Open Letter to Confused Catholics

Published on Feb 22, 2013

Chapter 1: “Why are Catholics confused?” from Open Letter to Confused Catholics (audio book).

I produced this video to help open the eyes of Catholics who are not fully cognizant of the scope of the crisis afflicting the Church today.

If you like what you hear, please purchase the book or audio book from Angelus Press. This product is also available on Amazon.com.

Please feel free to share with family and friends. Let me know if you like the video!

All the best,

Michael, Narrator and Video Editor

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The Society’s General Chapter concluded in mid-2012 following the Holy See’s request for a response from the Fraternity regarding the doctrinal preamble. By accepting and signing the preamble, the Society of St. Pius X would have received canonical recognition and returned to a full communion with Rome. In a letter to District Superiors dated 18 July, the Fraternity’s Secretary General, Fr. Christian Thouvenot, provided a summary of the current situation in relations between the Society and the Vatican. The letter contained the absolute (“sine qua non”) conditions presented by the Fraternity to leaders of the Catholic Church in Rome before they can accept the preamble and receive canonical recognition.

Here are the conditions:

1. “The freedom to preserve, share and teach the sound doctrine of the constant Magisterium of the Church and the unchanging truth of the divine tradition and the freedom to accuse and even to correct the promoters of the errors or the innovations of modernism, liberalism, and Vatican II and its aftermath.”

2. The exclusive use of the Liturgy of 1962. The retention of the sacramental practice that we currently maintain (including: orders, confirmation, and marriage).

The letter also includes other conditions which are considered desirable but not essential: the possibility of having a separate ecclesiastical court of the first instance; the exemption of the houses of the Society of St. Pius X from the diocesan bishops and a Pontifical Commission for the tradition of Rome, which depends directly from the Pope, with the majority of the members and the president in favour of tradition.

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I found the following comment on an article entitled, “The New Pope and the Old Mass.” I thought it was well written. Here it is:

“As a young Catholic, I can attest that there is a growing enthusiasm for traditional liturgy among the Catholic 20-somethings I know. While the vast majority of young Catholics could care less about how we pray, they aren’t much interested in any aspect of religion. Those who are, however, are searching for a Christianity that isn’t afraid to present itself as a radical counter witness to the world, with a clearly defined mission centered on supernatural truths. Ask the faithful who believe the Catholic Church was founded by Christ, and it’s the world that needs to change, not the Faith. Women’s ordination, birth control and celibacy are only issues for those on the outside.”

“And for many young Catholics, Vatican II is old news. A 50 year old Council (only 1 of 21 in the history of the Church) rooted in the thinking of the last century. Its optimistic tone now seems dated. And the call for modernizing reforms that we still sometimes hear from older generations of church-goers now seems out of touch. 50 years of modernizing Christianity hasn’t filled our churches, increased belief or made the role of the Church more necessary in most people’s lives. And yet it comes at a great cost. Young Catholics, or the ones who still go to Mass at least, are starting to ask why it ever seemed like a good idea in the first place.”

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