Thursday, February 18, 2010
Thinkin' about Sedevacantists and the Early Church Fathers...
The Sedevacantists are a radical "Catholic" group that reject the validity of the Novus Ordo Mass, Vatican II and subsequently the authority of any pope since the death of Pope Pius XII (some may also argue since the death of Pope John XXIII). By definition, they're a schismatic group (essentially "protestant") and that got me thinking about what the Early Church Fathers had to say about schismatics.
Saint Ignatius of Antioch in his Epistle to the Romans says this:
"Therefore, follow the bishops and priests. Apart from them, there is nothing that can be called a church. Anyone outside is impure; he is worse than an infidel. In other words, anyone who acts apart from the bishop and the priests and deacons does not have a clean conscience. For, all who belong to God and to Jesus Christ are with the bishop. Make no mistake about it: no one who follows another in to schism inherits the kingdom of God." - St Ignatius of Antioch Epistle to the Romans – The Apostolic Fathers, Vol 1. Funk, 1956, p. 82
We need to pray for the salvation of those who leave the Church, especially Sedevacantists; for they were in the fullness in truth and they have willingly and knowingly rejected it. Heavenly Father, allow their reversion!
For more information about Sedevacantism, please visit these pages:
http://www.olfatima.com/exploded.html - Refuting 17 Sedevacantist myths