Within the Resistance, there have been comments to the effect that it is possible to retain one’s Faith in the Novus Ordo, and by extension, within the NSSPX and other Indult groups. The Archbishop is even quoted as supporting this concept in 1985.
 
While people within these groups may manifest signs of Faith, it is not objectively true to say that these groups are conducive to saving souls. Rather, God may give the Graces for these people to save their souls in spite of the Novus Ordo and the other groups.
 
In reality, we must consider the position of the Archbishop after the 1988 Consecrations, when he had exhausted all attempts to reconcile with the hierarchy in the Vatican who have lost Faith.
 
The book, Spiritual Journey, reviewed below, makes it clear that “It is, therefore, a strict duty for every priest [and layman] wanting to remain Catholic to separate himself from this Conciliar Church for as long as it does not rediscover the Tradition of the Church and of the Catholic Faith”.
 
The author also writes:
“This new religion is not the Catholic religion; it is sterile, incapable of sanctifying society and the family”.
 
Therefore, we cannot fall into accepting the convenience of attending Novus Ordo or Indult (and now NSSPX) Masses.
 

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Spiritual Journey is not another book on spirituality; rather, it is the Last Will & Testament of Archbishop Lefebvre addressed to the priests and seminarians of the Priestly Society of St Pius X.
 
The Archbishop goes straight to the heart of the matter in the Preface. He wants “…to transmit, before the progressive degradation of the priestly ideal, in all of its doctrinal purity and in all of its missionary charity, the Catholic Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, just as He conferred it on His Apostles, just as the Roman Church always transmitted it until the middle of the twentieth century” (iii). He continues: “…there appeared to me already the need, not only to confer the authentic priesthood, to teach not only the sana doctrina approved by the Church, but also to transmit the profound and unchanging spirit of the Catholic priesthood and of the Christian spirit essentially bound to the great prayer of Our Lord which His Sacrifice on the Cross expresses eternally” (iii).
 
Spiritual Journey is more than a pious reading; it is a call to arms for the defense of the Faith. What follows is a Thomistic treatise on Catholic spirituality with a special focus on the current apostasy within the Church specifically intended for the priests and seminarians. The Archbishop summarizes the situation: “The current Pope and bishops no longer hand down Our Lord Jesus Christ, but rather a sentimental, superficial, charismatic religiosity, through which, as a general rule, the true grace of the Holy Ghost no longer passes. This new religion is not the Catholic religion; it is sterile, incapable of sanctifying society and the family” (ix).
 
The Archbishop aptly labels this “religiosity” and identifies what lies behind it: “This “Conciliar Church” is imbued with the principles of 1789. These are Masonic principles with respect to religion and religions in general and with respect to civil society. Its foundation was an imposture inspired by Hell for the destruction of the Catholic religion, of its Magisterium, of its priesthood, and of the Sacrifice of Our Lord” (p 6).
 
The Archbishop warns his sons not to get poisoned by proximity to this “new religion”: “For as long as this Secretariat keeps the false ecumenism as its orientation and Roman ecclesiastical authorities approve it, we can affirm that they remain in open, official rupture with all the past of the Church and with its official Magisterium. It is, therefore, a strict duty for every priest wanting to remain Catholic to separate himself from this Conciliar Church for as long as it does not rediscover the Tradition of the Church and of the Catholic Faith” (p 13).
 
The Archbishop recognizes the grave responsibility on the part of the hierarchy and the far-reaching consequences: “This apostasy [of popes and bishops] makes its members adulterers, schismatics opposed to all Tradition, separated from the past of the Church, and thus separated from the Church of today…”
(p 54).
 
The Archbishop offers a sober warning: “We will never fully understand the struggle between the good and the wicked throughout history, as long as we do not see it as the personal and unyielding battle for all time between Satan and Jesus Christ” (p 37). The Archbishop then asks: “What duty befalls upon every man because of this fundamental and unyielding battle…?” And he answers: “It is the duty never to compromise, on whatever it may be, with that which is of Satan or his followers, and to enlist ourselves beneath the standard of Jesus Christ, and there to remain always and fight valiantly” (p 37).
 
What practical tools does the Archbishop offer to his priests? The love of Our Lord and His Mother, solid prayer life, faithfulness to Tradition and the return to Thomistic studies: “St. Thomas shines among [the Church Fathers] like a light. His Summa Theologica is a chef d’oeuvre of collaboration between faith and reason, to establish Revelation on irrefutable bases. It clearly shows that these two are of divine origin and thus cannot help but mutually confirm one another. Faith remains nevertheless the surest source of the knowledge of God and of divine things. It remains the golden rule of wisdom” (p 65).
 
