- Absolute Sedevacantist
- A sedevacantist who believes that all authority has been lost by the leader
of the Vatican institution, along with his cardinals and bishops.
- A word used by
John XXIII to describe what he intended to do to the Church, namely to
bring it up to date (as if the Church were not eternally new already).
- Apostolic Visitor
- A personal
representative of the pope who visits a seminary, religious order, or
diocese in order to make an inspection of it and report back to the pope.
Such visitors often wield a considerable authority with the seminary,
religious order, or diocese they visit, greater than that of the applicable
Bishop or Superior General.
- Cassiciacum Thesis
- A claim
that the man elected to lead the Vatican institution might be materially
a pope, but not formally so, otherwise known as sedevacantism of the
- the formal and proper
name of the permission given to a diocesan priest to say the Indult Mass. In
a few early cases, Cardinal Mayer even granted celebrets to diocesan priests
who had in effect gone over their bishop's head.
- An Acronym for the Congregatio
Mariae Reginae Immaculatae, which is Latin for the Congregation of Mary Immaculate
Queen. In this book, and in nearly all traditional Catholic writings, it refers
to the priestly society founded in 1971 by Francis Shuckardt and which was
run by him until his expulsion in 1984, after which various other priests and
bishops have operated from their facility in Spokane, Washington known as
Mount Saint Michael's. (See CMRI Site)
- A bishop who
assists in the consecration of a new bishop. Normally, the Church uses three
bishops to consecrate a new bishop, the one who is primarily responsible is called
the consecrator, and his two assistant bishops are called co-consecrators. The
purpose is to further guarantee that the new bishop is really being validly
consecrated. Even if the consecrator has no valid intent or consecration, either
one of the co-consecrators will still be able to supply validity. However, one
bishop alone is enough to consecrate validly.
- A group of Vatican
prelates chosen to oversee a specific concern. In the case of the proposed
commission to placed over the SSPX, it would have been composed of seven members,
of whom no more than two (and neither of those president or vice-president) were
taken from tradition and the rest would have been faceless Novus Ordo Vatican
bureaucrats. They would have had the job of settling disputes between, for
example, a diocese where the SSPX is not wanted and the SSPX priest and faithful
who want it.
- The celebration
of a Mass done by two or more priests together (by "priest" here,
bishop is also included). Such an event implies spiritual union and agreement
between the participating priests.
- Conciliar Church
- Among traditional
circles, this term is sometimes applied to the entire Vatican institution, or
more properly and commonly, to those portions of the Vatican institution which
practice the New (Novus Ordo) Religion invented at the Second Vatican Council.
This should normally be thought of as referring to the same thing as the Church
of the "People of God."
- A meeting of bishops and/or
cardinals (in recent centuries it has always been cardinals) in which a new pope (or
Vatican leader) is to be chosen. This takes place after a pope dies or resigns.
- A ceremonial action
by which the highest degree of the sacrament of Holy Orders, otherwise known as
the fullness of the priesthood, is conferred on an individual. This action makes
the person so consecrated a bishop. Also used with reference to the host in the
Mass which by being consecrated ceases to be bread but becomes the Body, Blood,
Soul, and Divinity of our Lord.
- One who consecrates,
namely a bishop.
- In the traditional
Catholic Community, the word "conservative" is usually used in contrast
to the word "traditional" to describe a person who, although trying to
remain as Catholic in faith and morals as possible, feels bound to remain at peace
with the Vatican institution, even at the expense of their Catholic faith. Such
publications as the Wanderer, or The Catholic World Report, or
Fidelity, or even Soul, best represent their position. Except where
granted an Indult to worship using Catholic (traditional) rites, they are outside
the Church (however barely) but totally inside the Vatican institution. By contrast,
"traditional" describes those who adhere to the fullness of their Catholic
faith and therefore remain totally inside the Church, regardless of whether or not
they may also remain within the Vatican institution.
- The state of being the
same identical thing. Even though the molecules of a person come and go over the
years as they eat, breath, and excrete, until little or no material they were
born with remains with them, the person is still the same person. So it is with
the Church. The Catholic Church (traditional Catholic movement) today is the same
identical thing which Christ inaugurated in His day.
- Eastern Rite Catholic
- The Church
in the East (Eastern Europe) which is subject to the pope, but also subject to the
discipline of their Patriarch, a successor to one of the other twelve apostles.
Much of their worship may seem unfamiliar to those who are only familiar with the
Latin (Western) Rite, but it is every bit as Catholic as the Western Rite.
