Some are familiar with Louis Vezelis, who claims to be a traditional Catholic bishop.
1. We want to warn people that Louis Vezelis is not a truly Catholic bishop because he denies the dogma Outside the Church There is No Salvation. On his website, he quotes Protocol 122/49, which teaches that non-Catholics can be saved. As explained in the section on Protocol 122/49 in our book, this heretical letter was written in 1949 by a member of the Holy Office to the modernist Archbishop of Boston, Richard Cushing. It is not the teaching of the Catholic Church, and it was never published in the Acts of the Apostolic See. This letter teaches that souls who are ignorant of the Catholic Faith can be saved, which is heresy; it teaches that people who are not members of the Church can be saved, which is heresy; and it teaches that people who are not incorporated into the Church can be saved, which is heresy. This letter is a heretical denial of the dogma Outside the Church There is No Salvation. For all of the quotes from Protocol 122/49, see the section dealing with it in our book. Since Louis V. promotes this letter, he denies the dogma Outside the Church There is No Salvation.
2. Bishop Louis V.’s priest Father Giles told Bro. Peter Dimond in a telephone conversation that certain non-Catholics can be saved who are “outside” the Church. Then, after noting that his terminology contradicts the dogma Outside the Church There is No Salvation, Fr. Giles said “they are not really outside the Church.” Fr. Giles was admitting his heretical belief that certain non-Catholics can be saved who don’t have the Faith.
3. Bishop Louis Vezelis teaches that people who believe in only one baptism of water and who hold that water baptism is necessary for salvation (as defined by the Catholic Church) are heretics. He is therefore a schismatic and a heretic.
Pope Paul III, The Council of Trent, Sess. 7, Can. 5 on the Sacrament of Baptism, ex cathedra: “If anyone says that baptism [the Sacrament] is optional, that is, not necessary for salvation (cf. Jn. 3:5): let him be anathema.
Pope Eugene IV, The Council of Florence, “Exultate Deo,” Nov. 22, 1439, ex cathedra: “Holy baptism, which is the gateway to the spiritual life, holds the first place among all the sacraments; through it we are made members of Christ and of the body of the Church. And since death entered the universe through the first man, ‘unless we are born again of water and the Spirit, we cannot,’ as the Truth says, ‘enter into the kingdom of heaven’ [John 3:5]. The matter of this sacrament is real and natural water.”
4. Bishop Louis Vezelis claims authority and a de facto ordinary jurisdiction over people. He is therefore schismatic. In a crisis such as this, a bishop could consecrate (i.e., ordain as a bishop) a priest who is worthy and fully Catholic, so that such a newly consecrated bishop could in turn ordain people to the priesthood in the Traditional Rite. But such a consecration as a bishop only gives the new bishop the power of the fullness of the priesthood and a supplied jurisdiction to operate for the needs of the faithful. It does not give him territorial authority over a diocese or an office in which he can command other priests or other souls. Such jurisdiction, which is called ordinary jurisdiction – the jurisdiction attached to an office with authority to rule – is conferred by a pope.
Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis Christi (#42), June 29, 1943: “… Bishops must be considered as the more illustrious members of the Universal Church… Yet in exercising this office they are not altogether independent, but are subordinate to the lawful authority of the Roman Pontiff, although enjoying the ordinary power of jurisdiction which they receive directly from the same Supreme Pontiff.”
As we can see, ordinary jurisdiction to rule a territory or souls as a bishop is obtained from a Supreme Pontiff. Since there is no true Catholic pope at this time (the Chair of Peter is vacant), bishops consecrated in this crisis do not receive ordinary jurisdiction, but only a supplied jurisdiction to operate for the needs of the faithful. If they inherited ordinary jurisdiction, then any priest could get ordained/consecrated and then could start commanding people. But that is obviously absurd and false. Yet, Bishop V. thinks that he possesses authority to rule other independent priests and Bishops; in fact, he even sent a paper to other priests and bishops telling them to come and report to him! Vezelis is a schismatic and a heretic who should not be followed or supported.
And because of the unfortunate fact that Bishop V. is a heretic who denounces as heretical those who believe in one baptism of water, no one could even approach him or his priests for the sacraments.
Also, Louis Vezelis is quite adamant that anyone who was ordained by Bishop Lefebvre is doubtfully ordained because Bishop Lefebvre was ordained to the priesthood by Achille Lienart. Louis Vezelis believes that Lienart (who ordained Lefebvre) was a Freemason, although there is no documented proof of this. Ironically, Louis Vezelis himself was apparently ordained by the totally heretically apostate “Card.” Paul Émile Léger. Why can’t we doubt the intention of the radical apostate “Cardinal” Paul Émile Leger? According to his Vezelis’ own argument, his own ordination would have to be considered at least suspect.