June 1988, Econe, Switzerland
In the Name
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
My very dear
friends, my dear brethren,
Allow me, before
addressing several words to you at this beautiful ceremony of the
priesthood, to address some words to His Excellency Bishop de Castro
It is a great
honor and a great encouragement to have the presence of Bishop de
Castro Mayer, former Bishop of Campos, Brazil (not far from Rio
de Janeiro). On the other side of the ocean, he has also led the
good fight for Tradition, surrounded by his good priests of whom
several are here today at his side. He has fought the good fight
of Faith. This has brought him the same persecutions as those, which
we have suffered and are still suffering.
I read, in
the leaflet printed by his priests on the occasion of his fortieth
anniversary in the episcopacy, a few of his pastoral letters. The
first of them dealt with Tradition. Indeed, it is for the sake of
this Tradition, that is to say, in virtue of the Treasure that Our
Lord Jesus Christ has left in the hands of His apostles in order
that it be transmitted from generation to generation, that we carry
on the good fight. Indeed, it is this, which makes us Christians,
which makes us Catholics, participants in the treasure of the Divine
Life, which Our Lord Jesus Christ came to give us. This is what
Tradition is. It is the preparation for Eternal Life. It is not
a small thing. It is not a mere word. It is a profound reality,
a reality which leads us to Eternal Life. Without Tradition, that
is to say, without the Magisterium of the Church of all time, and
without these treasures of grace, which are the participation in
the very life of Our Lord Who, is God, we cannot reach Eternal Life.
It is therefore our everlasting life, which is at stake. Thus, in
performing this ceremony, we do not make folklore; we are not attached
to some vestiges of the past, which one could easily do without.
Yes, this is why I profoundly thank His Excellency Bishop de Castro
Mayer for having come amongst us.
He fought at
the Council. We fought together to prevent the errors of Liberalism,
which are a cancer in the doctrine of the Church, spreading themselves
in the texts of the Council. Together we fought and we have found
each other publicly maintaining the defense of Tradition. A good
number of bishops fought with us during the Council there were
almost 250 - but afterwards circumstances were such that they returned
to their dioceses, or that they gave their resignation, or that
they died. We found ourselves only two to resist all these lamentable
consequences of this liberal Council, of which Pope Paul VI himself
said was a work of "auto-demolition" of the Church and
that "the smoke of Satan" had entered the Church: It is
quite right that bishops should fight against the demolition of
the Church and against the smoke of Satan!
My dear friends,
it is to you that I address these few words before you receive the
priestly grace and character, by the imposition of our hands, and
by the words of the Sacrament of Orders, of the Holy Priesthood.
You came from
your family, from your school, from your city, each one of you having
lived in a particular atmosphere: some from very Christian families,
some from less Christian families, and perhaps also, alas, some
from families having lost the Faith. And you came with the help
of grace, called by Our Lord; you came to Ecône. Why Ecône? At that
time perhaps you did not perfectly realize the fight that Ecône
leads. You came because of your desire to be formed in Tradition.
Indeed, it seemed to you that to separate oneself from Tradition
was to separate oneself from the Church and, therefore, to receive
possibly doubtful sacraments and a formation which is certainly
not according to the principles of the Magisterium of the Church
of All Times. Thus you made this path to Ecône, which no doubt merited
you some criticism, perhaps from certain priests in your area, perhaps
from a part of your family. You suffered for it, but in the strength
of your Faith, and with the grace of God, you came.
And you found,
when you first arrived, the statue of St. Pius X. What does that
statue of St. Pius X signify in the middle of this courtyard at
Ecône? That St. Pius X, first of all, is the patron of our Society,
and that he is the last canonized Pope. He was canonized for the
vigor of his Faith, and the ardor he had put into fighting the errors,
which were destroying the Faith. This is what the Collect for the
Feast of St. Pius X says... yes, he was canonized for that by the
holy Pius XII. And you found him, therefore, a model: model of theological
science, model of the Faith, model of pastoral zeal. St. Pius conquered
you, no doubt, straightaway by his example of moderation, of goodness,
of holiness, of strength and of fortitude.
