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Thursday, March 30, 2017

2. The terrible evils that backbiting breeds. Reparation of the damage it causes.
The thoughts of God are so very different from the thoughts of men. In the Old Testament, God says, "You shall not curse the deaf." (1) Would it not have been better for Him to say, "You shall not curse those who hear well"? Why bother to take such precautions for the deaf? But the wisdom of the Lord has nothing in common with our boldness. "You shall not curse the deaf," He says. Here is how Saint Gregory explains these words: "Backbiting someone who is deaf means backbiting one who is absent and cannot hear you. Just as a deaf man cannot hear or understand what is said, so it is with an absent person someone backbites. He cannot reply or rectify the errors of which he is the object." (2)
(1) Lev 19:14
(2) Saint Gregory the Great. In prolog. III Past, Chapter 1, Ad Monit.

Therefore, one must not backbite the deaf. Not recognizing this rule, backbiters rashly shoot down the reputation of those who are absent. This is something they would never dare to do in the presence of the people they backbite.
We have already spoken at length about backbiting. We have treated its various species and its gravity. Now let us take a look at the importance of avoiding this defect even in small things, due to its unfortunate consequences, and above all at the necessity of repairing the reputation of other people: a very difficult thing as we shall see.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

IV.
We mentioned in the above section that backbiting is an evil that is hard to heal. The Holy Spirit declares, "A man who has the habit of abusive language will never mature in character as long as he lives." (19) When we are in the act of backbiting others, would we want to admit we are backbiting? A sick person who thinks he is well refuses to believe anyone who tells him he is sick and he scorns every remedy. So it is with wounds caused by backbiting. They are healed only with great difficulty; and though they may have been bandaged, they always leave a dreadful scar. Alexander the Great's laudator used to say, "If you have an enemy, attack him vigorously with insults. He may be able to bandage his wounds, but a scar will always remain." Thieves speak the same language: "Steal boldly. If you are obliged to pay it back it will never be everything."
(19) Sir 23:20.

It is remarkable how hard it is for someone to rid himself of an error once it has lodged in his mind. A few words murmured in lowered tones pierce it like a nail driven into a piece of wood; try and pull it out, all your strength will hardly suffice. Once you penetrate someone's mind with a false opinion, you will have a hard time changing it. In vain will you repeat a hundred times, "I was angry when I said that. I spoke thoughtlessly. Jealousy made me talk that way." No matter what you say, the first opinion is imbedded too deeply for you to be able to pull it out in one try.

Serpents provide serum against snakebite; scorpions provide oil against the scorpion's sting; dog hair acts against dogbite. But people wounded by a backbiter's tongue can heal only with great difficulty, and always imperfectly, even though it be the very tongue which caused the wounds that tries to repair them, as Achilles' lance healed Telephos, whom he had wounded.

Saint John Chrysostom paints an eloquent picture of the evils of backbiting. "What is the use of sparing birds and fishes if we eat our own brothers?" he says. Indeed, the backbiter rips his brother's flesh with his teeth and tears his neighbor's body to shreds. That is what Saint Paul wants to frighten us from when he says, "If you bite and devour one another, take heed or you will be consumed by one another." (20)
(20) Gal 5:15

And to keep us from sidestepping this admonition, Saint John Chrysostom adds, "Do not tell me, 'I would be a slanderer only if I lied. I am committing no slander if I tell the truth.' Error! Speaking evil of others, even if the evil be true, is always a crime. Surely the publican was really a publican and a sinner; but he left cleansed of all his defilements because he was scorned by the Pharisee. You want to correct your brother? Weep, pray to God, warn him by speaking to his heart, advise and exhort him. That is how Saint Paul acted. 'But backbiting is so sweet!' you say. Yes, but not backbiting is sweeter still. The backbiter creates deadly anxiety for himself, he is constantly besieged by suspicion and fear. He repents, but too late; he bites his tongue, but in vain; he trembles, for as his words spread, they may cause him grave danger and expose those who repeat them to enmities which so easily could have been avoided." (21)
(21) Saint John Chrysostom, Homily 3, Ad pop Antioch.
Therefore, let us eliminate every sort of backbiting, knowing full well that were we to eat ashes, all our austerities would be useless to us if we linger in this vice.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

