The term incapacity would seem to imply a defect. And yet it is the infinite perfection of our God that renders him incapable of evil—which is itself nothing but a defect.
This divine incapacity extends to the realm of human affairs in a particular and noteworthy manner. Since “there is no power but from God” (Romans 13:1), and since no one can give what he does not possess, it follows that there is no power (authority) to do evil.
This divine incapacity exhibits itself in the proper definition of law. In the Angelic Doctor’s unparalleled exposition, we find that a rule has the force of law when it not only issues from a rightful representative of the affected community, but also provides reasonable directions tending toward the (genuine) common good of that community.
In a nutshell, this means that, regardless of the institutional position of its source, any rule lacking inner coherence, benefiting some at the expense of others, or accomplishing no good whatsoever, is in fact not a law, but an abuse of power, and (if enforced) an act of violence.
As a case in point, consider the dictate newly promulgated by the present occupant of Saint Peter’s Chair, issued appropriately enough on the anniversary of the desecration of Saint Peter’s Basilica by the installment of an idol dedicated to the worship of a demon goddess.
With the cavalier callousness we have come to expect, our Pachapapa pretends to impose restrictions on the traditional form of the Roman Rite, a mode of worship rooted in antiquity, and preserving the spirit of the Apostles—which is to say, the spirit of our Lord—through centuries of organic development, inspired by the Holy Ghost.
Charity demands truthfulness, and vice versa. Allow me to speak a few pertinent truths about this document and its author, with as much charity as I can muster.
This pitiable man, whose diarrhetic dialogues with assorted journalists routinely cast casual heresies into the public winds, and whose official pronouncements entangle routine reiterations of doctrine within webs of confused contradictions, believes he has the authority to suppress the most venerable traditions of Christ’s Church with the flick of a pen.
The man charged with acting as our Holy Father, commissioned by the one true Head of the faithful with feeding his sheep, is constrained to echo the truth that the more ancient form of Holy Mass was not abrogated in the late 1960s by the institution of a newer form. He also concedes, in passing, that many younger people, yet unborn when the older use was universal, have found in it “a form, particularly suited to them, to encounter the mystery of the most holy Eucharist.”
What’s more, he acknowledges that earlier provisions for the free use of these ancient rites were motivated by a desire to foster reconciliation in the heart of a Church needlessly rent into factions (we may elaborate) by the malicious suppression of Catholic Tradition at the behest of innovating extremists bent on substituting their whims for the will of a wise and merciful God.
In the same breath, Francis announces his intention to strangle the Old Mass to death, forcing its adherents to transition to the radically revised rites of 1969, heedless of the spiritual distress, injury, and scandal this will inevitably cause millions of souls suffering from the wounds of original and actual sin, striving to rise by the grace God pours out abundantly in his holy sacraments.
In response, it is crucial to note that no one sane enough to balk at its barbarity need be troubled in conscience by this abusive act, which drips with thoughtless desperation, and wears its malice on its sleeve. There is plainly nothing binding about its harmful provisions, and anything done to advance them will be done under the compulsion of tyranny, rather than in obedience properly so called.
Our most courageous shepherds have already openly acknowledged “the great pastoral and spiritual good that has been experienced by those who have been and who are engaged in this form of the Liturgy,” and “the many valuable contributions made to the life of the Church through [its] celebration.”
By the grace of God, may these bishops, and others who sincerely desire the salvation of souls, remain firm in their resolution not to follow the spiritually blind into the snares of the evil one, but rather to resist evil with good.
Following their lead, let us also pray for those whose souls are afflicted with defective vision, that they may learn to see clearly and thereby escape from the snares into which they have almost, or already fallen.
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