Catholic Candle note: The following article is an analysis of a conciliar position adopted by the SSPX’s 2012 Doctrinal Declaration. In that sense, the article is not “new news” but it is still a timely assessment of the “new” SSPX.

The new code of canon law is one of the evil fruits of Vatican II. As Pope John Paul II explained, the new code is the legislative embodiment of Vatican II:

[W]hat constitutes the substantial “novelty” of the Second Vatican Council, in line with the legislative tradition of the Church, especially in regard to ecclesiology, constitutes likewise the “novelty” of the new Code [of canon law].

Pope John Paul II, Sacrae Disciplinae Leges, January 25, 1983 (emphasis added).

Thus, what makes Vatican II evil also makes the new code of canon law evil, since the new code is the practical implementation of the errors of Vatican II.

In 1983 (the year the new code was issued), the world’s only two faithful bishops (Archbishop Lefebvre and Bishop de Castro Mayer) publicly raised an urgent … cry of alarm, because of the errors, not to say the heresies, of the new Code of Canon Law. November 21, 1983 Open letter to Pope John Paul II.

The following year Archbishop Lefebvre called the new code another grave problem now undermining the Church and stated that the new Canon Law is very serious for it goes much further [i.e. promoting errors] than the Council itself. October 29, 1984 conference at Stuttgart, Germany.

What is the position of the “new” SSPX regarding the new code? Acceptance! As Bishop Fellay declared:

we promise to respect the common discipline of the Church and the ecclesiastical laws, especially those which are contained in the Code of Canon Law promulgated by John-Paul II (1983).

April 15, 2012 Doctrinal Declaration, ¶III, 8 (emphasis added).

The N-SSPX here promises to respect the evil and heterodox code which implements Vatican II. This promise implies that the N-SSPX will obey this evil and heterodox new code, because it would be contradictory for the N-SSPX to both claim to “respect” a law and also refuse to obey it.

Lastly, an evil law cannot be both respected and also condemned (as the new code deserves to be condemned for its many errors). Thus, the New-SSPX’s promise to “respect” the new code is a promise not to condemn its many errors. Instead, the N-SSPX’s non-opposition results in approving of the errors of the new code, because not to oppose error is to approve it, as Pope St. Felix III teaches.

… and Bishop Fellay wants us to believe that “nothing has changed” in the N-SSPX!