And he adds: “The Summa can be summarized thus: to come from God, to return to God, by the means of God – such is man’s destiny” (p 65).
 
And, like a good father, he concludes his treatise with words from St Paul speaking to Timothy: “…keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding the profane novelties of words… Fight the good fight of Faith; lay hold on eternal life” (p 68).
 

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Since the Archbishop’s death in 1991, the apostasy he had warned against has infected his own SSPX. Was he then a failure?
 
Was Moses a failure for not preventing the Jews from falling into apostasy?
 
Was St Thomas More a failure for failing to prevent England from falling into Protestantism?
 
Was the Archbishop wrong when he warned his priests that they will meet with obstacles and persecutions? He told them: “Some will believe and others will turn away”. And he added: “Some will persecute us, as they did Our Lord and the apostles” (p 67-68).
 
Was he wrong to conclude with this solemn warning? “Let us keep the Faith above all else. It is for this that Our Lord died, because He affirmed His divinity. It is for this that all the martyrs died. Let us flee from those who make us lose the Faith or diminish it” (p 68).
 
Spiritual Journey is the Last Will & Testament of the Archbishop; it is also his adieu to all who keep the Faith.
 
Work cited:
Spiritual Journey, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Angelus Press, June 1991, 73 pp
 

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Sr Constance (TOSF)

  

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The bulletin may be downloaded here.

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We are pleased to announce that professed members of the Third Order of St Francis will be forming a Fraternity for members of the Resistance in the Toronto Parish under the Directorship of Father David Hewko.

Information pertaining to the Third Order will be posted on this website so that people can consider whether this opportunity could be helpful to them.

Please contact me for further information at 519-363-3912.
Brother Joseph TOSF (Stephen Camidge)

Meanwhile, why should this be of interest to someone in the Resistance? Why not join a Confraternity or an SSPX Third Order? I would briefly like to address this:

The Third Order of St Francis is a secular order of the Catholic Church, with special privileges to pass on to its members. Each member (called a tertiary) shares in all the Masses, prayers and Graces earned by all of the members of the Franciscan Order throughout all of history. Noviciates (people joining on a trial basis as they learn what is involved) share in these benefits.

The Third Order differs from a Confraternity in that in most Confraternities normally multiply the merits earned by the living members. It does not reach into the past and it does not include merits earned by assisting at Masses.

The Third Order of the SSPX is a lay organization which has a history of 34 years.

As good as these organizations are (and they are), they cannot compare with the Third Order of St Francis.

Let me elaborate on what may not be obvious from what I have written. The members of the Third Order share not only the merits earned by the Third Order currently living in one location, but in all the merits of the First Order (priests), the Second Order (religious brothers) and the Third Order everywhere in the world throughout history.

So, you will ask, what do I have to do to earn these merits? What am I signing up for? We have a Constitution that tells us to live our lives following norms that any Resistance person should already be following. To that is added the requirement to recite an Office (more on the definition on an Office in a later posting). This can take as little as ten minutes per day (although there are two longer Offices available for those who want to do more). Further, one must attend a Fraternity meeting on a regular basis. We expect this to be quarterly at this time.

Why do we have to do so little to gain so much? Because the Catholic Church of All Time wants us to strive for perfection, and the Third Order can help. If the Church is prepared to be generous, why not consider this offer?

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Keep the Faith!

3 November 2014

After my conversion to the Roman Catholic Church some 20 years ago, I purchased three books written by Cardinal Ratzinger and, after reading them, concluded that one of us was not a Catholic. My first 10 years as a Catholic were spent wandering, like the exiled Jews, from parish to parish, questioning what I heard, looking for sound Catholic common sense which I at last found in the SSPX, or more correctly in the teachings of the founder, Archbishop Lefebvre.

 

Then 2 years ago, the exile restarted after reading the June 8, 2012 DICI Interview. Of course there were hints before 2012, but I gave the benefit of the doubt and politely kept silent. But history tends to repeat itself. After reading the 2012 DICI Interview, I made the same mistake I made 20 years previously: I started questioning.

 

This time I thought I was on safe ground (after all, I was with the SSPX and they could handle all sorts of tough questions), and so I asked why was Bishop Fellay seeking a canonical status. A bomb hitting the chapel would not have caused a greater stir than my naive question! I was immediately labeled disobedient, rebellious and scurrilous (I had to look that one up in the dictionary).

 

So, after 10 years of attending an SSPX chapel (a round trip of 320 km), I was declared ‘persona non grata’ and I came to the full appreciation of just how many jocular terms for scurrilous the English language actually has!

