Newsletter of the District of Asia

 November 1997


November is a mysterious month.  It is both the ninth and the eleventh month; it is spring in Australia, winter (!) here in the tropics (although without snow and never below 65 0F or 180C), and autumn for Europeans, North Americans and many others.  Nevertheless, for all, it is the end of the liturgical year and thus, a reminder of our last ends: heaven, hell, the two judgments, Purgatory and death.  These last ends are seldom preached in the ordinary parish today.  I love to ask new mass goers, “when was the last time you heard a sermon on hell”.  Usually, there follows one of two answers: for the under 35, “Never”; for the 35 + “Long time ago!”  The same thing could be said of the other last ends.  Read elsewhere in this issue Professor R. Amerio’s judicious pages on this new eschatology.  The good Professor has now gone to his reward, but he left a huge will behind which is accessible to all: a simple jot, yes, it is called Iota Unum, a treasure hidden between two covers, the fruit of a clear mind, highly educated, the analysis of a sound Catholic intellect on the events happening in the Catholic Church in the last 50 years.  Archbishop Lefebvre said that this book could be used as a seminary manual because of its deep content.  Mind you, sometimes you might have to read some passages two or three times but it is worth the effort.  The passage on hell will give our readers a good idea of the book.  Available from Angelus Press, and here, at our St. Thomas Aquinas Book Center.

Our procession for the Feast of Christ the King was again a great success.  An estimated 600 faithful (including Bishop Lazo), a military escort with drawn swords and a military band with a “loud” display of fireworks took to the streets of Quezon City to publically proclaim Our Lord – King!

We had a four day visit of the Superior General of the sisters of the Society of St. Pius X.  Mother Mary Jude spent most of her time interviewing our many young ladies aspiring to the religious life.  She also gave a slide presentation on the work of the sisters.

New doors continue opening to the traditional Mass here in the Philippine islands.  Recently, yours truly visited the province of Southern Leyte, in the East Visayas.  A large group of faithful (I saw 100, and am told of many more 100s) is opposing communion in the hand and standing.  When a few souls do it, the priest often succeeds in resisting them, but when 100 or more kneel down for communion, it is another ball game...

Slowly but surely, we hope to go and make contact with these good souls scattered all over these Catholic islands, resisting to the best of their abilities the conciliar novelties and with the Holy Rosary in hand (it is a classical feature of these groups) keep the Faith.

Of course, such visits aren’t appreciated by all the locals.  In Leyte, the bishop couldn’t say anything, and had we heard him, he would hopefully have asked for our prayers since he died recently.  But in two other dioceses, the bishops have issued pastoral letters informing their flocks of our excommunication.  Read what our superior general has to say about Rome’s documents in this so called censure.

Finally, St. Joseph has finally found us a permanent place in Singapore which could became an ideal priory in the future.  It has been called after another Joseph, St. Pius X.  It is important that the name of that heroic pope be heard on all continents since he, and we, his proteges wanted to restore all things – including continents – in Christ.  May it happen soon with the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.


God bless!
Fr. Daniel Couture
District Superior




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