titles are of the translator.
Your Excellencies, My very dear Confreres, Dear Seminarians, My
It is not without
a deep emotion that I see you in such great numbers gathered here
for this anniversary of ordination. Many of you have undergone the
difficulties of traveling; some come from far away continents. But
I think this ceremony was worth the effort.
did we come here together? To honor the Catholic Priesthood. I think
that is the deep motive for which you came today.
us thank God
We shall never
thank enough the Most Holy Trinity, and Our Lord Jesus Christ God
made man, for having instituted the Eternal Priesthood. Yes, Our
Lord is essentially The Mediator, The Priest. It is He who became
priest for us, for the offering of His Holy Sacrifice to His Father.
In His divine Wisdom, He willed to make some men, chosen by Him,
share His priesthood. What a great mystery of the Divine Charity,
of the Love of God for us! How unworthy do we feel to have this
immense grace of the priesthood. Blessed be God! Blessed be Our
Lord Jesus Christ! Blessed be also the Virgin Mary; for without
Mary, we would not have had the High Priest, whose priesthood we
share. Mary, Mother of the priests, Mother of the priesthood, yes,
she is indeed our Mother, especially for us priests. May God be
thanked and blessed for the priesthood which He deigned to bestow
upon me, for these sixty priestly years, these forty two years of
episcopate, during which, by His holy grace, unworthy as I am, I
have been able to confer these episcopal consecrations and many
priestly ordinations, - around five hundred - I was able to offer
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass daily, I was able to give Our Lord
Jesus Christ Himself to the souls, through the Sacraments, and especially
the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. How many graces! How many gifts!
To this hymn
of thanksgiving, to which you unite yourselves, my dear brethren,
I would like to add the translation of the words of a prayer of
the Offertory, which seem to be most appropriate to this circumstance
and which the priest recites every day: "Receive, Most Holy
Father, Almighty and Eternal God, this immaculate victim which I,
thy most unworthy servant, offer to Thee, my God, living and true,
for my innumerable sins, offenses and negligences, for all those
who are here present, for the Christian faithful, living and dead,
that this oblation may be useful for my salvation and theirs, unto
eternal life! Amen." This is the prayer of oblation, which
the priest recites every day at the Altar. What a magnificent prayer!
In front of this sublime mystery of the priesthood, we cannot not
feel ourselves so unworthy and so poor.
discern and teach many holy priests
My dear confreres
in the priesthood, it is to you that I address myself, especially
to those of you who are in charge of the formation of the future
priests. Prepare for us many priests, many holy priests, many Catholic
priests, with a deep Faith, with the longing for holiness, a desire
to be missionaries. This is what you are doing, and I thank you
for this in the name of all the faithful who understand well the
necessity to have truly Catholic priests, true other Christs.
I turn myself
also to you, dear confreres, who are in the pastoral field. It is
your duty to discern the germ of vocations in the hearts of young
men around you, and also vocations to the religious life. To you
therefore God gives the grace to take care and look after the souls
He chose for Himself to become priests or to participate in a different
way in His priesthood through the religious life.
And you, my
dear brethren, you Catholic parents, you are the sanctuary where
priestly or religious vocations are formed. Without you, what would
we do? Where would we find vocations of priests, monks and nuns?
Therefore I beseech you, keep this sanctuary far from the corrosive
and evil influences of the world. Do not let the spirit of the world
enter into your homes. Let them be true extensions of the parish,
of the church. Let your children have only edifying images to behold,
not those that could stain their souls for their whole life. Keep
away from their eyes what can corrupt their hearts, so that the
Good Lord may choose from your homes some elite souls. There is
nothing more beautiful than a priestly vocation in a family, than
a vocation to the monastery or convent. What a protection for the
whole family, for the brothers and sisters! Be sure of this.
this Holy Mass, we shall all pray together so that the Good Lord
may make the Catholic Priesthood continue, religious vocations continue
in spite of the attacks of the world and of hell against good vocations,
against the Catholic Priesthood. What would a church be without
priests? The modern church shall soon have only Sunday services
without priests: what can such services be? It is no longer the
Sacrifice of Our Lord reenacted on the Altar, in which you take
part, in which we take part. No, the Catholic Church is not a church
of such services: the Catholic Church is a Church of Catholic Priests:
without Catholic priests, there is no longer the Catholic Church.
have Catholic priests, we need Catholic bishops
And there can
be no Catholic priests without Catholic bishops. We could have had,
as you know, after the conversations with Rome, one bishop. But
what would this bishop have been? They demanded that he have the
"profile desired by the Vatican". What does that mean?
