The SSPX and COVID – The Index of Lessons Learnt

SSPX logo

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.

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Catholic “science” forums

Pope Francis giving a polio vaccine

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.

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Validly marriage and quirks

Barbary Macaque

The recent Boris Johnson marriage caused a stir. So here I’ll outline why things can be quite peculiar at times, and probably need reforming.

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Mass Panic – On Limiting the Extraordinary Form

The Tridentine Mass, by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter

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.

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Toxic Traditionalism and Steve Skojec

Jack o' Lantern

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.

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Cryptocurrency spam and some fun

Telegram logo

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.

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The SSPX preaches fake Sunday history

Constantine the Great

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.

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St Marys, Kansas, USA – a town hiding their COVID cases?

Biohazard logo

“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.”

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Adventist and Catholic News & Views 024 – 5 April 2021

Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi

Key words: Blessed Tansi, Cognitive dissonance, Francis Arinze, Mark of the Beast, Modernism, Resurrection, Satellite TV, Vaccines

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The Cape Town SSPX, calumny, and fear

Wolf in sheep's clothing

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.

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The Psychopathy of “Traditionalist” Catholicism

Bishop Richard Williamson, suspended

I have had a revelation. Not the supernatural type where one has a vision, but a natural but shocking realisation about an evil in the world. I finally understand how the sort of moral theology some on the “traditionalist” end of Catholicism espouse matches up with their behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic. And thus I also finally understand why such ideas allow the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) to be the way they are.

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Catholic extremism and the coming American Schism

Carlo Maria Vigano in 2013

I think the Valli article is a gross misrepresentation of Pope Francis, to the point of either deliberate ignorance or blatant dishonesty. It’s one more step down the slippery slope to nothing. Pope Francis recently commented on those who turned away from the Church after disagreeing with an ecumenical council. My favourites – “Pope” Michael was elected pope by his parents and neighbours. “Pope” Gregory XVII reduced the Mass to 5 minutes (offertory, consecration, communion) so they say Mass 12x/hour until they’re tired. God granted a special dispensation to one of the conclavist “popes” to have multiple wives.

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SSPX: “Rome without a pope. Bergoglio is there, but not Peter.”

Rome without a pope - SSPX News 2021-02-26

“Rome without a pope. Bergoglio is there, but not Peter.” That was the title of an article on the SSPX News website on 26 February 2021. “You are not authorized to access this page.” UPDATE 28 Feb: The article is now publicly accessible. Most likely accidentally published and then withdrawn until now. The page is …

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Catholicism and COVID-19 update, Feb 2021

Spiritual blackmail

A few important COVID-related topics have arisen lately, and I want to add some links here to intelligent commentary on them.
Vaccines and “remote cooperation with evil”
Religious and spiritual blackmail / manipulation
99% survival and vaccines being 90% effective

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Holy Calendar

Good News about Saturday

You get religious groups who think the most important thing God wants us to do is to study to find the correct calendar (God’s True Calendar) and then observe it meticulously.
Calendar cults. That’s what they are.
Somehow I ended up in a Facebook group with some of these people. I decided to play a prank. I’d pretend to love the calendar, and I’d go just a little bit further than they usually did in praising it. This is what happened.

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So much for security and Telegram channels

Barbary Macaque

Telegram channels are not encrypted (not even the secret ones). The entire world can see the contents. The public “SSPX Capetown” Telegram channel is here – you can see all the channel posts there.

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How the mighty have fallen – from Mother A to Father Z

Snake handling

Several things worry me. Zuhlsdorf lies, about important things, not just little things. When a person with such an aura of self-importance, especially a cleric, lies … something is wrong. When a priest starts lying in order to make himself look important … beware of him. Run. It applies to the SSPX, and it applies to Zuhlsdorf. And when such a priest owns a gun …

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Adventist and Catholic News & Views 023 – 17 Jan 2021

Carlo Maria Vigano in 2013

Key words: Acolytes, Burke, COVID vaccine, Cults, Ellen White, EWTN, Face diapers, Fr Zuhlsdorf, Labor, Labour, Lectors, Masks, Pope Francis, Pope Leo XIII, Rerum novarum, Spiritus Domini, Traditionalism, Unions, Vigano, Women

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SSPX – turning ordinary Masses into funerals (how to)

SSPX chapel quarantine notice, 25 March 2020

Apparently nobody important has fallen for the funeral ploy, and instead there will be house Masses and very surreptitious chapel Masses, with the usual “park a distance away, creep in slowly one at a time, leave in the same cautious way” warning.

Sounds like a spy novel, and no doubt that’s part of the excitement for them. They get to live out their persecution complex, express their bizarre ideas about COVID, sing (very important to them), they feel like martyrs, and this gives them their adrenaline rush.

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Adventist and Catholic News & Views 022 – 2 Jan 2021

Dr Ben Carson

Key words: Abraham, Ben Carson, Christmas, COVID restrictions, Inadmissible, Kosher, Mark of the beast, Milk and meat together, Name of the Lord, New Testament priesthood, Novena, Religious freedom, Three angels

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