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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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For a five minute sermon, Father sure gets the point across!

 

 

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Our friends in Quebec brought this to our attention. They copied the original memo for ease of reading and linked to an excellent analysis. The memo is from Fr Duverger (high up in the SSPX hierarchy) and signed by Fr Wegner, to discredit the Dominicans of Avrille, who are visiting tertiaries in Canada and the US.

 
Source: http://cor-mariae.proboards.com/thread/2665/district-superior-begins-another-persecution
 
The text of the memo follows:
 
Society of Saint Pius X
District of the United States of America
Regina Coeli House
Father Jurgen Wegner 11485 N. Farley Rd.
District Superior Platte City, MO 64079
Phone: 816 753 0073
 
Sunday, October 26, 2014
 
Dear Fathers,
 
In the early 1980’ʹs, Archbishop Lefebvre helped institute a community of traditional Dominican friars who
wished to remain faithful to the Constitutions of the Order of Preachers before they were modernized after the Second Vatican Council. The first two friars were ordained by the Archbishop in 1982. For more than two decades, the Dominicans of Avrillé worked with the Society of St. Pius X in their defense of Catholic Tradition. It is this fidelity which surely attracted you to become Tertiaries.
 
As you may or may not know, however, relations became strained in 2012 during the period of time where it seemed the Roman authorities might regularize the canonical status of the Society. Certain individuals mistakenly interpreted these discussions as a betrayal of Archbishop Lefebvre’ʹs principles. As the last few
years have proven, however, there has been no compromise on principles or practice. The Society of St. Pius X continues in the line of Archbishop Lefebvre: maintain contact with Rome while refusing any innovation or agreement that would endanger the work of Tradition.
 
Unfortunately, the priests of Avrillé have decided to break with the Society of St. Pius X and work with the
loose federation of clerics who make up the so–‐‑called “Resistance.” They now plan to visit some of their former friends and tertiaries in America, many of whom may not be aware of the circumstances of the past few years.
 
Not only are they not working with the Society any more, they are actively working against it. Their friars
have even signed a declaration against the Society of St. Pius X.
 
The Society has not been involved with any of their recent planning. We thus ask our faithful not to have
anything to do with this subversive activity. We encourage those interested in this question to contact Fr.
Albert at the new Dominican foundation in Belgium. He has the support of Bishop Fellay, the Superior
General of the Society, as well as Bishop de Galaretta, who works with the religious orders affiliated with us. I likewise lend my support to these faithful Dominicans and encourage you to help them.
 
I sent a similar letter to the Dominican Tertiaries all over the United States.
 
You will find here below the planned itinerary for as far as I heard of it. I would appreciate that you let me
(Fr. Duverger) know any other of their plans.
 
With assurance of prayers in Our Lady,
 
Fr. Jürgen Wegner
District Superior
 
_____________________________
Planned trip of Dominican Friars:
Oct. 25 to Nov. 10: visit in USA and Canada
Oct. 30 Chicago area (M. Joe Pfeifer)
Nov. 5–‐‑6 Post–‐‑Falls/Coeur d’Alene (Mrs. Christine Koziol)

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We thank a gentleman who assists at Masses hosted by the Our Lady of Good Success Mission for recording this video of the sermon given by Fr. David Hewko on Sunday October 19, 2014 in Oakville, Ontario.  An audio only version of the sermon was first posted here.

 

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This is a ‘must listen to’ sermon by Fr. David Hewko.  I believe the Holy Ghost was really speaking through him.

 

You can directly listen to the audio by left clicking on the “Play” button.  If you prefer to download the audio file to your computer, right click the “Play” button and then left click the “Save audio as” option.

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You can directly listen to the audio by left clicking on the “Play” button.  If you prefer to download the audio file to your computer, right click the “Play” button and then left click the “Save audio as” option.

 

Sermon

 

Conference

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Mass in Oakville on October 19th will be at 8:30 am instead of at 7:30 am.

 

Confessions likewise will take place one hour earlier than previously posted (now at 8 am).

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The October 2014 issue of the Recusant is now available here for download.

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