By Br. Alexis Bugnolo
There are a lot of Catholics worried about the threat of the Anti-Church. There has been chatter about it even since the reign of John Paul II who used the term on occasion in conjunction with the Anti-Gospel.
But in all their lamentations Catholic are forgetting in what consists the definition of Church and anti-Church.
Those who claim to be conservatives, traditionalists, or who jump off the cliff of ecclesiology into sedevacantism, all agree on one thing, however, that the Modernists and pedo-Globalist Mafia in the Church are right, when “Church” is defined as who holds the publicly recognized power.
Under the veil of their thinly coated propaganda, the thinking Catholic should be able to discern that what all these groups agree upon is a masonic definition of Church, where the identity of the faith is defined by the majority opinion about whatever is being discussed.
Conservatives are notorious for tipping their hats in this direction by the concept of the “moral majority”, and traddies by their profuse anxiety over what Rome thinks about what they are doing; while sedes equate the apostasy of the majority with the apostasy of the reality.
The Catholic view departs radically from all these 3 groups, because the Catholic definition of which is the true Church is unchanging, and it does not depend on the claims to orthopraxy or orthodoxy. Any sect can ape these. So these cannot be the correct definition.
The correct definition then is the juridical. Because there is only one Church founded by the true Christ to Whom all authority in Heaven and Earth was given by the Eternal Father. A jurisdiction which She receives through the Apostles, and their successors who remain in communion with Peter juridically, and with all of the Apostles dogmatically and religiously.
Hence it is, that a Catholic in discerning what to obey and what to respect, must always consider the juridical validity of what is being done. A mass offered with juridical permission is a Mass of Christ’s Church. A mass offered without this permission is a Mass of the anti-Church.
Only after considering that criterion as fundamental, can one proceed to prefer certain Masses for their liturgical or doctrinal authenticity over those wherein there are any deviations. But a mass which is doctrinally and liturgically perfect but juridically unauthorized, is no more of Christ’s Church than a group of actors in a museum reenacting a liturgy of 10th Century Rome.
Thus when a Catholic is confronted with an outrageous statement like that made by Msgr. Fernandez, the other day, as cited in the article at the Stream, by Mr. Joseph D’Hippolito:
I totally agree with him, that these acts will never be repudiated by the Church of the Antichrist, but the Church of Christ has already repudiated them since they never were acts of the Church, that is, never were acts of the Roman Pontiff.
Appointed as he now is to a non-existent Dicastery, and with the position of Prefect of the Congregation for the Faith left empty by Pope Francis, who lives in the narrative that Benedict XVI abdicated on Feb. 28, 2013 – which is textually, canonically, and demonstrably false — we are seeing play out at Rome a theatre of farces, wherein Christ Our High Priest, sits in the audience with us laughing at the folly of men, while standing at the Altar of His Father interceding for the conversion of the elect and the swifter damnation of the malign.
Where there is right, there is the Church. Let us never forget God is the infinite Lawgiver, and respecter of Law, because as Being Itself and Eternal Truth He can never respect the legal farces of men, howsoever many talking heads and grifters would have us believe them.