“A real spiritual necessity, as indispensable as breathing”

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

If you have not read Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s brilliant assessment of the current state of the Church vis-a-vis Traditionis Custodes, drop whatever you are doing and go directly to the Catholic Family News website:


In case you need some encouragement to read this beautiful analysis by one of the most articulate defenders of the Church, here are some gems:

“We have come to the point that even simple people with little knowledge of doctrinal issues understand that we have a non-Catholic pope, at least in the strict sense of the term. This poses some problems of a canonical nature that are not inconsiderable, which it is not up to us to solve but which sooner or later will have to be addressed.”

“Many priests discover the treasures of the venerable Tridentine Liturgy only when they celebrate it and allow themselves to be permeated by it, and it is not uncommon for an initial curiosity towards the ‘extraordinary form’ – certainly fascinating due to the solemnity of the rite – to change quickly into the awareness of the depth of the words, the clarity of the doctrine, the incomparable spirituality that it gives birth to and nourishes in our souls.”

“How can you and how can we explain to those who today would like to deprive you of this priceless good, that that blessed rite has made you discover the true nature of your Priesthood, and that from it and only from it are you able to draw strength and nourishment to face the commitments of your ministry? How can you make it clear that the obligatory return to the Montinian rite represents an impossible sacrifice for you, because in the daily battle against the world, the flesh and the devil it leaves you disarmed, prostrate and without strength?”

“But today, with the heavy burden of Vatican II and with the now widespread secularized mentality, even the mere liceity of celebrating the Tridentine Mass without permission can be considered an undeniable good – a good that is visible to all due to the abundant fruits it brings to the communities where it is celebrated.”

“I wonder what sort of spiritual disease could have struck the Shepherds in the last few decades, in order to lead them to become, not loving fathers but ruthless censors of their priests, officials constantly watching and ready to revoke all rights in virtue of a blackmail that they do not even try to conceal.”

Never in the history of the Church did a Council or a liturgical reform constitute a point of rupture between what came before and what came after! Never in the course of these two millennia have the Roman Pontiffs deliberately drawn an idelogical border between the Church that preceded them and the one they had to govern, cancelling and contradicting the Magisterium of their Predecessors! 

“The division is there, obviously, but it does not come from good Catholics and clergy who remain faithful to the doctrine of all time, but rather from those who have replaced orthodoxy with heresy and the Holy Sacrifice with a fraternal agape. That division is not new today, but dates back to the Sixties, when the ‘spirit of the Council,’ openness to the world and inter-religious dialogue turned two thousand years of Catholicity into straw and revolutionized the entire ecclesial body, persecuting and ostracizing the refractory.”

“The case of Italy – in which a non-elected Government legislates on the obligation to be vaccinated and on the green pass, violating the Italian Constitution and the natural rights of the Italian people – does not seem very dissimilar to the situation in which the Church finds herself, with a resigned Pontiff replaced by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, chosen – or at least appreciated and supported – by the Saint Gallen Mafia and the ultra-progressive Episcopate. It remains obvious that there is a profound crisis of authority, both civil and religious, in which those who exercise power do so contrary to those whom they are supposed to protect, and above all contrary to the purpose for which that authority has been established.”

What father among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent instead? (Lk 11:11-12). Now we can understand the meaning of these words, considering with pain and torment of heart the cynicism of a father who gives us the stones of a soulless liturgy, the serpents of a corrupted doctrine, and the scorpions of an adulterated morality.”  

  Please go to the Catholic Family News website at the link provided above and read the entire document. It should be our manifesto — every faithful Catholic’s manifesto — as we seek to re-claim our rightful inheritance. May God bless and keep this great prelate, that he may lead us into a brighter future for Holy Mother Church and all members of the Mystical Body of Christ.

2 thoughts on ““A real spiritual necessity, as indispensable as breathing”

  1. I’m glad Vigano has distanced himself from the Novus Ordo cabal in recent years. May he go further. May he get really real.

    If you and I were non-Catholics, we would be outside the Church. Yet according to R&R adherents, somehow the manifestly non-Catholic Bergoglio gets to be pope! The non-Catholic, indeed rabidly anti-Catholic, Bergoglio magically gets to be the head of a body of which he’s not a member. Absurd. Madness!


    Popes must be Catholic.
    As a manifest, pertinacious heretic, Bergoglio is not Catholic.
    Therefore, Bergoglio is not pope.

    No judgement of any council is required, nor possible, as a pope is judged by no man or council of men. Manifest, pertinacious heretics automatically fall from office. This is the way they lose their office, since no man can judge them. That’s assuming he ever actually became pope at all, a notion I reject. Only Catholics can become popes. Bergoglio was a foaming heretic long before he “took office” in 2013.

    One cannot be the head of a body of which he is not a member. There are no “non-Catholic popes.”

    If the Novus Ordo organization is the Catholic Church, then the Church has defected. But we’re divinely assured that the Church cannot defect. Hence the Novus Ordo organization cannot possibly be the actual Catholic Church. Where is the actual Catholic Church? I don’t know. But I’m certain where it isn’t: in Rome, headed by the vile, rabidly anti-Catholic Jorge Bergoglio and his fellow wolves.

  2. And this is the problem, Friend, with choosing the sede-vacantist path. You are frankly like a physician who takes note of the symptoms and even makes a diagnosis, but offers no assistance in the resolution of the disease. Sede-vacantism is a dead-end street, and those who know us know that we do not subscribe to it. Nor do we wish for our website to be used as a soap box or platform for sede-vacantist or “home-aloner” ideas. We thought we had set the tone with the first quote from the good Archbishop: ““We have come to the point that even simple people with little knowledge of doctrinal issues understand that we have a non-Catholic pope, at least in the strict sense of the term. This poses some problems of a canonical nature that are not inconsiderable, which it is not up to us to solve but which sooner or later will have to be addressed.” In other words, we disagree completely with your idea that you or we or our next-door neighbor can declare a pope invalid, The teaching of the Church, based on the Fathers and Doctors, leave an opening for us to have a dubium concerning the legitimacy of a sitting pope, and it is clear that no one can accuse us of any wrongdoing in holding a private dubium. But it is a private determination after much prayer and reflection. As St. Robert Bellarmine teaches, while the pope who (as you point out) pertinaciously holds to formal heresy is, per se, no longer a pope, it is not for us to remove him. Bellarmine says that “the Pope heretic is not deposed ipso facto, but must be declared deposed by the Church.” St. Francis de Sales says that “[T]he Pope… WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See.” Note that it is the Church that must deprive him of his office, not an individual or a mob.
    The bishop emeritus of Corpus Christi, Rene Gracida (with others), has called for an imperfect council. Perhaps this is the way forward. One thing we are convinced of: choosing the dead-end path of the sede-vacantists and “home-aloners” is no solution, and as we used to say in the Navy, “Don’t bring me your problems, bring me your solutions.” We hope you understand that this will be the last word on sede-vacantist arguments on this web site.

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