Then, you entered
the house. You took several steps and you found the Virgin Mary,
opening her arms to welcome you. This statue had been relegated
to the attic of a church in Chambery - a magnificent seventeenth-century
statue, in gilded wood - abandoned! Our Swiss friends bought it,
and placed it here in order to welcome you. It is truly a magnificent
statue of the "Tutela Domus - Guardian of the House."
And you knelt down and prayed to the Virgin Mary to make of you
a good seminarian, to make of you a good priest.
And then, without
doubt, accompanied by some older seminarian, you visited the Chapel.
And there you found, yes, the traditional chapel such as you wanted
it, such as you desired it. At the center of the Altar, the Eucharist,
Jesus Christ, with the little lamp signifying at the same time that
Jesus is the Light, that He is the warmth of our souls, signifying
His continual presence, and signifying also the continual presence
not only of those who are here below but of all the angels of heaven,
gathered around Our Lord.
You have seen
above the tabernacle, in which the Real Presence of Our Lord is
contained, a beautiful crucifix. Indeed, the altar on which Our
Lord Jesus Christ is present reminds us of Calvary, of the Sacrifice
of Our Lord.
All this was
already for you, a magnificent lesson. And I am sure that you were
already in your heart conquered by this atmosphere, an atmosphere
certainly austere for someone coming from the world. Coming from
the atmosphere of today's world with much liberty, into a house
of silence, a house of recollection, a house of studies,
you may have felt this discipline as a burden on your shoulders;
yet it is a necessary discipline, indispensable. If one wants to
study with seriousness, to pray, silence is needed, recollection
When you were
given your cell I think you found this recollection and silence.
"Lo, I will have to be in this cell for six years - one year
of spirituality, two years of philosophy, and three of theology!"
Oh, it may have seemed a long time for you: "Six years before
becoming a priest! Shall I be able to bear with this trial?"
But now, here you are today, ready to receive the priesthood. I
am sure that you all agree that the years passed quite fast. "We
have seen years passing without noticing them."
these years you have deepened this treasure of Tradition which St.
Pius X, and Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself have put in your hands:
theological science, the Faith, the Light of God in our souls, the
Divine Word in our intelligence teaching us the Creed, every article
of the Creed upon which you have meditated throughout your studies
of theology and philosophy: God is Creator of all things visible
and invisible, and His Son is Our Lord Jesus Christ, Our Redeemer.
You have studied the de Verbo Incarnot, de Verbo Redemptore,
de Deo Redemptore - all these magnificent chapters of
theological science, which have penetrated your souls.
You have been
more and more convinced that the center of all; the center of all
your studies, the center of your piety, the center of your devotion,
is Our Lord Jesus Christ. There is only one word in your hearts:
Jesus! To Him you have consecrated your souls, and today His will
give you the grace of the Priesthood. I am nothing but a little
instrument in the hands of God to bestow upon you the grace of
the Priesthood, which is an extraordinary grace, which will make
you more than ever, conformed to Our Lord Jesus Christ. What a joy,
my dear friends! What gratitude must be yours today towards Our
Lord Jesus Christ and to the Most Holy Virgin Mary who give you
the grace and the privilege to become priests.
the whole of these studies, the whole of the Seminary, of this atmosphere?
It is the spirit of adoration, the spirit of dependence. A true
seminary places us a little in heaven, in the adoration in the presence
of God; God Who is Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ Who is
God. This dependence, this obedience of the mind, this obedience
of the will, this submission of our hearts, this docility
of our intelligence in receiving the truth of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
what a beautiful thing.
My dear friends,
this is what the faithful here present and all those whom they represent
all over the world they have come here from all over the world,
representing many others this is what they expect from you, that
you bring to them the truths of Tradition, this dependence upon
This is what
Christendom is. Christendom is a regime of dependence upon the
Reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our King, and we wish Him
to be our King; and we submit ourselves to our King, through our
good Mother in heaven who gives us the example of a perfect dependence
And you have
been taught also to put yourselves on your guard against what undermines
and reduces to naught this spirit of dependence. Now you know it
well, you have sufficiently studied, read and listened, and you
know that the spirit of independence has always existed in many
since original sin. It was the spirit of independence that pushed
our first parents to sin, and the spirit of independence has remained
all through the centuries. The Good Lord has punished it, pursued
it, and has put under His dependence a special people in order to
teach dependence on God and keep this dependence on God in the world.
the centuries, this independence manifested itself, but especially
by Protestantism. "We want to be free! In the name of Liberty
we want to be free from the Church; we no longer want the Catholic
Church, the Roman-Church; we no longer want the Holy See; we want
to be free, to do what we want, to interpret the Scriptures as we
want! We want Liberty!" This was an uprising of independence.
