Newsletter of the District
- December 2004
of the District of Asia
July - November 2004
Indian Fr. Valan Devasaya giving his first blessing to his father,
June 29,2004, Econe, Switzerland
10 Singapore: The move from 110 A Killlney Rd to
the new priory (3 steps away!) 112 A began.
12 Singapore: Fr. Adrian Wee, OCD, returned to
Singapore after 11 months in our Seminary in Australia. Father came
back to Tradition in 2003. He left a few days later for France to
go and live with the Traditional Capuchin Brothers for a few months.
29-31 KL/ Singapore: Bishop Williamson on a quick
visit. In Singapore he gave his slide-show on the Lies of the Fall
of the Twin Towers. (Copies of these slides and a few other documents
are available from the Singapore priory for a donation.)
1 Singapore: Blessing of the new priory by Bishop
5 Cebu, Philippines: Blessing of the new church
of St Pius V, by Bishop Williamson. In his sermon, Bishop Williamson
showed the link between St Pius V and the Philippines, via Philip
II, and the contrast between the work of these two giants for the
establishment of the kingship of Christ and the new world order
gradually taking place in our days.
9-14 Philippines: Priests' retreat by Bishop Williamson
on the majestic epistle to the Romans.
13 Philippines: Fr. Joseph Lester, newly ordained
American priest, arrived in Manila. He will be stationed in Iloilo,
at the Brothers' Noviciate
18 Singapore: Fr. Aurelito Cacho, Filipino ordained
in the SSPX Argentinian Seminary in 2000, arrived in Singapore for
a new assignment after 4 years in the Philippines.
19 India: Fr. Patrick Summers, American, went to
India to re-enforce our missionary team working in this challenging
* * *
India: During part of June &July and the whole
of August there were much activities in India We insert here two
letters dated August 15th, and 26th, from Fr. Blute explaining it
First Letter —August 15th, 2004
" Dear Friends,
I have been reluctant to publicize this dramatic miracle of grace,
because often these things collapse at the last moment, leaving
no real growth in the Faith. However, having seen so many signs
of Gods protection and guidance, real wonders of grace, I must give
you some elements of this latest event. I must be brief, because
many other matters are pressing.
/. The situation: Nagercoil is the densest collection of
Catholics in South India, excluding places in Kerala. We reckon
36% Catholic. They were converted by St. Francis Xavier himself.
They are much more devout than Catholics of other regions, and of
a very traditional mind set. Their old churches were build by the
people, ages ago, and all the temporal concerns of the parish were
traditionally administered by a committee of elected leaders.
2. The clergy of this Catholic bastion are the absolute
worst in India. Pride, arrogance, unchastity, greed, are their most
commonly noted virtues. With vigor they imposed Modernist teaching
and practices upon a most unwilling people.
3- The most important work of the Bishop of this region
is to sweep away the administrative committees of lay people, and
impose the "parish council" of his own construction. Events
of the past ten years have proven that the main purpose of this
substitution is to consolidate all the wealth and money-harvesting
machinery in the hands of the Bishop. One by one, he has coerced
the parishes into accepting it. Many cruel methods were used to
accomplish this. One of the most effective was interdict... removing
the parish priest, and refusing the sacraments, especially Marriage,
Confirmation, and Mass. Those communities which persisted were either
bribed into submission, or crushed with the help of the police.
4. Many parishes were in an uproar over communion in the
hand, ladies in the sanctuary, and of course the public crimes of
the priests. Having "set the stage", I can speak about
Ramanpudur, Holy Family Parish.
13 June, Sunday — The representatives of Holy Family
Parish come to the SSPX priory, and after a cordial meeting, go
away, seeming pleased.
19July, Monday — The representatives of St. Lourdes
Church, Punnianagar (adjacent to Holy Family and in league with
them) came and definitively requested us to take over the spiritual
ministry of their church, because the Bishop had just refused to
take care of them, until they submit to his decree of the parish
council. The promised date of the takeover was Wednesday, 21 July.
