“1,000 soldiers fall to the left, 10,000 to the right." This Scripture quote from Psalm 90 reminds us that false brethren (those on the right) are more dangerous than true enemies (those on the left).
It's been a long time since I've seen the plain meaning of a scriptural text so utterly discarded. Here's the whole text:
He will overshadow thee with his shoulders: and under his wings thou shalt trust. His truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night. Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noonday devil. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh thee. (Ps 90. 4-7)Clearly the words of the text are directed toward the faithful, who in the perilous fight are surrounded, on the left and the right by the death of comrades, the only difference being that they are not specially called and protected by the mercy of God. They are neither false brethren or enemies, per se. They are simply those who do not trust in God. The analogy is clear: God protects those who trust in Him.
Only a small mind would reduce the words of this psalm to rank animus.
It is for this reason that so many traditional Catholics can't stand the sight of the everyday SSPXer, priest or faithful. They often demonstrate an unrestrained conceit and vanity, coupled by a degree of theological ignorance that is surpassed only by their imprudent rhetoric and out-and-out stupidity.
To characterize the monastery of Le Barroux, the Fraternity of St. Peter, Bishop Rifan and Campos, the Institute of Christ the King, the Institute of the Good Shepherd, as "mute dogs" for no other reason than that they enjoy canonical regularity is just as ignorant and idiotic as this priest's interpretation of Psalm 90.
For the last year I've defended the SSPX, both on-line and in face-to-face debates with other traditional Catholics. When the SSPX was called "schismatic" I've demonstrated that they are not. When the SSPX has been accused of not being in "full communion", I've decried the lunacy of whole notion of "full" and "partial" communion. I've defended the communion of the SSPX bishops, priests and faithful with the Church, pointing out that the only difference between the SSPX and other religious fraternities was their lack of canonical recognition.
I will still defend the SSPX in this manner until my dying breath, but I will not countenance the same manner of attack from an SSPX priest leveled against any of the traditional Catholics from other fraternities or orders who happen to be canonically regular. This priest is essentially using the same illogical reasoning that is leveled against the SSPX by its detractors. To say that a traditional Catholic is any less traditional based on whether or not that Catholic is canonically regular or not is absolutely ridiculous.
Indeed, to belittle those fighting on the front lines for Tradition, in this "guerrilla war" against Modernism based on canonical regularity is, indeed, divisive and will not serve the cause of Tradition in the least. This degree of unjustified animus is what will divide our ranks, adding to the confusion and ambiguity. For the US district of the SSPX to post this degree of idiocy on their website is, well, to use Bishop Fellay's words, a real "mystery".
Shame on this SSPX priest, and shame on the SSPX US District.