III.
Sad to say, many people dislike this business of weighing words and deeds; so much so that Suidas rightly observes, "It is a weakness of righteous men that they cannot discern praiseworthy things in a vice-ridden man." One day the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out thy staff and strike the dust of the earth, that it may be turned into gnats throughout the land of Egypt And gnats came upon man and beast The dust of the earth was turned into gnats throughout the land of Egypt." (12) Concerning this, a certain author remarks that gnats are tiny but nervous creatures whose sting is very severe.
(12) Ex 8:16-17
Like gnats, backbiters' words have spread throughout the land and infested every class of society, both sexes, every age and condition, rich and poor, servants and masters alike. Many men are not blasphemers, but few -- hardly any -- do not backbite. Behold: two righteous men meet and strike up a conversation; you can be sure that even absent individuals will get mixed into their discussion. Then our fine talkers will be obliged to turn their backs -- despite themselves, it is true -- and receive the blows lying in store for them.

There is practically no society or gathering in which people do not denigrate others who are absent, discharging their critical zeal upon them. Backbiting is a common, vulgar evil, and a horrible, deadly one. Our Lord is so kind that He made a promise saying, "Where two or three are gathered together for My sake, there am I in the midst of them." (13) Understand this well, however: for His sake, and not for the devil's sake. The devil is also in the midst of every company where two or three people backbite their neighbor. Saint Antiochus declares, "Backbiting is a devil that never rests." (14) Therefore, let us follow Solomon's advice: "Put away from you dishonest talk, deceitful speech put far from you." (15) Backbiting offers immense dangers; it inflicts great harm and is very hard to heal.
(13) Mt 18:20
(14) Saint Antiochus, Homily 29, De detract (15) Prov 4:24


It offers immense dangers, for the backbiter inflicts rash judgment on every comer. Intention is what makes for good actions; thus, a work may be excellent even though it might appear despicable. Intentions are not visible, and it is easy to think that something is wrong when it possesses all the qualities of virtue.

Look at the Pharisees. They were scandalized when they saw Jesus healing the sick on the Sabbath, frequenting the company of publicans and going out of His way for unvirtuous men. His holiest actions were turned into a subject for backbiting.

Backbiting is eminently destructive, for it robs a man of what is most precious to him: his reputation. That is why theologians are in unanimous agreement to say that it is more serious than stealing; for a sin is all the greater in that it deprives someone of a greater good. Robbing someone of his reputation is worse than stealing his money, according to the words of Solomon: "A good name is more desirable than great riches." (16) Backbiting inflicts great harm for it shoots three arrows in a single round and deals a triple death. Saint Bernard assures us of this: "Is this tongue not that of a viper? It is surely very fierce, for it kills three victims with a single sting. Is it not a sharp spear, for it pierces three men in a single throw. The backbiter's tongue is a sharp sword, a double and even a triple sword, like General Joab's lance that pierced Absalom as he hung in the oak tree."
(16) Prov 22:1