Wednesday, the people were rounded up by the police and browbeaten
for four hours, to make an agreement with the Bishop, "Or ELSE!"
24 July, Saturday. — The committee from Punnainagar
came and showed the letter they gave to the Bishop severing all
dealings with him, and accepting the SSPX as their pastors. A surprise
Mass was scheduled for 4 AM the following morning, Sunday. Before
they arrived at their homes, they were betrayed: the President handed
over the keys to the police, who then locked the church, and gave
the keys to the Bishop. No more hope.
25 July, Sunday — Fr. Pancras went to Punnainagar
to celebrate the surprise Mass: Surprise! Church all locked, police
guarded. He goes, then to Asaripalam, for the normal Mass at our
SSPX chapel. After the Asperges, a fine car with finely dressed
people came up, and unloaded. These representatives of Holy Family
Church attended the Mass piously, and after Mass requested the SSPX
to send a priest to their Church for morning Mass, Monday.
26 July, Monday — 9AM morning Mass. The people prepared
a great celebration at a shrine of St. James, where Fr. Blute went
and celebrated a Sung Mass with the well-coordinated altar serving
of Hostel Boys, now experts in liturgy. The crowd of 300 was quite
edified. They also sang very well, remembering from their youth
27 July, Tuesday — SSPX now welcomed and housed in
the Rectory of Holy Family parish. The first of several meetings
with District officers, and Bishops representatives with the reps
of Holy Family, to try to work out a solution. The defense: The
Bishop definitively abandoned us, so we are free to choose the SSPX
fathers as our pastors. Outside, 300 women prayed the Rosary. At
the church, we officiated the Novena of St. Anthony.
28 July, Wednesday — The people of Punnainagar march
on the Collectorate, demanding justice, and their church keys.
29 July, Thursday — Punnainagar is beginning to boil,
and the men are contemplating an uprising. They are calmed by the
people of Ramanpudur,with whom they have forged an unbreakable alliance
to bring the Latin Mass to their churches. Accusations and warnings
appear in all the newspapers.
30 July, Friday — A traditional friend and politico approaches
the Collector (the highest District officer) requesting support
for the people. "There are 42 parishes in exactly the same
state as Holy Family, and if I get involved, I'll not have time
for any other work."
1 August, Sunday of the Maccabees — A solemn high
mass is scheduled for the first time in Holy Family Church in forty
years. Opposition by the Bishop is rumored. Police arrive 4:30 AM.
The altar is then occupied by
various priests (Frs. Pancras, Michael) until time for the Solemn
Mass. The supporters of the Bishop arrive at the gate, a paltry
ill-meaning crowd of about 35 people. 500 people meet them at the
gate, blocking their entry. All remain to listen to Fr. Blute's
sermon. Dismayed, they go home. After a glorious Mass, the people
gather around the Church for a feast, prepared compliments of two
wealthy businessmen to add luster to the day.
4 August, Wednesday — The Bishop Leon Dharmaraj called
all those in the pay of the Diocese to his house, and his Vicars
cajoled and threatened them, forcing them all to sign a blank paper,
and urging them to go the following day to the Collectorate to protest,
and to bring 15 family members. The teachers go home late, shaken
and anxious. Holy Family Parish complains to the Dept. of Education
at this abuse of authority. Evil rumors about schism, etc., are
rebuked by Hindus who watched and hastened with awe to the Requiem
Procession and Mass that morning. "Even if these priests were
great sinners, I am convinced by their prayers they are holy men."
