Pseudo-traditionalist groups include the Neo-SSPX, Fraternity of St. Peter, Institute of Christ the King, Institute of the Good Shepherd, and other Ecclesia Dei communities who think they need canonical recognition from apostate Rome to be considered Catholic and/or special permission from the same to celebrate Mass according to the Roman Rite codified by Pope St. Pius V.

 

“No” to the Novus Ordo and these pseudo-traditionalist groups!

 

Follow instead the line of the saintly Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Saint Athanasius of modern times.

 

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In the April 2016 issue of the Catholic Candle, there is an article (see p. 3) in which the author poses the following proposition to several Resistance bishops and priests:

 

“No one should ever attend the new mass because it is inherently evil.”

 

The author requested an affirmation of agreement to this proposition.  One would think that a Resistance bishop or priest would have no problem agreeing to this proposition.  After all, opposing the New Mass is a central issue in our fight for the preservation of Catholic Tradition.  Unfortunately, though, His Excellency Bishop Richard Williamson responded refusing to take a stand one way or the other.  He would not commit himself.  This is very disappointing.  His Excellency had an opportunity here to give us hope that he had reversed the bad advice he gave to the lady in Mahopac, NY, in which he basically told her that she could continue attending the New Mass given her circumstances.  However, it did not happen. Instead, we are left scratching our heads on how a Resistance bishop can possibly refuse to affirm such a basic proposition.

 

Let us recall that in the past His Excellency had no problem publicly saying things such as the New Mass is “illicit in any case”, that it is “intrinsically evil”, and that “one may not attend a valid, illicit Mass anymore than a Satanic Mass”.  Let us also recall that His Excellency, as seminary rector, required the Declaration of Fidelity to the Position of the Society of St. Pius X to be signed by seminarians in the United States and Argentina prior to them being ordained to the subdiaconate.  Part of the Declaration states that “the new rite is in itself bad” and consequently that “I shall never advise anyone in a positive manner to take an active part in such a Mass.”  The proposition above simply falls in line with the Declaration and yet His Excellency would not commit himself to it.  This is definitely very concerning for the followers of Archbishop Lefebvre who are witnessing one of his spiritual sons wavering on such a fundamental issue as the New Mass.

 

Let us pray for His Excellency that he returns to publicly denouncing the New Mass as clearly and forcefully as he has publicly done in the past.   

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There have been calls for me to publicly apologize to Bishop Williamson for my criticism of the counsel he gave to a lady in Mahopac, NY during his June 28, 2015 conference in which he told her that it was morally acceptable for her to continue assisting at the New Mass given her circumstances.  The defenders of Bishop Williamson say that they found evidence that Archbishop Lefebvre said a similar thing in 1979.  Here is that purported evidence.  After reading this evidence, those calling for me to publicly apologize will be disappointed to hear that there will no public apology forthcoming from me.  The Archbishop in this purported evidence is simply considering the precise judgement that should be made on those priests who celebrate the New Mass and those faithful who attend the New Mass.  The Archbishop here recognizes that the matter of celebrating or attending the New Mass is grave and that their full consent on the part of those who celebrate it or attend it.  However, the Archbishop also recognizes that there is the lack of knowledge regarding the gravity of the matter on the part of many who fully consent.  Therefore, they do not subjectively sin.  One must be careful then when broaching this subject with such people.  However, nowhere does the Archbishop state in this purported evidence that it is okay to counsel such people that it is morally acceptable to celebrate or attend the New Mass.  Rather, the Archbishop emphasizes that such people must not be condemned.  After all, the pope, bishops, and priests approve of the New Mass.  Therefore, to tell them that the New Mass is evil and that consequently one must not celebrate it or attend it has to be done carefully and gently.  As a matter of fact, there may even be times when it is better not to mention it at all.  For example, let us say that someone who you just met happens to tell you that she is a Catholic and that she attended a wonderful Mass that very morning.  Let us also say that by the conversation it is clear that she attended a New Mass.  Depending on the situation, it may be better to keep your mouth shut and not bring up the evils of the New Mass as you reckon that it is not an opportune time and that hence she would not benefit if you brought up the subject.  Rather, you surmise that she may actually get turned off.  There is no sin committed by you in keeping silent in this case.  Now it is true that Bishop Williamson handled the case of the lady in Mahopac, NY carefully and gently.  However, the problem is that he advised her that she could continue attending the New Mass given her circumstances.  This was done in the context of a soul seeking direct counsel from a shepherd of souls on the matter of the New Mass.  In this situation, Bishop Williamson had a duty to tell her the truth about the evils of the New Mass and consequently counsel her to stop attending it.  But that is not what he did!

