You know how the saying goes: you have been hearing it since your parents taught you the words when you were little. Most of us shortened the gospel verse to: “From those to whom much has been given, much will be required.” In fact, Our Lord Jesus Christ actually said: “And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much will be required.” (Luke 12:48)
Most Catholics would agree that it is not easy to live our Faith in every aspect of our lives. And yet that is what we must do. There are no shortcuts, no timeouts, and outside the context of the Sacrament of Confession, no do-overs. There is another axiom of our Catholic thought that ought to convince us that we are living in the time we are because Almighty God knew, in all His omniscience and prescience, that this is the time when we could best save our immortal souls. Sometimes, we are tempted to look around us at the sad state of the world and exclaim, like Frodo in Tolkien’s great work, Lord of the Rings, that we wish all these things had not happened in our lifetime. “So do I” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But it is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” If we did not know that J. R. R. Tolkien had, in fact, been a life-long Catholic, we would have very strongly suspected it just from that one passage.
So, what will you do with the time that is given you? In answering this question that we should all ask ourselves, we come back to the realization that we have been given so very much — our Catholic Faith, the “pearl of great price”. It will take all the integrity and courage that we have, but we must do as Bishop Athanasius Schneider and his four fellow-prelates wrote nearly a year ago:
Now, more than ever, Catholics categorically cannot encourage and promote the sin of abortion, even in the slightest, by accepting these vaccines. . . .we need the spirit of the confessors and martyrs who avoided the slightest suspicion of collaboration with the evil of their own age.
If 1.4 billion Catholics the world over stood shoulder to shoulder and said “No!” to the vaccine — to any product, be it vaccine or pharmaceutical or cosmetic — we would shut down the abortuaries, organ harvesters and “medical researchers” tomorrow. Instead, we have the Quislings who wish to accommodate the world, and who have consequently seriously undermined our pro-life efforts. We must continue, without ceasing, to try our utmost to make our fellow Catholics — whether they be bishops, clergy, or laity — understand the stakes. They may never have been higher at any time in the last two millennia.
Specifically, we look to Archbishop Lefebvre’s Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) for moral and spiritual guidance. We expect and need more from the SSPX leadership regarding the scamdemic and the deathvaxx. And really, the last thing we need in this fight is more podcasts in the “Crisis in the Church” series, in which select SSPX priests take pot shots at, inter alia, the FSSP and the U.S. Constitution. (To be fair, the FSSP have taken their share of cheap shots against the SSPX, starting in June of 1988, and it is likely that as long as Father Josef Bisig remains the Rector at the Fraternity’s seminary, there will be seminarians who are indoctrinated into the ill will that Fr. Bisig publicly exhibits towards the Society.) But, how do we fight the good fight against abortion and abortion-tainted vaccines when an SSPX priest publicly gloats about the difficult position that Traditionis Custodes places the FSSP in? Saying “we told you so” is not the least becoming nor helpful in the big picture of ending abortion. Moreover, minimizing abortion by speculating that “God hates the First Amendment more than he hates abortion” is not only not helpful, but it is wrong and counterproductive to the pro-life fight. Worst of all, SSPX moral theology professors at Econe and Dillwyn seem to twist themselves into pretzels, using sophistry and Jesuitical methodology, to convince themselves and others that they can conditionally take advantage of vaccines tested and developed with, or containing, DNA/tissue from murdered babies.
To be sure, there are SSPX priests who speak out, but they are few and far between. In fact, just today we became aware of a thorough analysis by a priest who writes under the pen name “Father Ambrose”. The article is necessarily lengthy, but well worth the time spent reading it. It is published by a group Down Under called Aussie Catholic Soldiers, which operates a website (CatholicApologetics.info) that is chock full of worthwhile information.
By and large, however, it is the laity who have stepped up. If, for example, you have not read the excellent analysis of Australian Michael Baker, regarding what he rightly calls the “obduracy” of the SSPX regarding the vaccines, then you should do so without delay. Meanwhile, a group of laity from Austria has made contact with us for the purpose of gathering signatures for a letter to the SSPX leadership. The document makes the case for rejecting abortion-derived vaccines and asks for a re-evaluation of the Society’s position. In our next posting, we will provide the text of the document, and also make available to you the manner in which you can join Catholics from all over the world in doing what we are obliged to do: fight in Charity for the Truth. Yes, we have been given so much. Let us resolve to persevere in this fight against the powers of Darkness.