- Ecclesia Supplet
- A Latin expression
meaning the Church supplies, referring to the supplied jurisdiction traditional
priests and bishops indisputably possess.
- Among traditional circles,
this term usually applies to false ecumenism, unless preceded by the word
"true" to differentiate between the true ecumenism of every Ecumenical
Council from Nicea to Vatican I, and of valid cooperation with non-Catholics in
certain civil causes such as fighting abortion, versus the false ecumenism of
treating other religions as being as good and true as Catholicism.
- Ember Days
- Special days of partial fast
and abstinence which took place four times a year. These days come on the first
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the first Sunday of Lent, Whitsunday (now
known as Pentecost Sunday), September 14, and December 13.
- A Latin expression meaning
equity, referring to a sense of proportion or common sense by which jurisdiction
is not denied merely because the usual channels do not apply.
- Refers to actual intent of
the individual. For example, a formal sin is what a person commits if they know
or believe that the action they intend to commit is sinful. With reference to a
pope, the person elected by the College of Cardinals becomes formally a pope when
he comes to understand just what being pope really means and accepts the office
with its obligations, responsibilities, and prerogatives.
- An Acronym for the Fraternal Society
of Saint Peter, a Society of Pontifical Right structured along the lines of the
SSPX, but given approval by the Vatican and cooperating with them in their apostolic
mission. (See FSSP Site)
- Acronym for International Committee
for English in the Liturgy. This group, headed by Frederick McManus authored all
of the vernacular editions of the Novus Ordo Missae and all other new false
- An Acronym for the Institutio Christi
Regis, which is Latin for the Institute of Christ the King. In this book, and in
nearly all traditional Catholic writings, it refers to the Society of Apostolic life
constituted in 1990 by Msgr. Gilles Wach and features a missionary emphasis.
(See ICR Site)
- A process by which a
priest, before he can be ordained, must be received by a diocese or religious
order. If a priest is said to be incardinated in such-and-such a diocese, it means
that the bishop of such-and-such a diocese intends to place the newly ordained
priest in a parish within that diocese. If a priest does not get incardinated, he
is not supposed to be ordained, although an attempt to ordain him would be valid
providing all other necessary conditions of the sacrament are satisfied.
- A permission given by the Vatican
hierarchy (whether Catholic or ex-Catholic), or the thing so permitted. One often
hears the phrase "Indult Mass" which refers to a traditional (Tridentine)
Mass offered in union with the ex-Catholic Vatican institution and with its full
permission. Occasional reference may also be made to the Indult of Pope Pius V to
say the Tridentine Mass and which permission was granted for all time in the Papal
Bull Quo Primum.
- Instauratio Catholica
- A loose association of
priests such as Fr. Sanborn who function mostly independent of other orders of
traditional priests, but who cooperate on projects of mutual interest and concern.
While Fr. Sanborn would have to be regarded as the "head" he exercises no
authority over the other priests, unlike a Superior General such as Bp. Kelly who
exercises authority over the priests of the SSPV. Bps. Dolan and Sanborn provide for the
episcopal needs of the IR. (See IR Site)
- People who adhere to the
Utrecht Declaration which exaggerates the strictness of God in pardoning sin or
permitting access to the sacraments, and which also teaches a sort of Calvinistic
predestination which is the belief that individuals have no real free will but that
God intentionally makes some people for Heaven and others for Hell. The term is
often used as a mere epithet which is merely an abuse of language.
- Jewish Shabbat
- The worship
practiced by Jews on their Sabbath which is Saturday (actually starting after
sundown on Friday). This service includes blessings said over bread and wine
which each begin by saying, "Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation..."
which the Novus Ordo Missae has in place of an offertory. (As a concession to
Protestants, the phrase "For the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory are yours,
now and forever" was copied from their King James Bible.)
- The right, before
God, to exercise authority over other individuals. The Pope, for example, has
universal jurisdiction which means his authority is over all persons all around
the world. Diocesan bishops have jurisdiction over the persons within their
diocese which is a geographical territory assigned to their care. The bishops who
head religious orders (also called Abbots as are other heads of religious orders
who are not bishops such as Mother Superior Nuns) have jurisdiction over the
members of their religious orders. Jurisdiction can be spoken of as being regular,
ordinary, delegated, or supplied. In this context, the terms regular and ordinary
are interchangeable, but the terms delegated and supplied refer to lesser forms of
- Materialiter/Formaliter Sedevacantist
- A sedevacantist who believes that the leadership of the Vatican institution
holds the papacy in material sense, allowing him to nominate cardinals and prevent
anyone else from being the pope, but that he lacks a formal possession of the papacy
which is needed in order to gain the charisms of absolute authority and infallibility.
