The “New” SSPX Teaches Predestination of the Damned

Catholic Candle note:  Occasionally, we analyze the liberal statements of the “new” SSPX.  Yet, someone could wonder:


Why mention the SSPX any longer, since they are unimportant as merely one of very many compromise groups? 


It is true that a priest (or group) is of small importance when he (or the group) is merely one of countless compromisers.  By contrast, an uncompromising priest is of great importance, even though he is only one.


However, regarding the “new” SSPX: we sometimes mention them for at least these four reasons, motivated by charity:


  New Catholic Candle readers might not be sufficiently informed of the N-SSPX’s liberalism to avoid that group.  Out of charity for them we occasionally provide these warnings to help those new readers appreciate the danger of the N-SSPX.


  Some longtime Catholic Candle readers might forget the N-SSPX poison or vacillate in their resolution to stay away from the N-SSPX, if they never received a reminder warning about the danger of the N-SSPX.  This is like the fact that all it takes for many people to become conciliar is to never be reminded about the errors of Vatican II and the conciliar church.  Out of charity for them we occasionally provide these reminders for readers who would otherwise “forget” the danger of the N-SSPX.


  The N-SSPX serves as an important study case to examine how leaving the truth often happens.  It is a warning to us all about a very common way to depart from the truth and become unfaithful.  Out of charity for ourselves we occasionally provide these insights about becoming unfaithful by taking this common road of compromise the N-SSPX is taking.


  Over time, the N-SSPX provides us with a thorough catalogue of liberal compromises and studying those compromises and errors with the contrasting Traditional Catholic truth is a helpful means of studying our Faith and guarding ourselves from the principal errors of our time.  This helps us to fulfill our duty of continually studying the doctrines of our Faith.  Out of charity for ourselves, we use the occasion of the N-SSPX’s liberalism to study our Traditional Catholic Faith better and the corresponding N-SSPX liberalism.


For those readers who are resolute in their determination to completely avoid all support for the N-SSPX, they can receive just as much of the substance of those Catholic Candle articles, if they substitute the phrase “a liberal could say” anytime they read “the SSPX teaches”.



The “New” SSPX (and Calvin) Teach the

Heresy of the Predestination of the Damned

Recently, the Society of St. Pius X published an article which teaches that “divine predestination includes all poor sinners”.[1]

The “new” SSPX frequently teaches heresy as if it were Catholic doctrine.  For example, in 2016, the SSPX characterized the deadly sin of presumption as if it were the Theological Virtue of Hope.[2]

We mention this recent SSPX heresy because it is an instructive contrast to the Catholic truth and further brings to mind that the heretic John Calvin taught that the wicked were predestined – a heresy which was condemned by the Council of Trent.[3]

In twenty-five words, here is the explanation of the Catholic truth which is opposed to the heresy of the SSPX and Calvin:

Predestination is God’s foreknowledge of what He Himself will do.  But sinners damn themselves.  It is not God’s work.  Thus, the damned are not predestined.

Let’s look at the explanations of three of the great Catholic Doctors:

St. Paul shows us that the saints are predestined, but not the damned (i.e., not “all poor sinners” as the SSPX says).  Below, St. Paul plainly teaches that the predestined are the saints, who from their predestination, are then “glorified”:

Whom He predestinated, them He also called.  And whom He called, them He also justified.  And whom He justified, them He also glorified.

Romans, 8:30 (emphasis added).

St. Thomas Aquinas, greatest Doctor of the Catholic Church, elaborates on this Catholic doctrine that God’s predestination is God’s foreknowledge of what He Himself will do in causing the salvation of the saints.  Here are St. Thomas’s words:

Predestination refers to a certain preordination in the soul of those to whom this is done.  God predestines from eternity the blessings He gives to His saints.  For this reason, predestination is eternal.  Predestination differs from God’s foreknowledge because foreknowledge refers only to knowing the future, whereas predestination refers to what God Himself causes in the saints.  Therefore, God foreknows concerning sinners but predestines the salvation of the saints.[4]

In other words, God foreknows that some people will damn themselves but He does not force them to commit the sins that cause them to damn themselves.  Thus, God does not predestine them. 

By contrast, God is a necessary cause bringing about the salvation of the saints and God’s work in their salvation is called “predestination”.  Thus, the saints are predestined, but not “all poor sinners” (as the SSPX heretically claims).

The great Doctor of Grace, St. Augustine, explains this Catholic doctrine the same way as St. Paul and St. Thomas, showing that every person who is predestined, goes to heaven:

Predestination is nothing else than the foreknowledge and foreordaining of those gracious gifts [that God gives] which make certain the salvation of all who are saved.[5]


The “new” SSPX teaches heresy when it says that God predestines “all poor sinners”.  Again, here is the explanation of the Catholic truth which is opposed to the heresy of the SSPX and Calvin:

Predestination is God’s foreknowledge of what He Himself will do.  But sinners damn themselves.  It is not God’s work.  Thus, the damned are not predestined.

If you care about your eternal salvation, do not trust the “new” SSPX’s teaching on this or other matters.

[1]           Here is the longer SSPX quote:


Even though Mary’s birthday occurred a long time after the Creation of the world, Mary is truly the beginning of God’s ways because the 2nd Person of the Blessed Trinity became Man in Her womb and began His way of seeking sinners to teach them the ways of God. Before the Creation of the world God thought of our salvation and its precise fulfillment, beginning in Jesus and Mary.


At the same time, this divine predestination includes all poor sinners, for the delights of the Mother of God is [sic] to be in the midst of Her children made conformed to Jesus Her divine Son.  For this reason the Epistle continues: “And my delights were to be with the children of men. Now, therefore ye children, hear me, Blessed are they that keep my ways, hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.”


This article is found here: (emphasis and bracketed word added).


[3]           “If anyone saith, that the grace of Justification is only attained to by those who are predestined unto life; but that all others who are called, are called indeed, but receive not grace, as being, by the divine power, predestined unto evil; let him be anathema.  Council of Trent, On Justification, Canon 17 (emphasis added).


[4]               The Latin is:


Praedestinatio importat praeordinationem quamdam in animo, eorum quae quis est facturus: ab aeterno autem Deus praedestinavit beneficia quae sactis suis erat daturus: unde praedestinatio est aeterna.  Differt autem a praescientia secundum rationem, quia praescientia importat solam notitiam furturorum, sed praedestinatio importat causalitatem quamdam respectu eorum: et ideo Deus habet praescientiam etiam de peccatis; sed praedestinatio est de bonis salutaribus. 


St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Romans, Ch. VIII, lecture 6 (emphasis added).

[5]              The Latin is:

Prædestinatio nihil est aliud quam præscientia et præparatio beneficiorum, quibus certissime liberantur [i.e. salvantur], quicumque liberantur.

De dono persever., xxxv (emphasis added; bracketed words added to show context).