glory that to be accused of that. If they base their ire on the belief that the Church has bound the faithful to bad laws, however, I would remind them that the same encyclical of Pope Pius XII, Ad Apostolorum Principis, says about obedience:

"... 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." 
and that the Code of Canon law promulgated by Pope Benedict XV via the Apostolic Constitution Providentissima Mater Ecclesia ends with the following:

Therefore, having sought the aid of Divine grace, trusting in the authority of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, moved Ourselves, of Our certain knowledge and in the fullness of the Apostolic power with which we are invested, by this Our constitution, which We wish to be binding for all time: We promulgate, and We decree and order that the present Code, just as it is drawn up, have in future the force of law for the universal Church, and We entrust if for safekeeping to your custody and vigilence.

Wherefore, let no one violate or rashly oppose in any way this document of Our constitution, ordinance, limitation, suppression, derrogation and expressed will. And if anyone shall presume to attempt to do so, let him know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of his Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.

Psalm 122, prayed each day in the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary gives us both our proper approach to these evil times and a reminder that at the proper moment, God will send Our Lady to intervene:

Ad te levavi
A prayer in affliction, with confidence in God. 
A gradual canticle.
[1] To thee have I lifted up my eyes, who dwellest in heaven. [2] Behold as the eyes of servants are on the hands of their masters, As the eyes of the handmaid are on the hands of her mistress: so are our eyes unto the Lord our God, until he have mercy on us. [3] Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us: for we are greatly filled with contempt. [4] For our soul is greatly filled: we are a reproach to the rich, and contempt to the proud.

Let us keep our eyes on Our Lord and Our Lady and TRUST that God's loving Providence will never be wanting, but we must keep faithful, be obedient to His Law and His Vicars. His Providence has provided us with Canon Law, Encyclicals, and the teaching of the Magisterium, all of which prepared us for this situation. We must trust that He will see us through it!

Psalm 18, recited during Matins each day reminds us of the importance of God's Law and that we must keep it:

Coeli enarrant. The works of God shew forth his glory: his law is greatly to be esteemed and loved.

 [8] The law of the Lord is unspotted, converting souls: the testimony of the Lord is faithful, giving wisdom to little nes. [9] The justices of the Lord are right, rejoicing hearts: the commandment of the Lord is lightsome, enlightening the eyes. [10] The fear of the Lord is holy, enduring for ever and ever: the judgments of the Lord are true, justified in themselves.
[11] More to be desired than gold and many precious stones: and sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. [12] For thy servant keepeth them, and in keeping them there is a great reward.