Yes, that's what backbiting is. It pierces its author, his listener and their denigrated neighbor all at once. With one difference, however: the denigrated person is the least wounded of all. The only thing he can lose is his reputation, whereas the backbiter and his listener are wounded -- and gravely wounded -- even unto their soul.
The backbiter does the most harm to himself, for the stone he casts at another will almost always fall back upon his head. He does harm to his listener by pouring deadly poison into his ears, as Saint Bernard puts it and by infecting him not only with deadly opinions, but also with the poison of envy. Artabanus says, "Only one receives the insult but there are two who commit it." (17) Finally, the backbiter does harm to those who are absent, delivering them up and betraying them with his insolent tongue.
(17) Artabanus, Apud Herod, Book 7.
Claude Paradin relates a fabulous tale contained in the chronicles of Lorraine, a tale thrice fabulous: (18)
(18) Claude Paradin, In symb. Hero. Number 39.
The virtues and fortune of the House of Lorraine are still documented today in the family's ancient heralds, three birds pierced with a single arrow. Here is the story of their origin:
The famous hero Godefroy de Bouillon, Duke of Lorraine, was besieging the city of Jerusalem. He shot an arrow against the Tower of David and pierced three birds in a single shot:
Either because God willed it so, or as a result of chance.
Whatever the case, this event proved to be a forecast of the royal dignity reserved for his family. An examination of the coins and insignia of the House of Lorraine will convince anyone of its authenticity.
Whoever backbites someone shoots a flaming arrow and wounds three people at once: himself, his listener and his adversary. Rather, he commits a triple murder, for we all have three lives: the life of the soul, which is the fruit of grace; the life of the body, which we hold in common with animals; and our social life, which depends upon our good name. Now, the backbiter attacks these three lives. He attacks the life of soul and body in himself and in his listener, and he attacks the social life of the person he backbites. Such are the evils that backbiting breeds.

Monday, March 27, 2017

II.
That is how backbiting does its diabolical work. It changes costume so slickly, we can hardly recognize it. Malice is ingenious: It spots a beam where there is only a wisp of straw, an elephant where there is only a fly, a mountain high as the Alps where there is only a molehill. It turns dream into reality and taints the virtues of others so skilfully with its own colors that we mistake them for vices.

Look at the backbiter as he prepares to blacken someone's reputation. He begins by looking severe and modest, lowering his gaze, heaving sighs and speaking in a slow, serious voice. He takes a host of curves and detours to conceal his deadly art. He goes the long way round before shooting his poison. "It grieves me that a man of his caliber should degrade himself to that point," he says. "It's not me who would have revealed his hidden crimes, but since everyone Some people spew detraction carelessly and bluntly, just as it comes to their mouth. Others try to conceal the malice they cannot hold in, beneath an appearance of lying modesty. They begin by heaving sad sighs, speaking slowly and gravely, knitting their brows. Detraction slips out with a plaintive air and as though despite themselves, in contrite and grieving tones: 'I'm really at a loss with him. I don't hate him, but all my words have been unable to correct him.' Or else they say, 'I knew all that perfectly well; I never mentioned it, but since others have, I can't hide the truth. I admit it with deep sorrow, it is all too true.'"

When Esdras was pondering worriedly on how God governed the world, an Angel appeared to him and asked him three questions. Here is the first: "How do you think someone might be able to weigh fire? Attempt to do it Clever the man who can." (5)
(5) Esdr 4:5

Now, every page of Holy Scripture depicts backbiting as a burning fire: "What chastisement will be inflicted on you, O treacherous tongue? Sharp arrows of a warrior with fiery coals of brushwood." (6) "The tongue is a fire," (7) says Saint James. Solomon says about the godless man, "A scoundrel is a furnace of evil, and on his lips there is a scorching fire." (8) Indeed, compare the power and speed of fire to the power and speed of the tongue: there is a strong resemblance. When fire breaks its bounds and strikes out, it spreads desolation everywhere. So it is with the tongue: when it escapes from its prison and flies free, it does not return without having wreaked dreadful havoc.
(6) Ps 119:3
(7) Jas 3:6
(8) Prov 16:27
Therefore, the tongue is a fire, and it takes great wisdom to weigh it on an accurate scale. The wiser and more prudent a man is in everything, the more careful he is in measuring his words. "The words of the prudent are carefully weighed," (9) says the son of Sirach. The wise man's lips are like the two platters of a scale on which he weighs that fire. But how hard it is to weigh even sparks and wisps of straw! I call sparks the infinity of evils that spring from a single word of detraction. For backbiting harms not only one person, but many: the servants, children and friends of the person it denigrates.
(9) Sir 21:28.
A word spoken thoughtlessly or maliciously is often deadly not only to the one it strikes, but also to his wife, children and entire family. A single spark burns them all and puts them at a disadvantage. Who can say he weighs all his words properly? In the story of Tobias we read that Asmodeus, the prince of sensuality, thought he could weigh the flames of impurity. But where is the hand so refined that it can weigh all the sparks that escape from the backbiter's mouth?
Then what is a wise man to do? He listens and holds words in his mouth when they try to fly out. As long as he keeps them in his throat, he can subject them to reason and good sense; but once they slip out, there is no way to make them return: they run, they fly, they go on an endless journey. "Fools' thoughts are in their mouths, wise men's words are in their hearts," (10) says the Holy Spirit. A prudent man passes all he wants to say in his heart and he weighs it all before speaking it. This counsel of prudence was religiously observed by the Mother of the Saviour. As the Gospel tells us, "Mary kept in mind all these things, pondering them in Her heart." (11)
(10) Sir 21:29
(11) Lk 2:51

