What is the Problem with Religious Liberty – Episode 09 – SSPX FAQ Videos


Liberty of thought, liberty of conscience,
liberty of religions, Religious Liberty, these were questions that were refuted by the Popes
in the nineteen-century, but Vatican II took another stand on these questions. In this
video, we will explain what is the problem with the new definition of Religious Liberty. Both modernists and Catholics acknowledge
that all men possess a natural dignity, constituted primarily by the free exercise of his reason
and will. They also both agree that no one should violate this basic human liberty, not
even in order to impose what is true or good. Catholics and modernists disagree, however,
on the proper use of this liberty. Modernism claims that the human conscience is the supreme
arbiter of good and evil for each individual; thus everyone can act as he pleases except
in cases where this action would endanger the rights of someone else. Catholicism insists
that this liberty is a great gift from God and can be exercised well or poorly. To choose
what is objectively good and in accordance with God’s will is a proper and fitting
exercise of this liberty; it makes a man truly free. On the other hand, to choose what is
objectively evil and contrary to God’s will is an abuse. No one has the right to abuse
this liberty, even if it does not seem to directly harm someone else because such an
abuse always opposes and offends God, the supreme good. This is why modernism teaches that men, according
to their subjective beliefs and in accordance with their natural liberty, can choose whichever
religion best pleases them, whereas Catholicism affirms that man has a duty to choose the
religion revealed by God. One, by neglecting this duty and choosing a religion that is
untrue, commits an abuse of liberty. These divergent understandings of freedom
have created two different ideas of religious liberty. Man, according to Catholicism, is
only free to choose what is good and believe what is objectively true. Many men, nevertheless,
do make poor choices and embrace false religions. Society can never praise, encourage, or support
such faulty judgment. It can, however, tolerate these individual abuses of liberty in order
to maintain temporal peace while encouraging the adherents of false religions to see the
errors of their ways and convert to the one, true faith. Modernism, on the other hand, defends and
praises every man’s right to choose whichever religion should please him best, regardless
of whether this choice is right or wrong or whether his religion is true or false. So
long as this exercise of liberty does not directly and physically harm anyone else,
it must be permitted and respected for the sake of temporal peace and prosperity. Unlimited freedom, then, is the focus of the
modernist, whereas respect for God and the moral good of all men is the virtue of the
Catholic. Modernism above all else values each man’s individual autonomy. Catholicism
first and foremost loves, honors, and obeys God and seeks to preserve men from sinful
error, even if this means condemning and opposing false religions. This false notion of unlimited freedom is
today praised and promoted by the Church leaders since Vatican II against the clear and infallible
declaration of the previous Popes. The Syllabus of Pius IX, for example, states clearly that:
“Every man is not free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of
reason, he shall consider true.” For further understanding and insight on this
question, we recommend reading Archbishop Lefebvre’s book, or listening to the Audiobook,
“Open Letter to Confused Catholics”. We also recommend reading “Religious Liberty
Questioned”, both of which can be found at Angeluspress.org Another great source we recommend is to read
the Papal encyclicals on modern errors as well as, “Against the Heresies” by Archbishop
Lefebvre available at Angeluspress.org  
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Comments
  1. I have not seen the "traditional" Roman view expressed more clearly than here. My father was raised in the Roman Church and, to his dying day, subscribed to SOME of its teachings. He came to believe however, that if he wouldn't want the beliefs, practices and prohibitions of another religion (Islam, for example) to be imposed on himself or his children, a literal interpretation of the Golden Rule required that he not use civil laws or coercion in any from to impose his religious beliefs, religious practices and religious prohibitions on others.

  2. As a former Protestant that converted to Catholicism and has fallen in love with the TLM and the traditional form of Catholicism, it really saddens me to see the SSPX get a few major issues wrong. There is so much right with what they put forth, but in videos like this, they unknowingly create a false dichotomy by their fundamental misunderstanding of what Catholicism and modernism teach.

  3. I have a question…if we have free choice. but we only have one option, then there's no free choice because there's no choices from where to choose.