5 August, Thursday — A fateful day, a judgment to
be made by the District official, the "RDO". The committee
goes to argue their case, and our 400 pious ladies (and gents) go
to kneel outside and pray the Rosary. The teachers union provides
40 onlookers for the Bishop. The RDO orders the crowd dispersed:
the Holy Family people immediately approach and ask for Exposition
of the Blessed Sacrament, and adore for 5 hours, with uninterrupted
prayers and songs. After the delegates arrived, there was aloud
public meeting with speeches galore in favor of Unity, the Latin
Mass, and the SSPX. Anyone who inadvertently said, "Our parish
priest came and..." was shouted down by cries of, "Not
our parish priest— FORMER parish priest!!" Likewise,
the blunder, "Our bishop has...." was drowned by,"
NOT OURS!" The District officers wanted a compromise. The parish
reps said, " Not without a General Body Meeting". "Hold
it tomorrow" was the reply. "Cannot—people can only
come on Sunday". So the meeting, to know the will of the people,
was adjourned till Monday. However, the Bishop's supporters, and
the Government people, urged, "Can you not stop that Mass of
yours?" "Oh, no, we need our daily Mass". "Please,
if you would, just STOP THAT MASS!" (The devil is obviously
tormented by this blazing light in the middle of his dark kingdom.)
Same day: In the morning, the former Parish priest, Fr. Ladislaus,
crept into the Rectory, and surprised Fr. Blute and Fr. Pancras
at breakfast. He introduced himself as Fr. Benjamin. He was offered
a seat, and soon he said, "Actually, I'm the parish priest
here". So we cordially spoke about why we were here, and why
we were not going to go, and how he had best go and speak to the
Committee, if he must. He just grinned a Cheshire Cat grin. A security
guard came and ignominiously walked him to the gate. Immediately
he went with his friends to the Police station and filed a complaint
of Attempted Murder: by Frs. Blute, Pancras, and three absent committee
members. If this is the quality of the clergy in Ramanpudur, I,
for one, feel not just justified in coming to their aid, but positively
bound by duty.
6August, Friday — Another 5 - hour adoration. An
illegal 'stay order' was placed in the trial court forbidding the
SSPX Fathers from entering the Church.
8 August, Sunday — The general body meeting, after
some debate, arrived at a plan: to offer some stern conditions for
the Bishop to adhere to, if he wanted control of Holy Family: Among
the conditions, were: The priest must wear Cassock, not allow any
women in his priory, nor in the sanctuary. No communion in the hand,
no women readers, and above all, no talk about 'Parish Councils'
forever. As they foresaw, the Bishop refused to sign.
10 August, Tuesday — Tension builds all day. Morning
Mass without any disturbance. Evening devotions in honor of St.
Anthony are scheduled. At 5:15 PM, vans of people begin arriving
and the crowd attempts to enter the church compound. The church
bell begins to peal. Crowds of parishioners block the gates. Police
provide protection. The crowd grows, on both sides. Hired vans begin
arriving from the fishing villages. A crowd of priests, maybe 100
insists on being allowed into the church to offer the Mass. ("Funny",
one man said, "first they refused us the Mass, now they are
breaking down the walls and begging us to let them say Mass for
us!") The crowd replies, "We have our own priests, thank
you! You can go home!" A statue of St. Anthony was brought,
and the devotion commenced. Then, on the parish side, continuous
rosaries and hymns and prayers.
A delegation of priests and sisters go to the RDO office. In his
office, Fr. Ladislaus Benjamin protests vehemently, pounding the
desk of the august official, and kicking his furniture. Outraged
police give him a beating and chuck him out. At the church, the
faithful cook a common vat of rice for all to sustain them in their
siege. At 10:30 PM, vanloads begin arriving in force. The priests
lay down and block the road. In the allied parishes of Punnainagar
(St. Lourdes), Thakivaipuram, Mel Ramanpudur and others, the bells
ring, and call for reinforcements. Crowds of supporters enter by
the back way, swelling the parish side to 7000 people. A general
call goes out to all police stations, and vans of police merge with
vans of hired Bishops men converging on Ramanpudur. Seeing this,
the police begin stopping the vans, and let the air out of their
tires. Finally, some 1,500 police are in place, preventing the outside
crowd of violence from entering the church compound. It becomes
apparent that the 100 priests are not actually priests, but fishermen
dressed in borrowed cassocks. At 2 AM the police lathi-charge the
crowd and disperse them. Without doubt the most dangerous public
disturbances in recent history, and it was completely blacked out
by the media: no newspapers, no TV, no radio, no magazine articles.