Sunday, March 26, 2017

SINS OF THE TONGUE: The Backbiting Tongue
By
Father Belet, of the Diocese of Basle
Translated from the French, 1870 ed.

Table of Contents:
1. The nature of backbiting. Its various species. Its gravity.
2. The terrible evils that backbiting breeds. Reparation of the damage it causes.
3. Appropriate names for backbiters. Usual chastisements to which they expose themselves.
4. Listening to backbiters is a great sin.

1. The nature of backbiting. Its various species. Its gravity.

In 1617 someone published a volume entitled, The Horseman's Book: The Art of Riding, treating the use of bridles, whips, guides, and so on. Such a title is of a nature to give rise to sad thoughts. We have learned how to make bits, bridles, halters and pincers, and how to adapt them to a horse's head or mouth; we have learned the art of directing these animals at will by means of a small bit. But we possess a tongue so ill-tempered that no bridle can curb it: this raging beast resists bits, halters and pincers alike, knocking down every obstacle in its path. It wants to be as free as a horse in the wild. Let us see what Saint James has to say on the subject: "We put bits into horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we control their whole body also. But no man can tame the tongue." (1)
(1) Jas. 3:3-8
Without a doubt, the most poisonous tongue of all is the backbiter's. It spits its deadly venom to the four winds. It is an evil known throughout the earth. One can never stigmatize and deplore it enough.
Therefore, we shall now study the nature of this evil, its various species, and the gravity of the evils it breeds.
I.
Therefore, what is backbiting or detraction?
Here is the definition given by Saint Thomas Aquinas: "Backbiting is denigration of a neighbor's reputation by means of secret words." (2) Indeed, a person may wound someone by word in two ways: openly and to his face (that is, by insulting him); and secretly, when he is absent -- and that is backbiting.
(2) St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theoligica, Part II, Section II, Quest. 73, Art. I.
Palladius relates that someone once asked Saint Anthony, "What is backbiting?" and he replied, "It is every sort of wicked word we dare not speak in front of the person about whom we are talking."
This is truly the nature of backbiters. They cannot do physical harm to those who are absent, so they strike at them with their tongue. Saint Thomas Aquinas says, "Destroying a person's reputation is a very serious wrong." (3) And Saint Bernard declares, "Backbiting is a great vice, a great sin, a great crime." (4)
(3) Ibid. Part II, Section II, Question 83, Article 2.
(4) Saint Bernard, De modo bene vivendi, Chapter 33.
There are eight specific ways in which a man can backbite his neighbor:
1. When he gets carried away by vanity and imputes things against his neighbor that never happened, or when he adds to the truth imaginary circumstances that constitute either a lie or detraction.

2. When he brings a hidden or unknown fault to light. What he says is true, but he should not say it. He backbites, not by saying something untrue, but by wounding his neighbor's reputation. This is a very common sin among us.

