On this week’s episode of the debrief, Dominic and I discuss the new Kansas church consecrated by the ultra-traditionalist Society of St. Pius X over the weekend. We discuss YouTuber (and apparently now a presidential candidate) Taylor Marshall’s flirtation with the SSPX, as well as recent media statements by bishops speaking favorably of the SSPX.

We discuss and provide links to (see show notes below) resources for Catholics who are considering the claims of the SSPX, in case you or a friend is interested. All of the people we discussed are faithful Catholics who happen to be on the conservative side of the spectrum. They are faithful to the Magisterium and are in full communion with the Holy Father and the Church.

Next, we talked about my recent article on the sex abuse crisis, “Assassins of the Soul.” This crisis is destroying lives and is causing incredible damage to the Church and its credibility. We offer our thoughts about healing these wounds.

Finally, we discuss the ecumenical impact of Pope Francis’s announcement that the 21 Martyrs have been recognized as saints by the Catholic Church.

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The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX)
The diary of a predator priest
Pope Francis names 21 new saints today in an unprecedented ecumenical gesture

Summary and Links:
1) The SSPX just consecrated a $42 million new Church in St. Mary’s, Kansas over the weekend
– Taylor Marshall was in attendance
– Two bishops from the mainstream Church, Schneider and Huonder, have been praising the SSPX in recent interviews. What gives?
– Resources for those who might be tempted to become part of the SSPX:
a. @ReasonandTheology with Michael Lofton; “Answering the SSPX” Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlZ81PxKUrgz-b2Z4eYSswZr6QXXk_qxJ
b. @thelogosproject7 with Dom Dalmasso and Andrew Bartel
c. John Salza interview with Matt Fradd @PintsWithAquinas , “Schismatics, the SSPX, and Sedes”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd0OhVy1JtM
d. @mrshappycatholic “Surviving the Experiment of Tradition: An Interview with Bethany”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmTILUZsFEY
e. Trad Recovery website: https://www.tradrecovery.com/
f. “True or False Pope” SSPX page (John Salza and Robert Siscoe): http://www.trueorfalsepope.com/p/sspx-page.html
g. COMING SOON! “Heresy Disguised as Tradition” by Pedro Gabriel: https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/heresy/

2) The Diary of a Pedophile Priest
– Article in El Pais: https://english.elpais.com/society/2023-05-05/diary-of-a-pedophile-priest.html
– “Assassins of the Soul” by Mike Lewis (reflection on abuse crisis): https://wherepeteris.com/assassins-of-the-soul/

3) 21 Coptic Martyrs of Libya
– “Coptic Martyrs, Catholic Saints”: https://wherepeteris.com/coptic-martyrs-catholic-saints/

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Mike Lewis is the founding managing editor of Where Peter Is. He and Jeannie Gaffigan co-host Field Hospital, a U.S. Catholic podcast.

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