That he have the spirit of the Council, the spirit of Vatican II.
It is precisely to protect ourselves from that spirit which is not
the Spirit of God, which is not the Catholic Spirit, that we decided
to make these dear four Catholic bishops, and to transmit to the
coming generations of seminarians the Catholic Priesthood. This
way, you are assured that some priests shall continue to teach you
and your children the True Catholic Faith and to transmit the grace
through true Sacraments and the true Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
source of evil: the Secretariat for the Unity of Christians!
I would like
also, my dear brethren, to tell you a few words about the present
situation within the Church.
If one would
ask me: "But how has it been possible that the Catholic Church
of up to Pope Pius XII became the liberal modernist church?"
I would answer: you are sufficiently aware of the history of the
Council, it has been sufficiently explained to you, you have read
many books on these sorrowful subjects, so sad for our Catholic
hearts. We felt a break, a departure from the past, a departure
from Tradition, a departure from the Popes previous to the Council.
Among the many
facts which marked the history of the Council, I would only like
to underline the following one: what has weighed upon the disorientation
of the Church, upon the complete change of direction of the spirit
animating the Church into a liberal spirit, what has weighed before,
during and after the Council, is the Secretariat for the Unity of
instructive books have been recently published:
- the life of Mgr. Bugnini, an enormous autobiography, published
after his death.
- a book on Cardinal Bea, a huge book also, showing all his influence
before, during and after the Council.
- and lastly a life of Cardinal Villot, showing his orientations
and the influences he exercised during and after the Council.
All these show
that there has been a definite and firm will to change the spirit
of the Church, to make this "aggiornamento", this update
of the Church, opening its doors to all those who do not share our
Faith, giving them the impression that there are no differences
between them and us. This is a radical change in the position of
Council - and personally I have indeed this experience - we were
sent to missions beyond the seas. I spent thirty years in Africa
- the faithful from Gabon here present can testify to it! - Thirty
years to do what? To convert souls through Baptism into the Catholic
Church! What did St. Peter do after his first sermon at Jerusalem?
He baptized four thousand people. He knew that, by Baptism, he was
edifying the Church and that henceforth all those who wanted to
enter the Church, to enter the way of salvation, to follow Our Lord
Jesus Christ and share of the redeeming Blood of the Saving God,
ought to be baptized in the Catholic Church. This is what the Church
did throughout twenty centuries.
were told: No! You ought now to dialogue. You ought not to convert.
You ought to respect the opinion of everyone. You must not give
them the impression that they are in error.
But then, where
is the mission of the Church?
change was obtained by the pressures of groups of people who were
precisely members of the Secretariat for the Unity of Christians.
us reflect a few moments: why a Secretariat for the Unity of Christians?
Wasn't already the Congregation of the Propaganda, i.e. the propagation
of the Faith, in charge of bringing the Faith to all those who did
not yet have it? It was the Congregation of the Propaganda who sent
missionaries all over the world to convert all souls, whether pagans,
animists, atheists, Buddhist, Moslems, Protestants... The Propagation
of the Faith was in charge of sending missionaries to bring into
the Church, through Catholic Baptism, all these wandering souls.
Why then, besides
the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, establish a new
congregation, which would merely make contacts, "friendly"
contacts with all false religions and false ideologies? The Church
is now precisely suffering from this. She cannot die, of course:
you are the witnesses and agents of her continuation, you are the
Church, you continue the Church, through the Faith, which you maintain,
through the holiness of the Church, which you continue. Otherwise,
we could wonder where our Holy Church is going!
before the Council, went throughout the whole world, gathering the
episcopates and asking them to make of the Council an ecumenistic
council. I do not say, ecumenical. A council is always ecumenical.
I say, ecumenistic, that is, making a bond between all religions.