- Refers to the nature of the
action as carried out. For example, a material sin is an action which violates a
commandment of God or of the Church, regardless of whether the person is aware of
its sinfulness or not. A person would sin materially but not formally if they violate
a commandment which they are honestly unaware of. A person would sin formally but not
materially if they commit an action which they believe to be sinful but in fact is
not. Those who practice the false new religion (which I describe in the next chapter)
are materially ex-Catholics since they have gone over to a new religion which is
not Catholicism, but formally, most of them never intended to leave the
Catholic Church. With reference to a pope, the person elected by the College
of Cardinals is materially a pope until he formally refuses the office,
resigns, or dies.
- Motu Proprio
- Document originating
from the pope himself, as opposed to an encyclical which may often be prepared by the
curia and merely approved or amended by the pope.
- An Acronym for Mount Saint Michael's,
the facility from which the CMRI is run.
- Novus Ordo
- Latin for "New
Order," part of the name of their new pseudo-Mass, "Novus Ordo Missae."
The new Church really is a "New Order" with its new sacramental forms,
and is often simply referred to as the "Novus Ordo" in traditional
circles. One would say of someone that "he is still in the Novus Ordo,"
if the person being spoken about still attends the New Church instead of the
traditional Roman Catholic Church.
- Oath Against Modernism
oath required of every priest at the time of his ordination to oppose in
every way the new heresy of Modernism. This rule was imposed by Pope Pius X
and removed by Paul VI. (See Text)
- An eight-day period beginning
with a feast day during which the festival continued to be observed.
- Old Catholic
- The schismatic church
which follows Ignaz Dollinger and his false council in Munich. They reject the
infallibility of the pope and the indissolubility of marriage. Some of them
(from the same lineage) name themselves "Old Roman Catholics" to
distinguish themselves from regular "Old Catholics" but the subtlety
of this distinction is lost on this author.
- Approved parallel
chain of command, such as the Eastern rites who have their own dioceses which
occupy the geographical locations as the Western rite dioceses, but apply to
those belong to the alternate rite. A common example would be the Military
Ordinariate which had jurisdiction over military chaplains.
- Usually refers to a
ceremonial action by which the second highest degree of the sacrament of Holy
Orders is conferred. This action makes the person so ordained a priest, empowering
him to consecrate the host and wine in Mass, absolve from sin, and administer
the Last Rites to a dying soul. In rare cases may refer to consecration to be
a bishop, particularly if used in the phrase "ordained to the Episcopate."
- The word itself simply means
"right teaching." It is also used to refer by name to certain schismatic
churches in the East which reject the pope, particularly when preceded by the
words "East," "Eastern," "schismatic," or
- Papal Mandate
- the order given
by the pope to consecrate a bishop. Required as of April 9, 1951 for the
consecration of any bishop. The current crisis in the Church has required that
this particular law be broken in order that the Church may continue to exist.
Also sometimes called an "Apostolic Mandate."
- A successor to an apostle. The
pope, who is the successor of Saint Peter and therefore also called the Bishop
of Rome, is called the Patriarch of Rome. Other Patriarchs reside in Constantinople,
Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem.
- People of God
- The name of the
New Church with its New Religion, otherwise commonly referred to as the "Novus
Ordo." Technically this term applies only to the non-Catholic portion of
the Vatican institution. Since this name should be deeded to the New Church,
those genuine Catholics whether inside or outside the Vatican institution ought
not use this phrase to describe themselves, even though they are God's people.
(Note: In the Vatican II documents, such terms as the People of God, the Catholic
Church, the Christian Church, and even the Mystical Body of Christ are all used in
various contexts to refer to each of the actual Roman Catholic Church as well as
the newly-detached-from-it Vatican institution, much to the confusion of all. One
just has to judge from the context of each appearance of each of these terms in the
Vatican II documents which entity is referred to.)
- An expert, often a layman
and many times not even a Catholic (nor even declaring themselves as such) who
provided some sort of "expert" advice to the Fathers of Vatican II.
Usually spoken of in the plural sense (periti) since quite a number of them were
there at the Council.
- A house for missionary priests.
Often, priests living in a priory would travel hundreds of miles each Sunday to
say Mass in scattered areas throughout a missionary territory.
- A process by which
a parish, religious order, or even entire Church which has not been united to
Rome is brought under the authority of Rome and granted jurisdiction from Rome.