 

Let us, nonetheless, for the sake of argument, be very generous to those who may object and say that it could be inferred from what the Archbishop said in 1979 that he left open the possibility of counselling people who found themselves in favourable circumstances that it would be acceptable for them to attend the New Mass.  After all, the Archbishop was not as hard on the New Mass in the years shortly after its promulgation as he was in later years.  I personally don’t understand how a doctor in philosophy and theology (which the Archbishop was) could give advice contrary to what he himself admitted to be grave matter.  But nevertheless, for the sake of argument, let us give the objectors this bone.  We can then reply to this objection by stating that it was only two years later, in 1981, that the Archbishop started to require the signing of the Declaration of Fidelity to the Positions of the Society of St. Pius X by seminarians prior to them being ordained to the subdiaconate.  Part of this Declaration states the following:

 

“I affirm that the new rite of Mass does not, it is true, formulate any heresy in an explicit manner, but that it departs ‘in a striking manner overall as well as in detail, from the Catholic theology of the Holy Mass’, and for this reason the new rite is in itself bad.

 

“That is why I shall never celebrate the Holy Mass according to this new rite, even if I am threatened with ecclesiastical sanctions; and I shall never advise anyone in a positive manner to take an active part in such a Mass.” 

 

Note two important points.  Firstly, that the New Mass is in itself bad.  Secondly, that the New Mass being in itself bad causes one who signs the Declaration to never advise anyone in a positive manner to take an active part in it.  In consonance with this, the Archbishop stated the following in a conference he gave in 1990, one year before his death:

 

“Because people are still asking us those questions: ‘I have not the Mass of St. Pius V on Sunday, and there is a mass said by a priest that I know well, a holy man, so, wouldn’t be better to go to the mass of this priest, even if it is the new mass but said with piety instead of retaining myself?’ No! That’s not true! This is not true! Because this rite is bad! Is bad, is bad. This is the reason why this rite is bad, he is poisoned! It is a rite poisoned!” 

 

The Archbishop went to his death being firm on the principles enunciated in the Declaration.  This is part of the legacy he handed down to his spiritual sons and followers.

 

Bishop Williamson at one time too publicly held the principles of the Declaration regarding the New Mass.  As Rector for many years in both the United States and Argentina, he required his seminarians ready for ordination to the subdiaconate to sign the same Declaration.  Unfortunately, however, his response to the lady in Mahopac, NY was a deviation from the principle that “I shall never advise anyone in a positive manner to take an active part in such a Mass”.  Since that day, I have been hoping that he would publicly retract his statement, admit that he made an error and that he really doesn’t hold that position, state that he was caught off guard and felt sorry for the lady and consequently gave her a soft but wrong answer, or give whatever statement that would place him back in line with the transgressed principle of the Declaration.  But now it almost 10 months later and His Excellency has not publicly retracted his bad advice in any manner whatsoever despite the fact that it has caused much scandal and infighting within the Resistance.  He could make things right again, but he has not done so.  What then are we do about it?  Other than trying to persuade His Excellency to retract his statement, I am not certain.  The good news, though, is that His Excellency has not publicly repeated this bad advice, at least as far as I am aware.  And according to Fr. Chazal, His Excellency even showed some regret.  I wish, however, that His Excellency would say it publicly for the benefit of all!  On the other hand, what I am certain about is that the last thing we should do is perform mental gymnastics in trying to defend His Excellency’s bad advice.  There have been countless forum and blog pages dedicated to doing exactly this! These defenders are doing the same thing as the defenders of Bishop Fellay, that is, distorting the Archbishop’s position for the sake of their defendant.  It is so sad to see this arguing on such a basic issue as active attendance at the New Mass.  A follower of the Archbishop should have already accepted as a closed issue that we can neither actively attend nor positively advise others to actively attend the New Mass.  But alas, the damage has been done.  And only His Excellency can repair it.  Hope is not completely lost that he will do so and do so publicly.  Let us storm heaven with our prayers for this end.