This is not
possible. It is contrary to the Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the reason why it is impossible for us to get along with
Rome as long as this "Secretariat" shall be supported
and encouraged by the Sovereign Pontiff. In the present situation,
the members of this Secretariat can continue their action of destroying
the Church and the social reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The name of
Cardinal Willebrands is sufficiently well known to be aware of the
fact that it is precisely his function to go everywhere and make
contacts with anyone, as if no one else were in charge of the doctrine
of the Church, of the Faith of the Church.
Msgr. De Smedt,
secretary of the Secretariat for the Unity of Christians, was the
one who defended during the Council the schema on Religious Freedom.
Msgr. Bugnini was a member of the Secretariat for the Unity of Christians;
he was the one who destroyed the Liturgy of the Holy Mass and of
the Sacraments and replaced it with a new liturgy, and who knows
where its evolution shall end? It is always changing.
this situation, without a doubt, we cannot have regular contacts
with Rome, because up to now Rome was asking that, for any concession
whatsoever, either an Indult for the Holy Mass, for the liturgy,
for the seminaries, we would have to sign the new profession of
Faith drawn up by Cardinal Ratzinger last February, which contains
explicitly the acceptance of the Council and of its consequences.
We must know
what we want! It was the Council, which destroyed the Holy Mass,
which destroyed the Faith, the Catechisms and the social reign of
Our Lord Jesus Christ in the civil societies. How then could we
must keep and protect our Catholic Faith!
this situation, my dear brethren, what can we do? We must keep the
Catholic Faith and protect it by all means!
Among the many
books available on the tables in the back, you will find many books
that can be of help to deepen your insight on the crisis we suffer
and to keep the Faith.
Two new books
have just been published: the book of Father Marziac and that of
Dom Guillou. The book of Dom Guillou in particular deals with the
Roman Canon of the Mass and of the difference between the Canon
of all times and that of the new liturgy. This is a very valuable
and very instructive book.
has also reprinted some very interesting books such as "Jesus
Christ, King of Nations" by the Reverend Father Philippe, a
Redemptorist of the beginning of this century. He wrote this wonderful
little book as a catechism. It is full of quotations from the Encyclicals
of the Popes showing that this is the Faith of our ancestors, the
Faith of the Popes before the Council. It is incompatible with what
we are taught now in the Church: the laicization of the states and
of the civil societies. They say: "This is inadmissible. Our
Lord can no longer reign over the societies; He is no longer the
Master of society." Isn't He the Creator? Has He no longer
the right to reign?
feed your Faith by good readings. I cannot quote all the publications,
all the magazines, all that, through the grace of God, has been
done by fervent and intelligent souls who have understood the necessity
to help the faithful to keep the Catholic Faith. But you know them.
I will quote only, if you allow me, "Monde et Vie" which
remained firm in its position on the Consecrations of bishops. And
I think that through "Radio-Courtoisie" we can get our
message through, the message of Tradition. These are valuable means,
without mentioning the publishers such as "Fideliter",
Chir-en-Montreuil, and "Dismas" in Belgium. I cannot quote
everyone. But we ought to profit from this blessed multiplication
of the means to help us to remain Catholic.
must not only defend our Faith we ought to profess it. Here is the
ending of the Anti-modernist Oath of St. Pius X. May we often repeat
hold, and shall hold to my dying breath the belief of the Fathers
in the charism of truth, which certainly is, was, and always will
be in the succession of the episcopacy from the Apostles. The purpose
of this (charism) is, then, not that dogma may be tailored according
to what seems better and more suited to the culture of each age;
rather, that the absolute and immutable truth preached by the Apostles
from the beginning may never be believed to be different, may never
be understood in any other way."
This is the
oath, which St. Pius X required all priests to swear on the Gospels,
in order to keep the Faith of all times, the Faith of the Apostles.
We have no other Faith; this is the Faith we profess. This is the
Faith you profess in your little catechisms, and that you transmit
to your children. Keep carefully these old Catechisms and if it
happens that some families live too far away to be taken care of
by one of our priests, let them write to our Sisters at St. Michel
en Brenne: they make a catechism by correspondence and thus can
teach the true Catechism to families. They now have 800 subscriptions.
