the Ordination of thirteen priests and thirteen sub-deacons
on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
My dear friends,
dear confreres, dear brethren…who have come from every country,
from all horizons: It is a joy for us to welcome you and
to feel you so close to us at this moment so important for our Fraternity
and also for the Church. I think that, if the pilgrims have permitted
themselves to make this sacrifice, to journey day and night, to
come from distant regions to participate in this ceremony, it is
because they had the conviction that they were coming to participate
in a ceremony of the Church, to participate in a ceremony which
would fill their hearts with joy, because they will now have the
certitude in returning to their homes that the Catholic Church continues.
Ah, I know
well that the difficulties are numerous in this undertaking which
we have been told is foolhardy. They say that we are in a deadlock.
Why? Because from Rome have come to us, especially in the last three
months, since 19 March in particular, the Feast of Saint Joseph,
demands, supplications, orders, and threats to inform us that we
must cease our activity, to inform us that we must not perform these
ordinations to the priesthood. They have been pressing these last
few days. In the last twelve days in particular, we have not ceased
to receive messages and envoys from Rome enjoining us to refrain
from performing these ordinations.
But if in all
objectivity we seek the true motive animating those who ask us not
to perform these ordinations, if we look for the hidden motive,
it is because we are ordaining these priests that they may say the
Mass of all time. It is because they know that these
priests will be faithful to the Mass of the Church, to the Mass
of Tradition, to the Mass of all time, that they urge us not to
In proof of
this, consider that six times in the last three weeks-six
times-we have been asked to re-establish normal relations with Rome
and to give as proof the acceptance of the new rite; and I have
been asked to celebrate it myself. They have gone so far as to send
me someone who offered to concelebrate with me in the new rite so
as to manifest that I accepted voluntarily this new liturgy, saying
that in this way all would be straightened out between us and Rome.
They put a new Missal into my hands, saying "Here is the Mass
that you must celebrate and that you shall celebrate hence-
forth in all your houses.” They told me as well that if on this
date, today, this 29th of June, before your entire assembly, we
celebrated a Mass according to the new rite, all would be straightened
out henceforth between ourselves and Rome. Thus it is clear, it
is evidence that it is on the problem of the Mass that the
whole drama between Ecône and Rome depends.
Ordination: The Litany Of the Saints
Are we wrong
in obstinately wanting to keep the rite of all time? We have, of
course, prayed, we have consulted, we have reflected, we have meditated
to discover if it is not indeed we who are in error, or if we do
not really have a sufficient reason not to submit ourselves to the
new rite. And in fact, the very insistence of those who were sent
from Rome to ask us to change rite makes us wonder .
And we have
the precise conviction that this new rite of Mass expresses a new
faith, a faith which is not ours, a faith which is not the Catholic
Faith. This New Mass is a symbol, is an expression, is an image
of a new faith, of a Modernist faith. For if the most holy
Church has wished to guard throughout the centuries this precious
treasure which She has given us of the rite of Holy Mass which was
canonised by Saint Pius V, it has not been without purpose. It is
because this Mass contains our whole faith, the whole
Catholic Faith: faith in the Most Holy Trinity, faith in the
Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, faith in the Redemption of Our
Lord Jesus Christ, faith in the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ which
flowed for the redemption of our sins, faith in supernatural grace,
which comes to us from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which comes
to us from the Cross, which comes to us through all the Sacraments.
This is what
we believe. This is what we believe in celebrating the Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass of all time. It is a lesson of faith and at the same
time a source of our faith, indispensable for us in
this age when our faith is attacked from all sides. We have need
of this true Mass, of this Mass of all time. of this Sacrifice
of Our Lord Jesus Christ really to fill our souls with the Holy
Ghost and with the strength of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now it is evident
that the new rite, if I may say so, supposes another conception
of the Catholic religion-another religion. It is no longer the priest
who offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, it is the assembly. Now
this is an entire program-an entire program. Henceforth it is the
assembly also that replaces authority in the Church. It is the assembly
of bishops that replaces the power of (individual) bishops. It is
the priests' council that replaces the power of the bishop in the
diocese. It is numbers that command from now on in the Holy Church.
And this is expressed in the Mass precisely because the assembly
replaces the priest, to such a point that now many priests no longer
want to celebrate Holy Mass when there is no assembly. Slowly but
surely the Protestant notion of the Mass is being introduced into
the Holy Church.
And this is
consistent with the mentality of modern man- absolutely consistent.
For it is the democratic ideal which is the fundamental idea
of modern man, that is to say, that the power lies with the assembly,
that authority is in the people, in the masses, and not in God.