 

As for me, I do not need to publicly apologize because I was correct in my assessment that His Excellency’s advice to the lady in Mahopac, NY is not consonant with the position of the Archbishop.

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The following is taken from the February 1992 issue of the Cor Unum, official publication for the priests of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).  The 1983 Code of Canon Law was introduced into the Society of St. Pius X in February 1992, less than one year after the death of Archbishop Lefebvre.   When the SSPX becomes canonically regularized, the principles outlined herein will go out the window and the 1983 Code of Canon Law will become the sole binding document.

 

II. DECISION CONCERNING THE PROPER DISCIPLINE OF THE SSPX WITH RESPECT TO THE NEW CODE OF CANON LAW

 

  1.  The purpose of the law is to serve justice. Ecclesiastical laws have the objective of allowing the faithful to practice justice by placing them in favourable situations where Christian life is made possible and by removing situations that are dangerous to faith and customs.
  1. The reception of the new Canon Law poses in this regard a real problem of conscience for Catholics. Firstly, the Law distances itself in a dramatic way, in its totality and in detail, from the protection due to Faith and Morals. And secondly, we do not intend to jeopardize respect for legitimate authority.
  1. Archbishop Lefebvre, for all his wisdom, felt unable to settle the question of the validity of the promulgation of the Code, but the content – as the principles outlined in the apostolic letter of enactment (25 January 1983) – made him hold it as doubtful. In this case, according to canon 15 (n.14), this new legislation is not binding. In this situation, according to canon 23 (n. 21), the 1917 Code is not presumed revoked, but the new legislation must defer to the previous one and if possible be reconciled to the 1917 Code. The guiding principles of this delicate reconciliation follow.
  1. The 1917 Code is the reference in that it contains the spirit of the Church in all its purity and we follow it on principle to the extent that we can.
  1. This does not mean that we should outright reject the entire new Code. Indeed, on the one hand the law of the Church, even codified, does not form an inseparable whole that we must accept or reject. On the other hand certain norms of the new Code are justified because they provide a useful simplification or they correspond to a homogeneous development of the practice of the Church or to a better adaptation to circumstances. Thus, nothing prevents us from using that what is good in the new legislation and harmonizing it with the 1917 Code.
  1. We are obligated to refuse the new norms where they are opposed to the Catholic Faith or to the divine constitution of the Church or when they deviate from the protection due to Faith and Morals (eg., the new rules on mixed marriages, n. 1124-1129). In contrast, where the new norms are in accordance to what has been established (5) and appear justified, then we will retain them in place of the old in order not to deprive us or the faithful of the benefits they bring. (This is the case where certain impediments to marriage were removed: since the dispensing of ‘minor’ impediments was systematically granted, it was therefore justifiable to remove them). But where the new norms are not bad in themselves, but do not bring any improvement, we must insist on using the 1917 Code.
  1. Another principle must be applied: When the validity (of acts or sacraments) is at stake, it is difficult to declare as invalid that which is held as valid elsewhere in the Church, and on the other hand, there is also a practical necessity, for the good of the faithful, not to place them in opposition to the legislation in force in the official Church. In these cases, we opt for the 1983 norms, but then we reinforce our practice by leaning on the 1917 Code (for example, impediments to marriage due to age or close family relationships).
  1. Finally, regarding the matter and the form of the sacraments, we must err on the side of caution and, for example, consider as doubtful Confirmation conferred with oils other than olive oil, until the Church rules otherwise.

