Dear Br. Diamond:
I also ordered your amazing Heresies of B16. I have also downloaded your written version of this from your web site. Is it really this obvious? Seriously is it? By this I mean the apostasy? It appears that you really don't even have to dig for this stuff. As for me my problem is that I am intellectualizing this stuff too much. I am ordering the book by Ratzinger that you quoted from so heavily. I live by Ronald Reagan's advice "trust but verify". Some of this stuff is so blatant now that you have pointed it out it is scary. But I play mental games with myself on this. I am concerned about my being to rigid and legalistic but then I look at what he has written and I am stunned. But then I have to go back to what Jesus himself stated :"For if those days were not shortened that even the most elect would be deceived" Well I guess what I am trying to do is keep a perspective on things.
Yes, the points are quite clear. It really is simple for people to find out what’s going on, with one condition. It takes people with sincerity, honesty and interest to accept the truth once they’re presented, for instance, with the facts covered in our material. To your point about how simple it is (or isn’t, rather, for some), in the recent issue of the false traditionalist newspaper, The Remnant, readers were all upset by the fact that Bishop Tissier De Mallerais said that Benedict XVI has taught heresies. Readers were writing in with complaints, attempted refutations of the accusations, diatribes about how this cannot be, etc. We must ask: are these people, who consider themselves “traditionalists,” brain-dead? Or are they soul-dead? They’re shocked and appalled by the assertion that Benedict XVI has taught heresies, when the very newspaper they’re writing to recently pointed out in its Joint Declaration with CFN that Benedict XVI rejects the conversion of Protestants!
“...On the same day, Pope Benedict gave an address at an ecumenical meeting in which he spoke of ecumenism as a good thing that does not have as its goal a “return” of non-Catholics to the one true Church of Christ, thus undermining the infallible Catholic dogma, “Outside the Church there is no salvation”…” (Michael Matt and John Vennari, A Joint Statement from The Remnant and Catholic Family News on Rome and the SSPX)Isn’t this heresy? Of course it is. Thus, if any of the readers of The Remnant who were complaining about the accusation of heresy against Benedict XVI were awake at all they know that Benedict XVI has taught heresies; they’re just not honest enough to admit the simple fact. When Bishop Tissier De Mallerais said that Benedict XVI has taught heresies he was simply being honest on that point, though he failed to draw the appropriate conclusions and denounce Benedict XVI as a heretic. In the false traditionalist movement and in the Vatican II sect people are so used to people not being honest and simply telling the hard truths, that they become appalled when people say things that they know, deep down, are true. That’s why it has become, for many, a complicated thing to figure out what’s going on – so few honestly tell the truth. But it really is simple.