More Catholic than the Pope: An inside Look at Extreme Traditionalism

Overview

It can be difficult to distinguish defenders from defectors. Many traditionalist schisms that have sprung up since the Second Vatican Council are filled with devotion to the Blessed Mother; they remain extremely conservative with regard to most moral issues afflicting the western world today; and they practice a strict reverence before the Blessed Sacrament during their traditional Latin liturgies. It can be easy to sympathize with such seemingly devout but truly disaffected Catholics. Now More Catholic Than the ...
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Overview

It can be difficult to distinguish defenders from defectors. Many traditionalist schisms that have sprung up since the Second Vatican Council are filled with devotion to the Blessed Mother; they remain extremely conservative with regard to most moral issues afflicting the western world today; and they practice a strict reverence before the Blessed Sacrament during their traditional Latin liturgies. It can be easy to sympathize with such seemingly devout but truly disaffected Catholics. Now More Catholic Than the Pope examines one such group - the Society of St. Pius X - and explains how its prime architect and figurehead, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and his followers chose to cut themselves off from the Church. Here is the history of the Society, from its beginning in France, to its rise and fall within the Catholic Church, to Pope John Paul Il's fraternal but ultimately fruitless efforts at reconciliation. Here, too, carefully laid out, are the clear, concise, canonical answers to the issues the Society's members continue to raise and the arguments they still offer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931709262
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (IN)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,091,518
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Part 1 A Detailed Look at a Traditionalist Sect: The Society of St. Pius X 17
Chapter 1 Before Schism: What Led to the Founding of the SSPX? 19
Chapter 2 The Rise and Fall of the SSPX Within the Catholic Church 29
Chapter 3 Archbishop Lefebvre's Unlawful Ordination of Seminarians 43
Chapter 4 The Schism and Excommunication of Archbishop Lefebvre 57
Chapter 5 After the Excommunication 71
Part 2 Traditionalists' Claims Against the Second Vatican Council 79
Chapter 6 Was Vatican II "Merely a Pastoral Council"? 81
Chapter 7 Vatican II and the Holy Eucharist 89
Chapter 8 Vatican II and Ecumenism 107
Part 3
A Brief Answers to Some Extreme Traditionalist Arguments 121
Chapter 9 Was the Tridentine Liturgy for All Time? 123
Chapter 10 Is the New Mass a "Danger to the Faith"? 127
Chapter 11 Is Consecrating a Bishop Merely an "Act of Disobedience"? 129
Chapter 12 A Heretic Pope? 131
Chapter 13 Are There Now "Two Romes"? 133
B The Church Does Not Abandon Her Sheep 137
Chapter 14 Faithful Alternatives for Traditionalists 139
Appendices
Appendix I Ecclesia Dei 149
Appendix II The Excommunication of Followers of Archbishop Lefebvre 155
Appendix III A Word of Caution 167
Notes 169
Glossary of Ecclesiastical Terms 177
About the Authors 185
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