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I Am With You Always: The Divine Constitution and Indefectibility of the Catholic Church Hardcover – January 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 101 pages
  • Publisher: Neumann Press; 2 edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911845089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911845082
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,669,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By New Age of Barbarism on April 11, 2003
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This brief book is really a defense of both papal infallibility and the indefectibility of the Church against the challenges posed to these claims by certain members of the traditionalist movement within Catholicism. Our Lord, Jesus Christ made the promise to Saint Peter, "Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16.18)" which thereby guranteed the indefectibility of the church. The author Michael Davies takes a look at some of the difficulties arising out of the Second Vatican Council and the Novus Ordo Mass. In particular, it is shown that the church must remain visible and hierarchical contrary to the claims of many who call themselves sedevacantists. Davies considers the case of an heretical pope, that would be a pope who is notoriously heretical in denying publically a de fide pronouncement, and he argues that other than a single decree from a council that such a pope had thereby forfeited the papacy no deposition could be made of him. Davies considers historical cases of popes who were condemned (Pope Honorius I) for allowing heresy to proliferate, popes who taught problematical doctrines (Pope John XXII), the case of the Arian heresy in which Saint Athanasius was excommunicated but continued to defend the true faith, and the case of the Great Schism as examples, but he notes that despite these instances the infallibility of the pope when speaking ex cathedra was maintained. Davies also turns his attention to the new mass of Pope Paul VI. Davies argues that the Tridentine mass must be preserved, but that the new mass is indeed valid. These arguments by Davies are important in refuting certain sedevacantists. This book provides an important contribution to the traditionalist movement within Catholicism and the continued defense of the Christian faith.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1998
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Some people excuse the difficult era the Church is in right now ever since Vatican II by saying that the last true Pope was His Holiness Pius XII, and that therefore the Second Vatican Council was not a true council. In this book, Michael Davies challenges this view and demonstrates that Popes John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul II have all been valid Popes, and we must submit to the current Pontiff (JP II). A Traditionalist critic of the new rite of the Mass, Davies knows where the Sedevacantists are coming from, yet shows where they are wrong. A great treasure to have.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Griff Ruby on November 10, 2003
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Michael Davies has long been one of the world's foremost traditional Catholic authors, writing the Apologia Pro marcel Lefebvre series, the Liturgical Revolution series, and numerous articles dedicated to the advancement of traditional (read: historically authentic) Catholicism published in The Remnant and the Angelus and many other quality journals.
However, with this book, he flatly rejects the "sede vacante" thesis (to the effect that the current and recent Vatican leadership have not served as true Popes in the strictly Petrine sense of what it means to be a Roman Catholic Pope), and on that basis attempts to sustain the claim that the new ("Novus Ordo") Mass promulgated in 1969 by Paul VI must somehow be within the pale of what is acceptible for Catholics.
For myself, I find it stimulating and thought-provoking to read works to which I take exception, or disagree with. For Michael Davies does bring out a fascinating distinction between the "objective" evidence against the Novus Ordo on the one side, and the "a priori" evidence seemingly in favor. This truly throws down the gauntlet for traditional writers to begin seeking cracks in the "a priori" evidence rather than merely continuing to pile up yet more and more "objective" evidences.
Examples: "Objective" evidences against the Novus Ordo would be such things as its similarity to the services devised by Martin Luther, Thomas Cramner, and John Calvin, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 26, 2014
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Michael Treharne Davies (1936- 2004) was a British traditionalist Catholic writer, who from 1992 to 2004 was the President of the international Traditionalist organisation Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce. He wrote other books/booklets such as Apologia Pro Marcel Lefebvre: Volume One, Apologia Pro Marcel Lefebvre (Volume Two), Archbishop Lefebvre & Religious Liberty, Pope Paul's New Mass, Liturgical Shipwreck: 28 Years of the New Mass, etc.

He wrote in the Introduction to this 1986 book, "in the present crisis there is a factor which was not present at the time of the Protestant Reformation. Just as was the case during the Arian ascendancy, Rome itself has appeared to be speaking with an uncertain voice. Orthodoxy has been upheld by recent popes frequently ... but effective action has rarely seemed to follow orthodox pronouncements." (Pg. 12) He adds, "The theological weakness of sedavacantism is an inadequate concept of the nature of the Church... sedevacantists believe in a Church which can fail---and such a Church is not the Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Church that He founded cannot fail, for it is indefectible. It will continue to exist until the Second Coming as a visible, hierarchically governed body..." (Pg.
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