Friday, February 15, 2008

An Introduction: Fr. Joaquín Sáenz y Arriaga (1899-1976)

Fr. Joaquín Sáenz y Arriaga, S.J. (Oct. 12, 1899 - April 28, 1976) was a Mexican Doctor of Philosophy, Theology and Canon Law, international author and lecturer, authoring about five dozen books concerning the errors of modernist theology and philosophy which were rampant in the Church of his day, including "The new Montinian Church", "Sede Vacante: Paul VI is not a legitimate Pope", "For Christ and Against Christ," "Apostolate," "The New Mass Is Not the One Catholic Mass" and "Vacant See.". He was ordained to the priesthood a Jesuit, an order which he had joined in 1916 in Barcelona, Spain, and which he would leave 36 years later, on April 30, 1930, celebrating his first mass on May 2nd.

When the changes of Vatican II were administered, he led a resistance to them and promoted what became known as "sedevacantism", that the Roman Catholic Church had been modernized with modernist errors and had been infiltrated by its enemies, that the claimants to the papacy post Pius XII were invalid claimants due to their modernist conduct. As a result of this, in 1972, he was excommunicated by the Roman Catholic bishops' conference of Mexico. Fr. Sáenz died on April 28, 1976, after which his work was continued by Frs. Adolfo Zamora and Moisés Carmona in Mexico and Frs. Francis E. Fenton and Fr. Burton Fraser, S.J. in the United States.


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