Is there a state of necessity in the Church today?

Does a state of necessity exist in the Church today? This question is the subject of Episode 12 of our FAQ video series, which examines a consequence of the post-conciliar crisis afflicting the Catholic Church, previously addressed in Episode #6 (see the sidebar video).

It's an important question, as souls have the right to obtain the necessary aids for their salvation, particularly sound doctrine and properly administered sacraments. But the disastrous state of affairs in the Catholic Church today—which constitutes a danger for the Faith—has made the attainment of these aids very difficult, if even impossible.

Inherent to this crisis is the daily dilemma of Catholics having to choose whether to obey the teachings of the Faith or the errors of Modernism. For their fidelity to Tradition—what the Church has always taught—such Catholics find themselves persecuted and usually unable to obtain the sacraments without a modernist compromise. This grave crisis of the Faith has led to a state of necessity in the Church and the consequent application of supplied jurisdiction for the salvation of souls.

Though in this video we are examining in relation to the current Church crisis the legal principle of the state of necessity (and consequently of supplied jurisdiction), this extraordinary situation has  in fact frequently occurred in Catholicism's history. A famous example is that of St. Athanasius, Defender of the Faith, during the Arian Controversy of the 4th century. Archbishop Lefebvre was likewise required to act in an extraordinary manner to uphold the Catholic Faith against Modernism, a struggle that his Priestly Society of St. Pius X continues to carry on for the good of souls.

In addition to our FAQ video Episode 12, on the right side of this resource page can be found an abundant offering of sidebar media containing links to topics related to the state of necessity, supplied jurisdiction, and particularly, how Catholics should react to the post-conciliar crisis.

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