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June 24, 2013


by Timothy A. Duff

In the Gospel for today [Sunday, June 23, 2013, the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost] Our Lord teaches a very important point for traditional Catholics who adhere to the only theologically correct, and indeed sane, position today, that those who have occupied the Vatican since the death of Pius XII, and have given such great evil to the Church and the world, cannot in fact be true Popes.

This position is, of course, sedevacantism.

Christ, in today’s Gospel, says:

    And whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. (Mt. 5:22)

I must admit that until this morning I did not understand the importance of this doctrine. I always thought: How could someone be in danger of eternal damnation for calling someone a fool?

Then it occurred to me that the term, thou fool, is nothing more than an epithet, a term which at the very least is an insult (and at most shows downright hatred). Why is the use of epithets so dangerous? And how does it apply to sedevacantists?

The answer is simple, yet profound. I recently had an internet banter with a “recognize-and-resister”. Just at the point where I was (adamantly) trying to force him to admit that his position was not only nonsensical but indeed heretical (he posited that the “Vatican II popes”, even though they have “not been faithful” and have taught error to the whole Church, nevertheless remain “true Popes”), he as it were hurled an epithet at me, in essence saying:

    Do I not say well that thou art a sedevacantist, and hast a devil?

Yes, the only answer such people seem to have for us is to hurl what they consider an insulting epithet – sedevacantist.

Now why would this put someone in danger of hellfire?

The answer is simple. Those who are faced with their own error will often not want to admit it, nor allow such a thought to be truly processed in their conscience, so they bury it by hurling an epithet, as if to say, “thou fool – why would I even debate with you.

When faced with objective truth which one does not find to one’s liking, the use of epithet is a way to seemingly end the debate with an insult. The classic example is what I quoted above, in which the Scribes and Pharisees, when faced with the certainty that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Son of God, chose instead to hurl an epithet:

    Do we not say well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?

So by using what they consider an epithet, thou sedevacantist, the SSPX’ers and recognize-and-resisters simply are giving up on a debate which they know they cannot win because their position of having a Pope whom Catholics have to resist to attain salvation is simply insane.

Those who resort to epithets show a dire prejudice of mind and an unwillingness to follow the truth whithersoever it may lead, even if it means (gasp!) that they may lose popularity, prestige and friendships.

But as it says in Scriptures, in speaking of how Christ was crucified outside the city walls of Jerusalem, “let us therefore go without the camp, bearing His reproach”. If the SSPX’ers and recognize-and-resisters want to remain in Babel and wallow in the mire of their impossible, heretical, and blasphemous position, then all we can do is pray for them.

However, let us glory in our shame, and find it a great honor when we are insulted as sedevacantists.