  4. If If there is a Truth, there's no such thing as 1 or 2 truths Then as you said; if there's no more options, there is no exercise of free will and even if this Truth is the only real one, we have nothing to do with free will.

    I don't consider Curse, Death and Hell as an option to choose from. Those were created by God as a punishment for trying to seek out of the only option or path offered to Adam and Eve. But who wants to be punished? If we are not allowed to choose without punishment, nothing else to be seek or reach, what the need of a free will, if it is conditioned to be used with the sole intention to make decisions leading us always to the same direction?

    The tree of life and wisdom was planted by God in Eden and even them having the only option not to eat from it. They used their free will and they got punished, but why the tree was planted there anyway? Do you have the option to reach out your own path and to say this is what I want without having a punishment for your choice? No.

    So after Adam and Eve chose to eat from the fruit of knowledge searching to be like God, their eyes were open. Then as a punishment for their disobedience, they suffered pain, death and hard work. God created hell for Lucifer and all those who dare to choose or search a path out of what is the only option we have…obedience to His will. I'm not saying choosing God is bad, if we think we exist because of God, but the concept of a free will, I don't think so.

  5. The SSPX has exercised its own religious liberty when it rejected Vatican II and consecrated four (minus one) bishops, and they stand before us preaching that religious liberty is "problematic"? The most laudable thing about this group is the fact that they chose their own path – now that is truly modernistic.

  6. Wait, so I am free to choose the true religion of God, but I am not free to embrace it? How do you explain the conversions of those who are offered several different religions. They will start reasoning to find the truth. If, by chance, they come to believe a false religion, how is that an abuse when they made the best use of their freedom? Every religion claims truth, but only one actually us. How do expect to make converts when you tell them that they are not free to pursue truth, but simply embrace what you give them instead of offering every reasonable solution? That's not religious freedom, that's religious tyranny.

  7. I like to respect and try and comprehend everyones point of view. But what I say is most important is not wether you are Catholic, Buddhist, Seventh Day Adventist, or Islam. because we can never agree in one true religion. BUT What I consider being the most important thing is to be faithful to whichever religion You believe in. and stand by it no matter what, also be open with others and understand them.

  8. God placed the conscience in man. it has been a great tool to reform the Catholic church's errors.
    Superstitious thinking on the other hand ought to be subject to the Word of God.

  9. I guess the RCC his still an are openly declared enemy of the Republic of the United States, esto perpetua, as it has not renounced Pius IX's Syllabus of Errors.. The Republic of the United States was founded without Marx or Jesus, and will be maintained the same way.
    God Save these United States! Confusion to its enemies, for they are indeed confused.

  10. If ye love me, keep my commandments.
    John 14:15 KJV

    Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
    Exodus 20:8‭-‬9 KJV

    Saturday is the day of the Lord

    The claim that Christ by his death abolished his Father’s law, is without foundation. Had it been possible for the law to be changed or set aside, then Christ need not have died to save man from the penalty of sin. The death of Christ, so far from abolishing the law, proves that it is immutable. The Son of God came to “magnify the law, and make it honorable.” [Isaiah 42:21.] He said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law;” “till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in nowise pass from the law.” [Matthew 5:17, 18.] And concerning himself he declares, “I delight to do thy will, O my God; yea, thy law is within my heart.” [Psalm 40:8.] GC88 466.3

    Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV
    Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

  11. The best part of living Catholic are the "rules", they give clarity, order and peace…I wouldn't know how to live by any other means.

  12. A question, in a society where the Catholic faith is the state recognized religion, how should non Catholics be treated? What rules would they be obliged to follow?

    E.g Sunday Mass, Fasting during lent.. etc?

    It makes sense that things like abortion and same sex marriage would be illegal but what about the above?

  13. This dude thinks man's free will is awesome as long as we use our free will to think or do anything different from what his tiny, tiny, tiny portion of the catholic church says.

  14. Freedom is only free if he uses his freedom to do what SSPX tells you to do??? Wait a second….something sounds kind of funny with that statement!!!!

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