Friday, August 04, 2006

Traditionalist Catholics and Sedevacantists

In all its history, since its creation by Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour, there has been opposition to the Roman Catholic Church. This is not surprising, since every great and honorable institution, along with every great and honorable man or woman face opposition from those who would oppose them. Jesus Himself was often opposed by Jewish leaders, nay-sayers, persecutors, the Romans, and many other groups at the time. Eventually he was savagely scouraged at the pillar and crucified by those who "knew not what they were doing". Christ established his Church on Earth to keep his message and commands. The first Christians suffered atrocious deaths and sacrifices at the hands of opposition. These martyrs gave their lives in defense of the truth.

Today, the Church again faces foes and opposition as it steadfastly proclaims the message of Christ. In Matthew 7:15, Jesus warns us of false prophets when he says, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves." It is easy to see the wrong of organizations that are obviously opposed to Catholic Teaching, such as the pro-abortion movement, the pro-euthanasia movement, atheism, and anti-catholicism, but we must be very vigilant to see the forces which are opposed to the Catholic Church, but may, through ignorance, seem to offer an alternative. These groups offer more danger to the faithful, for they are just what Christ cautioned against. He did not say beware of false prophets who are obviously ravenous wolves and who explicitly state their evil intentions, he said to beware of false prophets, who come in sheep's clothing, in other words someone disguised as one of Christ's sheep, but who underneath is a creature that seeks to destroy his sheep.

This is the case with Traditionalist Catholics and Sedevacantists. They try to appear as sheep, but with any investigation, it is obvious they are but ravenous wolves. The only purpose they can effectively serve is to cause more faithful to leave the flock. How sad is this? Heed the words of Christ, and beware of these people. A real Catholic is one who is obediant to the laws given him. Jesus appointed Peter to carry on his message, and through the apostolic powers confered on the apostles by Christ, there has been a succession of popes, from the beginning of the Church to this very day. Anyone who rejects this authority is rejecting the authority set up by Jesus Christ himself.

Since her beginning, the Church has been attacked from many groups, on every one of its doctrines and dogmas. It continues to stand and will do so until the end of the age, just as Jesus promised. Falsehoods will never find a place in the Church ever, for it will remain a beacon of truth, beaconing home her lost sheep to Christ's flock. Our Shepherd will be there, waiting, with arms outstretched, and there the lost sheep will come home and find peace.

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