The Neo-SSPX Is a Result of Being “Branded”

In an explosive revelation, Fr. Patrick Girouard attested in his June 2, 2013 sermon that Fr. Jurgen Wegner, Canadian District Superior of the Society of St. Pius X, revealed to him during a conversation they had in October 2012 while Fr. Wegner was in British Columbia, that Bishop Fellay, with the assistance of Fr. Wegner, hired a company to change the image of the SSPX in order to attract more faithful.  The conclusion of this company was that the SSPX had to tone down its fight against the Vatican II church.  It had to focus more on the positive side of things and stop arguing so much.  Is this not what we have been exactly seeing in the SSPX recently!  The “branding” of the new image of the SSPX, then, has been masterminded by Menzingen!  But at what cost?  Unfortunately, it has been at the cost of the reduction, both in frequency and intensity, in condemning doctrinal errors and heterodox practices coming from Modernist Rome and the Modernist Bishops.  Where, for example, did Bishop Fellay publicly condemn the Assisi III meeting hosted by Pope Benedict XVI?  Unfortunately, this new image of the SSPX has made it become not much better than the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter or the Institute of Christ the King.

 

Fr. Giroud’s sermon can be seen, heard, and read at this link:

 

http://www.sacrificium.org/multimedia/video/solemnity-feast-corpus-christi-2-june-2013

 

Evidence to support Fr. Giroud’s claim can be found in the January/February 2012 issue of The Angelus.  Fr. Wegner writes in the “Last Word” column of this issue that:

 

“A renowned European branding firm developed a corporate style for which the Society which is supposed to be used not only for The Angelus but for all kinds of publications, for correspondence as well as for the also renewed website.  I’m very happy being closely involved in this work and honored writing these lines.” 

 

On May 13, 2012 Fr. Wegner gave a sermon at the Church of the Transfiguration in Toronto where he spoke about this company and what an executive of this company said to him.  You can listen to the recording at the link below.  Start at the 22 minute mark.

 

http://www.ecclesiamilitans.com/2012_05_13_-_fr._jurgen_wegner_sermon.mp3

 

The very next day, I personally wrote to Fr. Wegner, via e-mail, the following:

 

“Dear Fr. Wegner,

 

I thank you for the sermon yesterday.  You’ve raised some good points.  One thing that I have been thinking about, however, is your statement that someone told you that the SSPX is fighting against an already ruined Church and that it is time to re-build.  I think the SSPX has been re-building since the first day of its foundation and fighting at the same time.  Nevertheless, one of the problems I find with your statement is that Pope Benedict XVI continues to praise the cause of the ruin, that is, Vatican II.  I could understand if the pope was calling out for help to implement truly Catholic doctrine and morality, but his refusal to repent of the doctrinal and moral crimes that he has committed throughout his clerical career and his refusal to condemn the errors of Vatican deters me from accepting your statement as valid.  The Church is in ruins indeed, but the cause of those ruins continues to be praised by this pope.  He still sees Vatican II as the future of the Church!  And we are to trust him?

 

Father, please understand that I am a baby when it comes to this fight for Tradition.  I have only been with the SSPX for seven years.  But when three Bishops of the Holy Roman Catholic Church consecrated by the saintly Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre write a letter to the Superior General of the SSPX that they are against a canonical deal, one has to really stop and think about Bishop Fellay’s wisdom in this matter.  Bishop Fellay has still not even publicly explained why he has changed course from requiring a doctrinal agreement prior to a canonical one to now being willing to accept a canonical deal prior to a doctrinal resolution.

 

Trust me when I say that whatever decision Bishop Fellay makes, I pray and hope that everything will work out for the greater glory and honour of God and for the good of the Church, but I have a difficult time believing that making a canonical deal at this point in time is really the solution.

 

God bless.”


The Recusant London Conference – June 1 & 2, 2013

The Catholic Resistance in Canada has created a webpage where you can download mp3 audio files of the London Conference hosted by the Recusant on June 1 & 2, 2013.  Here is the link:

 

http://www.ecclesiamilitans.com/therecusantlondonconference2013.html

 

You can either left click on an audio file to listen to it immediately or right click and then left click “Save target as” option to download the audio file to your computer.

 

Information about this conference can be found at this link:

 

http://www.therecusant.com/london-conference


Recusant Reports on Conference

http://www.cathinfo.com/catholic.php?a=topic&t=24939&min=20&num=5

Apologies lack of updates and for delay in uploading videos. Our video man won’t arrive home til tonight, hopefully he can start uploading to YouTube ASAP from then on…

Sunday went v. well. Around 50ppl attended, although some of them were different people from those who attended on Saturday.

 

Missa Cantata was followed by the renewal of the Consecration of the SSPX to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, first done by Abp.Lefebvre in 1984, and which Bishop Fellay will no longer renew.

 

After lunch, some further messsages of support sent to the organisers were read out. One from the Carmelites of Brilon Wald promising their prayers for the success of the conference and for the Resistance in our country. Another from Fr. Patrick Girouard, in which he announced that he had now set up a Resistance priory and chapel in Canada.

 

Fr. Kramer gave an excellent talk regarding Fatima and the mystery of iniquity, and ended by comprehensively showing the folly and error of claiming that the New Mass was “legitimately promulgated”.

 

Fr. Pfeiffer raised and then answered many common objections to the Resistance put forward by Menzingen’s apparatchiks. (Fr. complained about the lack of hecklers and said that he had to perform that role himself!)

 

An open Q&A session concluded the proceedings.

 

Everyone present was of one mind regarding the current crisis in the SSPX, and my own impression is that everyone spoken to seemed to say they could no longer in conscience attend the SSPX, things being as they are. The practical result is that a resistance Mass centre in London is now a permanent fixture. Expect further announcements.

 

Heartfelt thanks go to all those who kept us in their prayers.

 


Angelus Promotes Modernism

What is the purpose of art? The purpose of art is to produce beauty which will raise one’s thoughts to God. Architecture is one form of art with many examples which meet this criterion.

 

The March/April 2013 issue of The Angelus contains an article entitled “Ecclesiastical Architecture” which presents an overview of Catholic architecture. The article gives a brief history of architectural designs from the 5th to the 20th century. Key features of each design are mentioned in an objective fashion; no one design is given preference.

 

Within the discussion of the 19th and 20th centuries, one church is singled out – the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp designed by the Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier. The author describes the chapel as “one of the most important examples of twentieth-century religious architecture”. Three photographs are included, showing an asymmetrical building that looks like a mushroom with a silo.

 

In architecture, as in all other forms of art, the created work is meant to raise one’s thoughts to God. For example, the height and depth of the Baroque cathedrals demonstrate how this can be done. By including the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut on the list of good examples, this article has the audacity to claim that this chapel fits the criterion of good Catholic art. The implication is that we should accept this type of art and learn from it.

 

To see photos of this chapel, view this link. As an aside, try to find the tabernacle. I could not.

http://www.galinsky.com/buildings/ronchamp/

 

Consider also this quote from the architect noted on the website: “Here we will build a monument dedicated to nature and we will make it our lives’ purpose.” Since when is a Catholic church dedicated to nature?

 

Further, the issue of The Angelus is dedicated as ‘A Catholic Primer on Art”. It is intended to instruct the reader on Catholic art. This article should come with a warning of what not to accept as true Catholic art.

 

Instead, the article serves as an example demonstrating that the SSPX has accepted modernist ideas.

 

Sister Constance