Decision approved in outline by the General Council in Rickenbach, 3 January 1992, developed by the Canonical Commission, and approved by the Superior General in Rickenbach, 8 February 1992.

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The following link contains a gold mine of the works of Archbishop Lefebvre.  Let us keep the Archbishop’s memory and mission intact and not distorted as it has been in the neo-SSPX.

 

https://yadi.sk/d/xrwnxzXbFM7n9

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The following (in blue font) is the Declaration of Fidelity to the Positions of the Society of St. Pius X formulated by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.  Since 1981, this Declaration has been required to be signed by candidates before receiving the subdiaconate.  After the Archbishop’s death in 1991, the formula was modified to include a provision to deal with the 1983 Code of Canon Law.  How many people would be willing to sign this today?  I would.

 

I, the undersigned, ___________(name)________ recognize _______________ as Pope of the Holy Catholic Church. That is why I am ready to pray in public for him as Sovereign Pontiff. I refuse to follow him when he departs from the Catholic tradition, especially in the questions of religious liberty and ecumenism, as also in the reforms which are harmful to the Church.

 

I grant that Masses celebrated according to the new rite are not all invalid. However, considering the bad translations of the Novus Ordo Missae, its ambiguity favoring its being interpreted in a Protestant sense, and the plurality of ways in which it can be celebrated, I recognize that the danger of invalidity is very great.

 

I affirm that the new rite of Mass does not, it is true, formulate any heresy in an explicit manner, but that it departs “in a striking manner overall as well as in detail, from the Catholic theology of the Holy Mass”, and for this reason the new rite is in itself bad.

 

That is why I shall never celebrate the Holy Mass according to this new rite, even if I am threatened with ecclesiastical sanctions; and I shall never advise anyone in a positive manner to take an active part in such a Mass. 

 

Finally, I admit as being legitimate the liturgical reform of John XXIII. Hence I take all the  liturgical books from it to be Catholic: the Missal, the Breviary, etc.; and I bind myself to make  exclusive use of them according to their calendar and rubrics, in particular for the celebration of  Mass and for the recitation in common of the Breviary.

 

In doing this I desire to show the obedience binding me to my superiors, as also the obedience binding me to the Roman Pontiff in all his legitimate acts.

 

Signed ________________________

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Thanks to a French Canadian gentleman of the Resistance, here is a translated into English extract of a conference given by the saintly Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre on April 11, 1990 in Econe, Switzerland.  This extract concerns the liturgical reforms attributed to Pope John XXIII.  It is clear from this conference that a true follower of Archbishop Lefebvre cannot reject the 1962 Missal and Breviary.

 

The audio extract (in French) of the conference regarding this subject is provided below, courtesy of the same French Canadian gentlemen.

 

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The owner of the website Milita Jesu Christi found a gem on Bishop Williamson’s former public position on the New Mass.  You may listen to the audio recording below.  I do not know the date and place of this recording.

 

In this recording, Bishop Williamson says that the New Mass is “illicit in any case”, that it is “intrinsically evil”, and that “one may not attend a valid, illicit Mass anymore than a Satanic Mass”.  Wow!  What a difference this is from what the same Bishop Williamson said to the lady in the Mahopac, NY conference given on June 28, 2015, where he basically told her that it was okay to continue attending the New Mass so long as her faith was nourished by it.  The words His Excellency uttered in this conference (and his later Eleison Comments) have caused strife within the Resistance between priests and faithful alike.  Yet, His Excellency has not backed down from what he said at that conference.

 

What a shame it is that an old wound has been opened up by His Excellency on a matter that had already been settled by Archbishop Lefebvre, which is that the New Mass is bad in itself and hence it may not be attended despite the reverence with which a priest celebrates it.  Therefore, the faithful followers of the Archbishop must resist Bishop Williamson or any other Resistance bishop, priest, or faithful who defend his words.

 

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