Is there a split in the Church?

July 08, 2014
Source: District of the USA

A diocesan auxiliary bishop in good-standing asserts that a split is broadening within the Catholic Church over doctrine and morals.

The SSPX's international website, DICI.ORG, recently published an interview extract of the well-known conservative Bishop Athanasius Schneider, in which he broaches the topic of a split in the Catholic Church over doctrinal and moral issues.

Our readers might also be interested in Bishop Schneider's 2010 demand of a Syllabus for Vatican II. It should be noted though that his emphasis is in condemning a bad interpretation or implementation of the Second Vatican Council, rather than the conciliar documents containing Modernist errors, such as religious liberty and collegiality.

A Split in the Church

Here is an extract from an interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop from Astana to Kazakhstan, hosted by Sarah Atkinson and partially published in the Catholic Herald on May 30, then fully published on the website of the Latin Mass Society with Bishop Schneider’s approval.

Before the conference of Professor de Mattei, Bishop Schneider’s interview also considers the question of a split within the Church.

Interview extracts

Bishop Schneider: (…) We are living in an un-Christian society, in a new paganism. The temptation today for the clergy is to adapt to the new world to the new paganism, to be collaborationists. We are in a similar situation to the first centuries, when the majority of the society was pagan, and Christianity was discriminated against.

Q: Do you think you can see this because of your experiences in the Soviet Union?

Bishop Schneider: Yes, [I know what it is] to be persecuted, to give testimony that you are Christian.

We are a minority. We are surrounded by a very cruel pagan world. The temptation and challenge of today can be compared with the first centuries. Christians were asked to accept the pagan world and to show this by putting one grain of incense into a fire in front of the statue of the Emperor or of a pagan idol. But this was idolatry and no good Christian put any grain of incense there. They preferred to give their lives, even children, lay people, who were persecuted, gave their lives.

Unfortunately there were in the first century members of the clergy and even bishops who put grains of incense in front of the statue of the Emperor or of a pagan idol or who delivered the books of the Holy Scripture to be burned. Such collaborationist Christians and clerics were called in those times “thurificati” [From thus, the Latin word for incense—Ed.] or “traditores”.

Now, in our days the persecution is more sophisticated. Catholics or clergy are not asking to put some incense in front of an idol. It would be only material. Now, they neo-pagan world wants us to take over its ideas, such as the dissolution of the Sixth Commandment of God, on the pretext of mercy. If some clergy and bishops start to collaborate with the pagan world today in this dissolution of the Sixth Commandment and in the revision of the way God created man and woman, then they are traitors of the Faith, they are participating ultimately in pagan sacrifice.

Q. Can you see a split coming in the Church?

Bishop Schneider: Unfortunately, for some decades some clergy have accepted these ideas of the world. Now however they are following them publicly. When these things continue, I think, there will be an interior split in the Church of those who are faithful to the faith of their baptism and of the integrity of the Catholic Faith. There will be a split with those who are assuming the spirit of this world and there will be a clear split, I think.

One can imagine that Catholics, who remain faithful to the unchangeable Catholic truth may, for a time, be persecuted or discriminated even on behalf of those who has power in the exterior structures of the Church? But the gates of the Hell (i.e., of the heresy) will not prevail against the Church and the Supreme Magisterium will surely issue an unequivocal doctrinal statement, rejecting any collaboration with the neo-pagan ideas of changing for example the Sixth Commandment of God, the meaning of sexuality and of family. Then some ‘liberals’, and many collaborators with the spirit of this world, many modern “thurificati et traditores” will leave the Church. Because the Divine truth will unresistingly bring the clarification, will set us free, and will separate in the midst of the Church the sons of the Divine light and the sons of the of the pseudo-light of this pagan and anti-Christian world.

I can presume that such a separation will affect each level of the Catholics: lay people and even not excluding the high clergy. Those clergy who accept today the spirit of the pagan world on morality and family declare themselves Catholics and even faithful to the pope. They even declare extremists those who are faithful to the Catholic Faith or those who are promoting the glory of Christ in the liturgy.

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(Source: Latin Mass Society—DICI no. 298, 7-4-2014)