The talks of regularization between the SSPX and the Vatican have been deeply
misunderstood; it was Abp. Lefebvre, speaking for Catholic and Eternal Rome, who
was trying to bring the Vatican institution of Modernist Rome back under the
authority of Catholic Rome (which would have thereby regularized it), not the
other way around.
- Reliable Popes
- Those popes from
Peter to Pius XII, excluding only those deemed unreliable (such as Honorius I)
by later popes within that sequence.
- Refers to either a system of
sacramental forms and disciplines, such as the "Eastern Rite" or "Latin
Rite" or "Byzantine Rite," and usually used in this sense in this
book. Can also refer to a single sacrament, such as the Rite of Baptism or the
Last Rites for the dying.
- Roman Pontifical
- A book containing
all the prayers and ceremonies exclusively reserved to the office of Bishop, not
only the administration of the Sacrament of Holy Orders (clear through the rank of
bishop), but other episcopal actions as well such as the blessing of altars, Holy
- Saint John Vianney Society
An order made up of the diocesan priests of the diocese of Campos who were
turned out by Bp. Navarro and lead by Bp. de Castro Mayer, and who are now
headed by His Excellency Licínio Rangel.
- The position taken
that the Church has no living pope at the moment. An entirely reasonable position
after the death of any pope and before the election (and acceptance of office) of
the next pope, this position becomes controversial if taken while someone commonly
accepted as a pope (such as John Paul II who lives as of this writing) is still
alive. Such a position means one's belief that despite all appearances, John Paul
II (or whoever) is not a pope.
- A modernist movement based
on the "Rights of Man" and the overall liberalism of the French Revolution,
condemned (by name) by Pope Saint Pius X. When Abp. Lefebvre mentioned Sillonism
in his episcopal consecration sermon, some reporters misheard him and thought he had
said "Zionism" which has nothing to do (in any known or direct way) with
Roman Catholicism or the fall of the Vatican institution.
- An Acronym for the Society of Saint
Pius V. In this book, and in nearly all traditional Catholic writings, it refers
to the priestly society founded in 1983 and run by Fr. Clarence Kelly (now Bp.
Kelly), and which continues to function to this day. (See
- An Acronym for the Society of Saint
Pius X. In this book, and in nearly all traditional Catholic writings, it refers
to the priestly society founded in 1970 and run by Marcel Lefebvre until his death,
and which continues to function to this day. (See
- The forbidding of any
cleric to perform the duties of their office. A suspended priest or bishop has
been relieved of his duty. If imposed by the Catholic Church, it means that the
cleric may only administer sacraments to those who are in immediate danger of
death. If imposed by the ex-Catholic Vatican institution, in the sight of God it
means precisely nothing.
- Thục-line bishop
- A bishop who traces
his episcopal orders to one of the three Catholic bishops consecrated by Abp. Thục,
namely Guérard des Lauriers, Adolpho Zamora Hernandez, or Moises Carmona y
Rivera. Sometimes used disparagingly to refer to all other bishops consecrated by
Abp. Thục who were Old Catholics or of the Palmar de Troya sect. If prefaced by
the word "Catholic," it refers exclusively to those Thục-line bishops
who trace their orders to des Lauriers, Zamora, or Carmona, and also excluding Bp.
Bedingfeld after his defection to the false pope in Canada and any bishops who would
trace their orders to him after that point.
- following the Tradition.
The Catholic Church has always followed Tradition as a part of revelation from God.
To be traditional is to adhere to all of the Church's traditions whether significant
or insignificant, despite all pressure, persecution, or coercion to persuade us to
do otherwise and no matter what direction it comes from.
- pertaining to the Council
of Trent. When worship is spoken of as being tridentine, such as the tridentine
mass, that refers to a mass which is either identical or very close to the mass as
codified by Pope Pius V back in the sixteenth century. This codification and
canonization did not change the mass other than to smooth out certain local
variations and provide a uniformity of rite throughout the Western Church.
- Used in reference to sacraments,
validity means whether or not a sacrament "worked," namely do we now have
the Body and Blood of our Lord or is it still just bread and wine?
- Vatican institution
institution, or organization run from Vatican City, located in Rome, Italy. This
consists of both the physical facilities, buildings, lands, churches, estates,
and other material assets, as well as personnel in charge of various offices, both
in Vatican City and abroad, from the leader, who was once also the Roman Catholic
pope, down to the presiders of the local assemblies, who were once Catholic
priests. Prior to Vatican II, the Vatican institution was identical to the Roman
Catholic Church, but afterwards (and in most references to it in this book) it is
a distinct entity from the Roman Catholic Church.
- A staying awake on the evening
before a feast which involved special prayers.
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