Snowy and her sister Rusty were my babies from April 2008 till September 2023. Rusty remains. Snowy died peacefully.
Sep 10 2023
Mar 14 2021
Over the last year, I’ve written about a Catholic fringe group, a cult, whose Masses I used to attend. I live(d) next door to them. The Society of St Pius X (SSPX) in Cape Town.
My realisation of the sickness within this cult began on St Patrick’s Day 2020, aka 17 March, as the COVID-19 pandemic was rearing it’s ugly (but real) head, and it will mostly come to an end on St Joseph’s Day 2021, aka 19 March. To St Joseph, thank you for getting rid of these people and their cleric.
Jul 17 2023
Over at The Ecclesia Blog, Dom Dalmasso has a really good article on the current status of the SSPX as far as its relationship with the Catholic Church goes. An important read for Catholics contemplating or actually attending SSPX Masses.
Apr 23 2023
SSPX founder Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre wasn’t a fan of the idea of African bishops, and thought Africans still needed European bishops looking after them. He was, from 1947-1961, a bishop in “French Africa”, specifically as archbishop of Dakar, Senegal. Towards the end of his time there, he told Pope John XXIII that “the Africans are …
Feb 25 2023
Pints with Aquinas has a 3 hour 15 minute interview with John Salza on the topic of the SSPX and their schism. They discuss the sede vacantists as well. Important questions are answered, and important aspects of the situation are addressed.
Nov 13 2022
An important point been raised by sympathisers suggesting that schism doesn’t exist: the granting of faculties to SSPX priests for valid confession. This is unusual, unheard of, and suspended priests and schismatic priests do not have faculties, and therefore they cannot be suspended and/or schismatic.
Nov 11 2022
Recently, Archbishop Vigano and Bishop Athanasius Schneider opined that the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) is not in schism. Vigano claimed that Archbishop Lefebvre, the SSPX founder, was a holy man who demonstrated great fidelity to the Church.
I beg to differ.
Jul 06 2021
Today is the Feast of St Maria Goretti, an 11-year old Italian girl who, during a sexual assault that turned fatal, was concerned about the salvation of her assailant, and, a few days later, expressed her forgiveness of him on her deathbed.
Jun 07 2021
I had an interesting encounter today on a Facebook group “Catholic Science Geeks”. Across several posts, the discussions showed that there were several antivaxxers present. Several people didn’t want to have COVID vaccines because they were nervous about them. That’s a legitimate reaction. However, several were trying to promote vaccine avoidance because, supposedly, vaccine efficacy is unknown. That’s not true. What is worse is that these so-called “scientists” aren’t persuaded by evidence.
Jun 01 2021
There have been rumours on and off for years that Pope Francis will suppress or limit the use of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Rumours from the conspiracy theorist side, and rumours from the rational side. Now the rumours say there is a document in development.
May 30 2021
Steve Skojec, until now, has been a traditionalist and co-author at the often toxic website One Peter Five. Over time he has taken a more rational approach to many of the irrational positions many traditionalists have taken. Now, it seems, he has come to a startling realisation that the traditionalist subculture is indeed toxic, and he is leaving it. Where he will go is unclear. I hope he stays Catholic, but here are speculations of other paths he might take.
May 02 2021
Telegram settings should be set so that only your contacts can message you or call you or add you to groups. For me, that latter two are set, the former not. I am on an ICE3X* discussion group, and a number of people started spam conversations trying to get me to sign up at some or other bitcoin website. I played with one such person for a few days. I finally got her to agree to marry me, and then I blocked her. Relationships like that can’t continue forever.
Apr 15 2021
When you listen to a sermon, and the priest tells you something historical, you expect it to be true. Not something he just made up for the sermon.
When you read a church’s website that says they’re celebrating 1700 years of something, you expect that the event being celebrated is a historical one.
With the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) that is unfortunately not the case, as I’ve discovered. What follows here is over and above the fake funerals they tried to con the police into letting them have.
Apr 05 2021
“Let it be know, that St. Marys is actively participating in conspiracy to hide the COVID 19 cases. Major institutions including the SSPX Church are instructing the people of St. Marys to not report COVID 19 cases.”
Apr 05 2021
Key words: Blessed Tansi, Cognitive dissonance, Francis Arinze, Mark of the Beast, Modernism, Resurrection, Satellite TV, Vaccines
Mar 19 2021
Today, as I was leaving for work, a member of the neighbouring Society of St Pius X (SSPX) congregation complained to me about what I’d said in the Pinelands Facebook group.
He clearly hadn’t read what I wrote there himself, so he accused me of calumny. Specifically relating to the issue of their (at the time) bishop Williamson’s Holocaust denialism and antisemitism.