Newsletter of the District
Roma Nobilis, orbis et Domina, cunctarum urbium nobilissima!
Noble Rome, Queen of the World, the most excellent of all the cities!
year of the birth of the Society of St Pius X, after 1974, year
of the declaration of Archbishop Lefebvre, after 1976, year of the
first major ordinations, 1988, year of the episcopal consecration,
this Jubilee Year 2000 will be another historical landmark in the
life of our Society. Not primarily because we are still alive after
30 long years of struggle, but especially with the Roman Pilgrimage
which took place last August 8-10.
is my house! Because this is the house of Tradition!” said
Archbishop Lefebvre to a group of Cardinals during one of his many
trials in the Vatican, in the former Palace of the Holy Office.
Yes, Rome, sweet home, as it has been justly said.
We were more
than 5100 pilgrims who gathered in the hot afternoon of August 8th
in the middle of the famous Via della Conciliazione, facing the
magnificent dome of St Peter. The Italian police had to close to
large boulevard. It was said that we were the largest pilgrimage
of the whole Jubilee so far. The procession was lead by our Superior
General who carried an eight feet tall cross; he was flanked by
Fr Schmidberger and Fr Aulagnier, his two Assistants, as well as
two other superiors. 250 black robes, priests, seminarians, brothers
walked behind in an interminable procession whose head reached the
Holy Door before the end even started to move. Behind the black
soutanes were more than one hundred sisters from various congregations,
in various traditional habits: Teaching Dominicans, SSPX Sisters,
Oblates, Sisters of the Transfiguration, Redemptoristines, Disciples
of the Cenacle, Consoling Sisters of the Sacred Heart, and a few
others. And then, the bulk of the ‘army’ of the Society (as a newspaper
said): more than 4750 faithful from the four corners of the world.
The Superior General of the Society of St Pius X,
carying the Cross,
arrives on the Piazza of St Peter.
It took more
than one hour for all these, walking four abreast, to cross the
threshold of the Holy Door, at the singing of the Litanies of the
Saints (which had to be repeated three times!). How suitable to
sing such Litanies, thanks to powerful loud speakers – outside and
inside – this Basilica, which holds the bodies of 3 Apostles,
of so many canonized and other great Popes, including St Gregory
the Great, the four St Leos, the incorrupt body of St Pius X, and
so many other Saints in almost all of its corner. One pilgrim from
our group asked why were there so many Saints and great relics in
Rome. The answer is simple: Rome is the heart of the Catholic Church,
which is holy by nature, by Divine vocation. Therefore it is quite
fitting to find an overflowing abundance of fruits of sanctity in
the Holy City.
in the evening of that glorious day were rather ironic: “It is the
first time in the whole 2000 years of history of the Catholic Church
that 5000 ‘schismatics’ come on pilgrimage to the tomb of St Peter,
to pray for the Pope!”
Our own 70
Asian pilgrims surely didn’t go unnoticed during the 3 days of the
pilgrimage, even by the media, with their 16 colorful banners: one
for the District of Asia, one for each of the 10 countries of the
District (Philippines, China, Vietnam, India, etc…), and a few others
for the various organizations within the District. A big and public
thanks to the Bethanians of Manila who worked so hard to make these
banners on time for the pilgrimage.
Asian Delegation on the streets of Rome arriving at St Mary Major
The other summit
of our pilgrimage was the Pontifical High Mass, on Colle Oppio,
formerly the property of the emperor Nero. In his wonderful sermon
in five languages (French, Italian, English, Spanish and German)
Bishop Fellay expressed everyone’s double feeling, “miscens fletu
gaudibus”, a sort of mix of deep joy and profound sadness: the happiness
of finding ourselves in this city of the Popes, of the Saints, and
of being able to enter officially in the four Major Basilicas, but
also, at the same time, the sorrow of being denied the Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass in them. “The Roman Mass has no rights in Rome!”
“We are living the crucifixion of Tradition.” Referring to
the Third Secret of Fatima, the bishop stressed how its revelation
(most likely in part only) on June 26 should have provoked a tremendous
boost of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On the contrary,
it now appears that it was the act that put the whole of Fatima
“in the closet”. Fatima, now, officially is ‘of the past’,
finished, all over. Read the actual words of various Cardinals
and Roman officials in the articles on this topic elsewhere in this
Newsletter. They don’t believe in Our Lady. When you see even
a Cardinal Ratzinger, implicitly, for the sake of ecumenism, denying
Our Lady’s Mediation of grace, power of intercession, subverting
the very expression of “My Immaculate Heart will triumph” into
a glorification of man’s free-will, you can only conclude that they
cannot love Our Lady to speak like that. Impossible.
be, in the next months, a professional video-cassette made on the
pilgrimage. It will certainly be a wonderful tool of apostolate
against the false accusation of being ‘schismatic’. Hopefully in
the next Newsletter, we will have more details.
Let us pray
for all the seminarians, sisters, brothers, who will try their vocation
in the coming months. As I am writing this (end of August), I have
just been advised that three more of our Bethanians from Manila
have obtained their visa to go to the SSPX Sisters’ Noviciate in
Browerville, not far from Winona, in the USA. Two others will also
be going to the Oblates’ noviciate in Switzerland, in September.
Add to this another Bethanian who will be starting her postulancy
with the teaching Dominican Sisters of Brignoles, France, this September
8, after a year spent in studying French, and also the Korean Bethanian
who has recently entered the Sisters of Le Rafflay, in France, the
tree is bearing some good fruits and our heart is certainly filled
with gratitude for all these souls running with giant steps in the
way pf Christian perfection Deo gratias et Mariae!
Lord, grant us priests!
Lord, grant us holy priests!
Lord, grant us many holy priests!
Lord, grant us many holy religious vocations!
Pius X, pray for us!