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Michael J. Matt | Editor

"Any attempt to make the ‘Church learning’ (discens) and the ‘Church teaching’ (docens) collaborate in such a way that it only remains for the Church docens to sanction the opinions of the Church discens is categorically reprobated and condemned." …Pope St. Pius X

Near the end of his pontificate Pope John Paul II famously decried the massive “silent apostasy on the part of people who live as if God does not exist." It was one of the late Pontiff’s more prescient observations, coupled as it was with poignant warnings against what he called "widespread and growing religious agnosticism" and the "profound moral and legal relativism" of the "culture of death". But apostasy does not exist in a vacuum. People, not things, are apostates. More specifically, Catholics are apostates for only they can renounce the Catholic Faith. Only they can abandon the Catholic religion and thus become, by definition, apostates. John Paul was thus lamenting the horrific reality that millions of Catholics have become apostates.

So, how does this work?

From the 'Just Can't Make this Stuff Up' file, Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh encouraged the Catholic faithful of Pittsburgh--for the first time ever!--to join him in joining hands with Billy Graham's son, Franklin, for the recent 3-day praise and song festival in Pittsburgh--the Three Rivers Festival of HopeIsn't that special!

The media were all excited...

The Christian rockers, rappers and grungers were all tuned up...

And the good Bishop Zubik himself was there, praying and endorsing the event....

And just a few days later....

Bishop Zubik Warns Faithful Not to Participate with the Society of St. Pius X since the Society is 'Separated from the Catholic Church'

"The Society of St. Pius X is separated from the Catholic Church. The former St. James church building in the West End is not a Roman Catholic church. The Roman Catholic faithful are to know that free and willful participation with this group, including reception of the sacraments, implies an act of separation from the Roman Catholic Church. This is a serious matter that no Catholic should take lightly."


SSPX Priest Celebrates Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica

By the gracious permission of the higher direction of the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, the faithful of the church of Saint-Martin-des-Gaules, Noisy-le-Grand (near Paris) -- who were in Rome for a summer vacation pilgrimage led by Father Michel de Sivry, of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) -- were able to attend a Mass at the Altar of Saint Pius X, where the saintly Pope's body reposes. The Mass in the Vatican Basilica was celebrated by Fr. de Sivry on August 9, 2014, during this special centennial year of the dies natalis of Saint Pius X.
Diocese of Pittsburgh Warns Faithful of SSPX 'Schism'

Recently, the Diocese of Pittsburgh was informed that the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has purchased the former St. James church building in the West End of Pittsburgh. So that no confusion exists regarding the canonical status of the Society of St. Pius X and the former St. James church building, the following notification is issued by the Department for Canonical Services of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.