the words: “I shall put enmities between thee and the Woman, between
thy seed and her seed” (Gen. 3, 15)? Well, by observing the latest
news, it is clear that this enmity is still going on, as strong
as ever, more than 6000 years later. Our Lord Jesus Christ bothers,
annoys, pokes modern consciences and disturbs them. He is indeed
a sign of contradiction. And the enemy, the Serpent, since the
Garden, hasn’t fundamentally changed his methods of fighting the
Redeemer. “He is a liar and the father thereof said Our Blessed
Lord (Jo 8,44). That divine statement is still very true today.
of the Apostles of Mary
with Fr. Purdy (right) and Fr. Dolotina (left) on May 6-10,2006.
In the fall
of our first parents, the devil lied to Eve, deceived her, as
many times as he spoke:
serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which
the Lord God made. And he said to the woman: ‘Why hath God
commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise?’”
God said they could eat of all the fruits except one.
woman answered him, saying: ‘Of the fruit of the trees that are
in paradise we do eat: But of the fruit of the tree which is in
the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not
eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die.’ And
the serpent said to the woman: ‘No, you shall not die the death.’”
God did say they would die. The devil is making God look bad,
a mean God.
doth know that in what day so ever you shall eat thereof, your
eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and
God’s purpose in this prohibition was a test of their obedience
and love, as Our Lord would say later: “If you love Me keep my
commandments” (Jo 14, 15). The devil makes it appear as if God
were simply trying to hide something from them, a secret knowledge.
these lies and deceptions, the woman’s curiosity was enkindled,
she fell and led Adam to fall:
And the woman
saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful
to behold: and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and
gave to her husband who did eat.” (Gen. 3,1-6)
has not changed in 2006.
at least, which are at present among many worldwide bookstores
bestsellers (one of them on the New York Times list), attack Our
Blessed Lord’s Divinity using the same deceptive methods. Old
errors are re-used to deceive the modern ignorant...
one of these books, The Gospel of Judas, written in Egypt’s
Coptic language, dates from the third or fourth century and is
a copy of an earlier document, which was already spoken of, and
condemned by St Irenaeus, back in the 2nd century.
heretics of the time, the Marcionites) adduce an unspeakable
number of apocryphal and spurious writings, which they themselves
have forged, to bewilder the minds of foolish men, and of such
as are ignorant of the Scriptures of truth.
declare that Cain derived his being from the Power above, and
acknowledge that Esau, Korah, the Sodomites, and all such persons,
are related to themselves. (...) They declare that Judas the traitor
was thoroughly acquainted with these things, and that he alone,
knowing the truth as no others did, accomplished the mystery of
the betrayal; by him all things, both earthly and heavenly, were
thus thrown into confusion. They produce a fictitious history
of this kind, which they style the Gospel of Judas.” (Adv.
Haer, 1,20,1; 31,1)
worldwide fuss about the Da Vinci Code, book and movie,
is a further proof of Our Blessed Lord’s divine words. The devil
is the father of lies. Moreover, in today’s context of frightful
ignorance on the part of Catholics, the devil is truly having
a field day. How right was St Pius X in stating that “the ignorance
of things divine is the main cause of all the evils in the world
Here we have
a man, one Dan Brown, unknown until about 10 years ago, but more
so until 2003, coming out of nowhere and who, with an arrogance
worthy of hell, pretends to sweep away 2000 years of Church History,
under the pretext that the Church has kept its members in the
dark, has maintained lies on the true Christ, the Gospels, great
moments in history (such as about Constantine and the Council
“In my book,
I reveal a secret which is being murmured for centuries. I did
not invent it. It is the first time that it is revealed to readers
in a successful thriller” (from his web site: http://www.danbrown.com).
Mixing fiction with a pseudo-science, a real punch of Gnostic-esoteric-New-Age
legends, he pretends to have finally discovered the truth, which
is: “A great part of what the Church has taught and still teaches
on Jesus is simply false” (French ed. p. 294). He alleges “with
scientific evidence, that the New Testament is false testimony”
thinks about it carefully, by his lies, he is also attacking the
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in eliminating the chalice of the
Last Supper, therefore, the consecration. And by denying Our Lord’s
divinity, is it not obvious that he is also attacking Our Lady’s
In the Garden,
the serpent accused God of lying to our first parents, hiding
from them a secret knowledge. Now, the Church is being accused
of having lied to the world for no less than 2000 years, under
the same pretext: the fear of allowing people to know the real
truth... “He is a liar and the father thereof Jo 8, 44).
always some good coming out of evil. Hopefully such attack against
our Blessed Lord will urge all who are asking answers to these
lies to study the truth, to open Church history books and books
of apologetics, and to have the courage to stand up and be counted
to defend the Divinity of Christ and the honor of His Church.
See for yourself (see on p. 32 Chronicle of the District of
Asia, June 1, 2006) how the Filipino youth of our Apostles
of Mary have beautifully risen for this fight for their Lord and
Master. In contrast, to show how deep is the ignorance and weak
the fighting spirit in the Conciliar Church, in at least one Asian
diocese the local Catholic Church authorities have found nothing
better than to utilize some Protestant booklet— ‘The Da Vinci
Code, separating fact from Fiction, RBC Ministries’ — to fight
the errors being disseminated by Dan Brown. 30,000 of these booklets
have been distributed outside Catholic Churches. Of course, in
such booklet, the argumentation, although partially true, is very
incomplete, practically ignoring the role of the one true Church
in being the only divinely appointed interpreter of the Sacred
Texts, relying almost exclusively on arguments of Scripture, giving
the false impression that the ‘church’ (always with a small ‘c’)
of the first centuries is the same as any ‘Christian church’ of
today... The author manages as well to blame the Church for bad
behavior in the past in relation to the treatment of women, and
to misrepresent the Inquisition (pp.14-15).
In the following
pages, we give the third and last part of the booklet of Fr. Spicq
O.P. on the beautiful relation between Jesus and Mary, ‘What Jesus
owes His Mother’.
On the matters
relating to the SSPX, we found John Vennari’s and Michael Matt’s
March 2006 Joint Statement worth publishing here as it
expresses a very good understanding of the present situation in
the fight for Tradition.
As the General
Chapter of the SSPX is also fast approaching (July 3 - 15), an
extract from Fr. Angles’ May Letter explains briefly and well
what this General Chapter is all about and how it will affect
news of the fife of the District complete this issue of our Newsletter.
our gratitude for your prayers and support in whatever kind it
comes to us. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus and His Immaculate
Mother bless you all.