 

And so, my conversion to the Roman Catholic Church ended up with a small group of us sitting – not in the pew – but on the ground in a park one Sunday afternoon. Today I am part of what is commonly called the Resistance (although I would really prefer to be called simply a Roman Catholic).

 

Recently I happened to fall into an email discussion about the SSPX situation with a kind SSPX supporter. I stress ‘kind’ because he was surprisingly kind (unlike my former SSPX friends) and patiently stated: “He [Bishop Fellay], as the leader, is looking ahead, trying to find options to keep Tradition alive and in the visible Church”. 

 

I confess that when I read that statement, memories of Cardinal Ratzinger’s Hermeneutics of Continuity hit me with full force. I then spent not a little time doing my best to explain to the SSPX supporter that the “visible” Church is not the Conciliar Church, but rather is the Roman Catholic Church without which there is no salvation; that “Tradition” is synonymous with Roman Catholic Church; that the Roman Catholic Church does not need us to keep it “alive” – rather the Church keeps us alive; that as Catholics our only “option” is to keep the Faith; that we must “look ahead” to Heaven; and that seeking regularization/recognition is about as futile and dangerous as trying to understand how the Hermeneutics of Continuity can save souls. I believe that I did not get the chance to explain that the April 15, 2012 Doctrinal Declaration and Cardinal Ratzinger’s books must both be interpreted in the light of Tradition and are therefore poisonous to our Catholic common sense.

 

The sad reality is this: The SSPX has essentially lost the fight for Tradition. The older Trads are tired; they have their chapels and they do not want to think. Obedience has replaced all analytical thinking and they have forgotten why they started attending the SSPX in the first place. 

 

The younger SSPX generation is worse, as the rule of entropy intensifies with time. Fighting is a foreign concept to them; they want to get along. They probably think that their parents over-reacted (because the world really is a nice place after all!!). They whisk their children to the nifty SSPX schools; what more could they want, because, after all, they have the true Mass, and Traditionalism is all about the Mass, is it not? They forget that the pre-Vatican II Catholics also had the true Mass and they woke up in the Conciliar Church!

 

Further, adherents of the SSPX are told that they must seek regularization/recognition because the SSPX suffers from an irregular canonical status (with proper canonical status, the SSPX would then be granted proper jurisdiction rather than supplied jurisdiction). The SSPX always used to teach that there is a state of necessity which creates supplied jurisdiction. The Indult environment was created to keep people away from the hardline position of the Archbishop. Now, by joining the Indult environment, the SSPX is saying that there is no longer a state of necessity, which implies that there is no longer supplied jurisdiction, therefore canonical recognition is necessary. The SSPX now claims that it must fight for the Faith from within the Church as did the early Roman martyrs. But the Roman martyrs never accepted 95% of the Roman religion! They died rather than compromise their Faith! And once the SSPX is given the proper canonical status, would the SSPX then teach the entire Catholic Doctrine with Vatican II new theology, as a bonus perhaps? What Faith will they defend and preserve once they are within the Conciliar Church? 

 

The tragedy is that today’s SSPX adherents (and priests?) have relegated Archbishop Lefebvre to the dustbin of history. The SSPX leadership has paved the way by giving us a re-branded image of the Archbishop  as merely a keeper of the true Mass. What an insult to the memory of the Archbishop! The younger SSPX supporters no longer know that Archbishop Lefebvre founded the SSPX in order to properly form the priests who would transmit the Faith, completely and accurately. The Archbishop understood that the fight was on the Doctrinal level.

 

Should we be discouraged? By no means! History repeats itself. Thank God we are not asked to invent new ways of preserving the Faith – we are encouraged to look to the past and learn from others how they kept the Faith. Read St Thomas More. Read WT Walsh. Read H Belloc. Read especially Archbishop Lefebvre. And then go and fight!

 

Sr Constance (TOSF)

  

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With a brilliant and efficacious sermon delivered in Sparta NJ on All Saints Day, Father Pfeiffer uses the sermons of Father Zendejas and a recent conversation with a poor Vietnamese lady to describe the mission of the Resistance, his view on how to accomplish it, why we should stay away from SSPX chapels, why we should not expect weekly Mass at this point in our Missions, how Our Lady will help us to keep our Faith, and asks Father Zendejas to explain his position with respect to the Resistance.
 


  
It can be reported that the Resistance in NJ continue to consider Father Pfeiffer as their pastor.
 
We hope that the rumuours of problems in the Resistance will soon be corrected.

 

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