I hope that they shall have more and more in order to help those
who are far from our priests to keep and continue the Faith.
Lastly we ought
to keep the Holiness, the grace of the Good Lord, and we cannot
do this without Jesus Christ. Indeed it is through His Sacrifice,
through His Cross, through the sharing of His Blood that we receive
the grace of the Good Lord; this we receive in all sacraments and
especially in the Holy Eucharist. Therefore let us be faithful to
the Mass of all times. Thus we shall keep in our hearts the grace
of God and our souls shall be transformed and ready to meet the
Good Lord, ready for Eternal Life.
May I tell
you now a few words on the international situation? It seems to
me that there is food for thought there and a conclusion to be drawn
for us from the events we are now living, events with a truly apocalyptic
You know what
is happening: the invasion of false religions, especially by Islam,
not only in France, but also in England, Belgium, in Germany, threatens
us. Two years ago, 100,000 Turks marched in the streets of Munich,
shouting mottos against Germany and Christianity. These facts are
a warning. This is what we can expect if our governments take no
care and let Christendom be invaded by Moslems. It is not without
reason that Pope St. Pius V and other Popes wanted to stop the tidal
wave of Islam; otherwise Christendom would have already disappeared.
event: those movements, which, we must acknowledge, we do not always
understand fully, those exceptional movements behind and now through
the iron curtain. On the occasion of these movements, we must not
forget the Masonic plans published by Pope Pius IX. More than a
century ago, they spoke of a world government imposing the Masonic
ideas. They were made public by Jacques Crtineau-Joly upon orders
of Pope Pius IX.
We must not
forget also the prophecies of the most holy Virgin Mary. She warned
us: without the Conversion of Russia, without conversion of the
world, without prayer and penance, communism shall invade the whole
world. What does that mean? We know very well that the goal of the
secret societies is a world government, with Masonic ideals, i.e.
the rights of men, equality, fraternity and liberty, understood
in an anti-christian sense, against Our Lord. These ideals would
be promoted by a world government, which would establish a kind
of socialism for all countries and then a congress of religions,
encompassing all religions, including the Catholic Religion, in
the service of this world government, as the Russian Orthodox are
in the service of the soviets. There would be two congresses: a
universal political congress, which would control the whole world,
and this Congress of religions, which would support this world government,
in a mercenary way.
threaten us. We must prepare ourselves. Faced with this, what should
In his encyclical
on Free-Masons, Pope Leo XIII said: "They want to utterly destroy
all Christian institutions. This is their goal." They are getting
And we, we
must build them again! We must stand up against this destruction.
This is what you are doing, and I congratulate you. I shall never
congratulate you enough. I am sure of telling you what God, what
Our Lord, what the most Blessed Virgin want to tell you: continue,
continue to do what you are doing.
schools, priories are springing up. Parishes are multiplying in
many countries. Everywhere churches are being acquired for Tradition.
We must build again the Social Reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ in
this Christian world, which is disappearing.
You shall tell
me: "But, Monseigneur, this is the fight of David against Goliath!"
yes, indeed, I know. But in his fight against Goliath, David won
the victory! How did he win the victory? By a little pebble which
he took from the torrent. What is this little stone, which we have?
Jesus Christ! Our Lord Jesus Christ! We shall say with our ancestors
from Vende: "We have no other honor than the honor of Jesus
Christ. We have no other fear in the world than to offend Jesus
Christ!" They went to their death to defend their God singing
this! We also, let us sing with courage, wholeheartedly: "We
have no other love than Our Lord Jesus Christ, no other fear than
to offend Him!"
We shall pray
to the most Blessed Virgin to help us in this fight. For this purpose,
in a few moments, after the Holy Mass, we, the five Bishops here
present, shall get together and renew the consecration of the world
and of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.
We are convinced
that the most Blessed Virgin, our good Mother who is always in the
heart of the fight, encourages us. She came on earth to request
that we fight, fearlessly, because she is with us.
our families, our persons, our cities, our countries, our homelands,
to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we are convinced that she shall
come to our help and that she will manage to make us come with her
one day in Eternal Life.
In the Name
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.