And this is most grave. Because we believe that God is all-powerful;
we believe that God has all authority; we believe that all authority
comes from God. "Omnis potestas a Deo." All authority
comes from God. We do not believe that authority comes from below.
Now that is the mentality of modern man.
And the New
Mass is not less than the expression of this idea that authority
is at the base, and no longer in God. This Mass is no longer a hierarchical
Mass; it is a democratic Mass. And this is most grave. It is the
expression of a whole new ideology. The ideology of modern
man has been brought into our most sacred rites.
And this is
what is at present corrupting the entire Church. For by this idea
of power bestowed on the lower rank, in the Holy Mass, they have
destroyed the priesthood! They are destroying the priesthood, for
what is the priest, if the priest no longer has a personal power,
that power which is given to him by his ordination, as these future
priests are going to receive it in a moment? They are going to receive
a character, a character which will put them above the people
of God! Nevermore shall they be able to say after the ceremony about
to be performed, they shall never be able to say, "We are men
like other men." This would not be true.
They will no
longer be men like other men! They will be men of God. They will
be men, I should say, who almost participate in the divinity of
Our Lord Jesus Christ by His sacerdotal character. For Our Lord
Jesus Christ is Priest for eternity, Priest according to the Order
of Melchisedech, because He is Jesus Christ; because the
divinity of the Word of God was infused into the humanity which
He assumed. And it is at the moment that He assumed this humanity
in the womb of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus became Priest.
The grace in
which these young priests are going to participate is not the sanctifying
grace in which Our Lord Jesus Christ gives us to participate by
the grace of baptism; it is the grace of union-that grace
of union unique to Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is in this grace that
they are going to participate, for it is by His grace of union with
the divinity of God, with the divinity of the Word, that Our Lord
Jesus Christ became Priest; that Our Lord Jesus Christ is King;
that Our Lord Jesus Christ is Judge; that Our Lord Jesus Christ
ought to be adored by all men: by His grace of union, sublime grace!
grace which no being here below could ever receive-this grace of
the divinity itself descending into a humanity which is Our Lord
Jesus Christ, anointing Him, after a fashion, like the oil that
descends on the head and consecrates him who receives this oil.
The humanity of Our Lord Jesus Christ was penetrated by the divinity
of the Word of God, and thus He was made Priest. He was made Mediator
between God and men.
It is in this
very grace, which will place them above the people of God, that
these priests are going to participate. They too will be the intermediaries
between God and God's people. They will not merely be the representatives
of the people of God; they will not be the functionaries of the
people of God; they will not merely be 'presidents of the assembly.'
They are priests for eternity, marked by this character for eternity,
and no one has the right not to respect them; even if they themselves
did not respect this character-they have it always in themselves,
they will always have it in themselves.
Ordination: The Clergy joins with the Archbishop
in laying hands on the Ordinands
This is what
we believe, this is our faith, and this is what constitutes our
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is the priest who offers the
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; and the faithful participate in
this offering, with all their heart, with all their soul, but it
is not they who offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. As proof,
consider that the priest, when he is alone, offers the Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass in the same manner and with the same value as if there
were a thousand people around him. His sacrifice has an infinite
value: the sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ offered by the priest
has an infinite value.
This is what
we believe. This is why we think that we cannot accept the new rite,
which is the work of another ideology, or a new ideology.
They thought that they would attract the world by accepting the
ideas of the world. They thought they would attract to the Church
those who do not believe by accepting the ideas of these persons
who do not believe, by accepting the ideas of modern man-this modern
man who is a Liberal, who is a Modernist; who is a man who accepts
the plurality of religions, who no longer accepts the social Kingship
of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This I have heard twice from the envoys
of the Holy See, who told me that the social Kingship of Our Lord
Jesus Christ was no longer possible in our time; that we must accept
definitely the pluralism of religions. That is what they told me.
That the Encyclical Quas Primas, which is so beautiful,
on the social Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which was written
by Pope Pius XI, would never be written today by the Pope. This
is what they said to me-the official envoys of the Holy See.
Well, we are
not of this religion. We do not accept this new religion. We are
of the religion of all time; we are of the Catholic religion. We
are not of this 'universal religion' as they call it today-this
is not the Catholic religion any more. We are not of this Liberal,
Modernist religion which has its own worship, its own priests, its
own faith, its own catechisms, its own Bible, the 'ecumenical Bible'-these
things we do not accept. We do not accept the 'ecumenical Bible.'
