Volume 3, Chapter
semi-annual letter coincides with the tenth anniversary of the official
approval given to our Society by His Excellency Mgr. Charriere,
Bishop of Fribourg, on November 1st, 1970. How many events since
that date have shown that the Church has been veritably seized and
occupied by Modernism. Many books have described in a disturbing
way the result of this penetration into Roman ranks and into episcopal
In the face
of this sad spectacle, which gets worse every year, one could even
say every month, we put aside our expressions of indignation and
sadness. Still, we could deplore the persecution whose object is
the most worthy and venerable priests, such as our dear friend Canon
Catta, treasurer of the Visitandines of Nantes for forty years,
and dean of the chapter. More than eighty years of age, he was deprived
shortly before his death of his function as dean of the chapter.
Mistreated by his confrères at the rest home, he sought refuge
for his meals with the Visitandines, who ended by asking him to
return to the rest home where, broken-hearted, he succumbed to cardiac
arrest, and all this because he persevered in celebrating the Holy
Mass of his ordination. His burial was completely contrary to what
he had requested. Thus, traditionalists are pursued beyond death,
for the crime of fidelity.
On the tombs
of these holy priests, over the graves of so many of the faithful,
prematurely dead because of this grievous persecution, we should
take our oath of fidelity, an oath which is none other than the
profession of faith and the Anti-Modernist Oath of St. Pius X, the
last canonized Pope. Supported by twenty centuries of Faith and
Tradition, we can and must persevere without fear, in the conviction
that Truth must triumph, because it is divine. Our Lord said it:
"I am the Truth."
complaining and being discouraged, let us thank God Who everywhere
blesses the efforts of those who persevere in the Faith and in Tradition.
It would be impossible to note in detail the countless blessings
which we have witnessed, or which have been confided to us by those
who have received them. The many vocations which are joining the
Society or the many communities faithful to Tradition, each have
their own moving story. They are flowers blooming amid the brambles
of the Society could write books about the conversions they have
witnessed. Priests who minister to summer camps tell us with deep
emotion of the extraordinary return to the Faith and to the practice
of religion recovered by contact with Tradition and above all with
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
such as schools, universities, seminaries all have a story which
reveals the intervention of Divine Providence. And all the works
faithful to Tradition bear witness in the same way. One small example:
the bishop of Kansas City (USA), put on the market a large, spacious
church, furnished with beautiful altar, organ and pews seating a
thousand. The Father in charge of the Southern District made efforts
to acquire it through a third party, but the bishop's office got
wind of who the buyer was, and his link with Archbishop Lefebvre.
The answer was a categorical refusal to sell. A black Protestant
bishop then appeared on the scene. Not only was this purchaser very
welcome, but, in the name of ecumenism, the price was cut by half.
Now, for reasons unknown, this Protestant bishop hastened to re-sell
the church to our District Superior, who thus benefitted by the
lower price. So the Society from now on can accommodate many of
the faithful for beautiful ceremonies in a splendid church in the
heart of Kansas City.
Let us keep
our trust and our courage, as St. Paul says: “If God is with
us, who can be against us?" This month let us pray to the Virgin
Mary to deliver Holy Church from her enemies within, as she did
at the time of St. Pius V from enemies without.
Help us with
your prayers and your generosity to pursue the work of rejuvenating
the Church with true and holy priests. May God bless you.
1 October 1980
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Traditional Catholic University Inaugurated
11 October 1980
The Feast of
the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on Saturday, October 11th,
witnessed an important step forward in the history of the Society
of St. Pius X, namely the inauguration in Paris of the Society's
first traditional Catholic university – the Institut Universitaire
St. Pie X. Staffed by professors drawn from the faculties of the
Sorbonne and other French universities, the Institute is pledged
to traditional Catholic teaching in the arts, offering degrees in
philosophy, history, and literature. As much of the confusion in
today’s world is due to a lack of training in these fields,
the Institute should prove to be of vital importance in bringing
souls back to the Truth of the Catholic Church.
Rector is Rev. Alain Lorans, recently ordained by Archbishop Lefebvre
at Ecône. After a conference in which he described the aims
of the University, the buildings and grounds were blessed by His
Grace, Archbishop Lefebvre, who went on to offer Solemn High Mass
at the Church of St. Nicholas du Chardonnet in the heart of Paris.
During this Mass, Fr. Lorans pronounced the Anti-Modernist Oath
of St. Pius X, pledging himself and the entire faculty "to
uphold unto our last breath the faith of our fathers."
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