|THOUGHT OF MONS. ANTONIO DE CASTRO MAYER REGARDING THE CRISIS OF THE SSPX
“Intolerance is to virtue what instinct of self-preservation is to life. Any virtue without intolerance or with hatred towards intolerance, it means that such a virtue either it does not exist or that it barely keeps just the appearances of virtue. Faith without intolerance is either dead, or it is only a faith in its exterior face; because it would have lost its spirit. Faith being the foundation of the supernatural life; if we have any kind of tolerance in matters of faith, that tolerance would represent the point of departure for every other evil, especially for heresies”. (Pastoral letter, June 1953, true sentence number 37)
Sometimes with words, other with deeds, but it is happening each time more often, the SSPX has shown that it is not anymore intolerant concerning matters of faith as regards the enemies of the Catholic Church which have occupied her. The forsaking of that necessary intolerance concerning matters of faith, following the foresaid words of the bishop, has caused the lost of the catholic spirit in the SSPX´s leaders, losing the spirit of its founder, Mons. Marcel Lefebvre. Therefore the supposedly “defense of the faith” on the part of the SSPX is either dead or pharisaical, and therefore they are defending only in the appearances the true faith.
This pharisaical spirit, using the words of Dom. Antonio, “is the point of departure for every other evil”, that is, we can see the “Pandora`s Box” being unleashed from and towards the SSPX.
Unfortunately the SSPX is falling down the road of the modernist’s attitude, who attack whoever defend with firmness the necessity of being intolerant regarding the faith. Having at the same time tolerance and sympathy towards the enemies of Christ. Enemies who by now are occupying the See of St. Peter as wolves dressed with sheep clothing. Fulfilling those words of Garrigou Lagrange: “Catholics are intolerant in doctrine because they believe, yet they are tolerant regarding charity because they love. The enemies of Christ are tolerant in doctrine because they do not believe, but intolerant in charity because they do not love”. This is the contradiction in which the enemies of the Church have always fallen. Since they tolerate every other opinion except that “opinion” of those who say that faith is intolerant. If this is for them only an opinion like many others, why then they do not just tolerate it? And if for them this “opinion” is only false, why they do not just ignore it, therefore tolerating it?
Dom. Antonio warns us concerning the fact that the enemies of the Church as a whole have an aversion against those holding the position that the faith is intolerant by its own nature, and that this fact “must wide open our eyes in order to see the tremendous importance that has for the life of the Church such an attitude of intolerance in matters of faith.” It was precisely for that reason that the great Cardinal Pie said to Catholics back in the XIX century: “Battles are won or lost at the doctrinal level. The error of French Catholics was to wait to see the consequences of the false principles of the French Revolution in order to react, in order to fight back against those errors”. In the same line of thought we cannot wait until we see the consequences of the doctrinal tolerance that the SSPX is showing towards the enemies of Christ in order to react, to fight those errors; that would be already too late. We cannot wait until we see a practical agreement between Conciliar Rome and the SSPX in order to react if we want to defend our faith and fight as and with Our Lord for His kingdom against its enemies by faith, hope, and charity. (In the present circumstances, in fact, such an agreement, even unilateral, would be necessarily a practical agreement tolerant in doctrine since those leaders of Conciliar Rome have not yet been converted.
This has been the loud shout given by the members of the RESISTANCE towards the SSPX. We have risked our welfare, comfort and reputation in order to perform this act of mercy towards the SSPX, its faithful and friends affiliated to it. This is one of the 7 works of mercy: to correct those who error. But with great disappointment we have received back only persecution instead of gratitude. This uncharitable attitude does not confirm clearly the diabolical disorientation in which the SSPX is living through?
Have we been exaggerated by chance? , well we answer with Cardinal De Lai, Secretary of the Sacred Congregation during the pontificate of Saint Pius X: “Its is always better the excesses about warning of danger than to keep silent letting it to become worst”.
We send another fraternal correction to our dear brothers of the SSPX inviting them to rectify the true way for the defense of faith which can be summed up in 3 words “intolerance about faith” either in doctrine or in its practical application, before it will be too late!
We leave you who those words of your own Patron Saint Pius X. Words written to the catholic newspaper called L`Unitá:
“Every thing is right when it is a question of respecting persons, but I do not want that for the sake of peace you may arrive to compromises, and that in order to avoid hatred you may fail in your true mission which consists in watching on the principles, being sentinels on the front line in order to give the warning voice, though it be only like the geese of the Capitol, awaking those who are half asleep. If that were the case, La U`Unitá (SSPX) would have lost its reason to exist” (Disquisitio, page 107, apud Penseé Catholique, No. 23, page 84).
Fr. Raphael, OSB