There is no 'ecumenical Bible.' There is only the Bible of God,
the Bible of the Holy Ghost, written under the influence of the
Holy Ghost. It is the Word of God. We do not have the right to mix
it with the words of men. There is no 'ecumenical Bible' which could
possibly exist. There is only one Word- the Word of the Holy Ghost.
We do not accept the catechisms which no longer uphold our Creed.
And so on and so forth.
We cannot accept
these things. They are contrary to our Faith. We regret infinitely,
it is an immense, immense pain for us, to think that we are in difficulty
with Rome because of our faith! How is this possible?
It is something that exceeds the imagination, that we should never
have been able to imagine, that we should never have been able to
believe, especially in our childhood-then when all was uniform,
when the whole Church believed in Her general unity, and held the
same Faith, the same Sacraments, the same Sacrifice of the Mass,
the same catechism. And behold, suddenly all is in division, in
I said as much
to those who came from Rome. I said so: Christians are torn apart
in their families, in their homes, among their children; they are
torn apart in their hearts by this division in the Church, by this
new religion now being taught and practised. Priests are dying prematurely,
torn apart in their hearts and in their souls at the thought that
they no longer know what to do: either to submit to obedience and
lose, in a way, the faith of their childhood and of their youth,
and renounce the promises which they made at the time of their ordination
in taking the anti-Modernist oath; or to have the impression of
separating themselves from him who is our father, the Pope, from
him who is the representative of Saint Peter. What agony for these
priests! Many priests have died prematurely of grief. Priests are
now hounded from their churches, persecuted, because they say the
Mass of all time.
We are in a
truly dramatic situation. We have to choose between an appearance,
I should say, of disobedience-for the Holy Father cannot ask us
to abandon our faith. It is impossible, impossible-the abandonment
of our faith. We choose not to abandon our faith, for in
that we cannot go wrong. In that which the Catholic Church has taught
for two thousand years, the Church cannot be in error. It
is absolutely impossible, and that is why we are attached to this
tradition which is expressed in such an admirable and definitive
manner, as Pope Saint Pius V said so well, in a definitive manner
in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
in the newspapers, will appear our condemnation. It is quite possible,
because of these ordinations today. I myself shall probably be struck
by suspension. These young priests will be struck by an irregularity
which in theory should prevent them from saying Holy Mass. It is
possible. Well, I appeal to Saint Pius V-Saint Pius V, who in his
Bull said that, in perpetuity, no priest could incur a censure,
whatever it might be, in perpetuity, for saying this Mass. And consequently,
this censure, this excommunication, if there was one, these censures,
if there are any, are absolutely invalid, contrary
to that which Saint Pius V established in perpetuity in his Bull
: that never in any age could one inflict a censure on a
priest who says this Holy Mass.
this Mass is canonised. He canonised it definitively. Now a Pope
cannot remove a canonisation. The Pope can make a new rite, but
he cannot remove a canonisation. He cannot forbid a Mass that is
canonised. Thus, if he has canonised a Saint, another Pope cannot
come and say that this Saint is no longer canonised. That is not
possible. Now this Holy Mass was canonised by Pope Saint Pius V.
And that is why we can say it in all tranquillity, in all security,
and even be certain that, in saying this Mass, we are professing
our faith, we are upholding our faith, we are upholding the faith
of the Catholic people. This is, indeed, the best manner of upholding
And that is
why we are going to proceed in a few moments with these ordinations.
Certainly we should desire to have a blessing as was given in the
past by the Holy See-a benediction came from Rome for the newly-ordained.
But we believe that God is here present, that He sees all things,
and that He also blesses this ceremony which we are performing;
and that one day He will certainly draw from it the fruits which
He desires, and will aid us in any case, to maintain our Faith and
to serve the Church.
We ask this
especially of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary and of Saints Peter and
Paul today. Let us ask the Most Blessed Virgin, who is the Mother
of the Priesthood, to give these young men the true grace of the
priesthood; to give them the Holy Ghost in Whose giving she was
intermediary the day of Pentecost.
Let us ask
Saint Peter and Saint Paul to maintain in us this faith in Peter.
Ah, yes, we believe in Peter, we believe in the Successor of Peter!
But as Pope Pius IX says well in his dogmatic constitution, the
Pope has received the Holy Ghost, not to make new truths, but to
maintain us in the Faith of all time. This is the definition of
the Pope made at the time of the First Vatican Council by Pope Pius
IX. And that is why we are persuaded that, in maintaining these
traditions, we are manifesting our love, our docility, our obedience
to the Successor of Peter.
In the name
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
The 13 new priests and 13 new Sub-deacons with
After the ceremony,
the faithful come for the first blessings of the new priests.
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Vol. XV, No.
6, June 1992