And this uprising of independence produced a terrible plague in
Europe: revolutions happened everywhere in the name of Liberty,
of independence of the people, in the name of the rights of people
to do as they want; here you have the rights of people, rights of
man, rights of societies... this was a cry of horror, a cry of hell,
which really provoked an earthquake in the whole of Christendom,
a revolution. This spirit of independence manifested itself in a
violent way at the moment of the [French] Revolution, with the proclamation
of the Rights of Man - independence of man before God.
James Doran's hands are anointed with Holy Chrism by Archbishop
This is what
is called Liberalism, a false notion of freedom, and an unhealthy
desire to reject dependence upon God, to reject the laws of God.
Then this Liberalism spread itself throughout the nineteenth century
and throughout the twentieth century, even with Catholics themselves.
You have studied the doctrines of the Popes of the nineteenth and
twentieth centuries, which show the continuous condemnation of the
Liberalism by these Popes. And this Liberalism is precisely opposed
to Tradition in its roots. They no longer want what was done in
the past by the Church; they no longer want a Christendom where
Our Lord Jesus Christ is King, not only in the churches, but also
in civil societies, in the families. They no longer want this; for
them it is finished, it is buried in the past.
this Liberal principle has been adopted by Vatican II. They claim
they did not; they have written contradictory texts in order to
defend themselves in the face of the objections, which we have made.
But, in truth, they have adopted the Liberal principle: Freedom
of Man. The consequences came immediately. If one does not want
to believe that these texts are Liberal, one has just to see the
consequences: ecumenism (all religion on an equal footing), and
the laicization of the states. This is an abomination, that in Catholic
States, in the name of "religious liberty" they have asked
all the heads of state to take away from their constitutions the
article that the Catholic religion was the only true religion recognized
by the government: laicization of the states asked on behalf of
religious liberty! This is precisely what Liberalism has sought.
Laicization of the states is among the principles of Freemasonry.
There we are,
my dear friends. Therefore, be prepared to fight. This fight has
continued since the beginning of mankind; do not think that in our
times this fight is finished, and that you will not have to fight!
And, since you are representatives of Tradition, you will have to
suffer all kinds of persecutions and annoyances that they will do
to you because you represent Tradition, because you represent
dependence upon God, while nowadays people want independence from
God. It is impossible to reconcile these two theses!
How much do
I ask the Good Lord, my dear friends, that you be strong and courageous,
following the example of your holy patron, St. Pius X, and that
you convert many souls and maintain them in Tradition. Whatever
people may say to you, being attached to Tradition you remain Catholic!
And being truly Catholic, you cannot be Liberal. Therefore, even
if the authorities of the Church wish for you to go with them and
become Liberals with them, not only do you have the right not to
obey, nay, even more, you have the duty to disobey! In order to
remain Catholic! And to help remain Catholic all these faithful
who expect from you the truth, and not to be drawn into the Liberalism
which is destroying mankind. Therefore be good and fervent apostles
of the Truth. Ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to help you, and all these
who have come to this ceremony to surround you.
We thank all
of you, my dear brethren, we thank all our dear religious Sisters
who are here present in such great numbers, and all the priests
and friends who have come from afar - we thank them for having come
in order to give this witness of affection, support and Faith, witness
of Faith in the Truth, in Jesus Christ, supporting the reign of
Our Lord Jesus Christ. And you, my dear faithful, pray, please pray,
so that the Good Lord may multiply good vocations, so that in the
whole world these priests may be multiplied who are keeping you
forever in the Catholic Faith in order to prepare you for eternal
life, toward which you walk and long to participate with your parents
who are already among the elect in heaven.
In the Name
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
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