Now you might object, "Do you mean to say I can't tell the truth ?" No, my friend. It is not permitted, unless you can do so without harming your neighbor. What you say is true, I admit, but it is hidden. The sinner has wounded his conscience in God's sight, but he has not lost his reputation before men; therefore, you may not weaken or destroy it with your tongue. And even if the sin you reveal is not altogether secret but known only to a few, as long as it is not public knowledge, you are backbiting if you reveal it to someone who was unaware of it And thus you are harming your neighbor.

3. When he exaggerates a crime, be it true, or false. This is a danger to which we readily expose ourselves when we talk about the vices of others.

4. When he relates something about another person that is not evil in any way, but speaks as though his neighbor had done it for evil reasons and adds various explanations such as, "Yes, he did that, but not with God in mind... He's not so pious as all that; he seeks to please men, he wants to stand out… You should know him, he's a hypocrite."

5. When a backbiter declares nothing but is happy to say, "I've heard it said that…" or, "There's a rumor going around..." or when he relates something as if it were doubtful: "So-and-so might not be exactly what you think, I don't think he is deserving of confidence. His neighbors never heard anything about his holiness, except that only since yesterday has he been rated among the devout." Or again, when he praises with coldness and reticence. Aulu-Gelle says, "It is more shameful to be coldly and reservedly praised than harshly and bitterly accused." All these ways of acting must be avoided with the greatest care, for people always seek evil more than good.

6. Backbiting is so subtle that anyone can defame another person with a simple gesture. He hears someone being praised for his integrity, piety or generosity, and he says, "Oh. you don't know that fellow? I see right through him. Ask me anything about him, I know him inside out." Or he raises an eyebrow and remains silent; he shakes his head; he turns his eyes so as to have it understood that the person being praised does not deserve it Sometimes a backbiter may keep his mouth shut and just turn his hand two or three times to indicate that the person in question is lightheaded and changes from hour to hour.

7. He can backbite not only with body language but also with silence. He may wickedly say nothing about the integrity or morals of his neighbor, especially when he is questioned about them or when his neighbor is accused of some crime.

8. Finally, a person is guilty of backbiting if he is publicly blamed for something he did, and he denies his guilt, thereby making his accuser pass for a liar. It is surely not an obligation to publicly admit a fault committed in secret. However, one should justify himself in some other way, saying, for instance, "Those are only words, they don't prove anything. Whoever heard them may have been mistaken. Don't believe everything you hear." This way of speaking is far more acceptable than the first.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

 



Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [11] Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: [12] Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you.   Matthew 5:10-12


Conclusion:

The "Society of St.Pius X" is not a legitimately approved religious institute in the Roman Catholic Church.

It has become an heretical and schismatic sect smacking of Jansenism.
Roman Catholics may not associate with this sect in any way, whether by attending their bogus religious services or supporting them in any material manner. Those who do must know that they do so in disobedience to the Church and at the peril of their salvation.
For the sake of those who would desire to know the Church's discipline in similar matters, the pertinent laws are presented here.

The Foundation and Suppression of a Religious institute (cc.492-493)

Art.1 Bishops only (exclusive of the Vicar Capitular and the Vicar General) have the power to found religious congregations. They may not, however, found or allow such congregations to be founded without consulting the Holy See. In the case of tertiaries living in common, aggregation to the first order by act of the superior general is likewise required (c.492,§ 1).

A congregation founded by a Bishop is and remains a diocesan congregation even though in the course of time it be extended to other dioceses, and it remains subject to the Ordinaries in whose dioceses it exists, according to the prescriptions of the law, until such time as it receives pontifical approbation, or at least the decree of praise (c.492,§ 2).
Although there are more laws regarding the establishment of a Religious congregation, the above should suffice to serve as a guide to understanding the mind of the Church in such matters.
Thus, all those who claim to be founders of some kind of Religious community among the "Traditionalists" are, in reality, disobedient to the Church. And, disobedience to the Church is the same as being disobedient to the Holy Ghost.

