Newsletter of the District
- June 2005
Friends and Benefactors,
this Asian Newsletter is now published whenever time allows us to
do so, which has become only twice a year, it is impossible to deal
with all the various events happening in the period covered since
the previous issue. (More frequent news are published regularly
on our website www.sspxasia.com, which had, in the month
of March 2005 alone, visitors from 116 countries!)
there is the news of the passing away of the Holy Father, John Paul
SSPX Press Release expresses in brief our attitude towards this
Pope. Let us pray! This was more or less the attitude of St
Alphonsus about 300 years ago at the death of a pope.
cannot but speak next of the Tsunami which has affected our part
of the world in a truly tragic way. For our readers who have not
yet read the theological
considerations, which I wrote on this matter, we publish them
here. While in Sri Lanka during the recent month of March, I noticed
again some newspaper articles on the same subject, in the tune of
"God has nothing to do with natural disasters...". Appalling.
"(Only) the fool said in his heart: there is no God."
(Ps. 13,1) "and the number of fools is infinite" (Eccle.
1,15) So that "They are inexcusable!" (Rom. 1,20).
would like here to express our deepest gratitude to all those who
have donated to help these victims. The gifts ranged from $1 with
some candies (from a 4 year old child in the USA, see p. 31) to
more than $20,000. By the time of this writing, we have exceeded
the US$300,000 mark. With all this, we are mainly helping 1) a refugee
camp in Sri Lanka to purchase a property for 130 families (600 people),
2) a fiberglass fishing boat village factory in South India as well
as 3) an orphanage for 52 children, also in India. "I was a
stranger and you took me in!" (Matt. 25,35) Thank you all and
may God bless you!
want to give in extenso the magistral conference of Bishop Bernard
Fellay, our Superior General, in November 2004, in Kansas City,
USA, on the situation in the Church and on the status of the SSPX.
It was published in that month's Angelus, but, since not everyone
(unfortunately) do get this SSPX American high quality publication,
it is worth reading slowly and completely. The Bishop shows great
wisdom in it, and particularly in the use of simple examples to
illustrate the sound principles underneath our position within the
Holy Catholic Church.
living through all these events, Holy Church at every Mass, our
continual and firm anchor in this storm affecting the Church, reminds
us to always lift up our hearts by its daily "Sursum Corda"
and never to loose sight of the big picture, the salvation of souls,
our own immortal souls first, which is an on-going battle at every
moment. Since the Blessed Virgin is at the front line of this battle,
in order to make her better known ("Qui elucidant me vitam
eternam habebunt - They that explain me will have life everlasting"
Eccli. 24, 31), we would like to give the first of a series of 3
or 4 articles on the beautiful relations which existed between Jesus
and Mary, on the particular aspect of "What
Jesus owed His Mother". This is a 1959 conference given
in Canada, (translated here for the first time in English, thanks
in great part to Rev. Fr. Adrian Wee, a Malaysian Carmelite priest,
who, God willing, will soon revive the Traditional Carmelite Fathers!),
a conference given by the great and famous Rev. Fr. C. Spicq, O.P.
(R.I.P.) who taught Sacred Scripture in the early years of the SSPX
Seminary in Econe (1973-4). A very profound insight in how much
our Lord was indebted to His beloved Mother, much more than we will
ever think. Just to give you a foretaste (Fathers and Mothers!
Read carefully!), Fr. Spicq explained that
Holy Virgin had to be perfect in her body, because she had to
provide the whole matter from which the body of her child would
why was it absolutely necessary that the body of Christ be perfect
as a human body? Because the human body -or to be more precise,
this body which is human in perspective - was going to be united
to a soul to form a human composite, was going to be united to
a soul whose activity and operations, even the intellectual ones,
it was going to determine according to a certain condition and
creates the soul at the moment when he is about to unite it to
a body which human generation has prepared. Now, every human soul,
including that of our Lord, is identical, not only in nature and
in the structure of its species, but also in dignity. There are
souls who, on the one hand impart nothing to the body where some
of their operations are concerned, being spiritual, they are also
immortal. But on the other hand, they also have within themselves
the principle of sensible and vegetative life, the "soul"
which is the life of the body to which it is going to give its
form. In this regard, every soul is of equal worth. Considered
as such, there cannot be any difference among souls which is not
a difference in species.
a soul will be more energetic because its spiritual will, will
be equipped with a more favourable organism. It has a more delicate
heart because its sensitivity will be more complex and dynamic.
All our spiritual faculties are conditioned in a large measure
by the state of our vegetative and sensitive life. Certainly,
the soul is absolutely and definitely not a prisoner of these
conditions, but it would be the task of education and virtue to
"liberate" the soul from any bodily influence, and everyone
knows how laborious this is - this undertaking to correct and
repair agift that has been defective from the beginning.
since all souk are equal and the quality of bodies makes each
soul different from the others, we now understand the extreme
importance that the body of Our Lord had to be perfect, like any
organised body destined for union with a soul.
follows therefore, that the body of his Mother should also be
perfect. Not only should the Blessed Virgin Mary be holy but she
should not pass on to her Son anything that does not form an integral
part of her body.
a special providence on the part of God had not watched over the
proper formation of the Mother's body, then on the day of her
Son's Incarnation, it would be necessary for the Holy Ghost to
multiply miracles in order to preserve the organism of the Infant
Jesus from the hereditary stains which his Mother would have albeit
involuntarily but necessarily transmitted. But since the body
of the Mother was perfect, the body of Christ was also perfect."
finish on an Easter note, have you ever noticed that, on the first
Easter Sunday, no one at the Cenacle believed the Holy Women who
had seen first Angels, then Our Lord Himself ? It was only when
Peter said he had seen the Lord that peace and faith returned in
the Cenacle. "The Lord is risen indeed and hath appeared to
Simon!" (Lk 24, 34) This is simply a first application of Our
Lord's command: "And thou, being once converted,
confirm thy brethren!" (Lk 22,32).
since "what things soever were written were written for our
learning" (Rom. 15, 4), can we not see in this the key to the
solution of the present crisis in the Church? In brief: when Peter
doubted, the whole Church, in the disciples, doubted and did not
even believe the other disciples, and when Peter believed, the whole
Church believed, and every one simply took Peter's word for it.
The crisis in the Church could end rather suddenly when the Successor
of Peter does 'convert and confirm his brethren' in the faith of
the Fathers. Oremus. Let us pray that the next pope be that Pope.
the Virgin Mother, Mother of the Church, hasten that blessed day!
Retreat in Tamil Nadu,