Dear Friends and Benefactors,
happy we are to tell you from time to time about the joys of our
apostolate! Each day that passes we are privileged to witness
miracles of grace. Let us remember to thank Almighty God, and
let us be full of gratitude for the graces afforded us by the
intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We dare say that
the life of the SSPX is indeed a permanent miracle. It expresses
the intervention of God in our small history, the intervention
of Our Lady, of the holy angels, of this whole world that surrounds
us, that wishes us well. Our heavenly friends, whom we see not
and on whom, unhappily, we think so little, are so close, so ready
to help us, so effective! They are indeed real, they are part
of our lives and their sometimes tangible assistance compels us
to accept the marvelous reality of the communion of saints. When
we compare our own powers with the results of our efforts, we
are indeed obliged to recognize that these results do not come
great many new buildings and chapels throughout the world, in
the Philippines, in India, North and South America, Western and
Eastern Europe are also signs of an impressive vitality of grace.
Experience has taught us that even the opposition of the clergy,
generally strongest in areas where we have become established
fairly recently, serves the good cause. “Everything
comes together for the good of those who serve God.”
would also like to share some pains and concerns with you.
of all, in the Ukraine. These last months the priests whom we
support in the Fraternity of St. Josaphat have been subjected
to the furious attacks of their bishop, Cardinal Husar. The cardinal
took to the airwaves to make a grand declaration of excommunication
against Father Wasil and his companions, on the grounds that he
has associated himself with a schismatic movement…
is the gravest censure in the canon law of the Eastern Church.
It was issued without due process. Once Father Wasil appealed
to Rome the cardinal undertook to observe the legal formalities.
The whole process was designed to fill the juridical void in order
to justify a ready-made sentence. Nihil novi sub sole
[there is nothing new under the sun].
ecclesiastical authorities are also trying to take back the churches,
including those built by Father Wasil. This is undoubtedly a harsh
blow for them, and your prayers are asked to support them in this
new struggle. Up to now they have had to defend their faith against
a terrible enemy, atheistic communism, but now it is their own
pastors who are attacking them. Up to now, the priests have resisted
bravely with the support of the faithful. But each attack unsettles
souls; some turn away in disgust and give up. A familiar pattern.
from the side of Rome?
us begin with Fatima. Last year the construction of a new building
for the use of different religions was announced.
if the official publication of the shrine keeps silent about the
nature of the project, public actions go even further. On May
5, a group of Hindus invaded the place of the apparition of the
Blessed Virgin, naturally with all the official authorizations.
They made this sacred place, so dear to Catholics, the forum for
their idolatry. “It is a unique event, without precedent
in the history of the shrine. The Hindu priest, or Shastri,
recited at the altar the Shanti Pa, the prayer for peace.
The Hindus can be seen removing their sandals before approaching
the balustrade of the sanctuary, while the priest pronounces the
prayers at the altar in the sanctuary. The bishop and the rector
of the shrine were themselves decked out in Hindu prayer shawls...
a fine affair.” What a provocation against Christianity!
are we to speak of reaching an accord?
long as the Roman authorities tolerate such abominations or, worse
still, support them, they are distancing themselves from any accord
with Tradition. We shall never give way to such affronts perpetrated
against Our Lady of Heaven, the Mother of God. One sometimes wonders
whether not only the faith has been lost, but common sense as
well. Deus non irridetur (God is not mocked).
actions demand reparation. We are seriously thinking of inviting
you to an act of solemn protest at Fatima next year.
concerns Rome more directly, Rome demands that we accept their
proposition of a “personal jurisdiction.” The problem
lies not in the juridical formulation, which seems acceptable
to us in principle, although we do not know the concrete elements
and implications of such a “juridical formula.” The
problem remains as always on the level of doctrine, of the Christian
spirit that does or does not inform (and that is the whole question)
ambiguous texts and reforms that have been disastrous for the
supernatural welfare of the faithful. We do indeed perceive more
and more sympathy from certain bishops, also in Rome. It seems
to us that we are moving forward, that Tradition is making progress
in the Catholic world. But that is not yet sufficient. We recently
made an official request that the decree of excommunication be
withdrawn as a first concrete step on the part of Rome. That would
change the climate and we could better see how things develop.
One thing is certain: we do not want the situation in which the
Fraternity of St. Peter and the majority of the Ecclesia Dei
groups have been placed. They are constrained, and it is
barely permitted them to say the Tridentine Mass. Most of the
time they find themselves in truly odious situations. Cardinal
Castrillon is perfectly right to claim for traditionalists a status
better than that of second-class citizen.1 But is it not up to
Rome first of all to change this state of affairs?
are all so many intentions for prayer, dear benefactors. Be assured
of our profound gratitude for all your sacrifices, so precious,
so pleasing to God, and which help us greatly in our apostolate.
May God reward you, may the Sacred Heart bless you, and may his
most Holy Mother protect you and your families.
Feast of the Sacred Heart