Defending the Indefensible

In an article dated July 28, 2015, Fr. Fernando Altamira of Colombia, former priest of the SSPX, wrote about the remarks on the attendance at the Novus Ordo Mass made by Bishop Williamson during His Excellency’s conference in Mahopac, NY on June 28, 2015.  I did not know about this article until it was published in the October 2015 issue (#30) of the Recusant, which you can find here on page 15.  According to Fr. Altamira, the owner of the Non Possumus blog went out of his way to defend Bishop Williamson’s remarks as being not contrary to the position held by the followers of the saintly Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.  I have not read the defence by the owner of the Non Possumus blog, so I cannot directly comment.  However, I have experienced myself many who have performed mental gymnastics in an attempt to defend Bishop Williamson’s indefensible remarks.  Unfortunately, some of these people are the same ones who will call those of us who assist at Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer’s Masses “Pfeifferites” or followers of the “cult of Fr. Pfeiffer”.  Perhaps these people should first pay attention to the log in their own eyes before pointing out the speck in our eyes.


The Our Lady of Good Success Mission is not a respecter of persons, but lovers of the Catholic Faith.  Bishop Williamson’s remarks on the attendance at the Novus Ordo Mass were clearly unacceptable.  His Excellency himself knew well that what he was saying during his conference was a shock to Traditionalists as he even admitted such during the same conference.  If Fr. Pfeiffer, Fr. Hewko, or whoever else would make such comments, he would be first privately approached by the Our Lady of Good Success Mission and respectfully asked to publicly retract his comments.  If he refused, he would then be publicly admonished.


The Novus Ordo Mass is instrinsically evil and as such it is morally unacceptable to positively assist at it for any reason whatsoever.  Let us pray that His Excellency Bishop Williamson publicly retracts his remarks as he has placed many souls in confusion and has led many Traditionalists to try to defend the indefensible.

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