Who arranged that?
Three families, years ago, had left Holy Family Parish to join the
Pentecostals. After they saw the True Mass ONCE, they all returned
to the Catholic Church. A young man testifies, "With the Tamil
Mass, I would only go on Sunday. But since seeing the holiness of
this Mass, I rise at 5:30 am so I will not miss it." A man
was vociferously denouncing the SSPX priests. Out of curiosity,
his wife and daughters attended Sunday Mass. Upon their return,
they said, "We don't know how to answer what you say about
these priests, but you must see the Mass." After attending
once, he ceased his denunciations.
Your ardent prayers are urgently requested. Only the power of Our
Lady can overcome our enemies who have seemingly endless resources,
cunning and malice to exterminate this hope.
August 16, 2004: The critical juncture is over. The Bishop
bought a judgment from the High Court, in Madras, and obtained rights
over the keys of the church, came with police, and entered. We and
all the people fled away. With great solemnity, the Bishop celebrated
Mass in the very place hallowed by the Tridentine Mass days before:
to an empty church. There were 40 local people, and about the same
brought by the Bishop in a bus. The normal crowd is 3000!! The people
are themselves asking to set up a tent on borrowed land, and have
the Latin Mass within 2 weeks. The people of Punnainagar, especially,
are bracing for the next onslaught, because they have also rejected
the government of the Bishop Leon Dharmaraj (means 'Lion King of
Virtue' the old women laugh and say Leon Adarmaraj —'Lion
king of vice'. Recall that St. Peter says "your adversary the
Devil as a roaring Lion goes about seeking whom he may devour.")
So keep praying for us; there is a harvest to be gathered for tradition,
and whether it yield 40,60, or 100 fold depends on our prayers."
Second Letter —August 26th, 2004
" Last Sunday, we went back to Ramanpudur, and blessed houses.
We were warmly received on all sides, and invited in passing by
to enter and bless numerous houses. The Committee is still hoping
in a legal solution, to get justice through the courts. However,
the people are more and more saying, "The Mass, the Mass, bring
us the Mass". So on Tuesday, while returning from Trivandrum,
with Fr. Summers, we arranged a 'meeting' to discuss plans. The
'meeting' never happened, but something else. Spontaneously they
set up for the Mass, and a good crowd came to the house of one of
the committee members. It was a breakthrough. Fr. Pancras had come,
invited to the 'meeting', and we made a plan, he and I. One lady
offered us the use of their compound, for Mass. Fr. Pancras went,
saw, and unpacked his bags. We will pay a small rental per month,
which gives us a house for our exclusive use having ample room for
2 priests, refectory, chapel, as well as space for 200 people to
attend Mass outside. It is midway between Ramanpudur and Punnainagar.
In short, it's perfect. Now we simply need to say Mass, and rake
in the harvest of souls.
Last Sunday, the Bishop's man said Mass to an empty church, again.
No one is going there. The priest there, with some police, went
and forced the doors of the Marriage hall (built by the people,
and still indebted to private persons to the tune of INK 28 lakhs
-USD 56,000) to which he had no right, and announced that henceforth
all arrangements for the marriage hall had to pass through the priest.
Further, previous engagements, even those with deposits paid, could
be cancelled by him. The people were furious. I am told that 500
young men mobbed the place and chucked the priest out, despite the
police. As a further insult, they broke and changed the locks on
the dispensary, and other buildings on the compound. The Bishop
is intent on proving that all this belongs to him, and he has the
right to do what he wants. His legal advisors are more astute than
ours, and he can buy whatever judge he needs. The consequence of
his bullying is that the people won't walk on the same side of the
street with him, so to speak.
