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We Resist You to the Face Paperback – July 13, 2000
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A must-read for all Catholics. I cannot recommend it highly enough. -- Jim Bendell, The Remnant, May 2000
This courageous statement expresses the feelings, sentiments and emotion of a great number of Catholics world over. -- Fr. Pancras Christanand, Ph.D., www.TraditionInAction.org, September 2000
This statement will eventually be recognized as a historical shot heard around the Catholic world. -- Robert McCarthy, The Remnant, May 2000
"I want to congratulate you for the initiative of standing publicly for the Catholic Faith. If only more did the same and if only Rome listened! Hoping that the small contribution will help you to continue the good work, I assure you of my prayers and send my blessing." -- -- Bishop Bernard Fellay (Society of St. Pius X, Menzingen, Switzerland)
"It gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on the publication of the book 'We Resist You to the Face.' It requires the courage of St. Paul the Apostle himself to disclose to the whole of Christiandom the destructive action of Christian leaders themselves against the ever old and ever new Rock of the Catholic Church. Be assured that you are not expressing the feelings, sentiments and emotions of one Catholic here and another Catholic there, but the suppressed and pent up mental agonies and feelings of, if not the majority, but at least a great number of Catholics all over the world .... Your publication of the book is a real need of the hour and times in which we live."
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The publisher notes in the introductory section of this 2000 book, "The book has two parts. Part I - We Resist You to the Face - is composed of the Declaration of Resistance, which is the central focus of the book. The authors speak together, and, as a whole, they assume the responsibility for what they had written. This is the nucleus of the position taken, so it is this document that can produce a discussion and a polemic. In Part II---Some Special Points of Resistance---TIA offered each one of the signers the opportunity to reproduce articles that pertain to the theme of Part I. It includes nine interesting articles... Each author speaks only for himself. By publishing this book, TIA aims to provide matter for reflection for American Catholics in general, and in particular for the conservative and traditionalist milieus." (Pg. 5-6)
One essay notes, "A growing number of priests who have not affiliated themselves ostensibly with any organization are being considered 'independent priests' and have founded parishes here and there. These variant positions have been taken by priests, and even bishops. The need to guarantee the future of the movement implies the ordination of new priests. which induces them to procure bishops who are not recognized by the Vatican or are not authorized by it to make such ordinations. Ordinations... have been taking place with a certain frequency, often without the approval or the knowledge of the Holy See, creating a swelling confusion from the point of view of the validity and licitness of these new juridical situations." (Pg. 47)
An article points out, "Pope John Paul [II] rarely speaks ex cathedra. His pontificate has been an endless world tour and a mountain of words, the vast majority of which reflect his personal opinion. His personal opinions are just that---his and not the Church's. So, too, his apologies are his and not the Church's. And, in the last analysis, his apologies reflect the breakdown of Vatican II and his own pontificate... not the failure of the Church." (Pg. 91) Later, he adds, "I mean no disrespect when I say that Pope John Paul resembles more the mascot of the Novus Ordo than the ruling head of the Church." (Pg. 98)
After pointing our errors of Popes such as Liberius, Guimarães writes, “This has been a brief account of six past historical precedents that illustrate errors of Popes in the past and the consequent possibility of opposing them with a legitimate and salutary resistance.” (Pg. 161) After describing errors of Vigilius and Honorius, he comments, “It is interesting to see here how the Councils and the Saints have acted so courageously in the past. And how even when a Pope, a heretic Pope, had sustained… errors, he had received the exemplary resistance of a Saint.” (Pg. 167)
This book will interest many Traditionalists and even some conservatives,
In the first part of this we read a summary of where the Traditional Catholic Movement is, how the progressives are growing in the intensity of their attacks upon the traditional faith, and how traditional Catholics are increasingly being attacked. The second part offers an arsenal of articles by the authors on specific points of dispute, including historical precedents for Popes falling into personal error and heresy.
If you are interested in a title on this subject that is more like steak than cotton candy, I can recommend Griffin Ruby's The Resurrection of the Roman Catholic Church: A guide to the Traditional Roman Catholic movement which actually uses Scripture and papal bulls to SHOW you why you should be angry about what's happened since Vatican II instead of just telling you that you should be.