All those claiming to be some kind of Religious institute and are not subject to a legitimate Bishop are schismatic sects regardless of their origin. Even those priests who are members of long-established Religious congregations or orders may not administer Sacraments or preach to the faithful unless they are approved by the Bishop in whose territory they are located.

Those are to be strongly condemned who through a secret attitude of disobedience promote a similar spirit of disobedience in the people. The blame for the chaos, anarchy and anxiety of the general faithful is to be placed at the feet of recalcitrant, renegade clergymen whose disordered pride has led them and those who would foolishly follow them into heresy and schism.
And, heading the long list of such disloyal individuals is to be placed the bogus "Society of St.Pius X" and its spin-off, the "Society of St. Pius V."
What of the so-called "Thuc-line bishops" _ are they truly Bishops and are they truly Catholic? Generally speaking, those who have received valid consecration in the line originating from Msgr. Ngo Dinh Thuc are real Bishops. But, this does not prove that they are genuine Roman Catholic Bishops. Most of them, at least to the knowledge of this writer, have not been called to this office but have "stolen" it by some artifice or other. One must look at the intention of Msgr. Ngo in order to justly evaluate his actions.
It was already anticipated that after his death many would come in his name in order to seek some kind of legality for their dishonorable ambitions. Neither Msgr. Ngo nor the bishop who has remained faithful to his intentions and the duties of a Bishop can control the actions of others.
There are those who have not heeded the words of the Apostle and have "laid hands" upon some too lightly. And this to the detriment of souls seeking genuine spiritual guidance.
To be sure, Satan has not abandoned those who have had the courage to separate themselves from the apostate Church of Vatican II. On the contrary, all the devils of hell seem to have conspired against the small number of remaining Catholics who escaped the great apostasy.
The turbulence and turmoil existing among those who sought security for their faith by leaving the Modernist-occupied church buildings has been misunderstood. Certainly, Satan is the great master of deceit. By sowing his seeds of pride in the hearts of otherwise good people and priests, he has reaped a bountiful harvest of souls.
It may seem odd and perhaps even presumptuous to suggest that despite all the trouble and turmoil, God's purposes are being realized. While the faith of many is lost, the faith of the few is energized to heroic degrees. While our Lord gave the example of treachery in high places by choosing as an Apostle one who would betray Him, it appears that the divine providence that rules the world and the Church has seen fit to preserve Her by one faithful successor of the Apostles among the many unfaithful ones.
But, it may be asked: How can we know which of all these claimants is the true Bishop? Yes, it is true, the discernment is not all that easy because the devil will give us no rest. One need only read the life of St. Bernadette to understand the similar circumstances in which we find ourselves.
It was Bernadette alone who had received the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin. But, the devil began to inspire many others to pretend to have the same apparitions. Soon, the people no longer knew whom to believe. This, according to St. Bernadette, became her greatest cross: Because of the many false visionaries, she who had received the messages of God through the Blessed Virgin would not be believed.
It would be false humility to deny the truth. It is the truth that will make us free _ free of doubt and free of self-deception.
The Church will remain forever, even though Her numbers will be very small. One need only remember the wisdom of the saints and seek consolation in the words of our Lord. One drop of holiness is more precious in the eyes of God than an ocean of mediocrity. It is mediocrity that God vomited out of His mouth. While most people seek the superficial solace of an ocean of tepidity, the select few find it in the grace received in the true Mystical Body of Jesus Christ.
Because God is a God of right order, and because it is vital that there be visible clarity to avoid confusion and the many false christs and false prophets, the writer, Bishop Louis Vezelis, OFM, has been forced by these considerations to reject all those who have been either ordained or consecrated after his own consecration on August 24, 1982.
The practical reason for this course of action is motivated by the needs of the faithful. Since the first ones in the Church who should be a sign of solidarity for all the other are the Bishops, it is also the Bishops who gather and seek out candidates for the office of bishop. No one takes this dignity upon himself but he who has been called. Too many have taken this dignity upon themselves and were never called to it by the grace of God.