Some energetic young men stopped our van as we passed by, on a narrow
road, at night, and shaking hands all around, they introduced themselves,
saying, "Father, we're with you. We're going to fight this
fellow forever. You can count on us... etc.
Keep up the prayers!"
* * *
7 Philippines: Fr. Santiago Hughes is diagnosed
with acute myloid monocetic leukemia.
9-14 Indonesia: Fr. Pagliarani went to Jakarta
for the first retreat for 8 of our youth. It brought on us the first
official condemnation of the Cardinal of Jakarta, read in the pulpit
of the Cathedral! It shows the power of Tradition, and how it is
feared! One young traditional priest coming privately to give a
4 -day retreat to eight youth, without any publicity, deserves to
be condemned solemnly by the Church highest authorities in the Cathedral,
at a Sunday morning Mass! It is not who we are that they fear but
what we represent.
the right, Br. Luke, OSB, Filipino, at the Benedictine Monastery
of Bellaigue, France
Singapore: Brother Roman, OSB (Ivan Ho), native of Singapore
came back to get a visa for France. Brother was transferred from
the American Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe, New Mexico, to
that of Bellaigue, in France, where he found another Asian vocation,
Brother Luke, from Manila.
23 Singapore: Fr. Adrian came back from his three
months' stay with the Capuchins.
13-29 District of Asia: First Canonical visit of
all the priories by the District Superior, accompanied by the General
Bursar, Fr. Emeric Baudot. These visits are important to ensure
that the work of the SSPX in done in accordance to Church Laws.
17 Iloilo, Philippines: Blessing of the new church
of Our Lady of Consolation and of St Joseph, by Fr. Couture.
23 Iloilo, Philippines: Brother Roman came to spend
the 2 months awaiting the obtention of his French visa. It will
be an interesting experience for the SSPX brothers to live all this
time with a true Benedictine monk!
31 Madras, India: Fr. Couture was able to visit
this Mass center which has really started only this year. From a
little group of 20 back in January, it has now grown to nearly 70.
The Mass center is at a stone's throw from the site where the Apostle
St Thomas lived.
Holy Cross Seminary, Australia: Our three Filipinos ending
their fifth year received the major order of subdiaconate from the
hands of Bishop Tissier.
1-3 India: Fr. Couture visited a small orphanage
and old people's home in Cuddapah, 250 km NW of Madras, where the
lady who started it four years ago and her assistant are very eager
to come to Tradition. They now have 51 orphans and 30 old people.
6 Holy Cross Seminary, Australia: The same three
fifth-year Filipinos then received the major order of diaconate.
28 Philippines Death of Rev. Fr. Santiago Hughes.
Fr. Hughes had been working with the SSPX in Manila since Nov. 4,
1996. He came to us after we offered a spiritual bouquet of 2 million
Ave Maria to Our Lady. 'Fr. Santi', as he was familiarity called
was one of the first priests ordained by Cardinal Sin, in 1975.
Ever since his ordination, he refused to give communion in the hand,
and always wore his cassock. These two reasons, joined to a fighting
temper, are probably the reasons why he was re-assigned 14 times
in 21 years of ministry. He was very good with the youth, even trying,
in the early 1990's to start a small community. The fruits of this
apostolate with the youth are visible today: Fr. Aurelito Cacho,
now assigned in Singapore, and Rev. Mr. Gerald Fallarcuna, newly
ordained deacon, were his companions of the first hours. Another
young man is trying his vocation in the pre-seminary of Iloilo.
Fr . Santi was an apostle of the Rosary, the scapular, St Philomena,
and was wholy dedicated to the poor. May he rest in peace.
Fr. Santiago Hughes (March 16, 1940 - Nov. 28, 2004),
Our Lady of Victories, Manila, Philippines.