There were those who, after their own efforts to be consecrated failed, publicly expressed their rejection of the very bishops whom they had at first accepted with the pharisaical excuse: "Show me a mandate from the Pope or a first class miracle and then I will accept you as my bishop" _ were the words of Rev. Vida Elmer (now deceased). This man tried every way possible to get himself consecrated. He was rejected by the Bishops in the United States. By the way, he had already rejected John Paul II as a legitimate Pope. How, then, one might ask, did he expect a papal mandate from Rome?
The same is true of Rev. Fidelis McKenna, OP. Failing to achieve his goal of becoming a Bishop, he eventually got himself consecrated in France by an aging fellow-Dominican who had been consecrated by Msgr. Ngo. Whereupon he, who had voted for the consecration of Rev. Vida Elmer and had then retracted his decision eventually consecrated Rev. Vida Elmer. And on and on it went _ and still goes on.
Among the duties of a Bishop is that of upholding the laws of the Church _ not ignoring them.
The difference between Marcel Lefebvre and Msgr. Ngo Dinh Thuc is essentially this: Lefebvre (whose ordination and consecration are in doubt) provided the Church with doubtful priests and doubtful bishops; was concerned with the external pomp and ceremony that dazzled the masses and befuddled the ignorant. Msgr. Ngo, on the other hand, went to the very essence of the matter, ignored all the external pomp and ceremony and provided the Roman Catholic Church with that one external mark of the true Church which was dangerously on the verge of extinction: Apostolic succession.
The true Church is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. While many other Churches are able to claim with some reasonable accuracy some of the other marks of the true Church, none can provide the fourth mark _ Apostolicity _ except the true Church.
One true and orthodox Bishop remained in the entire Roman Catholic Church: Msgr. Ngo Dinh Thuc. Abandoned and forsaken by most, he lived in humble obscurity in Toulon, France. His love for the Church and good will were abused by those who sought to deceive him. Nevertheless, he had the courage to do what he certainly knew was a high risk action: He sought to provide for the Roman Catholic Church that essential mark which he clearly perceived endangered: Msgr. Ngo Dinh Thuc gave the Church genuine Roman Catholic Bishops as successors of the Apostles!
Despite the fact that many have come in his name but have not been called, does not change the fact that at least he would not be disappointed in one of them; that the office of the Bishop in the true traditions of the Church would continue.
It is a truly painful thing to see so many waste their lives chasing after illusions. These illusions were born either of the weakness of human nature or of the master of deceit, Satan. Whatever the cause, the effect is still the same: Loss of souls and victory for Lucifer.
As a final note and to assure our kind readers of our intentions and motives, let it be known that we do not recognize as legitimate Roman Catholic Bishops anyone who has been consecrated after August 24,1982; we do not recognize as a legitimate Religious institute of whatever kind any that has not existed at least from the time of Pope Pius XII; we do not recognize as Roman Catholic even those communities established by genuine Religious of whatever Order or Congregation that are not in union with the Bishop and from whom they must receive faculties to administer the Sacraments. This is the right order of the Roman Catholic Church.
And, as we read in the Athanasian Creed: "Whosoever wishes to be saved, before all else must hold the Catholic faith: which whoever does not observe wholly and inviolate, without a doubt shall perish for all eternity."
The Creed ends with these terrifying words: "This is the Catholic faith, which unless one shall believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved."
An integral, inviolate doctrine of the Catholic faith is that Christ established a visible hierarchy to teach, sanctify and govern His Mystical Body. Those who do not believe this in their minds and express it in their actions cannot be said to "faithfully and firmly" believe in the Catholic faith and are not, therefore, Catholics.
Heaven and earth will surely pass away, but the words of our Lord will not pass away:

"Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord' shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father in heaven shall enter the kingdom of heaven.

"Many will say to me in that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and work many miracles in thy name?' And then I will declare to them, `I never knew you. Depart from me you workers of iniquity!'"
(Matt.4, 21-22).